Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

November 16, 2013

Church Briefs

Greensburg Daily News

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This Wednesday’s study group, meeting at 6:30 p.m., will look at, “What is the Eucharist, or The Lord’s Supper?” Do we come to take communion or do we come to receive communion? While some may say it’s just words and the way we say things, it’s important to develop a more-correct mindset of approaching the Lord’s Table. After all, how many meals do we miss at our dining room or kitchen tables? Probably not many, yet we struggle with the idea of dining at the Lord’s Table. This will be a great lesson in soul survival. All are welcome to attend. We meet every Wednesday at The Fine Grind, 120 E. Washington St. More information:

Sandcreek Baptist Church

When you do your grocery shopping this week, remember to purchase a few extra non-perishable items to add to the tub for the Edna Martin Christian Center.

Also, it’s time to pack your box/boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The table in the hallway already has some filled boxes, but we’d like to have many more because the children who receive them are so thankful for simple things we have every day. Remember, if you include bath soap, make sure it’s Ivory so they don’t lose it if they happen to drop it in the stream or lake where they’re bathing.

The ladies of the church are planning a Christmas outing and lunch at the little restaurant in Hartsville on Dec. 12. If you’d like to join us, let Barb or Dianna know.

The Faith Singers will continue to meet for practice at 9 a.m., on Saturday mornings. We hope you’ll join us as we’re enjoying the new music and hope to be ready to present a song from it in the near future.

MARK THE DATE of Dec. 1, for our church-wide Christmas dinner following the hanging of the Greens service at 10 a.m. We’re asking for desserts, but all other food will be prepared by the ladies of the ABWM.

Time is passing and the leaves are about gone from the trees. They cover the ground in places, awaiting a rake or mower to chop them up and fill bags for the garbage man to take away. Then we wait through winter for them to appear new and clean in springtime.

That’s so much like the way God must look at us, as our Christian life sometimes seems to bloom beautifully and then we let our witness fade/fall away and we go into a time of silence, not sharing God’s Word with others. Then something moves in our spirit and we once again “bloom” in sharing the word. God must have a great patience level when it comes to His children. He’s always there, waiting for us to come to Him again no matter how long we “stay away”....He lovingly welcomes us back without question. Yes, God IS GOOD! Let Him know how thankful you are for His goodness and patience by being in church SOMEWHERE this week. I’ll be looking for you.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church, located at 425 N. Broadway, welcomes you Sunday to our worship services at 8 a.m. (traditional) and 10:30 am (contemporary). Sunday School classes are at 9:30 a.m.

The annual Chili Cook Off will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Family Life Center following 10:30 worship. Bring your favorite chili and recipe. Peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, other soups, relish tray, desserts, drinks and table service will be furnished. You may bring another kind of soup. Come and enjoy all the food and fun!

Elev8 classes for children and junior high youth will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., this Wednesday, with a meal for children, junior high youth and volunteers at 5:45 p.m. Senior-high Elev8 classes will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, with a meal at 5:45 p.m.

The Gleaner’s Food Bank will be on the First Christian Church parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 18.

The Kids’ Closet sorting team continues to exist in the basement classrooms at First Christian Church. We need winter and summer clothes, sizes 4T thru 18 boys and girls. Our Oct. 30 Kids’ Closet opening saw 135 children who received new and slightly-used clothing for the winter. Clothes can be brought to the FCC basement or the fire station. Anyone wishing to donate to this worthwhile ministry can write checks to FCC in care of the Kids’ Closet. Our next opening is from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 4, at City Hall, 314 W. Washington Street.

Sardinia Baptist Church

Sardinia Baptist Church will celebrate its annual Harvest Day Sunday, Nov. 24. Morning worship starts at 10:30 a.m., with our pastor, Tom Rust, speaking. A pitch-in meal will be at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., our guest speaker, Rev. Bill Daniel, will speak. Rev. Daniel served Sardinia Baptist Church in the late ‘70s. His wife, Cathy, will be joining him, as will his daughter Stephanie and her family. The Daniels live in Knoxville, Tenn. Everyone is welcome.

