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Friday, January 20, 2012

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.

Carbon Baptist Church

Today at 1 p.m., volunteers will meet at the church to go to the town of Carbon and hand out sheets of information on our church with a invitation to come, and if a ride is needed it can be provided.

Thursday, Jan. 26, will be our monthly Ladies Ministry Meeting at the home of Carolyn Boyd at 6:30 p.m. The meetings have changed from the fourth Tuesday of each month to the fourth Thursday of each month. Please come and be a part of this.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, is our Praise and Worship practice at 6 p.m., and cell groups meet at 7 p.m., immediately following.

Have a great week in the service of the Lord.

Sunday School Hour begins at 9:30 a.m., and Worship Hour is at 10:30 a.m.

Carbon United Methodist Church

"Come and see." This simple statement is what Phillip said to Nathanael. He had told Nathanael that he had found the Messiah who was Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael had replied derisively, "Nothing good ever came out of Nazareth."

All he said was, "Come and see." Phillip did not argue, he did not try to convince Nathanael, he did not become angry, he did not give up. He just said, "Come and see." How many times have we tried to convince others to come to church by telling them what great sermons they would hear, what a wonderful choir we had, how exciting our youth ministry was, how they were missing out on so much fun, etc.

Perhaps we need to follow Phillip's example and suggest that folks "Come and see." We have found the Messiah. Others need to "Come and see" for themselves. We should not have to "sell" the church or the Messiah to them.

Off and on through the day last Monday, I planned on going to the church monthly board meeting. I discussed it a couple of times with others, I laid things out to take, I thought about business that needed attending to ... and then after supper, I sat down and turned on TV and forgot all about the board meeting. How foolish I felt the next morning when I realized that I had missed it. From now on, I will be more compassionate when others tell me that they forgot something important, that's for sure!

This Sunday, Jan. 22, Mary Jo Archer will be the guest speaker at our church while our minister is out of town. We always enjoy having her substitute in the pulpit, and we are looking forward to hearing her tomorrow.

Saturday, Jan. 28, the Town & Country United Men will have their first monthly Prayer Breakfast of the year at our church beginning at 8 a.m. Our men will be doing the cooking, so I know they will have a great breakfast. Men, "Come and see."

On Sunday, Jan. 29, we will be having our yearly planning meeting starting at 12:30. There will be a soup and sandwich luncheon before the planning session. Everyone in the church is encouraged to come, share the meal and give their input into the plans.

Our church service begins at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. If you are seeking a more abundant life through Christ, "Come and see."

Brazil First United Methodist Church

My wife, Andrea, and I raised four sons. And at one time or another, as they were growing up, we would encourage one or another of our sons to remember who they were talking to. It did not happen often, nor did any one of them have a major attitude problem. But at one time or another, if they felt they were being treated unfairly, they might get a little carried away with their objection and start to slip into a condescending attitude toward one or another of their parents.

At those times, as parents, we would have done a few things. First, if their objection was warranted, we would need to apologize for what we had done wrong. Second, we would need to work out another plan or a better understanding on how to handle the issue. Third, if they were verging on a bad attitude, we might need to remind them who they were talking to, and encourage them to use some more respect.

In any conversation, it is good to remember who we are speaking to. It helps us communicate on the same level. When we talk to God in prayer, it is good to remember to whom we are speaking. During some of his teachings on prayer, Jesus encouraged his followers to refer to God as their Heavenly Father. Jesus began his teaching on what we call the Lord's Prayer like this. "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..." Matthew 6:9. When we pray, it is a good thing to remember who we are addressing.

This week, the people of First United Methodist Church will be focusing on this part of prayer. It is exciting to really spend time remembering who it is that we are addressing when we pray. It is a privilege and blessing to call Almighty God our Heavenly Father. It is also significant to think about how it is that we "hallow" God's name. This too, involves remembering who we are speaking to.

We invite you to join us in worship and prayer as we seek to grow as people of prayer. Traditional hymn based worship begins each Sunday at 9 a.m. Sunday school classes meet from 10:10-10:50 a.m. A contemporary style of music is used in the second worship service every Sunday at 11 a.m. Both services are based on the same theme, and Pastor Steve Loft will share the same basic message this week on the first part of the Lord's Prayer. So, you can choose either service and join in growing a life of prayer.

The church building is located at 201 N. Meridian St., very close to Meridian Elementary School in Brazil. Come and join in celebrating the One who calls us to prayer.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Thomas opened the services with "You Want, I Want, We Get," what the Lord provides ... rain, snow, sunshine. Let us pray our prayer of thanks and praises to the Lord for all he provides.

Peg Parksey led the congregational singing and Travis Terrill sang the special number, "Til the Storm Passes Over." A wonderful song sang with much meaning as we all wait for the storm to pass and the darkness has passed and the sunshine comes out. Well done Travis, may the Lord bless you with many more years of singing his praises.

