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Church news: November 18, 2011

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By Sharon Warner

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

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Annunciation
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.

Burks Branch Baptist
The church will host a church-wide Thanksgiving potluck dinner and Lottie Moon Mission offering at 6 p.m. today at the Stratton Center.

Centenary Methodist
Kids Korner welcomes kindergarten through fifth-graders for the monthly event focusing 10 a.m.-noon on Thanksgiving. Commitment Sunday will be celebrated during both 8:48 and 11 a.m. worship services, followed with a celebration brunch after Sunday school and the second worship service. Senior high will enjoy a bonfire and supper at Glen and Renee Dreher's home Sunday, leaving the church at 6 p.m. for the gathering at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Matt Bell if attending. There will be no junior high CYF on Wednesday or senior high CYF Nov. 27. The Mountain Mission Truck will make their quarterly pick-up on Monday. Items need to be boxed appropriately. Charge Conference will be 6 p.m. Monday at the church. All church members are encouraged to attend. The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holidays.

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

Clay Street Baptist
A Thanksgiving celebration will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Rev. Mac Author Pendleton will be the guest speaker, and music will be provided by joint choirs.

Clayvillage Baptist
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
Annual Thanksgiving fellowship meal will be noon Sunday; the turkey will be provided and members are asked to provide a dish. The first day of Advent, will observe the “Hanging of the Greens” service during morning worship Nov. 27. Volunteers are asked to sign up to ring the Salvation Army bells 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Wal-Mart; one-half hour time slots are available. WMU Christmas party will be Dec. 7 at Sue Wilson’s home; members are asked to bring a dish. The choir will present its Christmas cantata during the morning service Dec. 18. The Children in Action will present the play Mary Did You Know?at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Refreshments will follow. Practice is under way at this time for the play; contact Anna Woods or Sandy Powell if your child is interested in participating in this exciting children’s program. 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
Thanksgiving dinner is 6 p.m. Sunday. Sunday school meets at 10 a.m. each Sunday and worship at 11 a.m. The youth will start a new study called "Fuel" 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Adult Bible study is 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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
The annual church Thanksgiving meal will be Nov. 20 after the 11 a.m. worship service. The church will provide turkey and rolls, so pull out all your recipes and bring those yummy sides and desserts to share! Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Ministry will finish Wednesday. If you want the church to deliver them, have the boxes, including shipping at the church by then. See the flyers in the foyer for information about what to pack, how to pack and for packing labels. For more information contact Diana Szuba or Hannah Bond. The Thanksgiving canned food drive, in partnership with Boy Scouts Troop 137, will include assigning specific items to be brought each week. Sunday will be brownies, cookie mixes, pie fixings, etc. Submit names of those who would be blessed to receive a basket to the church office. Angel ornaments are needed to decorate the Christmas tree at Amber Oaks this year. If you would like to help, contact Judy Davidson.

First Baptist Shelbyville
Rev. Jerry Tracy will speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. service on Ephesians 5:15-21, "Living Normally." Rev. Tracy grew up here in Shelbyville, attended Southern Seminary and has pastored a number of area churches. The brother of Mike Tracy of Tracy's Furniture, Jerry and his wife, Janet, retired to Shelbyville several years ago. Bible study is 9:45 a.m. There will be no Next Level and Young at Heart ministries this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holidays. YAH meets on Dec. 1 at Science Hill for the meal and touring Wakefield-Scearce Gallery. Reservations for the meal are required; call Daisy Baxter, 633-4836. Upwards Basketball registration continues. The fee is $55 per participant before Dec. 2; after Dec. 2, $65. Deadline for registration is Dec. 10. For more information, contact John Raizor, 321-1599.

First Christian
The CWF is taking orders for their homemade Benedictine, pimento cheese and baked goods. At least three days notice is required. Call the church office at 633-3345 to place your order today. FCC will ring the bell for the Salvation Army's kettle drive 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Nov. 26 at Kroger. The AdventFest Celebration begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 27, with a soup supper followed by the Hanging of the Greens service at 7 p.m. The CWF meets 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the church. Jean Donovan will present the Christmas program. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite salad to share with the group. Girl Scout Troop 1244 will host spaghetti with Santa at FCC 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 9. All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner ($5 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-10), pictures made with Santa and visits to the Christmas Village, where they can make gifts for someone special. Call the church office for more information. The Festival Choir will present Searching for the Kingby David Clydesdale 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 and 3 p.m. Dec. 18. 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 sacrament of communion will be celebrated Sunday. Anyone wishing to receive communion and unable to attend the 11 a.m. worship service should contact the church office at 633-2693. Good Grief will gather for lunch immediately following Sunday's worship at Wendy's Restaurant.

Graefenburg Baptist
Hanging of the greens/lighting of the manger will be 6 p.m. Nov. 27. The annual Lottie Moon craft auction will be 6 p.m. Dec. 4. A soup/sandwich meal is 5 p.m.  Joy Has Dawned!,a Christmas choir concert, is at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas morning worship service is 10 a.m. 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
Thanksgiving service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, sponsored by the Shelby County Ministerial Alliance. Marshall Phillips, former pastor, will have a book signing for his book He Leadeth Meat 5:30 p.m. Sunday. An autobiography about his years of ministry, the book costs $12. Following the book-signing is a potluck meal at 6 p.m. to celebrate Thanksgiving. 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.

Holy Cross Lutheran
A free, 1-day Vacation Bible School will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3 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 children of the church will have a box-packing for the Samaritan’s Purse project and pizza party tonight in the fellowship hall from 6 until 8 p.m. 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.

Mount Pleasant Baptist
Community Thanksgiving service and dinner will be Sunday. The worship service is at 11 a.m., with the dinner following. Showing of Gathiers Giving Thankswill be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Starting at 10 a.m. Nov. 27 and concluding in time for morning worship service, the youth ministry will have a donut fellowship before Sunday school. A video on a famous character in scripture will be shown. Decorating the church for Christmas will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 28, 29 and 30.

New Beginning Pentecostal
Superintendent John Harris and New Beginning Church of God in Christ, choir and congregation, from Lexington will be guests at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the church at 181 Alpine Dr. William Beasley is the pastor.

New Covenant
New Covenant Church missionary program will be 6 p.m. Sunday. The speaker will be minister Geraldine Spencer of New Covenant Church. Morehead State University Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Roosevelt Escalante, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11. This year will celebrate 43 years of great music and ministry. The ensemble performs in prisons, churches, 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 currently 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. Woman's Missionary Union meets the third Tuesday of every month. Call the church and leave a message for further information (829-5858).

Salem Baptist
The youth will go to First Baptist Church at 6 p.m. today for an outing. The annual Thanksgiving offering for the Sunrise Children's Home will be taken Sunday. The annual Thanksgiving supper will be 7 p.m. Sunday. The church will furnish the turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, bread and drinks. The rest will be potluck. There will be no evening service on Wednesday.

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
Visit www.simpsonvillebaptist.com for worship times and more information.

Simpsonville Christian
The entire Sunday service will be focused on "Living Thanksgiving" at 10:50 a.m. The community Thanksgiving service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Lenny Marr from Simpsonville United Methodist Church will deliver the message. Advent begins on Nov. 27 and will feature the Hanging of the Greens liturgy. Everyone is invited to each of these services.

Simpsonville United Methodist
Mountain Mission Truck will pick up on Monday. Community Thanksgiving service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Simpsonville Christian Church. The church office will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.

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. Diane Coon is taking orders for the upcoming publication of the history of St. James. Mo Wakefield is coordinating the distribution of donated clothes for those in need.

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.