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Friday, March 6, 2009


Evangelist Richard Brooks returns for a mini revival at The Door Christian Fellowship Church.

Brooks has a unique style which brings encouragement and joy to all. Prayer for the sick and those addicted to substances will also be ministered.

Services continue today at 11 a.m.

The Door is located at 201 N. Washington St. For more information or transportation, call 442-8470.


The Little Historic Church at Carbon will be having a second program this month on Friday, March 13. With a pitch-in at 6 p.m., with Crystal Valley performing at 7 p.m.

A free will donation will be collected. All money raised will be used to put a new roof on the church. Crystal Valley is generously donating their time, so we hope to see you there.


Reeslville United Methodist Church will be having a Chicken Noodle meal at the Reelsville fireshouse on Sunday, fromo noon to 2 p.m.

Dinner will include mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce and a roll, along with a variety of desserts.

All food has been donated and a free will offering will be collected. All money received will be donated to local charities.


The Berea Christian Church will have a "Living Inside Out" revival, beginning on March 15, at 9:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., and March 16-17, at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact the church at 812-448-4698.


Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

On March 13, 8-11 p.m. the area youth pastors are having an Abstinence Dance for high school and middle school age kids at the YMCA. Chris Lee, our youth pastor, will be involved.

Please mark your calendars for March 14-15. "Dead Serious About Life" will be coming to Northview High School. "Dead Serious ... About Life," a musical performed by the Ohio-based Christian theater group Mishpachah.

This is a great outreach for youth and parents of youth. Performances are Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., in the Northview High School auditorium. Tickets $9 at the door.

Carbon Baptist will be having our annual Easter egg hunt on April 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Carbon Park. All are welome! Anyone wishing to donate stuffed, plastic Easter eggs for the hunt can bring them to church or the church office, behind the church.

On behalf of Pastor Howard and Pastor Chris we would like everyone to know how welcome you are at Carbon Baptist Church.


"The Shack," by William P. Young, is an inward journey to the soul. The fictional story sets up a crisis within Mack as he deals with The Great Sadness. The Great Sadness is the abduction of his five-year-old daughter, Missy. One day, Mack receives a note from God inviting him to the Shack where Missy's dress was found.

The rest of the book is a conversation between God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Mack. The struggle within Mack dealing with The Great Sadness and his view of God can be found in many of us.

During the month of March we will explore together the lessons from "The Shack," ground them in scripture, and hopefully grow closer to God in the process. Each Sunday morning worship in March a new topic will be introduced. Each Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m., you are invited to join us for small group discussions.

For more information go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org or see our online ad at the braziltimes.com


Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 9097 E. Sugar Grove Dr., Terre Haute, will be having a Spaghetti Super on Saturday, March 28, from 4-7 p.m.

There will be desserts, garlic bread, salads, soft drinks and coffee. Along with music by Eversole Music Ministry Songs of Faith and Worship, singer Thom Eversole. A free will offering will be collected.

For more information or directions, call Carla Eversole, 812-917-4160 or Jodie Thomas 812-835-3801.

Harmony United Methodist Church

My two sons used to watch WWF wrestling on TV just about every week. There was one wrestling star whose famous line was, "Know your role!" In other words, don't expect to be something you are not. Of course, he was telling this to his competitors who shouldn't expect to be as good as he was.

Instead, they should just be content to being lesser wrestlers. That makes sense, right?

What happens if everybody starts letting others tell then what the "role" should be? And, how do they know what the role of others should be? And yet that is exactly what the world wants to do with all of us. It is quick to say, "You can't do that!" Or, "Who do you think you are?" And, unfortunately, we often listen to that voice and don't even try to do things that aren't seen as our "role." We fail because we don't try, not because we don't have the ability. Isn't that a pity!

This week we remember little David who stepped out to battle the great Goliath with only a staff and a sling shot. Goliath laughed and everybody there thought it was going to be a lopsided victory... and NOT for David. But the little shepherd boy said, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head." (1 Samuel 17:45-46) Now there is a young man who knew his role! How about you?

Today the Town and Country United Methodist Men's Lenten Breakfast is at Epworth UMC. Next week we will meet, and eat, at Harmony UMC. All meetings start at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

This evening we will be sharing in song and praise with P150 at 7 p.m. A free will offering will be taken to help support the upcoming Mexico mission trip.

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!


This Sunday night our youth group will be meeting again at 6-7:30 p.m., at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym.

All teens in middle school through high school are invited. We divide our time between studying God's Word and some games.

Pastor Gordon preached from Hebrews 4:14-16 since they are our theme verses for the month. The passage taught us that because of Christ, every born again believer is able to go directly into the very presence of Holy God and seek grace from Him to help in time of need. An important point that was brought out of the text is that God gives grace to help in our times of need. It does not say that God will remove the testing or trial. God will never overwhelm us. He assures us that He will help us and give us all the grace we need.

We are so thankful that God has given us the Inspired Word. The Scriptures are true and unchanging. As a result there are absolutes. By studying the Bible we can know what God is really like and how we can please Him. At BBFC it is our heart and passion to help people discover the truths of God's Word for themselves.

We are committed to teaching what the text is actually saying and you can see it for yourself. Come and check us out.

Our Sunday School time is at 10 a.m., and our worship service is at 11 a.m. We are located directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds on Hwy. 59. You can also check us out on the web at www.brazil-bible.org. We look forward to seeing you.


February 25 was Ash Wednesday which began the season of Lent, this is typically the forty (40) days prior to Passover. Many churches don't even recognize the Lenten season, but in scripture it is that time when all the leaven was removed from the household and what we call "spring cleaning" was done. It was also a time of fasting and prayer, a time to draw closer to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.

Passover is also not celebrated by our modern churches so much but we should be thankful for the Passover because it reminds us that, if it weren't for the blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God we would have no hope of the resurrection power of Christ.

Have you ever wondered why the ones who don't serve Christ seem to prosper more than those who do what is right? Look at the trial of Jesus, anywhere in Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and you'll see how much He suffered for us. Read Jude v18) They [the apostles] said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires" (v19)These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. (V20) But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

Jude is a small book, finish reading it, a better read you will never find.

In other words, even this shall pass in God's time, not ours but we have to stay faithful. It is our job to encourage those in the family of God and to snatch others from the fire with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Speaking of encouraging others, Otter Creek Christian Church invites you to a fellowship pitch in dinner at the church Saturday, March 21 beginning at 6 p.m., with singing to follow by a group of youngsters from the Clinton Area, they play and sing bluegrass Christian music, they'll be showcased at 7 p.m. Some of you heard them in January at the Nazarene church "The Coon Holler Kids" bluegrass group. I have it from a reliable source you don't want to miss these fine young people.

We are located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil. The church number is 446-5300, or leave a message for Pastor Steve at 446-4007.

Every one is welcome to attend any of our meetings, Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. Other meetings are announced during Sunday Worship.

For those of you who can't wait for the day to be done realize that this is still a day that The Lord has made, Let us Rejoice and be glad in it.

Carbon United Methodist

Today the time changes. We are to "spring forward" our clocks to get more sunshine in the evenings. I won't go into what I think about this silly system. But we are also encouraged to "check our batteries" and replace them with new ones.

This is also a great time to check our spiritual batteries and see if they have run down over the past six months. With this being the Lenten Season and with the greatest day in the Christian calendar coming up soon, this is a wonderful time to recharge your batteries.

Let's hope you spend more time preparing your soul for Easter Sunday than you do preparing your wardrobe for that great day. Do some really deep soul-searching and get your spiritual batteries recharged. We don't ever know, you know, when our batteries will go completely dead to where they can't be recharged!

The Town & Country United Methodist Men held their first Lenten breakfast at Carbon last Saturday. There was a good turnout (although two of its leaders...I won't mention any names...forgot to come). The meal was delicious, the devotions very meaningful, and the music great. It is so good to have Chester Hapenny play for their meetings every month. His music is wonderful. If you haven't ever heard him play, you have really missed something great.

The second Lenten breakfast will be at 8 a.m., at Epworth United Methodist Church. If you have already missed this one, the one next Saturday will be at Harmony United Methodist Church at 8 a.m.

A very important district meeting will be held tomorrow, Sunday, March 8, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The new method of districting will be explained along with discussions of creating "Clusters" of churches within the districts. All church officers are encouraged to attend.

The robins are back, my tulips are coming up, the geese are pairing off, so it is time to come out of hibernation. Get up, get moving, get to church this Sunday.

