Bulletin for Sunday 11/15/2009

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1910          Vera V. Thompson          2009

We extend our loving sympathy to Janice Howe and all the family of Vera Thompson.  Vera departed this life on Friday of last week, and funeral services were conducted by Dwyane Dennis on Tuesday at Walker Funeral Service Chapel.  Vera became a member at Central in 1926 when she was 16 years old, and that relationship lasted for 66 years.  She was a faithful Christian and has been missed ever since health reasons made it necessary for her to be closer to her daughter in Piedmont in 1993.

We also extend our sympathy to Paul Harris’s sister, Wynona Morgan.  The young soldier from Tipton who was killed in the Fort Hood tragedy was Wynona’s grandson-in-law.

With Robert Prater

On Saturday, November 21, the Central congregation has another great opportunity to serve the Shawnee community by providing warm coats to help the needy throughout the coming winter months with our Warmth from the Heart.  As always Ron and Debbie Taffe do an amazing job of organizing and planning this special benevolent and outreach ministry.  There is still time for you to help volunteer in working on the actual Saturday morning giveaway or in providing donations of coats.  If you like, you can simply give money to Ron or Debbie which will be used to buy items needed.  Friends, you are making an impact on the Shawnee community.  What we do as both the body of Christ and in our daily lives serving Jesus might have an important part in helping other people know Christ.

In the song “Jesus Let us Come to Know You” there is a line that says, “Let us see you face to face.”  This is not just a song, but a prayer to be prayed as we sing.  But if we sincerely prayed to see Jesus face to face, would we recognize Him?  All of us have preconceived notions of what Jesus looks like, don’t we?  We picture Him with long, flowing, brown hair, a beard and blue eyes.  We see Him as someone who is either really muscular or scrawny and thin who wears a robe with a sash.  Perhaps we get these images of Him because of the artwork and movies that have tried to portray what Jesus would look like.  But those are images that the artists and filmmakers make Jesus look like back when He was walking the earth.

What do you think Jesus would look like today?  Maybe the question is all wrong.  Perhaps instead of focusing on what Jesus would look like, we should be asking who Jesus would look like.  After all, the song above isn’t praying to know the material things of Jesus; rather, it’s a prayer to know the person of Jesus.

In Scripture, the idea of knowing God or knowing Jesus has to do with being in a personal, intimate relationship with Him.  So, if we are going to pray to know Jesus, we are praying to know a who, not a what.  In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus tells a story of two kinds of people.  The first group are the ones who fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, invited in strangers, clothed the naked, looked after the sick and visited the prisoners, while the second group did none of this.  To the former, Jesus blesses them with eternal salvation while the latter are sent to eternal punishment.  Both of these groups had no idea who they were helping or not helping when it came to the hungry, thirsty, naked, strangers, sick, and imprisoned, and they especially didn’t realize that they would see Jesus in people like this they both ask, “When did we see you?”  However, the fate of these groups was determined by what they did for them because, as Jesus said, “Whatever you did (or did not do) for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

I believe that, for our prayer to know Jesus, we must be able to see Jesus in the “least of these,” fully realizing that when we look into the eyes of these people, we are looking into the eyes of Jesus.  He may be the person holding the “will work for food” sign on the side of the road, or the family who needs a bag of groceries or a tank of gas, or the sick person lying in the hospital bed, or just maybe the lonely widow down the street in need.  Whoever it is or whatever the circumstance may be, let’s not allow our preconceived notions of what Jesus would look like keep us from seeing Him in the “least of these” because, after all, whatever we do or don’t do for the “one of the least of these”, we are doing for Jesus.

May we pray to know Jesus, but realize that we may find Him in people we would least expect.

-- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net



Please make a note of the new address for Wayne & Patti Spencer.  It is 2202 Bryant Via, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Their telephone number remains the same.


Henry Wylie, Jennifer Michener’s grandfather is home from the hospital (Searcy, Arkansas), but not doing well.  The family expects him to return to the hospital very soon.  Thank you for your continued prayers and the support you give Jennifer and her family.  You are a blessing in our lives.

Michael, Jennifer Michener & family


Harvey Moore remains at M.D. Anderson  Cancer Center.  He is experiencing several serious and painful complications right now.  Your continuing prayers for his pain, peace, and comfort are very much appreciated.  Please also pray for Carletta who hasn’t left his side since he entered the hospital about two weeks ago.


Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Rita Fairchild (Pam Blackshire’s grandmother) Earl Finch, Cherrell Hamilton, Louise Honaker, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Vonda Merrill,  Harvey Moore, Tim Norton, Sr., Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Emma Wilson, and Henry Wylie, (Jennifer Michener’s grandfather).  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.

Youth News
Bob Stephens

Remember the hayride this Saturday, November 14, at our place at 5:00 p.m.  Be sure to bring lawn chairs, warm clothes and something to roast your hot dog on.  If you’d like to bring anything else let me or Janet know.

Parents, please encourage your teens to sign up to help with the coat giveaway on Saturday, November 21.  This is an excellent way to serve God by serving others in the community.


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”

December 2, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; December luncheon follows

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

Let your light shine in 2009



Bible School                                                142

Worship Service                                                 219

Sunday Evening                                                   92

Wednesday Evening                                              95

Contribution                                                             4,860.53



Sunday, November 15, 2009

Announcements:                         Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Dale Beard


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gerald Smith                                  Bob Perry

Glendon Combs                   Clavin Norwood


Frank Burton                           Mitch Harmon


Gene Norton                                 Geoff Root


Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                    Geoff & Carolyn Root


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


Bob Stephens


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:                         Paul Harris

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Jim Pettyjohn


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                             Robert Perry



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297