Bulletin for Sunday 11/4/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
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.                   

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM  The Heart of Authentic Worship

PM   Praying as Your Soul Prospers


SYMPATHY

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.


INVITATION

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.


PRAYER CONCERNS

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.


THANK YOU

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. 


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

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’


LOOKING AHEAD

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?”


NOVEMBER
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Jere. 24, 25,26

1

Titus 2

2

Jere. 27,28,29

2

Titus 3

3

Jere. 30,31

3

Titus 4

4

Jere. 32,33

4

Hebrews 1

5

Jere. 34,35,36

5

Hebrews 2

6

Jere. 37,38,39

6

Hebrews 3

7

Jere. 40,41,42

7

Hebrews 4

8

Jere. 43,44,45

8

Hebrews 5

9

Jere. 46,47

9

Hebrews 6

10

Jere. 48,49

10

Hebrews 7

11

 Jere. 50

11

Hebrews 8

12

 Jere. 51,52

12

Hebrews 9

13

 Lam. 1,2

13

Hebrews 10:1-18

14

 Lam. 3,4,5

14

Hebrews 10:19-39

15

 Ezek. 1,2

15

Hebrews 11:1-19

16

 Ezek. 3,4

16

Hebrews 11:20-40

17

 Ezek. 5,6,7

17

Hebrews 12

18

 Ezek. 8,9,10

18

Hebrews 13

19

 Ezek. 11,12,13

19

James 1

20

 Ezek. 14,15

20

James 2

21

 Ezek. 16,17

21

James 3

22

 Ezek. 18,19

22

James 4

23

 Ezek. 20,21

23

James 5

24

Ezek. 22,23

24

1 Peter 1

25

Ezek. 24,25,26

25

1 Peter 2

26

Ezek. 27,28,29

26

1 Peter 3

27

Ezek. 30,31,32

27

1 Peter 4

28

Ezek. 33,34

28

1 Peter 5

29

Ezek. 35,36

29

2 Peter 1

30

Ezek. 37,38,39

30

2 Peter 2


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              108

Worship Service                                       194

Sunday Evening                                       101

Wednesday Evening                                 107

Contribution                                     4,418.14

 

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

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                         Craig McKnight

Chris Nipper                              Austin Beard

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                     Brandon Gober

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                      Jim Cross

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                         Jim & Vivian Cross

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Maggie Prater

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Bob Perry

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                    Paul Harris

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                         Dwyane Dennis

Devotional:                                    Geoff Root

VAN DRIVER

Ken Whittington

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297