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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, March 28, 2008

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.-noon.

Each Saturday at 5:55 p.m., and each Sunday at 7:55 a.m., we will be praying the Rosary for our Annunciation Parish Family and Vocations.

Deanery Service for Divine Mercy Sunday will again be hosted by Annunciation. The service is March 30, at 3 p.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Center. All are invited to come and share with us. The service will include a history of the Divine Mercy, a blessing by Father Dom, and Adoration of the Divine Mercy and Singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

The Lady Knights wrapped and distributed lotions and plush Easter bunnies to the three nursing homes in Clay County. Also, our thanks goes to the Ladies for providing the soup and bread supper after the Stations of the Cross this Lent. The Lady Knights is a service group of Catholic ladies from the Annunciation Parish. They sponsor the fish fry and they run the kitchen at Bingo. They also sponsor the day trips that are open to the parish, they clean the church and the rectory. These ladies are every place. Any woman from Annunciation can join them. Just ask a Lady Knight.

I have been told that the meetings aren't all business and that they normally have a little something to snack on.

About a year ago, I decided that I would volunteer at bingo once in a while. Well, after the first week, I found that it was so much fun that I started going back almost every week. In fact, I liked it so much that when I was asked to take it over, I readily agreed. If you come out just once, I am sure you will come back over and over again. With summer approaching, we are in need of more volunteers so come out and see what it's like. We have a five-week schedule that most of the volunteers are on, so you can still come out and have fun, but won't get burnt out doing it.

March 30 at Bingo we will be playing for $100 for all regular bingos. 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 to $175. In the event we have 100 people, we will not play any special games we have lined up for the week and play for $140 instead. 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., Brazil, 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

Submitted by Bee Ridge Church

Good morning. Well, it's been a week since Easter. Hope you all attended church and/or sunrise service.

If you didn't maybe you could go this Sunday. You know you are invited to Bee Ridge Church anytime you want to come. We always welcome visitors with the hope they will eventually become part of our church family. We have a lot to offer. For instance, we have Sunday School downstairs, which is taught by Nancy Knight. She would love having more young children in her class, which begins at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday. While she's teaching downstairs, her husband Larry Knight is having Sunday School upstairs for the adults at the same time. Then, at 10:30 a.m., Brenda and Speck West are having Kidz Church downstairs while Pastor Jeff is presenting his message upstairs.

That's not all. There's more. Mikki and David Maurey have started a new youth group for teenage boys and girls. They will meet every Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. in the church basement. They welcome all teenagers. They don't have to attend our church to be a part of the youth group. So come on out on Tuesday evenings, bring all your friends and see what's going on with the Youth Group.

Do you like to eat? We have Family Night on the third Thursday every month at 6:30 p.m. It's a good time to get to know the congregation. All you need to do is bring a covered dish (with food in it of course) or some kind of dessert. Everything else is furnished by the church. We're not through eating yet. On the fourth Tuesday of every month, we get together for lunch. See, I told you we like to eat. We do have events besides eating through the year. This Sunday night, at 6 p.m., is our fifth Sunday Singspiration Service, which we have every month that has five Sundays. We get to see and hear a lot of good talent. This Sunday, Elizabeth Maurey and her family will be singing. If you've never heard them sing, you won't want to miss this Sunday. They are terrific. Elizabeth won third place in singing competition at DePauw University. This entitles her to go to New York for the next competition. We will be asking for a free will offering to help her go.

I've just given you some of the things going on at Bee Ridge Church. Just keep returning here each week to find out what else may be going on. Better yet, if you would like to visit us, I'll tell you where it's located. It is real easy to get to especially if you know where Northview High School is. Just turn on Kennedy's Crossing Road and go approximately 1.4 miles north. We are the little brick church at the top of the hill on the side of the road.

If you have difficulty climbing steps, we have a ramp and wheelchair service if needed. We also have a handicapped accessible restroom. Our pastor is Jeff Bridgewater.

Hope to see you soon.

God bless you all.

BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

Submitted by Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

This past Easter was a great day of worship and celebration.

The sunrise message focused on a variety of passages that provided evidence to prove that the resurrection truly happened. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus from the grave is not a leap in the dark but a fact of history and a clear teaching of biblical truth. After being encouraged from the truths of Scripture, there was a great time of fellowship around some wonderful homemade breakfast foods.

