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Church News

Friday, December 7, 2012

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.

First Christian Church Praise and Worship Center

Can you imagine a world without Christmas?

Our world wouldn't be the same without Christmas because that would mean we were without Christ.

In Frank Capra's Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," the main character, George Bailey, is given a rare opportunity -- the chance to see what the world would have been like if he had never been born.

He quickly learns that his life affected many people, and the world would have been a much different place without him.

Now imagine the same question about Jesus.

What if Jesus had never been born?

There was a time when all the world knew was a world without Christ -- a time when there was no Messiah, no joy and no peace.

Then, the moment came for God to speak -- the silence was shattered by the cry of a newborn child.

Come and celebrate the joy of that newborn child through this amazing Christmas worship experience.

Imagine the joy, imagine the worship, imagine the glory of His praise.

The event will be presented by the First Christian Church Praise and Worship Center Sunday, Dec. 16, at 9:40 a.m.

First Christian Church is located at 1875 W. United States 40, Brazil.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greeting to all and what makes a beautiful morning is that we have "the Son." He gives us an amazing glorious sunrise and a marvelous day, to come to the Lord's house and worship together.

Brother Thomas then gave the opening prayer. Scott Burns led the congregational singing: "O, come all ye faithful." Yes, the Lord we greet thee. If we could but have Christmas each day of the year and be Thankful for each day. Brother Thomas then asked for offering and followed with the doxology.

Peg Parksey then sang our special number: "O Holy Night." There is always a worshipful, thought provoking atmosphere as her singings brings us closer to God with each word of the song.

Brother Thomas then read a letter form our missionary Phyllis Newby in Haiti; telling us of the destruction of hurricane Sandy. With high water everywhere and roads still impassable. Crops ruined and shortage of food and supplies of all sorts.

A committee has set up a donations basket in the lobby where our people may give as they will for the immediate relief of some of the suffering there.

We do not take up special offerings, but provided from free will donations in our lobby.

Pastor says feeding them physically also feeds them spiritually. Praise the Lord that our people are cheerful givers.

Brother Thomas asked of spoken/unspoken request for prayer. He followed with prayer for each, and our shut-ins, hospitalized, nursing home residents and our military in harms way.

A short film was shown. "Song Fest" is about people spontaneously singing Christmas songs in a shopping mall and everyone stopping to join in songs of Praise. Wouldn't that be wonderful to happen in our larger shopping center for everyone to stop and sing the Lord's praise in Christmas song?

However, with many out of work, they are looking for ways out as they have no funds left.

Pastor Thomas tells others Exodus 14:14 that other had some of these same problems, "and it shall be when the son ask thee in time to come, saying what is this? That thou shalt say unto him, by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of bondage."

We all know what transpired after God took action for his people of faith.

People we must pray and have faith for even God's children failed at times. They spent 40 years traveling through the wilderness in obedience with God's dealing with them--to reach the promise land.

If you have that faith and pray, you too can overcome the obstacles, as God will see you through them.

Just as Job 3:17 tells us that God held back the Jordan river making a firm path that his chosen people could cross over to the other side. Passing over to the "land of milk and honey."

Paul said, I don't know what to do; stop and pray about it until you come to a decision as most times God will show you a way.

Have faith to let the Lord lead you in the right direction.

He works in mysterious ways. Romans 8:31-39 tells us nothing can separate us from God--nothing but "you."

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Pastor Ken and Beverly will greet you at the door, and the congregation will appreciate your visit with a handshake and warm greeting.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., morning worships at 10:30 a.m., and evening service is held at 6 p.m.

Carbon United Methodist Church

Have you ever heard the song by Bill Gaither's funny man Mark Lowery called, "Mary, Did You Know?"

If you haven't, look it up on the Internet or your cell phone.

I'll tell you right now, it isn't funny.

I was so surprised when I first heard it and found that he had written it.

It is truly beautiful and leaves you with a great sense of awe.

We are in the Advent Season now, the time to prepare for Christ's coming to us.

This year, let's really prepare for His coming.

Children are preparing for our Christmas Program.

I got a call the other day asking me if I still had all the old costumes for angels and shepherds and wise men, etc.

