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Friday, June 15, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all, announcing for men and boys to remember breakfast Saturday, June 16, at Harmony Diner at 7:30 a.m. He then asked for prayer requests, including spoken, unspoken, shut-ins and the military in harms way.

He then turned services over to Peg Parksey to lead congregational singing, followed by Parksey singing the special number, "Thank God for Kids." It is a song that reminds us that we all can teach children we come in contact with. The nearest person to Heaven is a child.

One story Brother Ken brings to mind tells our children about a stubborn man named Jonah, who was swallowed up by a big fish. Then the Lord caused the fish to vomit him up on shore. Being under a big vine, sitting in the shade was nice, but God saw fit for a worm to eat all the leaves, so that Jonah was again in the hot sun. God was concerned about a great city called Nineveh, and Jonah, having spent three days and nights in the big fish, had prayed hard to get out and now was ready to do God's command that he preach to the heathen Ninevites. They were saved as they repented. Jonah is taught a lesson and also the love of God.

II Peter tells us the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, and He is not willing that any should perish, but come to repentance. Romans 2:11 tells us, "For there's no respect of persons with God."

Another time the Lord said for a man to go help Saul (or Paul), but he was afraid to go. How many times have we had God leading us to do something but we were afraid to fail or we fear the consequences?

Matthew 5:13 tells us we are the salt of the Earth, the light of the world ... and Jesus said, "He was the light of the world, and if you have Jesus in your heart, then that light shines through you." Darkness always leaves when there is light.

In Isaiah 6:8, God asks, "Whom shall I send and who will go for us?" Old Jonah got a bad time of it till he saw the light, but he wasn't any different than any of us at times. It's us going into the world and sharing God's Word with others.

Where are you today? Are you where God can use you? Do you compare with any of those that have chosen other paths that aren't as straight with many obstacles? Stop and look around you and pray for guidance that you might lead someone to give their heart to God.

Invite someone today that doesn't go to church to visit us. We are located at 21 W. Pinckley Street. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship starts at 10:30 a.m., and 6 p.m., for the evening services. Pastor Ken Thomas, wife Beverly and the congregation invite you to visit us. Bring your children also. We have a special program for the younger children and caring ladies to look after them during services.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge include: Saturday, June 16 -- Jonah Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m., at the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center. Advance tickets are available. Contact Cody Barnard for tickets. Invite all your friends and come on out for great food and fellowship.

Sunday, June 17 -- Happy Father's Day!

July 2, 3, and 4 -- Be sure to stop by the Bee Ridge Food Stand at the Forest Park 4th of July celebration. A variety of food will be offered. More details are coming 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 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 he can be reached at 812-241-3036 or by e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church would like to wish you a happy Saturday.

Our VBS "Splash for Jesus" will be June 27, 28, and 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., each evening in our Fellowship Hall. The Clay City Youth for Christ will be in charge of it this year.

There will be a picnic on June 30, and the closing will be during our morning worship service on July 1. Don't let your kids miss out on this. I am sure it will be a blessing to them.

Food will be needed each day for the above, so if you would like to help out there, please sign up on the sheet on our bulletin board.

We want to be praying for the VBS. We also want to keep Pastor Bill in our prayers. He was injured at his work and had surgery. He will not be with us for awhile, for his recuperation period is going to be lengthy. So do keep him in your prayers that he will be back with us quickly. Also, keep Jan in your prayers too, for she will need support to get through this.

We do want to thank Andrew Brock and Charlie Lucas for taking over for Bill this past Sunday. They did a great job. We always want to thank Mille and Ann for their music.

Be sure you have marked your calendars for June 24, and plan to be in church that day for a congregational meeting that will follow the morning worship service.

If you do not have a home church, we want to invite you to come be with us tomorrow. Great things are happening! We hope to see you soon.

First United Methodist Church

When people think about love -- well, maybe we don't think about love. We just kind of expect love to happen. We talk about "falling in love" as if we have no control. It is like catching a cold. We may try to take some precautions, but it can happen against our best intentions. In the same way, we tend to think we can fall out of love just as easily as we fall in love. We talk as if it happens despite our best plans.

The people of First United Methodist Church in Brazil invite the public for a series of Sundays to see what God has to say about love as recorded in the Bible. These holy writings contain a great deal of information about loving God and loving others. God is very interested in the relationships we have with Him and with the people around us.

