Friday, July 22, 2011

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

Harmony and Lena United Methodist Churches have provided a worship service at the 4-H Fair for about the last 10-12 years. This past Sunday we gathered along with the other United Methodist Churches in northern Clay County for a combined worship service.

While it was warm, there were approximately 200 in attendance this year. The seven pastors from the different churches participated in the worship service.

Thanks to Dave Archer and the group P150 who provided worship music. An offering was taken up and presented to Jennifer Chamberlin from S.O.S. to help with their mission.

Thanks to all who participated and attended this years' service. We are excited about what Jesus Christ is doing in Clay County and anticipate next year.

Because of fair activities many would not have an opportunity to attend church on Sunday. By providing this service on Sunday morning at the fairground, we have an opportunity to share with fairgoers and others the love of Jesus Christ. The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Soon our thoughts will be turning to Back to School. Many stores are starting to offer special pricing on school supplies. Jennifer Chamberlin shared with us that last year, S.O.S. provided backpacks with various supplies to the kids of Clay County and any donations would be appreciated.

Please remember to pick up some extra supplies when you are shopping. These supplies can be dropped off at S.O.S., at 100 N. Forest Avenue. Here at Harmony and Lena, we also will be preparing for Operation Classroom. This mission supports a school in Sierra Leon with school supplies. School supplies can be dropped off at either the Harmony or Lena churches. Bill Green of the Lena church has headed up this mission for several years.

This week's message comes to us from the book of Romans 8:1-11. "Daily Walk with God" Worship Service at Harmony starts at 9 a.m.. and Lena at 10:45. Come join us as we celebrate the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

First Christian Church

The Crystal Valley Quartet, will be in concert at First Christian Church in Brazil on Sunday, July 24 at 6 p.m. The Crystal Valley Quartet is an Independent Recording group with six releases to their credit.

This exceptional Southern Gospel Group is based in the Terre Haute area. Their live concerts are exciting, inspiring and entertaining. The group has performed at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky as well as the Northern Gospel Singing Convention in Marion, Indiana. Crystal Valley performs concerts at churches, school auditoriums, banquets, fairs and other venues. Their music includes old classics, original material and current radio hits.

First Christian Church is located at 1875 W. U.S. Hwy. 40 in Brazil. This is a free concert.

An Ice Cream Fellowship will follow the concert. The community is invited to come and enjoy and evening of gospel music and ice cream! A love offering will be taken during the service to cover the group's expenses. For more information go to, and click on events.

Carbon United Methodist Church

One more week until Bible School. I'm ready; are you ready? Some folks think that Bible School is simply a difficult week. It is. Some folks think it is simply a fun and games time. It is.

Some folks think it is simply a good babysitter to keep their children occupied for a couple of hours. It is not! Unfortunately, that one week of Bible School during the summer is the only time some child hears about Jesus unless his name is used as a cuss word.

What can we do in one week to help children understand just how important Jesus is in their lives when they hear only the negative the other fifty-one weeks of the year! Some folks even get upset if we "preach" too much. Their children might take what we are teaching them to heart and that just might change their way of life. That is scary. Let's pray that during our one week with their children we will plant a small seed of faith that will grow and grow and grow until they will someday turn to Jesus as their savior. That is all we ask. Don't just drop your child off at the front door. Bring your child in and stay. You might find Jesus there yourself.

One week after Bible School is our 54th Annual Ice Cream Social. Mark your calendar and plan to come. It will be on Friday, Aug. 12, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., in our air-conditioned basement.

The menu and the prices will be the same....Homemade Sloppy Joe sandwiches, homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, coney dogs, several salads, homemade ice cream, strawberry shortcake, and lots of desserts to go with your ice cream. You can't beat that! We hope to see you there.

Our church joined other United Methodist Churches in the area for a big joint worship service at the 4-H Fairgrounds last Sunday.

There was a large crowd in spite of the heat. It was so good to get together with folks from other churches around the area. I'm sure that next year it will be even bigger.

Join us for worship tomorrow. The service begins at 10:30, so you have plenty of time for that second cup of coffee on Sunday morning. See you.

