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February 12, 2020

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The Press-Dispatch Church Wednesday, Februar y 12, 2020 C- 3 RAMBLINGS Continued from page 1 Continued in next column Continued from page 2 Lutheran Wesleyan Methodist Methodist wish they had came along a little sooner so my nerves would be able to handle it easier. Did you wake up Sat- urday to look for snow on the ground? It was a pleas- ant discovery not to see it for me. I am just like the rest and used to enjoy the snow, but as you grow old- er it doesn't take much of it to satisfy your cravings. This past Sunday we studied the requirements God placed on the Hebrew children in order to cele- brate the Feast of Weeks and how it led in to the Passover. We observe the Passover and the death and resurrection of Je- sus when we take commu- nion. There is a full moon associated with the timing of the Feasts. It is to com- memorate the full moon God used so the Hebrew children could see the ex- odus from Egypt and the cruel treatment they had been receiving from Phar- oah and his men. God has been good to the Hebrew children and He has been good to us. We need to thank Him more often and especially for the times He took care of our lives and we took it for granted. We studied many scrip- tures concerning our free- will and how we will not understand the wonderful Spiritual things in our life. We are reluctant to allow the Holy Spirit to be with us at all times. We can plan and plan, but if we don't al- low God and the Spirit to lead and guide us, our plans are usually futile. There is always a fight be- tween the natural fleshly desires of man and the lov- ing Spirit of man. So like Paul said, when I would do good it always ends up bad and many times the good side keeps us from doing something bad. Joshua said he and his family will serve God no matter what someone else was going to do. Never for a second think that God doesn't know what you are thinking. So why not allow your will to move in His di- rection. We also discussed why God has not kept His prom- ise about sending Jesus back to gather the church before now. Things just keep lining up with proph- ecy. The truth is God isn't slack about His promise nor is He thinking about not destroying this world, but it isn't His great will that any one should perish and that we would all come to repentance of our sins. The end of your days may well come before Jesus re- turns. If your heart is not prepared you will be lost to a sinner's punishment .So take care of your future soon as possible. You have heard and you are ready, so now go out and be a blessing to all you meet. GOSPEL CENTER CHURCH Independent Baptist Church 420 E. Illinois Street Petersburg Church 812-354-9914 Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; AWANA clubs will meet Sundays at 6:30 p.m., the children will learn from the Word of God and have fun doing it; Bible study Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Gospel Center invites you to worship the King of Kings with us every Sunday. You will hear sound biblical PATOK A GROVE CHURCH 1135 W. C.R. 475 S. Winslow Pastor 812-239-6843 Sunday morning church service at 10 a.m. and Sun- day school 11 a.m. Jason Hill, Pastor day night praise and worship and Bible study 7 p.m. I hope God will see you at church somewhere. Mark Davis, Pastor and applicable preaching each week. At the Gospel Center, you will find God-loving peo- ple who desire to serve and praise God with their heart, soul, mind and strength. Come and praise the King with us. We would be hon- ored to have you come and join us and see what God is doing here at the Gospel Center Church. Rodney Fretwell, Sr. Pas- tor Independent ST. JOHN'S LUTHER AN CHURCH 6483 W. 580 N. Otwell 812-482-7623 stjohnsboonetwp@ Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. Sunday school and 10 a.m. worship, August Bauer, wor- ship leader. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m. Confirmation. Thursday, Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m. Bible study. Sunday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. Sunday school, Praise Team practice; 10 a.m. worship, Communion with Rev. Nan- cy Nyland, worship leader; workshop for Council and ST. PETER LUTHER AN CHURCH 10529 S. Church Street Stendal Sunday school at 9 a.m.; 10 :15 a.m. worship service with church council meet- ing to follow the service. Bible verse for the week: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). Edwin H. Wicks, Pastor Call Committee following worship. Paula Mann, Administra- tive Assistant ALGIERS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Highway 356, Petersburg Sunday school 9 a.m. and worship service 10 a.m. You are always welcome to join our friendly church and worship God with us. Mike Atkins, Pastor GOOD SHEPHERD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 210 W. Harrison Street, Oakland City Church 812-749-3525 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship service 10 :30 a.m.; youth group meetings the last Sunday of each month 6 - 7 p.m.; community luncheons the third Tuesday of each month 10 a.m.