NORTH UNION UMC
The North Union United Methodist Church, 5891 W. SR 42, Brazil, will have a soup supper on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m.
Oyster soup, chili, sandwiches and desserts will be served. A free will offering will be collected.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Are you looking for something exciting and challenging to become involved in? Beginning in February Pastor Mark Thompson of the First Baptist church will be leading a Bible Study at 12:15 p.m., on Wednesdays. The time was chosen to make the study available for the most people. This is open to everyone but you should let him know that you will attend so that there will be sufficient material available. Call the church office at 448-8112 if you have not signed up at the church. The organized study will help us in our commitment to be in God's Word.
It is so important for us to regularly expose ourselves to God's Word if we want our faith to grow. As we do this through teachings, personal study, etc., God's Spirit draws our attention to the promises and commands that apply to our situations and problems, and this stimulates our faith (Rom. 10:17).
Also in February, Pastor Mark is beginning a WELCOME CLASS that will be taught during the regular Sunday School hour. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., for all ages. The coffee is always ready. Again it would be helpful to let him know of your interest.
But that's not all! Wednesday evenings in February the Pastor will use Just Walk Across the Room: Four Sessions on Simple Steps Pointing People to FaithBill Hybels. These are all exciting opportunities open to the community.
This Sunday is Donut Sunday so arrive at 8:45 a.m., or before Sunday School to share some conversation and donuts with coffee, milk, or juice.
Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Marietta Martin and Damon will be in the spacious beautiful nursery. There is a staffed Special Needs classroom. Spirit Kids, Preschool-2nd will go to their Children's Church activities from the sanctuary with Steve Griffin.
Sunday evening begins at 5:30 p.m., with AWANA and Youth. There were more excited kids that were proudto show off their new vests. Now they are ready to start earning badges. DeAnne personalizes each child's tote that they keep their supplies and workbooks in.
Movie night is this Friday, Jan 30, at 7 p.m. Singletons and families of 10; you are all welcome to enjoy the show and stay for refreshments.
We are so appreciative of those who prepare throughout the week and work with all the programs.
Carbon United Methodist Church
I've been watching the inauguration of our new president all day. I am very happy to see the attitude of hope and faith in all the people. But, I sincerely pray that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that he will be judged by his character and his promise rather than the color of his skin.
I realize that this is a momentous occasion for African-Americans to have him attain the highest office in our country, but I hope we as a nation do not focus on the fact that he is half African-American. He also is half Caucasian. But most of all, he is an American and has the best interests of our nation as his goal.
I believe that he does. I only hope that the media and everyone else will let him. I pray for his wisdom, his perseverance, his honesty, and his strength. We, as a nation, have a difficult task ahead of us, but with God's help, we will overcome our problems and be stronger than ever.
The administrative board met Monday evening and adopted the yearly agenda that was developed last week. The Believers' Women's group met Tuesday evening. The Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m., this Sunday, Jan. 25.
When we arrived at church last Sunday, there was old church mugs lined up on the altar rail. This Sunday, they will be taken home by everyone to fill with loose change. When a person's mug is full, he is to return it to the Altar rail as an offering to be donated to the Clay County Benevolent Ministry. This project will be entitled "Mugs for Missions."
I am not going to ask you to "join us" at services this time.
Instead, I am going to suggest that you need to realize that God is in your life already whether you realize it or not, and that if you think you are "going it alone," you are mistaken.
You need to stop a moment and count all the blessings that God is providing for you even if you do not thank Him for it. You need to do some serious "thanking" on your part. And an important way of doing that is to go to God's House and thank Him yourself.
You are welcome to do your "thanking" at the Carbon United Methodist Church Worship Service at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday mornings.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Pastor Bob Witte's message is entitled "Relaunch my beloved church-lukewarm." Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman include Deep and Wide, Near the Cross, Give us Clean Hands, I will never be the same again, and Everlasting God.
Worship times are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with classes for adults at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday School for pre, and grade school ages at 9 a.m., and Reel Worship for middle and high school students at the Walnut Theater at 9 a.m., lead by Chris Gregg.
More information about the ministries and activites of First Christian Church First Christian Day Care, and Cornerstone Christian School are on their web site, www.fccbrazil.org.
BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
Greetings once more from the folks at the Nazarene Church.
We were host this past Sunday evening to Bee Ridge, Cory's Creek and Otter Creek churches who sponsored a Bluegrass Christian Concert. Newfound Road opened by the Coon Holler Kids certainly entertained and inspired us. The church was filled to near capacity as Newfound Road is widely known and loved. If you missed this concert, just watch your paper and maybe you will be able to attend one of their concerts nearby.
What a great evening we had and we certainly want to thank the churches who put this concert together.
Our Men's Ministries is sponsoring a February Friendship Fest on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in our church Family Center at 1002 E. National Ave.
Mike Fonderhide of "From the Heart" Ministries will be giving his unique testimony and sharing beautiful vocal music. Mike is from Linton, Indiana and is a member of the Elshaddai Emmaus Community. There will be homemade desserts and also beverages served. There is no charge for the evening but a free will offering will be taken for Mike's ministry. Everyone in the community is invited to join us.
A phone call to Tom Jackson, Men's Ministries leader, at 812-448-2400 will help with the planning and attendance. Bring a friend and spend an evening of fellowship and inspiration with us.
Our Kidz Klozet is certainly growing and we have moved our clothing to a larger room. The clothing is for all children in our community and you do not have to attend our church. The only requirement to receive nice, clean and stylish clothing, is need.
Our Kidz Klozet is listed in The Brazil Times Poll. The poll question is "Which not for profit organization needs the most help". You can go on line to The Brazil Times and vote or mail in the form in your newspaper. You can only vote once in a 24 hour period. Cindy Wright and Erin Hood are contact persons for the Kidz Klozet.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Tom and Cindy Higgins, part of our church family. Tom's mother passed away last week and a memorial service was held Friday. Our support, love and prayers go out to the Higgins's family.
If you are not attending church somewhere, we warmly invite you to join us for any of our services and if you do, we hope you find us to be a warm, friendly and most of all a "spirit filled church". Please check our church ad in today's paper for times of our services. Casual dress is appropriate.
I'm singing my heart out to God
WHAT A VICTORY!
God is my strength,
God is my song, and, yes!
God is my salvation.
Have a blessed week.
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
We are excited to introduce you to our new youth ministry that is kicking of this Sunday night at 6-7:30 p.m.
We will be meeting at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym. We want to invite all middle and high schoolers. The time will be divided up between a study and activity. We are looking forward to God's blessing and the expanding of this ministry. The youth ministry meets the second and fourth Sunday nights of every month.
We have been blessed with a group of men who have committed themselves to meet the first and third Sunday nights to study God's Word together and to encourage and challenge each other in their commitment to following Jesus Christ. Men, you can join us as well. Call Pastor Gordon for more information at 240-3003.
Prayer is a wonderful resource that God has made available to us. Although any one can call out to God, only born again Christians can commune with Him intimately. But often many Christians do not utilize this great resource or have no clue how to.
This past Sunday Pastor took us to Matthew 6:5-8 and showed us some important points on how to pray. In verse 5, our prayer is to be personal, not for show. In verse 6, prayer is to be private. You don't have to try to get God's attention or wonder if God can see you. He can see you and hear you in your closet. In verse 7-8 the important point is that you don't need to catch God's attention and try to impress Him with religious cliches and wow Him. God already knows what you need so talk to Him about it.
This next Sunday we will be focusing on and learning from the Lord's prayer. We invite you to join us as we seek to learn from God's Word about how to pray. Join us this Sunday at 11 a.m., for our worship service. We are located directly across from the fairgrounds on South 59.
Otter Creek Christian Church
This week we've seen a new reign begin in our earthly government, President Obama is not a miracle worker but to hear everyone talk he's the one who will make a difference. It won't be he who makes the difference, but it will be our attitude and our dependence on Our Heavenly Father. I will be praying for our country and president just like I have been for the last thirty years.
Ephesians 6:5--11 "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; 6) Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing th will of God from the heart; 7) With goo-will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8) Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he is bond or free. 9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. 10) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Read the rest of this chapter. It describes the whole armor and what it does for you. These are our preparation, truth, God's word, righteousness, Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and prayer. We need each others prayer and our country needs your prayers. Be ever vigilant to lift up our leaders no matter what you personally feel about them, we don't know what God has in store for any of the people who are serving. We just need to be faithful the Word of God and do what He has told us to do as long as we serve Him (God) we will be victorious in the end.
