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CHURCH NEWS

Friday, April 29, 2011

First United Methodist Church

The First United Methodist Church of Brazil will be having a Dedication Service for the New Allen Renaissance Organ on Sunday, May 1, at 6 p.m., featuring Guest Organist Nicholas Bowden.

Mr. Bowden is the Senior Organist at Atlanta's 10,000 member Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the largest Presbyterian Church in the United States, a position he has held since 1993. He has performed in venues across the United States and in Europe as an organ soloist and conductor. Bowden has also appeared on a number of television specials, including Indiana's own Diane Bish's "The Joy of Music," broadcast all over the world.

Nicks's energetic performances coupled with a unique sense of humor bring a fresh light to the world of organ music. IT is with great appreciation to Allen Organ and Meridian Music that we are honored to welcome Nicholas Bowden to Brazil for this world-class concert that is the feature of the dedication service for First United Methodist Church's new Allen Renaissance Organ.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Easter is over. You can put your fine new clothes back in the closet and keep on eating all that egg salad. But Easter is not over. Easter Sunday was just the beginning! So many of us take the Easter story up to Mary finding Jesus gone from the tomb and running back to tell the others that He has risen! Christ has risen! And then we leave church and go home to a great big Easter dinner, take a nap, watch TV, and go to work the next morning as usual. But is that all? No! Christ knew that we mortals would not believe this miracle or would not be too impressed with it for long. He had to prove that he was alive to his disciples, the ones who were closest to him and who should have understood. He remained with them for 40 days, a month and a half, so that they would be sure. Then He took them to the mountain so that they could watch Him ascend to heaven. Can we, after over 2,000 years, modern and enlightened as we are, keep Christ with us for at least forty days? We should be able and willing to keep Him with us all the time everywhere we are. Let's try!

The church is planning a big yard sale for the weekend of June 3-4. It will be at Pete and Beverly Taylor's home on US 40. This, by the way, is also the big National Road Yard Sale weekend, so there should be a lot going on that weekend. Let's clean out our attics, our garages, our drawers, our cabinets and gather up all those items that need to be recycled to other folks and let's make this our church's biggest sale yet.

On Sunday, June 12, we will be celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day by going to the Hilltop Restaurant after church. Plan to join us. It sounds like fun!

Come to church tomorrow to celebrate not that Christ has risen but that He is with us still. Let's give thanks to God for giving us a Savior. What a gift! Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

Bee Ridge 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 am. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 am. 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.

Have you all seen the sign placed on the property (around the corner on Hendrix) where Bee Ridge plans to build in the near future?

Thanks goes out to The Brazil Times newspaper for the recent article about our new property and plans for the new church building. What exciting times for Bee Ridge.

First Baptist Church

Celebrate Communion Sunday with us at First Baptist at 412 South Walnut Street, just two blocks south of Riddell Bank. Last Sunday was Easter but that is not the end of the story. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was the beginning of Christianity. If Christ had not been resurrected and seen by many people (more than 500), Christianity would not exist today. Scripture accounts tell of Jesus making 12 appearances after his resurrection.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 with classes for all children, youth and adults. If you have time, check out the bulletin board to be aware of the many activities of the church.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is a staffed nursery for the youngest and KidMo for the children through 5th grade.

Youth, AWANA, and the adult leaders meet at 5:30. There is a lot of energy and Christian support for all the young people of Brazil during this hour and half.

6 p.m. has a Bible Study and Reflection time for adults not working with the young people.

We want to look back at April and thank all the people who ministered in any way to make the services and activities at FBC such an overwhelming success. Two special events were the Easter "Eggstravaganza" and the Regional Women's Spring Conference.

Wednesday at 12:15 will be the Bible Study in the fellowship room. We continue in the life of Christ as seen in the Gospels.

THE ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. May will be our last time to be with Sonya and Walter for a time. They will be leaving for mission work in the Kodiak, Alaska area. There is a nursery and KidMo for the elementary children.

When someone from FBC says, "We missed you" or "I wish you would come to church this Sunday," know that they are being sincere and care about you. We look forward to seeing you this Communion Sunday.

Harmony UMC

He is risen! He is risen indeed! This phrase was repeated several times at many of the local churches this past Sunday. Praise God!

