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Friday, November 18, 2011

Carbon United Methodist Churc

Thanksgiving is coming up fast! I have a calendar filled up with things that I need to do to get ready for Thursday and what day I need to do them. I was looking over my calendar of chores today and discovered that I had left out the most important thing of all. In planning my week so that I would not be "overly stressed" by Thanksgiving, I had filled each day up with "make pies, mix dressing, peel potatoes, thaw turkey, etc., etc." But I had not left room for "give thanks." How about you? Did you get that put on your calendar? It is the most important thing for the day!

This past Thursday evening, the Carbon Church of the Nazarene and our church joined together for our annual Harvest Thanksgiving service at our church. It is always so good to worship together with them.

Last Sunday, we had our Thanksgiving Dinner at church. We invited the people from Epworth to join us, and they did. The tables were loaded with food and the room was loaded with friendly fellowship. We had a good crowd and everyone enjoyed getting together.

Tomorrow the Annual Charge Conference will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church. All reports should already be in, and this should be a time of togetherness for the different United Methodist Churches of the district. It is important each church is represented, so plan to attend.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Attend church to offer your thanksgiving to God. Even if you have had a bad year, think of all the things you can really be thankful for. I'm sure they will overshadow the bad things if you think about them. Our Worship Service begins at 9:30. See you there!

Center Point United Methodist Church

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. It seems like every holiday sneaks up on me. "Ready or not, here I come!" They seem to say. And--ready or not---they arrive. Right on schedule.

As we enter the advent season, let's remember that concept. Because, ready or not, Jesus came to earth as a baby, grew and made the sacrifice for our sins. So that, by claiming Him and His work on the cross we might be forgiven and live eternally with Him in Heaven.

Well, ready or not, He is coming again! This time we really need to be prepared. What do we need to do to be prepared? Pastor Bob Kumpf has a message tomorrow that will provide the answer.

Bob's message is titled, "Mystery Water." That doesn't sound too inviting, but wait for it. It comes from the book of Colossians, chapter 1, verses 21-29. He says the theme of the sermon is about God's grace being offered to all. It's kind of a continuation of the message last week--being a part of the holy community, the church.

Here's what he says about it. "It's the old story of who is 'good enough' or qualified to belong. What are the requirements, 'what hoops do you have to jump through to be acceptable? According to the ancient writers or the Bible, including the letter Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, there were many who wanted to discriminate against new people coming to the faith. They started adding their own rules and regulations about people having to pass all of the tests of the Old Testament before being considered for baptism. To them the mystery of salvation was still being hidden.

The Mystery? The mystery that simply professing Christ in your heart and committing everything to Him is the only requirement to stand acceptable before God and receiving the hope of eternal salvation. Not a single person deserves the favor and eternal blessing of God on their own merit. Nobody can earn the right of eternal life ... it is only by the grace of God and the sacrifice of Christ Jesus that anyone finds salvation. That was true 2000 years ago, is true today and will be true tomorrow. The mystery in the water of baptism is that by professing Christ as Lord you are washed, sanctified and justified to stand at the throne of God as holy, without blemish. That's good news; news we need to share with the world and remember as we go forward in our daily walks in this world."

So Thursday is Thanksgiving. I find many things for which to give thanks in this passage from the Bible. I pray you do, too. Have a blessed week.

Bee Ridge Church

Thursday, Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving Day!

Friday, Nov. 23: The annual Christmas Parade in downtown Brazil. Watch for the Bee Ridge Church Float in the parade. Some of us will be on the float. This is always a fun time for all.

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.

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.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

Harmony UMC will once again be the distribution site for the Marine Corp League Toys-for --Tots in Clay County. Our team has met and will be contacting various businesses to place collection bins. The complete list will be out this next week. For those not familiar with Toys-for-Tots, MISSION: The mission of the US. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. All donations will stay in Clay County.

This year, we are anticipating distributing toys to approximately 125-150 children. Harmony United Methodist women have joined with the team and have a list of possible items to be donated. You may buy a toy for a boy or girl ages infant to 12-years-old.

Here are some suggestions: Infants Sorting blocks and shapes, "Sensitivity" dolls or animals, books, teethers and rattles, toothbrush kits for beginners. Up to 12-year-olds: watches for boys or girls, nail polish sets, wallets for boys and girls, 500 piece puzzles (age appropriate), earrings (in boxes), simple art kits or craft kits. We will also be collecting knit caps, mittens and gloves of all sizes. Last year our mitten tree was very light and some of the kids didn't receive a hat or gloves.

