Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services updating congregation of those whom he visited and our shut-ins, leading in a prayer of thanks and praise for the day. Bro. Thomas also led in our congregational singing, after which our special number, "Bethlehem Morning," was sung by Sandra Jenkins.
With the tithes and offerings taken, and Bro. Thomas asking everyone to look around and greet their neighbor on this fine, brisk snowy day.
We had a few people who couldn't make it to the service this morning, being from the country and roads as they are, we appreciate them not risking accidents. The Lord knows and understands this.
The message this morning goes along with our hymn of the day, "Almost Persuaded," John 14:5, "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest, and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the father, buy by me.' Even Philip saith unto him, 'Lord show us the father, and it sufficeth us. Can we be doubting Thomas' and still be in Christ?"
Chapter 15: 1, "I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman." Verse 5, "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me and I in him, the same bringeth fourth much fruit: For without me, ye can do nothing." This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you."
Love is the greatest fruit of all.
Let's start the New Year with a greater love than even last year. Remember, you are either in Christ or you are out. Bless one and all.
Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St. Services: 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School; 10:30 a.m., for morning worship; and 6 p.m., for evening services.
Pastor Thomas and the congregation invite one and all to our services.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Epiphany's Sunday scripture will be 1st Peter 2:9-10.
Start the New Year with those attending Peniel United Methodist Church on Kennedy's Crossing Road.
Pastor Pippin always has a special "Children's Moment," which is enjoyed by both the children and the adults.
His sermon this Sunday is "Claimed and Marked."
This month donations for the Food Pantry in Brazil is canned fruits and vegetables. This has been a project for the church for more than 10 years.
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services following at 10:45.
Bee Ridge Church
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy's 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.
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 e-mail at email@example.com.
This Sunday, we have a special guest speaker, Ansil Harpold. Hope to see you Sunday.
Center Point United Methodist Church
So long 2010. Hello 2011.
How many of you are saying, "Where did the time go?"
This year has flown, hasn't it?
I hope you can look back and see the good things that have happened and the way the Lord has worked in your life.
We were talking in Sunday school class this Sunday about being grateful to God for all the times He has been at work in our lives and we haven't even been aware of it at the time.
I hope we all can strive to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in the days and weeks to come.
One way to help it stay alive is to be grateful. Look for things to thank God for each day. When we work at this, it helps us see all we truly have available to us.
According to Pastor Bob Kumpf, the church calendar calls the first Sunday in the New Year, "The Epiphany of the Lord."
He says, "It is an acknowledgement of the time when people first began to notice that The King of Kings had been born. It was an, 'A-ha moment,' a time when something that had been hidden became clear. A time when the light came on. (And, of course, the light was Jesus)."
Bob's message title is, "Surprise," and the scripture is from Matthew 2:1-12. The scripture is the story of the Magi following the star and coming to see Jesus.
He added, "The message is people are still drawn to Jesus and at some point, they have the realization that Jesus was sent by God for them. A-ha! Jesus loves me! (Good title for a song, don't you think?) Jesus is alive today ... and that is the good news!"
We invite you to come and hear the good news this first Sunday in 2011.
Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grande Road.
The church phone number is 446-0531.
If you do not have a church home, we invite you to come worship with us. We are an un-denominational church that worships Jesus Christ.
This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:
9:30 a.m., Sunday school (Classes for all ages); 10:30 a.m., Morning Worship
Children's Church (for ages through third-grade).
This week's Children's Church teachers will be Becky Proffitt and Mandy Eldridge.
5 p.m. -- AWANA's
7 p.m. -- Evening Service
7 p.m. -- Bible Study/Prayer
9:30 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study
The pastor's message this week is, "The Sinful Woman of Galilee," (Luke 7:47). "Therefore, I tell you, here many sins have been forgiven -- for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
Looking back: We had a beautiful Christmas Eve service this past week. Thanks to our candle lighters -- Gale Jarvis, Pat Pittman, Trent and Mandi Eldridge, Mike and Julie Pell, Clyde and Kay Hosterman, Dean and Debby Clingerman and Tom and Pam Sappingfield. Also, thanks to Chris Loughmiller and Tate Wyndham for the music.
A New Year approaches and we can start it with a clean slate. Commit yourself to our Lord, and to serving him more fully in this coming year. I thought this would be a good time to start with a Bible question-answer weekly series. I will put a question in each week. E-mail me your answer (firstname.lastname@example.org). The correct answer will be published the next week. So to start here is the first question: How many years did it take Solomon to build the Temple? The answer is in 1 King, somewhere.
Matthew 7:7, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
First Christian Church
This Sunday, Jan. 2, we have our Bible study classes at 9 a.m., and our worship service at 10:15, in the auditorium.
Pastor Bob Witte will be starting a new, three-part series called, "Stuck?", and will be talking this Sunday about being stuck in a rut at home.
Weekidz, for birth through preschool, will be available during both the 9 a.m., study hour and 10:15 a.m., service.
For children kindergarten-fifth-grade, Friend Zone, which is a Bible study time designed for each specific age group, is at 9 .m., and then Kidzone, which is a worship service designed for kids, is at 10:15.
For middle school and high school ages, Bible study will be at the Walnut Theater, at 9 a.m., and then they will join the worship service at the church at 10:15.
More information about First Christian Church, Cornerstone Christian School and First Christian Church Daycare is on the church's website at fccbrazil.org.
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street invites you to the activities of service and worship this first week of January 2011.
Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. If you haven't been attending for one reason or another, now would be a good time to try out one of our three adult classes and several children and youth classes.
Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the morning message at the 10:30 service. An adult staffed nursery is available for all services. Children pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade may attend KidMo following Communion. Partaking in the elements of Communion, recommitment and thanksgiving for the forgiveness of our sins by the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus is a vital part of our Christian life.
There will be no evening programs this Sunday night.
Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., will be our Mid-Week Bible study. Handouts are available as you enter the fellowship room for the current week and the next week and coffee will also be ready.
THE ROCK will have their first service of the new year this Thursday, at 7 p.m. This is an alternative service especially for those unable to attend Sunday services. You are welcome to join us for song, praise and worship. Many attend this as well as Sunday services. There is a nursery available and KidMo for all children.
A New Year's devotion from Christian writer Mike Ruffin says, "You may have decided that 2011 is going to bring some major changes in your life. These 'New Year's Resolutions' are nothing more than outward and visible signs of things that are frustrating us in life. They are remedies to the failures that we have experiences. Interestingly, they often point to some of our most glaring weaknesses."
When looking back over 2010, look at the spiritual progress that you have made over the last year. Are you closer to God today than you were this time last year? Most of us tend to look for big changes in our lives when we try to measure our spiritual progress. We shortchange God when we overlook the small victories he has brought our way.
This year, instead of offering those New Year's Resolutions that you never seem to be able to keep, acknowledge and enjoy the small changes that life can bring. It is there where you will find a loving and caring God who is more than ready to help you win the battles.
Bethel United Methodist Church
Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil, will be having its monthly evening music worship service Sunday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m.
Music will be provided by P150, and a devotional will be given by Pastor Ernie Rush.
Refreshments will be served after the service, so come and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and worship.
Little Historic Church at Carbon
The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have its Friday program on Jan. 7.
There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m., with the program at 7.
This month, the entertainment will be provided by P150.
Everyone is invited to attend.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Otter Creek Christian Church would like to invite you to our services Sunday Study, 9:30-10:40 a.m.
We are located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Our church number is 442-5300.
Pastor Steve can be reached at one of the following numbers or leave a message and he will return your call as soon as he can -- 812-249-3309, 446-4007 (parsonage), or 443-5007 (Sandy's).
Doesn't seem possible that another year has gone down in the books we write called our lives. What did you do in 2010?
Surely we accomplished something or at least helped someone to come closer to the Lord. This is our mission in life. God has given us a purpose in life and many of us don't even realize it.
Our purpose of reconciliation is given to us in 2nd Corinthians 5:19-20, "To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. (20) Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (but read 15-24).
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (Old Testament), "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye search for me with all your heart."
Jesus wants all of you not just one little corner of your heart. Many of us think we can handle our problems without help, but guess what? That's exactly how we managed to get into the shape we're in today. We listen to everyone except to our heavenly Father, like the old Clint Eastwood movie said, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Our failure is we fail to be still and listen to what God is trying to get through our thick skulls. I always wondered why the Israelite did not pay attention to the prophets and then I look at me. I'm not prophet but God has pointed me in the right direction so many times and then I went right back to the very thing I'm trying to break free of.
This year, use this as your resolution: Psalms 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
Be in prayer for all those who are in the armed services and their families, also those who serve you on a daily basis both locally and nationally.
Pray a special prayer for those who are going through this season just having lost a loved one in death.
If that loved one was saved, they are in a much better place than we are right now.
May God be with you and Happy New Year.