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Friday, December 16, 2011

Brazil Church of the Nazarene

The Brazil Church of the Nazarene will be joining Bee Ridge Church for Candle Light Christmas Eve services, at 10 p.m.

The service this year will take place at Bee Ridge instead of the Brazil Nazarene Church.

Ron Maurey will be the pianist and many special guest singers will be soloists.

Jeff Bridgewater is pastor at Bee Ridge, and Gary Bechtel is pastor at the Nazarene church.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Pat at 448-1262.

Blessings to all.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

Worship hour is 9-10 a.m., with Pastor Randy Dragan.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church is located five miles east of State Road 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil.

Everyone is welcome.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Christmas is almost here! You are invited to join those at Peniel to celebrate the upcoming event! Our Sunday School begins at 9:45, and Church Services at 10:45 a.m. In between services this Sunday, there will be beverages and pastries served in the Fellowship Hall. Always a good time to catch up on everyone's activities and get acquainted with new friends.

The Children's Christmas Program will be Sunday evening, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Don't you enjoy watching the little ones perform! It's also a good experience for them. Highlighting the evening will be a Christmas Cantata followed by a visit of a special jolly guest in a red velvet suit! There should be treats for good little girls and boys!

Keep in mind that there will be Family Communion on Dec. 24, from 3-5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a regular attendee at Peniel.

This Sunday's Children's Message is "When We All Get To Heaven!" and for the Adult Worship Service "The Impossibility of Love!"

Laundry and dish detergents are needed by the Food Pantry this week.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489. We are located on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil.

Carbon Baptist Church

Wednesday evenings is our Praise and Worship practice at 6 p.m., cell groups at 7 p.m., on Dec. 21.

Our candlelight Christmas Eve Program on Dec. 24, will be at 8 p.m. Please come and bring your family and friends and help celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.

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.

Family Worship Center

With Christmas rapidly approaching, we would like to remind everyone that God didn't intend for us to get stressed or overwhelmed when he sent his Son that first Christmas. Jesus is a reason for hope and new beginnings ... so, take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and what it means to you. While giving and receiving gifts are nice, the gift of Jesus is everlasting!

We would like to invite you to our youth Christmas program Sunday, Dec 18, at 10:30 a.m., and again Sunday evening for a dinner theatre at 6 p.m. You will be blessed by the things the youth in our church are doing.

On Christmas Day, we will not have Sunday School, instead, the service will begin at 10 a.m. We will be having communion at the end of the service. There will be no Sunday evening service Christmas Day.

We love you and welcome you to attend our services.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Is it possible that it is just one week until Christmas? Many folks will really be in a buying frenzy trying to get ready. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could get that excited about Christ coming in one week rather than in Santa having all those presents wrapped and under the tree in time.

We will be preparing and delivering Cheer Plates this morning, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. Bring some cookies or candy and come join us. It is fun!

Our annual Christmas "Variety Show" Program will be on Sunday, Dec. 18, during our regular worship service. I've heard from a number of people who say they have something to share with the congregation, so it should be a great morning.

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 8 p.m., on Christmas Eve, of course. This is always a meaningful time. It helps us focus on the fact that Christmas really is for celebrating Christ's birth.

There will also be a regular worship service on Christmas Day which falls on Sunday this year.

Before we know it, the New Year of 2012 will be here and we will be making those New Years Resolutions. Start thinking about resolving to work on a closer relationship with your God. If you do that, you won't need to make any more resolutions.

Have a good week.

Bee Ridge Church

Christmas Eve at Bee Ridge Church will be a combined service with the Nazarene Church. The service will begin at 10 p.m. We are looking forward to hosting the Christmas Eve service this year. Please join us for great fellowship and song; everyone is invited.

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 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing, and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. Come join us for worship. Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812 241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Our second session in The Purpose of Christmas DVD stated that the second purpose of Christmas is salvation. Rick Warren's teaching on this is based on the statement the angel made announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds long ago. "I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people(the first purpose-celebration); today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David." The second purpose of Christmas-to provide a savior.

The session asked from what do we need to be saved. The answer is sin. And what is sin? Anything that separates us from God. The Bible identifies these things for us. That is why it is important for us to read and study God's Word. There may be something causing us a problem and we are not aware that it is the problem. We are truly blessed to have Jesus. He doesn't just tell us we are doing something wrong, He provided the way of forgiveness and gives us the power to turn from those troublesome ways.

Join us tomorrow to hear the final session and hear the third purpose of Christmas. Our Sunday School class starts at 9:30 a.m.

Worship services start at 10:30, and Pastor Bob Kumpf has a message titled "Highly Favored". He says, "This Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Advent, we are going to look at the first chapter of Luke. (first Mark, then John ... now Luke!) Our message comes from Luke 1:26-38. But this week we are not looking at John the Baptist. Instead we are looking at the woman in whom God found favor, the mother of the Christ Child, Mary. There is quite a contrast between the bold, fiery and somewhat reclusive John and the young and innocent maiden chosen to bring life to the Son of the Most High. The common greatness that they shared was that of accepting and being obedient to the will and plan of God.

Both John and Mary had a deep-rooted faith. John heard a message from God saying that he was to announce that the people should get ready for the coming of the Messiah. Mary was visited by an angel telling her that she would be the one to deliver this promised child unto the world. John was bold and assured, while Mary was both startled and confused by the message she had been given. But there was something about the messenger and the message that filled her with belief. Though it all seemed so unimaginable she felt sure in her heart that the words of the angel were true, 'Nothing is impossible with God.' (Luke 1:37)

That is what happens within us when we accept the favored relationship that we have with God as well. God is our rock, our sword and our shield. And that is Good News!"

Join us at Center Point tomorrow or attend another Bible-believing church. But, be a part of the body of Christ during this Christmas season.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

The Wonder of Christmas continues at Brazil First United Methodist Church. The children presented an original Christmas program during the Sunday school hour last week. Costumed as Mary, Joseph, shepherds and sheep, wise men and angels, the children used their natural charm to lead family members and the congregation through the wonder of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.

During tomorrow's 9 a.m. worship service, the chancel choir will present a new cantata entitled "Lead Me Back to Bethlehem." Directed by Charlotte Pickett and accompanied by Jerry Morgan, this musical ministry experience includes Christmas carols, familiar folk songs with new Christmas words, and original music with narration. Experience the joyful exuberance of the shepherds, the serene peace of Mary, and the great love of God offered through the birth of Jesus Christ. The cantata will be presented at the first service (9 a.m.) only.

At the 11 a.m. contemporary service, worshipers can find hope in Christ as several members of the congregation will present "cardboard testimonies." In just a few written words on the first side of a piece of cardboard, people will tell what their life was like or would be like without the Lord. Then they will turn to the other side of the piece of cardboard, revealing a word or a few words telling what it is like with God's help. You can google "cardboard testimonies" to see recorded examples of cardboard testimonies on youtube.

We invite you to see the real life examples of hope, living right here in Clay County. Brazil First United Methodist Church is located at 201 North Meridian Street near Meridian Elementary School. There is off-street parking in lots surrounding the church building. Come and celebrate "The Wonder of Christmas," this week, the last Sunday before Christmas morning.

Eastside Christian Church

It is hard to believe that Christmas is only one week away. We at Eastside Christian Church hope you are remembering what the season is all about. We will have a concert by P150 tomorrow night at 6 p.m. This is your invitation to attend.

Christmas baskets were delivered to some local families, and the kids at S.O.S. will receive some stockings filled with goodies that were prepared with the help of many caring members of our church. At Christmas time it is better to give than receive. But the best gift of all that you can receive is letting Jesus into your heart.

We will have a candlelight service at 6 p.m., on Christmas Eve, and we will have our regular morning services Christmas Day. We would love to see you.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

This Sunday is the 4th Sunday in Advent. It is hard to believe that Christmas is only eight days away!!! It's wonderful to be able to slow down and meditate on the birth of Jesus, the Christ child. The reason He came into this world was to give us new life from the lost, lonely and sinful lives we have lived. Out of all the gifts that are given on Christmas day, Christ is the most precious one.

There will be an Open Communion Time at Prairie City United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve from noon to midnight. All are welcome to come and receive the elements at our Lord's Table. Come by yourself, with friends, or with family to have a few moments of quiet prayer and by taking communion at this blessed time of the year.

Tonight we are having our annual Christmas Party and gift grab bag exchange at the Church. The time is set for 6:30 p.m. Once again all are welcome to come and join in food and fellowship with our community of faith.

This Sunday's worship will continue to have singing of Christmas music and sharing as a community of faith. Pastor Rick will be sharing from Luke 2:8-20 with "How Do We Prepare For Jesus."

On Christmas Day Chester Hapenny will be presenting the message in song and word. We are looking forward to his leadership that day. The Christmas Day worship will be at the normal time of 10:30 a.m.

