News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 29, 2012

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec, 29, 2012

Crossroads Baptist

The church has a new home at 26063 Kasameyer Dr., Dennison, Ill., 62423, located on the Indiana/Illinois state line. We will hold our Sunday worship services at this new address. You can get there by taking U.S. 40 west from the Terre Haute courthouse to Robinson Road; turn left onto Robinson Road; just under Interstate 70 turn right onto Kasameyer Drive. Follow road to church located beside the truck weigh station. If you are coming from the West on I-70, take exit 1 toward West Terre Haute; turn left at first intersection (old U.S. 40) to Robinson Road; continue directions from above.

Our Sunday worship services (EST) are as follows: Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; Sunday worship service 10:40 a.m.; Sunday evening adult and youth 6 p.m. Our Awana and prayer meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Consolidated Elementary School, in West Terre Haute.

We are a Bible believing, Independent Baptist Church with Walter D. Huyck Jr., D.Min. as our pastor. The church is a great commission church with a great commandment love that: 1) believes that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God. We prefer and use the King James Bible; 2) preaches the life changing word of God through expository preaching to rightly divide the word of God; 3) worships in a blended service that uses the good old hymns, heart-felt worship songs and encourages people to use their talents in our worship services; 4) encourages people to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in His kingdom through a variety of ministry teams because we believe that born again Christians ought to sacrificially serve the Lord Jesus Christ; 5) seeks to purposefully reach the unsaved around us through personal soul-winning and provides dynamic training to equip our membership; and 6) endeavors to disciple its membership through a one-on-one mentoring program that provides mentorship and a sense of accountability.

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

Northside Wesleyan Church

Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at 6 p.m. Northside Wesleyan Church welcomes the Gospel group “Circle of Friends” in concert. This group is from Knox County area and is well-known in surrounding counties. Come and hear the gospel message in song.

Enjoy food and fellowship following the concert, there will be no charge. Pastor Ed. Hayes welcomes you to join us.

St Stephen’s Episcopal Church

The Sunday service in the historic church at 217 N. Seventh St., at 9 a.m., Dec. 30, will be Christmas Lessons and Carols, with the Rev. Deborah Veach officiating. Afterward, join the camaraderie, coffee and conversation in the Great Hall.

The Daughters of the King and Vestery will host an Epiphany Tea following the Jan. 6 10 a.m. service. That is interim rector Mary Slenski’s first Sunday with us.

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

Rio Grande Baptist

We invite you to join us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We worship with traditional hymns as well as contemporary praise music. Our pastor, Matt Larimer, shares a message with the children after which they are invited to attend classes during the sermon. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. we meet for Bible study and prayer time. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

This month we are accepting donations for the Retired Ministers and Missionaries Offering.  This is a tangible way for American Baptist congregations to say “thank you” for the commitment, service and spiritual guidance of retired ministry workers who have devoted their lives to God’s service.

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

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. Mass on New Year’s Day to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God will be at 10 a.m. For information about our parish programs or services please call the office at 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict Church

The parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. Ninth St. celebrates Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Mass to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God will be on New Year’s Eve at 5:30 p.m.   

“I Want to Live” Deanery Retreat is Jan. 18-20 for our students grades 9-12. It is held at CYO Retreat Center in Brown County. Cost is $75. Registration forms: This is a fun and inspiring weekend that helps our youth discover ways to make a difference in the world. For more information contact your youth minister, Janet Roth. Many thanks to the youth, parents, and leaders who helped assemble and deliver Christmas baskets. We are grateful for all the money and food that was donated. A special thanks for the $1,000 donation we received from “Miracle on 7th Street.” “A generous person will be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9.

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invites you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mass to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God will be on New Year’s Eve at 5:15 p.m. For more information about our services or programs please call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

St Margaret Mary Church

Father Rick Ginther, Pastor, and the parish community invite you to join us for weekend Mass on Saturday at 4 pm or Sunday at 11 a.m. You are also invited to the celebration of a Spanish Mass each Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, please call the parish office at: 812-232-3512.

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 am. If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or exploring membership in the Catholic Church contact Sr. Joan Slobig, S.P. for information about the RCIA, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at the parish office 812-535-1261.

St. Patrick Church

Fr. Rick Ginther, Pastor, and the parish community invite you to weekend liturgy on Saturday at 6 pm or Sunday at 9 am. Mass to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God will be on New Year’s Eve at 6 p.m. For information about any of our programs call the parish office 812-232-8518. We are located at 1807 Poplar St.

Spending time in meditation, prayer, and adoration in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is an excellent opportunity to experience grace in our lives. Located west of the Rectory behind the Catholic Charities and Deanery Pastoral Center offices, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel is visited by parishioners and members of other local Catholic communities. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are most welcome to participate in this opportunity for silent meditation, prayer, and adoration.  

