FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
This past Sunday our young teens performed a wonderful play- 'Christmas Comes to Lone Star Gulch' directed by Haley Bechtel an co-directed by Teresa Bechtel.
The younger children sang several Christmas songs directed by Erin Hood. There were many proud parents, grandparents and friends in attendance. Good job kids!
We would like to thank Kevin Schafer for running the sound board, Shannon Heffner who controlled the lighting and Jerad Heffner for doing all the computer work.
This Sunday adults and children will be filling Thanksgiving baskets with turkeys and other food items. Our church van will be loaded with the baskets and our helpers will deliver to families in need in and around our community. This is just one way we can share our love with others in the community.
This past Saturday five children from our church attended their first children's Bible quiz meet in Odon, Ind.
Those in attendance were: Caleb Sparks, Dorian Henry, Sara Batchelor, Jeffy Selby, and Cassie Hood. They are studying the book of Genesis.
Their quiz leaders are Madolin and Kelly Sparks. Monte Sparks also escorted the group. The children all received, a Bronze ribbon award. Good job, kids!
Beginning Jan. 2008, our Pastor, Gary Bechtel will lead an Adult Fellowship for adults over 55.
The Fellowship will be held quarterly and the first Fellowship will be Jan. 30, at 11 a.m., in the Family Life Center. If you are over 55 and not involved in another church and you feel this might be for you, please give us a call at 446-0371.
The NYI will be hosting A New Year's Eve party, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., in the Family Life Center. There will be fun, games, food and fellowship! Questions? see or call Rick Finkbiner at 446-0371.
This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent. Our reader and candle lighter will be Jean and Tom Hull.
Betty Swearingen's sister, Rita Jo Pyle, passed away recently and we wish to extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy.
If you are not attending church somewhere please join us for worship. It is our desire that you feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you be strengthened and encouraged as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together. Please read our church ad in today's paper for time of worship services. Casual dress is appropriate. Have a great week and God bless.
For unto us a child is born to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
BRAZIL FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The community is invited to attend the following special Christmas events. The FCC Worship Ministry will present "Imagine" -- a Christmas worship experience on Sunday, Dec. 16 at both the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.
Can you imagine a world without Christmas? Our world wouldn't be the same without Christmas because that would mean we were without Christ.
In Frank Capra's Christmas classic, It's a Wonderful Life, the main character, George Bailey, is given a rare opportunity -- the change to see what the world would have been life if he had never been born. He quickly learns that his life affected many people, and the world would have been a very different place without him.
Now imagine the same question about Jesus. What if Jesus had never been bornů? There was time when all the world knew was a world without Christ -- a time when there was no Messiah, no joy, and no peace.
Then, the moment came for God to speak -- the silence was shattered by the cry of a newborn child! Come and celebrate the joy of that newborn child through this amazing Christmas worship experience. Imagine the joy, imagine the worship, imagine the glory of His praise!
On Sunday, Dec. 23, at the 9 a.m. service, the FCC Children's Choir will present, "The Mystery of the Manger." Do you like a good mystery? Have you ever thought much about the mystery of Jesus' birth? Do you know that the Baby born 2,000 years ago in the manger IS the Savior of the world? Would you like to examine the facts and evidence for yourself?
This Christmas musical centers around Jane Blonde, an investigative reporter who wants the facts (and just the facts!) about the birth of Jesus. As she observes the rehearsal for the Christmas Eve pageant, the children teach her about the birth of Jesus through their songs.
On Monday, Dec. 24, the church will hold the annual Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 pm. Come and share in this beautiful service celebrating the birth of Jesus. Join in singing treasured Christmas carols and a candle light communion service with your family.
First Christian Church is located on US 40 west in Brazil. For more information, call the church office at (812) 446-2214
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Greetings again from Eastside Christian Church. The church is decorated thanks to the 17 people who met on Dec. 1. Also a big thanks to Mary I. for providing a great breakfast for those who helped. She is such a blessing.
This Sunday Pastor Bill is starting a series called A "A PERFECT CHRISTMAS." The message this Sunday will be from Matthew 25 titled "Seizing the Opportunity to Give." We are singing all Christmas music this month. Please come be with us.
It seems like everyone is in the Christmas rush, but we need to slow down and remember the reason for the season. This is definitely the time of year to be in God's house. We need to give him praise and glory for the gift of His Son. We all like to receive gifts, but Christmas should be more about giving than receiving.
?If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us and share in the true meaning of Christmas.
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 during the 10:30 a.m. service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level.
