Community Missionary Church
Pastor opened services with greetings, made some announcements and gave a short prayer of thanks, then turned the service over to Carol Vanatti to lead the congregational singing.
Bro. Thomas then spoke of how two faithful members sent their greetings as they are home bound at this time.
Bill and Marietta Slack, two wonderful people, having attended our church for many years, have had much sickness and hospital time these past couple of months.
Remembering in prayer this morning, he asked for spoken, unspoken requests, shut-ins, sick in the hospital and our military in harm's way.
Praying for same, Bro. Thomas asked the congregation, "If you had one wish in this world, what would it be?"
Think about it. Then he had Carol Vanatti sing our special number, which was well received by the congregation.
The tithes and offerings were taken with due thanks to the Lord for all those that could give and those that could not.
Pastor opened his sermon with Luke, Chapter 2, telling us that all would be taxes, every one into his own city, and as he was of the House of David; had to return to Judea. Even though Mary was great with child.
The law was strict and while there, Mary gave birth to a son; Shepherds being in a nearby field watching over their sheep, having an angel of the Lord to come upon them, and they were afraid. Ths angel said, "Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
"And this shall be a sign unto you. The babe was found in a manger as the angel had said, and the shepherds heard a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God. After which, the shepherds hurried into Bethlehem and seen for themselves. They soon told their story concerning them making it known all around. After which according to custom, the child was taken to the temple to be redeemed, circumcised and named, 'Jesus,' which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. After the law of Moses, they brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord, every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. There also to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord under the law."
Some families today also desire to dedicate their children to the Lord, not with sacrifices such as old, but to acknowledge that they desire their children to love God, and God's laws.
Hence Vs. 32, "A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Ask yourself why he came.
So you and I might have eternal life. How do I respond to him? Is it enough, we are reminded, of "seek and you shall find."
Have you answered what you would wish for in this whole world?
Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30, and evening service is at 6 p.m.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., with Father Harold Rightor officiating.
Mass schedule -- Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9.
The Christmas Mass Schedule -- Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at Annunciation. Christmas Day Mass is 9 a.m., at Annunciation or 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Rosary. There is no 12:30 Mass at Annunciation this Sunday.
New Year's weekend Mass Schedule -- Saturday, 4:30 p.m., at Holy Rosary, and 6:30 p.m., at Annunciation. Sunday Mass is scheduled for our normal schedule.
Annunciation and Holy Rosary extend our wishes to all for a faithful and prayerful Christmas holiday. Gloria, in excelsis deo!
We extend our sympathy to the families of Lori Bear and Liz Yocom.
Mass of the Christian Burial was performed for Lori at Holy Rosary on Friday and for Liz at Annunciation on Friday. May they both enter eternal peace with our Lord.
Annette Clawson is now working at Annunciation as our bookkeeper. We welcome Annette and pray that she will enjoy her duties at Annunciation.
Annette Meyers is extending an invitation to all parishioners to assist her in painting our Stations of the Cross.
Annette would like everyone to have an opportunity to join in painting as a group effort for the new look of the Stations. She is hoping to have all the painting and installation completed by our Lenten Season.
Take a minute to paint your little part of a Station.
Bingo workers are still needed for the winter months.
Although we may be envious of our snowbirds, life goes on in Brazil and help is needed to continue our Bingo efforts. Contact Mary Ann Froderman for details.
No Bingo on Christmas Day, but join the Bingo crowd on New Year's Day at the normal time.
New ministry schedules, contribution envelopes and Bingo schedules are available at the rear of the church. Make sure you pick up your schedule soon.
Thank you to all that contributed gifts and food items for our less fortunate. Twenty-three families received gifts and baskets for the Christmas holiday.
Charity and compassion should not end with the holidays.
The blue tote cans continue to be filled with donations to our local Food Pantry.
Pray for all on our prayer list and their families that this Christmas is a blessed event for them.
