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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, November 13, 2009

First Baptist Church

This Sunday we set the foundation for the third week of November by studying and worshiping together at First Baptist.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with nursery and classes for all ages.

You may have to maneuver around the construction zones, but it is an exciting part of being here. Work is still ongoing for the large handicapped-accessible restroom near the fellowship room. Framing and moving of walls are taking place for the elevator.

Marcia Davis will be in the nursery for the 10:30 a.m. worship service. After the Spirit Kids recite and sing for the congregation, they will go to Children's Church with Darlene shepherd. The highlight off all services is the sermon which reinforces the importance of daily fellowship with God, the truth of His love, and the need of His forgiving grace.

Youth and AWANA begin the evening programs at 5:30 p.m. They are incorporating preparation for the Thanksgiving and Christmas special events into their schedule. Our prayer and goals are that they will train, trust, read and follow God's commands. They are building lives on the Word of God.

Adults meet at 6 p.m. This Sunday completes the video study of the first 1,000 years of Christianity. You will want to see this video even if you have been unable to attend the earlier ones.

We want to thank everyone who brought shoeboxes for the Samaritan's Purse. If they are not at church this Sunday, you can take them to the Union United Methodist Church.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. is Bible Study in the Fellowship room continuing the study of the book of Joshua.

Deacons will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday evening.

Thursday, at 7 p.m., will be The Rockworship service. If you have not attended yet, we hope you will be able to be present this Thursday. This is for all ages, with special age-appropriate programming for children.

Next Sunday is Donut Sunday, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Following morning services, the Mission Committee will host a soup luncheon. The free-will offering will go to RMMO, the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering. As we remember with love, we give with gratitude to those who have served in this special capacity.

This will be followed with the Hanging of the Greens.

The T-N-T theme song says "trusting Jesus, It's the ultimate adventure."

See you Sunday!

Wesley Chapel Church

The Wesley Chapel Church will be conducting a Ham and Bean dinner from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, at the church, 8008 N. County Road 400 E., Brazil.

Coleslaw, fried potatoes, desserts and drinks will also be available.

Cost of the dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

First Church of the Nazarene

Greetings from the folks at the Brazil Nazarene Church.

We are getting ready for a baptismal service tomorrow following worship service. There are children who have received instruction and several adults who will be baptized. Following the baptismal service there will be lunch for all those who were baptized along with their families.

We are part of the Ministry Fair that is making Crisis Care Kits and School Kits around the world. We encourage anyone who has a heart for this ministry to take part. If you would like to help, contact Mary Sue Jackson at 812-446-0371. If there is no answer, just leave a message.

On Nov. 22, we will be receiving our annual Thanksgiving Offering for World Missions. Every dollar collected will be applied to this mission. Christ has no hands but ours to do His work, and it is our privilege to cooperate with His plan of salvation for the world by sharing our abundance with souls who need to hear about Him. Our goal for the 2009-2010 church year is $19,197.

It is not too early to think about the Community Christmas Eve service that will be held in our church sanctuary at 10 pm.

We invite any churches in our community to be a part of this wonderful service. Contact Erin Hood at 448-3188, Pat Heffner at 448-1262 or Jerad Heffner at 448-8608, if your church would like to participate.

This is a beautiful candle light service that has been well attended and well received in years past. If you do not want to participate in the service, please attend as a worshiper. This service is open to everyone in our community.

If you are not attending church somewhere, we warmly invite you to join us for Life Classes at 9 a.m., Worship Service at 10 a.m., Sunday Evening Service at 6 p.m., and Wednesday Night Service at 7 p.m. Children's Caravan is Wednesday at 7 p.m., with bus service provided. If your child needs a ride, please call our church at 446-0371 before 6 p.m., on Wednesday.

We will be delighted if you chose to join us for any or all our services and hope you will feel the warmth of God's spirit and that you will be spiritually encouraged and strengthened as we worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, together.

Have a great week and God bless.

What Child Is This

Singers and soloist are needed for a Christmas presentation "What Child Is This?" to be performed on Saturday, Dec. 19, from 6-8 p.m., during the "Walk Through The Park." For more information, call 812-201-3966.

Carbon Baptist Church

The youth group will be having their meeting on Sunday at 6 p.m., along with a concert by "RideTheWind." Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Ladies Ministry this month will be at the church on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. They will have a pitch-in dinner and will be decorating the church for Christmas.

