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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, March 18, 2011

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 worship this first Sunday in Lent at 9:30 a.m. as we continue a five-week sermon series - "Responding to God's Call." This week, John the Baptist reminds us that only by our rebirth by water and the Spirit can we enter God's Kingdom. 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 seelyvilleumc@frontier.com, or call 812-877-1868.

Carbon United Methodist Church

If you hurry, you can still make it! The Town & Country United Methodist Men are meeting at our church at 8 a.m. for the second Lenten Breakfast this morning. Our chief cook, Pat, is back from Mississippi and Georgia, so I'm sure it will all be good. George Brad Teter is back from Arizona now, too, and I'm sure he will be there to help.

I heard from my Missouri son last Monday and they had a SNOW DAY with six inches of heavy March snow. Luckily, we just got more rain! So folks, it could have been worse! He fell on the ice this winter and broke his elbow, but he is getting better. He is actually back into regular trousers now. Until this past week, he could not manipulate zippers and belts so had to wear sweat pants to teach in. He's coming along.

Today is supposed to be a spring day. Perhaps my daffodils will decide to keep on growing. They came up a couple of weeks ago, but decided that winter was still here and did not grow any more. If they had a reverse, I'm sure they would have gone back down into the ground for a while. There is a pair of doves trying to decide whether to build their stick next on top of my gutter guard or not. It is not a good place, but doves very seldom choose good places. They are trying, tho, and that means that spring must be coming soon.

Easter is just a month away. Folks are preparing for it by fasting and giving cherished habits up for Lent. I notice that Facebook is a favorite item to "give up". What ever happened to pop and chocolate and meat?

Church was cold last Sunday. We could not convince the thermostat that it was time to reset the clock. Hopefully, it will be on time this week. Even if the temperature was cold, the hearts and love were warm as ever. Come tomorrow and take home a recharge of all that love. It will help you get through the week. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. You have time to read the paper first. See you!

Harmony United Methodist Church

Tuesday night there was a dinner banquet held to inform residents of Clay County of the work Youth for Christ is doing in our community. During the evening, a group of high school students from Northview and Clay City demonstrated how the Body of Christ can come together and work for God's glory. These students represented different faiths and different high school affiliations. They worked together to share the good news that Jesus Christ is alive in our students' lives. They shared testimonies and presented a skit that illustrated some of the issues that teens are facing today. Alcohol, bulimia, cutting, low self-esteem and suicide were some of the issues presented in the skit. We have been challenged to pray for our youth. Pastor Brian Ford from Agape Christian Church in Terre Haute shared with us that each Sunday we pray for the elderly and various adults. We lift them up to the Lord in our prayer lists each week in the bulletin, but how often do we purposely pray for our young people. Brian challenged us to lay down our prejudices and come together as the Body of Christ.

Pray for the students of Clay County, that the eyes of their hearts will be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which they are called. Ephesians 1:18. Pray for the youth pastors of our community that they may draw the youth of our community North or South into a relationship with Jesus Christ. And pray for the parents of these youth that they may be an example for them to follow. Please help support our youth and the presence of Youth for Christ. You can contact Mary Schroer the Clay County Director at 812-239-4338 or the office of Youth for Christ at 812-232-3781.

Join us this week at Harmony as guest speaker Casey Archer shares a message. Service is at 9 a.m. with Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

Otter Creek Christian Church

This being the third week of the third month of this still semi- new year. With this one more step in a new direction, how has your year been so far? You know when we start anything it is easier to keep that goal in mind and aim for it instead of hop scotching all over the place. Maybe that doesn't make much since but if we say start a diet one day and go off the next return the next etc. we find ourselves never loosing the weight we wanted to loose. The Bible talks to us in John 15 about abiding in Jesus, read the whole thing but the verse I want to highlight is verses 4-5 "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches; He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much forth much fruit; or without me ye can do nothing.

Just what does abide mean? Simply to stick with or stay in as in stay in the Word of God. He is our source of power and strength. Keep with it, just like sticking with a diet and exercise program produces results so does our sticking with God, it produces a stronger Christian.

There's nothing that keep you away from God except you putting yourself ahead of Him remember, sin is anything that keeps you separated from God and if we look at sIn the letter I is right there in the middle, I causes a lot of problems for us.

Remember our address is 6299 N. Crow Street, someone is usually at the church by 9:15 a.m. if you need directions call 812-446-5300 or call 812-249-3309 (pastor's number weekends and after 4 p.m. weekdays or call 812-446-4007.

Each Tuesday at 10 a.m. Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Road, Brazil.

Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Study

Sunday at 10:40 a.m. Worship

Keep those serving in the military both overseas and here. Also pray for our children especially our teenagers, they have so much peer pressure. Families are in need of prayers due to finances and loss of jobs. God created family units a unit means one of anything the easiest way to tear a nation apart is to tear apart its family units. May God be with you until next week. Need to reach Pastor Steve before 5 p.m. 446-4007 leave a message, or after 5 p.m, you may call him direct at 812-249-3309.

God Bless you all.

Union United Methodist Church

"Reconciling with God: Heavenly Things" is the title of Rev. Charnstrom's message this week, the second in a series of Lenten sermons about our need to be reconciled with God before the Resurrection. The Scripture for this week is from the Gospel of John 3:1-17, which includes what is probably the best known verse of the New Testament, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." However, the focus of the message this week is on our inability to fully understand "heavenly things" and the need for faith in our lives.

Union United Methodist Church is located at the corner of County Road 600 North and County Road 75 East, just a mile and three-quarters east of SR 59. Our facility is fully accessible to those with disabilities. Our hearts, our minds and our doors are open for all who would accept the invitation to come. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., and we have classes for all age groups, including four adult classes to choose from. Worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Please come and share with us this Sunday.

Bee Ridge Church

Look at what's happening at Bee Ridge:

Today, if you get your newspaper early, come out and join us for a Pancake Breakfast from 7-10 a.m.

Sunday evening, March 27, is a Special Fundraiser to help Travis Bridgewater with his tuition for the "Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corp" this summer. A Chicken Noodle Dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m., then a Gospel Music Sing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 for this event. There will be lots of Bridgewaters and Maureys singing and playing! Any questions please contact Jeff at 812-241-3036.

April 8-10 Bee Ridge is having a REVIVAL

On Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Featured speakers will be Pastor Ron Bridgewater and Pastor Jeff Bridgewater and music will be provided by David Maurey.

Dinner will be served from 5-6:40 p.m., and following services on Friday and Saturday and again after services on Sunday. A free will donation will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit the New Building Project for Bee Ridge Church!!!

Friday's menu is a Lasagna Supper, brownies and Ritters Ice Cream

Saturday's menu is Our Famous Bee Ridge BBQ and Hot Dogs, cheesy potatoes and cookies.

Sunday's menu is Homemade Chicken n Noodles, mashed potatoes, veggie, rolls & cake.

Doesn't all this food and worship sound great ... Please come on out and join us for any or all of these events.

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 this Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Ah! Spring Break! A refreshing interlude readying students, teachers and families for the final "push." That end of the school year that entails so many events. Each year a fresh batch of seniors reach an ending and look forward to another beginning in their lives.

But, that's life. Always in a state of change. Sometimes the changes are bigger than others. Sometimes the changes are happy ones and some are tragic. Life. So, precious ... and so fragile.

I looked at the before and after pictures on the Internet of the areas in Japan hit by the tsunami. It is heart-breaking to consider what they must be going through. I pray for the people of Japan and in the end I have to trust God to be at work in each situation, whether in Japan or here at home. I guess that is what it's all about ... trust. Not always understanding, but trusting. God is in control and I have to trust. Just like a child, I don't always understand, but I don't have to.

Nicodemus did not understand Jesus' words in John 3: 1-17, but did he end up trusting them? The message Pastor Bob Kumpf will present tomorrow is titled "Saving the World". He says," ... and it is not about building earthquake-proof buildings or bomb shelters to protect us from radiation. The message is about salvation of the spirit and eternal hope despite the physical conditions that surround us. The message is about transformation of lives and submitting to God's will, wisdom and plan ... even when it doesn't make any sense to us and we simply don't understand!"

I invite you once again to join us at Center Point to worship. Worship with us, or worship at another Bible-believing church. Anywhere that encourages you to put your trust in the God of the Bible ... the One who loves you.

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 Juddy Ferry and Vickie Trusler

5 p.m. AWANA; 7 p.m. Evening Worship

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study; 3:15 p.m. Mission Trip Meeting

7 p.m. Camp meeting for our church

We were blessed this past Sunday with the Holy Baptism of Brenton and Jonathon Bradford! What a great way to start our week.

The Annual church camp, "JeKeNSa", has been set for July 17-21 for this year, keep the date open!

The Pastor's message this week is The Samaritan Women--John 4:7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"

Vacation Bible School will be June 26-30 in the evenings.

We still need volunteers for the AWANA share times, please see the bulletin board at the entrance.

