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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, December 18, 2009

Carbon United Methodist Church

Merry Christmas! I hope this will be a blessed Christmas for everyone reading this. Amid all the hurry and scurry, remember to stay focused on the purpose of this holy day and keep the birth of the Christ child in your heart.

The church people met Wednesday evening and got all the stuff (that we didn't discard) put back into place in the newly painted basement. And it looks so nice, so clean and bright. After all the hard work, they then put together Cheer Plates to distribute. What a bunch of homemade cookies, candy and fruit! But it all was used up. We hope to bring cheer and love to the recipients of these Cheer Plates along with the goodies.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 20, the church will have a big pitch-in breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and then our Christmas Program starting at 10:30. A number of folks have planned to share their "talents", so it should be a delightful day ... our birthday party for Christ Jesus.

On Christmas Eve, there will be a Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. You should have time to get all your Christmas Eve activities done by then and be free to join us. There will be special music, Communion, and a candlelight closing. Plan to come, to welcome Christ into your life this Christmas.

Otter Creek Christian Church

One more week til the day most kids live for all year, Christmas. What makes us so sure this is a special time of year? We all agree that Jesus was born and in a manger, but was it really in this time of year? With the way the climate changes have been lately why not? All I know is the Gospel says he was born and would be found in swaddling clothes lying in a manger and then there appeared a great host of angels singing and praising "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will."

Does it really matter and why do we need Santa? In my mind he represents the innocence of childhood and the child like faith we're to have in Christ. Have you ever known a child who would write his/ her letter to Santa and then not tell anyone what he wanted for Christmas because Santa already knew and he'd take care of it. That's how we should be with Christ, give it to him and let him take care of it, he knows everything about us anyway.

Otter Creek Church invites you to our services Sunday Study 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. Our address is 6299 N. Crow Street [easiest way for me is to go State Road 340 West to Northview High School turn right to first road turn left/ Grotto Road take it past two cross roads then go about a mile you'll see a road going to the right or if you're good with directions North that would be Crow Street turn here] watch for the sign. Continue about of a mile and we're located on your left just before the curve. If you get lost call 446-5300 or 812-249-3309.

Whether you have no church home or are a visitor we'd be glad to have you this week. May God be with you throughout the Christmas season and may you continue to bring Glory to God in the Highest and to live as much as is possible in peace with all mankind.

Remember Jesus is in your heart the whole year not just at special occasions we just have to recognize this and let him shine through us.

Pray for our leaders in our churches, government and for those who are fighting to maintain our freedom. If we are Christians, no matter what the circumstances our freedom in Christ is secure. May God be with you til we meet either in person or in heaven.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Did you ever receive an award or a present and respond by saying, "Oh, you shouldn't have! I don't deserve this." Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by the generosity of others in their giving. That holds true to the gifts that God gives to us. Every year we celebrate the gift of the Christ Child and we wonder what we did to cause God to love us so much. We might even try to make excuses for not being worthy of such a gift.

Scripture tells us that the same is true for Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and Mary herself. When the angel came to tell them that they were going to receive the gift of a child from God they had pretty good excuses why they just couldn't accept such a gift. Elizabeth told the angel, "I'm much too old" and Mary replied by saying, "It can't be, I'm a virgin!" God was faithful to these women and is faithful to us.

God not only sent John and Jesus into this world, but He sent us the gift of salvation through His faithfulness. He also surrounded these men people to learn and continue in their teaching and record their message so that we might know just how much He loves us. And, generations of faithful followers have passed the blessings along to us. In Mary's response she said, "From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation." (Luke 1:48-50) you see, this generation, you and me, are blessed and covered by God's mercy for God has born great things for us! Let's celebrate Christ's birth with that joy in our hearts.

This week the Harmony and Lena UMC's will celebrate a Community Christmas Program at 6 p.m., Sunday evening at the Harmony Church. We will enjoy a program by the youth of both churches, a concert by the Bell Choir from Brazil First UMC, and a visit by a special friend! Come and join us!

First Baptist Church

We are already at the fourth Sunday of Advent. The purpose of Advent is to restore Jesus to the center of the Christmas celebration, so we at FBC look forward to hearing the reading of the scriptures and being a part of the candle lighting on the Advent wreath.

If you have Advent time at your home, one idea is to use the Christmas cards you received that day and during prayer time, pray for the senders. If you have children in your home, a touchable, inexpensive nativity that they can rearrange helps keep Jesus at the center of the Christmas season.

Tonight the Hi-Shi-Ni will gather at Kenny Graham's home for a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m.

The Youth are having a lock-in this week-end so they have a full schedule of events planned for Saturday night into Sunday morning.

The next two Sundays, First Baptist will have fewer programs allowing family and friends to travel and be together. That is always with the expectation that we keep Christ as the focus, with the realization that Jesus, God's revelation of himself to a needy, sinful world is the reason we have the joyful festivities.

There will be no Sunday School this Sunday and Dec. 27.

Morning Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The Christmas banners and all the special lights and greenery invite you into the sanctuary as soon as you step in from the street. Many will come early for juice or a cup of coffee or go directly upstairs to greet friends and guests until the worship begins. Marietta Martin will be in charge of the nursery and Deb Plummer will take the Spirit Kids to their class.

There will be no evening activities at the church this Sunday.

Last Sunday evening we had a full house for a joyful time on a trip to the Tan N. Baum's Christmas Tree Farm. The Youth and AWANA performed the cantata, "Christmas. Where, When and Why." Everyone was treated to fellowship, cookies and punch afterward.

There will be no mid-week Bible study Wednesday or The Rock on Thursday, but we look forward to the Christmas Eve Service.

The 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service, Thursday, is always one highlight of the church year. Come as you are for this reverent and watchful time. Some make this a part of their Christmas tradition and come with their houseguests and return to the family festivities. It is a short service and we hope you will join us.

Remember that most of Christmas is C-H-R-I-S-T.

See you at church Sunday.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Dec. 20, at First Christian Church, Brazil, we will have our children's program during the 9 a.m. service titled "Christmas Hangups" and a combined worship service at 10:30 a.m.

This will also be a "Family Sunday" for the children's ministry and student ministry so they will join the combined worship service at 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome to join us for both hours and we look forward to seeing you here!

First Presbyterian Church

Today will see many members of the First Presbyterian Church helping to spread the spirit of Christmas. The food baskets that were assembled Thursday as well as all the gifts from the Angel Tree will be distributed from 9 a.m.-noon, in Fellowship Hall.

The Seniors Highs will meet at Grace Church from 8:30 a.m. -noon to distribute toys for the "Toys for Tots" program.

Sunday, Dec. 20, the fourth and final Sunday of Advent will begin at 9 a.m. when Rev. Scroggins is hosting a "Christmas List Party" in Fellowship Hall. Read Richard Evans' book and join us for discussion and donuts.

The regular Service of Divine Worship, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will be filled with music as the Brazil Community Choir will provide the musical leadership for the service.

Childcare is always provided for the youngest children. Youth up to and including senior highs meet during this time for discussion and Biblical teachings.

On Thursday, Dec. 24, the annual Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m., as we celebrate the final preparations for the arrival of Christ on Christmas Day. The service will include music of the season, a brief meditation, and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, concluding with the traditional lighting of candles as the congregation sings "Silent Night." Childcare will be provided. Come join us for this joyous service!

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us for worship and fellowship. For more information please contact the church office at 210 N. Walnut Street in Brazil, phone 446-2415.

Brazil Nazarene Church

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.

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will be at 10 p.m. This service is our gift to the community and everyone is invited. Other churches in our community will be participating in this service.,

Vocalists will be Kandace Brown, Sam Glover, Rick Wetnight, Jeff Bridgewater, and the Ron Maurey family will be our vocalists and musicians.

We have presented this very sacred Christmas Eve service since 2001 and everyone who has attended usually returns the next year as it is a very beautiful and sacred service celebrating our Lord Jesus Christ's birth.

We hope to see you Christmas Eve.

Cory Community Church of the Nazarene

The Cory Community Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a Southern Gospel concert with The Lesters on Jan 1, at 7 p.m., in Cory. Cost will be a free-will offering. For more info call 812-864-2625.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

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

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

Mass schedule: Saturday 6:30 pm., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm., Tuesday 5:30 pm., 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.

