Bulletin for Sunday 06/19/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

 

Joplin Tornado Relief Trip

     A group from Central is planning on going to Joplin, MO on June 28-July 1 to help with ongoing cleanup and rebuilding works.  We hope to take a vanload or two of volunteers including both teens and adults.  We will be working with the 26th & Connecticut Church of Christ where Central recently sent relief aid from our recent special offering.  This 150 member congregation was in the direct path of the F5 tornado and had several members who lost their homes and sadly two members were killed in the tornado.  Their building was heavily damaged, but are still using it for disaster relief work.  They are distributing supplies received from congregations around the country and the church of Christ disaster relief groups.  Our work may include projects at the building, working on church members property, working on friends’ and neighbors’ property, working in their storehouse of donations, filing orders for people who come in for donations, delivering donated items to the community and just going out into the community to see what needs to be done.  For more info about the work visit their website: www.joplinchurchofchrist.com

     The tentative schedule is to leave around noon on Wednesday, June 29 and be there in time for Wednesday night services with the church and then work all day Thursday and part of Friday and come home Friday evening, July 1.  We will either be staying the night in housing provided by the Hillcrest Church of Christ congregation in Neosho, MO (just about 20 miles from Joplin) or in motel rooms.  If you would be interested in going on this trip to help, please see Robert Prater or Matt Stephens ASAP.  Please keep this effort in your prayers.

     Finally, below is an excellent article written by Neal Pollard, Bible instructor and pulpit minister at the Bear Valley Church of Christ in Denver, CO.  He offers some great food for thought.

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


Excellence is a Habit
By Neal Pollard

     Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  We are creatures of habit.  Habits – overeating, thumb sucking, breath holding, nail, biting, smoking, and the like – run the gambit from unpleasant to unhealthy.

     Other habits, like reading, healthy eating, exercise, money management, and getting adequate rest, greatly improve our quality of life.  Yet our lives are all composed of habits from the time we wake up all the way up to bedtime.  If a habit is negative, a cycle that includes triggers, feelings, and impulses can be broken anywhere along the way.  If the habit is positive and needed, we can nurture that cycle by continuing it.

     Think about certain spiritual matters that are matters of habit – faithful attendance, daily Bible study and prayer, pure speech, visitation, welcoming visitors at church services, involvement in church works, controlling the tongue, and any number of personal growth matters.  Aristotle was right.  Excellence does not consist in doing something once.  It is not even found in the sporadic, occasional engagement.  We cultivate excellence by focusing on certain areas with repeated, persistent effort.

     Paul urged the church at Thessalonica to “abound more and more” (1 Thessalonians 4:1). That consisted in knowing how “to walk and to please God.”  Peter told the Christians dispersed abroad to keep their “behavior seemly among the Gentiles” (1 Peter 2:12).  In the second letter, he includes excellence – virtue – as a Christian grace

(2 Peter 1:5).  Excellence is not something we are born with or just wake up possessing.  It is, as Aristotle says a matter of our habits!


PRAYER CONCERNS

Gene & Dorothy Norton were in Unity Health Center ER on Monday.  Dorothy had a fall backwards and cut a couple of places in the back of her head. Gene was admitted to the hospital for observation.  He was in room 306 at publication time of The Gospel Guide.

Carl Wills was moved to ICU at Baptist Integris Hospital on Monday.  He had fluid build up around his lungs and they had also put him on a ventilator. 

John Johnston was admitted to Seminole Municipal Hospital on Monday with an urinary tract infection that medication was not clearing up.  He was in room 114.

Anita Jacques spent some time in ER at Unity Health Center on Monday and did return home. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and an urinary tract infection.  

Harold Decker spent some time in Unity Health Center last week with a breathing problem. 

Joe Magee suffered a light stroke which has affected his vision.

Prayers are requested and appreciated for Blake Carter, great grandson of Sue Merritt.  He will be having surgery to remove several tumors that are growing rapidly.  The optic nerves will have to be removed which will leave Blake irreversibly blind.

Yuavonda Weeks is unable to get about and is anticipating knee surgery soon. 

Gina Fredman has requested prayers for her parents, Ric & Teresa Williams who attend Highland.  Teresa has been diagnosed with colon cancer and they have recently lost their home to fire.

It was good to have Gene & Dorothy Norton,  Jo & Barney Sneed and Marcia Dennis back in services Sunday after their illnesses.  


INVITATION

     Central ladies are invited to a ladies day at Farrall Church of Christ, 25 East Farrall, on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 a.m. ‘til noon.  The theme is “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” with keynote speaker, Sis. Birdie Shaw from Sherman, Texas.  Lunch will follow at church annex.  More information on the bulletin board..


“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”                             Clarence Kelland


Youth News
Matt Stephens

COMING YOUTH EVENTS

June 28-July 1 – Joplin Tornado Relief Trip

June 19 – Sunday night pizza fellowship at the building (watch camp slideshow)

June 20 – Monday, Movie Night at the Youth House

June 23 – Thursday, Shawnee Area Wide @ Lakeview


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801

Nadine Magee, #31

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

Harold Decker, #110

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Fred Bowers, #214

Herman Guin, #514

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #511

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


LOOKING AHEAD

June 25, Ladies Day at Farrall Church of Christ, 9:30 a.m. ‘til noon, with Birdie Shaw, Sherman, TX

June 28 – July 1, Joplin Tornado Relief Trip

July 10 – 13, Gospel Meeting @ McLoud, God’s Answers to Man’s Questions About the End Times with B.J. Clarke, Memphis, TN., 7:00 p.m.

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


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                 117

Worship Service                                          200

Sunday Evening                                            67

Wednesday Evening                                    96

Contribution                                         4,606.87

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Bob Stephens

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Richard Albright                          Carl Weeks

Jon Merritt                               Matt Stephens

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                         Nathan Kelly

USHERS

Robert Perry                         Craig McKnight

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:            Craig & Michelle McKnight

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Maggie Prater

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

John Aylor

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:       Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                       Austin Beard

Sermon:                                  Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Bob Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Ron Taffe                        Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                          Nathan Kelly

Devotional:                                   Joe Curtis

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297