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Friday, March 7, 2008


Submitted by

Pastor Brattain

Well, hello from your brothers and sisters at Otter Creek Christian Church. I have a question for all of you. How many New Year's resolutions have you kept so far this year? As for me, I don't make any because I have trouble keeping them anyway.

It is a matter of putting our priorities in order. How much order do we have in our Christian life? We must first start by putting God as our number one priority. Then everything else will work out for our good, even though we may not see that at first.

Our verse for this week is from Deuteronomy 5:7 "Thou shalt have none other gods before me."

This is a very in your face statement. We are not to put anything else before our God. This world that we live in is full of other gods that we put out there in the place of the true God. Money, power, popularity, do any of these sound familiar? We all are faced with the temptation of putting these into our lives and taking God's place. Just be prayed up and ready to resist the temptation, keep God number one in our life.

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 - Youth group trip to Clay City to see Dead Serious about Life at 6 p.m.

March 19-21 - Spring Revival at Otter Creek - preaching on Wednesday night will be Brother Don Perry from Marshall; Thursday night will be Otter Creeks own Brother Dennis Holley from Seelyville, 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 at 7 p.m. The church phone is 1-812-446-5300 or you can Pastor Brattain at 1-812-446-4007. 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 you House of Worship.


Submitted by

Reelsville UMC

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.

New Hope Fellowship Church

Submitted by New Hope Fellowship Church

If your anything like most people you hear about an opportunity a little to late. Well, here is your chance to get in on the beginning of something good.

This Sunday Pastor John is starting a series on the book of James in the New Testament. Did you know that the book of James was probably the earliest New Testament book written? Did you know that there is a purpose to problems in life? Come out this Sunday and see what James tells us about the value of trials in our life. We are a friendly church that is looking forward to meeting you and your family.

This Sunday we go onto daylight saving time and we move our clocks one hour ahead.

We meet on Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Worship Service 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m. We are currently meeting in the S.O.S. building, one block north of US 40 on SR 59. A SMALL CHURCH WITH A BIG VISION.


Submitted by the Nazarene Church

Greetings once more from the folks at the Nazarene Church of Brazil.

Many ladies in our community have expressed a desire for a Ladies Bible Study and our church is offering a study for ladies starting March 17. Two sessions will be available-Monday mornings at 10 a.m. and Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The title of the study is "I Saw the Lord-Awake-Up Call for Your Heart," by Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham.

It's an eight-week study with a 15-minute video accompanying each session. Total cost per person will be $11. That includes $10 for the book and $1 to help cover the cost of the video.

We will be meeting in library of our church annex. All ladies in our community is welcome. If you have any questions, please call our church at 443-0860 and ask for Mary Sue Jackson. If no one is available, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Our pre-school through sixth grade children are now enjoying a simple breakfast before Sunday School classes. They are served a simple breakfast at 8:45 a.m., in the Kidz Kafe. Children are welcome to stop in and visit, have a bite to eat, and then head to class. If you have any questions regarding this program, see or telephone Arleta Kellar.

Good news for us and our friends in the community. On Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m., Dove Award Winning singer Ann Downing will perform in our church sanctuary. She is a well loved recording artist and we expect a large crowd, come early and get a good seat. Everyone is invited, bring a friend and a free will offering will be taken.

The children's Bible quiz team, lead by Madolin and Kelly Sparks, traveled to Bloomington this weekend to compete in their second quiz meet. The children have been studying the book of Genesis. Blue level quizzers include Sara Batchelor, Mickey Sparks, and Caleb Sparks. Red level quizzers include Makayla Sparks, Jeffy Selby, and Cassie Hood. Sara Batchelor, Mickey Sparks, Caleb Sparks, Makayla Sparks and Jeffy Selby all received bronze medals. Mickey and Caleb Sparks also won a trophy for placing in the top five quizzers in the Blue level.

