BRAZIL FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Director Charlotte Pickett and the Chancel Choir will be leading the 9 a.m. Sunday traditional worship with the cantata "A New Birth, A New Beginning" by John Purifoy.
Our praise team led by Randy Koehler will lead us in traditional Christmas carols sung in a modern format during the 11 a.m. contemporary worship service.
We would like to commend the students of Meridian Elementary School for their excellent program on Thursday. Their behavior was well-mannered and respectful of God's house.
Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
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
Submitted by Mary Egloff
Last Sunday was the second Sunday of Advent for which the Candle of Hope was lit. We look forward to Christ's coming with hope to the future in which there is peace, no hunger, no war, no troubles.
Sunday, Dec. 16, tomorrow, will be a special day at our church. There will be a Christmas Breakfast at 9 a.m., and then a special music program, "Music Lessons," featuring Linda Grove on the organ during the Worship time starting at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited. From what I've heard so far, it will be a very enjoyable and meaningful time.
The Administrative Board will meet Monday evening. There are some very important issues to be discussed, so all board members are encouraged to attend. It will be at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, we will be assembling Cheer Plates to distribute to shut-ins and folks around town. Several of our people will not be able to help this year, so if you can help, please come give us a hand. We will begin at 7 p.m.
Some folks believe that it is enough to attend church on Christmas and Easter, but the church is up and running every Sunday between those two times. Folks, Christmas and Easter don't do it. You need God in your life every day of the year. If you are one of our Christmas/Easter people, it's time for you to get to church. If you do not have a church, it's time to find one. Try the Carbon United Methodist Church. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and Worship Service is at 10 a.m.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Hello All. Have you all gotten dried out from all the rain? I am glad it was rain and not ice nor snow. How about you? I'm going to do something different this week. I read something in the Daily Bread that I would like to share with you. Here goes.
"A growing number of churches are holding annual Blue Christmas services for those faced with grief and loss. The holiday season's emphasis on happiness and good cheer often makes people who are dealing with heartbreak feel even worse.
An Associated Press article quoted a pastor who described the Blue Christmas services as an opportunity for people to come and be in the presence of God and acknowledge their grief and despair and loneliness and give it to God. One participant added that it's a good place to have a cry and no one will mind." Hmmmm. Gives us something to think about, doesn't it?
Hope you will all drive through the park and look at all the Christmas displays. A lot of work and love for God have been put in those displays. We would like for you just to take and look and enjoy. Please do not touch the displays or steal anything from them. If you even think about it, remember that someone up above is watching all the time. You aren't getting by with anything.
The Christmas season is a wonderful time to get established in a Bible based church if you aren't already. We invite you to visit us at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by church services at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday our youth are going to have a Birthday Party for Jesus. Doesn't that sound cool? So bring your children and join them for their party.
God bless you.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil continues in its preparations for Christmas during this season of Advent. It is during this time that Christians worldwide anticipate and prepare for the miracle of Christmas. At 9 a.m. today, Dec. 15, the children of the church will have their final rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant. The highlight of the third Sunday of the Advent season, Dec. 16, will be a gift from the children of our congregation -- the annual Children's Christmas Pageant. The Pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas, will be a part of the regular service of Divine Worship beginning at 10:30 a.m. Over the past two weeks, everyone has been invited to take an "ornament" from the tree in the Narthex which had a designated gift written on it. Today, the gifts will be returned with their "ornament" so that this Angel Tree can help several needy families in our community have a special Christmas. This Sunday makes the deadline for donations of Christmas poinsettia in honor of someone special or in memory of a loved one. Poinsettias are $10 each and a portion of the money collected will be donated to the Breakfast Optimist Club to clothe children in our community. Thursday, Dec. 20, we will gather at 6 p.m. to shop for items for the Christmas Baskets. They will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us. For more information call the church office at 210 North Walnut Street, phone 446.2415 or online at www.brazilpresbyter-ian.org.
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
If you have not been able to attend any of our December concerts, maybe you can attend the one this Sunday evening.
The Jack Bozwell Gospel Band will be with us at 6 p.m. I have not seen them before, but I am told they are very good, and their music is very inspirational. Come be with us and enjoy putting Christ back in Christmas.
We are singing Christmas music at all of our services this month, and our organist, pianist and stand-in song leader did wonderful jobs leading us in the songs. We are blessed with their talents. Pastor Bill gave his message on a Perfect Christmas, which gave us a lot to think about during this time of year. Do you do any of these: over schedule, over indulge and overspend? He helped us see what we should really be doing: thinking of others, focusing on others and especially sharing our faith. He will be presenting another Christmas message tomorrow. Please come be with us and hear what he has to say. In the meantime, read Matthew 25.
We were fortunate to add Jonathan Schrader and his family to our family. I am sure our church will be blessed by them.
We have learned that Lisa Watler will no longer be the director of our local Youth for Christ groups. She and the local groups have visited our church in the past, and she has done such a great job with these kids. We really hate to see her leave them, but want to wish her the best on her future endeavor.
