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Church News

Friday, May 4, 2012

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

Saturday, May 12 -- Mother's Day Banquet, beginning at 6 p.m. All mothers and daughters are invited and encouraged to attend.

Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half 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.

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 via e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all announcing everyone was invited to the birthday and anniversary celebration, at 6 p.m., in the fellowship hall.

He, then, led the opening prayer of praise and thankfulness to the Lord.

He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey, who led the congregation in singing, after which he asked for tithes and offerings.

Leading the Doxology, then made his announcements.

Sandra Jenkins sang the special number, "Grace Doesn't Remember," which had a special line, "Remember what Jesus Forgave," and we can never forget that he died for our sins.

Brother Thomas then reminded our missionary, Phyllis Newby, of Haiti, will be with us May 13, starting with Sunday school, at 9:30 a.m., and during 11:30 morning worship.

Also remember May 3, was our National Day of Prayer. Pastor prayed for our shut-ins, spoken and unspoken requests, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

Brother Thomas commented God's grace is sufficient for each of us if we but have the faith. He asked if anyone read about Manoah, and just who and what he stood for.

Judges 13 tells us Manoah's wife was visited by an angel who told her she would bear a son and Manoah made a burnt offering to the Lord saying, "That now led the words come to pass," the angel went up in the flame of the alter.

Manoah and his wife were told by an angel their son would be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

Nazarites take a vow to worship God, not to cut their hair, not to drink alcohol, nothing of the vine tree; such was the law of the Nazarite in Numbers Chapter 6.

So Samson, son of Manoah and wife, was born allowing his hair to grow long and his power was great.

Chapter 14:6 He killed a young lion with his bare hands. Samson was a great man until he met Delilah.

Breaking his vow by getting his hair cut, after which the Philistines put his eyes out, Samson was able to pull down the house upon his oppressors and dieth, as he prayed to God for his strength.

We say train a child in a way and when he grows old, he will not depart from it. Are we children of God? Are you flirting with Satan? Love your children; love God.

Don't go places where you will be tempted, not until you know right from wrong. The grace of God doesn't keep you from sinning, but he will see you through.

Manoah was Samson's dad -- God was his father.

Who is your father?

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening service is at 6.

Carbon United Methodist Church

We were happy to have some old Carbonites visit us at church Sunday.

We hope they enjoyed their visit.

Here we thought summer had arrived all through March only to find out that winter returned all during April.

Perhaps summer has come this time to stay. Let's hope.

Now if we can just get rid of those pesky little biting gnats ... we are never satisfied, are we? It's a wonder God didn't give up on us a long, long time ago. But He didn't.

He's still there waiting for us to do His will willingly and sincerely.

Perhaps we need those pesky gnats just to remind us that we should shape up. Do you ever wonder if God wishes

He didn't give us all that freewill? Someone said something about predestination not long ago.

They said it meant that from our conception on everything that happened to us in this life was predestined and we had no power over it.

I don't believe that at all. God would have done a much better job with my life than I am doing with it. I would hate to believe that all those bad things that happen to me were God's fault and not my own choices. But oh what a big responsibility that free will can turn out to be.

Next Sunday is Mother's Day. Have you begun to think about how you are going to honor your mother on her day? We're sort of back to that freewill thing again. Just think what she put up with raising you? Give her something special -- a hug, a call, a dinner, a gift, flowers -- it doesn't matter what, but just be sure that you let her know just how much you really love her.

On June 1-2, our church will have a big yard sale at Pete and Beverly Taylor's home on United States 40 during the statewide National Road Yard Sale weekend. Start gathering your goodies, folks. And for you others, mark it on your calendar and be sure to stop by to see us.

Whether you are an old Carbonite or note, we would love to have you come join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30. You will feel good all week long.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Beginning Monday, May 7, there will be a receptacle in the lobby of the Center Point Post Office for you to contribute non-perishable food for the local food pantry.

This kicks off the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, which happens next Saturday, May 12.

Several post offices in the area will do likewise.

Many are helping the local letter carriers in this effort. Everyone who contributes will be helping feed the hungry.

People can be hungry in many ways. There is physical hunger, which the food pantries help alleviate. There is spiritual hunger. Jesus Christ is the only way to alleviate that kind of hunger.

Join us at Center Point, or your own local congregation, tomorrow and be fed spiritually.

Pastor Bob Kumpf has a message from I John 4:7-21, titled, "You can run ..." We all know the rest of that phrase.

Are you trying to hide? From God? That's impossible. He sees. He knows. He cares. Be in worship services tomorrow. Experience God's love for yourself.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Blessings to you 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 all ages,

10:30 a.m. -- Morning Worship, Children's Church (Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge)

5 p.m. -- AWANA Fair

7 p.m. -- No evening worship


7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study


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

From the Pastor

This week's message is, "Guess who came to church this morning? Matthew 18:20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

Mothers and daughters, as you read this article this morning, remember it's not too late to go to the Mother and Daughter banquet at the church, starting at noon.

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 or receiving the tickets. Contact the pastor if you are interested.

Take you 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.

Looking ahead:

June 18-22 are the dates for Vacation Bible School

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

From Brad: Sunday is our AWANA fair and last meeting of the year. We will have a jumping castle, mini golf, carnival games and snacks. Please come out and enjoy a fun evening.

From pat: This week will be a question from Pastor Dick: Does God love the sinner more than me or does he worry less about me because I am saved and the sinner needs him more?

Watch for Pastor's answer next week.

Remember those on our prayer list and those who aren't. Witnessing to someone if the greatest gift you can give.

Matthew 15:10 -- Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. 11: What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'"

God bless and have a wonderful week.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

What a great message Bill had on baptism last Sunday. He was really fired up over it.

There has always been such controversy over sprinkling or total immersion. His message was totally from the Bible and made it clear that total immersion is the way.

Jesus Himself was baptized by John the Baptist by being lowered totally into the Jordan River. So, if we are to follow in His footsteps, why would we question how to be baptized? If you have ever seen someone being baptized by immersion, then you know what a different look they have on their face when they come up out of the water. It is never too late to experience this.

Even if you have been saved, but never baptized by water, find a way to do this. You will never regret it.

We want to keep Bob Tingley in our prayers. Also, the Knecht family -- both parents have been deployed, and the grandparents are taking care of the children.

So, do pray for their safe return.

We also want to keep praying for others in our church who are having difficulties, and also our shut-ins, who would love to be with us.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you come be with us tomorrow. Pastor Bill's messages are on celebrating Jesus, so what better time to come?

We look forward to seeing you.

Until then, may God bless you.

Carbon Baptist Church

My, oh, my, the month of May is here already along with lots of rain, wind and sunshine.

All of these things bring beautiful flower, green trees and grass (should I include grass mowing and weeds?). Oh, what beauty the Lord has created.

Calling all ladies of the church -- hope you have Saturday, May 12, marked on your calendar to attend Ladies Brunch at Sisters Tea Room in Brazil, at 11:30 a.m. A signup sheet is in the foyer -- don't forget to do so Sunday after services.

Looking forward to a delicious meal and the fellowship.

The yard sale is in full swing, Friday, May 4, and you still have time to go today, Saturday, May 5, and find all kinds of bargains, which will benefit the food pantry ministry.

Wednesday night Bible study is continuing the series, "Building the Church Biblically," at 7 p.m. Worship, which means "adore Him," in Greek, should be spirit filled, Christ centered and reverent. Don't miss this hour of study and learning.

Another thing you can't miss is the Sunday school hour from 9:30-10:30 a.m., for all ages. Each Sunday is exciting and the growing classes have wonderful teachers.

At 10:30 a.m., we all enter the sanctuary for worship and the message by Pastor Barry Corder. We enter with thanksgiving and praise in our hearts.

The Executive Board has its monthly meeting Tuesday, May 15, in the fellowship hall. If you have any concerns, share it with any deacons, trustees or lay person Charlie Mullenix.

Contact person for prayer chain is Judy Randall at 448-3454. The church office phone is 442-7729 (pray).

Hope you have marked on your calendar, Sunday, May 6, as your number 1 priority to attend church services at C.B.C. -- a most loving and caring congregation.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., 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 a.m.

Congratulations to all the First Communion and Confirmation Celebrants. Our First Communion Class: Abigail Creed, John and William Long and Elizabeth Nobles. Our Confirmation Celebrants: Judson Long, Caleb and Zach Ellis, Kiersten Mann, Courtney Brown, Brianna Holechko, Justin Buell, Jacob Nobles and Pierce Ross. Pray for all of our young people as they continue their journey in our faith.

The May Crowning will be celebrated this Sunday at the 8:30 Mass. Bring your own beautiful flowers, if you like, and give praise and honor to the Blessed Mother. On a clear evening early in May, go outside, face East and look directly up overhead. There should be a faint "L" alignment of stars in the sky. This would be the constellation "Coma Berenices" (pronounced "Coe-mah Bair-eh-nee'-chayz.") which is named after a Queen. As you gaze at these stars, notice the second brightest star. This star is "Diadem" which translates to "Crown of Royalty." Often, there are little oddities in life that make one think, "hmmm, makes sense to me!" And, it does make sense that during our beloved Mary's month, stars named for a Queen would shine brightly overhead!

