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Friday, July 13, 2012

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Blessings to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. We are located two miles north of United States 40 on the Knightsville Road or two miles east of Indiana 59 on Rio Grande Road. The church phone number is 446-0531. If you do not have a church home we invite you to come worship with us. We are a non-denominational church that worships God through Jesus Christ.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

Sunday-9:30 a.m. Sunday School -- All ages, 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship, 7 p.m. Evening worship, Children's Church -- Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge

Wednesday-7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study

Thursday-9:45 No Ladies Bible Study meeting until July 19

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.

Looking ahead:

August 4-Help-A-Family Golf Scramble at Oak Ridge Golf Course

From Pat:

Did anyone venture out during the heat? I did on a couple of short afternoon errands and couldn't breathe! I feel so badly for the people who have to work in the heat but at the same time feel they are blessed to have a job.

I received an e-mail from a very lovely lady telling me about her path to God.

She was traveling along on her way to New Mexico to visit her sister when the car started missing and chugging along; it was dark and she was alone and a little scared. It finally just died. She was able to get it to the side of the road. She tried to call for help but had no reception. She was crying by this time, no traffic, no homes close, no business that may have a phone. She lashed out at God, "Every time I try to clean up, get off drugs and do what is right I run into one obstacle after another. Lord, I just don't know what you want of me."

This went on for about an hour until finally, at the end of her rope, she told God, "Just please Lord let me get to where I need to be." About that time, headlights appeared in the rearview mirror and then red and white lights started. She was scared because she had always been on the wrong side of the law and yet thankful for another person. The policeman tapped on her window and asked her what the problem was. She told him and he arranged for a tow truck, and waited with her until it came. The driver told her the closest garage was closed until morning but there was a motel close to there. Too embarrassed to say she couldn't afford a motel, she just said she would stay with her car until they opened.

About an hour later, that same policeman brought her a sandwich and a drink and when she asked about his job, he told her he was off-duty. That was in 1964 and that policeman became her husband and their two children love to tell the tale of how God led Mom and Dad to each other, especially since when the garage opened and the man looked at her car, he could find nothing wrong and it started right up!

I do believe that I could read this one over and over. She was at the lowest point she felt she could be and when she reached out ... God was there, giving her what she needed.

All of our needs are different, but no matter what they are, God is there for us. He will give us what we need, it may not be what we want or think we need at the time but he will provide all we just have to trust in him.

Keep sending me your stories, I love to read them and share them. I will share them but I will not use your name without your permission.

Lamentations 3:40 "Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord."

Carbon Baptist Church

We've had another week of interesting weather in our county as some parts received rain and some never got one drop, but we're enjoying the cooler weather. Our Maker is still in control and everything will work out.

This Sunday evening, the 15th, will be the Open Prayer time in the sanctuary from 6-7 p.m. and Dave Henry will be playing the harp during this time. The congregation extends an invitation to the community to come and share this time with one another. Our first thing we need to do is Adoration as the scripture tells us in Psalms 148:13. "Let them praise the name of the Lord for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven." Some other suggestions for prayer concern are Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication in which we pray for others, our churches, world leaders and issues, then pray for our own needs ... NOT wants. Last week I shared that Christians need to pray, pray, pray and if you hear any national news on TV or read the newspapers you will realize that times are getting worse and we must take a stand for things that are right according to the scriptures. Jesus expects us to pray.

The pitch-in last Sunday after the church services was so nice with a large crowd and lots of variety of foods and desserts.

The sermons shared by Pastor Barry Corder each Sunday are so informative and spirit-filled. Last Sunday was about "taming the tongue," in other words, gossip. We learned so much about Miriam, Aaron and Moses. Gossip is never isolated and it divides people and tears down the victim. The CBC congregation wishes you to come and worship and learn about the scriptures with us. Even better, come at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School classes and then the 10:30 a.m., church services.

With any concerns or prayer requests you may have, contact the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or our Pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.

Enjoy next week in the Lord and hopefully the "rainman" has returned to our area after his long vacation.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 30 through August 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.

Join us for a County-Wide Softball Tourney, August 4 to be held at the Forest Park softball diamond. If you are interested in forming a team, want to join a team, purchase tickets, volunteer to help or need more information contact Terri Sanders at 812-239-0375. This should be a fun all-day event. All proceeds go to the building fund.

Bee Ridge is located 1.5 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 anytime. Come join us for worship. Jeff Bridgewater is our Pastor, and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or e-mail: jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you Sunday.

Eastside Christian Church

Attendance was a little down at Eastside Christian Church on Sunday, but spirits were high. And as usual, the music was great. Thanks, Millie and Ann for you beautiful music. We realize that many in our family are on vacations, and we do want to keep them in our prayers. It is so good to see Pastor Bill making great progress. He was not in a wheelchair Sunday, but on crutches. He did sit for his message, but we are so glad to have him keeping on. Don't forget the cutoff date for school supplies for S.O.S. is July 22.

Have you been inviting your family members to be with us on August 26, which will be our Family Sunday. The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us. This will be a great Sunday. Invite! Invite! Invite!