Way of the Cross Assembly of God Church

The 7th annual Kay Starr Jonah Fish Fry on July 30, 2011, from 4-8 p.m., at the National Guard Armory, on SR 59, Brazil.

Cost of the tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

On the menu is fish, baked beans, green beans, slaw and applesauce. Desserts will be available.

Rock Run Church

Rock Run Church is hosting their 2nd Annual Old Time Carnival at Forest Park, in the Cow Palace, on July 23, 2011, from 6-8 p.m.

The carnival is FREE to the community. There will be Old Time Carnival games with prizes given, a cake walk and a dunking booth. We will be serving hot-dogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and drinks.

Entertainment will be provided by Thom and Carla Eversole, Terre Haute. There will also be other Gospel music sang by members of the church. So come on out and join us for a night of family fun.

Bee Ridge Church

Here are some upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

July 23, "Super Saturday" Vacation Bible School from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. All children are welcome.

Saturday, August 20, The Annual Ice Cream Social... 4-7 p.m... Along with homemade ice cream, hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, chips, all kinds of pie and cake there will be musical entertainment, children's games, door prizes and great fellowship.

Saturday, Sept. 10, The 3rd Annual 9-11 Memorial Dinner and Service. It will be held at the Cow Palace at Forest Park in Brazil. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. with a Memorial Service beginning at 6 p.m. Be looking for more details in the coming weeks.

And Every Sunday our Great Worship 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 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: Hope to see you this Sunday.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

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

Childrens Church (ages through 3rd grade)

This week's childrens church Teachers will be Caitlynn McKinney and Cheryl McKinney.

Wednesday 7 p.m. Bible Study/Prayer Meeting

Thursday 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study

Looking ahead:

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

Last week's question was a fill in: -- The answer was Paul, in Philemon 1:9. This week's question is another fill in: Ships were made from wood with masts of . Ezekiel 27 provides the answer!

Next week I will provide a report on this years JeKeNSa Church Camp.

During this EXCESSIVE heat please remember your elderly and disabled neighbors. Check on them often and see if you may be able to run short errands or provide other assistance.

Mark 12:41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. 43 Calling his disciples to him Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty, put in everything all she had to live on."

We are located two miles north of US Highway 40 on 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.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church hope that you are keeping cool during this very hot weather we are having. If you have not accepted Christ into your life and think this weather is hot, don't forget the alternative to Heaven. Now would be a great time to let Jesus into your heart.

What a great Sunday we had last week. Sidney Brock and two of her friends had attended church camp and witnessed to the congregation about their experiences. And it was so good to have so many visitors with us. We hope they do come back.

Our prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones recently. We want to acknowledge the death of the police officer in Terre Haute, who lost his life in the line of duty. If you watched any of his funeral, God was certainly a part of it. We want to remember his family in our prayers.

Ann did a great job with the music in the absence of Millie. She is a blessing to us.

They have started on the bricking of the church. We hope you will notice.

Pastor Bill and Jan will be celebrating 35 years of marriage. We want to congratulate them.

Angel Food pickup day will be next week, July 30.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to be with us tomorrow. It will be a cool place to be. Hope to see you!

Peniel United Methodist Church

What a scorcher! How did we survive when we were young without air conditioning, microwaves and very few had swimming pools. Instead our mothers swam in their own sweat with coal cooking stoves, heating wash water on them or on an out door pit, canning jars of vegetables and fruits for the winter! How many remember the welcome sight of the ice man? So much for the "good old days"!

Our Church schedule will be back to normal this Sunday with Sunday School beginning at 9:45 a.m., and Church Services at 10:45 a.m.

The scripture for this Sunday is Romans 8:1-11

Pastor Pippin's message will be "Walking According to the SPIRIT!'

Soups are the items needed by the Food Pantry. Also don't forget to watch for sales on school supplies. We will be giving them to Clay County school children this fall.

Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil, Ind.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

We at Otter Creek welcome anyone who has no church home or just visiting to our area, Galatians 5:14 says " For the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt (you shall) love thy (your) neighbor as thyself." That's the way we feel here at Otter Creek, so come on down to 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil this week.

