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Tuesday Evening Service

January 9, 2018

Prelude: Julianne Luka played “Prelude in C Major” by Bach, and “Sonata in C” on the piano. She was followed by Sam Cantrell and Troy Ross singing “He’s Still Working on Me.”

Testimonies: Earl Phillips said he wanted to start the New Year out right by giving thanks and praise to God, and stated that after all these years it is still good to serve the Lord. Sam Cantrell thanked the Lord for answering his...

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Sunday Evening Youth Service

January 7, 2018

Prelude: The orchestra played “Christ, the Solid Rock.” The choir then sang “I Go to the Rock,” with Maya Nedelcu as soloist.

Featured Testimonies: Victoria Worthington told how she is experiencing a lot of changes in her life right now, and is thankful God is with her through all of it. Tim Hammer appreciated the opportunity to share his testimony recently with someone whom he had known before he was saved. Troy Ross shared how...

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Sunday Morning Service

January 7, 2018

Prelude: The brass played “Lead on, O King Eternal,” and “I Am Bound for the Promised Land.” The choir, accompanied by the brass, then sang “All Rise,” with Victoria Worthington as soloist.

First Special: Dan Hall, Kylie Lucescu, and Randy Baltzell sang “He Already Sees.”

Scripture Reading: Tom Pricskett read Acts 9:1-18.

Last Special: The choir sang “Through the Fire,” with soloist Caleb Copko.

Sermon: Using Luke 18:35-43 for his text, Gary Riler urged his listeners to experience the change of...

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Friday Evening Service

January 5, 2018

Prelude: Emmaline Worthington played “I Surrender All” on the oboe. She was then joined by Mikayla Worthington in singing “Lord Reign in Me.”

Featured Testimonies: Rosemary Worthington said she had been a difficult child until she was saved at age nine, but after that her mother said it was like having an angel in the home. Larry Montgomery (pictured above) thanked everyone for their prayers when he had a heart attack recently, and said he ...

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Year End Fellowship Night

December 31, 2017

On the final day of 2017, the congregation gathered for a look a back at highlights of the past year. A slideshow of pictures taken by faithful photographers Kenny Cripps and Ryan Parker, as well as some photos of special events from David Heintz and Debbie Lee, were compiled into various categories that walked the audience down memory lane of the year 2017.

Each section of the slideshow began with a related quote. For example,...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 31, 2017

Prelude: Violinist Jane Ewers played “O Holy Night” and “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” accompanied by Janice Calhoun on the piano. Then the choir sang “Great, Great Joy!”

First Special: A ladies’ quartet (pictured above) sang “Nothing But the Blood.”

Scripture Reading: Bob Downey read Luke 15:1-10.

Last Special: Peter Moberg sang “When Love Was Born.”

Sermon: Trent Paulsen took his opening text from Luke 19:10, saying people seek more diligently for something they have lost if the object is ...

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Candlelight Service

December 22, 2017

Just a few days before Christmas, on Friday, December 22, the congregation gathered for an evening of songs and Scripture readings, all reflecting on Jesus’ birth. The lights in the sanctuary were dimmed as people arrived, and the first songs were instrumental versions of “Go! Tell It on the Mountain,” “What Child Is This?” and other carols.

Before the main program began, a Christmas gift was presented to the pastor and his wife, Darrel...

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Christmas Concert

December 17, 2017

At the Christmas concert on Sunday evening, December 17, the music department presented a cantata titled, “Light! Out of the Darkness,” with a theme verse from 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Gary Riler directed the program, which included pieces by the combined...

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Beginner Christmas Program

December 17, 2017

The Sunday morning service on December 17 began with a very special presentation from the youngest members of the Sunday school departments. This program was highly anticipated, since last year’s had to be cancelled due to ongoing poor weather conditions. The Beginners were arrayed on risers in lovely Christmas outfits at the front of the sanctuary, and many of their parents lined up in the first few rows of pews with their cameras and...

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