Bulletin for Sunday 01/13/2013

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With Robert Prater

This past Sunday evening over 600 members from the Shawnee area churches of Christ enjoyed a wonderful time of worship and fellowship at the Shawnee Expo Center for Praise Him 2013!  This has become such a grand occasion for us to really enjoying awesome singing and to catch up with our brethren from around the area.  Jake Lynn, a high school senior and member at Westside congregation in Norman, led our singing in a very enthusiastic way and the sound was simply heavenly.  People just come out to this service ready to step it up a notch in their volume and energy. Kent Allen brought a very timely and powerful lesson on the importance of parents and the family.  The fellowship afterward was sweet and warm.  I understand the area youth had a great time at Star Skate! Too many congregations it seems isolate themselves from other area brethren.  Sunday night increased our sense of brotherhood!  It also let us see and know (and the Shawnee area) that the Lord’s church is alive and well in this community. 

A recent Gallup Poll revealed that only ten percent of America church members are active in any personal ministry and that 50 percent have no interest in serving in such a capacity.  Churches that are growing have succeeded in turning an audience into an army, and spectators into participants.  One person has posed the following questions below to help us examine the strength and vitality of our faith:

1.  Have you talked directly to any person in the past year about becoming a Christian?

2. If your spouse and children were to speak frankly, would it be revealed that your commitment to Christ has shown through to them?

3.  If nobody told you, how long would it take to discover that the Sunday night and Wednesday evening services had been discontinued?  (Which they have not been--rp!)

4.  Does the newspaper, television, the movie theater, the ball game, or the weekend safari prevent you from regular meditation on the Scriptures?

5.  If Jesus were to visibly appear next Sunday at worship to receive your contribution, would you give it without shame?

The only kind of faith the Lord will accept is a working faith that is motivated by love.  (Gal. 5:6)  If your faith is dead and no longer active and obedient, you can resurrect it with the Lord’s help so you can experience the resurrection to eternal life. 

Saving faith is not just professing to believe in Jesus and warming a pew. It is having the kind of faith that makes an obvious difference in our lives.  It turns us into participants in the Lord’s work rather than spectators; soldiers in the army rather than just members of the audience.  Which kind do you have?

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

Sermons for Sunday

AM:  Singing in Worship

PM:   Understandest Thou What Thou Singest?”


The elders have changed the date of the building fund contribution to the first second Sunday of each quarter.  This coming Sunday, January 13, the contribution will be deposited into the building fund account.


Joe Magee was dismissed from St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital on Monday after spending several days with kidney issues. 

Lecia Jones had surgery Monday on her arm after breaking it in a fall.  

Kathryn Hutchins is in a rehabilitation center in San Antonio recovering from pneumonia. 

Jim Pettyjohn was dismissed from St. Anthony Shawnee on Thursday of last week after a bout with pneumonia and a urinary tract infection. 

Chad Beard was to meet with his surgeon on Tuesday.  It is hoped that fluid can be drained from his back to relieve some of his pain. 

Dave Emery is having a bad time at the present.  He has a blood clot in his leg and is allergic to most blood thinners except for aspirin.


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), Fred Couch (friend of Teresa Story), Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (sister-in-law to Carl Holt),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Joe Magee, Aubrey McNutt, Cindy Monday, (friend of Rita Romberg) Patti Morgan (niece of Burl Vanlandingham), 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


I want to thank the church for the beautiful poinsettia delivered to me.  It is beautiful. Thanks to Paula Harris for delivering it. Geri Outlaw

Thank you so much for the beautiful poinsettia.  Doris Phillips

Thank you to my brothers and sisters in Christ for the beautiful poinsettia and thank you to the ones that ventured out in the cold to deliver them.  Love, Beverley MacMillan

Thanks to the church for the pretty poinsettia.  I also want to thank Frank Burton & Bob Seikel for bringing it to me. Nadine Collins


January 13, Search: “Meant for Good”

January 13, LTC Chorus practice 3 – 4:30 PM

January 20, Search: “Walking by Faith”

January 27, Search: “Whatever”


Another fresh new year is here…

Another year to live!

To banish worry, doubt, and fear,

To love and laugh and give!


This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest…

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!


I have the opportunity

Once more to right some wrongs,

To pray for peace, to plant a tree,

And sing more joyful songs!


- William Arthur Ward

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Skating after Praise Him went well.  There were a few bumps and bruises but nothing too bad.  No broken bones, which is better than last time.  I wanted to let everyone know that on February 3 is the Area-Wide in Norman.  This also means that we are invited to attend the OU women’s basketball game.  I’ve already bought 12 tickets for the game so start thinking about whether or not you want to attend.  LTC chorus will practice Sunday afternoon from 3 ‘til 4:30 p.m.   

Upcoming Youth Events:

January 13 - AWTG @ Seminole

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”
Elizebeth Bibesco

Hope to see you Sunday!


Bible School                                              123

Worship Service                                       163

Sunday Evening            PRAISE HIM 2013

Wednesday Evening                                  72

Contribution                                     5,142.63



January 13, 2013

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                    Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                     Burl Vanlandingham

Richard Yahola                          Chris Nipper


Geoff Root                                  Brian Nipper


Bob Perry                                   Bob Stephens


Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens


Carolyn Root


Ron Taffe


Jim Carpenter



Opening Prayer:                  George Mastick

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                          Steve Kelly


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Austin Beard                               Jim Walling




Song Leader:                         Craig McKnight

Devotional:                            Richard Albright


Bob Perry

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297