GALILEE CHURCH MINISTRIES
The Whiteland Aires Southern Gospel group will perform at the Galilee Church Ministries, 5740 SR 42, Cunot, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
For more information, call 765-795-3807.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil will be a busy place during the remainer of the Advent Season.
Today, at 9 a.m., will be the final rehearsal for the annual children's Christmas pageant, "The Story of Christmas."
On Sunday, the Open Door class for men and women will be meeting at 9 a.m. in the church library.
Worship on this Third Sunday of Advent will begin with the lighting of the Advent candles at the beginning of the Service of Divine Worship at 10:30 a.m. As their gift to the congregation, the children's Christmas pageant, under the direction of Allen and Sherry Seward will be presented during the worship service. The cast includes: Narrators Amerlia Seward, Quinton Hayes and Ben Girton, Mary - Alex Swaim, Joseph - Trey Reberger, Star Carrier - Devon Barnhart, Angel Gabriel - Madison Kapke, Wise Men - Vinnie Bonomo, Zade Reberger and Asher Mace, Shepards - Dylan Boor, Tyler Kapke, Drew Cook, Logan Roeschlein and Landon Carr; Angels - Bailey Jones, Charis Munro and Victoria Snow. The townspeople will be portrayed by the Middle School class and the Cherub Choir will consist of the Nursery class. The Senior Highs will provide technical assistance and Caroline McCullough will be the accompanist.
This Sunday marks the completion of another Christmas tradition - the Angel Tree. This tree appeared in the Narthex several weeks ago, decorated with "ornaments" that had a needed item written on them. Everyone has been encouraged to take one and purchase the designated gift. The wrapped gifts have been appearing under the tree and today is the deadline. Through this project, as well as the Christmas baskets that are being filled with items members have been bringing in for the last few weeks, several needy families will have a special Christmas. On Thursday, Dec. 18, we will be meeting at 6:30 p.m to prepare the food baskets for the Food Basket/Gift Distribution which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m.
The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us this coming week. For more information, call the church office at 446-2415.
PENIEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Community Choir directed by Lynn Nadolny will present a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Following the Cantata, will be refreshments in the Fellowship Hall.
The Christmas program for the church will be Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. Santa will make an appearance about 7:45 p.m.
McKinley Hill Church
Take a break from your usual Christmas holiday rush. Get away from the noise and fast pace for just an hour or so. Experience the winding candlelight path that takes you back in time to the first Christmas. Pause along the way to reflect on the event that took place so long ago as God sent His Son to dwell here among us!
The Christmas Prayer Path is open Dec. 18-20, from 6 - 10 p.m. each evening, so choose the most convenient. Enjoy the peaceful quiet walk alone or as a group with family and friends. You may follow the path outdoors or take the detour to stay inside. Dress to keep warm while outside.
The path is wheelchair friendly and, if needed, a wheelchair and assistance are available. Feel free to bring your children, but children under 12 will need close adult supervision as there are readings and candle lighting along the way. The Christmas Prayer Path is free and we feel you will be blessed beyond measure and drawn closer to Christ as you prepare to celebrate His birth.
McKinley Hill Church is located just east of Brazil, on US 40 (just past Great Dane Trailers) on the north side. For more information visit us at www.mckinleyhillchurch.com
UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Tis the season for candy canes, Christmas sales, and Santa's at the mall ... but what is Christmas really about? Today, let us remember the true meaning of Christmas, Peace on Earth, Good will toward Men, for the Savior has come to show us how to love, and to give us the greatest gift of love. (John 15:13)
Instead of buying fancy toys, think of how you can give to those who would normally go without. Ask yourself how you can help out others who are not as fortunate as you. Show them the true meaning of Christmas, the gift of God's love and love others as God loves you. Union United Methodist Church wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas filled with love and blessings.
We invite you to come and share with us the hope, faith, peace and joy of Advent. The Christmas season can be a time of great beauty, of splendor and awe, as well as a deeper understanding of the love of the Savior whose coming we await and then celebrate in this most wonderful time of the year. Special Services will take place on the following dates and times.
