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Church News

Friday, March 16, 2012

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church. What a beautiful service we had Sunday. One of our dedicated couples came forward and gave their testimony and asked for the congregation to pray for them and their family. We are a church that does believe in the power of prayer, so we will all be praying for them.

We are getting excited about our upcoming annual Friend Day, which happens to be on Palm Sunday this year. We would like this opportunity to invite you to be with you to be with us, if you are not attending church anywhere else. The Christian vocal band, AMAZED, will be presenting a concert.

We will not have Sunday School that day, and our service will begin at 10 a.m. You will receive a blessing by coming and hearing this group praise God in song. A fellowship meal will immediately follow the service.

The following Sunday will be Easter Sunday. We will have a sunrise service and breakfast that morning beginning at 7 a.m. Our other services will be at normal times, except there will be no evening service.

We are celebrating Jesus! Won't you come and celebrate with us.

Carbon Baptist Church

The congregation at Carbon First Baptist is extremely excited this week as we welcome Pastor Barry Corder for his first Sunday tomorrow.

Pastor Barry and his family come to us from Franklin, Ky. He is very excited about returning to Clay County as full-time pastor of our church. The congregation would like to invite each and everyone of you to join us worship service at 10:30 a.m. as we welcome Barry, Carolyn and family to the community.

Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. will be our praise and worship team practice, followed by Bible study at 7 p.m.

To God, all praise, honor, glory and thanks for many answered prayers.

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Bee Ridge Church

This morning is our 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 am. 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

Spring has come! Haven't these past few days been wonderful? I worked out in the yard today picking up sticks and getting ready to smash down the winter's collection of molehills. Daffodils and Crocuses were blooming, trees and bushes were budding, the birds were having a wonderful time ... and so was I. I even thought that I heard Sandhill Cranes flying overhead, but they fly so high that it is really difficult to see them.

Isn't it wonderful that God, in his awesome wisdom set the earth on such a perfect time rotation that we simply know ... really know ... that spring will come. We may not know when exactly, but we know for sure that it will follow God's pattern and arrive. Not only do we understand that, but just think, the birds, the animals, the flowers, the weeds...every living thing follows the rhythm that God set up for us in the beginning!

Some of us met and cleaned out the church flower bed this past week. We have it ready for another season.

This Sunday, the pastors from our cluster of churches are going to exchange churches for the day. Our pastor, Greg Puttnam, will go to Peniel UMC and Peniel's pastor, Richard Pippin, will come to our church. That is a great idea.

The Town and Country United Men will meet for their Lenten breakfast this morning at Bethel UMC. Next Saturday, March 31, the last Lenten breakfast will be at Peniel.

So men, you still have time to join them for a great morning of fellowship and devotion in preparation for Easter.

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

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Deacon Meeting and Choir Practice

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 "What's Right With the Church?" Ephesians 5:27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

This Sunday night is the last night for the AWANA food drive for the Clay County food pantry. Let's help them help others. Bring some non perishable items to church to add to their collection.

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's answer: This is a tough question that I have often asked myself, and in reality it is probably as old as religion itself. I really think that question is unanswerable. God "allows" bad things to happen but He doesn't cause them to happen. God has given His people such a radical freedom that it is unbelievable. Think about how God could have created us in such a way that He could manipulate us by pulling strings. But we are not puppets, we are free.

Bad things happen to children as well as adults, not because God wills it, but because of that freedom. We need to remember that any "bad thing" is not the last word. God, Himself is the last word, and that word is love and eternal life with God, through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

AWANA NEWS FROM BRAD: Our AWANA year is winding down with only seven more meetings left. Our clubber of the month for January was Jonathon Bradford. The clubber of the month for February was Trey Eldridge.

Our annual AWANA Grand Prix is coming up on March 25. We invite all parents to attend this fun event.

FROM PAT:

Bible question of the week: Nehemiah decided that the Levites and the singers left their work becausethey did not receive their portions? The answer is in Nehemiah 13:10

Looking ahead: Bring your "Memory Garden" Lilies to the church by April 6.

We need treat filled eggs for the Easter egg hunt, more details will follow.

May 5 at noon is the mother and daughter lunch, more details to follow!

Have a wonderful week and remember to "TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER"

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.