Last week's question was a fill in: God told that the prophets prophesied false visions to him. The answer is Jeremiah-- Jeremiah 14:14 Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds. This week's question is another fill in: caught his hair in an oak tree? The answer is in 2 Samuel 18 email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Matthew 18:12 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about the one sheep than about the 99 that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

We are located two miles north of US Highway 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of SR59 on Rio Grand Road

Church Phone Number: 812-446-0531

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

We are a Non-Denominational church that worships God through Jesus Christ.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist.

Pastor Chris will be leaving this morning with the High School youth group to Jacksonville, Fla. and will be working with the Presbyterian Urban ministries. The group will be returning Saturday, March 26. Please pray that the Lord uses them as a minister to Jacksonville.

The Ladies Ministry this month is at the church in Fellowship Hall, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. Please come and be a part of this ministry.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, our Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 23, at 1 p.m.

Sunrise Service will be at 7 a.m., with more information coming later.

Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m., Worship Hour at 10:30 a.m.

Has anyone told you they love you today? We do. Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services at the First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. We want to encourage you to attend Sunday School at 9:30. Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is a staffed nursery available. Kindergarten through 5th-grade children are invited to attend KidMo, an interactive program of Bible lessons and music. They will be dismissed from the sanctuary to attend KidMo.

Youth will meet at 5:30. There is no AWANA because of spring break. There will be Bible Study and Reflections at 6 p.m.

You are invited to Wednesday Bible Study at 12:15. We will meet in the fellowship room and continue in our Old Testament studies. Charles Dickens wrote to his son, " I put a New Testament among your books...because it is the best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world, and because it teaches you the best lessons by which any human creature who tries to be truthful and faithful to duty can possibly be guided." His statement reminds us of the importance of reading God's Holy Word.

We continue to remember our Christian churches and missionaries in Japan. Our American Baptist Churches International Ministries is coordinating our giving to the relief efforts of the Japan Baptist Union. The ABC has already been providing funds from our One Great Hour of Sharing. Churches and individuals can use the internet to keep current on the American Baptist-USA website.

We close with the old Irish blessing. "May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. Hope to see you Sunday.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Celebrate the Lenten Season - this is the second Sunday of Lent - during Church Services at 10:45. Sunday School begins at 9:45. How wonderful to see the other signs of Spring, crocus blooming, forsythia budding, etc. Most of us dread winter, but it makes us appreciate spring even more!

The scripture for this Sunday is St. Luke 12:49-56. Pastor Pippin's message will be "When the Church Makes a Difference!" Don't miss the Children's Moment -"Black Paint".

Soups are on the needed list at the Food Pantry for this week. Your donations are appreciated by so many.

The Men's Lenten Breakfast will be at 8 a.m., at Harmony.

There will be beverages and pastries served in the Fellowship Hall about 20 minutes prior to the Church Service. Everyone is invited!

Both good and sad news was announced last Sunday. Casey and Donna Archer will not be attending our Church in the future, but the good news for the people in Lewis, Ind., they will have a new leader - Casey Archer. We wish both Casey and Donna the very best.

A Church Ensemble is being formed. Call Martha Nicosia for more information - 812-877-7704.

For more information on activities at Peniel, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489

Peniel United Methodist Church is located on Kennedy Crossing, Brazil.

Community Missionary Church

Services were opened with Pastor Ken Thomas greeting everyone and leading in an opening prayer of praise and thanks. He then turned the song service over to Peg Parksey whom lead two congregational songs. Brother Thomas asked for the tithes and offerings blessing same. Then he gave an updated on his contacts for the week and asked for spoken and unspoken requests, and prayed for all including those going into the hospital and those mending, and our military in harms way.

Ken called for the special number by Travis Terrell, "The Midnight Cry," with a meaningful message when that midnight cry comes, we'll be going home. The song and message was very clear and was enjoyed by all.

As we have been thinking so much about the recent earthquake and the tidal flood waves that followed. We are reminded that "the earth is moaning" in so many places within the last few months with the quakes and floods that have hit in the many different places. Scripture tells us that there will be these happenings in divers places. The journey to God is important, as is the destination and how we get there. Sin is part of our journey as we are tempted daily and sometimes led astray. Sometimes wondering, but we must have patience, and continue seeking and just really be thankful to be on the right road and not know about tomorrow. For he will take care of us if we continue to make right choices.

It's the choice of broadway or the narrow way each day. Each of us wins our prize in our own race if we but study the word of God. As Brother Thomas says, even his GPS sometimes can steer him wrong.

Study your Bible Romans 22:6, I Cor. 9-27 and I Thes. 5:17-23. You may not understand everything as you travel down life's road.

You are invited to visit Community Missionary Church at 21 W. Pinckley St., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m.



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