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Friday, June 1, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings to all, making his announcements and giving a short opening prayer.

Then, he turned the services over to Peg Parksey for congregational singing.

Brother Thomas then asked for tithes and offerings. He then led the singing of the doxology.

Carol Vanatti sang, "Unending Love," with amazing grace, a song I hadn't heard before. It was a beautiful number enjoyed by all.

Pastor then made his announcements including a reminder that all men will have fellowship at the church hall Friday afternoon, June 1. He asked for prayer requests spoken and unspoken, praying for each and for our shut-ins, nursing home folks, our military in harms way and especially for our nation as one nation under God. United We Stand that we can worship freely, speak our minds and go about our business as our forefathers had fought for and our sons and daughters are doing today to preserve our freedom.

At the conclusion of his prayer, Brother Thomas took time at 11 a.m., to ask for a moment of silence, and then he read "The Declaration of Independence," which was written by Thomas Jefferson, and adopted July 4, 1776, declaring our freedom and independence with 56 signers. Growing from 13 American colonies to our United States today.

We have that reminder when President "Honest Abe" Lincoln brought "Forescore and seven years ago," which all school children had to memorize in earlier years, and should have that requirement today.

Brother Thomas spoke another verse, "that these dead shall not have died in vain."

Let's not take God out of the picture and this holiday season, let's remember to "do so in remembering 'Me.'"

Thinking of Flanders Field, we were loved and loved. We plant flowers on their graves. They were heroes, those soldiers -- many just young boys, some called warriors, killers and all patriots.

Going home to the eternal rest and we want to remember that we are truly a United States.

One of the ways we can say thank you to our military is to "live the life," and reflect it for and to them that have served and are serving.

First Cor. 22-26: read and reflect what Jesus gave.

Our Constitution says we can worship as we please. Let's do so as the Constitution guarantees.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening worship is at 6.

Eastside Christian Church

What a beautiful service we had on Sunday. It was the ordination of Josiah Brock. If you have never seen anyone ordained into the ministry, you have missed a true blessing.

We are very proud of Josiah and wish him and Alyssa a great life together in the ministry of the Lord.

Todd York was with us and presented some great messages in song.

We want to thank him for helping make the day so special for Josiah, Alyssa and the whole congregation. Josiah will always be special to us no matter where he is, and our love and prayers are always with him.

We also want to congratulate our graduates, Justine and Josiah, and also to all of those in our community who are graduating.

It was good to see June and Charlotte back with us.

A church board meeting will take place at 7 p.m., June 7.

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

It is never too late to become a part of the family of God. God is waiting for you. We hope to see you very soon.

Otter Creek Christian Church

We want to invite you to our church at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Our services are as follows:

* Tuesday -- 10 a.m., Ladies Bible Study at 12660 E. Grotto Rd. (left at road back of Northview),

* Sunday -- 9:30 a.m., Bible Study (age appropriate classes), and

* Sunday -- 10:40 a.m., worship service.

There is usually someone at church by 9:15 a.m., each week if you need prayer or directions to our location, the number is 446-5300. To reach our pastor, you may call after 4 p.m., week nights, at 812-249-1715, or 446-4007. Get the machine, please leave a message and we'll return your call as soon as possible.

As we watch and listen to the news, it seems disaster is all around us and we look to mankind to take care of the problems. Most of what has happened within our lifetime is a direct result of the misuse of our precious surroundings and the wonderful things God has allowed us to accomplish.

We then think, 'We're self made men and women." Hang on. Who do you think made you so intricately?

As I look at the life I have today, there is no way I could have produced it on my own.

Psalm 108: 12 and 13 says, "Give us help from trouble: For vain is the help of man. Verse 13: Through God, we shall to valiantly; for he it is that shall tread down our enemies."

Always remember to give God the glory both in good and bad situations. Romans 8:28 says, "Knowing this the all things work together for good to who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."

Hope to see you at our next meeting or if you have a church home, please support your pastor and for Sunday dinner, please don't have "Roast Preacher." If you have a problem in your church, the Bible has guidelines as to how to solve it. Use them.

Prayer is needed for our world as we know it and as God wants it to be.

Every week, I ask you to pray for others, sometimes we need to pray for insight as to what we would be able to do to change a situation. Continue to pray without ceasing.

May God be with you during the coming week.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Blessings to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.

We are located two miles north on 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

* 7 p.m. -- Evening worship; Children's church (Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler)


* 2 p.m. -- Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Exceptional Living


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


* 9:45 a.m. -- No Ladies Bible Study meeting during the month of June.

