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Friday, March 2, 2012

Bee Ridge Church

Bee Ridge Church is located 1.5 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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

If you hurry, you can still make it! The Town and Country United Men are meeting for their second Lenten Breakfast at our church at 8 a.m., this morning. The church women are providing a great breakfast, and then there will be a short Lenten devotion, singing, music by Chester Hapenny and a short business session.

Men, these Lenten breakfasts are really worthwhile to you. Not only do you get a good Saturday breakfast but you receive a great message to carry you through the week and have a warm fellowship with some really dedicated men. Try it.

The next one will be on Saturday, March 11, at Epworth United Methodist Church. Now, pay attention! It was scheduled to be at Harmony United Methodist church, but was changed to Epworth. Don't go to Harmony!

We are right in the middle of the Lenten Season right now. If you wonder about that, Lent is the six-week period before Easter. Everyone, Christian or not, has heard of Mardi Gras, a time when folks love to run rampant and party to excess ... especially in New Orleans. Mardi Gras takes the place of the old Celtic Spring Festival. It ends with Fat Tuesday when all the "debauchery" comes to a head, because the next day, Ash Wednesday, is the day that everyone, hangovers and all, go to church, confess their sins, do penance by giving up something that means a lot to them (traditionally, meat), and becomes somber and reflective preparing for Good Friday when Christ was crucified and died, and Easter when He arose and came back to life, the most holy day of the Christian year. That's it in a nutshell.

All of this was begun by the Catholic Church, which was the only church for many centuries. Protestants celebrate the Lenten Season by usually giving up something for Lent and by concentrating on prayer and devotions in preparation for the coming of the Easter Season. There, you have had your history lesson for now.

Prepare yourself for Christ's crucifixion and resurrection by attending church and becoming a part of our preparations for Christ. Our worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. Start the new month right!

Union United Methodist Church

God loves all people; no one is outside His love, and no one is beyond His redemption. Our mission statement is clear: Praising God, Loving All People, Growing in Jesus, Seeking Disciples for Him. 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 always open.

Each Sunday, we gather for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. 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 two scriptures: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, and Romans 4:13-25. The sermon is titled, "The Reckoning" and focuses on Paul's call to focus on faith, and not on the law.

Come and share in the message and in the love of a congregation devoted to life-giving missions, both local and worldwide.

Carbon Baptist Church

Carbon Baptist Church says hello.

Wednesday, March 7, is our Praise and Worship practice at 6 p.m., and cell group meets at 7 p.m.

Dr. Bill Coker will be our speaker this Sunday morning.

Please come and remember "A child of God is always welcomed home."

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 a.m.

Eastside Christian Church

First of all we want to send our thoughts and prayers to the Grey family.

What beautiful weather we have been blessed with! We want to show our thankfulness for God's goodness.

If you were not in attendance with us last Sunday, you missed out on a wonderful testimony by a young woman who is alive today due to the grace of God. She learned that if you leave things in God's hands, He does work miracles. We all need to learn to let God take charge of our lives, and life does go a lot smoother when He takes over.

Today is the wedding day of our Timothy. We want to wish Josiah and Alissa a wonderful married life.

Keep in mind that Friend Day is April 1. We hope that you are inviting your friends to be with us on that day. Our service will be at 10 a.m., on that day. A concert service by the Amazed Christian Vocal Band will be presented. A luncheon will follow. That day is also Palm Sunday.

On March 7, will be the 100th birthday of our charter member, Helen Howald. We want to wish her a great birthday. If you would like to send cards, her address is 1833 W. Co. Rd. 800 N., Brazil, Ind. 47834.

We also want to offer up prayers for all who are having difficulties of any kind. We believe in the power of prayer.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us. Pastor Bill will be starting a new series on how to talk to others about Jesus beginning March 11. We hope to see you soon.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow is the big day! Our 4th annual Mission Event. Don't forget -- you are invited! Come, relax and enjoy Graybeard in concert at 2 p.m. At 3 p.m., our Pie Auction will begin with all kinds of goodies on which to bid. Chris Pell always makes it a fun time. We really appreciate him lending his auction skills to our efforts.

Don't forget about the chili supper following the pie auction. It's a freewill offering, so give what you can. It starts about 4:30 p.m. Come be part of our fund-raising -- and fun providing afternoon.

Remember our mission focus this year is The Rock Christian Ministry in Clay City. They are doing for the southern end of the county what S.O.S. is doing in the northern end of the county. Kids have needs all over. Help us provide for some of those needs. All donations -- 100 percent -- goes to The Rock.

Pastor Bob Kumpf will be getting us started tomorrow morning with a message for the Lenten season. His message titled, "Are You Serious?" comes from Genesis 17:15-17. Bob says, "This is the story of God coming to 99-year-old Abram (later to be called Abraham) and telling him that he and his 90-year-old wife Sarai (later Sarah) would soon have their first child. Not only that, but in his old age, he was promised 'I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.' (Genesis 17:6) Can you imagine? Well Abraham couldn't! He fell face down and laughed at the prospect of these things happening! Was this some sort of joke or could all of this actually happen?

"In either case, the emotions of Abraham got the best of him. And now we can look back through the window of time and see that God was serious and faithful in doing just what He promised to do. The same is true for us today. God has given us promises that we sometimes feel are just impossible to fulfill and we laugh to think of the possibilities. When we are so far down we can't imagine any good coming our way, when we are heartbroken and feel isolated and cold, God comes to us and renews His offer of new life, restoration and hope. So look up. God is faithful, always has been ... always will be."

Hope. Do you have hope? It's important, isn't it. The children being ministered to by The Rock don't have much of that. Help us to help them give these children the hope of God. Knowing people care is a step toward giving them hope. See you tomorrow?

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.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

Jesus taught in many ways. One of his most powerful forms of teaching was through the use of parables. In reading from the book of Matthew chapter 13, there is a series of parables that all begin with one common thread, they all start with the words "The Kingdom of God is like." Verse 31 The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed... Verse 33 The Kingdom of God is like yeast... Verse 44 The Kingdom of God is like treasure buried... Verse 45 The Kingdom of God is like a merchant searching for fine pearls and verse 47 The kingdom of God is like a net thrown into the sea.

These five lessons all begin with the same phrase but from there on they all take on a different trail of thought. These are all familiar passages for those that study scripture. But what do these passages mean to us today? Are they as relevant to us today as they were for those that Jesus was teaching and sharing with back then? As we continue through this Lenten season, let's go back to these readings and investigate the Living Word.

Join us this Sunday as we continue with the sermon from last week on The Last Supper, and move into the Garden. Worship at Harmony begins at 9 a.m., with SS following at 10:30. Sunday School at Lena begins at 9:30, with worship at 10:45. Hope to see you there.

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

Children's Church Leaders Brad, Kim and Connor Hapenny.

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

Tuesday at 2 p.m. Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Exceptional Living

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

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


This week's message is "Remembering the Lord" 1 Corinthians 11:23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me."

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.

This weeks question for Pastor Dick is "I know life is about choice and free will, and I understand how man creates a lot of his own "miseries," but how can God and Jesus not stop the horrible things that happen to children? Aren't all children "God's children" until they are old enough to know sin?

Look for pastors answer next week!

Answer to last weeks question: What two things did God tell Abraham that his offspring will be as numerous as? Stars and sand! Look for the answer in Genesis 22:17.

Revelation 1:19 "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven starts that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Until next week, stay safe and God bless!

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: 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.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

It is so easy to accept a low standard of expectation and purpose. After hearing the sermon from 1 Timothy 4:12 we were reminded that a Christian is to be concerned about how he lives each and every day. Not just older believers but those who are younger or young in the faith as well. We are called to model Christ for others to follow. We are called to be examples, and it involves so much more than going to church.

One of the points that Pastor Gordon made in the message is that being an example is a command. Since it is a command, it is to be obeyed. Every Christian is to concern himself with being an example of a believer. As the verse specifically states, it involves our speech, everyday conduct, a pure love, one's faith and being morally pure in conduct and modesty.

Paul told Timothy that just because he was younger, it did not matter. He could be an example. He was to be an example. Even teens and children are to model their faith. Even they are to concern themselves as to how they are living and to be an example as well. It's not just an adult thing.

Since the Bible is God and His will and His wisdom revealed to us we can know how we are to live. So many people no longer believe that the Bible is truth and that it never changes. It does not change. That is what we believe at BBFC. That is why we are committed to the teaching and preaching of the Scriptures. That is why lives are changed and transformed because God teaches us how we should live. It is no longer for ourselves but for the One who loved us and saved us. You can listen to the message by going to our website www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link.

This Sunday we are beginning an evening men's and women's Bible study at 6 p.m., that will meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday's. The men will be studying 1 Timothy using a study guide by John MacArthur and the women will be doing a study in the Psalms using a book by Warren Wiersbe. If you would like to join the study you can call Pastor Gordon at 240-3003 or join us at 6 p.m., at the church.

