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Something’s Cooking
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
Youth Group – Sundays 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Brazil First United Methodist youth for grades 6-12 and ‘Club 45’ for 4th and 5th graders who meet from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. However both groups will be taking the month of July off for family vacations and other fun activities. Groups will start back up Sunday August 6th, when a pool party at the Packard’s will kick-off another great school year. Bring your friends and a towel to spend the evening swimming, eating hot dogs with all the fixins’, and maybe a little lesson about God!
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Open Hands Preschool will start their 2017-2018 school year August 28, 2017. Preschoolers who are 4 before August 1, 2017 and are too young for kindergarten will be enrolled in the all day preschool 8:45-2:15, Monday-Wednesday-Friday and the preschoolers who are 3 and 4 will be in half day classes Tuesday & Thursday, 8:45-11:15 for the morning class and 11:45-2:15 for the afternoon class.
Anyone interested in enrolling their child may call Director Chris Pestoff at 812-691-5303 or the church 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.
SOS is currently allowing people access to their pantry by appointment only. The SOS building is located 1 block north of US 40 on State Road 59.
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.
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at First United Methodist Church on 8/3/2017.  We have 4 free screenings which will go to the first 4 people that sign-up. Look for the sheet in the Connection Center. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  

In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit or text the word circle to 797979.

We are having an old fashioned block Sunday, July 30th starting at 9:45 in the morning. The festivities are being held in the parking lot just north of the church.
There is going to be Praise and Worship with our own Praise Team in addition to a faithful sermon from Pastor Rick Koch. Following the sermon will be lots of FOOD and FUN. Furthermore we will be serving hot dogs & sloppy joes, with the wonderful cooks in our church making desserts that I am sure will please every pallet. Once the appetites have been satisfied the games will begin. There will be games for young and old alike. Some old games and some new games, so put your game faces on and join us for a faith filled day sure to fulfill every need you may have.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
What: YMHFA Training, a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of youth in a mental or behavioral health crisis.
Where: Brazil First United Methodist Church,
201 N. Meridian St, Brazil, IN
When: Tuesday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Who: Youth workers, youth pastors, 4-H leaders, Boy/Girl Scout leaders, bus drivers, coaches, parents of youth, community volunteers, foster parents, anyone who interacts with youth
Cost: no charge; funding provided by
SAMHSA Project AWARE-C grant
Why: To learn specific skills; to better understand; to learn to recognize (not diagnose); to learn to provide help; to remove the stigma; and most importantly – to be a source of help for the youth in Clay County!
Be one of the over 200 YMHF Aiders we need in Clay County.
To register: or
Brazil First United Methodist Church
201 N Meridian Street, Brazil, Indiana 47834
Phone: 812-443-2231
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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!
This year’s mission trip will be taking our adventurers to Uganda. For Pastor Rick, the trip is old hat as he has made this trip before and has developed many relationships. The newcomers, Shawn & Lea Cullison, will be experiencing a whole new way of life. With what our reverse Lent calendar showed, there are few necessities, never mind any luxuries. They will be spending approximately 2 weeks there, leaving July 7th and returning July 24th. Anyone feeling as though they would like to be a part of this adventure by supporting this group through a monetary donation can write a check to the church, Brazil First United Methodist Church and on the memo line write Uganda. If you want to specify who the donation should go to then please put that on a separate piece of paper not on the check. Any donations would be appreciated. The address is 201 N Meridian Street, Brazil, IN 47834.
This year our newly developed Worship Design Team is asking everyone involved in school this year bring in an item they will be using. For example the students could bring in their backpacks, teachers their planners, cooks their aprons, etc., so we as a church can pray over them to have a productive and successful year.
Since school begins August 7, 2017 this year, we will be praying Sunday, August 6th during both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. So, if you are involved in school in any way plan to attend and bring any tool you may use during the course of the school year for prayer.