Bulletin for Sunday 12/16/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

If you are like me, you look back on your life and see some things you wish you could do over - bad decisions, misplaced priorities, unrealized potential, missed opportunities to serve, failure to apply myself diligently to educational opportunities, etc.

But the reality of life is that we get the grade first and the lesson later. Hindsight is always better than foresight. Regrets are an inevitable part of living. They are the “if onlys” of life.

If only I had....

... taken advantage of this opportunity.

... made daily Bible study and prayer a vital part of each day.

... set a better example for my family and others.

... put God and the church first.

...given greater attention to the spiritual training of my children.

... done a better job of controlling my temper and my tongue.

... not given in to temptation.

... used my talents and abilities to serve the Lord and His church.

... not allowed bitterness and resentment to control me.

... been a better husband and father, or wife and mother.

... trusted God more.

... not been so negative and so critical of others.

... not been so wrapped up in myself, and been more sensitive to the needs of others.

... been more compassionate.

You get the idea. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have our “if onlys.” They can cause us to feel defeated and depressed, or we can resolve to learn from them. We can live in the past or learn from it. The choice we make will determine to a large extent whether we will succeed or fail as Christians.  (cf. Phil. 3:12-14)

Just as spilled milk cannot be unspilled, neither can the past be changed. If we fail to forgive ourselves for the mistakes and sins of the past, we are destined to have a miserable existence.  The hardest person to forgive is ourselves. Unless we forgive ourselves, we will never know the joy of forgiveness.  (cf. 1 Tim. 1:12-16)

By God’s grace, if we have been baptized into Christ, we can claim His promise of forgiveness.  (cf. Acts 2:38; 22:16)  Christians are not perfect, we are forgiven sinners. That is the good news of the gospel.  If we will repent, God will forgive. If we will forgive ourselves, the “if onlys” will no longer be a burden, but a blessing as we learn from them and use them to make us a better Christian.  Learn from the past, but don’t live in the past. 

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   Focus on the Lord’s Supper

PM    A Great Prayer (John 17)


SYMPATHY

We extend our sympathy to Tim McGalliard in the loss of his sister-in-law, Sue McGalliard, Sue was the wife of Les McGalliard who has preached here at Central on several occasions.  Les is on the staff of the Moore Central congregation where Sue’s funeral was held on Monday afternoon. 


PRAYER CONCERNS

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

It was good to have Bob Bivins in services Sunday.


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 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

Thank all of you so much for everything you did last week to help us through Nadine’s passing and funeral.  Thank you to the Sonshine Class for the paper goods, to Ron Taffe for bringing everything we needed for sandwiches and to Ann Perry for the apple pie.  The things Robert [Prater] and Dwyane [Dennis] said were comforting and the plant was beautiful.  We appreciate your continued calls to check on Joe, too.  Your actions showed Christ’s love!  Sincerely, The Magee Family


INVITATION

You are invited to a reception honoring the uniting in marriage of Bob & Winona [Morgan] Seikel, on Saturday, December 15, 2 til 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Room.  If you would like to be a part of a money tree gift, see Linda Carpenter, Marcia Dennis or Doris Phillips.


ONLY IS ENOUGH

God is not looking for the best qualifications, best ability, best charisma, best prospects type of people – not that he would turn down these sorts automatically, because it’s also true that some of the most gifted people in our society have also been some of God’s best servants.  But that is a coincidence and not a requirement.  I think that is because God knows that the vast majority of men and women fall into the “I am only” category.  But only is enough with God’s help, and it would amaze you what God can make of them.  - Alastair Symington


Hope to see you Sunday!


LOOKING AHEAD

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

December 14, Robert Prater’s Sunday morning Bible class holiday party 6:30 p.m. home of Scott & Tamie Perry

December 16, Search: “Jesus The Messiah”

December 21, Friday, 6:30; 2nd annual Carols & Cocoa @ the Michener home

January 6, Shawnee Area-Wide Service, “Praise Him 2013”, @ Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Sunday, 5 p.m.  Kent Allen, guest speaker


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Saturday evening the youth will be having a Christmas progressive dinner.  We will start at the Park’s house then travel to the Yahola’s and end off at the Canard’s.  There will be a prize for the best Christmas sweater, so find something good.  If you can’t, I suggest looking at a thrift store.  We will leave from the youth house at 5:30 in the van.


Praise Him 2013


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autry, #81

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Dave Emery, #309

Dorothy Norton, #214B

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #511

Sue Riedel, #205

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #13

Alice Rice, #55

Rhetta Smith, #44

Dessie Weeks, #54


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              119

Worship Service                                       193

Sunday Evening                                       107

Wednesday Evening                                 107

Contribution                                     4,314.50

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 16, 2012

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                   George Mastick

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                        Eric Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                     Richard Yahola

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                                 Dale Beard

Austin Beard                                  Kyle Perry

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Ron Dunavan                            Lynn Harmon

 

USHERS

Paul Harris                                       Ron Taffe

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                        Ron & Debbie Taffe

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Lysa Park

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                     Cary Leonard

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Jon Merritt                                      Jim Cross

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Leader:                          Dwyane Dennis

Devotional:                              George Mastick

 

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297