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Friday, April 6, 2012

Center Point United Methodist Church

Holy week. What does that mean to you? Is it the same thing each year? Maundy Thursday service. Good Friday service. Easter sunrise service.

Do you just go through the motions of these special days? Or, do you find your faith strengthened by revisiting the events that provided your salvation?

Tomorrow, Easter morning, if you would like to join us for sunrise service, come to Ashboro at 7 a.m. Ashboro UMC is just north of the intersection of 59 and 46, on Hwy. 59. Greg Rentschler (Center Point UMC) is doing the special, "He's Alive." The message is taken from John 20:1-18 and is titled, "He Spoke To Me!" There will also be an Easter narrative presented entitled, "Born to Die." Following the service a light breakfast will be served in the church basement.

There will be no Sunday School at Center Point tomorrow, Easter Sunday. Worship Service starts at 10:30 a.m., with a message from I Corinthians 15:1-11. Pastor Bob Kumpf has titled this message "I Am What I Am."

Bob says, "This is the message that Paul wrote to the church at Corinth identifying and proclaiming the Good News of Christ Jesus. He talks of God's grace in sending the Promised One to save humankind from the fate they really deserve. He urges that they hold fast to the truth of the redemption they have been offered. He offers his own testimony as one to whom Christ Himself appeared so that he might be saved and witness to the power of changing lives and bringing hope to all people. By Jesus' blood we are all made new again and may joyfully tell the world, 'By the grace of God, I am who I am!'"

We will be taking holy communion at the regular worship service at both churches and the children at both churches have something special to present (Scripture verses or songs).

Have a great Easter Sunday. Join with fellow believers in giving praise to God for His Great Gift -- eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Carbon United Methodist Church

Last week, I mentioned I had seen a church bulletin board stating, "Lent is Spring Training for Christians."

Well, Christians, and everyone else, the big day is upon us.

Easter, the day that Christ rose from the dead, is tomorrow.

If you do not believe that, you are definitely not a Christian.

If you do believe that, then you have taken to yourself the most basic principle of the Christian faith.

And you know just how important this day called Easter truly is.

Make the most of it.

On Thursday, the Carbon United Methodist Church and the Carbon Church of the Nazarene held a joint service commemorating Maundy Thursday, the evening in which Christ and His disciples celebrated the Jewish Passover, which Christians now call The Lord's Supper or The Last Supper.

Later that evening is when Jesus was betrayed and arrested, tried and condemned to die on the cross.

At our church, Easter will be welcomed in with a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. After that, there will be a breakfast of donuts, coffee, juice, etc.

Then, at 8:45 a.m., the children will hear the Easter Story and then have a Eastern hunt for trinkets and candy pertaining to the Holy Easter Day.

They will have already been overwhelmed by Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets filled with goodies. Our Easter worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Come join us for Easter. You don't have to have new fancy clothes, no Easter bonnets. Just come to worship our Christ and thank our Lord for giving Him to us.

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.

First Presbyterian Church

At the conclusion of Holy Week that began with the joy of Palm Sunday and darkened with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday observances, the Presbyterian Church will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord on Sunday, April 8. Easter Sunday will begin with our annual Easter Breakfast in Fellowship Hall at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to this time of food, prepared by the Deacons, and conversation.

The traditional Easter Morning Worship Service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Sanctuary will be filled with Easter lilies, the music of the season and the morning meditation. Everyone is encouraged to spend pare of Easter at our church where the good news of Christ's resurrection will be shared with joy on Easter morn.

Next Sunday, April 15, during the Worship Service we will rededicate our newly restored Sanctuary. The choir will meet at 9 a.m., and the Adult Bible study will meet at 9:30 a.m., with the Worship Service following at 10:30 a.m.

At 6 p.m. we will hold a "Movie Night" in the Fellowship Hall. We will be viewing "Courageous." This movie deals with our responsibility to future generations. Our church members who have already seen this movie have been deeply moved. Please bring a dessert to share and beverages will be provided.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation invite the community to join us. For more information contact the church office at 446-2415 or visit us on the web at www.brazilpresbyterian.org

The church is located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

Brazil Nazarene Church

This Sunday the Brazil Nazarene Church will have "Sonrise" Service at 7:30 with light breakfast to follow. Worship service will be at 9 a.m., instead of 10 a.m. for this Sunday only. Everyone is invited to join us. Have a blessed Easter.

