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Church News 11-8-08

Friday, November 7, 2008


"Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." ~MLK Jr.

This Sunday Union UMC will celebrate faith and devotion that comes to giving to others in need. "Faith Promise," just one of the simple ways we can support various missions and continue to spread the joy and love of Jesus Christ. Following church services this Sunday a celebration meal will be shared. Bring a side dish and dessert and your own table setting.

Events to plan ahead for in November include Thursday, Nov. 20 a Thanksgiving dinner and service will be held at the church.

Nov. 17-23, National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child will take place. Union UMC will be open Mon.-Fri. 5-8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m. -1 p.m. If you have any questions or need supplies, call 986-3513.

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school and Worship Service following at 10:30 a.m. Nursery is provided.

We are 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.


Well, the election is over. If your choice won, congratulations, but even if your choice did not win, we all need to do a lot of praying for our country. Pastor Bill's message last Sunday brought up the question of whether our country is still a Christian nation. What do you think? If we want to stay a nation that was begun with Christian principles, then we as Christians need to do our part to keep it that way. And we can do this in how we live each and every day.

We have been so blessed with beautiful weather lately, and we want to praise the Lord for it.

Our song leader was gone on Sunday, Andrew Brock filled in, and did a wonderful job. Thanks Andrew! Also, thanks go out to Millie and Ann for the patriotic songs that they played as we took our seats.

Don't forget to turn in your Angel Food Ministry order by the Nov. 12. Lorie will be at the church on Monday evening to take your orders. If you cannot come to the church, feel free to call her at 765-672-6363, or you can also call 448-1030. If you know of someone that is having a hard time, this would be a good way of giving at this time of year. Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching very quickly.

On Nov. 30, keep in mind that we will have a luncheon for our new members after our morning worship service.

We want to keep our military men and women in our prayers. Also, we are praying for those who are having any physical and emotional problems. If you need prayer, please let us know. We are a church that believes in the power of prayer.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, now would be a good time to be with us. God wants you in His family, but only you can make that decision. You never know, tomorrow may be too late.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. God's arms are always open. He is just waiting for you to come.


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.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Happy Birthday Harmony United Methodist Church! This Sunday we are celebrating our 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. The building that we now meet in, formerly known as the McKinley Chapel, was constructed in 1882.

Instead of our normal Sunday schedule this week, there will be a special worship service at 4 p.m. praising God for the love, service, and devotion of the people who have been a part of this congregation through the years. And, we will start the day with a great time of fellowship as we have our Homecoming Jonah Fish Fry from noon-3 p.m.

As we have prepared for this celebration, we have remembered former members, pastors, friends and events that have touched our lives and made an impact on eternity. We hope that everyone who has been a part of the "Harmony Family" at one time or another will come and join in on this celebration!

This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion in remembrance of those who have come before, those who share with us now, and those who will come after as we all join our hearts as one with the Lord. Come and join us!


Katrina Recovery continues to be a mission outreach as eight people leave today for D'lberville, Miss. Jerry Morgan, Keith Bowers, Carver Rose, Rex Bedwell, Janice Bedwell, Greg Runyon, James Rupp and Rick Packard will be repairing homes on the Gulf Coast.

Join us Sunday morning, traditional worship at 9 a.m. or our contemporary worship at 11 a.m. The message will be "That Dirty Rat" by Pastor Tony Alstott. Sunday School begins at 10:10 a.m.

Youth in high school and middle school are invited to Bible study at 5 p.m. and Fellowship at 6 p.m.

A free dinner is served each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Use the south entrance to access Traylor Hall.

For more information, go to brazilfirstumc.org


Our focus for the month of November is praise and thanksgiving.

At the opening of the worship service we are reading Psalm 150 together and join our voices together in singing some choruses that tie in with the theme of worship.

Psalm 150 gives us some important insights regarding our praise and worship which was the focus of last Sunday's message. Here are some of those insights.

Read the Psalm and see for yourself. The activity we are exhorted to do is to praise. The recipient or the direction of our praise is to be to God. The two names of God mentioned emphasize the fact that He is the self-existent, eternal One and that He is the Almighty. We are to praise Him because of His mighty works that He has done as well as His character. Our praise is to be verbal, spoken. It is also to be done energetically and actively. It is to be constant not just at church.

