Union United Methodist Church
We wish you a Happy New Year.
What better way to start the New Year than by coming to worship Sunday, Jan. 1.
We will gather, first for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., then for worship at 10:30.
We have Sunday school classes for all ages, including four classes from which adults may choose.
This Sunday, Rev. Charnstrom's message will be based on the scripture Luke 2:22-40, and is titled, "What a Very Good Way to Start."
The scripture follows Mary, Joseph and Jesus to the Temple of Jerusalem, where the baby is presented to God, as was the tradition for firstborn children under the law.
However, when Jesus is presented, an old man, Simeon, sees Him and recognizes the baby as the promised Messiah.
Simeon has been promised, by God, that he will not die until he has seen the Messiah, and his faith is so great that, when he sees Jesus, he declares he is now ready to die, because God has kept the promise.
We are a growing, vital and mission-oriented church, where willing hands are put to work doing small things with great love so that others, some in the community and others around the world, may be cared for and may come to know the love of God.
We invite you to come and to join in the work, the fellowship and the love.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Happy New Year. My prayer for you is that this coming year will be your best one yet.
A lot of how it turns out depends simply on your attitude. That sounds simplistic, I know, but it is true.
Do you seek out the dark side of things or do you look for the brighter side?
It can be very depressing if you wallow in the darker area around you. Just think how bright one little candle seems in a dark room. And when you pass that light on, the world suddenly becomes quite bright indeed.
At our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service last week, that first little candle was not very strong, but by the time the light had been passed all around the circle, the entire sanctuary was lit up ... not only with candlelight, but with glowing faces as well.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." If He is thought of as that first small candle in the dark, think what His light would be if we all continued to pass it on. Let's see if we can during this coming year.
The Town and Country United Men will meet at Carbon United Methodist Church Saturday, Jan. 28, for their monthly prayer breakfast, at 8 a.m.
All the men need to attend. This is such a worthwhile organization for the men. I know a number of you men go into town every morning for coffee with your buddies. On this particular Saturday, bring your buddies and join the men for a good home-cooked breakfast and lots of good male bonding.
There will be a Soup and Sandwich lunch at church after the worship service Jan. 29. Afterwards, we will work on planning our annual calendar for the year. We need input from everyone in the church, so put it on your calendar and plan to help us out.
Start the new year right. Be in church in the morning. God is there waiting for you.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Happy New Year to everyone. 2012 already.
Time passes so quickly. When someone mentions the 80s, I think of it as yesterday -- not three decades.
Let's pray for a better economic future and a true peace on Earth.
We can start out the New Year with communion this Sunday, Jan. 1. Our Sunday school session begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services following at 10:45.
The scripture this Sunday is from Genesis 1:1-5.
Pastor Pippins message is "Time to Renew."
Part of our "Greeting" is, "Our hearts are open, our minds are ready."
That's powerful -- think about it.
We hope you will join us soon.
Personal items are needed at the food pantry this week.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Carbon Baptist Church
Hello from Carbon Baptist.
Had a wonderful Christmas Eve service and a great turnout. Thanks to everyone who helped with the program and participated in it.
We wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year. Have a great week in the service of the Lord.
Sunday school hour begins at 9:30 a.m. Worship hour begins at 10:30. Everyone is welcome.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Thomas opened services with announcements and asked a prayer and to bless the congregation and the service; giving thanks and praise to the Lord.
He then turned the services over to Peg Parksey, whom led the singing.
Brother Thomas then asked for spoken and unspoken requests and updates on any who were sick or in the hospital that he hadn't heard about.
He led prayers for all shut-ins and those sick in hospitals, all requests and for our military in harms way.
A special program with singing and a proud four children ringing the church bells.
The children, Emma Dickison, Kaitlyn Miller, Dillon Miller and Fischer Dickison also rang out a special number of bells alone. They were very much appreciated for their efforts.
Our church appreciates children.
Pastor Thomas opened his sermon stating that God hates sin, but he loves the sinner. Wouldn't it be the talk of the town if word got around that everyone who came to "our church" were saints? Yes, God separates the good from the bad, but he does hate the sin.
Jesus came to save "all" people. Not just Jews, Polish, Italians, Greeks, etc., but all men (people).
God doesn't look after white, brown, red or black; but all people. He shed his blood for our sins. Mrs. Marian Burns sang a beautiful song, entitled "Special Delivery," and in Luke Chapter 2, we read where the angels had announced the birth of Jesus and a decree went out over the land that all would be taxed.
So, obeying this law, Joseph had to take Mary about to have her child (Jesus) and travel back to their home of record.
We read further in the Bible of Jesus growing up and his learning to be a carpenter. We also read of his many travels, and we know that Jesus was tempted in all ways, but yet was without sin.
He didn't stumble as some times like we do. However, Jesus is always there to help us along if we ask. He is there to redeem us.
Brother Thomas asked, what is the greatest thing you have ever done? When you sin, you have that uneasy feeling, that for you know what is right and what is wrong. Being a Christian doesn't make you any better than someone else. You just have that peace and it generally shows on your face or in your actions. Accepting Jesus in your heart and the next best thing is to live it.
Don't wait too long to accept him. Many wait until they are on their deathbed and sometimes too late.
Brother Thomas closed with communion and pastor's wife, Beverly, passed out surprise treats as all departed for Christmas dinner.
Come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:30, and evening services are at 6.
This Sunday will be a combined service at 10:30 a.m.
Eastside Christian Church
We at Eastside Christian Church hope you all had a blessed Christmas. We had a beautiful candlelight service Christmas Eve. We held regular services Christmas Day. Jesus is the reason for the season.
There will be a ladies' meeting Jan. 5, at 6 p.m., and the regular monthly board meeting will be at 7.
Our church has been blessed in 2011, with the addition of several members. We pray that 2012 will bring even more to Christ.
We want to wish you a safe and Happy New Year. What better way to celebrate a new year than being in church and praising the Lord.
We want to invite you to start your new year off by attending our service.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Say goodbye to 2011. Another year has come and gone. Have we learned anything from it? Have we grown closer to the Lord?
He's closer to us! Each day that passes, each year that goes by, brings the Lord's second coming that much closer. At the end of the book of Revelation, we find the declaration, "Come, Lord Jesus." Are you ready for that day? Are you excited about it?
Christmas reminds us of Jesus' sacrifice to live as we live, experience what we experience. His birth began His path to the cross -- to pay for our sins.
Truly, that is what grace is all about. (G-God's R-riches A-at C-Christ's E-expense).
I hope your Christmas was great and that your new year will be greater.
Pastor Bob Kumpf says, "Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, (Epiphany Sunday), we will be talking about being the Family of God and heirs to His inheritance. The scripture reading is from Galatians 4:1-7, and the message is titled, 'Part of the Family.' A prominent point of the message is found in relating to God's plan and His timing. As difficult as it is for us to understand, God has a 'timetable,' that is perfect. He has made all of the preparations, established the purposes and given us the privilege of participating in building His Kingdom for eternity."
Tomorrow we begin a new year. We invite you to join us at Center Point. The B.A.S.I.C. class will begin a new study on the fruit of the Spirit. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., with worship services at 10:30.
First Baptist Church
We welcome you to worship, study and fellowship with us at First Baptist in 2012. Start this Sunday with morning services, beginning at 10:30. What a wonderful way to usher in the new year by partaking in communion on New Year's Day. Here at this table, we are to come into a right relationship with God through Christ, who is a vessel of hope and promise for all of us.
There will be an adult-staffed nursery available. KidMo Children's Worship is available following communion.
There will be no other activities at the church Sunday.
School will be back in session Tuesday. Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Stacey Thompson will host Teen Girls' Bible Study at her home.
The Wednesday Bible Study will meet at 12:15 p.m., in the fellowship room. They continue with Paul's writings to the Romans.
The ROCK worship service is Thursday at 7 p.m. If you have not attended this service with contemporary music, video clips and message by Pastor Mark, now would be a good time to check it out.
There is a nursery and KidMo available for families.
For some people, New Year's Day is a day for sleeping in, lounging around in pajamas and watching football. But this is a day brimming with hope and promise.
