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Friday, October 19, 2012

Carbon United Methodist Church

We had a special visitor this past Sunday, Sandy Thomas.

Sandy and her husband Ronnie grew up in the area, and Ronnie became the minister of our church.

He and Sandy were very active in starting up a great youth group.

To keep them active and also earn some money, they came up with the idea of starting up a stand at Mansfield when the Covered Bridge Festival was in its infancy.

Two of the members of the youth group were granddaughters to Joe Shake, who ran the grocery store in Mansfield.

He agreed to let us have a stand in his carport.

We served biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausage sandwiches.

At that time, there were only three food stands (can you believe it?) in Mansfield -- ours, the Van Buren Band Boosters and the Carbon Eastern Stars.

We sold breakfast items. The band boosters sold hot dogs, hamburgers and chili.

The Eastern Stars sold chicken and noodles and soup beans and cornbread.

That's it.

The only "facility" was a run-down outhouse hanging over the creek.

You took your own life in your hands when you entered it.

Believe it or not, for the first few years, we butchered our own hogs and made our own sausage patties in the church basement.

We washed dishes behind the big bush on a Coleman stove.

Twenty years later and after many improvements and much growth, we retired from the business.

At the time, we counted 92 different places you could find something to eat just at Mansfield.

It was great fun, but a lot of very hard work.

Ronnie and Sandy moved on to another church after about seven or eight years, but the rest of us did continue what they started for another 12 years.

The District Charge Conference will be tomorrow at 4 p.m., at Harmony United Methodist Church.

Everyone is urged to attend.

Our minister will be down at Asbury College in Kentucky taking classes, but Mary Jo Archer will be filling in for him.

We always enjoy having Mary at our church.

Come and hear what she has to say.

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

You will still have time to go to the festival.

Sandy, it was good to see you.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to everyone, reminding all that we have two gospel singers coming for the evening service then leading with the opening prayer.

Scott Burns then led the congregational singing with two old-faithful songs, "Nothing but the Blood," and "Covered by the Blood."

Pastor then called for the offerings and led the doxology.

He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer, praying for each and for shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

Travis Terril and Debbie Megenhardt sang, "I Dream I Went To Heaven," and "Thank You For Giving Me The Lord."

And with Debbie presenting Pastor Ken and wife, Debbie, with a nice throw blanket -- it was hard not to appreciate the moment.

Yes, "Pastor Appreciation" moment from our church to two fine people whom have found a home in our hearts working for and with the Lord, bringing His message of love for the human race.

Both spoke of being humbled and appreciated.

Brother Ken brought out the point of being humble and strong.

Romans 12:3 "For I say through the grave given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."

In other words, God's mercies must move us to please the Lord. Love and many other duties are required of us toward others.

When we take our eyes off Jesus, we can stub our toe, too.

Don't put someone on a pedestal. Jesus, too, was a servant to man. Do other people see Jesus' light in you?

I Cor. Chapter 10:12 "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

Taking these words as an example for us; we must flee from idolatry. When the word of God is set aside, its power to restrain the evil passions of the heart is rejected, men sow to the flesh, and of the flesh, they reap corruption.

May we not get puffed up with ourselves, nor go boasting foolishly among fake brethren.

II Cor. Chap. 3:4-7 tells us to be warned against false teachers and to decline the ways of so-called carnal Christians.

Just as Paul had come to the place where he had been persecuting Christians, finding the Lord; he became a changed person and he became a real preacher of God.

He had Jesus in his life. Reading the scriptures, you will gain the plan of salvation. They will strengthen and fortify you against temptation, and you will become a member of God's family.

In presenting Jesus, it's not a maybe or you suppose so and be able to tell others that eternal life is offered to one and all.

Bless his name through Jesus, the Son of God.

Christ tells every man that it's not safe for us to be a critic of His works because of some of our ideas, but how we hear and treat His message.

Our destiny depends upon our acceptance or our rejection.

Let the light shine for the Lord.

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

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

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church extends an invitation to join us in worship Sunday.

Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.

Following the service this Sunday, the Hospitality Committee will serve a chicken and noodle dinner.

Plan to attend to enjoy the dinner and fellowship.

Also scheduled:

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

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

* 6 p.m. -- Evening Worship,

* 7:15 p.m. -- Choir practice,

* 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.

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be a Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot.

Children are invited to attend to enjoy Bible stories and treats that evening.

Looking ahead, plans are being made for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

Details will be announced later.

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

Church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Brazil Church of the Nazarene

On Sunday, the Brazil Church of the Nazarene, 1001 E. National Ave., Brazil, will host the Ball Brothers and Graybeard.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Freewill offerings will be accepted.

The concert event is a combined effort between the Brazil Church of the Nazarene and the Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church.

For additional information, log on to theballbrothers.com.

Cory Zion Church

The Cory Zion Church will have its 27th annual Turkey Supper Saturday, Nov. 10, beginning at 4 p.m., and concluding at 8 p.m.

The cost of the dinner is a freewill offering.

There will be a delivery service available for the Cory, Clay City, Center Point, Saline City and Riley areas.

Anyone wanting this service should call the church at 812-864-2720.

The church is located three miles south of Cory from State Road 46 or three miles west of State Road 59.

Everyone is invited to attend the event.

Prairie City United Methodist Church

Prairie City United Methodist Church will host a revival.

Everyone is invited to join in on "Spiritual and Fellowship" filled three-day revival at Prairie City United Methodist Church.

Dates will be Oct. 26-28.

The revival will kick off with Christian Karaoke night Friday, Oct. 26, starting at 5:30 p.m., and lasting until 9 p.m.

Refreshments will be furnished.

All ages are invited.

Saturday, Oct. 27, will feature a chili supper (mild to spicy) from 5-6:30 p.m., followed by special speakers beginning at 7 p.m.

Special speakers will be Dave and Mary Jo Archer. They will also provide music.

Freewill offerings will be accepted.

Sunday, Oct. 28, the message for the morning will be given by Pastor Rick Pressel at 10:30 a.m., with special music provided by P-150.

Prairie City United Methodist Church is located on the south side of State Road 42, three-fourths of a mile east of the State Road 59, State Road 42 intersection.

Revelation Church

Revelation Church in Carbon will conduct a revival Nov. 5-10, each evening at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located next to the Carbon Post Office.

A different pastor will preach each evening during the revival.

"Let us turn back to God by humbling ourselves seeking His face, let us turn from wickedness that He might hear us and heal our land." (II Chronicles 7:14).

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good morning to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.

We are located two miles north on 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),

5 p.m. -- AWANA

* Thursday

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

There is no Wednesday service until the end of October.

From the Pastor:

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 begin bringing in non-perishable food items for distribution.

From Pat:

AWANA has started. Come join in the excitement each Sunday, at 5 p.m., and find out what is making news in AWANA this week.

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 -- Christmas or Thanksgiving and why?

Please send me an e-mail at pmann228@hotmail.com and tell me your favorite. I want to hear from you.

This week, the person who e-mailed me referred to "Holidays" -- "I am with Scrooge on this one, why celebrate a holiday that has no 'proven' means that the event exists? Where is the proof that Jesus was the son of God?

There isn't any. Many believe that Jesus was a prophet. I don't believe there exists any proof that there is God, or Jesus. So for the holidays ... I like spring break!"

I printed your letter and I have added you to our prayer list at church and would like to send out a prayer request to all the churches in our area, please put "unnamed" on your list and prayer that he or she receives what he or she needs in order to feel the love of God and Jesus.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time.

Proverbs 9:8 "Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you."

Until next week, have a safe and blessed week and pray.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Oct. 20 (that's today) -- All-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, 7-10 a.m. Breakfast is free. Then at 5 p.m., join us for the annual fall party and hayride. Hamburgers, hot dogs as well as ham and beans will be provided.

Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish.

Make plans now to attend.

Carbon Baptist Church

"For the beauty of the earth," words from a beautiful hymn of thanksgiving, which gives glory to God for His creation.

The fall leaves are simply beautiful with the many shades of reds, oranges and yellows we are seeing this fall.

Everyone was thinking after the summer without rain that the fall time wouldn't be pretty at all and only God has painted such a masterpiece.

The Men's Prayer group wishes to thank Jesse Pitts for speaking at its breakfast this morning. The cooks did an outstanding job fixing all the delicious food.

Wednesday night Bible Study group continues to study about the prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah didn't preach because He had to say something. He preached because he had something to say. Faithful servants of God can expect opposition. If a nation repents, God will hold off on His judgment. Prayer and repentance can turn things around.

The Ladies Ministries will have their monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, in the church fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. So ladies, mark your calendar and bring a friend with you.

The yard sale for the food pantry held last weekend was a success and thanks to all who helped out in any way and to the many customers who stopped by.

Our sermons for this month have been about "Saving America," and how America can be reclaimed and restored. It is essential that we have (1) families of foundation, (2) pastors with principles and (3) government with God.

Jesus is our compass and spiritual leader.

Feel free to call the church if you have prayer requests or questions at 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry Corder at 812-239-7050.

