Bulletin for Sunday 03/11/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

 

    The discoveries of archaeologists have provided abundant evidence that proves the accuracy of the Bible. There is also ample evidence to enable a truth-seeker to know that God exists, the Bible is His Word, and Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

    That makes belief dependent on the condition of the heart, having what Jesus calls an honest and good heart (Luke 8:15). If faith were simply a matter of evidence, presenting the evidence would be all that would be necessary to make converts. Believing the truth is a matter of the will - having the desire to know and believe the truth.

    The late Harry Ironside, who was an early 20th Century preacher and theologian, tells about an occasion when he was asked to speak to a group of Salvation Army workers in San Francisco about faith in Christ. Ironside accepted the invitation.  In the audience that day was one of the early socialists who not only lectured for socialism, but against Christianity.  After Ironside spoke, the man handed him a card that read: “Sir, I challenge you to debate with the question, ‘Agnosticism versus Christianity’ in the Academy of Science Hall next Sunday afternoon at four o’clock. I will pay all expenses.”

    Ironside agreed to the debate on one condition.  The socialist would have to bring to the meeting at least two people who could prove skepticism concerning the Bible and Christianity had real value in changing a life and building true character.  He must bring a man and a woman who were real “down and outers” - drunkards, or criminals or pedophiles - people who had been in the grip of some powerfully self-destructive habit and were a threat or menace to their family and community but were forever changed, rehabilitated as a credit to society, living a clean, virtuous, happy life - all because they had become an agnostic. He rescinded his earlier invitation to debate because of his inability to meet Ironside’s condition.

     As one writer recently put it, at a time when Americans are looking for “change they can believe in,” both the written Word of God and the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, can make that change.  God’s Word has the power to transform us from the inside out if we will allow it to do so (1 Thess. 2:13).  Trusting and obeying the Lord will change us more and more into His likeness.  (2 Cor. 3:18)

    The teachings of the Bible have a proven track record of changing lives and preparing mankind for the best life here and in the life to come in heaven,  if only people would read, believe, and heed.

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM    I Am Not Ashamed of Holy Living

PM    Living by Faith


SYMPATHY

1923          Charlie Dossey          2012

     We extend our loving sympathy to all the family of Charley Dossey. He departed this life on Saturday, March 3. We especially offer our sympathy to his wife, Jean.  Charlie was a member at Central and faithfully attended worship for a number of years.  He was the brother of Thelma Divine and the late Clovie Dossey.  There was a private family service for Charlie at Cooper Funeral Chapel on Tuesday of this week.


THANK YOU

      To the Central Church of Christ members, I want to express my appreciation for all the help and kindness everyone showed my son Jeffrey.  I especially want to thank Jim Pettyjohn and Sue and Jon Merritt for always being there for him.  I also want to thank Robert Prater for the wonderful service.  Please keep me in your prayers.  Linda Schornick

    Thank you very much for the money.  It was really appreciated.  Also I want to say thank you for the service.  It meant a lot to me and my family.  Tina Peerson & Family

     Thanks to Jim Cross for helping me cut the Membership Directories on Friday of last week.  It helped to make them available for distribution last Sunday.                                                Ann [Bivins]

     I want to thank Michelle McKnight and the Sonshine Sisters for the beautiful flowers and the homemade bread.  I really enjoyed it.  It made for a very good Valentines Day.  And I want to thank Cathy Pettyjohn for her visit.  I enjoyed talking with her very much.  Love In Christ,   Beverly MacMillan  


PRAYER CONCERNS

Carolyn Mastick had surgery last Sunday at Unity Health Center for a ruptured appendix. Surgery went well and she was able to go home on Tuesday. 

Dorothy Norton began radiation treatments on Monday.


SOME HELP, PLEASE!

If you use the building for anything outside regular worship, please remember to clean up after yourself.  So if you use them, wash, dry and put away your dishes. Take out any excessive trash you may produce.  If you happen to have a spill, drop food crumbs, or any other general messes on the floor, please take a second to vacuum or clean it up.  We are thankful for Jim and Vivian Cross and their work in trying to maintain keeping the building clean, but we need everyone to be responsible for their own “extra” building use.  Everyone will appreciate it. Thank you, the Elders


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

     Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter)  Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Juanita Combs, Harold Decker, 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, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, Marlene Wadkins, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Jewel Wills, Don Zielenski, (friend of Fay Truesdell). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

     Last month before LTC!  I want to encourage the kids to keep working hard.  They’re doing great.  Also there was talk about doing lunch and an activity after morning service this Sunday, March 11th, but that is being moved back.  So now plan for dinner and devo March 18th.  Sorry for all the changes.


Upcoming Events:

March 18, Dinner & Devo


LOOKING AHEAD

March 11, Daylight Savings Time Begins – Move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night

March 11, Search: “I Have Failed”

March 18, Search: “When Your Heart Breaks”

March 25, Search: “The Lord’s Day”

March 31, Amy Kelly & Daniel Roberts Wedding, 2 pm

March 31, Ladies Day, Main & Oklahoma Church of Christ, McAlester, Anita Marshall, speaker. 9:30-1:00

April 4, Ladies Class begins at 10:30 a.m.; monthly luncheon follows the class.

April 22, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK followed by catered meal from Chicago Street Deli at the Municipal Auditorium.

May 5, Saturday; Bible Teachers Workshop @ Eastside in Duncan

June 10-16, Central’s camp week at Burnt Cabin


Hope to see you here Sunday!


DON’T FORGET TO MOVE YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  133

Worship Service                                           185

Sunday Evening                                           127

Wednesday Evening                                      89

Contribution                                          5,515.30

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Carl Weeks

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                         Craig McKnight

Jon Merritt                                 Austin Beard

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Cary Leonard                                 Geoff Root

USHERS

Bob Perry                                         Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Paul Harris

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Scott Perry                     Burl Vanlandingham

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297