News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 8, 2013

Church briefs: Nov. 9, 2013

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Maple Avenue United Methodist

Today, the church invites you to the annual Turkey Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the church. Tickets available at the door; $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under. The menu will consist of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade noodles, dressing, a roll, and cranberry sauce or apple sauce. Drinks and desserts are extra. Dine-in and carry-out are available.

The church welcomes all to worship with us Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for all ages meet at 9:30 a.m. between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to hear a message and experience worship with us. At 10:30 service the children’s sermon will be given, the chancel choir will sing and junior church will be offered.

We offer free transportation to and from the 10:30 a.m. worship service. If you would like a ride to church, 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 this Sunday.

Maple Avenue offers many programs for adults and children alike. Programs available to all include Q.U.E.S.T. HIV/AIDS Support Group, GED classes, adult basic education classes, after-school tutoring (grades 1-5), after-school open gym, (grades 1-5), daycare and preschool. Music programs Include the chancel choir, summer dinner theater productions, spring cabaret, and Christmas and Easter Cantatas with orchestra and children’s choir. Missions and service opportunities include Knitting for Missions, prayer chain, Operation Classroom, penny drive for Lebanon Children’s Home, United Campus Ministries, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, and the 14th and Chestnut Community Center. There is something for everyone here. For more information, check us out on the Web at

Christ United Methodist, West Terre Haute

The church, 221 S. Sixth St., will have a full weekend of fun Nov. 9 and 10. We will have a chili supper Nov. 9, 3 to 6 p.m.; $8 for adults, $3.50 for children 10 and under. The menu will be chili soup with crackers, hot dog or peanut butter sandwich, dessert, and tea/lemonade. Carry-out is available.

Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., we will have a special praise and worship service featuring Bobby Taylor on keyboard and the Band from Everywhere. Members of the band are from different churches in the area. Band members play guitar, bass, drums, bongo drums and saxophone in addition to the keyboard. There will be special singing and testimonies. Freewill offering will be taken for Providence Food Pantry. We would like to invite the community to both events.

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The church, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. Children’s religious education is 10:50. The program is “Guest at your Table,” an annual UUSC fundraising event. Cathy McGuire and the Social Action Committee will coordinate. The UU Service Committee “Guest at Your Table” has been an important part of UUSC and congregational culture since it began in 1975. Each year since, involvement in the event has grown, strengthening UU connections to our shared principles and helping to challenge injustice throughout the world.The Rationalist Free-thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m.

We welcome everyone to UU congregation. We are handicapped-accessible and can provide large-print programs and hearing-assistance devices, if needed. The phone number is 812-232-1193, or find us on Facebook.

Central Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

Today is our 10th annual “Evening of Music and Chocolate” is 7 p.m. at the church. This year we are featuring the music of Dr. Jimmy Finnie with the ISU Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble. Admission includes a drink and a full dessert serving generously donated by area businesses. Tickets will be available at the door for $18. Proceeds go to the music ministry of Central Christian Church and United Campus Ministries.

Our church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship with us Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper - communion - every Sunday, and our table is open for all you wish to partake. This Sunday we recognize our veterans as part of our service. A special time will take place for the young church. A time of fellowship with drinks and doughnuts will be after the service.

Sunday school for all ages at 11 a.m. Our youth will welcome a panel to talk with them about death and faith. An adult Bible study on Monday mornings at at the church.

Our youth group meet Sunday, noon to 2 p.m. The Christian Kids Club meet, noon to 1:30 p.m. We continue to sell fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars.

Join us at 4950 E. Wabash Ave. The church office can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our church website is at

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

“Christians Night Out” will be Saturday at 6 p.m, at the church at 2401 Seventh Ave. It is presented by the Shiloh M.B. senior choir and will feature United Praise, singing original music including “God is Real” and “Keep Me.” All are invited to join us in this musical praise service.

Riley Bible

The entire church family invites you to join us this Sunday. The 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 at 10 a.m. and a family worship service at 11. Wednesday night prayer and Bible study starts at 7.

