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Friday, October 24, 2008

Grace Lutheran Church of Brazil

A new congregation is coming to life in Brazil. Join us this Sunday, at 111 West National Ave., at Serendipity.

Sunday Worship 10:15 a.m., Adult Bible Study 9 a.m., Sunday School 9 a.m.

For more information, contact Pastor Tom Woodley at (812) 605-2669, Lutheranbrazil@msn.com, or visit our website at, www.lutheranbrazil.org.

Brazil First Church of the Nazarene

We are so proud of our little quizzers who brought home the "gold", "silver" and "bronze" medals from the Quiz Bowl held at the Nazarene Valley Mission Church, Bedford on Oct. 4.

The questions were all from Exodus, the book all the quizzers are studying this time around.

Cassie Hood, daughter of Erin and Joe Hood, won the Gold All-star medal for all perfect rounds. Mickey Sparks, son of Melenda and Mick Sparks, won Gold for having one perfect round. Jeffry Selby, son of Gina Selby, won a Silver medal. Caleb Sparks son of Marta and Monte Sparks, won a Bronze medal. Sara Batchelor, sister to Lana and Bill Skeleton, won a Bronze medal. Makalyla Sparks, daughter of Mick and Melenda Sparks, also won a Bronze medal. Great job kids!

The Directors and Chaperone's of the quizzers are: Madolin Sparks and Kelly Sparks. Parents, relatives and church folks really appreciate all the time and effort put into teaching our little ones the books of the Bible. Thank you ladies.

TRUNK OR TREAT will be held again in the Pavilion of Forest Park, Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. Various churches from the area will be there with treats for all children. For the past few years our church and several other church's in the area have been representing the love of Christ to our community through creative and fun displays. Trunk or Treat is a safe trick-or-treat alternative for our community children.

We had a great time Oct. 5 celebrating our church's 88th anniversary as well as celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Nazarene Church. We had Life services, Worship service, dinner and a gospel sing. It was a special day for all of us in attendance.

We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy, love, prayers and support to the family of Charlotte Pitts, who passed away recently. Charlotte was a long time member, a gifted musician, teacher, and friend to many of us. She was loved and will be missed.

We warmly invite you to join us for any or all of our services. It is our desire, if you chose to join us, to feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you will be encouraged and strengthened as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ together. Casual dress is appropriate. Please read our ad in today's paper for times of our services or call our church at 446-0371.

Have a great week and God bless.


Jeremiah 3:15, "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

This Sunday we especially praise the Lord for our Pastor Mark and all those pastors who have come before him at FBC. Rev. H.E. Wilson was pastor when the building was erected in 1908. He remained until 1912. Rev. F.E. Pyle was here in 1937 when the first major re-decorating was completed.

When the church celebrated its 50th anniversary of its organization, in 1947, Rev. William Fleming was pastor. Rev. Roscoe Boston was here from late 1947-53. Rev. Irving King was here when we dedicated the new education building in 1958. Rev. Raymond Rissler was pastor for 11 years. Besides pasturing this flock, he was quite the carpenter and a great deal of remodeling was done under his leadership. Reverends Norman Godfrey, Earl Eden and Warren Purcell were pastors during the 1970s and early 80s.

Rev. Purcell was here when we had our 75th anniversary celebration. Rev. John Parsley began his pastorate in 1985 and was the first pastor to live in the new parsonage. Rev. Robert Sampson had the longest pastorate from 1988-2003.

Today we celebrate Rev. Mark Thompson as our pastor. We will also recognize our former and current Area Ministers of the ABC of IN & KY, Revs. Ed Randall and Jim Walter.

This Sunday will be special in several ways. 8:45 a.m. we will begin serving breakfast. It will surely warm and energize you. Following breakfast, instead of Sunday School classes convening, we will remain in the fellowship room for visitation, sharing memories, viewing memorabilia and a PowerPoint of past happenings. Worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with more celebration and a Christ-centered message from our pastor.

There will be nursery with Mary Jane Alsip andJosh. Sharon Mishler and Jonathan will be Spirit Kid workers. 5:30 p.m. AWANA will meet for Bible study, games, and snacks. Youth will meet at 6 p.m. and the Adults will finish the Reformation study.

The services will be especially special if you are here with us.

Seelyville United Methodist Church

All are welcome to Seelyville United Methodist Church. We are located at US 40 and 2nd St. in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Please join us for Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Guest Pastor Bill Felts will preach about our need to give to God. 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 meets Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and is currently studying the worship practices of ancient Israel.

Share Food distribution is today from 9-11 a.m.

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


The Covered Bridge Festival has come and gone, but hasn't God blessed us with a beautiful fall? If you weren't with us Sunday, I hope you were in church somewhere.

