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Friday, December 3, 2010

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 am., 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.


The Lady Knights of Annunciation are holding their annual Taste of Christmas Saturday Dec. 11. There will be cookies and punch available in the Parish Center.

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Christmas Party on Dec. 18. There will be Chili, Vegetable Soup and desserts in the Parish Center. Father Harold has agreed to have a combined Mass with Holy Rosary and Annunciation at 5:30 p.m. at Annunciation and our Party will begin immediately afterward in the Parish Center basement. Everyone from Holy Rosary and Annunciation are invited to attend. We will be giving a Las Vegas Vacation for two as a door prize.

Watch for our specials coming up in the next few weeks. On Dec. 12 a prize on one of our pull tab game will be a large wagon full of toys, and on Dec. 19 another Las Vegas vacation will be a pull tab prize.

We had a $1,000 jackpot winner last week and both of our Jar Balls are now $1,000 with carryover on both.

Speed games start a 6 p.m., Early Bird games at 6:30 p.m. and regular bingo begins at 7. 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 you hands with while you are smoking. There is always good food available, so stop in and spend the evening with us.

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!

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

I know most people detest rules. Most of the time I do as well. Usually rules are seen as infringing upon one's personal freedom and choices. Yet, that is not necessarily true. Psalm 19:10-11 conveys and entirely different perspective. When it comes to the Bible one needs to think differently. In verse 11 it says that the Bible warns the believer. It even goes on to say in the same verse that to obey and follow the Bible brings great reward. When I stop and think about it, it is true. God does not set up rules, warnings and admonitions to steal my freedom.

In fact, as Pastor Gordon stated in his message, we need to see the "rules" (warnings) as for our protection. On top of that, we are greatly rewarded for doing so. Seeing all the Bible does for me (vss. 7-9) I should then realize that I should desire the Bible more than anything else in the world. Even gold that is currently very valuable.

I invite you to hear the message on the website at www.brazilbible.org. I also want to invite you to hear the preaching in person. Our worship service time is 11 a.m.

We are excited about the various ministry opportunities that December provides for us and we want to give you the opportunity to be a part of them. Here is what is happening.

12th - Christmas program presentation during the worship service at 11 a.m.

12th - Youth Group for all middle and high school students 6-7:30 p.m. at the church.

19th - Christmas caroling at 5:30 p.m. If you would like for us to consider singing at your home or residence call Pastor at 240-3003.

31st - Family and Friends New Year's Eve at the Jackson Twp. Elementary School 7:30 p.m. - 12:10 a.m.

We are located South of town on 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m.; Evening Service 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday night Bible Study 6:30 p.m.

If you have any questions you may call the church at 442-5008 or Pastor at 240-3003.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Wednesday morning we were blessed with a light dusting of snow. Driving to Terre Haute at 5:30 in the morning, I was amazed at the beauty of the snow coming down and swirling on I-70. The roads were not slick but everyone was being cautious. Drivers were actually taking their time.

Sitting in the waiting area at the new hospital, I watched people as they came and went. Many were with a special someone that had brought them for some sort of medical procedure. As I waited with my sister for my mother to come out of surgery, I began to wonder how many people are here without anyone to be there for them.

There are so many people that don't have anyone to visit them or to check on them. For many, especially the elderly and the orphaned, they are all alone in this world.

We have started a new Advent study called "Christmas Gifts that won't break." It is a four week study focusing on Hope, Faith, Joy and Peace. The first week focuses on our hope in Jesus Christ and how the different names of Jesus means different things.

One name is "wall breaker." The Temple had many walls. The first wall was to keep strangers and foreigners out. The second wall was to keep women out. The inner area was surrounded by a curtain or a veil and only the high priest was allowed in on the Day of Atonement to light incense. They tied a cord or rope around his ankle in case he passed out or fainted. That way they could pull him out. The Temple in Jesus' time had been rebuilt. The marble was exquisite. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down" Mathew 24:2. When our Lord died on the cross, the veil was torn from top to bottom. Gentile and Jew became a new church. The walls had been broken. Jesus taught equal rights for women. He taught that we should take care of our neighbor. "I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Mathew 25:36.

I challenge each of you to look for opportunities this Christmas to offer hope where there is none. Let your light shine for others. Give someone a call or stop in to visit those that are alone. "Christmas gifts that won't break", the first gift of Advent is the gift of hope in Jesus Christ. We live in a truly blessed nation. This Christmas, share your blessings with those that are looking for hope. Share the love and hope of Jesus Christ.

Please join us this week for worship at 9 a.m. and Sunday School to follow at 10:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church

During the 10:30 a.m. Service of Divine Worship, on the second Sunday of Advent, we will be welcoming new members to our church family and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated. At the close of the service the annual congregational meeting will be held. New church officers will be selected for the 2011 year and we will vote on the 2011 church budget.

We are continuing to collect food for our holiday food baskets. This week we are asking for donations of canned green beans and/or canned corn.

