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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, July 11, 2008

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church would like to extend a warm welcome to our new pastor, Rev. Andrew and Donna Charnstrom.

The Charnstrom's have been married 33 years and lived in New Palestine, Ind., where they grew up.

Andy and Donna are very proud of their three children, Katie (26), who lives in Indianapolis and works as the operations manager for a large trade association, Michael (24), who lives in Indianapolis and provides care for developmentally-disabled adults, and Will (19), who just graduated from New Palestine High School and is preparing for college life at Indiana University.

Donna and Andy both graduated from Indiana University in Indianapolis in 1976. Donna's degree was in elementary education and Andy's was in economics. Andy later graduated from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1979 and Donna graduated from Indiana University School of law in Indianapolis in 1985. Andy received his Master's of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary this year.

Donna works with Andy in the practice of law, sometimes working as a substitute teacher, and operates an eBay online store. Andy is winding down his law practice. We look forward to the many years of service we will share with the Charnstrom family.

Today, Union UMC will serve a Beef Manhattan meal at the 4-H Fairgrounds from 4-8 p.m. Homemade desserts will be available, so come hungry.

We are conveniently located south of Brazil off State Road 59. Turn east on County Road 500, proceeding toward the airport and Jackson Township School. We are exactly 1.75 miles east off 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

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.

Father's office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 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 8 a.m.-noon, Friday.

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

We have several spots for advertisements in our bulletin. If you own a business or know of someone who does and would like some inexpensive advertising, call Nick Derkacz at 1-800-950-9952 Ext. 2436 and find out how you can reach 200-plus families with your message.

We wish to thank all of the people who give their time helping us around the parish. In this day and age when most of us have hectic schedules some people manage to give more of their time helping wherever they can. As usual, we are in need of more volunteers. We can use people in every aspect of our personal ministry to the Church and the community. We can use greeters and ushers, servers, lectors and Extraordinary Ministers. We can use people at our bingo and at our new Prayer Ministry for the sick. We can use people to prepare food for funerals and we can always use bingo bakers.

Please pray on this and see if you can find it in your heart to give a little more.

We are starting a new Prayer Ministry and as always, can use more volunteers. We are going to be going to the chapel at St. Vincent Clay Hospital to pray for the sick, the caregivers, the doctors and the families of the ill. We are praying for those needing prayer. Remember, sometimes we are the only ones praying for those who have no one else to pray for them. To find out more information, call Laura and Dan Thompson or Mark and Gayla Thiemann.

This fall, we are starting a new program called "Donut Discoveries," that will be a 15-20 minute informal discussion on various topics of interest within the church. This will take place after Sunday mass along with coffee and donuts. If you would like to lead a discussion, call Jennifer Buell or Marsha.

Knights of Columbus Council 4377 meeting will be Monday, July 14, at 7:30 at the meeting hall at Kennedy Crossing. All Knights are asked to attend.

We have some parishioners who are currently deployed or will soon be deployed overseas in defense of our country. Remember to say a special prayer for them.

I am looking forward to returning to bingo this first weekend in August. I have really missed it. Look for some exciting changes in bingo coming in August.

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 lit parking lot. We have a lot of good food each week also.

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

Harmony United Methodist Church

This Sunday, we will be meeting at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds. We invite everyone to come out and support our young people at the county fair and celebrate the Lord's Day with us at 9 a.m. in the new pavilion behind the Exposition Building. Emma Crossen will be bringing the message from Psalm 133, titled "You can take it with you!"

The dinner at the fairgrounds for Sunday evening (4-8 p.m.) is barbequed chicken strips provided by the Lena United Methodist Church. I'm sure it will be excellent.

Sunday evening, we will be gathering again for our monthly second Sunday Service, which is a more contemporary format with Dane and Melissa Bass leading the worship music. This month's theme is "Reconciliation." There will be a special drama presentation by local are youth depicting Christ's power to redeem us from the traps of life. We will gather for fellowship at 6:15 p.m. and begin worship at 7 p.m. Following the service will be another time of food, fellowship and sharing how God has been working in our lives and community.

