News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 30, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: March 30, 2013


----

---- — EDITOR’S NOTE: The Tribune-Star’s Church Briefs submission process has changed.

We will no longer accept submissions by fax, postal service or hand delivery. Only e-mailed reports to community@tribstar.com will be published.

Submissions may be approximately 500 words. (Please use computer word count function to measure.) There is no required minimum length.

Editing and proofreading will be limited to typesetting and headlines. Correction of spelling and other errors are the responsibility of the person submitting the report. Please do not use all capital letters.

Briefs must be received eight days before Saturday publication. Please include a contact name and phone number. If announcing an event, list time, date, address and cost; notices will be published the Saturday prior to the event.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal

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

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

The Great Vigil of Easter will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday by lighting the New Fire in the church garden. This ancient worship service will continue in the Chapel with a beautiful chant called the Exsultet and then sharing the stories of God’s saving acts in history.

We’ll return to the garden in search of Christ. At the door of the Church, we’ll receive the word that He is Risen and then begin our Celebration of the Resurrection as we enter the Church ringing bells.  

Easter Sunday morning, we’ll celebrate the Resurrection at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The 8 a.m. service is quieter. The 10 a.m. Festival service includes the choir and is followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the garden for children. Join us!

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 upcoming Easter celebrations. Good Friday services will be March 29 at 7 p.m. EDT. “Resurrection Sunday” on 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. for Sunday school, 10:40 a.m. for regular worship, and 6 p.m. for evening devotional. Awana and prayer group meet at Consolidated Elementary School in 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 www.crbcwin.org. 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.

Maple Avenue United Methodist

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church welcomes all to worship with us Palm Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor David Rockhill will give a message titled “Jesus’ Cheering Section” which will include scripture Luke 19:28-40. This week’s message reminds us that it is good to praise Jesus, but what we need to do is follow him. Our very own Maple Avenue Tree House Daycare children will be singing at the 10:30 a.m. service and the sermon will be very kid friendly message.

This Sunday Maple Avenue UMC will host the annual Easter egg hunt. Kids will gather at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and then at 9:45 a.m. the hunt will begin. Children will be divided into groups by age. Prizes will be given for special eggs found. There will be over 1,000 eggs to hunt for.

Also, tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maple Avenue chancel choir will be hosting their annual salad bar lunch. Tickets for this event are available at the door for $8 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12 years old, children 3 and under eat free, and a maximum total of $20 per family parents and kids. Money raised will go toward the music ministry of Maple Avenue UMC.

Starting this Sunday through March 31, the Scholastic book fair will be going on in the gymnasium. This daycare book fair will help the Tree House build their library for the children. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

North Terre Haute Christian

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

Maple Avenue United Methodist

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church welcomes all to worship with us this Easter Sunday at our Sunrise service at 7 a.m. or our regular times of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to experience a long running tradition as the chancel choir will perform their annual Easter cantata titled “The Beautiful Christ” by Heather Sorenson under the direction of Dan Rodriguez. This beautiful work celebrates the triumphant resurrection of Easter through song. The Easter cantata will be performed at both the 8:30 and the 10:30 a.m. services. Join our chancel choir, chamber orchestra, children’s choir and soloists for this dedication to our Savior.

The Scholastic Book fair will be going on in the gymnasium through Easter Sunday. This daycare book fair will help the Tree House build their library for the children. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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 and Chestnut Community Center. There is something for everyone at Maple Avenue UMC and we hope you will join us for an inspirational worship service. For more information, check us out on the web at www.gbgm-umc.org/maple_ave_umc/.

Spruce Street A.M.E.

We have a new Pastor. All are welcome to come join us on Easter Sunday morning for Sunday Morning worship service at 10 a.m. You all also are welcome to come meet our new pastor. The Rev. Barbara A. Ross is the newly appointed senior pastor of Spruce Street A.M.E. Church. She is from Naperville, Ill. She is the founder of Philip R. Cousin A.M.E. Church where she served as senior pastor for 12 years. She served as senior pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in New Castle. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism degree. Both degrees are from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary located in Evanston, Ill. She has just recently earned her Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation from the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. She is also a certified spiritual director.

