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Friday, February 6, 2009


Good Morning. How are you all doing? Are you tired of trying but never accomplishing your goal? Are your bills piling up? Is your work not good, or maybe you are laid off?

Trying to make a living in this economy seems to be impossible. If you answered yes to all these questions, may I ask you how your spiritual life is? Does it seem like you are just spinning your wheels? Do you feel like your prayers aren't being answered? You might be saying that you are just too tired to go on. There is no use. All is lost! Let me tell you. This is burnout and it's a dangerous place to be, but God has the answer.

Here's what you need to do. First, you must surrender everything to the Lord. He is able to handle all your problems-physical, financial and spiritual.

Second, depend on Him. When you give it all to Jesus, don't take it back and try to fix it yourself. Let go and listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Don't lean on your understanding, just be submissive.

Third, put your complete trust in Him. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. He will never fail you if you put your trust in Him.

Bee Ridge Church is trying something new. This Sunday, Feb. 8, we will have evening Church Services starting at 6 p.m. It will only be once a month on the second Sunday. We are giving it a six month trial. Pastor Jeff invites you to come and support us.

Our regular Sunday Schools and Church Services will still be held each week at the regular times 9:30-10:15 a.m., for Sunday School and 10:30-11:30 a.m., for Church services. Come and give us a try.

We are located on Kennedy Crossing Road approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. See you Sunday.

Take care and God Bless.


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.


We are surrounded by snow everywhere we look and the frigid temperatures outside can quickly turn our mood sour. It's often hard to appreciate winter and all the changes it makes to our lives such as wearing our winter coats and boots, warming the car up before a trip to town or work, lots of extra laundry as the kids peel off the layers after an hour or two of fun in the snow.

There is a moment when the snow a blessing. A moment to look out the window at a layer of fresh fallen snow. Fluffy, pure and white, free from any dirt or debris. This is a moment of awe for what God can do with any situation.

While the winter may not be as warm as the summer, or have the same characteristics, God makes it special and wonderful in its own way. The same way He does with all of us. We may not have a history that we are proud of. But regardless, God makes all things anew, clean and beautiful like the snow.

Remember where you came from, but do so to remember how God has changed and improved your life.

Union UMC will continue a Bible study "Just Walk Across The Room" Sunday evening starting at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Saturday, Feb. 21 the annual Valentines Banquet will be held in the church fellowship hall. Please see the sign up list to reserve your seats.

Union UMC invites you to join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School and 10:30 a.m., for Services. Nursery is provided for both.

We are conveniently located south of Brazil off SR 59, turn east on CR 600 proceeding toward the airport and Jackson Twp School. We are exactly 1.75 miles east of SR 59 on CR 600. Come and experience a church with Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds for serving our Lord.


Are you willing to enter the "Zone of the Unknown?" Pastor Mark has challenged us to be useable by God, to be willing to move out of our circle of comfort. You will want to be prepared, so new opportunities are available for you to fill your "backpack."

Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. Pastor Mark will be leading a Through-the-Bible study from Genesis 4-5.

This Wednesday evening is a business meeting, but next week we will continue at 7 p.m. using Bill Hybels, "Just Walk Across the Room." This is a tool for evangelism using video clips, directed study and discussion. Because of the number in attendance and use of large screen, we are meeting in the sanctuary.

There are several opportunities to prepare you, support you, encourage you, empower you, and comfort you.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with Bible classes for all ages. Pastor Mark is teaching a new Welcome Class to introduce you to our church and Baptist doctrine. All classes are in the Christian Education wing with ground floor entrances in front and covered portico drop-off in the back. Teachers have prepared all week for your arrival.

Worship hour begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a large, sunny, and well supervised nursery. Darlene Shepard and Laura will take the Spirit Kids to their class from the sanctuary.

Feb. 8 is Boy Scout Sunday so you may see some boys and young men in uniform this Sunday.

