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Friday, April 20, 2012

River Community Church will host State Line, a bluegrass gospel group, Sunday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. Those interested in attending will witness the music and preaching by Pastor Julie Lake.
Peniel United Methodist Church

Our scripture this Sunday is from St. Luke 24:36-48.

Pastor Pippin's message is, "Keeper of the Flame," for the adult service and for the children's moment, "All's Not Fair."

Laundry and dish detergents are desperately needed by the food pantry in Brazil.

The Bible Study/Prayer Group will meet at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, April 28, the Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at 8 a.m., at Bethel.

Later that evening, at 6 p.m., the Ladies Banquet will take place in the Fellowship Hall at Peniel.

Unfortunately for us, there will be one lady missing, who has been a member of this church all her life. Anna Mae Swearingen died Sunday evening. She was always there to greet you, sang with her heart in the choir, loved her flowers and was a truly lovely lady. We will miss her.

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services at 10:45. Come join us.

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

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good morning from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. We are located two miles north of United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east of State Road 59 on Rio Grande Road.

Our church phone 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.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:


* 9:30 a.m. -- Sunday school for all ages,

* 10:30 a.m. -- Morning worship,

* 5 p.m. -- AWANA, and

* 7 p.m. -- Evening worship, children's church, Kay Hosterman and Bevelyn Sampson.


* 7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study


* 9:45 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study

Friday Evening

* Ladies Retreat, continue through Saturday afternoon.

From the Pastor:

This week's message is "Put Aside Your Excuses," Luke 14:16. Jesus replied, "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests, 17: At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, "Come, for everything is now ready. 18: But they all alike began to make excuses ..."

Take me out to the ballgame. Yes, it's that time of year again. We are going to try to attend another of the Indianapolis Indians' baseball games this year. We are looking into the two weeks of June with any day from Monday through Friday. Tickets will be $12 in advance of receiving the tickets. Contact the pastor if you are interested.

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, which will be used for various mission projects.

From Pat:

This week's question is, "Who was Jesus witnessing to when he said, 'Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God?'"

The answer is in John 3. E-mail your answer to me at pmann228@hotmail.com by Wednesday.

Looking Ahead:

* May 5 -- Noon, Mother and Daughter lunch will be provided,

* June 18-22 -- Vacation Bible School,

* June 24-28 -- JeKeSa church camp.

Romans 4:7 "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 8: Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him."

Carbon United Methodist Church

The town of Carbon had their big spring clean up last Saturday.

Our church has been doing the same now for quite some time.

The restrooms are freshly renovated and look so bright and cheerful.

The basement tables are newly decorated for spring. Our irises are beginning to bloom.

The world looks so fresh and beautiful this time of year.

At our board meeting Monday evening, we made plans for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

On June 10, the people of the church will travel down to Spencer to the Hilltop Restaurant to celebrate both days.

I think there will be some flowers for mothers on their day, too.

The church is also planning a big yard sale at Pete and Beverly Taylor's house on United States 40 during the weekend of June 1-2. This is the time for the National Road Yard Sale, which follows the National Road all the way across Indiana.

Our United States 40 is just about like Route 66.

It began as the Cumberland Road way back in the beginning of the 1800s. Then as western expansion picked up steam, it became the National Road from Pennsylvania to St. Louis, the jumping-off place for all the wagons going west.

It was still an important cross-country highway until Interstate-70 was put through the area.

Then it became bypassed and pretty much forgotten just like Route 66 out west.

I still prefer driving to Indianapolis on U.S. 40 than dropping down to I-70 and whizzing past same-old, same-old scenery.

Remember, it is never too late to turn to God and come to church to thank Him for all the blessings he has bestowed on us. Our worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. I'll see you there.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Last Saturday was a success. I don't say it was a "huge" success, because we did get quite a bit of rain in the afternoon.

What am I talking about? If you didn't know about it ... Center Point had its first semi-annual community yard sale. There were 17 yard/garage sales in the area. And the people came.

We saw more cars in Center Point than we see for our annual fish fry. For those of you who came out, we thank you for checking us out.

This was not a "church sponsored" event. But, we of the church are a part of the community. It's wonderful when we can all work together.

In church tomorrow, we will have a speaker from the Gideon organization. His name is Marion Schaffer. Some of the stories that are related about how Gideon Bibles have impacted people's lives are just incredible. Come hear the message of how God's Word is living and active in today's world.

You are invited to join us for Sunday school, too. It starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship service starts at 10:30.

Come be a part of the Body of Christ. Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you give thanks to the Lord above for everything today?

No matter what kind of day weather wise, we still have the SONshine in our hearts if we have accepted Christ as our Savior, some of us just have not notified our faces of the good and glorious things God has done in our lives. Therefore, we cannot share that wonderful love with others.

Think about it. If you go around with a frown all day and grouchy and angry, words come from your mouth how can anyone know the difference between a person who loves the Lord and one who doesn't?

Does your speech betray our heavenly Father? Show appreciation for what He has done in your life by "Paying it Forward" (being good to others, even if they don't reciprocate).

There really should not have to be a day or month set aside for this but in our world, anything to cash in on what should be an everyday thing is what it's about. Why not let your pastor know how much you appreciate what he or she does for you and the Lord every now and then? Not only should we tell them, but we should tell our missionaries. Both are there doing a service for the Lord to spread the good news of Jesus.

Have you read 1st Thessalonians 5? Verse 12 says, "Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. (13) Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (14) And, we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (15) Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. (16) Be joyful always; (17) Pray continually; (18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not put out the Spirit's fire; (20) do not treat prophecies with contempt. (21) Test everything.

Hold onto the good. (22) Avoid every kind of evil. (23) May God himself, the God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

We at Otter Creek invite you to come join us for fellowship at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Sunday study begins at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40. We also have a Women's Bible Study on Tuesdays at the home of Mary Lou Farris at 10 a.m. You can contact us at any of the following numbers: Church number 446-5300, Pastor Steve after 4 p.m., 812-249-1715, or 446-4007. Sandy will take a message for him or try to help.

Special happenings at OCCC:

Saturday, May 5 -- 7 p.m., The Stanley Family Gospel Singers from Cloverdale will be here to minister to us in testimony and song. Love offerings will be taken,

* May 12 -- At 8 a.m., Men's Prayer Breakfast (pray for the men, Pastor Steve is doing the cooking),

* May 12 -- 6 p.m., Mother's Day supper,

* May 13 -- Ansil Harpold will be here to share with us what God has been doing through his life.

Just a reminder that today may be the only time you have to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. Don't put it off.

Pray for your pastor, and our area churches, our country, armed service personnel and all the men and women who serve our community daily. Don't judge them until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

Until we meet again, either by way of this printed page or in person, may God be with you.

Bee Ridge Church

Looks what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Pancake and sausage breakfast, April 21, from 8-11 a.m. (that's today). Freewill offerings will be accepted. The church yard sale at the corner of Wesleyan and National avenues in Brazil (all day).

Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy's 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.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors any time.

Come join us for worship.

Jeff Bridgewater is our pastor and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or by e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Carbon Baptist Church

"In everything, give thanks: For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

The congregation was so thankful last Sunday for all attending the installation of our new pastor.

Our thanks to our deacons, Pastor Dick McShanog and retired Pastor Warren Purcell for their participation and encouraging words.

Excitement is in the air. Wednesday night was the beginning of a series discussing vision, mission and purpose of C.B.C., led by Pastory Barry.

Scripture is being taught and a prayer time before we close. Feel free to join us at 7 p.m., until 8 p.m., as a middle of the week time of learning and fellowship gives one a big "boost" until the Sunday church services.

Speaking of prayer time, mark your calendar for May 3, Thursday, as this is the National Day of Prayer. More information will follow for the time and place.

Things are "buzzing" in Sunday school -- more classes are available for all ages -- come and "bee" with us at 9:30 a.m.

All of the ladies are invited to attend Ladies Ministry this coming Thursday, April 26, at the home of Mary Ann Pierce, starting at 6:30 p.m. Directions to her home are posted on the church bulletin board.

The Praise and Worship team practices Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., each week and if you would like to be a part of this talented group, contact Charlie Mullenis or Nancy Mace.

Go is the first word in the word God -- we need to "Go" to him with all our problems.

Go to Him in gratitude of joy and even when times are tough -- yes, we should always "Go" to God in everything.

Speaking of Go, make an effort to "Go" to church Sunday at 10:30 a.m., here at C.B.C., and fellowship with believers and learn more from the Bible.

Until then, be a busy "bee" for thee.

Eastside Christian Church

What a beautiful sunrise service was had at Eastside Christian Church on Resurrection Sunday.

It was so good to see so many show up that early of a morning.

The breakfast that followed the service was scrumptious. We want to thank the Roberts family for its preparation and serving. Your family is such a blessing to our church. Again, thank you very much. We pray that your Easter was a blessing to you.

This past Sunday, Pastor Bill continued with his Jesus series, and the topic of the sermon was The Lord's Supper.

It is so good to see Joe Freeman doing so well. We want to keep him in our prayers that he continues to improve. We also want to keep praying for others in our congregation who are having difficulties.

Many thanks go out to the anonymous donors of 38 folding chairs in the names of the following: In appreciation of Pastor Bill, Jan and their extended families. The spiritual sermons that have touched each and everyone of our souls, making us a better person and sermons on respect, kindness and caring for all of us. God bless.

Also in memory of the good works of passed deceased members: Denver/Opal Callahan, Pat Bolden, Waneta Cummins, George/Gertrude Burkitt, Hanner Grey, Ruth Fatch, Otto Harms, Calvin Callahan, Wilburt Trout, Hallie Hite, Oma Lewis, Harold/Gladys Rheinfrank, Virgie Miller, Jerry Brown, Lucille Keagle, Charlie McHargue, Roy/Dorothy Long, Don Hassler, Betty Orman and Steve England.

Also in honor of our faithful missing shut-ins:

Helen Howald, Thelma Hughbanks, Avila DeLange, Ruth Broadstone (Decatur, Ill.), Norma McHargue, Ruth Brown, Bonnie (Norma) Day, David Lewis, Dorothy Wright (New Jersey), Imogene Harms and Lyle/Helen Monnett.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you join us tomorrow morning.

Now is the time to come to God. You never know when it may be too late.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and an opening prayer of praise and thanks for this day and for those who came out, then turned the service over to Peg Parkey, who led the congregational singing.

The gospel song, "Where Jesus is, 'tis heaven there," is one that never gets old. I have great respect for the old numbers as they always touch my heart for other times past.

Following the singing, Brother Thomas called for tithes and offerings, after which he led the Doxology. He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests and brought prayer for all shut-ins, hospitalized, nursing home residents, and our military in harm's way. After prayer, Marian Burns sang the beautiful song, "Without Him," and the congregation applauded. Thank you, Marian. We appreciate you.

Pastor then announced Phyllis Newby, our missionary to Haiti for the pop can and rice for the Haiti children project, will be with us May 13, starting with the Sunday school hour 9:30 a.m., and staying through the morning worship hour 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Phyllis has been our missionary for many years. Back when we first built our church in the 70s. Then the late Rev. Wm. E. Brown took it upon his heart and got the church behind him to gather pop cans to purchase rice for the Haiti children as our main missionary work and Phyllis has been visiting us several times since giving us updates and some of our people visit Haiti in the past.

Our pastor opened with this question that was asked of Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" (Gen. 4:9). And Cain answered, "I know not, am I my brother's keeper?" Sometimes we don't want to be ... sometimes ... sometimes ... who are our brother's keeper (I Cor. 1:20) Believers in Christ goes farther through the blood and the Holy Spirit, guiding you, convicting you and leading you to accept His grace. When we become a child of God, we are spiritual brothers and sisters of God -- Same spiritual family.

Don't ever forget your brother and sister in prayer (Gal. Chap 6:10) No Christian should ever change, you are a chosen people; give that help as you can when a brother needs it; always offer out of love. Heb. Chap 13 Vs. 1, Be not forgetful to entertain strangers. "Are you your brother's keeper?" We are because "He is."

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship at 10:30 a.m., and evening at 6 p.m. Join us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. All are welcome.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist on South Walnut Street, two blocks south of Riddell National Bank.

This is our fourth Sunday Donut Fellowship before Sunday school classes, which begin at 9:30 a.m.

Come early and relax with friends before our studies.

Morning worship begins at 10:30. An adult staff nursery is available.

The elementary students are dismissed from the sanctuary following prayer and praise.

Cheryl Riddell, Tim Grindle and the Praise Choir will open the service.

Pastor Mark will bring the message.

Sunday evening begins at 5:30 p.m., with Youth and Awana. Adult evening service is at 6.

Teen girls' Bible study is Tuesday evening at 7:30, with Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday Bible Study continues with letters to the early church. Meet in the fellowship room, at 12:15 p.m., for study and discussion.

Wednesday evening, the Deacons will meet at 7.

The ROCK service of praise and worship is 7 p.m., Thursday.

There is a nursery and KidMo for the school-aged children.

Friday evening, the Young Men and Teen Bible Study meets with Roger Torbert at 7:30.

Plan now to attend the mission dinner next Sunday. The giving for the dinner will be to support southern Indiana tornado relief efforts of One Great Hour of Sharing.

See you Sunday.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, with Father Harold Rightor officiating.

For more information, call 448-1901, or e-mail annunciationchurch@msn.com.

News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to boilerfanburk@aim.com, 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, 9 a.m.

Annunciation Parish extends sincerest sympathy to the family of Sister Imelda Knierim, who spent her life serving our Lord. Sister Imelda left this life April 9, at the age of 82.

She graduated from the eighth-grade in 1943 from Annunciation School. She, then, became a nun in 1949. She was the sister of the late Patrick Knierim and first cousin of Bob Knierim. Pray for eternal peace for Sister Imelda.

Our Confirmation candidates will celebrate this Sacrament April 22, at St. Patrick Parish in Terre Haute. Annunciation Confirmation candidates are Judson Long, Caleb and Zach Ellis, Kiersten Mann, Courtney Brown, Brianna Holechko, Justin Buell, Jacob Nobles and Pierce Ross.

We pray and congratulate all Confirmation participants and their families as they enter a new chapter of their Catholic faith.

Proud banners are hanging along our church walls for our First Communion Class. First Communion will be celebrated April 28, at the 6:30 p.m., Mass. Pray for Abigail Creed, John and William Long and Elizabeth Nobles as they celebrate their First Communion Sacrament.

Pray for St. Ann's with the closing of their Parish next month. The new mission of the Sisters at St. Ann's will be ministering to St. Luke's Parish in Salyersville, Ky.

St. Luke's lost their Parish March 2, during the many storms and tornadoes in that area.

Several artifacts of St. Ann's will be taken to St. Luke's May 22, including the alter, baptismal font, pews, tabernacle, plus candles, vestments and robes.

While we all mourn the loss of St. Ann's, it is comforting to know St. Ann's is not lost; another Parish which has lost all physical being of their church will enjoy this compassion and charity.

This is a life lesson we all have been taught through our faith. It is right and just to assist and minister to those truly in need. St. Luke's is truly in need and as is the Catholic way, our church is there to help in many ways.

Pray the congregation of St. Luke's embraces this tremendous generosity and for the healing of the most giving congregation of St. Ann's.

On another comforting note, St. Ann's Clinic will remain for those without insurance or without financial means for medical treatment.

This is a blessing to our Terre Haute Deanery. The sanctuary's stained glass windows will remain as a sign of peace and encouragement to those in need. Bethany House and Catholic Charities will move their offices to St. Ann's church building in order to establish more room at Bethany House for those needing shelter and food. Despite of all the sad things happening at St. Ann's, there is a bright silver lining in the ministry of the clinic. Catholic Charities and Bethany House will progress to assist even more of the less fortunate.

Let us all pray for the congregation of St. Ann's as well as those involved in these ministries that this is a continuation of the light toward the God we are all seeking.

Lady Knights will have their next meeting Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center. All are welcome.

April 26 is designated as Purple Day in Clay County. Wear purple on Thursday as a reminder that cancer can strike anyone in any walk of life at any time, completely without warning.

This is a day to support the fighters, admire the survivors and honor the taken and to remember to never, ever give up hope.

We have all been affected by cancer in one way or another, whether we have lost a loved one or just know someone fighting this battle. Wear purple to support these people. Be a part of the resolution. Join a team for Relay For Life May 12. It's a great time with lots of activities and fellowship.

Pray for our young Confirmation candidates and First Communion Children as they receive their Sacraments. Pray for the Parishes of St. Ann's and St. Luke's. Pray for the ministries of Bethany House, Catholic Charities and St. Ann's Clinic.

Pray for everyone affected by cancer. Pray that we are compassionate and charitable toward others. Pray the best version of yourself always shines through and serves others.


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