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Friday, May 29, 2009

Harmony United Methodist Church

Seems to me like the world is becoming more and more full of "second-guessers." You know what I'm talking about, "Well, they should have done it this way or that way!" It's easy to find fault after the fact. That's true even about your own decisions of the past. Ever wish you had a "do-over?" Maybe you are ashamed or embarrassed about something. Maybe there is something that is excellent in your past that you now keep a secret, because or fear that you might make someone else uncomfortable if they knew it about you.

Centuries ago, in his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages the believers to "not be ashamed" of the Gospel and the power that God has given to all people through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In other words, they were not to keep the truth of salvation to themselves in fear of offending others and the gods that they worshipped. Paul uses his "in your face" message to inform all people of God's plan of mercy and reconciliation so that they might find the peace and assurance of renewed relationship.

To be unashamed of the gospel and to know that it is the power of God gives you joy in your soul. It also builds a foundation in faith that gives us strength to face whatever comes our way. There may be a lot of things that we are ashamed of, but certainly NOT being a follower of Christ! And we need to tell the world.

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!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you ever wondered what a certain passage of scripture is saying to us in our day and age? I have and so I began to study, as the Bible says "to show yourself approved" [reference 2nd Timothy 2:15]. Don't be afraid to "Study" each word of God to increase in knowledge. James 1: 5 says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, [without holding anything back, freely giving enough] and upbraideth not; [does not scold] and it shall be given him.

Philemon 1:3-7:v3) "Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (V4) I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, (v5) Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints, (v6) That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. (V7) For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother."

I've always liked this scripture but somehow the wording did not make a whole lot of sense to me. Being a little smarter now than when I started out my Christian life, if I don't quite grasp the meaning of something I look it up, but first I ask God to help me to understand. Grace for instance, "the undeserved favor of God", meaning we can do nothing to earn this love/ grace. God however, loved us enough to make a way, through His son Jesus Christ. Peace, "harmony, content, serenity or quiet" (Let it begin with Me, Lord), Always, "daily" in my prayers "talk with God" communication of your faith ("sharing your trust in God and why) effectual "produce the desired results of leading them to the Lord" Acknowledging "give recognition" consolation "comfort," bowels of saints "deep within the heart of true believers" are refreshed "uplifted, given hope."

Don't be afraid to look up words you don't understand regular dictionaries, Bible dictionaries, other scriptures, and ask your pastor, elder or someone you trust in their knowledge of the word. Remember however the Lord will give you the knowledge if you earnestly ask for it.

We invite you to Otter Creek Christian Church on N. Crow Street, call 446-5300, or Pastor Steve Brattain at 249-3309 after 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri. Or call me at 446-4007 I can give you directions or I can take a message. Our Sunday Study begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. Check our website at www.ottercreekchurch.com .

Pray for the servicemen and women and their families, who make it possible for us to have our freedom. May God be with you til we once again fellowship through this column or in person and God Bless American.

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.

Join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship for our Pentecost celebration - the celebration of the birthday of the Church! There will also be a special presentation about our growing relationship with the town of Tayum, Philippines. 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.

MountainTop Bible Study meets 7 p.m., Wednesday evenings in the upper level lounge at the church. The love of God is the ongoing topic using the epistles of 1, 2, and 3 John.

May Share Food orders can be picked up 9-11 a.m., this morning. June orders can be placed with the church office through June 11 for pickup on June 27.

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


Harvest 2009 Revival Services with Pastor Keith E. Taylor of Cross Tabernacle, Terre Haute will be June 8-12 nightly at 7 p.m.

River Community Church is located at 2766 W. US 40, Brazil. For more information, call 443-7000.


"Crocodile Dock" Vacation Bible School will be June 8-12 nightly starting 6-8:30 p.m. All children in first to fifth grades are welcome to attend. Rides are available, call the church office for pick-up 443-0423.

Christ Community Church is two miles north of Brazil on State Road 59.


"If I ever wrote a book, I would write it on momentum," said my high school English teacher. Momentum is one thing that is good to have, but sometimes hard to establish. The people who take a step forward and then take two steps backward do not have momentum.

In the first century, the followers of Jesus were praying together and waiting for direction from God. Just a few weeks before the followers of Jesus were in hiding. After the death of Jesus, they were afraid for their own lives.

Now they were praying publicly in the city of Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended upon them. They began to speak publicly about God's love and that Jesus was His special Son that died on the cross to bring all people back to God. Thousands of people became Christians that day and thousands more were added as the weeks went on.

As we look upon the events of the first century, we can see that the early church had great momentum. Many Christians were sent to prison and even killed, but the message of the Christian faith continues.