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 pm Saturday and 10:30 am Sunday. The Deanery New Year’s Day Mass to celebrate the Feast of Mary the Mother of God will be on New Year’s Day a 10 am. Our address is 2322 N. 13th St. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

“I Want to Live” Deanery Retreat is Jan. 18-20 for our students grades 9-12. It is held at CYO Retreat Center in Brown County. Cost is $75. Registration forms: This is a fun and inspiring weekend that helps our youth discover ways to make a difference in the world. For more information contact your youth minister, Janet Roth.  

The new Hearts to Hand Outreach Ministry at Sacred Heart of Jesus parish is open for donations anytime. Table of the Good Shepherd Food Pantry will receive all items donated. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality. God bless you for your generosity.

Deanery Pastoral Center

The 3rd Annual Soup Bowl Benefit (Feb. 2) is sponsored by area artists, restaurants, caterers, businesses, and a multitude of volunteers to bring awareness and support to help alleviate hunger across the Wabash Valley. Proceeds benefit Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 at the Deanery Center and Catholic Charities offices, both located at 1801 Poplar St. This year there will be 2 seating’s to accommodate a larger crowd, 4 pm and 6 pm at Maryland Community Church Atrium. A $25 ticket gives you a hand-crafted bowl of your choice and unlimited delicious soup at the event. For more information call Sr. Mary or Louise at 812-232-8400.

Enduring Love: A Celebration of Your Marriage is a special program to reflect on the gifts of your marriage. Event will be Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room from 6:30 - 9 p.m. A beef tenderloin dinner will be served. Cost is $30 per couple. Please contact Sister Mary Montgomery at 812-232-8400 or to make your reservation, by Jan. 31. Event is sponsored by Deanery Adult Ministry Committee.

St Stephen’s Episcopal

On Christmas Eve, The Rev John Gedrick will celebrate Holy Eucharist and preach at 9 p.m.

The Sunday service at 9 a.m. on Dec. 30 will be Christmas Lessons and Carols, with the Rev. Deborah Veach officiating.

Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, the Epiphany of our Lord, will be our first Sunday with Interim Rector Mary Slenski. She will preach and celebrate the Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Following the 10 a.m. service, the Daughters of the King and the Vestry will host an Epiphany Tea.

Peniel United Methodist Church

A brand New Year in just a couple days. Winter has shown it face finally, but we have been so fortunate—now we will start counting the days till spring.

This would be a good time for anyone reading this to begin the new year with a visit to Peniel United Methodist Church or if you already attend, invite a friend. You will enjoy this church family.

Our Scripture this Sunday will be from St. Luke 2:41-52.

Pastor Pippin’s message is titled “Jesus at Twelve.”

There are many in the area with a need to stretch the food budget. Whatever you can spare will be greatly appreciated. Don’t forget to save those box tops for the schools also.

Our Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by church services at 10:45. Come join us. For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Terre Haute 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 a.m. The regular adult and college-age classes are studying through the book of I Peter. Pastor Bill Roberts will preach on the theme of “Wise use of Time in 2013.” 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 St. and Fifth Ave.). A nursery for children ages 3 and under is available during the worship service.  

First Unitarian

Universalist Congregation  

Our regular service is 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. On Sunday, Dec. 30  at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will present: “Honoring the Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.”

The Endangered Species Act was signed 39 years ago, on Dec. 28, 1973. That act has much to say to us today about being in right-relationship with other species. Also, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, we invite you to join our adult education group, the Rationalist Free-Thinkers discussion group, led by Dr. Ed Warner. They will meet in the library. This week their topic of discussion will be: “Directions For Our RFT Discussions in 2013 – Where to?” Suggestions.

 Children’s Religious Education begins at 10:50 a.m. There are two groups, youth ages 5 to 9 and tweens, ages 10 and up. Childcare for younger children is provided for the entire service.

We welcome everyone to Unitarian Universalist Congregation. We invite you to come get to know us. Our regular service is each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. 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:

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 146-year-old church. We invite you to worship with us at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Hear a guest speaker present the sermon, and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and special music organized by Erich Kendall to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

 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), Brian Royer will teach and lead the discussion on “Christ’s Love for the Church” (Ephesians 5:26-6:4). At the same time in the Cross and Flame Room, the Lamplighters discussion group will continue their study of the Book of John.

Sunday School classes for children under the age of 3 and up through the age of 18 years include: nursery and toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; Beginners (ages 3 to 5 years) taught by Jessica Kendall; Kindergarten (K-5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and youth class (grades 6 to 12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers. This Sunday’s theme is the “Wise Men” (as recorded in Luke).

Centenary’s “Study the Scriptures (from Genesis to Revelation)” meets  from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays. The Rev. Phyllis Peters is leading the Bible study.

