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Church News

Friday, September 30, 2011

Center Point United Methodist Church

Our first Christmas Bags for Haiti effort was successful and satisfying. We sent 40 bags for children ages 5-21.

We also sent some other school related items that were not on the list of items going into the bags. These items will go to the teachers at the schools to use as they need them. The bags going to the individual children needed to be basically the same thing.

There are many churches in the area participating in this program. If you would like to find out more about this ministry go to christmasbagsforHaiti.com.

Today being Oct. 1, means it won't be long before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those Christmas bags we prepared have already put me in the mood for the holidays. But, we do have quite a few days before they come along, and taking one day at a time will prepare us for the blessings awaiting us in the days ahead. Hopefully, we will be able to be part of God's plan to bless others as well.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I understand that we may have frost by Sunday. Do you have the garden and your flowers laid by for winter? You know, we live in a wonderful area where the seasons definitely change and we can look forward to each one as the year progresses.

Down in southern Texas where I grew up there were no drastic seasonal changes. It was hard to generate enthusiasm about season changes when the live oak trees never lost their leaves and the palm trees ended up with Christmas lights hanging on them.

We basically wore the same clothes all year long. I've spent the past week changing my sweat shirts and corduroy pants to the front of the closet and putting the shorts and T-shirts to the back.

Each sweat shirt is an old friend that I haven't seen for a long time. We take all these seasonal changes for granted, but just stop and think what it took to set this old world in space and get everything working as perfectly as it does.

You can call it chance or science, but I call it God.

A month ago, we wouldn't even begin to think about a wiener roast because it was so hot. Now we are looking forward to our annual church wiener roast on Oct. 7, in the church yard. Everyone is invited. It will last from 5-8 p.m. Plan to come enjoy the evening with us.

On Oct. 16, we will have Mary Jo Archer as our guest speaker for the morning worship service. It is always great to have her and her group with us for the morning. Plan on coming that morning to hear her. Let's have a good attendance that day.

The Town & Country United Methodist Men will have their monthly meeting here at Carbon on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m. Men, don't forget to attend!

Hope to see you tomorrow at morning worship. It is at 9:30 now.

Little Historic Church at Carbon

The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have their Friday program on Oct. 7.

There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m.

This month the entertainment will be provided by the Graybeards.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Fall is upon us, the Popcorn Festival is ending and in a few days the Covered Bridge Festival begins.

While all of this is taking place, have you looked closely at the beauty around you? Have you really thought of the words of that lovely hymn: "How Great Thou Art?"

It is so true.

After Church on Sunday, there will be a pitch-in dinner for Habitat for Humanity -- everyone is invited to participate.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, will be choir practice at 7 p.m. New members are welcome and needed. The choir will start practice on the Christmas Cantata soon.

We have Pat Shea as choir director. He has a great voice, and from a viewer's point puts everyone at ease -- enjoying the music. Accompanying the choir are our talented pianist, Dolores Swearingen and organist, Tom Price. How fortunate we are to have such dedicated people!

Box ministry is ready for donations. There is a list of needed items on the bulletin board.

The boxes are for children wherever needed.

End of October is the deadline for donations.

Don't forget the Food Pantry needs. This week's item is personal items.

A bar of soap or even little bottles of shampoo etc. given out by the motels and hotels.

Les Webster will be greeting you before Sunday School, at 9:45, and Lois Cassidy before Worship Service, at 10:45.

This being the first Sunday of the month, communion will be offered to all those who wish to partake.

The scripture this Sunday is Philippians 3: 4b - 14.

Pastor Pippin's message for the Children will be "Puffed Up" and for Worship Service: "Dying to Live Losing in Order to Win!"

For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489. We are located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil.

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events:

Sunday Oct 2: Bethel United Methodist Church (924 East Pinkley) is hosting Jeff's Firm Foundation Group, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the music.

Saturday, Oct. 22: Fall Party & Hay Ride beginning at 6 p.m. Ham & beans will be served. Everyone is encouraged to attend and asked to bring a covered dish.

Saturday, Nov. 12: Bee Ridge Thanksgiving Dinner, from 4-7 p.m., at Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center. Watch for more details soon.

Bee Ridge Church is located 1.5 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.

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) teachers this week are Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney.

7 p.m., Evening Service.

