Bulletin for Sunday 04/17/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

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.

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


Sermons for Sunday:

AM   Misunderstood (Mark 2:1-22)

PM    Sabbath (Mark 2:23-3:6)


FOR PRAYERS

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

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

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.


Youth News

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.


LOOKING AHEAD

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

SUNSET ESTATE

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

Contribution                                             5,152.55

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                                  Ron Taffe

Nathan Kelly                           Matt Stephens

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jon Merritt                                Lynn Harmon

USHERS

Paul Harris                    Burl Vanlandingham

GREETERS

Foyer:                                Paul & Paul Harris

Elevator:      Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Hillary Whittington

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                   Dale Beard

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                               Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297