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Church News

Friday, December 2, 2011

Wesley Chapel Church

Wesley Chapel Church will be having a Chili Supper, today from 4-7 p.m., at Bethel United Methodist Church, on Pinckley St.

Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and will include drinks and dessert.

Carbon Baptist Church

Thanks to the Ladies Ministry for doing the beautiful Christmas decorations in our church and much appreciation for all the work the ladies have done for the church the entire year.

Next Sunday, Dec. 11 immediately following our worship service, will be the election of our officers for the new year 2012. All members are asked to meet in fellowship hall.

Once again, we are preparing for our angel tree. We will help 25 families that have been given to us by the Christmas assistants program. Please take a family and help spread the joy of Christmas.

Our praise and worship will be at 6 p.m., and cell groups at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7.

God Bless and Have a good week in the service of the Lord.

Cory Zion Church

The Bake Sale and Craft Fair will be 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, tutu's and girly stuff in one booth.

As an added fundraiser for the church, a fully decorated Christmas tree will be raffled.

Holy Rosary Church

The Holy Rosary Church Annual Holiday Bazaar is today from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Schelly Hall, Seelyville. Come join us for a good start on your holiday shopping. Avon, Mary Kay, Watkins, 31 Purses, Rada, Pampered Chef, Fused glass jewelry, Scentsy and more. Baked goods will also be available for sale.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Most people enjoy the wide-eyed excitement they see in children at Christmas. Even small surprises are received with a sense of wonder and joy. The people at Brazil First United Methodist Church invite you to experience "The Wonder of Christmas." Each Sunday through Christmas, worshipers will be encouraged to be open to experiencing divine encounters in a variety of ways.

Some encounters are the result of surprise meetings on our part. Others can be the result of intentional plans. Mary, for example, was surprised by an angel sent by God, to tell her that she would give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. A man named Simeon learned that he would not die until he had seen the Promised One. He went to the Temple at just the right time and was blessed to hold the infant Jesus.

We believe that when people intentionally meet together for worship, they can experience God's blessings in many ways. Our hope is that all who come, will be blessed to experience the amazing life that Jesus gives. The public is invited to join regular attenders Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., or 11 a.m., to experience "The Wonder of Christmas." The church building is located at 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Are you still eating left-overs? I am. And every time I take a bite, I get a warm glow thinking about my family being here and how much fun we had together. Most of my family made it in, and the rest of them called. One young grandson drove all the way from Springfield, Mo., by himself to be here. Now that was quite a trip for him, because it was his first long trip alone. And it was so delightful having just him here for a few days.

We were really able to focus on each other and find out what he is thinking, where he wants to go in life and how he is going to get there. When the entire family is here it is fun, but the conversations tend to be from a shotgun approach -- a smattering here with this one and a smattering there with another one. I am really thankful for getting to be with him alone for a few days before the rest of the family came in.

We are officially in the Christmas Season now. We've survived Black Friday and moving into all the pre-Christmas activities. In all that you do, keep Christ first. It is His birthday, not Santa Claus's in spite of all the hype. It is so sad that we can do and say anything we wish about Santa Claus but we are not suppose to mention Christ at Christmas because it might offend someone. Let's just do it anyway! Are you game?

Tomorrow will be the second Sunday of Advent, the time before Christmas in which we prepare for the coming of Christ. If you have been thinking that you ought to attend church but just haven't gotten around to it, this is the time to do so. Our worship service starts at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, we will prepare Cheer Plates to pass out to the elderly and shut-ins. Folks start baking those cookies and making that candy. The time is coming up fast!

Our Christmas Program/Service will be Sunday, Dec. 18, during the worship hour. Our folks will all be contributing something to an old fashioned variety show. If you cannot think of anything else to do to participate, share a special Christmas memory.

