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Church News

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Baptist Church

We have scheduled our 27th Thanksgiving Day Dinner for Nov. 22.

The church will serve a sit-down meal beginning at noon.

There is no charge to attend.

The meal will be served at the church, 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

For reservations, call 448-8112 and leave a message.

Delivery will be available for homebound residents in the Brazil area.

Harmony and Lena United Methodist Churches

Where has this year gone?

It is hard to believe that it is November already.

Our family is in what we call the two-week part of the year. Starting in November, we have a family birthday celebration. Two weeks later is Thanksgiving and two weeks after that is our daughter's birthday. Two weeks later, it is Christmas. It is easy to lose sight of the importance of the coming season.

This past week brought everything back into perspective. Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction on the east coast, causing flooding, fires and general destruction.

The United Methodist Church has been instrumental in helping those in need.

Through our collaborative efforts, we have been able to provide emergency supplies and cleaning buckets.

In the coming weeks, there will be a greater demand for these buckets and the Midwest Distribution Center is asking for completed cleaning buckets.

The website for the distribution center is www.midwestmissiondc.org.

They can provide you information about how you or your church can help in the cleanup process that will be going on in those areas hardest hit.

Or you can contact the Harmony Church at 448-2917.

Harmony will host its annual fish fry tomorrow, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with worship service to follow at 3 p.m.

Lena's worship service has been moved to 9 a.m., for this Sunday only.

Come join us for fun, food and fellowship.

Cost of the fish fry is $8 for adults, and $4 for children 12-under. Children 3-under will be admitted free.

We will also offer hot dogs for the children.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Pastor Bob Kumpf has this to say about tomorrow's message: "This Sunday, we will be celebrating All Saints Sunday. It is a day set aside, usually the first Sunday in November, to remember those who have been called home during the past year. The message for Sunday is from 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, and is titled, 'Together Forever.' It is a message of finding peace in the tension between leaving our temporary home and entering our eternal home. It is a message of both looking back and looking forward."

To me this portion of scripture is about change and about encouragement. These two subjects come up a lot in life. Change comes all by itself. Invited or not.

Encouragement takes some effort. By someone. But, thankfully, the Bible helps by reminding us to encourage one another. And it gives us the words with which we can do the encouraging.

That's how verse 18 ends in this passage. It's a directive to 'encourage one another with these words.' We must remember to look at all things through God's eyes ... even death. For the Christian, death is just the next phase in life.

Praise God that He reminds us. Let's be encouraged together tomorrow. Be in the house of God. Be blessed. Be a blessing.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Everyone should be well rested with that extra hour of sleep.

Doesn't seem possible we are into November. This being the first Sunday in November, Communion will be offered to all those who wish to partake.

Our choir will be practicing at 6 p.m., Nov. 7. Everyone enjoys their music and we appreciate their dedication, a special thanks to our choir director, Pat Shea.

On Nov. 8, there will be an Administrative Board meeting at the church.

Pastor Pippin's message will be "Discovering Gratitude."

The scripture for this Sunday is from St. Luke 17:11-19.

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

Hope to see you this Sunday.

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

Carbon Baptist Church

November has arrived already and the church calendar has lots of activities scheduled.

The last Wednesday night Bible Study was a time of learning more about Jeremiah and his warning to the people that God would repay Israel and Babylon for its cruel and sinful deeds.

God continues to call America today to pray and repent from sinful deeds. The entire message of God must be proclaimed by faithful ministers that speak the truth even though they know some will turn away from them.

Sunday morning, during the 10:30 a.m., worship service there will be a celebration of communion.

Monday evening, Nov. 5, Pastor Barry will be the speaker at the Revelation Church (north of the post office) in Carbon, at 6:30 p.m.

The Kid's Club of Carbon will have its get-togethers in the Revelation Church during the cold months.

Next meeting will be Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., and looking forward to seeing the young people and their parents also. Pass the word.

The women's ministry will have a potato bar along with desserts immediately after the second Sunday (Nov. 11) service. The meal will be a fundraiser for our Serving On The Streets family at Christmas time. A freewill offering will be your ticket, so plan to enjoy this time together.