TUESDAY at 2 p.m., Ladies Nursing Home Ministries 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 "What Kind of Christian?" 1 Thessalonians 1:3 "Your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

Looking ahead...

* The "Charlie 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 $3,500 in clothing, with individual families purchasing approximately (corrected amount) $3,000 in toys for the children, for a total of approximately $6,500.

If you play golf or even if you don't, come out and support this effort.

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.

When you read this article there will be approximately 46 from the church and local area at the Creation Museum near Cincinnati. We will give you an update on the trip next week!

We still need two people for our AWANA share times, it only takes about 10 minutes. It could be a Bible story for the younger kids or a personal experience or a 15 minute craft. Please pray about this and see if you could help.****

Last week's question: The psalmist said the swallowhad found a place to lay her young in the altar of the Lord. The answer is in Psalm 84:3.

This week's question is: Jesus likened His feelings for Jerusalem to a _who gathers her young under her wings. The answer is in Matthew 23. Email me your answer at pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

October is upon us and this year is winding down.

I have had a lot of fun doing the question of the week, and I have learned a lot as well. I need to know if you would like this to continue next year or see something different.

Do you enjoy the questions? What do you want to see? Email me at pmann228@hotmail.com with your thoughts!

Did you know that if you spend $1.07 a day on a soda or drink 7 days a week 365 days a year and then stopped and started saving that, you could bank $390.55 a year. I did it with smoking.

When you put it in dollar amounts it makes you stop and think. What could I do with that money if I just put it in a jar and let it build ... So what if I have to make my own tea or give up a soda every now and then ... isn't the end result worth it? Your health and your wealth!

Luke 2:9 "An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified."

Billboard sign: Let's meet at my house before the game­--GOD.

Have a blessed week.

We are located 2 miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road or 2 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.

Christ Community Church

A benefit yard sale for the family of Kenny Stewart will be today, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Christ Community Church, two miles north of Brazil, on SR 59.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.

Well, fall is officially here, and there are leaves turning on the trees and a chill in the air.

Time to get out the leaf rakes and put on the fall jackets and enjoy this time of year, but don't forget about the one who created the changing of the seasons.

Got a question for you: Have you ever been stressed out over things that we can't do anything about?

The Bible has a lot of scripture about how to handle stress.

One of them comes from Hebrews 4:9-11, "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience."

Too must stress, especially stress that is not relieved by times of rest and renewal -- can harm us physically, mentally and spiritually.

To a great extent, Christians are caught up in the same rat race as everyone else.

We have let our values become distorted and don't see life clearly from God's perspective.

We've lost some of our distinctiveness; our lives are almost identical to those of people who are not committed to Christ.

As a result, I believe we are violating very basic laws that God has set down for our bodies.

And we may be doing all this in the name of the one who came to save us from our need to earn salvation.

Christians must wake up to the fact that they are burning themselves out just as quickly as everyone else is.

Change is occurring too rapidly and hurry sickness is so rampant in our society that avoiding stress damage takes an extra effort.

And the sad fact is that relatively few people -- even Christians -- are making that extra effort.

Special events at OCCC:

Oct. 15 -- 7 p.m., Beyond The Ashes will be in concert. Loving offering will be taken to help support the group,

Oct. 16 -- 10:40 a.m., Homecoming Sunday. Lyle Monnett will bring the morning message with a pitch-in dinner to follow the service.

Everyone come and enjoy the special time with us,

Oct. 21 -- Hayride/wiener roast.

You are invited to come and join us as we worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:40.

We have a Ladies Bible Study that meets on Tuesdays, at 10 a.m. Call 446-4007 for location.

You may call the church at 446-5300, or Pastor Steve's home at 446-4007, or cell at 812-249-3309.

Please pray for our military men and women and families. Until we meet again by way of this article or in person, may God richly bless you and your family.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist on South Walnut Street. We invite you to any and all of our times of worship, study and fellowship.

Have you been looking forward to October? Hope so, because it's here!

Very few of us, if any, will be involved with the old schedules of butchering a cow and hog, smoking those slabs of bacon and hams, winterizing the windows and gathering the firewood.

Many more today will be attending the many festivals.

Hopefully, your desire is to be in corporate worship of God and our Christ Jesus.

Sunday morning Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., with classes for all ages. Morning worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson.

