Bulletin for Sunday 03/22/2009
with Robert Prater
Sunday, April 5, the date for our special Friends & Family Day here at Central is fast approaching. This has become one of our biggest outreach events of the year and we’re looking forward to the same this year. Please, to the best of your ability, plan to be here in attendance at Central on this day. If every Central family unit will be present and bring one guest, we would likely have more souls present than we have had in a long time here. So begin praying that God will give you an opportunity to invite someone to this day. We now have invitation cards printed to make it easy to invite your friends, family and neighbors. Take as many as you need. They are postcard size so you can mail them too.
This special outreach day is a tremendous opportunity to introduce your friends to Jesus and the abundant life found in Him. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce them to your friends here at the Central congregation. I recently ran across the following slogan concerning what church should be all about and thought how perfectly it could summarize the reason we are having our Friends & Family Day: Where strangers become friends and friends become family!
Friendship evangelism was clearly practiced in the New Testament. Andrew followed Jesus and brought his brother Peter to Him (Jn. 1:40-42). Philip introduced his friend Nathanael to Jesus. (Jn. 1:43-45) In Acts 10 we read how Cornelius was instructed to send to Joppa for Peter to come and tell him words whereby he might be saved. When Peter arrived, Cornelius had gathered his friends and family together to hear what Peter had to say. Paul, looking for prospects, went down by the riverside where some women were worshipping. One of them was Lydia whose heart was opened, and she along with her household were baptized. (Acts 16:15) Paul and Silas were in prison for preaching Christ. An earthquake came causing the prison to be opened allowing the prisoners to be loosed from their chains and the doors to be opened. The jailer came in and was about to take his life. They said, “Do yourself no harm: for we are all here” (Acts 16:28). Then he invited them to his home. In s short time, this man decided that he believed in Christ, and was baptized along with all his household. (Acts 16:22-31)
Many of our friends are great people. Most of them would give us the “shirts off their back,” even as we would do the same for them. That is because true friends are highly vested in the happiness and welfare of each other; a kind of unconditional love exists among friends. But numbers of these same friends are without the assurance of the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God made possible by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. May God help us all to genuinely love our lost friends, neighbors and families souls enough to make the special effort to personally invite and bring them to hear God’s saving Word. Please continue to pray for this event.
We express our sympathy to the family of Steve Kraker. Steve was killed in a car crash in Texas on Thursday. He was the son-in-law of the late Buddy & Melita Truesdell and the stepson-in-law of Fay Truesdell. Funeral services were held Monday morning at Freeman Harris Funeral Home in Tulsa.
William Horton had a stint implant at Baptist Medical Center and Leona Smith had a stint replacement at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital last week. It was good to see both of them in services on Sunday.
Ray Simmons was in Unity Health Center, room 202 for tests at the publication of The Gospel Guide.
Harvey & Carletta Moore have returned to Shawnee after spending some time at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn’s sister-in-law, Marty Pettyjohn, is doing well following coronary bypass surgery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
Darren Laviness, son of the late Wendell & Edna Laviness and brother of Yuavonda Weeks, is improved after a severe case of blood poisoning. He was hoping to return home from Southwest Medical Center this week.
Clavin Norwood has asked for prayers for Charles Patterson, a friend and co-worker, who has recently lost his mother and his daughter and has been involved in a car accident.
Please remember in prayer our cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, and Harvey Moore.
We had two more of our teenagers in the news recently. Molly Gettle got her picture, a big picture, posted in the News Star…and it was a BIG picture too. She plays soccer for the Lady Wolves. Great smile Molly! Also there was an excellent article about Trey Canard and his family along with a picture or two in the Daily Oklahoman. Keep up the good work Trey!
I wanted to fill everyone in on our upcoming LTC trip. We will need to leave by 1:00 pm on Friday, April 10th. I realize that is a school day, but it’s about a three and a half hour drive to Rogers and we have several kids in activities that evening. I will be contacting everyone personally in the next few days to confirm who’s going so we can get the room assignments together. If you have any questions about the LTC trip just give me a call.
As Robert announced Sunday morning the Sloan’s are coming, the Sloan’s are coming! We are very excited to have Matthew and his wife, Jill, join us for the summer as a youth ministry intern. Matthew is a Junior at OC majoring in Bible, and Jill graduated in December and plans to start the nursing program there at OC next fall. They live on campus and Matthew will be commuting during the week to be with us. He will be working primarily with the teens but we will also plan an activity or two with the 3rd through 5th graders as well. Plans are still being worked out as to when they will join us in their summer work. We really look forward to having this young couple with us. Please pray for this work that it may be a success for the Sloan’s and for us here at Central as we look forward to the summer.
Oh yea, one more thing. The annual Tecumseh volleyball tourney is coming up! Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 26th!
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Hazel Lee Behrnes, #50
Irene Coffman, #54
Emma Wilson, #82
GOLDEN RULE HOME
38801 Hardesty Rd.
Shawnee, OK 74801
Millie Riley, #23
Nancy Simmons, #20
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #512
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
March 22, Search: “A Scarecrow in a Cucumber Field”
March 29, Search: “The Gift of Repentance”
April 1, Ladies class meets at 10:30;April luncheon
April 5, Search: “A Holy God, A Holy People”
April 5, Friends & Family Day with Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University. A Luncheon is to follow morning service at the Municipal Auditorium. Chicago Street Deli will cater the meal.
April 5 – 8, Gospel Meeting, McLoud, Keith Mosher, Sr., Wall, Mississippi, Sun. – Wed., 7 p.m. See bulletin board
April 12, Search: “Created in God’s Image”
April 19, Search: “Be Kind to One Another”
April 26, Search: “The Promised Land”
July 5, Wedding Shower for Leslie Gettle & Andy Stephens
We hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 147
Worship Service 192
Sunday Evening 135
Wednesday Evening 115
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Eric Park
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: James Reeves
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Tim Norton Steve Kelly
Mitch Harmon Geoff Root
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
John Aylor Burl Vanlandingham
Paul Harris Tracy Gettle
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Tracy & Mary Gettle
Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robby Kinsey
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Jon Merritt
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Robert Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: LTC Song Leaders
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297