This Friday, Nov. 21, is our Men's Prayer Breakfast, at 7 a.m. All men from the church get-together and have devotional time and breakfast.

Please enjoy the week coming up and remember that God Loves You.

Grace Chapel of Brazil

We will be hosting a Ladies Luncheon/Tea on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m., at our new church location, the former Burger Dodge building. This is an outreach to the ladies of the community. If you are without a church home and would enjoy an opportunity to connect with women for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship. We invite you to join us. RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 18, or if you have questions, call Rose Zuch at 812-986-3207 or Joyce Fisher at 812-872-2483.

Other happenings at Grace Chapel are the Shoebox Gifts for Operation Child, can be dropped until Friday, Nov. 20 at noon.

On Saturay, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., we will be the host church for Toys for Tots. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, call Joyce Fisher at 812-872-2483 or Rebecca Brown at 765-918-9437.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are upon us. For many it can be a joyful time of love and celebration with loved ones and for many others it can be a stressful time, full of grief and worries. No matter what your circumstance, we encourage you to take this time to be thankful to God, the giver of all good things. He is the one who gives us breath. It is His kindness that freely gives us health, life and strength. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

We invite you to worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10:45 a.m. We welcome you with open arms. Children's church us provided for infants through fifth grade. For more information about our church, call 812-443-8000 or go to www.grace-chapel.org

Grace and peace to you through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Harmony United Methodist Church

A huge thank you to all who attended Harmony UMC's Annual Jonah Fish Fry! What a joy it was to have friends and family gather for fish, fellowship, and worship as we shared stories of people and events that have been centered around the blessings of God in our community. Many hearts were touched by recalling the joys of the past and we were challenged to look forward to the opportunities of today and tomorrow.

This week we will study Mark 13:1-8 as we prepare for the Advent Season. The message is called "the Beginning of the End." As we look forward to receiving our gifts this Christmas we also remember the gift of the Christ Child so many years ago and the promise of the day yet to come when Christ will come again.

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!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Oh, what a beautiful day the Lord has given us, Rejoice in it and give thanks for all His benefits (good things). Even on our worst days there are always people who are having a rougher time than you are, so look at your life and find something to give thanks for. If you are reading this you can say thank you that I am allowed to read anything I want and thank you for allowing me to see the print. See two for the price of one, just give Him the glory.

Otter Creek Christian Church extends a warm welcome to those who may be visiting our area or those who do not have a church home to join us this Sunday for our Worship services. Our address is 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil, phone number for the parsonage is 446-4007 (leave message if no answer) or call Pastor Steve after 4:30 p.m., at 812-249-3309 or Sandy's Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at 443-6007

*Fridays -- 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study at Mary Bowden 448-2431

*Sunday -- 9:30 a.m. Sunday Study and Worship at 10:40 a.m.

*Today, at 8 a.m., Men's Prayer Breakfast at Church

*Friday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner church furnish meat and you bring a covered dish at 7p.m. Praise and Worship with the team from Family Worship Center with Jim Tucker and Friends.

Galatians 5:13 NIV "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love." Do we as a nation of free people use our freedom to step on others or to lift up the name of our Lord? We are not the leaders of everyone else but rather should be followers of Jesus Christ, giving an example of His grace and love to those who are most unlovable.

This week give each person you meet an encouraging word and if they act as if they are unhappy say a little prayer for them even if it is just a little one to yourself.

Tell those who work with you or for you no matter what their capacity, how much they are appreciated. Pray for our leaders, military and others who need the uplifting of the lord.

Until we meet again, either here or in heaven, may God be with you.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Last Sunday was our annual Thanksgiving Dinner after church. As usual, everyone turned out bringing so much stuff that we could have stayed and eaten leftovers until Christmas. There was a good turnout for church and I think even more came in to eat with us. We were happy to see old friends whom we had not seen for a good while.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Remember that it is really a day of thanksgiving and be sure to sincerely thank God for all your blessings. Then you can indulge in that turkey and that ball game. You can't think of any blessings? This has been a bad year for you? Look around you! There is always someone who has had a worse time than you have. We get a little depressed about the fact that my husband has to take things so slow and doesn't feel like doing much, but last week we met an old friend of his who is wheelchair bound, cannot use his right hand, cannot speak, and has a terrible time eating. He would be lying in a nursing home if it weren't for a very unselfish, dedicated son. That son is cheerful, has a great sense of humor, and the patience of Job. He is our friend's greatest blessing. Our problems seem rather small in comparison.

The Carbon Church of the Nazarene and our church will get together for our annual joint Harvest Service on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m., and our church. We always enjoy these times with them and are really looking forward to it. Come join us for this joint endeavor.

The paint in the sanctuary has been repaired and looks very nice. We are in the process of choosing paint for the basement. All of us are very excited about finally getting the basement painted. Before Carbon installed all those storm sewers (that had the town torn up for about a year) water would seep into the basement (sometimes it would pour) and dampen the walls to such an extent that it ruined the paint. Now that the sewers are in, the basement has been dry and we feel confident enough to have it painted finally.

God's spirit is moving in our little church. We can feel it. Come to church Sunday and be a part of it. The worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II; his email is revhwr@juno.com

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

Website: 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, call 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.

Don't forget to buy your shirts. The order forms are in the back of the church.

Please remember to bring your nonperishable food items in as soon as possible. We will need all of the help we can get.

The Knights of Columbus are having a spaghetti dinner on Dec. 11, at Kennedys Crossing. Plan on attending. More about this in the next couple of weeks.

The Lady Knights are having their annual Taste of Christmas after mass on Saturday, Dec. 12. Lots of good cookies will be available.

Please take care of yourselves. The H1N1 virus has been identified in the area and some parishioners may have already had it. In the last report I read about it, it had killed nine people in Indiana since June. Almost all of them were children. Please keep the kids safe. H1N1 is an airborne virus The virus will remain alive for a while outside the body, so coughing and sneezing and contaminate any number of objects that we routinely come in contact with. That is why I keep reminding everyone to wash your hands frequently.

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 Schoolbaseball field. We are handicapped accessible and we have a lighted parking lot and a covered outside smoking area.

First Christian Church

A free concert will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, in the church's auditorium.

Selections from artists will include Third Day, Lincoln Brewster, Switchfoot, Mercy Me, Big Daddy Weave, Natalie Grant and several others.

The music is intended to have a positive message about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This Sunday, Nov. 15, our pastor, Bob Witte, will be speaking about "Spiritual Formation".

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 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.

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.

Rose-Hulman students are invited to an end-of-classes homemade meal at 5 p.m., this evening. Meet on the lower level of the church in the fellowship hall.

Join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship when we will examine the call to live up to that great thing God has done for us in Christ. 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.

November Share Food orders can be picked up 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.

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

Bee Ridge Church

Hello Everyone. Have you all been taking advantage of the beautiful weather we've had this past week? I think I could handle weather like this all year long. How about you? Then, come to think of it, I don't know if I would like the same weather all the time. There wouldn't be any changes to look forward to.

There are a lot of churches in this area, but Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church is unique. So what's so unique about Bee Ridge besides the fact that it's one of the oldest churches in the area. You have probably noticed that it is a "Congregational Church."

What is the difference between a Congregational Church and the other churches?

Congregational churches are Protestant Christian churches practicing congregational church government, in which each congregation independently runs its own affairs. A Congregational church is simply a group of Christians who commit themselves to each other and to God, usually by making a covenant with each other, to be His church. A Congregational church is not founded by any denominational structure, and has no loyalty or duty to any religious body, but is a group of Christians, believing in Christ's promise that where two or three are gathered together in His name there He will be in their midst, and is therefore a church.

A Congregational church is therefore independent of all other churches; we owe no allegiance to church structure beyond ourselves. Our allegiance is to Christ alone. So a Congregational church is independent to order its own affairs. It employs its own minister, it owns its own building. A Congregational church is a group of Christian believers who simply covenant with each other to be God's church in a particular place. Church members gather in church order in response to the initial call of God. A Congregational Church obtains its guidance in matters of faith and fellowship from the scriptures as lead by the Holy Spirit. The government of the Church is vested in its members who exercise the right of control in all its affairs by direct voting. Hopefully, this will enlighten you to the difference in Congregational and other denominational churches.

If you still don't understand the full meaning of the Congregational church, we invite you to visit us and see for yourself. If you have more questions, Pastor Jeff would be glad to answer them for you.

We are located on North Kennedy's Crossing Road approximately 1.4 miles north of Northview High School. Our Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by Church Services at 10:30 a.m. We'll be waiting for you with open arms.

Don't forget to come to our Thanksgiving Dinner at the church this evening. It will be held from 5-8 p.m. We will have Turkey and all the trimmings, desserts and drinks all for a free will offering.



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