Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Our Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:
* Dec. 24, 7 p.m., Dec. 24, midnight, and Dec. 25, 8:30 a.m. A special thanks to all of our musicians and organists who have prepared for our Christmas Masses.
Join us at 11:30 p.m., Dec 24, for a prayerful musical prelude to Midnight Mass.
Our prelude will feature both familiar carols for all to join in along with a few solo songs by Matt Latta from Vincennes University. It promises to be a blessed evening. All are welcome.
The only other Mass we will have Christmas week is a Mass at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 27.
Thank you so much to our Youth Group who wrapped the Angel Tree gifts this year. Thank you to everyone who bought gifts and food for our Angel Tree. Eighteen families had a nice Christmas thanks to all of you.
The Knights of Columbus and the Lady Knights would like to thank everyone for their support of the Gibault Tree. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Knights. May 2013 be a happy and great year for you all.
The ministry schedules for January are ready for pick up in the back of the church.
The office will be closed for the next two weeks, Dec. 24-Jan. 3.
Father will be in and out. You can call his cell phone if you need anything. Have a Merry Christmas.
The Indianapolis Ice IHL Hockey Team will be having a Faith and Family night Jan. 13. The event begins at 3 p.m., and tickets will be either $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 at 448-1901 if you are interested.
Sacred Heart will not be having 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.
"The Christmas message is not that peace will come automatically, because Christ is born in Bethlehem; that birth in Bethlehem was the prelude to His birth in our hearts by grace and faith and love. Peace belongs only to those who will to have it. If there is no peace in the world today, it is not because Christ did not come it is because we did not let Him in," Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
A blessed and merry Christmas to you and your family.
Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
Good morning to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church.
We are located two miles north on United States 40 on Knightsville Road, or two miles east on 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, 10 a.m., morning worship.
From the Pastor:
No Sunday school this week. Morning worship starts at 10 a.m. The choir and youth will be presenting their programs. No evening service this week.
Christmas Eve Communion Service is at 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 which will be used for various mission projects.
Since the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I cannot stop wanting to hug my grandchildren who live close and worry about the ones who live in other states.
I hurt for all those who died that day.
Out of respect for them, my story will simply be hug your child. Tell them you love them and let them see that love. May God bless all.
Luke 12:32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. (33) Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in Heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. (34) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Eastside Christian Church
We at Eastside Christian Church would like to invite you to our Christmas Candlelight Service tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.
And, if you do not attend church anywhere else, come be with us tomorrow morning.
There is no better place to be at Christmastime than in church, for Jesus is the "reason for the season."
Let us remember those who were affected by the recent tragedy in Newtown in our prayers.
But we can also rejoice for them that they are in Heaven for Christmas.
And let us fervently pray for the ones left behind.
God is so close. We just need to reach out to Him, instead of pushing Him back.
We also want to remember those in our congregation who are having difficulties or are away at this time.
We wish them well.
We would like to see you tomorrow, but if we do not, we want to extend our wishes for you to have a merry Christmas.
Carbon Baptist Church
The last weekend before Christmas day is now here.
All kinds of preparations are being made with baked cookies, making candy, sending cards, cooking food and wrapping gifts.
But the greatest gift and greatest love is Jesus.
I John 4:9 says, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him."
The Christmas Cantata presented last Sunday during the worship service was wonderful and all of us appreciated those who participated.
The music was beautiful.
Sunday morning will begin at 9 a.m., with donuts, milk and coffee until the 9:30 a.m., classes for all ages.
Come and join in this time of learning and fellowship.
Pastor Barry Corder will bring the message, "Jesus Birth at Bethlehem," taken from the book of Luke, chapter 2, at the 10:30 a.m., worship service.
Another event during worship and praise time will be the lighting of the purple candle of the Advent wreath, which represents love.
The community and congregation are invited to attend Christmas Eve services Monday, at 9 p.m., which will be a time of reflection and joy.
Wednesday Night Bible Study begins a new series of lessons in the book of Mark.
The early testimony of the church is that John Mark was responsible for its writing.
He grew up as a youth in Jerusalem and was among the first generation Christians.
Mark was associated with Peter and did his writings in Rome.
Take time out on Wednesday night, from 7-8 p.m., to join in with us to learn more about Jesus.
Continue to pray for our community and country as much sadness and concerns surround us. The problem is evil and the answer is Jesus in our hearts.
If you have prayer concerns, you may call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or our pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050.
In closing, may your home be wrapped in the Savior's love, filled with peace and blessed with His presence.
Merry Christmas to one and all.
Bethel United Methodist Church
In this final week of the Advent, ask yourself, "How am I looking for Jesus this Christmas season?"
We send greeting cards at the holiday season every year, but do you know the first greeting came from an angel?
The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people." (Luke 2:10).
Dear Lord, help us rejoice to the world the good news of Your love. This will be the greatest news ever received.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen." (Revelations 22:21).
"Lo, the Christmas star shines brightly, guiding Kings through wind swept sands. Pressing by purpose, they seek Jesus in the dark and hostile lands. Spurred by faith and trust they follow one bright ray from heaven above, searching for a Child to teach them covenants of peace and love. At their journey's end, they find Him lying in the manger's straw, held by Mary, watched by Joseph, as the shepards kneel in awe. Ah, what love pervades that stable as the kings behold the Child! King of Kings, Prince of Peace, He lies there sleeping undefiled. May we all, just like the Magi, find the Christ Child in our hearts as we celebrate this season, remembering where Christmas starts."
Written by Polly Thornton, Salesian Inspirational Books, 1998.
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 446-1566.
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 Bible Study at the Cowell's will resume Jan. 29,
* The United Methodist Men's Breakfast will 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
* Tomorrow, 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.
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 them.
So, keep that in mind as you are with your families.
May you all have a very blessed and merry Christmas.
Do good. Do no harm. Stay in love with God.
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
Look what's happening at Bee Ridge:
* Sunday, Dec. 23 -- Join us for a special "Christmas Cantata," during our morning worship service, with cake and punch after, and
* Monday, Dec. 24 -- Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. We hope you will join us.
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road.
We are the brick church on the top of the hill.
Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m.
Worship service and Children's Church 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 email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
First Baptist Church
In a few more days, Christmas will be here. It'stime to put aside the shopping, wrapping and stress associated with the preparations for the season.
Take time to remember and be thankful for the greatest gift of all -- Luke 2:11 "For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
The congregation of First Baptist Church, 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil, invites you to join us this Sunday.
Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30.
The call to worship by the choir will be "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."
The choir, under the direction of Shirley Hinton, will also have special music, "This Holy Night/O' Holy Night."
There will also be another special event taking place this Sunday.
Pastor Mark will be baptizing several new believers. That is always a blessing for all to see.
Christmas Eve services will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Remember, if you don't have Christmas in your heart, you won't find it under the tree.
May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you and your family.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
You are all invited to come and worship with us this Sunday at 10:40 a.m.
There will be ministering that will bring the real meaning of Christmas to each and every heart.
Our normal service times are as follows: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship at 10:40.
We have a Tuesday Women's Bible Study at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris.
You may contact Pastor Steve by calling the church at 446-5300 (leave a message) at home at 446-4007, or cell at 812-531-9346. You may also contact Pastor Steve by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Facebook at facebook/stephenbrattain or Otter Creek Christian Church.
Well, the Christmas rush is here.
There are plans to make, gifts to buy, and parties to attend.
Sometimes, these activities leave us exhausted and cranky -- instead of peace and joy, we may feel inner churning because there's too much to do.
Or perhaps this time of year brings nothing but sad memories and loneliness.
Unrealistic expectations and conflicts with loved ones often leave us depressed and discouraged.
How can Jesus be our Prince of Peace when our expectations and traditions fight against the tranquility we desire?
To understand why Jesus was given this title, we must first understand what it means.
First of all, God's Son did not come to do away with all conflicts -- not yet, anyway.
One day, He will return to earth and rule as King in an environment of external harmony, but that was not the purpose of His first coming. So while we're on earth, we'll have trouble (John 16:33).
When Christ left heaven to become a human baby, His goal was to bring us peace with God by reconciling us to the Father.
His death on the cross paid our sin debt in full, and our relationship with God is restored.
Now, he offers us divine peace -- an inner serenity that fills our hearts and minds no matter what is going on in our circumstances.
Is your life characterized by a quiet assurance that guards your heart and mind all day long (Phil. 4:6-7), or have stressful circumstances left you feeling depressed or agitated?
Try setting aside time each day to fix your eyes upon Jesus.
Then, let Him heal your heart and calm your spirit.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Our doors are open to all to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Tomorrow, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., will be the Christmas program.
Everyone enjoys the Christmas music and there are always some treats for the little ones.
There will be Family Communion between 3-5 p.m., Dec. 24.
Laundry and dish detergents are on the list for the Brazil Food Pantry, but all donations are gratefully accepted.
