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Friday, October 22, 2010

Harmony United Methodist Church

In the book "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom, we are reminded that what we say and do, does have an impact on the people around you. Just as we learned in physics class in high school, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. When you say a kind word to someone, it has an impact on that person. If you offer a smile, generally, that smile is returned. Take time this week to share a smile.

This past week, the congregation was challenged again to pray the five finger prayer. Start by using your thumb. This reminds us to pray for those that are closest to us, friends, family and neighbors. Second, using your pointer finger, pray for your spiritual leaders those that mentor you in your walk. Your middle finger pray for your elected officials. With the elections approaching they could use extra prayers right now. Your ring finger is your weakest finger (ask any piano teacher). This finger reminds us to pray for those that are weak. We pray for the homeless, widows, orphans, those without jobs. And finally your pinkie finger we remember to pray for ourselves and ask for His blessings.

If we would all take time to follow this simple prayer, think how much stronger we all can become in our relationship with God.

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- 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 website due to Verizon selling some of its holdings to Frontier.


A Bible Study class has started after Sunday mass. We will be studying the Gospel of St. John. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are meeting in the Parish Center in Father's outer office.

The CCD classes will be having a party Sunday to celebrate All Saints Day. Come dressed as your favorite saint. The Knights of Columbus will be grilling the hot dogs.

There will be a Halloween party at bingo on Oct. 31. Come dressed up and win a prize for the best costume. Bring a non-perishable food item for an extra ticket for the monthly door prize drawing.

Cory Zion Church

The Cory Zion Church will be having its 27th annual Turkey Supper, Saturday, Nov. 13, beginning at 4 p.m., and ending at 8 p.m.

The cost of the dinner is a free will offering. There will be a delivery service available for the Cory, Clay City, Center Point, Saline and Riley areas. Anyone wanting this service may call the church at 812-864-2720.

The church is located three miles south of Cory from SR 46 or three miles west of SR 59. Everyone is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist has a crew of float designers hard at work today getting work done for the Christmas In The Park Parade. If you don't work, you don't get to see until parade night!

Sunday morning is Donut Fellowship beginning at 8:45 a.m. Too early? There will be some donuts and drinks until Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. All classes for all ages are on the ground floor.

Morning worship with Pastor Mark Thompson begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a large, safe, colorful nursery available staffed with an adult supervisor. Pre-K thru 5th graders are invited to KidMo. They leave from the sanctuary and will have an interactive Bible story along with application activities and snacks.

Youth and AWANA gather at 5:30 p.m., for a full hour and a-half of stories, studies, games, music and a light evening meal. Adult Bible Study begins at 6 p.m., in the sanctuary.

Mid-week Bible Study begins at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, in the fellowship room. We are in correlated studies of Kings and Chronicles.

Wednesday evening, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., will be a nominating committee meeting. Deacons will meet at 7 p.m.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. Singles and families will have time to get home, have supper, and study before coming (that sounds like a good plan). You don't need to get dressed up. There is a nursery and KidMo for your children.

Next Sunday will be a fifth Sunday Missions Dinner. Plan now to stay after church.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Paul says to the fellowship, "We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you. Esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves." Remember this is Pastor Appreciation Month.

The World Missions Offering is still being collected to support the work of our American Baptist missionaries and their programs around the world.

Congratulations to all our young people. Many of our youth were recognized for their academic achievements. Our young people in their sports, including band, are all putting forth great effort and time. We appreciate the parents that promote that respect and dedication of their children, not forgetting that time, respect and dedication to our Lord.

Are you working on your shoeboxes? See you Sunday!

Otter Creek Christian Church

The Pastor and congregation of Otter Creek Christian Church invite you to attend any or all of their services our address is 6299 N. Crow Street Pastor Steve's cell phone can be reached after 5:30 p.m. weekdays it is 812-249-3309; church parsonage is 812-446-4007; church number is 446-5300. If there is no answer at these numbers you can call Sandys at 443-6007 Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

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

Have you ever had thoughts that came from no where and then made you feel bad or dirty and the more you try to get them out of your head the more they seem to haunt you?

Remember this scripture from Isaiah 26:3 "He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Him, because he (you) trust in God" When the bad thoughts come call out to God, or sing a praise song to Him, If we think on the good the bad can not over whelm us. Romans 12:2 says "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 8:6 tells us "To be carnally (worldly) minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." As Ephesians 4:22-24 tells us "Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and ... put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness."

As far as this writer is concerned these scriptures speak for themselves. Just ask God for the help you need but ask expecting to receive what you need not exactly what you want.

Please continue in prayer for those who are serving our country no matter what capacity. Pray for our teachers and our families.

Happy birthday to all those who have had birthdays this month, I know our youngest hits the big 40 today.

Until we meet again either in person or by way of this column, may God bless you.

Center Point United Methodist Church

No time for "chit-chat" today. I have my "to-do" list before me and need to get in motion. But, I wanted to let you know that Pastor Bob Kumpf will be finishing his message series on the "Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations" tomorrow. The first practice was Radical Hospitality, the second and third were Passionate Worship and Intentional Faith Development. The fourth and fifth practices he will share about tomorrow are "Risk Taking Mission and Service" and "Extravagant Generosity."

Bob said, "The message is really about putting your faith to work and the transformation that takes place when you 'partner with God' and share His grace by giving all that you have for the sake of others. Unexpected Giving results in Unexpected Receiving ... by the giver, the receiver and all who witness. True 'richness' is not about checkbook balances or the kind of car you drive, it is about the fullness and joy in which you live!"

I don't think I have any trouble connecting Bob's message title with this week's subject. The scripture comes from Matthew 25:34-40. His message is titled "The Richest Person In Town". Read that scripture and I think you will see the connection as well. It should be a blessing. Come join us and be blessed. You are welcome anytime. Come for Sunday School and stay for Worship. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and Worship starts at 10:30 a.m. God bless you and keep you.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Oct. 24, we have our Bible Study classes at 9 a.m., and our Worship Service at 10:15 a.m. Pastor Bob will be speaking on Acts 2, the birth of the church and how it all got started.

Weekidz, for birth through pre-school will be available during both the 9 a.m., study hour and 10:15 a.m. service.

For children K-5th grade, this Sunday is Friend Zone at 9 a.m., and KidsZone at 10:15 a.m.

For 6th-12th grade, Reel Worship, a worship service designed specificly for this age group, will be at 9 a.m., at the Walnut Theater and then their Bible study will be at the Walnut Theater at 10:15 a.m.

More information about First Christian Church, Cornerstone Christian School and First Christian Church Daycare is on the church's web site, fccbrazil.org.

Trunk and Treat, a halloween alternative, will be on Wednesday night, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m.

"The Edge" Praise and Worship Concert will be on Friday night, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and we will be offering child care for little children (the big kids will probably want to see the concert). There will be a nominal fee charged for childcare and you will need to call the church office, 812-446-2214, to register your child/child-ren and for more info.

The Praise and Worship Choir of First Christian Church in Brazil will present "Help Is On The Way" on Sunday, Oct. 31, at the 9 a.m. service. "Help Is On The Way" is a worship musical of hope and encouragement -- no matter what your circumstances may be. It's easy to have faith when everything is going well -- but the real test comes when things change: we lose our job, we lose our health, we lose a loved one, we lose hope. It is then that our faith must take action, and our reliance on God must be complete.

The community is invited to come and share in this very special program of music, scripture and testimony and video. First Christian Church is located on US 40 west in Brazil. For additional information call the church office at 812-446-2214, Monday-Friday.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Last Sunday's sermon was titled "Lessons from the Trials of Life." Pastor Gordon shared with us some of the lessons he learned from the previous week as it was discovered that his father-in-law has several brain tumors which will most likely be diagnosed (Dr. is 90-percent sure) with having glioma, a very terminal brain cancer. I encourage you to listen to the entire message which you can find on the website www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link.

