News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 1, 2012

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec. 1, 2012

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Oregon Baptist

Sermon for Sunday - Lord of the Storm; scripture John 6:14-21.

Oregon Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located at 11200 S. Carlisle St. Terre Haute, 812-299-2112. Pastor is Fred Harrison.

While traditional in most of our ways, we seek to adopt ministries that reach people in an ever changing culture. We are a friendly family like congregation.

Sunday School starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30. Sunday evening service is at 6. Adult Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. There are youth groups for Pre-K through High School Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Pre-K to 2nd grade are learning “Values to Grow By” this year using a series from Veggie Tales. The 2nd through 5th graders are “Traveling Route 66” (66 books of the Bible).


Father John Hollowell and the parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, welcome you to join them for Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday 8:30 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass will be celebrated. On the first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a,m, the sacrament of reconciliation will be available and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be observed. The first Saturday service will conclude with Benediction at 11 a.m. For information about our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict

The parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. 9th St., celebrates Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Daily Mass is celebrated each weekday with the exception of Wednesday at 12:05 p.m.

Religious Education classes for elementary grades are from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Our Freshman Religious Education class and Sophomore/Junior Confirmation classes meet from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The seniors are meeting monthly. Our youth will be helping with “Miracle on 7th Street” on Dec. 7. We will collect nonperishable food items and accept donations for our Christmas baskets. We need volunteers between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Our high school youth will assemble and deliver Christmas baskets on Dec. 16 and 17. Contact Janet Roth for more information about the Christmas basket project. For more information about our parish services or programs call the office at 812-232-8421.

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. 5th St., invites you to celebrate Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 p.m. For more information about our services or programs call 812-232-7011.

Grade school and middle school religious education classes are from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. For more information contact Elizabeth Davis at Our high school faith formation classes are Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information at

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults sessions are weekly Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Donna McKenzie at

St. Joseph University Parish has cookbooks for sale. Proceeds from the sale of “Feeding the Flock,” a cookbook to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the church, will be donated to the Samaritan Food Pantry and Catholic Charities Foodbank. The cookbooks are $10 and can be purchased at the following locations: Baesler’s office, located in the middle of the store; Clabber Girl, contact Linda Forsythe; First Financial Bank, contact Sally Whitehurst; Nancy’s Downtown Mall, contact Donna Scarbrough or Nancy; St. Joseph’s church office; Boo’s Crossroad’s Café; and The Gathering in Sullivan.   

The Giving Tree project at St. Joseph University Parish will be spearheaded by campus ministry again this year. We collected 350 toys for the Christmas House last year and hope to increase that number this year. For more go to

St. Margaret Mary

The St. Margaret Mary parish community invites you to join us for weekend Mass Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday at 11 a.m. You are also invited to the celebration of a Spanish Mass each Sunday at 2 p.m. We are located at 2405 S. 7th St. For more information call the parish office at 812-232-3512.

Religious education for grades Pre-K through 8 takes place on Sunday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at High school religious education classes are at the Moran Center located at St. Patrick School Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information at Adult Faith Formation continues with the Sunday morning Bible Study, Revelation, from the Great Adventure Bible Study series with Jeff Cavins. Group meets in the parish office building Sunday from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.  

St. Mary’s Village

Sr. Joan Slobig, S.P., Parish Life Coordinator and the parish community of St. Mary’s Village Church invite you to join us for liturgy on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or exploring membership in the Catholic Church contact Sr. Joan Slobig, S.P. for information about the RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at the parish office at 812-535-1261.

St. Patrick

Fr. Rick Ginther, Pastor and St. Patrick parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend liturgy on Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. You are also welcome to join us for weekday Mass Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:15 a.m. For information call the parish office at 812-232-8518.

Spending time in meditation, prayer, and adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent opportunity to experience grace in our lives. Located west of the Rectory behind the Catholic Charities and Deanery Pastoral Center offices, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel is visited by parishioners and members of other local Catholic communities. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are most welcome to participate in this opportunity for silent meditation, prayer and adoration.