For directions or more information call us at 812-230-6053, go to our website at or check us out on Facebook.

Oregon Baptist

The church American Baptist church, 11200 S. Carlisle St. The phone number is 812-299-2112, with Pastor Fred Harrison.

Sunday school starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30. Youth groups meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior ABY is for second through fifth grades and Senior ABY is for sixth through 12th.

Unity Presbyterian

Worship service, at 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. The first Sunday of each month, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper with the Rev. Dr. David Rosen.

 This Sunday the congregation invites you to hear Dr. Roland Kohr’s sermon, “Fear Versus Thankfulness,” based on Isaiah 35:1-10 and Matthew 11:2-6.

Childcare is available. Join us for fellowship following the service.

Our youth group meets once a month; Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. is their next meeting. Unity supports local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is choir director, Andrea Marlow is organist. Choir rehearsal is 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. For the month of November, Unity prays for the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. This week we send God’s love and prayers to Indiana Presbyterian Church, Vincennes, and peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at Meadows 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; Facebook: Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute; email:

St. Benedict

Father Ed Goldbach, pastor, and the parish community at 111 S. Ninth St., invite you to join us for Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 12:05 p.m.

Classes for preschool through eighth grade are Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For information or to register contact Rita Burns-Senseman,

Religious education and confirmation classes for all high school youth are Sunday, 5 to 6:45 p.m. On Sunday the confirmation class will serve dinner at Light House Mission. A complete schedule is at Contact Janet,, if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For information contact Sue Butwin, 232-8421 or

The St. Benedict Altar Society is sponsoring their annual Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the parish center. Vendor tables are available to rent for $30. If you would like to rent a table to display and sell art, crafts, woodworking, holiday items, etc., contact Jeanne LaVanne at 812-236-0356.

The next Secular Franciscans & Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is Nov. 30, 9 to 11 a.m., in St. Benedict’s soup kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and the parish at 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is 5:15 p.m. Join us every Thursday for Eucharistic Adoration, 6 to 9 p.m. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The chaplet begins after the conclusion of the 5:15 p.m. weekday Mass. For more information about our services or programs call the parish office, 812-232-7011.

Preschool through eighth-grade religious education classes are Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Contact Elizabeth Davis at the parish office or for information or to register.

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Family Life Center. High school youth confirmation classes are Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee,, for the class

schedule or to register.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday evenings. For information or to register contact Donna McKenzie at

St. Margaret Mary

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community, 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to join us for weekend Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday 11 am. Misa en Espanol a las dos todos los Domingos (Spanish Mass at 2 p.m. each Sunday). Check the weekly bulletin for weekday Mass times. Our bulletin is available online at The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, visit us online or call the parish office at 812-232-3512.

Religious education classes for preschool through eighth grade are Sunday, 9:30-10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Family Life Center. High school youth confirmation classes are Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee,, for the class schedule or to register.

Sunday morning study group meets at 9:30 a.m. to study the life of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. All are welcome to join us to learn more about our Indiana saint. We will meet in the parish office. Plan to attend this time of learning and fellowship. An adult study group is also meeting Friday mornings to study “Catholicism” by Fr. Barron. Friday sessions are in the Legacy Room and begin after the 9 a.m. Mass. Join us. There is no charge for either adult faith program.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For information contact Donna Wenstrup, 232-8518 or

The St. Margaret Mary annual Craft Fair, Bake Sale, Noodle Sale and Raffle is Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Legacy Room. Come by for breakfast of biscuits and gravy, and stay to shop for handmade and home-baked items for someone special on your Christmas list.

St. Mary’s Village

Sr. Joan Slobig, SP, parish life coordinator, and the parish community invite you to join us for liturgy on Sunday at 9 a.m. For information about our parish programs or to register call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend liturgy on Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. You are welcome to join us for weekday Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Every weekday we have a communion service at 7:15 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. For information about any of our programs call the parish office, 812-232-8518.

