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Friday, June 26, 2009

Carbon United Methodist Church

Last Sunday was Father's Day. For some reason, probably because fathers are less vocal than mothers, we usually don't make as big a deal out of Father's Day as we do Mother's Day ... but it takes both a mother and a father to raise a family. At least, that is the way God planned it.

I realize that there are a lot of single parents doing a fine job of raising their children these days, but it is a wonderful experience for a child to be raised by both a loving mother and a loving father.

I was one of the fortunate ones, I had both, and both took a very active role in my life. Actually, I was my father's "boy" although I had a brother six years younger than I. I grew up going to boxing matches with him and fishing with him and traipsing through the woods with him. We spent many a day seining for minnows, paddling through the East Texas bayous, fishing for catfish and white perch and gaspegoux (I have no idea what that fish was, but that was the Cajun name for it). We would take a jar of pickles, a can of sardines, and a sleeve of crackers for our lunch and be gone all day. Now isn't that a way to raise a lady! I would follow him anywhere. That's what a father is to me.

Last Saturday, the church served a dinner for the Trout family after the funeral of Elmer Trout. I want to thank everyone who responded to our asking for food for the dinner. Everyone at church loves Elmer's wife Joy and everyone brought at least one good dish and some brought more. We served 54 members of Joy's family plus about 20 "helpers" from our church, so it was quite a meal. Thanks, everyone!

We were happy to have Jerry and Cathy Craig with us last Sunday. They have been contending with quite a bit of sickness in their family for a good while and have been unable to come to church, so it was really great to see them coming in the door.

July is fast approaching. We will be planning our Church In The Park soon. It will be Sunday, July 26, at the Carbon Park. The Carbon Church of the Nazarene will be joining us for that outing.

You will find God, our Loving Father, at church. Come to ours and be welcomed into the church family there. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Worship is at 10:30 a.m. We'll see you there.

First Baptist Church

Are you ready for donuts? This Sunday is Donut Sunday starting at 8:45 a.m., with a time of fellowship, then Sunday School classes will start at 9:30 a.m.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with a special opportunity to hear Dr. Conrad speak. Dr. Conrad is a locally well known physician and he is also a Gideon. Marietta Martin will be in the nursery and Darlene Shepard will lead the Spirit Kids (pre-K through 2nd grade).

The evening begins with Jr./Sr. High Youth meeting at 5:30 p.m. The adult evening activities begin at 6 p.m., then choir at 7 p.m.

Monday night is the long anticipated Indians baseball game. Most of the men will depart from the church. They are expecting a great night of baseball, food, and fun.

Wednesday we are continuing the chapter by chapter study of the Bible. We begin at 12:15 p.m., in the book of Exodus downstairs in the cool fellowship room.

Saturday we will celebrate the United States' birthday! After various changes to Jefferson's original draft to declare our freedom from King George and England, a vote was taken late in the afternoon of July 4, 1776. It was not a unanimous vote. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration; two voted No, one was undecided and one abstained. Remember our men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces and thank them for helping to keep us free and safe.

Be planning to attend the first session of "Networking". Sunday evenings, beginning July 5, we will start a study on the spiritual gifts God has given us. As God has a pattern for every shell on the beach, He has a pattern for our life too. "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works..."

"I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart." We will look forward to seeing you in church Sunday.

Harmony United Methodist Church

It's a busy time around our community right now. Preparations are in the works for a combined, Super-Saturday Vacation Bible School with Lena UMC on July 11 and planning for the Worship at the Clay County Fair on July 19 is well underway. It seems like churches are finding more ways to work and worship together... and that's great!

The message this Sunday will be presented by Biblical Storyteller, Vanita Moore. 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!

First Christian Church

During the month of June, we will be talking about "Re-launching My Personal Integrity". This Sunday, June 28, pastor Bob Witte will be preaching from Galatians 6:1.

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., also at the Walnut Theater.

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

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II

Email for the parish office can be sent to annunication-church@msn.com.

Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

Mass schedule: Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. Reconciliation is 5:45-6:15 p.m., Saturday, or by appointment.

Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed the first Sunday of each month at 8 am.

To schedule time to see Father Harold please call the parish office at 448-1901.

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.

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

Father has added another mass. Mass will be at 8:30 a.m., each Thursday.

Three new Parish Council members were voted in last weekend, they are: Patrick Kent, Jerry Laue and Dale Miller.

The next Parish Council meeting is July 7 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

The Shamrocking on the north side of the building should be completed by the time you are reading this and work has begun on the inside of the church. The north wall was being worked on when I was there Wednesday. I don't know how much will be done by this weekend. There is still a lot of work to be done on the steeple and the shamrock. Hopefully with dry weather they will start to make some headway.

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.

Eastside Christian Church

Today is Angel Food Distribution Day at Eastside Christian Church between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Be sure to bring bags or boxes to pick up your food. If you would like to pick up a menu for next month, we will have them available.

Pastor Bill and Jan will be back with us tomorrow after an enjoyable and relaxing vacation in Florida.We want to welcome them back with a full house. He will be starting a series of sermons on the book of James. We want to thank Jonathan for filling in while they were gone.

Attendance was a little low last Sunday. It was good to see Ann with us. She is recuperating from surgery. She is missed at the piano, and we hope to see her there again soon.

