Bulletin for Sunday 11/11/2012
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.”
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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]
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
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
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
Scott Perry Bob Stephens
Lynn Harmon Kyle Perry
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Clavin Norwood Brian Nipper
Steve Kelly Tracy Gettle
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Tracy & Mary Gettle
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Michael Michener
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Richard Yahola
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Nathan Kelly Craig McKnight
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Leader: Michael Michener
Devotional: Eric Park
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297