Putnamville Baptist Church, one mile east of Putnamville, on US-40, will be hosting the New City Quartet's Anniversary Concert on Saturday evening, April 4 at 7 p.m. Any Gospel/Christian music fans are encouraged to attend. It's free, although a love offering will be taken.
The NCQ is one of the busiest regional quartets in the midwest and they're known for "Singin' For The King'. In addition to the New City Quartet, other featured groups on the agenda includes: The Singing Silvers, as seen on the Andrew Phipps Gospel TV show, and Savvy Sounds, from Putnam County.
If you're a minister or a song leader you can win a free CD from the New City Quartet. Just bring a group of six or more to the Anniversary concert from your church and win a free.
For more information, call Douglas Hawkins at 812-236-4351, or visit their website at www.NewCityQt.com.
First United Methodist Church
Holy Week begins tomorrow with Palm Sunday worship at Youth Group is from 5-7 p.m. Maundy Thursday is April 9, 7 p.m. The Community Good Friday Worship services are available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
For more information go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org or see our online ad at thebraziltimes.com
BRAZIL BIBLE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
In seeking to lay a foundation for the significance of Easter (the death, burial and resurrection of Christ), Pastor Gordon took us to Romans 2:1-13. This passage clearly teaches that there is coming a day in which God is going to judge everyone with a righteous judgment. There are some candid statements made regarding this judgment.
Some people think that by pointing out the sins of others, they will avoid being judged. But that is not true (see v. 1-3). In fact in verses 4-8 it is quite clear that those who refuse to repent will experience the wrath of God when that day of judgment arrives. John 3:18 and Romans 2:4-5 make it clear that an unbeliever is anyone who refuses to repent of their sin and trust in Christ alone to save them from their sin. Verses eight and nine describe God's anger against sin as being fierce and that the unbeliever will experience intense distress and agony.
For those who think that God will grant them special favors, verse twelve says that God does not make any exceptions nor does He grade on a curve. The Bible says that the only way to escape judgment day is why Easter is so important. Jesus Christ came as the sinless sacrifice and paid the penalty for sin so that you can be saved from your sin and spared from the judgment and wrath of God. That is what makes Easter a moment of great celebration. Dear Friend, it is our sincere hope that you know Christ as your Savior from sin. If not, do not delay and repent today.
If you would like to hear this message or some of Pastor Gordon's past messages you may do so by going to our website www.brazilbible.org and click on the audio/ visual link. The goal and purpose of the preaching at BBFC is to help you see from the text yourself what the passage is teaching. This enables you to go back to the text on your own and remind yourself of its teaching.
We want to invite you to our special Easter services. We are having a sunrise service at 7 a.m., with a breakfast to follow, and an early worship service at 9 a.m. There will not be any other services that day.
We are excited about the work that God is doing in and through us. The men's study that meets on the first and third Sunday nights is challenging them to grow spiritually. The youth group that meets on the second and fourth Sunday nights at the Jackson Elementary School continues to experience growth additional teens coming each week.
It is God's purpose for us that we minister and proclaim the love of Christ to all. Knowing God ought to be your highest priority. Let us help you. We would love to have you visit. Sunday school meets at 10 a.m., and our worship is at 11 a.m. We are located directly across from the Fairgrounds on South 59.
Knightsville United Methodist Church
The Knightsville United Methodist Church will have Palm Sunday evening service with The Randall family at 6 p.m., with refreshments.
On Good Friday there will be an Egg Hunt, open to ages 0-18 years old, at the Old Knightsville School Yard at 2:30 p.m.
For more information on either event call Pastor Scott at 812-446-6683.
Carbon Baptist Church
Our annual Easter egg hunt will be Saturday April 11, 1 p.m., at the Carbon Park in Carbon. There will be signs posted. Please come and enjoy in the fun.
This Sunday is our Potato Bar immediately after service. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to Relay for Life to help find a cure for cancer.
There will also be a yard sale and bake sale at Carrol Evans home, April 10-11 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 511 Edgewood Drive in Brazil. With all proceeds going to Relay for Life.
The Youth had a wonderful and successful mission trip, they returned on Saturday afternoon. Thanks for all the prayers and people who helped support this trip in anyway.
First Presbyterian Church
The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil invites all members of the community to join us for Holy Week Services.
Palm Sunday, April 5, will begin with a procession led by the acolytes and crucifer. Palms and special music will highlight the day. Lorna Kuyk, our Executive Presbyter, will co-officiate the Sacrament of Holy Communion with Rev. Scroggins. As always, the Service of Divine Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 9, will feature a worship service starting at 7 p.m. The service will include the traditional elements of scripture readings depicting the final hours of Jesus' life, a brief meditation by Rev. Scroggins and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The service will conclude with the "stripping of the chancel," as various elements are removed to remind us of the abandonment of Christ in his final hours.
Good Friday, April 10, we are invited to join with other churches in and around Brazil for a community Good Friday Service. Worship will take place at First Methodist Church, from noon-1 p.m.
On Easter Sunday, April 12, our traditional Easter breakfast will begin at 9:15 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to this time of food (prepared by the Deacons) and conversation.
The tradition Easter morning Service of Divine Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. The sanctuary will be filled with Easter lilies, the music of the season, and the morning mediation. Everyone is encouraged to spend part of Easter at our church, where the good news of Christ's resurrection will be shared with joy on Easter morning.
For more information, contact the church office at 446-2415, 210 N. Walnut Street or on the web at brazilpresbyterian @mac.com.
UNION UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
There is a beauty that is spreading all around us, the beauty of spring. There are deep shades of green in the grasses, small buds forming on the trees, little flowers popping forth from the ground. Spring is a welcomed change from winter scenery and season of renewal, new life. Spring brings blooms of many kinds but one of the most beautiful blossoms is that of the Dogwood tree. The Dogwood tree bares a legend that is always important to share with the remembrance and celebration of Easter.
At the time of the Crucifixion the dogwood had been the size of the oak and other forest trees, so strong and firm was the tree that it was chosen as the timber for the cross. To be used for such a cruel purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus nailed upon it, sensed it. In His great pity for all sorrow and suffering Jesus said to the tree: "Because of your regret and pity for My suffering, never again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross. It shall be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross-two long and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of thorns, and all who see it will remember."
As you take in the beauties of spring and admire the dogwood trees among us. Reflect on what Good Friday and Easter mean to you.
At Union UMC there are lots of activities going on. Friday, April 10 at noon there will be a Community Good Friday Service at Brazil First UMC.
Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m., an Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the church. There will be an Easter Sunrise Service starting at 7:30 a.m. Prior to church services donuts, coffee and juice will be served in the Fellowship Center. "A Study of the Psalms" is being held at the church each Sunday evening starting at 6 p.m.
Those interested in donating clothing and household items for the Mountain Missions please bring them to the church April 11-12.
Union UMC invites you to join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school and services following at 10:30 a.m. We are located south of Brazil, 1.75 miles east of SR-59, on CR-600.
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. We will experience both the joy of Palm Sunday and the pain of the passion of Christ. A time of fellowship follows worship with Church School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided.
MountainTop Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., in the upper level lounge at the church. Our Lenten study focuses on the last week of Jesus' life on earth.
The April 9 Holy Thursday service will focus on how God gives new meaning to the ordinary. Good Friday service will be a service of mourning and meditation. Both services begin at 7 p.m. and are open to everyone.
Share Food orders for April can be placed through Thursday, April 9, in the church office.
For more information, visit www.seelyville-umc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 812-877-1868.
First United Methodist Church
Friday, April 10 at noon will continue the tradition of Brazil's Community Good Friday Service at Brazil First United Methodist Church on 201 N. Meridian.
The scripture reading from the last day of Jesus will be read from the book of Matthew by Rev. Richard Pippin of St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Mrs. Ruth Fischer of Clay County Benevolence Ministry, Rev. Bob Witty of First Christian Church, Rev. Rich Laskowski of Christ Community, Lisa Watler of Bridgeton UMC, Rev. Mark Thompson of First Baptist, Jeff Bridgewater of Bee Ridge Church and Rev. Bob Kumpf of Harmony UMC.
The musical inspiration will be provided by Sam Glover, Kandace Brown, First UMC Chancel Choir under the direction of Charlotte Pickett, Jetty Morgan, and First UMC Praise Team under the direction of Randy Koehler.
Everyone is invited attend.
