Bulletin for Sunday 11/11/2007
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In Romans 16, you may recall there is a long list of names there. And for most of those names, we have no other details about those people. These names sound strange to us, but they were members of the Lord's church in the city of
. Paul was sending greetings, and there were actually about two dozen names in the sixteenth chapter of Romans. He sent greeting to Amplias, to Urbanus, to Herodion, to Rufus, to Apelles, to Hermes and the list goes on and on. The thing Paul says about all those people is that they were servants of the church. They were fellow workers of the church in Rome . Rome
One of the greatest needs that the church has today is for Christians to have a servant's attitude. There are people around us who have been abandoned. There are people who are lonely. There are people who are looking for a kind word instead of a rebuke. The Lord said we ought to be there to help. Study carefully the Judgment Day scene in Matthew 25:31-46 regarding those who served and those who did not. The Lord even promised us a reward if we have a servant's attitude. Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matt. 10:42) There is a need, therefore, for us to be humble enough to be servants.
This coming Saturday we have such an opportunity in our Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway. I am so thankful that the Central congregation is involved in good programs involving service like this. Certainly service is needed both inside and outside the body of Christ. I'm thankful for the way this church family continues to respond and support this special community outreach ministry. I want you to know that you are making an impact on the
Recently I ran across the following words of a prayer that I think are beautiful and really express the Christian's servant attitude we should have. It's titled, A Servant's Prayer - “Give me a servant's eyes, able to see the slightest needs of those around me. Let me have a servant's ears, tuned to detect the softest cry of help from the lowliest person. Give me a servant's voice, one which speaks words of comfort and cheer to those in despair. Give me a servant's hands, let them be tough enough for hard work and tender enough to touch a crying child. Give me a servant's back, Lord, strong enough to bear both my own and the burdens of others. Let me have a servant's knees, let them be flexible enough to bend to the lowliest task and to pray.”
WARMTH FROM THE HEART
The time is here. Please pray for this to be a successful endeavor as we reach out to the needy in our community. Workers need to be at the building no later than 9:30 on Saturday morning.
The Monday night ladies class will host a progressive ‘Holiday Home Tour' and ornament exchange on Saturday, December 8th. We will meet at the building at 9:30 and take the van.
10:00 Muffins & Snacks @ Linda Carpenter
11:00 Mid-morning Appetizers @ Marcia Dennis
12:00 Soup & Sandwich @ Paula Harris
1:00 Dessert & Ornament Exchange @ Debbie Taffe
A sign-up sheet is on the table in the foyer if you would like to attend. Please sign up by December 2nd and remember to bring an ornament.
Charlotte Seikel continues to welcome visitors in room 214 at
. Solara Hospital
Don Brightwell moved to the
, 1776 E. Robinson, Norman Veterans Center P.O. Box 1668, Norman, OK 73070. He is in room D 119.
Norma Edgmon's granddaughter, Tuesday Higgins, suffered a concussion in a fall on Tuesday of last week. After several days in
, Tuesday is continuing to recover at home. This eight-year-old little girl from Baptist Medical Center immensely enjoyed VBS at Central this past summer and is eagerly anticipating being with us again in 2008. Oklahoma City
Kathryn Hutchins had carotid artery surgery recently and was back in worship Sunday morning.
Emma White is now cancer free and is not having to take treatments. It was good seeing her able to be in worship Sunday.
Please continue to remember Carol Mahnke in your prayers as she takes her treatments at
M.D. Anderson Hospitalin . Houston
Mary Fleming had cataract surgery on Wednesday of this week.
Joan Reeves is to have cataract surgery on Thursday of next week.
Secret Saints is under way! If you are participating, remember that we are only doing this for a couple of weeks so make the most of each time we gather!
Our Annual hay ride is on the calendar! Friday, November 16 is the date. 6:00 p.m. is the time. And the Stephens' is the place. Plan now to be there!
Congratulations to Austin Beard and the Wolves football team for going to the playoffs! They play Friday night at home against Coweta.
Wade Baskin is/was in a school play this week at the middle school. Wade is/was one of the lead actors in the play. Good job Wade!
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
THE FIRST TIME
I saw him in the church building for the first time on Wednesday. He was in his mid-70's, with thinning silver hair and a neat brown suit. Many times in the past I had invited him to come. Several other Christian friends had talked to him about the Lord and had tried to share the good news with him. He was a well-respected, honest man with so many characteristics a Christian should have, but he had never put on Christ.
“Have you ever been to a church service in your life?” I asked him a few years ago. We had just finished a pleasant day of visiting and talking. He hesitated. Then with a bitter smile he told me of a childhood experience some fifty years ago. He was one of many children in a large impoverished family. His parents had struggled to provide food, with little left for housing and clothing.
When he was about ten, some neighbors invited him to worship with them. The Bible class had been very exciting. He had never heard such songs and stories before. He had never even heard anyone read from the Bible.
After class was over, the teacher took him aside and said, “Son, please don't come again dressed as you are now. We want to look our best when we come to worship the Lord.” He stood in his ragged, unpatched overalls, looked at his dirty bare feet, and said, “No, ma'am, I won't ever.”
“And I never did,” he said, abruptly ending our conversation. There must have been other factors to have hardened him so, but this experience formed a significant part of the bitterness in his heart.
I'm sure that Bible teacher meant well. But what if she had really understood the love of Christ? What if she had studied and accepted the teachings found in the second chapter of James? What if she had put her arms around that dirty, ragged little boy and said, “Son, I am so glad you are here. And I hope you will come every chance you get to hear more about Jesus?”
I reflected on the awesome responsibility a teacher has to welcome little ones in His name. How far-reaching her influence is. I prayed that I might ever be open to the tenderness of a child's heart, and that I might never fail to see beyond the appearance and behavior of a child to the eternal possibilities within.
Yes, I saw him in the church house for the first time on Wednesday. As I looked at that immaculately-dressed old gentleman lying in his casket, I thought of the little boy of long ago. I could almost hear him say, “No, ma'am, I won't ever.” And I wept. By: Shirley Ward
"An idle life and a holy heart is a contradiction."
LAST WEEK'S RECORD
Bible School 135
Worship Service 222
Sunday Evening 126
Wednesday Evening 102
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: George Mastick
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Scripture: Kenton McGalliard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
SERVING AT THE LORD'S TABLE
Mitch Harmon Dale Beard
Chris Nipper Brian Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Geoff Root Burton
Gene Norton James Reeves
Foyer: Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator: James & Joan Reeves
Carolyn Root & Mary Kelly
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Paul Harris
AT THE LORD'S TABLE
Jim Carpenter Gene Norton
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg - 273-1297