The 7th Cents youth group, a combined Central Presbyterian and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcome to become a member of this group. No scheduled events are planned for Dec. 30; students will be spending time with their families and celebrating the birth of Christ.

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, from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursdays.

 If you are interested in the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, come and join our rehearsals from 8:30-9:15 a.m. on Sundays. 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.

Maple Avenue United  Methodist Church

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church welcomes all to worship with us this Sunday at our temporary time of 9:30 a.m. Pastor David Rockhill welcomes all to join us to share in scriptures Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 and message titled “All In The Family.” This week’s theme is Jesus changes our status from being slaves to God to begin Children of God. 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 to 5), daycare, preschool. Music programs include: the Chancel choir, Summer dinner theatre productions, Spring cabaret, Christmas and Easter cantatas with orchestra and Children’s Choir. Missions and service opportunities include: Prayer Chain, Operation Classroom, Penny Drive for Lebanon Children’s Home, United Campus Ministries, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, and 14th & Chestnut Community Center. 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

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

   At 10 p.m. Dec. 31, the church will host a New Year’s Eve Watch Service, which will include praying, testimonies, choir singing and the “Word.” The public is invited to come join us in this worship service, given the Rev. Terrance M. Russell.


Presbyterian Church

Central Presbyterian Church,125 N. 7th St., will gather at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for traditional worship. Pastor Davis’s sermon, “Praise the Lord,” will be based on Psalm 148. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. Immediately after morning worship on Sunday, there will be a “Fifth Sunday” carry-in lunch. Meat and drinks are provided; participants are encouraged to bring a side-dish, salad, or dessert. For more details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

Shelburn First Baptist

We welcome you to Shelburn First Baptist Church at 10 am Sunday for our worship service. We will begin a new series, “Churches of Revelation: Ephesus—Lost Love!” We also have Sunday school at 9 a.m., Route 56 for children at 10:20 a.m., and youth at 6 p.m. Dusty and Samantha Tryon are our Youth Leaders, and the Rev. Ron Riggs is our Interim Pastor. We are an American Baptist church located at the corner of U.S. 41 and West Mill Street in Shelburn. You may reach us at 812 397 5595 or at

Central Christian Church

- Disciples of Christ

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us. We will celebrate the first Sunday of Christmas and continue to focus on the theme Everlasting Light. A special time for the youth church will be held during the service. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Sunday School for all ages will begin at 11 a.m.

We invite members and friends to bring hats, mittens, and gloves for the our Mitten Tree for students at Fuqua Elementary School. We continue to sell Fair-Trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars.

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

Breden Memorial United Methodist Church

This will be Pastor Deal’s last Sunday as pastor of Breden Church. His message will be: “Remembering The Past—Facing The Future” worship is 9:30 a.m. Special music will be provided by Olivia, Tonia and Lucas Bishop. They are great-grandchildren of Pastor. Special music will also be provided by Jay Hendrix.

Greg and Julie Puttmann will begin their ministry with Breden Church on Jan. 1. May the church be greatly enriched by their ministry and God’s special blessings be upon them in this ministry.

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 a.m. 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.

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 to eighth grade. We have a Special Needs league, too. Deadline for soccer registrations is Dec. 31.

South campus activities:

An evening service called “6:35” is 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 sixth through seniors, meets Sundays at 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and also on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. X-treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth graders that meets bi-monthly from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays, through May.

 Boost, our Wednesday midweek gathering, starts with dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Center and classes for all agesat 6:30 p.m. We host sessions twice a year. Our next session will be held in the spring.

 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 at 7 p.m. in the Wide Eye Cafe. Other groups include the Lunch Bunch (women), Yarn Spinners and Men’s Fellowship Group.

North campus activities:

Mom2Mom meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, with childcare provided. This group is ideal for making new friends and sharing parenting tips and ideas. Outings for moms and children will be planned.

The Noodle Club meets at 9 a.m. Mondays. This group is famous for its delicious pasta. Come join the group to hone in on your cooking skills. Our Care Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers. If you enjoy crafts, come at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for Christian fellowship during origami and card making.

Mount Pleasant is connecting families and individuals with God and God’s family through Jesus Christ. For more information, you can call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or north campus 812-232-2478 or visit our website at

Memorial United Methodist Church

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 Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 for one of the following services. The sermon will be “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Here we are not even a week past Christmas day celebrating, gift opening and gift exchanging, and we are sick of Christmas shows, songs, egg nog and fruit cake. But, pause and look around, and notice that it is beginning to look a lot a like Christmas. And, that is good. Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12.

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 from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Now offering a “gentler” form of Tai Chi for Arthritis. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please call our church office at 812-234-0776, fax us at 812-235-3574 or visit our website at


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