Cassie Hood had a perfect first round and received a silver medal. She will advance to the District Quiz in Terre Haute on April 5. Good job, quizzers!

On Wednesay, March 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the children's Bible quiz team and their parents will host an Easter dinner. The menu will include ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, deviled eggs, corn muffin, dessert, and a drink for just $5. Children 3-11 are $3 and kids under 3 are free. RSVPs are required.

All proceeds benefit the children's quiz team. Hope to see you there!

If you are not already have a church family, we invite you to join us. We have LIFE classes at 9 a.m., and Worship at 10 a.m., on Sunday mornings. Children activities and a staffed nursery are available during both times. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 446-0371.

Carbon United Methodist Church

By Mary Egloff

Winter is still here, but last Sunday, God gave us a hint... a promise...that spring is really coming.

The first bulbs are peeking through the ground, the robins are back, the cardinals are singing their love songs, and the sand hill cranes are flying north far overhead with their strange whirring sounds.

Isn't it amazing that after all this time, after all we have done to ruin this earth, God still reigns and keeps this old universe running on an even, predictable keel. Tomorrow will come; spring will come, in spite of us.

Our minister, Rick Pressel, will be taking a vacation this coming Sunday. We are pleased to say that Mary Jo Archer will be filling the pulpit for him. We are all looking forward to having her with us again. Come hear what she has to offer.

This morning, the Town and Country United Methodist Men will have their fifth Lenten Breakfast at our church at 8 a.m. The six weeks of Lent are almost gone. Lent is a time for each of us to do some serious soul-searching and prepare our hearts for the new coming of Christ at Easter. Are you ready?

Next week, the sixth and final Lenten Breakfast will be at Bethel United Methodist Church at 8 a.m.

Next Sunday will be Palm Sunday, a great day of rejoicing. If you don't know or can't remember why it is called Palm Sunday, go to church and find out.

Our Bible Study will continue on March 9 and March 16, but we will skip Easter Sunday and continue on Sunday evenings after that. We welcome everyone, so come join us.

Daylight Savings Time goes into effect tonight. I won't say anything about that except that Sunday School and Church will be at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively, on the new time. We hope to have you come join us.


Submitted by Union UMC

As the season of spring draws near it is a time of new life and renewal. A story from the Bible brings this new life into prospective, a life changing moment in the day when Jesus calls Lazarus from the grave. That day brought a change in the life of Lazarus, Jesus and for all of us when Lazarus was brought back to physical life.

Jesus put his physical life in great danger when he exhibited this life restoring power that cannot be duplicated. Then Jesus sacrificed His life for eternal salvation for everyone.

Victory in Jesus, it is a story that rings a melody in our hearts. This story that tells of something beautiful that He freely gives and because He lives, we may also have eternal life.

We invite you to join us this Sunday as we study the scripture of John 5:1-46 and prepare our hearts for the approaching celebration of Easter. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. with church following at 10:30a.m.

This Sunday there will also be a pitch in dinner after services to celebrate One Great Hour of Sharing.

Activities and functions are filling up the calendar. This past Monday and Tuesday the United Methodist Women met and made homemade noodles. These noodles will be available this Sunday on a first come, first serve basis.

The men's Lenten Breakfast will be held next Saturday, March 15 at Bethel UMC.

Confirmation Sunday will be held Sunday, March 30, please keep those children going through this Confirmation in your prayers.

30 Pieces of Silver coin bags are located in entry outside the Sanctuary and the collection will go to S.O.S. Also school supply donations are being accepted this month by the Christians In Action group as their monthly mission project to be donated to S.O.S.

Vacation Bible School will be held this year June 16-20 in the morning. Those interested in volunteering their time and talents please contact Valerie Linton.

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.

30 Pieces of Silver coin bags are located in entry outside the Sanctuary and the collection will go to S.O.S.

Also school supply donations are being accepted this month by the Christians In Action group as their monthly mission project to be donated to S.O.S.

