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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, February 20, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Church

What a great evening we had on Tuesday as we heard author Philip Gulley read a couple of stories from his new book, "I Love You Miss Huddleston."

His stories of living in a small town with all the folks and situations that arise really sounded familiar. It's fun to look back and laugh as we recall old memories.

Talking of looking back ... when was the last time you did something for someone else? My guess is that it wasn't very long ago. We all do it: give somebody a ride to the doctor, pick up something for someone from the store, help fixing a broken chair, and so on and so on. These are no big deals, just a little kindness. But they mean a great deal to the ones who receive (even though they may not acknowledge it!)

This type of giving is written about by Mark as he tells the story of the four friends who carry their friend to Jesus, cut a hole in the roof of a house, and lowers their friend down so that he might have the chance of being healed. It is a story of compassion, risk, sacrifice, love, and faith. And it is a model of how we to should lead those around us to a relationship with the one who can heal us all. Think about it.

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

Spring is coming. I saw a lonesome robin last week. My inside geraniums are blooming. And the United Methodist Men are beginning their Lenten breakfasts. The first one is next week at our church. This is a great time for all the men. They get together from seven or eight United Methodist Churches for breakfast and devotions during the six weeks prior to Easter -- Lent.

Spring is also a time for rebirth and renewal. Lent is a time for reflection, rebirth, and renewal of the soul. It is preparation time for the greatest event in the Christian calendar--the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At times, it seems that more emphasis is placed on Jesus' crucifixion and death than on His resurrection, but that is the great, wonderful, powerful point of it all. Jesus rose from death. And we will too!

The Administrative Board met Monday evening.

The Believers' Women's group met Tuesday evening. They had devotions, signed up to be hostesses for the year, chose religious trinkets for the children's Easter "Symbols" Hunt, and made bracelets for our fall bazaar.

It was a good meeting. The women enjoyed a short evening out, and they do a lot to help the running of the church. They will be serving the United Methodist Men their monthly breakfast in May. We would welcome any and all women to join our group. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

We had visitors last Sunday for our Worship Service, Rick's mother and stepfather. We always enjoy having them come when they are in the area. We enjoy all visitors, so help make our day. Come visit us Sunday. We will be happy and I'm sure you will feel good about coming. You will take thoughts to meditate on with you that will last you throughout the week. Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

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 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.

I recently happened upon some history about Catholics in Clay County. To start with Clay County was named after Henry Clay the orator and statesman in 1825. It took 30 more years before the first Catholic moved to Clay County. Joseph Watts and his wife Mary Ann, with their family, moved from Butler County, Ohio into Indiana and settled near what is now Hoosierville in Clay County.

Mrs. Watts was Catholic. Mrs. Watts however didn't get to attend Mass very often because the nearest church was in Greencastle. Her husband did take her there occasionally.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated in Clay County for the first time in 1860. Henry and Ann Boucher having emigrated from County Clare, Ireland in 1847, located in Lafayette, Ind.. They moved down the Wabash and Erie Canal in 1859 as far as Terre Haute then into Clay County. They purchased a tract of land four miles southwest of what is now Brazil.

After building a home for his family he asked the officiating priest from St. Joseph's Church in Terre Haute to offer Mass in his home. It was said that this tradition continued for the next five years. The priest that said the first Mass was probably Reverend Meinrad McCarty, O.S.B. from the Benedictine Monastery at St. Meinrad in Spencer County.

Brazil has been the county seat since 1877, when the courthouse records were secretly removed from Bowling Green, the first county seat, and transported to the newly built courthouse at Brazil. Platted in 1844, the town is supposed to have received its name from a local citizen who happened to be reading news about Brazil, South America.

I will try to give a little more history in the next few weeks and I plan on adding it to our website.

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

Center Point United Methodist Church

Sunday, March 1, 2009 is the date of the Mission Mexico event at Center Point United Methodist Church. Beginning at 3 p.m., the James Family Singers and the church praise band will entertain. At 4:30 p.m., a "Pie Auction" will be held. There will be pies and other desserts, as well as noodles and rolls -- all made by local bakers. A freewill offering chili supper will take place at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. You can come for one part of the afternoon or come for all.

The funds raised during the afternoon will pay the expenses of two dads and their sons who will be going to the hills of Mexico to help install bathrooms in home churches there. The trip is set for the week of spring break. Harmony UMC Pastor Bob Kumpf will be leading the mission. Please come join us in Center Point for the fun, food and fellowship.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you ever wondered why there are so many churches in this world? I have, schisms should not be, according to 1st Corinthians 12:12-25. Now what is a schism? According to Webster it is a split as in a church due to doctrine or difference of opinion.

According to 1st John 5:1 "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. [v2] This is how we know that we love the children of God; by loving God and carrying out his commands. [v3] This is love for God; to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, [v4] for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the VICTORY that has overcome the world even our faith. [v5] Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

With this in mind, where is there room for so much division within the body of Christ. The world judges Christians by their actions toward one another and others, what do you want them to say about you?

If you were put on trial would you be found guilty of being a Christian? Would your life show enough of Jesus's love to be a reflection of Him or would you fall short? Romans 3:23 "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Keeping this in mind why not turn your whole heart, mind, soul and strength over to God, He can only make things better. Don't get me wrong, you will most defiantly be tried but God will not forsake you.

