Bulletin for Sunday 04/29/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

     We enjoyed a terrific Friends & Family Day this past Lord’s Day.  Mike Schroeder presented some outstanding lessons about our great God who loves us and gives us many second chances through Jesus Christ.  These messages were just a great encouragement in our Christian walk.   All the lessons were recorded and will be available soon to download on our webpage:  www.tenthandbell.org.  Tell others about them and take advantage of these helpful resources.  Friends, let’s all continue to be soul conscious of our family, friends and neighbors. 

      Now we also enjoyed another tremendous meal catered by Chicago Street Deli.  I want to thank everyone who helped so much in setting up and cleaning up in regards to the luncheon.  Thanks to every member who diligently made the effort to invite others and support this special outreach event. 

     The story is told about a Chinese farmer who had one horse and one son.  One day the horse broke out of the corral and fled to the hills.  The neighbors said to him, “Your horse got out. That’s bad.” The old Chinese gentleman asked, “How do you know it’s bad?” The next night the horse returned to his familiar corral for his usual feeding and watering, leading 12 wild horses. The farmer’s son saw the thirteen horses in the corral, slipped out, and shut the gate.  The neighbors said, “Oh, you have 13 horses. That’s good.” The wise Chinese farmer responded, “How do you know it’s good?” A few days later, his young son was thrown by one of the wild horses and broke his leg.

     The neighbors’ take on it was, “Your son broke his leg. That’s bad!” Again the Chinese father replied, “How do you know it’s bad?”  Not too long after that, a Chinese warlord came through town and took every able-bodied young man off to war, never to return again. The farmer’s son was left behind because of his broken leg.

     The Bible teaches that God works providentially in the lives of Christians. The evidence for the Lord’s providential care over His children comes from passages like Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Like the Chinese farmer told his neighbors, we can’t always see how things that appear to be bad can be used for good purposes. But the Lord’s promise is that He will bring good out of the bad experiences of life if we will trust Him to do so.

     Some have the mistaken idea that when God stopped working miracles, as He did in Bible times, that He stopped working.  How does God work in His providential way through the natural laws He has put in place?  I don’t know. My responsibility is to take the Lord at His word and leave the “how” to Him. As Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge, and He will make your paths straight.”

     The fact is that we don’t have to understand the mechanics of how the Lord works to know it’s true. I don’t necessarily understand how electricity is generated and transported, or how TV images can be transmitted through the air, or the amazing technology of computers and the Internet.   But I’m not going to sit in the dark, stop watching TV, and not use my computer and Internet until I do.  As Christians, we don’t live by explanations, we live by promises. If you are a Christian who loves and trusts God, you can take it to the bank - He will take care of you.

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


SYMPATHY

Former member, Irene Wiggins, passed away last Sunday in Phoenix.  Arrangements were pending at publication time of  The Gospel Guide.


DEACON RESIGNATIONS

I was baptized in this church in 1936 when I was 12 years of age.  I have been blessed all these years at this church.  I was blessed when the elders asked me to be a deacon and I served all these years working with the elders, other deacons and the congregation.  At this time I wish to resign as a deacon because of age and health.  Glendon Combs

On behalf of Herman Guin, his resignation has also been submitted due to health reasons.  Herman too has served Central faithfully for many years as a deacon.


5th SUNDAY CONTRIBUTION

Sunday, April 29, will be the 5th Sunday contribution to be set aside in our building fund as directed by the elders. 


CORPORATE MEETING

In accordance with the bylaws of the corporation of Central Church of Christ, there will be a corporate meeting after Sunday evening services, in the fellowship room.


