Bulletin for Sunday 10/18/2009

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SYMPATHY
1912          ALTA CARROLL          2009

We extend our loving sympathy to Barbara Pruett and all the family of Alta Carroll.  Alta passed away in her home on Saturday afternoon.  At 97, she was Central’s oldest member.  Alta loved God and dearly loved all of her brothers and sisters in Christ.  Her greatest disappointment was not being able to be present in the assembly the last few months of her life.  Death came as a friend to Alta.  She longed to go and “be with Abraham” as you can read in her poem on the front page of The Gospel Guide.  Alta was an accomplished poet and hymn writer.  She was an accomplished Christian.  Funeral services will be Saturday at the Nueces Canyon Church of Christ in Camp Wood, Texas.  Rejoice with her!


AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.” (John 4:23)

Jesus spoke these words while teaching the Samaritan woman at the well.  He was trying to impress upon her the importance of offering proper and acceptable worship unto God.  Remember, Jesus affirms that God is seeking true worshipers, not just worshipers.  He then stated that in verse 24 that “God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”  As we come together to worship, we must realize the nature of God and the type of worship that is acceptable unto Him.

Worship in Spirit:  David said in Psalms 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord,’” We also should be glad to come before God to worship Him.  This should not be a period of time that we dread, but a joyous time to which we eagerly look forward.  Furthermore, our worship must be fervent in spirit (Rom. 12:12).  While engaged in worship, our thoughts and minds should be centered around what we’re doing, whether it’s praising God and edifying each other in song, reading a passage from God’s holy Word, praying together to our Father in heaven, laying by in store as we have prospered through the week, observing the Lord’s Supper, or listening to a lesson being presented from the Bible.  We do not want to be guilty of offering profane worship unto God as were those Israelites mentioned in Malachi 1 who complained of the weariness of worship and “brought that which was torn and lame and the sick.”

Worship in Truth: Nadab and Abihu, in Leviticus 10, were severely punished for offering “strange fire before the Lord, which he had not commanded them.”  We must make sure that the worship we offer unto the Lord is in accordance with His commandments.  Our praise to God must be “the fruit of our lips” (Heb. 13:15).  Our prayers should be offered to our Father through His son, who ever lives to intercede for us (Heb. 7:25).  Each one should give upon the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2) and such offering should be done “as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly, or of necessity (2 Cor. 9:7).  We are to observe the Lord’s Supper upon the first day of the week according to the example left by the apostles, and the emblems used in this observance are to be those approved by our Lord when he gave the commandment (1 Cor. 11:23-26).

     Just as the priests under the old law were to consecrate themselves before offering sacrifices unto God, so we too are to take our worship before God as a serious matter.  May God help each one of us to worship Him in spirit and truth as he specifically asked us to do.

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


ROBERT PRATER IN UKRAINE

Our preaching minister is in Ukraine this week and part of next participating in a teaching seminar.  Our prayers are with him for safe travel and for success in sharing the truth of God’s word.  He will give us a complete report soon after his return.


FALL FESTIVAL PARTY

There will be a Fall Festival party for all Central teenagers, children and their families in the fellowship room on Sunday, November 1, after the evening worship service.  There will be fun games, candy and finger foods.  Children are encouraged to bring their costumes to wear for the party afterwards.


CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Craig & Michelle McKnight on becoming new grandparents.  Lucas Allen Williams was born on Thursday of last week to   Selene & Ben Williams.  He weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.  We extend our best wishes to all.


INVITATION

The family of Joyce Kelly invites you to celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday, October 24, in the fellowship room from 2 to 4 p.m.  As a gift to Joyce, we will sing several of her favorite hymns from 3 to 3:15.  No other gifts please.

The only other gift we ask is for you to bring a favorite memory of Joyce or a way in which she has touched your life.  (Cards for your memories will be provided at the reception)


WARMTH FROM THE HEART

     Our annual Warmth from the Heart of Central coat giveaway will be held on Saturday, November 21.  This is our eighth year, and the success of the last seven came from the direct support of the saints here at Central.  We have a good number of coats to begin, but the Sunshine Sisters team assessment found several gaps that need to be filled. The most critical of these are boys and girls sizes birth to 4T and Teenage Girls sizes 12 to 18. We also need Teenage Boys sizes 12 to 18 (Medium to Xtra Large), and Men and Women XL to 5X.   Additional volunteers are needed to work on the day of the giveaway.  Young, or old, firm or frail, with your hands, your means, or your prayers, all of you can help.  For all who can, there is a signup sheet in the foyer to do your part.


GOSPEL MEETING

There will be a Monday through Thursday gospel meeting at Wanette, October 19 – 22 with Rick Popejoy of Lindsay.  Services are at 7 p.m.  The church in Wanette has written that they would greatly appreciate your support of this effort.


THANK YOU

Thank you for all of your prayers and support over these last few months while Jennifer’s grandmother was ill and at the end of her life.  You are a wonderful family and a blessing to us.       

Sincerely, Michael & Jennifer Michener


PRAYER CONCERNS

Harvey Moore was admitted to M.D. Anderson  Hospital in Houston late Tuesday evening of last week.  He has been in extreme pain and very weak.  He and Carletta observed both their birthdays last week.  They request you pray for strength, healing and comfort. 

Lois Lanier’s surgery went well last Wednesday and she was dismissed from Presbyterian Tower on Friday.

Don Wills was dismissed from Baptist Integris on Thursday after spending several weeks following a motorcycle accident. 

Earl Finch was hoping to return home the first of the week following surgery last week at the VA Hospital.


Youth News
Bob Stephens
COMING YOUTH EVENTS

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

Nov. 1, Sunday – Halloween Party for children After p.m. worship


LOOKING AHEAD

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


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                116

Worship Service                                                 205

Sunday Evening                                                   104

Wednesday Evening                                            108

Contribution                                                            4,786.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                             Jim Cross

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Ron Taffe

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                   Tim McGalliard

James Reeves                         Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                    Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Paul Harris                                  Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jon Merritt

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                               Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                     Robby Kinsey

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard                     Steve Kelly

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Devo:                                     Trey Canard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297