Otter Creek Christian Church

What cool weather we're having, I mean a good [awesome]cool, guess the old saying is right if you don't like the weather in Indiana stick around a few minutes and it will change. But don't complain cause this is the day the Lord has made and I need to rejoice and be glad in it.

Pastor Steve and the congregation of Otter Creek Christian Church would like to take this opportunity to welcome anyone who is new to the area or searching for a place of christian fellowship and worship to join us this Sunday. We're located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil.

Our services are as follows:

Tuesday 10 a.m. Ladies Bible Study 12660 E. Grotto Road

Sunday 9:30 a.m. Bible Study (age appropriate classes)

Sunday 10:40 a.m. Worship Service

Someone is usually at the church by 9:15 a.m. Numbers you can call for information are: church 812-446-5300; Parsonage 812-446-4007; Pastor Steve's cell after 4 p.m. 812-249-1715.

Special Happenings at OCCC: March 24, at 6 p.m. pitch-in supper; April 20, at 7 p.m. Terry Hall from tennessee will be here to sing and minister to us. Love offering will be taken.

We keep searching for understanding through various means and never seem to find it because we are trusting in our own minds and the earthly meaning of understanding, however the Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-8 to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."

Peace in our world will never come until we put Jesus at the center of the discussions, until we follow through on the words from this section of scripture and answer the call to become "Holy as He is Holy." We can only do this through the blood of the lamb of God.

We've seen some mighty miracles this last couple of weeks who do you think were responsible for them? Jehovah God, The Great I AM, The Alpha and Omega, is the only one I know of with enough power to keep a people, from small children to eighty years old, going until help arrived. Yes, the LORD was working to show us we can and should work together to help others. You can see what can take place in small places when everyone works together and doesn't take the credit just gives God the Glory.

Pray for those in need and those you know who are in poor health, also pray for our armed forces no matter where they're at.

May God be in your heart as you go about your daily routine, pick up the phone and give someone a call of encouragement. Till next time. God Bless You.

Harmony United Methodist Church

Harmony United Methodist Women will meet at the church Friday evening to get tables prepared and everything set up for the Fundraiser Breakfast. The breakfast will be tomorrow at Harmony United Methodist Church. The ladies plan to be at the church no later than 7 a.m. to get everything set up and ready to serve by 8 a.m.

The early serving time will allow attendees to make it to Worship Service at HUMC or other churches. A free-will offering will be accepted. Friends and guests are welcome to join us.

The HUMW has had Pie Auctions, sold Rada knives and cookbooks, and made individual donations to help fund mission projects. This is the first time the group has tried hosting a breakfast. Help them to make it successful.

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 for the morning and then travel to Lena. Other ministers will be trading places throughout the area.

The HUMW would like to offer an advanced 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, fruit, butter and jelly, juice and coffee.

Center Point United Methodist Church

After tomorrow we have two more Sundays before Easter. Pastor Bob Kumpf has a very appropriate message lined up. This is what he has to say about it. "This Sunday we are in the OT again and the reading is from Numbers 21:4-9 (with John 3:13-15 thrown in). The message is titled, 'The Promise of Life'. This is the story of the Israelites traveling through the desert, not long after they had been brought out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and given the renewed promise of being the chosen people headed for the Promised Land.

"They had just defeated an army 10 times their size and now.... they start complaining ... about everything! The food (manna) is not tasty. The conditions are not comfortable. The travel is too slow and, well, they wish that God had just left them in Egypt instead of bringing them 'out here' to die!

"Boy, doesn't that sound familiar! It reminds me of the vacation we went on to Florida and my boys were complaining about having to eat lobster again! I guess for one reason or another we all struggle with being satisfied and content with our lives and where we seem to be headed.

"So God sends them poisonous snakes to contend with. Why a snake, I wonder? Was God trying to remind them of the serpent in the Garden? But then He also sends the cure for their near certain death. He instructs Moses to make a serpent of brass to lift up so people may see it and be healed from their bites.

"I think that is important for us to note as we head into this Lenten Season. In order to be healed from our sins we have to acknowledge them. That is where we fast-forward to John's Gospel and read the words of Jesus, 'Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.' (John 3:14-15 ) Jesus paid for our sins. He offers life to those who are facing certain death. Look to Him and believe!"

Come join us in the morning. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. and worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. Be part of the Body of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing this Lenten Season.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call: (812)-448-1901 or email: annunciationchurch@msn.com News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: boilerfanburk@aim.com Items for this article need to be emailed 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.

The Gospel this week speaks to us from John (4:5-42). This is a familiar Lenten passage of Jesus ridding the temple of merchants and money changers. Jesus, after clearing the temple, announces that the temple will fall and He will rebuild it in three days. As we know, word travels quickly and Jesus is arrested as a blasphemer and troublemaker. Jesus uses this temple as an analogy for the true temple; His human body and life that will be sacrificed for our sins. Few people then understood the true meaning of His words.

We are again reminded of the immense sacrifice that Jesus bestowed on all of us and the discipline He underwent to become our savior as God had chosen Him to be. We need to remind ourselves how truly blessed we are to have such a Savior in our lives. Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking.

Facebook had another good comment the other day. Excerpts from an article written by Sam Miller, a prominent Jewish businessman from Cleveland. Mr. Miller describes the Catholic Church as the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. He lists our attributes not only with his own knowledge, but with numbers and statistics. He applauds us. He looks at the Church through eyes of respect and thanksgiving. He pleads with us, commands us to "Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher.

Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States." Mr. Miller encourages us with the words of Jeremiah: "Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls". And, further he states: "Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions. Be proud that you're a Catholic."

Soup and bread after Friday evening's Stations of the Cross will feature bean chili, potato and tomato. A great vegetarian meal with an added bonus of the company of your fellow parishioners!

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

If you missed the Reconciliation services at Annunciation, services are scheduled for St Paul (Greencastle) on March 21, at 7 p.m.

St. Joseph (Rockville) will host their fish fry on March 23, from 4-7 p.m. This is the last scheduled fish fry during the Lenten season.

The Parish Center floor surface is complete and looks real spiffy!! The Parish Center is ready for all the functions we can schedule!

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

Spring Cleaning? The K of C is accepting old laptops and desk top computers for their new ministry. This is ministry to place working computers in the homes of parishioners without a computer or the resources to acquire one. Please call the Parish Office for additional information.

St. Mary of the Woods White Violet Center challenges all of us to join them in their "Plant One More" campaign as we begin planting our gardens this season. Find someone in need, whether it be an individual or the food bank, and grow extra produce to share. At the end of harvest contact Sister Maureen at the center with your total weight share. Encourage your family and friends to accept this challenge. Sharing. Simple.

The warmer temps and bright sunshine are blessings!! No matter what the weather, the food pantry will always accept your donations. Community folks are hungry year round. Food, hygiene products and household items are welcome everyday at the pantry!

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.

BINGO!! Try your luck and join all the fun every Sunday evening at Kennedy Crossing! Not a player? Volunteer a few hours of your time. This Sunday's menu will feature tenderloins! Come out, grab a bite to eat and visit with your friends!

Remember to keep the Parishes of St Joseph -- Universal, St Ann and our sister Parish Holy Rosary close in prayer. When you come across an unfamiliar face at Mass, be sure to extend a hand and welcome these folks!

We pray for all to recognize the goodness and blessings we are given daily by our Lord. We pray for those that are troubled or sick. We pray that we all will stand up and be proud to be a Catholic.

Blessings ~

Peniel United Methodist Church

Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil, In.

As we approach Easter, have you been thinking about finding a Church that fits your needs? Come visit this "family oriented" Church, you will be pleased. This Sunday is an excellent time to get acquainted. There will be pastries and beverages served in the Fellowship Hall between Sunday School which starts at 9:45 and Church Service at 10:45. A good time to meet "old friends" and make "new friends"! The Men's Lenten Breakfast will be held at Harmony Church at 8 a.m. on the 24th. The Bible Study/ Prayer Group is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 21. Keep March 29 open for family Night.

Pastor Pippin's will be speaking at Epworth and Carbon Churches while Gregg Puttman will deliver the message at Peniel.

Our choir was smaller than normal last Sunday due to so many with sore throats and other illnesses. One of those missing was Anna Mae Swearingen. She is in rehab at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute after suffering a broken hip. Both prayers and cards would be appreciated.

There will be a separate offering taken during services on March 25 for the tornado victims in southern Indiana.

Canned fruits and vegetables are items needed by the Food Pantry.

For more information, please call Pastor Pippin at (812)-443-8489.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Have you ever been asked if you know what God's will is for your life? Many times that question is asked when deciding on a career or when considering the commitment of marriage. But what about everyday life? Pastor Gordon answered that question from 1 Timothy 2:3-7. The title of his message was "Discovering and Fulfilling God's Will". God desires that we pray for all men and that they would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. We need to pray and strive to reach others for Christ.

