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Friday, March 13, 2009


What a delight it is to know that God teaches us the truth about forgiveness. There are so many ideas and opinions that people develop based on an experience or what someone else thinks.

According to Isaiah 43:25 and Jeremiah 31:34, when God forgives, He does not remember our sins any more. But since God can not really forget (He knows all things past, present and future - omniscient) it means that He does not hold our sins against us when we confess and acknowledge our sin (Psalm 38 and 51).

When we forgive someone then, we cannot hold that sin against them anymore. That also means that we are wrong to bring that sin or offense up to others and it is wrong to dwell on the offense ourselves. But that is not all. Pastor Gordon took us to Matthew 18:24-ff and Ephesians 4:32 and helped us to see that God also teaches us that we are wrong to keep track of how many times one sins against us or offends us. And, if we forgive like Christ forgives us, then we have no basis or right to refuse forgiveness to any offender regardless of how painful, deep or devastating the offense.

Tomorrow Pastor is going to answer the question "When do I forgive an offender?" Come and discover with us what God has to say on this subject. Our worship service is at 11 a.m. and we are located directly across from the Clay County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 59.

We want to give you a heads up on our special Easter Services. We will be having a Sunrise service at 7 a.m. with a pitch-in breakfast to follow. We will be having a special morning worship service at 9 a.m. instead of our regular time. We would love for you to join us. Check us out on the web at brazilbible.org.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Aren't these few signs of spring wonderful! Spring is coming! And isn't it marvelous that we know without a doubt that God will see to it that, despite all the troubles that we humans cause, the world keeps turning in its own rhythm and in its own time -- even if we mess it up with Daylight Savings Time!

When the old stuff in the church flower bed was cleared away this past weekend, there were all kinds of sweet, young plants coming up -- tulips, iris, mums, peonies, hollyhocks, flowering almonds -- but ahead of all the rest were dandelions! After this long, long winter, even they looked beautiful!

The Town & Country United Methodist Men met for the second Lenten breakfast at Epworth UMC last Saturday. I hear there were over 40 men present. That is wonderful! This morning they met at Harmony UMC for the third breakfast.

The Administrative Board will hold its monthly meeting Monday, March 16, at 8 p.m. The Believers Women's Group will meet on Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m., at the church. Sharon Crawford will be the hostess.

We missed a few folks last Sunday at church. I wonder if the time change messed them up. Most of the congregation managed to get to church on time, however. By this Sunday, we should all be broken in to the new time and it shouldn't be a problem. I do not like it, however! Get up early and greet the new day, see the sunrise, hear the birds, and come to church to greet your Lord. You will feel much better for having done so all week long. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Happy Spring!


Hello to my friends. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Since we will celebrate it this coming Tuesday, March 17, I've decided to do something a little different. Have you ever wondered "Who was St. Patrick?" Well, I have. After doing some research, this is what I found about St. Patrick, the saint of Ireland.

Did you know that St. Patrick wasn't even Irish? He was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it was rumored that he took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a religious family.

At the age of 16, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They took him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he tuned to his religion for solace becoming a devout Christian.

After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped to Britain where he experienced a revelation in a dream telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary.

After 15 years of religious training, he was ordained as a priest and sent to Ireland with a dual mission to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. He is believed to have died on March 17 around 460AD.

Just stop and think about this. St Patrick devoted more than 20 years of his life ministering to Christians. A lot of us don't even want to give one hour a week to devote to our God. Shame on us!

So how about changing that and come to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church tomorrow. I do believe that you will feel the spirit of the Lord in our church. Try it. You might like it. We certainly hope you will give us a try and keep coming back every Sunday. Unless you are new to reading the church news in The Brazil Times, you probably already know the schedule of our Sunday School Classes and our Church Services.

We will be waiting for you with open arms.


We at Eastside Christian Church would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Donald Wells, who went to be with his Lord last Saturday.

Don't forget your ANGEL FOOD MINISTRY order needs to be turned in by tomorrow. If you need any assistance, please feel free to call Lorie at 765-6726363 or Sharon at 812-448-1030. The pick up date will be March 28.

Friend Day is fastly approaching. Have you been inviting? I would like to use this article as an invitation for anyone reading it to come be with us on April 5, which is also Palm Sunday. Our worship service for that day only will be at 10 a.m., P-150 will be with us and will present a concert during the worship service. A meal will take place immediately following the service.

Come be with us. If you have never heard P-150, you are in for a treat. A Vacation Bible School meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. Anyone wanting to help is asked to attend.

The topiaries that are in the sanctuary in memory of Calvin Callahan were presented by the Sunday School class that he had previously taught. They are beautiful.

We would like to send our prayers out to Dave Lewis, Mary I. Hendrickson, Robert Craft, our shutins and anyone else that needs prayer.

It was good to see Lyle and Helen Monnett in our service Sunday. They both seem to be doing well. Prayers do get answered.

If you are looking for a friendly simple church, we would like to invite you to come be with us. We partake of the Lord's Supper each week, as did the early Christians. Since this is the Lord's Supper, we feel that it is open to all of His followers, and do not feel we have the right to refuse any believer.

There are definitely things happening in our world today that requires us to look to Jesus for the right way to live. Our goal is to acquaint as many as we can to the way that Jesus wants us to live and not the way of the world.

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 utilized in this ministry, and the kids are really enjoying this. We would love to see your kids get involved.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We hope to see you tomorrow.

