News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 23, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: March 23, 2013


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Worship services in the historic church at 217 N. Seventh St. are at at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. Afterward worship Sunday join the camaraderie, coffee and conversation. All are welcome.

For more details, visit or call 812-232-5165 Tuesday through Friday.

Garden cleanup: We will meet today at 10 a.m. to do some cleanup of the winter mess in the garden.

Palm Sunday, March 24: The 10 a.m. service features a Procession with palm branches and a “reader’s theater style” Passion according to Luke and guest musicians.

Maundy Thursday: NO Thursday noon service this week; 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Maundy Thursday in the Church with Footwashing, Holy Communion, and Stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday: There will be a noon Liturgy of Good Friday with Holy Communion in the Church; From 5-7 p.m. Chapel will be open for prayer and meditation.

Great Vigil of Easter, March 30: At 8 p.m The Great Vigil of Easter begins in the Garden for the Lighting of the New Fire, and continues in the Chapel with readings from the Hebrew scriptures; we move through the Garden to the Church for Baptism and the First Eucharist of Easter;  incense will be used at this service; bring bells to ring in Easter.

March 31 Sunday of the Resurrection-Easter Day: 8 a.m. Celebration of the Resurrection (no incense); 9 a.m. Easter Breakfast; 10 a.m. Festival Celebration of the Resurrection with choir (no incense)

Grand Easter Egg Hunt: Bring a friend to church Easter Sunday, March 31. Search and discover many goodies right after the 10 a.m. Bring your own basket to fill. See you then.

Easter Flower & Music Memorials: Please use the envelope provided in your pledge envelope box and print your name, and the names of those you wish remembered in the Easter bulletin. Additional envelopes are available near the entrances. Deadline for inclusion in the Easter Bulletin March 24.

Easter Breakfast: Will be served at approximately 9 a.m. Easter morning, March 31. Tickets are available Sunday or during the week in the parish office. Adult tickets are $4 and children ages 6-12 are $3. Tickets must be purchased before noon on Good Friday, March 29.

CrossRoads Baptist

Pastor Walter D. Huyck Jr. and the congregation of CrossRoads Baptist Church of the Wabash Valley invite you to join us for our Easter celebrations. Good Friday services will be at our church March 29 at 7 p.m. “Resurrection Sunday” is March 31 at 10:40 a.m. Mark your calendar and join us; we would love to share the love of Jesus with you and yours.

The public is always welcome to join us weekly for any of our regular worship services. Conducted at our new church facility located at 26063 Kasameyer Drive, Dennison, Ill., our service times are 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:40 a.m. regular worship, and 6 p.m. evening devotional. Awana and prayer group meet at Consolidated Elementary School, West Terre Haute, Thursdays at 7 p.m. All times are EDT and a nursery is provided for our main worship service. Learn more about CrossRoads Baptist Church, its ministry opportunities, missions, and upcoming events on our website at There is a link to Pastor Walt’s website, which offers a vast amount of information to enhance your spiritual journey commitment and growth. Our church mailing address is 350 S. Thorpe Place, West Terre Haute, IN 47885.

Grace Community

Palm Sunday Fellowship Brunch is March 24 at 9:30 a.m. This is a great time to come and check out Grace. There will be good food and friendly faces.

A new Prayer Ministry has begun. After seeing prayers answered regularly, people in Grace feel led to pray for anyone who has a need. is a new website where you can ask for prayer anonymously. Many people do not have anyone they can ask to pray for them. Even people in church can’t ask for prayer for some private needs. Here, you can submit a request for prayer without anyone but God knowing your name. We commit to pray for your need. Over half the church is involved in this prayer ministry.

We invite you to celebrate faith in God with us. Our worship begins 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Grace is a safe place to experience and interact with God. Each Sunday we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages.

We meet in Gospel Assembly Church, 401 W. Springhill Drive, Terre Haute. It is just west of DeBaun’s Funeral Home on the north side of the street. Come in the east door where all the cars are. You will be glad you did. We look forward to meeting you. In life there are many trials. At Grace you will find the love and help of God.

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

St. Mark United Church of Christ

You are invited to attend Palm Sunday worship at 9:30 at St. Mark United Church of Christ, 475 S. Fruitridge Ave. We will be celebrating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the Rev. Teresa Higus will be preaching from Luke 19:28-40. The St. Mark choir will be singing “King of Glory.”

