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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

What a great reminder it was to me that I have a glimpse of what God is like right in front of me. Last Sunday Pastor Gordon preached from John 1:14 about Jesus taking on flesh and dwelling among men. Jesus said that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. What is God like? All I have to do is read the Gospels and discover what Jesus did and then I have a glimpse of what God is like. Pastor also referenced Galatians 4:4-6 and noted that Jesus came at the very time that God intended "when the fullness of time had come." The timing and location was no coincidence. The very purpose of Christ taking on flesh was also very clear: to redeem sinful man through faith in Christ and then by adoption become sons of God. What a privilege. What a blessing.

This Sunday at 11 a.m., our children and youth will be presenting their Christmas program and Pastor Gordon will wrap up the worship time. We would love for you to join us and hear biblical account of Christmas. At 6 p.m., the youth group will be meeting at the church. All middle and high school students are invited.

The adult S.S. class, which meets at 10 a.m., is currently studying the Gospel of John. We will be in chapter 3 this Sunday.

On the 19th, at 5:30 p.m., we are going to bundle up and take the good news of Christmas to various homes as we go caroling. It is a joy proclaim the good news and we have a great time together doing it. Seeing the smiles on the faces makes it a great treat as well. There is no better way to wrap up an evening in the cold than to have some hot chocolate.

On the 31st, we will be hosting a family and friend New Year's Eve at the Jackson Twp. Elementary gym from 7 p.m.-12:10 a.m. If you would like a family friendly environment and some good fellowship then you know what to do. Join us.

If you have any questions you may call the office at 442-4008 or call Pastor on his cell at 240-3003. You can also visit our website at www.brazilbible.org where you can learn more as well as listen to a message if you like. We are located South of town on Highway 59 and are directly across from the 4H fairgrounds.

We exist to share the hope of the gospel that Jesus Christ came as God in flesh, lived sinlessly, and then died and rose again as the sinless, perfect sacrifice for sin and through repentance and trusting in Christ one can have their sins forgiven.

Looking forward to seeing you and extending a warm welcome.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Wedding ceremonies are full of tradition, everything from the color of the bride's gown, to the "something old, something new, something borrowed something blue." There is the throwing of rice or birdseed. At a wedding, the word love is used throughout the ceremony. We talk about the sacrificial love of Jesus at the wedding at Cana of Galilee. The Apostle Paul tells of the majestic beauty of love in 1 Corinthians 13:13

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Love abounds around us. We see the tender touch of a mother as she soothes her infant. We see grandchildren look up to their grandparents with a smile on their faces showing how much they mean to each other. There is the look of a young child and his or her puppy licking their face.

This week is the second week of advent and we are continuing our celebration with the Jesse Tree during children's message. Our scripture reading this week is from Luke Chapter 2:8-20 Great expectations Part 3 "Expect a Life Change." Please join us this week as we continue to celebrate and worship. Services at 9 a.m., with Sunday school to follow at 10:30 a.m.

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 Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman.

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

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer

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

The pastor's message this week is "Jesus, the Light of the World" John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

This Sunday is the third 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.

Remember our Christmas Eve, candlelight service starts at 10 p.m. this year.

If you haven't attend our mid week service, you are missing out! Pastor Dick teaches really good history lessons and his mapping abilities are excellent! All of this and learning the prophecies', it is a must do for a Wednesday evening. Hope to see you there.

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.

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. pm., 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.

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The Lady Knights of Annunciation are holding their annual Taste of Christmas Saturday Dec. 11, immediately following mass. Join them for cookies and wassail 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 will be having bingo on Dec. 26, at the regular time. Join us as we wind down from Christmas and get prepared for the New Year.

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 you 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 on South Walnut Street has several opportunities for you to worship, fellowship, and study God's Word. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with three adult, youth and children's classes. There is the convenience of an elevator to take you to the fellowship room and the sanctuary.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is a staffed nursery available. Children through fifth grade leave from the sanctuary for their Bible and music program.

There will be boxes at the entrances for Christmas cards you would like distributed to our local church family. It would be wonderful if you could have the cards here this tomorrow, and have them organized in alphabetical order. A team of workers will sort and have them ready for distribution Dec. 19. They will still take cards the morning of the 19th if you can't get them here earlier.

Sunday evening at 6 p.m., we will be delighted by the performance of the AWANA children and Youth for their Christmas program. Cookies and drinks will be provided for a time of fellowship following the program.

