Bulletin for Sunday 04/22/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

Wow!  Sunday was a great day.  There were 323 in attendance for worship. (easily beating the goal we had set of 301) We also had a very large crowd stay for the fellowship meal and the attendance for the service at 2:00 p.m. was excellent.  We certainly accomplished what we intended for this day to provide – lots of visitors.  Many “thank-you’s are in order for the success of this day.  First of all, Bruce McLarty did a wonderful job encouraging and challenging us in God’s word and we greatly appreciated his messages.  We especially offer our thanks to the cooks who prepared a great meal for us to enjoy and the kitchen and clean up crews who worked so diligently.  We are thankful to all members who committed and could be “counted on” to pray, attend and invite others to come hear the gospel of Christ and then to all those people who welcomed and greeted our guests with friendly warmth.  Most of all, we give thanks and praise to God our Father who continues to bless us richly at Central with opportunities to grow.

Then to top it all off, Sunday evening, we were privileged to hear Wade Baskin, Austin Beard and Jason Perry present their LTC sermons.  They all did a fantastic job!  And afterwards, we enjoyed hearing and watching some more of our young people in singing chorus, and performing puppet and drama skits.  I know you are proud of all our young people here at Central.  They are a blessing.  It makes me feel good just to think about the fine young Christian people that they are becoming.  Special thanks to the adults who worked with these good kids to get them ready.

Now just because our friends & family day is over, let’s not end our efforts to reach out to the lost.  The work of the church is always first and foremost about spreading the gospel.  Continue to take advantage of every opportunity to talk about Jesus and His church.  Remember, your invitation to a friend or family member is still the most effective means of reaching out to our community.

Ultimately we realize that it is not enough to get them to attend church once.  Our task is to reach them for Jesus, to bring them to the Lord in obedience to the gospel and to see them mature in the faith.  So will you keep on praying for someone you know and love?  Will you pray that the Lord opens a door for the word, so they may hear and be saved?  One person has well said, “We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.”  Always remember we are salt and light –   let us impact the world by being what we are and touching others with God’s love.

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

 

GOSPEL MEETINGS IN THE AREA

 

Kent Allen is preaching on “Desperate Households” April 18 – 22 at Highland in Tecumseh.  Evening services Wednesday through Saturday are at seven o’clock.  Chuck Carter is preaching in a meeting at McLoud April 22 – 25 with evening services at seven o’clock.  April 26 – 29 are the dates for a meeting at Southwest in Ada with Charles Hodge preaching.  Evening services are at seven o’clock.  All of these meetings have excellent speakers.  We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities.

 

CENTRAL’S SECOND

ANNUAL LADIES DAY

 

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~

 

TO ALL ADULT MEN OF CENTRAL

 

Remember the retreat set for Friday evening and Saturday, April 27th & 28th, at Quail Ridge Lodge located southwest of Tecumseh.  The theme is “Leadership – God’s Man.  A sign-up sheet is located in the foyer and the cost per person is $15.00.  For questions or to pay your money, please see Dale Beard or Bob Stephens.

~An Official Centennial Event~

 

AREA LADIES DAY OPPORTUNITIES

 

The ladies at Bell & Farrall invite you to their ladies day on Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to Noon.  The theme is “Be of Good Courage.”  You will be blessed with words of encouragement from the following speakers:  Daisy Powell, “Waiting in Faith;” Diane Morris, “Good Courage;” Sheila Lynch, “Strength in Your Wait.”  Come early for a breakfast brunch.  Enjoy lunch after the program.

 

There will be a ladies day at Northridge April 28, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The theme is “Extreme Makeover.”  This event will feature a continental breakfast, speaker Laurie Bailey of Tishomingo, lunch provided by Benedict Street Market, special entertainment by Jeff Gardner.

 

GARDENERS

 

Attention all gardeners!  Volunteers are needed to help with planting flowers and small shrubs for our Centennial landscape project.  All those willing to plant, help water and maintain the gardens throughout the summer are encouraged to sign up on the sheet in the foyer.  The actual date for planting is to be announced at a later time.

Debbie Taffe

 

TEACHER WORKSHOPS

 

The Central Church in Moore and the Southwest Church in Oklahoma City have planned an outstanding teacher workshop that will take place in the Southwest building, 3031 S.W. 104th, April 27 and 28.  There are numerous outstanding teachers.  For times and speakers, see the foyer bulletin board.

 

Another workshop will be conducted on May 5 at Eastside in Duncan.  They also have outstanding

teachers and speakers.  Their information may be found on the foyer bulletin board.

PRAYER CONCERNS

 

Geraldine Outlaw had gallbladder surgery at Unity Health Center on Tuesday of this week.  She was scheduled to go home on Wednesday.   Hazel Lee Behrnes and Nadine Magee are both a bit under the weather right now.  Doris Phillips is home and doing well after surgery.  Remember    Melba Boston in your prayers and visits.

 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

 

Congratulations to Austin Beard.  Austin took fourth place at a recent track meet for throwing the discus and shot.  Great job Austin!

Sunday evening we had a chance to hear Wade Baskin, Jason Perry and Austin Beard as they delivered their LTC sermons to us.  Great job, guys!  These young men may have a lot of special accomplishments in their lives, but most will pale in comparison to the experience they have received by studying, preparing and delivering a sermon.  This, and all the things learned through LTC, will be with them and the other teens for the rest of their lives.  What a blessing!

Sunday morning after worship, the teens will be heading to Tecumseh for the annual volleyball tournament.  Teens, be sure to bring a change of clothes with you, and sunscreen, along with some Sonic money.  Lunch will be provided by the Tecumseh church.  We will be returning to the building before worship that evening.

Camp Applications are on the youth bulletin board.  Be sure to get yours filled out and back to Rob or me soon.  We are expecting a large group this year, so don’t delay!

 

COMING EVENTS:

April 22, AWTG in Tecumseh/Volleyball Tournament

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

Saturday, May 5, Blood Drive

9 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship room

Appointment time sign-up sheet in foyer

 


"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                                              121

Worship Service                                       176

Sunday Evening                                       131

Wednesday Evening                                111

Contribution                                     4,107.69

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Announcements:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Jason Perry

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Gerald Smith

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Herman Guin                         Tim McGalliard

Geoff Root                                     Bob Bivins

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Lynn Harmon                                Tim Norton

 

USHERS

Steve Kelly                               Robby Kinsey

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                    Robby & Kacy Kinsey

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Leslie Gettle & Paula Harris

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Howard Vanlandingham

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:           Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                                  Dale Beard

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                    Clavin Norwood

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle