Otter Creek Christian Church
Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Service times are as follows: 9:30 a.m., Sunday Study, and 10:40, Sunday Worship.
On Friday, at 10 a.m., we have Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Street (street behind Northview).
To reach Pastor Steve, call either of these numbers are 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (cell phone: 812-249-3309, or home at 446-4007). If no answer, call Sandy's at 443-6007.
With this Sunday being Mother's Day, we will be honoring the ladies in our congregation during our worship service. Riley Hendrickson, from Putnam County, will be presenting a few selections of special music for the service.
The book of Proverbs relates several verses about women, but I think I like Chapter 31, verses 11-31, best.
Now it begins with, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies."
Verse 11, "The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil."
Verses 29-31, "Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates."
I must admit that I always felt like a failure when comparing myself to this woman, but I realize God does not compare me to anyone else because he made me in the image of himself and He knows what I'm capable of and what I am not. I'm sure glad he's the one who judges and not mankind.
Oh, don't get me wrong, people do judge, but it's not their judgment that will count in the end. It is the final judgment of God.
Right now, I'd like to honor the ladies in my life who are special for no matter what reason. My daughters Beth and Lida, my daughter-in-law Carrie, my sisters Judy, Lillie, Debbie, Anita and Cindy, Mrs. Virginia Grey, my wonderful aunt Boodie, special friends Barbara, Bonnie, Carol Ann, Carole, Flo (my friend in Christ, who helped even when she didn't know I needed it), and Myra.
Each of you have a place in my heart now and always.
If your mother is no longer with you in the flesh, never let her memory (good ones, especially) be erased from your heart. Most moms are wonderful treasures so be sure to pass that treasure on to your children and their children.
As I said maybe your mome is no longer here, but that doesn't mean you can't adopt a mom for the day. There are lots of elderly people who have no family and would be glad to share the day with someone.
Pray for those in need and for elected officials everywhere. Keep your local pastors in your prayers and the ones who are serving in our armed forces.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II;
Father's E-mail: email@example.com
E-mail for the parish office can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.; and 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.
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 email@example.com. News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.
The church family was saddened this week with the passing of Myla Geswein. One of Bert's brothers also lost his wife last week, so please keep all of the Geswein family in your prayers.
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.
Nominations for Parish Council Members have been closed and those nominated will soon be contacted to see if they will accept the nomination.
A cleanup day, organized by Martha Tempel, was held last Monday. A lot of spring cleaning was accomplished. Around 10 men and women showed up to help. It was a long day, but a lot of maintenance was completed and all left satisfied that they had accomplished something useful.
The Lady Knights have taken on another project.
They are going to purchase a new ceiling for the basement in the Parish Center. They will be holding fundraiser to help accomplish this task.
If you have a little free time and would like to help your church, we always accept help. We have committees that need volunteers. We have weekly maintenance that could also use a few more volunteers. The more volunteers we have the fewer times we have to give our time.
The air conditioner on the north side of the church was damaged last fall and we just discovered it this week. It will be unusable until we can get it repaired. I am sure it is early enough in the year that it won't get too hot during mass. The south air conditioner still works fine so we will still have cooling.
Please note that there are only two handicapped parking places in front of the church and there is no parking on the west side of Alabama south of Church Street. There are a few handicapped parking places in the parking lot between the church and the school. Please use your best judgment when using these spaces.
Bingo has been doing better the last couple of months. Attendance has been getting closer to that of last year. There are two things we can always use at Bingo: Players and volunteers. If you can't do one thing, then please do the other. Volunteers can help in the kitchen or the Bingo hall. If you just want to try it out and don't want to be on a schedule yet, then just stop by and help out one night. You will have fun.
I had hoped to do some remodeling in the kitchen this year, but with the downturn in the economy, we have not been able to accumulate enough money to accomplish this. Hopefully in the near future, we can get this done.
Remember Speed games start at 6 p.m., and early bird games start at 6:30. Regular Bingo starts at 7 p.m. During regular Bingo, we play 20 games with two optional coverall games called bonanzas. We give you either the odd numbers or the even numbers and you have to complete the card.
We rotate the odd and even numbers weekly depending if the date is even or odd. We always have good food, free coffee and iced tea. We also sell Pepsi and Coke products.
Harmony United Methodist Church
This Sunday is the day when moms get the special treatment, right? You know, breakfast in bed; homemade Mother's Day cards from the kids; flowers from your husband; lunch at your favorite restaurant; and absolutely no house cleaning. (How come I seem to hear a lot of chuckling coming form some of you?).
This Sunday we will talk about being the moms and the "virtuous woman," that Solomon writes about in Proverbs 13:10-31. A great mom is a tireless workers, strong and wise; a great cook and seamstress, all done in humility and love. Wow. Thanks a great woman! A superwoman! But, can anyone really live up to all these expectations?
You've got to be a housekeeper, a taxi driver, a cook, an appointment manager, a nurse, a judge, a referee, a teacher, a counselor, a beautician, a friend, a disciplinarian, and a loving ear when your kids need to be heard. It's a tough job.
Being a great mom or grandma or aunt or friend can be the greatest and most rewarding privilege there is, but it's still tough.
Today, we will search the scriptures for encouragement and reward from God concerning the tasks and privileges of being a mother (or an "important lady") to the ones God has entrusted to us.
As always, Sunday worship at Harmony UMC begins at 9 a.m., and Sunday school follows at 10:45. Everyone is truly welcome. Come and join us.
Brazil First Christian Church
This Sunday, May 9 (Mother's Day), the children's choir will be presenting their program, "L.O.S.T. ... But Now I'm Found," at 9 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:15. Pastor Bob will be speaking on Esther and the providence of God.
Weekidz, for birth through preschool, will be available during both the 10:15 a.m. service. Only Nursery will be provided during the 9 a.m. hour.
For children K-fifth-grade, this Sunday is a "Family Sunday," so there will be no Friend Zone, which is a Bible Study time designed for each specific age group, at 9 a.m., or Kidzone, which is a worship service designed for kids, at 10:15. They are invited to the children's program at 9 a.m., and then the worship service at 10:15.
For middle school and high school age, it's a "Family Sunday," so there is Bible study at 9 a.m., at the Walnut Theater, but they will be joining the 10:15 a.m., worship service at the church.
We have several events coming up, which are:
* On Sunday, May 9 (Mother's Day), during the 9 a.m., hour, the children's choir will present, "L.O.S.T. ... But Now I'm Found," an 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 website at fccbrazil.org.
Brazil Bible Fellowship Church
We want to extend an invitation to the community to come and hear "Jubilate," a bell ensemble from Appalachian Bible College from Bradley, W.Va. They will be presenting their concert on May 20, a Thursday night, at 6:30 p.m. This is a group of 10 students and we are sure you will find the concert delightful as well as being blessed through the testimony of these young people.
On Sunday, May 16, Brady Farr and his family will be sharing with us the burden they have for the people of South Africa. The Farr's are missionary appointees who are raising support so they can serve the Lord in this needy country. They will be conveying the need and burden they have during the Sunday school hour at 10 a.m., and then Brady will challenge us from the Word regarding missions during the Worship service at 121.
This Sunday's message will be about encouraging mother's to keep on keeping on. The sermon will come from 2 Timothy and how Timothy's mother and grandmother had a great impact upon Timothy's faith and belief. Moms can have a great impact on their children's life. In many homes, if it were not for mom, there would be little or no spiritual influence. We invite everyone, especially moms, to come and be lifted up this Sunday. Happy Mother's Day, moms.
Last Sunday, we observed communion. Pastor's message came from Leviticus 16 and was titled, "The Tale of Two Goats." One goat was taken and sacrificed for the sins of the nation of Israel. The other goat was a living goat. The priest placed his hands on the goat and "transferred" the sins and transgressions to the goat. The goat was then taken to the wilderness and released. Both of those goats gave the Jews a picture of what Jesus would do on the cross. He was sacrificed and shed His blood for sin to pay the penalty for sin.
Through faith in the work of Christ and repentance of sin, one's sins are transferred to Christ and He takes the sin away. Psalm 103:12 says, "As far as the East is from the West, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us."
What a message of hope. What a price that was paid. My friend, do you want to be free from the bondage and penalty of sin? Read for yourself the story of the two goats in Leviticus 16. Or you can listen to the message by going to our website at www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link.
We invite you, our readers, to visit us. Our passion is to minister and serve but most importantly to teach and preach the Word of God practically and accurately so that the hearers can hear, understand, apply and discover the truth for themselves. Our Sunday School is at 10 a.m., with classes for all ages. Our worship service is at 121. There will not be any evening ministries so that our families can spend time with their moms. If you want to know more about us, you can visit our website at www.brazilbible.org, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 442-5008. The ideal way to learn more is by visiting. We are easy to find. We are south of town on State Road 59, directly across the road from the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
Greetings from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.
We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road. Or two miles east of SR 59 on Rio Grande Road.
Church phone numbers id 446-0531 or 448-2871. If you do not have a church home, we invite you to come and worship with us. We are an un-denominational church that worships Jesus Christ. Be our visitor this week and our family the next week.
At Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church;
Sunday, 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 Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge.
No evening services this week due to Mother's Day. Give mom that extra hug.
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: John 1:33. When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. (34) "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. (35) Jesus wept. (36) Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
Mother/Daughter Day -- May 15, 2:30 p.m.
JeKeNSA church camp meeting Monday, 7 p.m.
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.
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 on Mother's Day as we learn that living as a disciple requires us to listen so others can hear. 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.
May Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30, Saturday, May 22, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.
First Baptist Church of Brazil
All are invited to services at First Baptist on South Walnut Street. This Mother's Day Sunday begins with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. It is a good time of study, fellowship and sharing of concerns and praises. A greeter will meet you at the north Walnut Street door, coffee will be available and all classes are on the ground level. There is close parking or you can be dropped off right at the west entrance behind the church.
We want to again thank the hospitality committee and the men who served and provided the devotions for the enjoyable Mother's Recognition Luncheon last Saturday.
Morning worship begins at 10:30. An adult-staffed nursery is available.
Kidmo is a Christian program for all elementary youth. These students leave from the sanctuary with their adult leader.
Sunday evening services begin at 4:30, for junior high youth. Senior highs and AWANA meet at 5:30 for their programs. AWANA is preparing for their closing program next Sunday, May 16. All friends are invited to this special event and refreshments will follow. The junior and senior high students will continue to meeting during the summer will a full slate of events scheduled.
Also on May 16, the youth will sponsor a potato bar following morning worship. This is a fundraiser to help send young people to the American Baptist Church Camp at Indian Creek. If you attend a different church, you are invited to eat with us around noon.
Adults not working with AWANA are invited upstairs for praise and worship at 6 p.m.
Monday evening, at 7 p.m., the ladies meet for Bible study. They are following a Beth Moore program.
Wednesday Bible study begins at 12:15 p.m., with a continuing study of 2 Samuel and the life of David.
Wednesday evening will be Business Meeting beginning at 7 p.m. A new Bible study begins this Wednesday at 8 p.m., for all high school aged girls. The first them will be "anger." Stephanie Plummer will lead this study.
Thursday, May 13, the American Baptist Women's Ministries will meet for a noon luncheon and meeting. The meal is provided by the hostess, Shirley Hinton.
THE ROCK worship service begins at 7 p.m., Thursday. This service is especially programmed for teens and young adults but all are invited and all ages attend. We especially invite those who would need and appreciate a time of worship that better fits into their work schedule.
There is a nursery and a program for elementary students.
We look forward to starting a new week of worshipping our great creator God. An unchanging, eternal God of judgment, love and mercy and we hope to see you Sunday.
Eastside Christian Church
The angels were singing last Sunday as Paul and Rebecca York accepted Jesus and were baptized. Praise God, and we know they will be a blessing to God's family.
Tomorrow is the last day for ordering Angel Food. If you still want to order, please let Lorie know at 765-672-6363.
The Men's Bible study on Saturday mornings is going great. If you would like to get involved with this, come be here at 8 a.m., and bring a friend.
Vacation Bible School is getting closer. Jayme still needs help. Please let her know if you can help in any way. We are going to have about 50 kids, so we hope you will get involved. The final VBS meeting will be May 22, at 11 a.m., please attend.
We want to thank Charlie Lucas and Brandon Pierce for their work on the audio equipment shelving.
There will be a Congregational Meeting after the Morning Worship service June 27, so mark your calendars, so you will be in attendance.
We hope that you observed the National Day of prayer on Thursday.
We want to keep Helen Monnett in our prayers. Helen underwent heart surgery recently, and hopefully, will be at home by the time you read this.
We still want to keep Pastor Bill and others who are having diffiiculties in our prayers, too. It was good to see Pastor Bill up in the pulpit last Sunday. He did very well getting up those steps. God is good.
If you need prayer, please let us know, and we will by happy to pray for you. We are a church that definitely believes in the power of prayer.
