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Church News

Friday, September 28, 2012

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

We are enjoying the messages that Pastor Gordon has been preaching as we journey through the Old Testament.

There are so many lessons to learn from the men and women of the Bible because they are real life stories.

God did not only record for us the "success" stories of faith but also times when they failed.

The Bible says these are written for our admonition.

Last Sunday's message was from Genesis 28 when Jacob had an encounter with God through the dream of the ladder reaching to heaven with the angels ascending and descending.

After God spoke, Jacob was gripped with a holy fear and reverence.

We can see the grace of God in the life of Jacob.

He had just deceived his father and lied to him.

His brother was ready to kill him. He is fleeing for his safety.

Yet on that journey God speaks to him. God had all the reasons to forsake the covenant that He had made to Abraham because of Jacob's choices and conduct.

But God is faithful to His promises, and He still shows grace even when so undeserving.

We also see Jacob's response to the encounter with God.

There was fear and reverence and a willingness to trust and obey.

We are not to be looking for visions and dreams to have an encounter with God. We have His Word in our hands and we can seek God, and hear from Him through His Word.

The encounter impacted Jacob's attitude, his conduct and his giving.

Jacob worshipped. Not only did he verbalize his worship but he would also express it by giving a tithe (a tenth) to the Lord.

We can have a daily encounter with God through His Word.

When we do it should impact our attitude, our words and conduct and our giving. You can hear the full message by going to our website at www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the resources picture and then clicking on sermons.

We are excited about what God is doing and the ministries that God enables us to have as we seek to encourage the believer to grow in the walk and commitment to Christ, as well as bring eternal hope to those who are hopeless.

Youth Group meets this Sunday at 6 p.m., at the church. It is for all middle and high school age. Join us for a time of study, game time and snacks.

On Oct. 27 (Saturday) we are having a chili cook off beginning at 5:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

For those who want to make chili and participate in the cook off, we would love it.

Obviously there will be food. There will also be games, music and fellowship.

The church is located south of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m., and youth group is at 6 p.m.

We are currently challenging our congregation to spend 10 minutes a day reading the Bible. Currently, we are reading in Romans.

Our Wednesday night study meets at 7 p.m., and focuses on the chapter that were to have been read.

If you want to read along with us here is where we are: Saturday, Romans 4; Sunday Romans 5; Monday, Romans 6. Just go to the next chapter for the next day.

The church office is 442-5008 or you can call Pastor Gordon on his cell phone at 812-240-3003.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our classes for those considering joining the Catholic Church this year are going great.

We have just begun a video series entitled, "Catholicism," done by Fr. Robert Barron of Chicago.

The series has received great reviews from people all across the spectrum of beliefs.

The 10 episodes have even been picked up by PBS stations across the country for airing on their stations.

Our class meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., on the third floor of our parish center.

It has now been exactly one year since Bishop Christopher Coyne was appointed to fill in until a new Archbishop could be named for the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

The process where the Pope selects a new Archbishop doesn't typically last much beyond a year, so we are anticipating receiving word soon about our next Archbishop.

We would appreciate prayers from the Brazil community as that decision nears.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 8, we will be adding two new daily Masses to our calendar.

Now that Fr. Hollowell will be in Brazil full time, he will have a Mass on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m., and a Mass on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Our Mass on Wednesday will continue at 5:30 p.m., and our Thursday morning Mass will also continue at 9 a.m.

All are invited to join the Knights of Columbus Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., for a rosary at Cloverleaf Healthcare.

A special thanks to our Knights and to our Legion of Mary groups who do so much for our elderly and infirmed.

Join fellow parishioners at the National Life Chain Oct. 7, from 2-3 p.m. Brazil's link in the chain will be located at Alabama Street and National Avenue.

The Life Chain is the largest peaceful, prayerful, pro-life public witness in the world, stretching across more than 1,500 cities in the United States and Canada. Last year was our largest turn out, so let's make this year's participation even larger.

For more information, call Jeffrey Etling at 448-9147.

Immediately following the Life Chain will be the Religious Liberty and Life Rally on Alabama Street between National Avenue and Jackson Street.

This rally will inform all interested on the threats facing the Catholic faith (and all other faiths) that our Bishops have actively been fighting for months.

Prayers, passionate speakers, inspirational music and good food will highlight the agenda.

Invite your friends of all faiths to attend this rally. The loss of Religious Liberty will affect all Christian faiths.

Oct. 8, will be social night at Kennedy Crossing Bingo hall, at 7 p.m.

We will show the movie, "For Greater Glory," the untold story of the Cristo War and a quest for religious liberty.

A must see viewing for all who care about faith and liberty today. (Which is what the current administration's HHS Mandate is currently endangering).

The public is invited to attend and good food will be served.

For additional information, call Mike Robinson, Grand Knight, at 812-243-7413.

A cashier is needed on the first Sunday in the Bingo Kitchen.

And, with cooler temps, maybe you would like to volunteer as a Bingo Baker? Creative baking can be a very calming experience -- give it a try.

Please call Mary Ann Froderman if you are able to give a little time to help with this, at 812-605-0433.

May God bless you, your family and our country.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Homecoming is Sunday, Sept. 30.

A carry-in dinner begins the celebration at 12:30 p.m.

One can expect lots of good conversation and memories of years past.

Music will be provided by the Bridgewater Family for all to enjoy.

Choir practice will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

The scripture for this Sunday is from St. Mark 1:4-11.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Washing Your Hands."

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45, then the Homecoming Celebration at 12:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited.

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

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 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 (Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney),

5 p.m. -- AWANA

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Bible Study, and

* Thursday

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

From the Pastor:

This week's message will be given by Mike Pell and is called, "Go Light Your Candle."

Luke 15:8 "Our suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?"

Last week, I was asked if I had a special memory of a Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Most of my memories of these holidays involved family and are too numerous to mention.

Of these two holidays, Christmas would be my favorite.

We celebrate the day remembering the great love of God in allowing His Son to be born in a manger.

What we tend to forget about Christmas is that it is only part one of the story.

The rest of Christmas is celebrated on Easter morning.

Thanksgiving was instituted by this nation as a day of thanksgiving to the Almighty Father who created us.

How often do we really thank Him for all that He has done for us?

Why is America in the shape we are in now?

If we really want God to bless us as a nation, then this nation must begin to bless God.

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

Things to think about:

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

From Pat

We had a wonderful time at the AWANA fair.

I was so happy to see so many kids there.

I hope we see two times that many next week.

Bring your friends, neighbors, even bring ones you don't know.

God would encourage you to bring everyone.

Everyone had a fun time playing games, winning prizes, eating hot dogs, chips, cookies, cake, the list goes on.

A good time was had by all.

We started a new study series in Ladies Bible Study group. Come join us Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m.

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. I want to hear from you.

Have a safe and blessed week and come see us Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, or Sunday morning and evening.

We would love to have you.

Luke 12:15, "Then he said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.'"

Otter Creek Christian Church

We at Otter Creek welcome anyone who has no church home or just visiting to our area.

Galatians 5:14 says, "For the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt (you shall) love thy (your) neighbor as thyself."

That's the way we feel here at Otter Creek. So come on down to 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil, this week.

Our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Bible study; 10:40 a.m., for worship service; and 10 a.m., Tuesday, at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

You can call the church at 446-5300. The church parsonage is 446-4007. Pastor Steve's cell is 1-812-531-9347 (leave a message).

Have you ever wondered how we are supposed to act as Christians?

Read your Bible and it will tell you just read the whole chapter of Galatians 5, or better yet, it's a small book, read it all.

Galatians 5:15 says, "But if ye bit and devour one another take heed that ye be not consumed on one another."

In other words, don't act like animals (stabbing each other in the back, etc.), or you'll be destroyed by each other.

This is one of the big problems of mankind.

We don't talk face to face and try to solve problems, but grumble and complain to others who cannot help and probably would just as soon be left out of the problems.

God is the only one who can help you solve your problems with someone else, and maybe the problem isn't them, but you may have an attitude problem.

Have you ever said something and heard back that you said something else?

What you said was "within," what you heard but what you meant was not.

It is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us, but what comes out.

When was the last time you actually thought about what you were saying to your family, friends, or more importantly, enemies?

That's why we were given two ears and one mouth. Listen twice as much as we speak out.

This week, think about what you say and try to be a good influence.

Be sure to pray for our armed forces and our leader whether it be local, state or national.

If you see someone who serves the public, be sure to thank them.

Until we meet again, either by printed page or in person, may God be with you.

Special happenings at OCCC:

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

* Homecoming, Oct. 21, 10:40 a.m., with a pitch-in dinner after church, and

* Wiener roast and hayride, Oct. 26, 6 p.m.

Carbon Baptist Church

The month of September is nearly over and we prepare for the month of October, which is the time that we celebrate Pastor Appreciation month.

Lots of happenings at CBC in October.

The quarterly business meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall. Hope you can attend.

Items needed for the food pantry barrel during October include cleaning products, dish soap, glass cleaner, dust polish, cleaning cloths, etc.

Bring in your donation anytime during the month.

A very important event, 40 Days of Prayer, started Sept. 28, and will continue through election day, Nov. 6. More than ever before, citizens are concerned about the future of our nation. What can we do? We can pray. The invitation and challenge is open to each and everyone to pray as we obviously need the Lord's intervention in our nation (and other nations).

Pastor Barry Corder will bring the message about the church in Laodicea, the seventh church of Revelation.

We will learn about the spiritual condition of the churches in Laodicea and how we compare today.

Lukewarm? The Holy Spirit will remain with any church only as long as it remains faithful to Christ and His word and hears what the Spirit says to the churches.

Try to come to Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., to learn from the Bible and then prepare to listen to the message during the 10:30 a.m., worship service.

The study of Jeremiah on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m., are very informative. Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet during the last 40 years in the southern kingdom of Judah and he experienced much opposition and suffering.

Join us during this study.

The phone number at the church office is 442-7729 and Pastor Barry's cell phone number is 812-239-7050.

A warm welcome is extended to all looking for a church that studies and preaches the Word of God. Hope you make Sunday morning a time of priority and join us.

Center Point United Methodist Church

I have been informed that we will be having "a somewhat special service," tomorrow.

Question: How does one have a "somewhat" special service?

Pastor Bob Kumpf said, "The intent was to have a youth-led service, but with so many traveling and having other commitments, it will be what it is and that will be special."

Pastor Bob said that we will have a "special" guest. Ruth Fischer from the Clay County Benevolence Ministry will be our speaker.

In our Southern Clay County cluster,

Eastside Christian Church

Eastside Christian Church wants to invite you to come be with us next Sunday, Oct. 7, for our anniversary Sunday.

Services will be at normal times, but we will have a dinner following the 10:30 a.m., service.

We were low in numbers last Sunday, but our spirits were high, and the message was very inspirational.

We want to praise God for the progress that Pastor Bill is making.

Let us keep all those who are having difficulties of any kind in our daily prayers, for God does hear us and will do His will.

It was good to see Billy W. with us Sunday. We want to continue to keep him, Holly and Jack in our prayers.

We also want to continue to pray for our country, our military and the election that is fast approaching that we vote for the right man.

If you are looking for a church home, we would like for you to consider coming and worshipping with us.

We believe in the power of prayer and we know that He is always listening.

He may not always answer the way we want Him to, but we accept the fact that He knows best.

We also want to thank Ann and Millie for their wonderful music every Sunday.

We hope to see you soon.

Until then, may God be with you.

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church invites you to attend worship service Sunday, at 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday, our Youth Group, under the direction of Stephanie Plummer, will lead both the morning and evening services.

Following the morning service, plan to attend lunch in the fellowship hall served by the Missions Committee.

Also scheduled:

* Sunday school classes, 9:30 a.m.,

* Youth Group, 5:30 p.m.,

* AWANA, 5:30-7 p.m.,

* Evening Worship, 6 p.m.,

* Choir Practice, 7:15 p.m.,

* Tuesday, 7 p.m. -- Young Women's Bible Study,

* Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. -- Bible Study at the YMCA of Clay County, and

* Thursday, 7 p.m. -- The ROCK.

Remember coats, jackets, parkas, sweaters and suit coats all sizes and for all ages are being collected until the last Sunday of October for the Edna Martin Christian Center, Indianapolis.

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

Our church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas greeted everyone and gave the opening prayer, announcing that there would be a basket lunch and everyone was invited after morning worship service in our fellowship hall, returning after lunch to continue with JB O'Neal, Melonie and daughter Rose.

He then asked everyone to greet their neighbors around them.

Following this, Scott Burns led the congregational singing. Brother Thomas then called for the offerings and led with the doxology.

He then made his weekly announcements and called for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and praying for each adding our shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and military in harms way.

Pastor introduced JB, wife Melonie and daughter Rose, whom began the service with song, "We've Weathered Storms Before," following with, "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder."

Two wonderful songs loved by everyone.

Brother O'Neal then asked that the congregation open to Luke Chapter 15, starting with the first verse, referring to the parable of the lost sheep.

Publicans and sinners alike had gathered near him and the Pharisees and scribes were murmuring that "This man" receiveth sinners and had eaten with them.

This man spake this parable saying, "What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the 99 in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?"

"And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing."

"And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost."

Now considering the 99 were trained and had not wondered, in other words, they were not lost sinners; the one found sinner returning to God through repentance that heaven would rejoice, as the 99 need no repentance.

Luke Verse 10, "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."

Then reading about the father with two sons in Verse 12, and the younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me."

"And he divided unto them his living."

Just as the same today want their inheritance -- "I've worked on the family farm, and I'm leaving and I want my share." -- and as the good parents do for their children, give him that portion of the family holdings.

Many times, when the son goes out, blows the allotted monies, then must return home broke, we read where this father in Verse 24 "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found."

"And they began to be merry."

What parent will not welcome back a son or daughter whom has strayed and returned?

So, the Lord will welcome back those that truly repent. Some that fall away are too embarrassed to come back to church and face former friends, while some might say church is for old people; real friends welcome back and rejoice for their return.

Many that lost their way find themselves in prison and feel that is an improvement as they have food and clothing and other benefits, and some find the Lord there in prison.

Sharing what you have with those whom have little goes a long way in some repenting and returning.

We have saints and sinners in our church; we welcome all to join us striving to serve the Lord.

Yes, hypocrites to attend church, but sooner or later, they realize the big difference between the inner, the outer and the other side.

All enjoyed the daughter Miss Rosie O'Neals singing, and wish her well in the coming years.

We welcome one and all at Sunday school (9:30 a.m.). Morning worship is at 10:30, and evening service is at 6 p.m.

Jefferson Baptist Church

Jefferson Baptist Church, Coal City, will present FlorenceMorris in a concert of sacred instrumental music at 5 p.m., Oct. 7, for a one-hour program where she will play the violin, mandolin and chromaharp.

Morris has degrees from Trevecca University and Peabody, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

She has taught for universities and high schools in Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana.

She was a teacher at Jefferson Coal City High School from 1950-57, where the orchestra won first place at competitions.

Morris lives in Princeton, Ind., and has performed concerts in several states and in other countries.

The public is invited to the concert.

There is no charge for the performance, but donations will be welcome.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

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 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members of 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.

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