The Angel Tree is up and decorated in the Narthex. Everyone is invited to take a tag from the tree, purchase the item on it and place it under the tree by Dec. 12. They will be distributed along with Christmas baskets to help several families have a Merry Christmas.

The annual Children's Christmas Pageant will be presented during the Service of Divine Worship next Sunday, Dec. 12.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church invite all members of the community to join us this Sunday. Further information may be obtained by calling the church office at 446.2415. The church is located at 210 North Walnut Street in Brazil.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow's message title, Time For Change, caused me to think of The Brady Bunch episode when Peter's voice was changing and the kids were supposed to sing. In good TV fashion, they changed the song to incorporate his changing voice. I think the title of the new song was "When It's Time to Change". One of the lines of the song---the only one that I recall---says "When it's time to change you have to rearrange."

Any change requires some rearranging of our schedule, our priorities, our attitudes. In the dictionary I looked up the word "change". One phrase said "change denotes a making or becoming distinctly different and implies either a radical transmutation of character or replacement with something else". That's the kind of change Jesus can make in our lives. If we are not "distinctly different" from the way we were before accepting Jesus we may need to pray for the willingness to allow Jesus to change us.

Pastor Bob Kumpf shares this about tomorrow's message. "This Sunday we will celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent with the theme of "Peace." The scripture message is from Matthew 3:1-12 and is the story of John the Baptist preparing the way of the Lord. It is an urgent call for change in attitudes and in trust. It is another 'wake up call' to the fact that God offers peace and hope to those who listen and believe. It is really all about the choice each must make in their own lives. It is also a call to the church that they are the ones Christ has appointed to share this Good News with the world."

As Bob reminded us last week, this is the "most wonderful time of the year." Our hearts are warmed by the Christmas message. I hope they are more than warmed. I pray that we will allow the Christ of Christmas to change us inwardly and outwardly to be more like Him.

Come share the Christmas season with us at Center Point. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. If you have a home church be sure to join in the services during this advent season and be blessed by the Giver of the peace that passes all understanding.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St. will be having their Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Bethel Youth Group will be presenting "The Gift." Everyone is invited to attend, and refreshments will follow. Please join us for this special night.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Dec. 5, we have our Bible Study classes at 9 a.m. and our Worship Service at 10:15 a.m., in the auditorium. Pastor Bob Witte will be talking about God's impeccable timing.

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.

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.

"The Journey" is this weekend, Dec. 3-5, from 6-9 p.m. nightly. For more info visit our website, fccbrazil.org.

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 Brad, Kim and Connor Hapenny

5 p.m. AWANA'S; 7 p.m. Evening Service

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ladies Nursing Home Ministry at Exceptional Living

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer

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

Friday at 6 p.m. Caroling---Meet at Cloverleaf Nursing Home

The pastor's message this week is "Jesus, the Bread of Life" John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Please remember to keep the family of Jean Finley in your prayers during the very difficult time of her passing.

This Sunday is the second 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.

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

Next Sunday--Dec. 12 we will have a combined Sunday School and Worship service starting at 10 a.m. The children's program and a parental/baby dedication is also planned.

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

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.

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 with our children's program and experience the deep abiding sense of purpose God intends for us. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.

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

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church at the corner of Walnut and Maple streets welcome you to our services and activities this week. Sunday, Dec. 5, is Communion Sunday; always a special time of worship.

The day begins with Sunday School for all ages. If you have not been attending, this would be a good time to try Sunday Schoolout at 9:30 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark and his family will be back with us.

There is a staffed nursery available. Children pre-school through 5th grade leave the sanctuary for KidMo, an interactive video program with music and Bible lessons.

The second Sunday of Advent will be celebrated with the lighting of the Candle of Preparation

Our Christmas Brunch will follow the morning worship. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the food and fellowship. We appreciate this event prepared by the Hospitality Committee.

Youth and AWANA gather at 5:30 p.m. to learn, sing, play, and have supper together. There is an adult Bible study at 6 p.m., and we all finish up around 7 p.m.

Wednesday Mid-Week Bible Study will be at 12:15 in the Fellowship Room. We are continuing in the Old Testament and encourage you to study with us.

Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., will be committee meetings. This will be the last meeting for most committees for this year. We thank all those who have completed their term and we welcome all new committee members. The Church Business Meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is at 7 p.m., Thursday evening. A church lit up on a cold winter evening gives a comforting glow and feeling. The experience inside is good too. There is a nursery and Thursday KidMo for the children.

As we prepare for Christmas and the wonder of God's great gift to us of His Son, we can remember John the Baptistwho was a messenger sent by God to prepare the way of the Lord. John proclaimed Christ as the son of God and preached repentance for the forgiveness of sins. His life-style was a daily reminder for him and a reminder for us that we need to live a God-centered life.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Praise the Lord, we are just starting into the Christmas season. How many times this past week did you wish someone Merry Christmas? It is very easy to get caught up into what a lot of people are saying "Happy Holidays" which I will agree that our holidays should be happy, but that is not the real meaning of Christmas [the birthday of Jesus our King of Kings and Lord of Lords].

