Saturday service geared toward youth, young adults PDF Print E-mail

Churches across America are facing a question that every generation has to address, “How do you minister to the older generations, while also reaching out to youth and young adults in the community?”

Crossing that great divide is a difficult task and often times churches tend to be focused and geared toward the older crowd.

In an attempt to aleviate that problem, there will be a non-denominational service every Saturday at the Pekin Outreach Center beginning at 5 p.m.

This is a full-blown service with contemporary worship, offering, message and a time of communion.

All age groups are invited, but the service will be geared for families with young children and youth in the community, but this is not a church plant, according to organizers.

In fact, after each service, those in attendance will be encouraged to get plugged in to one of the churches in the community.

If community churches provide information it will be available to attendees as they come or go each Saturday night.

“This is not a new church,” said BJ Anderson, one of the event’s organizers. “This is an attempt to spread the gospel in way that young people will be more willing to receive it. We are not looking for church transfers, but are hoping to make converts for Jesus Christ.”

Small churches in the Pekin community don’t have the resources or staff to make a Saturday contemporary service a reality.

This service will be put on by volunteers, many from outside the community.

The first service on Nov. 22 will feature a praise team from Pfrimmer’s Chapel in Corydon.

The second week praise team members from Salem Assembly of God will lead worship.

There will also be different speakers who volunteer to share a message each week.

“The goal is not to change the word of God, but it is to make it relevant and applicable to young people and young families,” Anderson said.

Cash Hundley, who is youth Pastor at Salem First Christian Church as well as George Browning, who is the youth pastor at Pekin United Methodist, along with others, will also be involved.

“Our fear in starting this ministry is that the churches in the community will fill threatened by what we are doing,” Browning said. “Bottom line is this, if you attend churches in our area a lot of the crowd is over 30 and we (the Body of Christ) have got to come together and find a way to get more young people in the building. They are the future of the church.

“Once we get them in the door, it’s out of our hands because the Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing, but it also says, ‘if they do not hear, how will they know of Jesus?’ And that’s our goal, to provide an avenue for young people to hear the word of God and to be introduced to the risen Savior!”

Worship teams have already been scheduled through the first couple of weeks and whether or not this service is something that continues will be dependent on whether or not the mission of reaching the younger crowd is accomplished.

“I think we will get a clear answer from God if this is something He wants to continue,” Browning said. “If no one shows up, we will trust that we will have to go back to the drawing board on how to reach young people in our community!”

For more information call 812-620-3849.

Salem swimmers eye individual records PDF Print E-mail

Swimming is one of those sports that is scored as a team, but also has an individual side.

Salem will be competitive in some of their team meets this year, but the swimmers, when discussing goals, seemed more focused on what they hope to accomplish in the individual events.

“I hope to at least get a couple of more individual records this year,” said Salem Senior Emily Motsinger.

Motsinger is the current SHS record holder in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke and she is part of three record-holding relay teams at Salem.

One of the records she said she is chasing this year is the 100-yard freestyle and she added that she’d like to make a run at the 200-yard Individual medley.

“I am not sure what we can do as a team,” Motsinger said. “We are down a little on numbers, as far as boys and girls, but we will see what we can do.”

Motsinger is one of four seniors on the team.

Abby Bortka is a senior, as is Blanch Warren and Zihao Feng.

“I really want to break my 500 free record,” Bortka said. “As a team, I want us to break as many school records as possible.”

Bortka has broken the record in the 500-yard freestyle several times. The current record is 6:36.

She said she is optimistic about being able to break the record.

Warren is setting the bar high as far as her goals for the Salem swim teams this year.

“I really want us to get a bunch of sectional titles and to beat my own 200-IM record,” she said.

The record for the 200-yard individual medley is 3:07.

“It’s going to be hard to break it again,” Warren said.

Feng said he decided to swim because he don’t want to just stay in this winter and add pounds.

“I did swimming before and remember some of the skills from when I was in the sixth-grade in China,” he said.

Feng said he hasn’t decided what events he is going to do, but he is leaning toward the sprint-type races.

As for his goal for this year is a simple one, “I want to beat one of the girls, especially Emily (Motsinger)!”

There are only two juniors on second-year Head Coach Lindsey Akers’ team. They are, Dara Kaiser and Riley Kalb.

The two teams swam in the seasons’ first co-ed meet of the year Tuesday (results were not available at press time).

The Lady Lion swimmers already opened the season with a 146-33 loss to Jennings County.

