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Church News

Friday, March 9, 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 SR 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil.

Everyone is welcome.

Little Historic Church at Carbon

The Little Historic Church at Carbon will have their next program on Saturday, March 17.

There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m., with the program at 7 p.m.

This month the entertainment will be provided by the McKinley Hill Church Praise Band, "Breaking Silence."

Everyone is invited to attend.

United Brethern in Union

The United Brethern in Union, 2611 Thompson, Terre Haute, will be hosting P150 on Sunday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Carbon Baptist Church

Congratulations to Pastor Barry Corder, who has become our new pastor. His first Sunday will be March 18, 2012.

We are looking forward to him and his family to help lead our church in the service of the Lord.

Dr. Coker will give the message this Sunday and appreciation dinner will follow the service for Dr. Coker and his wife Ann. We have appreciated him so much as our pastor while in the process of finding a full time pastor for our church. He has brought wonderful messages to our congregation and he will be missed.

Dr. Everett Conrad will be here this Sunday to speak on behalf of the Gideon's.

Wednesday, March 14, will be our praise and worship practice at 6 p.m., and immediately after at 7 p.m., will be cell group.

God Bless.

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.

Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I went to visit a friend of mine who lives along the Ohio River between Rising Sun and Vevay ... right in the middle of all those devastating tornadoes we had last week. Fortunately, there was no damage at her place but she spent the time throughout the storm in her basement bathroom with a sofa cushion over her head. There was damage all around her. Did God play tiddly winks with people's lives down there in that area? Did He pick and choose the people that the tornadoes hurt or killed?

Not my God! He is too omnipotent, too powerful, too loving to be that capricious. Perhaps the Greek and Roman gods played games with peoples' lives, but my God does not. I am sure that He was with all those people helping and comforting them, but He did not manipulate nature to destroy them. I'll bet there were a lot of "non-believers" who asked God for help that day, don't you?

Today, the United Methodist Men meet at Epworth United Methodist Church for their Lenten Prayer Breakfast instead of at Bethel, so men, if you haven't left yet, you can still make it to Epworth in time to join them at 8 a.m. Next week, the men will meet at the Harmony United Methodist Church. Mark it on your calendars.

You still have time to come to church before Easter and join us in preparing for the most significant period in the Christian year, Christ's crucifixion, His death, and His resurrection. He suffered humiliation, torture, and death in our place to save us from being punished for our sins. But He was so powerful that He did not stay dead; He rose on the third day, appeared to many people for forty days before He actually ascended into Heaven.

Come help us celebrate Christ's triumph over sin and death. Church starts at 9:30. "Come and see."

Bee Ridge Church

On March 17, we will have An-All-You-Can-Eat "Bacon and Eggs" Breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast is free but a love offering will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the building fund. 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.

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 this week are Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman

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

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Trustee Meeting

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

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

FROM THE PASTOR

This week's message is "The Seven First Words of the Church" Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ ...

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?"

Pastor Dick should have an answer to your question next week ...

Bible question of the week: Nehemiah decided that the Levites and the singers left their work because_? The answer is in Nehemiah 13.

Isaiah 11:3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will stay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

Chapter 11 in Isaiah is about the Branch from Jesse, this is just a small part of that chapter ... visit YOUR Bible for the rest of the story ...

Have a wonderful week and remember to keep those victims of the recent tornado's in your prayers.

We are located two miles north of US Highway 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 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.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church. We took a short vacation while Sandy was having her surgery. She is doing fine and looking forward to a healthier life. Thank you's go out to all that were praying for her. So that goes to show that prayer really works.

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you had never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? God's kindness to us is demonstrated by the fact that He doesn't leave us in the condition we were in before coming to faith. How tragic it would be if we still thought, felt, and acted the same way we did before receiving Christ as our Savior. Throughout our lives, the Lord uses His choice tools to shape us into the image of His Son.

Prayer. By talking to the Lord in open dialogue, we develop a relationship with Him. He becomes not just our Savior, but our friend, and as the intimacy grows, so will our passion to be with Him. Setting aside time for prayer each day will become a delight, not a duty.

God's Word. You can't grow in your Christian life if you keep the Bible closed all week long. No one lives on one meal a week, yet many Christians try to get by with just a Sunday dinner of the Word served up by their pastor. How can we expect God's truth to do its transforming work if we never let it into our minds and hearts?

The Church. Christ uses His body of believers as a place for transformation. That's where we rub against each other and have the rough edges of our character smoothed. It is a place of instruction, accountability, and encouragement.

