Bulletin for Sunday 09/04/2011

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

     Technology has brought many changes to our lives.  I am sure many people can look back and see how different things were ten, twenty or even thirty years ago.  Today, most people have a cell phone, a computer, or even a cell phone that is more advanced than they were even just five years ago!  Most technological advances are a mixture of both blessing and curse.  Let’s examine the blessings and curses of three technologies of our age.

     1.  The Internet.  Our world has become much easier because of the ease of access to information thanks to the World Wide Web.  From a spiritual standpoint, churches can communicate with members, church leaders with missionaries, and teachers with students evangelistically in ways never before possible.  With all of its blessings, the Internet has simultaneously created significant spiritual curses.  Perhaps one of the largest dangers is the widespread access and availability of pornography on the net.  Statistics show that use of pornography even among Christians is alarmingly frequent.  Let us make a “covenant with our eyes” and not let sexual immorality and impurity even be named among those who are Christians (Job 31:1; Eph. 5:3).

     2. Facebook.  The social networking giant, Facebook, has been one of the greatest advances in communication technologies.  Christians are able to network and communicate in much more efficient ways.  Church announcements, prayer requests, connectivity with other Christians, and opportunities for evangelism and teaching are almost limitless on Facebook as is the ability to renew old acquaintances.  This is a danger to married people who may be tempted to innocently (at first) catch up with old romantic interests.  What first begins as a “friend request” can easily escalate into running a series of relational red-lights and accelerating into an extramarital affair.  This danger is very real.  Christian couples who use Facebook should adopt a policy of full disclosure about their social networking use.

   3. Smartphones.  You can do almost anything technologically from a phone these days.  This allows you to be connected and perpetually “available” (both a blessing and a curse!).  Also, one can access the Internet, email, texting, games, and even books directly from your phone.  One of the great blessings is the ability to have an electronic Bible directly on your phone.  The danger of such “connectivity” on our phones is the distraction it can be to spiritual focus.  It can become increasingly difficult to find time to “unplug from the cloud” for quiet time with God in prayer and study.  Also, it can be very tempting to text during worship services (or check email or sports scores) when we should be focusing our attention on worship to God.

     Now make no mistake about it.  Technology is not a bad thing, but in moderation.  Balance is important.  Our service to God is always most important.  We are expected to be “redeeming the time” (Eph. 5:16).  We will have to give an account to God for what we do, and for what we don’t do.. (cf. 2 Cor. 5:10; Mt. 25:14ff)

     So yes, we are living in an amazing “brave new world” of technology.  But it has always been this way. (cf. Ecclesiastes 1:9)  Mankind has always had to exercise personal discipline and use the blessings of technology of the age and resist its potential curses.

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   Transfigured (Mark 9:2-13)

PM   Learning to Forgive Yourself


PRAYER CONCERNS

Nadine Magee was dismissed from Unity Health Center on Monday after spending several days. 

Carl Wills was transferred to Baptist Integris Hospital ICU on Monday from Unity Health Center. 

It was good to have Richard Albright and Joann Cheney in services Sunday.


THANK YOU

To our dear Central Church Family, Thank you so much for the cards, calls, and visits.  Also to the Wednesday night teen class..  Thank you for the wonderful cards and thoughts you sent to me to get well.
I love you all, Joann Cheney

Dear Brethren, We want to say “Thank You” for your contribution and help during our time of disaster and need.  Words cannot adequately express our feelings for the outpouring of love from our friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, nationwide.  Our building, which sustained some severe damage, is getting back to normal.  The roof is almost completed and the carpet will be installed in a couple of weeks.  The inside damage is being worked on.  Several of our members lost their homes and we lost our dear friends, Bill and Sarah Anderson.  Bill was a deacon.  Their two children survived the storm.  Please pray for Quinton and Grace as they face the future.  Again, we want to send you our gratitude for your help.  And, most of all, thank you for your prayers, which we still solicit.                         In Christian Love, The elders - The Church of Christ, 1819 E. 26th St., Joplin, Mo.


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, Rita Luye (aunt of Jennifer Michener), Joe & Nadine Magee, Carletta Moore, Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Frank Romberg, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Carl & Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers


LOOKING AHEAD

September 4, Search: Anniversary Program

September 5, Church office closed, Labor Day

September 11, Search: “Not Too Hard”

September 11, Children’s Bible Hour Resumes

September 11, Sunday 2 – 4: Alex Corn & Austin Beard wedding shower, They are registered at Dillard’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Group gift see Janet Stephens, Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg.

September 14, Ladies Bible Class resumes at 10:30 a.m. with the monthly luncheon to follow

September 18, Search:  “Christian Baptism 1”

September 23, Ladies’ Night at Little, Sandy Day of MWC; see bulletin board in foyer for times.

September 25, Search: “Christian Baptism 11”

October 2-4, OC Lectureship, Quest, this year’s theme “I Believe”.

November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway, 2-4pm


!!!ONLY 12 WEEKS !!!

COATS – HATS – GLOVES – COATS

HATS – GLOVES - COATS


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

 

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


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  137

Worship Service                                           205

Sunday Evening                                          112

Wednesday Evening                                   112

Contribution                                         4,271.26

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, August 28, 2011

 

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                            Bob Perry

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Frank Burton

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                             Bob Seikel

Geoff Root                                  Brian Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jim Carpenter                         Keith Lawrence

 

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                   Bob Bivins

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                           Bob & Ann Bivins

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Dale Beard

Song Director:                           Paul Harris

Sermon:                              Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:              Michael Michener

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                 Jim Walling

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Devotional:                                  Bob Seikel

5th Wednesday Singing Devotional

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297