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Church News for Sept. 20

Oak Grove Church of God

Bro. Northcutt took his text from Matthew 17:1-8, and his message was titled “Don’t Be Afraid of God’s Transforming Power.” God’s transforming power will only do us good, it will not rob us of anything except the pain of being powerless against this world.

Happy birthday to Larry Wallace (Sept. 14), Sue Cleckler (Sept. 18), Keilan Mims (Sept. 19).

We are so blessed of God at Oak Grove, and we had several new people join us in our worship services this weekend. We thank God for them and want them to know that we love them and they are always welcome.

Service times are: Sunday School at 10 a.m., worship service at 10:45, Sunday evening service at 5:30 and Wednesday night service at 7. We also have children’s church.

Directions: Go south from Clanton on 31, turn left at Peach Park and follow the signs.

Jackson Chapel

“Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Bro Dennis’ text for Sunday morning came from John 8:31-36, and he brought a wonderful message on how we as Christians are made in the image of God. Bro Dennis’ text for Sunday evening came from 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, and he brought a wonderful message on how we’ve got to work together if we want our churches to grow.

Happy anniversary this week to Glen and Gina Lynn Riley.

Please remember these as you pray this week – James and Marie Johnson, Cynthia Bean and her new twins, David Riley, Gina Lynn Riley, Nelda Wilson, Peggy Spigner, Juanita Wyatt’s sister Glenda, Jessica Wilson, Myrtle Cleckler, Sha Bruce and Family, Winston Cofer, Janice Williams and our service men and women.

We are located at 4020 Yellowleaf Road in Clanton. Our service times are as follows: Sunday School at 10, morning worship at 11, evening worship at 6, and Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study at 7. We also have Kid’s Club on Wednesday nights at 7 for grades 1-6.

Walnut Creek United Methodist Church

During children’s time, a large group heard Bro. Tony talk to them about forgiveness.

“If someone does something to you, whether they meant to do it or not, you have a choice to hate them or forgive them. God says if you forgive them, then I will forgive you,” he said.

The message was from Matthew 9, where we find the story of the men who had gone to great lengths to get a paralyzed man to Jesus for healing.

Please remember in prayer Evelyn and Larry Stapp, Lavada Attaway, Early Popwell, Daryl’s dad and Judy and Troy Mims.

The closing hymn was appropriately chosen: “Grace Greater Than All Our Sins.”

We were glad to have Danny and Glenda’s daughter, Tim and Cindy Pierce and Candice.

What a joy to be back in Sunday night Bible study. If you have a need for Bible study, you will enjoy hearing Bro. Tony at 5:30, and of course on Wednesday nights we have Bible study with Bro. Jim Popwell. We are blessed with their talents.

The beautiful flowers were placed by Lavada for our combined birthdays. Thank you, my love.

Bethany Baptist Church

Sunday morning, Bro. Aubry continued his message from the book of Ruth, “Ruth’s Hour of Service” (Ruth 1:19-2:23). Are we just to sit back and not share with others?

Sunday night Bro. Aubry concluded his messages on the Ten Commandments. He called his sermon “The Sin No One Will Admit To” (covetousness). This 10th commandment concerns attitude.

We had our monthly business conference and, among other things, decided our goal for the Thanksgiving Missions Offering will be $1,500.

Prayer List: Bonnie and Gerald Burks, Lillian Burkhalter, Wayne Burkhalter, Lela Mae Courtney, Amos and Mildred Crawford, Paul Griffin, Rosalind Griffin, Doug Mims, Billie Neeley, Ricky Paschall. Let’s not forget to pray for those affected by the recent storms.

Upcoming Events: (1) Annual Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 28. Our service will begin at 10 a.m. with an hour or so of singing; then the morning message will be preached by Bro. Paul Gray, one of our former pastors. A meal in the fellowship hall will follow the morning message. Everyone is invited to attend. (2) Yellowcreek Association, Winfield, Ala. Oct. 4; (3) State Meeting, Dothan, AL Oct. 10-11; Building Dedication, Heritage Mission, Haleyville, Oct. 25.

See you Sunday!

