Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Our Jan. 1, Mass on the Holy Day will be at 10 a.m.
Merry Christmas from Annunciation.
Peniel United Methodist Church
A brand new year in just a couple of days.
Winter has shown its face finally, but we have been so fortunate -- now we will start counting the days until spring.
This would be a good time for anyone reading this to begin the new year with a visit to Peniel United Methodist Church or if you already attend, invite a friend.
You will enjoy this church family.
Our scripture this Sunday will be from St. Luke 2:41-52.
Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "Jesus at Twelve."
There are many in the area with a need to stretch the food budget.
Whatever you can spare will be greatly appreciated.
Don't forget o save those box tops for the schools, also.
Our Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Tomorrow, Pastor Bob Kumpf will share a message he has titled, "Destined."
The scripture he is using is Luke 2:21-33.
Bob says, "We will study the story of Simeon and how God had called him to wait at the temple for the Messiah. It is a story of God's faithfulness in fulfilling His promises."
Do you realize God does keep all His promises?
Just not on our time schedule.
God has perfect timing.
His promises are fulfilled when everything is just as it should be.
Jesus' birth is the best example of this.
He had promised a Messiah hundreds of years before the promise was fulfilled.
But, He waited until the time was right to make it happen.
It's all about trust.
Do we have faith that God will do what He promises?
When the time is right.
Join us at Center Point tomorrow for more on God's faithfulness.
Worship services begin at 10:30 a.m.
You are welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., also.
Eastside Christian Church
We at Eastside Christian Church hope you had a great Christmas.
If you were not able to attend our candlelight service last Sunday evening, you missed out on a wonderful service.
It was a blessing to be in attendance.
This will be my last article for 2012, and this Sunday will be your last opportunity to be with us this year.
If you aren't able to be with us tomorrow, how about making a new year's resolution to be with us the first Sunday of 2013?
The time is going by very quickly and Jesus will be coming back soon, so there is no better time than now to come and be a part of His family.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Until next time, have a happy and safe new year.
Carbon Baptist Church
The Carbon Baptist Church congregation has experienced the many blessings of the Christmas season. The different times of fellowship encourage us and we always learn more from the Scriptures.
Luke 2:10b says, "For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." The birth of Jesus was the wonder of grace with His birth on one hand and the cross in the other. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come," (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Many people wanted a white Christmas and the snow arrived in full force Christmas night along with wind, creating blizzard conditions. Many Wednesday night services were cancelled, but we will resume on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, from 7-8 p.m. The study is in the book of Mark.
An important date to mark on your calendar is Tuesday, Jan. 8, for our first quarterly business meeting starting at 7 p.m. Let's gather together to know the business of the Lord's church and seek His guidance for 2013.
Plans are in the making for our monthly pitch-in after the worship and praise service Sunday, Jan. 13. The menu will be announced later.
The food pantry ministry committee will inform us about needed donations during the month of January.
2012 is nearly over and we are all thinking and making resolutions for the new year. What are the priorities in our lives? The new year gives us an opportunity to make better decisions and realize what really is the most important things in life. The top of our list should be walking hand in hand with the Lord each day.
The Scriptures tell us to gather together with believers and the CBC congregation invites you to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and the worship service at 10:30 a.m., each Sunday morning.
Pastor Barry Corder will bring the message from Luke 2:21-35 Sunday morning. If you have any concerns or questions, call the church office at 442-7729 or the pastor's cell phone at 812-239-7050. Contact Judy Randall at the church office phone or 448-3454 for prayer needs.
We're looking forward to sharing the CBC news in 2013. Remember the best resolution we can make is taken from Joshua 24:15b, "Choose you this day whom ye will serve; as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Happy New Year!
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-a-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Road.
We are the brick church on the top of the hill.
Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m.
Worship service and Children's Church 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 may be reached at 812-241-3036 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Otter Creek Christian Church
Happy New Year from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
It is hard to believe Tuesday is the first day of 2013. Time goes so fast that we sometimes lose focus of what God really wants us to do with our lives. Serving our Lord and Savior Jesus should be the number one priority in our lives.
We would like to invite you out to the Otter Creek Church. Our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Sunday school and 10:40 a.m., for worship. We have a women's Bible study at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at the home of Mary Lou Farris. You can contact the church by calling 446-5300. Leave a message or call Pastor Steve at 446-4007 or on his cell phone after 4 p.m., at 531-9347. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 'like' us on Facebook.
Special happenings at Otter Creek include a soup/fellowship supper on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m. This is a pitch-in dinner.
