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Friday, July 16, 2010

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, 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 eaburt48@gmail.com. News must be submitted to me before Wednesday to get it in the paper on Saturday.

We now have a new web address for the church website due to Verizon selling some of its holdings to Frontier.


A new organ, new to us anyway, was installed in the church today to replace the piano. The organ was donated by Bert Geswein in remembrance of his wife Myla. It is a wonderful instrument and you will be pleasantly surprised at the music that just seems to spill from it like water over a waterfall. I had the distinct honor of hearing Steve McCullough play it this afternoon.

Steve has filled at the piano and organ for us when needed and also plays for other area churches, he is very accomplished and has been playing professionally since he was 18. I want to thank Steve for his efforts in finding this organ and for all the time he and Bert have given to get it installed and working beautifully. Thank you Bert, I am sure Myla is pleased.

We also have some bad news. Our beautiful pipe organ received substantial damage from past water leaks in the steeple. Although the leaks have been fixed and the organ is repairable, the cost of the repairs and restoration is going to be close to one hundred thousand dollars. We do not intend on removing the organ and hope to one day manage to get it restored. Our organ was built by the Lyon and Healy Company in 1885 and is one of the oldest pipe organs in the area. Such a historic instrument should be preserved for future generations.

The Parish Council is having a retreat on Saturday July 17 to discuss various topics such as repairs of the church, rectory, parish center and Kennedys Crossing as well as finances. The surveys that we passed out a couple of weeks ago will also be discussed.

The next Knights of Columbus meeting is Aug. 9 at 7:15 p.m. Our new Grand Knight, Jeff Etling, says the meetings will only be an hour which gives us time for some socializing afterward.

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.

With summer vacations and other obligations we are currently short of volunteers helping at bingo. We need your help. Stop by and help out one time, you'll come back. Remember we are a non-smoking facility.

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 and the final game is a winner-take-all. We always have good food, free coffee and iced tea. We also sell Pepsi and Coke products.

Eastside Christian Church

First of all Angel Food ordering has been extended until tomorrow. If you would still like to order, please call Sharon at 812-448-1030 or Lorie at 765-672-6363. Pickup day will be the July 31 instead of the 24th.

Have you been remembering to pray the 140? Our country is in dire need of us as Christians to pray for it. God is listening.

We also want to pray for Ernie Carnegie and Jackie Moody, Jr. plus the others who are on our prayer list and anyone else needing prayer. We want to offer a praise report for God's having looked after Josiah and the others that were in the van that caught fire. They all got out safely.

We also want to send out prayers to the families of Dottie Hughes McDonald and Norma Bunton, who went to be with their Lord within the last week.

We want to thank Ann for the beautiful song that she sang Sunday. She needs to do this more often. We appreciate her and Millie so much.

We want to welcome Ancil Roberts into our family. Ancil transferred his membership and rededicated his life last Sunday. He helped out at VBS, and we know he will be a blessing to us.

You will want to mark Aug. 29 on your calendars. Ride the Wind will be with us on that day. If you have not seen this group, you definitely want to be with us. This group is definitely witnessing for the Lord.

If you have ever been curious about the 12 disciples, they are being studied on Wednesday nights.

Men, don't forget your Bible fellowship on Saturday mornings.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. Our only creed is Christ. We partake of the Lord's Supper each week, as did the early Christians. Won't you come? Life is too short, you need to get to know God today.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Romans 8:37 tells us "We are more than conquerors through him who loved us." In a book called P.S. God Loves You! By Connie Witter the commentator says "Put your faith in My Word and you will walk in victory. You will be an over-comer in every situation; for I have made you more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus."

This is our power source, Trust, by putting faith in God's Word for it is by His power and not our own that we can be over-comers, there is no better time than today to practice this. There is a song that says "Give them all to Jesus, all your trials, broken hearts and dreams and He will turn your sadness into joy."

Otter Creek Christian Church would like to invite you to services located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil.

Call 812-446-4007 or 812-249-3309 or between 11 a.m., and 5:15 p.m. Tues. --- Sat. 812-443-6007.

Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship at 10:40 a.m.

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

July 24, Saturday, Open Mic night for Gospel Music followed by pitch-in dinner at church.

