Church News for July 27, 2011

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Beech Grove Baptist
Bro. Steve delivered God’s message titled “Reasons Baptists Reject Alcohol.” It reminded us all of the effects that alcohol has on the present and the future generations.
This Thursday, the kids and youth will be going to Atlantis Water Park for a day of fun and Bible study. Contact Andrea for more information or to get a ride.
Be in prayer for the sick and for each other. God bless you this week and our churches in Owen County.
The doors of Beech Grove are always open to you.

Cedar Hill Baptist
We rejoice that Bro. Bill Allen has accepted the call from the Lord to preach the gospel and serve as pastor at Cedar Hill.
His morning message was from John 21:15-17. Peter had gone back to fishing after denying Christ, so Jesus came to restore him. Three times Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” And Peter responded, “Yes, Lord.” Jesus then instructed Peter to “feed my sheep.” Jesus gives us the same call in ministry today — love God’s people no matter where they are or where they’ve been. God needs us on our knees, willing to be a servant. Based on our actions do we really love him?
His evening message was from Philippians 2:5-11 on having the mind (attitude) of Christ. We need to remove ourselves from self-centered lifestyles of the world and focus upon our loyalty to Christ. We need to develop an attitude of surrender, humility, and obedience as Christ has. Each individual has a choice — we are either with Christ or against Christ. If we straddle the fence, we are against Christ for the fence is owned by Satan.
Children are invited to join us tonight at 6:30  p.m. as we continue our Beach Bash — learning more about Jesus through games. If you need a ride, call 484-5236 or 514-1594.
Adults and young people can join us at 6:30 p.m.  for Bible study/prayer meeting.
Remember Bessie Whitaker in your prayers, for she has pneumonia.
Ladies, Thursday at Long Ridge we’ll have the associational WMU meeting at 6:30 p.m. Make plans to attend; and we are asked to bring school supplies.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on 1 John 1:8-10, “Forgiveness.”
Sin is real, ready to snare us to Satan. We have all sinned, but if we come to our Lord Jesus Christ and confess, he will forgive us. Even as a child of God, we slip and need to confess to our Holy God. He is just and faithful to forgive. We also need to forgive each other when we get offended or hurt by someone.
Bonnie Woodyard sang, “Child, Child.” Our prayer list includes sick, shut-ins, missionaries, families who’ve lost loved ones, military, special prayer list, unspoken requests, unsaved family and friends.
The Bible says faith as tiny as a mustard seed will move mountains. We prayed: I have faith our county is still dry, thank you, Lord.

First Baptist
How true the old hymn that says, “Every day with Jesus is better than the day before.” We give the Lord thanks for the wonderful day of worship this past Lord’s day. Our pastor brought a challenging message from the “Sermon on the Mount” that confronted us with the need to respond to truth and to examine if our profession lined up with the genuine salvation that Jesus presented. During the evening service, we had the joy of hearing from James Hanson and his family concerning their work among the Tartar people of Russia. They have been serving as Southern Baptist International Missionaries for the past six years. James has roots here in Owen County and we are proud of the good work they are doing.
We want to commend the folks who worked so diligently on the wet/dry issue. A great deal of praying and planning went in to this effort. Now is the time to channel this same urgency in the area of prayer for revival in the community and sharing the gospel.
The Young at Heart continue their study on the “Millennial Reign of Christ” at 10 a.m. today. The Children’s Summer Program will be heading to Gattitown in Lexington today. Family Night is tonight at 6 p.m.. We will have a potluck meal and then our mission classes will meet.
Don’t miss the worship service this Sunday. It will be a great day to gather. After the morning service, we have a group of 70 who will be attending the “Red’s Faith Day Game,” which will feature “Mercy Me” in concert after the game. The Lord is doing great things. See you Sunday.

Owenton First United Methodist
 Bro. Matt’s message came from Exodus 4:1-5 and was entitled, “Godliness in What Supports You.” We serve a relational God and he wants a relationship with us. He is aware of our sufferings and has come to deliver us and lead us into Christ’s likeness. John 12:32 says, “Lift me up and I will draw all men unto me.” Your job defines who you are and you should trust him with your job. Lift him up and let him draw others.
The children’s message focused on the importance of walking in Jesus because he is our support. Bro. Matt brought walking sticks similar to the staff Moses used to show the children. He explained that the staff, like Jesus, provides support and guidance.
The young adults sang a special entitled, “By His Wounds.” Vacation Bible School will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13. A sign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board for food. Also, a sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board for volunteers for Children’s Church each Sunday.
Happy birthday to Keith Buffin.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
Roy, Nila, and Alice Marksberry had three, beautiful, smiling faces with them Sunday morning all the way from California — Morgan, Mason and Callie. It was so nice to see them and their mother, Luann.
PFC Glenn Albert Smith surprised his family Friday by coming in from Camp Atterbury for a short visit before leaving for Iraq. Needless to say, many were counting their blessings Sunday morning.
“If He Hung the Moon” was Carla Marston’s special song.
Tina McNay gave a moving testimony of what the Lord has brought her through in this life.
Bro. Bob Cull, filling in for Bro. Dale, asked the question from Matthew 16:13-17, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” We are recognized by our name. Names are important. Simon Peter got it right, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Still today other religions consider Jesus in the past tense. Jesus rose from the dead. You can’t compare Jesus Christ to other men.
Sunday evening, Bro. Bob spoke from Ephesians 1:3-10, “What’s the Purpose of Your Life?” Knowing what your purpose is gives meaning to your life, leads to a simpler lifestyle, helps you focus where your life should be, motivates you, and prepares you for eternity.
Happy anniversary to Howard and Wanda Ivey and Joe and Tina McNay.
Happy birthday to Matt Doolin, Jessica McNay and Diana Dawson.
Please pray for Miss Lenora Kelly Olds, Wanda Ivey, Vickie VonBokern, Rebekah Gaines, Gene Kayhill, Gene Murphy, Lunetta Hensley, Marilyn Lancaster, the families of Max Bourne and Katherine Lindey, and our great country — the U.S.A.