This week we are going to talk about Faith. Our scripture is from Matthew 17: 20-21. "And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21. Howbeit this kind goeth not but by prayer and fasting."

Notice what Jesus said on how we can get this kind of faith, by prayer and fasting. How long has it been since our churches have practiced having a time of prayer and fasting, asking God to increase our faith so that we would once again see the Holy Spirit of God move among our people to get us stirred up and get us on fire for God? When we pray for more faith or patience, watch out because God will require us to go through something to try our commitment to Him.

We invite you out to the Otter Creek Church where the Word of God and the message that Jesus saves is at the center of all our teachings and Worship. Our service times are as follows : Friday Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Rd. Brazil. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:40am.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil. The church phone is 812-446-5300, Parsonage 812-446-4007, Pastor's cell phone 812-249-3309, or you may call Sandy at 812-443-6007.

Special events for Otter Creek Church: Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Church night out at Ryans, Dec. 11, Youth group trip to Indy, meet at church at 4 p.m. Dec.19 Special Christmas service at 10:40 a.m.

Come and Worship with us and help us celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. And we call it CHRISTMAS. Please remember our military people in your prayers and their families. Until we meet again either by way of this article or in person, May God richly Bless each and everyone.

Carbon Baptist Church

The float in the parade was pretty awesome. I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was done with much love and so much fun. Thanks so much to Mike and Dawn Bemis who were the take charge couple and for all who helped in any way.

With the Christmas season upon us this is a busy month. The children will be singing on Dec. 12, Praise and Worship Singers will be singing on Dec. 19, and our Christmas Eve program will be at 9 p.m.

We have an Angel tree once again this year and will be able to help several families enjoy the holiday a little bit better. It brings so many people together, to praise the Lord and give him all the glory.

Have a good week.

Carbon Baptist Church, "Has anyone told you they love you today?"

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and an update on some he had contacted during sickness and after surgery. A short prayer and then turned the service over to Carol Vanatti, whom led the congregational singing. After the offerings, Brother Thomas brought the prayer for our sick at home, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests, and our service people in harms way. The special number by Carol Vanatti "On Holy Ground," was well received.

Pastor Thomas then emphasized that on "Judgement Day" that many so called Christians will find themselves short on being thankful for what they have, for not being appreciative of what others have done for them, and appreciating outwardly of God's goodness; giving him the praise.

Many times people don't show their faith in God by living the faith. We read in St. Mark chapter 5, of the many people whom had faith and were made whole through Jesus' visit. God doesn't ask you to enter a fiery furnace to prove your faith as with the three men in Daniel chapter 3, whom had the faith and came out as their faith had delivered them.

Brother Ken added that we must have faith that God will be with us through our many trials of life. Pastor asks us, how do we know Jesus loves us? Adding that the Bible tells us so, and with that faith, living it and telling of it, you know first hand that God loves you.

Satan plays on your weakness and attacks at every turn, take time to talk with God, tell him your troubles, and ask him to always guide you. He will never leave you nor forsake you in times of great need..

Brother Thomas closed with the singing of "turn your eyes upon Jesus," in the last service of the day. Let's remember this throughout the week. Our service is open to everyone and you are reminded that Sunday School 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m.

We always have room for all visitors. Our address is 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Carbon United Methodist Church

The countdown to Christmas has begun. No, I'm not talking about Black Friday and all the sales we will be bombarded with between then and now. I am not talking about a child's advent calendar which has a toy or something each day so that the child can keep track of the time passing before Santa Claus comes. I'm talking about Advent, the four weeks before Christmas in which Christians work at preparing for the coming of their Savior. In many churches. Advent is celebrated by lighting candles each Sunday to commemorate different aspects of our preparing.

The first candle, the candle of Hope, was lit last Sunday. We need that hope in this world of darkness.

We need the light of peace and love to shine in our world. Let us prepare our lives to receive the One who said, "I am the light of the world."

The church sent a Baskart full of food to the Food Pantry last week to help feed some family who needs it. We are now gathering items to give to a special family in need at Christmas. We would rather keep our giving locally rather than send it away to a worldwide organization. It is more personal...and there are many people in our community who need a little help this Christmas.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, we will gather at 3 p.m. to prepare Cheer Plates for shut-ins and folks around the area who need a boost of cheer. We need homemade cookies and candy or donations of money to help defray the cost of buying fruit and sugar-free candy for diabetics. Plan to join us on the 11th to put together and deliver these little gifts of cheer.

Tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent. When we light that second candle, we will be preparing room in our hears and in our lives for other people who need us. We will be thanking God for the friends and strangers who have received us when we were lonely and afraid and tired. May we be ready to receive the love God offers us in His Son Jesus.

Don't wait until Christmas Eve. Join us tomorrow to celebrate the greatest gift ever given, the birth of Jesus Christ. Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

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.

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