Bulletin for Sunday 11/4/2012
With Robert Prater
Vance Havner said: “Something is frightfully wrong when we have to beg most Christians to come to the services of the church to hear the gospel, God’s Word, taught.” He’s right. In virtually every congregation of the Lord’s church there exists a disparity between the Sunday morning worship attendance, and the number who attend Sunday morning Bible classes and the Sunday night worship service. If we lose our appetite for food, a trip to the doctor to be checked out would be in order. In the same way, if we lose our appetite for studying God’s Word, a spiritual check-up from the neck up is urgently needed.
Contrast that attitude with that of some of God’s devoted servants:
“I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12)
“O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97)
“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (1 Pet. 2:2)
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6) Hungering and thirsting for learning and living God’s Word should be standard equipment for those of us who wear the name of Christ. If we want to know God, the place to start is His Word, which reveals His heart, mind, and will. We can know the Book without knowing God, but we cannot know God without knowing the Book.
Recently it was reported in the news that 20 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds say they have no religion, and many of them want to instill their faith in atheism and secular humanism in their children. To do that, Atheist Sunday School has been established at the Humanist Community Center in Palo Alto, California; there are similar programs in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Portland. They know that the key to instilling atheism in their children and others is through Sunday School. If we are wise, we will utilize our Sunday School and other Bible classes to instill faith in God in our children and to strengthen our own faith.
What does your Bible class and worship attendance say about your spiritual health? If something is frightfully wrong, it is not too late to change. Friends with the extra hour we’ll be getting this Saturday night with daylight saving time ending (fall back one hour), if you haven’t been attending Bible class, Sunday is a great time to start back.
Sermons for Sunday
AM The Heart of Authentic Worship
PM Praying as Your Soul Prospers
We extend our sympathy to Emma White in the death of her brother-in-law, Don Austin. Funeral services were held on Wednesday in Idabel.
Lonnie McDonald passed away last Monday night after a battle with prostate cancer. Lonnie was an elder at the Northridge Church of Christ and the son-in-law of the late Lois Lanier.
All are invited to the annual hayride and wienie roast at Bob & Janet Stephens on Saturday, November 10 at 5 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets. Any questions, see Bob or Janet.
Rita Romberg had knee replacement surgery at McBride Orthopedic hospital last week. She is now home and will begin rehabilitation at home.
Joe Magee has been moved to Manor Care room 114-A in Midwest City for rehabilitation. He will be there about 10 days.
Chad Beard is scheduled for surgery on November 2 at Children’s Hospital to repair the leakage of spinal fluid.
Selene Williams, daughter of Craig & Michelle McKnight, had gallbladder surgery last Thursday and will begin treatment for hepatitus C in a couple of weeks. These treatments will last 24 – 48 weeks.
Dorothy Norton remains in Rose Manor, room 214 for continued therapy and Dave Emery remains in Colonial Estates room 124 for rehabilitation.
Great to have Jo Sneed in services on Sunday following rehabilitation after surgery.
Dear Central Church Family, Thank you for making Curtis’ service so beautiful. The flower arrangement was lovely and the meal provided for our family was delicious. A lot of work went into making our family comfortable and we really appreciate all of you. Curtis loved all of you and so do we. We knew he would want to come home and all of you made it possible. Thanks again for all you did. We love you, Charlotte [Rowe] & Family
Thank you so much for your prayers, cards, calls and concern during by recovery process. Can’t wait to be among my church family and harass you just a little. Bob Bivins
MEN AT WORK
We want to express a job well done to Austin Beard, Tracy Gettle, Joe Curtis, Scott Perry, Brandon Gober, Kyle Perry, Eric Park and Bob Stephens who this past Saturday completed several work projects at Burnt Cabin Christian Camp. They built an outer enclosed addition off the back of the mess hall and added a door on the south side to use as the food line entrance.
Well, the kids all seemed to enjoy Frontier City. A big THANK YOU to Lysa Park for getting us a discount on the tickets. I also never realized how close a youth group can become when they are walking through a haunted house. So close that they won’t let go of your arm! If you are in need of a good bonding moment with your kids, I suggest a haunted house.
Upcoming Youth Events
November 4 – AWTG @ SW OKC
November 10 – Hayride @ the Stephens’
November 4, DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS. TURN CLOCKS BACK 1 HOUR!!!!!
November 4, Search: “Making Decisions”
November 7,Ladies Class meets at 10:30; luncheon
November 10, Saturday; Coat Give Away. We need youth size 8 through XL in adult sizes!
November 10, Annual Hayride & wienie roast @ the Stephens’. Begins at 5 PM. See Bob or Janet.
November 11, Search: “Hope”
November 17, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Chili supper & Singing @ the Michener home
November 18, Search: “Let God Be God”
November 25, Search: “Do We Need God?”
DAILY BIBLE READINGS
Jere. 24, 25,26
1 Peter 1
1 Peter 2
1 Peter 3
1 Peter 4
1 Peter 5
2 Peter 1
2 Peter 2
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 108
Worship Service 194
Sunday Evening 101
Wednesday Evening 107
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
November 4, 2012
Announcements: Bob Seikel
Opening Prayer: Jim Pettyjohn
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Scripture: Keon Lawrence
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Joe Curtis
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Brian Nipper Craig McKnight
Chris Nipper Austin Beard
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Tim McGalliard Brandon Gober
Steve Kelly Jim Cross
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Jim & Vivian Cross
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Bill Lawerance
Song Director: Dwyane Dennis
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Bob Perry
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Scott Perry Paul Harris
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Leader: Dwyane Dennis
Devotional: Geoff Root
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297