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Friday, December 5, 2008


Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St., will be having their monthly evening Music Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Music will be provided by P150. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served after the service.


First Chrstian Church's production of The Journey continues tonight and tomorrow night from 6-9 p.m. on the church campus. Please bring your whole family and dress warmly, because portions of The Journey are outdoors. Please park west of the church at York's Body Shop or Burger ATV's lot. You will be shuttled to the church for the approximate 45 minute "Journey."

Services this Sunday are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Bob Witte's message is "Ghosts of Christmas's Past" on the topic of forgiveness. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Your Are Holy Prince of Peace," "You Are My King, and "Grace Flows Down." Communion is offered every Sunday at both services at First Christian Church.

Kid Zone, lead by Cornina Stewart, is at the church's Family Life Center is at 9 a.m., Reel Worship for Middle and High School students, lead by Chris Gregg, is at the Walnut Theater at 9 a.m.


Happy December! It's hard to believe that December is here already ... even though the ground is covered with snow right now.

Time really flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? This is only the beginning of the month. Before we realize it, we will be starting a new year.

I know this time of year is even more hectic than usual for us, but as the Christmas season progresses, we need to "stop and smell the roses" and focus on the One whose birth we celebrate.

Even more, bow down in humility and give Him the adoration and praise he deserves. After all, look at all He has done and still does for us. He is what Christmas is all about. Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't decorate with colorful lights and all the cute things we use to decorate our yards and inside our house. I'm just saying we should put our wonderful Saviour first above everything else.

We would like to thank all of you who came to our Singspiration last Sunday evening. Didn't I tell you we had some great talent in our church? It really was worth that little itty-bitty drive to hear them, wasn't it?

If you don't have God in your life or even if you do, Pastor Jeff and the congregation welcome you to visit Bee Ridge Church. Our little church has grown a lot and will keep on growing with your help and support. God has been wonderful to us. So, we invite you to be a part of our family and watch the church grow with us.

We do not have a dress code. You can wear your jeans and tennis shoes if you chose to do so. We just want you to feel comfortable as you praise the Lord with us. Remember that Christ is the beginning of Christmas.

God be with you now and always.

Your friends at Bee Ridge Church


Well, hello there from the Otter Creek Church. Well did everyone get enough turkey to eat? Ha Ha, just a little holiday humor there. We are in the middle of one of the most exciting seasons of the year. They call it Christmas and I am not ashamed to say it. If you have a problem with that, get over it.

We are going to celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Don't get so wrapped up in your shopping that you forget the reason for the season.

Our verse for the week is from Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come, Let the earth receive her king. Let us receive Jesus this Christmas with the joy of the wise men, exceeding great Joy.

Our calendar for the month of December:

Dec. 13 - Men's prayer breakfast at the church 8 a.m.

Dec. 21 - Old fashioned country Christmas- come join us for an old-fashioned Christmas at Otter Creek Church, there will be special music and a reading about the first Christmas so many years ago. Come and experience what Christmas is really all about. Our service will start at 10:40 a.m.

You can now e-mail us at brattss@verizon.net.

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 news letter.

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

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.


Proclaiming the biblical reason for Christmas is the focus of our ministries in the month of December. We invite you to hear our children and teens express that message on the Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. On the Dec. 21, at 11 a.m., our teen and adult choir will direct one's attention to the biblical account of the Christmas story.

The Gospel of John says it this way in chapter one verse fourteen: "And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us...." Later on in the same book of the Bible it says, "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." God sent His Son so that you and I can be saved from our sin and be reconciled to Him. If you desire to know what Christmas is all about from a spiritual perspective, then visit BBFC.

There is a lot of confusion today about helping people in need and preaching the truths of the Bible.

Last Sunday Pastor Gordon took us to Mark 6:34 to help us think through this issue. There were a lot of people chasing after Jesus because of all the miracles and healings that He was performing. When Jesus came upon this crowd, He was broken for them because He saw their condition. They were in disarray, like sheep when they don't have a shepherd.

What was Jesus' solution? He taught them. He also ended up feeding them all miraculously at the end of the day. Jesus did not just feed them, He taught them. Jesus knew their greatest need. They needed to hear the Word of God. Jesus did not heal everyone. Just some.

We need to be like Jesus and have compassion for people and not become calloused. But we must see them as Jesus did, they need to hear the message of repentance. Come visit us to hear God's Word preached in a practical, relevant way. Our service times are as follows: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m.; Sunday and Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m. You can also go to our website www.brazil-bible.org and listen to some of the past messages.

BBFC is a congregation that firmly believes that the Bible is God's Word and is the truth. As a result, lives are being transformed, our love for God is growing and we strive to be a ministry and a blessing to others like you. Christ is making a difference in our lives and we want you to discover the same.

You can email pastor at pastor@brazilbible.org or call him at 240-3003. He is more than willing to help you just as he does for us. We are located on South 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. Come and let us minister to you.


Greetings once more from the folks at the Nazarene Church of Brazil.

We hope you enjoyed our lovely float in the Christmas of Lights Parade last Friday night. Lyman Lints loaned us his truck and trailer and helped the leaders and children decorate for the parade.

Hopefully you were lucky enough to get candy and hot chocolate from one of our adult helpers. We look forward to doing this for our community next year.

Our children will be presenting a play entitled, "The Most Wonderful Christmas Spectacle." You will get a pew-side view of a children's Christmas program rehearsal in progress. Watch how Kurt, the director, handles the stress of putting together a Christmas Spectacular, including many interruptions, casting problems and an over-bearing parent. Although the children are singing about Christmas, they fail to grasp the true meaning behind the holiday until one outrageous event. Come learn with the cast what Christmas is ultimately about. Join us Sunday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m., at our church located at 1002 East National Ave.

Bee Ridge Church is going to be part of a Community Christmas Eve Service, which will be held at our church. We hope next week we will have another church join Bee Ridge and our church for this special service. We will keep you updated next week. This is a special service for the community. Mark your calendar to attend this very special service.

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent. Last Sunday the candle of Preparation was lit and this Sunday the candle of Repentance will be lit.

The coming of our Lord serves as an invitation for us to prepare for His arrival. It should serve as a time to reflect on our lives and ask for repentance for the sins that burden us. Shelia Skelton will be our reader and her family will light the candles.

If you are not attending church somewhere, please join us for any or all of our services. Please read our ad in today's paper for time of our services. Casual dress is appropriate. We offer a nursery for your small children. If you join us we hope you find us a warm, friendly, and spirit filled church. It our desire that you will be spiritually encouraged and strengthened as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God bless you all and have a good week.

Our church will serve our community by hosting East Side School at our church, Thursday, Dec. 11. We will provide sweet treats and hot chocolate after the program. Please call Gina Selby if you have any questions at 446-0371.

Our NMI Christmas card table is ready. Instead of mailing cards we bring our cards to church and then make a donation to Compassionate Ministries of the Nazarene church instead of spending money on stamps. this money goes to a crisis somewhere in the world. We make every effort to hand deliver the cards.


What a great Sunday we had. The group, P150, consisting of Dave, Mary Jo and Karen, blessed us with a mini concert. If you were not with us, you missed out, for we are sure God was very pleased. Pastor Bill gave the message he titled ACT I, which was on baptism.

Next Sunday will be ACT II, which will be on communion. If you are not a Christian, both subjects are something you should really consider.

Someday soon, Jesus will be coming back to take us home. Will you go or be left behind. If you are not attending church, please come be with us. The goal of our church is to reach as many as we can to let them know that the only way is God's way.

Remember Angel Food Ministry orders have to be turned in by Sunday. If you want to order, please call 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030. There is still time.

And you might consider giving one of the food boxes to someone having a hard time. One of the boxes this time is a Christmas dinner box. Delivery date for this order will be Dec. 20, just in time for Christmas.

Keep in mind that the House of Hope will be presenting their Christmas program the evening of Dec. 20.

We will have more music concerts this month as Christmas grows closer. Jan and Tanya Brock are decorating the church, and the hanging of the greens will be this Sunday evening after the evening service. Bring your favorite cookies and join in the fun.

Remember to pray. There are many in our church and on the outside that need our prayers. If you need prayer, please feel free to call the church and let us know. God does answer prayers. And we especially want to pray for those who can't be with us each Sunday, even though they really want to be.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We hope to see you tomorrow. God's arms are always open, all you have to do is come. Until next time, God bless.

Carbon United Methodist Church

The first Sunday of Advent was last Sunday. Wasn't it great to start singing all the old Christmas hymns! The young people met Sunday evening and put up the church decorations and the tree. It looks so beautiful. Thanks, kids. Advent is celebrated the four weeks before Christ's birth. It is to help us remember the magnitude of God's gift to us. Last Sunday, the Advent message was about God's angel visiting Mary and telling her that she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit and deliver a Son who would be called Jesus. Mary was a young girl, perhaps 14 to 16 years old. Can you put yourself in her place and imagine what she felt when she was told this? But she chose to do God's will despite the ostracism and humiliation that she knew would occur because of her pregnancy. Now that was faith, wasn't it?

December is also a very busy month for all of us. The church is no exception. On Saturday, Dec. 13, folks will meet to make up cheer plates for local shut-ins. They will be distributed on Sunday, Dec. 14.

The church is also making up "Baby Baskets" for three new babies in Carbon. They will be delivered on Dec. 21. We are also making up a "Shoebox" for a family of children in Carbon instead of fixing shoeboxes for the international Shoebox Ministry.

On Dec. 21, the church will be celebrating Christmas with a Christmas Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Christmas Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

On Christmas Eve, there will be a Candlelight Service at 8 a.m.

The Carbon streets are pretty well torn up from putting in the new storm drains, but you can still get to the church. Join us for some of these activities. But at least come to worship our God in this Christmas Season. Worship service is at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday mornings.


"He is coming!" FBC celebrated the beginning of Advent with a mission dinner and "Hanging of the Greens" last Sunday. We celebrate two Advents; Immanuel's birth in Bethlehem and His coming again. We will see many wreaths. "The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end. The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life."

Sunday school classes will begin at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages. There is much anticipation as we get to hear the Christmas story throughout December. Better than waiting for the release of a new movie or book, the Christmas story's message is 2,000 years old but has the spirit of great expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing.

This Sunday will be especially meaningful as we participate in the Lord's Supper. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. A nursery is available with adult supervision through Sunday School and Worship. There is also Spirit Kids for children through second grade. Spirit kids begin in the sanctuary and leave to go to their Bible study with the adult leader.

Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks, & T.N.T. are the AWANA classes that meet at 5:30 p.m. There is so much excitement and learning going on with these young people. From 5:30-7 p.m., there are lessons, music, memory work, supper, games and award time.

They receive a personalized tote. As they earn patches, they get to put them on their own vests. They are also preparing for a Christmas program for families and friends. The ABY (6th -- 12th graders) are also working on the program. They are planning a skit and music performances.

Adult Bible Study meets from 6-7 p.m., in the sanctuary. If you have a church home but would like to participate in an interactive Bible study on Sunday evening, you are welcome to meet with us. There is also Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m., although this Wed. is Business Meeting.

December 14 the Hospitality Committee will host a Christmas brunch after morning worship. The menu sounds wonderful. That evening, at 6 p.m., will be the AWANA and Youth Christmas program.

We are still looking for that special person who would like to work with our special needs children during Sunday Schooland morning Worship. Call the church office at 448-8112.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

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.

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

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.

The Knights of Columbus will be meeting Monday Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Come early and join in the rosary at 7:10 p.m.

The Knights will also be hosting a pancake breakfast after Mass on Dec. 21. Plan now on joining us for good food and great fellowship.

Reconciliation Masses are Dec. 11 at St. Ann's at 1:30 p.m., St Joseph University Parish @ 7 p.m., Sacred Heart, Clinton 12:30 at 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.

More work was done this week on the repairs to the church. I haven't been able to talk to the boss of the construction so I can't tell you any more at this time.

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. This marks the first Sunday we will prohibit smoking in the bingo hall. So, all you non-smokers who said you would come if it weren't for the smoke, now is your chance. 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.

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. The church has a website at http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

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

Harmony United Methodist Church

Are you getting ready for Christmas? Do you have all the lights put up and the presents under the tree? Or are you waiting until tomorrow to start? Don't tell me you aren't ready! Isn't Christmas the most important day of the year, and you aren't ready for it? How sad it will be when the day comes and you still aren't ready.

Oh, I'm not talking about the gifts and packages now, I'm talking about the coming of the Lord! Just as many in ancient Israel were not ready for receive Christ 2000 years ago, many of us are still not ready to receive Him in our lives today.

This week we will hear the words of Mark 1:1-8 as we hear the story of John the Baptist telling the nation to be ready for the Messiah, the Promised One. His message was to people who were spiritually lost and wondering what to do.

Today we hear the same message in the midst of our busy lives. Many are lost in the wilderness of life. The title of this week's message is "In the Wilderness."

We are getting ready for a "Happy Birthday Jesus" party next Sunday, Dec. 14 from 3-5 p.m. The party is for kids ages 3-12 and will have activities, crafts, songs, stories, and refreshments. There is also a good chance that Santa will be there!

This Sunday, 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

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

Please join us for Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Our children and youth will present their Christmas program at the Second Sunday of Advent service.

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

Our annual Christmas Dinner begins this Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Seelyville Holiday Variety Show at 6:30 p.m.

Share Food orders can be picked up Saturday morning, Dec. 20, from 9-11 a.m.

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


Evangelist Mike Sanchez will be the featured speaker in revival services at The Door Christian Fellowship Church on Thursday, Dec. 11 - Sunday, Dec. 14.

Mike was a former California gang member before his conversion in the 1980's. Six months ago he was near death with cancer, but God has raised him up and he is back preaching the Gospel!

Services will be at 7 p.m. nightly and 11 a.m., on Sunday. The Door is located at 202 N. Washington St. For more information, or transportation, call 442-8470 or 201-3966.


The Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., has announced that the Christmas card exchange starts immediately for the church family. Cards may be dropped off at the church and will be sorted and delivered to those in the church family.

At the Board Meeting, it was announced that the Christmas Dinner will be Dec. 10 with members and friends bringing gifts for their children with their names on each gift and Santa will arrive to give out the gifts, during the dinner at 7 p.m.

On behalf of the church, Rev. Brian Rice invites visitors to our Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and Morning Worship at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Community Missionary just completed their Shoe Box Project in conjunction with the Union United Methodist Church and is active in an ongoing project of collecting soup labels for the Southwestern Indian Field to purchase school supplies and our ongoing pop can and tab collection, for "Rice for Children of Haiti," and the tabs for McDonald House at Indianapolis.

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