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Friday, May 11, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and a reminder our missionary, Phyllis Newby of Haiti, will be with us May 13, which is also Mother's Day.

She will be here for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and through the morning worship service at 10:30.

Phyllis has been our missionary for many years, returning about every five years with updates and an invite to one and all to visit her.

Her visits are exciting, interesting and reflect her love of God and the children.

He then brought the opening prayer.

Pastor then turned service over to Peg Parksey, whom led the congregational singing. After which, Brother Thomas called for tithes and offerings, then led the doxology.

He asked for unspoken, spoken prayer requests, praying for the shut-ins, sick in hospital and home, and our military in harms way.

Debbie Medenhardt then sang the special, "I Will Praise The Lord."

Pastor began his sermon asking, "What's wrong with us? I try to be perfect and want people around me to be perfect. When I'm not perfect, I want you to accept me and pray for me. Going to the Bible, we learn that many people were put to death under the law. We had many that were corrupt with power, greed, lust and envy. Paul was one of those people who lived by the strict law and hunted people down to kill before he was converted to follow Christ our Lord. There was and is only one whom we can look to whom can reflect perfection: Jesus Christ our Lord. We read in Phil. Chap. 3 starting vs. 1, 'Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe.'"

"Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision."

We could go on and on, but Paul tells us to beware of false teachings, and to decline the ways of carnal Christians. We could spend our entire sermon on this chapter and on vs. 15, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: And if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you."

"Being not perfect, but mature, we can know right from wrong. Paul wanting to be perfect, 'that I may know him.' God does not do things to hurt us, be we do things that hurt Him. It is written that we can have a perfect relationship with Him. If you don't measure up, keep working as God still loves you. Have grace, being thankful and praising God and striving to be more perfect. We stumble, fall down, get back up and go on striving for that goal.

Remember, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the father, but by Me."

Visit our missionary May 13, at Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30. All are welcome. We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

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,

* Sunday, May 13 -- Mother's Day. Join us for worship service,

* Saturday, May 19 -- All-you-can-eat bacon and eggs breakfast, 8-11 a.m. Breakfast is free, but a love offering will be accepted, with all proceeds going toward the building fund.

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 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.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

Well, the primary election is over.

We hope that you did get out and vote. It is our Christian duty to take part in choosing who runs our country. God should be a part of that also.

It sure was good to see Dorothy Wright with us Sunday. She really looks good. And I am sure Millie is enjoying her visit.

Josiah, our Timothy, will be graduating from Lincoln Bible College this afternoon. We want to wish him the best in his new endeavor.

Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) has some great needs, especially with their summer camp coming up soon.

They are in need of towels, flip flops, socks, underwear, bottled water, popsicles, lemonade mix, string cheese, fresh fruit, or money, to help out.

Their camp is June 4-8, so if you can help out with any of these items, please take them to S.O.S., or you can call them (448-8700), from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and I'm sure they would be happy to pick up.

I am sure if you would like to help out at the camp, they would welcome this also.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would love to have you come be with us. There is no time like the present to get right with the Lord. Until next time, may God bless you.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church will host a yard sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 12, at the Family Life Center/gymnasium, located behind the church.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to help offset costs for a mission trip to Mexico this summer.

The church is located at 1875 W. United States 40, Brazil.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello from your friends at Otter Creek Christian Church, the little country church with a big heart for God.

Today, I would like for all of us for a moment, to look at the reason why we go to church.

Do we go to church to be a pew filler? Do we go to church to be entertained? Or do we go to church to worship God and to have fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord?

Every Sunday, countless people all over the world sit in church buildings with a false sense of security. They assume that their morality, lifelong church membership, or baptism will earn them a place in heaven.

While many of these folks sincerely desire to please God, they are confused about what the Christian life is all about.

They think in terms of doing rather than being. So they imitate the actions of good Christians: Going to a weekly service, praying, reading the Bible, and trying to be decent people.

However, salvation is not the product of good works. We come into the world with a corrupt nature, and all our wrongdoing is born of a heart turned away from the Lord. Because we are sinful people, we sin. It's that simple.

The good news is that in the salvation experience, we are given a brand new nature (2 Cor., 5:17).