All are welcome to come and join us Easter Sunday Morning and every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for Sunday worship service. Spruce A.M.E. Church is located at 1660 Spruce St., Terre Haute.

The pastor personally invites you to become part of Spruce Street A.M.E. Church Family. We are beginning to rethink church under our new pastor. We have powerful and informed preaching, uplifting and Spirit-filled worship service, a heart for serving our community and a whole lot of love and hugs to share. You can come dressed as you are. Come experience Spruce Street AME Church for yourself, I promise you will not be disappointed.

The church phone number is 812-232-6070. The pastor’s cell phone number is 773-457-3681, and the contact email address is revbrss@aol.com. Like our church’s Facebook page; Spruce St. AME Church.

You can share your postings, and keep up with our church’s daily postings, and words of encouragement. You may also follow Pastor Ross on Twitter: senior pastor Ross@SeniorPastorRos to keep up with her daily tweets. Pastor Ross also has a Facebook page where you can request to be her Facebook friend to follow her daily postings.

Rio Grande Baptist

You are invited to Rio Grande Baptist Church as we begin the Easter celebration Sunday March 31 with a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. followed by breakfast. Then please join us for Easter morning worship at 10:30 a.m. as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This morning we will be taking up a “Thirty Pieces of Silver” offering. After services, all children 12 and under are invited to participate in our egg hunt on the church grounds.

This month we continue our “America for Christ Offering,” bringing the promise of God’s love to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Wednesday evening prayer meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Rio Grande Baptist Church is located at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande at 4411 E. Rio Grande. For more information please visit our website at www.riograndechurch.com or email at terrehauteRGBC@gmail.com.

Annunciation, Brazil

Father John Hollowell and parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, welcome you to join them for Mass holy Saturday at 9 p.m. or Easter Sunday 8:30 a.m. Weekday masses are celebrated Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 a.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 at 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict

Fr. Ed Goldbach and the parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. Ninth St., will celebrate Mass on Holy Saturday at 9 p.m. and Easter Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Mass is celebrated each weekday except Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. For more information about our parish services or programs please call the office at 812-232-8421.

Religious Education classes for our elementary grades are from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday mornings. For more information about our elementary grades religious education contact Diane Smith at diane@stbenedictth.org. 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 janet@catholicym.org.

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invites you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is at 9 p.m. on Holy Saturday. Easter Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 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 a.m. on Sunday. For more information about grade school/middle school religious education contact Elizabeth Davis at relied@stjoeup.org. 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 jummp.youthminister@gmail.com.

St. Joseph University Parish annual Sweepstakes Dinner will be at 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

Fr. Rick Ginther and the St. Margaret Mary parish community invite you to join us for Mass on Holy Saturday at 8:45 p.m. or Easter Sunday at 11 a.m. You are also invited to the celebration of a Spanish Mass on Easter 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 from 9:30 to 10:45 am. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at dwenstrup@smm-terrehaute-in.org. High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information at jummp.youthminister@gmail.com. Adult faith formation continues with the Sunday morning Bible study, Revelation, from the Great Adventure Bible Study series with Jeff Cavins.

St. Margaret Mary annual dinner and raffle will be Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Country Club of Terre Haute. $100 raffle ticket includes one dinner and a 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

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 on holy Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday at 9 a.m. Religious education classes are on Sunday mornings for grades pre-k through high school. For information about our parish programs, call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor and St. Patrick parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to attend liturgy Easter Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. You are also welcome to join us for weekday Mass Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. 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 Family Life Center. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at donna.wenstrup@saintpat.org. High school faith formation classes are in Moran Family Life Center on Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about high school religious education at jummp.youthminister@gmail.com.

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 a.m. mass in room A of the Family Life Center.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. Weekday Mass is Thursday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at 2322 N. 13 1/2 Street. 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. For more information about our high school youth ministry events please contact Janet Roth at janet@catholicym.org. Adult education with Great Adventure Bible Study continues on the first three Mondays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. RCIA sessions continue at Sacred Heart Wednesday from 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. on Wednesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish with baby-sitting provided. For information contact Donna Wenstrup 232-8518.

