Bulletin for Sunday 01/04/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

It is my prayer that all who read this bulletin had a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year’s Day!  Maggie and I appreciate every remembrance from the congregation over this holiday season.  We appreciate and love our Central church family very much.  Please continue to pray for us as we work together here in Shawnee to advance the cause of Christ.

Since it’s that time of the year when we begin to make New Year’s Resolution, let me strongly suggest one for us all.  I want to encourage every member here at Central to consider very seriously becoming a Daily Bible Reader.  We always place in the first of each month’s bulletin a Daily Bible Reading Schedule for you to follow for that month’s readings.  This schedule contains both Old Testament and a New Testament reading for each day.  Why not get started reading today??

It was during a meal at the home of Simon the leper (Mark 14:1-9), that a woman came unannounced and anointed Jesus’ head with expensive perfume.  Her action “crashed the party” and was met with criticism.  Jesus immediately came to her defense.  His comments included:  She has done a good work for me,” and “she had done what she could.”  (Mark 14:6,8)  Focus on that last statement:  She has done what she could.”  The Lord does not ask the impossible—to do what we cannot do.  Why fret about it?  Do what you can!  We need more like her in the kingdom today!

The Lord truly blessed the Central church in 2008 with great spiritual and numerical growth.  Now in order for 2009 to be the same, each one of us need to be challenged to “do what we can” to make this New Year a spiritual success to the glory of God.  And so, as you make your plans, goals, and resolutions, please set spiritual goals and be determined to “do what you can do!”  Those words are written in God’s Word as a memorial to that lady “who did what she could do.”  (Mk. 14:9)  What could our Lord say about us?  Let’s each “do what we can” for the Lord to make 2009 a great year!

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


BABY SHOWER

The baby shower for Harrison Robert, early arrival of Robby & Kasey Kinsey, has been rescheduled for January 18th at 2 o’clock in the fellowship room.  To participate in a group gift, see Mary Gettle, Tamie Perry or Maggie Prater.


CONGRATULATIONS

We extend our best wishes to Verna Burton and Roy Stinnett who were united in marriage on December 15th.  Their address and phone number will be the same as in the membership directory.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

A few volunteers are needed to fill ‘goody bags’ with treats for the children.  (these are the bags you see the children sitting with during worship to keep help keep them occupied)  See Maggie Prater.


THANK YOU

Dear Church Family, So nice to be remembered with Christmas goodies.  Thank you so very much.  God bless all of you in 2009.  Love, Anita Hinson; 

Thank you for the fruit and candy and for those who worked. Grace [Lofties]; 

Thank you for the wonderful Christmas goodies.  I’m sure I will enjoy them very much.  Thanks again, Lola Mullinax; 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Thank you for remembering me with the bounty of the season.  Most of all thank you for your beautiful faith and love and your patience and kind words given to Karli, Kaitlyn, Kila, Miguel, Kolby and Kaci Shadoran.  They notice you more than you realize.  Please keep them in your prayers.  Love, Nancy [Harber];

Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.  Thank you for the nice fruit and candy basket, also for the workers. Jean Pointer;

Dear Church family, Thank you very much for the Christmas sack that was left at my door.  I guess I was at the doctor’s office.  I start my treatments 12/16/08.  I will be staying at my niece’s home in Oklahoma City.  Thanks for all the cards, calls, and prayers.  They are greatly appreciated.  I am feeling fine and looking forward to staying home soon.  Hope all of you have a blessed Christmas.  In Christian love, Lorine [Watson];

Oranges, apples, bananas, and candy too!  We can’t wait to say “Thanks much” to all of you!  You make our day brighter our “load” now seems lighter.  I’m so thankful to be a member of Central’s church family. Charles [Wright]; 

Thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers. Charles & Bonnie Wright; 

Thank you for the holiday sack of fruit and candy. Bob Seikel; 

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I will be 97 years of age on January 5,  Perry B. Cotham; 

To my beloved church family, Thank you again this year for the wonderful sack of goodies, fruit, nuts and candy.  I was sorry not to be at home when it was delivered.  I had an appointment with Dr. Robinson.  It was an added gratefulness that you delivered it on that very cold Monday.  Thank you again.  I love all of you. Joyce [Kelly];

To my Christian family, Thank you for the fruit and candy.  A big thank you to those that put it together & those that delivered it.  With Christian Love, Elva [Gill]; 

Other special calls and appreciations received from: Pauline Adams, Vonda Merrill, Geri Outlaw, June Lowe, Mariella Jacobs, and Lois Lanier.

