Church News


Appleton City Trinity UMC
Trinity, Rockville, and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches had messages that are part of a new sermon series entitled The Struggles: How the Bible Guides Us through the Challenges of Life. This week’s message was on Rest. Specifically, we learned how all Christians are called to a mandated time of rest, which is called sabbath. God rested after six days of creation. Jews have long practiced, even made a legal ordinance in their culture and society observing a period of rest from sundown to sundown. Paul writes in his Letter to the Hebrews that Christians as well are called to this time of rest: “a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest.” Christians are called to be the body of Christ, observing a time of rest in community with each other. For we rest in Christ. We cease our labors, spend time in community with our families, and share together the meal of Holy Communion in unity as the body of Christ. This sabbath provides us a time set aside specifically for uninterrupted worship and relaxation, which are difficult things to find in our modern, hectic world. Yet, we are called to this most vital virtue of rest, as Christ declares: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’ (Matt 11:27-30). We hope that you will come and worship with us! See you soon!

Calhoun UMC
Welcome to the Good News from Calhoun Community Church our church family gathers at 9:30 a.m. for pre- church food and fellowship. We use this special time for visiting one with another, welcoming Guests as they arrive for Worship, and signing cards of encouragement for our card ministry. Tucker McNeely helped ring the church bell this morning at 9:45 a.m.
We lift up family, neighbors, and friends in need of prayer, Tammy George, Pam Fields, Joan Rasmussen, Eddie Roth and family, Rev. Jackson and Sondra Short, Patty Dump, Jean Dittmer, Millie Redding, Barbara Sales, and Dave Burson. We continue to pray for our military men and women and their families, as well as others in service jobs that we depend upon daily. Special prayers were said for those involved in the Middle East and Ukrainian wars. We pray for guidance as we continue forward as a Community Church on the square in Calhoun, Mo.
Joys to celebrate: this morning dawned cool and crisp but by Church Time it was another beautiful morning to gather and glorify the Lord. Today was our first Official Sunday as Calhoun Community Church. Last Thursday a group went to Columbia, Mo. and n:,ade the final arrangements to sever our ties with the United Methodist organization. Special Music this morning was “How Great Thou Art” on CD by Jimmy Fortune. We celebrated 11-11-11, Armistice Day the end of WWI, by singing “America the Beautiful, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.” We were pleasantly surprised and delighted to have three youngsters for church today. Debbie Joy has promised to have Sunday school for them next Sunday. Our Guests today were Cheyenne McNeely and children Savannah, Tucker and Mason. Harvesters Food Drop last Friday served 180 families. Folks from our church were pleased to help with this worthwhile project. The Colt Show Deer Hunters Breakfast on Sat. and Annual Colt Show Turkey Dinner on Sunday were also marked successes. Our next project will be Christmas on the Square Saturday Dec. 2nd. We will have information on this project at a later date.
Should you be looking for a new place to grow your faith come by for a visit, dress as you are comfortable, bring the youngsters and be prepared to receive a blessing for your effort. We are a Concerned and Praying Nondenominational Church, should you find yourself in need of prayer we encourage you to join us any Sunday morning. We will be blessed by your presence.

Drakes Chapel UMC
Sunday at Drake’s Chapel we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall day. Some of the trees were still full of color and the sun was shinning bright. It was if the Lord was greeting us with a smile.
Today we honored our Veterans. Our congregation was proud to recognize several of our own members. We cannot forget those who have served and sacrificed in so many ways. Thankful for their service every day.
On this Sunday we had five guests worshiping with us. It is always our pleasure to welcome friends and family. Our church family is happy to share our beautiful chapel and God’s love anytime.
We were blessed with special music from two of our members. Marion Pilant opened our worship with an old favorite” This Old House”, and Lori Rima gave us the beautiful and powerful song “Hallelujah”. We are blessed by their gifts.
Pastor Margie’s message “Remember To Never Forget”, really hit home for so many today. We all go through so many things in our lives that are painful to look back on, yet those very things can trigger some of the same things that God would have us remember with love. We should remember that with every step we take God is with us.
With the holidays upon us, we are in the midst of planning things and ways to celebrate. There are ways to bless those in our community during this season that doesn’t cost a thing. Kindness and Love. They are priceless.
Please join us any Sunday at 9:00 either in person or on Facebook Live, just look for Margie Briggs. We are located 5 miles east of Clinton off 52 hwy. Just look for the sign. Remember the holidays are not always a happy time for some, so in the weeks to come remember to smile and show the love of Jesus every day.

