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10th & Bell
Shawnee, Oklahoma
405)273-3065

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Bulletin for Sunday 08/08/2004

WASTED EFFORT

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 heard.

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 thought.

I leave my prayer with Him alone

Whose will is wiser than my own.

Elizabeth M. Hickock


CONGRATULATIONS

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.


SYMPATHY

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.


THANK YOU

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 Farris

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

Al Pendleton
319 Graham Lane
Johnstown, CO 80534

970-587-0328
Ksnider@warpdriveonline.com


PRAYER CONCERNS

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


YOUTH NEWS
Bob Stephens

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


LOOKING AHEAD

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.


By all means, focus your attention on correction, spend your energy edifying your brother, identify all nuances of inaccuracy. Expose error, Highlight heresy, Defend doctrine, and Eradicate evil! By these efforts the world may become a better place.......
but whom have you brought to Christ, and whose will has been obeyed?

Anonymous ---- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 139
Worship Service 201
Sunday Evening 146
Wednesday Evening 106
Contribution $4,263.25

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 8, 2004

Announcements:Jim Pettyjohn
Opening Prayer:Chuck Carter
Song Director:Floyd Davis
Scripture:Sean Parman
Closing Prayer:George Mastick

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Glendon CombsJim Cross
JAndy StephensJoe Curtis

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Sean ParmanRyan Parman

USHERS

Steve Kelly Burl Vanlandingham

GREETERS

Foyer:Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator:Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Buddy Truesdell

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Bob Seikel
Song Director:Floyd Davis
Scripture:Brandon Gober
Closing Prayer:Terry Banta

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Ron TaffeTim McGalliard

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Nathan Kelly
Scripture:Austin Beard

VAN DRIVER

Roger Farris
If unable to serve this week, notify the church office - 273-3065


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