Bulletin for Sunday 03/08/2009
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
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. Egypt
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!
– 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. Babel
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
. Her address is Sunset Estate, #54, 201 W. Walnut ( McAlester P.O. Box630), . We extend a warm word of welcome to Dessie. Tecumseh, OK 74873
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.
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
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.
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,
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
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, Kindred Hospital 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
Please remember in prayer our cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, Harvey Moore, and Tim Norton, Sr.
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!
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,
, Sun. – Wed., 7 p.m. See bulletin board Mississippi
We hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 129
Worship Service 202
Sunday Evening 120
Wednesday Evening 111
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
Jon Merritt Carl Weeks
Kenton McGalliard Brandon Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard James Reeves
Paul Harris Jim Cross
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
Molly Gettle & Cheryl Miller
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Steve Kelly
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: George Mastick
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jim Carpenter Dennis Brodersen
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Dale Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297