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Friday, April 27, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened the services with greetings to one and all, commenting, "This is the day that the Lord has made."

Giving his opening prayer, asking the Lord to open our ears, open our eyes, come into our hearts and giving thanks and praise in His name.

He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey for congregational singing.

Pastor then called for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer, praying for shut-ins, those in nursing homes, hospitals, sick at home and our military in harms way.

He then called for tithes and offerings after which he led the Doxology.

Peg Parksey then sang the special, "God Put the Miracle in Me," and was enjoyed by all. Peg has a way of singing songs that touch your heart.

Brother Thomas then asked, "Who are you? 'Good morning Lord,' or 'Good Lord, it's morning."

Reading from Psalm 118, starting with verse 14, hitting on 24-29 stating God made Monday through Saturday, as well as Sunday. We have those who come on Sunday. And what then? Do we show it all through the week or just on Sunday? When we go visit friends or family, do they see you and think, "Praise the Lord," or "Oh Lord, here they come again."

What ever you do through the week, do it for the glory of God. Ask yourself, "How can I honor God through the week?"

One can honor Him by showing Him in your life. Represent Him at all times. Give thanks in His name. As a ship is not meant to stay in the harbor, neither man is to withdraw from every day life.

It applies to your every day life, Monday through Saturday.

Reflect Him in your word, your actions, and most important, in your habits.

So why do some people play like Christians? God wants us to grow. John, Chapter 14: "Jesus is speaking to His disciples and Philip asks (Vs. 10-11), with Jesus answering that 'He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.'"

Sometimes, when Jesus spoke, people didn't want to hear. That's the way it is today. And while time grows shorter for our world, let us carry Jesus and the Holy Spirit with us that we show it and those eyes can see it even though they don't want to hear it.

Again, who are you in this world today? Read Psalm 118 fully today and especially verse 28. Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening worship is at 6 p.m.

We will be happy to present our Haiti missionary May 13, at 9:30, and at morning worship at 10:30. Phyllis Newby has been our missionary for many years and some of our people have visited the Haiti children's sites. It's a wonderful work of progress, collecting pop cans to support them.

We appreciate the many people over the county who help us collect pop cans.

Carbon United Methodist Church

We lost a dear friend this past week. She fought cancer for 22 years, and I mean fought.

There were many times in that period that we thought the cancer had won, but she always fought back and won another round in the fight.

And I have never seen her when she wasn't pleasant and optimistic ... at least to other.

We will miss her.

The church rallied to the call and had a big dinner for her family after her funeral.

I want to thank everyone who contributed things for it. We had a signup sheet at church last Sunday, that, as usual, had every space filled by the time we left, but so many people, even out of the church, fixed several dishes to help out.

Thank you.

Mother's Day will be coming up Sunday, May 13. That's not far away.

Bring your mother to church on Mother's Day. What better way to celebrate her day than that?

We will be going to the Hilltop Restaurant June 10 after church to celebrate both Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Our church will have a big yard sale June 2 in conjunction with the National Road Yard Sale. Start gathering up your stuff.

Don't wait until Mother's Day to come to church. Come tomorrow. Worship service starts at 9:30 a.m.

Bee Ridge Church

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 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 through e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf shared that we will be looking at I John 3: 16-24, this Sunday.

At first, I thought he was talking about John 3:16. I missed the "I" in front of John.

Both passages have a similar message. That happens at times. Just as in the world today, the people of Bible times needed reminders.

God wanted them to know He loved them and wanted them to know how important love was (is).

The title to Pastor Bob's message is, "This is Love."

He says it focuses on living for others.

"The key verse," Bob said, "is the first one. First John 3: 16, 'We know what real love is because Christ gave up His life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters.' This is a message of putting our faith into action and being a reflection of Christ to the world."

We invite you to join us tomorrow to hear this reminder of what love is and how we are to be a reflection of Jesus.

The Bible's message was not just for those living 2,000 years ago. God's Word is timeless.

It is for us.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the little country church at Otter Creek.

Isn't this time of year just beautiful? You can sure see God's awesome power at work.

Our scripture for this week comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13 (For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12: Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13: And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.).

When we seek out God with all our heart, we will find Him and will build a close relationship with Him. That is what He is wanting from His children: Fellowship.

On May 5, at 7 p.m., we are proud to bring to Otter Creek Christian Church The Stanley Family Singers from Cloverdale.

They are an evangelistic ministry which travels the nation sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and song.

They have had the honor of seeing many souls saved and lives changed because of Jesus Christ.

They have never turned down an opportunity to work for the Lord because a church was too small.

They do not have a cover charge. God has always supplied their needs through the loving faithful support of those who have been faithful to invest in our ministry.

Other special happenings at OCCC:

* May 12 -- 8 a.m., Men's Prayer Breakfast,

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

* May 13 -- 10:30 a.m., Worship service. Ansil Harpold will be here to share with us what God is doing in the Prison Ministry.

You can contact the church at 446-5300 (leave a message). Pastor Steve's home is 446-4007 or his cell phone is 249-1715.

Our regular services are Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30. Tuesday Women's Bible Study at the home of Mary Lou Farris will be 10 a.m.

Remember to pray for our military men and women and families.

And please remember our granddaughter, Nikki Oliver, and her family in your prayers.

You are always welcome to come out and worship with us at Otter Creek Christian Church, the little country church with a big heart for God.

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:

Sunday

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

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

5 p.m. -- AWANA,

7 p.m. -- Evening worship, Children's Church, Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler,

Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible study,

Thursday

9:45 a.m. -- Ladies Bible study

From the Pastor

This week's message is, "Getting Ready to Race," from Hebrews 12:1.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Take me out to the ball game ... 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 that will be used for various mission projects.

From Pat:

This week will be a question for Pastor Dick. Send me your question by Wednesday, at noon, at pmann228@hotmail.com.

Romans 2 provided me with some very good reading today, how about you? What is your favorite book, chapter, verse of the Bible? Send me an e-mail and share with me your favorite.

We were recently blessed to make a new friend who truly lives each day as a gift, while I won't mention a last name. Steve, you have lightened our load and at the same time, enlightened us. I know God will continue to bless you. You are a true inspiration.

The answer to last 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?" -- Nicodemus, John 3:1-3.

Looking Ahead

May 3 is National Day of Prayer. I'll see you on the courthouse lawn at noon. If God is going to bless America, America must bless God -- Pastor Dick.

On 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.

(2 Corinthians 1:3) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4: Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

Peniel United Methodist Church

This Sunday, our scripture reading will be from St. John 15:9-17, and 1st John 3:18-24.

Pastor Pippin's message during the adult service will be, "The Awkward Commandment."

His message for the children is, "Chain Reaction."

Everyone enjoys watching the children and their expressions. What a nice way to get acquainted with the church.

Our thanks to all who helped with the new floor in the kitchen.

We begin next week with the Bible Study/Prayer Group meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 2.

Choir practice will follow at 7 p.m.

Canned fruits and vegetables or laundry detergents are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship services at 10:45. Everyone is invited to visit and join this friendly church family.

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

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

We were a little low in numbers Sunday, but high in spirit.

We want to keep the Branum family in our thoughts and prayers on the loss of their loved one. He was Jan's cousin.

There will be a board meeting May 3, so keep that in mind.

There will not be a ladies' meeting.

If there is any news that you would like to have put in this article, please let Millie or I know, and I will be happy to include it.

If you like Jonah fish, the Clay County Humane Society is having a fish fry this evening from 4-7 p.m., at the Bingo parlor on Kennedy Crossing Road. Their funds are very low and they have lots of animals in their care right now.

We want to continue to pray for those in our congregation who are still dealing with health issues. June and Charlotte were missed Sunday. We pray they are doing OK and will be back with us tomorrow.

We also want to remember Avilla DeLange. She is in a nursing home to get stronger, so she can go home. Pray also for Alta, for she has a lot on her plate right now.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to take this opportunity to invite you to come be with us.

We are a Bible believing church and definitely believe in the power of prayer.

Carbon Baptist Church

A Saturday morning greeting to all readers.

The month of April is nearly over and looking forward to May and all the exciting events taking place at C.B.C.

The Wednesday night Bible Study and Prayer Time is now in a series entitled, "Building the Church Biblically," with the foundation in Jesus Christ.

We're to know Him and make Him known. Psalm 95 tells us to make sure our worship and praise are accompanied by our hearts that are obedient to the Lord -- we need to exalt God through worship. Join us from 7-8 p.m., to learn more about what the word teaches.

I hope many of you will be able to attend the National Day of Prayer May 3, Thursday, at the courthouse in Brazil, starting at noon.

Our country and community needs prayer "warriors," and this is a time we can come together in one accord.

May time is when lots of us start cleaning out closets and try to get organized so you can donate your extra stuff for the yard sale, taking place May 4, Friday and Saturday, May 5. Items go on sale at 8 a.m., and will go as long as we have customers.

Any questions? Feel free to call Mike Bemis at 442-8690 or Teddy Henderson at 765-344-1633. All the proceeds will go to the food pantry project.

An invitation is extended to the public and congregation Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. Just feel free to come anytime and stay as long as you want. Beautiful music on the harp will be provided by Dave Henry.

Sunday school classes are at 9:30 a.m., for all ages. We are growing and there is much excitement -- come and join us.

Are you one of those people that like to read church info boards? A couple of them had the following: "Current forecast: God Reigns and the Son Shines," while another reads, "Call 911 -- This church is on fire -- For The Lord."

Good news.

Church services begin at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Barry Corder delivering the message along with music led by the praise team and joined by the congregation.

So now that you're "organized," begin your week attending church worship and fellowship with your family, friends and neighbors.

The church office phone is 442-7729 (pray) and the Pastor's cell is 239-7050.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

How did it all begin? Pastor Gordon recently began preaching from the book of Genesis.

It is so refreshing to hear what God has to say as to how it all began.

Two weeks ago, the message was from Genesis 1 on the creation of the world.

It is so amazing how God brought this world into existence in six literal days and He created it all just by a verbal command. What an awesome God.

Last week, the message was from Genesis 1 and 2. The focus was on the creation of man.

Man was created by God in His image. That is what makes man distinctively different from all other creations, including animals.

When you ponder all of the intricacies of the human body such as sight, smell, hearing, etc., how can one think it all came about through chance or progressive stages?

To read that an amazing Creator designed and created man makes so much sense. That gives us all the more reason to worship God.

Pastor's message this Sunday will be on what the Bible says about marriage.

There is a lot of discussion and even confusion on this subject today. But what does God say about this subject? Don't take Pastor's word for it. Come Sunday and hear what God has to teach us and discover the eternal, unchanging truth that is for all times, races, cultures and generations.

Our services are Sunday school at 10 a.m., worship at 11. Since this is a fifth Sunday, we encourage our families to use it as a fellowship night.

We are located south of town directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

You can contact Pastor at 812-240-3003 or you can e-mail him at pastor@brazilbible.org.

You can also check us out on our website at www.brazilbible.org.

We are excited about some ministry opportunities in the future. On May 19, a youth outing to Turkey Run is being planned. We are also developing the plans for our Vacation Bible School July 8-11.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, 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, 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.

First Communion, the first reception of the Holy Eucharist, is considered one of the most Holy Sacraments for any Catholic.

Young children, ages 7-8, are considered by the church to have reached the age of reason and therefore are allowed to receive First Communion.

The children have received their Sacrament of Penance and along with their months of preparation, will be celebrating their First Holy Communion at this Saturday's mass. Please pray for Abigail Creed, John and William Long, and Elizabeth Nobles as they celebrate their First Communion Sacrament.

Confirmation is regarded as the Perfection of Baptism. Confirmed Catholics are considered more bound to the church as well as enriched with the Holy Spirit.