In his message Pastor addressed the issue of being saved. First, what does one need to be saved from? The penalty of sin, the power of sin and the judgement seat of Christ. How can one be saved? Jesus Christ is the mediator between a holy God and sinful man. Jesus Christ provides forgiveness from sin, a cleansing from all sin and a cleansed conscience. What does one need to do to be saved? By grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. When one is convicted about his sin, repents and places his complete faith and trust in Christ alone as the payment in full for his sin, he is saved. Like Paul the apostle who wrote 1 Timothy, believers are to be praying for others to be saved and to proclaim the good news. If you are not a believer, God's desire is for you to be saved.

You can listen to the message in full by going to our website www.brazilbible.org and click on the audio/video link. You can also learn more about us and our ministry.

Our passion is to proclaim the hope of the gospel that "Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father but through Him" and to stir up within the believers a greater love and zeal for God through the study of Bible, God's truth. God loves sinners (and I know because I am one) and His love is proven by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for sin. He wants to rescue us from our sin and give us an eternal hope and future. This world shows us again and again that all it offers is temporary fun and entertainment ... and death.

Our services this Sunday are Sunday School at 10 a.m. for all ages, Worship at 11 a.m.and our men's and women's Bible study meets at 6 p.m. The men's study is in 1 Timothy and the ladies are studying Psalms. Join us if you would desire. The groups meet at the church. Roger Hoffman with the Gideon ministry will be presenting a short DVD testimonial about the impact of the Gideon ministry.

We are located South of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H fairgrounds. Our address is 6645 N State Road 59. If you have any questions you can e-mail Pastor at pastor@ brazilbible.org or by calling him at 240-3003. We hope to see you Sunday.

Union United Methodist Church

You are invited, and you will be welcome, at Union United Methodist Church, located at the corner of County Road 600 North (Airport Road) and County Road 75 East. We gather each Sunday for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and break out to our individual classes; we have classes for every age group and four adult classes from which you nay choose. Then we reassemble in the sanctuary for worship at 10:30.

Reverend Charnstrom's sermon this week is titled "Alive Together with Christ," and is based on the Scriptures John 3:14-21 and Ephesians 2:1-10. God loved the world and, in His grace and mercy, sent His Son to be raised up on the cross so that all who have faith in God's grace would have salvation. We are called to do good works, with Christ, in gratitude for God's gracious gift of salvation.

Our mission statement is: Praising God, Loving All People, Growing in Jesus, Seeking Disciples for Him. We try to live out that mission, as a community of faith, every day. Please come and join us.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings to all and led in a thanks and praise to the Lord. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey and the congregational singing. The newly formed church choir then sang the two specials for the morning. The numbers, "Holy, Holy, Holy," and "He Lives," were sang under the direction of Travis Terril was well received by the congregation. We look forward to more numbers in the upcoming weeks.

Following prayer, the pastor said that he was going to speak about God and what you think about him. Hearing Jesus' name, what do you think of first? Do you think about him as "father," God of us all. Things that you know and what you are thinking about. God knows everything before you even think about it, and knows what your actions and reactions will be.

In fact, Psalm 139:1-24, tells it all. "O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off." It goes on to say that God "art acquainted [with] all my ways."

Perhaps it would help us to put these verses together and tape them to the front of our refrigerator, to pray them every morning when we are up for breakfast.

Hebrews 4:13 "but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."

God sees everything. I know he sometimes sees thing he doesn't want to see. God will allow you to test yourself from time to time. You can fail mother and dad, and learn you lesson the hard way.

James 1:13 "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man."

Having God in your heart, you shouldn't min him knowing all about our every thought.

Read about the creation of man. It reads, "and God said," "It said," and "God said."

Matthew10:30 "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered." He knows it all.

Jesus said he came to seek and to save that which is lost. He is all powerful. He created Angels, God created man, animals, plants and everything.

God only has to say one word. Is there going to be a great battle fought in the last days? Remember on the boat that day when his disciples were so afraid. All he had to do was say, "Peace be still," to the raging storm. Some of us have had him knocking at our heart's door. The spirit speaks to you. Do you mind the spirit.

Join us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m., Evening Service is at 6 p.m.



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