Church News for July 20, 2011

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Canby Tabernacle
Canby Tabernacle is hosting vacation Bible school for ages 5-15 next week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 25 through July 29.
For information, call (502) 484-0316.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on 2 Peter 1:1-10, “Partakers of the Divine Nature.” Our faith should be like the Timex watch, “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” God gave us a great promise that our faith will help us through Satan’s snares of this world. With our faith we need virtue (Godly character), knowledge of God’s word, temperance: control over one’s actions, patience: being able to wait on trials of life (for God is with us), Godliness: God said you shall be holy, for I am holy, sanctify yourself. Brotherly kindness: treat people like a brother or sister, charity is Godly love for people in general or people in need to help them. Without all these our faith is hopeless. Is your faith like a Timex?
Bonnie Woodyard and Louise Johnson sang “Goodbye World, Goodbye.”
Happy birthday Tommy Kemper. Prayer: sick, shut-ins, military, missionaries, families who lost loved ones, special prayer list, and unspoken prayer requests. God knows all things. Our county will stay dry through faith and doing our job for Christ. Go vote.

First Christian
Bro. Greg’s message on Sunday was “What Do You See?” and was taken from Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43, the parable of the weeds.  The choir provided beautiful special music led by Berna Tanksley and accompanied by Ann Bush on the piano.
On Sunday, there will be a children and youth dedication service during worship. 
Vacation Bible school at First Christian is right around the corner, July 25-29, from 9 a.m. til noon each day. This year’s theme will be “Inside Out and Upside Down.” There will be stories, crafts, games and lunch and should be lots of fun. Be sure to bring a friend each day.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
As you entered the sanctuary Sunday morning, you could hear the sound of enthusiastic people getting ready to worship an awesome God. Kenneth Wainscott glorified the Lord with his special in song. The little children looked so happy to go to children’s church.
Bro. Dale’s excellent sermon about the good, bad, and ugly of alcohol was based on Proverbs 20:1.
In Bible times, the water was dangerous to drink so the people would dilute it with wine — from three to 10 parts wine to water. They used wine for medicine, purification, and as a disinfectant. The wine that Jesus made at the marriage feast was new wine. It wasn’t fermented.
Habakkuk 2:13 says, “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor strong drink.” If you vote yes for Owen County to go wet, the Bible says that you are putting strong drink to your neighbor’s lips. Accessibility to alcohol will tempt more people into drinking more. For example, if you have chocolate candy in your house and you love it, you will eat it; likewise, if you only have to go a few miles to get alcohol you will be more likely to buy it.
Satan makes alcohol look good in the ads but he doesn’t show the families who have suffered due to alcoholism and drunk driving. Alcohol impairs judgment. God wants us to be lights in a dark world. If Christians party like the world, where is there witness? How are they different? We are to be in the world but not of the world. Our bodies are to be temples of the Holy Spirit.
Happy birthday to Justin Stewart. Please pray for Miss Lenora Kelly Olds, Wanda Ivey, Stella Brown, Jeanne Clark. Linda Green, Rocco Berkemeier, Teresa Moore, Justin McKay, Marilyn Lancaster, Maretta Schwartz, Vickie VonBokern, Kaylynn Workman, the wet/dry vote, and the families of Jimmy Davis and Gertrude Clifton.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Charlie Wuebbling will be speaking. Sunday morning and evening, Bob Cull will be speaking. This week is a period of fasting and praying for dry vote and revival for our precious Owen County. Please search your hearts and do the right thing.

New Columbus Baptist
For Sunday morning worship, pastor Brad Vincent will title his message “We Are His Body” and will use Ephesians 1:19-23 as text.
God the Father gave Jesus all power. God seated Jesus at his right hand and granted Him (Jesus) authority over all after Jesus was raised from the dead.
What is most amazing is the reality that God gave Jesus as head over all things to the church. The church is the body of Jesus and Jesus is the head. Join us Sunday as we learn to live as the body of Jesus.
Come to our revival. Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Bro. Rick Davidson of the La Grange Baptist Church will serve as evangelist Sunday through Wednesday. For Thursday and Friday, Bro. Brandon Porter of Smith’s Grove will present his musical talents as well as the message. The services will be at 7 p.m. each weekday.
Our crafters group is continuing to meet at 4 p.m. each Sunday. The creative ministry group will meet at 4:30 p.m. until further notice.
Please help our WMU in their collecting boxes of colored pencils for school use.

Old Cedar Baptist
Our church opened Sunday with Bro. James giving a hearty welcome and altar call, then the congregation singing, “Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus.”
Bro. James sermon was entitled “Are You Committing Your Whole Life to God?” taken from Romans 14.
God wants a commitment of your whole self, your whole life. There are four steps involved in a wholehearted commitment to the Lord: you must seek a relationship with God; call on God for help and salvation; turn from your sinful habits; and commit yourself to living in faith and obedience to God. When you commit to these things, God commits to sending his Holy Spirit to live in you.
Have you already taken these four steps toward commitment? Ask God to help you commit your whole life to him.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, New Beginnings will practice.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday night, prayer meeting will be at Ben and Lisa Gilbert’s home.
Remember in prayer this week: David New, Richard Miller, Gerald Kemper, George L. Cook, Rebekah Gaines, the Jimmy Davis family, Ron Holland, Bill Karsner and the rest of our extended prayer list.
Happy birthday to Leroy Wagers, Teresa Bondurant, Henrietta Ethington and Juliana Wagers. Happy anniversary to David and Jennifer Smither.

Owenton Church of Christ
Sunday morning, Bro. Dayton began a series of lessons that focus on worship. Worship to God is a humble attitude of respect and reverence. Worship is important for many reasons. Worship reminds us to put God first (2 Corinthians 5:9). Worship reminds us of who we are (John 15:5). Worship reminds us where we are going (Hebrews 11:6). Worship reminds us of our mission (Luke 19:10). And finally, Worship encourages our souls (Philippians 3:3).
In coming weeks, we will look at certain aspects of worship. Sunday evenings we will be studying the book of Acts. What makes a church successful? (Acts 17:1-9). Tuesday evening, we are studying the blessings and responsibilities of a Christian. All are welcome to join us for any of these studies.
The Owenton Church of Christ is a place where you can “Believe, Belong, and Become.”

Salem Baptist
Michael Stewart welcomed us and read our prayer concerns. Bro. Jared’s message, based on Jonah 1:1-16, was “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” (Part 1). Have you ever fled from what God was calling you to do? We all have a gift. Find it and use it to win lost souls.
Encourage one another and listen to one another. Satan has put a lot of hurt in this world. Seek God’s face in everything we do in this life.
God created us so he knows our every problem and fear. All we need to do is call on him. Sometimes he lets us suffer a little so we will come back to him. (Revelation 3:19, those whom I love I rebuke and discipline, so be earnest and repent.)
We are having VBS 5:30-7:30, July 25-28. Its theme is “The Big Apple Adventure.”
Get out and vote “no” July 26. Keep our county dry.
Sunday morning we’ll be taking a special love offering for Richard and Kelly Greene for their mission trip to Haiti. Let us support them in prayer also.
God bless. Come see us at Salem.