From the Pastor

This week's message is: "God's Hedge." Job 1:12 "The Lord said to Satan, very well then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.

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.

Soles for Souls 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 be a sponsor? Please contact Trent.

The youth of our church created a "Clean Team" to participate in Brazil's Beautification Day this Saturday, June 2nd from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. We will meet at Brazil City Hall and complete jobs such as sweeping sidewalks, pulling weeds or picking up trash. Anyone is welcome to join us!

Question for Pastor Dick: Can you be saved in private, but declare it in church? Do you confess all your sins to your Pastor or Elder or whoever or do you generalize knowing that God knows what you did wrong? I want to be saved, but want some answers that I am embarrassed to ask. Yes, I have done some pretty bad things, which make it hard for me to talk about with people I know. Please help.

From Pat

Everyday I have been trying to focus on all the good around me instead of the bad, all the "easy" instead of the struggles and all the beauty instead of the gloom and you know what: It's working. Everyday, I am finding more things to be thankful for, more to look at as if seeing for the first time. I am finding out that all are worthy of God's grace and love and forgiveness. Sometimes in a small town, the gossip and whispers of who you were never go away, but I have learned to love that person or persons.

We are all the same, all Children of God, no one better or more deserving than the other. For those who can't forgive the past of some, that's OK, because God does. There will always be the ones who can't forget or forgive, but pray for them. They need the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Walk this life in the way of God and do as Jesus did and God will take care of you.

Isaiah 63:7

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us -- Yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel.

When you walk with God, you also have Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Never alone, no matter where you go or what you do.

Carbon Baptist Church

June has arrived ... already.

Lots of activities going on at CBC and hope you will share them with us. The first Sunday of the month is our time for the communion celebration, which signifies the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Join us during the 10:30 a.m., church service.

Wednesday evening Bible Study is a learning experience and a time of fellowship. We will be looking at the fourth pillar of "Building the Church Biblically" and try to attend on Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. The last few weeks' focus has been on prayer and when we pray -- we have God's attention.

The young people are looking forward to VBS June 18-21, with the young people at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. The activities will begin at 6:15-8:30 p.m.

How many of you take notice of the bulletin boards in the fellowship hall? The decorations are coordinated with the time of the year and thanks to Marvina Mullenix for a job well done and appreciated.

Time flies by fast and it is one month before the July 4 activities; but we at CBC are looking forward to the breaded tenderloin sandwich stand at Forest Park. Plan to stop by sometime and purchase one of the best breaded tenderloin sandwiches ever.

Sunday school classes are growing and excitement is in the air. Wonderful teachers for all ages. See you at 9:30 a.m.

Looking forward to hearing the Praise Team do a special for the congregation Sunday morning and we thank them for sharing their talent. The message by Pastor Barry Corder will follow the music portion of the service. Come for worship and take time to invest in your eternity.

Carbon United Methodist Church

This weekend is the big one. It is the time for the annual National Road Yard Sale all across the state of Indiana.

I wonder just how many yard sales there are this weekend. Of course, our church is participating again this year. It is being held at the home of Pete and Beverly Taylor, which just happens to be on National Road itself. Isn't that convenient?

We will be open until 2 p.m., this afternoon, so you still have time to come on out and visit us. Whether you find something you just have to have or not, come see us and let's visit.

Tomorrow after church, folks from our church are going down to the Hilltop Restaurant north of Spencer to enjoy a combined Mother's Day and Father's Day celebration. Everyone is invited to go whether you have a mother or a father or a spouse or not. We are one big family. We will carpool from the church. You do not have to drive by yourself. So come on along and enjoy the day.

Now, I did say "after" church. Church comes first. Our worship service is at 9:30 a.m. We will leave for the Hilltop about noon. We hope to see you.

Bee Ridge Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, June 2 -- Father's 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 the morning worship service. The church will provide the meat and drinks. Everyone bring a covered dish, and

* Saturday, June 16 -- Jonah Fish Fry, from 4-7 p.m., at 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 a.m. Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors anytime.

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

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The men at Peniel will be treated with a banquet Saturday, June 2, an early Father's Day Dinner.

Everyone will have a full tummy Sunday as the ladies at the church are great cooks.

Always things happening here, come join in. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.

This Sunday, communion will be served to those who wish to partake.

Our scripture will be Isaiah 6:1-8.

