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Friday, August 26, 2011

First United Methodist Church

With his recent appointment at First United Methodist Church, Pastor Steve Loft has been encouraging the church to grow in experiencing the bond they have through faith in Jesus Christ.

In September, he will be completing a series of messages using different biblical titles that describe the church. The different analogies range from common expressions such as Christians (Acts 11:26) and Children of God (John 10:10-13) to more graphic images like the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27) and Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-14).

Many people have been encouraged to grow in their relationships with Christ and his church. Pastor Steve and his wife Andrea are getting settled into the Brazil community and are feeling blessed to be a part of First United Methodist Church in Clay County.

They invite members of the community to meet them at one of the two Sunday worship experiences at 9 a.m., and 11 a.m.

The church building is located at 201 N. Meridian Street, Brazil.

The themes for the next two Sundays are the Body of Christ (Aug. 28) and Co-Laborers with Christ (Sept. 4).

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

Did and does God divinely heal?

Come join us as we trust the living God to do what is written in His word.

We will be presenting a divine healing seminar today at 2 p.m., at the Bandshell in Forest Park.

For transportation, call us at 201-3966 or 442-8470.

If you can't attend today and don't have a home church, visit us tomorrow at 100 N. Forest Avenue. Our services are at 11 a.m., and 7 p.m.

Our message is Pentecostal, Evangelistic and Patriotic.

We need a Holy Ghost, soul saving revival to shake America.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church. Where has the summer gone, the kids have gone back to school, football has started and the crops are not too far from being ready to harvest. We must use our time wisely, for God has given us 24/7 to live for Him, but we waste so much of His time on ourselves and our selfish desires. Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you." So redeem the time because our Lord Jesus Christ could come at anytime.

This week I would like to share an article fro the Rev. Charles Stanley from In Touch Ministries. It will bless you.

Our culture greatly values outward appearance and athletic prowess. As a result, many of us think negatively about our bodies. We compare ourselves with others and conclude we do not measure up to society's ideal. Such unhealthy comparisons can lead us into an emotional downward spiral. But the Lord sees things differently.

First, God made us--male and female--in His image, and then called what He had created "good" (Gen. 1:31). He knitted each of us in the womb (Ps. 139:13 NIV); no one is exactly like anyone else. From the Lord's perspective, we are each uniquely made, with both value and purpose.

Second, our importance to the Father is seen in His Son's sacrifice on our behalf. Christ shed His blood and paid for our sins so that we might be set free from the penalty and power of sin. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to take our place on the cross (1 John 4:10).

Finally, God designed man to be in relationship with Him. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and had communion with the Creator. Abraham followed the Lord and was called God's friend (James 2:23). Through faith in Jesus, we have become children of God and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17 NIV). Our whole being--body, soul, and spirit--belongs to Him.

The media bombards us with how to be prettier, stronger and more popular. But such pursuits don't bring lasting satisfaction. Contentment is found when we remember how precious we are to God: He created us, our Savior died for us and the Holy Spirit lives in us.

Special events: Old fashioned Ice Cream Social Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m. There will be home-made ice cream, hot dogs and many home-made desserts. There will be a moon walk for kids of all ages. Riley and Cassie Hendrixson from the Greencastle area will be the special music for the evening. So come out and enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship. And the best news of all it's free.

Oct. 15-Beyond The Ashes from Nashville tennessee will be here to minister to us in song. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken to help support their ministry.

Oct. 16-Homecoming Sunday at Otter Creek Church. More details at a later date.

We invite you out to Otter Creek Christian Church, "The little country church with a Big Heart for God," located at 6299 North Crow Street, Brazil. Our service times are as follows Tuesday Women Bible Study at the Home of Mary Lou Farris, at 10 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and Worship is at 10:40 a.m. If you need prayer you may call the church 812-446-5300 by 9:15 on Sunday mornings or you may call 812-446-4007 Pastor Steve's home or call his cell 812-249-1715.

Please remember our military men and women and their families in your prayers and all of our Pastors. Until we meet again either by way of this article or in person May God richly bless you and keep you in His Everlasting Arms.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with a few remarks and gave the opening prayer of thanks and praise to the Lord.

