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Elk Lick Baptist

We were all created in the image of God. Adam and Eve lived in paradise and were sinless.
The tempter came to Eve and she gave to Adam. They gave in to sin for forbidden fruit and to know good and evil.
They were naked and ashamed and hid from God. God asked him where aren’t thou? Man turned from God and caused him to judge us.
The tempter went to Jesus when he was weak and tired after fasting 40 days, and he tempted him with food and said turn the stones to bread. Jesus said man doesn’t live by bread alone.
We have a long hard battle between good and evil. God loves us and through his son, Jesus Christ, he sent his love. He is asking us, “Where art thou?”
Bro. John Thomas, Bonnie and Russel Woodyard and Billy Ellis sang and played, “This World Is Not My Home” and “What a Day That Will Be.”
Prayer concerns: healing of the sick, shut-ins, missionaries, military, special prayer list, unsaved family and friends.
Sunday night was Don Wainscott’s “Answers in Genesis” presentation. We welcome you to church.

First Christian
The Rev. Dann’s message Sunday was “Keep the Enthusiam Going.” His message was enhanced with the choir’s beautiful melody of “Let’s Go Down” and “Shall We Gather at the River,” led by Berna Tanksley and accompanied by Pat Beverly.
First Christian will be celebrating Open Heart Weekend beginning Saturday. Volunteers at First Christian will be giving out 10,000 pounds of food donated by the Freestore Mobile Pantry to Owen County residents who have a need. This distribution will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the First Christian Church parking lot in Owenton.
It is estimated that this will help 200 Owen County families.
If you have need for the food, please call (502) 484-3451 or (502) 750-3342 to reserve your voucher for the free food.
We will continue our Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds celebration with our worship service Sunday and will complete the weekend with our youth’s third annual Valentine Extravaganza. 
The menu will be Italian and there will be plenty of delicious desserts. Our guests will be entertained with music by the talented and funny Dave Stahl.
Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from FCC youth. Make plans to attend now.

Gratz Baptist
God is working at Gratz.
Sunday, the air was cold outside but God’s love had the church warm.
Brother Lewis’ message was “How to Work for God” from John 6:27 and from 1 Corinthians 3:9. Living a Christian life is hard at times but if we let God lead, we will find his hand out for us to take. We as Christians need to listen to God. He will give the words to say to that lost person to come to know him. Be willing to listen to what he is telling us to do. God is at work here at our church.
Brother Lewis moved his membership. We are planing an ordination for Brother Lewis sometime in March. We had one to come, moving membership to our church.
We will have our business meeting Wednesday. On Sunday, we will host communion and a fellowship meal.
Happy birthday to Cindy Chadwell.
Remember to pray for our pastors and their families, as well as everyone on our prayer list and our churches.
If you would like to meet and come to know this wonderful man we call Jesus, come visit us. We will tell you all about him.

Monterey Baptist
This Sunday, Bro. Tony will begin a series of sermons on “The Prayers of Jesus” and how they teach us to pray today.
MBC is having a Valentines Bunco at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church. The cost is $5 per person. Just bring an appetizer/finger food and 2 liter.  
Meeting the Needs Ministry is collecting laundry detergent through February. Boxes are located in the MBC back foyer for donated items. Our next night to work at Meeting the Needs is from 6 to 8 Feb. 24.

New Columbus Baptist
We certainly express sympathy to the family of Louise Simpson, who died Thursday.
Louise was the widow of William Simpson and mother of Steve Simpson, Sue Henage and Teresa Hawes. She will surely be missed from our community.
At 6 p.m. Friday, we’ll be having our traditional Valentine’s banquet as a formal meal and will have fun and games, too.
Pastor Brad Vincent’s message Sunday will be titled “The Answer to all Problems: Jesus,” and will cite chapters 8 and 9 of Isaiah. Jesus remains our greatest hope in time of despair and grief. Jesus was also the hope of deliverance even in Old Testament days as the army of Assyria was preparing to invade Israel and dominate the Middle East. Times have changed, but the need for Jesus remains as strong and true today as in any time past.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, everyone is invited to the ordination of Clinton and Tommy Scott as deacons of our church congregation.
Leaving at 3 p.m. Feb. 19, we’ll go on that rescheduled snow-tubing trip to Perfect North Slopes. Contact “Bubby” Young if you are interested in going.