The hope of the Christian faith hinges on the reality of the resurrection. It is because of the resurrection that we have an eternal hope and can offer it to others. The morning message highlighted some of the biblical truths and principles because Christ has conquered death. Christians have not reason to fear dying (1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Jesus Christ is alive forever, never to die again (Romans 6:8-10).

Since Jesus is alive, we can be absolutely sure He is coming again and it could be very soon (revelation 22:6-ff).

Jesus tells the believer that we are not to keep this great truth a secret, but instead we are to proclaim to others the good news that sinners can also have their sins forgiven by repenting of their sin and believing in Christ as their Savior from sin (Luke 24:46-48).

We are in the process of setting the date for our next youth SNAC as well as some upcoming summer activities such as a mother/daughter tea in May, a men's and boy's outing in June as well as our VBS which is tentatively set for June 8-11. We hold our VBS in the evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. Our church, along with some other IFCA churches rent the Shakamak Group campgrounds and host a Bible camp for all young people from third-grade through high school. It is being conducted July 28-Aug. 1.

Contact the church for more details on any of these ministries.

If you are searching for truth, desiring to grow in your knowledge of the Word, or be encouraged in the faith, we encourage you to join us at 10 a.m. for Sunday School, 11 a.m. for worship or 6:30 p.m. for our Sunday night or Wednesday night Bible study. We are studying the book of 1 John on Wednesday nights.

Call the Brazil Bible Fellowship Church office at 442-5008 or e-mail Pastor Gordon at pastor@brazilbible.org with any questions.

We are here to offer hope and help based on the truths and promises of God's Word. Our only goal is to do all the glory of God.

CARBON UNITED METHODIST CHUCH

Submitted by Mary Egloff

What a glorious Easter morning with the sun coming up brilliantly in the east and the moon hanging full and low in the west!

If you weren't up that early, you really missed something. Just that sight was enough to make you realize that God is in His heaven and, regardless of what you may hear on TV and the news, He is still in control of the universe!

Easter Sunrise service was good, the breakfast was delicious, the "Easter Hunt" was fun, and the Easter Worship service was great! Those who attended any or all of the morning's doings were truly and greatly blessed.

Now, we pray that folks don't feel that since they did their thing on Easter they don't need to worry about "religion" again until Christmas. In "For Better Or Worse" comic strip Sunday, little Michael asked his mom if the church was open any time besides Easter and Christmas. When she told him yes and asked him why he asked, he replied that he wondered because those were the only times they went.

Is this what you are imparting to your children?

Town & Country United Methodist Men met last Monday evening at Peniel United Methodist Church. They meet on the last Monday of each month and invite all Methodist men from the area to attend. Next month, April 28, will be Ladies' Night, so plan to join them for a night out.

As soon as the weather breaks, really breaks, we are planning a work day to get the ramp sealed, a gutter fixed, and to move the rock in front of the bulletin board to under the new part of the ramp.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday after Easter. Let's make it just as important as Easter Sunday was. We hope to see you there. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. with Worship Service beginning at 10:30 a.m.

EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Submitted by Eastside Christian Church

What a beautiful celebration of Resurrection Day we had. It started out with our sunrise service at 6 a.m., which was very well attended.

We then had a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, eggs and blueberry pancakes, which was enjoyed by many.

Sunday School was at 9:30 a.m. and worship service was at 10:30 We want to thank God everyday for sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we may be with Him in Heaven.

On Wednesday evening, a send off dinner was held for our sister in Christ, Dorothy Wright, who will be moving to New Jersey the first of April. Jan Brock and Millie Nordhagen put together a spaghetti dinner with others bringing in dishes to go with the spaghetti. The tables were decorated beautifully with flowers and mirrors by Jan. Many of Dorothy's family were there and members of the church who wanted to let Dorothy know how much she has meant, and that we wish her the best in the next chapter of her life. Although she has not realized it, she has been an inspiration to a lot of people. What a blessing it was for her and also for us that attended.

We want to keep in our prayers Calvin Callhan, Ruth Brown, Wilbur and Juanita Trout. A friend of mine, who goes to another church, has fallen and broken her leg. I would like for you to keep Susie Freeman in your prayers, also.

