Bulletin for Sunday 09/02/2007
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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)
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 Centerto on S. Western and 59th Streets. Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital
Charlotte Seikel continues to be in critical but stable condition in ICU at
. Presbyterian Hospital
Leoh Roberts was discharged from
last week and admitted to Sunset Estates, room 50, in Tecumseh. At the moment she is in Midwest Regional Medical Center , room 214, with pneumonia. Brief visits are welcome. Unity Health Center
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
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.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Date O.T. Reading Date N.T. Reading 1 Ps. 135.136 1 1 Cor. 12 2 Ps. 137,138,139 2 1 Cor. 13 3 Ps. 140,141,142 3 1 Cor. 14:1-20 4 Ps. 143,144,145 4 1 Cor. 14:21-40 5 Ps. 146,147 5 1 Cor. 15:1-28 6 Ps. 148,149,150 6 1 Cor. 15:29-58 7 Prov. 1,2 7 1 Cor. 16 8 Prov. 3,4,5 8 2 Cor. 1 9 Prov. 6,7 9 2 Cor. 2 10 Prov. 8, 9 10 2 Cor. 3 11 Prov. 10,11,12 11 2 Cor. 4 12 Prov. 13,14,15 12 2 Cor. 5 13 Prov. 16,17,18 13 2 Cor. 6 14 Prov. 19,20,21 14 2 Cor. 7 15 Prov. 22,23,24 15 2 Cor. 8 16 Prov. 25,26 16 2 Cor. 9 17 Prov. 27,28,29 17 2 Cor. 10 18 Prov. 30,31 18 2 Cor. 11:1-15 19 Eccl. 1,2,3 19 2 Cor. 11:16-33 20 Eccl. 4,5,6 20 2 Cor. 12 21 Eccl. 7,8,9 21 2 Cor. 13 22 Eccl. 10,11,12 22 Gal. 1 23 Song of S. 1,2,3 23 Gal. 2 24 Song of S. 4,5 24 Gal. 3 25 Song of S. 6,7,8 25 Gal. 4 26 Isaiah 1,2 26 Gal. 5 27 Isaiah 3,4 27 Gal. 6 28 Isaih 5,6 28 Eph. 1 29 Isaiah 7,8 29 Eph. 2 30 Isaiah 9,10 30 Eph. 3
September 29, 30, Central Centennial Homecoming – Perry Cotham & Stafford North
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!
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”
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 116
Worship Service 185
Sunday Evening 114
Wednesday Evening 100
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
Herman Guin Bill Lawerance
Tim Norton Joe Curtis
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Bob Bivins John Aylor
Paul Harris Burl Vanlandingham
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham
Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Dwyane Dennis
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Dale Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Glendon Combs Tracy Gettle
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Adam Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297