Rushville Republican

September 27, 2013

church briefs

Rushville Republican

---- — Multi Church Fall VBS

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

Plum Creek Christian Church

Our Journey

Each of us has a different journey with our Creator because all of us are in a different place in our walk with Him. We sometimes feel like God doesn’t love us or have anything to do with us because of our sins. This is where we are revamped. God restores us and repairs us because of His grace and love for us. Let go of how we see ourselves and start believing who we are through God’s eyes.

He takes us in the midst of our sins and shame by placing His stamp on us. We are stamped by the Holy Spirit living within us. We are His and He knows we belong to Him. Are you at this place in your own journey?

In Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT), Paul says, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this: it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”

Please visit and worship with us at Plum Creek Christian Church. Let’s help each other on our journeys.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana State Convention

The 140th annual convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Indiana (WCTU) will beheld October 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 MemorialTabernacle.

At 5 p.m., the group will have dinnerand 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.

Rushville Church of Christ

Sunday, Sept. 29, we are having our Fifth Sunday youth led service. We have a lot going on so come out and join us.

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

Sunday, Sept. 29, Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. The pitch-in fellowship lunch will be held at noon followed by the afternoon worship service at 12:45 p.m.

Good News Clubs will continue at Morristown Elementary after school on Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 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.

The New Palestine Elementary Good News Clubs are held on Mondays, Sept. 30, Oct 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Online sermons are available at

Financial Peace University

More than two million families have positively changed their financial future through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). Updated in summer 2012, the now nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing. FPU will be held in Rushville at Plum Creek Christian located at 4011 East 550 N in Rushville. The classes will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Contact Robert Hoel at (765) 645-5058 for more information or to register.

How many people can fit into the Sanctuary of St. Paul’s UMC?

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is celebrating Pack The Pews Sunday. It is our hope and prayer that both the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:40 a.m. worship services will be full. Our members have been challenged to invite anyone they can think of. If someone does not invite you and you don’t have a church to attend this Sunday, give St. Paul’s a try. We have a praise band that leads us in the 8:30 worship service and an adult choir that offers special music in the 10:40 service. The focus for this Sunday will be the life and gift of Moses. Come and worship with us. Come and help us see how many we can fit into our Sanctuary. We are located at the corner of 5th and Morgan Street.

Hope Spot will be open this Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8-11 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Paul’s UMC. We have clothing for all ages. Each person can choose up to four items to take with them. Hope Spot is a ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday.

Changing Footprints

Do you need shoes? Come to Changing Footprints Warehouse from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays 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.