One of the places in the Bible that focuses on love is First Corinthians Chapter 13. We will explore this section as well as others in this summer series. The weekly themes include the following: We will see how important love is to God in, "Love Matters Most" (Father's Day). This will be followed by coming to grips with how much God loves us in, "Loving Like Jesus Loves Me." Then, we will see how there are a number of ways to express love with, "Loving with Words." It is vital to understand the connection that love has with forgiveness, and that will be the basis for the theme entitled, "Love Lets It Go." Another reminder of how we can foster love and grow in love as we acknowledge, "Love is Not Easily Angered" will follow that. And at the end of July, we will explore, "The Secrets of Lasting Love." Participants can read more on these themes and others in a companion book entitled "The Relationship Principles of Jesus" by Tom Holladay. You may purchase one online or through the church that meets at 201 N. Meridian Street, Brazil.

Pastor Steve Loft is excited about the potential that participants have to "strengthen the relationships we have with God and with the significant people in our lives." The church provides two opportunities to attend each Sunday morning. A hymn based meeting begins at 9 a.m., and a gathering using more contemporary music styles and expressions begins at 11 a.m. Come, let us consider and apply what will make for great relationships.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

Mark the dates for VBS! July 8-11, from 6-8:30 p.m., we will be having Vacation Bible School for children K-5th grade. We have a pirate theme this year. It is titled, "I Don't Care-ibbean." In addition to the Bible lesson, there will be games, crafts, snacks, singing and fun. If you don't get your kids pre-registered, we still want them to come no matter how many nights they can make it.

Tomorrow is Father's Day. Congrats to all the dads. Pastor Gordon's message will be an encouragement and challenge to dads. We appreciate the timely and practical messages from God's Word. There are so many voices out there it can get very confusing. Thankfully, there is only one voice that truly matters: God's voice. We can hear His voice and know His will through His word. Join us Sunday at 11 a.m., to hear what God has to say that will encourage dad to stay the course and challenge dads to stay focused.

Last Sunday's message was from Genesis 12, about Abraham and his faith. We also discovered that he had his own faults also. His faith (verses 1-5) was evidenced in that he was willing to abandon all to follow and obey God. He also proved his faith by going. He didn't just say he would go, he went. It is easy to tell people that we believe, but proving it in our actions, attitudes and words is vitally important. The other thing that was brought to our attention is that he was 75 when God told him to go to the land He would show him. One is never too old for God to change their course of life.

As great as his faith was, his faith would fail at times. In verses 11-13, it was noted that his failure began when fear took over and then he rationalized how to handle it. Rather than trust God to protect him and keep the promises He made to him, Abraham handled it his way. They were willing to lie and be deceptive in order to protect themselves. As a result, they would later be rebuked harshly by Pharaoh because they got caught. This doesn't mean that it's fine if our faith fails at times. It helps us to see that great men of the faith were not perfect. This encourages us to keep the faith even when we stumble and fail.

Even though it is not stated in Genesis 12, the whole of scripture communicates that God is a forgiving God. Even when we doubt and disobey Him quite often, He is always faithful and just to forgive us when we confess our sin, faults and failures. Be encouraged by Abraham's life of faith and obedience. Learn from his failures. Quickly confess when you fail.

We would love for you to visit. Brazil Bible Fellowship is located south of town on SR 59, directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. We have a heart for God, a desire to learn and grow in the Word and a love for one another. You can also visit our website www.brazilbible.org. Even if you can't make it, you can listen to the sermon by clicking on the audio/video link. If you have any questions, you can call 442-5008 or Pastor's cell at 240-3003. Hopefully we will see you tomorrow.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Happy Father's Day! We hope you can join us to celebrate this special day. Our Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services begin at 10:45. In between the two there will be pastries and beverages for all to enjoy. It's a great time to catch up on happenings in the area and get better acquainted.

Our scripture will be from St. Mark 4:26-34.

Pastor Pippin's message for the children is, "Do You See What I Sawed?"

The message for the adults is, "Kingdom Seeds."

The Co-workers/Fidelis Class meeting will be June 21, at 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 23, at 8 a.m., the Town and County United Methodist Men will meet at Peniel. On the agenda will be plans for the Bean Dinner that will be served at Forest Park during the July 4th Celebration.

Canned fruits and vegetables are on the needed list for the Brazil Food Pantry. Please place donations in the vestibule.

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

Carbon United Methodist Church

We had a delightful time last Sunday at the Hilltop Restaurant. It was good to see some old friends that we haven't seen for a good while. Several of our "regulars" were unable to go and we missed them.

This coming Sunday is Father's Day. Don't forget to do something really special for your father ... or your husband ... to let him know just how much you do love him. If you have been married for a long time, or if things have not been too smooth, you may take it for granted that he either knows you love him already or he thinks that you don't any longer care. How awful! Some husbands or fathers don't know how to show affection, so you have to do it for them. Do it! Thank God, my husband was a hugger; he loved everybody. And everybody knew it! Keep putting your change in your "Mugs for Missions." This money will go to buying school supplies for children in Carbon. School will be starting again before we know it, and the children will need all the help they can get.

