Carbon United Methodist Church
Submitted by Mary Egloff
Our Bible Study, "Evangelism By Design," is moving along quite nicely, although we do not think we will be getting done in five weeks as was planned. That's all right; it is interesting and we are learning a lot about ourselves as we go. We would love to have folks join us; the discussions are lively, the subject is interesting, and the fellowship is great.
Last Monday, the Town and Country United Methodist Men held their monthly meeting at our church. They were served a bountiful meal, had Chester Hapenny at the piano (we all love him and his playing), and had as guest speaker a man from the Crisis Pregnancy Center. It was a good evening. Their March meeting will be at Peniel United Methodist Church on March 24.
The United Methodist Men will meet for their fourth Lenten Breakfast at Union United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. The following Saturday, they will meet here at Carbon for the fifth Lenten Breakfast.
Easter will be on March 23. I just read an e-mail that said this is the earliest date Easter has fallen on since 1913, and it won't be this early again for another 220 years. The date for Easter follows the old Hebrew way of determining Passover as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. It really does not fit in with the Roman calendar we use; therefore, it has to hop around. Thought you might like to know that.
We are looking forward to spring. Mary Egloff has more than 150 tiny baby petunias potted and hopefully growin so that we can give them away during Carbon's annual Clean Up Day the last of April. Right now, they have two leaves apiece, so they have a long way to go.
Don't forget, Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. now and Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. That gives you an extra half hour to wake up on Sunday mornings. Hope to see you then.
OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Well, hello from your brothers and sisters at Otter Creek Christian Church. Did you think to start your day with a prayer to our Heavenly Father and thank Him for another day to live in His beautiful world. Talking to God is not as hard as it might seems. Just take time to tell Him what is on your mind and He will be there to listen.
Our verse for the week is from James 5:16 "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer prayer of a righteous man availeth much." This verse simply means that you need to get down to business with God in your prayer life.
Have you ever been praying and your prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, and not reaching God. Maybe it is because when we pray, we don't really believe that God will answer our prayers. We have to pray believing and when we do, we will see a change in our prayer life. Just try it, and you will like it. Good is Good all the time.
Check out our website ottercreekchurch.com you will find some neat stuff on it. From our on-line newsletter to the latest sermons from the sanctuary of Otter Creek Christian Church to a map on how to find the church. If you would like you can sign up for our newsletter.
This is our calendar of events for the month: March 8 - Men's prayer breakfast at the church at 8 a.m.; March 8 - Youth group trip to Clay City to see 'Dead serious about Life' 6 p.m.; March 19 -2- spring revival at Otter Creek - preaching on Wednesday night will be Brother Don Perry, Marshall, Thursday night will be Lyle Monnett, Brazil, and Friday night will be Pastor Steve Brattain with a special candlelight communion service in the basement. All revival services start at 7 p.m. Please mark these dates on your calendar and plan to be with us.
On Easter Sunday we will have a Sunrise Service starting at 6 a.m. with breakfast to follow. There will be no Sunday School that day but there will be our regular Worship service at 10:40 a.m. Our Sunday service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School for all ages, 10:40 a.m. for our Worship service, our evening service at 6 p.m.
We have Bible study on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
You can reach Pastor Brattain at 446-4007 or the church at 446-5300. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil.
Come and experience that small church feeling that has a big heart for God. Please consider Otter Creek Christian Church your House of Worship.
Ahoy, mateys! Climb aboard and join us for a S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Treasure Hunt!
S.T.R.E.T.C.H. (Sharing The Real Effect That Christ Has) is a group of area churches who provide fun, safe events for children in our community.
The Treasure Hunt is Friday, March 7, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the old Brazil Gym on N. Washington Street in Brazil.
There will be games, prizes, music, snacks, and lots of good clean "pirate" fun.
Watch for S.T.R.E.T.C.H. fliers at your area school coming soon. If you need more information, please call (812)446-2214 ext. 16. Arrrgh!
BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Submitted by the Brazil First Church of the Nazarene
Greetings from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene, East National Ave., Brazil.