Pray that those who have left our faith will find their way back.
Pray that we continue our Advent teachings throughout the entire year. Pray that we remember to "serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking."
Prairie City United Methodist Church
Can you believe that tomorrow is finally Christmas?
The time has finally come. We don't have to worry about shopping for food and gifts, or making travel arrangements.
We can now relax and truly realize what Christmas Day is truly all about. It is about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
When we think about giving gifts, we should be thinking about the gift God has given us.
God gave us Jesus so that all of us sinners can be saved from the fires of Hell and spend our eternity with Him in Heaven.
I don't know about you, but I think that is the best gift ever. All you have to do is receive it. Well, do you?
Today is Christmas Eve and today, here at Prairie City United Methodist Church, from noon-midnight, we are having open communion for anyone who would like to come and receive the Blood and Body of Christ.
We encourage all to come and meet with us at the Lord's Table.
Tomorrow being Christmas, we will have a Christmas worship service at 10:30 a.m., which is the same time our normal Sunday worship services are.
Pastor Rick Pressel will be out of town, but Chester Haypenny will be covering the pulpit while Pastor Rick is on vacation.
This is a special treat to have Chester cover for us on Christmas Day and I believe everyone will enjoy what he has to offer as for worship service.
On New Year's Eve, our church will host a New Year's Eve Celebration for adults 18-older who would like to celebrate the holiday without the pressure of drugs and alcohol.
This is going to be a Christian event, but you do not have to be a Christian to attend.
All adults are welcome to come and bring their friends.
There will be food, beverages, music, a movie, games, a small devotional and a personal testimony by John Lombardo about how Jesus Christ has saved/changed his life.
There will be pocket sized Bibles and tracts available at the event.
This is an event that you don't want to miss so please pass the word on to those you think would be interested.
The celebration time is from 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m. You can show up at anytime in between those times.
Prairie City United Methodist Church would always like to extend a warm and loving welcome to all of those who would like to come and worship the Lord with us on Sunday mornings.
In our congregation, you will find everything from blue jeans to formal attire. It doesn't matter what you wear to church.
What matters is that you are there and worshiping the Lord.
Our weekly Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship service starts immediately following at 10:30.
For those who are unfamiliar, our church is located three-fourths of a mile east on State Road 59 and State Road 42. State Road 42 is located just south of Interstate-70 in Brazil.
May God bless you and your families always. Have a very Merry Christmas.
See you Sunday.
Carbon United Methodist Church
"Come, Lord Jesus, Come."
Christmas is here. Are you prepared? I know that for the past month or so, you have thought of almost nothing but presents and gift wrapping and decorations.
That's fine. But have you taken time to think of Christ and His birthday, too?
I also know that children can think of nothing else but "Come, Santa, Come," but somewhere in your life, we should have been able to move on beyond Santa and celebrate the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
If we haven't made that transition yet, let's do it now.
There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at our church this evening at 8 p.m. Take an hour out of your busy evening and join us to welcome Jesus to His birthday party. He is the honored guest, you know.
Someone asked if we were going to have church Sunday, Christmas Day. Duh! Of course.
There again, I know that Christmas Day will be busy, busy, busy, but let's give Christ one hour out of that day -- His day.
Worship will be at 9:30 a.m., as usual.
Will you be there?
Carbon Baptist Church
Hello from Carbon Baptist Church.
Our candlelight Christmas Eve service will be tonight 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.
There will be a short program and Rev. William Coker will be speaking.
On Wednesday evening, Dec. 28, our Praise and Worship practice will take place at 6 p.m., and cell groups will take place at 7.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.
Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church
Our Sermon will be on the beautiful birth of Christ.
We will also have a children's program.
In Christ I Can has been rescheduled for the second and fourth Monday evenings, beginning at 7. It is a great program for anyone who just needs to be helped for any reason at all.
The weight loss program led by Nancy Eversole meets every Thursday at 6:45 p.m.
Mt. Calvary would like to wish all persons a blessed and Holy Christmas.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at Otter Creek Christian Church.
You are all invited to come and worship with us this Christmas Sunday at 10:40 a.m. There will be special music and ministering that will bring the real meaning of Christmas to each and every heart.
Our normal service times are as follows: Sunday school at 9;30 a.m., and worship at 10:40.
You may contact Pastor Steve by calling the church at 446-5300 or home at 446-4007. Cell phone is 812-249-1715 and e-mail is email@example.com.
Well, the Christmas rush is here. There are plans to make gifts to buy, and parties to attend.
Sometimes, these activities leave us exhausted and cranky -- instead of peace and joy, we may feel inner churning because there's too much to do.
Or perhaps this time of the year brings nothing but sad memories and loneliness. Unrealistic expectations and conflicts with loved ones often leave us depressed and discouraged.
How can Jesus be our Prince of Peace when our expectations and traditions fight against the tranquility we desire? To understand why Jesus was given this title, we must first understand what it means.
First of all, God's Son did not come to do away with all conflicts -- not yet, anyway. One day, He will return to earth and rule as King in an environment of external harmony, but that was not the purpose of His first coming. So while we're on earth, we'll have trouble (John 16:33).
When Christ left Heaven to become a human body, His goal was to bring us peace with God by reconciling us to the Father.
His death on the cross paid our sin debt in full, and our relationship with God is restored. Now, He offers us divine peace -- an inner serenity that fills our hearts and minds no matter what is going on in our circumstances.
Is your life characterized by a quiet assurance that guards your heart and mind all day long (Phil. 4:6-7), or have stressful circumstances left you feeling depressed or agitated? Try setting aside time each day to fix your eyes upon Jesus. Then, let Him heal your heart and calm your spirit.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Dec. 25 has arrived! We hope everyone has enjoyed the special services and music connected with this Holy Season.
There will be family communion on Christmas Eve between 3 and 5 p.m., for all who wish to partake.
Sunday school will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed by church at 10:45, on Christmas Day.
The scripture for this Sunday is St. John 4:1-14.
Pastor Pippin will, as usual, have a special message for the children which also delights the more mature.
This one is titled, "Turn on the Lights!" His sermon for the church service is, "The Light Shine in the Darkness!"
The food pantry would appreciate canned fruits for the donation this week.
For more information concerning the church and activities, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
A blessed and Merry Christmas to all!
Center Point United Methodist Church
Christmas on Sunday!
What a great day to celebrate the Lord's birth. We will be presenting our Christmas program offering tomorrow morning during worship services.
We will not be having Sunday school tomorrow.
The program begins at 10:30 a.m. We invite you to join us as we offer our praises to the Lord.
The B.A.S.I.C. class finished the DVD of Rick Warren's "The Purpose of Christmas," last Sunday.
The three purposes he pointed out from the angel's announcement of the birth of Jesus were: Celebration, Salvation and Restoration. All that came from the passage where the angels appeared to the shepherds.
"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy for all the people. Today, in the city of David, a Savior is born which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11.
We don't always "connect the dots" when we experience events. It is very easy to get caught up in "side issues" and forget the main focus. Let's not let that happen with Christmas.
Let's take time tomorrow to thank God for His precious gift to us -- Jesus. A cause for celebration.
A means of salvation -- the only means that works. And the glory of restoration. Restoration between God and mankind, which became possible beginning with the birth of Jesus.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Center Point.
Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
Good morning from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.
We are located two miles north of United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east of SR 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.
This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
Saturday -- Dec. 24 is Christmas Eve. We will have a candlelighting service at 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Sunday -- 10:30 a.m., Christmas service. No Sunday school. No evening service. No AWANA.
Wednesday -- 7 p.m., Bible study/prayer meeting.
Thursday -- 9:45 a.m., Ladies Bible Study.
