Bulletin for Sunday 12/09/2007

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     Hard to believe we are in the last month of 2007.  You know we have a tendency to ‘throw in the towel” once December rolls around and focusall our attention on how to get off to a fresh start come January.  Before you begin shutting down and making plans for next year, will you decide to make the most of this last month of this year?  Let me encourage you to finish the year out well.  Don’t let the busy holiday schedules and planning for the New Year take precedence over the everyday activities that are ultimately, even eternally important, right now.  Remember those spiritual priorities we must always be devoted to as Christians: prayer, Bible reading, visiting the sick, encouraging and helping others in need, and faithful attendance in Bible class and worship just to name a few.

     The Lord told the Israelite nation “I am the Lord; I do not change.” (Malachi 3:6) New Testament writers called God “the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows,” (James 1:17 NIV) and said of His Son, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

     God is trustworthy because God never changes, He always is as He is, and He always does what He says He will do.  We can always be assured that God’s promises will be kept, and that His warnings will prove true.  “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim. 2:13)

     Because God is faithful, He prizes that quality in those He has created.  Moses was beloved by God because he “was faithful in all his house as a servant.” (Heb. 3:2,5)  Abraham was called “the friend of God” because he could be counted on to obey whatever God commanded him to do. (James 2:22-23)

     If we would please God, we must be constant in our relationship with Him, even as He is with us.  Jesus told the Christians at Smyrna, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)  Even in our prayers, we are told to “ask in faith, with no doubting……” (James 1:6-8)  He is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins” only if we are faithful in confessing and repenting of them. (1 John 1:8-10)

     The eternal inheritance of God is not for the wish-washy, the fair-weather, the inconsistent or undependable disciple.  Christ will reward those whom He may call “good and faithful” servants. (Matt. 25:21,23“He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” (Rev. 17:14)  We can have confidence that Christ will be faithful to us (Heb. 10:23; 1 Pt. 4:19).  Will we be so predictable?  “Can He depend on you?”

--Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net) (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


CHRISTMAS PARTIES

     Dwyane Dennis Sunday morning class will have a Christmas party on Friday evening, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dennis’ home.  Please bring snacks and deserts and a dirty Santa gift for each person.

     There will be a Children’s Christmas party on Sunday, December 16 after morning worship for all the children, teens and their families in the fellowship room.  Cost is $2 per child to cover lunch and ornament decorations.  The party will end by 1:30 p.m.


 CHRISTMAS BOXES FOR OUR

COLLEGE STUDENTS

     Sunday morning will be the last opportunity to give to the Christmas goodie boxes for our college students.  Needed items are popcorn, mints, candy, gum, hot chocolate, pencils, pens, etc.  These will be delivered Sunday afternoon.  See Mary Kelly for additional information.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

COMING YOUTH EVENTS:

Dec. 16, Sunday – Help with kids party after morning worship

Dec. 21, Friday – Dinner, lights, ice skating

Dec. 28-30, Fri-Sun, Family Retreat to Burnt Cabin


PRAYER CONCERNS

Wilburn Dennis had carotid artery surgery on Monday morning in Lubbock.  Surgery went well and he was dismissed on Tuesday morning.   

Elva Gill continues with rehabilitation at Unity Health Center South, room 307. 

Ben Salter is scheduled for out-patient rotator cuff on Tuesday, December 11 at Southwest Orthopedics Hospital.

Carol Mahnke and Harvey Moore continue to have treatments under the oversight of M.D. Anderson in Houston.


LOOKING AHEAD

December 7, Friday, Christmas party for Robert Prater & Bob Perry’s classes @ Scott & Tamie Perry’s at 6:30. Bring a $5 dirty Santa gift.

December 8, ‘Holiday Home Tour’, leave the building at 9:30 am

December 9, Search: “Forgiveness”

December 14, Dwyane Dennis Sunday morning class Christmas party at Dwyane & Marcia’s at 6:30

December 16, Search: “Will God Always Bless America?”

December 16, Children’s Christmas party after morning worship in the fellowship room.  All children and teens and their families are invited.  Cost is $2 per child to cover lunch & decorations.

December 19 & 26, No Wednesday morning Ladies Bible Class

December 23, Search: “A Stone of Stumbling & A Rock of Offense”

December 30, Search: “Today Will Be Yesterday Tomorrow”

January 2, Ladies Bible Class resumes, 10:30 a.m., luncheon follows


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

    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 Vasques  @ Nicaragua children home, Nadine Magee, Carol Mahnke, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr. (Gene & Dorothy Norton’s son), Nicki Peltier, Mike Phillips, (Jennifer Lawerance brother-in-law), 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, 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.


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Betty Bernard, #85

James Childers, #28

Anna Jarvis, #125

Charlotte Seikel, #111

Emma Wilson, #82

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)

Shawnee, OK 74802

Millie Riley, #23

Nancy Simmons, #20

Altha Smith, #12

MEEKER NURSING HOME

500 N. Dawson Lane, Meeker, OK 74855

Mary Sorenson, #39

NORMAN VETERANS CENTER

1776 E. Robinson,P.O.Box 1668,Norman,OK 73070

Don Brightwell, #D 119

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Ethel Fast, #312

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #512

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Alice Rice, #55


"The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ.
The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal.
The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural.
The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person.
That makes all the difference in the world."

Stuart Briscoe


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              130

Worship Service                                       197

Sunday Evening                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                 111

Contribution                                     5,417.98

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, December 9, 2007

 

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       James Reeves

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Austin Beard                          George Mastick

Mitch Harmon                            Brian Nipper

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham              Keith Lawrence

 

USHERS

Bob Perry                                      Bob Bivins

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                          Bob & Ann Bivins

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Linda Carpenter & Paula Harris

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Steve Kelly

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Tim Norton                                   Paul Harris

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297