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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, August 28, 2009

Zion United Church of Christ

The Zion United Church of Christ will welcome Hickory Hollow Aug. 30.

Hickory Hollow is a Bluegrass band that will perform at the church, located one mile south of Poland.

All are welcome. A pitch-in dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 812-986-2461.

First Presbyterian Church

The Sunday worship at the First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Walnut St., will be led by the musical group Graybeard. This group of local musicians Gary Scroggins, Lee Reberger, Rod Clarke, Kevin McCrea and Dave Lloyd, will be presenting a mixture of traditional and contemporary music with the sermon focusing on the theme of temptation. After the 10:30 a.m. worship service, there will be a "Sandwich and Sundae" fellowship time in Fellowship Hall. All members and guests are most welcome to join us in this day of music, fellowship and food.

On Tuesday, Sept. 1 there will be a training session for those involved in the KFC mentoring project with Meridian Elementary School. This training will be held in the library of Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 3 the last meeting of the small group of the book "The Shack" will be held at 7 p.m., in the library of Fellowship Hall.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us. For more information about any of these activities, contact the office, at 812-446-2415.

Saturday In The Park

"Saturday In The Park" will feature another concert and crusade, tonight at 5 p.m., at the Forest Park Bandshell.

The concert will feature Ryan and the Associates, a country folk rock group from Indianapolis.

A healing crusade will follow at 6 p.m., with Evangelist Peter Wakefield, originally from Manchester, England. Prayer will be made for all manner of sickness, disease and substance abuse.

In case of rain, the concert will be at the Old Jr. High Gym, 201 Washington St.

For more information or transportation, call 812-442-8470 or 201-3966.

First Christian Church

The First Christian Church Bible Bowl ministry is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Family Life Center - Gym located behind the church.

Bible Bowl is a Bible quizzing ministry for young people that encourages the study of God's word. First Christian Church has had Bible Bowl teams for many years. The proceeds from the yard sale will be used to help offset costs for the teams as they travel to various competitions.

Plan now to attend the Bible Bowl yard sale, rain or shine, at First Christian Church, 1875 W. US 40, Brazil.

Lots of bargains, and an excellent opportunity for you to support a great ministry.

During the month of August, we will be talking about "Re-launching My Time With God." This Sunday, Aug. 30, pastor Bob will be preaching about worship and the corruption, clutter and misconceptions about it.

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.

Reel Worship will be at the Walnut Theater for middle school and high school ages at 9 a.m., and then Bible Study Groups at 10:30 a.m., also at the Walnut Theater.

For more information about First Christian Church and Cornerstone Christian School visit the church's web site, fccbrazil.org.

Carbon Baptist Church

On Sunday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a very special meeting. It is Parent Awareness, titled "What every parent wants to know." Last year we had much success and a lot of interest. You are welcome to attend.

We have several things to offer the youth this fall. Youth Pastor Chris will be holding a High School Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. A new College Bible Study will be starting in two weeks and will be starting Junior High Service.

Have a great week and come and see us.

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 when we will focus on the many ways to show our love for God. Chelsea Linville and Jane Linville will present special music for this service. 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.

September Share Food orders can be placed through Sept. 10 by contacting the church office.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well hello from your friends at Otter Creek Christian Church.

Today's scripture is from Colossians 2:5-7 Though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Growing up and learning all we can about Jesus. I said, "God, I don't know everything about you. I don't think I ever will. But I know I'm a sinner and I know I want to be forgiven. I know I want Christ in my life, and I want to go to Heaven. I want to become a Christian. With that, I accept you, Amen" No tears, no lightning, no wind, no visions. What a relief! I knew I had done the right thing. I had stepped from skepticism to belief.

We invite anyone who doesn't have a church home or are visiting in our area to join us at Otter Creek Christian Church, 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. For more information, call 812-249-3309 after 4:30 p.m, the pastor's home at 812-446-4007 or Sundays at 812-446-5300.

Church hours are Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:40 a.m.

Don't forget that Sept. 12 will be our annual ice cream social and we'll have songs by The Coon Holler Kids, starts at 5-8 p.m. We'll also have a "Moon Walk for the kids.

