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March 23, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: March 23, 2013


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.”


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