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Friday, October 26, 2012

Center Point United Methodist Church

Don't you love the fall colors?

I have been "oohing" and "aahing" over the trees and their magnificent displays.

How can we not praise God for giving us such feasts for our eyes?

We are blessed in Indiana with the changing of the seasons. We may not like parts of the changes. Snow, ice, heat and humidity. But they don't last. We get to experience the variety of displays from God's color palette.

Pastor Bob Kumpf has titled his message for tomorrow, "Always the Same, Always Changing."

When I read the title, I immediately thought of the weather. It is always changing, but the changes are mostly predictable.

There is a security in knowing what changes will happen.

Bob says, "This Sunday, we will stay in the Book of Hebrews and talk about God's faithfulness. The scripture is Chapter 13, verses 1-8. Here, we find some of the most quotable phrases in the Bible (the ones we can't remember Book, chapter and verse!). And here, we find the pledge of God's faithfulness ... simple and straightforward. 'Never will I leave you or forsake you ... and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.' It doesn't get any better than that!

"In a world that is constantly changing, a society that is always moving (and not always for the good), it brings hope and peace knowing that from eternity to eternity, the Grace of God is always with you! Nothing can ever take His love and provision from you, no matter what the world does or how far we stray from where we have been called to go. God is always at our side, yesterday, today and tomorrow!"

Yes, things and circumstances may change for good or bad, but it is so comforting to know that we can depend on God being the same. Dependable, reliable, steadfast, just, loving ... that's the kind of "always the same" we can be thankful for and be glad that He doesn't change like the weather.

Join us tomorrow to lift praises to our unchanging Heavenly Father. Worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. Be a part of the Body of Christ. Be blessed and be a blessing.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The last Sunday in October! How time flies.

The "trick-or-treaters" will be out in the next few days, do be careful when driving.

Plans for the annual turkey/roast beef supper and bazaar are underway.

It will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Nov. 3.

Besides the good food, there will be plenty of crafts, homemade noodles and jellies, etc., available.

Pastor Pippin's message for this Sunday is "When the Poor Won't Shut Up!" The scripture comes from St. Mark 10:46-52.

Last Sunday, the congregation surprised Pastor Pippin during Pastor Appreciation Sunday with several boxes of soups for the food pantry.

He and wife, Judy, are dedicated workers at the pantry.

This week, the food pantry would appreciate canned fruits or any other item you would like to donate.

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

Hope to see you there. Everyone is welcome!

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

Carbon Baptist Church

The month of October has been a busy time at CBC with church activities, preparing for the holidays and spending some time at the Covered Bridge Festival.

Many in our congregation were participating in the festival in their booths, hosting vendors in their homes and, of course, lots of shopping and eating great food.

Wednesday night Bible Study of Jeremiah continues in learning about his prophecy to the people of southern Judah.

Jeremiah denounced the sins of false prophets that gave false visions and deception of their own minds to the people. How many false statements do we hear each day? 2 Chronicles 7:14 tell us, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

This scripture is very plain and simple ... we must repent and pray for the healing of America.

Sunday morning will be our monthly donuts, coffee and milk time beginning at 9 a.m. Join in the fellowship with us before the 9:30 a.m., Sunday school classes.

Pastor Barry Corder will continue the worship service series of "Saving America." We learned from the book of Judges that a nation was disabled. We have a nation that continues to forsake God. The book reminds us that the only lesson we as humans learn consistently from history is that we do not learn from history. Food for thought.

Reminder to anyone helping with the Christmas program that practice is from 7-8 p.m., each Sunday evening. More singers would be welcome.

The parking lot was recently resealed and new lines applied. Thanks to all involved in this project.

Invitation to those looking for a Bible believing and teaching church are welcome at CBC. If you have any questions or concerns, you may call the church office at 442-7729 or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050. Enjoy the rest of the month and prepare for many activities in November.

We are blessed.

Union United Methodist Church

Our revival is just about complete, but you are still invited to come and to be a part.

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, our revival service will begin at 6. 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 Brand New, a vocal trio of strong Christian voices and beautiful harmonies 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."

This Sunday's message is titled, "Love Remains."

There will be a time of fellowship after the 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 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.

Brazil Bible Fellowship

The community is invited to our chili cook-off at 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring your chili and join in if you love to do that.

Otherwise, join us for an evening of food, fellowship and fun.

All middle and high school youth are invited to join our teens for youth group Sunday at 6 p.m., at the Jackson Elementary School gym.

