Bulletin for Sunday 02/18/2007

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SYMPATHY

Josie Kate Watkins

November 14, 2006 February 6, 2007

Beloved daughter of

Sara and Toby Watkins

Sister of Ella Grace Watkins

Granddaughter of Alice and Ben Salter

Great granddaughter of June Lowe

Niece of Jon Salter

Our loving sympathy is extended to all the Watkins and Salter families. Josie passed suddenly on Tuesday of last week, and funeral services were conducted the following Friday at the Quail Springs Church of Christ building.

We also extend our sympathy to the family of Mary Gaines. Mary was a longtime member of our congregation. Funeral services were to be on Thursday of this week at Walker Funeral Service Chapel at 2 p.m.

We offer our sympathy to the family of Bob Hardin, a former Central member who passed away Sunday in Gunter, Texas. Funeral services were conducted in Shawnee at Resthaven Funeral Chapel on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Bob was the husband of the late Doris Hardin who was the cousin of Robert Perry.

Sympathy is also extended to Mary Fleming in the loss of her sister-in-law, Juanita Fleming. A graveside service is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park.


AMONG FRIENDS
with Robert Prater

"What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" (Luke 10:26 NIV) Jesus asked this question to the lawyer who asked what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus answered the question by citing Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:17 and telling him the story of the Good Samaritan.

Whatever the context is, Jesus questions are good ones: "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" Knowing what God says will settle many issues. Many of the divisions and religious issues of our day come from assumptions and traditions rather than from a study of the will of God. The Word of God is a precious treasure that will immeasurably bless the lives of those who take the time to study it. (Psalm 19:7-14)

It takes more, however, than merely reading God's word to get the most out of it. How do you read it? Good Bible students will explore the context and background of the passages they read. The old saying is still true: "A proof-text taken out of context will become a pretext." Many have found a passage that says what they want to say and used that passage to support their desire rather than listening to what the passage actually means.

We must always understand what a passage originally meant to the first readers before we can apply it to our own modern situation. A passage cannot mean today what it did not mean when it was written. Therefore, merely quoting a passage without thought to the author, the intended recipients, the context, or the intended purpose of the message will lead to error and misunderstanding.

Peter complained about the ignorant and the unstable twisting the Scriptures to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:16-17) His advice was for each Christian to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. (2 Pet. 3:18) Let us not only read the Scriptures but also pay attention to how we read them.

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


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM - Love Is Demonstrated

PM - Bible Question Series Saul's conversion, worry and Book of Revelation past or present?


CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Andrea and Will Koepke on the birth of their daughter, Scottlyn. She was born Monday, February 12, weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 inches long. Kim Lillard is the grandmother and Lillie Smith is the great grandmother.


VBS PLANNING MEETING

There will be a VBS planning meeting after the Sunday evening services on February 25 in the fellowship room. This meeting is for everyone who has volunteered to work in the past and/or is interested in helping in some way with our VBS this summer. See Robert Prater for more.


NEW WEDNESDAY EVENING
LADIES BIBLE CLASS

A new ladies Bible class will begin on Wednesday evening, March 7. All the ladies of the congregation are invited and welcomed to be a part of this study. The class will meet in the fellowship room. More info to follow.


THANK YOU

Thank you for your comforting expressions of sympathy in the loss of our beloved Josie. We appreciate the prayers, cards, calls, food, and lovely flowers from our church family. We are grateful to those of you who joined us at Josie's service Friday. Seeking peace in Him, Sara & Toby Watkins, Alice & Ben Salter and family.


ADDRESS CHANGE

Virgil Beasley now lives at 108 West Highland, Tecumseh, OK. His phone number remains the same.

Tim Norton, Jr. has moved to 709 N. Bdwy., Shawnee, 74801. His phone number is 313-0832.


PRAYER CONCERNS

It was good seeing Alta Carroll and Barbara Pruitt able to be back in worship Sunday.

Anna Jarvis remains in Colonial Estates, room 110A, following a stroke. She appreciates your visits and prayers.

Emma White has been discharged from the hospital.

Brookelyn Sneed, infant granddaughter of Barney and Jo Sneed has been discharged from Deaconness. She was born on February 1, weighing seven pounds, six ounces. She was in the NICU for several days with an oxygen level problem. We extend our congratulations to Barney and Jo and will continue to pray for Brookelyn's good health.

Melba Boston continues to appreciate prayers and would welcome visits now. Please call first.


CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

June Lowe, Herman Guin, Glendon Combs, and Fred Bowers each have been a member of the Central Church of Christ for more than 70 years. Are there others? If so, let the church office know.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

COMING EVENTS:

Feb, 18, LTC scrap-booking group to meet in afternoon

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


LOOKING AHEAD

February 16, Valentine banquet at LaDonna's Grill in Meeker, 6:30 p.m. (The vans will leave the building by 6:00 p.m.). Desserts and fun in the fellowship room after dinner.

February 23, Central hosts Shawnee Area-Wide Leadership Dinner, Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $9.00 per person.

February 25, VBS planning meeting in fellowship room

March 7, New Wednesday night Ladies Class begins

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.

 

 


"A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. "
Thomas a Kempis

LAST WEEK'S RECORD

Bible School 143
Worship Service 202
Sunday Evening 121
Wednesday Evening 100
Contribution $5,207.40

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Announcements:Bob Perry
Opening Prayer:George Mastick
Song Director:Dale Beard
Scripture:Chad Beard
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Clavin Norwood

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
James Reeves Burl Vanlandingham
Gerald Smith Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton Howard Vanlandingham

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator:Jim & Vivian Cross

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle Cheryl Miller /TD>

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Terry Lowe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron TaffeTerry Lowe

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:Tim McGalliard
Song Director:Austin Beard
Scripture:Brandon Gober
Sermon:Robert Prater
Closing Prayer:Jim Walling

AT THE LORD'S TABLE

SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE

NORTHSOUTH
Jason Perry Robby Kinsey

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:Steve Kelly
Scripture:Bryce Beal

VAN DRIVER

Howard Vanlandingham
If unable to serve during the week, notify Frank Romberg - 273-1297