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Friday, March 20, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Church

This morning, the Town and Country United Methodist Men met for Lenten Breakfast at Bethel UMC. I'm sure everyone was filled with good food, fellowship, and a special message from Bill Koehler sharing about his service as a missionary in Hungary. Next week's breakfast will be at Peniel UMC. All are invited and welcome!

This week, David Brinson will be bringing the message at both Harmony and Lena UMC's. I don't know what the message will be, but I do know that David will bring a message that will touch your heart and help you to grow in your walk with the Lord.

Pastor Bob will be in Mexico this week on a work mission with a team of people from the Brazil area who are building a "house church" for our brothers and sisters high in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

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!


Good Morning. Have you ever asked yourself this question, "Why do I attend Church?" Is it to worship God? Although this is one reason, but if this is the only reason then you could stay home and worship God.

Some business people attend church for profit. They become friendly with church members so they will shop at their store. Some see their church as a type of country club, just to have friends to party with.

Maybe it's fear or guilt. Could be just a habit if you've attended church since you were a child. Or you feel like it is just your duty.

Whatever your reasoning, the main reason for attending church is to show our love to one another and share with others what God is doing in our lives. How many times have you heard Christians give testimony how God has helped them in some type of crisis, or how He gave them the wisdom on how to handle a difficult situation? We go to Church to worship God, but we also go to encourage each other.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.

Attend the church of our choice on a regular basis. Love one another, but if there is animosity one toward each other this will defile the church and that church will not stand.

If you don't have a "Home Church" please feel free to visit our House of God, which is Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. We are located 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Road. We welcome visitors for Sunday School which starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by Church Services at 10:30 a.m. We have both Sunday School and Church Services for children downstairs at the same time. Also, we have nursery and handicap facilities.

We look forward to seeing you. Your friends at Bee Ridge Church

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 for 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship on the fourth Sunday of Lent. We will look at the radical nature of God's love in the face of what we really deserve. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.

Mountain Top Bible Study meets 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings in the upper level lounge of the church. Our Lenten study focuses on the last week of Jesus' life on earth.

Share Food orders for March can be picked up 9-11 a.m. Saturday morning, 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.


"God is great; God is good, let us thank him..." We have so much to be thankful for. Before you put your feet on the floor each morning, even if it's earlier than you would like, take time to thank God and express your need for Him to be with you throughout the new day.

This Sunday at First Baptist is Donut Sunday. The donuts, juice, coffee, and milk will be ready at 8:45 a.m. Come down to the fellowship room to have breakfast and visit. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. with something for everyone. The teachers are ready and would like to see their rooms full of eager learners and sharers of their faith and experience.

The deacons will meet to pray for the pastor and worship service before the 10:30 a.m. worship.

Marcia Davis will coordinate the nursery activities. Following a time of prayer and praise, Sharon Mishler and Shelby will take the pre-K through second-graders downstairs to Spirit Kids Worship.

Due to spring break, there will be no AWANA or Youth Sunday evening but there will be praise and Bible study at 6 p.m. You are all encouraged to attend.

This Thursday will be the monthly deacon's meeting at 7 p.m.

Plan now for Sunday, the 29th, which will be the America for Christ mission dinner.

Spring is here bringing with it the comfort of God's order. The physical earth is coming alive again. We pray that this season of new life and birth will fill our hearts and souls with gladness. That the Resurrection event will remind us that sin, death, gloom and despair are conquered and that Christ is our Eternal Spring. "Joyful, joyful we Adore Thee".


Happy Spring officially. God's handiwork can be seen all around us if we would just quit concentrating on the negative and look at what Good and wonderful gifts He has given us.

The best gift was recorded as one of the best known verses in the Bible, John 3:16 & 17 "For God so loved the world,[reason] He gave His only begotten Son [gift] , that whosoever [you and me] believes [accepting of gift/ opening our hearts/lives to Him] in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (v. 17) God sent His son into this world not to condemn this world but, to save this world through Him [Jesus was our Sacrifice/sin offering] (v18) Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they do not believe in the name of God's one and only Son.

We make the choice, what will you choose eternal life or hell's punishment? Only you can decide for we all make choices many times a day. If you choose to walk out in front of a rolling car and are hurt is it really the cars fault you are hit or is it your fault? If you choose to jump off a tall building and are hurt or killed is it really the buildings fault or the choice you made.

In the end we are all responsible for our choices. Why not give your life to the one who formed you and made you so truly unique, serve Him and accept the gift he is offering you. You can only change yourself sometimes its that change that makes the people around us seem to change.

If you'd like to hear some more about this Wonderful God we know and do our best to serve come to Otter Creek Christian Church this Saturday, March 21, 6 p.m. will be a pitch-in fellowship supper and at 7 p.m. Coon Holler Kids will be sharing their love of the Lord through their music. Supper is free and a free will LOVE offering will be taken up for the group.

We are located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil, In, 47834 , church number is 812-446-5300

Services on Sunday are 9:30 a.m. Sunday Study and at 10:40 a.m. Morning Worship. To contact Pastor Steve Brattain you can call him directly on his cell at 812-249-3309 or call me and leave a message at 446-4007. Otter Creek Church is a small country Church but we try to show the Love of the Lord to each other and to the people who come to visit us. If you don't have a church home join us, we'd be glad to have you.

I'll leave you with number 232 from "Good Things to Know" by Michael Phillips. "Make Micah 6:8 your life's goal: To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." By the way Micah is located in Old Testament.


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.

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.

I will be out of town next week so look for Annunciation news in the April 4 paper.

We will be having "Donut Discovery" again this Sunday after Mass.

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 27th the Knights of Columbus will be holding a fish fry. The dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until 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.