Vacation Bible School will be held this year June 16-20 in the morning. Those interested in volunteering their time and talents please contact Valerie Linton.

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.

Annunciation Catholic Church

Submitted by 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. to noon.

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

Annunciation Angels Preschool will be having their open house on 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 and 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 bingo games each week so come out and see what's happening. This week we will be playing lucky letter for all regular bingo pots (Jackpots, bonanzas and Winner-take-all are excluded). If you bingo on the lucky letter of the evening you will win $100 instead of $70. If there are 100 people playing at the start of regular bingo the pot will be $140 per game.

The small jackpot will be increased on those nights also. 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.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church located at 19 N. Alabama St. For

more information call (812)448-1901 or annunicationchurch@msn.co


Submitted by Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. What a beautiful Sunday we had. Our furnace is on the blink, but our hearts were warm, and the singing was great.

We had some new faces with us, and we want to welcome them and hope that they will come back. It is good to have our song leader back, although Ron did a great job filling in while Dave was gone.

We want to remember the family of Lucille Keagle in prayer. Lucille, a wonderful Christian lady, went to be with her Lord. We also want to pray for Helen Howald, Ruth Brown and Calvin Callahan. If anyone needs prayer, please feel free to call the church and let us know.

?I was informed that the SOS Silent Auction held at Traditions last week was very well attended and went very well. Praise the Lord for this endeavor. ?

Our Palm Sunday Friend Day is only a week away. We would love to have you attend that day.

There will be special music, Dava Boor for example, and a fellowship meal following the morning service.

If you do not attend anywhere else, please come be with us. ?The men of the church are meeting on Saturday mornings for prayer and scripture. ?

Pastor Bill's messages for the month of March are CONQUERING OUR GIANTS. Last Sunday he spoke about David and how he conquered Goliath. We all have our Goliaths, such as pride, fear, guilt and immorality. Come be with us to see what the Bible has to say about these. David was a man after God's own heart. Wouldn't you like to be like David? ?

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 during the 10:30 a.m. service for ages 3-7, where they learn about God on their level.

Our Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., where the book of Revelations is being studied. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., we offer a prayer meeting and Bible study.?

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We are a congregation of Bible-believing people who are striving to put Jesus first in every area of our lives. We would love for you to come be with us, so that you too can see that Christ's way is the only way. Until next time, may God be with you.


Submitted by

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church. The Gospel Sing had to be postponed due to illness, but has been rescheduled for March 30, at 6 p.m. at our church. Sorry about the inconvenience, please come and enjoy the music.

We are having our annual Easter Egg hunt at Carbon Park on March 22 at 1 p.m. All welcome.

On March 21 at 1 p.m. there will be 30 from our church going on a Mission Trip to Waveland, Miss. to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. Please join us in prayer for this mission.

On Easter Sunday, Sunrise Service starts at 7 a.m. breakfast immediately following, Sunrise and first service will be combined and second service starts at the usual time 10:30 a.m. Please come and enjoy the fellowship with our church family.


Submitted by

Bee Ridge Church

Hi there! I see you came back. Just a little curious about what is going on at Bee Ridge Church tomorrow? Or do you just look forward to reading my article? I hope the answer is 'both'.

We are really excited about the Puppet Show. The group putting this on comes all the way from a church in Martinsville, Ill. I have not seen them, but from what I've heard you won't want to miss this.

After the puppet show, the Righteous Rods will perform. They are a group of teenagers who will put on a choreographed performance using the white rods.

You need to come and see for yourself. It's difficult to explain since I haven't seen them yet, but I hear they are fantastic. So, we are calling all kids of all ages to bring your parents and visit us at Bee Ridge Church, tomorrow March 9 at 10:30 a.m. to share this experience with us. I'm sure it will be very inspirational.

In case you are new to Brazil or if you haven't read this article before, you may not know where Bee Ridge Church is. It's located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. We are the little church at the top of the hill. See you Sunday.

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