News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 22, 2013

Church briefs: Nov. 23, 2013


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Oregon Baptist

The church is an American Baptist church, 11200 S. Carlisle St. Phone, 812-299-2112, with Pastor Fred Harrison.

Sunday school starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads in morning worship at 10:30. Youth groups meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior ABY is for second through fifth grades, and Senior ABY is for sixth through 12th.

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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

On Nov. 24 our speaker is the Rev. Doddie Stone. Her topic is “With Thanks for New Life.” In the week before Thanksgiving, let us take time to reflect on gratitude and what it means to each of us. We are especially grateful that we will be having a dedication of two children, our newest members. (A child dedication is the UU equivalent of christening.)

Doddie Stone spent many years raising her family and teaching fourth grade. She then attended Starr King School for the Ministry and served several UU congregations. She continues to be a guest speaker in nearby congregations when she is not traveling to California to be with her children and grandchildren.

The Rationalist Free-Thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m. Their topic is “How will Obama’s two terms be remembered?”

Our building is handicapped-accessible. You can reach us at 812-232-1193 or find us 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 and 11 a.m. Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 12:05 p.m.

Classes for preschool through eighth grade are Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For information or to register contact Rita Burns-Senseman,

Religious education and confirmation classes for all high school youth are Sunday, 5 to 6:45 p.m. A complete schedule at Contact Janet,, if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome.

The St. Benedict Altar Society is sponsoring their annual Holiday Bazaar today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parish center. Stop by for lunch and to shop for craft items, holiday items and more.

The next Secular Franciscans and Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is scheduled for Nov. 30, 9 to 11 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and the parish, 113 S. Fifth St. invite you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is 5:15 p.m. Join us every Thursday for Eucharistic Adoration, 6 to 9 p.m. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The chaplet begins after conclusion of 5:15 p.m. weekday Mass. For more information about our services or programs call parish office, 812-232-7011.

Preschool through eighth grade religious education classes are Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Contact Elizabeth Davis at the parish office or for information or to register.

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30p.m. at St. Patrick Family Life Center. High school youth confirmation classes are Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee,, for class schedule or to register.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday evenings. For information or to register contact Donna McKenzie at

St. Margaret Mary

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community, 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to join us for weekend 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.). Thanksgiving Day Mass is celebrated at 9 a.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.

Religious education classes for preschool through eighth grade are Sunday, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Family Life Center. High school youth confirmation classes are Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee, for class schedule or to register.

Sunday morning study group meets at 9:30 a.m. to study the life of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. All are welcome to join us to learn more about our Indiana saint. We will meet in the parish office. Plan to attend this time of learning and fellowship. An adult study group is meeting Friday mornings to study “Catholicism” by Fr. Barron. Friday sessions are in Legacy Room after 9 a.m. Mass. Join us. No charge for either adult faith program.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For information contact Donna Wenstrup 232-8518 or

The St. Margaret Mary annual Craft Fair, Bake Sale, Noodle Sale and Raffle is today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Legacy Room. Come by for breakfast stay to shop for handmade craft items, delicious cheese balls, candy, cakes, pies, homemade noodles, and homemade chicken and noodles, and be sure to purchase a raffle ticket on a basket of your choice. This is the perfect time to find a great gift for those special folks on your Christmas list.

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. 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. You also are welcome to join us for weekday Mass Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Every weekday we have a communion service at 7:15 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered 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.

Religious education classes for preschool through grade eight are Sunday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at donna.

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Family Life Center. Confirmation classes are Thursday at St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee, jummp.youthminister@, for the class schedule or to register.

The adult faith formation program, “James: Pearls for Wise Living,” is offered Thursday at 6:30 p.m. St. Patrick School library.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Barbara Black, parish life coordinator, and parishioners, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St., welcome you to celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Also, Mass is 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is Friday at 11 a.m. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

In preparation for their First Communion our second-graders have chosen the Heifer Project as their service project. The Heifer Project empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity by bringing sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Animals provide families with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at the market. When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. Each week after Sunday Mass the children will be selling goodies to help raise money for the purchase of a water buffalo ($1000). Thanks for your support of their project.

High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday at St. Benedict Parish Center, 5 to 6:45 p.m. A complete schedule at Contact Janet,, if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome.

An adult Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish office. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center. For information or to register contact Barb Black at 466-1231 or

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. 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 is celebrated. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office, 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and parish, 558 Nebeker St., Clinton, invite you to celebrate Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available Sunday, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Weekday Masses are Thursday and Friday at 12:05 p.m.

St. Joseph, Rockville

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and parish, 217 E. Ohio St., invite you to Mass with Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available Tuesday, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Deanery Pastoral Center-John Paul II High School will host a Christmas Market today, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be Christmas gifts and decorations for sale, a bake sale, silent auction and raffle baskets.

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. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s message, “Humble Rulers and Powerful Servants” (Luke 22:21-32), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the chancel choir, directed by Erich Kendall, singing the hymn “Give Thanks.”

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 a discussion on “Beginning of the Tabernacle” (Exodus 40:16-30, 34, 38).

Connections, a class for young adults ages 18-30, is 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 the Cross and Flame Room, is currently working on missions.

Sunday school classes for children from under the age of 3 years to 18 years include preschool, primary class, junior class and youth class. The children’s Sunday school lesson will focus on “Josiah/Huldah.”

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 not meet this Sunday. However, on Dec. 1, the youth group will participate in the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra Tree Fest. The youth meets at Central Presbyterian at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, then walk to Indiana Theater to decorate a tree. Tree decorating ends by 3 p.m. Contact Youth Director Tiffany Grossman at Centenary if you have questions.

Upcoming Events:

Join us for an Advent study event on three Wednesday evenings, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Our pastor, Jimmy Moore, will lead us in a time of reflection and spiritual practice, concentrating on the themes of hope, preparation, joy, love and renewal. We meet at 6 p.m. in Friendship Classroom. Join us as we begin our four-week preparation leading up to Christmas.

Also, we invite you to participate in Holiday Sycamore Social, a special event for the physically and mentally challenged in our community. This event is at National Guard Armory on Maple Ave., on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Special refreshments will be served with dancing, socializing and a basketball toss as part of our entertainment.

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.

If interested in singing in the chancel choir, come and join our rehearsals Sunday, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities listed above, or in our very active women’s ministries.

United Methodist Temple

We would like everyone to join us on Sunday before Thanksgiving. Our theme for the morning will be “We give thanks because God is faithful in the midst of the problems of life.” Our speaker this week will be the Rev. Jean Brindel. Her sermon topic is “God’s Promise.” We will also have a short talk about organ donation by Debbie Carter. We have two services - a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and a more contemporary service at 11 a.m., with Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. Nursery care is available.

On Sunday at 12:15 p.m., Finance Team will sponsor a stewardship thank-you dinner to thank those who help support our church. Reservations are required.

This week our activities include:

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

Tuesday: 7 p.m. Bible study continues their discussion of the Book of Romans.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. Holy Yoga.

Thursday and Friday: Church office closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

On Dec. 1, in addition to our regular services with Mark Eutsler as speaker, we have our annual Hanging of the Greens service. We invite all to join us ceremonial decoration of our sanctuary for the Christmas season. It is at 6:45 p.m. with a performance by Temple Bells and a youth-led Hanging of the Greens at 7 p.m.

For more information, call church office at 812-299-1898, visit our website at terrehaute or check out our Facebook page at www.face

Riley Bible

The entire church family invites you to join us this Sunday. Main service is 11 a.m. We are located two doors down from the 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 or check us out on Facebook at “RileyBibleChurch.”

Central Presbyterian

The church, at 125 N. Seventh St., will gather at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for traditional worship, celebrating Christ the King/Reign of Christ. Pastor Lant Davis’s sermon, “The Righteous Branch,” will be based on Jeremiah 23:1-6, which prophesies the coming of a “Shepherd” who will judge with justice and righteousness. During this worship service Bibles will be presented to first- and sixth-grade children. A time for coffee, conversation and refreshments immediately follows worship, downstairs in fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages, at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. The church office is closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving holiday. For details, call church office at 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners invite you to join us Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education takes place, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is 10 a.m. After Holy Eucharist, we gather in church hall for fellowship. Supply priests, a parade of priests from the diocese, are scheduled to minister us Sundays. The Rev. William Wieland is celebrant on Nov. 24, Feast of Christ the King/Reign of Christ.

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.stgeorgesin or phone us at 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

Memorial United Methodist

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

Join us Sunday, Chiyona’s sermon will be “A Piece of Peace.” We are approaching a day and a season where we feel obligated to invite into our sacred space the obnoxious family member, the OCD member, the quiet/reserved member. We know our family’s and friends’ idiosyncrasies, and yet we become anxious and annoyed, when we already know what to expect.

This should be a time of Thanksgiving, of acceptance, of love and peace. In the midst of our busyness this season, with love (and chaos) all around us, let us breathe in a piece of peace and enjoy the day, our families and our friends. Scripture: Colossians 1:11-20.

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. our fellowship and refreshment time.

At 10 a.m. 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 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 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, a pastoral prayer and sermon. Children may stay in the service with their families or they may attend children’s church following children’s message.

Tai chi with Rebecca Graves meets Tuesday and Friday, 3 to 4 p.m. We are now offering a “gentler” form of tai chi for arthritis. Everyone is welcome.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 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, that 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

Southwest District Missionary Baptist Association

The Southwest District Missionary Baptist Association will be hosting its monthly fourth  Sunday night worship and fellowship services at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 545 E. Jackson St., Brazil. Services begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24. Everyone is invited.

