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November 24, 2021

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, November 24, 2021 C-1 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-486-3658 Pastor 812-890-9942 Email: awordfitlyspoken@ Website: www.immanuel- Early service at 9:30 a.m. to coincide with children's Sun- day school; Sunday morning Bible study at 9:30 a.m.; morn- ing worship 10 :40 a.m. There will be no Wednes- day evening service or youth this week, due to the holiday. Youth group, Wednesday eve- nings from 6 -8 p.m. All area It is time to say something but I can't think of anything cute or funny to say so how about just hey. This past week had times where I was afraid to touch anything because lots of things I used ended up broken or was already broken. I in- herited something from my mother and it was don't throw things away because they are still good. The truth is they are past being useful, but we will get another run out of them. I have spent more money trying to salvage some of my precious junky equipment than it would cost to just replace it. The leaves have fallen about as fast as I can clean them up. We have three mowers and they all have had their purpose, but like I said in the first paragraph they are getting well used and it is expensive to replace them. Still there is something to be said about being depend- able and mine seems like you can depend on this junk to fall apart. One mower wouldn't start so after trouble- shooting it I determined it would run if I re- placed the starter solenoid. A fter paying $48 for a new battery and a solenoid it still would not start. A friend helps me do several mea- surements. We both came to the conclusion it needed a new starter so here goes another $70 and guess what, it still won't start. I remember reading that a bad ground or a bad wiring harness can cause the problems I am having with this mower. I started looking around for a wiring problem. The only true ground I could find was attached to a motor bolt. So by chance, I tightened this bolt and the starter ran but didn't engage the flywheel. It still isn't started, but it is a whole lot closer. I will probably trade the stupid piece of ma- chinery off because that is just the way my mind thinks. It was also a week of doctor appointments as I had to go to the foot doctor Wednesday. I have had two appointments with him and my feet are starting to look more like feet rather than pieces of wood and my toenails are more manageable. Friday was with the heart peo- ple. I had an echo cardio graph on my heart. Why does it seem to be a reality check when- ever they are checking your heart. I guess you realize that when you have a heart problem it can be a fatal problem and we just don't want to face the possibilities. Maybe I'm like that piece of machinery I have had trouble with last week and I need fixing. I was at a flea market one time talking with one of the vendors. He said most of us have passed up being collectors and have become accumulators. Both of our garages are sure examples of what this man was saying. I had to load some of my junk to another part of the driveway just to move that sick lawn mower we have talked about, so I could move something else that is not needed. Our Sunday school lesson was talking about why the devil fell from grace. According to our teacher his research had shown the devil was nearly perfect whenever he was in God's grace. "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work" ( John 4:34). Here in John 4, the Lord was just beginning His ministry, but He already had His eye on the finish line. What a great example for us! It is so easy to get caught up in the details of everyday life and give little or no thought to life's end. As Pastor Stam used to say, "Most people live for this life as if it were never go- ing to end, and they live for the next life as if it were never going to begin, when the very opposite is the case! " Too often this is true of God's people as well. Of course, as grace believers we are not just interested in what the Lord Jesus would do. Since we follow Paul as he followed Christ (I Cor. 11:1), we look to Paul as our example. But this is how he lived his life as well! He talked about how it was his goal, as he says, to "fin- ish my course" (Acts 20 :24). He too lived his life with his eye on the finish line! If you are wondering what it means to live like this, notice that the Lord said that while on life's journey, He made it His "meat" to do God's will. The Bible word "meat" speaks of food of any kind, and food is the most import- ant thing in your physical life. If you don't be- lieve that, just try going without it for a few days! This writer has a friend who says that while fasting, he will sometimes go to the gro- cery store just to gaze upon food! Thus the Lord was saying that continuing to do the will of His Father was the most important thing in life, and the way to live with the finish line in view. How about you, dear Christian friend? Are you living your life with your eye on the fin- ish line? It is important to notice that while the Lord talked about the finish line at the be- ginning of His ministry, Paul spoke of it as he neared the end of his life. And so if you are a young Christian, it is not too early to start liv- ing with the finish line in view, and if you are a "seasoned citizen" in the kingdom of God, it is not too late! 