Bulletin for Sunday 05/12/2013

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ON MAKING IT PERSONAL

While reading an old book I came across a description John A. Rice gave of the preaching of his uncle, a Methodist bishop:

To listen to him was like quietly getting drunk.    He led his hearers by easy stages into an unreal world of effortless peace, drugging them gradually into unconsciousness by the melody that was himself.  They went home to eat their Sunday dinners in dead silence, and remained befuddled until Monday morning, when they woke up and went about their business.

It makes one wonder what good came of it at last!

That could just as well be applied to our Bible reading if we are not careful.  We read some interesting and beautiful stories; we are captured by the beauty of truth; we marvel at the life of Jesus; we see the various facets of life displayed in the people we meet therein; we are enthralled by the language, etc., but often we don’t take the time to make it personal, or apply it to our own lives.  If this is the case –

The Word of God has not been given to us merely for our enjoyment, but to furnish us with life.  Remember the words of Jesus: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

The apostle Paul assures us, “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

As blessed as God’s Word is, Jesus presents us with a double “if.”  “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17)                                John Gipson, Windsong Church of Christ


Hope to see you Sunday!


PRAYER CONCERNS

Bob Bivins spent some time in ER at St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital on Tuesday with chest pains and diagnosed with inflammation of the chest wall. He was kept overnight for observation and returned to Colonial Estates on Wednesday. 

Mariella Jacobs is in ICU 6 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City


THANK YOU

Dear Church Family, Many thanks for all the cards, phone calls and prayers while I was recovering from the shingles.  I appreciate your love and concern.  Much love,        Sandy Leonard

We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support for Molly on her mission trip.  She had bags and bags of blankets and washcloths.  We are so thankful for all of you.  Please keep Molly and the work at the Chimala Mission in your prayers.                     Love, Mary & Tracy [Gettle]


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

On Sunday, we had a van full of youth.  A van over-full is a more appropriate wording.  We had a total of 17 go to the area wide and the van is only a 15 passenger.  For those who don’t like math, that means we had 2 more people than seats.  I would have been in a lot of trouble if Kyle Perry didn’t come with us and drive his own truck.  He turns the hazardous situation into a safe one.  I am really appreciative of him and I was so pleased to see how many came.  That’s the most we’ve had so far.  I hope we can keep up the high numbers.

Don’t forget about the trip to Ada on the 18th.  We are going up to Lazer Zone to play laser tag and whatever other activities they might have.  I’ve never been myself but the kids have and they have requested it.  I’m looking forward to it.  I would love to have an over-full situation again.  So bring friends.  Let me know who is coming by Sunday, please.

May 10 & 11, Central Men’s Retreat 

May 18, Lazer Zone in Ada


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A SPIRIT OF ADOPTION

My youngest sister was adopted, as were many of my childhood friends.  When I married a man with a son whose birth mother had died, I adopted the child.  Later my husband and I had a son together.

We, too, have been adopted – by God.  When God looks at us, he sees people who are as much his children as Jesus is.  God loves us as he loves Jesus, and we are equal heirs with Jesus to God’s gift of eternal life.  As Paul wrote, we “have received a spirit of adoption…we are children of God, and if children, then…heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:15-17, NRSV).

When someone refers to my oldest son as my stepson, I’m momentarily taken aback; never do I think of him that way.  Nor do we think of our boys as half-brothers.  Though biologically half-siblings, legally and in terms of our parental love and responsibility, they’re full-fledged brothers because each is fully our child.

What a blessing, not only to have these boys as children, but also to receive, through them, a clear reminder of the right of all of us to “be called children of God; [for] that is what we are” (1John 3:1, NRSV].


PARENT-PARISH PARTNERSHIP

“Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday school is intended to ease them of their personal duties,” said 19th-century British preacher Charles H. Spurgeon.  “The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Studies show that parents are their kids strongest influencers in faith matters.  Dr. Christian Smith, director of the influential National Study of Youth and Religion, wrote: “In most cases, parents are the most important Christian pastors teenagers will ever have – for better or worse.”  The sense of separateness between home and church, he said, “must be replaced by a more cooperative, integrated, comprehensive approach to the faith formation of young people.”


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, Central Ladies Fellowship: Friday evening Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant, leave at 5 pm & Saturday 9 am at building for breakfast, singing, devotional & craft. Questions see Michelle McKnight.

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.


Happy Mother’s Day


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              100

Worship Service                                       155

Wednesday Evening                                 100

Contribution                                     4,177.60

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

May 12, 2013

Announcements:                            Bob Perry

Opening Prayer:                       Cary Leonard

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

Scripture:                                  Jaxon Canard

Sermon:                                      Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:             Burl Vanlandingham

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Geoff Root                            Craig McKnight

Clavin Norwood                    Richard Yahola

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Tim McGalliard                       Jaxon Canard

USHERS

Paul Harris                               Bob Stephens

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Paul & Paula Harris

Elevator:                      Bob & Janet Stephens

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Darlene Todd

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                         Carl Weeks

Song Director:                     Dwyane Dennis

Sermon:                                     Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                        Austin Beard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Eric Park                                        Dennis Brodersen

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Classes for all ages

Devotional:                                   Joe Curtis

Song Director:                       Dwyane Dennis

 

VAN DRIVER

Bob Stephens

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297