Bulletin for Sunday 09/30/2012

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SYMPATHY

1938     James Harold Decker     2012

James Harold Decker passed away Monday evening, September 24.  He had struggled with health issues for the past several years and had come to church services whenever he could.  He was a sweet and kind Christian man.  During his last few years at the Nursing Home he encouraged and lifted the spirits of those around him.    Services pending at present time.

 

We express our sympathy to Tim & Lisa Fullbright in the loss of  Tim’s  aunt, Barbara Hembree.  Graveside services were conducted by Robert Prater on Friday morning at Johnson Cemetery.  Tim’s uncle, Paul Fullbright, passed away this past Saturday.  Robert conducted his  graveside service on Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery in Tecumseh.

 

We also express our sympathy to Carletta Moore in the loss of her mother,   Louella Brown.           

Her service was held on Monday morning at Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Prague.


AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

During the past two weeks many of us have been blessed by the recent uplifting health and wellness seminar, “Living Well with Diabetes.”  Ken Ellis did an outstanding job in his presentations.  These lessons were educational, encouraging and motivating in both taking better care of our physical health and in our Christian walk.  I think most of those who took part feel the same.  I was especially pleased to see such a great turnout from the community to hear these lessons.  We had a great opportunity the Lord provided for us to invite our friends, family and neighbors to hear these lessons of interest and spiritually enriching to them as well.  Let us continue to pray for open doors of opportunity to reach out to our community for Christ.  If you would like to get a CD copy of the lessons, please contact the church office or fill out a CD request form at the table in the foyer.

The Scriptures teach that obedience is part of our faith response to God’s grace.  (Matt. 7:21; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:22)  While it is true that only the obedient will be saved, it is not accurate to say that we are saved by our obedience.  To be saved by our obedience we would have to be perfectly obedient, without even one sin. (Gal. 3:10)  The Bible teaches that we are saved by the Lord’s grace through faith, not by works of human righteousness (Eph. 2:8-9).  Salvation is a gift of God, and is the product of His grace (Rom. 3:24; 6:23).  An unearned, undeserved, unmerited gift cannot be earned, deserved, or merited.

Like all gifts, salvation is conditional.  If it were not conditional, everyone would receive it whether they wanted it or not.  Air is a gift from God, but for us to receive the benefits, it must be breathed into the lungs so the oxygen can be distributed through the bloodstream to the various parts of the body.  Jericho was a gift from the Lord, but the Israelites had to follow His instructions to march around the city walls for seven days in order to receive it. (Josh. 6:16; Heb. 11:30)

The condition for salvation is faith, but not just any kind of faith (Eph. 2:8).  The difference between saved and lost believers is obedience.  Faith without works is dead and will not save (James 2:14-17).  But a working faith is not a perfect faith.  Things like faith, repentance, and baptism, essentials for salvation, are not works of human righteousness, but works that are the result of our obedient response to God’s grace (John 6:28-29).  Our works and obedience do not make us “good enough” to deserve heaven; they just prove the sincerity of our love, faith, and gratitude for the Lord’s mercy to undeserving sinners like us.

Our only hope is God’s grace found in Christ.  As the poem says it: “I cannot work my soul to save; that work my Lord has done.  But I can work like any slave for the love of God’s dear Son.”             

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


GOSPEL MEETING

The Church of Christ, 101 S. Cleveland, Chandler invites you to attend a Gospel Meeting, October 7 – 10 with brother Bill Jones of Stratford   Monday thru Wednesday services begin at 7:00 PM


BUILDING FUND

Sunday, September 30, will be the 5th Sunday building fund contribution


PRAYER CONCERNS

Jo Sneed is home following surgery last Tuesday, at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South. She is progressing well and will have 7 weeks of therapy.

Dorothy Norton has been moved to Rose Manor, room 210, for continued therapy.

Ruth Autrey spent some time in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital after receiving a cut to her head and having 7 staples.  She is back at Colonial Estate now.  

Dave Emery remains in room 212 at Rose Manor for rehabilitation.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Ladies in the youth group.  This Sunday is the Ladies Day Luncheon and you have been asked to come attend and help serve.  It will be a great time of fellowship and getting to know more ladies of the congregation.  Plus you‘ll get a free lunch.

Guys, since the ladies have got to do two activities, if you want to, we can go out for lunch and maybe watch a movie.  Let me know if you would be interested.

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

October 7 – AWTG @ Southwest in Ada


WE ARE IN NEED OF

COATS – COATS – COATS – COATS

YOUTH 8 THRU ADULT XL

(Donations happily accepted)


OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

03

Jim Cross

09

Paula Harris

09

Chris Nipper

09

Ann Perry

10

Cleta Allen

11

Erma Dean Farris

14

Joan Reeves

17

Jim Lane

18

Kathryn Shields

21

Dena Nipper

22

Maddie Curtis

22

Dennis Jones

22

Josh Whitfield

24

Beverly Aylor

25

Joe Curtis

27

Kari Canard

27

Virginia Herrera

27

Jessie Todd

28

Jean Pointer

29

John Johnston

 

ANNIVERSARIES IN OCTOBER

02

Chris & Kelsey Nipper – 2nd

11

Carl & Yuavonda Weeks – 4th

15

Austin & Alex Beard – 1st

15

Craig & Michelle McKnight – 24th

Congratulations to all those having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of October.


LOOKING AHEAD

September 30, Search: “Baptism”

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

October 7-9, OC Lectureship for 2012 “In Him”

Covering: Marriage and Family

October 9-11, Tipton Truck will be here. 

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.  Driver will be picking up the “Change for Children” cans also.


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              126

Worship Service                                       191

Sunday Evening                                       114

Wednesday Evening                                 104

Contribution                                     4,559.60

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

September 30, 2012

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:                           Paul Harris

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                     Chad Beard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Dale Beard

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                      Burl Vanlandingham

Brandon Gober                            Chris Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                          Brian Nipper

USHERS

Robert Perry                               Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Lindsey Borcherding

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Scott Perry

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                     Chuck Carter

Song Director:                         Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Nathan Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                          Jim Walling

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Devotional:                                   Joe Curtis

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297