Bulletin for Sunday 10/11/2009

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With Robert Prater

Next Monday, October 12 is my scheduled departure to go to the Ukraine.  I’ll be joining a small group of preachers and other church members led by David Deffenbaugh, preacher at South College congregation from Tahlequah (this particular mission effort in the Ukraine is a work overseen by the church in Tahlequah).  David has been involved in mission work in Ukraine since 1994.  The thrust of this trip will be a three day seminar located in the city of Kramatorsk, a province of Donetsk.

The seminar will focus on the Gospel of John and will be especially helpful for preachers, teachers, and church leaders as well as evangelistic in nature.  I will be teaching four classes.  In addition, we will be working to provide support, encouragement and training to native preachers and church leaders at congregations in Konstantinovka and Artemovsk.  We will also have the opportunity to visit an orphanage and kindergarten center and a public school in Minkovka.  This will be a packed ten days.  I solicit your prayers while I’m on the trip not only for my safety and for success in the efforts that have been planned, but for God to use us while we are there to His greatest glory.  My scheduled return is late Thursday evening, October 22.  I will very much look forward to being with you again on the 25th and hopefully giving you a report soon of this mission trip.

I have always really liked MasterCard’s current advertising campaign tagline of “Priceless”.  The slogan associated with the campaign is, “There are some things money can’t buy.  For everything else, there’s MasterCard.”  They illustrate that the things that are the most valuable in life are worth more than any dollar amount.

In Luke 12:6-7 Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  That raises this question: If a human being is more valuable than many sparrows, just exactly what am I worth”

It may be that we can place a monetary price on the life of an animal, but the soul of a human being is too great for that.  Jesus asked, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).  All of the wealth of the world is not enough to equal the value of one soul.

But the souls of men are not exactly priceless, because a price has been paid for them.  In 1 Corinthians 6:20 the apostle Paul informs us that we “were bought at a price.”  And in 1 Peter 1:18-19, the apostle Peter tells us what that price was: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

What am I worth?  God has appraised the value of my soul to be equal to the life of His Son.  That’s what He paid for you and me.  We might do well to remember that the next time we get to thinking that we’re worthless.  And we definitely need to remember it when we’re tempted to be careless or unconcerned when it comes to the salvation of our souls and the souls of others.

-- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net



Don Wills remains in Baptist Integris Hospital, room 617, following a motorcycle accident some three weeks ago.  There is a possibility he may return home later this week. 

Earl Finch’s surgery went well at VA Medical Center this past Monday. 

Lois Lanier is scheduled for surgery at OU Medical Center, Presbyterian Tower, on Wednesday of this week. 

Emma White received a good report from her doctor last week that her cancer is still in remission. She wishes to send her love and thanks for all your prayers in her behalf.  

Harvey & Carletta Moore have returned to M.D. Anderson in Houston. 

Carl Week’s grandson, Jeremiah Garner, received a good report from the pathologist last Monday. All these people request to be remembered in your prayers. 

It was so good to have Vivian Cross back in services Sunday following back surgery. 

Lola Duval was also able to attend services.

Youth News
Bob Stephens

We talked about the Bible last Sunday in class.  (I know, revolutionary, huh!)  We compared it to a bar of soap.  Soap has the power to clean you and remove dirt from your body.  Inside each bar are the chemicals needed to clean your body, but as long as it stays in the wrapper, it is useless and you’re still stinky!  For us to release the power of the soap, we need to take the bar out of the wrapper, lather up and apply it to our body!  God’s Word is exactly like that.

The Bible has the power to transform our lives.  It has the power to change your life completely, but as long as it sits unopened, the power can never be released.  God’s Word is living and active and able to change your life, but it must be applied.  To release the power of God’s Word we need to open it up and read it, but most importantly, apply it to our lives.  Soap is good but God’s Word is life-changing.

Sunday afternoon we will be heading to North MacArthur in OKC for an AWTG.  We’ll be leaving the building at 4:00 and returning by 8:30.  Bring a little cash for a stop on the way back.


Oct. 11, Sunday – AWTG @ N. MacArthur

Oct. 24, Saturday – Corn Maze & the Gettle’s


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.

An Everyday Prayer

Dear Lord I can not guide my own way
I need your helping hand each day.
Help me to know and understand
Your way for me through this troubled land.

Dear Lord help me to trust in your care.
Help me to leave my burdens there.
Help me to see that you know best
And trusting you, take hold of your rest.

Dear Lord help me to share your sweet love.
Help me to point the way above.
Help me to show the world the way.
To look to you for a better day.

Dear Lord thank you for love so divine.
Thank you for Jesus, savior mine!
Thank you for every thing you’ve done.
For helping me, this my race to run!

Written by

Alta C. Carroll


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 1, Fall Festival Party after evening service, more TBA

November 21, Warmth From the Heart Coat Giveaway

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

Hope to see you here Sunday!



Bible School                                                120

Worship Service                                                 182

Sunday Evening                                                   115

Wednesday Evening                                            106

Contribution                                                            5,711.20



Sunday, October 11, 2009

Announcements:          Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                          Carl Weeks

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Bill Lawerance


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                                Bob Seikel

Glendon Combs                            Jon Merritt


Clavin Norwood                              Jeff Todd


Paul Harris                                Bob Stephens


Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens


Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root


Ron Taffe


Scott Perry



Opening Prayer:                         Steve Kelly

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Gerald Smith


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                      Dennis Brodersen



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Devo:                                       Steve Kelly



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297