Bulletin for Sunday 11/18/2012
With Robert Prater
The Central congregation this past Saturday had another successful Warmth from the Heart coat giveaway. We helped serve over 200 people who came from the Shawnee area and now have a proper coat for the winter season. Those who came into our building were lovingly welcomed and received. We also gave out several Bibles, teaching tracts, and other info about the Central church. There were also Bible correspondence courses given and personal Bible studies required, plus prayer requests were made and good relationships established. Our intent is to be known as Jesus Himself was known, as one who “went about doing good.” (Acts 10:39)
I want to thank all the Central members who responded marvelously with donations of coats and money as well as volunteering to help make this effort work. And of course our special thanks go to Ron and Debbie Taffe who work tirelessly to make our coat giveaway a success year after year. Above all, we thank our God who continues to provide us opportunities of service in this community.
A husband asked his wife, “When I get mad at you, you never fight back. How do you control your anger?” His wife told him, “I clean the toilet bowl.” He then asked her, “How does that help you?” His wife responded, “I use your toothbrush.”
You have likely heard the saying, “I don’t get mad, I get even.” Getting even is the way of the world, but not the way of true followers of Christ. Speaking for Christ, the apostle Paul wrote, “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19-20) He goes on to tell us to overcome evil with good.
While getting even might not be taken to the extreme seen in the wife’s treatment of her husband, more subtle means might be employed. “Since _____ did not help, visit, or do something else, etc. for me, I’m not going to help, visit, etc. them.”
Even non-Christians do good to those who are good to them. (Matt. 5:43-48) Remember the Lord
Sermons for Sunday
AM Worship that Thing You Do
PM Giving Thanks at the End of a Difficult Day
SATAN’S STRATEGY FOR OUR TIMES
Don’t make Christians angry, for they will act. Don’t make Christians defensive, or they will think. Don’t overwhelm Christians with the immensity of their task, for they will pray. No, the strategy for the Christian is satisfaction - for satisfaction spawns complacency.
Make the Christian satisfied. Make him satisfied to be a pretty good person. Teach him to be satisfied with who he is and what he has accomplished. If he starts trying to put away some old habits or prejudices, tell him that everyone is entitled to a vice or two and enjoy life while he still can. If he feels bad over what Christians call “sin,” then teach him to compare himself with the likes of Adolph Hitler and Mussolini...that will make him feel like a saint.
Encourage the Christian to exalt mediocrity. Remind him daily of the reasons he can’t impact the world (he’s not bright enough, he doesn’t have time, he was potty-trained too early, etc.). Tell him that people like Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. They were destined for greatness. And keep the history books out of their hands so they won’t see the truth.
More specifically, make the Christian satisfied with the size of his congregation. Train him to close his eyes to the thousands around the church building that are lost and be happy with the few hundred within his church. Take from his heart the compassion or sorrow as he drives through the city. Numb his conscience to the spiritual plight of his working associates and neighbors.
Keep the Christian satisfied. Whisper in his ear that the empty pews are just a sign of the times. If he hears about a church that is growing, be quick to tell him that their growth is a sign of their liberalism and that the small numbers are the price you have to pay to preserve the truth.
Yes, keep the Christian satisfied. If he is satisfied where he is, then he will never envision where he can be. If he is satisfied with the present, then he will never dream about the future. If he is satisfied to be average, then he will never strive to be great. So let him be an average Christian. For, in reality, an average Christian is no Christian at all. --Author Unknown
Chad Beard was taken back to ER at Children's Hospital Wednesday evening and was readmitted. The doctors were quite sure he is leaking spinal fluid again and performed a CAT last evening. Surgery will be Thursday if they can work him in or otherwise probably Friday. Keep Chad and all the Beard family in your prayers.
Barney Sneed’s mother, Dora Addington, had surgery last Friday on her leg she broke in a fall. She will be receiving therapy in a Holdenville hospital.
Carl Holt’s brother, Jack Holt, is in a Las Vegas hospital with double pneumonia and other medical issues.
It was good to have Bob Bivins and Nadine Collins in services Sunday.
I would like to thank everyone for all the cards, calls & visits during my time at home. A special thank you to the Teens and Bible Hour Kids for the cards and poster. Love, Rita [Romberg]
A simple thank you doesn’t seem to be enough. But we do thank you for everything that’s been done for Lonnie and our family over these months. He received great comfort from the calls, cards, visits and prayers. And all forms of condolences were a blessing to us when he passed away. The family of the Lord, no matter where they worship, has been our rock through these difficult times.
Ann, Amy, Clay and Ryan [McDonald]
Be safe in your travels & hope to
see you Sunday!!!
This Sunday, Daniel Roberts, Oklahoma Christian University’s Admission Counselor and my brother-in-law, will be spending the day with the youth. He will teach class and hang out in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided and we will have an activity in the afternoon. I hope you all will attend. It will be a fun day!
Upcoming Youth Events
November 18 – Day with Daniel
November 17, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Chili supper & Singing @ the Michener home
November 18, Search: “Let God Be God”
November 22, Thanksgiving dinner in fellowship room at Noon. Questions - see Robin Yahola
November 22,23: Church office closed
November 25, Search: “Do We Need God?”
December 2, “God Isn’t Going Away”
December 5, Ladies’ Class meets at 10:30: luncheon
December 9, “What Grace Teaches”
December 14, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class holiday party, 6:30 p.m. home of Craig & Michelle McKnight
December 16, “Jesus The Messiah”
Burned your turkey to a crisp? Don’t despair!!
Craig Boldman and Pete Matthews, authors of Every Excuse in the Book (Mjf Books), offer reasons to be thankful for a blackened bird:
1. You’ll get a good upper-body workout from carving the bird.
2. No one will get food poisoning from undercooked poultry.
3. You can move straight to dessert.
4. You won’t have to deal with weeks of leftovers.
5. Pets won’t pester you for scraps.
6. It was time to test your smoke alarm anyway.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 115
Worship Service 180
Sunday Evening 122
Wednesday Evening 112
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
November 18, 2012
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Michael Michener
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Scripture: Jaxon Canard
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Jim Cross
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Ron Dunavan Bob Perry
Jeff Todd Nathan Kelly
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Jon Merritt
Steve Kelly Ken Whittington
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Ken & Hillary Whittington
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Robert Perry
Song Director: Craig McKnight
Sermon: Robert Prater
Closing Prayer: Clavin Norwood
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Jim Carpenter Carl Weeks
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Song Leader: Burl Vanlandingham
Devotional: Steve Kelly
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297