News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 13, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec. 14, 2013


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Terre Haute St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Christmas worship at Stephen’s, 217 N. Seventh St., will be at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Christmas Eve. All are welcome.

The 4 p.m. service is new this year and is especially for those for whom the larger, festival services are too big, too much, or too late. This early service will include the Christmas readings, prayers, carols and holy communion. It will last about one hour.  

The 9 p.m. service will be our Festival Celebration of the Nativity beginning with an extended prelude of music for meditation with organ and brass. At 9:15 pm the traditional Christmas Lessons and Music service will begin and will include Holy Communion. No incense will be used at either service.

Christmas morning at 10 a.m. there will be a quiet Christmas communion service in our Chapel which is to the right as you enter the garden from 7th street.

Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8th you are invited to join us for a brown bag discussion of "The Beauty of Holiness" from 12:10-1 p.m.

Regular Sunday services are at 8 and 10 a.m.

For information on any of these events, the church office is open in the afternoons Tuesday-Friday, 812-232-5165 or please check our website: www.ststephensth.org.

Maple Avenue United Methodist

The church welcomes all to worship this Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages meets at 9:30 between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to share in the annual Christmas cantata, featuring the church’s chancel choir, children’s choir and orchestra; narration, soloists and a drama titled “A Great and Mighty Wonder” by Tom Fettke. This annual tradition of Maple Avenue will be performed at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services. At the 10:30 service, the children’s sermon will be given and junior church will be offered. Join us as we honor our Newborn Savior.

We offer free transportation to and from the 10:30 worship service. If you would like a ride to church, call the church office at 812-232-7263 before noon on Fridays during the week. We will be happy to pick you up and bring you to church. We hope you will join us for an inspirational worship service this Sunday.

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The church meets at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. The Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. Children’s religious education is 10:50 a.m. On Dec. 15, the speaker is Charles Luker. His topic will be “The German Genius.” Luker is a registered nurse working in home health. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Evansville.

“The German Genius” was written by British historian Peter Watson. It discusses the European reaction to German thought in multiple disciplines from about 1650 to the present. The book was published in 2010.

The Rationalist Free-Thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m. Their topic is “How much education about religion do we really need for good citizenship? Do we need more or less than we have/get now?”

We can provide large-print programs and hearing-assistance devices, if needed. You can reach us at 812-232-1193, or find us on Facebook.

Rio Grande Baptist

Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We worship with praise songs, traditional hymns and a children’s message followed by the sermon. The church is at 4411 E. Rio Grande Ave., at the corner of Erickson Street and Rio Grande Avenue.

Reformed Presbyterian

Our 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 is 9:30 a.m. For morning sermon, Pastor Roberts will be preaching on the topic of “God’s surprising gift to the church.” Worship is 10:45 a.m., followed by fellowship meal, which all are invited to stay. The church, 1407 N. 25th St., at the corner of 25th Street and Fifth Avenue. A nursery for children ages 3 and under is available during the worship service. Some of Pastor Roberts’ messages are also available on WPFR, FM 93.7 and AM 1480, each Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

United Methodist Temple

We would like everyone to join us Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Our speaker this week is the Rev. Jean Brindel. Her sermon title will be “To Believe God,” based on Isaiah 35:1-10 and Luke 1:46-55. 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. A handbell trio will present special music at both services. A nursery is available.

This week our church activities include:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga; 12:15 p.m., Celebrate Recovery, beginning with lunch and then groups forming to discuss dealing with “hurts, habits and hangups”; 5:30 p.m., finance team meeting; 6 p.m., administrative board meeting

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

Thursday: 9:15 a.m., Temple Preschool Christmas program; 10 a.m., Piecemakers Quilters; 6 p.m., Temple bells practice; 6:30 p.m., chancel choir practice

Friday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga

On Dec. 22, our choir will present a Christmas cantata, “Heaven’s Child,” written by Pepper Choplin. We will have one service that Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school meeting at 9:30 a.m. We invite all to join us for this special service.

Christmas Eve service is 7 p.m. Dec. 24. It will be a service of candles and carols, and we encourage everyone to bring their families and friends to participate in this beautiful service.

For more information, call the church office, 812-299-1898, look at our website at

 terrehauteumtemple.org or check out www.facebook.com/TerreHauteUMT.

Oregon Baptist

Join us at OBC for a Christmas journey. Pastor Fred will be sharing four-part series on “The Journey of the People in the Christmas Story.” This Sunday is the third sermon,  “Hospital Visit.” These four journeys coincide with the journey we all make in our lives.

