Bulletin for Sunday 06/03/2007

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SYMPATHY

1937          MELBA BOSTON          2007

 

Melba was an inspiration to all in her long struggle with cancer.  As a faithful and devoted child of God, she went home to her Maker on Friday afternoon of last week.  She was baptized into Christ in November of 2003 and in a short time became very involved in many of Central’s ministries as well as creating a special place in the hearts of all of us.  Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services at Walker Funeral Service Chapel on Tuesday afternoon of this week.

 


BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST

 

We’re delighted that John (Johnny) Webb was baptized into Christ on Tuesday afternoon of last week.  John is the husband of Lisa (Kimer) Webb, the son-in-law of Nancy (Kimer) Simmons, and the grandson-in-law of Rachel (Dunavan) O’Neal.  We welcome John into the body of Christ and pray for his spiritual growth and happiness along with that of his family.

 


AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

 

Well sum-sum summertime is finally here.  The “dog days” of summer.  The “lazy, hazy” days of summer.  (seems everybody has a different name for this time of year)  Summer is always an exciting, event-filled and traveling time of the year.  However, we do need to avoid a potential spiritual danger that the summer season brings each year.  It seems like when the summer season arrives and the weather gets hot, sometimes there is a tendency for Christians to get cold.  If we’re not careful, we can become so caught up in going different places that we neglect the work that must be done right here at home.  Let me offer some words of encouragement to help us maintain our enthusiasm and zeal throughout this summer season here at Central.

Don’t take a vacation from the Lord.  The kids are out of school.  The college students are home.  Many people take a week or two of vacation time off from their jobs.  No one questions the need for such time off.  These things are even necessary because they allow us to relax and refresh and regroup.  Even Solomon said that we need to see the good and reward from our labor. (Eccl. 3:13; 5:18)

But no matter what time of year it is, we are still workers for the Lord.  We as Christians have obligations to God and are still accountable for our commitment.  That means that there is no such thing as a holiday or a long-weekend for the Christian.  The Lord wants us all the time, in season and out of season. (2 Tim. 4:2)  That includes June, July and August.

We also at times need to resist the “let’s wait for the fall” mentality.  There is a temptation to save our best work for when the summer is over.  “We’ll wait until school starts.”  “Let’s hold off until everybody’s back in town.”  But what if the Lord should come before September?  Surely this time of year fits His coming as “a thief in the night.” (1 Thess. 5:2)  Let’s never allow our recreation and leisure time to cause us to be unprepared for the judgment. (Mk. 13:33-37)  We must realize that procrastination is as deadly during the summer as it is every other season.  The Lord is not going to wait around for us.  “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”  (Jer.8:20; see also Jn. 4:35)

Friends, let’s use this summer to invest some time in improving our relationship with God and the work He has called us to do.  I would suggest planning your vacation time around the key activities, events and works of the church if possible.  And when we are away for some much needed time off, please remember to always take the Lord Jesus Christ with you everywhere you go and in everything you do.  Just don’t forget that the work of the Lord continues at “home” too!

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

 


CONGRATULATIONS

 

We wish to congratulate James & Joan Reeves on the birth of their third great granddaughter.  Lilian May Brackeen was born Sunday evening, May 27 at 7:19 p.m.  She weighed seven pounds five ounces and was 19 inches long.  She has a big sister, Kayana.  Parents are Amanda & Craig Brackeen. Grandparents are Luanne & Philip Mosier.

 


THANK YOU

 

Thank you so much for my Bible and the lovely reception.  A appreciate all the gifts and money.  They will be a big help to me this fall.  In Christian love,                                                     Leslie Gettle

 


PRAYER CONCERNS

 

Gerald (Snuffy) Smith is showing excellent improvement now after a second surgery at Midwest Regional Medical Center.  He is off the ventilator, but continues to need dialysis from time to time.  Brief visits are now welcome. 

Carol Mahnke went to M.D. Anderson Hospital this week to begin new experimental treatments. She was expecting to return home late Wednesday.  She requests our prayers.

Louise (Dixson) Bross has been moved to the Bryant Nursing Center , 1100 E. 9th, Edmond, OK 73034, room 507.  She would enjoy receiving cards and notes from her friends at Central.  She is a cousin to Jim Pettyjohn.

 

 


Youth News

 

COMING EVENTS:

<>June 4, Monday – AWTG at Seminole, Leave at 6:30 p.m.

June 10 – 16, Burnt Cabin “The Amazing Race”

June 18, Monday – AWTG at Wellston

 

 


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERS

 

Dr. Stephen Banks, MD, Jearline Bates, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, 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, Harvey Moore, Ed O’Neal, Nicki Peltier, Zack 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.

 


LOOKING AHEAD

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, The Amazing Race

June 10-15, Gospel meeting, Prague, Carroll Sites, Higden, Arkansas, 7 p.m.; see bulletin board

July 16 – 20, Central’s VBS

September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming
“A Century of Service to an Eternal God,” Stafford North

 


We hope to see you here Sunday!

 

 


CENTENNIAL MOMENTS

When the church bought the white church building at 213 N. Union Street in May, 1918, a restriction was placed on the deed.  No instrumental music could be used or played in the building.

 


"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                                              124

Worship Service                                       168

Sunday Evening                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                 121

Contribution                                     4,799.00

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 3, 2007

 

Announcements:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Frank Burton

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                    Ron Taffe

Kenton McGalliard               Clavin Norwood

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

John Aylor                             Glendon Combs

 

USHERS

Bob Perry                                      Dale Beard

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                      Dale & Denise Beard

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Terry Lowe

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Bob Seikel

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Gene Norton

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                              Chuck Carter

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Terry Banta

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297