Bulletin for Sunday 01/29/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
Robert Prater

This past Sunday morning I began a new sermon series I Am Not Ashamed, which will be exploring some of the fundamentals of our faith and especially what makes us in churches of Christ distinct in our message and practice.  When considering the church of Christ, many have questions.  Onlookers might even consider the differences of the church of Christ to be peculiar or even odd.  Why do we, at Central, do what we do?  What do we believe what we believe?  This series seeks to answer many of those questions and clarify and restate some distinctive biblical concepts that churches of Christ have tried to restore during the last two hundred years.  Many of us fear these unique doctrines and positions are in danger of being compromised or even forgotten.  We should never be ashamed of what the Bible teaches concerning the authority of God’s Word, salvation in Christ, faith, baptism, worship, the church, the family, Christian living, and our eternal hope of heaven.  It is my prayer that we will carefully and honestly reexamine these matters so that we can know with confidence about what we believe and practice as New Testament Christians.  May God guide us in our study of these important matters.

    God's Word is "living and powerful" (Heb. 4:12).  God guides us and communicates His will to us through His word.  (Ps. 119:105)   The gospel message of salvation is revealed to us in God's word. (Rom. 1:16)  By reading His word we understand that it is through the gospel that we are actually called to salvation.   (2 Thess. 2:13-14)  His word guides us as to how to live a faithful, productive Christian life after coming to salvation (2 Tim. 3:15-17). It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him.  (2 Tim. 3:15-17)  It is no wonder that God instructs us to diligently study His word in order to be able to correctly understand and apply it to our lives, and to stand approved before Him (2 Tim. 2:15).

     Since God's word is so vital to our spiritual well being, we need to spend a great deal of purposeful, focused time reading, learning and contemplating all that is revealed to us therein. Bible classes naturally fill the bill, so to speak, along this line. Our Bible classes are Central are specifically designed to teach the Scriptures and encourage us in our faith with other Christians.

     Children's Bible classes are just as beneficial and important. In fact, Bible classes provide some of the most effective Bible teaching for children. Material is used that is written more nearly on their level of understanding. In many cases, children who are in Bible class on a regular, weekly basis probably get better, more consistent instruction in the scriptures than they do at home.  Literally, much of the formative learning in a child's spiritual development is gained in Bible classes. The wise man wrote, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov. 22:6).

   With all this in mind, where are you during Bible class on Sunday and Wednesday? Where are your children?  Do you make it a point to be in Bible classes each time in order to gain the knowledge that is waiting for you in the teachings of the scriptures?  Do you see that your children are in Bible class every week in order that they may learn all of God's will and be fully equipped to live their lives in His service?

      The person who knows and lives by God's word has great advantage over others when faced with the challenges and difficulties of life. Are you in Bible class, gaining that advantage? Children who are taught, whose lives are molded, by the teachings of God's word are much better prepared to face life than are others without the that training. They have understanding, a sense of purpose and direction that other children do not typically have. Are your children in Bible class, receiving that training?

      It's easy to get careless in our thinking. As we do, it becomes easier and easier to miss Bible class. All kinds of excuses can be thought of. But before we know it, we've missed more classes than we've attended.  Missing has become the norm, and being in class is the exception, and our children are growing up without proper instruction in God's word. We didn't mean for it to be that way, it just happened. It'll only change when we make up our mind to change. But it begins with the simple questions: Where are you during Bible class?  Where are your children during Bible class?

                        --Robert-- (robprater@sbcglobal.net)


Sermons for Sunday

AM    I Am Not Ashamed of God’s Word

PM     All Scripture is God-Breathed


5th SUNDAY CONTRIBUTION

Next Sunday, January 29th, the entire contribution will be going toward the building fund as set out by the elders.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Marcia Dennis broke her left femur on the way for knee surgery.  Consequently she had surgery for a broken leg on Wednesday morning of last week.  She was transferred to room 5324 at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center this past Saturday.

Dorothy Norton had surgery this past Monday at Unity Health Center. She will be hospitalized for a few days.  Test results should be back in a few days.

Trey Canard injured his back during racing and is in ICU in a hospital in Los Angeles.  He was scheduled for surgery Thursday.  

Al Smith had surgery at Unity Health Center on Tuesday of this past week.  His wife, Rhetta, has been moved to Henryetta to a specialized nursing facility.  

