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Friday, November 30, 2012

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

This morning at church, from 9-11 a.m., we will be having adoration of the Blessed Sacrament while simultaneously offering the sacrament of confession for anyone interested.

Come spend some time in the presence of our Lord.

On Monday, Dec. 3, Archbishop Joseph Tobin will be installed as our next Archbishop.

The Mass will take place at 2 p.m., and will be live-streamed on www.archindy.org, and will also be on EWTN cable network.

Please pray for Archbishop Tobin during this time of transition.

Next Saturday, Dec. 8, is a holy day of obligation for all Catholics.

We will have a Mass at 5:30 p.m., Friday evening, and a Mass at 9 a.m., Saturday morning.

Our nation was consecrated centuries ago to the Immaculate Conception, and so it is an especially important day for all American Catholics.

Two Masses in two days -- you might just like it.

The Lady Knights will host the annual Taste of Christmas Dec. 9, after the 8:30 a.m., Mass.

It will be in the Parish Center.

There will be cookies to taste and to buy.

This is a very nice gathering each year, so please join us.

There will not be any chili and church documents Monday night, and no weekday Masses this week.

Father will be on retreat.

He will be back for the Holy Day Anticipation Mass at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.

We will have two Angel trees this year.

One will be for the Clay County families we help give a Christmas to each year and the other will be for the children at the Gibault School.

When you take a tag, please bring the gift back unwrapped and put it in the appropriate tote.

All of these children need our help. Your help is appreciated.

Our food pantry here at Annunciation is in need of spaghetti pasta, peanut butter, jelly and meat: the rolls of hamburger or a pound of chicken -- anything works.

Catholic Charities has been getting 10 or more calls a day and it is hard for them to get enough meat into meet the needs of the rest of us.

Thank you for any help you can give.

St. Patrick's is looking for some help to fill a few spots in their Perpetual Adoration Chapel.

There are some sheets on the table at the back of church with the open time slots listed and the contact information of who to call if you are interested.

WHOJ Catholic Radio 91.9-FM: There is a copy of the upcoming schedule for WHOJ in the office. If you are interested one can be printed off for you and mailed to you.

Just give the office a call.

On the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Catholic Radio will have the true story of Santa Claus beginning with Nicholas. "Bishop Nicholas," was brought to the WHOJ studio by Fr. Joseph Marquis, Pastor of Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church in Livonia, Mich.

Blessings to you and your families during this Advent season.

Bee Ridge Christian Congregational Church

Bee Ridge Church is located one and half miles north of 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 beings 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 raches at 241-3036 or email 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 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 Profitt and Mandi Eldridge),

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 Mt. Lebanon account.

They will send a check to the church that will be used for various mission projects.

Monday, Dec. 5, we will be decorating the church at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow. Please bring sandwiches or a dessert.

What a treat!

Decorating God's house to praise Him and His son whose birthday we will celebrate!

From Pat:

While it was very cold for the parade, it was very nice.

I think I chased Pastor Dick for at least a block before I could get him to turn so I could get a picture of him and the float to send to my daughter.

They were all trying to stay warm.

And isn't it great to think that these people suffer through the cold and wind just to put on a parade for the people of their town? How awesome is that?

Do you have a family tradition at Christmas that you would be willing to share with me?

Send it to pmann228@hotmail.com. Last day to receive will be Dec. 17, 2012.

I really enjoy reading the Church marquee signs and this one is just great: "If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

Have a wonderful week and visit your choice place of worship today to thank God for being able to worship Him.

Revelation 21:4: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

There is no greater gift than God's love, share that gift every day and I think the world would be a much better place.

Bethel United Methodist Church

It is Christmas time. Time for parades, snowflakes, caroling Santa and lights abound. The spirit we feel flows through us. During this time, this feeling should not be of spending money to please those you love, but just being with those you love and celebrating. That is the magic of Christmas. The day began that night in Bethlehem as Christ was born. This feeing of excitement, happiness and spirit is what fills our hearts. "Hark the heralded angels sing. Glory to the newborn King."

"Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth among men of goodwill," Luke 2:14.

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

The church is located at 924 E. Pinckley St., Brazil. For more information call 448-1566. We have Sunday school at 9 a.m., with worship at 10 a.m.

Here are a few things going on in and around our church:

Tuesday morning will be Bible study at the home of Bill and Judy Cowell. Location is 129 Park Place Drive, 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. That is Dec. 9, and we would love for you to join us.

Sunday Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. P150 will be performing their evening service. This is wonderful don't miss it. It's great fellowship and worship time.

Sunday Dec. 23, our wonderful Judy Clark will be playing Christmas music in the sanctuary before service from 9-10 a.m. Please come and listen, she does a great job. It's so beautiful to hear.

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.

Carbon Baptist Church

December has arrived and so many plans are being made to get it all done by Christmas.

Children get all excited while many people get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.

Do we make God a part of each day?

