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.

The Lord’s Prayer in Italian will be led by Flavia Poletto, then prayed by the congregation in English. A solo by the Italian Singers’ director, Anita Osella, singing “More,” will follow. The closing hymn will be “In Christ There is No East or West,” reflecting on the many directions from which immigrants came to the Clinton area years ago. Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.

Rosedale Baptist

The church, at Depot and Middle streets, can be reached at 765-548-2857. They are led by Pastor Randy McPike.

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

Memorial United Methodist

The church, at 2701 Poplar St., invites you to worship with them each Sunday. Parking is available in our large lot behind the church on Oak Street.

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. We will welcome Nashville recording artist Darla McFadden, who will be appearing in concert at both worship services. Darla has been nominated for a Dove Award, gospel music’s highest honor. She will be bringing her uplifting music and a message to us.

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. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. We have many to choose from, for all ages. At 11 a.m., we have our second service, PRAYZ. Our casual, family-type worship, includes 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 have 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.

Memorial Preschool, a ministry of Memorial Church, is still accepting applications for the 3’s and pre-K classes. call 812-232-9046 for more information. School starts Sept. 3, 2013.

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

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

St. George’s Episcopal, West Terre Haute

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners of the church invite you to join us 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 worship service of Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m. 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. John “Jack” Brockman will be the celebrant on Sept. 1.

St. George’s Episcopal Church is the Friendly Little Church on the Hill, at Ferguson Hill, 1337 North Smith Place in West Terre Haute. 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

First Baptist

We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. On the first Sunday of each month, our worship includes the observance of communion. Pastor Bernie Jackson’s sermon this week will be “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me,” with scripture text from Mark 8:34-38. The Sanctuary Choir is back in the choir loft after a summer break, and the anthem will be an arrangement of “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Brad Nix. Special music will also be presented by the White Family: Chad, Jennifer, Josh, Isaac and Sarah. Each Sunday, our worship includes a children’s story, after which children in grades K-3 are dismissed to children’s church. Sunday school, with classes for everyone, follows worship at 10:45 a.m. The First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after worship, and is the place where members and guests can enjoy freshly brewed Rex coffee, light refreshments and conversation. It is a great way to become acquainted with the people and ministries of First Baptist Church.

Our Wednesday evening programming has now resumed. It begins with a fellowship dinner at 5:45, followed by Bible study, choir rehearsals, and programs for children and youth.

Everyone is invited to join us for Community Fellowship Day, 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. We will have inflatables, games, a dunking booth and a free barbecue pork meal. This is a way for our church to become better acquainted with our community.

We will begin a new Sunday evening service on Sept. 15 at 6, which will have more a contemporary/band style. We are calling this service The Link. Programming will be provided for elementary children during the service, and preschool childcare will be available.

First Baptist Church is an American Baptist congregation at  4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information is available at our website,

Maple Avenue United Methodist

The church welcomes all to worship with us at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school classes for all ages will meet at 9:30 a.m., between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to hear his message, titled “The Best Seat In The House,” which will include scriptures Luke 14:1, 7-14. This week our theme reminds us that the best place to sit is in the seat of humility. Also this week, the hymns will include “Jesus, Name Above All Names,” “O Worship the King,” “There’s a Spirit in the Air” and “O Young and Fearless Prophet.” At the 10:30 a.m. service the children’s sermon will be given 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 an 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 theatre 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 & Chestnut Community Center. There is something for everyone at Maple Avenue UMC. For more information, check us out on the Web at

United Methodist Temple

Pastor Steve Cain and United Methodist Temple family invites all to share Holy Communion Sunday Sept. 1, at either of our 8:45 am service, or 11 am service. We celebrate the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We have a Welcome Cafe at 10 am and Sunday School classes for all ages 10 to 11am every Sunday.

