Bulletin for Sunday 08/03/2008
It is good to be home after some great vacation time and rest. I’m very excited and ready to get back to the task before us here at Central. Speaking of the Lord’s work be sure to make plans to attend the upcoming Ice Cream Fellowship next Saturday, August 9 in Woodland Park from 6-8 p.m. This event is for the entire congregation but, most importantly, we will be inviting all the visitors who came to VBS back for a fun evening. This is a great opportunity for us to get to know some of the people in our community.
It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale the tools were placed for public inspection, each being marked with its sale price. There were a treacherous lot of implements. Hatred, envy, jealously, deceit, lying, pride, and so on, comprised the outfit. Laid apart from the rest was a harmless looking tool well worn and priced very high.
“What is the name of this tool?” asked one of the purchasers, as he pointed to it. “That is discouragement,” the devil replied. “Why have you priced it so high?” “Because it is more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a person’s heart with that when I cannot get near them with the other tools. Once I get inside, I can make them do what I choose. It is badly worn, because I use it on almost everyone since few people know it belongs to me.”
That little story tells the true nature of discouragement. Satan does use it on everyone! The apostle Paul tells of his discouragement in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…..” Even the great apostle Paul got discouraged. Yet, in Paul’s own words we see that while he was persecuted, he saw hope. Notice that though he was troubled, perplexed, persecuted, and cast down, he was still able to see that God was with him and giving him a means to deal with the problems.
That should encourage each of us. When we are down and discouraged, which surely we will be sometime in our life, we need to look to God who will sustain us, even as He did Paul and as He has done for so countless others since them.
This should also destroy the myth that others in the church never get discouraged. Sometimes, when we are discouraged, we think that we are the only ones who ever get that way. But if Paul got discouraged, maybe the elders, deacons, preachers, Bible class teachers, song leaders and every single Christian also get discouraged.
That should also show us a tremendous opportunity for ministry, for service to others. How? By encouraging others! In the book of Hebrews we read: “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering……..and let us consider one another to provoke one another to love and good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another…..” (Hebrews 10:23-24)
The words provoke and exhort mean, “To stir or incite to action” One translation uses the word “stimulate.” Both of those we do when we encourage someone who is discouraged. Friends, even though we may be discouraged, there is always hope for the future. Let us seek to encourage someone today.
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 any way, please see Geoff or Carolyn Root. There is also a signup sheet in the foyer.
Northridge will have another round of Divorce Care August 20 – November 12, 7:15 – 9 p.m. For more information, call their church office at 275-4180.
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
Anthony Kane Harmon
Tim Norton, Sr.
Mary Jo Fleming
Polly Reese – 92nd !!!
Louise Honaker – 91st!!!
Hazel Lee Behrnes
July 31/Aug 1 – Float Trip
Alta Carroll is slowly improving at home and occasionally (not always) feels like receiving a phone call.
Skyler Norwood has some serious health concerns, and his parents request your prayers.
Bob Bivins is continuing to have complications following eye surgery.
Marlene Wadkins remains in Baptist Medical Hospital, room 365.
Frances Taylor is showing some improvement at home.
Juanita Combs, Donna Hale, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton continue to need your prayers.
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Betty Bernard, #85
Emma Wilson, #82
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)
Shawnee, OK 74802
Millie Riley, #23
Nancy Simmons, #20
NORMAN VETERANS CENTER
1776 E. Robinson, P.O. Box 1668, Norman, OK 73070
Don Brightwell, #D 119
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #512
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #55
August 3, Search, “The Kingdom of Christ”
August 9, Ice Cream Fellowship in Woodland Park, 6 p.m. Sign up sheet in foyer
August 10, Search: “Things Old & New in Christ”
August 17, Search: “Why Jesus Came”
August 24, Search: “The Baptism of Jesus”
August 31, Search: “The New Life in Christ”
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 126
Worship Service 196
Sunday Evening 114
Wednesday Evening 119
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Scripture: Brandon Gober
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: James Reeves
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Bob Stephens
Tim Norton Lynn Harmon
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Austin Beard Brandon Gober
Jim Pettyjohn Tim McGalliard
Foyer: Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn
Elevator: Tim & Janice McGalliard
Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Kenton McGalliard Dennis Brodersen
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Clavin Norwood
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297