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Church News for Dec. 12, 2012

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Beech Grove Baptist
Glory to God in the highest Heaven and peace on Earth. Bro Steve delivered God’s word from Luke 1:26-45 titled “Discoveries From Christmas.” It is wonderful to know that God grants, gives, provides, works and desires each of us to be his children. Is it not wonderful to have God in our lives this Christmas season ?
Throughout the month of December, we will be collecting the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Please be in prayer about what God would have you do for international missions and give accordingly.  Our church goal is $1,000.
Our Christmas program will be Dec. 23 at our evening service at 6 p.m. Make your plans to come and be reminded of what Christmas is all about. Everyone is welcome to come and share this time together.
Special thanks to all who attended our revival last week. There was a definite blessing to all  involved. Let’s pray and work to keep an attitude of revival going.
Be in prayer for our sick, mission work, churches and those who have lost loved ones. May God grant peace this season.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on “Preparation.” The second candle of Advent, which is preparation, was lit by Frances Carrington and sons Terry and Griffen. As the candle was lit, we are reminded to prepare for Christ’s second coming.
Between the Old and New Testament, God was preparing for the birth of Jesus Christ. God has made preparations for us and still does today. We as Christians need to give gifts to the one who was born and died for our salvation.
We can talk to others about God’s gift to us. We can help people in times of need. This time of year is a good time to let them know that’s what Jesus would want us to do. What we do for other we do for him. Jesus will be coming the second time sooner than we think. We need to spread the news about his love and grace in a loving and caring way that we can get people to listen.
Be prepared the day he comes.
Louise Johnson sang “We Three King of Orient Are.” Bonnie Woodyard, Angie Gaines and Louise Johnson sang “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”
Happy birthday to Bonnie Woodyard, Don Prather and Brad Lilly.
Keep in prayer the sick and George Lee and family, military, missionaries, unsaved family and friends, families who have lost loved ones, unspoken requests, our county and country and all our leaders.
We welcome all who want to come church. Sundays, Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., church at 11 a.m.; Sunday night at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Items for Christmas family to be in by Dec. 23.

First Baptist Owenton
Our services began with the observance of believer’s baptism which was a great joy to all in attendance. We were then greatly blessed by the FCA Praise Band that led the music in our worship service. This is a talented group of young people. Our special guest speaker was Jonathan McKee who has been involved in youth ministry for over 25 years. Jonathan spoke on “Connecting with the Texting Generation.” He then led a parent workshop on Sunday afternoon. He emphasized the need of interaction and communication rather than reaction and being overly protective or overly permissive. The instruction was very beneficial to all the parents involved.
We are currently receiving an offering for International Missions. This offering supports over 5,000 of our missionaries. Our church family had the joy to be a part of the Manor Shopping Day this past Tuesday. Lifeline screening will be available at our church on Tuesday. Please call the church office for more details.
The Youth “Amazing Race” Christmas Party will be Saturday from 7-10 p.m. Be sure you are registered by this Wednesday. Plan to attend the youth service on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. to receive more details.
Don’t miss the exciting day of worship this Sunday. The Kidshine Choir will present its Christmas musical at 10:50 a.m. in the Family Life Center. The FCA Praise Band will be presenting a Christmas musical during the 6:30 p.m. service. We look forward to having you in attendance for these two uplifting services.
See you Sunday.

Hesler Assembly of God
Each type of Christmas decoration tells us a different story about Jesus. Each one can remind us not just of the season but the reason for the season. Jesus is what Christmas is all about. The Christmas tree made of wood reminds us that Jesus was crucified on a cross. Christmas lights remind us how Jesus came to be the light of the world. At night, the darkness is broken by the lights which invite us to catch the Christmas spirit. The gifts we share with each other remind us how wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus.
Some of us are so busy having parties and giving gifts that we forget why we celebrate Christmas. If we love Jesus, we will not forget him. Every Christmas decoration and every event in this busy time should remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Senior citizens, please join Pastor Jerry and Cherie at the senior center every Monday at 9 a.m. for breakfast prepared by Fannie Osborn. It is a great time of sharing and a free breakfast.
Upcoming events include: Volunteer at “Meeting the Needs” Dec. 13. Please join us Sunday at 11 a.m. to be blessed by our children. They will perform “A Mouse’s Christmas Story,” Lunch will follow the program. Please bring your family to our special candlelight communion service Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m.. Celebrate bringing in the New Year on Dec. 31. We will enjoy games, movie, and fellowship.
If you are looking for a church home, we offer Sunday school at 10 a.m., Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Monterey Baptist
The 12 weeks until Christmas food drive for Meeting the Needs final Sunday is Dec. 16. Please bring tuna or Vienna sausage.  
The monthly MBC planning meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. All members are invited.
Rex Gibson will bring our message this Sunday. Jeremy Warren is scheduled for Dec. 23 and Tim Riley is scheduled for Dec. 30. Join us at 11 a.m. to hear these messengers of God.  
Mark your calendars for Dec. 23. The Christmas program will be presented by the children beginning at 6 p.m. and a visit from Santa is expected.  

