Thanks to all of our parishioners participating in our parish work day in our parish center this morning from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
This Sunday, Jan. 13, anyone interested in attending the Indianapolis Ice hockey game will need to meet at church at 1 p.m.
We will head to Indianapolis for the game and some dinner as well.
It should be a great afternoon in Indianapolis.
We currently have 32 going to the game, but all are welcome.
On Monday, Jan. 14, the Knights of Columbus will be meeting at our Kennedy Crossing Hall at 7:15 p.m. The Knights are always looking for more members.
If you are interested in joining the Knights, contact Mike Robinson.
Anyone working with young people in our parish need to have completed the Virtus Program for protecting God's children.
If you will be working with young people in the coming year, and have not been through the Virtus Program yet, there is another training session this Monday, Jan. 14, from 3-6 p.m., at St. Patrick's school library.
If interested, please contact the school office at 812-232-8518.
Thanks again to all who helped contribute to our Christmas season Masses.
Kathy Keller and Martha Tempel cleaned the church and spearheaded the set up of the church.
Our musicians: Rita Rothrock, Mary Ann Froderman, Larry Tempel, Annette Meyers and Rhea Gasway were wonderful.
Rhea also took great care of the flowers.
All of our young men who served at Mass, including Matthew, Michael and Wesley Clawson, Caleb Gasway, Simon and Caleb Lackey, John Bryan, Ignatius Wilson, Patrick Durcholz, Jeff Etling and Justin and Aaron Buell.
Thanks to Laura Thompson and our youth group who helped coordinate presents and gifts for 18 families.
Thanks to all who brought in food and gifts for our outreach program.
Thanks to all who joined us for Masses and all who pitched in in any way.
We were truly blessed.
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
Upcoming event at Bee Ridge:
* Our monthly breakfast is Saturday, Jan. 19, from 7-10 a.m., to benefit the building fund. Please join us for great food, home cooking by the "Bee Ridge Breakfast Crew," pancakes and sausage this month. Breakfast is free. However, a love offering will be accepted.
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 begins 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.
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:
10 a.m. -- Morning worship, Children's Church (Becky Profitt and Mandi Eldridge),
5 p.m. -- AWANA
7 p.m. -- Prayer/Study
10 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study
From the pastor:
Please note: No Sunday school today/church starts at 10 a.m.
Immediately after church this Sunday (Jan. 13), will be the annual Church Business Meeting and election of officers.
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.
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."
How are you doing on reading the 30 days of Prayer?
I am enjoying it so much that I find myself reading on in the chapter! I really enjoy that time with the Lord first thing in the morning when the house is still asleep and I have that "space."
Here is the second set for the second week of 30 Days of Prayer:
* Day 8 -- Samuel 22:1-51,
* Day 9 -- 1 Kings 8:22-53,
* Day 10 -- 2 Chronicles 7:11-22,
* Day 11 -- Nehemiah 1:5-11,
* Day 12 -- Psalm 8:1-9,
* Day 13 -- Psalm 51:1-19, and
* Day 14 -- Psalm 65:1-13.
I am so glad I started a blessing journal. I have found that writing about my blessings makes me pay closer attention to live in general.
I am also learning about what I consider to be blessings how I view them and why I consider it a "blessing."
Everyday that I wake up, I thank God for one more day, one more day to ... what?
That was one of the things I had to look at.
Holidays behind us and a new year in front of us. What do you want to accomplish this year?
No resolutions, but a goal.
Did you know that Psalms 67 tell us of a blessing?
Or that in Ezekiel 43, God displays His glory?
Or in Daniel 4, King Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a tree?
No matter what frame of mind you are in, the Bible holds a story for each mood, each day, every day.
One of our blessings is being able to read the Bible and learn about our wonderful Father.
Until next week ... help your neighbor, pass your smile on and help someone have a better day.
Zephaniah 1:14 -- "The great day of the Lord is near -- near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the Lord will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there."
Bethel United Methodist Church
Who are we?
Do you ever wonder?
God sees us in a different way than we see ourselves.
We focus too much on what we do for success, our talents, and our looks.
Why don't we focus more on who we are inside?
We are not what we do or what we look like.
These are just extensions of us.
Who we are is who God sees.
He sees us like nobody else and knows us like nobody else.
With God, a person has purpose.
We are loved beyond all for who we are not what we do.
Just "being" is it.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful. I know that full well." -- Psalms 139: 13-14.
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 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 Cowells 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. UMW will not be meeting. We will start back up soon.
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.
Do good, do no harm and stay in love with God.
Carbon Baptist Church
Indiana weather is doing its thing.
The saying goes, "Stick around and it will change."
One thing is for sure: We experience variety.
Last week, there were two errors in the church news.
Corrections are as follows: Pastor Barry Corder's cell phone is 812-239-7050 and the Men's Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday morning, Jan. 19, at 8 a.m.
The speaker for the devotion time is Mike Bemis.
A challenge to the men is to bring a friend.
This is a great time for good food and fellowship.
Immediately after the breakfast, the "Sharpening Iron," Bible journaling study will take place.
Speaking of good food, our second Sunday pitch-in will be right after the morning worship service tomorrow with soup, sandwiches and desserts for all to enjoy.
Our sermon last Sunday was taken from the book of Matthew, chapters 5-7, and the question was asked, "Are you a Christian? Taking Inventory?"
The word of God clearly tells us the standards for living, which brings us positive results.
Obedience to God's word is the Christians greatest freedom.
The Wednesday Night Bible Study will continue in the book of Mark, chapter 3.This study time is a great time of more learning and we welcome visitors to join us from 7-8 p.m.
The annual Serving On The Street dessert and fundraiser night will take place Friday, Feb. 8, at North Clay Middle School.
Please contact Char Chamberlain if interested in attending at 443-6313.
Don't forget your donations of laundry detergent for the food pantry ministry.
Sunday school classes starting at 9:30 a.m., are growing and we are blessed with new faces at the 10:30 a.m., worship and praise service.
If you need any information or questions answered about CBC, you may call the church office at 442-7729 to talk to the secretary, Judy Randall, or Pastor Barry Corder.
Please leave a message in case they are out at the time.
Attending any of the Sunday morning activities will be a blessing and joy.
Psalm 126:3 tell us, "The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."
The CBC congregation welcomes you and you will be glad you came.
Carbon United Methodist Church
Sorry I missed a few weeks writing, but I was under the weather.
I feel great now and thank God for good, caring doctors.
We get impatient with them at times, because they don't make us feel better immediately, but we should work with them and do as they tell us.
My brother would go to the doctor's office and simply cross his arms and sit there, not telling the doctor what he felt was wrong.
He said, "If the doctor is smart enough, he ought to figure it out without my help."
That is the wrong attitude.
Some people seem to feel that way about God, too.
Hey! Feel that if God is really all-powerful, He should make everything right in this world without our help.
God gave us freewill and that is our big trouble.
We think we are too smart to need God's help.
Then, when we get into trouble, the first one we blame is God.
Let's try to thank God for making things better for us despite of the way we usually fowl things up.
Our former pastor, Rick Pressel, was back with us last week.
We hated to see Greg and Julie Puttmann leave for another church nearer to their home, but we are very happy to have Rick and his wife, Cindy, back.
There will be a very important administrative board meeting Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
We encourage everyone to attend.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, we will conduct our annual planning meeting.
We also need everyone to attend this meeting.
I will tell you the time later.
We are beginning a new year.
Not only is the church making new changes and resolutions, but it is time for all of us to make our own New Years' Resolutions.
I know ... you are going to eat less and exercise more, but while making those impossible resolutions, think about making one that is easier to keep.
Resolve to start back to church to thank our loving God for the blessings He continues to bestow on us ... in spite of our "freewill."
Church, at this time, starts at 9:30 a.m., but this may change in the near future.
Center Point United Methodist Church
Do you ever feel "left out?"
Do you ever feel like the last one standing when they are choosing sides for a game?
