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Church News 9-27-08

Friday, September 26, 2008


On Oct. 5, the Brazil First Church of the Nazarene will join with 18,000 other Nazarene churches in 151 world areas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the church of the Nazarene. The church has its roots in Methodism, drawn from the teachings of English evangelist John Wesley (1703-1791). The denomination was established in Oct. 1908 in Pilot Point, Texas. The mission of the church is to make Christ-like disciples in the nations.

The local Brazil First Church will be celebrating their 88th anniversary within the denomination. After numerous attempts to start a Holiness Church, the Church of the Nazarene at Brazil, Ind. was organized with 17 charter member is Oct. 1919 following an old fashioned tent meeting in Oak Park addition (where St. Vincent Clay Hospital is now located)

Rev. George and Effie Moore were the evangelists at that revival. Rev. H.H. Dickey was called as first pastor who served until the fall assembly of the Indiana District in 1920. At this assembly the organization of the church became official. At the beginning the Brazil Church held their services in a rented building until the membership grew to 64. Their first property they purchased was at Lambert and Church Street. The building was built and the corner stone was laid on Dec. 2, 1923.

After 25 years it was necessary to build a bigger building to accommodate the crowds. In 1947, the congregation bought a lot at 1002 East National Avenue and under the ministry of Rev. Guthrie Hughes in 1948, a new church was built at that site. A Sunday school annex was added on and dedicated in 1955 while Rev. Robert Jones was pastor. Many of the members worked as carpenters, plumbers and masons on building the new church and annex.

In 1971 the people were beginning to see the need for a new house of worship. An architect was selected and plans began to develop. The new church went up in 1974. On Feb. 17, 1974, the congregation had their first service in the new sanctuary.

The Brazil First Church will be having a special day of celebration on Oct. 5 with services beginning at 9 a.m. with Life classes, a special morning worship service at 10 a.m., a pitch in dinner at noon and a "Gospel Sing" at 2 p.m. The Gospel Sing will feature talent from our own church and through out our community.

The Brazil First Church would like to invite the community to the celebration of what God has done and is doing in the community of Brazil and surrounding area.


The Door Christian Fellowship Church will celebrate their third anniversary on Sunday Sept. 28.

The church pioneered by Pastor Tom and Rose Roeschlein, will conduct services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Following the evening service will be a time of ice cream, cake, and punch.

The church has seen many souls called on the name of Jesus in the past three years, with a number of them continuing on with the Lord and being converted.

The Door is located at 202 N. Washington St. all are invited to attend these special services. For more information and transportation please call 442-8470 or 201-3966


Well, howdy there from our friends and neighbors at the Otter Creek Church. We hope that everyone has a wonderful week and the weather was just beautiful. It is so easy to Praise God when things are going good but when the storms of life start raging around us we look for a place of shelter from the storm. Our verse for this week talks about that shelter in the times of storms. It is from Psalms 46:1 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.' So when things seem to be closing in on you and you don't know what to do, just Let Go and Let God.

Our calendar of events for October a hot dog roast and hayride Oct. 10 at 6p.m. Homecoming Oct. 19 a very special day for the church, more information as the date gets closer.

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 see you this Sunday.


Hi! It's me again. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about "what is a Christian." The dictionary says that it's professing belief in Jesus as the Christ.

A true Christian is a person who has put their faith and trust in Jesus who dies on the cross as payment for our sins. Then, on the third day he rose again to obtain victory over death and to give eternal life to all who believe in Him. A true Christian is a child of God, a part of God's true family and one who has given new life in Christ. The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God's word.

Unfortunately, many people consider themselves Christians simply because they go to church regularly, are a member of the church and give to the work of the church, etc. etc. It just doesn't work that way. A true Christian is a child of God, a part of God's true family and one who has given new life in Christ. The work of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God's Word.

If you want a new start in life and want to learn more about our awesome God, just hop in your car and come on out to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. We are located at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd. You can go west on Hendrix Street and drive till the road ends. Then make a right. We are at the top of the hill. You can't miss us. I know I usually give directions coming off State Road 340, but this is another way to come. It will get you to the same place as coming in from Northview High School.

