By Janice Pickens

Save the date! September will be a special month at Syria, including a family dedication weekend. Saturday night, September 10, there will be a dinner at the church starting at 6:00 P.M. This will be followed by a time of family dedication at both Sunday services on September 11. Because children and family are a blessing from God, He commands us to raise our children under his guidance. Syria wants to support families on this very important journey.

The remainder of September will see a focus on missions, including a mission’s fair on September 18. 812, the jr.-sr. high youth group, is now back in full swing, meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:00. There will be a Back-to-School Party for Wee Worship and Kids’ Church during both services on August 7. A Fall Women’s Bible study will start on September 27, studying “Encountering God” by Kelly Minter, with a focus on discovering ways to cultivate spiritual disciplines and create margin in our lives. A substance abuse recovery group meets every Thursday in the church basement at 6:30. Sunday morning worship services are at 9:00 and 11:00 with a nursery, Kids’ Church and Wee Worship available during both services. Sunday School classes for children and adults meet at 10:10 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


By Glenda Ferguson

On July 31, Minister Gary Swick’s sermon was How Do We Become Ready For Christ’s Return? — II Thessalonians — 1) Biblical prophecy offers comfort and assurance, 2) Be ready with the relevance of II Thessalonians, and 3) Knowing that He is coming is more important than knowing when He is coming. As an option, you may listen to Q100.1 or view the PCC Facebook live and You Tube and learn how to grow in Christ every day.

Services are 9 AM, Ladies’ Prayer Circle at 8:30 AM (Junior Church is for K-5th grade during Worship time.) and 10:10 Bible School for all ages, including Adults’ Bible School with Stanley Hall “True Spirituality,” Larry Engelking “Core 52” and Richard Fried “I Peter.” If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office. Summer Wednesday night is for all ages and offered every other week: August 10 and 24. Classes begin at 7-8 PM and the meal at 6 PM. Meat will be provided by the church; just bring a side dish or dessert to share. The Men’s Prayer Breakfast is August 6. August 7 is Kids Restructure Day. The Senior Saints will be traveling to Schnitzelbank on August 9, with the church van leaving at 10:30 AM. Also on August 9, the women will participate in a Progressive Dinner. Meet at the church at 5:45 to carpool to three homes for appetizers, main course, and dessert. Family Movie Night is August 12.

The Golf Scramble is August 14, 4 PM at the Green Acres Country Club. The Blood Drive is August 16, 1-6 PM, at the church.


By Larry Hollan

Rev. Bob Turner will share the sermon “Are We A Christian Nation?” Sun., Aug. 7 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church. Developing the sermon theme, Turner will explore “Can, or should, faith and patriotism meld together?”

Sunday’s First Lesson will be found in Isaiah 1:1, 10-20, while the Second Lesson will come from Psalm 31: 12-22.

During the service, Nancy Kimmel will be Liturgist and Jim Hudelson will have the Opening Prayer. Jodi McGowen will share Patchwork, the children’s sermon.

Those who choose to worship via Zoom may join the service at N3hkZFFIZVp6MlFVL0pr b2VSdz09 after 10:30 on Sundays.

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

This past Sunday, Paoli First Presbyterian members and friends enjoyed a 5th Sunday music and poetry service including the talents of Wyatt Blankenship, Brian Hawkins, Jodi McGowen, Scott McGowen, Gary Spear, Michelle Spear, and Bob Turner.

As a preview, Paoli First Presbyterian Church: Church Yard Sale will be Sat., Aug. 6; Hoosier Hometown Live Radio Show will be Fri., Aug. 12; and Jim Hudelson will share the message Sun., Aug. 14.


By Paul Crecelius

Let the love flow. Do you ever wonder why you do not feel the love of God flowing? We have a desire to communicate with those that we love. The more Bible we read, the more we pray and respond with action will result in a closer walk with God. Love requires action. Merely saying the words will not result in spiritual growth.

Last Sunday, Mike and Becky Magill kicked the service in gear with the instrumental song “Showers of Blessing.” The worshippers’ voices rang out the hymns “The Hallelujah Side” and “Count Your Blessings,” under the leadership of Sam Leinart. The children’s song was “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand.” Mike Magill led the congregation in prayer. Linda Crecelius’ sang “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” The sermon topic was “Are You A Stumbling Block?” The scripture text was 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 and Matthew 3:28. The service closed with the congregation singing “Near The Cross.” A fellowship meal followed the morning worship service.

