Bulletin for Sunday 05/27/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS

Robert Prater

 

     Sunday evening’s sermon was devoted to the disturbing new phenomenon of “celebrity worship” and how our culture is obsessed and fascinated with celebrity personalities.  That lesson actually served as an introduction to a new sermon series on Sunday evenings we’re going to look at throughout the summer, called, “Lives Worth Admiring.”  We are going to look at various people in the Bible truly worthy of admiring. 

     Some people are likely to wonder, “Why be concerned about this issue?  What could be wrong with being entertained in such ways?”  Well the problem is that what passes for harmless “entertainment” is actually destructive in its influence.  Make no mistake about it, much of the celebrity personalities and “entertainment” of today makes every effort to approve and applaud as much sin as possible. (Rom. 1:32)  Therefore, we need discernment when choosing what we listen to, watch, focus on and pursue.  (Heb. 5:14)  I fear we’ve become accustomed to things we should keep at a good distance.  (2 Tim. 2:22)

     Another point to consider is that some things are harmful, not because they are inherently destructive, but simply because they are not productive of any good. Entertainment has its place, but when it exceeds the limits of propriety, it becomes destructive.  Notice again the summation of the failings of God’s people shortly before their demise, “…..they followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless…..”  (2 Kings 17:15 NIV; see also Jer. 2:5; Ps. 115:8)  David said long ago about his possible involvement in potential wickedness, “I will set no worthless thing before my eyes.”  (Ps. 101:3)

     When it comes to entertainment, among other things, we should recognize its threat of making us worthless. Certainly Paul’s encouragement is appropriate, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.” (1 Thess. 5:21)

   (robprater@sbcglobal.net)


BEST WISHES

 

     Please keep in your prayers this summer both Matt and Andy Stephens.  Matt is heading out this weekend to Overland Park, Kansas to be a Youth Intern for the church there.  Andy will start his OC camp recruiting job the first part of June and he’ll go to five different camps!  Please keep them both in your prayers for safe travels and for a successful work this summer.

 


JUNE BIRTHDAYS

02        Leoh Roberts
03        Lisa Webb
03        Emily Perry
04        Alexis Norwood
04        Phyllis Scheidt
09        Terry Banta
09        Jennifer Lawrence
09        Alice Rice
12        LaDonna Vanlandingham
12        Emma Wilson
13        Denise Beard
14        Earl Finch
15        Nancy Harber
15        Kenton McGalliard
15        Jeff Todd
17        June Lowe
19        Mary Kelly
20        Arthur Epperson
20        Alvie Vanlandingham - 105th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
21        Arlene Riley
21        Darlene Todd
22        Bertha Ann Young
24        Tracy Gettle
25        Cathy Harmon
27        Irene Coffman
27        Joe Magee
28        Frank Romberg
29        Pam Baskin
29        Brittany Harmon
30        Zane Qualls
30        Debbie Taffe

JUNE ANNIVERSARIES

01        Jim & Linda Carpenter – 39th
01        Harold & Clydean Decker – 40th
04        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn – 48th
05        Scott & Tamara Perry – 14th
05        Bill & Cathy Rose – 9th
06        Glendon & Juanita Combs – 61st
07        Ben & Alice Salter – 38th
16        Chris & Karen Hilditch – 29th
18        Smiley & Nancy Irelan – 41st
21        Kenneth & Sarah Epley – 54th
23        Dwyane& Marcia Dennis – 48th
25        Floyd & Juanita Davis – 57th
25        Ed & Rachel O’Neal – 5th

 

     We extend our very best wishes to those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in June.  We especially congratulate Leoh Roberts on her 92nd and Alvie Vanlandingham on his 105th.  We also extend our very best to Harold and Clydean Decker who are observing the 40th anniversary milestone in their marriage.


