News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 15, 2012

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec. 15, 2012

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CrossRoads Baptist Church

CrossRoads Baptist Church has a new home at 26063 Kasameyer Dr., Dennison, Ill., located on the Indiana/Illinois state line. Get there by taking U.S. 40 west to Robinson Road; turn left onto Robinson Road; just under Interstate 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.

Sunday Worship Services are: Sunday School 9:30 a.m; Sunday Worship Service 10:40 a.m.; Sunday Evening Adult and Youth 6 p.m. Awana and Prayer Meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday 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. We believe that born again Christians ought to sacrificially serve the Lord Jesus Christ. 5) Seeks to purposefully reach the unsaved around us through personal soul-winning and provides dynamic training to equip our membership. 6) Endeavors to disciple its membership through a one-on-one mentoring program that provides mentorship and a sense of accountability.

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

New Life Fellowship

Light Has Come – come rejoice with us 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, as the New Life Sanctuary Choir presentss the 2012 Christmas program. We invite you to worship with us 10 a.m. Sunday mornings. We provide a dynamic Sunday School program for children ages 4 through 11 in the Kidz Worship Center. Nursery services are provided for infants and toddlers through age three. Nueva Vida (services in Spanish) is at 1 p.m. each Sunday afternoon at the North Campus (1851 N. Chamberlain). Come be our guest: 7849 Wabash (East Glenn),

St Stephen’s Episcopal

On Sunday, Dec. 16, The Rev. Don Jones will celebrate Holy Eucharist and preach at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday School will meet at 9 a.m. Afterward, join the camaraderie, coffee and conversation in the Great Hall.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, a service of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held. 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 a.m., Dec. 30, will be Christmas Lessons and Carols, with the Rev. Deborah Veach officiating.

The church is at 215 N. Seventh St. For more details, visit or call (812) 232-5165 Tuesday through Friday.

Rio Grande Baptist

You are invited to join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We are celebrating the season of Advent, a period of “waiting expectantly” or “preparation.”

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. we meet for prayer and Bible study. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Also during the month of December we collect the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering to help support those who have dedicated their lives in the work of spreading the Gospel.

 Rio Grande is at 4411 E. Rio Grande, Terre Haute, at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande. Visit or email terrehauteRGBC

Central Christian Church

- Disciples of Christ

Today our Christian Women’s Fellowship group will meet at the church to assemble cookie trays. Baked goods must be at the church by 9 a.m. The trays will be for sale Sunday morning after worship. The funds earned will be used for meat for bereavement meals and other items for the church. Dress rehearsal for our Christmas Pageant begins at 10 a.m. today.

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us. Central Christian Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation. As part of our third Sunday of Advent celebration our Young Church and Youth will share their Christmas pageant. The play was written by the Rev. Dianne Mansfield, and directed by Sherrie Mansfield. Nursery Care is provided. After worship we will gather for a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” celebration with refreshments.

Sunday School for all ages will begin at 11 a.m. Our Cornerstone Class is focusing on stories and themes from the Hebrew Scriptures. An adult Bible study is Monday mornings at 9 a.m., with the Rev. Zelensky. This group meets at the church.

Our General Board will meet Sunday at noon for a time of prayer, business and fellowship. Our youth group will meet Sunday at the church to go Christmas caroling and visiting with our shut-ins.

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.

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, Rev. Rebecca Zelensky, can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our church website is www.ccc

Shelburn First Baptist Church

We welcome you to the Shelburn First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Sunday for our worship service. We will be observing “Friends Day” and we continue our Songs of Christmas theme with our focus upon “The Song of Zacharias” from Luke 1:67-80. We also have Sunday School at 9 a.m. Route 56 for children at 10:20 a.m., and our children’s program, “Christ is Born!” at 6 p.m. At 6:30 Wednesdays, our youth Bible study is led by Dusty and Samantha Tryon and the adult Bible study by Interim Pastor, Rev. Ron Riggs. We are an American Baptist Church located on the corner of Mill Street and Highway 41. You may reach us at 812-397-5595 or by e-mail, Join us for worship.

Unity Presbyterian Church

Worship service is 10:30 a.m. at 1207 E. Springhill Drive. Third Sunday of Advent with a theme of Joy. Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her sermon, “Filled with Joy” based on Isaiah 12 and Luke 1:39-49. 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.

