with Robert Prater
Welcome to Y2K-05. Hardly seems possible. 2004 is now a memory. Some don't think the beginning of a New Year is any big deal since it happens every twelve months. However, the regularity and frequency with which something happens is not what determines its value. Scriptures teach us that every day is a great blessing to be received from God with thankfulness. (Psa.118:24) The prospect of a new year is a distinct and genuine blessing. We equate a New Year with new opportunities. Yet, with new opportunities come new responsibilities. Paul's encouragement is important: "See then that you walk carefully, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." (Ephesians 5:15-16) This is why the Bible impresses upon us the need to do what we can, while we can. Opportunities are not eternal. James reminds us that each day should be lived with God's will in mind and to do otherwise is evil and arrogance. (James 4:13-16) He then gives this conclusion, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin." (James 5:17) In this new year, and in every day of it, we have the responsibility and obligation to do what is right.
And so as we have this New Year, let us rededicate our commitment to Christ and His church. Decide today that this coming year you will develop a stronger faith and relationship with the Lord. Make the decision to participate more in those activities that bring glory to God. Determine today to spend more time in God's word and more time in prayer with Him. Focus on looking for opportunities to share with others the good news of Jesus. Let us keep our eyes open to give compassion and love to those in need. Let us resolve that no matter what the coming year may bring, whether victory and success or failures and trials, we will be faithful to the Lord. And always remember that the Lord is with us, He is our strength and He will never leave us. (Hebrews 12:5-6) He will bless our work and it is He alone that gives the increase to our work. (1 Cor. 3:6) May this New Year bring to us new opportunities and wonderful blessings from the Lord Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. - - Robert - -
SEARCH & THE OKLAHOMA
"...A year ago we made an announcement of the cancellation of the 17th Annual Search Luncheon at the Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship January 26, 2004. In a recent conversation President O'Neal assured me that the issues of concern in last year's program have been corrected and invited us back. And in view of that, we are happy to return, not for a luncheon, but for a 5 p.m. dinner on Monday evening, January 31, 2005."
FROM THE SAUVILLERS
From the both of us, residing in Spain, BEST WISHES for a PEACEFUL HOLIDAY SEASON and NEW YEAR 2005!
We pray that every one of you is doing fine and that we will be re-united with "y'all" soon!
In Christian love, Robert and Florentine Sauviller
We extend our best wishes to Mazella Patterson on the birth of a new great granddaughter, Emily Leigh born December 27 in Abilene, Texas. She weighed three pounds, six ounces and is doing well in Children's Hospital in Dallas. The parents are Keli and Kevin Darner.
Thank you notes have been received from the following people for the recent bags of fruit: Marlene Wadkins, Pauline Adams, Mary Martin, June Lowe, Don & Rosie Brightwell, Gerald Akin, Joyce Kelly, & Altha [Smith].
"As you grow older, you'll discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, the second for helping others."
Darla (Harris) Cole's surgery in Decatur, Texas went well last week, and Darla is home again.
Lee and Rella Wyatt were involved in a major accident in Seminole on December 27. After time in the OU Trauma Center, Lee is now in room 421 at Presbyterian, and Rella is in room 753. The Wyatts are members of the Seminole congregation, and Rella is a former member at Central.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, Jack Aylor, Gwen Barrett, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Ola Fitzwater, Mary Gaines, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Phyllis Heald (Doris Whittern's daughter), Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Phil Lairson (Rosie Brightwell & Ellen Childers's nephew), Lloyd Lofties, Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Don Allen McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Eddie Morris (Louise Dixson's brother & Jim Pettyjohn's cousin), Ruth Nevills, Monroe Pettyjohn, Ruth Pratt, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Naomi (Richards) Rutledge, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, 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 interest and prayers.
January 30 - February 2, Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship, "Life on the Road," keynote speakers: Prentice Meador, Arnelious Crenshaw, Patrick Mead, Rich Little, & Chris Smith
Hope to see you here Sunday!
The LTC Sign up sheets are coming down this weekend. If you haven't signed up yet you better do it quick! Thank you to the Kelly's for having the youth group into their home on New Years Eve. We really appreciate their hospitality and support. We had a great time bringing in the new year with a video scavenger hunt and games. It was (it always is) a blessing to see our kids enjoy being around each other so much. As a parent, I realize how important it is for our children to be around others that will build them up, not bring them down. Parents worry enough about their children so it's nice to know that they're with other Christians and walking on the right path as they grow.
This Saturday evening we will be taking the van to Oklahoma Christian for a basketball game. The game will start at 8 p.m. We plan to leave at 6 p.m. and grab a bite to eat before going to the game. The cost is $1 for the game plus money for fast food.
Seminole Church of Christ is hosting the AWTG this Sunday evening at 6 p.m. We will leave at 5:30 and return by 8:30.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
January 8, Saturday, Ballgame @ OC
January 9, Sunday, AWTG, Seminole
THE WAY TO A HAPPY NEW YEAR
To leave the old with a burst of song;
To recall the right and forgive the wrong;
To forget the things that bind you fast
To the vain regrets of the year that's past;
To have the strength to let go your hold
Of the not worth while of the days grown old;
To dare to go forth with a purpose true,
To the unknown task of the year that's new;
To help your brother along the road,
To do his work and lift his load;
To add your gift to the world's good cheer,
Is to have and to give a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Author unknown. Submitted by: Anita Jacques