Church News for Oct. 19, 2011

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Cedar Hill Baptist
Bro. Bill’s message was from Deuteronomy 30:11-20 on “The Choice.” God gives us the choice of life and prosperity or death and destruction. But we must make the choice. The choice to overcome death and destruction is within our reach. The Holy Spirit is here to convict us — call us to change but it is our decision. We cannot be in the middle — we either choose the Lord or we don’t. Are we laying a foundation for the next generation to build upon? As true disciples of Christ we will have a servant heart, believe God’s infallible word, be clothed with humility, love one another, take responsibility, choose companions that follow the Lord, bear fruit. We will reach out to the lost but not embrace the “lostness.”
Sunday evening we were blessed with a wonderful fall festival. Thanks goes to all those who worked hard to make that possible. Those who were to sing were unable to come, but God blessed us by sending Gail Johnson our way. God has gifted her with a beautiful voice and she shared songs that all age groups enjoyed.
AWANA is at 6 tonight. Remember to wear your craziest socks and bring a new pair socks for the operation Christmas Child shoebox. Need transportation call 484-5236 or 514-1594.
Thursday at 6:30 we will host the associational WMU meeting. The topic will be “bullying,” which is a major problem in our society. Anyone is welcome to attend and let’s discover things we can do to identify and deal appropriately with this problem.
Our sympathy and prayers go out to the Dempsey family and the Gaines family in the loss of their loved ones.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on Genesis 2:7, “The Kiss of Life.” God breathed life into the man he made. We need the breath of God’s spirit in our souls today, for it gives us life worth living. Even death, sickness, heartache, sorrows and pain cannot keep us down very long if we have the breath of Jesus Christ’s spirit in our souls. God gave us the ability to choose. Where will you spend eternity?
Happy anniversary Mark and Vickie Bourne, Robert and Louise Johnson.
Louise Johnson sang “Life’s Railway to Heaven.” Louise, Bonnie, Angie and Teresa sang “Amazing Grace” and “Hold on a Little Longer.”
Pray for our revival at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-22. We’ll have special singing each night.

First Baptist
We continue to be amazed at the wonderful grace of God. This past Lord’s day was another great day of worship. One of our youth, Cory Cobb, led the music in the morning service and did a great job. Our message was a reminder that we need to be imitators of God, and we do this by walking in love and walking in light. We must avoid being spectators, agitators, and hesitaters and determine to be imitators. Sunday evening we had the joy of hearing from Bob Cull who recently served on a medical mission trip in Brazil. A great work was accomplished in a rural area outside of Rio.
The annual Fall Festival will be held Oct. 31. We encourage you to make plans to come and be a part of this special event. Our children are working hard in the KidShine choir and many are involved in our Youth Creative Ministry. We will be kicking off our children’s Bible Drill within the next week. This would be a great ministry for you to get your children involved. The youth continue to meet each Sunday evening for their small group studies. The Young at Heart will meet today at 10 a.m. We will be working 11-1 p.m. and  6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Meeting the Needs.
Our church family extends Christian sympathy to the Rebekah Gaines family. This young lady demonstrated such a positive witness for Christ through her suffering. Our prayers are with her family and friends. May we not take for granted one another nor forget how special this community is that we call home. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Monterey Baptist
MBC was blessed this past weekend with fellowship, worship and powerful testimonies at Saturday’s fall festival and the revival services Sunday led by former pastor John Bailey.
The next MBC ministry planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Please join us as we plan ministry activities this fall.
The annual Fall Festival Chili Supper will be held Halloween night. Donations of Halloween candy, chili, crackers, sandwiches, dessert, etc. are needed.
To help Meeting the Needs stock their shelves, MBC will be collecting specific food items as we head toward Christmas. Each week we are collecting a specific food item. Our goal is 200 of each item. On Oct. 2, the food item was soup and crackers; Oct. 9, it was cereal; Oct. 16, it was tuna helper/hamburger helper; Oct. 23, it is spaghetti sauce; and Oct. 30, it is canned fruit. MBC’s next night to work at Meeting the Needs is Oct. 27.
MBC will participate in Operation Christmas Child (shoebox project) again this year. Gift suggestions include various school supplies, small toys, and hygiene items. No liquids or chocolate are allowed. If you have any questions, please ask Marsha Derringer or Patti Clark or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. Filled boxes should be returned to the church by Nov. 13.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Kenneth Wainscott sang one of the all-time favorites “The Lighthouse” Sunday morning. Bro. Dale spoke from Romans 8:38,39 “What Happens When a Christian Commits Suicide?” Samson was one example of suicides in the Bible. There are no big sins or little sins, only the consequences of these sins can be bigger. Christians sin consciously and unconsciously. There are sins of commission — things we shouldn’t do — and sins of omission — things we should do and don’t. When you are truly saved, God declares you righteous and justified. Justified means just as if I had never sinned. Jesus died for all our sins. He forgave us for all our sins in the past, present, and future as our position in Christ.