What are you going to be seeking from Jesus in the year 2013? This is a question that only you can answer. Jesus has many followers but when it comes to giving up something for Him, many people turn away and go back home, never to follow Him again.
When Jesus walked this Earth, a vast multitude followed Him. They came for all sorts of reasons---- some noble, some selfish. The same is true today. It's important we understand what motivates people to come to Christ, because not all who seek Him are really His followers. In fact, we need to analyze our own walk with the Lord. What do we want from Him? How committed are we to being His disciples?
Many of the people who followed Jesus did so because they had urgent needs that He alone could meet. Everywhere He went, the sick and demon-possessed were brought to Him. This is one of the ways that God draws us to Himself. Those who can solve all their own problems never need a Savior.
Other folks came for sensationalism. They wanted to see the signs and miracles and feel a thrill of excitement. Today, some people come to church or conferences to get pumped up, but valleys always follow mountaintop experiences. When hardships or challenges come, such people are quick to abandon the Lord.
But Jesus' disciples followed Him because they genuinely believed He was the Messiah, the very Son of God (Matthew 16:16). Their commitment went beyond emotions or needs. They wanted to know Christ and walk closely with him.
Are you more interested in what Jesus can do for you than in just being with Him? Do you find it hard to stay committed without an emotional experience to sustain you? Our physical and emotional needs can draw us to the Lord, but they should never be the foundation for our walk with Him.
Bethel United Methodist Church
Well, Christmas is over. Now, for the wonderful weather God has given us. It was a particularly different Christmas for our household as we are trying to live within our means and not live like the Joneses. We have downsized a bit and that is a big change for all of us. But, with prayer and guidance from above, we made it, and everyone was happy. The thing is, we have to continue to live this way forever.
As we prepare for the coming new year, I think of change. Everyone needs to think of how they can change, make things better and live better loving God. This is a new year with new beginnings. Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free," (John 8:31-32).
As you start your new year with whatever changes you may have or need in your life in order to be happy, remember this, "Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will open to you," (Matthew 7:7).
Bethel United Methodist Church and Rev. Ernie Rush would like to invite anyone of all ages to join us on Sunday mornings.
Our 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 located at 129 Park Place Drive, 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, and
* The United Methodist women will meet the second Sunday of each month. We would love for you to join us.
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. Keep that in mind as you are with your families.
Happy New Year. I hope you have a blessed one.
Do good, do no harm and stay in love with God.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with the comment that we should treat every day looking for Christ's return as children look forward to Christmas. He then led in prayer again calling on God to bless those in Newtown as they mourn their loved ones.
The service was turned over to Scott Burns who led the congregational singing one song I love and one we don't hear too often, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." Brother Thomas then called for offerings and led the doxology. He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer and prayed for each as well as for the shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military and emergency personnel in harm's way. I've noticed EMS servants may carry weapons now, and I pray they never have to use them.
We were surprised with a group of little ones led by Stacy Dickison and Rose Miller bringing us a treat with chiming bells accompanying a Christmas carol. We appreciated their efforts by giving them a big applause.
Travis Terril sang the special song, "O Night Divine," which, while listening to the words sung in his baritone voice, makes you want to hear more. Well done, Travis.
Pastor Thomas then opened with the words of an old favorite, "Just as I am." No, he didn't sing it, but reminded each of us that God gave the greatest gift and that we should be looking for the coming again of Jesus. The wise men had it right when they greeted the babe in the manger, bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh, three of the most valued items in that day. Frankincense was used as a sacrificial fumigation and would burn for a long time and was a symbol of deity. Myrrh was used for anointing and embalming. The gift of gold was for birth and myrrh for death.
God gave us the greatest gift, the perfect gift if you will. You have everything if you have Him in your heart. If not, then you have nothing. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent his son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." We cannot make it plainer than that.
If you don't have Jesus when you die, you just die. I've seen many people on their deathbed die with Jesus in their hearts, and they have died, or should I say, passed on Heaven-bound. I've unfortunately seen others just die without Jesus in their hearts. You cannot go to Heaven by only good works, nor with all the riches you've accumulated. You cannot take those with you.
We have read from Genesis to Revelation of the good and the bad, and the many that Christ has forgiven and taken back for the price their paid for redemption by repenting of their sins. Now as we come to a new year, let us think on these things. Are we ready for Jesus? He is ready for us. Are there some things that have hindered you? God already knows your heart. Will you know at His door and enter in? He is waiting. Don't put it off, as never is a long time.
Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., morning worship is at 10:30 a.m., and evening service is at 6 p.m.
We are friendly people, and all are welcome. Come visit us.
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.