Rushville Republican

April 26, 2013

Church briefs 042613

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Little Flatrock Christian Church

On Sunday, April 28, Little Flatrock Christian Church hosts sandwiches and a salad bar fundraiser open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Salem Lion’s Club. Free will offering. Salads, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.

The Gathering

One Voice will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at The Gathering, 245 N. Main St., Rushville. Everyone welcome to this free concert.

A special Mommy and Me Tea is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. May 11 at The Gathering. Girls (must be accompanied by an adult) ages 3-8 are invited to attend this free tea. “Tea and all the fixings” will be a part of the fun! Please call Brenda at 608-630-1173 to make your reservations. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

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.

First Baptist Church

Do you miss the fun of your youth and family activities? Come join in the fun and fellowship of flying kites, playing croquet, frisbee, softball and meeting other people. In today’s world we are so busy we forget to just have fun and enjoy the wonderful gift that God gave us, each other. This will be a day of fun for you and your family.

First Baptist Church of Rushville is having an afternoon of kite flying and other fun activities directly after Sunday school. Please join us in Sunday Morning worship and Sunday school classes for all ages. Bring your own picnic lunch or a grill will be available to cook your hot dogs, etc.  For comfort you may wish to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. This will be a time to meet people of your community and get to know them. Morning Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School classes start at 10:45 a.m. The Picnic and festivities begin after Sunday school. Everyone is invited to God’s house!

First Presbyterian Church

God has a vision for us of a life where greed does not force many to live in squalor, where indifference does not condemn many to live unwanted, where arrogance does not tempt many to use others callously. God is the architect of this new vision, new heaven, new earth that restores and renews us.

You are joyfully welcome at First Presbyterian Church to share in this good vision, not in the sweet by and by, but today. Rev. Dena Vittorio will preach this Sunday from Revelation 21:1-6 in a message entitled “Show Them Your Passport.” The Chancel Choir will sing the rousing tune, “I shall Not Be Moved!”

Nicki Kirchoff will begin our worship as liturgist, Ann Fenimore will serve as organist playing the prelude, “Immortal, Invisible” by E. Broughton and postlude, “Day of Joy” by Ritter. Children of all ages are part of our Young Disciples message and Kids and Bible Time Leader will be Denise Connolly.

The Women’s Book Study will meet at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary Parlor on Sunday. We invite all women who enjoy a lively discussion of this month’s book “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter,” by Carson McCullers.

Main Street Christian Church

The April Manna Mission meal, sponsored by Main Street Christian Church will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. The meal is served on the last Tuesday of the month in the downstairs dining room of the church to anyone who desires a hot meal. It is also available in carryout. At this time the meal is not available through in-home delivery.   

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 concludes his April sermon series on “Yes, Lord, Yes, (Following Jesus Faithfully)” featuring film clips from the movie “Oh God.” This Sunday’s message is entitled, “I Believe in You” with Sunday’s Bible reading from John 15: 9-17.

The public is invited and welcomed to attend all events and services.

Plum Creek Christian Church

The Holy Spirit And You

We’re listening to a sermon series on Acts and what an authentic church looks like.

I want to share a quote from Ray’s sermon this past Sunday because I truly believe we all need to hear what happens when we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us.

When God sends the Holy Spirit; barriers are broken, communities are formed, opposites are reconciled, unity is established, disease is cured, addiction is broken, cities are renewed, races are reconciled, hope is established, people are blessed and church happens!

Get ready because God is up to something; discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest people fess up, sour folk sweeten up, closed folk open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew potatoes stand up.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us then Jesus is lifted up! Please join us at Plum Creek Christian Church this Sunday to hear more what the Holy Spirit has in mind for you! God Bless You!

Moscow Christian Church

Terrorism is nothing new, is it? Think back to the time when Moses was attempting to free the Israelites from Egyptian rule. (Exodus 7:6-8:19) From what the Bible tells us, Pharaoh was just as bad as today’s terrorists when it came to granting people their freedom. Moses had someone far more powerful than the U.S. armed forces to rescue those hostages, and His name was and still is Jehovah. But it still took a while to convince Pharaoh to release a nation held captive.  

God had first of all performed a rather impressive miracle by transforming the staff of Moses’ brother, Aaron, into a snake when he threw it to the ground. However, Pharaoh’s own magicians could do the same thing, even though their snakes were apparently weaker than Aaron’s because his snake literally ate theirs for lunch.

Two more amazing miracles of nature followed: all the water throughout the land was turned into blood, and then the country was inundated by a sudden population explosion of frogs. Again, the Egyptian magicians were able to duplicate these feats. However, the third plague was the one that they could not copy and had to admit, “This is the finger of God.” And what was this amazing feat of nature which finally convinced them? None other than…the lowly gnat!

Isn’t this true of Satan’s magicians yet today? If you look in the right places you will find cheaper and less satisfying copies of God’s blessings which our spiritual nemesis offers. Most people desire love, financial freedom, joy, a positive self-image, success, sexual fulfillment and success. And all of these are promised through products found via the Internet, infomercials, etc. But Satan cannot imitate the little things that God brings…like words of thanks or encouragement, a sincere smile, a tear of repentance or just the quiet assurance of the fact that He lives.

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

The Good News Clubs are meeting at New Palestine Elementary (Mondays) and Morristown Elementary (Wednesdays) through the month of April. Contact Karen Scott for more information at (317) 861-5516 or the school office.

Every Sunday in April, following the morning worship service, we will be taking family photos for the new church directory. See Jane Smith to proofread your personal information and get your family photo before we go to press.

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.

Rushville Church of Christ

Our Sunday evening and evening Youth Group meetings have moved from 6 to 5 p.m.

Also, starting in May Rushville Church of Christ will be starting Small Groups offered for all age groups. We want to encourage you to come out, check us out and see if we have a group that may fit your needs. Sign-ups are going on now!

St. Paul’s UMC

St. Paul’s Education Committee will host a Family Movie Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, in the church basement!

We will provide pizza, drinks, dessert, and, of course, popcorn. Please bring pillows, chairs, sleeping bags or blankets to sit on. You may also use one of the chairs already in the basement, if you would like.

In order to have enough pizza we would ask that you RSVP the number of people attending to the church office by May 1. You may call 765-932-3777 or email

We hope to see you all there to enjoy the fellowship and the movie!

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