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Friday, July 1, 2011

Brazil First United Methodist Church

The Brazil First United Methodist Church will welcome a new pastor on Sunday. Pastor Steven Loft and his wife Andrea have moved to Brazil from Yorktown UMC in Yorktown, Ind., where he served for eight years.

Pastor Loft is originally from Lafayette, Ind. He grew up on a small farm and after graduation from high school sang in two gospel groups, The New Day Tones and Malachi (My Messenger). These groups traveled and ministered throughout Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.

Steve and his wife Andrea married in 1977, and have four sons. Their oldest son, Joshua is married to Rachel, and they have a daughter, Olivia, and a son, Ethan. Daniel is married to Krystal, and they have four children, two daughters, Sydney and Kaylee, and two sons, Daylyn and Layton.

Christopher and Jeremy are Steve and Andrea's twin sons. Jeremy is married to Kasey. And Christopher lives and works in the Muncie area.

Pastor Loft is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Literature. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at the School of Theology at Anderson University. He is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served four congregations in Indiana.

Worship services on Sunday are at 9 a.m., and 11 a.m. With Sunday School between services at 10:10 a.m. The church is located at 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil.

Brazil Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Lesson material: Out Live Your Life, Max Lucado

Worship Service 10:30 4th of July Day Sunday Celebrating our Country

Every fourth Monday for the summer, In Christ I Can, a great 12-step group!

Thursday evenings; Weight Loss program led by Nancy Eversole

Children's church available as well as Nursery.

Mt. Calvary is a Church that is growing in the Spirit of God, all people are welcome to join us! Come and join us, you will feel at home.

We are located at CR 250 West and CR 200 North (Center Point Road).

For more information, contact Pastor Laura Smith, at blessedlsmith@aol.com or by phone at 812-894-2974 or 812-208-1730.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Some folks might say that it is time for me to quit church. I've worn out my key to the front door. It won't work anymore. I examined it, after I got it stuck in the door and couldn't get it out and it has simply worn too thin to work-like an old paring knife.

You know, it's a shame that we have to wear out our keys. I remember when we never locked the church doors. I'm sure you can too. Then the end of a tradition came.

Some kids threw tomatoes all over the sanctuary and smeared mimeograph fluid (oldsters, try to explain to the youngsters what that was.) all over the basement. The church has been locked ever since. Isn't that a shame?

I've been thinking and thinking about all the little details involved in getting Vacation Bible School off and running. Even with wonderful kits that supposedly spell out everything for us, we still have to tax our brains to exhaustion getting stuff ready. I've made lists of supplies, lists of workers, lists of times, lists of things for games, lists of things for memory verses, lists of things for storytelling, lists of things for music, lists of things for crafts, lists of my lists, lists, lists, lists. And then usually I won't be able to find the list that I am looking for. Does that sound familiar?

Our Vacation Bible School will be from August 1 through August 5. We will be partnering with the Carbon Church of the Nazarene again this year. This really works out well for our two small churches. It's not only good to share but, by going together, we can have a larger group of kids show up.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men are having a ham and beans stand at the July 4th celebration at the park this year. They will be serving Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. They have asked each church in their group to supply five pans of cornbread to go with their beans. These men know how to cook beans!

Come out and join them and help them raise money for their charitable contributions. They give out over $2,000 a year to 10 or more local charities, so your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

We will have a VBS meeting this coming Thursday immediately after our Prayer Circle at the church at 7 p.m. Come join us as we pray for our church.

Worship is at 10:30, tomorrow morning, just as it is every Sunday morning. At that time, the doors are unlocked and open for all folks to enter in. Will you be one of them? We hear people say all the time that if they stepped inside the church the roof would fall in. You know, that has never happened!

You would be greeted warmly ... or ignored if you prefer a low profile ... but you yourself would feel much better and I'm sure God would be happy with you. Try it!

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning from 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 Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman.

Monday is the Fourth of July-- celebrate our nation and its heroes.

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ladies Nursing Home Ministry at Exceptional Living.

