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Church News

Friday, March 25, 2011

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with prayer of praise and thanks for the many blessings on our church and people. He then led the congregation with two old hymns, "Have of Rest," and "How Firm Our Foundation," followed by tithes and offerings.

Then, had Peg Parksey sing the special, "Prayer is the Key to Heaven," and was well received as the song says, "Faith unlocks the door."

This song makes you want to sing along with it as it is one close to the heart of all of us.

At this time, Bro. Thomas asked if "we" believe, then why do you believe? If you were asked right this instant why do you believe, what would you say? Would you stutter, fumble for words or truly confess what is in your heart? No excuses of not going to church, no time, working all the time, only time off from work and you need rest ... Man will have no excuses when his time comes before Jesus.

Rom. I 20, "For the invisible things of Him, from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; So that they are without excuse."

Knock at that door, realize that God loves you, search and attain that faith and He will reveal many things to you as you become a child of God.

The Bible is a book of "son" light for everyone: For faith without works is dead as James 2:17 tell us. So as one whom hunts mushrooms will tell you, you have to look for them to find them and then you can share as with faith attained, then share with family and friends.

James 3:19 says "thou believest that there is one God; Thou doest well: The Devils "Also" believe and tremble."

Pastor Thoms prayed for our servicemen stationed in the Japanese area and especially for Marine Caleb Justice on northside of Japan assisting as they can aboard a ship, and Bob Parkey's grandson in Germany, whom could be sent there at anytime as the services dictate, and Bonnie Dalton's grandson, Matthew, is a Marine still in California, awaiting orders.

Bro. Thomas prayed for our sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken along with military in harm's way.

We have so much to pray and be thankful for and to pray for all those in Japan, where it's very cold right now.

Bro. Thomas invites everyone to visit Community Missionary Church at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Evening service is at 6 p.m.

Bee Ridge Church

Thanks to all who came to our Pancake Breakfast last week. It was a huge success.

Sunday, March 27, is a special fundraiser to help Travis Bridgewater with his tuition for the "Blue Stars Drum and 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.

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 freewill donation will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit the new building project for Bee Ridge Church.

Friday's menu: Lasagna supper, brownies and Ritters Ice Cream

Saturday's menu: Our famous Bee Ridge bar-b-cue and hot dogs, cheesy potatoes and cookies

Sunday's menu: Homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls and 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 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 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 by e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

Our Easter Egg Hunt will be April 23, at 1 p.m., at Carbon Park.

We are asking our congregation to please start bringing in filled Easter Eggs and leave them in our foyer.

Pastor Chris would like to thank everyone who has prayed or helped in any way with the high school mission trip to Jacksonville, Fla. It was a wonderful experience to do the Lord's work.

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

Has anyone told you they loved you today?

We do. Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

Peniel United Methodist Church

This Sunday marks the third Sunday in Lent. The scripture is St. Matthew, 6:9-15.

Pastor Pippin's message will be, "The Model of Prayer." The special children's moment is, "Tearing Down or Building Up!"

We leave March with much anticipation of the warm and beautiful spring that God has given to Indiana. Our clocks have been reset and spring is officially here. That first sprig of asparagus will soon be popping through. But first, we have to get through this current "cool" spell. Last week was just a tease of the future.

On March 31, between 6:30-8:30 p.m., there will be a District Meeting at Peniel United Methodist Church -- Administrative Council Workshop.

The Men's Lenten Breakfast will be at 8 a.m., at Bethel, on March 26.

Peniel will be welcoming four new members in the church during services.

Another bit of exciting news was announced by choir director Pat Shea. Dean Swearingen, Martha Nicosia, and Pat, have spent many hours getting the final drafts for the long awaited photo directory. It will still be a couple months, but they have put together not only the photos that were recently taken, but some of the history of Peniel, and several pictures of recent events.

Our thanks to them for all they do, not only on this project, but for the many other duties they perform for the church.

In spite of spring break for many, we were pleased to see Betty and Bob Clerk visiting. We hope they will become frequent visitors. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship at Peniel.

A reminder that personal items are on the list for the Food Pantry in Brazil. Items can be left in a container in the entry.

Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services following at 10:45. For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Harold W. Rightor II

Father's E-mail: revhwr@juno.com

E-mail for the parish office may be sent to: annunciationchurch@msn.com

Website: http://mysite.verizon.net/resolhio/annun...

Phone: 448-1901

Mass Schedule: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m.

Reconciliation is 5:45-6:15, Saturday or by appointment.

Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed the first Sunday of each month at 8 a.m.

Rosaries are scheduled before Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass on most weeks. Check in your bulletins or call the church office.