Eastside Christian Church

What a beautiful Palm Sunday/Friend Day we had at Eastside Christian Church last Sunday. And we definitely want to thank the Christian band, AMAZED, for the blessing they gave us by presenting God's messages in song. If you were not in attendance, you really missed some beautiful music. And a big thanks also goes out to all of those who prepared food for the fellowship meal that was enjoyed after the service.

Tomorrow is Easter. What better way to give thanks to the way we can get redemption than being in a church, if not here, somewhere. We will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m., and our Sunday School and worship services will be at their regular times. There will not be an evening service. A breakfast will be served after the sunrise service.

We want to continue praying for those on our prayer list. We also want to pray for our military men and women. Our prayers also go out to those who have gone through some devastating weather recently. If you need prayer for any reason, please feel free to call the church and let us know. We believe in the power of prayer and will be more than happy to pray for your concerns.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We are a warm and friendly church. We would love to meet you.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Sunday at 7 a.m. "Son" Rise Service; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School all ages; 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. No Children's Church today.

Monday at 7 p.m. JeKeNSa camp meeting

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 "Prepare to Meet Your God" Amos 4:12 Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel

This Sunday is Easter Sunday. We will begin the day with a Son-Rise Service starting at 7 a.m., and then gather for a nice breakfast of biscuits and gravy, egg casseroles and even some donuts. Our Sunday School and Morning worship will be at their normal times. The Benwood choir will present a program for us. We will not be having an evening service or the AWANA program on Easter Sunday.

Come join us for a Soup and Baked Potato Luncheon! The youth of our church will be hosting this event on April 15, after church service. Invite your family and friends. Soups will include broccoli and cheese, chicken and noodle, taco, chili, and vegetable. Expect some delicious desserts as well. There is no cost to attend; however a freewill offering will be available. Please come to show your support for the youth and enjoy a good meal.

This morning the Easter egg hunt for the children is at 10:30 a.m. (outside if no rain, if raining it will be in the basement)

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.

Question for Pastor Dick:

Do you believe that the Bible has "lost" some of its true meaning in the translations that have taken place over the years?

Pastor's answer: How do you answer this one? I believe that there are several new or newer translations available to us today. Now, that said, you need to understand that there are translations and there are paraphrases of the Word. Many of the newer translations have gone back to the oldest manuscripts and have translated from there. I love reading from the King James Version of the Bible, but we don't speak in the King James language today. While I love reading from it, I very seldom preach from it for that reason. People need to be able to understand the Word of God, and sometimes that means using modern usage of words. I use the New International Version most of the time, however, the New King James is also a good translation.

This week's question from Pat is: Who caused the people to forget God's name by their dreams? The answer is in Jeremiah 23. E-mail me your answer by Wednesday pmann228@hotmail.com.

Looking ahead:

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

June 18-22 are the dates for Vacation Bible School

June 24-28 are the dates for JeKeSa church camp.

This week take a few minutes to thank God, for his son, his love, and for never giving up on us. God's love is unconditional.

Matthew 5:5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who see what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

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

River Community Church

River Community Church invites you and your Family to "Experience Easter" and "Glorious Day" programs on Sunday, April, at 10:30 a.m.

Come and be Blessed!!!

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello from your friend here at the Otter Creek Christian Church. What an exciting week it has been as we take time to reflect on the meaning of death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just to think that Jesus gave His life on the Cross to take the weight and punishment of our sin upon Himself and give us a chance to have eternal life . Now I would like to ask you a very important question.

What does the cross mean to you? Many people in the world today view it as a symbol of Christianity, but stop and think about what it represented in Christ's day. Nobody wore a miniature cross around the neck or displayed one in a place of worship. The cross was a torturous means of execution, and the mere thought of it was repulsive.

Yet believers throughout the ages have chosen this as the sign of their faith. In fact, to remove the cross from our teaching and theology would leave nothing but an empty, powerless religion. The subjects of death, blood, and sacrifice have become unpopular in many churches because they're unpleasant and uncomfortable topics. We'd prefer to hear about the love of God, not the suffering of Jesus.

But let me ask you this: How could anyone be saved if Christ had not been crucified? Some people think all you have to do to receive God's forgiveness is ask Him for it. But a sinner's request can never be the basis for His forgiveness. He would cease to be holy and just if no penalty was imposed for sin. According to Scripture, there can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood (Heb. 9:22). Christ had to bear the punishment for our sin in order for God to grant us forgiveness.

Every time you see a cross, remember what it really was--an instrument of execution. Then thank Jesus that He was willing to be crucified so the Father could forgive you of sin. Though the scene of your redemption was horrendous, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph.

You are cordially invited to join us on this Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will start out with a Son rise Service at 7 a.m. Followed by a hearty breakfast in the basement. There will be no Sunday School, but we will have our regular Worship service at 10:40 a.m.

Other special happenings at OCCC. Men's prayer Breakfast April 14, at 8 a.m. April 20, at 7 p.m., Terry Hall from Tennessee will be here to minister to us in music and testimony. A love offering will be taken. May 13, at 10:40 a.m. Ansil Harpold will be here to minister to us in our am service. May 19 at 7 p.m., the Stanley Family from Cloverdale will be here to minister to us in music and testimony. A love offering will be taken.

A lot of exciting things going on at OCCC. Our regular service times are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:40 a.m., for Worship. We have a Ladies Bible Study on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Home of Mary Lou Farris.

You can contact the church at 446-5300, leave message or call Pastor Steve's home at 446-4007, cell number 249-1715.

Remember to pray for our military men and women and their families. Until we meet again may God richly bless you and keep you.

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 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.

Easter Vigil begins at 8 p.m., this evening at Annunciation. Easter Sunday Masses will be at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Rosary and at 12:30 p.m., at Annunciation.

May the Blessings of Easter be with you all ~

Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, our Savior. Easter is when Jesus revealed His own omnipotent power to rise from the dead. His Resurrection was proof to the faithful that He was, in fact, who He said He was, the Son of God. After spending Lent and the Triduum in penance and praying; Easter is the reward given to the faithful. Rejoice in the good news of our Lord!

Legend has it that Lilies, elegant trumpet shaped white flowers, sprung up in the Garden of Gethsemane each time a droplet of our Lord's sweat fell to the ground in His final sorrowful hours. The long stemmed beauties are a symbol of life everlasting, a symbol of Christ's Resurrection; a symbol of hope. When Angel Gabriel announced to Mary she would be the mother of the Christ Child, he held in his arms, Lilies; a symbol of purity, of virtue and innocence and hope and life. Lilies are the emblem of the Annunciation; the Resurrection of the Virgin. The white petals are the same as her spotless body; the golden anthers in remembrance of Mary's glowing soul of heavenly light. Lilies remind us of all that is good about Easter; a time of rejoicing and celebrating!

Whenever Easter is celebrated, whether its March or April, you can count on the Dogwoods blooming! Perhaps this is because the blossoms are so similar to Christ's crucifixion. The perfect balance and spacing of the four petals remarkably depict a cross, the centers resemble a crown of thorns and the tint of reddish color on each edge of a petal is reminiscent of the blood shed. Skeptics will suggest this is merely coincidental, the faithful will find the true meaning of the dogwood blossom!

Catholic Charities and West Central Indiana Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry are sponsoring a Hog Roast at the Riley Conservation Club on Friday, April 13 from 5-9 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and raffle. For additional information, please call 812-232-1447.

The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Center.

Aerobics! Join others at the Parish Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m., for a little camaraderie and fitness!! Anyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call Laura at the Parish Office.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Wednesday, April 11, from 2:30 to 4:30 in the Parish Center. Anyone is welcome. No talent needed. Just bring yourself!

No Bingo will be played on Easter Sunday. But, be sure to join us the following Sunday for lots of good food, games and fellowship!

Pray that we are filled with a renewal in our faith with Easter's promise of everlasting life. Pray for the unborn. Pray that we fill our lives with compassion and charity. Pray that we stand up for our religious rights and beliefs. Pray that we always embrace our faith and are proud to be Catholic.

Blessings ~

The Door Christian Fellowship Church

The Door Christian Fellowship Church invites all to experience the resurrection of Jesus Christ at 11 a.m,. Sunday, April 8. There will be praise and worship, special singing and Pastor Tom Roeschlein will preach a message entitled, "The Gamble." There will also be a cross hunt with prizes for toddlers-12 years of age. There will be no evening service.

