Bulletin for Sunday 12/02/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Fred Craddock tells the story of how a Russian woman lived with her husband and two children in a very small hut. Then her husband’s parents lost their home and she had to take them into hers.  The coughing of the old folks and the crowding were unbearable. In desperation, she went to the village wise man, whom she knew had solved many problems. “What should I do?” she begged. “Do you have a cow?” asked the wise man. She told him she did. “Bring her into the hut, too. Then come back and see me in a week,” he said.

A week later she was back. “This is even more unbearable,” she told him. “Do you have any chickens?” asked the wise man. “Yes,” she replied. “What about them?” “Bring them in the hut, too,” he said. “Then come back and see me in another week.” “You’re out of your mind,” she said. Nevertheless, still awed by his reputation, she did as he asked.

A week later she returned. “This is absolutely impossible. Our home is a mess” she told him.  “All right,” said the wise man, “take out the chickens.”  The next week she reported that without the chickens it was definitely better but still a miserable situation. “All right,” said the wise man, “now take out the cow. That will settle your problem.”

And it did. Without the chickens and cow to contend with, the woman, her husband, the children and his two parents got along very well. Everything is relative. Sometimes we don’t realize how well off we really are, or how much worse things could be.

Paul said, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Phil. 4:11)  Whether it was feast or famine, plenty or poverty, Paul had learned to accept his circumstances.  (4:12) We are born selfish as our means of survival. That means that, like Paul, we have to learn to be content.  If we have the basic necessities of life, we should be content.  (1 Tim. 6:8)  If we fail to learn contentment, we will have chosen the alternative – greed.

We can learn to be content with our circumstances as Paul was, but only if we do what Paul did - rely on the strength that Christ can supply.  (Phil. 4:13)

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM:  Preaching as Worship

PM:  Jesus’ Attitude Toward Scripture


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Colene Berry in the loss of her sister, Betty Munson, on November 21.  Funeral services were held Monday at Parks Brothers Chapel in Stroud. 


CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PARTY

There will be a Children’s Holiday party for all the children and youth of the congregation on Sunday, December 9th, immediately following the morning worship service.  See Maggie Prater for more info.


PRAYER CONCERNS

To the best of our knowledge, we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time.

Cathy Harmon was scheduled for outpatient surgery on her hand Thursday at Integris Baptist. 

Chad Beard and Joe Magee request and appreciate your prayers.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter)  Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe & Nadine Magee, Aubrey McNutt,  Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Andy Peerson (brother to Royce Peerson), Alice Rice, Sue Riedel, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Emma White, Iva Williams (Mother of Cathy Rose) and Selene Williams (daughter of Craig & Michelle McKnight). All these members and friends have continuing health concerns or other special circumstances.  They appreciate your interest and prayers


THANK YOU

Dear Central Family, Thank you for the generous support of our 2nd Community Thanksgiving dinner.   Several members supplied this effort with many wonderful dishes.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and were able to serve a very nice meal.  Special thanks to Tracy Gettle and Jennifer and Jayma Lawrence for helping set up, serve, and clean up dinner.  We’d also like to thank the Carpenter’s for a wonderful turkey.  We are blessed to have a generous church family supporting a Thanksgiving meal for those who may not have had a holiday meal otherwise.  Thank you, The Yaholas


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Tis’ the season.  Christmas is popping up everywhere.  I’m working on a few things for this month, like a Christmas party and maybe a lock-in.  We are starting with a youth rally this Sunday in Chickasha.  Afterwards we are going to look at the Christmas lights.  So get excited and dress warm.


Upcoming Youth Events

December 3, AWTG @ Chickasha.  Leave at 3:30


LOOKING AHEAD

December 2, “God Isn’t Going Away”

December 5, Ladies’ Class meets at 10:30: luncheon

December 8, 20’s Class holiday party, 5:30 p.m. at the home of Michael & Jennifer Michener.

December 9, “What Grace Teaches”

December 9, Children’s Holiday Party after AM worship.

December 9, Larry Sullivan speaking in evening

December 14, Dwyane Dennis’s Sunday morning class holiday party, 6:30 p.m. home of Craig & Michelle McKnight

December 16, “Jesus The Messiah”


DECEMBER
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Ezek. 40, 41

1

2 Peter 3

2

Ezek. 42, 43, 44

2

1 John 1

3

Ezek. 45, 46

3

1 John 2

4

Ezek. 47, 48

4

1 John 3

5

Daniel 1, 2

5

1 John 4

6

Daniel 3, 4

6

1 John 5

7

Daniel 5, 6, 7

7

2 John

8

Daniel 8, 9, 10

8

3 John

9

Daniel 11, 12

9

Jude

10

Hosea 1, 2, 3, 4

10

Rev. 1

11

Hosea 5, 6, 7, 8

11

Rev. 2

12

Hosea 9, 10, 11

12

Rev. 3

13

Hosea 12, 13, 14

13

Rev. 4

14

Joel 1, 2, 3

14

Rev. 5

15

Amos 1, 2, 3

15

Rev. 6

16

Amos 4, 5, 6

16

Rev. 7

17

Amos 7, 8, 9

17

Rev. 8

18

Obadiah

18

Rev. 9

19

Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4

19

Rev. 10

20

Micah 1, 2, 3

20

Rev. 11

21

Micah 4, 5

21

Rev. 12

22

Micah 6, 7

22

Rev. 13

23

Nahum 1, 2, 3

23

Rev. 14

24

Habakkuk 1, 2, 3

24

Rev. 15

25

Zephaniah 1, 2, 3

25

Rev. 16

26

Haggai 1, 2

26

Rev. 17

27

Zech. 1, 2, 3, 4

27

Rev. 18

28

Zech. 5, 6, 7, 8

28

Rev. 19

29

Zech. 9, 10, 11, 12

29

Rev. 20

30

Zech. 13, 14

30

Rev. 21

31

Malachi 1, 2, 3, 4

31

Rev. 22


RETURNING THANKS

How often must [God] look down upon us in sadness at our forgetfulness of his repeated blessings and his frequent answer to our prayers.

Returning thanks for blessings already received increases our faith and enables us to approach God with new boldness and new assurance.  As we reflect [on] the wondrous goodness of God toward us on the one hand, and upon the other hand upon the little thought and strength and time that we ever put into thanksgiving, we may well humble ourselves before God and confess our sin.

R.A. Torrey


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              122

Worship Service                                       190

Sunday Evening                                       115

Wednesday Evening                                  70

Contribution                                     5,001.50

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 2, 2012

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                   Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                               Brandon Gober

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Cary Leonard

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                   Steve Kelly

Ken Whittington                        Chris Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tracy Gettle                               Brian Nipper

 

USHERS

Paul Harris                                  Austin Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                       Austin & Alex Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Michelle McKnight

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                     Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                Michael Michener

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Richard Yahola                   Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                                  Paul Harris

Devotional:                             Tim McGalliard

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297