Bulletin for Sundays 07/29/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS - Robert Prater


Our 2007 Vacation Bible School was another tremendous success this year.  Each day the children enjoyed a dramatic Bible lesson presented in the auditorium, and then experienced a “class rotation” schedule that led them to various fun filled and exciting learning stations of application and story rooms, crafts, refreshments and games, and finishing up back in the auditorium for lots of singing and puppets.

The number of children only in attendance grew each day – something that usually doesn’t happen.  Monday: 72, Tuesday: 75, Wednesday: 77, Thursday: 79, Friday: 84!  The official count for Friday night’s Open House program was 220!    We shared afterwards outside on the youth house lawn a time of fellowship enjoying hotdogs, cold pop, snow cones and the children having a fun time playing in our moonwalk bounce and Samson Smash!  I visited with many people from outside the Central congregation who were very impressed with how well our Bible lessons were taught and the overall atmosphere of our VBS.  We will soon be delivering a copy of the VBS slideshow and info about the Central congregation to visitors.

There are so many people to thank and there is no way I can mention everyone involved, but below are some of the workers that deserve to be recognized.  I cannot thank each of you enough for your endless dedication in making our VBS as great as it turned out to be.

Traveling Teachers:  Ann Perry, Molly Gettle, Cheryl Miller, Marla Miller, Cayla Miller, Valerie Conway, Sue Merritt, Analisa Beal, Judy Finch, Lecia Jones, Louise Perry, Vivian Cross, Doris Phillips, Carolyn Root, Nancy Harber, and Robby Kinsey.

Story Room:  Maggie Prater, Mary Gettle

Application Room: Tim and Janice McGalliard, and Kenton McGalliard                              

Story Tellers:  Mary Kelly, Janet Stephens, Robert Prater, Bob Stephens, Robby Kinsey

Craft Workers:  Denise Beard, Lindsey Perry, and Angie Gober

Refreshments: Paula Harris, Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn, and Marcia Dennis

Games:  Pam, Courtney and Wade Baskin

Van Drivers: Paul Harris and Jim Pettyjohn (We ran the van and bus and picked up nearly 25 kids each day)

Teenagers/College:  Molly Gettle, Leslie Gettle, Jason Perry, Kenton McGalliard, Keon Lawrence, Courtney Baskin, Wade Baskin, Austin Beard, Chad Beard, Marla Miller, Cayla Miller, Mariah Vanlandingham, Bryce Dean, Branson Martin, Lindsey Perry, Zack Qualls and to Andy Stephens and Nathan Kelly who did a fantastic job on the puppet skits all week.  Nathan also took many of the pictures for the Slideshow as well. These all helped with our dramatic Bible stories each day and anywhere else they were needed.     

There were so many others who worked behind the scenes in VBS.  I want to thank those people who helped with decorations, baked and brought cookies, helped serve on Friday night during Open House, donated money, and invited and brought children to VBS

     There are a few people I need to give some special thanks. To Jim Pettyjohn, Bob Perry, Mitch Harmon (mowing & weed eating), Branson Martin, and Paul Harris for all their hard work in setting up canopies, tables and chairs for Friday night.  Rita Romberg for all the amazing work she does with all the many decorations around the building. Maggie Prater for the teacher’s preparatory work and overall help to me in coordinating VBS.  Bob Stephens for making the great looking street banners, puppet stage house, and the “construction” theme signs.  Scott Perry for helping with PowerPoint, putting together the Slideshow and serving snow cones on Friday night.    
     So many this past week used their God-given gifts, talents, and abilities to teach, serve and work in the Lord’s kingdom.  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3:23 NIV)  We’ll soon have a meeting to evaluate this year and make plans for next year!  May the Lord God bless you all richly in Christ Jesus.             
 --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)    


     We extend our love and sympathy to the Beard family in the sudden loss of Denise’s 25 year old nephew, Ben Carter of  Sayre, OK.  Services were held Thursday morning in Sayre.

     Our love and sympathy also is extended to Joyce Kelly and Steve in the loss of Louis Kelly.  He was the brother to Elmo Kelly.  A memorial service was held last Friday afternoon in Del City.


     On Saturday, August 4, we will be having an ice cream social in Woodland Park from 5 til 8. We are in need of freezers of ice cream and ice chests to keep the ice cream in until serving.  There is a sign up sheet in the foyer for this as well as helping to set up and clean up.  The social is for all members as well as an outreach for our visitors from VBS.  We hope Central is well represented.  Any questions – see Geoff or Carolyn Root.