Are you letting the Lord use His character-shaping tools in your life? Our culture has no shortage of worldly voices and pressures that fill minds and influence behavior. Only when we intentionally schedule time for God, His Word, and His people can Christ do His transforming work in our lives.

Special Happenings at OCCC.

Today is the Men's prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Saturday, March 24 at 6 p.m., Pitch-in supper

Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Terry Hall from Pigeon Forge, Tenn. will be here to minister to us in testimony and music. A love offering will be taken for Terry Hall Ministries.

Our regular service times are Sunday 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School for classes for all ages; Worship at 10:40 a.m.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study. Call 446-4007 for location. You can the church at 446-5300 leave message, or you can call 446-4007 Pastor Steve's home or his cell 812-249-1715 after 4 p.m. E-mail brattss@frontier.com or catch us on Facebook.

The thought for today is "Don't be afraid of pressure." Remember that pressure is what turns a lump of coal into a diamond. Read James1:3-4.

God Bless you and remember to pray for the victims of last week's tornadoes. We are taking up donations for them. If you would to donate something, items such as paper products, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups, personal hygiene supplies, baby diapers, anything would be welcomed. You can drop off these items at 945 S. Leavitt Street, Brazil, or they can be dropped of by the church 6299 N. Crow Street Brazil on Sunday mornings between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. We will come and pick these items up if you prefer, just call 446-4007. Thank you in advance for your help. God Bless you.

Peniel United Methodist Church

After March 1, came in with such a lamb like appearance, we have had some ups and downs, but that is what life is all about. Our thoughts and prayers are for our neighbors south of us. It's so good to have a Church family to help you through those periods! We invite you to visit our Church where you will be warmly welcomed! Sunday School begins at 9:45 with Church Services following at 10:45.

A Bible Study/Prayer Group will be meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14. The Choir will practice the same evening at 7 p.m.

On the 15th at 6 p.m., the Co-Workers/Fidelis Class meeting will be held. You can always expect good food!

The Men's Lenten Breakfast will meet Saturday, March 17 at Bethel at 8 a.m.

The Scripture for this 3rd Sunday in Lent is 1st. Peter 1 - 3.

Pastor Pippin's Message is "Suffering in Hope" and for the children's moment "Wearing the Word."

If you have extra cereal, the Food Pantry in Brazil would appreciate your donation. Items can be place in a container located in the vestibule.

For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489. We are fortunate to have both he and his wife, Judy, to head our Church - both very easy to talk to and always a smile!

Prairie City United Methodist Church

The 3rd 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. Don't forget to change your clocks one hour forward to be at worship on time.

People from area United Methodist Churches will be gathering for a Lenten breakfast will be at Prairie City United Methodist Church next Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 a.m. It will be a time of food, fellowship, and reflection upon our journey to Easter.

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 10:35-44. The title is "Servant Workers Needed." 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.

Union United Methodist Church

On this Third Sunday in Lent, Reverend Charnstrom's message is titled, "Boast in the Lord." Based upon the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 1:10-31, the message will focus on our inability, by our own devices, to reach the salvation that God has freely offered us. In this letter to the Corinthians, Paul warned the young church to turn away from its own sense of certainty and to accept as wisdom the Good News, even though many regarded the Gospel as foolishness. Paul admitted that, to those who think that they are wise, the cross seems foolish, but to those who have faith, it makes perfect sense.

Come join us. We gather at 9:30 on Sunday morning for Sunday School, and we have classes for all ages, including four adult classes to choose from. Then, at 10:30, we return to the sanctuary for a blended service of worship, mixing traditional worship elements with more contemporary music and messages.

We are a church that is deeply involved in mission work, both local and international, and we need more hands to do the work we are called to do. Our mission statement captures our identity: "Praising God, Loving All People, Growing in Jesus, Seeking Disciples For Him."

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

The word "impossible" has become a very common word in Christian circles today. Whether it has to do with changing life-long habits, being content, living a godly life in an ungodly world, developing godly character qualities, controlling one's anger, guarding one's words, it is often said that its impossible to change. However, as Pastor Gordon preached from Philippians 4:13 we are without excuse. A believer can change. A believer can be transformed because we "can do all things through Christ who gives us strength."

The truth of the verse is personal. I can do it. Not because of who I am but because of who Christ is and He supplies the strength to do so. Pastor noted the unlimited potential for change. The verse states that I can do "all things." Not some things. Not a few things but all things.

