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Friday, May 25, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with an announcement to remember our critically ill people and gave a prayer of praise and thanks to the Lord.

He then turned the services over to Scott Burns to lead the congregational singing.

Brother Thomas then called for tithes after the singing, and led in the doxology.

He then announced the men would have an afternoon of fellowship June 1, for all men of the church, young and old and men visitors.

Pastor then asked for spoken, unspoken prayer, sick in hospital, shut-ins, nursing home members and our military in harms way.

He then turned the service over to choir director Travis Terril with Melonie Boyd at the piano, and the choir singing two beautiful numbers, "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and "America the Beautiful."

They sang wonderfully. The words, "God shed his grace on thee and crown they good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea." That tells us something that we should not forget. Be reminded every day that "He" is in charge.

The congregation applauded their accomplishment.

Brother Thomas then gave his definition of paradise, and he said his idea was "any place where God is. That's paradise."

He said that our paradise here now is a testing ground. It is thought of as a fenced in area, as the Garden of Eden. Imagine a walled place of great beauty and "perfection where only God's people may reside. We here on earth right now whom are God's people are living in a testing ground as we have spirit verses flesh; We are tempted on every hand every day. They were told in the Garden not to eat of the forbidden fruit, and the serpent enticed Eve to partake and share with Adam; and as a consequence, were forced out of the Garden. God had warned them and so they sinned and the Garden was closed to mankind at that time. God has since provided us to repent of our sins and we can accept Him in our heart and life as He gave His only son for our redemption that we may see that paradise when we are called home. What will it be, heaven or hell? The Bible tells us in many places about riches. God doesn't forbid you to have riches, but remember Luke 12:15 "Take Heed and beware of covetousness: For a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."

Look at it this way; Everything you have belongs to God. It's how you use it that matters.

Read Proverbs 11:28: "He that trusteth in his riches shall fall."

And Proverbs 13:7.

There are many more facts in the Bible that tells us be to be careful with everything, for in the end of this life, we have Jesus whom intercedes for us as to our salvation; for we just use His property for a little while. We cannot take it with us.

Come 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.

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge Church:

* Saturday, June 2 -- Fathers Day Banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. All fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and of course, families,

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

* Saturday, June 16 -- Jonah Fish Fry from 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 of visitors anytime.

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

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Carbon Baptist Church

The last weekend in May brings about many emotions and thoughts of Memorial Day and the reason to celebrate.

We are truly grateful to all men and women who have served in armed services to protect our country and freedom and we thank you.

Now that students are out of school for the summer, many will be attending church camp. The dates this year are June 24-28, which is being held at the Friendly Benwood Christian Campground located near the Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church on 1200 North. Cost is $55 per child from ages 9-18 and is due by June 4.

Registration forms are on the table in the foyer. The week before camp is Vacation Bible School from June 18-21, as we will join the group at Benwood Mt. Lebanon.

Helpers and teachers would be appreciated and you may call their church if interested.

Pastor Barry Corder is sharing the message about Nehemiah to the Sunday morning congregation. Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem in 52 days as he "stayed on the wall" even though he was threatened and tempted by many others. This is a lesson for each of us to look to God for direction and "stay on the wall" and never give up. The Bible tells us to accept and have a personal relationship with God.

Open prayer time will be Friday evening, June 1, from 6-8 p.m., in the church sanctuary. The community and congregation is encouraged to come anytime during the two hours for quiet time and prayer. We need to be a prayer "warrior"

Come to CBC and learn more about prayer on Sunday mornings -- 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, with church services at 10:30.

We welcome you to fellowship with us, beautiful music and a message from the Bible by Pastor Barry. Don't forget about the freedom we have to praise and worship God, a choice we are most grateful for.

Eastside Christian Church

Well, school is out, so I guess summer has started. We want to congratulate all of the graduating seniors in the area.

We want to pray for those in our congregation who are having some difficulties at this time. We want to see you back with us soon.

If you are able to help, S.O.S. has some very important needs. If you want to get involved, please call 448-8700 to offer your assistance.

Mark your calendars for June 24. There will be a congregational meeting immediately following the morning worship service on that day.

Pastor Bill's messages are on a Walk to Remember. So far, the messages have been, 'Walking Before God,' and "Walking After God." Tomorrow's message will be, "Walking in the Way of God," Deuteronomy 5:1-33.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We believe in the Bible and Pastor Bill's messages come from it.

