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Church news for Oct. 9, 2013

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Beech Grove Baptist
Bro. Steve delivered God’s word from Ezekiel 22:26-31 titled “Similarities We Must See.”
We praised God through songs lead by Dave Jones and were blessed with Mary Marlow’s wonderful talent of playing the piano. It is great to be able to join together with brothers and sisters in Christ to praise God in his sanctuary.
Our quarterly business meeting will be Oct. 13 after the morning worship. WOM will be having its meeting at 4 p.m. at the church. All women are welcome to attend.
At 2:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Beech Grove Baptist Church will be hosting with Salem Baptist Church in their ordination service for Bro. Michael Kincaid. Please make your plans to attend and be part of this special time.
Remember the “Shoes For Orphan Souls” aid project. For more information about the project, got to www.buckner.org/shoes.
The church council met and has many things in the planning for Beech Grove. Be in prayer as we seek to do God’s will. Pray for our sick, the families who have lost loved ones and our churches.

Caney Fork Baptist
The Caney Fork Baptist Church homecoming will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Bro. Kevin Strawsbaugh will be the guest speaker. A potluck meal will follow the morning service. The church revival will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 14-16. Join us in celebrating 167 years of serving the Lord. Everyone is welcome.

Cedar Hill Baptist
The church continued the messages from James looking at “Poor Man, Rich Man” from chapter 1:9-11. This passage is opposite from the world’s way of thinking. Christian understanding of possessions changes our view of people. The world often thinks that wealth is a reflection of God’s blessings. Salvation calls for a radically different view of people. Only through humbling ourselves and recognizing our need for Christ and acceptance of Christ are we truly blessed. 
Christian understanding of possessions changes our view of possessions. We cannot place permanent significance on temporary things. Possessions do not determine our salvation. We cannot earn our way to Heaven. We came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing.
Our fall festival was postponed due to the weather. We will have it beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Join us for a fun time of games, music, food and hayride.
Tonight (Wednesday), ARC will meet at 6 p.m. with a presentation for family and friends and a time of fellowship.
Remember to bring in soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, small toys, socks and underwear for Operation Christmas Child. We started making some bracelets last week in ARC to place in the boxes. Our goal is 200 boxes.
Remember in prayer Kim Eason, Jason Wright, Johnny Minch, Kenda Franks and many others. Also pray for our county, state and national leaders.
If you are looking for a place to worship where the Word of God is preached we invite you to visit us at Cedar  Hill. Our small groups meet each Sunday at 9:45 a.m., with worship services starting at 11 a.m.
If you need transportation call 484-5236 or 514-1594.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. Wess’ sermon was on Matthew 20:1-15, “That’s Not Fair.”
I would say we have all heard our children say, “that’s not fair.” We as adults may have said it too. In these scriptures the landowner needed help. He hired someone and agreed on payment. They worked all day. Later on, he hired more.
Even later, he hired more who were without a job and said he would pay what was right. He paid them all the same. They didn’t like it, the ones who worked all day.
Jesus does the same as the landowner. If you accept him as a young child or as a young adult or older, even on your death bed. If you are sincere, even the most vile person will get the same gift of grace and a home eternal with our Lord Christ Jesus.
Bonnie Woodyard and Louise Johnson sang “The Old Rugged Cross.”
Prayer concerns: All on the prayer list and families who lost loved ones.
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a hayride. There will be fellowship at 5:30 p.m.
Items for the silent auction basket for Jim Ziegie on the back table are due Oct. 16.
Women will draw names for Christmas on Oct. 20.

