Bulletin for Sunday 10/12/2008

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with Robert Prater

By the time you read this bulletin our Gospel Meeting with Phil Sanders will be history.  I know all who took part in this meeting were edified by the opportunities for learning and fellowship the meeting presented.  We enjoyed great worship, fellowship, guests, food (the catered meal from Pauls Place was terrific), and of course we enjoyed wonderful preaching.  Phil did a great job preaching.  He has a masterful knowledge of the scripture and a keen sense on how to make application of it in a very practical manner.  (I’ll never forget his sermon with the “folding chairs” on Sunday evening)  There is no mistake about where Phil stands in regard to the truth of God’s Word.  Let us remember Phil and his good family as they continue to labor in the Lord’s kingdom.  I also appreciated the great song singing led by our own Dale Beard and your singing was uplifting to the soul.  I want to thank everyone at Central who worked hard in making our meeting the great success it was.  Friends, let us continue to pray for those who may have been motivated by the meeting to obey or to be more faithful in their Christian walk.

There is nothing more frustrating that dropping an important cell phone call.  Debate rages over which cell phone company offers the strongest and most reliable signal.  Our relationship to God might be compared to a cell phone conversation with the Almighty.  We are able to hear God speak to us through His word (cf. Heb. 1:1-2, 4:12).  We are able to speak with God through prayer (cf. Phil. 4:6).  Jeremiah the prophet spoke these words from God, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (Jer. 29:12)

As we consistently listen to God speak to us through His Word and we speak to Him through prayer, our cell signal to heaven remains at full strength.  When the days come that we get out of the habit of daily Bible reading and prayer, the signal begins to weaken.  Keeping our spiritual signal with the tower in heaven strong is essential to spiritual health.  This is a modern way of explaining what the Bible calls “walking in the light” (see 1 John 1).  We must continue walking in the light; we must keep the cell signal with God strong.  Our conversation with God is one call that we do not want to drop.

--Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net) (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


This past Sunday morning Pamela Blackshire boldly confessed her faith in Christ and put the Lord on in baptism.  Pamela and her six children, Dresean (14), Deiondre (13), Brandon (12), Davonte (9), Tiara (8), and Brian (2) have been visiting as guests of Keith and Jennifer Lawrence since Friends & Family day.  Please give our new sister and this family a warm welcome into the Central church family and be an encouragement to her and keep her in your prayers as she grows in her faith.  Pamela and her husband Roy, live at 2802 N. Bell Ave., Shawnee, OK 74804.  Their phone number is 273-6952.


Arlene Riley responded Monday evening during our gospel meeting with a heavy heart requesting prayers to be more faithful and to be a better Christian example to her son Devin and family.  She was humble enough to share her struggles and discouragement with us.  Let’s all not only keep Arlene in our prayers but also provide words of encouragement and support she needs from her church family.


You’re invited to hear Virgil Trout, October 12 – 15, in a gospel meeting at Dale.  Monday through Wednesday services will be at 7 p.m.


Roe Honaker spent several days at Unity Health Center last week and was discharged on Friday. 

Louise Honaker is not well at this time.

Continue to pray for Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Frances Taylor.


November 15, Central’s annual coat giveaway


The Tipton truck will be coming between October 27 and 29th.  Needed supplies are: cereal, soups, white Karo syrup, Ranch-style beans, chicken broth, beef bouillon, shampoo, hair conditioner, trash bags, paper towels, Scrubbing Bubbles.  A barrel is in the foyer for your contributions.

Youth News
Bob Stephens

Congratulations to Lettie Curtis!  Lettie was named student of the month at school.  She is in the seventh grade at South Rock Creek.  She has been given this honor before.  Way to go Lettie!

It was good to see Chad Beard at worship last Sunday morning and again this Sunday evening.  Chad looks great and I know he is glad to get out of the house from being cooped up after surgery several weeks ago.

     The October youth calendars are out.  I know what you’re saying, “Do we have youth calendars?”  Yes, yes we do.  Well, actually, we normally do.  Anyway, if you haven’t gotten one yet, there are some on the youth bulletin board.  We have several things scheduled this month so parents do your part in making sure your kiddos have the opportunity to be at as many of the youth activities as possible.


October 12, Sunday – AWTG at N. MacArthur, leave at 4 p.m.


October 12, Search: “Christ Calls Sinners”

October 12 – 15, Gospel meeting at Dale, Virgil Trout

October 19, Larry Sullivan to speak PM service

October 19, Search: “Rejoice and Be Glad”

October 25, Ladies Day at Henryetta, 9 a.m. to Noon; continental breakfast & lunch; child care provided; Tulsa United Ladies will sing

October 26, Search: “The Dynamic of the Christian Faith”

October 31, Halloween party for all families and children at the Canard’s.   More TBA

November 2, Standard Time resumes

November 15, Central’s annual coat giveaway

November 27, 28, Thanksgiving; church office closed



Carlyle Marney said it:  “The institutional monstrosity we have named church is too filled with people who nibble at religion.”


Did he call my name?  Does that apply to me


When attendance at the worship hour is decided on the basis of convenience?


When good works are postponed due to a desire for ease and comfort?


When I substitute Bible reading for Christian service?


When I give only token amounts from my salary to the preaching of the gospel, and meeting the needs of the poor and suffering?


When prayer becomes a private wish list?


When ‘church’ becomes a business opportunity?


I leave it to you to supply additional questions.  I’m tired of self condemnation.


My Bible tells me of first century Christians who denied themselves, took up the cross and followed Jesus.  They gave liberally out of their poverty; suffered beatings and imprisonments; were spoken against and stoned; were persecuted from town to town yet continued to preach.  They left occupations, and even fathers and mothers to follow Christ.


     They did not nibble at religion!

                                                             John Gipson

  Windsong Church of Christ, North Little Rock

Trust the past to God's mercy,
the present to God's love
and the future to God's providence.



Bible School                                              160

Worship Service                                       260

Sunday Evening                                       164

Wednesday Evening                                 115

Contribution                                     5,052.55



Sunday, October 12, 2008

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                 Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris


NORTH                                             SOUTH

Josh Lyons                                      Jim Cross

Kenton McGalliard                     Chris Nipper


Frank Burton                              Austin Beard


Steve Kelly                               Robby Kinsey


Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                    Robby & Kacy Kinsey


Leslie Gettle & Cathy Pettyjohn


George Mastick


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Jim Walling


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                               Carl Weeks



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297