Carbon United Methodist Church
I put my birthday money in the little birthday box last Sunday.
I won't say how much, but it was four coins.
That little box, actually a little church, has been sitting on that little table ever since I got up here in Indiana 57 years ago, and no telling how long it sat there before I arrived on the scene.
It is so simple to say that small, struggling churches cannot provide the programs that "modern" people are seeking -- and that is true -- but they can give us a sense of continuity, tradition and belonging that some larger, more modern churches cannot.
There is a funny looking brass object hanging between two of the sanctuary windows that few people would be able to identify.
We old members know and remember what it is, though.
We had a missionary from our church who spent 45 years in India.
She presented that object, an oil lamp, to the church on one of her visits.
If you look closely at the legs of the altar chairs, you will notice that they are scorched.
Very few realize that we almost lost our church to a fire in 1981.
This year, for homecoming, I think I will tell the people the history of our little church "lest they forget."
Sometimes, we get in too big a hurry to embrace the new, and in so doing, we throw out the old, which is really our foundation.
If you have not been by the church, you have missed a beautiful sight.
The big Asian lilies in our flower garden have been in their full glory.
When we made that flower bed several years ago, we thought it would not do much because the ground there is rubble and debris from the 1904 Carbon fire.
Were we wrong.
Anything that is planted there grows profusely.
We feel that it is really a truly holy ground.
Vacation Bible School is the next big event coming.
It will be from July 30-Aug. 3. The Carbon Nazarene Church has provided all the materials, and we will share the activities with them.
After the joint opening, the preschool children will have their own program over at the Nazarene Church.
We jokingly say that this works out quite well because they have doors and we don't.
The older kids will stay at our church.
The little ones will come back in time for the closing.
This works well for both churches because we are both too small to have a viable Bible school alone.
It is also great to work together.
I talked to a young girl the other day who said that their family did not go to church during the summer because they were too busy going places.
I know that is true of many families, but then in the winter, the same thing can be said in that they don't go to church during school because the weekends are the only time they have together.
That is also true.
But when do we give a little of that precious time to God?
Can't we spare one hour a week, or perhaps two, to worship the God who provides all things for us?
Our worship service starts at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday morning.
You will be out and back home before the dew dries on the grass that you want to mow.
Come to church. Show your love to our loving God.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and prayers turning the service over to Peg Parksey, who led the congregational singing.
Then, he called for tithes and offerings after leading the doxology.
Brother Thomas then asked for spoken, unspoken prayer requests and offered up prayers for our sick, shut-ins, those in nursing homes and our military in harms way.
He made his announcements.
Carol Vanatti honored her father and all fathers with a short showing of "Our Very Own," Pop Can Man, and Carol's dad.
We all love and appreciate John Ellison, who started a long time ago picking up those cans for us.
Our congregation saw pictures of John when he was a lot younger and had dark brown hair, and he was a lot "lighter."
We love and appreciate you, Brother John.
Sandra Jenkins sang the special, "The Blood is Still There."
Pastor, having wished all dads a "Happy Fathers Day," opened with remarks about things in his life that he recalled with his dad that had he had to do over again, just what he would say and appreciate him even more.
He then called all the fathers to come forward and be recognized with a gift.
Some 26 fathers came forward and received a beautiful handy gift from the church. (Likely, the ladies "did" it again).
The men returned to their seats and pastor said there was something about a man of God in the world.
He said he could also remember those times when mother said to do something and he was "slow" or failed to do it, and remembering that "just wait until your dad gets home."
We all remember those times, don't we?
We want to always give, support and protect our children. Remembering that we hurt also when we have to ground them for a period when they get a ticket for speeding or being late coming home from an evening of entertaining with friends and grounding them for a week.
Matthew Chapter 7: 9-12 tells us many good things when we ask. Reading verse 11, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?"
Then verse 12, "Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: For this is the law and the prophets."
James Chapter 1-17, tells us that "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
Believing that God is the creator of all, and everything we have belongs to God and that we are what this writer says, are caretakers for a period of time.
God is our heavenly Father, the beginning and the end.
We cannot take riches with us when we leave this earthly body. There are things God can do for you and things He "will not do for you, because He loves us knowing that some things we can do for ourselves; because He loves us." Let us not provoke our children, love them and train them in the way.
Read John, Chapter 8:41-17, and if you don't go to church anywhere, pay us a visit.
We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30, with evening service at 6 p.m.
Brother Thomas and the congregation welcomes one and all.
Harmony, Lena United Methodist Church
One of the earliest Christian songs that I remember is the song, "When The Saints, Go Marching In."
I can still, in my mind, hear the deep resonating sound of Louis Armstrong as he belted out the choruses.
The week of June 11, Bethel United Methodist Church partnered with Harmony and Lena UMC to hold this year's VBS.
The theme this year was Babylon and the Bible points each night reminded those attending that no matter what, God is with you.
As the kids came in each night, I thought about the song, "When The Saints, Go Marching In."
It made my heart glad that they were able to gather together in a safe place with other Christians as mentors.
1 Peter 4:10 -- "Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."
How true this is.
It was a joy to see the various members of the different churches come together to help these young people understand God's love, grace and mercy.
I wish to encourage the parents of our community to find a VBS for their children this summer.
Somewhere, there are eager volunteers waiting for the opportunity to help children develop a relationship with Christ.
This past Saturday was a milestone for Becky Jeffers, a second-grade teacher at Jackson Township Elementary. Last year, Becky was awarded the Superintendent's Scholarship and entered the Master's Program at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She returned to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College for her final return.
Becky finished her degree with a 4.0 grade-point average in one year and now has a Masters of Education. Congratulations Becky.
This week's message comes from the book of Job 38:1-11, "When God speaks."
Please join us for worship this week.
Harmony's service starts at 9 a.m., with Sunday school to follow, and Lena has Sunday school at 10 a.m., with service starting at 10:45.
Peniel United Methodist Church
End of a very dry June approaching and 4th of July Celebration in Forest Park just around the corner.
Plans for the Town and Country Men's Bean Dinner are well underway for the annual event. There are so many hard working men and women at Peniel. With the work comes good fun and fellowship.
Come and join in. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.
There will be an administrative board dinner meeting at 7 p.m., July 12, at the church.
The scripture for this Sunday is from Job 38:1-11.
Pastor Pippin's sermon will be "God Finally Speaks."
Part of the greeting for this Sunday is, "We cry out to God for help and for answers. But when God speaks, are we ready for God's voice?"
That's a lot to think about.
For the Children's Moment, Pastor Pippin will discuss with the little ones, "This is My Commandment."
Laundry and dish detergents are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Carbon Baptist Church
It's official now ... the first day of summertime and the hot weather confirms that, and hopefully we've had some rain by today.
Sunday morning is our fourth Sunday time for donuts, coffee, milk and fellowship before the 9:30 a.m., classes. The church services begin at 10:30 a.m., for praise and worship with a wonderful sermon given by Pastor Barry Corder with the teaching of the scriptures very understanding. There will be a short meeting following the worship services for the Christian Board of Education, and those wanting to help with Children's Church.
Wednesday night Bible Study and Prayer Time is another time for learning and understanding the scriptures. Make an effort to join us at 7 p.m.
Hear ye all ladies of the congregation: Our monthly missionary meeting is Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the home of Nanette Brown, 10739 N. CR 425 W., Brazil. Try to attend.
Sunday, July 1, will be a very busy day with the morning services and after lunch, many will go to Forest Park to set up the tent and supplies for our breaded tenderloin stand.
Whenever that is completed, it's back to the church for our "pounding party," preparing the tenderloins to sell Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
All the help is appreciated and a great time of fellowship, too.
Any questions? Just ask Steve or Tammie Sterrett. Don't forget to sign up the times you can work on the sheet in the foyer.
Many children and adults participated in VBS at Benwood Mt. Lebanon this past week. Everyone learned so much more about Daniel. A great time was had by all.
An invitation is always open at CBC ... a place of learning, love and fellowship.
Call the office at 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry Corder's cell at 812-239-7050, if you have any questions or concerns.
John 1:16 tell us, "From the fullness of his grace, we have all received one blessing after another."
Bee Ridge Church
Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:
* July 2-4 -- 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 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 is for all ages and 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 can be reached at 812-241-3036, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Eastside Christian Church
We at Eastside Christian Church hope all you fathers out there had a great Father's Day.
As you may know, our pastor had an accident and had orthopedic surgery June 7, and was informed that it would be a long recuperation, for he would not be able to put weight on his leg for several months.
With God's help, and Jan's, Pastor Bill was with us last Sunday morning from his wheelchair. What a blessing he was to come and present the message.
