BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
Hearts rejoiced Sunday morning when Chad Beard made known his desire to put on his Lord in baptism and was baptized by his father. We congratulate Chad and his whole family. Chad will have many opportunities to serve the Lord in his own unique way that others of us do not have. We pray for him many long years in the service of Christ.
Also coming Sunday evening was Carrie Zapp. Carrie is a native of Azle, Texas now living in Shawnee with her husband, Paul at 410 N. Center. Their phone number is 788-6618. Carrie has many special needs. She will always appreciate your hugs, support, and encouragement.
A NASTY NOODLE
A Michigan housewife wound up in the hospital after attempting to clean her kitchen sink. She was stabbed by a brittle piece of pasta.
The nasty noodle was a remnant of some soup her husband had left in the sink long before. While lying in the sink, the limp noodle dried out, regaining its rigidity and subsequent sharpness. Reaching into the sink, she struck the noodle at an unfortunate angle and the pasta pierced her beneath her fingernail. The pain increased as the noodle, absorbing blood, began to swell. By the next morning, the pain was so great that she had to be taken to the hospital, where half of her fingernail had to be cut off before the noodle could be removed.
In addition to the pain and the expense, the woman suffered the indignity of hearing the admitting nurse gleefully call out (so everyone could hear), "Who's the lady with the noodle in her finger?!"
Now I don't think we need to get overly alarmed. I don't believe that we are in any danger of an attack by the "killer noodles." But maybe there is a lesson that we can learn: Many times, things which look harmless, may in time become quite harmful. And worse than being punctured by pasta is the deadly deception of the devil. First, the "innocent" appearance, followed by the painful consequence. We must stay alert. Don't let Satan trick you then stick you.
1 Peter 5:8: "Be self-controlled and alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
Dr. Dennis Lynn, Chapel Chats, Cascade College, Portland, Oregon
We extend our love and sympathy to Lil Sullivan in the loss of her sister Helen Morgan in Searcy, Arkansas on Sunday evening. Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday morning at Searcy with burial to be Thursday morning at Ft. Scott, Kansas.
We express our sympathy to the Joe Haslam family in the loss of Joe's wife, Methal. Funeral services were conducted at the Northridge building on Tuesday morning. Joe is an elder at Northridge. Many of Central's members are well acquainted with the Haslams.
Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered. Thanks for the flowers - so pretty.
The Epperson Family
Recently Frank Brewer, whom we help support at Maud made a request for any study materials or Bibles we had at the building we were not using. He was collecting them for a work of the Baldwin Church of Christ in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We complied with his request and recently received the following letter of thanks from the church in Arkansas.
"Thank you for the Bibles, study materials, and hymn books which were delivered February 19, 2004 by Edd Duck and Frank Brewer. They will be distributed to many countries, along with tracts, primarily to Nigeria and Ghana in Africa. Yours in Christ, Leon Morgan, Tract Ministry Secretary
Lucille Bowers has been in Unity North since Thursday of last week with pneumonia. She is in room 318.
Floy Turner is also in Unity North with pneumonia in room 204.
Aubrey Mercer is recovering well from his accident. He has been transferred to Presbyterian Tower for rehabilitation. He is in room 763.
Virgil Beasley was expecting to be discharged from rehabilitation at Unity South, room 303, on Tuesday of this week.
Phyllis Heald will possibly be discharged from rehabilitation, room 305, at Unity South as well.
It was wonderful seeing Polly Reese able to be with us in worship this past Sunday evening.
We are happy that Vesta Johnson has been able to return to her home at 1014 E. 9th. She also has her old phone number back, 273-4264. Vesta's husband, Earnest, has been moved to room 26 at Golden Rule Nursing Home. Vesta is the aunt of Yuavonda Sperry and the sister-in-law of Wendell LaViness.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, 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, Earnest & 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, Doris Whittern, Argil Wiggins, 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.
Congratulations to Leslie Gettle. Leslie recently took 5th place in an area academic contest. Good job Les!
Spring Visit, Youth Forum and Spring Sing all happened last weekend. Lindsey Perry, Matt and Andy Stephens and Tim Norton spent the night with OC college students Friday and joined the rest of us for the Youth Forum on Saturday. It all made for a full weekend, but it provided the kids with the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma Christian Campus.
March 28th, Acapella will be in concert at OC. We have reserved 15 tickets. If you want to go let me know as soon as possible, it's first come - first served.
Just a reminder about LTC - The Convention will be April 9 & 10, in Tulsa. The time is closing in fast. Don't miss your practices; your team is counting on you!
March 15-16 - Spring Break
March 23 - Tuesday-Shawnee Soccer
March 28 - Sunday-Acapella Concert at OC
March 12, Annual Area Wide Leadership Dinner, Seminole, 4200 Highway 99 North, 6 p.m., John deSteiguer
March 21, New song class, 7 p.m.
April 4, Daylight Saving Time begins
April 7, Ladies Class meets at 10:30; luncheon follows
April 15 - 18, Gospel Meeting, Tecumseh, Leon Dennis, Westside, Norman