Bulletin for Sunday 02/24/2013

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

One person has made the astute observation:  “The interesting thing about a pessimist and an optimist is that they are both right. Just ask them. They will be more than happy to share their evidence.”  We all tend to find what we are looking for in life.  It’s the old adage “Is the glass half full or half empty?”  The answer is “Yes,” Happiness, peace and success in life are determined, not by circumstances, but by your attitude.  If you look for problems, you’ll find them. If you look for solutions, you may or may not find them, but you will find the strength to endure through your problems.  And endurance quite often brings the solution.

The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is that an optimist focuses on the future and a pessimist focuses on the immediate circumstances. If that’s true, then we as Christians have every reason to be optimistic. Our God has promised us an incredibly bright future. And we trust Him. That’s what the Bible calls faith.

Every pessimist considers himself to be a “realist.” The implication being- ”If you are optimistic, you are ignoring the facts!” But one can be optimistic even in dire circumstances. . . IF he believes that someone who 1) loves him and 2) is powerful enough to control every situation IS, in fact, IN CONTROL. However, if you believe that things are truly out of control, and/or that God doesn’t truly love you, there is no basis for optimism. So when we find ourselves becoming pessimistic, we need to focus on those two things.

I’m an optimist. And, I like to believe that I’m also a realist. That means that when it looks like things are out of control in my life, or in the world, I need to remind myself that what I’m really feeling is that things are out of MY control. And I pray for faith to remind me to be at peace knowing that my loving Father is in control.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”   (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)  I don’t always understand His ways. That’s because He’s bigger than I am. I’m thankful for that. He can see all the way to the end of my life and He certainly knows that I need some struggles to give me reason to trust Him.

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


Sermons for Sunday

AM   A Higher Rock (Psalm 61:1-2)

PM    Revival  (Psalm 119)


NEW EMAIL ADDRESS

Jon Merritt has a new email address.  It is jon.merritt@yahoo.com  His phone number is 306-6167.


PRAYER CONCERNS

Chad Beard continues to have some problems and discomfort.  Your prayers are requested. 

Former member, Anita Jacques, was scheduled to have a coronary stint implant at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City on Tuesday of this week. 

It was good to have Mariella Jacobs in services Sunday.


THANK YOU

Central Youth (for the valentine), Thanks so much…you really brightened my day! Grace Lofties

Youth Group, Thank you so much for the valentine.  It meant so much to me. Love, Bertha Akin


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

LTC Practice Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013

Bible Bowl @ noon

Chorus @ 1:30

Drama @2:30

Puppets @ 3:45


Hope to see you Sunday!


MARCH BIRTHDAYS

01

Adam Park

02

Joe Scheidt

04

Phillip Collins

04

Megan Prater

06

Anita Sharp

07

Bob Allen

11

Vivian Cross

11

Amber Curtis

11

Nathan Kelly

11

Barbara Vanlandingham

13

Lecia Jones

13

Mali Lane

13

Geoff Root

13

Lorine Watson

16

Janice Gardner

16

Brian Nipper

17

Joann Cheney

17

Anita Hinson

21

Wynona (Nona) Carter

22

Linda Carpenter

23

K’la Shadaram

26

Don Wills

28

Tanner Nipper

28

Kylie Watson

31

Richard Yahola

MARCH ANNIVERSARIES

10

Bernard & June Sharp – 12th

13

Jim & Mali Lane – 29th

13

Cary & Sandy Leonard – 48th

21

Larry & Sarah Smith – 40th

30

Bob & Ann Bivins – 51st

30

Carl & Ruby Holt – 28th

We wish best wishes and congratulations to all having birthdays and anniversaries during the month of March.  A special congratulations to Larry & Sarah Smith on their 40th wedding anniversary.


“Look forward and be hopeful, look backward and be thankful, look down and be helpful, look up and be humble.”   - Unknown


MARCH
DAILY BIBLE READINGS

Date

O.T. Reading

Date

N.T. Reading

1

Num. 23,24,25

1

Mark 7:14-37

2

Num. 26,27

2

Mark 8:1-21

3

Num. 28,29,30

3

Mark 8:22-38

4

Num. 31,32,33

4

Mark 9:1-29

5

Num. 34,35,36

5

Mark 9:30-50

6

Deut. 1,2

6

Mark 10:1-31

7

Deut. 3,4

7

Mark 10:32-52

8

Deut. 5,6,7

8

Mark 11:1-18

9

Deut. 8,9,10

9

Mark 11:19-33

10

Deut. 11,12,13

10

Mark 12:1-27

11

Deut. 14,15,16

11

Mark 12:28-44

12

Deut. 17,18,19

12

Mark 13:1-20

13

Deut. 20,21,22

13

Mark 13:21-37

14

Deut. 23,24,25

14

Mark 14:1-26

15

Deut. 26,27

15

Mark 14:27-53

16

Deut. 28,29

16

Mark 14:54-72

17

Deut. 30,31

17

Mark 15:1-25

18

Deut. 32,33,34

18

Mark 15:26-47

19

Joshua1,2,3

19

Mark 16

20

Joshua 4,5,6

20

Luke 1:1-20

21

Joshua 7,8,9

21

Luke 1:21-38

22

Joshua 10,11,12

22

Luke 1:39-56

23

Joshua 13,14,15

23

Luke 1:57-80

24

Joshua 16,17,18

24

Luke 2:1-24

25

Joshua 19,20,21

25

Luke 2:25-52

26

Joshua 22, 23,24

26

Luke 3

27

Judges 1,2,3

27

Luke 4:1-30

28

Judges 4,5,6

28

Luke 4:31-44

29

Judges 7,8

29

Luke 5:1-16

30

Judges 9,10

30

Luke 5:17-39

31

Judges 11,12

31

Luke 6:1-26


LOOKING AHEAD

February 22-23, ‘Affirming the Faith’ seminar hosted by OKC area churches of Christ held at N. MacArthur.  More info on bulletin board in foyer.

February 23, Memorial service for Joe Magee 2 p.m.

February 24, Search: “Loving Others”

March 8, Friday, Area-Wide Leadership Dinner @ Church of Christ in Seminole, 12040 Hwy 99 North, Phil Brookman, Memorial Road Church of Christ, guest speaker.  Cost $8 per person.


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              106

Worship Service                                       174

Sunday Evening                                       112

Wednesday Evening                                  91

Contribution                                     3,770.45

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

February 24, 2013

Announcements:                          Steve Kelly

Opening Prayer:                           Paul Harris

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                      Adam Park

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                              Bob Perry

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                                               Bob Seikel

Ron Dunavan                         Brandon Gober

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                    Richard Yahola

USHERS

Robert Perry                         Ken Whittington

GREETERS

Foyer:                             Robert & Ann Perry

Elevator:              Ken & Hillary Whittington

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Mary Kelly

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Jim Walling

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                        Nathan Kelly

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                           Carl Weeks

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Burl Vanlandingham

 

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297