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

We hope to see you at one or all of these upcoming activities.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

A tradition for many churches during this time of year is the lighting of the Advent Candles during worship service. We have also observed the lighting of the Advent Candles in our home, usually our before our evening meal. This is a special time in our house because it helps to bring to focus that it is not Christmas yet. With all of the television shows, newspaper ads and the hustle and bustle of the season it is easy to forget that the birth of our Savior should be the main focus of this special time of year. As we eagerly await the coming of the baby Jesus we light an additional candle each week with the fourth candle, the Christ Candle being lit on Christmas Eve.

We will be celebrating the Second Sunday in Advent this week with a special reading at both congregations. This week we will be lighting what is commonly referred to as the Shepherd Candle and the scripture is from Luke 2:8-10.

Upcoming events include "Happy Birthday Jesus Party" at Harmony on Dec. 10, Christmas Caroling for Harmony and a Christmas program at Lena on Dec. 16, distribution for Toys-for-Tots on the 17th at the Harmony Church. Look for collections sites throughout Brazil. The toys collected will benefit children of Clay County.

Our message this week is Hard Chairs Coffee. We will be reading from Genesis 3:1-13, 16-19. Come join us for service at 9 a.m. in Harmony and 10:45 at Lena.

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: Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge.

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

Monday at 7 p.m. Choir Practice

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Exceptional Living

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

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

From the Pastor

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

This weeks message is "I am the Bread of Life" John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life.

We still need Salvation Army bell ringers. If you can ring, please call the pastor at 446-0531.

Looking ahead for December

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.

Dec. 18 - Children's program and Choir with a combined service starting at 10 a.m. No Sunday School that day.

Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 9 p.m.

Dec. 25 - No Sunday School. Morning worship at our regular time of 10:30 a.m. but no evening service.

Last week's question: A great woman of Shunem and her husband prepared a room with a bed , a table, and a stool for Elisha to use. 2 Kings 4:8-10

This week's question is a fill in: The walls of _fell by faith. The answer is in Hebrews 11, Send your answer to pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Luke 2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

As we prepare for the Christmas season, let's not forget our neighbors who may be a shut in or alone for the holidays. Sometimes, the simplest deeds offer the biggest rewards! God Bless and have a wonderful week.

We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of Indiana 59 on Rio Grand Road.

Church Phone Number: 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.

Eastide Christian Church

Eastide Christian Church wishes to thank Bill Herb for standing in for Pastor Bill so he and Jan could go to Ohio and hear Josiah Brock, our Timothy, preach. We appreciated his wife also being with us.

This month many things are happening at the church. Each Sunday evening will be having different musical presentations, as follow:

Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Dave Henry

Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Jeff Bridgewater

Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. P-150

Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

On Dec. 25 will have our regular morning schedule as usual, but there will not be an evening service.

We hope that you will take the time to attend one or all of the above services. Christmas time is all about Jesus. Sometimes we get carried away with the buying of gifts and such, but we want to keep Jesus number one in our hearts.

Christmas baskets will be prepared and distributed on Dec. 11. If you can give to this project, please do so. A list of items needed is on the bulletin board in the foyer.

We still want to keep those who are on our prayer list in our prayers plus our country, its leaders and our military men and women. God does listen.

If you do not attend church anywhere else, what better time to start than during the Christmas season. We look forward to seeing you.

Bee Ridge Church

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 1/2 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30.

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

Center Point United Methodist Church

Good News!! What comes to your mind when you hear that phrase? It might make you think you are going to hear something exciting. Something that will make you celebrate. It might make you think of a June Allyson and Peter Lawford movie. Well, maybe not. It does happen to be the title of a musical from the 1940's. It's one of my daughter's and my own favorites.

But, all those "good news" events can't hold a candle to the Good News event that happened years ago. The announcement of a birth never had more far-reaching effects on the world than the one concerning Jesus the Christ! But, His birth was not the only good news. Remember ... He is coming again!

