Bulletin for Sunday 9/13/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

This coming weekend should be a terrific opportunity to invite and encourage others for Christ.  First, on Saturday, we have scheduled a Family Fun Night for all Central members with children, teens, and grandchildren.  This will take place at the Incredible Inflatables Fun Center from 5-7 p.m.  We hope to be able to get “reconnected” with some of our VBS visitors from this summer.  Please do plan on joining us.

Then on the following day, I will begin a new series of Sunday morning sermons, “What’s It All About?”  These lessons are designed to teach the very core issues of Christianity.  They are also intended to serve as an opportunity for all of us to invite our friends, families, and neighbors to hear lessons that will be of great interest and appeal to them.  We have some invitation cards for you to invite others.   So let’s all be here ourselves and invite guests to come worship with us! 

 “I am a debtor both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.”  (Romans 1:14-15 NIV)

What would you think of a person who was deeply in debt to someone else and all the time this person had the ability to pay off the debt but did not?  What if the person to whom the money was owed was naive, poor, and ignorant, so that the debtor could avoid paying off the debt? What if the poor, naive person ended up going bankrupt as a result?  What would your opinion be of the debtor? You would be outraged at the lack of moral integrity, would you not?

The story is told during the Civil Wars in England about a man on the Isle of Man was accused of treason and sentenced to death.  The king eventually granted a pardon. The pardon fell into the hands of a bitter enemy of the condemned man, and it was never delivered.  The man from the Isle of Man was executed. What do you think of someone who possesses a pardon which could save another person's life, but he fails to deliver it, whether intentionally or by neglect?  Again, would you not be outraged at the insensitivity and inhumanity of this person?

Paul said that he was a debtor to the people of the world.  Of course, Paul was in debt to God for his marvelous grace. Paul was in debt to Jesus Christ for his substitionary sacrifice of atonement at Calvary.  Why should Paul feel a debt to the sinners of the world, most of whom he had never met, many of whom were his enemies?  Paul felt the obligation, because God had called him to be an apostle.  Paul was "set apart for the gospel of God" (Rom. 1:1).  Paul possessed the payment to save others from spiritual bankruptcy.  He possessed the pardon from the king to save them from being executed.  He had the gospel, the good news of Jesus, which was "the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith" (Rom. 1:16).

We possess this very same gospel which has the identical saving power today as it did in the first century. The needs of people today for salvation are just as pressing as were those of Paul's world. Should we not feel the same debt of obligation to others to share the good news of Jesus? 

-- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net
www.
preacherprater.blogspot.com)


FAMILY FUN NIGHT

There will be a Family Fun Night at the Incredible Inflatables Fun Center located on 702 W. Independence this Saturday, from 5-7 p.m.   This event is for all Central families with children and grandchildren.  This is also an outreach for our visitors from our Vacation Bible School.   There will be singing, puppets, food, and of course plenty of fun on the giant interactive inflatables.  This is a free evening filled with a lot of wonderful fellowship, so don’t miss out.  


CONGRATULATIONS

Olivia Kate Ramirez was born Monday, August 31st at Mercy Hospital.  She is the great great granddaughter of Elva Gill, the great granddaughter of Barbara Tucker and the niece of Makinzee Tucker.  Olivia weighed seven pounds five ounces and was nineteen inches long.  She lives in Shawnee with her mom and dad Anthony and Lindsey Ramirez.  Jackie Tucker is Olivia’s grandmother.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Vivian Cross was dismissed from the Orthopedic Institute on Saturday following back surgery last Wednesday. Surgery went well and she is recovering at home.

Earl Finch is home for the present.  He will talk with his doctors Thursday about when the second and final surgery will be.  

Harvey Moore has completed his new round of treatment at M.D. Anderson, but has been extremely ill and in pain.  He was scheduled to see doctors again last Monday. 

Carl Weeks’ grandson, Jeremiah Garner, has seen doctors in Oklahoma City who have not found any cancer.  However, they plan to do additional surgery before making a final diagnosis. 

Erma Dean Farris is under the weather with some broken ribs.  Due to the difficulty in moving about, she should not have visitors.  Phone calls would be greatly appreciated.   

Please remember these in your prayers.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Alta Carroll, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Hollie Corum (Jennifer Michener’s grandmother),  Harold Decker, Rita Fairchild (Pam Blackshire’s grandmother) 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.


THANK YOU

Thank you to all who have donated #2 pencils to the Ladies Old Testament Bible Class to be given to a local school.

 

Thank you so much for making our first week at home with Keegan so easy.  We loved all the meals.  Thank you for the prayers.  We are so glad we are back at church with you.

                      Mykah, Tyrell, and Keegan Shelton


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


LOOKING AHEAD

September 12, Family Fun Night at Incredible Inflatables, 702 W. Independence, 5-7 p.m.

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

September 13-16, Gospel meeting at Bell & Farrall, 7 p.m.; more information on bulletin board

September 13, New Sunday morning Sermon series, “What’s Life All About?”

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.

September 27, Search: “The Church Jesus Built”

November 21, Warmth From the Heart Coat Giveaway

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                114

Worship Service                                                 189

Sunday Evening                                                   100

Wednesday Evening                                            109

Contribution                                                            6,124.35

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                            Dresean Whiting

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Geoff Root

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                           Bill Lawerance

John Aylor                                Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                    Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Steve Kelly                               James Reeves

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                      James & Joan Reeves

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Austin Beard

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Bob Perry

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gene Norton                              Tracy Gettle

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Devo:                                        Chuck Carter

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297