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Church News

Friday, December 14, 2012

Carbon Baptist Church

Christmas fills our hearts with love because God first loved us.

Do you notice the different expressions on the faces of shoppers during this time of year? Anxious? Stressful? Joyful?

I trust smiles and joy fills your face as we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

May the Spirit of Christmas touch your heart.

Speaking of you, the third candle of the Advent wreath (pink one) will be lit during the 10:30 a.m., worship service by some of our young people.

The Christmas program will be presented to the congregation Sunday morning under the direction of John Cox.

Everyone is excited and looking forward to the program.

Tomorrow morning, Dec. 16, all donations of mugs for hot cocoa and tins of popcorn are to be in the big gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday Night Bible Study of Jeremiah was wrapped up and a new series of lessons will begin next Wednesday night from 7-8 p.m.

Some very important lessons were learned by this study.

In difficult times, we need to hear and heed the word of God.

True patriots recognize that a nation's greatest problem isn't unemployment, inflation or lack of defense: It's sin and it's time for God's people to be decisive.

Christmas at the Barn will be hosted at the home of Charlie and Marvina Mullenix Friday evening, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.

After our time of sharing Christmas memories, stories and singing, all will go to the church fellowship hall for soup and sandwiches.

Many families in our congregation and community are in need of prayer.

If you have someone you wish to add to the church prayer chain or list, please call Judy Randall at the church office (442-7729) or 448-3454.

Pastor Barry Corder can be reached at 812-239-7050.

The hope and glory and eternal life is Christ's living within us.

Come and join us at CBC this week and experience the joy and love of Christmas.

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Today, from 9:30-11 a.m., we have our make-up training for anyone hoping to help distribute the Eucharist at mass.

There is a lot the church asks priests to cover with people hoping to help distribute, so please make it this morning if you can.

Please turn in all of your Angel tree gifts by Monday with the tag from the tree.

Thank you. We will also be giving them a food basket containing a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and sauce, hamburger, macaroni and cheese, canned veggies, soup and rice.

We have a lot of these things but can always use more.

This Monday, Dec. 17, we have our final "Chili and Church Documents" gathering.

They have really been a great experience for all involved.

During our final gathering we will be discussing the eighth chapter of Lumen Gentium, and the chapter topic is Our Blessed Mother.

Sacred Heart will not have the Mass Dec. 31, at 6:30 p.m., as listed in the Advent News.

Also, St. Paul's in Greencastle will not have their Mass Jan. 1, at 9 a.m.

We will be having the Latin Mass Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Then, our penance service will be at 7 p.m.

We will have several priests at our church to help hear confessions.

Come and get "spiritually washed up" for Christmas.

Next Saturday, Dec. 22, we will have a makeup training session for any young man interested in being an altar server at Mass. The training session starts at 9 a.m.

Indianapolis Ice Hockey will be having a Faith and Family night Jan. 13.

The event begins at 3 p.m., and tickets will either be $8 or $15 depending on how many we have in our group.

We plan on taking the youth and whoever wants to go.

It should be lots of fun. Please give Laura a call if you are interested at 448-1901.

Blessings to you and your loved ones this Advent season.

Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church

Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:

* Saturday, Dec. 15, 7-10 a.m., is our monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Please join us for breakfast, great food and fellowship,

* Sunday, Dec. 23, join us for a special "Christmas Cantata" during our morning worship service, and

* Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m.

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.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Only 10 days left until we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

We invite everyone to come to Peniel and remember what this holiday is really about.

This Sunday will be our time to get together for beverages and pastries, between Sunday school, which begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services, which start at 10:45.

The Co-Workers/Fidelis Class meeting will take place Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. Treat bags for the children and shut-I plates will be filled at that time.

Don't forget the Christmas Program Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., and Family Communion Dec. 24, between 3-5 p.m.

St. Luke 3:7-18 will be the scripture for this Sunday.

Pastor Pippin's message on this third day of Advent will be "Jesus and John."

The Brazil Food Pantry will be accepting all items that you wish to share.

They have so many needing food and personal items.

