Bulletin for Sunday 09/16/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Do you ever feel like you are having to “go it alone” in life? Many people go through life trying to “pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.” We soon learn that we can’t do it all by ourselves - our weaknesses and limited resources cause us to fall short of the mark.  All the while God is waiting and wanting to help us - just a prayer away.  Our all-powerful, always-present, all-knowing God of perfect love wants to offset our weaknesses, inadequacy, and lack of wisdom.

In some ways we may be like the mouse riding on the back of an elephant. After they had crossed and visibly shaken a bridge, the mouse boasted, “Look what we did.”  Whatever good we are able to accomplish in life, whatever storms we are able to weather, the Lord deserves the glory and praise.  He is the real “power behind the throne.”  As the apostle Paul reminds us, God’s grace is sufficient for us - His power compensates for our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).  Our power source is not us but our Maker (2 Cor. 4:7).  He alone can make us adequate to meet the trials and troubles of life and triumph over them spiritually. (2 Cor. 3:5)

A plaque on a monastery wall in Snowmass, Colorado, directs us to rely on God’s help, but also to do so one day at a time:

       I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly God was speaking:

            “MY NAME IS ‘I AM.’”

            I waited. God continued.

            “When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.

            MY NAME IS NOT, ‘I WAS.’”

            When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there.

            MY NAME IS NOT ‘I WILL BE.’”

            When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here.

            MY NAME IS ‘I AM.’”

Someone has written, “Life by the yard is hard, but life by the inch is a cinch.” Living life one day at a time, depending on the Lord’s grace and providential care, is life as God designed it.  As Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mt. 6:34).

Trying to “go it alone” through life will leave us frustrated and despondent.  The abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10) comes when we live one day at a time with God.  (cf. Phil. 4:13)

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   A Beautiful Story in Small Things (Acts 9:36-43)

PM    Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2)


SYMPATHY

We extend our loving sympathy to Anita Jacques and the rest of the family of Steve Lawler who passed away Monday morning.  Funeral services were pending at publication time of The Gospel Guide.


CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Chuck & Nona Carter on the birth of their first great, great granddaughter born on Friday, September 7.  Lily Ann Williams weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 21 inches long.  Parents are Jessica & Chris Williams and the great grandparents are Debbie & Rick Oerman.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Dorothy Norton continues to progress well at Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital in Integris Baptist Medical Center.  She is in room 369.   

Dave Emery was transferred to Rose Manor from St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital for rehabilitation.  He is in room 212. 

Jo Sneed is scheduled for neck surgery on Tuesday, September 18 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South. Your prayers are requested. 

Chuck & Nona Carter’s son-in-law, Rick Oerman, is home and doing well following back surgery at Mercy Hospital last week.  

Lonnie McDonald, elder at Northridge, was able to return home on Monday after several weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation in Oklahoma City.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter)  Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Harold Decker, Norma Edgmon, Thelma Franklin, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Lonnie McDonald (elder at Northridge), Aubrey McNutt,  Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, and Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers.


TIPTON TRUCK

The Tipton Home truck will be here October 9 – 11.  Here is a listing of their needed supplies:  green beans, cereal, soup, apple juice, ibuprofen, powdered sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, apricot preserves, paper towels, toilet bowl cleaner, HE laundry detergent, fabric softener sheets, toilet tissue.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Sept. 16, AWTG @ S. Yukon

Sept. 30 – Youth girls help serve at Ladies Day Luncheon


LOOKING AHEAD

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 – 8:30 pm. Outsmart Diabetes, Stay Motivated! 

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

September 30, Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon hosted by The Sonshine Sisters

November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away


WE ARE IN NEED OF

COATS – COATS – COATS – COATS

YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XXXXL


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

Dave Emery, #212

 

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


REAL PRAYER

Prayer is a direction of life, a focusing of one’s most personal and deepest attention Godward.  The purpose is to love God and learn to know him so well that our wills, our actions, will be more and more aligned with his, until even our subconscious reactions and purposes will have the mark of his love, his life, about them.  Prayer is no longer an “activity.”  It [becomes], the continuing language of that relationship God designed to fulfill a human life.

--Keith Miller


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              124

Worship Service                                       186

Sunday Evening                                       115

Wednesday Evening                                 100

Contribution                                     4,856.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

September 16, 2012

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:           Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Jaxon Canard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                      Bill Lawerance

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                          Dennis Brodersen

Jim Carpenter                         Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Richard Yahola                          Cary Leonard

USHERS

Robert Perry                               Ron Dunavan

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                   Ron & Evelyn Dunavan

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Lysa Park

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                          Bob Perry

Song Director:                    Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Richard Albright                             Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

Devotional:                                      Richard Albright

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297