Bulletin for Sunday 11/04/2007

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with Robert Prater

     Readers of the classic comic strip Peanuts made famous by the late Charles M. Schulz may recall snoopy’s innumerable attempts to write a novel, which always began with the sentence:  “It was a dark and stormy night.”  Many fans never knew that Snoopy’s first line wasn’t original.  “It was a dark and stormy night’ was originally penned by Victorian novelist Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford.  The phrase itself is now understood to signify a certain broad style of writing, characterized by a self-serious attempt at dramatic flair.  In fact, for the last 20 years, the English Department of San Jose State University has sponsored the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, a humorous competition in which the entrants attempt to devise the least promising opening line for a non-existent novel.

     It probably could be accurately said that all of us, in life, have chapters that begin, “It was a dark and stormy night.”  Like poor Snoopy, we often find ourselves at a loss to make the rest of the story evolve toward a happy ending.  Neither the darkness nor the storm is literal – rather, they may be the darkness of anguish, grief, and doubt, or the storms of raging forces about us that we are powerless to control.  One writer dramatically expressed it as, “cowering in tears within the shuddering walls of our lives, covering our ears to shut out the icy wind howling outside our windows and the pounding of the rain against our roofs.”

     If ever a Bible story were to begin, “It was a dark and stormy night,” it would be the account of Jesus and His disciples on a boat in the middle of Lake Gennersaret (often called the Sea of Galilee) during a violent tempest.  The apostles were appalled that Jesus could sleep in the hold of the boat while they feared for their lives – “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”  Jesus, arising, silenced the storm with three small words: “Peace, be still.” (Mark 4:35-39)

     Sometimes, on our dark and stormy nights, we, like Jesus’ followers, might complain against Him for appearing to disregard our misfortunes.  We wonder why He does not arise for us as He did for them, and eliminate our troubles with a quick, “Peace, be still.”  Perhaps, we might even be tempted to reason, He does not care whether we are overtaken and consumed by the circumstances that we are facing.

     We need to be reminded that our experience may be like that of Elijah, who had to endure a few whirlwinds, earthquakes, and fires before he was ready to then listen quietly to “a still small voice” from God. (1 Kings 19:11-12)  It just might be that the dark and stormy night may be preparing us for the opportunity to hear better the voice of God, speaking to us through His word. (James 1:19)

     The psalmists of the son of Korah wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV)

     Does the earth shake beneath our feet?  Yes, sometimes.  Do the mountains of our universe crumble into the ocean?  Yes, sometimes.  Do the waters of stormy life flail around us and terrify us?  Yes, sometimes.  And in those times, the Spirit that breathes in Scripture says to us in that still small voice, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)  Let’s learn to listen for the voice that says, “Peace be still.”



 Our coat giveaway is rapidly approaching on Saturday, November 10.  The most needed items at this time are coats in teen sizes 10 – 18.


Charlotte Seikel is now in room 214 at Solara Hospital in Shawnee.  She will possibly be there for several weeks.  She enjoys having visitors. 

Pat Copeland had outpatient foot surgery in Oklahoma City on Thursday of last week.  She is home and doing well. 

Don Brightwell had a fall in his home this past Sunday morning and had to have a number of stitches.  He was allowed to return home. 

Howard and Talhia Vanlandingham request that you remember their daughter-in-law, Dawn Vanlandingham, of Baypoint, California in your prayers.  Dawn is in need of a liver transplant. 

Howard and Talhia also request that you pray for their son-in-law, Larry Thomas, who is critically ill in Athens, Tennessee with numerous after effects of a brain tumor that was removed. 

Please continue to remember those who are being treated for cancer: Carol Mahnke, Harvey Moore, and Emma White. 

Last week we reported that Larry Smith had coronary bypass surgery following a heart attack.  We need to correct that.  He had three stints implanted following a heart attack and was allowed to go home the next day.


Dear Central, We are so proud to be part of our Christian family.  Your prayers were greatly appreciated.  When it looked like our world was collapsing about us, you provided our spiritual and physical needs.  Thank you for being there for us.  May God bless you.  In Christian love, Gene & Dorothy [Norton] & family



November 4, Daylight Savings time ends

November 4, Search: “Prepare to Meet Your God”

November 4 – 7, Lectureship at Harrah with Les McGalliard, Rick Alexander, Marty Kessler, David Brassfield, and Chris Hill; see bulletin board

November 7, Ladies class meets at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows class

November 10, Central’s annual Coat Give-Away

November 11, Search: “Rejoice and Be Glad”

November 18, Search: “Let Us Be Thankful”

November 22, 23, Church office closed for Thanksgiving holiday

November 25, Search: “Christ’s Church in a World of Change”

December 2, ECU College Outreach

We hope to see you here Sunday!

Youth News

Bob Stephens


     Pats on the back all around! The first goes to Molly Gettle. Molly has been running with the Shawnee girl's cross country team which recently finished fourth place at state competition. She has also been playing off-season soccer this fall with the YMCA. Both are coming to an end. That's the good news! However, she starts "real" off-season soccer almost immediately. Hang in there, Molly! 

     The next pat on the back goes to all of our football players. Wade Baskin finished his season with the middle school recently, as did Brandon Gober with the FreshmenAustin Beard is still working hard snapping the ball for the Wolves as their season continues into the playoffs soon. Way to go fellas!

      Last but not least, a pat on the back goes to former youth group member Chris Nipper. Chris and his family recently made a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana to receive a very prestigious award from the FFA. FFA is a high school organization, however, it has an "American FFA Degree" that is given to select former high school members that are enrolled in college. It can mean extra scholarship funds in college which can always be helpful. Good job Chris!

      All our kids are great and they all deserve pats on the back. If you have anything you want the congregation to know about your teen...please let me know.  The best thing about our kids is no matter what they are doing, they do it to the glory of our Father in Heaven!

      Thank you to those that volunteered to be a secret saint and to those we volunteered! You will be blessed by this program and get to know at least one teen better than you did previously.

Coming Youth Events

November 4 - Sunday - AWTG @ SW Ada - leave @ 3:45 p.m.

November ?  Hayride at the Stephens!

"People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves
discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others."
Blaise Pascal


Bible School                                              125

Worship Service                                       190

Sunday Evening                                       131

Wednesday Evening                                121

Contribution                                     4,754.54




Sunday, November 4, 2007


Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Geoff Root



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                   Burl Vanlandingham

Jim Carpenter                         Keith Lawrence



Mitch Harmon                           Lynn Harmon



Gene Norton                                    Ron Taffe



Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe



Diane Lawerance & Ann Perry



John Aylor



Bob Stephens




Opening Prayer:                          Bob Seikel

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Robby Kinsey



NORTH                                           SOUTH

James Reeves                            Jim Pettyjohn




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Paul Harris