Friday, April 30, 2010

Little Historic Church of Carbon

The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have their First Friday program on May 7. There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m.

This month the entertainment will be provided by Brazil native Ron Bridgewater. He is a minister at the East Columbus Christian Church and has released his debut album "The River."

Come join us and be blessed.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello from Eastside Christian Church. We hope you are having a good day. We want to invite you to be with us in the morning to worship God. Please come.

Next week is Angel Food ordering time again. Someone will be at the church on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to take your orders. If you need to make other arrangements, please call 812-448-1030 or 765-672-6363. Orders need to be turned in by May 9, and delivery day will be May 22, between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Pastor Bill will be resuming his Sunday School class in the morning. His topic for the next few weeks will be on Heaven. If you have always wondered about Heaven, this is a good time for you to come and learn about it.

Board meeting will be held next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Help is still needed for Vacation Bible School. If you can help in any way, please let Jayme know. We are going to have many kids with us this year, and we want to reach out to them in the best way possible. If you have any sheets that you are not using, they are needed for decorating.

We want to send a birthday greeting out to Ruth Brown, who will be 93 on Monday. Ruth is in the Exceptional Living facility now, but attended our evening services for many years. Happy Birthday, Ruth, and God bless you.

Remember the National Day of Prayer in May. We should be praying everyday, but if everyone would pray on this day, I am sure God will be pleased.

We hope you will be in church tomorrow, if not with us, somewhere.

Don't forget Tuesday is an election day. Christians, especially, should get out and make their voices heard. But everyone should take advantage of this freedom that we still have.

We are a blessed country.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St. will be having their monthly evening worship service on Sunday, May 2 at 7 p.m.

Music will be provided by P150, and refreshments will be served directly after the service. Everyone is welcome, so please come and join us!

First Christian Church

This Sunday, May 2, we have our Bible Study classes at 9 a.m., and our Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. Pastor Bob will be speaking on Elijah and hearing God's "still, small voice."

Weekidz, for birth through pre-school will be available during both the 9 a.m., study hour and 10:15 a.m. service.

For children K-5th grade, Friend Zone, which is a Bible study time designed for each specific age group, is at 9 a.m., and then Kidzone, which is a worship service designed for kids, is at 10:15 a.m.

Reel Worship, which is a service designed for students, is at 9 a.m., at the Walnut Theater, and then Bible study at 10:15 a.m., at the theater as well.

We have several events coming up:

The youth choir at First Christian Church, Crosseekers, will be presenting the program "People Need The Lord" this Sunday night, May 2, at 7 p.m.

The National Day Of Prayer service will be on Thursday night, May 6, at 7 p.m., here in the auditorium of First Christian Church, Brazil.

On Sunday, May 9 (Mother's Day), during the 9 a.m. hour, the children's choir will be presenting "L.O.S.T. But now I'm Found," and island adventure musical. There will be songs, drama and puppets in this program which teaches that even though the storms of life can test us, our faith will remain firm if it is built on the Solid Rock, Jesus.

More information about First Christian Church, Cornerstone Christian School and First Christian Church Daycare is on the church's web site,

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.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Yeah! It's finally Spring and the world is coming to life again! Have you started making your plans for family outings and get-togethers yet? There is something special about being together as a family, sharing stories and enjoying the blessings we enjoy. Being a part of community makes us feel needed and complete. That's how God created us. We are made to share with one another in both good times and bad.

This Sunday we will talk about being God's family. Our Scripture is from Ephesians 2:19-20 where it says that we are "members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone." Even in Clay County ... that is a big family! Just think of the blessings we miss when we don't have our "family reunions". We need to share our stories, needs and victories with one another. What a joy it is to be a part of "The Family of God!"

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!

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Seelyville United Methodist Church is a Christian community of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. We are located at US 40 and 2nd Street in Seelyville, one block east of the stoplight.

Join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship as we struggle with our limits placed on Jesus' command to love one another. 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.

Share Food orders for May can be placed through May 7, by contacting the church office.

For more information, visit, email, or call 812-877-1868.

Brazil Community Choir

The Brazil Community Choir will begin rehearsals for its 4th of July presentation. Rehearsals will be held at Bee Ridge Church on North Kennedy's Crossings beginning Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Rehearsals will be held each Thursday evening. The Brazil Community Choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. Rehearsals last about an hour.

We will be learning a new musical collection this year which is entitled "This is My Country." If you have any questions you may contact Sam Glover at 812-841-7823.

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

A time of Redemption, Refreshing, and Joy is being expected in activities set by the Door Christian Fellowship Church in May.

On Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m., Evangelist Terry Haynes will minister in the church. Haynes has preached in over 40 countries and pastors a thriving church in Carbondale, Ill.

On Saturday, May 8, "Saturday in the Park III," will be at the Forest Park bandshell. "Back to Back," a youth duo, will perform a concert at 5 p.m., with Haynes ministering in a healing crusade beginning at 6 p.m. In case of rain, both activities will take place at the Old Jr. High Gym.

Services will resume at the church on Sunday, May 9, with Evangelist Haynes preaching at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. All mothers in attendance will receive a gift.

"Take 5" a high impact, action packed evening for grade schoolers through teenagers, will take place on Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m., in the gym. This youth explosion is fully chaperoned.

The Door is located at 202 N. Washington St., enter through the Blaine St. ramp. For more information, call 812-442-8470 or 812-201-3966.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II;

Email for the parish office can be sent to

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, 812-448-1901.

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 News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.

The Sacrament of Initiation actually has three parts. They are baptism, confirmation and communion. We traditionally hold the celebration of confirmation and communion during the Easter season, while baptism of infants can occur at any time during the year. This year we have the following people participating in the Sacrament of Initiation.

First Communicants are Magdalene Pittman and Robbie Fisher. The confirmation class consisted of H.C. Mann, Keegan McDonald, Danielle Bryan, Charlie Lewis, Zac Orten and Nathan Buell. Fritz Modesitt was also confirmed. Congratulations to all you.

On April 24, 2010 a tornado decimated Yazoo City, Weir and French Camp, Mississippi. These are small poor towns that now need our help. None of these towns have Red Cross, Salvation Army, MEMA, FEMA or MS Volunteer Commission support as of yet, but Catholic Charities are there.

I looked up these towns on the map and found that they are between Delta National Forest and Tombigbee National Forest which is a span of a couple of hundred miles.

Catholic Charities is spread thin and supplies are dwindling. They need our assistance. They have registered a wish list at You can find out the needed items by clicking the gift registry button then select wish list from the pull down list. The name is: First Name: MS Tornado April2010 Last Name: Catholic Charities Jackson. You will find that they need bedding, cook ware, cleaning supplies, etc. You can purchase these items online and they will be sent to the proper location. You can also give of yourselves. They have an immediate need for man power. To volunteer, call 601-624-3001 with name, phone number, availability and ways you can help.

On May 3, Pat and Mary Ann Kent will be going to Mississippi. They have offered to take any donations that people may want to send. Please contact the church office or Pat and Mary Ann if you wish to donate. Sister Terri says they are in immediate need of the following items: Feminine Hygiene products, Baby formula, especially Enfamil yellow, Diapers - all sizes, but especially sizes 3, 4 and 5, Individual Can or plastic bottle beverages, Trash Bags, Gas gift cards, and Visa gift cards.

Mother's Day we will also be celebrating the May Crowning of Mary. The last I heard was that we would be doing the May Crowning just prior to the start of Mass on Sunday. But I have been wrong before, so it is better to read the bulletin to confirm the plans.

Last Sunday was a good night for the players at Bingo. The $1,000 cover-all jackpot was hit as well as the $1,000 jar ball and the $150 side pack bonus was hit twice.

First Baptist Church

A Mother's Day Recognition Luncheon is today at First Baptist Church. The program is "Hat's Off to Ladies" and we are expecting to see an unusual assortment of hats being worn by the young girls and ladies in attendance.

Sunday School begins at 9:30, for all ages. You won't need to read aloud, pray publicly, or know your way through the Bible. Come with a desire for learning about God's messages for mankind and expecting to hear something that will impact you personally. Come to see familiar faces, meet and greet, and draw together with shared needs, praises and concerns.

The same is true of the 10:30 a.m., morning worship. Communion will be a central part of our worship service Sunday morning. Communion is a joyous act of thanksgiving for all God has done, is doing, and will do for the redeeming of creation. Communion is an effective sign of Christ's sacrifice; a sacred memorial of the crucified and risen Christ. Here is a valuable testimony off the internet. "When I was a younger man I thought when I would be aged that I would be done with sin. Now as an old man I realize that sin is more powerful to me today than ever before. That is why I need this cup and this bread. That is why I need Communion. That is why I need a Savior, and that is why I am thankful for what my Savior has done."

Sunday Noon will be a Youth/Parent Lunch.

Sunday evening services begin at 4:30 p.m. with the Sr. High Youth. 5:30 p.m. begins AWANA and Jr. High Youth. The adults not working with the young people will meet in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. Rev. Ed Mishler will lead the evening service since the pastor is attending the West Central Conference.

Monday evening is the Beth Moore Women's Bible Study at 7 p.m.

Tuesday evening the committees will meet at 6 p.m. and the coordinating Team will meet at 7 p.m.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., the Mid-week Bible Study meets in the Fellowship Room. The study is now in II Samuel with King David.

THE ROCK alternative worship service gathers at 7 p.m. on Thursday. There is also a program for all children through 5th grade.

Start the week with us. Anticipate that God will meet you and help you understand His will through your time of worship. See you Sunday!

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church

The church is planning a Haiti trip, to Cape Haitian, June 28-July 6. Pastor Chris is leading the trip, you must be 16 years of age or older. Keep this endeavor in your prayers.

Our Mother's Day Brunch is Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m., in the church fellowship hall.

Once again we are playing in the church co-ed softball league. If interested in playing, see Pastor Chris or call the office.

Have a good week. Come an be a part of our growing and loving church.

Otter Creek Christian Church

This is May first, I remember as a nine or ten year old going out in our woods and picking wild flowers (along with my younger sisters) to put in "May" baskets.

This was actually done on the last day of April and making little baskets out of whatever we could find. Early on May first Mom and Dad would drive us all the way to Brazil and we'd deliver these small bouquets to whoever they had on their list of friends and relatives for that year. I continued the tradition for a few years after my kids were born and then like most good ideas it went the way of not enough time or energy or whatever the reason was. It didn't even need to be a good reason just maybe we didn't want to do it anymore. And of course lots of the people who knew the flower tradition were gone and the others didn't seem to care.

This is the renewal season, flowers, children seem to grow faster and nature in God's time comes bursting forth with the beautiful vibrant colors that only He can deliver. Ecclesiastes chapter three tells us "For everything there is a season." This season is for growing and there are times we need to Be still and know that He is God. In our hectic schedules tend to push aside the One who should always be our main source of strength God. Slow down enough to give Him your heart and soul but not only that sometimes in our multitasking world we do one thing and are thinking about something entirely different. Sitting in church but thinking "I need to get out of here before it rains so I can mow or our dinner burns " I think you get the picture. God made us and deserves our attention.

Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St

Pastor Steve's phone numbers 812-446-4007 or after 4 p. m. 812-249-3309 or call Sandy to leave a message for him at 443-6007 or 446-4007

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

Sunday 10:40 a.m. Worship Service

Friday 10 a.m. Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Road

Saturday May 8, at 6 p.m. Ladies dinner (men cooking)

Sunday May 9 Riley Hendrickson will be at our 10:40 a.m. special music

We invite you to attend our services, and to pray for those of our community who are less fortunate than you are. Keep the ones who serve in any capacity, pastors, mayor, police, firemen, service personnel pray for their safety and strength as they fulfill their jobs.

May God be with you as you live your life according to His purpose Romans 8:28 says "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His (God's) purposes.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor welcomed everyone and opened with prayer for our sick, shut-ins, those whom lost loved ones this week and ever prayerful for our military in harms way.

Carol Vanatti led the congregational singing and sang a special entitled, "Feel the Nails." Pastor Thomas brought out his sermon, "It's not easy to take up the cross, and follow Jesus."

Many time it is hardest to deny ourselves as we want to do our will. To deny something we want to do and then do it and still feel blessed until God chids us to get on the right track. In the game of life, the ball comes toward us, and slips on through our legs. We turn to retrieve it and someone else made the play.

The word we need here is commitment. The Bible tells us that as Christians, we should handle it. Sometimes we get into trouble of our own making when God is not in it, there is always a consequence. Bear ye one and anothers burdens so is the law of Christ.

