Bulletin for Sunday 03/03/2013

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

Jesus saw the man who needed help.  He knew those around Him were looking for him to do the right thing, even though they were going to call it the wrong thing. Though the man needed help, people considered by society as “higher ups” surrounded him in an intimidating way.  He was in a public place, yet there Jesus stood, telling him to, “Step forward” (Mk. 3:3).

As Christians, God expects us to stand up, step forward, and be counted as Christians in our everyday life. Stepping forward must involve moving from one place to another. In our case, it means moving and stepping away from “everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”  (Heb. 12:1)  Paul states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Rom. 12:2 NIV)   By not conforming to this world, we are not fashioned or shaped by it. As Christians, we must not imitate or adopt the values of this sinful world.  Christians must not let the world squeeze and mold them into a worldly person.  Rather, and in a positive way, we must mold the ideals of Christian living into our lives so that we can change the way we view the world and react to the world in our everyday lives.

In order to not be molded by the world, we must “step forward” out of the world onto the well lit plain pathway of God’s commandments to direct our life.  (Psa. 27:11; 119:35, 105)  As the wise man directed, we should refrain from walking in the evil path.  (Proverbs 1:15; 4:14). As Christians, God must direct the path we must ponder through His Word.  God wants us to “step forward” in living righteously by letting our Christian example be seen through the light of His word, shining in a dark world.  (Phil. 2:15)  Stepping forward means not participating and involving ourselves in that which distracts from the righteous, sanctified (holy) life we are called to live. (1 Pet. 1:14-16)

Stepping forward is a positive action. Stepping forward is a decision.  A decision not made results in staying in the world.  Remaining in the same place often translated into looking like the world and acting like the world. If we look like the world looks and act as the world acts, then we are conformed to it and worldly. Stepping out of that lifestyle means stepping forward, exactly what Jesus expects of us as Christians.

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


PRAYER CONCERNS

Norma Edgmon has spent several days in St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital.

Bob Allen has been recuperating at home for the last several weeks. 

Chad Beard is still experiencing some bad days but it was so wonderful to have him in services Sunday morning. 

Former member Anita Jacques is now home from the hospital and doing well following her coronary stint implant.  

Georgia Gettle, mother of Tracy Gettle, returned home this past Friday and is greatly improved.


CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS

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), Robert Donaldson (Vivian Cross’s brother) Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Fredith Hanifan, Norma Holt, (Carl Holt’s sister-in-law),  Louise Honaker, Mariella Jacobs, John Johnston, Jerry Lanier, (son of the late Lois Lanier) Aubrey McNutt, Cindy Monday, (friend of Rita Romberg) Patti Morgan (niece of Burl Vanlandingham), Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Addyson & Savahnnah Paine, (twin  great grand-daughters of Wayne & Patti Spencer),  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.


Hope to see you Sunday!


DIRECTORY CHANGES

Gene & Dorothy Norton have moved to Sterling House of Shawnee, 3947 N. Kickapoo, Apt. 108, Shawnee, 74804.  Telephone number remains the same.

Janice Watson has changed her telephone number to 886-4230.


LTC

We are only four weeks away from LTC and are eager to be on our way!  We would appreciate your help in collecting bottled water for the trip to Rogers, Arkansas.  Thank you for your support.  If you have any questions please contact Michael or Jennifer Michener.


THANK YOU

Thanks so much for the valentine day card.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated very much,                                                    Naomi Rutledge

 “To say ‘THANK YOU’ seems inadequate when we think of all you have done for our parents during their declining years.  It has been such a comfort to us knowing that so many people have shown their love to them.  To move back to Shawnee was to come full circle for them, finishing their life together where they started it 69 years ago.  Though they lived a lot of places and served many congregations, this was always home.  Thank you for your kindness, the wonderful meals, the kind thoughts, and shared memories.  Sincerely, The children of Joe & Nadine Magee

Central youth, Saying “thanks” and thinking, too, how very nice it was of you!  Also thanks for your time & effort and thinking of me.  In Christian love, Lorine Watson

To the Sonshine Sisters; Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers on Valentine’s Day.  I consider myself very blessed indeed to have such wonderful sisters in Christ.  In Christian love, Rachel (Naomi) Rutledge    


LOOKING AHEAD

March 6, Ladies class meets at 10:30, luncheon follows

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.

March 10, Daylight Saving Time begins


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

LTC Scrapbooking

We will work on our LTC scrapbook Saturday, March 2 at noon until about 3.  Please remember to bring a recent photo and any other embellishments you want for your personal page.  A taco salad lunch will be served.  If you have any questions, please see Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Beard or Hillary Whittington.

LTC Practice Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bible Bowl @ noon

Chorus @ 1:30

Drama @2:30

Puppets @ 3:45


FRESH START

Here’s a mixture of fun and serious thoughts about the fresh start we receive with each new year of life in Christ:

·         “The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.” – Author Unknown

·         “Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.” – C.D. Jackson

·         “God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.” – Author Unknown

·         “Life is full of obstacle illusions.” – Grant Frazier

·         “Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.” –  William Arthur Ward

·         “Nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37, NIV


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              120

Worship Service                                       182

Sunday Evening                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                  57

Contribution                                     5,297.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

March 3, 2013

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                       Bob Stephens

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

Scripture:                                  Jaxon Canard

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                         Austin Beard

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Nathan Kelly                               Jim Walling

Lynn Harmon                                Kyle Perry

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Cary Leonard                                Geoff Root

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                         Craig McKnight

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:            Craig & Michelle McKnight

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Mark Autrey

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Perry

Song Director:                  Michael Michener

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                           Paul Harris

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Richard Yahola                     Tim McGalliard

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:              Craig McKnight

 

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297