ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC CHURCH
Father Dom Chukwudi (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
The Knights of Columbus Council 4377 at Annunciation have three new members. Danny Thompson, Bernie Campbell and Mike Robinson all were initiated into the Knights on Jan. 5, 2009. The Knights meet the second and fourth Mondays at Kennedy Crossing at 7:30 p.m., with the rosary at 7:10 p.m. The next meeting is Jan. 12.
There will be a meeting of the Building and Grounds Committee on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m., at the Parish Center.
We will be having another indoor yard sale at Kennedy Crossing on Feb. 21. Tables are $10. Table space usually goes quickly, so call Martha Tempel at 443-7552, to reserve yours.
We will be having "Donut Discovery" again this Sunday after Mass. This is an informal discussion on various biblical topics. If there is a topic you would like to discuss you are always welcome to join us and we can talk about it. Mark Thiemann always has something interesting to discuss if no one else has anything.
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 is smoke-free. We had 97 players last Sunday, which is a good crowd, and we hope that it continues to grow. If we have 100 or more players at 7 p.m., the pots will be $100. 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 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 email@example.com. The church has a website at http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Pastor Mark's New Year's Sunday message was about our resolutions. Part of his sermon focused on 2 Cor. 4:18. We should fix our attention, not on things seen, but on things unseen. What is unseen lasts forever. As in Ex. 3:3, Moses made a move. "Why isn't the bush burning up? I will go closer and see."
For 2009 we want to be obedient to the Holy Spirit. We strive to give Him 100 percent devotion, grow in our knowledge of the Bible and meditate on what God is saying to us through his Word.
Beginning in February the Pastor will be teaching a Welcome Class during Sunday School. There will be a new Bible study each Wednesday beginning at 12:15 p.m., and Wednesday evening the Pastor will use "Just Walk Across the Room: Four Sessions on Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith by Bill Hybels.
These are all exciting opportunities open to the community. You should call the church office as soon as possible so that materials can be ordered.
This Sunday you are encouraged to attend Sunday School beginning at 9:30 a.m. There are classes for all ages and you will be greeted by someone who can help you when you enter at the Christian Education door or covered portico on the west side. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., in our warm, sunny, beautifully decorated sanctuary. There is an adult supervised nursery available.
Darlene Shepard and Jonathan will take the Spirit Kids (K-2) to their classes following opening praise.
Attendance is growing in all evening programs. AWANA is already planning an additional class and Jr./Sr. High Youth are making some exciting plans for this new year. They all have snacks but only after everyone that wants to, gets to have the blessing. The adults were concerned that they might be making too much noise and disturbing the kids, but they were assured there was no problem.
Evening services for youth are 5:30 p.m., and adults 6 p.m.
This week the Business Meeting will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Hi-Shi-Ni will have a fellowship on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Next Sunday Official Board members and others involved will meet after morning services to create the church calendar.
The church is at 413 S. Walnut, Brazil. For more information, call the church office at 448-8112.
Otter Creek Christian Church
How long has it been since you knew the peace that only God can give you? This may sound like an unusual question but, a song I learned way back when -- Ask the question How Long since you told Him your hearts hidden secrets? How long since you prayed and stayed on your knees til the dawn broke through? The book of Psalm is full of praise, sorrow, doubt, and we should all read it over and over we would learn something new each time.
Psalm 61:1 "Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer." ... (read next 7 verses) Psalm 62:1 "Truly, my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. V2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.". .(go ahead finish chapter 62)
Notice that says if we pray and wait upon God, He is my salvation (saves me from my sins), my rock I shall not be greatly moved. It just dawned on me all these years I was led to believe that if I was truly saved nothing could move me from God, this does not say there won't be any time we don't "feel" saved or have some doubt. It says I shall not be greatly moved. Greatly moved to me he is saying you may move a little but nowhere that I can't find you because I know all about you. That's what a friend is someone who knows you yet loves you anyway, warts and all. Jesus came to cover our sins have you asked Him into your heart? There is no time like the present, we may not have tomorrow. He's waiting to enter your heart and it's the best gift you can give him.
If you need someone to talk to, pray with or just listen I'd be glad to call me a 446-4007 or I can take a message for Pastor Steve.