This Sunday, Dec.14, at 6:30 p.m., our choir will present a Christmas Cantata. Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Longest Night Service and Dec. 24 Christmas Eve from 8-9 p.m. Open Communion will be served with a Candlelight Service at 11 p.m.
Union UMC invites you to also join us for Sunday school starting at 9:30 a.m., and Church Services following at 10:30 a.m. Nursery is provided for both.
We are conveniently located south of Brazil off SR-59, turn east on CR-600 N proceeding toward the airport and Jackson Twp School. We are exactly 1.75 miles east of SR-59.
BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Greetings from the folks at the First Church of the Nazarene.
This past Sunday our teens presented a play entitled "An Island Christmas," a musical about giving. The play was well done and the attendees were delighted with the music, fun dialog and the theme of the play.
Those who were in the play were: Jacob Bedsaul, Stephanie Bechtel, Alicia Jett, Jan Hartsook, Courtney Harrison, Josh Sparks, Candace Timm, Christina Helton, Jan Berner, Marilyn Branum, Alyssa Hood and Kaleen Wetnight. Haley Bechtel was the director.
This past Thursday evening we were hosts to the students and parents of East Side Elementary School. Two presentations were given and our church furnished hot chocolate and home made cookies to all the guests. It is our sincere desire to be an outreach church, reaching out to those who we can help in our community. Glad to have had you East Side children, parents and East Side staff.
This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. Rev. and Mrs. Mike Sparks will be our reader and candle lighter. This Sunday the candle representing Joy will be lit. Joy is an emotion of happiness and delight. There are many sources of joy, family gatherings, holiday party's, school graduations and weddings to name a few.
How about the news of the birth of a child? In Luke the angels tell shepherds about the birth of Jesus.
Next Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent our reader and candle lighter will be Barb and Jim Ferry.
The Christmas Eve Committee is pleased to announce a Community Christmas Eve Service will be held this year. Plans are in the process of a combined service to be held in our sanctuary.
Next week the churches participating will be in our church article and later an article will appear in this newspaper.
Please join us for any or all of our services if you are not attending elsewhere. Please read today's ad for the times of our services. We are a spirit filled church and it is our sincere desire that you will be spiritually strengthened and encouraged if you join us. Casual dress is appropriate. Have a blessed week.
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. The Christmas season is in full swing, but are you aware of the reason for the season? Sometimes we get all wrapped up in decorating, the shopping and the hustle and bustle of it all, that we tend to forget why there is a Christmas. Take time to thank God for His Son. He gave us the greatest gift of all when He sent Jesus.
Ryan's was the scene of an appreciation luncheon last Saturday made possible by a very dedicated lady. Those in attendance want to express their thanks. We all appreciated it very much, and it is always a blessing to have fellowship with others.
The church looks beautiful thanks to Jan and Tanya. A get-together was held after evening church in celebration of the decorating of the church. Two couples were recognized as having anniversaries, the Lucas's and the Monnett's, and they were presented with cupcakes. Our attendance was down a little, but the praises were strong. We do want to pray for the following: David Lewis had a fall, Harold Rheinfrank at home, Helen Howald, and Thelma Hughbanks in Cloverleaf. We do miss them in our services.
The Angel Food Ministry orders will need to be picked up on Dec. 20 between 10 a.m. and noon.
The House of Hope will be having their Christmas program, "The Meaning of Christmas," on Dec. 20. Please try to attend.
Pastor Bill's message on communion was inspirational. We observe communion every Sunday because Jesus commanded that we do so as a reminder of His broken body and shed blood upon the cross. But we also need to examine our hearts before we partake.
If anyone would be interested in helping Jonathan in the Prison Ministry, please let him know. This is a wonderful ministry, and I am sure you would be blessed.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, this Christmas season would be a great time for you to come be with us. Jesus is the reason for Christmas, and we should all be giving thanks for Him. We hope to see you tomorrow.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We are so excited about what God is doing through His people and through the preaching at Brazil Bible Fellowship Church. But first we want to share with you the highlights of last Sunday's message. The title of the message was "Who is this Jesus?" from John 1. He existed before He came as the babe in the manger. He was in the beginning with God. He is God. He even created the world. Even at His human birth He was still God. He took on flesh and lived among the people giving us a greater understanding of who God the Father is.
