"A LITTLE OL' FIDDLE"
Years ago, a gentleman in Marlow, OK, asked my good friend Harry Mathews, "You don't think a little ol' fiddle is going to keep a man out of heaven, do you?" Of course, he was referring to the use of mechanical instruments of music in Christian worship.
How have churches arrived at having many unauthorized things in their worship? It has been by increments. They were not all introduced at once. Some have a long-range agenda. Others just go along to get along.
It is easy to do. Someone applauds after someone has been baptized. You say, "I can live with that." Later, a person claps his hands during the singing. "I'll ignore it." Then, more and more people join in. You say, "That disturbs my worship but it is not worth splitting a church over it." Then, microphones are provided for four or five people to enhance the song service. They begin by sitting down front. Later, they are on the platform and are a "praise team". After awhile, it is decided that more people will be drawn to church if instrumental music is added to the Sunday evening worship.
Sermons are replaced with drama, men and women performing on stage in the public worship. Open membership is approved, people added to the church rolls without scriptural baptism. The Lord's Supper is observed on weekdays and during weddings and funerals. And on, and on it goes. A "little ol' fiddle" grew to be a giant!
Lewis G. Hale, Southwest, Oklahoma City
COAT GIVE AWAY REPORT
We express our appreciation to Debbie and Ron Taffe and to all who assisted in the first of three coat giveaways this past Saturday. They relate that more than 40 church members reported for duty, and everything went so easily and smoothly because of the high caliber people that make up our congregation. They express their gratitude for being part of such a wonderful family.
We started the day with 593 "hangers" (coats, windbreakers, sweaters, vests, etc.) and by one o'clock, we had distributed 135 coats and 20 New Testaments to 31 families. These families had an average of four children, and several of them expressed the desire to participate in Bible study, a need for support, or asked for our prayers for God's help in addressing the challenges in their lives. The church will be following up on each of these. It may be appropriate for us to call on some of you to help in the coming weeks and months.
In preparation for the next two giveaways, we have identified some specific needs: 1) More coats for both boys and girls 10 to 18 years of age. 2) More 2x, 3x and larger coats for both men and women. 3) Gloves - The kids loved them, and we gave away all that we had.
You are cordially invited to attend a "SURPRISE 75TH BIRTHDAY PARTY"
For MARY KATHRYN SHIELDS hosted by her children on Saturday, October 18, 2003 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall at Central Church of Christ
10th & Bell Sts., Shawnee, OK
We are requesting that the only gifts to be shared are cards, memories, anecdotes, or photos of your times with her. Please remember that this is a "surprise party", so spread the word to everyone you know that might like to be a part, but don't tell "her." Looking forward to seeing you then.
A risen Lord lives today,
The cross still bears the stain.
He was scarred in this way,
But He lives - praise His name.
His blood was shed for mankind.
His suffering brought much shame.
He arose to be our heavenly King
And He lives - praise His name!
Could we ever know such love?
For our sins He took the blame.
He rules on high, never more to die.
Christ lives - praise His name!
Estella Ruth Mercer
Dear Central Church Family,
We cannot adequately express our gratitude for all your acts of loving kindness during the illness and death of our wife and mother Estella Mercer. Through it all we felt your prayers and genuine concern. The meal on Thursday and food brought to the home was wonderful. The service was touching with Dwyane and Buddy assisting us in honoring Estella in a very special way. We will always be deeply grateful. Aubrey Mercer and the McGalliards: Tim & Janice, Tad & Kenton
Don Stevens has been discharged from the hospital, but remains seriously ill at home. He has very little family and needs our continuing concern and help.
Jim Cross was scheduled to have angioplasty and a stint implant at Oklahoma Heart Hospital on Tuesday of this week.
Talhia Vanlandingham was to have foot surgery in Edmond on Tuesday of this week.
Clydean Decker is waiting on test results.
David Sperry spent some time in the hospital last week and received four units of blood.
Pauline Adams has been discharged from the Hospital and is doing well after surgery.
Doris Whittern and her daughter Phyllis Heald were discharged from the rehabilitation hospital last week. They both need our continuing concern.
Lloyd McBroom in Redding, California needs our continuing prayers and concern.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Harry Barlow, (son-in-law of Inez McNutt), Gwen Barrett, Louise Barrett (Kathy Peerson's mother), Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Lucille Bowers, Letha Buford, Louise & Harold Carothers, James Childers, C.F. Drain, Leona Edwards, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Elizabeth Garbe, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis, Vesta Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Lloyd McBroom, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Sarah Smith, David Sperry, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, E.D.Turner, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Dean Wall, Argil Wiggins, Alice Williamson, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, Viola Yates, Verna Nell Young, and Tollie Zitterkopf. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your remembrance of them in prayer.
October 19, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
October 19 - 27, Gospel meeting, 1st & Cleveland, Chandler, Joseph Meador, Mon.-Wed.. 7:30 p.m.: see bulletin board
October 26, Tim Watts and Charles Vanlandingham from Tahlequah here to give report on mission work in Ukraine, 6 p.m.
October 26, Standard Time returns
October 27-30, Tipton Home truck here; special needs are Miracle Whip salad dressing, sweetened cereal, corn meal, apple juice, whole dill pickles, Wolf Brand chili, paper towels, liquid laundry soap, paper napkins, Kleenex, cough drops, and PineSol cleaner.
Congratulations to Kenton McGalliard! Kenton has been selected to be on the Academic Bowl team at Shawnee Middle School. The youth group went to see a couple of football games last Thursday night. Austin Beard plays for Shawnee Middle school's 8th grade team, and Jason Perry plays on the High school's freshmen team. We got to see just how tough these two really are. Austin was kind enough to sack the quarterback while we were watching. And Jason never missed a down, offense or defense.
October 19 - Sunday - AWTG @ N. MacArthur Leave @ 4:00p.m.
October 25 - Saturday - Frontier City