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I Am Jonah

Posted by Site Admin on July 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You'll be hard-pressed to find a story in Scripture that offers more than the story of Jonah.  Skeptics might scoff that the account literally took place, but few people scoff at the story itself.  Even the hardest heart can read this brief autobiography of a wayward prophet and come away smiling and fully entertained.  That's part of the reason Jonah's story is one of the first we learn about as youngsters--it is brief, attention-grabbing, and will elicit a chuckle or two.

But Jonah's story is more than just a frequent chapter for Children's books.  It has humor, but it's more than just a comedy.  It has action, but it's more than just special effects.  It has an amazing miracle, but it's more than just a crazy tale about a fish swallowing a guy and the guy survives.

The more I read Jonah, the more I recognize I'm looking into a mirror.  Jonah decides to ignore what God says and go his own way.  So do I sometimes.  Jonah eventually gets caught and is saddled with guilt.  Same here.  Having hit rock bottom, Jonah is humbled and reaches out to God, and God responds with a second chance.  He does that in my life too.  But even with the second chance, Jonah eventually throws a bit of a tantrum because God does something that he doesn't want Him to do.  Sadly, I've been there and done that.

I hope you'll join us on July 27th as we begin a 4-week series looking at Jonah's story.  I think you will reach the same conclusion that I have: I am Jonah.

Shelter Information

Posted by Site Admin on April 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

An announcement was made during both services a couple of weeks ago regarding a project that AMCC's leadership has been discussing for a while now: building a shelter on our Snake Lick Road property.  As most of you know, we have used this property more in the last couple of years than we ever have and we hope to continue that.  We've had a couple of Church Picnics there, a camping outing, volleyball games, and a few other events.  The property has been a blessing to our church family and we believe it can be an even greater blessing if we have a nice sized shelter constructed there. 

As was mentioned in the announcement, the cost for the type of shelter we are looking to build (40 x 70) is about $20,000.  The Eldership has made the decision to build the shelter without having to borrow money, so essentially, once we raise the $20,000 we will start building. 

You can donate to the Shelter fund at any time.  You can do so by writing a check and placing the words "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" in the memo section on the check.  Or if you are giving a cash gift, you can obtain an offering envelope at The Welcome Center and write "Building Fund" or "Shelter Fund" on the offering envelope.  We do not presently have any plans to set aside special Sundays for giving to the fund.

Below are the two pictures that were shown during the announcement from a couple of weeks ago.  This shelter is one that another nearby church has built and it is what we are hoping to build on our property.



New Study For The Well: Angels & Demons

Posted by Site Admin on August 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM



"There is something in human nature that just doesn't want to face the reality that we live in two worlds.  We live in the physical, material world where we have jobs, read books, and go about our business.  And we live in a spiritual world--and that is a world at war."

- John Eldredge

" For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

- The Apostle Paul, Ephesians 6:12

Our Wednesday night service, "The Well", resumes next Wednesday (September 4th) & I wanted to take a few minutes to promote a study series that I (Evan) will be leading.  "Angels & Demons" will be an 8-week study series that will take an in-depth, eye-opening look at the spirit world & the beings that inhabit it.

For the longest time, I had other plans regarding what I would teach once our Wednesday night service kicked back off.  Until about three weeks ago the plan was to do a character study on Elijah, followed by a study on his successor, Elisha.  While that may indeed happen at some point, I was compelled to shift gears.  Maybe it was God prompting me, or maybe it was just something I inspired myself to do, but the decision was finally made to spend considerable time on this subject.

Perhaps part of my motivation for leading this study is that it is seldom discussed.  I know in my church-growing-up-years, we rarely (if ever) broached the topic of Angels & Demons.  Even during my four-and-a-half years at a Christian college, I can count on a couple of fingers how many times Angels & Demons were discussed/taught at length.  For whatever reason, churches, teachers, and preachers that I have been associated with just stay away from this subject--at least for the most part.

