NEWS & NOTES
Over the long years of Terry‘s illness, this church has never failed to lift her up in prayer, visit her at home and in the hospital, send cards with words of encouragement, and at times feed her family. The thoughtfulness of individuals and groups from the church was precious to her. She especially cherished the groups who came to the house and sang for her. During the past week my family and I were enfolded in the arms of our God, our family and our church. There is no better balm for a wounded soul than the love of God as demonstrated by His children. Thank you so much for standing by our side through our grief and sharing our joy in her release from suffering. You are very much loved and appreciated, Paul Waggoner, Maddison, & family
Thank you for the 20 plus years of worshipping, teaching, and serving Luke and I. I have moved to Claremore, OK to be close to my daughter. I shall miss y’all but will return for a visit now and then. May God continue to bless each of you as you serve our risen Lord. My address is 8558 E. Amber Drive, Claremore, OK 74019. My house is always open for visits. In His love, Cherry Nall
Park Avenue Wednesday Supper—October 6
This coming Wednesday we are having Pizza, Salad, & Desserts. Sign up on your communication card to let us know how many to prepare for.
Needs of Children's’ Homes
We are collecting items for some of the children's’ homes that we support. If you can bring any of the items below please place them on the cart in the atrium by October 31.
High Plains Children’s Home
Toiletries & Small Luggage (Duffle Bags)
Medina Children’s Home
Twin Sheets, Twin Comforters, Car Seats, Pots & Pans, Towels, Waterproof Mattress Covers (Twin & Full Size), Diapers (size 5 & 6), Pull Ups (any size)
Upcoming Men’s Events:
- Man Alive, Saturday, October 9 at 7:30 AM. James Bird will be sharing his testimony.
- Rise Up Men’s Conference, December 3 & 4. We are in a season that men need to rise up and hold fast to the teachings of Jesus Christ and stand together in the war that is taking place. Mark your calendars now for this special event featuring our guest speaker and former Navy Seal Garrett Unclebach. Special entertainment will be provided by musician TQ Moore & comedian Benjamin Neely.
Trunk 'n Treat
Join us on October 31 for hotdogs, games and more. To volunteer your trunk sign up on the church app or contact Rachel McClure. We are also accepting Candy Donations. Please place donations in the boxes in the man hallways by October 27.
Fortify Family Retreat
Mark your calendar for our family retreat on November 6-7 at Texoma Youth Camp in Pottsboro on Lake Texoma. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family.
Operation Christmas Child
Please return your filled shoebox by October 24. You can place your shoebox by the wall opposite the Welcome Centers in the main hallways.
Mike Hardy, Mike Morgan, Stewart Bolerjack, Mike Martin, Jesse Sims, Roy Galyon, Shawn Landrum, Kim Pendergrass, Peggy Clark, Vicki Ard, Linda Paschal
Larry Long, Jim & Jane Scroggins, Corky Armstrong, Dewey Martin, Bob Corley, Sandra Aynes, Bobby & Peggy Slaughter, Kaile Williams (Norris)
Ray & Marsha Jones, Chris Keene, JD Huffman
Alissa Cope, Breanna Menifee, Abigail Brooks
Hammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico), Jimenez family (Cartagena, Colombia)
Friends of Park Avenue
Jason Morgan (son of Mike & Patti Morgan), Rebekah Taylor (great niece of the Russell’s), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez, Director of orphanage in Mexico), Kathy Hill (friend of Chris & Candsis Slaughter), Maxine Fulenchek (mother of Joe Fulenchek), Jane Bearden (sister of June Washburn)
Good morning and welcome to our time of worship.
In our sermon time we will continue our discussion of the parables of Jesus, today focusing in on one of the most loved parable of them all—the Prodigal Son.
To many people this parable is about one person—the prodigal. But actually there are three primary characters—the younger son, the father, and the older son. All three are critical to understanding the message Jesus is trying to convey. This emotive story has inspired more art, music, and literature than perhaps any other of Jesus’ teachings. Even those unfamiliar with Jesus and the Bible are familiar with the concept of the prodigal son.
As we read and contemplate this parable I know Jesus has a message for you.
It is so good for us to be together to worship. Today we are reminded of the critical truths of our resistance to God, our deep need for Him, and His unfailing love for all of us. His love brings us joy. Having a home with him brings us peace. His mercy gives us hope. May we ever appreciate the good, good Father we have in Him.
Today’s parable is The Prodigal Son
- Only Luke records this parable
- It’s the longest of Jesus’ 30+ parables and contains the most discourse of any parable
- This parable is part of a triad of parables in Luke 15 about lost things
- Although this parable is often known as The Prodigal Son there are actually two sons in the story
- As with most of Jesus’ parables the characters are left unnamed
- There are many elements of this parable that would have been shocking to the original hearers such as the younger son’s request, the father’s acquiescence, the son’s association with Gentiles and pigs, and the father running
- The parable’s ending is left unresolved inviting the hearers to personally respond
Adult Bible Class - 9AM Atrium
Worship - 10:00 AMChildren Dismissed to Bible Classes at - 10:45-11:30AM
2 & 3 Year Olds—Nursery Area
Pre K-6th Grade—Family Life CenterYouth Group Activities - 5:30-7:30PM Discipleship Making Communities (DMC’s)
Meet at various times and locations. Contact Lantz Howard for more information, or sign up at pacoc.net/groups