Bulletin for Sunday 12/16/2007

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with Robert Prater

     Wow, did we ever get hit with a major ice storm this week.  You can’t drive down the streets without seeing firsthand the devastation that has taken place because of the ice-storm.  (Tree trimmers will certainly find plenty of business)  In spite of the bad weather, we still had a good number present for Sunday morning worship.  The warmth of our love for God and for each other never wavers.  I know our elders want you to always keep in mind that whenever services are not canceled due to bad weather, please use your best judgment as to whether or not it would be safe for you and your family to attend.  And whenever weather causes us to cancel services, we use a congregational “phone chain” to inform the membership. (and usually have postings on the local news stations)

     Well, are there any spiritual lessons to be learned from this ice-storm?  As we have looked around at the damage from the storm, there are more than a couple of inches of ice on tree limbs and hanging from the edge of houses and buildings.  Just remind yourself that this is just water.  Liquid that we use everyday and now there are branches on huge trees that are breaking in half and falling to the ground.  Beautiful bushes when touched fall to pieces.  And guess what happens if you walk under one of those icicles as it falls from the roof?  That’s right, you get the point.

     This liquid is dangerous because it has frozen.  People can be dangerous spiritually speaking when they are frozen.  That is why the Bible frequently warns us not to be cold, lukewarm and apathetic in our devotion to God.  To the contrary, we are commanded to be zealous (“white hot”) and have a burning, passionate relationship with God. (Romans 12:11)  “Don’t put out the Spirit’s fire” is Paul’s admonition to the church at Thessalonica. (1 Thess. 5:19)  Spiritual fervor and fire can be extinguished by simply apathy.

     If we ever find ourselves spiritually frozen we need the passionate fire of God and His word to thaw us out and make us alive again.  The Prophet Jeremiah had a spiritual awakening – renewal and rejuvenation in his soul.  He said God’s Word was “in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.” (Jeremiah 20:9b)  That’s what happens when the Word get in us.

     We need to get closer to the Son and allow the warmth of His Spirit to begin to make alive and mobile again. (Read Romans 8:1-11 and Gal. 5:16-26)  We have been created for a very specific purpose and though spiritual “ice storms” come and try to force us to stay in one place and stop growing, God can bring a comforting thaw to our lives.  Let the warmth of Christ enable you to feel again and fulfill your purpose. (Eph. 3:17)

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


     Ron and Debbie Taffe are proud to announce the graduation of their son Kevin J-L Taffe from the University of Oklahoma on Friday, December 14, 2007.  He will receive a degree in aviation management along with commercial pilot, instrument and multi-engine rated and certified flight instructor.


     We extend our very best wishes to Kevin Taffe on his graduation from the University of Oklahoma.  We also congratulate his parents, Ron and Debbie Taffe, and his grandmother, Mary Fleming.


     Please make a note of Trilbya Anderson new telephone number in your directory. It is 788-5122. 


To the Monday Night Ladies Group, What a thoughtful basket of all the things you need at this time.  We appreciate your kindness. 

                                     The family of Edgar O’Neal


Ben Salter was scheduled for outpatient rotator cuff surgery on Tuesday, December 11 at Southwest Orthopedics Hospital.

James Childers is now being cared for at Rose Manor, room 306.

Elva Gill is also now at Rose Manor, room 207B.

Ann Perry’s brother, Carl Wills, is continuing rehabilitation at Norman Regional Hospital.

Jenifer Vasquez is doing well following her surgery for a brain tumor.  About 50% of the tumor was removed, and the rest will be treated with radiation.  She may be well enough to visit back in Nicaragua during the Christmas break.

L.M. Booker’s treatments for lymphoma are not working very well at this time, and he requests that you keep him in your prayers.

Francis Davis had gallbladder surgery in Odessa, Texas last week and was back in worship this past Sunday morning.

Clydean Decker is experiencing some serious heart issues at this time and requests your prayers.

Carol Mahnke is home again after another trip to M.D. Anderson.  All future treatments will be done locally.

Harvey Moore continues to have treatments under the oversight of M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Lil Sullivan is scheduled for extensive cervical back surgery on January 15th.


    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.

Youth News

Bob Stephens

What weird weather!  I trust that everyone is safe and warm!

Just a reminder…The family retreat at Burnt Cabin is coming up.  There is a sign up sheet on the youth bulletin board by the offices for those planning to go.  The cost is a mere $7.00 per person.  The dates are Dec. 28-30.  That’s Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  We plan to leave around 6:30 Friday evening and return Sunday afternoon.  Please plan to be a part of this retreat!  If you have any questions please talk to me.

The LTC sheets are in the youth house.  Be sure to get signed up for LTC.


Dec, 16th, Sunday – Help with children’s party

Dec. 21, Friday – Dinner and fun!

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


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 28-30, Family retreat at Burnt Cabin.  $7.00 per person

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


"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


Bible School                                                87

Worship Service                                       145

Sunday Evening              Services cancelled

Wednesday Evening                                 112

Contribution                                   32,701.00




Sunday, December 16, 2007


Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                 Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Gerald Smith


NORTH                                             SOUTH

Herman Guin                               Tracy Gettle

Geoff Root                                  Chris Nipper


Frank Burton                                 Tim Norton


Bob Perry                                  Robby Kinsey


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                     Robby & Kacy Kinsey


Diane Lawerance & Ann Perry


George Mastick


Ron Taffe




Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Gene Norton


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Bob Seikel




Classes for all ages

Song Director:               Burl Vanlandingham




Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297