Our sin is wiped away because Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for us. From the moment we trust in Him, the Holy Spirit dwells in our heart so that we can live righteously.

The world values action, but the Father prioritizes relationships -- specifically a right relationship with Him.

People who scurry about flaunting religion are missing out on the deeply satisifying and joyous intimacy between a believer and the Lord.

We can help turn others' tragic misunderstanding into triumph by being ready to explain why we have hope (1 Peter 3:15). Speak of the personal relationship with Christ that's possible when a person admits his need and trusts in the Savior. If your light shines, it reflects well on the church.

Special happenings at OCCC:

* May 12 -- 8 a.m. -- Men's Prayer Breakfast; 6 p.m. -- Mother's Day Supper (men are cooking. Please pray)

* May 13 -- Ansil Harpold will be here to share God's word with us through singing and the spoken word.

Our regular service times are Sunday, 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school (classes for all ages). Worship at 10:40 a.m.

Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study is at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

You can call the church at 446-5300 and leave a message, or you can call 446-4007, Pastor Steve's home, or his cell at 1-812-249-1715, after 4 p.m. E-mail brattss@frontier.com or catch us on Facebook.

Our church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Please pray for our military men and women and their families. Until we meet again, may God bless you and keep you.

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:

* Sunday

9:30 a.m. -- Sunday school (all ages)

10:30 -- Morning Worship; Children's Church (Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney)

* Tuesday

2 p.m. -- Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Cloverleaf

7 p.m. -- Evening Worship

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study

* Thursday

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

From the Pastor

This week's message is, "The Simple Road to Salvation."

Matthew 9:27 -- As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28: When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied.

The mothers and daughters luncheon last Saturday was well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Thanks to Loraine, Joy and Dianna for their efforts in planning this.

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 that will be used for various mission projects.

Looking ahead:

* June 18-22 are the dates for Vacation Bible School, and

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

Question for 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?

Pastor Dick's answer: We need to look at a couple of parables that Jesus told to really answer this question. First, the prodigal son. The father had two sons, one of which decided that it was time to leave the nest. He left and began to live a life entirely different from what he was taught. The second son stayed on the farm. When we first read this parable, we would think that the father's concern was only on the wayward son. But remember the second son was right there with him. He knew he was safe, but he worried about the other son.

The second parable is the one about the 99 sheep who were safe and the one sheep that was lost. The shepherd didn't leave the 99 unprotected. He left them safely in the sheepfold, before he went to find the lost sheep.

Both of these parables can relate to our own families. If we have two grown children, one lives nearby, and the other has moved several hours away, we love them both equally, but we have more concern about the one who is far away, simply because they are not with us.

The amazing thing about God's love is that He loves us all equally. He loves both the sinner and the sinner saved by grace. Christ died for everyone, it's just that everyone won't accept that great gift.

If you begin to doubt the love of God, you need to pray a little more. Talk to God, and don't forget to stop talking and listen to Him.

From Pat:

I will post a question next week. Remember God's amazing grace and have a wonderful week.

Center Point United Methodist Church

"This Sunday, we will celebrate Mother's Day. This is a day set aside not only to give cards and gifts, but also to reflect on the love and appreciation we have for mom and those women in our lives who have given of themselves to help mold us into people who know how o share love with others," said Pastor Bob Kumpf.

He went on to say, "On this Mother's Day, we will focus on God's Commandment to honor our father and mother. The scripture reading for Sunday is Matthew, 1:18-23, and the sermon title is, 'Honoring Mom.' Literally, 'to honor' means to show respect or esteem to another. How we do that may take many forms at different points in our lives, but in the end, it is shown in the affirmation of the character, devotion and love that we have seen in action."

Wednesday evening, we had a Mother/Daughter Tea at Center Point. Fran Tucker gave a devotion that encouraged us to give hand-written notes to those we love and care about. As the devotion pointed out, there is something very personal and touching when someone takes the time to put pen to paper and sends/gives it to someone else. I was on the receiving end of a couple of those notes and experienced the personal touch of those words on paper.

