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Shawnee, Oklahoma

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Bulletin for Sunday 10/16/2005

with Robert Prater

We once again have another great opportunity to serve and assist the less fortunate in our community. Our upcoming Warmth from the Heart coat distribution will be next Saturday morning, October 22. People will be cold in our community this winter and we want to do what we can to provide for their physical and spiritual needs. Ron and Debbie Taffe continue to do a tremendous job in organizing this outreach ministry. Please don't forget about the signup sheet for volunteers in the foyer if you can help in some way. We still need coats of various sizes as well as stocking caps and gloves. If you don't have the time to buy these items, give Ron or Debbie some money and they will make sure it is well spent in purchasing these articles of clothing.

In Jesus' powerful passage in Matthew 24:31-46 concerning the judgment, He speaks of those on His right hand who would inherit eternal life. They are the ones who fed the hungry, clothed the needy, and visited the sick and the imprisoned. And then He speaks of those on His left hand who would inherit eternal fire. They didn't feed the hungry, clothe the needy, or visit the sick and the imprisoned. Yet, Jesus also provided the motivation for such actions. In His public ministry, as Jesus reached out to those in great need, He did so with a heart filled with tender compassion and love. Matthew 9:36 says, "when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep having no shepherd." In our attitude toward the sick, the suffering, the needy, we always need to demonstrate compassion rather than self-righteousness. The old adage remains true. Most people "don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

So just exactly how do we reach into the lives of our world to affect them in the best way possible, as well as present the saving message of the gospel? We simply get involved! We help the hurting and those in need. We plunge in feet first with the gospel. We feed people's bodies, and we feed their souls. We clothe people's nakedness, and we offer them the robes of righteousness. We do whatever we can to make a difference in what a person needs today but we do not forget about eternity. The apostle said that he "had become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (1 Cor. 9:22) He found people where they were and addressed them from there. While all people share one common need (the gospel) there are struggles and impediments that vary differently. So our challenge is to always see where people are, and do the best we possibly can, to be what people are needing. Friends, thank you for all that you do for the kingdom of God. May the Lord continue to bless our efforts at Central for His glory.

- - Robert - - (robprater@sbcglobal.net)


We extend our loving sympathy to Lorine and Glenn Watson in the loss of Lorine's sister, Jane Watson. Funeral services were conducted in Edmond on Wednesday morning.


Students from the East Central State University Outreach Ministry under the direction of the Southwest Church in Ada will be here Sunday evening. They will give a report on that work which we help support and conduct our Sunday evening worship. We're happy to tell you that our own Tad McGalliard will be speaking.


We extend our best wishes to the Highland Church in Tecumseh on the completion of their new building. They will have an Open House on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. They will be giving tours and serving refreshments. This is a come and go affair. The building is located at 905 E. Walnut (Highway 9 and Highway 177).


Dear Christian Family: Thank you all for all the prayers and cards and calls you have made on my behalf. Please keep me in your prayers. We are hoping when I take my nine chemos in December maybe they can remove part of my liver and it will be better. Thank you one and all again, and a special thank you to Joyce Kelly. The letter she sent me helped to brighten my day.

Melba [Boston]


Harvey Moore is in Southwest Medical Center, room 502. The phone number is 644-6502.
Verna Nell Young was discharged from Unity Health Center on Monday.
Doris Whittern remains in very serious condition at Solara Hospital, room 219. She welcomes visitors. Her daughter, Phyllis Heald, is in critical condition in ICU at Unity Health Center.
Mike Martin, son-in-law of Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn, was in room 208 at Unity Health Center when The Gospel Guide was prepared.
Martha Chaffin's daughter is out of the hospital but will remain in Little Rock for several weeks of therapy and treatment before returning to her home in Missouri.
Gary Burlison, son-in-law of Sue Riedel, is in ICU at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He had surgery last Friday for two aneurysms and a blood clot to stop the hemorrhaging in his brain. The surgery went much better than expected, but physicians are not venturing a prognosis. The family is greatly encouraged. Sue plans to stay as long as he is there.


We have extra copies of the new October issue of House to House/Heart to Heart at all exits in the auditorium for you to pick up. You can take these and mail or give away to those who may not be receiving it. Please continue to pray and talk to your friends, family and neighbors about this teaching publication.


October 22, First coat give away, 10 AM to 2 PM

October 26, Quarterly Wednesday night singing. All classes to meet in the auditorium.

October 29, Tigers for Christ 2005 Appreciation Banquet, Ada; see bulletin board

October 30, Standard Time resumes


Golden Anniversary

1955 - 2005

Leona and Gerald "Snuffy" Smith

cordially invite you to the celebration

of their 50 years of marriage.

Come and Go Reception

Saturday, October 22, 2005

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

at the Smith home

1423 West Wallace

Shawnee, OK

Your presence is our gift.

Youth News

Bob Stephens

Thanks to Bob and Jason Perry the teens didn't miss the AWTG in Choctaw Sunday. Speaking of Jason Perry, in last Friday's football game Jason was instrumental in Shawnee's homecoming victory. Jason plays on the special teams unit and recovered a fumble that led to a Wolves touchdown. Great job, Jason! Nathan Kelly led the Shawnee band in another competition in Oklahoma City last Saturday. The band finished in the top ten again, and placed second among 5A schools. Also competing in the band contest was Hannah Farris. Hannah is in the drum line. Excellent work Hannah and Nate!

This Sunday is our Sunday Funday. After morning worship, the teens will be spending the day together. We will go out to lunch, come back to the building to do a little house keeping, then we'll have some fun! I'm not exactly sure what that fun is going to be yet, so we'll all be surprised! I'll give you plenty of notice so you can hit the folks up for the correct change!


Oct. 16 - Sunday - Sunday Funday

Oct. 29 - Saturday - Halloween Party

Hope to see you here Sunday!

"Your greatest pleasure is that which rebounds
from hearts that you have made glad."
Henry Ward Beecher -- 8^{)


Bible School 115
Worship Service 172
Sunday Evening 118
Wednesday Evening 119
Contribution $3,992.75


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Announcements:Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer:Jim Walling
Song Director:Adam Beard
Scripture:Jason Perry
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Paul Harris


Gerald SmithDale Beard
Glendon CombsGeoff Root


Sean ParmanRyan Parman


Steve KellyJames Reeves


Foyer:Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator:James & Joan Reeves


Diane LaweranceAnn Perry


Terry Banta


Opening Prayer:Terry Lowe
Song Director:Nathan Kelly
Scripture:Sean Parman
Sermon:ECSU Outreach
Closing Prayer:ECSU Outreach



Jason PerryBob Perry


Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Austin Beard
Scripture:Arik Parman
Sermon:Robert Prater


Howard Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify Frank Romberg - 273-1297

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