Verses fourteen and eighteen tell us that God revealed more of Himself in the person of Christ. But He also sent Christ to be the Savior from sin. Luke chapter two and verse eleven states it very clearly. He came to save the people from their sins. He came as the Lamb of God to take away sin. Pastor showed us who He was and why He came and then he concluded his message with this question "What's the big deal?". From some different passages he covered these points. All of us have a sin problem, a death problem, a judgment day with God, and that all of us will be found guilty unless we have trusted Christ as our personal Savior from our personal sin. Christ came to save you and me from our sin. That's what Christmas is all about.
That was the message. But what great things are happening? Our people are talking to others about spiritual things and inviting them to hear the Word of God. Even some of our visitors are telling their friends about BBFC. One of our visitors said that they haven't had the Bible explained so clearly. Another said that they heard more about Jesus in one sermon than they had heard in several months.
Friends, we are committed to knowing God by learning His truth through the Scriptures. Since the Bible is God's inspired written revelation to us, it is our sole basis of authority. So if you have questions, if you have tried to understand the Bible but gotten frustrated or if you are searching for answers, come hear the Word of God.
We extend an invitation to attend our various Christmas season ministries. Our children and youth will be presenting their program and Christmas story this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with snacks to enjoy afterwards. On Dec. 21, our teen/adult choir will present the message of Christmas during the 11 a.m. Worship service.
On New Year's Eve you and your family are invited to the Jackson Elementary School gym for an evening of fun and interaction with others.
The real Christmas story is that the babe in the manger is Jesus Christ the Savior. We urge you to not miss the biblical message of Christmas. The Savior came to save each one of us, as sinners, from our sin. Is He your Savior from your sin? We trust that He is. We are here to serve you.
If you have any questions you can email pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 240-3003. Or join us this Sunday at 11 a.m. at the church directly across from the 4H fairgrounds on South 59.
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 Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.
All are invited to join us at 9:30 a.m. for the Third Sunday of Advent worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will help us understand that, even as we sing our praises to God, not everyone will find joy in our music. A time of fellowship follows the worship service with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
Share Food orders can be picked up Saturday, Dec. 20, from 9-11 a.m.
Because the Christmas season can be a difficult time for a variety of reasons, Seelyville United Methodist Church will host a "Longest Night" worship service on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.
The service provides a way for people to address their hurts and sorrow--acknowledge their pain--while still celebrating the joy of Christ's birth, says the Rev. Steve Bahrt, pastor of the church.
"The 'happy' holidays can become an overwhelming experience of mourning for those dealing with a significant loss in their lives, whether it is a loved one, a job, an un-welcomed life transition, or some other form of loss. Yet, even for those uncomfortable with the celebration of the Christmas season, there is still a wish and need to observe the holy day of Christ's birth and the great gift of love and hope it represents."
The "Longest Night" worship service is held on the evening of the winter solstice, Dec 21, which is the longest night of the entire calendar year. From this day forward through the remaining winter and spring seasons, each day grows longer and brighter and, likewise, each new moment of life may grow brighter and more hope-filled through God's gift to the world at Christmas.
Rather than morbid, the quite and reflective service is deeply hopeful. It is a time of remembrance, asking; a time where there is no expectation beyond the moment. By acknowledging our loss, reflecting on life, and looking for God's hand at work in our grief, we will find a way together, in the presence of God, to find hope and comfort amid the holiday celebrations all around us.
Friends, family members, and neighbors throughout the Wabash Valley are welcome. Refreshments and a time of fellowship will follow the service for those who wish to participate.
For more information, visit www.seelyville-umc.org, email email@example.com, or call 812-877-1868.
OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Well, hello there from the Otter Creek Church. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus. How about that, it doesn't get any better. It really makes a person feel better when we can go around and meet different people and wish them a Merry Christmas whether they like it or not. We are going to do it anyway. This week we are going to share with you a verse that talks about Joy. Jesus first, others second, and yourself last.
