Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
Well, here we are into the time of the year called summer.
Family outings, vacations, outdoor sports and many other things that we have been waiting on to enjoy come into play this time of year.
But one thing that is usually forgotten about is God and our regular attendance at church.
God made six days in which He gave us the opportunity to do whatever we wanted to do, but on the Sabbath Day, we were to concentrate on God and keep it holy.
Going to church used to be the focal point of the community. On Sunday, we went to church.
But what happened? Our priorities changed and we got ourselves involved in too many things. Yes, you read this right. Things that take us away from God or replace God in our lives.
I would like to share with you two scriptures that will help us understand what God wants us to do.
One of these scriptures comes from Deuteronomy 6:12 (Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee;), and Hebrews 10:25 (Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much more, as ye see the day approaching).
One day, we shall stand before God and give an account for what we have done in this life (Romans 14:12).
So look at your own life and see which direction it is going.
Matthew 7:13 and 14 says, "Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
We here at Otter Creek Church would like to help get back on the right path if you are one that has lost their way.
Pastor Steve encourages us with his messages from the Word of God to help us to live a Godly and Holy life.
Please come and join us as we worship together.
Our services are as follows: Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.
We have a Ladies Bible Study Tuesdays at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris. You may contact the church at 446-5300 (leave a message), or call Pastor Steve at 446-4007 or after 6 p.m., at 812-249-1715.
Special happenings at OCCC:
* July 22, 10:30 .m. -- Women's Trio Brand New from New Palestine, Ind., will be here to minister to us. Love offerings will be taken,
* Aug. 5 -- The Thiemanns (our missionaries) will be here at 10:30 a.m., to share with us about their work in the mission field. More information about them in the next few weeks.
Remember to pray for our military men and women and their families. Please pray for those people who have lost their homes because of the wildfires in Colorado.
Until we meet again, by way of this article or in person, may God bless you and watch over you.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Looking for something to do this evening?
Come to Center Point and enjoy the annual Fish Fry put on by the Center Point and Community Volunteer Fire Department.
One of the things we look forward to in the summertime is the local fish fry, festival or fair.
These are great ways to pass an evening and support a local effort.
Our Fish Fry starts at 4:30 p.m.
Six Mile Band will provide entertainment, and at 8 p.m., the annual horse pull begins.
Join us at the Fish Fry.
Then, tomorrow morning, you are invited to join us at Sunday school and worship services. Pastor Bob Kumpf will share a message titled, "While On The Way."
He is using Mark 5:21-43 as the basis of his text. This is the story of the woman who had faith that just touching Jesus' garment would bring healing to her body.
Her faith and the fact that Jesus knew that someone had touched Him in more than a casual way are two inspiring parts of this passage.
Come join us and see what other insights Pastor Bob shares with us from God's Word.
Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and worship services follow at 10:30.
Whether it is in our congregation or in another, be part of the family of God.
Brazil Bible Fellowship
"I Don't Care-ibbean" VBS is being held July 8-11 (Sunday through Wednesday) evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. All children in K-5th grade are invited. Come and join us for this exciting pirate adventure. Even if they are only able to come for only one or two nights, we want them to jump on board!
Pastor will be continuing his messages from the Old Testament, currently on the life of Abraham. Although he lived many years ago in a different culture, it was still about facing life's challenges and a testing of his faith. There are so many lessons that can challenge us to follow us in his footsteps of faith. Being a real man in real life, we can also learn from his failures: what to avoid or what to do when our faith fails. Come and be encouraged and challenged through the preaching of the Word. Along with the preaching, there is the blessing of worshipping together with others. We invite you to our worship service at 11 a.m. You can join us for Sunday School at 10 where there are classes for each age group. Nursery care is also available.
We are located south of town on Highway 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds, the place where you will see the colorful VBS sign! Visit our website (currently under redesign) www.brazilbible.org or call Pastor at 240-3003 if you have any questions.
The Door CFC
The Fourth of July is a day that we set aside to celebrate our liberty and freedom here in our country. Jesus said "If the son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed (fully and totally)" John 8:36.
Before you celebrate the festivities, of the 4th of July, come join us for: Liberty Healing Crusade at 11 a.m. This hour-long service will seek from the Lord healing for your body, deliverance for you mind and rest for your soul. The evangelist will be T.F. Morales of Terre Haute. Tony has been seeing a number of various healings and words of knowledge as he preaches and prays for people.
The service will be held outside on the lawn under canopy. After we will celebrate with a free ham and bean sandwich lunch. The Door Christian Fellowship Church is located at 100 N. Forest Ave.
If you do not have a home church, come visit us this Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. We are currently enjoying a fresh wind of God and have just concluded three days of prayer and fasting, which will definitely stoke up the fire.
The Door CFC is evangelical, Pentecostal and patriotic. Remember, Jesus is the reason for our freedom! For more information or transportation call 812-201-3966.
First Baptist Church
Welcome to First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. We invite you to begin your week with us at Sunday School beginning at 9:30. Worship service begins at 10:30. We look forward to this Sunday when we participate in Communion, recognizing that our holy and blameless Christ went to the cross bearing our sins, making it possible for us accepting his forgiveness to be made righteous before God.
There is a staffed nursery available. The service will open with Ken Hutcheson, Tim Grindle, Shirley Hinton and the Praise Choir. All children are invited to KidMo Children's Worship following praise and prayer time. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message.
The evening program begins at 6 p.m. with Evening Worship. Choir and Youth will begin at 7.
The Young Women's Bible Study meets Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. with Mrs. Stacy Thompson.
There will be no Bible Study Wednesday due to the 4th of July celebrations.
Plan to worship with us Thursday evening for the ROCK at 7 p.m. We will be in the sanctuary for contemporary music and Pastor Mark will bring the message.
Friday the Young Men's Bible Study, led by Roger Torbert, will meet at 7 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you this week.
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 schedule is 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.
Transition and adaptation have been operative words at Annunciation for many years. This week, we open our arms and hearts to our new Priest, Father John Hollowell. Father Hollowell will have a Meet and Greet after the July 4, 9 a.m., Mass. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Center.
The Gospel of Luke (1:57-66, 80) speaks of the birth of John the Baptist. We can recall in Luke 1:18-20, that Gabriel silenced Zechariah at the sanctuary when Zechariah questioned Gabriel's news that his barren wife Elizabeth would bear a child at her older age and the child would be named John. When the village neighbor assumed Elizabeth's son would be named Zechariah after his father, she corrected them, stating her son was to be called John. The people wanted Zechariah's approval of this; after writing on a tablet that his son was to be named John, simultaneously Zechariah was able to speak once more. Zechariah's first words were in blessing to God. After witnessing this event, speculation filled all of Judea with puzzlement as to what this small child John would really be.
These witnesses did not forget what they had seen, but kept the event close at heart. Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit prophesying the remainder of his earthly days. John the Baptist was chosen the Prophet of the Most High; he went in advance of Jesus making His way; spreading the news of salvation and the forgiveness of sins. John devoted his life to his prophecy.
Thank you to all that participated in the cleaning project in the Church and Parish Center. Everything looks wonderful and your hard work is appreciated.
Vote this weekend. Candidate pictures and bios are posted in the rear of the church for you to reference. Candidates are Blaine Akers, Karen Burk, Bernie Campbell, Mark Meyers and Tony Spugnardi. Please read and consider carefully whom you will cast your vote for. Decisions concerning your Parish are placed in Council hands. Choose wisely.
July 8 will bring a change in our Mass schedule (remember, we can adapt, we have lots of practice).
To acclimate yourself to the new schedule: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. Weekday Masses will be Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m.
Father Hollowell presides over Masses for Holy Rosary and also Sacred Heart, which makes him a busy guy.
The new schedule is not that different and we have proved in the past that we can handle anything, so let's do that without any grumbling.
Sunday evening and your weekend was a bust? Run over to Kennedy Crossing for a chuckle filled evening of Bingo. Not a Bingo player? No problem. There are lots of things to be done while sharing fellowship with other parishioners.
Hope you get your Times early. John Paul II car wash begins at 10 a.m., today. Support our parochial high schoolers by letting them wash your car.
Cars will be happily washed in the school parking lot across from Sacred Heart Church, located at 13th and Lafayette streets in Terre Haute.
Mark July 14 on your calendar for the Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale in front of Clover Signs on National Avenue, from 9 a.m.-noon. Proceeds will assist in building the 8th home in Clay County. Donations are welcome. Call 449-1159 or 442-0681.
Brian Mathis' yoga class is now at 4 p.m., Sundays, on the third floor of the Parish Center. Aerobics class is on Tuesday and Thursday, at 6 p.m., in the Parish Center.
Pray that we will always celebrate Independence Day. Pray for the continuation of Religious Freedom in the United States. Pray for all the sick, both in body and mind. Pray for the less fortunate; that they will have a place to stay and food to eat. Pray that we practice compassion and charity always. Pray that we liken ourselves to John the Baptist; always planting the seed and spreading the word in our daily lives.
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 (Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman)
* 7 p.m. -- Trustee meeting
* 7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study
9:45 a.m. -- No Ladies Bible Study meeting until July 19 (please check back on this date).
From the Pastor
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.
* Aug. 4 -- Help A Family Golf Scramble at Oak Ridge Golf Course
From Pat: I had a wonderful vacation. I got to see West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina, where my daughter and her family live.
When the sun comes up and touches the tops of the mountains, you just stand there in awe and you know that the scene you are looking at could only have been created by God.
The drive was as much fun as the visit.
Now back to our schedule.
I have had so many responses telling me your favorite story of the Bible, I don't know where to start.
I have so enjoyed doing the question of the week, but do feel the responses have slowed down somewhat so I feel we need to do something different.
Over the next few weeks, I want you to tell me what you would like.
Questions, research, opinions ... some of the "favorite" stories would be nice, but I would like to take it a little further.
What has happened in your life that you view as "divine?" As always, I will never print your name. So tell me what has God done for you?
This has been a busy month with Vacation Bible School, JeKeNSA Church Camp and vacations, so we are going to give Pastor Dick a break from his question until August, so send me your questions for him by the end of July.
With the heat wave on and no rain, make sure and check on your neighbors, pets and just be a little extra vigilant so we can all get through this together.
Until next week, stay safe, stay cool and have a blessed week.
Isaiah 2:1 "This what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days of the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it."
Carbon Baptist Church
Well, the "rain man" is definitely on vacation.
We continue to pray for all those suffering from fires in the west, floods in the south and the many areas and our own community needing rain.
Independence Day, the fourth of July, is a national holiday we all celebrate in one way or another. The Declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776, and because of the courage and sacrifice by men and women in armed services all these years, we enjoy our freedom today.
I still get a "lump in my throat," when I hear the song, "God Bless the USA," and see an American Flag. Take time to thank God for our blessings and freedom.
The month of July begins with Sunday being the first and during the 10:30 a.m., church services, communion will be observed, which is the time of recognizing the death and resurrection of our risen Savior.
Many will be going to Forest Park after lunch to get "all set up," for those delicious breaded tenderloins being sold Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Be sure and stop by our booth.
Then, back to the church for the "pounding party" to prepare the tenderloins. The more we have helping, the better and it is really a fun time.
The first Tuesday of July would be our regular quarterly business meeting. However, the meeting will be the following Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Mark this date on your calendar.
Another important date to mark on your calendar is Sunday, July 8, as a "Reunion Pitch-In," will be in the Fellowship Hall. Lots of delicious food and a great time of fellowship.
CBC extends an invitation to all for Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m., and then the 10:30 a.m., church services.
Pastor Barry Corder teaches and preaches from the scriptures and we learn more each Sunday.
Concerns or questions? Feel free to call the office at 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry at 812-239-7050.
May your holiday celebrations be safe and be grateful for our freedom.
God Bless America.
Peniel United Methodist Church
The July 4th Celebrations are well underway.
The Town and Country United Methodist Men will be serving their "Bean Dinner" on two days, July 3-4, during the event.
Pastor Pete and Dean Swearingen are baking the cornbread at the church and those in the church are asked to donate Pepsi products and individuals bottles of water to be sold at the park.
Keep our service men and women in your prayers. So many are separated from their families.
Mark July 8 on your calendar. The Community Choir Concert, "Land of the Free," will take place at Peniel at 6 p.m. There are around 40 members in this choir. Come and enjoy it in the air conditioning.
Finger foods will be served.
The scripture for this Sunday is 2nd Corinthians 8:1-5.
Pastor Pippin's message is, "The Right Kind of Giving."
For the Children's Moment, it is "Adam and Eve's Big Mistake."
As always, on the first Sunday of the month, communion will be served to those who wish to partake.
Don't forget the Administrative Board Meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., July 12.
Canned fruits are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry. Place donations in the vestibule of the church.
For more information, call Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Bee Ridge Congregational Church
Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:
* July 2-4 -- Be sure to visit us at the Bee Ridge Food Stand during the Forest Park 4th of July Celebration. A variety of great food will be offered,
* Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3, beginning each night at 6 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome.
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 services and Children's Church begins 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 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Eastside Christian Church
As you are reading this, Vacation Bible School at Eastside Christian Church has come to an end for another year.
The picnic is being held today at Harmony Park. The actual closing service will be in the morning at our regular worship time.
The VBS was presented by the Clay City Youth for Christ members with organization being handled by Jayme Payne, Lorie Pierce and Dorleen Woodrum.
They had help from those who were willing to be available if needed and providing the refreshments and picnic supplies.
If you kids have never attended VBS, really make sure they do next year. It is a really fun time, plus they get closer to God.
We want to thank Rich Carmichael of The Herald for stepping in for Pastor Bill last week. His message was very inspirational.
Pastor Bill was with us, and he is coming right along with his recuperation, but is still in the wheelchair.
We want to keep praying for his complete recovery, and we also want to keep Jan in our prayers as his caregiver.
Our congregational meeting was held immediately following last Sunday's service to fill the offices of those that had expired.
It was good to see so many in attendance to vote.
One again, we want to thank Millie and Ann for their music. They are so faithful in bringing the music to us.
We also want to remember to pray for those in our congregation who are having difficulties of any kind.
And also, remember to pray for our military men and women and our country. Our country's birthday is next week.
Let's be sure to thank God for the freedom that we have.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us.
We do not know when the Lord is coming back, so we need to be ready.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all having just returned from a short vacation along with his wife, Beverly, leading in prayer, thanking God for all the good things that came our way and for the wonderful day. Turning the service over to Peg Parksey, who led the congregation singing. Pastor then called for tithes and offerings and led thanks with the doxology. He then made his announcements and asked for spoken and unspoken requests, praying for our sick shut-ins, nursing home residents and our military in harms way, praying that God will take care of them and praising the Lord for our people. Debbie Megenhardt then sang the special, "He's still working on me" along with a short slide show, which was warmly welcomed. Our people are blessed with talent in the church. We appreciate you, Debbie. What a surprise. Pastor then began his sermon with the question, "Why am I here?" Have you ever asked that of yourself? He said it started in the Garden of Eden. Reading in Gen. Chapter 2, 3 we learned that Adam and Eve were put out of Eden for not obeying God. Too, that they would suffer greatly and dust thou art, and unto dust thou return. Now, through the blood of Jesus, we are saved. God put us here to love and be loved, to be a light unto the world-the light of the Lord. Matt. Chapter 20: 26-28 God wants us even the most highly person in position or the lowly to be your minister or your servant. Some folks just don't understand it, but you can never be too haughty or self-centered thinking you are too important and just cannot do the menial chores. A good leader is one whom can, has and will continue to do those tasks along side of you. God has given out many blessings and wants to continue; however, there are some that can do for themselves. Luke 10:33 we learn that after having a priest and a Levite pass by an injured man, a good Samaritan came by and stopped to tend to the injured man, not only this, he took him to an inn and paid for his keep telling the inn keeper that if it cost more, that when he came by again that he would make it right. God says to bless them that curse you, that they persecute you and be kind to one another; continuing in instant prayer, and with brotherly love. What words from the Lord do we hear in Clay County. I will repay sayeth the Lord. Overcome evil with good. God tells us much more in Rom. Chapter 12 Vs 9-21. The Holy Spirit gave those words to the writers of our gospel. God wants us to be that light by being a body of Christ, for others to see the light. We must not be too "Churchy" that we lose sight of God. He works in mysterious ways. Let us walk earnestly and honestly in the Lord. We are here because God loves us. Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:30, and Evening services at 6 p.m.
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.