Religious education classes for preschool through grade eight are Sunday, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at

High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Family Life Center. Confirmation classes are Thursday at the St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee,, for the class schedule or to register.

The adult faith formation program, “James: Pearls for Wise Living,” is offered on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick School library. For information or registration contact the St. Patrick parish office, 232-8518.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Barbara Black, parish life coordinator, and the parishioners at 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. welcome you to celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m.; note that this is a new time that begins tonight. Also, Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is Friday at 11 a.m. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday at the St. Benedict Parish Center, 5 to 6:45 p.m.

On Sunday the confirmation class will serve dinner at Light House Mission. A complete schedule is at Contact Janet,, if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome.

An adult Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew meets Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish office. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center. For information or to register contact Barb Black, 466-1231 or

Annunciation, Brazil

Fr. John Hollowell, pastor, and the parishioners at 19 N. Alabama St. invite you to Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday 8:30 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass is celebrated. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish at 558 Nebeker St. invite you to celebrate Mass Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. Weekday Masses are Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and Friday at 12:05 p.m.

St. Joseph, Rockville

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish at 217 E Ohio St. invite you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Weekday Masses are celebrated Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Deanery Pastoral Center

As our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, Christian churches are coming together to thank God for many blessings. On Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., join us in praising and thanking God through prayer, word and song. Several choirs will join us and share their musical gifts. Our host church for the 2013 Thanksgiving Sing Praise is St. Benedict Church, 111 South Ninth St. We hope you can join us.

On Nov. 23, John Paul II High School will host a Christmas Market, 8 am to 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be Christmas gifts and decorations for sale, a bake sale, a silent auction and raffle baskets.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation 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 on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s message, “The End of the World as You Know It” (1 Peter 4:7-11; Luke 12:32-40). Listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the chancel choir, directed by Erich Kendall, singing the hymn “Prayer for Peace.”

Fellowship in the church library will follow the worship service, 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 Room (adult Bible study), Bill Dando will teach and lead a discussion on the “Beginning of Passover” (Exodus 12:1-14).

The Parent Trap, a class for parents with young children, meets in the Thirza Bunce Room, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Lamplighters discussion group, which normally meets in the Cross and Flame Room, is working on missions at this time. Young adults ages 18 to 30 are invited to join the Connections class, taught by our pastor, Jimmy Moore. It is a time of fellowship, study and reflection in the Disciple Room.

Sunday school classes for children from under 3 years to 18 years include preschool, primary class, juniors class and youth class. The children’s Sunday School lesson is “Elijah and the Prophets.”

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, meet this month at Centenary. At 5 p.m., the middle school youth will meet; at 5:45 p.m., the middle school and high school youth will share a meal and play games; and at 6:30 p.m., the high school youth will meet.

 On Sunday afternoon, the youth group will conduct a “Rake and Run” leaf cleanup for the elderly and the disabled. Call Youth Director Tiffany Grossman at the church office if you have any questions.

Upcoming event: Mark your calendar for Nov. 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at ISU Bayh College of Education Building, where a special event on youth ministry will take place. The featured speaker, Julie Shannon, youth director of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, will speak on “For All Who Think Young.” It will be a time of reflection on supporting today’s young people. Breakfast will be served. Make your reservation to by Nov. 13. All are welcome.

Big Questions, a discussion group for college students and young adults, meets Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m. A pizza supper will be served. The group is reading and discussing the book, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Why Is the Gospel of Love Dividing America?”

The church’s Seventh Street entrance is handicapped-accessible, and ample parking is behind the church. Consider participating in our prayer and meditation time on Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon.

If you are interested in singing in the chancel choir, come and join our rehearsals Sunday, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities listed above or in our very active women’s ministries.

Central Presbyterian

The church, at 125 N. Seventh St., will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Lant Davis’ sermon, “Faithful with All,” will be based on Luke 19:11-27, in which Jesus tells a parable that teaches us to use wisely the blessings and talents God has given us.