Our Vacation Bible School will be June 30-Aug. 3. That, too, is coming up fast. Church starts at 9:30, and is over at 10:30.

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 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 Gospel on Sunday was according to St. Mark (14:12-16; 22-26). St. Mark relates details of the Last Supper when Jesus called to His Apostles to share with Him the bread and wine, which would come to represent His body and blood. He relates to them that divine intervention would provide salvation to all who believed in Him. He related that sins would be forgiven. Eternal peace would be available to the faithful. The Holy Eucharist today represents for us the faithful, the body and blood of our Savior, the Lord. It is nourishment to our souls. It gives us peace and makes us strong to face the tribulations of our daily lives. All glory is given to Jesus for His gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Be 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. Pray for your right of religious freedom!

Today is the day! The Indiana Blood Center Mobile will be at Annunciation from 9-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 church or you can log onto www.donorpoint.org.

The compassionate giving ladies that provide funeral meals for our beloved parishioners are looking for help with cleanup after each meal. These meals take a great deal of preparation and effort. Thank you to those that organize the meals, set up the Parish Center and provide the food! This is a comfort to those mourning their loved ones, so please volunteer today!

Saturday, June 23, is a cleaning day at the Parish Center. The third floor and basement need cleaned before Father Hollowell comes in July. Cleaning begins at 8 a.m., and lasts until finished, hopefully by noon. Join other parishioners to make this job easier and quicker. Looking forward to seeing you!

A reception will take place on June 24, from 2-4 p.m., at Schelley's Hall for Father Rightor. Annunciation and Holy Rosary parishioners are invited to attend and wish Father Rightor best wishes in his retirement.

Tony Spugnardi, Blaine Akers, Bernie Campbell, Karen Burk and Mark Meyers are candidates for the Parish Council. View pictures and bios of the candidates in the back of the church. Vote your choice on June 30, or July 1, for three candidates.

The students and families of John Paul II Catholic High School will have a car wash on June 30, from 10 a.m., until noon, at the school parking lot located across from Sacred Heart Church at 13th and Lafayette Streets in Terre Haute. Donations will be accepted to help fund student activities. Please stop by to support the students at the only Catholic high school in the Deanery!

The Yoga class instructed by Brian Mathis will be meeting at 4 p.m., on Sunday up on the third floor of the Parish Center. Aerobics class instructed by Dawn Levy will meet at 6, on Tuesday and Thursday in the Parish Center. Both classes are free excluding your smile! All are welcome!

It is time to sign up for the CYO trip to Kings Island trip on July 25. Tickets are $25.99 at the CYO office. Call 632-9311 for further details.

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! If you would like to volunteer and enjoy camaraderie with your fellow parishioners, you will be welcomed with open arms!

Pray for the success of the "Fortnight 4 Freedom." Pray that those that have left the church and its teachings will find their way home soon. People do not exist for the church; the church exists for people. Pray for compassion and charity in our daily lives. Pray that we are always the "best version" of ourselves.

Brazil Nazarene Church

Our church is certainly showing love and kindness to our dear friends in the neighborhood and other parts of town by having a wonderful meal the third Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. We hope to start a second dinner each month soon. The meal is free and always delicious. If you want to join us the third Friday of each month, please do come and eat with us. In July, we will have grilled hamburgers, sausages and hot dogs, plus sides, drinks and dessert. We have made many wonderful friends and hope you become our friends also.

Our church is deeply saddened by the death of Arronn Fields. The service at our church was just a wonderful tribute to him and the wonderful guest speakers and our pastor really shared what a wonderful, caring person he was. Our deepest sympathy and prayers reach out to his family and friends.

We wish to thank the wonderful church people from McKinley Hill, Lena, Knightsville and Harmony, and of course our own generous church folk as they really came through with food and helpers for Arronn's family, friends and dignitaries. The Brazil Police Department was a great help to us also by helping us set up and taking down tables and chairs at the 4-H building. There were donations from local businesses: Pages, Kroger, Jack's Fine Food and the Harmony Diner. There were many more businesses that would have been happy to help, but we had all the food we could use, but we more than appreciate their desire to help. The people in Clay County are the best and they always come through in a time of need and support. The Sheriff's Department, fire departments, police, many churches, National Guard and the Patriot's all helped. Many helped that I don't even know about, and to them and all the great folks in Clay County, thanks for all you do during a time of need. You all are a blessing.

