Bulletin for Sunday 05/15/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

By now we all know about the extremely large and violent tornado outbreaks which occurred from April 25 to 28, affecting the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States, leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake, especially across the state of Alabama.  The National Weather Service officially recorded this as the second deadliest twister outbreak in United States history, and the insurance companies estimate the losses will exceed $5 billion.   Sadly, at least 340 people have been confirmed killed as a result of this tragedy. (The state of Alabama was hit the hardest with a death toll having reached 236 with hundreds still missing)

While the magnitude of this disaster is great, God’s people are responding to the challenge with open hearts and wallets to help those in great need.  And this includes the Central congregation.  The incredible generosity of the Central church family this past Sunday yielded over $14,000 in immediate aid for these tornado victims in the southern states. 

We pray that the Lord provides many open doors for those congregations directly reaching out to both members and neighbors stricken by this devastation, providing them the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus.   Most especially we pray for the Lord to be glorified and that the afflicted would awaken to the need for an eternal Savior.

Now if you have ever been in these types of powerful storms, you know how fear and being scared when those events are happening around you is very natural.  Even in Christ’s days on the earth when He was going about teaching and preaching, man feared when powerful storms came upon them.

This is what we find in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus was teaching and the time had come to depart the area. He was in a boat with His disciples and His command was to “…cross to the other side.”  There were other littler boats that were near and crossing to the other side with Christ (verse 36).  No doubt they desired to hear what the Master Teacher had to say.. But everyone in this group of boats were about to learn a lesson on faith..
As Christ and those around Him were crossing the sea in their boat, Christ fell asleep (verse 38).  Then a storm blew up. The storm was so big that the waves were coming into the boat.  But Jesus was still sleeping. His disciples were so scared that they went to where Christ was sleeping, woke Him up and asked, “…Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  What an insulting question to ask Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.  Of course He cares.  But He did not scold them but He did teach a powerful lesson.  Christ stood up and rebuked the wind and said …“Peace be still.” Then turning to those that were with Him, He asked an all important question; “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no Faith?”
What lessons can one learn from this event to help us in our life of storms?  One, when Christ is with us, in our life or in “our Boat”, there is nothing to fear.  Number two, the people that were with Christ thought that their boat would perish but because Christ was with them they managed and survived.  When Christ is in our life 100%, we can survive any storm that comes our way.  Number three, I need to have faith that God will guide me through the bad times. But I also need to be ready to thank Him when He does.
When storms come up regardless if they are weather, or life storms, remember that God cares and He is with us to help us through the bad time.  Think about it!

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


Sermons for Sunday:

AM    The Ways They Viewed Jesus (Mk. 3:20-35) 

PM    Where Could I Go But to the Lord?


CENTRAL GIVES $15,000

The Central elders wish to thank and commend the congregation for their compassion and generosity in contributing $14,365 this past Sunday for immediate aid for tornado victims in the southern states.  Additional money was taken from the general fund to make our gift $15,000 of which $5,000 has been sent to the Sylvan Springs Church of Christ in Alabama.  They are not far from the hardest hit area of Birmingham and are helping coordinate the relief effort with several congregations in that area.  Another $5,000 was sent to the Bethel Church of Christ in Athens, Alabama which is a suburb of Huntsville.  This congregation has around 30 families who have lost their homes including the preachers and the church building.  They are conducting a massive relief effort in the area.  Betty Emery has a niece whose family attends this church.  (Her home had damage, but was not destroyed)  Finally, the remaining $5,000 has been sent to the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief located in Nashville, TN..  This faithful brotherhood supported ministry immediately response to any major disasters in the United States by sending truckloads of emergency food, water, cleaning and other supplies to disaster victims.  They only work through the local Church of Christ in the community where the disasters occurs and give the materials to the local church to distribute.  They will be proving much assistance throughout the entire southern states which have been hit the hardest by these recent tornados. 


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Seikel had a defibrillator and pacemaker implant on Friday of last week and was in services Sunday. 

Patti Spencer has been ill at home for the past couple of weeks.

Clavin Norwood has requested prayers in behalf of his mother, Elizabeth Watson, who is in the hospital in Paris, TX undergoing tests. 

It was good seeing John Johnston able to be in services Sunday morning.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Fred Bowers, Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, Teresa Gardner, (daughter-in-law of Janice Gardner), Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Nadine Magee, Vesta Mays, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene Norton, Scott Olivo (friend of Royce & Kathy Peerson), Rachel O’Neal, Polly Reese, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Carl Robbins (Dena Nipper’s dad), Frank Romberg, Curtis Rowe, Betty Rye, Larry & Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


Youth News

Camp Applications are here! Check the youth board and foyer!  Our session is June 12-18, the theme this year is Man vs. World – The Prodigal Son. 

This coming Sunday, May 15, the Highland congregation in Tecumseh will host AWTG.  This is the annual Volleyball Tournament.  We’ll leave our building after worship Sunday morning and be returning in time for evening worship.  Everyone plan to come, bring a change of clothes and sun screen. 


COMING YOUTH EVENTS

Sunday, May 15– AWTG Volleyball Tournament at Highland in Tecumseh

Sunday, May 22, Senior Reception after PM service


LOOKING AHEAD

May 14, Central Men’s breakfast fellowship at home of Joe Curtis, Saturday at 8:00 a.m.

May 14, Ladies Day @ Westside in Norman, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Sherri Coale, Head OU Women’s Basketball coach, will be the guest speaker. Registration required at westsideladiesday@gmail.com  or call 329-0392.  If you stay for lunch, cost is $5.

May 22, Senior Reception in honor of Chad Beard, Brandon Gober and Keon Lawrence.  If you would like to participate in a money tree please see Rita Romberg, Bob or Janet Stephens.

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

July 11 – 15, Central’s VBS, 6:30-8:30 P.M.


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 120

Worship Service                                          240

Sunday Evening                                         102

Wednesday Evening                                 110

Contribution                                      14,365.17

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Richard Albright

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                             Jim Pettyjohn

Lynn Harmon                         Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Matt Stephens                            Nathan Kelly

USHERS

Bob Perry                                     Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Cathy Pettyjohn

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jon Merritt

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                   Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood           Burl Vanlandingham

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

Devotional:                        Dennis Brodersen

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297