Peniel United Methodist Church
End of August already.
Time does fly by.
We are thankful for the late rains.
Probably won't help the crops, but it will help the rivers, lakes and those important wells.
As the saying goes, "You never miss the water 'till the well runs dry."
The scripture for this Sunday is from Ephesians 6:10-20.
"Putting on our Spiritual Armor," will be the sermon presented by Pastor Pippin.
For the Children's Moment (and adults young at heart), we will hear "The Teacher's Big Mistake."
Choir practice will be at 7 p.m., Sept. 5.
Laundry and dish detergents are needed by the Brazil Food Pantry.
Join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Center Point United Methodist Church
It's Old Settlers weekend.
Don't forget the availability of the church bus to get you to Bowling Green this evening.
Be at the church in Center Point by 5 p.m., this evening, if you would like to ride over with us.
Two weeks from today, Center Point will have its first Fall Community Yard Sale.
We had one in the spring and had some suggestions from those who came.
As a result, the Volunteer Fire Department is having a pancake breakfast that morning, from 6-10 a.m.
Then, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., there will be lunch items available at the church.
So, put Saturday, Sept. 8, on your calendar and visit us that day.
You are most welcome to visit us tomorrow morning as well.
Pastor Bob Kumpf will finish his focus on Paul's letter to the Ephesians.
He said, "It really is a great inspiration and collection of wisdom to us as well as it was to the people of that day. This week, we will be talking about putting on 'the full armor of God' as we take the message of Christ to the world. (Eph. 6:10-20).
"While the message that Paul has for us is primarily about being prepared to defend ourselves from attack, he also addresses a couple of weapons that we have to take the offensive. He first mentions the sword of the Spirit, which is in fact the (WORD) of God. And lastly, he encourages us to use the most powerful weapon of all ... prayer. Sadly, prayer is often the weapon we use as a last result. But in truth, prayer is our first line of defense and offense as well.
"Through prayer, God does so much more than we could ever do on our own. Prayer in the Spirit is the thing that truly unites all of God's people together and leads to furthering of the church.
"When you are reading the paper, do you ever notice the people who have been arrested for D.U.I.? Would you like to see your name or someone from your family listed there? How about if the D.U.I. stood for, 'Defending United Illustriously?' In other words, a person accused of standing up for the good news (The Gospel of Christ) in the world. (By the way, D.U.I. is the title of this week's message). Paul asks us to pray for that strength and that determination just as he did as he wrote this letter from his prison cell. A faith like that will change the world."
Are you willing to be accused and guilty of D.U.I.? Defending Unity Illustriously? We should all be willing if the unity we are defending is the unity of the Body of Christ.
Join us tomorrow, or any Sunday.
Be a part of the B.O.C.
Be a blessing.
Brazil Bible Fellowship
As Pastor Gordon continues to teach us from the lives of Old Testament characters, it is pretty cool to see that even though they lived many years earlier, they faced trials and struggles just like we do today.
Abraham showed us times that he failed, but there were many times that his faith proved to be strong.
This past Sunday, the message was regarding genuine faith.
To find out how real one's faith is, testing times are needed.
In Genesis 22, God tested Abraham (v. 1). Abraham responded with immediate obedience (v. 3). He also had an unshakable trust in the promise that God gave to him (v. 5, 8) and he obeyed completely (v. 9-10). What an example Abraham left for us.
Even though Abraham had failed God still gave him opportunities to be faithful.
Even though he failed God at different times, Abraham did not stop striving to please God. He passed the test that God gave to him at that moment.
Oh, may we never quit seeking to please God and being available for His use no matter how disappointed we may be in our failing to be faithful.
You can hear the full message by going to brazilbible.org and clicking on the resource picture and then clicking on sermons at the top of that page.
Beginning in September, we are being challenged to spend at lest 10 minutes a day reading the Bible.
We will be starting in the Gospel of John. We will be sharing from our reading at our Wednesday night Bible Study that will resume then also.
Maybe you would like to take the challenge with us?
We know we should get in the Word daily, but doing it is harder than it seems.
Hopefully this will help us become disciplined in reading and that we will find ourselves wanting to spend more time than just 10 minutes in the Word.
Youth Group is Sunday from 6-7:30 p.m., and is for all middle and high school teens.
We would love for you to come and discover the Word with us. In our adult Sunday school class, we are being helped, encouraged and challenged to become more like Jesus Christ in daily life.
Sunday school meets at 10 a.m., and there are classes for every age.
Our worship service is at 11 a.m. We are located south of town on State Road 59, directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Check us out on the web and check us out in person.
We would love to meet you.
Annunciation Catholic Church
One final reminder that this Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m., in our parish center, we will have the information session for those interested in possibly joining the Catholic Church this year.
If you know someone interested in joining the Catholic Church who is unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday, please let them know that they can set up an individual appointment with me.
This past week, we laid to rest Ed Rhue and Regina Gibbens. Please pray for the repose of their souls and for their family and friends during this difficult time.
In other announcements, Aug. 27, the Knights and Lady Knights are having a supper at 7 p.m., at the Parish Center. They will have a guest speaker, Zac Pease, from Gbault. All spouses, (or even bring a friend) are invited. It will be a great time with good food and prizes.
Attention Catholic Singles:
Interested in joining an excellent Catholic singles organization? The Catholic Alumni Club International is looking to expand in the Indianapolis diocese.
We provide a group dedicated to social, cultural, civic and spiritual relationships in a Catholic setting.
Open House: You are invited to an Open House in Celebration of the 15th anniversary of the St. Ann Medical/Dental Clinic, Wabash Valley Health Center, Inc. Event will be on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. Program of Gratitude and Appreciation begins at 3 p.m.
* All married couples of the Archdiocese who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during 2012 are invited to the 29th Golden Jubilee Mass at 2 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, Sept. 23, at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis.
Couples who already have passed this milestone are also encouraged to attend. Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will celebrate the Mass. A reception for the Jubilarians and their families will follow immediately after the Mass.
The event is free of charge, but registration is required. For more information, contact the Office of Family Ministries at 317-236-1596 or (toll free) 1-800-382-9836 Ext. 1596. Registration forms can be obtained online at www.archindy.org/family/jubilee-form01.h..., and completed forms can be e-mailed to Flor Bickel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Side Christian Church
Well, it is here.
Family/Friend Sunday is tomorrow.
We hope to see many family members and friends of our congregation.
The Angela Lilly Trio will be sharing their message in music. Our service will be at 10 a.m., instead of 10:30, and there will be no Sunday school or evening church.
A fellowship cookout will follow the worship service. We are going to have a great time in the name of our Lord.
We want to continue to pray for those in our congregation who are having difficulties of any kind.
We also want to send out our prayers to the Pickett family on the loss of Charlotte this past week.
She touched many lives in our community.
And we want to keep praying for Pastor Bill, that he continues to make good progress. God is good.
There are many in our congregation who go the extra mile, so we want to express our thanks to them.
If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to extend an invitation for you to come be with us. We look forward to meeting you.
Carbon Baptist Church
Believe it or not, the last week of August begins Sunday morning. Seems like many things are happening now that school is in session.
One of the "happenings" at CBC Sunday morning is the doughnuts, milk and coffee fellowship time starting at 9 a.m., and those square doughnuts are the best. Then, at 9:30 a.m., classes begin for all age groups.
Many couples are excited for the new "Marriage Builders," starting at 9:30 a.m., also. The class will be led by Pastor Barry and there is plenty of room for anybody interested.
From 10:15-10:30 a.m., is our Meet and Greet time before the worship service. We are having sermons about the seven churches listed in the book of Revelation. Where does the current churches and believers compare today? Is there spiritual decline? Don't miss these messages and know what the scriptures tell us.
America, wake up.
Our day will end with our special guests, Brian Fagg and family, sharing with us about their mission work in East Asia. We encourage our congregation and community to join us from 6-7 p.m., to hear what God is doing for the people in East Asia.
The kingdom of God should be our life ... at home and abroad.
This is the last week to bring in your paper products for the food pantry. Put your donations in the big gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall. Items needed during the month of September will be laundry products, such as detergent, fabric softner, stain removers, etc. We wish to help those in need from our community.
If you have any questions or concerns about activities, feel free to call the church office at 442-7729 or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.
"Our Daily Bread," booklets for September, October and November are now available in the foyer. Be sure to get one and an extra one to share with a friend.
John 3:16 tells us, "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Jesus is our destination and church is the connection.
Come and share with us at CBC. We welcome you.
First Baptist Church
Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30.
There will also be KidMo services for the children.
A staff nursery is in the educational wing.
Plan to come early this Sunday, Aug. 26, to enjoy coffee and donuts before classes begin.
It's a great time to become better acquainted with others attending worship.
Evening services will be at 6 p.m. Choir practice is at 7.
Also this week at First Baptist:
* Tuesday, 7 p.m. -- Young Women's Bible Study,
* Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. -- Bible Study, and
* Thursday, 7 p.m. -- The ROCK
Please keep in mind that we are continuing to collect coats, sweaters and parkas for all ages and sizes for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.
Awana, for children 3-years-old to fifth-grade, will begin Sunday, Sept. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a meeting Sept. 5, at 6 p.m., for everyone who will be helping with Awana.
If you don't have a church home, we would like to invite you to join us for our worship service.
Bee Ridge Church
Saturday, Aug. 25, is the annual Ice Cream Social from 4-7 p.m. Please join us for food, fun and games, entertainment and prizes. That's today. Hope to see you there.
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road. We are the brick church on top of the hill. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship services 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 by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
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.
Our church 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, and
* 9:45 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study
From the Pastor
A Father and Son dinner is being planned for Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. This will include a dinner and prizes for the men at 5:45. The Jack Boswell Band will perform and that is open to all, followed by the Ice Cream Social.
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.
I received a few e-mails on "Hope," and I was surprised by some. Hope is defined as, "Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the 'feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best,' or the act of looking forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence," or "feeling that something desired may happen."
According to the Holman Bible Dictionary, hope is a "(t)rustful expectation particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God's promises. Hope, is the anticipation of a favorable outcome under God's guidance(;) ... the confidence that what God has done for us in the past guarantees our participation in what God will do in the future.
Several of you have a different outlook. So, I am going to ask the pastor to give us his input on this and we will continue this next week.
Fall is fast approaching and the holidays aren't far behind. Pumpkin pie, spiced apple cider, turkey, dressing, fresh corn pudding ... what is your favorite part of the holidays? Which holiday? Thanksgiving or Christmas and why? I will take e-mails on this until the end of September so please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me your favorite.
Proverbs 8:32, "Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.
I invite you to visit Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church. I would love for you to come.
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.
We can really see and feel a change in the weather.
Fall is just around the corner and the leaves will be turning colors, hot dog roasts will begin to take place, the fall and winter clothes will come out of storage. We can really see who is in control of the events of this world.
About your relationship with Jesus, I have a very serious question for you to think about and try to answer.
Do you ever wonder if faith in Jesus is really the only way to be saved?
Satan is a crafty liar who will twist God's Word to cause confusion.
In order to steer people away from following Christ, he tries to create the impression that eventually, everyone will make it to heaven. But that is not what scripture teaches.
The truth is that we can choose to reject the salvation that Christ freely offers.
John's gospel tells us, "God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (3:17-18).
God clearly states that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will be saved (v. 16). And the Bible stresses that we have only this earthly life in which to make a choice -- there are no second chances after death.
So if you would like to be sure of your salvation, you can do so by inviting Jesus to be your personal Savior today. God, who wants you to spend eternity with Him, offers compelling reasons to make this all-important decision: "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but the wrath of God abides on him who does not obey Christ." (v. 36).
The possibility of a second chance is seductive, but do not be fooled. There are no more chances to be saved after death. The free gift of salvation is available only in this life -- and only through Jesus (14:6).
Receive the Savior now, and you never have to wonder what awaits you in eternity.
Special events at OCCC:
* Aug. 25 -- 6 p.m., pitch-in fellowship supper,
* Sept. 8 -- Men's Prayer Breakfast; 4-8 p.m. Homemade Ice Cream Social. There will be lots of food, plus a moon walk for the children (even the young at heart). The Stanley Family Singers from Cloverdale will be singing. Come one, come all and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship and the best part is that it is all free.
We would like to invite you and your family to any or all of our events and services.
Our Sunday school (age appropriate classes) starts at 9:30 a.m., and our worship start at 10:40. We have a women's Bible study each week on Tuesdays, at 10 a.m.
If you have a prayer need, you can call the church at 446-5300, leave a message, or call Pastor Steve's home at 446-4007. His cell number is 812-531-9347.
Please be in prayer for our military men and women and their families, our country and its leaders, jobs for those who do not have one, and most of all that someone will come to Christ through this article.
God bless you until we meet again.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all expressing praise and thanks to God for the much needed rain and the beautiful weather.
He led with prayer followed by Peg Parksey leading the congregational singing, one of our old favorites, "I am resolved," and greatly appreciated today.
"Things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight." Yes, many of us have been charmed by the world's delights, and we need to hasten to Him.
Brother Thomas then called for the tithes and offerings following with the Doxology.
The congregation then greeted their neighbors, and pastor then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and led praying for our shut-ins, hospitalized, nursing home residents, sick at home and our military in harms way.
Sandra Jenkins then sang the special number, "Jesus Will," which was enjoyed by all. The song says it all, "Jesus will never leave us alone if we but call on Him."
Last week, pastor spoke on "I" as what I wanted Jesus to be.
What I got from the message, "I" received from the Bible on from the preacher. Everything was what I gained to my way of thinking.
Isaiah Chapter 14 tells us how Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and defeated after boasting what he would do with God speaking in verse 22, "For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts."
Jesus defeated the devil over death, so that when you accept Him in your heart, you die out to the old and take on new life.
God sent His son to die for you and me. Christianity started with "Me." We don't want people to talk bad about "Me." So putting on a nice personality will put me in the right light.
If we walk with Jesus in our heart, He will cleanse us and confessing our sins to Him; He will forgive us. Could we (Me) be the first to speak out for our Lord? We can only speak for Him if we (Me) know Him.
Isaiah Chapter 6:5, "Then said I, woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: For mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."
This writer remembers many times a call for "volunteers," but no one ever told the Sergeant. "Here am I, send me,"
Jesus said, "Follow me -- I will make you fishers of men."
If we put off something, it generally never gets done most times especially if it's left up to "me."
Jesus has said it, "that all power is given to me over Heaven and earth."
If we (me) can carry Jesus in our heart, then we are commissioned to tell others.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "Get a life?"
Well, you can go your lonely way or you (me) can go with Jesus for He says He will always be with you.
When you realize who "me" is, you can look to Him for peace. Stop and ask God, "Help show us the way."
Your path will become lighter as you grow.
Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
Evening services are at 6 p.m.
Friendly people will greet you at the door.
Carbon United Methodist Church
A meeting took place last Tuesday evening to begin preparation for our annual Kid Karnival.
It will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, in conjunction with the Carbon Fish Fry.
The Karnival will be open from 4-8 p.m.
So plan on coming to the Fish Fry at the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department and then bringing your children down the way to the Karnival.
It is a lot of fun for the children.
While the children are enjoying the Karnival, you can come to the church basement for our annual Bazaar.
We are planning on having a lot of new things for it this year, and you might find just that item that you have always been looking for.
If not, come on down anyway and visit with us for a while.
There will be no quilt show this year.
We have shown about all the quilts that we can round up for a while.
Come to church Sunday morning at 9:30.
Help us worship the Lord and thank Him for all the blessings we have received this past week.
If you stop to think, you will be amazed at all that He has done for you.
Galilee Ministries will sponsor a series of camp meetings at the Lions Club Park in Poland, continuing Aug. 25.
They will have featured speakers and gospel singers speaking on the theme of taking back families, communities and the nation by "Standing up for Jesus."
Future dates will be Sept. 15, Oct. 13, and Nov. 3.
For more information or to volunteer, call 765-795-3807.
Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
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.