Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
We are in my favorite time of the year.
It's Christmas, hello? Do we remember what Christmas really stands for?
It does not mean X-mas or Happy Holidays.
It means that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whether the world likes it or not.
If it offends you to have someone say Merry Christmas to you, then get over it because it is and will always be Merry Christmas.
Come join us as we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, Hope.
Otter Creek Christian Church extends a warm welcome to those who may be visiting our area or those who do not have a church home to join us this Sunday for our worship services.
Our address is 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil. Our phone number is 446-5300 or call Pastor Steve at 446-4007 or after 4:30 p.m., at 812-531-9347. Visit us on Facebook at facebook/stevenbrattain or e-mail email@example.com.
Tuesday, at 10 a.m., will be Ladies Bible Study at the home of Mary Lou Farris.
Sunday study will be 9:30 a.m., and worship will be at 10:40.
Saturday, Dec. 8, will be the Men's Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; And his name shall be called Wonderful; Counselor; the Mighty God; the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
This week, give each person you meet an encouraging word and if they act as if they are unhappy, say a little prayer for them even if it is just a little one to yourself.
Tell those who work with you or for you no matter what their capacity, how much they are appreciated. Pray for our leaders, military and others, who need the uplifting of the Lord.
Until we meet again either here or in heaven, may God be with you.
Center Point United Methodist Church
How was your Thanksgiving Day?
I hope it was filled with good food, good fun and lots of family and friends to celebrate the day. That would give you much for which to be thankful.
We at Center Point were thankful to have Kevin Timberman filling in last Sunday for Pastor Bob Kumpf, who was on vacation.
His message was very good and his daughter, Jessie, blessed us with a beautiful song.
Pastor Bob will be back Sunday with a message he has titled, "Just Whose Is It?"
His scripture is from Mark 12:13-17.
He says, "Ownership is an ancient concept. In scripture, it goes clear back to the time of Jeremiah where he discusses written property deeds and the process by which goods are obtained, held on to and transferred or passed on.
"We have a need to identify what belongs to us ... as well as what belongs to others ... and sometimes what is community property ... or even what is lost. But, these concepts are only relative to temporary conditions. The real question is who ultimately owns everything. And we know the answer. We are entrusted to be good stewards for a season and to be thankful for what we do have. We are blessed. We have so much to be thankful for and we are blessed to be extravagant in sharing our wealth with others."
Join us for Sunday school and worship services tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., and 10:30.
Worship the Owner of everything, the One who gives from His vast resources---- Our Heavenly Father.
Carbon Baptist Church
Grateful for the week of Thanksgiving and the time we had to reflect on all the blessings we have.
Each of us need to think of at least three things that touch our lives every day.
Life has many valleys and mountain tops, but faith and hope keeps us going. Gratitude is a natural response to God's grace and our natural response is, "Thank you, Lord."
The Ladies Ministries is gathering this morning at 10 a.m., to decorate and prepare for the Christmas season.
All ladies of the congregation are invited to go to Almost Home Tea Room in Greencastle Saturday, Dec. 1, for a Christmas fellowship.
Please sign up on the list in the foyer. We will all meet in the Walmart parking lot to carpool.
Sunday morning is donuts, milk, orange juice and coffee time from 9-9:30 a.m., before class time. Come and join our growing fellowship during Sunday school and the 10:30 a.m., worship and praise time.
Pastor Barry Corder will continue the message from the book of Luke.
Kid's Club in Carbon will meet at the Revelation Church (north of the post office), Friday, Nov. 30, from 4-5 p.m. The kids enjoy craft time, a devotional lesson, snacks and a time of sharing with each other. We welcome all kids and their parents.
A baptismal service will take place during the Sunday morning service of Dec. 2. Several converts will be taking part in this time of joy and celebration.
The CBC congregation welcomes all to fellowship with us. If you have any questions, feel free to call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.
In closing, may we all embrace the grateful-for-life moments God gives each day.
Bethel United Methodist Church
Well, the weekend of food and spending time with family has come to an end.
Now comes the Christmas season, which tends to take people away from the true meaning of the season: The birth of Jesus.
It makes people ungrateful and have you heard the saying, "Keeping up with the Joneses?"
They worry about how much money they have or how much they will spend or what everyone else has and what they think they need.
Believe me, I am guilty.
But this year, I am focusing on Jesus, born on Christmas Day.
Celebrating the birth of someone who will forever be in my heart. Who has given me everything in life and more to make me happy regardless of how much money.
So, as you are shopping and shopping some more and throwing away your money, remember: "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be contest with what you have." -- Hebrews 13:5.
