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Friday, November 14, 2008


"I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American soldier."

FBC honored our veterans last Sunday in a program lead by Dianne Harmon. We viewed their military pictures, and then they came to the front to receive a gift and handshakes from the rest of the congregation.

This Sunday is the deadline for bringing your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is the 15th year for Franklin Graham's project to take the Good News to children and their families around the world. Your gift-filled shoe boxes bring joy and hope and also provide an effective tool for evangelism. Remember to include a $7 check if possible in an envelope on top of the gifts.

This Sunday begins at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages.

There will be someone at the education wing to help you find a class. Deacons meet between services for prayer. Worship at 10:30 a.m. provides an opportunity to participate in a Bible-based, Christ-centered message and praise. There is a nursery, spirit-Kids (pre-K-2), 3-5th Bible study, and special needs class for those interested. If stairs are difficult for you, there is a chair lift to the sanctuary or you can enter through the education wing.

The church would like to hire a person to serve in our Special Needs Classroom. If you might be interested in this ministry, please call the church.

Evening programs begin at 5:30 p.m. with AWANA (age 2 - grade 5) and ABY (6th - senior). There are over 40 youths attending the programs and many adults are involved in teaching and feeding those in attendance.

Adults meet at 6 p.m. for praise and Bible study. Pastor Mark is leading the study from the book of James. There will be choir practice after service.

Nov. 18 - Curry's Prairie Fellowship at Hymera. The time will be announced at the Sunday service.

Nov. 23 - next Sunday is Donut Sunday beginning at 8:45 a.m. until they are gone or Sunday School starts.

Nov. 27 - Thanksgiving dinner. The 23rd annual traditional dinner will be in the fellowship room at 1 p.m. You and your family are invited to attend at no charge, but reservations are advised. Delivery is available to local shut-ins who are spending the holidays alone. Call 448-8112 for reservations or to schedule delivery.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

Harmony United Methodist Church

A HUGE Thank You to all who attended Harmony UMC's 150th Anniversary Celebration! What a joy it was to have over 300 people gather for fish, fellowship, and worship as we shared stories of people and events that have been centered around the blessings of God in our community. Many hearts were touched by recalling the joys of the past and we were challenged to look forward to the opportunities of today and tomorrow.

This week we will study Paul's 1st letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 5. Much like our message last week, Paul tells his readers to look forward to a glorious future and to be encouragers to others. As we look forward to gift giving this holiday season, how about giving the gift of encouragement? Even in a tight economy, we can all afford that!

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!


Good Morning! Well, it's finally here. The day I've been writing about for the last two weeks. What am I talking about? The Turkey Dinner at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. It starts at 4 p.m. today and is open to anyone and everyone who likes good home cooking food and desserts. All for just a free will offering.

Speaking of getting together in fellowship, the Bible tells us that where two or more are gathered, God is there, too.

That could be a good thing, but it may not always turn out that way. The reason for that is because God created each of us with our own individual personalities. That means we don't always think alike or always agree with other people. Wouldn't it be a boring world if we did? So if we don't always agree, how do we handle our disagreements?

As Christians, how do we know when we should stand firm in our convictions or when we should yield to the wishes of others? We should never forget that our Lord wants us to love each other even in our differences when we don't see eye to eye. We must learn to bend and change without being defensive or angry. One way that would help us is to step back and take a look at the other person's perspective. Many arguments could be avoided if both sides would agree to listen to and evaluate what the other is saying.

As Christians it is our responsibility to work through our differences in a mature, loving way so that we can fulfill His purposes within our church and in our lives. What it really boils down to is that what we all really need to do is put all our faith, love and trust in the Father above. He will take care of us.

Pastor Jeff can help us, too. Just come to Bee Ridge Church this Sunday and listen to him as he speaks directly from the Bible. Our little church is really easy to find. Just go west on Hendrix Street till you reach the end of it, then turn right. We are at the top of the hill.

We have Sunday School classes for both kids and adults starting at 9:30 a.m. and church services for both at 10:30 a.m. We have a handicap ramp for wheelchairs, handicap facilities inside the church, and a nursery downstairs. Come and give us a try.

God bless you all.

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Seelyville United Methodist Church is a Christian community of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. We are located at US 40 and 2nd St. in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Please join us for 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will remind us it's not that we just do God's will, but it's how we do it.

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

Mountain Top Bible Study meets Wednesday evening at 7:00. 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.seelyville-umc.org, email seelyville-umc@verizon.net, or call 812-877-1868.


This week I would like to highlight the Christmas in the Park Parade the day after Thanksgiving. Our church along with many other churches and organizations will be celebrating the birth of Christ. Carbon Baptist Church has had a float for the last four years. All of the work is so worth it, when you see the faces of the children and the adults that night.

We invite you to join us at worship service at 9:15 a.m., Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m., and a second service at 10:45 a.m.

Cell groups meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Please feel free to come and enjoy the love at Carbon Baptist Church.


Well, hello there from the Otter Creek Church. Here we are on the thresh-hold of the holiday season.

Have you got your calendars full yet? Seems that we try to cram so much into this time of year that we miss the whole meaning of the season.

Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away and we will be sitting down to a fine meal and have our family and friends around the table with us. Let us not forget to give God the thanks that He deserves for what we have been so richly blessed with. May God Bless you and yours this Holiday season. Come and enjoy this season with us out at Otter Creek Church.

