Bulletin for Sunday 01/23/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

WHAT ARE YOU SPILLING?

     Do you know how much a gallon jug can hold?  That’s right – 128 ounces is all.  Have you ever tried to pour more than 128 ounces into a gallon jug?  If you said, “Yes”, then I say, “Me, too”, but what happened?  It spilled.  It made a mess somewhere as the jug could not hold whatever you tried to pour too much into it.

     This is what happens in our lives when we try to do more that what we have time to do.  You have 168 hours per week, 24 hours per day.  You must spend an adequate amount of time sleeping and eating.  As workers, we must spend time working to provide financially for ourselves and families.  As students, there is time for school, homework, and studying.  As families, there must be time devoted together for the value of the relationships.  What about the rest of our time?  Do we have too much to do?  Are we overextended in our schedules?

     What about time for the Lord?  What about time to meet together for worship and Bible study?  What about time to serve others in doing good?  Just like the gallon jug, we can overfill our lives and have no time for the spiritual area.  Is this the reason many miss the assembly on the Lord’s Day?  Is this why even fewer attend Sunday evening or Wednesday night Bible study?  If our participation is limited, is it because we are too busy, or have we determined the other activities are more important?

     As a friend, let me say, “Don’t spill your life!”  Live intentionally. Put first things first. (cf. Matt. 6:33; Col. 3:1-2)  Ask yourself, “Is this activity connected to the cross of Jesus?  Will this let everyone know that I put God first in my life?”  Read Galatians 2:20 and 6:14.  Can you say this with Paul?

                      -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Pam Blackshire in the recent loss of her grandmother, Rita Fairchild, of Oklahoma City.

We also extend our sympathy to former member, Rosie Brightwell in the loss of her husband, Don, on Tuesday of last week at the Veterans Home in Norman.  Funeral services were Saturday afternoon at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Jennifer Michener’s grandfather, Henry Wylie remains critically ill in Missouri.  Your prayers for him and his family are greatly appreciated. 

Earl Finch remains in VA Medical Center, room 112, fourth floor.

Elva Gill remains in Rose Manor, room 207 for rehabilitation after pneumonia.  She is not responding well to medication at this time.

Joyce Kelly remains in Unity Health Center South, room 301 for rehabilitation therapy every day until 3:30 p.m.  She is responding well. 

Remember all of these as well as those listed below in your prayers. 


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

     Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Cherrell Hamilton, Louise Honaker, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, 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


Hope to see you here Sunday!


Youth News
Bob Stephens

     We had two teens that kept up with their Bible reading this past week.  Good job Molly and Lettie!  Parents, continue to encourage your kids to read God’s word.  Again, don’t give up just because you’ve fallen behind a day or two, or three.  Start on today’s reading and go from there!

YOU CAN DO IT!


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

 

Address for Kendall Whittington:

(stationed in Afghanistan)

FOB Gardez

1-45th ADT

APO AE 09354

(check him out on his Facebook account)

 

Address for Josh Lyons:

(stationed in Iraq)

GSE-13 Josh Lyons

TF ODIN Constant Hawk

COB Speicher

APO AE 09393

They would both appreciate receiving your prayers and cards.


LOOKING AHEAD

January 24, Search: “Born of God”

January 31, Search: “Marriage is Honorable”

February 3, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows the class

February 7, Search: “Should I Be Baptized?”

February 9, 44th Annual Christian Women’s Workshop, “God Put a Rainbow in the Sky – A Look at God’s Promises, “Southwest, Ada, 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.; salad luncheon

February 14, Search: “Come Back to Church”

February 19-20, Affirming the Faith Seminar, hosted by OKC area churches of Christ; held at N. MacArthur, www.affirmingthefaith.com

February 21, “More than Flesh”


BAPTIZED OR AFFILIATED?

     The year was 1956.  I was preaching in Sherman, Texas, when a prominent business man responded to the invitation and told me he wanted to be “affiliated” with the church, but he didn’t want to be baptized because he couldn’t see any sense in it.

     My thoughts went back to a man named Naaman, commander of the army of Syria.  When you read the account found in 2 Kings 5 you will discover that he had leprosy, a most loathsome skin disease.  Fortunately, a little maid he had taken captive informed her mistress that there was a prophet in Samaria who could cure him of his leprosy.  (The faith of this young girl was great because the prophet, Elisha, had not cured anybody of leprosy in Israel according to Jesus (Luke 4:27).

     Naaman rejoiced at the news.  A cure seemed to mean everything to him based on the price he was willing to pay.  He brought with him some seven hundred fifty pounds of silver, and about one hundred fifty pounds of gold, along with ten sets of clothing for the prophet, but when he was told to go wash in the Jordan seven times, he turned away in a rage;.  “But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, if the prophet had commanded you to so some great thing, would you not have done it?  How much rather, then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean?’”’(2 Kings 5:13).  Willing to do some great thing, he stumbled at washing in the Jordan!  But it was not until he had dipped seven times in the Jordan River that he found cleansing.

     But back to Sherman, Texas.  I found myself unable to convince the man of his need for baptism, and asked if he would be willing to meet with me and the elders of the church at three o’clock to discuss the matter.  He agreed.  About thirty minutes ahead of time he knocked on my office door and said, “John, I’ve decided that I want to do whatever the Lord requires of me.  I’m ready to be baptized.”

     Baptism may not appear to be some great thing in man’s eyes, but listen to what the Bible says: “for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27).                                                     

 John Gipson

 Windsong Church of Christ, N.Little Rock, AR.


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  131

Worship Service                                                 193

Sunday Evening                                                   126

Wednesday Evening                                       120

Contribution                                                             5,290.56

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                           Paul Harris

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                      Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Bob Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gerald Smith                  Burl Vanlandingham

Clavin Norwood                       Lynn Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                       Mitch Harmon

USHERS

Robert Perry                              Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                     Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Barbara Vanlandingham & Cheryl Miller

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Aaron Rowley

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                           Dale Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                   Carl Weeks

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297