News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 3, 2012

Church Briefs: Nov. 3, 2012


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Terre Haute St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Services Sunday at 217 N. Seventh St. include Eucharists at 8 and 10 a.m. Afterward, join the camaraderie, coffee and conversation in the Great Hall. There also is a noon Thursday service in the chapel.

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

Crossroads Baptist

Our church currently meets at Excalibur Catering building, 212 W. National Ave. on U.S. 40, in West Terre Haute. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Worship services are at 10:40 a.m. and at 6 p.m. with Pastor Walter D. Huyck Jr. Awana and Prayer Group meets at Consolidated Elementary School in West Terre Haute on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Learn more at Pastor Walt may be by email at or at 812-230-2001.

Upcoming Fall Revival is Nov. 4-7, with local Evangelist Jeremy Coombes as the guest speaker. Regular revival meetings will be at the Excalibur Catering Building beginning Nov. 4 at 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. Weekday revival meetings will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 5; Nov. 6; and Nov. 7.

Oregon Baptist

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

Sunday school starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service is at 6 p.m. There are youth groups for PreK through High School Wednesday at 7 p.m. The PreK to 2nd grade are learning “Values to Grow By” this year using a series from VeggieTales. The 2nd through 5th graders are “Traveling Route 66” (66 books of the Bible). Join us as we learn more about God’s word, play games and have a snack.

Central Christian Church

Central Christian Church’s 9th Annual Evening of Music and Chocolate is Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the church at 4950 E. Wabash.

The featured artist this year will be Patti Willey and her Academy of Dance. Part of this year’s program will also include the Central Christian Church choir, directed by the locally-renowned Karen Sagraves, Asst. Coordinator of Liturgy and Music, Sisters of Providence.

Before and after the first two sections of the musical program, guests may sample a variety of desserts. While the emphasis is on chocolate, there will be non-chocolate and sugar-free desserts as well. The advance ticket admission of $15 includes one full size dessert and drink. Tickets at the door will be $18.

Advance tickets are available from the church office, a choir member, or the United Campus Ministries office. Proceeds from this event will go to the music ministry of Central Christian Church and to United Campus Ministries.

Our Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m. A special time with Rev. Zelensky will be held for the Young Church. Nursery Care is provided. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Sunday School for all ages is at 11 a.m. We have two adult classes, an elementary class, and a middle/high school class. An adult Bible study is held Monday mornings at 9 a.m. with Rev. Zelensky.

All are invited to join Chancel Choir, practice is each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Our elders will meet Sunday at noon for a time of prayer, study, and fellowship. We continue to sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate bars.

The church office or our minister, Rev. Rebecca Zelensky, can be reached at 812-877-9959. Visit

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating their annual day on Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Sister Annie Russell of Highland Missionary Baptist Church. The attire for the afternoon service is white and the public is invited.

All missionaries from other churches are invited to join us in their white attire. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 2401 7th Ave., Terre Haute. Rev. Terrance M. Russel, Pastor. Call 812-235-1668.

Rio Grande Baptist

Pastor Matt Larimer and everyone at Rio Grande invited you for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. We are a family oriented church. We worship with music and song both traditional and contemporary. The first Sunday of each month we celebrate communion.

We support many area and world-wide ministries and missions such as the World Mission, a part of International Ministries. During the month of October we are accepting offerings for WMO. Learn more at

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. we meet for Bible study with various topics of discussion led by Pastor Matt. The atmosphere is casual.

Rio Grande is at 4411 E. Rio Grande. Visit or email for more information.

Unity Presbyterian Church

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Drive is 10:30 a.m. Our Pastor is Linda Peters. Her sermon, “Is God First in Your Life?” Based on Psalm 146 and Mark 12:28-34. Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School class following A Moment with the Children. Child care is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship following the service.

Choir rehearsal is every Thursday, 7 p.m. and every Sunday, 10 a.m.

