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Church News

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Taylors, a southern gospel family, will perform at Faith Southern Baptist Church, State Road 246, west in Clay City on Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m.
The youth at the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ were able to attend a four-day conference in Mooreseville, K.Y., thanks to donations and offerings.
Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all and a warm welcome to our visitors. He then reminded that volunteers please sign up on the form in the foyer for our Vacation Bible School Aug. 3-5. He then led in an opening prayer praising and thanking God for another day that we can gather together in his house. Peg Parksey then led the congregational singing after which Brother Thomas called for the tithes and offerings, leading with the doxology. He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer praying for them along with shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harm's way. Carol Vanatti sang the special "Jesus Never Fails," which was enjoyed by all; "In life's dark and bitter hour, love will still prevail." Trust Jesus, for he loves and cares for us. Pastor Thomas opened his sermon "Why do you believe what we believe?" Where does our faith come from ... The Holy Bible, and it tells us in Romans Chap. 10:17, "So that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Scripture shows us the difference betwixt the righteousness of the law, and this of faith. Faith praying what we want verses what we need and what God allows. God will not ask you to do more than you are able. Faith comes from God's word in the beginning. We should get to know Jesus by studying what all he did. He did it for the glory of the Father. We learn that we are not to worship idols in order to serve God. He is able to save you, to deliver you from evil; just to have that faith and God will do the rest. When God uses your faith, he can be glorified through you he can save others just by the light you reflect. Some may claim to be a Christian, but their lifestyle may reflect otherwise. Satan looks for these people whom ride the fence, that he can put faith on trial. Other people watch us, and others will know what faith plays in our lives. So what does Jesus do in our life? Jesus said that no man goes to the father except by me. Through God we grow stronger as Romans Chap. 10 tells us that we should realize that we are the light of the world, preachers if you will; and we are charged with the responsibility to tell others about God through Jesus, his son. How will some of your friends know about God unless you tell them? How will they know His love unless you tell them; that "Whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." May our hearts be right with God. Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday School at 9:30, Morning Worship at 10:30 and Evening Service at 6 p.m. We have ample parking and air-conditioning. Come, bring your children. "We can never speak to the wrong people about God."

Faith Baptist Church

The Taylors from Lillington, North Carolina will be in concert at the Faith Southern Baptist Church, State Road 246, west in Clay City on Sunday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

The Taylors are a southern gospel family quartet from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, Christopher and Lindsey are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing over 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. Since their formation in 2006, God has allowed them to see over 3,500 decisions for Christ.

There will be no admission charge and a free will offering will be received. For more information, call Elmer Sinders at 812-939-2766.

Center Point United Methodist Church

What are you doing this evening? If you don't have plans you are invited to come to Ashboro for some ice cream.

Our sister church has an ice cream social each year on the last Saturday of July. There's more than just ice cream. They have sandwiches, cakes and pies, plus entertainment. Everything starts at 5 p.m., and lasts until the ice cream is gone -- or until everyone gets tired and goes home! The ice cream is made on site with pasteurized eggs. Join the fun and be refreshed.

Then, tomorrow you are invited to join us at Center Point, or Ashboro for worship services. Ashboro worship starts at 9:15 a.m., and Center Point's starts at 10:30 a.m. At either service you will hear from our pastor, Bob Kumpf. Here's what he has to share about tomorrow's service. "This Sunday we are going to look again at Paul's Letter to the Ephesians as we study Chapter 3, verses 14-21. The message is titled, 'Standing in the Gap.'"

"Our passage is a familiar one. It is Paul's prayer for the people of Ephesus that they might begin to understand the depth and fullness of God's love leading them to claim the strength and power that has been given them to proclaim the 'Good News' to the world. It is a good message, and an encourager, for all of us today. All too often we find ourselves believing that we cant make a difference, that the world is just too 'messed up' to even try. Have we, like the Ephesians, not grasped or claimed the power of God in our own lives? I think that it is time that we all claim what we have been given from 'Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us' (Eph 3:20)"

This is a message we need to hear more often. We need to be encouraged to keep trying, keep working for the Lord. We never know when the things we do for the Lord will bring results. Let's be faithful and let the Lord produce the results when the time is right.

Bee Ridge Vacation Bible School

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church will have Vacation Bible School for children pre-K-5th grade. The dates will be from July 30-Aug. 3, from 6-8 p.m.

There will be Bible stories, Sunday School songs to learn, snacks, crafts and fun games.

