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Church News

Friday, June 20, 2008


Pastors Hollis & Sherry Whitaker of Rock Church of the Wabash Valley, 8930 E. US Hwy 40, Seelyville, is pleased to announce Pastor Phil Amandola and the Praise Team from the Life Church of Bloomington, will be ministering on Sunday, June 22, at the 6 p.m. service.

There will also be a fellowship following the service with finger foods and dessert. Please come and enjoy this night of Worship and the Word. For more information, call the church at 877-2247 or 241-2919.


There will be a revival at the Galilee Church Ministries, 5740 SR 42, Cunot, from June 25-July 4, at 7 p.m., featuring Jimmy Nelson. For more information, call 765-795-3807.


What a great week we had at Bible School, had a great turnout of children and many adult volunteers. It was just a fun filled week learning all about Jesus.

Ahead in July will be our church camp. There will be a lot of information in the paper closer to the time.. It will be the last week of July.

After church next Sunday, will be a canoe trip for anyone that is interested. We will leave directly after church and return between 5:30-6 p.m.

We will be having our 4th of July Church Booth again this year, selling tenderloin sandwiches. I am sure the word is out about how good they are. So be sure to look for us.

Have a good week.

Harmony United Methodist Church

This week we will be hear a message from Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson titled "Walk On By" based on Scripture from Mark 6: 47-51. Rev. Wilson is pastor at Gobin UMC in Greencastle and is doing a "pulpit exchange" with Pastor Bob this week.

As always, there will be plenty of great fellowship and sharing in joys and concerns. We invite and welcome any who would like to attend!

Sunday Morning Worship -- 9 a.m., Sunday School -- 10:45 a.m. Come and join us!


Count Your Many Blessings -- name them one by one. Remember that hymn: It's one of the older hymns but has a lot of meaning to it. Bee Ridge Church has had many blessings, and we will have lots more. Would you like to be a big part of our blessings? You can be simply by visiting our church. We are a small country church with lots of love for God and for each other. Give us a try, you won't be sorry.

If you are unable to make it to our church this Sunday, how about coming to our Fifth Sunday Inspiration on June 29 at 6 p.m. We welcome you to come and hear the inspiring songs sung and played by the group called "Souled Out." We've heard them and they are certainly worth the itty-bitty drive to Bee Ridge.

Most of you already know that Bee Ridge Church is located on Kennedy's Crossing Rd. approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday School for both children and adults starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by church services at 10:30 a.m. Please come and visit us. We welcome all.

Blessing to you all.


A few years ago Union UMC was blessed to have appointed to the church two very dear and special leaders, Pastor Dennis and Georgie Alstott.

These years have brought many special memories and friendships along its journey. But as all great things must come to an end so does the special time we've had with Dennis and Georgie. A new path will be embarked as they move to serve another church.

Those of us at Union UMC wish you both a blessed future and thank you for your service to our community. You will be missed immensely.

This Sunday Pastor Dennis will be speaking on the text from Matthew 10:24-39. "Moving Words", on the surface, this reading from Matthew's gospel is a strange sounding, and somewhat puzzling passage.

It's one we can easily dismiss, since it is specifically addressed to the original 12 disciples. The text is part of a lengthy chapter detailing the instructions Jesus gives to those 12 prior to that first "missionary" effort. Since this appears to be a private tutoring lesion for Jesus' small class of first century followers we might tend to excuse ourselves from paying attention to the words. What could they possibly have to do with us in this last decade of the 21st century? No one has been called "Beelzebub" in centuries; we live in society that will not kill the body simply for venturing out in the name of Christ.

We tolerate sparrows, but would not think of purchasing them, even at the bargain price of two for a nickel. Before we too quickly dismiss these words, let us recall that Matthew is writing to a church, which probably responded in the same way.

Son Harvest Country Fair ended with a bang! Pastor Dennis was challenged to kiss a pig when attendance reached 75 and sure enough he had to pucker up.

Vacation Bible School was a huge success and enjoyed by all. The week was filled with lots of great fair food, games, prizes, songs and lessons about Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, and Kindness.

A huge thank you goes out to Valerie Linton for all her time, efforts and organizing for the weeks program. Also a big thank you to those who volunteered in anyway possible to make this week a huge success!