Choir rehearsal is 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 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 for quiet reflection at any time. Church office 812-299-2206, our website: www.unity

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

Rio Grande Full Gospel Church

Rio Grande Full Gospel Church, 10001 East Rio Grande Road, three and one-half miles East of Sandcut, at Gallagher (Fontanet) Road, just prior to the railroad. We are a small family church, with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. and Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m. We also have a Wednesday Bible Study (free coffee and donuts) at 9 a.m. Our website is at

Riley Bible Church

We are located two doors down from the Dollar General in 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 more information call 812-230-6053, go to our website at www.riley or check us out on facebook @RileyBibleChurch.

Annunciation, Brazil

Annunciation, Brazil - Father John Hollowell and the parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, welcome you to join them for Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday masses are celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday a Latin Mass will be celebrated. 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 at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Daily Mass is celebrated each weekday with the exception of 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.

Religious Education classes for elementary grades are from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Friar John Bamman from St. Joseph’s University Parish will be our guest speaker for grades 9 to 11 on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m.; his topic is “Defending Your Catholic Faith.” Our high school youth will assemble and deliver Christmas baskets on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. Contact Janet Roth for more information. For more information about our parish services or programs call 812-232-8421.

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 9 and 11:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 p.m. For more information call the parish office at 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 about grade school/middle school religious education contact Elizabeth Davis at Our high school faith formation classes are Sunday evenings from 5 - 6:30 pm. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee at jummp.youthminister@

Join us Sunday, Dec. 16 for an inspiring day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, Ill. Day will include Mass, Way of Lights Display and buffet dinner. Cost is $75. Boarding at St. Joseph University Parish at 7:30 a.m. and return around 11 p.m. To register call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

St. Joseph University Parish has cookbooks for sale just in time for the upcoming holidays. 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.

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 visit

St. Margaret Mary Church

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

Religious education for grades Pre-K through 8 is Sunday morning from 9:30 to10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at dwenstrup@smm-terrehaute- High school religious education classes are at Moran Center located at St. Patrick School on Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. 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 on Sunday from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.   

St. Mary’s Village Church

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 morning. 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 Church

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

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. We are located at 2322 N. 13 1/2 St.

Religious education classes for grades Pre-K through 8 meet on Sunday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Our Freshman Religious Education class and Sophomore/Junior Confirmation classes meet from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Friar John Bamman from St. Joseph’s University Parish will be our guest speaker for grades 9 to 11 Sunday, Dec. 16; his topic is “Defending Your Catholic Faith.” Our high school youth will be assemble and deliver Christmas baskets on Dec. 16 and 17. Contact Janet Roth for more information. 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.

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 at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. 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 and 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.

Catholic Relief Service offers four Fair Trade programs: Handcrafts, Coffee, Chocolate and Fair Trade Fund. For further information call CRS Fair Trade at 1-866-608-5978 or Sr. Mary Montgomery at 812-232-8400.

Oregon Baptist Church

Oregon Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church 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 is also youth groups for PreK though High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The PreK to 2nd grade are learning “Values to Grow By” this year using a series from Veggie Tales. The second 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.

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. This Sunday we will discuss the origin of the Lutheran Church and compare its teachings with the Word of God.

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

We are happy to get together and study the scriptures. Text or call 812-320-4450 to arrange a free Bible study.

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 1875 Fruitridge, Ave., Terre Haute.

Our regular service is at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. At 10:30 a.m., Dec. 16, the Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will be Charles Dickens’s, “A Christmas Carol.”  It was published 169 years ago, on Dec. 19, 1843. Did you know that Dickens was both a Unitarian and a Universalist? Come learn more about this famous UU advocate for the poor and his much-loved holiday story.

Also at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 , we invite you to join our adult education group, the Rationalist Free-Thinkers discussion group, led by Dr. Ed Warner. They will meet in the library. This week their topic of discussion will be: “What’s Unitarian About the Celebration of Christmas—If Anything?”

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 at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. We provide childcare for young children. We can be reached by phone: 812-232-1193 or visit our website:

Peniel United Methodist Church

Only 10 days left untill we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day. We invite everyone to come to Peniel, on Kennedy Crossing Rd., Brazil, and remember what this holiday is really about.

This Sunday will be our time to get together for beverages and pastries; between Sunday School which begins at 9:45 a.m. and Church services which starts at 10:45 a.m.

Don’t forget the Christmas Program at 7 p.m. Dec. 23 and Family Communion 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 24.

St. Luke 3:7-18 will be the scripture for this Sunday.

Pastor Pippin’s message on this 3rd day of Advent will be “Jesus and John.”