Our prayer is that we will be able to collect enough toys that each child will receive 4-5 gifts. We typically run short on toys for boys in the 6-10 age group.

We also need prayer warriors to be praying for this ministry. If your church or organization would like to partner with us in this mission, please contact Pastor Terry at the church. The phone number is 812-448-2917 or stop by Monday-Wednesday at the church.

We have started an evening study titled "The Advent Conspiracy." Lena meets on Tuesday evening at 6:30, and Harmony meets on Wednesday at 6:30.

This week's message comes from Genesis 1:26-31a. Come join us for worship and Sunday School. Harmony worship service starts at 9 on Sunday with Sunday School following and Lena meets for Sunday School at 9:30, with worship starting at 10:45. Come join us as we work to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

We are always happy to see new faces at Prairie City United Methodist Church. You will find everything from blue jeans to formal attire. It doesn't matter to our Lord Jesus Christ what you wear to church. What matters is that you worship Him..

This past Wednesday we took part in packing shoeboxes to send to children overseas for Christmas. This was to help support the Shoe Box Ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Some of the items included in the boxes were toys, crayons, hygiene products, candy, games, etc. We are happy to be able to support this ministry for the children.

Today, we are getting together at our church to pack Thanksgiving baskets for families in our community. We will be delivering them to the families just before Thanksgiving. With the Thanksgiving baskets, the shoe boxes and upcoming Christmas missions, it is so great to know God blesses us so we are able to bless others.

I want to share with you a saying I saw on a T-shirt this week. The shirt said "Live your life so that the Pastor doesn't have to LIE at your funeral." Tell me that is not a powerful catch phrase.

Our weekly Bible Study is growing in numbers and we want to welcome all who would like to come and learn as we study the Lord's word. Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship starts immediately after at 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday, Pastor Rick's sermon is titled "Thankful Heart." It covers the scriptures Luke 21:1-4. Our Church is located of a mile East of SR 59 on SR 42, just South of I-70.

God bless you always, see you Sunday.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello from Eastside Christian Church. Tomorrow is our new members reception immediately following the morning worship service. We have been blessed with many new members this year, and we want to celebrate them.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next Thursday. We want to wish you and your families a blessed day. We are so fortunate in this country to be able to enjoy our freedom to celebrate this day.

We have many events planned for the month of December, and we want to invite you to come be part of them. We will have special music every Sunday evening in December up until Christmas. We will be filling baskets to take to those who are in need.

Remember to pray every day for our military men and women and those in our church who are having difficulties. We also want to send our prayers out to the family of Sharon Oehler.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We are a church that loves the Lord and praise Him in all things. We hope to see you soon. Until then, we want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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 Morning Worship

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

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

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

What a great service last Sunday, honoring our Veterans, the music, the sermon and the fellowship! I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful church family.

All shoe boxes need to be in by Sunday, our goal is 50, and we are over half way there.

November 20 at 6 p.m., will be our annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the church.

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.

Please save your plastic lids (milk, water, 2 liter etc) and turn them in to Julie Pell, for every lid a local person will receive 1 minute on kidney dialysis.

Last week's question: ____Felix_trembled at Paul's preaching? The answer is in Acts 24:25 This week's question is a True or False. The Wise Men were kings who rode on camels. The answer is in Matthew 2. Send your answer to pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday. Luke 2:16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Have a blessed week and give away smiles!

We are located two miles north of United States 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.

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

This week the ladies meeting will meet on Tues. evening at 6:30 p.m., to decorate the church for the holidays, also will be having a pitch in dinner in fellowship hall.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Ladies ministry will be having there Christmas Party at almost home in Greencastle. There will be a carpool leaving from the Brazil Walmart at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 6 p.m., will be praise and worship practise and 7 p.m. cell groups meet.

Our guest speaker this Sunday is J.R. Wilson.

Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Be thankful? Thankful for what? With all of the hard times because of the economy and all of the difficult illnesses many are facing it does seem quite hard to be a thankful person. You know what?

We can. The past two Sunday's Pastor Gordon has taken us to a few different passages of Scripture that have helped us to see that because of who God is, we can be thankful. Take a moment to read Psalm 92 and 105 and you will see what I mean. Pastor reminded us this last Sunday that salvation from sin is all because of God's grace not because of who we are. Titus 3:4-7 makes that truth quite clear. If you have never heard Pastor Gordon preach or if you want to hear the sermons on why we can be thankful, I invite you to go to our website www.brazilbible.org and go to the audio/video link.

This Sunday Pastor will be bringing another message on being thankful. We will also be taking communion as well. This month we begin our worship service by quoting Psalm 92:1-2 and singing a new song titled "Grateful."

This Sunday we are excited to witness the baptism of four individuals as they express their desire to grow in their faith and their desire to follow Christ. We are looking forward to hearing how God began working in their hearts and they became aware of their need of salvation.

I invite you to visit our church. We are located South of town on 59 right across from the 4-H fairgrounds. Sunday School is at 10, Worship is at 11 a.m. and the baptismal service is at 2 p.m. Since we do not have a baptismal in our building, Calvary Baptist Church on South Murphy is allowing us to use theirs. And for that we are thankful! If you have any questions Pastor Gordon can be reached at 812-240-3003.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 North Alabama Street 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 p.m.

The Gospel of the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time is another parable we are asked to decipher. This scripture refers to "talents" that we all are given and the Lord expects us to multiply. We are expected to protect our Lord's word, to practice our Lord's word and to be disciples of our Lord's word. In the Gospel from the Thirty-first Sunday, the Lord is upset that "they preach, but they do not practice." This is a similar lesson. We are to be good, faithful disciples always, not just when the Lord returns. The Lord expects us to follow His Word always and to practice what He has taught all of us. He is the only answer. This is the way to continue our journey towards eternity with our Lord.

A special "Thank You" to Doug Holechko for his donation of pizza crusts at the recent Knights breakfast; he was inadvertently left out of last week's bulletin. Doug also was present the entire time making the pizzas. Thank you for all of your hard work and thanks also to all the Knights for such a lovely breakfast!!

The first Sunday in Advent is Nov. 27. Changes will be noticed in our Church. Vestments will be purple which is the same during Lent. What a glorious time as we await the celebration of the birth of our Lord. I plan to fill this Advent season with prayer and gratefulness for all we are blessed with.

If you receive your paper early enough, today is the day of the K of C Eucharistic Adoration Service. The service is a perfect way to begin Advent, in prayer and adoration of His Blessed Consecrated Host. This is an opportunity to be nourished and inspired to change our daily lives and be what our Lord wants us to be. "People's willingness to serve each other lights the way to the God we are seeking."

The blue totes need to continue being filled for the holiday season. There are so many in our community that truly need our help. Those that are elderly on fixed incomes and those that have lost jobs. As we are taught in the Church, we need to be charitable and compassionate towards those less fortunate. During the winter months, the food pantry can really use all the donations possible. And, not just food items, hygiene and cleaning supplies are always appreciated.

I spent some time at the food pantry this morning. Delighted to see some of our own church members volunteering. I was actually there to collect some books for folks that I know, but I also spent time straightening the book shelves. The people I visited with while there were truly those that are desperately in need. This weekend I will be donating loads of clothes, coats and household items. I challenge all of you to do the same to assist people in our own community. If you don't have items to donate, maybe you have some extra time to volunteer to this worthy organization.

The Jesse tree will be present soon in the back of the Church. Remember that these children are not responsible for their lots in life. Christmas should be a joyous and loving holiday especially for the youngsters. This is the type of situation that our sermons have been relating to. The Lord wants us to be disciples who reach out and serve others showing our community that we do practice what we preach.

Annunciation has a Facebook page that is really easy to join. Just let us know that you would like to be a friend and voila' -- you are a friend. Just that easy! Announcements are on this page and prayer requests for whatever anyone needs. We would love to hear from you. Lately, we have been discussing the changes in the Missal and some of the songs we would all love to hear again. There has also been some discussion about activities to bring the parishioners closer. We need to try to bring some families back to our Parish.

Please join us and voice your opinion, thoughts or ideas!!

We pray that all enjoy a Thanksgiving filled with family and blessings. We pray that Advent will enlighten us to the true meaning of Christmas. Pray that we will all be more compassionate & charitable towards all that we cross this Advent season.

Blessings ~

Peniel United Methodist Church

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone - it's just around the corner! We are so fortunate to live in a free country. Even those who are suffering from lack of employment etc. have a much better scale of living than in some countries. Just look around, there is much to be thankful for! We are about 35 days from the birth of Jesus - Christmas! Let's all make an effort to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, too many people and places have strayed with Happy Holiday, Season Greeting etc. The season is Christmas; the holiday is Christmas !

