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Friday, October 14, 2011

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First Christian Church

First Christian Church in Brazil would like to invite the community to its annual Country Day program Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., in the church auditorium. This year's program will feature Marie McGlone, a high school freshman from Marshall, Ill., along with several First Christian Church musicians, vocalists and choir.

McGlone has been performing at festivals, charitable benefit shows, nursing homes, schools and basically for anyone who would listen to her, and competing in contests in four different states since she was 7-years-old. She has placed or won contests in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Illinois, including back-to-back championships in Illinois in 2006 and 2007. Marie has performed with several nationally recognized bands, including James King and Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley.

Marie loves performing and brings a contagious energy to the stage with her playing and singing. Her original fiddle instructor referred to her as "little miss intensity." Marie was also recently mentioned and pictured in the documentary book, "Images of America, Kentucky's Blue Grass Music," written and compiled by James Claypool.

Several years ago while performing as a weeklong guest at the Tunes and Tales program in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Marie was introduced to the music of Mountain Heart and Jim VanCleve's creatively intense fiddle style. She was immediately hooked, and, after meeting Jim several times he agreed to produce her first CD, "Listen to My Heart," which was released in October, 2010. The CD was referred to as a "minor masterpiece" by the editors of the internationally published periodical, Bluegrass Unlimited.

First Christian Church is located on United States 40 west in Brazil.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I just received an e-mail about what Andy Rooney had to say about Christians, prayer and atheists. It is too long to quote here, but if you know Andy Rooney, you know what he had to say. He is calling on all Christians to stop turning the other cheek to all the nay-sayers and take back our right to pray and acknowledge our Christian faith here in America. Good for him!

Since you are reading this, I am sure that you are in full agreement with him. We simply need to stop being the "silent" majority and start having our faith heard more assertively. Now, don't be obnoxious about it like the nay-sayers, but stand your ground.

There will be a board meeting Monday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. We have had a change of officers and committee chairmen, so check your list and if you are on it, come to the meeting. That way, you will know and understand the business of the church. It is a lot more than attending for one hour on Sundays.

The Town & Country United Men will meet at our church on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m., for their monthly prayer breakfast. Let's hope that there is a good turn-out. This group of men is very important to the community and needs your support.

Remember, our worship service is at 9:30 a.m. now. We hope to see you there.

Bridgeton Baptist Church

The Bridgeton Baptist Church will be having a gospel sing Tuesday and Thursday during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., Firm Foundation will perform, and Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m., Homeward Bound will perform.

The church will have a hospitality tent open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, water and homemade cookies available.

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

Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. is AWANA and Evening Service is 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bible Study is Wednesday's at 6:30 p.m.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. Last Sunday Pastor Bill finished our reading of the story, and now our mission will be to tell the story to others. Which, of course, is the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ, Himself.

Our prayers go out to those who are having medical procedures.

Vickie N. gave her testimony, which was very inspirational, and we want to keep her in our prayers. We all have our daily struggles, and it is always good to hear that we are not alone.

It was good to meet Ryan's and Rachel's new addition, Lola. She is beautiful.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you come be with us. With the holidays approaching, many things will be happening at ECC, and we would like you to be involved. If you are not a member of God's family, now is the time. God's way is the only way.

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

Children's Church (ages through 3rd grade) teachers this week are Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman.

5 p.m. AWANA; 7 p.m. Evening Service

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Cloverleaf; 7 p.m. Deacon Meeting

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

Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Ladies Bible Study

The message for this week is "What Kind of Church?" 1 Thessalonians 1:16 You became imitators of us and of the Lord...

Right after morning worship tomorrow we will be having a ham and bean dinner. Please bring a dessert, slaw or corn bread. Beans and ham will be provided.

If you are reading this column on Saturday morning there is still time to get to the Forest Park Golf Course and take part in the "Charlie Hapenny Memorial" Help A Family at Christmas Golf Scramble. This scramble raises money to help clothe approximately 55 children.

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: Every cause has a leader, who was the leader of Revival in Nineveh? The answer, Jonah, is in Matthew 12:41 This week's question is a fill in: Who was fed bread from heaven for their hunger in the wilderness? The answer is in Exodus 4 email me your answer pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Luke 2:11 "Today in town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

Have a blessed week.

We are located two miles north of US 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of SR 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.

Ashboro United Methodist Church

The Ashboro United Methodist Church is celebrating Homecoming this Sunday with a special service at 11 a.m.

The rich and fruitful history of this church shows that the people of this congregation have touched and blessed many people in our community and throughout the world in its long history. (Archive records list the founding date of 1835) So today we come to celebrate!

We would like to invite any and all who have been a member of the Ashboro Family to join us for fellowship and praise. Two young men who started their music journeys as a part of the congregation will be back to share their talents with us.

At our regular morning worship, which starts at 9:15 a.m., Steve McCullough will join us to provide us with music on the keyboard and at the 11 a.m. Homecoming Service, Jeff McCullough will play. Judi Purvis, the District Superintendent for the West District of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be our guest speaker.

All are welcome to come and join in and share their memories as well as seeing how God continues to bless this little church.

Cory Zion Church

The annual Cory Zion Church Turkey Supper will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4-8 p.m. at the Family Life Center next to the church.

Cost is just a free will offering. Carry out is available and delivery within the Cory area.

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Ebenezer Church

The Ebenezer Church will be celebrating Homecoming Sunday, Oct. 16, at 10:30 a.m., with "The Freedom Trio."

The Freedom Trio is one of Southern Gospel Music's premier trios.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Ebenezer is located three-and-one-half miles north of U.S. 40 on Harmony Road (200 East).

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St. with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call 448-1901 or e-mail: annunciationchurch@msn.com News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to boilerfanburk@aim.com

Mass schedule: Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.

Mark your calendars for the Knights of Columbus Chili Cook Off on Oct. 22 after Mass. Don't miss out, your favorite recipe could be this year's winner! Votes will be cast and tallied for the People's Choice with free will offerings winner receives their pot's proceeds with the remainder going to the Rectory Remodel Fund. Chili and Fellowship -- that's a recipe for a good time!

What sends you running to the breakfast table? Pancakes? Scrambled Eggs? Waffles? The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring another Parish breakfast, but they'd like your input on the menu! Maybe you have a new spin to an old recipe or have a family tradition you'd like to share ~ send your thoughts to the Knights at: gk4377@gmail.com. Proceeds from this breakfast will be donated to the Rectory Kitchen Remodel Fund.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will have its first meeting on Oct. 19, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Bring your talents and join the fellowship of this new Ministry. For more information, contact Dawn at 812-446-2758.

St. Teresa of Avila once stated, "Christ has no body now on Earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the Earth, yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now".

Sometimes we wonder if Christ is with us when things are bad. Let us remember to use our ears to listen to another's problems and to use our hands to help our neighbors. Words of encouragement should be spoken through our mouths. We are told through Scripture that when we do things for the least of humankind, we do it for God. There is so much heartache in today's world, remember that the smallest thing may brighten another's day. As you go about your daily routine, try to smile and greet all you meet. You might bring the only smile to someone's face for the entire day and you will be amazed at how good this attitude makes you feel. For a delightful article on this subject, check out the column "It's All Good" by Patti Lamb in the Oct. 7 edition of the Criterian. Ms. Lamb is always positive and insightful.

Recently, the "Fall Choral Showcase" was attended by many at Northview. Particularly, one song performed was enjoyed, "Kyrie Eleison" by the North Clay sixth-grade choir. Referencing Mass, the conductor explained that "Kyrie Eleison" in Latin means, "Lord, have mercy." This was followed later in the program by Northview's Symphonic Choir singing "Agnes Dei" which, of course, translates to "Lamb of God." So nice to have beautiful religious songs performed by our youth without fear of repercussion. Almost like allowing prayer back into our classrooms. Exactly where prayer should be.

It's getting close to that cold time of year. Remember, as you pull out your winter coats and clothes, that any items you would like to discard would be greatly appreciated at the Clay County Food Pantry. We will also be asked soon to contribute to the annual food drive for the less fortunate. Why not start collecting items now so that our Church might be able to assist more families? It is always in style to be charitable to our neighbors!

Keep in your prayers all those on our prayer list, the homebound and those in nursing homes. Pray for our dearly departed. Pray for those disconnected from their families. Pray for those that have lost their way and have no trust in our Lord. Pray for the return of those that have left the Church. Pray for Peace on Earth.

Blessings to All

Center Point United Methodist Church

It's Covered Bridge Festival time ... again. Are you one of the people who attend each year? How about the other fairs, festivals, picnics, etc? One event after the other comes around as time passes. These are some fun times. Times to enjoy. Other times and events come along as well.

This week two sad times occurred. The passing of two individuals who have been around Clay County for a long time. Marvin Campbell and Joe Thomas. As I began to think on what to share with you this week I thought of what I had just read in the paper about these two gentlemen.

Family was important to them. But, more than that, sharing Jesus Christ with their families was the most important thing. What a legacy they have created by passing on their faith in God.

