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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
‘Bible Squad’ – 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.
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The annual Route 40 Fest celebration and festival is going to be held Saturday September 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on US 40 beginning at SR 59 and continuing west to Depot Street. There will be food, entertainment, crafts, informational booths, and anything else the imagination can dream up. If anyone is interested in applying for a vendor booth there are applications in the office or you can email:
.The cost for a booth is $50 and $25 for non-profit.
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.
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.
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.
CASA Classes in September
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is beginning their new class for volunteers September 12th. For more information on the program and how you can help go to or their facebook page – clay county casa.
We will once again be hosting a vaccine clinic here in the Carillon Room. This year we will have a few more vaccines than we have had in the past. The clinic is going to be Sunday, October 8th between the Contemporary and Tradition worship services at approximately 10 a.m. The vaccines that will be provided for ages 11 and over are: Influenza (Flu), Pneumonia, Shingles, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis/Whooping cough), Meningococcal (Meningitis), Hepatitis A and B, HPV (Human Papillomavirus vaccine).
Discipleship Resources of the INUMC are sponsoring a Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Sunday, September 17

th  from 2 – 7 at Northside Community UMC, 1075 N Fruitridge Avenue, Terre Haute. This workshop will focus on churches uniting to pray collectively and consistently for God to breakthrough in new and miraculous ways. To register for this workshop we must have at least 5 persons interested in signing up and attending. There can be additional people attending for a small additional fee as well. Those of you interested in attending, or wanting more information should call the office. We currently need 3 more to complete our first 6 so hurry to make the call you don’t want to miss out!

100% of Donations go directly go to the relief effort

Cleaning Kit Materials for Disaster Relief


  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
    • Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
    • Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
  • Liquid laundry detergent
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
  • Liquid household cleaner
    • 12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
    • No spray cleaners
  • Dish soap
    • 16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
  • 1 can air freshener
    • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellant spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush
    • Plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • No cellulose sponges due to mold issues
    • Remove from wrapper
  • 5 scouring pads
    • Remove from wrapper
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from the box
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
    • 1 pair work gloves
      • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly of Cleaning Kit – UMCOR

Sending Assembled Kits

You can send relief supply kits to:

UMCOR Sager Brown Depot 
P. O. Box 850 
131 Sager Brown Road 
Baldwin, LA 70514-0850 

Contact For Help: 1-800-814-8765

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: Wednesday, October 4th, 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
Invites to you to YMHFA training
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!
The new Pantry Blessings(food pantry) is set to start preparing sacks of uncooked goods to distribution on September 13th immediately following Something’s Cooking which starts at 4:30 p.m. Pantry Blessings will be open for distribution the 2nd and 4th Wednesday’s of each month. They will be working closely with Catholic Charities to present nutritious foods to be prepared at home. If there are any questions please call the office at 812-443-2231.