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Friday, March 23, 2012

Carbon United Methodist Church

Wasn't this past week wonderful! It is a little scary, however, being just the middle of March instead of the middle of May. The poor little plants and animals are taking God's word for it and going full tilt into spring. I surely hope they know more than we do. Actually, I've been going full tilt into spring this past week, too. It has been great working out in the yard and clearing up all the winter debris. I'm finding out that I did too much sitting around and reading during the winter, however. My muscles are complaining mightily. That's OK. They will get toughened up eventually.

Some of our folks got together and cleaned out the flower bed at church and put out beautiful tulip bouquets in front of the church. It looks so "springyfied".

Last Sunday, some of the ministers within our church cluster exchanged places. Our minister preached at Peniel UMC and the minister from Peniel, Rev. Richard Pippin preached at our church. That is a great idea and I hope they try it again sometime. We enjoyed having Rev. Pippin and his wife Judy with us for worship.

There are only two more Lenten breakfasts. If you got up late, you have probably already missed the one at Harmony UMC, but the last one will be at Peniel UMC next Saturday at 8 a.m.

It will be Palm Sunday and Easter before we know it. Have you prepared yourself for Christ's resurrection? Are you thinking of Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and new clothes? Or are you think about what Easter is really about? Take a good look within and be honest with yourself.

One young man drove his motorized wheelchair a half a mile to get to church last Sunday. Do you have that dedication? His being there really meant a lot to all of us who just whizzed past him in our cars. It really made us appreciate the effort he put forth to get there. Would you do that?

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m., and is over at 10:30. Give our Lord an hour of your precious time.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church are very thankful for the beautiful weather we are having.

Friend Day is only two Sundays away. Have you been giving out your tickets? Amazed Christian Vocal Band will be with us at our 10 a.m., service. You do not want to miss seeing this group witness for God. A luncheon will be served immediately following the concert.

This day is also Palm Sunday. We will not have an evening service, but there will be other happenings on that evening: Dave Henry will be at the Union Methodist Church at 6 p.m., and the Clay County Community Choir will present a cantata at Peniel UMC at 6 p.m.

We will be having a sunrise service on Easter Sunday at 7 a.m. A breakfast will follow. Then we will have our regular services at regular times, but there will be no evening service.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us. We have great plans for the rest of the year, and we would like for you to be involved. God is good!

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 Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge.

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

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Deacon Meeting

Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

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

From The Pastor: Genesis 35:7 There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.

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.

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

From PAT: Are you thinking of your question for Pastor Dick? Send it to me by April 7 (pmann228@hotmail.com) and I will print his answer within two weeks.

Question of the week: _was stripped of his priestly garments in preparation for his death. The answer is in Numbers 20. Send me your answer by Wednesday.

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

The Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. If it rains we will be in the basement. We need treat filled eggs for the hunt. You can bring them anytime before the seventh and leave them inside the front door.

May 5, at noon, is the Mother and Daughter lunch will be provided.

Have a wonderful week and remember: doing the Lord's work is the most satisfying job a person can do!

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare you way" 3 a voice of one calling in the desert, "Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him."

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. Our number is 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.

Center Point United Methodist Church

One week from tomorrow -- Palm Sunday! Two weeks from tomorrow -- Easter! Are you excited? We should be. Why not be as excited about Easter as we are about Christmas? They are both about the same Savior. And, what a Savior!

Pastor Bob Kumpf has the following comments on the message for tomorrow's worship service: "Just as Lent leads up to Easter, this week we will once again look at the words of the Prophets of the Old Testament as they lead up to the fulfillment of God's promise of eternal salvation. Our message this week is from Jeremiah 31:31-34 and is titled, "A New Promise." This is the promise of a new covenant, a new promise from God to His people.

"As we look at these words from the Prophet Jeremiah, we have to recall the past promises (covenants) that have been made. We remember how God made a covenant with Abraham that promised land, family and blessings if he would remain faithful. We remember the covenant God made with Moses and His children as they wandered through the desert on their way to the promised land. All they needed to do was follow the Law.

"And then God made a promise to David, 'And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.' The promise that David's 'house and kingdom' will be established forever is significant because it shows that the Messiah will come from the lineage of David. Again, all that was needed was a little faith.

"Now, we find the covenant that God made through Jeremiah given to His people some 300 years after David. By then, the nation had been split into north and south (Israel and Judah) and things were really a mess! In fact, at the time of this writing, we find that Jerusalem was about to be taken by the Babylonians and many families and communities were to find themselves scattered from anything that would remind them of the holiness and faithfulness of God. That is when the Word comes to them saying, 'The time is coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'

"That was Good News for the people of that day and remains Good News for us today! Jesus' death on the cross took our sins to the grave with Him. He fulfilled the Law for us and through His resurrection He ushered in the time of the New Covenant. Healing and hope in our minds and hearts through the knowledge that we are loved and have been offered forgiveness for our sins."

Join us tomorrow, or go to your home church. Celebrate Jesus! Our worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Come be part of the body of Christ!

Bee Ridge Church

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 1/2 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship Service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime. Come join us for worship.

Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services of worship, study, and fellowship at First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street, just one block west of SR 59 in Brazil. Donuts will be out along with breakfast drinks by 9 a.m., so that you can visit in the fellowship room before Sunday School classes which begin at 9:30. You are welcome to participate in any of the three adult or the youth and children's classes.

Morning worship is at 10:30 with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is an adult-staffed nursery available. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary to attend KidMo interactive Bible and Life lessons. Last week we celebrated with Julia Waggoner who came forward to profess Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

There is another special celebration this Sunday in some churches. This Sunday celebrates the Angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God.

There will be adult service at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7:15. There will be no AWANA this Sunday.

Bible Study will be Wednesday at 12:15 in the fellowship room. Deacons will meet Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the conference room.

Clay Community Schools will be on Spring Break this week. We pray for everyone's safety if you are traveling or staying close by. Enjoy your time off in preparation for the final weeks of school with extra studies, tests, proms and graduations.

"Who put the color in the rose? Who put the color down inside? Who gave it life and made it grow? Who put the color deep within and lets it bloom again and again? God is the artist who put the color in the rose. (Words borrowed from a hymn).

We look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. 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 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 the family of John "Beanie" Kennedy. John was the husband of Dood Kennedy and father of Nona Lancaster. We pray for eternal peace for John and comfort his family.

The fourth week of Lent begins with "Laetare Sunday" which means "Rejoice." Vestment coloring moves from deep purple to rose. Rose is the "subdued purple brightened by the golden light of the Resurrection," also reminding us that Easter is close at hand.

Our Church calls on us to Rejoice even during Lent; the faithful know that in Christ we have hope and peace.

The Gospel, once again, comes from John (3:14-21). John relates to us of when Jesus was speaking with Nicodemus (a prominent and pious Jew); He references a time when Moses lifted high a serpent during the Exodus. All that had looked upon this serpent received eternal life.

During those days long ago, the serpent symbolized eternal life since it could shed its skin and bear a new one, seemingly to many to be "reborn". Jesus foretells that He believes He will be lifted high like the serpent and all that look unto Him will receive everlasting life.

John 3:16 tells us that God "so loved the world that he gave his only son." We are given a choice to freely follow Jesus and renounce sin. It is our decision. Simple.

Jesus, the "Light of the World" defeated death at Calvary. God sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we might live. In doing so, God shows us that He has an everlasting love for us. We need only to wholly give ourselves to the Lord to bask in His love and share in all His Glory.

March 30 has been selected as the national day of prayer by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are urged as Catholics to pray for the protection of our First Amendment rights. This day of prayer is in direct response to the current administration mandate that forces employers, including religious ones, to provide health coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacients in health care plans.

Prayer resources have been posted on the USCCB website at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religiou.... The Bishops have invited all faiths to join in this prayer day. Catholics and other faiths should not be punished for their beliefs and teachings. It is imperative we let our voices be heard on this crucial mandate. Take a stand and BE PROUD TO BE CATHOLIC!

Looking for a great meal? Kennedy Crossing will serve Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes during Bingo this Sunday! Enjoy Bingo with your buddies and have a delicious dinner, too!! And, the best part is fellowship with other parishioners and no dirty dishes! Not interested in playing? The Bingo Committee is always looking for volunteers ... or just run out to eat!

The middle school age children of St Patrick's will present "Living Way of the Cross" on March 29, at 1:30. All are welcome. The children have worked diligently to perform their version of what Christ went through during His last hours. This play will prove insightful as to what our youngsters are "getting" from our Catholic faith.

Also, on March 29, Friar Mark Weaver, OFM Conv., will present "Bless Me Father: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation" starting at 7 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Holy Family Center located at N. 13th and Barbour Ave, Terre Haute.