Sunday morning religious education classes for grades Pre-K through 8 meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Moran Center. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at High school faith formation classes take place in the Moran Center Sunday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information at

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is Thursday at 10:45 a.m. First Friday senior Mass followed by lunch on the first Friday of each month begins at 11 a.m. We are located at 2322 N. 131⁄2 Street.

Religious education classes for grades Pre-K through 8 meet on Sunday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. High school youth ministry classes begin at 5 p.m. Sunday. Our youth will be helping with “Miracle on 7th Street” on Dec. 7. Volunteers are needed between 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. to collect nonperishable food items and accept donations for our Christmas baskets. Baskets will be assembled and delivered on Dec. 16 and 17. Contact Janet Roth for more information about the Christmas basket project. Adult Ministry continues the 24 week Great Adventure Bible Study by Jeff Cavins on Monday evenings. For more information call the office at 812-466-1231.

Breakfast (Brunch) with St. Nick will be on Sunday Dec. 2 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Bring a dish to share. Visit with your fellow parishioners, newcomers, and St. Nicholas while kids visit the Buying Room to shop for family gifts.

The new Hearts to Hand Outreach Ministry at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish is open for donations anytime. Greatest need this week is for food, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper and diapers. Table of the Good Shepherd Food Pantry will receive all items donated.

Deanery Pastoral Center

Hospice of the Wabash Valley presents “Journeys,” a free bereavement support program that will meet once each week for six weeks on Tuesday mornings Nov. 6 to Dec. 18, 2012, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meetings will be at Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center (1801 Poplar St.). Session topics include: common reactions to loss, letting yourself grieve, managing the holidays/other difficult times and steps which can help you heal. Participants will receive a bereavement workbook. You are welcome to attend, no matter where you are in your own grief journey. For information contact Sr. Mary Montgomery at 812-232-8400 or Jack Brockman from Hospice and Sr. Mary will be facilitating the group.

Rio Grande Baptist

Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. Our service consists of traditional hymns as well as praise and worship music, special music, a time of greeting each other and a children’s message given by our pastor, Matt Larimer. Children are invited to attend classes during the sermon.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. we meet for prayer and Bible study. We are currently studying Eschatology, a look at the “end times.”

During December we will be accepting donations to support the Retired Minister and Missionaries Offering. This offering supports those who have devoted their lives in service to God.

Rio Grande Baptist Church, 4411 E. Rio Grande Ave, at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande. Visit or

Calvary Temple

Pastors Kyle Andrews and Kevin Barnes would like to invite you to a special sunday service Dec. 2. We are pleased to have actor Curt Cloninger coming to perform for you. There will be three services on sunday to see him two at our Terre Haute location 8:30 & 10:30 am 2100 North 61⁄2 St. and one at our Clinton location at 6 pm 301 S. Main St. 812-232-6102.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Peniel United Methodist Church, Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil

We invite everyone to celebrate this month of the birth of Jesus at Peniel United Methodist Church. Our Sunday School begins at 9:45 followed by church services at 10:45. There will be Communion served to those who wish to partake this Sunday also.

The Scripture this Sunday is from St. Luke 21:25-36.

Pastor Pippin’s Message is “Jesus is Coming! Be ready!”

The Church has been decorated and the Christmas tree is up and loaded with decorations - socks, mitttens, hats, gloves and even coats for the school children in Clay County.

Choir practice will be Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Soups are on the list for the Food Pantry in Brazil, but any items you can spare will be appreciated. For more information, call 812-443-8489.

Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church, 125 North 7th St., will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Davis’s sermon, “Second Advent,” will be based on Luke 21:25-36, in which Jesus foretells the “the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” The Lord’s Supper will be served during worship. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. On Wednesday evening the Terre Haute Children’s Choir will give a concert in the sanctuary. On Thursday at 11:30 a.m. the children of the John Chironna Pre-School will present a Christmas program, followed by lunch. On Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. the church hosts Parents’ Night Out/Children’s Night In for families of the church. For more details, call the church office (812) 232-5049 or visit us online:

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, 301 N. Seventh St., invites you to worship with us, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev . Dr. Jimmy Moore’s sermon, “Staying Awake: A Call to Advent Alertness” (Mark 13: 24-37), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, sing “Silent Was the Night : Movement 1” (by Lani Smith).

