Bulletin for Sunday 02/07/2010

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SYMPATHY

1919          EMMA WILSON          2010

We extend our loving sympathy to Sarah and Larry Smith and Cherrel Hamilton in the loss of their mother, Emma Wilson, on Saturday of last week.  Robert Prater conducted funeral services on Friday. Emma was a member at Central for a number of years, while residing at Colonial Estates.  In her earlier life when health permitted, she had been a very devoted member of the Lord’s church.

AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     Dr. Earl West tells of J. W. McGarvey, the greatly admired preacher and teacher of the Restoration Movement, counseling a grieving lady who lost her only son in the Civil War.  She was seeking advice from the scholarly McGarvey when she asked, “Where was God when my son was dying?”  Like Job’s wife, her grief and doubt led her to blame God for her sorrow.  Immediately McGarvey replied, “The same place He was when His Son died.” 

    Ultimately, the answer to the problem of evil and suffering is not a philosophy, but a Person; not words, but the Word.  The value of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is often overlooked at just this point.   So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”  (John 1:14 New Living Translation)   God “tabernacled” among us, or came to earth in a “tent” of flesh and blood, in the person of Jesus Christ.  (John 1:14)  Most often, in the midst of our pain, we want comfort, not explanations. This is where the presence of Christ in the lives of those who hurt is critical.

    John Stott in his classic book, “The Cross of Christ,” addresses the centrality of the cross when it comes to suffering in our world.  He writes: 

“I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?   The God of the cross is the God for me!  He laid aside his immunity to pain. He entered our world of flesh and blood, tears and death. He suffered for us. Our sufferings become more manageable in light of his.  There is still a question mark against human suffering, but over it we boldly stamp another mark, the cross which symbolizes divine suffering. The cross of Christ..…is God’s only self justification in such a world as ours.”

     Friends, God is not indifferent to suffering.  God so loved the world that He gave his only Son to experience unimaginable suffering and to die as a victim of evil and cruelty.  He endured this to overcome sin, so that we might be reconciled to God and enjoy heaven where there is no suffering and death.  (cf. Rev. 21:4)  Also, we read all the stories of how compassionate Jesus was when encountering suffering people. He was not aloof. He cared about and shared their pain, just like He cares about your pain and problems now.

     That is the God for me!  I do not want to give trite or easy answers to these tough questions regarding human suffering.  But in the end, when all is said, the answer to all suffering is the cross.  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”  (Rom. 8:32 NIV)        

                      -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

                        (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)

 

VALENTINE’S DINNER

     Everyone in the congregation is invited to a Valentine dinner on Friday evening, February 12, 6:30 p.m. at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker.  The entrée choices will be steak, chicken fried steak, and grilled chicken.  There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer (with prices listed for each entrée).  Please check which entrée you think you would like just so we can give the restaurant an idea of what to expect.  See Maggie Prater or Denise Beard for more info.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

     Congratulations to Cheryl Miller on the birth of a new grandbaby born January 22.  Morgan Lynn Bertram weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 19.2 inches long.  Parents are Tammi & Chris Bertram.  She has a brother, Hunter and also aunts' Marla, Kayla, Misti & Valarie. 

 

     We extend congratulations to Bob Seikel and Terri Seikel on the arrival of their granddaughter and great granddaughter, Alyssa Nicole Wittmann

Born at 1:06 on January 15, 2010.  She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Parents are Brian Wittmann and Jeanne Villalbobos

 

PRAYER CONCERNS

 

    After surgery on Tuesday of last week for a severely burned arm, Mitch Harmon was to be evaluated on Monday of this week.  If all looked well, he was to have skin grafting on Tuesday of this week.  DeLisa Schaeffer, daughter of Sarah & Larry Smith, was admitted to ICU at Unity Health Center with a blood clot in her arm.  Earl Finch remains on the fourth floor at VA Medical Center.  Carletta Moore has had a bout with pneumonia and is at her daughter’s home at this time.  Jennifer Michener’s grandfather remains in critical condition in the hospital in Searcy, Arkansas.  Joyce Kelly will be in room 116 for a few weeks at Golden Rule Nursing Center before resuming rehabilitation.  Elva Gill is in room 515 at Rose Manor Nursing Center, but will be returning home soon. 

 

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) 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.

 

 

THANK YOU

 

     To Central Church of Christ, Thank you so much for all the cards, visits, and calls.  Your love and support have meant so much to our family.  In Christian love, Rosie Brightwell, Rebecca Pickard, Rita & Tommy Rooker.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

 

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

February 12, Valentine’s Dinner @LaDonna’s Grill, Meeker, 6:30 p.m.

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

February 26, Shawnee Area-wide Leadership Dinner, Northridge, 6:30 p.m.

 

CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

 SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, # 81

Irene Coffman, #54

Harold Decker, #57

 
GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd.

Shawnee, OK 74801

Joyce Kelly, #116

Millie Riley, #23

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Elva Gill, #515

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

 

Let your light shine in 2009

 

April 25, Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon

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 21, “More than Flesh”

February 28, Search: “Preach ‘On’ Love ‘With’ Love?”

April 11, Friends & Family Day with Kent Hartman from OC, “God’s View of Money Matter$”

April 25, Central’s Ladies luncheon

June 13-19, Burnt Cabin Camp

July 7-10, Mini-Camp

July 12-16, Central’s VBS

 

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)

 

(Jim & Viv’s grandson)

Sgt. Burchette, Brandon

A Co 1-3 BSTB 1HBCT 3ID

FOB Falcon, Iraq APOAE 09361

 

They would appreciate receiving your prayers and cards.

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                 Sunday

Worship Service    3 p.m. service                  126

Sunday Evening   due to icy roads

Wednesday Evening                          114

Contribution                                           2,388.66

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                             Ron Taffe

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Brian Nipper

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Michael Michener                  George Mastick

Jim Carpenter                          Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Chris Nipper                             Tanner Nipper

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                          Frank Romberg

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly & Janet Stephens

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gene Norton                                  Bob Seikel

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297