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March 25, 2020

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, March 25, 2020 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg 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 CHURCH CHURCH Notes Notes Notes Ramblings of my mind by Lowell Thomas The noble Berans Minutes with the Bible By Pastor Cornelius R. Stam Materialism Religious Viewpoint by Clyde Dupin See R AMBLINGS on 3 Continued on page 2 Continued in next column Many Christian groups and organizations call themselves Bereans, but it is surprising how few people know what a true Berean is. The 17th chapter of Acts relates how Paul called upon his kinsmen at Thessalonica and for three sabbath days "reasoned with them out of the Scriptures," trying to show them that Jesus was the Christ. Steeped in their own religion, however, the majority were unwilling even to consider the truths Paul proclaimed. Indeed, they re- sented the fact that some did believe and, in their bigotry, "set all the city on an uproar." Finally Paul's life was in such peril that the Christians there sent him away by night to Berea, a town about forty miles away. At Berea Paul again sought out his "kins- men according to the flesh" — and what a different reception! Here is what the record says: "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17:11). These people did not immediately close their eyes to further light. On the contrary, they gave Paul an interested hearing, listen- ing with open minds to what he had to say. But they were not gullible either for, having listened to Paul, they subjected his word to God's Word, searching the Scriptures dai- ly to see whether those things were so. For this God called them "noble." They were the true spiritual aristocracy of their day. We should all be Bereans, spiritually big enough to listen with open minds to the teachings of men, and then big enough too to subject their teachings to the Word of God, the Bible, to see for ourselves whether these things are so. Our Lord said: "Search the Scriptures… for… they… testify of Me" ( John 5:39). As we do this we will find eter- nal life — and more — in Christ. Assembly of God Baptist Baptist Continued in next column VERIFY WITH YOUR CHURCH Due to evolving changes, it is recommended that readers verify church services prior to attending. The following items are accurate as of Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Good Friday service and Sunrise service in the park cancelled The presentation of Jesus carrying the Cross live, Good Friday service and Sun- rise service at Hornady Park has been can- celled. For information, call 812-354-9552. King Solomon, with all his wealth, could not come close to the luxuries the average American family enjoys. We live in a culture that celebrates materialism and overindulgence. We must battle the culture of greed and extravagance. It was Jesus who warned against laying up trea- sures on earth. All forms of commercialism constant- ly target us. The American people sel- dom learn when enough is enough. This plague of materialism has affected both adults and children. We should teach our children more about giving and less about getting. It makes it difficult for wise parents when their children compare ev- erything to school and their friends. Materialism has such a strong influence that many medicate through shopping and accumulating more things. Things never fill the void that only God can fill in a per- son's life. Jesus nev- er told us to seek things but to seek first the Kingdom of God. God choos- es to bless many people with materi- al blessings. When much has been giv- en then God wants us to use it to help others and evange- lize the world. The Bible tells us we can- not serve both God and money. God must be first in our lives. The best way to break the hold of material things is to starting giving it away. We have many opportuni- ties to promote the Gospel with our mon- ey and to help meet the needs of the poor. A word of caution to Christians in particu- lar, is beware of materialism's entrapment. Greetings folks, are you about to go stir crazy trying to stay away from people? This is bad on those of us who are used to being close to people and not accustomed to this "social distancing." I understand it is not good to be around a lot of people, but thanks to President Trump and the Vice President's crisis team reports daily we have learned much about viruses and how contagious some of them are. We need to get with the program and basically stay away from each other distance-wise to protect one another. What I don't quite understand is the ur- gency to buy as much stuff as some people have because if you buy in such quantities, there is nothing left for others shows a to- tal lack of compassion. Many cartoons are available making fun of the toilet paper de- mand, but it isn't all that funny because we have people caring only for their own needs with no thought about the needs of others. RIVER OF LIFE 342 E. CR 300 N. Petersburg Sunday morning wor- 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. ship 10 a.m.; Sunday eve- ning worship 6 p.m. and Consumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 