Bulletin for Sunday 08/24/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

     Although He was to be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), Jesus put on no airs.  He did not expect people to come before Him bowing and scraping.  He wore no ring for people to kiss when they entered His presence.  All kinds of people felt welcome to approach Him – tax collectors like Zaccheus, sinners like the woman at Simon the Pharisee’s house, foreigners like the Roman centurion, outsiders like the Syrophoenician woman, social outcasts like the woman at Jacob’s well, noblemen like Jairus, rulers like Nicodemus, blind beggars like Bartimaeus, and little children like those of whom He said, “Of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Jesus could have demanded honor, as He who wears the name at which every knee should bow.  But rather than having others kneel before Him, He knelt before His own apostles and washed their filthy feet.

     And when Jesus chose those apostles, what manner of men did He select?  Did He go to where the Sanhedrin met, the leading men among the Jews, and choose from those in the highest seats?  Did He visit the palace of the Herods, and make His selection from those who dined at the banquet table?  Did He go the house of the governor, Pontius Pilate, and appoint Caesar’s finest? No, He did not.

     Instead, Jesus called Andrew the fisherman, and his brother Simon Peter.  He called James and John, two young men who fished with their father.  He called Philip, whose best friend Nathanael was a man without guile.  He called Matthew Levi, the tax collector.  He called Thomas, who didn’t believe anything until he saw it.  Jesus called James the son of Alphaeus, a fellow so unremarkable that all we know of him is that he was younger than the other James.  Jesus called Simon, who had belonged to an obscure religious sect called the Cananeans.  He called Judas Thaddeus, notable mostly for not being the other Judas, whom Jesus also chose, knowing that he was a liar and a thief and a betrayer.  Just folks, like you might know from the office or down the street in your neighborhood.

     “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.  Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-28 NIV)

     Look around you.  The disciples of Jesus are just plain folks.  Not smarter that others. Not richer. Not more powerful.  Not better looking.  And the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that anyone can be one of them, if they will only believe and obey.

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

          (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)     


LADIES NIGHT AT LITTLE

     The annual Ladies’ Night at Little will be Friday, September 12.  Our ladies are invited to be their guests for a salad supper, singing, fellowship, and a devotional.  Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.  The Little church building is seven miles north of Seminole on U.S. Highway 377 (Okla. 99).


UNITED IN MARRIAGE

     We extend our very best wishes to Tad McGalliard and Jennifer Doerksen who were united in marriage in a garden wedding near Blanchard on Saturday evening, August 16.  Tad is serving as the youth and family minister at Eastside church of Christ in Duncan.  Tad and Jennifer’s address is  702 Drexal, Duncan, OK 73533.


THANK YOU

     Dear Christian family, I miss being able to be at the worship service more than anything.  I don’t know how this infection got me.  I think it must have been chasing me, and I don’t run – or walk – as fast as I used to, and I sure do not want to do anything that might spread it around.  Thank you for your prayers.  I am feeling some better now, but I’m still so weak and exhausted that I can do very little physical exertion.  Please keep on praying for me. Thank you. I love you all so much,

                                                           Alta [Carroll]

     We all rejoiced seeing Alta able to be with us in worship Sunday morning for the first time in a number of weeks.


PRAYER CONCERNS

We were not aware of anyone from Central in the hospital when the Gospel Guide was prepared. 

Continue to keep in mind with prayer Juanita Combs, Donna Hale, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Betty Bernard, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold & Clydean Decker, Donna Hale (daughter of Don & Judy Wills) L.B. & Rachel Hall, Cherrell Hamilton, Roe Honaker, Joyce Kelly, Melrose Kotts, 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

      Our teens are busy at school already.  Here’s what some of them are doing:

Wade Baskin is playing freshman football this fall for the Wolves. 

Lettie Curtisis on the academic team again at South Rock Creek. 

Molly Gettle and Brandon Gober are in off-season soccer for the Wolves. 

Kenton McGalliardis busy in off-season tennis, also for the Wolves. 

Kayla Miller is playing saxophone in the Shawnee band. 

Tanner Nipper is participating in FAA at Tecumseh once again. 

There are probably others doing the “extracurricular” stuff as well.  Let me know about them so the church can keep informed.  Teens, don’t let the “extra” stuff keep you from the “important” stuff.  Remember where your priorities should be.  Jesus said in the sermon on the mount to seek first the kingdom…everything else will follow.  Parents, remember this as well.  We can get so caught up in school activities that sometimes worship seems to be the farthest thing from our minds.  I know, I’ve been there. We try to take advantage of every opportunity, giving our children the chance to better themselves in academics or athletics, or whatever it might be.  Let’s take advantage of the time we have to influence our children.  Let’s remind ours and ourselves - kids to be in class, at youth activities and at worship at every opportunity.


  We hope to see you here Sunday!


A coward can praise Christ,
but it takes courage to follow him!

Anonymous

LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              154

Worship Service                                       208

Sunday Evening                                       126

Wednesday Evening                                115

Contribution                                     4,923.52


SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Announcements:                         Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:               Dennis Brodersen

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Scripture:                                        Eric Park

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                          Carl Weeks

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Geoff Root                               Bill Lawerance

John Aylor                              Andy  Stephens

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                              Joe Curtis

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                                 Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens & Leslie Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

James Reeves

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe


EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Jim Cross

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                               Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                             Chuck Carter


WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                 Michael Michener


VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297