Celebrants are anointed with chrism, which is aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a Bishop along with the words, "Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit."

This anointment is a "safeguarding" by the Holy Spirit on the Celebrant. Pray for Justin Buell, Jacob Nobles and Pierce Ross that they will continue to grow in their Catholic Faith.

May is dedicated to Mary, the Queen of Heaven, as well as to all earthly flowers. During the May Crowning, a crown of roses is placed on the head of the Blessed Mary's Statue. Roses are also laid at Her feet. In most churches, a procession of the First Communion children will proceed to Mary's statue where she will be crowned; most generally by a female child. The flowers will be left with Mary the entire month of May. Celebrate the May Crowning May 6, at the 8:30 Mass.

Beginning this Sunday, at 2 p.m., Brian Mathis will offer a free yoga class on the third floor of the Parish Center. Come join us for your health, well being and fun.

The Shawl Ministry will meet May 9, from 2:30-4 p.m., in the Parish Center. Join this group for an afternoon of fellowship.

May 12 is designated for Relay For Life at Forest Park in Brazil. Join a team for this worthy cause. If you don't know of a team to join, contact the Parish Office or contact Karen Burk for team information.

Bingo workers are desperately needed each Sunday. If you are able to spend a little time at the Bingo Hall, please come out. Skills necessary are as simple as putting cheese on a pretzel or serving up a hot dog or burger. Any member of Annunciation is welcome to volunteer.

Want to give great gift during Father's Day weekend? Become a blood donor and give to many fathers (and mothers, children, etc.). Knights of Columbus will have a blood drive June 16, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Blood Mobile from the Indiana Blood Center will be at Annunciation Church to take your donations. To register for an appointment in advance, there will be a sign up sheet in the back of the church or visit the Indiana Blood Center website at www.donorpoint.org.

Pray that our new Confirmation and First Communion celebrants embrace their faith and continue in their path to serve our Lord.

Pray that we all share compassion and charity in our daily lives. Pray for the St. Ann's as they near the closing of their Parish.

Pray the best version of yourself is always on display. Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking.

Blessings.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services of worship, study and fellowship at First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street.

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. If you don't attend Sunday school, is it because you have chosen not to for a number of reasons, or because we have not told you how much we would like to get to know you better and have you meet with us? We hope you can come to S.S. this Sunday.

Morning worship is at 10:30. There is an enclosed elevator to help you to the sanctuary if you would like to use it. The choir will open the service and Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message.

An adult staffed nursery is available. KidMo is an interactive children's worship available also. Last Sunday, we were thrilled to participate in the baptism of Kascha Smith and Julia Waggoner.

You are invited to stay for our Mission Dinner. The entrée is pork loin. The committee will have everything prepared.

The children have created the table centerpieces for the dinner. Shirley Hinton will play the harp for our dinner music. The offering is for the Henryville area tornado victims through One Great Hour of Sharing.

After meal expenses all the money will go directly to these families so please give generously.

It was announced Sunday that Indiana/Kentucky Baptists have already given and pledged $40,000 and so much is needed.

The evening program begins at 5:30 p.m., with Youth with Stephanie Plummer and AWANA. Where could you have a better place for your children on Sunday evening? AWANA will soon be concluding for the summer months.

Adult service begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, the Teen Girls' Bible Study meets at 7:30 p.m., with Mrs. Stacey Thompson.

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., is our Bible Study. The study is in 1st and 2nd Timothy.

You can support the National Day of Prayer Thursday at noon on the courthouse lawn. This is the 61st annual observation when Christians meet to pray for our nation and leaders. "One Nation Under God." If you cannot attend and you use the Internet, visit nationadayofprayer.org.

Thursday evening at 7 p.m., we meet for the ROCK service of worship. This is for all adults, youth and children. There is a nursery and KidMO.

Friday evening at 7, the Teen and Young Men meet for Bible Study.

Lots of opportunities. To worship is a decision you need to make, so we look forward to seeing you Sunday.

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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