Bulletin for Sunday 06/17/2007

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     The story goes that it was the morning after Father’s Day, and editor Norman Cousins, parent of four, was sipping a cup of coffee thoughtfully.  “Did they give you anything for Father’s Day?” asked a member of the staff.  “They did,” admitted Cousins.  “They gave me all the bills from Mother’s Day.”

     Admittedly, mother is generally easier to buy for than dad.  Perhaps mothers tend to be more sentimental than fathers (most fathers I know are not sitting around waiting for a card, or expecting a gift).  They probably prefer the children to use the money on their own needs.

     If, however, you are still in a quandary about what to give your father, I know of no better answer than that given by Bobby Dockery of Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He writes, “Fathers are honored by obedience.  Genuine respect is always linked to obedience in the Bible: ‘Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise’ (Ephesians 6:1,2).  Note the linkage between obedience and honor!  A son or daughter who defies his or her father to his face…who deliberately disobeys a father’s instructions… who refuses to be submissive to a father’s wishes…is proclaiming loudly to the world, ‘I do not respect my father!’  All the presents in the world on Father’s Day will not make up for a disrespectful attitude, which exhibits itself in disobedience.  A present means nothing if there is no respect behind it – and respect obeys!”

     Conversely, there is no better gift a father can give to his children than the advice King David gave to his son:  “I am about to go the way of all the earth.  Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD you God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn” (1 Kings 2:2-3).  John Gipson,                                       

      Windsong Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR


     We deeply regret the loss of  Fredith and Margaret Hanifan to Fort Smith, Arkansas on Wednesday of this week.  They are fourth generation members at Central, and we feel they belong right here.  But since they’re leaving anyway, we extend all good wishes for a successful move, and we express our appreciation for all that they have meant to Central.  It is a little under three hours from Fort Smith to Shawnee, so we expect to see them back here often. If you’re going their way, their address is 3619 Glen Flora Way, Fort Smith, AR 72908.  Their phone number is 479-648-3932.


     If you would like to participate in a group money gift for Fredith and Margaret Hanifan, please see Ann Bivins, Marcia Dennis, or Debbie Taffe.


     We extend our loving sympathy to Agnes Norwood and her family in the loss of her brother, Luke Simon.  Funeral services were conducted at the Little Cemetery on Wednesday of this week.


     Thank you for all your calls, cards, and prayers during Mom’s illness.  Thanks to all the ladies who sat with Mom, and brought food.  I would like to thank everyone by name, but I know I would leave someone out.  Just know that we appreciated each of you, and God will bless you for what you have done.                Love in Christ, The Boston Family

     To the Monday Night Ladies Class,  Thank you for the basket of goodies.  They really helped at a time I had other things to worry about.  God has blessed us with so many special people. 

               Thank you all, Yvonne Boston & Family

     Thank you everyone for the wonderful reception and the study Bible.  You all have always been very encouraging to me and have always been here to support me.                                       Jason Perry


       Carol Mahnke is confined to home and is not doing well.  She has not been able to begin the experimental treatment recommended by M.D. Anderson.  Please remember Carol often in your prayers.

  Grace Lofties spent a day in Unity Health Center over this past weekend due to chest pain.  No major problems were found. 

Gerald (Snuffy) Smith is again making slow progress.  He is now off the ventilator but continues to have dialysis from time to time.  The family is encouraged but still requests no visits.  He is in room 6 ICU at Midwest Regional Medical Center.

  Buddy Truesdell      remains in Oklahoma Heart Hospital, room 221. His pneumonia is clearing up, and he is sitting in a chair part of the time and is able to respond to written notes.  Due to his staph infection, if you visit, you will have to wear a gown, gloves, and mask. They will be attempting to remove the ventilator on Wednesday. 

Tim Norton, Sr. is doing well following his first chemotherapy treatment.

Youth News


June 18, Monday – AWTG at Wellston


July 4, Independence Day; church office closed

July 16 – 20, Central’s VBS

July 21, Masticks medical mission  trip to Nicaragua, supplies needed: safety razors, flip-flops, band aids, washcloths. sample sized soaps, deodorant, shampoo & lotions

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


     Been there.  Done that. One summer was spent in building sheet metal garages for an oil company.  (I soon learned there’s a lot of bounce when nailing through sheet metal).

      Permit me, if you will, to give some directions for doing a thing in a manner sure to miss its value entirely.

      Get up late on Sunday morning without having decided which clothes you are going to wear.  Fuss at the children.  Hurry through breakfast.  Look for your Bible.  Yell at your companion, “We’re going to be late.”  Fuss at the children.  Tell them that they don’t have time to eat.  Drag them into the car.  Honk your horn for your spouse to hurry up.  Go back in the house to get your contribution check.  Drive off in a huff.  Turn around and go back to see if you turned off the stove, or forgot to close the garage door.  Arrive late for the service and stumble over people getting into the pew.  Stare back at those who are staring at you.

      Focus on the things you don’t like:  The temperature is too hot/cold; The songs are too new/old, or too slow/fast;  The preacher said “git” instead of “get;”  The usual order of worship was changed;  Why don’t parents take their children to the nursery, or the Training Room?;  Somebody needs to turn the sound up/down;  If this service lasts any longer I’m going to miss the kick-off to the football game.

     Leave the building without speaking to anyone, but rejoicing in knowing that you fulfilled your duty in worshiping God, and setting the right example for your family.

     On the way home comment on those people playing golf when they ought to be in church.  Too bad that they don’t have the spirit of David who said, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’”              John Gipson,                

      Windsong Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR

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                                              124

Worship Service                                       183

Sunday Evening                                         90

Wednesday Evening                                  98

Contribution                                     4,265.25




Sunday, June 17, 2007

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Joe Curtis



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                             Robby Kinsey

Terry Lowe                                    Geoff Root



Keith Lawrence                        Glenn Watson



Bob Perry                                        Jim Cross



Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                        Jim & Vivian Cross



Cheryl Miller & Molly Gettle



Jim Pettyjohn



Ron Taffe




Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Herman Guin



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                          Jim Walling



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                           Adam Beard



Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297