Church News for Sept. 21, 2011

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Cedar Hill Baptist

Bro. Bill’s message Sunday morning was from Philippines 2:1-4 on “Why I Love the Church.” Through the church, Jesus provides hope, faith, purpose, and love to us. Hope is found in understanding what Christ has done for us (Romans 5:3-4). Hope in Jesus rises above our daily situations.
Sunday evening’s message was from Colossians 3:17 on whatever we do, we do for the Lord. We are to let our light shine for him. We were blessed to have Ashley Smith share her gift of music and her testimony with us.
AWANA meets at 6 p.m. tonight. If you need transportation, call 484-5236 or 514-1594. Our mission for the next six weeks in AWANA will be Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Bring money or items for the shoebox. Each class will fix at least two shoeboxes for children their age. More information will come home with the children soon.
Remember the AWANA children and workers in your prayers.
We invite you to worship with us any Sunday at 9:45 for small group Bible study and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for worship.

Elk Lick Baptist

Bro. John’s message was on Ecclesiastes 9:2-4, “Be Satisfied.” We all have an appointment to die. Solomon said a living dog is better than a dead lion, a good name better than precious ointment, the day we die better than we were born.
Bonnie Woodyard, Kaylee Sandlin and Sammy Woodyard sang, “Bigger Than any Mountain.” Bonnie Woodyard and Louise Johnson sang “He’s in the Midst.”
Prayer concerns are for the sick, shut-ins, missionaries, military, unsaved family and friends, our nation, and leaders.
Happy birthday to Jeremy Dempsey and Mary Jo Young.
At 6 p.m. Friday, women will meet at the church for a snack supper and to discuss plans for future activities and visits. Oct. 15, we’ll have Bible school and fall festival — details will follow. Oct. 19-22, we’ll have a fall revival led by Bro. Ralph Farmer.

Epoch Fellowship

The last few weeks at Epoch Fellowship have been all about Acts 16. Last week we explored the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper.
It’s been a good week for Epoch, and we are so happy with all the visitors we had at The Wild Goose Cafe during Sweet Owen Day. Many new people were introduced to our ministry and our mission to help the local outreach programs, R.E.A.C.H. and Meeting the Needs.
We were also blessed to have our first day of food service with Sisterly Touch Catering. Ruby Stewart worked side-by-side with volunteers of The Wild Goose Cafe to serve sandwiches, desserts and drinks to all our visitors. The Wild Goose Cafe will be serving Sisterly Touch’s food Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We are also still planning a hunting and fishing expo for Oct. 1. If you or someone you know is a member of a hunting or fishing organization or offers a related service (guns, bows, taxidermy, etc.), we would love to be able to include them. The expo is intended to be an informal evening of fellowship, information and story-sharing among local sportsmen. If you would like to be included, or just want more information, please call Carrie Ashcraft-Sutton at (859) 609-0090.
Don’t forget our regular service times: Worship is Sundays at 6:30 p.m., Youth meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Adult Bible Study is held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist

Our fall revival began on a high and holy note. We are having a great time in the Lord. Our evangelist, Dennis Erwin, is preaching the word with great grace and power. The Erwin family is blessing us in a wonderful way through their ministry of music. The Erwin boys were recently honored at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville as the Best of the Best among 300 participating groups.
Our youth are going strong in their small group sessions at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Kidshine Choir will have their kickoff this Sunday. The parents’ meeting will be at 6 p.m. and practice begins at 6:30 p.m. We are in charge of Meeting the Needs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The Young at Heart will meet at 10 a.m. today, and they will be studying the fourth chapter of Daniel.
The new directories have arrived. We appreciate the hard work of Susan Traylor guiding this endeavor. They certainly turned out nice.
Special congratulations to Kaitlyn Parker who was chosen as the overall winner at the Sweet Owen Day talent contest. Please pray for Bob Cull as he heads to Brazil this Friday for a 10-day mission trip.
Come on out  at 7 p.m. tonight for our revival meeting. It’s guaranteed to be a time of great worship, preaching, music, and fellowship.

