Memorial Baptist Connections

Februaury 2016 Newsletter

From the Pastor's Desk

It feels like Christmas was just yesterday, it’s so hard to believe that it is that time that we as a church start talking about Lent. I know that this is not the first time this has happened but it still catches me off guard. It seems strange to move from the anticipation, joy, and wonder of Christmas into a time of contemplation, prayer, penance, and self-denial. However, Ash Wednesday is February 10th, and we have to recognize that just as Christianity can bring celebration it also calls us to deep thinking, spiritual renewal, and the understanding that faith often means sacrifice.

Lent is the time in which we reflect on the brokenness and evil within our lives and in our society. For many this means that Lent is a time of darkness and depression, but the ultimate goal of this season is to remind us that God can overcome all of these obstacles, forgive our sins, restore our broken souls, and transform us through the glory of Christ. These forty days should look and feel different. The sanctuary does not look the same, the music changes, and the sermons hold unique themes. Yet through it all we remember what is coming, Easter and the triumph this celebration will bring. You cannot appreciate the light unless you know and experience darkness.

This year we have several wonderful things planned for this Lenten season. One of the things I am very excited about is Holy Week Noon Devotions that we will be doing this year, this will be new for our church. I will be moderating these devotions by offering a welcome and a prayer but we will have the privilege to experience some ecumenical flavor as I have invited various Pastors from the community to lead these devotions. This is something that I am hoping will become a Memorial Baptist Church tradition. Everyone is invited. If you are used to giving up something for Lent perhaps this year you can take on these worship services as a spiritual discipline that will bring you closer to God.

We also have several other services planned that will help all of us to grow spiritually and theologically. The Noon devotions might have been my idea, but I give all the praise to God for seeing how Barb and Barry prayerfully planned our worship experiences for this Lenten season. I am so excited about what God is doing at Memorial Baptist Church and I am looking forward to experiencing the resurrection with you for the first time as your Pastor this Easter!

It is my hope that during Lent you will take the time to look deeply within yourself, recognize what needs to be transformed within you, ask God for forgiveness, and rededicate your life to the good news that is Jesus Christ. Let us enter this season together and as one family discover what God has in store for our lives and for the life of the church.

Remember, God’s will for us is good, we must do the rest!


Rev. Scott Murphy

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The ROCK meets on Sundays from 11:45-1:30pm. If you are in 7th - 12th grade plan to join us and invite a friend! On Sundays lunch is provided for the students. If you are able to help provide lunch for them or to donate items or money to stock the cabinets & freezer please contact Crystal Miller. Her email is Your help with this ministry is appreciated!

What's Happening in Men's Ministry

February 13

Our next local men's breakfast is February 13 at 7:30 am at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center. All men and boys are welcome to come.

February 27

It was voted at the last Flatrock Association ABM meeting to add the Annual Prayer reakfast back to the Association schedule. Memorial Baptist, Columbus agreed to host it his year. We will have a full breakfast that will be worth the money. Boys will eat free. ome of our men just fixed a breakfast for our Church and it was great. It will be on ebruary 27 at our Church at 2320 7th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.We will start the reakfast at 8:00 and the meeting at 9:00. If you can’t make the breakfast please come for he meeting. Reverend Jon Carlstrom will have a short message for us and then we will share some prayer concerns. We will then break up in small groups where everyone will be able to share their concerns before having a time of prayer with that group. We would like for the Key Man or a representative from each Church to send me their Churches main prayer concern at this time for the bulletin or appoint someone to share with the group.

We would also like for the Key Man or someone from the Church to call me or
email me by Sunday February 21st with an approximate number of men and boys
that will be there for the breakfast so we will know how many to prepare for. My
number is 812-372-3523 and my email is My address is
Larry Miller, 5341 E. Forster Avenue, Columbus IN 47201.

Matthew 25:21

His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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Ladies Craft and Hobby Day

You're invited to join us on February 20 from 9am-4pm for a time of fun & fellowship as we enjoy our hobbies. (Examples: scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, painting...) Don't forget to bring your supplies that you will need! You can bring your own lunch or we can all pitch in money for pizza. Please bring a drink & snack to share. Feel free to invite a friend!!! Please see Crystal Miller or Amanda Watkins if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events!