Come and be a member of the family of God. We hope to see you soon.

Center Point United Methodist Church

School's Out. Memorial Day weekend. What a life.

I could hardly believe it was the last weekend in May. How about you?

Are your days flying by? Don't let it get you down. Look up. Enjoy each new day as it comes.

Tomorrow, let that day begin with worship services. Be in fellowship with the Body of Christ.

Pastor Bob Kumpf will be sharing a message titled "By the Spirit," taken from Romans 8:22-28. He says, "This Sunday, we celebrate Memorial Day and the Day of Pentecost. Our scripture is focused on finding hope through faith in The Holy Spirit and the plans that God has for each of us.

"In his letter to the Romans, Paul encourages his readers to eagerly wait for God's revelation of glory. His is a message of life-giving hope found in claiming the power of the Holy Spirit in giving them freedom over worldly powers and situations that holds them as slaves. He tells them to hold fast to the assurance of authority of the Holy Spirit to intercede in providing strength for weakness, direction for the lost and words that even our deepest groaning cannot describe. The last verse, 8:28, makes that wonderful statement, 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.' That was Good News for the people in Paul's day, and is still a promise that brings hope to each of us as we face our daily trials."

Join us tomorrow for a message of continued hope in the promises of God. Be in the house of the Lord. Be blessed and be a blessing.

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 Spirit's fire; (20) do not treat prophecies with contempt. (21) Test everything. Hold onto the good. (22) Avoid every kind of evil. (23) May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.

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

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

Remember to recognize our veterans and those who are serving in our military. Give thanks to them for their dedication.

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. The office will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Pentecost Sunday is the 50th day after Easter and marks the end of the Easter season. Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2) recounts the original Pentecost: 10 days after the Ascension of our Lord. The Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in the room where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection.

A sound as if a mighty wind came from heaven filling the entire room. All present were touched with the Holy Ghost as was promised from our Lord. The Apostles began preaching the Gospel in every language of the Jews gathered there, converting and baptizing some 3,000 people.

Pentecost has long been known as the "birthday of the church," since on this day with the descending of the Holy Spirit and Christ's mission completed, a New Covenant was inaugurated. St. Peter was the first Pope, having already been the leader of the Apostles on that first Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost has, in the past, been celebrated with a greater solemnity than is observed in today's world. We must not forget or forego our traditions and beliefs of our faith. Especially, with the state of our nation and world. We, as Catholics, need to retreat to our innermost rituals and traditions, celebrate all of them with great glory and unify our church once again. Our deep rooted faith can guide us, if allowed, in our daily lives, we need only give our hearts and souls to our Lord thus filling ourselves with the Holy Spirit as the Apostles and St. Mary were at the original Pentecost.

May 21 was another milestone in the history of our church and organization in their fight for religious freedom for all faiths.

The University of Notre Dame was included in the 43 Catholic groups filing suit in federal court against the president and his administration concerning the HHS mandate. The nationwide blitz displaying the unity of our church caught the current administration off guard. Not expected was such a dramatic political move by our church against the HHS mandate.

Notre Dame had been closely watched by all faiths since coming under fire in 2009 with the U.S. Bishops Conference for their invitation of President Obama to speak (and presentation of an Honorary Law Degree) at the Commencement of the same year. Notre Dame's President Jenkins said, in a statement released on Monday, "We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others; we simply ask that the government not impose its values on the university when those values conflict with our religious teachings."

This action should comfort all of us to realize that Notre Dame is once again back in the fold with our church.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said in an open letter posted online Monday, "Just as our faith compels us to uphold the liberty and dignity of others, so too, we must defend our own.

"The First Amendment enshrines in our nation's Constitution the principle that religious organizations must be able to practice their faith free from government interference," Cardinal Wuerl said.

The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has established a special website -- preservereligiousfreedom.org -- to explain its lawsuit and present news and developments concerning it.

Fortnight has been established encompassing June 21-July 4 in observance and information may be found at www.fortnight4freedom.org. The website also lists samples of activities already planned in particular dioceses, as well as resources and recommendations for other local efforts, such as special liturgies and prayer services. Bell ringing is planned for noon, July 4, to remind citizens nationwide of the primary place of religious freedom in the history, law and culture of the United States.