Vacation Bible School starts, Monday, July 19-Friday, July 23, from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

"Galactic Blast" is open for children ages five through High School.

Pastor Steve Brattain would like to thank the congregation for their support during his recent hospitalization and Dennis Holley for filling in for him.

Please remember to keep our troops in prayer and the public officials. Remember the people affected by the oil spill and storms in our southern states.

May God continue to guide you during your week.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Greetings from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church!

We are a Un-Denominational church that worships Jesus Christ.

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

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

Sunday at 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 Children's Church teachers will be Avalon Hapenny and Rachelle Royer.

7 p.m. Evening Service

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

Looking Ahead: Church camp will be July 18-22

Several volunteers are still needed to help make plans for the annual Help-A-Family at Christmas Golf Scramble. Men and women, whether you play golf or you don't play golf. You don't even need to know what a golf ball looks like! We need people who will contact businesses about sponsoring the event.

We are located two miles north of US 40 on the Knightsville Rd. or two miles east of SR59 on Rio Grand Road.

For more information, call the church at 812-446-0531

Come join us, we love to welcome new family!

Until next week remember: Giving something you have isn't losing, you GET the appreciation from the receiver and smiles from GOD for sharing.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or just visitors anytime.

Join us for Mercy's Well, top male trio, on Sunday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.

Coming soon, our Annual Ice Cream social on Aug. 21.

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 am. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 am.

Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812 241-3036.

10100 North Kennedy Crossing Road, Brazil.

Located 1 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road, we are the little brick church on the top of the hill. Come join us for worship.

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Seelyville United Methodist Church is a 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.

Please join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship. The lack of producing fruit leads to judgment and death - so what about our lives? 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.

July Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, July 31, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

Tickets for the Aug. 14, Jonah Fish Fry are available from church members or through the church office.

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

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church

The dates for summer camp are July 26-30. If you are interested, call the office or see Youth Pastor Chris Lee. Forms need to be turned in immediately.

The Clay County 4-H fair starts this week. Several youth are involved from the church. Let's go and supported them and enjoy the fair.

Feel free to come and join a cell group on Wednesday evenings, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Pastor Howard and the congregation want to welcome everyone to be a part of our growing and loving church. Have a good week.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist Church on S. Walnut Street. Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday school classes for all ages. There are three options for adult classes. Morning worship with Pastor Mark Thompson begins at 10:30. If you would like to use the elevator, enter the NE doors. You will have no stairs to climb. There is an adult-staffed nursery for Sunday school and worship service. The pre-school through fifth grade youth are dismissed following praise and prayer for KidMoBible Time.

Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. We are in the fifth session of John Ortberg's, "The Life you've always wanted and the spiritual discipline of humility." Even if you have not participated in the other sessions, you can join into this study.

Wednesday Bible Study begins at 12:15 p.m., in the fellowship room. Join in this three-year through the Bible study.

THE ROCK service of worship and praise is Thursday at 7 p.m. This service has a different flavor but teaches the same Lord of salvation. There is also programming for infants and elementary students with KidMo.

Friday the Middle and High School Youth meet at 7 p.m. There are a lot of significant activities planned and the summer schedule culminates with a back-to-school party Aug. 13. Have something to look forward to on Friday evenings and attend with the Friday Nite Youth.

Bible Study is important and several expressed that by donating to the "Faith Comes by Hearing" project. This is providing small battery powered audio Bibles to our military men and women. Thank you to all who gave to this cause.

Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior doesn't mean your life is going to be perfect or that you will never experience bad times. What it means is that you are never alone and that you now have an anchor to hold onto that is steadfast and unchanging when the storms of life come. With Jesus you have a reliable source of comfort, encouragement and friendship. See you Sunday!

Center Point United Methodist Church

Are you warm enough? Summer heat is here. I praise the Lord for air conditioning. It sure makes things easier to bear. But, one place we don't seem to mind the heat is at our church picnic. We are in the process of planning that for the month of August. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Another "escape" from the heat is ice cream. Our sister church Ashboro UMC will be having their annual Ice Cream Social Saturday, July 31. It starts at 5 p.m. They would love for you to join them for food, fun and entertainment. The church is located north of SR 46 on SR 59.

