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Friday, May 6, 2011

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church invites you to join in the celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8. What better way to share your love for your mom than to come together to worship God and to recognize that mothers, and motherhood, are one of God's great gifts to the world?

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., we have classes for every age group, including four adult classes to choose from. We gather for worship at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, and we worship with a blend of traditional and contemporary music and messages. This Sunday, in honor of all mothers, Rev. Charnstrom will give the message, "The Daughter-in-Law," built upon the Scripture passage of Ruth 1: 1-18. This is the first of a two-part series considering the great love story about a woman who loses her husband and sons, but who gains the love and devotion of her daughter-in-law. It is a story for the ages, not to be missed, rich in texture and feeling.

When you come to join with us in worship, please be sure to take a moment to look at the new shelter house that we are building on the church grounds. The shelter is a long-desired project made possible by many, many generous gifts, most in memory of loved ones who have passed from our midst, but also by the hard work and happy labors of the people of the congregation. The work, itself, is a joy and a privilege.

Union UMC is open to everyone who wants to come and learn, share, worship, or just find a home among loving and caring people. Our hearts are open--come share yours.

Carbon United Methodist Church

"Whither thou goest, I shall go. Your people shall be my people. Your God will be my god." Ruth was a very brave woman, for back in her times, a widow had absolutely no rights and no way of fending for herself. The other day, I saw a church bulletin board that said "Bloom where you are planted." And I have been thinking about that ever since.

It took me a long time to decide to marry my husband way back then because I knew that I would not only be marrying him but I would also be marrying a completely new way of life. I would become a Yankee Methodist instead of a Southern Baptist. When I arrived in Clay County, another transplant approached me thinking that we would be alien allies in the community. She was very homesick for the place she had come from and actually could find no redeeming value in living in this area. It was soon apparent that she thought I felt the same way. I did not. I fully intended to "bloom where I was planted" and become an integral part of my husband's world. I hope that I succeeded. I would hate to have spent the last 56 years longing for somewhere else. Wouldn't that be sad? We can accept and embrace the life that God puts in front of us...or we can be unhappy trying to do things our way. It is our choice. Which will it be?

There will be an important Board Meeting on May 16 at 7 p.m. All people of the church are encouraged to attend. The District Superintendent will be there to talk with us about where our church is going and how we are going to get there.

On June 3-4, we will be having a huge yard sale in front of Pete and Beverly Taylor's home on Highway 40. Clean out your closets, your drawers, your attic, your garage and bring them to the sale. This will be the weekend of the National Road Yard Sale, so it should be great.

On Sunday, June 12, people of the church will be going to the Hilltop Restaurant near Spencer to jointly celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day together. Be sure to sign up at church.

Worship is at 10:30 Sunday morning. Be there!

Harmony United Methodist Church

We are Easter people! And not just on Easter Sunday. This has been a message that has been preached from many pulpits, but how many of us live this out each and every day. For many, Easter Sunday is one day that the churches are filled with visitors. Many folks that don't ordinarily come to church on a regular basis do come to hear the good news that Jesus Christ is risen. The thing is, the story doesn't change the day after Easter, or the next week, month or even year. Our Savior is alive and he lives in each one of us. He is risen indeed.

Maybe we need to visit our eye doctors this week and have our eyes checked. For some reason we tend to lose our vision once we have celebrated Easter Sunday. We lose sight of the fact that our sins are forgiven and we revert to a life of slavery to sin. Maybe it's time we refocused and live our lives in Christ with the understanding that the tomb remains empty. Remember the words to an old hymn; "He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today. He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way. He lives, He lives salvation to impart. You ask me how I know he lives, He lives within my heart."

Mark your calendars! We will have an organizational meeting of the young adults as they will be organizing a new monthly worship service here at the Harmony Church. Sunday evening May 15, at 6:30, we will come together for a time of worship and sharing, and of course food. Call Pastor Terry for more information.

Does Jesus live within your heart? Come join us this Sunday for worship at 9 am with Sunday School starting at 10:30. We will be starting a new Sunday School class for young adults this week. The lessons will be from Answers in Genesis, creation versus evolution. We're all family!

Bee Ridge Church

This week at Bee Ridge: Saturday, May 7 at 6 is our Mother's Day Banquet (at the church shelter-weather permitting), then Sunday Morning is our Mother's Day Service.

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.

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 Becky Proffitt and Mandy Eldridge

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

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

Special music was performed by Mark and Sarah Boswell, a very special blessing. Thank you both.

Congratulations to Sydney Priest on her Baptism, A life spent in the loving arms of our father, it just doesn't' get any better!


A mission trip is being planned for July 31-August 5. The trip will be to Beverly, Ky. 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-June 16 in the evenings.

The Help-A-Family-At- Christmas yard sale will be held on May 21 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: Last week's question :in "what" book of the Bible do we find the story of how God sent Jonah to preach in Nineveh? And no Greta it was not a trick question...but you were paying attention, the correct answer is Jonas 1: 1. This week is another what book question: In what book do we find the story of a runaway slave who returned to his master? email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Remember the ones on our prayer list and think about asking how you can help. I have learned that helping others helps me.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy."

