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Friday, August 29, 2008


You are invited to come and listen to our Guest Speaker, Elder Tipton at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, and again at 6 p.m. to enjoy "The Masters Five" Gospel Singers.

Have questions or need a ride?? Call our Van Minister "Tim" at 448-2756.


Presents "Crimson Cross" and "Telephone Call from God" on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Norma Cress at 446-4925.


When Pastor Lyle Monnett went to watch Northview in last spring's boys basketball sectional, he wasn't expecting to have a near death experience. Tomorrow morning during worship, Lyle will share his life-changing experience and how his life was saved.

This month we celebrated the baptisms of Sara Coil, Michael Gough, Amanda Bosstick, Jason Bosstick and Porter Jones. Also, joining the church were Angela Coil, Autumn and Sean Drake, Emily Gough, Jason Jones, Robert Moorhead, Steven and Stephanie Ronaldson, Tony and Colleen Schleppy, Mike and Janetta England and Lori Smith.

Come and experience the excitement of Brazil First on 201 N. Meridian Street. Join us for Sunday morning traditional worship at 9 a.m. or our contemporary worship at 11 a.m.

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


The primary focus at BBFC is to grow in our understanding of God's Word. Sometimes it isn't new information but a that needed reminder of what we have forgotten or are letting slip away. The mini-series on finances is one of those areas. It is so easy to get caught up in money and surviving that its easy to forget some pointed realities about it. This past week Pastor reminded us about that as we covered various passages on biblical truths about money.

As important as money is to almost everyone, one would think money would last forever. But it won't. Proverbs says that getting rich is like an eagle. It keeps eluding us and we will never have enough. Another passage of Scripture tells us that money can't buy us out of God's judgment. Money will also pass away just like the rich man himself. Life will soon be over. So that leaves us with an obvious question. What does God say a Christian should be doing with his money no matter how much he has, whether little or much.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 says that one should be rich in good deeds, generous and ready to share. In other words, God tells the Believer that they should seek for opportunities to minister to others rather than strive to accumulate wealth. We were challenged to evaluate our view towards our finances and ask ourselves if we have a heart for serving.

We invite you to visit with us and discover firsthand how God's Word is emphasized and how we are challenged to put into practice what it says. You can join us for Sunday School at 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m. or on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

We also extend to you an invitation for an evening of encouragement on Sunday, Sept. 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. we are having our friend and neighbor cook-out. We would love for you to join us for a variety of activities, food, and an evening of blessing. We are easy to find as we are located directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds on SR 59.

If you have an issue and would desire some biblical wisdom you can call Pastor on his cell at 812-240-3003 or email him at pastor@brazilbible.org. He would love to encourage you in your walk with God or to share with you how you can be saved from the bondage of sin and have the complete assurance of heaven. We are here to help and serve you.


AWANA, picnic, World Mission Campaign, 100th anniversary along with meaningful worship, study, and fellowship makes for an exciting autumn at First Baptist.

This Sunday there will be a mission dinner following morning worship to kick-off the World Mission Campaign for the American Baptist Churches. Dinner is provided and you will have an opportunity to give to this mission offering.

Sept. 14 will be our Sunday School and AWANA picnic. Following "casual Sunday" services we will meet at Anderson's Lake at 12:30 p.m. for a carry-in meal. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be on the grill and drinks will be provided. Bring your picnic basket and seating for an enjoyable afternoon.

The picnic will be the re-start of AWANA after a summer break. We hope all Sunday School and AWANA families will attend the picnic. AWANA will have their first Sunday evening session Sept. 21 at 5:30-7 p.m. with Christian learning, games, and snacks in a safe and caring environment for children 2 years through sixth grade. Our older YOUTH have continued to meet during the summer but they are thrilled to welcome a new leader. The pastor and congregation is pleased that Stephanie Plummer has accepted the leadership of the YOUTH. They also meet Sunday evenings from 5:30-7 p.m.

Our church, established 1897, moved into the current building in November, 1908. Our building is having its 100th birthday. We will celebrate "Days of Praise" throughout October as we remember yesterday, celebrate today, and focus on tomorrow. We will conclude the anniversary celebration with a service of dedication Nov. 2.

If you are a member of First Baptist or have had a meaningful connection, we invite you to all or any of our services in October and November. If you have any memorabilia or fond memories from your time at our church that you would share with us, we would appreciate hearing from you or better yet, seeing you.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. with a nursery, Spirit Kids, and special accommodations.

This Sunday Tammy Pearce and Jonathan Wise are Spirit Kids leaders. Darlene Shepard and Robert Plummer are serving in the nursery. Throughout September, Children and Youth will practice for special music that will begin the anniversary celebration Oct. 5. Practice will begin at 10:20 a.m. in the Christian Ed. wing.

There are no Sunday evening services this Labor Day weekend.


Hi! Do you find yourself saying "No, I couldn't do that. I have no experience."

Maybe you need to rethink that God is not looking for those who have great abilities. He is looking for availability for whatever task he wants you to do.

God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called. He is looking for those who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and do whatever task He calls them to do. Whatever area our Lord has called you to serve Him in, do it with all your heart and with joy. God will bless you, and you will not lose your reward.

You could reward yourself by coming out to Bee Ridge Church tomorrow night, Sunday, Aug 31, at 6 p.m. J.B. and Melanie O'Neal will be singing praises to our Lord. You should come and hear for yourself how great they sound. You won't be sorry.

