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Weekly Update for Sunday, December 4, 2022

This Sunday after the morning worship Service we will be having our Annual Business Meeting in the Fellowship Hall. A light lunch will be served first, then the meeting will begin. It is at this meeting that the church approves next year’s budget, and the new slate of officers and committees for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to eat lunch in the Fellowship Hall, even if you’re not staying for the Annual Business Meeting.

On Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30 pm we will have our Candlelight Christmas service in the church sanctuary. This will be in lieu of our regular Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer Time.

Christmas Day is on Sunday this year. Sunday School and Morning Worship will be held as usual, but there will be no Evening Service on Christmas to allow more time for families to gather.

There are sign-up sheets for Nursery, Bereavement, and Hospitality committee volunteers on the Welcome Center.

My New Bible

On October 23rd, the church gave a Pastor Appreciation Dinner for Rae Anne and me (also known as the Glorification of the Worm Ceremony). After the dinner, our Chairman of Deacons, Wally Liechty, made a presentation to me on behalf of the church. He handed me a gift bag containing an insulated coffee tumbler with Isaiah 41:10 (one of my favorite verses) printed on the side. And down in the bag there was a generous gift card for me to spend at the Open Door Christian Bookstore. It was in the amount of $250, in honor of the twenty-five years we have been together as pastor and church.

And I admit that my heart fell inside of me when I saw the gift certificate. The first thing that flashed into my mind was the six stacks of books I have sitting around my study, that I have absolutely no room for on my bookshelves. I thought, “What am I gonna do with more books?”

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Weekly Update for Sunday, November 20, 2022

Official Board Meeting: this Sunday at 4:30 pm.

There will be no Wednesday service this week in order to prepare for Thanksgiving Day.

Our Annual Business meeting will be held on December 4th. After the morning service, there will be a simple lunch in the Fellowship Hall and the meeting will follow. Everyone is invited to stay for the dinner, even if you are not attending or participating in the meeting.

Nov. OCC items: Postage and prayer.

Weekly Update for Sunday, November 13, 2022

There are Bibles, copies of the Gospel of John and other literature available free on our Welcome Center.

Contact information and prayer requests may be shared on the Contact Card in your bulletin, then placed in the Offering Box.

Official Board Meeting: November 20, 4:30 pm.

Nov. OCC items: Postage and prayer.

Weekly Update for Sunday, November 6, 2022

This Sunday from 4-8 p.m. will be the West Central Baptist Association Annual Meeting, hosted by Sugar Creek Baptist Church at 1050 S. Thorpe Place, West Terre Haute, IN. There will be no evening service here at the church so that we may participate in the Annual Meeting. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 4:00 – 4:20 – Music and ministry; breakout instructions
  • 4:25-5:30 – Ministry breakout sessions (Snacks will be available)
  • 5:35-6:45 – WCBA business items (4 voting items); music, Butler mission offering, sermon by Pastor Tom Savage
  • 6:50 – 8 p.m. – Meal

The church office will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 for the Veterans Day holiday.

Nov. OCC items: Postage and prayer.


It still seems like only yesterday to me that I walked into the church building for the first time. But it wasn’t.

It was April 6, 1997, when Rae Anne and I first came down to First Baptist Church in Linton. I had been invited to preach in the Sunday evening service. I was just “filling the pulpit” as a guest speaker during the time when the church was searching for a new pastor.

The deacons invited me back to fill the pulpit a few more times. Then the deacons asked if I would be the interim pastor, and preach both Sunday mornings and evenings until a new pastor was called. Then they asked if I would allow them to put my name before the church as a candidate for the position of Senior Pastor.

Then on Wednesday, August 6, 1997, four months after I had first come down to preach for you, the church voted to call me as the new Senior Pastor. The vote was 140 to 7, a 95% call. I had asked God that, if He really wanted us there, the vote would be an overwhelming majority, so there wouldn’t be any doubts. There weren’t. The chairman of deacons called me and said, “Well, you’re our new pastor.”

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Weekly Update for Sunday, October 30, 2022

Fifth Sunday Operation Christmas Child Special Offering: This Sunday, following the Morning Worship Service at the Welcome Center.

OCC Packing Party: This Sunday at 5:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This will be in lieu of our Sunday Evening Worship Service.

Nov. OCC items: Postage and prayer.

It’s time to “fall back.” This Saturday, Nov. 5, we need to set our clocks back one hour, as Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 6.