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August 25, 2021

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, August 25, 2021 C-3 is "change." Forget long held beliefs and do like the poli- ticians. Check the polls and forget the Bible and do what a secular culture wants even at church. In many instanc- es, whether large or small, the church has spiritually be- come weak and impotent. VIEWPOINT Continued from page 1 Pentecostal Nazarene Presbyterian Wesleyan MINUTES Continued from page 1 course! Now they had a Book to guide them every step of the way. No matter where they went in life, they had a reliable Guide to teach them how to walk and please God. And now that Book has been completed and resides in the local church! No wonder God calls the church the pillar of the truth! God's people should follow that Book as closely as the Jews followed their pillar. How closely was that? "…when the cloud tarried… then the children of Israel… journeyed not… when the cloud… was taken up… then they journeyed…" (Numbers 9:18 -22). When the pillar moved, they moved. When it rested, they rested. In other words, they didn't make a move with- out the benefit of its guidance. Does that sound like a good way to follow the Book today? Beloved, God has graciously given us a Guide that can help us navigate the most treacher- ous paths of life. The One who steers the stars ( Job 38:32) has deigned to guide the lives of His people. May we never forsake His direction! This great Guide has fur- ther equipped us with a place to meet to hear His Book taught. If there is no church near you where God's rightly divided Word is taught in all its clarity, continue to share the gospel with the lost and Pauline truth with the saved. The people with whom you share God's guidance just might want to start meeting at your house to discuss it. And God has a word for such meetings—He calls it church (Rom. 16:5; I Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Philemon 1:2). These references to church- es that met in homes are espe- cially significant when we re- member how small the homes were in those days. There's a reason the Lord had to send the apostles out to find a home large enough for twelve men to eat the Passover (Mark 14:12-16). Such rooms are not that uncommon today, but they were then! Thus Paul's al- lusions to churches that met in those humble homes tells us that the smallest of gather- ings is a church in God's eyes, one that He will be pleased to call His house, the pillar and ground of the truth in your community. RAMBLINGS Continued from page 1 Methodist PAWS WEEK PAWS WEEK Pet of the MADISON "Cats have it all; admira- tion, an endless sleep and company only when they want it"— Rod McKuen. This week, PAWS is featuring a refined young cat named Madison, who loves wearing her jeweled scarf and lounging in the cat condos at PAWS. She is a Siamese mix that has beautiful chocolate and cream-colored markings, a sleek elegant body and her front toes are two-toned chocolate and cream-col- ored. Madison enjoys hu- man attention, but is a bit on the shy side. You can adopt her by calling 812-354-9894. PAWS also has lots of beautiful dogs and pup- pies, so stop by and find your forever friend. Wednesday, we took our granddaughter to her dental appointment in Jasper and she got a good report. She is two- and-a half years old and has a mouth full of teeth. She wasn't too happy about keeping her mouth open so grandma had to hold her so they could do her exam. She took one of her baby dolls with her and they help her brush her dolly's teeth. She loves to brush her teeth and does so often espe- cially before her bath. Thursday was my dentist day and I too got a favorable report. I hope I can keep most of what I have left so I do my best to listen to my dentist. As you age you realize how im- portant your teeth are. Seems as we age we do get wiser and more willing to take care of ourselves. We did our weekly puff up of the house and try to make it look like a house instead of a mess. We argue about it need- ing this cleaned or something else cleaned. To me if looks neat, it shows you care. If you must do a thorough cleaning of an area then neaten up the rest of the house and then turn to on your area needing cleaned. I never win that argu- ment so I just pitch in and help her if I can. The project we were doing when we needed our ladders is done. We washed the lad- ders down and put them away. We still have some projects to go, but I don't think we'll need a ladder to do any of them. Our Sunday school lesson dealt with loneliness and do we do things which bring on our loneliness. It was brought up that with all the media we have access to has us geared to be alone. Genesis chapter 2 said it well : It is not good for man to be alone. Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs. There is safe- ty in numbers and it is often more efficient to have a part- ner. There are several types of loneliness and with each of them we have a certain amount of control over it, but it can make you miserable. One of the greatest things I ever heard was if God wants you to move the mountain, then do it even if you have to move one pebble at a time. But have the faith that you can ac- complish all God needs from you. Just maybe God has been telling you through my article to be a blessing to all you meet and for you to know you can be a blessing. CHURCH 812-239-6843 church Sunday 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 RUMBLETOWN FREE METHODIST CHURCH 1485 N. St. Rd. 57 Petersburg Morning worship at 10 :30 a.m. The church is located south of Petersburg on State Road 57. Wednesday evening Bible study at 6:30 p.m. We are dis- cussing Randy Alcorn's book Heaven. If you have any ques- tions about heaven, you are