Christmas Eve mass will be a midnight this year. The choir will sing at 11:15 p.m., so come early. There will be a Christmas Eve mass a Holy Rosary at 5:30 p.m., Christmas Day mass at Annunciation will be at 10:30 a.m.

I have been asked to discuss Annunciations participation with the Food Pantry. I can tell you what little I know about it and if anyone has more information on it please let me know. The food pantry was started by area ministers under the leadership of Father Spicuzza. Father saw a need to provide food to the area poor and convinced the area ministers of the need. Father Anthony was a staunch supporter from in conception until he passed away and always urged us to contribute donations of food or money. We continue to support the food pantry with donations from the parish. You will find donation envelopes in the rear of the church. A small amount of $1 a week will go a long way to ensuring that there is food the those in need.

For more information about our church, log on to http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

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

We will be having special pull tabs and prize giveaways during the Christmas season.

Last week we had a wagon full of toys, we have a few smaller special games this week.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We are smoke-free. Packages start as low a $17, for a six pack for 20 games and two entries into the jar ball.

The pot for regular bingo is $70 per game except for the $125 small jackpot and the large jackpot which is $1,000 for 55 numbers or less and $325 after 55 numbers. We also have winner-take-all which is normally around $250, depending on the crowd of course and bonanza games. We also have a sidepack game that is played along with the regular games and a bingo on it gets a draw for a monetary prize of $5 to $150.

Last week we played Lucky Letter. For lucky letter we draw a ball at the beginning of regular bingo. The letter on that ball becomes wild for the night and anytime some bingos on that letter they win $100 instead of $70. We also bump up the small jackpot to $155 and the large to $355 should someone bingo on the lucky letter. For instance if I drew B5 then any bingos on a B number would get $100.

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.

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church will again conduct its "Longest Night" service Monday, beginning at 7 p.m.

The service is provided for all persons who have suffered loss, who are grieving or mourning or who are simply unable to find hope in the Christmas season and the coming of the Christ child.

The service will include readings and music and will also allow time for meditation, an opportunity to light candles for loved ones and the change to seek prayer through requests hung on a special Christmas tree. Everyone in the community is invited to attend and to share in the special service.

On Christmas Eve, Union will have two services. The first, from 8-9 p.m., will be a service of open communion and meditation. Those who desire to come and go as they please are invited to stop in, to sit and meditate on the birth of Christ, and to take communion in their own time.

Then, at 11 p.m., there will be a candlelight service of readings and carols, with a time of quiet meditation and open communion, followed by a candlelit greeting of the Christ child as Christmas Day arrives.

All who desire to find meaning of Christmas and to share in the warm fellowship of the joyous night are invited to attend.

Union United Methodist Church is located on County Road 600 North, one and three-quarter miles east of State Road 59, just across from the Clay County-Brazil Airport.

Regular Sunday services include Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:30.

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.

Please join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship as we ask ourselves if our hearts and ears are ready to hear the promises of God. 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.

Our Longest Night service will be 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21. This special service is geared toward those who are struggling to find joy in the season because of loss or grief. You are invited to attend this service.

December Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 a.m. this morning in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Christ Community Church

A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be from 10-11 p.m., with special music,, a short message and carols.

Casual dress. Everyone is welcome.

Christ Community is located two miles north of Brazil on SR 59. For more information, call Pastor Rich Laskowski at 812-443-0423.

Carbon Baptist Church

Our church will be having a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, at 9 p.m. Pastor Howard and Pastor Chris invite everyone to and fellowship with each other.

The youth will be having a Winter Retreat, Dec. 20-22 at Walnut Hills. Cost is $50. For more information, see Pastor Chris.

Today we will be giving out the gifts for our 27 angel tree families between 9-11 a.m. Each family will receive gifts, cookies and a ham.

On Jan. 9, at Ivy Tech main campus, in Terre Haute Oakley Auditorium, there will be a seminar "Understanding Your Teenager," from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact Wabash Valley Youth for Christ, at 812-232-3781.

Please come and enjoy our service e on Sunday. As our Pastor would say "Has anyone told you they love you today?" We Do.

Merry Christmas Everyone.



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