Bulletin for Sunday 01/09/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

This past Sunday evening 602 members from the Shawnee area churches of Christ came out to Praise Him 2011 at the Shawnee Expo.It was truly a wonderful time of praise Ė heart-warming, inspirational, God-honoring worship that stirred the soul and raised the spirits of every person in attendance.The number of people in attendance was indicative in itself that brethren in this area enjoy such special times of worship and fellowship with other congregations.In a culture that increasingly seems not at all concerned about true doctrine, we have every good reason to rejoice in our common faith and fellowship in Christ.May all of us together continue to appreciate it more and make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Happy New Year, 2011!Hard to imagine isnít it?I pray that you have had the opportunity to look back on the past year.I do not mean living in the past, but learning from the events of this year.You have done some things well, how did you manage to do those things?Learn to do them even better.You have also done some things sub-par.What lessons do you take from those things?Learn to improve on your shortcomings and be a better person.You struggled with sin.How can you eliminate that sin from your life?Do not let anyone tell you than you cannot.We may never be absolutely perfect, but we can certainly try.It is the true genuine effort that God desires.Letís all make ourselves and the Lordís church better in however much of 2011 the Lord gives us.

Finally in last weekís article I encouraged you to read the Bible each day.Let me also encourage you to renew your dedication to faithful Bible school attendance as these are additional opportunities to grow spiritually.We are blessed with teachers who love Jesus and are willing to serve.ParentsÖÖ..like everything else we do, the example we set will have more effect on a child than anything we say.Let me also caution some who might be deceived into thinking: ďwell my children are grown, so I do not need to attend.ĒRemember Paulís warning: ďLet him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.Ē (1 Cor. 10:12)If you read this verse, Paul is discussing what they should remember from studying the Old Testament.Understanding godly principles and personal application should be the result of our study.Then as temptation approaches us weíll better know the ďway of escape.ĒHope to see you Sunday!††††

††††††††††††††††††††† -- Robert -- robprater@sbcglobal.net††††††† (www.preacherprater.blogspot.com)


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Yuavonda Weeks in the loss of her uncle, Donnie LaViness, who died at his home last week in Wagoner.Services were held Wednesday afternoon in Wagoner.


ELDERS/DEACONS MEETING

The Central elders would like to meet with all the deacons this coming Sunday afternoon, January 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship room.


CENTRAL MENíS BREAKFAST

All the men of the congregation are invited to a Menís breakfast and meeting with the elders at the building on Saturday, January 15 at 9:00 a.m.Please plan to come and bring your appetite.


THANK YOU

Thank you so very much for the beautiful poinsettia.I enjoyed it very much and appreciate the thoughtfulness. Kathryn Shields;

To my Church Family, Thanks so much for the beautiful poinsettia.I enjoy it every day.My love to all, Doris Phillips;


PRAYER CONCERNS

Harold Carothers had outpatient surgery at Unity Health Center on Wednesday of last week. He is doing well.

Frank Romberg was scheduled to begin chemo on Wednesday, January 5th.

Lois Lanier continues to be ill at home.

Sue Merrittís great grandson, Blake Carter, will begin chemotherapy for tumors in his eyes.††

James Reeves is doing well following back surgery.

Boyd Cheney continues therapy at home following hip replacement surgery.


LOOKING AHEAD

January 9, Search: ďIs Marriage Obsolete?Ē

January 9, LTC meeting for parents & coaches after evening worship service.

January 15, Saturday, Central menís breakfast 9 am

January 16, Search: ďThe Heart of JesusĒ

January 23, Search: ďJesus Blesses UsĒ


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 OíNeal, #7A

Alice Rice, #55

Dessie Weeks, #54


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Chelsea Coleman (1 year old friend to Mykah Shelton), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Earl Finch, Mike Fruech, (brother of Beverley MacMillan)Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, Shawna Laffoon (Teresa Storyís daughter), Rita Luye (Jennifer Michenerís aunt), Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Aubrey McNutt, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel OíNeal, Maxwell Parker (infant nephew of Kacy Kinsey), George Pittser, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipperís dad), Frank Romberg, Curtis Rowe, Betty Rye, Larry & Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Pat West, (sister of Ruby Holt), Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.They appreciate your interest and prayers.


Christian New Yearís Resolutions

How can I use the New Year

To better serve my Lord?

Iíll read my Bible every day,

And be more in accord.

Iíll find new ways to serve others;

Iíll love my neighbor, too.

Iíll focus on ďgiveĒ instead of ďgetĒ

In everything I do.

Iíll forgive the people Iím upset at;

Angry feelings Iíll discard;

Iíll try to love my enemies,

Even though itís hard.

In the new year, Iíll lift people up,

Instead of putting them down.

Iíll fill my heart with love and joy,

And never wear a frown.

Iíll let go of my worries;

Iíll put it all in His hands;

Iíll repent and try to sin less,

And obey all His commands.

These new yearís resolutions

Are difficult, at best,

Be thereís something I can do each day

That will put my soul at rest:

Iíll love my Lord with all my heart,

With all my mind and soul,

And if I do that essential thing,

All the rest will be in control.

~Copied


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 111

Worship Service††† †††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††200 ††††

Sunday Evening††††††††††††† Services at the Expo

Wednesday Evening††††††††† †††††††††† ††††††††††††††85

Contribution††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† †† 5,070.64

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Announcements:†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dale Beard

Song Director:†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Austin Beard

Scripture:††††††††††††††††††††††††† Deiondre Whiting

Sermon:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:†††††††††††††††††††††††† Nathan Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORDíS TABLE

NORTH††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SOUTH

Ron Dunavan††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Paul Harris

Tanner Nipper††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Brian Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Chris Nipper††††††††††††††††††††††† Richard Albright

USHERS

Robert Perry†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:†††††††††††††††††††† Geoff & Carolyn Root

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jon Merritt

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:††††††††††††††††††††††† Jim Walling

Song Director:††††† ††††††††††††††††††††Austin Beard

Sermon:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bob Seikel

AT THE LORDíS TABLE

NORTH††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SOUTH

Kenton McGalliard†††††††† ††††††††††††††††Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:†††††††††††††††††††††††† Austin Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg Ė 273-1297