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Church News

Friday, September 7, 2012

Peniel United Methodist Church

Labor Day weekend has come and gone already.

Seems like yesterday we were looking for spring.

Peniel will conduct its annual Homecoming at the end of this month -- Sept. 30.

Be sure and put it on your calendar and invite your friends and neighbors.

I understand we are going to have some special music. Stay tuned for more hints in the coming weeks as to the identity of this group.

Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., will be the administrative board meeting.

Choir practice is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 19. There are some vacant chairs. Come and join this group.

Sept. 20 is the Co-Workers/Fidelis Class Meeting at 6 p.m. That time means food will be an attraction.

The food pantry will need personal items.

The scripture this Sunday is from Isaiah 15:4-7.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Honest Waiting."

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services following at 10:45.

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

Terre Haute After 5

The Terre Haute After 5 club will host local author Mike Lunsford Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8:15 p.m., at the Providence Center on the campus of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Cost is $16.

Reservations and cancellations may be made by calling 812-243-7056, 812-298-2353 or 812-877-9633 or by e-mailing cwcafterfive@gmail.com.

The guest speaker will be Lynn Jordan, Valparaiso, Ind., who will discuss, "Living Balanced in a Tilted World."

Special music will be presented by Owen County resident Melodye Carpenter.

Terre Haute After 5 is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.

For more information, log on to www.stonecroft.org.

Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute

The Christian Women's Club of Terre Haute will conduct the luncheon, "Balance Your Fall," Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m., at the MCL Meeting Room, located in the Meadows Shopping Center.

Cost is $3.

The speaker will be Lynn Jordan, Valparaiso, Ind. The special feature will be "Willow Gift and Home," by Heather Wolf, Terre Haute.

Music will be provided by Ron Cook, Terre Haute.

Reservations are necessary by Friday, Sept. 14. Cancellations are essential by 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16.

For more information, call 812-234-7388 or 812-235-4361.

Center Point United Methodist Church

I hope you have the time to come to Center Point today.

Come early for the pancake breakfast at the firehouse, 6-10 a.m.

Then, check out the yard/garage sales in and around town. If you get hungry later, there will be lunch items available at the church.

You would be most welcome to come back tomorrow morning and join us in worship services.

Pastor Bob Kumpf will share a message he calls, "Plain Ole Joe."

He takes his messages from Judges 3:28-31.

Bob says, "(This) tells the story of two victories for Israel; one under the leadership of Ehud and one through the strength of Shamgar.

'Ehud was a mighty warrior and great leader of men and Shamgar was a farmer (actually, a cattle herder). But God used them both to save Israel. Ehud had been trained and prepared to fight the enemies. He had leadership skills and experience. Shamgar had a stick with a blade on the end of it. But he also had the faith that God was with him, and the scriptures tell us that he struck down six hundred Philistines with that stick. He possessed a belief that God does the impossible through faith and action of common people. I think that God wants to remind us of that today."

Do you need reminded that God can work for you? Then, this message may be what you need to hear. Join us tomorrow. For praise and worship and a message of hope and faith.

Services start at 10:30 a.m. Come early for Sunday school. It starts at 9:30.

Annunciation Church

It is not too late to join our RCIA program, a program that allows people to explore joining the Catholic Church, to learn about the church, and to ask the questions about the church they've always been curious about.

Our first meeting is this Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., and the topic is "Happiness: We're Made for More!"

We will explore who God really is and what God really wants for us.

Anyone interested in being a reader for the reading at Mass this coming year will need to plan to attend a morning retreat and workshop to take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9:30 a.m., at the church.

We will begin with some coffee and donuts, will spend some time thinking about the spiritual role that a reader performs at Mass and then we will spend some time fine-tuning the art of proclaiming the Word of God publicly.

Thank you to everyone who helped with Knights of Columbus and Lady Knights dinner Aug. 27. We all had a wonderful time, and I think it was good insight that the speakers from Gibault were able to give.

The next Knights meeting will be Sept. 120 at 7:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in becoming a knight please call Grand Knight Mike Robinson at 812-243-7413. Thank you.

The October-December Bingo kitchen schedules are being made out soon. If you have any scheduling requests, please call Mary Ann Froderman.

The Lady Knights are taking orders for GFS hamburgers: 12 hamburgers for $10. If you are interested, please call Mary Ann Froderman at 812-605-0433.

The Shawl Ministry will start again for fall and winter Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Dawn Maeder at 446-2758.

There is a new series on Catholic Radio WHOJ 91.9-FM. Tuesdays from 4-4:30 p.m.: Fr. Hollowell and Friends -- recent homilies and reflections by Fr. John Hollowell, Pastor of Annunciation in Brazil, Holy Rosary in Seelyville and Sacramental Minister at Sacred Heart in Terre Haute.

We will also feature homilies and talks by the Franciscans of the Immaculate at Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Fr. Bill Peil, and others. Encore on Fridays from 2:30-3 p.m., Est.

Brazil Life Chain: The National Life Chain is the largest peaceful, prayerful, pro-life, public witness in the world.

More than 1,500 cities across the United States and Canada are expected to participate Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2-3 p.m.

Last year was our largest turnout. Please join us and participate in the Brazil Life Chain on United States 40 and Alabama Street. For more information, please contact Jeffrey Etling at 448-9147.

"The Year of Faith: The Archdiocese has an interesting and unique plan to help Catholics engage in the Year of Faith that Pope Benedict has declared. The Year of Faith begins Oct. 11, and the Holy Father is trying to encourage people to reengage in their Catholic Faith through learning more about their Catholic Faith. Each parish is asked to meet sometime in the late fall to discuss Catholicism, specifically the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium. We will then send some of our parishioners on to share what our parish discussed with the deanery, and some from that meeting will attend an Archdiocesan meeting, the goal of which will be the creation of a document entitled, '10 Things We Want You To Know About The Catholic Faith.' Everyone in the Archdiocese is asked to prepare now by reading over, as you are able, the Vatican II document 'Lumen Gentium.' The document can be found online and printed off, or you can order booklet copies for a few dollars online as well. I hope you consider participating in this adventure."

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.

Well, guess what? This week, we are going to keep it short and sweet, but to the point.

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Salvation plan straight from the Bible. All we have to do is to accept the free gift from God and take Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Special events at OCCC:

* Sept. 8 -- 8 a.m., Men's Prayer Breakfast; 4-8 p.m., Homemade Ice Cream Social. There will be lots of food plus a moonwalk for the kids (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 starts 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 or his cell at 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.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

We make many poor, even bad, decisions when we live by our impulses.

When Esau was very hungry one day, he sacrificed his birth right for a single meal of soup and bread.

Why? Because he lost perspective.

He was very hungry and he was about to die. It is amazing how we can lose perspective of what is important when we focus on our immediate desires and wants.

Not only do we lose perspective but sometimes, we are willing to pay a very steep price just to get something we want.

Esau lost the blessings that came with being a first-born son when he sold it for one meal. What is even worse is that it did not even bother him.

When we live for ourselves and our sensual, impulsive desires so much, there comes a point where it does not bother us at all. You can read about this story in Genesis 25:19-32.

This situation is not the first time that Esau made poor choices. He did not honor his parents in choosing his wife (wives). He rebelled against God in so many ways. He lived his life his way. But when it came to the day of receiving the blessing from his father he thought he could get the blessing. That is not what happened.

It says in Hebrews 12:16-17 that he pleaded and begged with tears. If only Esau would have repented earlier. Were these tears of sorrow and repentance or simply tears over having lost out? Esau made all his choices willingly. However, he had no control over the consequences.

There is great danger in making choices based on our impulse. Moses passed up all the benefits of being in Pharoah's house because he kept sight of the big picture. He was looking forward to the reward as it says in Hebrews 11:26. May God help us to keep seeking Him and looking to eternity. This world offers many things but they come at a cost. May we say no to our lustful desires (impulses) rather than pay a high price for a short-lived pleasure.

Even if we make wrong and sinful choices, may we not be like Esau and not do anything about it. The Bible is packed full with the message of forgiveness, mercy and grace when we confess and repent of our sin and sinful choices. May we now sin, but when we do, may we be quick to repent and receive God's forgiveness.

You can hear this message or choose from several others by going to our website and clicking on the resources picture and then clicking on sermons. If you are blessed by a sermon or something on our website, send us an e-mail and let us know.

This Sunday night, there is youth group from 6-7:30 p.m., at the church. All teens in middle school and high school are invited.

We are currently being challenged to spend at least 10 minutes per day reading the Bible. To help encourage each other by reading the same thing, we are currently reading in the Gospel of John. Read the chapter that corresponds to the day of the month. At our Bible study on Wednesday nights, at 7 p.m., we share some highlights from our reading and seek to build up one another. It is a wonderful time of fellowship, and you are welcome to join us.

We would love to have you visit. Our Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and our worship is at 11. We are located south of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

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:

* Sunday

9:30 a.m. -- Sunday school all ages,

10:30 a.m. -- Morning Worship, Children's Church (Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman),

7 p.m. -- Evening Worship,

* Tuesday

7 p.m. -- Trustee Meeting,

* 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.

Looking Ahead

The Father and Son dinner will be Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. This will include a dinner and prizes for the men. At 5:45 p.m., the Jack Boswell Country Gospel Band will perform and that is open to all, followed by the Ice Cream Social.

From Pat:

We were blessed this week with three baptisms. What a joy that was.

From one of the e-mails I have received about the holidays: While Christ's day is very special, Thanksgiving is my special holiday. It is the only time of the year I get to see my whole family. Life is so busy anymore that it seems we never get anything done. That visit you were planning never happens and the next time is at their funeral. It would seem to me that I, and lots of others, have forgotten about what is really important -- God, country and family. All this busyness isn't going get you to heaven and you can't take it with you, so what is it for? Thank you for allowing me to give my views on this. I read your church's column every week."

Thank you sir for reading our church news and we would love for you to visit us at Benwood.

I am getting so many e-mails on this, and I love reading each and every one of them. If I keep getting such a good response, we may continue this right up to Thanksgiving.

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 at pmann228@hotmail.com and tell me your favorite.

Acts 28:28: "Therefore, I want you to know that God's salvation has been sent to the Gentiles and they will listen!"

Have a safe and blessed week, at the end of that week, thank God for another week by worshiping Him in His house.

Carbon Baptist Church

The CBC congregation and Praise Team sings a song, "I Feel the Rain," and the rains came down and was a wonderful sight.

The rain was "Showers of Blessings" for everyone and the sound of lawnmowers was good to hear once again.

The Sunday morning begins at 9:30 a.m., with classes for all ages followed, with the fellowship time before the 10:30 a.m., worship service.

A nursery is available for children ages 0-2, during the service.

The sermon by Pastor Barry will be about the fourth church of the seven, Thyatira, found in the book of Revelation.

A prevalent sin within the church in Thyatira was the tendency to tolerate sin, unrighteousness, false teachers, etc. Does this ring a bell? In Thyatira, there were some who held fast on Christ's Word and His standards. The messages, warnings and promises applied to the seven churches and to all churches today until the end.

Don't forget the Italian pitch-in after the Sunday morning service.

Friday, Sept. 14, will be the Women's Ministry partnership with the SOS box truck in the town of Carbon at 4 p.m.

Saturday morning, Sept. 15, will be the Men's Prayer breakfast at 8 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall ... looking forward to a big turnout.

The next series for Wednesday Night Bible Study will be the book of Jeremiah. We will learn why Jeremiah was often called the "Weeping Prophet." Join us at 7 p.m., for the interesting subject and discussion time led by Pastor Barry.

The Praise Team has practice at 6 p.m., and still are hoping more will join them in sharing their talents.

If you have someone you wish to add to the prayer chain, call Judy Randall at 448-3454 or the church office at 442-7729.

The pastor's cell phone is 812-239-7050.

All of us need to be in much prayer for our country, our leaders, military people and their families. There is an air of much concern about our country and where we are headed.

Join us Sunday morning at CBC to hear truth through the Word and the accepting of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

Things are tough at times, but in the end, we win. We need to live life like a mission trip. We must stop and examine our lives and know what our mission is.

We welcome all visitors and expect to see our members every Sunday.

Our church is located one-half mile south of Carbon on Murphy Avenue. Your drive is worth the trip.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Looks what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Sept. 22, "All-you-can-eat breakfast," from 7-10 a.m. There is no charge, but a freewill offering will be accepted. Come out and enjoy.

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 is for all ages and 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 jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

East Side Christian Church

We at East Side Christian Church hope you had a great Labor Day.

Our church was filled as it was the Sunday before, but we had a great time in the name of the Lord.

It was good to see some we hadn't seen for a while, and then there were some guests that we want to welcome and hope to see again.

Fellowship Hall will be the scene of the Appreciation Luncheon for our local first responders, and it is fitting that the date is Sept. 11.

If you would like to attend, please do so. Mary I., and her helpers do a great job with this luncheon, and we are sure you would enjoy it.

Also coming up really fast is our Anniversary Sunday.

There will be more on it in the next few weeks, but it is the first Sunday in October, so please mark your calendars.

There are signup sheets on the bulletin board for attendance and food.

We want to continue praying for those in our congregation who are having difficulties. We especially want to let Bill W. know he was missed last Sunday, and our prayers are with him. The Crabb girls were also missed.

With the upcoming election, please pray that God will be present in decisions made in voting. Also pray for our military men and women that they may be brought home soon.

Pastor Bill is making great progress, and we are thankful for that.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, please come be with us.

We love our Lord and do want to share Him with others. We hope to see you soon.

First Baptist Church

AWANA will begin Sunday, Sept. 9, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Children from age 3 through fifth-grade are invited to come and enjoy food, games and Bible lessons. We look forward to seeing you there.

Worship service this Sunday will begin at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Thompson will bring the message.

We will also welcome a representative from the Gideons.

Sunday school classes are at 9:30 a.m. The youth group meets at 5:30 p.m. Evening service is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7.

The Young Women's Bible Study will be at 7 p.m., at the home of Stacy Thompson.

Wednesday Bible Study will meet at the YMCA of Clay County at 12:15 p.m. We cordially invite you to join us as we begin study in the book of Genesis.

Thursday, ABW will hold a brief meeting at the church at 1:30 p.m. Following the meeting, they will be going to Cloverleaf for Bingo.

The ROCK service will be Thursday at 7 p.m.

Did you know that Wednesday, Sept. 12, is National Day of Encouragement? Although we should encourage someone every day, we don't always do that.

Encourage one another and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11 NIV Remember, God loves you. He has a plan for your life, and you are never alone.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Thank You, Lord, for the rain.

It feels so good to be out mowing fast-growing, healthy looking grass again.

And the flowers have simply exploded.

He gave us nice gentle rain with no storms. What more can we ask for?

I know that it is too late for the corn, but these new rains might make the soybeans yet. With all the practical reasons to be happy about the rains, wasn't it great to just hear it hitting the windows? I didn't even mind wading through the water at the grocery parking lot.

The Carbon Fish Fry for the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department is coming up fast. It will be Saturday, Sept. 15.

This is their big money-maker for the year, so everyone plan on coming out to Carbon then and enjoy the evening.

Our church will have its Bazaar and its Kids Karnival again this year during the fish fry. There are some new games, and I know the kids will enjoy coming down to see us after they are finished eating at the firehouse.

Our annual Bazaar will be in the church basement. We will have a lot of new and old things for you to check out, so while the kids are playing at the Karnival, come on down to the basement and see what we have. We'll be looking for you.

Come visit us on Sunday, too. There will be no Karnival or Bazaar, but there will be a bunch of friendly, sincere Christian people to make you feel welcome.

So come worship with us. Worship starts at 9:30 a.m., Sunday ... every Sunday.

Community Missionary Church News

Pastor Thomas opened services thanking everyone who came out on this rainy day to the Lord's House and a warm greeting to everyone.

Brother Thomas said, "God is good. Just think, we desperately needed rain. We got rain, and continually getting more rain through the start of the week."

He led in prayer of thanks and praises to God, then turned the service over to Scott Burns, who led the congregational singing.

Pastor then called for tithes and offerings, after which, he led in the doxology.

He asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and led in praying for each and the shut-ins, hospitalized, nursing home residents, and our military in harm's way.

In his announcements, he mentioned two of our long-time members, Bill and Marietta Slack, will be moving to Brazil soon, and we'll be able to contact them more easily.

Both have been ailing of late, and it's good news to know they will be nearby. Bless our old warriors and let's remember them in prayer.

Peg Parksey sang the special, "Without a Valley," which was well received. This writer enjoys the older songs, the slow songs which have much meaning.

Our church has been long blessed for not having this loud rock music. The type that is loud and downright noisy with most of the words lost, leaving eardrums ringing.

Most doctors get patients early in life who have lost some hearing due to high volume. Being a Christian makes a difference when laboring for the Lord.

Working to reflect in His love.

Matthew Chapter 9:37, "Then saith He unto His disciples, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest."

Jesus knew his 12 disciples, giving them the power to go out and cast out unclean spirits and to heal all manner of sickness and disease and promised a blessing to those who received them. In the last days, God needs workers in the fields as the harvest draws nigh.

It doesn't cost us anything to labor for God, but it cost Him His son. Many of us have faith, but without works, we are same as dead.

Many people feel our country owes us something, but we owe God as Christians for the harvest. Are we laborers for God, helping or hindering?

Are we putting limits on our love for God by shining our light only on Sunday and not carrying that light out into the world?

Friends, neighbors, those you meet every day -- does your love show through to them, with a smile and friendly greeting?

John was the greatest witness for God. Many people don't think about spiritual things until they are on their deathbed, and sometimes too late.

God rewards according to your labor. He gives the increase; you can plant and water but the Lord gives that increase.

You are never alone for He has made a way for each of us through Jesus.

This writer heard it said that, "He had never heard of an atheist in a foxhole."

Have you ever heard that little voice whisper to you, "Whom shall I send?"

Pastor Thomas and wife Beverly and congregation invite one and all 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 an open invitation also on Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m., with JB and Melanie O'Neal from Martinsville, Ind, whom will carry the services.

They will share Christ through song and testimony. They became well known after appearing at a Praise Gathering in 2003 at Indianapolis with Bill and Glory Gaither.

Their music includes original, traditional and Southern Gospel.

Our services are free to all.

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