Orange County churches



Summertime at Syria means several special events for the youth in the church. For those in junior-senior high, July 6 is reserved for Rock & Bowl, with a trip planned to Holiday World on July 12. There will be a movie night on Friday, July 29. For elementary age students, July 25-28 will be Camp Kid Jam.

The S.A.L.T. adult Bible study group meets the first and third Saturdays of each month at the church. A substance abuse recovery group meets every Thursday in the church basement at 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a nursery, Kids’ Church and Wee Worship available during both services. Sunday School classes for children and adults meet at 10:10 a.m. with a nursery available. Worship services are also available on Facebook live or on-line at (click on the link for Sunday worship). The church office may be reached at 812-723-2316. The church e-mail address is


Wyatt Blankenship will share the sermon “Navigating Troublesome Waters” on Sunday, June 26 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.

Using the Sermon Theme “What we do when you don’t know what to do,” the First Lesson will come from John 3:16-21 while the Second Lesson will be found in Psalm 121: 1-8.

During the service, Bob Grefe will serve as Liturgist and Joe Kimmel will have the Opening Prayer. Joan Myers will have Patchwork, the children’s sermon.

Those who choose to worship via Zoom may join the service at https://us02web. pwd=ZlR QN3hkZFFIZVp6MlFVL0 prb2VSdz09 after 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Paoli First Presbyterian begins each week with a socially-distanced breakfast fellowship at 10:15 a.m. This Sunday, Joe and Nancy will prepare breakfast.

Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. First Presbyterian continues in-person worship each Sunday, asking those in attendance to maintain appropriate social distance.

Bob Turner shared his sermon “Juneteenth: Day of Deliverance,” on June 19 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church. Turner’s message followed the Sermon Theme “From deep in the Hebrew Testament into the Christian letters, the word spread that we are delivered from our bondage.”

As a preview, Paoli First Presbyterian Church will welcome Scott McGowen to the pulpit Sunday, July 3.


On June 19, Minister Gary Swick’s sermon was What Were the Pressures Jacob Faced as a Father? — Genesis 48:1-11, 1. Pressure of imperfections; 2. Pressure of providing for his family; 3. Pressure of being a single father; and 4. Pressure of trying to be a positive influence in his home.

As an option, you may listen to Q100.1 or view the PCC Facebook live and YouTube, and learn five practical ways Christian parents can pass along a blessing to their children.

Services are 9 a.m., Ladies’ Prayer Circle at 8:30 a.m. (Junior Church is for K-5th grade during Worship time.) and 10:10 a.m. Bible School for all ages, including Adults’ Bible School with Stanley Hall “True Spirituality,” Larry Engelking “Core 52” and Richard Fried “Hebrews.”

If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office.

Coin Sunday is June 26, where all coins in the offering go toward the youth programs. Summer Wednesday night is for all ages and offered every other week: June 29, (July 6 VBS), July 13, 27, Aug. 10 and 24. Classes begin at 7-8 p.m. and the meal at 6 p.m. Meat will be provided by the church; just bring a side dish or dessert to share. Plans are underway for “Make Waves” Vacation Bible School with a volunteer meeting and lunch on June 26, after Bible School. VBS is for ages 2-5th grades on July 6-8, with a Block Party on Saturday, July 9. Register for camp at Wonder Valley online.


The latest news is read. We have indulged ourselves in the news about the activities of our friends on the program of our choice. The Bible is forgotten as a source of news. Its predictions are more accurate than any other method. It is a life-changing book. Why? Because it is the inspired Word of God. Enjoy a reading of God’s Word today!

Sunday, the service began with Mike and Becky Magill’s instrumental song “Faith of Our Fathers.” Sam Leinart stepped up and led the singing of “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms.” and “Glory To His Name.” Carolyn Lessig played the piano and sang “Let The Lower Lights Be Burning.”

The church’s oldest member, Nina Lewis, stood and sang “That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine.” Noble Crecelius led the congregation in prayer.

Linda Crecelius and Nolan King sang “This Little Light Of Mine.”

The sermon title was “God’s Eyes Are Upon The Father.” The service concluded with LaDonna Crecelius Hustlar singing “How Great Thou Art.”

After the service, fathers were given gifts, donated by Rick and Debbie Jones, plus Sam Leinart and Carol King.

We encourage your attendance. Help keep Orange County’s oldest church doors open. The morning worship service begins at eleven. Afterward, a fellowship will follow. Bible study is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Last week’s biblical trivia question: What were the two things requested that Elijah requested the widow woman bring him? The answer is a drink of water and a morsel of bread. Read about the event in 1 Kings 17:10-11. This week’s question: The five thousand people were hungry, and Jesus performed a miracle. Name the disciple that told Jesus about a lad that had five barley loaves and two fishes.



This week Senior Pastor Jason Lindsey spoke on the powerful act of lamenting. Pain, sickness, sorrow, and grief are unavoidable in this life but God has given us a way to find hope in the trials of life. Lament is the perfect path to hope. So, why don’t we lament more as believers? Why do we try to keep ourselves too busy to avoid pain? Of course, we want to avoid suffering, grief, and trauma, but the reality is we cannot. Everyone we know and love will pass away. Family members will have tough conversations with doctors. Great loss will come to best friends. We will cry. That being said, pretending like we can handle our trials on our own doesn’t help. We weren’t built to handle them. We need the body of Christ and we need Jesus himself. When we act like we can handle our suffering on our own, we are actually committing idolatry, acting like we are our own God, capable in our own natural strength. It’s time we relearn our humanity. Lamenting is admitting that we can’t handle it, knowing we need God’s power, mercy, and grace. If we could handle our sufferings, we wouldn’t need Jesus, his cross, his power, and his resurrection. You’ve heard people say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Wrong. Tucked into this dollar store saying is a sense of self-reliance: Christianity is the abandoning our self-reliance. For all of our (it’s not possible), there is our Lord who can and our Savior who did. Without Jesus, we can’t do anything (John 15:5), certainly not bear the unbearable we face. We will go through more than we can deal with regularly, which is why we need Jesus to be our refuge and our strength. Remember your crucified and risen Savior. That empty grave is a tombstone for all of our suffering.

In outreach news our youth outreach community stepped up and volunteered at the Orange County Rodeo this past weekend. Nine LNFYO volunteers helped make this event an incredible success. We are very proud of you! Thank you, Alan Ward, Ella Gadau, Katie Lindsey, Brantley Dorsam, Dakota Dorsam, Jessie Babcock, Kailey Richert, Micayla Dorsam, Della Chatman, and Amber Dorsam. We appreciate your time and dedication to outreach throughout our community. We want to remind everyone that it takes a village to make a village.

If anyone is interested in getting involved in our community outreach ministries don’t hesitate to reach out. With everything going on at Love Never Fails, there is always a need for your personal ministry. Let’s walk out that calling God has placed on your life. We are all about empowerment. May you all have a blessed and safe week!