On holy Maundy Thursday you are also invited to attend a special worship service at 7 p.m. where we will be celebrating the Lord’s supper.

Other activities at St. Mark UCC include: Tuesdays our merry stitchers meet from 1 to 3 p.m. to knit or crochet prayer shawls. On Wednesdays our sewing gals meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to make blankets.

Beginning April 8 at 7 p.m., a new class will be offered at St. Mark UCC called “The Best of the Best,” where we will study the Bible along with healthy living, with emphasis on weight control through healthy eating choices and exercise. If you are interested in taking part in this 13-week class, please call the church office at 812-232-8000, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to join any of these events-membership not required.

Rio Grande Baptist

Please join us Palm Sunday as we prepare for the Easter season for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We sing both traditional and contemporary songs, enjoy special music and a children’s message given by our pastor, Matt Larimer. Children and youth are invited to attend classes during the regular sermon. Youth group meets Sunday at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. we gather for prayer meeting.

We will have a special Good Friday communion service Friday at 7 p.m. Then Easter Sunday a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. followed by breakfast. Easter worship service will be at the regular time of 10:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Rio Grande Baptist Church, 4411 E. Rio Grande, at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande. For more information please visit our website at or email at

Central Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 am. All are welcome to join us. As we begin holy week, we will observe Palm/Passion Sunday. We will hear the good news of mission in preparation for our Easter special offering which supports the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A special time will be for the young church. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Sunday school will begin at 11 am. Pastor’s class meets Sunday at 2 p.m. An adult Bible study is Monday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Zelensky. This group meets at the church.

At noon Sunday we will celebrate our annual Easter egg hunt for the children of the church.

On Thursday, we will join our sisters and brothers in Christ at St. Mark United Church of Christ for Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. On Friday, we invite our friends from St. Mark United Church of Christ and all others in the community to join us for Good Friday worship at 7 p.m.

We are gathering items for Woodrow Wilson Vigo County Schools backpack program. We continue to sell fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars. The disciples men group is selling handmade disciples cross necklaces and keychains.

God calls Central Christian Church to be a welcoming and open faith community where Christian love, action, and discipleship unite. (Vision Statement of Central Christian Church, D.O.C., Terre Haute.)

Please 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

Centenary United Methodist Church

The congregation of Centenary, located at 301 N. Seventh St., in Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor and adjacent to Indiana State University, welcomes you to our beautiful 147-year-old church. We invite you to worship with us, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s Palm Sunday message, entitled, “Not Everyone Loves a Parade,” and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and Dr. Scott Buchanan sing praise to the Lord.

Fellowship in the church library will follow 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), Deb Moore Hardin will teach and lead discussion on “The Lord’s Supper” (Luke 22:14-30). At the same time, in the Cross and Flame Room, the Lamplighters’ discussion group continues their study focused on “Guerrilla Lovers” (Revolutionary Compassion).

A new adult class for parents of young children meets in Thirza Bunce Room from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. The class is led by Leah Allman and Michel Starkey. They are reading and discussing the book, “Sticky Faith,” by Kara E. Powell.

Sunday school classes for children under the age of 3 and up through the age of 18 years include: nursery and toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; beginners (ages 3 to 5 years) taught by Jessica Kendall; kindergarten (K-5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and youth class (grades 6-12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers. The theme is “Palm Sunday.”

Palm Sunday activities for children include starting the worship service with the annual “Procession of Palms” at 9:20 a.m. and after Sunday school, an Easter egg hunt (outside if the weather permits).

The “All Church” Lenten Bible study series began on Feb. 17 and continues every Sunday evening until March 24. It will start with supper at 5:30 and adjourn by 7:15 p.m. This program is designed to deepen a person’s understanding of Jesus’ life. We journey with Adam Hamilton from the Jordan River to Capernaum, on to the site of the Sermon on the Mount, then to the Sea of Galilee, next to Jacob’s Well, and to Jerusalem. The “Big Question” college age group will also be attending this series.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcome to become a member of the group. The youth group is continuing its youth Lenten series, “The Way: The Final Week.” Contact Youth Director Amanda Tramel at Centenary for more information.

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” led by lay preacher Tom Barnett on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Looking toward holy week: We will worship Maundy Thursday, March 28, and Good Friday, March 29. Both services begin at 7 p.m. Worship with us as we journey through Lent in anticipation of Easter Sunday.