The note does not have to be long or eloquently phrased. If it comes from the heart, it is going to be well received. That is one form of showing honor, respect and esteem to those about us. A little thing, maybe, but a big impact.

Whether for Mother's Day or any other "special day," letting people know we appreciate them is always appropriate. Let's not forget to show God how we appreciate Him. Give Him thanks and praise daily and tomorrow, join the Body of Christ in worship.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Happy Mother's Day to all. Join us in this celebration during Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church service at 10:45. Everyone is welcome.

The scripture this Sunday is from St. John, 15:9-17.

Pastor Pippin's message is, "Friends of Jesus." For the Children's Moment, it is, "Never Give Up."

The Bible Study/Prayer Group will meet Wednesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. The following evening (Thursday), May 17, at 6 p.m., the Co-Workers/Fidelis Class meeting will take place.

Canned fruits and vegetables are needed by the food pantry in Brazil.

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

Carbon Baptist Church

We invite you to come and worship with us at CBC Sunday morning.

The Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., with church services at 10:30.

Mother's Day Sunday is a very special time for mothers and ladies who have special children in their lives.

The time spent with a child is most rewarding and hearing the words, "I love you."

Many things have happened lately that were very "heart-warming," such as the National Day of Prayer, Ladies Tea Time at Sisters Antiques, Open Prayer Night with beautiful harp music and the weekly Bible Study at 7 p.m., each Wednesday night, which is led by Pastor Barry Corder.

The Food Pantry ministry yard sale was a huge success and thanks to all that supported with your purchases and the many helpers involved.

Reminder of the Executive Board monthly meeting Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall.

Graduation from high school and college involves several from our congregation. Congratulations and a job well done.

School will soon be out for the summer and time for camp, sports and Vacation Bible School. More details will be shared next week as far as dates, location, etc.

Always check out the bulletin board in the foyer for postings of current events of the church and news from other churches.

One of the headlines this past week read, "The results are in," and made me wonder about everyone's salvation -- if you've accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and if your life is known by the fruits of the Spirit. A day of judgment comes for each of us. What will your results be?

We welcome all to CBC to learn and share what the word of God tells us.

The church office phone is 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry's cell is 812-239-7050.

Have a wonderful week with families and friends.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

One of the joys of serving our risen savior Jesus Christ is the opportunity to meet so many different people.

One such opportunity will be this next Wednesday, May 16, as our morning Bible study will be joined by an agricultural missionary couple from Zambia.

Tshala Mwengo and his wife Betty Tshala will join our weekly Bible study at 9 a.m. The ladies have started a study on the Sermon on the Mount and will be studying the first part of the Beatitudes.

Following the study, the couple will be able to share with everyone their experiences as missionaries and learn about the Clay County Christian Quilters and their ministry here in the Brazil area. The quilters meet weekly at the Harmony Church. This week, they will also share a meal with the missionaries.

Mother's Day celebrations at both churches will recognize mothers past, present and future during our Sunday morning worship service.

This past Monday, the Harmony chapter of the United Methodist Women had their annual "Mother Daughter Banquet." The theme for this year was, "Color Your World."

Next weekend, Harmony will host the Scholastic Book Fair Friday, from 3-8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. A freewill offering will be accepted for the spaghetti dinner.

The proceeds from the event help to purchase books that will be distributed at the annual Toys-For-Tots program in December. The vision is to provide each child in the Toys-For-Tots program a book during the event.

For more information, please contact the church office Monday, Wednesday or Thursday of this week at 448-2917.

This week's message comes from Jeremiah 29:5-7 "Family as Pastoral Prophecy."

Please join us for worship at Harmony UMC at 9 a.m., or Lena UMC at 10:45.

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 is 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.

Father Rightor announced his early retirement during last weekend's Masses. Father is hoping to retain his residence at Annunciation to assist wherever the need arises. We once were a Parish that never knew from day to day if we would have a priest and now we will be blessed with the good fortune to have two. God does work in mysterious ways.

Father John Hollowell will join the Annunciation Family on July 3. Google Father's name or check out his Facebook for a preview of what Annunciation can expect out of this priest.

