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Church News

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Little Historic Church at Carbon

The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have a program Saturday, Nov. 26.

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

This month, the entertainment will be provided by Crystal Valley Quartet.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well, here we are two days after Thanksgiving day, are you still eating left-over turkey? We made a smart decision this year to go out to eat and leave the left-overs and the dirty dishes to someone else. This might sound like a cop-out to you, but it made it easier on us. Does this sound a little familiar to what we do to God? We make things God is calling us to do fit our convenience schedule. Luke 9:23 says, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." We are to put our selfish desires and our agenda aside and put God's agenda for our life into action.

Guess what time it is - Merry Christmas. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." This is one of the most exciting times of the year when we get the privilege to celebrate the Advent season. The word Advent means coming of the Lord. So when we are out there shopping and someone says Happy Holidays, tell them, "Merry Christmas" to you too.

We invite you out to the Otter Creek Christian Church if you do not have a church home and help us celebrate the coming of that babe born in the manger so long ago. And His name is Jesus, the Saviour and Lord. Our services are as follows- Sunday School, at 9:30 a.m., age appropriate classes Worship at 10:40. Women's Tuesday Bible Study 10 at the home of Mary Bowden. They are ready to study Hebrews chapter 6. The phone for the church 446-5300, church parsonage 812-446-4007, Pastor Steve's cell 812-249-1715, Sandy's at 812-443-6007.

Please keep our military people and their families in your prayers and look for opportunities this week to help someone that needs a helping hand. Look to see you in church this Sunday.

Special note - Sandy.'s Good Books and more will be open this Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., located at 1520 West White Rock Rd., Brazil with all kinds of special ideas and gifts for Christmas.

Carbon Baptist Church

Today the Ladies Ministry will be leaving for the Christmas party at 10:30 a.m., to go to Almost Home in Greencastle. A carpool will be leaving at 10:30 a.m., from the Brazil Walmart.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, will be our praise and worship practise at 6 p.m., and Cell groups meet at 7 p.m.

The most important part about "Christmas" is the first six letters." Let us remember this sentence during the month of December and all year long.

Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

Sunday School Hour begins at 9:30 a.m.

Worship Hour begins at 10:30.

Cory Zion Church

The Bake Sale and Craft fair will be on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in the Family Life Center located next to the church. There will be homemade donuts in the morning as well as plenty of baked goodies and crafts. Along with embroidery, candles, rugs, jewelry, Christmas decor, girls can get feathers in their hair, hair ribbons and tutu's and girly stuff in one booth. As an added fundraiser for the church, a fully decorated Christmas tree will be raffled.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Thanksgiving is officially over so hang on for the Christmas buying frenzy. I was talking to a friend the other day, a friend much younger than I, who could remember when ... Christmas did not start until after Thanksgiving, stores were closed on Sundays, wives did not sew on Sundays, children did not play cards on Sunday, work consisted only of taking care of the animals. What happened! We became greedier and greedier and had to get more work time in, more buying time in and more money-making time in. Move over, God, we now worship the Mighty Dollar!! I hope in all your Thanksgiving celebration that you did remember to thank God for all the blessings he continues to bestow on us ... in spite of us.

Advent will begin this Sunday. Advent is the preparing of ourselves to receive Jesus at Christmas, not Santa Claus but Jesus. We will put up the Christmas tree and decorate the church this afternoon in preparation for the Advent Season.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, we will be preparing and delivering Cheer Plates to elderly and shut-ins around the area. Some of those elderly are not so old as some of the ones who prepare the plates, but that is all right. It makes us feel young anyway.

Our annual Christmas Program/Service will be during worship time on Sunday, Dec. 18. Everyone is encouraged to participate with a song, a music instrument, a reading, a skit or whatever you can do. I know one lady who can whistle! Will she be brave enough to do it? I hope so.

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m.

Prepare your heart to receive Jesus and celebrate His birth this Christmas. Let's keep Him foremost in our preparations!

Bee Ridge Church

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.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner.