We turn the page to a blank calendar. We have a clean slate, another chance to begin anew. And this sense of a new beginning inspires many of us. There is the hope that we are going to be able to improve over the coming year. We are going to make changes for the better. But today, New Year's Eve, nothing has happened yet. It's still just a hope and a promise.
Hope and promise -- that's what Mary and Joseph's baby held for those who recognized him as the Messiah. Every child is a vessel of God's hope and promise.
But Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, the fulfillment of God's promise. God's promise is meant for you, and this child, hope of the world, has been born for you.
There is no better way to start the New Year than to accept our Lord's invitation and come to His table. And once we have seen and tasted and felt Christ's presence, we can go in peace, into the hope and promise of the New Year.
Our church has an enclosed elevator for your convenience and safety. Our church phone is 448-8112.
Prairie City United Methodist Church
Well, Christmas is over and we at Prairie City United Methodist Church hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and special time with their family and loved ones. We also pray that everyone had safe travel.
Today is Dec. 31, and that means this is the last day of 2011. As we enter into the New Year, we should think about where it is we want to be in our walk with Jesus Christ. Many people have traditions in making New Year's "resolutions." Yet, most people don't keep them for more than a week. I think that if everyone's resolution was to love your neighbor as you love yourself, than the world would be a much more peaceful, God fearing place. Let's all make this resolution together so that our lives can be at peace.
Speaking of New Year's, our church is hosting a New Year's Eve celebration tonight at 7 p.m., and ending at 12:15 a.m. You don't have to be there exactly at 7 p.m. Show up when it is that you feel led and leave whenever you wish. This event is for adults 18-older who would like to celebrate the coming New Year without the hassle of drugs or alcohol. This is a Christian event, but you do not have to be a Christian to attend. The night will include: Food, music, games, movie, a small devotional and a personal testimony by John Lombardo on how Jesus Christ changed his life.
This is an event that you won't want to miss. We will see you tonight at our church at 7 p.m.
Prairie City United Methodist Church is involved in quite a few missions at this time. Here are just a few of them: We save pop tabs to be sent to Riley Children's Hospital. We save plastic bottle caps for a young child who undergoes dialysis treatment.
We save pennies and other change to go toward certain children's homes. We have a family in our congregation who saves pop cans for the "Rice for Haiti Children' Project." There are more missions that we are involved in, but this is just a few we would like to mention.
If you would like to donate to any of these items to help with the cause, you can drop off your items at our church at any time and we will make sure they get to their proper destination. We truly appreciate any help for our community. It's not about us. It's about being a servant for Christ.
Our church would like to extend a warm and loving welcome to anyone who would like to come and worship our 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 because it only matters that you are worshipping the Lord.
Our weekly Bible study starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship service starts immediately following at 10:30.
This week, Pastor Rick's sermon it titled, "A New Year and A New Identity."
The sermon is coming from the scriptures of 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.
May God bless you and your family always.
Take care in Jesus.
See you Sunday.
Bethel United Methodist Church
Bethel United Methodist Church, 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil, will have its monthly evening music worship service Jan. 1, at 7 p.m.
Music will be provided by P150, and refreshments will be served after the service.
Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of fun, fellowship and worship.
Harmony/Lena United Methodist Churches
If you have watched any television recently, there is a lot of focus on the past year.
News commentators talk about the most watched YouTube videos, or how the market did this last year, or what famous actor passed away last year.
What the housing trends were is another topic of discussion.
While memories are important, sometimes, we dwell on the past too much.
We become mired down in what might have been.
This week, we will be starting at the beginning all over again.
For those of us out of school, I am not talking about going back to grade school or high school.
I am talking about the beginning of the Bible.
Our message this week comes from the scripture found in Genesis 1:1-5. The title of the message is, "Time for Renewal."
It is a time to look forward to what God has planned for us, not just for the year 2012, but for all eternity.
Please join us for our Sunday morning worship services with Harmony starting at 9 a.m., with Sunday school to follow.
Sunday school at Lena starts at 9:30 a.m., with our worship service at 10:45. Hope to see you there.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Happy New Year from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of 2012.