Otter Creek Christian Church located at 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil, has Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m. Worship at 10:40 a.m. To contact the church with a message call 812-446-5300 or after 4 p.m. Pastor Steve at 812-249-3309 or contact Sandy at 812-446-4007.

I apologize for any inconvenience our home phone had been out most of last week and just back on due to the storm last week. Our web site is www.ottercreek-church.com

We are a small country church with lots of love to share, please feel free to join us, A couple of things from Good Things to Know by Michael Phillips "6. Smile a lot and 7. Be the first to extend your hand"

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

"How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!"(Rom. 10:15) God has a story to tell and it is our job to tell it and tell it well. That was part of the scriptures and message shared by Pastor Thompson last Sunday. Be sure to be with us this Sunday for Bible based teachings, preaching and praise.

This is Donut Sunday so you can come as early as 8:45 a.m. to have donuts and fellowship before Sunday School which will begin at 9:30 a.m. There are classes for all ages and you are welcome to go to any of them. The pastor has a Welcome Class. There are three adult classes and classes for nursery through tens. It doesn't matter your age; you can visit any of them. Someone will be at the door to assist you and offer you a warm welcome.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a nursery and a special needs class available. Children's church begins from the sanctuary. Sharon Mishler and Jonathan will take the Spirit Kids (pre-K thru 2nd) to their class after prayer and praise.

Evening services begin at 5:30 p.m., for AWANA and Teens (2 yrs. thru high school). Adult Bible study and praise begins at 6 p.m. There really is a welcome place for you at any of our services.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., you are invited to a Bible study in the book of Genesis. Study guides are available so you can use the guide for your daily Bible reading.

Are you a "cocooner" or a "connector?" Those attending the Bill Hybels study, Just Walk Across the Room answered that question Wednesday evening. You will increase your awareness that you are to touch people for the Lord when attending this 7 p.m. study in discipling.

Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., is the Deacon's meeting.

Friday is Movie Night. We will be showing FIREPROOF. This movie deals with current issues. If you have not seen it yet or want to see it again on an auditorium-size screen, come watch with us at 7 p.m. and stay for refreshments.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25. Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter.

Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.

CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

The Valentines Day dinner was a great success. The youth served, and Pastor Howard was the auctioneer. The money raised will be turned over to the youth for their mission trip in March.

Our new contemporary service, "Thirsty" is geared toward high school and college has been a great success. Pastor Chris is well pleased with the turn out on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.

The youth will be selling discount cards in the foyer of the church. All proceeds go to the youth functions for the year.

Carbon Baptist Church welcomes all to come and join the service.

BEE RIDGE CHURCH

Has Satan ever been to visit you? I can almost hear you all saying "Oh my gosh! No, I would never let him in! That has probably already happened and you weren't even aware of it. He will come disguised as something or someone else. You won't have a clue that you let Satan(also know as the Devil) into your home.

What will the Devil find once inside? Will he find a Bible on your end table or anywhere else in sight? You should know that Satan loves to see a dusty Bible in a Christian home, but a well-worn Bible upsets him. Why? Because the Bible is the Christians handbook for living.

I like to think of it as God's love letters to the world. So, how do we keep Satan away? One thing we need to remember is that Christians seem to forget what kind of power we have available to keep the Devil from deceiving us. Each of us has a vulnerability that Satan is eager to exploit. It may be something addictive like drugs or alcohol, or it may be something harmless like food, friendship or work.

When Satan finds out what we love more than God, he knows how to manipulate us, but he loses his power over us when we show our love for the Lord.

Here's what the Bible tells us to do. Resist the devil by ordering him out of your life, and he will get away from you. Get close to God and He will get close to you. Ask Him to forgive you for your sins and humble yourself before Him and He will lift you up in honor. Pray to Him constantly and attend church regularly.

If you are looking for a church we invite you to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. We are a small, laid-back church. You don't need to get all dressed up. Blue jeans and tennis shoes are acceptable. Of course, you can get all dressed up in your finest if you want. We just want everyone to be comfortable. So kick Satan out of your life and come visit us in our God's church.

Sunday School for both kids and adults starts at 9:30-10:15 a.m., followed by Church Services for both at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Bee Ridge Church is located on North Kennedy's Crossing Road approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School.

God we with you now and always.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Pastor Bob Witte concludes his series on marriage this Sunday with "Breaking Point." Sunday night worship minister Ryan Freeman will host "Hymned," featuring classic hymns. He will tell the story and then lead those who attend the special 6 p.m. event.

Sunday morning songs include "Love the Lord," "You Are Holy," "Come Thou Fount," "Shout to the Lord," and "Love is not a Fight." Services are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with adult classes at both times. Kid Zone for pre through grade school is in the Family Life Center is at 9 a.m., as well as Reel Worship at the Walnut Theater for middle and high school students.

More information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian School is found on the church web site, fccbrazil.org.

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 Sunday morning worship. Pastor Steve Bahrt will remind us that we see God only as well as others see Jesus in us. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided.

Share Food orders for March pick-up can be placed until Thursday, March 12, through the church office.

The free 'end of classes' dinner for Rose-Hulman students is 5:00 this afternoon in Fellowship Hall, located on the lower level of the church.

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



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