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Church news 8-9-08

Friday, August 8, 2008

Harmony United Methodist Church

As we close out our summer months, we realize that it's time to go back to school. Sometimes we become aware that we have forgotten things during our time away. Well, the same was true for the nation of Israel in the first century. Many followers of "The Way" (what we now call Christianity), had forgotten that their roots were Jewish and that God was continuing to be faithful in loving and caring for His children. Today's culture and church still needs to be reminded of God's steadfast, undeniable love. Sunday the message will be from Romans 9:1-5 and titled, "Oh, How He Loves You!"

Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. there will be a Southern Gospel Concert presented by The Hall Girls. The Halls, Lesley and Lindsey, are 18 and 21 year old girls from Old Town, Fla. who share their vocal talents in song and testimony. They have performed all across the south and we are blessed to have them sharing with us in the Brazil area.

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. Concert at 6:30 p.m Come and join us


God is doing an awesome work in our youth! Our church along with our fellow IFCA churches held a week of Bible camp at Shakamak State Park. We had right at a hundred third-sixth graders along with a hundred fifteen seventh-twelfth graders. One of our teens trusted Christ as his Savior from sin and now has the assurance of heaven. It was great to hear the rest of our youth share with the church family how they were challenged and encouraged in the faith as well. Camp is already scheduled for July 27-31, 2009.

We are focusing on Psalm 100 as a congregation for the month of August. The message last Sunday unfolded for us the content of the Psalm. The focus is on worship. Verse 1 is a call for all people to worship the Lord and to do so with joy. Many people have no desire to worship God, let alone to do so with joy. But worship isn't all. God calls us to serve Him and to do it with gladness, as verse two makes clear. Whoa! Serving and delighting in it at the same time? Yes! By God's grace it can be done. The third verse makes it clear that worship involves submission. God is God and He made us. Another element of worship is giving thanks to God for specific things He has done as well as acknowledging His character and attributes as stated in verse four. Worship is also to be eternal because God is good, He always merciful and He always keeps His promises. So the challenge went forth for us to evaluate if we are serving the Lord, how we go about doing it, and if we are consciously submitting ourselves to His rule over us.

Are you a worshipper of God? Are you lacking delight in being a servant for the Lord? You will discover that every Sunday we open God's Word in a practical and relevant way. That is where we find answers and hope. We invite you to join us this Sunday at 10 a.m. for Sunday School; 11 a.m. for the Worship Service and at 6:30 p.m. Sunday night and Wednesday night.

This Sunday Pastor is beginning a mini series regarding God and your finances. Being a Christian is to impact every area of our lives. Finances is one of those areas. God has something to say about our finances and our use of them. Let's discover together what that means.

On Sunday Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. we want to invite you to our annual Neighbor and Friend cook-out in the field next to the church. There will be food and recreational opportunities. This would be a great time to check us out if you have never visited us. Its a low-key evening that will also involve some singing and a devotional. Join us. We are located directly across from the Fairgrounds. You can contact Pastor Gordon by email at pastor@brazil-bible.org or by his cell at 812-240-3003. May God bless you.


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.

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 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.

To schedule time to see a priest please 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 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 please 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 or 20 minute informal discussion on various topics of interest within the church. This will be held after Sunday mass along with coffee and donuts. If you would like to lead a discussion please call Jennifer Buell or Marsha.

We are having a picnic for all who volunteer so much of their time helping at bingo. If you volunteer at bingo, and this includes in the kitchen, or think you would like to volunteer then this event is for you. The picnic is August 16 at noon at Kennedy Crossing. We will be playing so bingo for fun so that we can see how the new equipment works. This is also to show how much I appreciate all of the help everyone has given me in the last year, especially in the last few months when I was unable to be there. Food and soft drinks will be provided. Just bring yourself and an appetite.

Bingo Sundays at Kennedy Crossing. Everyone is welcome. We will pay $140 for our regular bingo if we have 100 people at 7 p.m. If that occurs we will throw out any special games we had planned and just play for the $140.