Pastor Tony Alstott's message this Sunday is "Pentecost," which is the name of the day given to the event of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples that started the momentum.

Traditional worship begins at 9 a.m., and will feature music from the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. Contemporary worship is at 11 a.m., and will feature the Praise Team. The church is located at 201 N. Walnut St.

The Sunday School time begins at 10:10 a.m., for children and adults. Rhonda Alstott is teaching a class on Christian parenting. Sharon Koehler begins a series May 31, entitled "Faith and Pop Culture."

Soup Kitchen serves free meals on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., for anyone who needs physical nourishment.

Open Hands Preschool is now enrolling for fall classes. For more information, visit our website at brazilfirstumc.org.


Good Morning. Congratulations to all the seniors who graduate this year. We are as proud of you as you should be of yourselves. School couldn't have always been easy, but you stayed with it and made it to the end. What a wonderful accomplishment that is.

So, what is next for you? I don't have to tell you that life can get pretty hard...especially with the economy like it is. It is difficult to hold onto hope, but it is very important to do just that. It is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be strength.

Hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. We all need to remember that "hopeless" is a human term. It doesn't exist in God's dictionary.

Speaking of hope, Pastor Jeff and the congregation hope that you will visit our church and maybe even become a part of our church family. This Sunday, May 31, will be our Fifth Sunday Singspiration starting at 6 p.m. Crystal Valley Quartet will be performing. So come on out and see what they have in store for everyone.

We still have Sunday School classes for adults and youth which starts 9:30 a.m., and Kidz Church downstairs at 10:30 a.m., while church services are going on upstairs at the same time. Now that you have all the info, all we need is you.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Blessings from Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Father Harold W. Rightor II 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 Harold, please call the parish office.

The church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., in Brazil. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center.

For more information call 448-1901 or email us at annunicationchurch@msn.com

If you have any news of interest to the parish please send me an e-mail at eaburt48@hotmail.com. News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.

Congratulations to all of the 2009 Graduates: Austin Akers, Katelyn Burk, Brittney Holechko, Grant Meyers and Drake Stevenson.

We will be having a Mass on June 28 for all Clay County Service Men and Women and their families. The Mass will be at 8:30 a.m. We wish to extend a personal invitation for all Service personnel and their families to come and join us this special Mass.

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

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We are smoke-free. If we have 100 or more players 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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I must apologize. I missed last week's deadline for getting this in to the paper, and I had a sweet friend call to see if my husband and I were all right. Thanks, Sweet Friend.

Our "Music For The Soul" Gospel Sing did not go too well. The weather was damp and windy. But the music was great and we want to thank the musicians for coming out in that kind of weather to perform. I only hope that none of them caught colds from singing in that stuff.

Those who did brave the weather thoroughly enjoyed it.

Memorial Day has just passed. Those of us who are old enough to remember World War II and Korea and Vietnam had many memories to dig up and think about. I think that the first time I really prayed--I mean really--was on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Not only did I pray for all the soldiers, but my grandmother died that day and I prayed for her too. Oh, I had said prayers before, but I still remember praying so hard that day. I would be twelve in two more days.

I also remember going to see the movie, "Bataan", with some neighbors and having to walk home from their house about a block away. I didn't walk, I ran, because I could see Japs behind every familiar bush along the way. I lived on the Gulf Coast where there were three huge refineries and two huge shipyards...a very highly vulnerable area. We had air raid drills quite often, and they were very scary because we never knew whether they were drills or for real. I look at all the war-torn refugees on the news today and thank God that, so far, nothing of that kind has come to us here in the United States.

Vacation Bible School is just a week away! It will begin Monday, June 8, and go through until Friday, June 12, from 6:15-8:30 each evening. We are again cooperating with the Carbon Church of the Nazarene to have a joint VBS. This works out quite well for both small churches. Plan on rounding up your kids from 5 years to teenagers and bringing them for a week of fun, learning, and spiritual fellowship.

Don't wait until Bible School. Come to church tomorrow. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:30 a.m. We had several visitors last Sunday and we thoroughly enjoyed having them join us.


During the month of May, pastor Bob Witte has been preaching on "Re-launching My Priorities". This Sunday he will be preaching from 1 Corinthians 12:14-21, talking about serving in the body of Christ.

Weekidz, for birth through pre-school will be available during both the 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., services.

For children K-5th grade, Friend Zone, which is a Bible study time designed for each specific age group, is at 9 a.m., and Kid Zone, a worship service designed for kids, will be at 10:30 a.m.

There will be Bible study at the Walnut Theater for middle school and high school ages at 9 a.m. and then Reel Worship at 10:30 a.m., at the theater, as well.