We are located two miles north of US Highway 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 worship with us.

We are a Non-Denominational church that worships God through 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 pm., Sunday 8:30 am., and 12:30 pm., Tuesday 5:30 pm., Wednesday 9 am., Thursday 9 am. Reconciliation is 5:45 to 6:15 Saturday or by appointment.

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

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, 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 and also on Alabama St.

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.


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

The last couple of weeks have been busy for the volunteers at Annunciation. Last Saturday was a cleanup day with the Parish Center basement needed a good going over again after the new ceiling was installed. Father's garage as well as the storage shed was cleaned and a lot of junk was thrown out. The shrubs that were obscuring the sidewalks from the parking lot were removed and the shrub at the corner of the rectory had died and was also removed. Concrete bumpers were placed in the parking lot between the parish center and the church. This was done in preparation of marking handicap parking spaces.

Speaking of parking spaces, the new sidewalk is completed, and the handicap accessible door is installed. The inside button has been installed and the door does work. The outside button will be installed very soon. The yard behind the rectory has been sodded and plans are to put a fence around this area.

The 4th Degree Knights from the Parish participated in the Honor Guard at Father Joe Kerns visitation and funeral mass. The Knights also cleaned and planted flowers at the grotto at St. Mary of the Woods. Most of the male volunteers for the cleanup weekend at the church are Knights.

Without all of the volunteers we could not get as much done as we do around the church. We can each do some volunteer work, some by donating their time working around the church, some by donating their talents of baking or visiting the homebound or making phone calls and some by donating some money to help up with all of the projects that we do to keep our little church going.

The boiler in the rectory had to be repaired recently and some plumbing in the men's restroom at the Parish Center was also repaired.

Danny Thompson recently replaced ballasts in five of the lights at Kennedy Crossing. My personal thanks to him, he saved me from having to climb that ladder and do it myself. We also have a volunteer to cut the tree down behind Kennedy Crossing. It needs to come down before the wind takes it down right on the building.

Doors open at 5:15, 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.

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 no 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.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well, hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church, the little country church with a BIG Heart for God. Can you believe that it the day before Mother's day. We sometimes take the advice that our mom's give us, in one ear and out the other, you know what I mean. We have all been there and done that. God give mothers a heart to nurture and love, but also to be stern and strong. May we always remember our moms on their special day, and guys don't forget to remember the wonderful lady that we are married to and give us such beautiful children. I found this remembrance of Mothers and wanted to share it with you;

Mothers are the people who take Jesus at His word when He says to forgive each other "70 times seven." Mothers are the ones who still believe in you when everyone else begins to doubt.

Never get between a mother and her cubs. Even if you are the father, you lose.

The best gift you can give your children is to love their mother.

A mother's prayers are more powerful than any force on earth or in heaven.

A father may know best, but a mother cares best, and children will pick caring over knowing every time.

We may pray to "Our Father," but the face of God we see, the hand of God we clutch, and the heart of God we trust, belongs to our mothers.

Lord, thanks for giving us mothers so that we can see, hold, and hear You more clearly

We just want to invite all to enjoy Mother's Day with us at Otter Creek this Sunday. We are having an special service honoring our mothers Our Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and our Worship service starts at 10:40 a.m. We have a Women's Bible Study at the home of Mary Lou Farris on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. If you have any questions about any of our services please call the church at 812-446-5300, parsonage at 812-446-4007, Pastor's Steve's cell phone 812-249-3309, or Sandy's Good Books at 812-443-6007.

Please remember our service men and women in your prayers. Until we meet again may God Bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.

First Baptist Church

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and daughters and sons of moms! When getting ready for church, be careful not to bathe with your shampoo. The label says "For extra volume and body." That would be so difficult to keep your weight under control. And don't be tempted to use dish-washing liquid for showering. It claims, "Dissolves fat that is otherwise difficult to remove." Your acquaintances may not recognize you when they see you.

We at First Baptist on South Walnut Street look forward to worshiping with you Sunday and Thursday. Sunday School begins at 9:30 with classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. Special music for Mother's Day will be by Clara and Cade Thompson. There is a staffed nursery provided. KidMo interactive Bible study for pre-K and elementary students is also available. There is a quiet, secure elevator to move you to the fellowship room and sanctuary.

There will be no evening services because of Mother's Day.

Mid-week Bible Study is Wednesday at 12:15. The study is from the New Testament Gospels about the 12 apostles. We meet in the fellowship room around the tables with coffee and friendly conversations available.

The American Baptist Women will meet at 12 noon Thursday with a luncheon and meeting.

The ROCK Thursday alternative worship service is at 7 p.m. There is a nursery and KidMo available for the children.

Maybe the question should be does God recognize me? Christianity is not a mask, it is not a costume which we can put on or take off depending upon the situation we are in. It must be who we are... whether someone is watching or not! You see, we are always being watched. God cannot be fooled. The 139th Psalm says that God knows us and yet he loves us.

