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Shawnee, Oklahoma
405)273-3065

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Bulletin for Sunday 06/05/2005

SYMPATHY

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Ruth Autrey and all the family in the tragic death of her grandson, William Autrey. Services were held on Tuesday afternoon at Walker Funeral Chapel with Robert Prater officiating.


AMONG FRIENDS
with Robert Prater

We read in 1 Samuel 1-2 of a woman named Hannah. She was one of the two wives of a man named Elkanah. She suffered greatly from the competition that frequently went on among women in polygamous marriages. (Compare this incident with the strife between Sarah and Hagar - Gen. 16 & 21; and Rachel and Leah - Gen. 19 & 30). Hannah was barren, but her counterpart Peninnah had many children. And because of this, Hannah's "rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable…." (1Sam.1:6) Yet, the Bible says, "And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish." (1 Sam. 1:10) Hannah's prayers took place in the tabernacle at Shiloh. She was so intense that Eli the priest thought she was drunk. She was praying "in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard…" (1 Sam. 1:13) She responded that she had not been drinking, but "have poured out my soul before the Lord…..for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief I have spoken…" (1 Sam. 1:14,16) God heard her intense prayer and, in this case, He granted her a son whom she named "Samuel." This is a Hebrew name which means, "heard of God."

What do you do when there is a great burden on your heart? When you have been treated unfairly by others? When your enemy oppresses you? Hannah prayed. We need to learn to pray like Hannah. Her prayer was not stiff or formal. It was not addressed to a distant being who was unaware of her situation. It was to the all-seeing God who is close and personal, who cares and is able to act in our behalf. The Bible teaches us to, "cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7) Many times we sometimes leave out the "all" when we cast our anxieties on God. We turn some things over to Him, but we catch ourselves hanging onto a lot of it as well. Like some badge of Honor. But it will wear us down if we carry it all the time. And all the time we have the means to get rid of it. May we all strive to have a stronger faith in God and Learn to pray like Hannah. (See Phil. 4:6-7, Heb. 4:15-16)

robprater@sbcglobal.net


CONGRATULATIONS

We extend our congratulations to Ashley Dawn Dame & Jared Olmstead who were united in marriage last Friday evening in Oklahoma City. Ashley is the granddaughter of Betty Emery.


ADDRESS CHANGES

Harold Carothers has moved to room 511 at Shawnee Care Center.
Mary Sorenson has moved to Meeker Nursing, room 39.
Ray Davis, Paul Harris's dad has moved to Northwest Nursing Center, Room 11, 2801 N. W. 61st, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.


. THANK YOU

Dear Central Church,

I greatly appreciate your donation to the Rwanda Campaign. God has used you to answer my prayers for support. I highly recommend watching the movie, Hotel Rwanda, to better understand the horrific history of the country to which God is sending me. I request your prayers during my campaign in July and August. Thanks again for contributing to this mission.

In Christian Love, Kayla [Keesee] (granddaughter of Harvey & Carletta Moore)

Thank you for remembering us in our loss of Aubrey. So many of you went out of your way to show loving kindness. Thank you.

The Tim McGalliard Family

Thank you for all the calls and prayers for our daughter Sandra Birdwell. The surgery went well. We will not know the extent of the radiation and chemotherapy for a few days but everything is looking good.

Our love, James & Ellen Childers


PRAYER CONCERNS

Dwyane Dennis is doing well following laparoscopic gall bladder surgery last Tuesday morning at Southwest Medical Center.
April Nowlin, granddaughter of Dwyane & Marcia, had surgery last Thursday at Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City. Surgery went well and she was able to go home Sunday afternoon. Pathology reports indicate the nodule is benign.
Nora Cole, sister of Fay Crosby, remains in Baptist Medical Hospital, room 1054.
James & Ellen Childers have requested prayers in behalf of their son James Melvin, as he undergoes lithotripsy for kidney stones and possible removal of a kidney. Their daughter, Sandra Birdwell, had cancer surgery at Unity Health Center on Thursday of last week. Surgery went well. She will be undergoing some radiation but no chemotherapy. She appreciates your prayers and concern.
Sarah Smith's mother, Emma Wilson, has returned to Colonial Estates. Sarah has also requested prayers in behalf of her 44 year old nephew, John Leslie Hamilton, who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
Harvey Moore is doing well but will have to continue taking his medication.
Vivian Cross's sister, Susan Blakely is in Heartland East Hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri, after having a stroke.
It was so good to see Ethel Fast able to be in services Sunday morning and Betty Martin on Sunday evening.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
OF CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Nora Cole (Fay Crosby's sister), 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, Mike Martin (son-in-law of Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn), Don Allen McNutt, 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.


LOOKING AHEAD

June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin Youth Camp

June 19, Singing Class, 7 p.m.

July 11 - 15, Central's Vacation Bible School, Bible Safari - "Where Kids Are Wild About God."

July 31, Eastside, MWC, celebration of redecorated auditorium, singing from 6:15 - 10 p.m. or later; song leaders call 732-0393


Youth News
Bob Stephens

We're back! Last week my family and I were in St. Thomas. What a beautiful world God created! The water was so clear, the climate was perfect, everything was good! It's great to be able to take a break from the worries and responsibilities of home and work, but it's even better to be back.

Congratulations to Leslie Gettle, who turned sixteen last week. She's gotta car and will soon have her license. So watch out Shawnee! Wade Baskin has a couple of accomplishments that deserve to be mentioned this week. Wade earned straight A's all year long at school while also having perfect attendance. Not only that, but Wade's soccer team took first place for the season. Good job Wade!

Camp is almost upon us! It's June 12-18 at Burnt Cabin Youth Camp. If you have not sent in your application, you need to do it right away. Anyone with questions about camp just ask! Don't miss out on the best week you can possibly have this summer. Regarding camp, we will have a meeting for campers and their parents this Sunday evening after worship at the front of the auditorium. Please be there because we'll go over some "what to bring" and "what not to bring" rules and other important info.


Coming Youth Events:

June 5, Sunday, Devo & Dinner after PM worship and Camp meeting

June 6, Monday , AWTG @ North Mac. Leave at 6 p.m. Return by 10 p.m.

June 12 - 18, Burnt Cabin Church Camp

July 20,21, SixFlags/Rangers trip



"God is preparing His heroes.
And when the opportunity comes,
He can fit them into their places in a moment.
And the world will wonder where they came from."
A. B. Simpson -- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 111
Worship Service 190
Sunday Evening 150
Wednesday Evening 112
Contribution $3,758.71

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Announcements:Tim McGalliard
Opening Prayer:Jim Cross
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Jason Perry
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Scott Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Ron TaffeRoger Farris
Jeffrey BehrnesMatt Stephens

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Glendon CombsAndy Stephens

USHERS

Steve KellyBob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator:Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet StephensDoris Phillips

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Howard Vanlandingham

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Floyd Davis
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Sean Parman
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Bob Allen

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Frank BurtonBernard Sharp

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Clavin Norwood
Scripture:Kyle Parman

VAN DRIVER

Roger Farris
If unable to serve this week, notify Frank Romberg - 273-1297


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