Bulletin for Sunday 04/24/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

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.

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


Sermons for Sunday:

AM   Crowds and Disciples (Mark 3:7-19 

PM   Being Persecuted for Christ (1 Peter 4:14)                       


SYMPATHY

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.


PLACING MEMBERSHIP

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.


THANK YOU

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

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.


MAY BIRTHDAYS

01

Jean Dossey

01

Brandon Gober

03

Lysa Park

06

John Aylor

07

Jennifer Michener

07

Janet Stephens

10

James Reeves

13

Geraldine Outlaw 90th !!!!

13

Rita Romberg

14

Michael Michener

14

Richard Pittser

19

Clavin Norwood

19

Kaci Shadaram

20

Analisa Beal

22

Corey Coburn

22

Louise Perry

23

Deiondre Whiting

25

Wayne Spencer

26

Jeff Lawerance

26

Tim McGalliard

28

Jack Rye

28

Barbara Tucker

29

Jennifer Harmon

29

Lindsey Borcherding

31

Leah Lyons


MAY ANNIVERSARIES

04

Charlie & Jean Dossey – 60th

10

Michael & Jennifer Michener – 14th

12

Dave & Betty Emery – 10th

22

Chuck & Nona Carter – 60th

22

Boyd & Joann Cheney – 56th

30

Bill & Diane Lawerance – 42nd

30

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.


LOOKING AHEAD

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

Contribution                                             4,965.08

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                         Jim Walling

Keith Lawrence                              Greg Beal

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Bob Bivins                    Burl Vanlandingham

USHERS

Paul Harris                                   Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:                                Paul & Paul Harris

Elevator:                     Geoff & Carolyn Root

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Lysa Park

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Carl Weeks

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                    Bob Seikel

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297