Bulletin for Sunday 03/27/2011

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SYMPATHY

1924          GERALD AKIN          2011

We extend our sincere, loving sympathy to Bertha Akin and to all the family of Gerald Akin.  Gerald unexpectedly departed this life early Tuesday morning of last week.  He was a devoted Christian and a long time Central member.  Dwyane Dennis conducted funeral services on Friday of last week at Walker Funeral Service Chapel.  Gerald always had a smile and saw the good in everyone.  We miss him.

 

We express our deepest love and sympathy to Richard Pittser and Deena Littrell in the passing away of their father George Pittser on Thursday morning of last week.  George had a strong faith and belief in God. He served at several different congregations as either an elder or deacon. George and his wife, LaVerne (who passed away last summer) touched many lives across the world with their work with World Bible School (WBS) and led countless souls to Christ. He was a member of Central Church of Christ in Lufkin and more recently here at Central.  A memorial service was held on Tuesday of this week in Lufkin, TX. 

 

We also express our heartfelt love and sympathy to the family of Lois Lanier as this noble lady passed from us early Monday of this week.  Lois was the epitome of what a Christian lady and mother should be. She will be deeply missed by all at Central.  A funeral service is scheduled here at the building on Friday at 2 p.m.


AMONG FRIENDS

with Robert Prater

We are now less than two weeks from our upcoming Friends & Family Day on April 3 and start of our spring Gospel Meeting April 3-6 with Dan Chambers from the Nashville, TN area.  This is truly an activity by which each of us as a member at Central can make things happen.  This is truly one opportunity in which everyone can participate. We all know someone whom we can invite, and probably more than one “someone.”  It is not about numbers, and we understand that; it is about the potential to reach out to lost souls and to those who need to hear the saving gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Let us each pray for this special activity and for those whom we will invite to join us. Plan to attend every service possible.

Well, in just a few recent days we have had to say, "See you later" to a host of good Christian brothers and sisters who have gone on to be with Jesus.  Our heart goes out to Bertha and the family of Gerald Akin who passed away unexpectedly on last Tuesday.  Gerald was a warm and gentle Christian man.  He was a good and loyal friend to many and will be dearly missed.  And then on early Thursday morning we received the news of the passing of George Pittser who had been dealing with many health problems for quite some time.  Our love and sympathy goes out to Deena and Richard and his entire family. Although George was only a member of our congregation for a brief period of time, he left a lasting impression.  Those of us who were in worship on that August Sunday morning when he and his daughter Deena placed membership will never forget his moving statement of faith and dedication to Christ. 

And then finally, on Monday of this week, we all were saddened when the news came that our dear sister Lois Lanier after 92 years of faithful service to the Lord, lost her battle with various health issues.  Her life with its wonderful spirit and so many good deeds was a blessing beyond any words to describe.  She will be greatly missed by many.  We ask God to bring comfort and healing to the hearts of all the family, friends, and Christian family of those who have lost these dear loved ones.. 

It’s difficult when people we love die.  Sometimes it’s a sudden shock.  Sometimes it comes at the end of a long, drawn out illness.  But in the end, we who are left, grieve.  We are sad, even though as Christians we know that “we don’t mourn like those who have no hope.”    (1 Thess. 4:13)  Those who die faithful in the Lord have the hope of eternal life.  (cf. John 11:25-26; Rev. 2:10; 14:13)

Nicholas Wolterstorff, a well-known Christian philosopher, lost his 25-year old son to a mountain climbing accident.  In his book, Lament for a Son, he offers his personal reflections in the wake of that tragedy.  He moves faithfully through grief and discovers new meaning in the Beatitudes together with a new understanding of a suffering God.  After his son died, Wolterstorff believed that for the rest of his life he would look at the world through tears. "Perhaps I shall see things that dry-eyed I could not see." Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn," Wolterstorff notes. 

He later writes, “The mourners are aching visionaries. Jesus says: Be open to the wounds of the world. Mourn humanity’s mourning, weep over humanity’s weeping, be wounded by humanity’s wounds, be in agony over humanity’s agony. But do so in the good cheer that a day of peace is coming."

What do those who grieve with hope do while waiting for that day of peace?   They grieve -- and when they grieve, they draw near to the God and His Only Son who grieves.  (cf. Jn. 11:33-36; 2 Cor. 1:3-4; 1 Pt. 5:7)

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


VBS PLANNING MEETING

There will be a VBS Planning Meeting this coming Sunday immediately after the evening worship in the fellowship room.  All teachers, workers, and anyone interested or willing to help out with VBS this year are encouraged to attend.  VBS is July 11-15.


INVITATION

We will be honored to have you as our guest at our annual ladies day at the Enos Church of Christ, Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.  Registration will begin at 9:30; coffee, juice, breakfast muffins and donut holes will be served.  Speaker will be Christine Merideth of Edmond, OK.  Lunch will be served, please RSVP to: Mary Kimmel 580-564-2073 or Ozella Culp 580-564-2999.


THANK YOU

The Central church received a large thank you card signed by the family of Jimmy Fullbright expressing their heartfelt gratitude and thankfulness for all the love, concern, prayers, calls and most especially the wonderful meal that was served to the family after the funeral.  Sincerely, Joyce Fullbright (Jimmy’s wife), and Tim, Lisa, Tracey, Jonnelle, Paige, and Nathan Fullbright.  (It was wonderful having Joyce worship with us this past Sunday morning)


PRAYER CONCERNS

Chuck Carter and Jon Merritt both had successful outpatient lithotripsy surgeries last week. 

Please continue to remember Jo Sneed in your prayers as she waits for the MRI results. 

It was wonderful to have Elva Gill back in services Sunday after her illness. 

John Johnston remains seriously ill at home.


LOOKING AHEAD

March 27, Search: “What Now?”

March 27, VBS planning meeting in the fellowship room after evening services

April 3, Search: “God Our Father”

April 3-6, Friends & Family Day (April 3) and Chicago Street Deli catered noon meal at Municipal Auditorium and start of our spring Gospel Meeting with Dan Chambers from Nashville, TN. Culture in Chaos – Getting Back to the Basics. 

May 1, The annual ‘Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon’ following morning service

June 12-18, Central’s session at Burnt Cabin Camp

July 11 – 15, Central’s VBS


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 130

Worship Service                                          205

Sunday Evening                                           136

Wednesday Evening                                   94

Contribution                                             4,445.44

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                  Wade Baskin

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                 Dennis Brodersen

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Richard Albright                   Craig McKnight

Jim Carpenter                                 Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Keith Lawrence                          Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Steve Kelly                               Ron Dunavan

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                  Ron & Evelyn Dunavan

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                             Jim Cross

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Sermon:                                  Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Jim Pettyjohn

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Michael Michener                  Tim McGalliard

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

5th Wednesday Night Singing Devotional

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297