Have you ever loved someone so much it hurts? God loves all of us, but He hurts whenever we do not accept His Son.

Are you one that is making God hurt? Come let us introduce you to His Son, so that you too can accept Him and please God. God wants us to live Godly lives, but His main requirement is for us to accept His Son as our personal Savior. We would love to witness your doing this.

We want to pray for anyone needing prayer, and we especially want to keep our military and our government in our prayers.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St.. If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Carbon Baptist Church

This coming week is our annual booth at the Park. We will once again be serving our famous tenderloins. Please pay us a visit. Our park stand will open Thursday, July 2 - Friday, July 3, from 4-8 p.m. On Saturday, July 4, we will open at 11 a.m.

There will be no softball game this week it will be played on July 6.

Our church camp is fast approaching, the dates are July 27-31. If you are interested please contact Youth Pastor Chris Lee or the office at 812-442-7729. There are registration forms to be filled out.

Please keep all of the military and their families in prayer. Have a good week.

The Door Christian Fellowship Center

An outdoor healing crusade will continue through tonight at 511 Ashley St. Evangelist Steve Pinnick, Tucson, Ariz. will preach. Prayer will be available for any type of physical, mental or emotional need, as well as substance abuse.

For more information, or transportation call 442-8470 or 201-3966.

Terre Haute After 5

You are invited on Tuesday, July 21 to a Two Garden Tour, in the Collett Park Area, followed by a dinner at The Landing, 3350 N. 4th St., Terre Haute. Cost is $14 inclusive.

The beautiful gardens at the homes of William and Peggy Grimes, 2737 N. 8th St., and Jeff and Maria Nichols, 2627 N. 8th St., Terre Haute. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., touring of the gardens is available, with parking on 8th street. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Speaker Donna Sembar, a Master Gardener from Danville, Ill. will bring encouraging words "Peace of Mind in the Midst of Difficult Times."

For reservations and/or cancellations, call Joretta at 812-877-9633 or email at cwcafter5@verizon.net.

Otter Creek Christian Church

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms is full of these admonitions, in fact not only the Psalms but the entire Bible has this kind of advice for us. We on the other hand tend to look mainly at the problem we're in and not at the beautiful work God is doing in us or for our benefit.

Psalms 103 tells us to "not forget all his Benefits." In this text benefits means "everything we are given/ not what we deserve." God is so very good, we just tend to loose sight of that.

The Bible the Holy Word of our Heavenly Father, he took the time to have Holy Spirit led men to write this for what purpose, to lift Him up? I don't think so it was for people like you and me so we would have hope in times of trouble, faith when we are down and things just don't seem to be working out the way we thought, and love when we feel unloved.

The Bible tells us in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

My point in all this is we all have circumstances that leave us without much faith, hope and feeling unloved but God in His Wisdom gave us the gift of His Word. It is available to all and in various languages, so there are no excuses why you can't pick it up and read it. If you don't have a Bible and really can't afford one most yard sales have at least one for free or for very minimal cost. Even if those two options fail call and I'll find you one.

This Sunday we'll be on vacation celebrating our anniversary and birthdays so Dennis Holley will be filling in for Steve during worship service. We encourage everyone to support Dennis with your attendance, attention and a word of encouragement never hurts.

In fact, encouragement is another reason the Bible was given to us and another reason to attend church. Even when we don't think we need to go maybe someone else needs to have us there. Think about it.

Otter Creek Church is located at 6299 North Crow Street, Brazil. The church number is 812-446-5300; Sunday Study is 9:30 a.m., and Worship is at 10:40 a.m. Check our web page at www.otter-creekchurch.com.

If you don't have a church home or are a visitor to our area please feel free to join us this Sunday. Until we fellowship again either in person or through this column, May God be with you. Please pray for our troops all around the world and for their families who are left behind waiting for their safe return. God be with them.

Have a safe and glorious 4th of July.

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 Sunday morning worship when we will delve into the age old question - What is the meaning of life? 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.

June Share Food orders can be picked up this morning from 9-11 a.m.

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

Bee Ridge Church

Good Morning. Are you all handling the heat okay? If you're smart, you will be inside with the air conditioner going. Just don't use the heat as an excuse to skip church. Do you have a clue how many excuses people come up with for not going to church? I didn't either till I received a copy of "No Excuse Sunday" which I want to share with you:



To make it possible for everyone to attend church next Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday:

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say "Sunday is my only day to sleep in."

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say "The roof would cave in if I ever came to church."

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Score cards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can't go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute "Stamp Out Stewardship" buttons for those who feel that church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can't hear the preacher and cotton for those who say he is too loud.

So, what do you think? I can't say it will work, but I thought it was a clever idea. Some churches will try anything to draw people in, but will they keep coming back? Probably not!

The only thing a church needs to draw people in and keep them coming back is to give Mr. and Mrs. Public what they want. Basically, I think most people are looking for a Bible-based church where the pastor speaks directly from the Bible.

If that's the case, you should come to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church and listen to Pastor Jeff. Our church services start at 10:30 a.m. We haven't moved. We're still at 10100 N. Kennedy's Crossing Road. Come see us.

God be with you now and always.

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