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Church News

Friday, February 12, 2010

Community Missionary Church

Well, it happened.

I was very late for church with a good reason. A classmate and friend phoned that he had fallen in his home and couldn't get up. My oatmeal, toast and black coffee was already on the table, and I left to help him up.

He had fallen at 2 a.m., and had crawled to his phone area, pulled off the cord and there I go at 8:30 a.m. Well, I couldn't lift him even to a sitting position, and with the aid of 911 and TransCare, got him to his favorite chair that can raise him when the need arises. His nurse came to care for him and two other friends.

Although I missed most of the service, better late than never.

And this brings me to the main points of Pastor Thomas' message, "each of us bears fruits, in a spiritual way. Some make use of these fruits daily while others are like say the dog, chasing the rabbit. He might give up the chase when he loses the scent. When we possess the fruits of the spirits: goodness and kindness, long suffering, love and many other attributes, many time we just don't follow through. It's like planting a garden and if you don't prune it of weeds, rocks, etc., then the garden does not thrive. We reap what we sow without those spiritual attributes, we cannot show our love for fellow man. We should make a difference in Brazil, Clay County, and the world."

I can think of one man that did his share: Johnny Appleseed. He spread his apple seeds throughout and we can enjoy apples today for his efforts. Now, man can enjoy salvation for Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Take time today and start enjoying the fruits of "His" love.

If you don't have a church, join us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, 9:30 a.m., Sunday School, and 10:30 a.m., morning worship and 6 p.m., Wednesday evenings.

Pastor Ken Thomas invites everyone to these services.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

"Ashes to ashes" is the phrase that reminds us we are here on Earth for only a short time.

Join us Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m., for the imposition of Ashes, which marks the season of Lent. Lent is the time of preparation for Christians who anticipate Easter Sunday.

"Desperate" is our Valentine Theme for the Sunday Third Helping Worship Service at 7 p.m.

Pastor Tony concludes his sermon series on the book of Hebrews Sunday morning with "Word of God, Speak." The Chancel Choir will sing "Calvary Love," at the 9 a.m., traditional worship. The praise band will lead the 11 a.m., contemporary worship with "How Great is Our God," and "Indescribable."

"God is Closer Than You Think," is our next small group experience that begins Feb. 21.

We are accepting applications for employments for a Children's Director. See our Help Wanted ad in The Brazil Times. The deadline for applying is Feb. 26, 2010.

A free meal is offered through our Soup Kitchen, which is every Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m. Our Souper Bowl Luncheon raised more than $700 to help feed the hungry.

More information is on our website at brazilfirtumc.org.

Carbon Baptist Church

Pastor Chris Lee will have a college mission trip March 8-14. They will be going to Panama City for Beach Reach.

They will be reaching out to the people on the streets who are homeless. Pastor Chris Lee will also be taking the high school mission trip to the Appalachian Mountains in South Carolina. They will prepare homes, and do other missionary projects. The dates are March 20-26.

The church is starting a new membership class for all of our new members. It will be March 7 and March 14, at 9:30 a.m., during Sunday School hours. We encourage them all to attend. The instructor will be Mitch Whitaker.

The Men's Prayer breakfast will be Feb. 20, at 7 a.m., in our fellowship hall. All men are welcome.

Have a great Valentine's Day. Come and visit us at Carbon Baptist Church. God Bless.

Brazil Nazarene Church

Greetings from the folks at the Brazil Nazarene Church.

We are praying for Gina Selby Whitesell and her husband Eric as they are in Haiti until Feb. 13. We are so proud that they care enough to travel there and be of help and assistance during this tough time for the people in Haiti.

Our church had a special collection for Haiti and the response was very generous.

This past Saturday we hosted a fundraiser for John and Pam Head. Jeff Bridgewater arranged for three outstanding Southern Gospel groups and our own Rick Wetnight to sing and praise the Lord. It was an outstanding evening of gospel music and a way also to help a couple that lost all their belongings, pets and home in a fire recently. Our monetary gifts and prayers go out to the Head family.

SWID Ladies Day 2010 presents Sisterhood Christian Drama Ministry, a special performance of Women in the Bible on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Bloomington First Church of the Nazarene. Any lady wanting to go needs to sign up with our Women's Ministry Director, Teresa Bechtel by March 7. This should be a wonderful day for all the ladies.

We are so happy to see Stephanie Bechtel getting around after her terrible wreck a few weeks ago. Not only was our church people praying for her but also many of you were also praying. Stephanie will heal completely but it will take time. Angels were riding with her that terrible day and she is alive and well. The car not so good but cars can be replaced.