Soup and Bread will be served after Stations of the Cross Friday evening. The menu will be Tortellini, Broccoli Cheese and Soup Surprise. An evening of devotion followed by good food ... doesn't get much better than that!

Something new is coming to Annunciation! Beginning April 3 an Aerobics Class will be taught by Dawn Levy at the cost of tips. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. in the Parish Center you can get in shape with others. Spring means fitness!! Come join the fun while making your body healthier! Call the Parish Office for additional information.

Please continue to pray for our Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation candidates. Pray that their hearts are filled with faith and love as they anticipate receiving their upcoming Sacraments.

Pray also for St. Ann, St Joseph-Universal and our sister Parish, Holy Rosary as we enter the last weeks of Lent and celebrate Easter. All three parishes face closing which is something none of us ever dreamed would happen to a Catholic Church. Open your hearts with compassion and welcome any new faces you encounter at Annunciation.

The March 30 article for this column will include Mass schedules for Holy Week. Any questions should be directed to the Parish Office.

Pray for others that hold vendettas against the Catholic Church will find peace within themselves. Pray for the unborn that were not given a choice. Pray that all will follow the Light of the World. Pray that Lent refreshes and rejuvenates our faith. Pray that we seek to be the best version of ourselves. Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking.

Peniel United Methodist Church

It's hard to believe that it is still only March. We hope everyone has enjoyed these summer temps, the beautiful flowering trees and asparagus fresh from the garden!

A thank you to Pastor Greg Puttman for his services last Sunday. Everyone seemed to enjoy his sermon. He and Pastor Pippin traded pulpits for the day. Welcome back, Pastor Pete!

Easter is fast approaching and those wishing to purchase an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one may do so. There are blanks available in the vestibule. They will cost $6.25.

This Sunday there will be a separate offerring taken for the tornado victims in southern Indiana, a matching amount will be taken from the church treasury.

Bible Study/Prayer Group will be meeting Wednesday, March 28 at 6 p.m.

Family Night will be held, Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a pitch-in dinner, which means lots of good food!

The Men's Lenten Breakfast will be at Peniel on Saturday, March 31, at 8 a.m.

The Scripture will be St. Luke 16: 19-31.

For the Children's Moment "It's Nice to Share"

Pastor Pippin's Message for the Church Service is "Whose Face is Our Face?"

Our Sunday School begins at 9:45 with Church Services following at 10:45. Everyone is invited!

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

Carbon First Baptist Church

Spring has arrived and we see new life bursting forth. If you are looking for a church home, this would be a great time to join us at Carbon First Baptist as we welcome our new pastor, Rev. Barry Corder.

There will be an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, at the Carbon Community Park at 10 a.m. All children are welcome.

Come join us Easter Sunday as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. The day will begin with Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast. Worship service is at 10:30 a.m., with no Sunday School.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to one and all commenting that we have a wonderful day to give thanks and praise to the Lord and asking for his blessings on the congregation. After his prayer, Peg Parksey led the congregational singing. The second song, "At Calvary," with the words that old gospel song, "burdens are lifted at Calvary." Those words ring ever so true and never become obsolete.

Debbie Meganhardt used sign language and showed a short film, sang a special, "We shall behold him." Then sang a duet with Travis Terril, "The King is coming."

Our services today had the Lord in attendance, as you could feel the presence of holiness in the sanctuary. Pastor Thomas then offered up prayer for the sick, shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests, and military in harms way. We also remembered one of our charter members, Lilly Fisher, in Union Hospital along with others.

Brother Thomas opened his sermon with the fact, "That the Lord is coming soon." All events in our immediate past indicates that time is drawing near and the Bible says no one will know the time nor day and that his people should be ready. Believe it or not, we'll come fact to face with our maker, our Lord and savior, master of the universe, the alpha and omega.

Brother Thomas says that preachers speak of "grace." You don't deserve it, but God gives it freely and if you have obstacles in the way and claim to be a Christian, then you are lying to yourself. You must be justified to be sanctified and that means, "made holy."

We all come short for the glory of God. He loves each of us, whether we deserve it or not. We must have faith, without it we cannot please God.

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," and verse 3 "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

James 2:1 "My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons." We are not to regard the rich and to despise the poor, but rather to be loving and merciful.

John 1:6-7 "There was a man sent from God, whose name [was] John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe."

If we think we have felloship and walk in darkness, then we lie. If you walk in that light, you have joy. You have to have joy by knowing him.

Remember the king is coming soon. Will you be ready. 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.

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.



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