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Friday, June 8, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services welcoming everyone and leading in prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey, who led the congregational singing.

Brother Thomas then asked for tithes and offerings, leading the doxology. He made his announcements citing many serious at home and in the hospital from our flock, our military, in harms way, and our missionaries around the globe, too.

The Ladies Bible Study will begin a new chapter Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., in our hall. They welcome ladies to join them regardless of church affiliation.

Marion Burns sang a special number, "I Found the Lilly in the Valley." A beautiful number with the words, "All Alone and broken hearted, trying to calm the raging battle in my mind."

Everyone appreciated her singing.

Pastor then asked, "What shall we do? There are good spirits and bad spirits. The Bible tells us so. God offers us the salvation and his Holy Spirit. Satan has bad spirits that can lead us astray."

First Cor. Chap. 12 tells us that the world is full of false teachers and God says not to believe or have anything to do with them. There are those that tell you they can contact the dead, and the Bible in Chapter 12 tells us that when one passes over to the other side, that they have no conscious. They cannot communicate to you or with you, whom are living. Therefore, Satan's bad angels or spirits might have you believe otherwise.

First Cor. Chap. 5 (verses 22-25) says the Holy Spirit is given to each man as you will. John Chap. 15 (verses 4-5), "Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; No more can ye, except ye abide in Me."

"I am the vine; ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; For without Me, ye can do nothing."

You cannot buy salvation; it is offered freely to those whom accept Him in their heart.

The Lord God does things in His own way and in His own timing. When accepting Him in your heart, you are a changed person having that peace and tranquility -- a different person.

You can meet those serious challenges in life; just remember to stop and pray before making those important decisions. Don't say, "I can't," until you've prayed about it.

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 p.m.

Peniel United Methodist Church

We are thankful for the showers we received Monday and would like to see some more soon.

Don't forget that June 17 is Father's Day.

The scripture for this Sunday is Ezekiel 33:1-11.

Pastor Pippin's message will be, "Words of the Watchman!" For the Children's Moment, it will be "A Clear Slate!"

The July 4 celebration is just around the corner. The Methodist Men are planning their annual Bean Dinner at Forest Park.

Tonight, Saturday, June 9, there will be a pitch-in dinner at the Little Historic Church at Carbon (6 p.m.). The "Coon Holler Kids" will be performing at 7 p.m. That should be a very enjoyable program.

Next Sunday (June 17), there will be fellowship at Peniel between Sunday school, which begins at 9:45 a.m., and church service at 10:45.

Personal items are on the list for the food pantry in Brazil.

Thank you for your donations.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

Isn't it a shame that we drift away from old friends who once meant so much in our lives?

We all do it.

I just lost a friend who I was close to 30 and 40 and 50 years ago, who has been in my thoughts often more than that period of time ... but I put off contacting her to see how she was doing.

Now, it is too late.

Does this sound familiar to you?

I'm sure it does.

It's not that we deliberately abandon those friends.

Our lives simply begin to move in different circles and we really do just drift away.

When I left college, I failed to get home addresses of the girls who I was so very close to in the dorm. They moved on, as did I.

We all eventually got married, changed our names, and had no way of finding each other.

I think about them quite often (is that a sign I am getting old?) and wish that I could find them and see how life has treated them.

If you find yourself in this situation, let's all do something about it before we just catch up on their lives at their funerals.

Neglect is so sad.

Our church had a very successful yard sale last week during the National Road Yard Sale weekend.

By saying it was successful, I mean not only did we sell a lot of "stuff," but we all pitched in and worked together.

The fellowship was wonderful. So was the food that everyone brought to tide us over for the two days.

I made a mistake last week. I mentioned that our church was going to the Hilltop Restaurant for lunch after church last Sunday. Well, actually, it is this Sunday.

We welcome anyone and everyone who would like to go to meet at the church at noon and carpool there tomorrow.

You probably won't even have to drive, so come along.

Vacation Bible School will begin July 30. That seems to be a long way off, but it will get here before we know it. So get ready.

I will be giving out more information in the near future.

Remember, give God just one little 60-minute period of your time each week. That isn't asking much.

Our worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., and ends at 10:30.

Hope to see you there.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow afternoon is our fourth "Walk For Missions" at Center Point.

After church, from noon-2 p.m., we will be walking the outside streets of town. The funds we raise this year will go to the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department.

We chose the fire department because they are a vital part of our community. We hope never to use their services, but are glad they are available when needed.

We appreciate all those who have served as volunteers in the past and present.

They give their time and energy to do this for their neighbors. They put their lives in danger to save others. Thank you to all volunteer firefighters.