We invite you to check us out by visiting us even though you can learn about us through our webpage or by Facebook. You will discover that we have a heart for God and a commitment to the Scriptures. We are located directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds South of town on State Road 59. Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Worship is at 11 a.m. and the adult studies are at 6 p.m.

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. Information for this article must be submitted by Wednesday evening.

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 a.m.

Mark's Gospel (1:12-15) tells us that the greatest prophet prior to Jesus, John the Baptist is arrested. John the Baptist is no longer able to preach about the coming of the Savior. Jesus spends 40 days in the desert praying. When He returns, Jesus preaches in Galilee about the good news of God. He tells all that "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel." Lent is a time of repentance. Lent is a time to confess and correct our sins, as we listen to the journey of Jesus before His crucifixion. We are reminded of all that Jesus sacrificed for us. We are given hope as we look towards Holy Saturday and the resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday as our Savior. We are given a new beginning to start anew and be the best version of ourselves in Glory to God.

Soup and bread will be offered in the Parish Center each Friday evening at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross service. The soup menu for March 9 has not been announced, but it will no doubt be just as delicious as previous meals!

Reconciliation services at Annunciation will be on March 13, at 7 p.m. Reconciliation services are also scheduled for March 4, at St Joseph (Rockville), March 8, at Sacred Heart of Jesus at 1:30, and St Benedict at 7 p.m., and St Paul (Greencastle) on March 21, at 7 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the Deanery fish fries: The Annunciation Knights of Columbus will have their fish fry at Kennedy Crossing on March 9, from 4-7 p.m. St Benedict and Sacred Heart (Clinton) will host fish fries on March 16, from 4-7:30 p.m. St Joseph (Rockville) will host their fish fry on March 23, from 4-7 p.m. Support our Parish and the other Deanery Parishes by attending their Lent fish fries.

Enjoy a luncheon for the Ladies of Annunciation at the Lake House Restaurant on March 17, at 11 a.m. Bring your family or friends for a fun afternoon and get to know your Church family.

Our young adults in the Confirmation group are attending their retreat at St. Mary-of-the-Woods on March 4. Pray for our future leaders of our Parish that they might truly embrace their faith as they approach their Confirmation.

Meetings for the Shawl Ministry are the 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 2:30, in the Parish Center. Anyone is welcome to share talents and join in this ministry to assist those in need of our community. Contact Dawn at 812-778-9665 for more information.

Kennedy Crossing is the place to be every Sunday evening. Join in the Bingo games or offer your services as a volunteer. You need only to show up to have a good time!

Remember to keep the Parishes of St. Joseph -- Universal, St. Ann and our sister Parish Holy Rosary close in prayer. Welcome any of these folks to Annunciation with open arms and a warm heart.

Pray for all of those on our ever growing prayer list. Pray for the unemployed, the homeless and the hungry. Pray that we confess and correct our sins during Lent. Pray that we all take advantage of the new beginning that Easter Sunday offers us. Pray that those that have lost their way will join us again at Annunciation during the Easter Season.


Prairie City United Methodist Church

The 2nd Sunday in Lent is this Sunday. Continue your journey of faith to the cross of Good Friday to the celebration of Easter morning by worshiping this Sunday. Easter will be here before we know it.

Did you choose something to give up during Lent? Lent is a time of self-examination and preparing our spiritual life for the great celebration of Easter. Make use of reading your Bible, your devotionals, church resources, and worship to make that journey of faith come alive in your life and living.

We 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 as we see old friends and new faces in worship each week. The weekly Bible Study starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship starts at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick's sermon this week is based on Mark 11:1-11. The title is "Not What I Came For." Read the scripture if you want to get a head start.

May God bless you and your family always ... Come and worship on Sunday. All are welcome.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist on South Walnut Street. We hope you will join us in worship and study this week. Sunday School begins at 9:30, with classes for all ages. This is a time to share your thoughts and concerns, understand God's Word more clearly and get to know each other a little better.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. Ask God to touch your heart and bless you and all who enter and give you a special message and purpose for the coming week. We hope you have been praying for the pastor this week and every week.

This is Communion Sunday and what a special time as we prepare for Easter! There is always an adult staffed nursery available. Elementary aged students are given the opportunity to choose to attend KidMo, an interactive style children's worship. We do have an enclosed elevator available.

Sunday evening begins at 5:30 with Youth and AWANA. There are many adults to provide a safe environment of study, praise, games and evening meal. Adult Bible Study is at 6 p.m. Choir practice is at 7:15 p.m.

The Teen Girls' Bible Study meets with Mrs. Stacey Thompson on Tuesday at 7:30.