Ours has Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Hour at 10:30 a.m. Don't forget the time change or you will get there just as everyone else is leaving. Hope to see you!


Last Sunday at FBC, Pastor Mark shared the pulpit with speakers from the House of Hope. They shared their testimony of redemption by the grace of God. They shared the importance of other people praying for them and reaching out to them. That gift of salvation, that immeasurable love of God is a blessing we are to share with others.

Begin your Sunday with us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. There are classes for all ages beginning with Nursery. There are four adult classes, including the pastor's Welcome Class. You are welcome to attend any of these sessions.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Marietta Martin will be in the nursery. Janet Wise and Shelby with the Spirit Kids (pre-K thru 2nd) to children's church following praise and prayer.

AWANA and Youth begin at 5:30 p.m., in the sanctuary for opening pledges, song, and Bible lesson. They clear the area for the adult service of hymns and Bible study. These are all informal yet well organized programs. All youth continue their programs in the Christian Ed. wing with lessons, memory work, snacks and games until dismissal at 7 p.m. You are invited to stay for choir practice.

Wednesday Bible Study begins at 12:15 p.m. You not only get to learn and share messages of the scripture during the study, but you will be given a schedule of texts for daily Bible readings in preparation for each Wednesday's session.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., is Business Meeting in the chapel of the Christian Ed. wing.

Thursday at noon the American Baptist Women Ministries meet for lunch and programs. All women of the community are invited to attend.

This is the 10th day of Lent. Lent begins in ashes. It is a time to confess or inadequacy before God. It is a time to humble ourselves and place our lives in God's hands, again. Allowing His grace to work in us knowing there is no price we can pay to purchase our salvation. "Lord be merciful to me, a sinner."

Don't forget to "spring ahead" and move your clocks forward tonight. Benjamin Franklin had the idea of "daylight shifting" back in 1784 but it did not become a law in the U.S. until 1918.

It has continued to be a controversial issue and cause of confusion. Don't let it keep you from church tomorrow.

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 will have a chili cook-off today at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and vote on your favorite chili.

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 will be having the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 6:30 p.m. This will be followed by a Soup and Bread Dinner in the Parish Center except for March 27.

On Friday March 27 the Knights of Columbus will have a fish fry. The dinner will be 4:30-7 p.m. at Kennedy Crossing.

It is time to enroll your children in preschool for next year. Open house for the preschool is April 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. For new enrollments there is a discount if you enroll your child prior to April 2. For returning children there is a 50 percent enrollment discount if paid before April 2.

Here is a little more on the history of Catholics and the church in Clay County.

The first Catholic church was probably built in 1865 and was located in the neighborhood of Jackson and Franklin. Just how long it was used for a Catholic Church is uncertain. But after a year or so ground was purchased and the humble church was moved to the present propety and stood midway between Alabama and Harrison Streets, facing Church Street. In later years it gave way to the present church and was used as a part of the Sisters' house.

In 1923 this venerable building was moved to the corner of Alabama and Church Streets and was incorporated in the new rectory complete that year.

Three more years passed before there were sufficient Catholics in the area to assure a resident pastor for Brazil.

Although we do not know exactly when the official title of this church was bestowed upon it, it was assumed that from the very beginning the parish was placed under the direct protection of the mother of God, under the title, "Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

As early as 1867 this title was official, for it is found on the title page of the earliest parish register.

Brazil probably didn't have a resident pastor before 1868. Records indicate that a resident pastor became a reality before the end of February, for on the 29th it was recorded that Sarah Moran was godmother for Mary Ellen Evans, after that date the records continue uninterruptedly to the present day.

The fall of 1868 is also when the parochial school started in Brazil. Father Meinrad was assigned as the resident pastor of Annunciation.

Check out our website for more history.

Last Sunday 90 people joined us to play bingo. We are playing no split this week unless we hit the magic 100.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing are smoke-free. If we have 100 or more players (the magic 100) 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., 10 speed games 6 p.m., Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. Regular bingo 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. For more information call (812) 448-1901.


This past Sunday evening we had a very delightful evening. We had "Dinner and a Movie." The movie was "Fireproof" and had a Christian theme. Around 100 people attended this free event to kick off our small group series, "Fireproof Your Marriage" which starts Monday, March 9, from 7-8:30 p.m., with free child care.

Participant materials for couples cost $14 and $7 for a single person. Any one in our community is invited to attend this series.

If you have questions, please contact Pastor Bechtel, at 446-0371 or Erin Hood, at 448-3188. Leave a message if either one is unavailable and your call will be returned.

Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m., we will be having a "Christian Rock Concert" at our church, 1002 E. National Ave., Brazil.

The name of this great group is "Real Life" and they are from Seymour. The cost is $5 per person. Snacks and drinks will be available.

This is a community event and we hope many of you will join us for this great concert. If you have any questions, please call Haley Bechtel at 812-691-2923.

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Joan Johnson. Joan's mother died recently. We offer our love, prayers and support to Joan and her family.

Several church ladies will be attending the District Ladies Retreat, Saturday, March 21 at Columbus Church of the Nazarene. Patsy Lewis will be the speaker this year. Teresa Bechtel is the co-coordinator of this event.

The Over 50 Get-together will now be the second Wednesday of each month. Our next get-together will be Wednesday, March 11, at noon. This is a time of fellowship and good food.

One of our very long time church members, Francis Lawhorn, has been absent for several Sundays due to illness. We hope she is able to be join us soon. Our prayers for a complete recovery reach out to her.

If you are not attending church somewhere, we warmly invite you to join us for any or all of our services.

Please see today's church ad for times of services. Casual dress is appropriate.

The Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

Have a great week and God bless.

Seelyvlle 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 on the second Sunday of Lent. We will be reminded grace is the foundation of all God's promises. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

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

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

EASTSIDE Christian Church

Eastside Christian Church would like to offer their thoughts and prayers to the Calvin Callahan family. Calvin went to be with his Lord a week ago. Eastside Church was the scene of the dinner following the funeral on Wednesday. Calvin was such a blessing to so many. He had an impact on so many lives through his being a Sunday School teacher, an elder and just by being so knowledgeable of the Bible. He gave so much of himself in many ways.

I am sure he will be working in God's garden. He loved gardening and shared so much. Do you ever think of what kind of legacy you will leave behind? It is important to be remembered as having been in the Lord's service.

We also want to keep Dave Lewis, Thelma Hughbanks and all of our shut-ins in our prayers, too.

ANGEL FOOD MINISTRY ORDERS will need to be turned in by March 15. Lorie will be at the church on Monday from 4-6 p.m. to take orders, and Sharon will be there on Thursday evening from 4-6 p.m. Distribution day will be March 28. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 765-672-6363 or 812-448-1030. This is such a good way to save on your grocery budget, and this is open to anyone. There are no restrictions.

The SOS fund raiser was a success. If you were unable to attend this year, be sure to put it on your calendar for next year.. Jennifer does such a great job with this endeavor.

We want to extend an invitation to you to be with us tomorrow. 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 at 10:30 a.m., for ages 3-7, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Puppets are being used in this ministry, and we believe your child would love to get involved with this.

God's arms are always open.


This is Cornerstone Christian School on Sunday, and the children grades K-5 will be featured in both the 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., services at First Christian Church.

Songs, lead by the worship team include" Take My Life-Holiness," "Amazing Grace," "Jesus Paid it All," and "Give Me Jesus."

Pastor Bob Witte's message will be the second in a series on Relaunching My Witness (for Jesus).


Terre Haute after 5 invites you to the March Dinner Program "Spring Out In Style," on Tuesday, March 17, from 6:30-8:15 p.m., at the First Financial Conference Center, 4353 S. 7th St., Terre Haute.

A fashion show will be sponsored by Dress Barn. Speaker Wanda Hanssen, Peoria, Ill., owner of a gourment bakery, will speak on "From Rags to Riches to Peace and Prosperity."

For reservations, call Joretta at 812-877-9633.

Cost is $13 inclusive.


The Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute cordially invites you and your friends to a "Rags to Riches" luncheon on Tuesday, March 17, at the MCL Meeting Room, in Meadows Shopping Center, at 11 a.m.

Luncheon is on your own, with a $3 ticket.

Special features are Janice Thompson, of Fruitridge Gardens.

Music will be by Karon Neiswinger, Clay City.

Speaker is Wanda Hanssen, Peoria, Ill.

Reservations are needed by Friday, March 13. Call Doris at 812-466-5637 or Jeanne at 217-275-3410.

The Prayer Connection is Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m., at Goodwill Industries, 2702 S. 3rd St., Terre Haute.

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