PAOLI CHURCHES SYRIA CHRISTIAN

By Janice Pickens

The church will be decorated for Christmas on December 1 and 2.

Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you can help. A new small group for 18-30 year olds will have their first meeting on December 5 at 6:00 P.M. with dinner, fellowship and Bible study at the home of Dakota and Jenna Fox.

Children will want to bring their family to the Children’s Pancake and Pajamas event on Friday, December 9 at 6:00 P.M. Wear pjs and enjoy a night of pancakes, games, and lots of fun and fellowship.

There is a sign-up sheet for this event at the Welcome Center. Everyone is welcome to attend a “Grief through the holiday” session on Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. The Children’s Christmas program will be performed at both services on December 11. The women are invited to gather at 6:00 P.M. on December 13 for a Christmas social. Dinner will be provided with a pitch-in for desserts.

Please bring an ornament to participate in the ornament exchange. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center if you plan to attend.

812, the jr.-sr. high youth group meets on Wednesday nights at 6:00.

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 http://www.syriacc.com/worship-center/ (click on the link for Sunday worship).

The church office may be reached at 812-723-2316. The church e-mail address is info@syriacc.com.

PAOLI CHRISTIAN

By Glenda Ferguson

On November 20, Pastor Gary Swick’s sermon was Knowing God’s Heart: Give Thanks in all Circumstances because

1) God has a greater purpose than I can see,

2) He can work in me to help me grow,

3) He will give me the power to overcome, and

4) God gave His only Son so we can be saved.

As an option, you may listen to Q100.1 or view the PCC Facebook live and You Tube.

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,” Scott Cobel “Respectful Sins,” and Richard Fried “John.” Coin Sunday is November 27.

If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office. There is no Wednesday Bible Study November 23.

The next Wednesday meal is December 7. Holiday Breakfast will be Saturday, Dec 3, 9 AM, for Families. The Senior Saints will have a Christmas pitch-in, Noon, Tuesday, Dec 6.

LICK CREEK FRIENDS

By Paul Crecelius

Jesus healed ten lepers and only one took time to give thanks. We often are like the nine and fail to take the time to give thanks.

We have the “givemees” without gratitude.

May we be like the one leper that stopped and gave thanks.

If someone asks you want is number one on your list of thankfulness, may it be the plan of salvation.

As Donnie Lessig rang the church bell, Mike and Becky Magill were playing the musical prelude “We Gather Together.”

The voices of joy were heard as Sam Leinart led the congregation in singing the hymns “When We All Get To Heaven” and “At The Cross.”

The organ was silent because Linda Crecelius was ill.

Carol Lessig beautifully sang “The Lighthouse.”

Charles Lindley was the prayer leader.

Two children, Nolan and Conner King sang “Jesus Loves Me.”

The message topic was “Revealing Thankfulness.”

The text was Luke 17:12-19. The service was closed with a closing hymn.

Mark on your calendars, on December 11 at eleven, Lick Creek Friends Church will have its annual Christmas program.

This includes a fellowship meal and a prayer of blessing on the food baskets.

Come and sit in pews that other generations have in the past.

Last week’s biblical trivia question: At Jesus’ arrival in Bethany, how long had Lazarus laid in the grave?

He had been in the grave for four days. It is recorded in John 11:17.

What was the angel’s name that appeared unto Mary and announced that she was going to have a son named Jesus?

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

By Larry Hollan

Celebrating the First Sunday of Advent, Rev. Bob Turner will have the message “The House of the Lord; A Floor Plan” Sun., Nov. 27 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.

Using the Sermon Theme “Reconsidering what is this House the scriptures talk about,” the First Lesson will be found in Isaiah 2:1-5 The Second Lesson will be Psalm 122.

During the service, Gary Spar will serve as Liturgist.

Jim Hudelson will have the Opening Prayer, and Scott McGowen will have Patchwork, the children’s sermon.

Those who choose to worship via Zoom may join the service at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87963650741?pwd= ZlRQN3hkZFFIZVp6MlFVL0 prb2VSdz09 after 10:30 on Sundays.

Paoli First Presbyterian begins each week with a socially-distanced breakfast fellowship at 10:15.

This Sunday, The McGowens will share breakfast. Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

The congregation is invited to stay after the service for soup and sandwiches and to put up the sanctuary Christmas tree.