MAY BIRTHDAYS

01

Brandon Gober

03

Lysa Park

06

John Aylor

07

Jennifer Michener

07

Janet Stephens

10

James Reeves

13

Alex Beard

13

Geraldine Outlaw

13

Rita Romberg

14

Michael Michener

19

Clavin Norwood

19

Kaci Shadaram

22

Korey Coburn

22

Louise Perry

25

Wayne Spencer

26

Jeff Lawerance

26

Tim McGalliard

29

Jennifer Harmon

29

Lindsey Borcherding

31

Leah Lyons


MAY ANNIVERSARIES

10

Michael & Jennifer Michener – 15th

12

Dave & Betty Emery – 11th

22

Chuck & Nona Carter – 61st

22

Boyd & Joann Cheney – 57th

30

Bill & Diane Lawerance – 43rd

30

James & Joan Reeves – 58th


MAY
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Kings 10,11

1

Luke 21:20-38

2

Kings 12,13

2

Luke 22:1-20

3

1 Kings 14,15

3

Luke 22:21-46

4

1 Kings 16,17,18

4

Luke 22:47-71

5

1 Kings 19,20

5

Luke 23:1-25

6

1 Kings 21,22

6

Luke 23:26-56

7

2 Kings 1,2,3

7

Luke 24:1-35

8

2 Kings 4,5,6

8

Luke 24:36-53

9

2 Kings 7,8,9

9

John 1:1-28

10

2 Kings 10,11,12

10

John 1:29-51

11

2 Kings 13,14

11

John 2

12

2 Kings 15,16

12

John 3:1-18

13

2 Kings 17,18

13

John 3:19-36

14

2 Kings 19,20,21

14

John 4:1-30

15

2 Kings 22,23

15

John 4:31-54

16

2 Kings 24,25

16

John 5:1-24

17

1 Ch. 1,2,3

17

John 5:25-47

18

1 Ch. 4,5,6

18

John 6:1-21

19

1 Ch. 7,8,9

19

John 6:22-44

20

1 Ch. 10,11,12

20

John 6:45-71

21

1 Ch. 13,14,15

21

John 7:1-27

22

1 Ch. 16,17,18

22

John 7:28-52

23

1 Ch. 19,20,21

23

John 8:1-27

24

1 Ch. 22,23,24

24

John 8:28-59

25

1 Ch. 25,26,27

25

John 9:1-23

26

1 Ch. 28,29

26

John 9:24-41

27

2 Ch. 1,2,3

27

John 10:1-23

28

2 Ch. 4,5,6

28

John 10:24-42

29

2 Ch. 7,8,9

29

John 11:1-29

30

2 Ch. 10,11,12

30

John 11:30-57

31

2 Ch. 13,14

31

John 12-1-26


PRAYER CONCERNS

Myrna Albright is progressing well following rotator cuff surgery on her shoulder and carpal tunnel surgery on her hand last Saturday. 


THANK YOU

Thank everyone for all the beautiful cards, phone calls, visits, food and prayers during my recent illness.  Am so very blessed to be a part of this church family.  Love you and hope to be back in worship soon.                            Ginny [Herrera]

Dear Congregation, Thank you for your prayers and concern regarding my niece’s health issues.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Madison (niece) is nine and is now back at home in Jay, Oklahoma.  She’ll receive treatment at a Tulsa cancer hospital.  Again, thank you for your time and prayers.   

                                            Sincerely, Amy Wilson                                           


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

What a turnout we had in Sunday morning class for Jeremy Roberts.  Every seat was taken.  He did a fantastic job and I think everyone seemed to enjoy it.  The youth group also played well at the volleyball tournament.  Sure, we didn’t make it far, but it’s not all about winning.  Afterwards we had a good group play at OBU and we were glad to have Jeremy and Carrie Roberts, Austin and Alex Beard, and Ken and Hillary Whittington come out and join us.  It was a blessed day.


Upcoming Youth Events:

May 6, AWTG @ Wilshire, OKC


LOOKING AHEAD

April 29, VBS Planning meeting after PM service

April 29, Central Church of Christ annual corporate meeting immediately following evening service in the fellowship room

May 2, Ladies Class meets at 10:30 with luncheon to follow.  Last ladies class for the season.

May 6, Wedding shower for Courtney Baskin/Zach French, 2-4 fellowship room.  Group gift see: Mary Kelly, Louise Perry or Rita Romberg.


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  178

Worship Service                                           300

Sunday Evening                                           162

Wednesday Evening                                      99

Contribution                                          4,447.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                     Richard Yahola

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                        Jim Pettyjohn

Geoff Root                                       Ken Whittington

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                                Jeff Todd

USHERS

Robert Perry                                  Carl Weeks

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                 Carl & Yuavonda Weeks

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Perry

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Jim Cross

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Jim Carpenter                        Craig McKnight

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

 

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297