Some of us at Center Point have been discussing different books at "book club". Sounds very "literary" doesn't it. Actually, we just decide to read a book and then meet to talk about it. Sometimes we have a printed guide of questions to go by. Other times we just share what we thought of it.

In July we are reading two short books, "Tuck Everlasting" and "A Wrinkle In Time." We will be selecting books for the upcoming months at our next meeting, which is Monday, July 19, at 7 p.m. If you would like to join us call 835-2198 for further information.

We have been getting to know our new pastor, Bob Kumpf. Pastor Bob's first two sermons have been "winners" -- at least in this writer's opinion. Sunday, July 11, we had a sermon on being "A Giggling Giver". And, surprise, it wasn't about giving money. It was about giving our time, talents and attention.

Second Corinthians 9:6-7 reminds us that if we "sow sparingly we will reap sparingly". PB (short for Pastor Bob) compared it with planting seeds in the garden or field. If we plant a few seeds we get only a few plants, but if we sow lots of seeds we get lots of plants. I translate that in this way. The more I use my time, talents (wish I had more) and attention for God's purposes, the more blessings will result from those efforts. Blessings for all involved.

This coming Sunday, July 18, PB has another lesson from II Corinthians. The title is "My Trophies". It comes from chapter 3, verses 1-4. The Apostle Paul writes about the rewards of living a Christ-like life and the blessings of relationships that last for eternity.

If you don't have a church home, we invite you to join us this Sunday. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m., and the worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.

You can get to the church by traveling SR 59 to 200 N, turn east for just under three miles, or, take Harmony Road. Center Point is located between SR 42 and SR46. Harmony Road runs right through town. God bless you all.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Tomorrow, Sunday, we will be setting up props and decorating for Bible School. It is coming fast!

Monday evening will be the first night and then we will be off and running for an exciting week of learning new Bible truths, new ways to approach God, how Jesus loves us, how we can love each other along with crafts, games, songs, and refreshments. All this will happen in the two hours and fifteen minutes each evening from 6:15-8:30 p.m. That's a lot to cram in, but it fits quite well.

We are looking forward to seeing all the Carbon kids and all those outside of Carbon who can get here.

Everyone meets at the Methodist Church for an opening and returns to the Methodist Church for the closing each evening. But the pre-school group leaves and goes to the Nazarene Church for their own stories and songs and games that are geared to their level. The school-aged kids stay at the Methodist Church.

We hope that by now everyone is a little bored with summer vacation and is looking forward to breaking the routine up by coming to Bible School. Parents, if you are a little bored with the same routines, too, come and we will be happy to have you pitch in and help.

We hope to see you there Monday evening at 6:15 p.m.

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 SR59.

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.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Thomas greeted those present and opened with prayer, then Carol Vanatti led congregational singing. Brother Thomas offered up prayer for those sick and shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests, and our military in harms way. He also greeted some whom had been sick and had returned to us. Among them Brother Wayne West and wife, whom both have been very sick.

Peg Parksey sang a special, "Without a valley," a beautiful number. After the offering and tithes were taken up, Pastor Thomas asked, "Are we our brother's keeper, are we are neighbor's keeper? What is the difference?"

He read a history of our church and how we first started building by working together. Both the men working and the women bringing lunches and hot coffee and tea. How we then grew from the few to 75 and more.

Then stating that our job was still ongoing as God wants us to tell others and bring them into his house of worship.

Brother Thomas said that more and more we are being about what God wants us to do for others. Are we being a brother's keeper? All the time we hear, "I just don't have the time." That's about "me," can we not also be a neighbor's keeper?

If you love God, then you must also love others. You must be a brother's keeper, and also a neighbor's keeper. Share burdens of your neighbor, your brother.

When we see a need, that's where we ought to be. God knows what is in your heart. How will the world know that we are the Lord's disciples. We will be accountable. Be known of God and loving each other.

Pastor Thomas and wife Beverly and the congregation invite one and all to visit us at Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening service at 6 p.m.

Plenty of parking, baby cry room and air conditioning. Come and visit.

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