Bulletin for Sunday 05/17/2009

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With Robert Prater

Every year at this time thoughts turn to summer.  But before that, something extremely important happens to a group of teenagers who have worked very hard for the past 12 years to reach this milestone.  High school graduation!  This coming Sunday evening, at the close of worship, we will be presenting each graduation senior with a new Bible engraved with the student’s name. 

This year’s “Class of 2009 of the Central Church of Christ” is made up of Tanner Nipper and Claire McKnight.  Congratulations to each of you!  They have worked very hard to reach this point in their lives and we want to celebrate this time with them and tell them how proud we are of them.  Immediately after worship, there will be a Senior Reception in the fellowship room.  If you would like to contribute to a money tree, see Bob or Janet Stephens.  This is a time for you to visit with them and wish them well in the future.

This past Sunday we officially welcomed for the summer Matthew and Jill Sloan.  Matthew is now here and working with Bob Stephens as Central’s summer youth intern.  We are so thankful to God to have the kind of spiritual character and example of the like of Matt and Jill to be a part of our ministry this summer with our young people.  Please take the opportunity to get to know and welcome them.  We need all Central parents, grandparents, and members to actively support, participate and encourage you and your children’s involvement and commitment to our summer youth program and Matthew’s work with us.

                 -- Robert -- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)




First off, I want to tell the graduating seniors congratulations on accomplishing a successful milestone in your lives.  It feels good to complete what you start!  Tanner and Claire, I wish you the best in your next life’s endeavors and to never forget your roots and where you started.  Always keep God in your heart and mind and you will never go wrong.  If ever you get stuck in a rut, I like the verse in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Also I want to express my deepest thanks to all here at Central Church of Christ.  I have been greeted warmly by the staff and have been treated great since my start on Monday.  To the elders of the congregation; thank you so much for allowing Jill and I to be a part of the good work that has been going on here, and pray that we can add to the warmth we have felt.  To the congregation; Jill and I also thank you for accepting us to be a part of the wonderful family here at Shawnee and hope to get to know you all as we work here this summer.  Thank you so much for this opportunity to grow in the love and fellowship of the brothers and sisters of Christ’s body!!                                Matt [Sloan]




Carl “Tanner” Nipper is the son of Brian and Dena Nipper, younger brother of Chris Nipper and the grandson of Betty and Dave Emery, Jean and Richard Hulsey and Carl and Mary (Lopez) Robbins.  Tanner is a 2009 Tecumseh High School Graduate.  He was active in BETA, Student Council, Class Officer and the Tecumseh FFA Chapter for four years.  He was nominated for Best Personality for the senior class and was a 2008 Future Ag-Ed Teacher Academy winner.  Tanner has been awarded numerous awards including: Star Chapter Farmer, State FFA Degree, State Shooting Sport, State Archery, State Tractor Driving, State Livestock Judging, Beef Production, Wildlife Management, Forage Production, Public Speaking Awards, and Livestock Awards too many to name.  He was a leader in Relay for Life, Project Safe-Domestic Violence Shelter, State and National Convention, Farm Safety Days, Advance Leadership Development, Central District COLT Conference, FFA Alumni camp, Greenhand Days, Children’s Barnyard, Local Food Drives, Angle Tree, Door Decorating for Nursing Homes and many more local and state projects. 

Tanner will be attending Connor State College on a Livestock Judging Scholarship while studying Agricultural Education for two years and will achieve his Ag-Ed Teaching Degree from Oklahoma State University.  Tanner’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, 4-wheelers, shooting sports and raising his Club Calves.


Claire McKnight was born September 23, 1991 to Craig and Michelle McKnight and older sisters Selene and Hillary.  Claire became a Christian when she was 9 years old and has been a faithful Christian since.  Claire has always been active in church, participating in LTC, work camps, church singing schools, church camps as a camper and as a junior counselor.

Claire has also been involved in many philanthropic activities such as the Meals-On-Wheels program in Noble and in Tecumseh, she has helped with the annual benefit dinner for Unzner’s Child Advocacy Centre in Shawnee and helped with Open Houses for the St. Jude Children’s Dream Home and one summer she was a junior docent at the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum.

She began playing soccer when she was 5 years old and has played all through high school.

Claire began her education at home with her mother and two sisters.  She wanted to catch-up to Hillary in school work and so she did all of her 5th and 6th grade work in one year.  She began going to public school in the seventh grade at Tecumseh Middle School and then transferred to Shawnee in her sophomore year.  She has taken AP classes and concurrent college classes in high school and is in the National Honor Society.  Claire has also been the recipient of the Outstanding Youth Scholarship.  She once again showed her competitive nature when she applied and gained admission to OSU before her senior year of high school even began and she will be going there this fall.

Claire has also worked since she was 10 years old, first in the family snow cone stand, then the family tanning and toning salon and now at Frateli’s Restaurant.



We welcome Matt Sloan and his wife Jill.  Matt is our new summer youth intern.  He will be working closely with Bob Stephens and Robert Prater.   Their address is 2930 Nantucket Apt. 308B, Edmond, OK 73013.  Telephone 405-471-3404 and email is matthew.sloan@stucent.oc.edu.  Matt’s office is set up in the old elder’s office.



Judy Wills has not been well for several weeks and spent some time in ICU at Unity Health Center a few days ago.  She is improving and appreciates your prayers.  Laura Weeks, the daughter-in-law of Carl Weeks, is having tests this week.  Breast cancer is suspected.  Please remember in prayer our cancer, chemo, & radiation treatment patients: Hazel Lee Behrnes, Juanita Combs, and Harvey Moore.



Our family is so very appreciative of your kind thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  The green plant was a lovely expression of your regard for Steve.  Love, Kathie, Jeff, & Jennifer (Truesdell) Kraker



May 17, Search: “There Is One Baptism”

May 17, Senior Reception to honor Claire McKnight and Tanner Nipper, 6 p.m.

May 24, Search: “The Joy of Salvation”

May 25, Memorial Day, church office closed.

May 31, Search: “Walking In the Spirit”

June 1-3, Tipton Truck, needed supplies: cereal, Canola oil, catsup, canned pear halves, Lime-away, Scrubbing Bubbles, Windex, liquid laundry soap, toilet tissue, and presweetened Kool-Aid. 

June 7-13, Central’s week at Burnt Cabin

July 13-17, Central’s Vacation Bible School


Youth News

Bob Stephens

Don’t forget about church camp, June 7-13.  Applications are on the teen bulletin board!



May 17 – Sunday, Senior Reception after evening worship

May 29-30, Fri-Sat-Mystery Trip – more info to come!



Bible School                                              151

Worship Service                                       268

Sunday Evening                                       132

Wednesday Evening                                104

Contribution                                     5,226.35



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                         Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Bob Seikel


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                              Bill Lawerance

John Aylor                                 Brian Nipper


Jim Carpenter                            Austin Beard


Gene Norton                            Robby Kinsey


Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                    Robby & Kacy Kinsey


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


James Reeves


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:                        Steve Kelly

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                              Jim Walling



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                         Austin Beard



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297