Our evening service is at 6 p.m., and this Sunday a concert will be given by the Homemakers Chorus.
Next week will be the Jack Bozwell Gospel Band. And don't forget our Christmas Candlelight Service on the evening of the Dec. 23. We would love to see you. Have a great week, and may God bless you.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Good Morning to you all. As I write this column, there are less than three weeks left till Christmas. Unbelievable how fast time is flying by. I know this time of year is very hectic for you, but as the Christmas season progresses, we need to "stop and smell the roses" and focus on the One whose birth we celebrate. Even more, bow down in humility and give Him the adoration and praise he deserves. After all, look at all He has done and still does for us.
HE is what Christmas is all about. If you don't have God in your life or even if you do, Pastor Jeff and the congregation welcome you to visit Bee Ridge Church. In the past year, Bee Ridge has grown a lot. We are so thankful for the young people we now have in our church. God has been wonderful to us. So, we invite you to be a part of our family and watch the church grow with us. Bee Ridge Congregational Church is located on N. Kennedy Crossing Rd.(first church on the right). Services start at 10:30 a.m. Remember Christ is the beginning of Christmas. God bless you all.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Welcome to First Baptist Church. Our Sunday School classes start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Our Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Bible Study is On Sunday nights at 6 p.m. and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend our friendly church.
This Sunday after Worship Service we are having our Christmas Brunch. Also this Sunday at 6 p.m. is our Christmas Program performed by the Awana clubs and Blaze Youth Groups. After the program there are refreshments in the basement for fellowship time. All are welcomed to attend our program.
On Sunday Dec. 16, there will be the Christmas program in the morning Worship service by the First Baptist Church choir lead by Cheryl Riddell. Come listen to the wonderful music of the choir.
"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10
First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
New Hope Fellowship
This is the season for giving thanks. Sometimes in our rush to get into the spirit of Christmas, we forget the reason for the celebration of Christmas. We need to give thanks to God for so many blessings. Giving thanks to God honors Him. Giving thanks also draws us closer to Him. We give thanks by living obediently, by giving generously, by attending church, and all the reinforces our faith.
Have you counted all the blessings that the Lord has done for you? Take time in your daily worship to thank Him for the gifts he has given you. Your faith will grow stronger.
Psalm 105:1-2 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all His wondrous works.
This Sunday after church we will be having a dinner at the Jackson Gardens to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and church services start at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday evening Bible Study at 7 p.m.
There will be no evening services this Sunday night. We are located one block off of US 40 on St. Rd. 59 N. The ministry of S.O.S. (Service on Street) has graciously allowed us to use. Come and join us in fellowship with the Lord. A small church with a big vision.
WESLEY CHAPEL CHURCH
Wesley Chapel Church Food Bank will be open on Dec. 15, from 8 a.m.-noon.
KNIGHTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Knightsville United Methodist Church is sponsoring their third annual Christmas Mouse House on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m.-noon. Children from preschool to high school are welcome to shop for your family, hear a Christmas story and have refreshments. Nothing is over a $1, with free gift wrapping. For more information, call Pastor Scott at (812) 446-6683.
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 1-800-950-9952 ext. 2576 or email him at rwilliams@4LPi.com
Annunciation will have a Reconciliation Service Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
Join us for coffee and donuts in the parish center this Sunday after mass.
Don't forget to get an angel from our Angel Tree. We are also collecting food for Christmas Food Baskets. Both of these projects benefit the poor in Brazil. Please help us make someone's Christmas a little brighter.
Poinsettias can still be purchased in the memory of a loved one.
Dec. 15, we will be having our fourth annual Taste of Christmas immediately after mass. Join us for cookies and wassail.
Dec. 16, the Knights of Columbus will be cooking pancakes. We start serving 9-11 a.m.
Dec. 9, we will have a $1000 guaranteed coverall jackpot give-a-way. We have a Colts Basket this week that some lucky pull tab winner will get. This will make a wonderful Christmas present. We also have some Christmas door prizes we will be giving out until Christmas. We are still playing two sets of speed games starting at 6 p.m., early bird bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. 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.
First United Methodist Church
We have wrapped up Christmas in a nice neat package. When we present the story of Jesus' birth we show a radiant child, mother and father surrounded by clean animals, singing angels, excited shepherds, respectful Magi. But the people in the Christmas story were far from perfect and several were confronted with a crisis of faith were they had to make adjustments in their own belief systems.