[A special thank you to the ones who helped with the Christmas Baskets: Gerald & Bertha Akin, John & Beverly Aylor, Ann Bivins, Glendon & Juanita Combs, Herman & Ruth Guin, Paula Harris, Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn, and James Reeves].


PRAYER CONCERNS

We are not aware of any Central members in the hospital at this time. 

Joe Magee was discharged from Unity Health Center on Friday of last week after partial knee replacement surgery the Wednesday before. 

Wilburn Dennis, Dwyane’s father, is now in the rehabilitation facility of the Lamb County Medical City in Littlefield, Texas and is greatly improved.  He appreciates your thoughtfulness and prayers.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Jearline Bates, Nina Baylis, Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold & Clydean Decker, L.B. & Rachel Hall, Cherrell Hamilton, Roe & Louise Honaker, Joyce Kelly, Melrose Kotts, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Nancy Simmons, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Frances Taylor, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White and Emma Wilson.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


JANUARY
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

 Date

N.T. Reading

1

Gen. 1,2,3

1

Matt. 1

2

Gen. 4,5,6

2

Matt. 2

3

Gen. 7,8,9

3

Matt. 3

4

Gen. 10,11,12

4

Matt. 4

5

Gen. 13,14,15

5

Matt. 5:1-26

6

Gen. 16,17

6

Matt. 5:27-48

7

Gen. 18,19

7

Matt. 6:1-18

8

Gen. 20,21,22

8

Matt. 6:19-34

9

Gen. 23,24

9

Matt. 7

10

Gen. 25,26

10

Matt. 8:1-17

11

Gen. 27,28

11

Matt. 8:18-34

12

Gen. 29,30

12

Matt. 9:1-17

13

Gen. 31,32

13

Matt. 9:18-38

14

Gen. 33,34,35

14

Matt. 10:1-20

15

Gen. 36,37,38

15

Matt. 10:21-42

16

Gen. 39,40

16

Matt. 11

17

Gen. 41,42

17

Matt. 12:1-23

18

Gen. 43,44,45

18

Matt. 12:24-50

19

Gen. 46,47,48

19

Matt. 13:1-30

20

Gen. 49,50

20

Matt. 13:31-58

21

Ex. 1,2,3

21

Matt. 14:1-21

22

Ex. 4,5,6

22

Matt. 14:22-36

23

Ex. 7,8

23

Matt. 15:1-20

24

Ex. 9,10,11

24

Matt. 15:21-39

25

Ex. 12,13

25

Matt. 16

26

Ex. 14,15

26

Matt. 17

27

Ex. 16,17,18

27

Matt. 18:1-20

28

Ex. 19,20

28

Matt. 18:21-35

29

Ex. 21,22

29

Matt. 19

30

Ex. 23,24

30

Matt. 20:1-16

31

Ex. 25,26

31

Matt. 20:17-34


LOOKING AHEAD

January 5, Monday afternoon ladies class resumes

January 7, Ladies Bible Class resumes


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              132

Worship Service                                       203

Sunday Evening                                       109

Wednesday Evening                                  67

Contribution                                     5,608.43

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 4, 2008

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                     Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Jim Walling

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                      Ron Taffe

Glendon Combs                           Tim Norton

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jon Merritt                                Jim Carpenter

USHERS

Robert Perry                   Burl Vanlandingham

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Clavin Norwood

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

James Reeves                                  Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:               Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297