Lastly, everyone, who ever is alive is to be praising God. Are you? The Scriptures teach throughout that God is not pleased with lip service alone. We can not honor God with our words but dishonor Him with our lives. Both need to be true.

If you would like to hear the whole message visit our website www.brazil-bible.org and click on the audio/visual tab.

We are excited about our ministry and outreach opportunities planned for this month. Currently Jeff Fritz, the principal from Jackson Elementary is teaching a biblical character series on Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

We invite you to come and hear him. He has a heart for the Lord and for encouraging and challenging believers to stay faithful and be an example for the generation to follow.

This Sunday will be our youth Sunday Night After Church (SNAC) event. All teens in middle school and high school are invited. Be at the church at 6:30 p.m. and the evening will conclude at 7 p.m.

We also have a special Thanksgiving event planned for the Nov. 23. We will be having our Sunday School and Morning Worship at the Jackson Elementary School. After the services we will be having a fellowship dinner and an opportunity for spending some fun time together playing games in the gym. If you would like to know more, call Pastor Gordon at 240-3003 or email him at pastor@brazilbible.org. The service times will be the same: Sunday School at 10 a.m. and Worship at 11 a.m.

If you are into marking your calendars for future events we are planning to have a family New Year's Eve celebration at the JTE gym again. We had a great time last year. Make plans to join us this year.

With all the uncertainty of what the future holds, it is a relief to know that God is unchanging and that He is in complete control of the future. Discover who God is and what is the truth by reading the Bible. If we can help you in your desire to know and understand the Bible let us know. That is why we are here.

Carbon United Methodist Church

November...already we can feel everything and everyone beginning to get ready for Christmas! But are we getting ready for Christ's Mass or for Santa Claus or for the biggest god of all, the Shopping Season? When you think of Christmas, which of these come to mind first?

The church is no exception. Its activities are increasing, too. Let's just pray that this flurry of activity is done with Christ as our example.

Presently, the church is attempting to "increase the Master's talents" by earning money to give to the Clay County Benevolence Society.

They are desperately in need of funds to continue their ministry to people who find them in an emergency situation with no funds.

This community service was begun to form a central entity to which such people could go to instead of trying to ask for funds from various individual churches. Now, when a church is asked for money, these people can be referred to the Benevolence Society which will see that they get what they need.

Congratulations to the Harmony United Methodist Church on their 150th anniversary. That is the same day as our church's Thanksgiving Dinner, but I am sure some of our congregation will attend some of Harmony's activities later in the day.

There will be an Administrative Board Meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to everyone, not just a select few.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at Carbon on Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m.

The ladies of the church will be providing the meal. We are preparing for a good turnout, so men, put this on your calendar and don't forget to attend.

The Carbon Church of the Nazarene and the Carbon United Methodist Church will hold their annual Harvest Service on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Nazarene Church this year. We always look forward to getting together with other churches for joint services. It is good to share our love of God with others.

This is the Thanksgiving Season (not the turkey season). Let's be truly thankful for all that God has given us this past year. Many difficult things have happened, but stop and count the good things that have taken place in your lives.

Even when things were difficult, God was there with you giving you strength and comfort. Thank Him.


First Baptist had a wonderful Days of Praise and anniversary celebration last Sunday.

The choir sang, "Be Thou My Vision," the youth performed a skit, Mayor Bradshaw presented the church with a plaque of appreciation for FBC's 100 years of community involvement, we celebrated communion, and the pastor had a meaningful message on involvement and our vision for ministry.

We appreciated seeing several former members in attendance as well as Rev. and Mrs. Jim Conger.

Many stayed for a carry-in fellowship meal in celebration of our birthday.

Our hospitality committee had everything beautifully decorated and organized.

This Sunday's service will include a veterans recognition. Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a nursery and classes for all ages. There are currently three adult classes you can select from. During morning worship we have an adult staffed nursery and special needs room. Spirit Kids (pre-K thru 2nd grade)and Middlers (3-5 grade) are dismissed during service for those choosing to participate.

