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December 2, 2020

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B-6 Wednesday, December 2, 2020 The Press-Dispatch VIEWPOINT Continued from page 4 RAMBLINGS Continued from page 4 Methodist Lutheran Methodist Independent torians tell us about 80 great civilizations that have come to power and success, but within approximately 200 years they became sexual- ly immoral, greedy, and dis- honest. They tried to distrib- ute their wealth and a few got most of it. As we face difficult times, let us pray that America will wake up and turn back to God. There is only one true God, and in this hour of change, we desperately need His guidance. We should thank our Lord for the beautiful Thanks- giving weather because it seemed as though He was doing His best to give us something to really enjoy. I know some gave up a lot to keep from adding to the virus problems and I think God's handy work with the beauti- ful weather was His way of saying thanks and that He loves us. While thinking about the weather, I heard one of the weather guys saying he pre- dicted a wetter than normal winter season and I hope he is seeing snow rather than ice. Snow can be driven on with caution but ice scares me and it should concern ev- eryone. Ice is also destruc- tive to power lines and trees because of its weight. Maybe it will be snow and we'll make it just fine. Back to the virus for a mo- ment and the promise of a vaccine which I hope will be found safe and as liberating as they are making it sound. I am one of those folks who is becoming so tired of this pandemic and the difficul- ties surrounding it. I still wonder if things will ever be back to what we deem as normal. Don't forget to pray that God removes this terri- ble scourge. January 20th is inaugu- ral day for our nation and we swear in the President of the USA. I hope there will not be a scene which will draw undue attention to our coun- try. I'm positive that this elec- tion did not turn out the way some wanted but it is done. This is the USA and as such we should be proud to stand together and make it good for each other. It is time to put partisanship aside and re- alize we are bigger than re- publican or democrat we are Americans. I was pleasantly surprised by a thinking of you card from one of my cousins. Her card stimulated a great phone call which ended by several grandkid pictures being exchanged via text. It was a breath of sunshine hearing from her. You know as we grow older our cousins are what we have left so like God has said let us love one another always. This virus has become hard on all of us staying faithful to our Lord and this is a battle we must allow our Lord to win because we need Him on our side and in our lives. Be a blessing and love one another. Pentecostal Nazarene Continued in next column Presbyterian Wesleyan 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 do- ing 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 and applicable preaching each week. At the Gospel Center, you will find God-loving people who de- sire to serve and praise God with their heart, soul, mind and strength. Come and praise the King with us. We would be honored to have you come and join us and see what God is do- ing here at the Gospel Center Church. Rodney Fretwell, Sr., Pastor LIVING FAITH CHURCH INTERNATIONAL 601 S. 9th Street, Petersburg Phone: 812-809-4544 Sunday study 9 -9:35 a.m.; service at 10 a.m.; Wednes- day service from 6:30 -8 p.m. and youth group Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Join us online Sundays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook live Living Faith Church International page. • Wednesday evening ser- vice at 6:30 p.m.; Trail Life from 6:30 -8 p.m. • Youth group, Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. • Men's ministry, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. • Young Adults group (ag- es 19 -29) will meet on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 6 -7:30 p.m. • Christmas by Candlelight Sunday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Lord God: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, (the very be- ginning and the very end), the One who is, the One who was, and the One who is coming: the All Powerful" (Revelation 1:8, Voice). Check the website for loca- tion and time for upcoming events, Location: 601 S. 9th Street, Petersburg. Mailing address: P.O. Box 566, Petersburg, IN 47567. More information at www.liv- or call 812-809 -4544. Don and Christina Priest, Senior Pastors Ian and Samantha Rose, Youth Pastors Melissa Bowens, Reporter OTWELL CONTENDERS OF FAITH Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10 :30 a.m.; evening worship 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday prayer and Bible study meeting 6:30 p.m. William Breidenbaugh, Pastor keep the sunlight of hope from a trustful soul"—Fanny Cros- by. Fanny Crosby was a pro- lific hymnist, writing more than 8,000 hymns. In spite of spending her life of 94 years blind in her physical eyes, she had a clear vision of her Savior and where her hope lay. She was always "looking unto Je- sus, the author and finisher of our faith"(Hebrews 12-2a). Oh, that we could all see through eyes of faith so clear- ly. Chad Searls, Pastor Allen Parks, Reporter PIKE COUNTY CENTER FOR WOMEN'S MINISTRIES Phone —812-582-8222 Office hours: Open Mon- day and Friday, 9 a.m. till noon; Thursday open from 6 - 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednes- day closed. Free peer coun- seling available, call 812-582- 1486 or 812-582-8222. New Bible study at 9:30 a.m. on the Book of Revela- tion. Bring your Bible. ST. PETER LUTHER AN CHURCH 10529 S. Church Street Stendal 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10 :15 a.m. worship with Holy Com- munion. Bible verse for the week: "Enter his gates with thanks- giving and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his loved endures for- ever, and his faithfulness to all generations" (Psalm 100 :4-5). Edwin H. Wicks, Pastor 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 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.; 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 allow the Holy Spirit to devel- op within us maturity of spir- it, unity of faith and knowl- edge of the Son of God, so that we may be prepared to share His love, mercy and grace through our words and actions to a needy world. We extend an invitation to the public to come and wor- 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 Methodist invites you to join us this Sun- day at 10 :30 a.m. as we wor- ship our Lord Jesus Christ; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m. "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his peo- ple 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 mature, 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 We will continue to have in-person worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join us as we use social distancing guidelines. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the gov- ernment will be on his shoul- ders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Michael (Mike) Punke, Pas- tor 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.; Fri- day Bible study at 1 p.m. This ultimate reality is at the heart of what we find in Revelation 21:3-4. "God him- self will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away." Thought today: "We may find ourselves experiencing seasons of long goodbyes, our trust in Christ's death and res- urrection promises an eternity of hellos"—Bill Crowder. Josh Sanders, Pastor Sherry Julian, Reporter WHITE RIVER CHAPEL UMC 3555 W. SR 56 Bowman 812-582-8896 Sunday worship 9 a.m.; Sun - day 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 into our lives and along with the busi- ness 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 un- to you" (Matthew 6:33). What things will be add- ed? God's order back into our lives—a peace that passes all understanding—He is in con- trol. Facebook: White River Chap- el UMC, Jeff Pinney. Questions regarding church events, call 812-766 -3344 or mail to: 3555 West State Road 56, Petersburg, IN 47567. Jeff Pinney, Pastor ship with us. The Good Shepherd takes care of His sheep. Neal Scifres, Pastor PETERSBURG CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 118 West Pike Ave. Church 812-354-8851 Service times: Sunday at 10 :30 a.m. Praise and Wor- ship service, teens (7th-12th grades) meet separately. If you can't join us in person for Sunday morning service, join us through the airwaves. We have a drive-in service as well on Sunday mornings. Pull in to the church park- ing lot, tune your radio to 104.3FM and hear the service from the comfort of your car. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the second Sun- day of Advent as we look at peace from Luke 2:14. Visit our website for addition- al information. If the church can be of assistance to you, contact us at pastor@peters- 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 We hope you will join us Sunday as we celebrate our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Steve 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.; Thursday night ser- vices at 7 p.m. Every other Tuesday night at 6 p.m., prayer. Next prayer night will be December 15. We are heading into the last month of the year, the time of celebration of our Lord and Savior. 2020 has been a rough year, but as we come to the end, let us focus on 2021, that we have purpose in our hearts to be more prayerful, and fast more often and believe 2021 will be the year of the Church, with revival fires burning and souls being brought into the Kingdom of God. Keep those that are in nursing homes, hospitals and rehab centers, and fam- ily, friends and neighbors in your prayers. Also pray for our country, president and for peace to reign over turmoil. May your week be blessed and you find comfort in God's Word. Love you, talk to you next OAKLAND CITY FIRST PENTECOST Hwy. 64 East Sunday morning service 9:30 a.m. with children's Sun- day school during the minis- try of the Word; Wednesday and Sunday evening services at 6 p.m. All services are CST (Gibson Co. times). Song practice the second Friday of each month. Time changed to 6:30 p.m. CST. Psalm 66:7 tells us God rules by His power and ends with "let not the rebellious exalt themselves." Selah. (pause/think) —There is a quiet rebellion taking place in our world among the educat- ed against their creator. They have decided they "know" bet- ter. Isaiah 30 :1 says, "woe to the rebellious children, that take counsel but not of Me." Educa- tion makes you learned in an area, but without God, there is no wisdom. Ron Vickers, Pastor Elaine Young, Reporter, 812-749 -1122 (leave a mes- sage). PETERSBURG HOLINESS CHURCH Pastor 419-340-5500 (C) Parsonage 812-354-9446 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship and special junior church services 10 :30 a.m.; evening worship 6:30 p.m.; weekly Wednesday night prayer meeting 7 p.m. Trans- portation available. Call 617- 941-8131. Friday, Dec. 4, Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, Christmas program "He Still Speaks" at 10 :30 a.m. service. Candle- light service at 6:30 p.m. "Let us hold fast the profes- sion of our faith without wa- vering; (for he is faithful that promised)" (Hebrews 10 :23). "Darkness may throw a shadow over my outer vision, but there is no cloud that can week. Have a blessed week. 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 always open to you. For most of us, the men- tion of mistletoe probably brings kissing to mind. But that practice wasn't the first involving mistletoe. Two thousand years be- fore Christ, the ancient Celt- ic people living in Gaul con- sidered mistletoe to be sa- cred and medicinal. Dru- ids, the priests of the Celtic tribes, used it in religious ceremonies held in tree groves where mistletoe was found. In ancient Scandinavia, enemies, who met by chance beneath mistletoe, laid down their weapons and held a truce until the next day. This practice eventually led to the tradition of kissing un- der the mistletoe, the "plant of peace." The use of mistletoe has continued throughout the centuries during the Christ- mas season as a decoration and as a symbol of fun and joy. But its early religious roots and peacemaking qualities are even more sig- nificant. Office hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Amy Melhiser, Secretary OTWELL WESLEYAN CHURCH 2277 N. Mechanics Street Otwell Pastor 812-354-3028 Praise and worship service at 9 a.m.; Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10 :30 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Sun- day evening worship service. A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eat- ing breakfast, the young wom- an saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean," she said. "She doesn't know how to wash correct- ly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments. About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, "Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? " The husband said, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows." And so it is with life. What we see when watching oth- ers depends on the purity of the window through which we look. The lesson from the win- dow story is obvious, before we judge others while looking out the window, let us look in a mirror first and clean our own windows. If anyone has a need, you can call the pastor at 812-354- 3028. 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