This Sunday evening at our church, Brazil Nazarene, we invite you to join us for a great evening of wonderful music. The Kelly's will conduct a special performance at 6 p.m. They were the opening group at one time for the Oak Ridge Boys. Local group P150 will serve Sunday evening as the opening act. This will be a free will offering. No tickets are required.

We warmly welcome you to join us for any or all of our services. Sunday at 9 a.m., is our Life Classes and Sunday worship is 10 a.m. Casual dress is appropriate. Our Wednesday night youth groups still meet at 7 p.m., in our Fellowship building. We have bus service for those who need a ride. If your child or children need a ride, please call our church office before Wednesday. Our number is 446-0371. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message on our answering machine.

Carbon Baptist Church

The month of June seems to be passing by so fast; in fact, yesterday is gone, tomorrow is uncertain and today is here. Are we using our time wisely? Did we make the choice of attending worship service last Sunday? Is our choice on Father's Day taking our family to worship our Heavenly Father together? The congregation of CBC extends an invitation to come and be with us Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school followed by the worship service at 10:30 a.m.

A baptism service will be held during church services tomorrow morning performed by Pastor Barry Corder.

The Executive Board will meet Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

Bible study and prayer time every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Our lessons are currently about the object of Evangelism and are what we are doing worth doing? Some of our children and adults will be attending VBS at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church June 18-21, from 6:15-8:30 p.m. Lots will be taught about Daniel and Babylon. The name of Daniel means, "God is my Judge."

This coming Thursday, June 21, is the actual first day of summer. The mornings and evenings feel more like fall lately and rain would be most welcome.

More info will follow the next two weeks about our breaded tenderloin stand during the 4th of July at Forest Park. Excitement is building up and if you want to donate and/or work, please see Tammie Sterrett. Anytime you have concerns or prayer requests, call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or cell phone (812-239-7050) or Judy Randall at 448-3454.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Well, here it is the day before Father's Day, our mind and thoughts turn to honoring our earthly fathers. Remembering the things that we used to do with our dads brings a tear to our eyes from time to time but also with the tears come a smile or two. I was reading a daily devotional this week when I ran across this one about fathers. It blessed me so that I decided to share it with you this week.

Years ago my father gave me his first pair of glasses he wore as a ten-year-old little boy. I was curious today and put them on to see how strong they were. I wondered if I'd be able to read with them. When I tried them on, things were blurred and I couldn't see clearly. As a child, my father taught me things I should do and things I shouldn't. He led by example with his selflessness for the community, serving as a deputy sheriff, a volunteer fireman and rescue squad worker. He honored his mother and father even when they favored others. He loved his siblings even when they ignored him. It was hard for me to understand why others didn't return his expressions of love.This is similar to what it is like to look at the world through the eyes of my heavenly Father. I don't always understand why obstacles block my path when I am trying to walk in the way I believe He would have me walk. When ministry to others is stalled or rejected, I struggle to see the reasoning behind it. When I write devotionals to encourage others, sometimes my mind goes totally blank -- though my heart is filled with satisfaction and contentment -- words to express this to others seem distorted as I type them on the blank page before me. At times, these impasses seem insurmountable. I have come to see that I cannot see on my own. I will always need my Father's assistance to see clearly, to keep walking on the path He has made for me in life.

"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:8-11

Sometimes I must simply rest in the Lord and wait till He shows me the way to walk, till He lights the way. And sometimes I must walk into the shadows of the valley by faith in Him. I may not always understand the obstacles, or difficulties that come my way in the midst of serving my Lord, but I can trust Him to be with me, to know His joy in the struggles. I can trust that when words elude me, He uses that void to deepen my hunger for Him. He takes my cluttered thoughts and draws me closer to His side to know Him more intimately -- to be still and bask in the joy of His presence, rather than scrambling, searching and seeking ways to say the simplest of things.

I will "keep" my eyes on Him, the psalmist says. "Always." He doesn't take his eyes off the Father. The Father sees what we cannot. With Him at our side, we cannot fail. We need only keep focused on God and His ability to flatten any mountain, to calm any sea, to resurrect the dead, to open the eyes of the blind, to change the heart of a thief. He is doing it and any obstacle is but an opportunity for Him to show His power and glory. And the best part is that our faith in Christ rewards us with His presence forever.

Prayer: Lord, help us remember it is You who moves with us. Remind us that nothing and no one will destroy the work You want to accomplish in us and through us. You are in the details. Thank you for Your constant presence in our lives.

OCC Church is located at 6299 N. Crow Street, Brazil. Our phone number is 446-5300. You can also contact Pastor Steve at home 446-4007 or cell 249-1715 .

Our service times are as follows: Sunday study at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40 a.m.

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