Bulletin for Sunday 11/02/2008

Click here for previous bulletins


AMONG FRIENDS
with Robert Prater

     They say the safest way to keep people happy is, “Never talk about politics or religion.”  I break half of these rules every week since my articles are always about matters of faith and religion.  I am about to break the other half of the rule.  Politics is one of the touchiest of subject for Christians.  It has the potential to divide people who are otherwise united religiously.

     The Bible does not give us a command or example that would urge us as Christians to be overly concerned about who is in power politically.  Paul, in his letters, never says anything negative about the Roman government; instead, he teaches us that it is God who established the system of “government” and that we must submit to it. (Read Romans 13:1-7).

     The apostle Paul also instructed Christians to do the following:  “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV)

     In the time of Paul the ability of Christians to participate in government was limited to just praying.  This passage deals with our need to pray and we must pray.  However, in our society, Christians can do more than pray.  Christians, in a democratic republic, certainly have a right, unavailable in the first century, to speak up for what is morally upright, as salt and light for God. (Matt. 5:13-16)  Therefore, as Christians we have the opportunity to vote for candidates whose values and proposals are most consistent with Biblical principles.  Yet, we all hopefully realize that no candidate is perfect and you will not find one who agrees with you on every point,.

     Now make no mistake about it, our leaders have a great affect on our ability, “to live peaceful and quite lives in all godliness.”  Our unique privilege to choose our leaders gives us the right to pick leaders that would continue to assure our ability to live peaceful Christian lives.  This passage even implies that the ability to do such affects our ability to teach Christ.

     The Bible further teaches that, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)  If a nation is to be righteous, it must have righteous leaders and people.  If a nation is to be righteous then the leaders and people must participate and act righteously.  I believe voting can be a godly influence in society.  By voting our Biblical values, we promote that “peaceful and quite” society, with all “godliness and dignity.’  Thus we contribute to a social environment that encourages people “to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”

     Friends, as frustrating as our choices are sometimes, and regardless of our own personal political views, may God give us all wisdom in choosing leaders who are most capable, God-fearing, trustworthy, and promoters of righteousness who can best help our nation for good.  Let’s all continue to keep our nation and those who lead us in our prayers that God’s will may be done.

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

                            (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)                                                          


MABLE BASSETT HOLIDAY GIFTS

     For those wishing to participate in the holiday gift project for women at Mable Bassett Correctional Facility, there is a container and a list of acceptable items in the foyer.  These will be picked up on November 6.  If you have questions, see Ann Perry.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.


PRAYER CONCERNS

At the beginning of the week we knew of no Central member in the hospital.  

Lorine Watson is staying at the home of her niece in Oklahoma City for a few days following her surgery last week. 

Royce Peerson’s surgery went well last week, and he is back home in Holdenville.

Betty Garbe, sister-in-law of our late Carol Mahnke, is now under hospice care. Prayers are requested. 

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


THANK YOU

     To my Christian family at Central, Thank you for all the love and support you have given Don and me throughout the years.  Since Don is at the Norman Veteran Center, I have moved to the Highland Church of Christ Retirement Center at Tecumseh, and I will be worshiping my Lord here at Tecumseh.  Thank you for your prayers.  My new address is 600 Eula Brown Circle 8-B, Tecumseh, OK 74873.

In Christian love, Rosie Brightwell


Youth News
Bob Stephens

We had a large number of extra kids Sunday night!  Youth groups from Northridge, Highland and Newalla came to be with us for worship.  Afterward we all went to Incredible Inflatables for a great time of fun and fellowship.  Thank you to everyone for making these groups feel welcome.  Thank you to Scott Perry for letting us use his facility.  And, thank you to our kids who had the privilege of sticking around after everyone else left to help clean up.  Lettie, Wade, Bryce and Keon were excellent hosts!

The youth group will be going to Frontier City on Saturday, Nov. 1.  We will leave from the building at noon and should return by 11:00 or so.  I ordered enough tickets for the kids that signed up plus a few more.  If you want to go, see me so we can getcha’ signed up.

The youth group has an excellent opportunity to serve God in November.  Our annual coat give away is November 15 and it would be awesome to have members of the youth group here to help out.  Parents, encourage your kids to be a part of this chance to serve the Lord through serving the community.  They’ll thank you for it later!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Oct. 31 –Friday – Halloween party with kids at the Canard’s

Nov. 1 – Saturday – Frightfest at Frontier City


LOOKING AHEAD

 

October 31, Friday, Halloween party with fun games and candy for all children and their families at the Canard’s, 6400 Acme Rd. Church van will leave the building at 6:30 if you would like a ride.  Children wear costumes.  Donations of candy are needed.  Leave in the kitchen.  For further info see Kari Canard or Maggie Prater.

November 2, Standard Time resumes

November 2, Search: “Imitators of the Churches of Judea”

November 9, Search: “Jesus’ Parable of the Talents”

November 15, Central’s annual coat giveaway

November 16, Search: “Standing on the Promises”

November 23, Search: “Thanksgiving”

November 27, 28, Thanksgiving; church office closed

November 30, Search: “The Glory of God’s Church”


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Betty Bernard, #85

Irene Coffman, #54

Emma Wilson, #82

 

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd., (P.O. Box 1853)

Shawnee, OK 74802

Millie Riley, #23

Nancy Simmons, #20

 

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

 


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              125

Worship Service                                       170

Sunday Evening                                       200

Wednesday Evening                                116

Contribution                                     4,150.89

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:             Burl Vanlandingham

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                             Jim Pettyjohn

John Aylor                                Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

James Reeves                                 Josh Lyons

USHERS

Gene Norton                            Bill Lawerance

GREETERS

Foyer:                       Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                  Bill & Diane Lawerance

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Tim Norton

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Ron Taffe

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Austin Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard                      Tracy Gettle

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297