welcome to join us. David Mullins, Pastor Hope Barnett, Reporter 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; 6 p.m. Bible study; Teen activities; Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bible study. Sunday morning service is available via transmitter. Pull in to the church parking lot and tune your radio to 104.3 FM and hear the service from the com- fort of your car. Sunday morning services are available on our Facebook page—Petersburg Church of the Nazarene or look for us on YouTube. Visit our website for additional information. We want to be a church meet- ing the needs of our communi- ty. If the church can be of assis- tance to you, contact us at pas- We 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 hope you will join us Sunday as we celebrate our Lord and Sav- ior, 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. and Sunday school at 11 a.m. You can view our morning service on Facebook live, around 11 a.m.. In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus asked 307 questions. Have you ever asked God a question ? He de- sires for us to ask Him ques- tions and to give us an answer. The answer may not be the one we want, but it will be the right answer. As you read the Bible, you need to ask ques- tions and then pursue an an- swer, for this is the way you will grow spiritually. Have a blessed week and grown in the grace and knowl- edge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Remember those that are in the hospital, nursing homes and those that are home for recovery. Lift up in prayer your pres- ident, U.S. Congress, your state and local government of- ficials as the Bible states that we might live a peaceful life. 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 are at 6 p.m. All services are CDT (Gibson Co. times). We all know that genetical- ly altered food is not good for us. That it causes problems of all kinds. Yet we sit under Biblical teachings that have sometimes been genetical- ly altered. Vanity will cause a genetically altered Christian life. Our desire to "fit" in. Per- haps a pastor's desire to build his numbers. Just as God cre- ated food the way He intended, He also set up His Kingdom, the way He intended. Alter- ing it to fit your purpose will leave you with problems. The biggest one; disobedience, in that we were told "not" to add to His Word or to "take" away from His Word. Ron Vickers, Pastor Elaine Young, Reporter, 812-749 -1122 (leave a mes- sage). 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. Communing with God A fter Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, pilot Buzz Aldrin requested via radio that people pause to give thanks for the achieve- ment in their own way. When his broadcast ended, Aldrin read a verse from the Gospel of John and took communion, which his church had sent to space with him. "It was interesting for me to think: the very first liq- uid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements," the astronaut said. "At the time, I could think of no better way to acknowledge the enormity of the Apollo 11 experience than by giving thanks to God." Office hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. Amy Melhiser, Secretary OTWELL WESLEYAN CHURCH 2277 N. Mechanics Street Otwell Pastor 812-354-3028 Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10 :30 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Sunday eve- ning worship service. August 29 at 7 p.m., fifth Sunday sing at Traylor Union Church. What keeps us from telling others about Christ? Think of the last time you couldn't wait to tell someone some great news. Maybe you just got the job you were hop- ing for. Or your son or daugh- ter made the honor roll at school. You just had to talk about it, right? We tell others things that matter to us, don't we? Any- thing from the simple to the profound. You know what? That's "testifying." "To testify" means to give evidence as a witness to facts. Christians often stumble when it comes to witnessing. Some are afraid to tell people about their faith in Christ. We believe the lie that if we share how Christ has impacted our lives, people will get angry or reject us. True, that may occa- sionally happen. But the truth is, people are hungry to know God. The power is not in the messenger. It's in the mes- sage. And Jesus is the mes- sage. Remember, Jesus said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" ( John 14:6). Remember, also, that the Holy Spirit is always there to help us. "When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth" ( John 16:13). There are hundreds of op- portunities around you. If peo- ple don't hear of Christ's love from you or me, they may not ever hear. God is working be- hind the scenes. He does pow- erful things when we step out and trust Him. Reach out to someone this week and tell them about Je- sus. God will bless you. Roy Stilwell, Pastor Pam Lemond, Reporter May your week be blessed and your journey's safe. George Bruce, Jr., Pastor Upcoming Events Fifth Sunday sing at Traylor Union Church On August 29 at 7 p.m., there will be a fifth Sunday sing at Traylor Union Church. Everyone is welcome to participate. PETERSBURG HOLINESS CHURCH BAPTISMS Petersburg resident Fred Frost was baptized this past Sunday afternoon at the Azalea Path Arboretum by Pe- tersburg Holiness Pastor Chad Searls, with Loyace Lamar assisting. About two dozen church members attend- ed the 2:30 p.m. event, which included music. Petersburg Holiness Pastor Chad Searls, assisted by Loyace Lamar, conducted holy baptism for Mark Hamm in the pond at the Azalea Path Arboretum this past Sunday afternoon. Hamm was accompanied by about two dozen church members. Church Note Deadline 10 a.m. Tuesday

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