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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, November 26, 2010

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Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we hope you will come be with us tomorrow and enjoy the concert by Lowell Mason.

Lowell Mason has been called the World's Smallest Gospel Singer because of his unique height of only 46 inches. His melliferous voice, however has no comparison to his size. When he sings, his booming voice brings a thrill to everyone who listens.

As a full time Evangelist, Little Lowell travels nearly 100,000 miles each year taking the Gospel in song and sermon to men and women, boys and girls, across America and around the world.

Since 1992, he has made several Crusade tours to Russia. In joint co-operation with Revival Fires, Brother Mason has helped distribute over three million Bibles to the school children of that nation, conducts.

It is also our Sunday to honor our new members for this year. A soup and sandwich luncheon will be served immediately following the morning service.

The Graybeards will be with us Dec. 5 in our evening service.

You will want to mark Dec. 12 on your calendar for Dave Henry will be with us in our morning service. Dave plays the harp to honor God.

We want to thank Paula for the beautiful song she sang for us last Sunday. The title of the song was HE IS HERE, and we definitely knew that He truly was with us.

With the holiday season before us, this would be a great time for you to get to know God. God already knows you, but He wants you to come to Him. God does not force us to accept Him, but if you want Eternal Life, you must come to Him. We never know if we have tomorrow.

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 or email: jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

When times are tough and when our emotions tend to the get the best of us, we can begin to think that there is nothing for which we can be thankful. However, we can be.

This past Sunday Pastor Gordon took us to 1st Chronicles 16 and helped us to see that there are several reasons we can give thanks. Here are a couple of his points: God always keeps His promises (vs. 14-18), God protects His own (vs. 19-22), God is good and His love never ends (v. 34). You can listen to the entire message and the rest of the points by going to our website www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link.

We want to invite you to our various ministries. Sunday School - 10 a.m.; Worship - 11 a.m.; Youth Group 6-7:30 p.m. at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym; Wednesday night Bible Study 6:30 p.m.

The ladies are having a Christmas Tea on Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Traverse Pie Company. Our Christmas program is being presented on Dec. 12 during our Worship service. On the Dec. 19 we will be going caroling at 5:30 p.m.

On New Year's Eve we will be having a family night at the JTE gym. We would love to welcome you to any of these times. If you have any questions you may call the church at 442-5008 or Pastor's cell at 240-3003. We are located on South 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds.

It is our hope that you had a blessed Thanksgiving and that you are taking time to be thankful. God is good even when our circumstances may be difficult.

First Baptist Church

It has been a time of busy preparation and Thanksgiving this week at First Baptist. Thanks to all who helped with the Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas float and Hanging of the Greens. The Hanging of the Greens is today at 1 p.m. The flower committee is in charge of this fun yet worshipful event as we transform the church for the celebration of our Christ's birth.

This Sunday is our Donut Fellowship. Donuts will be provided along with cold and hot breakfast drinks beginning at 8:45 a.m. This is planned as a time of fellowship before Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

We always look forward to this first Sunday of Advent and seeing the sanctuary so beautifully attired. If you still have guests, bring them with you to the worship service. There is an adult-staffed nursery available as well as KidMo for the pre-school through 5th graders.

There will be no evening activities at church this Sunday.

Wednesday Bible Study will meet at 12:15 in the fellowship room. We are continuing in the book of Jeremiah.

Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. the Deacons will have their last meeting of the year.

THE ROCK alternative worship service meets at 7 p.m. Thursday. For those with children, there is a nursery and KidMo available.

Mark your calendar and put it on your refrigerator...next Sunday is our Christmas Brunch! Following our Communion Sunday service, the hospitality committee will serve one of our favorite church meals.

How do we prepare for Christmas? There are plenty of suggestions from the commercial side. But, how do we prepare ourselves spiritually for God's perfect gift? Isaiah 64:5 mentions two forms of preparation: do the right thing and remember what the Lord has done. There are many little things we can do. We are to open ourselves to the grace of God and take time to reaffirm ourselves as Christians who are preparing and longing to know the will of God. "God, you welcome those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember You in all your ways."

We look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday!

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Nov. 28, we have our Bible Study classes at 9 a.m. and our Worship Service at 10:15 a.m., in the auditorium. Doug Weatherston will be preaching.

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, Reel Worship, a worship service designed specifically for them, is at 9 a.m. at the Walnut Theater and then they will have Bible study at 10:15 a.m., also at the Walnut Theater.

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

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 on the first Sunday of Advent for worship at 9:30 a.m. We must learn to keep our eye on the promised future while living today. 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.

December Share Food order can be placed through Dec. 3 by contacting the church office.

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

First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church is a busy place during this Advent season as we prepare for the birth of the Savior.