As we have been reminded often a verse must be used in its context. This does not mean I can lift 4,000 pounds because Christ will give me strength. In the context of chapter 4 and the book of Philippians, it is clear that it is referring first of all to being able to be content. Every Christian can be content through Christ's enabling power. Paul was able to rejoice in prison. We can have peace and not worry. Why, you ask? Because through Christ the "impossible" becomes possible. I invite you to hear the entire message by going to our website www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the audio/video link.

This Sunday our youth group is staying after the morning Worship service church for pizza and then going bowling. The cost is $3/person for pizza and $3.50/game of bowling. All middle and high school kids are welcome to join us. We will not be having our regular 2nd Sunday night youth group.

We had a great start to our 1st and 3rd Sunday night men's/women's Bible study. It is not to late to join us. The men are studying 1 Timothy using a study guide by John MacArthur Jr. and the ladies are studying the Psalms using a studyguide by Warren Wiersbe. The study starts at 6 p.m. and meets at the church.

On March 18, during our Worship service time Roger Hoffman with the Gideon ministry will be sharing a video clip about the impact of this ministry.

Our passion is to ignite a passion in the people of God for the Word of God so that they can more intentionally and purposefully live for Him. It is also our heart to share the good news that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners so that they can be at peace with God and free from the penalty and power of sin. We invite you to visit us where hope is offered because the message of the Bible is hope because it is truth.

Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Worship is at 11 a.m. We are located South of town on SR 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. You can also find us on facebook. If you have any questions you can contact Pastor Gordon at 240-3003. See you tomorrow!

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call: 812-448-1901 or e-mail: annunciationchurch@msn.com News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: boilerfanburk@aim.com Items for this article need to be e-mailed no later than 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.

Our Sympathy is extended to Deborah Rode and her family at the loss of her sister, Theresa McCarty and to Barb Campbell and her family at the loss of her uncle, John Terrill. We pray for eternal peace for Theresa and John and comfort and guidance for both families.

We continue our Gospel with Mark (9:2-10). This is the Gospel that explains the Transfiguration of Jesus into the Son of God. Peter, James and John have been taken to the summit of a high mountain by Jesus. The three Apostles are amazed and even frightened as they witness the Transfiguration of Jesus into the Son of God. Elijah and Moses appear in front of Jesus. Jesus is wearing white linens and bright light is everywhere. The Apostles recognize this as the Light of God. They know that God is the Lord of Life and of Light.

This Gospel shows us that God is everything. Faith will guide us on our path to reach God. God is in Jesus. Jesus has been chosen to be our Savior. If we are faithful to Jesus, we have God. If we have God, we have everything. Simple.

CNN will rebroadcast its documentary report on Saint Mother Theodore Guerin tonight at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. The documentary is about the process of becoming a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and features the foundress of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

If you haven't chosen to join the Annunciation Facebook page yet, here is your reason: A link for a video (youtube.com "Religious Liberty Homily.mp4) featuring the homily of Father Sammie Maletta of St John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, on Feb. 5 is referenced on our page. Father Maletta defends our First Amendment Right to Religious Freedom; which additionally defends our belief against abortion and the use of contraceptives. Our hospitals, which number 637 in the US, under the proposed healthcare policy (HHS Mandate http://bit.ly/zPdgpw), will be forced to perform abortions and our universities (230 with an enrollment of 700,000) will be forced to supply contraceptives to students. It is time that we all take a stand and scream "Enough is Enough!" There is no reason that Catholics should sacrifice or compromise their beliefs in order to satisfy government wishes, in particular to condone abortion. Our hospitals and schools at all educational levels are not secretive about our Church doctrine. Government interference in religion of any type is not acceptable. Catholics and Protestants a like need to ban together to tell President Obama and his administration that we are willing to fight for our First Amendment Right. Always.

Sandra Fluke bills herself as a law student who enrolled at Georgetown because of the quality of education offered. She does not openly state her history of being a women's advocate fighting for causes such as the right to choose abortion and free contraceptives. She is a Protestant who intentionally enrolled at Georgetown, not for the quality of education, but to further her cause to promote woman's rights and to attempt to cause dissention of young Catholics and their faith. Miss Fluke would suggest that it is her right to have a university health plan that pays for contraceptives and abortions. And, maybe it is her right; at perhaps a non secular college, but not at a Catholic college. Her "premise" of a better education was sublimed by her agenda to publicly attack Church doctrine and policy regarding these issues. The Catholic women attending Georgetown have publicly stated that Fluke does not represent them and they do not support her. We should support the women of Georgetown. Catholics need to be as vocal against these issues as advocates supporting them.