Peg Parksey then led the congregational singing with, "Sweeter as the years go by," and "He lifted me," two fine old songs with great meaning.

The special number was sung by Sandra Jenkins dedicated to the memory of Byron Halfhill Jr., "God Sent Angels," and Eddie Dickison sang, "I'm Nearer Home than I was Yesterday."

We can say that Byron fought a good fight and God saw fit to take him home.

Brother Ken opened with Matthew chapter 5, where people were gathering to see Jesus. Crowds would hear of his whereabouts and quickly gather to hear him speak and perform miracles.

Jesus beginneth His sermon on the mount, declaring who are blessed, exhortheth to suffer wrong, to love our enemies and to labor after perfectness. Seeing the multitudes, he had went up into the mountain and when he was set, his disciples came unto him and he opened his mouth and taught them. Hence, we read where he taught the beatitudes, which began with "Blessed are the poor in spirit."

When Jesus blesses, then you are really blessed. Being blessed is more than just being joyful. You will feel the difference and others will see the difference in you.

I believe that God has something planned for each one of us, far better than we ever could plan for ourselves. Here in this old world, people seek wealth, power and authority -- in Bible times, they sought the same things.

In God's Kingdom, there is no wealth, power and authority. What are we seeking after? Only by reading God's word can we renew our mind.

What must we do to be saved? The scriptures tell us that we must repent and be saved. Blessed are you whom have claimed Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord.

Brother Thomas, Beverly and the Community Missionary Church family invite you to visit us at 21 West Pinckley Street, Brazil.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30, and evening services is at 6 p.m. There is plenty of parking, and the church is air conditioned. Ladies Bible study is Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The Ladies of the Church are collecting small boxes of juice for Serving On The Streets and will close at the end of August.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Do you remember your first date? Do you remember how you felt? My first "date" was when I was 10 years old. I was a Camp Fire Girl and our leaders decided we needed to have a formal dance.

It was during World War II, so our mothers made us all evening dresses out of feed sacks. My date was a boy named Lum Edwards. Our leaders taught us to dance -- two steps to the right and one step back to the left. When we got to the other side of the room we had to stop, turn around, and two step, one step back to the other side of the room.

What I remember most about the entire experience is how anxious I felt about asking a boy to our dance. Would I like him? Would he like me? Would he even show up? What would the evening be like? Oh, worry, worry, worry!

Well, we had our first date at our church this past Sunday. Our new minister did show up, but all those 10-year-old worries got there before he did. We were all anxious about what he would be like and what he would think of us, etc. All went well. Our anxieties are gone. We liked both him and his wife and we think they liked us. I am sure they felt just as anxious about coming to our church as we did, but everyone left smiling. I only pray that Rick, our old pastor, had a very successful Sunday with his new church, too. Not only was he our pastor, but he was our friend and we will miss him.

The United Methodist Men will have their annual picnic at Peniel UMC this evening, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Remember that the picnic has been changed from Forest Park to Peniel because of the heat. Each family is asked to bring a covered dish or two and place setting for themselves.

Our regular Administrative Board Meeting has been changed from Sept. 19 to Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.

September 17 is a big day for Carbon. It is the day of the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fish Fry. It is a big day for our church, too. We will have a Quilt and Art Show upstairs, a Bazaar downstairs, and our Kid's Karnival outside. Come to Carbon and have a good fish dinner and then meander on down to our church to see what is going on down there. It will make a good evening out.

Don't forget...our worship time has changed from 10:30 to 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. I, for one, will enjoy the new time. We hope to see you Sunday.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. We hope you have had an opportunity to see the new look to our building.

This Sunday is our Friend Day, so hopefully, you have invited friends and relatives to be with us. There will not be any Sunday School, and our worship service will be at 10 a.m. instead of 10:30. Upward Journey will be presenting special music. A fellowship meal in the form of a cookout will be provided immediately following the service.

There will be a church board meeting Sept. 1.

We also hope you have marked your calendars for Sept. 13. A luncheon will be provided honoring our local law enforcement and firemen. If you plan on attending or want to help in anyway, let Ruth Roberts or Alta Ooley know and sign up by Sept. 9.