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

Oregon Baptist

Celebrating Easter:

Palm Sunday, March 24 - choir will be performing “Champion of Love” Easter cantata during morning worship.

Maundy/Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Pastor Fred will be focusing on the last week of the life of Christ. Communion will be served.

Easter Sunday, March 31 - sunrise service at 7:05 a.m., Sunday school 9:30 a.m., morning worship service 10:30 a.m., children will be singing a special.

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

 While traditional in most of our ways, we seek to adopt ministries that reach people in an ever changing culture. We are a friendly family like congregation. Oregon is a church where you can quickly join in as we seek to please God by living his great commandment “love God with all your heart and others as yourself” and work his commission to carry the good news to the whole world.

Sunday school starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. the Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Adult Bible study at 7 p.m. Wednesdays. There also is youth groups for pre-k through high school Wednesday at 7 p.m. The pre-k to second 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.

Annunciation, Brazil

Father John Hollowell and the parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, welcome you to join them for Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday 8:30 a.m. Weekday masses are celebrated on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 am and holy Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass will be celebrated. For information about our parish programs or services please call the office 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict Church

The parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. Ninth St. celebrates Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Daily Mass is celebrated each weekday except Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. Holy Thursday, March 28, Mass will be at 7 p.m. Passion mime by high school youth will be Palm Sunday, March 24 during the 11 a.m. Mass. For more information about our parish services or programs please call the office at 812-232-8421.

The St. Benedict Altar Society will have their annual lunch and bake sale this weekend at the church. Coffee, drinks, homemade vegetable soup, ham sandwiches, homemade baked goodies, Easter decorations and Easter gifts will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a chance to win special prizes. Come one, come all—fun for the whole family.

Religious education classes for our elementary grades are 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings. For more information about our elementary grades religious education contact Diane Smith at High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. For more information about our high school youth ministry events please contact Janet Roth at

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 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass will be 7 p.m. For more information about our services or programs please call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

Grade school and middle school religious education classes are from 10:15 to 11:15 am on Sunday. For more information about grade school/middle school religious education contact Elizabeth Davis at High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about High school religious education and confirmation classes at

St. Joseph University Parish annual sweepstakes dinner will be held at the Idle Creek Banquet Center on May 17 with proceeds to benefit St. Joseph University Parish and our Honduras medical mission. $100 sweepstakes ticket includes one dinner and sweepstakes entry. Tickets are on sale now at the parish office.

St. Margaret Mary Church

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

Religious education for grades pre-k through 8 is Sunday 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 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. Margaret Mary annual dinner and raffle will be April 28 at the Country Club of Terre Haute. $100 raffle ticket includes one dinner as well as raffle entry. The evening also includes a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Dave Cash at 299-5190 or Mike Connolly at 299-0010.

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 Sunday at 9 a.m. Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Religious education classes are Sunday mornings for grades pre-k through high school. For information about our parish programs call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick Church

Fr. Rick Ginther, Pastor and St. Patrick parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend liturgy Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. You also are welcome to join us for weekday Mass Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m.

The Living Way of the Cross will be presented by St. Patrick middle school students on Thursday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. in the church. For information about any of our programs` call the parish office 812-232-8518.

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 about high school religious education at

Adult education classes are offered Thursday evening and Sunday morning. Thursday study is: Journey Through Church History, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Sunday morning study, The Book of James is after the 9 am mass in Room A of the Family Life Center.

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. Passion mime by high school youth will be Good Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. We are located at 2322 N. 13th St. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

Religious education classes for grades pre-k through 8 meet Sunday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. High school youth will present the passion mime on Good Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at the church. For more information about our High School youth ministry events please contact Janet Roth at Adult education with Great Adventure Bible Study continues on the first three Mondays of the month 6:30 to 8 p.m. RCIA sessions continue at Sacred Heart Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Have you or someone you love ever thought about becoming Catholic? If so, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict, St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick Parishes invite you to a time of inquiry. The gatherings will offer you a time to question and explore many aspects of the Catholic faith while learning more about the basic teachings of the Catholic church. These informal sessions will help you determine if you will want to enter the more formal RCIA classes which will begin in late August. Sessions are 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish with baby-sitting provided. For information contact Donna Wenstrup 232-8518.