Wednesday the 12:15 Through-the-Bible Study meets in the fellowship room sitting around the tables. There are many who attend faithfully each week and new ones joining in, so feel free to come. That is one reason for this scheduled time -- to give you this opportunity to join us.

Thursday the American Baptist Women meet at noon for to share lunch and work on projects for the local, state, and national mission needs.

The ROCK is at 7 p.m., Thursday. This is another opportunity to learn about the One Great God and how He can be a major part of your life. There is a nursery and KidMo for your children and all are welcome.

"Hallelujah! What a Savior! Hallelujah! What a Friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, He is with me to the end." Easter is coming!

Peniel United Methodist Church

March 1 came in like a lamb here, we hope it departs the same way. Have you seen the crocus blooming? The growing season is upon us. Those with maple syrup camps report an abundant year with the sugar water. "Ain't God good to Indiana," that famous quote is so true!

This will be the second Sunday of Lent and being the first Sunday in March, communion will be served to all those who wish to partake. Sunday School begins at 9:45, and Church Service at 10:45.

The Scripture will be St.Mark 8:31-38.

Pastor Pippin's message is titled "The Way of the Cross" and for the children, "United We Stand!"

March 7 is a busy one with Bible Study/Prayer Group at 6 p.m., followed with Choir Practice at 7 p.m.

An Administrative Board Meeting will be held at 8 p.m., on March 8. On March 10, the Men's Lenten Breakfast will be at Epworth Church at 8 a.m.

Personal items are needed by the Food Pantry. There is a box in the vestibule for donations.

Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil, Ind.

For more information contact, Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Hope Reins

If spending time at the barn with kids and horses sounds good to you then you may want to stop in at the Hope Reins Volunteer Round Up on Thursday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m., at Christ Community Church Fellowship Hall.

Hope Reins is a local 501 c 3 organization that was inspired by Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch located in Bend, Oregon. While we don't have the facilities to rescue horses like CPYR, we do have the passion to share our horses with kids in the community in a Christian environment. Spring is in the air and sessions will begin soon.

If you are interested in finding out how you can be involved, make plans to come to the round up where we will have current HR staff and volunteers available to answer questions and hand out volunteer application packets.

Refreshments will be available for your enjoyment while you look at displays of pictures of previous summers at Hope Reins. For more info call 812-878-5475 or visit our website at www.hopereins.org.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to everyone and giving praise to God for a beautiful day and praying that his presence be with us during the service. Then turning the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then asked for tithes and offerings following the doxology.

He then announced that our "can man" from Union United Methodist Church on Airport Road was suddenly taken ill and had went to the hospital. Brother Steve Linton has been working for his church along with us, picking up pop cans for a long time, many times from their members homes as well as bags brought to his church. Like clock work every couple of weeks, he contacts Sarge and arranges to bring them to our church for processing. Union United has a wonderful mission group that has helped us with this project for some time, and we certainly appreciate Steve.

While asking for spoken, unspoken requests for prayer, shut-ins, those grieving and our military in harms way. Let's remember Steve, also in prayer.

Marian Burns sang our special number, "Touched through me." A wonderful song with lots of meaning. We appreciate her and all those whom sing the specials each Sunday.

Brother Thomas opened his sermon with a remark, "He didn't like to study and in school during class he did a lot of 'praying.'" A lot of us didn't like to study either, and in class likely hunkered down some 'praying' the teacher didn't call on us for answers.

Brother Thomas said we could pray anywhere, anytime and under any condition. We didn't have to pray out loud, just pray in your thoughts to yourself.

God knows your heart, we tend to want to use God for our purpose. Many times we might feel God owes us. There are some that feel God and the world owe them a living, but that's not God's idea. Love him and praise him daily, when you are in need of prayer.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The scripture tells us to come boldly before God, that's not arrogantly, overbearing or haughty, but expecting as God is happy to grant what you ask. Perhaps not always as you want when you want but in a way that shows you he loves you and allow him to control your life.

It's not my will Lord, buy they will. Do you want him in control as he knows your every need.

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites (are): for thy love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

When you pray, in the closet, you will be rewarded openly. He knows before you ask in a reverent manner, God listens and he will work in mysterious ways. Don't give up on prayer as he will answer in his own time. Maybe not in the way we want, but keep praying. Prayer is a privilege, an honor. It's time we pray for even those that don't have God in their heart. Remember that old song, "Ere you left your room this morning, did ye forget to pray."

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., on Sunday's at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School, 10:30 a.m., for Morning Worship and 6 p.m., for Evening Service.

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