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Friday, September 17, 2010

Center Point United Methodist Church

Well, the Center Point Fall Festival of 2010 is history. It was a beautiful evening. Great music, great fireworks display, happy faces, good food. The Fall Festival committee thanks everyone in the community that helped. A special thanks to the women who came from the House of Hope to help out. Ladies, your efforts were greatly appreciated!! Though the church does not "put on" the festival, many of us in the church helped with it. That's what community does. We work together.

Speaking of working together, that reminds me of something Pastor Bob Kumpf said in his message Sunday. The message on the lost sheep and the lost coin pointed out that Jesus plays no favorites. He comes looking for any of us that are lost or wandering astray. One way He does that is by using us to do the looking. We are to be His hands and feet in the world today.

For the message this coming Sunday Bob has changed the scripture he will be focusing on. He said the message he had planned "just isn't coming together". I imagine God had a lot to do with that. He works like that sometimes. I'm glad Bob sensed that and let God give him a different message. We all need to be listening for God's leading every day.

The message he will be presenting Sunday comes from Luke 18: 31-34. Bob states, "It is about seeing God around us and using the wisdom that we have been created with to build the Kingdom. It is a little bit similar to the Learning to Dance story in that it challenges us to "hear the music" and live in response to God leading us rather than simply going by the rules and the laws that others have established."

Join us for Sunday School and worship service Sunday. Then, if you know our former Pastor Myron James, come to Clay City First United Methodist church in Clay City and help him celebrate his retirement. It will be from 2-5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Myron and Sharon now live in Clay City.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 1/2 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on the top of the hill.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 am. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 am. Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. Come join us for worship. Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812 241-3036. Hope to see you Sunday!

This Sunday we have a special guest singer, Ron Bridgewater. Won't you come and join us.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

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 Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman

7 p.m. Evening Service

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer Meeting

We are studying Prophecies of the Bible, It has been very interesting and the more we study, the more I want to know! Care to know more?? Join us on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as we continue this amazing journey.

We are actively working on our annual Help-A-Family-At-Christmas golf scramble. This is the 18th year for the scramble, making it one of the longest running golf scrambles in Brazil. All the proceeds from the scramble are used to buy $70 worth of clothing each for approximately 50-55 children at Christmas. Members of our congregation will then be buying toys for the children. We may be around asking for hole sponsors to help in this endeavor.

It's Here! Kids, have your parents mark their calendars for Sept. 26. That date is the AWANA kickoff here at Benwood. The kickoff starts at 5 p.m. with lots of fun for everyone. AWANA is for ages 3 years through 6th grade.

We are working on a "Calendar of Events" to stay informed of the activities as we start the "busy" season so if your group has an activity planned please let me know!

Until next week: John 13-18 " I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture:' He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.'" 19 "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He.

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

For more information, call 812-446-0531.

Come join us, we love to welcome new family

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

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

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, call 812-448-1901.

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@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.


I recently took a trip to Chicago with the one I adore to watch her beloved Cubs play and on the way home we stopped in St. John, at the Shrine of Christ's Passion. This Shrine located on US 41 just outside of St. John is well worth the trip. Although the group that bought the land surround a Shrine to Mary is not of a specific denomination they have put together the Stations of the Cross that every Catholic should see.

The figures are all brass and when Jesus is carrying the cross the cross is actually made of a hard wood. Each station has a short narration. The grounds are beautifully done and although you are just off of the highway I didn't notice any distracting highway noise.

The Shrine has been opened for two years now and is well worth a day trip just to see it.

Just beyond the Shrine on the top of the hill is a new Catholic Church. I was truly amazed at the architecture which roughly resembled St. Benedicts in Terre Haute. What adds to the awe factor is that it does sit on top of a hill which makes it look even more impressive. It too has only been open for two years.

For those that remember the statue of Mary that was the original Shrine, she hasn't been moved and you can stop and pray there also.

To support the shrine they do take donations and have a large gift shop and plans for future additions.

We will have a visiting priest this weekend. Please introduce yourself and make him feel at home.

We also are having a pancake breakfast after 8:30 a.m. mass on Sunday. Father should have a couple of minutes to eat a bite and visit, but he does have to go to Holy Rosary shortly after our mass, so get him quickly.

Emily's walk for Ben is next weekend. Even if you can't walk you can pledge money to someone who can. We need to fully back Emily in what she is trying to do for her brother.

Have you called a friend that used to come to mass and asked why they aren't coming any longer? We need new people, or new old people, to give us ideas. Granted, not all ideas will be accepted, but they will all be considered. Send them to me at eaburt48@gmail.com and I will make sure they get to the next council meeting.

