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Church News

Friday, August 17, 2012

Brazil Church of the Nazarene

The Brazil Church of the Nazarene, 1002 E. National Ave., Brazil, will conduct a Back to School Bash Aug. 28-30, for children ages pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade.

Music, games, crafts and more will take place.

For more information, call 446-0371 or 812-691-1924.

Annunciation Catholic Church

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, we celebrated two beautiful Masses in honor of it being a holy day for us as Catholics, namely the day we commemorate the Blessed Virgin Mary being assumed into Heaven.

A special thanks to all who played a role in those Masses.

As if our Catholic faith wasn't already a part of the conversation at a national level right now, Mitt Romney this week chose Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Paul Ryan is a Catholic, and so it looks that church teaching on the issue of budgets, welfare and the government's role in caring for the poor will also now be heavily talked about.

I look forward to having an opportunity to talk about what the church teaches on these issues, and equally important, it will be helpful to also see what the church does not teach on these issues.

More to come on these issues, but I'd also be happy to talk about them with anyone at anytime.

This afternoon, our community laid to rest Ed Rhue, a longtime member of our church. We ask you to keep Ed, his wife Gloria, and their family in your prayers.

Finally, we will have a dinner open to the parish Aug. 27, and Zac Pease will be our speaker for the evening. A special thanks to our Knights and Lady Knights for their planning of this evening.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

We were blessed by the message last week because we were reminded about how great God is.

In Genesis 21 and 22, there are four different names or descriptions of God.

In 21:22, Abimelech acknowledges that Abraham is blessed because God (Elohim) is with Him. The Bible says that God is the God of all gods and when God protects and blesses, no one can overpower or overrule it.

In 21:33, the name used is Lord (Jehovah). This name emphasizes that God is personal, present and self-existent. Although He is the God of all, He is also a personal God.

He is not some God off in the distance without any care for His created beings. But, God has always been and will always be.

In 22:14, He is called "One who provides" (Jireh). God did not provide or show Abraham the ram in the bushes until Abraham demonstrated his full and complete obedience and trust in God. How often we want God to provide ahead of time and not have to face the moment of having to completely trust Him. We really do have a great God: Above all, personal, everlasting and a provider.

Technology is truly amazing. Because of its advancement, you can have the privilege of hearing the full message that Pastor Gordon preached last Sunday. Of course, there are others you can listen to as well.

You can do so by going to brazilbible.org and clicking on the resources link.

I believe you will be blessed if you do. If you do, would you be so kind to leave some feedback on how you were blessed?

Being able to listen to a message at any time is wonderful, but it's not quite the same as hearing it in person and in the presence of others who are desire to hear the Word. I invite you to join us on Sundays at 11 a.m.

The adult class has begun a new series, titled "Changed Into His Image," by Dr. Jim Berg.

It will be emphasizing how each person can grow and become more like Christ. Many desire to grow and change, but they really do not understand how to go about changing ... being transformed into the image of Christ.

Besides, understanding what biblical change really is, it will focus on three essential components for change: Restraining your flesh, renewing your mind and reflecting your Lord. This class meets at 10 a.m., during the Sunday school hour. There are classes for all other ages as well.

Beginning in September, we are being challenged to make a commitment to study/read the Bible for 10 minutes every day. It is quite a struggle to make time each day to read in God's Word. This will help us fulfill a desire that many have but just need the extra encouragement and accountability to do so.

On Wednesday nights, we will have the opportunity to encourage one another as to what we learned from our reading and to stimulate one another to keep it up.

We would love to see you Sunday. We are located south of Brazil on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

If you have questions, you can go to our website at www.brazilbible.org, or you can e-mail pastor@brazilbible.org, or call 812-240-3003.

East Side Christian Church

Family Sunday at East Side Christian Church is almost upon us.

Have you invited your family to be with you?

The Angela Lilly Trio will be with us and will provide some wonderful inspirational music.

You don't want your family to miss out on it.