First Baptist Owenton
Our pastor continued through the series entitled “I Am A Church Member” from Ephesians 4:1-3 with his message “A Unifying Church Member.” The unity of the church is dependent on our Christian conduct and the virtues necessary according to the passage are: humility, patience, meekness, forbearance and love. The unity of the church is destroyed by gossip and an unforgiving spirit. We must endeavor to keep the unity of the church. What a great witness of God’s power when the church demonstrates unity and love.
Sunday evening, we continued in our study of Revelation. Our passage from Revelation 2:8-11 examined a church under intense persecution that gave a wonderful witness through its purity. Vance Havner said, “When the church becomes popular it will become powerless. But when it is persecuted, it will prosper in purity.”
This Sunday at 7 p.m., we will be hosting the Georgetown Gospel Choir. We cordially invite you to come and be a part of this special gathering. Several of our youth will be participating in the Louie Giglio/Chris Tomlin gathering at Rupp Arena this Sunday afternoon.
The Young At Heart will meet at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday). The trustees gather at 5:30 p.m. and our youth, RAs, GAs, Mission Friends, and Adult Prayer Gathering begins at 6:45 p.m. In our prayer gathering, we are focusing on four special emphasizes of prayer: addictions, family matters, health and church renewal. We invite you to join us for these gatherings and we will see you Sunday.

Monterey Baptist
We were blessed to have former pastor John Bailey, his wife Lori and their family join us for worship Sunday morning. It’s always wonderful seeing old friends. The Bailey’s oldest son Travis was married on Saturday. The whole family, including the newlyweds, were at MBC on Sunday. Congratulations Travis and Nicole.
We approved the annual budget and officers and enjoyed a time of fellowship after the service on Sunday. The next monthly planning meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 15.
This Sunday, we’ll be observing communion during the morning worship. Please join us at 11 a.m.
It’s time to fill the Meeting the Needs tree during the 12 weeks before Christmas. This week’s items are spaghetti or toothbrushes.
The youth laser tag outing will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Oct. 17. The cost is $14 per person to choose two activities from skating, laser tag or miniature golf. Contact Pastor Jeremy for more information.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month. Be sure to thank your favorite pastor for his service.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” -  Psalm 139:23,24.
Barry Winkle brought our special in song Sunday morning.
Happy birthday wishes to Randy Smoot, Steven Bond, and Pam McAlister.
Happy fifth anniversary wishes to Steven and Breann Bond.
Please pray for Amber Minch, Gary Cheesman, Lenora Kelly Olds, Teresa Sharon, Margaret Vannarsdall, Fannie Wilhoite, Jason Wright, the families of Allison Fitzgerald, Linda Stivers and Tommy Webster, our military men and women an their families, John Murphy and Josh Snell, our leaders, our nation, persecuted Christians, and the youth of our county.
We will have our weekly prayer meeting and Bible study tonight (Wednesday) at 7 p.m.
On Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m., we will have our quarterly potluck meal and business meeting.
Mount Pleasant’s fall festival will be held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

New Columbus Baptist
Beginning Wednesday, we’ll be changing the youth class lineup to incorporate a craft/activity period during the second hour of youth class. This will affect only the youth class on Wednesdays.
Since  our observance of the Lord’s Supper was set back a week, that will be the emphasis of our Sunday worship. Pastor Brad Vincent will cite Matthew 26:20-30 for his message titled “The Greatest Supper Ever Served.”  Jesus knew we would need a clear picture of the gospel to nourish our souls. The Lord’s Supper is nourishment for the hungry soul. Sunday we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper, as we call this sacrament, which is known by different names. It is known as the Lord’s Supper because it commemorates the Passover meal Jesus ate with his disciples.  It is the Eucharist (thanksgiving) because in it we thank God for Christ’s work for us. It is communion because through it we commune with God and with other believers. As we eat the bread and drink the wine (juice), we should be quietly thinking of Jesus’s death and His promise to come again.

