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Friday, September 25, 2009

Brazil First United Methodist Church

"What happened?" I asked my lung doctor on my followup visit a week after he removed a calcified bronchiolith (lung stone) from my lower right lobe.

The 45-minute procedure had taken three hours, so I was curious. Discover his answer in tomorrow's message by Pastor Tony Alstott.

"Invite an Associate" is tomorrow's theme as we focus on God in the workplace. The traditional worship at 9 a.m., features Jerry Morgan on the organ as we sing favorite hymns. At the 11 a.m., worship, the Praise Band leads us in modern songs. The church is located at 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil.

"What in the World is Going on," is a new series starting tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. It is based on David Jeremiah's interpretation of the end times and led locally by Ken Sproul.

Good Intentions Bible Study meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They have just begun a series on the Gospel of Matthew.

September marks our "Penny Push" to raise money for the United Methodist Church's Home in Lebanon, Ind. Bring your pennies to help support the food budget.

Our local Soup Kitchen serves free meals on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, go to our website at brazilfirstumc.org.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Saint Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying, "For it is in giving that we receive."

I don't think that he was just talking about the offering plate.

How often we forget that our time and talents are often more important gifts than our finances in sharing and meeting the needs around us. As a Christian community, we are called to be caregivers for one another by using all the blessings that we have been given.

This Sunday, we will be looking at the concept of "giving" and what it means to the giver as well as the one who receives. Specifically, we will use Paul's letter to the church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 16:1-6) as our Scripture reading.

This week, 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 is at 9 a.m., Sunday School is at 10:45 a.m.

Come and join us.

First Baptist Church

Donuts will be ready along with coffee or milk and juice this Sunday morning at First Baptist. This will be ready at 8:45 a.m., so you can have an opportunity to visit before Sunday School classes begin.

Classes are available for all ages. If it is still raining, remember there is a drop-off portico on the back side of the Christian Ed. Unit.

Worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. Marietta Martin will be in charge of the nursery. She will be there when you arrive.

It is a warm, bright room that immediately draws the children right in. Rochelle Torbert will bring the Spirit Kids to children's church from the sanctuary.

Sunday evening activities begin at 5:30 p.m., with AWANA and Youth. The adult workers are looking forward to another large group of young people anxious to hear, learn and share their scriptures.

Adult Bible Study begins at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary with songs and words of praise.

Pastor Mark will be leading the evening study. Choir practice will follow. You might want to stay and add your voice with our dedicated choir members led by Cheryl Riddell.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., Bible Study will meet in the fellowship room.

Have you ever been on a snipe hunt? No matter how well the leader describes the bird and how well the other experts convince you they want you to be successful, and even if they gave you a bag and flashlight for tools, you probably did not catch a snipe.

Psalm 119:105 reminds us that God's Word "is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

God's Word can give you direction and can keep you from falling.

Thursday at 7 p.m., will be an opportunity for you to learn and grow in faith. Come to experience. The Rock, a service for singles and young families or anyone who may not be able to attend Sunday morning services.

There are age-appropriate programs for all young children as well.

Tell yourself today that you are going to be at church Sunday. We'll be so happy to see you.

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Seelyville United Methodist Church is a Christian community of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. We are located at United States 40 and 2nd Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Join us at 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship when we will discuss what it means to be righteous. We will explore ways to help each other become righteous. 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 picked up at 9-11 a.m., this morning.

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

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Hi again.

Have you noticed the leaves are beginning to turn colors?

The ones that aren't are laying on the ground. A good sign that fall has arrived and October is just a few days away.

Now is the time to decide how we should live our lives. Life is full of choices, many of which are very insignificant.

Others are so important they will determine the direction our lives will take.

A good direction to take would be to get established in a Bible-based church.

Let me begin by saying that you will never find the perfect church, with which you agree on every belief and practice.

However, there are some basic elements that will assure you that a particular church is a good church. If these basic elements are present, you will be able to identify with it, work in it and worship there with peace and joy.

Be extremely careful not to get involved with any group that rejects the teaching of God's Word.

Make sure you know what the church believes. Are its doctrines scriptural? Does it have a clear statement of faith? Is it sound in its teachings? Is it correct in its beliefs about the Bible, about God, about salvation, about the spirit and about the end times?

So basic are these truths to genuine Christianity that anyone who denies them cannot really be called a Christian. So come on out to Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church, read our doctrine, talk with Pastor Jeff and you should fine what you're looking for.