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

Center Point United Methodist Church

Just 10 days until Christmas.

For some of us, that means a very short time to prepare.

For others, it means a long time to wait.

Funny how our perspectives change with age.

I have found the way to "handle" Christmas is just the way God gives it to us: One day at a time.

I really enjoy the preparations, but I have to accept that not everything I would like to do, or have happen, is going to get done.

The past two Sundays, we have lit the Advent candles of hope and peace.

Tomorrow, we will light the candle of joy.

Isn't that what Christmas is all about?

The coming of Jesus, which brought hope, peace and joy into our lives.

Pastor Bob Kumpf has a message for us from Romans 3:22-24, titled, "Radical Love."

He says, "This week, we celebrate the joy of Christ in bringing the promise of eternal life through the grace and love of God the Father."

Bob continues his comments with, "Today, we share with Paul the understanding that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. And we come to welcome that real gift of Christmas in receiving the Christ child who was sent to be the sacrifice given for our salvation.

"To us, it is unfathomable the depth of love that the Creator of all things displays for His children. Born into original sin and continually falling short of what we were created to be, God loves us and has made eternal plans for us to dwell with Him and all the saints.

"He paid a debt He did not owe; I owed a debt I could not pay. I needed someone to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song: Amazing Grace! Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay. And it started on that Christmas Day!"

What a gift. Jesus has a gift for each of us. That gift is eternal life with God. But remember, a gift is not yours until you accept it.

Have you accepted Jesus' gift of eternal life?

It starts with forgiveness.

What a wonderful gift.

If you have not accepted His gift for you, don't wait.

Go to Jesus today.

You will be blessed.

Join us tomorrow for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship services start at 10:30. Come be a part of the Body of Christ.

Help us celebrate His coming.

Eastside Christian Church

We at Eastside Christian Church want to remind you of the reason for the season: The birth of Jesus.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the shopping and decorating that we forget what the real celebrating is all about.

Dave Henry will be with us tomorrow evening at 6 p.m., with music on his harp.

If you have never heard him play, you are in for quite a blessing.

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

And we also want to pray for our military men and women who will be away from their families at Christmas.

And be praying for our country and its leaders that they will make the right decisions for all citizens that they represent.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we would like to invite you to come be with us starting tomorrow.

We love praising our Lord.

We look forward to meeting you.

God loves you.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all, leading in prayer of praise and thanksgiving for this day and the privilege to attend our church together for worship.

Scott Burns then led the congregational singing. One song having the words, "Peace on Earth and Mercy Mild," rings strong in our hearts. But unattainable in the world at this time.

Brother Thomas then asked for offerings, following with the doxology.

Carol Vanatti sang our special number, "The Perfect Tree," a new one that I hadn't heard before. We don't hear many going into the woods to get their Christmas tree anymore as lots now post, "No Trespassing."

Pastor asked everyone if they had ever wondered what Heaven would be like and added that it would be wonderful to not have sickness or suffering, no crippled, blind or handicapped in any way.

You would recognize friends and family. No worries about wars, and everyone would be happy and not afraid.

For Jesus said Lev. 26:6, "And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: And I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land."

Be not afraid or have no fear.

When I was a child, we never locked our doors at night, but we sure do today. But we know that the Lord is our shield.

However, with Satan running loose -- we don't need to allow him to tempt some who don't know Jesus.

The Lord tells us to not have fear, to do the right thing, to say the right words and to not do anything wrong.

Looking back when Jesus traveled from village to village, he couldn't be everywhere at once, but He spoke truth with wisdom and He could only be at one place at one time.

Now our Lord can spiritually be everywhere at once and to fear not.

Psalm 115:11 tells us, "Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: He is their help and their shield."

Just as David met the giant of the Philistines, King Saul had offered armour and sword; however, David put them off and chose five smooth stones and being not afraid, came to meet the giant in the name of the Lord of hosts.

We are called to be a light, be not afraid, the salt of the earth.

If you have to tell someone that you are a Christian -- something is wrong that you have to be asked -- has your light dimmed or went out?

