News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 27, 2013

Church briefs: Dec. 28, 2013


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First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The church is located 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. Children’s religious education is 10:50. On Dec. 29 the speaker will be Florence Caplow. Her topic will be “The Dance of the Old and the New.” In the last days of the old year, before another year begins — can it really be almost 2014? — we gather to reflect on what we are leaving behind and what is arising new in our lives. This interactive service will be an opportunity for acknowledging endings and beginnings, grief and gratitude, letting go and turning toward new light.

Florence Caplow attended religious education classes at UU fellowship on Sixth St., as a child, and her mother is Dr. Harriet McNeal, a friend of many in the congregation. She is an ordained Zen priest, a seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley and a candidate for UU ministry.

The Rationalist Free thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m. Their topic is: “What makes us excited about the new year? Is it related to spiritual health and growth?” 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.

Barbour Avenue United Methodist Church

Darla McFadden join us in morning worship Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to bless us through her gift of music ministry. The church is located at 1401 Barbour Ave.

Oregon Baptist

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 Sunday 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. There will be no Wednesday evening activities Jan. 1.

Unity Presbyterian

The worship service, 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is 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, “Putting Herod Back into Christmas,” based on Psalm 148, Hebrews 2:10:18 and Matthew 2:13:23. The family and friends of Unity wish all a very happy new year. “The Lord will guide you always.” —Isaiah 58:11

Child care 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 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 Bethlehem International Center, 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: unitythin@gmail.com.

Riley Bible

The entire church family invites you to join us for Christmas Sunday. Our main service is 11 a.m. We are located two doors down from Dollar General in Riley, right off of Indiana 46. Sunday morning services include Sunday school at 10 a.m. and a family worship service at 11 a.m. 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 www.rileybiblechurch.com or check us out on Facebook.

St. Benedict

Father Ed Goldbach, pastor, and parish community, 111 S. Ninth St., invite you to join us for Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. For information about our services or programs call 812-232-8421.

The next Secular Franciscans & Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. and a prayer service at 10 p.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 parish community, 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to join us for Mass Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday at 11 a.m. Misa en Espanol a las dos todos los Domingos (Spanish Mass is at 2 p.m. each Sunday). Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 6 p.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered Saturdays at 2:30 p.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 parish community invite you to join us for Liturgy Sunday at 9 a.m. Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 5 p.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, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend Liturgy Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. 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 parishioners, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. welcome you to Mass tonight at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday, to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

Annunciation, Brazil

Fr. John Hollowell, pastor, and parishioners, 19 N. Alabama, invite you to Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Mass is 10 a.m. Wednesday. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and parish, 558 Nebeker St. invite you to celebrate Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. Mass is at 10 a.m. Wednesday to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God.

St. Joseph, Rockville

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and parish, 217 E. Ohio St., invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Anticipation Mass for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation, 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. Jimmy Moore’s message, “Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot: Endings and Beginnings in the Life of Faith” (Jeremiah 31: 31-33 and Luke 2: 21-32), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and those in attendance singing selected Christmas carols.

Fellowship in the church library will follow worship service, 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday school classes are offered to all age groups and nursery care is provided. At 10:45 a.m., in Friendship Room (adult Bible study), Brian Royer will teach and lead discussion on “Jesus Is Presented in the Temple” (Luke 2: 25-28). Connections, a class for young adults ages 18-30, is being taught by our pastor, Jimmy Moore. This class, meets in Disciple Room, is a time of fellowship, study and reflection. The Lamplighters discussion group, which normally meets in Cross and Flame Room, is currently working on missions. Preschool, primary, junior, and youth classes will resume this Sunday.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, will resume their activities on Jan. 12, 2014.

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 Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon. Contact church office, 232-2319, if you are interested in any of the activities, including the chancel choir and our very active women’s ministries.

Saints Home Church of God in Christ

Our church extends an invitation to the public Jan. 4, 2014, at noon, for the Celebration of Installation Service of Elder Mark J. Blade as the third pastor of Saints Home Church. Bishop Mark H. Blade, prelate of Indiana First Jurisdiction, will preside at the installation service, which will take place at the church, 2210 N. 13th St., in Terre Haute.

Supt. Lewis Burnice was the first pastor, having started the church in its humble beginnings in the 1920s Great Depression era. Upon the passing of Supt. Burnice in 1961, Bishop C.E. Bennett appointed Elder Mark H. Blade as pastor. Bishop Blade, who is now serving as jurisdictional bishop, has served as our leader for 52 years.

No admission charge, however a freewill offering will be taken. For more information you may contact the church at 812-235-5252.

United Methodist Temple

We would like everyone to join us Sunday, the first Sunday After Christmas. Our speaker is the Rev. Jean Brindel, and the theme will be “The Scriptures are fulfilled; Matthew wants to make sure we ‘get it’.” The sermon title is “The prophets of old,” based on Psalm 148, Hebrews 2:10-18 and Matthew 2:13-23. A nursery is available.

This week our church activities include: Monday: 12:15 p.m. Celebrate Recovery, with lunch and then groups forming to discuss dealing with “hurts, habits and hangups”; Friday: 10:30 a.m. Holy Yoga (Gentle); 12:30 p.m. Senior Connection luncheon.

Office will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for New Year’s holiday. For more information, call the church office, 812-299-1898, look at website at terrehauteumtemple.org or check out www.facebook.com/

TerreHauteUMT.

The Journey Assembly of God

The Journey will host a New Year’s Eve prayer and fellowship time at the church at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The church located at 600 Hulman St. For more information call 812-232-1857 or 812-870-9589.

Peniel United Methodist Church, Brazil

The end of the year is upon us. We wish everyone a healthy and happy new year. Our Scripture this Sunday is St. Matthew 2:13-23. Pastor Pippin’s message will be “Is Christmas Over?”

Our Clothing Christmas Tree was full of nice clothing items for the local children. A big thank-you to all who participated. There were plates of fruit and sweets delivered to several shut-ins. Our little church does so much good!

As we wind up this year, remember the food pantry and saving those box tops.

Let’s end 2013 and begin 2014 by joining in worship services at Peniel. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. followed by church services at 10:45. The church is on Kennedy Crossing Road. For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners of the church invite you to join us on Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is at 10. 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 this Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.

Our church, The Friendly Little Church on the Hill, is located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 N. Smith Place. For more information visit our website at www.stgeorges

indiana.com or phone us 812-533-1346. If you phone us, 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 brockmanjs@aol.com.

Rosedale Baptist

The church at Depot and Middle streets and can be reached at 765-548-2857. The pastor is Randy McPike. The Sunday worship service is 9:30 a.m. Sunday school is 10:30 a.m., and Sunday evening service is 7. Wednesday night prayer and Bible study is at 7.

Every third Sunday of the month, come and join us for our new youth group program. At 11:30 a.m. there is music and a skit for the kids, followed by lunch and a lesson. There will be something new and different every month. Come and join the fun!

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

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.

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

Our south campus continues to have worship services in the fellowship center, or as we like to call it on Sunday mornings, our worship center. The entrance to the fellowship/worship center is west side of the building, but the front entrance is open for your convenience, as well. (Note that the front entrance is locked approximately 10 minutes after the each service begins, but the 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 offer the Upward basketball, cheerleading and soccer programs for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, in addition to a special needs league. Soccer registration will be at the north campus on the following dates and times: Dec. 28, 10 a.m. to noon; Jan. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Jan. 4, 10 a.m. to noon. Soccer registration forms are available at the church as well. All Upwards programs currently take place at the north campus.

We offer a young adults group, Revolution, for college-age students and up. This home-based life group meets each Thursday evening with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call the south campus office for directions at 232-4808.

South campus activities:

An evening service called “6:35” 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 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. This Wednesday evening activity with dinner 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 through Feb. 26.

To start the work week, a prayer meeting is 6 p.m. every Monday, chapel. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program from hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets at 7 p.m. every Friday in 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.

