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Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

The First Baptist Church, 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil, 25th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner will begin serving at noon. You and your family are invited to attend. No charge.

For reservations call 812-448-8112, and leave a message.

Delivery is available for only homebound residents in the Brazil area.

Otter Creek Christian Church

What a day to be giving Thanks to our Lord and Saviour. As the Word of God tells us "Give thanks in all things".

We at Otter Creek would like to invite you to join us for our services each Sunday at 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil, (north of East Grotto Rd.), service times are 9:30 a.m. Study and 10:40 a.m. Worship. To reach the church you can call 812-446-5300.

To contact Pastor Steve you may call his cell phone at 812-249-3309 or his home phone at 812-446-4007 (leave message and he'll return call when he gets home from Great Dane) or you can call Sandys at 812-443-6007 if it is urgent.

In these days preceding Thanksgiving we should take heed to the scriptures from 1st Thessalonians 5:15-22 "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. (16) Be joyful always; pray continually (18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not put out the Spirits fire; (20) do not treat prophecies with contempt. (21) Test everything. Hold on to the good. (22) Avoid every kind of evil."

These scriptures show us once again how to live our lives. God's Word is Truth if we would only apply it to our lives we'd all be much better off.

Have you ever noticed that if you sing a praise song you just can't help but feel better? It's the same principle as if you are shaking someones hand you aren't likely to use your fist to sock them in the nose or anywhere else. Praising God does you good and those around you good, it's much nicer than being mumbler or complainer.

While you're praising God and thanking Him for His blessings put up a little prayer for those who are less fortunate than yourself. It doesn't take long to find two or three folks who are worse off than you.

God is so Good and I'm certainly glad He didn't give me what I deserve but that He saw my need and sent Jesus to pay the price for a debt He did not owe and that was for me and you. Now it you've accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you too can sing a brand new song "Amazing Grace" because we could have never paid the price of our sins.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving give and be thankful.

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 as we are reminded the cosmic reign of Christ is all about unity, not uniformity, through shalom. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.

November Share Food order can be picked up 8:30-10:30 this morning in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Eastside Christian Church

It is Angel Food distribution day at Eastside Christian Church between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., this morning. Thanks to all those who have ordered. You might think of ordering in December to give as gifts to someone in need.

We want to keep the Bridgewater family in our prayers on the loss of Carol, but we know she is singing for the Lord in Heaven. We also want to pray for all those who are having difficulties of any kind. Upon this writing Taylor Payne is recuperating from surgery that she had this week. Our prayers are with her for a speedy recovery. We are a church that definitely believes in the power of prayer. If you are in need of prayer, please let us know, and we will pray for you.

It is hard to believe that the holiday seasons are upon us. Be sure to mark Nov. 28, on your calendar to be with us to hear Lowell Mason's testimony in song. He is small in stature, but mighty in his faith. He will be with us in our 10:30 morning worship service, and our New Members fellowship meal will follow the service.

Dave Henry, who plays the harp, will be with us Dec. 12.

We are having a congregational meeting immediately following our morning worship service tomorrow.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us. What better time to come to the Lord than during these next two months. We have a lot to be thankful for, and we all need to let God know how thankful we are by being in His House. This world is only here for a short time, but if you are in God's family, you will live with Him forever.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Listening to the news on television early Wednesday morning, the newscaster was talking about the announcement of the upcoming wedding of Prince William and his fiancée Kate Middleton. The talk centered on the upcoming royal wedding and how a lot of Americans are enamored with the idea of the special event because as the newscaster pointed out, we don't have a royal family in America. I don't know what he is talking about. Of course we have a royal family and we celebrate the fact we have a king whose rule will never end.

This Sunday we will celebrate Christ the King Sunday. Christ the King is the last Sunday of the season of Pentecost and of the church year. This day completes the Christian journey through the life of Jesus Christ on earth and in heaven which began with the preparation for the birth of Jesus in Advent. Kings are absolute rulers: they attain power by raising and leading armies into war against other countries. Jesus' war was not against people or against a country, but against sin, death and the power of the Devil. By his death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus won the war against evil. All that Christians are asked to do is to accept that Jesus fought and won the war for their sakes and to recognize him as King of Kings. On Christ the Kind Sunday, Christians recognize and worship Christ as king of heaven and earth for all time without challenge and without end.

