Bulletin for Sunday 04/05/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY

Please remember the catered fellowship meal following Sunday morning service in the Municipal Auditorium next door.  It will be catered by Chicago Street Deli and will consist of grilled chicken breast or ham, green beans, salad, potato casserole, bread and a choice of four cakes.  Finally, concerning our guest speaker, the following thoughts are by Dr. Alan Martin, who will be teaching and preaching both the combined teen and adult classes and the morning service.  Please also keep in mind that Dr. Martin will be speaking on “Parenting” with a Q&A session at 2 p.m. as well as speaking on “Strengthening Marriage” at the 5 p.m. service.  The nursery will be available at all these services and Children’s Bible Hour will be conducted at the two o’clock service.

SET UP CREW

In preparation for the catered luncheon this Sunday, there will be a “work party” setup crew needed on Friday afternoon this week to set up tables and chairs and cover the tables at 4 p.m.  Early arrivals will be welcomed.  If the Municipal Auditorium doors are locked, you will be able to enter through the Senior Citizen Center.  Any decorating, etc. will need to be done at this time.

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


STRENGTHENING THE HOME

In last year’s (2008) essay on the “State of our Unions,” David Popenoe argues that long-term trends point to the gradual weakening of marriage as the primary social institution of family life.  More Americans today are living together, marrying at older ages or not at all, and rearing children in cohabiting or solo parent households.  Overall, the U.S. trends are following the far-advanced trends toward non-marriage in Northwestern European nations, albeit at a slower and more uneven pace.

Popenoe attributes the weakening of marriage to a broad cultural shift away from religion and social traditionalism and toward faith in personal independence and tolerance for diverse life styles – otherwise known as “secular individualism.”  This cultural shift is a central feature of modern societies and therefore unlikely to be reversed.

Jesus said: “Unless a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides by itself alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit” (John 12:24). Marriages and family systems are crumbling (to put it mildly) because the age old malady of human selfishness is fast and furiously rearing its sinful head.

It is for this reason that a series of lessons is helpful to families as a reminder that we cannot live as the WORLD!  Christian families must be different!  Christian marriages must be different!  Christian parenting must be different!  Join us at the Central Church of Christ on April 5 as our lessons that day will hopefully help lay a foundation for strengthening our marriages and thus our families.   --Alan Martin, Edmond, OKC


EGG HUNT & FELLOWSHIP

There will be an egg hunt and fellowship for all families with children and teens on Sunday, April 12 immediately following the evening services at the home of the Canard’s located at 6400 Acme Road.  Each family is asked to bring either three dozen plastic eggs (with some colored hard boiled eggs) or candy for the hunters.  Dinner will be provided.  For more info see Kari Canard.


SYMPATHY

We extend our loving sympathy to Cathy Pettyjohn and all her family in the recent loss of her sister, Mary Jo Ridout, of Stafford,  Virginia.  A memorial service will be conducted this week on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Chapel in Resthaven Memorial park.  If the weather is bad, the service will be conducted at Resthaven Funeral Chapel.

We also extend our love and sympathy to Vesta Mays in the loss of her sister, Ruth Reese.  Funeral services were conducted this past Saturday at  Resthaven Funeral Chapel.


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


PRAYER CONCERNS

Ray Simmons has been admitted to the geriatric ward (a nursing home) at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton.

Bob Bivins was scheduled for outpatient surgery at Dean McGee Eye Institute on Thursday.  He will be having a parsplana tube implant.  Your prayers are appreciated. 

Jennifer Michener’s requests that you pray for her grandfather, Henry Wylie, who is in the hospital in Searcy, Arkansas with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. 

Ruth Guin and John Aylor’s sister, Wilma Cox, was discharged from the hospital in Seminole on Thursday of last week and has returned to Rose Manor. 

Gary Perry, a member at Highland, has been in serious condition at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  Your prayers are requested in Gary’s behalf. 

Harold and Clydean Decker were admitted to Colonial Estates, room 57, on Thursday of this past week.  They welcome your visits, prayers, and encouragement as they adjust to this major change in their lives.  

Harold Carothers has moved to room 504 at Shawnee Care Center. 