Last Sunday, the church was the scene of a new member luncheon following the morning service. It was so good to see so many stay and get to know the new members of 2011. Pastor Bill introduced each one and told a little about each of them. Our church is blessed with so many people that take part in so many ways. God is good!

There will be a board meeting this Thursday at the church at 7 p.m.

We want to commend Ann on her playing solo. It sounded very good. Millie is visiting her sister, Dorothy, who is going through cancer treatments. Our prayers are with them.

During the worship service Rachel and Ryan dedicated their newest addition, Lola, to the Lord. What better way can parents show their love for their children than by promising to bring them up in the church.

We still want to keep in our prayers all those who are having difficulties. God knows who they are, we just have to ask Him to help them.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, the holidays is a great time to get to know God. There will be much going on in the month of December, and we would love to see you come be with us.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. You are invited to participate in our worship, service and fellowship. It has been a busy week of Thanksgiving activities and welcoming Christmas with the Christmas parade. Sunday officially opens the Christian Christmas season with the 1st Sunday of Advent.

This is Donut Fellowship Sunday at FBC. We come a little earlier and visit with church friends while we share a cup of coffee or juice and milk with donuts. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30.

Morning worship is at 10:30. While we are welcoming newcomers and greeting friends, Dan Riddell is preparing the camera, computer and sound equipment. Cheryl Riddell, Tim Grindle and the choir led by Shirley Hinton will help prepare our hearts and minds for the message delivered by Pastor Mark. We appreciate the many people who serve to prepare our building, programming and add to our comfort.

A staffed nursery is provided for the worship service. Also available is KidMo for our elementary students.

The evening services begin at 5:30, with Youth and AWANA. You are welcome to begin attendance on any Sunday. They have a light meal, music, Bible activities, and games. Adult service begins at 6 p.m., for those who are not working with the young people or have finished for the evening. Choir practice begins at 7:15. Everyone is working on Christmas music.

Tuesday evening will be Teen Girls' Bible Study lead by Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday 12:15 is our Through the Bible Study in the fellowship room.

Thursday will begin December and also be THE ROCK worship service which begins at 7 p.m. This service is especially for those who cannot attend on Sunday but since it is a different message all are encouraged to attend. There is also a nursery and KidMo for the children.

Advent is a time to reflect and prepare for Christmas. Purple is historically the main color used for Advent because it reflects penitence and the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King (Jesus Christ). The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. We look back and we look forward as we focus on our Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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: Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler.

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

Monday at 4 p.m. Decorate Church; 7 p.m. Choir Practice.

Tuesday at 6 p.m. Candy Making.

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

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

FROM THE PASTOR

Monday starting at 4 p.m., we will be decorating the church. Everyone is welcome to come. We can use the men for the heavier things. If you can't be there at 4 p.m., come when you can. It's a good time of fellowship.

At 7 p.m., on Monday the choir will meet for practice. Everyone is invited to come.

Tuesday at 6 p.m., will be our Christmas making night. Men, I've found out that they always need "official" tasters.

This weeks message is "Missing the Main Event." Mark 11:11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

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 one minute on kidney dialysis.

Last week's question: The Wise Men were kings who rode on camels. This is false, we are not told they rode camels. The answer is in Matthew 2:1-2

This week's question is a fill in: A great woman of Shunem and her husband prepared a room with a , , and _for Elisha to use. 2 Kings 4. Send your answer to pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Luke 2:17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.

Have a wonderful and blessed week and remember the best gift you can give is Jesus.

We are located two miles north of US Highway 40 on the Knightsville Road or two miles east of Indiana 59 on Rio Grand Road. (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.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Turkey Day is past, but those turkey left-overs are still with us. Unlike some, my family enjoys them and the cook gets a break! We do have so much to be thankful for. Hope your travels were safe and tummies full!

There will be pastries and beverages served in the Fellowship Hall between 10:20 and 10:45 a.m. If you are looking for a church home, come join us. This is truly a friendly church and all are welcome.

