Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at the little country church at Otter Creek.
Well, we have been blessed with a little rain.
That is just like God. He sends down His blessings when we need them the most and sometimes when we don't expect them.
You can sure see God's awesome power at work. Our scripture for this week comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13 (For I know the thoughts 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 and 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: Fellowship.
Special events at Otter Creek:
* Aug. 11 -- Men's Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., and
* Sept. 8 -- 4-7 p.m., Homemade Ice Cream Social.
For information on any of these special events or on our regular services.
Ladies Bible study is Tuesday at 10 a.m., at 12660 E. Grotto Rd., Brazil.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., for all ages. Worship service is at 10:40 a.m.
You can call 446-5300 (church number), 446-4007 (Pastor Steve's home), 812-249-1715 (Pastor Steve's cell phone. After 4 p.m.).
If you do not have a church home or are 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.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Last Saturday the Southern Clay County Cluster held a book bag giveaway in Clay City. The cluster, for those who are unfamiliar with the term, is a group of seven United Methodist Churches in Clay County, plus two in Owen County. Center Point is one of those churches. We are working together to accomplish mission projects that we would find difficult, if not impossible, to do on our own.
There have been several book bag giveaways in the county in the last week or so. School starts next week. While the book bags and supplies are greatly appreciated and helpful, the one thing that we all need to supply and keep supplying is prayer. Our school children, parents, teachers and administrators need to be lifted up in prayer every day. Prayer may have been taken out of school, but so far, it has not been taken out of homes and churches. Let's remember to pray daily for our schools and all those involved.
In order to be strengthened for prayer, let's all be in church tomorrow. At Center Point, Pastor Bob Kumpf will be looking at Paul's letter to the Ephesians again. He comments, "This week's text is Eph. 4:25 -- 5:2. The sermon tells us that we need to celebrate our uniqueness and bring all of our gifts together as we become the church, he now throws us a curve as he tells us to 'be imitators of God.'"
"Is he really saying not to be ourselves? Are we to be copycats ... cookie cutter replicas of someone else? Well, YES! We are to be 'a reflection of Christ' in the way that we reach out to the world so that others may see Him in us. That doesn't mean that we are not to use the gifts and the unique personalities that we have been given. To the contrary, it means to use those special gifts and talents to show those around you that Christ is in you. If we really are to be the image of God to the world, we need to reflect the love, hope and peace that Christ brings in the daily living of our lives."
Last Saturday we witnessed God using the people of these churches displaying their unique personalities and gifts to present God's love to the children of Clay City Elementary. We each have our own strengths and when brought together, create a picture of God's strength.
Let us all, no matter what church we attend, be united in the cause of Christ ... showing others how much God loves each person by showing His love in our lives.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
We are preparing at Annunciation for the process known as RICA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), which is the process whereby a person becomes Catholic.
In the early Church, this process of learning the Catholic Faith could go on for three years or more, but now the Catholic Church has a process that basically lasts for about six months. Typically what is involved is one night a week attending a session on a topic concerning the Catholic Faith here at the Church. This year, I (Fr. Hollowell) will be giving the presentations. I bring some experience as a former high school religion teacher to the job, and I really enjoy teaching, so hopefully the classes won't be too painful!
The RCIA classes are open to anyone (practicing Catholics, fallen away Catholics, Christians who aren't Catholic, ect.) With Pope Benedict having declared this to be a year where Catholics are to be striving to become more aware of what the Church teaches, I am definitely going to be encouraging ALL parishioners to attend any presentations that they are able to attend and/or are interested in. The presentations will cover a wide range of topics, and we will leave no stone unturned!
Deciding to join the RCIA process is in NO WAY a promise to become Catholic, joining the RCIA process is simply expressing a willingness to learn more about the Catholic Faith, with full reception into the Catholic Church, for those who wish to go through with it, taking place at the Easter Vigil Mass next Spring. The sacraments received at that Mass by those wishing to join the Church would be the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
We will have an informal meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Annunciation Catholic Church, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions about the RCIA process, becoming Catholic, ect., please fell free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you and those you love!
Fr. John Hollowell
Wednesday, Aug. 15, is a Holy Day in our Church's calendar, and a day in which all Catholics are to attend Mass. Our Mass schedule at Annunciation will be the following:
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6 p.m., Mass at Holy Rosary in Seelyville.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 a.m., Mass at Annunciation in Brazil.
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m., Mass at Annunciation in Brazil.
Catholics are typically mocked in some form or another for two things concerning the Aug. 15 Holy Day. Non-Catholics (and some Catholics!) find the idea very odd that there would be certain days each year where the Catholic Church would require attendance at Mass. Some would argue "That sounds pretty pharisaical." Others also can't believe that Catholics think the Blessed Mother was assumed into Heaven.
First, let's look at the idea of a Holy Day, and the fact that the Catholic Church requires Catholics to attend Mass on those days. A lot of it depends, first of all, in the attitude in which we receive the news. We can spin it as "the Catholic Church makes me go to church," (a very negative and pessimistic view) or we can hear it as, "The Church is helping me understand how important this celebration is today, and is trying to foster a complete community celebration by reminding Catholics they ought to gather as an entire community, and this celebration is one that is so awesome, no one should miss out on it." Again, as with most things in the Church, it all depends on how we hear and receive the teachings of our Church. If we want to find the Church burdensome, we can, and if we want to see that the Church is trying to provide us with the path that leads to our true happiness and joy, then we can also see that side of the coin.
As regards the Assumption of our Blessed Mother, it is one of the oldest feast celebrations of our Church. The Assumption has been celebrated annually on Aug. 15, since the sixth century. This feast commemorates the death of Mary's earthly existence and her assumption into Heaven. Originally celebrated in the East, there it is known as the "Feast of the Dormition," a word that means "the falling asleep." The earliest printed reference to the belief that Blessed Mary's body was assumed into Heaven dates to the fourth century in a recount entitled "The Falling Asleep of the Holy Mother of God." Jesus had entrusted the Apostle John with the care of His Mother and it is the Apostle John's words that reiterate the Assumption in the document.
On Nov. 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII, exercised Papal Infallibility declaring "Munificentis simus Deus," that it is a dogma of the Church "that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."
Due to the Holy Day Mass in Seelyville, the parish council meeting on Aug. 15 will take place at 8 p.m., in the Parish Center. Officers for the next year will be Ed Burt, President; Blaine Akers, Vice-President and Martha Tempel, Secretary. Prayers for the entire Council for the decisions they must make at each meeting!
The K of C will meet on Aug. 13 at Kennedy Crossing with the Rosary at 7:15 p.m.
Mark your calendar for Aug. 27, the Lady Knights and K of C will have a supper at 7 p.m., in the Parish Center followed by guest speaker Zac Pease of Gilbault School.
Martha Tempel is looking for someone with the talent and time to refinish three rockers from the rectory's front porch. Please call Martha or the Parish Office if you are able to assist with this project.
Aerobic exercise class every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Parish Center. Stretching class is every Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Parish Center.
Not ready to end your weekend? Come out to Kennedy Crossing and join other parishioners for a game of Bingo! Not a Bingo player? Then come out and volunteer! Either way you go, you'll have a great time!
Pray that we always open our hearts and use our talents for the good of our community. Pray that we are compassionate and charitable in our daily lives. Pray that we may be a place where people always feel welcome, may be a community who cares passionately for the poor and vulnerable, and may we become the people that Christ is calling us to be each day!
Our Church is located at 19 North Alabama Street. Our priest is Father John Hollowell. For information call: 448-1901 or e-mail: email@example.com. News or articles for this column should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Items for this article need to be e-mailed no later than Wednesday evening.
New weekend Mass schedule:
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m., Wednesday 5:30 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m.
Peniel United Methodist Church
It's almost mid-August, the kids will be back in school in just a few days.
Don't forget to pick up items that will benefit those in the Clay Community Schools system.
Peniel has always donated lots of school supplies.
Thursday, Aug. 16, will be the Co-Workers/Fidelis Class Meeting. The time is 6 p.m.
Mark your calendar for the Town and Country United Methodist Men, Family Picnic at Peniel. It will be Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.
The scripture this Sunday is from St. John 6:35; 41-51.
"The Food Rule," will be Pastor Pippin's message.
The children will hear about "Elijah's Big Mistake."
Personal items are on the wanted list for the Brazil Food Pantry.
Please leave donations in the vestibule.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Eastside Christian Church
First of all, we at Eastside Christian Church want to praise God for the rain He sent.
It was needed and He always comes through with our needs.
Family Sunday is fast approaching. Have you invited members of your family yet? The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us at our morning worship service, which will be at 10 a.m., instead of 10:30.
There will be no Sunday school or evening service that day.
A fellowship meal will follow the worship service.
Please be sure to keep Pastor Billy, Billy Whitaker, and all of the others in our congregation having problems in your prayers.
Attendance has been a little low during the summer months, but now that school will be starting, we hope to see a difference in the attendance.
A great big thank you goes out to Millie and Ann for the music they provide for us every Sunday.
It is such a blessing to enter the church and hear them playing.
Don't forget, we will still be helping Serving On The Streets.
There is a barrel in the foyer for the items needed that are posted on the bulletin board.
We think the back-to-school collection was a great success, and thanks to all who participated.
Jayme really appreciated all of the good response she received.
We are a loving church.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, please know that you are invited to come be with us.
We love the Lord. And we have a great time in His name.
We hope to see you soon.
Carbon Baptist Church
The Carbon Baptist Church congregation wish all readers a great day today and to make the weekend even better by joining us during the Sunday services.
The 9:30 a.m., Sunday school classes are such a good time of learning more of the Bible and fellowship.
Classes are available for all ages.
"Meet and greet" time is from 10:15, until the 10:30 worship and praise service led by Pastor Barry Corder.
Trust me, come with anticipation and you will be blessed.
Speaking of blessings, the "Back to School Outreach at Carbon Park," on Friday was one.
We partnered with the Serving On The Streets box truck ministry in passing out school supplies and sack lunches to everyone.
The donation of supplies and workers were so appreciated. We must take time out to pray for the students and staff going back to school next week.
Take advantage of learning opportunities and making the right choices in your life.
Reminder to all of the pitch-in dinner to take place after worship service Sunday morning. Plan on bringing a filled covered dish and enjoy the food and fellowship.
The regular Wednesday night Praise and Worship team practice is at 6 p.m. How many aren't using their musical talents? Join in with the team if so led. The presentation of Republic of George, Russia, by Pastor Barry.
Carolyn and family was quite an eye opener at Wednesday night Bible Study.
Why does the church exist? What is the mission of the church? What is your passion in life? Why aren't we doing more?
These are questions for much thought and prayer. Plan now to come Sunday night, the 19th for the evening Open Prayer Time from 6-7 p.m.
This is a time for anyone in the community to join us in the church sanctuary for prayer.
All of us at CBC welcome you to partner with us in worship and praise of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions or concerns, call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or the pastors cell phone at 812-239-7050.
Again, pray for the 2012-13 school year and country and leaders.
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.
Our 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,
* 7 p.m. -- Evening worship. Children's Church (Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler),
* 7 p.m. -- Trustee meeting,
* 7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study,
* 9:45 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study, and
* 4-7 p.m. -- Fish Fry fundraiser at the campground.
From the Pastor
This week's message is, "What Does it Mean to be Lost?" Luke 19:10 -- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
The Help A Family at Christmas, Charlie Hapenny Memorial Golf Scramble took place at Oak Ridge Golf Course last Saturday. Thanks to everyone at the church who helped in any way. All funds raised go to clothing children at Christmas. We will have a complete list of hole sponsors next week. However, before that, a big thanks to York Chevrolet Buick for sponsoring the Hole-In-One event. No one won the car, but the excitement was great.
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: Wow, when I ask about worry I had no idea how many different opinions there were. For me and also for some of you (according to your e-mails) when you worry constantly, it makes you physically ill, but it also makes you hurt inside because you feel like you aren't trusting God to do what He said He would do, take care of our needs.
I know that "letting go and let God" has always been the hardest thing for me. I trust Him to provide all that I need, but sometimes I feel like there are others who need more than me, so I don't go to God as I should. I also got that many of you feel the same, almost guilty for asking Him.
However, I must say that in the past few months, I have learned a very valuable lesson. Yes, God knows what we need, but He also needs to hear it from us, so prayer has become a priority for me. I am learning how to pray, how to have a conservation with God. I remember a story about the man who put the empty chair across from him and talked to God like that ... well that is my way of prayer now. For myself, that has become a very easy way to pray and talk to my Father, God.
For all of you who sent me an e-mail, please know that you are in my prayers and if you just need to talk, you know how to get a hold of me.
Thank you for your e-mails. It helps to know that we are never alone.
This next week, let's talk about hope. Send me your e-mails at email@example.com.
Next week, school will start for Clay County so let's be aware of the children getting on and off the buses.
Leave a little early to allow extra time for driving. For the kids: Have a great week back at school. Remember your neighbors and pets in this hot, dry weather.
Luke 1:68: "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people."
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
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 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 anytime.
Come join us for worship.
Jeff Bridgewater is our pastor and can be reached at 812-241-3036 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church invites you to join us this Sunday for our services, which begin with Sunday school classes at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship at 10:30.
Our evening service is at 6 p.m., followed by Youth meeting and Choir practice at 7 p.m.
There is a staffed nursery available. All children are invited to the Kidmo services.
Also scheduled this week:
* Tuesday, 7 p.m. -- Young Women's Bible Study,
* Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. -- Bible Study,
* Thursday, 7 p.m. -- The ROCK, and
* Friday, 7 p.m. -- Young Men's Bible Study.
A group of 30 people from First Baptist attended the Indians' ballgame at Indianapolis last Monday. Everyone had a great time and look forward to doing it again sometime.
Coats, jackets and sweaters are still being collected until the end of October for the Edna Martin Christian Center.
With school starting Tuesday, we wish all the students, teachers and staff a great new school year.
First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Bible school is over for another year.
It went very smoothly this year, and I do believe that everyone -- adults and children -- had a thoroughly delightful time.
Every evening when it was time to close, I heard one of the bigger boys mumble that he did not want to go home yet.
Several of the younger children simply could not believe that the Friday night program meant that Bible school was over.
I talked to one grandmother after the program who told me that she had come to Bible school at our church when she was young.
That makes me feel rather old.
It is my prayer that they will take the things they learned this past week with them throughout their lives.
This weekend would have been when we would have had our 56th Ice Cream Social.
We have had to give it up.
There are too few of us now and we are too old to handle all the work involved in getting it ready.
It makes me feel as if I have lost a dear friend.
Instead of it, we are going to have a "silent" ice cream social.
Each of us is to count up what we usually spend getting things ready for it and add to it what we pay for eating.
We are to take up a special collection tomorrow of whatever amounts we come up with.
By the time you count the makings of the ice cream, the meat and makings of the barbecue, the makings of the pimento cheese spread, the makings of the salads, the hot dogs and all the buns, plus all the pies and cakes contributed, that sum will probably account for most of what we made as "profit" at the actual Ice Cream Social.
So, people, don't forget.
Just pretend that you are buying all the stuff you usually do and contribute what you can.
As usual, when Bible school was over, all the children left and none of them came back on Sunday.
Some of them have had all the religious training they will get for another year.
Parents: Come to church and bring your children.
They are eager to learn and it is up to you to get them there.
You might learn a lot about Christ's love for yourself.
And the church will not fall down if you come through that door.
That is what one little bitty boy told me that his mother had told him.
Worship is at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday morning.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened with warm greetings to one and all making remarks about "bears," and Clay County. This writer says the only bears he knows about are in Chicago. Brother Thomas' warmth spread throughout the congregation and he led in praise and thanks to the Lord for another Sunday that we could worship together. Peg Parksey then led the singing, followed by Pastor calling for tithes and offerings. He then led the doxology. Brother Thomas then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer following with prayer for our sick, shut-ins, nursing home residents, our nation's leaders and our military in harms way.
Travis Terril sang the special number, "The Midnight Cry," a very meaningful song and well done.
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear:" Jesus' words, and they ring through to us to draw closer to him. Acts, Chapter 17, tells us that God the Father, one Lord, one Father over all; through "you" all. Faith, hope, trust, and if you don't know who God is -- perhaps you should look around.
There were others who didn't know whom God was. Paul said it all. God whom made all offsprings of God, and down to verses 30-31, that breath of God that made us man, is in each of us now.
Then we can ask ourselves, "Who are we? Do we still have God in our life? How big is God? ... then we ready, "He is over all, through all and He wants to work through you to bring others to Him. If we allow God to go out of our life, then we are like the living dead. All God wants is for us to love Him, to let Him abide in our heart and to reflect that so others may see that peace and joy and want that also.
John Chapter 14, verses 5-9 tells us that "I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." These are Jesus' words. For three years, Jesus taught his disciples that false teachers, deception, corruption, false prophets so as to mislead us. Jesus' gospel cost us nothing, but gives us God's best. When we look at a Christian's life, we would like to see reflected God's love (John Chapter 8, verses 42-47). Ernestly seek Him and you will find Him little by little and you will grow stronger each day with Him.
By an example, Luke 19:10, "Who came to seek and save what was lost?" Wealth and fame of works will not buy your way into God's Kingdom, but accepting the Lord into your heart will make the way.
Pastor Thomas, wife Beverly and congregation invite you to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening service is at 6 p.m.
There is plenty of parking. Our congregation is air-conditioned and we are friendly people.
Pastor knows we are not all saints, but "a work in progress."
Terre Haute After 5
Carolyn Andrews will be the guest speaker for the Terre Haute After 5 event Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 6:30-8:15 p.m.
The event will take place at the Providence Center, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Andrews will discuss, "Tales of Sycamore Farm." Cost is $16 to attend. For reservations or cancellations, call 812-243-7056, 812-298-2353 or 812-877-9633, or e-mail email@example.com. In addition, Belton, Mo., resident Karen Blankenship will be a guest speaker, discussing, "This Old House: If Walls Could Talk." Special music will be presented by Jackie Reeves on the flute, and Mary Sue Jackson on piano. Terre Haute After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries. For more information, log on to www.stonecroft.org.
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.