Tomorrow is Commitment Sunday, in which worshippers are asked to make their financial pledges to the church’s 2014 operating budget. A time for coffee, conversation and refreshments immediately follows worship, downstairs in fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. At noon on Sunday, the youth will gather for their annual “Rake n’ Run” activity. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, at St. Benedict Parish Church (111 S. Ninth St.), the choir will join with choirs from other Terre Haute-area churches to lead “Sing Praise,” an ecumenical service of thanksgiving and song. The Worship Commission is having a special meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the purpose of placing the new hymnals in the pew racks and organizing the old hymnals for distribution.

 Celebrating Life will meet at the church on Thursday at 1 p.m. for a program given by Dr. Josh Powers, vice president of HEMEfund, on his recent trip to South Korea. For details, call the church office at 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

United Presbyterian, Clinton

The church will worship at 10:45 a.m., with adult Sunday school class at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Olson will deliver the sermon. Following children’s time, the youngsters may go into fellowship hall for church school during the rest of the worship service. The liturgist in November is Elder Ron Archbold. A worship service is at 4 p.m. at Chateau.

AA meets Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Session meets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The Trinity Parish combined choir rehearses at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Rockville. The cantata will be Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in Rockville.

Bible study meets Wednesdays in Rockville at 7 p.m. The topic will be the book of Ephesians.

The church provides a warm meal every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in fellowship hall at no cost, and everyone is welcome. The Vermillion County Food Pantry is located in the former manse next to the church at 315 Mulberry St. It provides frozen, perishable and non-perishable food to anyone from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday and from 2 to 4 p.m. every other Tuesday. The next Tuesday food is available will be Nov. 12.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. the Olsons will share the lessons and sights and stories of their recent study leave. They traveled through Italy, Greece and Turkey, following in some of Paul’s footsteps. Everyone is welcome to join us at Rockville Presbyterian Church on the southwest corner of the square. Come and enjoy the stories, pictures and snacks.

The Journey Assembly of God

The church, at 600 Hulman St., can be reached at 812-232-1857.

The Rev. Donald Gifford, superintendent of the Indiana District Assemblies of God, will be speaking at the church on Sunday at 10 a.m. He will be presiding over the installation service for the church’s new pastor, the Rev. Bill Richardson. The church meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. They also meet Wednesdays for prayer and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Memorial United Methodist

The church, 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.

Join us on Sunday; the Rev. Scott’s sermon will be “Giving is... Praising God, Serving Jesus.”

In week two of our “Giving is...” Stewardship Campaign, we focus on how our worship prepares us for service. Our service of worship, whether traditional or PRAYZ!, should inspire, challenge and prepare us to go forth to serve Jesus. Money, time, talent, prayers and witness are the vows we take; serving Jesus is how we fulfill these promises.

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, 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 enjoy 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 sermon. Children may stay in the service with their families, or they may attend children’s church following the children’s message.

Tai chi with Rebecca Graves meets Tuesday and Friday, 3 to 4p.m. We are now offering a “gentler” form of tai chi for arthritis. Everyone is welcome.

The Knit Wits will meet Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8p.m. in the library. This is a support group for persons living with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and is open to the public. For more information contact Betty Porter at 877-9950.

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

Rosedale Baptist

The church, at Depot and Middle streets, can be reached at 765-548-2857. The pastor is Randy McPike.

Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 7, Wednesday night prayer and Bible study at 7. 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.

Church of Christ, Terre Haute

The church invites you to come visit us. We assemble in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express, 2633 Indiana 46 (Exit 11, Interstate 70 and Indiana 46), on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

In our Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes, we are surveying the books of the Bible.

Explore our website at, where you can read our weekly teaching bulletin, The Terre Haute Speaker; take part in an online Bible study; listen to audio of our sermons and more.