Fellowship in the Church Library will follow the Worship Service, from 10:30-10:45 a.m. Sunday School classes are offered to all age groups and nursery care is provided. At 10:45 a.m., in the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Tom Barnett will teach and lead discussion on “Spiritual Blessings in Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1: 3-14). At the same time, in the Cross and Flame Room, the Adult Discussion Group will continue their study of the Book of John.

Sunday School classes for children under the age of 3 and up through the age of 18 years include: nursery and toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; Beginners (ages 3 to 5 years) taught by Jessica Kendall; Kindergarten (K-5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and Youth Class (grades 6-12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers.

On Sunday, at 7 p.m., the “Big Questions” Discussion Group for post-high school and college age students will meet at Centenary. The study topic for the Fall Semester is Adam Hamilton’s book, “When Christians Get It Wrong.” Discussion topics are led by the Rev. Phyllis Peters.

Centenary’s “Study the Scriptures (from Genesis to Revelation)” meets Mondays, from 2:30-5 p.m. The Rev. Phyllis Peters is leading this Bible study. And on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., a special Advent Bible study, led by the Rev. Peters, will study the birth of Christ as recorded in the four Gospels.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, students from middle school and high school classes, meets at Central Presbyterian Church from 6 to 7:30 p.m., each Sunday. Interested students are welcome to become a member of the group. On Sunday, Dec. 2, the Youth Group will decorate the C.U.M. Church Christmas tree in the Vigo County Fairgrounds (the tree theme is “Faith, Hope, and Love”).

Upcoming events include the Sycamore Social on Monday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at U.S. Army Armory on Maple Avenue near North Vigo High School. Come join us in bringing joy, fun, and love to the physically and mentally challenged. On Dec. 9, during Sunday worship service, the Christmas Cantata will be presented by Chancel Choir.  

Ample parking is located behind the church. Consider participating in our “Prayer and Meditation Time” led by Lay Preacher Tom Barnett on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

If you are interested in the Chancel Choir, come and join our rehearsals Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Contact the Church Office at 812-232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities listed above or in our very active women’s ministries.

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1875 Fruitridge, Ave. Our regular service is each Sunday at 10:30 am. Sunday.

Dec. 2 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jennie Barrington will present “Carl Sagan’s Theology” Many UUs find profound meaning in the philosophies of the great scientist Carl Sagan, including his concepts: “We are that same stuff of which stars are made” and “We are a way for the universe to contemplate itself.” During this season that moves us to gaze up at winter’s star-filled skies, come learn more about Carl Sagan’s science-based spirituality.

Children’s Religious Education begins at 10:50 - There are two groups, youth ages 5 to 9 and Tweens, ages 10 and up. Childcare for younger children is provided for the entire service.

We also provide childcare for young children. We can be reached by phone at 812-232-1193 or visit

Hulman Street Wesleyan Church

The staff and congregation of Hulman Street Wesleyan Church at 20th and Hulman streets in Terre Haute invite you to join us for worship on Sunday morning. Pastor Dan Willis will be bringing the Message. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening worship services begin at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The youth also meet at 6 p.m. for an evening activity in the Gymnasium that is located next door to the church in the Family Life Center.

Wednesday evenings are packed with excitement at HSWC. The opportunities to grow in knowledge and service are endless. There is something for everyone beginning at 7 p.m.

Adults: In the church sanctuary- Dr. Bill Coker begins a new bible study in the book of Deuteronomy This week s lesson comes from chapter 5

In the Family Life Center- Dr. Dan Willis continues his Bible study with the young adults.

Youth: The youth, ages 6th grade through High School, meet in the Family Life Center under the Leadership of Kier Hopkins- Smith and his team of sponsors. They are currently in the midst of a “Jesus Journey.” The youth have begun a new adventure called Fusion.