JUNE

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

O.T. Reading N.T. Reading
1 2 Ch. 15,161 John 12:27-50
2 2Ch. 17,182 John 13:1-20
3 2 Ch. 19,203 John 13:21-38
4 2 Ch. 21,224 John 14
5 2 Ch. 23,245 John 15
6 2 Ch.25,26,276 John 16
7 2 Ch. 28,297 John 17
8 2 Ch. 30,318 John 18:1-18
9 2 Ch. 32,339 John 18:19-40
10 2 Ch. 34,35,36John 19:1-22
11 Ezra 1,211 John 19:23-42
12 Ezra 3,4,512 John 20
13 Ezra 6,7,813 John 21
14 Ezra 9,1014 Acts 1
15 Neh. 1,2,315 Acts 2:1-21
16 Neh. 4,5,616 Acts 2:22-47
17 Neh. 7,8,917 Acts 3
18 Neh. 10,1118 Acts 4:1-22
19 Neh. 12,1319 Acts 4:23-37
20 Esther 1,220 Acts 5:1-21
21 Esther 3,4,521 Acts 5:22-42
22 Esther 6,7,822 Acts 6
23 Esther 9,1023 Acts 7:1-21
24 Job 1,224 Acts 7:22-43
25 Job 3,425 Acts 7:44-60
26 Job 5,6,726 Acts 8:1-25
27 Job 8,9,1027 Acts 8:26-40
28 Job 11,12,1328 Acts 9:2-21
29 Job 14,15,1629 Acts 9:22-43
30 Job 17,18,1930 Acts 10:1-23

PRAYER CONCERNS

Carol Mahnke has recently learned that her malignancy has become more aggressive. Next week she will start experimental treatments at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Unity Health Center.  She requests our prayers. 

Gerald (Snuffy) Smith remains in ICU at Midwest Medical Center.  He has good days and bad.  Visiting is discouraged. 

Melba Boston’s
illness continues to take its toll.  She appreciates your visits and prayers.

Louise Dixson Bross
will remain in Kindred Hospital on North Robinson in Oklahoma City for two to three more weeks.  She is a cousin to Jim Pettyjohn.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

 

     Sunday evening’s Senior Reception was a big success.  Our thanks go out to all who helped plan and carry out this effort.  We have a terrific group of parents and friends who are always serving.  Especially Rita Romberg and Scott Perry.  Anytime the kids are involved, Rita is always a willing helper and the same can be said about Scott.  Scott put in an unbelievable amount of time on our senior video.  Thanks to Everyone!

     I said it last night and I’ll say it again.  We have the most awesome group of kids at Central!  When we watched the video last night it was apparent that they love each other and like to be around each other.  The Bible commands us to love each other but our kids love each other AND like each other.  That’s icing on the cake!

     Camp is just three short weeks away.  Can you believe it?  Get applications in ASAP if you haven’t yet.

 


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 4, Monday – AWTG at Seminole,

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin “The Amazing Race

June 18, Monday – AWTG at Wellston


LOOKING AHEAD

 

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin

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

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

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 16 – 20, Central’s VBS

September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming

“A Century of Service to an Eternal God,” Stafford North

 


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

 

    Dr. Stephen Banks, MD, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Melba Boston, Don Brightwell, Louise (Dixson) Bross, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, Ethel Fast, Lynn Harmon’s sisters, Betty Meister and Mary Cosby, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Nadine Magee, 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, Dorothy Strickland, 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.

 


CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

 

     Perry Cotham preached for us from 1934 to 1940.  He came here as a young man just out of college.  Brother Cotham, who is still living and is 93 or 94 recently made a missionary trip to Thailand.

 

We hope to see you here Sunday!

 


"Where the Gospel is faithfully preached and affectionately believed, there is
gradually wrought into the very features of people the stamp of the Son of man."
James Stalker

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              146

Worship Service                                       215

Sunday Evening                                       145

Wednesday Evening                                120

Contribution                                     4,809.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                     Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                       Ron Dunavan

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Glendon Combs                           Jim Walling

Jim Carpenter                                  Joe Curtis

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                        James Reeves

 

USHERS

Gene Norton             Howard Vanlandingham

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:  Howard & Talhia Vanlandingham

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Ann Perry & Carolyn Root

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Terry Banta

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   Clavin Norwood

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Terry Lowe                                    Bob Seikel

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

James Reeves

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297