Twelve shoe boxes were filled and delivered. The Methodist Men group were able to give $3,000 to 15 charities.

Children who want to participate in the Christmas Program need to be at Youth Church through Dec. 18.

Next Saturday, Dec. 3 the Ladies Advent Tea will be held at 2 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of Peniel. At last count, there still was a need for more hostess. Call Martha Nicosia for more information at 812-877-7704 or e-mail marthanicosia@gmail.com.

Tonight is Family Night. Soups will be provided and everyone should bring a side dish. After dinner the church will be decorated for the Christmas season. The tree will be hung with donated mittens, socks, hats and gloves to be given to the school children in Clay County. These items are appreciated by the teachers; they see the young ones come to school without or lose them along the way!

The Scripture this Sunday is St. Mark 13:24-37.

Pastor Pippin's message is "The End ... or The Beginning?" and for the Children - "RST Stop!"

Items needed by the Food Pantry are soups.

Hope to see you there! Sunday School begins at 9:45 and Church Services at 10:45.

Call Pastor Pippin for more information at 812-443-8489. We are at Kennedy Crossing Rd.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

We at Prairie City United Methodist Church hope that everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving this past Thursday. It is always great to be able to spend time with friends and family during the holidays. We pray that everyone had safe travel during this blessed time of love and fellowship.

Last Saturday we packed and delivered Thanksgiving baskets to families in the community. It is always nice to be able to bless others.

Our congregation is collecting bottle caps to donate to a young boy who is receiving medical treatment at the present time. Each bottle cap that is donated gives this young child one free minute of dialysis treatment. Every minute counts for this child and for other children in the same situation. Our prayers go out to his family and the families of children who are ill and undergoing medical treatment.

At the present time our congregation is working on providing Christmas for families in our community. Like Thanksgiving, Christmas is a special time of year where we believe that it is a time of giving and thankfulness. This is a time of year that we should thank the good Lord for all He has given us.

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. Advent is the time of year that we prepare for Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. It always starts on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving.

As always we would like to extend a warm and loving welcome to everyone who would like to worship with us on Sundays. You will find everything from blues jeans to formal attire. All are welcome. Our weekly Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship service starts immediately following at 10:30 a.m. This week we will enjoy "Hymn Time" where we sing more of our favorite hymns. Pastor Rick's Sermon this week is titled, "Christmas-Promise of a Future." The Scriptures covered in this sermon are from Jeremiah 33:14-16.

Our Church is located 3/4 of a mile East of SR 59 on SR 42 which is just South of I-70. We will see you on Sunday. God bless you always.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf writes, "This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. The Scripture reading is from Mark 13:32-37 and the sermon title is 'Nobody Knows.' As we have just celebrated Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we now turn our attention to Christmas. Personally, I don't get too excited about the gift exchanging and that side of celebrating the holiday. I really don't get involved with all of the commercial sales and bargain hunting that started back in September. But I do find that I have a 'spiritual buildup' as we approach the 'Holy Day' that we celebrate on Dec. 25.

I enjoy the advent calendars that we share with the kids as we count down to the day we observe as the birthday of Jesus. It's too bad that the people of Israel didn't have a 'count down' that would tell them exactly when the Savior was to come. They only had a promise from God that He was coming; time unknown. The prophet Isaiah had been told the He would be born in the city of David and to a virgin, but the date was not given. In the same way, those of us who are anticipating the 2nd coming only have some clues about when that will occur leading up to that day. Our scripture tomorrow morning says, 'No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.' This is both a warning and a word of encouragement for believers. Jesus is coming again! Don't be bogged down by the worries and concerns of everyday life. Nor so consumed in the celebrations and excitement of special events (even Christmas) that you are not prepared to meet the Lord for eternity!"

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings to one and all, welcoming visitors as well. He asked for and received requests for prayer along with unspoken requests, shut- ins, those in the hospital and our military in harms way.

