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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Church

The message for this Sunday is all about compassion; being moved from just thinking or considering to doing something. Our Scripture reading is from Mark 1:40-45 where a leper challenges Jesus to heal him. The man begs, "If you are willing, you can make me clean." Being filled with compassion, Jesus takes action and touches the man, cleansing him from his disease and changing his whole life.

How often do we see things that need corrected, tasks that need to be completed, or hurts that need to be mended and wish somebody would do something! We think about doing things, even plan to do something later and gone on about our business never returning to that fleeting thought. Or, we don't think we lack the ability or authority to do anything that will be of any value.

By comparison, how often do we jump in and do something that needs to be done?

That's compassion.... a "moving" within us that demands we act. God is looking for common folks, people like you and me, who are "filled with compassion" and touch the lives of those around them. The objective is finding the attitude that demonstrates that we are willing, with God's help, to make a difference and share love and healing to a hurting person and world.

Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. as Philip Gulley visits us again and shares stories from his newest book "I Love You, Miss Huddleston: and Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood."

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!

BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

We are thankful to the Lord for His continued blessings upon the work we are seeking to do for Him. We are delighted to have five new families attending since last December. We are excited about the teen ministry as we have had new visitors each time we have met. It is neat to see how God is working in the lives of our men to grow spiritually through our bi-weekly men's study. God does bless as we do what He commands us to do.

Pastor Gordon has been preaching from Matthew 6:9-13 on the Lord's prayer and how we can know how to pray. Last week was on praying for God to meet our daily needs and that we are totally dependent upon Him for all that we are able to do. The next message will be tackling the section regarding forgiveness. You can listen to the messages by going to our website brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link. We are committed to teaching from the Scriptures since the Bible is the sole authority. We believe the Bible is unchanging, since God never changes yet it is definitely relevant and practical to our generation.

We would love to have you visit us and allow us to minister to you. Our services are as follows: S.S. 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m.; Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. On Sunday nights we do not have a regular service so that we can provide additional ministries. The men's study meets the first and third Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Our youth ministry meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday nights at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Township Elementary school. If you want to know God, need encouragement or you desire to hear preaching that comes from the text in an understandable and life-changing way then give us a try.

We are located directly across from the fairgrounds on South 59. If you have any questions please give Pastor Gordon a call at 240-3003.

Best Years Club

Wednesday, Feb. 18, the Best Years Club will meet at 11 a.m., at First Christian Church.

The featured program will be a musical group led by Leon Mercer. Mr. Mercer, a retired farmer, has been part of the Clay County community for many years. Several people have enjoyed presentations from this group through out the Wabash Valley. We look forward to this musical interlude and offer it free of charge to senior citizens and others who love music and Christian fellowship.

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.

UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Valentines Day has come, a time for red hearts, pink roses, balloons, cards, candy and animals that sing songs of Love. It is the one day that people show their love for someone. We often can get through the holiday without a dancing mouse singing, Love Me Tender but it is nice to get a hug or kiss from our loved ones and friends, a homemade card from our children and grandchild, a simple I Love You.

Just as we express our love on Valentines Day it is important to show little acts of kindness the other 364 days of the year.

It means a lot when family and friends spend time together, sharing a meal or just talking. God tells us in His Word he promises to never leave or forsake us, to answer us when we call day or night. He never slumbers nor sleeps. We need to tell Him how much we love him each day of the year also.

Flowers will die, candy gets eaten, and cards may get lost or thrown away, but the love that is shared with one another and God's love for us will never pass away. May you find little ways to show some acts of kindness to those you love before and after Valentines Day this year.

Activities to mark on your calendar and plan for are the following: Tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. "Just Walk across the Room" Bible Study will take place in the fellowship hall. Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. the annual Valentines Banquet will be held at the church, please see Bonnie Schultz for information.

Union UMC invites you to join us for Sunday School beginning at 9:30 a.m. and Services following at 10:30 a.m. Nursery is provided for both and Children's Church at 10:30 a.m. also.

