Bulletin for Sunday 12/13/2009

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With Robert Prater


--Shawnee Area Wide Worship


      As I recently mentioned from the pulpit, please be marking your calendars for Sunday evening, January 3 at 5 p.m., for the first ever, Praise Him 2010Shawnee Area Wide Worship service which will be held at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (Shawnee fairgrounds, off US Hwy 177).  This event is being sponsored and hosted by the Bell & Farrall, Central, Lakeview, Northridge and Highland congregations.  

      Please, now is the time to start making plan to be there.  We want to see 500 souls in attendance on this night, and this begins with the members at Central.  Please, don’t let any excuse keep you away.  It is important for you to be here.   If you attend another congregation, please, make your plans to be with us.

      Friends, this great gathering is sure to be an uplifting and encouraging time of worship and Christian fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters in the Shawnee area.   We also want each member to take advantage of this as a special opportunity to invite their non-Christian neighbors, friends and family to come experience beautiful

a cappella singing and hear a brief inspirational message. 

      Our guest speaker will be Phil Sanders, who is a minister and associate speaker for the Search program television ministry in Edmond and who held a Gospel Meeting for us back in September of 2008.  In addition to brother Sanders speaking that evening, we are also delighted that Phil will be with us at Central that Sunday morning of January 3 teaching the combined teen and adult classes and preaching for us. 

      Our worship leader for the area wide service will be Terry Hackworth, former youth minister and currently a deacon of the Fort Gibson Church of Christ.   Terry is highly regarded for his song leading experience and will lead a balance of familiar older and newer songs.   The focus of the entire service will be positive and unifying. 

      Now, at the close of the service, the Lord’s Supper will be provided for those members who need to partake of it.   There will also be free child care provided for infants to age 5.  In addition, we will have refreshments of coffee and cookies to be served afterwards for a period of fellowship.

     Plus, there is one final treat, immediately following this area wide service, all area youth groups (5th-12th grades) are invited out to Star Skate located at 37303 W. 45th Street (just off US Hwy 177) for a great night of fun and fellowship open just for us from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The cost will be $5 per person in addition to concession.   

      So hopefully you can see why I get excited just talking about this special day.  Friends, please keep this special service in your prayers and do plan to join us.   It is our prayer that God will be glorified through this effort and the body of Christ in this area will be united in greater love and unity.

                    -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net




     This past Sunday morning I was pleased and privileged to introduce Aaron Rowley to the Central congregation and we are indeed happy to have him.  Aaron has been visiting the past few weeks and comes to us from the Northridge congregation.  Please give Aaron a warm welcome into the Central family.  His address is 7 Kiowa St., Shawnee, Ok. 74801.  Phone number is 275-0335.



     We extend our sympathy to Larry & Sarah Smith in the loss of their son, Steven Schaeffer, who passed away early this week.  A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday in our building.



     All the Central ladies are invited to a holiday brunch at Jennifer Michener’s at 10 a.m. on Saturday of this week.  After the brunch, there will be an ornament exchange at Debbie Taffe’s home.  This event is hosted by the Sunshine Sisters.



    Our congratulations to  James and Joan Reeves on the birth of a new great granddaughter born November 30th to Amanda & Craig Brackeen.  Molly Rose weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 inches long.  Grandparents are Luann & Philip Mosier and Gary & Paula Brackeen.  Molly has two big sisters, Kayana Rhoton and Lilian May Brackeen.  



     Thank you all for the friends you have been to our mother and all you have done for her.              

                   Sincerely, Vera’s [Thompson] Family                     




    Glendon Combs fell and broke his left wrist on Saturday afternoon.  He was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday morning at Unity Health Center and was hoping to be dismissed on Thursday.    Earl Finch remains in VA Medical Center, room 116 on the seventh floor.  He is not doing well at this time.  He can still have visitors but is unable to answer the phone. Pam Blackshire’s grandmother, Rita Fairchild, fell and broke a hip.  She is in rehab and should come home in a week.  Vesta Mays continues to show improvement from a light stroke at Rose Manor.  Vince Vanlandingham is still struggling with severe back pain.  He was to see a neuron-surgeon on Wednesday of this week. 



     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, Tim Norton, Sr., Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) 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.



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

December 13, Search: “Who Is Your Lord?”

December 13, Holiday party for teens, children & their families in fellowship room; fun, games, ornament decoration, finger food, special guest dressed in red

December 18, Holiday party, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible class, Dennis home, 6:30 p.m.; bring snacks or desserts

December 20, Search: “Why Jesus Came to Us?”

December 27, Search: “For Those Who Would Love Life”

January 3, Shawnee Area-Wide Service, “Praise Him—2010”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday evening 5 p.m. 


Youth News

Bob Stephens

     We had a great trip to Oklahoma Christian last Sunday to watch Matt and Jill Sloan perform in Cocoa and Carols. Matt and Jill did an awesome job and the kids now know that Requiem means a really long song in another language!  We also learned that Deiondre Whiting can eat his weight in frozen yogurt!  Literally!  Be sure to ask him about it!

Don’t forget about our upcoming events:

13th – Sunday – Christmas Party after PM worship

21st – Monday –Caroling

28th – Monday – Festival of Lights in Chickasha

31st – Thursday – New Years Lock-in with Northridge

Jan. 3 – Combined Worship & Skating




Bible School                                                  127

Worship Service                                                 186

Sunday Evening                                                   122

Wednesday Evening                                              108

Contribution                                                              5,106.92



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                             Jim Cross

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                           Deiondre Whiting

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Frank Burton


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                             Robby Kinsey

Geoff Root                             Keith Lawrence


Greg Beal                               Craig McKnight


Bob Perry                                       Dale Beard


Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


Ron Taffe


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                    Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Steve Kelly


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Paul Harris



Classes for all ages

Song Director:               Burl Vanlandingham



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297