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Church News

Friday, May 18, 2012

Peniel United Methodist Church

Everyone is invited to the social time this Sunday, which is held between Sunday school and church services.

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., then a time for beverages and pastries at about 10:25, and church services at 10:45.

Come and join in the fellowship. Always good food and a friendly atmosphere at Peniel.

The Bible Study/Prayer Group will meet Tuesday, May 22, at 6 p.m.

Also mark your calendar for the Town and Country United Methodist Men's Breakfast at Harmony May 26, at 8 a.m.

The scripture this Sunday is from St. John 17:6-17. Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "Let us Pray."

For the children's moment, it is, "A Time for Everything."

For the Brazil Food Pantry, canned fruits and vegetables are on the list of needed items.

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

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, May 19 -- All-you-can-eat Bacon and Eggs Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Breakfast is free, but a love offering will be accepted. All proceeds go toward the building fund,

* Saturday, June 2 -- Father's Day Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Watch for details,

* Sunday, June 10 -- Church Homecoming immediately following morning worship service, and

* Saturday, June 16 -- Jonah Fish Fry, 4-7 p.m., at the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center.

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.

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 if 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 about Jesus.

Have your 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.

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 to try to help.

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.

There is a fundraiser today starting at 9 a.m., and running until 3 p.m., at the Reelsville Fire Department for our granddaughter, Nikki Oliver, to help with her medical expenses.

There will be crafts, homemade items for sale and a softball tournament.

Also, there will be a spaghetti supper starting at 5 p.m., and going until 8 p.m. All proceeds will go to help Nikki and her family.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

We had a big funeral in the town of Carbon this past week.

I offer the family a big hug of sympathy for their loss.

But what really impressed me, although I was not in town to participate, was how the various churches banded together to put on a big after-funeral dinner for the family.

People from the Carbon United Methodist and the Carbon Baptist, along with some Church of Christ folks and a Catholic or two, all worked together to provide this wonderful meal for the family.

That is what community is all about.

I was not in town. I was on an Amtrak train from Chicago to San Francisco going across the great plains, the Rocky Mountains, the buttes of Utah, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to the awesome Pacific Coast. I could not get enough of the magnificent scenery during the entire trip.

A journey like that really makes one feel small and insignificant compared to the mighty mountains and gorges that we passed through. And to think that our God provided all of that with just an idea ... and it was so!

What an awesome God we have.

Our annual yard sale will be coming up soon, June 1-2, at Pete and Beverly Taylor's home on United States 40, the Old National Road. Folks, gather your things together and let's make this one the biggest ever.

On June 10, people from the church will be traveling to the Hilltop Restaurant near Spencer to celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day. Make your reservations now. June 17 will be Father's Day itself.

Things are happening at our church. Come join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. We are not a closed community. We welcome anyone and everyone. See you.

Community Missionary Church

Starting our Sunday services began with our Missionary, Phyllis Newby, who brought greetings from Haiti and the staff and children sending their heartfelt thanks for the 61 tons of rice purchased for the project by our collecting pop cans for the Rice for Haiti Children.

Phyllis introduced her escort, and co-worker, from "Hands to the Plow," based in Florida.

Phyllis presented a video of her work in Haiti, learning that she was located about 30 miles from where the earthquake hit in 2010. Phyllis has a wonderful voice, singing, "Amazing Grace," in English and also in Creel, the native tongue (of Haiti). She followed with a question and answer session for the congregation and Tammy, her co-worker, also answered some questions and both invited everyone to visit the Haiti missions compound and seeing first hand, the work of the missionaries there.

Pastor Ken Thomas thanked all who came for Sunday school and for morning worship, asked a prayer and made his announcements, welcoming all visitors.

He then asked for spoken/unspoken prayer requests, and prayed for all those sick at home, in the hospital, shut-ins and military in harms way. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey, who led congregational singing.

Brother Thomas then said, "We are all here to honor our mothers and Godly women in general. It's Godly women who melt Godly men's hearts. It's Godly women who put their complete trust in God. These women, putting their trust in God, become a great source of power. Powerful Godly women can melt the hearts of the world. Proverbs 11:16 tells us a kind hearted woman gains respect. Proverbs 12:4 says a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. Proverbs 21:10-31 reading this gives us an example of a truly Godly woman in the Bible. A role model if you will. Not once does it tell us what she looks like, but it speaks of her attributes such as all her good works, kindness and her strength and honor are her clothing.

Brother Thomas read one commentary, saying that no woman could measure up, to her example. Trying would be impossible.

This woman was the perfect example of a Godly woman, and all women should try to imitate her and use her as a role model. Good things always happen not because of who you are, but because who you have become through Christ our Lord and Savior.

Thank God for all those Godly women in our life. Thank God for all our Godley mothers today.

Brother Thomas called all mothers forward and presented each with a flower at the close of service, a tribute to each of them.

We have services each Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Our missionary and Tammy the co-worker were thanked for coming to visit with us.

Our missions yard sale on our church lot will be June 8-9, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. All are welcome.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow, we will be honored to have Pastor Joseph Santil from Cap Haitian, Haiti, deliver the message to our congregation.

Last July, a group of us from Center Point went to Haiti and were blessed to worship with Pastor Joseph and his congregation.

We invite you to join with us in worship tomorrow to hear what is going on in Haiti now. Worship services start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., if you would like to join us for that.

Spring is quickly passing. School will be out next week. It will be time for VBS before we know it.

But let's be sure to take time each day to have a conversation with God. That means we have to give Him a chance to talk to us, too. I know I need to remind myself to slow it down and listen sometimes.

It can seem hard to do in today's "hurry up" world, but we can do it ... if we want the best for ourselves and others.

So, take time to make time to pray and listen for the answer.

By the way, I wanted to let you all know that folks in and around Center Point donated just more than 300 pounds of food last Saturday during the Letter Carriers Food Drive. These items were delivered to the food pantry at the Center Point Church and will be distributed to families in the area. Thank you to all who participated.

God bless you for being a blessing to others.

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

7 p.m. -- Evening worship; Children's Church (Brad, Kim, Connor Hapenny)

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study

* Thursday

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

From the Pastor

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 -- Dates for Vacation Bible School

* June 24-28 -- Dates for JeKeSa Church Camp.

Soles for Souls is May 27-June 10. Let's get lots of near new or new shoes.

Change for Life Bottle Campaign -- Runs May 17-June 17.

Golf Scramble is coming up in August. Would you like to sponsor? Please contact Trent.

From Pat

How was the presence of the Lord indicated at the door of the tabernacle during the time of Moses? Look in Numbers 9 for the answer.

I would like to thank the church trustees for the flowers that were handed out. Thank you.

Another school year is coming to a close, preschool, elementary, middle, high school. Great job to all and remember to read your Bible and make this the summer that you get closer to God.

Deuteronomy 20:4 "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."

Hot weather is approaching, please remember your elderly, disabled, and/or shut-in neighbors and your pets. Plenty of fresh water and protection from the sun. Take your walk in the early morning or later in the evening when it starts to cool down. Invite God to go with you. Imagine the conversation.

Carbon Baptist Church

The month of May is really going fast and the "school's out" bell rings next Tuesday for the students.

Open houses and family celebrations will be enjoyed by many.

Reminder to all the ladies about the mission group will meet at the home of Rita Stough, 5887 N. Rainbow Dr. E., Brazil, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 24. Don't forget your little slate board, chalk and the word for the rest of the year.

On your way to the meeting, hope you can stop at the Serving On The Streets (S.O.S.) building on North Forest Avenue to sign your name to show support of the S.O.S. Community Center (the old Brazil Jr. High).

A meeting will take place Wednesday, May 23, at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church for those interested in helping with the joined together Vacation Bible School. Dates will be June 18-21, with the theme being about Daniel.

The regular Wednesday Night Bible Study continues with lessons about prayer and expectations of all believers. Try to come and join in at 7 p.m., for learning and fellowship, which is led by Pastor Barry Corder. Jesus expects us to pray, prayer is learned and lastly, prayer is answered in God's time.

Come and be a part of a loving, caring and growing congregation at CBC.

Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and church services are at 10:30. We consider this a privilege and opportunity to come to the Lord's house for worship and gathering together.

Many parts of the world, people aren't allowed to even own a Bible and have any type of a service.

We in the United States need to "get with the program" and not lose our freedom of worship.

Hope you make time Sunday morning to attend CBC. You will be blessed.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

Congratulations to all the seniors who will be graduating very soon.

The teens are heading to Turkey Run today at 1 p.m., to hike the trails and then returning to the Nelsons around 5 p.m., for a hot dog roast.

What a timely message for moms last Sunday. It is very easy to get caught up in all the activities and demands of life and forget what is true success. The highest priority a mom is to have is the home. That is what God says and Pastor Gordon helped us to see that and reminded us of that from Proverbs 31:10-31 and Titus 2:3-5. How easy it is to forget what is to be of greatest importance in the life of a mom.

This Sunday, the message is going to be from Genesis 4 and the account of Cain and Abel. How do you handle disappointment and jealousy? Cain is a real life example of what happens when a person fails to stop jealousy, anger and disappointment right away. Cain's life is a warning to each of us. We must take sin seriously. Cain could have done what was right even though he did not feel like it. We invite you to visit us Sunday and to be challenged and encouraged from the preaching of the word.

Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m., and our men's/women's Bible Study meets at 6 p.m.

We believe that the Bible is true and unchanging. It is God's revelation of Himself and His message to us so that we may know Him personally and how to live a life that pleases Him. God says that marriage is between a man and a woman. That does not change nor will it change, even if the President of the United States does not believe it to be true himself. That is what happens when the Bible is no longer seen as the authority and the only source for faith and practice.

Are you confused about what is truth? About what is right and wrong? Come and discover God and His word along with us so that we may know the right path to walk in this changing and confusing world.

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

You may contact us at 240-3003 or you can e-mail Pastor Gordon at pastor@brazilbible.org if you have any questions.

You may also learn more at our website, www.brazilbible.org.

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.

