Bulletin for Sunday 06/16/2013

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THE GREAT “NEVERTHELESS”

Many persons in every age have had the experience of the psalmist who joyfully exclaimed, “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:6)

Often when we ask God to heal our loved ones our prayers are answered with healing.  When God in his great mercy responds in this way, we rejoice in this high and holy gift.

The difficulty arises when sickness comes in answer to a prayer for health, and death comes in answer to a prayer for life.  At times God simply does not respond to our specific prayers according to our hopes and desires.  When that happens some people are dejected and cease praying.  Prayer, their magic wand, has failed them.

Three times Paul prayed that a grievous affliction might be removed.  But three times his prayer was refused.  The thorn in the flesh remained.  The answer finally came when Paul realized that through suffering his own power might become “perfect in weakness.”

His request for healing was deep and genuine, but the only answer he needed was the word that came, “My grace is sufficient for you.”

When Jesus entered the Garden of Gethsemane his soul was very sorrowful, even to death.  He prayed earnestly and fervently, not once but three times, that the cup of suffering which was to shortly come might be removed.  This petition was a genuine desire, arising out of the great urgency and need of the hour.  He poured out his soul in agony and anguish as he fell upon his face to the ground.

If you would learn something about prayer, listen carefully to the great “nevertheless” Jesus inserted in his prayer.  “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39)

                  JOHN GIPSON, Little Rock, Arkansas


PRAYER CONCERNS

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


THANK YOU

To the Central Church, Thank you so much for the wonderful meal you prepared for us last Sunday.  The food was delicious and visiting with you all was so nice.  We look forward to getting to know you all more once we get moved.  Thank you for blessing our family and showing God’s love! In Him,  Jimmy, Jennifer, Makenzie & Larissa Hyde

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.  On Friday evening, May 31, 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 Canards, the Micheners, Harris’s, Doris Phillips and Scott & Tamie Perry who housed overnight our workers Friday evening and provided a place for them to clean up 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 nine years Maggie and I and our family made Shawnee and the Central Church our home.  Words fail to express just how richly the amazing members who worship at Tenth & Bell have blessed us.  Central’s hospitality, love, and kindness never cease 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.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Our Vacation Bible School will be July 15 – 19.  The theme this year will be “Dare to be a Daniel.”  Lots of volunteers are needed, so please sign up on the sheets in the foyer.  We dare YOU!!!


BABY SHOWER

There will be a baby shower honoring Kelsey & Chris Nipper on Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 in the Fellowship Room.  If you would like to contribute to a group gift please see Mary Kelly, Janet Stephens, Denise Beard or Louise Perry.


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), Norma Cowden, 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.


READ ALL ABOUT IT!

A little girl diligently pounded away on her grandfather’s word processor.  She told him she was writing a story.  “What’s it about?” he asked.  “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”


WALKING WITH GOD

Enoch, Noah’s great-grandfather, lived to be 365.  But he didn’t die; instead, God “took him away” to heaven (Genesis 5:24).  The reason, according to the Bible, is that Enoch “walked with God.”

Such intimate communion with God, said Edward Griffin (1770-1837), “is very fitly represented by two close friends walking together, engrossed with each other, unmindful of all the world besides.”

Griffin added: “When two friends thus walk together they keep the same course, and thus are advancing toward the same object.  So the [person] who walks with God is conformed to him in moral character.  Benevolence reigns.”


LOOKING AHEAD

June 16, Quarterly Singing @ Maud Church of Christ, 3 – 4:30 pm, S. Oxford & Elm, fellowship following.

July 15 – 19, VBS, “Dare to be a Daniel” theme.  Volunteers needed! Sign-up sheet on table in foyer


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, #76

 

SUNSET ESTATE

201 W. Walnut  (P. O. Box 630)

Tecumseh, OK 74873

Rachel O’Neal, #13

Alice Rice, #55

Rhetta Smith, #44


LAST WEEK’S RECORD

Bible School                                              111

Worship Service                                       183

Sunday Evening                                         98

Wednesday Evening                                  88

Contribution                                     4,874.00

 

SERVING THE CONGREGATION

June 16, 2013

Announcements:                          Dale Beard

Opening Prayer:                           Bob Seikel

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

Scripture:                                     Adam Park

Sermon:                                      Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                              Jim Cross

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                            SOUTH

Scott Perry                                   Jim Walling

Jon Merritt                                 Brian Nipper

AT THE BACK OF AUDITORIUM

Ronnie Berry                              Tracy Gettle

USHERS

Bob Perry                             Ken Whittington

GREETERS

Foyer:                              Bob & Louise Perry

Elevator:              Ken & Hillary Whittington

NURSERY ATTENDANTS

Michelle McKnight

ASSISTING OUTSIDE ELEVATOR DOOR

Carl Weeks

PROJECTION CONTROL

Jim Carpenter

 

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE

Opening Prayer:                 Dwyane Dennis

Song Director:                            Paul Harris

Sermon:                                     Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                   Tim McGalliard

AT THE LORD’S TABLE

NORTH                                           SOUTH

Clavin Norwood                         Robert Perry

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Singing devotional

Classes for all ages.

Devotional:                                   Geoff Root

Song Director:                              Paul Harris

VAN DRIVER

Craig McKnight

If unable to serve this week, notify

Frank Romberg – 273-1297