ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC CHURCH
Father Dom Chukwudi (email@example.com)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.
The roof repairs continue 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 800-950-9952 ext. 2576 or e-mail him at rwilliams@4LPi.com
Devine Mercy Chaplet is this Sunday. 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 Dec. 5 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 and anyone in the Brazil area that might wish to attend. 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. If you plan on going please contact the Parish Office.
Dec. 15, we will be having our Fourth annual Taste of Christmas immediately after mass. Dec. 16, the Knights of Columbus will be cooking pancakes. We start serving at 9 a.m. Both of these events have been well received in the past and both promise to be enjoyable again this time, so plan on joining us for one or both.
Dec. 2, is buddy night, so bring a buddy to bingo and share in the fun. Dec. 9, we will have a $1000 guaranteed coverall jackpot give-a-way. We are still playing two sets of speed games starting at 6 p.m., early bird bingo starts at 6:30 and regular bingo starts at 7 p.m.
Our bingo hall is located at 8990 N. Kennedy Crossing Rd. across from the Northview High School baseball field. We are handicapped accessible and we have a lighted parking lot.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Happy December. Yes, it's here already. This is the first day of December and the last month of the year. Obviously, you all know that already. You know, too, how busy this month can be.....buying Christmas presents, preparing special meals, getting all the decorations up, etc. The list goes on and on.
Remember to take time from your busy schedule to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. It's all about the birth of baby Jesus. Try taking an hour each day thanking our God for everything he has done for us. If you cannot give him an hour, start out on a smaller scale. Just make some time for Him.
Thanks to all of you who braved the cold weather last Friday night to come to the annual Christmas Parade. Special thanks to all the people who walked and rode in the parade. Weren't all the floats beautiful? There was a lot of dedicated work put in most of the floats. It's great to have a community who shows their support to their hometown.
We invite you to spend one of those hours listening to our Pastor Jeff teaching us God's word. Believe me, it will be worth the extra drive. We are located at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd. It's 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and church services start at 10:30 a.m. We'll be looking for you. God Bless
Berea Church is having a Birthday Party For Jesus on Friday, Dec. 14, from 7-10 p.m. Registration will open at 6:30 p.m. Kids are asked to bring a gift instead of receiving a gift, no need to buy anything, something the child no longer plays with or no longer can wear is fine.
We will be having cake and playing games. This is a chance for us to teach children the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving.
The children will have the opportunity to wrap whatever they bring and all gifts will then be taken to those less fortunate. Parents can use this time to do last minute shopping. We are asking that children be at least one-year old and no older than fifth grade.
The church address is 1995 W Co Rd 800 N. in Brazil. The church is at the stop sign of Billville road and Waterworks road. For more information call 812-448-8698.
Brazil Bible Fellowship Church
Perhaps you may not be familiar with Brazil Bible Fellowship Church. BBFC is a non-denominational, independent church that firmly believes in the inspired, inerrant Word of God that offers hope to sinners through the message of salvation through faith in Christ alone. It enables us to know God personally and how to grow and change so that we can reflect Him in our everyday circumstances of life.
Gordon Nelson has been our pastor for over five year. He continues to faithfully teach us and help us understand the Bible for ourselves so that we can make it real in daily life.
Here are some opportunities for you to come and experience the ministry of BBFC for yourself. We are located directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. Our new sign is easily visible from Highway 59. Come visit us! Sunday School is at 10 a.m. with classes for all ages. Our worship service is at 11 a.m.
During December, Pastor Gordon will be focusing his messages on Jesus coming as the Messiah, the Savior who takes away the sin of the world. We also have an Evening Service at 6:30. The current study is on the biblical principles of forgiveness. On Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m., the ladies/girls are studying the book of Esther and the men/boys are studying what the Bible teaches on how to deal with sin and guilt.
Mark you calendars and join us for the following Christmas ministries: Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. - Christmas program; Dec. 23, at 6:30 p.m. - Christmas caroling; Dec. 31, from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. New Year's Eve celebration for the whole family at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym.