The VBS will be held at North Kennedys Crossing Road.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church want to send our prayers and condolences to those victims of the recent happening in Colorado. It was good to hear a lot of them thank God for His protection and also to forgive the shooter. We need to pray everyday that our country doesn't turn its back on God. There is so much evil in the world today, so we as Christians must reach out to those who do not know God, so they can resist the temptations of the devil.It is good to see Pastor Bill making good progress getting back to normal. He has a way to go yet, and our prayers are with him.

We hope you are inviting friends and family to come to our Family Sunday, Aug. 26. The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us, and our service will be at 10 a.m., instead of 10:30 a.m. A fellowship meal will follow the service.

We had three young girls go to church camp this year. Sydney Brock told a little about what they learned that week. Sounds like they had a great time in the name of the Lord. If possible, every child should have the opportunity. It makes a lasting impression. We want to thank Millie and Ann for their wonderful music.

If you do not attend church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us. We, as Christians, are in this world, but not of this world, and we would love to give you this same opportunity, so that you too can know God's love and protection. We hope to see you soon!

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church invites you to begin your week with us. Sunday School starts at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m., with the message by Pastor Mark Thompson.

There is a staffed nursery available, as well as the KidMo Worship Service for children.

Please plan to stay after the worship service this Sunday to enjoy the Mission Dinner with us.

The evening service is at 6 p.m. The youth meeting and choir practice is at 7 p.m.

This week's schedule also includes:

Tuesday at 7 p.m. Young Women's Bible Study

Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Bible Study Lesson Text -- 1 Peter 1:1-4:19

Thursday at 7 p.m.: The Rock

Friday at 7 p.m.: Young Men's Bible Study

First Baptist will be attending an Indian's game in Indianapolis on Aug. 6, 2012.

Coats, jackets and sweaters for all ages and sizes are still being collected for the Edna Martin Christian Center.

First Baptist is located at 413 S. Walnut St. Phone number is 448-8112.

Peniel United Methodist Church

End of July and a very hot, dry summer. Time to start thinking about school starting shortly. Peniel has given hundreds of school supplies to children in the Clay County area in the past. Now is the time to buy those items while they are on sale!

Pastor Pippin's sermon is titled, "The Way, Truth and Life!" The scripture is from St. John 14:1-7.

For the children, it is "Saul's Big Mistake!"

Boxed and canned meats are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.

Our Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with church services following at 10:45 a.m. Come join this church family!

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

North Union United Methodist Church

North Union United Methodist Church will be putting on an ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 4-7 p.m.

The church is located at State Road 42 East at the Clay County Line Road.

There will be homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, cookies, a salad bar and more.

A free will offering will be collected.

Wesley Chapel Church

Wesley Chapel Church will not be having a service this Sunday, July 29.

Carbon Baptist Church

We are beginning the fifth week in July, a month that most of us have struggled with in one way or another with the HOT weather and lack of rain that is needed to get things back to normal. All the wishing in the world can't change the weather and our little wishes can't derail God's will. My thought is that things could be worse and let's be grateful for what we have.

The Wednesday night Bible Study and prayer time continues to be a time of much learning and good fellowship. Take some time to read in the scriptures John 13:4-5, which is a great lesson about servant hood and humility. Jesus demonstrated the love He had for His disciples by the dramatic act of foot washing the last night of His life on earth. Do we have the heart for serving others in humility?

Next week I will share information about the Food Pantry. We appreciate all those that makes this ministry a service for many people in our area.

There is a sign up sheet in the foyer if you are interested in purchasing the t-shirts we wore during the 4th of July at Forest Park.

The Sunday School teachers continue with great lessons for our growing classes which begin at 9:30 a.m. A nursery is available for children ages 0-2 years during the 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. Jr Church for pre-K through first grade goes to the Fellowship Hall during the Songs of Praise time. Pastor Barry Corder continues feeding the flock each Sunday Morning; take time out to come and get filled up with the word of God.

The CBC congregation welcomes everyone to be a part of serving God through worship, teaching, fellowship and everyday acts of service. Feel free to call Pastor Barry at 812-239-7050 if you have any questions or needs. Currently, we are having some problems with the church phone, 442-7729, and hopefully all will be back in working order soon. May all of you have a good week and we look forward to the month of August.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This week we have been in the midst of what our nation's bishops have declared "Natural Family Planning Awareness Week." Natural Family Planning is the Catholic alternative to artificial contraception and artificial birth control. Often confused with the rhythm method or other unreliable means of attempting to space births, Natural Family Planning is scientifically proven to be MORE reliable than artificial forms of birth control.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a way of life for married couples whereby they are spending time in prayer together trying to discern if God is calling them to consider conceiving a new child at this time. If the couple feels that they can't afford to bring another child into the world at this time, then instead of resorting to artificial birth control (something the Catholic Church has always considered to be a mortal sin) the couple, using scientifically proven and very easy to follow steps, figures out the several day window where the woman is fertile, and the couple abstains during that time.

Because it fosters nearly constant communication between husband and wife, the divorce rate for couples that use NFP is less than 5 percent! That's one-tenth of the average divorce rate nationally!

As the Catholic alternative to artificial contraception, NFP figures to take center stage in our nation's discourse as Catholic lawsuits against the HHS Mandate press ever closer to the Supreme Court. I hope to be able to bring all readers up to speed on the HHS Mandate in the coming weeks.

If you would like more information on NFP or the Catholic Church's teaching on artificial birth control, we have several free copies here at the church of a talk by Dr. Janet Smith. I'm not personally one to listen to lots of talks, but I find Dr. Smith's presentation to be very enjoyable and informative ... and so do many others as several million copies of Dr. Smith's talk have been sold since she initially gave it.

Please stop by for a free copy, or, as always, stop by if you ever have any questions about the Catholic Faith.

God Bless,

Fr. John Hollowell

Our new mass schedule:

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

Our prayers and sympathy to the family of Mary Jane Wilson of Clay City. Memorial services were held today at Schoppenhurst Funeral Home. Pray for external peace with our Lord for Mary Jane.

Bishop Coyne spoke to us about being "authentic Catholics" recently in the Criterion. The Gospel of Mark (6:30-34) speaks of Jesus choosing His Apostles to be "authentic spokesmen" for Him. Before the Crucifixion and Ascension, Jesus sent his Apostles to the villages and towns to spread the good news of our Lord. Our Pope, in a speech to U.S. Bishops, stated that the world needs the Church to assist in the resolution of its social and economic problems. He expressed a need to engage Catholics for the sake of health and prosperity of American Society. Pope Benedict XVI has called for U.S. Catholics to demonstrate our fidelity to the Church's teachings; to be the prophets on matters such as marriage, abortion, euthanasia, immigration and education. Although, we are ordinary people, we are all able to spend the good news of our Lord and we should all do so more and more each day.

Pope Benedict this week also emphasized a "link" between the Church's significant contributions to society and the Church's right to freedom of religion. Of course we have been hearing more from Pope Benedict on religious freedom as a showdown looms over whether or not our Catholic institutions can be forced to help provide contraception and sterilization coverage for all employees or not.

Summer is almost over and it's almost time for school again. If you have a preschooler, Annunciation still has a few openings. Preschool begins on August 22. Give the Parish office a call with any questions or to register.

Lady Knights will meet on Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center. If you haven't joined this group, maybe it is time!

Annunciation is assisting Serving on the Streets with a collection of school supplies for Clay County youngsters who otherwise might not have what they need to be productive in the classroom. A donation tote has been placed in the rear of the church until Tuesday, July 31. Please donate whatever you can! Thank you!

Donations are accepted at the Food Pantry year round. Please consider throwing a couple extra items in your cart the next time you are grocery shopping.

Stretching class is at 4 p.m., each Sunday afternoon with Brian Mathis on the Parish Center third floor. Aerobics class is Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 p.m., on the third floor. Join all the fun and get in shape at the same time!

Our church is located at 19 N. Alabama St. with Father John Hollowell officiating. For information call: 448-1901 or e-mail annunciationchurch@msn.com. News 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.

Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ

Praise the Lord all ye people! We want to thank all the ones who helped the youth at the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ go to Madisonville, Ky., for a four-day youth conference. All donations were greatly appreciated. Thank you to Advance Auto Parts for allowing us to have our car washed there. We were richly blessed by all. We all had an awesome experience of the Holy Ghost! Our church is located on St. Rd. 340 in Brazil. Y'all are invited to attend. Sunday service is at 10 a.m., and 7 p.m., and Tuesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m., Thursday Worship is at 7 p.m. Thank you for your help in allowing us to go. Marty, Rachel, Micah, Mahalie, Amy, Kiowa, Kattrie, Michael, Aaron, Chelsea, Brandon, Jacelyn and Tammy!

We will be in REVIVAL with evangelist Jonathan Atkins Aug. 21-26. Come join us and be blessed.

Pastor Pippin's sermon is titled, "The Way, Truth and Life!" The scripture is from St. John 14:1-7.

For the children, it is "Saul's Big Mistake!"

Boxed and canned meats are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.

Our Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with church services following at 10:45 a.m. Come join this church family!

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

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