Bulletin for Sunday 08/14/2011
With Robert Prater
Back to school! Yes, kids are back in school! (Sorry kids, but most parents are pretty much happy about this). Let us pray for their safety, their cognitive growth, their social growth, and most of all their spiritual growth. In addition, for some reason, when school starts up again, the whole community seems to get back into a routine – school zones, ball games, school supplies and so on. Adults, too, experience “Back to School” feelings and routines. Isn’t it interesting about us adults that we actually function better in routines and even crave them if we have been without for a time?
My encouragement to us all, as we experience the Back to School festivities and routines, is to determine to go back to more faithful Bible class and worship attendance. Back to more routine Bible reading and regular prayer time. Back to more Christian service for God. Back to more concern about the work of the Lord’s church. It’s been a great summer, and I am expecting a great fall as we continue to grow and love each other and reach out to our community with God’s grace.
The idea of our kids going back to school makes me think about how Christianity is a taught religion. We must pass our faith down to others. (Matt. 28:19-20) We cannot assume that the next generation will naturally live by Christian principles and believe Christ’s teaching. When left to himself, a child will usually choose a shameful life. (Proverbs 29:15) When people are not taught how to have a personal walk with God, an entire generation will arise that “does not know God” (Judges 2:10). Because when we are left to “do what is right in our own eyes” (Judges 17:6; 21:25), our choices seem right but lead to personal destruction. (Prov. 14:12; 16:25)
What can we do to pass our faith to the next generation? We must deliberately teach the healthy doctrine and Christian behavior. Paul said that the things that we know are true must be “entrusted” to “faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). This type of instruction certainly begins in the home. Timothy had initially received his “sincere faith” from the diligent teaching of his mother and grandmother (2 Tim. 1:5). Timothy did not have the benefit of a believing, Christian father (Acts 16:1). Paul “spiritually adopted” Timothy and instructed him as if he were his own son (1 Tim.. 1:2). Paul understood that fathers have a crucial role to plan in training their children spiritually. Fathers are entrusted with the responsibility of bringing up their children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers must be an authentic example of faith and diligently teach their children in the midst of everyday living (Deut. 6:4-8).
Several years ago, the great gospel preacher Gus Nichols wrote the following insightful words about passing our faith to the next generation:
“One hindrance to the unity of the Spirit is that we are living in a secular age. We see everything through the spectacles of ‘dollar-marks.’ We are materialistic, we think of values in terms of money, and houses, and lands, and things of that sort. We forget that one little child to be reared and trained for the Lord, can rear and train others, and they others, and they others (Ps. 78:5-6), until in a thousand years there may be thousands of souls in heaven-all because we took time to train one. Or, it may be the other way: if we fail, it may be that this one will fail, others under like influence will fail, and others still under those influences will fail – and there may be thousands of souls suffering in hell forever, a billion years from now, all because we put money, and other things, ahead of the spiritual- because we failed to train a child, failed to put the kingdom first (Matt. 6:33).”
May we all as parents do our best to model and instruct our children in the ways of the Lord. How we teach our children today will effect generations throughout eternity.
Sermons for Sunday:
AM Seeing Clearly (Mark 8:1-26)
PM Behind the (Church) Music, part 2
BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST
Hearts were rejoicing this past Tuesday evening when Mark Michener was baptized into Christ by his father, Michael. We are so proud of Mark in his decision and thankful for Christian parents like Michael and Jennifer. Please take an opportunity to tell Mark how excited you are about his commitment to follow Jesus.
We are so very pleased to have Cary & Sandy Leonard place their membership with us at Central. They have recently moved here from Wewoka. Their address is 5692 Gabriel Dr., Shawnee, OK 74804. Their telephone numbers are 405-395-8606 and 405-220-3692.
We express our love and sympathy to Royce Peerson in the loss of his brother, Sonny Peerson, this past Friday. Graveside services were held Tuesday morning at Lamar Cemetery.
Pam Blackshire has moved. Her new address is 5929 Quail Ridge Rd., Blanchard, OK 73010. Her son Dresean Whiting lives at 209 N. Eastern, Shawnee, OK 74801
Congratulations to Zhila & Jon Haggard on the birth of their first grandchild, Ean Skyler Jones born August 3, 2011 to Latashia & Jon Jones. He weighed 7 ½ pounds and was 19 ½ inches long. Especially proud of little Ean are all 6 of the Shadaram kids!
Richard Albright was admitted to Oklahoma Heart Hospital on Monday for tests.
Joann Cheney was scheduled for outpatient shoulder surgery Thursday morning.
Sue Merritt had a bad fall in her home last week. It is great to have no broken bones to report.
It was good to have Anita Jacques in services Sunday morning after battling a bacterial pneumonia.
August 14, Search: “Keeping Teens Faithful”
August 21, Search: “Loving But Firm”
August 28, Search: “When Children Fall”
September 11, Bible Hour Resumes
September 11, Sunday 2 – 4: Alex Corn & Austin Beard wedding shower, Group gift see Janet Stephens, Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg or Louise Perry. They are registered at Dillard’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
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
John Johnston, #116
ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER
1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804
Fred Bowers, #214
Herman Guin, #514
Polly Reese, #402
SHAWNEE CARE CENTER
1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804
Harold Carothers, #511
Sue Riedel, #602
201 W. Walnut (P. O. Box 630)
Tecumseh, OK 74873
Rachel O’Neal, #7A
Alice Rice, #55
Dessie Weeks, #54
“The birth of Christ brought God to us, but it took the cross of Christ to bring us to God.”
Hope to see you here Sunday!
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 125
Worship Service 194
Sunday Evening 112
Wednesday Evening 100
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Announcements: Bob Seikel
Opening Prayer: Jim Walling
Song Director: Austin Beard
Scripture: Mark Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Carl Weeks
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Ron Taffe
Clavin Norwood Brandon Gober
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Matt Stephens
Steve Kelly Jim Cross
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Austin Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Dale Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Frank Burton Burl Vanlandingham
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Devotional: Kenton McGalliard
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297