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Friday, February 8, 2008


It is really amazing how God uses His Word to help and encourage us. This past Sunday was a neat time as we began working on memorizing Colossians 3:15-17.

Pastor Gordon preached his message from those verses and presented some helpful insights to encourage us in the faith. The first point made from verse 15 is that our assurance of salvation comes from the peace that God promises us through the work and person of Jesus Christ on the cross to save us from our sin through our faith in Christ. So many people struggle with their salvation because they want an experience of some kind or they base it on their feelings rather than letting the peace of God rule or umpire their hearts instead.

The second point from verse 16 was the need for Christians to be in the Word of God and that it is to impact everything we do. We aren't to let circumstances determine our responses but by God's grace and personal discipline we are to live out Christ-likeness and encourage other believers by teaching and stimulating one another with God's wisdom.

Verse 17 brought it all to a head. Everything, and that means everything we do as a Christian is to be done as a representation of Christ. The message encouraged us and challenged us to stay faithful. We all have room to be improving and by God's grace we will do better.

Pastor Gordon will be back in Matthew 5 this Sunday. Brazil Bible Fellowship Church is directly across from fairgrounds. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., worship is at 11 a.m. with and evening service at 6:30 p.m.

We had a great time of fellowship last Sunday night whether visiting with each other, playing or watching the game. The devotion at half-time centered around 1 Corithians 9 about the perishable trophy the winning team will receive and how as Christians we will receive an imperishable reward.

If you don't have valentine plans, meet us at the Golden Corral at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

If you have questions about the Bible, struggling with your faith, in need of encouragement or you aren't sure if you would go to heaven if you died today, then call the office at 442-5008 or email pastor at pastor@brazilbible.org or visit us on Sunday.

We firmly believe you will be blessed through hearing the truth of God's Word and by fellowshipping with other believers who are seeking to know God more and grow into deeper fellowship with Him.


Listening to a song by popular Christian artist Scott Krippayne "Sometimes He Calms the Storm" brings back memories of the past two weeks and the weather storms we have had to endure.

Not only have we experienced a burden of nasty weather many of us are struggling through personal storms in our lives. The passage, Sometimes the Lord calms the stormů..Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child instead!" can bring us all great peace and hope. To everyone who suffered damage and lost from the storms over the past few weeks and those that are weathering a personal storm, our thoughts and prayers are lifted for you.

The CIA (Christian's In Action) group will be collecting a different item each month in 2008 to donate to the Clay County Food Pantry. The month of February they will be collecting Sugar Free Jell-O items. Your donations may be placed on the designated table in the main entry.

This Sunday Confirmation Class #3 will begin at 1 p.m. and the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace study will resume at its normally scheduled time this Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

Looking ahead Monday, Feb. 11 there will be a Vacation Bible School meeting at 6 p.m. This meeting will cover this year's program theme and collect ideas. For more information please contact Valerie Linton.

Following the VBS meeting there will be the monthly Board Meeting in the Fellowship Center at 7 p.m.

Men also mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 16 there will be a Lenten Breakfast 8 a.m. at Peniel UMC. Also that night the church will be hosting their annual Valentines Dinner, cost of the meal will be $7 per person.

This week as we share loving words with family and friends on Valentines Day remember the scripture John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

May your week be full of love and many blessings.

We invite you to join us for Sunday school starting at 9:30 a.m. and Worship following 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.

Come and experience a church with Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds for serving our Lord.


Jason and Joselyn Thiemann will be our guests Feb. 10 as we focus on Faith Promise and Missions. Jason grew up attending Reelsville UMC, graduated from Northview High School and Purdue before pursuing a career in aviation. Jason and Joselyn feel called to the mission field in Africa.

Pastor Tony Alstott will begin a Lenten Luncheon series on Tuesdays at noon entitled "The Life You've Always Wanted." Bring your own lunch during the noon hour and explore spiritual Formation through a DVD series from John Ortberg and discussion with Pastor Tony.

One of the preschool boys has been battling cancer for three years. We have set up a fundraiser at Wendy's on Wednesday, Feb. 20 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Simply plan to eat Wendy's during that time and a portion of the sales will go to the family of Colton Jones for their medical and transportation expenses.

Join us Sunday, Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. traditional service or 11 a.m. contemporary service. For more information go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org.

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

Annunciation Catholic Church

Father Dom Chukwudi (domojore@yahoo.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.

There will be a parent meeting for first communicants on March 2 during class. Each child will need a parent or guardian to attend this meeting.

Stations of the Cross will be on Fridays during lent at 6:30 p.m. There will be a soup supper following the stations.

Reconciliation Services for the Deanery are Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at Annunciation; Feb. 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart in Clinton; Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph in Rockville; Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict in Terre Haute; Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Terre Haute; Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick in Terre Haute and March 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle in Greencastle.

Annunciation will be having a Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Kennedy Crossing Bingo Hall. The proceeds will go to help Father Dom to make his trip home to renew his passport and work visa.

The Knights of Columbus Chili Cook-Off went very well for our first one. Watch for more fun events to come from the Knights. We have another Pancake Breakfast coming up on Feb. 24 in the Parish Center from 9-11 a.m. The proceeds will go to Gibault.

The Indoor Yard Sale was a success. We had around 20 people with tables set up. I was there the whole day and must admit that I saw several bargains that I just couldn't pass up. There was also a bunch of good food available.