Our message this week comes from Luke 23:33-43. Come join us for worship at 9 a.m., with Sunday School following at 10:30. The title of the sermon is Splinters.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Nov. 21, we have our Bible Study classes at 9 a.m., and our Worship Service at 10:15 a.m., in the auditorium. Pastor Bob will be speaking on our relationships within the body of Christ. We will also be delivering the Thanksgiving baskets following the service.

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, Friend Zone, which is a Bible study time designed for each specific age group, is at 9 a.m., and then Kidzone, which is a worship service designed for kids, is at 10:15 a.m. These take place in the Family Life Center.

For middle school and high school ages, there will be Bible study at 9 a.m., at the Walnut Theater and then they will be joining the adults for the 10:15 a.m. worship service in the church auditorium.

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

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.


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

We are having blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Parish Center. The drive is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Anyone over 18 and in good health that has a minimum weight of 105 lbs. is eligible to donate. I personally have given 108 donations. That is over 13 gallons and counting. So far this year I have given 5/8 of a gallon, so I am not asking you to do something I wouldn't do. Every day the blood center supplies 60 Indiana hospitals with 550 units of blood. During the holiday season demand is even higher, so please roll up your sleeve and give.

The Knights of Columbus a holding a chili Dinner on Dec. 18. Father has agreed to have combined Mass with Holy Rosary and Annunciation at 5:30 p.m. at Annunciation and our Chili Supper will begin immediately afterward in the Parish Center basement

We have been giving some attractive prizes on some pull tab games. We have given a coke cooler, a Colts tailgate package, a fall basket and last Sunday we gave away a three day, two night package at the Rivera Casino in Las Vegas. Also with that was a certificate for two for one airfare.

Watch for our specials coming up in the next few weeks. We have another Las Vegas vacation to given on Nov. 28. On Dec. 12, we will be giving away, as a prize on a pull tab game, a large wagon full of toys, and on Dec. 19 another Las Vegas vacation will be a pull tab prize.

Currently both of our Jar Balls are $1,000. Speed games start a 6 p.m., Early Bird games at 6:30 and regular bingo begins at 7 p.m. We have a weekly Jackpot coverall worth $1,000 if you bingo on 55 numbers or less. Remember we are a no smoking facility, but we do have a covered smoking area and a little propane heater for you to warm your hands with while you are smoking. There is always good food available, so stop in and spend the evening with us.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church will have a week of Thanksgiving and you are invited to be a part of all services and programs. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with classes for all ages. A greeter will be at the Christian education doors and help you find a class.

Pastor Mark will bring a Thanksgiving message at the 10:30 a.m. service. An adult-staffed nursery is available. Elementary students are dismissed from the sanctuary for KidMo.

The Samaritan's Purse shoeboxes will be delivered following the morning service. The American Baptist Women also had a request for blankets.

Evening programs begin at 5:30 p.m., with Middle & High School Youth and AWANA meetings. Adult Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. There area large number of adults working with the young people. You are invited to help or attend the 6 p.m. service.

Wednesday, the 12:15 Thru the Bible Study meets in the fellowship room continuing their study in Jeremiah. The fellowship room will be busy also throughout the day and evening with preparations for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

This will be the 25th year that FBC has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at the church for anyone who would like to attend from our community. Dinner will be served at noon. You need to call to make your reservation at 448-8112.

There will be opportunities to help with the Christmas float and parade for Nov. 26. You are also invited to walk along the parade route to distribute treats.

Saturday the 27 beginning at 10 a.m., the flower committee will be directing the Hanging of the Greens so that preparations will be complete for Advent Sunday.

Have you seen one or more events this week you could have a part in?

Focus on the Family contributor, Kurt Bruner said, "We give thanks because we need reminders that we are created beings dependent upon our Maker... A major part of joy in life is expressing gratitude to the One who meets our needs ... Thankfulness connects our spirits to the Source of all joy."

We look forward to seeing you Sunday. Have a wonderful week of Thanksgiving.

Brazil Nazarene Church

Greetings once more from the folks at the Brazil Nazarene Church.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 21, we will be having Tim and Mary Mercer (nephew and niece of our own Jesse Pitts) with us in Sunday School and morning worship helping us celebrate Faith Promise Sunday for missions. The Mercers and their family are serving as missionaries. Tim and Mary served many years in South Korea and are now living in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Tim works with the Asian churches on the Chicago Central District. They are wonderful speakers are the public is invited to join us for Sunday School or Church or both. Sunday School meets at 9 a.m., and Worship service at 10 a.m.

Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., the Praise Pandemic Orchestra from Shepherd Community Church in Indianapolis are coming back to our church after many requests from their last visit. Shepherd Church is a Compassionate Ministries Center the Church of the Nazarene. The orchestra was started in the summer of 2005 and is led by Mr. David Chase. It is one of the many programs developed to benefit the people in their area. Shepherd is a Christian Lighthouse witnessing to the families in their area. It was established 25 years ago. Shepherd depends on churches and business organizations for volunteers and funds to help them in their efforts to serve their community. The goal of Shepherd is to "Break the cycle of poverty one child at a time.

"The Pans" or Steel Drums" the orchestra plays is just delightful and must be heard to believe. We trust you will enjoy this unusual style of worship.

If you have any questions about Shepherd, you may contact Ryan Brown at 317-375-0203 or contact the website at shepherdcommunity.org.

The public is invited.

We celebrated Pastor Appreciation Month in October by having a dinner for Pastor and Teressa Bechtel in our Living Center. A monetary gift from the folks in the church was given to them as a gift of love and appreciation for all they do. We had a wonderful carry in luncheon to celebrate Pastor Appreciation Day.

Our church has joined in a community wide Thanksgiving basket program. We are asking our folks to make donations of whole turkeys, turkey breast, spiral ham from Aldi's, Stove Top Stuffing, green beans, corn, instant potatoes, bag of noodles, chicken broth, corn muffin mix or rolls, baked pie or pie filling and pie crust, fruit snack, or macaroni and cheese. All foods need to be brought to church by tomorrow, Nov. 21. The donation box will be in the foyer. We also need monetary gifts also and they may be labeled Thanksgiving basket and put in the church plate.

Our church has lost several long time members recently: John McKinney; Everett Brown and Rev. Bob Latham. Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers reach out to all the family members. Former member, Jeff Bridgewater who left our church to pastor at Bee Ridge lost his mother, Carol, last week. Our prayers and love reach out to all the Bridgewater family.

Our Wednesday night service for children in our community is still 7 p.m., and going strong.

We provide free bus service and if your child/children needs a ride, please call 446-0371 and leave a message on our answering machine. You need to call by 5 p.m., Wednesday or earlier.

If you are not attending church somewhere, please know you are welcome to join us. Sunday Worship is at 10 a.m., and Living Classes are at 9 a.m. Please read our church ad in today's Times for all other services. We provide Toddler and Nursery workers for your little ones. Casual dress is appropriate.

Have a blessed week and a Happy Thanksgiving

P.S.: If you have place anywhere else to run the Praise Pandemic Orchestra before the Nov. 28, that would be swell. Thanks and God bless.

Center Point United Methodist Church

This time next week two events will be behind us. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday! I hope you survive them both.

Tomorrow being the Sunday before Thanksgiving and it being my turn to give the children's message ... I went looking for the scripture and story I should share with the children. I googled it and the first one I picked seemed just what I needed. It had a little treat I could give to each child and a good story from the master story-teller Himself, Jesus.

The scripture is from Luke 17: 11-19. Luke tells of a time Jesus was traveling to Jerusalem and met a group of 10 men with leprosy. They called out to Jesus asking Him to have mercy on them. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest. They obeyed and while they were going, they were healed.

One of the men noticed that he had been healed and returned to Jesus and gave thanks and praise to God. He was not only a leper, but a Samaritan. Jesus asked, "Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine?" One of the 10 came back to express his gratitude. Which are you like? Do you think to say thank you? Do the words come out of your mouth? I have been guilty of thinking "thank you", but neglecting to say it.

Thanksgiving Day is a good time to rededicate ourselves to showing gratitude. It is not just the right thing to do. It has great benefits. Saying thank you keeps us humble before God. We remember from where our blessings come. When we say thank you to others we show our appreciation of them and their efforts. It's encouraging for them.

Pastor Bob Kumpf is taking a break this week. Jack Thomas will share with us about the work of the Gideons. This is a group that causes a lot of thanksgiving. The stories of how Gideon Bibles have played a part in so many people's salvation experience is awe inspiring. Come hear how the Good News has been carried through the placement of these Bibles and give thanks for the efforts of so many.

