Center Point United Methodist Church
Well, when I started reading what Pastor Bob Kumpf had to say about tomorrow's sermon, I was a bit perplexed.
I thought, "Is he blaming Jesus and His disciples for drinking up all the wine at the wedding?"
I read on.
Here's what Bob said.
"This Sunday, we will look at a familiar message from a new perspective. We will study John 2:1-11, where Jesus does His first miracle, the changing of water to wine at the wedding in Cana. The message is titled, 'Celebrate.'
"The realization hit me that the reason the people at the wedding were running out of wine was because Jesus and His buddies showed up! Scripture says that He was invited, (along with His disciples), but did they really expect Him to come?
"I think that even Mary caught on to this and challenged her son because He had caused a problem. (Do we see Jesus causing problems in our lives ... or opportunities?). In any case ... it was up to Him to do something. Send somebody to get more wine ... or something.
"The scripture lets us know that miracles happen when we understand that Jesus cares about our everyday needs. Jesus' mother knows that He cares about people. He cares about all our needs, not just our spiritual needs. He cares about people being unnecessarily embarrassed. He cares about people enjoying themselves.
"Jesus is the kind of guy you want at your party. He knows how to laugh and celebrate. In fact, there is a scripture where the 'church people' call Him a 'glutton and drunkard.' You see, wherever Jesus went, there was life and joy. He stated that His life mission was, as He said, that His joy might be in us and that our joy might be complete.
"Here is what Jesus really came to do. He came to transform people.
"Wine is the symbol of God's grace that comes into our lives undeserved, and transforms us from the inside out. He says, 'I am making everything new.' And, because He is an extravagant giver, He never gives just enough. He always gives abundantly.
"Are you thirsty? Are you hungry? Or, are you satisfied with yourself and your television and your computer and your job and your family? Or ... do you want something more? 'Do whatever He tells you.' If you do, something wonderful is about to happen -- a miracle. So celebrate."
What do you think? It certainly is a different perspective.
Whether you agree or not, one thing is true: Jesus is an extravagant giver.
Miracles happen in everyday lives when we "do whatever He tells" us.
Come tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., to hear the rest of the story.
Peniel United Methodist Church
Come and join us for some beverages and pastries during the break between Sunday school and church services -- about 10:25 a.m.
Catch up on all the happenings and enjoy good conversations.
The Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.
The Town and Country Men will meet at Bethel at 8 a.m., Jan. 26.
Save Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., for Family Night at Peniel.
This Sunday's scripture is from Isaiah 62:1-5.
Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "Vindication, Restoration and Salvation," and he always has a special message for the children before they go to Junior Church.
Don't forget the Brazil Food Pantry -- they can use whatever you care to donate.
For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.
Brazil Bible Fellowship Church
Did you know that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible complement each other?
The New Testament unveils the prophecies of the Old Testament, especially regarding the coming of the Messiah.
If you would like to see how the Old Testament brings us to the New Testament and how the Old Testament lays the foundation for the New Testament, we invite you to join us for our 10 S.S. hour.
Beginning Sunday, we are beginning a chronological study of the Bible using the curriculum of New Tribes Mission called "Firm Foundations: Creation to Christ."
This series can be a great tool in bringing the Bible to life for you and to more clearly see how the Bible is truly one unit, one message, God's revelation to us.
We are very grateful for the teen ministry that God has blessed us with.
All teens in middle and high school are invited to join us.
We will be meeting from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Jackson Elementary School gym.
If you have any questions, you may call Gordon at 812-240-3003.
Over the past three weeks, pastor has been challenging us to grow spiritually.
We are constantly bombarded with the message that real happiness and fulfillment is found when we live for ourselves.
However, there is another option.
God, who is all-wise and all-knowing, tell us differently.
If we live for ourselves and for everything this world has to offer, we will find out sooner or later that it is all temporary and empty.
It's all lies.
When we look at Christ's prayer in John 17, and the testimony of the author of Psalm 42 it is quite evident that living life from biblical perspective (God's wisdom) is where real life, joy and fulfillment are found.
It's not living for ourselves but thirsting for and living for God.
Many times when troubles come or we seem to be going through a "dry" spell, we blame God rather than cry out to Him.
