Today, Saturday, Jan.5, at 10:30 a.m., some of our parishioners will be taking down our nativity scene in the park. Only three individuals are helping with the project, and they are looking for additional assistance. If you're able to help them, please meet them at the nativity scene in the park this morning. Thank you!
Also, this morning from 9-11 a.m., at the church we will be having our first Saturday adoration and confession service. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for private prayer, and Father will be in the confessional from 9-11 a.m., to hear confessions. Our service will conclude at 11 a.m., with Benediction. Please know that all are welcome!
We will resume our daily Mass schedule this week: Monday night at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 9 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., in Latin, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday at 9 a.m.
Next Sunday, Jan. 13, any youth from our parish who are interested in traveling to Indianapolis for an Indianapolis Ice hockey game please contact the parish office and pick up a form. The tickets are discounted for church youth for this particular game. It promises to be a fun evening and a fun trip!
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m., our parish council will be meeting to discuss hopes and desires for a new parish website. If you have any comments, suggestions or things you would like to see as a part of the new parish website, please let father or a member of the parish council know.
Next Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8:30 a.m., we will have a parish work morning on the third floor of our parish center. There will be lots of good food and fellowship throughout the morning, so if you are free, we would love to have your help. Hope to see you on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.
May you have a blessed new year!
Bee Ridge Church
Bee Ridge Church is located one-and-half miles north on Kennedy Crossing Rd. We are the brick church at the top of the hill. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Worship service and children's church begins at 10:30 a.m. Our church congregation is growing, and we welcome new members or visitors any time. Come join us for worship. Jeff Bridgewater is our pastor, and he can be reached at 241-3036 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We 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 U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of Indiana 59 on Rio Grande Rd. 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 for all ages, 10:30 a.m., morning worship, children's church, Judy Ferry and Vicky Trusler, 5:00 p.m., AWANA,
* Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer/study, and
* Thursday: 10 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.
From Brad: The contestants for the first episode of the game show Will It Float were Trey Eldridge, Avrie Emmert and Jessamyn Kaelber all met the challenge.
In Sparks, Silas Emmert, Jaiden Lutes and Avrie Emmert were presented with a red jewel. Addyson White and Evie Lutes were presented with a green jewel. Addyson White also received her third book.
The Cubbies will be in the third week of their four-week challenge this Sunday.
Recent contestants on America's favorite game show Prize, Pop or Pow were Ellie Emmert, Jeessamyn Kaelber, Silas Emmert, Avrie Emmert and Evelyn Emmert.
In the month of January, we will begin working on our cars for the AWANA Grand Prix. The race will take place in March.
On Jan. 20, at 6 p.m., Extreme Entertainment with Travis Sims will be performing his magic act. Extreme Entertainment's slogan is "God does miracles, we do illusions."
I will start 30 Days of Prayer today. If you would like to read along, here are the first seven:
* Day One ---- Genesis18:16-33,
* Day Two ---- Genesis 24:12-27,
* Day Three ---- Exodus 15:1-18,
* Day Four ---- Deuteronomy 3:23-29,
* Day Five ---- Judges 5:1-18,
* Day Six ---- 1 Samuel 2:1-10, and
* Day Seven ---- 2 Samuel 7:18-29.
I will give you the next seven next week.
I don't make resolutions for the new year, but I do like to set goals. This year my goal is to be more helpful, be more patient, to acknowledge that there are no problems, only opportunities, to think and work differently and to keep a blessing journal so that I may record each day what I believe my blessings are.
I believe I need to look at what I have been blessed with and be aware of those blessings so I may help others. I believe the closer I walk with God, the better I can lead someone to Him.
On Jan. 10, our ladies Bible study group will pick back up and that is a true blessing. Please come join our group and discover how much fun it can be to learn about God!
Bethel United Methodist Church
The new year has arrived. I hope everyone is ready to start new and fresh. You all have probably started your resolutions and goals. If not, please sit down and write down all your goals, big and small. We accomplish more if we write our goals down.
So ask yourself, what shall we do this year? Some people read, listen to motivational speeches or read how-to books. What if we should turn the pages of the greatest motivational book ever: The Bible.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future,'" (Jeremiah 29:11).
Wow. God has a plan for us. So why is it hard for us to act upon this book? We are all guilty, but this year, let's plan to act.
"No one can go back and start a new beginning, but one can start today and make a new ending." (Author unknown).
