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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, December 11, 2009

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. Sunday morning worship as we examine the powerful biblical images of the coming Messiah. 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.

December Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 a.m., next Saturday, Dec. 19, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

This is the time of year we, most of us celebrate Christ birth, however most scholars say this is not when Jesus was born. I don't really think it matters when we give our celebration for Jesus coming to earth, but it does matter when we recognize that He did indeed come for us, whether we acknowledge it or not. God is not dead and Jesus will come again. Now again it isn't up to us, it is entirely up to Him. Why are humans so dense and have to have their own way? God gave us free will and some of us give him praise for that while others just ignore him and curse his name.

This time of year it doesn't really get any better, you hear of the people who fight over toys or clothes that they really don't need and sometimes people even kill others just to have the latest gadget, this is not what Honoring Jesus at this time of year should be. We should do something people wouldn't expect--share a little Jesus this year. Our Superintendent and his wife, at church sent the best card and that is exactly what it said Share a little Jesus with someone this year doesn't have to be an elaborate gift, maybe a smile, pair of gloves when you see someone without. We all can be part of a better time of year daily if we choose to be. Be faithful with what God has given you, if we are faithful with the small things we will be faithful in the larger parts of our life.

Live in peace if we follow Jesus example we will have, as it says in Philippians 4:7 "He will give us peace that passes all understanding." Peace can only come from the source of our Father in Heaven. This is the perfect time to ask forgiveness for those things which we have done and accept the forgiveness of the One who gives us that Peace.

We invite you to come to Otter Creek Church each week our Sunday services are

Study 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. For more information call Pastor Steve Brattain at 812-249-3309 after 4 p.m. weekdays or 812-446-4007, if no answer call 812-443-6007 someone will be glad to take a message.

Our prayers go out to all of our members who are ill and we know God will take care of them. Also prayers go out to people driving on these roads and those who have friends and loved ones away from home at this time of the year. Be in prayer for our troops both here and abroad plus their families at home. Watching the CTCC's program a week ago and then hearing of the soldier who was due home in Illinois but was killed really put things into perspective. God sent Jesus to die for us what more could we ask for?

May God be with you until we converse by way of this page next week. If you need prayer or just someone to share with who will do their best not to judge just call either of the 007 numbers. By the way instead of Happy Holidays (which I save for New Years) We Wish you a Blessed Christmas.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Tomorrow will be the third Sunday of Advent. Are you thankful for the joy that Christ brings us during this season? Well, not just this season but all through the year? Stop all your pre-Christmas scurrying around to take a deep breath, relax, put a smile on your face, and whisper a prayer to God for all His blessings. Now, don't you feel better? The packages will get wrapped, the tree will get decorated, the cookies will get baked, the house will get cleaned, the cards will get sent out. And will you be at church to worship God during this holy season? Or will you be too busy for that small task?

The basement has been painted and we are impatiently waiting for it to "cure" so that we can begin putting everything back in place. Well, not everything, because we are going to be doing a big cleanup job and pitch a lot of unnecessary stuff. But, won't that be fun! The people of the church have scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 16, for this task along with putting together the Cheer Plates. If everyone turns out, neither job should take long. It is always fun to share cookies and candies and their recipes while we put together the plates and deliver them.

There will be a board meeting Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Dec. 20, there will be a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and then a Christmas program at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to have a "talent" to share during the program, but for some of you, if your "talent" is being an appreciative audience, then so be it. Don't be afraid to come to church that Sunday because you are afraid you will be called upon to do something. It is all strictly voluntary... Really!

Sunday, Dec. 20, will also be our "Baskart" Sunday so that we can get the food from the baskart delivered in time for Christmas. Don't forget.

There will be a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m. We hope you will join us in welcoming Christ Jesus into our world.

First Church of the Nazarene

This is a very special Christmas time event and all the community is invited to join us, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., at the Brazil Nazarene Church for a Steele Drum Christmas Concert.

The group is from Shepherd Community Church in Indianapolis and is well known as a great musical event.

Please join us for this special Christmas event.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Have you heard all the commercials and advertisements announcing the special deals and bargains that are just waiting for us to respond? They are everywhere! But all of the publicity and promotion doesn't really have an impact unless we decide to do something. We don't want to rush into buying something on an impulse that we will soon be sorry for and we don't want to wait too long and miss something we really want. So, "What do we do?"

The people of ancient Judea and Galilee were facing the same problem. They had been looking for a promised savior and they were wondering if John (the Baptist) might just be "The One." There was a great sense that this was the time and place that God had appointed so many came wondering and asking "What should we do?" As we ready ourselves to celebrate Christmas 2009, we continue to wonder what to do now that we know the truth of the birth of hope and salvation in Christ Jesus. Where do you look?

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 Baptist Church

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father..." (James1:17). What more perfect and good gift could there be than Jesus Christ. We continue to celebrate Jesus' coming this 3rd Sunday of Advent at FBC.

Sunday school classes will meet at 9:30 a.m. After such a busy week with almost every kind of weather condition, you might enjoy coming to meet together for coffee, study and worship.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Courtney Plummer will be in charge of the nursery. Deb Plummer will take the Spirit Kids to their class from the sanctuary.

Following Pastor Mark's message, we are all invited to the Fellowship Room for a Sunday Brunch. What a wonderful meal that will be, with a hearty country breakfast and friends.

We have been anticipating the Youth and AWANA Christmas program this Sunday evening beginning at 6 p.m. Come early to get a seat. There is only one performance. There will be cookies in the Fellowship Room following this program.

Mid-week Bible Study will be at 12:15 Wednesday. Those studying with Pastor Mark are from different congregations and communities. You are welcome.

The Rock alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. There is instrumental and vocal music, multimedia support, and a full children's program with adult leadership. All are welcome.

Saturday, Dec. 19, the Hi-Shi-Ni Class will meet at Kenny Graham's for a pitch-in Christmas meal and party.

There is a lot going on this time of year, but those goings-on should not keep us from worshiping the Lord and making time to thank Him for giving us a Savior, that good and perfect gift.

Eastside Christian Church

Wow! Is it cold or what? I hope you have been staying warm.

Our new member reception went very well. We were very pleased with all who stayed for the reception to celebrate and learn more about our newest members. The soups, sandwiches, and other items were enjoyed by all.

We will be having a guest speaker tomorrow at our morning worship service. Steve Englund will be with us. Won't you come hear what he has to say.

Ben Pennington, our missionary to Africa, will be with us in our evening service at 6 p.m.

Next Sunday evening a group called Higher Calling will be with us. I am sure you will want to hear this group.

We want continue to pray for our shut-ins, our members having difficulties, our national leaders, and our military men and women. Pastor Bill has suggested that we pray at 10 a.m., everyday. We also want to send our prayers out to those who have recently lost loved ones.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our Christmas Eve Candlelight service. This service is always a great way to begin the celebration of our Savior's birth.

I heard something on the radio that gave me food for thought. We have made Christmas the biggest holiday of the year, but shouldn't it be Easter? Yes, we should celebrate Jesus's birth, but we, as Christians, should really recognize Easter more, because His death and resurrection gave us salvation.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to be with us. And especially if you have never given your life to Christ, we want to show you how important it is to do this. Jesus's door is always open, all you have to do is go in. He loves you.

Our church is located directly behind Hardee's on Church St. We look forward to meeting you.

First Presbyterian Church

Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil will begin with the Open Door class meeting at 9 a.m., in Fellowship Hall to continue their study of the Book of Joshua. This Sunday they will be discussing "Attitudes Which Help Us Grow" from Joshua chapters 13-19.

The Congregation is continuing in its preparations for Christmas during this season of Advent. It is during this time that Christians worldwide anticipate and prepare for the miracle of Christmas. Last week the second Advent candle was lighted by the Jeff Allen family. This week the Bob Nicoson and Damon Barnhart families will light the third Advent candle.

The highlight of this Sunday will be a gift from the children of our congregation - the annual Children's Christmas Pageant. The Pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas, will be a part of the regular service of Divine Worship, beginning at 10:30 a.m., under the leadership of Sherry Seward. The Narrators will be Amelia Seward, Madison Kapke, Asher Mace and Trey Reberger. The Star Carrier will be Vincent Bonomo with Steven Onken portraying the Angel Gabriel. Kaitlyn Kidwell will be Mary and Zade Reberger will be Joseph. The Three Wise Men will be Dylan Boor, Tyler Kapke and Logan Roeschlein. The Shepherds will be Devon Barnhart, Drew Cook, Jackson Halls and Hudson McCullough. Other Angels will be Katie Boor, Bailey Jones, Ryan Lash, Jacob Webb, Addison Latham and Madelyn Halls. Members of the Cherub Choir will be Dominic Barnhart, Abby Lash, Audri Trout, Chloe Webb and Lily McCullough. Thanks to all who have helped with this program!

The Angel Tree project will conclude as everyone who has taken an "ornament" from the tree in the Narthex will bring their gifts today so they may be added to the food baskets. Gifts for the Toys for Tots program are also due.

Thursday, Dec. 17, all those helping fill food baskets will need to meet at Aldi's, at 5:30 p.m., to shop. At 6:30 p.m., those helping to assemble the food baskets will be meeting in Fellowship Hall. Family food basket pick-up will be on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 9 a.m.-noon, in the Fellowship Hall.

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us during this Advent Season.

For more information, call the church office at 812-446-2415. We are located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute

The Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute invite you to "Hear the Bells" luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., at the MCL meeting room. Tickets are $3, with luncheon on your own.

Special feature and music by Anne Bunch, Terre Haute, with speaker Sherry Miley, Carmel.

Reservations can be made by calling, Doris at 812-466-5637.



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