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Friday, January 30, 2009


Today I have a question for you. Have you ever had something of value that was lost and you searched diligently for it?

Do you remember the anxiety you felt while searching and could not find it? Then you found it! You felt so relieved and happy that you wanted to share this situation with others.

As always, our Lord was with you, but have you ever doubted Him?

Have you ever felt discouraged and thought God had left you? Stop thinking like that and start thinking of how much God loves you.

The devil will use whatever he can to distract you so you won't stay focused on God. Always see God in everything that happens to you. He can see down the road things that you have no knowledge of.

All things will work together for your good if you will put all your trust in Christ and love Him with all your heart, strength, mind and might. Trust and obey for there's no other way. God loves us all.

If you need motivated, we invite you to visit us at Bee Ridge Congregational Church. Pastor Jeff speaks directly from the Bible. His sermons will motivate you.

Sunday School services start at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:15 a.m., followed by church services at 10:30-11:30 a.m. for both children and adults.

The church is easy to find. Just follow your nose to Northview High School, turn north and go approximately 1.4 miles. We are the little country church at the top of the hill. We will be looking for you.

Blessings from your friends at Bee Ridge Church.


Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley will be having their monthly evening Music Worship Service on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m.

Music will be provided by P150. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served after the service.


Pastor Bob Witte's series for February is "Relaunch my marriage," and this Sunday it focuses on the words, "and it was good."

Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman include "You are Good," "God is Good All the Time," "Awsome is the Lord," "'Til I See You," and "God is So Good."

Doug and Sally Weatherston will present a mini-drama, "Good."

Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with Adult classes are offered at 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., in the church's west wing.

Kid Zone in the Family Life Center is at 9 a.m., and Reel Worship for middle and high school students is at the Walnut Theater, lead by Chris Gregg, at 9 a.m.

More information about the ministries, First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian Acadamy visit the church's web site, www.fccbrazil.org.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Does everyone listen when you speak? Do they ask, "How High?" when you say jump? Probably not. But what if you had the power and authority to make such commands? Things would really be different, wouldn't they!

In this Sunday's message we will be talking about a man who came with power and authority to do things that others thought impossible.

When he taught, he not only read the words and reminded people of what had been done before ... he brought life and power to the words of the prophets! And made the promises and words come alive!

Of course, we are talking about Christ. Healing, driving out demons, doing all sorts of miracles, and bringing hope. But, best of all, teaching people of the power that they had within themselves when they believed.

This week's message is title, "Get Out!" The focus is in finding the power to make things happen, changes in our lives, our world, and eternity.

This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion and, 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!

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.

All are welcome to join us 9:30 a.m. Sunday for worship.

Pastor Steve Bahrt will help us understand the who, what, when, and why of preaching in the biblical tradition. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

February Share Food orders can be placed through Thursday, February 5, in the church office.

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

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 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 is the first Sunday each month at 8 a.m.

To schedule time to see Father Dom, please call the parish office.

The Knights of Columbus were planning to have a chili cook-off on Feb. 7, but that had to be rescheduled to March 7. The cook-off will start at 4:30 p.m.

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.

The Knights rescheduled their cook-off originally set for Feb. 7 due to the deanery wide Marriage Renewal Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Mass will be at 4:30 p.m., with a reception afterward.

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. 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. verizon.net/resolhio /annunciationchurch.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Not much news this week. I, like everyone else, have been hibernating. As I looked out at this beautiful white stuff, however, I couldn't help but marvel at what God has given us.

My husband was a science teacher and I understand the makeup of snow. It is ice crystals gathered around a minute speck of dust. That doesn't sound too wonderful, but think of it. They say no two snowflakes are alike. With 10-12 inches of snow, how many flakes is that? And each one uniquely beautiful.

The conditions must be exactly right to form a snowflake, but in God's world everything is exactly right. So, even if all those uniquely beautiful snowflakes are an inconvenience to you, stop long enough to marvel at how perfect God has made our world ... and thank Him. And, since God's world is perfect, we know for sure that spring will come!

The church's quarterly newsletter is about finished and will be mailed out this week.

Last Sunday, our "Mugs for Missions" Sunday, people picked up a mug from the altar to take home. They are to drop any loose change they might have into the mug and when their mug is full, they are to return it to the altar.

Whatever is collected will be donated to the Clay County Benevolent Ministry for their work in helping people having trouble get back on their feet. There is no time limit or money goal involved. Each person is to contribute to his mug in his own way and at his own pace.

The Program Committee met last week to make up the various programs for the year. There will be a Bible Study beginning soon, and we are looking forward to that. Easter is in April this year, so it will be a little later than usual. But we will be preparing for it right away.

We are happy to have new folks with us now and will welcome any others who may venture in. If you are "window shopping" for a church home, try us on for size. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Worship is at 10:30 a.m.


Hello again from Eastside Christan Church. There will be a church board meeting this Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Lorie will be at the church on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. to take orders for Angel Food, and Sharon will be there on Thursday evening from 4-6 p.m. Orders need to be placed by Feb. 15.

If you are in need of a church, we would love to have you come be with us. We are a friendly, Bible believing church with a goal to introduce as many as we can to the will of God.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.

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. We look forward to seeing you.


The Rosedale United Methodist Church will be honoring all area volunteer and paid fire departments on Sunday, Feb 8, with a special morning service beginning at 9:30 a.m. during our worship service.

All firemen and families or friends and the community are invited as we will have a short reception afterwards with refreshments.

Childcare will be provided for children six and under. We are located South of the four-way-stop on Main street in Rosedale. We hope to see you there. For more info call Pastor John O'Neal at 765-672-7208 or 765-230-1357.


You are fortunate if you were able to say close to home this week and were safe and warm.

Sunday is here tomorrow and we are all looking forward to a new week and we will want to celebrate His goodness and provision for us this past snowy week.

This is Communion Sunday at First Baptist and we look forward to a full house of worshippers. Sunday Schoolwill begin at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages.

The sidewalks will be cleared and you can also drop off your passengers under the canopy in back. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

There is a nursery available and children's church for youngsters through grade 2. Janet Wise and Jonathan will take the Spirit Kids from the sanctuary.

The children and youth programs begin at 5:30 p.m. They have a joyful time of study, singing, games, snacks and awards. The adult Bible study begins at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary and choir practice follows the study.

There is a lot of activity during the week also. Tuesday evening committee meetings begin at 6 p.m. with Official Board to follow at 7 p.m.

Wednesday the new through-the-Bible study begins at 12:15 p.m. The community is invited to learn and share with Pastor Mark. The first study is Genesis 1-2. Study guides and worksheets are available.

Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. begins a four part evangelism study using Bill Hybels, Just Walk Across the Room. You need to have a copy of the book, so if you don't have yours yet, call the church office at 448-8112.

Sunday, Feb. 8 will be our valentine dinner. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Christian Ed. wing if you would like to bring a dessert.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. " (taken from I Cor.)

Otter Creek Christian Church

Did you take a good close look at the snow we were blessed with this week? Or did you think it was a curse and just wanted to see it gone?

Most of us probably thought the later, but if you look at it as the first the snow can teach us all a few lessons. Beauty, and uniqueness, God made each of the millions of snowflakes different and there is nothing more beautiful than looking our over the fresh fallen snow and seeing how clean the earth looks.

Now look at yourself and others around you, what do you see? How do you feel about yourself? Love or dislike? You can only give love to others if you love yourself.

Check out Matthew 5:43-44 these scriptures tell us not only to love our neighbors but also our enemies. It's right there and it's in red so you know that means, it's a quote from Jesus go ahead look it up. Matthew is the first book of the New Testament.

There is a song most people know "Whiter than Snow" Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole; I want Thee forever to live in my soul; Break down every idol, cast out every foe, Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow, Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow, Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. This is a song, now what do you think of the snow?

Pure, from God, Now this is from God's Word Psalm 51: 6-7: "Surely you desire truth in the inner parts'; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place" v7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

We can never be pure on our own, we must ask for forgiveness, no sin is too big or too little for God. Little sins, as we like to call them, are still spelled SIN and they still separate us from God.

Repentance is the only way to get that pure white covering and it only comes through the blood of Jesus. Ask Him into your heart and to forgive you for whatever it is that binds you. If we say we have no sin, [1st John 1 :8 says] we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. Romans 3:23 says "ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" So we need to repent of those sins that so easily beset us and give our lives to God.

Otter Creek Christian Church invites you to our special Soup and Sandwich supper beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 followed by a Gospel Sing at 7 p.m. (free will offering for singers) to hear "BEYOND THE ASHES'.

We are located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil. For more information call the church at 446-5300, our home phone at 446-4007 or after 4 p.m. Pastor Steve's cell 812-249-3309.

Sunday Classes are 9:30 a.m. with Worship at 10:40 a.m. We are a small country church and welcome all to come we're waiting to share our love of Christ with you.


This Sunday our youth is having a Super Bowl Party, held at the church, starting at 6 p.m. Games and food, all are invited. It should be a lot of fun.

We are having a Valentine's Dinner on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift for the White Elephant auction. Our very own Pastor Hughes will be the auctioneer. It is always so much fun.

Our contemporary service on Sunday evenings with our Youth Pastor Chris Lee is having a wonderful success. This is geared toward high school and college, but open to all. Come thirsty and experience The Living Water, Sundays at 6 p.m.

We now have one service at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.


On Saturday, Feb. 28, the House of Hope will host its annual All-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast, at the center, 5525 West US Hwy 40, Brazil.

The event will be from 8 a.m. - noon. Cost is a $5 donation. All proceeds will go toward the general needs and bills of the ministry. A tour and explanation of the program will be available by the staff.


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.

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, 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.

For more information, please call (812) 249-3838 or (812) 251-6194 for more information.


The Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will hold a "Helping Hands" luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., at MCL Cafeteria Meadows Shopping Center, Terre Haute. Cost is a $3 ticket and lunch on your own. Please come and bring a friend. All are welcome.

Special feature will be "Helping Hands" with Carol Ann Robinson, West Terre Haute. Music will be provided by Natalie Garland and Jared May, Terre Haute. The guest speaker will be Norma Jordan, of Vincennes.

Reservations are necessary by Friday, Feb. 13. Cancellation by 4 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 15. For more information or reservations, call Doris (812) 466-5637 or Suellen at (812) 232-2540.

Prayer Connection will be at Goodwill Industries, 2702 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute, on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.

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