Bulletin for Sunday 8/23/2009

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1.         From the standpoint of “Godliness.”

It teaches the Bible which is the basis of our Faith in God.

2.         From the standpoint of “Education.”

            It trains your mind and heart along the lines of things eternal.

3.         From the “Social” standpoint.

            It enables you to enjoy the friendship and fellowship of genuine                

            Christians; for they will be there.

4.         From the standpoint of “Personality.”

It helps to develop the Christian character necessary to face life’s problems victoriously.

5.         From the standpoint of “Character.”

It is the chief aim of church Bible classes to teach us to be examples of the believer in word and deed.

6.         From the standpoint of “Interest.”

It presents interesting programs for your delight, culture and your spiritual growth.

7.         From the standpoint of the “Family.”

It has a class for every age and the whole family can go together and profit by it’s teachings.

8.         From the standpoint of the “Future.”

It turns our eyes Heavenward and makes us realize that we must prepare for a life beyond the mortal grave.

9.         From the “Practical” standpoint.

The hours spent in the different Bible classes each week could not be expended more profitable.


All this to say this: Come join us on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening for Bible class and fellowship.

 We want you and we need you!


With Robert Prater

Back to (BIBLE) School!

     As I write this all students are back to school for the first day of the 2009-2010 school year.  And so that means, as it always does, summer has come to an end.  Our young people have had an incredible summer here at Central.  The teens have grown closer to one another and most importantly closer to God.  We especially thank Bob and Janet Stephens and Matthew and Jill Sloan for all the wonderful work they have done with them.

     Everyone recognizes the importance of providing children with the resources and skills they need to be successful in life.  But, what about the spiritual resources our children need to succeed in this life and in the life to come?  We make sure our kids go to school, attend band, soccer, football practices, and all kinds of extra-curricular activities, but are we setting aside any time at all for their spiritual development?

     This is one reason we should make every effort to attend and enthusiastically support all our Bible classes here at Central.  Bible school helps nurture our children in the Christian faith.  It saturates our young people’s minds with the word of God.  This is why we urge all to avail themselves of the opportunity of attending Bible study each Sunday and Wednesday and to be faithful at every opportunity of attending service.  The study and worship periods give us spiritual strength and help us grow in Christ. (cf. 1Pt. 2:1-2)  This is a need for us all and especially our children.  We never learn all we need to know about the Christian faith, and that’s why we never outgrow our need to attend Bible class.

     Sadly, when it comes to the adults, I’ve seen too many Christians and parents set a poor example for their children when it comes to attending Bible classes regularly.  It is surprising to me that so many easily forget that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was very young when HE began to “be about His father’s business,” (Luke 2:49).  There is no time too early for the kids to learn about God’s Word and begin that lifelong learning experience with the Bible.  Be sure that you and your family are in Bible School Sunday and Wednesday!

                        -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net


     Hearts were rejoicing last Wednesday evening when Tanner Nipper boldly confessed his faith and was baptized into Christ by Bob Stephens.  It was a very joyful moment for family and friends.  Tanner is attending college at Conner State in Warner.  Please keep him in your prayers.  Tanner is the son of Brian & Dena Nipper and the grandson of Betty & Dave Emery.


     All the women and young ladies in the congregation are invited to attend a Central Ladies Retreat on September 25-26 in Tulsa at the Embassy Suites.  The theme is “Who Am I?”  Cost is $35 per person and includes hotel stay, breakfast, and a craft.  Make checks out to Central.  There are signup sheets on the table in the foyer.  Plans are to caravan on Friday evening after work and return early Saturday evening.  There will be great times of fun, fellowship, study and singing.  For more info see Maggie Prater.


