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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, March 26, 2010

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Greetings from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. We are located two miles north of United States 40 on Knightsville Road or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grand Road.

The church phone numbers are 446-0531 or 448-2871.

If you do not have a church home, we invite you to come and worship with us. We are non-denominational churches that worship Jesus Christ. Be our visitor this week and our family the next week.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

* 9:30 a.m., Sunday school (classes for all ages),

* 10:30 a.m., Morning worship,

* Children's Church (for ages through third-grade). This week's Children's Church teachers will be Cheryl McKinney, Matt McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney,

* 5 p.m., Awana Youth Clubs (3-years-old through fifth-grade),

* Youth Groups (sixth-grade through high school,

* 7 p.m., evening worship,

* 7 p.m., Wednesday night Bible study. We are currently studying the book of Daniel, and

* 9:30 a.m., Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study.

The Pastor's message this week is: The Weeping King -- Luke 19:41. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it...

The children of the church will enter the worship waving palm branches.

Upcoming Events

Remember to have your plastic treat filled eggs to the church Sunday.

Hey kids: It's here. The 2010 Awana Grand Prix race will take place Sunday, during Awana time. I have seen the trophies and they look great. Adults may come and enjoy the refreshments and the race.

* April 2 -- Community Good Friday Services at First United Methodist Church, noon,

* April 3 -- 10 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt, ages 1-12, will take place at the church,

* April 4 -- 7 a.m., Easter Son Rise Service. Breakfast will follow. There will be no evening services or Awana Youth Clubs Easter Sunday,

* Vacation Bible School will take place 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 signup.

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, call 812-986-2572.

Until next week.

First Baptist Church

Youngsters and adults at First Baptist will be having great fun today at the 2 p.m., Easter Egg Hunt at the church.

We hope everyone returns Sunday for Palm Sunday services. This is the beginning of Holy Week, beginning with the joyful celebrations of Palm Sunday, the prophetic messages He shared with His disciples, then focus on the suffering, humiliation and death that is part of Holy Week.

Sunday programs begin with Donut Fellowship at 8:45 a.m., until Sunday School starts at 9:30. There are classes for all ages and adults have the options of three different classes.

Remember the elevator can help you get to all levels easily. The elevator is located in the Christian Education unit on ground level.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Marietta Martin with Damon will be in the nursery and Darlene Shepard will lead the elementary students in KIDMO.

Evening programs begin at 4:30 p.m., with the Sr. High Youth. Jr. High and Awana begin at 5:30. They all come together for the evening meal. The food aroma coming from the fellowship room always smells so good. The adults not working with the young people meet upstairs for prayer, praise and study. We are completing Daniel.

The Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., Bible Study meets in the fellowship room. The study is I Samuel 18:20, about the friendship of David and Jonathan. If you want to come to investigate, you are welcome to join us.

A women's Bible Study is being organized. If you are interested in participating, signup on the bulletin board or call the church office. The group will determine when the meetings will take place.

Thursday, April 1, we will celebrate Maunday Thursday at 7 p.m., with our Christian version of the Passover Seder Service, which includes Communion.

Last Sunday, Pastor Mark reminded us that bad things happen to good people. When Christ calls us to accept Him as Savior and Lord, He did not say I'll make your life easy.

Good weather and storms come to us all. It is your foundation that determines whether you stand or fall. Whether you need a new foundation or need reinforcement, come Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Wow. God does it again. We at CPUMC had our second Mission Event March 7. It was a blessing in many ways. We thank God for the outcome and we want to thank RideTheWind for providing a great concert.

Thanks to Chris Pell for the fun and profitable auctioneering. Thanks to all who provided the food for the auction and the chili supper. Thanks to all who attended and allowed God to bless Serving on the Streets with much needed funding.

When we set up events like this, there are many uncontrollable factors. The weather, conflicting events, economic situations, etc. But there is one constant -- God. When we ask Him to help us bless others, He is up for the task. It is so much fun to watch Him work through His people. And we had lots of fun during the "pie" auction. Most of the funds raised that afternoon came from the auction. It was fun to watch RideTheWind perform. Many of us had never been to one of their performances. We were blessed by their music. They helped us raise $2,100 for SOS.