Do not be complacent in the church's nationwide fight for our First Amendment Right for Religious Freedom. Do not dare to think that this does not concern you. It concerns you today, your family today and all of the generations to come after you. Let your voice be heard. Tell all of your family and friends of every faith what your Catholic Leaders are doing in this battle.

The election is near. Do your research. Vote for those who will fight this battle with us. Encourage everyone you know to pray that the Supreme Court will overturn the HHS mandate. Stand up and be proud to be a Catholic.

Congratulations to Nathan Buell, Owen Geswein, Alysha Meyers, Zac Orten, Patrick Durcholz and Bryant Pestoff on their graduation from high school. Annunciation is proud of all of you. Best wishes as you begin your "adult" lives.

The Lady Knights will meet Tuesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Knights of Columbus will not be meeting on Monday, May 28. Our next meeting will be June 11.

Don't miss out on the annual Lady Knights GFS Fundraiser. Order forms are in the church and with any Lady Knight. All orders and money must be turned in by June 10, and the pickup day will be June 29. Thank you for your support with this fundraiser. The Lady Knights do many tremendous things for our church, buildings and grounds with funds raised.

The annual Father's and Mother's Day Breakfast will be this Sunday after the 8:30 a.m., Mass. Join fellow parishioners in a delicious meal with the added perk of good fellowship, too.

Pray for the unity of our faith in these most troubled times. Pray for our church and its leaders in the battle for our First Amendment rights. Pray that the Supreme Court will have the integrity to uphold our Constitution. Pray for our graduates and their families for a faithful and prosperous life.


First Baptist Church

Welcome to First Baptist on South Walnut Street.

We hope you will be able to join us for study, worship and fellowship this week.

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and it is Donut Fellowship Sunday, so you want to come early so you can visit and have a donut with breakfast beverages.

This is a good time to visit with those not in your class.

Morning worship begins at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson. There is an adult staffed nursery and KidMo for the older children through fifth-grade.

Not only is this Memorial Sunday, but we will also have a carry-in meal to celebrate the graduations of Kelsey Modesitt and Jonathan Wise.

There will be no evening services this Sunday.

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

They are planning a yard sale for June 9, so if you have something you would like to donate, please let them know.

Wednesday, the 12:15 p.m., Bible Study will meet in the fellowship room with the study of Hebrews. Thursday, you are reminded of the ROCK worship service. This service can give you just the boost you might need, as you approach the weekend and close another week.

There is a nursery and KidMo for the children.

Friday, at 7 p.m., the Young Men's Bible Study will meet.

Saturday, from 8 a.m.-noon, there will be a Leadership Development Workshop in the fellowship room. All are welcome to participate.

Please remember that Vacation Bible School is fast approaching. Are there any children you might want to be asking now and maybe you would like to help in some way? Those dates are June 11-15, from 6-8 p.m.

As we pause to remember the sacrifices of those who have died in defending our freedoms, we may visualize those fields of rows upon rows of white crosses. Always remember the one cross upon which our Savior died so that our sins might be forgiven. What a wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord.

Ebenezer Church

Ebenezer Church will present "Indiana Jones and the Quest for Bible Truths and Treasures," its 2012 Vacation Bible School, June 3-10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The event will take place each day except for Saturday, June 9. It is designed for all ages, from 2 to adult.

Ebenezer Church is located three-and-a-half miles north on Harmony Road then one-half mile west.

For further information, log on to www.brazilebenezerchurch.org.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The end of May is approaching already. The time flies by so quickly and we are thankful for each and every day.

Let us not forget our veterans and loved ones who are no longer with us on this Memorial Day weekend. If you are looking for a church home with a family atmosphere, join us.

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services start at 10:45.

The Bible Study/Prayer Group will meet for the last time this summer Tuesday, May 29, at 6 p.m. Plans for the "Men's Banquet," are well under way. It will take place June 2, at 6 p.m.

The scripture this Sunday is from Acts 2:1-21. Pastor Pippin's message for worship service is "Where's the Fire?"

The Children's Moment, which the adults enjoy as much as the children, will be "This is My Commandment."

Boxed meals and canned meats are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry. Items can be left in the vestibule.

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

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