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Church News

Friday, October 30, 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. S.R. 42.

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

Harmony United Methodist Church

I used to hate the day that dad paid the bills! It was the day that we all had to walk on egg shells and stay out of his way. It was a day when little things got big and every detail of our lives was put under the microscope to see where we had made mistakes. Money, or the lack of it, can do that especially when you add worry to the formula.

After all, money is the true indicator of what we are worth. And if we are running short, we must be doing something wrong or we are just not wise enough or talented enough to be successful. We all know that we would be happier and our lives much fuller if we had a little more money.

Not really. Money is a deceiver, a Pied Piper playing a tune to lead us down a road that we think will lead us to the answers of the meaning of life. In our society, almost everything we read or hear reinforces this concept. The truth is that there is always one more hurdle to overcome before we reach that elusive rainbow called "enough.'

We have all been trained that having money is the answer, but the fact is that using money (and talents) is really the key. Our riches (money, time, talent) are gifts that we can use to create happiness and thereby give our lives worth, but by themselves they are practically worthless. A stack of dollar bills under your bed won't help you when you are starving. A new car in the driveway won't bring back a lost friend or family member that you were too busy to spend time with. Your riches aren't nearly as valuable as your investments are.

Years ago, John Wesley urged people to follow the 80-10-10 system. Use 80% of your income on paying basic bills and spending for the sake of others. Take 10% and save it. And then take the 10% that is left over and give it away. In short, he is saying, make your money your servant, let it work for you, and not vice versa.

We invite and welcome any who would like to join us this Sunday. Morning Worship -- 9 a.m., Sunday School -- 10:45 a.m.

Next Sunday we will be having our annual Jonah Fish Fry from noon-3 p.m. Come and join us.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Bethel United Methodist Church will have an evening worship service tomorrow starting at 7 p.m., with fellowship and refreshments being served after the service at 8 p.m.

Please come and join us in welcoming Jonny McLain and RideTheWind, who will provide special music along a message from Pastor Ernie Rush. We look forward to seeing you all.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Nov. 1, is our annual "Country Day" celebration. Our services will be full of country flavor and our pastor, Bob Witte, will be speaking about "The Weight We All Carry".

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 in the morning and Kid Zone, a worship service designed for kids, will be at 10:30 a.m.

There will be Reel Worship at the Walnut Theater for middle school and high school ages at 9 a.m., and then Bible Study's 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.

Sunday night we will continue our "Country Day," celebration with a chili cookoff at 4:30 p.m., in the Family Life Center and then a country sing at 6 p.m., in the auditorium. Don't miss this. We'll have a hootin', hollerin', good old time together.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, we will be putting on a concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. This concert is free and will be rockin'. There will be selections by the following artists:

Third Day, Lincoln Brewster, Switchfoot, Mercy Me, Big Daddy Weave, Natalie Grant and several others. We had such an awesome time, last year, with this concert and expect this one to be just as great. This will be a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends to come out and enjoy some great music together, all of which will have a positive message about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So come on out, Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., and let's rock.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

The word Halloween is derived from the words Hollow and Eve which means "the holy day before." You might ask "The day before what?" The answer is All Saints Day, which is the day the Christian Church recognizes all Christians who are now with Jesus. Nothing else about Halloween is Christian except for the name. The practices of present day Halloween are deeply rooted in pagan practices. Our prayer at Brazil First UMC is that everyone have a safe Halloween.

"All Saints Sunday," is tomorrow's theme as we remember the faithful Christians from the past year. We will remember Florence Jones, Clara Shultz, Viola Parsons, Louise Carlton, Ruby Bell, Mary Jane Todd and Dottie Burgess.

The traditional worship at 9 a.m., features Jerry Morgan on the organ and Steve McCullough on piano, as we sing favorite hymns. At the 11 a.m. worship, the Praise Band leads us in contemporary songs.

The church is located at 201 N. Meridian St.

"The New Axis of Evil" is Sunday evening's Bible Study at 5:30 p.m. It is based on David Jeremiah's interpretation of the end times and from the prophet Ezekiel and is 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.

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

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

Take 5

"Take 5," a high energy, action packed evening for grades through high schoolers will take place on Friday, Nov. 6.

Air tramp and all gym and game room activities will be open and prize games will be the soda toss.

Refreshments will be served and everything is free.

