Rushville Republican

December 14, 2012

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Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Prayer service

The Rush County Commissioners recently approved a request for a non-denominational prayer meeting at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays in the Commissioners Room on the first floor of the Rush County Courthouse.

The impromptu gathering will last approximately 45 minutes, until 8 a.m. No prayer meeting will be held Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

The gathering is to be held weekly on a trial basis for three months. It is open to the general public.

The Gathering

The Gathering is a community outreach open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The Gathering offers freshly ground coffee, muffins and fruit. ReNEW is a clothing store and outreach offering clean, gently used clothing. Stop in, have a cup of coffee, shop and meet us soon.

For more information, contact Greg Hartwell at 765-561-1134.

First Baptist Church

This coming Sunday, First Baptist Church will be hosting a special Sunday morning worship service in which the children will present a Christmas program.  Following the service, we will have Sunday School and a pitch-in dinner.  On Christmas Eve at 6pm, we will have a communion service with music and a brief message from the Scripture.   We would love to have you join us!

Also, we have begun using a new Sunday School curriculum entitle, “ABC.”  This three-year program covers the entire Bible in chronological order. It provides answers to the issues that confront today’s culture through the media, school, friends, etc. ABC provides a thorough understanding of the authority and primary teachings of Scripture. All ages will be equipped to defend the Bible, and become conformed to the image of Christ, as they apply God’s Word in their everyday lives.  Age-appropriate Sunday school classes meet following the morning worship service.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office, Monday through Thursday, 8-11 a.m. Have a blessed Christmas!

Main Street Christian Church

Children and youth of Main Street Christian Church will present the Good News of Christmas through children’s eyes this Sunday during one combined worship service at 9:30 a.m. The pageant, entitled “The Christmas Letters,” will include the singing of carols, scripture readings, and letters from children to those who witnessed the birth of Christ.  

Following the service a fellowship time with refreshments will be held in the downstairs fellowship room. Sunday School will not be held this Sunday.

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 7 and 11 p.m. The early Christmas Eve service, entitled “The Gift of Bethlehem” celebrates God’s gift of the Savior thorugh the singing of carols, special music, readings, scriptures, candlelighting and communjion. The later service, “The Light of Bethlehem,”offers a time of reflection through the reading of Scripture, carols, candlelighting, and Communion.       

The Manna Mission meal will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. This meal is open to the public and is free of charge as a service to those in need.

Pastor Sam Davenport invites the public to attend all services and events.


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

The children of St. Paul’s will present a Christmas Pageant at the 10:40 a.m. service on Dec. 16 and on Dec. 23 the Chancel Choir will present a Cantata, 2,000 Decembers Ago, by Joel Ramsey. There will be no 8:30 a.m. Praise Services on these Sundays.

As always, the public is invited and encouraged to come and enjoy listening to God’s Word.  

Wesley United Methodist Church

Come join us for Christmas dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church in Rushville. This is a free dinner. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come join us to give thanks for all our blessings. Donation of a canned food would be appreciated for the food pantry.

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

Sunday, Dec. 16 the Sunday school series “The Tragedy and Triumph: The Life of Job” will continue at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Wayne Scott teaching.

The morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m. followed by a pitch-in lunch at noon and the afternoon Christmas worship service will be held at the Morristown Manor Nursing Home at 1 p.m. with the distribution of gifts and singing of Christmas carols and hymns.

The church food pantry is still collecting nonperishable food items for needy families in the church office.

Sunday, Dec. 23 will be the adult Christmas program “Promised One” featuring a drama with actors and the choir at 10:30 a.m.

The church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 at 7. There will not be a Wednesday Bible study on Dec. 26 due to the holiday schedule.

Up-coming events include the 2013 drawing of names for the Advent Angels secret prayer partners for the ladies following the first worship service, as well as the quarterly business meeting during the afternoon worship time at 12:45 p.m.

Online sermons are available at the church website:

Plum Creek Christian Church

“The Full Armor of God”

The theme of Ephesians chapter 6:10-18 is about how to protect yourself against the attacks of Satan. Verses 16-17 state, In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. This sounds like some pretty serious armor! How do these verses apply to your life? The author of Ephesians is warning us to be prepared. We are in a battle. Dr. Tony Evans points out in his book about spiritual warfare that Satan strikes when we are at our lowest. When our finances are running low, or maybe you have lost your job. It could be the death of a loved one, or a health crisis. Your marriage may be in shambles. What ever battle you may be facing, that is when the enemy is ready to pounce. However, there is a way to win this battle.

God tells us how to strategically fight back. Every single day we have to pick up our shield. That being the written Word of God. Read it. Meditate on it. Then put it into practice. In other words walk the talk. Jesus did not leave this earth without giving us the tools we need to survive. Don’t be foolish enough to think you are insignificant. If you claim to be a Christian then you are Satan’s target.

Satan even tried to tempt Jesus. How did Jesus counter attack? By speaking the very Word of God. This is how we too have to fight. Satan cannot stand up against the Word of God. Remember what the book of James says in chapter 4:7-8. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.”

The devil is a liar and he cannot stand up against the truth!

For more truth about the Word of God visit with us this Sunday.

Cookbooks now available

Center Christian Church Cookbooks are now on sale for $5 at Mays Park Restaurant, Rushville Pharmacy or by calling Rosemary Noah at 765-993-0780. The cookbooks make great holiday gifts. There are 232 pages of tried and true recipes with beautiful hardback covers.

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