Bulletin for Sunday 01/27/2013

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

I think it was Shakespeare who said, “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” or something like that.  When Maggie and I came to Shawnee over eight and half years ago, it was our intent to stay a long time, as I believe that a preacher ought not to move every five or six years.  But, as I announced this past Sunday, our family will be leaving Central to work with the Crosstown church in Tulsa.  Their preacher of more than seventeen years, Charlie Kymes is retiring. This past week they extended an invitation for me to become their pulpit minister and I have accepted.  We believe God has opened a great new door of opportunity for ministry in our home town of Tulsa and we feel it is the right thing to do, to walk through it, at this time.

The decision to move has been one of the most difficult Maggie and I have ever made.  Had this been an easy decision, it would have reflected poorly on our relationship.  But it wasn’t easy and that speaks to the depth of feelings and love we have for you.  Words really can’t describe how much we have enjoyed sharing in the work together with you for the cause of Christ and His church.

It has truly been a joy to preach for people who only want the truth proclaimed.  It has also been a privilege to work and serve alongside Dwyane and Marcia.  They have been wonderful co-workers and great supporters to us in our work.  It has also been a privilege to work with the Elders here.  I have greatly appreciated their desire to be faithful shepherds of this flock and see only the best for this congregation.   I have great confidence they will find an outstanding preacher and family to come to Shawnee and serve the Lord with you.  It’s an easy thing to just go into a holding pattern until a new preacher is identified. I pray that could be avoided if at all possible.

As I mentioned in the announcement, I am scheduled to begin my new work at Crosstown on Sunday, March 31.  During this period of transition time we plan to be as active and faithful in the Central work as would be expected.  Our prayers will always be with you and for the continued growth and success of the Central congregation. You have given us your hearts. We will always have a special place in our hearts for all the Christians at Central.  I am sure I will have more to say concerning all this at a later time.

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


SERMONS FOR SUNDAY

AM   Instrumental Music in Worship?

PM   The Faith of Noah (Heb. 11:7)


NEW ADDRESS

 

Lola Mullinax has moved to 1712 Grace Court, Shawnee, OK 74804.  Please make this notation in your membership directory.


THANK YOU

Dear Central Family: Once again we are so grateful for all the support and prayers for Chad and our family.  He is in much better shape this week, both mentally and physically.  We need your continued prayers because Chad has a long recovery ahead of him and there are still issues that will hopefully be resolved in the coming weeks and month.  We love and appreciate you all.                                  The Chad Beard Family

                                       

Vonda and I wish to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughtfulness during the death of my mother, Dessie Weeks.  We deeply appreciate the cards, calls, and the lovely plant that was received and the loving care and all the visits that our members made to my mother.  She really enjoyed the visits and would tell us about these people from the church that came to visit her, numerous times.  She learned to love Vonda as a daughter and was so thankful that I had met and loved a Christian woman.  Again, thank you for your love, prayers and concern during this difficult time. 

                                 Love, Carl & Vonda Weeks                      


PRAYER CONCERNS

Chad Beard is doing well following surgery last Wednesday.  His pain has decreased a great deal.  Prayers appreciated. 

Lynn Harmon has requested prayers for his friend, Lonnie Pendley, who is in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. 

Ronnie & Colene Berry’s two-month old great granddaughter, Nova Wilson, has been dismissed from Integris Baptist Hospital following RSV. 

It was good to have Kathryn Hutchens in services Sunday.  


CHANGE AND FOUNDATIONS
David Deffenbaugh,

Center Hill Church of Christ, Paragould, AR

 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  (Ecc. 3:1)  Change is a reality of life.  Even though it does happen with some regularity it can’t be considered a foundation.  Foundations do not change.  Shifting foundations is a recipe for disaster.  So what are the changeless foundations?  They are:

·         God – “For I, the LORD, do not change;” (Mal. 3:6)

·         Jesus– “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8)

·         The Bible - “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away”  (Matt. 24:35)

·         God’s love – “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases”  (Lam. 3:22)

·         The church – “…the gates of Hades shall not overpower it”  (Matt. 16:18)

·         Hope – “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,”  (Heb. 6:19)

We make a critical error when we make something foundational to our lives that in fact can (and likely will) change. People change, circumstances change, influences change.  When something has changed in our lives and that change has affected us deeply, we may need to assess our foundations.  Have they remained centered on the changeless?  If so, we can endure any change that comes.  Change may cause us great sadness, disappointment, or even hurt, but with the foundation in place we will endure.

Jesus taught this in the parable of the wise builder (Matt. 7:24-27).  Remember, foundations don’t prevent the storms or life (often in the form of change), but they make survival and endurance possible. 

So, change does happen.  Sometimes the change may be very big, even unlike anything we’ve experienced before.  Having the right foundation is the key.

God is our refuge and strength.

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear.

Though the earth should change

And though the mountains slip

into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,

Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.

(Psa. 46:1-3)


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

LTC Practice Sunday (Jan. 27)

1:30     Bible Bowl

2:30     Chorus

3:45     Drama (3-6)


LOOKING AHEAD

January 26, Great Central Chili Cook-off, check in between 2 & 4 in fellowship room.  Party begins at 5 p.m. Questions, see Michelle McKnight, Jennifer Michener or Debbie Taffe.

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”


“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”         --Ralph Waldo Emerson


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              127

Worship Service                                       192

Sunday Evening                                       110

Wednesday Evening                                 102

Contribution                                     4,348.83

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

January 27, 2013

Announcements:                            Ron Taffe

Opening Prayer:           Burl Vanlandingham

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

Scripture:                                  Jaxon Canard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Steve Kelly

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Austin Beard                                 Paul Harris

Jeff Todd                                       Kyle Perry

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Cary Leonard                              Nathan Kelly

USHERS

Bob Perry                           Michael Michener

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:          Michael & Jennifer Michener

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Darlene Todd

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Bob Stephens

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                     Craig McKnight

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                    George Mastick

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                                      Bob Seikel

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

5th Wednesday Singing Devotional

Devotional:                                 Austin Beard

VAN DRIVER

Ken Whittington

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297