Bulletin for Sunday 7/26/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
with
Robert Prater

Our 2009 Vacation Bible School was an enormous success this year.  One of the biggest and best in many years.  We had terrific attendance every day averaging 100 kids each day!   There were nearly 230 present for Friday night’s Open House program!   A large number of these who attended were visitors from the community.  So many of them expressed how much their children enjoy coming to our VBS and how impressed they were with our congregation.  We will soon be following up with many of these visitors.   It was an awesome sight to see so many children coming together to learn about God's Word.

There are so many people to thank and let me just say how incredibly thankful and proud I am of every member at Central  who helped in any shape or form whether working behind the scenes, baked and brought cookies, helped serve, set up and clean up on Friday night,  donated money, and invited and brought children to VBS.   Now, with the great fear of overlooking someone, I do want to mention the following people below who deserve to be recognized for their dedication this past week to VBS.

Traveling Teachers:  Cheryl Miller, Marla Miller, Kayla Miller, Louise Perry, Vivian Cross, Carolyn Root, Yuavonda Weeks, Nancy Harber, Karen Marasco, Anita Sharp, Linda Sharpley, Hillary Whittington, Clavin Norwood, and Robby Kinsey.

Story Room:  Maggie Prater, Claire McKnight.

Application Room:  Tamie Perry, Analisa Beal.

Story Tellers:  Mary & Steve Kelly, Janet Stephens, Linda Sharpley, Robert Prater, and Robby Kinsey.

Craft workers:  Denise Beard, Lindsey Perry, and Angie Gober.

Refreshments:  Paula Harris, Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn, Linda Carpenter, Ann Perry, and Marcia Dennis.

Games:  Leah Lyons, Pam Baskin.

Van Drivers:  Paul Harris, Jim Walling, Matthew Sloan, and Jim Pettyjohn.  (We ran the van and bus and picked up nearly 25 kids each day)

Teenagers/College:  Jason Perry, Keon Lawrence, Wade Baskin, Austin Beard, Chad Beard, Marla Miller, Kayla Miller, Lettie Curtis, Claire McKnight, Brandon Gober, Bryce Beal, Dresean Whiting, Deiondre Whiting, Jamel Seibak, and Nathan Kelly.  These all helped with our dramatic Bible stories and puppet skits each day and anywhere else they were needed.

There are a few people I need to give some special thanks as well.  Special thanks is given to Matthew Sloan for working and singing with the kids during refreshments each day and on Friday night.   Jim Pettyjohn who took many of the pictures for the Slideshow and is such a great help overall.  Rita Romberg for all the hard work and amazing job she does with all the many decorations around the building.  Maggie Prater for all the preparatory work and overall help to me in coordinating VBS.  Bob and Janet Stephens for making the wonderful puppet stage barn, writing the puppet scripts, and making the great looking hanging signs in the auditorium.   John Sharpley for building the wonderful looking “Whale” (i.e., great fish) for the story of Jonah.  Nathan Kelly for all his help in putting together the VBS Slideshow.   Keith and Jennifer Lawrence for cooking the hotdogs, and with Jeff and Darlene Todd helping serve them Friday night.  Scott Perry for serving snow cones!

Friends VBS enables us to focus our efforts on both the children in our congregation and our community by sowing the seed of God’s Word in their precious hearts (Luke 8:11).  It is our hope and prayer that the things we taught these children this past week Lord may result in their conversion to Christ, one day, or their parents, or their friends. The possibilities are endless!  God bless you all!

--Robert – (robprater@sbcglobal.net              

(www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


LET GO AND LET GOD

Well I know that I told you that I would be out of pocket last week for VBS but if you know anything of the military you know that you have to be flexible and ready for anything that comes up. I will admit I did become quite frustrated in the situation.  Knowing VBS week is an important week for the summer events for the church, I had tried to plan a way to be able to be involved with VBS well in advance and it had seemed not work out. Now it all worked out in the end, I was able to be involved in VBS and had a great time in doing so. 

