DO YOU KNOW HIS FATHER?
Every Bible student knows Samuel. He was the answer to his mother's prayer and vow. Hannah promised that if God would give her a son she would dedicate him to the Lord all of his life. And what a man of God he became! He was the first of the prophets, and was considered in Old Testament times to be the greatest figure since Moses (Jeremiah 15:1).
Samuel's mother, Hannah, is well-known to all of us, but do you know his father? What was his name? What kind of man was he?
He loved his wife. He could truthfully say to Hannah, "Am I not more to you than ten sons?" That's the kind of husband every wife should have according to the New Testament. "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).
He led his family to worshiping God. "Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship…" (1 Samuel 1:3). He worshiped where God said to worship, and in the manner prescribed by God. And, he took his family with him! None other than Jesus emphasized, "It is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve." The father of Samuel kept this great commandment and set an example for the rest of the family.
When he worshiped, he gave offerings to God. "Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD." Worship and sacrifice go hand in hand in serving God. Now Hophni and Phinehas, even though priests, were corrupt men as chapter 2 of 1 Samuel shows. Samuel's father could have said, "I'm not about to contribute as long as these worthless men are priests," but he didn't. He knew he wasn't offering to these men, but to the Lord of hosts!
Samuel's father's name was Elkanah. A man who knew what a father ought to be. On this Father's Day let me urge each father to follow in his footsteps. It will bless your family!
WindSong Church of Christ
George and Carolyn Mastick would like to thank all those who have contributed and will be contributing to their mission trip to Nicaragua. Although their trip won't be until July 22, all supplies will need to be collected by Wednesday, June 21 and turned in for shipping.
Please make a change in the address of Adam & Misti Beard in your membership directory to 627 North Dorothy. Their telephone numbers remain the same.
Thank you to all the wonderful people at Central and for the senior reception. Everything from the Bible to the picture presentation was great. Central has always been there for me and encouraged me. Thanks for all the love and care you have shown to me throughout my life. Home and family are very important and I have them both here at Central.
Thank you for the many cards, calls, flowers, food and the wonderful dinner prepared for my family. I can never tell you how much you all were appreciated. I could not have made it this far without my church family.
I owe so many people a tremendous THANK YOU for all the prayers, numerous cards, food and all the other ways you have assisted me. I am blest to be a part of this wonderful Christian family.
We'd like to send a special thanks to everyone who helped us move. A special thanks to Jim Pettyjohn.
Love, Adam & Misti Beard
Norma Edgmon will have knee replacement surgery on June 19 at Baptist Medical Center.
Fred Phillips has been undergoing several tests. He was scheduled to have a PET scan on Wednesday in Norman. Your prayers are requested and appreciated.
James Childers was able to return home from the McLoud Nursing Center last Thursday. We rejoice with him and Ellen in this.
It was very good to see Rosie Brightwell in services Sunday after her knee replacement surgery, and also to have Judy Finch able to return recently following her knee replacement surgery.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Virgil Beasley, Betty Bernard, Melba Boston, Bettie Boswell, Harold Carothers, James Childers, Ray Davis (Paul Harris' dad) Harold & Clydean Decker, Clovie Dossey, Ethel Fast, Bill Fleming, Mary Gaines, John & Sue Hamilton (Sarah Smith's sister & brother-in-law), Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Earnest Johnson (Yuavonda Sperry's uncle), Carol Mahnke, Mary Martin, Harvey Moore, Ed O'Neal, J.D. Patterson (Lorine Watson's brother) Niki Peltier, Fred Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Chub & Dorothy Strickland, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Cody Veteto (friend of Bob & Janet Stephens), 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.
July 7th, the teens will be taking a trip to Texas. We will be leaving around noon on Friday for Arlington to attend a Rangers game and then go shopping on Saturday at the Grapevine Mills Mall and returning home that evening by around 11 p.m. We will be staying at Dallas Christian College. The cost for the Ranger ticket is $15.00 plus meal money and shopping money. More details will be coming in the next couple of weeks.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
June 18 - 23, Gospel Meeting, Prague Church of Christ, Bro. Carroll Sites, 7 p.m.
June 25 - 28, Gospel Meeting, Church of Christ at Paden with Bro. Carroll Sites, 7 p.m.
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
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Bettie Boswell, #55
Clovie Dossey, #63
Ed O'Neal, #56
Emma Wilson, #82
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)
Shawnee, OK 74802
Louise Barrett, #17
Mary Martin, #14
Millie Riley, #35
Leoh Roberts, #114
MEEKER NURSING HOME
500 N. Dawson Lane, Meeker, OK 74855
Mary Sorenson, #39
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #211
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Ethel Fast, #20
Alice Rice, #51
Floy Turner, #49
Alvie Vanlandingham, #37
P. O. Box 1168, Talihina, OK 74571
NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN CHECKING GARAGE SALES FOR COATS & BLANKETS
FOR THE COAT GIVEAWAY IN THE FALL