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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, December 19, 2008

CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH

On Sunday, Dec. 21, we are having our Children's Christmas program at 6:30 p.m., in the sanctuary. Cookies will be served afterward. Everyone is welcome.

On Dec. 24, starting at 9 p.m., we will have be our Christmas Eve Service. Please come expecting a blessing and everyone is welcome.

Pastor Howard Hughes, Youth/Associate Pastor Chris Lee and the family of Carbon Baptist Church wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year. Please start the new year with finding a home church, if you don't have one, and joining the family of God.

BRAZIL FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Oprah Winfrey, Peyton Manning, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, and Simon Cowell are celebrities with status and power. Do we look to them for help and hope in a broken world. Pastor Tony continues "Searching for a Savior" at the 11 a.m. Sunday contemporary worship.

"A Great and Mighty Wonder" by Tom Fettke will be featured at the 9 a.m. Sunday traditional service. Mrs. Charlotte Pickett and the Chancel Choir will sing the annual cantata. Solos will be given by Tricia Junker, Buz Burgess and Shaun Short. Scripture narrative will be presented by Chuck Weliever, Ken Sproul and Janice Modesitt.

The annual Christmas Eve worship will be Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., which will include the singing of traditional Christmas carols, holy communion and special music. Nursery care is available for children tree and under.

For more information, go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org or see our online ad at thebraziltimes.com

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Last Sunday at First Baptist was another special day. Damon Shepard came forward to profess Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

A breakfast brunch followed the worship service. The Hospitality Committee prepared a scrumptious meal as part of our church family Christmas celebration. Sunday evening 40-some youth presented a spectacular program of music, verse and skit titled, "Jesus, Light of the World." Robert and Hannah were worship leaders and Laura was pianist. Program organizers were Janet Wise and Stephanie Plummer. AWANA members with special parts were Annika, Carson, Abigail, Jessica, Shelby, Austin, Clara and Hunter. Blaze members performing were Hannah, Robert, Laura, Josh, Jonathan, Courtney and Teela. Jordan Brown and the band performed to everyone's delight. Refreshments were served following the program. Thanks to all the adult workers and the friends and families who support the youth program.

"Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." (Luke 1:38, NRSV)

The test of one's character is when one faces the life-and-death decisions. Joseph also had an important decision to make. Not as momentous a yes as Mary gave, to be sure. But a difficult and important yes to make. For his yes meant that the son of the heavenly Father would have an earthly father like other humans do. And a just man for a father, a man who would raise that son with the depth of character and caring that he showed in this moment. As with Mary's yes, Joseph's yes pleased God and serves as an example for us. May the light of the fourth advent candle remind us that the light of Jesus shines for everyone.

There will be no Sunday School or evening programs this week so make a special effort to be in worship this Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.

As we near the end of the calendar year, we want to thank all those who have faithfully and earnestly served on committees and boards throughout the year. We especially thank those who will no longer be serving on their current committee.

"Friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil--but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often--just to save it from drying out completely."

Harmony United Methodist Church

At Christmas, we sometimes are amazed by all of the cards we receive from people who are thinking about us. We are touched that people think and care enough about us to send cards (or maybe even a gift). It is astonishing that we matter to others, and amazing that we mean so much to God that He sent His son for us!

This week we will hear the words of Luke 1:26-38 as we hear the story of the angel Gabriel bringing the message to Mary that God had chosen her to be the mother of His gift to the world! His message was to tell her NOT to be afraid, that she was greatly favored among all women and she would have a son that would be the king of all eternity! Mary had a difficult time grasping what the angel was telling her, just like we sometimes struggle with accepting the love God has for us.

We, too, are often afraid of the situations that we face in our lives and we fail to grasp that we are "highly favored" in God's eyes. The title of this week's message is "God's Favorite."

Thanks to all who attended our "Happy Birthday Jesus" party last Sunday.

We had a wonderful afternoon of making crafts, hearing stories, and sharing in refreshments. And, we had a special visitor as Santa dropped in to tell us about the very best Christmas present ever!

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!

BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

Many people may believe that Jesus was a good person but many fail to realize that Jesus Christ came to be the Savior from sin. Luke 2 focuses on that fact. In the Gospel according to Luke, the historical evidence gives us the basis for believing. He gives us a historical event (the census), a specific location (Bethlehem), a literal birth, and a precise pronouncement: that the shepherds would find a baby, wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger. Other babies were most likely born that same night. But there would only be one baby in a manger in Bethlehem.

