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July 10, 2019

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, July 10, 2019 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg "Do all things without murmurings [grumbling] and disputings [arguing]: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation [generation]" (Phil. 2:14,15). Whenever there is something that is dis- rupting the harmony of the local assembly, each member of that Body needs to examine himself, and ask, "Lord is it I? Am I the one who has caused this problem? " The flesh can justify anything, even grumbling to oth- ers how they would have handled things dif- ferently. This only serves to cause discord among the brethren. These types of things are normally said in the shadows of the as- sembly hall where the battle lines are drawn for a major confrontation. When you're not on the frontlines fighting the good fight of the faith, it's easy to stand in the shadows and criticize others who are defending the faith. Criticism is not one of the gifts of the Spirit, but a manifestation of the flesh! Paul wanted those at Philippi who were living in carnality to turn from it so they could be used in a greater way by the Lord. They were to be blameless, harmless, and without rebuke, so that there would be lit- tle question who they were in the eyes of the world. You see, believers have something the world is searching for: peace, purpose and hope! Therefore, it was important that these children of God maintain a consistent testimony for Christ before a crooked and perverse generation. Essentially, the apos- tle is challenging the Philippians to live a godly life so as not to disgrace the name of Christ before the world. The unsaved of our day, for example, revel in pointing out: "Oh, you mean that church where they fight like cats and dogs and had 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 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 Mumbling and Grumbling Minutes with the Bible By Pastor Ricky Kurth Continued on page 2 See MINUTES on 3 Finding True Happiness Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin A recent magazine poll found that most Americans felt happy most of the time. If this is true, some might ask why are so many going to therapists, divorce lawyers and taking Prozac. Why do so many have a sense of emptiness? One thing we all agree on is people everywhere seek happiness. I visited Russia before the Iron Curtain came down and have made several trips to Russia since. The striking thing was not the shabby apartments, poverty of the peo- ple but the lack of happiness. There were few smiling faces and people appeared to be void of joy. They had been told for 70 years that there was no God. This lack of spiritu- ality left them empty and without an inner peace. When they accepted Christ as their personal Savior, their faces would light up and they would speak of inner joy. I read a report on the science of happi- ness. The article pointed out that laugh- ter and optimistic thoughts are good for your health and may help you to live longer. The Bi- ble says, "A cheer- ful heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit makes one sick." (Proverbs 17:22 TLB) I have observed for many years that those with a strong faith in God have a sense of peace, hope and joy. This inner joy does not come from earthly pleasures, material things or great wealth. Scientists know a lot about depression, fear, hopelessness and sadness. As they search for positive emotions and joy, they may dis- cover that faith is important and God can fill the emptiness in our lives. Well did you have a good Fourth of Ju- ly with lots of fireworks? We were in Cha- pel Hill Tennessee visiting with our cous- ins. Their sons put on a great show of fire- works. I've seen professional fireworks which didn't come close to their display. Things in Tennessee are quite a bit re- laxed with few laws and regulations con- cerning them. This was a family thing which cost them around $400 for all the dis- play which seems expensive to me but what isn't expensive today. Our trip down to Chapel Hill was not hard although the traffic on East 24 was sort of crazy. People on this road are all go- ing somewhere in a hurry and they seem to think the road belongs to them and you had better stay out of their way. I have al- ways had a problem with left lane drivers be- cause all they do is slow up traffic and cause problems for others in the right lanes when you have merging traffic. I wish they would stop to think there are others on the road and drive with a decent amount of courtesy. When we got to Nashville we were in bum- per to bumper traffic but there was lots of See R AMBLINGS on 3 courtesy displayed in these bad conditions. The drive home was not as bad because we hit the road early and avoided much of the traffic. We put new tires on the CR V and it made for a much smoother ride when traveling and no road noise. The man at Double J said I had about 10,000 miles left on the old tires but I didn't want to put my family in danger of a blow out. Some things are worth more than money. I missed my morning exercises while we were gone and it felt good to do my routine the morning after we returned. I don't do a heavy workout but if you can exercise at all it will help you keep moving with less pain. Getting older can be difficult, but ex- ercise seems to make my days go a little eas- ier. Daily work gets you a little exercise but I have been told you should do something dedicated just for exercise purposes alone. Our Sunday school covered many of the prophets and how people ignored their mes- sages. It is a shame for us to eat up all of God's goodness to us and think that He would never turn His back on us. But if we don't pay attention to our lives, He will turn Hamline Chapel Sunday, July 21 • 1:30pm Woolsey Band Homecoming 189 th SPEAKER: Rev. Jarrod Chattin SPECIAL MUSIC BY THE Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church Hamline Chapel Rd., Monroe City Sunday Worship at 9am • Sunday School at 10am CARRY-IN AT NOON (Meat Provided) Everyone Welcome! 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 ARTHUR G.B. CHURCH 5670 S. St. Rd. 61 Winslow 812-582-0354 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship and chil- dren's church 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday evening Bible study at 6 p.m.; Business meeting third Sunday of the month, following morn- ing worship. We are grateful to Dale Frederick for filling in for Pastor Ralph this past Sun- day, while he and his fam- ily were on vacation, and for the inspiring message he gave. We were also hap- py to see our former Pas- tor Kyle Moore and fami- ly, and our other visitors. You are always appreciat- ed and welcome to attend any of our services. Could there be any great- er consolation known to man than these six hope- giving words: "His mercies are new every morning? " "O Lord, we and our kings and princes and fa- thers are weighted down with shame because of all our sins. But the Lord 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.; 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- 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 6 p.m. Children's activities include "Overboard"—a fun time of games, lessons, food and more. All times are CDT. Perhaps only parents are thinking about back-to- school, but it will be here soon. So, mark your calen- dars and save the date. Sat- urday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, Crossroads will host their annual back-to-school FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 Welcome to our church family Sunday activities: 9 a.m. Praise Band practice; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school for two years old-adult; and 10 :30 a.m. Sunday worship. Wednesday activities: Adult Bible study 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. No Kids/Grub to Club through the sum- mer; Youth: sixth grade IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street 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 our God is merciful, and pardons even those who have rebelled against him" (Daniel 9:8,9). We are remembering those in prayer who are in need of the Lord's touch. We invite you to worship with us at any of our ser- vices. Ralph Newkirk, Pastor Marla Morrison, Report- er backpack giveaway. Are you experiencing a season of adversity, hard- ship, pain and sorrow? Is your day filled with negativ- ity? Are you having depres- sive thoughts? Maybe you know someone that is hav- ing a difficult time or is de- pressed and you would like to help. If so, then God is the answer. We are currently in a Sun- day morning summer series titled "Exploring Psalms." Studying the Psalms re- minds us that we are not alone and help is available. Through reading and under- standing Psalms, we are re- minded that everyone has hope in Jesus. Make plans to join us this Sunday, July 14 for another message in Exploring Psalms. If you do not have a church home, we would love for you to visit Crossroads. Note our service times for Sunday and/or Wednesday. Visit our website at www. to get more information about up- coming events. Like us on Facebook and see some pic- tures from VBS, our church cookout and picnic, and more. Curt Beadle, Pastor a.m.; Sunday evening ser- vice at 6 p.m. July 8 -12, Vacation Bible School ( VBS) 6 -7:30 p.m. If you need a ride, call the church 812-354-9659 or Pas- tor Joseph Roman at 812- 890 -9942, leave your name and number. July 14, 2019, church pic- nic, shelter house #3 at 6 p.m. Church will provide the BBQ. Bring your favorite side and/or favorite dessert. "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longest for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is" (Psalm 63:1). 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 sus as the Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: shireValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor

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