The most important thing to remember is that Jesus is the reason for the season ... the greatest gift we can receive.

Excitement is in the air at CBC as the time of Advent begins Sunday morning.

A baptism service will take place before 10:30 a.m., worship and praise time begins.

Later in the service, our monthly communion time will be celebrated.

A called business meeting will be Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, beginning at 7 p.m., for the purpose in electing officers for the new year.

All members are encouraged to attend.

The study in the book of Jeremiah on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., is a learning time for all.

Jeremiah 17:7, tell us, "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord."

Information about the Angel Tree will be shared Sunday morning.

The food pantry ministry would like to have donations of mugs used for hot cocoa and tins of popcorn for the families that are served each month.

All donations must be at the church no later than Sunday, Dec. 16.

Many in the congregation have been practicing for the Christmas program, which will be presented to all on Dec. 16, during the worship service.

Everyone is looking forward to the program.

Call the church office at 442-7729 or Pastor Barry Corder's cell phone at 812-239-7050 for any questions or prayer concerns.

Even better, join the CBC congregation Sunday mornings to hear the message taken from scripture.

God speaks through His Word to those who listen with their hearts.

One more reminder: Remember when we get so busy with the shopping and lots of chores each day that the joy of Christmas is Jesus.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Tomorrow will begin a new Christian year with the beginning of Advent.

The word "advent" means "coming."

For children, it usually means a Santa Claus calendar with little doors that open with gifts hidden inside, but for adult Christians, it means a time of preparing for the coming of Christ by evaluating our personal lives and beliefs.

Each Sunday, different members of the congregation will participate in the lighting of the Advent Candles at the beginning of the worship service.

People of the church gathered last Saturday to decorate the church for the Holy Season.

For a small, old-fashioned church, it is beautiful.

The people of the church are already planning various activities for the month of December.

We will be preparing Cheer Plates for various families on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m.

One lady is already making candy with her grandchildren for this.

By preparing them early in the afternoon, we will be able to deliver most of them that same afternoon.

Our Christmas Program will be Sunday, Dec. 16, during the worship service.

There will be donuts and coffee at 9 a.m., that morning before the worship service at 9:30.

There will also be a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m., Christmas Eve.

What a great blessing this service has become to us as a way of focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.

Remember, a new Christian year will begin tomorrow.

It is a great time for you to begin a new Christian year yourself.

We will see you at 9:30 in the morning.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Sounds like we will have quite a day tomorrow.

Pastor Bob Kumpf said, "This Sunday, we welcome in December, celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and share in Holy Communion."

Can you believe it is just a little more than three weeks before Christmas?

Well, don't let the time slip away from you.

I plan on enjoying this time.

Christmas is such a wonderful time to remember and celebrate ... if we are celebrating the real reason for the season.

Try to listen to the messages about Christmas as though you are hearing them for the first time.

I was listening to the radio this week and a song brought new meaning to the birth of Jesus.

I was impressed with the idea that the King of the Universe gave up His place in heaven to become a baby.

A human.

He cared (and still cares) enough for us to experience our life and then give it up so that we could be reunited with Him.

What a miracle!

"Expect A Miracle" is the title of Bob's message tomorrow.

He takes it from Luke 4:17-21. He said, "This is the familiar passage of Jesus returning to His home town of Nazareth, going to the synagogue on the Sabbath and reading the passage from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah proclaiming ' the year of the Lord's favor.'

"To really understand what 'the year of the Lord's favor' is all about, you have to understand that it is about "Jubilee," the ancient Jewish tradition of 'starting over' every 50 years. On this date, properties were restored to their original owners, debts were forgiven and prisoners set free. On that day, some 2,000 years ago, Jesus astounded the listeners by telling them, 'Today, this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.' It seemed too good to be true.

"Jesus makes the same offer to us today. It seems too good to be true to us as well! A new start? Forgiven? Restored? Yes! You may think it is a miracle -- and it is! But expect it through the love, grace and mercy of Christ the Lord."

Join us at Center Point, or another church, and listen to the messages this month.

You will be blessed.

Then, you can be a blessing to others.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings and welcome to one and all.

He made a few remarks praising the Lord for this nice day, then led in an opening prayer.

Scott Burns followed with the congregational singing after which Brother Thomas asked for the offerings.

He then led the doxology.

Pastor then asked for spoken-unspoken prayer requests remarking that Lilly Fisher be remembered with cards and letters of good cheer at this time, proceeding to pray for each including our shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

Marian Burns sang our special number, "He was there all the time." Yes, waiting patiently for each of us to accept His love.

Thanks Marian, we need that love throughout our country today.

When you are all alone at home or wherever you have a quiet moment, you can reflect upon His love.

Brother Thomas then opened with, "You can see Christmas decorations everywhere and think of Jesus."

