Peniel United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 8, at 6 p.m., is the Community Choir's Concert, "Land of the Free," at Peniel Church.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this 40-plus production. There is no charge.
Finger foods will be served in the air conditioning.
Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m., is the administrative board meeting.
The scripture for this Sunday is St. John 10:1-10.
Pastor Pippin's sermon is titled, "I am the Gate," and for the Children's Moment, it will be "Cain's Big Mistake."
Donations are needed for the Brazil Food Pantry, including personal items plus treats for the children. All would be appreciated. We all like them.
Hope to see you at Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.
For more information, call Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Bee Ridge Congregational Church
Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:
* Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3, beginning each night at 6 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome. We will be telling Bible stories, learning songs, snacks, crafts and fun games.
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road.
We are the brick church on the top of the hill. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship service and Children's Church begins at 10:30 a.m.
Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors any time.
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.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Carbon had trouble with their water pumps this week. There were times that we had very little pressure and now there is a boil order on for Carbon folks.
What an inconvenience. On top of that, there is a burn ban and we did not have any big fireworks celebrations for the Fourth of July.
Also, the carnival was in town and it was too hot to go to the park. Life is a real bummer, isn't it?
But it makes me very much aware of how grateful we really should be.
Some time ago, I saw a thing on television that told of two young orphans in Africa who walked miles a day to get five gallon cans of water to carry back to their village to sell to keep from starving.
Have you picked up a five-gallon can of water? Each gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, so a five-gallon would weigh 40 pounds.
Can you carry that much on your head for miles in the hot, hot desert? How many of those cans of water do you use in a normal day? More than one, I am sure.
In all this heat and all this dry weather, we are still so much better off than much of the world. Let's not complain, but give thanks to our loving God that we live in a place that, despite the heat and the dry conditions, is still a very beautiful and comfortable place to live.
Those orphans I mentioned have no hope for better conditions. We know that the rains will come and the heat will go. Let's remember to thank God every day for what He has given us.
There will be a board meeting this Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m., at the church. There will also be a Bible School meeting Monday, July 23, to decorate and make final plans for Bible School. If those who are preparing lessons or activities or crafts need some help getting things ready, please see me before then.
We celebrated the birth of our nation this past week. We probably all sang, "God Bless America," at least once. Did you really mean it?
Did you sing it from your heart? Have you actually asked God to bless America in your prayers?
Come to church Sunday and give thanks to our wonderful God.
Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m.
Eastside Christian Church
Last Sunday, Eastside Christian Church was the scene for our 2012 VBS closing program. What a blessing to watch the children tell about what they had learned and sing songs. This year's VBS was led by a group of young adults from the Clay City area who go by LEADING BY SERVING.
They did a fantastic job and I am sure made quite an impression on the children who attended.
Their adult sponsor, Susan, told a little about what they do besides help with VBS. These young people travel around and help out in disaster areas, such as Henryville, Ind., and Joplin, Mo., in the name of the Lord.
Keep them in your prayers as they continue doing good works.
We also want to thank Jayme, Lorie and Dorleen for organizing the picnic, which took place Saturday for the VBS children.
Pastor Bill was with us. Please keep him in your prayers as he has physical therapy. Also, pray that Jan keeps her strength up after her fall.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Aug. 26, which will be our Family Sunday. Who will you be inviting?
The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us that day.
If you wish to help Serving On The Streets with collecting school supplies, the cut off date is July 22.
There is a list of items needed on the bulletin board in the foyer. Please put the items in the tub near the coat rack in the Fellowship Hall.
We pray you had a safe and fun Independence Day. We want to pray that God will continue to bless the USA, and also that the USA will continue to praise God.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We have a great time in the name of the Lord.
Brazil Bible Fellowship Church
The pirate ship has arrived and has been put in place for the beginning of VBS. It looks to be a lot of fun and adventure with the "I Don't Care-ibbean." All children ages K-6th grade are invited to join us beginning Sunday night through Wednesday night from 6-8:30 p.m. If you have any questions please call 812-240-3003. If not, just drop your children off to the care of the pirate crew and just maybe they will head home with a new attitude.