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Everyone is invited to our Super Bowl Party on Feb. 7 at 6:00 pm. Bring a snack to share and invite a friend or neighbor to come!

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Free Movie Night

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 5:30pm

2320 7th Street

Columbus, IN

On February 28 at 5:30 pm we will show the very funny movie, "Moms' Night Out". This is a FREE event and we encourage you to invite your friends, family and neighbors. Everyone is welcome to come!

Click here to see the movie trailer.

Mark your calendar: Sunday, March 20th

Former University of Kentucky Basketball Star, Cameron Mills, will be sharing his testimony of how Christ has impacted his life at our church during the Sunday morning worship service on March 20th. 2016.

Cameron is a very close friend of our Pastor, Rev. Scott Murphy. We encourage you to invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, teammates, etc, etc to church that Sunday. One of the reasons Pastor Scott chose to invite Cameron in March is the fact that ...the NCAA tournament will be going on at the same time.

Recruited by many Division 1 schools he chose to play at his father’s alma mater and play for Coach Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky. He was part of UK’s 1996 NCAA championship team and was awarded a scholarship for the next two years. During UK’s run back to the final game in 1997 Cameron played a major role hitting 61% from the field (63% from the three-point line).

In 1998, under Coach Tubby Smith, he hit a pivotal shot against archrival Duke to send UK back to the Final Four for the third straight year. He hit two clutch three-pointers during the second half of the championship win against Utah. Cameron is still UK’s all-time leader in three-point percentage for a season at 53.2% and for a career at 47.4%.

Though basketball has been a big part of Cameron’s life, his calling since he was twelve has been ministry. In June of 1998, he began Cameron Mills Ministries, Inc. Since then Cameron has been speaking to schools, youth groups, and churches. He has held revivals and spoken at Christian music festivals, college chapels, among other events.

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Lent: Opportunities for worship & service

As we begin our season of Lent, opportunities for worship and opportunities of service are available.

February 10: Pancake supper and Ash Wednesday service

The Memorial Pancake Supper (our version of Shrovetide Tuesday) will begin at 5:30 pm, Wednesday February 10. Our Ash Wednesday service will follow in the sanctuary. Please sign up at the welcome center if you plan to be here for dinner. There will be no youth program that night to allow the youth to participate in worship. Children's programs will be as usual.

March 21 - 24: Holy Week Noon Devotions

On Monday through Thursday of the week of March 21st, a guest speaker will offer a noon time devotion here at Memorial Baptist Church.

March 24: Maundy Thursday Service

In observance of Maundy Thursday we will have a service at 6:30 pm on February 24 with a time of communion.

Now through March 27: Easter Eggs

We are in need of plastic filled Easter eggs. On Easter Sunday, March 27th following our worship service, we will have an outreach event for those attending worship service. . We will have an Easter message for the children and an Easter egg hunt to following. Please bring your filled eggs to the church and place in the collection container in the lobby.

Food Collection for Edna Martin Christian Center

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The month of February is when the Flatrock Association
collects food for the Edna Martin Christian Center. Please look at the list and see how you can help. We will be
delivering the food the first week of March. The following is a list of items they really need:

Powdered Milk

Canned Soup

Canned Fruit

Peanut Butter

Cake Mixes, etc.




Cheese processed in boxes

Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Jello & Puddings

Coffee (instant & ground)

Canned Vegetables

Dried Beans

Cornbread & Biscuit Mixes


Macaroni & Cheese Mixes

Instant Potatoes

Canned Meat Products

Chicken & Dumplings

Soap Products

Paper Goods

Any non perishable food Items

For more information on the Edna Martin Christian Center
visit their website at

For any questions please see Laura Payer.

Updating our Information


We would like to update our files with your contact information. We have a form available at the welcome center to complete with your contact information. The forms may be returned to the office. We will also be sending the form out by email. Do to some website issues we do not currently have it on the website or a link to it available.