Have a great Thanksgiving Day and many Thanksgiving days to come.

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!

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 Cheryl McKinney and Matt McKinney

5 p.m. No AWANA'S; at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner at the church

Wednesday No Bible Study or Prayer Service

Thursday "Happy Thanksgiving"

Friday Night -- Christmas in the Park Parade ... If your child is participating they need arrive 15 minutes early and be accompanied by a parent throughout the parade.

The pastor's message this week is "The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving" Psalm 116:16 O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservent; you have freed me from my chains. 17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord -- in your midst, O Jerusalem,

The holiday season is a hard time for some, those who have lost loved ones, those who are facing financial difficulty, those facing illnesses and those who just have a struggle every day for whatever reason; Some of those in need, need nothing more than friendship and a kind word. Others are lost and don't know where to go, lead them. God gave us his son, we are only giving that hope to others, so remember those who struggle with whatever challenges in your prayers.

Until next week: Isaiah 63:7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us -- yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.

We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road or two miles east of SR 59 on Rio Grande Road.

Church Phone Number: 446-0531

If you do not have a church home we invite you to come worship with us.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

Our Thanksgiving celebration last Sunday was great! A number of guests came to share our worship service with is and to stay and share our dinner. As usual, the tables were loaded. Everyone really went all out in bringing their specialties. And everyone went all out in eating it all, too. I didn't eat again all day! It was all delicious. And we all really enjoyed the visiting and camaraderie of the occasion.

The Carbon Church of the Nazarene hosted our joint Harvest Service Wednesday evening. That, too, is always a great time when the folks from the two churches can get together to worship and give thanks together.

I had beautiful mums this fall, but mine are all brown and ugly now. They have given up until spring. But the ones at the church are still big and lovely. God must be looking after them for us.

We have all enjoyed the church's little flower garden so much. Right now, we are enjoying even the wild things that have found a refuge there. I guess homeless flowers need a sanctuary, too, don't they? Our garden seems to be open to all.

Remember to bring items for the Baskart this Sunday. They will need to be distributed before Thanksgiving next week.

Everyone is scurrying around getting ready for Turkey Day this coming week. Even while you are working on that turkey, remember that this is the day that we especially count our blessing and that God for all He has done for us this year.

Even if you thank him every day, be sure to give a special prayer of Thanksgiving before you dive into that turkey. Have a good one!

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the morning worship with greetings and a short prayer then turned the service over to Peg Parksey to lead the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then called for the tithes and offerings followed by a prayer of thanks. Then calling for updates on those sick that we might not know about, preparing for prayer for those shut-ins, those awaiting surgery and those recuperating, spoken and unspoken, and praying for our service people in harms way. Then he called upon Debbie Meganhart whom sang the special "His strength is perfect." She also recited a portion from the U.S. Marine Corps handbook. Both were well received.

Pastor Thomas called upon the congregation for veterans of each war that some of our members had been involved in.

All were recognized and thanked for their service to God and country.

Brother Thomas brought the message from Ephesians 6, the duty of children toward their parents, and parents toward God. The Bible tells us of the duty toward our servants, and as our "daily bread" teaches us to abide in God's Love.

Ephesians, tells the children to obey your parents in the Lord. We many times learn that children rebel and distance themselves from parents and loved ones, spouses desert from loved ones, and close friends stop calling. But God will not desert you if you hold steady and lean upon him. The Bible tells us that to abide in God's love. Stay true to him for nothing can separate us from his love through  Christ. His constant care will keep your heart safety secure. All of us need to be careful to use God's word for his purpose, rather than our own agenda. We are never to misuse the words of the Lord.

Children honor thy father and mother, and parents honor the Lord now with eye service, as men pleasurers, but as the servants of God. Grace be to the brethren, that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

Brother Thomas closed with the singing of "Just as I am."

You are invited one and all with the congregation to come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m., and Evening Service at 6 p.m.

Carbon Baptist Church

Thanksgiving is here already and it's time for the turkey and all the trimmings.

We hope your time with family and friends will be a time of joy.

We will eat all we can and then complain later and ask ourselves why did we eat so much. Later in the day we will wonder through the kitchen and graze on the leftovers.

This time of the year is also a time to be thankful for all the blessings we have. In all things give thanks.

God bless you and your family.

Have a great week in the Lord.

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