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December 5, 2018

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, December 5, 2018 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg 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 each month before Bible study, Advisory Board meeting with business meeting to follow. Advisory Board meeting tonight, Dec. 5 and business meeting to follow at 6 p.m. Thought for the week: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsel- lor, Mighty God, Everlast- ing Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Be in prayer for the lost, the sick, our church, our country and leaders, and always each other. God's blessings on you this week. "We have… the forgiveness of sins, accord- ing to the riches of His grace" (Eph. 1:7). The climax of Paul's first recorded ser- mon is reached in Verses 38 and 39 of Acts 13, where he declares: "Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: "And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." Thus God, through Christ, forgives and jus- tifies those who believe. Nor is this all that was accomplished for us by the death of Christ at Calvary. There is also reconciliation, baptism by the Spirit into Christ and His Body, a posi- tion at God's right hand in the heaven lies and all spiritual blessings there. "The forgiveness of sins" must come first, however, and the above passage assures us that in Christ we have this — not barely, but "according to the riches of His grace." Indeed, the next verse continues: "wherein He hath abounded toward us…" Thus Eph. 2:2-7 declares that though we were once "the children of disobedience," and therefore "by nature the children of wrath," "God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us" has given us life and raised us from the dead, exalting us to "heav- enly places in Christ…" His purpose in all this? "That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" ( Verse 7). When God forgives us He no longer sees us in our poor selves, but in Christ, who took our place, dying for our sins on Calvary's cross. There He hung in our place that we might now stand in His — "complete in Him" {Col. 2:10). This has been a decent week and things haven't went too bad for us. We had our Grand- son a couple nights and really enjoyed him because he was pretty good boy most of the time. Boys have to act out once in awhile or we would worry about them. I don't think my par- ents ever had to worry about me acting out be- cause I could rival Burt Reynolds in the show- ing off profession. Finally got all the paperwork in order to complete my transactions at the court house and was I glad. If we can successfully deal with BMV we will be close to settling my mother's estate. It has been a long time get- ting to the place where we may finally get it closed. We have had some great help from our lawyers and friends who have had trouble fi- nalizing their estates. Thanks for your help if I have picked your brains for ideas. My wife decorated our Christmas tree and I hung some lights in our front windows which just about as much decorating that I would do but I think she may have plans for me to put up some blow-ups and a sparkling light projector outside. I have to say she is usually right when she comes up with these ideas so I suppose I have a honey do project coming on strong. We got our new vacuum cleaner out of its shipping box and did what assembly it re- quired before trying it out. It works great but I think we have several others stored in our attic storage area. We are like most American families and we get new things while the old isn't bad enough to throw away because you never know when you might need to use it. I have most of our leaves under control with the exception of one big hill and it is covered with leaves. I suppose if I don't get them up they will decay and make for good grass next summer.We are all running out of time to get them off the ground. If you have an hour to spare between 9 -8 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 Ramblings of my mind by Lowell Thomas Struggling Parents Need God Forgiven Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin Minutes with the Bible by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Continued on page 2 Closeness with our adult children is not an entitlement but it can be our goal. Don't let your love for them give them more power to hurt or take advantage of your aching heart. When there are strained or broken relation- ships it probably started long ago. Somewhere along the parenting journey we stopped rais- ing our children and started wooing them. Sometime over the past 25 years we stopped demanding obedience from our children and started seeking only love and companionship. This shifted many of the powers in the parent- child relationship to the child. We equipped them at an early age with the power to hurt. I often counsel and pray with parents who failed to discipline and lost control of their children. The schools and government have made it difficult for parents to be parents. When we never pray with our children and fail to take them regularly to church they of- ten grow up with an attitude and demands that bring pain and hurt when they become adults. Thirty years ago children became responsible adults at about 20 years of age. Today many parents find it has moved to 30 years old. Blaming children often blame parents for all their failures in adult life. Many boom- ers neglected to be strong leaders in their home and today rela- tionships are broken or at least strained. Parents should give themselves a chance to grieve but no longer allow the naughty 30 -year-old boy to control their lives. We can no longer be manager but try to be a consul- tant. It is confusing and frustrating but keep faith and allow the sun to shine in your mid- life years. on Fridays and Saturdays your help would be appreciated to ring the Salvation army bells. Cal Biddle is having a tough time manning all the shifts during each of these weekend days, If you can help please give him a call at 812-582-2385. So far this year I have rang for three shifts and even though it does get a lit- tle chilly sometimes the blessing from seeing people give to those in need is superb. The play which was staged by Cup Creek General Baptist was very enjoyable and thought provoking about why do we miss out on blessings by making things to complicat- ed. If I was to say it had a plot it would have to be just enjoy the season for the reason we cel- ebrate and that is the birth of Jesus. I was surprised to have a little larger con- gregation Sunday morning and we all enjoyed our service. Our Sunday school lesson covered the commandment of only having one God and not placing anything ahead of God Almighty. The sermon was about rebuilding our faith and our dedication being renewed. When the Israelites rebuilt the temple they were disap- pointed in the fact it wasn't as magnificent as the first. The same is true about our faith be- ing rekindled because it never feels quite the same as it first did. I know my disappointment comes when I let down is in myself and never because of God. We did something new Sunday afternoon as we sang carols and Christmas songs for the residents at Brookside Nursing facility. It was lots of fun and the residents seemed to really be uplifted by our efforts. Go out next week and do good deeds seek those blessings from our Lord for helping your fellow man. H e p H z i b a H - L i t t L e s G e n e r a L b a p t i s t C H u r CH 743 W. County Road 125 S., Petersburg Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the fellowship hall RIVER OF LIFE 342 E. CR 300 N. Petersburg Sunday morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening wor- ship 6 p.m. and Consumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednes- day evening Bible study 7 p.m.; Men's ministry meeting every other Thursday 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. • Wednesday, Dec. 5, we will continue Bible Study of Malachi 1-4. • Sunday, Dec. 9, we will have a regular business meeting after morning wor- ship service for our election of officers. • Wednesday, Dec. 19, Bible study, no book cho- sen yet. • Sunday, Dec. 23 will be the Children's Christ- mas program during morn- ing worship service at 10 :30 a.m.; Fourth Sunday and morning worship offering will go to the building fund. • Sunday Dec. 30, Fifth Sunday, we will have Com- munion service during the morning worship service. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Q: Who was Leah's first- GR ACE G.B. CHURCH 1007 E. Union St. Winslow Sunday school 9:30 ; Sun- day morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening wor- ship 5 p.m.; Wednesday Bi- ble study at 5 p.m. Bill Chesser, Reporter NEW LIBERTY G.B. CHURCH (Coe) 1820 S. Co Rd. 800 S. Oakland City Gary Pancake, Pastor 812-664-4716 Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Faron McLaughlin, Super- intendent, Ryan Edrington, Assistant and Sunday morn- ing worship at 10 :30 a.m. We appreciated Dave Nal- ley, the heat was on and we had our service on Sun- day indoors. We began De- cember with the reading of Luke 2:1-10. It was good to see everyone out, although we have been hit by so much sickness. Keep our mem- bers in your prayers. Plans are underway for our Christmas play. Play 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 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 eve- ning 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 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 of our services. Gary Watson, Pastor Kathy Henderson, Re- porter born? Answer: Reuben. Ref- erence: Genesis. 29:32. Q: What two types of birds did Noah send out from the ark to see if the waters were receding? An- swer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter practice Wednesday at 6 p.m. Those who wish to join us for Christmas caroling will meet this Thursday at 5 p.m. at the church. December 7 will be Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Due to illness, the "Hang- ing of the Green" service will be this Sunday, Dec. 9, dur- ing the morning worship. Church council will meet on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at the church. We will be having our Christmas play on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome. December 21 will be the last day of school and Christ- mas Break will begin in Pike County schools. We will have our Christ- mas service on Sunday, Dec. 23 at the regular time. December 24 is Christ- mas Eve. December 25 is a celebra- tion of Christ's birth. Merry Christmas. December 31 is New Year's Eve. 2019 is coming quickly. Again, we ask for prayers for our church family. Sa- tan is a hard worker, but we know who wins in the end if we are faithful. Our Mission Statement: Loving the 99, always look- ing for the one. Gary Pancake, Pastor Ivan Mason, Reporter

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