News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 22, 2012

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec. 22, 2012

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The church has a new home at 26063 Kasameyer Drive, Dennison, Ill., located on Indiana/Illinois State line. Get there by taking U.S. 40 west from the 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 and 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. The church is a great commission church with a great commandment love.

Check out our website at www.crbcwin.org. Pastor Walt can be reached at 812-230-2001 or his website at www.thischristianjourney.com.

New Life Fellowship

Merry Christmas from New Life Fellowship — we will have a wonderful worship service Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. as we celebrate Jesus — the reason for every season. Our children’s drama team, God’s Rods, will bring a unique presentation of Kirk Franklin’s “Jesus is the Reason For The Season” during this festive service — you don’t want to miss this. We invite you to worship with us on Sunday at 10 a.m. and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. We have something for people at every season of life — there’s a place for you. Nueva Vida (services in Spanish) at 1 p.m. each Sunday at the North Campus (1851 N. Chamberlain). Come be our guest, 7849 Wabash (East Glenn), www.newlifeterrehaute.com.

Maple Avenue United Methodist

The church welcomes all to worship with us this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor David Rockhill will deliver Sunday’s message titled “What’s God Up To?” which will incorporate scripture Luke 1:39-55. The theme this week tells us that Jesus was born to upset the balance of things! Sunday school classes for all ages will meet at 9:30 a.m. During the 10:30 a.m. worship service children are invited to attend Junior Church with our Sunday Morning youth coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Dyer and assistants. We offer free transportation to and from the 10:30 a.m. worship service. If you would like a ride to church, please call the church office before noon on Fridays during the week. We will be happy to pick you up and bring you to church. You may call the church at 812-232-7263. We hope you will join us for this inspirational worship service.

 The church offers many programs for adults and children alike. Programs available to all include: GED classes, Adult Basic Education classes, After School Tutoring (Grades 1-5), After School Open Gym, (Grades 1-5), Daycare, Preschool. Music Programs Include: The Chancel Choir, Summer Dinner Theatre Productions, Spring Cabaret, Christmas and Easter Cantatas with Orchestra and Children’s Choir. Missions and service opportunities include: Prayer Chain, Operation Classroom, Penny Drive for Lebanon Children’s Home, United Campus Ministries, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, and 14th & Chestnut Community Center. There is something for everyone at Maple Avenue UMC and we hope you will join us for an inspirational worship service. For more information, check us out on the web at www.gbgm-umc.org/maple_ave_umc.

 Breden Memorial United Methodist

 David Deal has been the pastor at Breden Memorial United Methodist since July 1, 1998. His last Sunday with the Breden congregation will be Dec. 30, 2012. He will have served the local church for 14 1/2 years. His 38 years of full-time ministry added to these years of a so-called part-time ministry will give pastor Deal 52 1/2 years of ministry in the United Methodist Church.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of ministry to Christ and His Church,” pastor Deal said. “I have been able to meet a lot of wonderful people along the way. God has been very good to me.”

A new pastor has been appointed for the Breden Church and an announcement will be forthcoming.

Central Christian Church -

Disciples of Christ

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. We will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent with a special service of music, candle lighting and special readings. We will gather and dedicate our special Christmas Offering. One hundred percent of this offering is used to support the ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indiana. A special time for the Young Church will be during the service. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Our candlelight and communion Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. This is a child-friendly, all-generations-celebrating together service.

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.

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

Rio Grande Baptist

Please join us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We meet together to serve God, putting our faith in Him for blessing and guidance. There are many ways to experience the touch of God through ministry, Bible study and special programs for children and adults of all ages. We support various missions around Terre Haute and the entire world. Currently we are accepting donations for the Retired Minister and Missionary Offering. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., we meet for Bible study led by our pastor, Matt Larimer. All ages are welcome to attend.

We trust and pray that you will discover love and friendship at Rio Grande and might consider becoming a part of our family of God.

Rio Grande is located at 4411 E. Rio Grande Ave., T.H., at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande. Please visit our website at www.riograndechurch.com or email at terrehauteRGBC@gmail.com.

 Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, 301 N. Seventh St., in Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor and adjacent to Indiana State University, welcomes you to our beautiful 146-year-old church. We invite you to worship with us at 9:30 a.m., Sunday. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s sermon, “Mary’s Song: A Call to Advent Hopefulness,” and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and special music organized by Erich Kendall to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Fellowship in the Church Library will follow the Worship Service, from 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 the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Bill Dando will teach and lead discussion on “Live in the Light” (John 1:1-5); Ephesians 5:1-2, 6-14). At the same time in the Cross and Flame Room, the Adult Bible 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 18 include: Nursery and Toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; Beginners (ages 3 to 5 years) taught by Jessica Kendall; Kindergarten (K to 5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and Youth Class (grades 6 to 12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers. This Sunday’s theme is the “Christmas Story” (as recorded in Luke).

Centenary’s “Study the Scriptures (from Genesis to Revelation)” meets 2:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays. The Rev. Phyllis Peters is leading the Bible study.

 On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, a Candlelight Service is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcome to become a member of this group. There are no scheduled events for Dec. 23 or 30; students will be spending time with their families and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

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

If you are interested in the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, come and join our rehearsals from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. 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.

Annunciation Church

Annunciation, Brazil — Father John Hollowell and the parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, welcome you to join them for Mass 4:30 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Masses on Christmas Eve will be 7 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day Mass will be at 8:30 am. For information about our parish programs or services please call the office at 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict Church

The parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. Ninth St., celebrates Mass on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses on Christmas Eve will be 5:30, 8 p.m., and 10:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be 11 a.m. All are welcome to join us.

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invites you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Masses on Christmas Eve will be celebrated at 5 and 8 p.m.; Christmas Carols will begin at 11:30 p.m. before Midnight Mass. Mass on Christmas Day will be celebrated at 10 a.m. For more information about our services or programs please call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

St. Joseph University Parish serves Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology while also welcoming the students of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech. Catholic Campus ministry strives to be the life-giving presence of Christ within the academic community. 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 info go to: www.campusmin.stjoeup.org.

St. Margaret Mary Church

Father Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community invite you to join us for weekend Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday or 11 a.m. Sunday. You are also invited to the celebration of a Spanish Mass at 2 p.m. each Sunday. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Christmas Day Masses will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Spanish Mass.) We are located at 2405 S. Seventh St. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, please call the parish office at: 812-232-3512.

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 at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m. and Christmas Day Mass will be 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 812-535-1261.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick Church, 1807 Poplar St. — Fr. Rick Ginther, Pastor, and the parish community invite you to weekend liturgy at 6 p.m. Saturday or 9 a.m. Sunday. Christmas Eve will be celebrated with Mass at 6:30 p.m., 11:20 p.m. Christmas Vigil Service and Midnight Mass. For information about any of our programs call the parish office 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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Weekday Mass is at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. We are located at 2322 N. 13 1/2 St. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

The new Hearts to Hand Outreach Ministry at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish is open for donations anytime. Table of the Good Shepherd Food Pantry will receive all items donated.

Reformed Presbyterian

The Terre Haute Reformed Presbyterian Church, a new congregation committed to the inspired and infallible Word of God, cordially invites you to join us for worship this Sunday. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. The regular adult and college-age classes are studying through the book of I Peter. Pastor Bill Roberts will preach on the theme of “The Meaning of Christmas according to Jesus.” Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. and is followed by a fellowship meal to which all are invited to stay. The church meets at 1407 N. 25th St. (corner of 25th Street and Fifth Ave). A nursery for children three and under is available during the worship service.

Oregon Baptist

Sermon for Sunday, Dec. 23 — The Work of the Gift; Scripture- Luke 2:15-20 — Oregon Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located at 11200 S. Carlisle St. Terre Haute, 812-299-2112 Pastor: Fred Harrison.

We will be having our Christmas Program Sunday, Dec. 23 during morning worship. Please join us for “Celebrate the Gift.”

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 at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m. Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. There are also youth groups for PreK 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 seconnd through fifth graders are “Traveling Route 66” (66 books of the Bible). Please join us as we learn more about God’s word, play games and have a snack.

Riley Bible Church

The entire Riley Bible family invites you to join us at our church. We are located two doors down from the Dollar General, Riley Square, Riley; right off of Indiana 46. Sunday morning services include Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m. and family worship service at 11 a.m. Wednesday night Prayer & Bible Study starts at 7 p.m. with regular prayer and Bible study.

For advent season, we are reflecting on the hope, peace, love and joy that comes with the Christmas season.

Riley Bible Church is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to studying the Bible in order to grow spiritually and tell others of His salvation. 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 @RileyBibleChurch.

Shelburn First Baptist

We welcome you to the Shelburn First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Sunday for our worship service. It will be the Sunday before Christmas and our theme will be “The Song of the Shepherds” from Luke 2:10-20 and 25-38, as we complete our Advent Series. We also have Sunday school at 9 a.m., Route 56 for children at 10:20 a.m., and our Youth Christmas party that evening at 6 p.m. Our Christmas Eve service will be at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Dusty and Samantha Tryon are our Youth Leaders and our interim pastor is the Rev. Ron Riggs. We are an American Baptist church located at the corner of U.S. 41 and West Mill Street in Shelburn. You may reach us at 812-397-5595 or at www.fbcshelburn.com.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

On Sunday, Dec. 23, a service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be at 9 a.m. The Rev. Deborah Veach will officiate. The annual Greening of the Church will follow with a pitch-in luncheon. On Christmas Eve, the Rev John Gedrick will celebrate Holy Eucharist and preach at 9 p.m. The Sunday service at 9 am. on Dec. 30 will be Christmas Lessons and Carols, with the Rev. Deborah Veach officiating. The church is located at 215 N. Seventh St.

Peniel United Methodist Church

Our doors, at Kennedy Crossing in Brazil, are open to all to celebrate the birth of Jesus, with the Christmas program at 7 p.m., Dec. 23. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Christmas music, and there are always some treats for the little ones. Pastor Pippin’s message will be “Mary’s song.” Our scripture is from St. Luke 1:46-55. Laundry and dish detergents are on the list for the Brazil Food Pantry, but all donations are gratefully accepted. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., with Church Services following at 10:45. Hope to see you then.

There will be Family Communion between 3 and 5 p.m. on Dec. 24. For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Northside Wesleyan

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, the Northside Wesleyan Church, at 2439 N. 14th St. in Terre Haute, will present the Christmas Cantata “Jesus,” directed by Janet Jones. Pastor Ed Hayes, would like to extend the invitation to all: come join us in this celebration of our Lord’s birth. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.

Memorial United Methodist

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

Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, for one of the following services. The sermon will be “Gifts from the Heart.” Come along on a journey to Grandma’s house where the expectation and the reality meet along the side of the road. That’s because the gifts are at Grandma’s and nobody else is. What can we give while stranded? The best gift, a gift from the heart. “Gifts from the Heart” is a children’s choir skit which is worked into the various elements of the worship service in this uplifting and purposeful Sunday morning. Scripture: Luke 1:39-45.

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 Refreshments.

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.

Please plan to join us for Christmas Eve. There will be Communion from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Chapel. There will be two candlelight services on this evening, one at 7 and 11 p.m. They will be similar but each will have it’s own distinctive feel.

Tai Chi with Rebecca Graves will meet Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.

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

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation is at 1875 Fruitridge, Ave. Terre Haute. Our regular service is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

On Dec. 23, the Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will be Tikkun Olam, which is Hebrew for the Jewish concept, “Repair of the World.” Regardless of our differing religious beliefs, there is much UUs can do to repair the world, so that ignorance, injustice, and ugliness can be transformed into insight, right-relationship and appreciation of culture and beauty.

Also, at 9:15 a.m., on Sunday, Dec. 23, we invite you to join our adult education group, the Rationalist Freethinkers discussion group, led by Dr. Ed Warner. They will meet in the library. This week their topic of discussion will be: Do Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny believe in God?

Children’s religious education begins at 10:50 a.m. 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.

