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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, March 19, 2010

Union United Methodist Church

Why did the Roman soldiers mock Jesus? He had been sentenced to die on the cross and had even been flogged, yet they surrounded Him and made fun of Him, before they led Him to the crucifixion. Is there a message in the story that we have missed? What if that message could lead us to a better understanding of the love of God for all people?

This Sunday, Union United Methodist Church will continue a special worship theme titled "24 Hours That Changed The World." Each Sunday, in worship beginning at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Andrew Charnstrom will lead worship through the season of Lent with a series of sermons based on the amazing 24-hour period that began with the Last Supper and ended with the crucifixion and death of Jesus; the final service, Easter Sunday, April 4 will celebrate the victory over death that is seen in the Resurrection.

Rev. Charnstrom's message this week is titled, "Less Than Human" and focuses on the reasons the soldiers mocked Jesus before He was crucified. The primary scripture reference for this message is from the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 15, verses 16-20.

Please, don't miss this sermon series, a life-changing message of the love of God in the life, suffering and death of Jesus, and of the Resurrection. Each week will focus on a single event, from the meal Jesus shared with His Disciples to His death on the cross, culminating in His walk from the grave. Come join us this Sunday and each Sunday through Easter for a fresh new look at the last twenty-four hours of the earthly life of Jesus.

Way of the Cross Assembly of God

Way of the Cross Assembly of God, a half-mile east of Great Dane, will be having a Benefit Chicken Noodle dinner for the Stanley Family Singers Music Outreach, on Sunday, March 28, starting at noon.

Cost is $5 for adults, and $2.50 for children 3-8 years old.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you ever noticed when something great is about to happen, how many of us become afraid of the change that will go along with it? It was no different the day of Resurrection, of course there had been an earthquake which rolled away the stone, but in Matthew 28 (NIV) it tells us the guards were so afraid when they saw an angel of the Lord "they shook and became as dead men" [v3]. The women who came to the tomb also were afraid, but the angel spoke to them in verse 5 "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. [6] He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples ".

There is more but you should look it up for yourselves the Word of God tells us over and over to 'be not afraid for I am with thee (you)' 'don't fear those who can kill the body but the one who destroys the soul' [Luke 12: 4 -5]. You might check out Psalms these wonderful writings fit right into our life everyday even though they were written many years before Christ.

We invite you to our church if you are a visitor in the area or live around here and have no church home. Otter Creek Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Service times are as follows:

*Friday Ladies Bible Study 10 a.m., 12660 Grotto Road Brazil,

*Sunday Study (classes age appropriate) 9:30 a.m., and Worship 10:40 a.m.

*Saturday March 27, 6 p.m., pitch-in dinner with live music by Brand New ladies trio. Love offering will be taken.

If you need to contact the Pastor he is available after 4 p.m., at 812-249-3309 or 446-4007. If there is no answer, please leave a message and he'll return your call as soon as possible. You may also leave a message with me at 443-6007, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please lift one another up in prayer for strength and boldness to share the Word of God. Not just your version of it -- go to The Word. We are not to be pleasers of man but of God.

May God be with you this week.

First Baptist Church

Have you seen them? Yes, the robins are here, the hyacinths and crocuses are coming out and spring is officially here.

We look forward all winter to this renewal.

The First Baptist Church is beautifully decorated for Easter and the lessons and sermons are leading us to this greatest of all celebrations with the goal of spiritual renewal.

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

The teachers have prepared pertinent lessons with the hope you have also studied and may have questions and comments to share.

The Deacons will meet for prayer before morning worship. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Marcia Davis will be in the nursery and Steve Griffin will supervise KIDMO.

Sunday evening the Sr. High Youth with Stephanie Plummer will meet at 4:30 p.m. Jr. High and AWANA will meet at 5:30 p.m. AWANA members are looking forward to having some outside recreation since there is more daylight. Adults not working with the young people meet at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary.

Wednesday will be the mid-day Bible Study. We meet in the fellowship room at 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., the Music Committee will meet. Deacons will meet at 7 p.m.

The House of Hope will conduct the THE ROCK Thursday service at 7 p.m. This service is an opportunity to worship especially for those unable to attend on Sunday, but the message and program is different so some attend both Sunday and Thursday. There is an adult staffed nursery and KIDMO for the school-age young people.

There will be an Easter Celebration Party and egg hunt Saturday for all children and youth. The party will be at the church beginning at 2 p.m.

Plan ahead for next Sunday's Donut Fellowship.

Gen. 22: 1-14. God tested Abraham. God said, "Abraham!" "Yes?" answered Abraham. "I'm listening."

He said, "Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I'll point out to you."

When Isaac asked where the offering was Abraham said, "Son, God will see to it that there's a sheep for the burnt offering. Even putting his son on the alter, Abraham had full confidence in the Lord as his Provider. Abraham looked up. He saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. God provides the ram in the thicket. Even when the sacrifice for our salvation was His own Son.

Today you can live in trust and walk in faith, "knowing that God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all..." (Rom. 8:32)

God loves you. See you Sunday!

Harmony United Methodist Church

What a difference a couple of weeks can make! We see it in our lives all the time. Riding along enjoying friends, family and life in general and then the wheels fall off! Or, struggling with issue after issue and then finding some peace and calm in the storms of life.

As we continue on our study of Jesus' final trip to Jerusalem, we find him returning to his friend Lazarus house in Bethany. What a difference a couple of weeks have made here. The last time he had visited he had arrived to find Lazarus dead and in the tomb for four days. And, miracle of miracles, Jesus called him back into life again.

Today, Jesus is being treated as the guest of honor at a feast thrown by Lazarus. Can you imagine the conversation between a man brought back to life and the one who brought him back? I'm sure that the ears of the disciples were locked on to every word, as were the attentions of Lazarus' sister Mary. But the other sister, Martha, was busy going about her chores of preparing the food and keeping everything in order. And then there was Judas...... This week's message is titled, "Dinner With Lazarus."

The Town and Country Christian Men's Breakfast will be at Union UMC next Saturday, March 27, starting at 8 a.m. Please come and join us for Worship Service on Sunday at 9 a.m., and stay for Sunday School at 10:30 a.m!

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 annunicationchurch@msn.com.

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, 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. http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

Work continues on the stained glass window and I have been assured that all will be completed for next Thursday.

Don't forget that Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m., we are going to celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. We are going to rededicate the newly restored window at that time. There will be a reception following the service. Desserts will be served.

We still don't know anything about the others named on the side windows. If anyone knows anything about John Gallagher, E. Walsh, or E. Fahy please let us know.

The Knights of Columbus will hold their second fish fry on March 26, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event will be again held at the bingo hall. Everyone is welcome.

The Annunciation Angels Pre-School Open House will be March 30. Look for the ads in the Brazil Times for all the details.

The 4th-degree Knights are scheduled to be at Divine Mercy Sunday again this year. We would like all Knights to be in attendance.

Bingo News.

At the Bingo Hall on March 30, Northview Softball will be having a basket bingo and on April 3 Christmas in the Park will be holding a jewelry bingo.

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.

Carbon Union Methodist Church

Our fist crocus is blooming! Spring is really coming! Everything is beginning to come alive -- even me. Every day when I see some new sign of spring, I feel myself getting more and more excited about getting outside and doing something, anything! I raked the dead stuff off last summer's plants and was so surprised to see new green shoots coming up under it. Let's just pray that we don't get a good frost now that knocks everything back on its heels!

It's just one week until Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Are you ready to stand before Christ and thank Him for what the sacrifice he made for you and me? Your time is running out, you know.

You have already missed the fifth Men's Prayer Breakfast this morning, but there is one more. The sixth one will be Saturday, March 27, at Union United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. The attendance has been running around 40 men each Saturday, and that is wonderful.

Some men miss out on so much because they believe that "religion" is simply the realm of women who drag their kids to Sunday School. They don't realize the rich male bonding that goes on among Christian men with firm foundations of belief in Christ and how much they would receive from being a part of such a group.