Do you have a burden for someone, perhaps a relative, a neighbor, or friend? It may be the last thing in your life to accomplish for someone else, and as long as Jesus is in it, it can come to fruitarian. We miss God's best when we try things on our own. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." John 8:51

Pastor Ken Thomas closed with prayer and led the congregation with singing "Cleanse Me."

Services begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Morning Services at 10:30 a.m., Evening Service at 6 p.m.

We have ample parking, heat and air conditioning, a baby cry room and lots of space for visitors. Come join us for a visit, we are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

We are excited to have the opportunity to host the Appalachian Bible College bell ensemble "Jubilate" on Thursday May 20, at 6:30 p.m. The Jubilate consists of six women and four men students from the college. The public is invited and we are sure you will enjoy the presentation as well as meet some young people who will be an encouragement and inspiration for serving the Lord.

This Sunday evening, at 6 p.m., all ladies and girls are invited for a meal and fellowship time at the church. Rather than call it a mother/daughter dinner, it is a friendship dinner so that any lady and girl feels welcome to attend. If you would like to attend please call the church at 442-5008 and leave a message if no one is in to take your call. We would love to be a ministry to you.

It is exciting to see how the Old and New Testaments of the Bible tie together. This past Sunday Pastor Gordon showed us some parallels between the Israelites being spared from the death of their firstborn at the Passover in Exodus 12:21-30 and how sinners can be spared from the eternal death through Christ in the New Testament. Just as the blood of the lamb had to be applied to the doorposts of the house of the Israelites, so to a sinner today can only be saved today because Christ shed His blood and it must "applied" to one's sin by faith in Christ.

Also, the Israelites were spared death because of the blood not because they were better than the Egyptians or even that they were God's chosen race. The same is true today. No sinner is spared an eternal death because they may consider themselves better than others or because they do many good things. Salvation is only through faith alone in Christ alone. Baptism, church membership, community service, feeding the poor, helping the needy, etc. will not earn you salvation. Those are to be a fruit of salvation.

Another obvious parallel is that death has no favorites. The Bible says that Pharoahs firstborn all the way down to the firstborn of the lowliest slave died. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and that the wages of sin is death.

No one is exempt from death, the penalty for sin.

But just as God was gracious to the Israelites and told them what they needed to do to be spared from the death angel, so God has revealed to us through the Bible how every sinner can be saved from eternal hell.

A sinner can be justified because of God's grace by simple faith in Christ Jesus as the Savior from sin (Romans 3:24-25). Are you ready to face death and eternity? Where will you go? You can know today. We would love to share with you how you can. Call the church at 443-5008 or send Pastor an email at or go to our website at and we will glad to help.

This Sunday we will be reflecting upon the great sacrifice, the suffering and death of Christ as He shed His blood for the sins of many, as we observe communion.

We invite you to join us for a time of fellowship, study, singing, and good expository preaching. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., for all ages, and our Worship service is at 11 a.m. We also have a mid-week Bible study and prayer at 6:30 p.m., on Wednesdays. You can find us just South of town on 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Greetings from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church, this week:

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday school (classes for all ages); 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church (for ages through 3rd grade). This week's teachers are Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler.

5 p.m. AWANA FAIR-last AWANA of this term

7 p.m. Evening Worship

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Benwood Nursing Home Ministry-Exceptional Living

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study--The Book of Daniel

Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Study

The month of May is LOVE month. Pastor's message for this week is: "What the World Needs NOW is LOVE"--1 John 3:1a How great is the love the Father has lavished on us.

Upcoming Events:

Mother's Day is Sunday May 9--Give Mom that extra hug!

JeKeNSa church camp meeting Monday May 10, at 7 p.m.

Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 20; Church camp will be July 18-22.

Remember the "Help A Family At Christmas" yard sale coming up on June 5. Please bring your items in a couple of weeks earlier. Watch for updates for exact dates and times to drop off your items all proceeds are used for the "Help A Family at Christmas" program.

If you have large items that you want to donate and need help please call 812-986-2572.

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

Church Numbers: 812-446-0531 or 812-448-2871

If you do not have a church home, we invite you to come and worship with us. We are a Un-Denominational church that worships Jesus Christ.

Be our visitor this week and our family the next week!

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