Happy birthday to Jeremy Doolin, Ciara Burke, Haley Minch, Jon McNay, Leann Craig, and Wyatt Traylor. Happy anniversary to Kenny and Sharon Perkins and Brandon and Brandy Loman.
Please pray for Robby and Kristy Adkins, Sylvia Beckham, Mary Ann Cook, Becky Doolin, David Duncan, Elizabeth Goodrich, Lucy McCoy, Emily Meyers, Gary Roaden, Ezra Knox, Vicky VonBokern, Linda Williams, Tina Grainger, Carl McClane, the families of Rebekah Gaines, Steve Dempsey, Tula Fulkerson, Richard Osborne, and Amy Farmer.
At 6:30 p.m. tonight, we’ll have a fellowship meal and business meeting.  At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the wedding of Jennifer Minch and Tim Jacobs will take place with a reception at the Owen County Extension Office. At 5 p.m., Oct. 29 there will be a hayride followed by the fall festival at 6 p.m.
Glenn Albert can receive mail until Oct. 30 in Iraq. His new address is:
 PFC Smith, Glenn
 Charlie Company 1/149th IN
 APO, AE 09301
You can also leave messages for him on Facebook at Glenn Albert Smith.
New Columbus Baptist
“Wise Men Don’t Get Drunk” will be the title for pastor Brad Vincent’s message Sunday as he expounds on Ephesians 5:15-21. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be wise in our Christian walk. He adds that we should not get drunk with wine, which produces only a temporary “high,” but to be filled with the Holy Spirit, which produces a lasting joy. Drunkeness is associated with the old way of life and its selfish desires. In Christ, we have a better joy to cure depression, boredom and tensions. Join us Sunday as we uncover the truth of Paul’s instructions.
We will hold our annual “Trunk or Treat” observance from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, with the community invited to participate in this safe alternative to “trick or treat” for Halloween.
Watch for date and details, but in November we at New Columbus are planning Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University group study that teaches families and individuals how to beat debt and build wealth. Check our website at www.newcolumbusbaptist.org for developing information. This course will be available to anyone — not just our own church family.

New Liberty Baptist
At New Liberty Baptist our blessings have been many in the month of October as we have worshipped together.
Mrs. Anita Wainscott blessed us with her presentation of experiences and testimony of her life in her three trips to Ethiopia. She shared her musical talents as she sang “Love in Any Language.” We thank her for being with us and sharing her heart in such a beautiful way.
 Bro. David Marlowe was with us again, and his message was “The Samaritan’s Good.” Using the scripture from Luke 10, he questioned us about the Samaritan. What is a samaritan? Who is our neighbor? Are we good neighbors? Do we fall short in that area?
Clay Mattingly from Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge was with us this past Sunday. Using Acts 10:36-42, we learned that many times a disagreement can actually be beneficial in helping us get the job done, and we might end up more focused on God’s will. The disagreement between Paul and Barnabas actually caused God’s work to double as they ended up with two missionary teams. We can learn from our disagreements.  
We will be having our Fall Fest for the Family at 6 p.m. Oct. 30. Children should wear their costumes. There will be games and a chili/soup supper, with desserts. There will be plenty of candy for the children and lots of good fellowship for all. Be sure to mark your calendar.

Old Cedar Baptist
What a beautiful Sunday morning and a glorious day of worship we had. It was great to hear worshippers laughing and talking and the sounds of little children. It was also nice to see so many visitors in church. It was so wonderful seeing Dee Wedding in church. We hope her travel back to Florida is a safe one.
Our service opened with Bro. James welcoming everyone and announcements.
Special music was presented by Cecilia Webber singing, “The Anchor Holds,” Ashley Roberts singing, “He’ll Make a Way,” then followed by little Audrey Roberts singing, “Jesus Loves Me.”
Bro. James’ message was taken from Luke 14 entitled, “A Call to Commitment.” Jesus constantly called for commitment. He said, “My purpose for your life must take precedence over your parents, mates, children, work – even your own life. Indeed, if you are not willing to renounce everything you have, you simply cannot be my disciple.”
We know there will be failures in our lives and we will stumble, but there is always forgiveness when we fall, and the grace to get up and try again.
Sunday night services and New Beginnings practice are at 7 p.m.
Wednesday night Prayer Warriors and Bible study are at 7 p.m.
This Saturday is our trip to the Creation Museum. Anyone who would like to go with us should meet us at Old Cedar at 7:30 a.m.
Remember in prayer this week Rosemary Howard, Lou Ann Tupts, Ora Lee Jones, Kara Kistner, Allison Fitzgerald, the family of Rebekah Gaines, Bill Karsner, and the rest on our extended prayer list.
Happy birthday to Ashley True. Happy anniversary to David and Barbara New.

