Bulletin for Sunday 04/04/2010
With Robert Prater
Let’s be sure to keep all our Central young people and adults in your prayers as they travel to Rogers on Friday to participate in LTC. Please encourage these young people as they continue to grow and develop their spiritual skills in serving the Lord. We are so grateful for all those parents and adults who have been diligently preparing and working with them. We’re proud of you!
Have you invited that special someone to our Friends & Family Day yet? This is a great opportunity for us to introduce them to Christ and to the Central church family. If we begin now asking and inviting our friends, family, co-workers and neighbors some of them will come. Between now and April 11, please be praying for those you would invite, that they would say yes.
This coming Sunday of course will be Easter and we always anticipate having many special guests and family being with us for worship. Almost everybody tries to go to church somewhere on Easter Sunday. People who rarely go to worship will make the effort for this one day regardless of how weak they may be spiritually.
Do you remember how Andrew invited his brother Peter to “come and see” Jesus. (John 1:40-42) Philip introduced his friend Nathanael to Jesus. (John 1:43-45) John records the words of one woman’s invitation: “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (John 4:28) Then later on John tells us the results her invitation: “They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42) This simple invitation resulted in Jesus staying in their town for two days and lives being changed by Him!
Now the reason I believe we can all practice this “invitational evangelism” is because this type of outreach is the most common and natural way. All of us come into contact with other people every day, as we go to work, the grocery store, eat at restaurants, shop, talk to our family, friends, neighbors, and go about our everyday lives. We develop relationships with these people, and as they see us hopefully develop and grow in the Lord, they are drawn to the light that they see in us. (cf. Mt. 5:16) Everything that we do or say is on display, and the world is watching. They see us as God’s representatives, and we win them by our love and our Godly example. These people know us, and we know them, and they can be the easiest ones to win to Jesus.
If you don’t believe this, just look around here at Central. We have had several new members in recent years as a result of this friendship and invitational evangelism approach. Come and see, is a great invitation to give. So who are you going to share it with?
-- Robert -- email@example.com
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DEVOTIONALS
In 2009 we had a sizable number of men give the devotional talks and offer the invitation during the summer and on into the fall. We are gearing up for this program again to start in mid-April and run through the summer. If you previously participated, we will assume you would like to do so again and leave your name in the rotation. If you need additional information, would like to add your name to the list, remove your name from the list, request a specific date, please contact Craig McKnight or Michael Michener.
Frank Burton had total knee replacement surgery last week at Northwest Surgical Center. He returned to Solara Hospital in Shawnee on Monday of this week to spend about four days before returning home.
Prayers have been requested for Kacy & Robby Kinsey’s nephew, Maxwell Parker, born prematurely at 24 weeks, weighing 1 pound & 8 ounces and 12 inches long. He is in NICU in Lewisville, Texas. Parents are Ben and Catherine Parker.
Dennis Jones’s dad, Darrel Jones, has shown a little improvement. He is being transferred to Health South Rehabilitation Hospital.
Joyce Kelly is continuing rehabilitation at Golden Rule Home, room 116.
Bill Lawerance requests that you keep his father in your prayers. He had tests on Thursday of last week and continued with tests on Monday of this week.
It was great seeing Floyd Davis and Gene Norton in worship Sunday. Gene is expecting to have a procedure for kidney stones sometime this week.
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Harold Carothers, Irene Coffman, Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Louise Honaker, Dennis Jones’ father, Darrell Jones, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Thearlene Morris, Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Millie Riley, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances. They appreciate your interest and prayers.
April 4, Search: “What the Cross Says”
April 4, NO BIBLE HOUR TODAY
April 4, Egg Hunt and fellowship for families with children & teens at the Canard’s following evening worship.
April 11, Search: “God and Evil”
April 11, Friends & Family Day with Kent Hartman from Oklahoma Christian University, “God’s View of Money Matter$,” Chicago St. Deli catered meal at Municipal Auditorium
April 18, Search: “Forgiving Yourself”
April 18, Choctaw Church of Christ 70th Anniversary, lunch & activities all day long.
April 25, Search: “Thirsting for God”
April 25, Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon
May 7-8, Central Men’s Retreat, Quail Ridge Lodge, Tecumseh
June 13-19, Burnt Cabin Camp
July 7-10, Mini-Camp
July 12-16, Central’s VBS
Hope to see you here Sunday!
To everyone that came downstairs Sunday evening to watch our 3-6 grade LTC’ers. THANK YOU!
Thanks for your support. Thanks for your encouragement. And Thanks for your prayers. It means everything to the kids. Please remember our group in prayer as we go to Rogers on Friday and come home Saturday. Pray that our kids can apply what they’ve learned there into the rest of their lives.
NO BIBLE HOUR THIS SUNDAY!
CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES
SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES
535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804
Ruth Autry, #81
Irene Coffman, #54
Harold Decker, #91
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
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #110
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 136
Worship Service 240
Sunday Evening 160
Wednesday Evening 130
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Announcements: Steve Kelly
Opening Prayer: Tim McGalliard
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Kenton McGalliard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: George Mastick
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Geoff Root Carl Weeks
Jim Carpenter Brandon Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Jeff Todd Bob Bivins
Paul Harris Jim Cross
Foyer: Paul & Paula Harris
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Ron Taffe
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jon Merritt
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Bob Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297