And we are getting ready for Vacation Bible School, which will be July 21-25. This year, we are partnering with Brazil First Presbyterian Church for an evening of VBS to take place at Harmony, Monday-Wednesday, and First Presbyterian Thursday and Friday. Call either church for details at 448-2917 or 446-2415.

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 is 9 a.m. Sunday school is 10:45 a.m. and the second Sunday service is 7 p.m. Come and join us.

First Church of the Nazarene

Our church will be celebrating its 90th anniversary Oct. 5. If anyone in our church or any reader of this column has any historical information regarding the church, contact Jean Hull or Rita Marlow at 446-0371. I will be providing more information regarding the celebration later on.

Kidz Camp will be at Camp Camby July 29-Aug. 1. Children who have completed grades 1-5 are welcome to enjoy a week of camp. The cost is $135 and some scholarships are available. Contact Erin Hood at 446-0371 if you need an application or have any questions regarding camp.

Congratulations to Brian Schafer on his marriage. Brian is a life long member of our church and the son of Steve and Rhonda Schafer. A wedding celebration of Brian and Jenny Schafer will take place in our church annex today. We wish the newlyweds a long and happy marriage.

Our pastor and church folks recognized our veterans for their service to our country June 29. Sam Glover sang a special song in their honor. Both men and women had served in the military. Some had served in World War II, some in Korea, others served in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq. Not only do we thank all our church veterans but all veterans who served our country and made sacrifices for all of us. God bless you all.

Caravan is going strong this summer and still meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. If your child needs a ride, call our church at 446-0371, before 6 p.m., Wednesday.

Our Kidz Klozet has a lot of clean and stylish clothing available for any child who needs good clothing. There are no rules for receiving the clothing, only a need. Contact Cindy Wright or Erin Hood at 446-0371 to schedule an appointment for selecting clothing items.

We warmly invite you to attend any or all of our church services. Please read our ad in today's paper that gives the days and times of our services. If you join us, we sincerely hope you feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you will be encouraged and strengthened as we worship together. Casual dress is appropriate.

Have a great week and God bless.

Bee Ridge Church

Good morning. Are you a complainer?

Do you find yourself always complaining instead of looking for good things in your life? I am very guilty of that, but I ran across this little prayer that says it all:

Lord, help me stop complaining

When things don't go my way.

Instead, give me a thoughtful heart

For all you do each day.

This is certainly "food for thought" and it has helped me. Whenever I want to complain, I say this little prayer instead and turn my thoughts to all the wonderful blessing I've received from our Father. Try it and see what happens. Changes don't appear instantly. You need to be patient. If you need some support, visit at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.

We are the family of God and with the help of Pastor Jeff, we will help you all we can.

You can find us at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Road, which is approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. and church services start at 10:30 a.m.

See you Sunday.

Peace be with you.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Jesus gives us the power was this week's VBS theme. Many thanks to Roberta Weliever and all the volunteers to make Power Lab a huge success.

Open Hands Preschool is now enrolling for the fall. The a.m. pre-Kindergarten class is full. We still have openings for the p.m. pre-Kindergarten class. Both our preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-old children have openings. Registrations are available at 201 N. Meridian Street, Brazil.

Join us for Sunday morning worship. Traditional worship is at 9 a.m. Contemporary worship is at 11 a.m.

For more information, go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org.

Otter Creek Christian Church.

Well hello again from Otter Creek Christian Church.

Freedom, what does it really mean to us, not only as Americans, but also as Christians. We live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth and we take it for granted. We are here in this country by the grace of the Almighty God to live in the freedom that our men and women in the military have sacrificed their lives for. So the next time you see the American Flag flying in the win, or a man or woman in a military uniform, thank God for them and then tell that person how proud you are of them.

Our verse for the week is from John 8:32 and 36 (32, And ye shall know the truth, and truth shall make you free. V36, If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed).

These verses are telling us that in order to be totally free from sin, we have to know the truth and Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). We read the Bible, God's Holy Word, to learn what the truth is and after we have heard and learned the truth, we are ready to go out and live the truth so others can see it. My question to you today is, do you know the truth?