BEE RIDGE CHURCH
Hello Everyone, I'm going to start this out a little different than usual. I am so excited about this, and I want you all to know about it. If I wait, I'll probably forget to mention it. I'm sure just a few of you could relate to this.
This Sunday evening at 6 p.m., the Coon Holler Kids will be performing at the Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church. Believe me, you won't want to miss this. These kids, ages 8-18, really put on a good performance. They play gospel bluegrass music and they can really make you want to tap your feet. They are truly professionals.
Can you believe that April is here already? Time really does fly when you are having fun, doesn't it? Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and the following Sunday is Easter.
Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, is the first day of the Holy Week which ends with Easter the following Sunday. It commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem prior to being crucified a few days later. Actual ceremonies included a procession of palm fronds which are blessed and will later be burned. Their ashes will be used in the next year's Ash Wednesday.
Although we probably won't have any palm fronds, Pastor Jeff and the congregation invite you to Bee Ridge Church to celebrate Palm Sunday with us. Hopefully, you will come back on Easter Sunday, too. We will have a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m., followed by breakfast in the church basement. We thank Cathy and Jim Bales for making that possible.Sunday School and Church Services will be held at their usual times at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wouldn't that be a wonderful way to thank Jesus for everything he has done for us? Who else would give His life to pay the penalty for our sins?
Hope to see you the next two Sunday's. God bless you all.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday celebrating the day that Jesus rode in triumph into Jerusalem with crowds praising Him and waving palm branches along the way ... only to be arrested, tried, sentenced, and crucified in less than a week. But He returned to us a week later on Easter Sunday alive and forgiving.
Just think how His disciples felt when they finally understood all that He had been telling them about His death and resurrection! How do you feel about it? Are you prepared to believe this happened? Or are you too busy getting a new outfit and filling the kids Easter baskets with goodies to worry about it?
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday is the holiest week of a Christian's year. We hope you join us in worshiping this week. There will be a Maundy Thursday worship service at our church at 7 p.m. I don't know why it is called Maundy Thursday, but this commemorated the day that Jesus and His disciples celebrated their Last Supper together before He was arrested.
On Sunday, there will be a Sunrise Service commemorating the early discovery by the women that Jesus' body was not in the grave. Right after this service, there will be a breakfast for everyone. At 9:30 a.m., during the Sunday School hour, the children will participate in an Easter
Symbol Hunt instead of an Easter Egg Hunt. There will be all sorts of things to be found that have religious meaning on them instead of Easter eggs and candy. The children really enjoyed this last year. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a regular Worship Service celebrating Jesus' resurrection and His promise of everlasting life.
Even if you have not been to church for a long time, come Sunday to pay homage to our Lord during this Holy Week. We hope to see you.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
First Baptist families will prepare our hearts as we journey together to the cross and to the empty tomb during Passion Week. Worship with us as we remember the sacrifice and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. We begin with Palm Sunday and Jesus' humble entry into Jerusalem. Services will begin with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:30 a.m. We will celebrate Communion during morning worship.
AWANA and Youth will meet from 5:30-7 p.m., tonight. We hope everyone had a good and safe spring break but we have missed you and are anxious to see you all again. We will study, sing, play and eat in a safe, caring, and Christian environment. Adult Bible study will begin at 6 p.m. Choir practice will begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7, will be committee meetings beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., you are invited to meet with us for Bible Study. Pastor Mark will lead the discussion from Genesis 28. Worksheets are available each week to give you an opportunity to be prepared for discussion and with questions. This is a great opportunity for anyone in the community to learn more from God's Word. We meet in the fellowship room. Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., will be a business meeting.
The American Baptist Women will meet at noon Thursday in the fellowship room.
Thursday evening at 7 p.m., we will participate in the Maundy Thursday service in the fellowship room. "Broken for You" commemorates Christ's celebration of the Passover and His institution of the Lord's Supper with his disciples, at which time He commanded that they love and serve one another. You are invited to come and bring your friends to this special worship service.
Good Friday at noon, Pastor Mark will be participating in the community service at the First United Methodist Church.
Saturday at 1 p.m., FBC will host an Easter egg hunt at the Mishlers', unless there is rain, then we will meet at church.
Easter Sunday you are invited to celebrate His triumphal exit from the tomb. The resurrection of our Lord and Savior!
