Bulletin for Sunday 07/20/2008
with Robert Prater
We are enjoying a terrific week of VBS. I am so thankful to all who are having a part in making this work such a success. We began with 80 kids on Monday and 84 on Tuesday. We will have a more complete report next week. Please don’t forget on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. we’ll have our special concluding VBS Program followed by an Open House. Plus afterwards there will be hotdogs, cold pop, snow cones, and a moonwalk bounce and other fun activities and fellowship for everyone to enjoy. We will have the opportunity to get better acquainted with a great number of our visiting families and guests.
Most of us are not unlike Samuel, who was sent to the home of Jesse to anoint one of the sons of the family as king. Jesse’s eldest son, Eliab, walked into the room, and Samuel was immediately impressed. Although we are not told what Eliab looked like, the context suggests that he was a tall and handsome man like Israel’s first king, Saul (1 Samuel 9:2). Samuel took one glance at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!” But God told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:6-7).
Appearances can easily deceive. David’s son Absalom was more handsome than any man in Israel, perfect in face and physique from head to foot (2 Samuel 14:25). Yet Absalom was a treacherous, murderous, and arrogant son who sought to kill his father and steal his kingdom. Many were persuaded to follow Absalom because of his compelling appearance, but ultimately he was defeated and slain. In contrast, consider Gideon, a man from an insignificant family in one of the smallest Israelite tribes, and by his own admission the least of the men in his own family (Judges 6:15). Still, God saw in Gideon a leader capable of defeating an innumerable army with only 300 men.
Like Gideon, Saul of Tarsus was a man some might have easily disregarded because of his outward person. He once wrote concerning himself, “‘His letters,’ they say, ‘are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.’” (2 Corinthians 10:10). Yet God chose this fellow who made such a poor outward impression as one of the chief deliverers of His inspired word. Why? Because “the righteous God tests the hearts and minds” (Psalm 7:9).
In our modern culture, people spend millions of dollars every day trying to beautify their outsides, while their inward being goes lacking. The Scripture instructs us, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward — arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
God cares nothing for those things that distinguish us in the flesh. (Galatians 3:28) His concern is for our souls: “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10). May we spend our time concerned about having those spiritual attributes that really matter the most to God.
ICE CREAM FELLOWSHIP
We will have once again this year another homemade ice cream fellowship in Woodland Park on Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for all members as well as an outreach for our visitors from VBS. There will be the need for members to volunteer to make freezers of ice cream. If you can help in this event in any way, please see Geoff or Carolyn Root as soon as possible.
The ladies are invited to a bridal shower honoring Jennifer Doerksen, bride-elect of Tad McGalliard, on Saturday, July 26, 2 to 4 p.m. in the fellowship room. They are registered at Dillard’s, Wal-Mart, and Target. To participate in a group gift, see Vivian Cross, Marcia Dennis, or Rita Romberg. Please note that this is a Saturday shower.
Brother Dennis, We just want to thank you again for the wonderful service you did for Altha. She loved the Lord and her church family very much. We would like for you to convey to your church family our gratitude and appreciation for the prayers, cards, visits, and the love you gave her when she was able to attend church and even when she had to go to the nursing home. There were several who took her to church and Bible study and visited her in the nursing home. She was always grateful. Thank you and Central Church of Christ.
God bless, David & Carol Smith
Joyce Kelly was admitted to Unity Health Center on July 6. She is improving in room 404.
Juanita Combs has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow disease. Treatment options are being considered.
Alta Carroll returned home from the hospital this past Sunday and is improving. Visits are not advised at this time, but prayers are appreciated.
Marlene Wadkins has improved enough to return to rehabilitation at Baptist Medical Center, room 365. After a two to three week stay, she expects to be able to return home.
Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Frances Taylor, and Donna (Wills) Hale all continue to need and request your prayers.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Betty Bernard, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Juanita Combs, Harold & Clydean Decker, Donna Hale (daughter of Don & Judy Wills) L.B. & Rachel Hall, Cherrell Hamilton, 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 Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Nancy Simmons, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Frances Taylor, 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
The youth group is planning to have a workday here at the building this Sunday afternoon, July 20. Plan to bring a change of clothes because after morning services we will be cleaning out the room behind the nursery. Lunch will be provided. We should be done in plenty of time to clean up for evening worship. Then we will leave immediately after services to attend a Red Hawks game in OKC. The cost for the Red Hawks game will be $7.00 plus any additional money for snacks. If you have any questions see Bob or Janet.
Coming Youth Events
July 20 – Workday at building after morning service followed by Red Hawks game in OKC after evening worship.
July 21, Monday, AWTG @ Seminole
Bible Hour begins Sunday evening at 5
July 20, Search: “The Kingdom of Christ”
July 20, Children’s Bible Hour resumes at 5 p.m.
July 26, Wedding shower in honor of Jennifer Doerksen, bride-elect of Tad McGalliard, 2 – 4 in the fellowship room
July 27, Search: “Life & the Hope of Christ”
August 9, Ice Cream Fellowship in Woodland Park, 6 p.m.
October 5-8, Central’s fall Gospel Meeting with Phil Sanders, of Brentwood, Tennessee
Please continue to pray for our family members
and friends serving in the armed forces.
"As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand."
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 140
Worship Service 203
Sunday Evening 124
Wednesday Evening 109
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Carl Weeks
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Scripture: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jon Merritt
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Herman Guin Bob Perry
John Aylor Joe Curtis
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Brian Nipper Chris Nipper
Robert Perry Bill Lawerance
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Bill & Diane Lawerance
Paula Harris & Jennifer Lawrence
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Tim McGalliard
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tim Norton
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Taffe Jim Pettyjohn
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297