Bulletin for Sunday 06/09/2013

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POUTING

Little children are masters at it.  Unable to get their way, they run off and hold a “pout session.”  The lips are thrust out in sullenness or displeasure.  Such childishness is overlooked because, after all, they are only children.  To adults their expressions are often more comical than tragic.  Left alone for a few minutes they will get over their sulking and be back outside playing.

It’s not so funny when adults play the game.  We refuse to bounce back like little children.  Once the sulking begins it could last for days, months, years…or even a lifetime.  That’s not childishness.  It’s something far worse.

All of us at times will be wronged.  And if we aren’t careful we will try to justify ourselves for “being in a mood.”  We make ourselves miserable and everyone around us miserable.  In fact, that is exactly what we are trying to do.  Shame!

Pouting and Christianity just don’t go together.  Consider Jesus.  Many were the abuses and criticisms heaped against Him.  He was wronged any number of times, but He never sulked.  He never ran off to hide in a corner, or pout.  He was a man, the kind of person you and I ought to be.

The apostle Paul had certainly learned this valuable lesson in the school of Christ.  That’s why he could sit in a jail and rejoice.  And as you and I both know, there’s no way rejoicing and pouting can occupy the same corner.

I wonder how many things in life would change if we would only heed the instruction of the apostle Paul: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”  Are you willing to try it?  All together now…Rejoice!

                  JOHN GIPSON, Little Rock, Arkansas


PRAYER CONCERNS

We are not aware of any Central Member in the hospital at this time. 

Naomi Rutledge has moved to room 83 in Colonial Estates.


CONGRATULATIONS

Sarah Grace Sharp was born on May 31st to Brian and Julie Sharp of Oklahoma City.  Grandparents are Jimmy and Huong Pham of Norman and Bernard and June Sharp, Aunt Anita Sharp and great aunt and uncle, Bob and Ann Bivins.  Sarah weighed 6 lbs and 11 oz, was 20 inches long.  She has 2 brothers, Walker and Noah Sharp.


THANK YOU

Hello, My name is Paige Dickson.  I wanted to say thank you for opening your doors to me and my dogs during the May 19th tornados.  I am so appreciative of your kindness and generosity.  The people that attend your church are true examples of what Christians should be.  Thanks again and may God bless you and your church.     Sincerely, Paige                           

                                                       

It is on behalf of the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa that I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the Central congregation.  Last Friday evening a wonderful meal was provided and served by the Central church family to our new Christian friends from Crosstown who came to help with the tornado clean up in Bethel Acres and the Lakeview congregation’s disaster relief.   I want to give a special thanks to Mary Kelly, Janet Stephens, Michelle McKnight and Denise Beard for all their hard work arranging the meal.  I want to also especially thank the Canard’s, the Michener’s, the Harris’s, Doris Phillips, and Scott & Tamie Perry who housed overnight our workers Friday evening and provided a place for them to cleanup on Saturday as well.  (I’m also thankful to so many others who offered to house workers as needed)  I am also thankful to Bob Stephens who gave our relief workers some much helpful safety instructions on Friday night.  For nearly 9 years Maggie and I and our family made Shawnee and the Central church our home.  Words fail to express just how richly we have been blessed by the amazing members who worship at Tenth and Bell.  Central’s hospitality, love and kindness never ceases to amaze me!  You are truly the very best.  We are grateful for you always being our extended Christian family.  Blessings of grace and peace.    Robert & Maggie Prater - On behalf of the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa


Youth News
Nathan Kelly

The new quarter has only just begun and yet it’s already been great.  We had a packed class on Sunday with 22 kids and we had to bring some chairs out for some of them.  That’s a blessing!  I’m looking forward to the rest of the summer with them.  Just thinking out loud, here is what I have planned for the rest of the summer.  Besides the AWTG, I’m planning a cleaning day for the youth house in which we will tear up the carpet and possibly repaint because the carpet is gross; a float trip down the Illinois River; and maybe set up a drive in movie at someone’s house.  Besides those, I’m hoping to set up the Shawnee Area Wides again, since we lost the leader of those.  I’ll also set up some devos and some random movie days.  Maybe even a girls/guys day if I can talk my wife into it.  I’m looking forward to the summer.  I hope you can make it to as many events as you can.  Stay safe this summer and stay strong!

Remember in prayer our young people and sponsors in their travels and stay this week at Burnt Cabin Camp


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.


GOD’S CHANGELESS WORD

 

Feelings come and feelings go,

And feelings are deceiving;

My warrant is the Word of God -

Naught else is worth believing.

 

Though all my heart should feel condemned

For want of some sweet token,

There is One greater than my heart

Whose Word cannot be broken.

 

I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word

Till soul and body sever,

For though all things shall pass away,

His Word shall stand forever!

-  Martin Luther


June 9-15, CENTRAL’S WEEK @ BURNT CABIN

If you would like to sponsor a child at camp, gifts may be given to Bob Stephens, Bob Perry or Steve Kelly.  If a check is given it should have Burnt Cabin Camp on the memo line.  The cost for one week at camp is $140.


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, #83

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 ARMS OF JESUS

A teacher took her class of 7 year-olds to visit residents of an Alzheimer’s care center.  One boy spied an elderly woman sitting alone on a bed, slipped into her room and gave her a hug.  She – and many who saw the interaction – shed tears.

The boy scurried back to his group, apologizing for making the woman cry.  “She just looked like she needed a hug.” He said meekly.

To the boy’s surprise, the teacher commended him: “Your arms were the arms of Jesus to her.”

Scripture tells of Jesus taking children in his arms (Mark 10:13-16).  This child became Jesus to someone in her “second childhood,” taking her in his arms and blessing her.

–Based on “She Needed a Hug.” Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories Sampler (Simon & Schuster eBook, 2011)


Hope to see you Sunday!


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              106

Worship Service                                       186

Sunday Evening                                       120

Wednesday Evening                                    ?

Contribution                                    4,734.96

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

June 9, 2013

Announcements:                           Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                         Jim Walling

Song Director:                              Dale Beard

Scripture:                               Mark Michener

Sermon:                                      Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                              Joe Curtis

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Jon Merritt                             Tim McGalliard

Ken Whittington                         Chris Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Jim Carpenter                          Brandon Gober

USHERS

Bob Perry                                    Tracy Gettle

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:                       Tracy & Mary Gettle

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Jennifer Lawrence

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Jim Pettyjohn

PROJECTION CONTROL

Ron Taffe

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                  George Mastick

Song Director:                             Dale Beard

Sermon:                                     Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                     Bill Lawerance

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Cary Leonard                                Paul Harris

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Singing devotional

All classes meet in auditorium

Devotional:                                   Paul Harris

Song Director:                      Craig McKnight

VAN DRIVER

Clavin Norwood

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297