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Friday, February 1, 2013

Center Point United Methodist Church

Ah, February!

What does this month mean to you? Spring is near? Valentine's Day? Does the Super Bowl always happen in February?

Since I asked the question, you must know I don't follow sports.

My focus is centered on a few activities involving our church toward the end of the month and the beginning of March.

Feb. 24, at 5:30 p.m., Union United Methodist Church will host our cluster for a social gathering.

It will be a time of fellowship.

A time to share what the cluster has been involved with and projects for the future.

The following Saturday, March 2, Center Point United Methodist Church will have a booth at the Spring Fling at the Clay County Fairgrounds building.

We will have our "crazy suckers" and our new cookbooks for sale.

Drop by and see us there.

The next Sunday, March 3, will be our fifth mission event.

This consists of an hour of entertainment from 2-3. This year, Jeff Bridgewater and his group will be providing the music.

From 3 p.m., to approximately 4 p.m., we will have a dessert auction to raise funds for our mission works.

This will be followed by a freewill offering chili supper from 4-6 p.m.

So, busy times ahead.

We hope you will join us when you can. That includes each Sunday before and during these events.

Tomorrow, Pastor Bob Kumpf takes his message from Luke 4:21-30, and calls it "Heroes."

He said, "Everyone expected Jesus to do great things, even though they were anticipating salvation and freedom in ways that He would not provide.

"But very few expected men like James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot or Judas the son of James would make much of a difference in the course of history.

"And what about Judas Iscariot? He was simply the treasurer, a quiet guy, an outsider who would come to forever be remembered in God's plan of salvation, even if not thought of as one of the good guys.

"Scripture deliberately records much more about Jesus. His teaching and miracles, than anything the disciples did with Him or after they received the Great Commission. But we all recognize that we know Christ today because of their testimony and witness.

"It reminds us that the Lord loves to bless common people and to use them to spread the good news! God takes people who are weak, people who are shy, people who are less than perfect to reflect His hope and promise to the world. People like you and me! You are exactly the kind of person God delights in using to bring His joy, peace and hope to the world."

Come join us at 10:30 a.m., tomorrow morning and hear about these "everyday heroes."

Learn more about how you can be an "everyday hero" too.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church invite s 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 February is "Marriage is What Brings Us Together."

This Sunday's message is "All In."

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 a.m., 9:40 a.m., and 10:50 a.m., while nursery and preschool classes are offered at 9:40 a.m., 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 graders at the Walnut Theater, 15 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

After the Reel Worship, there are Bible study groups for 6-12 grade students that 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.

Annunciation

Tonight, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m., a choir that travels around the Archdiocese spreading awareness of chant in the Mass will be assisting at our Mass.

Many parishes have offered great reviews and we are looking forward to having them join us.

As always, all are welcome at Mass.

Following Mass this evening, there will be a pizza dinner.

All are welcome.

The dinner is being put on by our Bingo committee.

This Sunday, Feb. 3, the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a biscuits and gravy breakfast.

The Knights are asking for $5 per person, or $10 per family.

The funds raised will go toward the many different projects the Knights do throughout the year.

Any questions should be directed to Mike Robinson, Grand Knight, at 812-243-7413.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:15 p.m., we will have a meeting for anyone interested in getting involved in our ministry to the sick and elderly in our community.

If you need help bringing Communion to someone currently, or want to start doing that in the future, or want to help in any other way as well, please come and share your ideas about how we can do more to assist our sick and our elderly.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Archbishop Tobin will be celebrating a Mass for all the Catholics in the Terre Haute Deanery at 7 p.m., at St. Patrick's.

It would be great to have a large contingent from Annunciation there to welcome our new shepherd. There is a reception following Mass.

Looking to get fired up for Lent?

Next week, Fr. Jonathan Meyer, a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and a highly sought after speaker and preacher, will be at Annunciation for three nights of talks.

Fr. Meyer will be speaking at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, Monday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 12.

All are welcome. There will be soups and refreshments following the talk each evening, providing an opportunity for fellowship and socializing as well.

Hopefully, you can join us each night, as each night will be a different talk.

If you can only make one night, that is perfectly fine as well.

Hope you'll join us for this parish mission.

The Annunciation Lady Knights are having their annual Indoor Yard Sale Feb. 16, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Vendor tables are still available for $10 per table.

Call 442-7552 or 812-239-2202 to reserve your table(s) before they are all gone.

Breakfast and lunch items will also be available.

So, come on out and get yourself some real bargains.

All proceeds from table rentals go to ministries and improvements where needed.

The Next Opportunity for Virtus Training will take place Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center, 1801 Poplar St., Terre Haute.

If you plan on attending, please register at Virtus.org and select the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as your organization.

If you have questions, please call Sr. Mary at 812-232-8400.

"Prayer Shawl Ministry," our next meeting will be Feb. 26, from 7-8 p.m.

We will meet in the Parish Hall and have some chat time and work on our projects.

If you can crochet, knit, sew, make fleece blankets or just tie a knot, we can use your help.

We provide a shawl, lap pad or blankets to anyone who needs them.

Last year, we gave to Royal Oaks Alzheimer's Unit for Christmas presents.

It was a great joy to give and was appreciated so much.

If you are interested or have questions, please call Dawn at 446-2758. You may leave a message.

Peniel United Methodist Church

When February comes, it seems we are almost over winter.

Wonder what the ground hog will say!

It's also a busy month.

Being the first Sunday of the month, Communion will be served during church services to all who wish to partake.

On Feb. 5, Bible Study and Prayer Group will meet at 6 p.m.

The next evening, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., will be choir practice.

The scripture for this Sunday is from Jeremiah 1:4-10.

Pastor Pippin's message is titled, "Are You Ready?"

Everyone is welcome to join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., and church services at 10:45.

Hope to see you then.

For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 443-8489.

Community Missionary Church

Pastor Thomas opened with greetings to everyone, commenting that he thinks about a phrase, "Every now and then, I wish it was then."

Remarking that each day passing draws us closer to meeting the Lord.

He then led with the opening prayer.

Scott Burns then led the congregational singing. He led one of my favorite old songs, "A Shelter in the time of Storm."

It just seems to put a person at peace while singing this one.

We have many storms in our life's struggles and taking the time to sing it or just hum it will bring that peace of mind.

Pastor then called for offerings, after which he led the doxology.

Brother Thomas made his weekly announcements, which included the alternate date Jan. 30, at 7 p.m., for annual voting date for offices of the church.

He then called for spoken/unspoken requests for prayer, praying for each and for our shut-ins, nursing home residents, hospitalized, including two young ones at Indianapolis hospitals, and our military in harms way, and for those loved ones mourning the passing of a family member.

Debbie Meganhardt then sang our special number, "I can only imaging," a new number to me, which was enjoyed by all.

Pastor opened with, "Walking in the light, but living in sin."

He says some people just let the light go dim or even go out.

How some people can be persuaded to sin.

There are those who are false teachers. God knows your heart and most know right from wrong.

The little sins are easy to let slip by leading to the bigger sins. Sinners go to church, all church goers are not saints.

Yes, we have some hypocrites, sinners and saints, too.

Remember though, "I shall not judge, not throw rocks, for God is the judge." -- Romans Chap. 7:14.

"For we know that the law is spiritual: But I am carnal, sold under sin." -- Romans Chap. 7:1920, tells us that as long as we are alive, sin is in every man; temptation is always there.

However, one man, Jesus, did not sin. Even Paul had problems in times past, as we all did in the lusts of our flesh, "But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love where with He loved us;" "quickened us together with Christ." ("By grace, we are saved.").

Eph. Chap. 2:1, "and you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins by His grace we are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves," as verse 8 tells us, "it is the gift of God."

I John verse 4 tells us how God in his mercy worked with and through people.

Walking in sin and professing to be a Christian is a lie.

Confess and He is faithful to forgive us. For Jesus says, "He is the way, the truth, and the life."

He that soweth in the spirit has everlasting life as the Bible tells us and when we read the Bible, we learn these things if we but be still and let God lead.

Phil. Chap. 4 tells us of the peace of God if we but think on these things; what the Lord has done for us and for you.

Perhaps then you may draw closer and can really walk in the light for He washes away all sin.

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.

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 Chris.

This week at Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church:

* Sunday

9:30 a.m. -- Sunday school

10:30 a.m. -- Morning Worship, 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

Looking ahead: Valentine Banquet, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.

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 kids are currently preparing for our annual talent show, which will be Feb. 17.

They have also started working on their cars for the annual AWANA Grand Prix held in March.

The Cubbies met their challenge of passing 45 sections in four weeks and will get a trip to Bogey's soon.

Also as part of their reward, the Cubbies creamed Conner Hapenny in the face with a pie.

Connor thankfully took my place.

The Sparks are now in the middle of their challenge with the opportunity to win a bowling party.

Some recent awards passed out: Abby Walker passed her Cubbies entrance booklet and received her Cubbie Vest; Jaiden Lutes and Jamison Fisher were each presented with a Sparks First Book Ribbon; Brooklyn Eldridge, Silas Emmert and Avrie Emmert were each presented with a Sparks First Book Ribbon and a green jewel.

Meanwhile, Addyson White received the Sparks Second Book Award and Maisie Eldridge was awarded the Sparks Second Book Award and her Sky Stormer Wings.

Wade Walker passed his T-N-T entrance booklet and received his T-N-T shirt.

The contestants on this week's episode of America's favorite game show Prize, Pop or Pow were Robbie Ferry, Ellie Emmert, Maisie Eldridge and Evelyn Emmert.

AWANA stands for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed and is for kids ages 3 through sixth-grade.

We meet from 5-6:45 p.m., on Sunday evening.

Our junior high and high school youth group meets at the same time and participates in many activities with AWANA.

If you have any questions about AWANA, please call the church at 446-0531.

From Pat

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

Feb. 17, is the talent show.

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

Part 2

In 1943, the war was raging in Europe and the South Pacific.

Many boys from the church and the community were fighting overseas.

A young pastor named Norman Spohr had been over Mt. Lebanon and Harmony churches for about two months.

A very successful revival had just been completed.

Many were gathered for Wednesday night prayer meeting when they heard of the death of their pastor.

He had suffered an apparent heart attack while attending a basketball practice with the Van Buren basketball coach.

Both congregations were shocked.

Although Rev. Spohr was only at Benwood for two months, he affected me for eternity.

For my grandma and my mom were both saved during that revival.

Mt. Lebanon continued to minister to the community and proclaim the name of Jesus.

More next week.

Final days of prayer:

* Feb. 1 -- Timothy 2:1-7, and

* Feb. 2 -- James 5:13-20.

I will start a new reading plan next week.

At times, our faith is stretched and at those times, I have found that what comes after that "stretch," is so wonderful and true.

There are some blessings that just don't have words, and it is a good thing that God knows what we want to say because the words just aren't there.

1 Kings 17:16, "For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. In times of need as God to multiply what you do have to meet those needs."

Continue to help your neighbor and pass that smile along.

Until next week, have a wonderful week.

Bethel United Methodist Church

Have you ever had that bottle of water you left in your car forever, and you go take a dink and it tastes stale!

Sometimes, our relationship with God can become stale if we leave it or forget about it.

If you ignore something or leave something, it goes bad.

This staleness shows in the way we react to people, our families, etc.

We feel less at peace and more irritated.

So, then we grab the Bible, read, go to church, pray and ask for forgiveness.

