Bulletin for Sunday 03/17/2013

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AMONG FRIENDS
With Robert Prater

In the book of Nehemiah we are introduced to people who had “a mind to work.” (Nehemiah 4:6 NAS)  This passage from Nehemiah 4:6 is referring to the people who were rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. The temple had been rebuilt some years before but the wall around Jerusalem still lay in ruins. The people building, especially their leader Nehemiah, were ridiculed and threatened, but the work continued and in 4:6 they had reached half the height of where they eventually wanted to be. To what was their success attributed? Their minds. You see our minds are a powerful thing. If we as humans truly set our mind to something, it is difficult to stop us. These people set their mind on accomplishing a task.

I want each and every member here at Central to set their minds on accomplishing the work of service that Christ has called you to do.  I know many of you have been and are doing great things in His kingdom. You already have a mind to work and serve and are doing a great job.  However, there is a reason that we have a church. That reason is so that we can help one another along the way. We are not to just help each other when in need but to consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:24)

You have a great work in front of you.  You too are building something.  In fact, we are being built into something. Ephesians 2:19-22 tells us that we are being built into a holy temple in the Lord in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.  Everyone then has a part and must be involved. No person should be left out of this building. This is an important task and it calls for us to have a mind to work.  “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”  (Colossians 3:2)

When people each do their part and work together, they grow together. (cf. Eph. 4:15-16)  The church that is busy at work is busy at growing.  I love the Central church.  I pray that you do too.  I pray that you will determine that you are going to be a part of the great future of this congregation – right there in the middle of things: involved, engaged, working, participating and contributing.  This is no time for hand-wringing and “what if’s.”   God wants you.  The Central church needs you.  You can make a difference here at Central and in the Shawnee community.  May the God of heaven give you success as you serve Him together.

                       --Robert--(robprater@sbcglobal.net)


Sermons for Sunday

AM   “From the first day”

PM    A Farewell Message


“I WANT AN ELDER....”
By Jim Bill McInteer

Across this land I pray with my brethren in public assembly. One petition I notice repetitiously—and it’s not “choose our changes,” “guide, guard, and direct us,” “if we have been found faithful, save us without the loss of one,” “help us to partake of this loaf/cup in a manner well-pleasing in thy sight,” “give him a ready recollection,” nor is it “bless all those for whom it is our duty to pray.” It is this: “Lord, bless our elders and help them make wise decisions!”       What does that say to you? Are the elders a formulating board? Is their duty almost exclusively as an assembled body?

Somehow it leaves me cold… “Help them make decisions.” “Let them say yes to the right letter.” “Let them decide best about the size of the directory.” Is that their job? I want an elder, not a board. I want a godly, praying, thoughtful, sensitive man. I want one to come to me when I’m weak, sick, strong, successful, bewildered. I want a leader in the church who will share his strength with me.
“Help them make the right decisions.” Really? I want a brother who helps make me right in the holy sight of God. That’s my prayer!

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Note: Jim Bill McInteer, who passed away in 2010 was one of the most well-known and well-loved preachers in the Lord’s church.  He left a legacy of hundreds of sermon outlines and lesson plans.  A minister for 70-plus years, the former president and publisher of 21st Century Christian and Power for Today served on the board at Harding University for decades. Harding named its center for Bible and world missions after him.

The Apostle Paul says that we are to highly esteem the leaders of the church in love because of the work that they do. (1 Thess. 5:13)  Spiritually leading a congregation of God’s people is one of the most challenging, draining, but rewarding pursuits known to man.

Central is extremely blessed to have the elders here that are investing their time serving and courageously leading this congregation.  Leaders in the church are often targets for criticism and so they must be strong, bold, and yet compassionate and caring. Our lives are blessed by these godly men.  Their work is not in vain.  May they do their work with joy (Hebrews 13:17), because it is the greatest work on earth!      --Robert--


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins fell last Tuesday and broke his right hip.  He was discharged on Friday from St. Anthony Shawnee.  He will be in Rose Manor, room 205-B for the next few weeks for physical therapy. 

Norma Edgmon is now home, but should have no company. 

Wayne & Patti Spencer’s twin great granddaughter Addison, is now home and greatly improved. 

Chad Beard continues to do fairly well.  He will be seeing numerous doctors in the next few months. 


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.


“OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING!”

Children often see things that adults miss.  My 8-year-old son often peers out the window first thing in the morning, as likely on a rainy day as a sunny one, to proclaim, “It’s a  beea-YOU-tiful  day!

Spring varies greatly, from chilly to warm, from rain to sun, from slush and mud to newly green grass and budding plant life.  Our lives vary too, of course, between easier days and harder ones, times of relaxation and hours of stress.  What if we approached it all with childlike confidence? That no matter what comes, life is beautiful because God walks beside us the whole way.


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

LTC Practice Sunday, March 17, 2013

Chorus @ 1:30

Drama @2:30

Puppets @ 3:45


LOOKING AHEAD

March 17, Search: “But He Lied”

March 17, Reception for the Prater’s in the fellowship room after pm service.  Bring finger foods and deserts. Drinks will be provided.  Robert will begin preaching at Crosstown in Tulsa on March 31st.  To contribute to a money tree, see Marcia Dennis, Paula Harris, Mary Kelly, Ann Perry, Louise Perry or Cathy Pettyjohn

March 24, Search: “The Blessed Man”

March 31, Search: “Pearl of Great Price”


Hope to see you Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              113

Worship Service                                       165

Sunday Evening                                       110

Wednesday Evening                                 109

Contribution                                     4,530.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

March 17, 2013

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                          Steve Kelly

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                     Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                            Paul Harris

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Michael Michener                          Bob Perry

Ken Whittington                    Keith Lawrence

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Frank Burton                               Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Jim Pettyjohn                              Austin Beard

GREETERS

Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                       Austin & Alex Beard

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Hillary Whittington

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Geoff Root

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                       Robert Perry

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                    Robert Prater

Closing Prayer:                             Ron Taffe

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Scott Perry                         Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Song Director:                      Clavin Norwood

 

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297