We express our loving sympathy to the family of Brenda Joyce Banks. Brenda was a daughter of the late Alvin and Mary Jackson of the Farrall St. congregation. Her husband, Cardell Lee Banks, is minister for the Cedar St. Church in Wewoka. Brenda passed away in Oklahoma City on Wednesday of last week, and funeral services were conducted in our building on Monday morning by her husband and her son, Gerald Banks, who serves on the staff of a congregation in Broken Arrow.
with Robert Prater
Great progress was made in our recent VBS teachers meeting on Sunday afternoon. From our meeting, many wonderful ideas and thoughts were shared. And we are tremendously excited about this year's theme for Vacation Bible School, Bible Safari - "Where Kids Are Wild About God." During VBS these children will take a safari through God's Word to learn more about Him. We'll be studying some of the people and stories in the Bible that teach us about our relationship with God: Monday-Know God (Moses); Tuesday-Talk to God (Daniel); Wednesday-Stand Up For God (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego); Thursday-Obey God (Noah); Friday-Choose God (Ethiopian Eunuch). We will be conducting a five day VBS, July 11 - 15 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each morning here at the building for ages 2 thru 6th grade. We continue to be in the process of planning many great activities for our children this summer during VBS. If you would like to be part of this year's VBS and haven't signed up to help in a specific area of work, please contact me and we'll get you plugged in. Our VBS coordinators will need workers and helpers involved in teaching, story telling, crafts, decorating, registration, puppets, games, and refreshments. I hope that you will be able to participate in this great local outreach effort. Your involvement is vital to the success of this VBS. So let's all work together to make this year's VBS a tremendous boost for the Lord's church here at Central.
Influence. Everyone has it; yet we seldom realize the implications of what it means. There are some today who would take the position, 'Well, I don't want to influence you to....." My question is: "Why Not?" Should we not desire to influence others to do what is good, righteous, and true? When Jesus said you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-14) he was discussing the influence for good that a person should have for Him. (See Mt. 5:16) The fact of the matter is that we all influence others either in a positive or negative way. Salt functions in a way to influence the taste of food. Light functions in such a way as to dispel darkness and give direction so people may see where they are going. In the same way, we as followers of Christ need to take seriously the way He calls us to walk and the path we have chosen to follow. Our influence should cause others to seek beyond this world for the true significance and meaning of life and help others conform their life to be like Christ. (Read Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Tim. 4:12-13; 1 Pt. 1:9-12) --Robert--
OUT OF AFRICA
What happened to January and February? Where did they go? Never mind, here is a slogan for all of us for the rest of the year: "Come Alive in Zero-Five!"
To do the latter, they need to remember there are three basic classes of people:
(1) Those who make things happen
(2) Those who watch things happen, and
(3) Those who do not know what is happening!
Certainly, the successful SABC students, the real achievers, are those who take control of their studies and make things work out for a future life in the service of the Lord.
Incidentally, you and our other contributors fall into that first category above.....you "make things happen" at the Bible College. So special thanks come your way for contributions which have arrived, and will be put toward the daily operation of the school. Bless you for blessing us!
Al Horne, Your fellow-worker for saving souls in South Africa
Please add Terry Lowe's birthday to your April list. His birthday is April 10th.
David Nail has moved to Moore and has been removed from our directory.
When the Gospel Guide was prepared, Charles Thomas was in room 204 at Unity Health Center.
Evelyn Dunavan is near the end of a two-week period of not being able to raise her head following eye surgery for the repair of a hole in the back of her eye.
It was so good to see Harvey & Carletta Moore able to be in services Sunday morning.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Ray Davis (Paul Harris' dad) Harold & Clydean Decker, Mary Gaines, Geneva Green, Dwight Harber, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Don Allen McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, Monroe Pettyjohn, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Horace & Leoh Roberts, Lillie Smith, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Charles Thomas, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Doris Whittern, 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.
April 13 - 17, Gospel Meeting, Tecumseh, "The Life You Really Want," 7 p.m.,Chris Stinnett, Seminole; see bulletin board
April 16, Central's Blood Drive, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fellowship Room, appointment time sign up sheet in the foyer.
April 17, Bridal shower for Tara Kelly, Fellowship room, 2 p.m.; selections at Dillards & Target (earth tones); for a group gift see Denise Beard, Marcia Dennis, or Rita Romberg
April 17, New Song Class, 7 p.m.
April 17 - 20, Gospel Meeting, McLoud, 7:30 p.m., "Heaven, Hell, & Eternity," Jamie Beller, Marked Tree, Arkansas; see bulletin board
May 7, 36th Annual Bible Teachers Workshop, Eastside in Duncan
May 30, Memorial Day, church office closed
June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin Youth Camp
Congratulations to Wade Baskin. Wade was one of only three boys to make straight A's for the third quarter in the fifth grade class. Sean Parman ran well in a track meet in Midwest City last week. Sean beat all his personal times. Molly Gettle is running track this year for North Rock Creek. Molly is running the 300 meter hurdles. The great thing about all of our kids at Central is that what- ever they do, they let people see who is first in their lives, Christ.
We have a change in the April Calendars. We will go to the Shawnee soccer game on Tuesday the 12th instead of Thursday the 14th. Sorry about the mix up.
We should be receiving our camp registrations soon. Make plans now to be a part of this incredible week. It's June 12-18 at Burnt Cabin. If you haven't gone before, you've got to give it a chance. The week is filled with Bible study, worship, fellowship and fun. Just ask anyone who's been to Burnt Cabin, they'll tell you how awesome it is.
Coming Youth Events:
April 10, Sunday - Dinner and Devo after evening worship
April 12, Tuesday - Shawnee Soccer game
April 17, Sunday - AWTG, Tecumseh Volleyball Tournament
April 22-23, Friday-Saturday - Guys Retreat, Cost $5.00
Hope to see you here Sunday!