I know that you have been in a situation just as this a time or two and felt the frustration as I did.  It takes a situation as this to remind us of who is in control when we turn our life over to God.  Time and time again I am reminded of God's hand in my life with situations that seem impossible to overcome as you approach it, but as you are in the midst of it we must continue in faith that all is ultimately going to be OK.  It is at the point where we Let Go and Let God that we truly walk by faith and not by sight.  Then as we look back on the situation we see God's fingerprints everywhere, just as the children's song goes, "Fingerprints are everywhere, just to show how much He cares!"  Look for the fingerprints of God in your life and see how much He has cared for you in your life and be uplifted in your faith. Take that faith and share God's love to those around you.  Just as the saying goes "when life throws you lemons, make lemonade!" Looking at the scriptures we have a definition of faith by the Hebrew writer in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, along with accounts of faith from Old Testament giants.  Paul is also a person who held on by faith in situations that normally would produce doubt.  He writes about the situations in his letters to the church and to Timothy.  Paul said it best in his final letter to Timothy chapter 4 verse 6 as he tells of his finish, knowing his end.  We are in a life filled with disappointment but we must have faith to get us through it all.Phil.4:13         

Matthew Sloan                                                                              
matthew.sloan@student.oc.edu
Cell:405-471-3404


ADDRESS CHANGE

The apartment number for Thelma Divine should be changed to 507.


THANK YOU

Somehow just saying “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough.  But I hope you know how much your thoughtfulness has meant to me.             Joe Magee


PRAYER CONCERNS

It was good seeing Joe Magee back in worship Sunday after his recent knee surgery. 

Jennifer Michener’s grandmother, Hollie Corum, was scheduled to have a leg amputated on Wednesday of this week in Springfield, Missouri.  Your prayers are requested.


 AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

03

Carol Brodersen

04

Norma Edgmon

04

Doris Phillips

05

Karen Hilditch

05

Bill Lawerance

06

Brian Blackshire

07

Ron Dunavan

08

Brianna Perry

11

George Mastick

12

Sarah Epley

13

Steve Eaton

13

Anthony Kane Harmon

13

Keon Lawrence

15

Dale Beard

20

Mikaela Hensley

20

Chris Hilditch

21

Tim Norton, Sr.

2

Mary Jo Fleming

22

Devin Riley

23

Ruth Guin90th!!!

24

Vesta Mays

24

Polly Reese – 93rd!!!

27

Noma Epperson

27

Louise Honaker

27

Kathryn Hutchens

31

Dennis Brodersen

31

Nancy Irelan


ANNIVERSARIES IN AUGUST

03

Earl & Judy Finch – 43rd

04

Lynn & Cathy Harmon – 36th 

03

Paul & Paula Harris – 47th

04

Steve & Mary Kelly – 37th 

05

Greg & Analisa Beal – 10th

06

Adam & Misti Beard – 4th

14

George & Carolyn Mastick – 49th

17

Jim & Vivian Cross – 46th 

     We express our best wishes to those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries in August, especially to Ruth Guin on her 90th birthday and to Polly Reese on her 93rd.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Cherrell Hamilton, Louise Honaker, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, 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.


Youth News

Bob Stephens

Sometimes it’s weird to be on the outside looking in, but that’s how it was for me last week during VBS.  Not being able to be there to help is a little strange, but I know, as usual, that Rob and Maggie Prater did the most incredible job!  And all the supporting cast, in the way of teachers, drivers, story tellers, all do their part to make it the best VBS week every year.  I want to give the Teens and Matt Sloan a big pat on the back.  The teens are always there, always happy, and always willing to do anything that’s asked of them.  Thanks guys and girls!  Matt wasn’t even supposed to be here last week because of guard duty but at the last minute plans changed, so there he was right in the middle of everything.  Thanks Matt!

I know that all that everyone did was pleasing in God’s sight because it was done to His glory!  Trying to reach souls is what we should be all about.  And that’s just what all of you did.  Thanks!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

July 27, Monday – AWTG @ Westside in Norman

August 2&3, Sunday/Monday – Six Flags trip

August 14, Friday, Back to School Blast with  Northridge


LOOKING AHEAD

July 26, Search: “The Price of Saying ‘No’ to God”

August 1, Leslie Gettle/ Andy Stephens wedding, Central, 2 p.m.

August 2, Search: “The Price of saying ‘No’ to God”

August 9, Search: “Has the Church Lost Its Job?”


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                149

Worship Service                                                 218

Sunday Evening                                                 136

Wednesday Evening                                          122

Contribution                                                        $4.219.88

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                       Bob Stephens

Song Director:                       Matthew Sloan

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                            Scott Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Glendon Combs                              Jim Cross

Jon Merritt                              Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                              Jeff Todd

USHERS

Robert Perry                  Burl Vanlandingham

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Austin Beard

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                    Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                      Matthew Sloan

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                                  Bob Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Devo:                                          Matthew Sloan

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297