We are having a New Years Eve Celebration for adults 18 and older who would like to celebrate without the hassle of alcohol. This will be a Christian based event but you don't have to be a Christian to attend. There will be food, beverages, games, movies, music, personal testimonies and much more. It will be a night to remember. We hope to see many faces there that night.

Our congregation would like to let the community know that we are collecting certain items for different missions and that we can always use your help in collecting them. We are collecting Pop-Tabs for Riley Children's Hospital, aluminum cans for the "Rice For Children" in Haiti, Campbell Soup labels and Education Box Tops for a children's home in northern Indiana.

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 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 mornings at 9 a.m.

The Gospel for the Third Sunday in Advent is John 1:6-8,19-28. God sends John with testimony to convince ordinary man to become believers. John is also sent to testify to the light; he is not the light, but, can testify to the light. Many were sent to ask John who he was. John told these people that he was not the Christ, not the Prophet or Elijah. When pressed to explain who he was, John stated "I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord." John was asked by the Pharisees why he baptized if he was not the one. John replied "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." The message again references that we need to be alert and watch faithfully for the coming of our Lord.

The CCD children did an outstanding job on the Jesse Tree service this past Sunday. Thank you to the youngsters for all the hard work and preparation to perform this service! Lady Knights served delicious "Taste of Christmas" goodies to everyone after the Jesse Tree service.

Angel Tree gifts need to be at the Church this weekend. There is no need to wrap the gifts, but if you choose to, that is fine. Please make sure that the tree tag is attached to your gifts. Thank you to all for making a wee one's Christmas wish come true.

We welcome Annette Clawson to our Parish Office. Annette will be taking the place of Annette Meyers as Bookkeeper. Best of Luck to both Annettes in their new adventures!

The Lady Knights will have a Christmas party on Monday, Dec. 19. This party is open to all ladies in the Parish. A $10 grab bag gift exchange is planned. Please call the Parish Office for more details.

Many of the bingo kitchen workers and bakers will be leaving during the winter months. Volunteers are needed to fill these vacancies. There will not be bingo on Christmas Day. Bingo will resume at the normal time on New Year's Day.

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.

There is still time to place items in the blue tote at the back of Church. Share your bounty with the less fortunate. Support our Christmas Basket Ministry and our local Food Pantry.

The Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus presented the "Message of Fatima" this past Sunday. Thank you to all that participated and supported the Sisters in their mission.

Pray to be more faithful and spiritual during these last days of Advent. Pray that your mind and heart is open to embrace the Word of the Lord.

Blessings ~

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services at First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. Sunday School begins at 9:30, with classes for all ages. Worship is at 10:30. Cheryl Riddell, Tim Grindle and the choir will open the service. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message. The 4th Sunday of Advent devotion will be given by Robert and Lisa Reyher.

There is an adult staffed nursery available. Elementary students may choose to attend KidMo, an interactive Bible-in-Life children's worship.

Immediately following the morning service the Hospitality Committee will host a Christmas brunch.

Tuesday Teen Girls' Bible Study will be at the home of Pastor Mark and Stacey Thompson. The study begins at 7:30.

Through the Bible Study is Wednesday at 12:15. The study has now progressed into the book of Romans.

Thursday evening ROCK service is at 7 p.m., with worship for adults and KidMo Children's Worship for the elementary students as well as a nursery.

We look forward to Christmas Eve Communion at 7 p.m., Saturday. Come and worship the King! Don't let the preparation and purchasing of all the gifts keep you from receiving the greatest of all gifts. Prepare yourself; enter into the Christmas story.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church. Can you believe that we only have eight more days till Christmas. How many people have told you Merry Christmas this week or haw many people have you told Merry Christmas. For without Christ , there would be no Christmas. Jesus came into the world as a little baby to give the world a way to receive forgiveness of their sins and to

assure them the presence of God was with them. Have you been to a place in your life that you could not find or feel the presence of God. I was reading a daily devotion from Chuck Swindoll this week, and I would like to share it with you.

In the book of Job we read that Job struggles, finally admitting his frustration: he cannot find God. Ever been there? Of course. All of us have! There are days we search in vain for some visible evidence of the living God. I'm thinking, Wouldn't it be great to wake up in the middle of a full-moon sky tonight, peek out my bedroom window, and see some skywriting, "Dear Chuck, I hear you. I'm right here. I'm in charge. Love, God." I would love for that to happen! I'd love to get into my pickup after a tough day at the church, turn the radio on, and have God interrupt, saying, "Before you listen to this station, Chuck, I want to talk to you for a few minutes." Let face it, all of us would love to hear an audible voice or read a visible message from God. But that's not the way it works. Our walk with Him is a walk of faith, not sight.