We have Sunday School for both children and adults, which starts at 9:30 a.m., and Church Services for both at 10:30 a.m. Also, we have a nursery downstairs for babies. We urge you to come visit us soon.

Your friends at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.

Carbon United Methodist Church

It was a "hot time in the old town" last Saturday.

The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department had its annual Jonah Fish Fry Saturday afternoon.

Each year, our church youth have a Kids' Karnival for all the children in town, a Believers' Bazaar for all those who love to browse, and a Quilt Show for all quilt lovers.

The Nazarene Church's youth joined our kids in working the Karnival this year. There were 11 different games along with face painting.

All the church kids worked hard setting up things, running the various games and taking things down afterward. This was one of the best carnivals we've ever had and we certainly enjoyed have the Nazarenes working with us.

The Bazaar had the entire basement full of items for sale.

We want to thank all the people who donated things to be sold.

This is the Believers' largest money-maker of the year.

We sold a lot of things, but we need more jelly and more candy next year.

Whether they bought anything or not, people enjoyed coming in and looking around and visiting.

The quilts were beautiful this year. Joy Trout and Mary Ellen Thompson did a great job of rounding them up and showing them. Three items were donated to be given away as door prizes and want to thank the people who donated these three items.

It really sparked interest in the Quilt Show.

All in all, it was a very pleasant, busy and profitable day.

We thank all who helped in any way.

This Sunday, Sept. 27, will be our Homecoming. We have sent newsletters out to more than 50 families inviting them to return to our church for a homecoming.

These went to people who had attended either our Sunday School or our Bible School while they were growing up.

It ought to be fun hearing what they remember most. We will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a social hour (donuts and coffee), in which people can visit with each other.

Then the Worship Hour will begin at 10:30 a.m.

During this time, people will be given a chance to share some of their memories with the congregation. It should be a great time for all.

Please come Sunday and help us celebrate this homecoming, our little Carbon United Methodist Church.

Otter Creek Christian Church

What a wonderful God we serve, one who loves us and makes a way for our righteousness by His Son's precious blood.

Would you do that for a friend let alone an enemy? When we deny God's existence we are an enemy of His.

This is a quote from Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

We cannot fail if we have faith in our Father, in heaven.

Philippians 1:6 says, "I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in me shall continue it until the coming of Jesus Christ."

We're not yet perfect and never will be until Christ takes us home.

Until then, we need to be about "His" business while we still have time. The book of James tells us that "Faith without works is dead and work without faith is dead." So it is with this in mind we would like to invite you to our church services.

Sunday Study is at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:40, weekly. Our phone number is 812-443-5600 or 446-4007 (Pastor's home). Cell after 4 p.m., 812-249-3309.

Some exciting things are happening involving our church family:

* Oct. 10 -- Saturday, at 8 a.m., The Men's Prayer Breakfast,

* Oct. 10 -- at 11 a.m., Sandy's Good Books and More will have ribbon cutting and open house. Owner is Sandy Brattain. Phone number is 443-6007,

* Oct. 16 -- Weiner Roast and Hay Ride (6 p.m., eats and 7 p.m. ride). Pitch-in, and

* Oct. 18 -- Homecoming Sunday. Any special things will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Please remember to lift up your pastor, in prayer.

Don't have "roast preacher for lunch after your service." This applies to all churches.

Our men and women in the armed forces need the encouragement and prayers of the families back home.

While you're on your knees, you might as well pray for the forgiveness of our nation's sins and your individual sins -- repent so that you will be heard from our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is coming. Will you be ready? Don't wait for six strong men to carry you to meet Jesus. Meet him on your knees.

The closest place to heaven is one one's knees.

Until we meet again, either in person or by way of this page, stay in touch with God.

Carbon Baptist


Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

Starting Sunday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m., the Deacons are presenting a study on John 3:16. There is a class for everyone in the family, all age groups. It lasts for six weeks. Please if you feel led to come, it is open to everyone.

Pastor Chris will start a junior high service this year.

It begins Oct. 19. We have a wonderful youth program that covers all ages.

On Wednesday evening, there is a high school Bible study at 7:30 p.m., and the same evening, we have a College Bible Study at 10 p.m., to accommodate college students.

Of course, every Sunday evening we have Thirsty, which is a contemporary service.

Sunday, Oct. 12, is our Parent Awareness Night. A program that is put on by Youth Pastor Chris Lee. The speakers will be Susan Treash and our very own Pastor Chris Lee.

Have a good week and hope to see you Sunday morning.

For more information, log on to Carbonbaptistchurch.org.

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