Rushville Republican

April 12, 2013

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Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Milroy United Methodist Church

Milroy United Methodist Church Semi-Annual Rummage Sale, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, April 12 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13. Saturday fill a sack for $2. This year the sale will feature the new boutique for finer name brand clothing.

Ray’s Crossing Christian Union Church

Ray’s Crossing Christian Union Church is having a free love offering breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13. We will be offering biscuits and sausage gravy, pancakes, sausage patties, eggs, fried potatoes and beverages.

The money raised from this free love offering breakfast will help to buy radios to send to Africa to spread the good news.

Main Street Christian Church

Main Street Christian Church announces and invites the public to its up-coming events and ministries.

Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, a rummage sale will be held in the basement and in the church parking lot to benefit the Manna Mission. The Manna Mission is a free monthly dinner for the Rushville Community that is held the last Tuesday of the month from 5-7 p.m. in the Main Street Christian Church downstairs dining room. Anyone desiring a hot meal is welcome to come and to eat in the facility or they may carry out the meal. At this time delivery is not available. The proceeds from the rummage sale will be used to purchase food items and supplies for this ministry.

Sunday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the downstairs dining, a spaghetti luncheon will be held as a youth fundraiser for a summer fellowship trip. Donations will be received for the lunch.  

Sunday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Flight of the Fallen will lead an evening inspirational concert. Flight of the Fallen is a Contemporary Christian trio from Connersville, who has a sound that is often described as a combination of folk and contemporary praise. They will present both original and familiar contemporary music. The concert will be held in the church’s sanctuary.

This Sunday Pastor Sam Davenport continues his sermon series on “Yes, Lord, Yes,” which each week features a film clip from the 1977 movie “Oh God.” This Sunday’s message is entitled, “Now, Who are you, Again?” The scripture passage Sunday is from Matthew 16: 27-30, which explores Peter’s good confession that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God and that faith is grounded on this one statement.

The public is invited and welcomed to attend all services.

Moscow Christian Church.

The word “vicarious” is defined by Webster as: “Performed for, or instead of, another; filling the place of another; serving as a substitute; felt or realized, as sensations or emotions, by imagining one is taking part in someone else’s experiences.”

Unfortunately, many people in churches today seem to be practicing a vicarious Christianity. Richard Foster wrote in his modern classic,”The Celebration of Discipline,” the following: “Human beings seem to have a perpetual tendency to have somebody else talk to God for them. We are content to have the message secondhand… The history of religion is the story of an almost desperate scramble to have a king, a mediator, a priest, a go-between. In this way, we do not need to go to God ourselves. Such an approach saves us from the need to change, for to be in the presence of God is to change. It is very convenient this way because it gives us the advantage of religious respectability without demanding moral transformation.” Ouch!

Can it be true that many churchgoers are content to merely digest “pre-chewed” spiritual food on Sunday morning and forget about feasting on the meat of God’s Word during the rest of the week? The Bible makes it clear that communication with our Father is not just for “professional Christians” only. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that “all” who believe in Him are members of a royal priesthood.

This week, take the time to personally communicate with the heavenly Father. He is waiting and has much to share with you. (James 4:8a)

Plum Creek Christian Church

Awesome miracles: God sees us as Children of Light and as original good, not as original sin! God loves each and every one of us and knows every sparrow that falls to the ground. That’s pretty awesome!

How about the awesome miracles in our everyday lives? The sun rises in the morning’s dawn and the evening’s sunset. When we see clouds against crimson red, yellow and blue skies we see something awesome, leaving us feeling like we have felt God’s love as a breeze on our face.

How often do we notice though? The moon and the stars are absolutely stunning if we can get away from the city lights. These are every day – every night miracles that too often we just take for granted and overlook them.

Every season has its’ own miracles. Winter’s snow, spring’s showers, and summer’s flowers, and autumn’s falling leaves. These are ALL reoccurring miracles in our everyday lives. It happens every year, every minute, of every day.

We welcome you at Plum Creek Christian Church on Sunday to learn more about miracles that happen in our lives.

Faith Baptist Church in Morristown

Sunday, April 14, Dr. Wayne Scott will teach Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. will feature missionary Ted Tharp from Rock of Ages Prison Ministry who will make a presentation. There will not be a noon pitch-in or afternoon service due to the evening home Bible study at 5 p.m. at various locations throughout the community.

Candy donations are still needed for the Good News Clubs that are meeting at New Palestine Elementary (Mondays) and Morristown Elementary (Wednesdays) after spring break. Contact Karen Scott for more information at (317) 861-5516.

Starting Sunday, April 14 through April 28, we will be taking family photos for the new church directory. See Jane Smith after the morning worship service any Sunday in April. April 28 will be the last day to update your information for the new church directory. Please proof read the document on the organ bench before we go to press.

Tuesday, April 16 will be the last opportunity to visit the Statehouse for Family and Freedom Days sponsored by Advance America from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the 7th floor conference room, 101 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis. This is a free event for the public to attend and a chance to speak with your Senator and Representative at the Statehouse on issues of importance to American families. For more information, contact Advance America at (317) 684-3300.

April 21 will be the Morristown Manor Nursing Home visit during the afternoon worship time from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

April 24 will be the next visitation opportunity at 7 p.m. Meet at the church to organize groups to visit those guests that have visited Faith Baptist Church since Christmas.

Online sermons are available at

Harvest Helpings

WNBA Champion Indiana Fever Coach Lin Dunn will be the featured speaker at Harvest Helpings, the capital fundraiser for The Blue River Community Harvest of Carthage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Harvest building near Carthage. Harvest Helpings raises money to support the food and clothing needs of people in Carthage and rural Rush, Henry, Shelby, and Hancock county area.

Tickets are $30 per person and will include one Fever game ticket voucher. Tickets can be purchased online with Paypal through the BRCH website:, or by calling Linda Lashbrook at 765-565-8007; or by emailing (please specify number of tickets required; name, address and phone)

The Gathering

The Gathering in Rushville is open Fridays and Saturdays. Stop in for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or cappuccino. There’s biscotti, cookies or scones ready for you to enjoy!

Be sure to visit the clothing department (reNEW) located in the back of the coffee shop. We are accepting clean, gently used clothing.

Free WiFi is always available.

Editor’s note: Area churches are encouraged to share non-recurring information with the Rushville Republican for use in Church Briefs, which publishes every Friday.

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