News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 20, 2013

Church briefs: Dec. 21, 2013

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Terre Haute St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Christmas worship, Stephen’s, 217 N. Seventh St., at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. All are welcome.

The 4 p.m. service is new this year and is especially for those for whom the larger, festival services are too big, too much, or too late. This early service will include the Christmas readings, prayers, carols and holy communion. It will last about one hour.

The 9 p.m. service is our Festival Celebration of Nativity with an extended prelude of music for meditation with organ and brass. At 9:15 p.m. the traditional Christmas Lessons and Music service begins and includes Holy Communion. No incense will be used at either service.

Christmas at 10 a.m. there will be a quiet Christmas communion service in our Chapel which is to the right as you enter the garden from 7th street.

Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8 you are invited to join us for a brown bag discussion of “The Beauty of Holiness,” 12:10 to 1 p.m.

For information on any of these events, the church office is open in the afternoons Tuesday to Friday, 812-232-5165 or check our website:

Maple Avenue United Methodist

The church welcomes all to worship this Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages meet 9:30, between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to share in this Advent season in his message titled “Out Of the Ordinary,” which will incorporate scripture Matthew 1:18-25. The theme this week reminds us that God brings extraordinary things out of the ordinary. At 10:30 service, the children’s sermon will be given, Maple Avenue Tree House Daycare will sing and junior church is offered. The Christmas Eve service is 9 p.m. Special music and nativity stories will welcome the Baby Jesus. Join us for this inspirational service of light and hope.

We offer free transportation to and from 10:30 worship service. If you would like a ride to church, call the church office at 812-232-7263 before noon Fridays during the week. We will be happy to pick you up and bring you to church. We hope you will join us for an inspirational worship service this Sunday.

Central Christian Church – Disciples of Christ

Today our church and youth will have a dress rehearsal for their Christmas pageant. Meet at 10 a.m. at the church. The church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We celebrate Communion every Sunday, and our table is open for all who wish to partake. Tomorrow, we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent; our young church and youth will bring the message to us during their annual Christmas pageant. We will also gather and dedicate our Christmas special offering. We will have a “Happy Birthday Jesus” celebration during our fellowship time after worship.

Sunday school for all ages is at 11 a.m. The adult class continues their discussion on Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins.” Adult Bible study takes place Mondays at 9 a.m. at the church.

Our candlelight and Communion Christmas Eve service is at 7 p.m. All ages are invited to come and celebrate Christ’s birth together.

We continue to sell fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars. During December we are collecting hats, mittens and gloves for the students at Fuqua Elementary School. We are also collecting items for our Angel Tree. These gifts will be given to those in need.

 Join us at 4950 E. Wabash Ave. We can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our website is

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The church is at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. Children’s religious education is at 10:50 a.m.

On Sunday, the speaker will be the Rev. Doddie Stone. Her topic is “What Child is This?” What message do we find in the story of a Child born more than 2000 years ago? What seems to move us with nostalgia and dreaming in spite of, as well as because of, our beliefs? The Rev. Stone will share her thoughts about this important Christian holiday and its relevance in our lives in 2013.

The Rev. Stone attended Starr King School for the Ministry and served several UU congregations. She continues to be a guest speaker in nearby congregations.

The Rationalist Free-Thinkers meet Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Their topic is “How much of Christmas is really ‘religious’ anymore? Do we still have a sense of the sacred?”

On Tuesday we will have a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. The title is: “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” The Rev. Doddie Stone will lead the service, which will include readings of the traditional biblical story and carols of the season. We will conclude with special music by Lisa Baer on guitar and a candle-lighting ceremony. Refreshments will be served following the service for those who wish to stay and enjoy the spirit of the evening. The service will last about an hour.

We can provide large-print programs and hearing-assistance devices, if needed. You can reach us at 812-232-1193 or find us on Facebook.

Mount Pleasant

Aaron Wheaton, senior pastor, and Rick Swan, assistant pastor, along with the entire church family, invite you to join us by attending a worship service or another activity at one of our two church campuses.

The south campus, at 3050 E. Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school classes at 10 a.m. The north campus, at 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. with a worship service at 10 a.m. Both campuses host Holy Communion the first Sunday of the month.

Plan now to attend one of our Christmas Eve services, at 4 p.m at the north campus and 7 p.m. at the south campus.

Upcoming sermons include “A Time for Reconciliation” on Sunday and “O Holy Night” on Christmas Eve.

The south campus continues to hold worship services in the fellowship center, or as we like to call it on Sunday mornings, our worship center. The entrance to fellowship/worship center is on west side of the building, but the front entrance is open for your convenience, as well. (Note that front entrance is locked approximately 10 minutes after the each service, but worship center will remain open during the entire service. We always welcome those who are running late.)

If you want to grow in Christ and in your Christian faith we invite you to try one of our small groups or Bible studies, available throughout the week at various times, days and evenings, at both campuses. Music and arts opportunities at our campuses include praise band, choir, hand bell choir and drama team.

We also offer the Upward basketball, cheerleading and soccer programs during the fall and winter. Upward participants are children in kindergarten through eighth grade. We have a special-needs league, too. Basketball and cheerleading are currently underway. Soccer takes place early in 2014. Upward programs will be at our north church campus this year.

South campus activities:

An evening service called “6:35” will be at 6:35 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. It is an intergenerational worship experience featuring praise, prayer and a message while incorporating elements of drama, dance and art.

Lifeline, our ministry for youth in sixth grade through senior year, meets from 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth-graders that meets bimonthly, 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays from October to May.

Boost is our midweek gathering. On Wednesday evening an activity with dinner is at 5:15 p.m. in the fellowship center, followed by classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Our first session of 2014 will run from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26.

To start the work week, prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. every Monday in the chapel. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program from hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets at 7 p.m. every Friday in the Wide Eye Cafe. Other groups include the women’s Lunch Bunch, Yarn Spinners, Sit & Fit and men’s fellowship group.

North campus activities:

Our Care Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

New Groups:

Revolution, our young adults’ life group for college-age students and up, meets Thursday, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call the south campus office for directions.

Our Journey Forward, a support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, meets the second Thursday of each month at the north campus. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the group meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information email ourjourney or call the north campus office.

Another new group at our north campus is Needle Nook and Hook. This community outreach group meets each Monday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where they sew, crochet and knit lap robes and afghans. Everyone is invited regardless of skill level.

For more information, you can call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or north campus 812-232-2478.

You can also visit our website at, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Mt_PleasantUMC.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation at 301 N. Seventh St., in Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor and adjacent to Indiana State University, welcomes you to our beautiful 147-year-old church. We invite you to worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s message, “Watch Over Him Tonight: Reflections on Advent Compassion” (Luke 1: 59-79), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and those in attendance singing selected Christmas carols.

There will be no Sunday school classes this Sunday. Classes are offered to all age groups and nursery care is provided. The Friendship class (adult Bible study), Connections class (young adults, ages 18 to 30), and preschool, primary, junior and youth classes will resume on Dec. 29.

Join us in the fellowship hall for the annual children’s Christmas program during Sunday school hour, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. All children and youth are invited to participate in the program. Call Gail Hays if your child/children will take part in the presentation of “A Capital C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S.”

The 7th Cents Youth Group is a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes. All students are invited to participate. There will be no meetings on Dec. 22; they will resume on Jan. 12, 2014. Contact Youth Director Tiffany Grossman at Centenary (232-2319) or at 589-1647 if you have questions.

 All are invited to a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Tuesday evening. The church is beautifully decorated and the presence of God is highlighted by scores of candles that illuminate the magnificent stained-glass windows. Bill Cain, at the 1600+ pipe organ, will elevate the Christmas spirit in all those attending and the joy of Christ’s birth will abound. Communion will be served to all in the Thirza Bunce Room, 6 to 6:15 p.m., before to the service.

The church’s Seventh Street entrance is handicapped-accessible, and ample parking is located behind the church. Consider participating in our prayer and meditation time on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon. Contact the church office at 232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities, including the chancel choir and our very active women’s ministries.

Oregon Baptist

Join us at OBC for a Christmas journey. Pastor Fred will be sharing a four-part series on “The Journey of the People in the Christmas Story.” This Sunday is the final in the series, “Hospital Visit.” These four journeys coincide with the journey we all make in our lives.

We invite everyone to join us for Christmas Eve services at 6:30 p.m.

Our church is an American Baptist Church at 11200 S. Carlisle St. We can be reached at 812-299-2112. The pastor is Fred Harrison.

Sunday school starts each week at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Youth groups meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior ABY is for second through fifth grades, and Senior ABY is for sixth through 12th grades. There will be no Wednesday evening activities on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

St. Benedict

Father Ed Goldbach, pastor, and the parish community at 111 S. Ninth St., invite you to Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Christmas Eve Masses are at 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Mass is at 11 a.m. For information about our services or programs call 812-232-8421.

The next Secular Franciscans & Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is on Dec. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and the parish at 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses are at 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight, with Christmas carols at 11:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Mass is celebrated at 10 a.m. For more information about our services or programs call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

St. Margaret Mary

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community at 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to join us for weekend Mass Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday at 11 am. Misa en Espanol a las dos todos los Domingos (Spanish Mass is at 2 p.m. each Sunday). The sacrament of reconciliation is offered Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. The Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. and Misa en Espanol a medianoche (Spanish Mass at midnight). The Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, visit us online or call the parish office at 812-232-3512.

St. Mary’s Village Church

Sr. Joan Slobig, SP, parish life coordinator, and the parish community invite you to join us for Liturgy Sunday at 9 a.m. On Christmas Eve we will have our children’s program at 5 p.m. and Mass at 5:30 p.m. The Christmas Day Mass is at 9 a.m. For information about our parish programs or to register call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and parish community at 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend Liturgy Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 am. Christmas Eve Masses will be at 6:30 p.m. and midnight, with the Vigil at 11:20 p.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 am. For information about any of our programs call the parish office at 812-232-8518.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Barbara Black, parish life coordinator, and the parishioners at 2322 N. 131⁄2 St., welcome you to celebrate Mass tonight at 4:30 p.m. Mass is also at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. On Christmas Eve we will have our children’s program at 3:30 p.m. and Mass at 4. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

Annunciation, Brazil

Fr. John Hollowell, pastor, and the parishioners at 19 N. Alabama, invite you to Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday 8:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Masses are at 7 p.m. and midnight, with carols at 11:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass is at 8:30 a.m. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Fr. John Hollowell interviews Annunciation parishioner Bob Dowell and Terre Haute radio veteran Jerry Arnold about the work of Crosley Radio Players. They produce re-enactments of vintage radio dramas and comedies in the area in performances at nursing homes, theaters and restaurants. Interviews will air Sunday, 2 to 2:30 p.m.; and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish at 558 Nebeker St. invite you to celebrate Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available Saturday, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses will be at 4 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day Mass is at 10 a.m.

St. Joseph, Rockville

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish at 217 E. Ohio St. invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The Christmas Eve Mass will be at 6:30 p.m.

Unity Presbyterian

The worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Drive is at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. The first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday, our pastor, Jenni Walker Noyes, and the congregation invite you to hear her sermon, “God’s Call,” based on Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25.

Join us for a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Our children will be singing favorite Christmas carols. Pastor Jenni Walker Noyes’ sermon, “Worth the Wait,” will be based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20.

