Central Church of Christ
300 North Donley Avenue
P.O. Box 357
Tulia, TX 79088
Ph. 806-995-2561---info@coctulia.org
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Pass the Plate

According to the Washington Post, a church ordered a pizza from Domino’s during a church service. What happened next drew national attention:

The driver brought the $5.99 pizza to Sycamore Creek Church in Pickerington in suburban Columbus on Oct. 4. The minister, Steve Markel, brought her onstage and asked her the biggest tip she’d ever received. She said about $10. That’s when Markel told her the teaching at the church had been about generosity so the congregation had taken up an offering for the driver. She broke into tears.

The young woman was moved to tears because the congregation tipped her more than $1,000 from the offering. How many churches, regardless of size, get an “atta-boy” from the Washington Post?

It was all because a preacher decided to pass an offering plate to bless a young woman—a stranger to them--and the members responded generously. It cost the church budget nothing, yet this simple act drew national attention to this ministry. In a world where generosity is rare, the echo of it travels far.

Take as another example the early church. Although severely persecuted, the church changed the world through countless small acts of love and generosity. Rather than meeting big budgets, they focused on meeting the daily needs of others, and their love and generosity has echoed down to us today.

But as great as it is for a church to actually get some good press, the most significant thing about this story is that this offering wasn't taken for the media attention, it was taken to please God. God loves it when we are generous. He loves it and He uses it. That's because the world isn’t impressed by the size of our churches as much as by the size of our hearts.

2 Corinthians 9:7

7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

I love you all,




** We will be meeting in our small groups tonight. Please talk to your group leader for details.

** We need volunteers to feed the AIMers on February 23rd and March 8th. The sign-up sheet is in the fellowship hall.

** Ladies, the men of our congregation invite you to their annual Valentine’s Breakfast on Saturday, February 8th, at 8:00.

** Mark your calendar for the Valentine Banquet on Sunday evening, February 9th, at 5:00. Please sign up in the fellowship hall for steak or chicken.

** We will be signing Valentine Sonic cards for our college students and AIMers this Wednesday night in Bible class. If you know of any changes to our college student’s addresses, please let the church office know.

** Our mentoring program will get started when the needed papers from school are returned.




If you are visiting us today, we are honored you chose us. We hope that today’s time together will help deepen your relationship with God and widen your circle of friends.

We are a church family who seeks to follow Jesus and be true to the Bible.

Please stay around after our assembly so that we might get to know you better. 

Thank you again for worshipping with us today.






Our Prayer List


** We are happy to have our spring AIMers: Alison, Beth, Landon, Landry and Sydney, along with Andrew and Megan.

** Techima David, one of our former AIM students, is back at Sunset School of Preaching for training to work with ladies of all ages through the Church. If you would like to help with her expenses, please talk to an elder.

** Mark Leatherman’s mother-in-law, Lynda Cate, is having serious health issues. Please keep her in your prayers.

** Linda Hayhurst is at home and will see her pulmonologist next week.

** Gaye Young had tests done in Houston this past week. She will go back for another checkup in 3 months.

** If you want to order a church t-shirt, please let Anna know. Information is on the activity board by the office.

Also keep these people in your hearts and prayers:  

Service men and women, AIM Mission Teams, College Students, Ray Jennings, Darla Young, Gaye Young, Melody Jennings, Linda Hodges, Lanelle Dovel, Dwight Rampley, Wynelle Waldo, David George, Janet Wright, Butch Moore, Bill Huff, Don Elliott, Terry Cash, Margaret Huff, Sean Chambers, Linda Hayhurst, Cory Calhoun, Lena Allison, Yvonne Nevins, Haley Klein, Noe Jackson, Mickey White, Jim Kiker, Charles McKone, Carolyn Cox


Mike Allison              Toby Brown

Larry Stewart             Daryl Tucker


Richard Combest      Ross James   

                  Kevin Leatherman

 Bobby Moudy           Danny Tucker

Brian Bailey


Tim Johnson          Delphine Ruiz

Because the Lord is my

Shepherd, I have everything

I need! He lets me rest in

meadow grass and leads me

beside the quiet streams.

Psalm 23:1-2 TLB




Mission Contribution

Schedule of Services

Sunday:  Bible Class...9:30 a.m.

Worship...10:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.


Bible Class 9:30 A.M.
Bible Study...6:00 p.m.

1st and 3rd Sundays of the month...potluck followed by early evening services.


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