Bulletin for Sunday 05/05/2013

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ARE YOU AN ANOMALY?

I picked up a magazine the other day that contained an interview article with TV and movie actor, Steve Carell (American Way, September 15, 2007).  You may recognize Carell as the “emotionally blind” character Michael Scott; the mid-level management boss on The Office.  It seems that Carell has for the most part kept his nose clean (comparatively) and Hollywood has begun to take note.  I don’t usually keep up with actors and their personal lives, but Carell’s response to the “why are you such a nice guy” inquiries caught my attention.     He says, “…this whole aspect of me being recognized as nice, as if it’s so abnormal or an anomaly to what people should be – well, I just don’t think that you should be given credit for being a decent person.”  Good thoughts, Steve.  Why should it be such a big deal if someone is a decent person?  Should that be so “abnormal?”  Shouldn’t decency be the norm or what’s expected?

     I think this plays out in the church as well.  What should be the norm is often the exception, and the exception is hailed as this great anomaly.  We’re impressed with the Christian who brings an unchurched friend to our assembly.  We’re inspired when a soul is publicly passionate about their redemption story.  The big giver, the hard worker, the missionary, the humble servant – the list goes on.  We witness what should be normal Christian behavior and stand amazed.  I don’t know if I’ve ever impressed anyone with my faith, or passion, or love, or humility, or goodness; but this I know, I once was lost but now am found and the God who pulled off this amazing feat does not want me to quietly and contently squeeze by with the bare minimum, but wants my all.  And for Christians, that should be normal.                 Joe Chesser, Windsong Church of Christ


BIRTHDAY ADDITION

Please add Orlena Williams’ birthday to your May list.  Her birthday is May 14th.


Hope to see you Sunday!


BULLETIN CHANGING

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 wish to be included in weekly email notice that the bulletin has been posted online, send an email to mailto:mwebdude@shawneecentralcofc.org.  For out of town recipients who wish to continue to receive our bulletin, if you are unable to receive it via internet, you may request a hard copy to be mailed to you.  We feel that the savings in doing it this way will enable us to use the Lord’s money more efficiently.


MISSING SERMON DISK

The master sermon CD from April 7, 2013 is missing. If you have borrowed this CD please return it to the Projection Control desk. There are members waiting for their copies.


CENTRAL LADIES INVITATION

All of the ladies of the congregation are invited to attend a Sisterly Fellowship on the evening of Friday, May 10th and on Saturday morning, May 11th.  Friday evening we will be taking the church bus to the Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant in Bricktown.  The cost will be $22 each plus tax and gratuity; this does not include a beverage.  Please mark your preference for the cheese and chocolate fondue that you would like on the signup sheet.  The two cheeses and two chocolates with the most votes will be what we will have.  Everyone will choose their own salad there.  We will leave the church building at 5:00 PM and be returning at approximately 9-9:30 PM to go home and sleep in our own comfy beds.  We will then meet back at the church building at 9 AM the next morning for breakfast, singing, a devotional and craft.  Please sign up for that on the second signup sheet.  We encourage all of our Christian sisters to come have a fun time and build closer relationships.  If you have any questions please see Michelle McKnight.


PRAYER CONCERNS

To the best of our knowledge we have no Central member in the hospital at the present time.

    


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

May 5, AWTG @ Wilshire in OKC

May 10 & 11, Central Men’s Retreat 

May 18, Laser tag in Ada


LOOKING AHEAD

May, Molly Gettle’s mission trip to Africa; Donations of small baby blankets & wash cloths may be left in basket on table in foyer.

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.  Any questions, please see Dale Beard or Bob Stephens.

May 15, Last Ladies Class of season, luncheon to follow at Paul’s Place

May 19, Senior Reception honoring Reagan Yahola and Clavin Wayne Skyler Norwood II after evening service in the fellowship room.  To contribute to a money tree gift see Denise Beard, Mary Kelly or Janet Stephens.

June 4 – 6, A list of needed items is listed below:

Canola Oil, Ritz crackers, Liquid Cascade, Saltine crackers, Assorted soups, BBQ sauce, Canned pineapple, Green beans, Spaghetti sauce, Graham crackers, Honey,   Presweetened Kool-Aid, Diced tomatoes, Bleach, Toilet tissue, Paper napkins, Paper towels, Toilet bowl cleaner, Ground black Pepper, Peanut butter, 40 gal trash bags, Fabric softener sheets, Club crackers, Assorted cereals, Worcestershire sauce, Picante Sauce, Canned tuna, Pancake mix, Lysol, HE laundry detergent, Salt, Pop-Tarts, Pine-Sol

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


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.


CENTRAL MEMBERS & FRIENDS

IN NURSING HOMES

 

ROSE MANOR CARE CENTER

1610 N. Bryan, Shawnee, OK 74804

Dave Emery, #309

 

SHAWNEE CARE CENTER

1202 W. Gilmore, Shawnee, OK 74804

Harold Carothers, #511

Sue Riedel, #205

 

SHAWNEE COLONIAL ESTATES

535 W. Federal, Shawnee, OK 74804

Ruth Autrey, #81

Bob Bivins, #121

Naomi Rutledge, #135

Orlena Williams, #83

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #13

Alice Rice, #55

Rhetta Smith, #44


THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE

Christians realize that gratitude has spiritual benefits, but now scientists are confirming its physical and emotional benefits, as well.

Professor Robert Emmons found that people who counted their blessings instead of their burdens were healthier and more optimistic, exercised more and made more progress toward achieving goals.  Evidence shown that gratitude can even ease chronic health conditions.

Emmons, author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Mariner Books), acknowledges that gratitude seems harder to practice during tough times.  But, he notes, “In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize.  In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to heal.  In the face of despair, gratitude has the power to bring hope.”


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              110

Worship Service                                       183

Sunday Evening                                         84

Wednesday Evening                                  93

Contribution                                     4,986.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

May 5, 2013

Announcements:                      Bob Stephens

Opening Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                           Austin Beard

Scripture:                                      Adam Park

Sermon:                                 Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                         Nathan Kelly

 

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Richard Yahola                               Jim Cross

Brandon Gober                           Chris Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jon Merritt                                 Brian Nipper

USHERS

Paul Harris                                    Geoff Root

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                     Geoff & Carolyn Root

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Janet Stephens

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Ron Taffe

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                     Jim Pettyjohn

Song Director:                          Austin Beard

Sermon:                                Dwyane Dennis

Closing Prayer:                  Clavin Norwood

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Mark Michener                     George Mastick

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Devotional:                                   Chad Beard

Song Director:                   Michael Michener

 

VAN DRIVER

Tracy Gettle

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297