Rushville Republican

October 4, 2013

church briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Multi Church Fall VBS

Multi-Church Cooperative Fall Vacation Bible School

Five local area churches of five different denominations are coming together to offer a three day, cooperative Vacation Bible School during school fall break. Activities include games, free meal, crafts, Bible stories, music, crafts and new friends.

The VBS will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 8, 9 and 10 beginning with a free meal at the Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church in Shirley.

The Fall VBS is for children preschool age through the sixth grade. There is no cost. A voluntary free will offering for the Shirley community food pantry will be received Sponsored by: Shirley Friends Church, Shirley Church of the Nazarene, Righteous Oaks Baptist Church of Wilkinson, Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church & Grant City Wesleyan Church.

VBS Co-Directors; Rev. Jenny Charles, Shirley UMC pastor & Rev. Teresa Hester, a Wesleyan pastor who serves in Noblesville but is a long time Shirley resident. For more information or to request transportation, Contact Rev. Josh Johnson, pastor of Grant City Wesleyan Church at 765-376-7497 or email

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana State Convention

The 140th annual convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana (WCTU) will be held Oct. 4-5 at Rainbow Christian Camp & Conference Center at Converse. The theme of the convention program is Open Doors of Opportunity with the theme song “Open Doors.”

Activities will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, with Indiana president Sarah F. Ward of Knightstown, presiding. ShirleySwallow of Parker City will be the platform chairman. Wanda Tupps of Warsaw will lead the group in song, accompanied by Lois I. Helm of Marion. Special music will be provided by the “Music Buddies” from the Marion Memorial Tabernacle.

At 5 p.m., the group will have dinner and then travel to the Sweetzer United Methodist Church for a Vesper Service. The group will see a lovely stained glass window of Frances Willard located at the church. After their return to the conference center, Rev. Mary Ann Freeman of Marion and Mrs. Tupps will conduct the annual White Elephant sale.

Rev. Freeman will welcome the group at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, following breakfast at 8 a.m. Barbara Pomeroy of VanBuren will give the response. Following the flag and membership pledges the audience will join in a singspiration. Recording secretary Carolyn Poer of Rushville will call the roll and read the minutes of the previous day followed by a treasurer’s report by Lois Anderson of Kokomo. National awards earned bythe local unions will be presented by Mrs. Tupps.

Department directors who will givereports are: Rev. Freeman; Shirley Swallow; Mary Hensley of Muncie; Janice Stubblefield of Mentone; Shirley Richardson of Knightstown; and Shirley Knightof Marion.

Other speakers during the morning session will include: Barbara Pomeroy, executive director of Loyal Temperance Legion; editor of “The Message”, Sarah Ward; and circulation manager Betty Montgomery. The Memorial Service will be conducted by the Perry Township Union.

The morning session will also include an election, appointments, reports and President’s Recommendations. James Knight, director of the honorary members, will introduce the men. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. The President’s Address by Miss Ward will begin the final session at 1:15 p.m. The meeting will end with the theme song and a Friendship Circle and the benediction.

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

Saturday, Oct. 5, will be the fall church work day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are needed for painting and other small construction projects. Contact Guy Stricker for more information at (317) 861-3681.

Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. There will be an Advent Angel gift/card exchange after the morning worship service. The pitch-in fellowship lunch will be held at noon followed by the quarterly business meeting at 12:45 p.m.

Cottage prayer meetings will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and continue in October and November in preparation for the revival services Nov. 24-27 with Evagelist Morris Gleiser and the music ministry of Paul and Betty Hiscock. The sign up sheet for the meetings is on the organ bench in the sanctuary.

The New Palestine Elementary Good News Clubs are held on Mondays, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Call Kathy Davis for more information: (317) 462-7069.

Good News Clubs will continue at Morristown Elementary after school on Wednesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more details, contact Dr. Wayne Scott at (765) 763-7657.

Online sermons are available at

Changing Footprints

Do you need shoes? Come to Changing Footprints Warehouse from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 310 Julian St., Rushville. If you have shoes to donate, they can be dropped off during these hours also. Contact: 317-296-3627 or

The Gathering

The Gathering is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and check out the clothing and have a cup of coffee at 245 North Main St., Rushville. The first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., we host a group called “Life Matters.” We’ll sing a few songs, and enjoy a discussion on relevant “life matters!” While the adults meet to get a greater understanding of what the Bible says about life matters, children ages 4 through 4th grade will enjoy an exciting time of silly songs, Bible stories and crafts at KIDS J.A.M. A staffed nursery is available birth to age three. Come as you are! Bring a friend! Questions? Contact Greg Hartwell at 765-561-1134.

Mobile Food Bank Monday

Monday, Oct. 7, in cooperation with the Rush County Food Pantry (RCCA), the Gleaners Mobile Food Bank will be bringing a truck load of food to the Main Street Christian Church parking lot, 615 N. Main St., Rushville, for distribution to local residents. The distribution will be made between 4 and 6 p.m. Residents will need to bring their own containers (sacks or boxes) to put their food into. Gleaners Mobile Food Bank returns the first Monday of each month.

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. Just send your news to us at or at Rushville Republican, 126 S. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173.