THINKING OF MOTHER
I wonder if mothers really know the influence they are having on their children. My own mother has gone to her long awaited home and though that even happened many years ago, she is constantly in my thoughts.
Mother believed in Bible reading both for herself and for her children. She saw to it that the Bible was read in our home each night. Following the reading of God's Word, she would read a chapter to us from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible. There may be better Bible storybooks available now, but Hurlbut's is still my favorite. As a child I learned how thrilling a study of the bible can be, and that love has grown with the passing years. How thankful I am that she loved the Bible and whetted my appetite for God's Word.
Attendance at all worship services was a rule in our house. There was never a discussion about whether we were going to attend. That issue was decided long before I ever came along. One of my vivid childhood memories has to do with a Sunday morning, Dad and I had gone over to Grandmother's house to pick up some of his hunting dogs before church. On the way back as I hung out the car window watching the dogs follow, I fell out of the car and cut a long gash in my chin. Dad immediately took me to the doctor and by the time the doctor had finished with me I had enough bandages around my head to have been mistaken for King Tut. Dad used to tell that even before he could explain to my mother what had happened she was saying, "Hurry up! We're going to be late for church." Hebrews 10:25 which exhorts Christians not to neglect meeting together could have been left out of her Bible with no harmful results because I don't think she ever considered the possibility of missing a service.
Of course her religion was not confined to the church house. I can still hear her singing "Blessed Assurance" in the kitchen. It was easy for her to talk about God anytime of the day, or sing praises as she did her chores. I never got the idea that God was locked up in a church building.
Prayer was a constant part of her life. Before every meal we gave thanks. As children she taught us how to pray as she tucked us into bed at night. We prayed before we went on trips, and again upon arriving. Even today when I hear the injunction, "Pray without ceasing," I think of Mother.
In my humble opinion, having a Christian mother is one of the greatest gifts any child can receive. John Gipson, Little Rock, Ark.
We extend our best wishes to our college graduates. Angie Gober is graduating from East Central State University with a bachelors degree in special education. Amy Kelly graduated from Oklahoma Christian University on April 30 with a degree of Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in interior design. Danielle Flores will be graduating later this summer from East Central State University with a bachelors degree in early child development. We wish the very best for each of these as they continue to pursue their goals.
Joe and Nadine Magee have returned to Shawnee after living and preaching in Yale for a period of time. They live at 210 N. Cleveland, and their phone number is 214-4420. It's wonderful having them back!
THANK YOU TO YOUTH GROUP!
Dear Janet, Bob, & Youth Group,
You all are special to me. Thanks for the get well cards made especially for me. So thoughtful. Your prayers are appreciated. I was able to use my walker and be at church on Sunday morning. You have been so good to me - - cookies and songs during the Christmas season and these special wishes. Our Father has made it all possible. Your sisters in Christ, Margaret & Fredith Hanifan
Many thanks to all who helped in our move. Burl and Jim [Pettyjohn] can put more stuff in a truck than I have ever seen. Thanks to the ladies who prepared a meal for us. It's good to be home!
Joe & Nadine Magee
We extend our sympathy to Dee Nelson in the loss of her sister-in-law, Lois Cooper. Funeral services were conducted at Northridge on Friday of last week.
We also extend our sympathy to Dixie Jacobs in the loss of her mother, Colleen Guhl. Funeral services were conducted in Shawnee on Tuesday of last week, and the interment was in Kansas the following day. Dixie is the daughter-in-law of Mariella Jacobs. Richard and Dixie live in Longmont, Colorado.
It's great seeing Vesta Johnson able to be back with us in worship part of the time. Vesta is looking for someone to live in and work fulltime. This would enable her to bring Earnest home from Golden Rule Home.
Gerald Smith's test have all turned out well.
Chad Beard is having major problems with his shunt which will require surgery on Friday of this week (if not before) at Children's Hospital. Your prayers are appreciated.
Harvey Moore is having tests this week at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
Doris Whittern remains in Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital, room 822. When she is discharged, she will be in a skilled nursing facility for 20 more days.
Bertha Ann Young has made good recovery from a laparoscopic gall bladder surgery she had on April 21.
Martha Chaffin requests your prayers in behalf of her sister, Anna Cantrell, who has terminal cancer. Anna lives in Gallup, New Mexico.
Kathryn Shields's son, Mickey Shields, has returned home after spending several days in a California hospital. Tests indicated he had no heart blockage. He is seeing other doctors this week.
Dorothy Strickland is making a good recovery from her shoulder surgery.
Bill Roberts is now residing at Sunset Estates room 36-A in Tecumseh. Bill is a member at Highland in Tecumseh who is well known by many Central members.
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, Mary 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.
May 16, New song class, 7 p.m.
May 19, Last Ladies Bible Class of the season, 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows
May 23, Senior Reception, 7 p.m., for Adam Beard, Thomas Farris, Tim Norton, Jr., Lindsey Perry, & Zachary Qualls
May 31, Memorial Day; church office closed
Happy sixteenth birthday to Jason Perry! By the time this article was written, Jason will probably be on the streets of Shawnee in his pick up truck. Let's keep Bob and Louise in our thoughts and prayers as they have another child behind the wheel! Congratulations Jason!
The teens went to the Southwest church in Ada Sunday evening. It was the best attended AWTG we've been to in a while. The singing was great, the message of Jesus trading spaces with us was right on track and the fellowship was wonderful. I want to encourage our kids to attend all these area wides that you can, they're worth the time! We received the summer schedule for the AWTGs and they will all be on Monday evenings (except one or two), so mark your calendars now and plan to be there!
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
May 23 - Sunday - Senior Reception
June 4 - 6, Friday - Sunday - Spring Retreat