Bulletin for Sunday 11/13/2011

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My children recently gave me a new jacket.  It’s lightweight, warm, breathable, and waterproof.  So far, so good!  Then I noticed a small tag on the back reading PFG (Performance Fishing Gear).  It’s a great jacket, but does that mean its purpose is confined for fishing only? (I haven’t been fishing for years, and don’t have immediate plans to do so – especially in the kind of weather for which this jacket is designed).  Since when do we really need specialized coats for golf, baseball, football, tennis, etc.?  Wouldn’t an all-purpose coat do the job?

From somewhere in the back of my mind I keep hearing the echo of words, “He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.”  Wouldn’t such action be heretical in a consumer-driven economy?

I guess I have gotten used to everything in our culture being specialized without thinking too much about it until now.

A catalog that came to the office today startled me.  It was from a Bible society, and offered an array of Bibles the like of which I have never seen.  Among those you can order are: A Military Bible, A Bible for Military Families, A Sports Bible, A Bible for Urban Teen Outreach, A Bible for Those Turned Off by Religion, A Bible for Small Groups, A Bible for Women, A Bible for the Muslim World, A Bible for Those Who Grieve, A Bible for Kids, etc.

The list goes on: A Bible for Sport Fans (Separate editions for : Stock Car, Action Sports, Multi-sport, Baseball, Basketball, and Women athletes). Nor should I forget The Bible for Those Who Face The Challenge of Forgiving, for Police, for Cowboys, for Campers, and another for Folks Who Love the Outdoors.

In the midst of all of this would someone just give me a Bible like the one my mother lived by? P-l-e-a-s-e!                                           John Gipson                                   Windsong Church of Christ


The 5th Sunday contribution in October was deposited into our building fund account which the elders had agreed to do at the beginning of the year.  The first two 5th Sunday contributions were contributed to tornado devastation areas. 


Betty and Dave Emery have a new great grandson, Wyatt Ford Bryant, born November 1, at 11:20 a.m.  He weighs 8 lbs. 11 oz. and is 20 1/2 inches long.  Grandparents are Carla and Mark Dame, parents are Jessica and Cole Bryant.  Aunts and uncles are Brian and Dena Nipper, Ashley and Jared Olmstead, Greg and Michele Nipper and cousins are Chris, Kelsey and Tanner Nipper.


Trick or Treat in Reverse!  What a great group of young people at Central, They brought ME a bag of treats.                                                  Joe C. Magee

Thank you so much for your prayers, calls, cards & visits during the loss of my sister.  A special thanks for the beautiful floral arrangement sent to the services and to the ladies who provided food.  We appreciate you so much.  Sue Merritt & the family of Novella Cordrey


Anita Hinson was admitted to Unity Health Center on Sunday. She is in room 307. 

Juanita Combs remains in Midwest Regional Medical Center, room 8858. 

Yuavonda Weeks is undergoing physical therapy at Unity Health Center  South, room 307. She was hoping to go home on Thursday. 

James Reeves remains in   St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, room 8721.  He was hoping to return home early this week.

Joe Curtis spent several days in Unity Health Center last week and was in services Sunday. 

Kathryn Shields remains at her daughter’s home and appreciates your calls and visits. 

Lynn Harmon is scheduled for outpatient knee surgery on Friday.

Linda Carpenter requests your prayers in behalf of her sister Betty Caldwell who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will soon be going to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. 


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), B. J. Goza, (daughter of Mazella Patterson). Herman Guin, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, 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 Jewel Wills. All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

The girls had their “Girl’s Day” on Saturday.  They got together to make baby blankets for the coat give away.  No matter how much I wanted to go, they told me I couldn’t.  I heard good things though.  I heard the girls had a lot of fun and I know the families that receive the blankets on Saturday will be very appreciative.  Thank you to Janet Stephens for putting that together and all the girls that came to join in on the fun.  That reminds me, if any of the youth will be around on Saturday, November 12th, it would be very helpful to participate in the coat give away.  This is a great ministry and showing an active youth group would catch many eyes of our visitors.


Nov. 12, Coat Give Away

Nov. 19, Saturday, Hay Ride @ the Stephens’


I admit it.  I was provoked this morning coming to the office.  It was dark and raining and Maumelle Boulevard was loaded with traffic moving at about fifty miles per hour.  As far as one could see the cars were bumper to bumper in both lanes traveling east.  I was in the left lane when all of a sudden from a crossover a car pulled out in front of me without warning.  I had to hit the brakes knowing that I was probably going to get clobbered from behind.  Fortunately, the cars behind me saw what was happening and we all hit the brakes at the same time thus saving a big pile-up.  (I don’t know what might have happened two or three blocks behind us in the chain reaction).

I was not like the fellow I once read about who never got irritated or stirred by anything.  One who wrote about him said, “Their family line seems to draw heavily on the vegetable kingdom.  They emulate amid life’s alarms, the fine placidity of the cabbage.”   I was provoked!  And two hours later I still am as I write this.

A question please.  What is it that provokes you” (Take a moment and recall a few such things).

Now let’s all sit down together and think for a moment or two about what provoked the apostle Paul.  Here’s the record, “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” (Acts 17:16 RSV).

The apostle Paul had enough hard experiences “to exasperate a saint.”  But I don’t remember him being provoked over shipwreck, stoning, or imprisonment.  What provoked him was the ruin and degradation of idol worship.

Have we retained the kind of moral indignation exhibited by the apostle Paul?  Now that I’ve tried to examine myself, I’m not going to let you off the hook.  What provokes you?           John Gipson - Windsong Church of Christ


November 12, Central’s Annual Coat Giveaway

November 13, Search: “Deny Self”

November 13, LTC 2012 parents & coaches meeting

November 20, Search: “Take Up Your Cross”

November 24 & 25, Church office closed for Thanksgiving


Bible School                                                  124

Worship Service                                           207

Sunday Evening                                          103

Wednesday Evening                                     87

Contribution                                         4,792.25



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Bob Perry



NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                         Craig McKnight

Keith Lawrence                           Tracy Gettle


Jeff Todd                              Ken Whittington



Robert Perry                         Tim McGalliard



Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:               Tim & Janice McGalliard


Darlene Todd


Jon Merritt


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                           Ron Taffe

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Bob Seikel


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Paul Harris



Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                Burl Vanlandingham



Bob Perry

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297