Bulletin for Sunday 11/11/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Winter is just around the corner so it’s time once again for Central to provide warm coats to those in our community with our Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway this coming Saturday.  Ron and Debbie Taffe work so faithfully to organize and plan this special outreach ministry.  We also greatly appreciate all those members who have donated or contributed for coats and those who volunteer in working on the actual Saturday morning giveaway. 

Friends while we are in an economic downturn and many families and people in our community are struggling, we have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.  By being a friend to them and meeting them at their point of need, we have the opportunity to minister the hope of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 “For the poor you have with you always…” (John 12:8)  Jesus said it.  We know it’s true.  It has always been the case. There are always people less fortunate than we are in this world.  It is tempting to ignore their needs (Mt. 25:41-43) and even treat them disrespectfully. (James 2:1-9)  Like Paul, we need to develop an eagerness to “remember the poor.” (Gal. 2:10)  We cannot opt out of this concern for the poor.

Individually, how many of us “remember the poor” in our daily lives?   The good news is that in the life of the local congregation and its benevolent ministries, we can chose to do together what we may not be doing as individuals in our private lives. In the church, we are individuals working together. Let’s make sure we “remember the poor.”

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   A Very Effective Worship (Isaiah 6:1-7)

PM    A Hymn Sermon (#238)


 The article below goes along with my thoughts above to “remember the poor” and less fortunate and are in light of our upcoming coat giveaway.  It is very powerful and will certainly make you stop and think.                                                 --Robert--

THE HOMELESS MAN

It was a cold winter's day that Sunday. The church parking lot was filling up quickly. I noticed as I got out of my car, fellow church members whispering among themselves as they walked in the church. As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped his head, pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore old shoes with holes where his toes stuck out. 

I assumed this man was homeless and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the church. We all visited and had fellowship for a few minutes and someone brought up the man lying outside. Some people snickered and gossiped about him but no one bothered to ask him to come in, including me. A few minutes later, services began.  We all waited for the minister to take his place and preach us a sermon. 

Suddenly the church doors opened and in came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head down.  People gasped and whispered.  He made his way down the aisle and right up to the pulpit where he took off his hat and coat.  My heart sank.  There stood our preacher – he was the homeless man!

No one spoke a word.  The preacher took his Bible, laid it on the stand, and said, “Folks, I don’t think I need to tell you what I’m preaching about today.  Open your Bibles to Matt. 25:44:  They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?”

When did we?             --Author Unknown


PLACING MEMBERSHIP

We are so very pleased to have Orlana Williams place membership with us.  She has been attending for quite some time and is the aunt of Carol Brodersen.  Her address is Colonial Estates #83, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Please add her name to your membership directory.


THANKSGIVING DINNER

All Central members & guests who don’t have plans for Thanksgiving Day this year, are invited to join a group of members from Central in the fellowship room at noon on Thursday, November 22.  There are signup sheets on the table in the foyer.  For more information see Robyn Yahola.


LTC MEETING

There will be a LTC parents’ meeting this coming Sunday, November 11th, which will serve to kick off the Leadership Training for Christ 2013 season. All parents of 3rd through 12th graders are requested to attend this meeting in Dwyane’s classroom across from the library immediately after morning worship.  See Michael or Jennifer Michener with any questions regarding LTC.


CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Ronnie & Colene Berry on the birth of their 4th great grandchild.  Nova Wilson was born on November 2 to Chelsie and Jason Wilson in Edmond.  She weighed six pounds six ounces and was 20 inches long.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Chad Beard had surgery last Friday at Children’s Hospital to repair the leakage of spinal fluid. Surgery went well but he is experiencing some post-operative complications.  He is in room 9104 and your prayers are requested. 

Rita Romberg continues rehabilitation at home following knee replacement surgery. 

Joe Magee has been moved to Manor Care room 114-A in Midwest City for rehabilitation.  He will be there about 10 days.

Selene Williams, daughter of Craig & Michelle McKnight, will begin treatment this week for hepatitis C. These treatments will last 24 – 48 weeks.

Dorothy Norton remains in Rose Manor, room 214 for continued therapy.

Dave Emery has returned to Rose Manor, room 309, where he will continue his rehabilitation.


THANK YOU

Dear Christian Family, Thank you so much for all the calls, cards, visits & prayers for Dave and for me.  Thanks also for the delicious food.  Thanks also for the most generous offers of your time.  He is making very, very slow progress.  At this time, we still don’t know if it is going to be long term care or if there will be a possibility for him to return home.  Please continue to remember us in your prayers and visits.

              In Christian Love, Betty & Dave [Emery]


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Parents, I want to apologize for getting the kids back so late on Sunday night, but I’m so glad the youth group was able to stop to see Chad.  It’s never easy to see someone so strong become so weak.  I know it was hard on me; but I know that we were able to take his mind off of things just for a little bit.  I think the final count was 21 people in his room so that might have been a little overwhelming, but it’s okay.  He was getting medicine when we left.


Upcoming Youth Events

November 10 – Hayride @ the Stephens’.  5 PM

November 18 – Lunch  & surprise activity


LOOKING AHEAD

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”


A FAMILY PRAYER

Lord, behold our family here assembled

We thank you for this place in which we dwell

For the love that unites us,

For the peace accorded us this day,

For the hope with which we expect the morrow,

For the work, the health, the food, and bright skies

That make our lives delightful

For our friends in all parts of the earth.  Amen

- Robert Louis Stevenson


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              121

Worship Service                                       199

Sunday Evening                                       101

Wednesday Evening                                  85

Contribution                                     5,573.07

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

November 11, 2012

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                       Chuck Carter

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Scripture:                                     Adam Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Frank Burton

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                Bob Stephens

Lynn Harmon                                Kyle Perry

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Clavin Norwood                        Brian Nipper

USHERS

Steve Kelly                                  Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Steve & Mary Kelly

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Carol Brodersen

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jon Merritt

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Jim Cross

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Richard Yahola

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                         Craig McKnight

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                      Michael Michener

Devotional:                                        Eric Park

VAN DRIVER

Ken Whittington

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297