Bulletin for Sunday 03/23/2008

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1944      CAROL E. MAHNKE      2008


     Hearts were saddened at the loss of our dear friend and sister in Christ early Thursday morning of last week.  Funeral services were conducted by Dwyane Dennis and Larry Sparks in our building on Saturday.  Carol endeared herself to all of us as a caring sister in Christ and as a compassionate friend.  We will deeply miss her laughter and caring ways.  We express our deepest sympathy to her four children, her grandchildren, brother, the members of this church, her fellow employees at Unity Health Center , and many, many other friends everywhere.


     We also express our sympathy to Ruth Autrey in the loss of her nephew, Ronny Autrey of Norman this past week. 


with Robert Prater

This past Sunday morning Steve Kelly, on behalf of the Central leadership, presented the “Elder’s Challenge” to the congregation in regard to our evangelism and outreach plans and goals for this year.  (See the front of the bulletin for the six challenges and goals)  Of course, one of our key outreach plans involves the “Searching for Truth” evangelistic DVD’s.  There are now copies of these and the study guidebooks available at all the exits of the auditorium. (Foyer, bottom of annex stairs, elevator)  Every family at Central is being asked to pick up a copy and become familiar with it.  The elder’s are challenging us to begin now thinking about and looking to identify two people/families whom we can share this DVD and reach with the gospel. This could be relationships such as family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Please keep praying for an open door to reach out to this person.  Your invitation and your encouragement can influence another soul.  God will help us find, if we take the initiative to seek.

In connection with this, let’s all be keeping in mind our upcoming outreach event Friends & Family Day on April 20 with Tim Lewis.  This special day is an opportunity to introduce the gospel and the Lord’s church here at Central to others.  Please take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to invite those you know and love to come worship with you and hear a message of hope and love in Christ.  Our attendance goal is to have 350 people!  Last year, we beat our goal and had 323 for worship on that morning.  I know that if each family brings one guest, we will likely have even more souls present this year.

Friends, now is the time to begin the work that has been set before us as a congregation.  We have made a commitment to be evangelistic as a church on a continual basis.  The preparations have been made.  The emphasis has been given.  The time is now to execute the plans.  God blesses the effectual doer not the hearers who delude themselves. (James 1:22-25)  Think about it!

Finally, be sure to keep our young people in your prayers as they travel to Rogers, AR on Friday to participate in LTC.  Please encourage these young people as they continue to grow and develop their spiritual skills in serving the Lord.  We are so grateful for all those parents and adults who have been diligently preparing and working with them.  We continue to also be blessed in having Bob and Janet Stephens help teach and encourage them in the Lord. 

I look forward to being with you once again this coming Lord’s Day and sharing a message from Gods’ Word. Of course, this will be “Easter” Sunday and we anticipate having many special guests and family being with us for worship.

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



This past Sunday evening a meeting was held discussing the opportunity for Central members to conduct a Neighborhood Religious Survey.  We are planning a limited area of homes in the general vicinity south of Independence Street.  We are looking at the dates of Saturday, April 5 and 12 to conduct this survey.  The plans are to incorporate as a part of this survey the community’s response/feedback from our House to House/Heart to Heart paper we mail out into these targeted homes.  We do also hope to have the opportunity to invite people to our upcoming Friends & Family Day, pray for special needs, and distribute Searching for Truth DVD’s and/or other tracts to those who show an interest in Bible study.  More details will be coming soon, but in the meantime, please begin to pray for this work.  If you would be interested in helping work in this outreach effort, please see Robert Prater or Steve Kelly.


We wish to congratulate Tad McGalliard on becoming the youth minister at Eastside Church of Christ in Duncan He will begin his new duties the end of April.  Best wishes Tad!


Thank you to the ladies of the church who prepared such a wonderful meal for the family of Ethel Fast.  Thanks also to the preacher for delivering a good message and service.  She would be proud!  I know Aunt Ethel was looking down from heaven and liked what she saw and heard. Many thanks.  Sadie Pierson, Kingfisher, OK.

Many thanks for the calls, cards, and visits while I was ill.  They were greatly appreciated.  Phyllis Scheidt


Glenn Watson had surgery at Norman Regional Medical Center on Monday. 

Leona Smith is to have angioplasty and a stint on Wednesday of next week. 

Charlotte Seikel spent most of last week in Presbyterian Hospital.  She is now home and feeling much better after a procedure on her back. 

Marlene Wadkins remains in Baptist Medical Center, room 730. 

Lynn Harmon had knee surgery last week that turned out to be more complicated than expected. 

Linda Sharpley requests your prayers for her 21-year-old nephew, Cody Culpepper, who had surgery for a collapsed lung on Thursday of last week at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas

Robby Kinsey’s grandfather, Bob Gear, is now at home. 

Carletta Moore is recuperating from her recent illness at home. 

Frances Taylor continues to experience health problems at home. 

Joyce Kelly is in room 106 at Colonial Estates for rehabilitation.  She enjoys your visits, but please stop by the nurses station before entering her room. 

It was good to see Sherri Collins and Phyllis Scheidt back in worship Sunday morning. 

Keep praying for L.M. Booker, Harvey Moore, and Charlotte Seikel as they undergo treatments for cancer. 


You are invited to join in the celebration of  the 90th birthday of

Herman Guin

March 29, 2008

Come and go

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

1906 Nottingham Circle

Shawnee, Oklahoma

No gifts please


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, Oklahoma City


"If you were arrested for being a Christian,
would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
David Otis Fuller

"Christ is perfectly harmless so long as
he is kept locked up in churches.
There is always trouble when you let him out."
TG. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy


Bible School                                              132

Worship Service                                       215

Sunday Evening                                       115

Wednesday Evening                                  99

Contribution                                    4,299.47



Sunday, March 23, 2008

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                             Jim Cross

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Tracy Gettle


NORTH                                             SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                      Dennis Brodersen

Tim Norton                                 Chris Nipper


Clavin Norwood                         Austin Beard


Paul Harris                                       Ron Taffe


Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe


Cathy Pettyjohn & Barbara Vanlandingham


George Mastick


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                         Dale Beard

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Scott Perry


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Glendon Combs             Burl Vanlandingham



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                          Austin Beard



Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297