We are continuing to revamp our website, and I am sure you will love the new and improved look. Check it out at www.brazilbible.org. While you are there, why not listen to the most recent message from this past Sunday or browse through some past sermons? If it was a blessing to you we would love to hear from you and, of course, tell someone else about it as well.
God made a covenant with Abraham that He would bless him and make him a great nation. As this story of history unfolds in Genesis 12-18, it was not until 25 years later that God gave Abraham a child. During that time Abraham and Sarai tried helping God out since their physical time clock was running out. Surely we can relate. How many times have you and I questioned God's timing regarding a matter? How many times have we wondered if God was really in control, especially when things are getting worse and He has promised that He will cause everything to work together for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28-29)?
Just like God made a promise to Abraham and He would fulfill it (25 years later) so God does keep His promises today. God revealed a specific plan (and promise) He had for Abraham. Throughout the Bible, God has many promises for the believer. Just like Abraham had to believe God even when time seemed to be running out, we need to trust God even when it does not appear that He is keeping his word.
As we were challenged in the message from the life of Abraham, just remember that God does not need our alternate plans of aid to help Him accomplish and keep his promises to us. We must also remember that God does not forget and He can easily do what seems impossible (Genesis 17:17; 18:10-14). Nothing is too hard for God. As Proverbs 3:5-6 exhorts us to trust in the Lord with all our heart so we must also remember who God is. He is the sovereign LORD and God most high, possessor of heaven and earth (Genesis 14:19-20; 15:1-2). I hope this encouraged you as much as it did me.
Why not join us Sunday for a time of worship and encouragement through the preaching of the Word as Pastor Gordon continues the series from the life of Abraham. Our worship service is at 11 a.m. We would love to welcome you.
Carbon Baptist Church
The 4th of July celebration has come and gone with this year being an exceptionally different one than usual. The weather sure changed the plans for many with no fireworks at Forest Park due to the dry conditions, extreme high temperatures and no rain. All of these create changes and disappointments. Some things are never the same; but, Hebrews 13:8 tells us, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." Such encouraging words!
The CBC breaded tenderloin stand at Forest Park was a success. Thanks to all that stopped by to purchase a sandwich and a drink. The hot weather was a little difficult for the workers and customers, but a wonderful time was had of fellowship and eating a delicious sandwich.
Sunday morning after church services the pitch-in dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Just bring food like you're going to a reunion. The meat and drinks will be furnished.
Our quarterly business meeting will be Tuesday, July 10, at 7 p.m., and all members are encouraged to attend. The Praise and Worship team has practice Wednesday, July 11, at 6 p.m. Bible study and prayer time will be led by Pastor Barry Corder starting at 7 p.m. The middle of the week services give us all a boost and we continue to learn more about the scriptures. America's most urgent need is another great spiritual awakening. How is your prayer life? Our country is in dire need for Christians to pray, pray, pray. America without Christ is DOOMED.
Hope your plan this Sunday is to attend Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., with wonderful teachers in each class and 10:30 a.m., church services led by Pastor Barry Corder. These times give us an opportunity to come together for worship and praise. We never want to lose the freedom we have to do this as in many parts of the world all of this isn't allowed. Let's get serious and realize how blessed we are and never lose our freedom of choice.
Continue to stand on the wall and be a watchman for the Lord.
Church office phone -- 442-7729. Pastor Barry Corder cell phone - (812) 239-7050.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Last Sunday we at Center Point were blessed with a visit from The Disciples of Jesus Horsemen. You may have seen them on the front page of The Brazil Times Wednesday, June 27.
I read about them in the paper and then, to my surprise, got to meet them and hear about their trip in our church.
Tim and Lynn Tuggle started out from California on horseback and were joined by Marshal McGuire and his sister, Chelsey in Oklahoma. They told us of the many ways God has provided for them on their trip. God has provided their needs and He has provided opportunities for them to witness to others. Many people have accepted Jesus as Savior through contact with the Tuggles.
You are all invited to worship with us tomorrow. Pastor Bob Kumpf has titled his message "Offer to All." He uses Mark 6: 1-13 as the basis. There are two stories in this scripture section. Bob says, "The first is the story of Jesus returning to His hometown and being unable to do many miracles there. The second concerns sending the disciples out to share the good news to all."