Romans 7:15 tells us that Paul had a problem. It says that he had a problem with himself. We all sometimes want to do things that are wrong and we know it.

It's called self-control.

(15) "For that which I do I allow not: For what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."

He had that problem with himself right from wrong.

Thus, we should remember to pray about our problems and follow the Lord, never give in nor give up. Don't be afraid to do the right thing.

Come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening services are at 6 p.m.

Brother Thomas and wife Beverly join our congregation in inviting each young and old to visit us.

We enjoyed having the Clay Community Choir last Sunday and welcome them back again.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.

Can you believe that we only have nine more days until Christmas?

How many people have told you Merry Christmas this week or how many people have you told Merry Christmas?

For without Christ, there would be no Christmas.

Jesus came into the world as a little baby to give the world a way to receive forgiveness of their sins and to assure them the presence of God was with them.

Have you been to a place in your life that you could not find or feel the presence of God?

I was reading a daily devotion from Chuck Swindoll this week and I would like to share it with you:

"In the book of Job, we read that Job struggles, finally admitting his frustration: He cannot find God. Ever been there? Of course. All of us have. There are days we search in vain for some visible evidence of the living God. I'm thinking, wouldn't it be great to wake up in the middle of a full-moon sky tonight, peek out my bedroom window, and see some skywriting, 'Dear Chuck, I hear you. I'm right here. I'm in charge. Love, God.' I would love for that to happen. I'd love to get into my pickup aftera tough day at the church, turn the radio on, and have God interrupt, saying 'Before you listen to this station, Chuck, I want to talk to you for a few minutes.' Let's face it, all of us would love to hear an audible voice or read a visible message from God. But that's not the way it works. Our walk with Him is a walk of faith, not sight."

Job is a great and godly man. He is a mature saint, no doubt about it. Nevertheless, he longs to witness God's presence. "Oh, that I could know where He is. But I cannot see Him, behold Him, or perceive Him."

Though unable to locate the presence of God, Job states his trust in Him: "Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, you can say whatever you wish against me. God knows which way I go. He knows the truth. He is my Justifier. He and I are on speaking terms. I trust Him. I believe in Him. Furthermore, after the trial is over, and He has accomplished His purpose within me, 'I shall come forth as gold.'"

You can count on that, my friend. When the trial has passed, you will be deeper and richer for it. Gold will replace alloy. I want you to allow those words to burn their way into your brain so deeply that they become like a divine filter for everything that happens in your life from this day forward. God knows which way you're going. And His Word will be a lamp for your path. (Psalm 119:105).

We would like to invite you out to Otter Creek Christian Church (6299 N. Crow St., Brazil).

Our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school, and 10:40 a.m., for worship.

We have a Tuesday Women's Bible Study at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris, but men are always welcome.

You may call the church at 446-5300 (leave a message), or call Pastor Steve at home at 446-4007 or on his cell at 812-531-9347, after 4 p.m.

E-mail brattss@nwcable.net or log on to Facebook at facebook/stephenbrattain or Otter Creek Christian Church.

Our Christmas service will be filled with great worship and special music.

Please come join us for this special time to celebrate the reason for the season: Jesus.

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 (Brad, Kim and Connor Hapenny)

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.

* Choir presenting cantata Dec. 23.

* Older youth program Dec. 23.

* Christmas Eve Service, 10 p.m.

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 Cubbies passed 16 sections in the first night of their challenge.

If they meet their four-week challenge, they will go to Bogeys and hit me in the face with a pie.

Brooklyn Eldridge was awarded a Hang Glider patch while Evie Lutes received a green jewel.

The AWANA store was last week and the kids were able to use their AWANA dollars they earned to buy Christmas presents for their family.

This week's contestants on America's favorite game show, "Prize, Pop or Pow," was Brianna Clifford, Evie Lutes, Ellie Emmert and Dylan McCullough.

From Pat:

Family Tradition: Loving each other and helping each other all year and not just at Christmas is my family's tradition.

Realizing that the joy of the season can last all year is the best tradition (or gift) ever. Giving of oneself and sharing what we have with others is what life is about.

Try it for one year and see how the joy of Christmas lasts all year.

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 days' blessings and prayers.

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

1 Corinthians 12:12: "The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. (13) For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink."

Bethel United Methodist Church

"The Miracle of Christmas."

"The miracle of Christmas, with the hope and joy it brings, is evidenced throughout the world as we welcome Christ the King.

With kind hearts overflowing and gifts for old and young, we're making cherished memories while Christmas carols are sung.

May Baby Jesus, garbed in love, enfold you in his care, and may goodwill and peace on earth by witnessed everywhere."

Catherine Janssen Irwin, Salesian Inspirational Books.

Ask yourself: How am I looking for Jesus this Christmas season?

"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life," -- John 8:12.

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. The Cowells would like to let you all know that the Bible study at their home will be on hiatus from now until Jan. 29, 2013,

* 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 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 Cluster will present a Christmas Play at Epworth United Methodist Church, United States 40 and Murphy Ave., Brazil, from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 16.

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. It if 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.

First Baptist Church

Last Sunday evening, the annual Christmas program took place at First Baptist Church.

The AWANA children, with the help of their leaders, presented the story of the birth of Jesus.

It was wonderful to see the children's enthusiasm and how much they have learned.

The adult choir also participated in the program by singing some beautiful Christmas songs.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, during the 10:30 a.m., service, the call to worship by the choir will be, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."

The choir, under the direction of Shirley Hinton, will also have special music, "Love Came Down at Christmas."

Following the morning worship, everyone is encouraged to stay for the annual Christmas Brunch, hosted by the Hospitality Committee.

Plan to attend and enjoy the food and fellowship.

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

Evening service is at 6 p.m., followed by choir practice.

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.

If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to join us at any of our worship opportunities.

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

Our church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

First Presbyterian Church

The days until Christmas will be busy ones at the First Presbyterian Church of Brazil.

This is the third Sunday of the Advent season and we will be lighting the third Advent candle, the only pink one that is designated as the "Candle of Joy" as it recalls the angels joyfully singing about the birth of Christ.

This Sunday, Dec. 16, the highlight of the Service of Divine Worship will be the cantata "A Night for Rejoicing," by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler.

The First United Methodist Church choir will be joining our Gallery Choir under the direction of Jerry Morgan.

Through music, narration and scripture, the cantata follows the age-old journey from the time when God's people rejoiced in hope as they heard the Old Testament prophets foretell the coming of the promised Messiah, to a day when a young woman from Nazareth rejoiced in the astonishing news brought to her by an angel, and finally to that star-filled night in Bethlehem when shepherds and angels proclaimed the news that has been cause for rejoicing around the world in the centuries since.

The cantata will also be presented at the First United Methodist Church earlier Sunday morning.

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

The Angel Tree project will conclude as everyone who has taken an "ornament" from the tree in the Narthex will bring their designated wrapped gifts today.

The Middle School and High School youth groups will be caroling at the Cloverleaf Healthcare Center in the afternoon.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Senior High Bible Study Group will meet at 7 p.m., in the boardroom.

Thursday, Dec. 20, the Advent Bible Study Group will meet at 7 p.m., in the boardroom.

Rev. Gary Scroggins and the entire congregation extend an invitation to all members of the community to join us for worship and fellowship.

For more information, contact the church office at 446-2415 or log on to www.brazilpresbyterian.org.

The church is located at 210 N. Walnut St., Brazil.

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.

Christian Women's Club

Christian's Women's Club of Terre Haute invites all to "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas," a luncheon scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18.

The event will take place at the MCL Meeting Room, located in Meadows Shopping Center, Terre Haute.

Cost is $4.

The special feature will be provided by Terre Haute resident Jane Dusanic.

Music will be provided by Cory's Leah Brown and the guest speaker will be Gayle Zinda, Stoughton, Wis.

Reservations are necessary by Friday, Dec. 14. Cancellations are essential by 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16.

For further information, call 812-2345-7388 or 812-235-4361.

In addition, a prayer connection event will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Goodwill Industries Meeting Room, located in Terre Haute.

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