News from area churches


Submissions from area churches are increasing as you see here in today’s edition. If your church would like to share news of an activity with the community, the information on how to submit is here.

Pictures need to be at least 180 dpi or larger with some description of the event and the names of the people in the picture, the name of the church and its location. Action pictures are better than just folks standing in a line, but we’ll accept either.

You can send your picture or pictures to Philip Case through the mail at %The State Journal, P.O. Box 368, Frankfort, KY 40602; bring it/them through the door at 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., next to the Post Office or via e-mail to If you have a question call Case at 227-4556 (ext. 258) or e-mail him. We would love to have submissions from your church.

First Christian Church

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Linda Blair speaks to those from First Christian Church who gathered on Sunday, June 3 at Cove Spring Park for the church’s Prayer in Nature Walk. The Healing Hearts of First Christian Church, 316 Ann St., conducted the walk at the park. Participants walked past cards placed in the grass that held the names and dates of life of family members and friends who have died. “Affirmations of life” prayers were handed out along the walking trail, prayer stones were available for walkers to personalize and there was time to walk and witness love and loss at the Compassionate Friends memorial. Time was also set aside for group reflection at the park’s pavilion and communion was  shared at the end of the walk at the waterfall.



West Frankfort Church of God

Richard Wright, a member of West Frankfort Church of God, recently collected non-perishable food items at Save-a-Lot in Eastwood Shopping Center for the “Handsful of Purpose” Food Pantry that provides food boxes to families of Franklin County.  The pantry, established four years ago, provided boxes of food to 2,700 families in 2011.


West Frankfort Church of God

Jules Aldridge, left, and Cameron Tracy helped pack and color decorations and designs on boxes of items purchased by members of West Frankfort Church of God, Louisville Road, and sent to military personnel serving in Afghanistan.



Golden Agers

Golden Agers  members,  from left, Juanita Gross, Betty Cohorn, Nancy Grisham,  Jane Duvall and Charlotte Jones gathered in the kitchen prior to a meeting of the Golden Agers. The group meets monthly at  Thornhill Baptist Church, Holmes Street.

Thornhill Baptist Golden Agers 

The Thornhill Baptist Church Golden Agers started in April  of 1972 as the first non-governmental senior adult program  in Franklin County and remained the only such ministry offered by a church for several years.

The idea for the group was conceived when Bill Hartung was pastor  of the church. Charlie and Bess Oliver, Frank Downey, Harvey Gaines, Odell and Lucille Goins, Roxie Glass and Gladys New aided him in establishing it.

Gaines, now 99, is the only charter member still living and attends  when able.

Since the beginning, attendance at the monthly meetings has averaged from 50-80. The meetings feature a potluck lunch, information and entertainment, day trips and special holiday events. 

Though largely attended by members of Thornhill, membership is open to any senior adult in the Frankfort area, many of whom have attended and urged their churches to establish similar groups.

Larry Lester, the church’s minister of music, now directs the program.


Harvey Gaines

Harvey Gaines Jr., 99,  is the only living charter member  of the  Golden Agers  at Thornhill Baptist Church. The  group was started  in April of 1972.



Cookout, singing at Harvieland

Harvieland United Methodist Church, Flat Creek Road, is holding a cookout and singing beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the church.

Following the cookout, South of Heaven Ministries and other local musicians will provide music.  For more information, contact Ollie Katherine Snook, 223-8962. The public is invited and those coming to are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Vacation Bible School calendar

It’s summer and it’s Vacation Bible School time in our local churches. If you would like to have your VBS listed here, please send the information to Philip Case,, drop it by the newspaper, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., or mail it in.

>Buck Run Baptist Church, 3894 Georgetown Rd: June 17, 6 p.m. in the chapel, early VBS registration featuring live animals. VBS is June 18-22 6-8 p.m., concluding with swimming party June 25, 5:54, at Juniper Hill. Theme: “IncrediWorld Amazement Park.” For more information call 695-4050.

>Farmdale Baptist, 5610 US 127 S: June 24-28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The theme is “Space Quest – John 14:6.”

>Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen Road at Cardwell Lane: June 25-28. 6-8 p.m. with a meal at 5:30. For more information call 223-8364.

>First Presbyterian Church, 416 W. Main St: June 24-27, 5:30-8 p.m., ages 3 through sixth grade, light supper served. For more call the church office at 502-223-8577.

>Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 2875 Flat Creek Rd., barbeque and early registration, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. Food  and games for all ages. One-day VBS  is Saturday, June 23 with registration at  9 a.m., Bible study, crafts  and games until 3. Theme: “Where Kids Shine in God’s Light.”

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