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Church News

Friday, August 19, 2011

Carbon United Methodist Church

A new beginning! We will be welcoming our new pastor, Greg Puttmann, to our church for his first worship service with us this Sunday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m. He and his wife, Julie, are going to share us with Epworth United Methodist Church.

We hated to see Rick Pressel leave us, but this arrangement is what was decided by the district conference. We wish Rick all the success and happiness that God can rain upon him in his new assignment.

Don't forget the time for worship is changing! Instead of 10:30 it will be at 9:30. This will give Rev. Puttmann time to get to Epworth in time for an 11:00 service with them. Neither church has shared a minister in many, many years so this will be a new experience for us both. There will be some adjustments, I am sure, but I feel very positive about our partnering being a good thing.

I just received word that the United Methodist Men of Clay County have changed the place for their annual August picnic. Instead of it being at Forest Park, it will be at Peniel United Methodist Church on Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. It has been changed because of the heat at this time of year.

Our Ice Cream Social was a great success. We had a beautiful evening for it. Many new people turned out to indulge in our homemade, hand-cranked ice cream, our homemade BBQ, our homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, our delicious salads, many desserts, and plenty of strawberry shortcake with ice cream on top. What a feast! If you missed it, you missed a great time.

I think the folks within the church had as much fun working as the people who came to eat and visit. This is a special time for us, and as usual, we had plenty of help and plenty of good fellowship.

Our next big activity will be the Kid Karnival/Bazaar/Quilt Show during the Carbon Fish Fry on Sept. 17. Put this date down on your calendar and don't forget to come to Carbon for a great evening of fun and food!

Wesley Chapel Church

Wesley Chapel Church Food Bank will be open Saturday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.- noon.

Center Point United Methodist Church

School is in session!! That statement is greeted with mixed emotions, depending on who hears it. But, it is inevitable. Just as fall follows summer and winter follows fall. One day at a time our lives move forward. Do we move forward with each day? Hopefully.

Most people look forward to the weekends, but I hope we all see the possibilities for each day. God is in each weekday, as well as the weekends. He has something for us each day. Especially on Sundays. Each Sunday He gives a message through the pastors of the local churches.

I am surprised (though I probably shouldn't be) when I hear a message that gives me a new way of looking at a passage of scripture I thought I knew all about. But, young or old, when God is in the message you will hear something to lift you up, teach you something new or expand on the knowledge you already have. So, it is with the message Pastor Bob Kumpf has planned for tomorrow. Here's what he shares about it.

'This Sunday we will look at Matthew 16:13-20. Today, we find Jesus questioning the disciples concerning the 'Son of Man'. Who do people say He is? Who do you say He is? By this point in His ministry Jesus had done many miracles, taught a lot of new messages and disturbed a lot of people. Just about everybody had some opinion of who Jesus was. Jesus was curious.

When they came to the city of Caesarea Philippi the whole city was talking about Him, but what were they saying? What were they saying on the streets, in the market and in the temple? Hmmm? Interesting. Now who do you say I am? This question was pointed at the ones closest to Him, His disciples. They had been with Him and were the ones who knew Him best. Did they believe He was a reincarnation of a former prophet? Or was He something or someone else? Of course, it was Simon who spoke up first, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.'

Finally it was spoken! The true identity of Jesus as The Christ, the Messiah, the Promised One of God. So what did that mean? Simply stated, it meant that God had once again been faithful to His Word and all humankind was to be given the chance of restoration! A New Kingdom, The Kingdom of God was established. A holy community was being established on earth -- the church. This is a message that is as new today as it was then. Have you heard of Jesus? Who is He to you? Was He a good man, a teacher, a prophet or something else? Is He a figure of history or someone who is alive and with you every day? The message is titled, 'The Plan'.'

If you don't have a home church, you are welcome to join us every Sunday to discover more about Jesus and God's plan for your life. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship services start at 10:30 a.m. No matter where you attend be present and be blessed.

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 3rd grade)

This week's childrens church teachers will be Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge.

7 p.m.-Evening Service

Monday at 7 p.m. Awana meeting, if you are interested in helping this year please attend this meeting.

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

Ladies Bible Study group will not meet again until Thursday, Sept. 15.

The message this week is 'Take Me to Your Leader,' Hebrews 2:11. Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family, so Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.'

JeKeNSa church camp has come and gone for the year 2011. We are in the planning stages for 2012 at this time. Camp will be held, June 24-28 in 2012. Start praying right now about what your commitment will be. We need some younger parents to step and take over some of the positions at camp.

This year we had between 80-85 campers from the ages of 9-18 years. Even though it was one of the hottest weeks of the year everyone enjoyed the time spent at camp. Praise the Lord! Air conditioning was brought online for the first day.

A special thanks to two of our area ministers for their help. Both Chris Gregg, of First Christian Church, and Jeff Bridgewater, of Bea Ridge, offered our chapels services on one of the days.


