Daily Focus, May 13, 2020

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”  James 4:8

Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 2:1 – 3:28 (“Give Your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  Proverbs 31:30

Scroll down this page for a list of prayer requests.

Choose Wisely when deciding what to do this evening at 7:00.  The time you spend with your Central family in Bible study will strengthen your faith and your soul.  We’ll send out an email later in the day with all the details and the links.  Classes for children will begin at 6:15.

Communion Sets Are Available for you to pick up so you can partake of the Lord’s Supper from home as you worship with us virtually.  Please call the church office to find a time to come pick it up.  If you can’t get out, let us know and we’ll bring it to you.

To Wear A Mask Or Not?  Wearing a mask out in public is a challenge, especially when we see many others without them.  The Centers For Disease Control has found that “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.”  As people who follow the Golden Rule, let’s set the standard until we’re told otherwise.  Click here to read the full CDC article on the subject.

If You Need A Cloth Mask, call the church office.  We have some members who have offered to make them for fellow Christians who have need.

Remember These In Prayer:

Justin Ellis, son of Leslie and Keith Ellis, is scheduled to have outpatient surgery on his knee on Thursday to remove fragments.  Leslie asks for our prayers for all to go well.

Will Terry, 8-year-old son of former Central member Adam Terry and his wife Catherine, remains in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  He suffered head trauma last Tuesday while on vacation in Florida.  Our continued prayers for strength and healing are requested by the family.  Will’s paternal grandparents, Becky and Brent Terry, are also beloved former members of Central.

Gene Arrowood traveled to Nashville on Tuesday with his daughters and son-in-law.  He will be there for a few days to undergo rehab therapy.  If you’d like to send him a card, that address is c/o Gary & Margaret Phillips, 108 Shepards Square, Nashville, TN, 37211.

Mamie Gates, mother of Carla Davis, is recovering in Memphis after undergoing surgery on Monday to repair a broken hip.  She will be 99 in a few weeks; pray for the Lord to give her the strength and recovery she needs.

The family of Violet Yates is mourning her passing early Tuesday morning at her home at the age of 102.  A graveside service will be conducted on Thursday morning at 11:00 at East Tennessee Cemetery (located near Tri-Cities Airport).  Those who wish to attend must agree to maintain social distancing at the graveside.  You may view Violet’s obituary by clicking here.

The family of Marion Ellis, older brother of Tom Ellis, is mourning his passing on Tuesday morning at Ivy Hall Nursing Home in Elizabethton.  Marion had been dealing with poor health for some time.  Jacquelyn asks for our prayers for comfort for Tom and the family.

Karen Stevens is to undergo more scans to determine more precisely the nature of the growth that was recently found on her surgery site, and will meet with an oncologist tomorrow.  Pray for God’s blessings to be upon her.

Ashley Lilly Cutshall, daughter of Mary Nell Lilly, is dealing with a difficult medical condition, and Mary Nell has asked that we pray for God’s help.  Ashley and her two children live in Denver, Colorado.

Fayrene Terry, mother of Wilda Rumbaugh, is recovering well from her recent hip repair surgery.  However, routine blood work detected some irregularities, and she is to have a bone marrow procedure on Thursday, and will meet with an oncologist next week.  Wilda also notes that this time of isolation has been difficult for her mother.  She asks that we remember her in our prayers.

Spirits Roused:  *  “Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.  The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”  (William Ellery Channing)  *  “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)