Bulletin for Sunday 10/10/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

     This coming Sunday we will begin our fourth and final quarter this year in our Bible classes and study of Route 66  - a road trip through the Bible.  We’re up to speed and ready to roll through the New Testament beginning with the birth and early ministry of Jesus. 

     Friends, this is a perfect time to get back into the regular habit of attending Bible classes and for reading through the Bible daily.  If you have fallen behind or quit, why not pick up right here now with the New Testament schedule and start once again getting back on track attending classes and with the reading schedule.

     I know that reading through the Bible is a major commitment.  Sometimes there are sections (often in the prophets) where people get confused and discouraged with their reading.  But beginning this week we are starting to read through the New Testament. Reading all four Gospels in chronological order is enlightening and inspiring - as is reading through Acts and the letters.  Let’s keeping studying and reading, and allow the Word of God to shape us into the image of His Son.

      Make sure you and your family are in Bible school faithfully on Sunday morning and Wednesday night!    

Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

 (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)

Route 66 Reading Schedule

Matthew 1:1-4:11; Mark 1:1-13; Luke 1:1-4:13; John 1:1-34

SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM   Give Him the Name Jesus  

PM    The Good News of the Four Gospels


CONGRATULATIONS

We extend our best wishes and congratulations to Chris Nipper and Kelsey Borcherding in their uniting in marriage this past Saturday.


NOVEMBER 13   COAT GIVEAWAY


ENTERING OUR 25TH YEAR

Bob Bivins says that Marcia and I must be doing something right or we wouldn’t still be here.  Bob (hopefully with tongue in cheek) always says the worst about me he possibly can.  There were 348 members at Central when we moved here the first week of October in 1986.  From that number, over 200 have gone to their eternal reward.  Of the 348, only 44 remain today (40 who are able to attend services).  Even so, we still have a membership approaching 300 and are growing.  In many ways we’re not the same congregation we were in 1986, but unity is something that has not changed.  Central still strives to do God’s will according to his word with a membership that is flexible and respects differences of opinion.  It is a tremendous joy to be a part of such a congregation – a congregation at peace and productive.  It is a privilege to be a part of the ministry of such a church – among ourselves and reaching out to a lost world.  We are indeed fortunate to have the Praters working with us, and I enjoy being a co-worker with Robert.  It is a privilege to be under the oversight of the elders at Central – men who are considerate of others and their needs – men who are dedicated to doing God’s will.  It is thrilling to watch Central’s deacons as they go about their ministry with such enthusiasm and devotion.

     We were still in our 40’s when we moved to Central, and now we are in our 70’s.  We are in awe of how quickly the time has flown by.  It seems as only a fleeting moment to us.  Where did all that time go?  There’s a saying that time flies when you’re “having fun.”  These 25 years have certainly been some of the most enjoyable of our lives.  We thank God for such blessings.  We thank you for who you are and what you do.  Thank you for letting us be a small part of the body at Central.  We love you dearly.                   Dwyane & Marcia


PRAYER CONCERNS

Charles Wright remains in Integris Baptist Hospital, room 1071.

Leona Smith is doing well following a stint implant last Wednesday at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. She was in services Sunday. 


THANK YOU

The Christians of Central Church of Christ:  It is such a humbling experience to once again be on the receiving end of your wonderful love.  I thank you so much for the kind words, calls, cards and “hugs” following the death of my daughter-in-law, Patti. 

You are always there in times of need.  I love you all.                                                          Lois Lanier

Dear Central Family, We want to thank the elders for laying the new sidewalk path to the youth house.  We thank everyone for all that you’ve done for us and continue to do.  In Christian Love, The Chad Beard Family


COMING YOUTH EVENTS:

October 10th Sunday, AWTG @ Holdenville,   We will leave the building at 4 p.m.

October 30, Saturday, Youth Fall Festival, at the Michener’s! More details to follow.


The Coming of the Messiah

All is now ready for the most important event in human history.  It is an event planned even before the creation of the world.  It is the keeping of a promise made to Abraham over 2000 years earlier.  It is the fulfillment of a host of prophecies regarding a Messiah who would come to establish His kingdom.  Most importantly, it is the beginning of a dynamically new relationship between God and man.  The event is the coming of the Savior of the world, the Messiah—or, as referred to in the Greek, the Christ.

This Christ is not to be just another world leader, as Cyrus, Alexander, or Caesar.  He is not to be just another great man of God, as Abraham, Moses or David.  He is to be God Himself in human flesh!  The Lord of heaven is to become a servant of the earth.  God, who had previously made himself known through a nation and a law, is now to reveal Himself in the most personal way possible—in the form of a man.  Until now God’s blessings have been reserved mostly for a chosen people, but now they are to become available to all people in every generation.

As the New Testament record now begins, the Scriptures proclaim the good news about the salvation of mankind which comes through obedient faith in Jesus the Christ.  The good news begins with the miraculous birth of Jesus to a virgin of Galilee in the days of Herod, King of Judea.  Then, as Jesus grows into manhood, his coming as the promised Messiah and Savior is announced by John the Baptist.  As Jesus begins his own ministry, he confirms his deity with miraculous healings and other signs and wonders, and proclaims the imminent coming of the kingdom of God.  His teaching calls men and women to new spiritual heights in their worship of God and in their relationship with one another.

Who is this Christ, this Messiah?  His name is Jesus.  His symbolic name, Immanuel (meaning “God with us”), signifies his deity.  He is man, to be sure, but God as well; and he is God—the God of Creation—but man as well.  God lowers himself so that man might be elected.  He leaves heaven so that man might enter it

But because his teachings challenge traditional practices of the Jewish religion of his day, and because he claims divine authority, Jesus meets strong opposition from religious leaders.  That opposition ultimately leads to arrest and trial before Jewish and Roman authorities.  Although falsely accused, Jesus is condemned and sentenced to die by crucifixion—an event which is intended to silence both the man and his message.  Instead the good news comes to a powerful climax when, on the third day after his death, Jesus rises from the grave and shows himself alive, proving his own miraculous resurrection.  The Christian hope which derives from the gospel message is that, just as Jesus is raised from the dead, so also the righteous in Christ will be raised to eternal life!

(Taken from The Daily Bible, edited by F. LaGard Smith)


LOOKING AHEAD

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 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.


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                            131

Worship Service                                                204    

Sunday Evening                                                    126

Wednesday Evening                             129

Contribution                                                        6,320.38

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                      Bob Stephens

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Chuck Carter

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                      Ron Taffe

Clavin Norwood                    Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Lynn Harmon                                 Greg Beal

USHERS

Paul Harris                                    Bob Bivins

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Robert Perry

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Jim Walling

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Matt Stephens                              Steve Kelly

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297