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Friday, September 3, 2010

Otter Creek Christian Church

Why should we praise the Lord? I'm talking about the Lord Jehovah/Jesus Christ. The more important question would be why not praise Him? Psalms 103 says to remember all his benefits, this is a beautiful portion of scripture. We can not take a breath without God and everyday is a gift of 24 hours. Start your day saying a little thank you prayer, doesn't have to be a long drawn out prayer but do be sincere in it. After all God knows your heart.

Our church services are Sunday Study 9:30 a.m. and Worship 10:40 a.m.

We have weekly Friday Bible Study for Ladies starts 10 a.m. at 12660 E. Grotto Rd.

Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., Free Ice Cream Social at the Church

Homemade Ice Cream with all the goodies to go with it. There will be special music by the Deaton Family Bluegrass Gospel Singers from Brazil. There will also be a moon walk for kids of all ages. Come on out and enjoy the fun and fellowship. And remember, it is free.

Sept. 26 at 6 p.m., Ansil Harpold will be at the Otter Creek Church to share his God given Gift of music and about how God is using him in the prison ministry. There will be a love offering taken to go towards the ministry.

For info about the upcoming events or about the church, call the church at 446-5300, pastor Steve's home at 446-4007, or his cell at 249-3309 or Sandys Good Books and More, at 443-6007.

Please remember to pray for our military men and women and their families.

Until we meet again by way of this article or in person, may God Bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.

Community Missionary

Pastor Ken Thomas in opening services took in a new member for the Community Missionary church family; after which had prayer for the sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken, those awaiting surgery and those mending.

Peg Parksey led the congregational singing and Sandra Jenkins sang the special titled "Even the Valley is Higher Ground."

Brother Thomas spoke of Matthew 14, where Jesus, after hearing of John the Baptist's death, wanted to go off by himself for awhile. Going off by a ship to a desert place and when people heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw a great multitude, he healed their sick.

In the evening his disciples asked Jesus to send the people away into the villages that they might buy food for themselves. The disciples were still being taught by Jesus; saying to them, "They need not depart; give ye them to eat."

The disciples having but five loaves and two fishes and again Jesus said, "Bring them hither to me," and commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass and looking up to the heaven, he blessed and broke and gave the loaves to his disciples and the disciples to the multitude. Five thousand men besides women and children.

Everything was done in Jesus' time. Do we learn about our everyday living in our faced paced life; have we waited and leaned upon the Lord for his timing? Jesus didn't have the laptop, the Blackberry, the internet or any of those gadgets; he knew each situation beforehand and had the answers as God had given.

When we look for answers, lets's ask God for our help. We sometimes look at the beautiful mountain and forget that God can move mountains. We hate to hear someone say, "The Lord made me do it". He lets us make our mistakes and we learn from them.

Pastor Thomas invites all visitors to come for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:30 a.m. and evening services at 6 p.m. We are undenominational and missionary minded; plenty of parking space, baby cry room, and air-conditioned.

Community Church will have a family reunion on Oct. 10 with Rev. Robert Muncie, well known evangelist and long time pastor from this area; I errored in reporting him as a Dr. of divinity, however a long-time graduate and learned man of God. More on this later.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I have a hypothetical question. Let's say that everyone in a family is a devout Christian...everyone but one. And that one says it is all a bunch of hogwash. Then, Old Hogwash dies. How can you offer sincere condolences to those Christians who tried so hard to get Old Hogwash to believe?

What can you say to them to relieve their suffering? As ornery as Old Hogwash was, they loved him dearly.

Can you pray that his little corner of hell might be just a bit cooler than the rest? Can you say that he will be "at peace" because he made his hell here on Earth? Can you say that he probably "saw the light" when he looked upon Jesus' face?

As much doctrine as we have been exposed to, each of us has his own vision of heaven and hell. I read a book last week about a reprobate who died. One of the characters in the book said, "I hope that he wasn't so terribly bad that God couldn't find just one small corner of heaven for him."

God sent his Son Jesus to take the sins of the world away forever. I believe that God is so Big and so Good that He can see into each man's inner being and find some small, dim light of belief...even if he loudly proclaims to others that it is hogwash.

Inside, Old Hogwash is crying out for God to be there. I believe that God is there even for people like that. That is what God's Grace is all about.

Just two more weeks and it will be the annual Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department's big fish fry. That is the biggest event of the entire year for the little town of Carbon. Come out and enjoy the evening and visit with old friends...because everyone comes there! Then mosey on down the street to the Carbon United Methodist Church to see the Quilt and Craft Show, the Bazaar, and the Kidz Karnival. You won't be able to miss the Karnival, but the Quilt Show is upstairs in the sanctuary and the Bazaar is downstairs in the basement. Don't miss any of it! That is on Saturday,

September 18, starting at 4 p.m.

Kids are back in school. Vacations are over. Time to get into your fall and winter routines. Make attending church one of those weekly routines. Come to church and find out more about God's Grace. Worship is at 10:30 a.m., every Sunday morning rain or shine!

First Baptist Church

"We will come into His house, gather in His name and Worship Christ the Lord" this Sept. 5, at First Baptist on the corner of Walnut and Maple. A week goes so quickly and a month almost as fast. This Sunday's program begins at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday School for all ages. All classes are on the ground level, but there is a convenient elevator to take you down for coffee if you are anxious to see "Hoos-ier".

Morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Mark Thompson. This is also our special time of sharing Communion and dedicating this time to remembering that God allowed his only Beloved and Perfect Son to die for our sins so that "whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life". There is an adult-staffed nursery available. The pre-schoolers and elementary students are invited to attend KidMo.

There will be no evening programming this Labor Day weekend.

Wednesday Mid-Day Bible Study gathers at 12:15 p.m., in the fellowship room.

Wednesday evening meetings begin at 6 p.m., with committees. At 7 p.m., is the Business Meeting with committee reports and discussion. It is always important to be a part of the decision-making rather than wondering why an action was taken.

The American Baptist Missions Women meet Thursday for a noon luncheon and meeting. All ladies are invited to participate.

THE ROCK alternative worship service meets in the sanctuary Thursday, at 7 p.m. Check this out; it might be just what you were looking for. There is a nursery and KidMo children's worship available also.

Come Sunday. Don't worry; the roof won't fall in. God always knows where you are, so your attendance won't surprise Him.

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.

Please join us for 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship as we hear from the Book of Hebrews that humility and love, through praise and sacrifice, are what pleases God - even at work (Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16)! 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.

September Share Food orders can be placed through Sept. 9, by contacting the church office.

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

Eastside Christian Church

If you were not with us on Sunday, you missed a great blessing. RideTheWind presented the message in song, and the praises were high. It was so good to see a full house, which is the way it should be every Sunday, but it was good to see some that we had not seen for some time. We want to thank RideTheWind for being with us and presenting God's message in their special way. If you have never seen them, you need to make an effort to do so, for you will be blessed.

The fellowship meal after the service was great as usual. We have some really good cooks. Thanks to the men who cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs. It was great to see so many stay around for the meal. Thanks to all those that helped in any way. We look forward to our next Family Sunday.

Next week is Angel Food ordering time again on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4-6 p.m., at the church. If you need to make other arrangements, please be sure to call Lorie at 765-672-6363 or Sharon at 812-448-1030.

Remember Pastor Bill is starting a study of I Corinthians on Sunday, so we are to read the first three chapters ahead of time.

We hope to see you tomorrow. Have a great Labor Day!

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 am. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 am. Bee Ridge Church is located 1 1/2 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Come join us for worship. Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812 241-3036.

Also, don't forget Saturday, Sept. 11, is the "Remember 9/11 Dinner and Service" at the Cow Palace at Forest Park beginning at 5 p.m. This the annual dinner to remember and honor our military forces as well as our local police, firefighters and emergency medical teams. Please plan to join us.

Center Point United Methodist Church

As I look out my window, I think of the song "Autumn Leaves." "The autumn leaves pass by my window. Autumn leaves of red and gold." Even though it isn't officially fall, the leaves are coming down. Can you believe it is September already? That song is kind of depressing. But, one of the things I like most about Indiana is that we experience all four seasons. Each has a beauty of its own. Each has its own benefit.

That song always made me think of the end of life. And before I knew Jesus as my Savior, it was a depressing thing to consider. But, looking through the eyes of Jesus, I can now see that, just as the seasons have their own beauty and benefit, so does each stage of our lives. "Because of Him" was the message that Pastor Bob Kumpf gave last Sunday. And it is because of Him (Jesus) that we can "see" the positive side of life. One point Bob made was Jesus calms the storms/fears in our lives.

Tomorrow's message will be from the book of Luke. In fact, Bob will be taking all his messages from the 14th, 15th and 16th chapters of Luke this month. His message for the first Sunday in September is titled, "Learning to Dance." It comes from Luke 14: 25-33. Well, I just read that scripture and it doesn't mention anything about dancing. Hey, Bob, what's up with that?? He said, "'Learning to Dance' is about putting Christ first in our lives. It is about living a life committed to discipleship and being Christ to the world." I get that from the scripture---but, dancing? He says he will share a couple of stories that will illustrate the message. I'll be listening for the connection, how about you? Join us Sunday and see for yourself.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., the Ladies Bible Study will resume. They have been on break for the summer. They will be finishing the book "The Power of Praying Through the Bible" by Stormie Omartian. They have done the old testament part and will begin the new testament section of the study beginning Wednesday. If you have any questions you can call Fran Tucker at 939-2748. They meet in the Family Life Center at the church.

You are welcome to join our B.A.S.I.C. class for Sunday School each Sunday. (Brothers And Sisters In Christ) Tomorrow we will wind up our study of Max Lucado's book, Six Hours One Friday. We will be watching a short video from Dave Dravecky's Outreach of Hope ministry. Next Sunday will begin a look at the books of the New Testament that Paul wrote. Several members of the class will be sharing the leadership role by providing a "book report" to the class about portions of each book. We will begin with the books in the order in which he is said to have written them. That means that we will begin with First Thessalonians on Sept. 12. If this study does not appeal to you there are other classes from which you can choose. We would be happy to have you join us for any of them.

Have a great Labor Day weekend! Let God bless you through worship services this Sunday.

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.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor is 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 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:


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