[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 53°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 45°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Church News

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Look 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. The Bee Ridge Breakfast Crew is cooking up some delicious food, and

* Sunday, Sept. 23 -- Bee Ridge Fun Day, beginning at 1 p.m. Activities for all ages. Games include softball, cornhole and many others. There will also be a pitch-in dinner. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish. Bring your family, friends and relatives. Everyone is invited. Come on out and enjoy the great Indiana fall weather and fellowship.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road.

We are the brick church at 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.

Carbon United Methodist Church

It was a beautiful day last Saturday for our Kid Karnival during the Carbon Fish Fry.

We had a lot of help and everything went great.

We want to thank Lee Walls' Cub Scout Troop for all their help, and for the other teenagers from other churches who helped so much.

They all really worked all evening.

Our Bazaar went well, too.

We sold out all the flowers very early especially ... and the brownies and no-bake cookies and the blackberry jelly.

We will try to have more of those items next year.

The drought really hurt the blackberries this year.

Our church is teaming up with Epworth for a Bible Study of Ephesians, which is very interesting.

We will be meeting at each church on an alternating basis.

This coming week, we will be at Epworth.

Come join us at 10 a.m., Wednesday morning.

It is great to get together with the two groups.

That terrific storm we had several weeks ago blew down the sign in front of our church, so we are in the process of having it replaced.

Things really look bare without it.

This Sunday, Mary Jo Archer will be filling the pulpit while our minister, Greg Puttmann, is in Kentucky at the seminary taking classes.

We always enjoy having Mary with us.

You will, too.

Come join us at 9:30 a.m., Sunday morning for the worship service.

See you.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church extends an invitation for you to attend worship service at 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday, at 8:45 a.m., donuts, coffee, juice and milk will be available in the basement for a time of fellowship prior to Sunday school classes, which begin at 9:30 a.m.

AWANA will be at 5:30-7 p.m. We look forward to children 3-years-old to fifth-grade joining us for an evening of food, music and Bible lessons.

The Youth Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Choir practice will be at 7:15 p.m.

Young Women's Bible Study will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Bible Study will be at 12:15 p.m., at the YMCA of Clay County.

Plan to join us for our continuing study of the scriptures.

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

Today is the first day of fall.

This is a good reminder that coats, jackets, sweaters, parkas and suit coats for all sizes and ages are being collected until the last Sunday in October for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.

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

Our phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greeting to everyone, commenting that we had two champions among us this morning that could really toss the beanbags. He then led in the opening prayer.

Scott Burns led the congregational singing, followed by the pastor calling for the offerings.

While leading the Doxology, he asked the congregation to greet their neighbors on each side of them and continued with his weekly announcements.

The pastor asked for spoken/unspoken prayer requests, along with prayer for shut-ins, those who are hospitalized, nursing home residents and those in the military who are in harm's way.

We were happy to have Scott Burns sing an old favorite, "Because of whose I am." Stop and think about this song with some mighty thoughtful words in it. The word "whose" reflects belonging to someone, do you think you belong to the Lord? It also asks, "What I am or what I do." Pray that you are striving to belong to Him, the circle of friends you have, where they might find you on any given hour. Brother Thomas said there was a man in the bible that "saw the light" while on the Damascus Road turned his life around and became a great missionary for God. Paul was that man, then there was one great -- Jesus.

He traveled far and wide and wherever he went multitudes listened and many followed along. Then there was John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord. Remember what he had said on seeing Jesus come toward him, "Behold the lamb of God." We are here to tell others of his love -- His commandments. They are simple, but powerful, and one commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Jesus walked down by the seaside and met fishermen working at their skills, and he said, "Come, follow me and I'll make you fishers of men." Can our neighbors and friends know about God unless we tell them, reflect Him in our everyday living and in our actions toward others? We are, as the pastor said, showing others that we are all striving to live by the gospel. We are called to run in the race for mankind. No one wants to listen to a know-it-all person with an inflated ego, but to be a happy, loveable person without being "pushy."

Jesus went where people were and they weren't all saints. One instance, while walking among sinners, he looked up into a tree and invited a hated rich man named Zacchaeus to come down out of the tree that he was going to his house to abide at his house. Now it was known the tax collector was a sinner, but that day he was a changed man, a born-again Christian, he had seen the light, Luke 19:10, "For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost." Even today, most people do not care for tax workers, but we here in Clay County have some fine people working for us and any of them are always welcome at my house. In Jesus' day, the pharisees would ask his disciples why he sat with sinners and his disciples answered that Jesus was winning lives for the Father. Sometimes you may feel like not visiting some places not suitable to your liking, let God lead you and give you words of encouragement. You never know when kind words may change a life. J.B. O'Neal ministries will be bringing the services Sept. 23, at 10:30 a.m., and after lunch at 1 p.m., join us and enjoy inspirational singing and the Gospel.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m., with morning worship starting at 10:30 a.m., and evening worship at 6 p.m.

There is plenty of parking space, air conditioning and a childrens' room.

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 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 Chris.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:


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

* 10:30 a.m. -- Morning worship. Children's Church (Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge). AWANA Fair/No evening services.


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


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

From the Pastor:

This week's message is "What Will Worship Do for Me?" Psalm 73:16.

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me. 17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

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 Sunday at 5 p.m.

Things to think about -- Thanksgiving baskets. It's not too early to begin bringing in non-perishable food items for distribution.

From Brad:

Our AWANA kickoff will be this 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-graders.

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/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:

Next week will be another e-mail story but this week, I had one of our readers send me an e-mail asking that Pastor Dick give his pick of the holidays, Thanksgiving or Christmas, and a special memory from that holiday.

I will present this to the Pastor and see what happens.

Fall is here 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?

Please send me an e-mail at pmann228@hotmail.com and tell me your favorite.

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

Daniel 2:28 "There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these."

Carbon Baptist Church

The last few days, our mornings and evenings went from being cooler to cold ... still felt strange to kick on the furnace to take away the chill ... probably won't last long.

Carbon Baptist Church family invites you to come and feel the warmth and love during any of the services or activities you attend.

Fourth Sunday morning is the time we enjoy those square donuts, milk and coffee, beginning at 9 a.m., until classes being at 9:30.

Our Sunday school is growing and this is a great time of learning and fellowship.

Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., and this Sunday, Pastor Barry Corder will be sharing about the church of Philadelphia, also known as "Brotherly Love."

Philadelphia was a faithful church that kept Christ's Word and didn't deny Him.

They had endured opposition from the world and resisted conforming to the evil trends of other churches, yet had persevered in loyalty to Christ and the truth in the New Testament gospel.

Because of their persevering faithfulness, God promises to deliver them the hour of trial.

How do we measure up in this day of age? False teachings? Where and what does America stand?

The Open Evening Prayer time will be Sunday, from 6-7 p.m., for anyone in our community who has much concern about our America today.

We must pray and do what's right in God's eyes.

Wednesday Night Bible Study and prayer time is another time to gather together from 7-8 p.m., and study from the book of Jeremiah.

Reminder to all the ladies that the ministry group meets this Thursday evening at 6:30, at the home of Soni Henry. Make an effort to attend and you will leave with much happiness and desire to serve others.

Some of the ladies will be helping Serving On The Streets with the town of Carbon's Kid's Club at the park from 4-5 p.m., Friday, after school.

Kids and parents from Carbon are most welcome to attend.

Thanks to a serving lady, Jan Shonkwiler, for bringing a beautiful floral bouquet every Sunday morning.

CBC is located one-half mile south of Carbon on Murphy Avenue.

If you need information, feel free to call the office at 442-7729 or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.

Make Sunday morning a priority to join us for Sunday school and worship service and you will leave with a warm and loving feeling.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

Open Hands Preschool has been located in the lower level of First United Methodist Church building for the past eight years.

It serves children ages 3-5 (pre-kindergarten).

There are openings available for 3-4-year-olds meeting two days each week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) as well as a couple of openings for a three-day class for 4-5-year-olds (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

In addition to the regular schooling, the leaders of Open Hands are sponsoring a co-ed softball tournament Saturday, Sept. 29, at the softball diamond in Forest Park.

Each team will field at least four female players with six male participants.

The entry fee is $150.

Contact the preschool at 443-2230 for student registration or entry and additional information about the softball tournament.

Peniel United Methodist Church

A special memorial service will take place in honor of Wilma Icenogle during church service.

She was a devoted member of Peniel, one who will be missed by many.

Don't forget next Sunday (Sept. 30), will be homecoming.

A carry-in lunch starts at 12:30 p.m., with lots of fond memories being discussed.

Special music will be provided by the Bridgewater family.

The scripture for this Sunday is from St. Mark 9:30-37.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Childish Behavior."

The food pantry in Brazil requests canned fruits and vegetables.

So many people are in need of food these days.

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

Come and enjoy.

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

Center Point United Methodist Church

Just a reminder: Tonight is the Center Point Fall Festival.

It starts at 4:30 p.m., with a pulled pork dinner featuring Pappy's barbecue.

There will be a variety of music, including the Jackson Township Concert Band and Louie Popejoy.

Milo Miller will provide music for the street dance, scheduled for 8 p.m., in front of the hardware store.

You are invited to come and enjoy an evening of food, fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.

Tomorrow is another opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors.

Worship with others is a wonderful renewing process.

By focusing on giving God praise, we are renewed.

Pastor Bob Kumpf will share a message titled, "What If I Give All?" -- which is taken from Matthew 25:34-40.

Bob says, "It is a message about giving ourselves to care for the needs of others. It is a message about being in community with one another and standing alongside one another ... simply as a way of life.

"Our scripture finds the people asking, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?'" (Matthew 25:37-39).

"You see, they had made caring and giving for each other a way of life. Little did they realize that in their gracious giving, they had been witnessing and serving in the manner Jesus had instructed them. 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40). We don't have to look very far to see that people around us have been giving of themselves for us so that we might know what real love is. God has placed those special people around us to let us know that we are loved more than we can even imagine, and we are called to love others in the same manner, in Jesus' name."

Some people just talk about love. Love is an action word.

We need to see love in action.

I believe this is what Jesus was telling us in this scripture. We don't have to stop talking about love, but if we do not follow the talk with action ... do we really mean what we say?

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: