Bulletin for Sunday 11/08/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Members of the Central congregation enjoyed some wonderful times of fellowship with one another this past weekend.  First I heard a good number of adult members had a fun time with their fall “Tacky Party” on Friday evening.  Congratulations to Scott Perry for first place ribbon in the chili contest!”  (Is there anything Scott can’t do!)  Thanks is given to all those who made that evening a success.

Second, the Sunday night Fall Festival for all the children and families was extremely well attended (around 75, including 30 plus kids!).  It was encouraging to see such a large number of visitors.  I appreciate the Young Adult and Family class who helped run the various games and cleaned up afterwards.  Huge thanks go to Bob and Janet Stephens and Matt and Jill Sloan for setting up everything Sunday afternoon and also to the teens for all their help and hard work.     

Friends, it is a joy to share our lives with one another.  Fellowship is an important aspect that makes the church a special part of our Christian lives. (cf. 1 Thess. 2:8)  I love being a part of a church family who loves to be together.  Let’s do more of it.

It was also good having Bill Buggeln with us on Sunday evening.  Bill gave us a great report on the work being done at the Carpenter Place children’s home in Wichita, KS.  This is a very special and unique kind of work being done to help encourage and minister to teenage girls who are at risk.  It is a joy and blessing for the Central family to support and share in this benevolent and mission work. 

Experts who study the world’s population have concluded that there were about 200 million people living during the lifetime of Jesus.  Now that’s a lot of people, but relatively speaking it is a fairly small number.  For instance, the United States alone presently has a little over 300 million residents.

If you want to talk about some really big numbers, think of this: by 1850 the world’s population had grown to 1 billion.  That’s 5 times more than lived in Jesus’ day.  But wait!  Just one century later, in 1950, there were 2.5 billion people on earth.  And there’s more: sometime during 1987, just 37 years later, the 5 billionth person was born on planet earth.  Now that’s a truly BIG number.  Today, estimates place the world’s population at 6.7 billion and growing.

One more fact may help to put this all in proper perspective.  Over half of the people who have ever lived on earth are still living today!  That’s right!  Think of it this way - if you added up all the people who have lived and died throughout history, the number would be smaller than the number of those who are living right now!

My point in discussing these numbers is not to frighten you about food shortages, overcrowding, pollution, health care needs, and social services concerns, etc, etc.  There may be reason for alarm in these areas, but we have something much more serious in mind.  Think of the incredible responsibility before us in teaching lost souls the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Now, is it an impossible task?  No!  One person used the following to demonstrate such.   Imagine this: assume that you are the only Christian in the world and it takes you a full year to make one convert.  Then each convert proceeds to do the same thing-converting another person each following year.  In just slightly over 33 years the entire world would be won for Christ!  And that’s if each Christian just converts one other person each year - certainly not an impossible task!  “He who wins souls is wise.” (Prov. 11:30).

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


CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Frank & Rita Romberg on the birth of their third grandson, Cole Stetson, born to Stephen & Amy Romberg on October 30.  He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.  He has two older brothers, Jack & Grant.  All are doing fine.


SIGN UP NOW TO HELP WITH THE COAT GIVEAWAY TO BE HELD

NOVEMBER 21, 2009

DONATIONS OF AND FOR COATS STILL NEEDED


THANK YOU

To My Christian Family, Words can’t express the gratitude and warm feeling I have from your attendance at my reception, your many cards and notes and the kind and sweet things said to me.  I am humbled by your expressions of love and regards.  I’m drinking from the saucer because “my cup runneth over” with blessings.  I am proud to be among a congregation of God’s people who love and appreciate each other.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  May God’s blessings be on all of you.         Sincerely, yours in Christ, Joyce Kelly

Dear Church Family, Thank you so much for the encouraging send off.  It’s so comforting knowing that I have such loving support here at home.  I ask that you all continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.  I am looking forward to coming home, seeing and worshipping with you all again.              In Christian Love, Ken Whittington                         


MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Make a notation in your membership directory of the new telephone number for Teresa Story.  It is 408-0263.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Harvey Moore was taken to the ER at M.D. Anderson  Cancer Center in Houston last Thursday with severe pain.  He remains there. 

James Vanlandingham, brother of Burl Vanlanding-ham, has had a stint implant in his main artery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital and was hoping to return home the first part of the week.


LOOKING AHEAD

November 8, Search; “Evils of Strong Drink”

November 15, Search: “Christ Is Our Hope”

November 21, Warmth From the Heart Coat Giveaway

November 22, Search: “Be Thankful”

November 26, 27, Thanksgiving; church office closed

November 29, Search: “Teach Us to Pray”


Youth News

Bob Stephens

WOW! We had a crowd in Bible Hour Sunday night, followed by an excellent Halloween Party!  I think we counted 32 kids that came for both.  Let’s do it again next week, the 32 kids in Bible Hour, not the party!  As a body of Christ we need to make that our mission, to bring in souls, young and old, and teach them the work of God.  I pray that we strive to do that no matter what the situation.  The coat giveaway, VBS, Bible Hour, even regular times like Bible Classes and worship.  Thanks to all who helped make Sunday night a success.

A special thanks go to several of fellas in the youth group….Dresean and Deiondre Whiting, Keon Lawrence, Chad and Austin Beard, and Bryce Beal did an awesome job of making a walk through the youth house a memorable one for everyone Sunday night.  It was a screaming good time!  Thanks fellas!

Sunday night the youth group will be going to Blanchard for the AWTG.  We’ll leave the building at 3:45 and return by 9:00.

Kids and families mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14.  We are having our annual hayride at our house that night at 5:00 p.m.  We’ll supply the hay, the fire, the dogs, and the buns.  You bring your chairs, warm clothes and something to roast the dogs on.  If you would like to volunteer to bring anything else, just let us know!

Parents, the youth group is planning to help with the coat giveaway this year.  Please encourage your kids to take part in this great work.  Any of the teens that volunteer will get pizza afterwards.  Can’t beat that!  The opportunity to help your fellow man and eat pizza.  Don’t miss out!


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Nov. 8, Sunday – AWTG @ Blanchard, leave at 3:45 p.m. and return by 9:00

Nov.14,  Saturday – Annual hayride at the Stephens’ at 5 p.m. 


Hope to see you here Sunday!

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                130

Worship Service                                                 191

Sunday Evening                                                   140

Wednesday Evening                                            112

Contribution                                                            5,419.24

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                Dennis Brodersen

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Jim Pettyjohn

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                                Carl Weeks

Austin Beard                                  Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Kenton McGalliard                   Lynn Harmon

USHERS

Gene Norton                                Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Diane Lawerance & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Walling

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Ron Taffe

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                           Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:             Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297