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Weekly Update for Sunday, May 9, 2021

Monday evening at 6:30 pm the West Central Baptist Association will hold a quarterly Meeting and Ministry Celebration at the Baptist Collegiate Mission House in Terre Haute. Church planter David Ralston of Redeemer Church in Terre Haute will be preaching. A dessert Fellowship will conclude the evening.

This Wednesday in our 6:30 pm Bible Study we will be taking a break from the series Getting to Know the Bible Better. Topic to be announced.

There will be an Official Board Meeting on Sunday, May 16th, at 4:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Mother/Daughter Celebration: May 17, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All girls and ladies are invited. A light meal will be served. Sign up in the Narthex.

You are invited to a graduation open house for Madison Collins on May 23, 2-5:30 pm at the home of the Woodalls.

OCC 5th Sunday postage offering: May 30.

May OCC Items: Toys

Gifts intended specifically for our lighting project may be designated “Sanctuary Lights.”

Weekly Update for Sunday, May 2, 2021

There will be a Deacons Meeting this Tuesday, May 4th, at 6:30 pm here at the church.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better we will be looking at the book of Nahum. Our weekly prayer time will follow. Copies of previous Wednesday Bible Study notes are also available.

There will be an Official Board Meeting on Sunday, May 16th, at 4:30 pm.

Gifts intended specifically for our lighting project may be designated “Sanctuary Lights”.

May OCC Items: Toys

Stop Making Disciples!

When I was in college the King James Bible was pretty much the predominant translation used in most churches. Sometimes I miss the days when nearly everyone was reading from the same translation. We are wealthy in God’s Word today, with many good English translations of the Scriptures available. (There are some stinkers, too.) But in those days, it was the King James Version.

The college I went to emphasized what is called “The Great Commission” given to us by Jesus after His resurrection and before He ascended into Heaven. It appears five times in the New Testament, in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20 and Acts 1. But the first time the Great Commission appears is in the Gospel of Matthew. In the King James Version it reads like this:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, April 18, 2021

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better we will be looking at the book of Jonah. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

There will be a short Compassion International presentation, “a call to HOPE” on Compassion Sunday, April 25, 2021. This is an opportunity for church members to sponsor a child in poverty. Sponsorships provide the child with Christ centered physical, emotional, and spiritual care through churches in their communities.

April OCC Items: Toys

Weekly Update for Sunday, April 11, 2021

There will be a brief Special Business Meeting at the close of the worship service this Sunday morning. This Special Business Meeting will be for the sole purpose of accepting or rejecting the City of Linton’s offer of remuneration for a right-of-way across the front of our property. No other business will be conducted at this meeting.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better we will be looking at the book of Obadiah. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

There will be a short Compassion International presentation, “a call to HOPE” on Compassion Sunday, April 25, 2021. This is an opportunity for church members to sponsor a child in poverty. Sponsorships provide the child with Christ centered physical, emotional, and spiritual care through churches in their communities.

Weekly Update for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday: we will have a Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM. Breakfast will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Our 9:00 AM Sunday School classes and the 10:00 AM Worship Service will follow. There will be no evening service.

Our midweek Bible Study will be Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

Awestruck one day ladies conference: April 10, 8-4:00-virtual, here at the church. Tickets are $25.00 which includes lunch. Sign up at the Welcome Center and Rae Anne Tyra will collect the registration fee.

There will be a brief Special Business Meeting at the close of the worship service April 11. This Special Business Meeting will be for the sole purpose of accepting or rejecting the City of Linton’s offer of remuneration for a right-of-way across the front of our property. No other business will be conducted at this meeting.

There will be a short Compassion International presentation, “a call to HOPE” on Compassion Sunday, April 25, 2021. This is an opportunity for church members to sponsor a child in poverty. Sponsorships provide the child with Christ centered physical, emotional, and spiritual care through churches in their communities.

April OCC Items: Toys

Time

It seems a little unreal that it’s already Easter time again. This last year has been a strange and trying one with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the restrictions and shutdowns. A year ago, I was crushed to realize that we wouldn’t be able to hold our usual Easter services. As the weeks rolled by, Sundays seemed strangely quiet. We continued to put on a service with music and a message for the radio broadcast and the podcast for our website. But it was with a “skeleton crew”, just a handful of people to help us continue our radio presence.

Now here we are at Easter time again, and we want people to come back and worship and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in person at church again. But we also know that there are still many who have fears and concerns about the virus. So, like many churches, we are going ahead with Easter services, but it’s not “full steam ahead.” We’re forging ahead even as we acknowledge the lingering reluctance of some. Please join with us again when you feel that you can.

When I came down with the virus after Easter last year, time seemed to pause. I had a relatively mild case, for which I am very thankful. But every day was the same: I felt tired and achy, and I slept a lot, more than 20 hours out of 24 on some days. I woke up, ate breakfast; slept, ate lunch; slept, ate supper; then went to bed early. For days, the routine never varied. I told my wife I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.

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