This week at Bingo we will be playing No-split on all regular bingos. We will be playing special games each week so come out and see what's happening.

We play ten speed games starting at 6 p.m. each and every Sunday and our Early Bird games start at 6:30 p.m. 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. We have a lot of good food each week also.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church located at 19 N. Alabama St. For more information call (812)448-1901 or annunicationchurch@msn.com


If you have been reading my column, you have probably noticed that I occasionally refer to songs that are sung in many of our churches. Do we just sing the songs and not really listen to the words? We need to pay more attention to the words. We could learn a lot.

One special song that I've had on my mind lately is "Trust and Obey." It's a beautiful song with so much meaning.

So how do we trust and obey? To fully trust God, we have to trust His love for us. That requires viewing our circumstances through the eyes of faith. Placing our trust in God doesn't mean we will never experience pain or fear. It does mean we believe God is at work for us in all situations. He will take care of us if we just show Him how much faith and trust we have in Him. To know Him is to trust and obey. There is no other way.

Pastor Jeff and the congregation at Bee Ridge Church trust that you will come visit us. Sunday School for both adults and children begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by church services for both at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you. Bee Ridge Church is located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School on Kennedy's Crossing Rd.

We look forward to seeing you.

God bless you all.


February is the month of Love. We celebrate Valentine's Day on Feb. 14. This is the month to buy your sweetheart flowers, candy or select a special card that says exactly what you want to say to that love one. God's love is totally different than our love for one another.

I John 4:10-12 tells us, In this love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Christ's sacrificial death on the cross was the greatest display of love that this world has ever known. God's love is gentle, long suffering, and can often soften the hardest heart. When we show our love to others we are only doing what He wants us to do.

On Friday evening, Feb. 15 we will be having a special meeting or a roundup to discuss new ideas for church growth.

On Sunday, Feb. 17 after church the men of the church will be taking all the ladies of the church out to eat for Valentine's Day.

Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and church services are at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m. and Wednesday evenign services are at 7 p.m.

We are currently meeting in the church one block north of National Avenue on State Road 59. The ministry "Serving on Street" has graciously allowed us the use of the building.

Pastor Montgomery and the congregation want to welcome each and everyone of you to attend our services. You will get a blessing from it. A SMALL CHURCH WITH A BIG VISION.


A benefit soup supper for Ronnie Guckenberger of Rosedale, who received head injuries when his family was involved in an auto accident. Ronnie has been in Methodist Hospital for over two months.

The event will be Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4-7 p.m. at the Rosedale Firehouse. The menu will consist of vegetable soup, chili soup, hot dogs, chili dogs, sloppy joe's, desserts and drinks.

Entertainment will be provided by the Banks of The Wabash Chorus from 5-6 p.m. and a silent auction will be held.

A free will offering will be accepted and donations may be made at any First Financial Bank.

For more info you may call 765-672-7208.


United Campus Ministries will hold its annual Chili Fest, Silent Auction and Bake Sale on Sunday, Feb. 24, from 4-7 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for United Campus Ministries. Persons will receive a bowl of chili and be invited to add their own toppings. Hot dogs and baked potatoes will also be available.

The auction offers unique items may be purchased at the bake sale. The event will be held at St. Mark United Church of Christ, 475 S. Fruitridge, Terre Haute.

Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children age ten and under. Desserts are extra. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the event.


The Rosedale Baptist Church will be featuring Higher Ground, from Trilla, Ill., singing southern gospel on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

Please make plans to join us.


Did everyone get enough water this week? I'm sure that you wonder sometimes why God gives us blessings that we don't deserve. Well, ther is one answer for that question. We are God's children and He just loves us so much that He spoils us with so much love and blessings.

Our verse for this week is from I Corinthians 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

Have you ever wondered why we all have to go through so much in this life? God allows His children to go through life and all of it's trials and temptations to teach us that we cannot make it on our own. We must depend on our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to take us by the hand and lead us down the straight and narrow path that leads to Heaven. So when it seems that you just can't make it anymore, just look up and Jesus will calm you in the midst of the storm or He will calm the storm around you. Just call out to Jesus because He is always there.

This is our calender of events for the month of Feb.

Feb. 11 - Youth skating at skate world in Terre Haute, meet at the church at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - Valentine's Day dinner at the church for our ladies, the men are dong the cooking, please pray.

Feb. 22 - Glowl bowl at Brazilian Lanes at 7 p.m.

March 19-21 Spring Revival at Otter Creek with a special Good Friday evening service starting at 7 p.m.

Join us for Easter Sunrise service at 6 a.m., with breakfast following. No Sunday School that day but there will be church at 10:40 a.m.

Please plan to attend as many of these services as you can. You will be pleased.

Our Sunday service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School, for all ages; 10:40 a.m. for our Worship service; and Evening Service is 6 p.m. We have Bible study on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information, call Pastor Brattain at 446-4007 or the church at 446-5300. Come and experience that small church feeling that has a big heart for God. Please consider Otter Creek Christian Church, your House of Worship, 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil.


Come and be entertained with joyful songs by some very talented Wabash Valley High School students playing their string instruments on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Jennifer Botkin, Winchester, is a speaker with sparkle. "Jumps For Joy" is about a strong-willed teenager who tried to do it her way!

For reservations call Chris Young at 812-299-2553. $13 inclusive.

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