Looking ahead, you are invited to join with the men for a night at Victory Field on June 29. Reserve your ticket by April 26 for $11. Call the church for more information 448-8112 or check the bulletin board.
Otter Creek Christian Church
This week begins what most of the modern world calls "Holy Week" however we don't act like it is any different than any other week of the year. There is continually back- biting, beatings, murder, threats of one kind or another and we as Christians just continue on our merry way acting as if we can do nothing to change any of the bad that is happening.
As long as we think this way there is nothing that can be done, but through Christ who strengthens us we can make a change, if not in everyone around us in our own attitude. Just because "everyone else is doing it" doesn't make it right for you and me if we are saying we are followers of Christ Jesus.
Sunday, is traditionally called "Palm Sunday" but in the Bible it is referred to as the "Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem". Why? The people lined the road to welcome Jesus with palm branches lining the road and clothing where palms were not; they shouted "Hosanna, to the Lord" by the end of the week they were shouting Crucify Him, Crucify Him. What a difference in their attitudes in just a short amount of time.
It wasn't only the "bad" people who were having a change in attitude but disciples as well, Judas Iscariot betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver and with a kiss have we been guilty of sacrificing Jesus for love or money? Putting these things ahead of Christ in our own lives? Then Peter one of the "Rocks" of the early church denied knowing him not once but three times, before repenting and asking forgiveness. Read Luke 19 for the facts about the "triumphal entry".
When was the last time you asked for forgiveness for denying Christ? How long has it been since you felt the presence of God in your heart? Paul wrote in Romans 12:1 "I urge you therefore to offer your bodies a Living Sacrifice unto the Lord which is your Reasonable service. [In other words it's not something you are not able to do.] God has made the way and that way is Jesus Christ and that my friends is the reason for this the greatest week of the year if Jesus had not given His life for mine I would be forever lost and bound for hell as surely as if I didn't believe at all but Christ covered my sins with His blood so that I and others might have life and have it more abundantly.
Our services at Otter Creek will be the same this week: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Study and 10:40 a.m. Worship. On Friday, April 10, we will have a special Good Friday Service at 7 p.m., followed by a candlelight communion which is open to all believers in Christ Jesus.
We are located at 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil. To contact our Pastor Steve Brattain, call after 4 p.m. Mon.-Thur. at 812-249-3309, or Fri. after noon; or at 812-446-4007. The church phone is 812-446-5300.
From Michael Phillips book "Good things to Know # 272 remember "Relationships begin with you" #313 "There's one thing you can never get back--the words that just left you lips. Don't utter them carelessly." #319 Pray daily " Lord, show me what you want me to do. Help me to do it."
Remember if you don't have a church home come see us and if you do please attend it. Until next time we fellowship either in person or through this column, May God be with you.
Grace Lutheran Church
The first "extra-curricular" activity from the Grace Lutheran Church was a great success Sunday, March 29 after the church services.
A pitch-in dinner was enjoyed by the members, plus former members of The St. Paul's Lutheran Church, which closed in Brazil in April of 1996. The buffet style dinner was well put together by all members of both branches of the churches, who now have merged to become members of Grace Fellowship time was also enjoyed by all. A display of pictures from St. Paul's lasting legacy was also enjoyed.
Last fall, Grace Lutheran Church of Cloverdale brought its members back to Brazil and established Grace Lutheran Church of Brazil. The church is presently located at 111 W. National Ave., (Serendipity) Brazil.
Tom Woodley serves as Pastor to the congregation, and is very devoted to building the church in this area. All people in the community, as well as former St. Paul members, are invited to attend services held at 10:15 a.m., each Sunday, Bible Class at 9 a.m. Special services are also held, also during Lent. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services will be held at 7 p.m., each night at the Serendipity location. A special Passover meal is planned for Maundy Thursday. Other up coming events are planned.
The center of the church, however, is still proclaiming Gods love through Christ's atonement for us. Christ is the center of the church and concern for others radiates from Him. "Grace alone, scripture alone, faith alone," is the Lutheran motto. Pastor Tom Woodley can be reached at 812-605-2669., for more information www.lutheranbrazil.org.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Palm Sunday marks the first Sunday of a combined adult class in the sanctuary during the 9 a.m. hour at First Christian Church. This class will be held each Sunday in April, with the regular two -service schedule going back into effect May 3.