For the children: Pastor Pippin's topic is "Plug into the Source," and for adult church service, the topic will be "Lip Service."

Soups are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry. Leave your donations in the vestibule.

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

Brazil Bible Fellowship

The Bible does not only have stories about successful people only. It also has stories of those who failed. As Pastor Gordon brings his messages from the lives of OT characters there are so many lessons to learn from them. Two weeks ago the message was from Genesis 6:3-16 about the life of Cain whose life spiraled downward to a life of despair and hopelessness as he refused to repent and let his anger rule him. God offered hope (Verse 7) but warned him about the danger ahead (Verse 6). Most of the time a person sees God as the problem (God rejected Cain's offering) when it is really himself (did not do what was right). Cain's life shows us that when one refuses to do what is right, life can spiral downward really fast. Cain's anger eventually led to him killing his own brother even when his brother didn't do anything wrong to him.

Last Sunday the message was on the life of Noah. Noah was a godly man in ungodly times (Genesis 6-7). His life and faith offers hope today. As bad as it seems, this world is becoming; it was really, really bad during Noah's time. It says that the wickedness was great, corrupt and violent and that the inclination of the heart was evil continuously. Yet the Bible says that Noah was a righteous and blameless man who walked with God. So, it is possible to be a godly person even in the most difficult environments. Noah's life offers hope and encouragement to Christians today. By faith, Noah loved and served God even when almost no one else was.

This week's message is going to be from Genesis 11 and the lesson from the Tower of Babel. It is another warning lesson about man and his attitude toward the Almighty God.

I invite you to come and hear the message. Sunday School is at 10 for all ages and the Worship Service is at 11. We are located south of town on Highway 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

Sunday night at 6 our men's and women's Bible study will be meeting. The men are studying 1 Timothy and the ladies are doing a study in the book of Psalms. Guests are always welcome. Next Sunday at 6 will be youth group night. All teens who have completed 5th grade through high school are welcome to join us.

We are excited about our upcoming VBS that is just over a month away. I want to invite all children K-5th grade to join us for our pirate "I Don't Care-ibbean" VBS. It is going to be held July 8-11, from 6-8:30 each night. If you have any questions or if you want to pre-register, please call the church at 442-5008 or 812-240-3003.

We are proud of our five high school graduates. We are so blessed to have them. We look forward to where God will take them as they begin the new journey after high school. It is so comforting to know that whether they continue to live in the community or move away that God promises to be with them. We know that to be true because God's Word says that God is with every Christian no matter where they are. God never fails us even when we fail Him so often. He is always ready and willing to forgive when we come humbly to Him and repent. What a gracious God!

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our church is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father Harold Rightor officiating. For information call: 448-1901 or e-mail: annunciationchurch@msn.com. News articles for this column should be e-mailed to: boilerfanburk@aim.com, no later than Wednesday evening.

Mass schedule: Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9.

Father John Hollowell penned a blog May 22 outlining the Church's Doctrine for declaring a "just" war in a controversial climate (HHS Mandate): 1) All avenues to resolve the matter are exhausted. 2) Inflicted damage by the aggressor is grave and lasting. 3) There is a reasonable opportunity to win the conflict. 4) Collateral damage is less than if nothing was done. The administration has satisfied each point of these criteria.

With that said, it is refreshing that our Church has launched a "war" instead of the normal complacency. On May 21st, the U.S. Bishops furthered their "war efforts" against the current administration by orchestrating numerous entities to file Federal lawsuits nationwide. Although warned, the administration appeared blind-sided that the Church would enact such measures. This is only the beginning.

In a document specifically instrumented by the Bishops for insertion in June bulletins across the country, is a demand for unity of the Church. More importantly, we are forewarned our Church is facing what is expected to be the "most massive campaign of civil disobedience" since the Civil Rights Movement. We are also reminded of the scheduled "Fortnight 4 Freedom," which begins on June 21, and continues through July 4. At noon on Independence Day, every bell tower in the nation should be ringing out a glorious song of resistance!

If you are not familiar with the war being waged or need more information, two websites are filled with up-to-date facts: www.preservereligiousfreedom.org and www.fortnight4freedom.org. Events and Masses are listed on these sites.

Support our Bishops as they strategically continue to lead us in our fight against the loss of our First Amendment rights. This is not about contraception as is reported on national news circuits; this is all about the loss of our First Amendment. This is all about fight against government interference in our Church's beliefs. This is all about preserving the Church as we know it. And, make no mistake, the President and First Lady have recently masked the First Amendment issue by focusing on "women's health choices" in campaign speeches. They have made it known that no intention for concessions on the HHS Mandate are forthcoming. This equates to no concessions when stripping all of us of our religious freedom. We need to unite as a Church, support our Bishops' actions and above all, be proud to be Catholic.

