Bulletin for Sunday 06/09/2013
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
We are not aware of any Central Member in the hospital at this time.
Naomi Rutledge has moved to room 83 in Colonial Estates.
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.
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
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
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 ?
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
Jon Merritt Tim McGalliard
Ken Whittington Chris Nipper
AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM
Jim Carpenter Brandon Gober
Bob Perry Tracy Gettle
Foyer: Bob & Louise Perry
Elevator: Tracy & Mary Gettle
ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR
EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE
Opening Prayer: George Mastick
Song Director: Dale Beard
Sermon: Jimmy Hyde
Closing Prayer: Bill Lawerance
AT THE LORD’S TABLE
Cary Leonard Paul Harris
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE
All classes meet in auditorium
Devotional: Paul Harris
Song Director: Craig McKnight
If unable to serve this week, notify
Frank Romberg – 273-1297