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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, December 26, 2008

OTTER CREEK CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Last week Pastor Steve ask me to take over writing this article for our church, so after making one excuse after another (somewhat like Moses), I found myself once again writing and enjoying it. Now doesn't God work in mysterious ways? He even uses our spouses to bless us, if we allow Him.

We are quickly coming to the end of another year, 2008 will soon be only a memory, so whether you start right now or Jan. 1, 2009, someone once said "Today is the first day of the rest of my life."

I know this is not original but if this were the last day of your life have you Loved well, more importantly have you shown God your love by showing others His love for you.

Have you laughed often? Proverbs tells us laughter does a soul good, better than medicine. Have you danced as if no one was watching? Psalms tells us to dance unto the Lord, what a wonderful way to get a little bit of exercise too. When we make those lofty resolutions and that fellow sits on our shoulder and laughs when we break them, don't give up.

Philippians 4:13 say "I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens me.'

For the new year remember to put Jesus /God first, Others second and Yourself last. This is how we can get JOY into our lives ,by not thinking always of number one, me or however you want to say EGO.

There is a short portion of scripture I'd like you to read Philippians 4:4-8, It begins "REJOICE" in the Lord always, again I say Rejoice ... 8: Finally brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is nobel, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- If anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.

When we concentrate on the above things, the things we seem to lack or "Want" somehow fall really short in comparison.

Please contact us if we can be of any help, can pray with you, talk with or listen to you we are available and only a phone call away.

Check out our website OtterCreekChurch.com you will find some really neat stuff on it. From our on-line newsletter to the latest sermons from the sanctuary of the Otter Creek Church. There is even a map to show you how to get to the church. If you like, you can sign up for our newsletter.

Our Sunday service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School for all ages, 10:40 a.m. for our Worship service, We have Bible study on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Right now our Tuesday evening Bible study is being held at the Hollies.

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.

LITTLE HISTORIC CHURCH

Little Historic Church at Carbon will be having it's First Friday of the New Year on Jan. 2, 2009.

There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m. and entertainment at 7 p.m. Please come join us as we celebrate another wonderful year at The Little Historic Church in Carbon.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

All of us at First Baptist pray that you experienced a safe, satisfying, and harmonious Christmas. We continue to look to Christ as our provider and the giver of miracles in this New Year.

Last Sunday the Jr. High/Senior High Youth hosted a "Re-birthday Party" to celebrate Damon's baptism following morning worship. Even with the extremely cold temps and members traveling, we had a good crowd and visitors who came to be part of the worship.

This Sunday we will have worship service at 10:30 a.m. Deb Plummer and Laura will take the young children to Children's Church following opening activities. Carolyn Thompson and Courtney will be in the nursery throughout the service. There will be no Sunday Schoolor evening programs.

As we prepare for 2009, let us remember Psalm 121. "I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip He who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you. The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm. He will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and going, both now and forevermore."

The unforeseen and unpredictable of 2009 can bring earthly sorrow and pain but it can also be exciting if we have learned to claim John 16:33 "…in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Jackson Street Wesleyan Church

Jackson St. Wesleyan Church New Years Eve Bible Study has been canceled in favor of a worship service at 6:30 p.m.

BEE RIDGE CHURCH

Hello. Did you all have a nice Christmas? Now that Christmas is over, it's time to go forward toward a new year. Only a few more days to go till we need to remember to write 2009.

What comes to your mind when you think of starting a brand new year? Here's what comes to my mind. First of all, I praise God for everything he has given us.

We've had many blessings. Of course, we've had our share of sorrows, too, but I feel that they will turn into blessings when the time is right. We all need to put our faith in the Lord. He will take care of us.

Now, on another note, how many of you make New Year's Resolutions? How many days of the New Year before you break the resolutions? Probably not very many. I quit making them a long time ago just for the simple reason that I always broke them faster than I made them. Besides, who needs to make resolutions when we have God to turn to. He will help us. All we need to do is ask Him. He is always there for us.

Speaking of resolutions, if you feel you need to make a New Year's Resolution, how about making one to attend a church regularly. Of course, we hope you will chose ours, but you need to find a church that is best for you.

We do invite you to visit us at Bee Ridge Church. Pastor Jeff speaks directly from the Bible. We conduct Sunday School and Church services for both youth and adults at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Nursery services are available as are handicap facilities upstairs.

Besides that, we do not have a dress code. Dress blues and tennis shoes are acceptable. Of course, you can get all dressed up if you want. You will fit right in with our congregation either way you go. We are located at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd. which is approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. We'll be looking for you.

