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Friday, June 24, 2011

Brazil Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church

Sunday evening June 26, at 6:30 p.m., we will feature a good old Gospel sing with Mr. Bud Jeffers, Solly and Barnie Burton.

A free will offering will be taken for some of the great need in South Clay County Cluster Group.

Afterwards join us for an ice cream sundae. Come and sing along with us.

Our church services are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Monday's at 7 p.m. -- In Christ I Can, a 12-step group.

Thursday's at 6:45 p.m. -- Weight Loss Program.

Everyone is very welcome at Mt. Calvary, 250 W. and 200 N., Brazil.

For more information, call Pastor Laura Smith 812-894-2974 or 812-208-1730.

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. (v. 2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; (3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness 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. Remember, we need to do some things before we can really please God. 1st Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by my name will HUMBLE themselves, CALL UPON MY NAME, TURN from their wicked ways then will I hear and heal their land."

All the devil needs is for a few godly men and women to do nothing or to bicker among themselves to bring down families and mighty churches. Until we are all in one accord abiding in Jesus who reconciled us with Jehovah God then we are in danger of allowing friction to give the devil the spiritual upper hand. Personally I'd rather take him out in the name of JESUS.

Our service times at Otter Creek Church are Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday Worship at 10:40 a.m. We have Tuesday morning bible study at 9:30 a.m., at the home of Mary Bowden.

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.

Prayer for our troops and others serving those who suffered through the tornados throughout the US and fires, We also pray for those missing and their families.

Praise God for allowing us, Steve and Sandy Brattain to celebrate 30 years of marriage. It takes a lot of commitment on both parts, as well as love.

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.

Childrens Church (ages through third-grade).

This week's childrens church teachers will be Brad, Kim, Connor Hapenny.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer Meeting.

When I put that first foot in church on Sunday it is like a great relief! I have come into my fathers house to hear his word and prepare myself for the days ahead and whatever trials life has for me that week. When I don't get to church, my week starts out on a weak note and gets weaker as the days go by. We need that interaction with our church family and our father to live our days, not slide through them. I believe that we also need the pleasure of helping others, maybe just helping your neighbor with a small chore or an errand. Maybe just a smile and a wave. The love we receive from our father we should pass on to those around us. Make that your goal this week, touch just one person with that love and then email me and let me know how it made you feel.


A mission trip is being planned for July 31-Aug. 5. The trip will be to Henderson Settlement near Corbin, 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.

JeKeNSa church camp is 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, pray about what YOU can do!

Last week's question: Was a fill in: "But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: For it is he what giveth thee power to get wealth." The answer was in Deuteronomy 8:18. This week's question is The doors of the Temple were made from _. The answer is in 1 Kings 6, email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Luke 9:57: As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." 58: Jesus replied, " Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the 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.

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 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 p.m. 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, at 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 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.


We also have a facebook page at www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_58361....

Join us there to see what others are posting.

I attended a reunion of my wife's sorority. They graduated 35 years ago and decided it was past time that they got together again.

It was fun to see these ladies that had not been together as a group since graduation. They laughed and hugged and reminisced about their time together so long ago. Watching them greet each other and have so much fun got me thinking.

What kind of reunion are we going to have with Jesus when we die? Are we going to be greeted with smiles and hugs or are we going to meet a stranger. It's never too late to visit Him through prayer at church and at home and through the way we lead our lives, so that when we meet Him face-to-face He recognizes us, smiles, gives us a hug and welcomes us home.

When we are called home we all take something with us. It is not money, but memories of how we led our lives when we were in our physical bodies. It matters not to Him how much money we made, but what we did with our lives.

Did we live as God wanted us to or were we more concerned with our money? Did we treat others the way God asks or were we mean to strangers, did we ignore them or did we take a moment to learn about them and help them if possible? We can help people without giving money, as a matter of fact, for some, giving money is not what Jesus wants us to do, He would rather us give of ourselves than our possessions.

Remember the Good Samaritan offered his assistance without expecting anything in return and that he was welcomed into God's Kingdom ahead of other more pious people who made money but lost sight of God's will.

I am only 63 and have no plans of my own of leaving this world anytime soon, but I don't know what God has in store for me, so I have to remember to lead each day trying to do what God wants of me and to keep that communication open between us.

