Church News - Jan. 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

Good Morning to you from Benwood Mt. Lebanon Church

We are located 2 miles north of US Highway 40 on the Knightsville Road or 2 miles east of Indiana 59 on Rio Grande Road

Church Phone Number: 812-446-0531

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


9:30 Sunday School

10:30 Morning Worship

5:00 AWANA

7:00 PM Evening Service


7:00 PM Prayer/study

Thursday 9:45 Ladies Bible Study

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: We sang: My Life is in You, Lord; Holy Spirit Thou Art Welcome; Are You Washed in the Blood; Take My Life and Let It Be; Whiter Than Snow; Blest Be the Tie That Binds. Our special was a reading by Walt, There is Light in the Darkness. Our message was “ Make 2018 a Year of Christian Consecration, 1 Corinthians 6:11. We also had our Communion Service which is always a blessing.

LOOKING AHEAD: The nomination committee will be having a meeting this week if you are currently in a position at the church or want to be in one, the committee will be contacting you soon. The nomination meeting will be towards the end of the month (January) The date will be confirmed soon. This is a new year and a new start, pray about what you could do to help our church, to help serve God.

In February we will have our Valentine dinner and there is talk that we will have a chili dinner on Super bowl Sunday. The dinners and events we have are a great time to socialize with our church family and I look forward to each one. God is good, all the time!

FROM PAT: is my email address, send me your comments, insights, thoughts or suggestions!

Did you know there are 20 not so famous bible stories? That is what it says in the back of my bible. This week the story is Numbers 16: 1-50, Korah, Dathan and Abiram. I can only say that those men learned the Lords anger in a way I pray I never do. What lesson do you get out of this “story”? Does it upset you to know that our God, who gave his only Son for us to have forgiveness , could be a demanding and jealous God? A vengeful God? Please email your comments to me. I would love to hear from all of you!

We all have “something” that we do when we talk with God, for me it is quilting. As I create a quilt top or a rag quilt, all my prayers and questions go into that quilt. When it is finally done and gifted, that person is getting a part of my life with God. It is comforting to me to know that someone is “covered” in my prayers!

What do you do when you talk to God?

Next week #4 not so famous bible story is: Numbers 17:1-13 Aaron: A Budding Leader.

Acts 20:21 “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first.

Until next week: Smile, be happy and share your love of God. Be a blessing to someone. With this very cold weather make sure and check on your neighbors, and please make sure your 4 legged friends are warm and toasty with lots of fresh water and warm bedding! Don’t be quick to judge someone, we don’t know what they are going through.

Otter Creek Christian Church

Hello again from your friends at the Otter Creek Christian Church. Here we are into the second week of January. 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 to 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 16:33niv). 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 am and Worship at 10:40am each Sunday.

You can contact Pastor Steve by calling the church at 446-5300 [leave message] or call Pastor’s home at 446-4007, cell 1-812-531-6135, facebook/Otter Creek Christian Church or e-mail

Special happenings at OCCC. Jan 13h Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8am,

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.

Center Point United Methodist Church

Tomorrow Pastor Bob Kumpf plans to continue looking at the events in the life of Jesus. Last week he spoke of the one passage that told of Jesus as a boy of 12. Bob said, “This Sunday we will look at the onset of Jesus’ ministry when we examine the difference between the baptism of John the Baptist and Jesus. Our message is taken from Acts 9:1-7 and is titled, ‘Come Holy Spirit’. The scripture takes us on Paul’s journey into Ephesus where he encounters proclaimed followers of Jesus who have been baptized, but not exposed to the promise of The Holy Spirit. They had received John’s baptism of repentance which was preparing the way for the Messiah, but had not informed them about the Great Councilor, The Helper, The Holy Spirit which Jesus had promised would be sent to abide in them forever!

“The truth is that many who believe in God the Father and Jesus still fall short in receiving and claiming The Holy Spirit to lead and guide and comfort them in their everyday lives. Francis Chan calls Him the ‘Forgotten God’. If we truly believe in the Holy Trinity then we must put our faith in The Holy Spirit as well.”

Tomorrow night we will be wrapping up our Bible study titled “Relying on the Holy Spirit”. The scriptures we have read during the study make it clear Who the Holy Spirit is, His job, the benefits we have when we receive Him into our lives and how He helps us minister to others. Join us in the morning to hear more about this Third Person of the Trinity. Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Come. Be blessed. Then, be a blessing to others.

Brazil First United Methodist Church

The Brazil First United Methodist Church invites you to join us this Sunday. Our worship services are traditional at 9 a.m. and contemporary at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10:10 a.m. Nursery care is available. Message by Pastor Rick. 9:45 a.m. - Something’s Brewing in the Pine Room. Stay late or come early to join us between services for coffee and snacks.

5:30 p.m. - Bible Squad

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. - Soup Kitchen in Traylor Hall. 6:00 p.m. - Bell Choir. 7:00 p.m. - Chancel Choir.

Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - Praise Team.

Friday, 7:30 p.m. - Our Chancel Choir will present their cantata at the Little Chapel in Carbon.

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon - An SPRC training will be held at Union United Methodist Church. Everyone involved in the Administrative Council is part of the SPRC and should attend the meeting.

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 9, 2018, churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests. Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church is the host for our area.

On February 10, we will be sponsoring a Volunteer Fair. It will consist of organizations who rely on volunteers to make their work possible. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. with tables of information and presentations scheduled every half hour in the sanctuary. If you are interested in volunteering for a worthwhile cause, please consider coming to investigate all the different organizations it takes to make a community run.

Ash Wednesday is February 14 and we will be hosting a service beginning at 7:00 p.m. We would like to encourage everyone to attend this night of worship.

Parent Cafe is an organization that meets in our Pine Room the first Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. They are a welcoming safe place for caregivers to come together in a small setting to have conversations about real life family events. They provide resources and skills for new parents/caregivers. For more information, contact Austin Mason at or 812-231-9146.

We are located at 201 North Meridian Street. Our pastor is Rick Koch. The office phone is 812-443-2231. Online we can be reached at Our website is Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30-3:30, with lunch 12:00-1:00. Friday, 8:30 to 12:00.

Annunciation Church

Registration cards are available for families who have not yet registered. Please call the office for information or for a registration card to fill out. We will be distributing 2018 tithing envelopes before the end of the year. If you do not currently have a parish number and would like one, please let the office know. Thank you!

The 8th Annual Soup Bowl Benefit will take place on Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 at Maryland

Community Church (4700 State Rd.46). Seating times this year are 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Catholic Charities offices at 1801 Poplar Street or online at Select a unique hand crafted bowl created by local artists and individuals and treat your tastes buds with delicious soups, breads and desserts donated by local businesses, individuals and caterers. Tickets are $25.00.

St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is in need of peanut butter, spaghetti and sauce. All donations can be dropped off at the parish center. Thank you for your support!

Thursday, January 25th at 10am is the next mobile food pantry at Cooper Towers. If volunteers could please be there by 9:30 to unload the truck that would help tremendously. Thank you for your continued support helping feed families in Clay County.

Knights of Columbus Social Meeting

All members are invited to a social meeting on Monday Jan. 22nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be at Kennedy Crossing. Special guest speaker will be David Dickerson. He will speak of the benefits available as a member of the Knights. We would also like to invite anyone interested in joining the Knights of Columbus. Contact David Frisz for further information.

First Christian Church

This Sunday at First Christian Church, our Senior Minister, Chris Gregg will continue a sermon series ”Go Fish” this Sunday’s sermon title is, “Why Fish?”.

You are invited us this to join us as we worship this Sunday. We are located on the west edge of Brazil, on US Highway 40, and have two worship services each Sunday morning. For all early-birds, our 8:30 am service is an upbeat, traditional service. Our 10:50 am worship service is a Contemporary Worship service. Our dress is informal, our worship is intentional, and our message is eternal. Please come and be our guest. Sunday School and Adult Bible Fellowship Classes are at 9:40am.

WeeKidz, our preschool ministry, meets in the east wing of the church during both the 9:40 am Sunday School hour and the 10:50 worship service.. Children infant-preschool learn about our best friend, Jesus, in a fun and safe environment. KidZone, our elementary worship ministry, meets in the gym of the Family Life Center during both the 9:40 am Sunday School hour and the 10:50 worship service. This week we are learning how the story of Isaac is part of God’s perfect rescue plan.

For students grades 6-12, our main programming happens on Sunday nights. Every Sunday night we have Open Gym and Worship Uncoiled. Open gym starts at 5:00 in our gymnasium. Open gym is a relaxed time where students can come hang out with friends, shoot some basketballs, and play some dodgeball. To get to Open Gym just go in the doors right under the big “Family Life Centre” sign. Worship Uncoiled happens right after Open Gym and it meets at 6:00 in our foyer and worship center. It includes a full meal, a crazy game, prizes, worship and a short practical lesson. To get to Worship Uncoiled just go in the doors under the big drive through awning. We would love to see you at one or both of these events! On Sunday Morning we will have Sunday School for students grades 6-12. Sunday School meets in our school building. To get to our area, just go in the doors by the big “KidZone” sign, turn left at the desk and go around the corner.

Brazil’s Bethel United Methodist Church

924 E. Pinckley Strret

Continues to host a Sunday evening Music worship service on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

The next service is scheduled for January 14th at 6pm.

Guest performers will be Gray Beards

A free dinner will follow the service in the fellowship hall.

Community Missionary Church

The weather this week was so welcome after the bitter cold weather we experienced last week. It is easy to grow discouraged when times are difficult, but just like Indiana weather, they will change as we trust God and listen to His voice. Scott Burns gave us a reading about waiting patiently on Him Sunday morning. Our church family has been prayerfully aware of this life’s struggles as we have shared heartaches and trials this past few weeks. Ecclesiastes tells us there is a season for everything and a time to every purpose under the heaven. There is a time to weep but also a time to laugh.

Travis Terril gave the intro to Pastor Kenny Thomas’s lesson with “The King Is Coming”, the ultimate answer to earth’s trials. Our King is coming back to rescue us...just when God’s time is right. Kenny spoke about the rich man who died and implored Father Abraham to send the beggar, Lazarus, to him in Hades. He wanted him to give water to cool his tongue, because of the agony of the fire. When the rich man found that could not happen he asked that Lazarus be sent to warn his surviving brothers. We have all heard the warnings and time is at hand. Jesus is coming again; we have God’s Word, His Holy Spirit and His Son sacrificed His life and returned from the grave to overcome death and pay our sin debt. Now it is up to us to give Him our lives and accept Him into our hearts. Sin breaks fellowship with God. To follow God means walking in the light and God is Light. Darkness cannot overcome light and there is no darkness in God. His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119: 105.)

As we think about the coming of Jesus to heaven, our relationship with Him is our priority. As you draw near to Him, surround yourself with believers who can strengthen and support you. If you don’t have a church family, we invite you to join us any Sunday morning at 9:30 for Sunday School and 10:30 for Morning Worship. We have Children’s Church and Toddler Church for the kids. Sunday evenings we meet at 6 here at 21 W Pinckley Street.

Upcoming Events: At the beginning of 2018, many folks are working on their New Year’s resolutions. While many are focused on exercise and eating right, others are ready to tackle their finances. Financial Peace University classes will be offered at the church beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The program meets for 9 weeks and the meetings last 90 minutes. This is the Dave Ramsey program and statistics show that 76% of people live paycheck to paycheck. The classes show you how to prepare a budget, pay off debt, and begin saving money. You can be in charge of your finances! There is a fee for the classes ($109) but the knowledge and benefits far exceed the cost. Invest in your family’s future. For more information and to register for the classes go to If you have questions you can contact the class facilitator, Cheryl Riddell, at (812) 236-9101. A limited number of scholarships are available. Talk to Cheryl if this is a need for you to enroll.

First Baptist Church

You are invited to join us at the following weekly services. Sunday school classes for all ages at the First Baptist Church begin at 9:30 a.m. Worship service follows at 10:30 a.m. with Nursery and KidMo offered for children through the 5th grade. Sunday evening service and Youth Group for middle and high school students start at 5 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. A Financial Peace University course is offered on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from January 16 – March 13. Also, every Tuesday, a bible study for middle and high school girls meets at 7 p.m. at the home of Stacey Thompson ( On Wednesday, an adult bible study is held at 12 noon at the YMCA and choir practice takes place at 6 p.m. at the church. On Thursday, the Kid’s Klothes Kloset is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and The Rock contemporary worship service begins at 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 South Walnut Street. The church phone number is (812) 448-8112. Our pastor is Mark Thompson. The church website is

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