I hope all you fathers had a great Father's Day. Did you remember your heavenly Father in your celebration?

Last Friday evening was the closing program for our VBS. The group may have been small in number, but the blessings were plenty.

The theme for VBS was Full Armor of God. Some fantastic props were done by Karen and Jonathan Shrader. Two puppets named Alfred and Cindy under the guidance of Morgan and Ashley helped spread God's messages to the children. Good job girls. The kids loved them.

If your child has never been to VBS, they are really missing out. Plan now for them to attend next year.

Games were led by Troy and Brandon Pierce, two high school boys, who are a blessing to us. Refreshments were served while parents looked at the crafts the kids had done.

An offering was taken up each day and at the evening program. The monies received were donated to SOS, one of our missions. Each child received a certificate and a small gift.

The teachers, craft workers, and kitchen help were recognized for jobs well done. There were many volunteers involved, and our thanks go out to all of them. The kids had a wonderful time. The program was closed with prayer.

Things are happening all the time in our church. If you are not attending anywhere else, please come be with us. We are in the service of God, but that does not mean we don't also have a good time.

We now have a teen group meeting on Wednesday evenings. It is hard to be a teen today, but we would like to help you follow God, not the world. ?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 for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 a.m. service. Our Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., and we offer a Bible study and prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 7.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. Until next time, remember to pray and read your Bibles.


We had an awesome week of Vacation Bible School in spite of all the flooding that had just taken place. We had 29 children from K-5th grade attend during the week. There were a variety of activities: games, crafts, snacks, singing, Bible memory etc.

The focus of the Bible lessons was on the character and attributes of God. We focused on God's holiness portrayed in the life of Moses, His love in Jesus' interaction with Nicodemus in John 3 and the truth of God's forgiveness that is granted to those who repent of their sin and trust in Christ's work on the cross for the basis of forgiveness.

This past Sunday's message focused on what a dad is supposed to be. So many children, dad's included, have a misunderstanding of the role and responsiblity that God has given to dad's. Many think that a dad shows love by giving children what they want and doing what they want. But God says differently. Yes, dad's are to provide for their children and they can delight in doing things for them. But, how does a dad show true love for their children?

According to Ephesians 6:4 and Proverbs 1:7, a dad must discipline (not beat or abuse) and give instruction to their children.

That is why dad's must say no. That is why dad's need to be concerned about the peers their children have. The Bible is clear that D plus I equals love. Discipline plus Instruction is love. Proverbs says that a father who fails to discipline his child hates them. Children are to grow in wisdom. Dad's are responsible to teach them. Dad's were encouraged to keep on doing what they are doing and the children left with a better understanding of why dad's do what they do.

Although the exact date has not been set, a youth canoe outing going to the Turkey Run area is being planned in July.

We would love to minister to you. Join us for Sunday School at 10 a.m. There are classes for all age groups. Our worship time is 11 a.m. You can expect to be warmly welcomed and to hear a sound biblical message. Our evening service is held at 6:30 p.m.

Our Wednesday night study is currently going through the book of 1 John. If you have any questions about the church or have some issues for which you would desire biblical (God's wisdom) counsel please call 442-5008 or the pastor's cell at 812-240-3003 or email at pastor@brazilbible.org.

Biblical counsel does not mean there is a Bible verse for every problem but instead taking the Word and discovering how God says is the right, though maybe not easy way to handle it. May God bless you with a good week. Think with eternity in view.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church is located 2 miles north of U.S. 40 on County Road 100 East (Knightsville Road) or 2 miles east of Indiana highway 59 on County Road 1200N (Rio Grand).

It has been awhile since you have heard from us, but not because we haven't been doing anything. During the week of June 8 we had church camp. This camp is a combination of tireless work from several area churches. Over 2600 adult volunteer hours were involved in having this camp.

This group has taken on the name of JeKeNSa means Jesus keeps and saves. Over 80 young people from age 9 through high school participated this year, and approximately 35 adults were involved at camp, with countless others helping in other ways.

Rain and mud were the rule of the day camp. Every time it looked like we might have to call camp off, God seemed to say "O ye of little faith, watch and see what I can do." As much as the adults disliked the mud, the youth seemed to enjoy it.