Chester Martin will be our guest speaker in the adult S.S. class and in the worship service also. Chester is a retired pastor and missionary/church planter.

You will be blessed as he shares God's word with us.

We invite you to join us for S.S. at 10 a.m., and for worship at 11. We are located directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds south of town on State Road 59.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

A "Chili and Church Documents" gathering will take place Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m.

Father will be cooking his "famous" (depends on who you ask) chili, and we'll be talking about how to read and draw strength from Church documents.

This will be especially helpful if you've ever tried to read a Church document and 90 seconds later, you were fast asleep.

Also on Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., Sycamore Engineering will present some initial proposals for our project to update the lighting/sound system/electrical work of our church. Come and see the possibilities we are exploring.

Nov. 1, is a holy day of obligation and is our celebration of All Saints Day.

We will have a vigil Mass on Halloween at 5:30 p.m. (plenty of time to still get out and trick-or-treat), and we will have Mass at 6:30 a.m., and 6:30 p.m., Nov. 1.

As always with all of our Masses, all are welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9:30-11 a.m., we will have a workshop for all those who help distribute Holy Communion. Please join us if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Thanks to those who continue to help with this ministry.

This Sunday, the Knights of Columbus will be the sponsor of a brunch for the All Saints Day celebration at 10:30. Good food and fellowship will be on the menu.

Help support artisans and families across the world by buying Fair Trade items through the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center. Stop by the Deanery Center to purchase Fair Trade chocolates and coffees or to order unique items in time for Christmas.

The Deanery Center is located at 1801 Poplar St., Terre Haute. Call 812-232-8400 for more on formation or how to promote Fair Trade products, log on to www.crsfairtrade.org/.

The ministry schedules for November are ready for pick up on the table in the church entrance. Don't forget to grab yours. (They are in alphabetical order).

John Paul II Catholic High School Holiday Yard Sale

The John Paul II Catholic High School will conduct a yard sale Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Family Center, 2322 N. 13 St., Terre Haute.New and like-new Christmas decorations, baked goods, and more will be available.

Please show your support for the only Catholic High School in the Terre Haute Deanery by stopping by the yard sale to buy or bid on special gift baskets in the silent auction.

On Friday, Nov. 2, we will have a Mass as Rest Lawn Cemetery at 10 a.m., to celebrate All Souls Day.

This is an ancient custom in our Catholic Faith.

If the weather is poor, we will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m., at Annunciation Catholic Church instead.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Thomas opened with good morning to all and thanks to everyone coming out on one of God's beautiful mornings.

Brother Thomas led in prayer of praise and thanks for all the blessings bestowed upon us this day.

Scott Burns then led the congregational singing with one of my favorites, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

After the singing, Brother Ken called for the offerings and then followed with the doxology. He then made his weekly announcements and asked for spoken/unspoken prayer requests, leading with prayer for all including those shut-ins, hospitalized, nursing home residents and our military in harms way.

Pastor opened with the statement, "How can we not believe in a creator? I'm reminded of Jesus' words, 'What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?'"

We can also ask ourselves, what would a man give in exchange for his soul?

We find the treasure for our souls in the Bible scriptures. Life's education is found in the Holy Bible, if one were to study the word of God.

Marion Burns sang our special number, "Thinking About Home."

Pastor said that it's amazing what God does and has been doing for us. Many times, we don't even think about it and some just don't realize He loves us even though we disregard Him many times each day."

The farmer must look back and also look ahead as he must plant his crops each year with a rotation system enriching the soil, loosening the ground between the rows, weeding and as the farm has planted the seed, first the blade then the ear and then the fullness of the corn.

Everything in due time under God's control. The harvest comes and the farmer knows when he must reap the crop.

There can be no harvest without man having sowed the seed and God providing with the sunshine and rain. Everything done is in cooperation with God.

We can do all things through Christ. The beauty of the green grass and the fields of grain and the trees of fruit all from God with man and the plan of redemption and His salvation.

They have intelligence, but they do not look for the treasure in the scriptures. We are commissioned to go into the world for the harvest, to tell others about Jesus and unless you know Him, you cannot know the blessings and cannot tell others of His goodness.

God tells us not to lay up treasures for ourselves. I've always heard that, "You cannot take it with you."

Property or gold and silver -- it makes no difference when you must stand before Him and hear one of two phrases, "Enter in or depart from Me sayeth the Lord."

Brother Thomas says some people put off accepting the Lord. Never is a long time to wait upon the Lord. We occupy a residence as "temporary."

