Bulletin for Sunday 04/19/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

We’ve all had the experience of being embarrassed by someone else’s actions.  As parents, sometimes we are embarrassed when our children say or do things in public we wish they’d never said or done.  Children in turn, may be embarrassed by their parents, who say and do things that might not be perceived as “cool.”

Do you suppose that God is sometimes embarrassed by His children, even as human parents are embarrassed by theirs?  I believe He is, on the basis of this passage of Scripture: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth… … … …therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:13, 16b).

Notice that God is not ashamed to be called the God of those righteous men and women who served Him faithfully unto death, as did those whose faith actions are recalled in Hebrews 11.  That statement suggests its corollary: that God is ashamed to be called the God of those who did not walk in faith before Him.

Was God not embarrassed by His creation in the days of Noah? “And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6).  Or at Sinai, when the Israelites lapsed into idol worship in Moses’ absence?  “I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!  Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them” (Exodus 32:9-10).

Perhaps, we think, God felt such shame occasionally in ancient times, but surely He would never feel that way about His people in this day and age.  Could the Lord be ashamed of His church today?  Ask the church at Ephesus, to whom Christ said, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Revelation 2:4-5).  Or the church at Laodicea: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16).

In his book Following Jesus Without Embarrassing God, Tony Campolo writes, “It’s one thing for the world to reject Jesus because the people in secular society consider the gospel ridiculous.  It is quite another thing for the world to reject the gospel because Christians are an embarrassment to God.”  As children of God, and members of the church of Jesus Christ, let’s resolve to conduct our lives so that our Father is not ashamed.        --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)


VBS PLANNING MEETING

There will be a planning meeting for all teachers and anyone interested in helping with VBS after services this coming Sunday evening.  VBS is scheduled for July 13-17. See Robert Prater for more information.


CENTRAL LADIES LUNCHEON

All Central ladies are invited to be guests of the Sunshine Sisters for a salad luncheon to be held immediately after morning worship on April 26 in the fellowship room.  More details to follow.


 JOSH LYONS IN IRAQ

Josh Lyons will be in Tikrit, Iraq for the next year with his job in the military.  He will be able to come back to the US twice during the year for visits. He would love any correspondence. You can send cards of encouragement to the address below:

GSE-13 Josh Lyons

TF ODIN Constant Hawk

COB Speicher

APO AE 09393

You can also email Josh at:

Joshlyons225@gmail.com

Let’s all keep Josh in our prayers and also be an encouragement and support to Leah and Dalton while he is away from them.     


 THANK YOU

Thank you for your prayers, cards, and kind words after the passing of my mother.

                                  Arthur and Noma Epperson

 

I am so grateful to the elders for all they do to make it possible for our kids to participate in LTC.  I wish each of you could have been there to see the great job they did.  I would also like to thank everyone who brought water or made a donation for our trip.  You are always so generous. 

                                                        Rita [Romberg]


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins has received a good report on the pressure in his eye, and it is hoped that healing of other major issues can now begin. 

We have no late word on Ray Simmons who recently had surgery at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton. 

Sarah Epley has been ill at home for some time. 

John Aylor is also under the weather at home. 

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


LOOKING AHEAD

April 19, Search: “Be Kind to One Another”

April 19, VBS planning meeting after p.m. service for all teachers and anyone interested in helping

April 18-19, Church of Christ in Seminole 100th anniversary celebration

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’s Ladies’ Day & Luncheon following morning service; all ladies invited 

May 1-2, Central Men’s Retreat, Quail Ridge Lodge, Tecumseh.  Sign up sheet in foyer.

May 2, 30th  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


Youth News

Bob Stephens

We’re back from Rogers!  We had a wonderful time together as a group and together as the body of Christ.  I wanted to share with you what all our kids accomplished this past weekend during LTC Convention.  Here are the names of the kids that participated and the things they did:

Wade Baskin - Christian Art, Drama, Puppets

Bryce Beal - Christian Art, Scrapbook, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Song Leading

Chad Beard - Scrapbook, Drama

Lettie Curtis - Art, Scrapbook, Drama, Puppets

Molly Gettle - Art, Scrapbook, Drama, Puppets

Brandon Gober - Scrapbook, Drama, Puppets

Keon Lawrence - Scrapbook, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets

Claire McKnight - Christian Art, Scrapbook, Drama, Puppets

Michaela Michener* - Christian Art, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Song Leading,

Brooklyn Motley* - Scrapbook, Drama, Puppets

Eric Park - Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Song Leading

Davonte Whiting* - Scrapbook, Christian Art, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Song Leading

Deiondre Whiting* - Christian Art, Scrapbook, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Speech

Dresean Whiting* - Christian Art, Scrapbook, Bible Reading, Drama, Puppets, Speech

*First time LTC participants

As you can see, some of the kids stayed very busy Friday and Saturday.  All the kids did their very best and did it to the glory of God.  This year’s theme was LIFE, LIGHT, WORD from the Book of John.  Our kids exemplified that phrase in every thing they did this weekend!  Be sure to give them a pat on the back for a job well done!

Also, I would like to personally thank all those that contributed to our successful trip.  Thanks to the coaches for all your support in helping the kids and preparing them for things they can use throughout their lives.  Thanks to those who donated water so we had plenty to drink.  You helped prevent cotton mouth for those having to get up in front of crowds!  Thanks to those that supported us monetarily.  Thank you to the parents that got their kiddos to all the practices they had over the past few months.  And finally, I want to thank the kids.  You guys never gave us a bit of trouble on our trip.  You did what was asked of you and you did it with a smile.  We are truly blessed at Central to have such an awesome group of youth.  Thanks!

 


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              190

Worship Service                                       295

Sunday Evening                                       146

Wednesday Evening                                125

Contribution                                    6,805.56

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                           Dale Beard

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                         Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Ron Dunavan

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Austin Beard                                 Paul Harris

Chris Nipper                                   Joe Curtis

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Brian Nipper                         Craig McKnight

USHERS

Steve Kelly                    Burl Vanlandingham

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cheryl Miller & Diane Lawerance

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 George Mastick

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Gerald Smith

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                                Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297