If you are reading this and do not attend church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us tomorrow. We do not know when the Lord is returning, so we want you to be in His family when He comes. Look forward to seeing you.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Would you say we are going through a day spell? Is your grass as crunchy as mine?

We may be going through a dry spell in regard to the weather, but we don't have to go through a "dry spell" spiritually. God said through the prophet Isaiah, "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters ..." (Isaiah 55:1). And Jesus said, in John 7:37, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink."

These are reminders to us that Jesus will fill us spiritually and satisfy our souls. What comfort to hear and experience!

We invite you to come to worship services tomorrow. Pastor Bob Kumpf has titled his message, "More to Follow." He will be using Paul's letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 1, Verses 3-14 for the basis of that message.

Bob says, "It is a very excited apostle that writes this passage and proclaims the union of Christ with all who would believe in Him." Paul writes, "We have been blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing." What he is saying is that everything we need or long for has already been given to us if we are in Christ! I think this speaks a different and much more exciting message than one that says if we work hard enough we will receive more grace. No wonder Paul is so excited!

Are you thirsty? Come let the Word of God satisfy. Let the peace of God minister to you.

Join us at Center Point. Worship services start at 10:30 a.m., and Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. Come be part of the body of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St. with Father John Hallowell officiating. For information call 448-1901 or e-mail annunciationchurch@msn.com. News or articles for this column should be emailed to boilerfanburk@aim.com. Items for this article need to be e-mailed no later than Wednesday evening.

New Mass schedule: Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., Wednesday 5:30 p.m., and Thursday morning at 9.

As reported by Father Hollowell himself, his first weekend mass at Holy Rosary was quite the event; no electricity or air conditioning in the horrid heat -- this is not an omen, Father. Trust us, we all want you here with us! Also, Father has expressed his desire to be available to his new flock, so if you attend mass this weekend, his numbers and hours will be published in the bulletin.

The Gospel is spoken to us again by Mark (6:1-6). Jesus and his disciples returned to Nazareth and went to the synagogue on the Sabbath. Jesus spoke to the people gathered there exhibiting profound wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures. The people of Nazareth who had known Him always, did not recognize Him as the Son of God even though He did not keep it secretive. They did not realize that they were face to face with their Savior; someone that would never forsake them; someone that would always love them in spite of their sins and faithlessness; someone that would die for the salvation all. We, today, sometimes lose sight of our Savior; we stumble and sin and when things are tough, we often turn our backs to the Lord when all we need to do is reach out to Him for His forgiveness, strength and wisdom. Our Lord is always available to us; He is always sustaining us in times of trouble; He always loves us. Be faithful.

Continue to support our Bishops as they continue to wage war against the current administration to repeal the HHS Mandate. The loss of our religious freedom is no joking matter and should be taken quite seriously. The First Amendment proclaims religious freedom and freedom of speech. Now is the time for us all to speak out against the HHS Mandate. Nationwide Catholics need to gather together and tell the administration that we are not willing to put up with their nonsense. Don't be complacent; next will be your right to bear arms followed by the size of a sugared fountain drink you are allowed to purchase. Support our Bishops. Stand up and be proud to be a Catholic. If not before, then November is the time to speak out and get rid of this administration.

Catholic Charities Terre Haute recently sent sponsorship letters for children serviced at Ryves Hall. Please take a minute to review the information and consider sponsoring a child. The number of hungry children continues to grow instead of diminish as we would all hope. If you are not able to sponsor a child, please donate to Catholic Charities.

David Siler's column in the July 6 edition of the Criterion explains the upcoming Catholic Poverty Summit led by the Center for Social Concerns at Notre Dame who have partnered with several other Catholic agencies. All of the initial agencies will be of Catholic origin, which possesses their own unique agency mission, but obviously will share common Catholic values and principles. One topic of exploration will be how poverty evolved to current day levels. A realistic measurement of poverty will be discussed as well as quality of life. The proposed summit will be a day of "vision" to develop a strategy to significantly reduce poverty in Indiana. The amount of Indiana children who live at a poverty level is 21.7 percent. A solution starts with the children. It is the summit's objective "to create a pathway for long-term, sustainable positive change targeted at the root causes of poverty." If you teach a better way and develop job skills plus establish a positive attitude, children will no longer think they are trapped into the same life as generations prior to them. Mr. Siler promises to keep us informed of the summit's progress and vision.

The Clay County Food Pantry accepts donations of food, clothes and household items all year. When you plan that yard sale this summer, think about items we feel are a necessity that some homes do without or items that you have two or three of -- some homes have none. Maybe a donation to the Pantry is a better choice. And, please remember, too, that the Pantry supplies food to the hungry all year. Not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Looking for bargains? Today is 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.

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.

The Lady Knights meeting will be July 30 at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center.

Pray for Zach and Caleb Ellis, who suffered injuries in a go-cart accident this past weekend. Pray for the sick, the hungry and the homeless. Pray that we continue to practice religious freedom. Pray that we are always willing to serve each other to light the way to the God we are seeking.