Peniel United Methodist, Brazil

The church, in Kennedy Crossing Road, wishes everyone a nice, healthy Thanksgiving. We are all thankful to have the freedom to worship.

The Christmas season is about to begin. Family Night is at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Following a pitch-in — just salads and desserts are needed — a Christmas Clothing Tree will be put up and the church decorated for Advent. Thanks to a $500 check from local VFW, several items will be purchased to decorate the tree. There is always room for a few more hats, mittens and socks, though.

On Dec. 7, the Ladies Advent Tea is at 2 p.m.

Our scripture for this Sunday is from St. John 6:25-35. Pastor Pippin’s message is titled “Who we are.”

Keep those donations to the food pantry coming, and keep clipping those box tops.

Sunday school at Peniel is at 9:45, followed by church services at 10:45. Everyone is welcome; come join us. For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Saint’s Home Church of God in Christ

The church extends an invitation to the public to join us for our annual “Family Life in Christ” service.

The guest speaker will be missionary Dorothy Morris of Saint’s Home. The service is Sunday at 3 p.m.. A freewill offering will be taken. The church is located at 2210 N. 13th Str. For more information you may contact the church at 235-5252.

Central Christian – Disciples of Christ

All are welcome to worship Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper — communion — every Sunday, and our table is open for all who wish to partake.

 This Sunday we celebrate Reign of Christ Sunday. This is the last Sunday of the Christian year. We will also gather and dedicate our Thanksgiving special offering, which supports Higher Education Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A special time will take place for the young church. A time of fellowship will be after the service, with drinks and donuts.

Sunday school for all ages is at 11 a.m. The Cornerstone Class is focusing on a study of “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. An adult Bible study will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the church.

Our general board meets Sunday at noon. This is an important time of business, prayer and fellowship

We continue to sell fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars.

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

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, at 3050 E. Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school classes at 10. The north campus, at 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. and worship service at 10. 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.

We are hosting a Christmas dinner and missions fundraiser on Dec. 6 with fellowship at 6:15 p.m. This gala at Idle Creek Banquet Center includes a featured missions speaker, caroling, and live and silent auctions as well as a buffet dinner. Proceeds from the event will provide support to the missionaries/ministries partnered with the church. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 for two, and may be purchased after the services or from the south campus offices 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday. The public is invited to attend.

Upcoming sermons include Nov. 24, “Counting Our Blessings”; Dec. 1, “The Purpose of Christmas”; Dec. 8, “A Time for Celebration”; Dec. 15, “A Time for Salvation”; Dec. 22, “A Time for Reconciliation”; and Dec. 24, “O Holy Night.”

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 on west side of building, but the front entrance is open for your convenience, as well.

(Note that the front entrance is locked approximately 10 minutes after 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 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. 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 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 bi-monthly, 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, from October to May.

To start the work week, a 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:

Dec. 1 starts Advent season. In addition to lighting the first candle, we will be celebrating Advent by hanging the greens during the service.

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 adult life group for college-age students and up, meets Thursday nights 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 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 the north campus at 812-232-2478.

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

Rosedale Baptist

The church is at Depot and Middle streets, and can be reached at 765-548-2857. The pastor is Randy McPike.

Sunday Worship service is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 7, and Wednesday night prayer and Bible study at 7. Every third Sunday of the month, join us for our new youth group program. At 11:30 there is music and skit for the kids, followed by lunch and lesson. There is something new and different every month.

Trinity Lutheran

Come and join us at 10 a.m. for a worship service each Sunday at the church, at 2620 Ohio Blvd. Holy communion is offered and shared during our worship service. Sunday school is available for children and adults at 9 a.m.

Coming up on the last Sunday of November, Nov. 24, the children in our congregation are collecting pennies for their Penny Power ministry during the service. This 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.

First Baptist

Thanksgiving will be the theme for our 9:30 a.m. traditional service. Pastor Bernie Jackson will conclude a seven-week sermon series on “Precious Words, Enduring Promises” with a sermon titled “Peaceful Rejoicing.” The scripture text will be from Philippians 4:4-8. The sanctuary choir will present the anthem “Bountiful Blessings” by Brad Nix, and music will be presented by the First Baptist orchestra and horn soloist Michael Keathley. A children’s story is included in our worship every Sunday, after which children in grades K-3 are dismissed to children’s church. Our service this Sunday includes the ordinance of baptism.

The First Link Hospitality Room is available before and after services, providing a place for guests and regular attenders to enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m. with classes for all ages, including nine adult class options. We have a small group ministry with groups meeting at various times and locations throughout the week.

