Bulletin for Sunday 08/03/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

     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.

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

          (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)     


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.


DIVORCE CARE

     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.


CORRECTED
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

20

Chris Hilditch

21

Tim Norton, Sr.

22

Mary Jo Fleming

22

Devin Riley

23

Nina Baylis

23

Ruth Guin

24

Vesta Mays

24

Polly Reese – 92nd !!!

27

Noma Epperson

27

Louise Honaker – 91st!!!

27

Kathryn Hutchens

29

Hazel Lee Behrnes

30

Dennis Brodersen

31

Nancy Irelan


Youth News
Bob Stephens

July 31/Aug 1 – Float Trip


PRAYER CONCERNS

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

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Alice Rice, #55


LOOKING AHEAD

 

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

Contribution                                     4,104.53

 

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

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                        Bob Stephens

Tim Norton                                Lynn Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Austin Beard                          Brandon Gober

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                         Tim McGalliard

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:         Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                           Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard           Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                   Clavin Norwood

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297