Sunday evening is AWANA. This 5:30 p.m. program has scripture-based lessons and activities with snacks and games. They are also working on a Christmas presentation. AWANA is for 2 yr. olds through 5th grade. The American Baptist Youth meet at 6 p.m. as do the adults.

November is another busy month with the ABY attending their Convention, Donut Sunday on Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 27, and on Nov. 30 we will have a Mission Dinner and Hanging of the Greens.

There is excitement in the air and something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you Sunday!


We are located at US 40 and 2nd St. in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight. Join us for 9:30 Sunday morning worship.

Pastor Steve Bahrt will challenge us to live our daily lives according to what we claim about God with our mouths.

A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

Our monthly Scrapbook Workshop will be held tomorrow, Nov. 9, from 1-6 p.m. on the lower level of the church. Everyone at any experience level is welcome to attend.

Mountain Top Bible Study meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The current study is the worship practices of ancient Israel.

Share Food orders can be picked up Saturday morning, Nov. 22, between 9-11 a.m.

For more information, visit www. Seelyvil-leumc.org, email seelyville-mumc@verizon.net, or call 812-877-1868.


The First Christian Church choir directed by Jeannie Price presents "Freedom" at the 9 a.m. service, in honor of Veterans Day. The program is a cross-generational musical featuring three choirs combining narrations with inspiring songs and great American hymns, framed by the eloquent words of Franklin Roosevelt's famous 1941 "Four Freedoms" speech. The program features a beaufiful video background to enhance the program.

At the 10:30 a.m. service, Pastor Bob Witte will preach the final message on "A piece of financial peace-sacrifice." Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freedom include "I will call upon the Lord," "I will Enter His Gates," "This is the Day," "Holiness," and "Near the Cross."

Help keep Share Food active in Brazil. There are some great specials this month. The Holiday Meal box containing a 4 lb. ham, 15 oz. potato au gratin, 15 oz. corn casserole, one ready to bake pumpkin pie and corn bread stuffing for $22 +$1 trucking fee. If ham does not wet your appetite, the Golden Legacy Turkey breast roast is available. This package contains a 4 lb. boneless roast ready to be cooked, for $16 plus $1 trucking. The next special is Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough, 2-3 lb. ready to use tubs both for $7 plus $1 trucking fee, one tub Reese's cookie dough and one tub turtle cookie dough.

These are specials that can be purchased along with the regular unit that contains four frozen meats and fresh fruits and vegetables all for $16 plus $2 trucking fee.

Come join the Share Food family. Help by buying orders and/or being a helper on distribution day. Orders will be taken from 9-11 a.m. at First Christian Church. Food distribution will be on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Family Life Center.

Next Saturday, Nov. 15, The FCC Worship Team will present a concert of Christian Rock music at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. There is no admission charge.

This will be designed to reach those who might enjoy this style of music, but may not know God. For more information, check the web site, www.fccbrazil.org, or call Ryan Freeman at 447-2214.


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, call the parish office.

Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center

We will have "Donut Discoveries" again this Sunday. Feel free to join us for coffee, donuts and an interesting discussion on various biblical topics.

Please return your Parish Stewardship Intention Card with the United Catholic Appeal Intention Card attached as soon as possible.

If you don't feel you can give any time or money just sign and return them to the church. We will begin calling people soon to offer assistance with filling them out and to answer any questions.

The Knights of Columbus are selling Keep Christ in Christmas cards through Nov. 16.

Stop by our table in the foyer of the church. Order forms are available in the Parish Center. We will also be selling at Holy Rosary.

Work resumed on the church steeple this week. When I find out more about the work in progress I will pass it on.

There will be an indoor yard sale today at the Kennedy Crossing Bingo Hall, 8990 N. Kennedy Crossing Rd. from 8 a.m. -noon. We have completed most of the work at Kennedy Crossing.

We have repainted the West and the South Sides of the building, we created a protected entryway on the South so that people will no longer have to enter through the kitchen.

This will also act as a smoking area. Tentatively, we will go smoke-free at Kennedy Crossing on Dec. 1, 2008. Three protected smoking areas are available on the West Side of the building for those who chose to smoke. We will be the first smoke-free bingo hall in the area.

