* THANKSGIVING SONG FEST
Submitted by Rev. Kline
There will be a Thanksgiving Song Fest on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Good Tidings Tabernacle, 403 N. Hoosier St., Brazil.
There will be special singing featuring groups from Muncie, Rockville and Brazil.
* Carbon United Methodist Church
By Mary Egloff
Last Sunday was a big day for our church. We had a great Thanksgiving service at which we all gave thanks for how God watches over us and gives us many blessings that we have a tendency to take for granted.
Take a moment to stop and count your blessings. You would be surprised at how long that list will be.
We were also blessed by our Pastor Rick and his wife Cindy's two granddaughters, Mariah and Chelsey, for singing "Sanctuary" for us. Thank you so much girls.
After such a blessed church service, there was a big traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for everyone, and as usual the tables were overflowing with all sorts of delicious dishes.
Thanks to Pat Egloff for his turkey and dressing, to Beverly Taylor for her chicken and noodles, to Sharon Crawford for her mashed potatoes, to Mary Egloff for her hot rolls, and to all the others who brought their favorite dishes to share. Pete Taylor took two heaping plates of food to John and Roberta Summers. We send our love to them.
Thursday evening, the Carbon United Methodist Church and the Carbon Church of the Nazarene held their annual joint Harvest Service. This year it was at the Methodist Church. There was a good turnout, and we always enjoy sharing our services with each other.
We want to thank Ivy Jackson for stepping in Sunday morning and seeing that our "problem" was recorded and taken care of. And we thank everyone who pitched in to help us clean up the mess. We were very grateful that things were not worse and we pray that the individuals involved will find the guidance and love they are searching for.
We hope to see you this Sunday at Sunday School, which begins at 9 a.m., and Worship Service, which starts at 10 a.m.
* BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Submitted by Bee Ridge Church
Good Morning. All of us at Bee Ridge Church would like to thank all of you who came and/or donated to our Turkey Dinner last Saturday. We really appreciate the support of the surrounding community and city. Wasn't the food delicious? Not only do we have a lot of good Christians, we also have a lot of good cooks and dedicated workers. God has really blessed us. We are especially thankful to Him.
Have you ever given any thought abut the words "THANK YOU?" These two words are among the most important words we can speak. However, while it's important to be grateful, there's another side of "thank you."
Thank you needs to be given in all sincerity. It's important that it includes all who give. We should not expect anything in return....even a thank you. The other side of thank you is a pure heart that reflects God's perfect love for us. This coming Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. We invite you to Bee Ridge Church to share with us as we thank God for faithful provision for our needs.
Bee Ridge Church is located on Kennedy Crossing's Road which is 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by church at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to meeting you. Bless you all.
* EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Submitted by Eastside Christian Church
Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. First of all I would like for you to remember this writer's family in your prayers. Our dear mother and grandmother, Helen McClain, went to be with her Lord on Sunday. ?I work out in the public, so I see that people are really getting into Christmas already, but I do want to point out that Thanksgiving is coming up this next week, and I would like for everyone to take time out from their shopping and count their blessings. We are a blessed nation, and we need to thank God for this, not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday of the year.
I have been mentioning the many specials we will be having at our church in the next few weeks. I hope you will consider attending all of them, or at least some of them. We will be having the Hanging of the Greens on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Some are meeting at Hardee's beforehand for coffee and/or breakfast. Then, Dec. 2 will start our Sunday evenings of special music. Some of those who will be with us are Mary Price and Friends, and the Jack Bozwell Gospel Band. Others will be announced soon. These services are at 6 p.m.
Our Christmas ?Candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 23. If you are not attending church somewhere else, we would love to have you come be with us. We are a nondenominational Bible believing church that strives to put Jesus first in every aspect of life.
Our services are very casual and friendly. We offer Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m., with our worship service at 10:30 a.m.. We also offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Our Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., and we have a prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.
Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We hope to see you soon. Until next time, we want to wish you and your family a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.?If you are not attending church somewhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us.
* New Hope Fellowship
Submitted by New Hope Fellowship
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. But thanks should be on our lips every day.
We can never say thanks enough to parents, friends and leaders, and especially to God. Thankfulness ought to be the prime characteristic in a Christian's life.
Thankfulness is appreciation, gratitude and praise.
Four elements of true thanksgiving are (1) remembering what God has done, (2) telling others about it, (3) showing God's glory to others and (4) offering gifts of self, time and resources.
If you are truly thankful, your life will show it.
Psalm 92: 1-2: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening.
This Thanksgiving Day, as we sit down with our families and loved ones, let us take a moment to give thanks to God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.
This Sunday we will be having an installation and presentation of four new deacons. Let's all show our support for them.