Children: Team Kids meet in the Children’s Chapel in the Family Life Center. They are continuing in their “Walk Through the Bible.” Dinner is served on Wednesday for the children free of charge, from 6:15 until 6:45 weekly.

The Toddler-age children meet in the Busy Babies Class in the Family Life Center.

All services are finished by 8:15 p.m.

Bus services are available, please contact the church office to arrange your transportation needs. Call 812-242-9556.

St. John Missionary Baptist Church

The Saint John Church Family, located at 1915 Buckeye St., will present a Singing Ministers Musical on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The program will be featuring ministers of the city and everyone is invited to attend and worship with us.

For further information, please call the church at 812-232-2122.

Shelburn First Baptist

The Shelburn First Baptist Church invites you to worship with us Sunday, at our 10 a.m. service. We will observe the beginning of the Advent season with a message by Interim Pastor Ron Riggs, “The Song of Gabriel”, based on Luke 1:26-38.

We are an American Baptist congregation located at the corner of Mill Street and Highway 41. We have Sunday School at 9 a.m., Route 56 for Children at 10:20, and Adult Bible Study, Kid Jam, and Youth led by Dusty and Samantha Tryon at 6 p.m. We also provide a community dinner on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., and Prayer/Bible Study and Youth Bible Study on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The church phone number is 812-397--5595 and our website is We would love to have you and your family for our services and activities.

Central Christian Church

- Disciples of Christ

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. On the first Sunday of Advent we will have a formal Hanging of the Greens service during worship. A special time with Rev. Zelensky will be held for the Young Church. During this time they will pass their Blessing Box for donations for a charity. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Sunday School will begin at 11 a.m. Our Cornerstone Class is focusing on stories and themes from the Hebrew Scriptures. Our Youth and Young Church continue practice during the Sunday School hour for their Christmas Pageant to be on Dec. 16. An adult Bible study is Monday mornings at 9 am with Rev. Zelensky. This group meets at the church.

The Elders of the church will meet Sunday at noon for a time of prayer, study, and fellowship.

 Our Chancel Choir blesses us each Sunday with their music ministry. All are invited to join, and practice is each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. They are preparing for the Christmas Pageant with the children. We invite members and friends to bring hats, mittens, and gloves for the our Mitten Tree for students at Fuqua Elementary School. If anyone would like to give a special gift for those in need, please see the list of items on our angel tree. We continue to sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate bars.

On Monday, Dec. 3 we will share Communion with our friends at Bethesda Gardens at 10:30 a.m., and Wyndmoor at 11 a.m. Bright Hope Riders will have their annual Christmas Party at the church from 6 to 8 p.m.

Please join us at 4950 E. Wabash Ave. The church office or our minister, Rev. Rebecca Zelensky, can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our church web site is

Rosedale Baptist Church

Rosedale Baptist Church, Depot and Middle St., Rosedale, 765-548-2857, Pastor: Randy McPike.

Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Eve Service 7 p.m.; Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2 — 7 p.m.

Hanging of The Greens

Sunday, Dec. 16 — Youth Group-Christmas Party Following Sunday School and 7 p.m. will be our Choir Presentation.

Wednesday, Dec. 19 — 7 p.m., Caroling In The Streets

Sunday morning, Dec. 23 — Youth Choir Christmas Play

Sunday evening — 7 p.m. — Drama Night

Dec. 24 — 10 p.m. — Our Christmas Eve Service

Grace Community

We invite you to celebrate at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Each Sunday we start with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages. Our Children’s Sunday School is something your children will love. Our Youth Sunday School is a great time of encouragement and learning. Our adults enjoy good fellowship, discussion and teaching. Our worship is a contemporary/traditional mix and lead by top notch musicians. The message is always Bible based and helps lift our eyes to Jesus Christ. Mike Pringle is our pastor.

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church fellowship hall, 401 W Springhill Dr, in Terre Haute. It is just west of DeBaun’s Funeral home on the north side of street. Come in east door, where all the cars are.

For more information visit our website, or call 217-251-4507.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

Aaron Wheaton, senior pastor, and Rick Swan, assistant pastor, along with the entire Mount Pleasant family invite you to join us by attending a worship service or other activity.

