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10th & Bell
Shawnee, Oklahoma
405)273-3065

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Bulletin for Sunday Sunday 08/13/2006

PRAYERS & MEMBERSHIP

Virginia Herrera has been attending our services for several weeks and has recently requested to be recognized as a member and to have your prayers for restoration. We are delighted she has made this decision. Her address is 1206 Mark, and her phone number is NOT 930-9128. (This number will be corrected in next weeks bulletin) Virginia is the daughter of the late Viola Yates.

Raven Rockwell has also requested prayers for restoration and recently made the additional request of membership. Raven lives at 147 S. Osage, Shawnee, OK 74801. Her phone number is 273-7181. She is a former member of the Seventh & Beech congregation in Durant where she was a good friend to Kay Villines who frequently visits here at Central. Welcome Raven to Central when you have opportunity. We are happy to have her.


SYMPATHY

We offer our loving sympathy to Dorothy Norton, Nami and Tim Norton, in the loss of their sister and aunt, Rebecca Rushing. Graveside funeral services were conducted at Fairview Cemetery by Mrs. Rushing's son-in-law on Tuesday morning.

We also express our sympathy to Robert Perry and family in the recent loss of his aunt, Margaret McGee. She passed away on Tuesday of last week, and funeral services were conducted the following Thursday in Hereford, Texas. Several of our members should remember her from the days when she lived in Shawnee and was a member at Central.


THANK YOU

I just wanted to drop an email and thank everyone from Central who have been involved in visiting my grandpa, L.E. Doyle. I live in Utah and am not able to see him very often. But it makes me feel better to know he has friends from where he worships who are keeping in touch with him. Thank you and God Bless!

Stephanie Morgan Johns


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bertha Combs was transferred from Unity Health Center to Baptist Medical Center on Monday for a procedure that is expected to solve her health issues.

Nancy Irelan was scheduled to have surgery at Deaconess Hospital on Wednesday.

Bettie Boswell is in Unity Health Center, room 315.

Betty Emery's granddaughter's husband, Jared Olmstead was seriously injured in a bad fall at Lake Eufaula. He was mediflighted from Holdenville to Presbyterian. He is much improved, but there were still some concerns at the time we prepared The Gospel Guide.

Sarah Smith has been seriously ill and hospitalized part of the time recently. Her brother-in-law, John Hamilton, has recently been placed on Hospice care and is very low at this time.

It was good to see Norma Edgmon in services Sunday after her surgery.

Bill Fleming was placed on Hospice care last Tuesday and is very low at this time.


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, Nancy Irelan, Anna Jarvis, Carol Mahnke, Mary Martin, Harvey Moore, Ed O'Neal, J.D. Patterson (Lorine Watson's brother), Fred Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Mary Sorensen, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, Cody Veteto (friend of Bob & Janet Stephens), Emma Wilson, and Carl Worley. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.


ABOUT OUR BUILDING

The following words are a part of what John Gipson wrote last summer when the congregation he serves entered their new building,. They will apply to any building serving the Lord's people.

- - WDD - -

As lovely as our meeting place is, we do not want to look upon it as an end obtained within itself but rather a means to an end. This beautiful building is a place where we may assemble for the worship of God; a place where in quietness and reverence we can remember the sacrifice of Christ, as we partake of the Lord's Supper; a place where prayers are offered and our gifts are given; a place where the unsearchable riches of Christ are proclaimed; and where voice unites with voice in both praising God and admonishing one another.

May this building serve sinners who are thirsting for the water of life. May it be a place where the disconsolate have their spirits revived, the weary find rest, the sorrowful and comforted, and the hopeless find hope. May it ever be a place where God's name is lifted up, His word faithfully proclaimed and His Son exalted.

Now is the time for us to lift up our eyes and see the fields that are white unto harvest. Pray that the Lord will send out laborers into His harvest. And let us give thanks to God always for His bountiful gifts.


LOOKING AHEAD

September 4, Labor Day; church office closed

September 10 - 13, Gospel meeting at Farrall St., 7 p.m. with Charles Shaw, Sherman, Texas (Clavin Norwood's brother-in-law)

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

October 13-15, Silver Dollar City Church of Christ weekend


NOW IS THE TIME TO BEGIN CHECKING GARAGE SALES FOR COATS & BLANKETS
FOR THE COAT GIVEAWAY IN THE FALL


Hope to see you here Sunday!


A TRAIN WHISTLE

I didn't realize how much I missed it - a train whistle, that is. I grew up in the oil-field town of Odessa, Texas. A town enlivened by constant train whistles signaling the carrying of petroleum in every direction, and warning of the danger in crossing the tracks.

Some three years ago we moved from Little Rock to the bedroom community of Maumelle. Then I heard it late at night - a distant train whistle with its lonesome, but welcome sound. I now find myself straining each night to hear it again. Why? Because it lures me back to precious memories of the past. It speaks of parents long gone, a loving home life, and the precious days of childhood. It yields thoughts of church, and a large group of young people who now faithfully serve as leaders in the body of Christ. That whistle calls me to remember, and provides a soothing path to sleep.

Strange, isn't it, how a sound designed for warning can come to mean something completely different! Or, there's another possibility. The warnings can become so familiar that we cease to pay attention. As far as we are concerned they have lost their original intent. Take for instance the following:

"Remember Lot's wife."

"You shall not follow a multitude to do evil."

"And what I say to you I say to all: Watch."

"Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong."

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise."

These, and many more, are spiritual train whistles designed to warn us of danger. Wisdom dictates that we heed them.

John Gipson - WindSong Church of Christ



"D. L. Moody once said that at a certain meeting two and a half people
were converted to Christ. A friend asked if he meant two adults
and a child. The facts were just the opposite - two children
and an adult. When a child is led to Christ, a whole life is saved!"
Dwight L. Moody -- 8^{)


LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 135
Worship Service 192
Sunday Evening 131
Wednesday Evening 118
Contribution $5,257.80

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Announcements:Roger Farris
Opening Prayer:Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Sean Parman
Sermon:Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer:Terry Banta

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Andy Stephens Matt Stephens
Tim Norton Sean Parman

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Lynn Harmon Bob Bivins

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator:Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly Paula Harris

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Chuck Carter
Song Director:Paul Harris
Scripture:Arik Parman
Sermon:Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer:Bob Perry

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Gerald Smith Gene Norton

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Nathan Kelly
Scripture:Ryan Parman

VAN DRIVER

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


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