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Church News

Friday, November 28, 2008

First Baptist Church

"When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he has given you" Deuteronomy 8:10. It has been a busy week with Thanksgiving gatherings and enjoying the many activities the city of Brazil has to offer. FBC prepared and served 150 individuals with a traditional Thanksgiving meal served family style. Thanks to those who worked joyously and tirelessly to see that the meals were served. Thanks also to all those at FBC and other churches whofilled shoeboxes and donated money to Operation Christmas Child. Special thanks to Union Methodist for serving again as the local hub for this ministry.

What better way to enter into this season of celebration and Advent than to worship in church this Sunday. Classes for all ages will begin at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. There is a cheerful inviting nursery and also a special needs room available with a live video feed of the worship service. Older children can attend Spirit Kids with Bible study activities. Rev. Edward Mishler will bring the morning message while Pastor Thompson is on vacation. Plan to worship with us and attend the mission dinner. A free-will offering will be taken for the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. There will also be handmade, home prepared items available. The money from these will also go to missions. Following dinner, you are invited to join in the "Hanging of the Greens" as we decorate the church for the birthday of God's son and our Savior. The first Sunday of Advent we ready the sanctuary and the people for the season. If you're too full to decorate, you can help coordinate from a pew. Where else can you go to find such a fun, fulfilling worshipful day?

There will be no evening activities following the "Hanging of the Greens." Tuesday evening is Committee Meeting Night, Wednesday is Prayer Meeting and Bible Study, and Thursday is Deacon's Meeting. Start the week with us in worship, study, and fellowship.

ZION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

The Zion United Church of Christ, in Poland, invites the public to a viewing of Nativity scenes. After the 9:30 a.m. service, Ms. Betty White, will be showing her nativity collection in the fellowship hall. A pitch-in luncheon will take place, along with hanging of the greens. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.

Little Historic Church

Little Historic Church at Carbon will be having its first Friday dinner and program on Dec. 5. Dinner will be a pitch-in at 6 p.m. and program will begin at 7 p.m. The program will be a Christmas program presented by the Community Choir, it is titled "Christmas is Jesus."

All are welcome. Come and join us for an evening of good food and great entertainment.

First Church of the Nazarene

Greetings from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene, Brazil.

Our church has been given the opportunity to serve our community this December. We will be hosting a Bi-Zone Children's Quiz Meet Saturday, Dec. 6 and East Side Elementary School, Thursday, Dec. 11. We will be providing refreshments for both of these special events. We consider it a honor to serve others.

Our Caravan children took part in the Christmas Parade last night. Maybe you received some hot chocolate from one of them or their helpers. It is always cold on the float but our children enjoy being a part of this wonderful event. Thanks Christmas in the Park committee.

The children's department is in the middle of a service project-"Wheelbarrow of Kindness."

The children are collecting nonperishable food items to put in food baskets for the up-coming holiday season, and they are also collecting clothing items to be given to those in need. The children are teaming up with the teens. See or call Gina Selby at 446-0371.

Our children and teens have a project that you may be a part of. It is "Adopt a Turkey" for only $10.00 and the children will place him or her with a family for their dinner. See or call Gina Selby or Haley Bechtel at 446-0371.

One of our long time church members, Linda Headley,passed away this past Saturday. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to her children and other family members. We will miss her smiling face and optimistic outlook on life.

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The first candle to be lit is the candle of Expectation and Hope, the anticipation of Messiah. Brian Paul will be our reader and Jamie Paul our candle lighter.

Once again we will be having our annual Christmas Eve Service, only this year it will be a combined community church service. At the time of the next printing you will know who the other churches are that will be participating. This will be a gift to our community.

If you are looking for a church to attend, we warmly invite you to attend any or all our services. See our church ad for time and day of services. If you choose to join us we hope you will be spiritually encouraged and straightened as we worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Casual dress is appropriate.

Have a great week and God bless.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church will have regular Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Adult classes meeting at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for children up to middle school is at 9a.m. Reel Worship for middle and high school students is at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Theater, lead by Chris Gregg. Bob Witte message is entitled "Timing is Everything," concerning our relationship with Jesus Christ. Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman include "Awsome is the Lord," "Come Now is the time to Worship," "O Come Let Us Adore Him," and the "Advent hymn, O Come Emanuel."

At the late service Steve Guernsey will baptize his son, Sam.

On Dec. 5-7, FCC presents "The Journey," from 6-9 p.m. each night. The 45-minute Journey takes you to Bethlehem, and along the way you'll encounter shepherds, the marketplace, the Wisemen and more. Portions of the Journey are outside, and parking will be at York's body shop and the old Burger Chrylser lot, with shuttle service from those areas provided by the church.

First Christian Church is located on United States 40 on the west edge of Brazil, and more information about the church and its ministries is on their web site www.fccbrazil.org.

Carbon United Methodist Church

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over, "Black Friday" shopping will be over, and the mad dash to Christmas will have officially begun. Have you done your "thanks giving" for the year and put it aside for another year? Let's hope not. Our thanksgiving should be unceasing. Think of all the good that God has given you ... and continues to give to you unceasingly. Even in these bad, uncertain times, we in America still have life much better than most of the rest of the world. Be Thankful!

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the Advent Season in which we anticipate the coming of Christ. Let's look forward to Christ's coming to us with hope, joy, love, and peace within us. It is truly a miracle.

The youth group will be meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday evening to decorate the church for Christmas. There is a new Christmas tree and some new decorations. The kids need all the help they can get, so plan on coming to help them.

The church will be preparing Cheer Plates for shut-ins on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. so start getting those cookies and candies ready. I know the folks who receive the Cheer Plates really enjoy not only them but visiting with the people who deliver them.

If you have had a church home and have dropped away for some reason ... or if you have never been affiliated with a church anywhere, come visit us. We are small; we are traditional; we have no rock bands; we have no long list of busy activities ... but we have love and acceptance and would be happy to welcome you to our midst.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m. See you there.

Bee Ridge

Congregational Christian Church

Happy Holidays. By now you are probably trying to recuperate from eating too much turkey and all the trimmings. Although Thanksgiving has passed, just remember it's not about all the food we have. It's just one of the many blessings we can thank God for. Another blessing is Christmas. If we're not careful we'll lose the true meaning of it, too. We get caught up in buying presents, fixing food and desserts for family get-togethers, parties put on by our places of employment, etc, etc, etc. Instead we should be celebrating the birth of our Jesus. Without Him, we wouldn't have anything. Speaking of Christmas, did you see the parade last night? There were certainly a lot of pretty floats in it. Did you see ours? A lot of love and hard work went into getting the float ready. I'm sure that a lot of people will agree with that. Don't forget about the displays in the park. Drive through some evening after dark and you will see some and you will see some spectacular displays. We have a display in the park, too. Between the parade and the displays in the park, you should really be in the mood for Christmas.

Don't forget to come to our Fifth Sunday Singspiration at Bee Ridge Church this Sunday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. As I mentioned last week, we have a lot of talented people in our church who will be performing that night. If you have a special talent, feel free to be a part of the program. If not, please come and join us anyway.

Pastor Jeff and the congregation invite you to visit our church. Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church is located at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd. We are the little church at the top of the hill. We offer Sunday School and Church Services for both children and adults. We have a nursery downstairs for infants and smaller children. In fact, I think we have everything you might need. Come and check us out.

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 United States 40 and 2nd St. in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Join us at 9:30 a.m. for the First Sunday of Advent worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will remind us that, although we are down and broken, we are never worthless to God. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided. On Sunday evening, from 4-6 p.m., we will decorate the church for the holidays. Our "Hanging of the Greens" service begins at 6 p.m. The Holy Puppets will provide visits from Bible characters. All are invited to attend!

The Children's Christmas program will be next Sunday morning, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. That evening we will host the Christmas Dinner at 5:30 p.m. and the Seelyville Christmas Variety Show at 6:30 p.m.

Share Food orders can be placed through noon Monday, by calling the church office.

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

Eastside Christian Church

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over. I hope you had a great day with family. I also hope that you gave God thanks for all that He does.