Sunday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m., GLORY ROAD will be at the Nazareen Church, sponsored by The First Church of the Nazareen, Otter Creek Christian, Croy's Creek Congregational & Bee Ridge Congregational Churches. Watch The Brazil Times for further information.
Our information is as follows Sunday Study 9:30 a.m., (ALL) Worship 10:40 a.m., special services are announced. Tuesday Bible Study at the Holley's at 7 p.m.
To hear some of Pastor Steve's sermons, direction etc. go to Our website is http:/OtterCreekChurch.com. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil; for more information, call the church office at 446-5300 or Pastor Steve 812-249-3309 after 4 p.m.
We are a small church, but God's Word says where two or more are gathered in His Name there He shall be also. Join us we're a down home country church and want to welcome you.
BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Greetings from the folks at the Nazarene Church.
What a wonderful Community Christmas Eve Service many of us attended as well as many visitors. Bee Ridge, Big Walnut and our church participated in a beautiful candle light service. Ron, Julie, Elizabeth and Rebecca Maurey from Big Walnut provided us with solos, duets and piano renditions, which were just beautiful Thank you Maurey Family.
Jeff Bridgewater and David Maurey from Bee Ridge sang beautiful Christmas solos and our own Sam Glover and Rick Wetnight sang wonderful songs. Thanks Jeff and David, and also thanks to our own soloists. We hope next year other churches will take part in our community Christmas Eve service as it is indeed a special service.
Many church folks enjoyed a evening of in ringing in the New Year! in our Family Life Center. It was a good time of fellowship and good food. Thanks to Haley Bechtel for co-ordinating this event.
The teens are going to support children in other countries by having their annual Lasagna Dinner. Tickets go on sale this Sunday. All proceeds go toward our "30 Hour Famine Project" that will take place in April. Questions? See or call Haley Bechtel.
Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., Children's Caravan meet in our church annex. Bus and van service is available to all children in our community. If your child/children need a ride, call our church office, at 446-0371, by 6 p.m., Wednesday and ask for Gina Selby. If no one is available, leave a message and phone number, and if your child has never attended before please leave your address too.
We still have lovely clothing and shoes for children in need. The clothing is free and the only requirement is need. Call the Kidz Klozet helpers Cindy Wright or Erin Hood at 446-0371. Please leave your name and phone number on our machine and they will call you back to set a time for you to come in. This is for all children in our community.
If you are not attending a church somewhere, we warmly invite you to join us for any of our services. Please read our church ad in today's paper for services we have and the time. Casual dress is appropriate.
Have a blessed week and hope to see you in church.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We had a wonderful finish to 2008 with over 50 attending our family New Year's Eve event at the Jackson Township Elementary gym. Almost everyone stayed to welcome in the new year. We do like to have fun and enjoy meeting new people.
We are continuing our theme verses and songs for each month. This month we are reciting Psalm 119:11-16. The message Sunday focused on verse 11 and was titled "The Bible: The Ultimate Source for Sin Prevention."
The Bible is God's written revelation to us. From the Bible we learn God's standard of right and wrong, truth from error. Unless you have the Word of God getting into you, you won't know what you should do and what you should not do.
The bottom line from the message Sunday was that if you want to steer clear of sin, you must know God's Word so that you see sin when it is coming and stay away. The exhortation was that everyone needs to make getting into the Scriptures a top priority this year.
You can listen to the entire message by going to our website brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link. But why wait to hear it online?
Join us Sunday and hear it in person and then re-listen to it on the web. Our worship service is 11 a.m. Pastor does not read some verses and then preach whatever he wants. He seeks to help us discover what the text is saying.
The new year is also bringing some changes to our Sunday night format. Pastor Gordon has a heart to disciple our men as well as see our youth ministry expanded. To help us accomplish those desires the men have begun meeting the first and third Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m., for study and discipleship. To help guide the focus and study, they are using the book "Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life."
If you are a man who wants to be encouraged in developing your personal spiritual disciplines so that you can make strides in growing, call Pastor at 240-3003 and see about joining them.
