Bulletin for Sunday 04/15/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright, was being interviewed by a journalist who said, “Mr. Shaw, you have wined and dined with all the greats of our generation. They all aspire to your friendship, and you know them well. If you could be reincarnated and come back as some famous person of our time, who would it be?”  He answered, “If I could relive my life in the role of any person I desired, I would want to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been but wasn’t.”

If you are like me, you can identify with that statement.  I can look back in my life at neglected opportunities, times when I failed to apply myself fully to the task at hand, growth potential that wasn’t realized, mismanagement of my time and resources, misplaced priorities, I wish I could recall those times and do it right this time.

But the truth is that lost opportunities are gone forever.  All we can do is repent, ask God’s forgiveness, and work hard with the Lord’s help to be better stewards and servants for Him in the future.  At the same time we must accept the fact that we have been forgiven by the Lord, and forgive ourselves as well.

The way to maximize the effectiveness of our lives for God is to grow.  The Lord holds us responsible for failure to realize our potential. The one-talent man found out the hard way that failure to use his ability when he had the opportunity resulted in condemnation by the Master. God gave His best for us.  He deserves no less from us.

Growth requires change, and change requires getting out of our comfort zone. As Ronald E. Osborn wrote: “Undertake something that is difficult.... Unless you try something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”  It has been said that if we don’t grow, we shrink, and if we are standing still, we are going backward.  Sir Edwin Arnold said, “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.”  That truth comes through loud and clear in the parable of the talents as the two and five talent men demonstrate. (cf. Matt. 25:14-30)

All of our fears and excuses can be overcome, if we believe that God is able to make us able to do His will. The greatest hindrance to achieving our potential for the Lord is apathy - a lack of zeal and desire.

The opposite of love is not just hate - it is indifference. Luke-warmness zaps zeal and enthusiasm, and leads to mediocrity, which is a sin in the eyes of God.  To be average when we could do better is to deprive God of the glory and service He deserves, and fall into the condemnation of the one-talent man.

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   Reaching the Lost

PM   Do Not Show Partiality


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Boyd Cheney in the recent loss of his brother, Dwight Cheney, in Conway, Arkansas.  Services were conducted Monday afternoon in Arkansas.


ELDERS/DEACON’S MEETING

Don’t forget the Saturday morning, April 21, breakfast/planning meeting for the elders and deacons at 9 o’clock in the fellowship room.


VBS MEETING

There will be a VBS planning meeting for all teachers and workers or anyone interested in helping with our VBS after services this coming Sunday evening.  VBS is scheduled for  July 16-20 and will once again be in the evenings.


PRAYER CONCERNS

To the best of our knowledge we have no Central member in the hospitals at the present time.

Virginia Herrera spent some time in Unity Health Center last week and is now very seriously ill at home.

Jim & Janet Walling’s daughter-in-law had brain surgery on Monday in Arizona.  The surgery went well.

We do have several with major health issues and we need to remember them in our prayers.


INVITATION

Former member, Martha Chaffin, will be celebrating her 90th birthday on Sunday, April 15, from 2 – 4 p.m. with a reception at the Church of Christ annex, 305 E. Gentry, in Checotah.  If you would like to send a card, her address is Checotah Nursing Center #35, 321 Southeast 2nd Street, Checotah, OK 74426.


ADDRESS CHANGE

Janice Watson has moved to 3924 Galway Ct., Shawnee, OK 74804.  Please make this notation in your membership directory.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

We all made it back from LTC and from what I could tell we were all in one piece.  It was a great time.  It was very uplifting to see so many young people using and perfecting their talents for our God. Here’s the list of those who went: Wade Baskin, Jaxon Canard, Lettie Curtis, Maddie Curtis, Jayma Lawrence, Mark Michener, Michaela Michener, Brooklyn Motley, Adam Park, Eric Park, Brianna Perry, Emily Perry, Megan Prater, Hannah Todd, Riley Yahola, and Ryan Yahola.   We have the Tecumseh Volleyball Tournament April 22.  I told the kids the wrong day in class, so make sure everyone knows it is the 22nd.  That is the same day as our Friends and Family Day, so we will leave right after worship and skip the lunch that follows.  Bring clothes to change into.


Upcoming Youth Events:

April 22, Tecumseh Volleyball Tournament

May 6, AWTG


THE GUIDE

Picture a man stumbling along in a heavy fog, completely disoriented.  Then, off in the distance, he sees the light of one small lamp.  Its glow is sufficient neither to burn off the fog nor to illuminate the obstacles that might be on the ground between the man and that lamp.  Still, it is a steadily burning lamp.  Something within the man prompts him to believe that if he heads toward it, he will be going in the right direction.  That “something” we can call “faith.”

While heading toward the lamp, he finds another lost man whose eyesight is so poor he can’t see the lamp.  The first man takes the second by the hand and helps him toward the lamp also.  The act of reaching out to another we call “love.”

And the lamp that draws him?  It’s called “hope.”

                       -- The Wired Word (August 7, 2011)


LOOKING AHEAD

April 15, Search: “The Resurrection”

April 18-22, Gospel meeting at Highland Church of Christ with James Waugh of Plano, Texas.

April 22, Search: “The Judgment”

April 22, Friends & Family Day with Mike Schroeder from Claremore, OK, “Getting Another Chance.” Followed by a catered meal from Chicago Street Deli at the Municipal Auditorium.

April 24-28, Pictorial pictures scheduled

April 29, Search: “Heaven”

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

May 20, Central Senior Reception: Wade Baskin

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

July 16-20, Central’s VBS


DON’T FORGET OUR

COAT GIVE AWAY

WHEN YOU ARE GOING

TO GARAGE SALES


Hope to see you here Sunday!


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  123

Worship Service                                           220

Sunday Evening                                             91

Wednesday Evening                                    123

Contribution                                       4,610.01

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                             Jim Cross

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                              Keon Lawrence

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                 Michael Michener

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                     Steve Kelly

Jon Merritt                                               Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Cary Leonard                        Richard Albright

USHERS

Robert Perry                                   Dale Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carol Brodersen

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Perry

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Nathan Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                     Jim Walling

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:               Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297