Rushville Republican

December 7, 2012

Church briefs 12712

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Prayer service

The Rush County Commissioners recently approved a request for a non-denominational prayer meeting at 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays in the Commissioners Room on the first floor of the Rush County Courthouse.

The impromptu gathering will last approximately 45 minutes, until 8 a.m.  

The gathering is to be held weekly on a trial basis for three months. It is open to the general public.

The Gathering

The Gathering invites you to An Evening of Christmas Music. Tonight, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Josh Hawkins will be singing and playing Christmas music at 245 N. Main Street. The community is invited to join The Gathering for a free concert of Christmas music, great coffee, hot chocolate and goodies.

The Gathering is a community outreach open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays. The Gathering offers freshly ground coffee, muffins and fruit. ReNEW is a clothing store and outreach offering clean, gently used clothing. Stop in, have a cup of coffee, shop and meet us soon.

For more information, contact Greg Hartwell at 765-561-1134.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

St. Paul’s UMC is pleased to welcome Pastor Larry Dimick to our pulpit at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Services on Dec. 9.

The children of St. Paul’s will present a Christmas Pageant at the 10:40 a.m. service on Dec. 16 and on Dec. 23 the Chancel Choir will present a Cantata, 2,000 Decembers Ago, by Joel Ramsey. There will be no 8:30 a.m. Praise Services on these Sundays.

As always, the public is invited and encouraged to come and enjoy listening to God’s Word.  

Wesley United Methodist Church

Come join us for Christmas dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Fellowship Hall at Wesley United Methodist Church in Rushville. This is a free dinner. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come join us to give thanks for all our blessings. Donation of a canned food would be appreciated for the food pantry.

Annual Live Nativity at St. Maurice

St. Maurice Catholic Church in Decatur County is having its Live Nativity, sponsored by St. Anne, St. John and St. Maurice Parishes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9  See the children represent the birth of Jesus. There will be live animals, free refreshments and beautiful music by area choirs. This is a great way to remember what Christmas is all about! Take New Point exit #143 off I-74, go north on County Road 850E to St. Maurice.

Faith Baptist Church - Morristown

Faith Baptist Church in Morristown is having a special Sunday school series called “The Tragedy and Triumph: The Life of Job” with Dr. Wayne Scott teaching at 9:30 a.m. The morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m. followed by a pitch-in lunch at noon. The afternoon service begins at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 is the dress rehearsal for the children’s Christmas program which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 13 - Gleanor’s Food Bank will deliver food to needy families in Morristown from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Morristown Christian Church parking lot. Workers are needed to set up, sort and unload food. Sunday, Dec. 16 is the Morristown Manor Nursing Home Christmas program at 1 p.m. with the distribution of gifts to the residents and singing of Christmas carols. Contact Delaine Thomas for more information about this gift project.

Dec. 23 is the adult Christmas program “The Promised One.” The choir will be singing as well as having a play with a manger scene.

Dec. 24 will be the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m.

Online sermons are available on the church website at

Plum Creek Christian Church

“Suit Up”

Are you ready for battle? Ephesians chapter 6:10-18 talks about “The Full Armor of God.” When you sign up to give your life to Christ you are now a soldier for God. The enemy Satan is now at war with you over your very soul. He did not worry about you being a threat to his mission before you were a Christian. The fact is you were not a threat then. Now you must be wise with how you live. The enemy knows your weaknesses and what temptations you face. He strikes at your most vulnerable place. Ephesians 6:13-15 says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground. And after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your fit fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace.” Just two verses,

but very powerful. Make sure you are listening dear Christians.

Jesus said you have a real enemy and he is the “Father of Lies.” What does lying produce? Chaos and disorder. Jesus is the truth. What does the truth bring? Freedom. Don’t forget this is the battle of your life. But in the words of a wise Christian man, “the rewards are out of this world!” Are you armored up?

Learn more next Sunday about being prepared for battle.

First Southern Baptist Church

First Southern Baptist Church extends an invitation for everyone to attend the play presentation of “Cricket County Goes to the City” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. It is a hilarious comedy with Biblical applications as the “country cousins” make a trip to the big city to celebrate Christmas with their “city cousins.”

We enjoyed the first installment of this play two years ago as the “city cousins” came to the country to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with their “country cousins.” Director Tammy Justice and the cast of: Larissa Dunn,

Angie Dunn, Brooke Edwards, Morgan Edwards, Ryan Edwards, Amy Fox, Kyle Hoeing, Abbie Sliger, Isaac Sliger, Allison Ward, Eric Ward and Karen Ward invite you to join them in this Christmas celebration. There will be a fellowship reception at the conclusion of the play. For additional information, please call the church office at 932-2471. Hope to see you there!

First Presbyterian Church

The community is invited to the Blue Christmas Candlelit Worship at First Presbyterian Church this Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. In the long, dark winter nights, sorrow and loss can become overwhelming. For some, the Christmas season heightens that discomfort. Blue Christmas Worship is a meditative, candlelit worship where our experiences and memories can be released for a bit, as others who carry the Light of Christ offer comfort and love.

Connie Martin will sing the solo, “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and Ann Fenimore will offer the organ gathering music, “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming,” and the parting music, “No Golden Carriage, No Bright


That morning, our 10:30 a.m. worship will include the baptism of Keely June Rhoades, daughter of Jackie Weidner and Aaron Rhoades, and a visit from the Christmas Angel with gifts for our children. The Chancel Choir, directed by David Doyle, will sing, “The Friendly Beasts.” Mary Jane Truster and Ann Fenimore will play organ and piano duets: “Angels, From the Realms of Glory,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” and “The Snow Lay on the Ground.”

First Presbyterian Church joyfully welcomes all to experience the Grace of God as we follow the Light of Christ!

Cookbooks now available

Center Christian Church Cookbooks are now on sale for $5 at Mays Park Restaurant, Rushville Pharmacy or by calling Rosemary Noah at 765-993-0780. The cookbooks make great holiday gifts. There are 232 pages of tried and true recipes with beautiful hardback covers.

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