Bulletin for Sunday 08/17/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

     I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all who had a part in making Saturday’s Ice Cream Fellowship a great success.  We had over 100 people attend the event in Woodland Park.  I counted at least six visitors that I knew who came to worship on Sunday that attended the Ice Cream event.  Geoff and Carolyn Root took the lead and did a wonderful job once again getting everything organized.

     We have enjoyed a terrific summer season attendance and involvement wise here at Central.  Really since Friends & Family Day back in April we have enjoyed a very productive four months as a congregation.  Each week seems to bring some new excitement as we continue to have many visitors come through our doors and as we keep on introducing new members of the congregation.  We thank God for His continual blessings upon us.

     Now the crazy and sporadic summer schedule will give way to a more regular but very busy school year calendar.  That’s right!  School starts back this week for our young people!  Let’s all be sure to remember them in your prayers as well as their teachers, and all who work hard to educate our kids.  May they all in spite of pressure not to do so, hold up the example of Christ before others.  While on that subject, let’s not forget those that will be heading off to college in a few more days.  Let’s pray for them as well that they not lose their faith while away from home.

The following is from the Email Bag. It’s called: Advice from an Old Farmer:

    You cannot unsay a cruel word.

     Every path has a few puddles.

     The best sermons are lived, not preached.

     Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

     The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches from the mirror every mornin

     Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.

     If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

     Live a good, honorable life.  Then when you get older and think back you’ll enjoy it a second time.                      

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

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


MEMBERSHIP

     On Sunday morning it was a pleasure to welcome Michael and Jennifer Michener  and their two children, Michaela (8)  and Mark (7) to the Central congregation.  They have just recently moved to Shawnee from the  OKC area and were members at the Deer Creek church in Edmond.  I hope you will get to know this active and loving family.  Their address is   Rt. 2, Box 250-A, Shawnee, 74804.  Their phone number is 405-520-3013.  Email is: emailus@4micheners.net

   

      After a short time in Wichita, Kansas, we are delighted that Martha Chaffin has returned to Shawnee and wishes to continue her membership at Central.  Martha lives at 1130 E. Independence, #409, Shawnee, 74804.  Her phone number is 275-1766.  Martha is the mother of Verna Burton.  It is a pleasure to welcome Martha back.

 

     After a short time in Shawnee, Doris Quisenberry has returned to her former home in Hillsboro, Texas.  Her present address is 200 Walnut Hill, Unit 58, Hillsboro, TX 76645.  We enjoyed having Doris here and regret she must leave so soon.


A NOTE FROM THE LAFFOON’S

 Hello,                                    From: Kevin and Megan

 

     This is just a quick update to let you know how we are doing in China . Well, we are blessed. I am still getting sick a lot, which is part of the reason this letter has taken so long to get to you, but I am feeling a little better today. Megan is doing well. We finally finished up a long semester. It wasn’t as easy as we had hoped, but we learned a lot from the experience. Both of us are becoming more patient, while Megan grows bolder everyday. We are trying to grow in many areas of our faith.

     A man humbled us ever so dearly recently. Megan went to get us something to eat and found a very skinny, dark tanned, elderly man digging in the neighborhood trash for food. This trash is filled with every sort of garbage and pollution possible. Yet to stay alive, this man with his ribs sticking out, before Megan’s very eyes, reached in and dug out individual pieces of popcorn, eating some and placing the rest in a bucket for later. Since then, she has been able to help him several times. Our neighborhood is very poor. I am so thankful to be an American. There are so many people who are poverty stricken here.

     We recently went to Beijing on money our school gave us to travel on. We went to the Great Wall, Forbidden City , Tiananmen Square , and also drove past the new Olympic stadium. It was a fun trip, even though it had several uncomfortable moments that even shocked our Chinese friend. However, even these were life experiences. The Great Wall was the highlight of the entire trip. It was such a beautiful sight. We walked as far as you were allowed. We went with our close friend Nancy. She is like a “sister” now. She recently went home after her summer job ended abruptly, but should return next semester.

