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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, January 16, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Church

What does it mean to call yourself a Christian? Well, to the Apostle John it was to center your whole life around Jesus as your Lord and Savior. John's whole purpose for writing his gospel is revealed in chapter 20, verses 30 and 31, "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."

John couldn't be clearer, Christianity, eternal life, heaven-are all based on what you know and think about Jesus. Some religions require an intimate knowledge of rituals, ceremonies, or philosophies and laws. Christianity is about a person. Those who would point others to heaven must point to a person-Jesus Christ.

The message this Sunday is from John 1:43-51 and is titled, "Wow, That's me." It talks about the people who first came to know Jesus, how they came to know him, and how it changed their lives.

We are beginning to get ready for another visit from the author of the "Hometown Harmony" series, Philip Gulley. He will be at the church on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., to talk about his new book, "I love you, Miss Huddleston (and other inappropriate longings of my Indiana childhood)" You can hear about this book before it actually comes out in stores. We will also be taking book orders for this book, which is due to be released in March.

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 is at 9 a.m., Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m. Come and join us.

Bee Ridge Church

It sure is cold outside, this would be a good day to sit by the fireplace and think positive thoughts. Speaking of which, have you ever had days when bad things seem to outweigh the good ones and we begin to think that life isn't fair?

You get stuck in traffic, which makes you late for an important meeting and then your car gets towed. You might ask yourself, "Why me?" Events like this one can test anyone's ability to be grateful and feel optimistic. Believe me, you aren't the only one. It's easy to feel sorry for you and many of us do just that.

However, that makes us progress to the next stage. The pity party. You begin to feel like the innocent victim of a dismal fate because you are seeing your life through inaccurate lenses. Most of the thoughts that run through your mind at times like these are not helpful, and they mainly serve to increase your indignation and feelings of powerlessness. What these feelings and thoughts don't do is change your circumstances or make you feel better. Try not to dwell on unpleasant experiences and do everything you can to avoid holding on to negative emotions.

When you indulge in self-pity, you only make a bad day worse. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, release the notion that you are a victim and notice the good that exists in your life.

Pastor Jeff and the Congregation of Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church invites you to visit us. We make a great support group if you need one. Just head north of Northview High School on Kennedy's Crossing Rd. We are the first church on the right side of the road. You can't go wrong. We look forward to meeting you.

Sunday school services run from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Church services run from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

We have a handicapped ramp and handicapped facilities upstairs. There is a nursery downstairs for those with infants and/or toddlers. We try to have accommodations for everyone. God bless you all.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

"Never leave your partner, especially in a fire," is the lesson Caleb learns about marriage in the movie "Fireproof." Pastor Tony Alstott will share a clip for the movie in the Sunday morning worship and then share the basic needs of men and women in relationships and how they differ.

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.

Each week on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., we offer free food for those who are hungry. Enter the church through the south door.

Open Hands Preschool is having a fundraiser at Wendy's on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wendy's will donate a percentage of its sales back to Open Hands. There are openings for students in 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 www.thebrazil-times.com.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

2009 is starting us off with some changes that we are making to both strengthen and expand our ministry. We are really excited about what God is doing and going to do in the lives of our men as they meet for a time of study and interaction at 5:30 p.m., on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Jan. 25, will be our Sunday night youth ministry kick off. It will meet the second and fourth Sunday at 6 p.m. This is for all middle school and high school ages. Our meetings will be held at the Jackson Township Elementary gym. The time will include a study as well as snacks and interactive games.

God has blessed us with several teens and we are eager to see them grow in their walk with God as well as reaching out to their peers.

Email the pastor at pastor@brazilbible.org or call him at 240-3003 with any questions.

If you are a teen or if you have teenagers, we would love to be a blessing and encouragement. Come and be a part of a vibrant ministry.

This past Sunday we were challenged from God's Word in Luke 10 and the story of the Good Samaritan.

The focal point of the text was on the lawyer who wanted heaven on his own terms.

He could give Jesus the right answer but he was not willing to admit that he fell short.

Instead, the text said he sought to "justify himself." Are you like him? You can quote the right verses and even give the right answers. But, are you willing to admit you are a sinner and need Christ as your Savior? Maybe you are like the lawyer who tries to "justify" himself. Denial only blinds you to reality.

All of us were challenged from the text by the heart of the Good Samaritan. Unlike the priest and Levite who were religious but did not help, the Samaritan saw the desperate need of the beaten man and helped. The Samaritan sacrificed his time, the use of his animal, his money and his energy.

