News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 31, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: Aug. 31, 2013

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Terre Haute St. Stephen’s Episcopal

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

For more details and a complete list of activities, visit or call 812-232-5165 Tuesday through Friday.

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners of St. George’s Episcopal Church invite you to join us Sunday for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in church hall. Our Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is 10. 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 Sundays. The Rev. John “Jack” Brockman will be the celebrant Sept. 1.

St. George’s Episcopal Church, Friendly Little Church on the Hill, located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 North Smith Place. For more information visit our website at or phone us 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 brock

Unitarian Universalist

The congregation, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. No Sunday service on Sept. 1. We will gather at Ute Shelter/Deming Park for a potluck lunch at noon. bring your own table service and a dish to share. You can find us on Facebook or call the church office at 812-232-1193.

Rio Grande Baptist

Join us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30. Youth group meets 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. Prayer meeting is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

Southside Church of the Nazarene

Join us as we welcome the Rev. Dale and Kayla Stoops to Vigo County community. They will be serving as pastor and wife to Southside Church of the Nazarene, 1901 South Fourth St. Dale and Kayla are both recent graduates of Olivet Nazarene University, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Our congregation will be growing by “three” in the very near future, as we are being blessed with the Stoops’ first child. We are excited to see what God has in store for the future in the lives of our pastor, his family, our church and our community. Pastor Stoops’ installation service was 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25, with Nazarene Southwest Indiana District Superintendent Dr. Gary Pate officiating. Welcome to Terre Haute, Dale and Kayla, and may God richly bless you as you begin your new journey.

St. Benedict Church

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

Classes for preschool through eighth grade are 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. The upcoming school year will be filled with great opportunities for your child to grow in faith and love of God. Be sure to get your child registered. Religious ed and confirmation classes for all high school youth are 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. A complete schedule is at contact Janet at if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome.

The Secular Franciscans of Terre Haute and Friends will serve a free pancake and sausage breakfast for the poor and homeless 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 in St. Benedict’s soup kitchen. The Altar Society will be collecting dental supplies during the month of September for St. Ann’s Clinic. leave donations on the table in back of the church.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Join us every Thursday for Eucharistic Adoration 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about our services or programs call parish office at 812-232-7011.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed Tuesday, Sept. 10. The chaplet begins after the conclusion of the 5:15 p.m. weekday Mass.

High school religious education classes at 6:30pm Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Patrick. Confirmation classes are 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday beginning on Sept. 12 at St. Joseph University Parish Center. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information or to register for high school religious education and confirmation classes at

At St. Joe’s, campus ministry means more than simply ministering to college students. Our ministry is also one of ministering with students. Student parishioners are welcomed to serve in many parish ministries. They are asked to share their many gifts and talents. We welcome students from ISU, Rose-Hulman, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Ivy Tech. Contact Preston at for details.

St. Margaret Mary Church

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and St. Margaret Mary parish, invite you to join us for weekend Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, or at 11 a.m. Sunday. Misa en Espanol a las dos todos los Domingos (Spanish Mass each Sunday at 2 p.m.). check the weekly bulletin for weekday Mass times. Our bulletin is available online at

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. A Deanery Healing Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at St. Margaret Mary Church, 2405 S. Seventh St. For more information about our parish or our programs, visit us online or call the parish office at 812-232-3512.

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

High school religious education classes are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Patrick. Confirmation classes are Thursday 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 12, at St. Joseph University Parish Center. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information or to register for high school religious education and confirmation classes at jummp.youth

Sr. Barbara Leonard is presenting “When God Seems Silent” in the Legacy Room of St. Margaret Mary, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, and also at St. Patrick Family Life Center Room A, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone is invited to attend.

The annual St. Margaret Mary garage sale is this weekend. We have a little bit of everything: baby clothes, toys, furniture, linens, videos, books, tools, gardening items and many other items. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Monday will be dollar-a-bag day. Fill a bag for a dollar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

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 for Liturgy at 9 a.m. Sunday. For information or to register, call the office at 535-1261. We will host an adult faith formation program after 9 a.m. Mass Sunday, Sept. 22. We will be showing Father Barron’s DVD presentation on the Eucharist. All are invited to join us for Mass and the program, which will take place in Galvin Hall after Mass.

St. Patrick Church

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

Religious education classes for grades pre-K through 8 are 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday in Moran Center. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at

High school religious education classes will take place 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Patrick. Confirmation classes are 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at St. Joseph University Parish Center. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information or to register for high school religious education and confirmation classes at

At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in St. Patrick Parish Life Center, Room A, a study on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians will be offered. This is a DVD presentation by Jeff Cavins, an engaging and gifted scripture teacher. Galatians is a study that will re-ignite your love for God as you learn of the astonishing love God has for you. One person who went through this study commented: “This study was incredible. I never really knew what it meant to be a son or daughter of God - now I do. My entire faith has been enriched by the study.” “James: Pearls for Wise Living” Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in St. Patrick School library. James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith. For information or registration contact St. Patrick parish office at 232-8518.

Beautiful stained-glass windows are part of many Catholic churches. At St. Patrick Church, there is such wonderful sacred art. Sept. 14 is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the following day is Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Sept. 15. For nine evenings, beginning Sept. 6 and concluding on Sept. 14, all are invited to pray through a devotional prayer service at each of these windows. Each night’s prayer is at 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is 10:45 a.m. Thursday. Located at 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

High school religious education and confirmation classes are 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Benedict Parish Center. Contact Janet Roth for more information or to register for classes.

Beginning in September we will offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Children’s Liturgy of the Word allows preschool and kindergarten-aged children to experience prayer and scripture at their own level. Children leave Mass after the greeting, go to the back room for their session and return to the congregation at the Creed.

Adult Bible study will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, discussing the Gospel of Matthew in the parish office. Contact Barb at the office to register, 812-466-1231.

Annunciation, Brazil

The parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama Street, in Brazil, invite you to Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday or 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Masses are at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday a Latin Mass will be celebrated. Annunciation parish has a food pantry garden located in the empty lot across from the rectory on Alabama St. contact Annette at the parish office for information about our food pantry garden. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch and Sacred Heart parish invite you to Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday or at 9 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Masses are a 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday. The church is located at 558 Nebeker St.

We also invite you for a spaghetti dinner during the Little Italy Festival this weekend. Dinner is served in the gymnasium next to the church today, Sunday and Monday. Serving hours are 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. today and Sunday, and 11 a.m. until closing Monday, Sept. 2. Come by and support our parish and enjoy a wonderful Italian meal.

St. Joseph, Rockville

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

Deanery Pastoral Center

The 2013 “Catechist Road Show” is coming to a parish near you. This two-hour training for deanery catechists is sponsored by Deanery Directors of Religious Education and Deanery Center. It is offered 6 to 8 p.m. on two dates at two sites, at St. Mary’s Village Thursday, Sept. 5; and St. Paul in Greencastle Monday, Sept. 9. A light supper will be served. Register by contacting Sr. Mary Montgomery at or 812-232-8400.

Catholic churches in the Terre Haute area welcome you to register for a Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program if you are interested in learning more about Catholic faith, seeking to grow in your spiritual life or exploring membership in the Catholic church. RCIA starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at St. Patrick Family Life Center. For information or to register contact Barb Black 812-466-1231 or, with Sacred Heart of Jesus Church; Sue Butwin at 812-232-8421 or sue@, with St. Benedict Church; or Donna Wenstrup at 812-232-8518 or donna., with St. Patrick Church and St. Margaret Mary Church.

The 39th annual Catholic Charities Benefit and Silent Auction is Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Join us as we celebrate the life-changing impact of our programs, member agencies, supporters, volunteers and special guests, including the honored guest and speaker, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin. The benefit is at Idle Creek Banquet Center, with a silent auction at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. call Catholic Charities at 812-232-1447 to make your reservations.

John Paul II High School will have their annual rummage sale in the basement of the school, 1330 Lafayette St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Anyone wishing to donate items for the sale may contact Myrthel Frye at 812-232-0964 or 812-249-7385, or call the school at 812-235-9108.

Centenary United  Methodist Church

The congregation of Centenary, 301 North 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 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to hear the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore’s message, “Hospitality of Graces: The Delight of a Good Hello” (Luke 19: 1-10), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and special musical praise to God.

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, in the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Bill Dando will teach and lead a discussion on “God Creates” ( Psalm 104: 5-9, 24-30). In the Cross and Flame Room, the Lamplighters Discussion Group will decide their next study.

The Parent Trap, a class for parents with young children, meets in Thirza Bunce Room, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. This class, led by Leah Allman and Michel Starkey, is reading and discussing the book, “Sticky Faith,” by Kara E. Powell. At same time, in the Disciple Room, young adults, ages 18-30, are invited to join Pastor Jimmy Moore for a time of fellowship, study and reflection.

Sunday school classes, for children under age 3 years through 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 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Friday, Sept. 6, the 7th Cents Youth Group Kickoff is scheduled. Interested students are welcome to become members of this group. Contact youth director Tiffany Grossman at the church office for more information.

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, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays.

Chancel choir is resuming its contribution of music to Sunday worship service. Any and all members of Centenary, as well as college students, are invited to join the choir. Contact choir director Erich Kendall at 812-630-1216 for more information.

Upcoming Events: A high commitment, 34-week small group Bible study, covering Genesis through Revelation, begins in mid-September. This program is made available through the United Methodist Church, but its emphasis is ecumenical, that is, the Christian church, rather than any particular denomination or sect. Classes are open to all who wish to participate. For those interested in participating in this study, call the church office and ask for the Rev. Phyllis Peters.

Oregon Baptist Church

 Oregon Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church, 11200 S. Carlisle St. Phone is 812-299-2112, with 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 God by living his great commandment to “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 at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service is 6 p.m. Adult Bible study is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Unity Presbyterian Church

 Worship service, 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The congregation invites you to hear the sermon of our guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. David Rosen, entitled “Did Jesus Know the Rules of Etiquette?” It is based on Psalm 112, Proverbs 25:6-7 and Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Sept. 8, come enjoy our Rally Day/Hat Day with a carry-in picnic following worship.

Childcare 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; 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 is their next meeting. Unity supports local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is our choir director, Andrea Marlow is our organist. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Thursday and 10 a.m. Sundays. For the month of September, Unity prays for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. This week we are sending God’s love and prayers to Central Presbyterian Church in Terre Haute, and peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at Davis Park Elementary School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. All are welcome.

 The church office can be reached at 812-299-2206. Find us on Facebook at Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute. Our email is

Allen Chapel AME

The congregation of Allen Chapel AME Church cordially invites you to worship with them as they welcome a guest preacher, Bishop Dr. Leonard S. Scott, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the chapel, at Third and Crawford streets. Dr. Scott is the pastor of Rock Church, Indianapolis, and the founder and president of Tyscot Records, the oldest black-owned gospel recording label.

Dr. Scott, who is a graduate of Indiana State University and former resident of Terre Haute, will speak on themes of encouragement, instruction, salvation, enlightenment, deliverance, worship and praise.

Allen Chapel AME Church is accessible to all, and all are invited to attend.

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church, at 125 North Seventh St., will gather at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for traditional worship. Pastor Lant Davis’ sermon, “R.S.V.P.,” will be based on Luke 14:1, 7-14, in which Jesus, himself invited to a banquet, tells a parable about banquet invitations. The Lord’s Supper will be served. After worship, a time for fellowship and refreshment downstairs in fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages is 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. The church office is closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, the church will host Parents’ Night Out/Kids’ Night In for families of the church. On Friday evening and Saturday, the Seventh Cents youth group will have their annual kick-off retreat at ISU’s Sycamore Outdoor Center. For details, call the church office at 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

Shelburn First Baptist

You are invited to church tomorrow for services. Our interim pastor, the Rev. Ron Riggs, will continue his series in 1 Peter chapter 4:1-11, “Get An Attitude!” Sunday school is at 9 a.m. with worship at 10.

 During worship we have Route 56 and 252 for Kids. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper in worship. There will be no evening adult Bible study, because of the long holiday weekend.

 A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Youth Bible study, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, will be led by youth leaders Dusty and Samantha Tryon. Adults meet at same time for prayer and Bible study of the Ten Commandments. We are an American Baptist congregation and meet at corner of Mill Street and U.S. 41. We can be reached at 812-397-5595 and online at

United Presbyterian, Clinton

The church, at Third and Mulberry streets, will host a special Italian-American worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.  This special service takes place during the Little Italy Festival, which celebrates the immigration of people from many countries to the Clinton area. Many of the church’s members came from families that immigrated to the United States about a century ago.

The prelude is an instrumental by Little Italy Festival Town Singers. Accompanists are Orthanna Yager on piano, Pam Virostko on mandolin and the Rev. Mark Olson on guitar, playing “Come Back to Sorrento.” The liturgist is Jack Fenoglio, who was L.I.F.T. board president in 1973-1974 and Re of the festival in 1982.

 The opening hymn, “We Come to You, Lord,” has been borrowed from the Sacred Heart Polka Mass, played to the tune of “Julida Polka.” “Come Back to Sorrento” will then be sung by several members of the L.I.F.T. Italian Singers. The confession will be sung to the tune of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”

Elder Jerry Hawkins will sing an English version of “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore,” followed by the Italian Singers singing a translation by Dr. Di Salvo of this hymn into Italian. The sermon will be given by the Rev. Mark Olson. The hymn of dedication will be “Down from His Glory,” sung by all in English, followed by the Italian Singers singing “O Sole Mio,” to the same tune.

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