St. Maurice Catholic Church

Our annual Turkey/Sauerbraten dinner will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23, at St. Maurice Church, in the town of St. Maurice, Decatur County. The dinner is a mix of traditional turkey with mashed potatoes and dressing. The dressing is handmade, which takes a few hours to make. Then we add in another dish of the German Sauerbraten, which is made from beef – very delicious. We also have delicious apple cake, a traditional German desert from an old recipe handed down from local families.

The families of the parish make cakes for the cake walk, which is just 25 cents per walk. We always have plenty of cakes to last all evening. You won’t go away on an empty stomach; for this is a free-will offering and the servings are plentiful. Please stop by and enjoy a delicious meal. Thank you and may God bless.

Liberty Baptist Church

Liberty Baptist Church will have Sunday school at 10 a.m. The Thankful Hearts Class lesson, “Beginning Of Freedom,” will come from Exodus 14:13,14, 21-30; Devotional Reading: Galatians 5:13-21; Background Scriptures: Exodus 13:17-22; 14. Church Service begins at 11 a.m., in the sanctuary. Pastor Robert (Bob) Leitgabel will give the sermon, “Oh Lord It’s Hard To Be Humble,” from Philippians Chapter 2. Bible Study will continue at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall, with study continuing to focus on Samuel 1 and 2.

Sunday Evening, Nov. 24

We will hold our Thanksgiving supper at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a well-filled basket and table service. Following the supper, there will be a program at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. We invite all to come enjoy good food, good music and good fellowship.

Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving

Dec. 1 – Decorating of the church for first Sunday of Advent.

Reminder: Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week, is Nov. 18 to 25. Shoeboxes to pack are on the back table.

We welcome all to come join us for worship, praise, prayer and fellowship. May God Bless All.

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

Members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church welcome all — those searching for a place of worship, a place to learn more about the Bible, a place to know Jesus — to the “little church with a big heart,” located in the center of Adams.

Mt. Moriah Sunday School classes, for all age groups, are from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Pastor Keith Dover delivers the message during worship, starting at 10:30 a.m., every Sunday. The pastor is assisted by worship leader Jack Steeves and organist/pianist Linda Wilcox. The choir is led by Suzy Powell. Children’s church begins at 10:30 a.m., led by Diana Gearhart and Tracy McCormick. Holy Communion is provided for baptized believers at Mt. Moriah each first Sunday of the month.

The second Sunday of each month, a special worship service is held at Heritage House Nursing Home for residents and their families and friends. Frank McCormick offers the message, which starts at 2 p.m., inside the facility’s dining hall. The service includes a time of collective hymnal singing and prayer.

Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m., everyone’s invited to attend the prayer meeting, held in the church annex. Anyone with a prayer need, a praise for blessings or just wanting to join a group assembling in Jesus’ name is welcome to participate in this hour-long prayer session.

The second Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m., the American Baptist Women Missions (ABWM) group, under the direction of president Tracy McCormick, meets in the annex. ABWM is a ministry of women working together on various activities to help missions in need.

Choir practice is at 6 p.m., each Wednesday. Suzy Powell is our choir director. Each Wednesday, individuals participating in special choir music the following Sunday practice in the sanctuary.

Pastor Dover encourages all new believers to attend a Bible study. “With all new Christians, we offer and encourage them to attend a Bible study for new believers,” he said. “We offer a very simple study that lasts 18 weeks and teaches all the basic truths of the Christian life.”

In addition to New Believers Bible Study, another open Bible Study takes place from 7 to 8 p.m., every other Wednesday, in the church annex. Attendees are currently studying the book of Romans, and can read aloud or listen to others read. Also, there is a time set aside for special prayer needs and praises.

On scheduled Thursdays and Saturdays, Coffee Cup Devotions, led by Peggy Settles, takes place. Church women meet either on Thursdays at Somethin’s Perkin’ on the square, or on Saturday mornings in the church annex, sharing lunch or breakfast and listening to a member offer a devotion. Each session is hosted by one of the women of Mt. Moriah.

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church participates with other local churches in Celebrate Recovery, a biblically-based program helping people overcome “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., each Friday, at the Greensburg Wesleyan Family Life Center, located on W. Main Street, next to Main Street Market. Everyone’s welcome to participate and can join at any time, with no prior reservation or sign-up.

For more information about Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, call Pastor Keith Dover at 812-614-1497.