Let us keep in mind that it is our Church that feeds millions nationwide through our soup kitchens, food banks and shelters. It is our Church that provides a non-profit hospital system to serve all people. It is our Church that houses the homeless. It is our Church that offers a higher quality educational experience. We do very good things because that same protested Church doctrine proclaims that we should be charitable and compassionate. We have no reason to compromise anything. We do good things for all in need. Even the unborn.

Several of our young parishioners spent March 4 ,at St. Mary-of-the-Woods enjoying a retreat to enlighten them about their faith and expectations that the Church has for young members. Let's continue to pray for these young people as they approach their Confirmation.

One week is left to reserve you spot at the Lady Knights luncheon at the Lake House Restaurant in Staunton. The event will take place on St Patrick's Day, March 17, at 11 a.m. All Annunciation and Holy Rosary ladies are invited to bring a friend or family member for a delightful time! Call Gloria Ruhe or Martha Tempel to make reservations.

Lenten Reconciliation service will be held on March 13, at 7 pm. Other Deanery The last opportunity for a Reconciliation service is at St Paul (Greencastle) on March 21, at 7 p.m.

The Parish Council meeting has been rescheduled to March 20, due to the Reconciliation Service on March 13.

Mark your calendars for the Deanery fish fries: St Benedict and Sacred Heart (Clinton) will host fish fries on March 16th from 4-7:30 p.m. St Joseph (Rockville) will host their fish fry on March 23rd from 4-7p.m. Support our Deanery Parishes by attending their Lent fish fries!

The Knights of Columbus is seeking a Field Agent for a career opportunity representing their insurance program.

We offer a complete benefits package with this full-time position. In order to qualify, one must be eligible for membership in the Knights of Columbus. For more information, please contact, Jason Brewer at (317)859-0824

Remember your donations to the K of C of old laptops and desk top computers. This is a new ministry to assist parishioners without a computer to acquire one. Please call the Parish Office for additional information.

Pray that government officials will stop their efforts to impede the First Amendment. Pray for our unborn children. Pray that the voices of abortion advocates will fall on deaf ears. Pray that we collectively embrace our faith and take a stand for what we know is right.

Blessings ~

Center Point United Methodist Church

Praise God!! And, thank you ... to everyone who came to Center Point Sunday afternoon! You made our 4th Annual Mission Event a great success. We were able to give The Rock ministry in Clay City a check for over $2700.

Thanks go to Graybeard (Gary Scroggins, Rod Clarke, Lee Reberger, Kevin McRea, Mitch Chaolos and Jeff Bridgewater) for providing us with an hour of wonderful music. Chris Pell did his usual great job with the pie auction. Thanks, Chris. You make it so much fun to donate money to a good cause.

Of course, we wouldn't have anything to auction if it weren't for the great cooks at CPUMC. From the first item, Joan Youngblood's Cherry Delight, to the last, Jacinda Tucker's Pecan Pie, it was a "sweet deal". Thank you.

Pastor Bob Kumpf is taking his message tomorrow from the Old Testament again. This time it will be from Exodus 20:1-17. For this third Sunday of Lent he describes the message as follows: "This is the story of Moses bringing down the Ten Commandments from Mr. Sinai. The sermon title is 'Basic Instructions' and builds upon the foundation of the relationship that God desires to have with all people through guidelines for living together in community.

"While some look at these 'laws' as a ball and chain that shackle Christians and Jews from living a joyful life, the message will expose the grace and compassion of God in planting moral character and awareness in His children. It will also lead to revealing the power of the love of Christ to overcome fear in accepting His promise of eternal hope and peace."

Ten Commandments. It was pointed out in a Bible study at church once that people do look at them as God's "don't do this and don't do that list." It was also pointed out that there are just ten. Think about all the things we are free to do. As a loving "Parent" God, the Father would have been neglectful of His children if He didn't tell us those things that would be bad for us if we did them. Think about it.

Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute

You are cordially invited to "Life is sweet with chocolate" luncheon, on Tuesday, March 20, at 11 a.m.

Luncheon on your own, with tickets costing $3.

Special feature will be Bob Baesler, Baesler's Market, Terre Haute. Music with Julia Reed, Prairie Creek and speaker Danielle Crowell, Metamora, Ill.

Reservations are need by Friday, March 16. Call Joy at 812-235-4361.

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. Make sure you have set your clocks forward meaning you need to go to bed earlier so you won't be sleepy in the morning.

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, worship leaders and fellow worshipers this week and every week.

There is always an adult staffed nursery available. Elementary aged students are given the opportunity to attend KidMo, an interactive style children's worship. We also have an enclosed elevator available for those who would benefit from some assistance.

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.

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 and join in the study of the New Testament Letters.

Wednesday evening will have some committee meetings followed by a business meeting. All members are encouraged to participate in the 7 p.m., business meeting.

The ROCK is at 7 p.m., Thursday. This is another opportunity to worship God in fellowship with others. There is a nursery and KidMo for your children and all are welcome.

You cannot really understand or experience Easter without worshiping our Redeemer.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Harmony United Methodist Women will have a breakfast on Sunday morning, March 18 at Harmony United Methodist Church. Serving will start at 8 a.m. and end in time for everyone to get to Worship Service. A free-will offering will be accepted. Friends and guests are welcome to join us for breakfast.

HUMW will use the funds for missions: S.O.S., Lebanon Children's Home, Lucille Raines Home for Women, Pledges, and other needs in the church or community. Last year they raised enough money to also sponsor a student in Africa.

Churches in the North Clay Cluster will be participating in a Pulpit Exchange on the 18th. Pastor Terry Jeffers will go to Brazil First UMC. Rev. Steve Loft will pastor at Harmony UMC. Other ministers will be trading places throughout the area.

The HUMW would like to offer an advance thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help, make a donation, and/or fix food on March 18. The menu will include breakfast casseroles, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, biscuits and sausage gravy, butter and jelly, juice and coffee.

Crisis Pregnancy Center

Encouraging Parents Together (EPT) and the Crisis Pregnancy Center will host "Cool Smiles," with Donna Whitmer Tuesday, March 13, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Christ Community Church.

The meeting will take place in the church fellowship hall. The entrance is in the back of the church.

EPT Coordinator Kathy Kellum will also join the discussion.

Crisis Pregnancy Center

The Crisis Pregnancy Center will host "Men Matter: Why Men Hate to Go to Church," Tuesday, at Christ Community Church, north on State Road 59, one mile from the light at Hendrix Street.

The event will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to go to the back parking lot and go into the church through the Fellowship Hall, where they will be directed to the Meeting Room.

Those attending will meet with experienced fathers and new fathers. Each meeting will earn a person $20 Daddy Bucks to buy new baby items for their child.

Larry Swan and Doug Wire will lead Tuesday's discussion.

Terre Haute after 5

You are cordially invited to the Terre Haute after 5 on Tuesday, March 20, from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at Providence Center, featuring Susan Strahley singing excerpts from "The Sound of Music."

Speaker will be Danielle Crowell, Metamora, Ill. with "Craving Chocolate and more."

Cost is $14 inclusive.

For reservations call, Joretta Roloff at 812-877-9633 or Mary Wright at 466-7401.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened service with greetings to one and all with a big welcome to visitors, and praising the Lord for this day commenting that the weather has changed some from last week. And remembering those whom were in the tornado's path of destruction this past week, with destruction and deaths. Leading in payer and praise to the Lord and mercy to those loved ones he called home.

Pastor then turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing followed by the special number sang by Sandra Jenkins, "Sheltered in the arms of God." Brother Thomas then called for tithes and offerings and led the doxology.

Pastor Thomas has had many sermons these past weeks bringing out the fact that each of us need the Lord and each other. Our actions and reactions reflect our love for Jesus and each other. It seems more and more like people are leaving out Jesus and what he does for us. It seems they look to others for what they can do for them rather than what the Lord has blessed them with.

The idea is "if you believe it, your life will reflect it," as Jesus brings that joy you can reflect.

John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.

Jesus was the representation of God on this Earth because they are one. What people saw on Earth was God in the flesh. When people see you, what do they see? Do you get the picture.

We claim to have Jesus in our heart. When we have our neighbors needing help and we see it, have we or do we take the time to give that help if we are able. Have we prayed for them. Is there some greed in the way, is our motives of a pure heart?

Lots of times a simple prayer will do the job, and the neighbor will appreciate you more and your actions will reflect the love of God.

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

If you really believe then you have the gift of the spirit. God's spirit is in you.

The devil tries to tell us you don't have the spirit, but look around you and know you have done for Jesus. Your life will reflect the father and his spirit within you.

Our main theme today is how you reflect God to others that they not be lost.

Most people will want that joy and happiness you reflect.

It will rub off. Some of us have allowed that reputation or "finish" to dull. Let us not grow weary and remember to energize through prayer.

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30, and evening service is at 6 p.m.



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