Bulletin for Sunday 02/10/2008
with Robert Prater
What is the key that keeps the church alive in every generation? Some say, it is a strong eldership; others would answer a strong pulpit; some believe it to be the Bible School; some would say the life of a church is worship. Still others would say it rests in the involvement of youth.
The fact is that each of the above (as well as others) are factors which have a part in helping the church remain alive. However, it likely is the case that there is a sense in which EVANGELISM is the life of every congregation. Without evangelism there will be no elderships. Without evangelism no one will fill the pulpit. Without evangelism there will be no Bible School teachers or students. Without evangelism no one will continue to worship. Without evangelism there will be no youth to become involved in the work of the church. Without evangelism any church will die regardless of whatever else it has or does. A sure way to guarantee the closing of the doors in generations to come is to fail to evangelize in this generation.
Friends, this past Sunday, the Central congregation took a very important first step in becoming a more evangelistic congregation. First of all, Paul Harris on behalf of the Central eldership challenged us with a call for renewal in the area of evangelism. Then we showed two lessons from the very powerful evangelistic DVD series “Searching for Truth.” We will continue showing the remaining lessons in this series over the next two Sunday and Wednesday evening’s. What an excellent evangelistic tool of sharing Jesus with our friends, family and neighbors. Let’s all make the special effort to be present for the viewing of these lessons.
There are many churches that talk about the “need” to be engaged in evangelism, but do not provide consistent training for their members to be effective in personal outreach. We want in the coming weeks ahead to provide a plan of how every member at Central can be involved and equipped in some way in the area of outreach and evangelism.
Evangelism in our culture today means being bold and loving about what we believe. Not “arrogant bold” or “know-it-all bold” but with humility and kindness in our hearts and words, we boldly share the good news of Jesus and of kingdom living with others. Friends I am excited about the future at Central.
AFFIRMING THE FAITH SEMINAR
The Oklahoma City area churches of Christ will be sponsoring an Affirming the Faith seminar on February 22-23 addressing issues facing the church today. This seminar will be held at the North MacArthur congregation in OKC. Guest speakers for the Friday and Saturday seminar include: Phyllis Allen, Neil Anderson, Leon Dennis, Jeff Jenkins, Jerry Jones, Ken Jones, Mack Lyon, Alan Martin, Bruce McLarty, Steven Minor, Chuck Monan, Stafford North, Howard Norton, Harold Redd, Phil Sanders and Dan Winkler. These speakers will present Bible lessons on contemporary issues facing the church today including restoration issues, worship issues, fellowship issues, moral issues, family issues, and commitment issues. The tone will be one of love and yet one of strong commitment to truth. See brochures in the foyer for more.
This year’s pocketsize directory will be published soon. Please look at your listing in the current directory to see if there are any changes that should be made. Email and mobile phone numbers change frequently. If you want to share this information with other church members, call the church office or write it on the back of your Sunday morning attendance card.
You are invited to a snack party honoring Bertha and Gerald Akin on Sunday night, February 10, following the afternoon service. Please bring snack foods (dessert will be provided.) If you would like to participate in a money tree gift, please see Marcia Dennis, Betty Emery, Paula Harris, or Cathy Pettyjohn.
On Wednesday, February 13, there will be a reception after services in the fellowship room in honor of Kevin and Megan Laffoon who are leaving for China on a mission trip for a year later this month. Desserts will be served. Central is Kevin and Megan’s sponsoring congregation. If you would like to contribute to a money tree, please see Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg, or Janet Stephens.
On Friday evening, February 15, there will be a Valentine’s banquet at LaDonna’s in Meeker. Everyone is invited. There is a signup sheet on the foyer table. Transportation will be provided.
On February 12, an 80th birthday celebration in honor of Charles Lairson and Ellen (Lairson) Childers will be held at the Tecumseh Church of Christ from 2 – 4 p.m. No gifts please.
We congratulate Thelma Divine on the birth of a new great granddaughter. Makenzie Lynn Dawson was born on January 16 in Midwest City weighing eight pounds, 13 ounces. She was 20 ¾ inches long. The parents are Jennifer and Stephen Dawson. The grandparents are George and Linda West and Harold and Joan Dawson.
We want to give a BIG SPECIAL thanks to Jim Pettyjohn and Paul Harris for removing the broken limbs from our yard that were broken down during the recent ice storm. It is so wonderful to have Christian friends that are so thoughtful and kind. It means so much to us. We also want to thank each and every one of you for all your prayers in Harvey’s behalf. Thanks again.
With Christian Love, Harvey & Carletta Moore
We hope to see you here Sunday!
Sarah Smith was discharged from the hospital on Friday, and we were happy to see her in worship on Sunday.
Earl Finch has also been discharged from the hospital.
In addition to cancer pain, Carol Mahnke has had a case of shingles.
Robert Perry had cataract surgery on Monday and is doing well.
L.M. Booker, Harvey Moore, and Charlotte Seikel continue with chemotherapy and request your prayers.
COMING YOUTH EVENTS
Feb. 9-Saturday – OC Basketball game, Leave at 6 pm, we’ll eat dinner on the way and return 11 pm
Feb. 10-Sunday – AWTG @ Westside in Norman, leave at 4 pm
Feb. 17-Sunday – Dinner & Devo
Feb. 29-March 1 – Friday & Saturday – OC Spring Visit for Juniors and Seniors
March 1-Saturday – OC Spring Sing
February 10, Search: “Marriage Is Honorable Among All”
February 10, Snack & dessert party honoring Bertha & Gerald Akin, 6 p.m., fellowship room; bring snack foods; to participate in a money tree, see Marcia Dennis, Betty Emery, Paula Harris, or Cathy Pettyjohn
February 12, 42nd Annual Christian Women’s Workshop, 9 a.m. – 11:45; lunch provided; child care, 378-3939; give week’s notice; see bulletin board
February 13, Reception for Kevin & Megan Laffoon before going to China; money tree, see Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg, or Janet Stephens
February 15, Valentine’s Banquet, 6:30 p.m. @ LaDonna’s in Meeker; signup sheet on foyer table. Vans to leave at 6 p.m.
February 16, 80th birthday celebration for Charles Lairson & Ellen (Lairson) Childers
"We should not ask, "What is wrong with the world?"
for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather,
we should ask, "What has happened to the salt and light?"
"Do what you can, being what you are.
Shine as glow-worm if you cannot be a star.
Work like a pulley if you cannot be crane;
be a wheel grinder if you cannot drive a train.
Be the pliant oar if you cannot be the sailor;
be the needle if you cannot be a tailor...
Be the sharpened sickle if you cannot be the reaper."
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 146
Worship Service 209
Sunday Evening 135
Wednesday Evening 99
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Announcements: Burl Vanlandingham
Opening Prayer: Bob Stephens
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Brandon Gober
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Brian Nipper
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Mitch Harmon Robby Kinsey
Jim Carpenter Keith Lawrence
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Clavin Norwood Geoff Root
Jim Pettyjohn James Reeves
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: James & Joan Reeves
Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Dwyane Dennis
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Cross
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Glendon Combs Jim Walling
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Austin Beard