First Baptist
On Sunday, Pastor Pat Findley delivered the 9th message of his fall sermon series, ‘Weakness is Greater than Strength’ titled “Dealing with Disagreements”. Many of us have heard the phrase “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react”. Pastor Pat provided a visual of a watering can and a gas can to illustrate how we respond to conflict. Judges 7:22-8:3 relates to how it can be harder to keep peace in the camp than it is to fight the true enemy. Satan loves discord and confusion. When we face conflict, we must decide how to respond. While we try to listen, our desire to respond often interrupts our listening efforts. This can lead to a misdiagnosed response. While receiving criticism is difficult, it is too easy to be critical. We should be wise to listen to advice. When we are in conflict, it is important to pause and examine our hearts. We need to humble ourselves, give God the glory, and keep focused on the mission. We are all short on time, so we should be big on love. Be gentle, seeking peace rather than stirring anger. We’re not just called to be peace keepers, but to be peacemakers. God has call you to be a person of peace! Let go and ask God to do the rest. What is your peace level today?
Celebrate Recovery is on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 pm at the Vansant location for anyone with hurts, habits, or hangups. Worship service times are 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and Sunday School is offered at 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Youth and Children’s Ministries also align with these times. On Thursdays at 6 pm, GriefShare provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. For more information and upcoming events, please visit or find us on Facebook at ‘First Baptist Church – Clinton, MO’.
We invite those without a church home to join us in worship of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. First Baptist Church exists to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) by loving people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

First Presbyterian
Most of us can relate to a busy lifestyle. There are often too many demands on our lives and we find ourselves expending way too much time and energy. What can be done about it? Pour out your needs to the Lord who will always respond. He will provide calm, rest and restoration to your life.
Rev. Nancy Gillard’s sermon on Sunday was taken from Luke 15: 11 – 32. She titled her message Sacred Squandering. This passage is know as the parable of the prodigal’s son. Our anthem this week was “I Feel the Spirit Moving” arranged by Hayes. We honor all those who have served in the armed forces and are grateful for their service to our nation.
The Presbyterian Women are collecting cake mixes for Project Christmas Cheer for the Samaritan Center. Donations of any size box or cake flavor are welcomed. This collection will continue through Sunday, November 26th.
Our annual Thanksgiving Potluck will be next Sunday, November 19th immediately following worship. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board for food contributions. Make plans to attend.
Tai Chi classes continue to meet here each Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 am. If you’re looking for something to help strengthen your core and improve balance then Tai Chi is the right fit. There’s plenty of room in the fellowship hall so plan on joining in the fun.
Are you looking for a church home? Please come join us. We would love to have you be a part of our friendly congregation. If you are unable to attend in person, our broadcasts are also available online at our website: or Facebook First Presbyterian Clinton MO. Stay updated on happenings at First Presbyterian by visiting our website. Our monthly newsletter, calendar, pictures and other interesting items about the church can be found there.

Mt. Calvary Apostolic Pentecostal
How many saints tempt the Lord without realizing it?
Tempt: to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral; to give rise to a desire in (someone) to do something; dispose; to allure, invite, or attract.
When God is speaking about something we need to know what he is saying and why. If we don’t do this, that is how false doctrine occurs.
When the Lord tells us in red lettering, (indicates he is speaking) what the kingdom of God is like, we need to pay close attention because he is telling us what is expected of us to make it in.
Deuteronomy 6:15-16.
We do not want to tempt God. We will go to Exodus 17 to see how the people tempted God.
The people complained that they were brought to the desert to die of thirst. They were saying God brought them there on a promise only to kill them.
The Lord gave Moses instructions to hit a rock to bring water forth. Moses did what God told him and the people received water for themselves and their livestock.
You have to be careful what you say to God. You can’t talk to God in any way you want.
When praying for someone, if they aren’t healed God knows the reason. Many factors go into a person receiving their healing. God knows what people are thinking.
(Exodus 17:1-7)
We will run into temptation. Satan tempted Jesus so he will tempt us. We need to learn how to overcome our enemies. Don’t argue with them, instead answer with scripture.
Jesus used the word of God against Satan as Satan tried to tempt him. Satan will always challenge you through people.
He will always try to turn you against God.
Satan’s goal is to get you to worship him.
The devil will give you things to get you on his playground. On his playground, you will be in trouble if you go there.
1Co 10:13.
This scripture is encouraging for people who are tempted because it is common for us to be tempted. God will make a way to escape. God will only allow it to be long.
2Pe 2:9, Gal 6:1, Jas 1:2.
You cannot overcome if you are not spiritually sound. Remember to remain humble. God Bless.

