Bulletin for Sunday 10/03/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

This week I will begin my seventh year at Central.  I am so thankful for the honor of serving with you here at Central.  Thank you for being near and dear.  Your words of encouragement and kindnesses over the years have meant so much to our family.  You have become not just the congregation where we serve but a family with whom we serve.  You truly are a part of us.  I look forward to seeing the Lord continue to bless our labor among you.

Well in our “Route 66”a road trip through the Bible we have come to the Book of Malachi.  As the last of the Old Testament writing prophets and the last book of Old Testament Scripture, Malachi provides an important point of transition between the end of the Old Testament era and the New Testament era.

Malachi the prophet and Nehemiah the builder were contemporaries, and the problems Nehemiah faced became the basis for the sermons Malachi preached.  Corrupt priests, mixed marriages, calloused consciences – these were the conditions under which Malachi wrote.  Using a question-and-answer style, Malachi highlights the arrogance and insensitivity of God’s people.

His convicting words of judgment usher in 400 years of silence during which God’s prophetic voice is no longer heard.  (Although we’ll study this Sunday the 400 “silent” years between the Testaments to see how God steered the course of humanity toward the coming Messiah)  But the last book of the Old Testament anticipates the first book of the New, where John the Baptist breaks the silence by declaring, “Prepare the way for the Lord.” (Matthew 3:3)

This week you’ll read the last of the 929 chapters, 23,214 verses, 592,439 words, and approximately 2,728,100 letters in the Old Testament (if you are using a King James Version of the Bible).  Congratulations!  You’ve reached a significant milestone in your goal of growing in the grace and knowledge of God’s Word.

Malachi concludes the Old Testament with a final reminder that sin must be dealt with.  Of the 55 verses in Malachi, 47 are spoken by God – the highest portion of any prophetical book.  Malachi is the only prophet who ends his book on a note of judgment rather than hope.  “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:6)  Jesus Himself identified John as the one Malachi wrote about. (Matthew 11:10-15)

Great and dreadful.  Turn or else.  Promise and threat.  The Messiah is coming.  That’s a good thing. Right?  It’s a fitting conclusion to the Old Testament because it underscores mankinds’ sinful condition and sets the stage for God’s solution in the person of Jesus the Christ.  That’s the Good News!             -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


CONGRATULATIONS

Our congratulations to Tim & Janice McGalliard on becoming grandparents for the first time!  Emilia Lynn was born Sunday, September 25, 2010 in Duncan to Tad & Jennifer McGalliard.  Emilia weighed 9 pounds 3.6 ounces and was 21 inches long.  Kenton is the new uncle and Mariella Jacobs is the great grandmother.


TIPTON HOME TRUCK COMING

The truck from Tipton Home is scheduled to be in our area October 27 – 29.  The list of needed supplies is: canned carrots, canola oil, sliced peaches, soups, cherry pie filling, brown sugar, shaving gel, Pine-Sol, bleach, air freshener, liquid laundry detergent.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Charles Wright remains in Integris Baptist Hospital, room 1071.

Leona Smith was scheduled to have a stint implant on Wednesday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. 

Sarah Smith has had several falls in her home and has a broken wrist and arm. 

Rita Luye, aunt of Jennifer Michener, remains in the hospital following surgery on Wednesday of last week. Her surgery did go well. 

It was a pleasant surprise to have a visit from Margaret & Fredith Hanifan last Sunday morning.


MOVING

Earl and Judy Finch will be moving to Oklahoma City on Saturday.  Their new address will be 9532 S.W. 26th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73128.  We wish them well in their new home.


OCTOBER

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Isaiah 11,12,13

1

Eph. 4

2

Isaiah 14,15,16

2

Eph. 5:1-16

3

Isaiah 17,18,19

3

Eph. 5:17-23

4

Isaiah 20,21,22

4

Eph. 6

5

Isaiah 23,24,25

5

Phil. 1

6

Isaiah 26,27

6

Phil. 2

7

Isaiah, 28,29

7

Phil. 3

8

Isaiah, 30,31

 8

Phil. 4

9

Isaiah, 32,33

 9

Col. 1

10

Isaiah 34,35,36

10

Col. 2

11

Isaiah 37,38

11

Col. 3

12

Isaiah 39,40

12

Col. 4

13

Isaiah 41,42

13

1 Thess. 1

14

Isaiah 43,44

14

1 Thess. 2

15

Isaiah 45,46

15

1 Thess. 3

16

Isaiah 47,48,49

16

1 Thess. 4

17

Isaiah 50,51,52

17

1 Thess. 5

18

Isaiah 53,54,55

18

2 Thess. 1

19

Isaiah 56,57,58

19

2 Thess. 2

20

Isaiah 59,60,61

20

2 Thess. 3

21

Isaiah 62,63,64

21

1 Tim. 1

22

Isaiah 65,66

22

1 Tim. 2

23

Jeremiah 1,2

23

1 Tim. 3

24

Jeremiah 3,4,5

24

1 Tim. 4

25

Jeremiah 6,7,8

25

1 Tim. 5

26

Jeremiah 9,10,11

26

1 Tim. 6

27

Jeremiah 12,13,14

27

2 Tim. 1

28

Jeremiah 15,16.17

28

2 Tim. 2

29

Jeremiah 18,19

29

2 Tim. 3

30

Jeremiah 20,21

30

2 Tim. 4

31

Jeremiah 22,23

31

Titus 1


Coats – Caps – Scarves – Gloves needed for Warmth from the Heart

November 13!!

(If they need it, please wash your items)


THANK YOU

Thank you so much for the plant and for providing lunch for our family.    The Darrell Jones Family


Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in

the armed forces.

Address for Kendall Whittington:

(stationed in Afghanistan)

FOB Gardez

145th  OK ADT

APO AE 09354

(check him out on his Facebook account)

*****

Sgt. Burchette, Brandon

A Co 1-3 BSTB 1HBCT 3ID

FOB Falcon, Iraq APOAE 09361

(Jim & Vivian’s grandson)

******

Sgt. David Weeks

HSC 96 ASB/101 CAB

TF Troubleshooters

APO, AE 09355

(Carl Weeks’ son)

 

They would appreciate receiving your prayers and cards


LOOKING AHEAD

October 3, Search, “Prepare for Worship”

October 3 – 5, OC Quest; Oklahoma Christian’s Annual Lectureship

October 8 & 9; Central Ladies Retreat @ Fin & Feather near Lake Tenkiller, Theme:Eat Pray Love.   Cost $30 each, sign-up sheet in foyer.

October 10, Search, “The Nature of Worship”

October 17, Search, “Problems in Worship”

October 24, Search, “Problems in Song”

October 27, 29, The Tipton Home truck will be here.  Needed supplies: canned carrots, canola oil, sliced peaches, soups, cherry pie filling, brown sugar, shaving gel, Pine-Sol, bleach, air freshener, liquid laundry detergent.

October 31, Search, “Worship in Prayer”


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                            137

Worship Service                                                219    

Sunday Evening                                                    126

Wednesday Evening                            133

Contribution                                                        4,678.37

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, October 3, 2010

 

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                            Jim Cross

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Brian Nipper

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                            Matt Stephens

Bob Bivins                                Jim Carpenter

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                               Tracy Gettle

 

USHERS

Paul Harris                            Tim McGalliard

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                Tim & Janice McGalliard

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Tyrel Shelton

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Dale Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gene Norton                          George Mastick

 

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