Join us Friday, June 8, at noon at the Indiana Statehouse for our next Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally. In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. Right to Life of Indianapolis will be joining over 60 other cities across the country in hosting a Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in opposition to the HHS Mandate. Please make a point on June 8 to spend an hour at the Indiana State Capitol Building standing up for our religious freedom. For more information, contact Marc Tuttle at 582-1526, marc@rtlindy.org or StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com

June 9th is the date set 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. A hog roast, by Spugs Barbeque, giveaways, 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 and Therapy. Whether you have a bike or not come and join the fun and help us keep moving in spite of MS!

The Lady Knights are still taking GFS Fundraiser orders. Deadline to order along with payment is June 10. Orders will be here for pick-up on June 29. Order forms are still available in the church veranda or you may contact a Lady Knight member. Thank you for your support of this fine organization!

Breakfast is compliments of the Lady Knights after the 8:30 Mass on June 10. The breakfast is an annual celebration of Father's and Mother's Day. Join fellow parishioners for a little food and conversation.

Birthline is in immediate need of newborn to 18-month size sleepers. Donations of new or gently used infant clothing are greatly appreciated in our ministry to impoverished babies and women. Contact Jená Hartman, the Birthline Coordinator, at 317-236-1433 or e-mail jhartman@archindy.org.

The Yoga class instructed by Brian Mathis will be meeting at 2 p.m., on Sunday on the third floor of the Parish Center. Aerobics class instructed by Dawn Levy will meet at 6 p.m., on Tuesday and Thursday in the Parish Center. Both classes are free excluding your smile! All are welcome!

The Indiana Blood Center Mobile will be at Annunciation on June 16th from 9 a.m. to noon. Please take a few minutes to stop in to make a donation that could mean a life. To register in advance, there is a sign-up sheet in the back of the church or you can log onto www.donorpoint.org.

CYO Kings Island Day is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Tickets are available for $25.99 through the CYO Office. Please call 632-9311 for further information. All families are encouraged to be a part of CYO Day.

Pray for our Bishops in their efforts to maintain our religious freedom. Pray for all of the misguided people who continue to blindly support HHS Mandate.Pray that we can educate all faiths on the dangers of this mandate.


Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf reminds us that tomorrow is Trinity Sunday. His message is from John 3: 1-21, and is titled, "Enter in Darkness ... Leave in the Light."

He shares this about the message, "These are pretty familiar verses. It is the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus and being told that he had to be born again, and contained within that story is that wonderful verse that we all know (John 3:16), 'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.' We know the story and we have all memorized the verse, but do you know that the story is still alive today?

"Nicodemus was an old, wise and respected leader of the church. He was a Pharisee and an elder elected to sit on the council of the Sanhedrin. But on this night, he came to Jesus confused. He came realizing that Jesus was truly sent from God. He had witnessed the miracles and felt in his bones that God was about to do something great. But it didn't make sense that Jesus would become so angry and turn over the tables of the money changers at the temple. The things that He and His disciples were doing and saying just didn't follow the rules of the faithful. What Jesus was doing and saying was truly disturbing him because they had never done things that way before.

"Sound familiar? In truth, Jesus was reaching out to Nicodemus and all of the church leaders letting them know that there was a new 'light of God' to be shone upon all humankind. Jesus was the light that would bring restoration, life and hope to the world. And soon, the Holy Spirit would be sent to dwell in the hearts of all believers to continue revealing God's eternal plan of salvation."

In some of the scriptures, the Holy Spirit is referred to as "The Comforter."

I think that is such a precious name ... and descriptive, too. Isn't it amazing that our God loves use so much that He wants us to be comforted?

I think it's pretty wonderful.

Join us at Center Point -- or your own congregation -- tomorrow and learn more about this great God of ours.

Be a part of His family. Services start at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday school, and worship services begin at 10:30.

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.

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There is no such thing as a just war Fr Hollowell. It's something created by church officials to justify crusades and gain earthly wealth just as banning priests from getting married began around 1100 because they were leaving their wealth to their sons instead of to the church....Did you know priests would forgive men their sins if their pennence was to go fight for the church in a crusade? Real Christian love....Not.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jun 5, 2012, at 11:28 PM

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