Bulletin for Sunday 05/13/2007

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     The last ladies Bible class for this season will be at 10:30 on Wednesday morning, May 16.  The May luncheon will follow the class.  All the ladies are invited and encouraged to attend the class and remain for the luncheon.




     George and Carolyn Mastick would like to thank everyone for their generosity last year.  They are again going on the Medical Mission Trip to Nicaragua.  Your donations of supplies would be very helpful and needed for the people in the poorer areas of the country.  We will be leaving July 21st and returning July 31st.  The following items are especially needed this year:  Safety razors, flip-slops, band aids, washcloths.  We also need sample sized soaps, deodorant, shampoo, and lotions.  Our director told us that at this time we have plenty of the small toys.  A tub has been placed in the foyer for you to place the items in when you bring them. Thank you,

                             George and Carolyn [Mastick]




     George and Dora Tate have moved back to Wellston.  Their new address is P.O. Box 602, Wellston, OK 74881.  Yuavonda Sperry’s new phone number is 395-2238.




Dear church family, Fredith and I want to thank each of you for your prayers, phone calls, and many get well cards and notes.  Also, thanks to Dwyane and Marcia and Robert and Maggie for their visits at the hospital.  Each of you were very thoughtful in understanding that after I returned home, I didn’t feel like company.  Only the church family can express kindness and love like you.  In Christian love, Margaret and Fredith (Hanifan)


     The family of Clovie Dossey wishes to thank everyone for the prayers, calls, cards, and flowers during Clovie’s illness and passing away.  Also for the nice service Dwyane did, and for the good job the Singers did.  In Christian love,

             Thelma Divine and the Dossey brothers




      Gerald (Snuffy) Smith had gallbladder surgery at Unity Health Center on Monday.  Melba Boston appreciates your prayers. It was so  good to see Margaret Hanifan and Geri Outlaw able to be in services Sunday.




     Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Virgil Beasley, Betty Bernard, Melba Boston, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, Ethel Fast, Lynn Harmon’s sisters, Betty Meister and Mary Cosby, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Carol Mahnke, Mary Martin, Lynn Harmon’s sister, Betty Meister, Harvey Moore, Ed O’Neal, Nicki Peltier, Zach Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Altha Smith, Sarah Smith, Gary & Linda Snow, Mary Sorensen, Floy Turner, Alvie Vanlandingham, David Vanlandingham, Emma Wilson, and Carl Worley.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.





     When I turned on my computer this morning I was greeted with an item which said, “Turns out getting married is becoming downright old-fashioned.  Shacked up couples now outnumber those who’ve tied the knot.”

     Woe to those unmarried couples who have financial quarrels over rent, utilities, credit cards, etc., and show up before “Judge Judy.”  In no uncertain terms she will tell them that if they don’t have a marriage license our courts have made no provision to settle such disputes, and they are on their own.

     Does it seem to you that we are getting to the point in our society where the difference between right and wrong, is either not discerned or else willfully ignored?

     Or consider the overt promotion of homosexuality.  Has some law been passed that requires every TV show to have at least a token homosexual?  We must have “tolerance,” our society says.

     Those who offer objections are immediately branded with a sneer as “Fundamentalists.”  Yet fundamentals are absolutely imperative today.  Athletes who ignore fundamentals make for losing teams.  In fact, mastering the fundamentals is absolutely necessary in any discipline.

     As a nation we enjoy the benefits of Christianity while tending to reject the source of those benefits.  In the words of Richard Halverson, “Like parasites we are feeding on lingering blessings produced by the spiritual leadership and dedication of earlier generations; the blessings are fading, ethical and moral levels decline toward the increasingly degenerate society.”  We want to sow to the wind without realizing that we will reap the whirlwind.

     An ancient prophet warned, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”  (Isaiah 5:20).  Will we be wise enough to heed his warning?  John Gipson       

Windsong Church of Christ, N. Little Rock




May 13, Search, “Jesus Christ Is Coming Again”

May 19, Saturday, Building Clean-up

May 20, Senior Reception, seniors are Leslie Gettle, Kristin Gober, Marla Miller and Jason Perry

May 20, Search, “Never Forget

May 27, Search, “Jesus and the Lost”

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

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

June 1, Women’s program, “The Difference of 1,” Oklahoma Christian; see bulletin board

Youth News

Bob Stephens


     The teens went to the Wilshire Church of Christ last Sunday night for an Area-Wide Teen Gathering.  We attended Wilshire after we married until we came to Central and Wilshire was Matt and Andy’s first church home.  So anytime we go to Wilshire, it’s kind of like a homecoming for us.

     I was visiting with a couple that Janet and I had worked with in Wilshire’s Bible hour for many years and they told me that someone new was taking over the program.  When they told me who it was, my jaw dropped.  It was one of the kids we had in Bible hour all those many years ago.  Boy, did I feel old!  This was no ordinary kid.  He was one of those that could, at times, wear you out!  We all know kids like that.  (I think quite possibly I was one of those!)  Anyway, my friend and I shared a laugh that this particular young man, who had tried our patience with his behavior was now becoming the leader of Wilshire’s Bible Hour.  He told me that this young man had recently come up to him and apologized for the way he behaved when he was younger.  Then he thanked him for never giving up on him even when he was rotten.  Wow!  I could tell by the expression on my friend’s face what that meant to him.  All the times my friend was at his wits end, he never gave up on this young man.

     So you’re wondering, “Why is Bob telling this story?”  Here’s the deal.  Whenever we see kids being kids, good or not so good, don’t give up on them.  Correct them, but love them.  Keep them in your daily prayers.  God is working in their young lives and the encouragement you give them may be one of the tools He’s using.  You never know the impact you make on someone, young or old!




May 19 – Saturday, Work Day & Redhawks

May 20 – Sunday, Senior Reception

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin “Amazing Race”


We hope to see you here Sunday!


"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                                              113

Worship Service                                       184

Sunday Evening                                       112

Wednesday Evening                                 119

Contribution                                     9,725.50




Sunday, May 13, 2007

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                      Bob Stephens

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Bob Seikel



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Andy Stephens                          Matt Stephens

Nathan Kelly                                 Jason Perry



Mitch Harmon                        Keith Lawrence



Gene Norton                   Burl Vanlandingham



Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham



Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller



Buddy Truesdell



Scott Perry




Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Robert Perry



NORTH                                           SOUTH

James Reeves                               Tracy Gettle




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                         Austin Beard



Tracy Gettle