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Weekly Update for Sunday, November 21, 2021

This Sunday morning our church will be privileged to host a pastor from the Sudan who is doing outreach work in his home country, often under very challenging conditions. He is the first person Pastor David ever met who has been imprisoned for the crime of preaching the Gospel. You won’t want to miss hearing his testimony.

There will be an Official Board Meeting this Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm in the church library. This is in preparation for the Annual Business meeting to be held on Sunday, December 5th.

There will be no midweek Bible Study this Wednesday, November 24th, to allow for preparations for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25th.

The church office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, and on Friday, November 26th.

Weekly Update for Sunday, November 14, 2021

This Sunday morning Mr. Paul Bertsch will be speaking in our morning service. Paul is a Regional Director for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and oversees Christian outreach on several Indiana college and university campuses.

This Sunday evening Rev. Roger Bear will be speaking in our evening service. Roger is the retired Director of the Baptist Collegiate Mission at Indiana State University, and a proud grandfather.

Deacons meeting: Nov. 16, 6:30 pm.

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm in our Bible Study series Getting to Know the Bible Better Pastor David will be giving an overview of the book of Galatians. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

On Sunday morning, November 21st our church will be privileged to host a pastor from the Sudan who is doing outreach work in his home country, often under very challenging conditions. He is the first person Pastor David ever met who has been imprisoned for the crime of preaching the Gospel. You won’t want to miss hearing his testimony.

Official Board meeting : Nov. 21, 4 :30 pm.

Annual Business meeting : Dec. 5. We’ll have a meal after the morning service and the meeting will follow the meal.

Weekly Update for Sunday, November 7, 2021

There will be a “stand-up” Deacons Meeting this Sunday after the morning service in the BYKOTA classroom. There will be a regular Deacons Meeting on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm here at the church.

This Sunday evening at 6:00 pm in lieu of our evening service we will have an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party in the Fellowship Hall. Please come and help pack Shoeboxes that will literally take the Gospel around the world.

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

The church office will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

Next Sunday, November 14th, Mr. Paul Bertsch will be speaking in our morning service. Paul is a Regional Director for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship and oversees Christian outreach on several Indiana college and university campuses.

Next Sunday, November 14th, Rev. Roger Bear will be speaking in our evening service. Roger is the retired Director of the Baptist Collegiate Mission at Indiana State University, and a proud grandfather.

On Sunday morning, November 21st our church will be privileged to host a pastor from the Sudan who is doing outreach work in his home country, often under very challenging conditions. He is the first person Pastor David ever met who has been imprisoned for the crime of preaching the Gospel. You won’t want to miss hearing his testimony.

Sad Face

Here’s a real uplifting passage from the Bible:

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-3

Know anybody who says those are their favorite Bible verses? Me neither.

Lately we’ve had a lot of sad faces in our church. In fact, we’ve all had sad faces in the past few months, either because of something that’s happened to us, or something that’s happened to someone we love. I don’t like having a sad face. I bet you don’t either. Nobody does. So why would the Bible say, “Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad”?

Ecclesiastes can be a puzzling and troubling book for many people. The whole thing seems so…pagan. And that’s the clue. The writer of Ecclesiastes, usually identified as Solomon, kept what amounts to a journal about his attempts to find happiness in everything except God. The book of 1st Kings tells us how King David’s son Solomon turned away from the worship of Yahweh in his later years. Ecclesiastes seems to be the record of his search for happiness apart from God. So, the bulk of the book is, well, godless.

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Weekly Update for Sunday, October 31, 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 Second Corinthians. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

A fifth Sunday special offering for OCC will be taken after the morning service today by the Welcome Center.

It’s time to fall back-set your clock back one hour this Saturday night, Nov. 6.

There will be a stand-up deacons meeting Nov. 7 after the morning service.

OCC Packing Party : Nov. 7, 6 :00 pm. This is in lieu of Sunday evening service.

Weekly Update for Sunday, October 24, 2021

This Sunday after the morning service there will be a brief Special Business Meeting. The sole purpose of this meeting is for the Trustees to ask permission from the church to sell a John Deere tractor that we no longer use.

We will have a fifth Sunday special offering for Operation Christmas Child on October 31, by the Welcome Center.

October OCC items: Postage and prayer.

Weekly Update for Sunday, October 17, 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 First Corinthians. Our weekly prayer time will follow.

There is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Center for a Small Group study of Jim Cymbala’s “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire.” Starting date to be decided by the participants.

We will have a fifth Sunday special offering for Operation Christmas Child on October 31, by the Welcome Center.

October OCC items: Postage and prayer.