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Friday, October 17, 2008

Harmony United Methodist Church

Continuing our "The Gospel according to James (Taylor)" theme, this Sunday's message, "Fire and Rain" centers on prayer. James, the brother of Jesus, writes in his letter about the need of prayer in good times and bad and about the power of prayer of the faithful. He reminds us of the privilege and obligation of the faith community to pray for one another and to seek out those who have wandered away.

There are many reasons people fall away from prayer. Sometimes, when things are going well, they forget where their blessings come from. Sometimes, when it seems like God is not hearing our requests or feeling our pain, we loose faith. Sometimes, we don't have the words or feel like we have wandered to far from God to even ask. Whatever the case, God is always just a breath away, ready to cover us with His love.

James Taylor writes, "Won't you look down upon me Jesus, you've got to help me make a stand. You've just got to see me through another day. My body is aching and my time is at hand. And I won't make it any other way." (James Taylor, Fire and Rain, Country Road Music, 1969)

Next week's message, the last in the series, is taken from his song "Country Road." Taylor's songs were great hits and their themes are just as great for our lives because they are based on promises from God for his children. Think about it!

Preparations are in the works for the Harmony UMC Homecoming Celebration and Fish Fry on Nov. 9, from noon-3 p.m. A special worship and celebration service will begin at 4 p.m., with Myron James bringing the message.

We are celebrating the church's 150th anniversary!

Actually, the church was organized in 1855 and met for two years in the McKinley Schoolhouse on the National Road, but in 1858, a 30 ft. x 40 ft. building was constructed mile from the Harmony Crossing where church meetings began as the Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church.

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!

Seelyville United Methodist Church

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7-8 (NIV)

Welcome to all to Seelyville United Methodist Church. We are located at US 40 and 2nd Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Please join us for Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Steve Bahrt will present "The Will to Pray." Refreshments and fellowship are followed by Church School for all ages at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided during worship and Church School.

MountainTop Bible Study group meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the church and is currently studying the worship practices of ancient Israel.

Share Food distribution will be Saturday morning, Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m.

For more information, visit www.seelyville-umc.org, email seelyville-umc@verizon.net, or call (812) 877-1868.


This Sunday at First Baptist will be our third "Days of Praise" when we look back at service and fellowship ministries of our church. We will recognize those from our congregation who have felt the Lord's special calling into pastoral or youth ministry.

Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a nursery available. The nursery has a direct feed from the sanctuary to a monitor so that the workers can view the service. This Sunday's workers are Beverly Mills and Courtney.

Spirit Kids are dismissed during the service for their service. Darlene Shepard and Laura will be their leaders. Evelyn Nevins will give the Mission Moments. The evening youth programs are growing. AWANA begins at 5:30 p.m. and Blaze begins at 6 p.m. Adult study continues on the Reformation and Martin Luther.

Because October is Pastor Appreciation Month, the fourth Sunday, Oct. 26 will be recognition of former pastors and our Pastor, Mark Thompson. The hospitality committee will host a Sunday Brunch beginning at 8:45 a.m. The Sunday School hour will be in our fellowship room with an opportunity to view memorabilia from the past decades, view the multi-media presentation, and have chance to share memories. We hope you will be with us.


Pastor Bob Witte will preach on the topic 'A piece of financial peace-security.' Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school hours for adults at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Music for the services will be lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman and include "Blessed Be Your Name," "You Never Let Go," "Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus," AND "Trust And Obey." Tammi Emmert will offer a solo number, "Trust Me."

"Reel Worship" for middle and high school students is lead by Chris Gregg, at the Walnut Theater. Classes at 9 a.m. with worship at 10:30 a.m. featuring teaching/preaching by Chris and music by the Reel Worship Music Team.

A bus will run to and from the First Christian Church parking lot at 8:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and back at 11:20 a.m.

"Kid Zone" for grade school is at 9 a.m. in the FCC Family Life Center.

Nursery care is provided for both services.

For more information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian School, go online at www.fccbrazil.org.


All of us face trials. But can we have hope in the midst of them?

The message this last Sunday from James 1:2-4 gave us hope. God tells the Christian that in the midst of trials we can have joy. Not because we have them, but because of what God does during them.

In order for one's faith to become mature, unwavering and perfect, we must have trials. Trials aren't without purpose. When God brings us through one trial it gives us hope and endurance to make it through another.

Faith, confidence and trust in God, is necessary to come through each trial. God promises every born again Christian that He makes everything (even tragedies that we don't understand) work together for good, even when we cannot see it at the moment (Romans 8:28-29). Are you going through a trial and discouraged? God is at work testing your faith.

Our culture is changing. Knowing what is right and wrong depends on who you ask. However, in the midst of a changing culture and a seeming loss of discerning right and wrong, there is hope. BBFC wholeheartedly believes in the Scriptures as unchanging and true yet relevant for today. For that reason our focus in every one of our ministries is the study of the Scriptures.

If we want to know the God of the Bible then we must study it. We invite you to join us this Sunday at 10 a.m. for Sunday School and Worship at 11 a.m.

You also have additional opportunities to hear the Word on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions pleas email Pastor Gordon at pastor@brazil-bible.org or call him at 812-240-3003. Let us minister to you!

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