Bulletin for Sunday 04/21/2013
Earnest Shackleton and his men sailed for Antarctica on the very day that England declared war on Germany in World War 1. At their first port of call the party sent word they would abandon their expedition and offered themselves and the ship to their country. But Shackleton received a cable from a man who could see the ultimate value of the venture even in the moment of a national struggle for survival. The message was a single word: “Proceed,” and it was signed by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill.
It’s so easy to turn aside from our main goal and be lured in other directions if we are not careful. That happened to the Rich Fool in one of the parables of Jesus. The man was so focused on his success, and building additional barns, he forgot about his soul. The verdict came suddenly, and without warning, when God said, “Fool! Thus night your soul is required of you.”
Life comes to all of us as it did to the Rich Fool. We know not when the pronouncement shall be made, “This night your soul is required of you.”
All of us need to proceed in the Christian life with the same determination of the apostle Paul who desired to attain the resurrection from the dead. Listen to his resolve: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
When Paul writes to the churches of Galatia he says, “And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” To the Thessalonians he said, “Brethren, do not be weary in well-doing.” The writer of the book of Hebrews enjoins us, “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”
We must proceed so that Christ may say of us as he did of the church at Ephesus, “I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.” (Revelation 2:3) JOHN GIPSON, Windsong Church of Christ
Beginning in May, we will be making changes in the way The Gospel Guide is sent. You will be able to receive this by going on line at tenthandbell.org or you can pick up a copy at church services. If you would like to continue receiving a copy by mail, please let the church office know. We feel that the savings in doing it this way will enable us to use the Lord’s money more efficiently.
ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT
Central’s annual men’s retreat is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 10 & 11, at Quail Ridge in Tecumseh. A sign up sheet is located on the table in the foyer. If you have any questions, see Dale Beard or Bob Stephens.
Dorothy Norton spent some time in St. Anthony Shawnee hospital with a blood clot in her leg.
Rachel Hall’s son Larry was scheduled for surgery in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Vivian Cross’s surgery went well last week and she was able to return home the same day.
Bob Bivins remains in Shawnee Colonial Estates for rehabilitation. He is in room 121. Your prayers appreciated.
My friend had a large hydrangea bush in her yard. Each year for a decade, she found only one or two blooms. “Cut it down!” she told her husband in frustration. But he, a very patient man, urged, “Let’s give it one more year. I’ll water it and fertilize it with coffee grounds. If it still doesn’t bloom, I’ll chop it down.”
The next year, as the couple anticipated carrying out the death sentence, the bush not only bloomed but bloomed in abundance – and in multiple colors that amazed my friend, an avid gardener. “It’s the barren fig tree all over again!” she exclaimed.
Indeed, sometimes God replicates his miracles, perhaps because we need a refresher course in patiently waiting for his glorious blessings. –Heidi Mann
Molly Gettle is planning to go on a mission trip to Africa the first of May. She needs to take baby blankets (small) and wash cloths. If you would like to help by providing these items, there will be a basket in the foyer.
We all survived the volleyball tournament. Those of us that are blessed/cursed with fair skin came back a little redder. The rest came back just like they left. We only won one game, but as my wife put it, we played three games. All in all they played well and seemed to have fun and that didn’t keep us from celebrating. We got snow cones afterwards and then went to the park, where everyone played tag. Glad they can embrace the inner kid inside. I’ve been blessed with a great group of teens and am looking forward to another summer with them.
I don’t know if the earthquake was felt in Shawnee, but this morning (Tuesday) I happened to be up and as I was trying to fall back asleep when I felt an earthquake. It wasn’t until I got to work that I started to reflect on the earthquake and God’s power. That led me to thinking about Elijah. In 1 Kings 19 we see Elijah in a cave listening for God. God wasn’t in the rain, the earthquake or the fire, but in the gentle whisper. I was thanking God for his power when I realized that I tend to do that only when something big or some big change happens. I don’t always see God’s power in the normal, ordinary events in my life.
There’s a significant difference between having religion and having a relationship with Christ. The key word in religion is do. It is a present-tense verb. Do. Do. Do. You need to be baptized. You need to join the church. You need to learn the catechism. You need to be confirmed. You need to take communion. You need to …And the list goes on. Religion is based on the idea that we must do things in order to win the favor of God and receive salvation.
Having a relationship with Christ is not based on the word, do; it is based on the word done. Everything we need for salvation has already been done. We have been accepted by God “through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10, NIV) -- Edward G, Dobson, Simplicity: Finding Order, Freedom, and Fulfillment for Your Life
CONTINUING PRAYER CONCERNS
Bob Allen, Ruth Autrey, Chad Beard, Bob Bivins, Gary Brown (elder at Highland), Betty Caldwell (sister of Linda Carpenter) Harold Carothers, Blake Carter (great grandson of Sue Merritt), Sherri Collins, 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) June Lawerance (mother of Bill Lawerance), 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, Naomi Rutledge, Rhetta Smith, Sarah Smith, Dorothy Strickland, John Sullivan, Jenni Tennery (Leona Smith’s granddaughter), 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.
April 21, Search: “Churches of Christ”
April 28, Search: “A Member of the Body”
May 10, 11, Men’s Retreat is planned at the Quail Ridge facility near Tecumseh. A sign-up sheet is located on the table in the foyer.
LAST WEEK’S RECORD
Bible School 88
Worship Service 185
Sunday Evening 96
Wednesday Evening 85
SERVING THE CONGREGATION
April 21, 2013
Announcements: Ron Taffe
Opening Prayer: Michael Michener
Song Director: Dale Beard
Scripture: Mark Michener
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Austin Beard Jim Pettyjohn
Eric Park Mark Michener
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Burl Vanlandingham Kevin Gober
Steve Kelly Cary Leonard
Foyer: Steve & Mary Kelly
Elevator: Cary & Sandy Leonard
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: Jim Cross
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Dwyane Dennis
Closing Prayer: Richard Yahola
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Clavin Norwood Jim Walling
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
Classes for all ages
Devotional: Nathan Kelly
Song Director: Paul Harris
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297