Sometimes Christians are like the priest and Levite. They get too busy and so focused on what they need to do that they miss seeing the needs of those around them: failing marriages, rebellious children, loss of jobs, depression, stress, etc.

Sometimes helping someone in need is scary and risky.

The Samaritan did not look at the risk but the need of the robbed and beaten man on the side of the road. May we not be so caught up in our own little world and fail to the needs around us.

To hear the full message, go to www.brazilbible.org and click on the audio/video link.

May your experience God's blessing in 2009. If we can be of any help let us know. We are here to help others see God in their trials just like we are learning to see Him in ours. What a help and a comfort to know that God cares and is in control of all of the details of the Christians life so that we can know that no matter how horrible the situation, God can and is working all things together for good.

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 worship. We will participate in the Crossroads Cluster pulpit swap and welcome guest preacher Rev. Scott Johnson from Memorial United Methodiest Church in Terre Haute. Seelyville's Pastor Steve Bahrt will travel to Memorial UMC in Terre Haute. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

We encourage everyone to participate in celebrations around the area in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Share food orders for January can be picked up on Saturday morning, Jan. 24, 9-11 a.m. For more information, visit www.seelyvilleumc.org, email seelyvilleumc@veri-zon.net or call 812-877 1868.

First Christian Church

Pastor Bob Witte's message this week is entitled Re-launch My Church: Profound Mystery, That I Have Loved You.

Songs, lead by Worship minister Ryan Freeman include "You Are Good," "Are You Washed in the Blood," "Give Thanks" and "You Never Let Go."

Services are at 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9 a.m. for students and at both 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., for adults.

For more information about First Christian Church, see our website at www.fccbrazil.org

Eastside Christian Church

Wow, is it cold or what? We hope you are all keeping warm. We want to keep everyone in our prayers during weather like this.

We would like you to be with us tomorrow. We are striving to be a simple church, which is a congregation of people who want to help their member grow spiritually. We would love to have you join us in this endeavor.

Pastor Bill's messages this month are on the 4 C's Last Sunday was on Christ, which is the most important C. This Sunday his message will be on "connection." The other two topics will be the "church" and the "community."

How do you prepare yourself for church on Sunday morning? Do you get up at the last minute, throw clothes on and head out the door? We need to prepare our hearts and minds before we attend church. What clothes we are going to wear is not the important part of going to church, but what shape our hearts and minds are in is very important to God. He wants us to be receptive to His Word by having clear minds and open hearts. Worship is the magnification of Christ and this should be our priority when we attend.

The Angel Food Ministry orders have been placed. Please be sure to pick your up on Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-noon.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us tomorrow. We would love to see you. Grace is a miracle with no strings attached. Wouldn't you like to receive God's grace?

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.

The Knights of Columbus are planning to have chili cook-off on Feb. 7. The details are still being worked out. We are also planning on having a Fish Fry during Lent. The date we are looking at is March 27.

We are planning on having fish, chips, coleslaw and drinks. Both events will be held at Kennedy Crossing to accommodate more of the Parish.

We will be having another indoor yard sale at Kennedy Crossing on Feb. 21. Tables are $10. Table space usually goes quickly, so call now to reserve yours. Contact Martha Tempel at 443-7552.

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

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. 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 6:30 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... church

Otter Creek Christian Church

We're in the middle of January already, how are you doing this year so far? If you are having a tough time with your life NOW is the right time to get into a Bible preaching church, notice I didn't say which one, ALL anyone can do is ASK God for the answer.

If however, you don't have a church home we at Otter Creek Christian invite you and your family to visit us.

We're not perfect and if we were I'd have to stay home, BUT we truly believe in JESUS and our FAITH is in Him to lead us in the right direction.

I'd like to talk to you about a three letter word that all of us know about S I N. Exactly what is it? According to Webster's sin is: 1) the willful breaking of religious or morale law. 2) Any offense or fault.

Now the Bible has a much easier definition James 4:17 says "Anyone who knows the good he should do and doesn't do it SINS."

OK, now that we know what sin is let me tell you another little thing, there is no big sin or small sin in God's eyes, a sin is a sin and unless they are covered by the blood of Jesus, your little sin could be that one that so easily besets you or worse yet makes another person stumble and not want to know the saving grace of our Loving Father.

Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, amd let us run with perseverance the race that was marked out for us. V2 Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, . .. .(continue to read the accounts both here and in James)

Except for the picture of Jesus dying for my sins, this is a beautiful picture, He paid a price for a debt He did not owe, because I couldn't pay that price for myself. Now all I have to do is throw off everything that hinders me and tangles me up then run the race with perseverance, fixing my eyes upon JESUS.