Today is the day to pick up your Angel Food Ministry order. They are to be picked up at 11 a.m. at the church. This is going very well. If you are interested in ordering, please call 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030.

The church will be the scene of the Sciotto-Wells wedding today. Our prayers are with them and their families.

We would like to thank Holly and Billy for taking over the responsibility of the baptistry. You are such a blessing to the church.

We want to keep Calvin Callahan, the Trouts, Phil Boor, the Monnetts and any others who are having difficulties in our prayers.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to extend an invitation for you to come be with 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 separate worship service for children between the ages of 3-7, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. They are with us the last Sunday of every month, where a childrens' message is given to them. It is always a blessing to see them.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We hope to see you this Sunday.


Peniel United Methodist Church will be serving a Turkey and Roast Beef Supper Nov. 1, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The menu will also include noodles, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, corn, salads, desserts and drinks.

Cost will be $10 for adults, $4, children, 6 to 12; and children under 6 will be free.

There will be a bazaar where many crafts will be available for sale.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

If you thought church was always the same, come to God's Country, where country music is played, and tables are filled with friends. You will find God's County at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 130 South Market Street, on the square in Rockville, beginning today at 5 p.m. We will be open every Saturday night in the downstairs Fellowship Hall, where Jesus lives, Jesus Loves and Jesus changes lives.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Concluding our "The Gospel according to James (Taylor)" theme, this Sunday's message, "Country Road" centers on restoring your relationship with God. James, the brother of Jesus, writes in his letter about God's faithfulness and forgiveness. He reminds us that it is the same God that set the sun, the moon, and the stars in heaven that still provides us with blessings in our current situations.

James urges the readers of his letter to hold on to their faith and not get caught up in the un-godliness of their culture. He also pleads for them to really listen to the promises of the scriptures and the words of their ancestors. He warns the people that they are being led astray and need to return to the values and faith of their heritage.

James Taylor hits upon the same theme as he writes about people needing to take a good look at their own life and see if they are really headed where they had planned, or end up following a path that looked good at one time. Realize that God continually calls you to change directions and follow the road that leads back to Him! Taylor writes, "Sail on home to Jesus .... I can hear a heavenly band of angels and they're coming to set me free... because I can feel it, on a country road.." (James Taylor, Country Road, Country Road Music, 1971)

Preparations continue for the Harmony UMC Homecoming Celebration and Fish Fry on Nov. 9. We are celebrating the church's 150th anniversary and want to invite anyone (and everyone) who has been touched by the ministry of HUMC over the years to gather with us at a special service at 4 p.m. The fish fry will be from noon to 3 p.m.

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!

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 8750 E. Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, will have their Fall Festival (rain or shine) on Oct. 25 from 3-7 p.m. There will be an air jump, air slide, obstacle coarse, face painting and Hayride. Hot dogs, ham and beans, soft drinks and desserts will be provided! Come and bring a friend.


Happy Halloween. It's still six days away, but it will be over with by the time this article comes out again next week. We all picture Halloween in different ways which include trick-or-treating, ghost tours, bonfires, costume parties and carving Jack-o-lanterns.

The carved pumpkin lit by a candle inside is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols in America. I feel like the following poem describes Halloween and the Jack-O-Lantern the way it should be remembered. This is a poem I read and want to share with you.


I am a Jack O' Lantern, my lights will shine so bright.

For, I'm a Christian pumpkin and my symbols tell what's right.

My nose is like the cross, on which our Savior died

To set us free from sin. We need no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish. The whole wide world to show.

That Christians live in this house and love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas. My eyes are like the star that shone on Baby Jesus and wise men from far.

My color, it is orange. Just like the big bright sun.

That rose on Easter Day along with God's own Son.

And so on Halloween. Let's set our pumpkins out.

And tell the trick or treaters what God's love is all about.

Remember, we have another important date to remember in October. This is Preacher Appreciation Month. Be sure to let your Pastor know how much you appreciate him.

We invite you to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church to hear Pastor Jeff's sermon. He speaks directly from the Bible in words that we can understand. Our church is located on Kennedy's Crossing Road 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Sunday school services start at 9:30 a.m. and regular church services start at 10:30 a.m. We have Sunday School and Church for the youth and adults at the same time. See you Sunday.

Have a safe and blessed Halloween!


The Cory Zion Church will have their 25th annual Turkey Supper, on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 4-8 p.m.

The cost of the dinner is a free will offering. There will be a delivery service available for the Cory, Clay City, Center Point, Saline City and Riley area. Contact the church at 864-2720, for more information.

