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January 25, 2023

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Wednesday, Januar y 25, 2023 The Press-Dispatch D-3 CHURCH Submit church items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: The church page is made possible by the following firms and businesses: Amber Manor Care Center Petersburg — 812-354-3001 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 Big tent theology is toxic train wreck Points to Ponder By Curtis Bond See POINTS on page 4 See R AMBLINGS on page 4 CHURCH CHURCH Notes Notes Notes 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 Con- sumed youth group 7 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 7 p.m.; Men's ministry meeting every other Thurs- day 10 a.m. If you would like a ride, call 812-354-8800. Jim Gidcumb, Pastor WASHINGTON ASSEMBLY OF GOD 320 S. Meridian St., Washington Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday evening dinner and Bible study at 6 p.m. Baptist ARTHUR G.B. CHURCH 5670 S. St. Rd. 61, Winslow 812-582-0354 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship with chil- dren's church at 10:30 a.m. Business meeting the third Sunday of the month follow- ing morning worship. Ralph Newkirk, Pastor AYRSHIRE VALLEY G.B. CHURCH 1947 E. Co. Rd. 375 S., Winslow Phone: 812-789 -3968 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening 6 p.m.; Wednesday evening Bible study 6:30 p.m. Frank A. Coleman, Pastor FBC PETERSBURG 8th and Poplar Street Petersburg 812-354-6582 American Baptist Church Our Vision is to En- gage with God and equip Christians to Reach Out, Show Love and Serve our Community. We hope to see you here. Michael Miller, Pastor 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 morning worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday evening service, Youth Group (6th grade through 19 years old), and Patch Club (four years old through fifth grade) 6 p.m.; Thursday, prayer ser- vice 7 p.m. Scott Fulcher, Pastor BETHEL G.B. CHURCH 4933 E. Co. Rd. 900 S. Stendal Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10:30 a.m.; First and third Wednesday of each month, Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Steve Selby, Pastor GLEZEN G.B. CHURCH Corner of Center and Sycamore Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship service at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday evening service at 6:30 p.m. Dwight Howe, Pastor GR ACE G.B. CHURCH 1007 E. Union St., Winslow Sunday morning worship 10 a.m.; Sunday evening wor- ship 5 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 5 p.m. Henry Nelson, Pastor IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH SBC 295 West Main Street Petersburg Church 812-486 -3658 Pastor 812-890 -9942 Email: awordfitlyspoken@ Website: immanuelbaptistchurch. Early service at 9:30 a.m. to coincide with children's Sunday school; Sun- day morning Bible study 9:30 a.m.; morning worship at 10:40 a.m.; Wednesday eve- ning prayer service at 6 p.m. There is no Sunday evening or Thursday services. Joseph Roman, Pastor HEPHZIBAH-LIT TLES GB CHURCH 553 W. CR 150 S. Petersburg 812-789 -5333 Church Sunday service at 10 a.m.; Sunday youth at 6 p.m. and Sunday evening service at 7 p.m. "Feeding the Vision" din- ner, every month on the first Saturday at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Keith Jenkins, Sr., Pastor MT. PISGAH G.B. CHURCH Augusta Sunday morning worship at 10:15 a.m.; Children's Sun- day school during morning worship; Cross Fit youth on Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; Wednesday night Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Jerry (Tuffy) Blackwell, Pastor NEW LIBERTY G.B. CHURCH 1820 E. CR. 800 S. Oakland City ( Just south of Coe on SR 61 Worship Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. 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. You are welcome to join us. Gary Watson, Pastor Catholic BLESSED SACR AMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH 11092 E. Lincoln Heights Rd. Oakland City 812-749 -4474 Email: Masses: (Latin for Mis- sion- to spread the Gospel: Schedule (All times CST). Check church bulletin for schedule of services. Wednesdays: Confession 5:30 p.m.; Adoration and Benediction at 6 p.m. and Mass at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass: 8 a.m. The Holy Ro - sary is prayed at 7:30 a.m., before Mass. Fr. Frank Renner, Pastor Rev. Mr. Gary Keepes, Deacon STS PETER & PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH 711 Walnut Street Petersburg 812-354-6942 Email: Facebook: Sts. Peter and Paul and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churches Masses: (Latin for Mis- sion—to spread the Gos- pel: Schedule (All times EST)—Check Church bulle- tin for schedule of services. Thursday Mass: 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Mass 5:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass: 11 a.m. CCD and adult Bi - ble study is on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Reconciliation) 30 minutes before each Mass. Fr. Frank Renner, Pastor Rev. Mr. Gary Keepes, Deacon Christian 1ST CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1400 E. Main Street Petersburg 812-354-6775 (Office) 941-730 -6324 (Dennis Randall) Adult Bible study at 9:30 a.m.; praise and worship at 10:30 a.m. and children's worship at 10:45. Come as you are to a wonderful time of exalting God. Dennis Randall, Minister VINCENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH 8264 E. State Rd. 56, Otwell Sunday morning worship and the Lord's Supper at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening worship at 6:30 p.m. You are welcome to worship and study with us. John Manges, Minister WINSLOW CHRISTIAN CHURCH Corner of Lafayette and Walnut Pastor 812-753-3539 Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; morning worship 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to our services. Dr. Robert Asa, Minister Church of God FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 2135 East Main Street Petersburg