Bulletin for Sunday 01/06/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     Happy New Year!  I pray that you and your family had merry holidays and bright opportunities for the coming New Year.  A young boy told his Bible class teacher that his mother was coming to church because of a New Year’s “revolution.”  A revolution may be what we need – a complete turnaround in our lives.  It is so encouraging to know we can begin again to make our lives conform to the will of God.  If you need a revolution in your life, why not do it now.  Get right with God, seek His help, and get started on the road to a better life here and in the hereafter.  The prophet Jeremiah said, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23 NIV)

     Before we tackle the challenges that await us in 2008, we must thank God for blessing us so abundantly in 2007. We welcomed 21 new members into this congregation either by baptism or membership.  We also were blessed to welcome 7 Christians who were restored last year back into the loving family of God.  Overall as a congregation, we enjoyed a 10% per year growth with our Sunday morning Bible class and worship attendance combined.  These numbers are important because they represent souls drawing closer to God.

     But now, it is time to put the past behind us and begin to set our sights on the future.  I believe the New Year holds great promise and unlimited potential for the Central congregation to be productive in the Lord’s kingdom.  I want you to know that the Central leadership has already set some ambitious goals for 2008, especially in regard to evangelism and outreach.  Much more will be said about this effort and your needed involvement in the coming weeks.  Friends, this is going to be a very busy new year with many opportunities for growth and service.  Let’s all pray for God’s continual blessings and let’s all plan on working together to help make 2008 a great year of both spiritual and numerical growth for the Central church family.

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


THANK YOU

     I want to thank everyone for your prayers, love and concern during my recent surgery.  I could not have made it without them. Love you all,    Yuavonda (LaViness) Sperry 

Dear Christian Family, Thank you for all the cards, visits, and calls while Glenn was recovering.  May God bless each and every one of you.   In Christian love, Lorine & Glenn Watson

During a time like this, we realize how much our friends really mean to us.  Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.  The Charles E. “Bud” Snider Family

I want to thank my brothers and sisters in Christ for the help with my electric after the ice storm, and to thank Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn for the use of lanterns during the time I had no electric.  They were greatly appreciated.  Love you all.                    Thanks, Beverley MacMillan

Santa’s helpers with Christmas Baskets:

Gerald Akin, John & Beverly Aylor, Ann Bivins, Bertha Combs, Glendon & Juanita Combs, Pat Copeland, Jim & Vivian Cross, Herman & Ruth Guin, Paula Harris, Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn, James & Joan Reeves, and Howard Vanlandingham.  (Thanks to Glendon for overseeing this mission work)


THANKS FOR HOLIDAY FRUIT

I really appreciated my Christmas goodies.  Thank you so much for all your efforts.  With Christian love, Mazella (Patterson) 

Dear Christian Friends, Thank you so much for the nice sack of Christmas treats and all the work of preparing and delivering them.  Also thanks for the visits, and prayers for James in the nursing home.  He enjoys them so much. In Christian love, James & Ellen Childers

To our Christian family, Thank you so much for the sacks of fruit, candy, and nuts.  Also we thank you for your prayers and thoughtfulness through all the past year.  In Christian love, Don & Rosie Brightwell

Thank you for the bag of goodies.  Also, I would like to thank everyone for all they have done for me since I became ill.  I feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful Christian family at Central.  Carol Mahnke

To Central Church of Christ Family, Thank you again for the wonderful gift of fruit, nuts, and candy.  It’s so nice to be remembered and the message you sent with it means a lot to all of us “elderly”.  Thanks again. Love, Joyce (Kelly)

Thanks so much for the fruit, candy, and nuts.  Thanks also to Jim and Vivian for delivering them to me.  I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful Christian family. Virginia “Ginny” (Herrera)

My thanks for the sack of “goodies”.  Also thanks to those who spent time in preparing and delivering the sacks.  In love, Lois Lanier

A note to express sincere appreciation for the nice fruit basket of candy and nuts, also for the workers.  Thank you all. In Christian love, Jean Pointer

Thanks to each of you for the fruit, nuts, & candies, and especially for Paula’s visit.  Joe & Nadine Magee

Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for thinking of me at this busy time of the year.  The fresh fruit and candies were wonderful!  The orange slice candies bring back childhood memories!  I was so surprised when James and Joan made the delivery!  Thank you again for being so loving and generous.  I am very grateful to be a member of this great family. Love, Alta Carroll

Thank you for the wonderful fruit and candy.  It was so kind and thoughtful of you to remember me.  Thanks again. Lola (Mullinax)

Thank you so much for the fruit and candy.  I truly appreciate the caring hearts of my church family.  Mary Jo Fleming

Thank you for the candy, oranges and apples.  Miss seeing everyone.  Thank all those that worked putting this together and those that delivered them. It was greatly appreciated. Love, Dorothy Strickland