I do.

A good many of them were worn by my own children when they were small.

Those little costumes have been around for 50 years or so and they are still going strong.

Our "Mary" will be wearing a white robe that happens to have her father's name written on the inside of the neck.

He wore it when he was her size.

That should be special to her.

They will be practicing Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.

We will be preparing Cheer Plates this afternoon at 1 p.m., for shut-ins and folks who might need cheering up.

Our Christmas Program will be Sunday, Dec. 16, during our regular worship hour at 9:30 a.m.

Come join us for this special evening.

There will also be coffee and donuts at 9 a.m., before the service.

Perhaps that will inspire you to get up early enough to come to church.

We hope so.

See you then.

First Baptist Church

The congregation of First Baptist Church extends an invitation to you to come worship with us at 10:30 a.m., Sunday.

The call to worship by the choir, under the direction of Shirley Hinton, will be "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem."

The choir will also have as special music, "Calypso Lullaby."

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

AWANA and the Adult Choir will present a Christmas program at the 6 p.m., service Sunday evening.

AWANA will not meet Dec. 16, Dec. 23, and Dec. 30.

This week's schedule includes:

* 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

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

Our church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello again from Eastside Christian Church.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is almost here.

We had our first concert last Sunday evening with Ron Bridgewater.

P150 will be with us this Sunday evening at 6 p.m.

Dave Henry and his harp will present music the evening of Dec. 16.

Our annual candlelight service will be Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.

We hope you will be with us at all of these or at least part of them.

Christmas is the celebration of Jesus' birth, so what better place to do it than attending church?

We want you to come and celebrate with us.

It was good to see some in our service Sunday who hadn't been with us for awhile, and it is always good to see those who are faithful in coming every Sunday.

We also want to let those who are not able to attend due to health problems, that they are missed, and we hope to see them soon.

We want to welcome Mark into our congregation.

And we also want to extend our thanks to him for his help with Billy.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, what better time to start than coming to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We look forward to seeing you.

Bethel United Methodist Church

We are approaching Christmas.

It is just 17 days away.

As you look around, if you have in your heart to help someone, even if it is just a visit, donating, or if you can clothe a child or adopt a child for Christmas.

Help others who are struggling to be warm, or to put food on their table, or buy their children gifts.

Jesus told us not to worry about what we eat or wear, but it is easier not to worry when someone comes along and helps those struggling.

With God's guidance and help, we can help others live with fewer worries.

God's love is seen in our acts of kindness.

So, in this second week of Advent, remember that God is with us and guiding us.

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." -- 2 Corinthians 9:7.

I would like to share something I read in an inspirational book I have on Christmas.

"Christmas time is a time of caring and being with folks you love. Christmas is a time for sharing blessings sent from up above. Christmas is a time for giving to those who have some special need ... a time for trusting and forgiving -- a time for doing a worthwhile deed. Christmas is a time for music, for Christmas carols we love to sing, bringing peace, goodwill to men and praising Jesus, Lord and King." -- written by John and Edna Massimilla.

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,

* The United Methodist Men's Breakfast will meet the last Saturday of every month, and

* The United Methodist Women will meet the second Sunday of each month. That is Dec. 9, at 8:30 a.m. We would love for you to join us.

If you are wanting to see a live Christmas activity, here is an announcement for everyone. Please put this on your calendar: The North Clay United Methodist Church Cluster will present a Christmas Play at Epworth United Methodist Church, United States 40 and Murphy Ave., Brazil, Dec. 16, from 3-5 p.m. There will be a live outdoor play, carolers and refreshments. This is a group of nine churches, helping with this event. The event will take place snow or shine. If it rains, it will be canceled.

Sunday, Dec. 23, our wonderful Judy Clark will play Christmas music in the sanctuary from 9-10 a.m., before services. Please come listen. She does a great job. 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.

This is the time of year when we all need a little more prayer.

Some folks have no one and some have lost loved ones very near and dear to us.

So, keep that in mind as you are with your families.

Do good. Do no harm. Stay in love with God.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7-10 a.m., is our monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast. Please join us for breakfast, great food and fellowship.

