By Pat Henderson
Sunday school opened with Brother Jerry Rader leading the singing “Love Lifted Me." John read the Sunday school lesson titled “Who’s To Blame!” from Ezekiel 18:1-32. Brother Bill led in prayer. Kristan Curtis prayed for the understanding of the lesson. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Jennifer Callaway and Landon Petty. The prayer list was read for Dennis and Chari Williams, Tiffany Grogan, Norma Lampert and nephew, President and First Lady, Sammy Massie, Larry Letterman, Vivian Joiner, Larry Curtis, Paul Morgan, Maxine Replogle, Tina Massie, Jannie Whemayer, Wanda Mitchell, Dennis Cox, Fred and Charlotte Donnell and all previous mentioned. Becky lifted these up in prayer. Announcements: Bible study in Revelations 12:10 and Youth Wednesday at 7 p.m. Specials were by Allysen with Lesley, Martha with Rick, Jerry, Kristan and Herald Lee. The message was from Deuteronomy 18:9-14, “Hallowed vs. Halloween,” with other verses from 3 John, 1:11, Isaiah 8:19-22 and 1 John 5-10. Rex dismissed in prayer. Have a blessed week and put God first in everything you do. It will make a huge difference in your life. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” — Matthew 6:33. Now that it is settled, planning things in life will be much easier. Everything will just fall into place with his blessings. Number 1: God, Number 2: Spouse, Number 3: children … and so on.
By Lacey Cantrell
Crossroads EMC wants you to come worship with us! Hebrews 12:2 states, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” You are a work in progress. God is molding and fashioning you into a person with whom he wants to live forever. Because of this, you have the hope that you are not going to be the same person tomorrow that you are today. If you are opening your life to God’s love and you desire to have God’s love work in you and through you, then you are going to be more like Christ tomorrow than you are right now. Next week, you will be even more like Christ. Next year, you will be even more like him and so on. God bless.
Holy Trinity Church
By Sue Epperson
Oct. 4 was the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Philippians 4: 8-9 states,“Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
Joy is an indication that we are doing the will of God. Are you a joyful person or are you always negative and bitter? Let us pray for one another.
By Autumn Summers
Sunday morning we observed the Lord’s Supper. A sacred time to reflect on what Christ has done for us and to personally examine oneself and our walk with Christ.
One soul also gave their life to the Lord this past week! Much to celebrate when one gains salvation! Wednesday evening will be our Women on Missions, Baptist Men and Youth at 7 p.m.
Have a blessed week!
By Brenda Brinkley
Sunday was an absolutely awesome and blessed day at Mission Home. It was our first all-day revival and the time flew. We enjoyed three preaching services and a special singing service. James Lansdown, Jeff McIntosh and Freddy Brinkley delivered inspiring messages. We had lots of special music. At noon, we had a great lunch. A big thank you to everyone who came out. The biggest thanks goes to God, who makes all things possible. It really is amazing to be in God’s presence with like-minded believers.
We invite you to come worship with us on Sunday mornings. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and worship service begins at 11 a.m. We have Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. We are still free in this country to worship God or not. Too many are falling into the ‘or not’ category. Don’t be one of them.
Get well wishes go out to Vicki Fryman as she recovers from surgery. She is doing really well. These days when most people go out, they take their cell phone, but it won’t do them any good if it isn’t charged.
Last Sunday helped re-charge us to go out and get busy for God. You can’t be effective for God if your battery is dead. Sometimes, we all need re-charged. Have a blessed week and keep on praying. Prayer works.
Mount Sinai Church
By Doris McFarland
God provided a beautiful Sunday as services began with singing. Phillip Ragsdale led the call to worship from Jonah 2, “No more running.” Prayers were asked for the families of David Mann and Helen Hurst. Helen was a long-time member of this church and her services are this Wednesday at the George Cemetery. Also prayers were offered for A.J., the grandson of Diane Robertson, who was burned in a fire on Saturday and also for John Lawless. Clint Young had the adult lesson, “Love that Intercedes” from 1 Samuel 19.
For the worship hour, specials were by Josh Becker and a group singing, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” Gary McFarland brought the message from Luke 13:22-29, “Are there few that be saved?” Seek to enter the kingdom of God.
For the evening service, the pastor brought his message from John 1:6 and Revelation 12:10. Jerry Hargus sang “Don’t Worry About Me” as the special. Christy Davenport had a reading about church during this pandemic, “From the sofa to the sanctuary.”
Bible study will be this Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m. continuing in Proverbs.
The church is planning a fall family fun night for this Saturday night. A bonfire, hayride and chili supper will be enjoyed. An announcement was made about the homecoming this coming Sunday at Ebenezer Church.
