Rushville Republican

March 29, 2013

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Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — First Church of God

The First Church of God will be having a children’s Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30. All children ages 2 to 11 are invited to participate in some exciting Easter activities that include a video of the Easter story, crafts, coloring, snacks and, of course, an Easter Egg Hunt by age groups. The fun will be from 10 to 11 a.m. The Easter Egg Hunt will take place rain or shine.

Big Flatrock Christian Church

Big Flatrock Christian Church would like to invite everyone to their Easter services.

Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. March 31 with a pitch-in breakfast immediately following. Coffee, juice and milk provided.

Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. March 31 with an Easter Egg Hunt immediately following.

Divinity Ranch Bible Chapel

Divinity Ranch Bible Chapel on Allentown Road in Fayette County will share the Easter story Saturday. Plans include Rev. John Lundy doing a live demonstration of Jesus hanging on the cross from 9 am. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. From Rushville, take US 52 East to CR450, prior to reaching New Salem. Turn left and go approximately 9 miles.

Faith Baptist Church in Morristown

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.

Sunday, March 31 will be the Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m., followed by a pitch-in breakfast from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will follow at 9:30 a.m. and the Easter Cantata at 10:3 a.m. presented by the church choir under the director of Tiffany Richards. There will not be a pitch-in lunch or afternoon service due to the holiday.

Sunday, April 14 will feature missionary Ted Tharp from Rock of Ages Prison Ministry who will make a presentation during the morning worship service. There will not be a noon pitch-in or afternoon service due to the evening home Bible study at 6 p.m. at various locations throughout the community.

Tuesday, April 16 will be the next 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.

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

Wednesday, 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.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church joyfully welcomes all to our Easter Worship to experience God’s grace as we follow the Light of Christ!

As worship begins, Harrison Wicker and Sarai Moore will carry in the Christ Light, as the children follow with the Cross of Life, to our organist’s triumphant processional “Jubilee!” by C. Martin.

After these long, somber weeks of Lent we shall gather singing the uplifting words of “He Lives!”

Liturgist Rick Levi will lead us in proclaiming “Christ is risen, indeed!”

The Chancel Choir will sing the jubilant anthem, “Christ Arose!” by Lowny and Kirkland.

Ann Fenimore will also play the beloved hymn, “Morning Has Broken” for offertory and “The Strife is Over” for postlude.

Lisa Bare will remind us of ways to express our gratitude to God through the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering.

Pastor Dena Vittorio will preach from the Resurrection Gospel of Luke 24, in a message titled, “To See With New Eyes!” Yes, it is a Sunday for exclamation points, as we shout out our hidden “Alleluias!” buried since Ash Wednesday.

When the women followers of Jesus were utterly without hope, love compelled them to go to the tomb and be the first witnesses of the Resurrection. Love opens the door to new life for those who could never be convinced by logic and debate. Easter is God’s love story for you!

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)

Main Street Christian Church

Main Street Christian Church invites the public to attend their Easter services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Pastor Sam Davenport concludes his pre-Easter series “In this is Love” from the First Letter of John with the message “The What, Why, and Because of Easter.”

An Easter breakfast will be held between the two services beginning at 9:30 a.m.

A nursery is available for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Children’s Church is also offered at 10:30 a.m. for those in kindergarten through third grade.    

An annual Easter Prayer Vigil will be held in the church chapel from noon Friday through noon Saturday. Members and guest are invited to sign up for a 30 minute prayer session.

The public is invited and welcomed to attend all services.

Milroy United Methodist Church

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

Moscow Christian Church  

Frank Peretti tells the story of a family driving on vacation and a bumble bee flew into the car. One of the children was deathly allergic to bee stings. In fact, he had nearly died from one. The allergist warned the family that another such sting could be fatal.

Of course, the boy became hysterical. The quick-thinking father pulled off of the road and caught the bee in his hand, and the boy relaxed.

But after a moment, with a grimace on his face, the dad let the bee go. Again the boy became upset and jumped into the backseat trying to get away from the bee. But the dad calmed him by saying, “Don’t worry, son. You don’t have to be afraid.”

And the father showed his son the palm of his hand that was beginning to swell, and revealed the stinger. The dad said, “It’s okay. Now all he can do is buzz. This is what could have killed you, but I took the sting away.”

So did Jesus. That’s why Paul could say, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57  

And because of Christ’s resurrection, to the Christian, all death can do is buzz.

Plum Creek Christian Church

Last week we heard about Jesus coming to Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. The Jewish people were headed there to celebrate the Passover Feast. By the sound of the crowd it seemed as though this was the king they were waiting for. They were hoping for a great military leader who would conquer Rome and set them free. But wait. Hear comes Jesus riding on a donkey. Not a huge white horse. Is this the way a king should arrive?

Jesus,the King of Kings choose a different way to save. He came to set people free from sin. He came to bring eternal salvation. No earthy king can do that. Jesus, unlike the spiritual leaders of his day, was not bound by their man-made religious rules. Jesus was bound by the highest authority, God Almighty!

The religious leaders were so upset that the people wanted Jesus as their king they plotted  his death. They were so blinded by rules they missed the awaited hour of the Messiah.

Are you too blinded by all the bells and whistles of this world that you have missed the truth of who Jesus is? Don’t miss your day of deliverance and salvation. This Sunday is the conclusion of our observance of Holy Week. As we reflect on what this is all about.

Remember this. Jesus was crucified for our sins so we may be saved from eternal damnation. The choice is yours. Come to Jesus. Celebrate His resurrection this Sunday! He lives! The tomb is empty. We have much to celebrate!

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.

Rushville Church of Christ

We will be having a Sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. Easter morning with a breakfast immediately following. 9:30 a.m. is our regular morning worship with Sunday School directly following.

Starting April 7, we will have sign-ups for Small Groups that will be starting up in May.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Holy Week Schedule

Good Friday, 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A Service of Word and Remembrance.

Easter Sunday, 7:15 a.m. Sunrise Service outside (weather permitting). Bring a chair and meet us between the two buildings. 8 a.m. Easter Breakfast in the basement of the church; 8:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt outside (weather permitting); 10 a.m. Service of Celebration. Hope you will be able to join us. Have a blessed week.

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.

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