Bulletin for Sunday 03/08/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

The first book of the Bible is called, “Genesis,” which means, “Beginning.”  This profound book charts the very beginning of history from the creation of the world to the Israelites’ descent into Egypt over 2000 years later.  Perhaps the most helpful way to remember the events of Genesis is to break the book into two parts: four great events, followed by four great men of faith.

Event #1: Creation – The Bible clearly teaches that God created the world in six days.  He simply spoke the world into existence by His omnipotent power. (Ps. 33:6; Heb. 11:3)  God is infinitely wise concerning the intricate relationships among His creation, and His wisdom is clearly seen in its order.  God is the Great Creator, and is worthy of our praise because He made us (Ps. 148) and from Him all blessings flow. (Ps. 116:12-14; Heb. 13:15)

Event #2: Fall – God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:26) so that man could have a relationship with Him.  But, sin entered the picture when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating the fruit. (Gen. 3:6)  Sin blocked and made a separation between them and God. (Gen. 3:24; cf. Is. 59:1-2)  Yet, what tremendous love God shows, however, by alluding to the coming of One who will, “crush the serpent’s head” (Gen. 3:15).  Despite our disobedience, God has made a way for our guilt to be passed on to Another. (Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:21)

Event #3: Flood – As time went on from those early days in the garden, men continually sinned to the point that, “God was sorry that He had made man, and grieved in His heart” (Gen. 6:5-6).  God was so grieved by man’s actions that He determined to destroy the world in a flood (Gen. 6:7), but one righteous man, Noah, was found.  Noah was told to build an ark with specific dimensions (Gen. 6:10-22), and by his faithful obedience Noah and his family was delivered from the destruction of the world (Gen. 6:22).  Never underestimate the power of faithful obedience to God’s word.  Such faith changes the very course of world history!

Event #4: Babel following the flood, God allowed the earth to once again be repopulated with Noah’s descendants.  As the people became more numerous, they once again determined to exalt themselves before God by building a massive tower (Gen. 11:1-9).  God once again judged mankind in history by scattering the people and confusing their language.  Thus were the “nations” of the earth born.  Today we continue to believe that our learning, sophistication and technology are all we need to be self-sufficient and guarantee our security.  We may never be tempted to think we no longer need to trust and obey God.  Next week – four great men of faith.

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


MEMBERSHIP

We were delighted to have Dessie Weeks place her membership at Central this past Sunday.  Dessie is Carl Weeks’s mother and has recently moved here from McAlester.  Her address is Sunset Estate, #54, 201 W. Walnut (P.O. Box 630), Tecumseh, OK 74873.  We extend a warm word of welcome to Dessie.


NEW POCKETSIZE DIRECTORY

Our new pocketsize directories are available at all the auditorium exits.  We encourage you to pick them up and to discard the ones you’ve been using.  A lot of the information has changed since last year.  We especially urge you to be sure your name has been included in the new phone chain where there are a number of changes from last year.  Please notify the church office if you have been omitted in any way.


CONGRATULATIONS

We extend our very best wishes to Hillary McKnight and Kendall Whittington who were united in a marriage on Saturday afternoon of last week in a home wedding.  They are both in school and plan to worship at Central.


Let your light shine in 2009


WEDDING SHOWER

There will be a wedding shower for Hillary (McKnight) and Ken Whittington on Sunday, March 8, at 2 o’clock in the fellowship room.  They are registered at Dillard’s and Wal-Mart.  If you would like to participate in a group gift, see Mary Kelly, Mary Gettle or Vivian Cross.


THANK YOU

To brothers & sisters at Central, Thank you so much for the wonderful lunch provided for our family.  It was delicious.  You have been so very precious to our father and mother (Roe & Louise) in so many ways.  Thanks for all that you have done.  Thanks also for the lovely plant.  May our Lord bless each of you.  In Christian love, Louise, Marvin & Fern and all the Honakers.

Dear church, Thank you for remembering Roe Honaker, our uncle in so many kind ways.  We also thank you for the extended graciousness to the family.  The lunch was done with love and care, and the food was excellent.  The service was endearing and well done.  We appreciate all that you did.

   In His love, Joe & Elizabeth Honaker, Dallas, TX


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins had outpatient surgery at Dean Magee Eye Institute on  Monday.  Surgery went well. 

Nina Baylis remains in very critical condition in ICU at Unity Health Center. 

Former member Marlene Wadkins had surgery several weeks ago and is now experiencing an infection.  She has been in isolation at Kindred Hospital for some time and needs the encouragement of hearing from her brothers and sisters in Christ.  You may send a card to her at Kindred Hospital, room 207, 2129 S.W. 59th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73119. 

It was great seeing Lorine Watson and Amber Curtis back in worship Sunday.  Lorine’s treatments have concluded, and she is back in Shawnee.  

Please remember in prayer our cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, and Tim Norton, Sr.


Youth News
Bob Stephens

We had a couple youth group members in the news lately:  Claire McKnight was recently awarded the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International’s 2009 Outstanding High School Youth scholarship award.  This award goes to those who maintain a Christian way of life, scholastic achievements, extra-curricular activities and for achieving her goals.  Congratulations Claire!

And Kenton McGalliard was also mentioned in the paper.  Kenton plays tennis for the Wolves and has been named as the number one singles player for the school.  Way to go Kenton!

Starting next Sunday evening, March 8, the LTC drama team will be meeting after evening services to practice as a team.  I realize it’s a school night, so I promise we won’t keep them too long.  I will be more than happy to furnish rides home if need be.  It’s important that we have everyone at practice, so parents, please do all you can to encourage your kiddos to be there!


LOOKING AHEAD

March 8, Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 8, Search: “The Most Important Question You Will Ever Ask”

March 15, Search: “By Grace Have You Been Saved”

March 15 – 18, Gospel Meeting at Wewoka with Dr. David Lipe, Mon – Wed., 7 p.m.

March 22, Search: “A Scarecrow in a Cucumber Field”

March 29, Search: “the Gift of Repentance”

April 5, Family Seminar at Central, Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University

April 5 – 8, Gospel Meeting, McLoud, Keith Mosher, Sr., Wall, Mississippi, Sun. – Wed., 7 p.m. See bulletin board


We hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              129

Worship Service                                       202

Sunday Evening                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                111

Contribution                                     4,821.12

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

Scripture:                                      Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Ron Taffe

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                   Carl Weeks

Kenton McGalliard                Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                       James Reeves

USHERS

Paul Harris                                      Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Austin Beard

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                     Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                     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