Bulletin for Sunday 01/15/2012
With Robert Prater
When we give, we should know where our money goes. That’s why this past Sunday the new 2012 budget was presented to the congregation by the elders. God has been so good to bless us, and we thank God you are willing to share your blessings in this church family. We are so grateful to each Central member who has given so generously week after week. Now we have some exciting plans and opportunities for service in 2012 that we pray will help continue to grow the Central congregation both spiritually and numerically. We do hope that every member will consider thoughtfully how much of your financial income you will give to God especially as it pertains to the weekly offering on the Lord’s Day.
Giving on the first day of the week, as Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, with the proper attitude is an act of worship and as important as any other commandment God has given us. Paul later on told the Corinthians: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Paul is using the metaphor of a farmer to speak to the people of Corinth about their giving. He explains that if a farmer were to scatter a few seeds he can expect to only reap a small harvest. On the flip side of the coin if that same farmer were to generously throw down seed on his fields then the likelihood is that he would have a large crop. Paul is saying that the same is true with us. When we give little of ourselves, our time, money, and resources, less than what we are capable of then what we will receive is little in return. Some may think that in order to find gain they must tighten up the reins on their resources but Paul is saying, just the opposite. (Remember he gives the example of the Macedonia brethren who gave out of their “deep poverty” liberally, vs. 1-3) The more we give away the more we will be in a place to be blessed.
In 1 Kings 17:8-16 we learn of a widowed woman from Zarephath who is visited by the prophet Elijah. She and her son have only a handful of flour and a small amount of cooking oil to survive on. Elijah asks for a drink of water and a piece of bread and the woman is hesitant for she knows her resources are about to run out. Elijah assures her that God will replenish her stores if she will give from her very limited supply. The woman does as Elijah said and God made sure that she always had enough flour and olive oil! This woman gave to Elijah and it was an act of faith that God responded to. He not only replenished her food supplies but he multiplied them! In the same way when you and I give of our resources we are trusting that God will meet our needs. Our giving is an act of faith and God always responds when we step out in faith.
Friends, I hope you will pray and think about what kind of commitments you will make for the coming year in regard to your giving. May God teach us all how to give not only our money but first of all ourselves for His glory and our joy.
We extend our loving sympathy to Jennifer Lawrence in the loss of her grandmother Ann McIntire on Friday of last week. Services were held this past Wednesday in Conway, Arkansas.
LTC Bible Bowl participants will meet Sunday afternoon from 2:30 – 4:30 in the fellowship room.
When we listed anniversaries earlier this month, we made a mistake. Barney and Jo Sneed will be celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary on the 28th not 35th. Sorry Jo – you need credit where credit is due.
Hope to see you here Sunday!
James Vanlandingham, brother of Burl, remains in Integris Baptist Hospital with an infection. He is in room 777.
All the ladies are invited to a wedding shower in honor of Amy Kelly and Daniel Roberts on Sunday, January 29th from 2 – 4 in the fellowship room. They are registered at Dillard’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. If you would like to contribute to a group gift, see Rita Romberg, Denise Beard or Janet Stephens.
Together with their parents
Krystal Evette Lamb
Branson Monroe Martin
invite you to share with them
the beginning of their new life together
The ceremony will be
at two o’clock in the afternoon
on Saturday the fourteenth of January
Two thousand and twelve
Northridge Church of Christ
One Thousand One E. MacArthur Street
Reception to follow
To the members of the Central Church of Christ, Dorothy and I would like to express our appreciation for the many acts of kindness you have shown us during the past several months. We would have to print an extra page in The Gospel Guide to mention your names individually. We just want you to know we deeply appreciate all the food and snacks you have provided us. It has made things much easier. Recovery has been a little slower than we had expected, we hope it will get better and go faster. Thanks again for your generosity. In Christian love,
Gene & Dorothy (Norton)
I would like to send my thanks to the church for the beautiful poinsettia delivered to me. Erma Dean Farris
One busy Sunday down with many more to follow. From what I’ve heard, all the LTC practices started off well. It’s hard to believe we’re back at it again. If there are any kids who aren’t doing LTC, it’s not too late. We would love to have you participate. Whether you do one activity or ten, it’s always fun hanging out with each other at the convention.
Jan. 15, LTC Bible Bowl participants will meet this Sunday 2:30 – 4:30 in basement.
Jan. 21, AWTG @ Central (Moore) leaving at 8 AM
Jan. 28, Day of fun with youth & upcoming youth.
January 8, Search: “Speaking Truth”
January 8, Sunday afternoon, LTC Training Session
January 15, Search: “God’s Inspired Word”
January 22, Search: “Not Too Hard”
January 22, Asher ‘ Quarterly singing’ 3:00-4:30 pm
January 29, Search: “Out of Darkness”
January 29, Wedding shower in honor of Amy Kelly and Daniel Roberts. They are registered at Dillard’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target. To contribute to a group gift; Rita Romberg, Denise Beard or Janet Stephens
February 22, Tipton truck coming
February 24, 25; Affirming the Faith seminar at North MacArthur. This year’s theme “A Reason to Hope”. Speakers; Dan Winkler, Jerry Houston, Noel Whitlock ,David Duncan, Thomas Jackson, Tom Alexander, Chuck Monan, and many others.
May 5, Saturday; Bible Teachers Workshop @ Eastside in Duncan
LAST WEEKS RECORD
Bible School 130
Worship Service 196
Sunday Evening 128
Wednesday Evening 99
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Announcements: Bob Stephens
Opening Prayer: Bob Perry
Song Director: Paul Harris
Scripture: Wade Baskin
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Richard Albright
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Burl Vanlandingham
Jeff Todd Ken Whittington
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Tracy Gettle
Steve Kelly Austin Beard
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Austin & Alex Beard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Paul Harris
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Dale Beard
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Robert Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Craig McKnight
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297