This past Sunday was Caravan Sunday and what a great event it was. Our children and volunteer workers were honored in the presence of our church attendees and many special guests. Grandparents, parents, guardians and friends joined us to see and hear our young folks sing and receive badges for achievements they had earned during the past year.
Afterward the children, guests, church folks and the Caravan volunteers were treated to a chicken dinner in our church annex. Following dinner there was an auction of beautifully decorated cakes, made by adults and Caravan children. Proceeds went to the Caravan Ministry.
For those who perhaps don't know about our Caravan Ministry, it is a children's program that meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in our church annex. The children learn about Jesus, play games, view christian videos, sing really "cool songs" and enjoy snacks every week.
If your child or children would like to attend and need a ride, we provide free transportation. Call our church before 6 p.m. Wednesday to arrange transportation, at 446-0371. If no one is available, please leave your name and phone number, and someone will return your call.
Our director of the Children's Ministries is Erin Hood. If you have any questions regarding the Caravan Ministry program please call Erin at 446-0371.
Easter is just around the corner and plans have been made for an Easter Egg hunt on March 22. This ministry will be paired with our Children's Mission themed Sunday, "Passport to Kidz Missions". Questions? Contact or see Erin Hood or Jamie Paul.
Also Easter Services have been scheduled as follows: Sunrise Service 7:30 a.m. with communion. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Easter Worship Service at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to join us.
We warmly invite you to join us for worship and if you chose to worship with us, it is our sincere desire that you feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you will be spiritually encouraged and strengthened as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, together. Casual dress is appropriate.
Please read our ad in today's Times for Sunday worship service time and other services we have through out the week.
Have a great week and God bless.
BRAZIL FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Submitted by Brazil First United Methodist Church
"If it isn't broke, don't fix it," was wisdom my grandfather shared with me. For the most part it is wisdom that has served me well, yet, deep within me is a drive to improve what currently exists.
There seems to be a tension between the philosophies of "leave well enough alone" and "there must be something better."
Within me is a desire to be a better husband, father, pastor, and Christian. But the drive to improve may be counter productive if I can't have peace with who I am. Perhaps the balance is not between being satisfied with the current condition and the desire to improve it, but the goal should be altering our current condition so our thoughts, actions and words are in line with God's will.
I am most at peace when I sense that God is indeed first in my life and I surrender the current condition and the possible future improvements at the cross of Christ.
Jesus Christ came to the earth because the human condition was broken because of sin. The remedy for sing was the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The death of Christ makes it possible for us to come to God to be healed and forgiven. The resurrection of Christ gives us hope for eternal life. May all your brokenness be healed and forgiven by God this Easter season.
Join us tomorrow 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
Submitted by Annunciation Catholic Church
Father Dom Chukwudi (firstname.lastname@example.org)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.
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.
There will be a meeting for all bingo workers and those that might want to become bingo workers at the bingo hall on Monday March 3 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a short meeting, so please attend if you can.
Annunciation Angels Preschool will be having their open house Tuesday, March 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. If you are interested in a preschool for your children come and check us out.
Our teachers will be on hand to show you around and explain all of activities your children will be doing. Our teachers do something that I think is extremely important for the safety of the children, they meet every child at the car each morning or afternoon, unbuckle them and take them into the building. They then reverse the procedure when it is time to go home.
We will be playing special games each week so come out and see what's happening. This week we will be playing no split for all regular bingo pots (Jackpots, bonanzas and Winner-take-all are excluded).
We had two lucky Jar Ball winners this last Sunday, and we had a $1,000 jackpot winner. If there are 100 people playing at the start of regular bingo the pot will be $140 per game. We increased our no smoking area to accommodate more players.
We have at least one door prize a week and frequently have new pull tab games, so if you haven't been for a while it's time to come again and check us out.
We play 10 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.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Bee Ridge Church
Welcome to March. You probably remember reading this. It's about when Moses saw an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew. Believing that no one saw this, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day as he approached two other Hebrews fighting, they let Moses know that he had been seen hiding the Egyptian and asked him if he was going to do the same to them. Wow! Moses got busted!
