Bulletin for Sunday 11/23/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

     Last Saturday’s annual Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway was a great success.  There were 126 families who came from the Shawnee area.  We distributed well over 300 coats, hundreds of gloves and caps plus a number of blankets and other articles of clothing.  We also gave out many New Testament Bibles, teaching tracts, and other info about the Central congregation as well as giving out a large number of Searching for Truth evangelistic DVD’s.  Visitors who came into our building were greeted with smiles, warm handshakes and love from this church family.  People were met with compassion and grace without judgment.  Prayer requests were received and we hope the beginning of friendships was established.  Many good contacts were made for future follow-up.  Several individuals requested to receive Bible study courses.  This benevolent ministry helps open the door for future outreach.

     Once again this congregation has proven itself  a caring and giving body.  Thank you to everyone who donated coats or contributed money.  Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put this together.  Thank you to all the members who helped work the actual outreach event on Saturday.  We can’t minister to our community without you.  Finally, a big thank you to Ron and Debbie Taffe who helped coordinate everything once again this year and who worked endlessly behind the scenes.

     Friends, what we do as both the church and our daily lives in serving Jesus gives us opportunities for the gospel of Christ to be shared with others.  We don’t know the extent that our kindness, love and service might play in encouraging and leading others toward God.  We just know that they do play a part.  May Christ continue to be glorified and His grace shown in and through our lives.  “To them God has chosen to make known among the gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Col. 1:27 NIV)

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


Why No Plan of Salvation for the Wicked Angels?

     This great question was asked of me after Sunday night’s sermon dealing with Satan.  The Bible does not give many details regarding the rebellion of Satan and the fallen angels.  Apparently Satan was once the angel Lucifer.  (Read Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:1-19)  Note while these two passages are referring specifically to the king of Babylon and the king of Tyre, they seem to also reference the spiritual power that was behind those kings – Satan.  Therefore, it seems that when Satan rebelled against God and fell from heaven, one third of the angelic host joined his insurrection.  (Read Rev. 12:3-4, 7-9; see also Luke 10:18; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6) 

     Now the Bible does not specifically address the issue of God giving the fallen angels an opportunity to repent.  Maybe it was because the angels’ sins were inexcusable from any and every point of view.  They had been in close fellowship with God in heaven.  They had known Him as their Creator and Ruler.  They must have been fully aware of His great wisdom and power and that all existence depended upon Him for continuance.

     They also sinned without having been influenced from any source outside of themselves.  They were not seduced as man was in the Garden of Eden by the serpent, the devil.  Furthermore, it should also be noted that the Bible gives us no reason to believe the angels would repent even if God did give them the chance. (1 Peter 5:8)  The devil and the fallen angels seem completely devoted to opposing God and attacking God's people. 

     Ultimately, we just don’t know.  We do know that the apostle Peter states about our salvation in Christ and in the gospel, which was beforehand spoken of by the prophets of old, that they contain “things which angels desire to look into.  So, it is clear that angels are outside the realm of redemption because no provision for salvation has been made for them.  For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.”  (Hebrews 2:16; see Gal. 3:16, 26-29 for more of our fulfillment as heirs of Abraham’s seed) 

     These are just simply possible explanations.  Of course, it in reality has no bearing whatsoever on the fact that God indeed only loved us so greatly that He was willing to send His One and only Son, Jesus to die on the cross and redeem us and save us from our sins so that we could live with Him in heaven forever.  (John 3:16)      -- Robert --


PRAYER CONCERNS

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

Boyd Cheney is still not feeling well after recent surgery. 

It was good seeing Bob Bivins in worship services this past Sunday and also Lorine Watson.  Lorine will be in Shawnee for about a week and will then return to her niece’s in Oklahoma City until her radiation treatments are completed.  She will not have to have chemotherapy. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes was diagnosed with lung cancer several weeks ago but did not want it known.  She is receiving no treatment.  She finds the most comforting thing to be the visits of her brothers and sisters in Christ.  Visit her often. 

David Emery spent a day at Oklahoma Heart Hospital last week.  He is now home and feeling well again.   

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

 

HONAKERS TO EDMOND

We are going to miss Roe and Louise Honaker who have been such an inspiration to all at Central for a number of years.  They are moving to Tealridge Manor, #201-E, 2100 N.E. 140th Street, Edmond, OK 73013.  Tealridge is a Christian retirement center adjacent to the campus of Oklahoma Christian University to the west.  The Honakers’ new phone number is 475-5571.  This move will put them close to their son and daughter-in-law which is a very desirable thing for all at this point in time.  We wish them every happiness in their new home.  Since this came up and happened so quickly, we did not have time to do anything in their honor before they left.  Be watching for something of that nature soon.


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Bob Bivins in the loss of his uncle, Roy Hays, of Tecumseh.  Services were held Tuesday afternoon at Cooper Funeral Home.

 

We also extend our love and sympathy to Ellen Childers in the loss of her sister-in-law, Pauline Childers.  Funeral services were held Friday of last week.


    BABY SHOWER

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.


THANK YOU

To all my Christian family, I want to thank each and every one for my support and words of encouragement during my recent operation.  Your prayers, cards, visits, and phone calls surely helped me get through this scary ordeal.  I am doing fine.  I may not have to take chemo, but do have to take radiation every day for five weeks, and I will be staying with my niece in Oklahoma City.

                                   Love you all, Lorine Watson


LOOKING AHEAD

November 23, Search: “Thanksgiving”

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 by Bill Hamrick, PM                                                       

 


We hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              131

Worship Service                                       187

Sunday Evening                                       122

Wednesday Evening                                113

Contribution                                     4,159.35

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                      Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                          Tracy Gettle

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Tim Norton                           Bob Stephens

Lynn Harmon                         Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham               Brandon Gober

USHERS

Gene Norton                              James Reeves

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                      James & Joan Reeves

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Leslie Gettle & Cathy Pettyjohn

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                        Jim Pettyjohn

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                           Dennis Brodersen

 

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