Sunday Schools start at 9:30 a.m. and church services start at 10:30 a.m. We have separate services for both kids and adults. We have a handicap ramp to get inside the church and handicap facilities in the church. We also have a nursery downstairs for infants and young children. Come visit us. We welcome you.

Blessings to everyone.


Donuts with friends on Sunday morning before classes. Sounds like a warm invitation for you to join us for Fellowship Sunday between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at First Baptist. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. Worship services are at 10:30.

Children's choir will report to the youth room until 10:45 when they will go to Spirit Kids or the worship service. Spirit Kids leaders will be Janet Wise and Laura; nursery workers are Marcia Davis and Courtney. Immediately following morning services, the Youth Committee will meet in the sanctuary.

AWANA will meet for their second session at 5:30 p.m. There was a wonderful attendance last Sunday and our prayer is that the group will continue to grow throughout the school year.

We hope you noticed the ad in Thursday's Brazil Times along with the precious plans for the future from our county's kindergarten students. The AWANA program is for children 2 yrs. old through sixth grade. Blaze is the 7th-12th grade. Blaze starts at 6 p.m. along with adult Bible study.

Our "Days of Praise" begins in October as we celebrate our 100th anniversary. Have you found those pictures you would like to share with us?


What a beautiful day we had Sunday. In Dave's absence, Ron did a great job of leading the singing. We were glad to see some guests and hope they will return.

We want to keep Lyle Monnett in our prayers and hope that he is back home from the hospital by the time you read this. Also, we are praying for Calvin to continue improving. We miss him in our services. We also want to pray for Joan. Others that we want to remember in our prayers are Juanita Trout and her brother, Harold Rheinfrank and anyone else that needs prayer. If you would like for us to pray for you, please call the church and let us know.

The church was the scene of a bridal shower for Kelsy Sciotto Sunday afternoon. It was good to see so many from the church attend.

If you had an order with Angel Food Ministry, don't forget to pick it up at the church today after 11 a.m. Orders for October will need to be in by the 13th.

This evening, Sept. 27, there will be a get-acquainted dinner for Arlene Hunter and Roland Barrington in the Church Fellowship Hall. All are invited.

Our Anniversary Sunday/Friend Day will be next Sunday, Oct. 5. There will be a luncheon after the Morning Worship. The Angela Lilly Trio will present a concert at 1 p.m. We want to invite everyone to come. I know you will receive a blessing by being with us.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to see you this Sunday. As you can see, we do have a good time here at Eastside Christian Church in the name of the Lord.

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 Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m., and we do have a Bible Study and prayer service on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Our youth group, headed by Jonathan Shrader is held on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., and the men have a Bible Fellowship on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. There is a lot going on, and we want to invite you to any of these.

We would especially like to invite you to our Anniversary/Friend Day on Oct. 5. The food is always good. Until next time, remember to pray, for God is listening.


God wants a family, and he created you to be a part of it. This is one of God's purposed for your life, which he planned before you were born.

The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love him, honor him and reign with him forever. Your spiritual family is even more important than your physical family because it will last forever.

Our families here on earth are wonderful gifts from God but it is our relationship with other believers and being a part of the family of God that will continue to be with throughout eternity.

The "Family of God" will be the focus of this years Homecoming at Union UMC. This is a day to celebrate being the Family of God and sharing precious memories. Homecoming will be held Sunday, Oct. 12. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. followed by an old fashioned noon carry-in basket lunch in the Fellowship Center. Those that have pictures of families in frames are encouraged to bring those to the church prior to Homecoming Sunday.

Activities to mark on your calendars, the choir has begun practicing for upcoming musical presentations on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m., for more information please contact Phyllis Mogan. Oct. 26-28 Revival will begin starting off the first night with a chili supper and special music.

If you are a mother with children attending Jackson Township School you are invited to join Mother's In Touch Prayer group. The prayer group meets every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. at Union UMC to pray for the children, teachers, staff and bus drivers at Jackson Twp School. For more information please contact Sara at 986-3513.

Union UMC invites you to join us for Sunday School starting at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

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


The Rosedale Baptist Church will be having a special guest speaker from Oct. 6-8, 7 p.m., nightly. Located at 116 N Depot St. (two blocks east of the firehouse) Rosedale. Pastor Greg Locke from Global Vision Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn. will be speaking. Come join us!