Our church is an American Baptist Church, 11200 S. Carlisle St. We can be reached at 812-299-2112. The pastor is Fred Harrison.

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

Unity Presbyterian

Our worship service, 1207 E. Springhill Drive, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. The first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday, our pastor, Jenni Walker Noyes, and the congregation invite you to hear her sermon, “Now, This is Good News,” based on Isaiah 35:1-10 and James 5:7-10.

Child care is available throughout the morning. Join us for fellowship following services.

Unity supports local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is choir director and Andrea Marlow is organist. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Thursday and 10 a.m. Sunday. For the month of December, Unity prays for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. This week we send God’s love and prayers to New Church Development, Sellersburg. We send peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at Terre Town Elementary School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. All are welcome.

The church office can be reached at 812-299-2206, on Facebook or by email at unitythin@gmail.com.

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. For information about our services or programs call 812-232-8421.

Classes for preschool through eighth grade are Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For information or to register contact Rita Burns-Senseman, rita@stbenedictth.org. Religious education and confirmation classes for high school youth are Sunday, 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Janet, janet@catholicym.org, if you have any questions or to register.

The next Secular Franciscans & Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is Dec. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., in St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is 5:15 p.m. Join us every Thursday for Eucharistic Adoration, 6 to 9 p.m. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The chaplet begins after conclusion of 5:15 weekday Mass. For more information about our services or programs call the parish office at 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 reled@stjoeup.org for information or to register. 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, jummp.youthminister@gmail.com, for class schedule or to register.

St. Margaret Mary

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and parish community, 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to 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 ). 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, 812-232-3512.

The 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 also meeting Friday mornings to study “Catholicism” by Fr. Barron. Friday sessions are in the Legacy Room after the 9 a.m. Mass. Join us. There is no charge for either adult faith program.

St. Mary’s Village Church

Sr. Joan Slobig, SP, parish life coordinator, and the parish community invite you to join us for Liturgy on Sunday at 9 a.m. For information about our parish programs call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and t parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend Liturgy Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. You 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. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at donna.wenstrup

@saintpat.org.

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@gmail.com, for the class schedule or to register.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Barbara Black, parish life coordinator, and parishioners, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St., welcome you Mass tonight at 4:30 p.m. Mass is also celebrated at 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.

An adult Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish office. For information or to register contact Barb Black at 466-1231 or barb@shjth.org

Annunciation, Brazil

Fr. John Hollowell, pastor, and parishioners, 19 N. Alabama, in Brazil, invite you to Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday 8:30 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass is celebrated. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Fr. John Hollowell will interview Annunciation parishioner Bob Dowell and Terre Haute radio veteran Jerry Arnold about the work of the Crosley Radio Players. The group produces re-enactments of vintage radio dramas and comedies in the area in performances at nursing homes, theaters and restaurants. Interviews will air Dec. 22, 2 to 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 25 at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and parish, 558 Nebeker St., invite you to celebrate Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available Saturday, 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 St. Joseph parish, 217 E. Ohio St., invite you to celebrate Mass with us Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available Tuesday, 4:30 to 5 p.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Central Presbyterian

The church, 125 N. Seventh St., will gather at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for traditional worship. Pastor Lant Davis’ sermon, “The Glory of the Lord,” will be based on Isaiah 35:1-10, which prophesies a future redemption of God’s people. During worship the children will present their Christmas pageant, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A time for coffee, conversation and refreshments immediately follows worship, downstairs in the fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. On Tuesday at 10 a.m. the Seekers and Searchers women’s Bible study meets at the church, followed by lunch at the home of Amanda Davis. For details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online at www.thcpc.org.

Peniel United Methodist, Brazil

The church on Kennedy Crossing Road will have light refreshments between Sunday School and church services this Sunday. On Dec 19, Co-workers/Fidelis Class meeting is 6 p.m.

The choir has been giving us a taste of the upcoming cantata which will be performed at the Christmas program Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. They have sung one song each Sunday and each selection has been very impressive. Family Communion from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Come whenever it is convenient for you.

The Scripture for this Sunday is from St. Matthew 11: 2-11. Pastor Pippin’s message is “Where can I find God?” Join us for Sunday School at 9:45 and church services at 10:45. For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, 301 N. Seventh St., welcomes you to their 147-year-old church. We invite you to worship, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s message, “I Wanna Live Again: Reflections on Advent Joy” (Philippians 4: 4-7), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, singing selections from “Wonderful Counselor” by John Purifoy.

