Bulletin for Sunday 06/08/2007

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with Robert Prater


     Excitement grows as we prepare for the special effort to reach out to our friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members to attend our Friends & Family Day on April 15.  The best advertising for our upcoming day is your invitation.  People are most likely to attend when someone they know and care about invites them. 

     We now have invitation postcards available for you to take and either mail or (better) hand deliver to those you want to invite to be your guest on this day.  Each of us has on the average eight non-Christian friends within our circle of influence.  These are people with whom we are on a first name basis but who do not attend a weekly worship assembly regularly.  If the statistics are accurate then at least two of your friends would come with you to worship if invited.

     Friends, there simply is no greater need today than to reach out to the lost with the gospel.  The lost are all around us.  Some are lost because they don’t know Christ.  Others are lost because what they know about Christ is not true.  Both groups need someone to guide them.  We often sing the words, “If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul, you can tell the love of Jesus, you can say He died for all.”

     Remember our goal is to have 301 people on that Sunday!  I know we can exceed that goal IF everyone will work to do three things:   1) Pray;

2) Invite; and 3) Attend. Colossians 4:2-4 encourages us to pray that God will open doors for His word.  We can only pray that our every effort for the gospel will bear fruit for His cause.

     Finally, please remember our young people in your prayers this weekend as they travel to Tulsa to participate in the annual Leadership Training for Christ. (LTC)  They have been studying and practicing for several weeks in developing their spiritual skills to serve the Lord Jesus.  I honestly believe that Central is raising up a tremendous generation of leaders for the Lord’s church.  This is a credit to the Christian influence and teaching of their godly parents, grandparents, church members and of course the great work that Bob and Janet Stephens are doing with our young people.

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



     Mitch Harmon came forward Sunday morning making a very courageous confession and humbly requesting prayers as he renews his commitment to the Lord. Let’s all be an example and encouragement to Mitch in his desire to grow in his daily walk with God. 




      As part of our centennial year, the men will have a retreat on Friday evening, April 27 and 28, at Quail Ridge Lodge located southwest of Tecumseh.  Sign up sheets, costs, activities, and more information will be coming soon.  Please plan to be a part of this weekend of fun, food, and fellowship.      ~An Official Centennial Event~





     The Second Annual Central Ladies’ Day will be on Sunday, April 29, immediately following the morning worship service.  ALL ladies of the congregation are invited to be special guests for this luncheon.  The theme of the day will be “DIFFERENT HATS THE CHRISTIAN LADY WEARS.”  All ladies are encouraged to wear a hat to the morning worship service and to the luncheon.  If you would like to wear a hat and do not have one, please check with Vivian Cross, Marcia Dennis, or Debbie Taffe.

~An Official Centennial Event~




     We extend our very best wishes to Sarah & Larry Smith on the birth of a new great grandson born March 20 to Kasey and Justin Schaeffer.  His name is Catin Michael, and he weighed eight pounds, nine ounces.  He was 22 inches long.




          NOTICE:  This thank you note is more than a month overdue because it was buried in the clutter on Dwyane’s desk.  We offer our apology and rejoice that she is doing so well.)


     To my church family, These past few months have not been easy, but they have been made so much easier because of you my friends.  The cards, calls, and prayers are so much appreciated.  I truly believe that all the prayers are the reason that my surgeries and the results have turned out so well.  I love you all!                                        Bertha Combs




     We are happy to report we’re unaware of any Central members in the hospital at this time.  Steve Kelly’s 19 year old cousin, Timothy Kelly, has been moved to Baptist Medical Center.  Keep Melba Boston in your prayers. 




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

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

April 22 – 25, Gospel meeting at McLoud with Chuck Carter preaching; see bulletin board

April 26 – 29, Gospel meeting, Southwest (505 W. 17th), Ada, Charles Hodge

April 27 & 28, Central’s Men’s Retreat

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

April 29, Central’s 2nd Annual Ladies’ Day

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

May 31 – June 2, Quest, Oklahoma Christian, Mike Armour, Jim Baird, Jerry Jones, and James Maxwell

May 31, Elders/Ministers & Spouses Dinner, Oklahoma Christian; see bulletin board

June 1, OCWA Women’s Luncheon, Oklahoma Christian; see bulletin board


We hope to see you here Sunday!





     World War 1, the great depression, and WWII were major significant historic events.  These events seemed to help the church grow, spiritually and numerically.  Adversity can often bring out the best in people.


Youth News

Bob Stephens


     We have another teenager on the roads!  As of last week Tanner Nipper is no longer just a passenger in his folks’ vehicle.  He’s a driver!

Tanner turned sixteen last Wednesday and promptly passed his driver’s test.  Congratulations to you Tanner!


     Also, congrats to Austin Beard.  Austin competed in a track meet last Saturday, throwing the shot and discus.  He placed 5th overall in both events from a field of 80.  That’s some hefty tossing.  Way to go Austin!


     By the time you read this, we will either be preparing for or on our way to Tulsa for LTC.  We covet your prayers as we travel to and from Tulsa as we go about our Father’s business.


     Camp applications are ready.  Camp this year is June 10-16 at Burnt Cabin.  We will pass out applications in the youth house and put some on the youth bulletin board.


April 6 – 7, LTC Convention in Tulsa

April 22, AWTG in Tecumseh/Volleyball Tournament

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin




     We are compiling a list of former members and friends to receive an invitation for our Centennial Homecoming on September 29 and 30.  An invitation from you personally would be the most appealing in many instances, but we will also send invitations from the church to those for whom we have names and addresses.  Please be thinking about this and turn the information in to the church office as soon as possible.


"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


Bible School                                              144

Worship Service                                       204

Sunday Evening                                       130

Wednesday Evening                                 120

Contribution                                     4,775.00




Sunday, April 8, 2007

Announcements:                           Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                          Paul Harris

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Glendon Combs



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Frank Burton                                Tracy Gettle

Clavin Norwood                        Jim Carpenter



Tim McGalliard                         James Reeves



Steve Kelly                                    Bob Bivins



Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins



Linda Carpenter & Diane Lawerance



Jim Pettyjohn



Scott Perry




Opening Prayer:                  Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Terry Lowe



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                   Gene Norton




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly



Terry Banta