Bulletin for Sunday 04/01/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

 

     Friends & Family Day set for Sunday, April 15 here at Central is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to others in a less-direct approach as we simply invite them to join us on this special day.  Of course, this day is the Lord’s Day and is special all by itself.  The first day of the week is the day on which we come together to worship God Almighty and to remember the death of Jesus, by partaking of the Lord’s Supper.  But this will also be a day, when in keeping with what the Lord Himself commanded (Mt. 28:18-20), we would emphasize evangelism and outreach to others, particularly among our friends and family.

 

     The success of our Friends & Family Day is found within its simplicity.  Many times the most effective means are the simplest.  It is true with the church in regard to growth and evangelism.  One of the most effective means is inviting people to attend Bible class and worship.  The power of such invitations should not be discounted.  From the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry invitations have played a major role in the spread of the gospel.  Simon Peter became a disciple because his brother, Andrew, invited him and “brought him to Jesus.” (John 1:40-42)  Nathanael was likewise encouraged by Philip, who offered this briefly put invitation:  “Come and see.” (John 1:44-46)  Surely there are people who we can bring to Jesus simply by inviting them to worship with us.  The invitation, though sorely neglected, still works.

 

     One recent Church Growth study measured the primary influences in the “conversion” process.  In this particular survey, the main reasons (all in the 50% range) were influences like another person’s Christian example, having the plan of salvation shared by another person, and individual study of the Bible.  But, the runaway primary influence (76.9%) was attending a church worship service.

 

     Invitation cards will be available this Sunday for you to hand out or mail.  Friends, you can make a difference by exercising the power of invitation.  Yes, you can.  But will you?  Let’s all keep praying that God will open doors and hearts of opportunity for the word to us. (Col. 4:2-4)

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

 

SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM  Come and See Evangelism  (John 1:45-46)

PM   I Am What I Am (1 Cor. 15:10)

 

APRIL

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

 

Date  O.T. Reading                     Date N.T. Reading

   1  Judges 13,14,15              1  Luke 6:27-49

   2  Judges 16,17,18                          2  Luke 7:1-30

   3  Judges 19,20,21                          3  Luke 7:31-50

   4  Ruth 1,2,3,4                    4  Luke 8:1-25

   5  1 Sam. 1,2,3                               5  Luke 8:26-56

   6  1 Sam. 4,5,6                               6  Luke 9:1-17

   7  1 Sam. 7,8,9                   7  Luke 9:18-36

   8  1 Sam. 10,11,12                         8  Luke 9:37-62

   9  1 Sam. 13,14                              9  Luke 10:1-24

 10  1 Sam. 15,16                             10  Luke 10:25-42

 11  1 Sam. 17,18                             11  Luke 11:1-28

 12  1 Sam. 19,20,21                        12  Luke 11:29-54

 13  1 Sam. 22,23,24            13  Luke 12:1-31

 14  1 Sam. 25,26                             14  Luke 12:32-59

 15  1 Sam. 27,28,29                        15  Luke 13:1-22

 16  1 Sam. 30,31                             16  Luke 13:23-35

17  2 Sam. 1,2                                  17  Luke 14:1-24

18  2 Sam. 3,4,5                  18  Luke 14:25-35

 19  2 Sam. 6,7,8                 19  Luke 15:1-10

 20  2 Sam. 9,10,11                          20  Luke 15:11-32

 21  2 Sam. 12,13                 21  Luke 16

 22  2 Sam. 14,15                            22  Luke 17:1-19

 23  2 Sam. 16,17,18                        23  Luke 17:20-37

 24  2 Sam. 19,20                             24  Luke 18:1-23

 25  2 Sam. 21,22                 25  Luke 18:24-43

 26  2 Sam. 23,24                            26  Luke 19:1-27

 27  1 Kings 1,2                               27  Luke 19:28-48

 28  1 Kings 3,4,5                 28  Luke 20:1-26

 29  1 Kings 6,7                                29  Luke 20:27-47

 30  1 Kings 8,9                                30  Luke 21:1-19

 

LTC

 

     Our young people will be attending LTC in Tulsa on April 6 and 7.  If you would like to help with bottled water or canned pop, you may leave it  in the kitchen by Wednesday evening, April 4.  You can see Rita Romberg for more information.