Our verse is from 1st. Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
This kind of joy is what the angles told the shepherds about on the night that Jesus was born. Get the Joy of Christmas this year by coming and worshiping with us out at Otter Creek Church.
Men's prayer breakfast at the church today at 8 a.m. The Youth group trip to Indy to see the lights around the circle and eat at the Spaghetti Factory, meet at the church at 5 p.m.
Dec. 21, 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 10:40am.
You can now e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Sunday service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School for all ages, 10:40 am for our Worship service, 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.
BRAZIL FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Drug problems, a bad economy, cancer and divorce are all hard in our world today, but they take on a whole new meaning when our own homes suffer the impact. Is there anything we can count on?
An angel came to Mary and said she was going to have a baby and her world was turned upside down. In a span of about two years she moved three times, had a new husband and a new baby. Her life wasn't the perfect stree-free life that most artist have shown. She was human like us. Learn how to apply her lessons to your stressful life in Pastor Tony's message "Searching for a Savior."
Join us for Sunday morning traditional worship at 9 a.m. or our contemporary worship at 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m.
A free Christmas Dinner will be served Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Use the south entrance to access Traylor Hall.
Wesley Circle will meet on Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at Oak Ridge Golf Course.
For more information, go to brazilfirstumc.org.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Thank you, Luke, for giving us Christmas! Now Matthew gave us the geneaology of Jesus and told about the angel visiting Mary and then Joseph, but Luke told us the nativity story in all its glory. Thank you, Luke, for caring.
You know, he was a physician who came along about thirty years after Christ was crucified. Now stop and think. If all the apostles were about Jesus' age, thirty years later meant that they and everyone who knew Jesus first hand were in their sixties, were off spreading the gospel somewhere else, or were already martyred and gone.
He realized, just as modern geneaologists do, that he needed to get busy if he was going to interview anyone who really lived in Christ's time on earth. And he did! Thank you, Luke!
Our celebration of Christmas is quickly approaching. Are you ready? No, not are the cookies baked or the presents wrapped, but are you ready in your heart.
Tomorrow will be the third Sunday on Advent, the preparing for the coming of Christ to you personally. Let's welcome Him with open arms ... just as He does with us!
Thanks to some of the young people and a few adults, the church is decorated beautifully. It really gives you that special Christmas feeling to walk in and see the new tree and all the garlands and poinsettias.
The weather last Sunday was miserable, wasn't it? I wondered just how few we would have at church because of the weather. But, in spite of the weather, we had a few more folks that usual! That was great. It showed that worshiping God meant more to those people than the bad weather did. That is how is should be.
Today, at 3 p.m., folks of the church will gather to fix Cheer Plates to pass around to shut-ins. This is always a good time for us. Not only is it fun to prepare them, but it is great to deliver them and talk to the people we give them to.
The "Baby Baskets" are filling up and so are our local "shoeboxes". People of the church have been so generous in giving items for these projects.
Come, get off your treadmill and join us in quiet worship of our Lord and Savior. Prepare your heart for His coming at Christmas. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m.
Best Years Club
The December meeting of Best Years Club will be Wednesday, Dec. 17 at First Christian Church. The featured program will be the Cornerstone Christian Academy Christmas program at 11 a.m.
Carolyn Petty will come to make your Christmas a little more festive by demonstrating how to create a beautiful Christmas decoration.
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.
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. The Best Years Club welcomes all senior adults to this fellowship. Bring a friend and come to the main auditorium at First Christian Church on U.S. 40 West, Brazil.
ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC CHURCH
Father Dom Chukwudi (email@example.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 starting an outreach program designed to get Catholics back to church. If you are interested in this project please contact the Church office for details.
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.
There are still some names on our Angel Tree. Please pick one up this weekend.
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. 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 on the church repairs this week, but the work is slow due to the extensive amount that has to be done. The replacement of the shamrocking and the repairs to the arch above the altar will be done after Christmas. The shamrocking and the brick repair have to be done when the temperature is warmer.