Then, it's like a fresh drink of cold water.

Ahh! Refreshing!

We need to keep our relationship with God fresh so we don't feel stale.

Keep God close daily and share Him with others for a fresh new day everyday.

Don't become stale.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -- Thessalonians 5:16-18.

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. The church 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 will resume at the home of Bill and Judy Cowell. Location is 129 Park Place Dr., Brazil. Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and

* This Sunday evening, we will have evening worship at 7 p.m. Come join us for great worship, music provided by Jeff Bridgewater and friends.

Continue to pray for our country, the leaders of our country, our local government, first responders, police, armed forces, doctors, nurses, teachers, children, animals and everyone else in between.

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

Carbon Baptist Church

We continue to experience Indiana weather and know it will change from day to day ... especially those storms.

In the book of Mark, 4:35-41, and Matthew 8:23-27, we are told about the storm at sea with the disciples and Jesus together in the ship.

Jesus said to them, "why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?"

We must remember who creates the storm, controls the storm and calms the storm.

Is Jesus is your ship? Jesus is the only one that gives us peace and knows the whole picture.

The Wednesday night Bible Study and Prayer Time will continue in the book of Mark, chapter 5, starting at 7-8 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday morning will be our first Sunday celebration of communion during the 10:30 a.m., worship service.

Pastor Barry Corder and the deacons will lead the congregation in this special time.

The Praise team will lead us with songs of worship and praise.

The second Sunday pitch-in will be Feb. 10, immediately after the service.

The main meat for the meal will be chicken, so bring a well-filled covered dish or dessert and enjoy the sharing time with one another.

The February donation item for the Food Pantry ministry is shampoo and personal items.

The ministry is a blessing for all who donate and most important for those who receive.

Our last reminder about the S.O.S. dessert and fundraiser that is being held at North Clay Middle School Commons on this Friday evening, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. You may want to come a little earlier and check out the Silent Auction items.

Let's fill a table of eight and have a wonderful time also ... give your names to Char.

The "Sharpening Iron" Men's study on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m., is a great time of learning and journaling.

All men and visitors are encouraged to attend.

CBC wants to share the good news of Christ and if you have questions about the times of different happenings or concerns, call the church office at 442-7729 (pray) or Pastor Barry at 812-239-76050.

Psalm 34:4 reads, "I sought the Lord; and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears." We thank Him for His constant presence.

Eastside Christian Church

Hello from Eastside Christian Church.

January has been a wild month, has it not?

There has also been quite a bit of flu going around.

Hopefully, you have not been hit by it.

Well, when you read this, it will be February, and one month closer to spring.

We want to send out our prayers to the family of Imogene Harms, who went to meet her Lord this week.

What a wonderful lady she was and so ready to be with Him.

The church will provide a meal for the family this afternoon following her burial.

There will be a board meeting Thursday evening at 7.

If you need a home church, we would love to have you come be with us.

We have a great time in the name of the Lord.

We hope to see you soon.

First Baptist Church

The congregation of the First Baptist Church invites you to worship with us this Sunday.

Sunday school classes begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30.

Communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month.

Our weekly schedule also includes:

* Sunday

5:30 p.m. -- AWANA

6 p.m. -- Evening Worship,

* Tuesday

7 p.m. -- Young Women's Bible Study,

* Wednesday

12:15 p.m. -- Bible Study at the YMCA of Clay County, and

* Thursday

7 p.m. -- The ROCK

A men's breakfast is being planned for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m.

A signup sheet will be in the educational wing for all who will be able to attend.

The Hospitality Committee will host a dinner following worship service Sunday, Feb. 10.

Please plan to stay and enjoy the food and fellowship that day.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 S. Walnut St., Brazil.

Our church phone number is 448-8112.

Our pastor is Rev. Mark Thompson.

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 can be reached at 812-241-3036 or by e-mail at jeffbwater@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you this Sunday.



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