Bulletin for Sunday 10/07/2007

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with Robert Prater

        What an incredible weekend we enjoyed with our Centennial Homecoming activities.  There was sweet Christian fellowship and relationships that we reunited.  There was the sound of beautiful voices lifted in praise to God.  There were precious memories shared by former ministers with plenty of laughs and tears.  We were strengthened and encouraged by two great lessons by Perry Cotham and Stafford North.  (What a delight and inspiration to hear former Central minister Perry Cotham preach so effectively and powerfully at the age of  95!)

     I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who volunteered their time and energies to help make this past weekend such a great success-the bus tours, Saturday’s reception and singing, the noon fellowship meal, the Sunday afternoon service and the burial of the time capsule which concluded the homecoming events.  Thanks to everyone for their help in making this truly the “highlight” event of this year’s Centennial celebration.

     There is no way we can mention everyone who had involvement in this past weekend’s events, but there are a few that I do want to mention.  I want to first especially thank the Centennial Committee for all their hard work in planning and organizing not only this past weekend’s celebration, but for their leadership in all of this year’s Centennial events – Dale Beard, Steve Kelly, Bob Seikel, Ron Taffe, and of course, the late Buddy Truesdell.  These events and activities didn’t just happen.  They have been working for months to put all this together.  Special thanks also goes out to Sarah Epley for providing the historical insights of Shawnee on the bus tours.  Also, to Ben Salter, Bob Stephens and Tracy Gettle in their coordination and oversight for the noon meal in the Municipal Auditorium and for the hard work of the entire set-up and clean-up crew for this meal (Wasn’t the catered meal from Joseph’s wonderful?  I understand they served over 300 people in less than 30 minutes!)

     I do truly believe that so many can together now take a deep breath and say “Whew!”  This past weekend’s activities of course have officially concluded our year long celebration of Central’s Centennial and could not have been accomplished without the diligent labors of so many in this congregation.  Job well done! (Gal. 6:9-10)

     On the day before he was killed, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a group of scientists in Texas about his dreams.  He recalled the Irish writer, Frank O’Conner, who had told how, as a boy, he and his friend would wander across the countryside and when they came to an orchard wall that was too high to climb, they would throw their hats over the wall, then would have no choice but to follow.  “The U.S. has tossed its cap over the wall,” Kennedy said, showing that his own broad streak of adventure was a part of this great charm.  “Now we will climb this wall,” he said, and “we shall then explore the wonders of the other side.”

     Friends, that’s what we are about to do as we have begun “another century” of service to our eternal God.  We shall enthusiastically throw our hats over the wall, and then by the grace of God we shall climb it for His glory and honor.  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.”  (Eph. 3:20-21 NIV)



     We extend our loving sympathy to the family of former member, Winifred Helen “Gwen” Barrett, who passed from this life on Saturday.  Graveside services were conducted by Dwyane Dennis at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee on Tuesday morning.  Gwen had lived near her daughter in Sapulpa for the last several years.


     Tanya Blades and her family have moved to 7722 Riverside Dr., #1060, Tulsa, OK 74136.  We enjoyed having them at Central for a while and wish them every happiness in their new home.


     The church at Little invites you to their fall gospel meeting, October 7 – 10, with Marty Kessler of the Choctaw congregation preaching.  The Monday through Wednesday evening services will be at 7 p.m.


     Thank you all for your support and help during our stay in Shawnee.  You all are very hospitable and are doing a good job at Central.  You are missed!   Love, Tanya, Makai, & Jordan Blades


     I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your part in making the Centennial Edition a huge success.  Thank you,

                Traunya Starnes, Shawnee News-Star


     Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,  Thank you all so much for the thoughts, prayers, and concern shown for by grandfather, Bob Gear, during his recent illness.  He is now home and continuing his rehabilitation and recovery.  Your kindness and support are gratefully appreciated.  Thanks again!  In Christian Love,

  Robby & Kacy Kinsey and Bob & Betty Gear


     Anita Jacques’s daughter, Diana Lawler, has sent us an email describing the remarkable progress her husband Steve is making after a rather dreary prognosis in the beginning following a stroke.  He is expected to walk out of the hospital in Hong Kong some ten days ahead of initial expectations.  Diana concludes by saying, “All this is due to our Father’s loving kindness to ‘one of the least of these.’”  We thank those of you we have leaned upon during this time, we praise God for the good we have found during this trial, and thank Him for the opportunities this time has brought to us.  Please continue to pray for his complete recovery, his heart, and his mental attitude.  Also join us in praise and thanksgiving.”  In loving thanks,   

                                                   Diana [Lawler]                                


     Friends and Family, We want to thank all of you for your prayers on behalf of our little Drew after his severe head trauma when a TV fell on him.  God answered those prayers and spared his life, but more prayers are needed.  (Sandra Birdwell goes on to describe a complication that may develop due to injury to the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus.  Drew is beginning to show some of the symptoms of this.)  Sandra concludes by saying, “We know that prayer is powerful, so please continue praying for Drew’s body to heal, and for strength and courage for the family to endure this trial.  Our love,

                                                 Sandra Birdwell


      Charlotte Seikel’s condition shows no signs of improvement.  She is in ICU in the Presbyterian Tower of OU Medical Center. 

Joan Reeves was scheduled to have cataract surgery on Wednesday of this week. 

Gene Norton
has been discharged from the hospital, and it was great seeing him in worship and participating in Homecoming activities this past Saturday and Sunday. 

Tim Norton, Sr.,
continues to have a severe reaction to daily radiation treatments. 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

     What a great weekend we had here at Central.  Everything went as smoothly as it possibly could have.  We’re grateful to God for the first 100 years and we pray His blessings on the next 100!

     On Saturday, Molly Gettle participated in a cross country meet at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.  Molly finished her race strong, beating her personal best time by about two and a half minutes.  Way to go Molly!

     I’m sure by now everyone has seen the awesome article in Friday’s issue of the Shawnee News-Star featuring the Beard Family and Chad’s new dog.  Chad has now reached celebrity status in the community.  When asked for his autograph, Chad just smiled and said he’d have to think about it!  Congratulations, Chad.

     The October youth calendar will be in your teens hands by the weekend.  Be sure to take a look at it with them so that you can plan to take advantage of all of our opportunities to spend time together.


Bible School                                              310

Worship Service                                       445

Sunday Evening (Communion)                19

Wednesday Evening                                132

Contribution                                     6,933.68




Sunday, October 7, 2007


Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                      Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Jim Walling



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Scott Perry                                       Ron Taffe

Mitch Harmon                               Geoff Root



Jim Carpenter                             Austin Beard



Steve Kelly                                    Dale Beard



Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard



Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle



Terry Lowe



Bob Stephens




Opening Prayer:           Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Tim Norton                                 Robert Perry




Classes for all ages

Song Director:               Burl Vanlandingham



James Reeves


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297