with Robert Prater
We had about 43 people stay for our meeting last Sunday evening to discuss the possibilities in beginning a new Evangelism/Outreach Ministry here at Central. What an encouragement to see so many Christians together for the purpose of wanting to become more involved in reaching out and teaching the gospel to the lost. We are just in the beginning stages of developing this program and identifying areas of service that need attention and the people who can lead in them. We want to encourage everyone to be informed and be listening in the future to hear more about this great work and how you can become involved. I do want to give a special thanks to Burl and Barbara Vanlandingham for all their hard work in helping contact and organize the follow-up to our Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway. Burl will also be helping to coordinate this new evangelism program here at Central. If you have any questions or suggestions about this new outreach program, don't hesitate to let us know.
Actually, the idea for getting together a new evangelism ministry was due mainly from the immediate need to follow up with prospects from our recent coat giveaway. These are individuals and families who indicated a desire to study the Bible and to learn more about the Central Church of Christ. Several Bible studies have already been conducted and set up for the future. Bible correspondence courses have also been mailed out to various ones. And many tracts have been given away. No, I don't believe that God intended for everyone in the church to be evangelists. I do believe, though, that the Lord wants everyone to have an evangelistic heart. God desires that each of us have a heart that is focused on outreach. He wants us to find our role in the church so that the body as a whole has an evangelistic fervor. This means we must be prepared for this great work. We want to train and instruct more Christians to learn how to share the truth of God's Word with the lost. Will you prayerfully consider what you can contribute to this much needed and important effort? Friends, I'm encouraged and excited about what I see happening within the Central family.
- -Robert- -
The average Christian has heard 4,000 sermons, 8,000 public prayers, 20,000 hymns yet converted 0 people to the Lord.
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body." (Ephesians 5:22-23)
In 1960, the men deserting their homes outnumbered the women 300 to one. Some two decades later it was two to one. Now there are more runaway wives than husbands according to the largest missing persons search firm, Tracers Company of America. The typical runaway wife is 34 years old. She married at 19, had her first child within a year, and a second child about 18 months later. She has little or no work experience, has been contemplating her move for some time, and finances it by saving money over a period of several months or, if possible, by withdrawing money from a joint savings account. According to the president of this company, the development of the feminist movement has led to this shift. When the wives are found most of them are extremely happy to be rediscovered and almost invariably a better communication between husband and wife is the result. Mother-in-law problems were usually given as their reason for leaving.
What a sad commentary on our society. I believe God has a better solution. Women often rebel at the idea of submitting themselves to a husband. The word in the original language does not suggest enslavement but rather placing oneself under the leadership and management of another. The phrase, "as unto the Lord" is the key. When a woman submits herself to a husband it should be one who loves her and to whom she loves above all others. One whose name she gladly wears and whose children she gladly bears; and to one who believes and practices the words of Paul in the 25th verse of this chapter: Husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. Where there is trouble in a marriage, without exception, you will find one or more of these three verses being violated.
Joe C. Magee Central, Shawnee, Okla.
We extend our very best wishes to Lisa and Bobby Carter on the birth of Jordan Dean Carter at Unity Health Center Sunday afternoon. He weighed nine pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long. The proud grandmother is Beverley MacMillan.
LADIES DAY AT CHANDLER
Central in Chandler, 624 E. First, presents "Drawing Closer to God" with Melody Howard on Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If possible RSVP to 356-0867 or e-mail them at email@example.com
Thank you! For all the prayers, visits, calls, cards, and food while I was in the hospital and home. Each visit and call did help me a great deal as well as the great food. Fay Crosby
Horace Roberts spent some time in Midwest Regional Hospital last week. He will be returning in a few days for laparoscopic gall bladder surgery.
Millie Riley was scheduled to have outpatient surgery on her nose on Tuesday.
Cathy Pettyjohn was scheduled to have outpatient surgery on Wednesday at Baptist Medical Center. She appreciates your prayers.
Norma Edgmon is to have knee replacement at Baptist Medical Center on Monday. Rehab will follow at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital.
Chuck Carter requests that we continue to pray for his brother, Don Carter, who had heart surgery a number of weeks ago and is having difficulty recuperating.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
The LTC sign up sheets will be posted this Sunday in the Youth House. We'll leave them till the end of the month. LTC is for kids in grades 3 - 12. Parents, encourage your kids to be a part of this wonderful experience. Leadership Training for Christ is such a great way to work on the talents you know you have and to learn that you have more to give in God's service. Anyone interested in helping with LTC in any capacity let us know, we can always use the help. And, it's really neat to see the kids in training to serve the Lord.
Be sure to come to the hayride and cookout this Saturday at 5 p.m. at our place in Earlsboro. Bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and buns, the rest will be there! If you have any questions or need directions just ask!
Just a reminder to the parents of our teens: if you have any news about your kiddos, let us know. The church likes to know when our kids do well.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
November 13 - Saturday - Hayride at the Stephens, 5 p.m.
November 14 - Sunday, Devo at Dennis' after p.m. worship
November 27 - Saturday, Dinner and Chickasha Lights Trip
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
December 1, Ladies class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows.
December 4, Last Warmth from the Heart coat distribution
December 22 & 29, Ladies class will not meet
January 30 - February 2, Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship.