A MAN AND HIS DOG
Do you have a pet? Many do. One thing I've noticed is that pets are generally loved and cared for by their owners, and some are even spoiled. In fact, many are given consideration above that which is extended to most humans.
Take, for example, the story I read recently about a man and his dog up in the Ozarks. During quail season an old farmer was out hunting with an ancient pointer. Twice the dog pointed., twice his master kicked at a matted growth, wheeled sharply and fired into the empty air. When a friend saw no birds rise, he asked the farmer for an explanation. "Shucks," grinned the old man, "I knew there warn't no birds in that grass. Spot's nose ain't what it used to be. But him and me have seen some wonderful days together. He's still doing his best - and it'd be mighty little of me to call him a liar."
Have you ever contemplated what the world would be like if everyone showed that kind of consideration not only to his dog, but to his fellow man? Is there any doubt it would eliminate many of the bumps, bruises, and rough spots in life?
When it comes to how we treat one another, Jesus wrote the book on this topic. "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them" (Luke 6:31). It's little wonder to me that this great principle has become known by all as 'the golden rule'. It's the practical expression of Christian love - the kind of love which would change the world and give a taste of heaven below!
My Bible says, "Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law."
If love for a dog would cause an old farmer to shoot at nonexistent birds, I wonder how it would modify our treatment of each other?
John Gipson, Windsong, Little Rock, Arkansas
(Sixth & Izard has changed their name to Windsong and have moved to a new location)
BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
Hearts rejoiced Sunday morning when Melba Boston put on her Lord in baptism. You will be pleased to know and have fellowship with this lovely lady. Her address is 825 N. Broadway #10. Her phone number is 273-9583.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Dora Lee (Hembree) Swink. Dora departed this life in Oklahoma City on Saturday of last week. Funeral services were conducted in Oklahoma City the following Thursday and the interment was at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Shawnee. Dora was a former member at Central and the sister of Una King.
We also extend our sympathy to the family of brother Alvin Jackson. He departed this life early Saturday morning, and funeral services are to be in our building Thursday morning at 11. Brother Jackson was a leader in the Bell and Farrall congregation for many years. His passing is a great loss not only to that congregation, but to the church as a whole in this area.
We offer our love and sympathy to June Lowe in the passing of her brother, Luke Burke Saturday morning. Funeral services and interment will be in California.
WARMTH FROM THE HEART
Remember that our second Warmth From the Heart coat give away will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. workers need to be here by 9:30 a.m. If you have questions, call Ron or Debbie Taffe.
C.F. Drain has moved to Manchester House Assisted Living #121, 2333 Manchester Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73120.
Thank you for your acts of kindness during my hospital stay. Thanks to Dwyane and Marcia. They even got there before the "party" (after ladies bible class) due to my blood pressure going wacky. A great big thanks goes to Juanita Lunsford for staying by me all day, and Becky (her daughter) came around 3 p.m. Thanks for my cards, food, visits, and prayers. You are so special, God bless.
Thank you so much for all the prayers for my granddaughter Cheyenne Clark. We love all of you. The Booker & Clark Families
Irene Coffman wishes to express her thanks for all the cards and every kind expression of sympathy and concern shown to her at the recent passing of her brother, Lloyd McBroom. In behalf of her sister-in-law, she also wishes to express appreciation for the beautiful flowers from Central at the funeral in Redding, California.
Dear Church Family,
Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and for the cards, calls, and flowers. Thanks also for the wonderful food. You are all so special to us. Love, Talhia & Howard [Vanlandingham]
E.D. Turner has returned to Rose Manor and is now under Hospice care.
Royce and Kathy Peerson's son, Matt, is out of the hospital after experiencing a light stroke.
Harvey and Carletta Moore are at M.D. Anderson in Houston after physicians discovered some elevated levels of concern. They request your prayers for Harvey and also for their daughter, Betty Keesee in Tulsa. She has also received questionable test results and more are being done this week.
We are happy to report that the fires are now extinguished in Simi Valley, California and that the home of Kathryn Shields's children was spared.
November 8, November Coat Give Away
November 16, New Song Class
November 21,22, Parenting seminar, "This Child Must Have..," by Central in Chandler in the Chandler Agri-Civic Center, Leon Dennis, Westside, Norman, RSVP; see bulletin board
November 23, Mazella Patterson's 80th birthday celebration, fellowship room, 2 - 4 p.m.
November 29, Elizabeth Garbe's 100th birthday celebration, 2-4 p.m., Rose Manor, come & go
Attention Teens! The LTC sign-up sheets are in the youth house. They will be out until November 23. LTC is for 3rd thru 12th grades and there's something for everyone. Parents, please encourage your kids to get involved. If you have any questions about LTC, just ask!
I was sent an email the other day that was interesting. I thought I'd share it with you: A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?" The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see." This is a good explanation of what God does for us. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come."
November 9, Sunday, AWTG @ Central/Ada, leave at 4 p.m. & return by 8:30 p.m.
November 22, Saturday, Hayride at Stephens' at 5 p.m.