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Church News

Friday, July 20, 2012

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

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.

Join us for a co-ed slow pitch softball tourney Aug. 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 or Traci Sanders at 812-241-0133. Entry free is $150 per team and the sign-up deadline is July 30. This should be a fun, all-day event. All proceeds go toward the building fund.

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church at 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 at jeffbwater@yahoo.com. Hope to see you this Sunday.

Community Missionary Church News

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to one and all and leading in a prayer of praise and thanks to the Lord. He then turned the service over to Peg Parksey, who led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then called for tithes and offerings and led the doxology. He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and led the congregation in praying for our hospitalized, nursing home residents, sick at home and military in harm's way. Our special number was sang by Cathy Banard and Peg Parksey, "When He was on the cross I was on His mind." A wonderful song enjoyed by all. When you hear Cathy and Peg sing, you always want to hear more. Mother and daughter sang well together. Keep on singing for us as those wonderful words always hit home.

Brother Thomas' sermon was one of many opinions -- that of baptism. There are those who believe that you must be baptized, that it is very important for you to be a Christian, like you might not make it to Heaven unless you are baptized. Baptism is important, but let's do it because we believe in God, not just because it's a ceremony that reflects the resurrection of Christ and your death to sin. A ceremony that symbolizes the old self to the new self. Many times there are those that go back to their old ways. Baptism is like circumcision, cutting away the old self to become new in life. Jesus was not baptized for any forgiveness of sins, moreso that he could identify with us and we with him. Romans 6:4 tells us to not let sin reign anymore, for death is the wages of sin. Galatians 3:26-28 "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." That tells me that "faith" makes us one in our living God through Jesus. Colossians 2:9-12 In which Paul tells us to be constant in Christ, not to be misled, but to walk with Christ. "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." "And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead." Then we have 1 Peter 3:21-22, "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." Just as Noah built an ark as God had directed to be prepared, and just as Jesus said unless ye be born again -- baptism doesn't save you ... Jesus saves. We must have faith to be filled with the Holy Spirit or we will fail miserably in being that light for others. Let Jesus come into your heart today. Christians will be saved because Jesus promised us and he keeps his promises. If you don't have a church home, come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship at 10:30 and the Evening Service at 6 p.m. Lots of parking space, air-conditioned and lots of friendly folks. You will be met at the door and welcomed by all.

First Baptist Church News

Welcome to the First Baptist Church located at 413 S. Walnut St.

Church phone number is 448-8112. Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by Worship Services at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message.

A staffed nursery is available. Children are invited to attend the Kidmo Worship services. Evening Service is at 6 p.m.

The fourth Sunday of every month is donut Sunday. Plan to come early and enjoy donuts, coffee and fellowship prior to the Worship Service.

This week's schedule:

Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m.: Young Women's Bible study at Stacy Thompson's home.

Wednesday, July 25, at 12:15: Bible Study. Lesson text is James 1:19-27; 3:10-12.

Thursday, July 27, at 7 p.m.: The rock-contemporary music and a message by Pastor Mark.

Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m.: Young Men's Bible study led by Roger Torbert.

Clean, gently used coats, jackets and sweaters are being collected for the Edna Martin Christian Center.

We invite you to attend any of our worship opportunities this week.

Carbon United Methodist Church

It is only two weeks now until the Carbon Vacation Bible School. This will be a joint effort again between the Carbon United Methodist Church and the Carbon Church of the Nazarene. The theme this year will be "M.A.R.S. -- Meet A Risen Savior." The lessons will be about the Apostle Paul and his influence on the growth of the early church.

There will be a joint opening session at the Methodist Church. Then the pre-schoolers and the teens will go to the Nazarene Church for lessons geared to their age levels. The elementary children will remain at the Methodist Church. Each group will have music, games, refreshments, crafts, lessons and memory work. The children will return to the Methodist Church for a closing session.

Bible School will be from Monday, July 30, to Friday, August 3. It will run from 6:15-8:30, each evening. There will be a closing program at 7:30, on Friday evening. All parents and interested adults are invited to attend the program.

We invite all the children of Carbon and surrounding areas to join us for a fun week. We are looking forward to it.

Center Point United Methodist Church

At last!! Some rain. How wonderful it was to see. We still need more and some areas still did not get rain. But it was greatly appreciated where it did fall. Hopefully we will all get some more soon.

Tomorrow we invite you to join us in worship services for Pastor Bob Kumpf's message titled, "We Are Family." Bob says, "The theme of the message addresses being the Church, the Family of God. Just as Paul challenged the people of Ephesus to realize that God's grace is extended to those who are not members of our own 'inner circle' (in those days, to the Gentiles), today we are reminded that all those who are in Christ are 'members of God's household' and therefore brothers and sisters in Christ."

"We are reminded that we have both privileges and responsibilities as members of this family. Paul also wants to be clear that the church is a spiritual temple that is not defined by walls or zip codes. It is the holy community that is build upon a relationship with Christ and the grace that works through believers to display hope and healing for all people."

Bob takes his message from the book of Ephesians, Chapter 2, Verses 19-22. Join us tomorrow for "The rest of the story."

Carbon Baptist Church

Greetings from the congregation of CBC, and we welcome you to fellowship with us on Sunday morning starting with the doughnuts, milk and coffee time at 9 a.m. (each fourth Sunday), then classes for all ages from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Head for the sanctuary for "meet and greet" time until the 10:30 a.m. service begins. In the book of Acts 2:42, it gives us the fingerprint of the church, which reads, "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers."

Wednesday evening is busy as the Praise & Worship team has practice from 6-7 p.m. Believe it or not, the group is thinking about preparing for the Christmas cantata and hoping many singers will volunteer. If interested, see Nancy, Nanette or Charlie. The 7 p.m. Bible Study and prayer time is such an enjoyable time of learning and another time for fellowship.

The monthly ladies missionary meeting will be this coming Thursday, July 26,at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Char Chamberlain for all the ladies. The ladies do many service projects and we will have a guest speaker sharing more about one of the projects we do each month. Hope all ladies will be able to attend.

Congrats to the many young people and adults in our congregation that participated in the 4-H Fair. Kudos to all who work hard during the fair to keep things running smoothly even though the weather is so hot.

I guess I must say something about the weather and in our area we have had very few drops of that valuable thing called rain. One of these days everything will be all right. Many parts of the world have droughts and high temperatures regularly and they thirst for rain daily. This brings to my mind wondering how "thirsty" are we to hear and learn about the word of God? This Sunday is a great time to come and hear about the living water shared by Pastor Barry Corder. Feel free to call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050 if you have any questions. CBC is located just south of Carbon on Murphy Avenue. How "thirsty" are you?

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.

Well, has it been hot or what? Hope and pray that all who are reading this article are making out OK.

Jesus said in the 20th verse of Matthew 28, "He would never leave or forsake us."

We need to hold on to that promise in this day and age, in which we live. Cannot say it enough. Pray, pray, pray. The Bible tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man evaileth much.

We would like to share with you some exciting news about a special happening at OCCC.

The Women's trio Brand New from New Palestine, Ind., will be here to minister to us in music.

The members of the group are Rita Wells, Shelly Cruise and Stacey Boyd.

Their love for the Lord really shows through their music and personal testimony.

Come out this Sunday and be blessed by Brand New and you will say after the service that it was good to be in the House of the Lord. The time for the service will be 10:40 a.m., and there will be a love offering taken for the group.

Other special happenings at OCCC:

* The Thiemanns will be here to share about their missionary work. This special service will take place Aug. 5, at 10:40 a.m. A pitch-in dinner will take place following the service.

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

You may call the church at 446-5300 (leave a message), or you can call Pastor Steve at 446-4007 (at home) or on the cell at 812-249-1715, after 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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

We also have a Women's Bible Study at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

You are invited to attend any or all of our services, and remember that we are the little country church with a big heart for God.

God bless you until we meet again.

Please pray for our military men and women and our pastors and for the leaders of our country.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Blessings to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

We are located two miles north of U.S. Highway 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


9:30 a.m. Sunday School -- all ages

10:30 a.m. Morning Worship

Children's Church

Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney

7 p.m. Evening Worship


7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study


9:45 a.m. Ladies' Bible Study

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

From Pat: What a wonderful week! Yes, it was hot but still a good week. Sometimes you just have to look out a window to see the wonder and beauty that God gives us each day. What a blessing.

Some of you noticed an error in my story last week. I am so sorry; I was trying to cut and paste and it got mixed up. This week I have a young man trying to find himself, and he really isn't very sure where to turn. He knows he wants God and doesn't care if his young friends make fun of that choice. He didn't really give me a story as much as he has asked for prayers. I felt really humbled that he went through the trouble of finding out local paper to read our local church news. He would like to ask all of our local churches, readers and friends to please pray for "Corbin," he has requested prayers. Let's reach out to him through the miles and give testimony that our God is a wonderful, loving and giving God. Amen.

Although the kids don't want to hear this, school starts in a little over three weeks. Wow! What happened to our summer? This also means that fall is around the corner and the start-up of AWANA and then the holidays. Too much? I agree. Let's just say, "Watch for the start of AWANA." I will post the date soon. Make plans to bring all your friends ages three years to sixth grade or for the older kids, Youth Group!

There is always fun when you are learning about God and sharing what you learn.

Until next week, remember to help your neighbor not just during this heat but throughout the year.

Luke 6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit." 44 "Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briars." 45 "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out the evil stores in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."

Peniel United Methodist Church

Kennedy Crossing Road

With a well-deserved vacation underway for Pastor Pippin and his wife, Judy, guest speaker, Kathy White will be at the pulpit this Sunday. Because of the Worship Service being held at the Fairgrounds last Sunday, we will have the monthly "Social Time" this Sunday. Enjoy the pastries and beverages in between Sunday School and Worship Service, approximately 10:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:30 with worship service at 10:45 a.m.

Junior Church helpers are needed; a sign-up sheet is provided in the vestibule. We will be collecting school supplies in the very near future. Now is a good time to buy some of those items, several stores have some good sales.

Also, the Brazil Food Pantry would appreciate donations of canned fruits and vegetables.

Annunciation Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My name is Fr. John Hollowell, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I am the new priest at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church here in town, and I'm a seasoned veteran with two whole weeks under my belt!

I was born and raised on the south side of Indianapolis and attended Roncalli High School. I graduated in 1997, and then went to Hanover College here in Indiana, where I majored in math and was a letterman in football and track. After college, I taught for two years at Bishop Chatard High School on the north side of Indianapolis, where I taught math and coached football and track. I then went to the seminary at St. Meinrad in southern Indiana for six years, and was ordained in June of 2009, and so I'm just beginning my fourth year of priesthood.

For the last three years, I've been serving as a chaplain, teacher and coach at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis while helping at St. Malachy in Brownsburg, Ind. This current assignment is my first assignment as a pastor, so your prayers are of course very much appreciated!

I wanted to thank all of the people of Brazil who have welcomed me so warmly here. I am really excited to be here, and honored to serve all of the people of Brazil. I am currently also serving the people of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Seelyville and the Catholic Community at Sacred Heart in Terre Haute. I am typically in my office here in Brazil on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so feel free to stop anytime to say hello! Also, if I can ever answer any questions about the Catholic Faith (or help with anything else), please don't hesitate to contact me. My e-mail address is fatherjohnhollowell@gmail.com

I also keep a blog up at on-this-rock.blogspot.com, and I've ventured into the social media world as well, and so I'm on Facebook at FrJohnHollowell, and I'm on Twitter @frjohnhollowell.

Thanks again, I look forward to meeting all of you, and know of my prayers for the community of Brazil.

God bless,

Fr. John Hollowell

Our church is located at 19 North Alabama Street with Father John Hollowell officiating. For information call: 448-1901 or e-mail annunciationchurch@msn.com. News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: boilerfanburk@aim.com. 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.

Please pray for the eternal peace of Carolyn Thomas who will be buried from Annunciation today. Pray for comfort and peace for her family.

Bishop Coyne celebrated the culmination of the Fortnight for Freedom with an overview of the previous fourteen days and an explanation of the Fortnight for Freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom was a time of thanksgiving for the religious freedom we enjoy now in our nation, but also a time of prayer that the First Amendment right will continue to be respected. There will be more news and announcements in this section on the HHS Mandate in the coming weeks as we seek to help people of other faiths understand the plight that the Catholic Church finds itself in at this historical moment in the United States. Please pray for us!

Congratulations to Mike Robinson who was named the new Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus!

The pre-school still has openings in the 3-to-4-year-olds a.m. and p.m. class and also in the p.m. 4-to-5-year-olds class. Classes for our young children will begin on August 22. Please call the Parish office for more information.

Serving on the Streets (SOS) has contacted Annunciation with a need for donations for their back to school drive. All school supplies are needed -- including backpacks. A blue tote has been placed in the back of the church for donations. Please help this worthwhile organization to reach out to the children of Clay Community Schools and make school for these youngsters a little easier!

Please remember the Food Pantry and donate whatever you are able. Nothing is too small or too large when there is a need as great as we have in Clay County!

Brian Mathis' stretching 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 Monday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center.

Pray for the needs of those on our prayer list. Pray for the less fortunate in our community. Pray that we always spread the Good news of our Lord. Pray that we are always the best possible version of ourselves.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

We had a great week of VBS! Forty-three kids took part in the pirate adventure. The teens from the DC area did a tremendous job serving, leading and teaching.

All middle and high school students are invited to youth group on Sunday at 6 p.m., at the church.

On Sunday, July 29, we are having a Family, Friend and Fellowship day. There will be a picnic/pitch-in following the Worship Service. Jeff Fritz and Larry Mattick will be providing live music on guitars during the picnic. We would love for you to come as our friend. The Worship Service is at 11 a.m.

Our website has a whole new look. Check it out at www.brazilbible.org. You can learn more about us. Pastor's messages are also available for streaming or downloading. If you have not heard him, I encourage you to do so. It is not because of who he is but it is the power of the Word.

Sometimes there are lessons to be learned from the wrong choices that others make. Abraham's nephew, Lot, is one of those men. The story is found in Genesis 19. Lot chose to settle in Sodom, a city that was filled with extreme wickedness. The attractiveness of the plush land drew him to the wicked city. He did not stay on the outside, he became a leader in the city. As a result, his soul was tormented daily by the sin (2 Peter 2:6-8). He lost his spiritual integrity and influence with his family (19:14, 26, 30, 31-38). He lost everything. He also was hesitant to free when the angels warned him (19:15-16). The main lesson is that a person can't immerse himself in a sinful, hostile environment and not think that it will come at a price.

Another lesson that one should not miss is that God is both gracious and just. God was gracious to Lot because of Abraham. God had compassion on Lot. Rather than destroy Lot along with the entire city of Sodom, God spared him and his daughters. God was also just. It was because of the exceeding sinfulness of the city (a primary sin was homosexuality) that God brought judgment and utterly destroyed the place. God does desire that all men repent and experience the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ. But that does not negate the fact that God will judge.

We are so grateful that the Word of God is truth. We can discern right from wrong, truth from error, discover true hope vs. false hope, ect. We invite you to learn, study and hear the Word of Truth with us. Sunday school is at 10, Worship at 11. If you have any questions about the church or any response to our news you can e-mail at pastor@brazilbible.org or call 240-3003. We are located directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds on SR 59.

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.

The Church of the Living Christ

The Church of the Living Christ will host a Community Block Party Saturday, Aug. 11, from 4-8 p.m.

The event will take place at the church, two blocks north of United States 40, on North Harmony Road, Harmony.

Free food and drinks will be available.

In addition, games will be offered as well as a dunking booth, face painting and a water slide for children.

Bruce Trent of the Country Gospel Association, Branson, Mo., will start the entertainment at 4 p.m., followed by the Saline City Community Church Praise Team at 5.

The Church of the Living Christ Praise Team will perform at 6 p.m., and Among These Ruins will close out the entertainment at 7 p.m.

For further information, call 765-719-0363.

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