     We are going to begin meeting with a new family since ours has left for the summer. The students have also left the campus for the summer. So, the campus is becoming much more peaceful without 20,000+ students running around. We are currently meeting with a single student who lives close to campus. Everyone else has gone home. Most likely we will have to wait until school starts to meet with others. School should start up in about a month and with it the vanishing of free time. We anticipate that the upcoming semester will be much better than the last. One of my old school mates is moving to our campus. We imagine that he and his family will bring much needed edification. We could really use it. Tony our close friend who is like a “brother,” has recently arrived in the US . He will be furthering his education at Freed Hardeman. I hear it is much like Harding. I am sure you can imagine what he is studying. We are very proud of him.

     This summer, we are staying busy by studying the word and working out. This city is like an oven when the sun is out, with a humidity level that is out of this world. So, you can only stay out so long on bright sunny days if you are working out. The rest of our time is filled with the everyday tasks that take 4-5 times longer here than in America . We have really enjoyed the extra time to meditate with all the students gone. When they are here, you can barely catch a breath. The thunderstorms that come almost every day remind us of home. Our thoughts of home remind us of you. So, know that you are love and appreciated—praying for you…

                                      Love,

                                      Kevin and Megan Laffoon


TEACHER’S WORKDAY

     There will be Teacher’s Workday for all the children’s Bible class teachers at Central on Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the building.  We need as many of our teachers to attend as possible to learn more about our new curriculum, resource room, and work on your classroom.  We need people willing to help the teachers with cutting, copying, etc.  Please come enjoy this time of work and fellowship to help support Central’s education program.  Lunch will be provided.  For more info see Maggie Prater or Mary Kelly.


     We thank the many volunteers who pitched in to make last Saturday’s Ice Cream Social (aka “Bash”) a winner.  They are the true “unsung heroes” doing God’s work.  Some folks gave of their means, others turned out as servers and ground crew, and many volunteers did both.  The list is incredibly long.  Each and every loving gift of means and labor was essential to the success of the operation – we are so grateful to you all!

                                      Geoff and Carolyn [Root]


PRAYER CONCERNS

When the Gospel Guide was prepared, we had no one in the hospital. 

Juanita Combs started chemotherapy for multiple myeloma on Monday of this week.  Pray that Juanita will experience a rapid return to health. 

Skyler Norwood is much better now.

It was good go have Bob Bivins back in services on Sunday.

Continue to keep Donna Hale, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor in your prayers.  


LOOKING AHEAD

August 17, Search: “Why Jesus Came”

August 20-November 12; 7:15-9 p.m.  Northridge’s session on Divorce Care. Call their office 275-4180

August 23, Saturday, Teacher’s workday at Central. More TBA

August 24, Search: “The Baptism of Jesus”

August 31, Search: “The New Life in Christ”

September 1, Church office closed for Labor Day

October 5-8, Central’s fall Gospel Meeting with Phil Sanders, of Brentwood , Tennessee


Youth News
Bob Stephens

      I would like to take this opportunity to let the congregation know how much you mean to the youth group.  We are so blessed to have so many willing to help our kids.  You make sure we have plenty to drink and snack on during our LTC trip.  This summer, several kids were able to attend Burnt Cabin because of your generosity.  And, I can’t tell you how many times folks at Central have just handed me cash to help pay for trips and meals for our kids.  All this is appreciated more than you’ll ever know.  But you don’t stop there.  It is even more of a blessing to see you encourage the kids at every opportunity.  Whether it’s a pat on the back for a job well done, or a word of advice and encouragement along the way, the Central saints are incredible!

     Most likely, by the time you read this article our kiddos will already be sitting in their classrooms at school.  The most important thing we can do for them at this moment is pray.  Pray that they might be an influence to others.  Pray that they might be shining lights and examples of what a Christian young person should be.  Pray that they can stay away from the temptations, snares and traps that Satan puts in front of them every day.  And pray that God keeps them safely in His hand.

     So thank you for all you have done.  And, thank you for all you will do in the future for these precious souls!


We hope to see you here Sunday!

 


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                                              143

Worship Service                                       219

Sunday Evening                                       144

Wednesday Evening                                127

Contribution                                     4,583.95


SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Ron Dunavan

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Glendon Combs                               Ron Taffe

James Reeves                            Matt Stephens

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Mitch Harmon                 Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                             Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                     Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carolyn Root & Mary Kelly

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter


EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Jim Cross

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                              Robby Kinsey


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297