Do you know that Jonathan Lindley and the first marked grave of a woman dying in Orange County are in the Lick Creek Friends Cemetery? We invited you to attend the morning worship with us at eleven. The old hymns will be sung and an old-fashioned gospel message. After church, take a stroll through the cemetery and let a little bit of

Orange County history come alive for you and your family.

Last week’s biblical trivia question: Moses and Aaron appeared before Pharaoh. Aaron cast his rod down. What did the rod become? It became a serpent. Exodus 7:10. This week’s question: The twenty-third Psalm “states surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Name the dwelling place and the amount of duration that follows.



By Robin Stackhouse

Church service began with Pastor Jim Tritle giving the welcome and announcements. He then gave a devotional taken from Proverbs 18:14, “The human spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit.... who can bear?” He continued by stating that people go through tough times and we need to keep that in mind as followers of Jesus Christ. Only God knows what will take place in our lives tomorrow.

Hymns of praise were: “Blessed Assurance”, “He Hideth My Soul”, “I Will Rise”, “I Love You Lord”, and “Victory In Jesus”.

The morning message was entitled “Living As A Christian Through Difficulties” taken from James 1:1-11. Please read to understand. Pastor Jim stated that we must be joyful for all things. If we can get the joy, we can better understand why things happen. Joy comes from being in the Holy Spirit and we are a body in God’s presence having hope in His word. No matter what is happening in your life, to have JOY means that you know that God has you. Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “Looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Our JOY doesn’t depend on people, it depends on Jesus Christ. When we realize that He has our back, it’s with JOY we can deal with anything. All churches go through tough times; but God calls for our JOY! Christians WILL face trials.

All of the apostles of Christ faced horrible deaths with the exception of John. He was boiled in oil and they still couldn’t kill him, so they sent him into exile on the island of Patmos where he lived out the remainder of his life after writing the book of Revelation. Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.” In Matthew 26:37-39, Jesus expressed His grief, pain and sorrow, but He still faced the cross with joy. There will be times of trials; but “whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.” Psalm 5:30, “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Some Christians may get to where they have no joy; but are they really reading and studying the Bible? How can you begin to know what God wants for you, if you don’t study His Holy Word? Jesus endured the cross! He was mocked and shamed, but He did this because of His love for all of mankind. That was His life’s mission. What is YOUR mission for God? Have a blessed week!

Church Activities:

Aug. 6, “Back to School Bash”, noon — 2 p.m.

Aug. 7, Communion Sunday with Bible Study, 6 p.m.

Aug. 14, Bible Study, 6 p.m.

Aug. 21, Bible Study, 6 p.m.

Aug. 27, Breakfast at Nila’s, 8 a.m.

Aug. 28, Coin Sunday with Bible Study, 6 p.m.

If you are looking for a home church, we welcome you to join us! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Jim Tritle

(812) 653-8230


By Tracy Lindsey

Holy cow! What a week here in our little valley church. Where to start? Tuesday night we had a powerful Hope Alive Recovery meeting. We were blessed with the biggest meeting so far this year with people seeking a new beginning in Christ and others who have chosen to rededicate theirs to Jesus and a life of sobriety.

Thursday night service Chaplain Della Chatman shared her testimony on coming to the cross and the transformation that Jesus did on her life by simply allowing Him into her heart. It was a story of trials, tribulations, faith, strength, and victory in Christ. Friday was perhaps our biggest event this year. Our School Is In Jam Session was filled with pizza, banana splits, haircuts, and water balloons, and music. We want to thank DJ Rishi (music), Melodie Fouts (haircuts), our youth leaders Katie Lindsey & Tierney Sheetz, Pastors Jason Lindsey and Amber Dorsam, community outreach leader LeaAnn Baize, and everyone else who contributed making this event a success. Kids from all county school districts are even out of county residents were blessed with school supplies, hygiene products and haircuts to kick off the 2022-23 school year! Saturday was a workday here at LNF. When you drive by, we hope everyone notices the repairs of our porch and the brand-new paint job our church has thanks to Ron and Cheri Winners, Dennis Campbell, Jeff & Carla Shipman, Bobby & Liz Blanton, and Della Chatman for making our workday successful.

This week was a week of moving forward in all areas of ministry. Glory to God. May you all have a blessed week in Jesus’ name!