Normally on the third Sunday of the month, there is pastries and beverages served between Sunday School, which begins at 9:45 a.m., and the Church Services which begin at 10:45. There has been a change this Sunday! Instead we will have a pitch-in dinner after Church Services in honor of Alice Sawyer. Several members of her family will be attending Church and the Memorial Service for her.

On Nov. 26, enjoy Family Night with a pitch in dinner. The church will be decorated for Advent, including the Christmas tree. It will be decorated with donated mittens, gloves and hats etc. to be given to the school children in Clay County. The teachers are grateful to have these extras on hand when a little one comes ill prepared for the weather.

Scripture for this Sunday is Ezekiel 34:11-16; 2024.

Pastor Pippin's message for the children is "Read the Label" and for Church Services "Scattered ... Like Sheep"!

Choir practice on Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendar for Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. The Ladies' Advent Tea will be held. This has been a very popular event and now is an annual occurrence. Hostess are needed for the various tables. Call Martha Nicosia at 877-7704, for more information. Feel free to invite your neighbors and friends.

Boxed meals and canned meats are on the list for the Food Pantry donations.

We are located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil.

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

Otter Creek Christian Church

As believers, we readily attribute our salvation to God's grace, but what does "this grace in which we stand" mean to us now (Rom. 5:2)? How does it work out in everyday life, especially when we're going through periods of trial or suffering?

The Lord's grace releases His supernatural power within us so we can endure life's hardships with a godly attitude. In fact, we'll even be able to rejoice in what He is doing in us through the adversity.

Grace builds our confidence in the sovereign Lord. Nothing looks hopeless when we focus on Him instead of on our problems.

We discover the assurance of God's sustaining presence as He walks with us every step of the way.

Because we've experienced His care for us, we are able to show empathy and love to others facing hard times.

During fiery trials, grace works to transform our character so that others can see Jesus reflected in us.

Difficulties in life are unavoidable. So we need a daily dose of God's grace if we are to walk through trials with confidence that there is great reward on the other side. If we rely on our own strength; however, obstacles will appear insurmountable, leaving us discouraged and ready to give up.

Too often believers rely on Christ for their salvation but then try to go solo. If God's grace was needed to save us, then logic says we would also need it for the rest of our days. Only through a continuous infusion of His sustaining power can we live a victorious Christian life. This was taken from In-Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley.

We here at the Otter Creek Christian Church invite you out to any of our services which are at follows, Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., classes for all ages, Worship at 10:40 and a Tuesday Women's Bible Study at the home of Mary Bowdan. You may contact the church at 446-5300, leave message or call Pastor's Steve's home at 446-4007, cell phone after 4 p.m., 249-1715, or call Sandy at 443-6007. E-mail address brattss@frontier.com.

Please pray for our military men and women and their families. Our pastors and our churches and our countries leaders. Until we meet again I just want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to take time to remember all things we should be thankful for. Gos bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

The Door Christian Fellowship Church will continue their anniversary month of celebration with a special service Sunday evening.

The evangelist will be David Swartz from Radcliff, Ky. A superb knowledge of the word of God combined with oratory skills makes for excellent preaching from Swartz.

This service will be at 7 p.m. with the regular morning worship at 11 a.m.

The Door is located at 100 N. Forest Ave., and is an evangelical, pentecostal and patriotic in doctrine.

For more information or transportation, call 442-8470 or 201-3966.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to the congregation welcoming all the visitors and praying the prayer of thankfulness and praise to the Lord.

Brother Thomas then turned the service over to the song leader whom led the singing. After the song service, the Pastor asked for and prayed for all spoken and unspoken requests, those in the hospital, shut-ins and our military in harms way.

The special number in song was sung by Debbie Megenhardt and Travis Terrill. Then Travis sang "His eye is on the sparrow." Both numbers were enjoyed by the congregation. The offering and tithes were taken up.

Pastor Thomas then honored those servicemen and veterans whom were present and remarked to continue to pray for all our service people. Thinking about our service people brings to mind that everyone should go through a Christian boot camp, just as kids follow mom and dad growing up. Grown-ups should go through a Christ like boot camp.

As Ephesians 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].

There are many examples whereby Jesus said to follow him.

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Psalm 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

This was David's thirst after God, and we should take not and work hard to follow the Lord.

John 17:2-3 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Ephesians 6:10-19 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

Let us take and use the full armour of God against these rulers and darkness.

Matthew 10:5-7 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 and Evening Services at 6 p.m.

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