Bulletin for Sunday 12/20/2009

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     We had a great Christmas party on Sunday night for all the children and families.  There were over 80 people, 30 plus kids!  There was a good number of visitors.  Thanks, thanks, thanks to all the great people who helped make this happen, you know who you are, I know who you are, and more importantly, God knows. (cf. Heb. 6:10)  A special big thanks is given to Dennis Brodersen, who helped out in a very special “red” wayJ!

     The present Christmas season is surrounded with controversy.  The question kept ever before us is: Do we dare say Merry Christmas for fear of offending someone?  Well, heaven literally and truly came down and the Divine literally and truly became flesh when Jesus was born in a stable and placed in that manger in the little town of Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.

     While it is true that we do not know exactly when Jesus was born, December 25 is the date that our culture long ago began to honor our Lord and Savior for His birth.  For that reason, this is the time of year that the vast majority of Americans give thought to Him.  Now the secular forces of our culture want to take even that away from the people.

     As Christians, we remember the Lord every first day of the week as we participate in the Lord’s Supper.  There we commemorate His death for our sins, we proclaim our faith in Him as we wait for His return, and we examine our hearts in relationship to His body, the church.  Yet, long before there was a cross, there was a manger.  Though we are not commanded to formally celebrate His birth, that does not mean that we should forget it, even at Christmas time.  The cross would not have taken place apart from the so-called “first Christmas.”

     So, if indeed you remember Christ this Christmas, remember that He was not born to remain a child wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. He was born to become our Savior by dying on a cross and to be the Lord of our lives (Luke 2:11).

     May we never forget that no matter how the world may treat us, we know who is Lord.

                    -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

MOVED

     Pat Copeland has moved to Coweta, Oklahoma to be close to her daughter.  Her address is c/o Mike Pierce, 13640 S. 267 East Ave., Coweta, OK 74429.  We wish her well in her new home.

 

THANK YOU

     Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, It is such a blessing to have a spiritual family!  Thank you so much for the beautiful bouquet of flowers and serving our family a meal during our time of grief.  Your expression of love was greatly appreciated.  

                                  The family of Harvey Moore                                       

     We are very grateful for all your prayers and acts of kindness, cards, and phone calls.  

                                             Love,  Carletta Moore

     I would like to thank all for your care and concern following my fall Sunday morning. A special note of thanks to the first responders: Carol Brodersen, Tyrel Shelton, Barbara Tucker and Carl Weeks.                                Mary Jo Fleming

 

HOLIDAY THANK YOU NOTES

     Dear Church of Christ, Thanks for the gorgeous poinsettia.  It has brought much holiday cheer.  A special thanks to Jim Pettyjohn for making deliveries on such a bitter day.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!  Christian love, Anita Hinson – I want to thank you for the beautiful poinsettia that Jim brought by from the church.  Such a wonderful gift. Love, Dorothy Strickland – Dear brothers and sisters, Angie and Kevin Gober delivered a very pretty poinsettia to our home from all the congregation.  We are certainly enjoying this seasonal flower, but best of all, it afforded us a most enjoyable visit with this fine couple.  Thank you for everything. Love Nancy Harber & Karen Marasco – Dear church family, Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you sent me. Love to all, Naomi RutledgeVonda Merrill expresses her thanks for the thoughtfulness of others. – Geraldine Outlaw expresses her thanks for the poinsettia and for those who helped with the delivery. – Carletta Moore expressed her thanks for the poinsettia and for the visit with Kevin and Angie Gober. Norma Cowden and Anita Jacques send their appreciation for the poinsettias they received.

 

Youth News

Bob Stephens

     We had a great crowd Sunday night at the Christmas party for all the kiddos.  I want to thank all the teens that came and helped with the crafts and clean up.  You are excellent!

     Next Monday evening the youth group is planning to go visit a few folks, sing a song or two and spread some good cheer.  We’ll meet at the youth house at 5:00 p.m to put together some goodie bags. Then go caroling and wind up at the Kelly’s for some cocoa.  Teens, bring a smile and your best voice for Rudolph.

     The Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) sign-up sheets will be posted by Sunday morning.  They will only be up for a couple of weeks.  Kids 3rd through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in this incredible event. The LTC convention is in Rogers, Arkansas on Easter weekend, April 2nd and 3rd.  LTC can literally change your life.  The skills you learn to serve the Lord and His kingdom will stay with you all your life so sign your name on the dotted line!

     Don’t forget about our upcoming events:

21st – Monday –Caroling

28th – Monday –Chickasha Lights & Dinner

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

Jan. 3 – Combined Worship & Skating

 

PRAYER CONCERNS

    Earl Finch has begun to show improvement. He will still have an extended stay at VA Medical Center, room 116 on the seventh floor. He & Judy express their appreciation for all the cards and visits he has received.  Vince Vanlandingham had back surgery last week at the Spine Center and is now home making good progress.  He expresses his appreciation for all the thoughtfulness you have shown.   Bessie Robbins is in serious condition at the Heart Hospital.  She is the sister of Herman Guin and the aunt of Sue Merritt.  Glendon Combs spent a day at Unity Health Center last week following surgery for a broken wrist.  e is now home and making a good recovery.  Elva Till fell last week and broke her hand.  After that it was great seeing her in worship both times Sunday.  Mary Jo Fleming fell in the parking lot after worship Sunday and was taken to ER by ambulance with bruises on her face and a bad laceration above her right eye.  She was treated and released to Debbie and Ron Taffe’s home.

  Mary Jo Fleming fell in the parking lot after worship Sunday and was taken to ER by ambulance with bruises on her face and a bad laceration above her right eye.  She was treated and released to  Debbie & Ron Taffe’s home.  Dave Emery, Betty’s husband, had double bypass surgery at the Heart Hospital on Tuesday.  Elva Gill fell last week and broke her hand.  After that it was great seeing her in worship both times Sunday.  Vonda Merrill experienced several bad days last week.  Norma Edgmon will have a surgical procedure on Thursday and would appreciate your prayers. 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

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 24, 25, Church Office Closed

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

January 1, Church Office Closed

January 3,  Phil Sanders, from Search, teaching all teen and adult classes and preaching AM

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

 

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                                                  148

Worship Service                                                 212

Sunday Evening                                                   165

Wednesday Evening                                                88

Contribution                                                              5,053.38

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                       Bob Stephens

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Steve Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gene Norton                          Craig McKnight

Kenton McGalliard                   Lynn Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                       Mitch Harmon

USHERS

Bob Perry                                         Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn & Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Robert Perry

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                       Frank Burton

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                 Robby Kinsey

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DEVOTIONAL

DECEMBER 23, 2009

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297