What was the significance of this baby? Pastor Gordon's teaching helped us discover from the text the emphasis: a Savior was born. After the stunning appearance of the angels, the shepherds would be able to confirm their message. They would find a baby in Bethlehem, wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger.

They didn't have to guess if they found the Savior, they would know they did. It goes on to say they found things just as the angels said. As a result, they went back the fields glorifying and praising God.

What an awesome God. He gives us a basis to believe. Faith has a foundation upon which one can believe. Do you have doubts about the Christmas story? We invite you to join us for solid biblical teaching. You can know the truth and you can learn to discover it in the Bible yourself. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and Worship is at 11 a.m.

So why the emphasis upon Jesus being the Savior? Glad you asked. The name Savior means "to deliver." We need to be delivered from the power and bondage of sin. Matthew 1:21 says that Jesus came to "save His people from theirs sins."

Jesus came to deliver you, me and all people from our sin since "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." It simply says in the Scripture that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. We urge you our friends, believe the clear message of the Bible, there is no other way to be saved from your sin except through faith in Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus came.

This Sunday at 11 a.m. our teen/adult choir will be presenting the Christmas story through singing and narration. We invite you to join us. Our church family is going to go caroling at 5:30 p.m., to sing and minister to others.

We hope you would conisder joining us on New Year's Eve for a wonderful evening of food, fun, fellowship and a family friendly atmosphere at the Jackson Elementary gym beginning at 7 p.m. We had a wonderful time last year and its for all ages. If you have any questions, email pastor at pastor@brazil bible.org or call him at 240-3003. We exist to encourage one another in the faith and to help others to find the truth so they can be reconciled to God and experience the new life that He can give.

You can learn more about us at our website www.brazilbible.org and by listening to some of pastor's messages. We are here for you.

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 Saturday, Dec. 6, 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.

Remember to pick up your Angel Food Ministry orders today at the church between 10 a.m. and noon.

The House of Hope will be having their Christmas program, "The Meaning Of Christmas." this evening. Please try to attend.

Pastor Bill's message on Dec. 7, was 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.

This past Sunday Pastor Bill's message pertained to the Christmas story. Debbie Meganhardt presented a concert at our evening service, which was enjoyed by all that attended.

A concert by Ron Bridgewater will take place this Sunday evening's service, and the Christmas story message will continue.

Our Christmas eve service will be Wednesday at 6 p.m., with Susan Treash singing. We would like to extend an invitation to you to be with us. Remember Jesus is the Reason for the season. We need to give thanks for Him first before we celebrate any other way.

Have you ever thought about what ego means? Edging God out. We must keep God in our lives.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, this Christmas season would be a great time for you to come be with us.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We will be looking for you. Until next week, God willing, have a blessed Christmas.

FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Christmas Greetings and Blessings to all of you from the folks at the Nazarene Church.

Bee Ridge, Big Walnut and our church are having a combined Candlelight Christmas Eve Service to be held in the sanctuary of our church at 10 p.m. Special readings and musical renditions will be shared by readers and musicians from all three churches.

This is a beautiful service and we warmly invite all folks from our community to join us. We are located at 1002 E National Ave. Brazil.

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Jim and Barb Ferry will be the reader and candle lighter. The fourth candle is the candle of love. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 98, "I will sing of the Lord's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself." Christ himself taught us to love one another in John 13. Christmas Eve the fifth candle of Advent, the Christ Candle, will be lit by Shannon Heffner and the reader will be Jerad Heffner.

We were so honored recently to have had the French Family hold their Annual Holiday Remembrance Program at our church. Our own Sam Glover was vocalist with Steve McCullough at the piano. We are an outreach church and are pleased to have others as guests in our church. It is always our intentions to serve others.

Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., we will be hosting an "All Church New Year's Eve Party." in our family life center. Bring your favorite card or board game, something to drink and your favorite snack. Everyone is invited to join us while we ring in the new year! Questions, see or call Rick Finkbiner or Haley Bechtel. Phone number is 446-0371.