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.

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 (Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney),

5 p.m. -- AWANA

* Wednesday

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Study

* Thursday

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

From the pastor

Children's Church Christmas Program during church this Sunday.

Christmas caroling Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., starting at Cloverleaf.

The choir will present its cantata Dec. 16.

Older youth program will take place Dec. 23.

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.

From Brad:

The Sparks completed their challenge of passing 65 section in four weeks and will be rewarded with a pizza party.

The Cubbies will be the next club challenged.

Jessamyn Kaelber was the Clubber of the Month for October and received a certificate and a Walmart gift card.

Jonathan Bradford won two passes to the Walnut Theater in "The Game With No Name" this week.

The AWANA store will be open this Sunday so the children can spend their AWANA dollars and buy Christmas presents for their family.

AWANA meets every Sunday evening from 5-6:45 p.m.

If you need more information about AWANA, call the church at 446-0531.

From Pat:

For a family tradition, one writes to me, "We start our Christmas Holiday the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Our family has a 'get-together lunch,' where we all bring food. After lunch, we start decorating the tree at whoever's house was the first and then we move to the next house and so on. We do this until everyone in our family has their tree decorated. As the family continues to grow, we have had to change a little. We now draw names and go in two groups. This keeps us together, and let's everyone share in the tradition. The next Sunday, we all meet at one house and draw names for gift giving, the catch is the gift must be homemade, not store-bought. I love this part. The handmade gifts are so special. In this 'wired' world, it has become a little easier to stay in touch, but our tradition of family keeps us together."

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

Send it to pmann228@hotmail.com.

The last day to receive will be Dec. 17, 2012.

This year is winding down and the new year will bring about changes. Let's make one of those changes a closer walk with God.

What better gift is there?

Let's keep God in every step of our life.

Start your day with prayer and give thanks for all the many blessings that God has given us.

End your day with thanks for the day's blessings and prayers.

Until next week, have a wonderful week and keep passing that smile!

2 Thessalonians 3:1 "Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance."

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.

Well, it is that time of year. It's Christmas.

How many people have you said Merry Christmas to in the past week?

And how have they responded?

Out of 10 people that I have said Merry Christmas to, about seven had said Merry Christmas back.

I feel so sorry for those who are just going to have "Happy Holidays."

They are going to lose out on the real reason for the season: His name is Jesus.

Now, how about your Christmas shopping?

How much money have you spent trying to make sure that everyone on your list has a very Merry Christmas?

It is not about the money. It is and always will be the birthday celebration of Jesus, Lord and Savior of the World.

I would like to focus our attention on some scripture, 1st Timothy 6:17-18, KJV 17: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate."

We are not to put our trust in the riches of this world, but in God. Money plays a huge role in our existence.

In fact, it's impossible to live without.

How would we purchase food, shelter and clothing?

The quest for wealth has dominated mankind's history.

Wars have been fought over it, lives have been ruined by it and people have died for lack of it.

To gain a proper perspective of money, Christians must understand what the Lord thinks about it.

God is the source. Everything originates from the Creator and, therefore, belongs to Him (Psalm 24:1).

This means we are merely stewards of the wealth He's entrusted to us. Even if we work for it, He's the one who has given us the opportunity and capabilities to earn it.

Instead of indulging our desires, we learn to seek His will and be content with what we have. In addition, the Lord uses money to train us to be generous and unselfish.

We invite you out to Otter Creek Christian Church as we celebrate this wonderful time of year.

Our services are as follows: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40.

We have Ladies Bible Study on Tuesdays, at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris.

If you need to call Pastor Steve, you can call 446-4007 or 812-531-9347 after 4 p.m. You can e-mail brattss@nwcable.net or like us at Facebook/stephenbrattain.

First Presbyterian Church

The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil is continuing in its preparation for Christmas during this season of Advent.

It is during this time that Christians worldwide anticipate and prepare for the miracle of Christmas.

This Sunday, the second Advent candle will be lighted by a family of the congregation.

This purple candle is called the "Candle of Preparation," reminding Christians to get ready to receive the birth of Jesus.