The church is located three miles south of Cory, off of SR 46.


Father Dom Chukwudi (domojore@yahoo.com) is the Administrator. 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.

To schedule time to see Father Dom, please call the parish office.

We still have some people who haven't picked up their photos taken for the church directory. They are on the table at the back of the church. Please pick them up soon.

We will have "Donut Discoveries" again this Sunday. We are starting a new topic this week, please come join in the discussion.

The Knights of Columbus painted about half of the Kennedy Crossing Building before running out of paint and time. We will spot paint the rest of the building soon.

This Saturday the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a picnic for Annunciation and Holy Rosary parishes at Kennedy Crossing. The picnic will be from noon-4 p.m. There will be entertainment for the kids. So often in this fast paced society we rush in to a dinner, eat and leave. If we are there an hour we start thinking about all the things we could be doing.

This Saturday we will have the opportunity to change all of that. Come early and stay for mass. There will be plenty of time to sit, relax and enjoy the fellowship of others. It would be a good time to meet some of the people from Holy Rosary and to meet some of the people you see in church every weekend but haven't been introduced to. Mass for both parishes will be at 4 p.m. at Kennedy Crossing, only this Saturday.

The Knights are also selling Christmas cards this weekend. Stop by our table at the picnic and check them out.

The covering on the outside of the church that looks like limestone is called shamrock. The shamrocking that was in need of repair is getting attention this week. On the inside, the altar is going to be repaired this week along with the north wall. Hopefully all work will be completed by the weekend. The repairs to the boilers have been completed and we now have plenty of heat for the church and the school. The boiler in the rectory was repaired also. The boilers were damaged by the spring flood.

If you are a member of Annunciation Church and could spend one Sunday evening a month 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 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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

We had a delightful evening last Friday. For the fourth year in a row, Travis Sims, gospel illusionist, entertained a crowd of more than sixty people, mostly children, with his amazing sleight-of-hand tricks while emphasizing to the children that God is good, that they need Christ in their lives, that God does miracles but he only does illusions. He kept the entire audience, children and adults, amazed and laughing for the entire performance. We thank him immensely for what he does for our church and look forward to having him again next year.

I, myself, had a delightful week this past week. My oldest and closest friend from Texas and her cousin spent the week with us. As most of you know, I am a transplant from Texas. I've been here over fifty years and feel myself a genuine Hoosier. I feel that I've become "one of you" completely. Well, almost completely.

The "almost" pertains to my childhood and growing-up years. Except for what I've told you, you know nothing about my past. That is okay most of the time, but when some of you who have grown up with each other and remained friends all your lives get to reminiscing and chuckling about things that happened when you were children and teens, a little bit of envy creeps in. Not much, but a little. Of course, by now, I know most of your stories and feel that I am a part of them too. But, it is so very wonderful to spend some time with someone who knows where you've come from and been with you all along the way. I thank my friend Judy for making the effort to come all the way from Texas to visit with me. She has been ill this past year and I know that it was an effort. Thank You, God, for having a friend like her!

This next two weeks, our church will enter a "talent" search. Each person will be challenged to take talents and see if we can make them grow as the servants did in Jesus' parable of the talents. This should be exciting and fun and useful. Whatever we raise will go to the Benevolence Society.

The Annual Charge Conference for this area was held at Epworth United Methodist Church last Sunday. The new format for this conference is truly inspiring. Before, it was rather intimidating ... sort of like being audited ... but now it is a worship and praise meeting in which the annual business of the church seems almost incidental. Thank you, Rev. True, for making this change.

The Administrative Board met on Monday evening and worked out plans for our Thanksgiving Dinner, the Harvest Service, having the Town & Country Methodist Men here in November, Shoebox Challenge, Christmas Service, Cheer Plates, and a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Our calendar is now quite filled.

Is Jesus a part of your life? Is He an important part of your life? Do you put Him first? Do you even bother to go to church for an hour on Sundays to thank Him for all that He has done for us? Do you even know what all Jesus has done for you ? Perhaps you should stop long enough to think about it and thank Him.

That is what Sunday Worship is for. Come join us this Sunday and begin putting Jesus in your life where He belongs. Worship time is at 10:30 a.m. Will you be there?


We are excited about some of our upcoming ministries. Beginning Nov. 2, during our evening service, Jeff Fritz, the principal at Jackson Township Elementary, is going to be presenting a four week series on biblical character.

Jeff has a burden for our young people today. His appeal is that our young people will see the importance of developing biblical character. He will challenge the adults to step up to the plate and be an example for our young people to follow. Most high profile role models today are not of the caliber that our children should be admiring. The public is invited to come.

