Bulletin for Sunday 11/15/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     As the old saying goes, “Charity begins at home.”  Jesus told the apostles in Luke 24:47 to share the good news of the gospel “beginning at Jerusalem,” and then ultimately to the ends of the earth.  Jerusalem was the “home town” or the “local community” of the early church.  Jesus always wants His church to begin at home, right where we live.

     At Central, we desire to bring the good news of Jesus to our community, but not only the message of His love, but also we need a great passion to show His love.  We must always remember that people will not care how much we know, until they know how much we care.  I know that sound doctrine is important.  I believe we should earnestly contend for the faith.  I believe we must enter the straight gate and walk the narrow path, and that we should count the cost.  But none of those things will amount to anything if there is no love. (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3)  Love is the key that opens the hearts of the most hardened sinners.  Love is the key to evangelism and outreach.

     We must desire as a congregation to be known as a church that not only says “God loves you”, but one that actually shows it by our actions.  We need to do this on a personal level, but also on a church level through our various outreach efforts like our upcoming “Warmth from the Heart” coat giveaway this Saturday.  We seek to bring God’s love to our community in real ways, opening the door to share the wonderful message of Christ.  They may not be impressed with our Savior at first, but they will remember who really cared and who had the courage to get involved in the difficulties of their lives.  Then, they become more interested in the One who motivates us to act, and we have an opportunity to tell them of His saving message.

     The story is told about during a time of combat, a young soldier asked his commanding officer if he could rescue one of his comrades who was severely wounded.  The officer narrowed his eyes and stood a while in thought, and then said, “I’ll give you permission, but it’s not worth it.  Your friend is probably dead, and you’ll be putting your own life at risk.”

     Feeling the responsibility for his friend, the young soldier saluted and then proceeded on his way, dodging bullets as he ran, and managing to get to his friend.  He hoisted him over his shoulder, and quickly brought him back to the trench.

     The officer inspected the wounded soldier and then shook his head with grief.  “Your friend’s dead.”  He looked at the young man and saw a red spot on his shirt and added, “And you’re wounded.  I told you it wouldn’t be worth it.”

     The young soldier looked into his officer’s eyes with confidence and answered, “It was worth it, Sir.”  “What do you mean worth it?  You’re wounded and it was all for nothing,.  No, sir.  It was worth it because when I knelt down beside him he said to me, ‘I knew you’d come.’

     Friends let’s be known as a Christian community of people who care and come to those in need.  We have no agenda other than showing and sharing the love of Christ.  Does service call us to help our neighbor, yes!  Service is calling us.  We need only to open our eyes and ears and then just maybe we might hear those around us in this community calling out to us: “I knew you’d come.”

                    -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

                       (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)

 

SYMPATHY

     Word was received Sunday morning that Harvey Moore had passed away earlier that day at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Funeral services are pending at this writing with Walker Funeral Service.  We extend our loving sympathy to Carletta and all the family.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

     A new grandson was born to the Sharp family on Sunday afternoon, November 15, at 2:57.  Noah Grayson weighed six pounds and 1 ounce and was 18 l/2 inches long.    Parents are Brian & Julie Sharp and Walker is the big brother.  Grandparents are Jimmy & Huong Pham and Bernard & June Sharp and Anita Sharp is the aunt.

  

PRAYER CONCERNS

     Cathy Rose requests that we pray for her mother, Iva Williams, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.  Cathy’s parents, James and Iva Williams are members of the Westside Church of Christ in Irving, Texas.  100-year-old Bessie Robbins, sister of Herman Guin, and aunt of Sue Merritt, had successful bypass surgery on her leg on Thursday of last week at Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  She will have to spend some time in a skilled nursing facility.  Bessie is a frequent visitor to our services.  Judy Finch’s husband, Earl, returned to the VA Medical Center on Monday with a major infection.  Clavin Norwood’s brother, Clifford, is doing well following gall bladder surgery last Wednesday in Paris, Texas.

 

 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

     We were blessed last Saturday evening with beautiful weather for our hayride.  It was just cool enough to enjoy the warmth of the fire and not so cold that we turned into popsicles on the hayride.  We had a great crowd, 40 folks at least, join us around the camp fire for fun and fellowship!  It’s truly amazing how many kids we have here at Central that will be entering the youth group in the next few years.  That’s very exciting!!!  A special thanks goes to Austin Beard who stuck around afterward and helped clean up.

     A quick reminder to kids and parents…

The coat giveaway is this Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM.  If you haven’t signed up to help yet, it’s not too late!  After the giveaway we plan to take any youth group members that help to eat pizza.  Parents, encourage your kiddos to volunteer for this great opportunity to serve God and the community!

 

 

 

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

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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

December 12, All Central ladies invited to a holiday brunch at Jennifer Michener’s, 10 a.m. & ornament exchange at Debbie Taffe’s; hosted by Sunshine Sisters, more later

December 18, Friday, Sunday morning class holiday party at the Dennis’s, 6:30 p.m., bring snacks or desserts.

 

CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, # 81

Irene Coffman, #54

Harold Decker, #57

Emma Wilson, #82

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd.

Shawnee, OK 74801

Millie Riley, #23

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Vesta Mays, #404B

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #504

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  149

Worship Service                                                   214

Sunday Evening                                                   108

Wednesday Evening                                              110

Contribution                                                              4,634.15

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                            Dresean Whiting

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                        Ron Dunavan

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                      Jim Cross

Jon Merritt                              Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jeff Todd                        Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Gene Norton                            Bill Lawerance

GREETERS

Foyer:                      Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:                  Bill & Diane Lawerance

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                    Robby Kinsey

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Tracy Gettle

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gene Norton                                   Bob Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                     Craig McKnight

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297