There will be a reception for the Rev. Phyllis Peters, Education director, in the church library following 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 the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Bill Dando teaches and will lead discussion on “Zachariah Prophesizes about His Son John” (Luke 1: 57-58 and 67-79).

Connections, a class for young adults, ages 18 to 30, is being taught by our pastor, Jimmy Moore. This class meets in the Disciple Room and 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 under the age of 3 and up through age 18 include: Preschool, Primary Class, Junior Class and Youth Class. The children’s Sunday School class will focus on Advent themes.

The 7th Cents Youth Group is a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U.M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes. On Sunday, Dec. 15, the Youth Group will meet for a Christmas party at the Whitaker house. Contact youth director Tiffany Grossman at Centenary (812-232-2319) or at 812-589-1647 if you have any questions.

Join us for an Advent Study event on three Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Classroom. 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.

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” on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon. Contact the church office, 812-232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities listed above or in our very active women’s ministries.

Saint John Missionary Baptist


The Saint John Missionary Group will sponsor the Second Annual Minister’s Musical tonight at 6:30. The program will feature pastors and ministers of the city. Everyone is invited to attend and worship with us.

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

St. George’s Episcopal,  West Terre Haute

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners of St. George’s Episcopal Church, West Terre Haute invite you to join us Sunday morning for Adult Christian Education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian Education is 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Our Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is 10 a.m. After Holy Eucharist, we gather in the church hall for fellowship. Supply priests (a Parade of Priests from the diocese) are scheduled to minister to us on Sundays. The Rev. Harold Smith will be the celebrant Dec. 15, the third Sunday of Advent.

St. George’s Episcopal is located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 N. Smith Place, West Terre Haute. For more information visit www.stgeorgesindiana.com or call 812-533-1346. If you phone us, leave a message and someone from the parish will return your call. Contact person: Sylvia Brockman, bishop’s warden, at 812-442-0751 or brockmanjs@aol.com.

Christmas Eve Service: Dec. 24 at 4:30. Carols, Holy Eucharist and a light Christmas dinner after Holy Eucharist. The Rev. John Brockman will be the celebrant for Christmas Eve.

Central Christian Disciples of Christ

Today our Christian Women’s Fellowship meets at the church to assemble trays of homemade cookies and treats.

 Have your cookies to the church by 9 a.m. These will be for sale after worship Sunday. The funds from this sale help the group provide items for the church and meat for bereavement meals.

Central Christian is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship Sunday 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 the third Sunday of Advent as we continue our focus “Christ comes for all.”

 A special time is set aside for Young Church. We will hear good news of mission in preparation for our Christmas special offering to be gathered next Sunday. A time of fellowship with drinks and doughnuts will follow the service.

Sunday school for all ages at 11 a.m. The Adult Class continues their discussion on Rob Bell’s book, “Love Wins.” Our Youth and Young Church continues practice on their annual Christmas pageant. The pageant will be presented during worship on Dec. 22. Adult Bible Study is Monday at 9 a.m. at the church.

We continue to sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate bars. During December we are collecting hats, mittens and gloves for the students at Fuqua Elementary School. We are also collecting items for our Angel Tree. These gifts will be given to those in need.

Our Annual Progressive Dinner begins Sunday at 4 p.m. The fellowship event provides each course of the holiday meal at a different location. Directions to each home is available at the church. This is always a wonderful evening of great food and fellowship.

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

The Journey (Assembly of God)

The children of The Journey Church (Assembly of God) at 600 Hulman St. will give a Christmas presentation on Sunday, Dec. 15 during the 10 a.m. service. The public is invited. The church also invites the community to a Christmas Candlelight Communion service Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at the church. For more information, call 812-232-1857 or 812-870-9589.

Rosedale Baptist

Sunday worship service, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening service, 7; Wednesday Night Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m.; Adult and Youth Choir at 6:15 p.m.

Dec. 15: Sunday Youth Group Christmas Party and Christmas Store. Lesson and lunch at church, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 18: Wednesday 7 p.m., Caroling In The Streets

Dec. 22: Sunday Evening at 7, “Sing And Share“

At 8 p.m. we will have a “Cookie Exchange.” Bring four dozen to exchange and one dozen to eat. If you bring them, you will take four dozen home.

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, 10 p.m.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

Aaron Wheaton, senior pastor, and Rick Swan, assistant pastor, along with the Mount Pleasant family, invite you to attend a worship service or another activity at one of our two church campuses.

Our south campus, 3050 E. Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school classes at 10. North campus, 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. with 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: 4 p.m at our north campus and 7 p.m. at our south campus.

Upcoming sermons include Dec. 15, A Time for Salvation; Dec. 22, A Time for Reconciliation; and Dec. 24, O Holy Night.

South campus continues to hold 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 the west side of building, but the front entrance is open for your convenience, as well. (Note that the front entrance is locked about 10 minutes after the each service begins, but the worship center will remain open during the entire service. We always welcome those who are running late.)

South campus activities:

An evening service called “6:35” at 6:35 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. It is an intergenerational worship experience featuring praise, prayer and a message while incorporating elements of drama, dance and art.

Lifeline, our ministry for youth grades six through senior, meets 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth-graders that meets bimonthly from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays from October to May, beginning Oct. 7.

Boost is our midweek gathering. This Wednesday evening activity with dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the fellowship center followed by classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Our first session of 2014 will run from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26.

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

North campus activities:

Care Group meets 10 a.m. Thursday to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

New groups:

Revolution, our young adults life group for college age students and up, meets Thursday 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 a loved one to suicide, meets the second Thursday of each month at the north campus. Dinner at 6 p.m. and group meeting starts at 7. For more information email ourjourneyforward1@gmail.com or call the north campus office.

Another new group at our north campus is Needle Nook and Hook. This community outreach group meets each Monday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. where they sew, crochet and knit lap robes and afghans. Everyone is invited regardless of skill level.

For more information, call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or north campus at 812-232-2478.

You can also visit www.mountpleasantfamily.org, friend us on Facebook (Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church) and follow us on Twitter @Mt_PleasantUMC.

Church of Christ, Terre Haute

The church of Christ meeting at 4017 E. Margaret Drive, in Terre Haute, invites you to Sundays at 10 a.m. for Bible study, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for worship and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for Bible study.

Memorial United Methodist

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

Join us Sunday when the Chancel Choir brings the Good News of Christmas in a wonderful cantata titled “What Sweeter Music: A Festival of Carols.”

We will have one service at 10 with Sunday school at 8:45.

The Sewing Stitches meets Tuesday the Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tai Chi with Rebecca Graves meets Tuesday and Friday, 3 to 4 p.m. Now offering a “gentler” form of Tai Chi for arthritis. Everyone welcome.

The Knit Wits meets Thursday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.

Nami (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 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 or schizophrenia and is open to the public. For more information contact Betty Porter at 812-877-9950.

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

Christ United Methodist

Christ United Methodist Church, 221 S. Sixth St., West Terre Haute, will have their annual Christmas in God’s House Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. All children ages 12 and under are invited to listen to a Christmas story, complete a craft and purchase Christmas gifts. After wrapping the gifts, the children can join their parents in the fellowship hall to enjoy cookies and punch, even get a picture taken with Santa. All this at no cost except for the gifts, which will cost 50 cents each. While the children are having fun, adults can enjoy cookies and punch along with visiting the candy store to purchase homemade candy and crafts.

First Baptist

We invite you to join us for worship Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we continue through the Advent season. Sunday, we will light the candle of proclamation on our Advent wreath and music will be provided by The Sanctuary Choir, Senior Singers, and soloist Karen Smith. Pastor Bernie Jackson continues his December sermon series with a sermon titled “Preparing to Receive Him” with Scripture text from Matthew 11:2-11. A children’s story is included in our worship every week and afterward children are dismissed to Children’s Church. The theme for Children’s Church during this month is “Countdown to Christmas.” Our First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after worship 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.

On Sunday at 4 p.m. The First Baptist Music Ministry will present “Christmas Around the Tree” with the First Baptist Senior Singers. This takes place in the church atrium, around the big Christmas tree and the choir will be singing the musical “Sing a Song of Christmas” by Joseph Martin and Michael Barrett. After the service The Music Ministry Team will host a soup and sandwich supper in Esken Hall as a fundraiser for summer music ministry activities. Regular Sunday evening service, The Link, will begin at 6 p.m. and this week’s message by Pastor John Campbell will be “Isaiah: The Coming Light.”

Other upcoming services and programs include The Sanctuary Choir cantata “An Appalachian Winter” presented Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m. and caroling to shut-ins at 4 p.m.; and Candelight Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The Sunday evening Link Service is each Sunday evening at 6, except Dec. 29.

First Baptist Church is at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. More information, including a schedule of all Christmas services, is available at www.thfbc.org.