Monterey Christian Church (Disciples of Christ
Monterey Christian Church is privileged to purchase Christmas gifts for a couple of young women in our community through the Owen County Extension Office.  The deadline for bringing gifts to church is this Sunday. 
Clothes and shoes have been purchased, but the girls ages 8 and 14 could use some toys or books.  We want to make sure that these young women from a small town have a meaningful Christmas, while we remember the small-town teenager who carried the savior of the world.
Mary certainly wasn’t expecting a miracle, but she sure did get one.  Even if she had planned for the perfect “Christmas,” the perfect birth, she surely did not get that.  Even if she received a bedroom set and night-vision monitor and noise machine, what good would that do when she had to travel for a census and give birth in a manger?  Seriously.  You think this was Mary’s idea of a perfect Christmas?  You mean, no epidural, no reassuring nurse  - only Joseph and some animals.  You’ve got to be kidding.  That was only the beginning.
As Christians 2,000 years removed, we know the rest of the story.  We know that the Son of God named Jesus that Mary bore and wrapped in swaddling clothes is the same Jesus that Mary buried and wrapped in funeral linens.  If she had known the ending, would Mary have agreed to be the God-bearer, the servant of the Lord?  Would she have had any joy during her pregnancy?
Today, we give thanks that Mary decided to embrace her gift of a son and truly believed that nothing is impossible with God, prefect or imperfect as it may be.
If we can give up on today’s perfect Christmas then we can embrace the original Christmas in all its muck and messiness, in all its solitude and silence.  We can celebrate the birth of a baby! When we give up on our idea of perfect, we can believe that nothing is impossible with God and that a Savior is about to be born to a girl from Nazareth, named Mary.  And we can sing her song all the way to Easter.  Thanks be to God.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
Thanks to Abbie Wuebbling for bringing our special in song and to Flo Parker for lighting the Advent candle on Dec. 2.  We would like to officially welcome James and Misti Goodrich and their precious family to our congregation, Sunday morning “Jesu Bambino” or “The Infant Jesus” was Susan Burress’ special in song and Don Dempsey lit the Advent candle.
Bro. Dale’s message, “Jesus the Magnet” from Luke 2:1-7 discussed that Jesus’  birth  drew Mary and Joseph from  Nazareth to Bethlehem, drew the angels from Heaven to Earth, drew the shepherds from the fields, and He has drawn many to His saving grace.  Jesus left Heaven for 33 and half years to be born as a baby, live among men, and bear the sins of the whole world.  Remember that prophecy in the Bible is history written in advance.
Happy birthday to Isaiah Collins (3), Jenny Purvis, Rodney  Smith, Marissa Craig (13), and Nancy Walker.  Please pray for Miss Evelyn Bourne,  Tim  Jacobs, Becky Doolin, David Duncan, Anna Fightmaster, Diana Kozar, Scott Logdon, Nila Marksberry, Marybeth McAlister Mead, Vic Hawkins, Wavie Renfro, Emily and Jack Myers, Miss Lenora Kelly Olds, Abby Osborne, Brodie Quinn, George Runkle Teresa Sharon, Wayne Shyrock, Ruth Smith, Aubree Farmer  and  baby Sadie, Linda Webster of Grant County, the families of Jack Ivey  and Craig Turner, our military men and women and their families, our leaders, and our great country.
Our Children’s Christmas Program is Sunday at 6 p.m.  
Wed. Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., we will meet for  caroling  at the Manor.
Frank and Emily Burford will be renewing their wedding vows Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
On Dec. 23, at 11 a.m.m we will have a Christmas program during worship.  Let Barry know if you have a song or poem that you  would like to share.
Please send cards to Evelyn at 314 Bethlehem Road Pleasureville, Ky., 40057.

New Columbus Baptist
The message pastor Brad Vincent will deliver Sunday is titled “There’s a New King in Town” and will be from Matthew 2:1-12. We love to think about Jesus as our friend and he is. We love to think about Jesus as our God and he is. One role that Jesus fulfills that we neglect to think about is King Jesus. The wise men in Matthew Chapter two came to see King Jesus, and they brought gifts worthy of a future king. Thus, they were honoring Christ for who was and being willing to give him what is valuable.
Sunday night at 6 p.m., we’ll have our Christmas program and have finger food following.
Monday night, the ladies will have their traditional Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Naomi Shivers. Contact Naomi for details.
Dec. 21, we’ll be carolling through our community at 6  p.m. and will return to the church for cookies and cocoa.
On Dec. 31, we’ll have a Watch Night New Year’s Eve Service 9 p.m. to midnight with food, board games, puzzles and fellowship. This will be an ideal time to observe a sane and safe New Years Eve with friends and neighbors.

New Liberty Baptist
Our services began with Jon and Lora Stewart lighting the Advent candle representing peace.  Each family present placed an ornament on the Christmas tree while Lora Stewart played a carol on her flute.  Our song service was very inspirational, The congregation sang a medley of carols and the choir’s special was “O Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”.  The youth presented a skit about placing Christ in every facet of Christmas and removing from our vocabulary X-mas.
Bro. Dwight continued the series of messages on “What will I give Jesus for his birthday.” The emphasis of the message was on the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
When Gabriel told Mary that she had been chosen by God to bring his son into the world.  Mary had only one question.  “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man”?  After Gabriel explained this, she said “be it according to thy word.”
When Mary enters the house of Elizabeth her cousin, Elizabeth expresses praise for the child in Mary’s womb.  Mary responds with her song known as  Mary’s “magnificat.” This song has at least 15 references from the Old Testament.      
Mary was certainly a woman of sorrows from seeing Jesus rejected his trial and eventually crucifixion.  She also experienced the resurrection of her son.  Thus, Jesus was once her child, but now she becomes his child. We last hear of Mary in Acts 1:14 where she is present in the upper room awaiting the Holy Spirit. 
Learning points in the message were by Mary’s example.  We must respond positively to the will of God, hide God’s word in our hearts and to have a relationship with God we must spend time alone with him.
Worship service was well attended. 
If you do not have a church home please come and be with us at New Liberty Baptist.

Old Cedar
On Saturday, some of our congregation and friends took a trip to the Creation Museum in Petersburg. The museum is full of beautiful exhibits and wonderful videos interpreting God’s word. It was a wonderful trip. I want to thank Old Cedar for the amazing trip.
On Sunday mornings, we have little sub-groups for Sunday school.
In the teenager area, we read from Matthew 5 17-19. This verse is very sweet and simple. Jesus said he did not come to rid the Laws of the Prophets; he has come to enforce the laws.
We were blessed with many special music singings. The first, “Come All Ye’ faithful” was sung by Cecilia, Bro. James and Ronnie. Cecilia then sung another song along with David Guest.
Sunday services are held at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday nights, prayer meetings are at 6 p.m.
Dec. 23 will be our Children’s Christmas Play at 6 p.m.
Remember in prayer this week David New, Tom Marshall, Ron Holland, Danny Moore, and the family of Jimmy Smith.
Happy birthday wishes this month to Cecilia Webber, David New, Destiny McFadden, Bro. James Bondurant, Joyce Claxon, Noah New, Melanie Valdivieso, Monica French, Wayne Davis, Joseph Wallace and Samantha Burton.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s sermon, “Prophesy Gospel,” came from Luke 1:67-79.  Like John, we have a mission which is to go before the Lord and prepare his way. The knowledge of salvation is given through the forgiveness of our sins. God gives us tender mercies and peace. Jesus is coming. Live life daily in a way that is pleasing to God.
Preceding the special message, the Buffin family lit the second Advent candle. This week’s Advent candle was the candle of love.
The children will be presenting their Christmas play Dec. 30 during the morning service.
We would like to wish Isabella Perry a happy birthday.