Rushville Republican

December 20, 2013

Church Briefs

Rushville Republican

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Good news ... you may not hear much of it, but it sure is nice when you do. And once you have heard it, you want to share it with someone else! That is what this season is all about--the good news of God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ, and the desire to let others know. Do you want to know how you can share this Good News with the world around you? Come to First Baptist Church this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and we will be talking about the means and the manner in which to share the Good News found in Christ. Also, come and join us on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. as we celebrate the birth of our Savior with a worship service consisting of Scripture reading, special music, Christmas carols, communion and a candle lighting ceremony!

First Presbyterian Church

The mystery of “God With Us” arrives once again with Emmanuel’s birth at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Candlelight Worship at First Presbyterian Church.

Experience the glorious arrival of Jesus through scripture, singing, Holy Communion and sharing the flame of the Christ Light.

David Doyle will sing “O Holy Night,” the Sanctuary Choir will sing the upbeat melody, “Listen, Children, Hear the Angels Sing,” and the tender, “Gentle Mary.” Ann Fenimore and Mary Jane Truster will play jubilant Christmas duets to begin our worship, Nicki and Jake Kirchoff will lead the “Lighting of the Christ Candle,” scriptural readers will include David Truster, Gerald Mohr, Tutti Martz and Evelyn Miller.

We joyfully welcome all to share in the holy meal of the Lord’s Supper offered on this grace-filled night. No one shall be turned away from our humble God who came in human form to share all of life with us.

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent, worship begins with the lighting of the “Candle of Love” by Eva Vanatta and Evelyn Miller. The message by Pastor Dena Vittorio will focus on God’s extraordinary love that knows what it is like to be refused shelter and thus sent Christ to become our home. May you find a gracious, spiritual home with us at First Presbyterian Church!

Main StreetChristian Church

Main Street Christian Church announces its Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service will be one with the singing of carols, special solos, candle lighting and musical numbers, several shared by those from the Rushville Community. Scripture readings will follow the 2013 MSCC Advent and Christmas Theme: A Community Christmas” and the weekly themes of Light, Peace, Joy, and the Good Shepherd.

The late night Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m., will be a traditional service of scripture readings, carols, a message from Pastor Sam Davenport, Communion, prayer and candle lighting.

Communion will be served at only the 11 p.m. service and a nursery attendant is available for babies and toddlers at the 7 p.m. service.

This Sunday’s 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services complete the pre-Christmas sermon series “A Community Christmas” with the message “A Community Christmas: A Community Led by the Good Shepherd.”

The public is invited to attend all worship services.

Faith Baptist Church — Morristown

Dr. Wayne Scott, pastor

Sunday, Dec. 22 - Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., with Christmas Cantata during 10:30 a.m. service, pitch-in lunch noon.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Candlelight worship service at 7 p.m. (No Wednesday Bible study this week)

Sunday, Dec. 29 - Stay and pray after the morning worship service.

Saturday, Jan. 4 - Advent Angels Christmas Brunch and reveal party for 2013 angels and selection of the 2014 angels at the Rodebeck Farm, 474 N. CR 400W, Greenfield. RSVP to Shanna Rodebeck at (317) 448-3769 by Dec. 31. Breakfast casserole, tea and coffee will be provided. Bring side dishes and a $10 gift for the gift exchange. Advent Angels should also bring their last gift for their 2013 Angel partner.

Online sermons are available at

Plum CreekChristian Church

What does the Nativity say to you?

Most of us have it displayed this time of year in our homes, lawn or wherever you may choose. I’m talking of the Nativity scene. Each year we un-wrap the pieces and place each figurine in their place within the manger. Reading of Christ’s birth in Luke, it’s interesting that the Lord chose a group of humble shepherds as invited guests to the birth of the Savior of the world. Just like the shepherds, we all have been invited to the manger having one thing in common, we are all broken and we need a Savior.

Each Christmas we’re reminded that Jesus doesn’t expect us to arrive at His side, puffed up with our own self-righteousness. Instead He desires us to come to His cradle, humbly, like the shepherds with all our imperfections. He is OUR GIFT, from the Father. The Nativity says GRACE, God’s gift to us. What does the Nativity say to you? It could say many things, but it comes down to Jesus who was born in a manger to save a broken and hurting world. Please read Luke 2:8-14 and remember to thank God for the birth or your Savior.

We’re looking forward to your visit at Plum Creek Christian Church as we worship our Lord together. God bless and experience a Christ filled Christmas.