Bulletin for Sunday 08/19/2012

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With Robert Prater

Please be marking your calendars for a special uplifting health and wellness seminar, “Living Well with Diabetes” hosted here at Central on September 18 and 25 (both on Tuesday evenings) from 7:00-8:30p.m. with Ken EllisTopic’s include: Sept. 18, “How to Stay Motivated with a Positive Healthy Attitude, and Sept. 25, “How to Maintain Control with God’s Wisdom, Lose Weight & Not Give Up.” 

Ken is the pulpit minister at the Noble Church of Christ in Noble, Oklahoma.  He has found good success in working with people who are diabetic.  Ken, himself a diabetic, has been working in this way for twenty years. Through these initial seminars and then monthly support group meetings following the seminar, Ken has seen some baptized into Christ.  So this health seminar can be a great way to both serve our community and to acquaint people with the Lord’s church.  

As of 2010, 25.8 million people—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes; 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010.  23 percent of those over sixty and 11 percent of those forty to fifty-nine have diabetes, with still more being pre-diabetic.  Ken has found this both an important, and a growing group to serve.  People from age 15 through 80 have attended his seminars.

Now, to help stir interest in this seminar, Ken will be speaking here at Central on Sunday morning, September 9.  He will be teaching the combined teen and adult Bible classes and preaching that morning.  We will soon have some attractive fliers available about this seminar for you to give or mail out.  But go ahead now and plan on attending this seminar and spreading the word among your family and friends. 

What another great opportunity we now with this seminar to serve and connect with the Shawnee community.  “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  (3 John 1 NIV)

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


Essie Collier was baptized into Christ Thursday afternoon of last week by Robert Prater.  Essie has been attending since Friends & Family day with her lifelong friend Doris Phillips.  She had been studying with Doris and Robert recently.  Let’s all welcome and encourage our new sister in Christ.  Her address is 1811 W. University, Shawnee, OK 74804, telephone 275-0846. 


If any of the men (including young boys/youth) would be willing again to give the devotional talks on Wednesday starting this fall.  If you previously participated, we will assume you would like to do so again and leave your name in the rotation.  If you need additional information, would like to add your name to the list, or request a specific date, please contact Craig McKnight or Michael Michener.


All ladies are invited to attend the Ladies Night at Little on Friday, September 21.  A Salad Supper will be served from 5:30 – 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 p.m. 


Chad Beard spent some in ER at Children’s Hospital in OKC last Wednesday.  It was good to have him in services Sunday evening.

Bob Allen had a biopsy last week and would appreciate your remembrance in prayer. 

Linda Carpenter’s brother, Pat Steele, is in Hillcrest Hospital South in Tulsa in ICU following surgery; and Linda’s sister, Betty Caldwell, continues to recuperate from a lengthy surgery at St. John’s Hospital across town from Hillcrest.

Lonnie McDonald was moved to Valir Rehabilitation on Sunday. 

It was good to have Anita Hinson in services.

Hope to see you Sunday!


Years ago, while serving as an evangelist for a congregation in the western United States, I experienced something with two different children that I suppose I will never forget.

In the first instance, I was visiting a family that had not attended services in some time.  The little five-year-old girl entered the room and interrupted by asking me to do her a favor.  She said, “My Sunday School teacher was helping us to make a lamb out of paper and cotton.  We haven’t been to Sunday School in a long time, and I’m afraid she might throw mine away.  Will you ask her not to throw it away?  Mommy said that we will go again pretty soon.”  I promised her I would tell the teacher as the mother hurried the little girl from the room.  There was a lump in my throat.

 A few weeks later, I was shaking hands after a sermon when a four-year-old boy tugged on my hand.  He asked me to bend down.  He whispered, “Would you ask my mommy and daddy to bring me to Sunday School?  I think they will if you ask them to.  But don’t tell them that I told you to ask.”  He hurried away leaving me with another lump in my throat.  It’s unfortunate that we so often do not realize how eager our children are to be close to God and godly people when they are small.  It’s also unfortunate that we wait too long to help them.  I think the following poem says it all.


A little girl with shining eyes, her face aglow,

Said, “Daddy, it’s time for Bible School; let’s go.”

“Oh, no.” said Daddy, “not today, I’ve worked hard all this week;

And I must have one day of rest…I’m going to the creek.

For there I can relax and rest and fishing’s fine they say.

So run along, don’t bother me; we’ll go to church someday.”

Months and years have passed away, but Daddy hears the plea no more—

“Let’s go to Bible School.”  Those childish days are over.

And now Daddy’s growing old, his hair is turning gray,

He finds time to go to church; but what does his daughter say?

“Oh no, Daddy, not today, I’ve stayed up most of the night…

And I must get some sleep today. Besides, I look a fright”

Then Daddy lifts a trembling hand to brush away the tears.

He seems to hear the pleading voice distinctly through the years.

He sees a small girl’s little face, upturned with eyes aglow.

“It’s almost time for Bible School, please Daddy, can’t we go?”

“…bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord  Ephesians 6:4

--Warren Douglas


Telephone number for Mark Autrey listed in last week’s bulletin is incorrect.  It should be 388-8503. Please make this correction in your directory.


August 19, Search: “Problems in Worship:”

September 3, Labor Day, church office closed

September 9, Search: “Believing in Jesus”

September 9, Guest speaker Ken Ellis, from Noble Church of Christ teaching the combined teen and adult classes and preaching AM

September 16, Search: “Repentance”

September 18 & 25, Free “Living Well with Diabetes” Seminar at Central presented by Ken Ellis from Noble Church of Christ, from 7 – 8:30pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated!  Flyers coming soon.

Sept. 21, Friday, Ladies Night at Little.  Salad supper 5:30-6:30, program begins at 7 p.m.

September 23, Search:  “Confessing Christ”

September 30, Search: “Baptism”

October 7-9, OC Lectureship for 2012 “In Him” Covering: Marriage and Family



Bible School                                              127

Worship Service                                       185

Sunday Evening                                         99

Wednesday Evening                                  96

Contribution                                     4,882.50



August 19, 2012

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Scripture:                                        Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Richard Albright


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                     Paul Harris

Bob Bivins                            Ken Whittington


Cary Leonard                               Tracy Gettle


Bob  Perry                                     Carl Weeks


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:              Carl & Yuavonda    Weeks


Mary Kelly


Ron Taffe


Bob Stephens



Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                 Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   George Mastick


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                     Bob Seikel



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard


Ken Whittington


If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297