Thought for the week is from Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Have a blessed week.
Pleasant Hill United Methodist
By Jeanie Replogle
We opened our services with singing, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee." The scripture was Matthew 21:33-46 and Brother Wally’s message was “The Kingdom Will be Taken.” The responsive reading was Psalm 80. David Smikle led the worship service. Happy Birthday to Emalu Byrd and David Smikle. The Bible study groups will meet this Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. In keeping with the recommendations of county health officials, we will not be sharing a meal.
Please be in prayer for: Mark Byrd, Sam and Kay Stoll, the family of David Mann, the family of Marty Batson, the family of Mark Stroud, the family of Joann Harrell, Morgan Green, Linda Lloyd, Madi Burney, Faith Gossett, Ramona Palmer, William Linder, Cindy Detherow, David Compton, Becki Matney, Janice Smikle, Pat Smikle, Margie Davis, Dustin Redman, Shannon Collins, David Maupin, Sam Westpfahl, John Marlin, Madge Kennemer, Brian Grabher, Don Goeden, the leaders of our nation and the men and women of the military, the states with the fires, the firefighters and the folks affected by the fires and the folks that are suffering from this pandemic.
Rogersville First Baptist
By Betty Lou Tutor
Pastor Winston’s theme from the book of Habakkuk stirs up what’s taking place today. The wickedness involved in their day surrounds us as the evil one is slithering in trying to distract us from God. Shame and distress falls upon our people making them feel like they don’t need God. Oh, how wrong are they. We need to join in unity more now than ever, strengthening our beliefs. Winston began in Habakkuk 2, discussing the woes of the people. God said he was going to punish the Babylonians because they were more wicked than the Israelite children. We all need to put God first in our lives, creating a strong relationship. Winston asked us why would you want to believe and pray to a idol that brings you nothing. Praying to God will bring rejoicing, glory and ease to the pain of daily crisis. Only God can solve our problems, however, we must show true belief. We need not to become confused of our Christian morals. God wants us to keep a fresh start through him daily. No, our trials may not be easy, but what would they be like without God in our lives? Lay your heavy burdens at the feet of Jesus Christ. Work with God, not against him, allowing deliverance of peace. Winston added, "Honesty is the best policy." We want to thank everyone who participates in presenting our services. Join together, helping others, not hurting them. Pray for our leaders. God bless.
St. Paul Lutheran
By Joanne Roberts
Truly a beautiful Autumn day that our Lord has given us! Let us be glad and rejoice in it!
Today was LWML (Lutheran Women ‘s Missionary League) Sunday. This is an official auxiliary group of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. Formed in 1942, LWML affirms each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ. These are women of faith who are empowered for active service in Jesus’ name and support of missions through Mite Box offerings.
The opening hymn was “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty.” Bible readings were Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46. Sermon hymn “Peace, Love, Serve” is based on the LWML Pledge:
Our God and Father made the earth, and when we went astray,
Our God, the Son, descended here, to take our sins away.
With his own blood he bought us. He broke the bonds of sin.
Then God the spirit came into our hearts to dwell within.
In gratitude we pledge ourselves to him with all we have.
Our hands will work; our voices sing; our lips proclaim his love.
His errands we’ll do gladly; his gospel we’ll defend;
Our silver and our gold we’ll use-his kingdom to extend.
Wherever he needs us, we will his call obey.
Whenever he calls out to us, we’ll answer right away.
His will is ours that lost souls will turn away from sin
And come to have eternal life through fellowship with him.”
The closing hymn was “Serve the Lord with Gladness.” Let us make it our mission to spread God’s word with gladness as we serve God by serving others.
The Upper Room
By Brother Bob Holden
The words “let us” occur 618 times in scripture. Repeat words and phrases in scripture are used to focus the listeners thoughts to what is being presented. Many times, certain scripture verses are taken out of context, thus misconstruing the true meaning of God’s word. This week’s lesson was taken from Hebrews 10:22-24, where the words “let us” are used three times. To place these verses in context, read Hebrews 10:19-25.
The unknown author of Hebrews writes: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”
Circle the words “let us” in each of these three verses. Now circle true heart, assurance, sprinkled, washed, confession, hope, promised, faithful, consider, stir up love and good works. Take a moment to meditate on each of these words. These are words of encouragement spoken to the brethren (see verse 15).
In conclusion, considering our current and ongoing situation of this pandemic, I, too, want to encourage you to hold fast to these words now and in the days ahead. Remain faithful to your calling for he who promised is faithful. And finally, continue to do good works and love one another in Christ. Blessings.