The highlight of this Sunday will be a gift from the children of our congregation -- the annual Children's Christmas Pageant.

The pageant, telling the story of the first Christmas and under the direction of Nancy Trout and Celeste Thomas, will be a part of the regular Service of Divine Worship, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., the Adult Bible Study class will meet in the boardroom.

The "Angel Tree" is set up in the Narthex, and everyone is invited to participate by taking a paper "ornament" off the tree, purchasing the item written on the "ornament" and return it, wrapped by Sunday, Dec. 16.

This year, we hope to help approximately 22 children.

Each child will receive a shirt/blouse, pants, shoes, socks and underwear as well as pajamas and a toy.

At 2:30 p.m., Sunday, there will be an all-church bowling party at Brazilian Lanes.

On Thursday, Dec. 13, the Advent Bible Study Group will meet at 7 p.m., in the boardroom.

The Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us during this Advent Season.

For more information, call the church office at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil. Our phone number is 446-2415.

Also, those interested may visit us online at brazilpresbyterian.org.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Listen to what Pastor Bob Kumpf shares this week:

"I hope that everything is going just right for you and that you are very excited about this Christmas season and all the possibilities that it holds for you. But I happen to know one young lady who really needs your prayers.

"She has been engaged for almost a year and is to be married in the spring. She has been so happy and full of enthusiasm about starting a new life with the man she loves and joining their families and friends as a community of hope and happiness. All of the plans have been set for 'the wedding of the century,' if you know what I mean. But just last week, she was told that she is pregnant. Her joy and thrill of the future has now been shaken and now her life is filled with the question of 'How?'

"How can she tell her fiance; her parents; her friends? How will she be able to explain what has happened and what will happen next? To top it off, she was told that this predicament was a gift from God and that she was 'highly favored.' Her life has taken a dramatic turn from 'perfect' to something else.

"OK, the story isn't about the girl down the street. It is about Mary, soon to be married to Joseph. The story, straight from Luke 1:26-34, is the subject of this Sunday's message, 'Giving Up on Perfection.'"

This is what I meant last week about listening to the familiar passages with 'fresh ears.' Although Mary gave her consent to carry Jesus in her body, she still had to face the consequences of her decision.

We have choices to make every day. Will we make the ones God suggests? If we make the right choice, we will be rewarded, as Mary was.

We may have our idea of what the 'perfect life' might be, but if we surrender our will to God, He will show us a better way.

Join us tomorrow for worship services at 10:30 a.m., and see what else Pastor Bob has to say on this subject.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

We are continuing to walk through this Advent season with a spirit of expectation and waiting, a task that is often difficult in the midst of commercialism and a seemingly ever-increasing desire for things.

Advent is God's gift to us. It is a season where we are invited to slow down and listen for His approach.

We continue to pray for the strength to accept this gift of silence and reflection and that we not get pulled into a spirit of frenetic hyperactivity.

Everyone is invited to the Jesse Tree Program. It is a telling of the history of the Bible and God's promise of the coming of Jesus done by our Religious Education classes.

It will be this Sunday after the 8:30 a.m., Mass.

The next Knights of Columbus meeting is Dec. 10, at 7:15 p.m.

Remember to bring your can goods. Remember to support both of the angel trees in the back of the church. We have a lot of children counting on us.

Sacred Heart will not have the Mass Dec. 31, at 6:30 p.m., as listed in the Advent News. St. Paul's in Greencastle will have their Mass Jan. 1, at 9 a.m.

Our food pantry here at Annunciation could use some spaghetti sauce.

Please remember our angel tree in the back of the church. We have 17 families. Just bring back your gifts by Dec. 17, unwrapped, with a tag from the tree. Thank you.

Next weekend is the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious Sisters and Religious Order Priests. Please share in their care and be as generous as possible.

They have given us so much. Now is the time for us to say thank you.

The makeup meeting for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be next Saturday, Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m., until 11 a.m. You must have attended one of these meetings or talked with Father to remain on the schedule.

We also hope to have some new people.

Our "Chili and Church Documents" series continues Monday at 6 p.m. Even if you haven't been able to attend yet, it will still be a very fruitful evening for you and your Catholic Faith.

