Bulletin for Sunday 10/04/2009

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With Robert Prater

I understand that a good number of women from Central enjoyed a wonderful time in Tulsa this past weekend for their Ladies Retreat.  I was told the singing, devo lessons, fellowship, and shoppingJ were outstanding and very uplifting to all who went.  I hear there is excitement and antipcation about another one next year!

During this past summer months on Wednesday evenings we have been richly blessed and encouraged hearing from various men in the congregation, both younger and older, bringing  devo lessons.  They have all been outstanding!   We especially appreciate so very much Craig McKnight and Michael Michener for organizing and planning all this.  At Central, we are extremely blessed in that we have many godly men who are capable and willing of teaching and exhorting.  Now I understand the feedback has been so positive from everyone involved that this will continue for the immediate future.     

Truly Central is a congregation blessed with so many talented people who are willing to work in any good way they can.  We are thankful for each and every member who serves faithfully in so many areas each week with very little recognition.  Always remember that when we serve and keep on serving, even in the small and seemingly unnoticed ways, God will never forget.  He will remember them for all eternity.  (cf. Heb. 6:10)

Finally, this week I will begin my sixth year at Central.  My family is so appreciative of your friendship, love, and support.  I am constantly thankful for the opportunity to preach for the Central congregation.   Your encouragement, your love for the Lord and His Word, your willingness to study, and your commitment to truth are just a few of the many things about you that challenge me and bless my life.  I am committed to the work in this community and look forward to seeing the Lord continue to bless our labor among you.                   

-- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net



AM  What’s the Church All About?

PM   Resurrection Realities (John 20:19-29)


Linda Carpenter is doing well and was in worship Sunday following wrist surgery last week. 

Earl Finch is expecting to have surgery on Thursday of this week at VA Medical Center. 

Harvey Moore has returned to M.D. Anderson in Houston.  He was expecting to see physicians for evaluation on Wednesday of this week. 

The family of Carl Week’s grandson, Jeremiah Garner, was expecting to get a pathology report on Monday of this week. 

Lois Lanier will have surgery at OU Medical Center, Presbyterian Tower, on October 7. 

Doris (Phillips) Young was to have a heart cath on Tuesday of this week in Tulsa. 

Margaret Olmstead’s son, Mark, has learned that he has a tumor on one of his kidneys and is to see a surgeon sometime this week. 

All these people request to be remembered in your prayers. 

Youth News
Bob Stephens

It was wonderful to have the Newalla youth group visiting with us in worship Sunday night.  We spent the afternoon together at the bowling alley having a good time and getting to know each other better.  After bowling we came back to the building and visited and praised God together down stairs in the fellowship room before worship.

We had a good size group from Central to go bowling with us, including a couple of new faces.  I believe we had eighteen total filing up the lanes.  There were well over 40 kids and adults from both congregations.  We also had one of our own bragging about being a “Turkey.”  At least that’s what I thought I heard him say.  Actually, Wade Baskin bowled a “Turkey” (3 strikes in a row)!

It was great to have Matt and Jill with us this past weekend as well.  They have been swamped with schoolwork, etc. this month but were able to spend a great day with us on Sunday.  Remember them in prayer as they work hard at OC.  We’ll look forward to seeing them again the weekend of October 10th. 


A former missionary tells the story of a woman named Maria who lived in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of a village in Brazil. Her husband died when their only child, Christina, was a baby. Maria raised Christina on her own, working as a maid to support the family. When Christina turned 15, she dreamed of experiencing life in the big city.

Maria knew what would happen to such a beautiful girl in the city and often warned Christina about the cruelty there, but one morning she found Christina's bed empty.  Maria gathered some clothes and all the money she had and headed for the city. On the way she stopped at a photo booth and took as many pictures of herself as she could afford. When she reached the city, she looked for Christina in various hotels known to be used by prostitutes. 

She never found her, but at each location she left one of her pictures behind in a conspicuous place. When her money and pictures ran out, she returned home.  Weeks later, Christina, who had in fact become a prostitute, was using one of the hotels her mother had visited. She noticed one of the pictures her mother had left behind and in tears pulled it off the bulletin board. When she turned it over she found this message on the back: "Whatever you have done, whatever you have become, it doesn't matter –please come home."

God wrote that same message for us in blood on a cross nearly two thousand years ago. Whatever ungodliness we may have fallen into, have wallowed in it, God longs for us to come home and rejoices when we arrive.

Ashby Camp has well written:  It is true that we must never trivialize sin or make one casual about it. Sin must be portrayed as the horror and danger that it is. It also is true, however, that we must not mute the glory of God's grace out of fear it will be twisted into a license to sin.  Paul was accused of promoting sin by his doctrine of grace (cf. Rom. 3:8; 6:1), but he never allowed that possible distortion to discourage him from proclaiming the depth of God's mercy.”

May all who turn to God grasp in their hearts the reality of the Lord’s forgiveness, experience the blessing of liberation from all guilt, and know the hope of the glorious eternity that has been purchased for them.  And when they do, may they, together with us, tell the world what a marvelous God we serve.         -- Robert Prater --


October 4, Search: “30th Anniversary Program”

October 4, “What’s the Church All About?”

October 4-7, Gospel meeting, Chandler, 1st & Cleveland, Marvin L. Weir, Paris, Texas, Mon.-Wed., 7 p.m.; see bulletin board

October 11, Search: “I Am Bound for the Promised Land”

October 11, “What’s Worship All About?”

October 18, Search: “Does It Matter What We Believe?”

October 25, Search: “The Church Jesus Built”

October 25, “What’s Salvation All About?”

November 1, Standard Time resumes

November 1, Carpenter Place (former Maude Carpenter) in Wichita, KS),   Bill Buggeln will give report at 5:00 p.m.

November 21, Warmth From the Heart Coat Giveaway

December 6, David Dirrim, Campus Minister at ECU-Tigers for Christ


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

Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.

Hope to see you here Sunday!



Bible School                                                154

Worship Service                                                 226

Sunday Evening                                                   162

Wednesday Evening                                            124

Contribution                                                            5,732.65



Sunday, October 4, 2009

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                          Deiondre Whiting

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Jon Merritt


NORTH                                            SOUTH

James Reeves                              Jim Walling

Kenton McGalliard                 Mitch Harmon


Frank Burton                            Lynn Harmon


Paul Harris                            Tim McGalliard


Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard


Barbara Vanlandingham & Cheryl Miller


Geoff Root


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:          Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Robert Perry


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                               Carl Weeks



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297