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.

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 The church has a website at mysite.verizon.net/ resolhio/annunciation-church


Last month Randy Hughes attended the International Festival of Christian Ventriloquists and Puppetry on the Olivet Nazarene University Campus, Bourbonnais, Ill.

One Way Street holds this event each year at various locations throughout the United State for the convenience of those ministering to youth in this unique way.

Randy attended a one week seminar with workshops teaching ventriloquism, with such techniques as lip and voice control and character application; as well as class instruction on puppet manipulation. He plans on returning next year for further training in vetriloquism and puppetry leadership.

Randy and his wife, Shirley, are the children's church ministers at Destiny Harvest Ministry Center, 1214 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute. Randy performs for the congregation in both ventriloquism and puppetry. He invites you to come and join the fun.

If you are interested in ventriloquism or puppets, you may log onto One Way Street's website at www.onewaystreet.com or call 1-800-569-4537.


Hi there from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church. I just cannot believe that we are already into the dog days of August. Our kids will be starting back to school soon so we need to start praying for their safety on their way to and from school and pray for the teachers and all the staff as they have a long year ahead of them.

Our verse for the week is from 2nd Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The Bible is the most remarkable book ever written. In fact, it is a whole library consisting of sixty-six books! The writing was done by about forty people from many occupations and all walks of life, farmers and fisherman. Teachers and physicians public officials and kings. They wrote over a period of almost 1,500 year sand in three languages -- Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. It is amazing that the Bible is as harmoniously united as the parts of the human body. That is because the Bible has one great theme and central figure, Jesus Christ/ All of this would be impossible unless the Bible has one supreme Author, and it did: the Holy Spirit of God. May I invite you to open the Bible and see what great things that God has in store for you. If you don't have a Bible, call and we will see that you get one.

Our calendar of events for August:

Aug. 23 -- Ice Cream Social at Otter Creek Church, starts at 4 p.m. and will last as long as the ice cream does. There will be homemade desserts and other good food, along with games and entertainment.

Check out our website (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.

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.

For more information call the church at 446-5300 or 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 se you this Sunday.

Berea Christian Church

Berea Christian Church will be having a free preview of the series "Get on the Road to Financial Peace" by Dave Ramsey on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, Aug 27, from 6-7:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the church office at 812-448-8698.


Share Food signups will take place from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, at First Christian Church, Brazil.

A date for food distribution has yet to be scheduled.

For more information, call Maggie Morlan at 448-9501.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Last evening, Friday, one of the big events of our small church's activity year was held -- our 51st Homemade Ice Cream Supper.

I believe that my brother-in-law and his wife, "Pat" and Joan Egloff, and my husband Ernie and I have helped on at least 51 of them over the years. They began simply with the menu consisting of just homemade ice cream (using raw eggs back then) made in borrowed ice cream freezers (because every family had one back in "the good old days") and a few desserts.

Now, it has grown until we have a full menu of barbeque sandwiches, homemade pimento cheese sandwiches (from an old Mercer family recipe), hot dogs, coney dogs, salads, pies, cakes, strawberry shortcake, and still homemade, hand-cranked ice cream (made from a cooked egg recipe now). Even as small as our church is, all we need do is ask and things are provided.

All items are donated and handmade. And folks turn out to help. It is a great evening for the guests who come for good food and fellowship to all the workers who come for the fellowship and the fun of working together. We hope that you were one of the ones who turned out for this great evening.

Our next big project will be the Believer's Bazaar, Quilt Show, and Kid's Karnival during the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Fish Fry on Sept. 20.

The Administrative Board will meet on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., and the Women's Believers will meet on Tuesday, Aug.19, at 7 p.m. The monthly Youth Meeting will be on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, is the last Sunday of the month and is designated as "Baskart" Sunday. Bring your things to fill the baskart for the Food Pantry on that Sunday.