First Christian

First Christian’s choir performed a beautiful compilation of “Down to the River to Pray” and “Shall We Gather at the River,” accompanied by Berna Tanksley on the piano Sunday.
We were pleased to have Carol Taylor provide the prelude Sunday as a special treat.
Bro. Greg’s message was “Whatever Happens” and was based on Philippians 1:19-30. He left us this thought; “It is no tragedy to have died for your beliefs, but it is a tragedy to have gotten to the end of your life and realize that you haven’t lived.”
First Christian is proud and excited to be supporting the OCHS Girl’s Soccer Team by recognizing them Oct. 2 during worship followed by a potluck dinner in their honor. First Christian members Katie Haines and Mike Haines, a OCHS player and coach respectively, have extended the invitation to the team on behalf of the church, and we are excited to celebrate with Katie and Mike during Katie’s senior year.
Wednesday Night Live activities begin at 5 p.m. each Wednesday evening with Bible study and children’s/teen’s play practice beginning at 6 p.m.. There are still speaking parts available for those children or teens interested in taking part in the play so come join the fun.
Adult choir rehearsal begins at 6:50 p.m.

Hesler Assembly of God

Hesler Assembly of God will be having its 88th Annual Homecoming Celebration Service this Sunday. Brothers Forever will be giving a free concert at 2 p.m. Brothers Forever was nominated for group of the year at the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Visionary Awards in 2010, and nominated for favorite male group at the Southern Gospel Fan Fair in 2007. They have made numerous appearances on TBN and other Christian TV Networks. Everyone is welcome to attend. Curtis Hagy, singer of the group, will be ministering during the morning service at 11 a.m.
Hesler Assembly of God is located four miles south of the Elk Creek Hunt Lodge on Georgetown Road and Breck Road. For more information, contact the church office at 484-0607 or online www.heslerag.com.

Monterey Baptist

MBC is offering Beth Moore’s “Inheritance” for women at 7 p.m. Mondays. This nine-week study (with no homework) will remind us that our inheritance comes from God’s promises. Listening guides are $5. See Patti Clark for more information. Even though the study has begun, there is still time for ladies to join in.
Our night to work at Meeting the Needs is from 6-8 Thursday. Come join us. The bake sale/yard sale that was held Saturday brought in $375, and this money will be donated to Meeting the Needs.
We will host a wedding shower for Brittany Allnutt and JP Cook at 2 p.m. Sunday. The couple is registered at North Park, Walmart and Pampered Chef.
Please donate your unused coupons from the Sunday papers to the MBC coupon ministry. There is a tray in the back entrance room for them.
MBC will participate in the Operation Christmas Child (shoebox project). Now is a good time to buy school items because many of these are on sale. Also, look for end of the summer clearance items such as jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, etc. Remember, no liquids are allowed — so skip the bubbles. If you have any questions, please ask Marsha Derringer or Patti Clark. More details will be coming within the next few weeks.
On Oct. 1, we’ll have men’s prayer breakfast. On Oct. 2, we’ll have our annual meeting with a meal after morning worship.
On Oct. 15, we’ll have a community event and a kick-off to revival; and Oct. 15-17 we will have our revival featuring Dr. John Bailey.

Mount Pleasant Baptist

Kenneth Wainscott prepared us for worship Sunday by singing, “My God Delivers Again.”
“Blood on our Hands” from Ezekiel 3:17-21 was the basis for Bro. Dale’s message.
If we fail to be the Christians that we ought to be, the blood is on our hands of those that have not accepted Christ.
Sunday evening Bro. Dale spoke about Lot from Genesis 13. “How Did I Get in Such a Mess?” or “How Did I Backslide?” was the title. Lot was weak in his worship and devotions to God. He longed for wealth and position. Abraham always had an altar of worship.
Happy birthday to Marge Johnson in Arizona. Please pray for Rebekah Gaines, Lenora Kelly Olds, the Vermillion family, Sam Perry, the family of Bobby Burke, our leaders, our military, and our great U.S.A.
At 7 p.m. tonight, we will host a prayer meeting and Bible study.
Next Sunday evening through Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. we will hold our revival with Bro. Brad Banks from First Baptist. Bringing our special music Sunday is Ashley Parsons, Monday is Connie Hon, Tuesday is Ron Wooten, and Wednesday is Barry Winkle.