Happy endings lead to great beginnings. God bless. Happy New Year to you all.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Now the presents have been opened and you need to rest. Find peace of mind and peace with God at Brazil First United Methodist Church.

Join us for traditional worship at 9 a.m. or contemporary worship at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

Merry Christmas! Have you ever stopped to think that any time you wish someone a "Merry Christmas" you are declaring your faith in Christ? The politically correct greeting these days is a generic "Happy Holidays". Stop to consider the difference! We are gradually being weaned away from anything pertaining to "Christmas" -- even calling it the "Holiday Season" now instead of the "Christmas Season". If you are concerned about the way these things are undermining the use of anything Christ-like, make sure that your wish for the season is a blatant, positive, definite Merry Christmas!

That brings up another sore point to me. You may not even have noticed, but today dates are not defined as B.C. or A.D. anymore. They are defined as B.C.E. or C.E., Before the Common Era or the Common Era! So much for Before Christ and Ano Domini (After Christ). Another thing that has slipped away!

Off the soapbox! We had a delightful Christmas Breakfast last Sunday morning. The food was delicious, the fellowship was wonderful, and the church was warm! Wasn't it terribly cold Sunday? And it wasn't even winter yet. But the old faithfuls weathered the chilly weather and showed up anyway. You can count on them. We also had Christopher and Christina McVay at church with their darling brand-new baby girl. She is a doll.

The "Baby Baskets" were delivered Sunday to three new babies in Carbon, and the boxes for some families were also delivered. We hope these made their Christmas a little brighter.

The old faithfuls turned out Wednesday evening for a very meaningful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It was well worth getting out for.

I wish you a Happy New Year and a truly Blessed Christmas -- not holiday, but Christmas!

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Sunday services at First Christian Church will feature guest speaker Todd Payton, a "son" of the congregation. Todd is the son of Ed and Linda Payton, and is youth pastor of Jefferson Church of Christ in Rural Hall, NC. Todd's topic is "Finding Purpose in Life." Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman, include My Life is in you Lord, Go Tell it on the Mountain, and God of Wonders.

After Todd's message, Kevin Lutes and Amy Duval will sing Faithful One. There will be nursery care at both services, Kid Zone for grade school age children in the Family Life Center at 9 a.m., along with Reel Worship at the Walnut Theater for middle and high school age students at 9:30 a.m. Adult classes in the west wing of the church are at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. More information about First Christian Church is on its web site, www.fccbrazil.org.

EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

What a wonderful Christmas Sunday we had. Despite the cold, many were in attendance. By the time you read this, Christmas Day will be over, but it should be Christmas in our hearts every day of the year. Jesus came to us as a baby, but we must remember that He died for us, so that we can live forever in Heaven. We should give thanks everyday to God for this great and wonderful gift He gave us.

Pastor Bill was presented with a monetary gift.

Ron Bridgewater was guest soloist at our evening service. Ron is a Timothy of our church, and is pastor of a church in Columbus. It is always good to have him visit with us.

Our candlelight service was at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. We all always enjoy being together for a little while on Christmas Eve to have communion and give thanks for Jesus's birth.

We would like to remember in prayer those who are having physical, emotional and financial difficulties. If you are in need of prayer, please let us know. We are a church that believes in prayer.Our thoughts and prayers still go out to the family of Wilbur Trout. A dinner for the family was held here at the church after the funeral. It was so good to hear so many nice things said about him. He is definitely with the Lord. We are looking forward to seeing Juanita back with us very soon.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please consider starting the new year out being with us. We would love to see you.

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 during the 10:30 a.m. service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level.

Until next time, which will be 2009, may God bless you. Have a Happy New Year!

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.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m. for worship on the First Sunday After Christmas. We will sing about experiencing Christ live and in person! 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 for January can be placed now through noon on Jan. 8.

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

Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute

Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Tea for Two" luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. $3 a ticket and lunch on your own.

Place is MCL Cafeteria, Meadows Shopping Center, Terre Haute. Special feature will be "All About Tea" with Ulla Kesler, New Goshen.

Music will be provided by Greta Shingler, Terre Haute, will provide music In and the guest speaker will be Becky Buse, of Terre Haute.

Please come and bring a friend. All are welcome. Reservations are necessary by Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Cancellation by Sunday, Jan. 18. Call Doris (812) 466-5637 or Suellen (812) 232-2540.



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