Plan to stay for the Valentine Dinner following morning services.

Sunday evening activities begin at 5:30 p.m., for the Youth and AWANA. Adult Bible Study and Praise begins at 6 p.m.

The goal this year is to have 60 young people attending AWANA and Youth before we break for summer. There is a lot of memory work going on throughout the week in preparation for their classes. These programs are good Christian based learning and fun opportunities.

"My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God's children, and we know him. God is love, and anyone who doesn't love others has never known him. God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life. Real love is not our love for God, but his love for us. God sent his Son to be the sacrifice by which our sins are forgiven." 1 John 4.7-10

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 a special worship service celebrating the role of scouting in the development of our young men and women. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

February Share Food orders can be picked up on the lower level of the church on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9-11 a.m.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

Still digging out of this wonderful snow? This week has given us a lot of time to do things we normally don't, like reread books I loved, some of my favorites are Psalms, Proverbs, "Good Things to Know" by Michael Phillips. It was while reading this one I decided to reread Proverbs. Listed as number 12 on his list is Know the book of Proverbs inside out. Read it often. Underline your favorites; 13 - Look people in the eye. 14 - Dream.

Proverbs 15 you should read this whole chapter: verse 1: A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger. 2: The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness. 3: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

I've finally almost learned this lesson, a soft answer, when I get angry and talk loudly, people tend not to listen to me, but let me talk with a soft voice they try really hard to hear. Now, with my kids and husband, I tend to think they're afraid they'll miss out on something, but God's word says a soft answer turns away wrath (anger).

Tonight, Feb. 7, is the Soup and Sandwich Supper at 5 p.m. and Gospel sing with Beyond the Ashes at 7 p.m.

Otter Creek services are Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:45 p.m., Tuesday Bible Study at 7 p.m. at Dennis and Myra Holley's house-812-877-3636. Friday Morning Lady's Bible Study at various homes. Call 812-446-4007 or after 4 p.m., call 812-249-3309.

Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 North Crow St. Brazil. For more information, call 812-446-5300.

Remember God loves you and will be faithful if you ask Him into your heart.

Otter Creek Church is a small country church and we are looking forward to welcoming you to our fellowship.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Kathy White will be our guest speaker at Sunday Worship this week. I don't know what the message will be about, but I do know that it will be God-centered. As Christians, that's what worship and life is really all about.

Oh, we do have discussions. Sometimes we feel led too focus our actions in a certain direction and wonder why everybody doesn't have the same passions we do. That is why the church has been called to be the Body of Christ in having many, diversified gifts, talents, and ministries; All God-centered.

Some Christians emphasize caring ministries. Some emphasize spiritual formation/prayer. Some emphasize outreach. But effective ministry does not choose one over the other. It welcomes and encourages all. Jesus healed many. He prayed. But he also moved out to spread the word. His life supported his teaching and his teaching reflected his life. All God-centered. Isn't that the model we need to follow?

There is a group of "folks" from the Brazil area going to Mexico in March on a mission trip. They will be working in a very small and poor village in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Some may see the focus of their trip as building a "community building" for social fellowship and gatherings; a place for travelling doctors to treat villagers; a place where villagers may have training on growing crops or preparing food, or church services. Others may see this as an opportunity to deliver Bibles and share the Good News with the locals. Still others may find this a chance to see how God is at work in this part of the world. Really, it will be all of these things and more. Keeping our focus on being God-centered touches (and changes) everything!

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 and join us!

Carbon United Methodist Church

People around this area must be getting used to living in a deep freeze and have decided to simply get on with their lives in spite of the weather.

I went to the church last Saturday and found almost two feet of snow in front of it where the snow plow had piled it up. There was no way that people could get into the church on Sunday with it like that. I waded through it and went inside for just a few minutes when I heard something outside. It was a truck with a big blade on it pushing the snow out of the way. The path was clear!