Can you imagine being taken to meet the head man and Him saying, "I don't know you, what did you do for me and my people?"

Doors open at 5:15 p.m. 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.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Are you hungry for some fish? Come to Center Point this evening at 4:30 p.m. That's when they start serving the CPVFD Fish Fry. Come support these workers and enjoy some good entertainment.

A week from today, July 2, you are invited to come to our Family Life Center to have breakfast. We will be serving from 7-11 a.m. So, whether you are an early riser or prefer "brunch," you can enjoy sausage and eggs, biscuits and gravy or pancakes. Yes, we will have pancakes.

The cost of the breakfast will be up to you and your generosity. It is a freewill offering. And we hope you will be generous. The money we raise will go to feed approximately 3,000 children over three days of vacation Bible school in Haiti. Can you even imagine having 1,000 children in a VBS each day?

If you cannot come to the breakfast, but would like to support our mission effort, you can send a contribution to Center Point UMC, PO Box 96, Center Point, Ind., 47840. Just mark Haiti Mission Trip in the memo line.

Pastor Bob Kumpf said, the scripture for this week's message is Matthew 10:40-42 and the sermon title is "Just a Sip."

The message is a contrast to last week when we were so busy with Father's Day, graduation, VBS kickoff and celebrating youth. It is about the value of "simple things." The message is that our life with God is a life that is designed to touch others in practical ways that share the love and hope of Christ in every day living. It is about the small, often un-noticed, things that we do in being witnesses to God's love. God's love at work doesn't bring attention or recognition to us, but gives hope and honor to God.

In actuality, most of the time, we may not be aware of the impact of a kind word or an act of encouragement. But, these are the things that transform lives and change the world. We find our purpose in life when we realize that 'my service' is not based on who I am or what I can do, but who Jesus is and what He can do through me! "

Come join us at Center Point and see what the Lord is doing in and through us! Be a part of the Body Of Christ. Be Blessed.

Bee Ridge Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

July 4, Independence Day ... Remember our Armed Forces and why we are a free nation. The Brazil Community Choir is performing a patriotic sing at the Forest Park Pavilion at 8:30, the evening of July 4. Several members of the choir are also members of Bee Ridge. Come out and enjoy the festivities.

July 23, "Super Saturday" Vacation Bible School from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All children are welcome. Originally scheduled for June 25, date is now July 23.

The Annual Ice Cream Social, save the date of August 20, and watch for details soon.

Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half 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 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.

Eastside Christian Church

Eastside Christian Church was full to capacity for the wedding of Christin Sciotto and Austin Nicosin last Saturday. It was a beautiful wedding, and we want to pray for this young couple as they begin their life together. Pastor Bill's words were so touching, even for those having been married, currently married or planning to wed. It would be so nice for the church to be filled like that every Sunday.

We want to keep in our prayers the families who have lost loved ones recently. It is always hard to lose a loved one, but if they are in Christ, then it is easier to accept. Most people don't really want to die, but if they are in God's family, then they are not afraid to die.

Members, tomorrow after morning worship, there will be a congregational meeting, so we hope that you will be sure to be in attendance.

If you have a favorite hymn, Millie would like you to let her know. We are very blessed to have Millie at the organ. She is so dedicated. We need to keep her in our prayers.

Work is going to begin on the bricking of the outside of the church. Pray for those who will be working on that project.

Have you been praying at 10 a.m., everyday about what God wants you to do? We have been blessed with new members, who have stepped up and are helping out in many ways.

Won't you come be with us tomorrow? We look forward to welcoming you.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the opportunities of worship, study and fellowship at First Baptist on South Walnut Street. This Sunday is our morning of donuts and fellowship beginning at 8:45, until Sunday School classes begin at 9:30. Along with the variety of donuts is coffee and breakfast drinks. It is a good time to fellowship with all the age and class groups.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson bringing the message. The choir, directed by Shirley Hinton, will open the service. We hope to reach our goal of $1,000 for the America For Christ Offering this Sunday.

We are also collecting for the Edna Martin Center, our American Baptist Mission Center in Indianapolis.

All staple food items and paper goods are due this month and can be left in the Christian Education hallway.