Our calendar of events for July are July 13: Lyle Monnett will be at our morning service to give his testimony how God has worked in his life during his recent illness.

Check out our website (http://OtterCreekChurch.com). You will find some really neat stuff on it. From our online newsletter to the latest sermons from the sanctuary of the Otter Creek Church. There is even a map to show you how to get to the church. If you like, you can sign up for our newsletter.

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 starts at 6 p.m. We have Bible study on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. You can contact the church at 446-5300 or you can call Pastor Brattain at 446-4007. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Come and experience that small church feeling that has a big heart for God. Hope to see you this Sunday.

First Presbyterian Church

Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church will begin with the Open Door class for both men and women meeting at 9 a.m. with Bob Nicoson and Rev. Gary Scroggins.

This is Scholarship Sunday and during the regular service of Divine Worship at 10:30 a.m., the scholarships administered by First Presbyterian will be presented.

Recipients include the following 22 young men and women:

* Margaret Oldham Scholarships -- Aaron Duell, Kyle Hayes, Lindsay Thomas, Kyler Clark, Kelsie Hughes, Jordan Maurer, Nebula Schultz, Mary Beth Tribble, Erica Kimmel, Kayla Baumgartener, Kendra Lamb;

* Donald Oldham Scholarship -- Lydie Farmer;

* Margaret Rowland Scholarship -- Sarah Bell;

* Mary E. Lenhart Scholarship -- Angela Camp;

* Anna McCarel Scholarship -- Andrea Thomas;

* C. Daniel Biggs Scholarship -- Jayme Choate;

* First Presbyterian Scholarships -- Amber Williams, Whitney Ames;

* Fred and Francis Weaver Scholarship -- Luke Becker;

* Melva Weiland Scholarships -- Chandra Burns, Kayla Cooper; and

* Minnie Rounds Scholarship -- Clint Grey.

We prayfully wish them all well as they embark on this next stage of their lives.

Vacation Bible School time is approaching! We are planning a joint VBS with our friends at Harmony Methodist Church each weekday night from July 21-25. The first three evenings, we will meet at the Harmony Methodist Church and the last two evenings at First Presbyterian. The closing program will also be at First Presbyterian.

We look forward to this special time for the youth as they discover Jesus' Miraculous Power at the Power Lab and encourage those who would like to help to contact the church office or Nicole Tipton. As the Mission Project we will be participating in "Project School Supply," sponsored by the Brazil Public Library.

This project provides basic school supplies for needy students. There will be a basket in the narthex each Sunday in July and on every night of VBS to collect donations for this worthwhile cause.

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation of First Presbyterian invite all members of the community to join them in these activities. For additional information, contact the church office at 446-2415 or find us on the web at www.brazilpresbyterian.org. The church is located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

Christ Community Church

Christ Community Church invites children grades 3-6 to our local church camp running July 26-30 at the Brazil FBC campground.

Call the church at 443-0423 for registration forms and more information.

Door Christian Fellowship Church

Summer Revival Services will be conducted at the Door Christian Fellowship Church Sunday, July 13, through Wednesday, July 16.

The evangelist will be Richard Brooks. Brooks was the first missionary of the Christian Fellowship Churches to go into Romania in 1995. Since that time, 10 churches have been started and many souls have been saved. God uses Richard marvelously in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Services will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Nursery and children services will be provided.

The Door is located in the old junior high community center, 202 N. Washington St., Brazil.

For more information or transportation, call 442-8470 or 201-3966.

Christian Fellowship Church

Summer Revival Services will be conducted at the door Christian Fellowship Church Sunday, July 13 through Wednesday July 16.The Evangelist will be Richard Brooks. Brooks was the first Missionary of the Christian Fellowship Churches to into Romania in 1995. Since that time 10 churches have been started and many souls saved. God uses Richard marvelously in he gifts of the Holy Spirit. Services will be Sunday at 11 a.m. and at 7 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Nursery and Children services will be provided. The door is located in the Old Jr. Hg. Community Center at 202 N. Washington St. For more information or transportation call 442-8470 or 201-3966



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