Bulletin for Sunday 07/27/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

 Central’s 2008 Vacation Bible School was another tremendous success this year.  The dramatic story telling, songs, decorations, crafts, games, refreshments, and application classrooms were all outstanding.  We enjoyed some of our largest numbers in recent years.  We averaged 86 kids each day with a high on Friday of 93!  We had over 200 people attend Friday night’s Open House program.  We enjoyed a great fellowship afterwards outside on the youth house lawn with hotdogs, pop, snow cones and the children really enjoyed playing in the three in one bounce/rock climb wall and slide.  But, I think the biggest “hit” of the night for the kids was the dunk tank.  I think they especially enjoyed watching “yours truly” get all wet!

We will soon be delivering a copy of the VBS slideshow and info about the Central congregation to visitors.

So many members of this congregation helped out in all kinds of different ways.  Below are some of the workers that deserve special recognition.  No effort was withheld to put together the best possible VBS that we can.  I cannot thank each of you enough for all your faithful dedication.

Teacher Guides:  Cheryl Miller, Marla, Cayla Miller, Beverly Aylor, Vivian Cross, Leah Lyons, Louise Perry, Nancy Harber, Linda Sharpley, Teresa Story, Doris Phillips, Carolyn Root, Yuavonda Sperry, Robby Kinsey and Andy Stephens.

Story Tellers:  Mary Kelly, Linda Sharpley, Robby Kinsey, Janet Stephens, Robert Prater.

Story Room:  Maggie Prater, Mary Gettle, Leslie Gettle

Application Room:  Tamie Perry, Analisa Beal

Craft Workers:  Lindsey Perry, Denise Beard, Angie Gober, Lettie Curtis

Refreshments:  Paula Harris, Cathy Pettyjohn, Marcia Dennis, Linda Carpenter

Games:  Pam, Courtney and Wade Baskin

Van Drivers: Paul Harris and Jim Pettyjohn (we ran the van and the bus and picked up nearly 30 kids each day)

Teenagers/college: Molly Gettle, Leslie Gettle, Lettie Curtis, Jason Perry, Keon Lawrence, Courtney Baskin, Wade Baskin, Austin Beard, Chad Beard, Marla Miller, Cayla Miller, Bryce Beal, Brandon Gober, Branson Martin, Andy and Matt Stephens, Dresean Whiting, Deiondre Whiting, Brandon Blackshire.  They all did a fantastic job helping in many ways, especially the dramatic Bible stories and puppet skit.        

There were so many others who helped behind the scenes in VBS.  I want to thank those members who helped with decorations, cookies, helped serve on Friday night during Open House, donated money, and invited and brought children to VBS.

There are a few people I need to give some additional special thanks.  Rita Romberg for, once again, doing so many of the incredible and wonderful decorations around the building.  Jim Pettyjohn, who did just so much all around to help out, but especially for building the great looking Lifeguard stand, taking our VBS pictures, helping setup for Friday night, driving the van, etc.  Maggie Prater for so much of the preparatory and coordinating VBS work she does.  Joe Curtis for building our amazing real life Sailboat.  Also thanks to Jim Carpenter for helping put together the registration hut and cemented umbrella stands.  Bob Stephens for making the great looking street banners, puppet stage, magnets, and theme “signs.”  Keith Lawrence for cooking over 200 hot dogs for Friday night.  Scott Perry for helping once again  put together the Slideshow and serving snow cones on Friday night.

We are so blessed to have so many wonderful and talented people in this congregation.  It really is a great opportunity to grow with this great church family.

The Lord blessed us this past week with opportunities to have an impact on the lives of many children in our community, an opportunity to plant a seed and touch a child’s heart.  Thank you for helping be a part of that.

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

          (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)     


VBS T-SHIRTS

      There are some youth and adult  VBS t-shirts left if you would like to purchase one please see Robert or Maggie.


ICE CREAM FELLOWSHIP

Please mark August 9 on your calendars for an ice cream fellowship in Woodland Park at 6 p.m.  This event is for all members as well as an outreach to those who visited during our Vacation Bible School.   If you can help in this event in any way, please see Geoff or Carolyn Root.  There is also a signup sheet in the foyer.


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Joyce and Steve Kelly in the loss of their sister-in-law and aunt, Geraldine Suiter of Tipton.  Funeral services were conducted at the church of Christ building in Tipton on Monday, July 14.


BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Burl and Barbara [Vanlandingham] are pleased to announce they have a great grandson, and Geri Outlaw has a great great grandson, and Brad has a grandson.  His name is Jackson James Vanlandingham, and he was born July 13, weighing eight pounds, ten ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long, His proud parents are Ryan and Sara Vanlandingham who are currently living in Hawaii.  We extend our best wishes to all.


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, please see Vivian Cross, Marcia Dennis, or Rita Romberg.  Please note that this is a Saturday shower.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins is recovering at home from a cornea transplant surgery he had last week at St. Anthony Hospital.

Joyce Kelly is in room 215 at Rose Manor. 

Juanita Combs has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow disease.  Treatment options are being considered. 

Sarah Smith is scheduled to have knee surgery at Deaconess Hospital on Wednesday of this week. 

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. 

Melrose Kotts is now in Rose Manor, room 202. 

Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Frances Taylor, and Donna (Wills) Hale all continue to need and request your prayers. 


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

03

Carol Brodersen

04

Norma Edgmon

04

Doris Phillips

05

Karen Hilditch

05

Bill Lawerance

07

Ron Dunavan

08

Brianna Perry

11

George Mastick

12

Sarah Epley

13

Steve Eaton

13

Anthony Kane Harmon

13

Keon Lawrence   

15

Dale Beard

18

Chris Hilditch

20

Tim Norton, Sr.

20

Mary Jo Fleming

22

Devin Riley

21

Nina Baylis

23

Ruth Guin

22

Vesta Mays

23

Polly Reese – 92!!!!

27

Noma Epperson     

27

Louise Honaker – 91!!!

27

Kathryn Hutchens

29

Hazel Lee Behrnes

30

Dennis Brodersen

31

Nancy Irelan


ANNIVERSARIES IN AUGUST

03

Earl & Judy Finch – 42nd

03

Paul & Paula Harris – 46TH

04

Lynn & Cathy Harmon – 35TH  

04

Steve & Mary Kelly – 36TH  

05

Greg & Analisa Beal – 9TH

06

Adam & Misti Beard – 3RD

14

George & Carolyn Mastick – 48TH

16

L.B. & Rachel Hall – 67TH  

17

Jim & Vivian Cross – 45TH  

 

We congratulate all having birthdays and anniversaries in August.  We especially express our best wishes to Polly Reese and Louise Honaker who will be celebrating their 92nd and 91st birthdays.  We congratulate Lynn and Cathy Harmon and Jim and Vivian Cross on reaching the 35th and 45th anniversary milestones.  Anyone married 60 years or more deserves special recognition.  We extend our best to L.B. & Rachel Hall who will be celebrating their 67th.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

I’d like to thank our teens for the great work they did last week in VBS.  I know Rob is most likely gonna’ say something in his article about VBS, so I’ll make it short.  Thanks guys and girls for really pitching in and making things go so smoothly.  From Bible story in the auditorium to helping in classes to puppets at closing each day, you all were awesome.  It’s comforting to know that even if I can’t be there, the kids will be, and they’ll do an excellent job.  Thanks!

We have our last official event of the summer coming up the end of the month on  Thursday, July 31st. We will leave to go to the Perry’s lake house to spend the night, then the next morning will plan to travel to Tahlequah to float about a six mile stretch of the Illinois River.  There is a sign up sheet in the youth house along with information sheets and medical releases.  The cost for the boat rental is $19 - $22, depending on what you want to float in.  Besides the boat cost, the kids will need money for a couple of meals, one on Thursday evening and one on the way back on Friday afternoon.  We try to schedule this each year on a week day because weekends on the river are extremely crowded.  Teens, plan to be a part of this annual event.  You won’t be disappointed!


Coming Youth Events

July 31/Aug 1 – Float Trip


LOOKING AHEAD 

July 27, Search: “Life & the Hope of Christ”

August 3, Search, “The Kingdom of Christ

August 9, Ice Cream Fellowship in Woodland Park , 6 p.m.  Sign up sheet in foyer


Love means to love that which is unlovable,
or it is no virtue at all;
forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable,
or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Keith (G. K.) Chesterton

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              154

Worship Service                                       226

Sunday Evening                                       131

Wednesday Evening                                102

Contribution                                     4,168.10

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                      Bob Stephens

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Gene Norton

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Tim Norton                                  Tracy Gettle

Glendon Combs                     Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                    Kenton McGalliard

USHERS

Robert Perry                               Herman Guin

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                      Herman & Ruth Guin

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Carol Brodersen

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jon Merritt

Song Director:                        Austin Beard

Sermon:                               Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                          Bob Seikel

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Bob Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297