The annual Caravan Blue and White Dinner is March 7, at 4:30 p.m., with our awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Our eagerly awaited Annual Cake Auction will be held after dinner. For those who do not know what Caravan is, it is a Wednesday night ministry for all children in our community. Caravan is held in the Family Center of our church at 7 p.m. We provide bus service to all children who attend. If your child or children want to attend this Wednesday evening Caravan service, you may contact our church before 6 p.m., Wednesday. The phone number is 446-0371. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message on our answering machine and someone will get back with you.

Our church is on Face Book. Check us out.

Friday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m., our Outreach Committee will host a 2nd neighborhood outreach dinner. Invitations will be taken door to door to enjoy a FREE lasagna meal in the Family Center. If you live in the Nazarene Church neighborhood and you did not get your flier, please feel free to join us. This is our way to show how much we love and care for our neighbors. If you have questions, please call 446-0371 and leave a message if no one is available to take your call and a committee member will call you back.

If you are looking for a church, we would love to have you join us for any or all of our services. Sunday worship is 10 a.m., and Life Classes are 9 a.m. Please see The Times church ads for other services and times. If you choose to visit with us we want you to know that we are delighted you chose us to worship with. It is our sincere desire that you 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.

We have baby and toddler nursery workers willing to care for your little ones. Casual dress is appropriate.

Have a blessed week. God loves you.

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 are reminded that it's our capacity to name and confess our identity in God that enables us to resist temptation. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all beginning at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Join us for our Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m., on Feb. 17, to begin the season of Lent in preparation for the joy of Easter.

February Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday morning, Feb. 27, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Greetings From Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. Our Pastor is Dick McShanog

"We are all children of God, come and share in the Worship of our Father."

Sunday School classes for all ages is 9:30 a.m., with Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Awana Youth Clubs meet at 5 p.m., and Evening Worship is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study is at 7 p.m.

Our upcoming events:

Valentine Banquet, call Pastor Dick for reservations.

SOS Leap of Faith Dessert Fundraiser and Silent Auction will be March 5, at 7 p.m. Contact Pastor Dick or Dianna they are hosting at least one table. There is no charge for attending but please remember this is a fundraiser.

We will be collecting A love gift for Haiti this Sunday.

All money received will be sent to our church supported mission in Haiti-Water for Life, the goal is to repair damaged wells as quickly as possible to supply clean water to those in need.

We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road or two miles east of SR 59 on Rio Grand Road.

For more information, call the church at 812-446-0531, or Dick McShanog at 812-448-2871.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Welcome to the season of love this like Christmas and Thanksgiving in this writers opinion should be celebrated day by day.

In Jeremiah 29:11-13 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. v12. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken (listen) unto you. Verse 13 'And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." God knows what he has planned for us, but we don't understand and why? We don't ask God for the answers instead of asking man. When will we learn to check with our maker for answers to the questions we have in our lives.

Not only ask but then be still and know what the answer is. I know people who don't believe God does not talk to us now like he did in "bible times" but have you ever been impressed to call someone and they said you were an answer to their prayer? Maybe you did nothing more than to check on them but it was what they needed. Just be open to the calling of the Holy Spirit and then follow that through.

We at Otter Creek Christian Church would like to invite you to our weekly services.

1) Friday 10 a.m., Ladies Bible Study 12660 E. Grotto Rd (canceled if schools are closed due to weather)

2) Sunday 9:30 a.m., Bible Study 6299 N. Crow Street

3) Sunday 10:40 a.m., Worship Service

4) Contact numbers: Church 812-446-5300 / Pastor's cell 812-249-3900 after 4 p.m., weekdays/parsonage 812-446-4007 / Sandys 812-443-6007

All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose Romans 8:28.

The devil gets to much credit for our troubles, we can not be tempted any further than we allow him. God has given us his promise of protection if we will call upon his name and repent from our wicked ways. Anything that separates us from God is sin and that makes it wicked for us. What is your besetting sin? Everyone does not have the same one. Think about it.

Pray for those who are in less fortunate circumstances than you are. Pray for your Pastor no matter what church you go to. Pray for those who gossip both in and out of your church they are in great need of our prayers and best yet don't repeat the gossip.

God be with you til we have this time together again.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor 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 p.m., Sunday 8:3.0 am., 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, 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.


The Lady Knights are having a bake sale this weekend after each mass. Proceeds from the sale will go to repairs in our parish.

The Lady Knights will also host an indoor yard sale at Kennedys Crossing Bingo Hall, Sat, Feb. 27, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Breakfast will be available. All proceeds benefit Lady Knights projects. At this time there are no tables available and Martha has a waiting list so there should be a lot of bargains. I am going to work at the sale just so I can get an early look at what is there.