He then turned the service over to the song leader for congregational singing. The offering of tithes and offerings were taken up. He opened his sermon with reference to Paul in Ephesians. Paul spent much time and his labors for some three years and the many times that "giving thanks" was a good part of the Christian. Even pilgrims gave thanks to the almighty during their times in Plymouth.

General Washington was known to give thanks to the Lord. In Acts we find many times where Paul had gone to preach and do good works, always giving thanks to God. We had learned that Abraham Lincoln gave thanks to the Almighty many times, not only in his every day life, but in many of his public meetings.

Throughout all scripture we find the praise and thankfulness to our almighty God for those chosen people whom were Godly in everyday life that Jesus was the way, the truth and the life.

It's hard to type this column today, as my wife just passed away this afternoon and I can only concentrate on the fact that I can be thankful to God, that I had a wife, mother whom asked for 14 children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and said "goodbye" to each one, telling them she was going to heaven this night. Well it was the next day while I held her hand and the daughter held her other hand, and we said goodbye. She was thankful to have a loving family. Proud that we didn't drink or smoke, and loved the Lord. Jesus took her hand at 12:36 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and she peacefully went home.

We pray that you consider Jesus as your savior and start attending a church of your choice.

We invite you if you do not attend anywhere, to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Our pastor and congregation welcome one and all, Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m., and Evening Service at 6 p.m.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call: (812)-448-1901 or email: annunciationchurch@msn.com. News or articles for this column should be emailed 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, at 9 a.m.

Monsignor Moran blessed by celebrating Mass with us this past Saturday evening. Monsignor stressed during his sermon that the new Roman Missal has many favorable changes. The new Mass has a closer translation to the Bible than we have been practicing. Many of us, including me, need to release our reluctance, which actually is a comfortable familiarity of Mass that we are accustomed to, and embrace these new changes. With a little concentration and practice, anything is possible!

Monsignor Moran also spoke about "Cafeteria Catholics." Specifically, Monsignor used the example of political leaders who prefer to join the majority for popularity even if that means going against the Beliefs of the Church. Although Monsignor did not specify a politician, I would venture a guess that he was speaking of "Cafeteria Catholics" in response to recent statements of Nancy Pelosi who is outspoken on the fact that to her, abortion is OK, because she is the "new Catholic." Well, I am just a plain "old Catholic" that feels abortion is wrong, which is what the true Church teaches. Perhaps Nancy should evaluate how she is trading her morals for votes.

The first Sunday in Advent is this weekend.

Thanksgiving baskets were provided to 23 families this year. Thank you to the anonymous donor of 15 turkeys and to everyone that donated food for the baskets.

There is no CCD class this Sunday in celebration of Thanksgiving.

The Legion of Mary Society meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m., in the Parish Center. Every Monday the members travel to Cloverleaf Nursing Home at 9 a.m., to pray and visit with the patients. Then on the first and third Wednesday of each month, they visit with Exceptional Living patients. Thanks to all members for reaching out to those that have no means to come to Mass. You are a blessing to our Parish.

The Eucharistic Ministry needs volunteers for the fourth weekend of each month. This Ministry takes Communion to the homebound and nursing homes so that those folks are able to stay connected to the Church. If you would like to join this Ministry, please contact the Parish Office.

The Lady Knights are having a Pampered Chef fundraiser. All orders and payments are due by Dec. 4. If you are interested in ordering, contact Cindy Pike (812-442-8115) or the Parish Office.

Sister Jan Craven of St. Mary-of-the-Woods will present a program of the life of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Nov. 29, from 6:30-8 p.m., at the Providence Center conference room. This program is free to the public, but a free will offering will be appreciated. This program entitled "Mother Theodore 101: Journals and Letters" is the first in a series of monthly programs. For more information, contact Sister Jan at jcraven@spsmw.org or at 812-535-2925.

There will be no 5:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve at our Sister Parish, Holy Rosary as stated in the bulletin. There will be a 10 p.m. Mass there and an 11 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day.

Blessings ~



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