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 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 at 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, 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 inbetween.
Do good, do no harm and stay in love with God.
Carbon Baptist Church
The CBC congregation welcomes 2013. We're looking forward to what God has in store for His church. The scripture affirms in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you."
This new year is a great time to join us in worship and praise and learn more about the scriptures.
A new, "Sharpening Iron" men's Bible journaling study begins on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., led by Pastor Barry Corder. Men from the congregation and community are invited to attend. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Barry Corder at 238-7050.
Sunday happenings start with classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Meet and greet time is from 10:15-10:30 a.m., followed by the church services. A nursery is available for children ages 0-2, and junior church is offered for pre-K through fifth-grade during the morning worship.
This Sunday morning will be our communion time with our deacons serving everyone. Communion time is very special as we partake the bread and juice representing the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins.
The first quarterly business meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday night Bible study in the book of Mark takes places from 7-8 p.m. Mark starts out with an account of, "the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God."
The item for the food pantry donations during the month of January is laundry detergent. You may put it in the big, gray barrel in the Fellowship Hall.
The second Sunday pitch-in will be on Jan. 13, after the church service with soup, sandwiches and desserts on the menu. Mark on the sign-up list in the foyer what you wish to bring.
Men's prayer breakfast will be on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at 8 a.m.
The church office phone number is 812-442-7729 if you have any questions or concerns.
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which ye are called in one body: and be ye thankful," Colossians 3:15. The heart of prayer is prayer from the heart!
Carbon United Methodist Church
It is the beginning of a new year, not only for each of us, but for our church as well.
There have been several changes made in the placement of our ministers in the area.
Our current minister will be transferring to Breden United Methodist Church in Terre Haute.
Our former minister, Rick Pressell, will be coming back to us.
We are sad to see Greg Puttmann leave, but we are happy to have Rick returning to us.
We will soon be having a planning meeting for the year once Rick gets settled into his new schedule, and there will be a board meeting Jan. 15.
Come help us welcome Rick and Cindy back this Sunday.
As of now, the worship time is still at 9:30 a.m.
It may be changed if this time does not work out, but be there by 9:30 a.m.
See you there.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Spring is just around the corner!
Well, it is.
Of course, it may take a bit longer to get to that corner before we turn it.
I can't help it.
Since the new year started, I have been thinking about spring and the many events "blooming" there.
Although it isn't quite spring on the first week of March, I'm thinking of our annual mission event.
We will have entertainment, a pie auction and a chili supper the first Sunday in March.
Next, Easter will be coming up! Then, graduations!
There are many things to cause excitement in our lives.
Pastor Bob Kumpf is already thinking of excitement.
Here's some comments he made this week: "Happy New Year! Hope everyone is excited about the possibilities God has before us in 2013.
"As a matter of fact, that is what we will be talking about this Sunday in our message. 'Let's Get Excited!' The scripture is from Luke 2:8-16, where the angel of the Lord came to the shepherds and told them of the birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem.
"Can you imagine ... the Lord of all glory bringing the first message of the birth of the Savior to a group of foul, smelly shepherds out in a field somewhere? Why them?
"I think there are several reasons, but the two things that stand out to me are that they were just common people, doing what they had to do (like it or not), to take care of providing for their families. And, just as importantly, they were people that God knew would do something when they heard this good news!
"I think that is why the angel told them, 'You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' (Luke 2:12) There was no, 'if you look for him,' or 'if you happen to pass through Bethlehem.' God knew their need for hope and restoration. God knew they would be excited about seeking out this child for themselves and then sharing the good news with others! Had it not been for their excitement and sharing ... we would not be here today!"
Join us tomorrow if you want some help "getting excited" about Jesus.
Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship service beginning at 10:30.
Come hear the good news!
Then, as the shepherds did, go tell it to someone else.
You will be blessed and you will be a blessing.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened with thanks to everyone for coming out today as we had hazardous driving conditions and everyone should be careful driving.
He led in prayer praising and thanking God for our safety and blessings on the service.
Scott Burns then led the congregational singing of "Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone," and "Near the Cross."
An old song well loved by many of our people. "Free to all and I'll watch and wait."
This reminds me of a postcard I received in 1950: "We've known so much happiness. We've had our cup of joy and memory is one gift of God, that death cannot destroy."
The card is yellow with age and I've kept it all these years.
Pastor called for offerings at this time after which he led the doxology.
