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November 7, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, November 7, 2018 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Before you have placed your trust in Christ as your Lord and Savior, there is nothing what- ever you can do to please God or to gain accep- tance with Him. John 3:35 declares that "the Father loves the Son" and cares what you think about Him and do with Him. This is why Verse 36 goes on to say: "He that believeth on the Son hath ever- lasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abi- deth on him." But once you have received Christ as your Savior and Lord there is much you can do to please God. You can witness to His saving grace, you can please Him by living a godly life, you can work for Him, you can sacrifice of your means to further His cause, and yes, you can fight for Him. "Fight for Him" you say? Yes indeed, for this world system, our Adam- ic natures and Satan and his hosts, are all an- tagonistic toward the Christ who died for our sins. Satan's forces, especially, work behind the scenes to "blind the minds of them that believe not" (II Cor. 4:4). These fallen angels, we read, are "the rulers of the darkness of this world" (iEph. 6:12). This is why God urges His children to be "strong in the Lord," putting on "the whole ar- mor of God," so as to meet and defeat these evil forces ( Vers. 10,11). This is why He puts a sword ("the Word of God") into our hands and bids us "stand… stand… stand! " ( Vers. 11-14). Ah, but a great veteran, who waged many battles in making Christ known to the lost, gives us an inkling of the thrill that goes with being "a good soldier of Jesus Christ." In his last words, just before his execution, the Apos- tle Paul declared triumphantly: "I have fought a good fight! " (II Tim. 4:7). It was indeed "a good fight" in which he had been engaged, a fight to bring light and salvation and blessing to benighted souls. And the reward: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown" ( Ver. 8). Ramblings of my mind by Lowell Thomas Well this week was another full week and next week has promises of being as busy. Many retirees have said they didn't know how they ever had time to work. There are days though where you have to say enough is enough and just sit down and rest. The picture in the paper last week showed us working on the archway around the le- vee. Once it is done a beautiful tunnel ap- pears at night and you can get lost in its captive beauty. Sonny and I kidded Delmas about flexing his muscles for the camera and you got to see me doing what I do best which is talking and laughing. There isn't a lot of danger doing what we do for the display work but I worked in a safety conscience minded company and I see things which bother me in some of the work pictures in the different area newspa- pers. The chance of a cave-in while working in an excavated hole or falling while work- ing from a platform is likely to be very small, but if it would happen just once it would be traumatic to all of us. Several years ago I watched a man work from a ladder which wasn't tall enough. He was balancing on top of the ladder and put- ting up signs at Cherry Tree Plaza. I know I should have said something to him but I didn't. That afternoon he died from a bro- ken neck after falling from the ladder. If what I'm writing here offends you please don't get mad at me because all I'm asking from you is please think before you take chances doing things in an unsafe manner. Sunday our lesson covered sibling rival- ries and how they affect families. The main pair of children spoken of was Esau and Ja- cob. Esau and Jacob were twins but noth- ing alike. Esau was born first, but Jacob did his best to hold him back. Esau was a man- ly type who enjoyed hunting and working in the fields. Jacob was more interested in things that were not as manly such as learn- ing to cook. The Church Page is made possible by the following Firms and Businesses: Amber Manor Care Center Petersburg — 812-354-3001 Benner & Co. Heating and Air Petersburg — 812-354-3433 Computers Plus Radio Shack Petersburg — 812-354-9633 DougGlass DBA Hold Everything Self Storage — 812-354-1110 Four Star Fabricators Petersburg — 812-354-9995 Harris Funeral Home 7th and Walnut Streets, Petersburg Phone: 812-354-8844 Play & Learn Preschool Campbelltown — 812-354-3999 Solar Sources Coal for Steam and Industrial Market Petersburg — 812-354-8776 Baptist Baptist Baptist Assembly of God CHURCH CHURCH Notes Notes Notes Continued in next column Continued in next column Continued on page 3 Ramblings of my mind by Lowell Thomas The Revolving Door Pastor A True Veteran Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Continued on page 2 The most successful churches usually have had long-term pastors. He gets to know the people and they learn to love and respect the pastor. With a short-term pastor both time and resources are squandered. Some studies show that on average it takes about three years for the pastor to establish his ministry and be re- spected and accepted by the entire congrega- tion. Naturally, there are exceptions caused by sin as to when he should leave. A wise church should learn from these sad experiences and do more character and ability investigations before he is employed. The Pastoral Search Committee and prospective pastor should put forth their best foot. Both sides should be hon- est and tell the rest of the story. When a new pastor is chosen let go of the old hurts and misunderstandings. Don't bur- den the pastor with the past and don't have un- reasonable expectations. The church should not be addicted to control but willing to let go and seek God's will. Give your new pastor time to dream, think and lead. Encourage the freshness of new ideas and don't feel threatened. You can assume that a new pastor will make some mistakes. Don't hold on to his mistakes but encour- age him in the areas where he excels. When lay people have financial, family or relation- ship burdens the pastor, to a degree, carries them all. The pastor usually has a family like yours and needs to be paid well. This includes not just financial but with words of encourage- ment and