The Brazil Food Pantry will be accepting  all items that you wish to share. They have so many needing food and personal items.

For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Central Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St., will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. The children and youth will be presenting their Christmas pageant, Come to the Stable. Pastor Davis’s homily, “The Lord Is Near,” will be based on Philippians 4:4-7, in which the apostle Paul encourages the church to be joyful. 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. For more details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online:

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary at 301 N. Seventh St. invites you to worship with us, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s sermon, “Clearing the Path: A Call to Advent Preparation” (Luke 3:1-6), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, sing a medley of Christmas carols.

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), Jane Tennis will teach and lead discussion on “Unity in the Body of Christ” (Ephesians 4: 1-16). 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 of 18 years include: Nursery and Toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; Bbeginners (age 3 to 5) taught by Jessica Kendall; Kindergarten (K-5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and youth class (grades six to 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 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays. The Rev. Phyllis Peters is leading the Bible study. Also, 6 to 7 p.m. this Wednesday evening, a special Advent Bible discussion group is studying the birth of Christ as recorded in the four Gospels.

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 6 to 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcome to become a member of this group.

This Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, during our 9:30 a.m. worship service, the Children’s Christmas Program will be presented.

The Church’s Seventh Street entrance is handicapped accessible, and arking 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 on Thursdays.

 If you are interested in the Chancel Choir, come and join our rehearsals  from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. Contact the church office at 232-2319, if you are interested in any activities.

Reformed Presbyterian Church

The Terre Haute Reformed Presbyterian Church, a new congregation committed to the inspired and infallible Word of God, 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 “Reliance upon God” from the book of II Timothy. 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 5th Avenue). A nursery for children 3 and under is available during the worship service.  

Rosedale Baptist Church

On Sunday, worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. at Rosedale Baptist Church, Depot and Middle streets, Rosedale, with Pastor Randy McPike. Sunday school starts at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service 7 p.m. and Wednesday night prayer and Bible study at 7 p.m.

The Sunday youth group Christmas party is on Dec. 16, with Christmas store, puppets, lesson and lunch at the church, We will also be putting together gifts for the senior citizens in the area. Following that we will work on parachutes and making crafts.

Dec. 16 — 7 p.m. Choir Presentation

Dec. 23 — Sunday Morning Worship Service - the Youth Choir will present their program.

Dec. 23 — 7 p.m. Adult Drama Night

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

Emmanuel United Methodist

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 will continue on in the Advent Season with the sermon being on “The Joy of Every Heart.” Come and prepare your hearts for the coming of the New Born King.

Emmanuel UMC will have a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, Dec. 16. “On Earth, Peace” will begin at 7 p.m. Many beautiful songs will be performed by the Emmanuel UMC choir with narration and a nativity by others in the congregation. We invite you to come and experience a beautiful evening celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Prior to the cantata, there will be a chili supper from 5 to 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 the Community Life Center building fund. Carry-out will be available. The church is located at 6076 U.S. 150, West Terre Haute, 812-535-4218,

First Baptist Church

On this Third Sunday of Advent, during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, the Sanctuary choir will present the musical “Let the Whole World Sing.” The arranger of this musical, Joel Raney, says that Christmas is now celebrated in more than 160 countries. The hope for peace on earth is shared by millions of people in every corner of the globe. This is the inspiration behind “Let The Whole World Sing.” The 35 voice choir will be accompaniment by a six-piece instrumental ensemble and narration will be provided by our new associate pastor John Campbell. The service will also include the lighting of the third candle on the Advent wreath as well as congregational carols and scripture reading. Children’s Church will be held as usual for children in grades K to 3 and pre-school Sunday School and extended care is available throughout the morning. Sunday school, with classes for everyone, is at 10:45 a.m.  

Our Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. This service will include message by Pastor Bernie Jackson, congregational singing of carols, music by the Sanctuary choir, young adult ensemble and soloist Brittany Jackson, as well as a children’s story. The service will conclude with the congregational candle lighting.

First Baptist Church is affiliated with The American Baptist Churches and is at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Our ministry staff includes the Rev. Bernie Jackson, senior pastor; the Rev. Steve Newman, associate pastor, Music/Worship; John Campbel, associate pastor, youth/discipleship; Jill Kirchoff, children’s minister and Gina Dorsett, pre-school director. Further information regarding our church is available on our website

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church welcomes all to worship at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. We will celebrate the Advent Season with our Chancel choir, orchestra, narration, soloists, and children’s choir. We will be performing “Christmas Is Jesus” at both worship services. 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. You may call the church at 812-232-7263. We hope you will join us for this inspirational worship service.