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


It has been an exciting week, especially for our graduates! This Sunday closes May and opens to a June of great opportunities. Following 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, worship begins at 10:30 a.m. This will be a service you will not want to miss.

Three young people, Kelsey Modesitt, Garrett Modesitt, and Hope Tolbert will be baptized.

Diana Pearce will be in charge of the nursery and Sharon Mishler will take the Spirit Kids ( pre-K thru 2nd) to their class from the sanctuary.

Rev. Nathan Graves will be our guest Missionary speaker. Nathan Graves is the founder of the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana, Albania. Nathan, Lorraine and their sons Joe, Josiah, and Justin have Indiana ties as well as being one that FB helps sponsor.

Following the service, we will have a freewill offering mission dinner. The offering for this meal will go to the YMCA of Clay County Summer Food Service Program.

June looks to be an especially busy and rewarding time at FB.

Next Saturday, June 6, the hospitality committee will host a Father's Brunch at 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 7, the hospitality committee and Christian Ed. will recognize the graduating seniors during the morning service and will host a carry-in following services.

VBS workers can hardly wait until June 8! Vacation Bible School begins June 8 at 5:45 p.m., and will continue through Friday evening. There will be a lot of excitement and learning with an Australian Christian theme. As a special mission to the staff and children, supper will be provided at 5:45-6 p.m.. Amazingly that is sufficient time to eat since they have so much to look forward to during the evening. Pick-up is 8 a.m., or you are welcome to stay and assist.

Wednesday 12:15 p.m., Bible Study will still take place. We are in the 2nd chapter of Exodus now. Coffee will be ready and the discussion is friendly and thoughtful. Come as you are or bring your work lunch.

Need help with your prayer life? Last Sunday Pastor Mark gave us 4 things to pray for.

1. Pray for unity (Satan attacked Eve when Adam wasn't with her) 2. Rejoice and ask for peace 3. Pray for wisdom 4. Pray for the pastor.

We pray that we will be able to see you in worship services tomorrow.


Our VBS will be starting June 8, from 6:30-8:40 p.m. Call the office for more information, 442-7729.

Wednesday night will be our cell groups meeting at 7 p.m. Come and join a cell group, we have several that would be interesting to you.

Our church helps support the mission field of S.O.S. Carbon Baptist will be preparing the meal for S.O.S. camp on June 16. The camp is June 15-19. They are needing donations of various items and adults to help stay with and supervise the children. I hope the community steps up and gives this a lot of support.

We have several seniors graduating this year and we want to congratulate them. Our youth Pastor Chris Lee will be taking the high school graduates to Holiday World on June 23-24.

June is a busy month but never to busy to welcome someone to come and visit Carbon Baptist Church. Have a safe and happy summer. School is out, be on the watch for the safety of our children.


What a great Memorial Day remembrance we had at Eastside Christian Church. The songs Millie picked to sing were very appropriate. She does such a good job. Before communion was served Ron Harms had all the veterans stand, and we showed our appreciation. Our military men and women are always in our prayers. Our prayers are also going out for Dave Lewis, Norma McHargue and all of our shut-ins.

It was so good to see in attedance some of our members who hadn't been with us for awhile. We look forward to seeing them again tomorrow.

We want to welcome Tammy Callahan into our church family. Tammy is the wife of our member, Tim Callahan. We know that you will be a blessing to us..

We want to congratulate Caleb Ferris on his graduating from Northview High School.

Josiah left this week for Oklahoma to start his internship as a youth pastor. Our prayers are with him. We are very proud of him.

Today is Angel Food pickup day at the church from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Please use the glass doors to enter. June's orders will start being taken Monday from 4-6 p.m., and Thursday from 4-6 p.m., at the church. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 765-672-6363 or 448-1030.

If you haven't tried this ministry yet, it is a great way to save on your food budget.

Monday, June 1--Ordering day for Angel Food at Eastside Christian Church from 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, June 4--Ordering day for Angel Food at Eastside Christian Church from 4-6 p.m.

Monday, June 8--Ordering day for Angel Food at Eastside Christian Church from 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, June 12--Ordering day for Angel Food at Eastside Christian Church from 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, June 25 -- Distribution day for Angel Food at Eastside Christian Church from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Pastor continues his message on Esther tomorrow. If you have not been with us for any of these messages, you should read this book

Vacation Bible School (CAMP EDGE) is only a week away. Lorie and Jayme are planning a great time and hope to see your children. It will be June 8-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with the closing program on Friday evening.

Our regular time for services are noted at the bottom of the page. Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.. We hope to see you soon.

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