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

A special Christmas choral presentation will be at south campus during both services on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Christmas Eve services will be at 4 p.m. at north campus and 7 p.m. at south campus.

If you want to grow in Christ and in your Christian faith we invite you to try one of our small groups or various 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. Soccer registration will be held at the North Campus on Dec. 12, 18 & 22.

South Campus Activities

An evening service called “6:35” is on the second Sunday of each month beginning at 6:35 p.m. 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 grades 6th through seniors, meets Sundays at 9:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. and also Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth graders that meets bi-monthly on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. from October to May beginning Oct. 7.

To start the work week, every Monday a prayer meeting is at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program from hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets every Friday evening beginning at 7 p.m. in the Wide Eye Cafe. Other groups include the Lunch Bunch (women), Yarn Spinners and Men’s Fellowship Group.

On Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Ernie Couch & Revival, a southern gospel group, will perform in our sanctuary.

North Campus Activities

Mom2Mom meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. with childcare provided. This group is ideal for making new friends and sharing parenting tips and ideas. Outings for moms and children will be planned.

The Noodle Club meets Monday at 9 a.m. This group is famous for its delicious pasta. Come join the group to hone in on your cooking skills. Our Care Group meets Thursday at 10 a.m. to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers. If you enjoy crafts, come on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. for Christian fellowship during origami and card making.

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

Church of Christ at Terre Haute

We invite you to come be with us this Lord’s day as we continue to study concerning The Church, The Falling Away, and The Restoration. Having completed our first section of study concerning The Church, we have begun discussing The Falling Away.

Jesus warned His disciples “... of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). . Paul told the Ephesian elders, “Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). Paul wrote Timothy, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith...” (1 Timothy 4:1). Apostasy was at work in the first century (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

This Sunday we will begin to study the period of the Protestant Reformation and compare the teachings of protestant denominations with the Scriptures.

We assemble in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Exit 11, I-70 & Indiana 46, behind McDonald’s) Sundays at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bring your Bible and come study with us. We are simply Christians striving to go to heaven.

Emmanuel UMC

We invite you to join us at Emmanuel United Methodist Church for fellowship at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday school beginning at 9:30 and for worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Colleen Harden. This Sunday Dec. 2 will begin the Advent Season with the sermon being on “The Hope of all the Earth.” Come and prepare your hearts for the coming of the New Born King.

 Looking ahead: Emmanuel UMC will celebrate our annual Ladies Soup and Salad Supper on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite soup or salad and come to enjoy an evening of food, fellowship and wonderful music by the Maple Ave. UMC Chancel Choir.

A Gospel Music Jam Session will be at the church on Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. Concessions will be available.

Emmanuel UMC will have a Christmas Cantata Sunday, Dec. 16. “On Earth, Peace” will begin at 7 p.m. Songs will be performed by the Emmanuel UMC choir with narration and a nativity by others in the congregation. Prior to the cantata, there will be a chili supper from 5 until 6:30 p.m. The supper will include chili, crackers, peanut butter, bread, desserts and drinks. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going toward Community Life Center building fund. Carry-out will be available.

The church is at 6076 U.S. 150 in West Terre Haute. Call 812-535-4218 or visit

First Baptist Church

You are invited to join us this Sunday as we begin the season of Advent. Our morning worship service is at 9:30 a.m. and Pastor Bernie Jackson will begin a four part sermon series on “The Songs of Christmas.” The topic for this week is “Worthy Is the Lamb: The Song of the Angels” with scripture text from Revelation 5:6-14. The Sanctuary Choir will present the anthem “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” arranged by Joel Raney and music will also be presented by an instrumental trio consisting of flute, oboe & clarinet. On this first Sunday of Advent we will light the Advent Candle of Hope and communion is also observed on the first Sunday of each month. After a children’s story in the sanctuary, children in grades k-3 are dismissed to Children’s Church and the theme for the month of December is “Follow the Star.” Sunday School for everyone is at 9:30 am and we currently have nine adult class options. The First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after the service providing a place for members and guests to enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation.

The Annual Hanging of the Green Service will be Sunday at 6 p.m. The purpose of this service is to remind the congregation of the meaning behind our Christmas decorations and traditions. Music will be presented by The Children’s Choir, Youth Bell Choir, several youth instrumentalists and the service will also include two selections presented by The First Baptist Senior Singers. Narration will be read by Jessie Kirchoff, David Swearingen and Jeremy King, who are high school seniors in our youth music team. A new feature for Hanging of the Green will be a nativity display. Members of the congregation have been invited to display nativity sets that have special significance to their families. These will be displayed in Esken Hall, at a reception which will follow the service, hosted by The First Baptist Music Ministry Team. Other upcoming events include A Christmas Vesper Service and cantata presented by The Senior Singers Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.; Sanctuary Choir cantata, “Let The Whole World Sing” by Joel Raney Dec.16 at 9:30 am; and Candelight Service Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church is affiliated with The American Baptist Churches, USA and is located at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available on our website at

CrossRoads Baptist Church

CrossRoads Baptist Church has a new home at 26063 Kasameyer Drive, Dennison, Ill., located on Indiana/Illinois State line. Effective Sunday, Dec. 2, we will hold Sunday worship services at this new address. You can get there by taking U.S. 40 west from Terre Haute courthouse to Robinson Road; turn left onto Robinson Road; just under I-70 turn right onto Kasameyer Drive. Follow road to church located beside the truck weigh station. If you are coming from the West on I-70, take exit 1 toward West Terre Haute; turn left at first intersection (old U.S. 40) to Robinson Road; continue directions from above.

Our Sunday Worship Services (EST) are as follows: Sunday School-9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service-10:40 a.m.; Sunday evening Adult & Youth - 6 p.m. Our Awana and Prayer Meeting will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Consolidated Elementary School in West Terre Haute.

We are a Bible Believing, Independent Baptist Church with Walter D. Huyck, Jr., D.Min. as our Pastor. CrossRoads Baptist Church is a Great Commission Church with a Great Commandment Love that 1) Believes that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. We prefer and use the King James Bible. 2) Preaches the life changing Word of God through expository preaching to rightly divide the Word of God. 3) Worships in a blended service that uses the good old hymns, heart-felt worship songs, and encourages people to use their talents in our Worship services. 4) Encourages people to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in His kingdom work through a variety of Ministry Teams. 5) Seeks to purposefully reach the unsaved around us. 6) Endeavors to disciple its membership through a one-on-one mentoring program.

Check out our website at Pastor Walt can be reached at 812-230-2001 or at his website at

Unity Presbyterian Church

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Drive is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. The first Sunday of each month Unity celebrates the Lord’s Supper this is also the 1st Sunday of Advent with a theme of Hope. Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her sermon, “The Return of the King,” based on Psalm 25 and Luke 21:25-36. Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School class following A Moment with the Children. Child care is available during worship. Join us for coffee and fellowship following the service.

Amie Ellison is our choir director, Andrea Marlow is our organist. Choir rehearsal is every Thursday, 7 p.m. and every Sunday 10 a.m. For the month of December, Unity will pray for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and Commissioners to POV Assembly, this week, blessings to all who volunteer, staff members, bus drivers, administrators and students at Terre Town Elementary School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. Church office 812-299-2206, our website:

Join us for Potluck and Praise each Thursday 6 p.m. Church office 812-299-2206.

Memorial United

Methodist Church

Memorial United Methodist Church, 2701 Poplar St., Terre Haute, invites you to worship with us each Sunday. Parking is available in the lot behind the church on Oak Street.

Please join us Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, for one of the following services. The sermon will be “Peace and Calm a Midst the Apocalypse.” Dec. 21 is to be the end of the world some suspect because of the 5,000+ year old Mayan calendar resets to zero. Add to this the fact that the Sun and the center of the Milky Way will be aligned for the first time in 26,000 years. And, there is much talk about this being the end. A midst this clamor and fearfulness, Jesus tells us to stand tall, be watchful, and remain faithful. Scripture: Luke 21:25-36.