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 at 6 p.m. and group meeting at 7 p.m. For more information email ourjourneyforward1

@gmail.com 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. to 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 www.mountpleasantfamily.org, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Mt_PleasantUMC.

First Baptist

On this last Sunday of the year we invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Bernie Jackson will be preaching on the story of the magi, with scripture text from Matthew 2:1-12. Special music will be provided by soloist Jim Tucker. The service will also include the ordinance of baptism. A children’s story is included in our worship each Sunday, after which children are dismissed to children’s church. Sunday school is 10:45 a.m. with classes for all ages, including nine adult class options. The First Link Hospitality Room is available before and after worship, providing a place for guests and regular attenders to enjoy conversation and light refreshments.

 Our Sunday evening contemporary service, The Link, will not take place this Sunday, but resumes on Jan. 5.

Our church is an American Baptist congregation, 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available on our website at www.thfbc.org.

Grace Community

All’s well that ends well. End your year well by connecting with God. You are always welcome to our Sunday worship. Our worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Grace is a place to experience and interact with God.

Our worship is a contemporary/traditional mix led by top-notch musicians whose love for God and people are expressed in clear and comfortable ways. If you feel drawn to God in any way, Grace is a good place to be. If you need a prayer, use www.prayforyouinterrehaute.com.

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 our website, www.gccth.org, or call 812-236-1507.

Northside Wesleyan

The church is at 2439 N. 141⁄2 St., with Pastor Eddie Hayes and Associate Associate Pastor Neva McFarland. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 6 and Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.

Sister Neva McFarland is doing a Bible study Wednesday evenings at 6:30. Please join us.

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

If you play an instrument such as the guitar, harmonica, violin, bass guitar or even the spoons, we welcome you to come join us and help enhance our music.

Pastor Eddie Hayes would like to wish everyone a happy new year.

Central Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

Our church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship with us Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. We celebrate Communion every Sunday, and our table is open for all who wish to partake. A special time for the young church will take place. A fellowship time with drinks and donuts is scheduled after worship.

Sunday school for all ages begins at 11 a.m. The adult class will continue their discussion on Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins.” Adult Bible study is on Monday mornings at 9 a.m. at the church.

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.

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

First Congregational

The church, at 630 Ohio St., invites you to join us on Sunday for our very special “Then Sings My Soul at Christmastime” service. Everyone enjoys singing their favorite Christmas carols. Join us as we share some of our very favorites and the stories behind them. This Sunday only, we will not be meeting at 8:30 a.m., and will be sharing a joint time of prayer, praise and worship at 10:30 a.m.

On Jan. 5, we will resume our regular 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. schedule. After our 10:30 service on Jan. 5, we will enjoy “A Taste of the Divine,” a carry-in luncheon with items featured in our Mayflower Guild cookbook. We will be celebrating Epiphany and undecorating the church. Join us for this time of fun and fellowship.

Our church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches. There’s a place here for you. You can find us online at www.FirstChurchTH.org or on Facebook.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the church family invite you to worship with us on the first Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 29, at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service are Richard and Kristina Norton. Following worship we will enjoy a time of fellowship hosted by Judy Elsey. Kid’s Hour meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m.

Scripture readings for this Sunday are Hebrews 2:10-18 and Matthew 1:13-23, with Connie Atkinson as liturgist. The choir, under the direction of our new director Nathan Mensah, will present an anthem. We welcome him to our church. New members are always welcome to join the choir, with rehearsals beginning at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Hymns for this Sunday are “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Sing a Song of Bethlehem” and “Hope of the World.” Mary Jensen is the organist/pianist for this Sunday.

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Celebration to Suffering” and will remind us that quickly after the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Scripture prepares us for the suffering in Jesus’ future.

The life of our church continues on Tuesday, with the prayer and Bible study group at 10 a.m. in the library. The church office will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, and will reopen on Friday. A very blessed and happy new year to all!

Our church is located on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street in Seelyville. The church office phone number is 812-877-1868, with email contact at seelyvilleumc@frontier.com.