Services: Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school at 10:45 a.m.; Wednes- day Bible study at 7 p.m. Michael Roach, Pastor GENTLE SHEPHERD CHURCH OF GOD 8350 E. 350 North Francisco ( West of Oatsville) Sunday morning worship at 10:30 a.m.; children's church during the morning worship, lead by Katy Mull; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. The first Wednesday of each month, business meet- ing; Youth first and third Sun- day evening of each month; Praise and Worship service fourth Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. All services CDT. Judy Williams, Contact person TR AYLOR UNION CHURCH 4107 N. CR 1000 E. Otwell (Two miles north of Otwell) Sunday morning service at 9:30 a.m. and children Sunday school at 10 a.m. You may listen to the sermon by calling, 862-799 -9154. Bible study Thursday eve- ning at 5 p.m. Dennis and Lisa Patton, Pastors Church of Christ BRENTON CHAPEL CHURCH OF CHRIST 1194 E. CR 400 N. (Prides Creek Road) Petersburg Sunday morning Bible classes 10 a.m.; morning wor- ship 10:30 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Tony Sims, Elder Ross Williams, Elder GLEZEN REVIVAL CENTER 245 S. Glezen Center St. 812-354-9909 Sunday morning wor- ship and children's church 10:15 a.m.; Bible study will be every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Youth Devotional and Open Gym will be ev- ery Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will fea- ture a 10 to 15 minute devo- tional, snacks and open gym for ages 11 to 18. We welcome you to all ser- Pope Benedict X VI ( Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) recently died. We will remember him as the first sitting pope to resign. Vatican Insiders say progressive powers within the Vatican forced him to resign. Why was he disliked? Many Catholic progressives bemoaned Ratzinger's elevation to the pope. Pope Ben- edict is the last of the old guard. He was not a firm supporter of the sweeping changes in- stituted by Vatican II. During his tenure, he allowed churches to once again celebrate the traditional Latin Mass that Vatican II stopped. He was a powerful supporter of the way the Catholic church used to be before Vatican II. He was a traditionalist. It alarms Catholic traditionalists that their church is moving in the same direction the protestant church moved years ago. The church is embracing the 'big tent' model. The Methodists like to brag they have the biggest tent because we welcome everyone in; we find strength in diversity. Diversity means the Church becomes ac- cepting of all so we exclude no one. We can sum up diversity using Dietrich Bonhoeffer's definition of 'cheap grace.' Bonhoeffer writes, 'Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism with- out church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal con- fession. Cheap grace is grace without disciple- ship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.' The institutional church has embraced this model, and as a result, it is dying. The top leaders are progressive or centrists. They live in an echo chamber and surrounded them- selves with yes-persons. There is no room at the table for conservatives or traditionalists. They blame traditionalists for what ills the modern church and its lack of growth. If tra- ditionalists will only become enlightened like us, all will be well, we are told. The Nicolaitans of Revelation were enlight- ened and Jesus hated them. The late Cardinal George Pell calls embrac- ing the 'big tent' a "toxic nightmare." Priests and pastors want their church full. Who doesn't? Pell says, "We in the Church, at least in the West, are no longer competing with hierar- chical and exclusive pagans. We're competing against an easygoing, inclusive pluralism." Churches also compete with many weekday and weekend sports and other leisurely ac- tivities that draw people away from church. There's plenty of T V preachers and Internet services to watch, so why go to a brick-and- mortar church? Pell says, "We're trying to build a tent big enough to accommodate everybody. But the pluralist says you don't need to pick a tent. No Another week passes and we are one more week closer to Springtime, where it seems as though we get a refreshing new appearance. For me, I am going to have to get moving and fix my mowers or buy a new one. To fix any of them I'm going to have to muster up the willy to get with it. The older I get the more willy it takes because sitting still seems to win out over doing work. I had my bloodwork needed for a phletbot- omy and for once my appointment was can- celled because the blood work didn't indicate the need. I was happy about this but not elated because I have already been forewarned by my doctors that the blood draws are forever, but there will be some good times like this time so enjoy the rest. We had both grandkids last Monday be- cause there was no school so I stayed fairly close because both of them together is a dou- ble handful. Apart they are really good kids, but together it is sometimes like a war zone. They are getting to the stage where what one doesn't think of doing the other one does. It does keep you hopping. Last Friday was a very special day for Con- nie and me as it was our 55th anniversary. I'm sure people feel sorry for Connie for having to put up with me for that long and they congrat- ulate me for being able to keep such a beauti- ful lady as my wife all these years. I think back on the days we were first mar- ried as I joined the Marine Corps shortly after we married. I was gone to basic for 4 months and stationed in Millington, Tenn. for a school on my MOS duty. We lived on 100 dollars a month and some- how had money left over at the end of the month. Our next duty station was Cherry Point, N.C. where we lived in base housing. We never got to the point of not having money, although we were far from being well off. We made many friends while in the service of our country. I spent all four years at Cher- ry Point so no war stories, although what I See NOTES on page 4

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