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. We could use cashiers, bankers and callers as well as pull tab workers. Just contact me, Ed Burt at 448-3416 or by email at eaburt48@hot-mail.com or you may contact the church office at 448-1901 and ask to be put on the list.

Bingo is every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We play 10 speed games starting at 6 p.m. Our Early Bird games start at 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church located at 19 N. Alabama St.


Happy Saturday! Are you as happy as I am now that elections are over with? Now, maybe we can concentrate on Veteran's Day which is this coming Tuesday.

Do you remember when it used to be called Armistice Day? In Nov. 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day as the "end of the war to end all wars."

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

In 1978 the name was changed to Veteran's Day to be observed on Nov. 11. This day, as we now know it, is celebrated the same way as Armistice Day.

The only difference is the name.Next Saturday, Nov. 15 will be our annual Turkey Dinner at Bee Ridge Church from 4-7 p.m. The dinner will be held in the church basement. There are a few steps to go down to the basement, with a handrail on one side of the stairs.

We will be serving turkey, dressing, noodles, mashed potatoes along with more veggies, desserts and drinks. All of this is just for a Free Will Offering. Carry-outs available. We welcome you all.

Maybe you will all come back for Sunday School which begins at 9:30 a.m. and Church which begins at 10:30 a.m. We offer both services to children at the same times only they are held in the church basement.

You all probably know by now where Bee Ridge Church is located. If you don't remember, just go north on Kennedy's Crossing Road and follow your nose. You won't be able to miss it. Pastor Jeff and the congregation would like to see you then.

Your friends at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.


Well, hello there from the Otter Creek Church. Well, we made it. The election is over. We need now to come together as one nation under God to support our new President-elect Obama. Whether you agree with the results or not, now we need to pray for our new leaders that they will seek God's direction for their lives and decision that they have to make. Things are happening at Otter Creek Church, so why don't you and your family plan to attend our Sunday School and Worship service. We have wonderful song service and Pastor Steve preaches straight from the Bible and it blesses us each Sunday.

Our verse for the week is from Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Grab a hold of someone that will never change, Jesus Christ.

Our calendar for November: Nov. 8 - Men's prayer breakfast at the church at 8 a.m.; Nov. 22 -Thanksgiving fellowship pitch-in dinner at the church at 6 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 at 7 p.m. at the Hollies.

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.


The Terre Haute after 5 invites you to the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods Providence Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18 for a County Fair Auction.

Come join in the fun as Johnny Swalls helps us raise money for our annual fall fundraiser. Make, bake or donate an item or two. It's time to start your Christmas shopping, so come prepared to buy and have a lot of fun in the process.

Special music by Michelle Azar. Annette Peterson, St. Louis, will giver her plan for having joy in everyday life.

For more information, or reservations, call Chris Young at 812-299-2553. Cost is $13 inclusive.

Upcoming events are Dec. 16, with a musical Christmas dinner event and Speaker Lesta Anderson.


The Christian Women's Club ot Terre Haute will have a "Count Your Blessings" luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. Cost is lunch on your own and a $3 ticket, at the MCL Cafeteria, Meadows Shopping Center, Terre Haute.

Special feature will be "The Coin Merchant", Roy Mains, Terre Haute. Music will be provided by Kevin Levellie, Nevins, Ill. and the guest speaker will be Annette Peterson, St. Louis.

For more information, or reservations, call Doris at 812-466-5637.

Prayer Connection will be at the home of Annette Becker, 1265 Watertree Rd., Terre Haute, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.


Carbon Baptist Church will be starting a new Youth Group on Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m. The class will be called THIRSTY. They will meet in the modular behind the church in building 2-B. Pastor Chris Lee and his wife Michelle will be heading this up.

We will also be having a Christmas float in the Christmas In The Park parade. We look forward to decorating it and participating along side of it. This will be on the evening after Thanksgiving.

We wish to welcome all newcomers to our congreagation and please get to know Pastor Howard Hughes and Associate - Youth Pastor Christopher Lee.

Our church offers Bible studies on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; 50's and over meet the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m.; Men's Prayer Breakfast, with a speaker, on every third Saturday of the month at 7 a.m.; and Youth Group meets on Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, call the office at 812-442-7729.

Has anyone told you they love you today? We Do!