Bulletin for Sunday 8/2/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

The old farmer, ragged and barefooted, sat on the steps of his tumbledown shack, chewing on a stem of Timothy grass.  He was accosted by a passing stranger who was seeking a cool drink of water.  Wishing to be agreeable the stranger asked, “How is your cotton coming in this weather?”

     Ain’t got none,” said the farmer.

     “Didn’t you plant any?” asked the frowning stranger.

     “Nope,” said the farner, “fraid of boll weevils.”

     “Well,” said the newcomer, “How is your corn?”

     Didn’t plant none,” said the man, “Fraid there warn’t goin’ to be no rain.”

     “Really, what did you plant?” asked the puzzled inquirer.

     “Nothing,” said the farmer, “I jest played it safe.”

As I first read this story, I was amused at the short sightedness of the man that refused to plant.  How foolish is a man that refuses to plant out of fear of natural calamity.  But then another thought came to mind.  Are we any different spiritually, when we refuse to plant the seed of the kingdom?

We then excuse ourselves by saying, “They wouldn’t be interested anyway,” or “I wouldn’t want to endanger our friendship with religion.”  So we try to play it safe.  The result is clear if we do not plant, we will not reap.  If nothing is ventured there will be nothing gained for the cause of Christ.  Are you, am I, just trying to play it safe?  Am I a seed-growing individual, working to make this congregation a seed growing church?

Friends, I think one of the key elements for the ongoing growth of the Central congregation is that every member develops their own service around their personal ability and interests.  We do not all have to be alike or do alike. (Please read Romans 12:1-9; Eph. 4:15-16)  Allow the Lord to use you and the church will grow.

May the Lord give us vision, wisdom, love and a burden for the lost to plant the seed of His word and kingdom.  Know anyone who can use these four things?  I do. May God bless this congregation. -- Robert –

robprater@sbcglobal.net

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to all the relatives of the Wakolee family killed in a car crash south of Tecumseh last week.  They were the uncle, aunt, and cousin of our Kira Wakolee, granddaughter of Beverley MacMillan.


INVITATION

Keep in mind that you are invited to the wedding of Leslie Gettle and Andy Stephens on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Earl Finch has been readmitted to VA Medical Center and will probably be there until sometime in September when he will have additional surgery.  He is in room 6B, 116 but cannot have visitors at this time. 

Jennifer Michener’s grandmother, Hollie Corum, had very major surgery last week in Springfield, Missouri. 

Harvey Moore remains at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston where they are exploring new treatment possibilities. 

Maggie Prater’s grandmother, Thelma Downing of Pryor, was admitted to a nursing home two months ago with numerous health issues.  After a bad fall this past week she is now in ICU at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. 

Pamela Blackshire’s grandmother, Rita Fairchild, has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. 

Prayers have been requested for all of those mentioned in “Prayer Concerns” this week.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, 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.


AUGUST
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Ps. 57,58,59

1

 Romans 4

2

Ps. 60,61,62

2

 Romans 5

3

Ps. 63,64,65

3

 Romans 6

4

Ps. 66,67

4

 Romans 7

5

Ps. 68,69

5

 Romans 8:1-21

6

Ps. 70,71

6

 Romans 8:22-39

7

Ps. 72,73

7

 Romans 9:1-15

8

Ps. 74,75,76

8

 Romans 9:16-33

9

Ps. 77,78

9

 Romans 10

10

Ps. 79,80

10

Romans 11:1-18

11

Ps. 81,82,83

11

Romans 11:19-36

12

Ps. 84,85,86

12

Romans 12

13

Ps. 87,88

13

Romans 13

14

Ps. 89,90

14

Romans 14

15

Ps. 91,92,93

15

Romans 15:1-13

16

Ps. 94,95,96

16

Romans 15:14-33

17

Ps. 97,98,99

17

Romans 16

18

Ps. 100,101,102

18

1 Cor. 1

19

Ps. 103,104

19

1 Cor. 2

20

Ps. 105,106

20

1 Cor. 3

21

Ps. 107,108,109

21

1 Cor. 4

22

Ps. 110,111,112

22

1 Cor. 5

23

Ps. 113,114,115

23

1 Cor. 6

24

Ps. 116,117,118

24

1 Cor. 7:1-19

25

Ps. 119:1-88

25

1 Cor. 7:20-40

26

Ps. 119:89-176

26

1 Cor. 8

27

Ps. 120,121,122

27

1 Cor. 9

28

Ps. 123,124,125

28

1 Cor. 10:1-18

29

Ps. 126,127,128

29

1 Cor. 10:19-33

30

Ps. 129,130,131

30

1 Cor. 11:1-16

31

Ps. 132,133,134

31

1 Cor. 11:17-34


Youth News
Bob Stephens

 

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

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

August 10, Monday, AWTG at Eastside in Midwest City

August 14, Friday Back to School Party at   Northridge

NO BIBLE HOUR THIS SUNDAY


LOOKING AHEAD

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

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

 

MY LORD AND MY GOD!”

Thomas made the most unambiguous confession of Jesus made by any of the apostles.  In plain, straightforward words he confessed Jesus in terms that could have been addressed to the Almighty Father when he said, “My Lord and my God!”

The confession is even more remarkable when one considers the nature of Thomas.  Not much is told of him in the New Testament.  He, of course, is named among the twelve apostles in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but it is John’s Gospel which gives us pictures of the man.

The first glimpse comes in chapter 11 as Jesus, risking death, prepares to enter Jerusalem to raise Lazarus from the dead.  Thomas knows the danger, but in heroic despair says, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”  Thomas is a realist.

In the upper room, shortly before Jesus’ death, the Lord tells his disciples, You know the way where I am going.”  Once again in plain language Thomas speaks, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”  Thomas will never pretend to believe anything of which he is not sure.

Thomas was so cautious and level-headed that when he heard of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead he wasn’t going to accept it without clear-cut evidence despite the fact that Jesus had plainly predicted it.  Nor would he accept it on the words of his fellow apostles.  “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”  Thomas demands evidence!

Eight days after Thomas laid down his conditions for belief, Jesus appeared and told Thomas to place his finger in the nail prints and “do not be faithless, but believing.”  With a cry of assurance Thomas shouts, “My Lord and my God!”

That same assurance can be yours if you will read the Gospel of John (John 20:30-31).  In fact, there is a special blessing for those who have not seen and yet believe (John 20:29).     

John Gipson

 Windsong Church of Christ, N. Little Rock, AR


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                142

Worship Service                                                 208

Sunday Evening                                                 125

Wednesday Evening                                          111

Contribution                                                        $4.029.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Herman Guin

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                   Steve Kelly

Bob Bivins                                   Tim Norton

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard            Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                              Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cheryl Miller & Cathy Pettyjohn

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Robert Perry

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Bob Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                               Paul Harris

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                    Craig McKnight

Devo:                                   Tim McGalliard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297