Church news: December 2, 2011

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By Sharon Warner

Allen Chapel
The church is located on 55 South in Finchville.

Homebound or hospitalized? If you know of someone who wants to see a priest or needs communion, please call the parish office at 633-1547. If you have thought of becoming Catholic or have questions about the Catholic church, you are invited to come to RCIA on Wednesday nights. Contact Diana at 647-3499.

Bagdad Baptist
The adult choir practice is 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; the youth choir is practicing at 5:45 p.m. on Sundays. Both are preparing special music and working on the Christmas programs.

Centenary Methodist
Centenary will participate in the Salvation Army bell ringing 5-9 p.m. Friday at Walmart. Holy Communion will be served at both worship services on Sunday. The First Fruit Offering of “Making Room to Make Disciples” will be Sunday. Junior and senior high groups meet at 6-7 p.m. Sunday and 6:30-7:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Men's Upper Room prayer group meets at 8-10 p.m. Tuesday. Local mission group meets at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Kids Korner’s Christmas gathering is at 10 a.m.-noon on Dec. 10.

Christiansburg Baptist
The holiday fellowship meal will be immediately following morning worship service on Sunday. Choir rehearsal will be after the meal. Evening services are canceled. A WMU covered-dish luncheon and international missions study is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Evening worship and business meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11

Church of God of America
Located at 600 Bradshaw. Justin Barnes is pastor.

Clayvillage Baptist
Coy Webb will speak Sunday on “international mission emphasis.” The Lottie Moon Post Office will open for Christmas cards for families who attend on a regular basis. Donations for stamps will go to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.The lighting of the second Advent candle will take place.The students will have a movie outing that afternoon. The church family is invited to an open house at the home of the pastor and his family during the afternoon. The church is located at 46 Lawson Lane, and Sunday morning worship begins at 11 a.m. For additional information, contact Rev. Lee Bolton at 502-321-2757.

Cropper Baptist
The WMU Christmas party will be Wednesday at Sue Wilson’s home; members are asked to bring a dish. The church is a Red Cross Emergency Shelter and is open to the community in times of need.

Cross Keys Worship Center
George Blakeman is the pastor of the church, located at 4379 Frankfort Road.

Dover Baptist
The Joy Club will have its Christmas get together on Friday. Prayer time on Sunday morning begins at 9:30, with Sunday school at 10 and worship at 11 a.m. Awana begins at 6 p.m. on Sundays. A new youth program called “Fuel” will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, along with Bible study and prayer time for adults.

Elmburg Baptist
The church is located at 11307 Elmburg Road. Call 502-689-8075 for more information.

Father's Love
An urban ministry of Living Waters Church, the church is located at 624 Henry Clay St.

Finchville Baptist
Angel ornaments are needed to decorate the Christmas tree at Amber Oaks this year. If you would like to help, contact Judy Davidson. To donate a poinsettia in honor of someone to be used as a decoration in the sanctuary or to be given to a shut-in, fill out the order forms in the pew backs and place them in the offering plate. Poinsettias are $11 apiece. The deadline to order is Dec. 11. Ladies Nite Out’s Christmas party will be Thursday at Bell House in Shelbyville. Meet at the church at 6:10 p.m. if you want to caravan or meet at the restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Afterwards, the group will return to the home of Joyce Medley for dessert and its ($5) ornament exchange. Let Medley know (502-834-7862) by Tuesday if you are plan to attend so she can count you in the reservations.

First Baptist Shelbyville
Steve Rice will speak on Missions Sunday at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. During the December Sundays, Missions and Missionaries will be emphasized. Rev. Marshall Phillips and Rev. Adam Coker will be interviewed during the Dec. 11 services, with Rev. Phillips discussing his new book, He Leadeth Me, regarding his family's years in ministry and in the mission fields. Bible study is at 9:45 a.m. "Hanging of the Green" is at 6 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, involving the youth/student ensembles and other church members. It’s the last week of Upward Basketball registration. Deadline is Dec. 10. The evaluations begin Tuesday. Call the church office for more information. YAH meets at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cattleman's Restaurant. Senior Adult Citizen's Center is at 2 p.m. The Albright WMU (missions) group will host the Coker family at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The final “next level” meal before Christmas is at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Olya Coker will present a Russian tradition and ministries at 6-7:30 p.m. in room 300. MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, meets the first Wednesday of the month. Call the church office for more information.

First Christian
The CWF meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Jean Donovan will present the Christmas program. Everyone is asked to bring his or her favorite salad to share. Kroger gift cards may be purchased from the church. Each time a card is purchased or reloaded, the church earns 4 percent. Contact Henrietta Hardin or the church office for more information. The weekly sermons may be read online at www.davidcharlton.blogspot.com. The prayer chapel is open during normal office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, for anyone seeking a quiet place to pray. The early service begins at 9 a.m. in the chapel, and the 11 a.m. service is in the sanctuary. Rev. Dave Charlton leads both worship services. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and there are classes available for all ages. A nursery is available during Sunday school and the 11 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 1000 Eminence Pike.

First Presbyterian
The adult choir will have a special rehearsal 10 a.m. on Saturday. Knit-Wits will meet 10 a.m. on Saturday. "Good Grief" will gather for lunch immediately following worship on Sunday. Arriba Ninos tutoring program continues at 6-7:30 p.m. on Mondays at First Christian Church. Session will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Presbyterian women's Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Cub Scouts meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Boy Scouts meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The church will serve lunch at God's Kitchen on Thursday. Volunteers should arrive at Victory Baptist by 10:30 a.m. Desserts should be at the church by 10 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:30-noon.

Graefenburg Baptist
The church is located on U.S. 60 just west of the Franklin County line.

Greater Tabernacle Baptist
GTBC meets every Sunday at the Kentucky Utilities auditorium, 1100 Main St. in Shelbyville. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and worship service is 11:30 a.m. Rev. Leslie J. Harris is the pastor.

Highland Baptist
Highland will man the Salvation Army kettles at Walmart on Saturday. The Lord's Supper will be observed Sunday. Senior meals will be delivered Monday. Good Timers will have breakfast Tuesday at the Cracker Barrel. Contact Martha Tipton for reservations. Salvation Army Angel Tree will be up Sunday for choosing a child with a Christmas gift. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 18. Non-perishable food for food baskets will be delivered Dec. 22. Advent is Sunday, Dec. 11, 18 and 24.

Holy Cross Lutheran
The church will have Advent services at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21. A light meal will be served at 6 p.m. Christmas Day service will be 11 a.m. There will be candlelight Christmas Eve service featuring children's chorale at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Christmas Day service will be 11 a.m. on Dec. 25. A free, 1-day Vacation Bible School will be at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, open to children ages 3 through 12 who are able to talk and use the bathroom unassisted. Children can attend and learn the meaning of Christmas, and their parents get some free time for Christmas shopping, wrapping presents or other pre-Christmas tasks. The children will present a Christmas program for parents at 4:30 p.m. Activities during the VBS will include Bible stories, Christmas carols, crafts, recreation, learning about the symbols of Christmas, snacks and lunch. As part of Holy Cross’s Grace Happens program, the event is free of charge. Parents may phone the church at 647-3696 to enroll children and must complete a registration card at the time of drop-off, including emergency phone numbers and allergy information. The church is located at 181 Old Seven Mile Pike in Shelbyville.

Lighthouse Baptist
The church is located at 696 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville. Visit lighthousechurch@insightbb.com.

Living Waters
The church-wide potluck Christmas dinner will be Dec. 11 in the fellowship hall after the morning service. The Fervent Life Youth Conference will be Dec. 29 and 30, with three meetings per day. It will feature the Fervent Life Worship Team from The Ark in Florence, Ala., and it is open to everyone, especially youth groups. There is no charge for the conference, but registration is required by going to www.living-waters.org or by calling 502-633-0734.

New Beginning Pentecostal
The church is located at 181 Alpine Drive. William D. Beasley is pastor.

New Covenant
Morehead State University Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Roosevelt Escalante, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. This year the ensemble will celebrate 43 years of music and ministry. The ensemble performs in prisons, churches, and schools and at campus events, with a variety of sacred music including negro spirituals, black gospel and contemporary praise and worship. The church is located at 630 Mack Walters Road.

New Greater First Baptist
The church is located in Corpus Christi Academy (7010 U.S. 60) in Simpsonville.

Open Door Christian Center
The church is located at 2345 Taylorsville Road in Bloomfield. Call 502-252-9154 for more information.

Pigeon Fork Baptist
Ministries offered are women's Bible study on Thursday nights. Women's Missionary Union meets the third Tuesday of every month. Call the church and leave a message for further information (829-5858). Sunday School starts at 10 a.m., the morning worship at 11 a.m. and evening service begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday services begin at 7 p.m. The First Place for Health Program will be on Wednesday nights. Food and money donations will be taken to provide food baskets to local families. For more information call the church at 829-5858 and leave a message."

Salem Baptist
Baptist women will meet at 7 p.m. at the home of Ernestine Jennings. The monthly Bicentennial celebration will end on Sunday with a special memorial service at 11 a.m. remembering former pastors, veterans, charter members and those who have gone before us. The monthly business meeting will follow. The week of prayer for foreign missions and the Lottie Moon offering begins on Sunday. The Lottie Moon goal is $1,500. The deacon/trustee Christmas party will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House.

Seventh-day Adventist
The church at 4401 Frankfort Road is sponsoring an ingathering effort for Hope for Humanity, an evangelistic program, through Dec. 31. For a free copy of Real Hope, God’s plan for your abundant life, contact Hope for Humanity, 4401 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, 40065. The church is at 4401 Frankfort Road.

Shelby Congregational Methodist
The church is located at 109 Martin Luther King Blvd.

Simpsonville Baptist
Community prayer group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Home school support group meets at 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Colonial Hall Christmas party will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Live Nativity will be Dec. 16-17. Visit www.simpsonvillebaptist.com for worship times and more information.

Simpsonville Christian
Advent begins on Sunday and will feature the “Hanging of the Greens” liturgy. Everyone is invited to each of these services.

Simpsonville United Methodist
Fellowship dinner/admin council is Sunday following worship service. United Methodist Women meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Old Stone Inn in Simpsonville. A youth lock-in will follow a dress rehearsal of their Christmas service on Dec. 10. Youth Christmas service will be 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 11.

St. James Episcopal
The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 10 a.m. and each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Childcare is provided on Sundays. Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent. After the service the monthly pot-luck lunch will be held in the parish hall. Non-perishable food and monetary contributions will be collected for the community food pantry. The St. James' bell ringers for the Salvation Army's kettles will be at Kroger on Dec. 10.

Waddy Baptist
Sunday school is at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., and Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.