Items being collected for the food pantry this month are personal hygiene products. Drop them in the gray barrel located in the fellowship hall.

Men's Prayer Breakfast will be the third Saturday (Nov. 17) beginning at 8 a.m. Mark your calendar now.

Nursery and Junior Church is available to all children, including fifth-graders during the morning worship service.

Remember all those affected by the weather this past week and most of all, remember to vote for our local and national leaders.

Pastor Barry Corder may be reached at 442-7729 or 812-239-7050 if you have any questions or concerns.

The scripture in Colossians 3:15 tells us, "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."

We are thankful that we have a place to gather and worship together.

Come and join us for this time of thankfulness.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

A special thanks to Nancy Brien for decorating our parish hall and getting it ready for the fall season.

Also, a special thanks this week to Bob Salitros, who does a great job with our landscaping.

We'd also like to thank Rhea Gasway, Martha Tempel and Kathy Keller for keeping our church looking clean and beautiful.

Thanks to everyone who pitches in, in so many different ways.

The holidays are sneaking up fast. It's time again to begin collecting food and donations for our Thanksgiving baskets.

There will be a blue tote at the back of church to drop your donations in.

There are also envelopes in the pews and in the back of church for monetary donations. This program will give a Thanksgiving to so many families who would not have one without us. Thank you in advance for all your help.

This week, on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Father will begin offering the traditional Latin Mass.

Don't worry. Most of us are in the same boat and will be experiencing it for the first time together. So, if you are interested, come and check it out.

This Wednesday, Nov. 7, there will be no Mass at 5:30 p.m., and there will be no RCIA.

We will resume our Catholicism series next week. Come on out if you are interested; the Catholicism DVDs have been very well received.

Saturday, Nov. 10, we will have a meeting for all those interested in helping distribute Holy Communion at Mass.

The meeting will run from 9:30-11 a.m., and we need all those who have helped in the past and all those interested in helping, but have not done so before. Thanks for helping us in this ministry.

There is a sign up sheet in the back of church for Father's "Chili and Church Documents," which will take place Monday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m.

Also on Monday, Nov. 12, following our "Chili and Church Documents," presentation, at 7 p.m., Sycamore Engineering will present to the parish some initial plans for the updating of our electrical/lighting/sound systems. All are invited to come and ask questions and offer input.

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.

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., or call them at 812-232-8400. For more information on how you can promote Fair Trade products, visit http://www.crsfairtrade.org/.

Annunciation parishioners are reminded to please bring their completed United Catholic Appeal pledge card to Mass this weekend. Even if you plan to donate no money to the larger diocesan efforts, we still ask that you bring your card back to Mass, which will save us from having to contact you by phone.

Thanks for your generosity toward our larger Catholic Archdiocese.

A prayer from the U.S. Bishops to be prayed during this election season: "Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community. We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty. We ask for ears that will her the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender. We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom. We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

God's blessings to you and your family and the entire community of Brazil.

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

5 p.m. -- AWANA

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Study

* Thursday

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

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 Brad

The T-N-T completed their challenge recently and will have a bowling party. Additionally, the clubbers treated their leader Melissa to a pie in the face. The Sparks are the next club to be challenged.

Everyone had a good time at our Fall Party this past Sunday. Although it was a bit cold, everyone had fun on the hayride.

Our costume contest winners are Most Heroic: Trey Eldridge (Transformer), Most Beautiful/Handsome: Kainen Reyher (Colonel Sanders), and Most Original: Allison Cormican (Giraffe).

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: 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.

Our story this week is about Christmas: My earliest memory of Christmas is my favorite! I was 9 that year (1953). It was a bad year for my family, we had lost my brother to polio and mom and dad were very sad.