See you Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Here is what Pastor Bob Kumpf shares about the service. "The message for Sunday (Mother's Day) is from Matthew 1:18-23 and is titled "Honoring MOM". The scripture is the follow up to the linage of the ancestors of Jesus and tells about Mary being with child and the angel coming to Joseph in a dream. The theme of the message is found in honoring mothers for the care, love and patience they display while raising their children.

While the Bible instructs all children to obey their parents, there is a much more powerful expression of love that we can express to a mother who has been faithful in bringing up a child. When we reach the age where we can see the wisdom and the faithfulness of those women in our lives who have been there for us in all kinds of circumstances, we give them our thanks, our love and our respect. We honor them with the title "MOM" which in most cases means "Master of Mercy!" Thank God for MOM's!"

In many cases the mother is the "glue" that holds the family together. Please join us this Sunday in honoring her day. Come join us at Center Point, or another church in the area. But, come and be blessed and be a blessing to others.

Be sure to make a note on your calendar for the afternoon of Sunday, May 22. We are having our Spring Mission Fest that afternoon from 2-6 p.m. We are raising more funds for our mission trip to Haiti that we are going on in July.

The afternoon will be filled with games for all ages, food and fun. Look for more details next week. Plan to bring the family and have a great time.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. It has been a couple of really rainy weeks, but we hope you had a blessed Easter. We had a great sunrise service, and it was so good to see so many there.

Fellowship hall was the scene of a bridal shower for Christin Sciotto last Sunday. The family wants to thank Charlie Lucas for helping with getting it dried out after the rain came in. They also want to thank so many for attending.

Next week is Angel Food ordering time again. Someone will be at the church on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30-6 p.m. to take your orders. If other arrangements need to be made, please feel free to call Lorie at 765-672-6363 or Sharon at 812-448-1030.

We want to remember to pray each day. And after this week's happening, we need to pray more. God is good. We hope to see you in church tomorrow.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Happy Mother's Day to each and every mother! Whether you are a new mother or one with children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren, there are so many memories! Some are funny and happy, and unfortunately some sad; but still don't you feel proud.

The most important is not whether they are rich or poor, but if they are good, kind, thoughtful citizens, you can feel it was a "job well done"! Let's not forget those who perhaps had no children of their own, but have helped guide young ones. They too have made such a difference.

Our Scripture this Sunday is: 1st Peter 1:17-23

Pastor Pippin"s message is "Easter Perspective!" and his Children's Moment is titled "Air."

Our greeters for the month are Les Webster for Sunday School and Darlene Royer for Church Services.

Canned fruits and vegetables are the needed items for the Food Pantry this week.

There will be an Administrative Board Meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

Join those at Peniel, Kennedy Crossing Road, for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Church Services at 10:45 a.m.

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

Community Missionary

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all and a prayer of praise and thanks. He then turned the service over to Carol Vanatti to lead the congregational singing. Brother Thomas ask for tithes and offerings and led with the Doxology. He introduced Sandra Jenkins whom sang the special number entitled "Clouds." A number that says clouds can tell you why the sun is not shining, that someday the "Son" will ride upon a cloud to bring his people all home one day.

Pastor Thomas emphasized that Jesus died for us, that he intercedes for each as our mediator as the curtain was ripped. Our Intercessor. He paid it all as a sacrifice, a ransom that we might be free.

Once you allow God to enter your heart, you are a changed person. If you haven't changed then you haven't given your whole life to him. He wants us to trust him, to guide us through life. This way we are a sacrifice to God, and to also sacrifice ourselves for each other.

Matthew 23:11-12 "But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted."

True greatness comes from serving others, and not to focus on ourselves. We need to have the right attitude, the attitude of Christ toward others. It doesn't always come naturally as many times we get in the way of God's will. It would be so much nice if God can use us and not have to go around us.

When you make that change, you reflect it in every way, and people will know it. Most importantly you will influence others by these changes in your heart. Luke says we are to take up our cross daily, and it will signify our death to sin and the old life we lived before we accepted him in our heart.

When we fish for a great catch, we use tempting 'fake' bait, but God use 'live' bait, when he fishes for men, women, boys and girls.

God has given us the holy spirit to speak to our hearts. Jesus gave himself, so we are asked, what have we given for him?

God will never stop loving you, give him a chance today.

Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., invites one and all to Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Worship at 6 p.m.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist.

Our Ladies Ministry is having a Ladies luncheon Saturday, May 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

On Saturday, May 21 will be the monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. The men says it is a wonderful fellowship time and enjoy it very much. Always have a good meal and good speaker.

Looking ahead our Vacation Bible School will start on June 13 through Friday, June 17. The closing program will be Friday evening at 6 p.m.

Pastor Chris heads this up with many volunteers and teachers to help. This year the theme is "Big Jungle Adventure," a Faith Journey with Jesus.

The Ladies Ministry is planning a trip to Chicago, on Friday, June 10. The train leaves from Crawfordsville at 6:50 a.m., and will return at 10:30 p.m. 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., 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.

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