Remember that Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., meet and greet time is at 10:15 a.m, until the 10:30 a.m., worship service, and we want you to feel free to join the CBC congregation.

Enjoy your Sunday morning drive to church and take time to notice the beauty of the trees and leaves.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

You are invited to our chili cookoff next Saturday (Oct. 27) beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Do you like to cook chili?

Bring some of your chili along and join in on the fun.

Don't like to cook or eat chili? That's OK, because there will be hot dogs to roast as well as desserts.

There will be games available to participate in or just sit around and enjoy the fellowship.

Have you ever been jealous or envious toward someone? You know, the other person who seems to be the favorite or that individual who received the promotion or who never seems to have anything go wrong?

Well, jealousy is very dangerous. Jealousy can lead to bitterness and a whole lot more wickedness.

This past week, we learned some important lessons from Joseph's brothers. They were so jealous and envious of their younger brother that they desired to kill him.

When jealousy consumes a person, it can lead to some pretty drastic thoughts and actions.

Because of the brothers' hatred and envy, they really spiraled downward. As we read of this story in Genesis 37, we can discover how far the brothers spiraled downward. They sought to kill their own sibling (v. 18).

After the decided to throw him in a pit, they sat down and ate (v. 24-25). What calloused hearts. They would lie to and deceive their father (v. 31-32).

It all began with jealousy, which led to hatred, which led to much additional wickedness.

Are you angry, jealous or bitter toward someone? Watch out. Stop! Or you will find yourself doing things you would never have thought you would do.

How does one guard against jealousy?

God supplies us with His all wise answer.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says to trust the Lord and not your own human reasoning. Romans 12:17-21 says that God will repay them for their wrong. In the meantime, be kind to the one you find yourself hating (your enemy).

Follow the example of Christ. In Ephesians 4:31-32, we are to put off bitterness and anger and put on kindness, tenderness and forgiveness.

We are to put off the old ways, be renewed in our thinking (God's way) and put on the new ways of Christ (Eph. 4:20-24). This does not come naturally. It is something that is possible through the power of the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit working inside the believer.

There will not be youth group this Sunday night because of our annual meeting.

We invite you to visit us on the web at www.brazilbible.org or in person on Sundays.

Sunday school is at 10 a.m., and worship is at 11 a.m.

Our Wednesday evening Bible study meets at 7 p.m. We will be studying the Book of James.

We are located south of town on State Road 59 directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.

See you soon.

Center Point United Methodist Church

"This week, we will look at Hebrews 12:1-3. Just three short verses that encourage us to keep looking forward and 'running the good race' of life. The message is titled, 'The Finish Line.' In looking at the call of Christ to follow Him, we have to realize that the race is a marathon and not a sprint. Many distractions and hurdles will be in our path as we faithfully live lives that glorify Him and lead others to know the peace and hope that he offers," Pastor Bob Kumpf said.

"The race requires traits that are often hard to come by: Conditioning and determination. When you add in discouragement and impatience, it's easy to see why so many fall short of being all that God has created them to be. So, keep your eyes on the finish line. Do not grow weary or lose heart. A great prize awaits you for eternity."

Pastor Bob is right. Discouragement and impatience can take a toll on our reaching the finish line ... in anything.

That's one reason we need to be encouraged and fill our hearts and minds with godly messages.

That's what being a part of the body of Christ can do for us.

If we are feeling "down," mentally, physically or spiritually, our brothers and sisters in Christ are there to lift us up.

Don't miss out on all God has for you.

Join the body of Christ.

Be lifted up!

Peniel United Methodist Church

Traffic will soon be back to normal in Brazil.

This Sunday is the last day of the "big festival."

This will also be a good time to sit down and enjoy pastries and a beverage between Sunday school and church services this Sunday.

The congregation at Peniel were saddened at the loss of our very dear member, Bob Anderson. He and his family had so many happy experiences together and were very supportive of the church.

His funeral and a dinner followed Thursday, Oct. 18.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at Carbon at 8 a.m., Oct. 27.

Laundry or dishwashing supplies are on the needed list for the food pantry.

The scripture for this Sunday is from Isaiah 53:4-12.

Pastor Pippin's message is "Suffering Servant."

Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with a break about 10:25, for refreshments, followed by church services at 10:45.

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

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 pianist 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.

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."

It will be a great way to wrap up a very successful revival.

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.

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 to 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.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

Worship hour is 9-10 a.m., with Pastor Randy Dragan.

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church is located five miles east of SR 59 on Billville Rd., Brazil.

Everyone is welcome.

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