Rushville Republican

July 26, 2013

church briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Hope Spot's Back to School day

Hope Spot’s Second Annual Back to School Day will be from 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 27, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

We will be offering backpacks with school supplies for our children going back to school. If you need help with providing these essential items for your children come to St. Paul’s UMC at 426 N. Morgan Street and receive the items that your child(ren) will need.

Hope Spot is St. Paul’s ministry to the community of Rushville. This ministry began years ago known to the community as the Christmas Store. In 2012 St. Paul’s UMC was gifted with a used moving van and a vision to make the concept of the Christmas Store available to the community year round. It is available to those who have suffered a fire or some kind of disaster. We have the ability to take Hope Spot within a 200 mile radius of Rushville to meet the needs of those who suffer from disasters.

We are always accepting gently used clothing that can be shared with those who have a need. If you would like to make a donation (monetary or clothing) please contact St. Paul’s between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday - Friday (932-3777).

Moscow Christian Church

It was a beautiful summer Sunday morning as some friends and I gathered at a wooded retreat center for worship. For our time of communion, we were each told to take the bread and juice with us and find a quiet spot alone on the campus in order to meditate and pray. I remembered there was a creek somewhere in the nearby woods, so I set off to find it.

I thought it was just over a hill, but I didn’t realize how slippery the leaves were from the morning dew. As I started to walk down the hill, my feet suddenly shot out from under me and I experienced a bumpy ride as I slid on my rear end quickly down the steep hill on the wet leaves, during which time I tried my best to hold the communion elements out before me in each hand.

Just as suddenly, I came to a quick stop, with a tree trunk merely a foot or so from my face and my legs astraddle the tree. I was relieved to know that I had wounded nothing more than my pride during my wild ride. I still had a piece of the bread in one hand, and there was actually a trace of grape juice left in the cup which my other hand clutched.

But what caught my eye was the glimpse of something which glistened in the morning sunlight. There, directly before my eyes, were a few drops which had escaped from the cup I held. A few red drops sparkled in the sunlight, and slowly dripped down the tree before me. I couldn’t help but think about what those tiny drops represented, and about another tree splattered with red drops long ago, when the ultimate price was paid for our sins.*

Mark Wesner, MCC Pastor

The Salvation Army Tools for School

Free school supplies sponsored by The Salvation Army Tools for School program provides basic school supplies for children whose parents cannot afford the items necessary for their children to succeed in school. The Salvation Army will once again be handing out a limited number of free school kits (1 kit per student) for K-12 students of Rush County. The only requirements of eligibility to receive a school kit are that the student must attend a Rush County School and the student must be present when picking up the school kit. School kits are to be picked up at the First Church of God (1200 W. US HWY 52 – enter through the main entrance doors from the parking lot) on Monday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and then each morning (9 a.m. to noon) until Friday, Aug. 2 or until supplies last. For more information call 765-932-5138.

Park Place Church of God - Connersville

The Indiana South Youth Ensemble will be performing at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, July 26, at Park Place Church of God in Connersville.

The ensemble is composed of 28 teens from southern Indiana who tour the southern portion of the state annually to witness through song. Those who attend the performances are treated to an uplifting evening of traditional and contemporary Christian music.

Park Place Church of God is located at 3025 Waterloo Rd. Connersville, IN. The concert is free but a free will offering will be taken to benefit Camp Challenge, located in Bedford, IN. Camp Challenge is a Christian youth camp which serves the southern portion of Indiana.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to support area youth and be uplifted and inspired by their performance. For questions or directions to the church please contact Park Place Church of God at 765-825-2431.

Park Place Church of God- Igniting the passion in all of us to join in God’s activity.

Vacation Bible School

Plum Creek Christian Church - 4011 E 550 N., Rushville

GOTTA MOVE - Keepin In Step With The Spirit

July 29-August 2 - 5:30-7:30

Classes available for kids age 4 thru grade 6

Registration will take place at the door on July 29th

For more information go to the website:

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

Sunday, July 28, Dr. Wayne Scott will be teaching Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., a worship service at 10:30 a.m., with a pitch-in lunch will be held at noon and the afternoon worship services at 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31 - Monthly visitation with teams leaving the church at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11 a special Sunday school class will start called “Basics for Believers” taught by Joe Hansome, deacon, at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. That evening at 5 p.m. the small group Bible study fellowships will begin in various homes in the community. The sign up sheet in on the organ bench in the sanctuary.

Aug. 18 missionaries to Australia, Paul and Rachel Weber, will speak during the morning worship service and the afternoon service will be held at Morristown Manor Nursing Home at 1 p.m.

Aug. 24 will be the Ladies Day Out luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location to be announced.

Aug. 25 missionaries to Mexico, Russell and Debbie Raymer, will conduct the morning worship service.

Aug. 28 will be the monthly visitation program with teams leaving the church at 7 p.m.

Online sermons are available at

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.

First Church of God VBS

First Church of God presents HayDay Weekend Vacation Bible School from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10. The Celebration Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11. For more information or questions please call 932-5138.

Plum Creek Christian Church

Vacation Bible School is taking place at Plum Creek Christian Church next week! Kids, mark your calendars for Monday, July 29th thru Friday, August 2nd. The time for this awesome event will be 5:30-7:30 each evening.

Classes are planned for kids age 4 thru grade 6 for all of the kids in the community regardless of their church affiliation. V.B.S. is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to get a great start to a new school year.

Having fun while learning God’s love for them will be something they can share with their friends at school. We welcome everyone to worship with us at Plum Creek Christian Church and to take what we learn to a world that is looking for hope, love and forgiveness.

God bless and see you there!

The Greenes in concert

First Southern Baptist Church, located at 1159 S. Airport Road, invites the public to a special worship service on Sunday, Aug. 4, when they will host The Greenes.

Everyone is invited to attend this unique and special worship service. Come and join us for uplifting songs and testimonies. The concert will begin at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 4 and a love offering will be collected. For additional information, please contact the church office at 765-932-2471 or Pastor Jeff at 765-938-9196. Hope to see you there!

Tim Greene, the original founding member of this popular group from Boone, N.C., and author of more than 550 songs, will bring this dynamic trio to Rushville. Tim, his late brother Tony, and sister Kim thrilled audiences with songs such as “There’s A Miracle In Me, “It Sounds Like Angels, “When I Knelt,” and “Jesus’ Rocking Chair.”

He pastored Westview Baptist Church in Boone for six years and owns the Loft Studio where he has produced more than 300 albums. Tim won the Dove Award for “Butterfly Kisses” in 1994. He recovered from a decade-long illness, toxic black mold syndrome, where he was confined to a wheelchair. After the sudden death of his younger brother Tony, Tim decided to reorganize the group. Singing with Tim is Keith Skiles. Keith is from Belle, W.Va., a small community about 10 miles east of Charleston. Keith sang tenor with Kings Harmony for 12 years and was a soloist for 16 years in the Charleston area. Rounding out the trio is Scott Mullins, who is no stranger to gospel music. Scott sang for more than 30 years with groups such as: Kings Harmony out of Columbus, Ohio, and The Praisemen from Charleston. He also sang with Freedom Voice and the Gospel Harmony Boys. In 1994, Scott was healed by God of Hodgkin’s disease.

Indiana South Youth Ensemble performs tonight.

Mobile Food Bank set for Aug. 5

Monday, Aug. 5, 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.

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