The parents of John the Baptist are first in the story and most people don't ever know their names. Zechariah was a priest when the angel Gabriel came to him and told him his role in God's plan. Elizabeth and he were going to have a son. Zechariah expressed uncertainty, "How can this be since my wife and I are old?" Gabriel caused Zechariah to be mute until the birth of John.
A few months later, Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her she is to give birth of a son and she is to name him Jesus. Mary expresses doubt saying "How can this be since I am a virgin?" At this point Mary is at a crisis of faith. Her belief system and life is about to change. Not only will she be a moth, but a moth impregnated by the Holy Spirit and a mother to the Son of God. She works through the crisis and accept the angels message with the words, "I am the Lord's Servant. May it be as you said."
Joseph was a simple carpenter with plants to marry, settle down, and have a family. He discovers that his fiance is pregnant, obviously not with his child. How would you feel if you found out that the person you were going to marry was having a baby that wasn't yours. Joseph's crisis was more of a relationship crisis than a faith crisis. But we discover what kind of man he was when he decides to break off the relationship without causing a stink or damaging Mary's reputation.
They went to Bethlehem and the innkeeper had to make a decision about whether or not to let them stay. We portray angels with wings singing but we are not sure the angels had wings of if they sang. The shepherds had to digest the news of the angels and then decide if this baby was really the Son of God or not. The Magi, after traveling so far, may have left the Holy Family disappointed at such meager surroundings. By the way, the Magi did not visit baby Jesus at the manger behind the inn.
The people in the Christmas story were real people with real emotions, wrestling with how they fit into God's plan. Their story is our story. Everyone one of us has moments in our lives when we are confronted with God's plan and wonder how we fit into it. We have doubts and sometimes we must adjust our belief system so our faith in God will grow. May you encounter the Living God and seek out His plan for your life this Christmas.
Join us at Brazil First UMC at 201 N. Meridian St., at 9 a.m., for traditional worship or 11 a.m. for contemporary worship. Soup Kitchen is open on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for anyone that wants to eat a free meal.
Open Hands Preschool has openings for its afternoon classes for ages 3-5. Contact Director Chris Pestoff at 812-208-7957
CARBON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
By Mary Egloff
Advent...Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. What does that mean? It is four weeks until Christmas...Christ's birthday. During those four weeks, we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child...not only to celebrate His birthday but to do some deep soul searching within ourselves to see if "we have been good boys and girls" and to adjust our attitudes and behaviors where we find our weak spots. This first week, we are admonished to consider what the word PEACE means to us, to those around us, and to the world. Next week, we are to be reminded that we are to dispel the darkness of sickness, poverty, injustice, and suffering all around us.
A group met last Saturday morning to prepare the church for Christ's coming by decorating it and making it beautiful. It truly is a beautiful season.
Linda Grove will be presenting the Christmas Program this year. It will be titled "Music Lessons" and will consist of organ music played by Linda and congregational singing. It will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. There will be a Christmas Breakfast before the program. It will start at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited.
We want to remind all the ladies of the church to begin baking those cookies. We will be preparing Cheer Plates on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
Christmas treats will be handed out on Sunday, Dec. 23, at the close of the Worship Service.
This is an exciting time of the year. Everyone is busy getting ready for Christmas and the holidays, but please reserve time for getting in touch with God through his Son, Jesus Christ. Our Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. and Worship begins at 10 a.m. We hope to see you there.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP
One of our ladies introduced herself to a visitor last Sunday and then said "we may be smaller in numbers but we are mighty." That was a short statement that summarizes the commitment of Brazil Bible Fellowship Church.
Because we believe in an Almighty God who saves sinners from an eternal death by a sinner confessing his sin and through simple faith in Christ Jesus as their Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9) we are able to find our might and power in God as believers.
The message on Sunday focuses on discovering an important biblical truth: "Who is Jesus Christ?"
The sermon came from John 1:1-3, 14. Here is a summary of what those verses taught us. Jesus Christ existed before He was born as a baby - become flesh. He existed before the world was created. In fact, He has always existed. He was God yet He became human as God in flesh. He was fully God, yet fully man. Jesus Christ gives us a glimpse of all that God is. We know this to be true because the Bible, God's inspired Word is truth and God does not lie.
Our Sunday School classes studied their various lessons. The Wednesday night study groups met as well. One group focused on the book of Esther and the other focused on discovering how to deal with a guilty conscience God's way.
We want to invite you to our Christmas program on the Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. and to our New Year's Eve celebration for the entire family on Dec. 31, from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym.
We encourage you to visit us on Sunday and Wednesday.