Events will begin at 8 p.m., at the Old Jr. High Gym, 201 N. Washington St.

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

Peniel United Methodist Church

The Peniel United Methodist Church will have their annual Roast Beef and Turkey Supper on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The menu will consist of Roast Beef and Turkey, real mashed potatoes, homemade noodles, salads, corn, green beans, dressing, desserts and drink.

The price is $10 for adults, $4 for children and free for children under 6 years old.

There will be a bazaar with many homemade items for sale.

Rev. Pippin and the congregation invite everyone to come out and enjoy a wonderful meal.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Another ten months gone from our walk with the Lord, see how fast the days go by. Yes, I'm talking to you, the ones who think they'll give their lives to the Lord tomorrow or I'll start showing how my relationship to God really is affecting my life. Why do we put off today what we should have done yesterday(?) because we fully feel we'll have a tomorrow. Let's look at what Jesus said in Luke 12:14-21:

"And he said unto him, man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? [15] And he said unto them, take heed, and, beware of covetousness, [greed] for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. [16] And he spake a parable unto them, saying, the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifuly (good crops), [17] And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where, to bestow my fruits? [18] And he said, This will I do. I will pull down, my barns, and build greater, and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods. [19] And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many year, take thine,ease, eat, drink, and be merry, [20] But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? [21] So is he that layeth up (saves) treasure for; himself, and is not rich toward God."

What does this mean to us? It shows that we can not depend on having another day to show love toward our families or toward our Lord Jesus. Today is the time for repentance and devotion to God give him yourself that's what he wants. Let Him into your heart. You won't be perfect but just like the fisherman who can't clean a fish until it's caught, God's work in you can't begin until you repent from your personal sin (s). Let me tell you what I was told by a young person maybe 10 or 11, they said something to like this I want Jesus to know I love him by the way I behave and then maybe someone else will want to know him too. "Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so." everybody know that song but how do we respond to it? It's your decision, if you don't say Yes to Him today you've said no and if you'd die before you wake will you go to be with the Lord Jesus or to live eternity in a place called Hades?

We invite you to Otter Creek Christian Church weekly services are Sunday: Study 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m., located 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil. 812-446-5300

Pastor Steve Brattain can be reached after 4:30 p.m., daily at 812-2249-3309 or we can be reached most days at 812-446-4007 or Wednesday-Saturday after 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 812-443-6007. There is a ladies Bible Study Friday at 9:30 a.m., at the Bowden home for directions call 448-2431.

We ask you pray for our troops who are serving anywhere in the world and if you see a person in the military give them a big thank you for what they've done for our country. Be in prayer for our city officials, and those who serve you daily whether you know them or not, and most of all pray for our national leaders that God's will be done in America.

Remember to give of your best to the Master (God) and that you are a witness either for Jesus or the devil which one will you witness for? The choice is yours. Until we meet again either in person or by way of this page. In God we trust. Do you?

Carbon United Methodist Church

God smiled on us last Saturday evening. The people of the church had planned a fall wiener roast for Saturday evening. All day long it rained, the wind blew, it was cold ... not a good day to be out. I had several calls from various people wanting to know if we were going to call it off. We decided that if nothing else we would boil our wieners inside, eat, and go home.

Even as we pulled up to the church, the wind was blowing and the guys were having a hard time getting the fire lit. But, within minutes, the wind quit, the sun came out, the fire caught and roared to life, and the evening turned out to be a perfect time for an old fashioned weiner roast. Just as we gathered around the fire to pray, the church chimes began to play as if on cue. We stood and waited as they played contemplating the small miracle God had wrought in giving us such a beautiful fall evening.

It is hard to believe but the church's Thanksgiving Dinner will be next Sunday, Nov. 8, at noon. The turkey, the dressing, the rolls, the chicken and noodles will be furnished. Everyone is asked to bring a salad, a vegetable, or a dessert and plan to enjoy this time of getting together with us.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, we will host the annual Harvest Service along with the Carbon Church of the Nazarene. It will begin at 7 p.m.

Make you plans for Thanksgiving early, it is coming quickly. And be sure that your Thanksgiving is just that ... not turkey day or football day, but truly a day of thanksgiving. Even if you are inclined to grumble about all the things wrong with our world, our country, your life, I'm sure that if you look, you can find many, many things, large and small, to thank God for. Don't forget to do so.

Join us in thanking God by coming to church Sunday. Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m., and lasts just one hour. Can you give God that much?

Eastside Christian Church

It is Angel Food ordering time again. Lorie will be at the church on Tuesday evening from 4-6 p.m., to take your orders, and Sharon will be there on Thursday from 4-6 p.m.

There will be a church board meeting on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Don't forget to bring your nonperishable items for the food drive to be distributed in December.

S.O.S will be having a Thanksgiving Dinner for all families. If you can donate or help in anyway, please let them know. There is more info on our bulletin board in the vestibule.

We want to pray for David Raab, Avilla DeLange, those in nursing homes, and any others who are having difficulties at this time. We believe in the power of prayer. It was good to see Gloria with us last week. If you need us to pray for you, please feel free to call the church and let us know.

Pastor Bill will be starting a new series of messages this Sunday on "What makes this church so special." His topic this week will be "The Truth is Proclaimed." We want to invite you to come hear what he has to say.

We want to thank the generous giver for the addition of 25 hymnals.

The holiday seasons are right around the corner, and what better way to enter them than by coming to the Lord. Now is the time. We never know if we are going to have tomorrow.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. We love the Lord, and our main goal is to tell as many as we can about Him, so they too can be in His family.

Our church is located directly behind Hardees' on Church St. You are always welcome.

Bee Ridge Church

Happy Halloween. Are you having any ghosts or goblins ringing your doorbell and saying "trick or treat?" They usually have on outfits that are really cute or really scary. That's just one of the ways Halloween is celebrated.

Other ways of celebrating this holiday are haunted house tours, bonfires, costume parties and carving Jack-o-lanterns.

The carved pumpkin lit by a candle inside is one of Halloween's most prominent symbol in America. I feel like the following poem describes Halloween and the Jack-O-lantern the way it should be remembered. I used this poem a year ago, but I feel like it's worth repeating.


I am a Jack O' Lantern, my lights will shine so bright,

For, I'm a Christian pumpkin and my symbols tell what's right.

My nose if like the cross, on which our Savior died

to set us free from sin. We need no longer hide.

My mouth is like a fish. The whole wide world to show.

That Christians live in this house and love their Savior so!

The story starts at Christmas. My eyes are like the star

that shone on Baby Jesus and wise men from far.

My color, it is orange. Just like the big bright sun.

That rose on Easter Day along with God's own Son.

And so on Halloween let's set our pumpkins out.

And tell the trick or treaters what God's love is all about.

Tomorrow is the beginning of a whole new month. How about starting a new month with a new way of living. If you don't already have a church you go to regularly, why not give Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church a try?

Pastor Jeff speaks directly from the Bible and explains it so you can understand. We sing both praise songs and songs from our Songbook. However, we do need a piano player. Do you know of anyone who might be interested?

We have a handicapped ramp that you can use if you are in a wheelchair or to just walk up if you aren't able to do stairs. We have a handicapped accessible restroom in the church. We do not have a dress code. Tennis shoes and jeans are acceptable. After all, God doesn't care what you wear, he just wants you to attend church somewhere. So give it some thought and come visit us.

Sunday School for both children and adults starts at 9:30-10:15 a.m. Church services follow at 10:30-11:30 a.m. We have church services for both children and adults, too.

Our church is really easy to find. Just go on North Kennedy's Crossing Rd at Northview High School. 1.4 miles later you will be at our church. It's at the top of the hill on the east side of the road. We'll be looking for you.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor is Father Harold W. Rightor II, and his email is revhwr@juno.com

Email for the parish office can be sent to annunicationchurch@msn.com.

The website is mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annunciationchurch

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.

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.

After hearing about the Allen Chapel and their organ restoration project I decided to see what I could find out about our organ. Our organ is a Lyon & Healy Builders organ. It says it is uses the Bennett System whatever that is. Lyon & Healy Builders are from Chicago.

Our organ was built on site in 1885, and may be the oldest known Lyons & Healy still in existence.

Our organ predates the organ at the Allen Chapel AME Church by 20 years and is one of the oldest in the Wabash valley.

Lyons & Healy history is a bit sketchy due to company records being destroyed in four fires including the historic Chicago fire. It appears that they started selling sheet music and branched out into making pianos and reed organs around 1880. Later they also made a variety of other band instruments including drums and guitars. They settled on making harps and continue to this day as one of the finest harp makers around.