For the most important question of the New Year, what will you do with this Jesus? Remember other people have similar sins, but only they can ask forgiveness for their sin and if they say they have no sin according to the Bible 1st John 1:10 we are calling Him a liar.

Otter Creek Christian Church will be helping to sponsor a "bluegrass gospel group" Sunday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at Brazil First Church of the Nazarene, 1002 E. National Ave., Brazil.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Our information is as follows: Sunday Study 9:30 a.m., Worship 10:45 a.m., special services announced.

Bible Study at Myra and Dennis Holley's home, 10486 E U S. Hwy 40 Terre Haute, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

To get directions to the church, 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil, or hear one of Pastor Steve's messages go to our website http:/OtterCreekChurch.Com. For more information, call the church at 812-446-5300, Pastor Steve after 4 p.m. at 812-249-3309; or Sandy and Steve at 812-446-4007. Feel free to contact us if we can listen, pray or help in someway.

Remember we are a small country church but God's says where two or more are gather in His Name there He shall be also. Come, join us for that small country church feeling and a warm welcome.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Have you been enjoying the hours of beautiful sunshine?

When you are feeling the deep freeze temperatures it is nice to see the sun shining. Keep in contact with your friends and neighbors that might be in need of assistance at this time of year. We at First Baptist have two that have fallen and are requiring medical care due to the weather conditions. Be especially prayerful for those experiencing depression and needs at this time.

The church will be a warm, sunny, & caring place to be Sunday. There is a covered drive-thru in back to keep passengers out of the snow or rain. Someone will greet you at the door. Services begin with Sunday School at 9:30. There are classes for all ages thathave teachers who are prepared and excited to welcome you to their room. Worship begins at 10:30. Stacey Thompson will have the nursery and there will be a class for special needs children. Sharon Mishler and Laura will take interested K-2nd graders to Spirit Kids following praise-time.

The yearly Calendar Planning Meeting willtake place after church. Deacons, Trustees, Officers, committee chairpersons, and spouses should plan on staying. Lunch will be provided.

Evening programs begin at 5:30 for AWANA and Jr. /Sr. High Youth. There are classes, activities, music and snacks for all. There are so many things happening, it is hard to be finished by 7:00 when all youth are dismissed. Adult program begins at 6:00. This gives families of our youth the opportunity to join with other adults upstairs for Bible study.

Sixteen yr. old Wm. Featherston wrote "My Jesus, I Love Thee" after becoming a Christian saved by a "gracious Redeemer." He said he loved his Savior when he was victorious over sinful temptations. He loved Him for "purchasing his pardon on Calvary's tree." He would love Him when he took his last breath and he would love Him "in heaven so bright." Featherston died at the age of 27.

Carbon United Methodist Church JAN 17

By Mary Egloff

"Fill My Cup, Lord!"

We will be starting a benevolence campaign the first of February using that theme. Each person will be given one of the old church stoneware cups to take home and fill with loose change. When the cup is full, it will be brought back and placed on the altar as an offering to be used at the end of the year for the Clay County Benevolence Society. How many cups can this small church fill over the year?

I'll bet there will be quite a few!

Last Sunday afternoon, members of the church met to plan the year's calendar of activities. There were a number of good ideas tossed out to a positive and willing group of people. That's one thing about this bunch; they are willing to help with anything presented to them.

Thank You Lord for these positive attitudes! After the meeting, the group enjoyed an early supper of soups, sandwiches and brownies. It was a good day.

We missed the snow and ice, but we did not miss the cold. But this is winter in Indiana! There will be warm hearts at church tomorrow. Come share some of that warmth with us...and take it home to last the rest of the week. Sunday School is at 9:30 and Worship Service is at 10:30.

Best Years Club

The January meeting of Best Years Club will be Wednesday, Jan. 21 at First Christian Church. The featured program will be the YMCA of Clay County with Executive Director, Chad Zaucha. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate so our members can enjoy a day out. We regret that we missed the December meeting. We do not meet during a snow emergency.

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.

Terre Haute after 5

Terre Haute After 5, a dinner event planned at St. Mary of the Woods Providence Center, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:15 p.m., "A New Year- A New You."

Pat Currie will be teaching "Belly Dancing," and Rachel Wedding McClelland is scheduled to sing.

Becky Buse, Director of Advocacy with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and the Terre Haute Service Center will be speaking about how she used her life experiences and turned them into encouragement for others.

For more information, call Joretta at 812-877-9633.



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