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

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

The message for this week is "Lest We Forget Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Two: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


JeKeNSa church camp is set for July 17-21, for this year. We still need a lot of adult help to allow this camp to reach the hearts of young people. We need cabin parents! We need a 9-10-year-old boy cabin parent. We need two cabin parents for the 11-12-year-old girls, one for the 13-14-year-old girls, two for the 15-and-older girls. This is your camp, think about, pray about what you can do, and then get involved!

The mission trip that was being planned for July 31-Aug. 5 has been canceled due to a lack of interest by the other participating churches. Please see Julie Pell for more information.

Take your aluminum cans to Wallace Disposal and tell them to credit the Benwood Mt. Lebanon account. The will send a check to the church that will be used for various mission projects.

For the "Encouraging Parents Together" baby bottle campaign we had 20 bottles filled and returned to the church. Because of your efforts many will be helped.

The "Teens" group did a wonderful special music segment. Thank you from all of us!

Last week's question was a fill in: The doors of the Temple were made from Olive Trees 1 Kings 6:31-32 This week's question is about laughter in the Bible: What did the preacher say was better than laughter? Answer is in Ecclesiastes 7, email me your answer, pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

John 12:37: Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.

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

Happy Fourth of July!

The Carbon Baptist Church will have the tenderloin booth at Forest Park today, Sunday and Monday. Please stop by the booth for good food and good fellowship.

Church camp this year will be July 25-29. Pastor Christ will be heading this up. More information will be available later.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln

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.

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, 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, 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.


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

Join us there to see what others are posting.

Congrats to the three people elected to the Parish Council, Danny Thompson, Judy Tribble, and Fritz Modesitt. A special thank you goes to those who are leaving the council. They have done an excellent job for our Church.

Please watch the bulletin for upcoming events. Our church depends on the participation of the entire Parish for us to succeed.

The Lady Knights sponsored a trip to the Shrine of Christ's Passion at St. John Indiana on Wednesday. I am sure they had a good time, I have been there and it is a wonderful place.

The Lady Knights have purchased new windows for another classroom at the Parish Center. They were installed on Tuesday and look great. New windows were put into the kitchen in the rectory at the same time.

The Lady Knights joined the Knights of Columbus Monday as did some other Parishioners for dinner and a video provided by Mark Schmaltz. It was well attended and several attendees discussed having more evenings for fellowship and food.

Bingo! 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.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Don't forget about the special Patriotic Concert by the Community Choir to take place Sunday (July 3) at Peniel at 6 p.m. Enjoy the music under the direction of Sam Glover, finger foods served after the performance, plus air conditioning! We are fortunate to live in America! Let no one take away our right to say "one nation under God." It is our freedom to believe or not to believe. Our greeting for this Sunday is so appropriate for this 4th of July weekend:

God of grace and God of glory, we gather to worship you as the source of all life and giver of every good and perfect gift. Give us voice today to praise your name, courage to name our sin, boldness to believe your promises, and wisdom to live in the power and strength of your grace and generous love, Amen.

There will be an Administrative Board Meeting at 7 p.m., at the Church on July 14.

Mark your calendars for the "Birthday Party" for everyone on July 21, at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Lots of good food will be served and a good time for all.

The scripture is St. Matthew 16-19; 25-30.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Rest for the Restless".

Cereal is the item needed by the Food Pantry.

Join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and Church Services at 10:45 a.m.

We ar location on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil.

For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services and ministries of First Baptist on South Walnut Street. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30, for all age groups. If you come early enough, coffee is available. There is always good fellowship and Bible teaching.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with the choir opening the service. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message. There is a nursery and also KidMo for the elementary children.

There will be no evening services due to the 4th of July holiday.

The Teen Girls' Bible Study will meet at 7:30, Tuesday at the home of Stacey Thompson. Any teen girl of the community is invited to participate in this program.

Wednesday Bible Study is in the Gospels studying the ministry of Jesus. They meet in the cool fellowship hall with the availability of tables.

The ROCK alternative worship service begins at 7 p.m., Thursday evening. This is another opportunity for you to be in a place of praise, prayer and Christ-centered worship. There is also a nursery and KidMo interactive Bible Study for elementary children.