Time goes so fast that we sometimes lose focus of what God really wants us to do with our lives. Serving our Lord and Savior Jesus should be the number one priority in our life.
We would like to invite you out to the Otter Creek Church.
Our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school, and 10:40, for worship. We have a women's Bible Study at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, at the home of Mary Bowden.
You can contact the church by calling 446-5300. Leave a message or call Pastor Steve at 446-4007, or by cell at 812-249-1715, after 4 p.m., or e-mail email@example.com.
Special happenings at Otter Creek: Soup/fellowship supper Saturday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. This is a pitch-in dinner.
What are you going to be seeking from Jesus in the year 2012?
This is a question that only you can answer. Jesus has many followers, but when it comes to giving up something for Him, many people turned away and went back home, never to follow Him again.
When Jesus walked this earth, a vast multitude followed Him. They came for all sorts of reasons -- some noble, some selfish. The same is true today.
It's important that we understand what motivates people to come to Christ, because not all who seek Him are really His followers. In fact, we each need to analyze our own walk with the Lord.
What do we want from Him? How committed are we to being His disciples?
Many of the people who followed Jesus did so because they had urgent needs that He alone could meet.
Everywhere He went, the sick and demon-possessed were brought to Him -- this is one of the ways that God draws us to Himself. Those who can solve all their own problems never need a Savior.
Other folks came for sensationalism. They wanted to see the signs and miracles sand feel a thrill of excitement.
Today, some people come to church or conferences to get pumped up, but mountaintop experiences are always followed by valleys.
When hardships or challenges come, such people are quick to abandon the Lord.
But Jesus' disciples followed Him because they genuinely believed He was the Messiah, the very Son of God (Matt. 16:16).
Their commitment went beyond emotions or needs. They wanted to know Christ and walk closely with Him.
Are you more interested in what Jesus can do for you than in just being with Him?
Do you find it hard to stay committed without an emotional experience to sustain you?
Our physical and emotional needs can draw us to the Lord, but they should never be the foundation for our walk with Him.
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 State Road 59 on Rio Grande Road.
Our church phone number is 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.
Looking into January
Jan. 1 -- No Sunday school, no evening service, no AWANA,
Jan. 8 -- All services will be back to normal times. We need AWANA share time volunteers for 2012,
Jan. 18 -- 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.
There is no question this week. We will take a break as we ponder all that has happened this year.
E-mail me at 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. I will also be adding something new.
Hebrews 11:1 -- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 -- For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 -- Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Bee Ridge Congregational 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 a.m.
Worship service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, with Father Harold Rightor officiating.
For information, call 448-1901 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
The Gospel for Christmas is especially extraordinary, as it reveals to all of us God's true and wondrous gift to all mankind.
This revelation is that Jesus brings meaning, order, purpose and a future for all of us. Jesus is the Glory of God.
He is the light of the world. He is eternal and life itself.
Despite any sin in the world, Jesus offers us hope and confidence in our lives.
The Son of Mary was born for and given by God to us. With the coming of a New Year, it is time that we all embrace the gift that has been given to us.
Christmas should be a continuous celebration and the meaning of all things in our daily lives.
If you haven't already picked up your schedule for ministries, servers and Bingo workers, please take a moment to do so.
The schedules are in the rear of the church. The Parish Center office will be closed Monday, in observance of the New Year holiday.
Bingo resumes at the normal time on New Year's Day. Volunteers are still needed to replace the winter travelers.
Call the Parish office for details or just show up at Kennedy Crossing and a chore will gleefully be given to you.
Painting continues on the Stations of the Cross. Everyone is still encouraged to participate in this activity at your convenience. There is no real set time for painting the statues.
The goal is to have Jesus painted in time for Lent. Let's make this a Parish effort to restore the stations.
Look forward to seeing you.
Pray for all our dearly departed that they may enter eternal peace with our Lord.
Pray that peace and comfort will enter the lives of those who are sick in body or mind.
Pray that we continue to show compassion and charity to those less fortunate. Pray that we don't forget the Lord's Advent teachings.
Pray that our mind and heart continue to be open to embrace the Word of the Lord.
Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking. Blessings.
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 SR 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil.
Everyone is welcome.