New Liberty Baptist
What a wonderful service we had Sunday. We were blessed to have Bode and Channa McKinley with us to bring special music. By special request Bode sang “Long Black Train” before Bro. Emory brought the morning message. “The King and I “ came from Isaiah 6:1-9. Isaiah had a face-to-face encounter with the living God. Isaiah saw the holiness of God, his sinfulness before God, and his duty to God. Conviction led to confession, confession to cleansing and cleansing to a calling.
Movie Night is Friday night at 7. The Youth will be attending the “Firefall” youth conference again this year on Feb. 18-19. The Heart Walk is Feb. 19 at First Baptist Church in Owenton from noon to 7 p.m. We encourage everyone in the community to come out and support this event coordinated by God’s Special Little Hearts.

Old Cedar Baptist
We had a wonderful service yesterday with a fair crowd; although, we had quiet a few out due to sickness.
Dee Weddington was in the hospital last week but is back home now. She is facing back surgery again in the near future. Junior Atha went to the hospital with pneumonia and Jeanie Jones is having that pain in her side again. She has had sickness plague her since late November and has had to miss several weeks of church and we miss her so much. It was good to see several back at church that haven’t been in a while, and may we say that it really does a body good to go to church.
There are so many new and exciting things going on at our church. Yesterday we welcomed a new piano player. She is Krissy Swigert and she just turned 15 this week, so we wish her a happy birthday. She did a great job playing our congregational hymns and her whole family was there to support her as well. She is going to be a great blessing to the Body of Christ.
We had communion service and I don’t think there was a dry eye in the church as we reflected upon the Lord’s sacrifice for us all and the hope we have in Him. Joy Arnold sang, “Here We Are to Worship” and Cecilia Webber sang “In the Garden.” The message was a challenge to tear down the sacred cows of tradition and religion to be replaced with the reality of a relationship with God instead of the mechanical worship we offer. I believe God is doing and will do a great thing in our midst, but we must first tear down the idols that stand between us and Him.
We have formed a new praise and worship group at our church and are calling ourselves “New Beginnings” to reflect the new work God is doing in our lives and in our church. After all, who doesn’t need a new beginning, a new start, a fresh page of life, whether it’s spiritually, emotionally, financially or even in our relationships? We would love to have anyone who wants to get involved in praise and worship to come join us as we get this ministry off the ground. God has given us a vision to give Him the glory and if you feel the same thing, you are welcome to come and see if there isn’t more than the same old, same old. To God be the glory.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist
The Rev. Wotier’s message, “Open My Eyes, Lord,” was taken from John 9. Imagine what your life would be like if you were born without the ability to see. There are invisible people all around us, people too busy to turn their heads to see them. The blind man was accustomed to being invisible. In the minds of the Pharisees he was a product of sin. It is possible to have 20/20 vision and still be blind to your surroundings and other people. Are we spiritually blinded, open our eyes Lord so that we may see.
The deacon of the month is Ralph Toole.
Tonight will be Bible study/prayer meeting at 7. The WMU is sponsoring a collection of laundry detergent, dish detergent and shampoo for the Meeting of the Needs Ministry. The WMU quarterly meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Ridge.
Food items are needed for the Caring Hearts Backback Ministry. The one-serving items needed are canned fruits, pop tarts, cereal, Vienna sausage, beans and franks, pudding, cereal bar, fruit snacks, mac and cheese, cheese and crackers, peanut butter and crackers, ramen noodles, ravioli and spaghetti and meatballs.
We extend Christian sympathy to the families of Louise Simpson, Florence Ogden and Ruth Bishop. Please pray for Glen Dunavent, Patty Hamilton, Doug Rist, Bill Johnson, Roy Chapman Sr., Tonya Morgan, Helen Lynn, Rebeka Gaines, David Jacobs, Paul Tudor, Steve Whiting William Young Sr. and all on the extended prayer list.

Salem Baptist
Bro. Jared’s message was “The Need for Knowledge,” from I Peter 3:15. Are we prepared to answer the questions of the unbelievers? Did you realize your salvation is sealed when you accept Jesus as your personal savior? Yes, we might go astray, but once saved — always saved. And Satan will make you doubt your faith. God wants the best for you. Here are some scriptures that will assure you of your salvation: Ephesians 1:3-5, II Peter 3:9 and Hebrews 6:15-19. You have the free will to choose Jesus Christ as your savior. Make your decision today and seal your place in Heaven for eternity. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Need a place to worship or a copy of God’s word, come on down an join us in fellowship. God bless and see you Sunday.