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. please join us for our Fellowship and Refreshment Time.

At 10 a.m. please join us for Sunday School. We have many to choose from and for all ages.

At 11 a.m. we have our second service PRAYZ. Our casual family type worship, with the wonderful 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 you like a more laid back and casual service then this is the service 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 family or they may attend Children’s Church following the Children’s Message.

The Sewing Stitches meet Tuesdays from 10-2 p.m.

The Kit Wits meet Thursday at noon.

Tai Chi with Rebecca Graves meets every Tuesday and Friday from 3-4 p.m. Now offering a “gentler” form of Tai Chi for Arthritis. Everyone is welcome.

Nami (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Library. This is a support group for persons living with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar or schizophrenia and is open to the public. For more information contact Betty Porter at 877-9950.

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

Smith Park United Methodist Church

End times will be the topic of teachings by pastor Dan Dyer of Dugger. The event will begin Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and continue on Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. Our regular worship is at 9 a.m. each Sunday followed by Sunday School at 10 a.m. Our After School Program for children grades K-6 meets each Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Christmas program will be Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. The church is located one mile north of West Terre Haute on Ferguson Hill at 1512 North Smith Place. For information please call our pastor, Ed Gladish, at 812-241-5053.

United Methodist Temple

United Methodist Temple celebrates Advent this coming weekend with the traditional Hanging of the Greens at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Come for this moving set of readings of Scripture as we create the Temple of the Lord God, led by our youth. There is a nursery for babies and toddlers. Youth who wish to participate will gather at 4:30 p.m. Parents of teens and young families will meet at 4:30 p.m. for an hour of planning.

Sunday morning Dec. 2, we meet at our regular worship times at 8:45 a.m. for traditional, and 11 a.m. for praise. Our Temple is at 5301 U.S. 41 South. Our theme will be Expecting a Miracle, from the readings of Isaiah 7:14; 9.6-7 and Luke 1:46-56. Because of Christ is in us, each of us has potential for showing Christ to all, in every situation. We are like lightbulbs made for, and waiting for, the appropriate filament: Christ. Come enjoy our chancel choir and our bells.

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Cowboy Christmas Puppet Dinner Theatre. Come and celebrate with us a great chuckwagon meal, and the work of our Sowers of the Word puppeteers, led by Denise Bishop. Cost for the theatre is $10 for adults, and $5 for children. Come and hear a children’s choir as well.

Our Weekly Schedule: Sunday, 8:45 a.m.; Worship, 10:15; Sunday school and Bible school, 11 a.m. Worship

Monday, 10:30 a.m. Holy (Christian Yoga) with Macy Kalb, noon Celebrate Recovery

Tuesday: 9 a.m. Psalms Study, 7 p.m. Psalms study

Wednesday: 10 a.m. Paul—dvd study by Joyce Meyer led by Jill Kuckewich and Paula West

6 p.m. Weight Watchers & 7:30 p.m.  Holy (Christian) Yoga            

Thursday: 6 p.m. Bells 7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir: come and join us as we prepare for our cantata on Dec. 23.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. Holy (Christian) Yoga

Saturday: 8 a.m. United Methodist Men at the New Day Cafe

Our offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30, and 1:30 to 3:30 pm every weekday. Our secretary/volunteer coordinator Margaret Fulsom will direct your calls at 812-299-1898. Other staff are also reachable at this number: Youth Team Leader Tante Robinson, Choir and Music Director Jill Kuckewich, Temple Pre School Director Janet Friedrich, Karla Clayton, Celebrate Recovery Leader. Rev. Steve Cain can be reached at this number or by email at Visit www.terrehauteumtemple.

Breden Memorial United Methodist Church

This Sunday, Dec. 2, will be the first Sunday of Advent. The Advent Season reminds us of the coming of the Christchild. His Birth had long been prophesied many years before His Coming by Old Testament prophets.

Way back in the corridors of time God looked down from heaven and saw that His people were in dire need of a Saviour. Jesus was the answer to that need and still is the answer to that need this very day.