We are looking forward to our next mission event. Two years ago, our mission committee decided to hold two annual events in order to raise fund for missions. We thought if people knew that these events were coming up, they would be able to "plan" for them. So, we chose the first Sunday in March for our Mission Event and the second Sunday in June for our Walk for Missions. We will donate the funds to different missions.

We have many things coming up in the life of the church. Come join us if you don't already have a church home. We would love to make you a part of our church family.

Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and church starts at 10:30.

East Side Christian Church

Today is Angel Food Distribution Day. Please come to the church between 10-11 a.m., to pick up your orders. Thanks to those who ordered.

Tomorrow is our Friend Day and also Palm Sunday. We want to invite you to come be with us. We will have a guest speaker, Lynn Laughlin, from Lincoln Christian University, and the vocal group, Higher Calling, will be with us. A luncheon will follow the service.

Our service will be at 10 a.m., instead of 10:30, and there will be no Sunday school. You don't want to miss any of this.

If you were not with us last Sunday, you missed the opportunity of being blessed by the words and songs of Ron Bridgewater. What a blessing it was to have him with us. He is a Timothy from our church and is definitely doing wonderful at spreading God's Word. He has a new CD out. If you can get a copy, you will be blessed by hearing his messages in song. Thank you Ron, for filling in for Pastor Bill.

We want to keep Pastor Bill in our prayers as he still recuperates from his surgery, but we want him to know that he is missed. We also want to pray for others who are having difficulties. And we want to give praise for the improvements of Dave Lewis and Avila DeLange. God is good.

We are going into Easter season. If you have not given your life to the Lord, now would be a great time to do it. We are a small, but friendly church and we will welcome you with open arms. We also offer communion every Sunday, which we feel is what Jesus intended when He presented it. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Way of the Cross Assembly of God

Way of the Cross Assembly of God, one-half-mile east of Great Dane, will have a benefit Chicken Noodle dinner for the Stanley Family Singers Music Outreach, Sunday, starting at noon.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

What a beautiful day. I dug out all my sheets from the linen closet, washed them and hung them out in the sun. Nothing beats the smell of sun-dried sheets. Spring is really here.

Thank You, Lord, for beautiful days such as this. Isn't it wonderful and humbling to watch old dead plants send up small green tendril and gradually come back alive. We can plant them, but we cannot make them come alive. Only God can do that. And each small green bud of life reaffirms His power and His love for this earth. Oh, this is a marvelous time of year.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the day of Christ's triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. People were making a "red carpet" of palm branches, waving them in the air and celebrating that He had come to save them. However, they thought He had come to overthrow the government and save them from Roman rule. They had no idea of His greater purpose, that of saving us from our sins by taking them on Himself at His crucifixion. In just a few days, the mood had changed toward Him and they were all against Him. They did not have the perspective of over 2,000 years to look back on.

We do. But do we still "wave palm branches and sing His praises" when all is well and then turn on Him and rave and rant when things do not go according to our plans? Let's enter this Holy Week with thanksgiving in our hearts for all the Christ has done for us.

There will be a Maundy Thursday service at the Carbon Church of the Nazarene Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. It is open to everyone, of course, but we sincerely hope that all the United Methodist folks and all the Nazarene folks will turn out for it. These joint services are always great.

Easter Sunday will be a big day at our church. There will be a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast. Then, at 9:30, there will be an Easter Hunt for the kids along with the story of the "real" Easter -- no bunnies. At 10:30, there will be the Easter Worship Service. We hope you all will join us.

Harmony United Methodist Church

"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!"

"Peace in heaven and glory in the highest." (Luke 19:38).

The Jewish faithful had been anticipating the arrival of the Messiah and with Jesus, many thought that He had arrived.

The probably wanted to announce his arrival as He rode into town on the back of a mighty, white stallion. But Jesus had the disciples get a donkey for his entrance.

This pleased the disciples as it was right in line with the words of Zechariah, who had proclaimed that the king would arrive on the back of a colt, the foal of a donkey.

But they didn't understand that this king was like no other king before. His kingdom and power was not to be found in the sword or in fixing the injustices of the moment in that place. He was sent to give hope and freedom to all people of all places and all times.

And it was going to take the events of the next week (betrayal, trial, crucifixion and resurrection) for the world to begin to understand the depth and eternal nature of his kingdom.

Harmony and Lena United Methodist Church will be remembering Good Friday with a Agape meal at Lena UMC at 7 p.m., an celebrating Easter with a Sunrise Service at Harmony United Methodist Church, at 7 a.m. Please come and join us. Easter Worship service on Sunday is at 9 a.m., and Sunday school starts at 10:30.

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 City, Billville Road 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 446-2327.

Brazil Nazarene Church

An Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 3, from 12:30-2 p.m., for children ages preschool-11-years-old. Come one, come all for snacks, stories, entertainment, crafts and prizes.

A "Passport to Kidz Mission" will also take place.

The church is located at 1002 E. National Avenue.

For more information, call the church office at 446-0371.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II, Father's E-mail: revhwr@juno.com. E-mail for the parish office can be sent to annunciationchurch@msn.com.

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

Phone: 448-1901

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 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.

The church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., 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@hotmail.com. News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.

Our window was installed and looks great. The re-dedication ceremony was held in conjunction with the Feast of the Annunciation. Most available Terre Haute deanery priests were in attendance as well as Dave Rosen, who did the restoration.

Another notable in attendance was Margaret Ann (Holechko) Jaksich, who so graciously donated the money for the restoration. There was a reception afterward in the Parish Center.

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

The fourth degree Knights are scheduled to be at Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11. We would like all Knights to be in attendance.

In the bulletin, we have been showing $11,000-plus in the building repairs fund. That is the total collected this year. We have used around $7,000 for various repairs. I do want to point out that the new windows in the Parish Center basement were paid for entirely by the Lady Knights with a small contribution from the Knights of Columbus.

If you are Catholic gentlemen and would like to contribute to the church and community through volunteer work and would like to have social interaction with fellow Catholic gentlemen, then the Knights of Columbus are what you are looking for. Just ask someone at church to point a Knight out and he will either be one or know one.

On that same line of thought, if you are a lady that would like to volunteer a little time and would like to have social interaction with other Catholic ladies, then you should join the Lady Knights. They can always use help with their various projects. They also like to have a little fun so they schedule day trips and occasionally an even longer trip. They allowed men to join them on several of their day trips and I enjoyed every one I went on. The trip to Jasper and Ferdinand with the tour of St. Meinrad was very interesting and our trip to the Attica area with the tour of Wolf's Homemade Candies was a lot of fun.

Bingo news

At the Bingo Hall 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's Crossing. We are smoke-free. Packages start at low as $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., and 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's Crossing Rd., across from the Northview High School baseball field.

We are handicapped accessible and we have a lit parking lot and a covered outside smoking area.

Otter Creek Christian Church

We want to invite you to attend one or more of our upcoming services.

Sunday services are at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil, at the following times:

* Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Bible Study (age appropriate classes),

* Sunday, 10:40 a.m., Worship service, and

* Friday, 10 a.m., Ladies Bible Study, 12660 E. Grotto Rd.

Tonight, a pitch-in dinner has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Singing to follow with a group called Brand New, a ladies trio, beginning at 7 p.m.

I have one question for you this week. Why should we believe in Christ? Look at these scriptures -- don't take my word for it.

Look it up in your Bible. I used King James, but the words mean the same no matter what translation and read the versus before and after these.

John 1: 15-17 -- He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me (v16) And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. (v17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Colossians 2: v6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. (v7) Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (v8) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of me, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

I believe the Bible is true, so I guess this leads to a second question. Do you believe?

To reach pastor Steve or me, contact 446-4007 or 443-6007.

Keep those still in the hot spots of the war in prayer and their families and continue to pray for your pastors to preach the truth and not man's doctrine.

May God be with you and yours the only way you can be sure He's there is to accept Him as your personal Savior -- Christ is not a denomination, but a Savior.

First Presbyterian Church of Brazil

The First Presbyterian Church of Brazil invites all members of the community to join us for Holy Week services.

Palm Sunday, March 28, will begin with the Open Door adult class meeting at 9 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. With Bob Nicoson as leader, the group will continue their study of the Book of James. The topic will be "Steady Under Stress," based on James 1:5-18. The Service of Divine Worship will begin with a procession led by the acolytes and crucifer. Palms and special music will highlight the day. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated during the Service of Divine Worship, at 10:30 a.m.

The annual Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m., April 1. The service will include a brief drama as five of the disciples as the question, "Is It I, Lord?" A brief meditation by Rev. Scroggins will precede the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The service will conclude with the "stripping of the chancel" as various elements are removed to remind us of the abandonment of Christ in his final hours.

On Good Friday, April 2, we are invited to join with other churches in and around Brazil for a community Good Friday service. Worship will take place at First Methodist Church. It will begin at noon and end by 1 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, April 4, our traditional Easter breakfast will begin at 9:15 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to this time of food (prepared by the Deacons) and conversation.

The traditional Easter morning Service of Divine Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Sanctuary will be filled with Easter lilies, the music of the season, and the morning meditation. Everyone is encouraged to spend part of Easter at our church, where the good news of Christ's resurrection will be shared with joy on Easter morn.

For more information, contact the church office at 446-2415.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

Easter Sunrise Service will start at 7 a.m., with communion. A breakfast will be served immediately after service. There will be no Sunday school on Easter.

Thinking ahead for Vacation Bible School, the dates are June 7-11. We need a lot of helpers to make this successful as it has been in the past. It is a wonderful time to get to know the youth of our church.

Don't forget our Easter Egg Hunt at Carbon Park today at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Have a good week.

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

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Maundy Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m.

Community Good Friday Worship, April 2, at noon. Easter Sunday Worship, April 4. Traditional at 9 a.m. Contemporary at 11 a.m.

Brazil First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil. Phone: 443-2231. Website: www.brazilfirstumc.org.

Community Missionary Church

Board president Eddie Dickison opened the services with prayer for the sick, shut-ins, our military in harm's way and unspoken requests.

Carol Vanatti led the congregational singing and then sang a special "Rise Again."

Bro. Dickison introduced Bro. Brian Rice as our visiting pastor, whom also brought his fine family to visit with us. Pastor Rice spoke from Eph. Chap 2 (v11). "Ye are no longer strangers before me, as he pointed out that Gentiles could be a part of his church. The church is the Body of Christ, even when we were dead in sins hath quickened us together with Christ.

"By grace ye are saved. Jesus is the Peace, and He hath broken down the wall between us. Reconciling both unto God in one Body.

"There are many churches where God is found, and we should not criticize as judging, but that we should be fellowers and partakers of His promise in Christ by the Gospel."

We are to reach out and strive to make men aware of the unsearchable riches of God. It is easy to not attend church regularly, so easy to go with the wordly living. But you will find that something is missing. Lord, show us your wisdom that we might understand Your word.

People are reaching out for something more. God wants us, as Christians, to reach out to others and love one another by inviting them, your friends, neighbors, to come together and worship Him.

We have that responsibility to do this continually, not just on Sunday.

God sets the rules to live by, to share and show that love to one and all, for He came into this world to save us from sin.

Pastor Thomas invites one and all to come visit with us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30, with evening services at 6 p.m.

We appreciate Bro. Brian Rice for filling in this past week. May his message from God be a blessing to someone this week.

Union United Methodist Church

Why did Jesus subject Himself to the cruel torture of the cross? Why did God choose to suffer for us? 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, "Looking in the Eyes of Love" and focuses on the passion of Jesus, His intentional suffering for all people. The scripture references for this message are from the crucifixion stories of the four Gospels.

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.

We will mark Maundy Thursday, April 1, with a Living Last Supper, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to come and join in as the Lord's Supper is reenacted. All are welcome to join in and to receive communion. There will be a time of fellowship after, and a pitch-in dessert will be served.

On Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the Resurrection with a Sunrise Service, beginning at 7 a.m. The service will take place outdoors at the cross unless precipitation forces us inside. Sunday School will occur at its normal 9:30 a.m., time, followed by worship at 10:30.

We invite the entire community to come and join in all of our activities.



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