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Church News

Friday, December 9, 2011

Carbon Baptist Church

Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.

Wednesday evenings is our Praise and Worship practice, at 6 p.m., cell groups meet at 7.

We have an Angel tree once again this year and will be handing out the gifts and hams to the 21 families we have received from the Christmas Assistance program. It is a blessing to give and to see the faces of those who receive.

Dr. William Coker is still giving us the message on Sunday mornings and what a pleasure to have him speak while our church seeks a full time pastor.

Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

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

Our Worship Hour begins at 10:30 a.m.

Has anyone told you they love you today?


Carbon United Methodist Church

Here it is coming up the third Sunday of Advent already. Christmas will be here in two more weeks! How is that possible? I'm still trying to tie up my fall chores!

Advent is the time for all of us to prepare for Jesus' coming -- not just as a baby in a manger but as our Savior in our hearts. Are you preparing for Him? Are you so wrapped up in wrapping packages and planning for the holidays that you have forgot to prepare for Jesus? Preparing our hearts to receive Him is what it is all about.

Stop right in the middle of your frantic preparations for Christmas and thank Him for all your blessings and for being there for you.

We will prepare and deliver Cheer Plates on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., so get busy baking those cookies and whipping up that candy this week. Be at the church at 10 a.m., to help form an assembly line to get them put together and passed out.

Our Christmas Program will be during worship time on Sunday, Dec. 18. Tell Linda or Mary what you plan to do. If you need to practice, you can do it while we are at the church on Saturday for the Cheer Plates.

The monthly board meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service starting at 8 p.m., on Christmas Eve. Plan to join us for this wonderful service.

Family Worship Center

Blessings from Family Worship Center. We are located at the corner of United States 40 and Staunton Road. We would love to have you come and join us as we worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.

Larry Richmond is our pastor. If you are looking for a church "family," this is the place for you! You will feel loved the minute you walk through the door!

We have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Church starts at 10:30. We have a special church service for kids ages 3-fifth-grade during that time. Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m.

We also have Bible Study on Wednesday evenings that begins at 7 p.m. There is Kids Rock at that time for the younger children. The youth group meets at 7 p.m., on Wednesdays also.

Les Rivera is our youth pastor. He has been through a lot in his life and he is teaching the kids how to serve the Lord by using faith with works.

Our youth have really bonded through his leadership. The group is called Blazing Hearts and they perform heartfelt skits to Christian music.

Teresa is working with the kids on a play portraying the Christmas Story. The play will be presented to the congregation on Dec. 18. You will be blessed by this presentation. Feel free to visit our website at www.wvfwc.com.

Eastside Christian Church

If you were not at Eastside Christian Church last Sunday evening you missed out on a great treat. Dave Henry played his harp and gave a great message. We want to thank him for coming and presenting the concert. Just wish we had a bigger attendance for him. His music is such a blessing.

Due to a prior commitment, Jeff Bridgewater will not be with us this Sunday night as previously advertised. If you would like to hear Jeff, he will be at the Community Missionary Church at 21 W Pinckley St. P150 will still be at Eastside Christian Church on the evening of the Dec. 18, at 6 p.m.

Millie should be back tomorrow on the organ, but we want to thank Ann playing solo while she has been gone. Great job!

Christmas is just around the corner, and we are sure you are very busy, but don't forget to take the time to pray, and keep in mind what this season is all about.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, what better time than the Christmas season to come to the Lord? God is so good. We look forward to seeing you.

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.

The Gospel for the Second Sunday in Advent once again referenced that we should all be alert to the coming of our Lord. The Gospel of Mark 1:1-8 "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths." John the Baptist, the Advent Prophet, appeared in the desert and proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Many answered his call and were baptized. John the Baptist proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of His sandals. I have baptized you with water; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." He considered the desert a place where the Lord's Word was unbound and completely free to be heard, experienced and lived. Now is the time for us all to be alert, truly listen to the Lord's word so that we become more faithful and prayerful.

The Third Sunday in Advent is often called "Gaudete Sunday" or "Rejoice Sunday." "Rejoice, the Lord is Nigh" is the theme for this Sunday. The Third Sunday is past the midpoint of Advent. For this Mass celebration, vestments are rose like the rose candle that will be lit on the Advent Wreath. The change in color from purple to rose symbolizes encouragement for all of us to continue to prepare ourselves spiritually and prayerfully for the celebration of Christmas. "Have no anxiety" about selecting or receiving mere tinsel gifts; prepare "in prayer with Thanksgiving and guard your minds in Christ," the true source of our joy.

