Bulletin for Sunday 02/25/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS
with Robert Prater


"Small" is a word that has fallen on tough times in recent years. In the business world, particularly, it seems as though it's an unpardonable offense to label anything as small. For example, if you examine the menus of several fast food franchises, you'll find no small cup of soft drink. The least voluminous cup size is labeled "medium," despite the fact that the word medium, by definition, requires degrees on either extreme - you can't really describe something as "medium sized" unless there are sizes both smaller and larger.

The Bible has no such qualms about labeling things small while still finding goodness and worth in them. The inspired poet Agur writes, "There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise" (Proverbs 30:24), speaking of God's providential care for the ant, rock badger, locust and spider. A small cake baked for God's prophet Elijah represented an act of generosity so great that it rewarded the widow of Zarephath with two miracles, including the restoration of her son's life (1 Kings 17:8-24). Jesus considered the giving of two small copper coins by a poor widow a greater offering than the enormous sums given by the wealthy. (Mark 12:41-44)

God once asked Zerubbabel, the leader of Judah in the years following the Babylonian captivity, "Who has despised the day of small things?" (Zechariah 4:10) At the time, Zerubbabel was spearheading the reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Some of the Jews were mocking his work, because the new temple was far less elaborate than the glorious temple of Solomon it replaced. God wanted Zerubbabel to understand that though his work may have seemed small and insignificant to others, it had great value in the sight of the Lord.

There are many works of service a Christian can perform that may seem small - too small, perhaps, to be considered worthy of doing. We should understand, however, that God does not ascribe worth as we do, and that what seems small and unimportant to us is not always so to Him. The small cake of the widow of Zarephath and the small copper coins of the widow Jesus saw in the temple don't look like much on the surface. But God judged these gifts based on the size of the faith that inspired their giving, not on the size of the gifts themselves.

Jesus once fed a multitude of five thousand men, plus an untold number of women and children, using a boy's lunch of five barley loaves and two small fish. (John 6:1-14) Andrew the apostle asked, "What are they (the loaves and fish) among so many?" Jesus took that small portion and made it a feast so abundant that the leftovers filled twelve baskets, proving that in His mighty hands, even the smallest sacrifice can be made great.

Don't be fooled into thinking that small is inherently bad. Sometimes the smallest of things are the most precious treasures. Neglect no act of righteous service because it seems small. The "day of small things" is a fine day in God's eyes.

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


CONGRATULATIONS

We extend our best wishes to Doris Phillips on becoming a great grandmother for the first time. Ella Meadow Barrett was born on February 8 weighing seven and a half pounds and was 19 inches long. The parents are Jeremy and Erin Barrett.


MARCH BIRTHDAYS

01 Lola Duvall

02 Joe Scheidt

04 Megan Prater

06 Anita Sharp

07 Bob Allen

11 Vivian Cross

11 Amber Curtis

11 Nathan Kelly

11 Barbara Vanlandingham

13 Geoff Root

13 Lorine Watson

16 Janice Gardner

16 Brian Nipper

16 Makinzee Tucker

17 Joann Cheney

20 Mary Sorensen

20 Talhia Vanlandingham

21 Nona Carter

21 Nadine Magee

22 Linda Carpenter

22 Millie Riley

26 Don Wills

28 Tanner Nipper

29 Herman Guin

29 Frances Taylor

31 Clovie Dossey


MARCH ANNIVERSARIES

10 Bernard & June Sharp - 6th

21 Larry & Sarah Smith - 34th

30 Bob & Ann Bivins - 45th

30 James & Ellen Childers - 61st

30 Carl & Ruby Holt - 22nd

We express our best wishes to those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in March. We especially congratulate James and Ellen Childers on their 61st Anniversary and Bob and Ann Bivins on their 45th.


MARCH

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

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Date O.T. Reading Date N.T. Reading
1 Num. 23,24,25 1 Mark 7:14-37
2 Num. 26,27 2 Mark 8:1-21
3 Num. 28,29,30 3 Mark 8:22-38
4 Num. 31,32,33 4 Mark 9:1-29
5 Num. 34,35,36 5 Mark 9:30-50
6 Deut. 1,2 6 Mark 10:1-31
7 Deut. 3,4 7 Mark 10:32-52
8 Deut. 5,6,7 8 Mark 11:1-18
9 Deut. 8,9,10 9 Mark 11:19-33
10 Deut. 11,12,13 10 Mark 12:1-27
11 Deut. 14,15,16 11 Mark 12:28-44
12 Deut. 17,18,19 12 Mark 13:1-20
13 Deut. 20,21,22 13 Mark 13:21-37
14 Deut. 23,24,25 14 Mark 14:1-26
15 Deut. 26,27 15 Mark 14:27-53
16 Deut. 28,29 16 Mark 14:54-72
17 Deut. 30,31 17 Mark 15:1-25
18 Deut. 32,33,34 18 Mark 15:26-47
19 Joshua 1,2,3 19 Mark 16
20 Joshua 4,5,6 20 Luke 1:1-20
21 Joshua 7,8,9 21 Luke 1:21-38
22 Joshua 10,11,12 22 Luke 1:39-56
23 Joshua 13,14,15 23 Luke 1:57-80
24 Joshua 16,17,18 24 Luke 2:1-24
25 Joshua 19,20,21 25 Luke 2:25-52
26 Joshua 22, 23,24 26 Luke 3
27 Judges 1,2,3 27 Luke 4:1-30
28 Judges 4,5,6 28 Luke 4:31-44
29 Judges 7,8 29 Luke 5:1-16
30 Judges 9,10 30 Luke 5:17-39
31 Judges 11,12 31 Luke 6:1-26

PRAYER CONCERNS

Joyce Kelly had a procedure at Baptist Medical Center on Monday. Lynn Harmon was scheduled for knee surgery on Thursday of this week. Remember Melba Boston in your prayers.


CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

Foy E. Wallace, Jr. held meetings at Central in April, 1945 and April 1963. Richard Black who preached at Central from 1966 to 1973 was a son-in-law of Foy Wallace, Jr. Hulen Jackson who preached here from 1940 to 1942 was a brother-in-law to Foy Wallace, Jr.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

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


LOOKING AHEAD

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, 6 p.m.

March 7, Ladies Bible Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows

March 7, New Wednesday night Ladies Class begins

March 11, Daylight Saving Time begins

March 14-17, Photography for new pictorial directory

April 15, Friends & Family Day with Bruce McLarty from Harding University


"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