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 smoke-free now. We had a good crowd last Sunday and hope that it continues to grow. Come early and socialize and get something to eat. We always have good food and free coffee. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Early Bird games start at 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo starts at 7:00 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The church has a website at http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Hi Everyone. How are you coming along with your Christmas shopping and all the other things that come with Christmas. It can certainly be overwhelming.
This seems to be the busiest time of the year for most of us. Ironically, when we get busy, the first thing that tends to get cut back is our meditation practice. We have less time and a lot on our plates, so it makes sense that this happens. In the end, it doesn't really help us.
Most of us know from experience that we function much better when we give ourselves time each day to sit in silence. The more we have to do, the more we need that solitary, quiet time for the day ahead. As a result, it is during busy times that we most need to spend more time in meditation rather than less. By being quiet and talking to God, we will be given what we need to get through the day.
So, how do we do that? This is how. Expanding your morning meditation by just 10 minutes can make a big difference, as can the addition of short meditations into our daily schedule. The truth is, no matter how busy we are, unless we are in the midst of a crisis we always have 5 -10 minutes to spare.
The key is convincing ourselves that spending that time in meditation is the best choice. Sure we could be getting our dishes done or heading into work earlier instead. So it's important that we come to value the importance of meditation in the context of all the other things competing for attention in our lives.
All we have to do to discover whether it works to meditate more when we are busy is to try it. We can start by creating more time in the morning, either by getting up earlier or by preparing breakfast the night before and using the extra time for meditation.
We can also add short meditation breaks into our schedule, from five minutes before or after lunch to a meditation at night before we go to sleep. When we come from a place of centered calm, we are more effective in handling our busy schedules and more able to keep it all in perspective. If more time in meditation means less time feeling anxious, panicky and overwhelmed, then it's certainly worth the extra time. Give it a try. I'm sure you will agree.
If you are looking for a little country church, we invite you to Bee Ridge Congregational Church. We are located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. We are the little church at the top of the hill. You can't miss it. Pastor Jeff's sermon is based on the Bible.
We have Sunday School and church for kids downstairs while the same for adults is going on upstairs. Sunday School services start at 9:30 a.m. Church follows at 10:30 a.m. So, jump in your car and bring the kids this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you. Blessing from your friends at Bee Ridge Church.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Despite a bad weather cancellation of last Saturday night's presentation of "The Journey," over 1000 people went through the large-scale presentation on Friday and Sunday evenings at First Christian Church. This was the first presentation of "The Journey" by over 200 cast members and crew at the church. They promise to bring it back for next year.
This Sunday, Pastor Bob Witte continues his series of Christmas "Carols" with "Ghost of Christmas Present," dealing with how we should react to the world around us at this time of year. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman, include Be Stil and Know, Breathe, Silent Night, and Still. Julie Ames will also sing a solo entitled Welcome to Our World. Communion will be offered at the 9 and 10:30am services.
Kid Zone for toddlers through grade 5 meets at the Family Life Center at 9; Reel Worship for middle and high school students lead by Chris Gregg meets at the Walnut Theater at 9. Adult Bible classes meet at both 9 and 10:30 in the west wing of the church.
On Sunday Dec. 21, the FCC choir under the direction of Jeannie Price will present Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God at the 9am service. There will be a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 on the 24th. More information about First Christian Church is online at fccbrazil.org.
CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH
We have changed from two services to one. Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday School hour, will begin at 9:30 a.m.
This is a busy month, so I would like to share with you some of the programs that will be coming up and please feel welcome to attend.
This Sunday, our youth will be doing the service, it will give them a chance to know what it is like to step up and lead in serving our Lord and Saviour.
Dec. 20, will be the men's prayer breakfast at 7 a.m., and all men are invited.
Dec. 21, our children's program will start at 6:30 p.m., in the sanctuary, with cookies being served afterward. Come and support the youth.
On Dec. 24, we will have our Christmas Eve program and it will begin at 9 p.m. All are welcome. Please feel free to come and celebrated the birth of Jesus.