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August 5, 2020

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B-4 Wednesday, August 5, 2020 The Press-Dispatch call and the thought of pass- ing out a Gospel tract gives them nightmares. Cool faith started in the 60's. It was embraced by the exploding war youth culture. Cool Christiani - ty started with the hippie movement. Young pastors soon learned it would draw a crowd. With these new cool churches, Christian rock mu- sic was born. Today's Chris- tian hipsters want to retain their faith but fit in with the secular hipster culture. The majority of people who attend these churches are from traditional church- es. While thousands may attend these mega-church- es, church attendance is at an all time low. It's just mov- ing people from one place to another. In the midst of all the change and confusion let us pray that the Holy Spirit will lead people back to the full Gospel and unchanging Word of God. VIEWPOINT Continued from page 2 MINUTES Continued from page 2 RAMBLINGS Continued from page 2 fair weather. It is so diffi- cult to schedule an event be- cause our weather doesn't al- ways operate with our sched- ule in mind. I thank everyone who has helped us this year because our businesses have been hit hard due to the vi- rus and we didn't collect as much as we have in the past for sponsors. Funding is a big reason we have tried to be sensitive to helping our community rather than all the fundraising efforts. The Lions Club does its best to be a responsible neighbor in our communities. We are planning s short mini vacation this week and as everyone is concerned about old Corona we should be okay, if we are careful and watch out for one another. The thing I see we should be doing is to avoid crowds and mask up with clean hands. For those who feel this virus is some kind of a hoax, we ask you to remember people are losing their lives due to it and that is not a hoax. I do believe there are some who are us- ing the fear it is creating to their advantage and that is just wrong. They will have their own consciences to deal with. Let us do what we must to stay safe and do our best to protect others as well. I tried to help a family during their grief of losing their loved one. Sister Mari- lyn Beadles' funeral was last week. She was sure blessed with a super family and lots of love from them. Funerals are difficult because there is no magic word or act which can erase the pain in some- one's heart. There is a story about a young pastor who was called to be with a family who was at the bedside of their dying mother. The pastor had no words to say as the mother passed away and as each of her family was thanking him for being there. he remarked that he didn't do anything or even say anything. They as- sured him it was because he was with them and shared their heartache of losing her. Well I am going to wrap this rambling up but I ask that you go out this week and help someone. Be the bless- ing God needs you to be. PAWS WEEK PAWS WEEK Pet of the BARNEY God told them then, and God counted them righ- teous (Gen. 15:6) on the ba- sis of Christ's coming pay- ment for sin. We have the same truth set forth in Hebrews 9:15, where we are told that Christ's death availed also "for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant," i.e., the Law. How blessed we are to live at a time when God's plan of salvation has been fully revealed, and that we can now look to the Lord Je- sus Christ and exclaim with Paul: "He loved me, and gave Himself for me! " (Gal. 2:20). Methodist Nazarene Pentecostal Wesleyan Presbyterian "He is going to stick to you, to comfort you, guard you, and give his life for you, if need be. You are his pal"— Jerome K. Jerome. This week, PAWS is featuring a frolicsome young fellow named Bar- ney, who is a bit shy, but is very affectionate, if you spend time with him. He has only been at PAWS a short time, so he is still learning the daily rou- tine. He loves to play hide and seek in the dog yard, but sometimes doesn't want to be found. Barney is a mixed breed, appears to have some setter heri- tage, as his fur has profuse feathering, with tinges of chestnut mixed in with his black fur. He has warm, brown eyes and is approx- imately seven months old. To adopt Barney, call 812- 354-9894. ALFORD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1709 E. SR. 356 Petersburg Sunday school scheduled the first Sunday of each month at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship each week at 10 :30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us. Shane Springer, Pastor PETERSBURG FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 801 East Walnut Petersburg 812-354-6658 Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world We are now having in-person worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. "Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life" (Proverbs 4:23). PETERSBURG FREE METHODIST CHURCH 202 E. Walnut Street Pastor 812-354-6646 Sunday morning services, meet each week at 10 :30 a.m. in the sanctuary. sanctuary seating is spaced to observe social distancing, and masks are recommended but are not required. The service is al- so available by live stream on Petersburg Free Methodist Church Facebook page. A special "Popsicles and Je- sus" outdoor event is sched- uled for Wednesday evening, July 15 from 6:30 to 7:30. All children ages preschool through middle school are invited, and parents are wel- come to attend as well. Peace and joy in the Lord. Mark Schlechty, Pastor God bless. Michael (Mike) Punke, Pas- tor PETERSBURG CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 118 West Pike Ave. Church 812-354-8851 Service times: Sunday at 10 :30 a.m. Praise and Worship service; Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bi- ble study. If you can't join us in person, join us through the air- waves. We are now broadcasting all services via low-power trans- mitter on 104.3FM. God wants to be our com- panion as we journey on this pathway called life. It isn't al- ways easy, but He will be with us every step of the way. The old hymn "In the Garden" says "And He walks with me, and He talks with me; and He tells me I am His own." Let these lyrics be your guide as you navigate this week. Pastor Steve brings the mes- sage from I John 2:6 this week of "Follow – Walk as Jesus Walked." WINSLOW NAZARENE CHURCH 106 W. Washington St. Winslow 989-941-7190 Love, Care, Serve, Share Sunday morning service at 10 :30 a.m. Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are welcome to connect with our church either in per- son or online. Facebook: Winslow Church of the Nazarene. YouTube: Winslow Nazarene. Website: Irene's Food Pantry: Every third Saturday from 10 -11:30 a.m. Hope to see you soon. Joe Decker, Pastor If you don't have a church home, we hope you will join us in person or on-air. Steven Hamilton, Pastor 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 service 10 :15 a.m.; Sunday school at 11 a.m. We are back having Sun- day services. "If my people, who are called by my name shall humble them- selves and pray, and seek my face, turn from their wick- ed ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (II Chronicles 7:14). Keep our president, vice-president and the cabinet in your prayers that the right decisions will be made. Remem- ber those in hospitals and nurs- ing homes, who are in a place of no family or friends coming to visit. Also pray for families, your friends and neighbors that do not know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and for revival fire to begin to burn fresh and anew. In His Service, George Bruce, Jr., Pastor MAIN STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 10th and Main Streets, Petersburg 812-354-6844 Sunday worship 10 :30 a.m. Come visit us, our doors are al- ways open to you. Our good God For the love of God is broad- er than the measure of man's mind; and the heart of the Eter- nal is most wonderfully kind. If our love were but more faithful, we should take him at his word; and our life would be thanks- giving for the goodness of the Lord. Office hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Amy Melhiser, Secretary OTWELL WESLEYAN CHURCH 2277 N. Mechanics Street Otwell Pastor 812-354-3028 Morning worship at 10 :30 a.m.; Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and evening worship at 6:30 p.m. One day while Carl was just finishing his watering at the church gardens, three gang members approached him. Ignoring their attempt to intimidate him, he sim- ply asked, "Would you like a drink from the hose? " The tallest and toughest-look- ing of the three said, "Yeah, sure," with a malevolent lit- tle smile. As Carl offered the hose to him, the other two grabbed Carl's arm, throw- ing him down. The assail- ants stole his watch and his wallet, and then fled. Carl tried to get himself up, but he had been thrown down on his bad leg. "Just some punk kids," he thought. A few weeks later, the leader of the gang stopped to see Carl. "I've come to give your stuff back. I learned something from you," he said. "I ran with that gang and hurt people. But when we came and hurt you, in- stead of yelling and fighting back, you tried to give us a drink. You didn't hate us for hating you. I couldn't sleep after we stole your stuff, so here it is back." Some weeks later, Carl had died. A flyer went up ad- vertising for a new caretak- er. As the minister looked at the applications, he recog- nized one name, it was the same young man who had re- turned the stolen watch and wallet to Carl. He knew that Carl's kindness had turned this man's life around. The man went to work and over the next several years, he tended the flowers and vege- tables just as Carl had done. "Be kind to one anoth- er, tenderhearted, forgiv- ing one another, as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephe- sians 4:32). If anyone has a need, you can call the pastor at 812- 354-3028. Roy Stilwell, Pastor Pam Lemond, Reporter Petersburg Holiness Church hosted VBS Despite rain measured in feet rather than inches and COVID-19 pandemic is- sues, Petersburg Holiness Church host- ed 42 Vacation Bible School children with perfect five-day attendance. A record 106 attended the Sunday night service. Fif- ty-seven children were registered during the five-day "Mystery Island, Tracking Down the One True God" VBS program. Valerie Seals designed the program and had help with VBS from Julene Searls, Larry Moore, Tabitha Gibbs, Ha- nah Gibbs, Abigal Gibbs, Lisa Parks, Jan- ice Hamm, Christy Thompson, Vicky La- mar, Joanna Sampson and Sarah Samp- son. The week was educational and fun for all those involved at the North Knox Road church in Petersburg. On Sunday evening ,the children sang, explained the lessons they learned, and were rewarded with gifts for perfect at- tendance and top scores while participat- ing. Top scorers were Jace Benefiel, Lu- cas Lamar and Lucas Steward in a three- way tie for first in Junior boys. Gabby Denney was the top scorer in the junior girls. Esther Gibbs and Kayla Lamar were tied in senior girls, and Josiah Searls won the senior boys' division. Forty-two Vacation Bible School students were on hand for their perfect attendance prizes at Petersburg Ho- liness Church. More than 50 children participated during the five-days of instruction from Valerie Searls and assistants Julene Searls, Larry Moore, Tabitha Gibbs, Hannah Gibbs, Abigal Gibbs, Lisa Parks, Janice Hamm, Christy Thompson, Vicky Lamar, Joanna Sampson and Sarah Sampson. James Capozella photo Several pirates and a talkative parrot paddled a boat down the center aisle and in front of the Petersburg Holiness Church congregation gathered for Sunday evening services. The pirate skit was part of the recognition for the Vacation Bible School students who spent five days last week learning their lessons. The pro- gram was titled "Mys- tery Island, Tracking Down the One True God." Pictured are: pi- rates Loyace Lamar, Larry Moore, Nicholas Trella, David Trella, Jo- siah Serals and Chad Searls (Parrot). James Capozella photo 812-354-8500 • SERVING THE ENTIRE AREA PETERSBURG & WINSLOW

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