You might know that the last Saturday of June is the Center Point Volunteer Fire Department annual Fish Fry. This is their big fundraiser of the year. That is true. But, you never know if that will cover their costs for the year. Equipment gets old and out of date. Training needs to be provided. We wanted to add some much-needed funds. If you would like to donate to our "Walk For Missions" to benefit the volunteer fire department, please send your donations to Center Point United Methodist Church, PO Box 96, Center Point, Ind., 47840.

Make note in the "memo" line that it is for the volunteer fire department mission walk.

Join us for worship tomorrow and you will hear Pastor Bob Kumpf share another message about the Holy Spirit.

He said, "This week's message is from Mark 3:20-25, and is titled 'Oh, Brother!' This is the story where Mark tells us that Jesus has called all of His disciples and has given them authority to go out, in His name, to teach, preach and drive out demons.

"Mark tells us that in response to the miracles that Jesus was doing, the crowds became overwhelming. He says that all of this attention began to stir up everyone; family, friends and religious leaders. Mary, along with Jesus' brothers and sisters, came to rescue Him from the crowds and the wrath of the teachers of the law. But Jesus was too involved with His ministry and teaching of spiritual matters to be interrupted by them. In fact, He claims a stronger bond to those called by the Holy Spirit to do God's will as His brothers and sisters than those connected by human blood. He also claims the power of those united in the Holy Spirit to be stronger than the forces of all Satan's demons. Do we claim that today?"

Carbon Baptist Church

This last week has been one of much sorrow and emotions; but, we have a wonderful community, which came together in such times and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all.

Everyone has the opportunity to make a choice in attending a church service to hear about the gospel. We at CBC invite those looking for a service that shares the "good news" to be a part of the fellowship. Our church is located just south of Carbon on Murphy Avenue or one mile east of State Road 59 on County Road 1400. Sunday school services begin at 9:30 a.m., with church services at 10:30, and you'll be so happy that your choice for Sunday morning was attending a loving and caring church.Our message last Sunday was taken from Nehemiah, Chapter 8-10, and we learned the Israelite people didn't hear the word of God for 70 years. Ezra then opened the Book of the Law and read to the people as they all stood for hours. We can't imagine not hearing or reading the Bible for 70 years, plus standing for hours as it is being read.

Think again about your choices for Sunday morning, one that is a privilege and responsibility.

Files for the office are being updated so make sure your info sheet is filled out and returned. A signup sheet to give us your birthday and/or anniversary is available in the foyer, which will be put up on the screen before services.

A baptism service is being planned June 17, Father's Day. Pastor Barry Corder will share with those being baptized before June 17. Feel free to call the church at 442-7729 (pray) or cell phone (812-239-7050).

The Wednesday evening Bible Study group viewed a video titled, "It's Harvest Time," and we witnessed the importance of a community coming together in a time of sorrow.

We must be prepared for the "harvest" so come and join in next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., to learn more from the scriptures.

The Praise Team sang a new song last Sunday titled, "Elijah," and this Sunday, the congregation will join in singing with them ... a very upbeat song and a great message for all of us.

Hope you choose to worship with us Sunday morning and a great way to start your new week.

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 (Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge)

Tuesday

* 7 p.m. -- Trustee Meeting

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

From the Pastor

This week's message is, "How Do You Describe an Elephant?" 1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2, to the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- their Lord and ours.

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,

* June 24-28 are the dates for JeKeNSa church camp,

* Aug. 4 is the date for the Help A Family Golf Scramble at Oak Ridge Golf Course, and

* Change for Life Bottle Campaign runs May 17-June 17.

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.

Pastor's Answer

The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9 and 10 --9 "that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

I believe that this tells us that yes, we can be saved in private, but we should confess our faith before other people. The scripture also tells us to confess our sins to each other. We don't need someone to intercede for us with God, Jesus Christ does that for us when we confess his name. First of all, confession of sins should be to the Lord. You may have done some pretty "bad" things in your life, but remember what Jesus said after He had been nailed to the cross: "Father, forgive them." Nothing is beyond the forgiveness of God. 1 John 1:9 if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

From Pat:

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what is visible.

Never wait until tomorrow to tell God and Jesus that you love them, it may not come.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Another six months is almost gone from our walk with the Lord, see how fast the days go by?

Yes, I'm talking to you, the ones who think they'll give their lives to the Lord tomorrow or I'll start showing how my relationship to God really is affecting my life.

Why do we put off today what we should have done yesterday (?) because we fully feel we'll have a tomorrow. Let's look at what Jesus said in Luke 12:14-21:

"And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider of you? (15) And he said unto them, "Take heed, and; beware of covetousness; (greed) for a man's life consisteth of not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (16) And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully (good crops); (17) And he though within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where; to bestow my fruits? (18) And he said, This will I do; I will pull down; my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow (store) all my fruits and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many year; take thine; ease, eat, drink and be merry, (20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided? (21) So is he that layeth up (saves) treasure for; himself, and is not rich toward God.