If you see a person who has served our country to try to maintain our freedom, please say a heart felt thanks. You might also thank our firemen, policemen and others who serve our community.

May God be with each of them as they perform their duties. Also keep in prayer all the families left behind while these brave men and women go into harms way to keep freedom--remember freedom is not free it comes with a price. Even our Freedom in Christ came because He was crucified for our sins but Praise be to God he arose on the third day and is now our advocate with the lord God!

Until we fellowship again either in person or by way of this column. May God be with you.

Bee Ridge Church

Wow! Can you believe that August is almost gone? My grandmother used to say "The older you get, the faster time goes by." I never could understand that. Although the older I get, I do understand. Another thing I do understand and always have is that it doesn't matter whether time goes fast or slow, our God is always with us.

He doesn't ask much of us either. He even died on the cross for us. In return, how do we show Him our gratitude.

One thing for sure that we need to do is get down on our knees and ask God for his forgiveness and to live our life in a way that will make Him happy.

Matt. 5:9 says "Those who make peace are happy because they will be called the sons of God."

To all members of Bee Ridge Church, this Sunday, directly after church, we will have a meeting to vote on the Leadership Council. Please try to be there.

The next two announcements are a repeat from last week's article, but we don't want you to forget.

The first one is that Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church invites you to attend "The Lesters" in concert at the Nazarene Church in Brazil on Sunday evening, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be collected.

The second thing is there will be a 9-11 Thank You Dinner held at our church on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13. All Clay Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, EMS and Military are invited to attend. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m., with services beginning at 6 p.m.

This is a new announcement. The Bee Ridge School Reunion will be held in the shelter of Bee Ridge Congregational Church on Sept. 12, from 2-4 p.m. If you want to bring something, finger foods would be appreciated. This is open to anyone and everyone who attended Bee Ridge School. Hope to see you all.

Pastor Jeff and the congregation invite you to take that "itty-bitty" drive and be with us this Sunday. We have Sunday School for adults and for children of all ages which starts at 9:30 a.m. We also have Kidz Church along with the regular church and that starts at 10:30 a.m. If you have attended one or more of the announcements you just read, you already know where Bee Ridge is located so I'm not going into a lot of info this week. I'm sure you won't have trouble finding our little church. Just keep going north on Kennedy's Crossing Road and you will find us at the top of the hill on the east side of the road. See you Sunday.

Harmony United Methodist Church

There are times when we just need to get away for a while. The "stuff" of life can be overwhelming and we need to step back and re-prioritize and evaluate our next steps. Sometimes, we feel like the best thing to do might be found in just running away and starting over!

But, how far can you run? Where can you hide? Instead, we have to gather up our senses and strength and "get back in there!"

We have to be determined to be strong and find the power to be true to ourselves and those around us as we deal with the challenges and joys of life. Paul talks about that when he tells the church in Ephesus to "put on" God's protection rather than relying on there own power. And that is good advice for us today as well!

Paul talks about the "whole armor of God" beginning with truth and righteousness, not a spirit of revenge or lowering oneself to the levels of others. He talks about the shield of faith that not only protects us individually, but when used collectively provides shelter and hope for the community. He then tells us to wear the helmet of salvation as we face whatever comes our way. The helmet is particularly important as we protect our heads (our minds) from the temptation to forget the promises of God and fall back into the practices we lived by before we accepted His grace. Lastly, we are to carry the sword of the Spirit as we rely on God's word to defend ourselves against the outside world and those within our own community that would mislead or betray the will of our Lord.

As always, there will be plenty of great fellowship and sharing in joys and concerns. We are also re-building the church choir. So, come and make a joyful noise with us! Sunday Morning Worship -- 9 a.m., Sunday School -- 10:45 a.m. Come and join us!

First Baptist Church

This Sunday at First Baptist is our mission dinner to culminate the American Baptist World Mission Offering Campaign. This offering is critical to over 70 countries to raiseup local church leaders. It provides missionaries needed and financial assistance for local church leaders. These funds can lay the ground work for new congregations and enable local pastors to serve their congregations.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. A greeter will be at the door of the education wing to help you find a class if you are visiting.

