Bulletin for Sunday 8/30/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     The Central congregation has been richly blessed in having Matthew and Jill Sloan with us and working with our young people this summer.  Matt has been serving as our youth intern this summer gaining practical experience.  He and Jill have been working alongside Bob and Janet Stephens serving the teens in such an encouraging way to so many.  Matt is a junior at OC this fall and continues his studies in Bible and Ministry.  I have also been blessed to have worked some closely with Matt this summer and have been impressed with this young man and feel confident that he has a great future in ministry.  I am also greatly excited and thankful that our elders have decided to have Matt continue on this fall as Central’s part time youth intern.  Matt will be preaching this coming Sunday morning.  Your presence and support will be an encouragement to him.

     Many here at Central may not be aware of this, but I will soon have the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to  Ukraine.  The dates for the trip are October 12-22.  The campaign will be centered around a seminar located in the city of Kramatorsk, a province of Donetsk.  The lessons in the seminar will be from the Gospel of John.  I will have the opportunity to teach four classes during the seminar.  Additionally we will have the opportunity to preach and/or teach classes in our visits to other congregations in Artemovsk and Konstantinovka.  These congregations were planted 10 years ago on a mission trip by the South College congregation in Tahlequah, OK.  These days will be spent addressing any needs and providing any help we can for these churches.

     The trip will be led by David Deffenbaugh (preacher at South College, Tahlequah).  Other ministers on the team include Richard Chambers (preacher in Sallisaw, OK), and Don Deffenbaugh (long time gospel preacher and brotherhood writer from Neosho, MO).

     THANK YOU I want to say how deeply thankful I am first of all to the Central elders for allowing me to be away during this time and for the support they have given me.  Secondly I am so incredibly thankful and have been overwhelmed by all those members who helped contribute toward this campaign trip.  Because of your tremendous generosity I have been able to raise more than enough of my support money!  This is just another reason why I greatly love my Central family.  May God richly bless you all.

   Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

     We extend our love and sympathy to Maggie Prater in the loss of her grandmother, Thelma Downing, who passed away last Thursday morning.  Funeral services were held Monday morning in Pryor.

     We also express our sympathy to Geraldine Outlaw in the loss of her sister, Juanita Smith, who passed away Monday, August 17th.  Funeral services were held last Saturday in Lancaster, Texas.


WHAT A JOY

     It has been such a wonderful summer spent here with the family at Central Church of Christ in Shawnee.  I have learned so much being here as an intern for the youth.  Bob and Janet Stephens have been such a wonderful pair to work under and to learn from.  Robert and Maggie Prater have also been great to work with and having their support.  Many in this congregation have supported Jill and I in many ways and are grateful for that support.  We are so thrilled to have met many of you from the congregation and hope to continue that in the fall.  We met with a few of the elders Sunday afternoon and they have decided to continue the relationship we have had this summer into the fall semester as a part time intern.  I am so thrilled to know that you all like us so much that you want to keep this going!  Jill and I also are beginning to feel right at home here at Central.  You are all such nice caring individuals that it’s hard to get out the door some evenings when worship is over and the fellowship begins.  What a great dilemma!  This summer we have had the chance to work a little beside the kids and get to know them.  I think this group has great potential and can’t wait to see them grow in the Lord.  We look forward to also seeing them in their after school activities this fall and wish them good luck in their studies this school year.  I pray that Jill and I have been a good asset to the church here as the church has been in our lives.  We thank you and love you all and hope that we can continue in our work for the Lord here in this family at Central.

                                                             Matthew Sloan


CONGRATULATIONS

     We rejoice and offer our best wishes to Mikah (Bourne) and Tyrel Shelton on the birth of Keegan Ty on Monday at Unity Health Center.                    He weighed five pounds eleven ounces and was 18 inches long.   Mykah is the sister of Analisa Beal.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Brandon Gober spent some time in Norman Regional Health System after surgery on a broken arm.  He was dismissed Sunday afternoon. 

Abby Cross, mother of Angie Gober and Tamie Perry remains in Norman Regional Health System, room 4058.

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 back surgery on Wednesday, September 2.


LOOKING AHEAD

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 5, 50th Wedding Anniversary reception for Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn, Northridge Church Fellowship room, 2 – 4.

September 6, Search: “Our Five-Fold Purpose”

September 7, Labor Day, church office closed.

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

September 13, Search: “I Am Bound for the Promised Land”

September 14, Ladies Old Testament Bible class resumes at 4 pm

September 20, Search: “Does It Matter What We Believe?”

September 25-26, Central Ladies Retreat in Tulsa at the Embassy Suites.  Cost is $35. Sign up sheet in foyer.

September 27, Search: “The Church Jesus Built”


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

02

Michaela Michener

02

Leona Smith

05

William Horton

05

Mariella Jacobs

06

Chuck Carter

07

Janice McGalliard

09

Burl Vanlandingham

10

Eric Park

12

Paul Harris

12

Lois Lanier

17

Trey Canard

17

Tamie Perry

17

Yuavonda Weeks

18

Jill Sloan

18

Larry Smith

19

Alta Carroll – 97th ! ! !

22

Josh Whitfield

21

Mitch Harmon

23

Claire McKnight

26

Marla Miller

26

Robert Prater

28

Kenneth Epley

30

Thelma Franklin


ANNIVERSARIES IN SEPTEMBER

03

Ron & Debbie Taffe – 33rd

11

Bob & Louise Perry – 27th

14

Arthur & Noma Epperson – 36th

14

Frank & Rita Romberg – 41st

16

Don & Judy Wills – 48th

21

Gene & Dorothy Norton – 62nd

     We wish to extend birthday and anniversary greetings to all celebrating in September.  Especially to Alta Carroll  on her 97th birthday


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                126

Worship Service                                                 187

Sunday Evening                                                   128

Wednesday Evening                                            119

Contribution                                                            3,863.62

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                           Paul Harris

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Jim Walling

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                     Burl Vanlandingham

Glendon Combs                      Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                        Clavin Norwood

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                                Bob Bivins

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard                  Robby Kinsey

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Devo:                                               Bob Perry

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297