Bulletin for Sunday 05/24/2009

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With Robert Prater

I want you to consider the apostle Paul for a moment.  There is no question that Paul underwent a tremendous change in his life.  He was at one time, by his own admission, a terrible person (1 Tim. 1:13).  When we read of his pre-conversion history in the book of Acts, we will agree with his assessment of himself.

However, while Paul remembered these things, he did not morbidly dwell on them to the point that they precluded him from any spiritual progress.  Paul remembered how he had, at one time, been involved in things that were important to him and probably important to a lot of other people (Phil. 3:5-6).  Yet Paul had changed and these things, though in his memory, were considered as unimportant to him now (Phil. 3:7).  Paul might use them as learning experiences, but they served little else.  He proceeds to say later, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Phil: 3:13).

Paul had to do that because if he did not leave his past in the past, he would not be able to “…press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).  That was clearly Paul’s goal in all that he did.  If he were to try to live in the past he would be hindered in the present and lose the future!  There is the lesson we all need to learn.

Yes, the past has happened.  It is history (and I mean that in the clinical, not cynical sense).  Christians who repent of their former conduct and continue to dwell on it and live in it will never become what they could be spiritually.  What advantage is there in allowing what has been forgiven to constantly be the obstacle we trip over every day?  I cannot think of one single advantage.  Then why do we do it?  Why beat ourselves up over these things.  Friends, let us learn from them.  Let us be resolute in not repeating them again.  Let us use them to make us stronger and be determined to prevent them from making us weaker.

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


Monday we had a great time, teaming together at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens, placing flags at the gravesites of veterans.  We ended up finishing all the graves before dusk.  What a joy it was to see the impact we had on the face of whom we helped.  She was overjoyed to the point of being overwhelmed with the turnout.  In todays fast pace life, the most precious gift we have to offer is our time.  Giving up an evening is hard to do with everything going on, but it’s the act of sacrificing that makes the impact to those we sacrifice our time to, that makes a difference in someone’s life.  I am so proud of all those kids and parents that gave all and even some of their evening to give back to the ones that gave a sacrifice for what freedom we enjoy today.

As we go into this summer, let’s continue this mentality of giving our time to the things having the best impact on our lives and to those in the community.  I want to spend time this summer with various service projects that help out those of the congregation and the community.  Let’s have others be talking about the good our young people are doing instead of having a bad reputation of not caring!  We are urged into service to God in Romans 12 by Paul, so let’s take that charge and serve!                                               Matthew Sloan


Dalton Lyons, son of Josh and Leah Lyons, is doing well following outpatient surgery at Children’s Hospital on Friday of last week.  It was good to see him and his mother in worship Sunday.  Dalton’s dad, Josh, is in Iraq at this time. 

Dennis Taylor is progressing well at this time. 

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


Chad Beard, Hazel Lee Behrnes, Don Brightwell, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Rachel Hall, Cherrell Hamilton, Louise Honaker, Joyce Kelly, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Ray & Nancy Simmons, Danielle Simpson (granddaughter of Gerald & Leona Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Frances Taylor, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White and Emma Wilson.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


George and Carolyn Mastick are again looking forward to their medical mission trip to Nicaragua.  They are so appreciative of your help and support in the past with supplies and prayers and will be putting a tote in the foyer for supplies again this year.  There is some unrest in the area and the government is giving the children’s home some problems.  We are hoping that things will settle down and lots of good work will be accomplished.  Here is a modified list of supplies we will want to take with us for the people of Nicaragua:

·         Small sample sizes of:



                                Shampoo (No Conditioners)


·         Safety razors

·         Wash cloths

·         Combs

·         Band-aids

·         Barrettes and ribbons for the girl’s hair

They informed us that they have plenty of small toys and flip flops for this year.



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

June 7, Search: “The Power of His Resurrection”

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

June 14, Search: “God’s Message in the Cross”

June 21, “The Battle for the Soul”

June 28, “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be”

July 13-17, Central’s Vacation Bible School

Youth News
Bob Stephens

Congratulations to Claire McKnight and Tanner Nipper.  They are both graduating from High School!  Let’s keep these two in our thoughts and prayers as they take the next leap into their lives.  Thank you to all that helped with the graduation reception and make the evening great!  Schools fixin’ to be out!  How cool is that?  We have several activities in the works for the youth group this summer.  Matt and I are attempting to finalize some stuff.  Parents, don’t let your kids miss out on the chance to be with us at every opportunity.  I know, I know, we have vacations and family trips over the summer, so do I.  But when your home, keep your kiddo plugged into what’s going on here.  Here is a couple of things we have in the works.


May 29-30, Fri-Sat. – Mystery Trip 

June 1, Mon – AWTG @ Blanchard

June 7-13, Burnt Cabin

June 15, Mon – AWTG Fittstown (yes, Fittstown)

June 29, Mon. – AWTG Pauls Valley

Camp applications are on the teen bulletin board!


Bible Hour will be in recess until Sunday, July 19th


Hope to see you here Sunday!



Bible School                                              142

Worship Service                                       209

Sunday Evening                                       153

Wednesday Evening                                119

Contribution                                     4,563.47



Sunday, May 24, 2009

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                        Matthew Sloan

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Mitch Harmon                             Jim Walling

Frank Burton                              Chris Nipper


Craig McKnight                              Joe Curtis


Gene Norton                                 Bob Bivins


Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins


Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence


Ron Taffe


Scott Perry



Opening Prayer:                         Jon Merritt

Song Director:                      Matthew Sloan

Sermon:                               Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Tracy Gettle


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                               Steve Kelly



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297