Maple Avenue 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. For more information, check us out on the web at

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio St., Terre Haute, invites you to join us this Sunday as we continue our Advent series. This year, we are reflecting on the true meaning of the season as we embrace “reLIVING CHRISTmas.” Sunday’s sermon is “Give More” and focuses on the true relational aspect of Christmas.  As we are reminded in the most famous Bible verse, God loved us so much that He gave His only son. Jesus gave up everything to enter the human condition in a very personal way and was personal in everything He did – from spending time with the marginalized, to healing the sick, to giving up His life for ours. Everything was personal. As we enter the Christmas season, we strive to think how we can make every aspect of our celebration personal as well.  Join us as we explore the possibilities to truly Live Christmas by Living Christ.

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

This Sunday, we will also be gathering for our monthly Dialogue at St. Arbucks, meeting at 6 p.m. at the Starbucks at 25th & Wabash. Join us for the discussion of truly making the Christmas season personal and as we work to make it a better Christmas for others.

On Friday, Dec. 21, we will gather for a time of reflection and worship at our Longest Night Service from 7 to 8 p.m. in the church sanctuary. For many of us, the Christmas season is a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering people and events that have been a part of our lives in the past. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to know God’s presence during this season. This is a very relaxed and meditative service and is open to the entire community.

Also, we will be celebrating a Candlelight Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Wassail bowl, cookies and fellowship are at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

For more information, check us out on the web at or listen to our music and sermons at

Seelyville United

Methodist Church

Pastor Jack Diel and the Seelyville UMC Family invite you to worship with us at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday as we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent. Nursery care will be provided by Pam Alexander and Donna Crowley, and a time of fellowship and refreshment will begin at 10:45 a.m. with Mary Ellen Hankins and Jane Smith as hostesses. Kid’s Hour continues from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster with helper Joyce Swoveland. Children from age 5 to 12 are encouraged to attend.

The sermon for Dec. 16 is titled “Joy That Comes with the Good News” focusing on the joy we can receive by re-ordering our lives to welcome the redemptive Good News of Christ. Scripture readings are from Isaiah 12:2-6 and Luke 3:7-18 with Patty Wiley as liturgist. The choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, will rehearse at 8:30 a.m. and present the anthem “Salvation Is Created” with pianist/organist Mary Jensen. Hymns for this Sunday are “All Earth Is Waiting,” “Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice,” and “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light.”

The Agape group continues its study at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 in the home of Edith Tucker. This group, led by Pastor Jack, studies the Sunday morning scripture lessons. Webelos 2B also meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday in Fellowship Hall.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the prayer and Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. in the Library followed by the New Member Exploration class at 11 a.m. The Staff-Parish Committee also meets on Tuesday in the Library at 6:15 p.m. Beginning Yoga with instructor Trudy Newton continues at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the church.

Plan ahead now for two worship opportunities in our church on Christmas Eve: Communion from 5 to 6 p.m. and the 11 p.m. service of lessons and carols.

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

Trinity Lutheran Church

 Please come and join us during our worship time at 10 a.m. each Sunday at Trinity at 2620 Ohio Blvd. Sunday school for all ages is also offered at 9 a.m. each Sunday morning.

Come and share the joy of the Advent and Christmas seasons by joining us for worship, especially for our two traditional Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services. Coming up on Sunday, Dec. 30 the children in our congregation will be collecting Pennies for their Penny Power ministry during our 10 a.m. Worship service to help feed hungry children and people around the world through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America World Hunger Organization.

 Our Trinity Women Circle will be collecting items appropriate for layettes to be used by Union Hospital for those new families who do not have the essentials they need. Sleepers, T-shirts, outfits, socks, bibs, receiving blankets and diapers are needed in preemie and newborn (0 to 3 months) sizes. If you would like to contribute, please purchase your items and bring them to the church office by Dec. 23.

Our Trinity Women are also once again sponsoring the Angel Tree for Christmas. To participate in this ministry, please come and select an angel from the tree located in the Fellowship Hall. Then buy an age appropriate gift, wrap or bag it, and bring it back to the tree. These gifts will be used by those living in the CODA (Council on Domestic Abuse) safe house for Christmas or other times of the year as needed. All gifts need to be returned to the Angel Tree by Dec. 18.   