This is unfortunate, because as you scour through the Scriptures, you will find numerous references to spiritual warfare & the combatants involved in it.  They are unseen to the human eye, but they are present nonetheless.  And their activity needs to be examined by every follower of Christ.  In studying them, we learn a lot about why we are the way we are; and why the world is the way it is.

So this is an invitation for you to join us next Wednesday as we begin our study.  Remember that we're starting at 6:30 pm each night & there will be no meal, as we've often had in the past. 

If this study is not something you are interested in, then I strongly encourage you to participate in Danny Fardo's study group, which will be extensively examining the topic of Discipleship.  Danny has a heart for that & I know he will lead that study very well.  Danny's group will be meeting in the lower level of The Worship Center, while my group will be meeting in The Worship Center itself.

Whichever group you choose, I hope that you will choose one.  Quite honestly, we have too many folks at AMCC who are content to take part for one hour per week & that's that in regard to church involvement.  That needs to change.  And it is my hope that one of these studies will pique your curiosity enough & you will be excited to take part. 

Personally speaking, I enjoy the Wednesday night study format because it is significantly less formal than what happens on Sunday mornings.  There is teaching, but discussion from those in attendance is encouraged & necessary.  I genuinely hope that you will choose to take part in some form or fashion.

Before I sign off, here is the schedule for "Angels & Demons":

September 4th- "Angels vs. Demons"
September 11th- "Misconceptions Of Angels"
September 18th- "The Purpose Of Angels"
September 25th- "Angels & The End Times"
October 9th- "Demons: Fallen Angels"
October 16th- "Demon Oppression & Possession"
October 23rd- "The Destiny Of Demons"
October 30th- "The Invisible War"

Note: On October 2nd, the "Angels & Demons" group will have a guest teacher, who will lead a session not related to the "Angels & Demons" study.

Seeking A Sports Deacon

Posted by Site Admin on August 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM

As we have announced for the last few weeks, the AMCC church family will be voting on Chris Yelton for the position of Sports Deacon on Sunday, September 8th.  The Sports Ministry position was vacated just recently when Danny Fardo became an Elder.  While that move was important & necessary, it left a hole in a very important ministry.  For a few months now, the Elders have prayerfully considered this matter & have decided to place Chris before the congregation, hoping that you will agree that he is the man to assume this position of servant leadership.

Chris & his family have been attending AMCC since the Summer of 2007.  Back then they were just Chris, Bridget, & Mason.  Now, as you can see in the picture above, they are a family of five, having added Omar Owen & Grayson.  In case you haven't noticed, the Yelton boys all have first names that are synonomous with counties in Kentucky.  I don't think that was the original plan, but that's how it all ended up.  I'm still disappointed that we don't have a McCracken Yelton.

While Chris & Bridget are both graduates of Pendleton County High School, they currently teach in the Bracken County School system (B-R-A-C-K-E-N...Bracken!  Bracken!  Go, fight, win!.........sorry about that.......no I'm not).  We all know that Bracken County Schools have turned out some of America's finest citizens (wink, wink), so it has to be a plus that the Yeltons spend considerable time & energy there.

Chris teaches Art in Bracken County because that is one of his great passions in life.  In fact, you'll see some of Mr. Yelton's handiwork on the walls in our Family Life Center.  Chris undoubtedly has talents & gifts in the area of creativity, but he is much more than an artist or an artist who teaches.

First & foremost, Chris Yelton loves Jesus.  In the last 6-plus years he & I have become very good friends.  The Yeltons live just two houses down from our family, so we have become very close.  Chris & I have had numerous conversations about matters of faith.  He has a very analytical way of thinking & is always eager to learn & absorb anything related to his Lord & Savior.

Chris is also very active at AMCC.  For the last few years he has coached a team in our Upward Basketball program--something he will oversee if he is confirmed for this Deacon position.  Chris & Bridget have tag-teamed our Co-Ed volleyball team that plays on Tuesday nights in the summer at Grassy Creek Christian Church.  For a handful of years, Chris oversaw/coached our Men's Softball team that played in Falmouth.  So if you approve of him serving as a Deacon, understand that he is very familiar and involved with the ministry already.