Here is a message given by then President Ronald Reagan: "There have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."

Our personal freedom is important -- we value it as proud citizens of the USA. Beyond the freedom we celebrate on this special day, is a deep, profound gratitude for the freedom and faith we have found in Jesus Christ.

Information about our services is available by calling 448-8112.

Center Point United Methodist Church

If you get your newspaper in the morning you have time to hurry on down to Center Point and take part in our Missions Breakfast. "This One Is For The Kids." That's the idea behind this freewill offering breakfast fundraiser.

On July 11 15 of us from the church will leave for Haiti. While we are there we will conduct a three day vacation Bible school. After their morning VBS the children will be fed lunch before leaving. We are providing that lunch and asking your help in supplying it.

The breakfast this morning is from 7-11 a.m. If you cannot make it to the church, but would like to give to the need, please send contributions to Center Point UMC, P O Box 96, Center Point Ind., 47840. We appreciate any help we get to feed these children. I haven't mentioned that we will be feeding approximately 1000 children a day. The need is great.

Some people ask why we are going to Haiti. They comment that we have hungry children here in the states. CPUMC is aware of that and we support Serving on the Streets in Brazil and 14th and Chestnut Center in Terre Haute. These two organizations minister to children.

We have no grand illusions that we are going to satisfy all the needs of the people in Cap Haitian (the town where we are going). We are just going to do what we can. And isn't that what God calls us to do? Do what we can. And with His help ... we can do much.

Our main goal is to share the love of Jesus with all we meet. We want to be an encouragement to the people of Haiti ... to show them they are not forgotten.

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and remember the blessings we have because we live in this country. Help us to be a blessing to the people of Haiti.

Pastor Bob Kumpf will be on vacation this week and we will have a guest fill the pulpit. Join us, or join another church in the area. Be in the house of the Lord God. 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 4th. 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'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 email: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and a prayer of thanks and praise for this day and the blessing that have been poured out for our people and our church. He then turned the service over to Peg Parkey whom led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then prayed for sick, shut-ins, unspoken and spoken requests, and our service people in harms way.

Pastor then recognized Tom and Carol Vanatti for 25 years of marriage and John and Wilma Ellison for 44 years of marriage. Travis Terrill then sang the special number, "Wonderful, merciful, saviour." Travis sings from the heart and his number was well received.

Brother Thomas then brought his sermon, "The Heart." If my heart stops ... I'm gone! If my heart is broken, it sends a message to the rest of the body. It's the heart where everything is kept. The Bible tells us, "many pondered all these things and kept them in her heart." It is said that it's not the size of the dog that bites, but that it's the size of the fight in him.

Matthew 12:33: "Corrupt fruit, out of the abundance of the heart." It's where everything is stored. It's what's in the heart that comes out when we least expect it. It's because of Jesus is in the heart that we are able to control ourselves. It's up to us to right the wrongs when we have wronged a person.

"Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." If your heart is not right with God, you best take a step back and put things in order, make things right.

When you overflow, where does it go, to others around us. This old Earth is about as evil as can be. There are still some good people out there whom are lost and there are Christian people out there whom need to keep telling them about Jesus. Can we do more, yes, tell the people around you that God loves each of us if we but let him.

Where does it say to lay up our treasures? In heaven. "There is a song which tells it all, is they heart right with God."

Matthew 15:18-20: I can wear all the crosses around my neck, but if I don't have Christ in my heart, I am not a Christian. How can people know that we are Christians. By our actions, our Countenance, our every being. The fool said, there is no God.

"Every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every day that we allow sin to stay in our heart, just drives that wedge deeper. Sometimes we do foolish things, but to ge a fool is very different.

A lot of smart people are atheists, rejecting all religion. "Anyone whom rejects God is a fool!" Even David whom sinned, asked God, "restore me the joy of your salvation."

He knew what he had to do. The flesh is weak; How do you overcome it? Read the Bible hang out with Godly people.

You are invited to Community Missionary Church on  Sundays at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School, 10:30 a.m., for Morning Worship and Evening Worship at 6 p.m.

We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

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