Deanery Pastoral Center

Don’t give up coffee and chocolate this Lent. Lent offers us six weeks to enter deeply into the work of returning and rebuilding a loving relationship with God and with other people. Stand in solidarity with our low-income brothers and sisters around the world by purchasing fair trade coffee and chocolate this Lenten season. Fair trade coffee and chocolate are available for sale at the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center, 1801 Poplar Street. Office hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us 812-232-8400 for details on coffee and chocolate products we have available.

The RCIA retreat for those participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program will be Sunday, March 24 at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods campus from noon until 6 p.m. Those planning to attend should contact the director of religious education at the parish location of their classes or contact the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center at 812-232-8400.

Unity Presbyterian Church

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Dr. is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to Palm Sunday (holy week begins) Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her sermon: “Shouting Stones” based on Psalm 118:19-24 and Luke 19:28-40.

Adult Bible study — 9:30 a.m., Sunday school class follows a moment with the children. Child care is available throughout the morning. Join us for fellowship following the service.

Unity Presbyterian Church is a small church with a huge heart. Our youth group meets once a month on the second Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Unity supports local, national and international missions. Join us for Potluck and Praise each Thursday evening 6 p.m.

Amie Ellison is our choir director, Andrea Marlow is our organist. Choir rehearsal is every Thursday, 7 p.m. and every Sunday, 10 a.m. For the month of March, Unity will pray for Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. This week pray for St. John United Presbyterian Church, New Albany, Ind. Blessings to all who volunteer, staff members, bus drivers, administrators and students at South Vigo High School.

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

Church office 812-299-2206, blog or email

Riley Bible

The entire Riley Bible family invites you to join us at our 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 and Bible study starts at 7 p.m. with regular prayer and Bible study.

Riley Bible Church is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to studying the Bible in order to grow spiritually and tell others of His salvation. We believe the principle goal of the church is God’s glory. For directions or more information call us at 812-230-6053, go to our website at or check us out on facebook at RileyBibleChurch.

Reformed Presbyterian Church

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 am. The regular adult and college-age classes are studying through the book of I Peter. Pastor Bill Roberts will preach on the theme of “Christ Jesus: Humbled then Glorified.” 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.

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1875 Fruitridge Ave. Our regular service is each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will be “An Agnostic’s View of Christianity.”

Rationalist Free-thinkers topic will be “The Vatican and Papal Office Needs Reformation and Re-vitalization.”

Children’s religious education begins at 10:50. There are two groups, youth ages 5 to 9 and tweens, ages 10 and up.

We welcome everyone to Unitarian Universalist Congregation. We invite you to come get to know us. 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:

Memorial United Methodist

Memorial United Methodist Church, located 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 Palm Sunday for one of the following services. The Rev. Scott’s sermon will be “Waving Branches for the Wrong Reasons.” Try to picture what the scene must have been as Jesus comes down the mount of olives and heads across the valley to Jerusalem. Try to picture the people who are gathered along this path: disciples, outcasts, Romans, Pharisees, passers-by, and even more. Now, try to understand what was in the minds and actions of all these people and what they believed this day would mean. I am guessing you find a number of people waving the branches for all the wrong reasons. What did it mean and who was involved? That will be our focus this Palm Sunday preparing us for Holy Week. Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 and Philippians 2:5-11.

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

At 9:45 a.m. please join us for our fellowship and refreshment time.

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

At 11 a.m. we have our second service PRAYZ. Our casual family type worship, with the wonderful PRAYZ band. If you like to wear jeans to church, sing along with the praise team to praise music, see film and media used in worship, and you like a more laid back and casual service then this is the service for you.

The Traditional and PRAYZ. worship services both contain a children’s message, scripture readings, music, pastoral prayer and the sermon. Children may stay in the service with their family or they may attend children’s church following the children’s message.

Please join us for holy Thursday Communion March 28 at 7 p.m. and our Good Friday noon service March 29.

Tai Chi with Rebecca Graves will meet Tuesday and Friday 3 to 4 p.m. Now offering a “gentler” form of tai chi for arthritis. Everyone is welcome.

Knit wits will meet Thursday 5 to 7 p.m.

Nami (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the third Thursday of the month from 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 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

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Seventh St., will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday, which begins with the triumphal note of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and then moves to consider the later events of holy week, when Jesus had his “last” supper with his disciples, and was arrested, tried, crucified and buried. The youth and children of the church will begin the service with a procession with palm branches. Pastor Lant Davis’s sermon, “The Time of Trial,” will be based on Luke 22:14-23:56, that evangelist’s account of holy week. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. A session commission will receive new members at 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided. The last in this year’s series of Lenten programs commences Sunday with a simple supper in Fellowship Hall at 5:15 p.m. Classes are 6 p.m., and informal worship concludes the evening from 7:15 until 7:30 p.m. The adult class, led by the Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham and Pastor Lant Davis, will be using N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope book and video. The children’s program, “God’s Great Surprises,” will be based on Adam Hamilton’s new Lenten study, The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Childcare will be provided for preschoolers and younger children. Immediately following the Lenten program, upstairs in the sanctuary, there will be a worship service for wholeness and healing, led by the Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham. On Thursday at 7 p.m. the church will gather for Maundy Thursday worship, including the Lord’s supper and Tenebrae (darkening), when the church will be stripped of its decorations. The following day the Good Friday service will begin at noon. For details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online:

North Terre Haute Christian

The church, located at 3133 E. Park Ave., in Terre Haute, will present in concert Open Heart Quartet at 6 p.m. April 7.

Communicating the word of God through Southern gospel music, Open Heart Quartet is dedicated to spreading the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. Open Heart Quartet is led by former Kingsmen Quartet baritone Wayne Maynard. Wayne is joined Monty Craig, Mike Atchison, Chris Begarly and Graham Craig

Come as you are. Everyone is welcome. Questions call 812-466-1070.

Shelburn First Baptist

You are invited to Shelburn First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Sunday for worship service. Interim Pastor, the Rev. Ron Riggs will preach on “Palm Sunday.” Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Route 56 for children is at 10:40 a.m. Evening adult Bible study, kid jam for children, and jr. high and sr. high youth are all at 6 p.m. Dusty and Samantha Tryon are our youth leaders. Our community kitchen is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday services include adult Bible study and jr. high and sr. high youth at 6:30 p.m. Our church is an American Baptist congregation and we meet at U.S. 41 and Mill Street. We can be reached at 812-397-5595 or online at

Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist

Come join us in celebrating the first pastoral anniversary of Pastor Mark and Lady Asira Evans Sunday. Morning Service will begin at 11 a.m. and the guest speaker will be pastor Percy Craine from Clermont, Fla. Afternoon service will start promptly at 3:30 p.m. and the keynote speaker will be Bishop Larry D. Grinstead from Puritan Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. The church is located at 2415 Eighth Ave. For more information, please call 812.232.0582. Come and be blessed by God.

United Methodist Temple

United Methodist Temple is a United Methodist faith family whose Temple is located at 5301 U.S. 41 South. We invite you to join us for worship at 8:45 a.m. for relaxed liturgical worship, and 11 a.m. for praise band led worship. This Sunday is Palm Sunday and in addition to the regular Palm Sunday traditions we will be finishing a series on the final words of Jesus from the cross. Our bells will be ringing and our chancel choir, under the direction of Jill Kuckewich, will be leading us in the first service. In the second service, our growing praise band with drums and guitar will be leading us in praise and worship. At 10 a.m. we have classes for all ages, and a well- staffed nursery, as well as our Welcome Café. Our pianist-organist Doug Sperry worships God with his piano and organ praise.

The sixth word from the Cross is Jesus’ prayer: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit, “ from Luke 23:43-47. This prayer of relinquishment shows us a prayer for use in every situation and on every day. This open ended prayer, much like the prayer in the Garden of Getsemani, is a model for us all. In Jesus’ case, it was a prayer based on the Psalm 31:1-5, and once again, one that Jesus had learned and used as a small child in the worship of the Jewish Temple. In every circumstance of life, whether an auspicious new beginning, a difficult trial of sickness, a painful or devastating event, this prayer of relinquishing oneself to God, is always appropriate. For any age or stage of life, this prayer gives all things up to God for righting the wrongs of life. It is a prayer of ultimate trust, especially when there is no hope visible. Today: 8 a.m., United Methodist men’s breakfast at Breden Place UMC; 9:30 a.m., Easter Egg Hunt—Christ Centered and open to all. Come and join us. The whole family will have an opportunities. Join in the fun.

Sunday: 8:45 and 11 a.m. worship.

Monday: 10:30 a.m., holy (Christian ) yoga; noon, celebrate recovery

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m., WM men’s group 7 p.m., Ephesians Bible study with the Rev. Dr. Steve Cain.

Wednesday: 10 a.m., Beth Moore study on “Daniel.” 6 p.m. weightwatchers; 7:30 p.m., holy christian yoga.

Thursday: 10 a.m., piecemakers (quilting); 6:15 p.m., bell choir, 7 p.m., dinner with Jesus: Come for a simple meal and holy communion. RSVP: 812-299-1898.

Friday: 10:30 a.m., holy (Christian) yoga 7 p.m. Good Friday service with Tenebrae—UM Temple Youth.

Our staff welcomes you to worship with us. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Reach us by our number 812-299-1898 or the email for our office Pastor Steve may be reached directly by telephone at 812-870-5749 or by email If you need assistance in your walk with God, we offer prayer, short term spiritual coaching, house blessings and much more. Worship is God enjoying us enjoying God.

Patton United Methodist

The Patton United Methodist Church, 21775 E. 2250th Road, Dennison, Ill., will be having Easter sunrise services at 7 a.m. March 31 with breakfast at 7:30. Morning worship is at 8:30. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children at 9:30. The church is located one mile west of the Indiana/Illinois state line on the Clark/Edgar County Line Road.

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, located at 3050 E. 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 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.

On Maundy Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. at south campus, the choir will be performing the musical “Tapestry of Darkeness.” Please join us as we remember Christ’s final hours before His crucifixion.

Easter Sunday (March 31) services will begin with a 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at the South Campus followed by 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. worship services. (No Sunday school at the south campus on Easter.) North campus will hold its Easter service at its normal 10 a.m. service time.

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.

South campus activities:

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

Lifeline, our ministry for youth grades sixth through seniors, meets Sundays at 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and also Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. x-treme tweenz is a group for all fifth graders that meets bi-monthly on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Boost, our Fall Wednesday midweek gathering, starts with dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Center and classes for all ages at begin at 6:30 p.m.

To start the work week, every Monday a prayer meeting is 6 p.m. in the chapel. Celebrate recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program from hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets every Friday at 7 p.m. in the Wide Eye Cafe. Other groups include the lunch bunch (women), yarn spinners and men’s fellowship group.

Mark your calendars now. Our missions team’s annual fundraising yard sale will be June 14-15. More details later.

North campus activities:

The Noodle Club meets Monday at 9 a.m. This group is famous for its delicious pasta. Come join the group to hone in on your cooking skills. Our Care Group meets Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

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 (Be watching for our updated website.)

First Baptist Church

You are invited to join us for worship Palm Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The First Baptist Sanctuary Choir will be presenting the cantata “The Song Everlasting” by Joseph Martin. This cantata incorporates hymns, spirituals and folksongs from the early American tradition, with appropriate scripture readings that tell the story of Jesus ministry, death and resurrection. The work in divided into three distinct sections - Ministry, Humility, and Victory. The first two sections will be presented this Sunday and the final section will be sung on Easter Sunday. The Sanctuary Choir is comprised of approximately 30 singers, directed by our associate pastor for music/worship, the Rev. Steve Newman. Accompanists are Susan Sneddon and Susan Pittman. Narration will be provided by pastors Bernie Jackson and John Campbell. The service will also include an anthem by The Children’s Choir and trumpet soloist, Michael Keathley, will play “The Palms” by Jean Baptiste Faure. All of the children will be invited to participate in a Palm Sunday processional. The First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after the service providing a place for members and guests to enjoy light refreshments and conversation. Sunday school, with classes for all ages, including nine adult classes, is at 10:45 a.m.

 Our Maundy Thursday service will be Thursday at 7 p.m. The service will begin with communion, around the tables in Esken Hall. We will then transition into the service of darkening, or Tenebrae.

 Easter Sunday will begin with a sunrise service led by the youth at 7:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and our Easter worship celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Bernie Jackson’s message will be “Who Are You Looking For” with music by the sanctuary choir, orchestra and hand bell choir.

 First Baptist Church is an American Baptist congregation located at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available on our website at

Trinity Lutheran

 Please come and join us at our 10 a.m. worship service with holy communion each Sunday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2620 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute. Sunday school for all ages is also offered each Sunday from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

 During the holy week observation and celebration of our Lord and Savior’s life, death and resurrection we will be gathering for worship: at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27 to observe The Sunday of the Passion, at 7 p.m. Thursday, to observe Maundy Thursday, at 7 p.m., Friday, to observe Good Friday, and to observe Easter/Resurrection Day, on March 31 at two worship times of 8 and 10:30 a.m.

 Also, on Easter/Resurrection Sunday the men of the congregation will prepare and host our Annual Easter Breakfast that will be shared in the Fellowship Hall during the time between the two worship services starting at 9 a.m.

 And on Easter/Resurrection Sunday between the two worship services the young women in our Confirmation program will host an Easter Egg hunt for the younger children starting at about 9:15 a.m.

 Also March 31 during our Easter Sunday worship services the children in our congregation will be collecting Pennies for their Penny Power ministry to help feed hungry people around the world through the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) World Hunger Organization.

Everyone is welcome to come and join us.

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

Peniel United

Methodist Church

Spring has officially arrived (but as I write this there is snow on the ground.). This will make each and everyone appreciate the blossoms that are on the way. It’s a good time to renew, join us for Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and church services at 10:45.

This is Palm Sunday, the community choir will perform their Easter cantata at 6 p.m. Sunday. Finger foods are needed. On Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m., there will be Maundy Thursday service at the church.

Take the children to Anderson’s for the annual Easter egg hunt on March 30 at 1 p.m. What a good time they will have.

Remember there will be an Easter sunriseservice and breakfast at Peniel, Easter Sunday - March 31 at 6:30 a.m.

Pastor Pippin’s Message will be “Finding God in Unusual Places.”

Our scripture is from St. Mark 8:26-39.

The Food Pantry in Brazil appreciates whatever food items you can spare.

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

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio St., Terre Haute, invites you to join us this Sunday, as we as we continue our Lenten sermon series, “Opening Doors: A Journey Through Lent”, with the message “The Door to Uncertainty”. During this Lenten season, as we’ve opened the doors that stand between ourselves and God, we have used the key of Christ. Many of those doors have been things that once opened, bring us great joy. But as we come into holy week, on this Palm and Passion Sunday, we find ourselves at the “Door to Uncertainty”. We begin with the joyous parade that marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city and end with the gathering storm of the plots against him. Join us as we sort out the story and stand before the door that can seem most confusing.

On Thursday, we will be sharing a time of fellowship and worship together as we gather for Maundy Thursday and the “Door to Sustenance.” Beginning at 6 p.m., in the church parlor, we will gather for a soup supper and time of communion. We will finish in the sanctuary with the story of the passion. There is no charge for this supper, but reservations are needed in order to plan. Please call the church, 812-232-8880, or email if you plan to attend.

On Good Friday, we will gather to remember “The Suffering Servant” at a noon service. This brief, quiet service prepares us for the end of holy week.

Church services are at 8:30 (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 service and then children are invited to attend Sunday school.

The schedule of Lenten services and a variety of online worship and reflection opportunities are available on our website:

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

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

 Missionary Baptist Association

The SW District Missionary Baptist Association will host it’s Youth Convention and youth-adult revival beginning March 25 and ending March 28 at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Terre Haute. The theme will be “Do Not Look Down on Youths.” The Youth Convention, with the Rev. Nathaniel Hutchinson as the messenger, will be March 25. The youth-adult revival will begin March 26 with pastor Kevin Long, Pastor of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, as the revivalist. Each evening will consist of Youth and Adult classes at 6 p.m. and worship service at 7 p.m.

The SW District Missionary Baptist Association will host a Good Friday service on March 29, at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Terre Haute beginning at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the Seelyville UMC Family invite you to worship with us March 24 for Palm/Passion Sunday at 9:30 a.m. This will be a service of scripture, hymns and special music. Nursery care will be provided and a time of fellowship and refreshment hosted by Karen Swanson and Edith Tucker will begin at 10:45 a.m. Kid’s hour continues from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster with helper Amy Price. Children from ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to attend. Sunday school for all ages is held from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Scripture readings are Psalm 3:1-16 and Luke 22 and 23 with Liturgist Jacque Trinler and readers Richard and Kristina Norton. The anthem “Palm Sunday Proclamation” by Albert Zabel will be directed by Cathleen Flynn with organist/pianist Mary Jensen.

Scouting groups meet Monday and Tuesday at 6 and 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The prayer and Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Beginning yoga continues at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the holy Thursday communion service takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Fellowship Hall. The Good Friday service will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Friday. We invite you to join us for all of the holy week services followed by services on Easter Sunday morning at 7 and 9:30 a.m.

Seelyville United Methodist Church is located on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street, Seelyville. The church office phone number is 812-877-1868 with email contact at “We are a caring family making disciples for Jesus Christ.”