Bulletin for Sunday 03/30/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     We have recorded in the eleventh chapter of John’s gospel, a time when Jesus came to the grave of His recently deceased friend Lazarus. As He approached the tomb, Jesus encountered both of Lazarus’ sisters, first industrious Martha (verses 21-28), then faithful Mary (verse 32).  Both sisters had the same thought on their minds and lips as Christ came near: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

     How often have we mourned a loved one or friend and thought the same thing? “Lord, if You really cared about me, my [enter relationship here] would not have died.”  We often wonder, when tragedy strikes in our lives, why the Lord who loves us allows such terrible things to happen to us and those we love. If we examine Jesus’ interactions with the sisters of Lazarus, we learn some vital truths about the way He works on our behalf.

     To Martha, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (verses 25-26).  Christ is more concerned about our spiritual lives than with the narrow parameters of our physical lives.  He knows that we will all die physically. (Heb. 9:27)

     Jesus did not come to earth to spare us from physical death, but rather to give us the promise of what lies beyond death.  If He preserved our physical lives even until the day of judgment, of what real advantage would that be to us?  We would still have to put off this material body in order to inherit everlasting life:  “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.  Behold, I tell you a mystery:  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:50-53).  So death is inevitable.

      Now as Mary in her grief confronts Jesus, the inspired apostle records two of the most profound words ever written:  “Jesus wept” (verse 35).  Jesus understands that even the promise of life after death does not completely remove our sense of pain and loss over the deaths of those we love.  Even as He prescribes the remedy for death, He is moved by our suffering – suffering He will one day end forever. What a Savior!                                

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


SYMPATHY

     We extend our loving sympathy to the family of Emma Lee Boyt, a member at Central for many years.  Emma passed away on March 18.  Arrangements for a memorial service in her honor will be at a later date and are under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.


WESTSIDE HOMECOMING

     The Westside Church in Norman invites you to its 50th Anniversary and new building dedication which it will be celebrating on April 12 and 13.  Complete information is posted on the bulletin board.


THANK YOU

     I would like to thank everyone who brought water or contributed money for our LTC trip.  You are always so willing to help!  We had a wonderful time, and the kids did great!  Thank you again,                                    Rita [Romberg]


PRAYER CONCERNS

Leona Smith was scheduled for angioplasty and a stint on Wednesday of this week at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. 

Dorothy Strickland and Grace Lofties have spent several days in the hospital recently. 

Christie Fredman has been diagnosed with an incurable but controllable autoimmune disease.  She has been released from the hospital in Texarkana.  She is the sister of Johnny Fredman, director of the Student Outreach ministry in Ada, the daughter of Dan and Pam Fredman, the granddaughter of Alma Fredman, all well known by many Central members. 

Marlene Wadkins has been moved to Select Specialty Hospital between Baptist Medical Center and Deaconess Hospital on N.W. 56th St.  She is in room 311.  She is now doing very well. 

Carletta Moore and  Frances Taylor continue to experience health problems at home. 

Joyce Kelly is now home and enjoys her visitors. 

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


APRIL BIRTHDAYS

02

Bob Bivins

04

Kinzee Beal

04

Betty Bernard

05

Carolyn Root

06

Mackenzie Prater

08

Wade Baskin

10

James Childers

10

Bernard Sharp         

10

Fay Truesdell

14

Babe Doyle

16

Frank Burton

16

Ron Taffe

21

Maggie Prater

27

Bob Stephens


APRIL ANNIVERSARIES

02

Brian & Dena Nipper – 25th 

12

Glenn & Lorine Watson – 61st

17

Clavin & Agnes Norwood – 21st

19

Herman & Ruth Guin – 61st

27

Geoff & Carolyn Root – 40th

30

Bob & Charlotte Seikel – 53rd

 

     We express our best wishes to all who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in April.  We especially congratulate Brian and Dena Nipper on reaching their silver anniversary milestone.  Our best to the Watsons and the Guins on reaching the advanced anniversaries of 61 years.


April 20, Central’s Friends & Family Day, Tim Lewis from OKC

Attendance Goal:  350!


APRIL

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

 Judges 13,14,15

1

Luke 6:27-49

2

Judges 16,17,18

2

Luke 7:1-30

3

Judges 19,20,21

3

Luke 7:31-50

4

Ruth 1,2,3,4

4

Luke 8:1-25

5

1 Sam. 1,2,3

5

Luke 8:26-56

6

1 Sam. 4,5,6

6

Luke 9:1-17

7

1 Sam. 7,8,9

7

Luke 9:18-36

8

1 Sam. 10,11,12

8

Luke 9:37-62

9

1 Sam. 13,14

9

Luke 10:1-24

10

1 Sam. 15,16

10

Luke 10:25-42

11

1 Sam. 17,18

11

Luke 11:1-28

12

1 Sam. 19,20,21

12

Luke 11:29-54

13

1 Sam. 22,23,24

13

Luke 12:1-31

14

1 Sam. 25,26

14

Luke 12:32-59

15

1 Sam. 27,28,29

15

Luke 13:1-22

16

1 Sam. 30,31

16

Luke 13:23-35

17

2 Sam. 1,2

17

Luke 14:1-24

18

2 Sam. 3,4,5

18

Luke 14:25-35

19

2 Sam. 6,7,8

19

Luke 15:1-10

20

2 Sam. 9,10,11

20

Luke 15:11-32

21

2 Sam. 12,13

21

Luke 16

22

2 Sam. 14,15

22

Luke 17:1-19

23

2 Sam. 16,17,18

23

Luke 17:20-37

24

2 Sam. 19,20

24

Luke 18:1-23

25

2 Sam. 21,22

25

Luke 18:24-43

26

2 Sam. 23,24

26

Luke 19:1-27

27

1 Kings 1,2

27

Luke 19:28-48

28

1 Kings 3,4,5

28

Luke 20:1-26

29

1 Kings 6,7

29

Luke 20:27-47

30

1 Kings 8,9

30

Luke 21:1-19


LOOKING AHEAD

March 29, 90th Birthday Celebration for Herman Guin, 1906 Nottingham Circle, 2 – 4 p.m.

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

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

April 5 & 12, Neighborhood door knocking survey

April 8, Search: “Why I Believe the Bible”

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

April 13, Search: “Give Us a Standard”

April 20, Search: “Sincerity Is a Virtue”

April 27, Ladies Day Luncheon following morning worship service in the fellowship room

 


"Throughout the world, in nation after nation,
men and women have died for their Christian faith.
The very least we can do is live for our faith."
Anonymous


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              118

Worship Service                                       272

Sunday Evening                                       118

Wednesday Evening                                118

Contribution                                     4,537.36

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                 Dennis Brodersen

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Frank Burton                             Bob Stephens

John Aylor                                     Bob Bivins

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Brian Nipper                                    Joe Curtis

USHERS

Paul Harris                               Robby Kinsey

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                    Robby & Kacy Kinsey

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                        Austin Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Glendon Combs                           Steve Kelly

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297