Wednesday the Mid-Week Bible Study will meet at 12:15, in the fellowship room. This is open to the community as are all of our functions.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday, at 7 p.m. Come in your casual or work clothes. Walter, our guitarist travels from Lafayette each week to lead the time of prayer and praise. Pastor Mark will bring the message. There is a nursery and KidMo for the children.

St. Luke 1:30-33 "the angel said unto her, fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God, and behold you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his Father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end."

Peniel Methodist Church

Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., and Worship Services follows at 10:45 a.m.

Pastor Pippin's sermon is "Expecting a Life Change" Luke 2-8-20

This Church family located on Kennedy's Crossing Road welcomes all to enjoy the services and special programs planned for the Christmas season. The annual "Clothing Tree" is being decorated with donated gloves. hats, socks and underwear for local elementary students. We are collecting school supplies to distribute to the elementary schools also.

Mark Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., for a special Christmas Program. The choir will sing a cantata, "The Joyous News of Christmas" followed by a candle lighting ceremony. After the program, enjoy finger foods in the Fellowship Hall while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus! He is sure to have a sack full of treats for the little ones.

Peniel Church is one of five Methodist Churches in the United Methodist Men's group. They recently made a distribution of their funds for the year. $3,000 was given to fifteen charities in Clay and Vigo Counties.

A monthly breakfast meeting is held the 4th Saturday at 8 a.m., and is open to all denominations. For more information as to scheduling, contact Les Webster at 812-446-0086.

For other Church related questions call, Pastor Pippin, 812-443-8489.

Eastside Christian Church

If you have not put in your order for Angel Food, you still have time. Orders can still be taken until tomorrow evening.

The past two Sundays have been very special ones at Eastside Christian Church. If you did not get to see and hear Lowell Mason, you really missed a tremendous witnessing. He may be a small man, but he has a big heart for his Lord. The Greybeards were with us during our evening service this past Sunday. We hope you got to see them. They witness for their Lord through their music. Dave Henry will be with us during our morning worship service tomorrow. Won't you come to hear him play his harp?

Firm Foundation will be with us at our 6 p.m. service.

It has been very cold lately, but you will be warmed by being in God's house.

Tomorrow will be Ann's last Sunday on the piano for awhile. We want to wish her and Paul a great winter. Her playing will be missed. Millie will be solo, which she does very well. They are both appreciated very much.

We want to continue to pray for those on our prayer list. And if anyone reading this needs prayer, please feel free to call on us to pray for you.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only two weeks away. We sometimes get all caught up in the hustle and bustle of shopping and decorating that we forget to remember the Reason for the Season. We want to ask you to stop and think about why there is a Christmas, and to give thanks to God for His Son. If you have never accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour, what better time than this to do so? His arms are always open. Won't you let Him come in?

We would like to invite you to come be with us. In January we are going to start through the entire Bible through a story book that goes along with the Bible. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand, but we believe that this study will help us all understand it more. We hope to see you soon.

First Christian Church

This Sunday, Dec. 12, 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 the Immanuel Principle, God is with us. The youth choir, Crosseekers, will be performing a black light hand mime in the 10:15 a.m. service, as well.

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.

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 Sunday morning worship for a joy that is manifest in grace and assurance God will prevail. A time of fellowship follows worship with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 10:45. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.

Our annual Christmas Dinner and Variety Show will be Sunday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

Share Food orders can be picked up 8:30-10:30 a.m. next Saturday morning, Dec. 18, in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

The Christmas Season is smack-dab upon us! Do you have room in your heart to reach out to people who need help? Thank You, God, for the friends and even strangers who have been there for us when we were lonely and afraid and tired. Let's make ourselves ready to receive God's love that He offers us in His Son, Jesus.

This afternoon, we will gather to put together Cheer Plates for shut-ins and others around the community. Be at the church at 3 p.m. with your homemade goodies. We will work together to assemble the plates and wrap them for delivery, but we also need folks to take a few of them to deliver. By putting them together in the afternoon, we will be able to deliver them before we go home. So come prepared.

Items for our Christmas Family Basket are due no later than Sunday, Dec. 19. That means you have another week yet to get your shopping done. Also, items for the Baskart are due that same Sunday so that it can all be distributed before Christmas.

There will be a Christmas Breakfast on Sunday Dec. 19, also. If you haven't signed up to bring something, be sure to do so Sunday. I hear that the children are planning a little Christmas Program during the Worship Service that day, too. So be sure to come see what they are going to do!

We hope to have you join us in welcoming Jesus into our hearts this Christmas Season. Will we see you tomorrow at 10:30?