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

The Knights are preparing for a Spaghetti Dinner to be held at Kennedy's Crossing on Dec. 11, from 4:30-8:00 pm.

Please plan to attend this event and take advantage of the fact that the men doing the cooking and the cleanup too.

Much of the history of Annunciation may be viewed at the following web site:


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.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist families will gather for a Harvest Fellowship at Lloyd and Dorothy Plunkett's this evening. The gathering begins at 4 p.m. There will be a wiener roast followed later with a hayride.

You have an extra hour when you turn your clocks back tonight.

Sunday School for all ages will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Communion is this Sunday with worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. There is a nursery in the education wing. You may leave your child there before church or any time during the service. Spirit Kids will meet with Stacey Thompson.

Sunday evening activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with AWANA and Youth. They meet for group activities, individual book time with adult leaders, and snacks. The adults meet upstairs at 6 p.m. There is something for you here.

Tuesday evening are committee meetings and Coordinating Team beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. we begin the study of Joshua. The name Joshua means "Jehovah saves," the same as the name Jesus in the New Testament.

Because we believe God can inspire His people to worship him in unique and vivid ways, Thursday evening at 7 p.m., there is another opportunity to worship at The Rock. For those with young families, there are programs for nursery, pre-school and school-age children.

If you plan to pack a shoebox for Samaritan's Purse, that should be done by Nov. 9. Several are already at the church.

There are a lot of events throughout November and December. Remember if you have no one to share Thanksgiving Day with, you are invited to our FBC Thanksgiving Dinner. If you are a shut- in and have no family to have dinner with, call the church office.

We will also prepare for Advent with a Hanging of the Greens luncheon and preparation of the church building for a season of celebration in November.

Are you familiar with the Legend of the 5 Kernels? It was very cold for the pilgrims the first winter. Food was in short supply. Some days they were rationed only five kernels of corn. When spring came the Pilgrims planted the remaining corn and with the help of the Native American neighbors, the next fall there was much food harvested.

They continued to use the five kernels to remind them of the hardships, suffering and times they had nothing to eat.

If you had five kernels of corn, could you use them to name five things you are thankful for?

Give thanks with a grateful heart ... and we'll see you 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.

Stop by our parking lot this evening from 6-8 p.m., for Trunk or Treat, an easy way to celebrate Halloween without all the fuss.

Please join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship as we celebrate the many saints who have gone before us and who still influence our lives.

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.

Our bi-annual auction is Sunday evening, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. A homemade chili-tasting begins at 5 p.m., before the auction, in the lower level of the church.

November Share Food orders can be placed through Nov. 5, by calling the church office.

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

Hulman Street Assembly

Hulman Street Assembly will be hosting three upcoming events in Terre Haute.

The first event is Operation HSA and will be at 10 a.m., on Nov. 1. Pastor Patrick Newton will perform a Bible-based, multimedia illustrated message that will reveal the 'deeper truths' from Scripture.

The second event will be the Fall Festival, which will be from 5 p.m-7 p.m., on Nov. 1. The festival will feature experiments, illusions, balloon animals, games for all ages, prizes and free candy.

The third event is a Christian Concert, which will begin at 6 p.m., on Nov. 8. Christian singer/songwriter Don Wharton has performed concerts in all 50 states, which has given him the opportunity to share his music with a wide range of audiences. He has opened for such Christian artists as Carman, Michael Card, and Don Francisco. He also performed the first Gospel concert at the Pentagon in Washington D. C. All are invited to attend.

Hulman Street Assembly is located at 600 Hulman St. in Terre Haute. They can be reached by phone at (812) 232-1857, or by email at www.HulmanAG.org.

Terre Haute after 5

The Terre Haute after 5 presents the November Dinner Event at Saint Mary of the Woods, Providence Center, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6-8:15 p.m.

Cost is $14 inclusive.

"The price is right," will feature crafts, baked goods and new items to be sold or auctioned.

The sale of baked goods and silent auction will be from 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by an auction of special items by Johnny Swalls and music by Sam Glover.

Tamera Perry, Indianapolis, will take us on a hike through life's ups and downs with "The Path to Find True Love's Voice."

The December event will be "Santas on Parade" on Dec. 15, from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

Handmade Santas by Nelda Barnard, Soloist Jill Kuckewich and Speaker Sherry Miley, Carmel, are the planned events.

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

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