Blessings.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the little country church at Otter Creek. As we look around at our beautiful world, you can sure see God's awesome power at work. Many times we take God's Amazing Grace and His Compassion and place them on a shelf and take them down only when we need them.

Our scripture for this week comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13 (For I know the thought that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12. Then you will call upon Me and go pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.)

When we seek out God with all our heart, we will find Him and will build a close relationship with Him. That is what He is wanting from His children is fellowship.

Special events at Otter Creek:

Saturday, July 14 - 8 a.m. Men's prayer breakfast, 6 p.m. Pitch-in fellowship supper

July 22 -- 10:30 a.m. The Women's Trio Brand New will be here to sing

August 5 -- 10:30 a.m. The Thiemanns will be here to share about their mission work

Ladies Bible Study Tuesdays at 10 a.m. 12660 E. Grotto Rd., Brazil

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. for all ages

10:40 a.m. for our worship service

For any information on any of these special events or on our regular services, you can call the church at 446-5300, Pastor Steve at 446-4007 (home) or 812-249-1715 (cell).

If you do not have a church home or just visiting the area, you are cordially invited to come and worship with us at the Otter Creek Christian Church, 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. The little country church with a really big heart for God. Please remember to pray for our military men and women and their families. God bless you until we meet again.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I really liked the political cartoon in last Tuesday's paper. It showed Michelangelo's painting of God reaching down and touching man with a little man standing in front of it asking a scientist, "Yeah, but where did that subatomic particle come from?"

And the heat goes on. We are not being "punished" by a vengeful god. This summer is simply one in the cycle of nature that God has set up. It too shall pass. Look at the bright side. Think of how much money you are saving this summer by not having to buy gasoline for your lawn mowers.

But, say a prayer for the poor farmers. One told me that he is ready to just plow up his corn. It is not doing anything. Think of all that the farmers have invested in their crops and how much they depend on those crops to keep them solvent. Farmers are the biggest gamblers of all. Every year they gamble that their crops will make it and that they will make enough to put in crops next year.

The church is cool. Come join us for worship 9:30 Sunday morning. You will discover that all along there has been something missing from your life and it has been right in front of you all the time. See you there!

Community Missionary Church News

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to one and all and remarked about the heat still making men sweat - that ladies perspired and us men sweat, but with a break in this weather -- we shouldn't sweat so much.

It's so uncomfortable wearing jackets and ties, however in our air-conditioned church, we should enjoy the services. He turned the service to Peg Parksey for the congregational singing, following which he called for tithes and offerings then led the doxology - a prayer of thanks blessing the offerings and those present. Sandra Jenkins sang a special, "Love Game Calling," which was enjoyed by all, listening to the words; love came calling like a faithful friend. Brother Thomas' sermon takes us to Ephesians 4: 4-5, "There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of you calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism," After asking prayer requests for spoken, unspoken shut-ins, hospitalized and out military in harms way, Brother Thomas led in prayer.

He continued that God, our father is one, one body in spirit, one Lord and that we are part of that body. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6 A difference of administration-but the same God that worketh all. "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. And there are differences of administration, but the same Lord." "And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all."

This done through the Holy Spirit. Yes, there are evil spirits that would have you go astray but the Holy Spirit will guide you. John 14: 1-11: In which Christ comforteth has disciples, professing himself the way, the truth, and the life and one with the Father. Vs. 11, "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake."

Jesus reminds that "He that has seen me, hath seen the Father, and that he speaks to us not of himself but of my father" 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14, "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." "For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit." "For the body is not one member, but many."

So Brother Thomas tells us that we a part of that body of one when we belong to the Lord. Another example when we take communion and the break is broken to partake by each member, then we are taking a part of the Lord's body that we become "one." One body with Christ.

If you are acting like you are a part of the body, then we need to make adjustments, to come clean with the Lord. Acts 2:47, "Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such "As should be saved" Jesus holds the key to your heart, knowing there are times past when we have left God out of our decisions.

Let us share our faith and the light to Jesus to encourage and lift people up. I am the vine and you are the branch as God points out to us; may we lead the way for others. Are you not a branch for others right now? Brother Thomas and Beverly and the congregation invite you to join us Sunday School at 9:30, morning worship at 10:30 and evening services at 6 p.m.

Peniel United Methodist Church

There will not be any Sunday school or church services at Peniel United Methodist Church this Sunday.

Instead, worship services will take place at the Clay County Fairgrounds in the show arena at 9 a.m., on Sunday, July 15.

A freewill offering biscuits and gravy breakfast will be served at the Fairgrounds by the Town and Country United Methodist Men between 7-9 a.m., before the service.

The co-workers/Fidelis Class meeting is being postponed until July 26. At that time, everyone's birthday will be celebrated.

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

Church at the Fair

A cluster of Methodist Churches meeting will be held Sunday, July 15 at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Wesley Chapel will be there for church. Breakfast will also be served from 7-8:45 a.m.



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