Bulletin for Sunday 10/02/2011

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With Robert Prater

  Greg Goossen was considered enough of a potential baseball star that the Los Angeles Dodgers signed him to a six-figure bonus in 1964, a huge amount of money at the time.  To say that he never lived up to expectations is an understatement, as he played for 37 teams in the minor, Mexican and major leagues over eight years.  “Either everyone wanted me or everyone wanted to get rid of me,” said Goossen.
     Goossen was immortalized as a trivial footnote by Casey Stengel during a stint with the New York Mets in 1966.  Stengel pointed at him in training camp and said, “Goossen is only 20, and in ten years, he has a chance to be 30.”
     Ever feel like this might be a description of your life on some level or other?  Most of us start out with all kinds of hopes, dreams, plans and grandiose visions of a brilliant future.  We often settle for less than we had imagined.
    There is no shame in failing to achieve fame and fortune, in not becoming the best.  The only shame is not giving our best effort.  Henry Van Dyke was on to something when he said, “Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”  Goossen played as well as he could, and there is no shame in that.  Not everyone can be Johnny Bench (who began playing same time as Goossen).  He just had to be Greg Goossen.   

     Jesus teaches us this lesson in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30).  The master gave one man five talents of money, another man two talents, and a third man received one talent.   When the time to report back came, the five talent man had gained five more.  The two talent man had gained two more.  But the one talent man was afraid and did nothing.   The master was most displeased if you remember.
    The God who made us knows our abilities and limitations better than we do.  He is not unfair, arbitrary or capricious in His judgment.  He simply expects us to work hard, to try, to care and to do our best.  Everyone can do this, regardless of how many talents we have or don’t have.
     Erma Bombeck writes, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and would say, ‘I used everything you gave me..”  The apostle Paul said as much at the end of his life:   “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day ... and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”  (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

     May each of us live so that we will be able to say the same.

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

Sermons for Sunday

AM    Salt and Peace (Mark 9:38-50)

PM     Loyalty to God (Ruth 1:16)


     We express our love and sympathy to Dwyane and Marcia and all the family of Dwyane’s dad, Wilburn Dennis who passed away Thursday, September 22, in Littlefield, Texas.  Services were held Monday morning at Crescent Park Church of Christ in Littlefield with Dwyane doing the service.  A devoted servant of God, Mr. Dennis had been a long time minister of the gospel.


Carl Wills remains in ICU at Baptist Integris Hospital.

Bob Allen and Lola Mullinax are both home and  doing well following surgeries. 

Mitch Harmon is having some health issues at the present time.


We wish to congratulate Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham on the birth of their second great grandchild.  Marley Lee Kaleoaloha Vanlandingham was born September 20 weighing 9 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long.  Parents are Ryan & Sara Vanlandingham and big brother is Jackson.  Grandparent is Brad Vanlandingham.  Great-great grandmother is Geri Outlaw and the great aunt & uncle is Darlene & Jeff Todd.


Mr. & Mrs. Ken Corn

along with

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Beard

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage of their children


Alex & Austin


October fifteenth, two thousand eleven

2 o’clock in the afternoon

Burnt Cabin Christian Camp

Park Hill, Oklahoma


Reception to follow

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

The youth were active this week.  I got to watch Karli Shadaram play volleyball for Grove.  She came out victorious over Seminole.  Karli played a great game and scored many points for Grove.  Wade Baskin had his cross-country debut this week for Shawnee High School.  It is great to see Wade healing up and getting out there competing again.  Then, Sunday night Eric Park gave the devotional thought at the dinner and devo.  Eric gave a great lesson.  It is great to see someone so young step up.  Keep up the good work, Karli, Wade and Eric!


10/2, Sunday – AWTG at Southwest, Ada – van will leave at 3:30 p.m.


Dear Brethren, We want to thank you again for your support for our disaster relief efforts.  A total of $105,218.89 was given by churches and individuals from several states and locally to assist the tornado victims of the April 27, 2011 storm in the Birmingham area.  Of this amount we have spent $103,227.77 leaving a balance of $1,991.12 in the account.  All of the expenditures went directly to help those affected.  Much of the money was spent in buying appliances, bedding, and other things to help people refurnish the place they were living.  We continue to help some affected, one family this week, and anticipate having a zero balance very soon, as we still have those with needs.  Of course the monetary donations do not count the hundreds of man hours that were donated by congregations from the Birmingham area, and other parts of Alabama, and surrounding states.  Neither does the amount spent count the thousands of dollars worth of goods that were brought in and distributed.  And remember, the efforts we made were only a small portion of what was done in our state at numerous sites.

     We made an effort to see that each individual had a king greeting, a listening ear, some type of Bible literature, and an invitation to church services.  Your generous donations enabled us to help many people and we believe God was glorified by this good work.  Thank you again for your help.  If you have any further questions about this work you may address them to me (205)-807-4101 or our treasurer, Brian Maddox (205)- 744-4479, who did an exceptional job of keeping up with our finances.  May God bless you in your work for the Lord.     Sincerely, David Courington

    Sylvan Springs Church of Christ, Mulga, Alabama


October 2, Search: “The Word Was God”

October 2 – 5, Gospel meeting, East Main, Holdenville, Kevin Wright of McAlester, weeknight services 7 p.m.; see bulletin board

October 2 – 5, Gospel meeting, Chandler Church of Christ, 1st & Cleveland, weeknight services 7 p.m.; Jamie Beller; see bulletin board

October 5, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; luncheon follows class

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

November 12, Annual Coat Giveaway


Bible School                                                 118

Worship Service                                          186

Sunday Evening                                         137

Wednesday Evening                                  115

Contribution                                        4,719.00



Sunday, October 2, 2011


Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Jim Pettyjohn


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Richard Albright            Burl Vanlandingham

Geoff Root                              Brandon Gober


Cary Leonard                             Nathan Kelly


Bob Perry                                 Ron Dunavan


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                   Ron & Evelyn Dunavan


Lysa Park


Ron Taffe


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Jon Merritt


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                                  Bob Perry



Classes for all ages

Devotional:                           George Mastick

Song Leader:                Burl Vanlandingham



Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297