It was good to see Jan back with us last Sunday. We still want to keep her and others in our congregation who are having difficulties in our prayers. God is good and does listen to our prayers. He may not always answer them the way we want, but He does answer them.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, what better time to start coming than when food is being served. We would love for you to come be with us. We have a good time in the name of the Lord. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Just a few days left in August. Are you ready for snow?! Just kidding. But, I suppose it won't be long.

This is the last day for the Old Settlers Picnic in Bowling Green. When it's that time of year you know summer is on the way out. If you are going to come to the Old Settlers today, look for our Crazy Suckers stand. We are selling hand made, "tongue-friendly" suckers in fourteen flavors. The money goes to support our ongoing mission effort in Cap Haitian, Haiti.

Tomorrow Pastor Bob Kumpf is looking at the book of Matthew again, chapter 16, verses 21-28. Here's what he has to say about the message. "This is the passage where Jesus began to teach and prepare the disciples for the suffering, death and resurrection that waited for Him in Jerusalem. This week we see a different side of Peter who had just proclaimed to all that Jesus was 'the Christ, the Son of the living God'. Peter had assumed that the Messiah would not only be powerful and authoritative, but also rich and prosperous. He probably felt like so many of us today, 'Surely anyone who finds God's favor will be blessed with wealth and good fortune!' Again, this was a teaching moment for Jesus who was quick to rebuke Peter and let him know that worldly gains were not riches the Father had planned. Eternal riches come to those who give rather than receive, those who deny themselves for the sake of others. Jesus begins to tell the disciples of the cost 'taking up their cross and following him'. The message is titled, 'Jackpot'."

Hope you will join us in Sunday School and worship services. Be in the house of the Lord tomorrow. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Bee Ridge Church

Here are some upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

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: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Our Parish is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor presiding. Mass is Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. We have Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Parish office hours: p.m. Phone: 812-448-1901 Email: annunciation church@msn.com

The only morning Mass for this month will be Aug. 31, at 9 a.m. Regular morning Masses will begin again when Father Rightor returns from his vacation in September.

Mass intentions are always accepted at the Parish office. Mass intentions are for the living as well as those passed. Remember your special someone with this extraordinary gift.

The All Parish meeting with the Deanery took place on Aug. 17. Parishioners were informed of the process to close four Parishes in our Deanery. We should all be praying for those going through the process of closing their Parish. Consider how we would feel at Annunciation if that happened to us. Let us extend our prayers, compassion and understanding to those experiencing this loss. It actually is a great loss to all of us. And, let us especially open our hearts and our Church to our Sister Parish, Holy Rosary, in their time of need. A lovely Parish attended by wonderful people. Our prayers are with you.

CCD classes begin soon now that school is in session: Sept. 11 is the first class! Be sure to enroll your child for class after the Sunday morning Mass. Lots of spiritual learning plus fun activities await our young Parishioners.

The new schedule for servers, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and ushers will be created soon. If you have plans for vacation or to be away, please let the Parish office know! Thank you to all of you for your service during Mass.

Do you have a crafty talent? A Prayer Shawl Ministry is in the works. If you know how to knit or crochet or possibly do hair pin lace, this is the group for you. These folks are even willing to instruct you if you have an interest in learning to do any of these crafts. Shawls will be taken to nursing homes or homebound parishioners. This is a wonderful ministry. Don't miss out!

It's never too early to start stock piling food and hygiene items for the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry. The selfless volunteers at the Pantry can use your donations all year through. Let's make this often forgotten ministry a priority again as it was in years past. And, don't forget to go through your coats and warm clothes. The Pantry accepts all donations and distributes them to the less fortunate at no charge. A food drive isn't needed to remember to be charitable.

Planning on attending the Clinton's Little Italy Festival over Labor Day weekend? Sacred Heart Parish (Clinton) will have their annual spaghetti dinner in the large tent on festival grounds. Enjoy a traditional spaghetti meal with the wonderful folks of Sacred Heart.

