Bulletin for Sunday 04/17/2011
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This past Sunday evening Central hosted the Area Wide Teen Gathering. It was a truly special night to experience. The young people came in groups, and then still had some trickling in after 5 pm, but the head count was around 400 in attendance. It was an awesome night of praise and worship. We were so blessed to have Central’s very own Trey Canard speak to the young people on the theme of “Dare to Share the Word.” He did a terrific job speaking to the kids from God’s Word.
As most already know, Trey is a professional motocross champion and supercross racer. But more importantly, Trey is not only a “winner” on the race track, but off it as well.. He uses his talents and skills and opportunities before thousands of people each weekend as he rides to let Christ be seen in his life. Despite ridicule, Trey continues to put God first on the podium and by keeping Him the focus of his life. Trey provides such an amazing example for Christ to young people across the country and even the world. We are so proud of him and our Central family is so blessed by this wonderful Christian family among us.
We also want to express our appreciation to both Austin Beard and Nathan Kelly who both did a fantastic job leading singing (and the singing was surely a foretaste of heaven). Nathan also did a great job putting together a short video of Trey’s racing highlights. And we thank the rest of the guys who led prayers and read scripture. We want to also give a special word of thanks to all those Central members who helped serve baked potatoes to many of the kids who stayed to eat and of course everyone who worked so hard to make this event the great success it was, especially Bob and Janet Stephens.
Last year there was in the Wall Street Journal an interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt who revealed some disturbing realities about privacy and reputations in the digital age. The Google CEO says you may have to change your name to escape your past.
The Internet search engine giant’s CEO stated, “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable, and recorded by everyone all the time.” Because records are kept of all of your internet activity including internet searches, websites visited, and social networking posts, the indiscretions within the cyber world will scar your reputation and follow you throughout life. It is well known that many employers today will check social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace) to evaluate the character of a prospect before serious consideration for hire. Google’s CEO stated that the only way to “escape” such a wounded reputation in the future will be to legally change your name!
Scripture teaches us the importance of having a good reputation. The writer of Proverbs gives the true life-principle; “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1). The Preacher of the book of Ecclesiastes seconds this advice, “A good name is better than precious ointment.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1). As Christians we must care about our reputations. We should put a high priority upon the value of our reputations.
We all make mistakes in the days of our youthfulness that we regret. David prayed to God, “Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions…” (Psalm 25:7). However, there is no excuse for “sowing wild oats” because we are young. God does not excuse the indiscretions of youth. Accountable young people must realize there are consequences to their choice-even choices made on-line. The young man Joseph is elevated in Scripture as a young man who continued to seek God when in a foreign land (Genesis 39:9). Likewise the young men Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego realized that they were accountable to God even when not around their parents (Daniel 1:8).
Actions have consequences. We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We are to “Sow for yourselves righteousness.” (Hosea 10:12) If you sow to the wind, you can expect to reap a whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). May we all, both young and old, realize the importance of our reputations.
Sermons for Sunday:
AM Misunderstood (Mark 2:1-22)
PM Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6)
Harold Decker responded to the invitation on Sunday evening. He asked for prayers of strength to let his light shine more for Jesus. Harold is a resident at Colonial Estates and struggles with a number of health issues and is not able to attend worship very often. We truly appreciate his honest and heartfelt request. Please keep him in your prayers and take a little time this week to give him a call, make a visit or send him an encouraging note.
Thank you “all of you” for making me the precious cards. I will keep them always. Thank you for being so thoughtful. Love you, Bertha Akin
Frank Romberg was admitted to Unity Health Center this past Monday. He is in room 215 and was hoping to go home Wednesday.
Elva Gill spent some time in Unity Health Center last week.
Vivian Cross is scheduled for outpatient arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday at the Southwest Surgical Center in Oklahoma City.
Herman Guin has moved to room 514 at Rose Manor.
It was wonderful to have Phyllis Scheidt in services last Sunday.
The youth will have an all day LTC practice Sunday immediately following morning service. Lunch will be provided. A very important meeting is planned for Sunday evening following services for all those planning to attend the LTC convention. PLEASE PLAN ON BEING AT THE MEETING!
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
April 17, Search: “The Holy Spirit”
April 24, Search: “The Gospel Story”
May 1, Annual ‘Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon’ following morning service
May 27 & 28, Men’s retreat, Quail Ridge Lodge
June 12-18, Central’s session at Burnt Cabin Camp
July 11 – 15, Central’s VBS, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
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
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Herman Guin, #514
Vesta Mays, #404B
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #110
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #7A
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
A PRAYER WHEN CHALLENGED
God of wisdom and love, help me and all others who are struggling with difficult circumstances find direction and strength to face our challenges. Give us the assurance that underneath us are your everlasting arms, which will sustain us through everything we face day and night. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 106
Worship Service 195
Sunday Evening AWTG 400
Wednesday Evening 164
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Announcements: Steve Kelly
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Michael Michener
Scripture: Brandon Gober
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bob Seikel
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Ron Taffe
Nathan Kelly Matt Stephens
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Jon Merritt Lynn Harmon
Paul Harris Burl Vanlandingham
Foyer: Paul & Paul Harris
Elevator: Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bill Lawerance
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Clavin Norwood
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Dale Beard
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Dale Beard
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297