Old Cedar Baptist
What a glorious day it was Sunday. The rain didn’t stop a lot from coming to church. We had a good turnout.
Special music was presented by Cecilia, followed by observing the Lord’s Supper, then a special song by Joy.
Congratulations to Aldon Webber on his decision to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior.
At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday nights, we will follow the same order of service as Sunday morning with the message and music. Children’s church will be provided. Come join us.
There will be no Sunday night service Oct. 13. Our pastor and youth will be going to a Christian-Gospel concert.
At 6 p.m., Oct. 27, we will hold our Trunk-Or-Treat. We are going to elaborate a little more this year with special effects. For those interested in participating, come to a meeting at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20.
Prayer meeting will be held on Sunday nights at 6:30. We will call it “Prayer and Praise.”
We are still collecting items and donations for our Operation Christmas Shoeboxes.
Remember in prayer this week: Thomas True, David New, Loretta Wilkerson, Chardale Hammonds, Washington Atha Jr., David Hawkins, Lisa Gilbert, Paula Glass, our nation, firefighters, law enforcement, service men and women and the rest on our extended prayer list.
Happy birthday this week to Tony Lunsford and Danny Moore.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s message came from 1 Timothy 6:20-21. We are to guard what has been entrusted to us, avoiding worldly and Godless chatter. The world tries to pull us away from what we know as Christians. We must know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life so that we don’t lose our way. Before taking communion, Bro. Matt encouraged us to think about what Jesus did for us. We were also encouraged to think about those around the world living in persecution for being Christians. In whatever we do, we should ask ourselves if it meets the Lord’s standards. Make Jesus the center of everything and everything will fall into place. Following the sermon, Holy Communion was served with the help of Acolytes Lyla Wilson and Audree Young.
A great time of fellowship and a nice meal was shared by those who attended Sunday’s potluck and charge conference.  Exciting things are happening in churches and communities all over the district. We would like to thank those who made this gathering such a success.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Nov. 3 through Nov. 6. Wesley Putnam and his wife, Felicia will be joining us at the Owen County High School auditorium for revival.
Wesley is a minister, evangelist, musician, dramatist and storyteller. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy a message and special music each night of revival starting at 7 p.m.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist
The Rev. Wotier’s message “Strength For the Journey” was taken from II Thessalonians 2: 13-17 (Stand firm and hold onto the teachings). It’s not a easy haul out there. There are hardships and difficulties everywhere in everyone’s lives. God does not lead us to hardships, God leads us through them. God has a plan and for each of us. In everything that happens in our lives. He is there in the midst, on the sidelines, working out his plan for us, regardless of what happens.  Stand on the promises God gave us in his word. He will give us the strength and the assurance to get us through. Stand firm, stand on the promises.
The deacon of the month is Ronnie Dunavent.
Today (Wednesday) will be Bible study/prayer meeting at 7:00 p.m.
WMU quarterly meeting will be here at Pleasant Ridge on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Linda McDanell will be telling about her trip to Uganda.
Communion will be held Sunday during both morning services.
There will be a hayride at 5 p.m., Oct. 13. Please bring your own drinks.
Revival will be held Nov. 10-13 with evangelist Jimmy Gray and music by evangelist Morris Trayner.
Please be in prayer for Autumn Adkins, Glen Dunavent, Erin Gibson, Trina Reynolds and all others on our extended prayer list.
We extend Christian sympathy to the families of Brandon Chandler, Alison Fitzgerald, Melvin O’Banion, Greg Glass, Linda Stivers and Tommy Webster.
 
Salem Baptist

We welcomed a good crowd for such a wet Sunday morning.
A sweet spirit filled the house of the Lord as Bro. Michael Kincaid gave a wonderful message from Galatians 3:26-29.
We all are children of God, we are forgiven and loved. We all have fallen short and sinned and our Lord Jesus is always waiting with open arms. We need the fellowship with other Christians.
Through faith we have a heavenly home awaiting each of us. No weeping, no evil, no problems on any level. It can be ours if we only accept, follow and desire to live to please God each day. Come worship and fellowship with us.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, we will have a hayride and cookout. Bring your lawn chair and a friend.
God bless, see you soon.