Revival at the church with Evangelist Terry Haynes will begin Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 14, at 5 p.m. an outdoor concert and healing crusade will take place on our parking lot. Haynes will preach in both services on Sunday, April 15, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Door is located at 100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil. For information or transportation, call 812-201-3966. The Door Christian Fellowship Church is Evangelical, Pentecostal and patriotic. Jesus is still Lord over America!

Carbon Baptist Church

This is the day the Lord has made and my, oh my, this spring is most wonderful and hope it continues.

Some of you may get the news too late, but at 10 a.m. this morning an Easter egg hunt is being held at the Carbon Park. There will be plenty of eggs to find for the different age groups and gifts for the "golden eggs" found.

The most important celebration of believer's is this Sunday -- Easter -- a Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m., with a breakfast following the service in the Fellowship Hall. No Sunday school classes today only and church services begin at 10:30 a.m. Come and join in our praise of a risen Savior, as Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose again on the third day.

Praise team practice is on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. the cell group will be studying Chapter 12 in the book of Daniel. This will finish up this study and more information about the new study will follow, which begins on the 18th.

A special event will take place on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m., as the installation service is being planned for our new senior pastor, Pastor Barry Corder. We at CBC extend a public invitation to share this time with us. Light refreshments will be served and a meet and greet time to become acquainted with Pastor Barry, his wife Carolyn and their children. Join us in welcoming them to our community.

This warm weather gets us outside to clean up our lawns and flower beds which makes us become very thirsty. How "thirsty" are you to learn more about the word of God? Come fellowship and learn on Sunday mornings, 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School classes, 10:30 a.m., for Sunday services.

The church is located at 14100 N. Murphy Road. Office phone number is 442-7729 and Pastor's number is 812-239-7050.

Easter blessings and hope you can worship with us Sunday morning.

Bee Ridge Church

Look What's Happening at Bee Ridge:

Saturday, April 7: Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 8: Easter Sunday. Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow. Then our regular worship service at 10:30 am.

April 13-15 is Revival featuring Ron Bridgewater.

Friday, April 13 Lasagna Supper at 5 p.m. with Revival beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday April 14 Famous Bee Ridge BBQ Supper with Revival beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday April 15 Revival beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a Chicken n Noodle Dinner following services.

Saturday, April 21 ... another Pancake and Sausage breakfast.

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 am. 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.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all and announcing that today we begin the celebration of the Easter season, the time of the celebration of the feast of the Passover, which actually lasted for a week.

Brother Thomas led in a short prayer and turned the service over to Travis Terril whom led the congregational singing. Pastor then called for tithes and offerings and led with the doxology. A few announcements were made, then asked for spoken and unspoken requests for prayer. The led in prayer for all shut-ins, those in the hospital, nursing homes and our military in harms way.

Travis Terril then sang the special number, "Broken and spilled out," which was enjoyed by all.

Pastor Thomas then began his sermon which stood out in the Bible, where Jesus spoke and things happened. Citing Mathew chapter 15, and then chapter 20, although, whenever and wherever Jesus spoke, things happened. Christ reproveth the scribes and pharisees, teacheth how that which goeth into the mouth doeth not defile a man. He healed a daughter of a woman of Canaan, and with seven loaves and a few little fishes feedeth four thousand men, besides women and children.

In Matthew 20, Christ sheweth that he is debtor unto no man and he spoke even to his disciples teaching them to be lowly.

Brother Thomas pointed out that many back then as well as people today listen but don't hear, and consequently don't heed. It seemed that whenever there was three things brought out, that things happened. Like baptizing in the name of the father, son and Holy Spirit. Three times when Christ prayed in the garden, things happened.

The disciples foretold many things such as Luke 19:9-10 and 28-37. Telling two of his disciples to go ahead and obtain a colt which was tied in a village. To loosen the colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem, and as it was foretold, it happened.

The disciples did not predict, they foretold, and as such, Jesus is coming again. Will you be ready?

Join us for we know not the time or day as this is also foretold. You may yet have time to visit us at Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday Morning at 9:30 for Sunday School, 10:30 for Worship, and 6 p.m. for Evening Service.

House of Hope

The House of Hope residents and staff will be performing a Talent Show to commemorate Easter tonight at 7 p.m.

This is a free event open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Check out our renovated facility. Tours will be available.

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