Church news for July 9, 2014

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Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on Matthew 26:27-28, “Power In the Blood.”
All the goats, sheep, doves or anything they scarified weren’t good enough. They had to keep sacrificing to cover their sins.
Jesus’ blood was shed on the cross once for the atonement for our sins. Jesus’ blood has the power to redeem. Jesus’ blood can free us from eternity in hell and separate from him in his heavenly glory.
Louise Johnson sang “Without Him.”
Keep in prayer all on our prayer list; hospitals and nursing homes; missionaries; families who have lost loved ones; unsaved family and friends; countries at war; our nation, that it will turn to God.
VBS will be from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 12. There will be lessons, crafts and refreshments.
VBS commencement service will be on Sunday, July 13 at church time. The countywide church service will be Sunday at the fairgrounds at 7 p.m.
The Capitol City Boys will be at Elk Lick at 5 p.m., July 25.
We welcome you any time our doors are open. Please come if you don’t have a church. We love one and all.

First Baptist Owenton
The greatest biological engineering design was accomplished by God in the creation of the human body. It is fitting that the church is also described as a body and emphasizes the importance of every member being vital and necessary. The Lord has enabled every believer to be a vital part by the endowment of spiritual gifts. Our pastor revealed from Romans 12:3-8 that a spiritual gift is a supernatural ability given by the grace of God to the child of God for the service of God to the glory of God.
After a great morning service, we retreated to the Fellowship Hall for a time of food and fellowship at our first “Summer Family Fellowship.” The delicious potluck meal was then followed by an afternoon service in which we enjoyed an “all sing” and a message “Too Blest to be Stressed”.
Don’t forget that the “Baby Bottles of Blessings” for the Avenues for Women Ministry are due back by Sunday, July 20. We are in charge of the work day at “Meeting the Needs” this Saturday at 9 a.m. Bring hammers and/or crowbars for the work. The Trustee’s will meet today (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. and business meeting will be held tonight at 6:45 p.m. Our middle school and high school campers will be arriving home from Ridgecrest this afternoon at 6 p.m.
The Children’s Summer Program will meet today at 10-11:30 a.m. for PreK-1st and 1:00-2:30 p.m. for 2nd-5th. Our “His Kids” group for children K-6th grade will meet tonight from 6:45-8:00 p.m.
God bless you, your family and our community. See you Sunday.

Monterey Baptist
We are pleased to announce the marriage of Samantha Payton and Recko Floyd. The couple was married at church on July 5. We wish them much happiness.
We opened Sunday morning worship by saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, the Christian flag and the Bible. The American flag was presented by Foster Smith. He is a veteran of the Korean War and was wounded during that war. He is also going to be 90 years old in a few weeks. What a special honor for him and the congregation as he presented the colors. The Christian flag was presented by Connor Ogden and the Bible was carried by Ford Cull.  
A church-wide canoeing trip is planned for Saturday. Reserve your canoe with Jeremy. The cost is about $55 for 2 people.
The monthly ministry meeting will be held at 7 p.m., July 15 at church. Please come and be a part of conducting the business of the church.
Bring a mat and meet at the church for yoga at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings. The class is free and is led by Kendall McDonald, certified yoga instructor.
We will collect colored pencils and markers for the WMU Back to School supplies drive. These donations are due by July 20.  Our annual Back to School Bash will be held on July 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. We will have pizza and popsicles.  
If you haven’t yet turned in your baby bottles for Avenues for Women, please do so as soon as possible.
On a side note:  We have received many compliments on the appearance of the Monterey cemetery and we have Doug Lewis (and friends) to thank. It costs $550 each time the cemetery is mowed. With the past and future donations, we will be able to keep the final resting place of our loved ones looking nice. If you wish to make a donation to the cemetery, please make your check out to Monterey Baptist Church and in the memo line, write “cemetery fund”.  You may then mail your check to Gary Derringer, 14020 Hwy 127 South, Owenton, KY 40359
Check out our website at www.montereybaptist.com and like us on Facebook.  

Mount Pleasant Baptist
 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” - Psalms 33:12.  
Flo Parker beautifully sang,”Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled my Soul” for our special Sunday service. “America” was the choir’s offertory.
Bro. Dale’s message focused on the First Amendment to the Constitution.”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Congratulations to Steven and Breann Bond on the birth of Cole Davis Bond on July 3 at 6:08 p.m, weighing in at 8 lbs. 7.3 ozs. and 21 in. long.  Papaw Mike and Mom-maw Carla Marston are so very excited that he is finally here.
Happy birthday wishes to Leslie Buchanan, Little Miss Gracie Wuebbling, Misti Goodrich, Opal Smoot, David Bruener, and Miss Lenora Kelly Olds.
Happy anniversary wishes to Charlie and Tillie Stewart and Jerry and Becky Doolin.
Please pray for Ellie Blair; Jimmy Burress; George Callaghan; Isiah Columbia; Richard Craig; Calvin Crupper; Rusty and Amy Gaines; Martha Hamilton; James Harney; Wayne Haven; Lunetta Hensley; Tommy Kemper; Amber Minch; Jackson Perry; Ina Prather; Pam Smoot; Charlie Stewart; Ty Taylor; Larry Towles; Jennie Wong; the families of Elmo Schlueter, George Runkle, Addie Sue Toole, and Ann K. Waltz; our military - James Marston, John Murphy, Ned Jansen, Cody Downey, Paul Banks, Ryan Marston, Adam Hazelett, Austin Collins, Steven Gravely, and Avery Gover; our leaders; and our great country “One Nation Under God.”
Our weekly prayer meeting and Bible study will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). God bless America
New Columbus Baptist
The message pastor Brad Vincent will present Sunday will be titled “Liar or Lover” and will be derived from 1 John 2:1-6.
Following God’s commands isn’t always easy. However, John explains the way we can know we are in Christ is by seeing if we keep His word. Following the word of God does not make a person righteous, but it is a necessary evidence that shows we are in Christ. No one, no matter what he or she has done, is beyond forgiveness. All a person must do is turn from his or her sin, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and commit his or her life to Him.
Join us Sunday as we learn how we can know if we are truly in Christ and following Christ.
Our vacation Bible school continues through this week, 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. Our VBS commencement will be Sunday evening at 6 p.m. with finger food refreshments following. Everyone is welcome to come be with us.

New Liberty Baptist
We had a great Lord’s Day last Sunday.  Our church celebrated Independence Day weekend with patriotic music for our song service. The message was entitled “America, Past, Present and Future” taken from Joshua 1 and Psalms 33: 12.
We sang “My Country Tis of Thee,” and knew that God was very much a part of America’s past.
God is part of America’s present with his message - Jesus is the truth.  Your belief does not create truth. Truth is true whether you believe it or not.
What we must do in present day is check out our belief systems and see if it is the truth.  What will God do with America’s future? History’s highways are filled with wreckage of nations that forgot God.
Let us not forget that the God of our history must be the God of our future.  July 4th is your day of liberation as a citizen.  It will be a day of blissful eternity if you accept and follow Jesus Christ.
AS usual, if you do not have a church home, please consider New Liberty Baptist Church we would love to have you.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s message, “Meekness,” came from Psalm 37:1-11, 34 and Matthew 5:5. Meekness is to be humble and to have a gentle, disciplined spirit. Matthew 5:5 says that the meek shall inherit the earth. Pride is the opposite of meekness and it’s the source of every evil from the beginning. When we self govern, we are proud. We often possess an “I’ve got this” attitude. Pride is the starting point of self destruction and the opposite of a meek mentality. To become meek, don’t worry about others, what they have, or what they’re doing. Psalm 37:1 says “fret not.” Verse 3 tells us to trust in the Lord. Verse 4 urges us to delight ourselves in the Lord. We should have no other gods before him. Verse 5 tells us to commit to the Lord and again trust in him. Once we commit, we must be still and refrain from anger (verses 7-8). God can do amazing things. What prideful thing do you need to put away so God can work in you?
Preceding the message, the young adults sang “Enough.” Acolytes Ashley Buffin and Audree Young assisted Bro. Matt in serving Holy Communion.
Don’t forget to save 20 ounce soft drink and water bottles for VBS. We are also in need of plastic grocery bags and non perishable food items for our service projects pertaining to this years VBS.
Happy birthday to Wanda Mills, Bentley Young and Teresa Perry. Happy anniversary to Andrew and Tiffany Perry.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church
The deacon of the month is Don Gaines.
Today (Wednesday) will be Bible study/prayer meeting with all other graded activities.
Sunday night we will be having our evening services at the fairgrounds for the county-wide worship service beginning at 7 p.m. We will not be having evening services at the church, please join us at the fairgrounds.
“The Voice of Praise” will be in our morning services July 20.
Our WMU quarterly meeting will be at Dallasburg at 6:30 p.m., July 24. We are collecting pencils and one, three and five subject notebooks. There is a collection bag in the front and back foyer for these items.
Please remember to pray for everyone on our extended prayer list.
We want to extend Christian sympathy to Judy Jacobs and Ralph Toole in the passing of their aunt Addie Sue Toole.