[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 64°F  
High: 64°F ~ Low: 41°F
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Church News

Friday, February 10, 2012

Carbon Baptist Church

Wednesday evening is Praise and Worship practice at 6 p.m., and cell groups meet at 7 p.m., on Feb. 15.

A dinner will follow immediately after worship service tomorrow Sunday, Feb. 12. Pastor Barry Corder will once again come and be our speaker. This is an opportunity for everyone to fellowship and get acquainted with Pastor Barry and his family.

At Maryland Community Church on March 9, at 7 p.m., and March 10, at 2 p.m., will be Wabash Valley Ladies Unity Night. The message will be "God Loves Broken People." The speaker will be Sheila Walsh. Tickets are free, but you must have one to attend. For more information, call Karen Cox for tickets, 812-691-0346.

Have a great week and remember "God Loves You."

Sunday School Hour begins at 9:30 a.m.

Worship Hour begins at 10:30 a.m.

Carbon United Methodist Church

"I'd rather be right than wrong." Have you heard people make that statement when they are talking about heaven? They go to church and go through all the motions if being faithful only because they are afraid that when they die they will find out that there is a heaven and a hell and they have chosen the wrong one. Is that what this business of "faith" is all about? Just trying to make sure that if there is an afterlife, we have chosen the right one? Well, if you ask me, that is no faith at all, only fear of the unknown. And don't they realize that, for all their little doubts and disbeliefs, God can see into their hearts and know the difference. This game is now a form of insurance; it is simply a firm belief in God and how He will always be there for us, even the doubters! How wonderful!

Valentine's Day is coming up. Have you remembered to show your love to everyone who you do love? Not just sweethearts or children, but to all who need a little love? Isn't it great that we have one special day that we can be sentimental without appearing weak? Give all your friends and family a big hug and let them know that you love them.

Our Administrative Board meeting has been changed from Monday, Feb. 20, back to a week earlier, Monday, Feb. 13. Don't forget.

Spring must be coming. I got into the "spring-cleaning" mood last week and tackled the storage closet at the church. A lot of the stuff has been in that closet for years. Some was thrown away and some was set aside for our yard sale this summer. We still need someone to go through the assortment of flowers in there and get them organized. That will come later.

Our Worship Service is at 9:30, on Sunday morning. Come early and we'll have you out and on your way early.

Union United Methodist Church

You are invited; you are important. Please come to Union United Methodist Church and share with us in fellowship, friendship and worship. We are a congregation that welcomes and encourages; our hearts, our minds and our doors are open.

Each Sunday, we gather for Sunday School at 9:30. We have classes for each age group, including four adult classes from which you may choose. At 10:30, we meet in the sanctuary and begin worship in a blended style, mixing tradition with contemporary elements. There is always plenty of time to meet, to talk and to share.

This Sunday, Reverend Charnstrom's message will be based on three scriptures: Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 13:45-46; and, Mark 1:40-45. The sermon is titled, "Pity, Anger and Indignation," and focuses on the leper who approaches Jesus and challenges to make him clean once more. Come and share in the message and in the love of a congregation devoted to missions. Our mission statement is this: Praising God, Loving All People, Growing in Jesus, Seeking Disciples for Him.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

The second step of a ladder to a life of renewal after looking at your present life is to make a decision to turn your life to Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5 Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgression -- it is by grace you have been saved. By accepting Christ in our lives our grace is justified. It could be that you have made a decision to follow Christ but you don't know which way to turn. The voices you hear are confusing you just as those whose language was confused at the tower of Babel. The voice of money, self-interest, pride, possessions can be confusing at best. But there is a clear voice that can be heard above all else if you will only listen for it. It is the voice of Jesus Christ calling to you. Just say "Yes" to Jesus, and follow his voice.

We will have guest speakers at Harmony and Lena this week. Pastor Terry is in school this weekend. David Brinson will be sharing at Harmony with service starting at 9 a.m., and Sunday school to follow at 10:30. Martha Alexander will be sharing a message on 23rd Psalm at Lena. Sunday School starts at 9:30, with service starting at 10:45. Lean will have its annual lasagna dinner and white elephant auction tonight starting at 6:30. Come join the fun.

Family Worship Center

Hello from all of us at Family Worship Center. We are located on United States 40 at the Staunton flashers. If you are looking for a warm, friendly church, look no further! You won't be disappointed! Sunday School begins at 9:30, followed by worship service at 10:30. Children ages 3-11 have class during the worship service. Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m.

There is a Ladies Bible Study at Jennifer Cox's home on Tuesdays beginning at 6:30. Wednesday bible study begins at 7 p.m. The youth group (grades 7-12) meet in the trailer, the younger kids meet for an age appropriate study. The Spirit is moving in a mighty way! We love you and want to wish you a blessed week!

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 are Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler.

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.

On Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., will be the Valentine's Banquet. RSVP to Mike Pell by Feb. 12.

Questions from Pat:

This week's question is a True or False: John saw two rainbows: One around the throne and one upon an angel's head. (Revelation 4 and Revelation 10)

E-mail your answer to me by Wednesday at pmann228@hotmail.com.

Answer to last week's question:

It took 70,000 laborers, 80,000 stone cutters, and 3,600 overseers to build the Temple. (2 Chronicles 2:2 holds the answer) -- True

Question for Pastor Dick: I have been saved and baptized, I feel like I still have sin inside, like something not forgiven or maybe not spoken. I feel the pull to go to the alter but I am unsure? Could you explain this?

We will have Pastor Dick's response in two weeks!

Revelation 1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 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 State Road 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil.

Everyone is welcome.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf says, "This Sunday we listen to Paul again telling the people of Corinth to take advantage of every moment they have to prepare for eternity! He tells them (and us) that God has called you to unique relationships to share the good news to those around you. So don't be distracted, keep the main thing the main thing.

That's a tough assignment, isn't it? Women will readily tell us that they are much better at 'multi-tasking' and that may be so, but ... with all the busy-ness life throws at us we ALL tend to get sidetracked at times.

Paul invites us to set priorities and live every moment with a passion to meet them. The message is from 1 Corinthians 7:24-35 and is titled, 'In Moments Like These.'"

Is "sidetracked" your middle name? At times, I think it is mine. That is why we all need messages like Bob will be delivering tomorrow. It is good to be reminded of the "main thing." There is so much to distract us in the world. We need daily contact with God through His Word.

How about you? Are you letting Him "talk" to you each day? Remember, in a relationship both people need a chance to share.

So, during our time with the Lord, let's give Him a chance to speak to us. It takes practice to be a good listener.

We invite you to join us tomorrow as we gather to worship. Sunday School starts at 9:30, and worship service starts at 10:30. Hope to see you there.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., 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 this past Sunday is Mark telling us about the many miracles of Jesus prior to his crucifixion. Jesus first cures Peter's mother-in-law (who becomes His first female disciple) of fever and then cleanses a man of an unclean spirit in Capernaum. Word spreads rapidly about what Jesus has done. Unclean spirits and the sick line up at His door. Jesus helps many. Jesus is performing the tasks He was sent to do; bringing God to the people and touching the people with His healing and liberating power. Jesus is "raising up" people in order to heal them just as He was "raised up" after His resurrection by God's life-giving power.

Lent is upon us; we should reflect on what Jesus has done for us in our lives and what He continues to do for us daily.

An appeal is being made to the Parish from our Council. Many things have been accomplished in the past couple of years. Church roof leaks are mended. Repairs have been made to the west wall where the leakage was most prevalent. The drainage on the north side of the Church was corrected and new sidewalks were installed. The coal bin on the east side of the Church is currently being filled in. The handicapped accessible door has been completed. The tile floor surface in the Parish Center was removed and skim coat will be applied soon. The skim coat will provide better maintenance for the floor; both cleaning and in case of possible future flooding.

The Lady Knights have contributed several windows to the Rectory and the basement and first floor of the Parish Center. With a new heating and cooling system in the Rectory, the remaining windows need to be replaced. Energy bills have not decreased due to old windows that allow heat to be lost due to drafting. The bid for the window replacement was published in last weekend's bulletin. Any contribution towards the purchase of the windows is greatly appreciated.

Planning on sweet treats for your sweetheart? The Lady Knights will host a Valentine bake sale after every mass this weekend! Please support the Lady Knights and pick up something special for your honey!

The Knights of Columbus will meet on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. If you aren't already a member, this is the perfect opportunity to become one!

The monthly Parish Council meeting is scheduled for Valentine's Day at 6:30, in the Parish Center. Thanks to all the members who will be giving up a little time with their sweetie to attend this meeting.

John Paul II Catholic High School is sponsoring a Vera Bradley Bingo will be 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 p.m. Call: 812-235-9108 or contact Justin Buell for more information.

The Shawl Ministry is looking for more members and you don't have to be a member of Annunciation to join. Grab a friend and check out this creative ministry. The mission of this ministry is to assist anyone in need in our community. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4:30 p.m., in the Parish Center. If evening meetings would be more convenient, or if you just want more information on this ministry, please call Dawn at 812-778-9665.

Delicious vegetarian soup and bread will be served after Stations of the Cross on Feb. 24. This is the first Friday in Lent. No need to worry about a "meatless" menu, all the work is done for you plus the added bonus of camaraderie with your fellow parishioners!

The Lady Knights will host an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Kennedy Crossing. Breakfast and lunch items will be available. Vendors may set up from 4-6 p.m., on Friday evening or at 7 a.m., on Saturday morning. Thanks to all that donated items to be sold at the Lady Knights stand!

Please remember in your prayers the Parishes of St. Joseph -- Universal, St. Ann and our sister Parish Holy Rosary as they face the difficult task of closing their Parishes this year. If you are blessed and meet any of their parishioners, support them with compassionate and loving hearts.

Pray that those with "unclean spirits" are cleansed. Pray that those that are sick or in need are "raised up" for healing. Pray that those that have lost their way are guided back to the Church. Pray for a faithful Lenten season as we await the resurrection of our Lord.


Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Our theme verse for this month is Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."

Pastor Gordon's message was titled "Discovering Hope When Life Hurts." This is a Psalm that was written when a best friend betrayed the relationship. In the midst of this heartache and pain, the Psalmist still found hope. He found it in God. He was able to have hope as he cast (threw) his burden upon the Lord. His hope was sustained by believing the promise that God would sustain him. He also trusted that God was able to keep the righteous on the right path though evil was rampant around him (verses 9-15, 20-21). As the Psalmist found hope by praying, believing and trusting, we can have hope in the midst of the most painful and hurtful situations we may face.

We want to invite the community on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m., to see the movie "Courageous." It is free and we will also have free popcorn, drinks and childcare for young children. This movie will challenge all of us but especially husbands and fathers to commit to being courageous spiritual leaders in our homes. Even if you have seen it already, feel free to come and see it again.

Our service times are: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m., and youth group at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Elementary Gym. We are located South of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds.

Bee Ridge Church

On Saturday, Feb. 18, we will have an All-You-Can-Eat Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The cost of the breakfast is free, but a love offering will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the building fund. Please join us for great food and fellowship.

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.

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.

Peniel United Methodist Church

An early "Happy Valentines Day" to everyone! Isn't it comforting to know there is one who loves us no matter what! And who hasn't loved this so called "winter!"

Our scripture this Sunday is St. Matthew 6:11.

Pastor Pippin's message is titled "Bread for Tomorrow!" Wonder if that ties in with a former baker? "Yes, No, Maybe!" will be for the Children's Moment.

Canned fruits and vegetables are listed for the Brazil Food Pantry. Just place your donations in the vestibule.

Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., with Church Services following at 10:45 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil, In.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and asked a humorous question, how many in the congregation wondered if the mushrooms would be coming up soon? Then he asked how many have been looking for the Lord to come soon? Not expecting anyone to respond, he led in prayer of thanks and praise to the Lord and then turned the service over to Peg Parksey for congregational singing. The second song was an old favorite, "Where Jesus is, 'tis heaven."

Pastor then asked for tithes and offerings followed by the doxology. Brother Thomas then asked for spoken and unspoken requests for prayer from the congregation, and then prayed for all and the shut-ins, sick in the hospital and our service personnel in harms way.

Following prayer, brother Thomas asked why we pray? When you pray, not getting an immediate answer that you seek, how do you feel, do you ask the Lord, "Not my will, but thy will Lord?"

Debbie Megenhardt sang the special number, "Amazing Grace," one of my favorites as well as many others. "I once was lost, but now I'm found, was blind but now I see." Those words tell it all. "Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far."

Brother Thomas brought up three men whom were Christians as they worshiped Jesus. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego whom wouldn't bow down due to a proclamation by King Nebuchadnezzar when they hear music by cornet, flute, harp and/or any other music. They must fall down and worship the golden image.

Daniel 3:11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, [that] he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

The King even gave the three an extra chance to bow down and as they again refused, they were bound and cast into the furnace. The furnace had been fired up seven times hotter and those that tossed the three into the furnace were killed by the hear, and others that served the king, said they had seen not three but four in the fiery furnace and the fourth looked like the "Son of God."

Seeing this the King called forth the three men and in Daniel 3:29, the King made a new decree, that there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

These three had been taken from their land into a strange land and tested as to their convictions.

You are also in a strange land and God and others can see who you are. Are you living your convictions? A conviction definition is being convinced, proof, otherwise a truth.

John 14 says Jesus is with us today through the Holy Spirit.

Let us not trust ourselves but trust in the Lord and in Psalm 118:6 says that The Lord be with me, I shall not be afraid.

When we come together as a congregation and pray, we can do wonders, be right with Jesus and in his name. Communion was offered to one and all. The Ladies Bible Study is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the church. Remember that these ladies are an informal group studying together to learn more from the Bible and any lady so minded may join.

Come join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. and Evening Service at 6 p.m.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: