Bulletin for Sunday 07/20/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
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.    

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

          (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)     


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. 


INVITATION

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.


THANK YOU

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

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


Youth News

Bob Stephens

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


LOOKING AHEAD

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."
Josh Billings


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              140

Worship Service                                       203

Sunday Evening                                       124

Wednesday Evening                                109

Contribution                                     4,677.50

 

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

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Herman Guin                                   Bob Perry

John Aylor                                       Joe Curtis

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Brian Nipper                               Chris Nipper

USHERS

Robert Perry                            Bill Lawerance

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                  Bill & Diane Lawerance

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Paula Harris & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Austin Beard

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                           Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Tim Norton

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                 Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:            Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297