--The Charles Hapenny Memorial Help A Family at Christmas Golf Scramble has been set for Oct.15 at 1 p.m. at Forest Park Golf Course. We were able to help 57 children from 24 families last year. The golf scramble proceeds helped supply approximately $3500 in clothing , with individual families purchasing approximately $300 in toys for the children. If you play golf, or even if you don't, come out and support this effort.

A trip is being planned to the Creation Museum. We went there several years ago and everyone seemed to enjoy the museum. Please contact Randy Hill for additional information.

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: Daniel was accused of breaking the law of the Medes and Persians by prayingthree times a day, Daniel 6:13

This week's question doesn't come from a book or a website, and the answer can only come from within you: What can I do to help our children (or adults) bring God and Jesus back into all areas of life? Does my life (the way I live) reflect what my faith and Jesus teaches? Do I need to make changes?

I really would like to hear from all on this whether you attend our church or another , everyone's travels are different but we all may have the same destination, you can email me, pmann228@hotmail.com or you can leave me a comment in my mailbox at church. No names will be published.

Until next week...

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. Luke 2:1

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 come worship with us.

We are a non-denominational church that worships God through Jesus Christ.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Parish is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor presiding. Mass schedule: Saturday 6:30 pm, Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.

Parish office hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Phone: 812-448-1901 Email: annunciationchurch@msn.com

Father Rightor will be on vacation beginning Aug. 20-Sept. 12. Mass will not be held at 12:30 on Sundays during this time. Morning mass will be limited to 9 a.m. on Aug. 24-31 only.

Our All Parish meeting was held on Aug.17. The Terre Haute Deanery informed our Parish of strategic plans for closing several churches in our Deanery. Lee Ann Mann is our liaison to the Terre Haute Planning Team. Call Lee Ann with any questions or concerns at 812-243-0236. She will be more than happy to answer questions.

CCD classes will be in session soon after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. If you have ever wanted to teach our youth, now is your opportunity. All instructional materials are provided. Share your talent and the love of our faith with the youngsters of Annunciation!

The Knights of Columbus will host a video presentation entitled 'Interpretation of the Scriptures' on Aug. 22 at Kennedy Crossing. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a meal of spaghetti, salad and bread followed by the video. Bring your family for a meal and fellowship with the Knights!

Renovations continue in the Rectory on the plumbing configuration and HVAC (heating/cooling) system. Crews are working daily to assure that the Rectory will be in good, sound condition before Father Rightor returns.

Saturday was a hot one, but the Lady Knights braved the weather for a worthy cause. Many wonderful donations were contributed making the yard sale a great success. The Parish Center new floor fund has profited from all the hard work of the Ladies and wonderful donators!

Doors open at Kennedy Crossing for Bingo on Sunday, 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. Grab a friend and enjoy an evening out!

We invite you to submit your experiences relating to faith and prayer in this column. Always welcome is news of upcoming events and Church projects. Email to: boilerfanburk@aim.com.

We pray this week for the success and happiness of our children as they begin another school year. May they all be kind and compassionate to each other and realize that all people are different. We pray for their success in their studies and any challenges that they encounter.

We also pray for the sick and those less fortunate than us. Remember always our armed forces and law enforcement for their selfless efforts assuring our safety. Always we thank God for our many Blessings that we enjoy each day.

Have a Blessed week.

First Baptist Church

Sunday School teachers were recognized during last Sunday's service and everyone was invited to attend the picnic at Forest Park. Thank you Christian Ed. Committee and Jason for organizing the entertainment, food and games. We all enjoyed the fried chicken, carry-in dishes and fellowship time.

This Sunday programs begin at 9:30 a.m. with classes for growing and knowing. Coffee is available and the young people will have their snacks.

Worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark. Shirley Hinton and Tim Grindle have planned the music for the service. There is an adult-staffed nursery available. Elementary students are dismissed from the sanctuary if they wish to attend KidMo, a children's worship service. There is an elevator available to carry you safely to and from the sanctuary.

The Teens begin their school schedule this Sunday. They will meet at 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Evening worship service meets at 6 p.m., with choir practice to follow.

Teen Girls' Bible Study will meet with Mrs. Stacey Thompson Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Through-the-Bible Study meets Wednesday at 12:15. We meet in the coolness of the fellowship room.

The ROCK alternative worship service is at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Pastor Mark Thompson will have the message and Jason Wendell Rushlow leads the music.

We continue to remember or students and teachers in prayer. Soon our college students will be starting their year and we want to lift them up in prayer also.

Devotions this week reminded us that God created our beautiful Earth. God is pleased with the beauty of it. When God looks at us he also looks at the inward beauty of our hearts. How do we recognize a fine embroidery or quilting? It will look as good underneath as is does on top.