Father Meinrad, first resident priest of Brazil and missions, continued his labors until November of 1875, when he was succeeded by another Benedictine, Father Benedict Brunet, who had from time to time during the past years, assisted Father Meinrad in his ever increasing labors. Father Benedict remained only until August of 1877, when he was followed by the first secular priest in Brazil, Reverend Frances M. Mousset.

Father Mousset had the reputation of a "born politician." It was said that he campaigned around the county for John McQuaide, who was seeking the nomination for sheriff. Unfortunately Mr. McQuaide was defeated by three or four votes.

The wheels of industry, powered by the mine fields, were now revolving rapidly. Catholics were continuing to come to Brazil in increasing numbers and it was not long before the old church was found to be too small. Under the direction of Father Mousset a new church was planned. The foundation and the corner stone upon which the present church stands were laid early in 1880. But Father Mousset was not destined to complete the work he started and was removed in August of 1880.

Reverend Hippolyte Pierrard was sent by the bishop to become the fourth pastor of Brazil, and he remained at his post of duty until failing health forced him to lay down the burden twenty-six years later. Arriving in Brazil Father Pierrard found a somewhat chaotic condition, but with a business acumen that marked his entire pastorate he soon established order and in 1881 completed the church, which at that time, was one of the most imposing difices in the Diocese of Vincennes. The fact that it stands alone of all the landmarks of its day is a testimony to Father Pierrard..

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

Last Sunday 94 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. For more information call (812) 448-1901 or email us at annunication-church@msn.com. The church has a website at http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...


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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

We are about half way through the six weeks of Lent. Easter will be here very soon. Are you ready?

Have you done anything to prepare for Easter?

I don't mean have you done your shopping and do you have a new dress, of course.

I don't mean have you got your Easter egg dye ready or have you got your children all hepped up (for the modern generation that means "excited") about the Easter Bunny.

Are you doing some really deep soul searching and pondering the magnitude of what Christ did for us when He took the sins of the entire world forever to the cross with Him? Can we ever be thankful enough to Him?

Spring is in the air...and isn't it wonderful! God's world is so orderly. We knew for sure that, after the winter, spring would come. That in itself is a marvelous promise to us that God has made. And we are thankful.

The Administrative Board met last Monday evening to discuss the upcoming events during the spring. There will be a Maundy Thursday service at our church along with the Carbon Church of the Nazarene on Thursday, April 9. Then, there will be a Sunrise Service on Easter morning followed by a breakfast. At 9:30 a.m. during the Sunday School hour, there will be an Easter Symbol Hunt for the children. And of course at 10:30 a.m. there will be the Easter Worship Service. Will you be there?

The Believers Women's group met Tuesday evening and enjoyed getting together for devotions, making bracelets, and fellowship.

The Youth will meet tomorrow evening at 5 p.m., to begin planning their Youth Service.

Attendance is growing and we are very happy about that. Come worship with us. We have so many things to be thankful for. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:30.


Greetings again from Eastside Christian Church. Our Friend Day-Palm Sunday-is getting closer, and we want to extend an invitation to everyone to attend. Our service that day will be at 10 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m.

P-150 will be with us in concert. If you have never seen them in concert, you will want to be with us that day. A meal will be furnished immediately following the service in our fellowship hall. Please mark this on your calendar and come worship with us.

Don't forget we are now the local distrubitor for the Angel Food Ministry. March's orders had to be turned in by last Sunday and will be distributed at the church on the 28th.

If you have never ordered and would like to come to the church that day to see the food, you are welcome to do this. You will be amazed at how much food you get for such a low price. We are going to be set up at the church four days in April for ordering. I will have more about this next week.

A couple in our church recently went to the Holy Land. The lady told me it was such a blessing to be able to walk where Jesus walked. Maybe we all can't go to the Holy Land, but we can walk as Jesus walked in our daily lives.

Do you pray and thank God for everything that He does for you? Sometimes we pray only when we need God to do something for us, but we should also pray when things are going good and give Him the praise.

Thanks Millie, Dave and Ron for leading us in song every Sunday morning. You are appreciated very much.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us. Our Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m., and our normal worship service is at 10:30 a.m.

We do offer a childrens' worship for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level.

Puppets are being used in this ministry, and the kids are really enjoying it. We would love to have your children get involved in this.

A Vacation Bible School organizational meeting is being held this morning at 9:30 a.m. at the church. If you are interested in helping, please come to this meeting. Karen can use all the help she can get. It is so good to be having a Vacation Bible School again. Praise God for this.

If you are looking for a book to read, you might read THE SHACK.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.. We are looking forward to seeing you. God's door is always open, but you have to enter.


Pastor Howard's wife, Katrina has started a prayer hour on Wednesday mornings from 10-11 a.m. They pray for one full hour. What a blessing this is.

Our church will be having a fundraiser for Relay for Life. A Potato Bar after services on Sunday, April 5, with all proceeds going to help fight cancer. Also a Yard Sale at the home of team captain Carrol Evans, 511 Edgewood Dr., Brazil, on April 10-11, from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. All proceeds going to Relay for Life.

Our Youth Mission trip is once again going to Waveland, Miss., they will be leaving this weekend and returning, March 28. Please keep them all in your prayers,

Start the week off well and attend church Sunday.


Pastor Chris Gregg will deliver the message this Sunday at First Christian Church at both the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.

Songs, lead by worship minister Ryan Freeman include, "Salvation is Here," "Sing of the Mercies of the Lord," "Days of Elijah," "My Jesus I Love Thee," and "'Til I See You."

There will also be a testimony from Les Riveria.

More information about classes for adults and youth, Reel Worship, Cornerstone Christian School, and other ministries of First Christian Church are on the church's web site, fccbrazil.org.

You can also listen to archived messages from Pastors' Bob Witte, Chris Gregg, and Ryan Freeman through the link on the web site.

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