Bulletin for Sunday 03/29/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

Let’s talk about making personal invitations to others in light of our upcoming Friends & Family Day on April 5.  Let’s face it.  In our day and age, the number one prospect for salvation we run into are those who come “check out” what we’re doing as a congregation.  However, like so many things, folks won’t check us out unless they know they can.  That is where invitations come in.

In Revelation 22:17, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’  And let the one who hears say, ‘come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who desires take the water of life without price.  I am fully aware John was not speaking directly of inviting people to our assemblies and classes.  He was talking about an invitation to drink from the water of life through Jesus Christ.  However, one effective way to get to that invitation is to invite people to hear the word of Life taught and preached in our classes and assemblies, to invite people to witness us congregationally worship the God of life in our assemblies.

Here are some recent statistics.  Obviously, for any one individual these numbers may not be exactly accurate.  But, like insurance actuary tables, over the big picture this is how it works.  Out of every 20 invitations, 1 person will attend.  That person will often bring a friend or family member.  That means for every 100 invitations, we should have 10 guests.  Out of those 10 guests, 4 will return.  Out of those 4, 1 will eventually obey the gospel of Christ.  That means it takes 100 invitations to find the one real prospect.  There’s only one thing for it – we’ve got to be inviting!

Here are some important keys to having a successful invitation: 1) Be enthusiastic and excited about the event and that it will make a change in their lives.  2) Be praying both for yourself to have the courage to invite them and then for the person you have invited.  3) Be persistent and persevering.  Do not get discouraged if people refuse your invitation.  Their refusal could be an opportunity for a spiritual conversation.  Also, their “no” today may be a “yes” tomorrow.  “Then the master told his servant, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.” (Luke 14:23)  May God help us to this end.

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


FOR PRAYERS

Our sister Martha Chaffin responded to the invitation on Sunday evening, March 15 with a heavy heart asking for prayers in her and her family’s life as they struggle with health problems.  Let’s continue to keep both Martha and her daughter in our prayers while they are going through difficult times.


FOR THE LADIES

You are invited to a baby shower in honor of Josh & Cherrie Shade on Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Highland Church of Christ in Tecumseh.  Josh and Cherrie are registered at Walmart and Babies R Us.  RSVP Anna Jones, 620-2776; Mary Kingham, 598-9360; Ruth Tate, 665-2709.


MEN’S RETREAT

There will be a men’s retreat for all Central men on Friday evening, May 1 and Saturday May 2 at Quail Ridge Lodge located southwest of Tecumseh.  Sign up sheets, costs, activities, and more information will be coming soon.  Please plan to be a part of this weekend of fun, food and fellowship.


LTC CONTRIBUTIONS

The LTC Convention is coming up real soon and there is a need for bottled water for our youth to take with them.  It may be left in the kitchen.  If you have any questions about other things you could do, see Rita Romberg


THANK YOU

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at Central, Thank you so much for the beautiful shower and the love and support you have shown Ken and me in our recent marriage.  We also thank each of you who participated in giving to the group gift.  It will all greatly help us in our new life together.  In Christian love, Ken & Hillary Whittington


APRIL BIRTHDAYS

02

Bob Bivins

02

Hillary (McKnight) Whittington

04

Kinzee Beal

05

Carolyn Root

06

Mackenzie Prater

08

Wade Baskin

10

Martha Chaffin

10

Bernard Sharp

10

Fay Truesdell

11

Mark Michener

14

Babe Doyle

16

Frank Burton

16

Ron Taffe

21

Maggie Prater

27

Bob Stephens

29

Karen Marasco


APRIL ANNIVERSARIES

02

Brian & Dena Nipper – 26th

17

Clavin & Agnes Norwood – 22nd

19

Herman & Ruth Guin – 62nd

27

Geoff & Carolyn Root – 41st

We want to send best wishes to all that are having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of April.


PRAYER CONCERNS

When The Gospel Guide was prepared, we were aware of no Central members in the hospital.

Ruth Guin and John Aylor’s sister, Wilma Cox, is seriously ill in Integris Seminole Medical Center, room 112.  Visits should be brief; cards would be greatly appreciated.  Wilma is well known to many at Central.

It is so good to have Kathryn Shields back in services after her recuperation from back surgery. 

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


Youth News
Bob Stephens

We had 100% participation last Sunday for our LTC practices!  How awesome is that?  As the time for the LTC Convention closes in, it’s important to be everywhere you need to be on time.  Parents, I know it can be a hassle getting kiddos to and from the building, but there’s only 3 more weeks until the convention.  And the best part of it is to see your kids grow and mature in service to the Lord.

Spring break was a blessing!  Our teens got a chance to sleep in a little, or a lot, and get their batteries recharged for the remainder of the school year.  The group had the chance to visit Oklahoma City last Wednesday afternoon to just look around Bricktown and to just hang out together.  We had eleven kids and 4 sponsors out on the town.  We had a great time together and we learned a very important lesson…When you only have an hour to eat, don’t choose Steak and Shake!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS:

Sunday, April 26th, Tecumseh volleyball tourney


LOOKING AHEAD

Mach 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 22-26, Gospel meeting, Highland, Tecumseh, Chuck Monan, Little Rock, “Because of the Times,” Wed. – Sat. 7 p.m.

April 26, Search: “The Promised Land”

April 26, Central ladies, reserve April 26 for the Annual Ladies Day Luncheon following morning service.

May 1-2, Central’s Men’s Retreat, Quail Ridge Lodge, Tecumseh

May 2, 30th Annual Teacher’s workshop, Eastside, Duncan

June 4-6, Quest, Oklahoma Christian University, Ken Jones, Richard May, Rich Little

June 7-13, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 13-17, Central’s VBS


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              156

Worship Service                                       218

Sunday Evening                                       152

Wednesday Evening                                106

Contribution                                    4,742.75

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Gerald Smith

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                       Jim Pettyjohn

Jon Merritt                                Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                                   Tim Norton

USHERS

Paul Harris                             Frank Romberg

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Robert Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

James Reeves                        George Mastick

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                   LTC Songleaders

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297