The following are the results from that meet: Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay: Salem, third, (Emily Motsinger, Haley Motsinger, Blanch Warren, Abby Bortka); fourth, Salem (Alex Campbell, Rachel Heathcock, Dara Kaiser, Tabitha Sheperd) Girls 200-Yard freestyle: Bortka, fourth, Amanda May fifth, Dara Kaiser, sixth. Girls 200-Yard IM: E. Motsinger, third H. Motsinger, fifth and Warren sixth. Girls 50-Yard Freestyle: Campbell, fourth, Teyha Morrison, fifth and Brooklyn Ault. Girls 100-Yard Butterfly: 4 Warren, fourth and Kaiser, fifth Girls 100-Yard Freestyle: E. Motsinger, second, Campbell, fifth, Sheperd, sixth. Girls 500-Yard Freestyle: 3 Bortka, 5 May, 6 Heathcock Girls 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (May, Warren, Heathcock, Campbell) and fourth (Ault, Kaiser, Sheperd, Morrison). Girls 100-Yard Backstroke: Heathcock, fourth, Sheperd, fifth and Ault, sixth. Girls 100-Yard Breaststroke: H. Motsinger, fourth. Girls 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (Bortka, May, H. Motsinger, E. Motsinger)

Eastern snaps six-game skid with win over Borden PDF Print E-mail

Eastern’s senior quarterback didn’t get an opportunity to complete many meaningful passes during the 2014 football season.

But the Musketeer signal caller delivered what could have been the game-winning pass in his team’s 61-53 win over Borden Tuesday (Nov. 25).

After scoring a basket in the paint with 3:10 remaining in the game that gave EHS a 52-50 lead, Roberts delivered a pass to Grant Newcomb to extend Eastern’s lead to four, 54-50.

At that point, the Musketeers pulled away.

The win snapped Eastern’s six-game losing streak against their rivals dating back to the 2011-12 season.

“I was real proud of the kids tonight,” said Musketeer Head Coach Scott Newcomb. “I thought they worked hard and found a way to get through the adjustments.”

The adjustments Newcomb is talking about is a new point of emphasis by the Indiana High School Athletic Association to call more fouls that limit the offensive players’ movements.

That emphasis left both teams battling foul trouble.

“Those are the new rules, I don’t like them, but the kids are going to have to adjust and learn to play more with their feet,” Newcomb said.

Musketeer senior Grant Newcomb, who finished with a game-high 25 points, including four of four from the free throw line in the final quarter had previously been 0-4 in games against the Braves.

“It felt great to beat them, I hadn’t won in two years against them entering my junior year, so it’s good to get this one,” Grant Newcomb said.

Roberts basket and assist might have gave EHS the final push they needed, but a crucial series of events took place with just under five minutes remaining.

The Musketeers led 46-42, but Borden pulled to within two off a tough layup by junior Caleb Hart.

After hitting the basket it looked as if he clapped in an Eastern players’ face and was whistled for a technical foul for taunting.

Newcomb hit the two technical free throws and the Musketeers got the ball back and took advantage when Jessie Murphy hit a basket in the lane stretching the margin to six, 50-44.

In addition to a four-point swing, Hart’s technical counted as his fifth personal foul and he was out of the game during the final 4:47.

Scott Newcomb said it felt like that play helped to slow some of the momentum Borden had gained.

“After he scored he seemed to have clapped in one of our players’ faces and it was fortunate for us, because it helped change the momentum a little bit,” he said.

It might have slowed the momentum, but Borden was not done fighting.

Brandon Thompson scored a basket for the Braves and Noah Hart scored two on an offensive put-back trimming Eastern’s margin back to two, 50-48.

After a Musketeer turnover, Nathan Bachman scored two and got fouled with 3:35 remaining. He missed the and-one and that set up Roberts’ basket and assist.

Borden continued to fight, but each time they made a run, Eastern had an answer.

“I told the kids, ‘Borden made a run, they have all the excitement, so what are we about? Are we going to wilt, or are we going to find a way to get it done?’” Newcomb said. “From that point on we took off and did a good job.”

Eastern (1-0) gets a week off to prepare for their next game, a Dec. 2 showdown at home against Scottsburg. (Results from that game were not available at press time).

Borden played Shoals on Saturday and will be back in action at home Friday against Lanesville.


Borden: Bachman 15, Franklin 2, Gray 8, Caleb Hart 15, Thompson 5, Stonecipher 2, Noah Hart 4.

Eastern: Newcomb 27, McDaniel 6, Roberts 4, Murphy 13, Doebler 10, Emmert 1.

3-pt fieldgoals: Borden (4) Bachman 2, Thompson 2; Eastern (5) Newcomb 5.


Statistical highlights (stats are unofficial)

EHS: Newcomb was 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point arc.

McDaniel and Roberts did not play last year for EHS and made an immediate impact.

McDaniel scored six points and grabbed six rebounds.

Roberts had four points and four rebounds.

McDaniel was one of the top cross country runners for EHS this fall and Roberts was the starting quarterback for the EHS football team.

Head Coach Scott Newcomb said both are athletes and are welcome additions to the team.

Alex Doebler scored 10 points, but had a busy night stuffing stats. He had five rebounds and five steals in Eastern’s win.

Borden: Noah Hart was a driving force in Borden’s junior varsity win over Eastern and scored four points and had two rebounds, all of which came at crucial points of the game.

Gray had eight points, but led everyone with 10 rebounds in the game.

Bachman and Hart scored 15 points each for the Braves.


Borden turns back Lanesville in SAC battle PDF Print E-mail

The Borden Braves moved to 2-1 after defeating the defending sectional champs Lanesville, 64-55 last Friday night.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest in recent string of burglaries PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 07:24

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Friday, October 17, concerning several burglaries in the north Clark County areas of Charlestown and Otisco.

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