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

Welcome to all who enter. The parishioners invite you to join us on Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Our Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is at 10 am. After Holy Eucharist, we gather in the church hall for fellowship. Supply priests, a parade of priests from the diocese, are scheduled to minister to us on Sundays. The Rev. Don Jones will be the celebrant on Nov. 10.

The church, The Friendly Little Church on the Hill, is located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 N. Smith Place. For more information visit our website at www.stgeorges or phone us at 812-533-1346. If you phone us, leave a message and someone from the parish will return your call. The contact person is Sylvia Brockman, bishop’s warden, at 812-442-0751 or

First Baptist

We invite you to join us for worship on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Our morning service is the more traditional, with hymns, anthems by the choir and music by the orchestra, bells and other musical groups, with organ and piano accompaniment. Our pastor, the Rev. Bernie Jackson, is currently in the midst of a sermon series, “Precious Words, Enduring Promises.” The topic for this week will be “Sow Generously,” with scripture text from 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. Music will be presented by The First Baptist Senior Singers. Sunday school follows worship at 10:45 a.m. and we have classes available for all ages, including nine adult class options. We also have a small group ministry with groups meeting at various times and locations throughout the week. The First Link Hospitality Room is open on Sunday mornings before and after worship, and provides a place for regular attenders and guests to enjoy light refreshments and conversation.

The Link Service is on Sunday at 6 p.m., around tables in Esken Hall with contemporary/praise band-style music. We are currently looking at the major events of the Old Testament which led up to the birth of Jesus. Pastor Jackson is teaching this Sunday, and the topic will be the story of Joseph. Communion will be observed. Programming is available during The Link for elementary-age children, and preschool childcare is also available.

The church is an American Baptist congregation, at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available on the website at

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

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

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

Our south campus is temporarily holding worship services in the fellowship center, or as we like to call it on Sunday mornings, our worship center. The entrance to the fellowship/worship center is on west side of the building, but the front entrance is open for your convenience, as well. (Note that the front entrance is locked approximately 10 minutes after the each service begins, but the worship center will remain open during the entire service. We always welcome those who are running late.)

If you want to grow in Christ and in your Christian faith we invite you to try one of our small groups or 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. Basketball and cheerleading are currently underway. Soccer will take place early in 2014. Upward programs will be at our north church campus this year.

South campus activities:

An evening service called “6:35” begins at 6:35 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. 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 in sixth grade through senior year, meets 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth-graders that meets bi-monthly, 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays from October to May.

Boost, our Wednesday midweek gathering, takes place each spring and fall. Dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. in the fellowship center and classes for all ages are at 6:30 p.m. Our next session is in the spring of 2014.

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

North campus activities:

Our Care Group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

New Groups:

Revolution, our young adults’ life group for college-age students and up, meets Thursday, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Call the south campus office for directions.

Our Journey Forward, a support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, meets the second Thursday of each month at the north campus. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the group meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information email or call the north campus office.

For more information, you can call our south campus at 812-232-4808 or the north campus 812-232-2478.

You can also visit our website at, friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @Mt_PleasantUMC.

Trinity Lutheran

Come and join us at our 10 a.m. worship service each Sunday morning at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2620 Ohio Blvd. Holy communion is offered and shared during our worship service. Sunday school is available for children and adults at 9 a.m.

Come and help support our Light House Mission Thanksgiving food basket drive. A barrel has been placed in the west hallway to collect non-perishable food items for this food drive. Items needed are cans of pumpkin, corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, noodles, boxes of stuffing, instant potatoes and gravy mix. Other non-perishable food items will also be accepted. The last day for donations is Monday.

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

First Congregational

The church, at 630 Ohio St., invites you to join us Sunday, as the Rev. Carlson enters the home stretch in the “Our Favorite Verses” series with the sermon “God’s Masterpiece.” What constitutes a masterpiece? That’s pretty hard to define, as each of us would bring different criteria to the exercise. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians tells us, succinctly, though, what God did to make us masterpieces — His masterpieces. Join us as we explore this first text and find how it fits within our 21st-century lives.

Services are 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 a.m. (traditional). There is a children’s service during the 10:30 gathering, and Sunday school downstairs. Friends are invited to help us fill the food barrel donations for the area food bank. Bring your non-perishable, non-breakable container food items. We are very close to our 2013 goal of 1,200 pounds.

The church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches.There’s a place here for you. You can find us online at or on Facebook.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the church family invite you to join us on Sunday for morning worship at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service will be Richard and Kristina Norton. Following worship we will enjoy a time of fellowship hosted by Margaret Manus. Kid’s Hour meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster, with helper Amy Price. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m.

Scripture readings for this Sunday are Psalm 65 and Luke 18:9-14, with Jane Smith serving as liturgist. The choir, under the direction of Cathleen Flynn, will present the anthem “Down In The Valley To Pray,” arranged by Jay Althouse. New members are always welcome to join the choir, with rehearsals beginning at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Hymns for this Sunday are “Seek the Lord,” “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy” and “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness,” accompanied by organist/pianist Mary Jensen.

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Focus on God, Not Self,” and suggests that we might have humility enough to approach God through prayer that would be acceptable and useful for God’s purpose.

The life of our church continues on Sunday afternoon with a Scrapbook Workshop in the fellowship hall from 1 to 7 p.m. The confirmation class meets at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Administrative council convenes on Monday at 7 p.m., and the prayer and Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Book Banter Buffet will have a luncheon and book discussion of “Devil’s Food Cake Mystery” by Flukey, in the home of Alice Harder on Wednesday. The group will also continue planning for the sponsored Christmas tree for the “Tree Fest” to benefit the Terre Haute Symphony. Also on Wednesday, Beginning Yoga continues at 5:30 p.m. and the worship team meets in the library at 7 p.m. for Advent planning.

The dinner for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students will take place in the fellowship hall at 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Monetary donations and workers are needed for this very well-attended event.

Make plans now to attend and donate items for our Chili Fest and Auction, which will take place on Nov. 17. Community friends are urged to attend.

The church is located on the corner of U.S. 40 and Second Street. The church office phone number is 812-877-1868, with email contact at

Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist

The church is at 1935 Tippecanoe St., with the Rev. Charles D. Irvin Jr. as pastor. We will celebrate our 107th church anniversary on Sunday. The guest speaker for the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. service will be the Rev. Dennis Radford of Henderson, Ky. Come fellowship with us.

Marshall Federated

The church, at 105 N. Main, and The Parke County Cowboy Church Band invite everyone to cowboy church on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. The special guests will be the Mitchell Family Singers, from Ridgefarm, Ill. There is no admission, however a love offering will be received for our guests. For information, call John Cornell at 765-597-2209 or the church at 765-597-2497.

Prairie City United Methodist

We would like to extend a warm and loving invitation to everyone who would like to worship the Lord with us on Sunday mornings. You will find blue jeans to semi-formal attire as people worship together. This Sunday the message, “Putting the Puzzle Together,” will be taken from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. All are welcome in the Lord’s house as we see old friends and new faces in worship each week. We are excited about having new members join our community of faith. God is at work in people’s lives every day. Praise God for what He does. The weekly Bible study on the Gospel of Luke starts at 9:45 a.m. Worship starts at 10:45 a.m.

Grace Community

Everyone at the church invites you to our Sunday worship. This Sunday we will begin a journey to Christmas by looking at the life and ministry of Jesus. Our worship begins at 10:30 am every Sunday. Grace is a safe place to experience and interact with God. Each Sunday we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages.

Our worship is a contemporary/traditional mix and led by top-notch musicians whose love for God and people is expressed in clear and comfortable ways. If you feel drawn to God in any way, Grace is a good place to be. If you need a prayer, use

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church at 401 W. Springhill Drive. It is just west of Debaun’s Funeral home on the north side of the street.

For more information visit our website,, or call 812-236-1507.


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    March 12, 2010