Our celebration of the Mass in Latin Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m., continues to experience a large attendance and it continues to draw many new faces.

Please never let fear of the unknown or fear of not knowing what to do keep you from checking out this ancient form of celebrating the Mass.

Father Hollowell will work with anyone, at any time, on getting familiar with Mass and there are also lots of help videos Father has done that are available to watch and study online.

Please know that all are always welcome at any Mass.

Blessings to you and your family this Advent season.

Carbon Baptist Church

The celebration of the Christmas season began last Sunday morning with the lighting of the first Advent candle, the candle of Hope.

We have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us.

The scripture of Romans 15:12-13 tell us about hope.

This Sunday, the second purple candle that will be lit represents Preparation to get ready for the Savior's birth.

Plan to attend the Italian pitch-in immediately after the worship service Sunday.

Everyone enjoys the time of relaxation, great fellowship and delicious food.

Reminder for the congregation to bring in your donations of mugs for hot cocoa and tins of popcorn no later than Dec. 16. The donations will be given through the food pantry ministry.

The Bible study of Jeremiah will finish up next Wednesday night at 7-8 p.m. All of Jeremiah's prophecies were written about real men, women and children.

God sees what nations do and He rewards them justly.

Where does America stand?

Practice for the Christmas program will be Sunday evening from 7-8 p.m., and the congregation will enjoy the presentation during worship service Dec. 16.

The Kid's Club in Carbon will get together Friday, Dec. 14, at the Revelation Church (north of the post office). Our ladies ministries has a Christmas party planned for the children from 4-5 p.m. The children are encouraged to bring their parents and friends.

Pastor Barry Corder and CBC invites everyone to join us Sunday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages and the 10:30 a.m., worship and praise time.

If you need more information, feel free to call the church office at 442-7729, or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.

Luke 2:11 -- "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Let's gather together to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

First United Methodist Church

It is a joyful experience to see children's eyes light up as they open a present and find a great treasure of a gift.

I can remember waking up early on Christmas morning and trying to be quiet as we went down stairs to see what gifts there may be under the tree and in our stockings.

I remember only a few of the actual gifts, but there were traditional gifts that were there every year.

We would each get a big red apple, an orange and a tangerine in our stockings.

They were all parts of unforgettable Christmases.

But there were other Christmas experiences that I remember as well.

Our family was fairly musical, so we would gather around the old upright piano, mom would play and we would all sing familiar Christmas carols.

The church that we were involved in had choir cantatas and Christmas plays involving children, youth and adults.

Even as a child, I learned that many of the things that we did took a good bit of planning and preparation.

We had practices for plays and cantatas.

Pastors and Sunday school teachers read and taught about the birth of Jesus from Matthew and Luke in the Bible.

Mom spent hours in the kitchen making caramels, peanut brittle and divinity.

It was all part of making an unforgettable Christmas.

"Preparing for a Christmas You'll Never Regret," is our Christmas theme at Brazil First United Methodist Church.

Weekly themes like 'Breaking Christmas Chains Forged in Life," and "Celebrating a Christmas of Miracle Transformations," will lead us into having a Christmas with no regret.

Join us Sunday morning for a fun Children's presentation at 10 a.m.

Come as well for one of our worship experiences as we "reawaken the joy inherent in Christmas."

The first service starts at 9 a.m., with traditional carols.

Our second service starts at 11 a.m., with contemporary Christmas carols.

Prepare for a Christmas you'll never regret at Brazil First United Methodist Church, 201 N. Meridian St., Brazil, just a half-a-block south of Meridian Elementary School.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Peniel Church is in Christmas splendor to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Our weather has made it possible for all of us to do the same in our homes.

Our "Clothing Christmas Tree" is loaded with socks, hats, gloves, etc., to keep the little ones warm.

Practice is underway for the Christmas Program Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., in the church.

There will be Family Communion between 3-5 p.m., Dec. 24.

Our scripture for this Sunday is from St. Luke 2:8-20.

"Joy: For All People," will be Pastor Pippin's message.

Personal items are on the list for the food pantry, but any items you wish to give will be appreciated.

Join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45.

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

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