We are excited about expanding our youth ministry. They will be having their first youth meeting the last Sunday of January and then they will meet the 2nd and 4th Sunday nights of the month. This is a ministry for middle school and high school students. The time together will involve a time of study as well as some time for fun afterwards. We have a great core of teens who are growing in their love for God. We are looking forward to what God will do in them as they seek to reach theior peers for Christ. They are a testimony to the truth that you can be a teen who loves God, says no to sin and still find fulfillment and joy in life. We invite all teens to join us and discover how that is possible. The answers are found in God's Word.
If you want to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible as well as be encouraged to live daily for Christ, we invite you to join us this Sunday. The church is located directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds on South 59.
Sunday School is at 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and Bible Study is on Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m.
If you want to be a part of our Sunday night ministries, call Pastor for more information at 240-3003. Or if you want some help in knowing God you can call or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. May you commit to knowing God more and living for Him in 2009.
Brazil First United Methodist Church
Forgiving someone who has hurt you or is hurting you is always difficult. On Jan. 11, during the Sunday morning message. Pastor Tony uses a clip from the movie "Fireproof" as an example of how to ask for forgiveness and then how to grant forgiveness.
Fireproof Your Marriage at Brazil First United Methodist Church by joining a small group series based on the movie 'Fireproof' on Jan. 18. Call the church office or join us on Sunday morning for more details and to order your materials.
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.
Sunday evening worship will be tomorrow at 7 p.m. Lisa Watler will give the message. Nancy Breitweiser and Shaun Short will lead music.
Open Hands Preschool has openings for the Tuesday/Thursday class for three and four-year-old children.
For more information go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org. or see our online ad at thebraziltimes.com.
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 Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.
Please join us at 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship. We will be reminded of the meaning of our baptism. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
MountainTop Bible Study begins a new 7-week study, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and their Stories, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the church lounge.
For more information, visit www.seelyville-umc.org, email email@example.com, or call 812-877-1868.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
This Sunday Pastor Bob Witte begins a new 52-week sermon series entitled "Re-Launch." Each Sunday this year Bob will discuss ways to "re-launch" different aspects of our life and Faith.
This Sunday's topic is simply, "Wake Up." Service times are 9 and 10:30 a.m.
New Elders will be ordained at the first service and new Deacons will be ordained at the beginning of the 10:30 a.m. service. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include "All Hail the Power," "Step by Step," "How Great is Our God," and "I Surrender All."
Prayer and dedication of the Mexico Mission team will be at the end of each service.
Adult Bible classes are held in the west wing of the church at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Kidzone for pre and grade school age children is in the Family Life Center at 9 a.m., Reel Worship for middle and high school age students, lead by Chris Gregg, is at the Walnut Theater at 9 a.m.
Carbon Baptist Church
This Sunday our youth pastor is starting Thirsty. It will begin Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in modular 2-B. It is mainly for High School and college age but everyone is invited to attend.
Some important dates coming up for this year: Mission Trip is March 19-27, Vacation Bible School is June 7-12, and Church Camp is July 27-31.
Our Ladies Ministry will have the first meeting of the new year at the home of Katrina Hughes on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Have a good week. Has anyone told you They love you today? (We do at Carbon Baptist Church).
Carbon United Methodist Church
We were very pleased last Sunday to have some very familiar visitors at church. The furnace in their church went out, so they decided to visit with us. I hope they found not only our church warm but our welcome also. I wouldn't wish their furnace any more hard luck, but it surely was nice having them with us.
The youth group went bowling last Sunday afternoon. Now things like this make me wish I were 20-30 years younger! I loved to bowl and would love to again, but old age, aches and pains, and grinding shoulders (from too much bowling and canoe paddling, I guess) tell me that I shouldn't try it any more. My father once said that his brain told him that he could still jump out of the back of his truck, but that his body told him he better climb down gently. I now know what he meant.
I was also told that as you get older time passes faster. I now know that to be true also.
Here it is 2009 already. It seems like only a couple of years ago people were thinking the world was going to end when the calendar turned over to 2000. Remember? That kind of thing does not bother me at all. People are always talking about the "end times".
Well, let me tell you we will ALL face our own personal "end time" one of these days. That is the end time that we as individuals should be concerned about, not the end of the world. We are not to know that; we should not even speculate about it; we should be concentrating on whether we as individuals are ready or not. Are you?
