Bulletin for Sunday 09/09/2012
With Robert Prater
Keep in mind this coming Sunday Ken Ellis will be speaking here at Central. He will be teaching the combined teen and adult Bible classes and preaching that morning. Also be making plans to attend the uplifting health and wellness seminar, “Living Well with Diabetes” here on September 18 and 25 (both on Tuesday evenings) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. We now have some attractive fliers available about this seminar for you to give or mail out. Take them to any civic organizations, pharmacies or other business in town that might post these flyers. What another great opportunity to not only reach to the Shawnee community with loving message of Christ, but also help serve and educate our members’ health in this seminar.
It is possible to be a religious person and yet not know God. Jesus warned that on the final day many religious people would boast about their pious devotion to rites and rituals but he will say to them "I never knew you." (Matt. 7:22-23) We often quote this passage to condemn man-made traditions of denominational worship. Sometimes this passage is quoted with a sound of arrogance, "we know God" but you don't. It is true that it is essential to keep God's commandments to really "know him." (1 John 2:3-6) Yet, it is just as wrong to worship God in spirit with no truth as it is to worship with all truth and no spirit. (cf. 1 Cor. 14:15)
We must examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Cor. 13:5)There are far too many lifeless, ritualistic, religious people within the church buildings of churches of Christ. With some notable exceptions, there are far too many of the brethren practicing the motions of worship with little enthusiasm or excitement about their faith. I am afraid that we have fought so many battles against falsehood that we have forgotten the truth! A constant fear of liberalism and false teaching results in a fearful faith, huddling in a corner paralyzed by inactivity. Let's not be afraid to go about doing good!
No wonder we are not more evangelistic. We have forgotten the "good-part" of the Good News! Let us pray that God will "restore unto us the joy of our salvation," and then "sinners will be converted." (Psalm 51:12-13)Our worship and service to God is not to be just an intellectual, ritualistic exercise. We are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength–our emotions are to be involved in our faith! Let’s dare to have the kind of enthusiastic faith as translated by brother Hugo McCord, “be diligent, not lazy; be spiritually enthusiastic; serve the Lord.” (Romans 12:11, McCord’s New Testament Translation of the Everlasting Gospel)
FOR WHAT WOULD YOU DIE?
Doug Parsons writes, “I had a professor who used to say in class, ‘Make a list of all the things for which you are willing to be shot at five o’clock tomorrow morning.’ Generally, it will be a very short list; but when you have completed it, you will find in that list the things for which you ought to live – things that will produce the ultimate satisfaction in life.”
What things would you put on your list that you would be willing to die for? Think carefully. Christ and His church? Your family? Maybe your country or a really close friend? That’s probably about as far as most would go. Would you die for your job? No, a job isn’t that important. Would you die for a hobby or a television set? You say, “Of course not!”
Yet I know men who are sacrificing their families and their own hopes of eternal life for a hobby. I know both men and women who are even now in danger of losing their families eternally because they are placing a job ahead of everything else. And I know people who are trading a home in heaven for a TV set right now.
In the famous Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge is shown the happy home, children, and loving wife he gave up in order to be successful in business. In the process he had become a lonely, bitter old man, but, as those familiar with the story know, he realized his mistake before it was everlastingly too late and became a better man.
Life is a series of choices – transactions – but we do not always realize what we are selling in order to purchase our desire until it is too late. Consider carefully what things are most important to you, and especially what will be the most important to you a thousand years from now. Then read Matthew 6:33 and start putting it into practice. I have seen many people grow old and die, but not one who has followed this plan has ever expressed regret for the choice made.
--Jim Mullican via Central HaywoodChurch of Christ bulletin, Clyde, NC
The annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon will be Sunday, September 30, following the morning worship service. All ladies are urged to plan to attend. REMEMBER September 30 –Ladies Only!
Gene and I wanted to thank you for the thoughts and prayers for Dorothy and our family this year and especially this past week. We obviously have some challenging days ahead, and we will continue to share updates with the Central Church of Christ family. Gene, Dorothy and Sons
Dorothy Norton had surgery Saturday afternoon at Baptist Medical Center for a broken hip. Surgery went well and she was in room 654. She will be moved to Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital for therapy.
Dave Emery was admitted to St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital on Sunday and diagnosed with pneumonia. He was to be moved to Rose Manor on Wednesday for rehabilitation.
Chuck & Nona Carter’s son-in-law, Rick Oerman, had back surgery at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday and was hoping to be dismissed Wednesday.
Former member, Aubrey McNutt, is doing well following surgery at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas last week. He was hoping to return home last Sunday.
Janice Watson’s daughter, Kelly, was involved in a motorcycle accident on Thursday of last week.
It was good seeing Frank Romberg in services Sunday.
The Sonshine Sisters have asked our young ladies to help serve at the annual Ladies Day Luncheon on Sunday, September 30, after morning worship. It will be an opportunity to interact with ladies they don’t know.
Upcoming Youth Events:
Sept. 16, AWTG @ S. Yukon
WHEN YOUR DUCKS AREN’T IN A ROW
On the surface, people, like ducks, can seem to glide effortlessly through life. We’re often the picture of calm, in perfect control. But underneath, we may be paddling like mad to keep up a façade – or just to keep up.
Although we like to look and feel as if we have it all together, the truth is we often don’t. Think how much better we’d feel if we could just admit our weaknesses and doubts. Think how much more genuine our churches would be if we didn’t have to pretend we’re okay when we’re actually struggling.
Surely, God wants the pretense to stop. Set an example for friends and fellow worshipers by ending the mad paddling, embracing honesty and helping one another.
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 9 – 12: Gospel Meeting at Farrall Street, various speakers including Robert Prater (Monday, Sept. 10)
September 10, Sonshine Sisters to meet at 7:00 p.m. in fellowship room to help Debbie & Ron sort and size coats.
September 12, Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Class resumes with monthly luncheon to follow: Continuing study of “Daughters of Eve”
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!
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 121
Worship Service 182
Sunday Evening 99
Wednesday Evening 101
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
September 9, 2012
Announcements: Bob Seikel
Opening Prayer: Steve Kelly
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Adam Park
Sermon: Ken Ellis
Closing Prayer: Geoff Root
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Richard Yahola George Mastick
Jeff Todd Kyle Perry
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Clavin Norwood Richard Albright
Robert Perry Ron Taffe
Foyer: Robert & Ann Perry
Elevator: Ron & Debbie Taffe
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jon Merritt
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Ken Whittington
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Michael Michener Bob Perry
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Director: Burl Vanlandingham
Devotional: Dennis Brodersen
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297