If you are in need of prayer, please let us know. We are a church that believes in prayer and we would be happy to pray for you.

We will be having Vacation Bible School this year from June 2-6. It will be directed by Karen Shrader, and the theme will be "Full Armor of God." Please keep this in mind and plan for your children to attend.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us this Sunday. We would love to see you. Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and our worship is at 10:30. We do offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 a.m. service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Jonathan Shrader has started a class for middle schoolers and high schoolers. We would love for you to attend. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church Street.

Until next time, may God bless you.

FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Submitted by Pat Heffner

Greetings from the Nazarene Church folk.

Our Easter Egg Hunt this past Saturday was a huge success. We had kids from our community join us, just as we wanted them to do and hope they come back and join us for our children's services if they are not attending elsewhere. The children hunted colored eggs according to their grade level. Each grade level had eggs containing a name of a country that the children had been studying in their Sunday morning mission lessons. If a child found an egg that contained a country's name they won a prize. All children left with eggs and some with door prizes too.

CPR begins this Sunday evening at 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. This CPR services were once known as Indoor Camp. Nursery is provided all nights for children through age 3. Children through ages 4-12 will participate in their own children's service and will enjoy a series called CSI: Christ Seen Investigation. All children in our community are invited to attend. This service will feature high-energy music, games, videos and snacks. Prizes will also be given on Wednesday evening.

Spring break party was held Wednesday during Caravan service. Adults and children were encouraged to wear tropical beachwear. Children participated in games, snacks and had photos taken in front of a beach background. It was a fun night for all.

Sunday, April 6, our evening service will be at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Vacation Bible School staff will be preparing the meal and the monies raised will go toward Vacation Bible School expenses. Bible School will be in June and the exact date will be announced soon. The VBS is for all children in our community. If you have any questions see or phone Erin Hood or Cindy Higgins at our church. Our phone number is 446-0371.

Many of our Prime Timers (over age 50) will be attending a Prime Time Fling, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. This will be held in the Cory Community Church, Cory, Ind. If you have questions, contact Carolyn Latham.

Our Kidz Klozet Ministry is going well. Many folks in our community are taking advantage of our good, clean and stylish children's clothing. The only rule we have for using this ministry is "need". Call 446-0371 to schedule an appointment with Cindy Wright or Erin Hood. If no one is available to take your call, please leave your name and phone number on our answering machine and one of our volunteers will return your call.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Shelly and Paul Greene and family. Paul's grandmother passed away last Thursday. Our prayers and love reach out to all the family.

This past Sunday we celebrated the most Holy of Holy days, Easter. Alleluia, our Savior Lives!

Satan's plan could not destroy Him.

Chains could not hold Him.

A cross could not take Him.

A rock could not stop Him.

JESUS LIVES!

OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Submitted by Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at Otter Creek Christian Church. I pray that everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday and that you all went to the church of your choice to worship the risen Savior Jesus Christ.

Jesus rose from the dead that we might have a new beginning. I would like to take time to thank those people that prayed for our revival because it was a great success. We would like to welcome Whitney Moreland into the family of God. She was baptized on Good Friday after our communion service. Please pray for her.

The verse for this week is from Acts 1:8. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth.

This verse is telling us that no matter where we go, we are to be witnesses for Jesus. We are to set the example for others to follow because we may be the only Jesus that some people may see. We must live out the Word of God. So ask yourself this question: What kind of witness am I being to my family, my neighbors, my co-workers and those around me? Only you can answer that question. That is between you and God. If we can be of any help to you please call or e-mail us at brattss@verizon.net.

Check out our website (http://OtterCreekChurch.com). You will find some neat stuff on it. From our online newsletter to the latest sermons from the sanctuary of the 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 of March and April.

March 28 -- movie night at the Hollies, 6-10 p.m.

March 29 -- Graduation party for Monica Bowles at the church, 3-7 p.m.

March 30 -- Andrew Sunday, this means that we are to invite someone to church that has not been to church for a while. We have a pitch-in dinner after the worship service. Things are in the works for the month of April. Be sure to check out our article each week to see what they are.

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 is at 6 p.m. We have Bible study on Tuesdays, at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The church phone is 446-5300 or you can call Pastor Brattain at 446-4007.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Please consider Otter Creek Christian Church your House of Worship.



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