Pastor Pippin's message will be, "Mary's song!"
Our scripture is from St. Luke 1:46-55.
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church services following at 10:45.
Hope to see you then.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Are you ready for Christmas?
Well, ready or not, here it comes.
That's been my attitude toward Christmas the last few years.
I have tried not to be concerned about all the "trimmings."
If I remember the focus is on Jesus and His birth and the reason for His coming, I count it a successful season.
That kind of attitude keeps me from getting "frantic."
I don't have to worry if I have just the right present for everyone, the right foods prepared, the right decorations up, etc.
Have you listened to the "new" Christmas songs? I have been listening to WBGL and there are many new songs that are fast becoming favorites of mine. They help me keep my focus on Jesus.
Pastor Bob Kumpf reminds us to keep our eyes on the important things. He wishes all a Merry Christmas and said, "I know that everyone is really busy during this time, but I hope that we will calm our spirits enough to allow the real meaning of the Advent message to take root.
"Although God's grace and faithfulness is abundant throughout the year, we are reminded of new hope and promise as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child and look forward to the promise of The Second Coming. In addition, we are aware of the presence of the Lord with us right now, as we go through the joys and sorrows, trials and victories of our everyday lives. Christ is present with us and I think that we need to remember the 'mystery' of His spirit living within us as we celebrate His birth and look forward to His return 'in great power and glory.'"
One of the things I really enjoy during the Christmas season is the Christmas program at church.
Tomorrow, Center Point will present its program during the worship service. You are welcome to join us as we present this "offering" to God.
Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., and then worship service begins at 10:30.
Come join us in our celebration of Jesus -- the real "Reason for the Season."
You will be blessed.
First Christian Church of Brazil
We would like to invite you to First Christian Church for an inspirational Christmas Sunday.
First Christian Church is on United States 40 on the west edge of Brazil.
Christmas Sunday's service will be at 10:50 a.m. This will be a family worship event where all ages will worship together.
The services will feature Christmas music and the sermon will be, "The Birth of a Baby Changes the World."
Prior to the worship service at 9:40 a.m., a special Children's Christmas Musical, "Arrest These Merry Gentlemen," will remind us all of the first Christmas and entertain you and make you laugh.
We also want to invite you to our Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 24.
The Christmas Eve Worship Service will be a brief time of worship and devotion to remember and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The devotional thought will be, "Wise Men Still Worship Him."
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with greetings to all asking them to join in, "Oh How I Love Jesus," because He first loved me.
Brother Thomas said there wasn't much joy today and that we should have a moment of silence in memory of loved ones and the little ones called unto God's arms. Then Brother Thomas led the congregation in prayer of praise and thanks to God, asking for comfort for those left behind in Newtown, Ct. Scott Burns then led the congregational singing with the most loved Christmas song, "Silent Night."
Pastor then called for offerings and led the doxology. Debbie Megenhardt sang the special number, "Silent Night" along with a short film and "hand reading." The congregation enjoyed her presentation.
Pastor then announced Ron Morris was having a difficult time and was sent to the hospital in Indianapolis. Lilly Fisher will have a birthday (in the hospital in Indianapolis) and cards would be appreciated. Pastor asked for spoken/unspoken prayer requests, and then prayed for each, as well as our shut-ins, nursing home residents, others hospitalized, our military in harms way and all in Newtown, Ct. Pastor opened his sermon with this statement, "Let your children know that you love them." Use every opportunity to tell them, talk to them and listen to them daily to know their concerns.
Speaking of the song that Debbie sang and thinking about Luke 2:8-18, we know that the shepherds had heard and seen an angel of the Lord whom told them while the glory of the Lord shown around them that a Savior was born this day, which is Christ the Lord, born in the city of David. They were sorely afraid, but when the angel had departed, they wanted to go and look for themselves. Finding that which was told to them, they spread the word that was told to them concerning the child. The shepherds went looking and found what they had been told. Are you like the shepherds? Have you been looking? Have you found Him? Do you really believe? If so, have you been living it and do your actions show it as they should?
The Father sent Jesus, His Son, down from Heaven to be in human form, to live and die for each of our sins -- so that we could be redeemed through repentance that we could be born again.
This morning, as any other morning, have you spread the good news about Jesus or has your light got dim that others cannot see the path? The brighter our light shines, the darkness of the world disappears. Don't take things for granted. Wash me and I'll be white as snow. Let the Lord have His way with you.
Come visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30. Evening service is at 6 p.m. We welcome young and old.
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.