Today Unity will have a Chicken Noodle Dinner. Adults tickets: $7; children 5 and under: $4. Desserts extra.

 We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. All are welcome. Church office 812-299-2206, our website:  

Join us for Potluck and Praise each Thursday 6 p.m. Church office: 812-299-2206.

Riley Bible Church

The church is two doors down from the Dollar General in the Riley Square, Riley, 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 & Bible Study starts at 7 p.m. with regular prayer and Bible study.

Currently, Pastor Hodge is teaching through the book of Romans on Sunday mornings.

Riley Bible Church is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to studying the Bible in order to grow spiritually. For more information call 812-230-6053, visit or check us out on facebook at RileyBibleChurch.

Berean Baptist Church

Pastor Larry Lilly and the people of Berean Baptist Church will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their founding with the founding pastor, Dr. Paul Gordon, preaching at 10:30 and His Design Quartet providing special music. Dr. Gordon’s ministry over the last 22 years in Florida has flourished as he pastored two churches in the state. Pastor Paul also has written several books, his latest being Funny Things Happen to Preachers and Their Friends.

 His Design Quartet will provide a mini-concert prior to Gordon’s sermon. The members of His Design have performed with several national quartets, including The Wray Brothers, The Lordsmen, The Masters and more. The music of His Design Quartet is pure Southern Gospel.

 Charter Members will be acknowledged as well as Continuing Charter Members receiving special note.

Dona Brown and the Ladies of Berean will serve a special Dinner in the Annex following the service.

Due to limitations of space no Sunday School is scheduled this week.

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

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The church is at 1875 Fruitridge Ave.

Service is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. On Nov. 4 at 10:30 am. The Rev. Jennie Barrington’s sermon will be - “The Election Sermon.” Historically, Unitarian and Universalist ministers devote the Sunday before Election Day to a sermon that speaks to the importance of democracy and the preciousness of people’s opportunities to discuss politics openly and to vote.

Sunday at 9:15 a.m., 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: What Kind of Religion Justifies the Slaughter of Elephants for Commercial Gain?

Children’s Religious Education begins at 10:50 - There are two groups, youth ages 5 to 9 and Tweens, ages 10 and up. Childcare for younger children is provided.

For more information call 812-232-1193 or visit

 Memorial United Methodist Church

 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 on Sunday for one of the following services. The sermon will be “Go West, young woman, go West!” The opening of the Book of Ruth shows hardship and despair. In the midst of all this, there is a story of risk taking, commitment, loyalty, and faithfulness. Scripture: Ruth 1:1-18.

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. join us for our fellowship and refreshment time. At 10 a.m. 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 a more laid back and casual service, 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 meets every Tuesday and Friday from 3-4 p.m.

The Knit Wits yarn ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 1-3 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 5-7 p.m. If you like to knit or crochet or would like to learn, please join us.

Nami (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8 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

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, located at 301 N. Seventh St., invites you to worship with us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s sermon, “They in Glory Shine” (Matthew 5: 1-12), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, sing “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” (by F. J. Haydn).

Fellowship in the Church Library will follow the Worship Service, from 10:30-10:45 a.m. Sunday School classes are offered to all age groups and nursery care is provided. At 10:45 a.m. in the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Bill Dando will teach and lead discussion on “Paul Before King Agrippa” (Acts 26: 19-32). At the same time, in the Cross and Flame Room, the Adult 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 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 for all classes on November 4 is “Spies in Canaan.”

On Sunday at 7 p.m., the “Big Questions” Discussion Group for post-high school and college age students will meet at Centenary. The study topic for the Fall Semester will be Adam Hamilton’s book, “When Christians Get It Wrong.” Discussion topics will be led by the Rev. Phyllis Peters.

Become a “disciple” through Bible Study. Study the Scriptures (from Genesis to Revelation) with us in a course lasting 34 weeks and meeting weekly for 2 and 1/2 hours (from September to May). This Bible Study will take place on Mondays, from 2:30-5 p.m.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, students from middle school and high school classes, meets at Central Presbyterian Church from 6 to 7:30 p.m., each Sunday.

The Art and Holiday Gift Fair will take place today from 8 a.m. until noon. Activities include sale of art objects, creative gifts, bakery items, and a Holiday Cafe.

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 singing in the Chancel Choir, rehearsals are from 8:30-9:15 a.m., every Sunday morning. Contact the Church office at 232-2319 if you are interested in participating in any of the activities listed above.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church

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

Our south campus, at 3050 East Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. with Sunday school classes beginning 10 a.m. Our north campus, at 1075 North Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. with the worship service following at 10 a.m. Both campuses host communion the first Sunday of the month.

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

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

Every Monday a prayer meeting is held at 6:00 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.

North campus

Mom2Mom meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. 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 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. If you enjoy crafts, come on the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. for Christian fellowship during origami and card making.

For more information can call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or north campus 812-232-2478 or visit

Rosedale Baptist Church

The church is at Depot and Middle streets in Rosedale. Call 765-548-2857. Pastor: Randy McPike.

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.

Saturday November 3: The Chosen Ones will be performing at 7 p.m.

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

At 11:30 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.

First Baptist Church

Our Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m. and this week Pastor Bernie Jackson continues a sermon series on Christian legacy. The topic for the week is “How Can I Be Made Whole?” with scripture text from John 8:1-11 and Matthew 18:21-22. The Sanctuary Choir will sing “One Song” an anthem by Pepper Choplin and music will also be provided by vocal soloist Isaac White. The service of communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month. A children’s story is included in our service each Sunday, after which children in grades k-3 are dismissed to Children’s Church. Pre-School Sunday School and extended care is available. The First Link Hospitality Center is open before and after the service providing freshly brewed Rex coffee, light refreshments and a place for members and guests to enjoy conversation.

Twelve members of our youth group and their adult chaperones are participating this weekend in the annual American Baptist Youth Convention being held at the Marriot East in Indianapolis. The theme for this year’s convention is “As Iron Sharpens” with scripture focus from Proverbs 27:17. Music will be provided by the Christian band “Building Nations” and the featured speaker will be John Thompson.

Upcoming special events include the annual business meeting on Nov. 11, church Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 18 and Family Advent Preparation Night on Nov. 25. During the month of November we will also be receiving the World Mission Offering for the work of our International Ministries.  

First Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. We provide Sunday School for all ages, small groups, active youth and children’s programs, music ministry which includes opportunities for vocalists, bell ringers and instrumentalists, week-day preschool ministry, Beth Moore Bible studies and many other opportunities for worship, study, service and fellowship. Our ministry staff includes Rev. Bernie Jackson, Senior Pastor; Rev. Steve Newman, Associate Pastor; John Campbell, Youth Minister; Jill Kirchoff, Children’s Minister; and Gina Dorsett, Weekday Pre-School Director. Further information regarding our church is available on the website at

Grace Community Church

of Terre Haute

Our celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Each Sunday we start with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages.

Our worship is a contemporary/traditional mix and lead by top notch musicians. The message is always Bible based and helps lift our eyes to Jesus Christ. Mike Pringle is our pastor.

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church fellowship hall at 401 W. Springhill Drive (west of Debaun’s Funeral home on the north side of the street). Come in the east door where all the cars are.

For more information visit or call 217- 251-4507.

Seelyville UMC

Pastor Jack Diel and the Seelyville UMC Family invite you to worship with us on All Saints Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care will be provided, and a time of fellowship and refreshment will begin at 10:45 a.m. Kid’s Hour continues from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Children from age 5-12 are encouraged to attend.

The sermon for Nov. 4 is titled “Lessons on Love” and will recall the story of Ruth demonstrating to all the unmerited and universal love of God. Scripture readings are from Ruth 1:1-18 and Mark 12:28-34. Liturgist for this Sunday is Bob Webster, and the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, will sing “No Greater Gift” by Ruth Elaine Schram. Hymns for Sunday are “The Gift of Love,” “The Family Prayer Song” and “Pass It On.”

The Agape Group continues its fall study on Monday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the home of Edith Tucker. This group, led by Pastor Jack, studies the Sunday morning scriptures. Webelos 2 meets at 6 p.m. and the Administrative Council convenes at 7 p.m. in the church library.

On Nov. 6, the Prayer and Bible Study group meets at 10 a.m., and the New Member Exploration Class continues at 11 a.m. Webelos 1 meets at 6 p.m. All Tuesday groups meet at the church. Beginning Yoga with instructor Trudy Newton continues on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m.

A dinner for Rose-Hulman and other area college students will take place on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This extremely well attended event needs the support of our congregation, and final plans will be made on Nov. 4.

Seelyville United Methodist Church is on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street in Seelyville. The church office phone number is 812-877-1868 with email contact available at

Eighth Avenue Baptist

The following events will be taking place at Eighth Ave. Baptist Church for the month of November:

Sat. Nov. 3, there will be a Trustee Board Fundraiser Soup Dinner at the Church from 6 to 8 p.m. Soups, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks will be on the menu, a free will donation will be accepted.

On Sunday Nov. 11 in our 10 a.m. services, we will be presenting a tribute to all veterans, both living and deceased. We will especially be rermembering three of our veteran members who passed away this year. A special tribute will be presented to each of the remaining family members.

Our monthly Family Prayer Breakfast has been cancelled due to the holiday season.

Our annual All Church Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by our Open Door Sunday School Class, will be held on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m.

On Nov. 18, in our Morning Worship at 10, our pastor Dick Smith will be presenting his annual Thanksgiving message.

On Sunday Nov. 25, during our 6 p.m. worship, we will be presenting our program:  Hanging of the Greens, which signifies the beginning of the Advent Season.

Breden Memorial United Methodist Church

God’s people were allowed to come into the Promised Land and possess it triumphantly. This occupation was the culmination of history, the climax of their national dream. It was the fulfillment of divine prophecy, the height of personal joy. After decades of slavery and oppression, of wandering and fighting, the Israelites had at last entered the land the flowed with milk and honey. They had “arrived.”

But then something happened. Prosperity dulled their sense of dependence on God. They became preoccupied with things, and their holy fervor cooled. Pastor’s message this week is “The Deserted Harps.” Scripture lesson is from Psalm 137.

Our worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. We will also have Holy Communion with worship. Sunday school begins immediately after worship.

Southside Cluster For Christ charge conference will meet Monday at 6 p.m. at United Methodist Temple Church.

AA meets on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Ladies’ Prayer Group meets Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

St. Mark United Church of Christ

Today at St. Mark United Church of Christ at 475 S. Fruitridge Ave. we are having our annual Crafts & More craft bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Over 35 vendors will be displaying their wares and the church will be serving great food, including chicken and noodles.

You are invited to attend Sunday worship at 9:30 Sunday morning. This Sunday we will be celebrating Memorial Sunday, honoring those who have died in the past year.

We have two adult Sunday school classes, a teen class, an elementary class and a pre-school class that meets Sunday morning at 10:45. A second adult Bible Study class on the book of Acts is offered on Monday evenings at 7.

On Tuesdays our Merry Stitchers meet from 1-3 to knit or crochet prayer shawls. On Wednesdays our Sewing Gals meet from 9-2 to make blankets.

Call the church office is you have any questions at (812) 232-8000.

Trinity Parish/Rockville

Memorial Presbyterian

Nov. 4 at 10 am.: Trinity Parish will gather at Rockville Memorial Presbyterian church (SW corner of the courthouse square) to worship together  incorporating culture and gifts of our Native American sisters and brothers, including traditional song - Miami Drum “Nakamooni Noohkwa” with Chief Brian Buchanan of the Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana.

Communion will be celebrated and a carry-in dinner will follow the service.