Bulletin for Sunday 11/20/2011

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With Robert Prater

The Central congregation this past Saturday had another successful Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway.  We helped serve a total of 290 people who came from the Shawnee area.  We distributed 252 coats to folks who might otherwise not have a proper coat for the winter season.  We also gave out hundreds of gloves and caps plus a number of blankets.  Those who came into our building were lovingly welcomed by our unified Christian family.  We also gave out several Bibles, teaching tracts, and other info about the Central church.  There were also Bible correspondence courses given, prayer requests made and good relationships developed.  One mother with her six children attended worship on Sunday as a result of this coat giveaway.  Truly this benevolent ministry helps open the door for future outreach opportunities.

Thank you so much for everyone that came.  You are a blessing to our congregation.  We also would like to thank everyone who donated items or money and worked so hard to make this event happen.  That is one of the beautiful things about this work; there are lots of different talents and abilities needed and lots of ways to contribute.  And of course, we want to especially express our thanks to Ron and Debbie Taffe who work tirelessly to make our coat giveaway a success year after year.  (hopefully, Debbie is feeling better now as she had to miss Saturday’s big day).  Most importantly we thank our God who continues to give opportunities of service for us in this community.

On a personal note, thank you so much for your prayers and concerns for my recent mission trip to Ukraine.  It truly was a good trip and I am so glad to be safely home.  The primary focus of this trip was a three day seminar conducted and hosted by the church in Kramatorsk.  Though the focus was intended for preachers and teachers, we had several others attend including several ladies and youth and non-members of the Lord’s church.  I had the privilege of teaching five lessons during the seminar, as well as preaching on Sunday (Nov. 6th) at the Soledar congregation.

We also were able to visit an orphanage in Konstaninovka which the church works with as well as the “ABC School” outreach ministry of the Kramatorsk congregation.  This is an incredible ministry which teaches English, using the Bible, to elementary aged children through adults. 

This particular mission effort in Ukraine is a work supported and overseen by the South College Church of Christ in Tahlequah, and coordinated and led by David Deffenbaugh, who has been associated with mission work in Ukraine since 1994.  There are four congregations involved in this mission work which include the Artemovsk, Konstantinovka, Soledar, and Chasov-Yar congregations.  It was good to spend a few days of fellowship and encouragement with the local preachers and their families from these congregations.

It is my hope and prayer that much good was done during this trip and that many seeds were sown, and our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world were encouraged and strengthened.  I want to thank all of the Central church family here for your continued support and prayers, and especially the elders for allowing me to be away.  I also want to thank all those who taught classes and preached during my absence.  I will be giving a fuller report on my trip this coming Sunday night.

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

Sermons for Sunday

AM   Questions (Mark 12:1-37)

PM    Ukraine Mission Report


Funny thing about jet-lag, it’s not funny at all……….Oh, sorry, I must have dozed off for a moment.  Sleep patterns are not just interrupted, they are grossly violated.  Falling asleep in the middle of the day and lying wide awake in the middle of the night is a rather disconcerting experience.  I’m going to have to look again, but I think the book of Ecclesiastes says, “there’s a time to sleep and a time to be awake.” (or something like that).  I’m confident all will return to “normal” (whatever that is) before long.

It does remind me, though, of the point of that Ecclesiastes passage, that begins, “There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven.” (Ecc. 3:1)  There are appropriate times for nearly every human activity.  Appropriate, doesn’t necessarily mean convenient.  It is always appropriate to do what is good and right.  That doesn’t mean it’s always convenient.  So, in considering those good things in which we ought to be engaged, don’t confuse convenient (which is almost never) with appropriate (which is almost always).  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10)  --Robert--


This past Sunday evening Janice Watson requested prayers on her behalf for strength to overcome problems in her life.  She desires to be a better Christian example to others.  Janice was humble enough to share her discouragement with us.  I am confident that we will be compassionate enough to not only keep her in our prayers, but also to provide the words of encouragement and support she so desperately needs from her church family.


Prayers have been requested for Brother Perry Cotham.  He fell and broke bones in his spine and is now in a nursing center.  He will be 100 years old in January.  Brother Cotham was a preacher at Central from August 1934 to February 1940.  You may send him cards at Town Hall Estates Nursing Center, 824 W. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX 76015-3647.


I would like to express my appreciation for all the prayers, cards, calls, and visits during my recent recovery period at the hospital and at my daughter’s home.  You are all so very near and dear to me and I love you all.  To have brothers and sisters in Christ like all of you is such a blessing to me.                                                 Kathryn Shields


Lynn Harmon had outpatient knee surgery on Friday and is doing well.

Anita Hinson was discharged from Unity Health Center on Thursday of last week after spending four days there and she was in services Sunday evening. 

James Reeves was discharged from St. Anthony Hospital on Friday of last week after a three week stay.   

Juanita Combs is in Rose Manor for therapy and progressing well.  She is in room 216. 

Yuavonda Weeks was discharged from Unity Health Center South after completing physical therapy following major back surgery.  It was good seeing her in worship Sunday afternoon. 

Kathryn Shields is now back in her home after surgery.  It was good to see her in worship Sunday morning.

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

The youth has just finished a series of lessons on Wednesday night following the story of The Passion of the Christ.  It is never a bad time to study Christ and his sacrifice for us.  There is always something new you can take from it.   The youth will then be watching the movie after Sunday night’s worship.  It’s such a powerful story and the movie is in turn powerful.  There is no way to really give that story justice no matter how hard we try.  I’m glad we studied the story in depth and now get to watch the movie.  The youth will need a couple of bucks for dinner and then we will watch the movie.


Nov. 19, Saturday, Hay Ride @ the Stephens’ @ 5pm

Nov. 20, Sunday, Dinner and the Passion


November 19, Saturday, Hay Ride at the Stephens’.  Bring lawn chair & a stick to cook your hotdog on.

November 20, Search: “Take Up Your Cross”

November 24 & 25, Church office closed for Thanksgiving

November 27, Search: “God’s Love”

December 7, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows class


Bible School                                                  123

Worship Service                                           212

Sunday Evening                                           127

Wednesday Evening                                    110

Contribution                                          4,714.59



Sunday, November 20, 2011


Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                      Dale Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Chuck Carter


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                Jim Walling

Frank Burton                                  Jon Merritt


Tim McGalliard                             Bob Bivins


Robert Perry                                   Jim Cross


Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross


Maggie Prater


Geoff Root


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:         Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                            Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                   Craig McKnight



Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                      Craig McKnight



Bob Perry

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297