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,
* The United Methodist Men's Breakfast will meet Nov. 24, here at Bethel. The men meet the last Saturday of every month,
* The United Methodist Women will meet the second Sunday of each month. We would love for you to join us, and
* Sunday, Dec. 23, our wonderful Judy Clark will play Christmas music in the sanctuary from 9-10 a.m., before services.
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.
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.
AWANA and the Youth Group both meet at 5:30 p.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice at 7:15 p.m.
* 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.
Please join us for any of our worship opportunities this week.
First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
The church phone number is 448-8112.
Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
The next meeting for the Lady Knights will be Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center.
Our Knights of Columbus will be meeting Monday, Nov. 26, as well. The Knights will be meeting at 7:15 p.m.
We are having our chili dinner once again Monday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. Thanks to Chris and Annette Durcholz for feeding anyone interested in attending.
Next Saturday, Dec. 1, we will have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 9-11 a.m., with Benediction taking place at 11.
During that time, confessions will be heard in the confessional. If you are stressed out about the holidays (or anything else), come by church and spend some time in the presence of our Lord.
Also, on Saturday, Dec. 1, we will have a training session for any young man interested in being an altar server at Mass. That training session will begin at noon.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m., Fr. Hollowell will be doing a national live show on how to talk with others about the church's teachings on homosexuality. If interested in joining this show, visit www.courageouspriest.com for the details.
A big thank you to everyone who donated money and food to our Thanksgiving dinners.
Also to Gloria Ruhe, Annette Durcholz, Mary Ann Froderman, Annette, Wesley and Michael Clawson, Mark Schmalz, Mary Jane Willoughby, Martha Tempel, Rita Rothrock, Anne Sanders and Rhea and Dick Gasway for baking turkeys, stuffing, pies, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. We fed 17 families this year. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Our local Catholic radio station, WHOJ 91.9 FM has an upcoming program Thursday, Dec. 6. The program is titled, "St. Nicholas -- The True Story of Santa Claus."
St. Nicholas was born during the third century in the village of Patara. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering.
The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, celebrated Dec. 6.
"Bishop Nicholas," was brought to the WHOJ studio by Fr. Joseph Marquis, Pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church in Livonia, Mich.
Deanery Outreach Committee Update -- Thanks to all who completed the outreach survey.
A detailed report will be published soon and will include the outreach committee's action plan for future opportunities. If you provided your name and contact information for future volunteer endeavors, a representative from your parish will be contacting you with details.
Again, we thank you for taking the time to provide this valuable feedback.
The Office of Worship is hosting a Mission of Prayer for the Young Church and Archbishop Tobin.
The event will take place at Our Lady of the Greenwood and will run from Friday evening, Nov. 30, through 4 p.m., Mass, Saturday, Dec. 1.
Archbishop Tobin will preside at the Mass.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Some turkey leftovers are still in the refrigerator, but we are thankful to have that "problem."
This evening, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m., will be Family Night with a pitch-in dinner and the church will be decorated for Advent.
The annual Clothing Christmas tree will be among the decorations.
It is decorated with socks, mittens, hats, etc., for the school children in Clay County.
The congregation is always very generous with this project.
Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., will be the Ladies Advent Tea. If you haven't signed up for hostess duties and wish to do so, contact Martha Nicosia at 812-877-7704.
Choir practice will be Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.
Boxed meals and canned meats are on the list needed by the food pantry in Brazil. They will gladly accept other items that you might have on hand.
The scripture for this Sunday is from St. John, 18:33-37.
Pastor Pippin's message is, "King of Kings Forever and Ever."
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
This family oriented church invites each and everyone to their services.
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church at 10:45.
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 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:
* 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
* 7 p.m. -- Prayer/Study
* 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, which will be used for various mission projects.
By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over with. Wow! We have talked about it for weeks and then in the blink of an eye, it is over.
I know I am very thankful for my God, Jesus, my family and my wonderful church family.
The Benwood Choir sang this past Sunday and it was wonderful! We had the church Thanksgiving dinner and the food was abundant and marvelous, lots of people showed up to give thanks and enjoy all that wonderful food.
This story will be the last for this year and I want to thank all who sent me a story, they were wonderful and I wish I could write about them all.
It means a lot to share your memories and when the memories aren't good, it can be very hard.
This story didn't come to me via e-mail, it was told to me by someone who works with the homeless in Indianapolis. She tells me that there are more now then there has been in a long time and finding shelter for them for the winter is hard.
She makes and passes out blankets and scarves and hats. A few years ago, there was one that just about tore her heart out.
The father had lost his job, mother was not well and the three children were just skin and bones.
They had a car to sleep in, but no gas to keep it warm.
It was a couple of weeks before Christmas and she was making her rounds to pass out blankets and some hot chocolate. She came to the spot where the family usually parked, but the car wasn't there.
She asked several people if they had seen the family but no one had.
She was headed home. It was about 9 p.m., when her cellphone rang.