Childcare is available throughout the morning. Join us for fellowship following the service. Unity supports local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is choir director, Andrea Marlow is the organist. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Thursday and 10 a.m. Sunday. For the month of December, Unity prays for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. This week we send God’s love and prayers for peace on Earth, and peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at West Vigo Elementary School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. All are welcome. Church office: 812-299-2206; Facebook: Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute; email:

Riley Bible

The entire church family invites you to join us at church for Christmas Sunday. The main service is at 11 a.m. We are located two doors down from Dollar General, right off of Highway 46. Sunday morning services include Sunday school at 10 a.m. and a family worship service at 11 am. Wednesday night prayer and Bible study starts at 7 p.m.

For directions or more information call us at 812-230-6053, go to our website at or check us out on Facebook.

Central Presbyterian

The church, at 125 N. Seventh St., gathers at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for traditional worship. Pastor Lant Davis’ sermon, “A Righteous Man,” is based on Matthew 1:18-25, that gospel’s account of the birth of Jesus. A time for coffee, conversation and refreshments immediately follows worship, downstairs in the fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. Worship continues Tuesday with a Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols. Services are at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a vocal and organ concert beginning at 7. After the service worshippers are invited downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies and punch. The church office will be closed Wednesday (Christmas Day) and Thursday. For details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

Peniel United Methodist, Brazil

Just four more days until we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Having our families home for visits is one of the biggest joys and blessings. The older you get, the more tradition and past memories are the most important. The Christmas music is beautiful, again — memories.

On Sunday, a Christmas program including the Christmas cantata will be at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to this special occasion at the church, on Kennedy Crossing Road.

Family Communion will be available from 3 to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Come as you are, whenever it is more convenient.

Pastor Pippin’s message will be “Where Can I Find God?” The Scripture is from St. Matthew 11:2-11.

Don’t forget those who are not as fortunate to have plenty of food on the table. Each Sunday, we collect a donation for the Brazil Food Pantry. Sunday school will be at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45. For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Memorial United Methodist

The church, at 2701 Poplar St., Terre Haute, invites you to worship with us each Sunday. Parking is available in our large lot behind the church on Oak Street.

Join us on this fourth Sunday of Advent. The Rev. Scott’s sermon will be “Joseph, Do Not Be Afraid.” One of the semi-forgotten characters in the entire Christmas story is Joseph. He is in the story, of course, but no one makes him the story except Matthew’s gospel. Joseph had every right to be afraid, to be filled with fear, to be filled is questions and doubt, yet the angel tells him to not be afraid. The faith of Joseph is a faith for the ages. The Scripture will be Matthew 1:18-25.

At 8:45 a.m. we have our traditional worship service. If you like to sing traditional hymns, hear a choir anthem by our chancel choir and hear multiple Scripture readings in a more formal setting then this is the service for you.

At 9:45 a.m. join us for our fellowship and refreshment time.

At 10 a.m. join us for Sunday school. We have many to choose from, for all ages.

At 11 a.m. we have our second service, PRAYZ!, our casual, family-type worship, with the PRAYZ band. If you like to wear jeans to church, sing along with the praise team to praise music, see film and media used in worship, and have a more laid-back and casual service, then this is the one for you.

The traditional and PRAYZ! worship services both contain a children’s message, Scripture readings, music, pastoral prayer and the sermon. Children may stay in the service with their families or they may attend children’s church following the children’s message.

Join us on Christmas Eve for one of our candlelight services at 4:30 or 7 p.m. The Rev. Scott’s sermon will be “Swaddling Christmas.” Swaddling isn’t an everyday word in our modern English language, but when we hear it in the Luke story about how the shepherds will find the baby Jesus, it has a certain familiarity to it. I hope that you have a swaddling Christmas in every way. The Scripture will be Luke 2:1-20. Communion will be served in the chapel, 4 to 8:30 p.m.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the library. This is a support group for persons living with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and is open to the public. For more information contact Betty Porter at 877-9950.

For more information call our church office at 812-234-0776, fax us at 812-235-3574 or visit our website at

Rosedale Baptist

The church is at Depot and Middle streets. The phone number is 765-548-2857, with Pastor Randy McPike.

Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 7, Wednesday night prayer and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Sunday, 7 p.m.: “Sing And Share”; 8 p.m.: Cookie Exchange: Bring four dozen to exchange and one dozen to eat. If you bring them, you will take four dozen home.

Dec. 24, 10 p.m.: Christmas Eve service

Northside Wesleyan

The church is at 2439 N. 14 1/2 St., with Pastor Eddie Hayes and Associate Pastor Neva McFarland.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6, Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 22, 6 p.m.: We will be presenting our Christmas cantata, “O Holy Night,” directed by Sister Janet Jones; a fellowship and refreshments will follow this program.

Sister Neva McFarland is doing a Bible study Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Join us.

Dec. 25: “Happy Birthday Jesus”

Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.: This will be our New Year Eve’s candlelight worship service, with a special time of praying for friends and family and the new year ahead. Come and feel God’s love and his presence. We would love to see you there.

First Baptist

Join us for worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. On this fourth Sunday of Advent The sanctuary choir and instrumental ensemble will present “Appalachian Winter,” a cantata by Joseph M. Martin. This cantata celebrates the legacy of early American carols and hymnody. It is composed in the spirit of folk music, yet it combines traditional sounds with more rustic elements associated with Sacred Harp tunes, Shaker hymns and Appalachian melodies. Sunday school follows worship at 10:45 a.m. with classes for all ages, including nine adult class options. The First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after worship, serving freshly brewed Rex coffee and light refreshments.

Our Sunday evening Link service at 6 p.m. is more contemporary in style and is in Esken Hall, with the congregation seated around tables. Music for The Link this week will be provided by guest musicians Brittany Jackson and Jeff Janiszewski. Pastor John Campbell will bring a three-month sermon series, “The Story,” to a conclusion as he speaks on the topic “The Long Awaiting Messiah.” The service will also include the observance of Communion.

Christmas Eve will be observed with a candlelight service at 6 p.m. This service will include special music, a children’s story and a message by Pastor Bernie Jackson, and will conclude with the singing of carols and lighting of candles by the congregation. A nursery for younger children will be provided.

The church is at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available at

United Presbyterian, Clinton

Our church will worship at 10:45 a.m. with adult Sunday school class at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Olson will deliver the sermon. Following children’s time, the youngsters may go into the fellowship hall for church school during the rest of the worship service. The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 6:30 p.m.

An open house at Olson’s in Montezuma will be Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. In case of inclement weather, it will be postponed to January.

AA meets Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Community Kitchen is closed Thursday. The Vermillion County Food Pantry is located in the former manse next to the church at 315 Mulberry. It provides frozen, perishable and non-perishable food to anyone, 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. every other Tuesday. The next Tuesday food will be available is Dec. 24.

Trinity Lutheran

Come and join us during worship time at 10 a.m. each Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Ohio Blvd. Holy Communion is offered at each worship service.

Come and share the joy of the Advent and Christmas seasons by joining us for worship, especially for our two traditional Christmas Eve services at 5 and 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services.

Coming up on Dec. 29, the children in our congregation will be collecting pennies for their Penny Power ministry during our 10 a.m. worship service. Donations will help feed hungry children and adults around the world through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger Organization.

For more details concerning the church or our ministries, call 812-232-7628.

Church of Christ at Terre Haute

The church meets at 4017 E. Margaret Drive Sundays at 10 a.m. for Bible study, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for worship, and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for Bible study.

We invite you to come be with us. When you visit, you can expect plain and simple Bible teaching and preaching, congregational singing, prayers, and the Lord’s supper and collection for the saints on the Lord’s day.

Check out our website at

First Congregational

The church, at 630 Ohio St., invites you to join us Sunday, as we continue our Advent journey with our series “Follow the Star” and the sermon “The Star of Joy.” C.S. Lewis entitled his autobiography “Surprised by Joy.” In this, he reminds us that joy is something that, once we find it, we desperately hope to never lose. In God, through Christ, the joy comes into our lives, filling the cracks with a light that can never be extinguished. As we share the story of Mary’s song of joy in the coming Messiah, we will explore the possibility of joy in our own lives.

