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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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Bulletin for Sunday 08/22/2004

REFLECTIONS

By Joe Magee

So Moses heeded the voice of his father-in-law and did all that he said. (Exodus 18:24)

Moses rests in the annals of history as the world's greatest leader, and with just cause. Who but a man with extraordinary talent and patience, coupled with a firm belief in God, could have undertaken such a task? An estimated two million people with their flocks and herds and all their possessions, proceeding into a desert place unknown to any of them, would have been an apprehensive undertaking at best.

Into this great scene of mobile humanity comes one whose life in the past touched Moses: Jethro, an Arab sheik, a priest of Midian, and father-in-law of Moses. We see in this relatively obscure individual a kind of leadership that is often overlooked and seldom appreciated. Jethro had known Moses for some forty years. He had given him one of his daughters and was bringing her and her children to be with Moses on his journey. Jethro saw a dilemma. Moses was trying to solve the multitude of daily problems by giving separate audience to each one. Unlike the rebellious bent of Korah and Abiram, Jethro took Moses to one side, gave him good advice, and then withdrew from the scene. With no desire to seize a share of the limelight or to obscure the brilliant influence of this great man of God. Jethro only sought to be a friend. Because of their past relationship of forty years Jethro undoubtedly felt comfortable in giving this advice and Moses felt equally comfortable in receiving it. Of such is the making of great leadership.

Leaders are not born. They are developed. Many a potential leader has been thwarted in his growth toward greatness because he could not get out of the cocoon of himself. For fear of losing what he thought was momentum toward success, he refused to pause and reflect upon the advice of friends. Others have withheld good sound advice from those in the flow of popularity because of envy and a covert desire to be recognized and praised. Both of these could learn from Moses and Jethro.


WARMTH FROM THE HEART

The first of two planned Warmth from the Heart coat distributions has been scheduled for Saturday, October 30. It is time again to start gathering coats, stocking caps, and gloves to be given away. As you go to garage sales, and clean your children's closets for back to school, remember what we will need. Our main focus is on children from birth to high school age, but we try to provide a coat for everyone who comes, and we always need a few 1X to 3X coats for both men and women.

More information on what is needed will be provided soon. There are signup sheets on the table in the foyer for those of you who would like to help out in the coming weeks.

The past two years have been a great success because of your efforts, and this year should be the best yet!


THANK YOU

Dear Church Family,

Thank you so very much for the "great" party. The food, fellowship, and beautiful decorations were so nice. Thank you for the generous money gift and keepsake golf box. Most of all your love, encouragement, and support are greatly appreciated! Love, Al [Pendleton]


SEPTEMBER

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date O.T. Reading Date N.T. Reading
1 Ps. 135.1361 1 Cor. 12
2 Ps. 137,138,1392 1 Cor. 13
3 Ps. 140,141,1423 1 Cor. 14:1-20
4 Ps. 143,144,1454 1 Cor. 14:21-40
5 Ps. 146,1475 1 Cor. 15:1-28
6 Ps. 148,149,1506 1 Cor. 15:29-58
7 Prov. 1,27 1 Cor. 16
8 Prov. 3,4,58 2 Cor. 1
9 Prov. 6,79 2 Cor. 2
10 Prov. 8, 910 2 Cor. 3
11 Prov. 10,11,1211 2 Cor. 4
12 Prov. 13,14,1512 2 Cor. 5
13 Prov. 16,17,1813 2 Cor. 6
14 Prov. 19,20,2114 2 Cor. 7
15 Prov. 22,23,2415 2 Cor. 8<
16 Prov. 25,2616 2 Cor. 9
17 Prov. 27,28,2917 2 Cor. 10
18 Prov. 30,3118 2 Cor. 11:1-15
19 Eccl. 1,2,319 2 Cor. 11:16-33
20 Eccl. 4,5,620 2 Cor. 12
21 Eccl. 7,8,921 2 Cor. 13
22 Eccl. 10,11,1222 Gal. 1
23 Song of S. 1,2,323 Gal. 2
24 Song of S. 4,524 Gal. 3
25 Song of S. 6,7,825 Gal. 4
26 Isaiah 1,226 Gal. 5
27 Isaiah 3,427 Gal. 6
28 Isaih 5,628 Eph. 1
29 Isaiah 7,829 Eph. 2
30 Isaiah 9,1030 Eph. 3

PRAYER CONCERNS

Teresa Story had major surgery at Carl Albert Indian Hospital in Ada on Monday. She was expecting to return home on Tuesday.
Sue Riedel is home again after spending several days in the hospital..


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

By the time you read this article, most of our kids will be back in school. Summer is a great time to spend some quality time with their 'church' friends and not feel the weight of the world on them. They have chances to go to camp, area wide teen gatherings, work camp, and to just hang out together. It's a different story when they have to go back to school. Pressures to conform, to fit in, to not stick out of the crowd can be really tough. So please remember our kids in your prayers as they start their new year of school.

Our Family Cookout is this Saturday, the 21st, at 5 p.m. at the Gettles. Teens and their families are encouraged to come, especially those with kids coming into the youth group. We will have a couple of grills fired up, all you have to do is bring your hotdogs or hamburgers or whatever you want to eat (along with the corresponding buns!). We will eat together and play volleyball and have some other fun stuff to do. If you have any questions please contact me or Janet.

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

August 21 - Saturday - Family Cookout - Teens and their Families - 5 p.m. at the Gettles

September 12 - Sunday - Devo at the Romberg"s.


LOOKING AHEAD

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.

September 26 - 29, Harding's 81st Annual Lectureship Series, "He Loves Me;" see bulletin board for speakers


Everyone wants to change, but change demands desire and discipline before it becomes delightful. There is always the agony of choice before the promise of change.
Larry Lea ---- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 132
Worship Service 197
Sunday Evening 122
Wednesday Evening 106
Contribution $3,106.21

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Announcements:Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer:Buddy Truesdell
Song Director:Steve Kelly
Scripture:Jason Perry
Closing Prayer:Dale Beard

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Brian NipperFrank Romberg
David NailThomas Farris

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jeffrey BehrnesAdam Beard

USHERS

Steve Kelly Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator:Jim & Vivian Cross

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Chuck Carter
Song Director:Steve Kelly
Scripture:Wade Baskin
Closing Prayer:Glendon Combs

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Frank BurtonBob Perry

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Clavin Norwood
Scripture:Nathan Kelly

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle
If unable to serve this week, notify the church office - 273-3065


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