Bulletin for Sunday 11/14/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

   The Book of Acts has been called “The Acts of the Apostles.”  This title was not given by the author Luke and is less than appropriate, for the book speaks of only a few of the apostles and their ministries--Peter, John, James (only in that Herod killed him) and Paul.  None of the other apostles are mentioned.  So a more accurate title would be “Some acts of some apostles"—only that’s not very exciting.  In reality this book is about  The Acts of Jesus Christ through His church by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  That’s really what it’s all about.

    Note that Luke wrote in Acts 1:1 that in his gospel he had written about all that Jesus “began” to do and to teach. We know that the Gospel of Luke contains the story of Jesus from his birth until His ascension into heaven. It is the story of what Jesus did and said while He was on the earth. But notice again what Luke says about the story he wrote—"all that Jesus began both to do and to teach.”

     The word “began” implies that there is still more to be reported about what Jesus was then continuing to do and to teach through His chosen apostles.  We might summarize this by saying:  the gospel of Luke tells us what Jesus began to do when he was on the earth; the book of Acts tells us what Jesus continues to do from heaven through His church on earth. 

      The truth of the matter is that even though Jesus ascended back to heaven, He was (is) still working and acting through His people.   In Matthew 28:19 Jesus told His apostles to "go and teach and make disciples of all nations."   Yet, the disciples would not have to do this work all by themselves because He said, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20)

      Now this is where we come in.  Nearly 2000 years have come and gone since Christ walked on planet earth. Yet His work continues to this day through His people who make up His church. What He started long ago, we continue by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.  And in sharing the gospel message with others, we are not doing it alone.  As the church we must never forget that Jesus Christ has promised that he will still be with us even to the end of the age. 

      Yes indeed, Jesus Christ is working and acting today!  But to do His work, He needs willing hands and mouths and tongues and feet and minds because today He works through people, just like He worked through Peter, Stephen, Philip and Paul.  Every single Christian needs to allow the living Lord to work through them.  (cf. Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21) 

      Have you ever heard someone talk about the 29th Chapter of Acts?   That’s clever because Acts contains only 28 chapters. Yet it’s very interesting how the last chapter of Acts ends with Paul in house arrest in Rome, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 28:17-31)  What happened after the 28th chapter of Acts?  

      The fact is that the story doesn’t end at the end of the Book of Acts.  It’s fitting that the book of Acts should end with evangelism because in reality you and I are writing the 29th chapter of this book every single day.   In reality we are living the 29th Chapter of Acts.   Friends, let’s all imitate the New Testament church and join them in continuing the story of sharing the good news of Jesus to a lost world!

                    -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

         (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


MEMBERSHIP

We are so pleased to have Carl & Jewel Wills wishing to fellowship with us.  They have recently moved to 1627 N. Pennsylvania, telephone number is 273-5004.  Carl has been attending several months with his sister, Ann Perry.  Jewel will be attending as soon as her health improves. 


GUEST SPEAKER

This coming Sunday morning we’ll be blessed in having a special guest preacher as Johnie Fredman will be preaching for us.  Robert Prater will be away preaching that morning on a Friends Day for the Church of Christ in Wagoner, OK.  Johnie is former campus minister of the East Central State University campus ministry in Ada, and now member at the Highland congregation in Tecumseh.


PRISON MINISTRY

We will be supporting the Mabel Bassett Holiday Sack project again this year with personal supplies for inmates.  A tote is located in the foyer along with a sample package.  Below is a list of acceptable donations:

 

Shampoo – 15-18 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles

Conditioner – 15-18 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles

Toothpaste – Large family size

Toothbrush – Adult size med. or soft bristle

Kleenex – Small pocket book size

Body Wash – 12-16 oz. CLEAR Plastic bottles

Lotion – 6-8 oz. Plastic Tube Small opening

Greeting Cards – Total of 8 cards – all occasion

 

The tote will be picked up on November 16th. 


CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Josh, Leah and Dalton Lyons have moved to 1 Dawson Lane, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Their phone number remains the same.  Please make this correction in your membership directory.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Charles Wright remains in Solara, room 220.

MykahSheltonhas requested prayers for one year old Chelsea Coleman who is about to begin testing for leukemia. 

Larry Smith is waiting to hear when he will begin chemotherapy for prostate cancer.


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.


THANK YOU

Thanks to everyone who helped with the ‘Fall Teen Party’ a week ago.  Thank you for bringing snacks, supplies and for your presence at the party.  It was a wonderful success.

Dear Church family, We would like to thank you for all the care packages, cards, & letters sent to Ken over the past year.  Also thank you so much for your love, support, thoughts and prayers.  You all have made this deployment a much easier experience for the both of us.  In Christian Love,                                     Ken & Hillary Whittington


Youth News

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

November 13, Saturday, Hayride @ the Stephens’ at 5 p.m. Hot dogs and buns will be provided.  Bring lawn chairs.  Check with Bob or Janet if there is something you would like to bring.


LOOKING AHEAD

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”

November 21, Search: “Thanksgiving”

November 25 & 26, Church office closed

November 28, Search: “Jesus Arose”

January 2, Shawnee Area-Wide Worship, “Praise Him-2011”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday evening 5 p.m. Alan Martin, guest speaker

 


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                145

Worship Service                                                    246    

 Sunday Evening                                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                 102

Contribution                                                            5,536.14

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                 Johnie Fredman

Closing Prayer:                            Scott Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                                 Bob Seikel

Kenton McGalliard                 Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                  Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Gene Norton                      Michael Michener

GREETERS

Foyer:                       Gene & Dorothy Norton

Elevator:          Michael & Jennifer Michener

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Tyrel Shelton

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Gerald Smith                            Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                           Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297