I want to share with you the highlights of the message. Pastor shared how wonderful it was to hear of all the people who were praying once the tumor was discovered. As a result of the prayers and the promises of God's Word, the family found peace and comfort as the possible outcome began to sink in. He mentioned that tears have been shed and probably many more to come. Here are the four lessons he shared with us. #1 When encountering death, the promises and the presence of God bring peace (Psalm 23:4; Phil. 4:6-7). #2 An unknown future brings heaviness of heart but not despair (1 Thes. 4:13). #3 Trials give an opportunity for the body of Christ to put the love of Christ on display (Romans 12:10, 13, 15). #4 The vastness of the body of Christ is overwhelming compared to biological and civil relationships (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12). I hope this offers hope to you.

God does not promise to keep us from trials but He promises to go through the trials with us and never leave us.

This Sunday we will have Kerry and Terri Psinas with us. They are missionaries with a focus on Grenada. They will be sharing about short-term missions in the Sunday School hour and then he will bring the message during the Worship Service.

Our service times are as follows: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship Service 11 a.m. and Wednesday night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. This Sunday night is youth group. It is for all middle and high school students and it meets from 6-7:30 p.m., at the church.

On Saturday Nov. 6, there is a youth cook-out and hayride planned. It will be in the late afternoon. The exact time is yet to be determined.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church is a church that believes in fellowship and it also believes that the Bible is God's revelation of Himself to man. Through the Bible God gives to man and society the foundation of truth and the moral compass of right and wrong. It is much more than a moral compass. It tells sinful, rebellious man how God sent His only Son to die on the cross as a sinless sacrifice. By admitting that one is a sinner, repenting of his sin and trusting in Christ alone for salvation one can be saved from the bondage and snare of sin.

As I read the local paper, it is quite disheartening to read how bad our society has become and will continue to do so. That in itself is proof that man left to his own ways and reasoning leads to death and destruction. The Bible offers hope. God, like the father in the prodigal son story of Luke 15, wants man to turn from his sinful ways and received salvation. God will welcome you into His family with open arms. That is the story of the Bible. That is the truth that we believe in.

We are located south of town on SR 59 and are directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. We would love to see you. If you would like to more you may email the pastor (pastor@brazilbible.org), or call him at 812-240-3003. The best way to learn is first hand so why not visit. You will be glad you did.

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 a.m. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m.

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 or email: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you Sunday!

Here are some upcoming activities at Bee Ridge, please join us if you can.

Saturday, Oct. 23 (that's today), is our Fall Party and Hayride beginning at 6 p.m. Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Ham and Beans will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, Oct. 24 (that's tomorrow), immediately after the morning worship service, there will be a Chicken Noodle Dinner downstairs to benefit the "Kaairos Prison Ministry. " Everyone is welcome, free will offering.

Sunday, Oct. 31, immediately following the morning worship service, there will be a pitch-in dinner for "Pastor Appreciation Day." The church will provide the meat. Everyone else is asked to bring a covered dish. Come join us in showing our appreciation for Pastor Jeff.

Also Sunday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m., the local Gospel Group "The Greybeards" will be performing in concert at Bee Ridge. (wonder where they came up with that name)

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

Evangelist Chuck Baker will preach and minister at The Door Christian Fellowship Church on Sunday, Oct. 24, with services at 11 a.m., and 7 p.m.

Baker has pastored in San Diego, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, and Chicago. He is scheduled to depart in January for Bankkok, Thailand to pioneer a church. The gifts of healing and the Holy Spirit, as recorded in I Corinthians 12, have and can operate in his ministry.

The Door is located at 100 N. Forest Ave. For more information or transportation call 812-201-3966.

Community Trunk and Treat

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. presents this annual Halloween alternative on Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m., at the Forest Park "Cow Palace."

This fun event is free and the entire family is welcome. There will be decorated vehicles to visit where you will hear great stories from the Bible and receive yummy treats. Elementary children will also have the opportunity to register for many fun door prizes.

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. (Sharing The Real Effect That Christ Has) is a group made up of area churches who desire to provide safe, fun events for our community's children. We hope to see you at Trunk & Treat on Oct. 27!

Carbon United Methodist Church

"Amazing Grace ...how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!"

Have you ever really listened to those words and really let them sink in? Amazing Grace! There is no way that any of us can be absolutely, positively good enough to save ourselves. Period. But God's amazing Grace does it for us. When we think of His love for us wretches and how his Grace is there for all of us, can't it be overwhelming? Those who stop long enough to understand God's Grace can't help but try to live up to His love. It just makes us keep coming back to God with more and more love for Him. Thank You, God!

I put my shoes on this week and have been mulching leaves like mad. And they keep right on falling. One tree is almost bare, but there are two others just waiting in line for their turn to keep me mulching. Just think, in another couple of weeks all those leaves everywhere will be down. Just looking at all the trees and all their leaves, you would think that they would pile up six feet deep everywhere. But they don't. They will fall down, decompose, and replenish the earth under the trees so that the trees will be able to grow more new leaves next spring. It's another example of God's Grace, if you think about it.

This afternoon, from 3-6 p.m., our church will be hosting a Community Weiner Roast at the Carbon Pavilion. Just bring your lawn chairs and come get a hot dog and fixings and enjoy the afternoon with us. There will be hot dogs, baked beans, chips, fixings, brownies, sweets, and drinks. All you need to bring is you!

I received word that the Little Historic Church of Carbon will have their monthly meeting on Nov. 5. A carry-in will start at 6 p.m., with music provided by the Calvary Baptist Church. There is always a large turnout for these monthly get-togethers, so plan on joining them.

We hope to see you again tomorrow at church. Worship time is 10:30 a.m. Let's join together to thank God for all that Amazing Grace He bestows on us ... in spite of us.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with a short prayer and turned the service over to Carol Vanatti with congregational singing. Then a surprise love offering and cards for Bro. Ken and wife Beverly Thomas.

After a "thank you" our pastor brought us up to date on some of our people and asking church family whom needed spoken and unspoken prayer, the shut-ins, surgery and mending patients, our military in harms way; leading in a prayer for all after which Debbie Meganhart sang "Amazing Grace" in a special selection which was well received, and the humble words, "we've no less days, to sing Gods' praise."

I'm reminded of the pit those Chilians were trapped in for more than two months, with heat of 80 degrees plus. I'm sure they must have prayed a lot for deliverance.

Well, Pastor Thomas said, "God can say my way or the highway," but he didn't desert these men, and allowed them to be rescued. May they always remember that He is ever there when we need Him most.

Many times in the recent months I've been asked, "How is your new preacher doing?"

Well, Bro. Ken never stops telling his people that they need the Lord every day and every hour. In fact, that old former mail carrier is carrying the verbal mail for the Lord every day, wherever he goes.

If it's the hospital, a trip to haul pop cans to the scrapyard, visiting some of our shut-ins, he always has something to pass along. While under the lights of the pulpit, sometimes getting hot, taking off his jacket, he'll tell you that you need to talk with the Lord about most decisions; taking time to do as he would have you do. He has emphasized that you need to be baptized and to walk close with God, study His word and strive to live closer to Him.

Bro. Thomas, we thank you today for coming to our church and bringing your help-mate, Beverly, of whom we also are proud. She helps so much with our young people and all around with the ladies. So today, when you see our pastor out around the area, stop and say 'thank you' for being Community Missionary's "old pastor" and everybody's friend; and above all, for doing the Lord's work.

Come out this Sunday to visit Community Missionary Church at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday school 9:30 a.m., with morning worship at 10:30 a.m., and evening services at 6 p.m. We had 61 in attendance last Sunday and have room for 50 more. Come early for choice seats.

Teenagers, adults, little ones, we welcome one and all.

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 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship as we are reminded in 2 Timothy 4:1-18 that faith produces hope that frees us from the paralyzing fears of life. 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.

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

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

Carbon Baptist Church

The harvest time is almost complete. It has been a good year for the farmers with the weather being so good as it has been. They are reaping what they have sown. In life we too reap what we have sown. Jesus tells us that the fields are ripe for the harvest but where are they who will reap for the Kingdom? Do your part this week to harvest those who are seeking the Kingdom and don't let them wrought in the fields of life.

We will be having a chili cook-off in the town of Carbon on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 3- 5 p.m., at the Fire Department shelter. Music provided by Rick Wetnight.

Plans are in the works for our Christmas float. We are very excited to have a lot of people interested in this project.

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