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Church news

Friday, October 23, 2009

St. John's United Church of Christ

The St. John's United Church of Christ will be hosting their annual soup supper and auction on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

The auction will be at 7 p.m., and will include handmade quilts, candies and crafts.

St. John's Church is located at 3456 E. SR 42.

Everyone is invited to come and share an evening of great food, fun and fellowship.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Isn't this a glorious time of year! We complain about the rain. We complain about the cold weather coming. We complain about all that must be done to get battened down for winter ... but isn't it beautiful!

Dear God, we thank you for these beautiful seasons you planned for us...and I feel sorry for all those folks down south who do not know the changing of the seasons as we do.

I grew up down there and had no idea that "seasons" could be so exhilarating. I actually had no idea that snow could be so cold and wet! Once during high school mid-term exams, it snowed about an inch. The school actually cancelled exams and let out early so that we kids could enjoy it before it melted. I remember three times in my growing-up years that it snowed enough to be called snow. Now ice ... that was another matter altogether!

I didn't realize just how fast the seasons are moving along until our board meeting last Monday when we discovered that it is just two weeks until our Thanksgiving Dinner! Is that possible?

Tonight, Saturday, Oct. 24, we will have a big wiener roast for anybody and everybody in town.

What a great way to enjoy this fall season!

There will be hot dogs, hot chocolate, s'mores, roasted marshmallows, and everything that goes along with those essentials.

It will begin at 5 p.m., at the church, so bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the evening with us.

Isn't it a shame that non-church-goers are so afraid of churches? The buildings will not fall down if you step foot in them. The people who do attend church are not ogres; they do not bite. Church is not a club in which you have to have a membership to attend. Church is God's House where all of us sinners are welcome ... where God accepts every one of his sheep ... lost or not.

If you have a yearning to be closer to God, to find out more about what being a Christian really is, come ... you will be received with open arms. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Worship is at 10:30.

Trunk and Treat

Trunk and Treat is back! S.T.R.E.T.C.H. presents their annual Halloween alternative on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m., at the Forest Park Pavilion "cow palace."

This fun event is free and the entire family is welcome.

There will be decorated vehicles to visit where you will hear great stories from the Bible and receive yummy treats.

Elementary children will also have the opportunity to register for many fun prizes.

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Sharing The Real Effect That Christ Has is a group of area churches who desire to provide safe, fun events for our community's children.

We hope to see you at Trunk and Treat on Oct. 28.

Eastside Christian Church

Attendance was a little low on Sunday, but our spirits were high. There was a problem with the furnace, but everyone seemed to do okay, and pastor's message kept us warmed up.

We want to celebrate Harold Rheinfrank's going to be with his Lord this week.

We have been missing him for quite awhile, but we know that he is in a good place now.

Our prayers go out to all those who are having difficulties of any kind, especially our shut-ins.

We also want to pray for Gloria LeMay to make a speedy recovery.

Even though our attendance was down, it was good to some familiar faces, who had not been with us for awhile. Whenever any one of our members are gone, he or she is missed.

Don't forget today is Angel Food distribution day. You may come as early as 10 a.m., to pick up your orders. Please use the glass doors for entering, and don't forget to bring a box or basket for your items.

We want to thank all those who have ordered. And we hope others will consider ordering in November.

Remember to bring your non-perishables for our holiday baskets. You may put them in the box in the vestibule. The holiday season is fast approaching, and we want to remember those that are not as blessed as we are. God is good!

It is so good to have so many in our church helping out in so many different ways. You are all a blessing.

If we can pray for you or help you in any way, please let us know. If you do not attend church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We love the Lord, and we especially like to share that with others. We look forward to seeing you soon.

You never know when it may be too late.

Until next time, remember to pray everyday.

Harmony United Methodist Church

We seem to be living at a time when "reality TV" is a big thing. Everyone wants to see the next Survivor.

It's amusing to me that on one hand these people work hard as a team and then on the other hand work hard to develop strategies to get rid of the competition. And I find myself wondering is this reality? I hope not!

Instead, I think that we all know the truth of reality is that there are times when we need each other and the winner of the game of life doesn't eliminate others, but builds community and relationships that invites others in.

This week at Harmony UMC we will be talking about building community and blessing one another through our giving of what God has given us.

Our Scripture text is 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 where the apostle Paul finds himself raising support for the church in Jerusalem. We invite and welcome any who would like to join in this discussion and worship time with us! Sunday Morning Worship -- 9 a.m., Sunday School -- 10:45 a.m. Come and join us!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you given thanks to the Lord above for everything today? No matter what kind of day weather wise, we still have the Sonshine in our hearts if we have accepted Christ as our Savior, some of us just have not notified our faces of the good and glorious things God has done in our lives therefore we cannot share that wonderful love with others.

Think about it, if you go around with a frown all day and grouchy and angry words come from your mouth how can anyone know the difference between a person who loves the Lord and one who doesn't. Does your speech betray our heavenly Father? Show appreciation for what He has done in your life by "Paying it Forward" (being good to others even if they don't reciprocate.)

Speaking of Appreciation, did you realize this is "Pastor Appreciation Month?"

There really should not have to be a day or month set aside for this, but in our world, anything to cash in on what should be an everyday thing is what it's about. Why not let your pastor know how much you appreciate what he or she does for you and the Lord every now and then.

Not only should we tell them but we should tell our missionaries, both are there doing a service for The Lord to spread the good news of Jesus.

Have you read 1st Thessalonians 5? verse 12 says "Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. (13) Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (14) And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (15) Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. (16) Be joyful always; (17) Pray continually; (18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not put our the Spirits fire; (20) do not treat prophecies with contempt. (21) Test everything.

Hold onto the good. (22) Avoid every kind of evil. (23) May God himself, The God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Last week, several things happened, one of which shook this town. Once again, the death of one of our teenagers. Accidents happen but when it involves younger ones we tend to put blame where there should not be anything except condolences and love for a beautiful young life that will be missed. Our sympathies to KMH's family and friends.

We at Otter Creek invite you to come join us for fellowship at 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil.

Sunday Study begins at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m.

You can contact us at any of the following numbers Pastor Steve after 4 p.m., 812-249-3309 or 446-4007 Sandy will take a message for him or try to help or call her at 443-6007 Wednesday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Just a reminder that today may be the only time you have to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, don't put it off!

Pray for your pastor and our area churches, our country, armed, service personnel and all the men and women who serve our community daily. Don't judge them until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

Until we meet again either by way of this printed page or in person, may God be with you.

Carbon Baptist Church

Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, our Youth Pastor Chris Lee will have classes for grades fifth-ninth during Worship service.

This will be a great service for this particular age group.

Our church is having lessons on John 3:16, for all age groups, starting at 9-10 a.m., with worship service at 10:30 a.m. Three weeks are left in this wonderful class.

You are still invited, each week you learn something new.

Have a great week.

First Baptist Church

Already the last Sunday in October! Have you been able to look out a window and see the brilliant yellows and reds dressing the trees and shrubs? How fortunate we are.

This is Donut Sunday at First Baptist. You don't have to wait until 9:30 a.m. Stacey will have the donuts with warm and cold beverages ready for 8:45 a.m. Enjoy your breakfast sweets with some sweet friends and fellowship.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Rachelle Torbert will be in the nursery. Steve Griffin will take the Spirit Kids from the sanctuary for their continuing study of the Ten Commandments.

Youth and AWANA programs begin at 5:30 p.m. There is always a lot of anticipation and excitement coming from the young people involved in these activities.

Adult Bible study begins at 6 p.m., and concludes at the same time the youth are having their closing.

The Nominating Committee will meet this Monday in the library/conference room.

Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., you are invited to attend the mid-week Bible Study.

We are beginning the book of Deuteronomy. As it is darker earlier in the evening, you may appreciate knowing you have an invitation to study with us at this time.

Wednesday evening the Deacons will meet at the church.

THE ROCK service is Thursday, at 7 p.m. This service is conducted in the sanctuary, but the children have an opportunity to meet together for Kid-Mo in the Sunday School wing. A nursery is provided.

Last week the House of Hope led the service. This week Pastor Mark will have the message. The contemporary music is accompanied by guitar and sound-track video.

We have been looking forward to the Harvest Fellowship at Lloyd and Dorothy Plunkett's. It will begin at 4 p.m., Halloween evening, Oct. 31. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and roasting sticks. Be ready for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

Of course we will have a hayride!

When we go to bed Oct. 31, we will possibly gain an extra hour of sleep as we will change our clocks and "fall back" one hour.

See you in church Sunday.

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Seelyville United Methodist Church is a Christian community of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors.

We are located at U.S. 40 and 2nd Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Join us for 9:30 a.m. Consecration Sunday morning worship when we praise God for our faith that can endure even as Job's faith endured.

Following worship is a time of fellowship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45 a.m.

Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m.

October Share Food orders can be picked up 9-10:30 a.m., this morning at the church.

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

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

The Pastor is Father Harold W. Rightor II. His e-mail is revhwr@juno.com

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

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

Mass schedule: Saturday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m., Thursday 9 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 a.m.

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.

It is flu season and with the worries about the H1N1 virus everyone should remember to do a few little things to help stay healthy and help others stay health too.

You should always keep your hands clean. Viruses are easily spread by touching your face after you have touched something. If you have to cough make sure you cover up. It is now recommended to cough into your shirt sleeve. Don't cough into your hand, you will just spread it around. If you feel like you have the flu, stay home. It is better to be safe than to spread germs to those who may not be protected.

The experts are saying that is safe to get both the regular flu shot and the shot for the H1N1 virus when it becomes available. There is hand sanitizer in the foyer of the church.

It wouldn't hurt to use it both entering and exiting the church.

The extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist will be using the hand sanitizer prior to giving communion.

It is that time of year when we start collecting food for those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

There is a blue storage container in the back of the church for perishable food items. Please help us help others.

When it gets closer to Thanksgiving we will have a list of food items needed for the food baskets we pass out.

We will know in a couple of weeks how many baskets we need to fill. Please watch the bulletin and here for the list of items needed.

The Knights of Columbus are selling Keep Christ in Christmas cards again this year.

For the next couple of weeks there should be a representative at each mass selling cards.

If you need more information or would like to help, contact the church office for details.

Much of history of Annunciation may be viewed at the following web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

We have hand sanitizers at the bingo hall for everyone to use.

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.

Bee Ridge Church

Hi! Do you realize what tomorrow is? It's Oct. 25.

That means two months from tomorrow will be Christmas Day. Time really does fly, doesn't it?

Even if you do live in a fast-paced world where there is always something that needs your attention and that leaves you with very little time for relaxing, you need to slow down and enjoy the things God has given us.

All work and no play will take the joy of life away.

Even God demonstrated that rest is appropriate and right. If he rested from the work of creation and earthly ministry, we need to rest from our work as well.

Schedule some "slow-down" time for yourself ... starting Sunday by visiting us at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.

Sunday School starts at 9:30-10:15 a.m. Church starts at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Pastor Jeff and the congregation welcome you with open arms.

Don't forget our Jonah Fish Fry this afternoon from 4-8 p.m., at the Kennedy's Crossing Center.

Give Mom a break from cooking and bring her out to eat with us. We'll be expecting you. God bless you all.

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church will conduct a revival Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evening this coming week, with each service beginning at 7 p.m.

The community is invited and encouraged to attend and participate. Special speakers and musicians, each with a local connection, have been selected and will offer messages of invitation and hope.

Sunday, Rev. Peter H. Curts from Otisco, Emmanuel and Old Salem United Methodist Churches will be the primary speaker. Rev. Curts is married to the former Allison Koehler of Brazil.

Also on Sunday evening, a special service for youth will be presented in the Fellowship Hall, with Rev. Sean Johnson, youth pastor of Avon United Methodist Church leading the service. Rev. Johnson is the son of Rev. Scott Johnson of Memorial United Methodist Church.

On Monday evening, Rev. Colleen Harden of Prairieton United Methodist Church will bring the message. Rev. Harden is the daughter of Rev. Brent and Ann Carol Harden, members of Union United Methodist Church.

Special music on both Sunday and Monday evenings will be presented by P-150, a popular and high-energy praise band locally affiliated with Bethel United Methodist Church.

Tuesday evening, the revival will conclude with a message by Union's pastor, Rev. Andrew Charnstrom.

Special music Tuesday evening will be presented by Union's own talented musicians, under the direction of music director Phyllis Mogan.

Sunday's service will follow a chili supper, provided by the Union United Methodist Church Youth Group, CIA (Christians In Action), starting at 5:30 p.m.

Each evening after services, there will be refreshments available in the Fellowship Hall.

Union United Methodist Church is located just 1.4 miles east of State Road 59 on County Road 600 North (Airport Road).

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