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Church News

Friday, November 16, 2012

Otter Creek Christian Church

There has been much going on the past few weeks and with the fall season upon us, lots more will be happening.

Two things we should think about are Thanksgiving and Christmas. My opinion is we should remember them both and celebrate them daily the whole year through.

As for Thanksgiving, let us remember what Psalm 100 says, verses 1-5, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands, Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God; He that hath made us, and; not we ourselves; we are his people, and the; sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and; His truth endureth to all generations."

No matter where you go, you should be a witness for the Lord and give glory to Him for all His benefits, the air we breathe, the opportunities we get from day to day to hear and read his word, our food, our country and everything He has made possible for us.

We could never have gotten all the beauty that we see if it had not been for the Lord.

Give Him the praise. The awesome world we live in is a great gift, but the greatest gift still remains our salvation. John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Do you believe? If not, there is no better time than now to say, "Father, God, I have sinned and fallen short of your glory, thank you for the gift of Jesus who paid the debt I cannot pay for myself; Forgive me and give me the strength to walk in the light of your word moment by moment. I accept Jesus as my personal Savior and ask him to enter my heart and life. Thank you for your gift of everlasting life through Jesus. Amen."

If you do not have a church home and would like to talk to us about your confession of faith, please feel free to call Pastor Steve (after 4 p.m.) at 812-531-9347, or e-mail brattss@nwcable.net.org, or like us on Facebook, or call Pastor Steve's home at 446-4007.

Regular service times are Sunday study at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40; Tuesday Ladies Bible Study at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

Remember to pray for our country, the armed service personnel and their families and all the men and women who serve our community daily.

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

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all and by making the announcement that our "shoe box" project is a big success with about twice as many as last year and He proceeded to pray for blessing on this project and praising God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.

Following his prayer, Scott Burns led the congregational singing with "My Country Tis Of Thee," and "Blessed Quietness."

Brother Thomas then called for offerings, after which he led the doxology.

He then made his weekly announcements, including two cards sent to the church.

Isn't it wonderful? One gift card sent out to a young man who did some electrical work on the church, and back came the card with gift amount plus additional money, thanking the church for calling him to do the work.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Then, Pastor Thomas asked for requests for spoken/unspoken request praying for each, including our shut-ins, nursing home patients, hospitalized our military in harms way and the many veterans in our service.

Sandy Jenkins then sang our special number, "Heal Our Land," a timely song praying that God may heal our land of the many problems we face in our immediate future.

For only He can make this happen.

The old devil gets in the way for many people and division comes in real situations.

After this number, our pastor asked each to stand and then "Pledge of Allegiance" was given by everyone present.

"One nation, under God, indivisible," ... undivided we can make it with the Lord's help.

Brother Thomas recognized all veterans present and added that we in service this morning are not veterans as we are still on active duty.

For the Lord.

We are still a work in progress.

Brother Thomas then called for little fellow, Fischer Dickison, to the front, who sang, "I'm In The Lords' Army," in which everyone joined in.

Thank you Fischer for a timely song, which makes us proud of you and our church.

We looked at Ephesians chapter 6:10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might."

As you well know, we are and have been in a war with not just countries, but with Satan and his army.

We look around and know that there are three things we can do: the right thing, the wrong thing and the do nothing.

Many times, we just don't have the faith.

Looking to Jesus, he didn't just have His disciples doing all his miracles from day one, but while with Him during the some three years traveling, He taught them and many times, He corrected them always with love and with His gentle ways.

They were not fully ready until the day of Pentecost.

Now, the question my brethren, "Are you ready to let Jesus make you the person you ought to be? Are you still in God's active army? Only you can answer that and with His blessing, leave the church today and tell others that time grows short as the five young women waiting for the bride/groom procession to arrive, and learning that they didn't have their flasks filled and were told by the others to buy that which was needed, causing them to be late for the party; and they were refused entry to the bride's party, with the words, 'I know ye not.'

Christ told His disciples the story of the 10 virgins; by their experience of the church that shall live just before His second coming. The two sets of watchers who profess to the waiting of the coming of the Lord. May we all be found with the faith for His coming.

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 worship is at 6 p.m.

All are welcome.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Wow! I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next Thursday. How about you?

This year has certainly flown by.

It is a shame that we just call one day a year "Thanksgiving."

Each day of the year gives us an opportunity to "give thanks."

If we truly appreciate all that God gives to us, we should thank Him every day.

I've heard this called an "attitude of gratitude."