We would love to have you come visit us here at Eastside Christian Church. Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m, and our worship service is at 10:30. We do offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 service. Our Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., and we offer a Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Christmas is less than two weeks away now. Please go to church somewhere, so that God will know that you know the Reason for the season and give thanks for His Son. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.. Remember there would be no Christmas without CHRIST. Until next time, may God be with you.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Because of all the confusion about Christmas and its meaning, Pastor Gordon took us on a clue finding mission, to discover the biblical meaning of Christmas.
The clues (prophecies) that were uncovered gave evidence and proof that the birth of Christ was anticipated and predicted. In the Old Testament God gave the following clues about the birth of Jesus: born of a woman, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Judah, a descendant of King David, and be born in Bethlehem.
It was discovered that in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-3 record the fact that those clues were fulfilled. Unlike all the other associated Christmas personalities that are celebrated, Jesus was sent by God as promised so that we could be saved from our sin since all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
This coming Sunday the preaching will focus on Isaiah 9 and what it reveals about Christ. Come join us at 11 a.m. as we discover some additional names of Christ and the promise of His future kingdom.
Don't have plans for Sunday night? Why not bring the family and attend our Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. which is being presented by our children and teens.
There will also be some special music, good fellowship and simple munchies.
Do you want to celebrate New Year's Eve with in a clean, fun and wholesome environment?
Then we invite you, your family and friends to join us at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym on Dec. 31, from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. We would love to see you there.
Another ministry of BBFC is pastoral counseling from a gracious and biblical perspective. Call Pastor Gordon at 442-5008 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would desire help and encouragement in dealing with life's challenges.
NEW HOPE FELLOWSHIP
I like to read Christmas stories, watch Christmas shows on television, and really get into the spirit of Christmas. One of the stories I read was about "The star in the Window". During World War II it was like a custom in the united states for a family who had a son serving in the military to place a star in the window of their hoe .A gold star indicated that the son had died in support of his county's cause. One night a man with his 5 year old son was walking down the street, noticing the brightly lighted window of the houses and the little boy wanted to know why some windows had stars in them. His father explained that those families had a sone fighting in the war. The little boy would clap his hands and cry out, "Look Daddy, there's another family who gave a son for his country". At last they came to an empty lot, and a break in the row of houses. Through the gap a star could be seen shining brightly in the sky. The little boy caught his breath, "Oh Dad", he said, "Look at the star in the window of heaven! God must have given His Son too." Yes, indeed! There is a star in God's window. Because of God's love for us, He gave His Son, Jesus Christ. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His own begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., Church services 10:30 a.m. and Sunday Evening services 6 p.m. Wednesday night Bible Study 7 p.m. We are located one block off of 40 ST.RD. 59 in the building that S.O.S. (Service on Street) has graciously allowed us to use. Pastor Montgomery and the congregation express a warm welcome to all. A SMALL CHURCH WITH A BIG VISION.
BEST YEARS CLUB
The December meeting of Best Years Club will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m.
This is a monthly gathering of senior adults and retired people who meet together on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, for a time of encouragement, learning and fun to attract others to a grown up lifestyle centered around the hope that only Jesus Christ gives. Bring a friend and come to the main auditorium of First Christian Church on U.S. 40 West, Brazil.
The Cornerstone Christian Academy will present highlights from their recent Christmas program under the direction of Kandace Brown, music teacher at the academy.
We will also be blessed with a display of sample Nativity Scenes from the collection of Betty Wright. She has collected over 765 different scenes. Betty is a member of the International Friends of the Creche organization. The program is free and open to the public.
A delicious home cooked meal will follow the program at noon. Reservations are needed for the lunch. A free will donation will be taken to help pay for the food. Please call the church office at 446-2214 if you want to make reservations for lunch or if you need transportation. The Best Years Club welcomes all senior adults to this fellowship.
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.-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.
Annunciation will have a Reconciliation Service Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm.
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.
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.
We will be playing no-split on all regular bingos. Jackpots, Bonanzas and Winner-take-all are not included. Dec. 23 we will be $100 pots on all regular bingo.
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.
CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH
Hello from Carbon Baptist Church. Don't forget to come and see our Live Nativity Scene in the vacant lot beside Adamson Laundromat, on east nation. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. This Sunday is our Children's Christmas program "Stranger in the Manger". The Director is Sally Bass. Please come and experience a blessing.
Our theme for this month has been "Bethlehem's Journey" each Sunday will be an adventure, please come and enjoy the messages.
This Sunday is JOY! We will also be having a Christmas Eve Program "Christ Coming" at 9 p.m. on the Dec. 24, all invited. Have a good week. Please come and join us at 8:30 a.m. or second service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our Sunday School is at 9:40 a.m. Thank you and God Bless.
UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
This Sunday our worship time will be filled with wonderfully familiar Christmas songs: Angels we have Heard on High; Go, Tell It on the Mountain; Love Was When; What Child is This; Joy to the World; and Ring the Bells. The sermon will be a 'personal testimony' by an individual who was in Bethlehem, some 2000 years ago. It is based on the scripture found in Luke 2: 1-7. We invite you to join us for Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship service following at 10:30 a.m.
This Sunday, Dec. 16, our children will perform a play "No Room in the Inn" starting at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Caroling will take place on Thursday, Dec. 20.
Things to look forward thru out the rest of December include Open Communion Christmas eve 8-9 p.m. and 11-12 p.m., Children's confirmation beginning Jan. 13, and Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University will also begin on Jan 13 and a second class begins on Wednesday, Jan 16. (The public is invited to participate in the 13-week financial planning workshop. The workshop is free, but there is a $100 fee for the cost of workshop materials.)
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.
BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Greetings from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene, Brazil.
Wow, what a great time several of our children and adults had this past Sunday. They loaded our church van with turkeys and other food items full to the brim and then followed the van in cars to several people's homes where the gifts of food was given and then the group treated the recipients to several renditions of Christmas carols. This was their way of sharing
Christian love to those who needed a little help during this holiday season. Our church folk donated food and money for the baskets.
Once again let me remind you of our annual Candle Light Christmas Eve Service. Next week I will give you details of the service. For several years now folks in our community look forward to this special Christmas Eve worship service. This is our gift of love to everyone in our community.
Do we have a treat in store for you! Next Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., Award Winning Ann Downing will be here to present a Christmas concert. This is a real treat for us to have her as our guest. You will want to come early to get a good seat. Come prepared to worship the Lord! A love offering will be taken during the service.
We wish to thank Lyman Lints and his assistant Bert Hyde for their donation of materials and labor in making our Kidz Kloset a better organized place to store children's clothes. Remember the Kidz Kloset is for any child in our community who needs clothing.
There are no papers to fill out and income is not an issue. They only requirement is for a child to need clothing. Call 446-0371 and ask for Erin Hood or Cindy Wright. If they are not available to take your call, please leave a message and one of them will get in touch with you.
This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent and our reader and candle lighter will be Jean and Tom Hull. Last Sunday the reader and candle lighter was Esther and Lyman Lints.
In closing I would like to share a modern parable that Paul Harvey tells about a religious skeptic who worked as a farmer. One raw winter night the man heard an irregular thumping sound against the kitchen storm door. He went to the window and watched as tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the evident warmth inside, beat in vain, against the glass.
Touched, the farmer bundled up and trudged through fresh snow to open the barn door for the struggling birds. He turned on the lights and tossed some hay in the corner. But the sparrows, which had scattered in all directions when he emerged from the house, hid in the darkness, afraid.
The man tried various tactics to get them into the barn.
He laid down a trail of cracker crumbs to direct them. He tried circling behind the birds to drive them toward the barn. Nothing worked. He, a huge alien creature, had terrified them; the birds couldn't comprehend that he actually desired to help them.
The farmer withdrew to his house and watched the doomed sparrows through a window. As he stared, a thought hit: If only I could become a bird-one of them-just for a moment. Then I wouldn't frighten them so. I could show them the way to warmth and safety.
At that same moment , another thought dawned on him. HE HAD GRASPED THE REASON JESUS WAS BORN.
If you are not attending church else where, we warmly invite you to join us. Times of our services are listed in our church ad today.
God bless you all.
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 am 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 446-2214, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday -- Friday, for more details or directions to our location.
WINDOWS OF HOPE
The Windows of HOPE invites you to attend a special program featuring the Hearts A' Fire Choir and guests House of HOPE Mission Bible Training Center on Friday, Dec. 21, from 7-9 p.m.
The evening will open with praise, worship and popular Christmas music. The Hearts A' Fire Choir has been featured at the Windows of HOPE and other area churches many times the past couple of years under the direction of Jeannette Parrot. This will be an opportunity for the community to learn what the House of HOPE in Brazil is all about as well as hear a few personal testimonies from current residents.
The House of HOPE is a non-profit, non-denomination organization with a Christ-centered residential discipleship program for people of all backgrounds, with histories of drugs, alcohol and emotional problems. Providing hope to hopeless for those willing to seek God for the answer to life's problems.
For example, a resident will attend 5 1/2 years each day of Bible study and worship, their time at the House of HOPE will last for approximately one year.
Each resident matures through four phases of discipleship development, gaining more and more responsibility and privileges. Learning to lead devotions, counsel, teach and discipline while becoming an inspiration to others directing them to Christ.
The House of HOPE in Brazil is one of 12 in the United States that was founded by Rev. James D. Bracken, Mission Teens, Inc., 1969
Everyone is welcome.
Please come and enjoy a warm evening of music and fellowship with friends and family. As always, pitch-in refreshments will follow the service.
Windows of HOPE is located downtown Clay City, next to the water tower, at 200 E. 8th St.