Bulletin for Sunday 02/17/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     I am feeling so much better after being out most of last week with the flu.  I appreciate all the prayers on my behalf.  For preachers there is never a convenient time to be sick.  I truly did miss not being able to be with you on Sunday and especially as special words and prayers were offered on behalf of Kevin and Megan Laffoon.  I also missed not being able to hear Kevin speak.  I know his family and this congregation are very proud of them in their dedication to spread the gospel of Christ in China.  Remember to keep them in your prayers as they prepare to leave soon for the mission field.

    Phil Sanders recently reported in an article some very encouraging news regarding the growth of the Lord’s church.  It seems that all we’ve heard about in recent years is how churches of Christ in the U.S. are declining.  But now a recent study by Harding University professor Dr. Flavil Yeakley indicates that churches of Christ in America have better numbers than many may have realized.  Yeakley surveyed where the church stands in relation to other religious groups:

·         Churches of Christ constitute the twelfth largest religious group in the U. S.

·         They are the sixth fastest-growing group in the U.S.

·         They rank fourth in the total number of congregations.

·         The church is fifth in the U.S. in number of counties in which there is a congregation.

·         It ranks first in the nation in distribution of congregations.

·         Churches of Christ are first in the nation in weekly attendance among membership.

     Sanders notes that Yeakley’s study revealed that the greatest retention rate of high school graduates comes from those congregations who are described as “middle of the road.”  The worst retention rate comes from those bodies who are described as “liberal.”  Yeakley shared these results recently on the campus of Freed-Hardeman University.  He has studied church growth among the congregations in the U.S. for many years.

     Truly the call by some leading “voices” in the church to change our doctrine or die is completely premature.  We still need to dedicate ourselves to the unchanging message and never stop telling the old, old story of Jesus and His love.”

            --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


TIPTON HOME TRUCK COMING

     The Tipton Home is planning for its supply truck to be in our area March 10 – 12, to pick up any supplies you wish to contribute.  At this time special needs include cereal, Spam, jelly, sugar, pre-sweetened Kool-Aid, bleach, dishwashing soap, toilet bowl cleaner, paper towels, spray starch, and lemonade mix.


ANNUAL LEADERSHIP DINNER

 

     This year’s Annual Shawnee Area Leadership Dinner will be hosted by the Church of Christ at Seminole, 4200 Hwy. 99 North,  on Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.  The catered meal will be $8 per person.  All elders, deacons, ministers and their wives are encouraged to attend.


THANK YOU

To the church at Central, I want to thank everyone for the cards, phone calls & visits while I was in the hospital & while I’ve been recuperating at home.  Your concern has really been appreciated.                 Thank you,                                      Earl Finch Sr.

    

     Words cannot express how touched we were for the love, thoughtfulness and support you have given us since our recent marriage.  You out-did yourselves with our party.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Love, Gerald & Bertha [Akins]


PRAYER CONCERNS

    
Joyce Kelly
was admitted to Unity Health Center on Monday evening. 
Carol Mahnke
is now under Hospice care and needs your prayers. 
L.M. Booker, Harvey Moore,
and Charlotte Seikel continue their chemotherapy treatments. 
Lynn Harmon
requests your prayers for his sister, Betty Meister who is gravely ill with leukemia in Missouri.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

    Have you ever watched a child in worship?  I know what you’re thinking…yeah, when they misbehave!  No, I mean, have you ever watched a child IN WORSHIP…..when they sing or when they pray?  Children worship with such devotion, with all their heart, with everything they have.  When we come into worship, do we always have that same devotion?  That same heart?  That same mind set? 

     Jesus said in Mark 10:15, I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

     Children, in their short lives, don’t have the worries that we as adults or even teens do.  They’re not wondering how the mortgage is gonna’ get paid this month.  They don’t think about what everyone around them is wearing.  So naturally it would seem easier for them to be able to focus on what we are there for.  Worship.

     Children, don’t worry whether or not they can sing in the right key, they just sing with all their heart?  They open their mouths wide and sing to the Lord.  And when they pray, they try so hard to concentrate on their thoughts.  They close their eyes so tightly and you can see the determination on their faces as they talk to God.

     Oh to be that trouble free again!  But that’s what God wants us to do.  He tells us we need to be more like the little children.  In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us we need to seek the kingdom of God first and everything else will fall into place.

     We can learn a lot by looking at children.  Next time we pray, next time we sing praises to God, let’s do it like we’re children, with all our heart, and all our being.  Let us be able to throw off all that “stuff” that keeps us from worshiping wholeheartedly like children.

     Kayla Miller had a busy weekend.  She participated in an Academic meet in Harrah and walked away with three medals, two gold and one bronze.  Good job Kayla!

     I hear that Chad Beard and his friend Ceylon may start on a lecture circuit soon!  Not really, but they did have the opportunity to speak and perform at a Kiwanis Club function last week.  Way to go Chad!


COMING EVENTS

Feb. 17-Sunday – Dinner & Devo

Feb. 29-March 1   Friday & Saturday – OC Spring Visit for Juniors and Seniors

March 1-Saturday – OC Spring Sing


LOOKING AHEAD

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.  Desserts and fun in the fellowship room after dinner.

February 16, 80th birthday celebration for Charles Lairson & Ellen (Lairson) Childers Tecumseh Church of Christ, 2 – 4 p.m.  No Gifts Please

February 17, Search: “Jesus’ Story of the Prodigal Son”

February 22, 23, “Affirming the Faith Seminar” at North MacArthur in Oklahoma City.    See brochures in the foyer for more information.

February 24, Search: “If I Be Lifted Up”

February 29, Area wide singing, Seminole,7 – 9   p.m.

March 9, Daylight Saving Time begins


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

    Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, 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, Betty Meister (Lynn Harmon’s sister), Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Nicki Peltier, Mike Phillips, (Jennifer Lawerance brother-in-law), Zack Phillips, Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Charlotte Seikel, 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.


"It does not take a perfect church
to introduce a man to the perfect Christ."
Richard Woodsome

"The Church that does not evangelize will fossilize."
Oswald J. Smith


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              142

Worship Service                                       188

Sunday Evening                                       117

Wednesday Evening                                105

Contribution                                    4,257.72

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                     Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                  Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:            Burl Vanlandingham

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                    Jim Cross

Chris Nipper                                 Tim Norton

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Mitch Harmon                            Austin Beard

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                                 Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                      Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Leslie Gettle & Cathy Pettyjohn

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  George Mastick

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Ron Taffe

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

James Reeves                             Gene Norton

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle