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Friday, February 3, 2012

Carbon United Methodist Church

Someone did a very special "act of kindness" last week, and I want to thank them for it. I was unable to write my article for the paper last week, but on Saturday while reading through the paper, lo and behold, there was an article from the Carbon United Methodist Church! Upon reading it, I found that the mystery person had taken the last three paragraphs from what I had written the week before and put them in the paper. I've asked around all the folks that I thought might have put it in, but no one is owning up to it. So, thank you, dear mystery person, for doing my job for me. If I knew who you were, I give you a great big hug.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men met at our church Saturday for their first monthly meeting of the year. There was quite a good attendance (possibly thanks to it being mentioned in that mysterious article in the paper).

Next month, the men will meet at Bethel United Methodist Church on Feb. 25. This meeting will also be the first of the Mens' Lenten Breakfasts, so spread the word and bring all your friends.

We had our Soup and Sandwich lunch Sunday after church. As usual, it was not just soup and sandwiches. The table was loaded with goodies. Then we had a great planning meeting. Quite a number attended and participated in helping plan our church year. We all left feeling quite good about the entire day.

Our Worship Service is at 9:30 every Sunday morning. Tomorrow, the first Sunday of February, we will be celebrating communion. Come and see what is happening.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

The second of God's graces according to John Wesley is justified grace. As a young adult many are preparing for confirmation and their declaration of faith, an outward sign that helps them understand God's free grace. This is a grown up decision that for many young adults may become a starting point for a lifelong commitment to Christ.

Proverbs 15:24 "The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave." What path are you following? In this year of renewal, lets' start up a ladder that will help us to move beyond grace justified into a grace that has been sanctified. I would suggest the first step on this ladder to be to turn over in your mind your present life-its direction and spirit. We must look at our inner self and replace it with a new self, God.

Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength." We cannot accomplish this by ourselves. We must rely on God.

Let us help you take that first step on your journey together. Our worship service at Harmony starts at 9 a.m., with Sunday School to follow at 10:30. Lena has Sunday School starting at 9:30 with service following at 10:45.

Carbon Baptist Church

Wednesday, Feb. 8, will be Praise & Worship practice at 6 p.m., and cell groups meet at 7 p.m.

Our praise band works very hard to prepare for Sunday morning service and we enjoy them very much.

We appreciate all of our musicians and singers. The church feels very blessed to have them.

Wabash Valley Ladies Unity Night is March 9, at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. It will be at the Maryland Community Church. The speaker will be Shiela Walsh and the message will be "God Loves Broken People." Tickets are free but you must have one to attend. Please see Karen Cox for tickets, 812-691-0346.

A group will meet at Northview High School on Friday night at 5:45 p.m., to carpool together.

Dr. Bill Coker will be our speaker Sunday and what a pleasure it always is to hear his message.

Have good week in the service of our Lord.

Sunday School Hour is 9:30 a.m.

Worship Hour begins at 10:30 a.m.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning. This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

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

Children's Church Leaders Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman.

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


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.


Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Valentine's Banquet. Please get your RSVP to Mike Pell by Feb. 12 with your check.

Questions from Pat:

This weeks question is a True or False: It took 70,000 laborers, 80,000 stone cutters, and 3,600 overseers to build the Temple. (2 Chronicles holds the answer.) E-mail your answer to me by Wednesday at pmann228@hotmail.com

Answer to last weeks question:

Jesus cautioned people not to "cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet," Matthew 7 holds the answer.

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

When you say "hello" or "thank you" do you mean it? Or is it just an automated response? Something to think about!

1 Timothy 1:8 "We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers-- and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me."

Until next week: Seek and ye shall find.

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

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.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello from Eastside Christian Church. Well, this Sunday was a lot different than the previous one. It was good to have warmer weather and no ice. Thanks to the person who cleaned the sidewalk last week. Those who were unable to make it last week due to the weather, we want to let you know you were missed. Especially Millie, because we had to sing acappella. We appreciate her playing the organ so much.

Our Timothy, Josiah Brock, gave the message. He is a youth pastor in a different church, but it is always good to have him visit with us and give the sermon. Josiah and Alissa are getting married in March, so a luncheon and wedding shower were given for them immediately following the morning worship service. We want to encourage them as much as possible in their upcoming marriage and their Christian endeavors.

We still want to keep praying for those on our prayer list, our military men and women, our country and the upcoming elections. This writer would like you to keep her in your prayers, too. I have been given a great opportunity to be involved with an organization that helps people, and I am very thankful. There was an article on the internet about a ski park in Montana that has a large Jesus statue overlooking the area. It is a state owned park, and there were some that were trying to get the statue removed, but they lose and the statue will remain for at least ten more years. Praise God!! We as Christians need to step up and keep Jesus in our country, and not let the atheists win. A new coin is to be released without IN GOD WE TRUST. We need to let our government officials know that we do not approve of this.

If there is anyone in our congregation that would like to be a greeter on Sunday mornings, please let Sharon know.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us. We are a Bible believing church, and we have the desire to reach as many people as possible, so they too can be a member of God's family and have eternal life with Him. Our Sunday School for many ages is at 9:30 a.m., and our morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m. We do offer a separate worship service for the children. We also have Sunday evening services and Bible study on Wednesday evenings. We would love to see you.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

All it takes is one generation for all to be lost. After Joshua and the elders died it says that "another generation grew up, who neither knew the LORD nor what He had done for Israel" (Judges 2:10). Pastor Gordon titled the message "Preventing Personal Spiritual Decline". He stated that if we are not careful we can begin to decline spiritually and that the next generation could easily not know God as well.

The three points of his message were to have a clear priority: Only God. We must guard against letting other things creep into our lives and to put God first (Exodus 20:3-4; Matt. 6:33). Second, we must have constant passion: seeking God. God wants us to know Him but we must seek after him. We can know Him by discovering Him in the Scriptures (Isaiah 55:6; John 17:3; Psalm 119). Third, we are to be a concerned people: encouraging one another. Every Christian is to be concerned for his fellow believer. We are to watch out for one another and encourage each other. (Galatians 6:1; Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 10:24-25)

In addition to our website, we are now on facebook. It is our hope to have a verse for each day as well as posting upcoming events, reminders as well as what to look forward to on Sunday. Speaking of upcoming events, the community is invited for a free showing of the movie "Courageous." On Feb. 19 in the evening we will be showing it at our church. There will be free popcorn and pop during the movie and also some cookies for visiting afterwards. There will also be childcare for K5 and younger if needed. We would love for all you to join us. Even if you have seen it once, it is worth seeing again.

We invite you to our Sunday services: Sunday School 10 a.m. There are classes for all ages. Jeff Fritz is currently teaching the adult class. Our worship service is at 11 a.m. Sunday night is our church family fellowship night.

Youth Group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday night of each month at 6 p.m. We are very easy to find. We are located on Highway 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. We would love to see you. If you have any questions you may contact Pastor Gordon at 812-240-3003.

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.

The Gospel according to Mark (1:23-25) speak to us about Jesus "teaching" in the synagogue. Those in attendance are amazed by Jesus' words. When an "unclean spirit" (unholy) man cries out from the congregation, Jesus demands that the "unclean spirit" leave the man's body. The "unclean spirit" quickly obeys Jesus' command. In today's world there are many different types of "unclean spirits" that people fall prey to. The desire for wealth that causes one to perform tasks he wouldn't ordinarily accept. Alcohol or drugs that obscure one's problems in daily life. Not voicing our opinions on what is right for fear of being ostracized from a group we want to be accepted by. Any number of things can cause us to be of "unclean spirit". Lent will be here shortly. What "unclean spirits" do you need to sweep from your body?

The painting of the Stations of the Cross is coming along nicely, but there is still time for you to join in the efforts of this project. Contact Annette Meyers or the Parish Office for more information.

This Saturday is the 2nd Annual Soup Bowl benefit at the Maryland Community Church on State Road 46 in Terre Haute from 5-7 p.m. Wabash Valley churches of all denominations have joined forces to raise hunger awareness in our community. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities in continuing their ministry work of providing food to the hungry. Unique one of a kind handmade ceramic bowls filled with delicious soup will be available for $25. Disposable bowls with soup will also be available. Contact the Deanery at 812-232-8400 for more information.

The Lady Knights are sponsoring another yard sale on Feb. 25, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch items will be available, so come spend the day with other Parishioners. It's always a good time!

John Paul II Catholic High School is sponsoring a Vera Bradley Bingo to be held at St Patrick's Church on Feb. 16. Tickets are $20 for 20 games. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with games beginning at 6:00 p.m. Call 812-235-9108 or contact Justin Buell for more information.

Not interested in the Super Bowl? Join other parishioners at Kennedy Crossing for a fun evening of Bingo! Play some games or lend a hand. A good time will be sure to be had!

Mark your calendars for the Annunciation Knights of Columbus fish fry at Kennedy Crossing on Friday, March 9. Proceeds will benefit all of the worthwhile activities sponsored by the K of C.

The Food Pantry accepts donations of food, hygiene items, clothing and household items all year. Lent provides us a perfect opportunity to be more charitable and to rid our lives of material possessions that we don't really need.

Many of us are blessed with an abundance of food and possessions. Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking.

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 those in need of food and shelter. Pray that we are always the best versions of ourselves. Pray that our mind and heart continues to be open to embrace the Word of the Lord.

Blessings ~

Center Point United Methodist Church

February!! Leap year. We have an extra day this month, but still it is a short month. Before we know it the spring flowers will be pushing themselves out of the ground. Even earlier than usual if these warm spells keep coming.

Have you been enjoying the milder winter? We don't have any "say" over what kind of weather we will have, but we do have "say" over our reaction to it. I hope you take each day as it comes and make the most of it.

Every seventh day we have the opportunity to join with the rest of the body of Christ to praise God and listen to a message from His word. Pastor Bob Kumpf says, "This Sunday we will look at Paul's message to the people at Corinth as we study 1 Corinthians 9:16-23. The sermon is titled 'With Them' and is the message of living out the Good News for all people to see."

Bob says, "Paul speaks of the call upon his life to share the hope and assurance of salvation to all people through his work and witness within the various groups. The meat of the message is that God calls upon us to go outside of the comfortable, familiar boundaries of friends and community to witness and share His grace to the world. Last week we talked about being faithful in sharing Christ's message for the sake of others. This week we focus on letting others see Christ's grace through our love and participation in their lives."

We invite you to come join us as we praise God during worship services at 10:30 a.m., tomorrow. You are welcome to join us for Sunday School, as well. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Hope you can make it.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil

February already! Can it really be that winter is ready to bow out soon? Those seed catalogues will be arriving, maple sugar water running, and spring around the corner!

In January, we lost two very dear members our Church: Larry Moore and Wilma Icenogle. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families. Helpers are needed for Jr. Church Services.

Communion will be offered to those attending Sunday Church Services this Sunday. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and Church Services at 10:45. Everyone is invited!

The scripture for this Sunday is Isaiah 40: 21-31.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Starry, Starry Night!" and for the Children's Moment: "The Cornerstone". Last Sunday's Children's Moment with the flashlights was very "enlightening". Everyone once in a while we all need to have our batteries "recharged"!

Personal items are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry. Your help is appreciated. We have several members who volunteer their time and effort to help in the Pantry.

For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-3145.

Bee Ridge Church

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.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings, a few remarks and led the congregation in prayer. After which he turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing. The second song, "At Calvary," was very appropriate as Brother Thomas sermon brought out the fact that "Mercy was great and grace was free."

He then asked if anyone had special requests for prayer then led prayer for the unspoken, spoken, shut ins, those in the hospital and our military in harms way. Then Peg Parksey sang the special number entitled, "Show me the Cross, that I can find my way home." I hadn't heard it before and thought it a wonderful song and sang very well.

Pastor then began his sermon being reminded of the "other two crosses," of the two whom were being put to death on either side of Jesus. Brother Thomas commented that his cross was there, too. That we also have a cross to bare for Jesus. Many of us act like we bare a cross on the outside, acting like a Christian, but inside we are not.

You see we must have Jesus in our heart as he said there are many "half-hearted Christians." Comparing to kids who play at baseball, basketball and some other games, just half-heartedly.

They sometimes aren't interested in winning or losing, but just want to get the game over.

Mark 7:6 "He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me."

Brother Thomas said thinking about the "half-hearted Christians," that everything Christianity is connected to the heart. Things that you hear, say, do and otherwise reflect along with places you might go, reflect on you heart.

Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

So you see the connection of man and his heart being right with God. If your heart is not right with God, your reflection and others may see you, and for sure God will know if its' not right.

We continue to be deceived by old Satan on that half-hearted road down to our destruction. Many times certain things come into our life just to show us how much heart we have of and for God.

Matthew 15:16-18 "And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man."

The things that man gives glory, also glorifies God. Thus we have that fight spiritual versus physical.

That old song, "Come into my heart Lord Jesus," tells it all. Every day that you give for/to our Lord Jesus, you become more like him.

Revelations 3:16 " So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

Pastor and Mrs. Thomas and the congregation invite one and all to 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. Bible Study is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Terre Haute After 5

You are cordially invited to Terre Haute After 5 "Featuring Ron Mott," on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 6:30-8:15 p.m., at Providence Center, St. Mary of the Woods.

Speaker is Jeanette Levellie, Paris, Ill., with "Stubborn Love: from Rage to Rest."

Tickets are $14 inclusive.

For reservations and cancellations, call Joretta at 812-877-9633.

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