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Church News

Friday, October 12, 2012

Carbon United Methodist Church

The bridge festival has started.

That means that we folks in and around Carbon will not use State Road 59 for the next 10 days.

State Road 59 went directly through Carbon many years ago, but the section north of town now is simply a thin gravel road.

Think of us as the little town in "Cars," that was on Route 66 and bypassed by an interstate.

We were bypassed by a new, improved State Road 59.

We, like the little town in "Cars," have been forgotten by the rest of the world.

We, however, are a nice, little, quiet place to live.

There are three churches, one tavern, a small engines shop, a thriving lumber yard, a machine manufacturing plant and a city park.

The town hall is a renovated four-room school.

That's it.

There are a few old-timers who still live here, but most of the population is composed of newcomers.

As you zoom past the sign that points to Carbon, take a quick detour and take a tour of our little town.

Last Saturday, folks from our church and from Epworth United Methodist Church were treated to a wonderful open house at the lovely home of our minister and his wife, Greg and Julie Puttmann.

They have promised that they will do it again in about a year.

The Bible Study group will meet at Epworth Church this Wednesday at 10 a.m.

We are all enjoying, not only the Bible Study, but getting together with the folks from both churches.

The fellowship is great.

There will be a board meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet for their monthly devotional breakfast at our church on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m.

Join us tomorrow for worship.

It begins at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all and reminded everyone that a fish fry was to be prepared after services and all were invited.

Then he turned services over to Scott Burns to lead the congregational singing.

Brother Thomas then called for offerings, after which he led the doxology. He then asked everyone to greet their neighbors and made his weekly announcements.

Brother Thomas then called for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and led in prayer for each, as well as for the shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

Travis Terril then sang the special, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty."

"Early in the morning, our song shall rise to thee." A powerful song by a fine lad. Thanks Travis. We enjoyed it.

Pastor spoke about Jesus going out about preaching and healing in Matthew 9:35-38.

He did so as if in haste to bring God's word swiftly to the many crowds of people who came following Him wherever He went.

Many were sick and lame. His disciples came along with Him learning and helping Him daily in the work for the Father.

Jesus had compassion for all, and knowing that many were also hungry, He performed the miracles of the feast more than once.

He taught in parables, voicing His concern where we read in John 4:35 "Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest."

Yes, Jesus had compassion and He fed the people. But He said also that "man cannot live by bread alone."

He wanted people to turn to the Lord. He wanted workers to go out to the ends of the Earth and preach God's word.

At this time of year, we are thinking about bountiful harvests. But we know that this past summer, many lost their harvest in the field, and likely grandmother and mother will be stretching the Thanksgiving dinner perhaps with chicken instead of turkey and some perhaps with no meat for the family table.

However, let us be ever thankful and bless what meals we have.

Matthew 14:15, "And when it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying this is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals."

We know that happened. Jesus performed one of His many miracles.

He fed more than 5,000 men along with women and children.

We know even today that many people just go along with the ride, so to speak, but they also heard Jesus' words about God.

God can take the "little" and make it into much. Just as He told His disciples, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men."

Just as a God-loving mother can take that chicken and making dumplings along with mashed potatoes and gravy for her children, so can you tell others in your neighborhood about our God who loves us even though many don't hear His word from anyone else.

Let us share and show our love through Jesus to that person.

Food for thought:

Are you using the gifts God has blessed you with?

Or, are you wasting them?

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30 a.m. Evening services are at 6 p.m.

Gospel singers Brook and Anna Reinoehl will be with us in the evening service this Sunday.

A $300 suit will get you into our services, but a blue jean trousers and work shirt will as well.

We welcome one and all.

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 evening, and each of the Sundays of 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, though, we will be blessed and 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 the 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.

P-150 has been with us before during revival, and their music and message are uplifting and heart-warming.

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, this Sunday, Oct. 14, we will also celebrate the 172nd annual 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 here before, come and join us 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.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church invites you to join us Sunday for worship at 10:30 a.m.

This Sunday, Oct. 14, will be a special day at First Baptist.

There will be a baptism of four believers in Christ.

What a blessing that will be for everyone who attends this service.

AWANA will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. The Youth Group will also meet at 5:30 p.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7:15.

Tuesday, the Young Women's Bible Study is at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, at 12:15 p.m., Bible Study is at the YMCA of Clay County. Everyone is welcome to join us in the study of the scriptures.

When was the last time you said, "Thank you" to your pastor?

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. We sometimes forget that Pastors also need encouragement, not only in the month of October, but throughout the year.

The Hospitality Committee is hosting a chicken and noodle dinner after morning worship Sunday, Oct. 21. Plan to attend to enjoy the food and fellowship that day.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7 p.m., a "Trunk or Treat," will take place in the church parking lot. Children are invited to come and enjoy Bible stories and treats that evening.

There is still time to donate coats, sweaters, jackets and suit coats for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis. They will be collected until the last Sunday in October.

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

The church phone number is 448-8112.

Our church pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

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 (Bevelyn Sampson and Kay Hosterman),

5:30 p.m. -- AWANA,

* Tuesday

2 p.m. -- Ladies Nursing Home Ministries at Cloverleaf,

7 p.m. -- Deacon Meeting,

* Thursday

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

There is no Wednesday service until the end of October.

From the Pastor:

This week's message is "Sharing the Good News." Acts 1:8b "and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Looking ahead:

We are planning a church fellowship dinner Oct. 28. This will take place at the same time as the AWANA fall party, but will not take the place of the fall party. We are looking for a large bean pot for outside use.

If you have one or know of one we could use, contact the pastor or Randy Hill.

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 being bringing in non-perishable food items for distribution.

From Pat:

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

AWANA has started to come join in the excitement, each 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 because I get to be a helper and deliver food to the needy and the elderly.

I help in the Lord's Kitchen and it makes me feel so grateful to be able to help someone have a hot meal and some company that otherwise they may not have.

I don't have family left so these people are family to me.

How wonderful it is to share, and I feel very blessed to have this in my life.

So have a wonderful Thanksgiving from our house (New Hampshire) to yours.

I love reading these stories. I have read every one and right now I have received more than 300, so I will have stories to write about until the holidays are here.

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.

Luke 12:22 "Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. (23) Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. (24) Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!"

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church want to thank all who helped us celebrate our anniversary last Sunday.

There were many who were missing, but a wonderful luncheon was enjoyed by those who were in attendance.

There are still many in our congregation who are having difficulties, and we do want to keep them in our prayers.

We are thankful for the progress Pastor Bill is making, but we do want to keep him in our prayers, too.

We also want to continue praying daily for our country, especially with the upcoming election.

Christians need to get out and vote. If we do not speak up for God, our nation will become more immoral than it already is.

It is our responsibility to keep God in our daily lives.

Without Him, there is no hope.

And we definitely do not want to forget our military men and women, who are fighting for freedom.

And we here at home need to stand up and fight for our freedom, too.

It seems like we lose a little bit of it every day, so only through prayer can we make a difference.

God loves us, but we have to show Him that we love Him.

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

We are a Bible believing church and we try to put God first in all that we do.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Carbon Baptist Church

Fall days greeting to all and probably many of you have made a trip to one of the many destinations of the Covered Bridge Festival already.

Hope one of your stops will be on State Road 59 at the Stephen and Gina Girton home located on the east side of the highway right before Interstate-70 for the food pantry yard sale.

Lots of bargains!

Another stop would be at the Serving on the Streets parking lot on N. Forest Avenue, Brazil, to purchase a bag of kettle corn.

The congregation is reminded to bring in cleaning products of all types for the big gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall for the food pantry.

Another reminder is the soup and sandwich time immediately after the 10:30 a.m., worship service.

Everyone enjoys this time of relaxation, good food and fellowship.

A call is out to all singers for the Christmas program practice from 7-8 p.m., each Sunday evening. More male singers are needed. This is a great time to serve and be blessed.

The men of the church need to circle Saturday morning, Oct. 20, on their calendar as this will be the Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. The speaker for the morning will be Jesse Pitts, so invite a friend to come with you.

The Wednesday night Bible Study of Jeremiah is very informative and enlightens us of how things are in our country today.

A Christian scholar, Warren Wiersbe, writes the following, "When God disciplines us, it isn't enough that we pray and ask for His help; anybody in trouble can do that. We must repent of our sins, judge and confess them, and sincerely seek the face of God. To weep because of sufferings that sin causes is to show remorse but not repentance."

We must realize why the country is in the shape it is today and do what is right.

October is when Pastor Appreciation Month is held in churches; but, we want our pastors, missionaries and service people to know how much we appreciate them year round.

We at CBC appreciate all that Pastor Barry Corder and family do daily sharing their love for the Lord.

Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., for all ages and this is another time for learning and fellowship. Make an effort to join us.

Concerns, prayer requests, questions can be answered by calling the church at 442-7729 (pray) or 812-239-7050.

Hope you will join us at the corner of 1400 and Murphy Road, Sunday morning for worship and praise.

We welcome you with warmth and love.

Brazil Bible Fellowship Church

Does it matter how we approach God? Yes it does.

In the message on Sunday from Genesis 35, Jacob prepared himself and his household as they went to Bethel to build an altar to God.

There was purification. First, they got rid of all the gods. They got rid of the things that should not have been there but they were.