As always we pray for the sick of our Parish and community. We pray for the less fortunate. We pray that those who have lost their way to be Blessed with a hope and faith in God. We pray for those that have left the Church that they may find their way back.

Have a Blessed week.

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 3rd grade)

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

Evening service is at 7 p.m.

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

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

The message for this week is "Allowing Christ to Change Us" Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything , I will pay back four times the amount.

Looking ahead...

The "Charlie Hapenny Memorial" Help-A-Family at Christmas Golf Scramble has been set for 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 $3000 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 : doesn't come from a book or a web site, 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?

One answer that I received: Daily surrendering to God and making a complete commitment will bring God & Jesus back into all areas of our lives. Understanding that loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves is crucial. We will serve others in Jesus' name when we see them the way God sees them.

Seek first the Kingdom of God and all his righteousness... People need to better understand the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is God's rule and reign in our hearts, so when our hearts are not fully surrendered; we are not experiencing the joys and blessings that God wants for us and wants us to share with those we reach out to with God's love.

The Kingdom of God is what is and also what is to come. May God continually prepare our hearts that our lives are about seeking the things of God instead of being satisfied with those temporary things this world offers.

Much of today's culture is about trying to build our own Kingdom instead of God's Kingdom by living a selfish and self-centered life. The Christian life is about living a Christ-centered life in humility thinking of others before ourselves.

We all need to be more loving, more humble, more committed, more surrendered and more passionate.

We have the potential to worship God in each moment with every encounter we have with others.

As promised no names, but I want to thank you for sharing this with me. This question remains for this week also.

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...

Luke 2:2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.

We are located two miles north of United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 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.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the fellowship and services of worship at First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street just two blocks south of Riddell Bank.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with all classes in the Christian Ed- wing. This is Donut Fellowship Sunday so along with the coffee will be breakfast drinks and a variety of donuts, so come early to the Fellowship room!

This is distribution Sunday for your new lesson books and it's the best time to make sure you get one for home study. There are always some available in the classrooms.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is a large, secure, beautifully decorated nursery which is adult supervised. If you notice youngsters quietly leaving the sanctuary, they are going to KidMo interactive worship.

Evening programs begin at 5:30 p.m., with the American Baptist Youth (ABY). If you are in middle or high school, you are invited to attend.

Evening workship is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7 p.m. They may be gearing up for Christmas music.

All teen girls of the community are invited to a Girls' Bible Study Tuesday, at 7:30 meeting with Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday Bible Study is studying the Acts of the Apostles and the early church. They meet in the fellowship room at 12:15.

If you are between a rock and a hard place, go to the Rock. The Rock alternative worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m.

Besides all the opportunities at church for worship, study and service, there is the opportunity to make that first acceptance of Christ as your Lord and Savior.

There are also opportunities to pray, praise and grow in our knowledge and faith through daily devotions using the Wednesday guides, Sunday school lesson books, Bible and devotion guides. Your Secret Place and Daily Bread will be available this Sunday.

If you wish more information about FBC, stop by or call 448-8112.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Schools have started, gardens are finishing (where is that needed rain?), summer has passed so quickly. Still we have much to be thankful for - no tornados, hurricanes or the exceptional heat and drought to our south.

Peniel welcomed two new members to the church on Aug. 21 - Julie Bricker and her father, Roger King. They will be a great asset to the congregation, both are excellent artists and Julie has a very nice voice!

There were 2,014 items donated to the children in Clay County Community Schools! Next project is health kits that will go to Haiti. Needed items are listed on the bulletin board.

Choir practice will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Due to regulations, there is a need for helpers for Sunday Church Services for the youth. Two adults must be with the children. A sign-up sheet is available.

Many thanks for all the great work done by Linda Webster, but the rules require she has a helper. It was great to see 13 children lined up front to hear Pastor Pippin's Children Moment. His talk to them this week will be "A Paycheck!"

The Scripture reading is St. Matthew 16:21-28 and the message from our Pastor: "Called to Follow Jesus."

Don't forget the personal items needed by the Food Pantry for this week.

Sunday School begins at 9:45 and Church Services at 10:45 - Join us!

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

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