Services are 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 a.m. (traditional). There is a children’s service at the 10:30 gathering and Sunday school downstairs. Friends are invited to help us fill the food barrel donations for the area food bank. Bring your non-perishable, non-breakable container food items. We are very close to our 2013 goal of 1,200 pounds.

We invite members and friends to join us today for a service on the longest night. For many of us, Christmas is a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering people and events that are no longer part of our lives. The celebrations around us often remind us of what we’ve lost. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health and the isolation of grief make us feel very alone. We need time and space to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know we are not alone. We need to feel God’s presence during this season. This quiet service is in our sanctuary, 6 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Our traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service is Tuesday, beginning at 7 p.m. This service of carols and a message is a wonderful way to usher in the joy of Christmas. Wassail and cookies will be served before and after the service.

Our church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches, founded on the principles of faith, freedom and fellowship.. There’s a place here for you. You can find us online at or on Facebook.

United Methodist Temple

We would like everyone to join us on this Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent. Our choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Heaven’s Child,” written by Pepper Choplin. We will have only one service this Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school meeting at 9:30 a.m. We invite all to join us for this special service. A nursery is available.

This week our church activities include:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga; 12:15 p.m., Celebrate Recovery, beginning with lunch and then forming groups to discuss dealing with “hurts, habits and hangups.”

Our Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. It will be a service of candles and carols.

For more information, call the church at 812-299-1898,visit terre or check out (Our office will be closed Dec. 25 to 27 for the Christmas holiday.)

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the church family invite you to worship with us on the fourth Sunday of Advent this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service will be Pam Alexander and Margaret Manus. Following worship we will honor our departing choir director, Cathleen Flynn, at a reception hosted by Donna Crowley.

Kid’s Hour meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster, with helper Jane Smith. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m.

Scripture readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 7:10-16 and Romans 1:1-7, with Jo Phillips serving as liturgist. The choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, will present the anthem “The Wood of the Cradle.” New members are always welcome to join the choir; rehearsals begin at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. Hymns for this Sunday are “People, Look East,” “We Are Called” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” Mary Jensen will serve as organist/pianist. Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Belonging to Jesus,” which will emphasize that we are called to belong to Jesus, who is Emmanuel, God with us.

The life of our church continues on Christmas Eve, with Holy Communion served from 5 to 6 p.m. in the sanctuary followed by the traditional Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols at 11 p.m. Come join us on this special eve of Christ’s birth, and bring your family and friends to share the excitement of this holy night.

The church office will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26.

The church i on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street. The church office phone number is 812-877-1868, with email contact at

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

The parishioners invite you to join us on Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Our Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m. After Holy Eucharist, we gather in the church hall for fellowship. Supply priests, a parade of priests from the diocese, are scheduled to minister to us on Sundays. The Rev. Larry McMahan will be the celebrant on Dec. 22, the third Sunday of Advent.

Our church is located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 N. Smith Place. For more information visit our website at or phone us at 812-533-1346. If you phone us, please leave a message and someone from the parish will return your call. The contact person is Sylvia Brockman, bishop’s warden, at 812-442-0751 or

The Christmas Eve service will be at 4:30 p.m. and will include carols, Holy Eucharist and a Christmas dinner afterward. The Rev. John Brockman will be the celebrant.

Grace Community

The Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at 5:30 p.m. All are invited to get to the heart of the Christmas spirit.

You are always welcome to our Sunday worship. We will continue our journey to Christmas. Our worship begins at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Each Sunday we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages. Our worship is a contemporary/traditional mix. If you need a prayer, use www.prayforyou

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church building at 401 W. Springhill Drive. It is just west of Debaun Funeral Home on the north side of the street.

For more information visit, or call 812-236-1507.


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    March 12, 2010