Bulletin for Sunday 06/24/2012

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With Robert Prater

   We had an amazing week at Burnt Cabin Christian Camp this past week.  We enjoyed one of our larger sessions in recent years with 135 campers and a staff of 32 joining us this year at Central’s session.  From Central we took our largest group ever with a total of 50 kids! This week continues to be a highlight of our year.  We rejoiced in the baptism of P.J. Perry on Saturday morning by this brother Kyle Perry.  There was also another young high school boy who came forward to be rededicated during the week.  Of course, many of our young people were impacted spiritually and no doubt made resolutions to be more faithful in their Christian walk. 

   I want to express once again my deepest appreciation to all who gave so generously of their time and money to support this week of camp.  I want to thank those who helped drive and pick up all the kids from camp.  Friends, your sacrificial giving and service are very much appreciated.

    I also want to give a special thanks to some people who I couldn’t direct this week without all their incredible help.  First, to my wife Maggie, and to Bob and Janet Stephens.  They help me plan and coordinate the week and I rely on them during the week in so many ways.  I can’t imagine doing camp without them.  I want to also express our appreciation once again to Amber Curtis, our camp nurse.  She always does a terrific job year after year taking care of us physically.  It is an enormous responsibility to oversee that many people with all their various medications, illnesses and injuries.  I know this week was much harder on Amber as well emotionally due to the recent passing of her grandmother the Friday before camp started.  She left camp on Thursday evening and flew out to Utah for the funeral over the weekend.  

    Friends, I know of no other work that I have been involved with through the years that has yielded a greater harvest for the Kingdom of God than church camp.  Decisions are made at camp that change lives forever!  The growing up years are so impressionable, and the impact of a powerful week of camp can serve as one of those defining moments in a young person’s life.  Studies show that a week of church camp is like a half a year of Sunday school.  Those 6 days of focused spiritual growth are as intense as you will ever find.  For one week out of the year we get our kids "unplugged" from the social media, gaming, and phones for a week so they can hear and study God’s Word.  They find their mind's attention and their heart's affection turned more toward the things of God.  That is always my goal for our camp week at Burnt Cabin.  We give all the praise and glory to God. 

    Lastly, this is the time of the year for trips and vacations.  Many Central families have already, or are, or will soon be traveling.  Much of life is a matter of routines.  Included in these ought to be many spiritual routines (Bible reading, prayer, worship, Bible study, giving, service, etc.), though they should never become routine.  One of the values of time off and time away is to get out of the daily routines for a brief time.  Spiritual routines, though, ought certainly to be expected.  A friend once jokingly asked if when preachers went on vacation if they didn’t pray or read their Bibles.  Though periodic “time away” may be necessary for our well-being, time away from God is never a good thing.  My prayer is for safe travels for all and a reminder not to forget about your spiritual routines and commitments to both the Lord and His church.  Just something to think about during this summer vacation season. 

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


     We extend our love and sympathy to Amber Curtis in the loss of her grandmother, Dorothy Hawkins, this past week.  Funeral services were held on Saturday of last week in Utah.

     Former member, Bob Neal, passed away on June 14.  Memorial service was held last Saturday morning at the Farrall Street Church of Christ.


Chad Beard is scheduled for major back surgery on Tuesday, June 26 at Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.  This will be Chad’s 32nd surgery.  Please keep Chad & all the Beard family in your prayers. 

Al Smith’s grandson-in-law, Jake McGehee, remains in Baptist Burn Center in very serious condition with burns over 30% of his body following a battery explosion. 

Former member, Barbara Tucker’s step grand-daughter Kristi Willson, is progressing well following surgery to remove a tumor.

Fredith Hanifan has been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and would appreciate your remembering her in your prayers.  Cards may be mailed to Thelma Franklin % Diane Moore, 41925 Bob Crouch Dr., Tecumseh 74873.


Dear Central Family, Thank you so much for all the prayers you have offered on Andy and Leslie’s behalf in the last few months.  Andy has now completed his treatments and is cancer-free!  We are so grateful to God for this blessing and to all of you for the love and support you have given our family.                      In Him, The Stephens Family


The family of

John and Beverly Aylor

would like to invite you to a

50th Anniversary Celebration


Saturday, July 7, 2012

2:00-4:00 PM


Holiday Inn Express

4909 North Union Ave.

Shawnee, Oklahoma


No gifts please


Ladies are invited to attend Farrall Church of Christ Annual Ladies Day Program on Saturday, June 30 from 10 AM til 12 PM with Frances Banks speaking.  The theme is “There is Power in the Blood”.   Lunch will be provided.

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

What a great time we had last week with the Central kids at Burnt Cabin Christian Camp.  Our kids were outstanding as always.  The following were recognized for Friday night awards.  Wade Baskin received the Outstanding Sr. Boy camper award.  P.J. Perry received the Bible Student award for the Sr. Boys.  Lettie Curtis received the Outstanding Sr. Girl camper award. Tieghler Pollard was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.  Mark Michener received the Bible Student award for the Intermediate Boys and Michaela Michener received the Bible Student award for the Intermediate Girls.  Adam Park received the Bible Student award for the Jr. Boys.   Kolby Shadaram was voted by his peers to be Camp Prince.  I commend our youth for their tremendous behavior and example.  I’m thankful for all their parents who are training them up in the Lord!   

Well we are hitting the ground running after camp.  We are hosting the Shawnee Area Wide youth rally on Thursday night.  It will be a lot of fun.  Saturday we have the mystery trip.  We will leave at 8 in the morning, eat breakfast before we leave.  The kids will need to bring clothes they can hike in.  The cost will be $4 plus dinner money.  Lunch will be provided.  I’m looking forward to it.


June 21, SAW, hosted  by Central starts at 6:30pm

June 23, Mystery trip

June 25, AWTG @ North MacArthur

June 28, Cereal and movie night


June 24, Search: “Good People”

July 1, Search: “Developing Spirituality”

July 4, Church office closed for Independence Day

July 7, 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring John & Beverly Aylor, Holiday Inn Express, 2 - 4 pm

July 8, Search: “Character” (Mack Lyon)

July 14, 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring Burl & Barbara Vanlandingham, Highland Church of Christ  2 – 5, 905 E. Walnut, (Hwy. 9) Tecumseh

July 16-20, VBS 6:30pm – 8:30pm


Bible School                                                  140

Worship Service                                           214

Sunday Evening                                           114

Wednesday Evening                                      59

Contribution                                             4,046.83



Sunday, June 24, 2012

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                              Bob Perry


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                         Craig McKnight

Jeff Todd                                        Kyle Perry


Clavin Norwood                     Richard Yahola


Steve Kelly                         Michael Michener


Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:          Michael & Jennifer Michener


Carolyn Root


Jon Merritt


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                           Ron Taffe

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard


NORTH                                          SOUTH

Richard Albright                         Robert Perry



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                            Paul Harris


Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297