In a statement issued by the US Conference of Bishops dated April 17, 2012, "The human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs ... whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits. . . . This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed. Thus it is to become a civil right. As Catholics, we are obliged to defend the right to religious liberty for ourselves and for others. We are happily joined in this by our fellow Christians and believers of other faiths."

The Bishops suggest that the 14 days from June 21st (vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More) to July 4, be dedicated to a "fortnight for freedom." We need to pray for our 2nd Amendment right for Religious Freedom. The threat of losing this liberty is farther reaching than anyone should allow; our churches, hospitals, clinics, universities, soup kitchens, everything Catholic will be affected. And, it's not just us; all religions will suffer at the hand of the current administration and their mandates. Pray and vow to dedicate yourself to the cohesiveness of our faith to battle to preserve our religious freedom! The primary election is upon us ... vote for change!

Beginning this Sunday, at 2 p.m., Brian Mathis (parishioner) will be offering a free yoga class on the third floor of the Parish Center. Come join us for your health, well-being and fun. Then on Tuesday and Thursday, join the Aerobics class. This is the opportunity to get in shape at a fantastic price tag.

Bingo. Kennedy Crossing is the place to be on Sunday evenings. Sit and play a few games or come out and volunteer in the game room or kitchen. No matter what you do, everyone is welcome!!

The Shawl Ministry will meet on 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!

In light of recent events in our Parish: Let us remember: Judging others is never good. We are taught this as young children. Our faith is one of acceptance, embracement, compassion and charity. Never have we witnessed the Pope or any Bishop giving us carte blanche to judge one another. Everyone is equal in our Church; everyone is welcome. It is time for adults to put away their childish ways. It is time we set an example for our young parishioners as we are charged to do. Adapting to and accepting other's ideas and desires is the Catholic way. We do not always get our own way because we can yell the loudest. We should not expect to always get our way. With the threat of losing our religious freedom; the pettiness of some arguments seems silly at best. Enough said.

Pray that our Parish will come together in unity for bigger issues in our nation. Pray that we remember to practice compassion and charity. Pray for humility and selflessness.


Peniel United Methodist Church

Welcome to Peniel United Methodist Church.

Join in Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.

This being the first Sunday of the month, everyone who wishes is invited to partake in Communion.

Pastor Pippin's message for the adults will be "Abide in Christ," with scripture reading from St. John 15:1-8.

For the children's moment, the title is, "The Gift That Keeps Giving."

On Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m., the Bible Study Group will meet followed by choir practice, at 7 p.m.

Personal items are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.

For more information, feel free to contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489. He and his wife, Judy, are always ready to help and answer any questions.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the First Baptist Church on south Walnut Street. You are invited to join us for Sunday school classes, beginning at 9:30.

Communion Sunday worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. The Praise Choir, Tim Grindle and Ken Hutchinson will open the service with music.

Children of elementary age are invited to KidMo children's service and are dismissed from the sanctuary. There is an adult-supervised nursery also available for all services.

Sunday evening programs begin at 5:30. Youth and AWANA meet until 7 p.m. Evening worship begins at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice.

There is Teen Girls' Bible Study Tuesday with Stacey Thompson at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, the Bible Study meets at 12:15. This time was established to that individuals working in town with noon lunch hour could bring lunch with them and participate for at least most of the study. Come to the fellowship room meeting and then leave when you must.

Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., there will be some committee meetings followed by a 7 p.m., business meeting.

Thursday, the American Baptist Women meet at noon. You are all invited to go to the Knightsville nursing home for games and fellowship at 2 p.m.

Thursday evening at 7 p.m., is the ROCK alternative worship service. There is worship in the sanctuary and a nursery and KidMo in the Christian Education wing.

Friday evening at 7 p.m., the young men meet for Bible Study.

We hope you will want to attend with us for worship, study and fellowship this week.

Thank you to all who gave to the Henryville Tornado Relief through One Great Hour of Sharing during April and at the Mission Dinner. You may continue to support this mission effort.

Tonight, May 5, the Friendly Benwood Community Christian Youth Campground is sponsoring a Country Rhodes Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m.

You may want to plan now to attend the Mothers' Recognition Dinner Saturday, May 19.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you given 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 Spirits 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.

Special happenings at OCCC

May 5 -- 7 p.m., Stanley Family Singers will bring forth their Praise for the Lord through music and testimony,

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

May 12 -- 6 p.m., Mother's Day supper for the ladies of our church. Men are cooking (please pray)

May 13 -- 10:40 a.m., Ansil Harpold will be here to share with us about the prison ministry and also to sing.

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 is 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 446-5300, Pastor Steve (after 4 p.m.) 812-249-1715 or 446-4007 and Sandy will take a message for him or try to help.

Just a reminder 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.

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