1919 TOLLIE ZITTERKOPF 2005
We extend our loving sympathy to the family of Tollie Zitterkopf. Tollie departed this life on Tuesday evening, and Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services at Strothers Historic Chapel in Seminole on Saturday morning.
We also express our sympathy to Lois Lanier in the loss of her great nephew, Chris Hudson, who died on January 8 in Wewoka. Funeral services were conducted the following Wednesday in Tecumseh.
WEDDING LOCATION CHANGED
The wedding of Sarah Kessler and Billy Lawerance has been changed to University Baptist Church, 2515 N. Kickapoo, Saturday afternoon at 2:22, January 27. Everyone is invited to the wedding and to the reception which will follow at Elks Golf and Country Club.
There will be a shower in honor of Sarah Kessler and Billy Lawerance on Sunday, January 23, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship room. They are registered at Dillards', Lowes and Pottery Barn. If you would like to participate in a group gift, see Betty Emery, Mary Kelly, or Rita Romberg.
with Robert Prater
I like to think that I can handle almost anything that comes my way. At least, that is what I would like to believe. But when your computer "crashes" with the only copy of your Sunday evening sermon outline on it thirty minutes before you're about to preach, it's during circumstances like this that test you out. Boy, technology is a wonderful thing, except when it doesn't WORK! Anyway, even though we weren't able to finish looking at some of the challenges facing the church today, I hope you were still encouraged by our study from Romans 8, even though it was a last minute substitute lesson. I do appreciate your understanding and support. I was very grateful that the Sunday morning sermon, "External Challenges Facing the Church Today" was well received. Hopefully in the near future we'll be able to look at some of the "Internal Challenges" facing the Lord's church today. And finally, I am very much relieved to say that thanks to the skillful knowledge and hard work of Ron Taffe, nothing on my computer was lost, and everything has been restored and is back running correctly.
You know, sometimes, life "crashes" in on people too. Life can bring to us many disappointments, hardships, and accidents. Some of these are self-made and others are beyond our control. What do we do when things don't go our way? Will we feel sorry for ourselves? Some people become so depressed that they give up on life. Some people blame others. How often do we find ourselves taking our frustrations of a circumstance on others? Of course, what we need to do is keep on following the Lord. We must strive to make the most out of the situations we may face in life. And we need to realize that we're not alone. There are others who go through even greater problems. (1 Peter 5:9) Keep things in perspective. (Romans 14:8) Realize you never know how things will turn out. (Romans 8:28) On Wednesday evenings, we have been studying the Book of Job and looking at some "Insights into Suffering" as we learn some lessons from the struggles of Job's life. Within the Book of Job we are encouraged to keep on trusting in the sovereign God even when difficulties come. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you all in Christ Jesus.
- - Robert - -
VBS PLANNING MEETING
There will be a VBS planning meeting after the Sunday evening services on January 30 in the fellowship room. This meeting is for everyone who is interested in working or helping in some way with our VBS this upcoming summer. See Robert Prater for more information.
Former member, Juanita Arrington, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Saturday, January 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the west wing at Northridge Church of Christ. She's looking forward to seeing her friends through the years.
To the members of the Central Church of Christ, Thank you for the beautiful azalea plant in memory of our dear mother, Faye Lowry. Thank you for the many calls, cards, and expressions of sympathy. Some of you were friends to Mother for over 70 years when the church building was a small frame building now sitting on the OBU campus. Thank you for showing Mother you cared for so long. May God bless you all, Judy Hartley & family, Rita Vaughn & family, Janet Waterman & family
Nadine Collins expresses her appreciation for the Christmas fruit.
Bob Hardin was scheduled to have coronary bypass surgery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital on Wednesday of this week.
Monroe Pettyjohn was admitted to Unity Health on Saturday of last week for observation and treatment of an infection. Your prayers and visits are appreciated. He was in room 205 when the Gospel Guide was prepared.
Roe Honaker was admitted to Deaconess Hospital on Saturday evening of last week with a urinary tract infection. He is in room 612.
Millie Riley is recuperating from a fall in her home last week.
Harvey and Carletta Moore returned home from Houston this past Sunday evening. All of Harvey's tests turned out well, and he shouldn't have to go back for about three months.
Vesta Mays's cataract surgery went well on Wednesday of last week, and she was out and about the next day.
Penny Scism of Wewoka, daughter of Mary Littleton and the niece of Howard and Tahlia and Burl and Barbara Vanlandingham, was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday of this week at Unity Health Center for a cancerous lump and lymph node. Your prayers are requested.
Lee and Rella Wyatt have been moved to Unity Health Center South, room 301, for rehabilitation therapy.
Eddie Morris, brother of Louise Dixson and cousin to Jim Pettyjohn had coronary bypass surgery at Baptist Medical Center on Wednesday of last week.
Mary Martin is having some problems with pneumonia. She would appreciate your prayers and visits. She is in room 14 at Golden Rule Home.
Aaron Cheateaux, grandson of Howard and Tahlia Vanlandingham is returning to Iraq for another year. Your prayers for Aaron are always appreciated.
It is wonderful having Jack Aylor back in our presence again.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Gertrude Andes, 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, 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, and Verna Nell Young. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
LTC is upon us big time! Participants, if you have a meeting or practice time scheduled, be there! Don't let your teammates down.
The same applies to parents, please try to get your kids to practices on time. The next couple of months may get kind of hectic but the end result is always worth it. Seeing our kids and others from around the state working toward the good of Christ is a very heart warming thing. I want to encourage anyone who has never been to the LTC Convention in Tulsa to come this spring, the dates are March 25 & 26. You'll leave there with a very warm heart too!
Coming Youth Events
Jan. 23 - Sunday - Dinner Devo
Jan. 24 - Monday - Shawnee Basketball game, Sean Parman
January 29 - Billy Lawerance/Sarah Kessler Wedding, University Baptist Church @ 2:22 p.m., reception at Elks Club, all are invited
January 30 - February 2, Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship, "Life on the Road," keynote speakers: Prentice Meador, Arnelious Crenshaw, Patrick Mead, Rich Little, & Chris Smith
January 31-February 3, Tipton Home truck will be coming. A list of their special needs: cereal, corn meal, Nestles Quick, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, peanut butter, grape jelly, spray starch, kitchen trash bags, paper towels, Q-tips, Spray & Wash, Lime-away, soft soap, 409 Cleaner and bleach