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Friday, October 5, 2012

Union United Methodist Church

It's time for revival.

If you can say that you haven't been to a revival in a month of Sundays, then we've got just what you need.

This Sunday, and each of the Sundays in October, we are holding our revival, beginning at 6 p.m., each Sunday evening.

If the weather is good, we will be outside in our beautiful shelter.

If the weather does not cooperate, we will move indoors to the sanctuary.

Either way, we will be blessed. We invite you to come, bring a friend, bring your family -- bring somebody -- and join in our revival.

This Sunday, we are excited to welcome Darla McFadden, a Nashville recording artist, Gospel singer and Dove Award nominee.

Darla will lead worship at our service Sunday morning at 10:30, and then kick off our revival with her heart-winning vocal message.

Darla's latest recording project, "Crossroads," is receiving lots of airplay across the country, and she will be sharing it with us in person on this one beautiful evening.

You won't want to miss her message Sunday morning or her music Sunday evening.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, we will be hosting local favorites P-150, for our revival service. P-150 is an exceptional band, providing a joyous mix of contemporary and traditional Christian music, often with a personal twist based upon the testimony of the musicians.

Then, on Oct. 21, Jim Hendricks, who has played piano along with Dave Brubeck, Della Reese, Rita Moreno, Tito Puente, Maynard Ferguson and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, to name only a few, will bring his music ministry to share with us during our revival service.

Finally, on Oct. 28, Brand New, a vocal trio of strong Christian voices will join us for our fourth and final service of a "Month of Sundays."

You are invited to come and to experience the powerful presence of God in these special evening services of music and messages built around the Adam Hamilton book, "Why? Making Sense of God's Will."

There will be a time of fellowship after each service, with refreshments provided and opportunities to share your questions, thoughts and joys.

And, as if that weren't enough, on Oct. 14, we will also be celebrating the 172nd Homecoming of Union United Methodist Church.

Our speaker at our 10:30 a.m., worship service will be our beloved former pastor, Dennis Alstott.

There will be a time of sharing history and memories, a great service and the usual terrific homecoming dinner around noon.

Please, if you have any history with Union United Methodist Church, or even if you've never been before, come and join in the fun and celebration.

We would love to see you and will welcome and cherish you.

Union United Methodist Church is a congregation of open hearts, open minds and open doors.

Come and see for yourself.

Sunday school classes are available for all age groups, with four adult classes from which to choose, beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship in the sanctuary at 10:30.

Carbon United Methodist Church

This afternoon, Saturday, Oct. 6, Pastor Greg Puttmann and his wife Julie are hosting an open house at their home for the people of the Carbon United Methodist Church and Epworth United Methodist Church from 2-4 p.m.

Check the back of your invitations to get instructions to their home.

They are hoping for a great turnout.

Julie is leading a Bible Study group composed of people from both churches on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m.

This next meeting will be at Epworth.

We are studying Ephesians and are finding it was very meaningful.

Come join the group.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will be meeting for their monthly prayer breakfast at Carbon Saturday, Oct. 27.

You do not have to belong to come.

The men would be very happy to have you join them for this fellowship.

There will be a board meeting Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m., in the church basement.

Church services at the Carbon church are at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday morning.

If that is too early for you, try the service at Epworth at 11 a.m.

The important thing is to go to church.

First Baptist Church

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

Communion service is observed on the first Sunday of each month.

Last Sunday, the congregation was blessed by the Youth Group of the church leading the day's services.

We are fortunate to have such dedicated and faithful young people and leaders here at First Baptist.

Also scheduled:

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

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

* AWANA at 5:30 p.m.,

* Evening worship at 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.

We welcome you to attend our worship opportunities this week.

The phone number for the church is 448-8112.

Our Pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Carbon Baptist Church

Fall time is in full swing and the beauty of the tree colors are beginning already.

Our mighty creator paints the most beautiful pictures for all of us to enjoy.

Thank you God daily for his goodness and greatness.

The 40 Days of Prayer continues through election day, and we trust all believers are praying for all the elections and the future of our country and community.

Do you pray?

Communion will be celebrated this Sunday during the 10:30 a.m., worship service.

It is a thanksgiving for the blessings and salvation of God made available by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

The series of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation was concluded last Sunday. We have learned and gained much knowledge about each of them.

In each description of the churches, the scripture tells us, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."

Birthday wishes for Pastor Barry on Monday, Oct. 8.

Nursery and Junior Church for pre-kindergarten through first-grade have been meeting during the worship service and beginning this Sunday, the children in second-fifth-grade will have Junior Church also and will leave the sanctuary during the songs of praise time.

The SOS Kids Club met at the Carbon Park last week and will meet again after school from 4-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12.

The Ladies Ministries partners with SOS and we want to thank The Brazil Times for donating paper supplies to be used during craft time.

A Bible story is presented to all who are present. Games, snacks and a good time are enjoyed.

Kids and parents in Carbon are encouraged to attend.

A yard sale will take place at the Stephen and Gina Girton home on State Road 59 south beginning Friday, Oct. 12, which is during the Covered Bridge Festival and will help support the food pantry.

October donations for the food pantry are cleaning products.

Looking ahead, a soup and sandwich pitch-in will be immediately after worship service Oct. 14.

Please sign up on the sheet posted in the foyer.

Soup sure sounds good for these cooler days.

The CBC welcomes you if you're searching for a church that shares the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We now have head phones available for anyone with hearing problems.

We are a family of Christians who love and worship together. Come and join in.

Remember that Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and if you have any questions, please feel free to call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry at 812-239-7050.

Looking forward to meeting new people and seeing all of our members.

Eastside Christian Church

Eastside Christian Church will be celebrating another anniversary Sunday.

We will be having a luncheon immediately following the morning worship service.

We want to thank Charlie for stepping in for Pastor Bill last Sunday.

He is such a blessing to our congregation.

Remember to pray for those in our congregation and also other friends and family who are having difficulties of any kind.

God does hear our prayers.

He may not always answer the way we want, but He is listening and does know what is best for us.

Also, with election time getting closer and closer, we want to pray for our country.

We, as Christians, have an obligation to get out and vote.

Our country needs God and we need to pray to keep Him in decisions made by those in command.

And right now, we can see Satan grinning and thinking that he is making progress.

We can't let that happen.

So we need to get on our knees and ask God for guidance.

Please keep our military men and women in your prayers, too.

There are many dying to protect us and we do not want to forget their sacrifices.

If you are not attending church anywhere else or are looking for a church home, we would love to have you come be with us.

And what better time than a day where you will get a good meal?

God is good.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Oct. 20 -- Bee Ridge Church's annual Fall Party and Hayride beginning at 6 p.m.

Hamburgers and hot dogs as well as ham and beans will be provided. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun evening.

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 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.

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:


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

* 10:30 a.m. -- Morning worship, Children's Church (Brad, Kim and Connor Hapenny), and

* 5 p.m. -- AWANA


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

No Wednesday service until the end of October.

From the pastor:

This week's message is, "God's people have a living hope."

1 Peter 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

Thank you Mike Pell and Phil Raderstorf for so willingly stepping into the pulpit for me last week. It's great to know that Benwood has men who will share the living hope of Jesus Christ.

I spent the most amazing weekend of my life this past week. If you want to hear about it, ask me, but be prepared.

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

AWANA has started, but it isn't too late to join in the excitement. Come Sunday at 5 p.m., and find out what is making news in AWANA this week.

Our latest favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.

I love Thanksgiving. It is the only time of the year that my entire family gets together and we rotate whose house it will be in, which is really nice when it is my cousin's turn (she lives in Florida).

We all spend three days together: The day before, the day of and the day after.

Since some of the family lives so far away, we spend that time catching up on all the good things (and the not so good) that happen in the course of our lives.

The day before is spent preparing the food and making holiday decorations, of course the men are hunting, depending on where we go that year.

The day of, we spend some time in a prayer circle, thanking God for allowing us the ability to come together and give thanks for the day. We eat, we play, we eat, we watch TV, nap ...

You know the story there.

And the day after, us ladies are shopping.

To me, there isn't a better way to start the holiday season than with family and I feel very blessed to spend it with mine.

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.

Mark 13:26, "At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens."

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Thomas opened with greetings to all leading with his opening prayer and before turning the services over for congregational singing, he said it was a beautiful day outside and the only thing better is to have a beautiful "inside."

Scott Burns then led the singing after which Brother Thomas called for offerings.

He then led the doxology, asking the congregation for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer, prayed for each and for shut-ins, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

He made his weekly announcements and read a thank you letter from the David Brown family for the understanding and caring after the passing of our David.

Pastor also reminded that Brother Brook and Anna Reinoel will be here for a service the second Sunday in October for the evening services.

Everyone is invited and asked to bring a friend.

Carol Vanatti then sang our special number, "Does He Still Feel The Nails." I can still recall some of the words, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord."

Everyone appreciated the number.

Pastor then wondered if people really and fully know God.

Yes, people know God, but don't really know him as many claim to be Christians, but what do they really know about him?

"Through us."

What kind of picture do people get through each of us? We are called to go out into the world and tell them about Jesus.

Liking us to a ship that was built, it wasn't to stay in the harbor, but to travel the world.

Do we consistently tell others around us about Jesus and His love for each of us and for those who do not know him?

Jesus had 11 disciples whom he taught and gave them the power to go out into the world and tell them about God. And Jesus, the Son of God, gave His disciples the power.

Oh, yes, they had questions, and Jesus answered them and their lives revolved around Him.

He sent them two by two to tell the world.

Matthew, Chapter 28:18, in which Jesus spake saying, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." Verse 19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

Yes, Verse 17 reflects that some doubted him but John 17 tells us that Jesus prayed for His disciples glorifying them and all others with them in heaven.

Jesus said, "Apart from Me, you can do nothing."

Then in St. John, verse 14:14, tells us that Jesus gave them the word, "If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it. If you love me, keep My commandments."

Lots of people are satisfied feeling that they have Christ in their heart and want to keep Him there by not telling others.

But we are told to go into the world and tell others, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are helped to bring His message.

We almost never see husband and wife go out to spread the word, but Jesus wants us to share God's word.

We are set apart from the world by following Jesus.

Many times, we don't want to follow Him for we don't know where He will take us.

It's hard to be a lighthouse if you let your light go dim. Be the person God wants you to be and let the world know where you stand.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10 a.m.

Evening service is at 6 p.m.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Tomorrow, Oct. 7, join us as we take part in a nationwide prayer chain for life.

We will be lining United States 40 and offering prayers and witness to the atrocities that are committed against life every day in our country.

The life chain will be peaceful and prayerful and all are welcome and encouraged to join us.

The life chain will run from 2-3 p.m.

Following the life chain prayer vigil, stick around as at 3 p.m., we move right into our Life and Religious Liberty Rally.

This event was organized by concerned parishioners and we are pleased to announced there will be some good talks and good food.

The rally will last from 3-4 p.m.

People of all faiths are encouraged to turn out and show our elected officials the right to life and the right to religious freedom are two fundamental freedoms our country was founded on.

Speakers include Paul Cooper, Father John Hollowell, Pastor Paul Cooper and talk show host Pat Miller.

Bring $5 and enjoy some delicious food as there will also be a hog roast.

Come join us for a great afternoon of community.

Please pick up your new Bingo kitchen schedules at either entrance of the church. Thank you.

Oct. 8, the Knights will be hosting a 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 HHS mandate that is being pushed by our government is currently endangering).

The public is invited to attend and good food will be served. As always, please contact myself, or any Knight, with questions. Mike Robinson, Grand Knight, at 812-243-7413.

Next weekend is World Mission Sunday. Please take this opportunity to unite at Mass and recommit ourselves to this Baptismal vocation to be a missionary and share the "good news" of Jesus. Please be as generous as possible.

Indiana Catholic Men's Conference 2012 MEN of all ages: Register now for the Indiana Catholic Men's Conference, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Indiana Convention Center.

Join four nationally known speakers, including George Weigel, often known as the biographer of Blessed John Paul II.

Bring your son, father, and/or a friend for this wonderful, spirit-filled day.

For more information or to register, pick up a brochure in the back of the church or log on to www.indianacatholicmen.com. Call 317-216-4305 with your questions.

St. Joseph University Parish is looking for a full-time secretary who is proficient in MS Office, able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with continual interruptions, detail-oriented and able to handle steep stairs.

The person in this position is the face and voice of St. Joseph to anyone who calls or comes to our door.

It would be helpful for a secretarial candidate to have a good understanding of the Catholic faith.

Please send resumes to Friar Mark Weaver, 113 S. 5th St., Terre Haute, Ind., 47807, by Oct. 24.

We continue our journey through Fr. Robert Barron's critically acclaimed DVD series titled, "The Catholicism Project."

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, or you want to rekindle the flame, join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., on the top floor of our parish center.

This Monday at 5:30 p.m., we will begin our new Monday Mass time.

We will also have Mass on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m.

Wednesday Mass will continue to be at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday morning Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. All are welcome and invited.

Please pray for Holy Rosary parish in Seelyville as they celebrate the final Mass at their parish this weekend at 10 a.m., on Sunday.

God bless.

Center Point United Methodist Church

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is also Pastor Appreciation Month.

There are probably other things focused on this month as well, but these two are more familiar to us around here.

Just as with other special focus things, we are aware of breast cancer and need to help raise awareness all through the year.

The same is true with showing your pastor that you appreciate him or her.

October is a good time to do that, but I hope we are showing that appreciation all through the year.

Pastor Bob Kumpf shares this about his message tomorrow: "This Sunday, we will look at the letter to the Hebrews and the encouragement to them to continue strong in their faith in Jesus Christ as the revealer and mediator of God's grace. (Many scholars believe that this was from the hand of Paul and others strongly disagree since he did not identify himself as he did in other letters).

"Our scripture comes from Chapter 2 verses 1-12, and the message is titled, 'Seeking Perfection.' The theme of the message is found in looking to Christ as our model in growing and maturing in our faith and witness. Unfortunately, we often set our sights too low and use other people as our measuring posts. In those cases, it is easy to say, 'Well, I'm no worse than so and so,' or even find that we judge ourselves 'better than' most. That is a trap that the author wants the people to avoid.

"The other deception that we often use is saying that we are 'working on it.' The author wants to remind us that we can work all we want, but the key to becoming more Christ-like is found in letting go and submitting everything to God's will. We become more like Christ, closer to Christian perfection only when we allow Christ to be Lord of our lives."

I hope you have a wonderful worship service tomorrow. Join us or another church and worship God together.

Peniel United Methodist Church

What a blessing to hear the voice of Sam Glover back on Sept. 23.

There is so much talent in this area.

His message was very inspiring, which was a difficult act to follow after the Memorial to Wilma Icenogle.

I doubt that there was a dry eye in the congregation.

What a nice lady and family.

The choir will have their practice at 7 p.m., Oct. 17, and keep Oct. 18, in mind for the co-workers/Fidelis Class Meeting at 6 p.m.

Soups are the most needed list item for the food pantry, but in reality, everything is in great need and appreciated.

Communion will be served to all those who wish to partake this Sunday.

Everyone is invited and always welcome to attend this little country church in Clay County, where you will feel like family.

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45.

The scripture for this Sunday is from St. Mark 10:2-16.

Pastor Pippin's message will be, "Getting in the Way."

For more information about the church or any of the activities, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Have you given thanks to the Lord above everything today?

No matter what kind of day weather wise, we still have the SONshine in our hearts if we have accepted Christ as our Savior. Some of us just have not notified our faces of the good and glorious things God has done in our lives. Therefore, we cannot share that wonderful love with others.

Think about it. If you go around with a frown all day and grouchy and angry words come from your mouth, how can anyone know the difference between a person who loves the Lord and one who doesn't?

Does your speech betray our Heavenly Father?

Show appreciation for what He has done in your life by "Paying It Forward," (being good to others even if they don't reciprocate).

Speaking of appreciation, did you realize this is "Pastor Appreciation Month?"

There really should not have to be a day or month set aside for this, but in our world, anything to cash in on what should be an everyday thing is what it's about.

Why not let your pastor know how much you appreciate what he or she does for you and the Lord every now and then?

Not only should we tell them, but we should tell our missionaries, both are there doing a service for the Lord to spread the good news of Jesus.

Have you read 1st Thessalonians 5? Verse 12 says, "Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. (13) Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. (14) And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (15) Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. (16) Be joyful always; (17) Pray continually; (18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (19) Do not put out the Spirit's fire; (20) do not treat prophecies with contempt. (21) Test everything. Hold onto the good. (22) Avoid every kind of evil. (23) May God himself, the God of peace sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Special events at OCCC:

* Men's Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., Oct 13,

* Oct. 21 -- Homecoming Sunday. Lyle Monnett will bring the morning message with a pitch-in dinner after the service,

* Oct. 26, 6 p.m. -- Hayride/wiener roast at the church,

* Nov. 17 -- Thanksgiving supper at the church, and

* Dec. 8 -- Christmas church dinner out.

We at Otter Creek invite you to come join us for fellowship at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Sunday study begins at 9:30 a.m., and worship is at 10:40.

You can contact us at any of the following numbers: Pastor Steve (after 4 p.m.), at 812-531-9347 or 446-4007 and Sandy will take a message for him.

The church phone number is 446-5300 (leave a message).

Just a reminder that today may be the only time you have to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. Don't put it off.

Pray for your pastor and our area churches, our country, armed service personnel and all the men and women who serve our community daily. Don't judge them until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

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

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