For more information or to find out more, call the office at 442-5008 or email Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brazil First United Methodist Church
On Dec. 2, we will present our Children's Christmas Party during both morning services. Mary is Macy Brinkman. Joseph is Christopher Kaufman. The angel Gabriel is Meghan Bass. Our multitude of angels includes Emma Beasley, Cammie Bass, Jillian Freeman, Gracie Jones, Caitlyn Graves and Taylor Graves. The shepherds in the field watching the flock by night are Colton Wallace, Benjamin Goshen and Brylee Wallace. King Herod is played by Caleb Freeman and his advisor is Morgan Bass. The three Magi are Jonah Freeman, Caleb Alstott and Mason Shorter.
Join us at Brazil First UMC at 201 N. Meridian St. at 9 a.m. for traditional worship or 11 a.m. for our contemporary worship. The Soup Kitchen is open on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for anyone that wants a free meal.
Open Hands Preschool has openings for its afternoon classes for ages 3-5. Contact Director Chris Pestoff at (812) 208-7957.
BRAZIL FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Sunday, Dec. 2 marks the beginning of the Advent season. This is the beginning of the Christian year and the First Presbyterian Church has been making preparations for this holy time, which includes the four Sundays before Christmas.
Last Sunday, as is the custom, the children of the church celebrated the beginning of the Advent season with a party after church during which they decorated the Sunday School rooms. In the evening, the Senior Highs and friends gathered to decorate the Sanctuary for the season.
Last Sunday also marks the beginning of the annual Angel Tree project. Everyone is invited to take an "Ornament" from the tree in the Narthex which has a designated gift written in it, purchase the gift and return it wrapped. Through this project and Christmas food baskets, several needy families will have a special Christmas.
This Sunday, Dec. 2, the session will meet at 9:40 a.m. to welcome members to our church family. They will be introduced to the congregation during the regular Service of Divine Worship at 10:30 a.m. In addition, the church will welcome the Knight Singers, who will be sharing their musical talents under the direction of First Presbyterian's Music Director Steve McCullough.
The Lord's Supper will be celebrated and the annual Congregational Meeting to elect new officers and review the budget for the coming year will be held after the conclusion of the service.
The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us for worship and fellowship. For more information call the church office at 446-2415 or online at www.brazilpresbyterian.org
CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH
Hello from Carbon Baptist Church. 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. It will be in the vacant lot beside Adamson Laundromat, on East National. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on both evenings.
We will be having a Children's Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. It is titled "Stranger in the Manger." Everyone is invited.
December our theme is "Bethlehem Journey" each Sunday will be an adventure, please come and enjoy the messages. This Sunday is Hope.
We will also be having a Christmas Eve Program "Christ Coming" at 9 p.m. on the Dec. 24. Hope you enjoyed our Carbon Baptist Church Christmas float. It was so much fun just being a part of it. Have a good week.
Please come and join us at 8:30 a.m. or second service is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School is at 9:40 a.m.
Carbon United Methodist Church
We were relieved to learn that the boys who trashed our church were caught. It is a shame that they felt that this would be fun. We also are happy to hear that one or two of them had the conscience to talk the other boy out of burning our old Bible. It was bad enough that they tore it up, but it can be put back together. Knowing the boys makes it harder to accept that they could betray the town and the churches that they have grown up with. We hope that they will move on from this experience and grow into responsible and caring adults.
The Town & Country United Methodist Men met at Carbon Tuesday evening for their monthly meeting. There was a good turnout of men and the women had many compliments on the meal that was served to them. The men and the women enjoyed the piano music and songs provided by Chester Hapenny. He is so talented.
Please pray for the people of our church. It seems that nearly every family within our church family has major health, emotional and financial problems. For those who are having troubles, turn to your church family for support. For the church family, pray for those having troubles and offer your support. That is what a church is.
We want to thank J.C. Somers for being an usher last Sunday. We love having him join us when he can.
This Sunday, Dec. 2, is the first week of Advent, the preparing for the coming of the Christ Child. Let us remember that Christ is the center of our Christmas celebration and welcome the celebration of His birth with reverence and love.
Our Christmas Program will be Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. There will be a breakfast before the program at 9 a.m. Then there will be an organ music program presented by Linda Grove. We are all looking forward to hearing her. Plan to join us for this special Sunday.