Our regular service is each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. We have disabled access, and can provide large print bulletins and hearing assistance devices if needed. We also provide childcare for young children. We can be reached by phone: 812-232-1193 or visit our website at www.terehauteuu.org.

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St., will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Davis’s sermon, “Blessed Is She Who Believed,” will be based on Luke 1:39-45, which tells of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. A time for fellowship and refreshments follows the worship service, downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. Worship continues on Monday with a Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a vocal and organ concert at 7 p.m. After the service worshippers are invited downstairs to the Fellowship Hall for Christmas cookies and punch. For more details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online at www.thcpc.org.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

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 at one of our two church campuses.

Our south campus,at 3050 E. Davis Dr., offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. with Sunday school classes at 10 a.m. Our north campus, at 1075 N. 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.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 4 p.m. at the north campus and 7 p.m. at the south campus. The evening will be filled with joy as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be lots of special music, Scripture, and a message the will be helpful to all.

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 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 22 at the North Campus.

South campus activities:

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

To start the work week, every Monday a prayer meeting is held 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.

North campus activities:

Mom2Mom meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month 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 mornings 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 mornings 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.

Mount Pleasant is connecting families and individuals with God and God’s family through Jesus Christ. For more information, you can call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or north campus 812-232-2478 or visit our website at www.mountpleasantfamily.org.

Rosedale Baptist

On Dec. 23 during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, the youth choir will present their program. Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. is adult drama night. Wednesday night prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m.

Christmas Eve service at 10 p.m., Dec. 24. The church is located at Depot and Middle streets in Rosedale; 765-548-2857.

First Baptist

You are invited to join us for worship on the Fourth Sunday of Advent at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Bernie Jackson will conclude a four-part sermon series on the songs of Christmas and the topic for this week is “Glory and Peace: The Song of the Angels & Shepherds.” Music will be presented by the sanctuary choir, sanctuary bell choir, vocal soloist Jim Tucker and cellist Allen Keathley. A children’s story is included in our order of service every Sunday, after which children in grades k-3 are dismissed to children’s church. The First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after the service, providing a place for members and guests to enjoy freshly brewed Rex coffee, light refreshments and conversation. Sunday School, with classes for everyone, follows worship at 10:45 a.m.

Our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday. The theme of this service will be “A Simple Christmas” with the traditional Christmas text from Luke 2:1-20. The service will include music by the sanctuary choir, young adult ensemble and soloist Brittany Jackson, as well as a children’s story and message by Pastor Bernie. The service will conclude with the traditional lighting of candles by the congregation. Children are welcome to attend this special service; however, childcare will be available for pre-school children infants through age 3.

First Baptist Church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA and is located at 4701 E. Poplar Ave. Further information is available at our newly designed website at www.thfbc.org.

Unity Presbyterian Church

Worship service is 10:30 a.m. at 1207 E. Springhill Drive. All are welcome for the Fourth Sunday of Advent with a theme of Love. Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her sermon will be, “God’s Love Lights Up the World,” based on Isaiah 9:2-7 and Luke 2:1-20. Bible Study is at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday school class following A Moment with the Children. Child care is available during worship. Join us for coffee and fellowship following the service.

Unity will have a Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m.

Amie Ellison is our choir director, Andrea Marlow is our organist. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. every Thursday and 10 a.m. every Sunday. For the month of December, Unity will pray for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and New Church Development in the Sellersburg area; this week, blessings to all who volunteer, staff members, bus drivers, administrators and students at Honey Creek Middle School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. Church office 812-299-2206, our email: www.unitythin@gmail.com.

Join us for Potluck and Praise at 6 p.m. each Thursday evening.

North Terre Haute Christian

We would like to invite everyone to our Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, at 3133 E Park Ave. Everyone is welcome to come as they are and sing praises and give honor to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Any questions please call the office at 812-466-1070 or email us at nthcc@frontier.com.

United Methodist Temple

United Methodist Temple, located at 5301 U.S. 41 S., invites the whole community to share in the Christmas spirit by attending our cantata: Canticle of Joy: A Cantata for Christmas by Joseph M. Martin. This Sunday, Dec. 23, this exciting music of the Savior will be presented by the chancel choir of United Methodist Temple at 10:30 a.m. in a single service of worship. Featuring the excellent direction of Jill Kuckewich and the piano mastery of Doug Sperry, all are invited to worship through this exciting worship celebrating the birth of the Infant King.

On Christmas Eve night, our traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service at United Methodist Temple will begin at 7 p.m. All are invited to this family-friendly service of worship. Nursery care is available for young families. A second Taize Christmas Eve Communion Service will be offered by United Methodist Temple at 11:30 p.m. Taize is a style of music developed by the ecumenical community of Taize, France. Contemplative singing of meaningful phrases until they “descend into the heart,” is the pattern of this worship. Created by Doug Sperry, this service will emphasize the community of the Christ.

Schedule for the week:

Monday: 10:30 a.m. — Holy (Christian) Yoga; noon to 2:15 p.m. — Celebrate Recovery from Habits, Hangups, and Hurts. All are welcome. (We will be open on the Dec. 24)

Tuesday and Thursday: 6 p.m. — Zumba

Wednesday: 6 p.m. — Weight Watchers; 7:30 p.m. Holy (Christian) Yoga

Thursday: 10 a.m. — Piecemakers

Friday: 10:30 a.m. — Holy Yoga

On Sunday, Dec. 30, the Rev. Judi Purvis will be preaching in two services (8:45 and 11 a.m.) at United Methodist Temple. Her theme: Listening and Responding to God’s Leadership, from the I Samuel 2:18-20,26 text. Join us for this exciting preaching from the Word of God, by one of our favorite people here at United Methodist Temple.

You may reach United Methodist Temple through our office secretary/volunteer coordinator Margaret Fulsom at 299-1898. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Through this number you can also reach: Jill Kuckewich, music director and Kid’s Hope team leader; Janet Friedrich, director of the United Methodist Temple pre-school; Gene Finley, team leader of the Celebrate Recovery; Tante Robinson, youth team leader (grades 6 to 12); Courtney Rundel, nursery team leader; and the Rev. Steve Cain, Pastor. Our website is www.terrehauteumtemple.org.

The Rev. Steve Cain can be reached through revscain@yahoo.com.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio St., in Terre Haute, invites you to join us this Sunday, Dec. 23, as we continue our Advent series, “reLIVING CHRISTmas.” Sunday’s sermon is “Love All” and brings us full circle in the story of Christmas. God’s amazing love, a love that brought Jesus into this world, was a love for the poor. What we sometimes forget is that while we may be among the richest people in the world, we are all poor in spirit. Jesus, in his totally relational life, showed the magnitude of a love for those living on the margins of society. Join us as we explore the possibilities to truly Live Christmas by Living Christ.

Church services are at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 a.m. (traditional) each Sunday. 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.

On Monday, Dec. 24, we will once again be celebrating “A Candlelight Christmas Eve” with our special service of the joyous Christmas message and remarkable music. Join us in singing your favorite Christmas carols and hearing the special music from Dan Tryon, Whitney Kos and Doug Short as well as the beautiful strains of the String Trio. The service begins at 7 p.m., with wassail and cookies at 6. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, check us out on the web at www.FirstChurchTH.org or listen to our music and sermons at firstchurch.posterous.com.

Breden Memorial United Methodist

Have you given deep thought to what Christmas gifts really consist of? They come in all sizes and shapes. Some people even play jokes with gifts. Get a big box, put a small gift in it, throw in a brick to make it heavy, and you have the trick gift. And when you wrap a gift, do you add a touch of your love, or a bit of your wisdom, or perhaps some fruit of the Holy Spirit?

God wrapped for us a special gift concerning His Love. When they came to where He was, they found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby Jesus wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. This gift of Jesus was special because God ordained Him to be that way.

Pastor’s message this Sunday will be “Christmas Wrappings.” The scripture selection is recorded in John 1:1-14.

Our worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Special music will be provided this Sunday by Greg Meiner and Jay Hendrix. Sunday School will follow worship.

No AA this week due to Christmas Day.

Ladies’ prayer group will not meet this week.