Bulletin for Sunday 01/13/2008

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We express our loving sympathy to Jim and Linda Carpenter on the death of Jim’s younger brother, Robert Carpenter.  Funeral services were conducted in Holdenville on Monday of this week.

We also extend heartfelt sympathy to Clavin Norwood on the loss of his uncle, Robert Thompson.  Funeral services were conducted in Oklahoma City on Monday of this week.


with Robert Prater

This past Sunday Central’s new 2008 budget was presented to the congregation.  God has been so good to us and has blessed us richly.  You have been generous week after week.  We can only encourage your continued love and involvement in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.  With kindness and goodness in our hearts, let us give ourselves first to the Lord. (2 Cor. 8:5)  And then remember that God loves the cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:7)  That is the person who gives and is glad he gives.  He gives with love and feels privileged to be able to do so.  When God sees the gift, He also sees the heart of the giver.  Let us always give with love.

Finally, the following article comes from Phil Sanders, minister of the Concord Road church in Brentwood, TN (near Nashville).  Phil was born in Shawnee and he will be with us later this year for our fall Gospel Meeting.  I thought he made some good points in regard to thinking about the New Year and what God really expects out of His children.       

 --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)


Getting Back to Basics

Phil Sanders

What is my greatest desire?  What is the most important thing in all of life to me?  It is this: to hear the Lord I love say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:23).  Heaven is a wonderful goal, but I want even more than heaven to please the Lord who has loved me so abundantly and graciously.

“Faithful over a little…” Another version says, “faithful in a few things.”  None of us is perfect, nor can we be.  We all do our best to serve the Lord we love.  Or, do we?  Are we faithful even over a few things?  Are we faithful in attendance?  In prayer?  In regular Bible study?  In our moral lives?  In our service?  Can God depend on us personally to spread His word?

We are responsible to use well what God has given us.  The issue is not how much we have but how well we use what we have.  Each believer should faithfully carry out the duties entrusted to him or her by God and multiply his or her God-given “talents” for the sake of the kingdom.

As we ponder the coming year, the best thing we can do is to get back to basics, to practice the things that help us to grow spiritually healthy and strong.  We cannot do that apart from the basics.  Are you as spiritually strong today as you were a year ago?  Where will you be spiritually in a year?


Thanks for all the many prayers in behalf of Nancy Burlison.  She is improving daily.  A big thanks for the Christmas goodies.

Sue Riedel & Nancy Burlison


To the Monday Night Ladies Class at Central,  Thank you so much for the attractive, but useful Christmas basket.  I enjoyed everything very much.  Christian love,

Anita Hinson



To my Christian family, Thanks for being so thoughtful for the Christmas basket with all the goodies.  Love, Doris Phillips

I want to thank the church for the Christmas sack of candy, fruit, and nuts.  I want to thank Beverly and John for bringing it out to me. Nadine Collins

Thank you for the Christmas basket of fruit, nuts, and candy.  I enjoyed it very much. Pauline Adams

Thank you for the Christmas sack. Erma Dean (Farris)

Dear Christian friends, Thank you for the goodie sack.  Thanks to all that helped.  I appreciate it very much.  Love you all.  Lillie Smith


Joe Magee is experiencing some complications from a pacemaker implant on Monday of last week. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes and Vesta Mays are ill at home. 

Bob Bivins is doing well following outpatient surgery last week.

Former member, Marlene Wadkins experienced a severe heart attack last Thursday.  She is in Integris Baptist Hospital, room 967. Your prayers and cards are appreciated.

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

It was good to see Emma White in services Sunday.

Lil Sullivan is scheduled for back surgery on January 15.


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  of the  Nicaragua children home, Nadine Magee, Carol Mahnke, Vesta Mays, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Nicki Peltier, Mike Phillips, (Jennifer Lawerance brother-in-law), Zack Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Charlotte, Nancy Simmons, Altha Smith, Sarah Smith, Gary Snow, Mary Sorensen, Dorothy Strickland,  Dawn Vanlandingham, daughter-in-law of Howard & Talhia Vanlandingham, David Vanlandingham, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White and Emma Wilson.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


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

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

January 27, Search” “Christianity Then & Now”

February 6, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows the class


Christians are to “stir up one another”.  Or, in the language of the King James Version, “provoke” (an unfortunate word choice for our day and time).  Sadly, some have apparently failed to read the entire sentence because they have majored in bickering, quarreling, and stirring up strife – the very opposite of what is required.  In case you have forgotten, the Bible actually says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24 RSV).  Any stirring we do should be toward the goal of “love and good works.”

Recently I asked my Bible class how we could accomplish this task, and they replied with the following suggestions:

Give yourself to encouraging others rather than discouraging them.

Commend rather than condemn.

Be patient toward all.

Set the right example (In worship attendance, acts of service, disposition, friendliness, caring, etc.)

Lead others by seeing something that needs to be done, and doing it.

Pray for all, and especially for those who are spiritually weak.

Brainstorming with other Christians about implementing Hebrews 10:24.

More fellowship and interaction with other Christians.

Obviously, this list is not exhaustive so feel free to add to it as you seek to stir up shoes around you to love and good works.                    

John Gipson

Windsong Church of Christ, N. Little Rock

Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.


We hope to see you here Sunday!

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


Bible School                                              139

Worship Service                                       207

Sunday Evening                                       113

Wednesday Evening                                  96

Contribution                                     6,702.11




Sunday, January 13, 2008


Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry



NORTH                                             SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                                 Paul Harris

Geoff Root                                  Austin Beard



Clavin Norwood                           Brian Nipper



Robert Perry                              Bob Stephens



Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                     Bob & Janet Stephens



Cathy Pettyjohn & Barbara Vanlandingham



George Mastick



Ron Taffe




Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Tim Norton



NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                               Steve Kelly




Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Paul Harris




Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297