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Shawnee, Oklahoma
405)273-3065

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Bulletin for Sunday Sunday 06/04/2006

AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

I truly believe every child should spend time at church camp during the summer - but then again - I am a camp director. But, as both a parent and a Christian servant in the church, I believe children need to experience as many positive experiences as possible during their growing-up years. Now, there are many good and admirably opportunities and experiences for your children and grandchildren to take part in during the summer. There are many summer camps and programs for young people to attend and they certainly do help in areas related to school, sports, community volunteer and social services.

But, none are greater and more life-changing than church camp. What I appreciate the most about church camp is that it gives children and young people the best chance to personally experience and encounter Christ in a special environment. Camp allows them to enjoy a loving and caring Christ-centered community, sing spiritual songs, play wholesome recreational games, tackle new challenges, meet different kinds of people, and develop new friendships that will last a lifetime! A week at Burnt Cabin Christian Camp can be the start of life-long memories and benefits.

As a result of the church camp experience, we have witnessed over the years, many young people return from camp on fire for Jesus, develop into leadership roles, attend Christian colleges, go into ministry as a vocation, and choose to work in service areas such as education and social work. This is exciting! This is why myself and all the other Burnt Cabin staff are committed to this church camp!

To all those parents whose children are saying, "I just don't want to go", please consider very soberly and seriously the importance of your children learning now the value and priority of seeking first the kingdom of God. "I just don't want to" has always been the easiest option in life, yet it is a dangerous attitude when it comes to choosing moral and spiritual matters. Parents, ask yourself, what precedent is being set when it comes to your child's future involvement and participation in the worship, work, and fellowship of the church? If they won't be involved now, chances are, they won't later in life!

Finally, my advice would be that if all else fails, just use the same philosophy and approach you do when it comes to the importance of attending school: Don't give them a choice! You won't regret it and at the end of the week, they won't resent you for it! (We'll do all we can to make sure of that!)

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


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM - How Should a Christian Dress?

PM - Deciphering the DaVinci Code, part 2


SYMPATHY

We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Jean Lovett Sanders who passed away on Tuesday of last week. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at Lakeview. Jean was the grandmother of Analisa Beal and known to many of us.

We extend our love to Bertha, Glendon and Juanita Combs, and Pat Copeland in the loss of Bill Combs. Bill passed away on Tuesday of this week in an Oklahoma City hospital. Funeral services were being arranged at the publication time of The Gospel Guide.


THANK YOU

I want to thank this congregation for the delicious food brought out to the house when I first got home from the hospital. Thank you all for the many cards and phone calls encouraging me when I felt so depressed. I want to especially thank Buddy & Fay Truesdell for being there when I needed them so often and for those who stayed with me when I needed help during the day. My full recovery will be a little slower than I'd hoped, but I'm on my way and look forward to being back in services soon. This congregation has truly been a blessing for me and my family.

In Christian love, Judy, Earl & Glen Finch

Dear Christian Family, although James is not fully recovered from his surgeries, the doctors say he is doing well and will be able to come home June 8th and continue with Home Health Care. We would like to thank everyone for their prayers which has brought him this far. Also want to thank all that visited with him and the encouragement you gave so faithfully. Thanks for the special gifts of food and also for the nice display board the ladies made and all the cards, but most of all for the prayers. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as James recovers. In Christian love,

James & Ellen Childers

Thank you for being so thoughtful and remembering me during my graduation. The Bible in which I received will help me to grow as a Christian. And a special thanks to those who prepared the reception, food, slideshow and also those who contributed to the money tree and gave gifts and cards.

Chris Nipper

We wish to thank all those who called, sent cards and food during my surgery and recovery time. A special thanks to Dwyane, Robert Perry and Robert Prater for being there during my surgery.

Vivian & Jim Cross


PRAYER CONCERNS

Beverly MacMillan was scheduled for surgery at Unity Health on Wednesday. She will be hospitalized for a couple of days.

Hope to see you here Sunday!


NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP

George and Carolyn Mastick are going on a mission trip to Nicaragua July 22 thru August 1, 2006. If you would like to be a part of this work the supplies listed below are needed to distribute to the people. It is mainly a medical mission trip but they will also be teaching Bible lessons, working at the orphanage and distributing medical supplies. Your donations of any of these items will be appreciated:

SOAP (SAMPLE SIZE)

SAFETY RAZORS

FLIP-FLOPS (ALL SIZES)

BAND AIDS

SMALL TOYS FOR KIDS (like McDonald size)

DEODORANT

COMBS

TOOTH BRUSHES

SHAMPOO (SAMPLE SIZE)

LOTIONS (SAMPLE SIZE)

WASH CLOTHS

Any questions regarding this see George or Carolyn.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

What a great time we had last weekend on the spring retreat! A handful of our youth went to Lake Humphreys, near Marlow, and really didn't do much of anything at all. We went to the Wichita Mountains and enjoyed the beauty of God's creation on Saturday. On Sunday, we centered our entire worship service around the statements that Christ made while on the cross. It's always a real blessing to be able to just hang out with the kids here at Central!

Hey! Have you filled out and turned in your camp app yet? Why not? Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy all that a week at camp can bring. And don't let money be an issue! If you have any questions, PLEASE ask!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 5, Monday, AWTG @ Northridge, leave at 6:45

June 11 - 17, Burnt Cabin

July 7 & 8, Texas trip


LOOKING AHEAD

June 3, Wellston Ladies day; see bulletin board

June 11 - 17, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 3,4, Independence Day; church office closed

July 17 - 21, Central's VBS

September 17 - 20, Central's Gospel Meeting with Kent Allen, Memorial Rd., OKC


CHURCH ATTENDANCE

The Daily Oklahoman recently carried a news item about a poll regarding church attendance. It said, "A new analysis by the Gallup Organization finds that Church of Christ members and Mormons are most likely to attend worship services often." It went on to say "Pollsters found that 68 percent of Church of Christ members said they attend services at least once a week or almost every week. Sixty-seven percent of Mormons said they followed the same pattern.

I would hope that the Southwest church does better than that but we have not actually checked attendance figures to know.

They also concluded from their study that those known for conservative or evangelical theology have high reported attendance than those traditionally considered mainline denominations.

Several years ago I went into a business operated by a longtime friend who asked me how things were going at Southwest. I told him what our attendance was and what our membership was and he was amazed. He said, "How do you manage that? We have about 1500 members and do well to have 500 in attendance." I replied, "Don't you teach 'once saved, always saved'?" He said, "Yes, we do." I asked him, "If you really believe that and Sunday comes and you want to go fishing and don't feel that church attendance is necessary, what are you going to do?" He asked, "Do you think that has something to do with it?" I asked, "What do you think?" He said, "I think you may be right! One of the reasons I attend church is because I enjoy it. But my real reason is that God requires it. Not just occasionally, but on the first day of every week."

Lewis G. Hale - Southwest, Oklahoma City



"When you say that a situation or a person is hopeless,
you are slamming the door in the face of God."
Charles L. Allen -- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 100
Worship Service 168
Sunday Evening 125
Wednesday Evening 109
Contribution $4,056.01

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Announcements:Roger Farris
Opening Prayer:Ron Taffe
Song Director:Dwyane Dennis
Scripture:Wade Baskin
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Geoff Root

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Austin Beard Gene Norton
TKenton McGalliard Bob Bivins

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Lynn Harmon Sean Parman

USHERS

Bob Perry James Reeves

GREETERS

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Foyer:Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator:James & Joan Reeves
Cathy Pettyjohn Barbara Vanlandingham

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Buddy Truesdell

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Bob Seikel
Song Director:Dwyane Dennis
Scripture:Austin Beard
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Ron Dunavan

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Terry Lowe Steve Kelly

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Paul Harris
Scripture:Chad Beard

VAN DRIVER

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


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