Thank you to the Knights for the special gifts of a finger rosary and a lovely carnation. A special thank you to Father Harold for the poem "A Mother's Love" included in the bulletin on Mother's Day Weekend. Thanks to all of you that made our "special" day special!

Feast of Ascension is Thursday, May 17, and will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20. The Ascension is a Holy Day of Obligation. All are welcome!

Easter is the celebration of Jesus rising from the dead. Forty days later, we celebrate His Ascension into Heaven. The Ascension is considered the final act of what Jesus began on Good Friday. On Good Friday, Jesus died for our salvation; on the Ascension the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven in the sight of His Apostles. The Creeds remind us with each reciting how important the Ascension is to our beliefs; "He ascended into Heaven ... sits at the right hand....shall come again to judge..." This Feast marks the beginning of the first novena, nine days of prayer. Christ promised the coming of the Holy Spirit to His Apostles before the Ascension. Prayer begins on Ascension Thursday and culminates on Pentecost Sunday as we await the descent of the Holy Spirit. We have the perfect prayer for the novena, the Novena to the Holy Ghost, as we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

May 28 is the nomination deadline for the Parish Council. If you are interested, or would simply like to nominate a friend, please drop a yellow note in the collection basket. This is your opportunity to be a part of making decisions for the Parish and to bring some new ideas to the table.

Yoga will resume again this Sunday, at 2 p.m., on the third floor of the Parish Center. Come on out, don't be bashful ... everyone will be happy to see you!

Nancy Bryan is anxious to have some help to decorate the Parish Center. Wouldn't you like to have an opportunity to put your own spin on how the Parish Center looks? Give Nancy a call and lighten her load!

And, speaking of Bingo, volunteers are needed. No commitment to every Sunday is required and you can work as long as you desire ... no stipulations on anything ... just come out and help. Volunteers are needed.

The Knights of Columbus will be meeting at Cloverleaf Healthcare on Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m., to pray the rosary. All are welcomed to attend.

The Lady Knights will be taking food orders for the GFS Fundraiser beginning May 20. All orders and money must be turned in by June 10, and the pick-up day will be June 29. Order forms will be available in the church veranda, or you may contact one of the Lady Knight members to place an order. Thank you for your continuing support in our effort to help raise money for the church.

The Lady Knights will be hosting their annual Father's/Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday, June 10, after the 8:30 Mass. Come join us for a delicious free breakfast and of course (as always) good fellowship.

A big thank you to the Lady Knights and Bert Geswein for our new server albs. Thank you for all you do for our Parish.

It's time again for the annual Zach's Ride for MS! Registration for riders will begin at 10:30 a.m. -- first bikes out at noon last bikes in at 4. Hog roast, by Spugs barbeque, give aways, raffles and bands begin at 4:30 p.m.

$10 to ride -- $6 for food and entertainment. We will also have T-shirts for $10

We have three great local bands playing: Carter, Laser Face & Therapy.

Whether you have a bike or not come and join the fun and help us keep moving in spite of MS.

Pray for the unborn and those that never had a choice.

Pray for the sick and those in need. Pray that we are thankful of our Lord for what he has provided for us. Pray that we always put out best selves forward to serve our Lord.


Family Worship Center

Blessings from Family Worship Center.

We are located on the corner of United States 40 and Staunton Road in Brazil.

Last Saturday, we had a Ladies Fellowship Brunch at the church. It was a great time of fellowship and getting to know each other a little better.

Our youth group is working on some skits to perform at various churches this spring. They have been such a blessing to our congregation. Les Rivera is doing a wonderful job leading the teens to the Lord.

We are gearing up for our annual yard sale. It will take place at the church Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2. On June 1, we will also be having a fish fry at the church, which will begin at 4 p.m., and last until 7:30 p.m.

Come out and see what bargains you can find and enjoy some Cajun style catfish.

Pastor Bob does a great job frying the fish.

If you are looking for a church that makes you feel welcome from the time you enter the front door, Family Worship Center is for you. Our Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:30. We are planning a cookout after morning service May 27.

All are welcome to join us. Jesus loves you and so do we.

First Baptist Church

The Mother and Daughter Recognition will be this evening at 4 p.m. That means all ladies are invited to attend.

Sunday school starts our Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with a class for you.

Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the message from Pastor Mark Thompson. There is an adult staffed nursery available. Children through fifth-grade are invited to KidMo, an interactive Bible activity program.

We will have youth and evening services. Youth will meet at 5:30 p.m., and evening worship will be at 6. There will be choir practice following this service. Awana is on summer break.

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

Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., the Adult Bible Study will meet in the fellowship room, delving into the Letters to the Christians. The Deacons will meet at 7 p.m.

The ROCK worship service is at 7 p.m., Thursday. Pastor Mark will bring the message. There is contemporary Christian music and programs for the children. For some families, this is the only opportunity they have to attend church because of work schedules.

Northview graduation is this Friday evening. Congratulations to Jonathan Wise and all the other high school graduates.

Kelsey Modesitt graduated earlier this month with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She is working this summer at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis beginning her Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Would you like to take a motorcycle ride Memorial Day? There will be the Stop, Drop and Roll Ride to escort Carmen to Burn Camp. Call 442-7370.

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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