Remember Bingo starts a 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist at the corner of Walnut and Maple streets, just one block north of Pinckley Street. When you finish reading our article please pray for the week's activities that the Lord will be glorified and people will be reached, equipped and encouraged.

Sunday School Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. with classes for infants through teens and three adult classes. All classes are on the ground level. There is also a convenient covered entrance on the back side of the Christian Education wing where a car can let you off right at the door.

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Mark bringing the message. There is an adult-staffed nursery available. Elementary age children may attend KidMo, an interactive Bible application lesson.

Youth gather for their evening program at 4:30 p.m. This is their first week on the winter schedule. They have had a very active summer program of fellowship and community outreach.

AWANA had a successful startup last week and is looking forward to seeing more returning and new students this week. Don't forget to bring your personalized tote, books and wear your vest if you are returning. AWANA begins at 5:30 p.m. Enter at the Christian Ed. wing where you may drop off your tote in the classroom or go to the sanctuary. Parents/guardians are invited to stay if you would like to help or to attend the adult service.

Adult Bible study begins at 6 p.m. meeting in the sanctuary.

Wednesday at 12:15 is the Mid-Week Bible Study now in the Song of Solomon. This is open to anyone of the community that wants an in-depth study of the Bible. Enter at the C.E. doors. We meet in the fellowship room. There is an elevator to assist you and coffee to refresh you and The Word to comfort, encourage, and challenge you.

Deacons meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. Guitarist, Walter Baldauf, will be worship leader and Pastor Mark will bring the message. There is a nursery available and KidMo for the pre-school and elementary children.

Saturday is our Fall Harvest Picnic at Martin's lake. There will be a wiener roast, s'mores, and hayride for sure. You can arrive from 4 o'clock on. All food will be provided but bring your lawn chair and maybe a favorite roasting stick.

A devotion this week was about making each Sunday special. Come to church with the anticipation of meeting with God, learning about God, and having fellowship with others. Bring your burdens and praises to Him, be encouraged by the truths of His Word, and encourage others and pray for them. We'll be looking for you Sunday.

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church would like to invite you to join us this Sunday, Sept. 19 for our Revival.

A Chili supper sponsored by the Christian's In Action will be served prior to services at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Center. Revival services will begin at 7 p.m. with Reverend Tim McKaig will bring a message. Revival will continue Monday and Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.

Refreshments and fellowship will follow each night's revival. UUMC is located on County Road 600 N (Airport Road) two miles east of SR 59.

Little Historic Church at Carbon

The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have their Friday program on Sept. 24. 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 Firm Foundation of Brazil.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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 Sunday morning worship. Since all of us have received incredible mercy, what we offer in prayer can and should be an extension of that mercy toward all the world (1 Timothy 2:1-7). A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.

September Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 Saturday morning, Sept. 25, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

Would you believe...here it is the middle of September and the farmers are already cutting corn and beans. I was afraid the corn would not have had time to fill out before all this dry weather set in. I wondered if the yield would be pretty low this year. Well, when I heard the cornpicker coming behind my house, we went out and shucked two or three buckets for the squirrels this winter. It is a good thing we did because not two hours later, here came the cornpickers and the corn was gone! Of course, we had permission to gather us up some. But, do you know, the ears were long and full and dry and really ready to be picked. They were beautiful! I should have had more faith and less pessimism.

Living out in the country, I have occasionally had mice find a way into my house...especially this time of year. But this week, I've had a new experience with them. Baby mice! About the size of the first joint of your thumb! They were so young and dumb that they would run out into the middle of a room and just sit there until I picked them up...and flushed them! They were so cute that I really hated to get rid of them, but they were in the wrong place...and they do grow up! I even had one run across my foot one night when I got up. I have caught three or four of them so far. My kids had pet mice when they were little and they had litters of as many as 10. I sincerely hope that this bunch is not that prolific! I did catch the mother (in a trap - not by hand) this morning, but how many babies are there yet to find! I've read too many children's stories about cute little mice I guess. These babies really got to me. They, too, are God's creatures.

This is our big weekend! The Carbon Fish Fry...and our church's big day too. We have a Quilt Show upstairs, a Bazaar downstairs, and a Kid's Karnival outside. It is quite an undertaking for our little church and it takes everyone in the church to help make it a success. Come out to the Fish Fry. Enjoy the food and the music...and then wander down our way to see what all is going on down at the church. I think it is supposed to be a beautiful evening, so come out and make the most of it. There won't be too many more!