Smith Park United Methodist

The children of Ferguson Hill who participate in our After School Kids (ASK) program will present the children’s musical, “Stranger In the Manger,” at 4 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments available after the program. The church is north of West Terre Haute on Ferguson Hill at North Smith Place and Woodland Avenue. Regular services include worship at 9 a.m and Sunday school at 10 a.m. Join us. Contact pastor Ed Gladish at 812-241-5053 for more information.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and Seelyville UMC family invite you to worship with us the Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service are Connie Atkinson and Donna Crowley. After worship we will enjoy a time of fellowship hosted by Mary Ellen Hankins and Jane Smith. Kid’s Hour meets 9:30-10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster with Amy Price. Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m.

Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 36:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-11 with Michelle McCrea serving as Liturgist. The choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, presents the anthem, “Salvation Is Created,” by P.V. Tchesnokov. New members are always welcome to join the choir with rehearsals at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. Hymns for this Sunday are “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates,” “My Soul Gives Glory to My God,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Jane Linville will serve as organist/pianist and Holy Communion will be served.

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Belonging to Jesus” which will emphasize that we are called to belong to Jesus who is Emmanuel, God with us.

The life of our church begins Tuesday, Dec. 17, with the Prayer and Bible Study group meeting in the library at 10 a.m. The Beginning Yoga group continues Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. under the direction of Trudy Newton.

Seelyville United Methodist Church is on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street in Seelyville. Office phone is 812-877-1868 with email seelyvilleumc@frontier.com.

Trinity Lutheran

Come and join us at 10 a.m. Worship service each Sunday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Ohio Blvd., in Terre Haute. Holy Communion is offered and shared during our worship service. Sunday school is also available for children and adults and begins at 9 a.m.

Our Trinity Women are once again sponsoring the Angel Tree for Christmas. To participate in this ministry, come and select an angel from the tree in the Fellowship Hall. Then buy an age appropriate gift, wrap or bag it, and bring it back to the tree. Gifts may include clothing, games, puzzles, toys, school supplies, etc. Remember to attach the angel to the gift when you return it 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.

Dozens of tornadoes ripped across the Midwest recently, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more with powerful winds that flattened homes. Hundreds of families must find a way to rebuild their homes after the tornadoes destroyed almost everything they had.

Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is responding in areas affected by these tornadoes. Your help is needed to bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response affiliates are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Throughout the Midwest we are working hand-in-hand with ELCA synods and other ministry organizations that are experts at outreach in their communities.

It will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed now to begin coordinating volunteers, rebuilding homes and offering spiritual and emotional care to those in need. As communities work to recover, keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer.

Your donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “U.S. Tornadoes,” will be used entirely (100 percent) to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by a disaster. Donations from people like you allow this church to respond to those in need.

Donations may be dropped off at our church or you may send them to: Lutheran Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300

Write ”U.S. Tornadoes” on your check’s memo line.

Or you may make a donation with your credit card by phone by calling: 800-638-3522. For more details concerning Trinity Lutheran Church or our ministries, call (812) 232-7628.

First Congregational

The church at 630 Ohio St. invites you to join us Sunday, Dec. 15, as we continue our Advent journey with our series, “Follow the Star,” and the sermon, “The Star of Unity.” When God created this world, it was perfect. It’s why we use the term “garden of Eden” to describe something that is blissful. When humans came into the mix, things started to fall apart and it wasn’t long before we were separated from our Creator. From that point, God had one purpose: to unite us again and bring us all, brothers and sisters through Christ, into the family of God. And yet, we struggle with acting like we belong together. Join us as we explore the Scripture in search of the tools that help us understand the union that God so desires — wanted so much that He drew us together through Christ. In Christ, we are one.

Services at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 (traditional). Children’s service during the 10:30 gathering and Sunday school downstairs. Friends are invited to help fill the food barrel donations for the area Food Bank. Bring nonperishable, unbreakable container food items. We are very close to our 2013 goal of 1,200 pounds.

We invite members and friends to join us Friday, Dec. 21, for the service on the Longest Night. For many of us, Christmas is a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering people and events that are no longer part of our lives. The celebrations around us often remind us of what we’ve lost. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health and the isolation of grief make us feel very alone. We need time and space to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know we are not alone. We need to feel God’s presence during this season. This quiet service will be in our sanctuary from 6 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Our traditional “Candlelight Christmas Eve” service will be Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. This service of carols and message is a wonderful way to usher in the joy of Christmas. Wassail and cookies are served before and after the service.

First Congregational Church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches. You can find us online at www.firstchurchth.org or on Facebook.