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Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Bell Choir – Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Chancel Choir-Wednesdays 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Praise Band-Thursdays 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Brazil First United Methodist youth grades 6 through 12 which are, ‘Bible Squad’ & ‘Club 45’ – meet at the same time, Sundays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
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We are hosting a Mauny Thursday Worship Service here on Thursday arch 29th at 7:00. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please try to make this a worshipful Easter and come her to praise the Lord on this blessed evening.
We are again hosting the Community Good Friday Service at 12 noon on Friday March 30th. The entire community is urged to come and enjoy the special worship in a Good Friday Service. In addition, we are hosting a Tenebre Service at 8 p.m. the evening of March 30th. One can never get enough blessings and this is especially so during the Easter Season. So come and join us in worship, fellowship, and prayer.
YMHFA Training is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of youth in a mental or behavioral health crisis.
The training will be at Brazil First United Methodist Church, 201 N Meridian Street, Brazil. 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 , 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is no charge for the class and anyone participating in any way with youth is encouraged to attend.
To Register: or 812-231-8129
We have been able to start a new food pantry for Clay County and the surrounding area. With many hours of planning and working Brazil First United Methodist Church has opened its doors to helping our community by hosting a food pantry.
With aid from Catholic Charities, the committee from Brazil First UMC and their strong leadership we have been passing out food to the local people that already attend our Something’s Cooking soup kitchen, however Pantry Blessings (the name of our food pantry) is open to anyone wishing to come in and ask for some food.
Pantry Blessings is open every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month beginning around 5:00 p.m. When stopping by for some food why not grab a try and pull up a chair for some of the best food you will ever find at a soup kitchen. If there are any questions please call the office at 812-443-2231.
Klothes Kloset
Staunton Christian Church hosts a free Klothes Kloset to everyone in the community who may be in the need of some clothing. They are open the 1st Saturday of each month 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. and the last Wednesday of each month 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.ALL ARE WELCOME!!
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Brazil First United Methodist Church has been chosen to participate in the Sacred Places grant procurement and have begun the first steps toward our commitment. We have acknowledged the covenant and are settling back in our role with this association. We have now completed our all of our class sessions and are ready to move forward with an Architect assessment. We have spoken to a couple of architects and are moving in a positive direction.
The ‘Soup Kitchen’ here at our church has decided to have a name change. We feel that what we have to offer is so much more than a regular soup kitchen. Therefore we have decided to change the name to ‘Something’s Cooking’. And believe it or not there is ALWAYS something good cooking here every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30. The meals are free of charge and everyone in the community is invited to join us.
A new addition to the community meal arena is the Sunday evening meal at The First Presbyterian Church. They are serving a free meal from 5:00 – 7:00 to everyone in the community that wishes to join them.
So, if you are running short on grocery money or just want to socialize a bit take full advantage of the wonderful meals the organizations of this community are preparing weekly. You are sure to leave full and completely satisfied.

Open Hands Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year! We are hosting an Open House for any families who are looking for preschool for their child. This open house will be on April 10th 2018 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. and include a tour of the facility, meeting Mrs. Pestoff and Ms. Frye, getting answers to any questions you may have, as well as on spot enrolling the child, if interested!

We want to encourage everyone in the community to come out to see what Open Hands Preschool has to offer!

Open Hands Preschool is located in the basement of First United Methodist Church at
201 North Meridian Street Brazil, IN 47834

If you can not make this event please contact us and we will find a time for you to come tour our building and meet our teachers!

For questions, or more information please call 812-443-2230
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April 6th at 7 pm we will be the lucky hosts of the Klassens. They are Paraguayan performers on the Folk Harp and Keyboard and are coming to Brazil First United Methodist Church to entertain and bless us with their musical talents. Their website is www.eduard if you would like to see what they are all about. We encourage everyone to take a little time out of their busy weeks and come together with these performers to celebrate and praise the Lord!


Habitat for Humanity of Clay County is having a Jonah Fish Fry Saturday, April 14th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Tickets in advance are Adults – $9, Children 5-10 – $5, and under 5 free. Day of fish fry they are $1 more. Carry out with a drive through will be available. There will also be desserts to purchase. For more information call 812-521-9435

West District Conference is holding a ‘Best Practices Workshop’ on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop is being held at Mt. Pleasant UMC, in Terre Haute. The workshop will offer informational sessions in six vital ministry areas. This event is free to all who attend, but registration is required.  Please select the link below to register.

Parent Café 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 812-231-8146.

The challenge has been made and accepted! Pastor Rick, the pastor of our church for the past 2 1/2 years has accepted a challenge. If the congregation can raise $10,000 by December 31, 2017 for our general budget he will cut his hair, SHORT! 
Well, unfortunately we were unable to meet the challenge. However we were able to collect $5,038 toward our general fund. Thank you to everyone who stepped up and donated to this worthwhile cause. Maybe next year!
We are beginning a new ministry. We have several shawls that have been made and donated to our church for what we refer to as a ‘shawl ministry’. In this new ministry we would like to present a different shawl each time we have communion, the first Sunday of the month. We will display it on the altar and then have it prayed over. Once the shawl is prayed over we will give it to someone in the congregation to have for themselves or a loved one. We currently have several shawls, but are always looking for donations of more. Anyone in need of one of the Prayer Shawls please contact our Pastor, Rick Koch. 


The American Red Cross has partnered with the City of Brazil and the Brazil Fire Department to canvas the community door-to-door and install FREE smoke alarms and fire prevention education. The free smoke alarms are not limited to the Brazil City limits. The Red Cross is a worldwide organization and due to their involvement, everyone is eligible to receive them. For more information about how to receive a free smoke alarm, please contact the Red Cross at 812-232-3393.



Kroger has begun a program that pays your favorite charitable organization by you simply using your Kroger card at time of purchase, all at no additional charge to you. Your Kroger card must be registered using Brazil First United Methodist Church as the charitable organization you wish to have your money donated to. To begin this process you will simply need to go to on your computer and register your card as I said before using Brazil First United Methodist Church as your designated charitable organization and continue shopping just as you have in the past. The money will build up in our account and each quarter we will receive a check. We have partnered with Open Hands preschool on this so each time we receive a check we will divide it with them. We are also in the process of beginning the same type of program with Amazon. So anyone purchasing from Amazon and having one of their cards will be able to help out in the same way. There will be more information on the Amazon cards when it becomes available. If you have any questions, or have problems registering your card please call the office.
Since we have started this program we have collected $76.23 from Krogers and are still working on getting on board with Amazon. Wow, and for nothing more than shopping and paying for your groceries just as you normally would!