Our service times are 9:30 a.m. for Bible Study and 10:40 a.m. for Worship service. You can call the church at 812-446-5300, church parsonage 812-446-4007, Pastor Steve's cell 812-249-3309 [leave message] or Sandy's Good Books 812-443-6007.

Have you ever wondered how we are suppose to act as Christians? Read your Bible and it will tell you just read the whole chapter of Galatians 5 or better yet it's a small book read it all. Galatians 5:15 says " But if ye bit and devour one another take heed that ye be not consumed on of another." In other words, don't act like animals (stabbing each other in back etc.) or you'll be destroyed by each other.

This is one of the big problems of mankind, we don't talk face to face and try to solve problems but grumble and complain to others who can not help and probably would just as soon be left out of the problems. God is the only one who can help you solve your problems with someone else, and maybe the problem isn't them but you may have an attitude problem. Have you ever said something and heard back that you said something else? What you said was "within" what you heard but what you Meant was not. It is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us but what comes out. When was the last time you actually thought about what you were saying to your family, friends or more importantly enemies? That's why we were given two ears and one mouth listen twice as much as we speak out.

This week, think about what you say and try to be a good influence.

Be sure to pray for our armed forces and our leaders whether it be local, state or national. If you see someone who serves the public be sure to thank them.

Until we meet again either by printed page or in person. May God be with you.

Center Point United Methodist Church

There's no place like home! That's what the Haiti mission team was (and still is) thinking when we pulled into Center Point Wednesday night. Going anywhere can be fun, stressful, unpleasant, rewarding----any or all of these things. When the time is up we are ready for home.

I enabled from Haiti last week that we were in our third day of VBS. That was quite an experience. The children were precious. They did very well with the songs we taught them. They loved the young people who went with us. They really loved any of us who gave them a smile, a hand shake, a hug.

A few of us went to the 6 a.m. Sunday worship service at the satellite church at Charrier. Marty Heffner shared a few words, with Pastor Joseph Saintil interpreting. Then, Pastor Bob Kumpf gave a short message while Pastor Joseph interpreted again. That was quite a sight----a Methodist minister being interpreted by a Baptist minister!!

After the early service at Charrier, we went on to the 9 a.m. service at New Jerusalem Baptist Church. The pews were filled long before the service began. Once again, Pastor Bob gave the message and was interpreted by Pastor Joseph. The people were wonderful. The singing amazing!

It would take too much space to share all that we experienced while in Haiti. Hopefully, we will be able to share more in an article with the Times. We will let you know.

I know we are all looking forward to being back in our home church. Pastor Bob shared the following about the service tomorrow: "It was a GREAT trip to Haiti... and it's great to be home! This week's message is titled 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' and is taken from Matthew 13:31-32. This is the parable of the mustard seed. The story of the mustard seed is the third of 3 stories that Jesus tells about seeds. The first is of the Sower (scatters seed on good soil, rocky soil, and on the path) and the second is about the weeds that grow along with the good plants.

Now, Jesus is talking about the tiny little mustard seed that grows into a very large tree. I think that He uses this symbolism to show that great things can start from small beginnings and that sometimes we can be amazed by the uses found in what we plant. Nowhere does Jesus talk about the fruit of the mustard tree or the long history of the condiment produced by it. Instead He talks about the tree providing shelter and safety. Surely this isn't what the farmers wanted when they planted the seeds, In fact it was a place where the birds who destroyed the other crops could find shelter as well. I think that Jesus is comparing this plant to the purpose of the church: a place for all to find peace and hope, not just for those who seem to 'fit in'. It is a place for people with flaws and imperfections - people like you and me! God wants every person to know His grace and His peace."

Remember that the church is not a building. When the Bible talks about the church it refers to the people who accept Jesus Christ as savior. That means people all over the world. We were celebrating with our brothers and sisters in Haiti last Sunday. Let's all be in worship services tomorrow with our brothers and sister here in Clay County. Let's have that "mustard seed faith" that welcomes everyone to worship services and invites them to grow with us into what God wants us to be.