Thanks to all who prepared and delivered our Christmas sack.  It was greatly appreciated.  Joe & Phyllis Scheidt

Central Church of Christ, Thank you so much for the nice assortment of goodies.  It could not have come at a better time to cheer me.  I have had nothing but electrical problems for two weeks.  Christian love, Anita Hinson

Central Church family, Thank you for the sack of delicious treats and your thoughtfulness. Vonda Merrill

Thank you for the nice sack of goodies and visit. June Lowe

Roe and I thank you for the Christmas fruits, nuts, candy.  We also thank the ones that sacked and delivered them.  We love all of you. Roe & Louise Honaker


JANUARY
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

DateO.T. ReadingDateN.T. Reading
1 Gen. 1,2,31 Matt. 1
2 Gen. 4,5,62 Matt. 2
3 Gen. 7,8,93 Matt. 3
4 Gen. 10,11,124 Matt. 4
5 Gen. 13,14,155 Matt. 5:1-26
6 Gen. 16,176 Matt. 5:27-48
7 Gen. 18,197 Matt. 6:1-18
8 Gen. 20,21,228 Matt. 6:19-34
9 Gen. 23,249 Matt. 7
10 Gen. 25,2610 Matt. 8:1-17
11 Gen. 27,2811 Matt. 8:18-34
12 Gen. 29,3012 Matt. 9:1-17
13 Gen. 31,3213 Matt. 9:18-38
14 Gen. 33,34,3514 Matt. 10:1-20
15 Gen. 36,37,3815 Matt. 10:21-42
16 Gen. 39,4016 Matt. 11
17 Gen. 41,4217 Matt. 12:1-23
18 Gen. 43,44,4518 Matt. 12:24-50
19 Gen. 46,47,4819 Matt. 13:1-30
20 Gen. 49,5020 Matt. 13:31-58
21 Ex. 1,2,321 Matt. 14:1-21
22 Ex. 4,5,622 Matt. 14:22-36
23 Ex. 7,823 Matt. 15:1-20
24 Ex. 9,10,1124 Matt. 15:21-39
25 Ex. 12,1325 Matt. 16
26 Ex. 14,1526 Matt. 17
27 Ex. 16,17,1827 Matt. 18:1-20
28 Ex. 19,2028 Matt. 18:21-35
29 Ex. 21,2229 Matt. 19
30 Ex. 23,2430 Matt. 20:1-16
31 Ex. 25,2631 Matt. 20:17-34


PRAYER CONCERNS

Rosie Brightwell was admitted to Unity Health Center on Sunday evening with pneumonia.  She was in room 323.

Mazella Patterson was admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa on Christmas day.  She expected to be discharged on Sunday.  She is now at her daughter’s home, B.J. Goza 306 N.W. 5th, Wilburton, OK  74578.  She will be there about a month and will then have gallbladder surgery at St. Francis Hospital.  Your prayers are requested. 

Charlotte Seikel was in Unity Health Center, room 309, at the beginning of the week. 

Grace Lofties’s daughter, Lana Fry, had surgery in Lawton on Monday of this week.  Your prayers are requested. 

Ben Salter and Floyd Davis are doing well following recent surgeries.  

Continue to remember L.M. Booker, Carol Mahnke and Harvey Moore in your prayers. 

It was so good to see Babe Doyle able to be in services on the 23rd and Lorene Watson able to return to services.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

     The year has come, and the year has gone.  Been there, done that.  We came, we saw, we conquered.

     2007 has been a year filled with blessings.  My prayer is that when we look back at our year, or lives for that matter, we can see the hand of God in our lives.  Sure, we have struggles.  And we have moments.  But, with God in our lives we can always realize that He’s in control and He’s always there.  Remember “…we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom. 8:37)”

     We had a great time at Burnt Cabin this past weekend.  The number was down a little from the years past, but the enthusiasm was not.  Thanks to all who participated and helped with the retreat.  Thank you to Kevin Laffoon for delivering a wonderful lesson to us on Sunday morning!

     Kids don’t forget to get those LTC forms filled out and turned in to me ASAP!  We need to get them in the mail before the end of January.  Parents, if you have any questions regarding LTC see Janet or myself.


LOOKING AHEAD

January 6, Search: “When Jesus Comes”

January 13, Search: “Where Are the Dead?”

January 20, Search: “Sin, Guilt, Hell, & Salvation”

January 27, Search” “Christianity Then & Now”


"Resolution One: I will live for God.
Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will."
Jonathan Edwards


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              127

Worship Service                                       200

Sunday Evening                                       139

Wednesday Evening                      Icy Roads

Contribution                                     4,893.18

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 6, 2008

 

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                  Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Bob Seikel

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                         Chuck Carter

Mitch Harmon                        Keith Lawrence

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                         Jim Carpenter

 

 

USHERS

Robert Perry                   Burl Vanlandingham

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

 

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Paul Harris

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Herman Guin

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                            Robby Kinsey

 

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297