Harmony United Methodist Church

This Sunday's message, "Passing the Torch," will challenge us to look in a mirror at what we really are compared to what we have been called to be. The real focus in Paul's message from Ephesians 4 and 5 is to be "Imitators of God" and to raise up the next generation to be as well.

We will begin to look ahead at the month of October and a series of messages titled, "The Gospel according to James (Taylor)."

Remember him and his hit songs? Well, they are really based on promises from God for his children. Think about it!

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!


The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil will begin Sept. 28 with the "Open Door" Class for Men and Women at 9 a.m. This class will meet in the church library under the leadership of Bob Nicoson and Rev. Gary Scroggins and will continue their study of the book of John.

The choir, under the direction of Steve McCullough, will have a rehearsal in the choir room at 9:30 a.m. Singers of all ages are welcome!

The Service of Divine Worship will begin at 10:30a.m.

After the Children's Story Sermon, youth from age four through high school will meet in their respective Sunday School classes. Nursery care is provided for the youngest children.

At 11:30 a.m. a New Members Class will meet with Rev. Scroggins in the church boardroom.

In 1858, the first Presbyterian congregation in Brazil was established in a frame building on the corner of Jackson and Walnut Streets.

During the month of November, the members of the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the congregation.

We are asking members and members of the community to share any pictures they might have of events in the history of the First Presbyterian Church. If you have any to share, please send/ take them to the church office.

We invite all members of the community to join in the celebration!

More information may be obtained by calling the church office at 446-2415.


The Peniel UMC Homecoming will be Sunday, Sept. 28. Sunday School will start at 9:45 a.m. and the Worship Service will be at 10:45 a.m.

There will be a pitch-in dinner starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

An afternoon program will be at 2 p.m. with special speaker, former pastor John Fischer, now with Prairie City United Methodist. The Swearingen Family Singers will be providing special music.

Everyone is invited to attend all services.


Zion United Church of Christ will be having their Fall Fling at the Zion Church Shelter House in Poland on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend for a hot dog roast, hayride and fellowship. Bring a lawn chair of blanket, but everything else will be furnished.

Take State Road 42 to Poland. Turn south on to Bowling Green/ Poland Road for one mile.

For more information call (812) 986-2461.


Apostle Prophet Rick Sergent, West Milton, Ohio, will minister on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Stardust Hills Club House, Cloverdale.

Rick operates in the gifts of the Spirit, strongly in prophecy and healing. He has a timely word for the end-time church. Come and be blessed.

Stardust Hills Club House is located on Stardust Dr., three lights south of I-70 on south 231.

For more information, call Sharon Snider at 812-691-0966 or Mary Ann Steel at 765-795-3734.


The Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Colonial Fall" luncheon, on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. It is $3 a ticket and lunch on your own at the MCL Cafeteria, located in the Meadows Shopping Center in Terre Haute. Special Feature and Speaker will be Janice Denton of Columbus, Ind. giving a creative tour of colonial Williamsburg, VA and sharing ideas on how to handle challenges of life today. Naomi Gates of Paris, Ill will be providing music. Come and bring a friend reservations should be made by Oct. 17, call Doris (812) 466-5637 or Suellen (812) 232-2540 .

Prayer connection will be at the home of Sandy Hoffman, 2126 S. 23rd St., Terre Haute Ind. (812) 235-4257 on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

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Brazil First Church of the Nazarene will be presenting the annual Faith Promise Sunday in the morning worship service on Sept. 28. Faith Promise is a systematic plan for giving to Nazarene Missions International which depends on the World Evangelism Fund to sustain several hundred missionaries worldwide. We welcome the community to visit with us to hear the presentation of missions in Nicaragua by Bruce Brim and Darrell Harrison. Bruce is the husband of former Brazil resident Patti Wetnight Brim. Darrell is a faithful member of our church and a man with a servant's heart and lifestyle. He is the husband of Carol Wetnight Harrison. The Harrisons live in Staunton. We would be delighted to have you be a part of our congregation this Sunday morning to hear the challenge that the two brothers-in-law will present regarding missions.

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