First Presbyterian Church

On Sunday, the students that have been awarded scholarships administered by the First Presbyterian Church will be receiving their scholarships during the Worship Service at 10 a.m.

The Presbyterian Church has always been a strong supporter of education, both for our clergy and the general public. We have been blessed by several members who, over the years, have given scholarship funds for the church to administer. Thanks to these members in the past, the church has been able to invest in the futures of many young people.

This year $12,900 in scholarships will be awarded to 37 students from the following funds:

C. Daniel Biggs: Kaylee Clark and Lauren Webster

Elizabeth 'Betty' Lynch and Mary E. Lenhart: Carli Coughanowr

Mary E. Lenhart: Carly Pell

Margaret Rowland: Tabitha Defore, Aaron Kinser and Brandon Pleake

Donald Oldham: Darcy Bass

Margaret Oldham: Chloe Burdette, Clara Butts, Alyssa Clarke, Ashley Clarke, Shelby French, Clint Grey, Kyle Hayes, Sydney Hayes, Olivia Oehler, Stormi Raines, Lauren Reberger, Lindsay Thomas, Joey Thomas, Tyler Trout, Hannah Yeiser

Minnie Rounds: Allison Brown and Jessamyn Moore

Melva Weinland: Kyler Clark, Hannah Pond, Jordan Pond, Sarah Underwood, Hannah VanHorn

Fred and Francis Weaver: Emily Durcholz and Miranda Ingram

First Presbyterian General Memorial Scholarship Funds: Logan Fry, Jackie Moore, Austin Sinders, Zeb Thomas and Bruce Western

Congratulations to all these young people as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

The Rev. Gary Scroggin and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us for worship and fellowship.

For more information, contact the church office at 210 N. Walnut Street, Brazil, or 812-446-2415.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings, praises to the Lord for the day, and led in opening prayer. He turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led congregational singing.

Brother Thomas asked for tithes and offerings, leading the doxology and made his weekly announcements. He asked for any from the congregation and offered up prayer for the sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests, and our military in harms way.

Peg Parksey sang our special number, "God Bless the USA." This song always awakens us to the fact that we are living in perilous times and can be thankful for our law enforcement, our military and our freedom to worship in our church.

Pastor opened his sermon with "God Bless the USA." There comes the time when we have to stand up as a Christian. The saying goes, "If you don't stand up for something, you'll fall for anything."

Psalm 23 says "He leadeth me in the path" We are Christians need to open our eyes to everything around us. Speak out for those things that are right and good.

Did we all travel the same road to get here today? No, and so we will not follow each others road back home.

Brother Thomas tells of his path following his dad whom loved to coon hunt. With lamps on their hats, he would follow along right behind him through the woods. Invariably dad would pull back limbs and those limbs would strike him in the face. He would go through briars and Brother Ken following would get caught up in them.

Going squirrel hunting, they would hear barking and he would say, "shhhh... and step where I step." He always took Brother Ken with him.

Let us rmember that we are walking in Jesus' footsteps. Sometimes stopping to complain that we can't do this or that when the going gets tough. Just as long as you are with your father and trying to follow in his footsteps. You'll make it.

Are you rebeling against God? In this world of darkness, you need a light. "Thy word is a light unto my pathway and a lamp unto my feet." That path is your Bible. Study it and follow Jesus' examples.

Many paths will cross in our lifetime. There are those that follow you, because of your example.

"Make straight the way of the Lord," as John the Baptist said. We sometimes have obstacles which keep us on our toes. God promised to lead us through or around these obstacles. Remember others may follow you.

John 10:7-9 "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."

Pastor Ken Thomas, wife and the Community Missionary Church congregation invite you to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St.

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

Carbon Baptist Church

Our Ladies Ministry will meet on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the fellowship hall. All ladies are invited to attend.

Our church campers will be leaving Monday at 1:30 p.m. and will return Friday, July 29, between noon and 1 p.m. Thanks for all of the donations to sponsor a child to go to camp. Please keep them in your prayers all week.

Congratulations to all those who participated in the 4-H fair.

Have a great week.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m.

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