Bulletin for Sunday 11/25/2007

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with Robert Prater

          This week brings the annual observance of Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  An official invitation to celebrate a day of thanks was issued at least twice during George Washington’s administration; but it wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln issued his proclamation, that it became an annual remembrance.  In it, he wrote that it seemed “fit and proper that the gracious gifts and mercy of the Most High God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.”  That proclamation, of course, was issued in the midst of a great civil war – a time of distress and concern; yet he pointed out a number of physical blessings they had even then.

     There is nothing wrong with being thankful during a special time of the year; in fact, there is everything right.  And while the American people are not God’s special people in the sense that some seem to think, yet we must not forget that He has allowed us to have all that we do have.  Unfortunately, we do, whether as individuals or as a nation, have a tendency to forget the giver of all good things during good times. This is nothing unusual.  Moses warned the children of Israel about this tendency in Deuteronomy 8:11-17.  That as the people entered into the Promise land, one of the great challenges was going to be interestingly enough, their prosperity.  “Then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”  “Otherwise,” he continued in verse 17, “you may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.”

     God has allowed us all that we have, and we ought not to forget that fact; so, it is right and proper to thank the Lord for all the physical blessings that we have here on earth; but far more important than all these physical things are the spiritual blessings that He has offered us in His Son.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3 NIV) 


These are always the things we need to be most thankful for; and not just one day a year – we need to make “Thanksgiving” a lifestyle and not just only a holiday.

     Finally, I know that I neglect to tell you as often as I should how very thankful I am for each one of you.  But please know that when I give thanks to God for the bounty of His blessings, I count each of you here at Central among them.  “I thank my God every time I remember you.” (Phil. 1:3)                 --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)


     We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Noma Epperson in the loss of her father, Charles “Bud” Snider in Plano, Texas this past Thursday.  Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday morning of this week at Resthaven Funeral Chapel in Shawnee.  Bud and Mary Ann were former members at East Main.


     If you are planning on taking the ladies holiday tour of homes on December 8, they need you to sign up in the foyer so they will know how much food to prepare at each home.  It isn’t necessary to participate in the ornament exchange, but if you do, please bring a wrapped or sacked Christmas ornament.

10 a.m. Muffins & Snacks @ Linda Carpenter

11 a.m. Mid-morning Appetizers @ Marcia Dennis

12 p.m. Soup & Sandwich @ Paula Harris

1 p.m. Dessert & ornament exchange @ Debbie Taffe


     We wish to congratulate Erma Dean Farris on the birth of her first great grandchild born October 25th.   His name is Tanner Nathaniel Thach, and weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces.  Parents are Brandon and Elisha Thach, and grandparents are Mark and Kyla Farris. 


     Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, The picture [of a church building] on this card reminds us of the 1907 church building.  It also reminded us that we had not said “thank you” for the lovely Centennial Homecoming.  We appreciate all of the hard work that you put into it.  We had a wonderful time renewing old acquaintances, and meeting new Christians too.  It was such a spiritually uplifting experience.  We would like to wish all of your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.  You’ve been a blessing in our lives.  In Christian love,

         Curtis & Charlotte Rowe



     There was considerable concern for Alvie Vanlandingham at the beginning of the week.  He was not doing well at all. 

Elva Gill has been transferred to Unity South for rehabilitation.  She is in room 307. 

Kathryn Shields’s surgery went well last week.  It was good seeing her in worship Sunday.

Joan Reeves did well with her cataract surgery last week and was in worship Sunday. 

Charlotte Seikel continues to make progress at Solara Hospital, room 214.  She enjoys your visits.

Carol Mahnke and Harvey Moore always appreciate your remembrance in prayer. 

It has been good to see Ruth Autrey able to be in services.


    Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Betty Bernard, Christine Best, (Martha Chaffin’s daughter), L.M. Booker, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, James Childers, Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Ethel Fast, Roe Honaker, Anna Jarvis, Jenifer @ Nicaragua children home, Nadine Magee, Carol Mahnke, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr. (Gene & Dorothy Norton’s son), Nicki Peltier, Zack Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Bob Seikel’s wife, Charlotte, Nancy Simmons, Altha Smith, Sarah Smith, Gary Snow, Mary Sorensen, Dorothy Strickland,  Dawn Vanlandingham, daughter-in-law of Howard & Talhia Vanlandingham, Alvie Vanlandingham, David Vanlandingham, Emma White and Emma Wilson.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


03Elva Gill – 95th !!!
03Robert Perry
04Carol Mahnke
04Emma White
05 Skyler Norwood
05Lillie Smith
06Harold Decker
06Grace Lofties
08Norma Cowden
08Smiley Irelan
11Misti Beard
11Rosie Brightwell
11Evelyn Dunavan
15June Sharp
16Anita Jacques
16Amy Kelly
19Bryce Beal
19Agnes Norwood
21Scott Perry
25Rachel (Dunavan) O’Neal
27Fred Bowers – 95th !!!
28Adam Beard
29Doris Quisenberry
30Anna Jarvis – 92nd !!!


04Howard & Talhia Vanlandingham – 31st
12Dennis & Carol Brodersen – 37th
17Ray & Nancy Simmons – 6th
20Bob & Janet Stephens – 25th
28Joe & Nadine Magee – 64th
30Robert & Ann Perry – 52nd

     We congratulate all those having birthdays and anniversaries in December.  We especially extend our best wishes to Elva Gill and Fred Bowers on their 95th birthdays and Anna Jarvis on her 92nd.  Our very best wishes go to Bob and Janet Stephens on their 25th Anniversary and to Joe and Nadine Magee on their 64th. 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

    Wow, what a weekend!  A hayride Friday night, football Saturday night and Secret Saints on Sunday.

     We had over 40 folks come to the hayride Friday.  The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the fellowship and hotdogs.  Saturday evening a group went to Guthrie to watch Austin Beard play football in the playoffs.  Though their season came to an end, the Wolves played hard and showed everyone how to be good sports.  And Sunday, we concluded our Secret Saints with a luncheon.  It was a great blessing to see the love and fellowship between the generations.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped in each of these events this past weekend.  We are blessed with a great group of parents and others who just jump right in and make every event a success.

     With Thanksgiving on our minds, we had the kids in Bible Hour make sculptures out of clay showing what they were thankful for.  Being kids, they were thankful for pets and bugs, etc.  And that’s to be expected in their short lives.  But let’s remember everything that we have to be thankful for this week, and every day of our lives.  God has blessed us with so much.  Our homes, our families, our freedom, the list can go on.  But the greatest blessing of all is the gift of Christ.  “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son”, the one thing we can’t live without.  Let’s be thankful always for that!

Coming Youth Events:

Nov. 25, Sunday – Dinner & Devo

Dec. 2, Sunday – AWTG @ Blanchard



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

December 2, Search: “I Am Bound for the Promised Land”

December 2, ECU College Outreach

December 4, Ladies Bible Class meets at 10:30; luncheon follows

"An idle life and a holy heart is a contradiction."


Bible School                                              136

Worship Service                                       206

Sunday Evening                                       114

Wednesday Evening                                103

Contribution                                     4,418.05




Sunday, November 25, 2007


Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Ron Taffe



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Tim Norton                                   Steve Kelly

Bob Bivins                            Glendon Combs



Kenton McGalliard                    Austin Beard



Gene Norton                                Tracy Gettle



Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle



Cathy Pettyjohn & Barbara Vanlandingham



Jim Pettyjohn



Jim Carpenter




Opening Prayer:                 Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                       James Reeves



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                  Burl Vanlandingham




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297