Bulletin for Sunday 08/25/2013

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By Jimmy Hyde

God is good and all is well. I’m still getting to know many of you, but it’s getting a little easier to remember names now. The Hyde family is working to finish packing up in Bartlesville and find a home here in Shawnee.  God has blessed us all richly. Praise Him.

Looking Forward

Here are a few things coming our way in the near future.  One week from this Sunday, beginning in September, we will begin a new Sunday morning Adult class series upstairs. I will be teaching on the topic of the Christian Family. We will look at ways we can grow as Christian families. We will discuss specific things we can do to improve our family’s relationships with God, one another, and people outside our family. We will also begin a Sermon Series on Sunday morning looking at the Body of Christ, what are we supposed to be as the church. On Sunday evenings we will look at answering the question; “Who is God? “  

 Compelled by Relationship

We all want to live for God but sometimes struggle in feeling close to Him.  Well, let me encourage you to consider a change of perspective that may help improve your Christian walk. Have you ever seen a commercial showing starving children in some third world country?  It makes your heart sink, but most likely you don’t pick up the phone every time you see that kind of commercial. But if someone you love and have a relationship with was suffering you would immediately act to help them. Why? The greater the love you have for a person in need the greater the motivation to act.

“For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”  2 Cor 5:14-15 NIV

 May you and I grow in living for God by living in relationship with Him. There’s a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God. Let’s begin the journey to discover who God is and be compelled by Christ’s love. Because of His love for us, we are compelled to love and live for Him. Living Love is what it’s all about.

Prayer Concerns

Grace Lofties is recovering at home from a broken pelvis. She is in a wheelchair and is supposed to stay off her feet. Your prayers are requested and appreciated as she will soon start a long period of physical therapy.

Please remember all of our members in nursing homes and those that are shut in at home.


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, Norma Cowden, Robert Donaldson (Vivian Cross’s brother), Babe Doylle, Norma Edgmon, Dave Emery, Mary Jo Fleming, 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 NcNutt, Cindy Monday (friend of Rita Romberg), Patti Morgan (niece of Burl Vanlandingham), Thearlene Morris, Gene & Dorothy Norton, Rachel O’Neal, Addyson & Savannah Paine (twin great granddaughters 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.

Upcoming Events

Austin & Alex Beard will host their Annual Labor Day Get-Together at their home, 109 Cottontail Drive on Saturday, August 31st beginning at 4:00 P.M. This is the Saturday BEFORE Labor Day. Please let Alex know if you will bring either a side dish or dessert. There will be volleyball, horseshoes and lots of fun and fellowship. Ask either Austin or Alex for directions if you do not know the way.

A wedding shower is scheduled for Trey Canard and Hannah Smith on Sunday, September 8 in the fellowship room from 2 until 4. They are registered at Dillard’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond. To contribute to a group gift please see Denise Beard, Mary Kelly, Rita Romberg or Janet Stephens.

The Annual Ladies Night at Little will be Friday, September 20th. They will serve a salad supper from 5:30 to 6:30 and then congregational singing and a devotional follow at 7:00. The speaker this year will be Sandra Day from the Eastside congregation in Midwest City. The van will leave our building at 5:00. Please let Michelle McKnight know if you plan on riding in the van. We encourage all of our ladies to attend the time of fellowship.

Central’s Annual Ladies Appreciation Day will be Sunday September 29th following our morning worship service. This is a time that we honor our ladies for all of their dedication and service throughout the years. Please come so that we may say a special thank you to you.

By Nathan Kelly

Sunday morning I challenged the youth group to each night examine the day that they had had and to see where their priorities had been for the day. I even taught  them a prayer to say. Each night: if they saw their priorities were not where they should have been then I asked to pray, “God, forgive me for the day that I have had. Forgive me,  I put _____ before you. Help me to make tomorrow better.” If their priorities were how they feel they should have been, then the prayer was simple, “God, I thank you that today I haven’t seen anything that I want more than you.” I don’t know if they have done this, but I hope they have. We get distracted so easily and school doesn’t help either. It’s a nice reminder every night to see what  we did that day and how we might improve in the future.

Labor Day is coming up, and because I no longer work at Target, I get the day off too. Unless the kids have some brilliant idea for us, right now I’m just thinking of having a movie night after church. I am also thinking of making it a cereal night.

I want to make you aware of what is coming up in the next month or two even though I do not have specific dates yet. I have been asked to schedule a zoo trip and I was considering Fall Break, if that works for everyone. Our new minister, Jimmy, likes to repel down cliffs and he has agreed to teach us. Also, our youth house is in desperate need of a cleaning. Finally, I would like to have a singing night when the weather cools down. If you have any other ideas please let me know.

The best prayers have often more groans than words. -  John Bunyan


AUGUST 31—Labor Get-together at Austin & Alex Beard’s home. 4:00

SEPTEMBER 1— Search: “A Better Person”

SEPTEMBER 2—Labor Day, church office closed

SEPTEMBER 8—Trey Canard/Hannah Smith Wedding Shower, 2 to 4 in Fellowship Room

SEPTEMBER 8— Search: “Not Biblical Anymore”

SEPTEMBER 15—Monthly Potluck

SEPTEMBER 15—Search, “Sin”

SEPTEMBER 20—Ladies Night at Little Church of Christ; dinner 5:30—6:30; program begins at 7 PM

SEPTEMBER 22—Search, “Forgiveness”

SEPTEMBER 29—Central’s Annual Ladies Appreciation Luncheon

SEPTEMBER 29—Search, “What Graces Teaches”


Bible School                                                              121

Worship Service                                                        200

Sunday Evening                                                       111

Wednesday Evening                                                   91

Contribution                                                     $5073.50



August 25, 2013

Announcements:                                        Bob Seikel

Opening Prayer:                                  Tim McGalliard

Song Director:                                    Dwayne Dennis

Sermon:                                                     Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                                        Chuck Carter


NORTH                                                                SOUTH

Cary Leonard                                      Craig McKnight

Keith Lawrence                                       Austin Beard


Nathan Kelly                                      Brandon Gober


Jim Pettyjohn                                       Bob Stephens


Foyer:                                      Jim & Cathy Pettyjohn

Elevator:                                   Bob & Janet Stephens


Jennifer Lawrence


Geoff Root


Ron Taffe



Opening Prayer:                                   Bill Lawerance

Song Director:                                    Dwayne Dennis

Sermon:                                                     Jimmy Hyde

Closing Prayer:                                        Carl Weeks


NORTH                                                                SOUTH

Ken Whittington                                       Paul Harris


Classes For All Ages

Song Director:                               Michael Michener

Devotional:                                        Richard Albright


Tracy Gettle

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