We have times of fun and festivals, but let us not forget the importance of knowing God and passing on that knowledge to our families and friends. The best way to do that is to live the life God has chosen for us. To find out what that life is we must learn to listen. Going to Sunday School, worship services, praying, reading the Bible and being quiet in His presence are ways to know His will for our lives.

None of us "get it right" all the time. But, we can strive to do our best with God's help. Join us tomorrow at Center Point as we listen for God's direction and lift up praise to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

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Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events:

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

On Saturday, Nov. 12, the 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 one-and-one-half 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 241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Otter Creek Christian Church

We invite you to be part of a Worship concert being held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., with Beyond the Ashes.

We are hosting the dynamic vocal trio Beyond The Ashes from Nashville, Tenn.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. There is no charge for event. A love offering will be accepted to help with the group's travel expenses.

There has been much going on the past few weeks and with the fall season upon us lots more will be happening.

Two things we should think about are Thanksgiving and Christmas, my opinion is we should remember them both and celebrate them daily the whole year through. As for Thanksgiving let us remember what Psalm 100 says verses 1-5 "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands, Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: He that hath made us, and; not we ourselves; we are his people, and the; sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

No matter where you go you should be a witness for the Lord and give glory to him for all his benefits, the air we breathe, the opportunities we get from day to day to hear and read his word, our food, our country and everything he has made possible for us. We could never have gotten all the beauty that we see if it had not been for the Lord. Give Him the praise and just the awesome world we live in is a great gift but the greatest gift still remains our salvation. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Do you believe? If not there is no better time than now to say "Father, God, I have sinned and fallen short of your glory, thank you for the gift of Jesus who paid the debt I can not pay for myself; Forgive me and give me the strength to walk in the light of your word moment by moment. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior and ask him to enter my heart and life. Thank you for your gift of everlasting life through Jesus. Amen.

If you do not have a church home and would like to talk to us about you confession of faith please feel free to call at the numbers listed Pastor Steve (after 4 p.m.) 812-249-1715 or the parsonage at 446-4007.

Our calendar for October is really full

Regular service times Sunday Study 9:30 a.m. and Worship 10:40 a.m.

Ladies Bible Study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Call 446-4007 for location.

Oct. 15 Beyond The Ashes Concert at 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 Sunday Homecoming Services Regular times but lots of special things happening. Pitch in dinner to follow morning Worship.

Oct. 21 Hayride/ Wiener Roast 6 p.m.

Remember to pray for our country, the armed service personnel and their families, all the men and women who serve our community daily.

Til we meet again either by way of this printed page or in person. May God be with you.

Peniel United Methodist Church

What a gorgeous week we have had, ending with a much appreciated rain. Hope everyone has enjoyed this beautiful weather. Just around the corner is the annual Turkey and Beef Dinner, on Nov. 5. Lots of salads, pies, cakes etc. are needed, plus volunteers to bake those turkeys! Sign up as soon as possible. Come and help, if you are new it's a good time to get acquainted!

This being the third Sunday of the month means beverages and pastries will be served in the Fellowship Hall between Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and Church Services at 10:45 a.m. Come and enjoy!

The Christmas Cantata practice has already begun, plus choir practice will be Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.

The Co-Workers/ Fidelis Class meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 20.

This Sunday the need at the Food Pantry is laundry and dish detergents. Shoe box donations are also needed and don't forget those box tops.

The message for this Sunday is "Power, the Holy Spirit" and for the children "The Shadow!"

We are located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street welcomes you to all their services of worship and fellowship. Start this week with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. There are classes for all ages to learn more about how we should live our lives according to the Holy Scriptures.

Worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is an adult staffed nursery provided in the large, bright, comfortable nursery. KidMo children's worship begins after opening hymns and prayer.

Evening programs begin at 5:30 p.m. with Youth and AWANA. They have one-and-a-half hours with a light meal, lessons, music and games. Adults not working with the young people are invited to Evening Bible Study in the sanctuary beginning at 6 p.m. Choir practice follows at 7:15.

The Teen Girls' Bible Study is Tuesday evening at 7:30 with Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday Bible Study meets at 12:15 in the Fellowship Room.

The ROCK worship service is Thursday evening at 7 p.m. This is another opportunity to praise, pray and learn more of God and His will for your life.

Make a place for God in your life each day.

Remember this is Pastor Appreciation Month, World Mission Offering and time to fill your shoeboxes for Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse.

An elevator is available to assist you if needed. Call 448-8112 for more information. See you Sunday.

Union United Methodist Church

This Sunday, we will gather for worship after Sunday School, which begins at 9:30, with a short time of fellowship in the sanctuary, then breaks out into classes for all ages, including four adult classes, until 10:30. Worship begins at 10:30.

The Scripture for worship this week is Matthew 22:15-22, the story of Jesus as He was confronted by Pharisees who demanded to know whether it was legal for them to pay taxes to the Romans; Jesus answered, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's."

Rev. Charnstrom's sermon contemplates the promises we make as the church, and is titled, "The Things That Are God's."

Maybe you have noticed that something is missing in your life. Maybe you feel lost and lonely. Maybe you are asking life's big questions "Why am I here?" "Who am I supposed to be?" "Is this all there is?"

These are important questions, and everyone asks them at times, but there are answers and they can be found through God.

We strive, together, to understand God's Will and then to follow. We would welcome you and encourage you to join with us in seeking God's Will for all of us, and for you in particular. Come as you are. Our doors, our hearts and our minds are open.

Mt. Calvary United Methodist

Mt. Calvary United Methodist has a great study in the book of James at 9:30 a.m., each Sunday.

We have worship service at 10:30, and the sermon will be based on I Thessalonians 2nd chapter.

We also have a 12 step group that meets every first and fourth Monday evening at 7 p.m. It is called In Christ I Can and very helpful for all who have any kinds of hurts or habits and pain they are dealing with. All are welcome.

We also have Family Movie nights, the next one is scheduled for Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. All movies are appropriate for all ages.

There is a weight loss group meeting each Thursday evening at 6:45, with Nancy Eversole leading the group.

We are a church were you are at home the moment you walk in. Christ is waiting on you to come and worship with us.

For more information, call Pastor Laura at 812-894-2974, or e-mail at blessedlsmith@aol.com

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Brazil First United Methodist Church will be using some themes that highlight how important every person is to God.

This Sunday is a significant day to focus on the "laity," everyone else who is not ordained as a pastor, preacher or religious professional. It helps remind us just how important and significant each believer is in the Kingdom of God. Laity who love others are essential to the work of God in the world, and we will be celebrating that reality this week.

On the following two Sundays we will be reading the Bible passage from Philippians 4:1-9.

These verses show how we can experience God's peace by rejoicing in the Lord and by spending time in joyful, thankful prayer. Those who attend one of the two weekly Sunday worship experiences, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., could very well grow in experiencing the peace God gives as they rejoice in their growing relationship with Jesus.

The beautiful historic building where the church meets is located at 201 N. Meridian Street, just a block and a half north of US 40, Brazil. Individuals and families are very welcome and the church offers classes and care for children.

Trunk or Treat

S.T.R.E.T.C.H. will present this annual Halloween alternative on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6-8, p.m. at the Forest Park cow palace. This fun event is free and the entire family is welcome. There will be decorated vehicles to visit where you will hear great stories from the Bible and receive yummy treats.

Elementary children will also have the opportunity to register for many fun door prizes.

S.T.R.E.T.C.H., Sharing the real effect that Christ has, is a group made of area churches who desire to provide safe, fun events for our community's children.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to the congregation and offered up a prayer of praise and thanks after which Peg Parksey led the congregational singing.

A surprise video with a viewing of the "Christmas Child" for the shoe box ministry.

It showed where the shoe boxes go, to children around the world. At this time, Brother Ken and Beverly Thomas were recognized for "Pastor Appreciation Month."

Every pastor whom is married has a special somebody behind them. Brother Thomas has Beverly, his wife, whom assists in every way possible especially with the children.

Brother Ken asked for and received prayer requests and prayed for the sick at home and hospital, shut-ins and our military in harms way. A special song was sang by Debbie Meganhardt, "Lamp unto my feet."

Pastor Thomas asked what it takes to give 100 percent. He explained that some times it is what you do out of love, other times attitude, love of God, other times it's not what you are doing, but whom you are doing it for.

In Romans we learn that the Bible tells us about sin and death and most important, repentance. In Phil 2:1-11 we learn that you work shows through your attitude. We are not to worry about our own needs and strain our relationship with God.

In Luke 18:9-14 "Love God with all your heart," Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment and we learn that "love your neighbor." Jesus laid down his life for us, should we not owe our life for others.

John 15:9-13 "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

In closing we thank all those whom have regularly helped us with our pop can collections which to date have totaled 59 tons and now working on the 60th ton for the "Rice for the Haiti Children."

We don't ask for money, just those pop cans and the tabs for the McDonald House.

"Our theme for this is "Little is much when God is in it, Labor not for wealth or fame, there is a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus name."

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m., Ladies Bible Study on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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


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