A nursery is available during the 10:30 a.m. worship. Marcia Davis will be in the nursery. The Spirit Kids (pre-K through 2nd) will leave the sanctuary following praise and prayer, to go to children's Church.

The mission dinner is provided by the Mission Committee. A free-will offering can be given toward the World Mission Offering.

Sunday evening programs begin at 5:30 p.m., with AWANA for 2 year-olds through 5th grade. The Jr.- Sr. High Youth also begin at that time. AWANA has opening exercises in the sanctuary and both groups meet in the fellowship room for a light meal.

Adults meet at 6 p.m. for Praise & Bible Study. You are welcome to come early and enjoy the AWANA opening program.

Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. committees will meet and the Coordinating Team will meet at 7 p.m.

The Wednesday 12:15 p.m. Bible Study will meet in the fellowship room. As always, anyone in the community is welcome to meet and study.

There is a song "One World" that says "One moment can change a whole lifetime. One life can change eternity. One stranger befriended, one broken heart mended, one child loved, one captive set free."

Take a moment to worship with us Sunday. We will be looking for you.

Carbon United Methodist Church

What a beautiful week of weather we have had this past week! Instead of praying "Thank You, Lord, for the rain", we can certainly pray "Thank You, Lord, for creating such a beautiful time of year." This cool weather makes us all begin to think of fall, another beautiful time of year. I really am not ready to think ahead to winter, however.

If you have never lived anywhere else but Indiana, you have not experienced the lack of seasons such as some places have. Each of our seasonal changes brings a gear-shift in our thinking and our activities. It brings us a promise of something new ... and that is a wonderful spirit lifter. "Thank You, Lord, for inventing seasons!"

Looking forward to our next season, I note that September will bring the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department's annual fish fry to Carbon on Sept. 19.

As usual, the Carbon United Methodist Church will have its Kids' Karnival for all the youngsters who come to the fish fry and our Believers' Bazaar for all the adults. Plans are in full swing for both, so when you come to the fish fry, be sure to mosey down to our church to see what is going on down there.

A week after the fish fry, on Sunday, Sept. 27, we will have our annual Homecoming. This year, we are extending a special invitation to those people who attended Carbon United Methodist Church as youngsters, either Sunday School or Bible School.

So, if you came to Sunday School or Bible School here any time, please join us for that special Sunday. From 9:30-10:30 a.m., there will be a coffee hour at which you can visit with old friends and do a lot of remembering. During the Worship Hour which starts at 10:30 a.m. there will be a special time for recognizing you and giving you a chance to reminisce. We are looking forward to a great time, so plan on joining us for that Sunday.

Actually, you are welcome to join us any Sunday. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

Eastside Christian Church

Don't forget today is Angel Food distribution day! Pickup time is between 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the church. We want to thank those who are taking advantage of this program. If you have not yet participated, we would love to hear from you. If you would like to have a menu for September, please feel free to come by the church today, or you may call the church and leave a message.

If you have ever attended our church or are currently attending, we want to invite you to come tomorrow for our Family Day. A luncheon will be served immediately following our worship service. The men of the church will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for your enjoyment.

We hope you are taking advantage of the Mens' Bible study at 8 a.m., this morning. Pastor is continuing the presentation on Love and Respect for married couples.

We want to express our gratitude to Mille, Ann and Dave. Their musical talents are appreciated very much. Our church is blessed with so many in our congregation that help in so many ways.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to be with us. Our goal is to introduce God to as many people as possible. This was Jesus' commandment before He went to Heaven, and we want to obey. If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal savior, now is the time. We never know if we have tomorrow.

We look forward to seeing you. Until then we will be praying for you.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

The 17th annual Help-a-family-at-Christmas ABCD Golf Scramble is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m., Forest Park Golf Course.

Cost is $45 per player, includes cart, steak diner and door prizes.

Gift certificates to the Pro Shop for first place is $400, second place $300, third place $200, and fourth place is $100.

All money raised from this golf scramble goes directly toward buying clothing for local children. Each of the last several years, there have been 45-50 children aided through this project.

Entries and money may be turned in at the clubhouse or call Trent Eldridge at 812-442-0851 or Anthony Young at 812-443-3853, for more information.



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