Terre Haute Deanery

Pastoral Center

Cowan and Cook Flower Card Fundraiser is under way for Wabash Valley Health Center, Inc. dba St. Ann Dental Service. You can buy a flower card for $30 which will entitle you to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers each month from April 2013-March 2014, at Cowen and Cook flower shop, 575 N. 21st St., in Terre Haute Call St. Ann Dental Services at 232-6832 ext. 109 or ext. 124 to make arrangements to buy a card now. We have 125 cards available for sale.

Berean Baptist

The 10:30 a.m. Sunday service features The Sounds of Victory as they present the story of Easter with emphasis on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from among the dead. The years’ musical celebration is “Hallelujah. Christ is Risen.”

Betty Sontag, director of The Sounds of Victory states: “The music in this year’s program is chosen as it best tells the story of Passion Week more completely than any we have ever used. I hope it will cause all who hear it and see the beautiful visual presentation to give pause to the majesty of God’s love toward us in Christ.”

Pastor Larry Lilly’s sermon, “Why Christ’s Resurrection Matters,” presents the resurrection clearly as the defining teaching of the Christian Faith. Without Christ’s Resurrection believers would be as Paul states, “of all men most miserable.”

Berean Baptist Church is located at 6770 N. Clinton St., Terre Haute.

Central Christian

—Disciples of Christ

We will begin our Easter celebration with a sunrise service in our Memorial Garden. Everyone is then invited to stay for breakfast in the Cornerstone classroom of the church. Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. We will celebrate resurrection and new life through music, prayer, scriptures readings, baptism and whatever else the spirit inspires us to do. We will hear the good news of mission as we gather and dedicate our Easter special offering which supports the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A special time will be held for the young church. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday school will not be held for the youth or children on Easter. An adult Bible study is Monday mornings at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Zelensky. This group meets at the church.

We are gathering items for the 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 necklaces.

We will celebrate communion with the residents of Bethesda Gardens at 10:30 a.m. and Wyndmoor at 11 a.m. on Monday.

On Tuesday, Central Christian Church is sponsoring a Life Line Screening Day for the Terre Haute area. To register please call 800-324-1851 or go online at www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.

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 www.cccthdisciples.org.

Centenary United Methodist

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 Easter Sunday message, entitled “Where’s a Resurrection When You Need One?” (Mark 16: 1-8), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the chancel choir directed by Erich Kendall, sing two anthems, “Crown Him, Lord, This Easter Day” and “An Easter Symphony.”

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), Don Dodson will teach and lead discussion on “The Lord Has Risen Indeed” (Luke 24: 13-21, 28-35). 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 the 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 up to 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 8-12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers. The theme is “The Resurrection.”

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, will not meet on Easter Sunday but will resume activities the following Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.

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.

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

Easter Sunday, 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, IN 47802, 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 at 6 p.m. Adult Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is also youth groups for PreK thru High School on Wednesday evenings 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.

Riley Bible

The entire Riley Bible family invites you to join us at our church for Easter Sunday. Our main service is at 11 a.m. We are located two doors down from the Dollar General in 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 www.rileybiblechurch.com or check us out on facebook @RileyBibleChurch.

Shelburn First Baptist

You are invited to Shelburn First Baptist Church for Easter services at 10 a.m. Sunday for worship. Interim pastor, the Rev. Ron Riggs, will preach “The Resurrection and the Life” from John 11:25-27. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Route 56 for children is at 10:40 a.m. Due to Easter there will be no evening services. Dusty and Samantha Tryon are Youth Leaders. Our community kitchen dinner is on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday services for adult Bible study and jr. high and sr. high youth are 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 www.fbcshelburn.com.

Unity Presbyterian

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Dr. is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to resurrection of the Lord/Easter Sunday. Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her Sermon: “Encounter in the Garden” based on Psalm 118:14-24 and John 20:1-18.

Sunrise service, 7:30 a.m., sermon: “Preach Good News”; Breakfast 8:30 a.m.; Easter egg hunt 9:30 a.m.