Have you not been to church lately? Have you told yourself that you really should start going again? Now is the time. We would welcome you warmly and sincerely if you chose our church to come back closer to God. Our Sunday School is at 9 and our Worship Service is at 10 a.m. We hope to see you there.
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. By the time you read this December is upon us, and the church is decorated for Christmas.
Our first concert of the season with the Farmersburg Presbyterian Choir will be tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. We hope you will be with us to enjoy their music. On Dec. 9, the Homemakers Chorus will be with us, and the Jack Bozwell Gospel Band will perform on the evening of the 16th.
Our Christmas Candlelight service will be the evening of Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. We want to invite you to any of the above services, but we also want you to come worship with us on Sunday mornings, if you are not attending anywhere else.
Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:30 a.m. We do offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7, where they learn about God on their level during the 10:30 a.m. service.
Our Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m., and we have a Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.
Please remember the reason for the season. It is all about the birth of Christ. Sometimes we get so caught up in the lights, shopping, and the giving and receiving of gifts, that we forget the true meaning of Christmas. We also need to give thanks that we can celebrate the birth of Jesus. Have a great week and may God bless you.
LITTLE HISTORIC CHURCH OF CARBON
The Little Historic Church at Carbon will be having their First Friday Talent Show on Dec. 7. Fellowship will begin at 6 p.m., a Cantata will begin at 7 p.m. with dessert after the show. "There is Peace in the World Tonight" will be under the direction of Lynn Nadolny. A free will offering will be collected.
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call (812) 446-4925.
FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Greetings friends from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene, Brazil.
What a busy and fun time for our little Caravan kids and young teens who attend our church. Did you see them in the Christmas Parade on the wonderful float built by our own Lyman Lints? It was beautifully decorated by Lyman and Erin Hood and if you were at the parade then you know what a treat it was to hear our children sing Christmas music that will also be enjoyed this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The directors for this Christmas special are: Haley Bechtel and Erin Hood. We hope to see you at this great musical production.
This past Wednesday night our Caravan children took a van ride to the Brazil Fire Department where they were shown a very interesting video on fire safety in the firemen's living quarters. After viewing the video, Fireman Greg Sanders asked them questions about things they viewed and learned. After the question and answer period they went down stairs to the garage where the big fire engines are housed. All of the children got to experience setting in the seat of the biggest fire engine and even got to turn on some of the lights. They also were allowed to hold the camera that shows where a person might be in a dark place during a fire. Fireman Jake Bennett showed the children different things on the engine and then dressed in what firemen wear during a fire. He explained to the children this kind of clothing and safety helmet might look scary to a child and he wanted them to see what a fireman might look like at the time of a fire and not be afraid. The children were having such a good time that the chaperons had to remind them it was past time to go. Thank you firemen Greg Sanders and Jake Bennett for a great evening.
Our teens and children's department are working together to provide food baskets for those in need. The teens are having a "food drive." Donations can be put in the box in front of the NYI bulletin board located in both of our buildings.
The food donations can also be dropped off at the church office in the annex, Monday-Friday from now through Dec. 9.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent and our first reader and candle lighter is the Ron Hofmann family.
One of our long time members, Margaret Hyde, is home from the hospital recuperating following surgery. Get well soon Margaret and know our prayers and love are with you.
Not attending church somewhere? We warmly invite you to join us. If you need transportation please call our church at 446-0371. Please leave a message on our answering machine if no one is available to take your call. Casual dress is appropriate. Please read our ad in the paper today for time of our services.
Once again let me remind you to mark your calendar for our Christmas Eve Candle Light service at 10:30 p.m. This is our gift of love to the community.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light......upon them hath the light shined. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor. Isaiah 9:2.6
Have a blessed week.
New Hope Fellowship
Christmas is upon us once again. It is time to buy those special gifts for your love ones, plan all those special parties and get in a festive mood. Amid all the Christmas activities, one man is often forgotten. The man whose birthday we are celebrating. As we read the story of the birth of Jesus, we find God's plan for us as believers. As Christians we believe that little baby Jesus, born in a manager many years ago is God's son and that eternal life comes through Him. Luke 2:11-12 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. So, as we celebrate this Christmas season, let us not forget the real reason for the celebration.