What does this mean to us? It shows that we cannot depend on having another day to show love toward our families or toward our Lord Jesus. Today is the time for repentance and devotion to God. Give Him yourself. That's what He wants.

Let Him into your heart. You won't be perfect, but just like the fisherman who can't clean a fish until it's caught, God's work in you can't begin until you repent from your person sin(s).

Let me tell you what I was told by a young person, maybe 10 or 11. They said something to like this I want Jesus to know I love Him. By the way, I behave and then maybe someone else will want to know him too.

"Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so."

Everybody knows that song, but how do we respond to it?

It's your decision. If you don't say Yes to Him today, you've said No and if you'd die before you wake, will you go to be with the Lord Jesus or to live eternity in a place called Hades?

We invite you to Otter Creek Christian Church. Weekly services are Sunday: Study, 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40.

We are located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Our phone number is 446-5300.

Pastor Steve Brattain may be reached after 4:30 p.m., daily at 812-249-1715, or we can be reached most days at 446-4007. There is a Ladies Bible Study Tuesdays at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

Special happenings at OCCC:

* Saturday, June 9 -- 8 a.m., Men's prayer breakfast, and

* Father's Day Fellowship Supper. Pitch-in Saturday, June 16, 6 p.m.

Please keep praying for the Fields' family, Troy Jeffrey family, Kody Snyder family, Samantha Whittaker family, and anyone else who has lost loved ones or have sick family members. Remember, God is the Great Physician.

We ask you pray for our troops who are serving anywhere in the world and if you see a person in the military, give them a big thank you for what you've done for our country. Be in prayer for our city officials and those who serve you daily, whether you know them or not, and most of all, pray for our national leaders that God's will be done in America.

Remember to give of your best to the Master (God) and that you are a witness, either for Jesus or the devil, which one will you witness for?

The choice is yours.

Until we meet again, either in person or by way of this page: In God we trust.

Do you?

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

We need to thank God for the beautiful weather we are having.

I need to give an update on a Vacation Bible School. I said earlier there would not be one this year, but there will be.

The tentative dates are June 27-July 1. I will keep you updated on this as soon as I know anything.

It is such a blessing that VBS will happen.

We want to keep in our prayers all the families which have lost loved one recently, especially the soldier who died defending our freedom. They will all be missed.

Millie is redoing the church directory. Give her a note if your address and/or telephone number has changed.

If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please fill out a form and give it to Pastor Bill.

Also, let him know of any changes.

There will be a congregational meeting after the morning worship service June 24. All members, please try to attend.

Pastor Bill's messages on "A Walk To Remember" are very interesting. If you have not heard any of them, you have missed good messages.

We have a praise report. Avilla DeLange has gone home from rehab. God is good.

We also want to keep Shirley Lucas, Dorothy Wright and others in our congregation who are having difficulties in our prayers. Also, the Knecht family. Jason and Maria Knecht are deployed overseas and his parents are having to take care of their three grandchildren while they are gone.

Please keep them in your prayers.

And we always want to keep our country and its leaders in our prayers.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to extend an invitation for you to come be with us tomorrow. We believe that trusting in God and living the way He wants us to is the only way. We hope to see you soon.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

When God speaks, people are supposed to listen.

When God gives a command, it is to be obeyed.

God's clearly revealed will and commands given to us through the Bible today.

At the time of creation, God spoke verbally to Adam and Eve at the very outset of the human race and then again to Noah and his family after the flood that they were to go out into the earth and to be fruitful and multiply.

He meant it and it was a good thing.

However, as the population grew again after the flood, they decided to build a tower and disobey God's command. They were going to stay put.

You can read about this story in Genesis 11:1-9. The title of the message was "Babel: The Cost of Disobedience."

Pastor Gordon pointed out that God had given a command: To multiply and fill the earth. Initially, they did obey.

But when they came upon the plains, they were tempted to stop and they did. Their desire (pride) to build for themselves a name led them to disobedience and rebellion.

Like Pastor said, when you think about it, the people at the time of the tower of Babel were no different than we are today. We have in the Bible God's clear commands. Many times, we may begin to obey. But along comes a temptation (which starts from within us) and we decide to pursue our lusts and desires and rebel against God.

What they did (attempting to build the tower) was more obvious but at the very core, it was nothing more than each heart wanting to do what self wanted and rebelled against God. We are guilty of doing the exact same each day of our lives when we take God off the throne of our lives and put ourselves on it instead.

