Bulletin for Sundays 07/22/2007

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with Robert Prater


VBS has started off with much excitement.  We are grateful to all the hard workers who have made this years efforts a tremendous success.  We began with 72 kids on Monday and 75 on Tuesday.  We will have a full report next week.

Please don’t forget on Friday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. we’ll have our special concluding VBS Program followed by an Open House.  Plus afterwards there will be hotdogs, cold pop, snow cones and a moonwalk bounce and other fun activities and fellowship for everyone to enjoy.  We’ll have lots of visitors and parents to get acquainted with and encourage. So plan on attending!       -- Robert – (robprater@sbcglobal.net)

IF YOU EVER ATTENDED AT 213 N. UNION, either as a child or as an adult, you probably know that it was originally built by the Baptist Church.  Then it was purchased by Central in the 20’s and we worshiped in it until 1942.  The building was purchased from us by the Salvation Army in 1943 and was then reclaimed by the Baptists who moved the building in 1963 to its current location on the OBU campus.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN HOUR OR TWO OF REMEMBERING at Stubblefield Chapel on Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m.



Hope Harbor (Christian children’s home in Claremore) has an immediate need for a Christian foster home for Ty, a 16 year old young man who has recently put on Christ in baptism.  Ty has been with Hope Harbor for two years.  He is not able to return home, and greatly desires to be part of a family.  Ty is very talented:  he has an extraordinary ability in music, especially the piano.  He is very adept in computer skills and produced most of this year’s yearbook at Hope Harbor.  Ty is a charming young man with above average intelligence who plans to go to college.  If you are interested in fostering this young man, or would like more information, please contact Sharon Milligan at (918) 343-0003, ext. 8.



Another Centennial event is coming up soon when we have our homemade ice cream social in Woodland Park on Saturday evening, August 4, from 5 til 8 p.m.  At this time we are in need of more people to volunteer to make a freezer of ice cream.  If you can help with this, please see Geoff or Carolyn Root as soon as possible.  If you would be willing to assist in other ways, there is a sign up sheet in the foyer.



Virgil Beasley has moved to 305 South Pennsylvania in Shawnee, 74801.  His new telephone number is 275-9720.  Don & Judy Wills has a new telephone number.  It  is 273-6148.  Please make a note of these new changes.



Mary Martin has been moved from ICU to room 307 at Unity Health Center.  Visits are welcome.  You need to wear a mask and stay four feet away.

Gerald (Snuffy) Smith had a stint removed from his kidney at Midwest Regional Medical Center and went home later that day.

Juanita Combs had outpatient surgery at Unity Health Center on Tuesday of last week and is doing well.

Buddy Truesdell has been moved to room 212 at Solara Hospital.  Brief visits are appreciated.  You still need to wear a disposable gown, mask, and gloves.

Dorothy Strickland’s son-in-law was discharged on Friday, but is still in very serious condition.

Carol Mahnke is home from her trip to M.D. Anderson for another treatment.  She appreciates your brief visits and prayers.

L.M. Booker has decided to decline chemotherapy for the moment for his lymphoma.

Joann Cheney was to have knee surgery at Oklahoma Surgery Center in Edmond on Tuesday of this week.

Dorothy Norton was scheduled to have major surgery at Midwest Regional Medical Center on Wednesday of this week.

James Reeves was also scheduled for surgery on Wednesday at Midwest Regional Medical Center.

Don Wills has not been feeling well and is undergoing tests.

Tracy Gettle is improving and hopes to return to work soon.

Martha Chaffin’s daughter, Christine Best, has been discharged from the hospital in Little Rock, but is still taking treatments.

It was good to see Leoh Roberts in services Sunday morning.



Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.

Homer – Odyssey


What is the word we write most often in our checkbook? “Self!”

Is it not true that we live in a world of selfishness?  Everyone seems bent on getting what he wants, even if it is at the expense of others.

One man lived a different kind of life.  He was always thinking of others.  It caused Him to leave heaven and come to earth.  He became one with us in all of our trials and temptations.

He had compassion on the hungry crowds and fed them.  His loving heart went out to the sick and sinful.  He showed love and kindness to the lame, the blind, the demon possessed.  He was there for His disciples in the storm.  Even as He was on His way to the Cross, He stopped to heal blind Bartimaeus.  And in the hour of His arrest, His concern was for His disciples.  As His enemies approached to serve what would prove to be His death warrant He asked, “Who is it you want?”  And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”  Jesus’ response was, “I am he.”  Then He added, “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”  Even in that hour He was thinking of His disciples.

Fast-forward to the Cross.  While dying, He makes provision for his mother.  And He is still thinking of others when He prays, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

After His resurrection He is thinking of Peter who had denied Him at His trial, and made a special appearance to this sorrowful disciple.

What Homer said he learned “by time,” I have learned “by Christ.  And I would change Homer’s lines to read:

Yet, taught by Christ, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.

John Gipson

Windsong Church of Christ, North Little Rock


July 20, Friday, VBS Open House 7 p.m.

August 4, Ice Cream Social in Woodland Park

August 6-9, Tipton Home truck will be in area.  Donate cereal, assorted soup, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, Miracle Whip salad dressing, pork ‘n beans, hair spray, paper towels, toilet tissue, liquid laundry detergent.

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

Youth News

Bob Stephens


Last Friday night we had our first “Friday Night at the House” of the summer.  We haven’t had one in a long time, but we had an excellent turnout!  And we even had a visitor!  These evenings are really planned to be low key and easy to bring friends to.  We have another one planned on Friday, July 27 so be there and bring a friend!

Float Trip is coming up!  We will leave Sunday evening and spend the night at the Perry’s lake house and get up “early” to head for the river.  The cost is $19.00 per person for canoes, and $21.00 per person for rafts.  I know what the parents are thinking at this point…”Isn’t the river going to be dangerous with all the rain we’ve had?”  I called the float trip operator we usually use and they have assured me that they haven’t received as much rain as we have and most of the water is flowing into the lakes in their area.  The river is up some, so we won’t have to get out and drag the canoes across sand bars!  I will have information sheets and release forms for everyone by Wednesday.  Also, if any parents or any other adult would like to join us, please see me.  We can always use an extra chaperone or two.


July 22 - Sunday-AWTG @ Westside-Norman

July 27 - Friday Night at the House

July 29-30, Sun/Mon – Float Trip –

July 30 - AWTG @ Northridge?

August 6-Monday, AWTG here!

We hope to see you here Sunday!


"Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School
is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most
natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up
their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. "

Charles Haddon Spurgeon


Bible School                                              137

Worship Service                                       198

Sunday Evening                                       125

Wednesday Evening                                113

Contribution                                     4,269.67




Sunday, July 22, 2007

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Tim Norton



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Terry Lowe                                Bob Stephens

Lynn Harmon                                 Geoff Root



Mitch Harmon                          Glenn Watson



Robert Perry                           Frank Romberg



Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg



Cathy Pettyjohn & Barbara Vanlandingham



Jim Pettyjohn



Scott Perry




Opening Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Ron Taffe



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jason Perry                                    Paul Harris



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                    Clavin Norwood



Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297