Otter Creek will be sponsoring a group called. " Beyond the Ashes," Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, at 7 p.m., a Soup Supper will be at 5 p.m., before the concert.
Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. Bible Study is Tuesday 7 p.m., at the Holley's, 10486 E. US Hwy 40 Terre Haute, or call for directions at 812-877-3636.
For more information call Pastor Brattain at 812-249-3309 after 4 p.m., or call 812-446-4007 I'll take a message for him and he'll get with you as soon as he can. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil, the phone number is 812-446-5300.
The church website is ottercreekchurch.com.
We can't help unless we know you need us, we'll be glad to pray, listen or discuss a scripture with you.
Please come join us at Otter Creek Christian Church, we're a small country church with a big love for our Lord and His people. We'd really like to welcome you to our congregation.
Harmony United Methodist Church
We have celebrated the start of a new year and the inauguration of our 44th President of the United States.
We are anticipating the future with hope and promise. So ... is the enthusiasm and energy really busting out of you right now, or are you just trying to get by for another day?
Most of us simply try to keep our heads above water as we get through the trials and strains of each day. Our lives are filled with the urgent, "have to do now" issues ... and we have no time for the eternal. We have tended to a million little things and left undone the things that matter most. We have filled the day with things that do not ultimately matter and left undone the things that do matter. We have done what seemed necessary and neglected what was essential. Days turn into months and months into years, and our lives have become trivialized by distractions.
We say, "Let's be practical about life." That's pragmatism. Pragmatism is being practical ... it is doing something because it gets results or it works -- at least in the short run. It is more practical to get your needed rest than it is to get up a little earlier and make time for God. It is more practical to make the expected compromises at work than to take a stand for what is right. Pragmatism is doing what works to get you through life with the least resistance.
On the other hand, passion is the craving of a heart that wants to experience the fullness of life no matter what the cost. Pragmatism has little goals that end in a little life. Passion is being committed to a cause that is bigger than yourself. The message this Sunday is from 1 Corinthians 7:24-35 and is titled, "In Moments Like These."
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 join us!
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. Sunday for worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will help us remember that God calls each of us into ministry. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m.
January Share Food orders can be picked up this morning from 9-11 a.m.
For more information, visit www.seelyville-umc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 812-877-1868.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Happy Saturday. Are you all looking forward to Spring? I can hardly wait! I feel like we've had more than enough of the ice and snow even though the snow we had really looked beautiful ... especially when the sun was shining on it. What looked beautiful could be very treacherous if you had to walk or drive on it. How you handled it made a big difference. It's the same way with our life. With God in it, it's very beautiful. Without God, it could be very treacherous. Don't take chances! Come to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church, hear the Word of God from Pastor Jeff and help us make straight paths for our walk of faith.
So come to the church at the top of the hill. This is the church that is full of freedom and love for God. It is located on Kennedy's Crossing Road 1.4 miles north of Northview High School on the east side of the road. We look forward to seeing you.
Celebrate Recovery: It's free for everyone!
Just about everyone has heard the parable of the "Lost Son." You remember? The story where the one son took his share of inheritance and squandered it away on frivolous and sinful living before coming home to his family. But have you ever wondered about the good son who stayed home and avoided the sinful life his brother entertained? He too had obstacles to overcome such as resentment and an unforgiving attitude toward his brother and father.
The moral of this example is that everyone, no matter how perfect their life may seem, has issues they must deal with. You've probably thought to yourself that recovery is a term, a part of life only addicts and alcoholics have to deal with. That is a very large and real misconception that many people today share. Everyone struggles with some sort of addiction whether it be to food, television, sex, drugs, alcohol, reading or any other area that consumes more of your life than it should. We ALL struggle daily.
Celebrate Recovery is NOT your usual recovery group. We are a Christ-centered recovery group who talks about hurts, habits, "hang-ups," addictions and any other trial you're facing in life. But most importantly, we discuss how you can break free from those addictions through Christ.
If you find yourself repeatedly getting tangled up in the same problems, returning to old habits, facing new addictions or are just curious, then Celebrate Recovery may be for you. There is more to dealing with problems than just saying no!
You are cordially invited on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, to come help us in celebrating the beginning of our fourth year. We will be starting on Step 1 and Principal 1. We would love to fellowship with you.
We meet every Saturday at Christ Community Church, 10942 N. SR 59, Brazil, from 10 a.m.-noon.