A BARBERSHOP CONVERSATION
Having just returned from getting a haircut, I keep reflecting on a conversation I had with my barber. He commented that he was glad he didn't have to work for the same boss every day. "In my job you have about twenty different bosses every day, and I like it that way."
"Do you have many who are cantankerous?"
"No," he replied, "but the ones that are I simply tell them that perhaps they would be happier if they found another barber." He continued, "When I was young and raising a family, I never would have done that. I needed every dollar I could get. They always say in the barber business that to offend one patron is to run the risk of losing eight paying customers."
I have no way of knowing whether that is accurate or not, but it's apparently barbershop wisdom, and who am I to argue with my barber? (I do want a decent haircut the next time I go in).
I wonder if the ratio of one to eight holds true in the church? And if it does, what does that say to each of us?
I recall that Jesus took the matter of giving offense seriously. Jesus, as the Father's Son, should have been exempt from the half-shekel temple tax. "However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel; take that and give it to them for me and for yourself." (Matt. 17:27).
In writing to Christians, Paul picks up the theme by saying, "Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please all men in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1Cor. 10:32-11:1). John Gipson, Windsong, Little Rock, Ark.
Steve Kelly presented Central's 2004 budget at the beginning of the worship service this past Sunday. The total figure required each week for Central to do its planned work is $4,300. Copies of the budget may be found on the table in the foyer.
CHAIRMAN OF ELDERS, 2004
Our elders rotate the chairmanship alphabetically each year. Steve Kelly served in 2003. Gene Norton will serve as chairman in 2004. For the next twelve months, if you have a matter that needs eldership attention or approval, Gene Norton is the place to begin.
COAT GIVEAWAY CONCLUDES
On Saturday of last week the last coat giveaway of the season was conducted. Central has given away 100's of coats this year making many people more comfortable on cold winter days. We would like to express our deepest appreciation to Ron and Debbie Taffe and all of their helpers in overseeing this ministry. It required many hours of hard work and devotion.
BURNT CABIN SCHEDULE
The dates for Burnt Cabin youth camp will be June 13 through 19. This is a week later than usual. We have a large number who attend this camp each year who need to be marking their calendars now.
Congratulations to Dwyane and Marcia on the arrival of their new granddaughter. Jennifer Leighann Horton was born to Sherrie and Mark Horton on Monday evening, January 12, 2004, at 11:09. She weighed seven pounds eleven ounces and is nineteen inches long. She was welcomed by one brother and three sisters. Everyone is doing fine.
Thank you for your prayers, phone calls, cards, and visits while Royce was in the hospital.
Royce & Cathy Peerson
Thanks to all the church members who prepared and served food following the service for Gary. The love and support your efforts provided us will be forever appreciated. Susan and Ryan Watson, Jessica, Kon, and Paris Khandros.
THANK YOU FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS
The following individuals have sent notes of thanks for their holiday treats: Ethel Fast, Don & Rosie Brightwell, Clovie Dossey & Thelma Divine, Dennie & Inez [McNutt], and Nadine Collins.
I know you enjoyed hearing Chuck Carter and Bob Perry preach this past Sunday. They both do outstanding work in this way. I also express appreciation to Bob Seikel for his very capable teaching of my class. The most miserable part of my illness was not being with my brethren on the Lord's day. It's happened to me so few times that I don't know how to deal with it. At any rate, I'm back in the office on Monday morning having conquered the flu without doctors and medicine in about eight days. Who knows" With medication, I might have made it in a week and one day. Thanks for caring. Dwyane
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Maurice Blackwell. Maurice and Pauline were dearly loved workers in the kingdom at East Main for many years. After the loss of Pauline, Maurice moved to the north part of Shawnee for assisted living and placed membership at Northridge where he attended until illness confined him to his home. Funeral services were conducted at Resthaven Funeral Chapel by Dwayne Thomas on Friday.
L.B. Hall was admitted to ICU at Unity North on Friday of last week and had a pacemaker implant that same day. He is now in room 224 while additional tests and procedures are done. Aubrey Mercer is now home from Unity North after spending several days. He's much improved, but not able to be about just yet. Harvey Moore has been advised by his oncologists to avoid large groups of people until the flu season is over. This is certainly understandable since chemotherapy drastically reduces the strength of the immune system. It was good seeing Millie Riley and Royce Peerson able to be back in our worship Sunday. We need someone to stay with Letha Buford. Several have indicated on their activity cards that they would be willing to help elderly members with meals and light housework. Here is a good opportunity. Letha Buford's doctor has told her that she may continue to live in her own home if someone can look in on her each morning and evening. This person would be paid for doing this. If you are interested, please get in touch with Erma Dean Farris.
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, Harold Carothers, James Childers, C.F. Drain, 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, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Sarah Smith, Don Stevens, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, 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.
January 18, New Song Class
January 25 - 28, 55th Oklahoma Christian University Bible Lectureship, "The Kingdom of Inclusion;" see bulletin board