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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, October 8, 2010

Center Point United Methodist Church

First, let me get this off my chest. I re-read the article from last week (I don't like to repeat myself) and discovered my fingers got ahead of themselves! I turned around two letters. Spell check, while it is convenient, does not check to see if you have the correct word. I don't want anyone to think you have to have a "scared obligation", but we Christians do have a "sacred obligation" to pass on the Good News to the next generation.

I had to laugh at my mistake when I read it. But, on thinking about it, some Christians do appear "scared" about their obligation to share Jesus with others. Pastor Bob Kumpf's message last Sunday was a reminder to use our gifts now. He said, "Christianity is one generation from dying." Bob shared that since Nero burned Rome and blamed Christians for it, world sentiment toward Christians changed. But, this should not be a surprise to us. God's Word tells us that we will suffer persecution, or at the least, trials in this life. Bob encouraged us with the scripture to "fan the flame" within us, to be "on fire" for the Lord and His work.

You know that when we accept Jesus as Savior, He gives us His Holy Spirit to live within us. This is the "Flame". We let the cares of this life smother the Flame till it is just smoldering. But, you know to get it blazing again all we have to do is stir it up a bit and "fan the Flame" and we are on fire again. That's what Paul's message to Timothy was about and that's what Bob was sharing with us Sunday.

"Scared obligation"? No. Sacred obligation. II Timothy 7 reads, "For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

As I told you last week, tomorrow Bob is starting a three week series of messages from the book "Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations". He said, "This week we will be talking about Radical Hospitality in a message called 'Welcoming Witnesses'. The Scripture, Romans 15: 4-7 centers around Grace for All People: Family, Friends, Neighbors---even Strangers. And it is about being RADICAL, not just welcoming or friendly, but drastically different in offering all people the very best we have to give in Christ's name. It is moving from a 'we ought to' attitude to [an] 'I WILL' way of living."

One word jumped out at me in what Bob said. Attitude. Isn't that what it's all about?! If our heart attitude is right with Jesus everything else seems to fall into line with His Will. I hope you will join the BOC in worship services tomorrow and let the Lord give you an "attitude adjustment".

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!

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

The Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" provides a partial illustration of the biblical truths found in Titus 3:3-8. Although the Beast is ugly, mean and hateful, Beauty is kind, patient, tender towards him. In Titus 3:3 we were shown how "ugly" one truly is. There was no reason whatsoever that God should even care to love man or do anything good for him. It was only because of God's love and mercy. Verse 5 says that God did not send Jesus to save man because he does good things. Man cannot save himself. God does it by making him a new creation in Christ - regeneration.

Other passages in Scripture make it clear that salvation comes by confessing one's sinfulness, repenting of sin and trusting in Christ as the Savior from sin. God saves man not because of he is worthy of being saved but in spite of who he is. Pastor Gordon challenged us to remember what we were like before our salvation so that we would continue to grow in wonderment and amazement of God's astounding love and great mercy. You can hear the entire sermon on our website www.brazilbible.org.

Our Sunday School is at 10 a.m., for all ages. At 11 a.m., we have our Worship Service. Instead of our regular youth group meeting at 6 p.m., we are heading over to Community Bible Church in Paris, Ill., for a joint youth activity and then we will be a part of their evening service.

On Nov. 6, there is a hayride and cook-out being planned for all middle and high school students. Stay tuned for the rest of the details. All youth are invited. Nov. 7, all of our church families will have the opportunity to enjoy a cook-out and hayride as well after the Worship Service.

We are in the process of planning a men's and women's Bible study that will begin after the new year. We will keep you informed so that you can consider being a part of them if you desire to be challenged to continue growing and maturing in the faith in the year ahead.

We are located South of town on Highway 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. Stop by and check us out. We look forward to seeing you!

Eastside Christian Church

Our anniversary Sunday was enjoyed by all last Sunday.

Our prayers go out to the families of Don Hassler and Marilyn Smith.

By the time you read this, the church board will have met.

Next week is Angel Food ordering time. Someone will be at the church on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-6 p.m. Delivery this month will be on Oct. 30

If you are in need of prayer, please feel free to call the church and leave a message. We will pray for you. Our church believes in the power of prayer. And God likes for us to talk to Him. He is always listening.

