Bulletin for Sunday 12/23/2012

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Recently the American people were devastated at a massacre of adults and children in Newtown, Connecticut. While every act of murder ought to provoke outrage, there’s something especially condemnable about the murder of children.  Violence against children is also peculiarly evil because it destroys the very picture of newness of life and dependent trust that characterizes life in the kingdom of God (Matt. 18:4).  All of us grieve and feel the state of shock. All of us feel the pain of families that have been crushed with this tragedy.  Such tragedies remind us of the destructive power of evil, of the Evil One whose sole purpose is, like the thief described in John 10:10, “to steal and kill and destroy.”  We will never fully understand the extent of sin in a person’s heart.   Jeremiah 17: 9 declares “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked – who can understand it?”  It was and is evil and depraved minds in our world that impels such wickedness and violence.  (cf. Rom. 1:28-32; Eph. 4:17-19)

This senseless killing reminds us of the same type of evil that was perpetrated on the children of Bethlehem by King Herod who slaughtered all the innocent male children in Judea in order to eliminate the threat of Jesus becoming the new king of the Jews.  The prophet Jeremiah’s reference to Rachel and her lost children is heart-breaking. “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning.  Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.”  (Matthew 2:18) 

The 19th century Biblical scholar Alfred Edersheim commented about Herod’s heinous murder of these children  (and it hits all too close to us in light of the 20 children that died in Newtown).  In his commentary on Matthew, Edersheim observed, “Most estimates put the number of murdered children at fewer than 20.  While a horrible tragedy, the slaughter of a few children in a small, unimportant village seems unlikely to make the pages of many histories compares to Herod’s other atrocities.”  (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, Book II, Chapter VII) 

By God's intervention, the murdering Herod did not find Jesus there, for Joseph had been warned in a dream to flee to Egypt.  I wonder if the families of Bethlehem ever knew why Herod attacked them as he did--there is no indication that they did. The grieving families in Newtown will never know why their children died last Friday. 

Yet this is not where either Jeremiah or Matthew leaves us. By God’s mercy, there is hope of redemption and the promise of full restoration in Christ Jesus.  God, not the murderer, has the last word. For those in Christ, there is the promise of full restoration of life in the eternal heavenly home of God.  (cf. John 11:25; 2 Cor. 5:1-5; Rev. 21:3-7)   Even in the face of such unmitigated horror, there is hope. “There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, and your children shall come back to your own country.” (Jeremiah 31:17) 

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


FOUND!

A man's wedding ring has been found with engraving on the inside. If it is yours or belongs to someone you know, see JIM CROSS or call the church office to describe.  


PRAYER CONCERNS

Carletta Moore is in the hospital in Tomball, Texas with pneumonia and other health issues.  They are waiting on pathology reports to determine what kind of cancer she has so they can begin chemotherapy.  

Teresa Story has requested prayers for a co-worker, Fred Couch, who is waiting on a pathology report on his lung biopsy. 

Burl Vanlandingham has requested prayers for his niece, Patti Morgan, who has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon/liver cancer.  Patti is the daughter of Charles & Judy Vanlandingham.

Rita Romberg has requested prayers in behalf of a co-worker, Cindy Monday, who has been diagnosed with cancer in her sinus.


GOSPEL GUIDE

In accordance with our agreement with the post office, we do not mail a bulletin the last week in June or the last week in December.  This week’s bulletin will be the last one mailed for 2012.  Therefore it has the serving list for December 23rd  & 30th .  Keep this one for reference for the next two  weeks.


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

01

Betty Rye

02

Don Hair

03

Betty Emery

03

Angie Gober

03

Rhetta Smith

07

Floyd Davis

07

Al Smith

08

Glendon Combs

08

Jayma Lawrence

09

Kate Olivia Lawerance

10

Ruth Autrey

10

Jim Walling

11

Hannah Rae Todd

12

Mary Gettle

18

Bertha Akin

20

Myrna Albright

20

Kristin Gober

20

Kim Jarrell

20

Dorothy Strickland

24

Bob Perry

25

Harold Carothers

25

Nadine Collins

26

Kevin Gober

27

Carl Holt

30

Ruby Holt

 

JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES

02

Royce & Kathy Peerson – 47th

24

Ron & Evelyn Dunavan – 48th

28

Barney & Jo Sneed – 46th

 

     Congratulations and best wishes to all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of January.


THANK YOU

I want to thank everyone for the calls, cards and expressions of sympathy in the loss of my sister. Colene Berry

I want to thank the Central Church family for the beautiful poinsettia that was brought to me.  It is wonderful to be remembered, especially at this time of the year. In Christian love, Sue Reidel

Thank you so much for the poinsettia and the nice visit I had with Janet Stephens, Norma Cowden

Dear Church family, Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia.  It brightens my day.  Also thank Linda Carpenter for taking time out of her busy life to deliver it to me.  Love you all, Lorine Watson

Thank you so much for the prettiest poinsettia I ever saw, Mary Jo Fleming

My dear Church Family, Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia and thanks to Louise Perry for bringing it to me.  I enjoyed her visit very much.  Also I’m pleased you sent me the church directory.  Thank you again. Dorothy Strickland


LOOKING AHEAD

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

December 23, Search: “The Word Became Flesh”

December 30, Search:  “Trust God”

January 6, Search: “Things We Must Know”

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

January 9, Ladies Bible Class resumes, 10:30 a.m., January luncheon


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Thank you to all the parents who opened up their houses for our progressive dinner. The food was great and the kids enjoyed the experience. Now, with the holiday season upon us, there isn't much going on for the youth. Don't forget about the Shawnee Area Wide "Praise Him." I think it would be great if the youth could sit together, and I'll even work on getting just a youth section for all the youth that come. Afterwards we are going to Star Skate, so you have that to look forward to as well. Enjoy the holidays and stay safe.


Upcoming Youth Events

January 6 - Praise Him and area wide Star Skate afterwards.  Cost $5

January 13 - AWTG @ Seminole


Have a safe holiday & hope to see you Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              129

Worship Service                                       190

Sunday Evening                                         87

Wednesday Evening                                  98

Contribution                                     4,804.82

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 23, 2012

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

Scripture:                                      Adam Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                 Michael Michener

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                 Dennis Brodersen

Jeff Todd                                   Nathan Kelly

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Burl Vanlandingham                Cary Leonard

USHERS

Paul Harris                                 Ron Dunavan

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                   Ron & Evelyn Dunavan

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Louise Perry

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jon Merritt

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Carl Weeks

Song Director:                     Craig McKnight

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                          Jim Walling

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Ron Taffe                                   Jim Pettyjohn

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Devotional

Song Leader:                       Michael Michener

Devotional:                                     Jon Merritt

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297


SERVING THE CONGREGATION

December 30, 2012

Announcements:           Burl Vanlandingham

Opening Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                  Jaxon Canard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    Craig McKnight

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                        Tim McGalliard

Jim Carpenter                             Kevin Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Ken Whittington                    Keith Lawrence

USHERS

Paul Harris                                 Cary Leonard

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                    Cary & Sandy Leonard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Lindsey Borcherding

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Steve Kelly

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Jon Merritt

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                       Robert Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Devotional

Song Leader:                  Burl Vanlandingham

Devotional:                                       Bob Perry

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297