Center Hill Baptist Church

Bro. David Warren led the children’s sermon on the importance of what even one person means to God’s Kingdom, how every soul matters to Him. The children were then led in children’s church by Jo Layne Chapman.

Pastor David delivered a message on the church of Philadelphia, found in Revelation 3:7-13. He urged Center Hill to be a church like Philadelphia, one that pleased God by obeying His commands immediately and unwaveringly; to run through the door that God opens for us and to obey Him as we should, with excitement.

During the invitation, we had one youth who requested to be a candidate for baptism. Her baptism is set to be scheduled. Additionally, another person came Wednesday night to join the church, so Center Hill is thankful to have grown numerically as well as spiritually this week! William Hayes closed the morning service in prayer.

After Discipleship Training classes in the evening, Bro. David led a Bible study on the attack of sin in our lives. Some youth news to remember is on Wednesday, Sept. 24, there will be a “See You at the Pole” (prayer at your school – 7 a.m.) and a “See You at the Pole” Rally in Center Hill’s fellowship hall at 7 p.m.

Bethsalem Baptist Church

Bro. Brad Eubank preached our morning message, “Living Passionately,” from Mark 12:30, Romans 12:11 and John 10:10.

Our evening message, “David and the Art,” was taken from 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, 15.

Prayer list: Charles Bryant, Brandon Ward, Jared Duncan, Jean Pierce, Karen Elban, Amy Hicks, Sue Edge, men and women serving our country, missionaries, our leaders, Carol Hayes, Jim Dilar, all shut-ins, the Wingard family, the Bradberry family, Nolan Calloway, Janet Petty, Lisa Smith, Larue Smith, Frankie Baker, Russell Green, Jason Hill.

Wednesday night is family supper at 5:45 followed by prayer meeting and choir practice.

Everyone have a blessed week. Remember, God is so good. Share Jesus with someone this week.

Cedar Grove Methodist-Protestant Church

This has been a very devastating week for the people in the path of Hurricane Ike. Please remember them when you pray. We think we have problems, just look around and I am sure we can count our blessings.

We had a very blessed day at Cedar Grove. We have eight new members. Welcome to Buddy and Marie Popwell, Nick Popwell and Gala Lucas. Wedding bells will be ringing Nov. 15 for Nick and Gala. Welcome to Chris, Renee, Kip and Krystal Cleckley. We are so happy to have all of you with us.

Happy birthday to Gala Lucas and Sam Price’s friend, Dax. We wish for you many more. Happy anniversary to Jim and Ellen Ruth Scott. Sis. Ellen is still in the hospital at this writing; please keep her and Sis. Dolly Price in your prayers.

Brother Jeff preached a good sermon entitled “What Is Between You and Hell?” He took his text from Luke 16:19-26 and 23:32-40.

During the evening service, Bro. Heath preached a good sermon entitled “The Sanctified Church.” His text came from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22.

If you are looking for a home church, come to Cedar Grove. We are a country church with very high standards; we are all planning on going to heaven. As Bro. Alton said, we are going to take a “plane air ride.”

We are located three miles south of Thorsby just off County Road 37, next to Bro. Harold Garrison’s beautiful farm.

Services began at 10 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m., evening service at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday night service at 7. Bro. Jeff Carroll preaches the Sunday morning service and Bro. Heath Vines preaches the evening service. For more information call 646-2390.

Rocky Mount United Methodist Church

Last week proved to indeed be a busy week at Rocky Mount with a covered dish dinner for our revival minister and his church members on Sunday prior to services and then nightly services through Wednesday. We were so blessed to have wonderful singing and sermons each night. We must remember how we witness each and every day whether we know it or not and we must remember to not be like the chicken trying to go back and forth across the road, unable to make up his mind which side looks like the best side. We must, instead, get on God’s side and stay put.

Sunday was another great day as we came together in Christian fellowship and love. The scripture reading came from Matthew 18:21-22 and was followed by Brother Willard’s message on forgiveness. Let me tell you, if you had some unforgiving thoughts on your mind you were probably squirming in your pew. We simply must find forgiveness in our hearts.

Pates Chapel Church

Sunday services worshiping God were wonderful. Everyone really enjoyed the play produced by Mark Hamm and his drama team Sunday night. Great acting Youth! There may be a star born here.