In spite of the snow and cold, more people showed up for church than I expected. And they were all so happy to be somewhere besides shut up at home.

We have so much to be thankful for. The snow was deep, the temperature was cold, but the power stayed on here and the road crews performed miracles getting the roads back open. It could have been so much worse.

The people of Carbon are so appreciative of all that Pike Lumber Company does for them. It was Pike that sent a crew into Carbon to clear the streets.... and they expect nothing in return! If they blocked your driveway where they pushed the snow aside, be happy that they cleared the road, get your own shovel out and unblock the foot or so that is in your way. And send a prayer to heaven thanking God for the Pike Lumber Company and the things they do for the town of Carbon!

The Youth Group met last Sunday evening and had a few more kids show up. That is great. They had a good time.

Our "Mugs for Missions" project is going well. There were only two or three mugs left after church Sunday. Folks are enthusiastic about getting their mugs filled. The money from this project will go to the Clay County Benevolent Ministry to help with the work that they do.

It is supposed to be warm and nice this weekend. Get out, take a deep breath of fresh air, and come to church to warm your heart with God's blessings. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m.


Angel Food Minitry! If you are not taking advantage of this program, you are missing out.

This is very good food at a considerable savings. If you are interested in ordering, please feel free to call 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030.

Someone will be at the church this coming Monday, from 4-6 p.m., and also on Thursday, from 4-6 p.m., to take orders. Please feel free to drop by and find out what this is all about. Orders do have to be placed by the Feb. 15 and will be ready for pickup on the Feb. 28.

Our prayers are going out to the families of Billy Witaker and Clarence Pierce. These men are on the road during this inclimate weather.

We also want to keep the families of Debbie Sparks and B.J. Keyt in our prayers on the loss of their loved ones. We also want to remember our shut-ins at this time, for we know they would love to be with us. Our prayers are also going out for Melvin Head, who is having some health issues; Phil Boor, who is still recuperating from his automobile accident and Ashley Crabb, who has gone back to serve in Iraq.

A praise report on Helen Monnett's procedure which went well. And if you are reading this article, we want to praise God for that.

If you are a man and would like to attend a Bible study, we would like to invite you to the Men's Bible study on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., at the church.

The monthly board meeting was held this past Thursday evening.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We are a simple church with the goal to get as many as we can to become involved in doing God's will. 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. Puppets are being used in this ministry, and we are sure your child would love to get involved.

We do have a Sunday evening service at 6 p.m., and we have a prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We are looking forward to seeing you. Until then, may God be with you.


Pastor Bob Witte continues his series on marriage with this week's message, "Relauch your marriage-Trinity." The message will include a testimony from Sean and Jennifer Grimes.

Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman include, "Come and Listen," "Draw Me Close," "Til I See You," "I am Thine O Lord," and "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing."

Service times are at 9 and 10:30 a.m., with adult study classes offered at both times in the church's west wing.

Kid Zone in the family life center for pre and grade school age children is at 9 a.m. Reel Worship at the Walnut Theater lead by Chris Greg is at 9 a.m.

More information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian Academy can be found on the church's web site, fccbrazil.org.


Hello from the Carbon Baptist Church.

We would like to send a very special thank you to Shuee & Sons for the use of a big screen T.V. the Suberbowl party held at our church. It was a huge success and we'd like to thank all those who helped.

We would also like to announce we are having our Valentines Dinner Saturday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There will be a white elephant auction, which is always so fun.

The men's prayer breakfast will be Feb. 21. All men are invited. It will take place at 7:30 a.m.

Have a good week and has anyone told you they love you today? We do!


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 deanery wide Marriage Renewal Mass at Holy Rosary Church is today.

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.

Bingo is every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We are smoke-free and always have good food and free coffee.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m., 10 speed games start 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. The bingo hall is located at 8990 N. Kennedy Crossing Rd. across from the Northview High School baseball field.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church located at 19 N. Alabama St.

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