Bulletin for Sunday 05/13/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

What Shall We Do With Sunday:

     The movie         was built around the refusal of Eric Liddell to run.  He planned originally to run in the 100 meter trials in the 1924 Olympics.  He declined when he learned they were to take place on Sunday.  Some cheered his faith; others decided his legalistic interpretation of Scriptures.

     My feeling is that such a view has mixed the keeping of the Sabbath with the observance of the Lord’s day.  The Sabbath was the seventh day and was a day in which no work was to be done.  On the other hand, the Lord’s day is the first day of the week and is a day of worship and celebration.

     While some activities on the Lord’s day are a matter of personal choice and conviction, we must not lose sight that this day is uniquely His.  The Scriptures calls it “the Lord’s Day” (Acts 20:7); Revelation 1:10).  This indicates this day is His personal possession, just as is the Lord’s Supper) (1 Corinthians 11:20).  Since this day belongs to Him, can I use any part of it for myself?  There is much silence in the New Testament about this.  However, it seems to me that the principles for the use of this day are contained in Old Testament precedent.  The Law of Moses recognized that everything belonged to God.  However, the people could have their possessions for their own use if they first dedicated them to God (Exodus 34:26).

     The harvest was an example.  They brought the first of the fruits and presented them to the Lord as a sacrifice.  By doing this, they dedicated the whole crop to Him, recognizing Him as the source.  With this dedication, they were then free to use the rest as they wished.

     Your giving the Lord the first day of the week recognizes His ownership of you – your time, your body, and your material possessions.  How better to dedicate the Lord’s Day to Him than by sharing His memory with His bride, the church?  Worship can be a time of inward renewal and cleansing.  Yet it also can be a statement of faith and dedication.

     Is not this a principle for the whole of our lives?  Only when we have realized that all of our lives are His and only when we have dedicated this to Him, can we rightfully use any part of it for ourselves.

     Are you dedicating the Lord’s day to God?  Or, are you withholding from Him what is rightfully His?  It is difficult to see how one can use this day for their own pleasures and priorities and still claim to give it to God.                              Ancil Jenkins

 

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching  Hebrews 10:25

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


APPRECIATION

     We appreciate all the men who helped in the cleanup on the 45th street property.  A lot was accomplished.  If you were not able to volunteer your time, another work day will be held in the next few weeks.


CONGRATULATIONS

     Congratulations to Royce & Kathy Peerson on the birth of a new granddaughter.  Tobie Dawn McKnight was born April 30 to Wade & Kristal McKnight of Chickasha.  She weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces and was 18 ½ inches long.   


THANK YOU

     Your thoughts, cards, and prayers were such a blessing!                   Myrna & Richard [Albright]


BURNT CABIN

     Camp applications are available at each of the exits for our session June 10th – June 16th.  Please fill yours out and turn it in as quickly as possible.  If you would like to sponsor a child for camp see Robert Prater.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Vivian Cross had complete knee replacement on Monday at the Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City.  Her surgery went well and she was hoping to be home Friday. 

Marcia Dennis was scheduled for complete knee replacement Wednesday morning at the Surgical Center of Oklahoma, S.W. 59th & Shields.  She was hoping to be home Saturday.  (It went well!)

Darlene Harris, sister-in-law to Paul Harris, was scheduled for a brain stimulation last Monday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and another on Friday. 

Curtis Jarrell’s grandfather, Clifford Jarrell, was scheduled for open-heart surgery at Mercy Health Center this past Monday. 

Norma Edgmon has requested that we include her among the continuing prayer concerns. 

Aubrey McNutt has also made that request because of returning cancer. 

Gene Speir, cousin of Patti Spencer, is seriously ill with Alzheimer’s.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

     Congratulations to Wade Baskin.  His relay team got 1st at regionals which means they are going to state.  So good luck at state Wade!

     Also, I wanted the youth & parents to look at their calendars on May 19th or 26th.  I am thinking we might do a mystery trip on one of those days.  Just wanted to see which would work better for everyone.  Let me know and then I’ll start to really plan.


THE WINNER

A Father of five won a toy in a raffle..  He gathered his young children to ask who should get the present.  “Who’s the most obedient?” Dad asked.  “Who never talks back to Mom?  Who does everything she says?”  Five small voices answered in unison, “Okay, Dad, you get the toy.”


DON’T FORGET OUR COAT

GIVE AWAY WHEN YOU ARE

AT GARAGE SALES


Hope to see you here Sunday!


THANKS, MOM

     Dad came home to find toys all over the living room, dirty dishes stacked in the sink, clothes piled in the laundry room, beds unmade and kids still in their pajamas.  The house was a wreck, like nothing he’d seen before. 

     Worried, Dad rushed upstairs to find Mom reading a book in bed.

     “Are you okay?” he asked. “What happened?

     “You know how you always ask what I do all day?” Mom replied, “Well, today I decided not to do it.”


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS
IN NURSING HOMES

 

GOLDEN RULE HOME

38801 Hardesty Rd, Shawnee, OK 74801

Nadine Magee, #31

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

Harold Decker, #110

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Herman Guin, #514

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #511

Sue Riedel, #602

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #13

Alice Rice, #55

Rhetta Smith, #44

Dessie Weeks, #54


LOOKING AHEAD

May 20, Central Senior Reception; Wade Baskin

May 28, Church office closed for Memorial Day

June 10 – 16, Central’s Burnt Cabin week

June 10, evening speaker Chris Brill from Hope Harbor

July 16-20, VBS 6:30pm – 8:30pm


LAST WEEKS RECORD

Bible School                                                  100

Worship Service                                           176

Sunday Evening                                           114

Wednesday Evening                                    107

Contribution                                        5,634.25

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                          Paul Harris

Song Director:                      Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                    Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Craig McKnight

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Ron Dunavan                          Bill Lawerance

Bob Bivins                                          Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Brian Nipper                               Chris Nipper

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                          Frank Romberg

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                    Frank & Rita Romberg

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Michelle McKnight

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                        Jim Walling

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Scott Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                          SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                           Bob Seikel

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

 

VAN DRIVER

Bob Perry

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297