Bulletin for Sunday 12/12/2010

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

This week marks the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor.  We should always remember the day that would “live in infamy” – and learn from it.

What happened on December 7, 1941?  Simply put, we were caught off guard.  In the decades since the attack, there has been a great deal of investigation, speculation and debate over how this could have happened and who is to blame for “dropping the ball.”  What seems fairly certain is that there were some warning signs and data available that, if taken through the proper channels, might have changed the complexion of this attack or thwarted it altogether.  Well, I’m not writing this to debate such things, but to make a simple point: it’s not good to be caught off-guard.  And even though the attack on Pearl Harbor would have a positive outcome, many lives were lost and many more would perish in the ensuing war in the Pacific.

As Christians, we have a dangerous enemy – an empire of evil, plotting surprise attacks against us.  Satan’s greatest advantage is the element of surprise.  Many times we just don’t see it coming.  The good news is that our Lord has given us “classified” information about our enemy to alert us and keep us from being taken by surprise! (2 Cor. 2:11)  Consider the apostle Peter’s inspired words: “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)

We shouldn’t be surprised when, because of our devotion to Christ, we feel pressure and opposition from those of the world.  Notice that Peter didn’t say “if” this would occur, but ”when”.  Paul declares that persecution would happen to everyone who lives a godly life in Christ. (2 Tim. 3:12)  Jesus also forewarned us of trouble and “tribulation” in the world. (John 15:18-21; 16:1-4 & 33)  By knowing these things beforehand, we can be prepared and not “Melt down” or give in to temptation.

Later in his letter, Peter advises: “be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV)

We shouldn’t be surprised when we feel the pull of temptation, rather we should be prepared!  We are all subject to the devil’s attacks and need to be on high alert at all times – never letting down our guard.  (Eph. 6:10-18)

So whether there was sufficient data and resources to thwart the attack on Pearl Harbor 69 years ago we may never know for sure.  But this we know for sure: Our “Commander” has given us sufficient data and resources to thwart the devil’s attacks.  We need never be caught off-guard!

                     -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net

         (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


PROPERTY PURCHASE

The Central Church of Christ has purchased six acres of land on 45th Street for possible future expansion.  The property is located between Walker Funeral Chapel and the railroad tracks on the south side of the street on what has been Cliff’s Kennels.  Although there are no immediate plans to build or relocate, this property will give the congregation opportunities to someday relocate, if that becomes the more central part of town or resell the land to make improvements at the 10th and Bell location.


CHANGE OF ADDRESS

Thelma Franklin has moved to Sterling House, 3947 North Kickapoo, Apt. #127, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Her telephone number is 275-0775.  Please make this change in your directory.


THANK YOU

I thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for the lovely Poinsettia and the birthday cards I received.  It reminds me of your love and the love of God who loved us so much as to send His Son for our salvation.                                        Elva Gill

We would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls, and prayers.  Frank had his oral surgery done on Friday and is doing well.  He should start his chemo after the first of the year.  Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Frank & Rita (Romberg)

Brothers & Sisters in Christ,  Thank you very much for the gift card and for the poinsettia plant.  The gift card helped a lot.  Love always,

                                             Beverley (MacMillan)

Dear Church Family, The poinsettia you sent is beautiful!  And so is the lady who delivered it.  Thank you, church family. Anita Hinson;

Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia.  It was so thoughtful of you, and I will enjoy it every day.  Thanks again. Sincerely, Lola (Mullinax);

Thank you, Central Church of Christ for the beautiful poinsettia.  Thanks to Jim & Janet Walling for bringing it.  Grace Lofties;

I appreciate so much the beautiful poinsettia delivered to me from the church by Paula & Fay, and of course their visit.  Geri Outlaw; 

I want to thank the church for the beautiful poinsettia brought to me.  Sue Riedel;


PRAYER CONCERNS

Boyd Cheney remains in Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Baptist Integris Hospital following hip replacement surgery November 29.  He was in room 625 at publication time but hoping to go home the middle of the week. 

Frank Romberg had oral surgery on Friday of this past week.  James Reeves is scheduled for back surgery on December 20 at the Oklahoma Spine Hospital in Oklahoma City


LOOKING AHEAD

December 10, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning Bible Class seasonal party, 6:30, Ron & Debbie Taffe’s home.

December 11, Holiday party for Robert Prater’s Sunday morning Young Adult/Families class at Kari Canard’s home, 6 p.m.

December 12, Search: “Designed by God”

December 15, Last ladies class for 2010, 10 a.m.

December 19, Search: “Christianity Is Good”

December 24, Church office closed

December 26, Search: “Why Did Jesus Come?”

December 31, Church office closed

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

January 5, Ladies Bible Class resumes; 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows class


Youth News
COMING EVENTS:

December 17 & 18, Friday & Saturday; Shawnee Area Wide teens lock in.  We need parents and/or sponsors for this event.

December 19, Sunday; Christmas Party at Scott & Tamie Perry’s.


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

Harold Decker, #91

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

Fred Bowers, #214

Vesta Mays, #404B

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #110

Sue Riedel, #602

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #7A

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                119

Worship Service                                                    191     

Sunday Evening                                                        133

Wednesday Evening                                                 103

Contribution                                                            4,314.25

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                      Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                     Bryce Beal

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Nathan Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                   Jim Cross

Jim Carpenter                                 Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tracy Gettle                         Richard Albright

USHERS

Bob Perry                                 Ron Dunavan

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                   Ron & Evelyn Dunavan

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Bob Seikel

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                  Tim McGalliard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Frank Burton                                Paul Harris

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                   Craig McKnight

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297