This past Sunday afternoon, our family participated in the French Funeral Home Memorial Service. What an extraordinary service with comforting words by Susie French and beautiful music by Steve McCullough and Sam Glover. Heart wrenching, yes, but a very necessary afternoon for those of us that have suffered the loss of a loved one. Peace and blessings to all that participated in this service. And, thank you, to the French Family and staff for providing us the opportunity to understand that our feelings, whatever they may be, are warranted during the holidays and everyday.

Advent Season Invitation: The CCD classes will have a Jesse Tree Service right after the 8:30 Mass this Sunday. 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!

The Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will present the "Message of Fatima" tomorrow, at 2 p.m., 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 tags on the Angel Tree number just a few now! Thanks to all for fulfilling a child's wish year!

The temperatures are dropping. Consider how you might feel to keep your heat way down low due to economics. Then consider having to do this with very little food. Let's continue to fill our blue tote to assist those less fortunate than us. When the holidays are over, let's keep filling that tote with donations to the Food Pantry. Compassion and charity are always in style.

Pray this week for all those suffering in any way. Pray that we become more faithful and prayerful during Advent. Pray that we remember to "serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking."

Union Christian Church

Visit our Outdoor Live Nativity. Experience the wonder of the night Jesus was born. The story is told in music and drama with live animals as part of the telling. Dress warmly, sit in your car, enjoy some cookies, all part of our Christmas gift to you.

Tonight at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., at 5350 E. Hulman Dr., Terre Haute.

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 third-grade) teachers this week Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney.

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

Monday, at 7 p.m., Choir Practice

Tuesday, at 7 p.m., Trustee Meeting

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

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

7 p.m., Choir Practice

From the Pastor: Today is the day of the Help-A-Family-At-Christmas party. There are a total of 53 children being helped this year.

This week's message is "I Am the Light of the World" John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the World, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

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

AWANA News from Brad

Our clubber of the month for October was Kaden Young. The Cubbies were rewarded with a trip to Bogeys for completing their challenge of passing 25 sections in four weeks. The Sparks just completed their challenge of 40 sections and will be going bowling soon. The AWANA Christmas store will be open this week for the clubbers. In addition to the normal items in the store there will also be items that the clubbers can purchase as Christmas gifts for their families with their AWANA dollars. No AWANA on 12/25/11 or 1/1/12

Looking into 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 & 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: The walls of "Jericho" fell by faith. The answer is in Hebrews 11:30.

This week's question is a fill in: Isaiah said_ the dragon would be killed in the sea. Isaiah 27 holds the answer. Send your answer to pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Luke 2:19: But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Remember your neighbors and offer that smile! God Bless and have a wonderful week!

We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grande 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.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Our Sunday School class watched and discussed Rick Warren's DVD, The Purpose of Christmas-Session One last week. He said the first purpose of Christmas is celebration. Well, I think most of us are pretty good at celebrating. But, how do we celebrate and what do we celebrate?

Webster's dictionary uses the words solemnize, honor, praise and commemorate to define the word celebrate. Can our celebrations at Christmas time be described in those terms? They should be. Because Christmas is about Jesus. It's His birth we celebrate. We must give Him the honor and praise He deserves. He is due these things all year through, but can we make a special effort to shower Him with honor and praise during His birthday celebration?

Pastor Bob Kumpf has a message that reminds us who Jesus is. He says, "This Sunday we are going to hear from John the Baptist again. This time from the words of the Apostle John. In his Gospel, John devoted his efforts to testifying as a first-hand witness to the miracles and teachings of Jesus. Many think the purpose of this book was to clarify Jesus as the One and Only Messiah, the Christ.

By the time of the writing of this book, John had been exiled to the island of Patmos and was well along in years. The early church was growing and there were many teachers claiming many things that simply were not true. In fact, history tells us that many of the early church leaders were trying to make John the Baptist an equal to Jesus. John had to set the record straight. Though John the Baptist was a good man, Jesus, a Great man and a prophet sent by God, was and always will be God's Promised One, the Word made flesh, the Light of the world, the Son of Man, the Bread of life. (Starting to get the picture?) Jesus came in fulfillment of God's promise of salvation to His children and Jesus will come again. That's Good News."

