Church news 5-7-20

Posted 5/6/20

Bridgeport First and Petrolia UMC

Church services continue to be suspended through May, however, the congregation is invited to view a weekly spiritual message at 9:30 a.m. on the Bridgeport First …

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Church news 5-7-20


Bridgeport First and Petrolia UMC

Church services continue to be suspended through May, however, the congregation is invited to view a weekly spiritual message at 9:30 a.m. on the Bridgeport First United Methodist Church’s Facebook page.

The May United Methodist Women’s meeting has been cancelled as well as the Care Circle and the women’s Bible study group. Arrangements are pending to conduct the May council meeting via Lifesize. Council members will be emailed pertinent information regarding joining.

“Fit Together” is the name of the new program launched by Pastor Deetta Gaither to help the church family remain connected during the shelter-in-place order. Ten “connector families” have been assigned other families to reach out to through the month of May by phone, email, social media or cards and letters.

The church building remains closed to comply with the shelter-in-place. However, if members need pastoral care, they are encouraged to call the church office at 945-4421 and leave a message. Messages are checked daily. Congregants may also call Pastor Gaither at 812-830-8875.

Lawrenceville Free Methodist

A compline prayer will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 on Facebook.

The morning worship service will stream on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 10. The Sunday evening prayer meeting is held on Zoom at 5 p.m.

A morning prayer service will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 a.m. on Facebook Live.

On Wednesday, May 13, a morning prayer meeting will be held on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. The Wednesday update and devotional is at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.

Offerings may be mailed in or given through the Paypal link on the church’s Facebook page at Lawrenceville Free Methodist Church of Illinois.

First Christian (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. Tom Akers will deliver the sermon on Sunday, May 10 entitled, “The Love of a Mother” based upon the scripture from John 10:22-30. If you would like to watch this sermon and the abbreviated service visit the website at or the Facebook page.

Central Christian

The morning message for Sunday, May 10 will be available on the Facebook page and the website at at 10 a.m. Carson Root will bring the online message. There are no activities at the church at this time.

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, May 19 from 2-6 p.m. in the activity center at Central.

First Presbyterian

There will be no service at First Presbyterian on Sunday, May 10. The office is continuing to be open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

When services return to normal, bulletins and rides can be requested by calling 943-3638.

First Christian - Bridgeport

The morning service will be heard via WAKO 910 AM and 99.3 FM on Sunday, May 10 at 9 a.m. The message will be about Mothers. The Call to Worship will be given by Marvin Leighty and Jim Meyer will bring the communion and offering meditations.

The congregation is challenged to pray the prayer found in II Chronicles 7:14 each morning and/or evening at 7:14. The weekly Bible reading is Ezra 8 - Esther 2.

New Hope Christian

New Hope Christian Church will hold weekly services online on Sunday, May 10 at 10 a.m. on the website at

The jr./sr. high youth will meet for youth group at 6 p.m. via

St. Francisville Free Methodist

The Christian Church and the Free Methodist Church are joining together at the Wabash River Port as a drive-in to celebrate Mother’s Day together with both pastor giving the message of Ruth. The service will be held on Sunday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the river.