Jim and Cathy Pettyjohn invite you to join

with them in the celebration of their

 50th Anniversary

 on Saturday the 5th of September from

 2 to 4 in the Fellowship Room 

at the Northridge Church of Christ



      If you haven’t noticed, there is a little change in the air with all the flashing “School Zone” signs and the back to school section in Walmart.  Yes it’s true!  It’s back to school time.  For some, school had started last week but for others, it starts this Wednesday the 19th.  There is so much opportunity during the school year to bring others to Christ, with encouraging our friends to visit with them, talk Christ to others and stand against others who attempt to influence you negatively.  There is also the tendency to lack in spirituality around others.  Let us take what is said in Hebrews 10:24 and encourage those headed back to school that they are blessed to have heard the word and not forget what they have learned about this summer. Let them know that we, as a family in the body of Christ, care about them and are praying for them to do well both academically and spiritually. --Phil.4:13, Matthew Sloan


     The Ladies Old Testament Bible class which meets Mondays at 4 p.m. will resume the first Monday after Labor Day, September 14th.  Our outreach this year will be to help a local school.  In September, let us give packages of number 2 pencils.  We will even take your half used pencils and extra ball point pens.



Abby Cross, mother of Angie Gober and Tamie Perry had surgery at Norman Regional Health System this past Sunday. She is in room 4058 and hoping to return home in a couple of days.  

Maggie Prater’s grandmother, Thelma Downing, has been re-admitted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa under Hospice care.  Earl Finch remains in VA Medical Center.

Harvey Moore remains at M.D. Anderson in Houston.  A new treatment was begun on Tuesday of last week.

Vivian Cross is scheduled for extensive back surgery on September 2. 



     Dennis & Frances Taylor have moved to Holdenville to be closer to their daughter.  Their new address is Heritage Village, Apt. I, 801 Hwy 48 North, Holdenville, OK 74848.  They wish to send their thanks to all for your prayers and kind deeds.  We wish them well in their new home.

Youth News

Bob Stephens

    We praise God for the happenings of Wednesday evening.  Tanner Nipper made the decision to put Christ in charge of his life by being baptized into Him Wednesday night.  It’s such a wonderful thing to witness that choice and that confession.  Tanner is an outstanding young man, and I know he will do great things for the Lord and His kingdom.  Tanner has already headed off to college for the fall.  He is attending Conner State in Warner, OK on a FFA scholarship.  We will try to get his address soon so we can send him cards of well wishes and encouragement.

     Tanner isn’t the only kiddo starting school this week.  As a matter of fact, some of our kids started last week!  Some are heading to college and some to middle school or high school.  It doesn’t matter where our kids are in their academic career, we know that they face the world everywhere they turn.  Satan is always hiding around the corner looking to trip them and make them stumble.  Remember to keep them all in your prayers and thoughts as they begin a new school year.  Encourage them when you see them at church.  Let them know you are praying for them.

     Last Friday night we had an amazing time at Northridge at the second annual “Back to School Blast”.  We were joined by several congregations from the area for a night of food, fun and fellowship.  It’s a good thing to see our kids and the kids from area congregations getting together and having fun, and just getting to know each other better.  It can be a blessing for them to know other brothers and sisters in Christ are walking up and down the halls at school.  You can never surround yourself with too many good Christian people!



August 22, Saturday, 90th Birthday Celebration for Ruth Guin, First National Bank Community Room 130 East MacArthur, Your presence is the only gift desired.

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

August 30, Search: “Helps for Bible Study”

Sept. 4, Ladies’ Night at Little, dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Betty Smith, retired assistant superintendent of Seminole Public school, member of Seminole Church, 7 p.m.

September 7, Labor Day, church office closed.

September 12, Central Family Fun Night at Incredible Inflatables, 5-7 p.m. More TBA.

September 25-26, Central Ladies Retreat in Tulsa, More TBA.



Bible School                                                147

Worship Service                                                 215

Sunday Evening                                                   127

Wednesday Evening                                            131

Contribution                                                            4,344.60



Sunday, August 23, 2009

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   Clavin Norwood


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                               Tracy Gettle

Kenton McGalliard                         Greg Beal


Lynn Harmon                           James Reeves


Jim Pettyjohn                          Robby Kinsey


Foyer:                        Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                    Robby & Kacy Kinsey


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


Ron Taffe


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                           Bob Seikel


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                  George Mastick



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Devo:                                        Robby Kinsey



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297