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Friday, January 25, 2013


Our emergency food pantry here at church could really use some meat.

Anything will d. A pound of hamburger, chicken, pork chops ... anything helps.

Jelly, soup and minute rice are nice as well. Thank you.

This Sunday, Jan. 27, we will be ending our 8:30 a.m., Mass, by exposing the Blessed Sacrament and commencing a period of adoration that will last until we have Benediction at noon.

All are invited to stop and pray for a few minutes or a few hours, whatever you feel called to do.

This adoration on the last Sunday of the month will be a monthly thing throughout this year. The Bishops of the United States have called for this and several other actions in the face of serious threats posed against the church today, whether it be the attacks on religious liberty, the attempts to redefine marriage, the perpetual scourge of abortion and contraception and other ways the church is threatened.

Other action items include a call for all Catholics to fast every Friday this year. Serious threats call for a serious response, and our bishops have certainly invited us to participate in serious responses.

On Monday, Jan. 28, our Lady Knights will meet in the parish center at 6:30 p.m., and the Knights will meet out at Kennedy Crossing Hall at 7:15.

Make plans to attend Mass with Archbishop Tobin Wednesday, Feb. 6, at St. Patrick's, at 7 p.m.

Archbishop Tobin is traveling around to the various areas of the Archdiocese and offering Mass and hoping to meet all the people of the Archdiocese.

It would be great to have a strong contingent of people from Annunciation at that Mass. That Wednesday evening we will not have our regular 5:30 p.m., Mass, nor will we have our RCIA class.

The Knights of Columbus District Free Throw contest will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at Ryves Hall in Terre Haute.

Registration time is at 10:30 a.m., and contest time is at 11.

The hall is located at 1356 Lucust St., (14th and Locust streets), next to the Catholic Charities Building.

The contest is open to all boys and girls from the parish, ages 10-14.

For further information, you may call George Knezevich at 812-239-5936, or Jim Edwards at Ryves Hall Youth Center at 812-235-1265, after 2 p.m., weekdays.

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.

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 Chris.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

* Sunday:

9:30 a.m. -- Sunday school,

10:30 a.m. -- Children's Church (Brad and Kim Hapenny),

5 p.m. -- AWANA,

7 p.m. -- Evening service,

* Wednesday:

7 p.m. -- Prayer/Study, and

* Thursday:

10 a.m. -- Ladies Bible Study

From the pastor:

This week's message is, "I Challenge You." -- 2 Peter 1:5.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

Looking ahead: Valentines Banquet, Feb. 16, more information will be coming.

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 Pat:

Sunday, Jan. 20, we were blessed with special music by Lauren Orme. As Pastor Dick said, there are many illnesses right now, so remember those on our prayer list.

Next week is the AWANA store and on Feb. 17, the talent show.

Feb. 16, will be the Valentine Banquet at 6 p.m. Please get your RSVP forms to Mike Pell.

We have just started a new book in Ladies Bible Study. Come join us every Thursday at 10 a.m., as we learn about James.

Brad Hapenny is our historian at Benwood Mt. Lebanon so each week for the next four-six weeks, we will be telling you a little of the history of Benwood, researched and written by Brad Hapenny.

Mt. Lebanon Church was founded 152 years ago in 1850. The church was founded by people with names like Casteel, Evans, Sapp, Rodifer, Brown, Williams, Adamson and Swartz.

They wanted a church that would minister to the community and proclaim the name of Jesus.

The name of the church was derived from the many biblical references to Lebanon, such as Deuteronomy 3:24-25, and Psalms 92:12.

The scriptures often refer to the strength of the cedars of Mt. Lebanon.

In biblical times, if a structure was built with the cedars of Lebanon, then it was certain to not only withstand the inevitable storms, but also the test of time.

Our church is the same way. More to come next week.

Week Four (30 days of Prayer)

Jan. 26 -- John 17:20-26,

Jan. 27 -- Romans 8:18-27,

Jan. 28 -- Ephesians 1:15-23,

Jan. 29 -- Colossians 1:3-14,

Jan. 30 -- 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10,

Jan. 31 -- 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12, and

Feb. 1 -- 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5.

Take care of your neighbor during this cold weather, smile, be happy and pass it along.

1 Peter 5:2 "Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers -- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Here's to all my friends and family struggling daily.

Those with fear and/or anxieties in life, whether it be a job, health, family, finances, or marriage.

God is with us daily. It is up to us if we choose to hear Him.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." -- John 15:5.

We all need to live more by the word of God and we can get through anything put before us.

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 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.

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, animals. children and everyone else in between.

Do good. Do no harm. Stay in love with God.

Carbon Baptist Church

The word we heard from everyone last week was burrrr!

Certainly has been a cold week, but one day closer to spring. The month of January is a time for each of us to ponder what is God's will and purpose for our life.

Every Christian plays an important role in the body of Christ, and each one of us is necessary to make it complete.

Philippians 2:2, "Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, have the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."

The CBC congregation invites you to come join us in learning more each week from the Word of God.

