PAOLI CHURCHES

LICK CREEK FRIENDS

This year has speedily gone by. It does not seem to like it is time for the Christmas season again. In the Bible, James describes life as a vapor. He declares that life is here for only a little and it vanishes. Life is brief and we must prepare for eternity. Last Sunday joyous notes of music were expelled from the instruments of Mike and Becky Magill for the song “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.” Sam Leinart led the worshipper in singing “Stepping In The Light,” and “Redeemed.” Carolyn Lessig’s hands moved smoothly over the piano key as she played and sang “Wonderful Peace.” Six-year-old Nolan King sang

“I’m In The Lord’s Army.” Charles Lindley was the prayer leader. Linda Crecelius’ solo was “I Love Him Too Much.” The sermon title was “What Is Happening To Church Growth?” The closing song was “Stepping In The Light.”

Lick Creek Friends Church will share the good news of Christmas with a program on December 11 at eleven. A fellowship meal will follow the program. Yes, there will be a church service on Christmas day. Wake up the family and come and worship with us.

This week’s biblical trivia question: Why was Mary’s son called Jesus?

Last week’s question What was the angel’s name that appeared unto Mary and announced that she was going to have a son named Jesus? The answer is Gabriel. Read about the event in Luke 27:28.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

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

Celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent Sun., Dec. 4, Rev. Bob Turner will have the message “A Job Description for Jesus” Using the Sermon Theme “What some scriptures say to expect of the Messiah,” the First Lesson will be found in Luke 1:68-79. The Second Lesson come from Colossians 1:11-20.

During the service, Gary Spear will have the Opening Prayer and 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/87963650741? pwd= ZlRQN3hk ZFFIZVp6MlFVL0p rb2VSdz09 after 10:30 on Sundays.

Paoli First Presbyterian begins each week with a socially-distanced breakfast fellowship at 10:15. Morning worship begins at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

As a preview, Brian Hawkins will have the message Sun., Dec. 11 at Paoli First Presbyterian Church.

Looking further into the Advent Season, Paoli First Presbyterian’s Christmas Eve service will be Sat., Dec. 24 at 7:00 p.m.

PAOLI CHRISTIAN

On November 27, Pastor Gary Swick’s sermon was The Unexpected Gift — Why did Jesus’ birth happen the way it did? 1) Jesus knew what it was like to be poor, 2) Jesus knew what it was like to be humble, and 3) God came as a statement of his incredible love for us. 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.” If you need a ride to Sunday morning service, contact the church office. Wednesday Bible Study is for all ages, 7 PM. 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. The next Red Cross Blood Drive is 1-6 PM, December 13. PCC Kids will be practicing for the Christmas Play, Dec 7 (6:30-8 PM), Dec 11 (10-noon), Dec 14 (6-8 PM), with the Play performed on Dec 18, 9 AM.

SYRIA CHRISTIAN

The church will be decorated for Christmas on this Thursday afternoon and all day on Friday. Beginning at noon this Saturday, there will be another “rest and respite” event for families caring for children with disabilities. While the children take part in the event, the parents have a time to rest. 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. The Children’s Christmas program will be performed at both services on December 11. Everyone is welcome to attend a “Grief through the holiday” session on Sunday, December 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. 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. 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@s