On Sunday, Nov. 25, a group from the "House of Hope" will be performing for us with a message and songs of praise. Come join us in this day of worship. You will get a blessing from it.
On Dec. 9, we will be having a dinner at Jackson Gardens after church to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday Church Services begin at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening Church Services beginning at 6 p.m., with Wednesday evening Bible Study is at 7 p.m.
Come worship with us. We are located one block North of US 40 on S.R. 59 in the building that S.O.S. has graciously allowed us to use.
New Hope Fellowship, a small church with a big vision.
* FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Submitted by First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church will be having their 22nd annual traditional Thanksgiving day dinner on Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. You and your family are invited to attend, at no charge. For reservations, call 812-448-8112 and leave a message. Delivery will be available to shut-ins in the Brazil area. The First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut, Brazil.
* Otter Creek Christian Church
Submitted by Otter Creek Christian Church
Well, hello again from the Otter Creek Christian Church.
I cannot believe that the holidays are upon us so fast. Where did this year go?
We got so busy doing our own thing that we miss out on a lot of the blessings that God has put in this world for us to enjoy.
As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends, let us not forget that we are to be thankful to God for what we have and for the greatest gift of Love to the world on that Christmas Day, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.
So when we bow heads on Thursday to ask God to bless the food, be sure to Thank Him.
A lot of good things are happening at Otter Creek.
On Sunday, Nov. 25, we are starting a Sunday night service at 6 p.m., our special guests on this night will be Jason and Joselyn Thiemann. They will be with us to share the plans God has called them to do. They are preparing to go to Lesotho, a small country within South Africa, to work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).
Our service times are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:40 a.m. The Church is located at 6299 N. Cross St., Brazil. For more information, contact 443-5300 or Pastor Stephen Brattain at 446-4007.
Happy Thanksgiving and see you Sunday.
* CENTER POINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Center Point United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be open for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and Dec. 19. We will resume normal scheduling after the New Year.
* Annunciation Catholic Church
Submitted by Annunciation Catholic Church
Father Dom Chukwudi (firstname.lastname@example.org)is the Administrator and Dr. Marsha Bialaszewski (M.Bialaszewski@att.net) is the Pastoral Associate.
The Mass schedule is Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. Reconciliation is 5:45-6:15 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Divine Mercy Chaplet: First Sunday each month at 8 a.m.
Father's office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Parish office hours are 8-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.
THERE WILL BE NO OFFICE HOURS NOV. 22 AND NOV. 23 DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.
The roof repairs have started and parking behind the church is at a premium. Please, only those needing handicapped parking should park behind the church for masses. During the week if you have business in the Parish Center please use the east door. We will try to make sure it is open each day. Parking is available on N. Harrison St.
If you know of anyone who would like to advertise in our bulletin or if you would like to place an advertisement, contact Ray Williams at 1-800-950-9952 ext. 2576 or email him at rwilliams@4LPi.com.
We will be having a children/youth mass on Nov. 18. Our Mass of Thanksgiving will be Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. Don't forget to put Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. on your calendar. That will be the next Devine Mercy Chaplet. If you haven't heard or participated in one you will be pleasantly surprised how spiritual this version of the rosary is.
Our next community event is the Deanery Night at the Movies on December 5th at the Walnut Theatre. This is located at 24 S. Walnut St. in Brazil. The movie is "The Nativity Story". The event is open to all deanery churches! If you want to learn more about the movie go to www.thenativitystory.com.
The Lady Knights are hosting a trip to Our Lady of Snows on Dec. 8. Our Lady of Snows is located near St. Louis, Mo.
Dec. 15, we will be having our fourth annual Taste of Christmas followed by a Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 16. Please watch here and in the bulletin for further information on all upcoming events.
The raffle for the television and the surround sound theatre system will be this Sunday, so you still have a chance to win your entry into the raffle.
Anyone bringing in a non-perishable food donation Sunday will receive a free first half and second half bonanza card. This week we are also having $100 payout on all regular bingos. Our first half jar ball is now $875 which is the highest it can be by law.
Upcoming bingo events include a Double prize bingo on Nov. 25. The caller will designate B or I or N or G or O as the doubling ball and if a bingo is called on the doubling ball the winner will receive double the normal prize. Winner-take-all, jarball, Large and Small Jackpot games are not included. Dec. 2 will be Buddy Night and Dec. 9, we will have a $1000 guaranteed coverall jackpot give-a-way.
Our bingo hall is located at 8990 N. Kennedy Crossing Rd. across from the Northview High School baseball field. Speed bingo starts at 6 p.m., early bird bingo starts at 6:30 and regular bingo starts at 7 p.m. We are handicapped accessible and we have a lighted parking lot.
* FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Submitted by First Church of the Nazarene
Greetings from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene.
