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Weekly Update for Sunday, October 25, 2020

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm we will be watching Episode 7 of The Chosen, titled “Invitations”.

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

Franklin Graham has called for a day of prayer and fasting for our nation today, Sunday, Oct. 25th. Next Sunday, Nov. 1st, we will have a special time of prayer for our country in our morning worship service, and in the combined worship services with the West Central Baptist Association that evening. However you choose to pray, please remember to pray for our troubled country.

Next Sunday, Nov. 1st, our church will host the 50th Annual Meeting of the West Central Baptist Association. There will be 2 sessions: the first at 4 pm, followed by a dinner in our Fellowship Hall; then the second session after we eat. The sessions will consist of a time of worship; the presentation of Association matters; and a message. Pastor David will preach in the first session. Pastor Scott Kallem of New Life Baptist in Greencastle will preach in the second session. We have plenty of room to spread out in our sanctuary and worship together with our brothers and sisters in the W.C.B.A.

OCC Packing Party: Sunday, November 8, 6:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

Weekly Update for Sunday, October 4, 2020

There will be a Trustee Meeting this Sunday following the morning service.

There will be a Deacons Meeting this Tuesday evening, October 6th, at 6:30 pm.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better we will look at the life of King David in Second Samuel. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

We now have a line item in our church budget specifically for the lighting project for our church sanctuary.

If you would be willing to serve on a board or committee for 2021, please contact a board or committee member. Church membership is required to serve on a board, but anyone who attends can serve on a committee.

The Lord’s Rest

I’ve always had trouble going to sleep. It seems like it takes me forever.  I couldn’t begin to count the times I’ve looked at the clock at 2:00, 3:00, or even 4:00 in the morning. Even as a small child I can remember lying awake at night while all the rest of my family was asleep, crying because I couldn’t sleep.

I think I come by it honestly. My grandfather could sit or lie down and go to sleep whenever he wanted. But my grandmother had difficulty going to sleep and staying asleep. As a teenager, I’d stay all night at their house and stay up to watch the late show. Grandma would get up about every hour or hour and a half, for one reason or another. She called it “prowling”. She had various explanations: “I can’t sleep.” “I’ve got to go to the bathroom.” Or my favorite: “My stomach’s upset. I need to drink some buttermilk.” (I never understood that one. Frankly, drinking buttermilk doesn’t settle my stomach.)

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Weekly Update for Sunday, September 20, 2020

This morning our preacher will be Rev. Chad Wilkin, director of the Baptist Collegiate Mission house at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Tonight in the evening service Chad Wilkin will be bringing students from the BCM to lead the worship and give testimonies. Chad will also be sharing what’s been happening in the BCM ministry. Christian university students are on the front line in the conflict of cultures in our country. Come, encourage them, and be encouraged!

This Wednesday, Ted Wagner will be teaching the Bible Study at 6:30 pm. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

Sunday, September 27th our speaker will be Dr. Keith Gaddis of Terre Haute. Dr. Gaddis is a friend to our church and a dear friend and trusted counselor to Pastor David. He will be preaching in both the morning and evening services.

At the last meeting of the Official Board on August 16, 2020, it was voted to set up a separate account for our lighting fund. This is in response to those who asked about contributing specifically to new lights in our sanctuary.

God Appointments

On a recent Tuesday morning I drove to the church and walked in, ready to begin the week’s tasks. Ordinarily, after checking in with the secretary to see if anything needs my attention, I go right to my desk, unload my briefcase and open my Bible.

On this particular day, though, I stopped to talk with our cashiers. Then I talked with some ladies who had come in to finish painting one of our hallways. Then one of my colleagues in the ministry stopped by, and we talked for a while. After that conversation, I had a message to call someone; when I returned the call, I had a happy talk with the folks on the other end. In fact, all of these conversations were happy ones that left me feeling charged up and encouraged. (You can’t say that about every conversation.)

As I prepared to leave for lunch, I told our secretary, “It’s been a good morning, but it hasn’t gone anything like what I’d expected. I’m gonna go eat lunch, then come back and take another crack at it.” (She was glad to hear me say that, because I was supposed to have been writing an article for her to put in the next newsletter…this article, in fact. Never antagonize a church secretary who needs an article.)

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Weekly Update for Sunday, August 30, 2020

Operation Christmas Child (Shoebox) Postage offering: this Sunday, following the morning service near the Welcome Center.

In our Evensong evening service we sing together for about twenty minutes before the message, accompanied only by, guitar. Come lift up your voices with us and sing to the Lord!

This Wednesday in the series Getting to know the Bible Better, our focus will be the book of Judges.