Best Years Club at First Christian Church

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

A presentation about a recent mission trip to Mexico will be the featured program with Terry Scott, Missions Chairman, assisted by Justin Clark and Heather Mullenix.

This is part of a group who built a church in two weeks so those less fortunate would have a place to worship. This will remind us how blessed we are to have a place to worship because others in countries not far from the United States walk to small villages for the privilege of meeting in churches provided by mission outreach teams from various churches in the U.S.A.

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.

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 second Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Please join us at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship on the third Sunday of Lent. Our focus will be on how divine law seeks to transform us, not imprison us. 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 can be picked up from 9-11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 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.


Hello from Carbon Baptist Church

The "Dead Serious about Life" will be at Northview High School today and Sunday. Pastor Chris says this is a great outreach for youth and parents of Youth.

Once again I want to remind everyone of Carbon's Easter Egg hunt at Carbon Park on April 11, at 1:30 p.m. A lot of prizes will be given away. Everyone is welcome.

Come and join us at Carbon Baptist, we would love to have you.


Rosedale Baptist Church, 204 E. Middle St., Rosedale, has scheduled its Ladies Spring Extravaganza for March 28.

The event will begin with a meal at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., Kathleen Schoene will speak to the group.

A donation cost of $10 will be required for the meal and speaker.

The theme for the event is Serving God First So That We Can Serve Others.

Door prizes, music, ice cream and brownies will also be offered.

For more information, call Marty McPike at 765-548-2857.


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.


There will be a special report on the Mexico Mission trip that took place in January during the 10:30 a.m. hour in the Loyal Berean Classroom. There will also be a short report at the beginning of the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services by Barb Short.

Pastor Bob Witte will preach his second in a series, Relaunch my desire to Witness.

Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include, "Everyday," "Worthy of My Praise," "We Fall Down," "I Love to Tell the Story," and "High and Lifted Up."

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

We've complained about the winter weather, now have you thanked God for the beautiful weather we've been having this week or do you give credit to Kevin or Jessie for telling us the weather? No matter what either tells us ultimately it is God who is in control of all things. For this I am truly thankful, some of our wants are really outrageous at times.

A couple of weeks ago I searched for a scripture that I wanted to use in the article and could not find it----evidently it wasn't God's timing.

Today, while looking for a scripture for reference I was led to Jeremiah 29: 11--14 it talks about captivity and being freed from it.

What kind of captivity are you in? You don't have to be in jail to be in captivity, maybe you're being held by addiction to food, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, free time, work, or maybe TV any number of things can hold you captive. Look to God for the answers His words in Jeremiah 29: 11] "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. [v12] Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. [v13] You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. [v14] I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity" . . .

God wants his children to prosper He does not want harm to come to them but we must first call upon Him (we know what our small children need but sometimes we wait for them to know they need it when they ask we as earthly parents take care of their needs, how much more will GOD do for us. Then we must come and pray to HIM. Third we must Seek Him with all our heart. GOD wants to be there for us but He is a gentleman never pushing us but always correcting us like a good parent.

When will we as individuals and a nation bow down and glorify GOD let Him lead us instead of us trying to lead Him, that doesn't work. I know far to well.

By the time this comes out there will be the "Dead Serious...About Life" at Northview High School tonight at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a Pitch-in Dinner and Entertainment Saturday, March 21, Bluegrass Group "Coon Holler Kids" singing begins at 7 p.m.

To reach Pastor Steve, call 812-249-3309 after 4 p.m. or call our home at 812-446-4007

Quote from "Good Things to Know" by Michael Phillips, "Loose no opportunity to develop relationships with wise men and women whose outlook will rub off on you."

Until next week keep your fire burning for GOD.

Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street. Sunday Study begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship 10:40 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study at Holley's 10486 E. US Hwy 40 Terre Haute--812-877-3636; Friday Bible Study on Friday mornings at different homes 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 8121-446-5300.

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.

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 be holding a fish fry, starting at 4:30-7 p.m. The cost will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. We will have fish, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, coffee, tea, soft drinks and dessert will be available. The fish fry will be held 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% enrollment discount if paid before April 2.

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

Not much is known about the original school building. It was said to have been a small frame building that was located just south of our present school building and faced Harrison Street. The first teacher was Mrs. Elizabeth Barnett and she was sometimes assisted by her step-daughter Miss Lydia Barnett, a non-Catholic. Father Meinrad also taught from time to time. Another who taught was Mrs. Winifred Sheridan.

Mrs. Sheridan along with her husband, Charles, constituted the first choir at Annunciation and probably sang the first High Mass in Brazil. What happened to the school is not clear because there is later reference to it being made into a residence and that it was then located across from the entrance to the church on Alabama Street.

Father Meinrad was indeed busy. He also said Mass in the house of Thomas Smith of Knightsville before 1872. Mr. Smith married Father Meinrad's sister. Mr. Smith then wanted to build a home on the site occupied by the house that was then being used as a church. The necessitated the building of St. Patrick's church in Knightsville in about 1872.

To raise money to build the church Father Meinrad held a popularity contest between three mine bosses, the prize being a gold headed cane. Local pride produced, at least part of the money, that made the church in Knightsville a possibility. It must also be said that at about this same time a church was built in Carbon.

Father Meinrad also said Mass in the basement of the house of Felix Haefle, one mile north of Cardonia.

Check out our website for more history. http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

Last Sunday 92 people joined us to play bingo.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We 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. 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 email us at annunicationchurch@msn.com

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