SPRINGS VALLEY CHURCHES

FISRT BAPTIST, WEST BADEN

Sunday school began at 9:30 a.m. with a call to worship of “Emmanuel” and “When God Is A Child” performed by Brenda Fisher at 10:30 a.m.{/div}{div dir=”ltr” data-setdir=”false”}Pastor Jim Tritle then gave the welcome and some announcements. This being the first Sunday of Advent, the Buchanan Family gave a devotion by lighting the candle of “love”. Hymns of praise were: “Emmanuel”, “Go Tell It On The Mountain”, “O, Come All Ye Faithful”, and “Let There Be Peace On Earth” performed by Brenda Fisher. The morning message was entitled “Keep Awake” taken from Luke 21:25-36. We are beginning the Advent season and it is considered a unique season. We celebrate the birth of Christ with Christmas. During Lent, we are walking with Jesus towards Jerusalem and the Cross. During Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and God’s victory over hell, death and the grave. But Advent is a time for us to get ready for Jesus Christ. The scripture reading gives us a dark prophecy. We are to be prepared and ready for Jesus’ birth; as well as for His second coming by living as people who are prepared to die. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17, please read to understand. Are you ready? Each of us will stand before the Lord and it is believed that He will welcome every believer into His kingdom with grace and mercy. We will then be gathered around His table for a great feast. Imagine a Heavenly banquet! When is He coming? No one knows the time or date; except for God the Father. He and He alone knows when this 2nd coming will take place. Matthew 24:36, Jesus tells us, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” We may have no way of knowing, but we do have the ability to prepare ourselves for the day of His coming. We must repent and follow Jesus. 1st John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We have the choice to make a difference or witness for Jesus. Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” We have the promise of eternal life. John 3:17, “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He never changes!! When you feel that your life is getting difficult and your world is crumbling, turn to Jesus Christ for strength. He WILL be your rock. During this advent season, be ready for Christmas and Jesus’ return. We all need to get our hearts ready! Our church service concluded with the baptism of Aiden McNeely by his Great grandfather, Randy McNeely! It was a beautiful way to end our morning worship. Have a blessed week! Dec. 4, 2nd Sunday of Advent & Communion, Youth Group & Bible Study @ 6:00 p.m. Dec. 11, Bible Study, 6:-00 p.m. Dec. 18, Christmas Caroling At S.V. Meadows, 6:00 p.m. Dec. 24, Candlelight Service, 6:00 p.m. Dec. 25, Christmas Day Service and No Evening Services. All Visitors Are Welcome!!

LOVE NEVER FAILS

This week our leader, Pastor Jason Lindsey, (through the power of Jesus Christ) never ceases to amaze us. Glory to God! That being said, we were blessed to hear our first message in the historic former UMC Church located on Maple Street nestled in beautiful downtown French Lick. He brought the message of “When Jesus Arrives on the Scene”. There are times when we need a miracle, something only Jesus can provide. In Mark Chapter 5 there was a church leader named Jairus who came to Jesus because his daughter was sick. The Bible says “My little daughter lies at the point of death,” the man told Jesus. “Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live” (Mark 5: 23). Without hesitation, Jesus agreed to come and heal the girl. Sometimes we think we need to twist His arm to get a healing or other miracle but He delights in meeting our needs when we come to Him in faith.{/div}{div dir=”auto”}However, this time there was evidence that Jesus was too late. Before He arrived at Jairus’ home, people came and brought bad news: “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” It wasn’t hard for Jesus to raise up this young girl. All He had to do was speak life to Jairus’ daughter. “Little girl, I say to you, arise”. That’s all it took. In a moment of time, the distressing situation was totally reversed . If you’ve received some bad news recently, you may be tempted to give up,{/div}{div dir=”auto”}but the story of Jairus’ daughter wasn’t over yet and neither is your story. When Jesus arrived, He found the dead girl surrounded by a weeping and wailing crowd. Even if you’ve never lost a loved one, there are other things that have “died” in your life such as hopes, dreams, finances, ministries, relationships, or something else you cherished. But the good news is that Jesus is ready to press through the gloom and doom, bringing resurrection life even to things that once seemed dead! In outreach news we are announcing our Hope Alive graduates! Congratulations to Janie Parks, Mike Rose, Aimee Manning, and Shauna Wolfe! Through your dedication to the program, others can be blessed through the wisdom, tools, and knowledge you have obtained through Hope Alive! We want to thank Sarah Stivers for giving Love Never Fails United Christian Church the opportunity to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this deeply rooted House of God. We thank God for placing you in our lives by divine appointment and thank you for allowing God’s light to shine onto others through them stained glass windows once again. God blessed the valley! Have an amazing week in Jesus mighty, precious, and holy name!