TO BE CENTRAL'S
NEW PULPIT MINISTER
As announced last Sunday morning, Robert Prater has been hired to be our new preacher and will begin his work with Central on Sunday, October 3, 2004. After the long process of reviewing applicant resumes and tapes, Robert's name was at the top of each of our lists. Our interviews with Robert and his wife Maggie confirmed our belief that Robert was the man that we wanted for our new preacher.
Robert grew up at the 10th and Rockford congregation in Tulsa where the preaching of Hershal Dyer left a lasting impact on Robert's life and Maggie grew up at the Carbondale congregation where Maggie's father serves as an elder. Robert attended Northeastern University from 1995 through 1998 where he received his Bachelor's degree in General Studies. Desiring to be a preacher, Robert enrolled in Harding University to study Bible where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor in Ministry. His first fulltime work after graduating from Harding was with the church in Cleveland, Oklahoma.
Our conversations with Robert led us to believe that he is solid in the Word, one who loves Truth and the church and one who comes with the heart of a servant. We are excited about his coming and are looking forward to his ministry with us.
As you have prayed for us during this selection period, we ask that you continue to remember Central and our new minister and his family in your prayers. The Elders
IN HURRICANE RELIEF
You will be happy to know that Central has contributed $1000 to the hurricane relief fund at the Central church of Christ in Sarasota, Florida.
Look forward to seeing you here Sunday!
Lola Duvall is now living at 1821 N. Bell, Shawnee, OK 74804. Her phone number is 273-1069. Sue Merritt is now living at 1306 Nottingham Court, Shawnee, OK 74804. Her phone number is 273-5638.
FAX MACHINE JUNK MAIL
We receive almost as much junk mail over our fax machine as we do in email on the Internet. However, the following message is worth reading.
So far today, God, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent.
But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed, and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help.
[Somehow this reminded me of Bob Bivins. - - WDD]
02 Leona Smith (Mrs. Gerald)
04 C.F. Drain
04 David Nail
05 Thomas Farris
05 Mariella Jacobs
05 Mary Martin
06 Chuck Carter
07 Janice McGalliard
07 Lori Farris
09 Burl Vanlandingham
09 Howard Vanlandingham
10 Gertrude Andes 98th ! ! !
11 Bill Combs
12 Paul Harris
12 Lois Lanier
16 Barrett Bowers
17 Tamara Perry
17 Yuavonda Sperry
18 Larry Smith
19 Ruth Nevills 93rd ! ! !
20 Ethel Fast 91st ! ! !
21 Mitch Harmon
21 Al Pendleton
22 Paige Vanlandingham
25 Earnest Johnson 97th ! ! !
27 Alice Williamson
28 Kenneth Epley
30 Thelma Franklin
ANNIVERSARIES IN SEPTEMBER
03 Ron & Debbie Taffe - 28th
11 Bob & Louise Perry - 22nd
14 Arthur & Noma Epperson - 31st
14 Frank & Rita Romberg - 36th
21 Gene & Dorothy Norton - 57th
26 Zane & Linda Qualls - 23rd
We extend our best wishes to those celebrating birthdays and wedding anniversaries in September. We especially extend all good wishes to Gertrude Andes on her 98th birthday, to Earnest Johnson on his 97th birthday, to Ruth Nevills on her 93rd birthday, and to Ethel Fast on her 91st birthday.
Roe Honaker was discharged from Deaconess Hospital on Sunday after spending several days last week.
Teresa Story came home from the hospital in Ada on Tuesday of last week and is doing well following her surgery.
Vivian Cross spent several hours in ER Sunday morning with severe back pain.
It was good seeing Sarah and Larry Smith and family able to be in worship Sunday.
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, 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.
We had an excellent turn out Saturday evening for our family cookout.
There were at least 60 people there enjoying the fellowship and fun. Thank you to Mary and Tracy Gettle
for opening their home to us. Janet and I were thinking it would be a good idea
to have these get-togethers more often. Let us know what you think and if you would be
interested in hosting one, let us know that too.
Acapella will be at Oklahoma Christian on Sunday, September 12. The cost is $10 at the door. We originally had a devo scheduled that night, it will be rescheduled. The concert starts at 7 p.m., so we'll go into town early for worship, then go on to the concert. More information will be available as the date gets closer.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
September 12 - Sunday - Devo at the Romberg's.
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
October 3, Robert & Maggie Prater's first Sunday at Central
October 30, First Warmth from the Heart coat distribution; signup sheet for volunteers in the foyer
October 31, Daylight Saving Time ends