The advent (which means coming or arrival) season comes each year to remind us of Jesus' birth and the fact that He will come again. And each year we hear the same reminders. Do we need them? Heck, yeah!! What don't we need reminded about? We are forgetful people! So, let's take the time to be reminded during these weeks before Christmas of what Jesus did for us and what He continues to do for us and what He will do for us in the future.

Pastor Bob Kumpf has another message for us Sunday titled "People Get Ready". This message is from Mark 1:1-8. Tomorrow is the second Sunday in Advent. Bob shares this about his message. "It's the story of the Prophet John (the Baptist) coming as the messenger for the Messiah just as Isaiah had foretold 700 years before. This is another reminder to us that God's plan is not yet complete. The message that John had for the people of Israel was one of urgency and passion. It was a message sent to people searching for answers, searching for hope, searching for a reason to look forward to tomorrow.

That was 2,000 years ago, but the message is still the same today for those of us searching for answers, hope and reasons to look forward. God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful no matter what struggles or heartbreaks we are dealing with in our own personal lives. God is there in the loneliest and darkest of places of our world offering hope, promise and healing for tomorrow. And that's Good News!

Join us tomorrow for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and/or worship services at 10:30 a.m. We will be having communion. Don't wait till Christmas to be part of the body of Christ. Be in the house of the Lord tomorrow. Be blessed and be a blessing!

First Baptist Church

We all appreciate the work and hospitality of those working with the Thanksgiving meal and the Christmas float last week. Sunday after services individuals stayed to help the flower committee finish the Christmas decorations throughout the sanctuary and fellowship room. We always look forward to seeing the church so beautifully arrayed.

Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. There are no donuts, but morning beverages are available as you arrive with time to visit. Worship service begins at 10:30. Shirley Hinton, Tim Grindle, and the choir will open the service and Pastor Mark will bring the message. There is an adult-staffed nursery available. This is Communion Sunday and Children's Church begins following this time of consecration and thanksgiving. Darlene Shepard will be the second Sunday of Advent presenter and light the Candle of Possibilities as we approach Christmas Sunday.

The family of Joe and Beverly Mills will host an open house celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. All are invited to come and celebrate with them.

Many will be returning at 5:30 for Youth and AWANA. There are activities and Bible training for young people from 2 to 20! Evening worship is at 6 p.m. with choir to follow at 7:15.

Tuesday evening Mrs. Stacey Thompson will lead the Teen Girls' Bible Study at 7:30.

Wednesday Bible Study begins at 12:15. The study is in the New Testament.

Thursday Noon the American Baptist Women meet for lunch and meeting. The ROCK service is at 7 p.m.

While the teens and adults are attending in the sanctuary, there is a nursery and KidMo Children's Worship.

There is a lot of competition for your time, but we pray you will make time to worship and prepare your heart and family life for Christ this Christmas.

There is an enclosed elevator available for your use. Call 448-8112 for more information.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Praise the Lord, we are just starting into the Christmas season. How many times this past week did you wish someone Merry Christmas? It is very easy to get caught up into what a lot of people are saying "Happy Holidays" which I will agree that our holidays should be happy, but that is not the real meaning of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

This week we are going to talk about Faith. Our scripture is from Matthew 17:20-21." And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21. Howbeit this kind goeth not but by prayer and fasting."

Notice what Jesus said on how we can get this kind of faith, by prayer and fasting. How long has it been since our churches have practiced having a time of prayer and fasting, asking God to increase our faith so that we would once again see the Holy Spirit of God move among our people to get us stirred up and get us on fire for God? When we pray for more faith or patience, watch out because God will require us to go through something to try our commitment to Him.

We invite you out to the Otter Creek Church where the Word of God and the message that Jesus saves is at the center of all our teachings and Worship. Our service times are as follows: Tuesday Ladies Bible Study at the home of Mary Bowden. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and Worship at 10:40 a.m. The church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil. The church phone is 446-5300, Parsonage 446-4007, Pastor's cell phone 812-249-1715,

Special note - Sandys Good Books and More is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come and Worship with us and help us celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. And we call it Christmas. Please remember our military people in your prayers and their families. Until we meet again either by way of this article or in person, May God richly Bless each and everyone.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

Welcome to Prairie City United Methodist Church located of a mile East of SR 59 on SR 42, which is just South of I-70.

