A TREASURE SHIP
From my youth I have been fascinated by treasure ships plowing the seven seas, carrying from distant lands their precious cargo of gold, silver, spices, silk, jewels, and treasures fit for a king.
There's something exciting, romantic, and adventuresome about such ships to a boy growing up in the hot, dry flat lands of West Texas.
Even today my heart tends to skip a beat when watching the Discovery or National Geographic channels on television, and viewing a diver coming up from the depths with recovered treasure from:
Ships that sailed for sunny isles,
But never came to shore.
Almost 2,000 years ago a ship sailed across the narrow sea from Asia Minor to Macedonia. It was a treasure ship, but I daresay few would have recognized it as such. It made a direct voyage to Samothrace, Neapolis, and Philippi, which was the leading city of the district of Macedonia, and a Roman colony.
This ship carried the Gospel of Christ in the "earthen vessels" of Paul, Silas, Timothy, and Luke to Europe. And believe it or not, it was a far richer cargo than was ever carried by the treasure ships of Spain.
Arriving in Philippi, these men found a group of women who were gathered together on a sabbath day for prayer down by the riverside. Paul, having precious news to share, told them of Christ, and the Lord opened Lydia's heart as Paul spoke. As a result, she and her household were baptized. From this seemingly inauspicious beginning the Kingdom of Christ came to Europe, and from Philippi it spread like a flame!
Without doubt, this little ship, bearing men with a knowledge of Christ, became one of the greatest treasure ships of all time.
John Gipson, Windsong Church of Christ
Little Rock, Arkansas
Lloyd Lofties has moved to Guymon to be near his son. His new address is Dunaway Manor #6, 1401 N. Lelia, Guymon, OK 73942. His phone number is 580-338-2592. His son Steve's phone number is 580-338-2736. We will miss Lloyd and wish him every happiness in his new home.
HELPING OUR YOUTH
If you would like to contribute bottled water or pop for the young people's LTC trip to Tulsa on April 8 and 9, please leave these items in the kitchen. If you have questions, see Rita Romberg.
We are grateful to James & Joan Reeves, John & Beverly Aylor, Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn, and Kathryn Shields for several hours spent preparing the most recent mailing of House to House/ Heart to Heart. We had several good responses to the last mailing, and we are indebted to all who help make this possible.
NORTHRIDGE LADIES DAY -
The ladies at Northridge invite you to come join them as they discuss Women of the Bible 10 a.m. - 12 Noon. There will be a salad luncheon.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning, April 4. Please remember to set your time forward one hour before retiring Saturday evening.
Thanks for the wonderful meal and the flowers for Uncle Don. Thanks to Dwyane for all his help and concern. John & Linda King
and the Don Stevens Family
Lillie Smith will be staying at the home of Bertha Ann and Verna Nell Young until she has completed her chemotherapy treatments.
Phyllis Heald is now out of the hospital and at her mother's home (Doris Whittern).
Sarah Smith's son, Steve Phelps, is now out of the hospital and at his mother's home.
Aubrey Mercer is having some health concerns again.
Margaret Hanifan will have knee replacement surgery at Bone and Joint Hospital on Friday of this week.
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, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, 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.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Congratulations to Emily Farris. Emily has been chosen to be a Mat Maid for the Wrestling team at Shawnee Middle School next year. Way to go Emily! Lindsey Perry was awarded a scholarship from Oklahoma Christian recently for scoring well on an education test she took while at Spring Visit. Good job Lindsey! Our own Zach Qualls has entered the world of professional artist. Zach sold some pieces of art to an admirer of his work recently. We all knew how talented he was in music so it's no surprise to see him excel in art!
There will be a meeting regarding LTC, Wednesday, April 7, after evening services. We need all participants and parents to attend. Plans for the trip will be discussed then.
T-shirts have been ordered! We need your moola by this Sunday so we can get them from the screen printer in time for LTC.
April 4, Sunday - Money due for T Shirts
April 7, Wednesday - LTC meeting - kids & parents
April 9-10, Friday & Saturday - LTC Convention in Tulsa
April 18, Sunday - Volleyball Tournament in Tecumseh
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
April 17, Ladies Day, Northridge, salad luncheon; see bulletin board
April 18, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
May 1, Bible Teachers Workshop, Eastside, Duncan