Bulletin for Sunday 08/26/2007
with Robert Prater
Severe weather in the form of heavy rains and flooding in the streets of Shawnee kept many from coming Sunday morning, but we were glad to see the ones who were able to make it. (For a while it looked like we were going to have to build an “Ark” to make it back home!) In spite of it all, we still were able to worship our God and encourage each other to love and serve the Lord.
Well after many months of waiting our new pictorial directories finally arrived last week. It has been five years since our last pictorial directory and a lot of changes have taken place since that time. This should bring home the fact that the church is a living organism. It is alive and ever changing. We deeply miss all those who have either passed away and are no longer with us or those members who have moved away. However, we rejoice with the addition of many new members among our number. Even among those who remain hopefully we all continue to grow and develop spiritually.
The late Erma Bombeck, who was a widely popular author and humorist, wrote a book entitled I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise. That unusual title came from a conversation Ms. Bombeck had with a group of children attending a camp for children living with cancer. This response came from one little chemotherapy patient to the question, “What would you want if you had three wishes?”
To this sick child, these were the important things in life. Her words remind us how precious even the smallest blessings can be when we are faced with the prospect of losing them. Hair seems a trivial matter until suddenly you don’t have any. Boise seems like a dull and distant place until you realize you may never get to go there. Life seems a plentiful commodity until you realize its end is rapidly approaching.
Three wishes, of course, only are granted in fairy tales. But I suppose that if I were to be so blessed, my choices wouldn’t be all that different from that little girl’s: I want to enjoy with my family the life God has given me, I want to serve the Lord as long as He has use for me here, and I want to go to heaven.
Too many times we take for granted the small joys of life and especially enjoying them with the people we love. May we all learn the valuable lesson about the tenuous nature of these small joys and hopefully be less apt to regard these joys frivolously. May we always give praise and gratitude to God as the source of these blessings, and that we can enjoy them as long as He wills. Life is short. Live abundantly. (John 10:10)
We extend our loving sympathy to the family of Louise Barrett who passed away last Thursday. She was the mother of former member Kathy Peerson. Graveside services were held Monday morning at Resthaven.
Our love and sympathy is extended also to Talhia Vanlandingham in the loss of her mother, Arkle Anderson, on Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in Borger, Texas.
The ladies class studying the Old Testament will begin on Monday, September 10 at 4 p.m. in the fellowship room. Please use the elevator entrance. If you need further information see Anita Jacques.
Our Centennial Homecoming is fast approaching, and we are compiling a list of former members and friends to receive an invitation. An invitation from you personally would be the most appealing, but we will also send invitations from the church to those for whom we have names and addresses. We would like to have the address for Dean Turner if anyone has it. Please be thinking about this and turn the information in to the church office as soon as possible. Also – there is a scrapbook being compiled by Rita Romberg and Ann Perry. If you have any old pictures or church related documents they are needed by the first of September.
The long awaited pictorial directories are in. One per family and you may pick up yours from the table in the foyer.
Dora (Sheets) Tate wishes to send her thanks to Robert Prater and all for the prayers, calls and visits.
Dear Central Church,
Thank you for the prayers, visits, cards and calls during my recent hospitalization. In Christ,
Leoh Roberts suffered a stroke last Friday and was admitted to Midwest Regional Hospital, CCU #11. She is stable and they request no visitors at this time.
Kathryn Hutchens has been dismissed from Unity Health Center after spending several days.
Dora (Sheets) Tate had hip replacement surgery on Tuesday at Unity Health Center. She was dismissed Saturday.
Bob Seikel’s wife, Charlotte, underwent surgery at Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday. She remains in room 731.
Wanda Combs, daughter of Kathryn Shields had surgery last Thursday and is in Southwest Medical Center.
Dorothy Strickland’s son-in-law, Wayne Underwood, will begin chemotherapy on Thursday. Your prayers are requested.
Carol Mahnke always appreciates your visits and prayers.
Aug. 26, Sunday – Dinner and Devo
Aug. 31, Friday – Shawnee vs Guthrie football
02 Leona Smith 05 Mariella Jacobs 06 Chuck Carter 07 Janice McGalliard 09 Burl Vanlandingham 09 Howard Vanlandingham 10 Eric Park 12 Paul Harris 12 Lois Lanier 17 Tamie Perry 17 Yuavonda Sperry 18 Larry Smith 19 Alta Carroll – 95th !! 20 Ethel Fast – 94th !! 21 Mitch Harmon 22 Paige Vanlandingham 24 Jordan Blades 26 Marla Miller 26 Robert Prater 28 Kenneth Epley 30 Thelma Franklin
ANNIVERSARIES IN SEPTEMBER
03 Ron & Debbie Taffe – 31st 11 Bob & Louise Perry – 25th 14 Arthur & Noma Epperson – 34th 14 Frank & Rita Romberg – 39th 16 Don & Judy Wills – 46th 21 Gene & Dorothy Norton – 60th 26 Zane & Linda Qualls – 26th
Our congratulations to all those having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of September. Sending special birthday greetings to Alta Carroll on her 95th and to Ethel Fast on her 94th. We would like to acknowledge special wedding anniversaries to Bob & Louise Perry on their 25th anniversary and to Gene & Dorothy Norton on their 60th.
A Birthday Celebration for
Please join us in celebration of the
99th birthday for Gertrude McGee
Saturday, September 15, 2007
from 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
in the Lamar Room at King’s Manor
400 Ranger Street, Hereford, Texas
No gifts, please
If you need any information or directions
Call Mary Ann at 806-236-4268
August 26, Christ and His Church
September 3, Labor Day; church office closed
September 5, Wednesday night Ladies class resumes
September 6 – 9, 13th Annual Central Oklahoma Lectureship, McLoud, “Why I Could Not Be a Member of …’; see bulletin board
September 8, Ladies Day at Southwest in Ada, Kathy Pitchford; see bulletin board
September 10, Old Testament Studies, 4 p.m. in the fellowship room
September 12, Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Class resumes
September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming - “A Century of Service to an Eternal God,” Stafford North
November 10, Central’s annual Coat Give-Away
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
We hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 76
Worship Service 112
Sunday Evening 128
Wednesday Evening 118
(Attendance down due to heavy rainfall)
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Wade Baskin
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Scott Perry
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Tim McGalliard
Lynn Harmon Mitch Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Geoff Root Austin Beard
Jim Pettyjohn Robby Kinsey
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Robby & Kacy Kinsey
Leslie Gettle & Paula Harris
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bill Lawerance
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Terry Lowe Steve Kelly
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297