Church News for Sept. 28, 2011

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Cedar Hill Baptist
Bro. Bill’s morning message was from Matthew 18:12-14. Which sheep are we? Are we the one gone astray? What distractions have we bought into that pulled us away from Christ. Are we one of the 99? If we are, we need to take account of those gone astray and reach out to them. Are we the lost sheep that does not see a need for Christ? Jesus Christ wants to embrace us. He seeks continually to love us.
The evening message was from Psalm 27:14 on waiting. In our fast-paced society, this is so difficult for us. However, delays can work as training periods for us and can be used to strengthen our faith. When we are waiting, it is important that we wait in the word of God. The fruitfulness of our waiting will depend upon our attitudes.
AWANA meets at 6 p.m. If you need transportation, call 484-5236 or 514-1594. Our fellowship meal will be at 6:30 p.m. and we invite family of our AWANA students to join us at that time.
Cookies are needed for the raceway this weekend. Leave them at the Reach office or First Baptist before 4 p.m. Friday.
Ordination service for Bro. Bill is set for Oct. 9.
Our fall festival will begin at 4 p.m. Oct. 16. This is a great time of fellowship with hayride, burgoo, cake walk, games, and music.
We invite you to worship with us each week at 9:45  a.m. for small group and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for worship.

Elk Lick Baptist
Bro. John’s sermon was on Matthew 7:1-12, “The Practice of True Righteousness.” We as Christians are not to judge others. We need to look at our own faults and failures and take care of them. We need to let the Lord change us from the inside. Our hearts and faith shouldn’t be swayed by unbelievers. We should witness but not tempt our faith. We are Jesus’ pearls, he doesn’t want us trampled or rendered useless.
Bonnie Woodyard, Janet Wingate, Pat Elliston, Vicky Thomas and Louise Johnson sang, “Peace in the Valley.” Wilma Cull played piano.
Keep in prayer the sick, shut-ins, missionaries, military, families who have lost loved ones, unsaved family and friends, and unspoken prayer requests. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer.
Sunday, our schedule includes the following: Remember Rice Bowls, Communion, dinner and fellowship, and Sunshine basket for Sarah McCormick after our dinner.

Epoch Fellowship
The congregation of Epoch Fellowship was joined by members of Church 20/20 from Williamstown for Sunday evening’s service. The packed house heard Pastor Trent preach from Acts 17 and were reminded faith is nothing without action.
As a reminder, our service times are at 6 p.m.  Tuesdays for youth, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for adult Bible study, and at 6:30 p.m. Sundays for worship.
Our ministry, The Wild Goose Cafe, had a very busy week. We have begun opening for lunch and serving sandwiches, wraps and desserts by Sisterly Touch Catering. We have been blessed to have Ruby Stewart in the cafe helping us get this operation up and running. Sisterly Touch’s food is a wonderful addition to our fair trade, organic coffees and specialty drinks.
This venture is helping us to further our stated purpose of reaching out to the community and donating all profits generated by the cafe to local missions R.E.A.C.H. and Meeting the Needs. If you haven’t been in yet, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 and 2 would be a great time to check us out. Our hours have been cut back while we refine our processes and learn what the community would like to see from us.
The cafe is also available for parties, showers, meetings and other gatherings. To reserve The Wild Goose Cafe or for information regarding the cafe or Epoch Fellowship, please call Carrie Ashcraft-Sutton at (859) 609-0090.

First Baptist
We are still basking in the joy of our recent revival. We thank the Lord for the renewed spirit among so many of our people and also for those who were saved. God is good. Our pastor continued through a study in Ephesians 3:14-21. What a tremendous pattern that is laid out for us in praying for families and friends. Take some time to read this passage and personalize it. Jim Craigmyle led our evening service in the absence of our pastor who began a meeting at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. Bro. Jim’s text was John 2:13-25 and he preached on “The Church — The Fullness of Christ.” In reference to the local church, why would any Christian take so lightly what the Lord commends so highly?
The youth are busy with their small-group studies at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. The four groups are broken down between the middle and high school boys and girls. The Kidshine Choir began preparation for their Christmas Cantata and will meet at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. We had the joy of serving at Meeting the Needs Tuesday. Our Young at Heart will meet at 10 a.m. today and they will continue a study in Daniel. Family Night begins at 6 p.m. tonight with a potluck supper.
The Lord is doing great things. See you Sunday.