Pastor Bob Kumpf was talking about his message for tomorrow and I was reminded of those two questions.
Here's what he had to say: "This Sunday, we will look at three little verses that give us great hope in Acts 8:14-17. This is where Peter and John are called to Samaria to visit a group of believers who had accepted the word of God.
"The scripture tells us that they had been baptized in the name of Jesus, but had not received the Holy Spirit. The apostles prayed with them and laid their hands on them, unleashing the Holy Spirit within them.
"Just as in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost, faith in the Lord Jesus and commitment to following Him led the Holy Spirit to move on these men and women who had formerly been seen as outsiders and enemies to the Children of Israel.
"This is good news for all people! The Spirit of God is poured out upon all who claim the name of Jesus; not only in the most holy of cities or among the most righteous of people, but to just plain 'folks,' like you and me! God assures us that the gifts that come with the coming of the Holy Spirit are for everyone."
Why was I reminded of those questions? Because we never have to feel "left out" or "unchosen/unwanted."
God wants us.
He wants us to belong to His family.
Jesus has provided the way to belong.
Don't be "left out."
Join us tomorrow for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:30.
Be part of the family.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Ken Thomas opened services with a prayer of praise and thanks be to the Lord and thanking our people whom were able to come out today.
Scott Burns then led the congregational singing and Peg Parksey sang the special number, "God of the mountain."
"Life is easy when you are on the top of the mountain."
He is also in the valley, too.
This writer could have let this article slip by as he has the flu bug, running temperature, sugar out of whack, feeling miserable and old Satan tells me to just let it ride this week.
But we have a Godly number of people sick at home and may be waiting to hear God's word through Brother Thomas.
Best way to put it is that we all have been up and down at different times of our life.
Our faith is put to the test many times when we are down in the valley.
God never said we wouldn't have these times when we are tried by our faith in trusting God.
God never changes no matter where you are.
It seems as though we have been leaving God out when we are tempted on every issue.
How can we expect great things when we leave Him out?
We hear so much about gun control.
A fellow named McPherson says, "We need more God controlled."
Matthew 15:10 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies"; God tells us that He understands how these parents feel; "My son was murdered also."
The man whom has God in his heart stands ready.
The world is looking and watching you to note your reaction to these happenings.
Read about John the Baptist; they called him crazy for preaching the gospel when he was preparing the way for Jesus.
People today are somewhat afraid to take a stand for the Lord, for many will want to make fun of them.
Matthew 24:36 tells us that God's children should light the way for those not knowing Him. For our loved ones whom couldn't make it out and our readers.
I leave you this one fact found in 1st John 21:17. Read the words that Jesus said and ask yourself, "Just what would you say?"
Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.
Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and morning worship is at 10:30.
Our evening services are at 6 p.m.
All are welcome.
East Side Christian Church
Hello again from East Side Christian Church.
Well, 2013 is here.
We hope that you have made a resolution to attend church somewhere this year.
We would like to invite you to come be with us.
The Oblong Childrens' Home in Illinois is one of the missions that we support.
It was so good to have the director of the home as our guest speaker last Sunday.
His message gave us great thought as a congregation.
He made us realize that we, as members, are as responsible to our church as the minister and the elders.
We need to do more in spreading the word and reaching out to others.
We also want to let the leaders of our church know that they are greatly appreciated.
We want to continue to pray for those who are having difficulties, whether physically, financially or mentally.
We also want to pray for those who have recently lost loved ones.
We don't know what 2013 will bring, but we want to pray that more and more people will turn to God for answers to the problems that will arise, especially for our country and its leaders.
If you need a church home, we would love to have you come be with us.
We love our Lord and want to share Him with as many as possible.
So, please come.
First Baptist Church
We invite you to join us each Sunday at First Baptist Church.
Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship services at 10:30.
Children are invited to attend KidMo.
There is also a nursery available in the educational wing.
AWANA meets at 5:30 p.m. Evening worship is at 6.
* Tuesday, 7 p.m. -- Young Women's Bible Study,
* Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. -- Bible Study at the YMCA, and
* Thursday, 7 p.m. -- The ROCK.
First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
The phone number is 448-8112.
Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church invites you 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?"
This Sunday's message is, "Why Christianity?"
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.
Children's ministry classes for elementary children are offered at 8:30, 9:40 and 10:50 a.m., while nursery and preschool classes are offered at 9:40 and 10:50 a.m., only.
Reel Worship is a contemporary worship service designed for teens.
Reel Worship meets at 9:40 a.m., for sixth- through twelfth-graders at the Walnut Theater, 15 S. Walnut St., Brazil.
After the Reel Worship, there are Bible Study groups for sixth- through twelfth-graders, which meet at 10:50 a.m., at Walnut Theater.
Transportation to and from the church is provided.
E-mail CJ Muston at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
Otter Creek Creek Christian Church
Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church.
Here we are into the second week of January and having spring-like weather.
I am sure glad that God is in control of the weather.
Have you ever had one of those times when nothing seems to go right?
The book of James talks about this.
I would like to share James 1, verses 2-4: "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience; 4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Today's passage seems to make an impossible demand: How on earth can we "consider it all joy," when we face terrible hardships?
Doesn't this admonition belittle our honest troubles and concerns?
Scripture never instructs us to ignore situations that cause us heartaches, doubt, fear or worry.
In fact, the Bible is quite honest about what we as Christians can expect from a life devoted to Christ.
Jesus proclaimed, "In this world, you will have trouble." (John 16:33 niv).
Because we seek to live by biblical values, the world does not understand our motivation and will therefore often stand against us.
How, then, can we rejoice when we face trouble?
It is through our hardships that Christ often makes Himself known in our lives.
If we lived trouble-free lives, what need would we have for a Savior? Rather, it is because we live fragile lives that we can see Jesus clearly.
When we face a problem head-on with the certainty that God will provide a solution and the strength to endure, we gain spiritual stamina.
It is similar to training our physical bodies.
Only through the resistance of an opposing force, such as a barbell, do our muscles grow.
Likewise, our faith develops as a result of dealing with spiritual resistance.
Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can find the faith to rejoice in our pain.
This is possible because we not only have the assurance that God will provide, but we also can trust that when we walk with Him, we will be better prepared to face the next obstacle.
We would like to invite you to Otter Creek Christian Church to experience the small country church with a big heart for God.
Our service times are Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and worship at 10:40, each Sunday.
We offer Ladies Bible Study on Tuesdays at the home of Mary Lou Farris, at 10 a.m.
You can contact Pastor Steve by calling the church at 446-5300 (leave a message), or call pastor's home at 446-4007, cell at 1-812-532-9347 or log on to Facebook at facebook/stephenbrattain, or e-mail email@example.com.
Special happenings at Otter Creek Christian Church:
* Jan. 19 -- Men's Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., Jan. 26. At 6 p.m., a pitch-in fellowship dinner at the church.
Please pray for all our military men and women and their families.
Until we meet again, may God richly bless you and keep you in His everlasting arms.
Peniel United Methodist Church
A new year and our choir had an appropriate selection, "Revive Us Again."
Lots to think about!
We are so pleased to have several youngster attending church services, then they have their own Junior Church.
You never know what will come out of the "mouths of babes!"
Be prepared to enjoy the Children's Moment, presented by Pastor Pippin.
This Thursday, Jan. 17, the Fidelis Class meeting will have a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m.
Junior Church helpers are needed. A signup sheet is available in the vestibule.
The Carbon Historic Church will have a pitch-in dinner and special program Friday evening, Jan. 18.
"Improving Our Prayer Life," is the message for this Sunday by Pastor Pippin.
The scripture reading is from Isaiah 62:1-5.
All donations will be appreciated by the Brazil Food Pantry.
Join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45.
Everyone is welcome.
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.
The Little Historic Church
The Little Historic Church at Carbon will conduct its monthly program Friday, Jan. 18.
There will be a pitch-in dinner at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m.
This month, entertainment will be provided by P-150.
The public is encouraged to attend.
For further information, call Dean Swearingen at 448-2735.