From the Pastor -- This week's message is, "I Am the Good Shepherd," John 10:11. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Looking into January
Jan. 1, 2012 -- No Sunday school. No evening service. No AWANA. Morning worship at regular time, 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 18, 2012 -- Annual business meeting.
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.
Last week's question: Isaiah saidLeviathanthe dragon would be killed in the sea. Isaiah 27:1.
There is no question this week. We will take a break as we ponder all that has happened this year. E-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what happened to you this year.
Good or bad. Let's use this time for reflection and face the new year head on with God by our side. Look for questions to start up again in January 2012. I will also be adding something new.
Luke 2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Remember your neighbors at this time of year. Especially those who may not have their loved ones with them, be it that they live so far away, have passed or are in the hospital.
They need that extra "Merry Christmas and God Bless."
Have a wonderful Christmas and may God fill your heart with joy and peace.
First Baptist Church
We celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Redeemer this Christmas Eve at First Baptist.
The communion service begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, with special music and message brought by Pastor Mark Thompson.
Sunday morning, Christmas Day, we will not have Sunday school, but worship will begin at 10:30. We hope you will be able to worship with us.
There will be no other activities at the church this Sunday.
Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., the Bible study will continue in the book of Romans. All are invited to come down to the fellowship room for study, fellowship and coffee.
ROCK service will be Thursday, at 7 p.m. There is worship in the sanctuary. KidMo for the children, and a nursery available. This is an opportunity to worship and learn about this wonderful God we serve.
He is the perfect Counselor, more powerful than our problems.
Because of what man has brought into the Christmas season, there are often melancholy emotions and worry over added expenses and the gloom of national news, and even loneliness in the chaos.
In the midst of this darkness, our focus on Christ can dispel the darkness.
He will come to each of us to renew our life and bring light into our life. We have received the greatest gift ever in the coming of Christ.
Bee Ridge Congregational Church
Christmas Eve at Bee Ridge 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 one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church at 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 by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church
One of the many joys of this season is sitting in a comfortable chair, listening to inspiring Christmas music.
The lights are on the tree and around the mantle and fireplace. There is a good book and a cup of coffee or hot tea.
The ambience is serene and peaceful. Yet, for some reason, it seems that something is missing. Something is not right at this most special time of year.
Once, long ago, there was a special night in a town called Bethlehem.
A couple had traveled treacherous roads to reach this place. It was cold and dreary and when they reached their destination, there was no room for them.
The innkeeper offered a stable. What was the young couple going to do?
She was expecting and was in the early stages of delivery. No room at the inn, ready to deliver, they made the best of it.
And a child was born.
The sounds from the heavenly host proclaimed the birth of this special child. The stars shown bright for the entire world to see.
Shepherds joined the couple and their precious newborn son, and then, they went out to share the good news to all of the world.
How many of us this year have enjoyed that tree in their living room while others are simply trying to keep the lights on and keep warm?
How many of us have listened to their favorite Christmas carols while there are those all alone that would just love to hear someone's voice saying Merry Christmas?
Have you shared the good news that the savior has been born with others?
Statistics show that at Christmas, people do become more conscious about sharing with others and providing for those in need.
But why does it have to be only in December when we celebrate Christmas and remember those that have need?
The birth of our savior wasn't meant to be celebrated only on Dec. 25. Jesus came to save us from our sins, not only on this day, but for eternity.
My prayer is that we all adopt an attitude of Christmas for the other 364 days of the year.
Remember to help your neighbor, call or visit someone that is all alone.
Let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store.
Let's celebrate the birth of the Christ Child all year long.
Please come join us for open communion at the Harmony Church Christmas Eve from 6-6:30 p.m., and the Lena Church from 6:30-7 p.m.
We will have service Sunday morning at our usual times, 9 a.m., at Harmony, and 10:45 a.m., at Lena.
Wishing you a blessed and a Merry Christmas.