Brazil Nazarene Church

Greetings from the folks at the Brazil Nazarene Church

We are pleased to invite all the community to a concert, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. The Community Theater of Clay County will be bring us "Come to the Manger." This is a free concert but we are asking you to bring food items for the Clay County Food Pantry located on Pinckley Street. Also we will accept a free will offering for the Food Pantry How blessed we are to have such a talented group at our church. Hope we see you the Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. We are located on Highway 40 right next door to East Side School.

We also invite you to join us Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., if you are not attending elsewhere, to attend our church as we present a drama titled "Not a Creature was Stirring."

Once again we are planning a beautiful Christmas Eve Service and several churches will be represented. A Candle Light Service will be held at 10 p.m. This is our gift to the community. Beautiful music, instrumentals, soloists and special readings will all take place Christmas Eve. Please plan on worshiping with us.

Have a blessed week and remember "Jesus is the Reason for the Season."

Center Point United Methodist Church

I can hardly believe that Christmas is just two weeks from today! It makes me a bit "giddy" inside to think about it. It's a feeling of excitement and expectation. Am I entering my second childhood? I don't think so. I believe I have always had this feeling about Christmas. I guess that is what the Advent Season is all about. Excitement and expectation.

This is a special time of year. But, we can have a sense of wonder about the Lord of our life every day. It isn't easy maintaining that sense of wonder. Everyday concerns clamor for our attention and we let that dampen our enthusiasm. Christmastime is a perfect opportunity to renew our spirits and allow God to fill us with His peace and joy.

Pastor Bob Kumpf shares this about his message tomorrow. "This Sunday we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Advent with continued focus on John the Baptist.

The message is from Matthew 11:2-11 and is titled "The Time Has Arrived." While John was assured by God that the Messiah was coming and he was pretty certain that Jesus was the one that was promised, he still had some doubt.

While in prison awaiting his execution, John sent his disciples to Jesus to ask him once and for all, "Are you the one or should we expect someone else?" You see Jesus wasn't what the Jews had been expecting as the one to save them from the Romans and their oppression. They were expecting a great warrior and someone who would establish a "New Kingdom" on the earth. Jesus wasn't that. The same question holds true today. Is Jesus the Savior you expected, either as a baby born in Bethlehem or as a man nailed to a cross in Jerusalem? Did it take his rising from the grave to get your attention or is it the work of his spirit in your daily life that gives you faith? Or...are you still wondering? It's your choice."

Bob is so right about it being our choice. Everything has some element of choice for us. I pray this Christmas Season will be one in which you choose to get to know Jesus, if you haven't met Him yet. And, if you know Him I pray you will choose to spend more time with Him daily and allow Him to fill you with His peace and joy.

Otter Creek Christian Church

We at Otter Creek Christian Church would like to invite you to our services each Sunday Study at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. Our ladies have Bible Study on Friday at 10 a.m., weekly 12660 E. Grotto Road.

Our address is 6299 N. Crow St. Brazil, church Number is 812-446-5300; Pastors cell 812-249-3309; parsonage 812-446-4007; Sandys 812-443-6007 if no answer at any or all of these numbers please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as we get in.

On the Advent calendar this is the week of JOY, as in one of my favorite Christmas Carols ... "Joy to the world, The Lord has come, let earth receive its king. Let every heart prepare Him room, let heaven and nature sing, let heaven and nature sing, Let heaven and nature sing." In Nehemiah 8: 10b it says "For this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

This week remember the joy of Christmas. . . Christ was born long ago for the sole purpose of dying on the cross for our sins thus saving our lost souls.

If you have not accepted Christ as your Saviour and put Him as Lord of your life this would be the perfect time to give Him the best gift you can . . . your heart. Give your life over to the one who made you, people think Christians don't have any fun in life or a fulfilling life, I tell you that until I gave my life to Christ I didn't know the meaning of a life that was fun and fulfilling. God does not say we can't enjoy his bounty so just give in it all to Him and He'll keep you even during the hard times. Sometimes he calms the storms of our lives and other times he calms us.

Please pray for our people who are out of work and if you can be of help make sure to help them. Don't make a big deal out of it just help them even something as small as a cup of hot chocolate or coffee sometimes goes a long way. Pray for our military and those who have returned who have been through things only others who've been there can understand. Of course, the Father knows each one and the troubles they can and have endured.

May you always know God is with you and may you always abide in Him.

Carbon Baptist Church

This Sunday our children will be singing Christmas carols in our morning worship time.

On Dec. 19, our Praise team will be sharing a Christmas special.

