Bulletin for Sunday 09/02/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     We are now less than four weeks away from our big Centennial “Coming Home” celebration weekend on September 29-30.  This will be a special weekend of fellowship, remembrances, and worship!  Please make your plans now to be present on this day.  Also, as we are now approaching our 100th anniversary, we want to get the word out to as many former members as possible.  We will soon be mailing out invitations from the church to those for whom we have names and addresses.  We will also make available some invitational postcards for you to mail out to your family, friends and neighbors to join us on this occasion.  It will be an exciting weekend as friendships will be rekindled and memories shared.  Please keep all this in your prayers.

     I recently saw a local church marquee which stated: Obedience is easy.  Everything else is hard.  We don’t usually think of obedience to God’s commands as easy.  We view obedience as a chore, a hardship, a burden.  Wait - what was that last word?  Burden? Jesus spoke about that one in Matthew 11:30: “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

     Now we’re faced with a quandary.  We think obedience is a burden, heavy to bear.  Jesus said His burden is light and easy. Whom do you suppose is correct – us, or the Lord?

     The more I consider it, though, the more I understand just how correct Jesus is.  When I reflect on all of the trials and tribulations of my life that were self-inflicted – the hardships I’ve borne as a direct result of my own action, or in some instances, inaction – every one of those trials arose out of my failure to obey the Lord and follow His instructions.  In every situation where I have created a problem for myself, it has been because of my disobedience.  I have never, to the best of my recollection, caused myself trouble by doing exactly what the Scriptures directed me to do.

     It’s true that we can disobey God pretty much without effort.  It requires no exertion whatsoever to not do what the Bible commands – none.

     The consequences, however, are always infinitely worse than what would have befallen us had we done what we were supposed to do, according to God’s word.  Life is simply easier and better when I obey my Lord.

     Someone might point out that Paul says “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Tim. 2:12)  True enough, but there are degrees of suffering.  We may suffer for doing right, but the Scriptures also tell us, “But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed…..for it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” (1 Pt. 3:14, 17)

     The inspired apostle says, “Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.”  (1 Pt. 4:15-16)  If suffering is inevitable – and it is – it’s less painful to experience the material consequences of obedience than the eternal penalty for disobedience:  “Rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”  (1 Pt. 4:13)  Doesn’t that sound as if obedience makes for an easier and more joyful path through life?

     Friends, let’s make our lives easier from this day forward, by dedicating ourselves all the more diligently to obeying God’s word.

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


CHILDREN’S BIBLE HOUR

     Children’s Bible Hour will resume on Sunday evening, September 16th.  Children ages two thru fourth grade are encouraged to attend.


WERE YOU MARRIED IN THE

CENTRAL BUILDING?

     Anyone married in our building in the last 100 years (either location), please bring wedding pictures to Mary Kelly as soon as possible.  Out of town people can mail them to her at 221 E. Elizabeth, Shawnee, OK 74804.


LADIES NIGHT AT LITTLE

     The Ladies Night at Little will be Friday, September 28, 2007.  Ladies at Central are invited to be their guests for a salad supper from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and for singing, fellowship, and a devotional beginning at 7.  Central ladies are always well represented on this occasion.  Be planning on it.


DIRECTORY CHANGES

Charles and Bonnie Wright have moved to 4520 Churchill, Shawnee 74804. 

Kim Lillard’s new address is 1307 N. Beard, Shawnee, OK 74801.  Her phone number is 273-2704. 

The Pettyjohn’s new email address is  pettyjonJC@yahoo.com 

The Reeves’s new email address is jim-joan@sbcglobal.net 


THANK YOU

     The family of Mary Louise Barrett acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy and prayers.  Love,

                                          Kathy & Royce Peerson

     To our church family,  Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers, and the phone calls, and cards when I lost my mom.  We love you all and your thoughtfulness was appreciated.  Thank you also for your prayers for us all.  In His love, Talhia, Howard, Vince, LaDonna, Paige, & Mariah (Vanlandingham)


PRAYER CONCERNS

Glenn Watson had eye surgery on Tuesday of last week and then fell and broke a hip on Thursday. He had surgery Thursday evening. On Tuesday of this week he was transferred from Unity Health Center to Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital on S. Western and 59th Streets.

Charlotte Seikel continues to be in critical but stable condition in ICU at Presbyterian Hospital .

Leoh Roberts was discharged from Midwest Regional Medical Center last week and admitted to Sunset Estates, room 50, in Tecumseh. At the moment she is in Unity Health Center , room 214, with pneumonia. Brief visits are welcome.

Nancy Simmons is now residing at the Golden Rule Home, room 20.

Anita Jacques’s son-in-law, Steve Lawler, is in ICU in a hospital in Hong Kong .

Emma White is recovering from a severe case of shingles at home.

It was good seeing Juanita Combs and Carol Mahnke able to be in worship this past Sunday.

Harvey Moore will be returning to M.D. Anderson this week for a follow-up.


SEPTEMBER
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date O.T. Reading Date N.T. Reading
1 Ps. 135.1361 1 Cor. 12
2 Ps. 137,138,1392 1 Cor. 13
3 Ps. 140,141,1423 1 Cor. 14:1-20
4 Ps. 143,144,1454 1 Cor. 14:21-40
5 Ps. 146,1475 1 Cor. 15:1-28
6 Ps. 148,149,1506 1 Cor. 15:29-58
7 Prov. 1,27 1 Cor. 16
8 Prov. 3,4,58 2 Cor. 1
9 Prov. 6,79 2 Cor. 2
10 Prov. 8, 910 2 Cor. 3
11 Prov. 10,11,1211 2 Cor. 4
12 Prov. 13,14,1512 2 Cor. 5
13 Prov. 16,17,1813 2 Cor. 6
14 Prov. 19,20,2114 2 Cor. 7
15 Prov. 22,23,2415 2 Cor. 8
16 Prov. 25,2616 2 Cor. 9
17 Prov. 27,28,2917 2 Cor. 10
18 Prov. 30,3118 2 Cor. 11:1-15
19 Eccl. 1,2,319 2 Cor. 11:16-33
20 Eccl. 4,5,620 2 Cor. 12
21 Eccl. 7,8,921 2 Cor. 13
22 Eccl. 10,11,1222 Gal. 1
23 Song of S. 1,2,323 Gal. 2
24 Song of S. 4,524 Gal. 3
25 Song of S. 6,7,825 Gal. 4
26 Isaiah 1,226 Gal. 5
27 Isaiah 3,427 Gal. 6
28 Isaih 5,628 Eph. 1
29 Isaiah 7,829 Eph. 2
30 Isaiah 9,1030 Eph. 3

September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming – Perry Cotham & Stafford North


Youth News

Bob Stephens

     Ooops!  Last week when I let you know about the things our kids are doing this fall, I missed someone!  Brandon Gober is playing football on the freshmen team for Shawnee this fall.  We know that Brandon will be an excellent example for Christ on the field and off.

     Molly Gettle finished with a personal best last week at a cross country meet.  Not bad considering she really wasn’t planning to run competitively this fall.  Good job Molly!

     Class promotions were last Sunday and we are pleased to welcome Lettie Curtis to the youth group.  Lettie is in the sixth grade at South Rock Creek.  Lettie jumped right into the group Sunday night by helping with a service project and going out to dinner with us.  We’re glad you’re a part, Lettie!

     Parent Thought for the week:

     What do you tell your kids when they say they don’t want to go to school?  I suspect the answer is, “That’s nice, now get on the bus!?  We, as a society stress education to the point of making laws that send parents to jail if their kids are not in class.  But, what about church?  What do you tell your kids when they say they would rather not go to Bible class, or worship, or youth group activities?  Something to think about.  My prayer is that the decision to make sure your kids are a part of Bible class and worship and activities will become automatic, a no-brainer.  Don’t get me wrong-education is very important-but let’s think more long term.  Let’s think eternity!


LOOKING AHEAD

 

September 8, Ladies Day at Southwest in Ada. Kathy Pitchford; see bulletin board

September 9, Search: “God’s Word Is a Light”

September 10, Old Testament studies, 4 p.m.

September 10 – 12, Gospel Meeting, Farrall St., 7 p.m., James Stewart; see bulletin board

September 12, Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Class resumes, 10:30 a.m., luncheon follows

September 14th, Golf Tournament fund raiser for Burnt Cabin; see bulletin board

September 16, Search: “Women Preachers? Chauvinistic Attitudes?”

September 23, Search: “The Word of God Is Lost and Found”

 

 


 

"These are the days when the Christian is expected
to praise every creed except his own.

Gilbert Keith G. K. Chesterton

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              116

Worship Service                                       185

Sunday Evening                                       114

Wednesday Evening                                100

Contribution                                     5,144.51

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, September 9, 2007

 

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Jim Cross

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Herman Guin                           Bill Lawerance

Tim Norton                                      Joe Curtis

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                                     John Aylor

 

USHERS

Paul Harris                     Burl Vanlandingham

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Dale Beard

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Glendon Combs                           Tracy Gettle

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                           Adam Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297