This past week, we celebrated Holy Week. For many, Easter Sunday is one day that they attend a church to be with family and friends. Maybe they don't normally attend church because they don't feel worthy. Maybe they feel that the sins they have committed would keep them from going to church. This past Sunday we had a number of visitors join us for service. Our message was a simple one, we have all sinned, and by the grace of God, our sins have been forgiven. What we could not do for ourselves, Jesus Christ paid the price for each and every one of us. We are all worthy to accept God's grace and love. If you were one of those that visited our church this past Sunday for the first time in a long time or ever, I hope that you understood the message and will join us again soon. If you attended another congregation, return to that church. Worship with them and grow in your relationship with Christ. We serve a living God and he wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you.

I remember a sign that used to be on State Road 59 a few years ago. It said "Church is not a hotel for Saints; it is a hospital for sinners." We are all sinners. Come to the house of the Lord and be healed. Isn't it time to check in?

Our scripture this week comes from John 20: 19-31. Please join us for worship at 9 a.m. and Sunday School at 10:30 each Sunday morning.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church (ages through 3rd grade)

This week's children's church teachers will be Juddy Ferry & Vickie Trusler.

5 p.m. AWANA Fair

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

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

The message for this week is "Remembering the Lord"--1 Corinthians 11:23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."

What a glorious day this will be as we will be celebrating the two ordinances of the church baptism and Communion.

LOOKING AHEAD

A mission trip is being planned for July 31-August 5. The trip will be to Beverly, Kentucky. This area has three of the 10 poorest counties in the country. The cost of the trip will be $210 each which covers lodging, and meals. Please see Julie Pell for more information on this trip.

The Annual church camp, "JeKeNSa", has been set for July 17-21 for this year, We need a lot of adult help to allow this camp to reach the hearts of young people. Think about what YOU can do.

CORRECTION: Vacation Bible School will be June 12-16 in the evenings.

The Help-A-Family-At- Christmas yard sale will be held on May 21st from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. if you have anything for the sale, please bring it to the church basement before May 20.

Last week's question: Who was told to go home to his friends and tell them of the great things the Lord had done for him? The answer is in Mark 5:18-19, As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you." Correctly answered by Greta. This week's question is different from the fill ins we have had. This week I want you to tell me in "what" book of the Bible do we find the story of how God sent Jonah to preach in Nineveh? email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

We know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:16

We are located two miles north of US Highway 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of SR 59 on Rio Grand Road.

If you do not have a church home we invite you to worship with us, or call us at 812-446-0531.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

This is May first, I remember as a nine or ten year old going out in our woods and picking wild flowers (along with my younger sisters) to put in "May" baskets. This was actually done on the last day of April and making little baskets out of whatever we could find. Early on May first Mom and Dad would drive us all the way to Brazil and we'd deliver these small bouquets to whoever they had on their list of friends and relatives for that year. I continued the tradition for a few years after my kids were born and then like most good ideas it went the way of not enough time or energy or whatever the reason was. It didn't even need to be a good reason just maybe we didn't want to do it anymore. And of course lots of the people who knew the flower tradition were gone and the others didn't seem to care.

This is the renewal season, flowers, children seem to grow faster and nature in God's time comes bursting forth with the beautiful vibrant colors that only He can deliver. Ecclesiastes chapter three tells us "For everything there is a season." This season is for growing and there are times we need to Be still and know that He is God. If our hectic schedules tend to push aside the One who should always be our main source of strength GOD, just maybe, we should Slow down enough to give Him your heart and soul but not only that sometimes in our multitasking world we do one thing and are thinking about something entirely different. Sitting in church but thinking "I need to get out of here before it rains so I can mow or our dinner burns "I think you get the picture. God made us and deserves our attention.

Otter Creek Christian Church is located at 6299 N. Crow St

Pastor Steve's phone numbers 812-446-4007 or after 4 p.m. 812-249-3309 or call Sandy to leave a message for him at 443-6007 or 446-4007

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Bible Study (age appropriate classes); Sunday 10:40 a.m. Worship Service

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

We praise God for His healing power and for the birth of our new great-granddaughter McKinnley Lynn Oliver. Thank all of you for your prayers.

We invite you to attend our services, and to pray for those of our community who are less fortunate than you are. Keep the ones who serve in any capacity, pastors, mayor, police, firemen, service personnel pray for their safety and strength as they fulfill their jobs.

May God be with you as you live your life according to His purpose Romans 8: 28 says "ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to HIS (GOD'S) purposes.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist.

With the month of May starting we will be having a Ladies Ministry Luncheon on Sunday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Church's fellowship hall. All ladies are welcome.

On May 21, we will have our monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast at 7 p.m. The men say it is a wonderful fellowship time and enjoy it very much. They always have a good meal and usually a very interesting speaker.