We appreciate your help in this process. Once our files are updated it will help in our communication with the people of Memorial Baptist Church.

Thank you!

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Wednesday Night Live

Adult Class Options:

Young Adult Small Group – led by Travis Miller------Class will be a topical discussion, interactive experiences, time for fellowship and friendship. Class is geared for Married, Single & Divorced adult's in their 20's - 40's.

Adult Class - This adult class will begin a in-depth study on the Book of Matthew.

Children’s Ministry:

Invites children and the adults to experience the wonder and mystery of God through a unique storytelling format and multi-sensory materials ---- Volunteers are still needed!

Youth Ministry:

Student led weekly with adult supervision ---- Volunteers are still needed!

Nursery (JAM – Jesus and Me) will be available thru age 3 with a newly designed curriculum


SUGGESTED PRICING - $5 per adult and $3 per child

MAX $20 per family --- Payment on honor system – basket on table --- still come even if you can’t pay!

One family per week will prepare the meal; sign-up sheet in Welcome Center each Sunday prior with the nightly menu. We need volunteers to sign-up to prepare meals for Wednesday nights – Sign-up in the Welcome Center
Our program will follow the BCSC calendar. When school is not in session there will be
NO Wednesday evening services.

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Prayer Concerns


Jean (breast and brain cancer) from Tammy Hollen

Ruth Burton (terminal cancer) Fay Fawbush’s sister

Richard Poole

Josh Speidel (continued recovery)

Karen Bray (colon cancer - stage 3 - chemo) from Jim & Becki Miller

Pat Tackett (breast cancer) from Clara Jackman

Rachael Watkins (throat cancer) from Clara Jackman

Norris Krall (broke hip) Ryan Martin’s Grandpa

Betty Graves (chronic back pain)

Charlie McCleary

Jim Miller’s Cousin

Betty Graves’ great granddaughter

Dorothy Green

Joanne Chasteen - friend of Megan Bozell

Serving in Military

Ben Haymaker

Brian Hempstead, Jr.

Darrel Martin

Trevor Wylie

Crystal Hempstead

Jake Haymaker

Shut-Ins and Assisted Living

Don Denny

Silver Oaks

2011 Chapa Dr., #112

Columbus, IN. 47203

Letty Caldwell

Miller’s Merry Manor

7440 N. 825 E.

Hope, IN. 47246

Clete Smith

Hickory Creek Columbus

5480 - 25th St.

Columbus, IN. 47203

Mr. & Mrs. John Rich

2125 Home Ave.,

Columbus, IN. 47201

Ella Newland

2301 Fairington Ct. #208

Columbus, IN. 47203

Alice Truax

Kindred Health Care

2100 Midway

Columbus, IN. 47201

Katie Garvey

Parkside Retirement

3660 N. Central

Columbus IN. 47203

Celebrating Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Valentines Day!

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General Fund


Memorial’s 2015 Ministry Budget $204,664.60

Avg. Wkly Giving Needed to meet Budget $3,935.86

Current Avg. Wkly Giving $3,994.05

Current Wkly Shortage -$58.19

Current YTD Shortage (52wk) $3,025.88

January Statistics

January 3

Attendance 108

Offering $3681.95

January 10

Attendance 74

Offering $4871.00

January 17

Attendance 130

Offering $4334.00

January 24

Attendance - unavailable

Offering - unavailable

January 31

Attendance 116

Offering $2498.00

December 24 Christmas Eve Service

Attendance 132

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Sunday Morning

Worship Service 9:30 am

Sunday School 10:45 am

After Sunday School

Youth Group 11:45 - 1:30 pm

Usher Schedule

Feb. 7: Bob, Hollen, Regan Medaris, Lexia Wilcox, and Taylor Hollen

Feb. 14: Aerial Pettit, Ellen Pettit, Bill Witkemper and Caleb Pettit

Feb.21: Gene Moore, Steve Pool, Steve Huffman, and Tyler Sharpe

Feb. 28: Ellen Pettit, Aerial Pettit, Parker Newsom, and Sara McCleary

Need More Information?

Click on the link below for our calendar or check out our website by clicking here.