Bulletin for Sunday 03/24/2013

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With Robert Prater

Wow!  I’m really not sure how else to say it.  The outpouring of love and appreciation you gave our family this past Sunday evening was beyond anything we would have expected.  It seems much too little to simply say “Thanks” to all who had any part in the reception.   Were it possible, we would gladly express our gratitude to each one, individually.  However, your kindness and thoughtfulness are known by the Lord and His reward is far better than any word from us.  While we appreciate deeply the monetary gift and other tangible gifts, it is the love behind these that means the most to us.  Jesus said that His disciples would be known by their “love for one another.”  (John 13:35)  That mark of discipleship is surely evident at Central!

I cannot write this article without thinking about it being the last “Among Friends” in The Gospel Guide.   It is my prayer that the articles and thoughts contained in the bulletin from my “pen” have been a blessing to the readers.  It’s given me a chance to inform and encourage you and consider the many good things that are happening within the Central family. 

It has been a joy and blessing from God to have worked with this wonderful congregation of God’s people during these past 8 and half years.  I’m thankful to the Elders and have appreciated the support they have given me and my family.  I am thankful for their unchanging desire to be faithful shepherds of this congregation.  I have also enjoyed working with our Deacons here and all their labors of love in our church.  Indeed what a joy it has been to serve and work together with every member here at Central.  It has also especially been a blessing working with the church staff.  It has been a privilege to serve alongside Dwyane and Marcia.  We are thankful for their many faithful years of service here and the encouragement they have been to us in our work.  I’m thankful for Jim and Vivian Cross our custodians and all they have done for me.  Their work behind the scenes at the building is crucial for the proper function of our facilities. 

And it has been a great honor and rich blessing to my work as your preacher to have had Ann Bivins for a church secretary.  She carries herself in both a professional and Christian manner.   I appreciate so much her dedication and commitment as she works hard in fulfilling her secretarial duties, which she does with great love and joy.  She has helped me in more ways than I could tell you.  I will miss her dearly.

I will continue to pray for the congregation here at Central.  I will pray that it might grow in grace and knowledge and in number.  I know the future is bright, and there is much potential here.  I pray that the potential will be tapped.

In the future, I may no longer be your preacher, but will remain your friend and brother in Christ.  Our thoughts and prayers will be directed this way until Christ returns.  Although distance will require our relationship to change, we certainly do not expect it to end.  We expect you to visit us and we will visit Central Lord willing often in the future years.  Maggie and I will always treasure you and our ministry here.

I close with the words of Paul written to a group that he felt very close to:  “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart…..”  (Philippians 1:3-7 NIV)                  



(We have enjoyed watching Robert grow in his preaching. I want to openly thank Robert & Maggie for their enthusiasm toward VBS and Burnt Cabin.  I have truly enjoyed working with Robert.  He has always been so considerate and Bob & I want to wish the Prater Family the very best.     (Ann & Bob Bivins)


We rejoice with Brittley Dean who was baptized into Christ last Saturday morning at the building by Robert PraterBrittley has attended Central for several years and is active in the youth group.  Her father is Justin Dean who attends Central with her.  Her mother is Lacy McLain and her stepfather is Geoffrey McLain who attend Central some regularly.  They live at 1205 N. Broadway, Shawnee, OK 74801.  (405) 788-5510.  Please take the time to congratulate her!


Dear Friends, We are deeply grateful that you remembered our dad with a beautiful arrangement from a congregation he dearly loved.  I have found a picture that I believe was taken in front of the building in the late 30’s.  Daddy told stories of working with you with much fondness!  Thank you! Nan Macleod (daughter) Perry C. and Harry [Cotham]

I really enjoy the DVD sermons you send every week.  Thanks so much.                   Thelma Divine

Thanks for the sermon CD’s.  The series I wanted (worship series) is finished so please stop sending them.  May God bless your work in Shawnee! Eileen Graves, N. Richland Hills, Texas

To the Brothers & Sisters in Christ at Central,  We wish to say thank you for the prayers that have been offered for Addyson & Savannah, our twin great-granddaughters.  Thank you for the concern that you have shown.  Both babies are gaining weight and doing well.  We continue to ask for your prayers for them.  Thank you, Love, Wayne & Patti Spencer

Thank you for your cards, prayers and phone calls for the loss of our grandson, Josh.  It really meant a lot to us.  You’re a loving and caring church family.  We are proud to be a member with you.  Thank you.  Royce & Kathy Peerson


There will be a LTC logistics meeting this coming Sunday, March 24, after evening service in the basement.  All who are going to Rogers, AR., need to attend to go over the schedule for the weekend trip.


Joe Curtis had successful outpatient surgery on Thursday afternoon and is doing well. 

Naomi Rutledge spent some time in the hospital this past week and has now gone to Colonial Estates, room 135, for two weeks of rehabilitation.  She would enjoy your visits. 

Bob Bivins remains in Rose Manor, room 205-B for the next few weeks for physical therapy. 

Youth News
Nathan Kelly

Well, I think another congratulations is in order for Brittley Dean.  She put on Christ in baptism last Saturday morning and I can’t think of a better way for her to start out her spring break than with even less to worry about.  On April 14th, Highland will host their annual volleyball tournament.  This year we will be attending class and worship at Highland beforehand.  So, I need everyone to be at church at 9:15 so we can head over there in time for class.  Bring a change of clothes to play volleyball in, and sunscreen if you believe in that stuff.  I know I have to have it.

LTC Practice Sunday, March 24

Chorus @ 1:30

Drama @2:30

Puppets @ 3:45


March 24, Search: “The Blessed Man”

March 24, LTC logistics meeting after PM service

March 29-30, Leadership Training for Christ, Rogers, AR

March 31, Search: “Pearl of Great Price”

June 9-15, Central’s camp week at Burnt Cabin.

 “When you talk, choose the very same words that you would use if Jesus were looking over your shoulder.  Because he is.”       --Marie T. Freeman

Hope to see you Sunday!


Bible School                                              113

Worship Service                                       174

Sunday Evening                                       132

Wednesday Evening                                 101

Contribution                                     4,944.55



March 24, 2013

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                Dennis Brodersen

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                      Adam Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                     George Mastick


NORTH                                            SOUTH

Frank Burton                         Tim McGalliard

Clavin Norwood                       Jim Carpenter


Jon Merritt                                 Austin Beard


Jim Pettyjohn                                Dale Beard


Foyer:                         Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                       Dale & Denise Beard


Lysa Park


Mark Autrey


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:                          Bob Seikel

Song Director:                             Paul Harris

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                        Chuck Carter


NORTH                                           SOUTH

Michael Michener                           Jim Cross



Classes for all ages

Song Director:                   Michael Michener



Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-12977