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 morning worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will lay out the motivations for living the basic, disciplined Christian life. 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 picked up Saturday morning, Feb. 21, from 9-11 a.m., on the lower level of the church.

The free 'end of classes' dinner for Rose-Hulman students is Saturday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall located on the lower level of the church.

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

BRAZIL FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

Our church is starting a new series called "Fireproof Your Marriage. March 1 at 10 a.m. our pastor, Gary Bechtel, will bring a message called "He Said, She Said." Join us for a free dinner and the Fireproof movie Sunday evening, March 1 at 5 p.m. You must RSVP by Feb. 22 by calling our church office at 446-0371.

Fireproof Your Marriage small groups series will begin on Monday evenings, March 9 at 7 p.m. Free childcare will be provided. The cost for couples participant materials is $14. Everyone is welcome!

Our Kidz Klozet project is still going strong. We give nice, clean, stylish clothing to children who have a need. Children do not have to attend our church and there is no charge for the clothing. Guardians or parents may contact our church office at 446-0371 any time their child needs clothing and a time for selection will be made. Cindy Wright and Erin Hood are chairwomen of this project. Please remember you may vote on line or mail in your vote to The Brazil Times for our Kidz Klozet project.

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ann Marlow and Lavada Krider, long time members of our congregation, as they grieve the death of their sister Myrna Mercer. We lost a long time member, Sam Ogborn and our sympathy and love goes to his wife Glenna. Our support, prayers and love go out to all family members who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.

This past Sunday our Bible Quizzers who have been studying the book of Exodus, received their awards. The Blue Level Quizzers are: Katie and Jessica Bullock, Caleb Sparks and Mickey Sparks. Red Level Quizzers: Cassie Hood, Jeff Selby and Makayla Sparks. Cassie Hood won the gold. Jeff Selby and Makayla Sparks won the silver and all the blue level, Katie and Jessica Bullock, Caleb and Mickey Sparks won the bronze. Congratulations to all the quizzers and thanks to their coaches, Kelly and Madolin Sparks for all the hours spent in patiently coaching them.

We warmly invite you to join us for any or all of our services if you are not attending elsewhere. Please see today's paper for time of our services. If you choose to join us we hope you find us a friendly, warm and spirit filled church. Casual dress is appropriate.

Have a great week and God bless.

Carbon United Methodist ChurcH

Today is Valentine's Day. I hope you remember to tell everyone you meet that you love them and God loves them too. Of course, tell your sweetheart, but don't stop there. Let everyone know that God is love and that without Him, there isn't any.

Ash Wednesday will be coming up soon, Feb. 25. In the olden days, folks put ashes on their heads as a sign that they repented of their sins and were ready to enter into the six weeks of Lent in preparation for Easter. We traditionally sacrifice something that we like or want during Lent to remind us of the great sacrifice that Christ did for us. Each time we want that Mountain Dew or that Chocolate, we will be reminded of Christ.

The Town & Country United Methodist Men will have their first Lenten breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Carbon at 8 a.m. We hope there is a great turnout for these Lenten breakfasts. This group has reorganized and doing much better. They are meeting on the 4th Saturday of each month for breakfast at 8 a.m. instead of on Monday evenings. So, men, mark your calendars and plan to attend.

There's only one "Mug for Missions" left on the altar now. These mugs should start coming back in pretty soon. It is going to be exciting to see.

Now that the snow is gone, you can't use it as an excuse to stay away from church. Even if you normally pay homage to Jesus on Easter and Christmas, come early. There will always be a seat for you, and you will be blessed by coming. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Last Sunday Pastor Mark challenged us to "Live in 3-D". To be used by God to point people to faith in Jesus the Christ, you must develop friendships, discover their story, and discern when and what to say. Opportunities are available at First Baptist to develop our discipling skills, be based in the Word and be spiritually fit. Sunday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. we have Sunday School for all ages and a Welcome class taught by the pastor. Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The nursery worker is Stacey Thompson. Tammy Pearce and Damon will take the pre-K thru 2nd to Spirit Kids. Dorothy Plunkett will supervise the special needs room.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. there is a Through-the-Bible study continuing in Genesis. Wednesday at 7 p.m. the pastor is leading an interactive multi-media study with Bill Hybels, Just Walk Across the Room.

Sunday evening activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with AWANA and Youth. Adults attending the 6 p.m. Bible Study often arrives early to watch the children's opening songs, pledges, and devotion that are in the sanctuary. Following opening exercises, the young people go to the fellowship room for snacks and then to their scheduled classes and recreation times.

There are several opportunities for you to serve in the Christian education of our congregation. There will be a form in the bulletin indicating opportunities of service. We are also initiating "First Serve". First Serve invites you to visit any classroom, any activity, or any committee as an observer .

Thursday, Feb. 19, the Hi-Shi-Ni will meet for fellowship and meal at 6:30 p.m.

Looking ahead, Next Sunday, Feb. 22 will be Donuts and Fellowship beginning at 8:45 a.m.

We had a lovely and delicious Valentine dinner last Sunday. Thank you Hospitality!

Are you spiritually fit? Are you still having fun? Having fun is not necessarily easy but you feel satisfaction in what you are doing. Doing what God wants you to do allows you to have fun along the way.

Happy Valentine's Day Lord. Do you know the chorus, "I love you, I love you. Say to the Lord, I love you." ? If not, make up your own tune and sing it out loud today.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Pastor Bob Witte continues his series with part 3 of 4 on Relaunching your Marriage. Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include "He Keeps Me Singing," "Side by Side," "Enough," and "Jesus, all for Jesus."

Elder Terry Scott will sing a solo, "Love Was When" at the beginning of each service. Kid Zone for children through Middle School is at 9 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Reel Worship for Middle and High School ages is at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Theater. Adult classes meet at both 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the church's west wing. Nursery care is available at both services.

More information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian Academy is available on the church's web site, www.fccbrazil.org

Happy Valentine's Day. I'm sure you all remember that today is Valentine's Day. Every February across the country candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones -- all in the name of St. Valentine. So who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day and its patron saint is still a mystery, but we do know that February has long been the month of romance. So how does this relate to God and this church article? Keep reading and you will find out. Just remember, the following is something I read ... not my own words but I want to share it with you.

BEE RIDGE CHURCH

The Bible was printed mostly in black type, but some of it's words are in red. If you know the Bible, you know that the red words are the ones spoken by Jesus. More than 100 years ago, a man named Louis Klopsch published the first "red letter" Bible. He purposely used blood red ink to call specific attention to His words. The words of the Bible are priceless because they tell of the "love letters" God sent 2000 years ago. God's plan was written in red - written with the precious blood of Christ. So, long before a day in February (Valentine's Day) was set aside to celebrate love, the world received a love letter and that changed everything.

Have any of you already read the above paragraph? If you take "Our Daily Bread" you probably have. Anyway, I thought this was really interesting and wanted to share it with you.

If you really want to show your love to God in addition to the way you do at home, just slip in your rain/snow shoes, hop in your vehicle and drive to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. If you don't want to fight the traffic going through Brazil, you can take Hendrix Street west and go till the road ends. Turn right. We are the little brick church at the top of the hill.

Our pastor is Jeff Bridgewater and he welcomes you all. We do have nursery facilities and handicap facilities which includes a ramp for wheelchairs. Of course, we have steps, too. Sunday Schools for both children and adults start at 9:30 -10:15 a.m. followed by Church Services for both which start at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Come check us out.

Your Friends

Bee Ridge Church.

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: 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 a chili cook-off on March 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. We are also planning on having a Fish Fry during Lent, on 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.Contact Martha Tempel at 443-7552, to reserve a table.

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.

We had a record number of people at Bingo Sunday, at least since I have been involved. There were 120 people in attendance. We still had room for more. We gave away mugs with candy to the first 96 people then gave daubers to the rest. We did give away $1000 of our jar ball pots. Each of the pots now are worth at least $500. On March 1 we are starting a new Bingo Club giveaway. We are still honoring the old club cards.