We would like to extend open arms to all those who would like to come and worship with us on Sundays.

You will find everything in the congregation from blue jeans to formal attire. Our weekly Bible Study starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship starts immediately after at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick's Sermon this week is titled "What are you dreaming for at Christmas?" The sermon covers the scriptures from "Matthew 1:18-24".

This week is the second Sunday in Advent. Last Sunday we had our first Advent service of the season and we lit the first candle. We will light a candle every week during Advent. This is our continuing way to prepare for Christmas and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christmas is only 22 days away! We know it is early but we would like to let our community know that there will be an open Communion on Christmas Eve at Prairie City United Methodist Church starting at Noon and ending at Midnight. All are welcome to come and meet at the Lord's Table and receive the Body of Christ.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. We get to give presents, and show our loved ones how much they mean to us. Christmas is more than gifts from our families and fellowship with our loved ones. Christmas is the time of year that we know that Jesus was sent to us to be a living sacrifice for our sins. That is the greatest gift one can give. When you are thinking about the greatest gift that you can find for someone you care about, remember Christ, because He was the greatest gift that could have ever been given.

Our congregation is still collecting bottle caps to donate to the young boy who is currently receiving dialysis treatment. Each bottle cap that is donated gives this child one free minute of dialysis treatment ... Every minute counts when it comes to a life, especially the life of a child.

We will be decorating our church today, directly after our monthly board meeting. It will be a nice time to fellowship as we decorate.

Once again Prairie City Untied Methodist Church would like to welcome all to join in on worshiping our Lord ... May God bless you and your families ... See you on Sunday!

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 a.m.

We pray for eternal peace for Beverly Braun who was buried from our Church this past Monday. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to her family.

We pray also for the eternal peace of Rita Ann Nobles. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 p.m., Saturday at Annunciation. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at Moore Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery, Brazil. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to her family.

The First Sunday in Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. The Gospel according to Mark (13:33-37) focuses once again on a warning to be watchful and alert since we do not know when we will see our Lord again. The Lord wants us to always be in preparation for eternal life. The Lord does not wish for us to become complacent and preoccupied, thus forgetting his Word. Advent is the perfect time to refurbish and reevaluate our daily and spiritual lives.

Advent Season Invitation: The CCD classes will have a Jesse Tree Service right after the 8:30 Mass on Sunday, Dec. 11. Immediately following the Jesse Tree Service, the Lady Knights will be hosting their annual Taste of Christmas. There will be lots of delicious cookies and drinks provided, so come over to the parish center after the service and enjoy our "tasty treats." The only charge is your fellowship!

Recently, Rock for Brazil chose our own Zach Ellis as the recipient of their charitable concert that rocked all of Brazil. Seventy-two musicians from Brazil, Terre Haute, Bloomington and Michigan played and sang all over Brazil. Proceeds were received for the National MS Society in upwards of $4000. This is an annual event that reaches out to help a different family in need and cause each year. Zach was also surprised by this organization with his wish for a guitar. Thank you to all who played and attended this event!!

There is still a great need for Eucharistic Ministers to give communion to the nursing homes and shut-ins on the fourth weekend of the month. Please contact the Parish office if you are able to lend a hand.

This Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 a.m., The Optimist Club is requesting volunteers to assist with their project, "Clothe-A-Child." There is no expense to volunteers besides time.

Dec. 8, is a Holy Day of Obligation. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the patronal feast of the United States. Check our bulletin for Mass times.

Please take a tag off the Angel Tree to fulfill the wish of a small child. Christmas is a time to be even more charitable and compassionate towards others. People's willingness to serve each other lights the way to the God we are seeking.

The Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will present the "Message of Fatima" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 in our Church. Following this presentation will be veneration of a First Cass Relic of St. Faustina. Participation in this program and support of the Sisters is greatly appreciated.

The blue tote can be filled many, many times during this Advent season. Especially during the cold months, let's reach into our hearts and extend a hand to those in need. And, remember any unwanted coats or warm clothing is always welcome at the Food Pantry.

We pray for an enlightening and enriching Advent Season. Pray that we always "Practice what we Preach." Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking. Pray that we are compassionate with those less fortunate than us.

Blessings ~

Union United Methodist Church

Christmas Day is the loneliest day of the year for many people. This Christmas, invite someone to come to church with you. You'll make someone's holiday season bright and might even change a life. We will worship on Christmas Day at 10:30 a.m., and invite the whole community to join with us in welcoming the Child of Bethlehem.

This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, our theme is Peace, and the Scripture is taken from Psalm 85, verses 8-13. Rev. Charnstrom's message is titled "His Footsteps on the Way."

Worship will begin at 10:30, following Sunday School, which starts at 9:30. We have Sunday School classes for every age group, including four adult classes to choose from.

On Dec. 18, at 5 p.m., we will have a special musical program in the sanctuary, followed by a party with a very special guest in the Fellowship Hall, and we welcome you to come and join in.

Christmas Eve services begin with a time of meditation and open communion from 8-9 p.m. We will then have a candlelight service at 11 p.m. to welcome the coming of Christmas Day.

It is an exciting time to be a part of Union. We are a mission-oriented church, reaching into our community and across the world in giving and in service, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Come join us--it might just be your world that is transformed next.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The beginning of December. The most important event of the month is coming - Jesus's birthday! In the meantime, there are so many activities, the Home Tours, our own Ladies Advent Tea, and all the Christmas Programs. It is a month to celebrate. Hope you put up your decorations while it was nice weather! That snow on Tuesday reminded us - winter is here.

This being the first Sunday of the month, Communion will be served to those who wish to partake.

Our scripture for this Sunday is Isaiah: 40:1-11.

Pastor Pippins message to the children: "Like a Rock" and for Church Service: "Counting on God's Blessing"

The children have been practicing for their Christmas Program scheduled for Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Food pantry items needs for this week are personal items.

Please come and join us. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and Church Services at 10:45.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Christian Women's Club

You are invited to "Christmas Bling" on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at MCL Meeting Room.

Tickets are $3, with lunch on your own.

For reservations, call Joy at 812-235-4361, by Friday, Dec. 9.

Terre Haute after 5

You are invited to "Diamonds in the Snow" on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30-8:15 p.m., at Providence Center, St. Mary of the Woods.

Cost is $14 inclusive.

For reservations, call Joretta at 812-877-9633.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with prayer turning service over to Peg Parksey who led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then gave his announcements. This Sunday will be our Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner in our fellowship hall. The Community Choir of Clay County, under direction of Sam Glover, will be singing at our church on Dec. 11.

Pastor then asked for prayer requests both spoken, unspoken, shut-ins, sick in the hospital and our military in harms way. Peg Parksey then sang the special "O Holy Night."

Brother Thomas, speaking from Hebrews 10, told us those at that time were reminded that is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. But God offering his son by which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Is he Lord and Saviour in your life? There are times when you may have to fight between Lord and Saviour. God will forgive you when you slip, Jesus paid it all for you and me.

Burnt offerings, statues and medallions don't get it, but the blood of Jesus will. It all goes back to the death of Jesus on the cross, he died in order for the Lord to comfort you, to receive grace.

John 1:29 says, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Does Jesus care for you, or are you in the clutches of Satan? It's personal, you and me. God tells his people, this is my beloved son whom I'm well pleased. Jesus will intercede for you. You are a free moral agent, will you make that choice today?

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

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