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Church News

Friday, October 3, 2008


Les and Marietta Martin will be looking for you at their lake and picnic area this evening at 4:30 p.m. There will be a harvest party for roasting hot dogs, marshmallows, and of course lots of other good stuff. Bring your chairs. You're welcome to bring fishing poles & a favorite roasting stick. Good food, warm fellowship, and of course A HAYRIDE!

Our "Days of Praise" to celebrate our 100th anniversary of First Baptist begins this Sunday. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. with something for everyone. The children are ready to open the celebration with songs of praise during the 10:30 worship service. This Sunday we will highlight the youth ministry of our church since 1908. Several youth will be participating. There will be an audio-visual presentation of photos of youth activities showing Bible School, Sunday School, worship participation, and other activities of the past 100 years. We will have a speaker representing "The Gathering", a former teen musical group of the church. We hope those members will be in attendance this Sunday. There may be others sharing their experiences as a young person attending First Baptist.

AWANA will meet Sunday evening at 5:30 for Bible studies, fellowship, food, & fun. Youth will meet for their program at 6 p.m. as will the adults for evening service. The youth are organizing a band. We are looking forward to their first performance.

Throughout October we will continue our Mission Moments for our World Mission Offering. 100 percent of your gifts go to support the work of 2,500 short and long-term missionaries doing work with local partners in 76 countries around the world.

October is also Pastor Appreciation Month. Although we should affirm and prayerfully support our spiritual leaders throughout the year, we set aside this special time to recognize them for their hard work, dedication and the unique leadership each brings to the congregation. "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching" (1Tim. 5:17)

Church committees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the Official Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be the monthly business meeting.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Pancakes, biscuits and gravy are available this morning at Forest Park from 8-11 a.m. For lunch there will be a variety of soups from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in connection to the popcorn festival.

Tomorrow's message is "Evidence of Faith" from James 2. We will celebrate World Communion Sunday at both services. Those interested in becoming members of the church are invited to join us for Faith 101 during the Sunday School hour.

Come and experience the love of God at Brazil First UMC on 201 N. Meridian Street. Join us for Sunday morning traditional worship at 9 a.m. or our contemporary worship at 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m.

For more information go to out website at brazilfirstumc.org.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well, hello there from your friends and neighbors at the Otter Creek Church. We can see that there is coming a change in the seasons. Fall is here and we can see that the leaves are turning on the trees and the air has a little chill to it. This reminds us that God is still in control even though man likes to think that he is. As for me, I'm going to leave it all up to God.

The verse for this week comes from Hebrews 13:8 [Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.] We are the ones that change, not God. Sometimes we try to change God into what we want Him to be, but it doesn't work that way. We should let God change us into what He wants us to be. So let go and let God do His thing in your life.

Our calendar of events for October, hot dog roast and hayride Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Homecoming Oct. 19 a very special day for the church, Brother Richard Adams is going to be bringing the morning message. He ministered at Otter Creek Church in the mid-50s. There will also be special music along with a pitch-in dinner after church in the basement. There will be no evening service that night.

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.

Rosedale United Methodist Church

The Rosedale United Methodist Church is having a Jonah Fish Fry on Oct 4, from 4-7 p.m. at the Civic Center in Rosedale at the 4 way stop. We will offer fish, fries coleslaw, baked beans, drinks and desserts. Proceeds will go to support the churches scholarship fund. Adults $7, Kids $4, Desserts $1. For more info call 765-672-7208

Harmony United Methodist Church

October is our "The Gospel according to James (Taylor) month." Remember him? This Sunday's message, "You've Got a Friend," addresses the basic need of all God's creatures in finding acceptance and relationships that make us feel wanted, needed, and loved. Maybe you think this a concept that song writers and psychologists have just stumbled across. Well, the Bible is FULL of this truth!

I guess that each generation has to be reminded that no human can be all things and everything all the time. There is much more to life (despite what the world seems to be telling us) than being the ultimate controller of your life. We are created for relationships; people to share our hurts and worries along with our joys and celebrations. God places family and friends in our lives for many reasons, and even when we feel that all of our earthly friends have abandoned us, God is still there! Ain't it good to know, "You've Got a Friend!"

Other messages coming this month are; Shower the People You Love with Love, Fire and Rain, and Country Road. These songs were great hits for James Taylor and their themes are just as great for our lives because they are 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 will also celebrate Holy Communion together. 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!


Until further notice, the Staunton Community Food Pantry at the Stauntion United Methodist church will be open only on the last Wednesday of each month. However, due to the holidays, it will be open the last Tuesday of the month in November and December.

Scheduled days to be open are: Wednesday, Oct. 29, Tuesdays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 30, Wednesdays, Jan. 29, Feb. 25 and March 25.

For more information, call 446-6033.


The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to P150, Crimson Cross and Shiloh, for making our first Walk in Faith Gospel Fest a great evening of fun, fellowship and ministry! I believe a great time was had by all that attended and we are excited to start planning for next year! We pray that God will continue to bless these very talented bands.

Our women's group will be having a booth at the Popcorn Festival this weekend. Our booth will feature sweet treats as well as chocolate gravy & biscuits. Please come out and see us!

Remember that we are involved in the Angel Food program. The October menu may be viewed at http://angelfoodministries.com/menu.asp. Please call the church office at 442-1792 for more information and to place orders.