He then asked for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer leading with prayer for each and also for our shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harms way.
The special number was sung by Sandy Jenkins, "The Greatest Gift of All," which was well received.
Brother Thomas then asked everyone to open their Bibles to Psalm 24:1-4, "The Earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods."
Verse 4 tells us that those who may ascend to the Lord or who may stand in His holy place, "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."
This means that all who receive the blessing from the Lord shall be citizens of His spiritual kingdom. Not all people have God in their heart as man was born with the seed of Adam; so many are not right in the sight of God.
Some try hard, but when the heart is not right, they fall short. We see in Ezekiel 333 where the word of the Lord spoke through Ezekiel telling the people who have sinned, that should they repent and be baptized would be saved. But that they should not look to themselves as righteous, but look to God.
To the wicked, thou shalt surely die if you do not turn from their wicked ways.
We have said before that good works will not get you to Heaven, nor riches buy into Heaven; however, the Lord doesn't say you cannot have riches -- it's what you do with and for God's kingdom and with others about you.
Things you do from the heart. Recall the man asking Jesus how he could be saved, and the reply by Jesus told him to sell everything and "follow me."
The rich man just couldn't part with his wealth, and so he was lost.
Jesus tells us that no man comes to God but by Me.
Psalm 51, verse 10, "Great in Me a clean heart, o God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Everything we read in Psalms reminds us to build our faith of resurrection, not on worldly power, but on God.
The pleasure of God is not in ceremonies, but in obedience.
Let us pray for remission of sins, and for repentance that we might have life everlasting.
Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30.
Evening worship is at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
First Baptist Church
The congregation of First Baptist Church extends an invitation to join us in worship.
Sunday school classes meet at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Communion service is observed on the first Sunday of each month.
AWANA will begin at 5:30 p.m. Children are invited to come and enjoy an evening of fun, food, music and learning.
Evening worship is at 6 p.m. On Wednesday at 12:15 p.m., plan to meet us at the YMCA for Bible study. The ROCK worship service is at 7 p.m., on Thursday.
If you are searching for a church home, please consider joining us at any of our worship opportunities this week.
First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St. The church pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church invites you to start the new year right and to be our guest this Sunday.
First Christian is located on the west edge of Brazil on United States 40.
Our sermon series for January is, "Why?"
Our blended music worship services are at 8:30 a.m., and 10:50 a.m.
Sunday school and Adult Bible Fellowship are at 9:40 a.m.
Our children and preschool have services at 9:30, and at 10:50 a.m.
Our teens meet at the Walnut Theater, 15 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
Our teen service, Reel Worship, is a contemporary worship service at 9:40 a.m., for 6-12 graders.
After the teen worship service, there are Bible Study Groups for middle school and high school at 10:50 a.m.
Otter Creek Christian Church
We would like to invite you and your family to join us for a unique worship experience at the Otter Creek Christian Church, located at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.
Our service times are as follows: Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. (classes for all ages), and our worship service is at 10:40.
We also have a ladies Bible study on Tuesday at 10 a.m., at the home of Mary Lou Farris.
You may contact the church by calling 446-5300 or call the church parsonage at 446-4007 to reach Pastor Steve.
If you are ever in need of prayer, please call 446-4007 or 1-812-531-9347.
The thought for this week comes from Galatians 6:9-10: "And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. (10) So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Now what are these verses telling us?
It seems to me to be pretty simple, follow the example of Jesus when he said, "Don't you know that I must be about my Father's business?"
Special happenings at OCCC:
* Soup/fellowship pitch-in supper at the church, Jan. 5, 6 p.m.,
* Men's Prayer Breakfast, Jan. 12, 8 a.m., and
* Soup/fellowship pitch-in supper Jan. 26, at 6 p.m.
So let us start out this new year doing God's business.
Remember to pray for our military men and women and their families and pray for the sick in our community.
Remember that Otter Creek Church is the little country church with a BIG heart for God.
May God richly bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Happy New Year to each and everyone!
Winter arrived in full force, along with some flu bugs that kept a lot of people down.
Hope everyone has recovered!
This Sunday, Communion will be given to all those who wish to partake.
Mark your calendar for the board meeting Jan. 10, at 7 p.m.
Our scripture this Sunday will be from St. John 1:10-18.
Pastor Pippin's message will be "Light in the Darkness!"
The food pantry in Brazil will be gratefully accepting all donations that you can spare.
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with church service at 10:45.
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.