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Friday, September 12, 2008


Well, Hello from your friends at Otter Creek Church. Well, we are at the end of another week. As we take time today to reflect on what we have done over the past six days, how much time have we devoted talking to God about anything that comes across our mind? God has time to listen to us when we talk to him in prayer, but we don't have time for Him. Take time out of your busy life and give thanks to the one who gave you life, God.

This week's verse is Psalm 23. Read it and be blessed.

Happy Birthday to a beautiful angel, and her name is Mazie Bowles.

Calender of events:

Sept. 13 - Men's prayer breakfast at 8 a.m., at the church

Oct. 10 - Wiener roast and hayride at 6 p.m.

Oct. 19 - Homecoming, a very special day for the church.

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., at the Hollies in the evening.

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 see you this Sunday.


The First Baptist Sunday School picnic is this Sunday at Anderson's lake. Bring a covered dish, drinks, lawn chairs and fishing gear. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and ice will be provided. The picnic is also the AWANA kick-off for this year. The gathering will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Pastor Thompson will have devotions and there will be games, prizes, and fishing opportunities. We're looking for fair weather and a good crowd, but if there is rain, we will picnic in the fellowship room. There will be no evening services at the church.

Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday School classes for all ages. You will be impressed with the remodeled children and young people's classrooms. Courtney painted her hand on the wall in the Teen room. Why would she do that? You better check it out. Immediately at the close of Sunday School, the young people will practice for their Oct. 5, performance. We need you there. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The adult supervised nursery is always available and children are invited to participate in Spirit Kids.

First Baptist will be hosting an important meeting of the Regional American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky this Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be the last opportunity to get information and have input before the biennial meeting in October.

Big Daddy Weave, Rush of Fools, and Jason Gray concert tickets are available from Stephanie Plummer, youth leader, for Sept. 27. Big Daddy Weave's "What Life Would Be Like Tour" will be performing at Maryland Community Church. See Stephanie Sunday or call the church office (448-8112) and leave her a message.

The Hi Shi Ni class will have a meeting this Friday, Sept. 19, with a carry-in at the church. They always have a good time of fellowship.

Our 100th anniversary "Days of Praise" begins Oct. 5, with special recognitions each week. Historical displays are being planned so if you have anything to share with us please bring them in or call the church office.

Oct. 5-Youth highlighting The Gathering, a choral group directed by Charles W. Mullinex 1975-76

Oct. 12-Missions highlighting Bells of First Baptist, a hand bell choir directed by Doris Pell and Susan Parsley 1985-87

Oct. 19-Service and Fellowship highlighting the church orchestra and former church members who felt God's leading into ministry and others.

Oct. 26-Pastor Appreciation honoring all former pastors and our Rev. Mark Thompson.

Nov. 2-100th Birthday and celebration of God's grace and looking ahead to the new traditions and continued faithful work.

Harmony United Methodist Church

This Sunday, we will be looking at Paul's letter to the Ephesians again. The passage we focus on tells how God has the power to supply people with more than they can imagine. We can depend on these "Blessings" because of God's love and not because of what we have done to deserve them. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

We will investigate the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the hope of all Christians in spite of the temporary conditions we find ourselves in.

We will be celebrating the Second Sunday Service this week with a contemporary worship service filled with praise and joy. 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., 2nd Sunday Service -- 7 p.m. Come and join us!

Best Years Club at First Christian Church

The September meeting of Best Years Club will be at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This is a monthly gathering of senior adults and retired people who meet together on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, for a time of encouragement, learning and fun to attract others to a grown up lifestyle centered around the hope that only Jesus Christ gives. Bring a friend and come to the main auditorium at First Christian Church on U.S. 40 West, Brazil.

The program for this first meeting of the year will be Matthew Huber, Director of the Brazil Concert Band and the Jackson Township Band. Mr. Huber, a retired teacher will be sharing his collection of World War II memorabilia. He started collecting as a young child and has extensive materials from that time period. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to enjoy lunch with Matt Huber. The program is free and open to the public.