Pastor’s sermon this week will be “His Reason For Coming.” Scripture selections will be taken from the first 3 chapters of Genesis.

Sunday Worship at 9:30 with the observance of Holy Communion. Sunday School for all ages will follow worship.

AA will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Ladies’ Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Victory Baptist Church

Are you missing loved ones or are they living far away? Let us take you to a place where you can enjoy Christmas anew through music.

At 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, the choir of Victory Baptist Church, Clinton will present, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Victory’s choir will provide an encore presentation of this program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Seelyville. This wonderful service of old and new Christmas favorites and new praise songs features soloists Kevin Fleetwood, Hope Fleetwood, Shawna Bahlmann, Brandon Wallace, and Ellen Hamand. Victory Baptist Church, located at 133 S. Washington St., Clinton (Fairview Park), is directly across Hwy 63N from SVHS. If you’re searching for a church home, we offer Sunday School at 9:15 a.m., Morning worship at 10:30 a.m., Evening worship (AWANA & Teen Program) at 6 p.m., Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For details, call Pastor Larry Snyder at our church office, 765- 832-1973.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

Celebration of Rev. and Mrs. Terrance M. Russell’s 6th Pastoral Anniversary, Dec. 9, 2012.

Two serves for the day: 11 a.m. - Guest, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Rev. Joe Clark - Pastor, 4 p.m.- Guest, Zion Hope Baptist Church, of Indianapolis, Rev. Anthony (Tony) McGee Jr.

The public is invited to join us in these services.

Contact Person -- Trannie M. Grainger - 812-235-1668.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and Seelyville UMC Family invite you to worship with us Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. as we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent. Nursery care will be provided and a time of fellowship and refreshment will begin at 10:45 a.m. Kid’s Hour continues from 9:30-10:30 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster. Children from age 5-12 are encouraged to attend.

The sermon for Dec. 2 is titled “Be Ready for the Righteous One.” Scripture readings are from Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21: 25-36. The chancel choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn will present an anthem and Mary Jensen is the pianist/organist. Holy Communion will be served.

Come join our congregation as we enjoy a Christmas Carry-In Dinner Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Following dinner, Vigo County Homemakers Chorus will bless us with a concert at 6:30 p.m. Children will also be delighted with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the conclusion of the musical program.

The Agape Group continues its fall study on Monday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the home of Edith Tucker. This group, led by Pastor Jack, studies the Sunday morning scripture lessons. The Webelos also meet at the church at 6 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, Dec.4, Prayer and Bible Study group meets at 10 a.m. in the library followed by the New Member Exploration Class at 11 a.m. Beginning Yoga with instructor Trudy Newton continues on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the church.

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

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio, Terre Haute, invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 2, as we begin our Advent Season. Advent is much more than just the weeks that we spend writing Christmas card and wrapping presents. It’s a time to reflect on the gift that we received with the birth of Jesus – Emmanuel, God with us. This year, we will reflect on the true meaning of the season as we embrace “reLIVING CHRISTmas.” Everyone wants Christmas to be meaningful, but it seems to end up with lots of shopping, bills, lists and stress. Sometimes, we feel grateful just to survive. What if we shifted our thinking and really thought about worshiping more fully, spending less, but giving more of ourselves and loving like Jesus? Join us as we explore this new way of experiencing the joy of the Christmas season.

Church services are at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 (traditional) each Sunday morning. There is a staffed nursery during the 10:30 service. Children’s Church is part of the 10:30 service and then children are invited to attend Sunday School.

 We invite our family, friends and the community to join us on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Art & Soul Christmas Bazaar. The bazaar begins Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and will run until 9:30, with a break at 7:30 for Farrington Grove Chorale’s annual Christmas concert. Come and find the perfect handmade decorations and gifts.

 First Congregational Church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches, founded on the principles of “Faith, Freedom & Fellowship.” We believe that we can put those principles into action by welcoming everyone into the fellowship of this church family and by serving God, through Christ, in our community and the world.

For more information visit or listen to our music and sermons at