Bulletin for Sunday 05/31/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Recently in a Wednesday evening Bible class we examined Exodus 1-3.  In doing so we came across the verse in Exodus 1:8 that reads: “Now there arose a new King over Egypt who did not know Joseph.”  In Acts 7:18 Luke, through inspiration employed this passage as he recorded Stephen’s great sermon.  With few words, Stephen traced Hebrew history from Abraham on past Moses.

We remember how in Exodus, the children of Israel were enslaved in the land of Egypt.  Many years earlier, their ancestor Joseph saved the country from one of the worse famines in early recorded history.  Joseph was a national hero and as a reward, Pharaoh allowed Joseph’s people to live in the land.  However, as time passed, it says that there was a pharaoh that did not know Joseph.  He did not really forget, but the significance of what Joseph had done lost meaning as time passed.  As a result, the pharaoh enslaved the same people who had saved his nation so many years earlier.

This new Egyptian king’s relationship with Israel was not based on gratitude like his predecessor had been.  Now, in Acts 7:18, Stephen seems to use one of his points of contrast in building his case for Jesus.  Whereas Joseph and his brethren were accepted and appreciated by an earlier pharaoh, they were rejected by a later pharaoh.

Because of this, Israel needed a deliverer.  This deliverer was found in Moses – but not until Moses would realize his humility before God.  When Moses tried at age forty to be a deliverer, the next day when he appeared and attempted to settle a dispute among his own brethren, he was rebuked and asked, “Who made you a ruler and judge over us.” (Acts 7:27)

It was the point Stephen was making about the rejection of Moses that led to his implication – as Moses was rejected by his brethren, Jesus who was greater than Moses, was rejected by His own people – the very ones Stephen was addressing.

The question we need to always be asking ourselves is  Are we guilty of rejecting Jesus or are we willing to stand with Jesus at the very cost of our life like Stephen?”  May we all live by the same love, gratitude and sacrifice spoken by the apostle Paul:  “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all die,” and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Cor. 5:14-15)

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

Dennis Taylor is doing well following a stroke.  He and Frances are continuing to live with their children for the time being. 

Harvey Moore is responding well to his new medication.  He and Carletta may get to return to Shawnee soon. 

Hazel Lee Behrnes stays under sedation and sleeps most of the time.

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


Youth News
Bob Stephens

Mystery Trip time!  We are leaving Friday evening at 6:00 pm from the building for our adventure.  Okay guys and girls, here’s what you need: Bible, medical release, sleeping bag, pillow, change of clothes, towel, tooth brush, deodorant, etc., sturdy shoes (not just flip flops), extra pillow case, helmet (bike, skate board, climbing, etc.), flashlight, snacks, games, movies (nothing but G or PG), There, I think that’s everything!

This is gonna’ be fun!  Teens, take this chance to unwind a little bit before camp and other things get us busy this summer.  If you have any questions about the trip, call me!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 1, Mon – AWTG @ Blanchard

June 7-13, Burnt Cabin

June 15, Mon – AWTG Fittstown  

June 29, Mon. – AWTG Pauls Valley

BURNT CABIN – JUNE 7 - 13

Camp applications are on the teen bulletin board!


JUNE BIRTHDAYS

03

Emily Perry

04

Alexis Norwood

04

Phyllis Scheidt90th !!!

09

Jennifer Lawrence

09

Alice Rice

12

Emma Wilson 90th !!!

13

Denise Beard

14

Earl Finch

15

Nancy Harber

15

Kenton McGalliard

15

Jeff Todd

17

June Lowe – 90th !!!

19

Mary Kelly

20

Arthur Epperson

21

Arlene Riley

21

Darlene Todd

22

Bertha Ann Young

24

Tracy Gettle

25

Cathy Harmon

27

Irene Coffman

27

Joe Magee

28

Frank Romberg

29

Pam Baskin

29

Brittany Harmon

30

Debbie Taffe


JUNE ANNIVERSARIES

01

Jim & Linda Carpenter – 41st

04

Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn50th

05

Scott & Tamara Perry – 16th

05

Bill & Cathy Rose – 11th

06

Glendon & Juanita Combs – 63rd

07

Ben & Alice Salter – 40th

16

Chris & Karen Hilditch – 31st

18

Smiley & Nancy Irelan – 43rd

21

Kenneth & Sarah Epley56th

23

Dwyane & Marcia Dennis – 50th

25

Floyd & Juanita Davis – 59th

We extend best wishes to those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in June.  We especially congratulate Phyllis Scheidt, Emma Wilson, and June Lowe on their 90th birthdays and to those celebrating milestone anniversaries:  Ben and Alice Salter on their 40th, Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn, Dwyane and Marcia Dennis on their 50th. Just look at how long our couples have been married!  It isn’t just the month of June; it’s a noticeable thing every month.  It’s a great testimony of the  tremendous contribution Christianity makes to the success of marriage.


INVITATION

This day I will marry my best friend,

The one I laugh with, live for, love.

Jessica Marie Dame

Daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dame

And

Cole Fort Bryant

Son of

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bryant

Hope that you will join in this celebration

On Friday, the twenty-sixth of June

Two thousand and nine

At seven o’clock in the evening

Choctaw Church of Christ

14998 E. Reno Ave.

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Reception at Eastside Church of Christ

(Jessica is the granddaughter of Betty Emery)


LOOKING AHEAD

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”

July 13-17, Central’s Vacation Bible School

July 18-28, Nicaragua Mission supplies: small sample sizes of soap, deodorant, shampoo (No Conditioners), lotions, safety razors, wash cloths, combs, Band-aids, barrettes and ribbons for the girl’s hair.


JUNE

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

2 Ch. 15,16

1

John 12:27-50

2

2 Ch. 17,18

2

John 13:1-20

3

2 Ch. 19,20

3

John 13:21-38

4

2 Ch. 21,22

4

John 14

5

2 Ch. 23,24

5

John 15

6

2 Ch.25,26,27

6

John 16

7

2 Ch. 28,29

7

John 17

8

2 Ch. 30,31

8

John 18:1-18

9

2 Ch. 32,33

9

John 18:19-40

10

2 Ch. 34,35,36

10

John 19:1-22

11

Ezra 1,2

11

John 19:23-42

12

Ezra 3,4,5

12

John 20

13

Ezra 6,7,8

13

John 21

14

Ezra 9,10

14

Acts 1

15

Neh. 1,2,3

15

Acts 2:1-21

16

Neh. 4,5,6

16

Acts 2:22-47

17

Neh. 7,8,9

17

Acts 3

18

Neh. 10,11

18

Acts 4:1-22

19

Neh. 12,13

19

Acts 4:23-37

20

Esther 1,2

20

Acts 5:1-21

21

Esther 3,4,5

21

Acts 5:22-42

22

Esther 6,7,8

22

Acts 6

23

Esther 9,10

23

Acts 7:1-21

24

Job 1,2

24

Acts 7:22-43

25

Job 3,4

25

Acts 7:44-60

26

Job 5,6,7

26

Acts 8:1-25

27

Job 8,9,10

27

Acts 8:26-40

28

Job 11,12,13

28

Acts 9:2-21

29

Job 14,15,16

29

Acts 9:22-43

30

Job 17,18,19

30

Acts 10:1-23


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              131

Worship Service                                      194

Sunday Evening                                       104

Wednesday Evening                                110

Contribution                                     3,821.77

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                     Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                  Bob Seikel

Kenton McGalliard                         Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

James Reeves                        Keith Lawrence

USHERS

Gene Norton                                   Ron Taffe

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Molly Gettle & Diane Lawerance

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Austin Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                   Tracy Gettle

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Steve Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297