The psalmist in Psalm 42 was not able to fellowship with the congregation.
He had been taken away. He missed it. He desired it.
What that did was create a more intense craving for God and the fellowship of our congregation.
There was inner turmoil (Where is your God?) yet He did not doubt God.
Rather than run or shake his fist at God, he longed for God just like the deer in the desert is craving the flowing stream.
We are challenged by the Psalmist to long for and thirst after God.
Are you going through difficulties in your life? Does it seem like you are going through a "Dry spell?"
Then I encourage you to listen to the message.
You can find it on our website at www.brazilbible.org and click on the resources picture and then click on the sermon tab.
Are you looking for answers to life's problems? Are you looking for hope when it seems that all hope is lost?
Are you looking for real answers to what is happening in our culture? Are you wondering if there such a thing as truth anymore?
At Brazil Bible Fellowship Church, you can find the answer to those questions.
Not because we are smarter than a fifth-grader, but because we firmly believe that God has the answers.
Those answers, His wisdom, are found in the Bible.
The Bible is true. It always has been and always will be. It is upon that foundation that we function.
We would love for you to check us out. You can call 812-240-3003, visit our website at www.brazilbible.org, or attend our worship service at 11 a.m.
We also have Sunday school at 10 a.m., and a Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m.
We are located at 6645 N. SR 59, Brazil.
We are south of town directly across from the 4-H Fairgrounds.
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 Life?"
We will be celebrating Sanctity of Life Sunday with a Recognition and Dedication for all infants born in our church family this past year.
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 9:30 a.m., for sixth-12th-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 at Otter Creek welcome anyone who has no church home or is visiting our area. Galatians 5:14 says, "For the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." That's the way we feel here at Otter Creek, so come on down to 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil, this week. Our service times are 9:30 a.m., for Bible study and 10:40 a.m., for worship service. You can call the church at 446-5300, the church parsonage at 446-4007 or Pastor Steve's cell at 812-531-9347.
* Men's prayer breakfast at the church Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 a.m.,
* Pitch-in dinner Saturday Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., and
* Ladies Bible study at Mary Ferris' house Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Have you ever wondered how we are supposed to act as Christians? Read your Bible and it will tell you. Just read the whole chapter of Galatians 5, or better yet, it's a small book, read it all. Galatians 5:15 says, "But if ye bit and devour one another take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." In other words, don't act like animals (stabbing each other in the back, etc.), or you'll be destroyed by each other.
This is one of the big problems of mankind. We don't talk face-to-face and try to solve problems, but we grumble and complain to others who cannot help and probably would just as soon be left out of the problem. God is the only one who can help you solve your problems with someone else, and maybe the problem isn't them but you may have an attitude problem. Have you ever said something and heard back what you said? What you said was 'within' what you heard, but what you meant was not. It is not what goes into our mouths that defiles us but what comes out. When was the last time you actually thought about what you were saying to your family, friends or, more importantly, your enemies? That's why we were given two ears and one mouth to listen twice as much as we speak.
This week, think about what you say and try to be a good influence.
Be sure to pray for our armed forces and our leaders, whether it is local, state or national. If you see someone who serves the public, be sure to thank him or her.
Until we meet again, either by print or in person, may God be with you.
Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church
We are located two miles north of U.S. 40 on the Knightsville Road, or two miles east of S.R. 59 on Rio Grande Road. Our 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, 10:30 p.m., morning worship, 6 p.m., Extreme Entertainment and children's church led by Cheryl McKinney and Caitlynn McKinney, 5 p.m., AWANA,
* Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer/study, and
* Thursday: 10 a.m., ladies Bible study.
From the pastor:
This week's message is "A Challenge to Discipleship," from Hebrews 10:23. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
* Our Valentine's banquet will be Feb. 16. We will post more information at a later date.
* 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 can be used for various missions projects.
Recent contestants on America's favorite game show "Prize, Pop or Pow" were Benjamin Hapenny, Jonathon Bradford, Maisie Eldridge, Kaelin Orman, Trey Eldridge, Jaiden Lutes, Zach Hapenny and Jordan McMillan.
Recently, Brooklyn Eldridge received her blue wings and a red jewel. Silas Emmert received a green jewel and a red jewel. Avrie Emmert and Evie Lutes each received a red jewel. Jaiden Lutes was also presented her wingrunner book.