It was the dad. One of the children was really sick and he didn't know what to do.
She picked them up and took them to the hospital. While at the hospital, they were all given food and a place to stay while the youngest recovered from the pneumonia that almost took his life.
For six days, they never left, slept on the floor of the room. On the last day, Dec. 19, as he was being dismissed, an official came and was talking to the mother and father about the children being in need of foster care.
The story quickly made its way around the hospital and total strangers came up to help.
The father was given a job, the family was given free rent on a nice home for six months, the family was given everything it needed, including a Christmas they will never forget.
The family is still together. They struggle, but they are together and they are repaying the help they received by helping others.
Pass it along.
Isn't that what it is all about?
Share God's word and witness to someone who needs a hand up.
The payment you get in return may be the greatest gift you have ever received.
I can't think of a greater gift than the one God gave to us. His son.
Take advantage of that gift and have a wonderful week.
Haggai 2:6, "This is what the Lord Almighty says, "In a little while, I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7: I will shake all nations and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory, 'say the Lord Almighty."
Glory to God in the highest.
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Carbon United Methodist Church
I have a question: Why do Christians call the blackest day in their Christian calendar Good Friday?
Shouldn't it be Black Friday?
And why do we all call the shopping frenzy day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday?"
I propose that it be changed to Red Friday for I am sure a lot of people's credit balances will be in the red after that one day is over.
Isn't it a shame that football for men and shopping for women has "blackened" the true meaning of Thanksgiving?
As a matter of principle, I refuse to shop on that day. And it is very difficult for me to call Good Friday by its official name. Does anyone else feel this way?
Bible Study will be at the Carbon Church Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. If football and shopping have killed our Christian good will before then, you will certainly get it back here.
It will be December before we know it. Folks will meet at the church Saturday after Thanksgiving to decorate the church for Christmas.
Come help us.
It doesn't take long to transform the church into a glorious celebration for Christ's birth.
If you have been putting off coming to church, but there is a little nagging sting somewhere in the back of your brain that says that you really should do it, now is the time.
Come to celebrate Christ's birth and welcome Him into your heart.
Worship services begin at 9:30 a.m., every Sunday.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened Sunday services with greetings to all, adding his thanks for each coming out that morning. Commenting about our missionary in Haiti and the 40,000 children under her charge, he stated our people could make a donation or send a gift through Melanie Boyd with the deadline of Nov. 24.
He then offered up our opening prayer. Scott Burns followed with the congregational singing, "Come Ye Thankful People, Come" -- "Free from sorrow, free from sin" as the wonderful song goes. Let us ever be thankful that we can worship as God allows.
I take this time to say an angel visited me last week at my home, telling me that she reads our church article every week and feels as if she has had her sermon. I wanted to hug her, but an old man just doesn't hug strangers whom come to your door. Instead, I thanked her very much, and I want her and you dear readers to know that it's God giving words to our pastor and then assisting me in putting his words on paper from the Holy Bible. This lady received a blessing, and in turn I, too, was blessed by her visit and kind words.
After singing, Brother Thomas called for offerings and led the doxology. He then asked for spoken and unspoken requests, which was followed by prayer for each and for our hospitalized, shut-ins, nursing home residents and our military in harms way. Travis Terril then sang our special number, "There's So Much to be Thankful For." This number was timely, not just for the season, but to remember all the good things that have come our way and the many bad times that have passed us by. Travis has a rich deep voice, which is always a pleasure to listen to. It's not just the time of year, we can always be thankful for a warm home, family, food for the table, friends and most of all our church where we can practice our religion and renew our life with Jesus.
Pastor Thomas asked what we thought of when he said, "Thanksgiving." Everyone thinks of turkey and trimmings ... the pumpkin pie and desserts, but there are other things that we could bring up with a little part of history. Back in 1520, after 66 days at sea and finally put ashore, the survivors who were met by an Indian whom spoke "English" ... Yes, it is in history ... How did that Indian learn to speak English? From whom? When? But through him the men and women were able to start a colony. Yes, they were thankful, and how many of us can be thankful in good times and bad?
Well, the Lord has said that He would never leave nor forsake you. Who is God? David tells us all through the Psalms. In Psalm 95:3 it says, "For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand, today if ye will hear His voice." Psalm 96:5 says, "For all the gods of the nations are idols: But the Lord made the Heavens."
Then Revelation 4:11 says, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: For thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Good times are a blessing; hard times help us to grow, and the Lord has promised to always be there for us. God will take you through that hard time; you can depend upon Him. Never forget He took our sins in that He gave His life that we might have everlasting salvation.
Brother Thomas invites you to visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., morning worship is at 10:30 and evening service is at 6 p.m. Bless each of you this Thanksgiving season.
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.