There wasn't much money. My older sister and I had worked all year on finding small pieces of material and a couple of my brothers' shirts to make mom and dad a quilt. Since I was little, I didn't get to cut, but I did get to sew and we were so proud of that quilt! We told each other stories about Ben as we sewed and we would laugh and cry and sigh and sew. We wanted our parents to remember all the good times with Ben. The way he had a lopsided smile, or how his black hair would always fall toward his left eye or how he never knew a "bad" day. Rejoice this day that God gives us, dad used to say and Ben did just that. Christmas morning, I awoke to the heavenly smell of cinnamon and bacon. We went racing down the hall to the kitchen begging mom to open our present, but she was insistent that we have breakfast first -- after our chores. Dad was already out doing some of them. I don't remember a time that we flew through our work as quickly as we did that day. We just wanted to see mom and dad smile. Finally, we gathered around the tree and there was a handmade doll for me, with clothes from Ben's shirts. My sister got a handmade scarf from his shirts and then mom and dad opened their gift ... we were all crying and laughing and hugging, even though Ben wasn't physically here with us, he had been with us all year and on this day. I believe we all started healing that day. I still have that doll and my sister's scarf and my parent's quilt. I am the only left now and soon, these will go to my son and he knows the story as well as I, it is told every year at Christmas. That was the best Christmas because we worked to help each other, we need to do more of that today. Merry Christmas and may God bless you every day with a special memory.

God blesses us in so many ways! I love this story. I am sure Ben is in heaven watching over his sister still. This story put in perspective what is important.

Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (34) Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Help your neighbor and pass that smile along!

Bethel United Methodist Church

It is November, the month of giving thanks.

As the month goes on, take the time to reflect on what you are thankful for.

In the season of giving, remember those in need.

We have several local charities that need donations. "Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." -- Romans 12:13.

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

The church is located at 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Our phone number is 448-1566. We have Sunday school at 9 a.m., with worship at 10 a.m.

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

* 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 on 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 in November here at Bethel. The men meet the last Saturday of every month,

* The United Methodist Women will meet Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m., then every second Sunday of each month. We would love for you to join us, and

* P-150 will play 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 the world who are facing struggles in their lives.

As we go into election week, let's pray for our country. "God's presence brings peace and rest." -- Exodus 33:14.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian 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 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.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church will host its annual Turkey/noodle dinner Nov. 10, from 4-7 p.m., at the Kennedy Crossing Bingo Center.

Freewill offerings will be accepted.

In addition, the church will conduct a bacon-egg-biscuit breakfast Nov. 17, from 7-10 a.m., at the church. Freewill offerings will be accepted for the church building fund.

For more information, call 812-677-6493, or 443-7621 Ext. 2502.

First Baptist Church

The congregation of the First Baptist Church invites you to join us in worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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

Communion is observed the first Sunday of each month.

Don't forget the time change this weekend. Be sure to turn your clock back one hour on Saturday night.

AWANA and the Youth Group both start at 5:30 p.m., Sunday.

Evening worship is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7:15.

Also scheduled:

* 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

The church will participate in the Samaritans' Purse Christmas project again this year.

The shoe boxes will be due before Thanksgiving.

The 27th Thanksgiving dinner is being planned. More information will be released later.

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

The church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Community Missionary Church News

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with greetings to all, remarking that the weather was just right for the wiener roast, games and hayride for the evening. He led in a prayer of thanks and praise to the Lord for our people and the beautiful day.

Scott Burns then led the congregational singing; after which Brother Thomas called for offerings, then led the congregation with the Doxology.

He then made his weekly announcements adding that long time members Bill and Marietta Slack has gotten moved to town. You may get their address from pastor.

Pastor then asked for spoken/unspoken prayers and prayed for each, as well as for our shut-ins, nursing home residents and our military in harm's way.

Peg Parksey then sang out special numbers, " I Will Talk To My Father For You." If you like gospel songs, you would enjoy this one for the love everyone in those wonderful words with such meaning.

"These are times when we must call on the Lord, Our Father; for friends, family and neighbors."

Pastor Thomas opened his sermon with: "Who is going to be the harvesters?"

Every day draws us closer to the harvest. We learn in Acts 10:1 whereby a man, a devout man, being commanded by an angel to get in touch with Simon; whose surname is Peter.

The Devout Cornelius had this vision in the daytime from this angel from God, and he was afraid and said: "What is it, Lord?" The angel told him to send men to Joppa and told him where to get in touch with this man. He sent two servants and a devout soldier after giving them all that he had been told by the angel.

Now Peter rising to go pray while awaiting his meal, he fell into a trance and ate as the Lord had directed; at the same time the three men sent to see him were at the gate. The Lord directed him to go with the men and to doubt not. Peter took them in for the night and the next day, Peter went with them and certain men of Joppa.

They met Cornelius in Caesarea and heard Peter say that God is no respecter of persons: Vs. 42, "And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the judge of quick and dead."

Salvation is for everyone and as Christians also sin by commission or omission; it's a part of life--The do's and don'ts. We think many times that someone else has the job of sowing the seed, the spreading of God's word; but God said "we" meaning you and I are to tell others of His offer for salvation through redemption.

Do not judge people, judge the sin. Love others as yourself; remember it's the company "you keep" if you allow it to be part of you. John 7:24 "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

Pastor Thomas, Beverly and congregation invite one and all to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m., and evening service is at 6 p.m.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Superstorm Sandy really showed us God's power this past week, didn't it?

All of a sudden, the election took a back seat to something bigger and more important.

It actually made all the speeches and campaigns and jostling for votes seem as petty and small as it really is.

The monster that has grown out of our government is so large

and unwieldy that if one man, regardless of who he is and what he promises, cannot change it significantly.

But this past week, God has shown us that He can shut it down at any time.

Are you a believer yet?

There was no Bible Study this past week.

This did not have anything to do with the storm, thank goodness, but Julie, our discussion leader, could not be with us then.

There will be Bible Study on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., out here are Carbon. Please come.

The Carbon United Methodist Church will have its annual Thanksgiving Dinner next Sunday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m.

All the folks from Epworth United Methodist Church are invited to join us then.

We have timed it to be after their church is over to give them time to come out here.

We are looking forward to seeing them.

You, yourself, are invited to attend our worship service tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. We will be serving Communion.

Our minister will be preaching on Jon 11:32-44, in which Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

Come from the dead and learn to live yourself.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church want to send out our prayers to all those who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

What a beautiful Sunday we had. We want to thank God for our blessings.

It is now November, but October was Pastor Appreciation Monday, and we want to let Pastor Bill know how much he is appreciated every month.

We also want to keep praying for those in our congregation who are having difficulties, such as Billy, Holly and Jack,; June and Charlotte Crabb; and Josiah and Alyssa Brock.

Josiah and Alyssa just returned back to their congregation from Haiti, where they helped build a church. What a wonderful mission.

They did have some medical problems from being there, so we want to keep them in our prayers.

Alta would like for us to keep Avila DeLange and Bob Ooley in our prayers.

It was good to see Shirley Lucas back with us after her knee surgery.

We are not going to do the Christmas Stocking Giveaway this year, but instead, we are going to do a shoe giveaway of 25 shoes.

See the bulletin board in the vestibule for sizes and such, and then they can be put in the tub in the vestibule.

Remember, the times change tonight.

Don't want to be late for church in the morning.

Next Tuesday is Election Day. Hopefully, you have been praying about it and will get out and do your part by voting.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to invite you to come be with us.

We love the Lord and want others to get to know Him, too.

__Families By Choice

Salute the Canteen!__

During World War II, the canteen was a big deal.

Often, a local place to socialize with music and ladies, who were ladies, these locations were intended to give the military a safe place from base to get away.

Light refreshments and an early evening so you could make it back on base on time.

In honor of that tradition and to make people more aware of the issues of homelessness, especially among veterans, Families by Choice has a fundraiser open to the entire community.

We will be at Oregon Baptist Church (three-fourths of a mile west on United States 41 on Oregon Baptist Church Road) Family Life Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, from 7-9:30 p.m.

Music will be provided by local musicians, including a veteran who was once homeless.

Light refreshments will be offered, too.

Persons coming alone will be charged a $20 donation.

Come with a friend and two can come for a donation of $25.

Those coming with military -- active or retired -- will get in at half-price.

For more information, call 812-230-4401.

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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