PAOLI CHRISTIAN

On May 8, Minister Gary Swick’s sermon was “The Legacy We Leave — What are the lessons from Naomi and Ruth?” — Ruth 1-4 — 1) Families stick together, 2) Families stand with God and 3) Families stay with God’s plan. As an option, you may listen to Q100.1 or view the PCC Facebook live and You Tube and find out how a man made “his mom’s” day.

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,” Scott Cobel “Core 52” and Richard Fried “Hebrews.”

If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office. Wednesday night is for all ages with classes at 7-8 p.m., with our next meal June 1, 6 p.m.

Register for camp at Wonder Valley online and be sure to consider making a donation towards our goal of $750 for the Camp Pantry until the end of May. Graduation Sunday is May 22 where we honor our graduates. Plans are underway for Vacation Bible School on July 6-8.

SYRIA CHRISTIAN

Plans are underway for Vacation Bible School for preschool through grade 6 to be held June 6-9 from 5 p. to 8 p.m. The closing program will be on Friday, June 10 at 6 p.m. Check out the Syria Christian Church Facebook page for information on registration. CIY (Christ in Youth) “Move” for senior high students will be June 13-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Contact associate minister Chase King for more information.

812, the jr.-sr. high youth group, meets on Wednesday evenings at 6 at the church. 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. Sunday morning worship services are at 9 and 11 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.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

Rev. Bob Turner will fill the pulpit May 15 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church with the message0 “Love One Another. Is It That Easy?”

The First Lesson found in John 13:31-35, followed by the Second Lesson found in Acts 11: 1-12 will satisfy the Sermon Theme “Love each other? Even them?”

During the service, Jim Hudelson will serve as Liturgist and will have the Opening Prayer. Larry Hollan will have Patchwork, the Children’s Sermon.

Those who choose to worship via Zoom may join the service at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8796-3650741?pwd=ZlRQN3hkZFFIZVp6MlFVL0prb2VSdz09 after 10:30 on Sundays.

Paoli First Presbyterian begins each week with a socially-distanced breakfast fellowship at 10:15. This Sunday, The Stranges will provide 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, Michelle Spear shared the message on Mother’s Day, “Resurrection and Life, ” exploring ways to look for resurrection and rebirth in everyday life.

As a preview, Earl Myers will have the message Sun., May 22.

LICK CREEK FRIENDS

Noah preached and the people failed to believe that a flood was coming to destroy humanity. It had never rained before, but when the people felt the raindrops, it was too late. The door of the ark had been shut.

Many people are in a disbelief state concerning the soon return of Jesus. The warnings are being preached. as in the days of Noah, that Jesus is going to rapture his people.

Last Sunday, the instrumental music of Mike and Becky Magill silenced the church as

they performed the song “Sunlight, Sunlight.” The hymn books were removed from the pew racks and Sam Leinart led the worshippers in singing “Stepping In The Light” and “Count Your Blessings.”

Smiles were created as five-year-old Noah King performed the duty of usher.

Carolyn Lessig’s solo was “Build My Mansion.” One-hundred-year-old Nina Lewis was presented flowers for being the oldest mother present. She sang “My Mother’s Prayer. Donnie Lessig was the prayer leader. Linda Crecelius sang “God On The Mountain.”

The sermon topic was ”A Woman’s Endurance.” LaDonna Crecelius Hustlar closed the service with the song “How Great Thou Art.” Charlie Lindley gave the dismissal prayer.

Following the service, the cake was served in honor of May birthdays and anniversaries. Each mother received flowers.

Last week’s biblical trivia question: Jeremiah spoke of snow on a mountain. What was the name of that mountain? The answer is Lebanon and is found in Jeremiah 18:14. This week’s question: How many days was Saul without sight? Come and worship with us this Sunday!

Springs Valley Churches

FIRST BAPTIST

Sunday school began at 9:30 a.m. with a call to worship of “Wonder Of It All” performed by Brenda Fisher at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Jim Tritle gave the welcome, some announcements and an invocation taken from Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Today in our society, there is a lot of emphasis put on beauty and because of that, everything else just gets pushed aside. Today the message is about a woman by the name of Hannah. If every woman in the world had the heart of Hannah, we would be able to turn the world upside down. The message was entitled, “Hannah Gave Her Best” taken from 1st Samuel 1:3-28. The story is about a woman named Hannah, the 2nd wife of Elkanah. His first wife’s name was Peninnah, who had children, but Hannah was known to be barren. Because Peninnah was able to have children, she was quite cruel to Hannah. Hannah went to and prayed often in the temple asking God to allow her to have a son and promised God that if He would grant her what she asked, she would dedicate and give her son back to Him. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 22:6, “Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”

In today’s society, quoting C.S. Lewis, “Children are NOT a distraction from more important work. They ARE the most important work.” Being a Mother, is a calling from Almighty God. Yes, you have diaper changes, you bandage skinned knees and you train and explain life to them. The best thing that a Mom can give her children is to introduce them to Jesus Christ and His teachings. Dedicate them to God. Hannah fulfilled her promise to God by dedicating her son, Samuel to Him. When Samuel was three years old, Hannah took him by the hand and delivered him to the temple to be instructed by the priest named Eli. She knew that Samuel belonged to God and that her decision was the best for him. Imagine packing up your child walking to a temple, handing your child over to a priest and then watching him walk out of sight. I’m sure that she left him feeling quite empty. I’m sure that as a Mom, she was hurting; but she put her faith in God. Samuel was very genuine in his love for God. He was the first of God’s many prophets and a very inspiring man. Being Christian Mothers, we should be like Hannah and give our children back to God. Trust that God WILL take care of our children. What would releasing your child to God’s care look like for you? Your prayers will shape your children’s future. Hannah prayed for Samuel and just as all Moms have plans for their children, we can’t go wrong in leading them to the Lord. Have a blessed week!!

Church Activities: May 15, Bible Study, 6 p.m.; May 22, Business Meeting immediately following morning worship AND Bible Study, 6 p.m.; May 28, Breakfast at Nila’s, 8 a.m.; and May 29, Bible Study, 6 p.m.

All visitors are welcome.

LOVE NEVER FAILS

This week Senior Pastor Jason Lindsey taught on being spiritual minded. In 1 Corinthians 2:6-16, the natural man is compared to the spiritual man and the carnal man. The Bible says in verse 14, “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised”. The one who can understand God’s words is a “spiritual” man.

The supernatural work of God is to change the natural man into a spiritual one. When a person trusts the Lord, God exchanges what is natural (received from Adam) for what is spiritual (received from Christ). “As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). That being said, a believer’s life is, therefore, a supernatural life. The Bible makes it clear that we are not to walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1).

In other news, LNF has announced the date of our annual Women’s Conference. This year it will fall on Saturday July 23rd. Some of the speakers will include Amy Orr, Bridget Crawhorn, Cari Kirby, and Stephanie Osborne.

Although it’s still two months out, go ahead and mark your calendars, ladies. You will be blessed!

In outreach news, this month is mental health awareness month. Thursday May 19, we will be having Mental Health Awareness Night. We invite everyone to come out and join us. It’s also youth outreach night so the little one’s will be covered! Until next week have a blessed week in Jesus mighty name! God bless Orange County!