Bulletin for Sunday 05/11/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

     I recall reading a story about a boy who had recently been in hot water over some childhood misdeed.  After accepting his mother’s rebuke, the little fellow apologized.  “God helps us to be good, if we want to be,” said Mom.  “Mothers help, too,” replied the boy.  I can attest to that!”

     This Sunday is the annual holiday each year that we know and celebrate as Mother’s Day.  It is the one time out of the year that we set aside a day to remember and honor our mothers.  More telephone calls home will be made on this day than any other day of the year.  Many on this day will be taking their mother someplace special to eat.  Children will give their mothers gifts and bid them joy and happiness.

     I thank God for my mother, who brought me up in the truth and example of Christ; my wife, who is a loving and perceptive mother to our three children (and so often to me as well); and my mother-in-law, who always just seems to know when and how we need something.

     There are others whose mothers have passed from this life to the next.  While these mothers are no longer around to personally enjoy, you can certainly relish the memories that you have of their example, instruction, and love.  Some will, perhaps, visit the grave of their mother.  Others may simply quietly reflect upon their mother’s life.  However we celebrate Mother’s Day, the good mother will always hold a special place within our hearts.

     We cannot, however, be so naive as to think that all mothers are good mothers.  In the hearts of some, these memories are not happy – and that is sad.  Many children grow up in homes where “mother” is not loving or kind and the memories are darkened with disappointment.

     The Scriptures present many wonderful examples on how to be a godly mother.  Strive to be as humble as Mary, as prayerful as Hannah, as faithful as Sarah, as kind as Ruth, as sacrificial as Jochebed, as courageous as Rahab, as instructive as Eunice and Lois, as wise as the mother of Lemuel, as joyful as Elizabeth.  Rise to the challenge of being the kind of person you would want your children to imitate, by imitating these righteous women.

     In the words of the old song, “Put them all together, they spell “M-O-T-H-E-R.” Next to “Christian,” it’s the most beautiful title any woman on earth can wear.

                      --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)
(www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

     We extend our love and sympathy to Robby & Kacy Kinsey in the loss of Robby’s grandfather, Harland Kinsey, who passed away this past Sunday.  Services were held Wednesday morning at Cooper Funeral Chapel in Tecumseh.


PRAYERS & MEMBERSHIP

     We are so pleased to have had Carl Weeks, fiancé of Yuavonda Sperry, place his membership with us this past Sunday evening.  Carl and Yuavonda have scheduled their wedding date of December 12, 2008.  His address is 1521 S. 4th, McAlester, OK 74501.  His phone number is 918-329-0085.

     Donna Hale, daughter of Don and Judy Wills, has requested prayer for forgiveness and restoration to the Lord and His body.  She wishes to be considered a member at Central.  She lives at 119 Cuyler Drive, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Her phone number is 275-3808.  Donna is under Hospice care.  We rejoice with her in her decision to be right with God and her family.  Your prayers are requested that Donna will be strong in faith as well as physical health.


THANK YOU

       Thank you for the beautiful peace lily.  Our Mother always enjoyed the fruit baskets at Christmas.  That was her reason for listing [that project] instead of flowers.[at the time of her passing].                     The [Anna] Jarvis Family

Dear family in Christ, “Thank You” for your love, and care for the Lord’s family here in Maud.  We appreciate the donation you sent to help redo our building.  Some preliminary work is being done before our extra workers come in late May.  We plan to send a report on the work done as soon as we’re finished.  Thanks again, and God bless you all.          In Christian love, The Church at Maud


PRAYER CONCERNS

Gerald (Snuffy) Smith was in Unity Health Center, room 223, with pneumonia at the beginning of the week, he is now home and recovering. 

Former member Martha Chaffin recently broke her hip in Shawnee and later had surgery in Wichita, Kansas.  She should be in a rehabilitation facility by now.  Martha is Verna Burton’s mother.  Verna has recently experienced some pacemaker complications but should be out and about again soon.

Prayers have been requested for Skyler, son of Clavin & Agnes Norwood, as he is undergoing tests.  

Tommy Fast, son of the late Ethel Fast, has been back in and out of Presbyterian Hospital again.  He is now recuperating from heart surgery at home. 

Frances Taylor is at home but is not well. 

Charlotte Seikel and Harvey Moore are undergoing  chemotherapy, and Donna Hale is under Hospice care.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Betty Bernard, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Harold & Clydean Decker, C.F. Drain, Donna Hale (daughter of Don & Judy Wills) L.B. & Rachel Hall, Roe Honaker, Jenifer Vasques  of the  Nicaragua children home, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Mike Phillips, (Jennifer Lawerance brother-in-law), Polly Reece, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Charlotte Seikel, Nancy Simmons, Altha Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland,  Frances Taylor, 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.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

     If you have glanced at the Shawnee newspaper in the past couple of weeks, you probably saw Kenton McGalliard’s picture in the sports section.  Kenton is playing tennis for the high school and is having a good amount of success this season.  Keep it up Kenton!  Lettie Curtis went to a scholastic meet last week at North Rock Creek.  She took second place in social studies.  Good job Lettie!

     Don’t forget that Sunday, May 18, is the time we have set aside to honor our seniors.  We have received the pictures we need for our DVD from most everybody.  Parents of seniors, if you haven’t gotten them to us yet, do so quickly.  We need baby, childhood and up to senior pics, along with any good ones you may want to throw in for the “embarrassment” factor.

     We have a mystery trip planned for Saturday, May 24.  It promises to be a great day for anyone who joins us.  We will fill you in on what you need to bring in the next couple of weeks.


LOOKING AHEAD

May 11, Search: “Mother’s Day”

May 11, Harrah’s 50th Anniversary

May 18, High School Senior Reception in honor of Courtney Baskin, Austin Beard, and Alexis Norwood; for money tree see Rita Romberg, Bob or Janet Stephens

May 18, Search: “What Is Sin?”

May 21, Last Ladies Class of  season, 10:30 a.m.; luncheon

May 25, Search: “The Holy Spirit on Pentecost”

May 26, Memorial Day, church office closed

May 29 – 31, Quest, Oklahoma Christian; see bulletin board

May 31, Ladies Day at Oklahoma Christian

June 8, Sunday, Wedding Shower for Kevin Taffe & Sarah Ziolkowski

June 8 – 14, Burnt Cabin Christian Camp

July 14 – 18, Central’s Vacation Bible School

 


"Christ died for all men not just the ones you know and like."
Anonymous


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              138

Worship Service                                       202

Sunday Evening                                       119

Wednesday Evening                                  98

Contribution                                     4,912.04

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Steve Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Glendon Combs                         Chuck Carter

Tim Norton                                Austin Beard

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

John Aylor                                      Joe Curtis

USHERS

Gene Norton                                  Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                       Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carol Brodersen & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Tracy Gettle

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard                 Robby Kinsey

 

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