There is so much to do and so little
time in which to do it that we cannot afford any wasted effort.
The Lord gave the Great Commission and it is the greatest charge ever given
to man. The mission of carrying the good news of Jesus Christ is the most
important task ever delegated.
There are many ways in which we can be diverted from that task. There are many
attractive side paths. Some that are not appealing may seem necessary. We
cannot afford to let unfaithfulness go unnoticed. But why should we have to
spend our energies reminding knowledgeable people of their duty?
We have change agents who want to modernize the gospel, men who want to
substitute human ways of worship for what was divinely given. Why should we
have to spend our time rebuking their error and calling men back to the Bible
when we could be out beating the bushes in search of sinners who need to hear
the gospel for the first time? I still like what Jimmie Lovell adopted
as his motto many years ago: "Every man has more of a right to hear the
gospel once than any man has a right to hear it twice." That is why Jimmie
started World Bible School which has reached untold thousands with the gospel.
Let's make sure we are faithful Christians who do not have to be babied by
other Christians. Let's not take up their time admonishing us when they need to
use their talents and energies to reach out to lost souls.
Good stewardship demands that we make the most of all that God has entrusted
to us. We cannot afford to spin our wheels. Spinning one's wheels will never
move one forward.
"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give thee light." Eph. 5:14
Lewis G. Hale, Southwest, Oklahoma City
GOD ANSWERS PRAYER
I know not by what methods rare,
But this I know, God answers prayer.
I know not when He sends the word
That tells us fervent prayer is
I know it cometh soon or late;
Therefore, we need to pray and wait.
I know not if the blessing sought
Will come in just the guise I
I leave my prayer with Him alone
Whose will is wiser than my own.
Elizabeth M. Hickock
Dora Sheets and George Tate were united in marriage on Monday,
July 26. The Tates live at Route 3, Box 443-Y, Wellston, OK 74881. Their phone
number is 258-0599. We wish them every happiness in their life together.
We offer our love and sympathy to Gaylord
and Jean Sanders in the loss of their mother and mother-in-law, Gracie
Sanders. Gaylord and Jean are both former members at Central
now worshiping at Lakeview. Mrs. Sanders departed this life on
Wednesday, July 28, and funeral services were conducted at Gaskill Funeral Home
on Monday of this week.
To the congregation of Central:
I want to thank everyone for the cards and gifts for my graduation. The
gifts and money will come in handy as I begin college. Thank you again! Thomas
To Central: We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who visited Arik in the
hospital during his recovery from surgery. Also thank you for the gifts that
lifted his spirits. In Christian love, The Farris'
Thank you so much for your prayers and cards. A special thank you to those
who donated blood and those who wanted to. You are all so dear to us. Bill
& Mary Jo Fleming
AL PENDLETON'S NEW ADDRESS
319 Graham Lane
Johnstown, CO 80534
Lucille Bowers was returned to
Rose Manor on Monday after spending several days in Unity North with blood
clots in her legs.
James Reeves had outpatient
knee surgery at Unity North on Wednesday of last week and was doing well enough
to be back in worship the following Sunday morning.
Mary Martin is now living at
Golden Rule Home #14.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Gwen Barrett, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty
Bernard, Betti Boswell, Lucille Bowers, Harold Carothers, James Childers,
Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Geneva
Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Anna Jarvis,
Earnest Johnson, Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew),
Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Ida McIntyre, Don Allen McNutt, Inez
McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Ruth Nevills, Winnie Page, Monroe
Pettyjohn, Christy Phillips (Mary Jo Fleming & Buddy Truesdell's cousin),
Ruth Pratt, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Naomi
(Richards) Rutledge, 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
Teens and parents, mark your
calendars for August 21st. We are planning a family cookout. It's
kind of a farewell to our college bound kids and a welcome to our new youth
group members. We will let you know in the weeks to come what you will need to
bring. We will eat together, then plan some volleyball or softball…parents against
the teens. Don't miss out on the fun and fellowship!
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
August 5 - Thursday - Girls Night Out
August 9 - Monday - Float Trip*Leave at 8:00 a.m. *
return by 9:00 p.m.
August 21 - Saturday - Family Cookout
August 15, Singing Class, 7 p.m.
September 6, Church office closed for Labor Day
September 9 - 12, 10th Annual Central
Oklahoma Lectureship, "The Grace of God," McLoud; see bulletin board
for speakers and times.