The Cubbies met their challenge of 45 sections in 4 weeks. They will hit me in the face with a pie and get to go to Bogeys at a later date.
This Sunday, Travis Sims and Extreme Entertainment will perform for us. Our normal AWANA meets at 5 p.m., while the show starts at 6 p.m. We would like to invite all of the parents, the congregation and the public to the show. Travis' motto is, "God does Miracles, I do illusions."
Preparations are underway for our annual talent show that will be Feb. 17.
Our AWANA club is for kids age 3-high school.
In the month of January, we will begin working on our cars for the AWANA Grand Prix. The race will take place in March.
Week three: Isaiah 26:1-21, Jonah 2: 1-10, Matthew 6:5-15, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 11:7-13, John 17: 1-5 and John 17: 6-19.
Sunday Jan. 13, was the annual business meeting and the election of officers. If you did not attend and would like to know who was elected, the listing will be posted on the bulletin board.
We are starting a new book in ladies' Bible study. Come join us every Thursday at 10 a.m.
How has your week gone so far? Ready for anything that would happen to creep up and slap you in the face? I believe we can be by walking close to the Lord. He will carry us over all hurdles and guide us when uncertainty lurks.
How is your blessing journal? Mine has become a real test for me. I could fill page after page with my blessings, but try to limit it to the ones that really stand out that day.
Until next week, help your neighbor, pass your smile on and help someone have a better day!
Philippians 3:1 says, "Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you."
Bethel United Methodist Church
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you lose touch of who you are and what your purpose is? Do you ever have days where you feel like you just can't do anymore but you have to keep plugging along? You are trying to be all things to everyone at once. You struggle to keep afloat and you don't feel like you can serve others.
I feel as if I am letting God down at times because I just want to quit, shut down and sleep for the extra three hours I lost. I get angry at those I love and I am just exhausted. When you are overwhelmed you just need to trust God. God is in control and you just need to listen. Psalm 34:19 says, "God will deliver us from all our troubles."
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.
Here are a few things going on in and around our church:
* Tuesday morning Bible study at the home of Bill and Judy Cowell, located 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's group will meet the second Sunday of each month. They will meet again 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.
First Baptist Church
The congregation of First Baptist Church extends an invitation to join us in worship. The church is located at 413 S. Walnut Street. Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship follows at 10:30 a.m. Children are invited to attend KidMo. There is a nursery available in the educational wing. AWANA meets at 5:30 p.m., and evening worship is at 6 p.m.
We have also scheduled:
* 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.
If you are searching for a church home, please consider attending any of our worship opportunities this week. The church phone number is 449-8112. Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.
This Wednesday, Fr. Hollowell will be speaking at the Rotary Club at noon. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Rotary Club or Dr. Miranda Goodale at 448-9290 if you are planning to come for lunch and the talk.
On Friday, Jan. 25, Archbishop Tobin will be celebrating a Mass open to anyone in the Archdiocese. The Mass will be a Mass marking the tragic Roe v. Wade decision by our Supreme Court in 1978, which ushered in the ongoing era of abortion on demand that has claimed the lives of 50 million children to date. The Mass will be followed by a rosary procession and a prayer vigil. If you are free next Friday, please make plans to attend. It is always a very powerful and uplifting Mass, one that sees pilgrims from all over the Archdiocese participate.
The Lady Knights will be meeting Monday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 p.m., in the Parish Center. The Knights of Columbus will be meeting on the same day at 7:15 p.m., at Kennedy Crossing.
A lot of people have pitched in to help bingo be a success. On Saturday, Feb. 2, there will be a bingo pizza party after Mass, at 5:30 p.m., in the Parish Center. Anyone who helps with bingo or is interested in helping in the future is invited. If you are coming, please let Ed Burt know at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling him at 448-3416. You can also contact Cindy Pike or Martha Tempel.
Our parish council has decided to begin the process of restoring the interior of our historic church building. This will be a lengthy but exciting project. Although it is in the earliest stages, we would really appreciate the prayers of all for us as we hope to reinvigorate a building that has long served as an important landmark in the town of Brazil. Thanks for keeping us in your prayers throughout this endeavor!
Carbon Baptist Church
A warm greeting is extended to all this cool morning. Maybe the flu bug will get frozen out.
Pastor Barry and his wife Carolyn are happy to announce the birth of a precious son, Timothy Ronald Corder, who was born Jan. 12. His brothers and sisters welcome him with love and joy.
When you hear the word grace taken from the Scriptures, what do you think of? Unmerited favor? Grace is offered to us by God. Romans 3:24 states, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."
Read II Samuel 9:1-13 which gives a wonderful account of graces in the lives of David, Jonathan, Saul and Mephebosheth.
A dedication service for all the staff and officers for the 2013 year will take place Sunday morning during the worship and praise service. We want to continue to lift up our leaders in prayer, not only in our local churches and community, but also in the nation. James 5:16b says, "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Prayer is as important as breathing.
Please remember to bring your donation of laundry detergent for the food pantry ministry.
The ladies ministry will meet at the church fellowship hall on Thursday evening, Jan. 31. More information will be provided next Saturday.
If you're looking for a place of fellowship, love, care and truth from the word of God, a warm welcome to join us at CBC is always open. Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m., and church services begin at 10:30 a.m. The church office phone is 442-7729, and Pastor Barry Corder may be reached at 239-7050. Our church is located a half mile south of Carbon on Murphy Road, right at the corner of 1400 and Murphy.
Ask God for directions, because He knows the way. Have a wonderful week!
Bee Ridge Congregational Christian Church
Upcoming events 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 may be reached at 812-241-3036 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope to see you this Sunday.
Community Missionary Church
Pastor Thomas opened services with a prayer of praise and thankfulness to the Lord for the many blessings bestowed upon his people and their presence in His house today. Brother Thomas commented on the rainfall and care in traveling this day as it's supposed to turn to icy conditions for traveling.
Scott Burns then led the congregational singing followed by Pastor Thomas announcing that our congregational yearly meeting date is set for Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. All our members in good standing are urged to attend to vote for officers for 2013-14. This meeting is carried out under our by-laws of the church and who is eligible has a vote.
The special number in song was sung by Carol Vanatti, "We must love them while we can." We must remember that time just seems to hurry by and days slip into years. Just as our memories are good and bad, the rain that waters the crops also brings floods and the fire that can warm our homes can also cause great damage if it gets out of control. Taking time to think of the good times with our grandparents and parents at evening meals or over a holiday can flood us with the warmest memories of the good old days, but time doesn't stand still and if you don't take the time to love them and tell them you appreciate them, then they fade away too late.
2 Timothy 3 tells us what a good man should be like, and how he should rule his own life with a wife of good faith. They should live a life without controversy and as good teachers.
Holy men of God were really moved by God. Godly men and women wrote our Bible. Many places throughout the Bible we read, "And God spoke to," this one and that one. People back in the Bible times didn't have a King James Version they could pick up and read from.
John Wycliff said, "The Scriptures should be the center of our Christianity," and he helped translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek to what we read today. William Tinedale also helped translate today's Bible. Both men were put in prison and called heretics, meaning they were opposed to the beliefs of the church at the time. Tinedale and Whycliff's books were burned and some 67 years later the King James Version came into being. Many translations were written but the King James Version became the principle one and was adopted as the Holy Bible today.
Brother Thomas asked us, "How many believe the Bible is the inspired word of God?" He tells us the Bible is our testing standard for everything. It is the only source of knowledge for how we can be saved, how to live this life and how to treat others.
There are those that sleep in on Sunday. Others will go buy a paper and stop in at a fast food or coffee place and discuss what happened last night, such accidents, killings, stabbings, drive-by shootings, crops and the weather. Still others get ready and attend the church of their choice and give thanks to God for another day. Many not able to attend church read the Holy Bible. There are lots of things that people do contrary to what the Bible teaches as to what God says to do or not do. That's why people are trying to change the Bible into something that makes life easier for them.
Deuteronomy 4: 1-4 tells us that to follow God, we need to read His word and that He loves us but hates sin in our lives.
Revelation 22:18 tells us that every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book and, "shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book."
We do not read the Bible often enough, but the Bible will show us the way. The New Testament shows us the way out of sin.
Come learn with us at Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:30 a.m., and evening worship at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
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.