with Robert Prater
Sunday was a tremendous day at Central in many regards. We concluded our "Back to Bible School" and once again beat our final Sunday goal with 203 who attended Bible classes. This Bible school drive was just an overwhelming success. It was so exciting to see it grow and grow each week. During the past three weeks we have averaged 182 in our Bible classes. (An increase of 40%!) God has blessed us incredibly. We are also thankful for the leadership and vision of the eldership in seeing the need to have this Bible school attendance drive. Now let's not allow our focus and attention on our Bible school program to diminish in the weeks ahead.
Sunday was also the beginning of our Gospel Meeting, and yet by the time you receive this bulletin our meeting will be over. We have had a "flood" of requests for CD's and tapes. Kent Allen obviously struck a cord and we appreciate his work with us for those few days. Dale Beard did, as usual, a great job in leading us in praising God in song and your singing was uplifting. We were blessed to have an abundance of visitors who came our way. Former members and children who grew up here, visitors from the community and other area congregations, and many of your family and friends.
Many "thank-you's" are in order to all those people who worked hard in making this gospel meeting a success - those who planned, made food arrangements, set-up and cleaned-up, worked in the nursery, and worked to publicize and promote our meeting. And our thanks goes out to everyone who worked hard inviting their friends and family to come hear these series of special lessons on the family.
We truly have had an exciting Fall so far. We continue to look ahead and press on to even greater months in the future. Again, let's not allow the excitement of special times and renewed activities to fade away but rather be resolved in our commitment and faithfulness in the Lord's service and kingdom. Let's guard against "complacency" and the routine of "former old habits." (Rev. 3:14 - 15; 1 Cor. 15:58)
In a recent class on Wednesday evening we studied Mark 6:17- 29 and remembered Herodias for her hating and wanting to kill Jobn the Baptist. Herodias was the wife of Herod Antipas. (Mt. 14:3-12; Mk. 6:17-29) Although she first had married Herod Philip, Herodias deserted him for his half-brother Herod Antipas, who divorced his first wife, a Nabatean princess.
John the Baptist preached a gospel of repentance to prepare the way for the imminent coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Lk. 3:3, 18) This preaching, like all preaching, provokes two reactions. Sometimes people will respond positively with joy and acceptance. Others, like Herod and Herodias reacted negatively with anger. John had criticized several for specific sins. He especially reprimanded Herod Antipas, for stealing his brother's wife and for all the wicked things he had done. (Lk. 3:19) Rather than repent, Herod added to his sins by locking John up in Prison.
Herod had sinned greatly by deliberately divorcing his first wife and marrying his niece Herodias. Marrying your brother's wife was an incestrious act, forbidden in the law. (Lev. 18:16; 20-21) Herodias was livid. Herod put John in prison because of Herodias. Fearing the people who thought John was a prophet, Herod stopped short of putting John to death.
When Herodias' daughter, Salome, danced on Herod's birthday, she pleased him so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her wicked mother Herodias, Salome asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. "And the king was sorry, but because of his oath and his guests, he commanded it to be given." (Mt. 14:9)
Sin does not pay, and judgment came upon Herodias eventually. According to Josephus the ambition of Herodias proved the ruin of Herod Antipas. Being jealous of the power of Agrippa, her brother, she induced her husband Herod to demand of Caligula the title of king. This was refused by Agrippa, and Herod was banished to Gaul. Herodias went to Gaul with him. Lust and pride have led many to ruin. (Gal. 6:7 - 8)
LADIES NIGHT AT LITTLE
The annual Ladies Night at Little will be Friday evening, September 22. There will be a salad supper served from 5:30 to 6:30. The program begins at 7. Central ladies always attend this enjoyable occasion well. We encourage you to do so again.
LADIES BIBLE CLASS
Ladies Bible Class will resume after summer recess on Wednesday morning, September 27 at 10:30. A luncheon will follow the class. Dwyane Dennis will be teaching the Book of Luke. Every Central lady is encouraged to attend. Bring a friend with you.
Former Central member, 95 year old Clyde Ramsey passed away in California Sunday morning. We express our sympathy to her husband, Virgil and to Nadine (Ramsey) Magee who was also related to Clyde. Funeral services are to be in Holdenville on Friday of this week.
Thelma Divine now lives at 1701 Airport Drive, Apt. 405, Shawnee, OK 74804.
Thank you all for the prayers and for the good food you cooked and brought over to Fred and Doris's house.
Love in Christ, Fred's sister, Gayle Holman, Tulsa
A very special thanks to those that helped with the dinner Sunday afternoon. Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn, Ron and Debbie Taffe, Rita Romberg, Fay Truesdell and the many others that helped serve - move the tables and chairs and clean up after dinner. Thank you so much. We couldn't have done it without you. May God bless you.
DOOR KNOCKING IN OKMULGEE
Robert Prater will be speaking in a Gospel Meeting at the Church of Christ in Okmulgee on October 1 - 4. They are planning on doing some local door knocking in the community to encourage people to attend on Saturday, September 30. If you would be interested in helping on that day please see Robert for more information.
Bertha Combs's surgery went well on Thursday of last week, and she was in worship Sunday morning.
Ann Perry's surgery also went well on Friday, and she was in worship Sunday evening.
Iva Bailey, former member at Central, is in very serious condition and under hospice care in Norman.
October 13-15, Silver Dollar City Church of Christ weekend
October 29, Standard Time returns
Congratulations to Sean Parman! A week or two ago Sean ran in a cross country race. He finished 15th out of more than 100 runners. Good job Sean. Chad Beard and his mom, Denise, spent last weekend in Austin, Texas. Chad is in the process of receiving a canine companion. It's quite a process. Chad and Denise were interviewed in Austin on Sunday. The next step is the training. The dog, Chad and Denise will all be trained! Good luck Chad!
This coming Sunday evening the youth group will be joining the youth from Northridge for worship and fellowship. We will leave from the building at 4:45. We should be returning by 9:00.
Seniors, don't forget that OC's Fall Visit is just around the corner. September 29 & 30 are the dates. This visit is just for seniors and their parents. If you want to register or if you have any questions you can check OC's website www.oc.edu