And, of course, come to church on Sunday. Start your week right! Worship is at 10:30 a.m. See you there!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the little country church at Otter Creek. Isn't this time of year just beautiful. The leaves are starting to turn colors and the sense of fall is in the air. You can sure see God's awesome power at work. Our scripture for this week comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13 [For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.]

When we seek out God with all our heart, we will find Him and will build a close relationship with Him. That is what He is wanting from His children is fellowship.

Special events at Otter Creek. Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Ansil Harpold will sing and discuss his involvement in the prison ministry. There will be a love offering taken for the prison ministry.

Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Beyond the Ashes, Southern Gospel group from Nashville, Tenn. Will be at the church to sing and give their testimony. A love offering will be taken for the group.

Oct. 17 at 10:40 a.m. is our Homecoming service. We invite everyone to this service as we remember the history of the Otter Creek Christian Church. There will be a pitch-in dinner right after church. We now have a lift-chair going down into the basement for those who desire to use it. Please plan to attend and help us celebrate what God has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do for our church.

For info on any of these special events or on our regular services: Ladies Bible study Friday at 10 a.m. 12660 E. Grotto Road Brazil. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, 10:40 a.m. for our Worship service.

You can call 812-446-5300 church number; 812-446-4007 Pastor Steve's home; Sandy's Good Books and More 812-443-6007.

If you do not have a church home or just visiting the area, you are cordially invited to come and worship with us at the Otter Creek Christian Church, 6299 N. Crow Street Street Brazil. The little country church with a really Big Heart for God. Please remember to pray for our military men and women and their families. God Bless you until we meet again

Clinton First Christian Church

The Clinton First Christian Church will welcome Christian country music artist Morris Mott for services Sunday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m., and an evening service of 7 p.m.

Mott received the New Male Vocalist Award for Country Christian Music. His music frequents the Christian Country Charts and is heard on radio throughout the United States and overseas.

During the meeting, in addition to performing music, Mott will present a message of hope. Morris has traveled across the United States and portions of Canada, encouraging congregations and introducing men and women to the good news of a life in Christ.

In addition to his travels as a minister and Christian Country music artist, Morris serves as a pastor to two congregations: Full Gospel Assembly of God in Terre Haute, and Christ Church, located in his hometown of Plainfield.

Family Worship Center

A Christian-style October Fest will be Saturday, Oct. 2, from 4-8 p.m., at the Family Worship Center of the Wabash Valley, US 40 west at Staunton Flashing Light. "Bash in the Woods" will have live entertainment featuring Restoration, Sticks with Hymn Ministry, Strings for the Lord, and the Family Worship Center Praise Team.

Bring a friend and a lawn chair. There will also be games, free food and a hay ride.

Carbon Baptist Church

"See you at the flag pole," will be Wednesday at Northview High School and North Clay Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Our mission committee will present Glen Liston from the Central India Christian Mission, on Sunday, Sept. 26. He will be sharing ministry and the work being done there. Glen, a former preacher at First Christian Church, will be preaching "Who should be a missionary?" Come and share in the vision for missions.

Pastor Chris Lee is asking for volunteers to roof a home for Serving on the Streets, if you would like to help, please call Pastor Chris at 812-442-7729.

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

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings and turned the singing over to Carol Vanatti for congregational singing. Brother Thomas then asked the status of some of our people and gave a report on some in the hospital then led in prayer for our shut-ins, sick at home, those awaiting surgery and those just our and mending, also our military in harms way. Then Carol Vanatti sang the special entitled "A simple rainbow," a beautiful number.

Brother Ken then presented his sermon, "Judge not, that ye be not judges." Matthew 7:1 and reading on, "For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged, and with what measure ye meet, it shall be measured to you again." Brother Thomas speaks with experience when he says many times people will judge someone on their first meeting.

Forming an opinion having no idea of the person other than at the moment. When we form an opinion, we set the stage for judgement.

For those people can be loving, friendly, and Jesus loves them as much as me. But this is something I must overcome. Fo many of these people may just need a friend and as a Christian I must always strive to find ways to use Gods' teaching to "love they neighbor."

Being friendly is the road to happiness, and it is too short a day to be selfish. Let us remember not to judge how one looks, how they dress, by just being themselves. Love is a God given privilege and it is easy to love. Verse 5 says, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast our the mote out of thy brother's eye."

In plain words, lets not throw rocks at anyone as our house has glass windows too. Lets show our love for fellow man. God will be the judge of our past actions.

Visitors are always invited to services.

Sunday school is 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 11:30 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m.

Plenty of parking space, air conditioned, and a baby cry room as well as children's services.

We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

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