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Friday, September 14, 2012

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings to one and all on this beautiful Lord's Day and being thankful that each of us could be here today.

He gave the opening prayer and turned the service over to Scott Burns for the congregational singing with one of our old gospel songs, "My Jesus, I love thee -- I will love thee in life, I will love thee in death; If ever I loved thee -- tis now."

Remember when there was no television and grandma and mother would be singing these old songs in the kitchen while working or washing clothes in the wash house?

Many times not knowing all the words, they would be humming them.

Those memories flood back to long ago times; grandpa and grandma remember vividly and are blessed by them.

Pastor Thomas then called for the tithes and offerings after which he led the doxology. He then asked for spoken and unspoken requests for prayer leading the congregation for each and for the hospitalized, nursing home residents, shut-ins and our military in harms way. He made his weekly announcements, nothing that the JB O'Neals would be with us for two services starting at 10:30 a.m., followed by a basket lunch and return after lunch for another service. Everyone is invited to bring a salad or dessert.

Debbie Megenhardt then sang our special number, "You Raise Me Up," a beautiful number enjoyed by all. When you have a mountain to climb or are drowning in a sea of troubles and need that light to show you the way, Debbie's song can lift you right up for the Lord loves us all if you just give up to Him.

This song reminds the pastor of his youth when he asks, "What is it we all want? We all need it and sometimes when we get it, we don't want to share it ... God's love."

Forgiveness, money; we could name a few more, but we get the idea.

Acts 13:38-39, "Be it know unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins." 39, "And by Him, all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

Acts 26:15 we learn that Paul had been struck down while on his way to Damascus, saw a light from heaven, he, and those with him; tells of a voice speaking to him saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

And Paul (Saul) said, who art thou, Lord? And he said, "I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest."

Saul, (Paul) was converted on the spot. He was a changed man, as he was forgiven and given a commission to go and preach and heal the people.

Reading all through the old and new testament people sacrified animals, not wanted, not needed as the blood of Jesus was shed for our sins. But because sometimes, we don't want to give up some of our sins, who are we to judge others -- only God can judge others through Jesus, and we should ask Him to first forgive us our sins as I forgive others as Matthew 6:13-15 says, if you forgive, He will forgive you as well.

Jesus said, "Forgive seventy times seven," and we don't mean forgive, but not forget; Jesus wiped our slate clean. He loves all people, but He hates sin.

If we don't forgive and forget, then we are outsiders to God. Forgive from the heart, and accept God's love wholeheartedly.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m., and evening service is at 6 p.m.

We welcome everyone and remember, Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m., the JB O'Neal ministries will be with us.

Bring a friend.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Sept. 22 -- all-you-can-eat breakfast, from 7-10 a.m. 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 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 by e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church, 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil, invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m., this Sunday.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

The choir's special music this week will be a medley of Dottie Rambo's, "I Will Glory in the Cross and The Old Rugged Cross."

Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m.

Children ages 3 to fifth-grade are invited to AWANA from 5:30-7 p.m.

Plan to attend for an evening of fun, Bible lessons, music and food.

Also scheduled this week:

* The Youth group meets at 5:30 p.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m., and choir practice is at 7:15 p.m.,

* Tuesday, at 7 p.m., the Young Women's Bible Study meets at the home of Stacy Thompson. Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., Bible Study will take place at the YMCA of Clay County. Please join us for study in the book of Genesis.

The ROCK worship service is at 7 p.m., Thursday.

Coats, jackets, sweaters, hoodies and suit coats for all ages and sizes are still being collected until the end of October for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.

If you are searching for a church home, please join us at any of our worship opportunities this week.

Carbon Baptist Church

As the old saying goes, "It doesn't get any better than this ... weather, that is."

The cooler mornings and evenings along with warm afternoons are so refreshing.

This morning was the Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m., and the food was great, a great crowd and the fellowship was topped off by devotions by Pastor Barry Corder.

The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry will take place at Carbon this evening.

Sunday school classes for all ages and groups begin at 9:30 a.m., and last Sunday, the attendance nearly doubled.

The scriptures are being taught by prepared teachers and much joy is in the air.

The ladies class is now studying, "A Call to Prayer," which helps us search our hearts for practical application. Come and be a part of the classes.

The series about the seven churches found in the book of Revelation continues Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., during worship service.

This Sunday will be about the letter received by the Sardis church, which was spiritually dead with only a few of its members remaining faithful to the gospel. Jesus saw the inner lives and hearts of the people during this period of time.

I know in our society today that our Lord wonders where is everybody at? What truly is important? With all the happenings going on in the U.S. and the world our churches that teach the scriptures and truth should be packed.

Let's not give Satan an opportunity to destroy. The anniversary of 9/11 this past week sheds light on what "darkness" is all about.

Executive Board meeting will be Tuesday evening, Sept. 18, in the Fellowship Hall. The lay person representative is Charlie Mullenix and if you have any questions or concerns to be addressed, contact him before the meeting.

Wednesday evening Bible Study continues about Jeremiah and the call God had for his life as in all of our lives. Join us next Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., as we will be studying chapters 2-6.

Looking ahead to future activities is the Evening of Prayer Sunday evening, Sept. 23, from 6-7 p.m. CBC invites anyone in the community to feel free to come anytime during the hour.

Ladies Ministries will be Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at the home of Soni Henry, 8475 N. Advincula Dr., Brazil.

September donations of any laundry products are still needed for the food pantry and those can be put in the big gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall.

The church office phone is 442-7729 (pray) and pastor's cell phone is 812-239-7050. If you have any questions or concerns, just call.

The CBC hopes you will be a part of our worship and praise service Sunday morning.

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. God.

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 (verse 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." (Verse 26).

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:

* Saturday, Sept. 29 -- Pitch-in fellowship supper, 6 p.m.,

* Sunday, Oct. 21 -- Homecoming at Otter Creek Church. Special service at 10:40 a.m.,

* Oct. 26 -- Weiner Roast and Hayride, 6 p.m.,

* Nov. 17 -- Thanksgiving Supper, 6 p.m., and

* Dec. 8 -- Church Christmas Dinner.

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, or cell at 1-812-531-9347.

I would like to thank all of you who helped make our Ice Cream Social such a success.

Whether you helped prepare food or setup tables or came and helped us eat up the good food.

A big thank you goes out to you. We would like to thank the Stanley Family Gospel Singers for coming and singing for us.

Another thank you goes out to Chet Slaughter for coming and setting up the moon walk for the children and the young at heart. Praise the Lord for all that He does for us each day.

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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Today is the day for the big Carbon Fish Fry put on by the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department.

Events begin to roll at about 4 p.m.

Don't miss it.

Come out and enjoy the food and meet all your old friends that you haven't seen since last year at the fish fry.

When you are finished eating that delicious fish dinner, meander one block north of the firehouse and visit with us at the Carbon United Methodist Church.

The Kid Karnival will be going full blast for the children and our Bazaar will be ready for you to wander through down in the church basement.

You will probably find all sorts of googaws that you won't be able to live without -- at rock-bottom prices.

These two events are our big moneymakers for the year, so come see us and enjoy all that is going on.

Unfortunately, we will not be having the quilt show this year, but there are an assortment of items that you can try to win.

We hope to see you on Saturday, and we pray that we will see you on Sunday at our worship service. It is at 9:30 a.m., so that our minister, Greg Puttmann, can get to Epworth United Methodist Church by 11 a.m.

See you.

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good morning to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.

We are located two miles north of United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east on 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 (Juddy Ferry and Vicky Trusler)

7 p.m. -- Evening Worship

* Tuesday

7 p.m. -- Deacon Meeting

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study

* Thursday

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

From the Pastor:

This week's message is "The Tragedy of Waiting for the Perfect Time."

Ecclesiastes 11:4 "Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap."

This Sunday we will be celebrating water baptism again this month.

Thank you to all the ladies who helped with the Father/Son celebration last Sunday evening. The meal was great and appreciated.

The Jack Boswell Country Gospel Band ministry of music was well received and attended.

I am not even going to mention the homemade ice cream and desserts that followed. Thanks to all who helped.

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:

AWANA kickoff is next Sunday at 5 p.m.

From Brad:

Our AWANA kickoff will be Sunday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. We will have a jumping castle, games, prizes and lots of snacks. AWANA stands for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed based on II Timothy 2:15. We have three AWANA clubs. Cubbies for ages 3-5, Sparks for children in kindergarten, first- and second-grades, and T-N-T for third- through sixth-grades.

We also have a teen youth group that will also be kicking off the year Sept. 23.

During our weekly meetings, we have club time where clubbers memorize scripture and pass sections, game time, snack time, singing, story and lesson time, challenges, prizes and lots of fun.

We also have an AWANA store for the clubbers, a hayride, talent show, magic show, AWANA grand prix, bowling parties, mini golf, trips to Bogeys and lots of other fun activities.

All children in the community are welcome.

For more information, please call the church at 446-0531.

From Pat:

What an amazing time of fellowship Sunday evening was. God blessed us again.

I read every e-mail I get and lately, I have received more than a few on my question about which holiday is your favorite. I don't want to give a one-sided view of this so this next e-mail is a different look at the holidays.


I learned early on that holidays were just another way for businesses to take your money.

Jesus was born in a stable, not under lights and trees and fancy decorations.

He was given gifts that in those times, would have been fit for a king. Simple things. I love Jesus, but I don't like the hype of the holidays. Gifts are simple, mostly handmade, something needed, something to be passed down for generations.

Simple tree, popcorn and cranberries, in a stable just like where Jesus was born. He is the reason for the season so shouldn't that be another way to honor Him and His birth? Not with all the hype of today, save your money or better yet, donate what you spend to a homeless shelter where Christmas never happens.

I am not bitter, nor am I down on the changes of the world just thought that one day should be spent as it was then. Let the world start back up the day after. I love the Lord, and I am very thankful for the gift He gave me. My family and I chose to honor Him this way.

Thank you for your e-mail and sharing how your family celebrates Christmas. I must say it gave me pause. What is truly important about Christmas, the birth of Christ, how we chose to celebrate that is sometimes different from others, but all who believe do celebrate his birth and that is what is important.

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.

Have a great week and thank God everyday for the blessings you receive.

Jeremiah 2:13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water."

Eastside Christian Church

Eastside Christian Church was the scene of Mary I's annual luncheon for our local first responders.

This year, it was called the 9/11 Remembrance Luncheon. There were 19 first responders and 13 community members in attendance.

Several businesses donated items for the luncheon, which included table items, prizes and money.

We especially want to thank Thomas and Thomas Attorneys for their continuing support of the luncheon.

It was good to see so many in attendance.

We don't ever want to forget those who died on 9-11-2001.

A big thank you goes out to The Brazil Times for their wonderful coverage of the luncheon and also to the Roberts family for their participation in the serving and to all others who helped in any way.

We also want to keep praying for those in our congregation who are having difficulties.

If you are looking for a church family, we want to extend an invitation for you to come be with us.

We are a loving church, and we have a great time in the name of our Lord.

We hope to see you soon.

God is good.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Hey, thanks to all of you who came to Center Point last Saturday.

The weather could not have been better.

The volunteer fire department was pleased with their first pancake breakfast and hope to have another in conjunction with the spring yard sales.

Keep an eye out for announcements about that at the end of March or early April.

The lunch at the church brought in just more than $250 for missions. Everyone seemed to enjoy having some place to get something to eat and drink.

Our "school year' Kid's Club had its first session, Sept. 5. This is for grades 1-12, and meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month while school is in session.

It starts at 6 p.m., and lasts until 7 p.m., for the lower grades. The junior and senior high kids meet for another half-hour for a short Bible study. They are helping with the younger children before that.

Kid's Club is not just for the children who attend Center Point UMC. All kids are welcome to participate.

Pastor Bob Kumpf shares a bit about his message for tomorrow.

He says, "This Sunday, we will look at Acts 6:1-7. This short passage begins to address the 'growing pains' of the early church and the wisdom of the Apostles in authorizing disciples to lead in areas that they were gifted.

"It is also an example of how the church can lose its focus of taking the Good News to the world if we let the little distractions get out of hand. It is a reminder of God's plan to use the diverse gifts of all people to make the church strong, rich and complete. The message is titled, 'Call to Serve/Call to Lead.'"

Join us tomorrow and be encouraged to fulfill your part in the body of Christ.

Come worship with us.

Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and worship services start at 10:30.

Annunciation Church

This coming week, there will be no daily Masses in either Brazil or Seelyville.

Father Hollowell has a continuing education program the Archdiocese requires him to attend at St. Meinrad this week.

This commitment in no way affects the weekend Mass scheduled this week or next.

This past Thursday, we laid to rest long-time parishioner, Joyce Vanatti.

Joyce worked for many years in our school and was very devoted to this parish.

Please keep Joyce and her family in your prayers in the weeks and months ahead.

Do you know someone who is need of prayer? It's time to renew the prayer list. Please drop a note in the collection or call the office to get a name on the prayer list.

The Shawl Ministry will start again for fall and winter Sept. 13, at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Dawn Maeder at 446-2758. They will meet on the second Thursday of each month. People who are in nursing homes, hospitals and others benefit from this group. Hope you can join us.

Thank you to Bob Salitros for taking such good care of our parish and Bingo grounds. To Rhea Gasway, Rita Rothrock, Rita Persinger, Karen Burk, Joan Hammer, Tony Spugnardi, Kathy Keller and all who helped with Joyce Vanatti's funeral this week, a huge thank you. Thank you to so many parishioners who care so much. We are a blessed community. Thank you Father Hollowell for taking us on and doing such a great job, we truly appreciate you and the work you are doing. Together, with God, we can do wonderful things. Keep it up.

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: Twelve hamburgers for $10. If you are interested, please call Mary Ann Froderman at 812-605-0433.

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, 2012, 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.

Golden Anniversary Mass 2012

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., 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 at 1-800-382-9836 Ext. 1596.

Registration forms may be obtained online at www.archindy.org/family/jubilee-form01.h..., and completed forms may be e-mailed to Flor Bickel at fbickel@archindy.org.

Have a blessed week.

Peniel United Methodist Church

It's the third Sunday of the month and time to share pastries and beverages, plus a lot of "catching up" on recent activities.

This all takes place about 10:25 a.m., in between Sunday school, which begins at 9:45, and church services.

"Homecoming" on Sept. 30. Preparations are well underway, including inspiring music from the Jeff Bridgewater Group.

Mark that date on your calendar.

Also on the week's schedule is the Co-Workers/Fidelis Class Meeting at 6 p.m., Sept. 20. The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at Epworth at 8 a.m., Sept. 22.

Pastor Pippin's message will be "Called to Preach." This Sunday's scripture is from Isaiah 50:4-9.

Cereal is on the list of donations needed at the food pantry in Brazil.

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

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