Bulletin for Sunday 02/04/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS
with Robert Prater

I will begin this Sunday evening answering in a series of lessons the Bible questions that you as a congregation have submitted. Judging from last year's comments, this was a popular series. The question box will remain on the table in the foyer through Sunday for you to write down any Bible related questions, texts or topics that you would like to have answered in a Sunday evening sermon.

Sometimes what appears to be and what really is are two different things. Satan is an expert at pretending to be what he is not. Paul said, "And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness….." (2 Cor. 11:14-15 NAS) Jesus encourages us to judge not according to appearance but with righteous judgment. (John 7:24)

The Pharisees were experts at appearances. Jesus described their absurd practices like cleaning the outside of a cup, while leaving the inside filthy. (Matt. 23:25) He described them as whitewashed tombs filled with every kind of uncleanness on the inside. "Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." (Matt. 23:28)

The God of heaven, who knows the hearts of all men, easily sees through the mask and pretensions of humans. He is not impressed with the things that so easily impress people. (1 Sam. 16:7) God is not fooled by sin; we should not let it deceive or harden us either. --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM - Misplaced Confidence (1 Cor. 10:12)

PM - Bible Question Series – Christ and the Spirits in Prison (1 Pt. 3:19), Law from cross to Pentecost, and Exodus 4:24-26.


PRAYERS REQUESTED

Harold and Clydean Decker requested prayer recently that they might be more devoted Christians. It's been good to see them in worship since that time.

Also Janice Gardner has stated she needs your prayers "That I won't allow work, school, or being tired to keep me from church. I'm a fulltime college student and work fulltime. I struggle with fatigue. God bless this church. Love, Janice"

We deeply appreciate the sincere desire on the part of all three of these good people to be close to the Lord and their brethren. Our prayers are with them to be what they want to be.


VALENTINE BANQUET

We're going to have a Valentine banquet for all who wish to attend on Friday evening, February 16, at LaDonna's Grill in Meeker. The entire restaurant is reserved for us. The entrees range in price from $8.99 to $10.99 to which a 20% gratuity will be added. Drinks are extra. The entrée choices will be chicken fried steak, fried shrimp, and grilled chicken. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer. Please check which entrée you think you would like (it's not a binding commitment). We just want to give the restaurant an idea of what to expect. The vans will leave at 6:00 p.m. If you have questions, see Paula Harris or Cathy Pettyjohn.


HELP WRITE OUR HISTORY BOOK

One of the major things being done to commemorate our Centennial year is the writing of a book by Bob Seikel telling our history. We need to see any documents you may have regarding the history of Central. Bob and Charlotte have put in hundreds of hours researching our history which we greatly appreciate.

We are also requesting your suggestions for a TIME CAPSULE, which will be another project of our Centennial. We need you to suggest what should be placed in it. If you have a suggestion, please give it to Bob Seikel or call the office. Some of us think that Bob Bivins should be placed in the time capsule, but a few serious suggestions would also be helpful.


KEEPING UP

Bob Hardin, husband of the late Doris Hardin, and former member here, now lives at Hilltop Haven, room 109, P.O. Box 39, Gunter, TX 75058. He would enjoy hearing from you.


THANK YOU

To our Christian family, Thank each of you that assisted with getting Mother off the ice, loading her in her car, and getting her to ER. Thank you for the visits at the hospital, the flowers, cards, and especially for the prayers. Please continue to pray for a complete recovery. With love Elva, [Gill] & Barbara [Tucker]

Thank you so much for all the fruit, candy, and nuts. I am so very blessed to be a part of this church family. (Thanks to everybody who sent Christmas cards too.) With love, Verginia "Ginny" [Herrera}


PRAYER CONCERNS

Anna Jarvis spent three days in Unity Health Center last week following a stroke. She is now in Colonial Estates in guarded condition.

Elva Gill fell on ice Wednesday evening of last week going from the church building to her car. She spent a day in Unity Health Center with a cracked bone in her left arm. She's now at Barbara Tucker's home. Barbara is her daughter.

Emma White is now in Midwest Specialty Hospital, room 410, for physical therapy. She expects to be there about 20 days.

Don Davis, Kathryn Shields's grandson, is doing well following back surgery.

Bill Lawerance's mother, June Lawerance, remains in Presbyterian Tower at OU Medical Center.

Alta Carroll is showing good improvement and thinks she might be back in services soon.

Mary Joe Fleming's grandson is in Oklahoma Heart Hospital with a blockage in his abdominal aorta.

Melba Boston continues to appreciate your prayers.

It was good to see Bertha Combs in services Sunday.


CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

N.J. Brundage was one of the founders of the Central congregation in 1907. His great grandson goes to church at Central now. Do you know him?


Youth News
Bob Stephens

Saturday, we had a great opportunity to serve the brothers and sisters in Muskogee. The ice storm that visited us a couple of weekends ago slowed us down quite a bit here in Shawnee but it crippled Muskogee. On short notice, we got in the van Saturday morning and headed there not knowing exactly what to expect. We were sent to an elderly couple's property just south of town where we spent all of our time. With one chainsaw and a lot of muscle we were able to clean up a little over an acre of tree limbs that the ice had put on the ground. A GREAT BIG THANKS goes to Courtney, Wade and Pam Baskin, Jason Perry, Tracy Gettle and Scott Perry for giving up their Saturday to work very hard in very cold conditions (rain, then sleet, then snow, then rain again etc…..!!) We returned with cold, wet feet and hands but with warm hearts!

This Sunday we are attending the AWTG at Westside in Norman. We will be leaving from the building after morning worship. In conjunction with the AWTG we will be attending the OU Women's basketball game. We plan to eat lunch out before the game so be sure to bring lunch money along with the $4.00 for the game. We should be returning home by about 8:00. If you have any questions, ask me.


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Feb. 4, Sunday – AWTG @ Westside/Norman, OU Women's Basketball @ $4.00

March 9 & 10, Friday & Saturday – Spring Visit at OC "Spring Sing is Saturday - $12.00


LOOKING AHEAD

February 16, Valentine banquet

February 23, Central hosts Shawnee Area-Wide Leadership Dinner, Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Cost is $9.00 per person.

March 11, Daylight Saving Time begins

March 14-17, Photography for new pictorial directory. Call the office and make your appointment if you have not done so.

April 15, Friends & Family Day

 

 


"I do not know the future. But I do preach this, because I know it, that Christ will come."
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 134
Worship Service 209
Sunday Evening 143
Wednesday Evening 118
Contribution $5,254.74

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Announcements:Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer:Burl Vanlandingham
Song Director:Steve Kelly
Scripture:Brandon Gober
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Robby Kinsey

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Jason Perry Jim Walling
Bob Bivins Lynn Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

John Aylor Brian Nipper

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn Tim McGalliard

GREETERS

Foyer:Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator:Tim & Janice McGalliard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Leslie Gettle Paula Harris

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Howard Vanlandingham

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob StephensJim Carpenter

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Chuck Carter
Song Director:Steve Kelly
Scripture:Bryce Beal
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Buddy Truesdell

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Clavin Norwood Robert Perry

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Burl Vanlandingham
Scripture:Chad Beard

VAN DRIVER

Terry Banta
If unable to serve during the week, notify Frank Romberg - 273-1297