Bulletin for Sunday 11/30/2008

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

     Thanksgiving Day holiday has its roots in the harvest celebration by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts 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 Lincoln, 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.

     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.

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

                                                                   (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)  


CONGRATULATIONS

     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 Mercy Health Center this past Sunday afternoon.  Since Harrison decided 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.


SYMPATHY

     We extend our sympathy to Carolyn Root in the loss of her aunt, Inez Hazelwood.  Funeral services were held last Tuesday in McAlester.


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.


CHRISTMAS PARTY

     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.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Kacy Kinsey’s dad, Eddie Parker, an elder at Highland in 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.


INVITATION

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

03

Elva Gill – 96th !!!

03

Robert Perry

03

Dresean Whiting

04

Linda Sharpley

04

Emma White

05

Skyler Norwood

05

Lillie Smith – 90th !!!

06

Harold Decker

06

Grace Lofties

08

Norma Cowden

08

Smiley Irelan

11

Misti Beard

11

Evelyn Dunavan

15

June Sharp

16

Anita Jacques

19

Bryce Beal

19

Agnes Norwood

21

Scott Perry

24

John Sharpley

25

Rachel (Dunavan) O’Neal

27

Fred Bowers – 96th !!!

28

Adam Beard


DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

12

Dennis & Carol Brodersen – 38th

17

Ray & Nancy Simmons – 7th

20

Bob & Janet Stephens – 26th   

21

John & Linda Sharpley40th

28

Joe & Nadine Magee – 65th

30

Josh & Leah Lyons – 3rd

30

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.


DECEMBER

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

   1

Ezek. 40,41

1

2 Peter 3

   2

Ezek. 42,43,44

2

1 John 1

   3

Ezek. 45,46

3

1 John 2

   4

Ezek. 47,48

4

1 John 3

   5

Daniel 1,2

5

1 John 4

   6

Daniel 3,4

6

1 John 5

   7

Daniel 5,6,7

7

2 John 

   8

Daniel 8,9,10

8

3 John

   9

Daniel 11,12

9

Jude

 10

Hosea 1,2,3,4

10

Rev. 1

 11

Hosea 5,6,7,8

11

Rev. 2

 12

Hosea 9,10,11

12

Rev. 3

 13

Hosea 12,13,14

13

Rev. 4

 14

Joel 1,2,3

14

Rev. 5

 15

Amos 1,2,3

15

Rev. 6

 16

Amos 4,5,6

16

Rev. 7

 17

Amos 7,8,9

17

Rev. 8

 18

Obadiah

18

Rev. 9

 19

Jonah 1,2,3,4

19

 Rev. 10

 20

Micah 1,2,3

20

Rev. 11

 21

Micah 4,5

21

Rev. 12

 22

Micah 6,7

22

Rev. 13

 23

Nahum 1,2,3

23

Rev. 14

 24

Habakkuk 1,2,3

24

Rev. 15

 25

Zephaniah 1,2,3

25

Rev. 16

 26

Haggai 1,2

26

Rev. 17

 27

Zech. 1,2,3,4

27

Rev. 18

 28

Zech. 5,6,7,8

28

Rev. 19

 29

Zech. 9,10,11,12

29

Rev. 20

 30

Zech. 13,14

30

Rev. 21

 31

Malachi 1,2,3,4

31

Rev. 22


LOOKING AHEAD

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 Hope Harbor by Bill Hamrick, PM   

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

Contribution                                   30,279.28

 

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

NORTH                                             SOUTH

Austin Beard                                 Steve Kelly

Jon Merritt                                     Bob Bivins

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                            Tim Norton

USHERS

Gene Norton                              Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                       Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Jennifer Lawrence & Carol Brodersen

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Tracy Gettle

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                              Robert Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297