We will soon have a few more new windows in the Parish Center. We need to get the windows in Father's office replaced. His office is always cold. The Lady Knights and the Knights of Columbus are buying some of the windows. Contributions will be accepted. The people who are going to install the windows were out on Feb. 10, and took all of the measurements, so in a week or two we should have a bunch of new windows.

The Annunciation window was successfully removed on Feb. 4, 2010. It was taken to Artisan Art Glass to be restored. I was in there today and spoke with David Rosen about the project. He said he would have the center window taken apart today, Feb. 10, and will start the clean-up and restoration. He will gladly let anyone who stops in go back and see where he is on the project. He is taking pictures and as soon as he gives them to me I will make them available for everyone to see. He is located between 13th and 14th streets on the south side of Wabash Ave. You will be surprised at the detail on each piece of glass on the center section. There are two side windows which are also very detailed.

The window was dedicated to Abraham Turner. If anyone knows who he is please let me know. The majority of the glass came from Germany. It doesn't appear that all of the glass is German, so it may have been assembled in the states.

Bingo News.

Bingo every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing. We are smoke-free. Packages start as low a $17. 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.

Harmony United Methodist Church

If you were to ask someone today the question, who was Jesus? You might get some predictable answers: 'a good man,' 'an inspiring teacher,' 'a great example to follow,' or maybe 'the Son of God.' What do people mean if they say "Jesus was the son of God?" Do they truly comprehend all that this title signifies?

This week we will look at the three disciples that Jesus took to the mountain top to see his true glory, splendor and majesty exposed in the Transfiguration. We will discuss how they reacted to being in the presence of God and how it changed their lives. This week we will also have a special fellowship time between Worship and Sunday School as we look forward to starting new studies and classes.

Next Wednesday, Feb 17, we will have an Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m., to start off our celebration of Lent. The Town and Country Christian Men would like to invite you to join in the annual Saturday Morning Lenten Breakfasts leading to Easter. The schedule for the breakfasts is: Feb. 20 -- Carbon UMC, Feb. 27-- Harmony UMC, March 6 -- Epworth UMC, March 13 -- Bethel UMC, March 20 -- Peniel UMC, and March 27 -- Union UMC. All breakfasts start at 8 a.m., with food and fellowship and include a 20-30 minute program highlighting a local mission or service project. There is no cost for these meetings and everyone is welcome.

As always, Sunday Worship at Harmony UMC begins at 9 a.m., and Sunday School follows at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is truly welcome. Come and join us.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist family is excitedly awaiting the state inspection of the new church elevator that will easily transport you down to the fellowship room or up to the sanctuary. There is always something to anticipate and look forward to at FB.

Snow has not been a problem around the facility. The parking lots and sidewalks have been kept cleared for your safety.

As you read the paper, the FB Youth group is having a week-end retreat. We know they are having a great time of Christian fun and fellowship. Retreats are always a special time of growth and many of us look back fondly on past retreats.

The Lord's Day will be honored with Sunday School beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is a class for everyone. Besides the opportunity for study and learning, it is the best way to get acquainted with the church family.

A Deacon will be a greeter at the Christian Educ. door and be there for any concerns you might have.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Thompson with Joshua will be in the Nursery. Stacey Thompson and Garrett will take the Spirit Kids down to their class from the sanctuary. Come and participate with a warm, friendly congregation and biblical message from Pastor Mark.

Sunday evening programs begin at a new time. The Sr. High Youth will meet at 4:30 p.m. They are committing to a service project of helping with the AWANA program following their meeting. AWANA and Jr. High will continue to meet at 5:30 p.m., with a full one-and-a-half hours of rewarding fun in a safe and positive place.

The adults will meet in the sanctuary at 6 p.m., for praise and study in the Word.

Monday the Nominating Committee will meet at 6 p.m.

Wednesday at 12:15 Bible Study will meet in the Fellowship Room. They have reached the book of 1st Samuel. Come and you can share and gain some insights into these scriptures.

Thursday at Noon, the Home Economics Club will meet for a lunch and meeting.

THE ROCK service begins at 7 p.m. This is another opportunity for you to fellowship, worship and learn that God will meet you anywhere and He wants to bring you into a relationship with Himself. The adults meet in the sanctuary. There is a staffed nursery and KIDMO program for the children. You may want to sit in on a KIDMO lesson to find out what is causing all the excitement with the kids.

Valentine's Day is this Sunday. Have you spent any time thinking about expressing your love to our Creator Lord God? "God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. " You can't out-give God but you can give to God.

See you Sunday.

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