On Dec. 24, our annual Christmas Eve program will begin at 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Have a good week.

"Has anyone told you they love you today?"

First Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, Dec. 12, the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil will begin with the Open Door class meeting at 9 a.m., to continue their study of the Book of Genesis. This Sunday they will be discussing Genesis chapters 8 and 9, "The Rainbow: God's Promises for the Future."

The Congregation is continuing in its preparations for Christmas during this season of Advent. It is during this time that Christians worldwide anticipate and prepare for the miracle of Christmas. This Sunday, the third Advent candle will be lighted. This candle alone is pink and is called the "Candle of Joy" as it recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ.

The highlight of this Sunday will be a gift from the children of our congregation - the annual Children's Christmas Pageant. The Pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas, will be a part of the regular Service of Divine Worship beginning at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Sherry Seward.

Participants include Narrators: Quinton Hayes and Zade Reberger; Isaiah: Mike Hagemeyer; Micah: Roy Greenwood; Simeon: Steve Meeker; Mary: Amelia Seward; Joseph: Dylan Boor; Shepherds: Trey Reberger and Asher Mace (leaders), Ryan Lash, Jacob Webb, Vincent Bonomo, Devon Barnhart, Landon Carr, Brandon Hill and Drew Cook; Angel Gabriel: Steven Onken; Star Carrier: Madilynn Halls; Angels:

Kaitlyn Kidwell (leader), Katie Boor, Bailey Jones, Audrey Lee, Jackson Halls, Blake Alkire, Audri Trout, Delaney Willmore, Hailynnn Willmore, Chloe Webb; Wise Men: Logan Roeschlein, Tyler Kapke and Tyler Timberman; Cherub Choir: Dominic Barnhart, Hannah Harrison, Ashley Jones, Abbie Lash, Sophia Tipton, Levi Carr, Sydney Webb, Annie Trout, Kenzie Willmore, Cash Willmore; Bethlehem Choir: Joe and Nancy Trout, Constance Walden, Marsha and Bob Nicoson, Jeanne Lash and Whitney Scott. Thanks to all who helped with this program!

The Angel Tree project will conclude as everyone who has taken an "ornament" from the tree in the Narthex will bring their gifts today.

Wednesday, Dec. 15, all those helping to fill holiday food baskets will need to meet at Aldi's at 6 p.m. to shop. At 6:30 p.m., those helping to assemble the food baskets will be meeting in Fellowship Hall. Family food basket pickup will be on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m.

Also on Saturday, the Senior Highs will be meeting at the church at noon to leave for Indianapolis where they will attend an ice hockey game.

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us during this Advent Season. For more information call the church office at 210 North Walnut, phone 446.2415 or visit us on the web at brazilpresbyterian.org.

Community Missionary

Our services were opened with Pastor Ken Thomas sounding out a warm greeting and an opening prayer then turning the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing.

Then, after tithes and offerings were taken up, Bro. Thomas brought an update on some of our folks sick at home and hospitalized.

His greetings to everyone was also one to be careful traveling home after the services. Bro. Thomas prayer included spoken,unspoken, sick at home, those jusat back from she hospital and those awaiting surgery, and our service people in harms way.

He introduced Peg Parksey for the special singing, after which Bro. Thomas reminded everyone about our Christmas dinner in which a "special visitor" would visit us. Pastor Thomas spoke of Joseph and Mary and the many obstacles they first encountered

The love of God for Joseph and Mary speaking and knowing that Joseph was a righteous man Just hearing Peg sing "Fall on your knees" can take you back in life to those days and be right there with them. But, we don't give enough credit to Joseph as he stayed with Mary throughout and did honor God in all his doings.

Read Matthew 1:19-25, we don't read much about Joseph later but our focus is on Mary, mother of Jesus, interpreted, is God with us. I cannot compare the cold of the place of birth of Baby Jesus and the hardship of Mary and Joseph and having to flee even further down into Egypt to escape King Herod. God was looking out for Joseph and Mary, and when Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph telling him to take his family to Israel. Being warned of God in a dream, Joseph turned aside into parts of Galilee, dwelling in a city called Nazareth.

Read Matthew in fact read all your Bible; set aside sometime daily to read and think upon all that you read. This is where we get, "Do unto others", it's better to give than recieve." "He that winneth souls is wise", and "train a child in the way he should go."

The service was closed with communion offered to all.

Pastor Thomas and Beverly and the congregation invite one and all to visit us for services 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship and Evening service at 6 p.m.

We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

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 SR 59.

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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