Church news for May 8, 2013

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Cedar Hill Baptist
We were blessed with special music by The Living Word Trio. We appreciate them traveling and sharing their God-given gifts with us. Bro. Bill’s message was from the book of Ruth on “When Famine Comes.”
The evening message was from Philippians 2:12-18. Being saved is the beginning of new life. Redeemed sinners need to get busy following Christ. We need to be obedient to the call he has placed in our hearts. We need to refrain from complaining and arguing and work toward a pure heart.  We have the greatest news to share with the world, but too often the devil has us chained to the church house. We need to put feet and hands to our faith. We should follow Christ in sacrificial living.
We invite you to worship with us with small group studies at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
AWANA will be held tonight (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. If you need transportation, call 484-5236.
On May 15 at 6 p.m., we invite family and friends of AWANA students to join us as we share and celebrate their accomplishments.
On May 19, we will be recognizing our graduates. Remember them in prayer as they begin a new part of their journey of life.
Pray for Doris Riley, Vickie Melford, Danny Cook, Bobby Rose and Blanche Cook. They are dealing with physical problems.
Begin now praying for our VBS and those of other churches this summer. Pray for our county, state and national leaders. Let’s all pray for one another.

Elk Lick Baptist
Our Gideon speaker Sunday was Zane Salyers. Scripture verse was James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the world and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Gideons have been doing their work over 100 years. They are non-denominational servants for Jesus Christ ministry. They give Bibles to motels, hotels, hospitals, schools and prisons. All the money they receive goes to giving Bibles.
One little girl had a red Bible she had been given, she read and read and learned she needed Christ as her savior. She was so happy she wanted to tell someone. Her parents were atheists, they didn’t believe in God. She finally told her mom, she told her daughter her daddy would punish her. She put the bible in his pocket, there was a cave in in the coal mine he worked in. He wrote in the Bible that he had read a lot and knew that Christ could and did save him and if he didn’t make it, he would see her in Heaven.
He did make it. One little red Bible can do so much. Think of what thousands can do.
Keep in prayer George Cook and Evelyn, Janet Wingate and all on our prayer list. Missionaries, military, special prayer list, unsaved family and friends, families who have lost loved ones, unspoken requests, our leaders of our county, state and country; that they will do God’s will.
Happy birthday to Janet Wingate.
Bro. Scotty McDowell will be here Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. for revival. Come join us and be revived in your spirit for our savior Jesus Christ.
Items for the Hen House Ladies outreach project will be collected until May 26. Thank you God for you spirit in us. Sunday night 1 Kings 10:1-7, “Answering the Hard Questions.”

First Baptist Owenton
The past two Sundays have been a time of reminding ourselves of why we exist and what our purposes should be as a church. We followed our examination of our mission statement with an examination of our vision statement. Our vision statement basically emphasizes five purposes for why we exist. These purposes are gleaned from Jesus’ words from the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. The church’s purpose of existence is for worship, ministry, evangelism, fellowship and instruction. Everything we do should have at least one of these purposes being fulfilled.
Sunday evening, we concluded our study in I Thessalonians on the theme of family fellowship. The church, just like our families, requires leadership, partnership and worship.
Our VBS is set for June 3-7 with our kickoff being held on June 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Senior Sunday will be held on May 19, and we will recognize all of our graduates. Please turn in pictures of your graduate to Kyle this Sunday. The high school lockout will take place May 31. Those participating must sign up this Wednesday.
A special service is planned for this Sunday as we honor our mothers. You are encouraged to come and worship with your mom.
Our Young at Heart will meet today (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. and continue in our study of James.
Our monthly business meeting will be held tonight as well as our R.A.s, G.A.s, Mission Friends, and G3 Youth Group.

First Christian
We were so happy to have five Daisy Scouts with us during worship at First Christian on Sunday.  Adi Bowling, Molly Goodrich, Andi Gomez, Caroline Montague, and Emma Dorton recited the Girl Scout promise and the Girl Scout law for the congregation. First Christian member Holly Bowling works as the Daisy Scout leader and has had 24 Daisy Scouts from the community this year.  I know these girls will continue to be an asset to our community as they grow and contribute.
Our choir performed a beautiful melody of “Let’s Go Down to the River and Shall We Gather at the River” as our choral offering, accompanied by Berna Tanksley on the piano.
Bro. Greg shared an inspiring message,” The Heavenly City”, taken from Revelations chapters 21 and 22.
Please come out to Arts in the Park on Saturday and enjoy some delicious ice cream at the First Christian Youth Ice Cream Booth.
The FreeStore Mobile Food Pantry will be at the First Christian parking lot on May 18 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Owen County residents with a need for the free food should call (502) 484-3451 or (502) 750-0706 on May 13 or May 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  to reserve one of the 200 food vouchers.

Hesler Assembly of God
Thanks to everyone who helped pick-up trash along KY 845 and who worked in the food booth during the 227 yard sale.
We are taking registration for vacation Bible school June 3 to 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Children ages 3-teen are invited. This year’s VBS is filled with games, crafts, and service projects which will benefit and bless our community.
Our activities will continue on Wednesday’s throughout the summer.