Activities at the church are fun and contribute to the community spirit of the church people, but activities are not the primary purpose of the church. Acknowledging God as our Supreme Father and Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, worshiping them, loving them, and bringing others into their circle of love is what church is all about.

We would love to have you join us in this pursuit. Even the very best of us fall short of "being good", but through the church and with God's Grace, we can all reach out to God and receive his Grace--just for the asking! Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m. See you at God's House.


The Backpack of Blessings project at Family Worship Center was a huge success! With help from many local businesses we were able to distribute over 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to Clay County students! We are very grateful to these donors for their generosity and plans have already begun for next year!

On Aug. 22-23 we will be having a kid's crusade, KIDZ COUNTY FAIR. It will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Friday evening and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. Friday evening we will learn about the Fruits of the Spirit and how to Grow Love, Sprout Joy, Plant Peace, Produce Patience and Pick Kindness. Saturday's events will include a carnival complete with games, face painting, horseback rides and cotton candy. Lunch will also be served. Kids from age three--sixth grade are invited to attend!

Remember too that we are involved in the Angel Food program. We will be taking orders until Monday, Aug. 11 for the August menu which may be viewed at angelfoodministries.com/menu.asp. Pick up will be Saturday, Aug. 23. Please call the church office at 442-1792 for more information.

On Sept. 27, we are excited to hold our Walk in Faith Gospel Fest featuring P150, Crimson Cross and Shiloh which is Gospel Bluegrass. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. so bring your lawn chairs and come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!

Admission is free. FWC's women's group, Daughters of Zion will be selling concessions including cornbread and beans. If it rains we'll just move inside!

Pastor Larry Richmond and the congregation of Family Worship Center would like to extend an invitation for you to attend services with us this Sunday!

Our morning service will begin at 10 a.m. and the evening service will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening offers a Bible Study for the adults and youth activities at 7 p.m. We are located at the corner of U.S. 40 and Staunton Road. Don't just watch us grow, come grow with us!


Good Morning. I have a question for you. Have you ever thought of yourself as being a container that holds space for others?

We can all be containers. Let me tell you how. We have all been called upon at one time or another to help a loved one through a difficult time. When the help required consists of just being a good friend by running errands or making phone calls, we know exactly what to do. But sometimes we are called simply to hold space for the person as they go through whatever they need to go through.

Maybe they need to express anger or grief, talk or be silent. They might just need someone to hold their hand. Whatever the case, when we hold space for someone, we offer ourselves as a container for the overwhelming feelings they may be encountering.

Whenever we love someone in this way, we provide a space for them to be themselves. We can provide this over the phone, through meditation, etc. However we do it, when we hold space for someone in need, we are offering a gift of the highest nature. When our containers get full, we need to go to church and turn our burdens over to God.

Speaking of holding space, we invite you to come fill up space at our annual Ice Cream Social at Bee Ridge Church on Saturday, Aug. 16, starting at 5 p.m. We will be serving home-made vanilla ice cream, home-made desserts, barbecue sandwiches, coney dogs, slaw and baked beans. For the kids there will be face painting. We have something new this year, too. An inflatable Moon Walk. The kids should like that!. Of course, Bozo, the dunking booth, will be with us again this year. That's not all. We will have musical entertainment by P-150 and by our own, David Maurey and Jared Rodgers. Doesn't this all sound great. I bet you are thinking it's going to cost a lot of money. Not true. You get all of this for a free-will offering. You can fill your tummy full of food, relax and enjoy fine music on Saturday evening. Then Sunday morning you can come back to Bee Ridge and listen to Pastor Jeff's message. Pastor Jeff speaks directly from the Bible. We have Sunday School, for both kids and adults followed by church for both. We will be looking forward to seeing you.

By now you all probably know where Bee Ridge Church is located. If not, just go to Northview High School and turn north on Kennedy's Crossing Road. Then go approximately 1.4 miles north. We are at the top of the hill on the east side. You won't be able to miss it.