Bee Ridge, Big Walnut and the Nazarene church folks hope you attend our service Christmas Eve.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil invites the community to join them Sunday in celebration of the fourth and final Sunday of the Advent season during the Service of Divine Worship at 10:30 a.m. Child care is always provided for the youngest children. Youth up to and including senior highs meet during this time for discussion and biblical teachings.

The annual Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m., as we celebrate the final preparations for the arrival of Christ on Christmas Day.

The service will include music of the season, a brief meditation, and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, concluding with the lighting of candles as the congregation sings "Silent Night." Child care will be provided. Come join us for this joyous service!

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us for worship and fellowship. For more information please contact the church office at 446-2415. The church is located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Are you cold today? Or are you inside your warm home looking out at the cold? Instead of fussing at God for bringing on this terrible weather, are you thanking him for that warm home and praying for those poor people out west who not only have worse cold but also no electricity? We can always find things to praise our God for if we stop long enough to think about it.

Christmas is another week closer. I've wrapped the packages, signed the cards, mailed the boxes and feel that all is done. I've thought about Jesus' birth and what its meaning is to me. I am filled with wonder and thanksgiving that God loves us so much that He came to us at all much less as a baby to experience all the trials and troubles that we earthlings experience as we grow up. Thank You, Lord.

People of the church met last Saturday afternoon to fix Cheer Plates for various folks around the area. We were supposed to have them ready for delivery on Sunday, but by the time the folks left there was only one plate remaining to be delivered Sunday. They all pitched in and took several apiece to deliver as they left. Bless them, these folks can always be depended on.

Tomorrow, the fourth Sunday of Advent, and the last Sunday before Christmas, the "Baby Baskets" will be delivered as will the "Shoeboxes" for some children in Carbon. If you haven't contributed your items yet, don't forget to do so tomorrow. Also, bring your items for the baskart to be taken to the Food Pantry.

There will be a Christmas Breakfast tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Come early and have breakfast with us. If you haven't signed up for anything special, come anyway. There will be plenty, I'm sure. Our Christmas Service will be at 10:30 a.m., following breakfast. Come join us in honoring Jesus and His birth.

There will also be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m., on Christmas Eve. This should allow you and yours to finish supper and your Christmas at home without hurrying. The service will be short. Can you spare a little while on Christmas Eve for your Lord and Savior?

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The fourth and last Sunday of Advent is a special Sunday at First Chrisian Church. During what is normally first service at 9 a.m., a group of performers will present "Behold the Lamb," which is a contemporary-folk presentation of the true story of Christmas.

There will be no adult Bible classes, Kid Zone or Reel worship this Sunday. At the 10:30 a.m. service, Pastor Bob Witte will conclude his series of three messages with the "Ghost of Christmas-future," focusing on God's eternal plan for our lives. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman, include Joy to the World, Trading my Sorrows, Firm Foundation, O Little Town, Away in a Manger, and In Christ Alone. Christmas Eve service will be at 6:30 p.m., and consist of familiar carols and a short message by Bob Witte, with the hope that the Christmas season becomes a way for you to focus on Christ's gift of salvation and eternal life to all who accept his give and live for Him.

OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas? It is this writer's opinion these two special days should be celebrated 365 or 366 days a year. Our Heavenly Father gave us a full twenty-four hours each day, when you wake up you are already ahead in this life so why not Give God the Glory for a day no matter what it brings. We are never given any situation that with God is impossible. (Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.) In our life we should "Rejoice evermore" 1 Thessalonians 5:16 and while we're at it how about thanking God for the blessings He bestows upon us instead of complaining about what we think we need. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to "Pray without ceasing".

Now back to Christmas and Thanksgiving, both are days to show our family, friends and others the real meaning--LOVE, not the kind that any gift can show but sometimes a smile, hug or sharing a meal with someone less fortunate than yourself. Think there is nothing you can share? Sorry that doesn't get you off the hook as I've found out, Everyone can do or say something to make someone else's life a little better.

We all know John 3:16 -But do we know Matthew 5:43-48 "Ye have heard that it hath been said THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven (you can finish this reading in your Bible).

How can you show Love? The next little story about my sister might give you an idea.

Lillie has a beautiful ministry of sending cards to people just when they need them most. She used to send Christmas cards right before Thanksgiving, that was her "trademark." She's moved to Florida and doesn't think she has a ministry any longer. She's wrong. Have your circumstances changed? Praise God and ask Him what He wants you to do, then like one of the Psalms says "Be Still and KNOW that I AM God."