Won't you come be with us tomorrow? We would love to see you. If you have not accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, now is the time.

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 our Children's Sabbath Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. We will celebrate with young David that God chooses us, anoints us with the Spirit, and equips us with the Word (1 Samuel 16:1-13). A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15 a.m.

October Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 Saturday morning, Oct. 23, 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 Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist. Fall and its grand colors will be decorating our trees before long. It's still amazing how all the different colors can bring such beauty all at once. That's how God can do to each one of us, in our lives. Though we are all different, he still brings out the beauty in each one of us. Take time to enjoy the beautiful colors.

The Covered Bridge Festival is in full swing, and our community will be buzzing with people from all over the world.

Come and visit Carbon Baptist Church and enjoy the fellowship and love. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., with Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday the Pastor will be preaching on "How Rich We Are."

Has anyone told you they love you today? We Do.

Have a great week in the Lord.

First Baptist Church

What a busy and exciting month we have in October at First Baptist! We begin this Sunday with Sunday School classes for nursery through all adults at 9:30 a.m. Worship service begins at 10:30. This Sunday is especially important as we will all witness and celebrate the baptism of Hunter Torbert.

Sunday evening programs begin with Middle and High School Youth and AWANA at 5:30. Many adults are involved in the support and success of these programs for the young people of our church and community. The Youth meet in their large, comfortable room and AWANA moves all around.

There is adult evening service beginning at 6 p.m. for a time of praise and worship.

Wednesday at 12:15 you are invited to gather in the fellowship room for Bible Study.

Wednesday at 6 p.m. committees will meet throughout the Christian Educ. wing. These meetings will be followed with a 7 p.m. business meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

American Baptist Women Ministries will meet for lunch and project work at noon Thursday, Oct. 14.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m.

We are looking forward to Next Sunday evening with a special service at 7 p.m. The Plainfield FBC Praise and Worship Team will lead a special service of worship through music. This time change is to give our AWANA and Youth workers and families an opportunity to attend. You won't want to miss this special worship time.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month when we make special opportunities to thank our pastor and his wife for their leadership and service.

World Mission Offering is also given in October. The World Mission Offering is a wonderful way to have 100 percent of your gift go to sustain missionaries, and the partners and projects that they serve. Besides the handout in our bulletins you may gain a deeper appreciation of the American Baptist International Ministries by going to the website www.internationalministries.org. We will have a Fifth Sunday Mission Dinner this month.

FBC and other churches in the area are also filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The National Collection Week is Nov. 15. You can check out their website for suggestions at www.samaritanspurse.org.

We are also planning and will be working on a float for Christmas in the Park as an opportunity to witness of the greatest gift ever given to all mankind, Christ Jesus.

The many activities are not to provide "busy time" but opportunities for spiritual growth, greater closeness to God, witness and service as we seek to reach, equip, and encourage the people of Brazil, the surrounding community, and the world.

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church (for ages through 3rd grade)

This week's Children's Church teachers will be Cheryl McKinney and Matt McKinney.

At 5 p.m., AWANA for ages 3 through 6th grade; 7 p.m. Evening Services

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting

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

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

Saturday at 1 p.m., 18th annual Help A Family At Christmas golf scramble

Looking ahead:

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

God will take care of us, if we let him. God will provide what he KNOWS we need.

Have a Blessed week.

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

Church Phone Number: 812-446-0531

Come join us in Worship to Our Father

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

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends and neighbors out at Otter Creek Christian Church. We are into one of the most beautiful times of the year, fall. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors and God is still on His throne controlling it all.

The scripture that I would like to share comes from John 21:15 [So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Pete, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.] Makes one think really hard if Jesus would stand before you or I and ask us that question. Loving Jesus goes beyond the point of just going to church and filling a pew or carrying a Bible [the one that you never open] so that the preacher sees it when you walk into church. Loving Jesus means that you surrender your whole life to Him and following His teachings, which include loving you neighbor as yourself. Answer the question for yourself, How much do you love Jesus?