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 MK Farms Mike and Kay Anson Monroe City, Winslow — 812-890-5012 Play & Learn Preschool Campbelltown — 812-354-3999 Ramblings of my mind By Lowell Thomas See R AMBLINGS on 3 Keep your eye on the finish line Minutes with the Bible By Pastor Ricky Kurth CHURCH CHURCH Notes Notes Notes Baptist Assembly of God RIVER OF LIFE 342 E. CR 300 N., Petersburg Sunday morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening worship 6 p.m. and Consumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednesday eve- ning 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 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. 812-354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor Upcoming Events Vincent Christian Church Christmas concert Nov. 28 The Dave Melton Family will be performing a Christ- mas concert at the Vincent Christian Church, 8264 E. SR 56, Otwell, on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Praise and worship service December 3 First Choice Solutions, formerly known as the Pregnan- cy Care center, is hosting a Night of Praise on December 3 at Word of Life church located at 7144 Russell Drive in Bicknell. The praise and worship band will be Forged in the Fire. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the event start- ing at 7 p.m. Free will offerings will be accepted. All pro- ceeds will go to First Choice Solutions. For more informa- tion, call 812-257-1041. Christmas Concert Vincent Christian Church A with e Dave Melton Family Singers SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28 at 6:30 pm 8264 E. SR 56 • OTWELL (on Hwy. 56) • 812-354-6414 Fellowship aer the concert • John Manges, Minister Baptist Baptist ARTHUR G.B. CHURCH 5670 S. St. Rd. 61 Winslow 812-582-0354 Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10 :30 a.m.; Business meeting the third Sunday of the month, fol- lowing morning worship. "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will hon- or Me" (Psalm 50 :15, NASB). It's not always easy to be thankful. In times of great difficulty when everything in frustration screams, "I don't like this," gratitude comes at great sacrifice. Having a grateful heart give us the priv- ilege of calling on God in our time of trouble and the assur- ance of his deliverance. Can you offer God your sacrifice of praise today? This Thanksgiving, stop and count your blessings and thank God for all he has given you great and small. We are remembering those who are in need of prayer. So many are going through very difficult times and need the Lord's healing touch. We invite you to worship with us. Ralph Newkirk, Pastor Marla Morrison, Reporter 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; morning wor- ship 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 Jesus as the Savior and Lord. See our Facebook page: reValleyGB. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor FBC Petersburg 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 American Baptist Church Our Vision is to Engage with God and equip Christians to Reach Out, Show Love and Serve our Community. Join us on Sunday morn- ings at 10 :30 a.m. in-person or online ( YouTube or Face- book) for a time of fellowship and Christ-centered instruc- tion from God's Word. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. Adult Bible study and youth group meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you here. Michael Miller, Pastor WINSLOW G.B. CHURCH 600 E. Union Street Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10 :30 a.m.; Wednesday, adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m. We are starting Sunday school for all ages. You are welcome to join us. Business meeting first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There will be no Wednes- day evening service on Nov. 24. Thought for the week: "Thanks be to God for his in- describable gift" (II Corinthi- ans 9:15). Be in prayer 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 everyone is fighting some kind of battle. If you don't have a church home, we invite you to any of our services. Gary Watson, Pastor Nyles Head, Assoc. Pastor Kathy Henderson, Reporter BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH An Independent Baptist Church 4995 N. Co. Rd. 850 E. Otwell (Meeting in the Iva Union Church building) Sunday school for children and adults 9 a.m.; Sunday morn- ing worship service 10 a.m.; Sun- day evening service, Youth Group (6th grade through 19 years old), and Patch Club (four years old through 5th grade) 6 p.m.; Thurs- day, prayer service 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor Continued on the next page

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