Caretakers, but only for a period of time.

Will you be found worthy to enter our heavenly home?

Come 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 worship is at 6 p.m.

Brother Ken and wife Beverly and congregation invite you.

Bee Ridge Congregational Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Sunday, Nov. 4 -- Daylight Savings Time ends. Don't forget to roll your clocks back one hour,

* Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- Election Day. Get out and exercise your right to vote, and

* Saturday, Nov. 10 -- Thanksgiving Dinner from 4-7 p.m., at the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Center. The menu will consist of the traditional Thanksgiving feast.

The meal is free, but a love offering will be accepted.

Make plans now to attend.

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 begin at 10:30 a.m.

Our church congregation is growing and we welcome new members or visitors any time.

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:

* Sunday

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

10:30 a.m. -- Morning worship, Children's Church (Becky Proffitt and Mandi Eldridge),

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:

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:

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, is your favorite -- 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.

There is so much illness already this year. Be back next week with another story.

Be kind to everyone, no matter how unkind they are to you.

You never know when what you do for someone else truly makes a difference in someone's life.

Have a wonderful week.

First Baptist Church

Each Sunday at First Baptist Church, worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

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, and

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

Sunday, Oct. 28, is the last day for collecting coats, sweaters, parkas and suit coats for all ages and sizes for the Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.

Thank you to all who have donated to this project.

Trunk or Treat will be Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7 p.m. Children are invited to attend and hear Bible stories and receive treats that evening.

The church is busy planning the 27th Thanksgiving Dinner for the community. Further details will be announced later.

Plans are also being made to participate in the Samaritan's Purse Christmas project again this year. Shoe boxes will be due before Thanksgiving.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil, and invites you to come join us for any of our worship opportunities.

The church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Harmony/Lena United Methodist Church

Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. -- Proverbs 30:5.

A professor in a world-acclaimed medical school posed this medical situation and ethical issue to his students: "Here's the family history: The father has syphilis. The mother has TB. They already have four children. The first is blind. The second has died. The third is deaf. The fourth has TB. Now, the mother is pregnant again. The parents come to you for advice. They are willing to have an abortion, if you decide they should. What do you say?"

The students give various individual opinions, and then the professor asked them to break into small groups for "consultation."

All of the groups came back to report that they would recommend abortion.

"Congratulations," the professor said, "you just took the life of Beethoven!" -- Author unknown.

Sunday, Oct. 28, Harmony United Methodist Church will be showing the movie, "October Baby." This is a true life story of a young woman whose mother tried to abort her and the abortion failed.

Starring Rachel Hendrix, Jason Burkey, Jasmine Guy and John Schneider, this movie delivers a very powerful message: "Every life is beautiful."

For more information or to see a trailer, go to http://octoberbabymovie.net/

There is no charge to join us for this event. A freewill offering will be accepted to be donated to the local Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the following Sunday, Nov. 4, as Harmony will be hosting a Jonah Fish Fry from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with our worship service following the event.

Come join us this for week's Sunday worship service starting at 9 a.m., with Sunday school to follow at 10:30.

This week's message comes from Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, "Cultivating Contentment."

It is a continuation of our stewardship message from Adam Hamilton's Enough Series.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Bethel United Metho0dist Church and Rev. Ernie Rush would like to invite anyone of all ages to join us on Sunday mornings.

The church is located at 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil. Our church phone number is 448-1566.

We have Sunday school at 9 a.m., with worship at 10 a.m.

During worship, the children also have Sunday school class.

A few things going on in and around our church include:

* Tuesday morning Bible study at the home of Bill and Judy Cowell. Location is 129 Park Place Dr., Brazil. I know they would love to see you there,

* We are starting a Wednesday evening Bible study here at the church Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. "Miracles, signs of God's Glory."

This sounds like a good one so please come join us,

* The United Methodist Men's Breakfast will meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 a.m., in Carbon. November's meeting will be here at Bethel. The men meet the last Saturday of every month,

* The United Methodist Women meet the second Sunday of the month at 8:30 a.m., here at the church. We would love for you to join us, and

* P-150 will be playing on the first Sunday evening of the month at 7 p.m.

If you have not yet seen them or heard them, you are missing out on a great evening of worship with wonderful music and people. This is a music service.

Hope to see you there.

I would like to remind everyone to continue to pray for our country and the entire world, the leaders of our country, our armed forces, all of law enforcement, first responders, health care professionals, churches and their leaders and the many other people in this world who are facing struggles in their lives.

"We can do everything through Christ," Philippians 4:13

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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