Daily Focus, June 12, 2020

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

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1-48 (“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”)

This Week’s Memory Verse:And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13

Scroll down this page for a list of prayer requests.

Sunday’s Bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.  Take some time to learn the latest news and opportunities to serve from among your Central family.

Reach Out To Someone: There are people around you who have been isolated by this pandemic.  A simple phone call or visit across the fence would do a world of good.  Speak a word of encouragement, and show them how Christ makes a difference.

Communion Supplies Are Available for those who continue to worship with us from home.  Call the church office to find a time to come pick up what you need.  If you can’t get out, please allow us to bring the supplies to you.

Should You Attend Sunday Morning Worship?  The elders have now relaxed the restrictions on those attending our morning worship, but we do ask you to consider these things: (1) If you have any symptoms of an illness (fever, coughing, etc.), please do not attend.  (2) If you have just returned from traveling to a place where the incidence of the coronavirus is high, please worship from home a few days longer.  (3) If you have any health condition that makes you more susceptible to this virus, please take care of yourself and continue worshiping from home.

These Restrictions Remain: (1) You are asked to wear a mask from the time you enter the building until you leave.  If you don’t have a mask, one will be given you at the entrance.  (2) Inside the auditorium, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone who does not live in your household.  (3) Make use of the hand sanitizer at the Welcome Centers, as well as soap and water in the restrooms.  (4) When exiting the building, please don’t stop to visit with others until you have cleared the building.  Even in the parking lot, observe social distancing.  All of these measures are designed to keep one another healthy.

Have You Taken The Survey that we sent out on Wednesday?  It’s only one question, and we’re trying to be prepared for those who plan to attend on Sunday morning.  Go to this site and take the survey if you haven’t already.

More Helpers Needed: Brandon Quesinberry is looking for individuals to help with our online children’s Bible classes.  This can either be helping with preparing materials for teachers to use, or as a facilitator for the online classes.  Contact Brandon if you can help or would like to know more.

Remember These In Prayer:

Sherry Carden was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on Thursday afternoon after developing problems breathing and an erratic heart rate.  She has been wearing a heart monitor for about three weeks, so her doctors are studying those findings as well as running other tests.  Pray that answers will be found to help our sister with these issues.

Karen Stevens came through her procedure on Wednesday to remove fluid from her lung.  She reported that all went well, and she is breathing much easier.  She thanks everyone for their prayers.

Ann Booton came through her outpatient surgery on Thursday to reattach the root of the meniscus in her right knee.  All went well, according to Doug, and she is recovering at home.  She will need to keep weight off of that knee for the next 4-6 weeks.

Bonnie Franklin came through her outpatient cataract surgery on Thursday, and all went well, according to her daughter Becky Blacklidge.  She is recovering at home.

Ken Richardson, brother-in-law of Shatoya Bagley, is hospitalized in Ocala, Florida with severe heart complications.  Shatoya and Tony have asked that we pray for his recovery and health.

Will Terry, 8-year-old son of former Central member Adam Terry and his wife Catherine, is being transported this morning to Scottish Rite Hospital (aka Children’s Hospital of Atlanta).  This hospital has an extensive inpatient children’s rehab program, and Will has progressed enough that he has been accepted.  Pray that all will go well with today’s transport, and that great progress can be realized in his time there.  Will is recovering from severe head trauma.

The mother of Kate Frakes, daughter-in-law of Sheila and David Frakes, is recovering from triple heart bypass surgery on Wednesday.  Sheila reported on Thursday that she is now off the ventilator, out of ICU, and is up and about and doing well.  If all continues to go well she should be discharged to go home early next week.

Emma Harrod is now back home after undergoing gall bladder surgery last week.  She is feeling better, Arlene Kellum reports.

Ashley Doyle is recovering at home from spinal fusion surgery that was done last week.  Our prayers for her continued healing and relief have been requested.

Charles Lankford, father of Stacy Rice, has been hospitalized in Texas for the last several days with a bacterial infection in his blood that caused him to go into septic shock.  This has led to other problems that have resulted in him being on dialysis.  Stacy asks for our prayers as difficult decisions must be made about his care.

The parents of Ren Rice were tested on Thursday for the COVID-19 virus, as they were directly exposed to someone who now has that virus.  Ren asks that we pray for the tests to be negative, and that no one among his family will suffer from it.

A Simple Smile:  *  “If you’re out and you walk past someone it’s OK to still smile.  It’s exactly what we all need right now.”  (Jason Campbell, M.D.)  *  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”  (Matthew 5:14,15)