Good news for the children in our community. Our church now offers good, clean, stylish clothing to all kids who need clothing and shoes. There is no qualification for receiving clothing except need. Contact Erin Hood or Cindy Wright via phone at 446-0371 and they will be happy to assist you.
The name of this project is "Kidz Klozet" and this is our way of sharing God's love and caring with others in our community.
Our Caravan children will be in the Christmas Parade the evening after Thanksgiving. They will be riding on a float and treating the watchers with Christmas music and candy.
The theme this year is "Christmas Comes to Lone Star Gulch". This is the name of our children's Christmas play which will be held Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. Director/leaders are: Haley Bechtel and Erin Hood.
We are so pleased to learn the property our church purchased in Honduras now has a new church built on that site. Praise the Lord!
A very dear, sweet lady in our church, Boodie Wenight, recently had surgery and is now home recuperating. Get well Boodie and know we love you and are praying for you.
Our deepest sympathy to Ron and Pat Lohrman and Cindy and Tom Higgins, as Ron's mother passed away this week. Our prayers and love are with you.
If you are not attending church somewhere, then we warmly invite you to join us. Worship is 10 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m., Wednesday night service 7 p.m., Children's Caravan, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. with van service available.
We provide nursery service for babies and also Wee Worship. Casual dress is appropriate. Mark your calendar's now for our traditional Christmas Eve Service at 10:30 p.m. This is for everyone in our community.
It is our sincere desire that you feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you will be spiritually encouraged and strengthened as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, together.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God bless.
* UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Submitted by Union United Methodist Church
Thank you, God, for everything,
the big things and the small.
For every good gift comes from God
the giver of them all.
And all too often we accept, without any thanks or praise,
The gifts God sends as blessings, each day in many ways.
And so at this Thanksgiving Time, we offer up a prayer...
To thank you, God, for giving us a lot more than our share. --Helen Steiner Rice
The following week many in the community gathered for a turkey dinner followed by a time of thanksgiving and praise following the meal.
The week also included collection of gift filled shoeboxes for the national mission project Operation Christmas Child. The collection will wrap-up tomorrow afternoon and a semi will be hauling the boxes away to be distributed to children around the world.
Looking ahead: Nov. 25 there will be a special service for those desiring to renew their wedding vowels. If you are interested please contact Pastor Dennis as soon as possible.
The United Methodist Women are taking donations for stocking stuffers to be donated for Service on the Streets (S.O.S.) for more details and ideas to donate please see a member of UMW.
We invite you to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. followed by Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. We are conveniently located south of Brazil off SR 59, turn east on CR 600 proceeding toward the airport and Jackson Twp School. We are exactly 1.75 miles east of SR 59 on CR 600. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
* First United Methodist Church
By Pastor Tony Alstott
Have you ever felt the least qualified to get a job done?
Have you ever thought you were the least likely candidate for a position?
If you have, you are in good company. You may also be just the person for the position to get the job done.
In the Book of Judges, God called Gideon to lead an army against the Midianites. Gideon's response was, "How can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the least in my family."
Gideon argued with God on the basis that he was the least likely candidate for the job. Perhaps Gideon was right. But the difference is that God called Gideon and promised to be with Gideon. Gideon answered the call and saved Israel.
What is God calling you to do?
Is God calling you to volunteer for a not-for-profit organization, coach a little league team, lead a scout troop, write letter to soldiers, speak out against injustice or to pray for others. If God is calling you, God will equip you and be with you.
This week nine people answered God's call to go to Mississippi to help in hurricane recovery: Jerry Morgan, Greg Runyon, Bill Jenkins, Nancy Jenkins, Jim Rupp, Greg Phillips, Mack McCullough, Keith Bowers and David Bowers are putting new roofs on houses that were damaged from Hurricane Katrina.
Join us for traditional worship at 9 a.m., or at 11 a.m. for contemporary worship, at Brazil First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St.
The soup kitchen is open on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for anyone who wants to eat a free meal. This Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, is our Thanksgiving Feast.
Open Hands Preschool has openings for its afternoon classes for ages 3-5. Contact Director Chris Pestoff at 812-208-7957.
* Carbon Baptist Church
Submitted by Carbon Baptist Church
Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.
We will be participating in the Christmas Parade on Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The float is always exciting.
The Ladies Ministry will be having their Christmas Get-Together at the Atrium on Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. All ladies are welcome to attend.
Very excited to announce this year for the first time will be having a live nativity scene.
It will be the weekend of Dec. 14-15. Will announce more information about the location at a later date.
Youth Pastor Chris Lee is very happy to announce over Spring Break 2008 there will be a mission trip to Waveland, Miss., to help with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. It is a while off, but much planning will be put into this mission.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the parade.
Please come and join us at 8:30 a.m., or for second service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School begins at 9:40 a.m.
Thank you and God Bless.