Jon Merritt is doing well following an out patient procedure done last week.

Nancy Irelan had complete shoulder replacement surgery on Wednesday of last week at McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Edmond. She is now home. 

Burl Vanlandingham’s brother, James, is home after spending some time in Integris Baptist Hospital. 

Georgia Lane’s son, Larry, is waiting for an appointment for heart bypass surgery. 

Mitch Harmon will be having tests done on February 8 for health issues.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly
COMING UP:

Jan. 28, Activity with youth & upcoming youth. 


Hope to see you here Sunday!


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

01

Thelma Divine

01

Billie Horton

01

Michelle McKnight

02

Andy Stephens

02

Matt Stephens

04

Boyd Cheney

04

Lettie Kay Curtis

04

Naomi Rutledge

06

Steve Kelly

06

Carolyn Mastick

07

Pauline Adams

07

Dalton Lyons

07

Cathy Pettyjohn

09

Kaitlyn Shadaram

10

Keith Lawrence

10

Abigail Sharpley

13

Cayla Miller

13

Dessie Weeks -93rd !!!

19

Lynn Harmon

20

Ken Whittington

22

Aaron Rowley

23

Austin Beard

23

Bob Seikel

25

Josh Lyons

25

DorothyNorton

28

Sarah Whitmus

 

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES

27

Keith & Jennifer Lawrence – 19th

28

Ken & Hillary Whittington – 3rd

    We wish to congratulate all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of February.  Best wishes to Dessie Weeks on her 93rd birthday this month.


FEBRUARY

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Ex. 27,28

1

Matt. 21:1-22

2

Ex. 29,30

2

Matt. 21-23-46

3

Ex. 31,32,33

3

Matt. 22:1-22

4

Ex. 34,35

4

Matt. 22:23-46

5

Ex. 36,37,38

5

Matt. 23:1-22

6

Ex. 39,40

6

Matt. 23:23-39

7

Lev. 1,2,3

7

Matt. 24:1-28

8

Lev. 4,5

8

Matt. 24:29-51

9

Lev. 6,7

9

Matt. 25:1-30

10

Lev. 8,9,10

10

Matt. 25:31-46

11

Lev. 11,12

11

Matt. 26:1-25

12

Lev. 13

12

Matt. 26:26-75

13

Lev. 14

13

Matt. 27:1-26

14

Lev. 15,16

14

Matt. 27:27-50

15

Lev. 17,18

15

Matt. 27:51-66

16

Lev. 19,20

16

Matt. 28

17

Lev. 21,22

17

Mark 1:1-22

18

Lev. 23,24

18

Mark 1:23-45

19

Lev. 25

19

Mark 2

20

Lev. 26,27

20

Mark 3:1-19

21

Num. 1,2

21

Mark 3:20-35

22

Num. 3,4

22

Mark 4:1-20

23

Num. 5,6

23

Mark 4:21-41

24

Num. 7,8

24

Mark 5:1-20

25

Num. 9,10,11

25

Mark 5:21-43

26

Num. 12,13,14

26

Mark 6:1-29

27

Num. 15,16

27

Mark 6:30-56

28

Num. 17,18,19

28

Mark 7:1-13

29

Num. 20,21

 

 


LOOKING AHEAD

January 29, Search: “Out of Darkness”

January 29, Wedding shower in honor of Amy Kelly and Daniel Roberts from 2-4 p.m. in the fellowship room.  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 1, Ladies Bible class to meet at 10:30 with the monthly luncheon to follow.

February 5, Search: “Born In  Sin?”

February 10, Valentine dinner at LaDonna’s Grill in Meeker, 6:30 p.m.  More TBA.

February 12, Search: “Faith Alone?”

February 18, Search: “Free Will”

February 17, Central hosts Shawnee Area-Wide Leadership Dinner, Gordon Cooper Technology Center at 6:30 p.m.  Cost is $10 per peson.

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.


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  133

Worship Service                                           198

Sunday Evening                                           112

Wednesday Evening                                    116

Contribution                                          3,810.05

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, January 29, 2012

 

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                   Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Scripture:                                     Adam Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Geoff Root

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                  Dennis Brodersen

Lynn Harmon                          Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                  Brian Nipper

USHERS

Steve Kelly                               Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                     Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Hillary Whittington

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                Michael Michener

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Austin Beard                             Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Nathan Kelly

 

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297