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 to 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 prayers for our own church, Unity Presbyterian Church, Pastor Linda Peters. Blessings to all who volunteer, staff members, bus drivers, administrators and students at Farrington Grove Elementary 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: unitypresbyterianchurch.

blogspot.com/

our email: www.unitythin@gmail.com

Peniel United Methodist

We invite everyone to join in the Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast tomorrow a.m. at 6:30 a.m. at Peniel.

Tuesday the Bible study and prayer group will meet at 6 a.m. and on Wednesday at 7 p.m. there will be choir practice.

Two weeks from now, April 14, will be the memorial service for Anna Mae Swearingen.

Our Scripture for this Sunday is from St. John 20:1-18.

Pastor Pippin’s message is “How Do We Come to Easter Faith?”

Save those box tops and don’t forget items for the Brazil Food Pantry. All is appreciated.

The Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. and church services at 10:45. Come join us.

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

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church (125 N. Seventh St.) will gather Sunday for traditional Easter worship at 10:30 a.m. The choir and our organist, both accompanied by instrumentalists engaged specially for the festival service, will offer joyous Easter music. The service will include other special touches, as well as the reception of our annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Pastor Lant Davis’s sermon, “For He Must Reign,” will be based on First Corinthians 15:19-26, in which the Apostle Paul explains why it is critical for Christian belief and faith that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Sunday school for all ages normally begins at 9:30 a.m.; check the church calendar or e-news to see whether particular classes are being cancelled on Easter. A session commission will receive new members at 10 a.m. Nursery care is provided. On Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. the church hosts parents’ night out/kids’ night in for families of the church. Next Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m., the church presents an organ concert arranged by our organist Jonathan Rudy, who has invited recitalists from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University; the event is free of charge and open to the public. For details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online: www.thcpc.org.

First Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 1875 Fruitridge, Ave. Terre Haute. Our regular service is each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday, the Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will be about Easter and “The Tree of Life.” There will be an Easter egg hunt and potluck carry-in brunch after the service.

The Rationalist Free-thinkers will meet at 9:15 a.m. and the topic will be “Where are we on Separation of Church and State Matters?”

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.

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: www.terehauteuu.org.

Rosedale Baptist

Sunday worship service 9:30 a.m., Sunday school 10:30 a.m., Sunday eve service 7 p.m.

Wednesday night prayer and Bible study 7 p.m.

Every third Sunday of the month come and join us for our “New Youth Group Program.”

At 11:30 a.m. there will be music and a skit for the kids, followed by lunch and a lesson. There will be something new and different every month. Come and join the fun.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio St. in Terre Haute, invites you to join us this Sunday, as we celebrate Easter with the story of the Resurrection with the message “The Doors Flung Open.” Throughout our Lenten journey, we identified many of the doors that stand between us and God—doors that we had closed through our turning away. On Easter Sunday, all the doors are flung open and our relationship with God, through Christ, is once again strong and solid. The Resurrection story is not just about an eternal life after death, but the story of liberation for all and a call from Christ to bring everyone into his message of love, acceptance and service. Join us as we celebrate the joy of the day and the truth of the Kingdom of God in the here and now.

Today, we will gather and walk the labyrinth at Hawthorn Park, sharing the spiritual practice of labyrinth walking and finding out center in Christ and our call to be part of the world. We will meet at 1 p.m.

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.

First Congregational Church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches, founded on the principles of “Faith, Freedom and 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 www.FirstChurchTH.org or listen to our music and sermons at firstchurch.posterous.com/.

Memorial United Methodist

Memorial United Methodist Church, located 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.

Please join us on Easter Sunday for one of the following services. The Rev. Scott’s sermon will be “Surprised or Not?” The women who went to the tomb, Mary who met Jesus in the Garden, and the disciples who ran to the tomb and peeked in were all surprised that the body of Jesus was gone. But, should they have been? After all, Jesus had told them several times that he would die and then be raised up. So, why the surprise? Scripture: John 20:1-18 and Acts 10:34-43.

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.

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

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30-8p.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 please call our church office at 812-234-0776, fax us at 812-235-3574 or visit our website at www.umcmemorial.com.

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 morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

 We will be gathering for worship to celebrate Easter/Resurrection Day, on Sunday 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 on March 31st 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.