The Senior Highs have decorated the Sanctuary in preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28. During the 10:30 a.m., Service of Divine Worship, on that day, the first Advent Candle will be lit.

This purple candle of the Advent wreath, called the Candle of Hope, symbolizes the anticipation of Christ's birth. Its purple color represents Christ as King.

After worship at 11:30 a.m., the children will have their Christmas Decorating Party in Fellowship Hall. Lunch will be served and lots of popcorn and cranberries will be strung.

The Angel Tree is set up in the Narthex and everyone is invited to participate by taking an "ornament" off the tree, purchasing the item written on the "ornament" and return them, wrapped, by Sunday, Dec. 12.

This year, we hope to help approximately 20 children. Each child will receive a shirt/blouse, pants, shoes, socks and underwear as well as pajamas and a toy.

The Christmas food basket campaign is coming to a conclusion with members being asked to bring cereal and macaroni and cheese this week.

The children of the church have been practicing very hard for their Christmas Pageant, which they will present during the Service of Divine Worship Dec. 12.

The Gallery Choir, under the direction of Steve McCullough, will join forces with the First United Methodist choir, under the direction of Charlotte Pickett and Jerry Morgan, will present the cantata, "Night of the Father's Love," during the Service of Divine Worship Dec. 19.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us. For more information, please contact the church office at 446-2415.

The church is located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

Community Missionary Church

The worship service opened with Pastor Ken Thomas updating the congregation on our sick at home and surgery patients. He then led in prayer and the congregation in keeping with the season sang "O come, ye thankful people come." After the offerings of tithes, Brother Thomas pointed out that we have a number of sick at home, shut-ins, to remember each in prayer as well as our spoken, unspoken requests, those awaiting surgery and our military in harms way.

A surprise special number by Peg Parksey and her sister, Mrs. Brown sang "The Family Bible." I noted the words, "I can see mother across the table." A wonderful old song well received and Mrs. Brown along with the auto harp. Sometimes you just don't get enough of those type songs anymore. It's loud music that you can't hear the words, thankfully we don't have that in our church. Thank you ladies.

Brother Thomas said "Let us be thankful for all God has done for us," we sometimes don't give him the thanks like we should. You can be without money and worldly possessions, but when you have the Lord, that's everything. Have you counted your blessings lately, food, shelter, God, friends, bills paid, job, healthy children, loving spouse? Give thanks for everything to God. When you prepare for Thanksgiving, remember that "thanks" and giving are two separate words, and you might consider a neighbor that doesn't have an abundance for the "day," and share your giving. The Lord knows when you share, and he knows when you care and give thanks.

It seems as Brother Thomas says, "that Christmas comes a little earlier each year as the Thanksgiving is pushed aside for Christmas commercials with early buys. When Jesus healed 10 people, and just one acknowledged "thanks" Jesus answering the cleansed leper, "were there not 10 cleansed?" But where are the nine? Luke 17:17, If you want to learn more about the Bible, read all of Luke 17, and give thanks to the Lord for all those blessings that have and are coming your way.

In all things give thanks. We just don't thank him enough for the things we have. We don't show our thanks for the Love that God gives us.

Pastor Thomas closed with a parting prayer for all and invited everyone whom doesn't have a church to visit Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well, here we are two days after Thanksgiving day, are you still eating left-over turkey. We made a smart decision this year, to go out to eat and leave the left-overs and the dirty dishes to someone else. This might sound like a cop-out to you, but it made it easier on us. Does this sound a little familiar to what we do to God. We make things that God is calling us to do fit our convenience schedule.

Luke 9:23 says that {If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.} We are to put our selfish desires and our agenda aside and put God's agenda for our life into action.

Guess what time it is- MERRY CHRISTMAS. Isaiah 9:6 says {For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.} This is one of the most exciting times of the year when we get the privilege to celebrate the Advent season. The word Advent means coming of the Lord. So when we are out there shopping and someone says Happy Holidays, tell them Merry Christmas to you too.

We invite you out to the Otter Creek Christian Church if you do not have a church home and help us celebrate the coming of that babe born in the manger so long ago. And His name is Jesus, the Saviour and Lord. Our services are as follows- Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. (age appropriate classes) Worship at 10:40 a.m. Women's Friday Bible Study 10 a.m. at 12660 E. Grotto Rd., Brazil. The phone for the church is 812-446-5300, church parsonage 812-446-4007, Pastor Steve's cell 812-249-3309, Sandy's at 812-443-6007.

Please keep our military people and their families in your prayers and look for opportunities this week to help someone that needs a helping hand. Look to see you in church this Sunday.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I watched Lawrence Welk last Saturday evening. Does that tell you my age? His beautiful soprano, Norma Zimmer, sang a song that has been stuck in the back of my head ever since. I remember it from years ago, but had forgotten it until she sang it. "If you're troubled and cannot sleep, Just count your blessings instead of sheep...." Are you ever troubled and cannot sleep?

Do you try to count sheep? Do those troubles just keep coming around in circles all night? We all have been there, I'm sure. I will find myself telling myself that I am not going to think of "that" anymore and deliberately making myself think of something else only to find that a few minutes later, I'm back thinking of "that" again. Right? Perhaps we would all be better off if we would count our blessings instead of those stupid sheep. I wonder who thought up counting sheep anyway! I'm sure we could all find enough blessings to fill up that long, sleepless night if we tried. Let's do it!

Thanksgiving is over and here we go into the Christmas Season full tilt. Tomorrow will be the first Sunday of Advent, the coming of Christ. Among all the things you have put on your list that you need to do before Christmas morning, have you included "getting ready for Christ's birth"? I should be at the top of our lists. Is it?

Folks will gather this afternoon to put up the Christmas tree and the decorations at church. Go up and help them out.

They will also gather on Saturday, Dec. 11, to fix Cheer Plates. Get out your cookie and candy recipes and get busy. We need a good variety of both. We will also need people to help put the plates together on the 11th. 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 Avalon Hapenny and Rachelle Royer.

5 p.m. AWANA'S

Monday at 6 p.m. Decorate the church--a pitch in of soup and sandwich afterwards

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer

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

The pastor's message this week is "Enter in With Praise and Thanksgiving" Psalm 100:1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all.

This Sunday is the first week of advent, as we prepare ourselves for the birth of our Lord and Savior. Let us each not forget the true meaning of Christmas, when God so loved...He sent His only Son.

Those of you who braved the cold on Friday evening got the pleasure of see Pastor Dick as an ELF in the parade, what did you think of those red tights? The Red Tights offering for the Salvation Army totaled $525!

Please remember the Salvation Army "Red Kettle Campaign". Every donation can make a difference right here in Clay County.

We are located two miles north of US Hwy 40 on the Knightsville Road or two miles east of SR59 on Rio Grand Road. Church Number: 812-446-0531

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.

Center Point United Methodist Church

I pray you all had a blessed Thanksgiving Day. We certainly were "blessed" with an abundance of rain!

Tomorrow begins Advent Season. For a good while I had no idea what Advent was/is. Sometimes we hear words or phrases and don't have a clue what they mean. They are just familiar, not understood. Well, in case you have forgotten -- advent means "a coming or arrival". Advent Season is the time including the four Sundays before Christmas. We look forward to celebrating Jesus' arrival over two thousand years ago and anticipate His second coming.

"People Get Ready" is the title Pastor Bob Kumpf has chosen for his message. It is taken from Romans 13: 11-14. Bob writes this about the scripture: "In his letter Paul writes to the people at Rome a warning not to get too busy and caught up in the day-to-day obligations of life that they lose track of time and forget about God's promise to return. It is a very appropriate theme as we head into the holidays with all of the entertaining, shopping, decorating and other 'stuff' that we tend to fill our time with. Christ has promised that the Son of Man will return for those who believe.

"Today we put a high value on being ready for the events of Christmas; the parties and gifts and decorating. But in our busy-ness do we forget the real reason for the season. Jesus is coming again and we must be ready! Isaiah told the Israelites, 'Be ready. The virgin will be with child and give birth to a son.' John the Baptist told the nation, 'Be ready! I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am (not) fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.' Jesus himself told the disciples, 'Be ready! For the Son of Man will return.' This is a message of eternal hope and salvation for all people. Don't get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a temporary celebration. Be Ready!"

This is a message that never gets old. We need these reminders, because we tend to get complacent. Jesus IS coming ... again. I echo Bob's call to be ready!

Holy Rosary Church

The Holy Rosary Church will be having a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Schelly Hall, Hwy 40 East, Seelyville.

Get a great start on holiday shopping by visiting 10 vendors and a bake sale.

Carbon Baptist Church

Christmas is just a few weeks away. We all get excited about giving and receiving. Remember that it is more a blessing to give than to receive. Make someone's Christmas special this year by sharing with them not only gifts and a meal but the real reason for the season.

God Bless you and your family.

Has anyone told you they love you today?

We do.

Terre Haute after 5

The Terre Haute after 5 December dinner event will be Dec. 14, from 6:30-8:15 p.m., at the St. Mary of the Woods Providence Center.

Cost is $14 inclusive.

David Henry, accomplished professional harpist will perform.

Speaker for the evening is Star Paterson, Stonecraft State Representative, of Carmel.

For reservations, call Joretta at 812-877-9633.



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