Bulletin for Sunday 06/01/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     With school being out, we are reminded that the summer season is upon us.  There are temptations which Christians face in the summer which do not confront them in the winter.  We must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices.  He will use any and every form of temptation to persuade us to forsake the Lord and enjoy sin’s pleasures for a season.

     One of the temptations to which many Christians succumb in the summer months is to dress immodestly.  In the summer months, many Americans will wear sexually provocative attire – short-shorts, halter tops, bikinis, and other forms of immodest dress in public places.  Paul commanded women to “dress modestly, with decency and propriety…” (1 Tim. 2:9)  These words clearly demand we dress in an appropriate and modest fashion and prohibit the indecent exposure of one’s body.

     Christians must be aware that clothing reflects the character of a person. (Read 1 Peter 3:1-6)  Genesis 38:13-18 gives the account of Tamar putting off her widows garments and putting on the garments of a harlot.  When she did this, not only was she treated like a harlot but she acted like one.  Proverbs 7:10 speaks of the harlot’s attire as well.  Shouldn’t this cause the Christian to admit provocative, sexually explicit clothing invites sexual activity?

     Keep in mind that we should always be concerned with the influence and potential problems our dress may cause in the minds of others.  We don’t want our clothing to cause another to stumble over temptation. (Read Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 8:9)  Besides, what message is being sent to a lost world when Christian women (men as well), who profess themselves to be godly, dress in sexually provocative clothing?  As Christians we are the salt and light of the world. (Mt. 5:13-16)

     Also, in certain contexts, our society still doesn’t hesitate to define appropriate dress.  If you want to enter a court room or a prison, you will dress according to clearly defined standards.  Shorts, halter tops, bare midriffs, etc. are explicitly denied entrance.  They are inappropriate for the setting.  Is it too much of a stretch to see our assembling before our holy God to worship in a similar way?  When we worship we are actually in the presence of the Lord in a special sense.  Therefore, our clothes reflect our attitude regarding worship, respect for others, and especially our reverence for God.  It should not call attention to ourselves because it is showy, sloppy or indecent.  Let’s honor the Lord with the way we dress as children of God.

     Another temptation Christians may struggle with during the summer months is be lured away from faithful attendance and work in the Lord’s church.  Many Christians because of their great zeal for fun and relaxation find themselves missing services more frequently due to summer activities.  As a result they are unable to faithfully worship and work in the Master’s vineyard.  Whatever the Bible teaches regarding one’s responsibilities in the local church, it teaches for all of the year, including the summer months.  The Lord’s work continues during the summer time and greatly needs your involvement, not your neglect and absence.

     Concerning vacations, some Christians put themselves in circumstances in which they cannot even assemble with the saints to observe the Lord’s Supper on Sunday.  The contribution which is generally given at home is consumed on personal pleasure while away in vacations.  When vacationing, Christians should be careful not to leave God out of their plans.

     I always look forward to the summer season.  It is a time of long sunlit evenings, vacations, lemonade, fireworks, and going camping at the lake.  There are simply summer pleasures not available to us in the winter months which all of us can enjoy.  However, let us be careful not to forget our responsibilities to God during the summer months.         

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

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

     We extend our loving sympathy to Jim Carpenter in the loss of his brother, Alvin Carpenter, in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday of last week.


BRIDAL SHOWER

     All the ladies are invited to a bridal shower in honor of Sarah Ziolkowski, bride-elect of Kevin Taffe, on Sunday, June 8, 2 to 4 p.m., in the fellowship room.  Selections are at Dillard’s Macy’s, and Target.  If you wish to contribute to a group gift, see Beverly Aylor, Marcia Dennis, Mary Kelly or Rita Romberg.


THANK YOU

     To my Central family, Words can’t express how thankful I am for the wonderful senior reception.  I’m very grateful for the Bible, all those who attended, the money card, the food, and all the love shown to me over the years.  Your love and kindness will stay with me throughout the years.  Thanks again! In Christian love,  

Courtney Baskin


PRAYER CONCERNS

Sue Merritt was scheduled to have a total knee replacement on Wednesday of this week at Bone & Joint Hospital

John Aylor went home from the hospital on Sunday afternoon.  He is improving. 

Lil Sullivan has had another small stroke and was recovering in room 869 at Baptist Medical Center when The Gospel Guide was prepared. 

Martha Chaffin is now back at her daughter’s home in Wichita, Kansas and is doing well in her recovery from a broken hip. 

Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Charlotte Seikel appreciate your prayers. 

It was good to see Juanita Combs and Emma White able to be in worship Sunday.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

     Congratulations to Kenton McGalliard. Kenton and his doubles partner finished second in the state finals a couple of weeks ago. Great job Kenton!

     Alexis Norwood made the newspaper this past week. She posed for a picture with a school board member at graduation.

Don’t forget to turn in your Burnt Cabin applications ASAP.  We’ll be leaving June 8th!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 3 –  Tuesday – AWTG

June 8-14 – Burnt Cabin Youth Camp


JUNE
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

2 Ch. 15,16

1

John 12:27-50

2

2 Ch. 17,18

 2

John 13:1-20

3

2 Ch. 19,20

3

John 13:21-38

4

2 Ch. 21,22

4

John 14

5

2 Ch. 23,24

5

John 15

6

2 Ch.25,26,27

6

John 16

7

2 Ch. 28,29

7

John 17

8

Ch. 30,31

8

John 18:1-18

9

2 Ch. 32,33

9

John 18:19-40      

10

2 Ch. 34,35,36

10

John 19:1-22

11

Ezra 1,2

11

John 19:23-42

12

Ezra 3,4,5

12

John 20

13

Ezra 6,7,8

13

John 21

14

Ezra 9,10

14

Acts 1

15

Neh. 1,2,3

15

Acts 2:1-21

16

Neh. 4,5,6

16

Acts 2:22-47

17

Neh. 7,8,9

17

Acts 3

18

Neh. 10,11

18

Acts 4:1-22

19

Neh. 12,13 

19

Acts 4:23-37

20

Esther 1,2

20

Acts 5:1-21

21

Esther 3,4,5

21

Acts 5:22-42

22

Esther 6,7,8

22

Acts 6

23

Esther 9,10

23

Acts 7:1-21

24

Job 1,2

24

Acts 7:22-43

25

Job 3,4

25

Acts 7:44-60

26

Job 5,6,7

26

Acts 8:1-25

27

Job 8,9,10

27

Acts 8:26-40

28

Job 11,12,13

28

Acts 9:2-21

29

Job 14,15,16

29

Acts 9:22-43

30

Job 17,18,19

30

Acts 10:1-23


LOOKING AHEAD

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

May 29, Quest: Elders, Ministers, & Spouses Dinner, Gaylord University Center, 5:30 p.m.

May 31 Quest: Ladies Day, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Biblical Studies Building; child care available; reservations required.

June 1, Search: “The Death of Christ”

June 8, Search: “The Resurrection of Christ"


"It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour."
Martin Luther


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              121

Worship Service                                       190

Sunday Evening                                       105

Wednesday Evening                                113

Contribution                                     4,958.08

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Dale Beard

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                 Steve Kelly

James Reeves                            Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim  McGalliard                           Geoff Root

USHERS

Gene Norton                                Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Robert Perry

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Austin Beard                               Jim Walling

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