Bulletin for Sunday 03/16/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     For the past several weeks now we have been mentioning future plans and goals regarding an extensive local evangelism effort for Central.  Well, this coming Sunday during the morning worship assembly we will be finally presenting our special outreach plans to the congregation.  It is our prayer that God will bless these plans to help us reach out to our community for Christ.  There has been much planning, preparing and praying for several weeks now concerning all this.

     Obviously, you know that a part of our outreach strategy will include the evangelistic DVD series “Searching for Truth.”  We will be making these available to every family of this congregation as well as the accompanying workbooks.  There will also be plenty of “extra copies” of both of these teaching tools for members to use with others interested in watching them. So, friends, if possible, please make the special effort to be present this coming Lord’s Day morning.  Please continue to be thinking and praying about this effort.  May God give each of us a missionary spirit.

     All the beautiful weather we have been enjoying this week truly reminds us that spring is on the way.  No, the snow and cold weather may not be all over yet, but it will soon.  We can get excited about that, can’t we?  It’s nothing more than the promise of good and pleasant things to come, but even that excites us.  Isn’t it the promises of God that help us through harsh and difficult times?  We labor and we work and we pray. Sometimes we’re disappointed.  Sometimes we’re discouraged.  Yet, we will never quit.  We will never falter.

     God’s assurances of never leaving us, always providing a way of escape,  making all things work together for good, supplying all our needs, and the eternal reward all motivate and encourage us and strengthen us.  Just as surely as spring follows winter, the blessings of God follow those who labor in the Lord.  “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.  We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.  We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” (Hebrews 6:10-12 NIV)

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

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

     We extend our sympathy to Frank Romberg in the loss of his brother-in-law, Wayne Tidwell.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Resthaven.


HELP OUR LTC KIDS

     We are very proud of our ten kids who are participating in LTC (Leadership Training for Christ) this year.  They will be going to Rogers, Arkansas on the 21st.  You can help by bringing bottled water and leaving it in the kitchen.  Rita Romberg needs to know how much is on hand by Wednesday evening, the 19th.  Thanks for helping.


THANK YOU

     I wish to thank everyone for all the cards, prayers, and words of encouragement during my ordeal.  My body is still trying to get used to losing one of its parts, but I am stronger every day.  All my helpers have been sick with the flu.  I thank the Lord that I haven’t caught it because I didn’t know how many stomach muscles it takes to cough.            Love you all, Mazella Patterson

Church of Christ,

      We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love offerings you gave our mother, Gertrude McGee. My family, the McGees, the Goodins, appreciated the service, Dwyane Dennis, Robert Perry, and Dale Beard and others that helped make it so special. You all were always such a precious memory for mother in her last days with us.  The bouquet you sent to my house was one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.  It’s a wonderful feeling to know no matter how far you go you can always come back home to your church family.  In Christian love, Naomi Walker, The McGee Family, The Goodin Family

     Dear Christian Friends, Thank you so much for sharing in the celebration of our 80th Birthday.  It was such a beautiful day and we enjoyed it so much.  All the cards were so nice.  This is one birthday we will cherish the rest of our lives.  We love you all. Ellen [Childers] and twin brother Charles Lairson


PRAYER CONCERNS

Sherri Collins is now home from the hospital but still has very serious health concerns.  

Joyce Kelly is in Colonial Estates, room 106 for rehabilitation.  She enjoys your visits.  

Carletta Moore has been seriously ill at home.  Both she and Harvey appreciate your prayers. 

Clavin Norwood had knee surgery last week and was in worship Sunday. 

Lynn Harmon is hoping to do as well when he has knee surgery this week. 

Frances Taylor has recently been in the hospital and continues to have serious health problems at home. 

Marlene Wadkins remains in Baptist Medical Center, room 840.  She appreciates your calls, cards, and visits. 

Robby Kinsey’s grandfather, Bob Gear is in Baptist Medical Center, room 874 following a stroke. 

Denise Beard’s brother-in-law, Daren Carter, had a stroke on Friday and is in ICU at Mercy Health Center.  Daren lives in Sayre. 

Jenifer Vasques has returned to Nicaragua.  After brain surgery, she had 31 days of radiation and 42 days of chemotherapy, but she never stopped smiling.  She will have an MRI in Managua to determine future treatments which the directors of the children’s home will be able to administer since they are physicians.  Please keep Jenifer in your prayers.  The battle is not over. 

Kevin Laffoon has recovered from the flu, and he and Megan are now enjoying their work in China.  Please keep them in your prayers. 

At the beginning of this week, Carol Mahnke was at a very low ebb. 

Continue to remember L.M. Booker, Harvey Moore, and Charlotte Seikel as they undergo treatments for cancer.


ADDRESS CHANGE

     Linda Sharpley has a new mailing address.  Please change her address in your membership directory to 46386 Hope Road, Tecumseh, OK 74873.


Youth News
Bob Stephens
COMING EVENTS

March 21 & 22 – LTC Convention


LOOKING AHEAD

 

March 16, Search: “Christ Died for the Ungodly”

March 23, Search: “A New Life in Christ”

March 30, Search: “I Can Do All Things”

April 2 – 6, Gospel meeting at Highland, Kent Risley

April 12, Ladies day at Wellston, 9-noon, speaker Coseta Helt from Muskogee; info on bulletin board

April 20, Central’s Friends & Family Day, Tim Lewis from N. MacArthur

May 3, 29th Annual Teachers Workshop, “We Must Teach Them to Reach Them,” Eastside, Duncan


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, 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., 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, 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.


"Every man is a missionary, now and forever, for good
or for evil, whether he intends or designs it or not.
He may be a blot radiating his dark influence outward
to the very circumference of society, or he may be a
blessing spreading benediction over the length and
breadth of the world. But a blank he cannot be:
there are no moral blanks;
there are no neutral characters. "
Thomas Chalmers


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              121

Worship Service                                       176

Sunday Evening                                       119

Wednesday Evening                                101

Contribution                                    4,115.76

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Tim McGalliard

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Tim Norton                                Jim Pettyjohn

Geoff Root                                 Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Mitch Harmon                        Keith Lawrence

USHERS

Paul Harris                                   Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:          Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Jim Walling

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Austin Beard                                 Bob Seikel

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297