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


APRIL
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Judges 13,14,15

1

Luke 6:27-49

2

Judges 16,17,18

2

Luke 7:1-30

3

Judges 19,20,21

3

Luke 7:31-50

4

Ruth 1,2,3,4

4

Luke 8:1-25

5

1 Sam. 1,2,3

5

Luke 8:26-56

6

1 Sam. 4,5,6

6

Luke 9:1-17

7

1 Sam. 7,8,9

 7

Luke 9:18-36

8

1 Sam. 10,11,12

8

Luke 9:37-62

9

1 Sam. 13,14

9

Luke 10:1-24

10

1 Sam. 15,16

10

Luke 10:25-42

11

1 Sam. 17,18

11

Luke 11:1-28

12

1 Sam. 19,20,21

12

Luke 11:29-54

13

1 Sam. 22,23,24

13

Luke 12:1-31

14

1 Sam. 25,26

14

Luke 12:32-59

15

1 Sam. 27,28,29

15

Luke 13:1-22

16

1 Sam. 30,31

16

Luke 13:23-35

17

2 Sam. 1,2

17

Luke 14:1-24

18

2 Sam. 3,4,5

18

Luke 14:25-35

19

2 Sam. 6,7,8

19

Luke 15:1-10

20

2 Sam. 9,10,11

20

Luke 15:11-32

21

2 Sam. 12,13

21

Luke 16

22

2 Sam. 14,15

22

Luke 17:1-19

23

2 Sam. 16,17,18

23

Luke 17:20-37

24

2 Sam. 19,20

24

Luke 18:1-23

25

2 Sam. 21,22

25

Luke 18:24-43

26

2 Sam. 23,24

26

Luke 19:1-27

27

1 Kings 1,2

27

Luke 19:28-48

28

1 Kings 3,4,5

28

Luke 20:1-26

29

1 Kings 6,7

29

Luke 20:27-47

30

1 Kings 8,9

30

Luke 21:1-19


LOOKING AHEAD

April 5, Search: “A Holy God, A Holy People”

April 5, Friends & Family Day with  Dr. Alan Martin from Oklahoma Christian University.  A catered meal from Chicago Street Deli will follow morning service at the Municipal Auditorium.

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

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

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

June 7-13, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 13-17, Central’s VBS


Youth News
Bob Stephens

It’s an awesome thing to see a young person commit their life to Christ!  It’s even more awesome to see a father baptize his own child.  We were blessed to witness both last Tuesday evening when Lettie Curtis made the decision to obey the Gospel and be baptized by her father.  I had a conversation with Joe just after he baptized Lettie.  We talked about the day Lettie was born and how he felt back then compared to how he felt right now.  He said, and I agree, that the moment you see them “born again” is the best moment in the world.  Congratulations to Joe and Amber on raising such a great Christian young woman.  Congratulations to Lettie for making the most important decision anyone could ever make.  Let’s remember Lettie in our prayers as she starts her new life in Christ.

Next Wednesday evening we will have a brief meeting concerning our impending trip to the LTC Convention in Rogers, Arkansas.  We will have important information for everyone, adults and kids concerning times, room assignments, etc.  Please be sure to be there so everything can go as smoothly as possible.  Please pray for us as we put the finishing touches on all our projects.  Only 1 week to go!

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Sunday, April 26th, Tecumseh volleyball tourney


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              144

Worship Service                                       216

Sunday Evening                                       129

Wednesday Evening                                105

Contribution                                    4,416.88

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Announcements:                       Robert Prater

Opening Prayer:                           Paul Harris

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                 Dr. Alan Martin

Closing Prayer:                        Jim Pettyjohn

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gene Norton                                   Bob Perry

Glendon Combs                          Tracy Gettle

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Herman Guin                            Bob Stephens

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                     Ron Taffe

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Molly Gettle

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

James Reeves

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

SPECIAL 2:00 P.M. SERVICE

‘PARENTING’          Dr. Alan Martin

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

Sermon:                               Dr. Alan Martin

Closing Prayer:                        Robert Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                       Scott Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                 LTC Song Leaders

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

 

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297