Bingo is every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We are smoke-free. 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.

As of 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 the church basement is doing well and the Parish Center basement is still dry. Let's hope that our luck continues. We don't need to be flooded again like we were last summer.

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.veri-zon.net/resolhio/annu...

EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. We are now an official ordering site for ANGEL FOOD MINISTRY. If you are not familiar with this ministry, please feel free to call the church at 448-1500, or you can call 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030 to get details.

This month's orders need to be turned in by tomorrow, and the pickup date is Feb. 28 between 11 a.m. and noon. If you aren't sure about ordering and would like to see some of the food first, please feel free to come by the church on that date, and we will be happy to let you see some of the food. This is a wonderful way to save on your food budget, and there is no certain criteria that has to be met to order. This ministry is open to anyone.

What a beautiful day we had last Sunday. It almost seemed like spring. It was good to see so many in the service. We are still praying for those who are not able to attend. It was good to see Lyle and Helen.

As usual Dave and Millie did a great job leading the singing. We do appreciate them so much.

There will be an organizational meeting for Vacation Bible School at 9:15 a.m. on Feb. 21. All those interested in helping we ask you to come to that meeting. We praise God that we had a Bible School again last year after not having one for several years. We want to reach even more kids this year, so get involved.

Be sure to mark Feb. 27 on your calendar. SOS will be having a fundraiser dinner at North Clay Middle School that evening. Kids' lives are being changed through this endeavor. We need to give our support to Jennifer.

Pastor Brock's Sunday school class will be having a supper get-together on Feb. 28.

Please if you are not attending church anywhere else, come let us help you to get to know God and get involved in His work. You will be amazed at how rewarding it can be. If you are not in God's family, He wants you there.

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, where they learn about God on their level. Puppets are being used in this ministry, and we believe your child would really enjoy coming and learning. Bring them. It is hard to do what is right in our world today, but we want to help them to see that only through Jesus will they be able to know the difference between good and evil. We hope to see you soon.

CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH

Happy Valentine's Day.

Tonight we are having our annual Valentine's dinner and white elephant auction, starting at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall. It is always so much fun. All the proceeds go towards helping our youth to go on the mission trip in March.

There is a fundraiser for SOS on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at North Clay Middle School. Desert will be served. It is time when the children are able to say thank you to all of their supporters. Please RSVP by Feb. 20, 812-208-4976 or 812-443-3003.

Our youth group THIRSTY is selling discount cards, all of the proceeds will go to help support youth functions for the year.

Our men's prayer breakfast is Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. All men are invited, to this wonderful way of fellowship.

You are always invited to Carbon Baptist Church, we would love to welcome you.

Otter Creek Christian Church

This is the day we celebrate Love and why do we do this only one day a year? Love is mentioned all through the Bible, it doesn't say to just love on Feb. 14, but each day we are alive we should praise God and show His Love to one another.

There are all kinds of love that which we have with our spouse is different from what we have for our kids, family and then there are our pets. Love: An affection for someone or something. 1st Corinthians' 13 where love is translated charity; please read this entire chapter, this is the type of Love God has for us then over in John 3:16, is love in action--"God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Proverbs 10:12 "Hatred stirs up strife; but Love covereth all sins."

Romans 13:8 & 10: "Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law [10}Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."

Please read all of 1st Corinthian 13, Romans 13:9; also, read Proverbs 15:15-17. You'd be amazed how much better you'll feel about others and yourself by practicing the love of Christ [remember this is not a worldly type of love].

Weekly services are at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday Study/ 10:40 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.

Otter Creek Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. The Church phone number is 446-5300; through the week you can contact Pastor Steve after 4 p.m. at 812-249-3309 or call me at 812-446-4007. I'll be glad to take a message, pray with you or listen to you.

Otter Creek has a website which is www.otter-creekchurch.com

Remember we are a country church who loves to share the Lord's love with others come join us on Sunday.



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