Also, a picnic type meal will follow the worship service. We will not have Sunday school that day, and our worship service will begin at 10, instead of 10:30.

Please be sure to attend.

We want to send our prayers out to all those in our congregation who are having difficulties of any kind.

And we also want to praise God for the progress Pastor Bill is making.

It is really nice having him down in the front with his messages, although I am sure he is looking forward to being back up at the pulpit.

Thank you Millie and Ann for your beautiful music.

Also, we want to keep the kids going back to school in our prayers to give them the strength to do what is right.

In closing, we hope that you are going to attend and have your family with you Aug. 26.

We also hope to see you tomorrow.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Third Sunday of the month. That means there will be pastries and beverages for everyone to enjoy, plus a time to socialize.

This takes place about 10:25 a.m., between Sunday school at 9:45, and the beginning of church services at 10:45.

We are thankful for the rain, but would have preferred it earlier. Isn't it wonderful to see some green grass? So many things we take for granted.

Now we know what our forefathers went through and without AC.

Thank you Mary Jo Archer for taking Pastor Pippin's place last week while he recovered from eye surgery.

The music from Mary Jo and Dave Archer and Karen Boes was great. So talented.

Peniel will be able to donate lots of school supplies to the children in Clay County Schools thanks to both those who attend our church and a nice donation from the V.F.W. and its Auxiliary.

A memorial service for former member Larry Moore took place. Several people had tributes and stories to relate.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men's Family Picnic will be next Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.

The scripture for this Sunday comes from St. John 6:51-58.

Pastor Pippin will be speaking on the "Bread from Heaven" and for the children's moment, we all will hear about "Jonah's Big Mistake."

Canned fruits and vegetables are on the needed list at the Brazil Food Pantry.

With the drought, this will become even more important.

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

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Blessings to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.

We are located two miles north of United States 40, on 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 (Becky Proffitt and Mandi Edridge)


* 7 p.m. -- Deacon Meeting


* 7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study


* 9:45 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study

From the pastor: "What does real repentance mean?" Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

The Help-A-Family at Christmas, Charlie Hapenny Memorial Golf Scramble received a great deal of support from our community. Here is a listing of the sponsors: Clay County Furnace; H&R Block -- Sue Goshen; Moore Funeral Home; United Machine and Design; Hoosier Homes and Land; French Funeral Home; Midwest Commodities, Inc. (two holes); Edward Jones Investments -- Toni Carter; J.P. Equipment from Indianapolis; Reyher family; Ellis Roofing; In Memory of Arnel Gilbert; Howell family -- Carmel, Ind.; Dr. Austin Burns DDS, PC; Hughes Auto Sales; Riddell National Bank; Laughmiller Farms; Anonymous Church family; Royer family; Proffitt Grandkids; Benwood AWANA Clubs; KIHM Metal Technologies; Logo Express, Avon, Ind.; Judge J. Blaine Akers and family; Homes Express; Premier Tax Service; Thermo King of Indiana (two holes); Harbor Graphics; Hapenny family; V.F.W. Post 1127 (two holes); The Brazil Times; In Memory of Joe Hendrickson; Terre Haute Savings Bank; J&N Metal Products; Hood Hydraulics; Brazil Family Medicine; Cloverleaf of Knightsville; all who were full hole sponsors.

We had several who sponsored half holes: Crawl's Basements and More; Mike's Muffler; Dr. Gary Staadt, DDS; Dr. Houston, MD; Sons of the American Legion; Dr. James Stevens; Ed Ruhe, Ruhe Seed.

A very big thank you goes to York Chevrolet Buick who sponsored several hole-in-one holes. Unfortunately, there was no winner for the new 2012 Buick Verano.

A Father and Son dinner is being planned for the first part of September.

This will include a dinner and prizes for the men, followed by the Jack Boswell Gospel Band and an Ice Cream Social. The band and Ice Cream Social are open to everyone.

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?"

First of all, I like the way the question was put. First, we are saved, then we submit to baptism as an outward sign of an inward change. Many Christians can relate to what you have experienced. None of us are perfect, that's why God allowed His Son to die for us.

I believe that the Bible teaches us that if we honestly and with sincerity confess our sins and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, that we cannot be lost again. Jesus died once and for all. If we believe that we can be saved today and lost tomorrow, then we are saying that Satan is more powerful than God. Here are just three scriptures that I believe show that once we are in Christ Jesus, we may fail Him, but He continues to hold us in His hands:

* 1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Then when we do sin:

* John 1:19 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

I will share next week how some of you feel about hope. Send me your e-mails at pmann228@hotmail.com.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the little country church at Otter Creek.

I would like to take this time to ask you a very important question: Why do you go to church?

Might be the type of question that will put you on the spot for a moment.

But think about it for a moment. Do we go for the entertainment? The music? The status symbol of going to the biggest or the newest church in town? To see people we haven't seen since last Sunday?

Or is it really that you wan to go and fellowship with God's people and worship God in spirit and in truth?

The verse that we want to think about today is Matthew 6:33 (Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you).

If you are seeking the perfect church, when you find it and you step inside the door, it won't be perfect anymore because you have arrived.

What should the church be? First, it should be a praying church. All God's people should be praying people. The second is that the church should be a place of healing.

Many people that attend church every Sunday need a healing but pride keeps the healing from taking place.

Brother so-n-so or sister so-n-so needs it worse than I do.

Third, the church should be a place of rescue. We need to be about our Father's business and going out and rescuing those who are caught up in sin and need Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

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. 25 -- Pitch-in dinner at the church, 6 p.m., and

* Sept. 8 -- Homemade Ice Cream Social, 4-8 p.m. The Stanley Family will be here to share their ministry through music.

For information on any of these special events or on our regular services: 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.

You can call 446-5300 (church number), 446-4007 (Pastor Steve's home), or 1-812-531-9347 (Pastor Steve's cell, 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 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.

Bee Ridge 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.

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 via e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Center Point United Methodist Church

You may have seen the announcements about Bowling Green's Old Settlers Picnic in the paper.

That is one week from today, folks. I think summer sneaked past me while I was looking the other way.

And speaking of looking the other way, somebody closed the bridge over the Eel River.

If you would like to go to the Old Settlers, but don't want to "drive the back roads" to get there, we have an opportunity for you. The James Family Singers and the Center Point Praise Band are on the entertainment lineup that evening from 6-7:30 p.m. They will be taking the church bus to Bowling Green and have invited those who wish to ride along.

If this sounds like a "deal" to you, be at the church next Saturday evening, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. Park your car in the church parking lot and ride the bus. They will be returning to the Center Point church after the performance.

Every Sunday morning, we offer you a "deal." It's an offer to come worship with us. Pastor Bob Kumpf has another message from Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Tomorrow, he takes that message from Chapter 5, versus 15-20.

Bob says, "The sermon title is 'It's All in How You Look at It.' The real issue that Paul is trying to convey is that if we have truly been transformed by the filling of the Holy Spirit, it will show up in how we live our life. He is saying that now we have the choice of making opportunities out of situations that once may have appeared as obstacles. He also warns against letting anything steal our attention and focus away from the Holiness of God and the hope and peace that are found by walking a life of grace."

So, what do you say? Deal? Or no deal? Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship service starts at 10:30. Come join us in the "game of life."

Carbon Baptist Church

Greetings one and all.

The cooler morning and evenings are certainly refreshing.

School is now in full swing so continue to pray for the students, staff and all involved in any way.

An important Christian Education committee will meet immediately after worship service this Sunday morning. Our congregation invites the community to share the Open Prayer Time from 6-7 p.m., this Sunday evening, Aug. 19, with us. The body of believers seek God's will in all things and we must stand for Biblical principles.

Again, we thank Dave Henry for sharing his talents playing the harp ... such beautiful music.

Executive Board meets Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

The Food Pantry team has placed a gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall for all of us to donate paper products of all varieties during the month of August.

Each month, we will focus on certain items and the information is on the bulletin board in the foyer.

OK all ladies of the church: Thursday evening, Aug. 23, is the monthly meeting of the Ladies Ministries, which will take place at the home of Carolyn Corder, at 6:30 p.m. Many of us can car pool, so meet at Page's parking lot and we'll leave promptly at 6 p.m.

Congrats are in order for several of our young people who participated with their 4-H projects at the Indiana State Fair. We appreciate your hard work and are very proud of all of you.

We want to "circle our calendars" for Sunday evening, Aug. 26, as Brian Fagg and family will be with us to share about their East Asia missions work. The family is currently on furlough and will return "back home" real soon.

Any couples wishing to take part in the "Marriage Builders" Sunday School class may see Pastor Barry or Carolyn if interested.

Other classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m., being led by great teachers ... make an effort to attend.

The worship service, led by Pastor Corder, continues to teach and share God's word at 10:30 a.m. Make an effort to attend.

Our church phone is 442-7729 (pray) or cell at 812-239-7050 for any questions or concerns.

In closing, let God be God and let Him bathe you in His glory.

Psalm 46:10 tells us, "Be still and know that I am God."

First Baptist Church

Morning worship services at First Baptist Church begin at 10:30 a.m., each Sunday.

A staffed nursery is available and children are invited to attend the KidMo services.

Sunday school classes are at 9:30 a.m.

The evening service will be at 6 p.m., with choir practice following at 7.

The time for the youth meeting has been changed to 5:30 p.m.

Also 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.

We welcome you to attend any of our worship services this week.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil. Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings to everyone stating it was nice to be here in the Lord's House with his people.

Considering that we do not advertise upcoming events, we only bring the "good news" to be ready.

Brother Thomas then invoked the prayer of praise and thanks for a wonderful day with Jesus. He then led the congregational singing after asking for the tithes and offerings.

Brother Thomas then led the doxology and asked each to greet his neighbor. He then gave a short update with a few remarks and asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer of our people, those sick at home, shut-ins, nursing home residents and our military in harms way, leading in prayer for all.

Marian Burns sang our special number, "Jesus is the Cornerstone," which was enjoyed by all.

Pastor then said, "Jesus is our Cornerstone," and that we should always build upon it. He said that today it appears that many churches are luke-warm, that many things, ideas and gospel teachings are diluted and "watered down."

Many pastors today are afraid to tell it like it is for fear of losing much of their congregation. II Timothy 1-5 tells us that perilous times shall come with blasphemers, disobedient to parents, without natural affection, truce-breakers and dispisers of those that are good. No. 5 "Having a form of Godliness, but denying the power there; from such turn away."

Do we not have the ungodly and the truce-breakers at work today? In the last days, do we deny the power of God? Jesus said, "Look at me, and you will know Him."

Don't place God into what we want Him to be or we think He should be.

God is going to send His son back in these last days, and we shall not know the day or time of His return. Are you ready for that day?

Romans Chapter 1:18, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness."

People know what's right but just don't always do it. Romans Chapter 1:25, "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature, more than the creator, who is blessed for ever." Amen.

May we remember when Jesus told the woman at the well, to go and sin no more.

Well, we can be at the crossroad in life, and on the spot can tell the Lord we have sinned and repent now, and He will forgive the sincere heart and you can become a new person in Christ.

Don't take advantage of God. Accept His grace and work to grow stronger in Him. Our responsibility is to bring light into darkness. We carry two sins: That of commission and omission.

We must strive to stop and always pray for God's guidance. Victory over death, can you handle it? Judge between good and evil. If and when you may ask, "Why me," then the devil will try to enter in. You can't really live for Jesus if you are afraid of dying but when you are in trouble, ask God to help, and He will help even you.

Come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., morning worship is at 10:30, and evening worship is at 6 p.m.

Brother Thomas and Beverly and the congregation will welcome you.

Our people are a friendly people.

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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