In the community Chris is also very active, coaching tee-ball teams, soccer teams, basketball teams, etc.  For a few years Chris even served as the head coach for Bracken County's high school baseball team.  He knows and loves his sports, but does not take it too far, which often happens to many of us.  He is competitive, puts everything he has into what he is doing, but at the end of the day Chris is a representative of Jesus.  And that, to me at least, is what you want for a Sports Deacon.

And that's just the sports side of things.  Chris & his family seldom miss Sunday morning services.  He is additionally a regular for The Well on Wednesday nights.  In the past, Chris has filled in to teach our high school Sunday School Class, as well as a Sunday night ABF group.  All of these are a testament to one of Chris's most positive qualities: dependability.

Don't get me wrong...Chris is not without flaws.  He once challenged me to a "Who Can Eat More Food At The Wool Festival" contest.  That was pretty stupid, because he had no chance.  Only Curtis Marsh & Billy Ernst could even begin to compete with me.  A few summers ago Chris was having some problems with his riding lawn mower & asked if I could come take a look at it.  That was REALLY stupid.  And unfortunately, Chris Yelton's maternal grandfather is none other than Collis Ray.  Yes, Collis Ray.  But we can't hold that against Chris.

At the end of the day, the Elders & I wholeheartedly support Chris for this position.  Not only he is knowledgable & experienced with a variety of sports, but Chris Yelton is a man who loves Jesus & wants others to come to know him as well.  He has our endorsement & we hope he will have yours too.

Remembering Roger

Posted by Site Admin on March 6, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I had not been at Antioch but for a few weeks when the telephone rang at the office.  I looked at the Caller I.D. & saw that it read "Winkle, Roger A."  I answered with my most frequent greeting: "Antioch Mills, this is Evan."

The voice on the other end--Roger's in the best Spanish he could muster--said this, "My name is Jose.  I need some money.  If I come to your church, can you give me some money?"

For whatever reason I was quick on the draw that day, so I responded, "I don't have any money, but we have an Elder down the road named Roger Winkle.  He has some deep pockets, so I'm sure he'll be able to help you."

Roger immediately laughed, unaware that we had Caller I.D. here at the church.  We laughed for quite a while & I heard him retell that story many times after; but from that point on I referred to Roger as "Jose" & he referred to me as "Pablo."

In fact, this past Sunday I spoke but one word to Roger just before the first service began.  We greeted each other in passing, as we often did, by my saying, "Jose" and by his response of, "Pablo."

Little did I know it would be the last time the two of us would speak.

This past Sunday, in the late afternoon/early evening, Roger heard his Lord & Savior speak the following words: "Well done, good and faithful servant!  Come and share your master's happiness." (see Matthew 25:21)

Roger's passing comes as a shock to all of us, especially his wonderful wife Darlene, their three children, & the grandchildren who adored him.  That's not to mention his siblings, other relatives & countless friends.  The AMCC church family has lost a giant of faith, a man who has served this church in just about every capacity you could imagine.  In fact, Roger was in his 25th year of serving as an Elder when he left us.

I mentioned on our church Facebook page that our loss is undoubtedly heaven's gain, but for those of us still on this side of eternity, we mourn & grieve the death of our good friend.  Roger was a rock in so many ways, whether it be in his leadership, his teaching, his knowledge of Scripture, or thousands of other ways in which he was as consistent as they come.  His sweet, gentle spirit will be missed by us all.

We will mourn together this Wednesday & Thursday during the visitation & funeral arrangements for Roger.  We will remember him as a church family this Sunday & for quite some time into the future.  But perhaps the best way we can remember him is by continuing to carry the torch of faith he has passed down to each of us.  To live our lives in such a way that Jesus Christ is honored above all.

Arrangements for Roger Winkle are as follows:

Visitation- 5:00-8:00 pm at AMCC
Funeral- 11:00 am at AMCC (burial at Battle Grove Cemetery immediately after)


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