Submitted by the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Mass schedule: 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.
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas. Midnight mass was beautiful as always and I enjoyed it even though I was under the weather. Here's wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Speaking of the New Year, the next holy day of obligation is Jan. 1. Ash Wednesday is early this year, it is Feb. 6. To refresh my memory I looked up Lent and here is what I found.
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus' withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. I also found out that we skip Sundays when we count the forty days and that is why we always start Lent on Ash Wednesday. The purpose of the liturgical calendar is to relive the major events in Jesus' life in real time, which is why Lent is forty days long. If Jesus were born on Dec. 25, then His conception -- thus also His incarnation -- would have been nine months earlier, on about March 25. That is when the angel Gabriel would have announced Jesus' birth to Mary. Thus March 25 is known in the historic church as The Annunciation.
We are now offering gift certificates for Bingo. They are available at the Parish Office and at Bingo on Sunday. These will be available all year long and can make a great birthday gift for that hard to buy for friend or relative.
We will be paying $100 on regular bingos this Sunday.
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
Submitted by Bee Ridge Church
Hello to all you wonderful people.
Hope your Christmas holiday was as good as ours. All but one person in our immediate family got together. For the first time in several years. I can't even begin to tell you the blessings we felt. God had been so good to us.
Two more days starts the beginning of a new year with a lot of resolutions concerning how we are going to make changes in our lives. I think losing weight and changing to a healthy lifestyle is probably the resolution most of us make. While that is all good, we need to make other lifestyle changes. Putting God first above everything else would be the best choice a person could make. Many of you already do that, but there's a lot of us who don't. If you are one who doesn't have God in your life, wouldn't the beginning of a new year be a good time to start?
Pastor Jeff Bridgewater and the congregation at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church invite you to make your new start at our church. We are growing a lot, but there's plenty of room for more people. We have a choir, directed by Paula Nichols, which sounds terrific. We have a Kidz Church in the church basement while regular church is going on upstairs, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Brenda West with the help of her husband, Speck and a couple of the young people, is leading the kids in learning all about our God, and they are doing a fantastic job in teaching them. We are so blessed to have them.. Nancy Knight leads a Sunday School class downstairs while her husband, Larry, teaches the adult Sunday School Class upstairs. Both of these start at 9:30 a.m. These two people can really teach you a lot about our God and the Bible.
So, you see, God is really working in our church and we give him all the praise for our growth. We invite you to come visit us and make attending church to praise God the first New Year's resolution on your list. You don't have to dress up to come to our church. Jeans and tennis shoes are acceptable. We also have a ramp to accommodate wheel chairs and a handicapped accessible restroom.
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church is located on north Kennedy's Crossing Road, approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Come see for yourself what a God-loving church we are. We will be looking for you this Sunday.
Happy New Year.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Submitted by the Brazil Bible Fellowship Church
The teens and children did a great job presenting the biblical account of Christmas last Sunday.
Even though there are many things that can be done to make it create a festive spirit, one needs to take the time to be reminded and to reflect upon the eternal purpose -- Jesus, conceived in Mary by the Holy Spirit, became God in flesh.
The Christmas story is really the opening chapter to the full story. Christmas is the introduction to the Easter event, the specific reason for His coming -- Christ dying and rising again as the Savior from sin. God loves sinners so much that He sent His one and only unique Son to die for our sin so that we can be saved from our sin by faith alone in Christ's atoning sacrifice.
Pastor Gordon's message this Sunday will be taken from Deuteronomy 6 identifying what ought to be our highest priority in the year ahead. Do you know what it is? Find out if you have the right priority for the upcoming year. Come and be encouraged as well as challenged from God's Word this Sunday at 11 a.m. You can also attend our Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m.
You are invited to have some fun along with your whole family by joining the congregation of BBFC at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym from 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on New Year's Eve.
There will be a variety of games and activities plus the privilege of interacting with others. We would love to have you join us. You don't have to stay the whole time.
Now that the holidays are almost over, we will be getting back into our regular Sunday night services, our Wednesday night Bible study and the ladies daytime Bible study.
Submitted by Mary Egloff
Christmas is over.
Are you relieved? Are you let down? Are you still excited?
Christmas, the real Christmas, is one of excitement and joy; our Savior has come to us.
This should be just the beginning of a glorious time for all of us. Not a time for dreading taking down the tree, putting things away, exchanging unwanted gifts, or cleaning up the mess. Christmas is a time for us to clean up the messes in our lives and to look forward to a new, better phase in our lives.
What are we going to do now to show our love for our Lord and Savior? How are we going to improve our lives?
We spent the weekend with our son, so we missed the program at our church, but I have been told that the breakfast was, of course, wonderful and that everyone had plenty to eat. Linda's program, "Music Lessons" was delightful. I really hate to have missed it. And we had a good crowd.
What more could we ask?
The annual planning session for 2008 will be on Sunday, Jan. 13, immediately after the Worship Service. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m., and will consist of sandwiches, salads, and desserts.
At this time, all the special activities of the church will be discussed and put on the calendar. Everyone is encouraged to stay and help plan the upcoming year.
We need your input.
We hope everyone had a great Christmas and will be looking forward to a great new year. We also pray that you will make the Carbon United Methodist Church an integral part of your new year. Happy New Year!
OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Submitted by Pastor Stephen Brattain
Well, hello again from the Otter Creek Christian Church. Did everyone enjoy a Blessed Christmas with your family and friends? Here we are at the end of another year and getting ready to enter into a new year. As we look back at this past year, can we see opportunities to witness for Christ and we did nothing with them.
We serve the God of the second chance. As we ask for chances to witness for Christ in 2008 or things to do that will glorify God, be ready to give an answer of the hope that in You (1 Peter 3:15).
As we get ready for the new year, let's remember the word of the Apostle Paul in Phil. 3:14, "I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ." So let us make a New Year's resolution to submit our lives to Christ as He submitted himself to the will of The Father to die on the Cross for our sins, and to rise from the dead on that Easter Sunday to bring us a new start in life.
We would like to invite you to this Sunday's service. This will be our fifth Sunday service, or better known as Andrew Sunday. This is the Sunday where we invite someone to church that has not been to church for a while. We will have a pitch-in dinner after church, then our youth are going to Indy to see the Circle lights. They will leave the church about 3 p.m.
Our Service times are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m., and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. We also have Bible study on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. The phone number for the church is 446-5300 or Pastor Stephen Brattain at 446-4007. Come and worship with us and experience that small church feeling with a big Heart for God.
CORY COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Submitted by Cory Community Church of the Nazarene
The Cory Community Church of the Nazarene will be having a Southern Gospel Concert with "THE LESTERS" on New Years Day at 7 p.m. There will be a free will offering taken and doors will open a 6 p.m. For further info, you may call 812-864-2625.
Rick Parsons, pastor