Our attitudes toward things and people in life dictate how we get along with them, how we survive or thrive.

Gratitude pleases God and reaps benefits for us. It keeps us humble and focused.

I hope you have a wonderful time of food, fun and family time this Thanksgiving Day. Let it be the beginning of a lifetime of days spent giving thanks.

Join us at Center Point tomorrow for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship services at 10:30. You are always welcome.

Carbon Baptist Church

Good morning to all.

The CBC congregation praises God from whom all blessings flow.

I Thessalonians 5:18 tell us, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

May all of us be aware of God's gift all around us and respond with gratitude. Trust Thanksgiving Day will be a day of thanks giving for everyone.

The Executive Board will meet Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

A reminder to all that the food pantry ministry still needs personal hygiene products donated.

These items are being collected during the month of November.

One of our fine young men, Andrew Corder, is attending the Chrysalis flight in Merom this weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 24, Ladies Ministries will gather at 10 a.m., for their meeting and brunch.

After the business meeting, everyone will pitch in to decorate the sanctuary and foyer for Christmas.

Worship and praise time begins at 10:30 a.m., Sunday morning and Pastor Barry Corder will share the sermon, "Don't Forget to Go Back," taken from Luke 17:11-19.

We who have received from God's love, grace, salvation and all His spiritual blessings must not forget to give thanks to Him.

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., and is a great time of fellowship to learn more about the scriptures.

The church phone number is 442-7729, and the pastor's cell phone is 812-239-7050.

Enjoy this Thanksgiving week with families and friends.

Let's overflow with gratefulness for our many blessings.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

There are 15 families this year that wouldn't have Thanksgiving without us.

Thank you so much for all the help. Especially to our bakers and our youth group who will be putting the baskets together this Sunday morning.

Please let the office know if you need envelopes.

We are getting them ready for the new year and don't want to leave anyone out. Thank you.

Don't forget we will be having "Chili and Church Documents" again this Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. We are learning about and reading the Vatican II document and Lumen Gentium, as part of our start to this Year of Faith.

We had a good start last week and really enjoyed the company of one another.

Come and join us this week if you can. Pope Benedict has said we really need to read the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and so we are undertaking the challenge. Don't be intimidated. You will get a lot out of this process.

Starting in December, we will be putting out a monthly calendar of events for our parish. If you or your organization have something that needs to be in the calendar, please get the information to Laura as soon as you can.

Our Latin Mass continues to grow. Come out and join us Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. Again, nothing to be intimidated by. You don't need to have ever spoken or understood Latin before to participate and pray with us. We're all learning together. Come see how the Mass has been celebrated for millennia in our church.

We continue to walk through our Catholicism DVD series on Wednesday nights. Right now, we are watching an episode that helps explain what the church actually believes about Mary, helping to correct what so many people think the church teaches about Mary.

On Thanksgiving, our Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. "Eucharist" translates to "Thanksgiving" so come kick off Thanksgiving in the right way ... by giving thanks to God for all he has blessed us with.

Our parish council is beginning to look at longer range planning and is starting to serve as a visionary team.

Our next meeting will be in January and the council has identified a parish website as the topic for our meeting.

Over the next month of so, the parish council will be looking at other Catholic Parishes' websites and also talking with parishioners here at Annunciation to see what types of things we would like to have on our website.

If you have any input or suggestions, please seek out a parish council member and share your thoughts and suggestions with them.

Thanks so much to all who serve our parish on the council.

A blessed Thanksgiving to all.

Peniel United Methodist Church

We hope everyone took the opportunity to thank all our Veterans who have given so much.

Now Thanksgiving is upon us and we have so much to be thankful for, beginning with electricity and heat.

The drainage work and paving of our parking lot has been completed.

What a difference it will make to clear the lots when the snow flies; also easier on the walking, that gravel can be a little tricky on ankles.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at Bethel Nov. 24, at 8 a.m.

Also in the evening Saturday, Nov. 24, will be Family Night at 6 p.m. The church will be decorated, including putting up the Christmas tree. Its annual decorations are children's socks, hats, mittens, etc., donated by the congregation.

They will be distributed to local grade school teachers for children who need them.

The next week of Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., is the annual Ladies Advent Tea.

Those wanting to be hostesses should contact Martha Nicosia at 812-877-7704.

This being the third Sunday of the month, beverages and pastries will be served for all to enjoy between Sunday school, which begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.

Any food or cleaning items you bring will be appreciated by the food pantry.

Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "Giving Thanks Around the Table."

Our scripture is from St. Luke 22:14-20.

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

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church extends an invitation to worship with us Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The choirs' special music, under the direction of Shirley Hinton, will be, "We Plow the Fields and Scatter."

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

Bible study at the YMCA of Clay County will not take place this Wednesday.

Preparations are being made for the Thanksgiving Dinner, to take place at noon, Thursday.

Reservations should be made by calling the church at 448-8112. Leave a message.

We hope you will take time during this busy week to count your blessings. Thanksgiving shouldn't be just a once-a-year celebration.

Being thankful should be an every day occasion.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. -- Psalm 107:1.

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

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Nov. 17 -- all-you-can-eat monthly breakfast from 7-10 a.m. The breakfast is free, but a love offering will be accepted. All proceeds benefit the building fund. We hope you will join us.

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.

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 jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Last Sunday after church, we had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

We had invited the people from Epworth United Methodist Church to join us in this celebration of our thankfulness and between our two little churches, we had a great turnout.

As usual, our cooks created an excellent variety of delicious foods.

And as usual, there was way too much left over, but folks took some home with them and all was cleaned up.

Thank you, Epworth, for joining us.

On Tuesday, the two churches held a prayer vigil from 1-3 p.m. This was a time when each person was asked to pray to acknowledge God for who He is, to praise Him, to ask His blessings on us, our families, our nation, to give Him our troubles, to ask Him to do His will and to submit ourselves to Him.

So many of us rush through the day with a simple, "Thank You, God," or worse, an "Oh God!"

It was good to be still and actually talk to Him for a while.

The Carbon Church of the Nazarene invited our church to join them in our annual Harvest Service on Wednesday evening.

It is great for these two Carbon churches to get together to worship and give thanks.

There will be an Administrative Board Meeting Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.

We will decorate the church Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. Please come to help.

When there are a number of people, it doesn't take long.

Our worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday.

Come join us. You will be welcome, not only by us, but by God.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

Even though the stores already look like Christmas, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

It is hard to believe this season is upon us already.

We want to give praise to God for having Billy with us serving communion last Sunday. God is good.

We do want to keep praying for him, for he will be starting chemo. We also want to keep June in our prayers, along with Avilla, Bob O., Imogene, Vicki and others in our congregation who are having difficulties. It was good to see Jan with us.

Pastor Bill's theme for his sermons is getting into S.H.A.P.E. So far, we have had the "S," which stands for our spiritual gifts and the "H," for our heart.

If you are curious about the remaining letters, please feel free to come be with us and see what is next.

We are sure you will be blessed.

If you are unable to be with us on Sunday mornings, we do have services on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

There is also a Men's Bible Fellowship on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m.

Jesus is coming back soon and we all need to be ready. Are you?

Bethel United Methodist Church

Somewhere between Halloween and Christmas is that one Thursday in November that is slowly becoming less important in the minds of millions of people -- Thanksgiving.

If you look and search, you might find one small section of Thanksgiving cards, decorations and a turkey platter along the aisles and miles of Halloween costumes, Christmas trees and decorations and toys.

Now a days, Thanksgiving is a day to eat, nap and get a list together prior to a marathon of late-night and early morning Christmas shopping.

Somehow, the way we look at Thanksgiving Day has gone array.

We have forgotten the reason for celebrating that first Thanksgiving: Gratitude for survival.

Let's not try, but let us redirect our families toward gratitude this year.

The next few days leading up to Thanksgiving, just remember what you are thankful for. You have a warm home, clothes on your back and food to eat.

Some unfortunate person does not.

Please donate to your local food pantries, Goodwill stores and be an active member of your church and community.

One person can make a huge difference in many lives.

Don't lose sight of what it's all about.

"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His love endures forever." -- Psalms 136:1.

Prayer of Thanksgiving: Almighty God, who lives and reigns forever, we give you thanks for all the gifts you have bestowed upon us. Amen.

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 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.

Well, our Wednesday Evening Bible Study has been put on hold until January. "Miracles, signs of God's Glory."

Please put it on your calendar.

The United Methodist Men's Breakfast will meet in November here at Bethel. The men meet the last Sunday of every month.

The United Methodist Women will meet the second Sunday of each month. We would love for you to join us.

Please continue to pray for our country, the leaders of our country, our local government, first responders, police, armed forces, doctors, nurses and everyone else in between.

Do good, do no harm, stay in love with God.

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.