Congratulations to Chester and Kathy Crague (formerly Urbain) who will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary May 19, at Collom's General Store at Bridgeton from 5-10 p.m. They were married at Annunciation in 1977 and their union was blessed with two children. Best wishes for many loving years to come in your marriage.

St. Ann Parish will celebrate their last Mass together this weekend. Pray the parishioners of St. Ann's are comforted in knowing that several of their church artifacts will be taken to St. Luke's in Saylersville, Ky., on May 22, to assist in rebuilding their church that was destroyed in the March storms. St. Ann's will be prominent in the healing and ministering to parishioners of St. Luke's. Locally, we will all be praying and ministering to St. Ann parishioners for healing at the loss of their own parish.

St. Joseph Parish -- Universal celebrated their last Mass on Easter Sunday. Coal mining in 1917 offered an opportunity for many to provide a better life for their families. St. Mary-of-the-Woods sent Father Thienes to minister to the original 26 immigrant families of St. Joseph Parish. A church, which still stands today, was erected three years later. With the closing of mines in 1927, the parish numbers dwindled; but the church remained open. This small white chapel has remained God's welcoming home in spite of never having a resident priest over its 92 year existence. Pray for a blessed beginning and healing in a new parish for the 53 families of St. Joseph. Pray, also, for the welcoming parish to be patient, compassionate and understanding of St. Joseph parishioners.

BINGO! Volunteers are still needed on Sunday evenings at Kennedy Crossing. Whether you can sling a little mustard on a weenie or little cheese on a pretzel, your talents are needed at the Bingo. Come visit your friends and volunteer a little bit.

Relay for Life is this Saturday. Anyone wishing to sponsor me can go to www.relayforlife.org to donate. I am on two teams -- Team Brynn and Clay County Sheriff Department. Please donate from your heart -- we need a cure!

Nancy Bryan is looking for someone that would like to help me decorate our parish center basement. At this time she has her hands pretty full. If you can help please call Nancy at 443-2882 or 812-249-6763.

It's time again to get some new blood into the Parish Council. If you are interested in running for Parish Council please drop a note in the collection basket or call the parish office by May 28. Let's get lots of new people and ideas in here this year!!!

Knights of Columbus will be meeting early this Monday. We will begin our

meeting with a rosary at 6:45 p.m. A speaker from Servants at Work (SAWs) will be making a presentation following our meeting. For more information, contact Jeff Etling 812-230-6365.

Sunday afternoon free? Come to the Parish Center for some stretching and relaxing in our new free Yoga class! Join other parishioners as Brian Mathis instructs them on limbering up those muscles along with stress relievers! Third floor at 2 p.m. For more information, call the Parish Office. This class will not meet on Mother's Day, but will reconvene on May 20.

Aerobics class continues each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., in the Parish Center. All are welcome to get in shape at these classes! Nothing too stressful; exercise at your own pace!! Call Laura at the Parish Office for more information.

Knights of Columbus will have a blood drive on 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 church or visit the Indiana Blood Center website at www.donorpoint.org.

The Terre Haute First Baptist Church Music Department will present their production of Jesus Christ Superstar on June 8-9. Dinner will be served at 6:30 with the musical commencing at 7:30. Reservations are required; call Barbara Randall at 812-242-4823.

If you have never been blessed to enjoy this musical, now is your opportunity. Brazil talent will have lead roles which include: Susan and TJ Sneddon as directors with TJ as Jesus, Rick Swearingen as Judas and David Archer as Pilate. Brazil's own Matt Huber will conduct the orchestra. Support our local artists while enjoying a wonderful evening of culture & faith!

Annunciation's Facebook page now includes 94 members. Facebook is the easiest way for us to get Parish news to everyone. We also have interesting articles from the Bishops and Archdiocese not to mention lively discussions amongst the page members. Check us out and let us know what you're thinking about Annunciation, your Faith or life in general!

Pray for Father Rightor as he enters the next phase of his life. Pray for acceptance of Father Hollowell. Pray for an end to unnecessary drama or judgment in our Parish. Pray for the healing of St Joseph -- Universal and St Ann Parishes. Pray that we all put our best possible selves into serving the Lord.


Brazil Bible Fellowship

As we hear about all the social issues that our culture is grappling with today, it is refreshing to know that there is such a thing as truth.