To schedule time to see Father Harold, please call the parish office.

The church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil. Handicapped parking is available in the parking lot between the church and the Parish Center and also on Alabama Street.

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.


Father Harold has been sick, but doctors have given him a clean bill of health. He needs rest and will be back next week. Be sure and keep him in your prayers.

Please keep the sick in the Parish and in your personal life in your prayers.

Don't forget the Stations of the Cross every Friday followed by a soup and bread dinner. We have several events coming up in the next few weeks. We have another fish fry, a blood drive and most importantly, a day of Adoration. We will have reminders here and in the bulletin for those events.

Work is progressing on the drainage around the church and the work on the handicapped door is supposed to be done next week. I am sure we are all happy to see these projects finally coming to fruition.

Doors open at 5:15. Speed games start at 6. Early Bird games at 6:30, and regular Bingo begins at 7. We have a weekly Jackpot coverall worth $1,000, if you Bingo on 55 numbers or less.

We always have door prizes and the last Sunday of the month, we have a drawing for $100 from all of the door prize tickets collected for the month.

Remember we are a non-smoking facility, but we do have a covered smoking area.

There is always good food available, so stop in and spend the evening with us.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

We are located two miles north on United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grande Road.

Church Phone Number: 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.

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, the Grand Prix race is tonight, come and join the fun, and

7 p.m. -- Evening worship


7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible study


9:30 a.m. -- Ladies Bible study

Julie said it best, "Danny and Brittney's unwavering faith," brought Kinsley home at last, and what a charming, beautiful little girl she is. Welcome home Kinsley.

We were blessed with special music by Jack Boswell and Pat Jarvis. What a way to start your week.

The annual church camp, "JeKeNSa," has been set for July 17-21, for this year. Keep the dates open.

Correction: Vacation Bible School will be June 12-16, 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: ____caught his hair in an oak tree? The answer is in 2 Samuel 18:9. "Now Absalom happened to meet David's men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom's head got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the donkey he was riding kept on going."

The answer was Absalom. It was correctly answered by Dianna and Greta (in that order).

This week's question: Who was the second husband of Ruth? The answer is in Ruth 4. E-mail me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com, by Wednesday.

John 6:5, "When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, 'Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?' 6: "He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7: "Philip answered him, 'Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have one bite!'"

Do you know how Jesus fed the five thousand? John 6 provides the details.

Eastside Christian Church

Today is Angel Food pickup day at the church. We want to thank all who ordered.

We want to send our prayers out to all those who have lost loved ones recently. And also, we want to pray for Charlotte and June, Kip, Dave, Ron, Steve and any others who are having difficulties at this time.

Have you invited anyone to Friend Day yet? This day will be April 17, which is also Palm Sunday. Our service will be at 10 a.m., instead of 10:30, and Todd York will be with us. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

Vacation Bible School is fast approaching. If you would like to help with this, please let Jayme or Lorie know. This is always a fun time.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us. If you cannot come tomorrow, maybe Friend Day would be a good time to start.

We are extending an invitation to you at this time.

God is good!

Otter Creek Christian Church

What a mighty and awesome God we have. We should praise Him everyday for all the things He provides for us.

Not only that, but we should really thank Him for the things we didn't get that would have gotten in the way of our learning how to depend on God.

Psalm 103 is a beautiful writing that is one of my favorites.

Verse 1: "Bless the Lord, O my soul: And all that is within me, bless His holy name. (verse 2) Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits. (3) Who forgiveth all thine inquities; who healeth all they diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies."

You may be asking yourself how can we "Bless the Lord," until I looked up the definition of bless, it means to please God or to glorify God. And forget means not to remember, so don't forget all the good things that God has given or done for you and give Him the Glory.

Our service times at Otter Creek Church are: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday worship at 10:40. We also have a Tuesday morning ladies Bible study at the home of Mary Lou Farris at 10 a.m.

If you would like any info about our church or the Bible studies, just call 446-4007 or -812-249-3309. You can reach Pastor Steve or sister Sandy at one of these numbers.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. The church number is 446-5300.

You are sincerely invited to join us in praising the Lord at Otter Creek Church, the little country church with the Big Heart for God.

Calendar of events for Otter Creek Church:

Saturday, April 2 -- Pitch-in dinner, 6 p.m.,

Saturday, April 9 -- Men's prayer breakfast,

Saturday, April 16 -- Terry Hall from Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will sing, 6 p.m.,

Friday, April 22 -- Good Friday and Communion Service, 7 p.m.,

Sunday, April 24 -- Easter Sunrise service, 7 a.m., followed by breakfast. No Sunday school. Worship service at 10:40 a.m.

Come and be with us at any or all these services.

We would love to have you.

First Baptist Church

Worship with us this third Sunday of Lent at the First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street.

Donuts and breakfast beverages will be available from 8:45 until Sunday school classes begin at 9:30.

This gives you extra time to visit in the fellowship room.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. The pastor's messages have been on marriage, but they also apply to our relationship with family, church and our God. There is a staffed nursery available. Elementary students leave from the sanctuary for their worship service, KidMo.

AWANA and Youth meet at 5:30, with a crew of adult leaders. There is constant action from 5:30-7. A sometimes, quieter group of adults meet for Bible study and Reflections at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, at 12:15, the Through the Bible study group meets where they are continuing in the Old Testament. Study guides are available.

THE ROCK alternative worship service gathers at 7 p.m., Thursday. You don't have to be a regular attendee. Singles and families from throughout the community find this a good time. There is KidMo for the youngsters and a nursery.

Be alert for good-humored jokesters as April 1 is this Friday.

Easter is a month away, but the Christian Education Committee has "tons" of empty plastic eggs. You may start bringing in fillers for the eggs and leave them in the office. It is a terrible disappointment to open a colorful, but empty egg.

The Crisis Tohoku 2011 website (crisistohoku2011) contains numerous reports and updates on the extent of damage to churches and schools across the prefectures of Japan. There are letters and prayer requests from pastors, along with information about their needs and the ministries springing up to assist those who are homeless. There is also a link to provide information for donations through the One Great Hour of Sharing-ABC.

WDJD -- What did Jesus Do? (1 Cor. 15:3-4) Christ died for our sins ... He was buried, and He rose again the third day ..."

Jesus took the suffering and guilt for our wrongdoing and paid our penalty. He died and conquered death so we could live.

Celebrate with us Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Just a few more days and March 2011 will be history.

Spring and summer will bring a burst of activities clamoring for our attention and participation.

We have so many choices in life. I pray you let God help you make the right ones for you.

Sometimes, we get "caught up" in doing what we've always done and miss and opportunity to serve God in new ways. Let's keep Him close in these next days and weeks. Make your quiet time with God a priority. I was reading in Luke this week and it mentioned several times about Jesus going off by Himself to have His "quiet time" with the Father. If it was important for Jesus, it should be important for us. It will help us stay, or get, tuned into what God would have us do.

In tomorrow's message from John 4:5-42, Pastor Bob Kumpf shares a message that shows us that Jesus did not miss opportunities. He made the most of them. Bob's message, titled, "The First Missionary," is about Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well. Bob said, "It is the story of a life that was changed by the message of salvation and the desire to share that message with others. I think that it is interesting how a conversation that started out with one being pretty hostile to the other ends up with an 'awakening' to unseen possibilities.

"But that is just what happened. The woman didn't want anything to do with Jesus, nor His people, nor His message. I also find it interesting that the whole story happened while His disciples were 'out of the way.' I think that is a great observation that we all need to grasp: The Holy Spirit doesn't need you or me, or our wisdom to change lives. Jesus simply needs to be presented to those around us so that the promise of Christ may be seen and draw others to experience grace and hope for themselves."

Grace and hope. Be in church tomorrow and learn what these two words mean for our lives.

Carbon United Methodist Church

"Your life may be the only Bible some folks read." I ran across this the other day and it hit me right squarely on the nose. So many people in today's world have never opened a Bible to see what God has to say to them. You may be His only representative to them. Are you up to the challenge? None of us is, of course, but we must try our best. Do you live your life so that others can see God through you? Can you honestly be someone else's Bible? We never know just who or how many people observe our lives and base their belief or non-belief in God by what they see. When I was a teenager (many, many years ago) my mother warned me that I would never know who would be noticing my behavior and basing their opinion of me on what they saw. I didn't think much about it until a friend of hers told her that she had seen me dining with a date and "what a sweet young lady I seemed to be." Luckily, that person caught me in a good moment.

Others, at other times, might just have easily formed a different opinion of me. That did make an impression, however.

The Town & Country United Methodist Men met for their second Lenten breakfast at our church last Saturday morning. There were about 30 men present to breakfast on eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, and drinks. No one went away hungry! Later, the men heard a representative from the House of Hope tell about the Christian program there. It was very good.

This morning, the third Lenten breakfast is at Harmony UMC at 8:00. All men, not just Methodist, are welcome at these gatherings, so join them. You will be uplifted.

Then join us on Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m. It will start your week off with God.

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 at 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning worship on this third Sunday in Lent. We continue the five-week sermon series - "Responding to God's Call." This week, we are called to have our life transformed and to share that transformation with others. 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.

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