7 p.m.; Men's ministry meeting every other Thursday 10 a.m. If you would like a ride to and from church services, call 812-354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor Baptist 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- sus as the Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: shireValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday, March 29, Sun- day school and church ser- vice canceled. Normal schedule: Sun- day school 9:30 a.m.; morn- ing worship 10 :30 a.m.; first and third Wednesday of each month, Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, Palm Sun- day and assistant Sunday. Friday, April 10 is Good Friday. Sunday, April 12 is Eas- ter Sunday. Sunrise service 6:30 a.m. Bible Trivia Last week's answer to: Paul says we are to wear the hope of salvation as a ______? Answer: Helmet. Reference: I Thessalonians 5:8. Q: What three things CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH 2789 S. State Rd 57 Oakland City As it seems to be with most churches, all of the activities and services are cancelled at the current time. However, we are re- cording the messages each Sunday, so you can stay in the Word. We're still in our series, Biblical Characters Sometimes Forgotten, and this past Sunday we exam- ined Hannah in I Samuel 1:1-20. If you haven't lis- tened to the message, you can hear it on www.cross- Hannah is a wonderful character to review at a very time when people are experiencing frustration. As you read the text, or listen to the message, you will discover that Hannah is barren. Her husband, El- kanah, has two wives (the other Peninnah). Penin- nah has children, but Han- nah cannot conceive. This must be frustrating to Han- nah, but it gets worse ev- ery time Peninnah reminds her of the inability to have children. In fact, I Samu- el 1:6 -7 tells us that Penin- nah reminded Hannah of her failure year after year and did so just to provoke and irritate her. However, Hannah, as frustrated as she may be, sets us an ex- ample of what we should do when we are frustrated. In the text, we find that as a result of her inability to have children (i.e. her frus- tration), she: 1) prays, 2) trusts God; and after she prays and trusts God, she FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 Welcome to our church family All services have been cancelled until Palm Sun- day, April 5. Pastor Mike will be live streaming on Facebook on Sundays at 10 :30 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Mike and church secretary Cindy will be keeping regular hours for anyone who has a need. You can drop off tithes and offerings at the office. Michael Miller, Pastor GLEZEN G.B. CHURCH Corner of Center and Sycamore Due to the recent recom- IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-354-9659 Pastor 812-890-9942 Email: awordfitlyspo- Website: www.immanuel- No services until further notice. "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strength- en you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Isa- iah 41:10). 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 WINSLOW G.B. CHURCH 600 E. Union Street I think this may be one of the hardest articles that I ev- er had to write, due to all the concerns surrounding the Covid-19 virus. As we con- sider the wellbeing of our church members, we have decided to cancel all servic- es until further notice. Hope- fully it will not be too long until the church doors are open again, but the church is not just a building. We, as God's people, can still read our Bible, pray and study God's Word, and tell others about God's love for us. God is still alive and well, and sit- ting on His throne. Remember to keep each other in prayer and call someone if you can, because people who are shut-in get lonesome and discouraged, especially with everything going on lately. The pastor and the dea- cons are here if you need to pray, talk or need help. Jesus said in John 14:27, NIV, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Be in prayer this week, 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. Gary Watson, Pastor Nyles Head, Assoc. Pastor Kathy Henderson, Re- porter 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 service 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor mendations from the CDC, we have cancelled all church services until April 1. Dwight Howe, Pastor Karri Brock, Reporter 3) worships God. It sets a pattern for us as we begin to feel frustrated. Many people are frus- trated today. As we live, it's natural to become frustrat- ed at our job, government (politics), and even our family (at times). But, with COVID-19, I sense that we are becoming more frus- trated. The Coronavirus is changing everything in our lives and that can cause some tension and frustra- tion. So, what should we do? Follow the example of Hannah: pray, trust and worship God. Our mes- sage goes in further details of Hannah's life; it is avail- able to hear at www.cross- Curt Beadle, Pastor did Paul tell Timothy that God has given us, as op- posed to a spirit of fear? Answer to come next week. Steve Selby, Pastor Elaine Barrett, Reporter Continued in next column

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