Christmas is coming! No kidding. We've been hearing that since Halloween. Some radio stations were playing Christmas music nonstop long before Thanksgiving. I have to admit that I was listening to Christmas music in late October and early November. When planning worship services for the seasons of Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas Day, and Christmas, I have to listen to the old, familiar carols in order to "get in the mood." Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Pastor Connie Barr's Dec. 10 message title was "Jesus Came to Redeem, His Second Coming Will be to Reclaim," and the scripture base was Luke 19:10. Pastor Connie referred to five women in Jesus' genealogy. They were Ruthy, Bathsheba, Tamar, Rahab, and Mary the Virgin. In Bible days, women were thought of as possessions of fathers and husbands. Jesus takes sins and forgives all people. The final question is "Are we in God's Book of Life?"
Arthur Cleveland Bent, in "Live Histories of North American Birds of Prey," published in 1937, described the red-shouldered hawk as perhaps the most well-known and common hawk of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. Wherever there was old-growth forest, there were red-shouldered hawks. Their range extended west through Michigan and into southern Minnesota and parts of eastern and northern Iowa.
Pastor Connie Barr's Dec. 3 message title was "Mary Lived by Faith, Not Sight," and the scripture base was II Corinthians 5:7. Pastor Connie asked "If you were flying blind, how much faith do you have?" Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Ministerial Association Wants Homeless Shelter The Jennings County Ministerial Association has announced that it will endorse the efforts to establish a homeless shelter for families in Jennings County. "There is a very large need for this type of facility in the county," said the Rev. Bart Smith, pastor at Tea Creek Baptist Church in Lovett Township. "I am a country pastor, and since I came here three years ago I have received eight calls from people needing housing assistance." Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Otter Creek Baptist Church had a dinner after church services Sunday. Afterwards, the church was decorated for the Christmas season. We enjoyed a surprise visit form Fran Nolker of North Vernon Wednesday. We also enjoyed a visit with Molly Cruser. Wednesday, December 6, 2017
It is hard to believe the hustle and bustle of Christmas is already here again. The stores are already busy and the lights are beginning to turn on one house at a time. Our schedules are filling up and there is hardly a spare minute left on our calendars. Wednesday, December 6, 2017