We are glad that Darrell Harris, Faye Horton, Debra Downey and others are improving after surgery and illness. Continue praying for these and all other prayer request on our list.

Congratulations to Kent Plier and Jody Edwards who were married here last Saturday in a beautiful ceremony. They would like to thank all those attending and making their day special.

Sunday will be our 95th Anniversary/Old Fashion Day celebration. You can dress old fashion or come as usual. Prizes will be given to the best-dressed old fashion man, woman, big boy, big girl, little boy and little girl after the covered dish lunch at noon. Services will begin at 10 a.m. with a trip back in time to a typical 1913 Sunday morning by T.C. and Shelia Cobb. Some sacred Harp Singing, Our special guests will be Southern Pride and Sen. Hank Erwin. Bro. Clint Harris, our pastor will bring the morning message. Y’all come now. There will be no Sunday School.

Heritage Church of the Nazarene

Heritage is in a fall Sunday school drive. Everyone is on the Team for Jesus, however to encourage the congregation to invite people to Sunday school, we have divided into the Auburn vs. Alabama teams with two great coaches. A touchdown is scored for each visitor. “Alabama” was ahead today, having the most visitors. It is so exciting growing for Jesus!

Everyone in the community is welcome to place your prayer requests in our community Prayer box located in front on the church. The Rev. Gary Aldridge, Pastor, keeps the requests confidential unless you specify otherwise. These requests are lifted to God during Family Altar Prayer each Sunday.

Prior to the sermon Bill Collum sang “It is not Secret What God Can Do.” The Rev. Aldridge’s text was Hebrews 12:1-2. When we are discouraged on facing big decisions we should remember the three P’s- People, Places and Passages.

The evening service was a time of singing and testimonies of God’s goodness. The sermon text was Romans 6:23. The Rev. Aldridge explained the most deadly disease is sin. There is a cure from the disease of sin if we confess our sins are forgiven and then we will receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Everyone is welcome at Heritage. For more information call 205-280-6252.

Christ Independent Methodist Church

Today we were grateful to come to the house of the Lord and thank Him for mercy and grace shown to us. Also, we wished to pray for all those caught in the path of storms, floods, fires, dangerous winds and other calamities.

Dr. Mac Stinson chose Matthew 18 for his scripture reading and preached on the subject of Forgiveness emphasizing verse 21.

As in all other aspects of our lives, we should always model our forgiveness after the example set by Jesus.

We ask you to join us in praying for: all people whose lives have been affected by Gustav or Ike, our military and their families, BeeBee and Dwight Sammons, Alex Dawson, Mable Mitchell, Randall Miller, Mae Hunnicutt, Ken Osborne, Sarah McEwen, Carol Lowery, Judy Williams, Penny Davis, John Birmingham and Michael McCavitt.

Ladies of CIMC will meet at Golden Rule Restaurant Tuesday night for dinner and fellowship. Sept. 21 is the third anniversary of our church and the beginning of our 4th year. We are looking forward to a great day and invite you to come share the day with us. The Stewart Family from Tennessee will be guest singers and Rev. Jim Webster will be our guest speaker for the occasion. Rev. Webster will be accompanied by his wife, Dean. Lunch will consist of a covered dish lunch in the fellowship hall at noon. Come share our joy. Our schedule for September 21 will vary slightly for this one Sunday only: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., morning Worship 10:45 a.m., Lunch and Afternoon singing 1:30 p.m.

Lime Springs United Methodist Church

We continued our study on Revelation this past Sunday, as we studied Chapter 16. Bro. Shannon brought the morning message from Isaiah 60:1-3 on the promise of God to provide the Light (Jesus Christ) in this world of darkness. We celebrated the Light of God by observing Holy Communion at the end of service.

Our Evening bible study focused on II Corinthians 8-10. Happy Birthday to Betty Brant. We invite everyone to join us for worship at Lime Springs. Our Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship at 11 a.m. Evening Bible study at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday prayer meeting at 6:30 p.m. For more information please call 755-4950 or 755-6356.