Don't miss an opportunity to honor and praise Jesus this month. Celebrate His birthday everyday. Join us tomorrow for the third Sunday in Advent. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

Christmas is only 15 days away!!! We are coming up on the 3rd Sunday in Advent. We challenge you to take some time today and sit down and think about what the true meaning of Christmas is to you. Is it giving and receiving gifts? What about Christmas dinner? What about our children? All these are good reasons to be happy this time of year but none of these are truly what Christmas is about. To me, the true meaning of Christmas is the gift God has given us. That gift is Jesus. The birth of our Lord and Savior is what we should be celebrating come Christmas.

Christmas is also a great time to sit down with your loved ones and explain to them the true meaning of this Holiday. Maybe when you are sitting around the dinner table or around the fireplace, you can ask your loved ones what Christmas means to them. It is never too early or too late to tell people about Jesus. You'll be saving a life.

On Dec. 17, at around 6 p.m., we are planning to have a Christmas dinner and a grab bag gift exchange. All are welcome to attend. The gift bags should not exceed $10 in price.

We as a congregation are still collecting bottle caps for the young boy on dialysis. All bottle cap donations would be greatly appreciated. You can drop you bottle caps off at Prairie City United Methodist Church on Sundays and you are welcome to stay for worship. We are also collecting soda can pop tabs to be sent to Riley Children's Hospital. These can be donated at the church as well.

Last Sunday we started our new Bible Study Lesson. We work through a study booklet that is quarterly. The last booklet covered Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. All are welcome to come and join in our weekly Bible Study.

We would like to extend a warm and loving welcome to any and all who would like to come on Sundays and join with us as we worship our Lord. You will find everything from blue jeans to formal attire in our congregation. We welcome all with open arms and open hearts. Our Sunday Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship service starts immediately following Bible study at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick's sermon this week is titled, "Learning from Mary". The sermon covers the scriptures of "Luke 1:26-38." May God bless you and your family always ... See you on Sunday.

Bee Ridge Church

Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-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 am. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 am. 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.

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, and invite the whole community to join with us in welcoming the Child of Bethlehem.

This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, our theme is Joy, and the Scripture is taken from Psalm 126. Rev. Charnstrom's message is titled "Mouths Filled With Laughter, Tongues With Glad Song." 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.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services of First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street in Brazil. How about starting out early Sunday morning with Sunday School classes. There are classes for children, youth and adults. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m., but if you arrive early you are welcome to have some coffee, breakfast beverages and conversation in the fellowship room.

Morning worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. Music will be led by Tim Grindle and guest pianist, Ken Hutcheson. The choir will present a Christmas special. This third Sunday of Advent devotion on "Joy" will be led by Jonathan and Josh Wise. There is an adult staffed nursery provided. Children are dismissed to Children's Worship from the sanctuary. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the morning message.

AWANA and Youth will meet at their regular time of 5:30, to prepare for their program presentation and have a light meal. The adult choir and children will present the Christmas program at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited downstairs for cookies and fellowship following the program.

Teen Girls' Bible Study is Tuesday at 7:30, led by Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

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

The ROCK Service is Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The glow of lights through the church's stained glass windows is always a welcoming and warm invitation to enter for praise and worship.

Next Sunday the Hospitality Committee will host the Christmas brunch following the morning worship.

"Come and worship, come and worship. Worship Christ the Newborn King!" Saint Luke gives us the angel's message, "... and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give to Him the throne of His Father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end."

First Presbyterian Church

The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil is continuing in its preparations for Christmas during this season of Advent. It is during this time that Christians worldwide anticipate and prepare for the miracle of Christmas. This Sunday, the third Advent candle will be lighted by a family of the congregation. This candle alone is pink and is called the "Candle of Joy," as it recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ.

The highlight of this Sunday will be a gift from the children of our congregation, the annual Children's Christmas Pageant. The pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas, will be a part of the regular Service of Divine Worship beginning at 10:30 a.m., under the direction of Sherry Seward.

The "Angel Tree" set up in the Narthex has undergone a big change in the past two weeks. When first put up, the tree was decorated with paper "ornaments," each one containing an item of clothing or a toy. The tree is now bare of ornaments but is accumulating many gifts underneath its branches. This year we hope to help approximately twenty children. Each child will receive a shirt/ blouse, pants, shoes, socks and underwear as well as pajamas and a toy.