I could tell that winter is over another way besides the crocuses blooming. Attendance was up at church last Sunday. Those who were homebound during the icy winter were back and were so happy to be out and about again. It was so good having their smiling faces there. Brush off your cobwebs and join us Sunday. Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

Grace Chapel

Pearl Blind will be in concert on Saturday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Pearl Blind with members Cecil Billingsley, Mike Brownlee, Rob Adams, Jeff Joslin, Dr. Mark Hudson, DMD, and are a ministry of The Bridge.

Grace Chapel, is located at 2104 W. U.S. 40, Brazil.

For more information, visit www.pearlblind.com or www.thebridgemusic.net

New Jerusalem Church

The public is invited to the New Jerusalem Church, a ministry with prayer for the sick, and has recently started having services at Clay Center, Billville Rd. and SR 59.

Sunday service is at 6 p.m., and Thursday Bible Study at 6 p.m.

For more information contact Carolyn Moore at 812-446-2327.

Town and Country Christian Men Lenten Breakfasts

Town and Country Christian Men invite you to join them in the 2010 Lenten Breakfast series. Town and Country Christian Men is a creative, supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ, to grow spiritually, and to seek God's will.

All breakfasts are on Saturday mornings and begin at 8 a.m., with food and fellowship and are followed by a 20-30 minute program highlighting a local mission or service project. There is no cost for these meetings and everyone is welcome.

Schedule:

March 20, Peniel UMC; March 27, Union UMC.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. It was good to have Dave back leading the singing. We want to express our thanks to Brad Branam for filling in for Pastor Bill as he recuperates from hip surgery. And it was so good to see so many of his family with us to show their support to him. Thanks again, Brad. And we want to give our thanks to God that Pastor Bill is doing so well. I also want to thank Andrew for doing his part. He is such a blessing.

Ron Bridgewater will be with us tomorrow. Ron is a Timothy from our church, so we want to show him our love and support by being in church, so that we can hear his message in word and song. Ron will also be involved in the concert to be presented at the local Nazarene Church at 6 p.m., Sunday evening. Our church is helping with this concert, so we will not be having our own evening service, so that our congregation can attend the concert. This concert will be quite an inspiration. We hope that many will attend.

Don't forget to be inviting people for our Friend Day, which is next Sunday. Our service will be at 10 a.m. We will have a speaker from Lincoln Bible College, and the group, Higher Calling will be presenting music.

A fellowship dinner will follow the service. We want to invite all who are reading this article to come be with us. Of course, we also would like for you to be with us tomorrow. I am sure you will receive a blessing by being here. It is always a better week, when you begin it in the house of the Lord.

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. The call is to release our wills and resources to join God's work in the real world right now. 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.

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

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

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

Our high school group will be going on a mission trip to South Carolina. They are leaving today. They will be going to the Appalachian Mountains to work on homes and other mission outreach programs.

We are having an Easter Egg hunt April 3, in the park at Carbon, at 1 p.m. It is an avenue of outreach for the community.

We will be having our annual Sunrise Service program at 7 a.m., on Easter Sunday, April 4. A breakfast will immediately follow the service.

Have a good week. Please come and be a part of our growing and loving church.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with prayer for the sick, shut-ins, our military and unspoken requests.

Debbie Meganhardt sang the special, "Broken and Spilled Out." Our attention was gained by the Indiana Order to move the clock ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time. This brings to mind, "Do you have the right time?"

Pastor Ken Thomas asks, "Is it the right time? We all face death for the body, and where sin is there is death unto those that do not know Him. We have forgiveness of sin, but we still face death We must die that we may live again. There is never the right time to die but there is an open door and the right time for Jesus to come into your life, to be your Savior and comforter."

Pastor Thomas says, "The time is right," and that is now while having the time. "No man having put his hand to the plow, looking back is fit for the Kingdom."

Selfish is being short-sighted and waiting until you are old, no friends, lonely without people to be with you.

Something missing in your life. "The Right Time," don't let it slip away.