New Columbus Baptist
Our revival is in full swing this week. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bro. Rick Davidson will conclude his visit with us. But at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Bro. Brandon Porter from Smith’s Grove will present musical evangelistic messages.
Our temptation is to think, “At least I’m not as bad as that person,” but until we realize that we are dead in our trespasses and sins, we will never know the depths of our need for a Savior.
Our spiritual situation is worse than we think. It’s certainly not difficult to find someone who is worse than ourselves. Watching the evening news and by man’s own standards, you will see people who are committing far worse sins than you commit. However, that still does not excuse you of your own sins. Pastor Brad Vincent will use Ephesians 2:1-10 as scripture for his message titled “Call the Coroner — Not the Doctor.” Join us Sunday to see your incredible need for a Savior.
Our WMU ladies are really pushing to get colored pencils collected for school donation. How many boxes can you provide?

Old Cedar Baptist
Our church opened with announcements and prayer requests.
Bibles were presented to David, Jennifer and Evan Smither for professing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The congregation joined in singing, “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand,” followed by special music from Cecilia, “He Knows My Name.”
Bro. James’ sermon was entitled “Knowing the Word of God,” which was taken from several scriptures. I always thought I could get through just about anything if the Lord would tell me what the outcome would be.
But God usually doesn’t show us where he is taking us, he just asks us to trust him. It’s like driving a car at night — our headlights never shine all the way to our destination, but that doesn’t stop us from moving forward.
God’s word is like headlights in dark times. It is full of promises we need to keep us from driving our lives into the ditch. His word promises that he will never leave us or forsake us.
So the next time you feel as if you’re driving in the dark, remember to trust your headlights — God’s word will light your way. You won’t stumble in the dark if you walk in the light of God’s word.
At 7 p.m. Sunday night, New Beginnings will practice.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday night, we’ll have prayer meeting at David, Jennifer and Evan Smither’s home.
After church next Sunday, there will be a special celebration for Dee Wedding who is moving to Florida. We wish Dee the best and the good Lord will watch over her and her brother and keep them both safe. We love you, Dee.
Remember in prayer this week David New, Richard Miller, Crystal Harmon, Robert L. Swigert, Washington Atha Jr., Barbara Clarkson, Bob Galbraith, Rebekah Gaines, Ron Holland, Bill Karsner, Gerald Kemper, Devon Christman and the rest on our extended prayer list.
Happy birthday to Aldon Webber, Lisa Smith-Gilbert, and Dwight Clarkson.

Owenton Church of Christ
Sunday, Brother Dayton continued his series of lessons on worship.
His lesson was entitled “God Is the Audience.” We must worship God. Angels refused to be worshiped (Revelation 22:8-9). Paul and Barnabas refused to be worshiped (Acts 14:14,15).
Satan wanted to be worshiped (Matthew 4:8-10). The Apostle Paul told Timothy (2 Timothy 3:4) that in the last days, and we are in them, stressful times will come, where men will love themselves, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
Yet God seeks worshippers — not just any worshippers (John 4:23,24) — not half-hearted worshippers (Matthew 6:33) — not part-time worshippers (Matthew 6:24).
Sunday evening, we are studying about the most successful church of all time. The Lord’s church that He established from the book of Acts. The Owenton Church of Christ continues to have visitors at every service, a place where you can “Believe, Belong, and Become!” Our prayer is that we will see you soon.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist
The Rev. Wotier’s message was taken from Isaiah 50:10. Do you ever question why things happen? We need to accept what happens and trust God. There will be problems and difficulties. God knows what we are going through. He has not forgotten us.
The Deacon of the Month is Don Gaines.
This week we have Vacation Bible School, July 25-29, at 6:15. There will be classes for age 4 through adults.
Our emphasis for Meeting of the Needs Ministry is deodorant. We work at Meeting the Needs at 6 p.m. the third Thursday each month.
Don’t forget to get your cookbooks and order your throws. The WMU Associational meeting will be held Thursday night at Long Ridge Baptist. We are responsible for non-toxic coloring pencils.
We extend Christian sympathy to the families of Gertrude Clifton, Max Bourne, Betty Deatherage, Curtis Patton and Tolik Petrenko. Please pray for Patty Hamilton, Betty Maiden, Tonya Morgan, Laurel Wayne Chandler, Angie Johnson, William Gaines, Buddy King, Landon Freeman and all on the ended prayer list.

Salem Baptist
What a sweet spirit in our country church. Bro. Jared’s message was from Jonah 2:1-10. It was part two of “The Turning Point of Jonah.”
Jonah spends several days in the belly of a whale and decides to go to God in prayer. As Christians, our callings are all the same: teach and bring people to Jesus. God is always ready to listen to our prayer. He wants to speak with us daily. “Everywhere is God, God is everywhere.”
God should fill that void in your life, instead of alcohol, drugs or the worldly pleasures. There is a steadfast love that will endure forever with God. So seek his face as Jonah did. “Salvation comes from the Lord.”
God bless you all and come worship with us.