Calvary’s Hill Church of God

“Let us therefore com boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Praise God for his many wonderful blessings. Bro. Willard brought his message from Psalm 9:9 and Exodus 15:1-4 about oppression, which means to feel burdened or to feel weighed down, mentally or physically. Satan may try to oppress us but, in the end, God is victorious and if we follow him, we will be, too.

Sunday evening, our Children’s church had the service to show off what they had been doing in class. Darlene Whitman, the teacher, told how she wants her children to use all five senses and tries to incorporate these into her Bible lessons. The children performed a drama to “How Great Thou Art” and our puppet ministry, named Sammy’s kids in memory of the late Sammy Presley, and did several songs and a skit. Darlene is doing a fantastic job with her class and always kept it interesting for them. We would like to welcome Jamie Williams, her son, Hunter and Jonathan Owens, who joined the church Sunday. Also, welcome to our visitors. Our homecoming is Sunday, Sept 21, starting at 10 a.m. with Southern Joy singing and Bro. Larry Wooten bringing the message. There will be lunch after the service. No services Sunday night. We will also have revival Oct. 5 -8. Remember to pray for our leaders, military, pastors and the lost. If you don’t have a home church, come join us. We are located on Highway 191, two miles outside Jemison.

Mt. Carmel No. 1

What a great day we had with our Lord Sunday. Bro. Cory Dennis brought our message. His message was taken from Luke 12:16-21. “A Good Investment” We welcome Bro. Cory, his wife and two daughters from New Hope Baptist Church in Elmore County. Come be with us anytime. The children’s choir sang for us this Sunday and we were blessed.

Happy Birthday to Clara Campbell, Louise Liveoak, Bro. John Dennis and Benji Childress. Happy Anniversary to Benji and Terri Childress.

Remember our coming church events. Children’s choir practice Wednesday at 6 p.m. Erica Lowery and Justin Jones wedding Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. Baby shower for Heather and Derrick Smith September 21. It’s a boy! Bring a covered dish and help them celebrate. Nursery worker for Sunday, Sept. 21 is Donna Childress. Youth event, Sept. 20 at Shelby County Fair. Meet at the church at 3:30 p.m. We will be leaving at this time. Tickets are $8 and you will need to bring money for food. Mega Day is Sept. 27 at Jemison First Baptist Church from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Sunday school, Pastors and Deacons, music and Bible drill. 10:30 a.m. until noon discipleship, men’s ministry and senior adults.

Please continue to pray for those on our prayer list. Especially Theresa and James Holsomback and family who lost their home to a fire. We ask you to join us in praying for our nation and leaders, storm victims and our churches.

Friendship Baptist Church

Homecoming. The Royal Masters blessed us with lots of beautiful songs. We had a great lunch and fellowship. Bro. Walter Johnson brought the message, “The Two Lost Sons.” Luke 15: 11-32. The father had to celebrate because the younger brother was dead and is alive again. In other words, lost but now found.

Upcoming events are Sept. 22: Cottage prayer meeting; Sept. 28 through Oct. 1: Revival; Oct. 11: Bridal Tea for Stefanie Pate at 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall; Oct. 26 Bridal Tea for Lauren Davis in the fellowship hall from 2-3:30 p.m.; Oct. 27-31 Senior Adult Mission Trip

Happy Birthday to Beth Jones, Tim Wakefield, Dotman Chapman, Brandon Hunt, Marty Wyatt and Randall Wyatt. Prayer request for Virginia Zoles

Mount Bethel Baptist Church

We started our morning worship with song and prayer before going into our Sunday school classes.

The Sunday school lesson for today was “Serving the Lord Faithfully.”

The Rev. Oneal Cleckler’s morning sermon was from Ephesians 6:10-14. “Putting on the Armor of God.”

“Prayer for Hearing” was the title of our discipleship training class. God has promised us that He will hear our prayers. (2 Kings 20:5) Bro. Cleckler’s evening message was from Psalms 103:6-16. God knows us because He made us. He doesn’t forget but He forgives.

We want to wish a happy birthday to Sammy and Marsha Mathis and also a happy anniversary to Ray and Betty Dennis and Gene and Betty Hucks.

We invite you to join us in worship and fellowship with our Lord. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Morning worship at 11 a.m. Our evening service will be held at the Pumpkin Patch at 6 p.m. for revival.