Brother Thomas refers to Gen. Chap. 11, telling us of one language in the world, the confusion of tongues, and the generations of Terah; the father of Abram. The people decided to build Babel and so the Lord scattered them.

Terah lived for 70 years and had three offspring, one being Abram, and he took Sarai as a wife and had no children.

Hereon Abram was called by the Lord with a promise of Christ. God also told Abram through a vision that he should leave his country into a land that God would lead him to, further that Abram would be blessed and his name would be great.

Abram then went along with Sarai, his wife, and he built an alter to God upon a mountain, overlooking the plain of Moreh. Abram journeyed to the land of Egypt. Pharaoh took a liking to Abram's wife. However, Abram had instructed his wife to say that she was his sister: Though Pharaoh had taken Sarai to his house, God had plagued Pharaoh's house that he called for Abram and confronted him that he should have told him of his wife instead of his sister.

Pharaoh sent Abram, his wife, and all with him to go thy way.

Abram repented and the Lord renewed His promise to him.

Now Gen. 13:15, "For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever."

Chap. 17, "Whereby Abram's name changed to Abraham, Sarai's name is changed and she is blessed with child, which was named by the Lord. He shalled be called Isaac and a covenant with him everlasting, and with his seed after him."

Abraham pleaded unto God for another son, Ishmael, by maid servant of his wife; whom had acknowledged for an heir, to bless him and the Lord him also.

Thus, the Lord made His covenant with Abraham and said, "He shalt be a father of many nations. A righteous man of two names had that faith and was justified."

At this time, may we add another name of a faithful servant of God: Dr. Billy Graham -- evangelist to the world. Billy as he would want you to call him, said that we could not have peace in the world unless we have peace in our hearts.

Millions have heard his messages of God's love for each of us and it is said that millions have changed their lives because of him.

A rebirth, if you will, for his uncompromising, life-changing messages of God's Word. He had held revivals in places such as New York City, where planned for a short time and stayed four months preaching nightly during that entire time, for God led him there and strengthened him for the task.

He preached all over the world in such places as Korea, China, Russia, Africa and many other places throughout the United States. Major cities where he preached continually past the allotted days.

He met with Presidents, Kings, Queens, Heads of State, famous people and ever displayed Love of God.

We say, "You are among His chosen apostles and as one of the greatest since Apostle Paul, bless you on this 94th birthday and may God allow you more."

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It is hard to believe that Christmas is less than a month away.

We want to send our prayers our to the Ooley family on the loss of Robert Ooley.

We also want to pray for those in our congregation who are having difficulties.

With Christmas right around the corner, we will be having special music each Sunday evening between now and then.

Board meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. We will be having our regular morning worship service on Dec. 23, and then our Christmas Eve candlelight service will be that evening at 6 p.m.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, what better time to start than at this time of year.

Come be with us to celebrate the birth of our Lord. We hope to see you soon.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Praise the Lord! We are just starting into the Christmas season.

How many times this past week did you wish someone Merry Christmas.

It is easy to get caught up into what a lot of people are saying (Happy Holidays), which I will agree, our holidays should be happy, but that is not the real meaning of Christmas: The birthday of Jesus, our King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

This week, we are going to talk about faith.

Our scripture is from Matthew 17:20-12: And Jesus said unto them, "because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21: Howbeit this kind goeth not but by prayer and fasting."

Notice what Jesus said how we can get this kind of faith, by prayer and fasting.

How long has it been since our churches have practiced having a time of prayer and fasting, asking God to increase our faith so we would once again see the Holy Spirit of God move among our people to get us stirred up and get us on fire for God? When we pray for more faith or patience, watch out because God will require us to go through something to try our commitment to Him.

We invite you out to the Otter Creek Church, where the Word of God and the message that Jesus saves is at the center of all our teachings and worship.

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

The church is located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

The church phone number is 446-5300. The parsonage phone number is 446-4007 and the pastor's cell phone number is 1-812-531-9347.

Special events for Otter Creek Church:

* Dec. 1, at 5 p.m., Church night out at Ryan's.

Come and worship with us and help us celebrate the most wonderful time of the year -- we call it Christmas.

Please remember our military people in your prayers and their families.

Until we meet again, either by way of this article or in person, may God richly bless each and everyone.

Peniel United Methodist Church

We invite everyone to celebrate this month of the birth of Jesus at Peniel United Methodist Church.

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

There will be communion served to those who wish to partake this Sunday.

The scripture this Sunday is from St. Luke 21:25-36.

Pastor Pippin's message is, "Jesus is coming! Be ready!"

The church has been decorated and the Christmas tree is up and loaded with decorations -- socks, mittens, hats, gloves and even coats for the school children in Clay County.

So many generous gifts including those from the local V.F.W. and the V.F.W. Auxiliary.

A hardy thank you to each and everyone.

Choir practice will be Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

Soups are on the list for the food pantry in Brazil, but any items you can spare will be appreciated.

Hope to see you there.

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

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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