Monterey Baptist
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Jeremy Warren has been selected as our new pastor. We welcome Jeremy and Jennifer and their four daughters to our church and community. Jeremy is no stranger to MBC. He served as associate/youth pastor for several years before leaving MBC in 2002. Welcome home.
The next church cleanup day is May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a date change from May 11. There may be one more cleanup day after May 18 but that date hasn’t been set. Contact Jeannie Williams-Baker for more information.
MBC will have an Owen County Relay for Life team this year. Relay for Life is June 14 and registration is $10 per member. Shanna Osborne is MBC’s team leader. See her for more information. Kim and Danny Morgan are this year’s event coordinators.
Start saving your change now because MBC will participate in Avenues for Women Baby Bottle Blessings.
The next monthly planning meeting will be May 28 at 7 p.m. This is a date change from May 21.  

Monterey Christian Church   (Disciples of Christ)
In worship on Sunday, we heard about Lydia, the dealer of purple cloth, who was instrumental in establishing the Christian church in Europe. She was a mover and shaker in the community and she was moved by the Spirit to be baptized and open her home in hospitality.
This week, we will hear how things were shaken up at the prison where Paul and Silas were constrained. God moved in an earthquake in order that they may be freed, but also that the jailer and his family may be moved to believe in God.
God is moving among us, shaking us up to new possibilities. The same is happening at Monterey Christian Church, where this summer we will enjoy some outdoor worship services and dinners. All are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper as we continue to listen for God’s word in the wind and movement of the Earth.
It is good to be shaken out of our stale routine, break out of our chains, in order to move with the Spirit.  Join us on the journey.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing into Heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw him go into Heaven.”- Acts 1:11.
Carla Marston sang “How Deep is the Sea?” for our special in song. Bro. Dale’s message from Luke 24:46-53 entitled “The Ascension and Exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ” taught us the Ascension was 40 days after the Resurrection and the day of Pentecost was 50 days after it. The Ascension took place at Bethany which was the home of Lazarus where Jesus went to be with his friends 1.75 miles from Jerusalem. Jesus went back to Heaven to prepared us a place and to make intercessions for us. He is our advocate with the Father. He told the disciples to wait for the promise of the Father which would be the Holy Spirit. He went up into the clouds at the Mount of Olives and that is where He will return after the tribulation period.
Happy birthday wishes to Jimmy Burress, Tony Collins, and Teresa Sharon.
Happy anniversary wishes to Chris and Julie Hensley.
Please pray for Amber Harris, Hunter Burford, Delbert Burke, Howard Ivey, Alice McManama, Joe Maddox, Carl Ruth, Sr., Bobby Rose, Teresa Sharon, Pam Smoot, Christine Winkle, Lenora Kelly Olds, the families of Micky Covey and Stephanie Ishmael, persecuted Christians, Anita Wainscott’s trip to Ethiopia, our leaders, Israel, our military men and women and their families, and our great country.
Mother’s Day is Sunday.
Breann Bond will be graduating from NKU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education Saturday.
The Owen County Class of 2013 High School graduation is May 25 at 11 a.m. We have four seniors graduating - Will Dempsey, James Marston, Tiffany Ohmer, and Chuck Townsend. Our graduation banquet will be June 2 at 6 p.m.
Our Relay for Life Spaghetti Supper will be held June 8.

New Columbus Baptist
Our thanks and appreciation is extended to all those folks working, supplying and purchasing items at the Spring Bazaar Saturday. It was a great success and the proceeds go to the youth camp fund.
Sunday at 8:30 a.m.,  we’ll have a Mother’s Day breakfast for all the ladies of the church. The men and boys will prepare and serve this meal in recognition to the ladies on this special day.
Pastor Brad Vincent’s message Sunday will be titled “Blinded By Love” and use Genesis 21:9-21 as text. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we do well to reflect on the love a mother has for her children. This love is only eclipsed by the love God has for his children. Join us Sunday as we celebrate Mother’s Day and the love of God for us – his children.
Following the Sunday evening worship, we’ll have our members monthly business meeting so members should plan to attend this event.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s message came from Matthew 19:16-26. We all struggle daily. We struggle to make ourselves better, to make our lives easier, to look better, or to make our relationships right.
Struggling is about controlling the situation you’re in. We struggle like the rich young ruler in the passage, but Jesus asks us to put our struggles away. Overcoming struggles produces fruit. If you want more from God, stop the struggle and start to trust. Trust puts everything on Jesus to bring us through. He ended with the scripture Luke 21:1-4. This radical example of trust shows us that she trusted God so much that she put all that she had in. Are you all in with Jesus today?
Following the sermon the young adults sang “In Christ Alone.”  Please don’t forget to bring donations for the backpack program within the next two weeks. We would like to donate once more before the end of the school year.
Happy birthday wishes to Tiffany Perry, Geneva Fortner, Lyla Wilson, Bob Mills and Abbigail Hearn.

Salem Baptist Church
Michael Stewart opened our service with prayer concerns.
We welcomed Anita Wainscott, who will be traveling to Ethiopia, so keep her in your prayers.
We enjoyed Bro. Bill’s message on “Faith,” taken from Hebrews 11:1-39.
Without faith we have nothing. Faith is what holds everything together. Faith is not visible, we need to trust God will do what he says he will do. He has the power and we need to have the faith. Our job is to be honest to God’s call and not worry about what others will think about us.
Romans 8:28 (“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Who have been called according to his purpose.”)