A delicious home cooked meal will follow the program at noon. Reservations are needed for the lunch. A free will donation will be taken to help pay for the food. Please call the church office at 446-2214 if you want to make reservations for lunch or if you need transportation. The Best Years Club welcomes all senior adults to this fellowship.

Little Historic Church of Carbon

The Little Historic Church of Carbon will have their annual homecoming on Sept. 20, to celebrate their 127-year anniversary. There will be tours from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., a $3 spaghetti dinner starting at 11:30 a.m., a silent auction of homemade pies and cakes, and a yard sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


On Tuesday, Sept. 9, Eastside Christian Church honored our local police and sheriff departments with a noon luncheon. The menu was put together by Mary I. Hendrickson with the help of Paul and Ann Atkinson and Alta Ooley.

Cornbread and beans were served along with deviled eggs, slaw, hot dogs, pasta salad, teas and coffee. Dessert consisted of watermelon from the Eaglins. Table favors of magnetic clips and notepads were donated by Remax.

The luncheon was opened with a prayer by Mary. While everyone was eating, she read an article entitled "Heaven's grocery store," which was very thought provoking.

Those with birthdays in August, September, and October were recognized, given a cupcake with a candle, and everyone sang the birthday song. Those having birthdays were: Dave Lewis, Alta Ooley, Lee Reberger, Karen Brannen, Jim Brannen, Debbie Pierce, Ken Turner and Sharon Lohrman.

Each person present gave their name and told their position. Both the city and county officials were well represented. We want to thank them for coming, and we want them to know they are appreciated.

Door prizes were given to: Terry Harrison, Lee Reberger and Sharon Lohrman, which consisted of two McDonald's certificates. A second drawing was held and each of the following received one McDonald's certificate: Archer, Rob Gambill and Ken Turner.

A good time was had by all that attended. Until next year, we want to thank you for the great job that you all do in keeping our county and city safe. It was also good to see so many members of the church attend.

We want to remember Calvin Callahan in our prayers. He is having a rough time.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. We are a very friendly church and look forward to seeing you. Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m., with our worship service being at 10:30 a.m. We do offer a separate service for children ages 3-7, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.


Our focus verses each Sunday during the month of September is Psalm 103:11-14. The message came from these verses which offered us much hope because they revealed three wonderful characteristics of God. Verse eleven revealed that God is all about showing mercy. He has so much mercy that it was compared to how high the heavens are above the earth. Now that's a lot. God will never run out of mercy.

Secondly, from verse twelve God gets rid of our sin. We don't have to try to get rid of it, God removes it. Our sin isn't even in the picture. He takes it away as far as the east is from the west.

Thirdly, from verses 13-14, God is a very compassionate God. He has pity upon us because He knows we aren't strong at all. We are but dust. Boy, that sure does a number on the self-esteem. But in this text there is one phrase that is repeated twice that qualifies who it is that experiences God's goodness. That phrase is "those who fear Him."

Only those who know God personally are those who experience God's mercy, forgiveness and compassion. Have you been reconciled to God? You can be. God will shower His lovingkindness, forgiveness and compassion upon you if you come to Him on His terms. God says that you must repent, confess your sin and trust in Jesus Christ, the Savior from sin to save you.

If you want to know more email pastor at pastor@brazilbible.org. He would love to show you from the Scriptures how you can be saved from the penalty of sin.

Plans are still in the works for a Fall men's Bible Study that will meet every other Saturday morning. The exact start date will be coming soon. After further discussion and consideration, the ladies day-time Bible study is being put on hold. Alternative plans are being made.

God blessed us with wonderful weather last Sunday for our cook-out. We had some good food, wonderful weather and enjoyable fellowship. Wish you were there to experience it yourself.

This Sunday we will be observing communion. Sunday School is at 10 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., Evening Service and Wednesday Bible study are at 6:30 p.m.

You can listen to the recent messages by going to our website brazilbible.org. We are a church that is committed to the inspiration and sufficiency of the Scriptures. That belief gives us the rock solid foundation that there is absolute truth.

If you are searching for truth, come visit us and let us help you find it in God's Word. As John says, "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." We are located directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds on South 59.


Good Morning. How are all you wonderful people today? I don't know about you, but I'm thanking our heavenly Father that we don't have hurricanes here.

Speaking of God, do you even wonder why he created us the way he did? He had a reason for each and every part of our body. He gave us eyes to see with, ears to hear with, a nose to help us breathe and a mouth to make it possible to speak.

As you all know, He didn't stop there until he made us a complete person. So how have we repaid our Lord for all the time and love he gave to create us? Not the way He would have wanted.

Sometimes angry or unappropriate words come out of our mouths that God does not want to hear. Or maybe we stick our noses in other peoples business. Sometimes that could be good. Especially if it's done in the lives of those who need love and care.

The best thing to do is to stop and think about what you might say or whether you are sticking your nose in someone's business that might not appreciate your help. Also, make sure you have the correct information. Most of all, pray to God for guidance.

Today, from 2-5 p.m. the Bee Ridge School Reunion will be held in the shelter at Bee Ridge.

The Gospel River Boys will be singing at Bee Ridge Church tomorrow night, at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Another thing, an anonymous donor gave us a Baby Grande Piano with an electronic keyboard. We would really like to thank that person. God bless you whoever you are.

Bee Ridge Church is located on Kennedy's Crossing Road approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School.

We have Sunday School services at 9:30 a.m., for both kids and adults. Church services follow at 10:30 a.m. for both. We're the little church at the top of the hill that is on fire for out Lord. We welcome you with open arms.

God bless you all.


What can I give Him

Poor as I am;

If I were a shepherd,

I would give Him a lamb.

If I were a wise man,

I would do my part.

But what can I give Him?

I will give him my heart.

Christina Rossetti

Reflecting on those words it gives great hope and peace of mind that God requires no more than our faith and commitment to his love and grace. By simply professing that you believe in the Father and dedicate your life to him you shall have eternal life in his great Kingdom. This Sunday Union UMC will gather and celebrate the baptism of individuals in the church. These children of God are giving their Hearts to Him.

Union UMC invites you to join us in this great celebration Sunday at Hawthrone Park at 10 a.m. A picnic lunch will be shared and a time of entertainment will follow the noon meal.

Upcoming events to plan for are Saturday, Sept. 27, the youth are planning a canoe trip, everyone is welcome to join. For more information and to sign up please contact Greg or Jaclyn Linton.

If you are interested in supporting/participating in this year Walk 4 Life, supporting the Wabash Valley Crisis Pregnancy Center on Sept. 27, please see Sara Schultz.

Activities in October include Homecoming Sunday, Oct. 12, and our Revival will take place Oct. 26-28, beginning that Sunday with a Chili Supper and musical entertainment.

Union UMC is conveniently located south of Brazil off SR 59, turn east on CR 600 proceeding toward the airport and Jackson Twp School. We are exactly 1.75 miles east of SR-59 on CR 600. Come and experience a church with Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds for serving our Lord.


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.

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. Last Sunday was the first of our discussions. It was lead by Mark Theimann. It was very interesting. I want to thank Mark for his insight and a most enjoyable discussion. We didn't get enough of it, so we asked him to continue it this week.

Father Dom has finally gotten his office in the parish center. Martha Tempel and Mark Schmalz did a good job of getting the office ready. Pat Kent and Larry Persinger helped finish it up and also helped with other maintenance this week. The new parish center sign has been installed on the building, lights have been replaced and other clean-up and maintenance has been done. Thanks to Martha for coordinating all of the effort.

Don't forget that on September 21, 2008 we will be having a Blue Mass to honor all of the area emergency service personnel and their families. After mass we will be having a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

If you are a member of Annunciation Church and could spend one Sunday evening a month with volunteering for a few hours we could really use you at Bingo. Just contact me, Ed Burt at 448-3416 or by email at eaburt48@hotmail.com or you may contact the church office at 448-1901 and ask to be put on the list. If you don't know whether you would like it or not then just come out and give it a try. Workers are asked to be there by 5:30 if at all possible.

All regular bingo payouts will be $100 this week.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. Everyone is welcome. We will pay $140 for our regular bingo if we have 100 people at 7:00. 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.

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 http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

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