Trinity Lutheran
Not so long ago, a question frequently posed by Christians to other believers was, “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
This question came to mind recently when a minister told a story about a Christian man who worked alongside another, older man with whom he maintained a friendly relationship for many years. When the older man died suddenly, the younger man attended his friend’s funeral, and was surprised to discover that his co-worker also had been a faithful believer in Jesus Christ and had been active in his church throughout his life.
Do your coworkers, friends, and even family members know you are a Christian? Can they tell by how you live your life and conduct yourself around them that you are a believer? Is there enough evidence to convict you?
If you think the answer might be “no,” don’t be discouraged. In today’s world, many believers in Jesus Christ find it difficult to speak freely about their faith and live openly Christian lives. There is great pressure to conform to modern mores and abandon…or at least keep quiet about… one’s religious beliefs and convictions. Witnessing about one’s faith in Jesus Christ is often considered to be impolite, hateful, bigoted, illegal, or just plain stupid. After all, all religions lead to the same god, don’t they? (Actually, no they don’t).
Those who live in darkness detest those who walk in the light. But, we should not give in or just go along to get along. Our Savior has called us into His “marvelous light” for a purpose, to let our light shine among others. As Jesus said:
“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you, and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven...You are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:11-12).
Advent and the Christmas season will soon be here. All members are encouraged to help purchase poinsettias to decorate the altar area again this year. There are two ways you may do this. One is to purchase the plants yourself and bring them to the church. Or, your can sign the LWML Poinsettia sign up sheet on the bulletin board. There will be an envelope with the sign up sheet to place your monetary donation. The cost is $6.00 per plant. We will purchase the plants before December 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent. Thank you!

Urich Baptist
Nov. 5th Service
Autumn warmed us as we gathered to worship the Lord. Clint Keeney rang the church bell. Mrs. Julia Klinefelter led in the congregational singing with Mrs. Dixie Collins playing piano. Randy Vogt and Clint Keeney collected the offering.
The scripture passage from interim Pastor Steve Sowell was from John19: 17-37.
In this passage Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. All this was foretold 600 years before and came true. He sacrificed His life for us to save us from sin.
Jesus gives us eternal life with Him, peace, hope, and takes care of all things big and small. He knows everything about us and still loves and cares for us.
Share some love and kindness like Jesus does for us. It is never wasted.
Nov. 12th Service
Come join us each Sunday at 10:30 A.M. as we gather to worship the Lord.
Clint Keeney rang the church bell. Mrs. Julia Klinefelter led in the congregational singing with Mrs. Dixie Collins playing piano. Randy Vogt and Clint Keeney collected the offering.
Scripture passage from 1Corinthians 15:1-11 was read by interim Pastor Steve Sowell describing the Ressurection of Christ. The scripture passage from his sermon was from John 19:38-43 which describes the burial of Christ. The Old Testament told 300 prophcies about the Messiah. In these verses of John, Jesus performed and fulfilled 27 of them all in one day. These prophcies were planned from the beginning, not by chance. Our faith is grounded in fact. Read Acts 4:12 and be assured and blessed. Have a good week.

Valley Center United
We all carry the light of Christ within us, and it is our joy as well as our responsibility as followers of Christ to tend to that light so that it can shine brightly in service of God and the world.
We are an open and affirming church and welcome all to come worship with us next Sunday morning at 9 am.
We send our prayers of love and healing to several of our church members and friends.
Congratulations to Emily Neuenschwander who placed 1st at the FFA Area VII speaking contest! We are so proud of her!
The parable in the Bible tells us that we are to keep our lamps trimmed and burning; to be prepared for Jesus’ return. It makes us think and focus on what is to come.
Jesus offers us an invitation to be part of God’s glorious kingdom; to be part of something bigger. This invitation of forgiveness has already been given to all of us.
On the last day, the Lord himself will come down and the trumpet will sound. All worry and concern will be over. The things that have caused us pain or upset will disappear. We shall find peace and eternal rest. Our mortality will be gone and all of our questions will be answered.
Will we be ready to respond to his invitation and be received in the glory of God?
Don’t stop hoping, praying and believing. Do not be silent. Make sure that God’s word shines through us. Keep your lamp trimmed and burning brightly, so that when the trumpet sounds, you will be prepared and ready to answer his call.