The report begins, "Dear Christian friends and family, Greetings once again from the Sullivan family! We pray the year has been good to you so far, and that you are staying active in your service for the Lord. We have had a busy couple of months, especially with getting Kendra ready for and sent off to school [Oklahoma Christian University]. The work in the church has gone well, and we are thrilled at the prospects for the future. The Lord is truly blessing people's lives here." They go on to describe how they're coping with the "empty nest syndrome" and to tell how Kendra is adjusting to being at OC.
They are also missing their oldest member who died at the end of January at 85 years of age.
Larry writes, "We have felt from the beginning, that in order to see a mission effort to maturity, we must work hard to train local leadership." Two of their young men are taking twelve hours of instruction each week in the Bible and other special courses such as homiletics (sermon preparation) and church history. They have numerous teachers of outstanding ability working with them in this effort.
They had a short visit from a serviceman who was stationed in Schweinfurt and is a friend of their niece in California. He was baptized during his visit and has now been deployed to Iraq. They request your prayers for him.
In February they put forth a renewed effort to make contact with those who came to their summer campaign which has resulted in new Bible studies being set up.
After describing some of the personal challenges being met by individuals and families in the congregation, the report goes on to tell that the ladies at Chemnitz are responsible for planning the annual German speaking retreat in the fall. Larry will be conducting a three-day meeting in Munich the end of March, and he has a weeklong meeting in Karlsruhe the last week in May. Their own campaign workers will be arriving in June.
Pam writes the closing paragraph and says, "As you may have noted from the rest of the letter, Larry has been very busy with preparations and teaching. He and Kris did get away for about three days during our school winter vacation to pick up a kitchen some friends in Switzerland donated to the church here. Kris enjoyed seeing his birthplace, Basel as well as helping take the kitchen apart. Kris was also able to enjoy a couple of days skiing once they were back home. Now school has started again, and Kris is busy with that. His mid-year report card was very good, and we are proud that he is showing more interest in his schoolwork. Skateboarding continues to be his main hobby. After the return from the States, I was very busy with teaching and preparing for the two intensive seminar weeks that I taught for teachers. This week several of the ladies and I will be going to a three day European ladies' retreat. Of course, we are all missing Kendra but learning to get along without her. We're extremely grateful for email and low phone rates! Thanks so much for your continued prayerful and financial support! Workers together with you and with the Lord," The Sullivans
We express our sympathy to the family of Bob Rader, the son-in-law of the late Browder and Myrl Brundage. Bob passed away in Mariposa, California on Tuesday of last week. His wife, the former Clarice Jean Brundage is the cousin of Roe Honaker.
We also express our sympathy to the family of Inez Sharp. She was the sister-in-law of Bernard Sharp and the aunt of Anita Sharp. She departed this life on Monday of last week in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and funeral services were scheduled for Monday of this week in Tulsa.
We congratulate James and Ellen Childers on becoming great grandparents again. Kaydee Anne Bennett was born March 10 in Texas weighing seven pounds, nine ounces. Her parents are Kyle and Melissa Bennett. Her grandparents are Sandra and Larry Birdwell of Seminole.
Virgil Beasley would like to express his appreciation for all your kindness shown by your calls, cards, visits, and prayers.
Don Stevens had a heart attack this past Sunday evening and is in ICU in serious condition at Unity North. Lillie Smith has been told that she has a malignancy in her leg that will be treated with chemotherapy. Lillie requests your prayers. Aubrey Mercer is slowly improving at Presbyterian Tower, room 763. Doris Whittern's daughter, Phyllis Heald has been transferred to Seminole Medical Center, room 107, for continued rehabilitation. Doris is also recovering very slowly from a broken hip and is spending the next few days at her son's home in Oklahoma City. Virgil Beasley has been released from the hospital, and it was good to see him in worship Sunday evening. Lucille Bowers has returned to Rose Manor, and Floy Turner has returned to Sunset Estate in Tecumseh.
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.
March 23 - Tuesday-Shawnee Soccer
March 28 - Sunday-Acapella Concert at OC
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 11 - 14, Gospel meeting, McLoud, Billy Bland, Memphis School of Preaching; see bulletin board
April 15 - 18, Gospel Meeting, Tecumseh, Leon Dennis, Westside, Norman