Even through their church is not involved with our group several fine people from McKinley Hill Church showed up to help us survive the mud. God bless each of you.

Vacation Bible School is next week. June 22-27, 6:15 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. are the dates and times for Son Harvest County Fair. We just had a fun week at camp, and now for a fun week on the farm.

Children will discover how to: Grow Love, Sprout Joy, Plant Peace, Produce Patience and Pick Kindness. There will be classes for all age groups with special activities for teenagers. Contact Bevelyn Sampson at 443-1924, or Samantha Salinetro at 442-7306 to register, or just show up.

If you are new to the area, or without a church family we invite you to worship with us. Services are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:30 a.m. for worship service.

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 Sat. 6:30 p.m., Sun. 8:30 a.m., Tues. 5:30 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m. Reconciliation is 5:45-6:15 p.m. Sat. or by appointment. Divine Mercy Chaplet: First Sunday each month at 8 a.m.

Each Saturday at 5:55 pm and each Sunday at 7:55 am we will be praying the Rosary for our Annunciation Parish Family and Vocations.

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.

To schedule time to see a priest please call the parish office.

Father Dom is due back on June 20. Since I know that he will not be reading this, we are planning a "surprise" welcome back dinner at noon on June 21. This will be a two-parish party. All drinks, condiments, and meat furnished by the Parish and Tony Spugnardi.

If your last name begins with the letter A-K bring a side dish and if your last name begins with the rest of the alphabet bring a dessert. Please have your food at the Parish Center by noon. We will start eating at 12:30 p.m.

We have now added a website for our church. Take a look and leave a comment. The website is: mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annunciationchurch

We will be electing three new members to the Parish Council this weekend, their short biographies and pictures are the back of the church.

The Lady Knights are planning a day trip on Wednesday, June 25. They will be leaving Annunciation at 9:30 a.m. on their way to Attica. Planned activities include a tour of Wolf's Chocolates, Ravine Park, St. Francis Xavier Church, the waterfalls at Williamsport and Brown's Accents and Candles.

They plan to do all of that and still be back by 5 p.m. They will be car pooling, so you will be asked to chip in on gas and to pay for your own lunch. Oh, be sure and bring some spending money because you probably won't be able to resist the chocolates. Please RSVP to Miranda Goodale at 812-230-6366 by Sunday. All are welcome.

Preschool Spring Registration is still going on. There is only one opening in the 4/5 classes and the 3/4 classes still have a few openings. This is the biggest ministry to the community of Brazil. Not only are we one of the best preschools in the area, we also teach the young ones about God and who He is.

Volunteers are needed to help with Bingo. We are short handed especially with the summer months coming up. We are also looking for volunteers to be on the bingo committee. We meet about every other month and we only meet for about an hour, sometimes a little longer. We need some fresh ideas about ways to improve our bingo game.

If you have any church news please email me at eaburt48@hotmail.com by Tuesday evening if you would like it in the paper Saturday.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

It was nice to have Mildred Green's daughter Jan and her husband with us this past Sunday. We are always happy to see family members come to visit and attend church with our folks.

There was an Administrative Board Meeting on Monday evening at which the church finances were discussed along with plans for the "Church in the Park" which will be coming up on Saturday, July 26.

Today will be a work day at the church. If it doesn't rain, we will work on getting the ramp sealed and the rock from the front of the church moved under the new part of the ramp. These are the main projects, but there are several others. We need all the able-bodied men from the church and from the extended church families that can help. Be there at 9 a.m.

Sunday, June 29, will be our first meeting of the Youth of Carbon group at 5 p.m. This month a movie and pizzas will be on the agenda. So, all Carbon youth from middle school on up are welcome. Spread the word!

There will be an organizational meeting this Sunday evening, June 22, at 7 p.m. for all the people interested in helping with the Youth Group.

Vacation Bible School had as its mission this year the Clay County Food Pantry to try to help some of the folks in trouble from the floods. The kids were challenged to fill a baskart with donations of food. I'm happy to report that the baskart was not only overflowing but they collected $71.95 also.

Come join us this Sunday for Sunday School and Worship at 9:30 and 10:30 respectively. We'd love to have you.

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