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June 12, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, June 12, 2019 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg news, but as we age it's going to happen. Wednesday was a pretty day and I put it to good use by working on the yard and tried to straighten up after a hard winter. Our pa- tio is still a mess and my wife has been af- ter me to get rid of an old car. It was going to be a project car and never got finished. I had great intentions, but lacked the time and devotion such a project requires. One day last week I woke up feeling al- right but the only speed I seemed to have was slo-mo. I got stuff accomplished just not quickly. I suppose that goes along with get- ting older or so they say. Speaking of not feeling right, one of my good friends had a small stroke last week. He ended up in the hospital for a few days. He should re- cover okay, but will have to have rehab to get things working like they are suppose to. Saturday morning the local Lions had a six mile race called a Hokem Carem. It is a two-man teamed race where each runner is responsible for three miles. We had nine teams competing and it was a good morn- ing project but we did run into a few snags 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 White Stallion Energy Evansville — 812-473-0700 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 True Riches Minutes with the Bible By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Continued on page 2 The Destructive Gambling Craze Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin The gambling craze has swept across America and left a trail of losers and crim- inal activity. Gambling diverts people from useful labor and makes them slaves to in- stant gratification. Legal gambling breeds illegal gambling, tax evasion, bribery, pros- titution, family break-ups, suicide and even murder. One former Governor said "Legal- ized gambling brought the state nothing, but poverty, crime, corruption and misery". Americans now spend 380 billion dollars each year on legal and 400 billion on sports gambling. This is many times more than is donated to all churches and religious activi- ty. Today most states and the District of Co- lumbia have lotteries that produce billions per year. The lottery is not a painless way to raise money, but a shameful way. Most lottery dollars are spent by people who can least afford it. Many are welfare recipients who spend their government gifts on gam- bling. The church should be a voice to con- demn gambling as an evil. Compulsive gamblers should know God can help them to overcome this problem. In 1984 The United Method- ist Church published a document on Gam- bling which concluded, "Gambling is a men- ace to society, deadly to the best interest of moral, social, economic and spiritual life, and destructive to good government." The Bible does not use the word gambling, but all its teaching on honesty, hard work, fam- ily, neighbors and love tells us gambling is evil. As Christians we must let our daily walk match our Sunday talk. Some years ago there came to this coun- try a very poor young man. He found a job in the timber lands of Wisconsin. Being in- dustrious he gradually accumulated some timber acreage of his own. Soon he began to prosper, and after a few years he invest- ed in a lumber milling industry. Before long he owned more than one mill, and this led him to expand into northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. In a few years he was known as a rich man, investing in timber acreage in the far northwest and eventually owning valu- able land by the thousands of acres, the very finest timber in the country. At the time of his death neither he nor his relatives nor friends knew what he was worth financial- ly, he had become so wealthy. When the time came for him to die, how- ever, he could not take one cent of his riches with him, for as I Timothy 6:7 says: "We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we carry nothing out". It seems difficult for most men to learn that "a man's life consisteth not in the abun- dance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15). They close their ears to the words of wisdom spoken by the Lord: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matt. 6:19,20). The truest, most lasting riches of all are referred to in II Corinthians 8:9, where the Apostle Paul says: "For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich". And these riches may be had by faith — by accepting them as a gift, for "the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Rom.6:23). Last few weeks I have been a little chatty with my article so I'll try yo hold back a lit- tle because I write just like I talk and that is on and on. Week started out entertaining at Riv- er Walk assisted living in Evansville and singing for them. Steve and I keep busy en- tertaining folks who have trouble living on their own and it is a joy to make them smile. I sang a little song I've been singing to my granddaughter and they about hurt them- selves laughing. This song is made up but it causes lots of smiles and it goes like this" Hush little baby don't you cry cause papaw going buy you a big old skunk and if that skunk don't stink, papaw is going to put him under the sink and if he don't stink after we put him under the sink, mamaw's going paint his stripe hot pink". Yes it's crazy but look who's singing it. We had breakfast with some of the IPL retirees Wednesday and it is always great to get together with old friends and share stories and catch up on what is going on in their lives. We heard about some of them who are sick and you don't like to hear this See R AMBLINGS on 3 Vacation BiBle School you are inVited to FRIDAY, JULY 5 • 6-8:30pm SATURDAY, JULY 6 • 2-5pm Brenton Chapel Church of Christ 1194 E. CR 400 N., Petersburg PrideS creek road RSVP by calling by june 20 812-295-6282 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 AYRSHIRE VALLEY G.B. CHURCH 1947 E. Co. Rd. 375 S. Winslow Phone: 812-354-3862 Sunday school 9:30 a.m., Jim King, superintendent, Paul Couts, assistant; morn- ing worship 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening 6:30 p.m.; CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH 2789 S. State Rd 57 Oakland City Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Wednesday, Bible study at 6 p.m. Children activities in- clude "Overboard"—a fun time of games, lessons and more. All times are CDT. Many exciting things are happening in June at Cross- roads. June 17-21—VBS from 6 -8 p.m. nightly. The theme this GR ACE G.B. CHURCH 1007 E. Union St. IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-354-9659 Pastor 812-890-9942 Email: awordfitlyspoken@ Sunday adult Bible study WINSLOW G.B. CHURCH 600 E. Union Street Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening soup and sandwich fellowship at 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, adult Bi- ble study at 6:30 p.m. First Wednesday of each month Advisory Board meeting, before Bible study and business meeting to fol- low. Thought for the week: "He heals the broken- hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls 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 year is "Wilderness Moun- tain Adventure." The wilder- ness theme includes trails to explore and much more. Be sure to get your child reg- istered by coming by the church on Monday, June 17, no pre-registration neces- sary. The last night will in- clude a camp fire, hot dogs, and smores. Sunday, June 30, church picnic and cookout. It will be a great and fun time of fellowship, food and games. Visit our website at www. Great things are happen- ing at Crossroads. If you do not have a church home, you are welcome to come and join us. Curt Beadle, Pastor 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, Bible study at 6 p.m. "Sisters of the Spirit." June 12, Business meet- ing at 6 p.m. Mid-to-late June services on Thursday nights "The Closet Door." Watch for up- dates. July 8 -12, Vacation Bible School ( VBS) 6 -7:30 p.m. If you need a ride, call the church at 812-354-9659 or Pastor Joseph Roman at 812- 890 -9942, leave your name and number. "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" ( John 15:5). Mission Statement New Beginnings: What would Jesus do? We will strive to be more like Jesus in all that we do. Joseph Roman, Pastor Clara Walls, Reporter them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in pow- er; his understanding has no limit" (Psalm 147:3-5). 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. 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 Wednesday evening Bible study 6:30 p.m. My hope and prayer for all people who read this is that you will make a decision to confess the past, repent from your sins and accept Je- sus as the Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: shireValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor

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