So often when we approach God it is as if it is no big deal.

You get a sense of fear and reverence from Jacob. Do we (you) prepare ourselves as we get ready for times of worship?

Second, there was a purification of the heart. The household was commanded to purify themselves. We also need to do the same.

We need to address any known sin in our hearts. It's worth noting also that the heart purification was also evidenced in a changing of the garments. They were not to come to God with their every day work clothes on nor were they to come with their sin stained garments. Notice the order.

There was the addressing of the heart and then the change of garments.

So often, we try to put on our "church clothes" without giving any thought to our heart.

I personally do not believe in a church "dress" code. However, when we go to church dressed for the next activity of the day, it raises a red flag about whether or not we are truly preparing ourselves for worship or if we are just squeezing in "God and church" time.

The external is a reflection of the internal.

Jacob took approaching God quite seriously. What about us?

Third, they got rid of the other gods at least temporarily.

Exodus 20:3-6 says we are to have no other gods before us. God is to be God alone. God became the complete priority in their lives. Once they got rid of all the other gods, then they worshiped.

There are several things in the text that show us the person of God and why He is deserving of our worship. He is a God who cares and provides help (34:40-35:1). He provides protection (35:5). He is personal (35:9) as well as a giver (35:9) and He is powerful (35:11).

I believe that our worship will become much more meaningful and life changing as we practice the very things that Jacob did as He prepared to approach the Almighty God.

You can hear the entire message by going to www.brazilbible.org and clicking on the resource picture and then clicking on the sermons tab.

We invite you to visit us. We are located south of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and worship is at 11. Youth Group will meet at 6-7:30 p.m., at the Jackson Elementary gym.

We invite you to join us for our first-ever chili cook-off Oct. 27, at 5:30 p.m., at the church.

If you want to participate, just bring your chili and we will add it to the selection.

Whoever receives the most votes wins. There will be games, food, fellowship and music.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

This 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.

The Bingo Kitchen is needing a cashier on the first Sunday of the month and a few more bakers. Please call Mary Ann Froderman if you are able to give a little time to help with this. Call 812-605-0433.

Brazil Life Chain thanks you. Last Sunday was National Life Chain Sunday. We had a wonderful turnout at the event that showed their support for the unborn. Thank you for defending life.

The Annunciation Lady Knights will have a delicious bake sale Saturday, Oct. 27, after the 6:30 p.m., Mass, and on Sunday, Oct. 28, after the 8 a.m., Mass, in front of the church.

In the event that it rains, the items will be sold on the front porch of the rectory.

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 317-216-4306 with questions. "Our" Father Hollowell will also be a speaker at this conference.

On Oct. 27, we will have a meeting for all of those helping with the ministry of reading at Mass. This is a requirement to help with reading, and if you are unable to attend this meeting, please call Father and set up an appointment. Thanks.

If you have not yet picked up trash bags, please come to the office for pickup. We have some extra rolls for sale if anyone is interested. They are $10 per roll.

Monday, Oct. 15, we will have a meeting for any interested in serving in our music ministry here at church.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., at the parish center.

If you are able to help with our music at Mass, don't hide your talent under a bushel basket, let it shine forth for the glory of God.

If you haven't helped in the past, please consider joining our effort.

Have a blessed weekend.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf said, "The message this Sunday is from 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11. It is titled, 'The Gift of Encouragement.' I am amazed that we are already seeing displays for Christmas in the stores, and I have had two friends admit that they have started buying gifts for family and friends!

"So ... I would like to take a moment to suggest that we might all reach into extravagance this year as we prepare to give gifts to one another. And I think that I have come up with the perfect gift! This gift is both very rare and valuable. It is the gift of encouragement, rare because it is not given very often and valuable because it means so much to the recipient.

"Great, huh? Well, listen to this: Encouragement is free, no cash outlay required. It requires no shopping, no standing in line or wondering if you have the right size or color. It doesn't need to be gift-wrapped! (A big positive for me!) It doesn't require batteries and will last a lifetime. Encouragement change lives and really is the gift that keeps on giving."

I have been on the receiving end of encouragement. It feels great! It made me want to be an "encourager."

Join us tomorrow and see what else Pastor Bob has to share with us about this scripture. Be part of the body of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Bee Ridge Congregational 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.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The fall festivals are in full swing in the Wabash Valley area.

In spite of the drought, there is some beautiful color showing up in the trees.

One of my favorite hymns has the words, "How Great thou Art," and it is so true, just look around.

Choir practice is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

The co-workers/Fidelis Class meeting will be Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.

There are so many in need at this time that the food pantry in Brazil appreciates any items that you wish to donate.

Our scripture this Sunday is from St. Mark, 10:17-31.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Ruler and Ruled."

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

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



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