Pastor Jeff and the congregation invite you to our Sunday School and Church Services Hope to see you then.

Take care and God bless.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Every week, we extend you an invitation to join us at church.

Every minute of every day, God extends you an invitation to accept his Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior and in so doing receive His forgiveness of your sins and also, not just an invitation to church, but an invitation to join Him in eternal life.

What more can you ask?

The people of the church are beginning to plan ahead for our Bazaar and Quilt Show and Kid's Karnival that will be held during the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Carbon.

This is the Fire Department's main fundraiser for the year, and is a lot of fun for everyone who comes out for it. They offer entertainment and drawings and plenty of good food at the Fire House.

We are just a half block away and offer something for you to check out after you have filled up on their great fish dinners.

The next day, Sunday, Sept. 21, will be our 135th Church Homecoming. We hope all who ever belonged to our church or preached in our church or got married in our church or attended our church will return to this little small-town place of worship that Sunday. It grabbed at your heart once upon a time, and we hope that for this one Sunday, it will do so again.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning with Worship following at 10:30 a.m. We will be there, will you?

Harmony United Methodist Church

We have just experienced a beautiful week of sunshine and wonderful weather! For some of us, it was hard to keep our minds on the routine tasks we had to do as we sat inside and looked out of the window at the gorgeous sky and the wind gently blowing through the trees and grass. We wanted to be out there soaking it all in!

It's the same with God's love and eternal promise. His blessings and Son-shine are available for each and every one of us! Paul talks about this and how we are to help others see God's great love for us as he writes to the believers in the letter to the Romans. This Sunday we will be reminded of the riches of accepting Christ's sacrifice for us as we examine God's desire to love those around us in a message titled, "For Others!"

John 13:35, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

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!


Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. We had our first disbursement of food with Angel Food Ministries. All went well, and everyone was satisfied with their food. If you are interested in ordering for September, please call 448-1030 or 765-672-6363, or you can e-mail lipierce@ccrtc.com. Orders do have to be turned in by Sept. 5.

What a blessing we had Sunday. Our Timothy, Josiah Brock, brought the message. Josiah will be headed back to school soon, but he did spend the summer as a counselor at different church camps, and he brought us up-to-date on his activities, Keep up the good work, Josiah, and we will continue to pray for you.

Sept. 9 at noon, our church will host a ham and bean luncheon honoring our police and fire departments. We will be having a church work day on Saturday, the 13 at 9 a.m., getting ready for our Anniversary Sunday on Oct. 5th.

The men's' breakfast on Saturday mornings has resumed. Youth group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you join us. 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, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. Come celebrate the Lord's Day with us.


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.

There will be a Knights of Columbus meeting this Monday at K.C.

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 be held after Sunday mass along with coffee and donuts. If you would like to lead a discussion please call Jennifer Buell or Marsha.

Father Dom will soon be moving into his new office in the parish center. Martha and Mark have been getting it ready for him this week.

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe summer. Here it is Labor Day already. The parents of school age kids are just getting back into the routine of running the kids here and there for after school activities.

There are more after school activities now that when I was a kid, especially in middle school, we didn't even have middle school we had junior high. We had an occasional after school track meet, but we didn't play baseball, or football. About the only sport we had was basketball. Soccer was unheard of then and there wasn't a computer class, because there wasn't such a thing as a personal computer.

But what we did have was a neighborhood. Kids in the neighborhood all knew each other and you kept busy riding bikes and playing pick up games of baseball and touch football. No umpires or referees and no parents cheering us on, just us kids playing and having fun.

If our parents wanted us they just went out into the backyard and yelled for us. If we were out of hearing range someone in the neighborhood that heard them would come by and tell us that we were supposed to get home. Of course we didn't have cell phones and at home we had party line phones so we couldn't get on the phone for hours because someone else might need to use the phone.

When I look at all of the things we have now that we didn't have 50 years ago I am amazed. But wouldn't it be nice to be able to slow down a little, put some of that technology away and let our kids be kids instead of keeping them so busy they don't know what fun it can be to be a kid.

This week at bingo we will be giving away $1000 to the winner of the large jackpot no matter how many numbers it takes.

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 6:00 pm each and every Sunday and our Early Bird games start at 6:30. Regular bingo starts at 7:00 pm. 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.


Well, hello from your friends at Otter Creek Church. I would like to take time to thank all the people that helped in any way for our ice cream social. It was a huge success. All the food and fellowship, and the entertainment was wonderful. We would like to thank all our visitors that came out to help us eat all that good homemade ice cream.

Our verse for the week is from 1st Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foreasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

So don't give up serving the Lord when times seem to be getting rough. Just keep taking one step at a time, and the Lord will strengthen you in due season.

Our calender of events for Sept. and Oct. - Men's prayer breakfast Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. at the church; Wiener roast and hayride Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.; Homecoming Oct. 19, a very special day for the church, more info as the date gets closer. I would like to say a special Happy Birthday to our daughter, Lida Brattain.

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. Right now the Tuesday evening Bible study is being held at the Hollies.

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.


Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. "A Winning Combination" will be presented at Providence Center, St. Mary of the Woods.

Ann Butwin, will explain how to work in a fitness routine, in our busy lives. Music will be by Kathy Sabaini. Jean Shaffer, Fort Wayne, will speak to us on "Winning the Game."

Cost is $13 inclusive.

For reservations, call Chris Young at 812-299-2553.

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