Sunday school classes are available for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Try to come earlier this Sunday morning as we will have our square donuts, milk, juice and coffee.

Pastor Barry Corder will deliver the sermon at 10:30 a.m., praise and worship time.

The Wednesday Night Bible Study will continue in the book of Mark, Chapter 4.

Jesus uses parables to tell how the gospel will be received in the world.

The enemies of God's word are Satan, worldly concerns, riches and pleasures.

Our lesson is from 7-8 p.m., another time of learning and fellowship.

Ladies Ministries will meet in the Fellowship Hall Thursday night, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. Lots of things need to be discussed and a speaker plans to come and share with us, so circle the date on your calendar.

Another important date to remember is Feb. 8, Friday, night at 7 p.m., will be the annual S.O.S. dessert and fundraiser night at North Clay Middle School.

Lots of information will be shared about the "goings on" with S.O.S., a Silent Auction is held and a time to visit with many friends.

CBC needs to fill a table of eight and you can give your names to Char Chamberlain.

Our church continues to pray for those in hospitals, sickness, sorrow and the community we live in along with our nation and those serving in the military throughout the world.

If you have any concerns or questions, the church office phone number is 442-7729 and Pastor Barry can be reached at 812-239-7050.

The one who puts God first will have happiness that lasts. Our hope and help are found only in trusting Him.

Carbon United Methodist Church

I just read something that we should all keep in mind.

It is short and sweet, but it will keep you aimed in the right direction.

Here goes.

"Worry looks ahead, sorrow looks back, but faith looks up."

Think about it. Do you spend a lot of your time worrying about what is going to happen? Or do you spend a lot of time feeling sorry for things that have already happened?

How much time do you spend having faith in what God has planned for you?

We should all spend our time looking ahead with faith.

Worrying won't solve your problems. Being sorry won't solve your problems. Only moving forward in faith can we really get some where.

This Sunday, the people of the church will gather for soup and sandwiches at 12:30 p.m., followed by our annual planning session.

It is very important that everyone be there to give us input into our plans for this coming year.

Starting Feb. 10, our time for morning worship will be changed from 9:30 a.m., back 15 minutes to 9:15, in order to give Pastor Rick more time to get from us to his other congregation at Prairie City.

The Town and Country United Methodist Men will meet at our church Saturday, Feb. 23, for the second Lenten Breakfast.

They will meet at Bethel United Methodist Church this Saturday, Jan. 26, for their monthly meeting.

Our administrative board met last Monday and voted to change our meeting time to the fourth Monday of each month.

Rick Pressel is back as our pastor now.

If you have not heard Rick, come to church Sunday. We would love to have you come, and you will feel much better by turning your troubles over to God before you leave.

He will take care of them for you.

Center Point United Methodist Church

"A Piece in the Puzzle."

That's the title of Pastor Bob Kumpf's message tomorrow.

He takes it from the New Testament book 1 Corinthians 12:12-28.

I don't know about you, but I enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles. When I start one, it looks like a mess.

One might look at a puzzle and ask, "How in the world can you get those pieces to look like the picture on the box?"

The only way it happens is -- one piece at a time.

But, every piece is important to get the whole picture. It amazes me how one piece can change the picture ... and complete it.

Bob's message is along the same lines. Listen to what he says:

"The message is built around Paul's instruction that we are the Body of Christ. Of course, Paul is stressing that we all have unique gifts given us by God and that we should not be envious of what others have. Nor should we feel that we are better or worse than anyone else.

"The point I want to make is that our gifts are complementary to the gifts of others and it takes all of us working together to fulfill God's plan. It is like being a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, not much by yourself, but an important part of the big picture. And an important aspect that is often overlooked is that without each and every piece, the picture can never be complete.

"It is the same when we are called to be the church. We need each other. No piece, or person, is more important than another. We need every person to be what God has called them to be to fulfill our mission."

Well, how about that? Are you going to bring your part of the puzzle into the picture?

Don't say, or think you are not important. God has put it in His word. You are important. I am important. Everyone one of us is important. We are needed to complete God's "Big Picture."

Be in church tomorrow. Bring your "gift."

Whatever it may be.

Join the family of God in worship.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Ken Thomas opened with the announcement that our annual congregational vote would be changed to Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.

All members active please be advised to try to be here for voting for 2013-14 officers for the church.

Brother Thomas then led in prayer.

Scott Burns followed leading the congregational singing.

Pastor then reported on some sick at home and called for spoken/unspoken prayer requests and led prayer for each, our shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized and our military in harms way.

We still have many out with the flu.

Pastor commented that now he is getting older, "He can't remember being so absent-minded."

He then called for offerings and followed up leading the doxology.

Scott Burns then sang our special number, "Thinking About Home."

Some people might think about a big family dinner at grandma's house or a gathering of brothers and sisters at home.

However, "Thinking About Home," is another home after this life is over.

Thinking that there are no sickness, no lame, no blindness with sunshine and happiness in that heavenly home as we all draw nearer to our heavenly home each day.

One day, many will see their loved ones who have gone on ahead.

Just as the song says, "If you believe, you will receive."

What a day that will be; just thinking of home.

There are those who read the newspapers and believe everything written, and there are those who listen to TV reports as news; believing everything heard or read.

Many times, these statements have to be retracted, but not at that instant.

It takes another issue to retract, or another news report to rectify such mistakes.

Then, there are those whom never read the Bible, and don't believe in God's holy word.

And then there are those who continually try to disprove everything in the Bible.

The Old Testament tells us what sin leads to, ending with the words, "Lest I come and smite the Earth with a curse."

The New Testament shows us the way out of sin, and ends thus: "The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all."

Brother Thomas asks, "Sin -- are you for it or are you against it?"

We have to make ourselves available for God to use us, to be willing; He is waiting. And ever ready to forgive you if you sincerely repent. Romans Chapter 12:1-2 tells us that God's mercies must move us to please God, also that we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Have you ever heard someone say, "I've turned over a new leaf. I'm a changed person."

Serving the Lord, one must have that love of fellow man, overcome evil with good.

Matthew Chapter 19:16-17, "And behold, one came and said unto him, good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"

"And He said unto him, why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."

You cannot do it on your own except through Jesus. God never turns His back on you; He has patience, waiting for each of us. God will let you continue in sin until you realize your wrongs and if it's not too late, He will take you back if you but repent.

Blessed be the name of the Lord. Are we sewing for the Lord or sewing for the flesh?

You have God to lean on, to talk to, to walk with and to love.

We cannot afford to be "almost persuaded by waiting until a more convenient day."

It's your choice.

Visit us at 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil.

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:30 a.m., and evening service is at 6 p.m.

East Side Christian Church

It is hard to believe one month of 2013 is almost gone already.

It has been a fairly cold month.

Hopefully, you have been able to stay warm.

It was good to see so many in attendance last week, considering the cold.

We want to pray for our shut-ins. They are missed in our services.

We especially want to pray for Imogene Harms, who is having some difficulties at this time. And we want to express our condolences to the Ullery family on the loss of Geraldine.

Pastor Bill is really fired up about the messages he is giving on his sermons' topics. Just walk across the room.

If you are a Christian, your role is to reach out to as many non-Christians as possible.

We are not put here just to take up space. We are to be winning souls for Christ.

If you are not attending church anywhere else, we want to extend an invitation to you to come be with us. We have great fellowship in the name of our Lord.

Our Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., and our worship service is at 10:30.

We do offer a children's worship during the 10:30 a.m., service.

We also have a Sunday evening service at 6:30 p.m., and then there is prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

We hope to see you soon.

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 War?"

Our sermon series beginning Feb. 3, will be, "Marriage is what brings us together."

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 6-12- grade students at the Walnut Theater, 15 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

After the Reel Worship, there are Bible study groups for 6-12 grade students which meet at 10:50 a.m., at Walnut Theater.

Transportation to and from the church is provided.

E-mail CJ Muston at cjmuston@fccbrazil.org for more details.

Otter Creek Christian Church

We want to invite you to our church at 6299 N. Crow St., Brazil.

Our services are as follows: Tuesday, 10 a.m., Ladies Bible Study, 12660 E. Grotto Road (left at road back of Northview); Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Bible Study (age appropriate classes); and Sunday, 10:40 a.m., worship service.

There is usually someone at church by 9:15 a.m., each week if you need prayer or directions to our location, the number is 446-5300.

To reach our pastor, you may call after 4 p.m., week nights, at 812-531-9347, or 446-4007. Get the machine, please leave a message and we'll return your call as soon as possible.

As we watch and listen to the news, it seems disaster is all around us and we look to mankind to take care of the problems.

Most of what has happened within our lifetime is a direct result of the misuse of our precious surroundings and the wonderful things God has allowed us to accomplish. We then think, "We're self made men and women." Hang on: Who do you think made you so intricately?

As I look at the life I have today, there is no way I could have produced it on my own.

Psalm 108:12-13 says, "Give us help from trouble: For Vain is the help of man. Verse 13 Through God we shall do valiantly; for it is He that shall tread down our enemies."

Always remember to give God the glory both in good and bad situations.

Romans 8:28 says, "Knowing all things work together for good to who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose."

Hope to see you at our next meeting or if you have a church home, please support your pastor and for Sunday dinner, please don't have "Roast Preacher."

If you have a problem in your church, the Bible has guidelines as to how to solve it.

Use them.

Prayer is needed for our world as we know it and as God wants it to be.

Every week, I ask you to pray for others, sometimes we need to pray for insight as to what we would be able to do to change a situation.

Continue to pray without ceasing.

May God be with you during the coming week.

Peniel United Methodist Church

The end of January is coming near!

A lot of winter left, but so many of us are already thinking about spring!

On Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., Family Night will take place in the Fellowship Hall.

The Bible Study and Prayer Group will meet every other Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The next time is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "A Time For Mourning or Joy."

The scripture is from St. Luke 4:14-21.

As always, donations will be appreciated by the Brazil Food Pantry.

For more information, call 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.

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