"In some ways these are discouraging words as they show the resistance of some people to the hope found in Christ. Even the people of Nazareth questioned Jesus and refused to accept the healing and hope He had to give them. The scriptures tell us that, 'He was amazed at their lack of faith.' Then He sends out the disciples with the advice, 'If any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.'
"Discouraging, right? Well . . . yes. But the rest of the scripture tells us that even in our disappointment we are to move on and share the good news to those who will hear and receive! Jesus went out to other villages and continued teaching and giving hope. And the scripture says that the disciples anointed many, drove out demons and did many miracles as well. The point? God needs all of us to be disciples to the world. No individual can be 'the one' for all people. But God WILL send someone who, through the Holy Spirit, will touch and bring salvation. So 'keep on keepin' on!' Don't be discouraged... but be encouraged that you might be 'the one' for the next person you share God's love with!"
This must be the way the Tuggles approach their mission trip. They are offering Jesus to all they meet. Some will respond. Some won't. Just like the Tuggles, we can offer Jesus to all we meet. Remember ... We are not responsible for whether they accept Him or not. We are responsible for being obedient. What a witness to obedience the Tuggles are. Keep them in your prayers.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Church is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father John Hollowell officiating. For information call: 448-1901 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: email@example.com. Items for this article need to be e-mailed no later than Wednesday evening.
New Mass schedule: Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m., Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday at 9 a.m.
July 4 welcomed our newest member to the Annunciation Parish, Father John Hollowell with Mass and refreshments in the Parish Center. Thank you to all who contributed to this festive day! Father will be staying at Holy Rosary until October, but he will also offer office hours at Annunciation. Remember in this transitional time we should exercise patience as Father will be ministering to Annunciation, Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart.
Father will have his hands full, not only getting acclimated to new parishioners and friends, but also learning habits and customs of each parish plus having to navigate new streets in two areas.
We also need to keep our sister parish, Holy Rosary, in our prayers as they enter their last months in their parish. A place that has nourished their bodies and souls for years is closing never to reopen, the feeling of "home" lost forever. We hope to never be in their shoes, but, just for an instance, try to imagine losing Annunciation. Only when our conscience truly embraces the thought of a future without our parish can we realize what Holy Rosary is experiencing; it is with grateful hearts that we receive a priest that recognizes the greatest need of his ministering.
And that would be Holy Rosary.
Thursday evening many gathered at Schelley Hall to bid Father Rightor farewell and to celebrate his 10th anniversary as a priest. Thank you to the Ladies of Holy Rosary for graciously hosting the event not to mention the delicious foods and desserts. The parishioners of Annunciation wish Father Rightor happiness in his retirement.
The Gospel comes from Mark (5:21-43) relates to us more miraculous events in the life of Jesus. Jairus, a faithful synagogue leader, recognizes the divine power that Jesus possesses. Jairus seeks out Jesus and begs for the return of good health for his ill daughter. Jesus heals the girl as neighbors witness the event with disbelief. The second miracle is that of an "unclean" woman who has suffered from hemorrhaging for years without relief. Being a faithful woman, she sought Jesus in a crowd to simply touch his garment, which Jesus allowed. Jesus tells the woman that it is her faith that has cured her. The common element in both stories is that all involved had deep rooted faith. Mark wants us to understand that these are not stories to proclaim Jesus' divine power, but to remind us that faith in our Lord is the answer to our problems. Faithfulness, even in times of personal crisis, will provide the strength and peace to endure anything that we may consider dire.
The Knights of Columbus will be meeting on Monday, July 9, at Kennedy's Crossing.
The meeting will begin with the rosary at 7:15 p.m.
For more information on the Knights of Columbus and our activities, please contact Jeff Etling at 812-230-6365.
Mark July 14 on your calendar for the Habitat for Humanity yard sale in front of Clover Signs on Main Street from 9 a.m.-noon. Proceeds will assist in building the eighth 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 those who have left Annunciation and the Church will find their way home. Pray that we will embrace and assist our new blessing, Father John Hollowell. Pray that we always exercise patience, charity and compassion in our daily lives.
Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings and telling us God is in charge, "He will give us rain when it's most needed." He led in prayer of thanks for the new day and that we are able to gather in His house to worship together. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey whom led the congregational singing, after which he called for tithes and offerings, then led the doxology.
