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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bee Ridge Church

Bee Ridge Church, N. Kennedy's Crossing Rd., Brazil will continue their revival with Pastor Jeff Bridgewater, tonight at 7 p.m., and conclude on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Ron Bridgewater ministering.

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.

Father Dom is leaving us and we are having a dinner for him on April 19 at noon. Sunday is also Devine Mercy Sunday. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will be leading Father Dom in a procession from the Parish Center to the Church at 8 a.m. This will be followed by the saying of the Devine Mercy.

I have a little more of our history to share with you.

Grown old in the service of God, Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church may no longer rank with the more beautiful churches in the diocese, but the dignity of age, that indefinable thing of beauty, still clings close about the old parish church that has beheld the sorrows and joys of generations of its children.

It has welcomed them in Baptism into the bosom of Christ's mystical body, it has rejoiced with them as in holy wedlock it bid them God's blessing on life's uncertain voyage and it has mourned as they were carried over its worn threshold to the place of final rest. In the majestic splendor of service well done, its lofty spire bearing aloft, that all may see, man's single hope, the cross of Jesus Christ, the old church still stands, a monument to the heroic sacrifice and untiring devotion of Father Pierrard and his people.

It was not long after the completion of the church that the school was reorganized and placed under the care of the Sisters of St. Francis. The last lay teacher of whom there is any record was Miss O'Donnell. The Sisters came in September of 1882 to take charge. With the exception of a few months in 1905, one order or another of Sisters were in charge of the school until around 1982.

A story told by Sister Agnes relates the conditions surrounding the early teachers in Brazil. It seems that one night the Sisters were terrified by threatening noises coming from the other room -- there were two -- of their home. As dawn brought renewed hope after the night of terror one of the Sisters ventured to attempt an investigation. Imagine their relief to learn that their unwelcome nocturnal visitor was a cow that had passed a blissful night in the Sisters' kitchen. It is not difficult to imagine that not all of their unpleasant experiences ended so pleasantly.

As the years passed Father Pierrard labored on. Father Pierrard ventured through the black, sticky mud of the impossible roads of the 1880s to carry the Eucharist to the sick or to offer the Sacred Mysteries in some of the outlying missions with but a single thought, to give glory to God and unselfish service in the cause of those whose spiritual father he was. The parish more than doubled in the 26 years since Father had come to Brazil. The growing demands that accompanied this rapid growth, the primitive condition of the country roads and the almost constant exposure to every kind of weather finally exacted the inevitable tribute. Father Pierrard was breaking. Early in 1906 he was replaced by a younger and more vigorous man. Even though he did not want to be replaced he was dreadfully ill and passed away a few months later.

The first chapter in the history of this parish was closed when Father Meinrad McCarty died in 1914. The old pioneers were all dead.

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

We will be playing no-split this Sunday during regular bingo.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing is 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. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Are you going to church tomorrow? Which one? There are so many to choose from and so many times that are available. But, wait.... what about this thing called church? What is it really? Is it a big, old, brick building with lots of stained glass? Or is it that little trailer they just pulled in beside the bowling alley? In all honesty, a church can be just about anything from a great cathedral to a school gymnasium to a cozy spot under a shade tree. It is simply a place where people meet.

But the Church is so much more than that. It is the place where people meet with God and where they allow God to shape and form their lives. It is a personal place and a place of community. It is a place we go to and a place that goes with us. Church is the fellowship of all God's people and a place that is not complete if you are not there. Confusing, isn't it?

God has chosen each of us a piece in the picture of what the Kingdom of God is to be and without every piece of the puzzle the picture is not finished. We can only get a partial image when pieces are gone and somehow we know that there is something missing.

Paul writes to the church in Corinth about being a part of the Body of Christ (the Church) and says in 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it." Maybe you think that you don't have anything to offer. Maybe you think that you are wasting your time, you've heard it all before. Maybe you don't feel like you "fit" in with the others around you. Well, be assured that God needs you to make His picture complete, there IS a place in the picture that can only be filled by you. We know that it can be much easier to stop trying to find where you fit. It's a lot easier to just put the pieces back in the box and quit! Wow, guess who wins we give up. Christ is counting on you to Be the Church!

This Sunday, as always, there will be plenty of great fellowship and sharing in joys and concerns. Next Sunday we welcome the Gospel trio "Standing By," who will lead us in worship with music. 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!

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

The Brazil First Christian Church youth choir, CrosSeekers will present "All About God" on Sunday, April 26, at 6 p.m., in the church sanctuary. This year's program is just what the title indicates -- All About God -- His Name, His Word, His Love, His Sacrifice and our response to Him.

"All About God" includes songs, skits, video and hand mime and is not just for youth! Everyone -- no matter what age -- will be blessed and encouraged through the message of the program.

The community is invited to come and share in this exciting and uplifting program. First Christian Church is located on US 40 west in Brazil. For more information call the church office at 812-446-2214, Monday -- Friday, 8:30 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

Otter Creek Christian Church

"Rejoice evermore" 1st Thessalonians 5:16 -- Last Friday, at the community Good Friday Service, we witnessed the CHURCH of GOD's PEOPLE coming together for one reason and that was to give honor and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To me it was one of the most beautiful events of the season. People from several denominations, different backgrounds, ethnic differences and age groups came together in one accord. This is what I believe heaven will be like there will be no barriers based on income, denomination, age, sex or race, we will be one in the spirit of LOVE--Jesus' Love. My only complaint is we spend to much time nitpicking and not enough time seeing how truly blessed and alike we are and that God is still God no matter what we think.

In Michael Phillips' book "Good Things to Know" comes this. . . #109 Find ways to deny yourself what it wants.

The key to maturity [being perfected; full grown; ripe; fully developed] is found in Mark 8:34. Then He (Jesus) called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."

When was the last time you or I denied ourselves of something that we wanted, not needed but wanted? Can't remember maybe we better think about the last time we prayed til the dawn broke through or until we knew what God had for us to do [not just what we want to do] Do you find yourself saying "my ministry" maybe you should reevaluate it and see if it's what God wants from you.

Jesus paid the debt for us that He did not owe and I could not pay and everyday I am truly thankful for that gift of everlasting love. Nothing can separate us from the love of God except ourselves and disbelief.

This week a very special Christian man went to be with His master, Warren Grey, many of you knew him and/or his family. I'm especially close to his precious wife Ginny and if it weren't for her and her little neighborhood Christian book store I don't know where I'd be today. Ginny hang in there. Go with God as always remember Warren is just a prayer away. These are the types of Christian leaders we should emulate in our lives. Our prayers are with you all and with anyone who has lost a loved one.

We invite you to Otter Creek Christian Church Sunday mornings at 9:40 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. If you do not have a church home know you are welcome and if you are visiting the area please feel free to call us for directions, at 812-446-5300. Or go to our web site www.ottercreekchurch.com

Call Pastor Steve Brattain after 4 p.m., at 812-249-3309 or call Sandy at 812-446-4007. May God be with you til we fellowship once again either together or through this page. May God Bless America

Carbon United Methodist Church

Easter is over. Many people will feel that they have "done enough religion" for the coming year. I feel sorry for them. Fortunately, there are many others who feel that Easter has given them a new purpose, a new direction for the coming year and can't wait to return to God's House to thank Him for what He has done for us and to follow His Way more closely. Which are you?

The Easter weekend was exceptionally good this year. The Carbon Baptist Church held a huge Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday afternoon at the Carbon Park. Most of the local kids managed to go to it. Easter morning began with a beautiful sunrise for all of those who rose early to attend Sunrise Services. Our church had a 7 a.m., Sunrise Service which was just about the right time of morning. We had a good attendance and a great service. Right after the service, there was a delicious pitch-in breakfast which filled everyone up for the rest of the day. It was not only good, but the fellowship while we ate was wonderful. People moved around and visited with just about everyone there.

We were quite happy to see folks that we haven't visited with for some time. Then during the Sunday School hour, the children were told the Easter story and then taken downstairs for a "symbols hunt". They found candy, pencils, yo-yos, tablets, tattoos, stickers, magnets, slinkies, bracelets, and all sorts of trinkets embellished with religious messages. It was great fun. One girl found enough bracelets to give to all her friends. The Worship Service was well attended. It was so good to see the sanctuary almost full.

The quarterly newsletter will be coming out soon. If anyone has anything to contribute to it, please let me know.

There will be a Board Meeting on Monday evening at 7 p.m. and a Believer's Meeting on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

And we want to wish Ernie Egloff a very happy 80th birthday. He and one of his grandsons celebrated their birthdays on April 16.

We sincerely hope that you will return to church this Sunday and every Sunday. This Sunday will be a Youth Service in which the young people will be in charge.

EASTSIDE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

What a beautiful Easter Sunday we had. It was good to see so many at our Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Dave's class served breakfast after the service, which was enjoyed by all. What a wonderful celebration of our Lord's resurrection. If you were not in church somewhere on Easter Sunday, you really missed a blessing. Time is running out as to where you will go when you die, if you have not accepted Jesus. Jesus died on that cross, so that we can go to heaven to be with Him. Have you given that much thought? Now is the time to make your decision as to where you want to be when Jesus returns.