The next youth SNAC is going to be held Nov. 9. The evening starts with the service and then there is an after church activity.

All teens in middle school and high school are invited.

The one thing that BBFC is committed to is that the Scriptures are the sole authority. In every one of our services the Bible is the focus.

Whether the format is preaching or study, our desire is to discover what it says. In drawing out the meaning of the text it is important that it is then applied to our lives. We don't want to just know information. We desire transformation -- living like Christ everyday in every area of our lives. It is exciting to see how God is changing individual lives and families as they grow in their understanding of the Word. God's way brings healing. The world's way brings chaos and destruction. You can experience the transforming power of God in your life as well.

Transformation begins when you realize you are a sinner and need to be saved from your sin. By confessing your sin and trusting in Christ alone for salvation, God will save you. Just like the Bible says! Come, discover with us the truth found in God's Word and the hope that He gives.

Our services are as follows: Sunday School at 10 a.m.; Worship at 11 a.m. and our Sunday and Wednesday night services are at 6:30 p.m. If we can help you in any way or if you want to check us out you can do so in three ways: calling Pastor Gordon at 240-3003, emailing at pastor@brazilbible.org or going to our website brazilbible.org.

If you would like to hear some of the messages preached, click on the audio/visual tab on the left side of the home page. Let us know how we can offer help and hope to you. That's why we are here.


Life isn't always easy! Maybe you're just in a rut, or maybe your whole world seems like it's upside down. Don't loose hope -- find it. Union UMC invites you to join us for a Revival this Sunday, Oct. 26-28 beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. Sunday night the CIA Youth group will serve a Chili Supper beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Oscar Banks and Rev. Paul Perry will share a message and music will be provided by the James and Harden families. Monday evening Rev. Doug Walker from Epworth UMC of Indianapolis will bring the message. Tuesday night, Rev. Andy Charnstrom will bring a message and special music will be provided by local talent. Come see what God has in store for your life.

This Sunday is the last day to bring in your toys/stuffed animals for the Mexico mission. Operation Christmas Child literature is available in the foyer to assist you in packing your gift filled shoe boxes. National Collection week will take place Nov. 17-23.

We invite 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.


It is that time of the year again when we start thinking about the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We will start with the Thanksgiving holiday, we have so much to be thankful for that we don't have the time to mention them all. but we have to realize that all we have comes from God. It is His promise to us that He would provide all that we need if we are faithful to follow Him. Oh when we sit down to our fine turkey dinner with all the trimmings and look at our family that is gathered around the table, let us realize how blessed we are and give God thanks for all.

This week's verse is from Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

Events for the month of November will be in next week's article. There are going to be some changes in our service times for the month of November and throughout the winter months. Starting the first Sunday in November there will be no evening services. The Tuesday bible study has been moved to the home of Dennis and Myra Holley, at 7 p.m.

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.


First Christian Church services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday school classes for adults during both hours. Pastor Bob Witte will talk on "A Piece of Financial Peace-Stewardship" which is the second of a four-part series. Songs are lead by Worship Minister, Ryan Freeman, and include My Life is In You, Blessed Be Your Name, How Great is Our God, and How Great Thou Art. "Kid Zone" for children up to middle school age meets in the Family Life Center at 9 a.m. Reel Worship for middle and high school age, lead by Chris Gregg, meets at the Walnut Theater at 9 a.m. with Reel Worship at 10:30 a.m.

"Trunk and Treat" will be held at the Pavillion in Forest Park from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29. This outreach event, hosted by STRETCH (Sharing the real effect that Christ has) allows area churches to come together and provide a safe Halloween alternative for the children of our community. There will be decorated vehicles to, with great stories from the Bible and children will receive some yummy treats. For more information contact Children's Minister Corinna Stewart at 446-2241 Ext. 16.

On Sunday, Nov. 9, First Christian Church will proudly present: "Freedom" at the 9 a.m. service in honor of Veteran's Day. The community is invited to attend the service. First Christian Church especially wants to invite all Clay County Veterans as we take time to reflect, honor and celebrate our freedom as the most cherished of all American principles. It is the dream that launched the birth of our nation, and the prayer we all hold for our children's future. It is the hope by which we live, and the cause for which so many have died. Freedom is, quite simply, who we are. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Freedom is the last, best hope of earth."

The program is a cross-generational musical featuring adult, youth and children's choirs combining narrations with inspiring songs including a moving medley of great American hymns, framed by the eloquent words of Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous 1941 "Four Freedoms" speech. The program features a beautiful video background to enhance the program projecting moving images of our nation and her people; past and present.

The church is located on US 40 West in Brazil, across from Long John Silver's. For more information call the church office, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at 812-446-2214.

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