Sunday, Jan. 11, there will be an Annual Planning Meeting at 3 p.m. We will work on planning all the major activities of our church for the year. We will also entice folks to come to the meeting by mentioning the word "eat". After the meeting, we will have a soup and sandwich supper. Each family is asked to contribute one or the other to the cause. Of course, we need crackers, chips, finger food, and sweets, too. So just bring your specialty. We'll eat it!
We had some new folks attend church last Sunday besides the ones with the furnace out. It was delightful to have them join us and we certainly hope that they will choose to come again, not just for the fellowship, but for the spiritual blessings each of us is looking for. God is always close; all you need to do is seek Him. Let our church be one of the first places you look. Sunday School is at 9:30 and Worship Service is at 10:30 -- every Sunday!
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Good Morning. Well, the kids Christmas Vacation is over with and they have returned to school. Maybe now you will be able to have some time to yourself. We all need time alone. Even the ones who are social butterflies need some time alone.
Solitude is necessary for meditation and quiet reflection. We also may choose to isolate ourselves when we are busy and need to meet a deadline. We may cherish time alone when we want to listen to music, read a good book or get involved in a personal project. Having time to ourselves allows us to focus completely on our yoga practice or running and/or strength training or whatever activity you really enjoy. Sometimes we need to be alone to simply do nothing but enjoy the sound of silence.
Our alone time revitalizes and replenishes us. Yet, too much isolation, especially when our intention is to hide, withdraw, or not deal with the realities of our lives is not physically, mentally or spiritually healthy. It is during moments like these when being in isolation takes us away from our lives, rather than enhancing it.
If anything, too much isolation can create a buffer when we don't have to deal with our problems. Sometimes, pushing ourselves to deal with our issues and be in our lives, rather than isolate, is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves. Also, just as it is important for us to have our "alone" time, we need to remember that as human beings, we are by nature social creatures that thrive on human contact. Our lives cannot occur in a vacuum, and we cannot fully live in this world without interacting with others.
Consider using isolation as time spent for rest, reinvigoration and personal growth. Isolation can then not only empower you, but it can allow you to return to your work and your relationships restored and ready for life.
If you need more inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day, just come visit us this Sunday at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. Pastor Jeff speaks directly from the Bible. I'm sure his sermons will be an inspiration to you. Go to church on Sunday and you will have a much better week.
You all probably know by now the times of our Sunday School and Church Services. Just in case this is your first time reading this article, I will give the times. Sunday School for both starts at 9:30-10:15 a.m. Church services is 10:30-11:30 a.m.
We are located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Come and get inspired with us. We would like to meet you.
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Greetings again from Eastside Christian Church. Your Angel Food Ministry order needs to be turned in by tomorrow.
It was so good to see Juanita with us last Sunday. Our prayers are still with her. We also want to send our prayers out to the Whitaker family, the Roy Mong family, the family of Roxie Kumpf and the family of Jean Stearley on the loss of their loved ones. Also, keep the Boor family in your prayers.
The elders, deacons and the pastor met last Saturday morning to discuss the agenda for the church in 2009. Our goal for 2009 is to reach as many as we can to make disciples for Jesus.
Are you attending a No Point church? It is important for a church to have a goal. We need to reach out to those who do not know God. Sometimes we get complacent about our being in church, but we need to go out and get others to attend. That is what Jesus wants us to do, so that His family will grow.
If you would be interested in starting a small group for the purpose of studying God's will, please let Pastor Bill know. We hope to have some of these started this year. It would be good to have a womens' group. It is something to think on.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you with us. We are a Bible-believing congregation who are striving to put Jesus first in every area of our lives. And we definitely believe in the power of prayer. Don't put off coming to our Savior. Tomorrow may be too late.
Our Sunday School for all is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Childrens' worship is for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 a.m., service. Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m., and we have a prayer service and Bible Study on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The youth also meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Mens' pray breakfast is at the church on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m.
Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.
Revival Service will be tonight at 7 p.m. at the Country Junction in Cunot. Special guest speaker will be Apostle Tony Trusty.
For more information, call Pastor Ray Strange at 765-795-3807 or Apostle Tony at 574-806-0549.