Evening worship begins at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice. The Youth will meet from 7 p.m.-9:30, with Stephanie Plummer.

There is a new Bible study group led by Stacey Thompson for teen girls meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The Through the Bible mid-week Bible Study meets Wednesday at 12:15. This time is to allow some to come during their noon-hour break. We meet in the cool fellowship room around tables.

The ROCK alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. For some, this is the only chance to attend a worship service during the week; for others it is another opportunity.

Jason Wendell is the guitarist and music leader. For those attending with families, a nursery and KidMo is available.

Our worship and study times are meant for Christian growth, strength, renewal and above all a deepening relationship with our God, Savior, and Holy Spirit. If you have any questions about our services please call 448-8112.

Lois Johnson in a recent devotion said, "We can take comfort in knowing that the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, even when we're not sure how we should pray. Know that God hears the cry of your heart -- even when you have no words to express it."

Peniel United Methodist Church

End of June coming up! Time does fly. We hope your gardens are growing as fast as the weeds! It is wonderful to have the fresh fruits and vegetables of summer. If there is someone who doesn't believe in God and his plan, they should consider the growing season of our food supply. From early in spring until frost, each has it own span of producing - it doesn't happen just by chance. We are grateful!

Our long wait is over! The picture albums have arrived! Those who had pictures taken should pick up their copies. Thanks to all who worked so hard getting them proofed and ready.

This Sunday there will be a special Memorial Service for long-time member, Lois Stigler, during Worship Service.

The Family Night at Peniel has been moved to July 21. This will be a "Birthday Party" for all who attend. Sounds like lots of fun and of course good food.

Mark your calendar for a special event at Peniel at 6 p.m., on July 3. The Brazil Community Choir, under the direction of Sam Glover, will present a Patriotic Cantata "This is My Country." Where else can you hear great music in air conditioned comfort and have finger foods provided following the program?

Also a reminder of the Community Worship Service that will be held at the Clay County Fairgrounds on July 17 at 9 a.m. -- all Methodist Churches will be participating. There will be no services at Peniel that Sunday.

The Scripture Reading for this Sunday is Genesis 22: 1-14

Pastor Pippin's Message is God Will Provide! and the Children's Moment is "Shoes."

Personal items are on the needed list for the Food Pantry.

We are located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

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 9:30 Sunday morning worship followed by a celebration luncheon for Pastor Steve and his family. Nursery care is provided beginning at 9:15.

For more information, visit www.seelyvilleumc.org, e-mail seely-villeumc@frontier.com, or call (812) 877-1868.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings and a prayer of praise and thanks to the Lord for this day, the rain for our gardens, for those that are back with us after a bout of sickness and for the many blessings for our people. Today we honor our heavenly father and our earthly fathers that are here.

Pastor Thomas prayed for the sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests and our military in harms way.

He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey, whom led the congregationals singing. Brother Thomas asked for tithes and offerings and led with the doxology.

The special number was sang by Peg Parksey and Cathy Anard, "Daddy's hands." Which was well received by all. At this time, all fathers were invited to the front and each were recognized with a gift from the church.

Pastor Thomas cited I John 2:12-14, as children grow in the knowledge of Jesus, they grow in their ability to fight their own battles. It never ceased to amaze us just how smart our dad was, or is. It's our responsibility as dads to teach the young ones. Just because we say, "don't do this or that," what do the children do but then too, do they always listen. No, and satan works hard to get these children to not listen to us.

We read in John 8:39, of Abraham and how the children of Israel didn't listen.

Older women and older adults are to teach the young ones. It is our responsibility not only to teach them but to be an example.

Are you an example, for they are watching you.

Teach the youngsters about Jesus and his good and perfect will. When the young and the old see you loving God, it will speak volumes to them.

God gives us what we need every day. Our daily bread, our strength to carry on, God never rests. He is on call 24/7. How much more does he give than what we ask for?

Brother Thomas asks the congregation to turn to Matthew 6:9-13 and all read in unison, The Lord's Prayer.

Pastor Ken Thomas closed with the song, "I need thee every hour." He and Beverly invite one and all to Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Our Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m., and Evening Worship is at 6 p.m.

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