The Bible, which is God's revealed will to us, is the source of wisdom and truth.

If people want to know what is right and what is wrong, they need to ask God. God's answers are in the Bible.

Right or wrong is not decided by popular vote. God defines it. He is the ruler of all and one day, all of us will give an account to Him. It is not about you or me and what we want, but what honors God.

I have really appreciated Pastor Gordon's messages from Genesis lately. His messages from chapters 1-3 have been on the creation of the world by God in six literal days, the creation of man and what makes him distinct from all other animal life, God's instituting of marriage between a man and a woman only, and last Sunday his message was on the temptation of sin and Adam and Eve's disobedience and the curse of sin. It is so good to hear what God has to say and to know what true wisdom is.

It enables me to have personal convictions about what is truth and it enables me to stand firm no matter how much the culture is changing and is trying to re-define for themselves what is right and wrong.

From Pastor's message on Sunday, he showed us how Satan took Eve down the slippery slope of disobedience. He also helped us to see how temptation at its core is quite identical to ours today.

The first thing Satan (and sin) did was to engage Eve into a discussion (wrestling) about the command. Dialogue started to take place. Secondly, Satan began to cause Eve to doubt God. Is God really right? Maybe God is keeping things from me? How many times do you and I think we are missing out on something and we just have to find out even when we know better?

So Eve began to doubt God's command and then she doubted God's character. Maybe God is lying. Maybe God really is keeping things from me.

And then she became convinced that disobedience would give her something that she was missing. It was quite amazing how she saw the tree differently after Satan tempted her. So it is with us.

Something that was not attractive before all of a sudden has an air of interest and curiosity now. Something that was totally wrong before is now being entertained by the thought that maybe it is not wrong. You can hear the message yourself by going to our website at www.brazilbible.org, and clicking on the audio/video link. I believe you will be glad you did.

This Sunday, being Mother's Day, Pastor's message will be from Proverbs 31 and Titus 2. What does a godly mom look like? With all the pressures facing a wife/mom today, as a follower of Christ, what is to be her highest priority? I invite you to come and hear the message yourself along with me. Our worship service is at 11.

On May 19, the teens will meet at the Nelson's home at 1 p.m., and then head to Turkey Run to hike the trails. Around 5 p.m., they will return to the Nelson's for a hot dog roast. All teens who are in middle and high school are invited. We would love for all teens to come. They live out by Mansfield, so you may need to call for directions. They can be reached at 240-3003. We wholeheartedly believe that the Bible is truth and the absolute authority. As a result, the Bible that is why we study it, and Pastor Gordon teaches and preaches from it. I invite you to come to hear the Word preached and study it along with us.

Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and worship is at 11. There will not be any evening ministries this Sunday.

We are located south of town on State Road 59, directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

You can visit our website at www.brazilbible.org, or call 240-3003 with any questions.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the services at First Baptist Church and happy Mother's Day this Sunday.

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and we hope you will be able to attend.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. Opening will be with the choir and music led by Tim Grindle and Ken Hutcheson. An adult-staffed nursery is available and KidMo for the children through fifth-grade.

The Teen Youth will meet at 5:30 p.m., this evening and Bible Study is at 6. Choir practice will follow at 7.

Tuesday, the Teen Girls' Bible Study will meet with Stacey Thompson.

At 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, the Adult Bible Study will meet in the fellowship room. We are continuing in the letters to the early church.

Thursday evening, at 7 p.m., is the ROCK worship service. Come for an inspirational time of praise and message. The Young Men's Bible Study meets at 7 p.m., Friday.

Saturday evening, the Hospitality Committee is hosting a Ladies Recognition dinner with the gentlemen serving. If you have not already done so, please contact the church so they know you plan to be here or be sure you have signed up.

The church number is 448-8112.

Thanks to all who were able to visit and play Bingo with the residents at Cloverleaf Nursing Home this Thursday.

Congratulations to all you college and tech school graduates and those who have made it through another year. We also celebrate with our high school graduates who are soon to put on that cap and gown.

In your busy life, take time to breathe in deeply, pray and mediate on God's Word.

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