The Angel Food orders have been submitted. Please remember to pick up your orders on April 25 between 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Please enter through the glass doors.

We still need to keep those in our prayers who are having difficulties. Also, be sure to pray for our military and our country. Many decisions are being made contrary to what pleases God, so we need to pray more and more everyday.

Vacation Bible School plans are in the works. It will be held the week of June 8, every evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We would love to have your children attend. Mark your calendars now.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us this Sunday. 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 for ages 3-7 during the 10:30 a.m. service, where they learn about God and Jesus on their level. Puppets are used in this ministry. We are sure your children would enjoy being with us.

Have a safe week.

BEE RIDGE CHURCH

Hi! It's me again. Did you all have a nice Easter? Did you ever stop and wonder what if? What if God had not loved us enough to send His only son to earth? What if Jesus hadn't been nailed to the cross to set us free? What if Jesus wasn't resurrected? Where would we be today? On the other hand, are we doing all we can for Him? We can never sacrifice too much for Him who sacrificed His all for us.

So, how about sacrificing at least one hour each Sunday by attending church somewhere to show Jesus how much you care? We invite you to Bee Ridge Church, the small country church full of the Spirit and love for God. Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church is located 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. We are the little church at the top of the hill on the east side of the road. Hope to see you all.

God be with you till we meet again.

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.

Our Easter celebration continues as we begin a 6-week sermon series on God's love. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Mountain Top Bible Study meets 7 p.m., Wednesday evenings in the upper level lounge at the church. The love of God will be the on-going topic using the epistles of 1, 2, 3 John.

Share Food orders for April can be picked up Saturday morning, April 25, from 9-11 a.m., in the lower level of the church.

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

CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CLUB AND TERRE HAUTE AFTER 5

Christian Women's Club and Terre Haute after 5, present "A Winning Combination," dinner event on Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., at the The Country Club of Terre Haute, 57 Allendale, Terre Haute.

Bob Warn, Indiana State University's winningest baseball coach, will tell us some of his best coaching stories and tales. Bob plays guitar and sings. You will enjoy his musical talents.

Gary Griesser, of Burlington, Ky, will present "Ingredients for a winning life." This Freedom Foundation Award winner promotes partiotism, positive attitudes, harmony in the workplace, encouragement and inspiriation.

Gary has shared the stage with Billy Graham, Zig Ziglar, former Secretary of Education William Bennett, Johnny Cash, and more.

Instilling enthusiasm into organizations and associations at conferences, seminars and annual meetings on state, regional and national levels for over 27 years.

Cost is $16.50 inclusive. Make checks payable to Terre Haute after 5 and mail to Connie Walters, 17975 S. 250 E., Clinton, IN 47842. Reservations are needed by Monday, April 20.

Christian Women's Club and Terre Haute after 5, are affliliates of Stonecroft Ministries, Kansas City, Mo.

www.stonecraft.org

THE DOOR

Resurrection Celebration activities of The Door Christian Fellowship Church will take place April 24-26.

Revival service will begin on Friday, April 24, at the church. The evangelist will be Terry Haynes, Cabondale, Ill.

On Saturday, activities will move to the Band Shell at Forest Park. A concert with "Back to Back" will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a healing crusade with Haynes at 6 p.m.

In case of inclimate weather, this will be held at the church, the Old Jr. High gym.

The revival will resume at the church on Sunday, April 26 with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Door is located at 201 N. Washington St. For more information, transporation or prayer, call 812-442-8470.

CARBON BAPTIST CHURCH

This past weekend was a wonderful blessing to all of us as we celebrated Easter Sunday all across America. The resurrection is the foundation of our faith and the hope that we have. As we remember the sacrifice that was made for all us at this time, may we not forget the promist that it holds. May every Sunday be Easter and celebrate the victory that we have in Christ.

The Easter Egg hunt at Carbon Park was a great success as all the children hurried to find the eggs. Fun was had by all, even the parents enjoyed the little ones as they raced around the park. Thanks to all who helped and were involved in making it a great day.

Our youth returned from a mission trip to the Gulf Coast during spring break as they worked to help the victims of Hurrican Katrina.

May the Lord bless you as you grow in a close relationship with Him.

May you find yourself in a worship service this Sunday and continue to experience God at His fullest.

Remember we were all born an original but most of us will die a copy.

Don't let this happen to you. Be all God has called you to be. Every one of us have a purpose and He is counting on you. Be the real thing.

Has anyone told they love you today?

We do at Carbon Baptist Church.



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