Pastor Thomas and the congregation invite you and your family to join us for Sunday School at 9;30 a.m., and worship service at 10 a.m., with evening service at 6 p.m.

Plenty of parking, cry room for children. We are undenomination Christians and welcome one and all.

The closing number in song, "Lord, I'm Coming Home."

Will you join us and come home at "The Right Time?" We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Jesus will be with you to the end if you but sincerely ask Him. It is the right time to step out for, and with, Jesus.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

This past Sunday was a very encouraging day as Pastor presented a message on having hope in the midst of trials. His message came from Genesis 42:51, 52 and 50:20. Even though Joseph loved God and was very faithful to Him, he faced some very difficult circumstances yet he never gave up hope. That hope is expressed in the names of two sons: Manasseh - God has made me forget all my trouble and Ephraim - God has made me fruitful. He trusted God during the very difficult years and in the end he saw all of the blessings as from God.

Pastor brought out three points: Even though God is in control it does not mean there will not be trials or that all of them will be easy. Second, God will bless in His way and His time, not ours. Third, God can use the sinful actions of others to accomplish the good plan that He has for you. Joseph's brothers were jealous and sold him into slavery but that is how God would get him to Egypt for the time of the great famine. Joseph saw God in all of his trials. Unless we see God in the midst of our trials we face the danger of becoming very bitter. Oh, yes, one other thing. Pastor Gordon gave us a definition of biblical faith that had been passed on to him "Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it no matter how I feel because God promises a good result."

With Easter approaching we want to extend an invitation to the community to join us for our Sunrise service at 7 a.m.

We will have a breakfast following. Another change that we have made for Easter Sunday is to have an early Worship service at 9 a.m., instead of the regular scheduled time. Of course you are invited to join us any Sunday, at 10 a.m., for Sunday School for all ages and the regular Worship time of 11 a.m.

Because God chose to reveal Himself through the written word, the Bible, we strive to "study to show ourselves approved unto God a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). It is our goal to teach the Word of God accurately because it is the only Truth and because it is truth, it is authoritative. Are you looking for truth? Turn to the Bible. Are you desiring to hear the Word of God explained and applied to every day life? Then come and join us.

We are located South of town on 59 directly across from the Fairgrounds. If you have questions, email pastor at pastor@brazilbible.org, check out our website www.brazilbible.org or call the office at 442-5008.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

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.

Children's Church for ages up to third grade. This week's teachers are Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge.

Awana Youth Clubs meet at 5 p.m., Youth Groups, (sixth grade through high school) Evening Worship is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Night Bible Study is at 7 p.m.

Thursday Morning 9:30 Ladies Bible Study.

The Pastor's message this week is: "A Testimony of Redemption"

Awana food drive ends this week; please bring your donations by March 21.

Remember to have your plastic treat filled eggs to the church by March 28.

As you do your spring-cleaning please remember our upcoming yard sale. If you have large items that you want to donate and need help please call 812-986-2572

Upcoming Events

Easter SonRise Service Service on April 4 at 7 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1 thru 12 will be held at the Church on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 20. Church Camp is the week of July 18.

Volunteers are always needed to help with VBS and Church Camp, a fun and rewarding time is guaranteed.

Please contact one of the leaders to sign up!

Until next week!

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.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Lori Smith, Gene Fuller and Elaine Fuller aer our special musical guest for worship tomorrow. Pastor Tony Alstott's sermon for both service is "Unlikely Messengers."

Contemporary worship begins at 11 a.m., traditional worship begins at 9 a.m., and Sunday School is in between services at 10:10 a.m.

Holy Week Services include April 2, Community Good Friday Worship at noon, Maundy Thursday Communion at 7 p.m., on April 1, and Easter Worship on April 4.

Open Hands Preschool is now enrolling for fall classes. Our open house is April 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

"God is closer than you think" is also a small group discussion Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Good Intentions Bible Study will next meet on Thursday, April 8.

A free meal is offered through our Soup Kitchen every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, visit our website at brazilfirstumc.org



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