Worship and study with us this week at First Baptist on South Walnut Street. Call 448-8112 for more information.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

The Lord has blessed us in many ways through the summer months. The Sunday night youth ministry remained strong and we continue to have new people attend. As much as that encourages us what brings us the greatest joy and hope is knowing that God's Word is true, that God keeps His promises and He never, ever changes.

We continue to be encouraged, challenged and uplifted in the faith through the faithful preaching of the Word each Sunday. Pastor Gordon is continuing to take us through the book of Philippians. This past week the message was Philippians 4:1-3. The title was 'Pursuing Harmony in the Church'. Harmony does not happen automatically and it can be lost quite easily. Even mature Christians can lose that unity when matters are not resolved.

Harmony can be a reality. However, if a conflict between two people (differences of opinions, interests, etc.) is left unresolved it weakens the ministry of the church and can lead to disharmony throughout (v. 2). We were shown from verse 3 that when a conflict is not being resolved then other mature believers are to help. But, the two parties have the responsibility to get it done. Help does not come in the form of taking sides but helping them to 'agree with each other in the Lord'. In other words, they need to think and act like Christ and not be thinking of themselves (2:3-4). It is good to know that harmony can be anticipated and how important it is to resolve conflicts.

We invite you to learn more about us from our website www.brazilbible.org and by visiting us. Sunday Worship is at 10 a.m. We also have an evening service this week at 6:30. On the 28th the Sunday night teen ministry will meet form 6-7:30 p.m.

We are located on South 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. If you have any questions you can contact Pastor Gordon at 812-240-3003.

Peniel United Methodist Church

End of August coming up, schools are underway and summer will soon be gone! The children in the Clay County School System received a 'mountain' of school supplies from our very generous church congregation! In my opinion our church is not only one of the very friendliest, but also one of the most hard working and generous. One of the congregation recently stated that 'He was so pleased to be part of a church that he could proudly bring his friends and knew they would be welcome and well received.' Think about it -- isn't that what it should be about? We invite everyone to come and be part of our service.

Another project is saving the labels and box tops for the schools and cancellation stamps - a container is provided at the front of the church.

Canned fruits are the needed items by the Food Pantry in Brazil for this week.

Looking ahead to Aug. 27, the Town and Country United Methodist Men will have a family pitch-in at the Peniel Church at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the air condition comfort, plus no bees or ants at this picnic!

One of our pews was filled with Eric and Wendy Wiegand and their friends and children. So nice to have more youngsters at the services.

Between Sunday School and Church Services, there will be refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Have a cup of coffee and a pastry and enjoy meeting and greeting new and old!

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the military members serving our country. Three of these have ties to our Church: Joshua Cormican, Nathaniel Andrews and Jeff Webster. It is hard to imagine what they are going through while we are safe and secure in our homes.

Sunday's Scripture is St. Matthew 16: 13-20

Pastor Pippin's message is 'The Heart of the Matter.'

Sunday Schools begins at 9:45 with church services at 10:45.

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

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and a prayer and praises to the Lord. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing. Peg then sang then special number, "Why should God bless America." The theme of the song was for God to forgive our sins, heal our land and to bless America. What a wonderful song, what well meaning words, covering our ills asking God to bless and heal our many faults.

Brother Thomas then brought our prayer for grieving families whom lost loved ones this past week, our shut-ins, spoken and unspoken, sick in the hospital and our military in harms way.

Following prayer, Pastor Thomas stated that it's been a rough week for our church family with the passing of a member whom left many loved ones to go be with the Lord. Because of Adam in the garden and what he did, then God said that all shall die from this Earth. You've got to believe in God and Jesus his son. Then what you do in life and what you allow him to do for you.

Jesus died but sent his Holy Spirit to come to us in our belief to see us through. Brother Thomas says that he gets upset when he hears someone say, "I lost my mother or day today." No one whom believes in Jesus Christ as their personal savior is ever lost.

John 14:1-3, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

He tells us there is no sun or moon in heaven, because the son is the light. Just think, one of these days there's gonna be a place that's perfect. Old friends that were feeble will be walking around with those that had been blind on Earth but not seeing you and it says the lion will lay down beside the lamb.

Sometimes we hear someone say that God owes them something. We owe God everything. He paid it all just for you and me.

Eternity is forever, no time clocks in heaven. The temperature will be perfect. No one will have to wear a sweater or use a hand fan. No pain nor death. It tells us right in that verse and that should be enough for any of us to come to the Lord.

What is your life anyway? Just a vapor. It's very short on this Earth no matter what age you are right now. Do not be deceived and live for God today. For no matter how or when. We will have fulfilled our mission on Earth. He's already prepared the way for us. He gave us that promise, so take solace in knowing Jesus offers eternal life with him.

Brother Thomas and Beverly and the church family invite you to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. for Sunday School, at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m., Evening Service at 6 p.m. and Ladies Bible Study on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Lots of parking space and air conditioning.

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