with Robert Prater
The apostle Paul said in two separate passages of Scripture in the New Testament, "Give respect and honor to all to whom it is due" and "Honor your father and mother…" (Romans 13:7 and Ephesians 6:2) And who is more deserving of honor and respect than our mothers? Of course this coming Sunday our nation sets aside one very special day for Mother's Day. I am especially thankful for the strong Christian influence of my mother (and father). Abraham Lincoln was nine when his mother died. Her dying words were, "Be something Abe." He later paid the profound tribute to his mother: "All that I am and ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." We all owe so much to our mothers and words are not adequate to express the depth of the love that we have for all of you who are Godly women. One writer has well said: "A Godly mother is more interested in her children's eternal life rather than in their successes in life. A Godly mother is more interested in her children's relationship with Jesus than in their popularity with the world. A Godly mother is more interested in her children's standing before God rather than their social standing with men." Isn't that so true?
Throughout the pages of the Bible, there are many examples of Godly women and mothers mentioned. Yet, I am so grateful for all the Godly, Christian woman that we continue to have before us right here at Central. There's no doubt in my mind that we have women here like Sarah, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Dorcas, Lydia, Mary, Priscilla, Phebe and Hannah. Ladies, keep praying for us. I know we have women here who have passed on the sincere faith to their children like Lois and Eunice passed on to Timothy. (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15) Ladies, thank you for the example you've set for us. Like King Lemuel in Proverbs 31, we praise all you women who "fear the Lord." We praise you for who you are, what you stand for, and for what you've done for us. So, to my mom and every other mother, we say thanks and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! You are very special.
- - Robert - -
Thanks to all who called and came to check on us during our illness and surgery. Your prayers and encouragement were very much appreciated.
Viola Yates & Virginia
Thank you for all the telephone calls, personal messages, and cards regarding the loss of Cathy.
In Christian love, Joe and Phyllis Scheidt
Charles Thomas remains in Unity Health Center with breathing difficulties. He is in room 316.
Bob Stephens had out-patient knee surgery at Midwest Regional on Thursday of last week. He is doing well.
Tammy Perry's dad, Don Cross, is now home and doing well following coronary bypass surgery.
Dwyane Dennis's tests have all turned out well so far.
Sarah Smith was scheduled to have a heart biopsy at Integris Baptist Tuesday morning.
Horace Roberts remains critically ill at home.
Dwight Harber has been very low the last few months.
Clydean Decker was scheduled for sleep study on Thursday.
Jim & Vivian Cross's grandson, Brandon Birchette, will be leaving soon for Iraq. Keep him and all our service people in your prayers for their safety and quick return home.
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), Delbert Knight (Ann Bivins & Vonda Merrill's brother) Betty Martin, Mary Martin, Don Allen McNutt, Aubrey Mercer, Harvey Moore, 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.
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Emma Wilson, #82
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)
Shawnee, OK 74802
Louise Barrett, #17
Mary Martin, #14
Millie Riley, #35
Charles Thomas, #32
NORMAN VETERANS CENTER
1776 E. Robinson (P.O. Box 1668)
Norman, OK 73070
Carl Worley, First Floor East, #117
PIONEER NURSING HOME
1705 Boren Blvd., Seminole, OK 74868
Betti Boswell, #64
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #108B
Geneva Green, #601B
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #51
Mary Sorensen, #56
Floy Turner, #49
May 8, Dinner & Devo after evening service
June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin
July 20,21, Six Flags/Rangers trip
PAST AND PRESENT
Several of the teachers in the congregation here at Central have been in the process of revamping and sorting through all the supplies in the teacher workroom. They have gathered a good supply of materials that they intend to donate to the Bell & Farrall and Wewoka congregations. Donation items will be on the tables in the Fellowship Room starting Sunday, May 8 and lasting until Saturday, May 14. Please come down to the Fellowship Room and glance at the items to make sure that you don't want anything that is yours to be donated. Anything unclaimed will be donated. Please keep in mind the best conditioned materials were kept. Thank you. For more information or questions please see Mary Gettle or Maggie Prater.
May 7, 36th Annual Bible Teachers Workshop, Eastside in Duncan; see bulletin board
May 7, 50th Wedding Anniversary reception honoring Boyd & Joann Cheney, Fellowship room; 2 p.m., no gifts
May 11, Our boys that attended LTC will be presenting their sermons this evening
May 15, Senior Reception, Andy & Matt Stephens
May 18, Last Ladies Bible Class, 10:30, Luncheon to follow
May 18, Tad McGalliard to speak and give report on trip to Haiti
May 30, Memorial Day, church office closed
June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin Youth Camp
July 11 - 15, Central's Vacation Bible School, Bible Safari - "Where Kids Are Wild About God."
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 1Cor.7:3
Hope to see you here Sunday!