Have you ever done things that you weren't proud of and afraid that people would not accept you if they knew? Is that why we get in our "comfort zone" and don't want to leave it? Whether we realize it or not, we put a lot of work in making sure certain things in our lives remain the same. By staying within this comfort zone we feel secure and confident. So if you want more out of life, the place to start is with your comfort zone. It's that simple.
Know what else is simple? Getting in your vehicle and driving all the kids you can get in it and bring them to Bee Ridge Church. We are having a PUPPET SHOW that we feel everyone of all ages will enjoy. WHEN WILL THIS BE? Not tomorrow but on Sunday morning, March 9. Feel free to come tomorrow too.
We welcome visitors at Bee Ridge church which is located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and Church services starts at 10:30 a.m. See you there. It's worth that little itty-bitty drive.
Blessing to all.
REELSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Reelsville United Methodist Church will be having a Chicken and Noodle luncheon on March 9 from noon-2 p.m. at the Reelsville Vol. Fire Dept. A free will donation will be accepted.
PLEASANT GROVE CHURCH OF CHRIST
Submitted by Pleasant Grove Church of Christ
You are invited to the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ meeting with Brother Carl Johnson from Ada, Okla. We are located South on SR 59 to Lower Bloomington Rd. then turn West.
Join us March 9-16. Our doors are open 7:30 nightly Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday Morning. Lunch will be served on Mar. 9 and Mar. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Cory Community Center. For more information, call Bill Stallcop at 765-672-4545 or Darrell Butt at 812-864-2276.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
Pastor Gordon returned from taking his seminary module class last weekend covering the books of the Bible from Hebrews to Revelation. He is looking forward to teaching on the book of Revelation later this year.
Our teens and two guests had a fun time playing some humorous teen games at our monthly youth SNAC (Sunday Night After Church). The service time was taking at glance at Proverbs 1 and 2 encouraging the teens on how they can grow in wisdom and maturity.
Our next youth SNAC will be on the March 16 after our evening service time. This activity is for any middle school and high school students. Call the church at 442-5008 for more information.
Our Wednesday night study is on the book of 1 John. We had three visitors join us and there was a wonderful time of study with questions being asked and answered. Its great to see the interest and excitement on the faces as God's Word brings renewed life through the study.
If you desire to know God more, grow in the faith, as well as receive practical teaching and study of the Bible, then visit us on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m.
Last Sunday Pastor challenged us about the purpose of Christian fellowship. One purpose came from Hebrews 10:28-30. We need each other to stimulate one another to more and more love and good deeds because of our faith.
Every believer knows that we can become discouraged or complacent about living for Christ. We need each other to help us keep on keeping on. The second purpose came from James 5:19-20. There is always the danger that a born again believer can err from the truth and begin to live a life of disobedience to God. When a fellow Christian realizes that his brother or sister in Christ is stumbling, it becomes important that they come to their aid and be a ministry and help to get them turned back. We need each other to help keep us from error.
You can hear these messages in person. You will be blessed by the fellowship of the people and the practical teaching of God's Word. Drop on by at 11 a.m. on Sundays. You just have to discover it for yourself.
Our plans for Easter Sunday have been set. We will be having our Sunrise service at 7 a.m. with a breakfast following. We are also moving our morning worship to 9 a.m. as well. There will not be any other services that day.
We are here to encourage and help others. If you are needing help, hope or have questions about God or the Bible, call 442-5008 or email Pastor at email@example.com.
God cares about you and He has given us His Word so that we can know Him. Do you have the assurance of a reconciled relationship with God? The Bible says you can. May we show you?
CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CLUB OF TERRE HAUTE
Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Spruce it Up" luncheon, on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 11 a.m. at Providence Center St. Mary Of The Woods, St. Mary of the Woods, Ind.
Special feature will be Southern Indiana Kitchen and Bath, with Jody and Jenny Todd, of Linton. Music will be provided by Cathy Walker, of Vermilion, IL and the guest speaker will be Susan Miller, of Bedford.
Please come and bring a friend. All are welcome. Reservations are necessary by Friday, March 14, 2008. Cost is $12.50 inclusive. Cancellation by 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Call Doris 812-446-5637 or Suellen 812-232-2540.
Prayer Connection will be at Goodwill Industries, 2702 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute, on Tuesday, March 11, at 10 a.m.