Owenton Church of Christ
Sunday, Brother Dayton continued his series on “Loving God His W.A.Y. with all your everything and anything.”
Our study in the book of James is going well, as is “How To Study The Bible” at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights.
There are two upcoming events we would like to make you aware of:
“Friends Day” will be held Oct. 30 and “Thank Sing” will be held Nov. 18.
Of course all of this means nothing because I am sure you have heard that the world is going to end — again — this Friday.
When will we ever learn? No man can predict this event. Be sure that one day it will end (2 Peter 3:1-9) but no one knows except the Father in heaven. (Matthew 24:36-51). The Lord wants us to be ready, even though we don’t know when (Matthew 25:1-13). We remain ready by remaining faithful. Stay tuned and pray. We will see you this Sunday.

Owenton First United Methodist
 Bro. Matt’s message, “Our Father in Heaven,” came from Matthew 6:5-15. Our Father wants the very best for us, just like we want the best for our children. He will go out of his way to reconcile us to him. He is the father of all men, and wants a relationship with us. He is mighty, yet approachable. What is your vision of God? He knows what you need before you ask. Know that he wants a relationship with you.
During the Children’s Message, Bro. Matt showed the kids a flashlight that appeared to be broken. He explained that the Bible says that the word of God is like a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. The children pointed out that the flashlight needed batteries. Bro. Matt told the children that the batteries are like the grace that God gives us. He gives us grace, which is the power to shine and understand his word. He encouraged the children to let their light shine for Jesus this week.
Everyone had a wonderful time roller skating Wednesday night. We are looking forward to going again in November. If you are interested in attending, contact Larry Dale Perry.
We would like to wish Mrs. Marlene Mason a very happy birthday.

Pleasant Home Baptist
We welcomed Bro. Danny and Conte Flowers into full-time ministry at Pleasant Home Baptist Church in Glencoe.
If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to join us. Call (859)428-0727 for information.
At 10 a.m., we have Sunday school.
At 11 a.m., we have Sunday morning worship.
At 7, we have Sunday evening worship.
At 7,  we have Wednesday evening prayer meeting.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist
The Rev. Wotier’s message, “What Are We Forgetting, What Are We Remembering?” was taken from Luke 12:16-21. Jesus uses another parable to tell a story. The unique thing about this story is a farmer remembers the wrong things while forgetting the right things. The farmer remembered only himself and this temporary world, trying to get rich. He forgot his neighbors, the real source of joy in life, and the best things in life are not just things. He also forgot time, and most importantly, he forgot God. This week think about this parable, remember what is important.
The deacon of the month is Delbert Keith.
At 7 p.m. tonight, we’ll have Bible study/prayer meeting.
This is the month for our State Missions Offering, Eliza Broadus. Our emphasis for Meeting of the Needs Ministry is nonperishable food. Cookbooks and throws are still available. Don’t forget to shop for your Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.
We extend Christian sympathy to the family of Steve Dempsey and Rebekah Gaines. Please pray for Patty Hamilton, Amanda McDanell, Joyce Lilly, Doris Kincaid, Andrew Suttles, Norm Smith, Kyle Marlette, Morgan Chandler and all on the extended prayer list.

Salem Baptist
Welcome everyone out on a beautiful fall morning.
Bro. Jared’s message from Isaiah 1:1-14 was “You’re not fully clean until your Christ-fully clean.” Isaiah speaks to his people about sin and forgiveness. Sorry is not good enough if you turn around and sin again. God will pardon us of our sins if we will forsake our past and turn to him. That’s true repentance. The greatest success in the world is being obedient to the will of God.
Come worship with us at Salem. At 10 a.m., we have Sunday School. At 11 a.m. Sunday, we have worship. At 7 p.m. Sunday, we have worship.

Squiresville Baptist
Bro. Jimmy Gray, formerly from Owen County, will be leading revival services at Squiresville Baptist Church. The services begin at 11 next Sunday morning, Oct. 23, and continue Sunday evening through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bring someone and worship with us. Pray for revival in our community, county, and nation. On Saturday, the fall hayride will begin around 5 p.m. Come join us for the fun.