Our verse for the week is from Amos 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings; for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Our calendar for November: Nov. 22- Thanksgiving fellowship pitch-in dinner at the church 6 pm.

Nov. 30- Andrew Sunday- Invite a friend to come with you to church.

Check out our website OtterCreekChurch.com you will find some really neat stuff on it. From our on-line newsletter to the latest sermons from the sanctuary of the Otter Creek Church. There is even a map to show you how to get to the church. If you 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. We have Bible study on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the home of Dennis and Myra Holley

You can contact the church at 446-5300 or Pastor Brattain at 446-4007.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil. Come at experience that small church feeling that has a big heart for God. Hope to see you this Sunday.


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 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 are calling people to offer assistance with filling them out and to answer questions you may have. Now is the time to volunteer to help.

The Knights of Columbus are selling Keep Christ in Christmas cards this weekend through Nov. 16. Stop by our table in the foyer of the church. You may also see the cards and pick up an order form in the Parish Center. We will also be selling at Holy Rosary.

I was told someone saw men working on the steeple on Monday. Unfortunately the weather has now turned; I don't know when they will get back to it. It is supposed to be watertight so there shouldn't be any further damage.

We will be the first smoke-free bingo hall in the area, as we go smoke-free on Dec. 1, 2008. Three protected smoking areas are available on the west side of the building for those who chose to smoke. Now is the time to volunteer to work after we go smoke-free.

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. 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. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center. For more information call (812) 448-1901 or annunicationchurch@msn.com. or our website at mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annunciationchurch


Regular services at First Christian Church are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with adult Bible Study classes held during both hours. Pastor Bob Witte's message this week is "The Unforgiveable Sin." Music selections, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include "Everyday," "You're Worth of My Praise," "I Need Thee Every Hour, "and "Wonderful Cross."

Sunday school for children is at 9 a.m. and Reel Worship for middle/high school students is at the Walnut Theater, lead by Chris Gregg, is at 9am.

At 7pm tonight (Saturday Nov. 15) the FCC Worship Team will present a concert of "cutting edge" Christian music, meant for those who like this kind of music, but may not know much about the church. Warning: some of it will be LOUD! The concert is free and open to the public.

Best Years Club

The November meeting of Best Years Club will feature educational programs available to all who need services through alternative and/or schooling by special arrangements. Mary Yelton will tell about the LEAAP Center.

She will bring others who specialize in alternative education for local residents. The community is invited to come to First Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

This is a monthly gathering of senior adults and retired people who meet together on the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, for a time of encouragement, learning and fun to attract others to a grown up lifestyle centered around the hope that only Jesus Christ gives.

Bring a friend and come to the main auditorium at First Christian Church on U.S. 40 West, Brazil.

A delicious home cooked meal will follow the program at noon. Reservations are needed for the lunch. A free will donation will be taken to help pay for the food. Please call the church office at 446-2214 if you want to make reservations for lunch or if you need transportation. The Best Years Club welcomes all senior adults to this fellowship.


What a beautiful day we had Sunday. Dave was back leading the songs, Millie and Ann played beautiful music. It was good to see our college students with us. Last month was pastor appreciation monthe, and I neglected to mention that in any of my articles, but I want Pastor Bill to know that he is appreciated every month.

The Angel Food Ministry is going well. Lorie is doing a fantastic job. Don't forget to pick up your orders on Nov. 22 here at the church between 10 a.m. and noon. Something you might think about for next month is ordering some extra boxes to give to some people in need for Christmas. In my next article I will try to include some of the menus, so you will know what will be in the December boxes.

We have many in our church who need your prayers, including the writer of this article. I hope you will take time to pray each day for those in need and our church as a whole. We are trying to live the way God wants us to live, and we definitely believe in the power of prayer.

Please keep in mind the New Member reception we will be on the Nov. 30, following the morning worship service. We have been blessed this year with these new members, who have really gotten involved in God's work and are making a difference in peoples' lives.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. We would love to see you. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.. God is good.

Carbon United Methodist Church

What a delightful day we had last Sunday!

It was supposed to have been "just" our Thanksgiving Dinner after church, but it turned out to be more of a Homecoming Celebration.

Many people in this area remember Harold and Martha Spencer. Harold taught at Van Buren for years and was an avid basketball fan. Martha was a nurse at Clay County Hospital who was there to welcome many a newborn baby into this world.

Well, Martha, her two daughters Barbara and Sue, her grandson Jeff and his wife Julie and two darling babies were at church Sunday. They had come up from Georgia and were visiting all the folks around the area. They spent the night with Ralph and Joan Egloff before attending church on Sunday. It was great having them with is after so many years.

Barbara said she left the area 47 years ago!

Several people who remembered the family joined us for dinner, so we had a great time visiting and reminiscing over a heavily laden table of food. When we had all finished eating, everyone was served Holy Communion.

Samantha and Damien Solomon helped serve as Rev. Pressel presided. What a great way to end an already wonderful day!

The Town & Country United Methodist Men will meet at Carbon United Methodist Church on Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. The ladies of the church are preparing a big meal for them, so we hope there is a good turnout.

Our church will join with the Carbon Church of the Nazarene for our annual joint Harvest Service on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. This year, it will be at the Nazarene church. Everyone is encouraged to attend. It is always great to join with another church in worshiping our Lord.

Our doors are open at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday morning for Sunday School and Worship at 10:30 a.m. We welcome each and everyone.

Come, no matter how you feel, how you look, how you dress. You will be welcomed.

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