     There were copies of our centennial book that were made available beginning last Sunday.  One is free to each family that is listed in our membership directory.  Other copies are available for a cost of $3.00 which is the cost of printing the book. 


     We are compiling a list of former members and friends to receive an invitation for our Centennial Homecoming on September 29 and 30.  An invitation from you personally would be the most appealing in many instances, but we will also send invitations from the church to those for whom we have names and addresses.  Please be thinking about this and turn the information in to the church office as soon as possible.


     Thanks for sending us off with your kindness, love, and best wishes.  You and God are very special to us, as God is love.  We hope to find a new congregation in Greenwood, Arkansas.  Though we have moved, memories of Central are forever.  We miss you.  In Christian love,

Fredith and Margaret (Hanifan sisters)

     Thank you very much for the cards and phone calls.  We love all of you. 

Roe & Louise Honaker

      Thank you for the great opportunity to go to youth camp.  I had a great time and I learned a lot.  Thanks,    

                                    Colton Reynolds


     Please change Virgil Beasley’s telephone number to 275-7990.

We hope to see you here Sunday!


      Dorothy Norton had major surgery at Midwest Regional Medical Center on Wednesday of last week.  She was dismissed on Friday afternoon. 

Mary Martin had angioplasty and 3 stints implanted at St. Anthony Hospital last Wednesday and returned to Golden Rule on Friday. 

Buddy Truesdell remains in Solara #212.  Brief visits are appreciated.  You still need to wear a disposable gown, mask, and gloves. 

Carol Mahnke appreciates your brief visits and prayers. 

Joann Cheney is doing well following knee surgery last week.

James Reeves surgery went well at  Midwest Regional Medical Center. It was good to see him in services on Sunday. It was also good to see: Gerald Smith, Roe Honaker & Fay Truesdell. 

Kinzee Beal is scheduled to have surgery on Friday morning at Children’s Hospital.


04 Norma Edgmon
04 Doris Phillips
05 Karen Hilditch
05 Bill Lawerance
07 Ron Dunavan
07 Sandon Hilditch
08 Brianna Perry
08 Charlotte Seikel
11 George Mastick
12 Sarah Epley
13 Steve Eaton
13 Anthony Kane Harmon
13 Keon Lawrence
15 Dale Beard
18 Dennis Parmer
19 Mariah Bollinger (Vanlandingham)
20 Chris Hilditch
20 Margie Stone
21 Tim Norton, Sr.
22 Mary Jo Fleming
22 Devin Riley
23 Nina Baylis
23 Ruth Guin
24 Vesta Mays
23 Polly Reese
27 Noma Epperson
27 Louise Honaker
29 Hazel Lee Behrnes
30 Linda Qualls
31 Nancy Irelan


03 Earl & Judy Finch – 41st
03 Paul & Paula Harris – 45th
04 Steve & Mary Kelly – 35th
04 Lynn & Cathy Harmon – 34th
05 Greg & Analisa Beal – 8th
06 Adam & Misti Beard – 2nd
14 George & Carolyn Mastick – 47th
16 L.B. & Rachel Hall – 66th
17 Jim & Vivian Cross – 44th

     We wish to congratulate all who are having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of August.  Paul and Paula Harris will be celebrating their 45th anniversary on the 3rd and Steve and Mary Kelly will be celebrating their 35th on the 4th.  Another notable is L.B. & Rachel Hall on their 66th. 

Youth News

Bob Stephens



July 27 - Friday Night at the House, 7:30

July 29-30, Sun/Mon – Float Trip

July 30 - AWTG @ Northridge

August 6-Monday, AWTG here!


July 29, Search: Teach Us to Pray

August 4, Ice Cream Social in Woodland Park, 5 – 8 p.m.

August 5, Search: What It Means to be Lost

August 6, AWTG at Central

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

August 12, Search: Not Far from the Kingdom



"Just as a thousand pianos tuned to the same fork are
automatically in tune and of one accord a thousand worshipers
individually attuned to Christ are nearer in heart than all
those who strive for unity by turning to each other."



Bible School                                              135

Worship Service                                       196

Sunday Evening                                       119

Wednesday Evening                                  91

Contribution                                     4,176.02



Sunday, July 29, 2007

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                          Dale Beard

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                    Tim McGalliard



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Terry Lowe                                Jim Pettyjohn

Chris Nipper                           Keith Lawrence



Frank Burton                                 Tim Norton



Robert Perry                                 Tracy Gettle



Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle



Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller



John Aylor



Jim Carpenter




Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Jim Cross



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Austin Beard                                  Jason Perry




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Adam Beard