New Columbus Baptist

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the fun, games and activities of our New Columbus Community Festival will begin. There will be inflatables, corn hole and children’s games. We’ll also have free popcorn, cotton candy and sodas. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be live gospel music presented until 8 p.m. Everything is free and open to everyone, making this an ideal opportunity to meet with and to visit with your friends and neighbors for a time of Christian fellowship and relaxation.
This annual festival is one way we at New Columbus enjoy extending the love of Christ to our community. We certainly appreciate Tommy Scott for coordinating the events and Mary Joan Mefford for recruiting the gospel singers.
Join us Sunday as we learn about the amazing transformation from non-Christian to Christian through the message from pastor Brad Vincent.

New Liberty Baptist

The “chain reaction” of the Eliza Broadus Mission Offering continues. We are over halfway to our goal. There are two weeks left in our state-mission emphasis. If you haven’t given yet, there is still time.
We are thankful for all God allowed us to experience in worship and praise Sunday morning. It was misty and cool outside, but inside as we gathered together our hearts were warmed by the music and the message God had for us from Acts 4.
We are excited about our celebration of 210 years next Sunday. Bro. Jessie Bourne will be with us to lead us through the history and will bring the morning message. We will also dedicate our new fellowship hall in this service. Great music and congregational singing will be led by Bro. Stacey Griffin.
We thank God for all those who came before us who were so faithful in serving the Lord at New Liberty that we might have such a rich heritage.
Our four-night revival will begin Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Each night thereafter the service will begin at 7 p.m. Pastors Kevin and Dina Malcomb and Bro. Stacey Griffin will be leading those services. Please join us.

Owenton Church of Christ

The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life  is how Satan tempted our Lord. This is also how he tempted Adam and Eve, and how he tempts us today. What can we learn from these temptations?
In military operations, time is spent studying the enemy. We are at war with Satan. First, we learn is that he is real (Matthew 4:3,10). Second, we learn that he is persistent (Luke 4:13). Third, we learn he has free range — he was in the city as well as the wilderness. (Job 1:7;2:2). Fourth, he is subtle (Luke 4:2,3). Fifth, he is presumptuous (Matthew 3:17; Genesis 2:16-17). Sixth, he is slow to give. Not until the last temptation did he offer to give anything. We sell out too quickly and too cheaply (Isaiah 52:3) Jesus defeated Satan with the word. So can we.
Did you realize that if you listen to a sermon about 30 minutes for a year it equals about 24 hours?
At Sunday morning worship, we will be starting a series of lessons on “Loving God’s W.A.Y.” Why don’t you join us for the next 24 hours. At 7 p.m. Tuesdays, we will be learning how to study the Bible. We look forward to seeing you. Let’s continue to pray for our nation, and all our civil authorities.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s message, “The River of Decision: Rubicon or Jordan?” came from Joshua 3:13-17. When we do things our way, it seems like a good idea but ends in disaster. We have freewill, but we also have responsibility. We are always lost when we are not listening to the Holy Spirit. We must do three things in order to change our ways and follow God: trust God, decide to change our minds, and practice. Habits are hard to break, but the Holy Spirit can take them away. In His power and glory, our lives will be changed. Today is the day to begin living in the grace of God.
During the children’s message, the kids met a puppet by the name of Milton the Monkey. Milton introduced the children to this verse: “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” John 15:5. Bro. Matt showed the kids that Milton doesn’t really have anything on the inside because he is just a puppet. He looks good sitting on a bench, but he cannot reach his fullest potential until someone makes him come alive. In the same way, we cannot live up to our potential unless Jesus is in our heart.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our very first “Prayer and Praise” service Wednesday night. It was a success as many came to pray, worship, and read scripture. We will continue to hold our service each Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our trip to the pumpkin patch Oct. 2. We will leave directly after church and have lunch at McDonald’s before traveling to Bi Water Farm. If it rains, we will postpone the trip until the following Sunday afternoon. It is sure to be a great time.

Richland Baptist

The Richland Baptist Church will be having a Fall Festival 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1. There will be special music starting at 4 p.m. Bringing the gospel in song will be Connie Hon, Tony Doane, Kiley Blair and Stacy Griffin. The church family would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the music and fellowship with them.

Salem Baptist

We were welcomed Sunday by Bro. Jared who delivered a message from I Timothy 4:1-4, “Hard Cases.” Churches beware of the hard cases that are around us, even in our churches. We become hardened to our sins and don’t even realize we are doing it. God knows all things.
Psalm 139: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise. You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
If it hurts, it’s working. Work on the sin in your life, give it to God. Beware of the demons and false teaching around us. Bear the fruit of Christ.