Looking ahead our Vacation Bible School will be on June 13-17, in the evening. Pastor Chris heads this up with many volunteer and teachers to help.

On June 10, the Ladies Ministry is planning a trip to Chicago. The train will leave Crawfordsville at 6:50 a.m. and will return at 10:30 p.m. The cost is $25. A caravan to Crawfordsville will be figured out closer to the date of departure.

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

Center Point United Methodist Church

Had enough rain yet? I think most of us are ready for some dry weather. But, maybe the rain has something to do with all the mushrooms being found this season. There is always something good that comes out of each situation.

We at Center Point UMC are planning a mission trip to Haiti in July. This is the "good" that will be coming from our fund-raising efforts this spring. We had a successful challenge in April. Tomorrow we will be having a free will offering dinner after church---the proceeds from it will go to the mission trip. And, on Sunday, May 22 we will be having a Spring Mission Fest from 2-6 p.m. across from the church by our parking lot. You are all invited to come have fun that day.

Our mission fest is going to be like a carnival----sort of. You will be able to buy tickets and spend them on various activities, such as: games (fishing, balloon darts, corn hole, etc.), crafts (including a play doh sculpture contest), face painting, bounce house, car smash and of course----food. We will have hamburgers and hot dogs grilled on site, chili, chips, desserts and our own "crazy suckers". Put that date on your calendar and join us.

You are invited to join us tomorrow at our worship service. Sunday, May 1 will bring a message titled "Jesus Shows Up". Pastor Bob Kumpf says, "(The message) has a focus on the difference it makes to us when Jesus shows up offering 'peace' for us. When Jesus shows up He brings peace, a new perspective, a new purpose and a new power. He brings hope, healing and life for all! The message taken from John 20:19-31 is about Jesus coming to the disciples, without Thomas, after His resurrection. John talks about Jesus assuring them of 'peace' even in this time of fear and trouble."

Talk about a message that is timeless!! When don't we have "a time of fear and trouble". There are always difficulties we face. It is great to know Jesus and experience His peace during those troubling times. Come share the message of hope with us.

Peniel United Methodist Church

April showers bring May flowers, so they say - but at this rate they will be floating flowers! Yet we can be thankful our weather did not have the disasterous effects as in some parts of the United States. Our oldest son and family live in Huntsville, Al. and I am thankful to say they are all OK. They are without electricity as are so many thousands in the area. When our lives are interrupted with minor inconveniences such as no electric, too much rain, or being under a boil order, it puts into perspective what is really important - our families alive and well. Let's not forget to say "Thank You, God"!

Easter Sunday was a true celebration at Peniel! There were about 20 children from babies to young teens. These are the future of the Church and America! Such a joy to see all these bright, innocent young faces!

Peniel Church was saddened to hear of the death of Rev. John Fischer. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. He served our Church so well.

On Tuesday, May 3 the "Church Bell Ensemble" will practice at 7 p.m. at the Church. We are anxiously awaiting hearing them perform!

Wednesday, May 4 the choir will practice at 7 p.m.

This Sunday's scripture will be St. John 20:19-31. Pastor Pippin's message is titled "Liturgy of Resurrection" and his Children's Moment is "Faith".

Choir practice will be 7 p.m. on May 4.

Greeters for May will be Lester Webster for Sunday School and Darlene Royer for Church Services

Food pantry items needed this week is cereals.

Sunday School begins at 9:45 with Church Services at 10:45.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489

Community Missionary

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with warm greetings for everyone and with a prayer of praise and thanks. He turned the service over to Carol Vanatti whom led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas asked for tithes and offerings and led the doxology and introduced Travis Terrill whom sang a special, "Broken and Spilled out." Travis did a fine job and the number was well received.

As our article was cut for brevity last week, the main idea of Jesus' triumph was in being accepted into people's heart. Jesus death was predicted three different times and as we have read, when Mary went to Jesus' tomb and found it empty. Word spread and the Apostles found this so. Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Jesus spoke in many parables, about his coming death and resurrection. We find in Hebrew 2:14-18 that Jesus "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." So did Paul in Phil. said that Jesus had to become human to become a servant in 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Jesus preached to all his apostles many times in parables and as the apostles learned, so they preached. Paul said in I Cor. 17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

In closing we learn of Jesus' divinity, humanity and office in John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

7:38 "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

Communion was offered to all at the close of service.

Everyone is invited to return to Community Missionary Church for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30, Evening Worship at 6 p.m.



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