Bulletin for Sunday 04/24/2011
Please remember our entire group of folks from Central, kids and adults who will be traveling to Rogers, Arkansas on Friday to participate in the Leadership Training for Christ (LTC) convention. Please give all of our kids a great word of encouragement as they continue to grow and develop their spiritual skills in serving the Lord. We are so grateful for all those parents, sponsors, and adults who have been diligently preparing and working with them. We’re proud of you!
Easter has its fair share of chocolate bunnies, big bonnets and baked ham dinners with the family. It’s a special time, a fun time for children. Of course, the Easter “holiday” also has a spiritual significance for hundreds of millions of “believers” who remember that first “Resurrection Sunday.”
Knowing that I am a preacher, I am often asked by people this time of the year, “How does your church plan to celebrate Easter?” You can imagine I’m sure from similar responses you have no doubt experienced when people are very surprised to hear when I tell them that we don’t have any special elaborate Easter programs. Rather I say every single Sunday is to be revered as the day of resurrection. The New Testament makes no specific reference to the apostles or early church celebrating “Easter” or Christmas on specific days. Instead, the resurrection of Christ was always emphasized on the Lord’s Day and in the weekly remembrance of the Lord’s Supper on every first day of the week.. (cf. Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-24; 16:1-2)
Having said that, let me be very clear: Now, we don’t want to ever come across as ones who do not believe that Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection are important. The Bible teaches that the resurrection of Christ is the central fact of New Testament Christianity. (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3-4) If Jesus were not raised from the dead, then nothing in the scriptures-or for that matter, outside the scriptures—is of eternal value. This is what Paul meant when he wrote, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Cor. 15:19 NIV) Christianity without the resurrection of Christ is no Christianity.” It would be absolutely meaningless.
One final thought to keep in mind. I am always thankful when people anytime are thinking about Jesus and His life, death, burial and resurrection. Therefore I have always believed that these occasions provide us wonderful opportunities to invite and look for visitors. This could be our only opportunity to connect with some people who may be searching for a purpose to their life. Take the opportunity to especially invite someone this week to Bible class and worship with you.
Sermons for Sunday:
AM Crowds and Disciples (Mark 3:7-19
PM Being Persecuted for Christ (1 Peter 4:14)
We wish to express our love and sympathy to Ruby Holt in the loss of her sister, Pat West. Pat passed away Thursday evening, and her funeral was held Monday morning at Walker Funeral Chapel.
We were so pleased last Sunday when Don & Debbie Hair placed their membership with us at Central. They have been attending with us for several months. Their address is 3917 N. Pottenger, Shawnee, 74804, Phone 273-5682. We welcome this fine Christian couple to our church family.
BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
We are happy to announce that Rick McCaslin was baptized into Christ Saturday afternoon. He is the grandson of Burl and Barbara Vanlandingham and great grandson of Geraldine Outlaw. We rejoice with Rick and all his family.
ANNUAL LADIES LUNCHEON
The 2011 Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon will be at noon on Sunday, May 1. All Central ladies are invited. Please note that we will not be sending out personal invitations this year. There is a signup sheet on the table in the foyer that you need to sign indicating your intention of coming. This will enable the hostesses to know how many to prepare for.
Dear Central family, Thank you so much for supplying everything we needed for last week’s Area-Wide Teen Gathering. It was an awesome night! You continually amaze us with your generosity and love for the youth. Thanks to all who contributed money, food, and helped set up, serve and clean up. We can always count on you and we thank God for you all! We Love You, The Central Youth Group
Dear Family, We want you to know how much we appreciate all the cards, calls & visits. We would also like to thank the teens for their cards. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Thank you again, Frank & Rita [Romberg]
Thank you for everything you have done for Mom and for our family. The prayers, calls, cards, and especially the visits during her illness were greatly appreciated. The meal before the service was wonderful, and the service itself was perfect. It really reflected Mom’s personality of warmth, dignity, and faith – thank you Dwyane, Robert, and Dale. Mom loved the Lord’s church and this congregation in particular. The way you responded to us shows us that the feeling was mutual. In Christian love, Ann, Linda, and Jerry for the Lois Lanier family
Thanks so much for the cards, visits, phone calls, and flowers. They made my hospital stay much easier. Phyllis Scheidt
John Aylor was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Monday after spending several days. He should not have visitors at the present time.
Nadine Magee spent several days in Unity Health also after breaking her hip in a fall last Tuesday. She had surgery on Wednesday and was moved to Manor Care of Midwest City last Saturday for rehabilitation.
Frank Romberg was dismissed from Unity Health Center last Wednesday and is home recuperating.
Trey Canard fractured his leg while practicing last Wednesday.
Vivian Cross had outpatient arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday at the Southwest Surgical Center in Oklahoma City. The surgery went well.
Prayers are requested for the three-year-old grandson of Les McGalliard. He is currently on a morphine drip suffering with tumors in his lungs, kidneys, and possibly his pancreas. This child was adopted from Ethiopia.
Geraldine Outlaw – 90th !!!!
Charlie & Jean Dossey – 60th
Michael & Jennifer Michener – 14th
Dave & Betty Emery – 10th
Chuck & Nona Carter – 60th
Boyd & Joann Cheney – 56th
Bill & Diane Lawerance – 42nd
James & Joan Reeves – 57th
We wish to recognize Geri Outlaw on reaching a milestone of 90! Happy Birthday Geri! Charlie & Jean Dossey and Chuck & Nona Carter have significant wedding anniversaries. 60th ! Our congratulations to you all.
April 24, Search: “The Gospel Story”
May 1, Annual ‘Central Ladies Appreciation Luncheon’ following the morning service
May 11-15, Gospel meeting @ Highland with David Duncan speaking “Rediscovering The Greatness of God” 7 pm nightly
May 22, Senior Reception to honor Chad Beard, Brandon Gober and Keon Lawrence
June 12-18, Central’s session at Burnt Cabin Camp
July 11 – 15, Central’s VBS, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
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!
Please continue to pray for our family members and friends serving in the armed forces.
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 128
Worship Service 200
Sunday Evening 136
Wednesday Evening 112
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Announcements: Bob Perry
Opening Prayer: Dennis Brodersen
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Bryce Beal
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Brian Nipper
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Jim Walling
Keith Lawrence Greg Beal
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Bob Bivins Burl Vanlandingham
Paul Harris Geoff Root
Foyer: Paul & Paul Harris
Elevator: Geoff & Carolyn Root
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Carl Weeks
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Steve Kelly
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Taffe Bob Seikel
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297