Bulletin for Sunday 12/19/2010 & 12/26/2010

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SYMPATHY

     1936     GERALD “SNUFFY” SMITH     2010

We extend our deepest sympathy and love to Leona and her family in the sudden loss of Gerald ‘Snuffy’ on Wednesday of last week.  Gerald worked as a Police Officer for Shawnee and had more than 25 years in law enforcement.  More importantly, he was a devoted servant of Christ and His church.  He was a friend to everyone and always warmly made visitors and members feel welcome at Central.  He will be deeply missed by all.  Funeral services were held in our building Saturday with Dwyane Dennis officiating.


AMONG FRIENDS

With Robert Prater

The article that follows is from the gifted hand of Marty Kessler, preacher for the Choctaw congregation.  I think you will find his article dealing with the Christmas season and songs very encouraging.  It is true that we do not know exactly when Jesus was born nor are we ever commanded to celebrate His birth.  We are commanded to remember His death each Sunday in the Lord’s Supper.  (cf. Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:17-34) 

Yet, December 25 is the date that our world a long time ago began to honor our Lord and Savior for His birth. I’m always thankful anytime people are thinking about Jesus, even for a short time. Aren’t you? Let’s be positive and constructive in our approach to the Christmas season.

                     -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net


LISTEN TO THE CAROLS!

With the Christmas season comes the Christmas carols, now being played regularly over the airwaves.  Soon will come the television specials, many of which will feature current talent performing moral carols.  As a matter of fact, for most of this month our entire nation will be inundated with the songs of the season.  Do you know what these songs are saying?  Hear just a few of the words from some of the most popular, time-honored carols…

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come; let earth receive her King.  Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sin.  Joy to the World – Isaac Watts, 1719

Now there’s a gospel message!  Jesus is Lord and King and His coming brings great reason for rejoicing.  All are encouraged to make room for Him in their hearts.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light.  The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.  Oh Little Town of Bethlehem – Phillips Brooks, 1867

Jesus is the light who shines in the darkness of this world; a world that lives in fear, yet hopes for something better.  That hope is answered in the Son of God.

Mild he lays His glory by, born that men no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.  Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Charles Wesley, 1739

God became man in order to save man.  Jesus was born into this world of death that we may overcome death and live forever.  He is the God not just of rebirth, but of the new birth…..the author of the second opportunity.

Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, the cross he borne for me, for you.  Hail, hail, the Word made flesh, the babe the Son of Mary.  What Child is This – William Chatterton Dix, 1867.

Here is the singular message the apostle Paul preached to the lost; Jesus, and Him crucified.  The Word of God, that is the Son of God, took on flesh for the express purpose of offering up that flesh as a sacrifice to cover the cost of your sin and mine.

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume, breathes a life of gathering gloom.  Sorrow, sighing, bleeding dying, sealed in a stone-cold tomb.  Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice.  Alleluia, alleluia sounds through the earth and skies.  We Three Kings of Orient Are – John Henry Hopkins, 1857.

There is gloom, but it is gloriously dispersed by the resurrection.  Our King has become our sacrifice and proven His power to raise us even from death.

This season, these songs and many others will be going into the homes of those who may have little other opportunity to hear the gospel.  May God speed them to ears that will hear.

                            --Marty Kessler, Pulpit Minister,

                           Choctaw Church of Christ bulletin


THANK YOU

Many thanks to my church family.  The poinsettia is beautiful and it is so nice to be remembered. Mary Jo Fleming;

Thank you for the lovely poinsettia plant to brighten our home for the holidays.  Thanks to the Pettyjohns for delivering it! Love in Him, Anita Jacques;

Thank you church family for the beautiful poinsettia delivered to us.  We appreciate it so much, Gene & Dorothy Norton;

The poinsettia is beautiful.  Sincere thanks for your thoughtfulness and for the workers who delivered it.  Thank you all, Jean Pointer;

I want to thank you for the beautiful poinsettia that Beverly and John Aylor delivered to me.  So sweet and nice. Thank you. Dorothy Strickland; 

Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia plant.  It was nice of Paula to deliver it.  Thelma Divine;

Dear Church Family, Thanks for the beautiful poinsettia, also thanks to the brother that delivered the plant. Sister in Christ, Lorine Watson; 

What a wonderful way to say Merry Christmas. Thanks for the beautiful poinsettia. Kathryn Hutchins; 

Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia that Jim Pettyjohn delivered this past week. In Christian love, Sue Merritt. 


PRAYER CONCERNS

Boyd Cheney was dismissed from Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Baptist Integris Hospital last Friday following hip replacement surgery.

Kathy Peerson is in the geriatric unit of Henryetta Medical Center for evaluation.  She will be there about a week. 

Frank Romberg will have a port implant on December 29 and begin chemo on January 4. 

Lois Lanier has been ill at home the past several weeks. 

James Reeves is scheduled for back surgery on December 20 at the Oklahoma Spine Hospital in Oklahoma City. 

George Pittser has been turned over to hospice.  His health is failing rapidly.


LOOKING AHEAD

December 19, Search: “Christianity Is Good”

December 20, ‘20 Something Party’ at Michael & Jennifer Michener’s, 6 p.m., bring Christmas treats to share.

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, Sun. evening 5 p.m. Alan Martin, speaker

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


Youth News

The Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) sign-up sheets are now posted on the bulletin board in the annex at the bottom by the stairs.   Kids 3rd through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in this incredible event.  The LTC convention is in Rogers, Arkansas on Easter weekend, April 22 and 23.  LTC helps develop spiritual growth and skills in leadership, Bible knowledge, and Christian servanthood.  So, parents encourage your kids to participate and sign them up!  See Bob Stephens or Michael Michener for more questions or info. 


COMING YOUTH EVENTS:

December 17 & 18, Friday & Saturday; Shawnee Area Wide teens lock in, beginning at Incredible Inflatables on Friday evening from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.; then to Lakeview 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Northridge 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.; ending up at Central for breakfast 6 til 7 a.m..  Cost is $10 per person.

December 19, Sunday evening after services; Teen Party at Scott & Tamie Perry’s.  Guys bring pop, Girls bring chips.  Everyone bring a gift from home (something your willing to part with) for a gift exchange.

January 2,  Worship at Expo, and area youth skate night afterwards.  Cost is $5 to skate or $3 to roller blade.  Plus concession money.


Hope to see you here Sunday!


SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, December 19, 2010

 

Announcements:                          Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                            Dresean Whiting

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Geoff Root

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Gene Norton                                Steve Kelly

Kenton McGalliard                 Mitch Harmon

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                    Bob Bivins

 

USHERS

Bob Perry                                  Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

 

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                 Richard Albright

 

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood               Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

DEVOTIONAL

 

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 26, 2010

 

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                Dennis Brodersen

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                            Jon Merritt

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                         Craig McKnight

Clavin Norwood                             Geoff Root

 

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                       Lynn Harmon

 

USHERS

Bob Perry                               Frank Romberg

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg

 

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Tyrel Shelton

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:          Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                    George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Matt Stephens                                 Bob Seikel

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

DEVOTIONAL