 

THANK YOU

 

     I want to thank all of you who sent cards and called during my recent health problems.  This is a wonderful church family.           Love, Roe Honaker

 

PRAYER CONCERNS

 

     Dena Nipper had foot surgery in Oklahoma City last week.  She is now home and doing well.  Margaret Hanifan is now home from the hospital.  She should not have visitors for a couple of weeks, but appreciates your prayers, calls, and cards.  Steve Kelly’s 19 year old cousin, Timothy Kelly, is seriously ill in ICU at St. Anthony Hospital.  Jim Pettyjohn’s uncle, Ted Morris, is in a coma and has pneumonia at Southwest Medical Center.  Lakeview Church of Christ has asked that we add 13 year old LaTia Graham to our prayer concerns.  She has been diagnosed with Steve Johnson Syndrome and is in Shriner’s Bone Hospital, room 115, 815 Market, Galveston, Texas 77440.  Melba Boston remains appreciative of your prayers and visits. 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

March 31, Appreciation Banquet, Tigers for Christ, Southwest Church of Christ, Ada, 6 p.m., RSPV at 1-877-332-3430 to aid in food preparation

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

April 18 – 22, Gospel meeting, Highland, with Kent Allen preaching, “Desperate Households”

April 22 – 25, Gospel meeting at McLoud with Chuck Carter preaching

April 29, Northridge Ladies Day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Extreme Makeover”

May 5, 28th Annual Bible Teachers Workshop, “The Promises of God are True,” Eastside, Duncan

May 31 – June 2, Quest, Oklahoma Christian

 

We hope to see you here Sunday!

 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

 

     Congratulations to Wade Baskin!  Wade has received an award at the middle school for his artistic abilities.  He won a contest for a T-shirt design for an upcoming outdoor science camp.  He received a gift certificate and gets to see his second design in print on everybody’s back!  Remember, Wade also designed the youth T-shirts that are coming in soon!  Way to go Wade!

   

      I hope everyone had an excellent spring break.  I know Janet and I enjoyed having the guys home for the week.  We had a good turn out for our Work/Fun Day last Tuesday.  Thanks to Courtney Baskin, and Leslie Gettle we now have stuff actually hanging on the walls in the youth house.  And thanks to Wade Baskin, Bryce Dean, Austin Beard and Jason Perry we now have a clean flower bed with flowers!  We also had help from former youth group members, Lindsey, Nathan, Matt and Andy.  Anyway, as much fun as we had cleaning and hanging and pulling weeks we had even more fun at the zoo.  I love this group at Central! It doesn’t really matter whether they’re working or playing, they just enjoy being around each other.  What a blessing!

  

      LTC is next weekend!  We plan to leave the building around 4:00 or so.  Next Wednesday evening we plan to have the BIG meeting for everyone and plan to pass out shirts.  Plan to attend this important meeting so you’ll know what’s gonna be happening!

 

COMING EVENTS:

April 6 – 7, LTC Convention in Tulsa

April 22, Sunday, AWTG @ Tecumseh

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin

 

CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

     The world-wide great depression of the 1930”s left most people with little money.  Some didn’t even have a job.  However, the Central Church of Christ grew in great numbers despite hard economic times.

 


"Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun.
To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past,
to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come,
to savour to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and
the pain you are giving back - in many ways it is a feast fit for a king.
The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself.
The skeleton at the feast is you. "
Frederick Buechner

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              135

Worship Service                                       188

Sunday Evening                                       142

Wednesday Evening                                 115

Contribution                                     4,333.01

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Austin Beard                                    Bob Perry

Frank Burton                               Chris Nipper

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Howard Vanlandingham               Terry Lowe

 

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                    Geoff Root

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                     Geoff & Carolyn Root

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Terry Banta

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Jim Pettyjohn

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gerald Smith                         George Mastick

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Scripture:                                         Bryce Beal

 

VAN DRIVER

Terry Banta

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297