Carbon United Methodist Church
Well, Thanksgiving is over. Is your thankful spirit over too?
Have you gotten caught up in the "Christmas Rush?"
Did you celebrate Black Friday?
What a name! I wonder who thought that one up? That should be the name for Good Friday instead. Anyway, I hope that to you the Christmas rush does not mean all the shopping, cooking, gift-wrapping, tree-trimming type rush. I hope it means the "rush" you feel when you think what God did for us by sending us the Christ Child. And I hope you are preparing your spirit for Christmas as well as all the mundane material things.
The youth and some of the adults decorated the church last Saturday and it is beautiful. We want to thank them. While they were working in the sanctuary, several of the stronger men were moving stuff -- and I do mean stuff -- around in the basement for the painter. He has the walls and trim painted a beautiful light blue with white trim and is now working on the floor. Everything that was in the basement is stacked up to expose as much of the floor as possible. And when he is done and the floor is dry, it will all be to put everything back again. Not everything; we are going to clean house while it is all in chaos.
The women of the church will be preparing homemade cookies and candy for Cheer Plates which will be put together and distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Get out aprons and start fixing those goodies!
Tomorrow will be the second Sunday of Advent, preparing our spirits for the coming of the Christ Child. Do you believe in Him? Seventy-five percent of Americans say they do....and many more than that celebrate the "Holiday Season". So, why is there only less than forty percent in church? Which kind of "believer" are you?
If you are a true believer, you will seek out a church somewhere to worship. No church is closed on Sunday. We would love to have you come to ours. Our Worship Time is at 10:30 a.m. The doors are open!
Annunciation Catholic Church
Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. It will be held at the Kennedys Crossing Bingo Hall, 8990 N. Kennedys Crossing Rd. Friday, Dec. 11, from 4:30-8 pm. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 6 to 13 and free for kids 5 and younger. This fund raiser will help us with our support of Gibault and other charities. The public is invited. We are wheel chair accessible.
Eastside Christian Church
Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. We pray that your week has gone well.
Tomorrow is the last day to order Angel Food for this month. Distribution day will be Dec. 19. We want to thank everyone who has ordered.
We will be having a New Members reception immediately following our morning worship service tomorrow. Please bring your favorite soup, sandwiches or cookies to share.
During the last two Sundays Pastor Bill has presented messages on Hell. If you were not with us, you missed some good presentations. Even an atheist recognizes there is a God. But have you ever thought of what it would be like if God was not in the world in which you live? God will not be in Hell. Tomorrow Pastor Bill will be presenting a message on what it will be like in Heaven. You don't want to miss this. We want to invite you to come be with us to listen what the Bible has to say about what Heaven will be like.
Next Sunday, Ben Pennington, a missionary from Africa, will be with us in our evening service at 6 p.m.
We have many activities going on this month. Please come take part in any of them or all of them.
We want to remember to pray for our shut-ins, anyone having difficulties, whether it be physically or emotionally, our government leaders, and especially our military men and women. God does hear our prayers.
It was good to have Dave back leading the singing. Ron does a good job filling in, and we appreciate him very much. And we always appreciate Millie and Ann at the piano and organ.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, let this be an invitation for you to come be with us. God's arms are always open, but you have to let Him embrace you. Hopefully, we will see you tomorrow. God is love.
Harmony United Methodist Church
Are you ready for Christmas? It's almost here. In just a couple of weeks the day we wait for all year will be upon us. How prepared are you for that celebration? If you are like most of us you aren't as ready as you would like to be, too many things have gotten in the way.
The people of ancient Jerusalem weren't ready for the first Christmas either. God sent John the Baptist to remind them that the day was coming soon.
Today there are many people who haven't met the Lord and many more who are not prepared for His return. God is using you and me to prepare the way for Christ to be presented in their lives.
As we ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas 2009, let's continue to share the message of the birth of hope and salvation to those around us just as John did so many years ago. You see, it is God's plan for the story to go on from generation to generation so that "All mankind will see God's salvation." (Luke 3:6)
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!
First Presbyterian Church
The First Presbyterian Church is a busy place during this Advent season as we prepare for the birth of the Savior. The Senior Highs have decorated the Sanctuary and the younger children have had their Christmas party. Each Sunday during Advent during the 10:30 a.m., Service of the Divine Worship, a different family lights the Advent Season.
The Angel Tree is set up in the Narthex and everyone is invited to participate by taking an "ornament" off the tree, purchasing the item written on the "ornament" and return them, wrapped, by Sunday, Dec. 13. This year we hope to help approximately 20 children. Each child will receive a shirt/blouse, pants, shoes, socks and underwear as well as pajamas and a toy.
The Christmas food basket campaign is coming to a conclusion with members being asked to bring tomato or apple juice this week.
The children of the church have been practicing very hard for their Christmas Pageant which they will present during the Service of Divine Worship on Dec. 13.
The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us. For more information, please contact the church office at 446-2415.
Carbon Baptist Church
We will be having a Children's Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 13, during our worship service, lead by Sally Bass.
The Youth will be having a Winter Retreat, Dec. 20-22, at Walnut Hills. Cost is $50. For more information, see Pastor Chris.
Pastor Chris has started a worship service for ages fifth-ninth grades, during the 10:30 a.m. service.
So much is being offered at Carbon Baptist Church, find the time to visit and join in with all the holiday festivities.
Peniel United Methodist Church
The church was decorated for the Advent season on Saturday, Nov. 28. It is so pretty, with the many wreaths and the greenery at every window. Two Christmas trees add to the decorations.
The tree in the Sanctuary will be decorated with gloves, hats and other clothing which will go to the tree elementary schools.
Our choir has been busy learning a Cantata under the direction of Jeff Colvin. The choir will have two performances. The first will be The Little Historical Church at Carbon at 7 p.m., on Dec. 8, with a pitch-in supper at 6 p.m.
The second performance will be on Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., at Peniel's Christmas Program. There will be a time of fellowship following the program in the Fellowship Hall. Finger foods and punch will be provided. Santa will make an appearance at this time.
The Community Choir will perform their Christmas Cantata at Peniel on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. We will have a time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall.
Rev. Pippin and the Peniel Congregation inviteds the public to attend any of these programs.
Otter Creek Christian Church
This is the best time of the year for those who believe in Christ, we can celebrate his coming and know that because of His love there will be a great homecoming for us soon. There is a song that goes something like soon and very soon we are going to meet the King -- won't you be glad to meet Jesus face to face and bring glory to his name? We don't have to wait until the Lord comes again to bring glory to his name, we can do that day by day just by living our lives to bring honor to Him. If you don't know how to do that just open the Bible and read it, it will give you and me the instructions as to how to bring glory to the Lord Jesus. It never tells you it will be easy but it does promise you help and guidance along the way.
At this time of the year we seem to focus on the gifts we get and not on what can and should be done for others. Do you know someone who has less than they need, not want but really need? Do you have extra? Could you share with them? We need to do this in a way not to make them feel bad about themselves and let them know that you don't want any glory just to glorify God for the good things He has provided both of you.
That's why I think most people find it easier to open up to complete strangers or to give to complete strangers that way you don't feel bad if the recipient doesn't appreciate the gift and as a recipient you don't feel beholding to like something just because a friend gave it to you.
Lots of people turn away from the best gift of all Jesus in John 3:16 it says "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." What a wonderful gift none greater could we receive, yet even today people turn away from this precious gift, why because they know there's a catch, but the only catch is life everlasting in heaven or life eternally in hell. Accept the gift.
Otter Creek Church services are Sunday 9:30 a.m. study and 10:40 a.m. worship
Ladies Bible Study for the rest of this year will be held at 10 a. m. on Fridays at 12660 E. Grotto Road (road behind Northview).
Our address is 6299 E. Crow Street, phone 812-446-5300 or call Pastor Steve weekdays after 4 p.m., 812-249-3309 or 812-446-4007. To leave a message for him call Sandy Wed. through Saturday, after 11 a.m., at 812-443-6007
Please be in prayer for our troops, and those who will be deployed in the near future, keep our families in constant prayer from the youngest to the oldest, our families are being attacked and only God can and will save us from harm if we submit to Him.
May God be with you until we meet again.
Have a blessed week and give glory to our Lord and Savior.
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.
Join us for 9:30 Sunday morning worship as our choir leads us in a lighthearted Christmas program for all ages. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.
Our monthly scrapbooking group meets this afternoon (Sunday) at 1 p.m. Rookies and experienced alike are welcome to join in on the scrapbooking fun.
December Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30, Saturday morning, Dec. 19, in Fellowship Hall (located on the lower level of the church).
For more information, visit www.seelyvilleumc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 812-877-1868.
Bee Ridge Church
Happy December! I want to wish you all a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This will be my last article for a while. No, I am not quiting for good. I'm just taking some time off so I can spend more time with family and friends over the holidays. See you next year!
Do you all remember the song "Standing on the Promises of God?" It's another one of our older, beautiful songs. We should take it seriously and always commit ourselves to God and to promises we make to Him.
The most important single factor in individual success is commitment. Commitment ignites action. To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose and to practice your beliefs.
There is an old saying that goes "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything." I'm sure a lot of you remember that saying.
Fortunately, paying the price that commitment demands has payoffs worth the cost of a reputation, for integrity and, even more important, the commitment of others in return.
Let's talk about promises. Exactly what is a promise? A promise is a verbal or written agreement between two or more persons. Once you agree to a promise, you should always keep it.
Promises mean a lot to people because they suggest appreciation, value and trust. On the other hand, broken promises can cause resentment, undue anxiety and lack of trust. God has made a lot of promises and He does not take them back. One promise he gave us is that He will give us peace. One way we can keep that peace is to keep the commitments and promises that we make to others. That would make our friends and God very happy. Trust and obey.
We invite you to visit us at Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church this Sunday. We have a handicapped ramp for wheel chairs or for people who do not do steps. We have a handicapped-equipped restroom.
Our church is really easy to find. Just go north on Kennedy's Crossing Rd. approximately 1.4 miles. We are the little brick church on the east side of the road. Our Sunday Schools begin at 9:30 a.m. and Church Services begin at 10:30 a.m. See you Sunday.
First Baptist Church
This Sunday is Communion Sunday. We look forward to the opportunity to remember Jesus. "Do this in remembrance of me." I Corinthians 11:24. Recognize the wonder of Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. We are to remember Jesus. We honor His sacrifice, what He did for us.
We will also celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent.
Stacey Thompson will be in charge of the nursery during the worship service. Janet Emmert will take the Spirit Kids to their class from the sanctuary.
Sunday evening begins at 5:30 with AWANA and Youth programs. They have their scheduled activities and are also preparing for the Christmas program.
There will be a mid-week Bible Study Wednesday at 12:15. We are continuing in the study of Joshua.
The American Baptist Women will have their Christmas party at Simply Decadent Thursday at 1:30. They will also collect items for the scholarship girl.
Thursday evening worship, The Rock, will begin at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13, Hospitality will host a Christmas Brunch following morning worship.
The Youth and AWANA Christmas Program will be next Sunday evening at 6 p.m.
Where are your thoughts this Christmas season; thoughts that bring loneliness, sadness, frustration, exhaustion, or regrets? Turn your thoughts to Jesus, especially that mental picture of Baby Jesus and the nativity scene and you feel loved and you feel at peace.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
See you in church Sunday.
Brazil First United Methodist Church
"I can't find Christmas" said my distraught 3-year-old daughter. She had been looking all through the house in search of Christmas and was close to tears.
Have you been searching for Christmas? The Magi weren't searching for Christmas; they were searching for a baby king. They saw the star, started a journey and found Jesus.
Join us in our search for Jesus this Christmas season. We have traditional worship at 9 a.m., and contemporary worship at 11 a.m.
Pastor Tony Alstott's message tomorrow is "The Star" and will include a picture of the night sky in Jesus' day.
The church is located at 201 N. Meridian St.
Tomorrow we will have our annual food auction at 10:10 a.m., and the children will begin practicing for next week's Christmas Program. Our local Soup Kitchen serves free meals on Wednesday's at 4:30 p.m.
Open Hands Preschool is enrolling for the winter of 2010. Children who will enter Kindergarten in the fall of 2010 can get a head start by joining our afternoon class.
The December Wesleyan newsletter is on our website at brazilfirstumc.com
The Door Christian Fellowship Church
We will present a Special Ministry on Sunday, Dec. 6, with Brother Robert Hice, as the guest speaker. Bob has served our community many years, pastoring in different parishes. He also was instrumental in the Salvation and Conversion of Pastor Tom Roeschlein.
Come hear this humble servant of God beginning at 11 a.m.
The Door is located at 202 N. Washington St., Brazil, inside the Old Jr. High School gym.
For more information or transportation, call 812-442-8470.
Terre Haute after 5
You are invited to Christmas at the Woods Dinner Event on Tuesday, Dec. 15 from 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Cost is $14.
"Santas on Parade" will be presented with handmade Santas by Neida Barnard. Soloist Jill Kuckwich will perform "O Holy Night," with speaker Sherry Miley, a Carmel teacher with a unique heritage, with a love of books, writing and finding treasures at flea markets.
Call Joretta at 812-877-9633 for reservations.
Union Christian Church
Union Christian Church, SR 46 and Hulman St., Terre Haute, will present a Wild Game Dinner, with guest speaker Ralph Duren of Realtree Outdoors on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Tickets are on sale now for $10, call 812-877-1187 for reservations.
Ralph Duren is an entertainer, humorist, wildlife impersonator, outdoorsman, two time Grand National Wild Turkey Gobbling Champion, First World Quail Calling Champion and a member of the Realtree Outdoors Pro Staff.