Regular members and visitors are invited to attend the teaching hour, lead by Pastor Bob Witte, on the topic of discipleship. There will be one worship service during April, at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of Easter when there will also be a "Sunrise" service at 7:30 a.m.
This Sunday Pastor Witte's message is entitled Relaunch My Faith in the Cross. Songs, lead by Worship Minister Ryan Freeman include "Hosanna, Forever," "O Worship the King," "Wonderful Cross," and "At the Cross." Kid Zone for children through grade school age is in the family life center at 9 a.m., Reel Worship at the Walnut Theater for middle and high school age persons, lead by Chris Gregg, is also at 9 a.m. More information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian School is on the church's web site, fccbrazil.org.
EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
It is Angel Food Ministry ordering time again. Orders need to be placed by April 12. Lorie will be at the church from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, and there will be someone there on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Food stamps can now be used to pay for your orders. If you are trying to cut back on your food budget, this is a great program for you. If you need a menu, please feel free to call Lorie at 765-672-6363 or Sharon at 812-448-1030, and we will be happy to get a menu to you.
Next Sunday will be Easter Sunday. We hope you will come be with us to celebrate our Risen Saviour. He died for our sins, and if you accept Him, you are able to go to Heaven to be with Him, instead of the alternative. Won't you come and praise Him with us. We would love to see you.
Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We are a congregation of people striving to live the way Jesus would want us to. We are all sinners trying to be more like Jesus, who was the only perfect person that ever lived. Until next, the Lord willing, have a great week.
Father Dom Chukwudi (email@example.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.
Our Holiday Service Schedule: Holy Thursday Services at 8 p.m., Adoration from 9 p.m.-midnight.
Good Friday Services at 3 p.m. Easter Vigil begins Saturday at 9 p.m., and Easter Services are at 8:30 a.m.
Father Dom is leaving us and we are having a dinner for him on April 19 at noon. That Sunday is also Devine Mercy Sunday.
The Knights of Columbus fish fry was successful with around 130 paid dinners. Ladies, you should watch for the next breakfast and the next fish fry. It is a good way to have a man cook for you.
Annunciation Angels Preschool already has a commitment from parents for over 40 children for next class next fall. If you are interested see last Wednesday's paper or call the parish center at 448-1901 for details.
I will have more history in the future, but for now I wish to discuss something that I was recently involved with. One of our parishioners, Pat Kent, spoke about mission work he and his wife had been doing in Swainsboro, Ga. for the past few years and this year I decided to join him. Before I get into the trip let me first tell you a little about the organization that established the mission we went to, Glenmary Home Missioners.
Glenmary Home Missioners, legally incorporated as The Home Missioners of America, is a Roman Catholic religious community of priests and brothers devoted to recruiting, training, sending and supporting missionaries for the rural and small-town areas of the United States where the Church is undeveloped or underdeveloped.
Glenmary serves under the jurisdiction and at the invitation of the local bishop or archbishop. Founded in 1939 by Father William Howard Bishop, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, who noted that one-third of the counties in the United States, mostly in Applalachia and the South had no resident priest. Father Bishop foresaw that this area could be lost to the Church unless this vast priestless "home mission" area was recognized by and designated a specific ministry of the Church.
Father Bishop found a patron in Archbishop John T. McNicholas of Cincinnati. Under the archbishop's patronage, Father Bishop started a society of priests and brothers working together to serve the home missions. The name Glenmary is derived from Glendale-the Cincinnati, Ohio, suburb where the group's headquarters was located until 1971--and Mary, patroness of the society.) The Home Missioners of America received pontifical recognition as a Society of the Apostolic Life in 1962.
The role of the Glenmary missioner is to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to be a sign and servant of that Kingdom. Glenmary serves in counties where less than three percent of the population is Catholic and where the poverty levels are twice the national average. Therefore, much of Glenmary's ministry is ecumenically oriented and performed without regard to race, creed or economic conditions. Today, Glenmary priests, brothers and coworkers are active in 14 dioceses: Birmingham Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Covington, Lexington and Owensboro, Ky.; Jackson Miss.; Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; Savannah Ga.; Tulsa, Okla. and Wheeling-Charleston W.Va.
We will be playing no-split this Sunday during regular bingo. Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. and Regular bingo at 7 p.m. Our bingo hall is located at 8990 N. Kennedy Crossing.