Brother Thomas then asked for spoken, unspoken requests for prayer, praying for our shut ins, sick in hospitals and our military in harms way.
Travis Terril sang the special number, "God Bless The U.S.A." honoring God and our country. He sang in that familiar voice that reflects the spirit of patriotism and love of God. Brother Thomas then read a poem about our flag, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He said that when this U.S.A. was founded, "God was in the middle of everything that was done."
He told a story about an old man whom had a somewhat tattered flag on a pole, raising it every morning and taking it down each evening. This writer has done that many times looking out over from one island to see that old Statue of Liberty in the early morning mist, dark green color holding the torch high. It always brought out the goose bumps.
Pastor then had all to stand and led in the Pledge of Allegiance, then reminded us that "Under God, what He had done for us up until now. The flag gives us courage, but God gives us the victory. Luke 9:23 tells us that any man would follow him-let him take up the cross and follow me."
It's time to stand up for Jesus. Stand up, stand up, ye soldiers of the cross. Put on the Gospel armor. There are those that would run God down and run the country down. When you have people running our country down, stand up and speak positive for God and our country.
Each year we celebrate our freedom with displays of bombs bursting in the air, but we know of the good and bad that bombs can do by watching the beautiful sights and or hearing of what those hidden roadside bombs can and have done to our troops in the middle east.
"Not everyone has political and religious freedom, but believers in God have spiritual freedom." Remembering that we are but caretakers in Psalm 24:1 "The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." Brother Thomas closed offering communion to one and all that would partake.
If you have no church and would like to visit us, we hold services at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, morning worship at 10:30 a.m., and the evening service at 6 p.m. Come visit us and bring the children. We have plenty of parking space, air-conditioned and are friendly people. We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St. Come and join us this Sunday.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friend at the Otter Creek Christian Church (the little country church with a big heart for God).
Boy, hasn't it been hot? This type of weather tends to make one thirsty. We have so many choices to make on what to drink to quench our thirst.
The world offers things to quench our spiritual thirst but there is only one way to quench our spiritual thirst so that we will never have spiritual thirst again. His name is Jesus. He is the living water.
God is so good to us and we forget to thank Him for His grace and compassion. We are to live by grace just as we were saved by grace.
Sometimes, your burdens may seem endless. You repeatedly go through the same trial, making the same mistakes. The last time through, you thought you had truly mastered this area of your life. However, now you realize that it continues to cause you pain.
You question if God has abandoned you or if you have displeased Him so greatly that He would allow this suffering to persist. You wonder if you will ever learn the lesson God desires to teach you.
Take heart; the Lord loves you. He is with you, and He will never forsake you. He allows the trials in your life because He desires to give you freedom through them and show you His love.
Romans 5:3-5 teaches, "We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit."
Through your troubles, God develops perseverance, character, hope and the ability to accept His abundant love.
Theresa of Avila wrote, "We have always seen that those who were closest to Christ our Lord were those with the greatest trials."
He is drawing you close through this repeated problem. Do not despair. Cling to Him and He will fill you with His love.
Special happenings at OCCC:
* Men's Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., July 14, at the church,
* July 22, at 10:40 a.m., the Women's trio Brand New from New Palestine, Ind., will be here to share with their ministry through music. Love offerings will be taken,
* Aug. 5, at 10:40 a.m., Jason and Jocelyn Thiemann will be here to speak about their missionary work. Come out and be blessed by the Lord through our guests.
If you do not have a church home or you are looking for church that believes in getting back to the basics of Bible teaching and preaching, then Otter Creek is the place for you.
Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and our worship starts at 10:40.
You can call the church at 446-5300 (leave a message) or you can contact Pastor Steve at 446-4007, 812-249-1715 (after 5 p.m.), or Facebook/Stephan Brattain or Facebook/Otter Creek Christian Church or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray for our military men and women and our churches and their pastors. God bless you until we meet again.
Christ Community Church
Christ Community Church will offer a church camp July 21-25, at the Friendly Benwood Christian Youth Campground.
Cost for the event is $70. The camp is for children entering third-grade through sixth-grade.
The camp will offer swimming, canoeing, crafts, games and more.
For more information, call 443-0423.
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.