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 church services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m. with Wednesday evening Bible study at 7 p.m. We are located one block north on St. Rd. 59 in the building that S.O.S. (Service on Street) has graciously allowed us to use. Pastor Montgomery and the congregation extends a warm welcome to all. A small church with a big vision.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Well, hello again from the Otter Creek Christian Church. I have to ask this question: did you all get enough turkey to eat? I pray that you remembered to give thanks to God for all that you have. We are entering into a very precious time of the year. Some churches celebrate this time that they call Advent season. This simply means that we are preparing for the coming of the Christ Child.
In Isaiah 9:6 the Bible says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
So as we prepare for Christmas this year, let us not forget to include Christ in our celebrations for without Christ, there would be no Christmas. So may I be political incorrect and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year. Our Services times are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:40 a.m. and Sunday evening 6 p.m. We also have a Bible study on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil. For more information, call 812-443-5300 or pastor Stephen Brattain at 812-446-4007. Come worship with us as we celebrate the most exciting time of the year, preparing for the Birth of Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ.
Peniel United Methodist Church
The Community Choir, under the direction of Lynn Nadolny, will perform their Cantata, "There is Peace in the World Tonight," on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Peniel United Methodist Church.
The choir members come from several area churches and will perform in several locations during the Christmas season.
The public is invited to share in this performance. Following the Cantata, food will be available in the fellowship hall.
Prairie City United Methodist Church
The church is a welcoming and warm-hearted congregation. We have monthly fellowship dinners, Bible study on the second Sunday of the month, and small group studies on Wednesday evenings.
Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., with Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
The church is located on State Road 42 and County Rd. 25 West in Brazil.
The Door Christian Fellowship
Victor Harris will preach in special services at this Sunday at The Door Christian Fellowship Church. Harris, an evangelist from Carbondale, Ill., will preach at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The gifts of the spirit can operate in his ministry.
The church invites all to their presentation of "What Child is This?" Scored by pastor Tom Roeschlein, the presentation presents the Christmas story through scripture and song. The presentations will be on Saturday, Dec. 8; Friday Dec. 14; and Saturday, Dec 21; all at 7 p.m. The location will be at the church exhibit in the Christmas in the Park, Shelter #3, directly east of the stadium. Anyone who would like to be apart of the caroling may do so by calling 201-3966. Free coffee, hot cocoa, and cider will be served.
The door is located at 202 N. Washington St. Children and Nursery Ministry function in all services and transportation is available. For more information call 442-8470 or 201-3966.
UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
This Sunday we will begin the Advent Season, a time to prepare and reflect on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Please come and join us at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school where you will find a class for every age. Worship Service follows at 10:30 a.m. with nursery provided.
This Sunday the children will continue to prepare for their Christmas Pageant "No Room in the Inn" during the worship service.
Events to look forward to in the following weeks; Wednesday, Dec. 12, Christmas Party in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. and Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. we will begin conducting Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace Program." This program will run for 13 weeks. Advance registration required to ensure ample supply of materials. The United Methodist Women are collecting items for S.O.S. Christmas stockings for more details please see a UMW member.
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. Come and experience a church with Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds for serving our Lord.
TERRE HAUTE AFTER 5
Terre Haute After 5 cordially invites you to the December dinner event. This will include a Christmas walk and dinner to follow at the Clabber Girl Bake Shop on Tuesday, Dec. 11, starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
"It's Home for Christmas" will also include a tour of the lovely home Ginger Smith and music and song by Curt Pennington.
For more information or reservations, call Joan at 812-877-4012. The cost is $15.
Christian Women's Club
Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Christmas Bells are Ringing" luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m., $12.50 inclusive, at Providence Center, St. Mary of the Woods.
Special feature and music will both be provided by Anne Bunch, of Terre Haute, with her hand bells. Mary Birch, of Mattoon, Ill. will be the guest speaker.
Prayer Connection will be at Mary Kate Miller's on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.
Note: Edythe Mitchell's column, including Staunton First Christian Church and Staunton United Methodist Church is unavailable for this week.