times of fellowship. This is a new day, a new start for both God's man or wom- an and the congregation. It is a good thing for men to know how to cook but it seemed like Jacob must have excelled in his learning. Now Esau was fa- vored by his father and Jacob was favored by his mother and this always makes for trou- ble in families. One day after Esau had come in from the fields either hunting or working, he was so hungry that he felt like he was starving to death. He asked Jacob for a bowl of stew to help him regain his strength. Jacob recog- nized an opportunity to get something he desired and told Esau he would trade a bowl of stew for the birthright Esau had. This was just one of the many times Jacob conned and deceived his family. Esau was just a man and never cared very much for things that Jacob cared for so he didn't even think of the im- portance of his birthright, but Jacob cun- ningly knew its importance. The scripture lesson was about the 23rd Psalm and how it contained peace and prom- ises throughout. We are like sheep because Flea Market in the Community Center at Stendal, IN. Saturday, November 10, 8 am to 3 pm. Food served by the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Group, beginning with breakfast at 7:30 am EST. Sweet rolls, sausage, biscuits, gravy and drinks. Serving throughout the day: Soups, Sandwiches, Desserts and Drinks. Sponsored by St. Peter's Lutheran Church 55 tables rented. • • • • • • FREE ADMISSION • • • • • • Petersburg Holiness Church Revival Nov. 6 through Nov. 11 The Petersburg Holiness Church, 5317 N. Knox Road, Petersburg Revival start- ed last night and will run through Sunday, Nov. 11 with Evangelist and Singers Rev. and Mrs. Arlan Kratz. Services will be 7 p.m. night- ly and Sunday at 10 :30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Chad Searls at 812- 354-9446. RIVER OF LIFE 342 E. CR 300 N. Petersburg Sunday morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening worship 6 p.m. and Con- sumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 7 p.m.; Men's ministry meeting every other Thurs- day 10 a.m. If you would like a ride to WASHINGTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD 320 S. Meridian Street Washington Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Wednesday evening dinner and Bible study at 6 p.m. and from church services, call 812-354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m. and all Wednesday evening activities at 7:30 p.m.; first and third Wednesday of each month Bible study at 7:30 p.m. • Bethel Revival, Nov. 9 - 10 at 7 p.m. Refreshments following the Saturday eve- ning service. Sunday, Nov. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street WINSLOW G.B. CHURCH 600 E. Union Street Pastor 812.582.0290 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening soup and sandwich fellowship at 5:30 p.m.; Youth group, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. First Wednesday of ev- ery month, Advisory Board meeting before Bible study and business meeting to follow. The next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. Thought for the week: Don't worry about any- thing. Instead pray about ev- erything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Be in prayer for the search committee as they look for a new Pastor and for the lost, the sick, our church, our country and leaders, and always each other. God's blessings on you this week. Try to be kind and show God's love, because every- one is fighting some kind of battle. If you don't have a church home, we invite you to any BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH An Independent Baptist Church 4995 N. Co. Rd. 850 E. Otwell (Meeting in the Iva Union Church building) Sunday school for chil- dren and adults 9 a.m.; Sun- day morning worship ser- vice 10 a.m.; Sunday evening service, Youth Group (6th grade through 19 years old), and Patch Club (four years old through 5th grade) 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer ser- vice 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor Welcome to our church family Sunday activities: 9 a.m. Praise Band practice; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school for two yrs. old-adult and 10 :30 a.m. Sunday worship. Wednesday activities: 6 -7:30 p.m. Grub to Club. Everyone is welcomed to Grub (meal) from 6 -6:30 p.m.; Club for two years. to fifth grade from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.; 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Adult Bible study; 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Youth: sixth grade through 12th grade. Bill Slaven, Deacon Chairman Petersburg Church 812-354-9659 Pastor 812-890-9942 Email: awordfitlyspoken@ Sunday adult Bible study and children's Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship at 10 :40 a.m.; Sunday evening ser- vice at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Adult Bible study at 6 p.m.; 6 -7 p.m. Youth Ministry. Up coming events: • November 14, Holiday fellowship dinner at the Gastoff at 6 p.m. Will be leaving the church at 5:30 p.m., if anyone needs a ride. • Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, par- ents night out from 6 -9 p.m. • December 16, Christ- mas program during the morning worship service and cookie exchange, after the program. Mission Statement for 2018 New Beginnings: What would Jesus do? We will strive to be more like Jesus in all that we do. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestination to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Roman 8:28 -29). Joseph Roman, Pastor Clara Walls, Reporter of our services. Gary Watson, Interim Pastor Kathy Henderson, Re- porter 11, during the morning wor- ship service. • Sunday, Nov. 11, Vet- erans Day—Thank all who have served; Youth will be packing shoe boxes for Op- eration Christmas Child. • Sunday, Nov. 18, Beth- el Harvest Day: Gaddabouts singing will be during the morning worship and spe- cial Harvest Day offer- ing. There will be a fellow- ship and meal following the morning worship service. Everyone is welcome. • Bible study, Wednesday, Nov. 21. We will continue the study of Zechariah 11-14.

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