The Christmas food basket campaign is coming to a conclusion with members being asked to bring tomato or apple juice this Sunday. Wednesday, Dec. 14, all those helping to fill the baskets will be meeting in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Both the food baskets and the Angel Tree gifts will be distributed in Fellowship Hall today, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Also today, the Senior Highs will be helping with the Toys for Tots distribution at the Harmony United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

On Sunday, the Chancel Choir will perform the Christmas cantata "Night of the Father's Love," at 3 p.m., at the Poland Chapel in Poland.

Next week, Dec. 18, the choir will be presenting this wonderful cantata during our 10:30 a.m. Service of Divine Worship.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us during this Advent Season. For more information, contact the church at 20 N. Walnut, 812-446-2415 or at brazilpresbyterian.org.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings to one and all asking for spoken and unspoken requests for prayer, and praying for all requests, shut-ins, those in the hospital, and our service members in harm's way.

He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing. The special number was sang by Sandra Jenkins, "Unto You This Night a Child is Born." It was well received by the congregation.

Bro. Thomas then opened the service with a remark about a TV show of several years ago, "What Time Is It?" which everybody remembers as "It's Howdy Doody Time." Bro. Thomas added that Gal.4:4 tells us that when the time is right, God acts. He knows the past, the present and the future.

God used many men and women to act through Him and for Him. Could God be wanting to act through you? Is there something that has bothered you for some time that you know you should be doing for the Lord? And you just keep putting it off?

Remember Joseph and Mary were chosen because they allowed the Lord to act through them. Are you acting for the Lord?

Or are you allowing the Lord to act through you? When we ask the Lord for things, its usually right now ... when you are in a hurry to get some place, and you have a slow moving car in front of you; we sometimes forget God is in control and we should slow down.

David cried out to God on several occasions, "My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Moses, in Ex. 3:7, "But, but, but ..."

We do the same. We have no time for God right now, for we have some personal things to get done in a hurry. I wonder if God waits til the right person comes along and wants to use us ... but, but, but ... and we are thinking; "No, not today as I'm busy. The harvest is ripe and we need laborers."

What is your answer? "Here Lord, I'll lend my hand." Are we the doers, the go-getters?

Or do we find ways to put it off until another day? All throughout the Bible, God has talked with those whom acted for and through Him. He talked through Jesus following all through His death and the cross for each one of us.

Now, the Holy Spirit can speak through us and lift the lowly sinner up out of sin and set him free. Is there one name missing today that God is waiting for the right time to use that name to act for Him? Could that name be You?

The Community Choir of Clay County will be with us at 6 p.m. service, under the direction of Sam Glover. The public is invited. There is no charge and plenty of parking. Pastor Thomas and wife, Beverly, and the church congregation invite you to 21 W Pinckley Street.

First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church announces upcoming Christmas special presentations. Tomorrow the children of the church will present an original Christmas program at 10:15 a.m.

Several adult leaders, including parents, have been working with elementary children and middle school students to share the messages of the birth of the Savior.

Listening to and watching children, in a special presentation is a delightful experience for people of all ages.

In addition to this week's childrens presentation, next Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m., the chancel choir will offer a special musical presentation entitled "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem." It includes Christmas carols, familiar folk songs with new Christmas words and original music with narration. The audience will experience the joyful exuberance of the shepherds, the serene peace of Mary, the mother of Jesus and the great love of God offered through the birth of Jesus Christ.

The regular members of the choir are joined by new voices for this special Christmas cantata presentation directed by Charlotte Pickett and accompanied by Jerry Morgan. The public is encouraged to make "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem," a part of their meaning filled Christmas Season.

Both presentations, the Children's Christmas presentation, tomorrow at 10:15 a.m., and the Chancel Choir Cantata "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem, Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m., will be presented at the church building located at 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil.

Come and experience the Wonder of Christmas each Sunday morning including Christmas Day. The church offers two worship services. Time honored hymns and Christmas carols are used at the early Sunday service at 9 a.m., and a more contemporary blend of worship and Christmas carols are central to the second Sunday morning service, at 11 am.

Mt. Calvary United Methodist

Mt. Calvary United Methodist has Bible study at 9:30 a.m., each Sunday, and worship service at 10:30.

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

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