Brother Thomas asked for the offering and tithes followed by the doxology. Pastor turning to Ephesians 5:8. Every day that passes, the closer to the Lord's return. We are called to be in the world. Some of us appear to have our heads in the sand and some must be asleep.

We are to be the light of the world and as Romans 12 tells us, be in the world, not of the world. We shouldn't have fellowship with the darkness. By that we mean be found in places that would dishonor our Lord, your character and reputation.

A chaplain speaking to a group of young men asked them, "If Jesus came back today, would you want to be found in a house of ill repute?" How are you acting in this world today? We were all darkness at one time and God as the light, has shown us the way. When you are shown that light, you become that light to others.

God gets upset when we fail to do his bidding. Representing Jesus, we are to be, to show the way as you have absorbed the light then tell your loved ones, friends and your neighbors.

God hates evil, loving the good and hating the bad. Our actions, many times, speaks louder than words.

Matthew 5:13 "Ye are the salt of the earth." The light of the world, so let your light so shine. Wake up! Wake up! Being around some people, you just blend in, other times you might be shunned. But if you give off the light of Jesus, you may make them feel uncomfortable ... be that light.

Be justified, but not boastful. God washed away your sins and he changes you, so you can change people around you.

1 Corinthians 6:9 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" Perhaps we have become too tolerant of sin, too tolerant to tell the truth, that sin is sin.

Clean up your actions, cling to that which is good. Shun that evil and make the need for Jesus number one. Repent of those little things that have been weighing you down. Change your lifestyle. Wake up, oh sleeper, for the wicked will not be transformed. Be that living sacrifice that we are the ones whom can and will bring his message of salvation.

"He is coming again, morning, night or noon. Many will meet their doom."

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m., and Evening services is at 6 p.m.

Children are welcome, also.

First Baptist Church

We hope you have an opportunity to worship with us this Sunday and throughout the week at First Baptist on South Walnut Street. Come early Sunday morning and be part of our Donut Fellowship before Sunday School classes begin. The doors will be open at 8:45, and there will be coffee or milk and juice with your donuts. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30. There are no stairs to climb because you can use the enclosed elevator.

Morning worship begins at 10:30. Cheryl Riddell, Tim Grindle and the choir will lead the music to open the service. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message about God's life development plan for you. God can rock your world. There is the potential for your life to be transformed.

There is an adult-staffed nursery available for all services. The children through 5th grade are invited to KidMo, an interactive Bible lesson and music service, following the opening praise and greetings.

Youth and AWANA begin at 5:30. If you would like to have a safe place for your children and youth on Sunday evenings, this is the place for them. There is a time for eating, playing, singing and lessons. There is also an adult Bible reflection time at 6 p.m., and choir practice at 7:15.

Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the Teen Girls' Bible Study meets with Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 12:15 in the fellowship room. They are in the book of Corinthians. A guide will be available that can help lead you through the study with Pastor Mark. You do not need to be a regular attendee at FBC to participate in the Bible study.

Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., will be the first meeting of the new year for the 2012 deacons.

The ROCK gathering for praise and worship is Thursday evening at 7 p.m. This service is especially provided for young adults and families. There is a nursery and KidMo available.

Remember that next Sunday will be our Mission Dinner with the offering for Retired Ministers and Missionaries. The menu will be salad, spaghetti, and desserts ... always good! We always look forward to seeing you. Call the church office, 448-8112, for further information.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church, this week.

Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship.

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

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

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


This weeks message is "The Danger of Drifting" Hebrews 2:1: We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

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.

AWANA NEWS from Brad:

Our AWANA clubber of the month for November was Maisie Eldridge. This Sunday Travis Sims with Extreme Entertainment will perform his magic act. Travis' motto is "God does miracles I do illusions." Everyone is welcome to attend. AWANA starts as normal at 5 p.m., the show starts at 6 p.m. Our Sparks and T-N-T clubs had a combined bowling party for completing their challenges. We are starting to work on our cars in preparation for our annual AWANA Grand Prix in March. The clubbers are also preparing acts for our talent show which is Feb. 26, 2012.

Questions from Pat:

This weeks question: ____wanted to buy the power of the Holy Spirit, The answer is in Acts 8. E-mail your answer to me at pmann228@hotmail.com.

Answer to Last weeks question:

The Ethiopian eunuch was reading Esaias (Isaiah)as he traveled between Jerusalem and Gaza, Acts 8:27-28 holds the answer.

For the Pastor's question: If Jesus was King of the Jews and the Jewish religion is different from Christianity how do we know which is right?


A careful study of the Old Testament reveals that God would send His Son into the world to save the world from it's sin. In Exodus we find God telling Moses who He is: Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: "I AM has sent me to you." We can also read in the New Testament the great 'I AM" statements of Jesus. (John 6:35, 8:12, 10:7, 10:11, 11:25, 14:6 and 15:1) John 8:58 " I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"

Jesus also told us in John 16:6 "... No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus was sent into the world, to His own people first, and they rejected Him. They were to receive Him and share Him with the Gentile people (the rest of us) and when they did not, the Holy Spirit led men like Saul to go in that direction.

Do you have a question that you would like to ask Pastor Dick, e-mail you question to me at pmann228@hotmail.com.

Please remember your elderly or shut in neighbors during the bad weather!

Isaiah 11:11: In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.

Until next week, stay strong in your faith and trust in God.

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

Church Phone Number: 812-446-0531

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.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. We pray that you are having a good beginning of the new year. It was so good to see some familiar faces back with us this past Sunday. We are glad that Joe is doing better.

We want to send our prayers out to those in our congregation who are still having difficulties and are missed in our services.

If you would like to be a greeter before our Sunday morning worship service, please feel free to let Sharon L. know, and she will be happy to designate a month for you.

The elders and deacons of the church will be having a Leadership Retreat on Feb. 4, at 9 a.m., at the church.

The congregation will be hosting a wedding shower luncheon for Josiah and Alissa on Jan. 29, after the morning worship service. They are getting married in March.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. Our goal in 2012 is to tell as many as possible about Jesus and His Salvation. We believe we are living in the last days, and we want to reach those who have not been saved, so they too can have eternal life.

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 at 9 a.m.

It is with great sadness that we extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Mike Clawson. His wife, Annette, is our new Parish Bookkeeper. Mike was killed in an air flight over Afghanistan on Monday. Please keep Annette, their five children and family in your prayers as they struggle with this unexpected loss.

A second collection will be taken after all Masses this weekend for the Clawson Family. Several members of our Church and Churches in the Terre Haute Deanery have extended their monetary gifts, prayers and talents to the Clawson Family. Please join us as we pull together to help this wonderful family.

Stay with, remain, abide. John 1:32 The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus and remained with him always. Jesus preached "I am in the Father and the Father is in me. You are in me and you are in the Father." Remain faithful to Jesus. Follow Jesus. Thirst for His Word. Help others to become faithful and desire to know Jesus.

A study group for the book Rediscovering Catholicism is being formed. If you would like to join this new group, email gk4377@gmail.com or contact the Parish Office. This is an exciting book that rejuvenates and invigorates your beliefs in our faith. The author will have you wanting to be a better Catholic! If you need a copy, please call the Parish Office! You won't regret reading this one!

The Stations of the Cross statue painting is coming along nicely, but there is still time to leave your "stroke" on this project. We are right on target to have the Stations back in our Church for Ash Wednesday. Please contact Annette Meyers or the Parish Office to participate in the painting!

Tables are still available for the next Lady Knights indoor yard sale. Clean out your closets and make a little extra cash while enjoying yourself with other parishioners. Tables are $10 each. The yard sale will take place at Kennedy Crossing from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with breakfast and lunch available. Contact Martha Tempel or Cindy Pike for more information.

The Knights of Columbus will have their next meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. The meeting will open with the rosary at 7:15 p.m.

The next meeting for the Lady Knights is Jan. 30, at 6:30, in the Parish Center.

February 4 is the date for the 2nd Annual Soup Bowl Benefit at Maryland Community Church (4700 SR 46, Terre Haute) from 5-7 p.m. This is a collaborative event to help raise hunger awareness issues in the Wabash Valley as well as provide financial support to our local Catholic Charities for their efforts to feed the hungry. Contact the Deanery for more information 812-232-8400.

John Paul II Catholic High School -- the only Catholic high school in the Terre Haute Deanery -- is having a Vera Bradley Bingo on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Moran Family Life Center at St. Patrick's Church. Tickets are $20 for 20 games and each ticket holder will be entered into the drawing for unique door prizes. Doors open at 5:30 and games begin at 6 p.m. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling (812)235-9108 or by talking to Justin Buell, student at JPII.

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 9. The Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry at Kennedy Crossing. More details as the date approaches. Proceeds from the fish fry will be used towards the worthwhile functions that the K of C sponsors annually. A big thank you to the guys for their monetary donation toward the Christmas baskets!

The Deanery Strategic Plan Update is in the bulletin this weekend. Please keep in your prayers St Joseph-Universal, St Ann and Holy Rosary Parishes with their impending closing this year. Extend your hand to welcome any of these folks into Annunciation.

Pray for a continued mild winter. Pray for a continued supply of food for the hungry and shelter for the homeless. Pray that those that have left the Church will find their way home soon; people do not exist for the Church; the Church exists for people. Pray for compassion and charity in our daily lives. Pray that we are always the "best version" of ourselves.

Blessings ~

Center Point United Methodist Church

It is confirmed. The local singing group, Graybeard, will be providing the entertainment for our 4th Annual Mission Event and Pie Auction. We are looking forward to another great Sunday afternoon of fun and fundraising. Put that on your calendar --March 4, at Center Point UMC. We sure hope you can make it. More details as it gets closer.

Join us tomorrow, if you don't have a home church, for a message Pastor Bob Kumpf is calling "Just A Song." The message comes from Mark 1:16-20, Bob says, "The Scripture is of Jesus calling the first disciples and His promise to make them 'fishers of men.' If you are like me, that brings back memories of VBS and singing a simple, little song with hand motions. Well, it is that, but also much more. This was Jesus' call to four ordinary men, fishermen, to follow Him, to learn from Him, to be like Him, to tell others about Him and use the skills they had to lead others to Him.

Sounds like a big task doesn't it? But that is what He did and what He continues to do today ... through us. Jesus calls us to follow, to learn, to change and to share His message so that others may come to know Him as well.

Yes, it can sound like a "big task." But, as Bob points out, Jesus "promised to make" them fishers of men. That means that they didn't have to do it on their own power and neither do we. Because they couldn't do it without the power of the Holy Spirit and we can't continue His work without that same Power. Folks, remember, we are not alone when we have Jesus. That's Good News!!

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Our theme verses for the month are Luke 18:26-27. Our theme chorus is "Nothing is Impossible." We have been encouraged the past two weeks that because of who God is, nothing is impossible.

Two weeks ago Pastor Gordon helped us to see from the text that we can always have hope because there is nothing that God cannot do. God has the total power, capability and resources to do anything. No matter how big our trials seem, no matter how difficult the circumstances, even when we think that change is absolutely impossible there is always hope. It is not through the power of positive thinking. It is by truth thinking. The truth is that God is able and can do what seems impossible to us. Although He could change what we would like to see changed His higher and wiser plan may be to change us.

As a church we believe wholeheartedly that the Bible is the authority for our faith and practice. It is God's revelation and communication of Himself to us. Our approach to the Word of God is not "what does the text mean to you?" but instead "what is the text saying?" In other words, what does God want us to know? What is He teaching us? As we approach God's Word that way it really helps us to see that it is what God is saying and not someone's personal opinion or perspective. If that is what God is saying then it is to be believed and obeyed.

Our service times are S.S. at 10 a.m., for all ages and Worship at 11 a.m. Sunday night from 6-7:30 is youth group for all middle and high school students. It is meeting at the Jackson Elementary School gym. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. is mid-week Bible study.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church is located South of town on Hwy 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. You can learn a little more about us at www.brazilbible.org. You can also listen to some of Pastor Gordon's messages by clicking on audio/video links. The best way to get to know us is to visit us. We would love to see you.

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming Event ... Saturday, Jan. 21, 7-10 a.m.

Bee Ridge Church is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake/ Sausage Breakfast.

There is no cost for the breakfast, but a freewill offering will be accepted.

All proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the new church building program.

Come join us for great food and fellowship.

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

Union United Methodist Church

Union United Methodist Church invites you to come and worship, to share and to spend time seeking out what God has in store for you.

We gather for Sunday School each Sunday morning at 9:30, with classes for all age groups, including four adult classes to choose from.

Then at 10:30 we return to the sanctuary for worship in a style blending tradition and contemporary music and liturgy.

This Sunday, Reverend Charnstrom's message is titled, "Who Knows," and is based on the third chapter of the Book of Jonah. After Jonah has refused God's command to travel to Nineveh and tell the people there that God intends to destroy that city, he is finally persuaded to go; his warning brings an amazing response as the city repents and seeks forgiveness. God shows the world that God does, sometimes, change His mind; only Jonah is disappointed.

We are an active, busy and mission-oriented congregation, and we need your hands, your hearts and your help to do the work to which God has called us. Please come and share in the joy we have found.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

Last Sunday we had our Annual Planning Session after worship. With some soup and sandwiches we outlined many of our ministries and events for the year.

It was a blessing to have all of the ideas and support to help our community of faith to respond to where God is leading us.

Prairie City United Methodist Church would like to extend a warm and loving invitation to everyone who would like to worship the Lord with us on Sunday mornings.

You will find blue jeans to formal attire as people worship together. All are welcome in the Lord's House.

The weekly Bible Study starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship starts at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick's sermon this week is the 3rd in a series about the church.

The title is "A Church For Imperfect People." Read I John 1:5 -- 2:4 if you want to get a preview.

May God bless you and your family always ... See you on Sunday.

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