Bulletin for Sunday 11/16/2008

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Robert Prater

     If you’ve watched the news lately you know that the economy is bad – the stock market is down, unemployment is up – the future is bleak.  Still, the greater concern for me has been watching how people respond to uncertainty.  Many seem to be in a state of panic.

     The truth is that as Christians our life and happiness does not fluctuate with the market.  Our future does not depend on our economy.  There really is no need to panic, worry or fret, because our future is bright.  Our treasures are in a market that is totally secure.  Listen to the words of Jesus again, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…………For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matt. 6:19-21)

     In light of this and the opportunity we have with our upcoming Coat Giveaway on Saturday, I thought the article written below by David Deffenbaugh was right on target.  David is the fine preacher for the South College congregation in Tahlequah.

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


David Deffenbaugh

     Economic and financial specialists talk about “economic indicators” that tell us things are going to get better or worse.  I don’t understand that stuff.  An indicator I do understand is that when gasoline prices got up to around $4 a gallon it was as though civilization as we know it was coming to an end.  One would think when those very same prices would fall to the lowest levels in many, many months (it’s already below $2 in some places) it would be the greatest news ever.  We hardly hear a word about it, though.  That’s because everything else in the economy is so bad.  Now that, to me, is an economic indicator.

     If you think the Bible is just an old book that doesn’t apply to today, you either don’t know or have forgotten what Jesus said about investing and economic indicators.  Really.  Jesus warned about falling stock markets and failing corporations.  No, not in exactly those words.  Instead He spoke about thieves, moths, and rust (Matt. 6:19-21).  Those were the threats to financial investments in His day, just like corrupt corporation execs and panic-driven stock markets have a devastating effect on mutual funds and 401K’s today.

     Jesus said that a much better, much safer investment than treasures on earth are treasures in heaven.  Just exactly how does one invest in heaven?  What’s the ticker symbol for that on the New York Stock Exchange?  HEAV?  Let’s just say this is a unique investment opportunity.  There’s not another like it.  A stock broker won’t be able to tell you about it either.  The Bible, though, explains it quite clearly.

     “…give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” (Matt. 19-21)

      “…give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven,” (Luke 12:33)

     “…distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven” (Luke 18:22)

     “…do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future” (1Tim. 6:19).

     Using one’s earthly treasure to care for those in need is how treasures are laid up in heaven.  Is that really a good investment?  Let’s talk about return on investment.  How about worth that exceeds all the world’s wealth combined (Matt. 16:26)?  How about a “weight of glory far beyond all comparison” (2 Cor. 4:16)?

     This also serves as an economic indicator.  It is the location of our treasure that identifies our heart’s home.  We may say or claim or wish that our heart was in the right place.  One sure-fire way to find out is to see where your treasure is going.  Our treasure will follow our heart.  If our heart is in heaven, so will our treasure be by means of helping people in need.  It is that simple.  How’s that for an economic indicator?


     There will be a party honoring Carl and Yuavonda Weeks, Sunday following the 5 p.m. worship service.  Bring snack foods and plan to stay and celebrate their recent marriage with them.  If you would like to participate in a money tree gift, see Vivian Cross, Marcia Dennis, Paula Harris, Doris Phillips, or Debbie Taffe.


     Everyone is invited to the Stephens’s annual hayride on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.  Bring your own chairs, something to roast your hotdogs on, and wear old shoes.


     You are invited to a baby shower for Robby & Kacy Kinsey on Sunday afternoon, November 23rd at 2 o’clock in the fellowship room.  They are registered at Wal-Mart & Babies Are Us.  To participate in a group gift see Mary Gettle, Tamie Perry or Maggie Prater.


We are aware of no Central members in the hospital at this time.

Boyd Cheney had to spend a few hours in ER last week but is now home and recovering well from his recent surgery.   

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


     To a very wonderful congregation,  We want to express our deep appreciation to you for all the love and concern you have shown to our family there; Dale, Denise, Adam & Misti, Austin and Chad Beard.  You have been there during good times and certainly many stressful times during the many years.  Just a loving shoulder to lean on makes things seem better.  You have always gone the third mile.  With our Love & Thankfulness,                                   

                            Eddie & Vada Beard, Duke, OK

Youth News
Bob Stephens

     The Shawnee marching band is finishing up their marching competition soon.  They took eighth place in the state and received superior ratings throughout their season.  I mention this because Kayla Miller is part of the Wolves marching band.  Way to go Kayla!

     We have received our packet information for LTC!  Kids, be thinking about things you want to participate in this time around.  Parents, start encouraging your kids now to be a part of this great program.  Also parents, be thinking how you might be able to help this year as well.  Let’s stretch ourselves and try something we haven’t done before.  Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find another way that you can effectively serve the Lord!

     Don’t forget about the hayride this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at our place.  Remember to bring chairs, sticks for your hotdogs and wear old shoes.  If you’ve been asked to bring anything else, bring that too.  If you have questions contact me or Janet.  See you there!


November 15, Central’s annual coat giveaway

November 16, Search: “Standing on the Promises”

November 23, Search: “Thanksgiving”

November 23, Baby shower for Kacy & Robby Kinsey, 2 p.m. fellowship room. To participate in group gift: Mary Gettle, Tamie Perry or Maggie Prater.

November 27,28, Thanksgiving; church office closed

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

December 3, Ladies class meets at 10:30; luncheon follows  

December 14, Report from Hope Harbor                                                       

  We hope to see you here Sunday!


Bible School                                              146

Worship Service                                       200

Sunday Evening                                       134

Wednesday Evening                                 108

Contribution                                     4,325.75



Sunday, November 16, 2008

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                          Bob Seikel

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Chuck Carter


NORTH                                             SOUTH

Herman Guin                                      Carl Weeks

Kenton McGalliard                     Chris Nipper


Frank Burton                        Clavin Norwood


Gene Norton                          Tim McGalliard


Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


Austin Beard


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                          Paul Harris

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:             Burl Vanlandingham


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Tim Norton                                Jim Pettyjohn



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly



Tracy Gettle


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297