October happenings at Otter Creek: Friday Bible Study 12660 E. Grotto Road Brazil 10 a.m., Sunday School for all ages 9:30 a.m., at the church, Worship at 10:40 a.m.

Oct. 16 - Gospel Group Beyond the Ashes from Nashville Tenn. Will be here to lead us in a fantastic worship concert at 6 p.m.

Oct. 17 - Homecoming at Otter Creek. All who have attended here are asked to come and share their memories with us. There will be a pitch-in dinner after church. The church will provide the meat.

Oct. 22 - Wiener roast and Hayride at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil. Our phone number is 812-446-5300. Or you may call Pastor Steve's home at 812-446-4007, or Sandys Good Books and More at 812-443-6007.

If you do not have a church home we would like to invite you out to Otter Creek Church where you will find a small country church with a big heart for God. Don't forget that October is Pastor appreciation month.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services bringing updates on those in the hospital and those just released. We are happy that Marietta Slack is home now and doing much better. The opening prayer and then turned it over to Carol Vanatti to lead the congregational singing. Sandra Jenkins sang the special number entitled, "You Are The King Of Who I Am." Which relates that we want to follow Jesus, and be with him one day. Then Bro. Thomas prayed for our sick, shut-ins, unspoken and spoken requests, and for those awaiting surgery, and our military in harms way.

With his opening remarks, Bro. Thomas said our title closing song tells it all, "Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus." Telling us that God doesn't do this or doesn't do that, but that he allows us to have things to happen, after which many times when you need him most; he is there for you.

Many times I find myself throughout the week saying, "God help me, I'm in a rut and need a decision, just point me in the right direction." Remember when you take communion, the bread represents his body, and the cup represents his blood; he is our salvation. When our sins are "covered by the blood," God doesn't hold them against us anymore.

But to follow after Jesus by being renewed. God already knows the heart, and he knows when you are renewed, a changed person. He knows everything before it happens, and when "I see the blood, he says he will pass over you." When we read Matthew 27: 24, Pilot was ruler when Jesus was delivered to him. 20 be judged; he washed his hands in water, and said I am innocent of the blood of this just person, see ye to it.

Throughout the Bible, we read of blood sacrifices, and blood redemption.

Bro. Thomas closed his sermon with the singing of an invitational hymn, "Nothing But The Blood."

Next Sunday we have Rev. Robert and Jane Muncie coming as visiting ministers to help us celebrate our family reunion day.

We have room to accommodate fifty visitors for our services and invite you to attend. They are accomplished singers, preachers, musicians and love the Lord. Services at 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, and the Muncies will be present at 10:30 a.m. We have air-conditioning, baby cry room, plenty of parking and welcome you.

Our address is 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist invites you to join us this Sunday, Oct. 10, for our 170th Annual Homecoming Celebration.

Our Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., to be followed by our Worship Service and Homecoming activities at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker, former pastor, Kevin Morris will share the message.

Our theme this year is "Precious Memories" A pitch-in lunch will follow services in the Fellowship Center. Meat, potatoes and drinks will be provided. Please plan to join us for good fellowship and food to be shared by all.

We hope you can worship and celebrate with us on this special day at Union United Methodist Church. UUMC is located on County Road 600 N east of State Road 59.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Well, the bean dinner at the Little Historic Church last Sunday was a great success. It seems the organizers who planned it were amazed at the turnout. The beans were delicious. There were a lot of different pies and a huge amount of cornbread ... all from well-wishers who wanted to help.

They want to thank the town board for opening the museum for folks to enjoy after their meal. It was a great afternoon.

Our church will have a Soup & Sandwich Lunch immediately after church this Sunday followed by a work session during which we will work on getting ready for the Annual Charge Conference, which is coming up next month.

Everyone is encouraged to stay and help work on rehashing the church year and completing the forms.

Two weeks from now, on Saturday, Oct. 23, we will be hosting our Annual Weiner Roast from 3-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come join us and relax for the afternoon.

You are also invited, of course, to come to our Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30. a.m., hope to see you there.

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 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.

Our new web address is mysite.ncnet-work.net/resolhio/annunciationchurch/ index.ht



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