We would also like to keep the Stultz/Jackson families in our prayers, too, for they have gone through a lot lately. Also, pray for those who have had to go through the tornadoes recently.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us tomorrow. We are a Bible believing congregation who are striving to put Jesus first in every aspect of their lives. Also, if you want to learn more about Heaven, you will definitely want to come be in the pastor's Sunday School class at 9:30 a.m.. Won't you come?
The Door Christian
A time of Redemption, Refreshing, and Joy is being expected in activities set by the Door Christian Fellowship Church in May.
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 Evangelist Terry 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.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Tomorrow is Mothers' Day. You still have time to do something for your mother! If you don't have a mother, do something for a "mother" who does not have a child. There are a lot of women out there who never had children of their own but who "mothered" someone else's children. Let's not forget them!
I understand that the "Mother's Day Committee" at church has something special planned for honoring our mothers, but I've not been able to get the slightest hint of what it is. We'll all have to go to church to see what it is.
Bible Study will be after church next Sunday. We will have a soup and sandwich lunch just as soon as church is over so that we can get into the Bible Study quickly. Sign up tomorrow to bring soup, sandwich, or dessert.
Town & Country Christian Men will be meeting for their monthly Prayer Breakfast at our church on May 22, at 8 a.m. The men have been having a great turnout for these Saturday morning breakfasts, and that is wonderful. They do a lot of good in the community. They collect money in different ways, which they distribute to as many as 10 different local charities.
Some of our "Mugs for Missions" are beginning to show up on the altar each Sunday now. Each person in the congregation has a mug in which to toss extra change. When the mug is full, it is returned to church and placed on the altar and exchanged for an empty mug. The money collected in this way is divided between the Clay County Benevolence Mission and our fund to supply school supplies for local children this fall.
How are the bluebirds doing? Well, yesterday they were really fighting with some sparrows over who was going to occupy the birdhouse. But this morning, the bluebirds are busy in that birdhouse and the sparrows have moved off to another one. Even God's creatures can work out their differences if they try. Let's take a lesson from them.
Taking Mother to church on Mother's Day would be a wonderful way to show your appreciation of her. Bring her to our church. We'd love to have you. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Worship is 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 starting having services at Clay Center, Billville Rd., and SR 59.
Sunday service is at 6 p.m., and Thursday Bible study at 6. For more information, contact Carolyn Moore at 446-2327.
Carbon Baptist Church
We will have no Thirsty this Sunday evening due to it being Mother's Day.
Once again, we are playing in the church co-ed softball league. If interested in playing, see Pastor Chris or call the office.
May 14, our 50-over group will meet and have lunch in fellowship hall at 10:30 a.m. It is a good way to fellowship and enjoy yourselves.
Saturday, May 15, at 7 a.m., in the fellowship hall will be the monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast. Usually, a speaker and a wonderful breakfast.
Have a good week, and a great big Happy Mother's Day to all mothers.
Please come and be a part of our growing and loving church.
Community Missionary Church
Carol Vanatti opened morning worship with the congregational songs and was followed by Peg Parksey with a special, "I believe God put us together." A beautiful song sung with much feeling.
The song meaning with the love of God and fellow man.
Pastor Thomas then came forward saying that Peg's song brings out his sermon, "God will take care of you."
Brother Thomas asked for and received same for requests fro prayer, then praying for the sick, shut-ins, those recuperating from hospital stays and even for our service personnel in harms way.
Being a Christian is serious business. One should never play, mock or otherwise criticize religion. However, time we tend to want to pass judgment and that's not our place and we all have some of that guilt.
Pastor brought out that we should "cast all our cares upon him, for he cares for us."
He said he is one to always try to look ahead a bit. If the weather man says tornado alert is near, then he wants to have the candles on hand should the electricity go out. Preparing for heavy winds and severe weather and then there are those whom would turn off their hearing aids when loud claps of thunder roll, so as not to hear it and not worry about it. We just can't ignore some things all the time, we have to many times just leave it in God's hands. Remembering when the wife drove me for the first time. I remember wanting to put my foot on the brake, and there was no brake on passenger's side. We just have to sit back and relax and let the Lord help her drive.
Our enemy is not the church, our family, but Satan is and he is looking out for you every step of the way for just one more victim. Don't let your guard down, but lean upon him and he will take care of you.
Pastor and Mrs. Thomas invite one and all to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30, with evening service at 6 p.m.
Lots of parking space, baby cry room and heat and air control.