with Robert Prater
I believe our Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway last Saturday exceeded our expectations and was a tremendous success. It was so exciting to see the Fellowship Hall literally filled with people and many more who were sitting in the auditorium waiting to be helped. We helped 71 families, for a total of 288 people. There will be a more detailed report to come in a future bulletin. But, what a wonderful start to this year's coat giveaway. We are so thankful to all those who volunteered their time and worked to make this a great day for the Lord and His church. They all did a great job!! Thank you so much. We want to once again especially thank Ron and Debbie Taffe for all their hard work and labor of love. They are doing an outstanding job of organizing, planning, promoting and heading up this much needed outreach ministry. We are just so grateful to all the many dedicated and faithful workers here at Central. Our next coat giveaway will be Saturday, December 4. Plan now on getting involved and being here for this day.
Friends, let's never forget the less fortunate. We need to pray for them. Pray that they might be receptive to the gospel message. And let's continue to reach out to the downtrodden and those families that are struggling and hurting in this community. Our hope and prayer is that souls will be saved for Jesus Christ through this effort. There are so many opportunities for us to serve the Lord and grow the church right here in Shawnee. I look forward to the challenge. Don't you? May God's richest blessings be yours for caring and sharing.
- -Robert- -
"How sweet are your words to my taste; yes sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:103-104)
A superficial view of God's Word may give little or no value, but a serious study of it with prayer and meditation will lead to a strong attachment. It will become a pearl of great price and a perennial comfort and guide. The heart will learn to cling so close to it that life's greatest dangers will remind us of its precepts. Sickness will draw it near. Death will find it present.
Many are the values of a concentrated study of the Bible. One will come to understand what its enemies are ignorant of, what is greater value than all the arts and sciences, and what true wisdom is. It instills in the student a hatred of evil and all various forms of iniquity. It teaches perception of what is right and wrong. It carries the student to a greater understanding of human character and settles him upon the path of righteousness. However strong the pressure of his peers, the diligent student of the Bible will determine to remain constant in his obedience, resulting in him immunity to the pangs of guilt. He can sit in the audience of God's Word and feel at home. He can dismiss any evil companion he may have had in the past without remorse. He can lift up his voice in daily prayer and sacred song and not be ashamed.
To quote an old gospel preacher, "The Bible is the traveler's map, the sailor's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's charter. In the Bible paradise is restored, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell are disclosed. Christ is its subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents. The Bible makes the plea that it is perfect, complete, and contains all that pertains to life and godliness." (Curtis Camp, Jan. 10, 1955)
Joe C. Magee
Central, Shawnee, Oklahoma
Jeffrey Behrnes requested prayer this past Sunday that he might be stronger in the faith and in living a righteous life. We deeply appreciate his desire to be a true child of God. We know that our Father will bless him, and we encourage his brothers and sisters in Christ to be there for him as well.
NEW ADULT CLASS BEGINNING
A new adult Sunday morning class will begin on November 14. This class will be designed primarily for the young-professional adult/families with children and teenagers. Robert Prater will be teaching and organizing the class. Topic: "Practical Christianity" - a study of the book of James. This class will also serve as a good hub for study, fellowship and involvement. The class will be meeting upstairs in the annex.
Dear Christian Family,
Words cannot express how grateful we are for the prayers, visits, phone calls, cards, flowers, and food during Mother's illness and passing. A special thank you to Beverly and John Aylor, Paula and Paul Harris, Doris Phillips, Marcia and Dwyane Dennis and Steve Kelly and the singers. The service was a testimony to Mother's love for Christ, her family, and her church family. God bless you all dearly. In Christian love,
Inez McNutt Family
We continue to be blessed with no Central members in the hospital as the Gospel Guide is prepared.
Fay Crosby is experiencing health problems at home.
Millie Riley expects to have outpatient surgery on her nose sometime this week.
Lucille Bowers's sister, Mickie Briscoe, is undergoing tests to determine the best treatment for a thyroid malignancy. Mickie is a frequent visitor at Central. She lives in Tulsa.
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, Harvey Moore, Eddie Morris (Louise Dixson's brother & Jim Pettyjohn's cousin), 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, 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.
The Friday night football game was especially exciting. Not only did the Wolves win over Harrah, but two of our guys helped! Jason Perry had his name called over the PA for his tackling abilities and Austin Beard got to get into the game as a freshman. Good job fellas!
After the game we had a 5th Quarter at the Youth House. We had a good crowd, but if you weren't there you were missed. It's always great to see our kids enjoy each others company and then praise God together.
We have another 16 year old on the road! Marla Miller passed her driver's test last Thursday. Congratulations to Marla and condolences to Cheryl!
November is upon us and the holiday season isn't far away. Neither is the end of the term for our Jr. High and High Schoolers. Remember them in your prayers as they prepare for exams and finish up those term papers.
Don't forget the Hayride Saturday, November 13 at our place. Be there at 5:00 p.m. Bring hot dogs, buns, maybe a stick or wire to roast with and lawn chairs. Oh, you might want to wear boots or old shoes (it's a pasture!). If you need directions just see me or Janet in the next couple of weeks, we'll get you there.
November 7 - Sunday - AWTG @ Chandler, Leave at 4 p.m. and return at 9 p.m.
November 13 - Saturday - Hayride at the Stephens, 5 p.m.
November 14 - Sunday, Devo at Dennis' after p.m. worship
November 13, Ladies Day, Central, 624 E. 1st, Chandler, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Melody Howard
November 21, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
November 24, Thanksgiving Eve, all classes in auditorium for devotional
November 25, 26, Thanksgiving: church office closed