Monterey Baptist
Men’s prayer breakfast will be held 1 at 8 a.m. Saturday. Come on down and enjoy some good cooking and even better fellowship.
The annual meeting will be held on Sunday. There will be a meal after morning worship and before the annual meeting. The church will provide the chicken and everyone is asked to bring a side dish and/or dessert. The annual meeting is held to approve the upcoming year’s budget and to affirm the leaders of the church.
To help Meeting the Needs stock their shelves, MBC will be collecting specific food items during the next 12 weeks as we head toward Christmas. Each week we will collect a specific food item. Our goal is 200 of each item. Sunday, the food item is soup and crackers; Oct. 9, it is cereal; Oct. 16, it is tuna helper/hamburger helper; Oct. 23, it is spaghetti sauce; and Oct. 30, it is canned fruit. By listing the upcoming weeks, you can shop and use those coupons or sales in the stores.
A group from the church will be going to the movies the afternoon of Oct. 9 to see the movie “Courageous.” This movie encourages dads and moms to be the best parents they can be. Sign up on the front table if you plan on going.
Please donate your unused coupons from Sunday papers to the MBC coupon ministry. There is a tray in the back entrance room for them.
Our fall celebration will be Oct. 15. We will have corn hole and games for families, as well as inflatables. Hot dogs and chips will be provided beginning 4:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. we will transition to a praise and worship service led by Mandy Holbert. At 7 p.m. we will show the movie “Up”.
Revival will be held Oct, 16-17. Dr. John Bailey will deliver the message on Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Monday evening. Mandy Holbert will be leading praise and worship. The revival begins at 7 each evening and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
Bro. Dale spoke about what revival is from Psalm 85:1-9. God is the source of revival, believers are the subject of revival, prayer is the secret of revival, and rejoicing is the result of revival.
Our first night of revival began with Ashley Parsons singing “Written in Red,” “I Know My Redeemer Lives,” and “I Cried Holy.”
Bro. Brad Banks spoke from Jeremiah 9 and 10, “Pursuing God.” God delights in our pursuit of him. We need to abandon the natural and attain the supernatural. Don’t settle for the artificial when you can have the real thing. To begin your pursuit of God, it requires a wholehearted surrender to the Lord. Remove all hindrances or sin and obey him at each step, and seek him in the word and prayer.
Please pray for Steve Dempsey, Allison Fitzgerald, Kara Kistner, Candi Webster, Rebekah Gaines, Margaret Grider, Martha Holt, Miss Lenora Kelly Olds, Vicky VonBokern, Anna K. Waltz, Kaylyn Workman, Emily and baby Jack Myers, Kristi McKinley, Tim Jacobs, and the families of Bob Lee and Bobby Burke.
At 7 tonight, we’ll have our last night of revival. Barry Winkle will be bringing our special music with Joe McNay. 

New Columbus Baptist
Our community festival Saturday was a great success. The weather cooperated very nicely, and the inflatables — the  slide particularly — were very busy stations. This was a time to enjoy good food, and to visit with friends and neighbors while all the children played safely. The gospel music presented in the evening was a display of local talent praising God in songs. Thanks are certainly warranted for all the folks who worked to make this annual event so successful.
Our church family certainly extends our sympathies to Patti Wright and Glenna Lee on the death of Bobby Lee, Glenna’s son, Patti’s brother. Also, Elva Bowman of Booneville, the mother of church member Dorsey Bowman, has died. Keep the Lee family and the Bowman families in your prayers.
Sunday will be a special time as we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, which is given as a reminder for Christians of the great sacrifice that Jesus made for sinners. Join us Sunday as pastor Brad Vincent cites Matthew 26:14-35 as text for his Lord’s Supper message titled “Judas and Me.”
At Sunday evening’s worship, starting at 6 p.m., we’ll be observing a time of class-promotion recognition — a time when many children move up to the next tier of Sunday school classes. We’ll be serving finger foods and ice cream following this event.

New Liberty Baptist
What a glorious day God gave us Sunday. Stacey Griffin and Casey Towles blessed us with their song, “The Miracle in Me.”
Many people came to help us celebrate our 210 years. We experienced the rich history of our church as Bro. Jessie Bourne led us through the years of accomplishments and church growth. All the churches that were started from New Liberty (nine) are still in service today except for one. The challenges churches face today require, more than ever, strong faithful leaders. Even in our difficult times, we must remain faithful. We had a time of fellowship and a wonderful meal in our new fellowship hall after the morning service. We appreciated all who came to help us celebrate this special time. 
We thank each of you who helped to prepare for this important day.
Sunday’s blessing continued as our revival began in the evening service with Pastors Kevin and Dina Malcomb leading. Dina sang the beautiful song “Blessings” and our hearts were truly blessed. Bro. Stacey led the choir in “Days of Elijah,” and the congregation sang a great selection of hymns.
Pastor Kevin’s challenge was for us to surrender completely every part of our lives to the Lord. Give it all to him, hold nothing back, for the culture in which we live today can be a hindrance. We must surround ourselves with the things and people that will not lead us away from God’s will for our lives. 
Come join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday for our service. May the spirit of revival in our hearts continue.

Old Cedar Baptist
What a lovely day the good Lord gave us Sunday. It is always nice to come to his house on Sunday and be with all of our Christian brothers and sisters to worship and praise his name.
Our church started off with special prayer request and announcements.
Special music was represented by Robert Swigert and his guitar followed by Cecilia Webber.
Bro. James’ message was taken from Luke 16 and entitled “Jesus’ Love.”
Instead of favoritism, we should demonstrate compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience toward each other, and above all, we are to put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
In the body of Christ, no race, nationality, or class is better than another. Prejudice distorts what it sees, deceives when it talks, and destroys when it acts. Through the cross, Christ has made us one, and we are to treat each other with love.
Sunday night at 7, New Beginnings practice; Wednesday night at 7, we have prayer meeting at church; Starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 1, we’ll have The Great Fall Roundup at A Little Bit of Heaven Riding Stables in Franklin County — enjoy live music, cookout, bonfire and stargazing at dark. Come everyone and enjoy a day of fun.
Remember in prayer Norman Cook, David New, Gayle Davis, Ora Lee Jones, Dillon Smith, Bill Karsner, Ron Holland, Jordon Wilhoite, and the rest on our prayer list.

Owenton Church of Christ
After three months, how is the Owenton Church of Christ doing? In worldly terms, we are doing great.
But according to the Bible, we are truly blessed.
On a regular basis, we continue to have visitors — those who are seeking and searching for truth and those who have a preference to worship God without having to be entertained.
Yes, we are being blessed, and would love for others in Owen County to come and check us out. Brother Dayton just began a series of lessons entitled “Loving God, His W.A.Y.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us to love the Lord with all your heart, your soul, and all your strength. But what about our time, money, ability? Why don’t you come and spend the next 24 hours (48 sermons that last 30 minutes) with us and determine for yourself if you are loving God as he would have you to love him.
Tuesday evenings we are going to begin a study on learning how to study the Bible.  
The Owenton Church of Christ is a place to believe, belong, and become.

Owenton First United Methodist
Bro. Matt’s message Sunday morning was entitled “As for Me and My House!” The scripture readings came from Joshua 24:14-15 and Matthew 16:24-28. Loving God starts with a history of what he has done in our lives. Everything God has done for us has made us who we are today. Joshua gives a challenge. He challenges us to live in fear, or reverence, of the Lord. He also tells us to serve and worship the Lord in sincerity and truth. To serve in sincerity we must be genuine and refrain from practicing hypocrisy. We have a choice to say “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This week, take a look at your history and offer your house to the Lord. You will find that there is no one better to serve than God himself.
During children’s church, the kids learned about Moses and the burning bush. They learned that God helped Moses even when he was afraid.
Sunday, we will take our annual trip to Bi-Water Farm in Georgetown. Make plans to join us after church for a McDonald’s lunch before leaving for the pumpkin patch. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun-filled day. If the weather is nasty, we will postpone the trip until Oct. 9.
Roller skating will now be the second Wednesday of each month. We will begin in October. Anyone wishing to attend should meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.
Many people were added to our prayer list this week, so please say a prayer for those who are sick and injured in our community.

Salem Baptist
Everyone was welcomed on a beautiful fall morning on Big Twin.
Bro. Jared’s message was from I Timothy 4:7-8, John 8:31-38, “What Is Truth?” We all search for the truth. Children search for the truth. We see people looking for truth in a bottle or by taking drugs, worldly pleasures. The truth is found within your heart when you accept Jesus as your savior. Seek God and his teachings, fellowship with other believers, and study God’s word and you will find the real truth. John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth and, the truth will set you free.”
We want to wish Barry Tinch and Melissa Stewart a happy birthday this week. And mark your calendar for Oct. 7 when our Family Movie Night is at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 we will be having our fall hayride and wiener roast at 6 p.m. Come down and join us in fellowship and fun.