Bulletin for Sunday 01/10/2010

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1935          VONDA MERRILL          2009

We extend our loving sympathy to Ann & Bob Bivins, Anita Sharp, and all the family of Vonda Merrill.  After a year of declining health, Vonda departed this life on December 22.  Vonda loved her church family, and frequently helped with preparation and serving the family dinner when there was a death in the congregation.  We appreciate her devotion to the Lord and brothers and sisters in the family of God.

In less than a week’s time from Vonda’s passing, her brother, Bob Knight, passed away in Oklahoma City.  Funeral services were conducted on Thursday.  Once more we express our sympathy to Ann, Bob and Anita for experiencing the loss of loved ones so close together.  

We express our sympathy to Paul Harris in the loss of his brother-in-law, Max Morgan, Saturday morning.  A memorial service will be held at a later time.

Our loving sympathy goes to Martha Chaffin in the loss of her sister, Vera Grace Medders.  Funeral services were at the church of Christ in Talihina on Tuesday of this week.

We express our sympathy to former members, Margie Stone and Donna Parmer, in the recent loss of their husband and father, Warren Stone.  Dennis Parmer conducted graveside services on Tuesday.

We also extend our sympathy to Aletta Collins and Rhetta Smith in the recent loss of their brother, Jack Alexander.  Funeral services were conducted on Monday.

With Robert Prater

We shared in some terrific blessings together this past Lord’s Day.  On Sunday morning here at Central we had a wonderful crowd to worship God.  Terry Hackworth from Fort Gibson was our guest song leader.  I think we all greatly appreciated Terry for the fine job he did in leading our singing at Central and the area-wide worship.  And of course, brother Phil Sanders delivered faith building and challenging lessons.  And then, to top the day off, 581 members from the Shawnee area churches of Christ came out to Praise Him 2010 at the Shawnee Expo.  The bitter cold weather did not put a damper on those wishing to worship!  The Expo Center was filled with tremendous warmth of unity and love!  Those that missed it, truly missed out on something special.  Phil also spoke that evening and gave an inspirational message that refreshed our souls in our common love for God.

It hasn’t been that many years ago when congregations in a local area made it a point to join together for regular fellowship, worship and Christian service.  Many remember the uplifting “area wide singings” of the past when Christians from a wide area would meet at one of the buildings and raise their voices in unity to God.    

In today’s culture of churches we tend to withdraw and isolate ourselves, not so much because of differences, but because we rut ourselves in the routine of what we do.  Sunday night at the Expo truly uplifted us spiritually as it led to an increased sense of brotherhood with our neighboring congregations.  We joined together to praise God for what He has done for us in Christ.  We hope for more gatherings like Sunday night.

Finally, be keeping in mind our new year-long study beginning Sunday in all our adult Bible classes:  Route 66 – A road trip through the Bible. (See class listings on front of bulletin)  I will also reinforce this study through some of our Sunday morning sermons for the year as well.  Plus, don’t forget to be a Daily Bible reader.  Follow along with the Bible reading schedule published in each first of the month bulletin.  YOU CAN DO IT! 

-- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net


Thank you so much for your prayers and love during the time of our recent family losses.  Your visits to Vonda during the last few years meant a lot to her.  She enjoyed them all.  A special thanks to Dwyane for a special remembrance at her funeral and to Marcia [Dennis] and to Robert Prater for attending on the bitterly cold day. The poinsettia was beautiful. In Christian love, Ken [Vonda’s son] Bob & Ann [Bivins] and all of Vonda’s family.

We want to thank everyone for all the calls, prayers & visits while Dave was in the hospital and since we’ve been home.  You have truly been a blessing to us. In Christian love, Betty & Dave Emery


To my Central Church of Christ family: Thank you so very much for the beautiful poinsettia and thanks to Mary Kelly for delivering it and the nice visit. Thank you teens for coming to brighten my day with Christmas carols and the goody bag. You are truly blessings for our congregation. In Christian Love, Elva Gill

I would like to thank the church for the poinsettia delivered to me by Carl and Yuavonda Weeks. Enjoyed their visit also. Love, Lillie Smith

Thank you so much for the poinsettia delivered to us at Christmas. The carolers [teens] and the goody bag left were most enjoyable. Joe & Nadine Magee;

Enjoyed so much the carolers [teens] and the goody bag. The poinsettia was beautiful. Bertha Ann Young;

I want to thank you for the beautiful poinsettia and for the one who delivered it. Jean Pointer


Joyce Kelly fell in her home on Monday and has a broken hip. She is in Unity Health Center, room 209.

Elva Gill has moved to Rose Manor, room 207 after spending some time in Unity Health Center with pneumonia. She is progressing well and should return home soon.

Steve Farris, son of Erma Dean Farris, is in Unity Health Center, room 209, following major surgery on Friday.

Mary Jo Fleming has a broken ankle following a fall in her home. Her grandson, Richard Fleming was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Monday following a light stroke.

Earl Finch is at long last home again.

It was great seeing Dave Emery in our services Sunday following coronary by-pass surgery.

Youth News
Bob Stephens

What a great holiday we had!  The teens stayed busy over the break with lots of good activities.  We had the opportunity to visit a few of our members, delivering them goodies and caroling.  We had a good crowd join in and now we definitely know the words to Jingle bells, Matt Sloan!  We also spent time with the teens from Northridge at a combined lock-in on New Year’s Eve.   We bounced at Incredible Inflatables, went on a video scavenger hunt, played games at Northridge and wound up at Central for breakfast.  Some of us hadn’t pulled an all-nighter in a long time, but it was great fun!  Then we capped off the break with an awesome worship service with all the other area churches.  What a blessing it was to see so many Christians praising God as one body!  Afterwards the youth group enjoyed time with other area teens skating.  You should  ask Eric Park if he’s any good at air hockey…

Now, sadly, back to school.  Keep our kids in your prayers as they begin the second half of the school year.  Pray that they continually keep God centered in their lives and that they do everything to His glory.  As a youth group, our goal is to read through the Bible in a year.  All the adult classes are striving to do the same thing.  How about we do it together?  Parents, encourage your teens to open God’s word daily and read what He has to tell them.  What a great opportunity for us to spend time with our sons and daughters reading the word together.  Remember when we used to read bedtime stories to them?  Bring back some of the old ‘good old days’ and read the Word together!


January 10, Search: “Knowing Christ”

January 13, Ladies Bible Class resumes, 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows class


Bible School                                                  161

Worship Service                                                 223

Sunday Evening (Expo Center)                            581

Wednesday Evening                                                95

Contribution                                                              9,478.00



Sunday, January 10, 2010

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                        Kenton McGalliard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris



NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                               Bill Lawerance

John Aylor                                       Joe Curtis


Bob Bivins                             Craig McKnight


Robert Perry                           Tim McGalliard


Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard


Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens


Austin Beard


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                         Dale Beard

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:            Burl Vanlandingham


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                              Tracy Gettle



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener