Bulletin for Sunday 01/20/2013

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SYMPATH
1919          Dessie Faye Weeks          2013

We extend our sympathy to Carl & Yuavonda Weeks in the loss of Dessie Weeks, Carl’s mother, this past Sunday evening.  Services are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home, McAlester.  Dessie was a  sweet Christian lady who loved the Lord.  Soon after moving to Shawnee, she made it her priority to place membership with the Lord’s church here at Central.  


AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

What do you do after putting your foot in your mouth?   No one is immune from the foot-in-mouth epidemic. For those who heard me make the announcements Sunday evening, you know this includes your preacherJ.  Let’s just say for those who weren’t there, instead of saying “The Old Testament ladies class……”, I goofed badly and left off the critical word “Testament” in the announcement! (insert foot in mouth here!)   

I imagine sooner or later it happens to all of us.  We say the wrong thing.  To the wrong person.  At the wrong time. You hurt someone’s feelings.  You offend them. You put them in an awkward position.  Usually the best thing to do is admit the error and ask for forgiveness.  I’m thankful for the gracious and forgiving Christian ladies here at CentralJ! 

Of course, in more serious situations and relationships in our lives, this is even more important to consider.  Saying the thing you wish you’d never said, that hurt someone deeply…..we should continually strive to never do that intentionally (and do it less spontaneously). 

The Bible references to the tongue over 150 times.  James reminds us that the tongue cannot be tamed—only controlled.  (cf. James 3:1-8) It has incredible power to hurt or bless depending on our choices.  (cf. James 3:9-10)  The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  (Eph. 4:29; cf. Col. 4:6)  Perhaps one of the most chilling of statements about the power of the tongue comes from the lips of our Savior as recorded in Matthew 12:36 where he said:  “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”  (ESV) 

A humorous sign in a place of business describes an all too common truth about the tongue. It reads, “If you cannot think of anything good to say about someone else, then pull up a chair and sit down here beside me!”  

In a recent issue of House to House/Heart to Heart, it included the following piece about the tongue.

The Tongue

“The boneless tongue, so small and weak, can rush and kill,” declared the Greek.

The Persian proverb wisely saith, “A lengthy tongue, an early death.”

Sometimes it takes this form instead: “Don’t let our tongue cut off your head.”

While Arab sages this impart: “The tongue’s great  storehouse is the heart.”

From Hebrew wit, the maxim’s sprung: “Though

feet should slip, don’t let the tongue.”

A verse from Scripture crowns the whole: “Who

keeps the tongue doth keep his soul.”

[Proverbs 21:23].

~ Author Unknown

Our daily prayer should be like that found in Psalms 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (NIV)

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


BUILDING FUND

The elders have changed the date of the building fund contribution to the first second Sunday of each quarter.  This past Sunday, January 13, the contribution was deposited into the building fund account.  The building fund account balance now is $97,031.77.  The next scheduled date is April 14th.  You may make a contribution at any time to this account by handing it to any elder


THANK YOU

Thank you for the beautiful poinsettia and also to Fay for the visit and delivering it.  In Christian love,                                        Virginia [Herrera]


PRAYER CONCERNS

Dorothy Norton has returned to Rose Manor after spending several days in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. 

Joe Magee and Kathryn Hutchins are both recuperating at home now. 

Chad Beard was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.  Hopefully they can relieve some of the pressure on his back which has been causing a tremendous amount of pain.  Prayers appreciated.


GREAT CENTRAL CHILI COOK-OFF

All adults are invited to attend the Great Central Chili Cook-off on Saturday, January 26, in the fellowship room.  Check in your chili between 2 and 4.  A ‘Tacky Dress Contest’ will also take place.  Prizes will be awarded for best chili & tackiest dress.  Party begins at 5 o’clock.  A sign-up sheet is in the foyer so we can know who is bringing chili or items to go with.  Questions, see Michelle McKnight, Jennifer Michener or Debbie Taffe.


AFFIRMING THE FAITH SEMINAR

The annual ‘Affirming the Faith Seminar’ sponsored by Oklahoma City area Churches of Christ and hosted by North MacArthur Church of Christ is scheduled February 22-23. www.affirmingthefaithok.com. Everyone is invited!  There will be over 25 sessions and classes including special classes for women.

Keynote Speakers: Noel Whitlock, Tim Pyles, Bob Turner, Thomas Jackson


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

LTC Practice Sunday (Jan. 20)

1:30     Chorus

2:30     Drama

3:45     Puppets

LTC Practice Sunday (Jan. 27)

1:30     Bible Bowl

2:30     Chorus

3:45     Drama (3-6)


LOOKING AHEAD

January 20, Search: “Walking by Faith”

January 26, Great Central Chili Cook-off, check in between 2 & 4 in fellowship room.  Party begins at 5 p.m.

January 27, Search: “Whatever”

February 3, Search: “The Answer Is God”

February 10, Search: “God’s Love for Us”

February 17, Search: “Our Love for God”

February 22-23, Affirming the Faith seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur

February 24, Search: “Loving Others”


Hope to see you Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                                86

Worship Service                                       167

Sunday Evening                                         99

Wednesday Evening                                  93

Contribution                                     5,626.49

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

January 20, 2013

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                      Adam Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Chuck Carter

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Brian Nipper                                   Jim Cross

Lynn Harmon                         Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                        Ron Dunavan

USHERS

Bob Perry                                       Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                     Geoff & Carolyn Root

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Mark Autrey

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Paul Harris

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                       Jim Pettyjohn

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Cary Leonard                          George Mastick

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Devotional

Song Leader:                                  Paul Harris

Devotional:                                 Cary Leonard

VAN DRIVER

Ken Whittington

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297