Northside Wesleyan

Easter Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., the Northside Wesleyan Church 2439 N.14 1/2 St. Terre Haute, will present their Easter Cantata “ Believe in Me “ Directed by Janet Jones.

Pastor Ed Hayes would like to extend an invitation to all. Come join us in this celebration of our Lord.

Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall 7:30 to 9:15 a.m.

Everyone is welcome.

First Baptist

First Baptist Church invites you to join us for Easter worship services this Sunday. Our observance will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service led by the youth and young adults. The theme of this service will be “From Darkness to Light” and the message will be given by our associate pastor, John Campbell. A continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. in the First Link Hospitality Room. The 9:30 a.m. worship service will include music presented by The Sanctuary Choir, Sanctuary Bell Choir and orchestra. The Sanctuary Choir will present the final “Victory” section of the cantata “The Song Everlasting” by Joseph Martin. Pastor Bernie Jackson’s sermon will be “Who Are You Looking For?” with scripture text from John 20:1-18. A special Easter morning children’s story will be provided by Gina Dorsett, after which children in grades k-3 will be dismissed to children’s church. Sunday school, with classes for all ages, including nine adult classes, will be at 10:45 a.m. There will be no evening programming on Easter Sunday.

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

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

Aaron Wheaton, senior pastor, and Rick Swan, assistant pastor, along with the entire Mount Pleasant family invite you to join us by attending a worship service or other activity at one of our two church campuses.

Our south campus, 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.

Easter Sunday 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. 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 held on 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 6th through seniors, meets Sundays from 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. through May.

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

Watoto Children’s Choir to perform: As part of our Advocacy and Awareness Week, the Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda will be performing in the sanctuary on April 16 at 7 p.m. The choir will present Watoto’s vision and mission as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa through their stories, music and dance.

My Intentional Life women’s workshop will be April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sheri Bertolini will be presenting. Early ticket price is $29 and will be $39 if purchased after April 13. Ticket price includes the workshop, book “My Intentional Life” and lunch provided by the Mount Pleasant youth. Tickets can be purchased at the Open Door Christian bookstore or at SPPRAK@yahoo.com. SPPRAK (Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness) is hosting the event.

Mark your calendars: Our missions team’s annual fundraising yard sale will be June 14 and 15. Kingdom Rock VBS will be June 23-27. Registration is currently under way and will end June 9.

North campus activities:

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

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 at 812-232-2478.

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

Seelyville United Methodist

“Christ the Lord is Risen Today” Pastor Jack Diel and the Seelyville UMC Family invite you to celebrate Easter Day Sunday at the following services and events: sunrise service at 7 a.m.; breakfast in Fellowship Hall 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.; regular service of scripture and hymns at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday school at 10:45 a.m.; children’s Easter egg hunt during the Sunday school hour. Nursery care will be provided by Donna Crowley, Margaret Manus, Dee Allee and Jane Smith. Kid’s hour continues from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster.

Scripture readings for Easter Sunday are Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 and John 20:1-18 with Liturgists Donna Crowley at 7 a.m. and Steve Jones at 9:30 a.m. The choir under the direction of Cathleen Flynn and the chimes directed by Patty Jones will present the anthem “Ring the Easter Bells.” Hymns for this Sunday are “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, “Hymn of Promise,” and “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise.” Organist/pianist is Mary Jensen and holy communion will be served.

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “A New Beginning for God’s People” and teaches that Easter is not the ending, rather a new beginning in the reign of God in our hearts and in the world. Please join our congregation as we “give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.”

Scouting groups will not meet this week due to the VCSC Spring Break. The prayer and Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and beginning yoga continues at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 under the direction of Trudy Newton. Financial Peace University holds another spring session Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. with leaders Steve and Patty Jones with assistance by Bob and Pam Webster.

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

St. Mark United Church of Christ

You are invited to attend Easter Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mark United Church of Christ at 475 S. Fruitridge Ave. We will be celebrating Jesus resurrection. The Rev. Teresa Higus will be preaching a sermon “Jesus Shows Up.” Holy Communion will also be served. No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.