Bulletin for Sunday 04/04/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS
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 -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.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.


PRAYER CONCERNS

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.


LOOKING AHEAD

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!


Youth News
Bob Stephens

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

SUNSET ESTATE

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

Contribution                                                             8,766.40

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                    Carl Weeks

Jim Carpenter                          Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jeff Todd                                        Bob Bivins

USHERS

Paul Harris                                       Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Ron Taffe

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Jon Merritt

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                          Bob Perry

 

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