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Bulletin for Sunday Sunday 02/05/2006

SYMPATHY

1922 VERNA NELL YOUNG 2006

We express our heartfelt love and sympathy to Bertha Ann Young and all the family of Verna Nell Young. After a long illness Verna Nell departed this life at 6:15 on Friday evening. Funeral services were conducted by Dwyane Dennis and Robert Prater at the Walker Funeral Service Chapel on Tuesday morning. Verna Nell was a dearly loved citizen in our community and member of our congregation for many years. She is deeply missed.


AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

In the sporting world, the big news this week is Super Bowl 40 which will be played on Sunday in Detroit, MI. This is truly the pinnacle and ultimate quest in professional football. Competition is truly the American way. We thrive on trying to out-do other people. Children learn competition on the playground and in the classroom. This concept is not all bad because competing with others stretches our abilities. If done correctly, competition also teaches us to both win and lose with grace. No one wants to be around a gloating winner or a sore loser.

Yet, sometimes competition gets out of hand. A headline in a recent magazine read, "Experts Point out Violence On the Rise in Youth Sports." Why? Too much competition and not enough character - often on the part of fans, parents and coaches. As we grow up, we compete for jobs in businesses that are in competition with other enterprises. It is simply a part of our society.

Competition can have positive and negative effects in the church. As our young people grow up, they compete in Bible Bowls, LTC and other programs which help sharpen their knowledge and service skills. Sometimes, however, competition becomes a detriment to the spiritual growth of the church. Individual members may feel they need to out-do other Christians. This spirit paralyzes our ability to encourage as we should. We become jealous instead of supportive of the successes of our brothers and sisters. In order to look better, we may even pick out one of their flaws to criticize.

The apostle Paul listed, "discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, and factions" as among the sinful acts that lead to spiritual death. (Gal. 5:19-21) He had previously reminded these Christians in Galatia that, "If you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another." (Gal. 5:15) Paul later instructed the church at Rome by saying, "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification." (Romans 14:19) Friends, may we in the Lord's church never practice a "competitive Christianity" towards one another but rather always "through love serve one another." (Gal. 5:13)

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


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM - The Ruin of a Man & a Nation (2 Chron. 28:22,23)

PM - Bible Question Series - Mark of the Beast and 666, recognition in heaven, and baptism.


THANK YOU

Brethren, Thank you so much for the visits, phone calls, and cards I received during my recent surgery and recovery. They meant a lot to the family and to me. Chuck Carter & Family


PRAYER CONCERNS

Alvie Vanlandingham is in Unity Health Center, room 217 with pneumonia. It would be best if he did not have visitors.

Cathy Pettyjohn's sister, Juanita Sims, had surgery Monday morning. Your prayers are requested.

Leona Smith appreciates your prayers. She had a CT scan Monday.

James Childers continues to undergo therapy after back surgery at Bone and Joint Hospital.

Fay Crosby remains in Solara Hospital, room 232.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS OF

CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Melba Boston, Betti Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Fay Crosby, Ray Davis (Paul Harris' dad) Harold & Clydean Decker, Bill Fleming, Mary Gaines, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Carol Mahnke, Mary Martin, Mike Martin (Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn's son-in-law) Don Allen McNutt, Harvey Moore, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Emma Wilson, Carl Worley, and Viola Yates All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

COMING EVENTS:

Feb. 5, Sunday - Super Bowl Party and Devo after p.m. worship

Feb. 12, Sunday - AWTG and OU basketball - Westside in Norman

March 4, Saturday - Spring Sing at OC. Ticket deadline, February 5th


LOOKING AHEAD

February 11, Adult Valentine's party, 6 p.m. February 22, Quarterly Wednesday night singing

March 1, Ladies Class meets at 10:30; luncheon follows

April 2, Daylight Saving Time begins

April 2 - 5, Gospel meeting, McLoud, Jess Whitlock


THE GLORY IN A FACE

Some two thousand years ago in Bethlehem of Judea, shepherds bedded down their sheep for the night. They knew, however, that darkness would not dispel danger so they "were keeping watch over their flock by night."

Suddenly, without warning, "an angel of the Lord appeared to the, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear" (Luke 2:9). Yet their fear was to be banished because the angel brought good news of great joy. The Savior of the world had been born! How stunned these shepherds must have been; yet, it was confirmed by a sign, and by a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest!"

It has happened. The Word has become flesh. God is with us, and we are privileged to see God's glory in a face.

In some of the most beautiful and thrilling language of the New Testament the apostle Paul writes, "For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).

God's glory is displayed in the heavens, and the firmament shows His handiwork. That is true. But if you desire to see the fullness of the glory of God, you must look into a face - the face of Christ. It's a face of sympathy, love, forgiveness, compassion, and yet a demanding face.

Jesus declares, "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9)

We meet the glory of God in "that one face."

John Gipson, Windsong, Little Rock



"Many of us are hunting spiritual mice -
while a roaring lion devours the land."
Anonymous -- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 152
Worship Service 215
Sunday Evening 136
Wednesday Evening 117
Contribution $3,906.67

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Announcements:Roger Farris
Opening Prayer:Tim McGalliard
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Sean Parman
Sermon:Robert Perry
Closing Prayer:Babe Doyle

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Clavin NorwoodGeorge Mastick
Kenton McGalliard Terry Lowe

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Adam Beard Austin Beard

USHERS

Robert PerryJames Reeves

GREETERS

Foyer:Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator:James & Joan Reeves

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara VanlandinghamCheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Buddy Truesdell

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Bob Perry
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Ryan Parman
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Bob Seikel

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Jason Perry Burl Vanlandingham

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Austin Beard
Scripture:Arik Parman

VAN DRIVER

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


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