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Friday, August 3, 2012

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow is the first Sunday in August.

Pastor Bob Kumpf says this about his message for us, "This Sunday, we will look at Ephesians 4:1-16. The message is titled, 'T.E.A.M.' In this part of his letter, Paul calls the church to 'Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.' (Verse 3) What he is really talking about is using the unique gifts and talents that you have been given collectively in sharing God's love to the world. Paul recognizes the value and wonder of pulling together the diversity of the members in being more together than we ever could be on our own. He reminds us that we 'grow up in every way' as we mature in our faith and identity as the church. We are the Church. We are a TEAM (T.E.A.M. -- Together Everyone Achieves More). This Sunday, we will celebrate Holy Communion together."

I like that. Together Everyone Achieves More. How true.

You are invited to join us for worship services in the morning at 10:30 a.m.

Find out how you can join with other believers to achieve lots more than trying to do it all yourself.

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 State Road 59 on Rio Grande Road. Church phone number: 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 -- Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman.

Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer/Bible Study.

Thursday: 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.

Question for Pastor Dick: If I have been saved, baptized and then fell into a "dark time," where I didn't go to church and did a lot of bad things, what do I have to do to start again with God?

FROM PAT: I have had a rough couple of weeks but hoping that is almost behind me and I can get back on track. I am studying about worry and would like for you to send me your thoughts on this subject!

Do you worry even though you know God will take care of everything?

Send me your thoughts, pmann228@hotmail.com!

Remember your neighbors and pets in this hot, dry weather.

Hebrews 6:1 "Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God 2: Instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3: And God permitting, we will do so."

Eastside Christian Church

First of all, we at Eastside Christian Church want to show our support to the owner of Chick-Fil-A for his standing up for God's principles. It is such a blessing to see a lot of people in different states showing their support by patronizing the restaurants by droves. We don't have one of the restaurants in Brazil, but if you get a chance to go to one, please be sure to go to show your support. Chick-Fil-A doesn't need Boston, but Boston does need Chick-Fil-A.

It seemed like only last week, school was getting out for the summer, and now it is time for it to start. We want to thank all who donated to SOS.

Family Sunday is just around the corner. Who are you inviting? Be sure to let them know our service will be at 10 a.m., not 10:30 a.m. The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us on that day. You might check them out on the Internet. They are very good, and it will be a blessing to have them with us. And, of course, a meal will follow the service, which is always a treat.

Pastor Bill is progressing well. Please keep him in your prayers. We also want to prayer for others in our congregation who are having difficulties. Also, please pray for our country. There is so much evil out there.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, or are looking for a church home, we would like to invite you to come be with us tomorrow. We have a great time in the name of our Lord. If you do not know Him, there is no better time than the present to let Him come into your life. With God, all things are possible. God is good!

Carbon Baptist Church

The month of August arrived with the same-o, same-o ... hot and dry! Some areas did receive a little rain and every little but helps.

Sunday morning will be communion celebration during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. 1 Cor. 11:23-26 instructs us in the meaning of the Lord's Supper and the reason we observe this with one another.

A "Back to School Outreach at Carbon Park" will be Friday, Aug. 10, from 5-6 p.m. The Ladies' Ministries is partnering together with the SOS box truck ministry and will be passing out school supplies and backpacks to all students. Each child will receive a sack lunch also. Flyers telling about the event will be passed out Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m., during the prayer walk through the community. Feel free to come and join in with us for either event.

How many of us like to put puzzles together? A puzzle piece was taped in our bulletins last Sunday to illustrate the importance of all pieces must be in the box to make a complete picture. Each of us experience "puzzles" in our lives and don't always understand, but God sees the big picture and our trust is in Him.

A pitch-in will follow the morning service on Sunday, Aug. 12 ... more details later. This is a very relaxing time of fellowship with one another and the food is delicious.

Prayer concerns, please call Judy Randall at the church office phone 442-7729 (pray), or 448-3454. Pastor Barry Corder will be happy to help you with any questions or needs. His cell phone number is 812-239-7050.

The CBC congregation welcomes all looking for a Bible teaching, loving and caring church to attend. Each of you are special and are part of the puzzle ... come and be a piece of the BIG picture.

First Baptist Church

Welcome to the worship services at First Baptist Church located at 413 S. Walnut Street.

Our Sunday School classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship is at 10:30 a.m., with a message by Pastor Mark Thompson.

An adult staffed nursery is available. Children are invited to attend the KidMo worship service.

The evening service begins at 6 p.m. Youth meeting and Choir practice is at 7 p.m.

Also this week:

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

12:15 p.m. Wednesday -- Bible Study.

7 p.m. Thursday -- The ROCK.

7 p.m. Friday -- Young Men's Bible Study.

We are still collecting gently used coats, jackets and sweaters for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.

The church phone number is 448-8812.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church News

Upcoming events at Bee Ridge:

Saturday, Aug. 25, is the Annual Ice Cream Social from 4-7 p.m. Please join us for food, fun and entertainment.

Bee Ridge Church is located 1 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 this Sunday.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Located on Kennedy Crossing Road.

The hot, dry summer continues as we begin August.

Several of us have reminisced about the heat in 1936 and it seems to be repeating itself -- only in those days, they were lucky to have a fan.

Also, think of our military putting up with the heat, sand, heavy gear and danger. We pray for their safety.

This being the first Sunday of the month, everyone who wishes to partake in Communion is welcome.

Judy and Pastor Pippin were at Cloverleaf Thursday serving communion to the residents.

They do so much good in the community. Aren't we lucky?

The scripture for this Sunday is from Exodus 16: 2-4 and 9-15.

Pastor Pippin's message is, "Food Battles!" For the children, the message will be, "Saul's Big Mistake."

Join us in air condition comfort for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.

Soups are on the wanted list for the Brazil Food Pantry this week.

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

Poland Historic Chapel

The Poland Historic Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chapel was built in 1869.

The chapel was originally restored in 1966 and then again in 2010 and 2011 following a fire.

Easter and Christmas services as well as weddings and funerals are held in the chapel.

The Poland Historic Chapel is open to the public the second Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m.

The Chapel is located on State Road 42 on the east side of Poland.

The Chapel will be open to the public on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 1-4 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church Reunion

The annual homecoming at Trinity Baptist Church, 1005 N. Washington St., Brazil, will take place Sunday, Aug. 12.

Church services begin at 11 a.m.

Those who have ever attended, visited or just want to come and join the congregation are invited to also bring a friend.

Plenty of home cooked food will be offered following church services, along with fellowship.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Wanted to spend a moment letting people know what is going on nationally with the HHS Mandate.

The Health and Human Services branch of the Obama Administration, as part of the larger health care bill, ruled that organizations must provide for free contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.

The Catholic Church considers such attacks on life to be a most serious sin, and so the Church will never allow one of Her institutions to be involved in such a process, and those institutions would include our vast networks of hospitals, universities and schools.

There are currently a number of schools and Catholic institutions suing the Obama Administration over this mandate that they are seeking to place upon Catholic institutions, and we expect that the Supreme Court, within the year, will take up the case and decide whether the government can force Catholic companies and institutions to provide contraceptives and sterilizations that Catholics consider to be morally heinous.

Just this week, the first victory occurred as a lower court upheld a Catholic company's lawsuit, and so that company won at least a temporary victory, although the course is sure to be appealed and moved to a higher court.

We as Catholics have been spending a lot of time this past year continuing to educate OURSELVES more fully on the topics of contraception, artificial birth control, sterilizations and also on what the Church proposes in its place which is, as we mentioned last week, a program known as Natural Family Planning.

We, as always, are happy to talk or share information with anyone on the subject of the HHS Mandate, Natural Family Planning or anything about the Catholic faith for that matter.

If you every have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask a Catholic here in town, call our Parish Office, or just stop by. We're here to help!

God Bless,

Fr. John Hollowell

Other News Around Our Parish:

It is not too late to enroll a wee one in preschool. Openings are still available. Please call the Parish Office for more information.

Thank you to all that contributed to the Serving on the Streets school supplies collection. Our blue tote was full and Annunciation can be proud!

Father Hollowell is on the radio -- tune into WHOJ Wednesday and Thursday to hear Father during his interview of Crossroads Pro-Life Walkers 2012. This was an interview of four of the young Pro-Life walkers on July 18, as they journeyed across the nation from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. On July 20, Andrew Moore, one of the interview participants, while walking along US 40 at Stilesville, Ind., was hit by a vehicle, killing him instantly. Listen to this interview. We are blessed to have young people so devoted to the Pro-Life cause.

Pray for eternal peace for Andrew Moore. Pray for those on our prayer list. Pray that we are the best versions of ourselves in our daily lives!

Our Church is located at 19 N. Alabama St.

Our priest is 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 at 6:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m., Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 9 a.m.

Please know that people of all faiths and backgrounds are always welcome at Mass. We'd love to see you here!

Blessings.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I must apologize to God. Last week, when I wrote, I was whining about how some of the children who come to Bible School know nothing about Jesus and come only to be entertained, etc.

Well, the children we have this year are very eager to hear the stories from the Bible, and they want very badly to understand how to find things in that mystery-of-all-mysteries, the Bible.

One little boy, who can be quite a pistol at times, knows every story we talk about and can relate in detail other stories from the Bible that relate to what we are talking about.

His knowledge is amazing to us.

We asked him how he learned all that he knows and he replied, "Grandma."

Grandma, you are doing a wonderful job with your grandchildren. I should not have complained that it was all up to us to "save the world."

These children are eager to know and understand more.

Let's give them what they want ... with God's help, of course.

Unfortunately, our church is not going to have our ice cream social this year.

It would have been our 55th one. There are simply too few of us to do it and the ones that usually do it are getting 55-years-older than they were when we began.

Instead, we have agreed that this Sunday, each of us will contribute the money we would have spent on preparing the various items on the menu that were donated.

Some of us spent quite a bit getting things ready and then turned around and brought our suppers.

We really hate to let the ice cream social go, but conditions do change as we get older.

I still wonder if any of the Bible School children will return Sunday.

They usually don't.

Of course, their parents can bring them and stay, too.

We would love to have them.

Worship is at 9:30 a.m.

Younger children go downstairs for an age-appropriate lesson during the sermon.

Come join us. We will be there.

Community Missionary Church News

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to everyone and a welcome to all our visitors. He made a few short remarks about the weather, then led with an opening prayer of praise and thanks to the Lord.

Peg Parksey then led congregational singing followed by Brother Thomas calling for tithes and offerings. He then led with the doxology.

Pastor then said that anyone coming this evening likely would enjoy homemade ice cream, "Maybe," as he looked to his wife for acknowledgement. (Brother Thomas' birthday was today. No age was mentioned.)

This writer recalled another pastor years ago saying, "Come back tonight and we would cut a melon," and I was looking for the melon cutting that evening. Several members present could remember that one.

Brother Thomas then asked for spoken/unspoken prayer and led with prayer for the sick, hospitalized, nursing home residents, shut-ins and our military in harm's way, also adding for all whom protect us and our leaders.

Then Debbie Meganhardt sang the special number, "This Little Light of Mine," along with a short video, which was enjoyed by all.

Pastor then opened his sermon with remarks that we shouldn't put all our eggs in one basket, not to put all our hopes in one basket for God.

Do we pray for all our hopes resting on God for all answering our needs? God keeps his promises, but are we hoping He fills all.

Many times I've heard and I know that we should always be aware of what we pray for. He answers in His own time and it may be different than what we hoped for.

Psalm 38:15, "For in thee, O Lord, do I hope; Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God." Psalm 31:1, "In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness."

David goes on to say that the Lord is his rock and fortress and to lead him and guide him. Psalm 31, David praised God and pleaded for his help, and the Lord heard his plea and in VS. 21, "Blessed be the Lord: He hath showed me his marvelous kindness in a strong city."

You see, God wants to give you that hope and trust in Him. God offers the crown of life, the reward of eternal life with God forever.

2 Peter: 3 tells us that there are scoffers in the last days walking after their own lusts; remember the Lord keeps his promises, "Is long suffering to us-ward," not willing that any of us should perish if we but repent.

Lord help us today. Want to find that hope, trust and peace in your heart.

Join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., for Sunday School, 10:30, for Morning Worship and 6 p.m., for Evening Service.

We'll greet you at the door and make you feel welcome.

We are located at 21 W. Pinckley St.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church -- the little country church with a big heart for God.

Will the heat ever end and will it ever rain again?

This is a good question that man cannot answer. But only God. In God's world, everything has a purpose and we are to trust Him in everything.

On Aug. 5, we are going to have something special going on at Otter Creek.

We welcome to our church Jason and Joselyn Thiemann and family to share with us about their missionary work with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

To give a heads up about them, I would like to share an article that tells more about them and mission work.

Jason and Joselyn Thiemann, with their children, Emma and Sebastian, are a missionary pilot family with Mission Aviation Fellowship, assisted to Maseru, Lesotho, Africa.

Jason shares, "In verse 1:27 James writes, 'Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.' Decades of hunger, tuberculosis, and HIV AIDS, have left one-third of Basotho children orphaned and unknown thousands widowed. These are the people in our airplanes and in the clinics we sustain. Eighty percent of our flying in Lesotho is transporting doctors, patients and the materials needed to bring care to these remote mountain people. I am blessed by getting my hands and eyes around this part of Jesus' ministry and participating in what I see Him doing."

Jason enjoys the challenging flights presented by turbulent winds, gaining more experience and confidence as a mechanic and helping Basotho men, women and children receive urgent medical care. But what truly lifts his heart and spirit is the bond and connection made when he is able to communicate love and care to someone in need on a heart-level and in their heart-language, Sesotho.

Joselyn loves being able to stay at home to raise their two children, Emma (2008) and Sebastian (2010).

She also enjoys time with the Basotho who work in and around her home, and displaying Christ's love in these relationships.

Joselyn shares that Jeremiah 29:11, '"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,'" is one of her favorite scriptures.

It assures her of God's power and presence in her struggles.

Growing up in Brazil, where his family attended Reelsville United Methodist Church, Jason considered himself a good Christian. But at college, through the influence of the leaders and his friends at Purdue Christian Campus House, he finally offered control of his life to Jesus.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, where Ben Davis Christian Church was Joselyn's church home, she was raised in a strong Christian family and always considered herself a Christian. But just after graduating from college, she committed herself to a life of complete service to Christ.

God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in the Thiemann's ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.

We would like to invite you and your family out to this special service, which will start at 10:40 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 5. You are always invited to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40 a.m., each Sunday.

We also have a Ladies Bible Study at the home of Mary Lou Farris Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

So, if you are looking for a church that believes the Bible is the inspired word of God and that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, then maybe Otter Creek is the place for you.

P.S. -- We still use a songbook called a hymnal that can be found in the back of each pew. So come out and give Otter Creek Christian Church a try.

You may contact the church at 446-5300 (leave a message) or Pastor Steve at home (446-4007) or cell (812-249-1715) or e-mail at brattss@nwcable.net, or on Facebook at facebook/stephenbrattain.

Please remember to pray for our military women and men and our pastors and the leaders of our country, and the victims and their families hurt in the shooting in Colorado.

God bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.

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.



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