Job is a great and godly man. He is a mature saint, no doubt about it. Nevertheless, he longs to witness God's presence. "Oh, that I could know where He is. But I cannot see Him, behold Him or perceive Him."

Though unable to locate the presence of God, Job states his trust in Him: "Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, you can say whatever you wish against me. God knows which way I go. He knows the truth. He is my Justifier. He and I are on speaking terms. I trust Him. I believe in Him. Furthermore, after the trial is over, and He has accomplished His purpose within me, 'I shall come forth as gold."

You can count on that, my friend. When the trial has passed, you will be deeper and richer for it. Gold will replace alloy. I want you to allow those words to burn their way into your brain so deeply that they become like a divine filter for everything that happens in your life from this day forward. God knows which way you're going. And His Word will be a lamp for your path (Psalm 119:105).

We would like to invite you out to Otter Creek Christian Church, 6299 North Crow St., Brazil, our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School and 10:40 for Worship.

On Christmas Sunday there will be no Sunday School so that our church family can spend more time with their families before they come for the worship service. Our Christmas service will be filled with great Worship and special music. Please come and join us for this special time to celebrate the reason for the season-Jesus.

Union United Methodist Church

Come and worship with us on Christmas morning. Invite a friend or neighbor to come along. 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 Fourth Sunday of Advent, our theme is Love, and the Scripture is Luke 1. Rev. Charnstrom's message is titled "Oh Hear the Angel Voices." 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 Sunday evening, at 5, 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.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services asking the congregation to listen to a song that praised Jesus. After which he thanked the Lord in his prayer for the congregation. A fine Sunday morning and the priviledge to bring his word to us. Turning the service over to Peg Parksey for the congregrational singing, and then for prayer requests for spoken, unspoken, those shut-ins, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

Travis Terril sang "O Holy Night," and "Thankful," as specials for church and was well received.

Brother Thomas asked if everyone believed in angels? There are many passages in the Bible mentioning angels, both good and bad.

Zechariah1:9-21 mentions an angel of the Lord. "Then said I, O my lord, what [are] these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these [be]." Skip to "These [are they] whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth."

Here and now, I believe that you and I have guardian angels that protect us, chid us, council us, guard us and guide us when we most need it. Yes, as Brother Thomas says, "There are angels whom also must chastize us, punish us if you will."

The Lord will allow you to be defiant or resist but he will always take you back into the fold, if you but ask. Brother Thomas said that his idea of the vail/veil between spiritural and the physical is paper thin. We only know what the Lord wants us to know.

I can tell you here and now, that my wife loved the Lord, and she quietly crossed over through the veil and did not suffer as I held her hand on that sad day. We rejoiced after 64 years of marriage. I'm sure she had an angel accompany her for she did not stuggle.

Yes, there are good angels and bad angels. Lucifer was identified with Satan, and we'll not give space to him.

God knows you better than you know "you." Can you be, are you, perhaps an angel for the Lord, a messenger of and for God. Look back on your life and think where you might have helped someone in a great time of need. You many have wondered just why you were there at the right time with the right answer to their problem. God can do anything for He is God of all.

Luke 1:26-37 tells us that the Angel Gabriel visited Mary whom was promised to Joseph, telling her she would bring forth a son, a son of God and also that her cousin Elisabeth being old, would have a son also.

Luke1:37 "For with God nothing shall be impossible."

Take another look back and then look forward. Is God leading you, take another look. Let's keep Christ in our Christmas. Remember Jesus is the reason, and everyday can be a day spent with Him.

Community Missionary is located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m., and Evening service is at 6 p.m.

Union Christian Church

Ernie Couch and Revival will perform at Union Christian Church, 5350 E. Hulman Dr., Terre Haute, Sunday, Jan. 15.

The performance will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The gospel music group blends traditional overtones with new and innovative sounds. The band has led listeners to refer to the group's style as a mixture of the classic Statesmen and the Oak Ridge Boys, with an added dose of "raw energy."

The band has worked with legends in various genres of music, ranging from George Beverly Shea to George Jones, from Petra to Boots Randolph, in addition to Jake Hess and James Blackwood.

There is no admission to attend the event, but love offerings will be accepted.

Mt. Calvary United Methodist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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