BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
Our hearts rejoiced Sunday morning as Harold Carothers came forward to confess the name of Jesus Christ as his Savior. He was baptized by Robert Perry.
Charles Bishop also came stating he would like to be considered a member at Central. His address is 819 West Main, Shawnee, OK 74801.
People are continually congratulating me on my retirement. Marcia retired from 17 years of work in Oklahoma City back in March. For that we are truly rejoicing. That greatly enhances our work here in Shawnee with her by my side again in the many visits made and other ministries we engage in here in Shawnee. I have mush less anxiety now with her not having to navigate I-40 twice a day at hours when the traffic is most congested. I will rejoice every time the highways are icy or snowpacked knowing she isn't out there (she hardly ever let that keep her from going). In 17 years, we feel greatly blessed that she had only one tire to blow, one battery failure, one slide off the highway on the ice, and one demolishing of the front end of her car when she hit two deer at 70 mph. Congratulations are in order for both of us.
But now let's talk about ME. It was announced that someone else would be doing the preaching ministry, but that I would remain on the staff here at Central. I will still be here for you when you need me, only now I will be able to devote more time to your needs than I have in the past when I had two sermons and three classes to prepare for each week. I don't know how many classes I will be teaching in the future. I do know that with Robert Prater here to do the preaching I will have about 20 more hours a week to make many more visits, reaching out to those who are hurting or who need encouragement to accept God's Way of salvation.
No doubt, someday I will retire. It's a part of living this life. But that's not a part of my immediate plan. If God wills (James 4:13 - 15), my plan is to work harder than I ever have before right here on the Central staff. At the same time I'm going to enjoy "having a preacher" like the rest of the congregation, something I've never experienced before. I'm planning to be one of his best friends and supporters. I hope you are too.
W. Dwyane Dennis
(In weeks to come we are featuring articles written by our own brother Joe Magee. We express our appreciation to him for sharing them with us. WDD)
He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spoke unto you when He was yet in Galilee, saying, "The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of evil men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." (Luke 24: 6 - 7)
This event marks the greatest day in the history of the world. No other has had such impact upon the course of humanity. The great tragedy of the crucifixion is overshadowed by the greater glory of our Lord's resurrection. The hopes of His disciples, once dashed against the rocks of injustice, were to come to life once again. They had not expected it. They could hardly believe it. These women to whom the angel spoke had come to the sepulcher to anoint the body of one whom they had loved and lost. They were filled with grief. Upon finding the body gone, their grief turned to anxiety. How fitting that here the God of love employed heavenly creatures to still their fears and reinstate their hopes. They were told to remember what Jesus had told them.
We live in troubled times. The waves of uncertainty rise everywhere around us. The world seems to be plagued with distrust, fear, and greed. We are burdened with the problem on every hand. Perhaps it is because we too have failed to remember the words that He has spoken. We put our trust in the uncertain riches of this life when they should be on the precious promises of Him who is risen.
Joe C. Magee, Central, Shawnee, Oklahoma
NEW ADULT CLASS
Starting Sunday morning, September the 12th, a new Bible class will begin for all college age members and also young adults in their 20's. The class will be taught by Dale Beard and will meet in the upstairs annex in the old high school classroom.
I want to thank Buddy and Fay for making a cake even though they weren't feeling well, Paul and Paula for bringing a meal and sharing it with me, Dwyane for calling to check on me, anyone else who sent up a prayer on my behalf, for the cards and the entire Central youth group for all the nice cards they made me. In Christian love,
I would like to thank every one for their visits and prayers during my recuperation. Mary Martin
Thanks for all your care and concern when I had my knee repaired. It's doing great. James Reeves
We extend our sympathy to Joyce Kelly in the loss of her brother-in-law, Curtis Camp, on Sunday, August 22 in Amarillo. Funeral services were conducted the following Friday in the Southwest church building. Brother Camp was a gospel preacher held in high regard by his brethren.
LADIES NIGHT AT LITTLE
The Annual Ladies Night at Little will be Friday, September 17. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30. The program will begin at 7. The Little church building is located on Highway 99 seven miles north of Seminole.
Bob Seikel's wife, Charlotte, was dismissed on Thursday following gall bladder surgery on Tuesday at Unity North.
Chuck Carter's brother, Billy Don, had emergency quadruple by-pass surgery on Friday in Ft. Smith, AR. He also experienced a collapsed lung and remained in ICU at publication time.
Joan Reeves requests prayers in behalf of her aunt, Elsie Moore. Elsie has a tumor in her lung and medical decisions will have to be made.
The family of Bill Morris request prayers for up coming tests. Bill is the brother of Louise Dixson and attends Highland in Tecumseh.
Howard Vanlandingham was scheduled for cataract surgery at Seminole Hospital on Tuesday.
It was good to see Sue Riedel, Teresa Story, and Horace & Leoh Roberts able to be in our services Sunday morning.
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 ?? - Sunday - Devo at the Romberg's (To Be Rescheduled)
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 17, Ladies Night at Little, 5:30 p.m., see bulletin board
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
Look forward to seeing you here Sunday!