Bulletin for Sunday 10/31/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

     Winter is just around the corner so it’s time once again for Central to provide warm coats to those in our community with our Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway on Saturday, November 13.  Ron and Debbie Taffe work so faithfully to organize and plan this special outreach ministry.  There is still time for you to help volunteer in working o the actual Saturday morning giveaway or in providing donations of coats. (including money given to buy items needed).

     Friends while we are in an economic downturn and many families and people in our community are struggling, we have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.  By being a friend to them and meeting them at their point of need, we have the opportunity to minister the hope of the saving Gospel of Jesus to them thereby advancing the Kingdom of God.

     Being kind to the poor and downtrodden was central to what God has always asked of His people. Deuteronomy 15:11 says, “There will always be poor people in the land.  Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”  In Proverbs 22:9 says, “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” In Psalm 41:1 King David says, “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak….”  And in Proverbs 19:17 God promises that “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”

     In the New Testament we see Jesus eager to minister to the poor, the lonely, the forgotten, the least and lost in society. (Lk. 4:17-19; 14:7-14; Mt. 9:35-36)  Jesus was once directly asked for priorities about which is the greatest commandment in the Law. (Matt. 22:35-36).  He famously responded by saying love God is the greatest commandment and to love your neighbor as yourself is the second.  To illustrate what he meant by loving one’s neighbor he told the story of The Good Samaritan which is a story that exemplifies faith in action. (Luke 10:25-37)  In Matthew 25:31-46 as Jesus foretells the separating of the sheep from the goats at the Judgment, the sheep are characterized as those who did something about the plight of the stranger, the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, the poorly clothed, and the person in prison.

     Although the world, as a whole, does not care, the church of Jesus Christ should!  Jesus died, not just for the rich and those with nice jobs and comfortable lifestyles, He died for the “whosoever.”  Maybe, just maybe, with the love and compassion of Jesus, the church can reach out and minister where the world has walked on by.

      Some years ago researchers gathered a group of ministry students in a classroom and told them that each of them had an assignment. Their assignment was to record a talk about the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The thing was, the recordings were going to be done in a building on the other side of the campus, and because of a tight schedule, they needed to hurry to that building. Unknown to the students, on the path to the other building the researchers had planted an actor to play the part of a man in distress, slumped in an alley, coughing and suffering. The students were going to make a presentation about the Good Samaritan. But what would happen, the researchers wondered, when they actually encountered a man in need? Would they be Good Samaritans?  Well, no, as a matter of fact, they were not. Almost all of them rushed past the hurting man.  Rushing to preach their sermon on The Good Samaritan, almost all walked right past the beggar at the heart of the parable!

     We must have eyes to see as well as hands to help, or we may never help at all.  I think this well-known poem expresses it powerfully:

I was hungry, and you formed a humanities club     to discuss my hunger.  I was imprisoned, but you complained about the crime rate.  I was naked, and you debated the morality of my appearance.  I was sick, and you thanked God for your health.  I was homeless, and you preached to me about the shelter of God’s love.  You seem so holy and so close to God; but I’m still hungry, lonely, cold, and in pain.  Does it matter?  So where have your prayers gone?  What have they done?  What does it profit a man to page through his book of prayers when the rest of the world is crying for help?

Friends may the world see Christ in us through both our actions and words.

                    -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

         (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)

Route 66 Reading Schedule:

Matthew 20:17-26:35; Mark 10:1-14:31; Luke 18:15-22:39; John 11:1-14:31


REQUESTING PRAYER

     This past Sunday Debbie Taffe came requesting prayer for renewed enthusiasm and dedication for Central’s annual coat drive and give-away.  This is the tenth year for Debbie and Ron to oversee this good work.  Burnout is always a weapon Satan employs very effectively when he sees the Lord’s care for humanity going so well.  He will succeed unless he is resisted with strong determination.  The coat give away is possibly the most noticed and admired work Central does in the Shawnee community.  It must not stop.  However, it is a work that requires monumental effort.  We deeply appreciate the Taffes and all the others who make this such a successful ministry.


FAMILY FUN NIGHT

     This coming Sunday evening, October 31, immediately following evening services, there will be a Family Fun Night at the Incredible Inflatables Fun Center located at 702 W. Independence.  This fellowship party is for all Central children and young people and their families.  There will be fun games, candy, and food. Children are encouraged to bring their costumes to wear for the party afterwards.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Charles Wright was moved to Solara on Monday. He is in room 231.  

Jennifer Michener’s aunt, Rita Luye, returned to the hospital with a dangerous blood clot in her neck and possible stomach infection.


Coats – Caps – Scarves – Gloves – Blankets  needed for

Warmth from the Heart

November 13!!


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt) Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, Shawna Laffoon (Teresa Story’s daughter), Rita Luye (Jennifer Michener’s aunt), Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel O’Neal, Maxwell Parker (infant nephew of Kacy Kinsey), Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad) Betty Rye, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose), Charles Wright.  All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


Youth News

COMING EVENTS:

October 30, Saturday, Youth Fall Festival, at the Michener’s @ 6 p.m.


LOOKING AHEAD

October 31, Search, “Worship in Prayer”

November 3, Ladies class meets at 10:30 a.m.; November luncheon follows

November 7, Standard Time begins; set your clock back one hour

November 7, Search: “God Gives Grace to the Humble”

November 13, Annual “Warmth from the Heart” Coat Giveaway, 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m.

November 14, Search: “Get More from God’s Word”


JUST DO IT

 “Fold the arms of your faith and wait in quietness until the light goes up in your darkness.  Fold the arms of your faith, I say, but not of your action.  Think of something you ought to do, and go do it.  Heed not your feelings.  Do your work.”

                                               - George MacDonald

 


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                109

Worship Service                                                    188   

Sunday Evening                                                         97

Wednesday Evening                                 110

Contribution                                                            4,535.60

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, October 31, 2010

 

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                  Richard Albright

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:             Burl Vanlandingham

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gerald Smith                          George Mastick

Brian Nipper                              Chris Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                           Tanner Nipper

 

USHERS

Paul Harris                                    Dale Beard

 

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                Michael Michener

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                              Jim Walling

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                          Nathan Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297