God be with you till we meet again

Greetings once more from the folks at the Nazarene Church.

We are planning a big event Aug. 29 with well known guest musicians from this area. We will announce the names of the groups in upcoming church news. This event is to make the public aware of our "Kidz Kloset". The Kidz Kloset is for any child in need of good, clean, stylish clothing. The only qualificvation for getting free clothing is a need. This is for all children in our area. The night of the big event featuring gospel music will also have have homemade goodies with donations for the desserts going to the Kidz Kloset. Call Cindy Wright or Erin Hood at 446-0371 if your child needs clothing and one of the ladies will schedule an appointment with you to select clothing. More information in the weeks to come.

The Caravan children went to a pool party at Forest Park pool this past Wednesday evening. The church van picked the children up and delivered them to the park pool. They were treated to free goodies and a free swim sponsored by Christmas in the Park. Thank you park volunteers for a great evening.

Some of our adult children leaders will be attending "Team Day" on August 16th, which will be held at the Assembly of God in Bedford, Indiana. There will be several workshops for those who attend and teach our children, youth and adults.

This past Wednesday our teen girls held a dinner will all proceeds going toward our 2008 Teen Retreat. Haley Bechtel was adult leader. Even though it was a hot evening a good time was had by all.

We invite you to worship with us as we celebrate our Lord Jesus each Sunday morning. Sunday School is at 9:00 with Worship Service following at 10:00. God Bless and have a wonderful week!

The Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry is participating in the Macy's Shop for a Cause fundraiser on Sept. 20 at the Macy's in Honey Creek Mall. This unique one-day-only shopping event was created by Macy's to support local non-profit organizations.

Shopping passes sell for $5 each and every dollar goes directly to the Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry. By purchasing a shopping pass, customers support their favorite cause and enjoy a day of discounts.

The exclusive shopping pass includes 20% off regular, sale and clearance women's, men's and kids apparel, accessories, bed and bath items, housewares, frames, luggage, china, crystal and silver. 10% off regular sale and clearance kitchen and personal care electronics and technology items. Some exclusions apply.

There is also a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

The Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry is an alliance of churches, social organizations and individuals who have covenanted together to strive to relieve human suffering in the Clay County area thru direct assistance with appropriate resources and referrals (i.e. educational, emotional and spiritual support and financial aid.

The Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry will see a family for any reason, however, the ministry will primarily financially assist the working family who has been laid off, hours have been cut, sudden illness or accident and disabled who are on fixed incomes, but often are over guidelines for any other assistance.

If you would like more information about the Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry or to purchase a shopping pass, call 812-446-4357. Some area churches do have the shopping passes.


You Scream, I Scream... We all scream for Ice Cream! And do we have a feature for you! Terre Haute After 5 cordially invites you and your friends to our August Dinner event on the beautiful campus of St. Mary of the Woods at the Providence Center, on Aug. 19 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. with an $13.50 inclusive.

We will sample ice cream from "The Swiss Connection Dairy Farm in Clay City. Owner Alan Yegerlehner will tell us about their Dairy, Cheese and Ice Cream products.

Beautiful music by Pauline LeMay. Our guest speaker, Sheron Alexander, of Indianapolis will inspire us with her experiences..."Finding a Purpose Through Difficult Circumstances". For reservations call: Chris Young at 812-299-2553.


Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Fragile and Beautiful" luncheon, on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at MCL Cafeteria, Meadows Shopping Center. A $3 ticket and lunch will be on your own.

Special feature will be "Glass Blowing" with Randy Turner, Paris, IL, with music provided by Karon Neiswinger, Clay City. Guest speaker will b Sheron Alexander , of Indianapolis. For more information, or reservations, call Doris 812-466-5637 or Suellen 812-232-2540.

Prayer connection will be at Riddell National Bank, Hwy 46 on Aug.12 at 10 a.m.

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