Bulletin for Sunday 11/30/2008
Thanksgiving Day holiday has its roots in the harvest celebration by the Pilgrims in
in 1621. In the late 1700’s and early 1800’s Congress and several Presidents including Washington, Adams, and Madison issued Thanksgiving Proclamations. There were no more thanksgiving proclamations until President Abraham Lincoln issued two during the Civil War. One of those proclamations declared the last Thursday in November as a “prayerful day of thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving thus became a national holiday. Since Plymouth, Massachusetts , every President has made a national Thanksgiving Proclamation. President Franklin Roosevelt set the day of the Thanksgiving holiday as the fourth Thursday of November in 1939. I am glad that our nation still sees the need to recognize our reliance on the Creator who has so richly blessed us. Lincoln
As Christians, we are continually reminded in the scriptures we read of our need to remember God and His goodness toward us. Psalm 92:1 tells us, “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.” And Psalm 50:14 reminds us to “Offer to God thanksgiving……..” The New Testament disciples were told in 1 Thess. 5:18, “In everything give thanks.” For the child of God, thanksgiving is not a day or time of year, but a continual, ongoing attitude and way of life.
We are also reminded of our need to be thankful in the many songs we sing throughout the year. What a beautiful thought comes to mind as we sing, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” How true that is! Perhaps we should spend a few minutes every day and just list some of the things we are thankful for in life.
My prayer coming out of this Thanksgiving is for more than safe travel, good health, and a blessed Christmas season. My deepest prayer is that we all will be committed to thanking and praising God every day, in every prayer, with genuine admiration, adoration, and appreciation. God’s blessings are rich and real no matter what our apparent circumstances suggest.
One final thought. I should be grateful not only for all I am and have, but for the opportunities to serve God that those blessings represent. If I am truly thankful for opportunities to serve, I will use them wisely. You should too. Which reminds me: I’m thankful for you. You’ll be in my prayers this Thanksgiving Day.
We extend our very best wishes to Kacy and Robby Kinsey on the birth of Harrison Robert Kinsey, on Thursday of last week. He weighed five pounds, five ounces, and was 19 inches long. Kacy returned home from
this past Sunday afternoon. Since Mercy Health Center Harrisondecided to enter this world a little early, he will remain in the neonatal ICU at Mercy for a few more days. Information concerning rescheduling the shower that was to have been last Sunday will be coming soon. If you would like to help with meals for the Kinseys, please see Mary Kelly or Maggie Prater.
We extend our sympathy to Carolyn Root in the loss of her aunt, Inez Hazelwood. Funeral services were held last Tuesday in
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
There will be a Children’s Christmas party on Sunday, December 7 after morning worship for all our young children in the fellowship room. Cost is $2 per child to cover lunch and ornament decorations. The party will end by 1:30 p.m.
ADULT CHRISTMAS PARTY
There will be a Christmas party for all those in Robert Prater’s & Bob Perry’s Sunday morning & Wednesday evening Young Adult/Families classes on Saturday, December 13th at 5:30 at the home of Michael and Jennifer Michener. Please bring finger foods and pop. Also, bring a $5 Dirty Santa gift.
There will be a Christmas party for Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class on Friday evening, December 19 at 6:30 at the Dennis home. Please bring snacks and a dirty Santa gift.
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR & ORNAMENT EXCHANGE
You are invited to a Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 6, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Mary Kelly’s home for coffee and rolls, then to Louise Perry’s at 11:30 til 1:30 for lunch of soup and sandwiches. The tour will end with dessert and ornament exchange at Debbie Taffe’s at 2 p.m.
Kacy Kinsey’s dad, Eddie Parker, an elder at
Highlandin Tecumseh, will have an ablation procedure to correct heart rhythm problems on Wednesday of next week at . Oklahoma Heart Hospital
After a second hospital stay in as many weeks, David Emery is improving, and it was good to have him in our Sunday evening worship service.
Cathy Pettyjohn’s brother, Norman Cook, was transferred from Unity to a rehabilitation center in Cushing that specializes in the treatment of stroke patients.
It was good to see Boyd Cheney in services Sunday.
Please continue to remember those taking cancer treatments: Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, and Lorine Watson. Hazel Lee Behrnes is also struggling with cancer, and Frances Taylor has serious health issues. They all appreciate your prayers.
You are invited to join the celebration of
Lillie Smith’s 90th Birthday
December 6, 2008
First National Bank
130 E. MacArthur
2 – 4 p.m.
No gifts, just your presence is requested
BIRTHDAYS IN DECEMBER
Elva Gill – 96th !!!
Lillie Smith – 90th !!!
Rachel (Dunavan) O’Neal
Fred Bowers – 96th !!!
Dennis & Carol Brodersen – 38th
Ray & Nancy Simmons – 7th
Bob & Janet Stephens – 26th
John & Linda Sharpley – 40th
Joe & Nadine Magee – 65th
Josh & Leah Lyons – 3rd
Robert & Ann Perry – 53rd
We extend our best wishes to all having birthdays and anniversaries in December. We extend very special congratulations to Lillie Smith on her 90th birthday and to Elva Gill and Fred Bowers on their 96th. Joe and Nadine Magee have reached the milestone of 65th and John and Linda Sharpley are celebrating their 40th anniversary. We extend our very best to them.
2 Peter 3
1 John 1
1 John 2
1 John 3
1 John 4
1 John 5
November 30, Search: “The Glory of God’s Church”
December 3, Ladies class meets at 10:30; luncheon follows
December 7, Search: “Can a Christian Fall From Grace?”
December 7, Children’s Christmas party after AM worship in fellowship room
December 14, Search: “What Did Jesus Mean?”
December 14, Report from
by Bill Hamrick, PM Hope Harbor
December 21, Search: “What About Christmas?”
December 24-January 1, Holidays; church office closed
December 28, Search: “Live Life”
We hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 150
Worship Service 209
Sunday Evening 108
Wednesday Evening 106
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Announcements: Dale Beard
Opening Prayer: Burl Vanlandingham
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: George Mastick
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Beard Steve Kelly Austin
Jon Merritt Bob Bivins
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Tim Norton
Gene Norton Bob Stephens
Foyer: Gene & Dorothy Norton
Elevator: Bob & Janet Stephens
Jennifer Lawrence & Carol Brodersen
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Tracy Gettle
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Robert Perry Burton
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Michael Michener
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297