We do appreciate you very much, and we know that God was with you.
We want to continue to pray for Pastor Bill and others in our congregation who are having surgeries, health issues and other problems. And also, for those who have lost loved ones recently. There will be a congregational meeting immediately after our morning worship service tomorrow. Please try to be in attendance.
We once again want to thank Charlie and Andrew for stepping in and helping out the ways you did. Also, thanks to Millie and Ann for their beautiful music.
VBS "Splash for Jesus," is coming up fast. It will be June 27-29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing your child with us.
The Clay City Youth for Christ group will be handling all of it, and we know that they have put a lot of work into it. If you can help with food, please talk with Jayme, Lorie or Dorleen to see what is needed.
We want this to be a success and reach as many children as possible.
Serving On The Streets really needs your help.
Give them a call and see how you can help. This is such a great endeavor. We want to help them keep up their good works.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to extend an invitation for you to come be with us tomorrow. We have a great time in the name of our Lord.
Brazil Bible Fellowship
"I Don't Care-ibbean" is the theme of our VBS this year.
All children (kindergarten through fifth-grade) are invited to this exciting Pirate adventure.
It will be Sunday through Wednesday, July 8-11, from 6-8:30 p.m., each evening.
Even if you can only come one night, we would love to see you.
We are in the process of making changes to our website so we invite you to check it out. It is www.brazilbible.org. While you are there, we invite you to listen to one of Pastor Gordon's messages. You will get a taste of his and our passion for discovering God's truth and its application to our lives to help us leave each day for God.
Last Sunday's message was a good challenge to all of us, but it was especially a challenge for dads.
Pastor preached from 1 Peter 1:3-5, and it was titled, "Following in the Footsteps of Our Heavenly Father."
Just as God the Father showed mercy by providing the hope of eternal life through Christ, so we are to show mercy, following God the Father's example.
Mercy is a loving compassion for one who is miserable and needy.
Sometimes, those people are the children. It's easy as father's to neglect showing mercy to the one's closest to them.
The second point was that the Father has an inheritance for us. Pastor stated that although it is nice to leave an earthly inheritance for the children, the greatest inheritance to leave is a godly one. Dads should help the children seek first the Kingdom of God and store up treasures that will last forever.
The third point was that God protects. Fathers should provide physical and spiritual protection. The best way to protect is to teach the children in the ways of the Lord and that they live life guided by God's wisdom.
We invite you to join us Sunday at 10 a.m., for Sunday school for all ages and for our worship at 11. Dave James will be our guest speaker.
There is youth group Sunday night from 6-7:30 p.m., for teens in middle and high school.
First Baptist Church
Welcome, welcome, welcome; the call is out.
First Baptist on South Walnut Street is hoping to see you Sunday morning for our Donut Fellowship early before Sunday school.
Classes begin at 9:30 a.m., for all ages.
We recommend donuts be kept in the fellowship room.
Not because we think you are messy, but we want to visit with you -- that's the whole idea, right?
Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Cheryl Riddell, Tim Grindle and the Praise Choir will open the service.
Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message.
There is a staffed nursery for young children.
KidMo, an interactive Bible lesson program, is for all elementary children.
Sunday evening programs begin with worship at 6 p.m. The youth meet and choir practice starts at 7 p.m.
Tuesday is the Young Women's Bible Study at 7:30 p.m., under the leadership of Stacey Thompson.
Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., is the Through-the-Bible Study in the fellowship room.
Wednesday evening, the deacons will meet at 7 p.m., in the fellowship room.
At 7 p.m., Thursday, you can worship with us at the ROCK. There will be a nursery and KidMo for the children.
Friday, the Young Men's Bible Study meets at 7 p.m., with Roger Torbert as leader.
Remember this very evening, at 4 p.m., there will be a Fathers and Sons Recognition Dinner.
If someone asks you, "What is the Gospel; what does it mean to you?" Do you have an answer?
The gospel is a huge announcement of God's salvation.
Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15).
Center Point United Methodist Church
Did you miss our article last week? I got busy and didn't realize I hadn't sent it in until I checked my e-mail Friday evening.
Then, it dawned on me that I had missed the deadline.
Getting this article in the paper is not the "end of the world," but this can be a reminder that we don't want to forget other things that are really important.
Pastor Bob Kumpf is giving a message from Mark 4:35-41, tomorrow. He is calling it, "The Perfect Storm."
He says, "It is the story of the disciples waking Jesus after the storm arises and they are afraid of drowning. The theme of the message is finding peace and rest in the midst of the storm. It is a great reminder of the need to be prepared for the unexpected. And we all need that.
"Have you ever been in the midst of a crisis and wondered where God was? You pray and He doesn't respond, and you wonder why He doesn't care about your fear or suffering. Maybe you want to shake Him to get His attention. If so ... you're in the same boat as the disciples. (Sorry for the pun). The question for us is the same as it was 2,000 years ago. 'Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?' Ouch ... think about it."
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St., Brazil, with Father Harold Rightor officiating.
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Mass scheduled: 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 of Mark (4:30-32b) reminds us that the Kingdom of God is to be compared to a mustard seed. When sown, the smallest of seeds will grow into a strong large plant. The same is true with the word of God. We are to plant seeds so that more people will become faithful and aware of what God has to offer.
We must continue to spread the seed of faith in our daily lives to guide those who have lost their way back to our God.
Pray that we are always willing to plant the seed to serve each other and to light the way to the God we are seeking.
The U.S. Bishops have called all of us to a "Fortnight for Freedom," which began June 21. All Catholics need to gather together as one, as it should be, and pray that our religious freedom is not stolen from us.
The repercussions of the HHS Mandate will send shock waves across the nation as our churches, hospitals, clinics, food pantries and shelters will no longer be able to provide assistance to those who are in need.
Don't procrastinate and don't be complacent. The future of our religion and everything we provide for the less fortunate is in jeopardy.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
From the Archdiocese regarding Catholic Charities and the HHS Mandate: Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has been privileged to serve the poor and vulnerable in our communities more than 100 years. Over these many years, we have served those in need without regard to their religion affiliation or any other factor for that matter -- save for the fact that they are in need.
"We serve those we serve because we are Catholic, not because they are Catholic.
"For the first time in our history, we are at threat of not being able to freely exercise our responsibility to the 'least of all people' due to the Health and Human Services mandate. Please help us be able to continue to help. Visit http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/r...
Although the movie, "The Hunger Games," has been a huge success at the box office, hunger is no game for thousands of children in the state of Indiana. In fact, one in four children in our own Hoosier state are at risk of hunger -- meaning they are not sure whether or not they will have enough to eat today.
At Catholic Charities, we are seeing an unprecedented demand for hunger relief. For example, in Terre Haute, we are now sending nearly 1,000 children home every week with backpacks filled with food just so they will be able to eat during the weekend. Visit www.archindy.org.
The Knights of Columbus will meet Monday, June 25. Our speaker at the meeting will be Brent King, who will be presenting on Holy Rosary's appeal and updating with the latest information. The meeting will begin with a rosary at 7:15 p.m., with the presentation and meal to follow.
The Bingo hall is still buzzing with fun each Sunday evening. Grab a friend and come out to play some Bingo or volunteer your time. You won't regret it.
Pictures and bios are posted in the rear of our church of candidates running for the Parish Council. Candidates are Blaine Akers, Karen Burk, Bernie Campbell, Mark Meyers and Tony Spugnardi. Please read and consider carefully and consider carefully who you will cast your vote for. And, please remember to vote June 30 and July 1.
A car wash is planned by the students of John Paul II Catholic High School June 30, at 10 a.m. Cars will be happily washed in the school parking lot across from Sacred Heart Church, located at 13th and Lafayette streets in Terre Haute. Please run over and support the students of John Paul.
Brian Mathis' yoga class is now at 4 p.m., Sundays, on the third floor of the Parish Center. Aerobics class is Tuesday and Thursday, at 6 p.m., in the Parish Center.
Pray that we are always the best version of ourselves in Glory to Our Lord. Pray for thee continuation of religious freedom in the United States. Pray that we are always planting the seed and spreading the Word in our daily lives.
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 am 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 over you? (15) And he said unto them, Take heed, and; beware of covetousness; (greed) for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (16) And he spake the parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully (good crops); (17) And he thought 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 personal sin(s).
Let me tell you what I was told by a young person, maybe 10 or 11. They said something 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 a.m., located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.
Our phone number is 446-5300.
Pastor Steve Brattain can 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.
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 they'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?
I would like to wish my wife Sandy a happy birthday Sunday and a happy 31st wedding anniversary on Tuesday.
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.