This past Sunday, Gary Spear shared the message “Who Is This Jesus?” at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.

As a preview, Rev. Bob Turner will have the message Sun., Dec. 4 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.

Looking further into the Advent Season, First Presbyterian Church will host Orange County Players’ Yuletide Madrigals Dec. 2, 3, and 4. Call or text (812) 797-1830 for ticket reservations.

SPRINGS VALLEY CHURCHES FIRST BAPTIST WEST BADEN

By Robin Stackhouse

Sunday school began at 9:30 a.m. with a call to worship of “Lamb Of God” and “This Could Be The Dawning Of The Day” performed by Brenda Fisher.

Pastor Jim Tritle gave the welcome, some announcements and an invocation taken from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

We all have problems......think of the families mourning for their college students in Idaho and Virginia.

No matter how big or small our problems, we must continue to remember that God IS in control. Special music of “Thankful” was performed by Sheila Tritle and our offertory hymn was “Bless This House” performed by Brenda Fisher.

Our morning message was entitled “Why Should I Be Thankful?” taken from Psalm 95:2-3, Psalm 100:4.

There are some days, weeks, months and even years for some people to find it hard to be truly thankful to God, due to unending problems that they face.

For all of God’s blessings that may be received, we still experience daily tragedies.

We all have bills, family issues, job losses and we then wonder, “what is God doing or what has He done for us?

Last week we spoke about Elijah who questioned God’s care for him. But like Elijah, we need to focus more on God and not on people.

Reasons to be thankful .... He meets our daily needs.

We are not to be anxious for anything, but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, we are to present our requests to God. Philippians 4:19, “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Be thankful for God’s word, Psalm 119:11, “I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Be thankful for His people and love one another.

The church was part of God’s plan for people. Give thanks for His love. We love Him because He first loved us. He loves us with no strings attached, His love is totally unconditional.

Give thanks for His forgiveness. No one can be forgiven, except through acceptance of Jesus Christ’ blood sacrifice. Psalm 103:2-3, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits...who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”

Give thanks for His creation and His wondrous handiwork every day. For His free gift of victory over death and grace; as well as salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

God created hell for satan and his angels. He does not want any humans there; but if we reject Him, that’s where we’ll end up sending ourselves. No one wants to hear these words from our Lord... Matthew 25:41b, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Please accept Jesus into your heart and receive His free gift of grace, salvation and His promise to live eternally with Him in Heaven.

This ultimate decision to accept and receive eternal salvation is yours to make. Please accept Him today!! Have a blessed week!

Church Activities:

Nov. 27, First Sunday of Advent, Bible Study, 6:00 p.m.

Dec. 4, Communion, Youth Group & Bible Study, 6:00 p.m.

All Visitors Are Welcome!!

LOVE NEVER FAILS

By Tracy Lindsey

This week we were blessed with guest speaker, Evangelist Randy Lavere of Brown County, IN. Bro Randy spoke from 2 Kings 6 bringing the message of “There’s More For You Than Against You”.

The Bible says “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots.

And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So, he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”

Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”

Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.”

So, he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. God was there the whole time, but the servant was too distracted by the enemy to see that God’s army was already on the scene.

One of our enemy’s oldest tricks is to make us feel all alone, weak and powerless.

Elisha’s servant saw the huge army and wondered what to do other than fear. He felt like it was over for him and Elisha.

Today, as individuals, we may feel like we are alone, weak, powerless, and surrounded by armies of problems. But if you pray to the Lord, He will open your eyes, and speak to you like he did the many people who were in the same boat or worse in the Bible.

In other news, following service we had our seventh Thanksgiving dinner as a church. We want to thank Comfort Suites for providing the venue for this year’s fellowship dinner.

It was indeed a full house!

With members of our sister church in Brown County, LNF, and the employees of Comfort Suites, there was plenty of fun, family, friends, food, and fellowship.

In outreach news Pastor Jason Lindsey and his team met with Sheriff Elect David Henderson in a meeting focused on his new administration and Love Never Fails coming together and getting Jesus back into the Orange County Jail.

“We plan on being in there within weeks of Sheriff Henderson taking office”, Pastor Lindsey said.

He has been amazing and has showed so much dedication to getting our feet in the door of the jail”.

The future looks bright for our jail ministry. Glory to God! Have a blessed week in Jesus name!