-noon CDT. The community of Good Shepherd United Method- ist Church exists to glorify God through Jesus Christ our Lord. As a body of believ- ers, we pledge ourselves to al- low the Holy Spirit to develop within us maturity of spirit, unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, so that we may be prepared to share His love, mercy and grace through our words and ac- tions to a needy world. We extend an invitation to the public to come and wor- ship with us. The Good Shepherd takes care of His sheep. Janet Shomate, Secretary HOLLAND U.M. CHURCH 205 N. Second Ave. 812-536-4862 Thursday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. Senior Balance exercise class. Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. Sunday school classes and 10 :10 a.m. morning worship service. Monday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. exercise class. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. Bible study. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:15 p.m. Confirmation class and 5:30 p.m. KIC. Keith Chanley, Pastor OTWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH P.O. Box 146, 10041E. Washington Ave. Otwell 812-766-3344 Facebook: Otwell United Methodist Church and Jeff Pinney. Otwell United Method- ist invites you to join us this Sunday at 10 :30 a.m. as we worship our Lord Je- sus Christ; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become ma- ture, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-13, NIV ). Jeff Pinney, Pastor PETERSBURG FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 801 East Walnut Petersburg 812-354-6658 Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 10 :45 a.m. Isaiah 58:1-8 and Matthew 5:13-19. We like to think of oppo- sites: white or black, hot or cold. In today's scripture, Jesus and Isaiah both talk of light. So what is the op- posite of light? If you said dark, think again. If you add white to black you get gray. More white and the gray gets lighter, more black and the gray gets darker. If you add hot to cold, it heats up the cold or cold to cool some- thing hot. Not so with light and dark. You cannot darken a light- ed room by bringing dark into it and bringing light in- to a completely dark room means the light brightens the entire room, even the PETERSBURG FREE METHODIST CHURCH 202 E. Walnut Street Pastor 812-354-6646 Normal weekly schedule is as follows: Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., with morning worship starting at 10 :30 a.m.; Wednesday evening the children and youth ministries meet at 6:30 p.m., during the school year; There is a casual Bible study Thursday evening at 7 p.m. If you can't make it to church on Sunday, check out our live stream on Pe- tersburg Free Methodist Church Facebook page. Peace and joy in the Lord. Mark Schlechty, Pastor RUMBLETOWN FREE METHODIST CHURCH 1485 N. St. Rd. 57 Petersburg Adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10 :30 a.m. The church is located south of Petersburg on State Road 57. Hope Barnett, Reporter SPURGEON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 11505 N. Hwy. 61 Spurgeon Pastor Cell 812-202- 8903 or church office 812-922-8215 Church service 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10 a.m.; Fri- day Bible study at 1 p.m. "Speak to each other with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts" (Ephesians 5:19, CEB). Just as my earthly fa- ther guided me along in the hymnbook and later taught me lessons that shaped me, our Creator's everlasting love serves as a guide along life's path. Even in the dark times, our singing provides a connection to God. Wheth- er they are songs of joy or songs of lament, when we sing, it is our testimony and recognition of God's faithful, loyal love for us. Prayer: "Dear God, help WHITE RIVER CHAPEL UMC 3555 W. SR 56 Bowman 812-582-8896 Sunday morning worship 9 a.m.; Sunday school 10 :15 a.m. We are exploring the words in Philippians 4:4-9 and how they can help us thrive in chaos. So many trials come in- to our lives and along with the business of life. These things can easily choke out the Life of God in us. But praise God, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). What things will be add- ed? God's order back into our lives—a peace that pass- es all understanding—He is in control. Facebook: White River Chapel UMC, Jeff Pinney. Questions regarding church events, call 812-766 - ZOAR U.M. CHURCH 8818 W. Old Rd. 64 Holland 812-536-4862 Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Bible study. Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m. morning worship service. Monday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Bible study and 7 p.m. Board of Trustees meeting. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. Bible study. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 5:15 p.m. Confirmation class at HUM and 6 p.m. EPIC. Keith Chanley, Pastor us to remember that your love is with us forever. May songs of praise be ever on our lips and in our hearts"— Amen. Josh Sanders, Pastor Sherry Julian, Reporter dark corners. Both Jesus and Isaiah point out that if our lives are full of God's light, it cannot be hidden, but if God is not in what we practice, then it quickly be- comes apparent that God is not in us. So what marks us as persons trying to live for God? Interesting question: Let's talk about it on Sunday. God bless. Michael (Mike) Punke, Pastor 3344 or mail to: 3555 West State Road 56, Petersburg, IN 47567. Jeff Pinney, Pastor Nazarene PETERSBURG CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 118 West Pike Ave. Church 812-354-8851 Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship and children's church at 10 :30 a.m.; children's and teen service at 6 p.m. "I belong to the King, and He loves me I know, for His mercy and kindness so free are unceasingly mine where- soever I go. But thanks be to God! He give us the vic- tory through our Lord Je- sus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57). Upcoming activities and services: • Women's Ministry Brunch, Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. Bring along a dish to share. • Free Community Spa- ghetti Supper, Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Come and enjoy some food, fellowship and fun. • Alabaster Offering tak- en Sunday, Feb. 23. • Pray for the church's need of a pastor. Need a church home? Stop in and visit us. We would love to have you be a part of our church family. Jeannine Smith, Reporter Pentecostal HOUSE OF MERCY CHURCH Corner of East and Porter Winslow Pastor 812-789-5229 A Church with open arms and a loving heart. Sunday morning worship at 10 :15 a.m.; Sunday school classes at 11 a.m. Second Thursday of each month, Bible study at 6 p.m. As we look around and see and also hear of the great de- ception brought on by the en- emy (Satan), we need to be sure our hearts and lives are right with Jesus. Also, we must be sure that our faith is in Him, and not this world and the things in it. Truly, the signs of the times for His appearing are growing daily before us. Be blessed and full of joy this week. Pray for our president and all government entities, OAKLAND CITY FIRST PENTECOST Hwy. 64 East Sunday morning service 9:30 a.m. with children's Sunday school during the ministry of the Word; Sun- day and Wednesday eve- ning services at 6 p.m. All services are CST (Gibson Co. times). On Sunday evening, Feb. 23, we will be joining our brothers and sisters at Riv- er of Life for "Gathering at the River" service at 5 p.m., with prayer beginning at 4 p.m. CST. Ron Vickers, Pastor Elaine Young, Reporter, 812-749 -1122 (leave a mes- sage). and also for those in nurs- ing homes, hospitals, loved ones and your neighbors. Go forth and reach a life for Je- sus this week. In God's Service. George Bruce, Jr., Pastor Presbyterian MAIN STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10th and Main Streets, Petersburg 812-354-6844 Sunday worship 10 :30 a.m. We have a nursery for children up to the age of seven and we also have a van route in Petersburg to pick anyone up. Come vis- it us, our doors are always open to you. Ashes On Ash Wednesday, as Lent begins, worship- pers' foreheads are often marked with ashes in the sign of the cross. The ash- es traditionally come from burning palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. In Old Testament days, ashes were a sign of mourning and repentance. Today, some worshippers wipe off the ashes before leaving church, to symbol- ize being cleansed from sin by Jesus' death; others wear the ashes the rest of the day, carrying the cross of Christ into the world. The speaking of Genesis 3:19 often accompanies the placement of ashes: "You are dust, and to dust you shall return." Office hours: 9 a.m.- noon, Monday-Friday. Boyd Heldring, Pastor Amy Melhiser, Secre- tary OTWELL WESLEYAN CHURCH 2277 N. Mechanics Street Otwell Pastor 812-354-3028 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; evening worship service 6:30 p.m. Nursery available. Tuesday morning women's Bible study at the fellowship hall 10 a.m. Fourth Thursday evening every month, the church hosts Ireland Home Based Services "Parent Cafe" from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. EST at the fel- lowship hall. All people of all ages who want to learn more about parenting/raising children are welcome. Fos- ter parents receive training hours. Free meals and free child care with RSVP to Deb Cooper at 812-483-8369. Dress Temptation Struggling to make ends meet on a first-call salary, the pastor was livid when he confronted his wife with the receipt for a $250 dress she had bought. "How could you do this? " "I was outside the store looking at the dress in the window, and then I found myself trying it on," she ex- plained. "It was like Satan was whispering in my ear, 'You look fabulous in that dress. Buy it.'" "Well," the pastor replied, "You know how I deal with that kind of temptation. I say, 'Get behind me, Satan! '" "I did," replied his wife, "but then he said, 'It looks fabulous from back here, too! '" "But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Pe- ter and said, 'Get behind me, Satan! For you are not set- ting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man'" (Mark 8:33). We invite all of you to come and worship with us. Roy Stilwell, Pastor Pam Lemond, Reporter CHURCH NOTE DEADLINE 10 A.M. EVERY TUESDAY

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