For more details concerning Trinity Lutheran Church or our ministries, please call (812) 232-7628.

United Methodist Temple

United Methodist Temple meets to worship God as revealed in Jesus Christ at its Temple at 5301 South U.S. 41. We have two worship services, one at 8:45 a.m. with more traditional liturgy, and one at 11 a.m. with praise choruses. Please come as you are to either one. The Welcome Café opens at 10 a.m., as well as classes for all ages. Our nursery team leader, Courtney Rundel, will be there to meet you for leaving your children.

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, of we will present our Christmas cantata entitled “Canticle of Joy.” You are welcome to join us that day for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and to celebrate the coming of our infant Savior in music. On Dec. 24, we have two services: traditional candlelight Christmas Eve family service at 7 p.m., and Christmas Eve Taize communion service at 11:30 p.m.

This Sunday, Dec. 16, we celebrate the Third Sunday in Advent, rejoicing in the joy of having a Savior of the world. The Infant Messiah brings hope, peace, love and joy. The Rev. Steve will bring a message entitled “Scandalous Love” from the lectionary texts of Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 7:36-50. The love of God taught throughout Scripture is of a love that is so scandalous as to be unbelievable. When we truly understand how scandalous, uprooting, and subversive is the love offered to us in Christ, we fall down and worship.

Sunday: 8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School/Welcome Cafe; 11 a.m. Praise Service; 6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Monday: 10:30 a.m. Holy Christian Yoga

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 (quilting); 6 p.m. Temple Bell rehearsal; 7:15 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearsal  

Friday: 10:30 a.m.  Holy Christian Yoga with Macy Kalb

Please reach our staff through Margaret Fulsom at 299-1898. Our other staffers: Jill Kuckewich, music team leader and kids hope team leader; Doug Sperry, organist; Janet Friedrich, temple preschool; Karla Clayton, celebrate recovery; Denise Bishop, Sowers of the Word Puppet Ministry; Courtney Rundel, nursery team leader, are available through this same number. The Rev. Steve Cain can be reached at, or 812-870-5749. Please check our website at or our facebook page

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.

Sunday’s service: the mysterious wise men came from the East in search of the one whose birth was to usher in a new era. They came saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Pastor’s message for the Third Sunday of Advent will be “He Is Christ The Lord.”

 Sunday worship service is 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will follow worship at 10:50 a.m.

There are classes for all ages.

 AA meets 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 Ladies’ prayer group meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Church of Christ at Terre Haute

Come be with us this Lord’s day. We assemble at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays  and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Exit 11, I-70 and Indiana 46, behind McDonald’s.

We are simply Christians striving to do all in the name of the Lord.

If you are interested in studying the Bible, we would like to get together with you. Feel free to call (812) 320-4450 to arrange a Bible study.

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 at one of our two church campuses.

Our south campus, at 3050 East Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and  10:45 a.m., with Sunday school classes beginning 10 a.m. Our north campus, located at 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.

Christmas Eve services will be at 4 p.m. at the north campus and 7 p.m. at the 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. 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 6 p.m. on Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. - noon Dec. 22.

South campus activities

An evening service called “6:35” is held 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 grades six through seniors, meets Sunday at 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and also on Wednesdays 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.

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, at 7 p.m. meets every Friday, 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. 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 at 9 a.m. Monday mornings. This group is famous for its delicious pasta. Come join the group to hone in on your cooking skills. Our Care Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday mornings to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers. If you enjoy crafts, come 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at  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

Memorial United Methodist

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

Join us on Sunday for one of the following services. The sermon will be   “Preaching to a Brood of Vipers.” John the Baptist calls the people who come out to hear him teach and preach a “brood of vipers.” Not exactly the best way to “make friends and influence people.” Also, it doesn’t seem to be the most appropriate thing to talk about around Advent/Christmas season either. But, the time of preparation for the “one who is to come” is now. What better time to step out of the hectic season and examine, forgive, and prepare the heart, mind, and soul for the coming of the Christ Child. Scripture: Luke 3:7-18.

At 8:45 a.m. we have our Traditional Worship Service. If you like to sing traditional hymns, hear a choir anthem by our Chancel Choir and hear multiple scripture readings in a more formal setting then this is the service for you.

At 9:45 a.m. join us for our Fellowship and Refreshment Time.

At 10 a.m.  join us for Sunday School.

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 Kit Wits meet on Thursday at 1 p.m.

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 6:30-8pm 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


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