Wednesday nights continue to be exciting as we study the book of Revelation. Please join us for this fascinating study and discussion. Sarah Robinson along with our youth group, Hearts Ablaze, invite all youth between the ages of 13-18 to join them as they study God's word.

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! God is moving in our church in a powerful way as hearts are being changed and blessings poured out! 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 US 40 & Staunton Road. Don't just watch us grow, come grow with us! 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.

Donut Discoveries will resume Sunday. Mark Thiemann is still doing his very interesting discussion of the Bible.

On Oct. 13, the Knights will be hosting the local Masonic Lodge for a bean dinner. This year we are supposed to have Tom McClanahan from WTWO will be our guest speaker.

Weather permitting the Knights of Columbus are going to spot paint Kennedy Crossing on Oct. 18. Then on Oct. 25, they are sponsoring a picnic for Annunciation and Holy Rosary parishes at Kennedy Crossing. The picnic will be from 12-4 p.m., with mass to follow at 4:30 p.m. Look for more information soon.

We are continuing to do work on our Parish Center. The Pastoral Associates office is in the process of being repainted. We will do the outer office next.

I recently heard talk about the soul of the Church. The person speaking about it, the way I understood it, was referring to the leadership as being the soul and I think that is wrong. The soul of the Church is the parishioners. If we think we have kept our faith in Jesus, but we lose his message of love and understanding for one another then we have lost our faith in the Lord and we have lost our soul. Keep your love for your fellow man, your love of Jesus and your faith in the Lord and everything will work out the way the Lord intended.

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 p.m. if at all possible.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. Everyone is welcome. 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.

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.veri-zon.net/resolhio/annu...


The Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, will be having Story Time for moms and tots, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 years and younger are welcome to come and enjoy the stories, songs, crafts and food.


Salvation is the miracle of a moment. Growth is the labor of a lifetime

Hi! I'm back again. Remember my article last week on "What Is A Christian?" Well, this week's article is about the spiritual laws. Did you know that there are four spiritual laws? These Laws are a way of sharing the good news of he salvation that is available through faith in Jesus. It's a simple way of organizing the important information in the Gospel into four points.

The first of the Four Spiritual Laws is "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." That why He sent His one and only Son so we may have life and live it to the fullest. So what is blocking us from God's love? What is preventing us from having abundant life?

The second of the Four Spiritual Laws is "Humanity is tainted by sin and is therefore separated from God. As a result we cannot know God's wonderful plan for our lives." God created us to have fellowship with Him, but humanity brought sin into the world and is therefore separated from God. We have ruined the relationship with Him that God intended us to have. What is the solution?

The third of the Four Spiritual Laws is "Jesus is God's only provision for our sin. Through Jesus we can have our sins forgiven and restore a right relationship with God. Jesus Himself declares that He is the only way of salvation. How can I receive this wonderful gift of salvation?

The fourth of the Four Spiritual Laws is "We must place our faith in Jesus as our Savior in order to receive the gift of salvation and know God's wonderful plan for our lives." Believe in the Lord and you will be saved. We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone and in Jesus Christ alone.

We invite you to come and visit us at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. The word on the street is that we are on fire. Come and help us keep the fire going. I'm sure by now that you all know where this church of God's is located. Just in case this is your first time of reading this article, we are located at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd. We'll see you Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:30 a.m. for Church.


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

Bring a lawn chair or 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.


Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil, invites you to attend our monthly contemporary evening service, on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy an evening of worship, music and inspiration. No dress code, come as you are.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Sorry I've missed a few weeks, but we're back now. Fortunately, the church continues to move forward whether I report its happenings or not. Fortunately, God continues to BE whether we tell folks about him or not. Isn't that a wonderful thought? Shouldn't we do more to acknowledge his greatness?

A lot has happened since I last reported on our little church. The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department's annual Fish Fry at Carbon was a great success. It was a beautiful evening, the rain held off, and folks came out to enjoy it. Our Quilt Show was beautiful, thanks to all the people who contributed quilts for it, and everyone who visited it was impressed with both the beauty and the workmanship of the quilts. The Believers' Bazaar in the basement was packed with good bargains and folks hauled stuff away by the armloads. And the Kids' Karnival was a great success, too. We want to thank all the kids who helped keep it going: Seth Batchelor, Stormy Batchelor, Tyler Cooksey, Dusty Maesch, Trevor Conard, and we want to especially thank Tony Cooksey and J.C. Somers for helping to set up the tents and tables.

Money from the Kids' Karnival will be paying for Travis Sims' return with his "Magic Show" again this year on Friday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. He will also be taking part of his show to Meridian Elementary School this year. We want to invite kids of all ages and from all schools to come to this yearly event. He keeps the audience not only laughing and marveling but also focusing on God during the entire performance.

Sunday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 26, are to be designated "Talent Sundays" in which each of us will be given Biblical "talents" to see what we can do with them to make them grow.

The men of the church have cleaned up the rocky area in front of the church, hauled in several loads of topsoil, and planted grass there. It is going to look so much nicer when the grass comes up. This job took a lot more work than it appeared to, so we are very thankful that the men got it done.

Winter is coming, vacations are over....so are the excuses. It's time to turn back toward God and give Him the love and respect that we have neglected. Come join us this Sunday in worshiping Him. Count your blessings...See what God has done...and let's thank Him for it. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30. I am counting my blessings and they are too many to count. Thank You, God.

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