An adult-staffed nursery is provided.

Children are dismissed for KidMo following Communion if they wish to attend.

This Communion Sunday is a very special time as it is also World Communion Sunday.

All Christians around this Earth will be celebrating Communion.

This is a special time to know we are joining together with fellow believers in Jesus Christ who are worshiping in India, Chili or across the street.

Sunday evening Youth and AWANA will begin at 5:30 p.m. There is an evening worship beginning at 6. Choir practice meets at 7:15.

Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., the girls' Bible Study will meet with Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Mid-week Bible Study meets in the fellowship room at 12:15 p.m., on Wednesday.

The ROCK worship service is Thursday, at 7 p.m., in the sanctuary. Come as you are; no need to get all "fixed up."

Getting fixed up is what can happen when you invite God in your life.

There is also a nursery and KidMo, a worship service for children.

Our church, along with other American Baptist Churches, will give more attention to our missionaries and our mission work around the globe as we give to the World Mission Offering.

This is also Pastor Appreciation Month.

Call the church at 448-8112 for more information, or come to any of our services at 413 S. Walnut Street. See you Sunday.

Community Missionary Church

Visiting lay minister, Brian Rice, filled in for Brother Ken Thomas today and opened services with Peg Parksey leading the congregational singing and Sandra Jenkins sang our special number in song, "All the Way."

A rather new number with lots of meaning.

Brother Rice's service was taken from Malachi 3:13-18, I Corinthians 15:58 and Philip 2.

"They weren't saying nice kind words about Jesus. Something like when you are at work and while on a break someone will bring up an unkind word about the boss or another worker not present. We've all been there. It's easy to get on the bandwagon when he isn't there ... Then perhaps all of a sudden, a family member walks up hearing some of the unkind words. You might suddenly think, 'My, oh my ... What had I said and what others said ...,' Does God ever hear our thoughts? Then too, we look to God and we think we've done all we can do -- we pray and we seem to not get anywhere ... And those words, 'Be ye steadfast ... Always abounding in the work of the Lord."

If you're serving the Lord, keep on serving Him even though it seems that you are not getting anywhere -- keep on going.

We are saved to serve.

We are healed to serve.

We are blessed to bless.

Life's not fair. Dad says my son, I don't care -- life's just not fair. But we must stay the course. To the end and keep serving the Lord.

What a life if we lose out; we need to look at ourselves and check to make sure we aren't envious of those around us whom don't go to church, whom seem to prosper even though they might be unsaved.

God is not there just to meet our needs.

We need to share our Lord with others. When you have a need, pray with others, and share God's love.

Some steps that will help you stay the course is working on interjecting the word of God into your conversation; get with your best friend and share a deeper reverence of God with them.

Build one another up. God will do what's best for you.

He remembers you and claims you -- He treasures you.

If you don't know the Lord today, don't put it off for another day as the hour draws nigh in every life.

Make your vow today to go with God.

Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, invites one and all to visit us.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30, and evening service is at 6 p.m. There is plenty of parking and room for all visitors.

The church completed the collection of food for the food pantry with the last Sunday in September. With the S.I.S. group, Bible Study is at 6 p.m., on Wednesdays.

All ladies are invited and encouraged to bring friends.

Lilly Fisher will host the Class of Brazil High School 1945, in our fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 1.

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church invites you to come and share with us in worship, fellowship and friendship.

We gather each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school, and we have classes for every age group, including four adult classes from which you might choose.

Then, at 10:30, we meet in our beautiful sanctuary for worship that is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary.

This week, when we join the Christians worldwide for World Communion Sunday, Rev. Charnstrom's message is titled, "God Unlimited: Great Expectations."

The scripture is taken from Isaiah 60, verses 1-5a and 19-22, John 9: 1-7, 24-34, and Philippians 3: 4b-14.

Last Sunday, the weekend after our revival, we celebrated the dedication and consecration of our new shelter. Next weekend, we will celebrate homecoming; several former pastors have been invited and the whole community is encouraged to join in the festivities, which will include a worship service Sunday at 10:30 led by our District Superintendent, Rev. Judi Purvis.

We think it is an exciting time to be a part of Union UMC and we invite you to come and see for yourself. We are a welcoming community of faith, dedicated to ministry through missions here at home and across the globe.

Come and find where you fit in God's plan for the world.

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