Jeffrey Behrnes came forward this past Wednesday evening confessing sin and asking for prayers of restoration and strength to live more faithfully for Christ. What a wonderful privilege we have to pray for each other in our Christian walk. May we all be an example and encouragement to Jeffrey.
OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
We extend our very best wishes to Andy and Matt Stephens who are graduating from Tecumseh High School. On Sunday evening, May 15, they will be presented with Bibles at the close of the service. Then they will be honored with a reception in the fellowship room. Your presence will be greatly appreciated. If you'd like to honor them with a graduation gift, this would be a good time.
Andy is the son of Bob and Janet Stephens and the twin brother of Matt Stephens. He is the grandson of Boyd and Joann Cheney and Lynn and Lou Jean Stephens. Andy will graduate from Tecumseh High School on May 19, 2005. He has played basketball for Tecumseh for four years, receiving the Savage Pride award his junior year and serving as co-captain of the team his senior year. Andy is a 3 year member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was awarded the President's Service Challenge Award his senior year. Andy has been an active member of Central's youth group and has participated in the Leadership Training for Christ program for six years. He plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University in the fall where he has received a junior-varsity basketball scholarship. Andy plans to major in sports medicine perhaps due to his extensive experience in sports injuries!
Matt is the son of Bob and Janet Stephens and the twin brother of Andy Stephens. He is the grandson of Boyd and Joann Cheney and Lynn and Lou Jean Stephens. Matt will graduate from Tecumseh High School on May 19, 2005. Matt played basketball for Tecumseh for four years. He was a member of the Tecumseh Legacy newspaper staff for two years, serving as assistant sports editor and receiving several awards from the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association for his sportswriting. Matt is a 3 year member of the National Honor Society, has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was awarded the President's Service Challenge Award his senior year. Matt has been an active member of Central's youth group and has participated in the Leadership Training for Christ program for the last six years. He plans to attend Oklahoma Christian University in the fall where he has received an academic scholarship. Matt plans to follow in his father's footsteps and major in youth ministry!
There is to be a gospel meeting at Prague, May 15 - 18 with Carroll Sites preaching on the theme "Keep the Faith." Sunday through Wednesday evening services are at 7:30. Additional information is on the bulletin board
In compliance with state statues, the members at Central Church of Christ will hold their annual meeting immediately following the Sunday evening worship service, May 22, in the fellowship room.
Congratulations to Sue Riedel on the birth of her new great great grandson, Brock Johnson, born April 12, 2005. His parents are Christy & Chris Johnson, grandparents are Becky & Ricky Bohannon, and great grandmother is Vicki Williams.
We extend our love and very best wishes to Boyd and Joann Cheney on the observance and celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past Saturday afternoon.
We would also like to congratulate Annalisa Beal upon receiving her degree in education from East Central University in Ada.
Aubrey Mercer was admitted to Unity Health Center last week with congestive heart failure. He has been moved to Shawnee Care Center, 104B.
Sue Riedel had laparoscopic gall bladder surgery at Unity Health Monday morning. Surgery went well.
Prayers have been requested for Mike Martin, son-in-law of Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn. Mike has been diagnosed with cancer.
Dwyane Dennis will be meeting with a surgeon in Oklahoma City late Wednesday afternoon.
Glendon Combs's tests have turned out well, and it was good seeing him back in worship Sunday.
Sarah Smith is scheduled to have a heart biopsy at Integris Baptist this week.
Horace Roberts continues to be seriously ill at home.
with Robert Prater
Congratulations to our two graduating high school seniors, Andy and Matt Stephens. They have excelled in all areas of their life. They are fine Christian young men and have a bright future ahead of them. Speaking of our young people, didn't Andy and Matt Stephens, along with Jason Perry and Nathan Kelly do an excellent job in presenting their LTC sermons this past Wednesday night? Their level of Bible knowledge and application of God's Word was truly impressive. There were also other young men who did an outstanding job of leading singing and reading Scriptures. The congregation here at Central has such a rich history of producing outstanding Christian young people. I believe both the parents and this whole congregation here at Central should be proud of the godly teens that you are preparing for life as active Christian adults. Please continue to keep all of our young people in your prayers.
Over the years our society has become increasingly more fragmented by age groupings. We tend to have a group for the very young, for the teens, for singles, for families, and for the elderly. We feel a great need to "connect" with people who are in the same life situations that we are. This is not bad in itself but must not be taken to an extreme. Younger people need to associate with older people and vice versa. Today, the church desperately needs young and old alike. The wisdom of the older generation will help to keep the church from apostasy. The vigor and energy of the younger can help keep the church from lethargy. We need interaction among all ages to build a healthy, balanced church. The apostle Paul realized the need for harmony and fellowship among the various age groups in the church. To Timothy he wrote, "Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.," (1 Timothy 5:1,2; see also Titus 2:2-6)
--- Robert ---
At last nights teen devo Matt Stephens reminded how important our prayer life should be to us. So many times in our lives we fall into the rut of only praying when we "gotta have help". Matt helped us to think about praying to the Father always, in good times as well as bad times. Our teen young men have been doing an excellent job of directing us in our devos over the past several months, giving us inspirational thoughts to help us along our spiritual walk. Thanks, Matt and the rest of the guys!
The school year is coming to a close and things are happening fast for everyone. Congratulations to Austin Beard. Austin took fifth place in the discus at the 5-A regionals last weekend. That's fifth place in the state, and Austin's a freshman. Great job Austin! Also in the spotlight this week is Tanner Nipper. Tanner competed in the Southeast District 4H Shot Gun competition last week in Ada and finished in 3rd place in the intermediate division. Congratulations Tanner! Matt and Andy Stephens were both recipients of the President's Student Service Challenge award at Tecumseh High School last week. Good job fellas! Please remember our teens in your prayers, especially over the next few weeks, as they take tests, finish term papers, and have that end of the year stressful stuff to do.
I would like to personally thank the congregation for the prayers, cards and encouraging comments to me over the past couple of weeks. Having never had to have surgery before was an unsettling time for me, but knowing all the prayers going up on my behalf was so comforting. Thank you for everything.
Coming Youth Events:
May 15 - Sunday, Senior Reception
June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin
May 15, Senior Reception, Andy & Matt Stephens
May 18, Last day of ladies Bible class, 10:30; luncheon to follow
May 18, Tad McGalliard to speak and give report on trip to Haiti
May 22, VBS Meeting, 4 pm Fellowship room
May 22, New song class, 7 p.m. (after brief corporate meeting)
Hope to see you here Sunday!