We were low in attendance last Sunday, but our praises were high. Ron led in song, and Millie and Ann played beautifully. Jonathan gave the message, and we were blessed by this. Thank you for filling in for Pastor Bill.

Your Angel Food Ministries orders have to be turned in by Dec. 7. Lorie will have a table set up at the church Monday evening from 4-6 p.m. to take orders, and there will also be someone at the church on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. to take orders. If you cannot make any of these times, please feel free to call either 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030 to make other arrangements. The menus for December are really good, and if you don't want the food for yourself, maybe you know someone who is struggling, and you could give them one of the boxes of food to help them out. They would make good Christmas gifts. And the delivery date for them is Dec. 20th.

Tomorrow is New Member Appreciation Sunday. There will be special music, and a small luncheon will be served following the worship service. Come be with us. God is working in our church, and we want to give Him thanks.

There will be a church board meeting Thursday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m..

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 childrens' worship for ages 3-7. It was brought to our attention that one of our little ones is becoming quite a bowler. Keep up the good work, Marly.

We still want to be praying for many in our church who are suffering, for our country, and for our military men and women. We have so much to be thankful for everyday. Remember freedom is not free! We would also like to mention Harold Rheinfrank in our prayers. He is in the Clay Health Center now, but we want him to know he is missed. We also want to pray for Nellie. She does a fantastic job cleaning our church each week, and she has a lot on her plate right now.

If you are not attending church somewhere else, we'd love to see you tomorrow. God's arms are always open. Today is the day to make a decision, tomorrow may be too late.

Annunciation Catholic Church

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

Mass schedule is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Reconciliation is 5:45-6:15 p.m., Saturday, or by appointment. Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed the first Sunday of 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.

The church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center.

E-mail for the parish office may be sent to annunciationchurch@msn.com. The church website is http://mysite.verizion.net/resolhio/annu....

The church may be reached at 448-1901.

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

Annunciation Angels Preschool classes have recently made angels to hang on the tree at the courthouse.

We have several new children learning to be servers for Mass in our New Server Class.

We also have a new class of people who want to be Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. Father Dom will be commissioning them soon.

We are revitalizing the Prayer List and Homebound Ministries. If you wish to participate in either ministry contact the parish office.

We erected the Christmas in the Park display last Saturday. Be sure and visit it and all the other displays now through Christmas.

Our Angel Tree will go up in the back of the church after Mass on Sunday, Nov. 23. When you get your gifts this year, please take off the tags or mark out the UPS codes. Turn the gifts in wrapped with the tag on the outside and a list of what you bought. Thank you.

If you would like a memorial poinsettia you may call the office with the name that you want to appear in the memorial and sent in your $10 donation. You may also put the $10 with the name in an envelope and drop it in the collection basket.

The Lady Knights will be hosting the 5th Annual Taste of Christmas on Dec. 13, after Mass. Please join us in the Parish Center for Homemade Christmas cookies, wassail, hot chocolate and coffee.

If you would like to purchase cookies, they will be offered for sale for $2 per dozen.

If you prefer to purchase them in a Christmas tin, it is just $1 extra.

Dec. 13-14 is Marriage Renewal weekend. Father will be praying a special blessing over all married couples.

Reconciliation Masses are Dec. 4th at St. Mary of the Woods at 1:30 p.m. and St. Margaret Mary at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Ann's at 1:30 p.m., St Joseph University Parish at 7 p.m., Sacred Heart, Clinton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 14 at St Joseph, Rockville at 7 p.m., Dec. 16 Annunciation/Holy Rosary at Annunciation at 7 p.m., and Dec, 17 at St. Paul the Apostle in Greencastle at 7 p.m.

We are still looking for someone to clean the basement of the Parish Center. It only has to be cleaned twice a month. A sign up sheet is in the back of the Church. We have the first three months already taken care of. Generally it only takes an hour or so to clean everything. Thank you to all who have already volunteered and thanks to you that will volunteer in the future.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing.

We are going smokeless on Dec. 7. Everyone is welcome. Come early and socialize and get something to eat. We always have good food and free coffee. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 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 and a covered outside smoking area.



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