Bulletin for Sunday 8/9/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     Outside of the limelight of some New Testament characters, and off-stage of some major events, we can find a host of lesser known and less studied Christians.  It is in this category of workers that we find the man Tychicus.  Obscure in what we know of his background, the five verses which do mention him are full of the strength and character of this companion of Paul.  Other than knowing that he was from Asia (Acts 20:4) we know nothing of his upbringing, his religious past, or his conversion.  In spite of this, however, Paul gives us an insight to the man that only wets our appetites for wanting to know more. His relationship to the apostle Paul can best be studied out of Paul’s own references to him.

     “A beloved Brother,” (Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7).  How special Tychicus must have been to Paul!  Their work together; their common goals for the spread of the Gospel; sharing in both good and hard times.  Paul felt the bonds of love for this brother that can only be experienced by those in Christ.

     “A Faithful Minister,” (Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7). The dedication, insight, and boldness of Tychicus can be seen in this one statement.  Proclaiming the Gospel in a time when it could cost you your life shows us his faith and conviction.  Faithful to God and faithful to the message made Tychicus trustworthy and bold.

     Proclaimer of Paul’s welfare,” (Ephesians 6:21; II Timothy 4:12; Colossians 4:7; Titus 3:12).  The eyes of the first century church watched as Paul was repeatedly beaten and imprisoned.  For many of them Paul was like a banner which continued to fly and stand in the midst of battle.  His perseverance inspired others.  Tychicus was entrusted to take the news of Paul’s state in order to reassure and strengthen the brethren.  Paul’s trust in Tychicus to do this shows us indeed that Tychicus was a “Comforter of Hearts.”

     It would not be out of line for us to say that most of us can never be the Paul’s, John’s, Luke’s, Peter’s, or Matthew’s of the church.  Great men such as these are only scattered across the pages of history.  These great men, however, would have been less influential had it not been for the thousands of dedicated workers behind them, like Tychicus.  Let’s strive to become known as “beloved brother,” “faithful ministers,” and “comforters of hearts.”

                        -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)

 

NICARAGUA

     The medical mission trip to Nicaragua was a tremendous success as usual.  The team saw 3,237 individuals and gave out 12,351 medications at five different locations.  We gave out five thousand pounds of beans, four thousand pounds of rice, one thousand pounds of sugar and forty gallons of cooking oil.  Twenty Thompson Bibles were given to preachers and around two thousand dollars worth of Spanish Bibles were given to the churches to give out.

     We know of 8 baptisms in two of the days but don’t know the total number.  In talking with one of the preachers he said he had baptized over two hundred since January.  The churches are outgrowing their buildings (houses).  The construction crew put a new metal roof on the house the Jinotepe Central Church is purchasing for a church building.  They also built a pole barn type structure for another congregation to use for children’s classes and they painted and did other work at the children’s home.

      The Catrina congregation has grown from around twenty to over forty this year and the house they are meeting in is too small.  They can buy land and build an adequate structure to meet in for around ten thousand dollars.  They have received contributions for all but one thousand dollars of the cost of the land.  The money we were given by individual members at Central we gave to that cause and to a young preacher whose wife had to have an operation at the cost of four hundred and fifty dollars.  He only makes two hundred a month and had no money to live on.

     We are very pleased with the results of the mission trip and appreciate all the help we got from the members at Central.  The toiletries and monies contributed were very helpful.  You do make a difference.  Thank you again for your help.       

                              George and Carolyn [Mastick]    

NOTE:  We are so thankful and greatly appreciate George and Carolyn Mastick for their dedicated sacrifice and service to Christ in the good work being done through this medical mission trip to Nicaragua.  The Central congregation is blessed by God to be able to support many good mission works, but we are always most proud when our members actively and personally endeavor to spread the Gospel throughout the world in such efforts.                                                      --Robert--

 

CONGRATULATIONS

     We extend our best wishes to Leslie Gettle and Andy Stephens who became one in marriage this past Saturday afternoon with Steve Kelly performing the ceremony.  We pray a long and happy life together for these two and that they will faithfully fulfill their commitment to each other and to Jesus Christ.

 

SYMPATHY

     We express our sympathy to the family of Virginia Mae (Jenks) Roady who passed away on Wednesday of last week.  Glendon Combs conducted a graveside funeral service on the following Saturday morning.

 

PRAYER CONCERNS

     Earl Finch remains in 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, has had a setback and is back in the hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  Harvey Moore’s doctors at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston are starting him on a completely new plan of treatment.  He will possibly be in Houston for some time.    Maggie Prater’s grandmother, Thelma Downing of Pryor, remains in St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  She is out of ICU.

 

 

 

CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, # 81

Irene Coffman, #54

Harold Decker, #57

Emma Wilson, #82

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd.

Shawnee, OK 74801

Millie Riley, #23

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Vesta Mays, #404B

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #504

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54

 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

COMING YOUTH EVENTS:

August 10, Monday, AWTG at Eastside in Midwest City

August 14, Friday Back to School Party at   Northridge

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

August 16, Search: “The Necessity of Suffering”

August 19, Divorce Care begins at Northridge; see bulletin board

August 23, Search: “Why Jesus Loves the Church”

August 30, Search: “Helps for Bible Study”


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                153

Worship Service                                                 203

Sunday Evening                                                   111

Wednesday Evening                                            118

Contribution                                                         $5,537.64

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                            Ron Taffe

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Scripture:                                        Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Bob Stephens

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Austin Beard                         Craig McKnight

Chris Nipper                              Brian Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

John Aylor                                Jim Carpenter

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                               Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                    Geoff & Carolyn Root

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Jennifer Lawrence & Barbara Vanlandingham

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

George Mastick

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Dale Beard

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Tim Norton

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                  Robert Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Steve Kelly

Devo:                                          Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297