Our Sunday evening contemporary service is at 6 p.m., and this week will be moved from Esken Hall to the sanctuary. As we continue to look at the major Old Testament events that led up to the birth of Jesus, this week we will focus on the story of Joshua. Music is provided by The First Link Praise Team. This service includes music in a more contemporary, praise band style and is usually in Esken Hall with the congregation seated at tables. Pastor John Campbell is the primary teaching pastor on Sunday evenings.

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

Nothside Wesleyan

The church is at 2439 N. 141⁄2 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 and Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.

On Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. we will present our Christmas Cantata, entitled “O Holy Night,” directed by Sister Janet Jones; a fellowship and refreshment time will follow this program. Sister Neva McFarland is doing a Bible study Wednesday at 6:30p.m. Join us.

 On Nov. 17 the church honored one of our members, Rachel Cary, for receiving the Firefighter of The Year award. Sugar Creek Fire Chief Derrick Scott, along with Pastor Hayes, presented Rachel with a plaque. Chief Scott had several nice things to say about Rachel as a firefighter.

At our church we believe that it’s not what you do or where you’ve been — it’s what’s in your heart that matters to Jesus.

Pastor Hayes would like to wish a blessed Thanksgiving to everyone.

Unity Presbyterian

The worship service, at 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with the Rev. Dr. David Rosen.  This Sunday the congregation invites you to hear the Rev. Rosen’s sermon “Christmas Sabbatical?,” based on Isaiah 55:1-13 and Matthew 11:28-30.

Childcare is available throughout the morning. Join us for fellowship following the service.

Unity will have a called congregational meeting today with a carry-in luncheon. Unity is a small church with a huge heart. Our youth group meets once a month. 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 November, Unity prays for the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. This week we send God’s love and prayers to South Side Presbyterian Church, Vincennes, and peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at Riley 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:

United Presbyterian Church, Clinton

We 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, youngsters may go into the fellowship hall for church school during the rest of the worship service. The liturgist in November is Elder Ron Archbold. A worship service will be at 4 p.m. in the Chateau.

AA meets Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Trinity Parish combined choir rehearses at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Rockville. The cantata is Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in Rockville. The Community Kitchen will not be open on for meals on Thanksgiving Day. The Vermillion County Food Pantry is located in the former manse next to the church at 315 Mulberry St. 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 food pantry is closed on Thanksgiving Day. The next Tuesday when food will be available is Nov. 26.

First Congregational

The church, at 630 Ohio St., invites you to join us Sunday, as the Rev. Carlson finishes  the “Our Favorite Verses” series with the sermon “Hide and Seek.” Throughout the Bible, we are instructed to seek God, and yet it seems we all too often spend our time hiding from him. What would happen if we really did seek his grace and forgiveness? Join us as we explore the beauty of God continuously seeking us and how simple it is to truly seek him.

Services at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 a.m. traditional). There is a children’s service during 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.

On Dec. 1, after the 10:30 service, we will have an annual meeting of the congregation for the budget. During this time, we will review and vote on the 2014 budget. After the meeting, we will begin the Hanging of the Greens and share a carry-in luncheon. Meat and drinks will be provided. Members and friends are asked to bring side dishes/desserts to share.

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 or on Facebook.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the church family invite you to join us Sunday for Christ the King Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service are Pam Alexander and Kayla Kunz.

Following worship we will enjoy a time of fellowship hosted by Connie Atkinson and Jo Phillips. Kid’s Hour meets at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster, with helper Mary Ellen Hankins. Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m.

Scripture readings for Sunday are Jeremiah 25:1-6 and Colossians 1:11-20. The choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, will present the anthem “Love Is a Five-Letter Word,  It’s Jesus” by Robert Thygerson. New members are always welcome to join the choir, with rehearsals at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Hymns for this Sunday are “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise,” “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” and “Jesus Shall Reign.” Jane Linville will serve as organist/pianist.

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “The Reign of Christ” and will emphasize that Christ is at the center and touches all of Christian life.

The life of our church begins Sunday at 4 p.m. with the Hanging of the Green. The entire church will be decorated for the Advent and Christmas season, followed by a light supper and program of carols, readings and a skit in the fellowship hall. Come join the fun and fellowship as we begin the Advent season together.

The prayer and Bible study group meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the library. We wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving day on Thursday with family and friends. Our church office is closed Nov. 28 and 29.

Plan ahead now to attend our annual Christmas dinner and program Dec. 1. We will welcome Dr. Brent McPike and Solly Burton, guitar and mandolin master musicians, as our featured guests following the dinner.

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

Grace Community

Everyone at our church invites you to Sunday worship. This Sunday begins a journey to Christmas by looking at the life and ministry of Jesus. Our worship is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Grace is a safe place to experience and interact with God. Each Sunday, Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages.

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

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church at 401 W. Springhill Drive, just west of DeBaun Funeral Home on the north side of street. For more information visit our website,, or call 812-236-1507.