Bulletin for Sunday 02/13/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

  It’s like we’ve been living in a snow globe for the past week.  Wow!  Snow is beautiful when you watch it safe from inside the house, but it’s not so beautiful to navigate on while driving on the roads.  (How did you deal with the cabin fever last week?)  And now the forecasters are predicting more of the Arctic style weather and another possible snowy blizzard.  By the time you read this bulletin, you’ll probably know if this has actually happened.  Hopefully our worship times won’t be interrupted again and we enjoy our regular sweet fellowship once more.

Let’s think about the idea of warnings and being prepared for a moment.  When the National Weather Service issues a winter storm warning, people usually take them pretty serious.  Roads are salted.  The grocery shelves are emptied.  Schools are closed.  Warnings to travel only if absolutely necessary are made.  Because of the warnings, we can be prepared.  Warnings can even mean the difference between life and death.

When we hear the warnings, if we are wise we will make the appropriate preparations.  We don’t want to be caught off guard, or without, or stuck, or miss what is happening.  So, we prepare.  In Luke 12, after issuing a series of warnings and encouraging those who were listening to make sure they are prepared and prepared for the right things.  To illustrate Jesus told a story about a rich man.

“The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do?  I have no place to store my crops.’  Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do.  I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years.  Take life easy: eat, drink and be merry.  But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.  Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:16-21)

This man thought he was prepared for anything.  In reality he was ready for about anything except leaving this world.  The Rich Fool knew that he would surely one day die.  Yet, not knowing when, he assumed he would live for many years.  His short-sightedness is typical of the covetous.  And Jesus reminds us that we are all in danger of being the rich fool.

When the warnings come, if we are wise, we will prepare appropriately.  Not fearfully.  Not boastfully.  Wise preparation.  Prepared for the right things.  If it is snow, plan to stay safe and warm and off the roads.  If it is a flood, get to high ground.  If it is a storm, take shelter.  It it is an illness, take the medicine.  If it is a warning about your life, take it to God.  Store up treasures that honor Him.  Give your life to God.  Be rich toward Him.

What are you preparing for?  In a couple of days, maybe less, this winter storm will be history.  If the Lord does not return, this life will continue.  Are you prepared to live it to His glory?  Are you prepared to honor Him and serve Him?  When the time comes where the Lord says, ‘This very night your life will be demanded from you.’  Will you be ready?  Are you prepared?

                   -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net      (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


AFFIRMING THE FAITH SEMINAR

The annual ‘Affirming the Faith Seminar’ sponsored by Oklahoma Area Churches of Christ and hosted by North MacArthur Church of Christ is scheduled for February 25-26.  Everyone is invited!  There will be over 25 sessions and classes including special classes for Missionaries and Women. 

Keynote Speakers:

Bruce McLarty-Bill Watkins-Thomas Jackson

Tim Lewis


CANCELLATION

The Valentine’s Dinner originally scheduled for Friday evening at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker has been cancelled due to predicted  weather conditions.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Phyllis Scheidt had a fall in her home on Thursday of last week resulting in a badly broken wrist. She was moved to South Campus on Monday for therapy after spending some time in Unity Health Center.

Betty Emery requests your prayers in behalf of her daughter, Carla Dame, who will have surgery on February 14. 

George Pittser remains under hospice care in serious condition.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Chelsea Coleman (1 year old friend to Mykah Shelton), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Mike Fruech, (brother of Beverley MacMillan) Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, Shawna Laffoon (Teresa Story’s daughter), Rita Luye (Jennifer Michener’s aunt), Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel O’Neal, George Pittser, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad), Frank Romberg, Curtis Rowe, Betty Rye, Larry & Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


LOOKING AHEAD

February 13, Search: “How God Sees Sin”

February 20, Search: “The Grace of God”

February 25-26, Affirming the Faith seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur, www.affirmingthefaith.com

February 27, Search: “Will Jesus Return in May?”  (Some billboards in North Carolina predict we can know Jesus will return to earth on May 21, 2011.  Can we know this?  What does the Bible say about the time of His second coming and what will happen when Jesus comes again?)

March 2, Ladies Class begins at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows the class.


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

Harold Decker, #91

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Vesta Mays, #404B

 
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #110

Sue Riedel, #602

 
SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #7A

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54


Youth News

February 12, Saturday, Valentine Party for the youth at the Park’s, 6:00 p.m.  Bring your favorite game.


SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT

Someone, feeling spiritually unfed, wrote a letter to a newspaper, saying that after some 30 years of attending church, he couldn’t remember one sermon.  The letter writer said he’d probably wasted his time, and preachers were wasting theirs, as well.

A few days later, someone else wrote a rebuttal.  This writer said he’d been married for 30 years but couldn’t recall the entire menu of any one of the thousands of meals his wife had fixed.  Yet he knew those meals were nourishing and gave him strength to do his work.  He also said that without eating those meals, his body would have been long dead.  Without going to worship, he added, he’d be spiritually dead, too.


Hope to see you here Sunday!

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 133

Worship Service                                                     202     

Sunday Evening                                           115

Wednesday Evening                                     91

Contribution                                                             3,681.88

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                           Nathan Kelly

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Ron Taffe

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                               Jim Walling

Lynn Harmon                         Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Mitch Harmon                      Tim McGalliard

USHERS

Robert Perry                                  Bob Bivins

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Pam Baskin

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Tyrel Shelton

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                           Nathan Kelly

Sermon:                                  Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                             Jon Merritt

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                                Carl Weeks

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:             Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297