The Bible says that God disciplines those He loves. He also chastens people when they disobey. God demonstrated that He is God of all when He changed the languages of the people. Rather than having one language that all of them knew, they instantly began speaking different languages. As a result, they scattered. They couldn't understand one another. May we not forget that God is God and we are not. That will help us keep who we are in perspective.

Although that is where the story stops regarding the people's disobedience, Pastor did mention that the Bible flows with the message of forgiveness.

When we sin, God is always ready and willing to forgive if we humble ourselves, confess our sin and repent (James 4:6; Psalm 51:17; John 1:9). His grace is greater than any sin we can commit or how often we may sin (Romans 5:20-21). Not every story ends with repentance and forgiveness. Hopefully, you and I will be quick to repent and be forgiven.

This Sunday, Pastor will preach on the life of Abraham. He is a patriarch of the faith, but he was not perfect, either. Read Genesis 12. There were time when he failed to trust God when he found himself in a difficult situation.

What led to his failure? What lessons can we learn from him so that we can by God's grace avoid the same pitfall? Why not come and hear the message yourself?

We would love to welcome you. Our worship service is at 11 a.m. You can also join us for Sunday school, which is at 10.

This Sunday night is youth group for all middle and high schoolers at 6 p.m., at the church. Teens, we would love to have you.

Our VBS is going to be July 8-11, and theme is "I Don't Care-ibbean." It will take place each night from 6-8:30 p.m. Any child who is in grades kindergarten through fifth-grade is invited. If you would like more information, you can call 442-5008 or 812-240-3003.

We are located south of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. We invite you to check us out on the web at www.brazilbible.org. You can listen to some of Pastor's messages by going to the audio/video link.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

* Sunday, June 10 -- Church homecoming immediately following morning worship service. The church will provide the meat and drinks. Everyone bring a covered dish. All are welcome,

* Thursday, June 14 -- Proudly salute the flag and be proud to be an American, and

* Saturday, June 16 -- Jonah Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m., at the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center. Advance tickets are available. See any Bee Ridge member or contact Cody Barnard.

Look for the Bee Ridge Food Stand at the annual July 4th Forest Park Celebration. More details soon.

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 begin 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.

First Baptist Church

Bible School begins this week at First Baptist on South Walnut Street.

Monday through Friday, 6-8 p.m.

Bring your children and their friends for a safe time of Bible study, crafts, games, prayer and meal.

You are welcome to stay if you wish or they will be well cared for and ministered to.

Children need to have an adult with them their first night to fill out registration cards for your child's safety. Call 448-8112 for more information.

This Sunday begins at 9:30 with Sunday school classes for all ages. Morning worship is at 10:30, with Pastor Mark Thompson.

Ken Hutcheson, Tim Grindle and the choir will open the praise service.

There is a staffed nursery available for this and all services.

Elementary-age children are invited to KidMo, an interactive children's Bible program.

Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice.

The teens have their gathering Sunday evening also.

The Wednesday Bible Study will meet at 12:15 p.m., in the fellowship room.

American Baptist Women meet Thursday, at noon, for a luncheon and meeting.

Most of the week will be dedicated to supporting the VBS program.

It is a wonderful opportunity for the adults to get better acquainted with the community children.

The children will find a caring environment and sound Biblical teaching.

Did you know F.B.C. has a wonderful library located in the Christian Education wing? There is a good collection of fiction and Bible reference books.

Dianne Harmon is the librarian and you are welcome to sign out books.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, with Father Harold Rightor officiating.

For more 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., 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9.

Annunciation extends sincerest sympathy to the families of Army Spc. Arronn Fields, Troy Jeffrey II, Kody Snyder and Samantha Whittaker.

Pray for eternal peace for these young people and comfort for their families.

Tonight is the night. Join Zach's Ride for MS at the Gooseneck for Spug's barbecue, prizes, raffles and music for just $6. Bands begin at 4:30 p.m., with music from Carter, Laser Face and Therapy. All are welcome.

The Lady Knights are still taking GFS Fundraiser orders. Deadline to order along with payment is June 10. Orders will be here for pickup 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 June 10. The breakfast is an annual celebration of Father's/Mother's Day. Join fellow parishioners for a little food and conversation.

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

The Indiana Blood Center Mobile will be at Annunciation June 16, from 9 a.m.-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 signup sheet in the back of the church or you may log on to www.donorpoint.org.

Bingo is a great Sunday evening activity in the air conditioning of Kennedy Crossing.

Bring your family and friends and try your luck on the Bingo cards.

Pray for our comfort for our community at the loss of all the young people recently.

Pray for guidance and understanding for the families of lives taken too early.

Pray that we practice compassion and charity in our daily lives.

Blessings.

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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