Sunday we will have an old fashioned country Christmas, 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.

For more information call the church at 446-5300 or Pastor Brattain at 446-4007. Email is brattss@verizon.net. 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 see you this Sunday.

Annunciation 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 are starting an outreach program designed to get Catholics back to church. If you are interested in this project please contact Mark Thiemann.

The Knights will also be hosting a pancake breakfast tomorrow after Mass. Plan now to join us for good food and great fellowship.

There will be no CCD classes from Dec. 21- Jan 4.

The Terre Haute Knights of Columbus will have a New Year's Eve party at the Moran Family Life Center at St. Patrick's Parish. Tickets are $20 per person and include a Prime Rib dinner, party favors, DJ and a Champagne toast at midnight. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase. All area Knights are welcome. For tickets, call 232-8834 or 878-0935.

Once again, the Wabash Valley Right to Life will sponsor a full-page ad in the Tribune-Star on Jan. 22, 2009 to show support for the unborn. To show your support, please add your name to one of the lists located at the back of the church or in the Parish Center basement. A nominal donation of $1 per name to help cover the cost of the advertisement is requested.

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. 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. 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. The church has a website at http://mysite.veri-zon.net/resolhio/annu...

UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

We all love the Christmas season, the cheerful music, blinking lights and brightly colored decorations. It's a time when the smell of Christmas trees or those of us with artificial trees set out the pine scented candles fill the air. We search for the perfect gift for that special person and enjoy watching the excitement of a child as they take in all the lights, sounds and excitement of the Christmas season.

As adults we try to remember what it was like to be a child at Christmas. Experiencing it with all its magic and without all the hassles and responsibilities and concern that go along with being an adult is hard this time of year.

It seems to get harder every year to find the real meaning of Christmas. Perhaps it's different for everyone. Christ is the central figure of Christmas, but what does the celebration of His birth mean to you? Is it the sacrifice He made for us, or is it the life He gives us that makes Christmas special? Maybe it's the reason He came into this world that brings significance to the season for you?

Often we forget the true meaning of Christmas, it becomes a holiday that rolls around once a year, it simply becomes the celebration of Christ's birth.

Christmas is not about ritual or tradition or even about what Christ did for us. It's about where we stand with Him, now, today, right this very minute, it's about our relationship with Him and walking with Him daily, turning to Him in every situation and trusting in Him.

This Christmas in the midst of the hustle and bustle take a moment to reflect on your relationship with Christ, celebrate his life but also celebrate the love and importance that He is in your life.

Union United Methodist invites you to join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., as we reflect on our relationships with Christ and celebrate with Him.

Wednesday, Dec. 24 from 8-9 p.m. the church will be conducting an open communion followed by a candle light service at 11 p.m.

Union UMC is conveniently located across from the Clay County Airport at 780 E CR 600 N (Airport Road).

BEE RIDGE CHURCH

Only five more days till Christmas Day. Then, maybe on Christmas Day you can slow down and focus on the One whose birth we are celebrating. 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. Besides, He should get special attention on His birthday.

Bee Ridge Church has certainly been blessed. We are growing and now have several kids in our church who will be doing their Christmas program this Sunday morning. Pastor Jeff and the congregation invite you to come and enjoy the kids. Sunday evening, the choir will be performing their Christmas Cantata at 5 p.m. The public is invited to this, too.

One more thing I almost forgot to mention. There will be a walk-thru for Christmas In The Park at 6:30 p.m., to look at all the displays. Ours is next to the Santa Claus House. Be sure to check it out. We would like to invite you to come to Bee Ridge Congregational Church located on North Kennedy's Crossing Road.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL. From your friends at Bee Ridge Church.

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 Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning, for the Fourth Sunday of Advent worship. We will sing God's praises as we acknowledge God's blessings. Following worship is a time of fellowship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided.

Share Food orders can be picked up this morning from 9-11 a.m.

A Longest Night service for any grieving the loss of loved ones this holiday season will be held Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

You are invited to attend either of our Christmas Eve worship services. A family-oriented service begins at 5 p.m., and a service of communion and candlelight begins at 11 p.m.

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


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