The theme for this Sunday’s service is God’s faithfulness in calling all to fellowship and reconciliation. Utilizing the scripture from Luke 14:1-7-14, we learn about the heavenly banquet that God calls us to where we are charged to invite the poor, the lame, the crippled, and the blind. Our blessing is in our outreach to those who cannot repay us. Our blessing is that we take the lowest places and exalt only God, not ourselves. This is the meaning of meekness and humility before God. Our payment is not in this life but in the “resurrection of the righteous.” The mandate is for us to reaching continually beyond our comfort zones to those who are strangers in our midst. Our blessing is in relation to those who are beyond our comfort zone.

Our schedule:

Sept. 13: 6 p.m. Rock N Praise Dinner Join us for a light supper and the praise of John Henderson and his gathered band. All are welcome.

Monday: 10:30 a.m. Holy Yoga 12-2:15 p.m. Celebrate Recovery

Tuesday: 5:30 Men’s Group Supper 6 p.m. Zumba 7 p.m. Bible study of Acts

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. Beth Moore Study of David; 10:30 a.m. Holy Yoga; 6 p.m. Weight Watchers; 6-8 p.m. Scout Troop 8

Thursday: 10 a.m. Piecemakers; 6 p.m. Zumba; 6 p.m. Bell Rehearsal; 7:15 Chancel choir rehearsal

Friday: 10:30 a.m. Holy Yoga

You may reach our offices at 299-1898 for staff. Margaret Fulsom is our secretary/volunteer coordinator; Jill Kuckewich is our choir and bell director; Doug Sperry is our accompanist; Janet Friedrich is Temple Pre School Director; Gene Finley and Karla Clayton are our team leaders for Celebrate Recovery. Rev. Steve Cain is pastor and reachable at the same number or at Our website is and our facebook page is United Methodist Temple/Terre Haute.

Grace Community

Jesus’ disciples wanted to be just like Him in behavior and most importantly in heart. They wanted to be like Jesus at the core of who they are. That is what we will look at this Sunday, how to have a heart like Jesus. That is a heart full of Grace.

We invite you to celebrate faith in God with us. Our worship begins 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Grace is a 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 are expressed in clear and comfortable ways.

You will find warm and friendly people here. If you need a prayer, use

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church, 401 W Springhill Drive. It’s west of DeBaun’s Funeral home on north side of street. Come in east door where all the cars are.

For more information visit our website, or call (217) 251-4507

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 East Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. with Sunday school classes 10 a.m. North campus, 1075 North Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. with worship service at 10a.m. 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 morning, our Worship Center. The entrance to the Fellowship/Worship Center is on west side of building but front entrance is open for your convenience as well. ( note that the front entrance is locked approximately 10 minutes after the each service had begun 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 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 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. Upward Programs will be held at our North Campus this year. Registration for basketball and cheerleading will be at the following times: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 6 -7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration will be at the North campus.

South Campus Activities

An evening service called “6:35” is on the second Sunday of each month at 6:35 p.m. It is an intergenerational worship experience featuring praise, prayer and a message while incorporating elements of drama, dance and art.

Lifeline, our ministry for youth grades 6th through seniors, meets Sundays at 9:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. and 4:30 -6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth graders that meets bi-monthly on Sundays 4 to 6 p.m. from October to May beginning Oct. 7.

Sept. 4 is the beginning of our Fall 2013 session of Boost, our Wednesday midweek gathering. Dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Center and classes for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Boost is still at our South Campus.

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

 North Campus Activities

The Noodle Club meets Monday 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 at 10a.m. to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

Upcoming concerts (to be staged at the South Campus)

Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Open Heart Quartet, and Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. The Pfeifers (

Our Mission Statement “We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Our Vision Statement “In light of the soon return of Christ, we yearn to connect people 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.

You can also visit our newwebsite at www.mount, friend us on Facebook (Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church) and/or follow us on Twitter @Mt_PleasantUMC!

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio, invites you to join us on Sunday, Sept. 1., as Rev. Carlson shares her sermon “Taking Root.” The message of the new church and the followers of Jesus Christ was beginning to move toward ‘the ends of the earth’, just as Jesus had instructed. Through the work of Peter and Paul, Stephen and Philip and so many others, the message as being shared with Jews, Gentiles and even a handful of Romans. In the travels to Antioch, the message was reaching the Greek speaking world and the journey to the known world was fully underway. And, at least, this movement — what some called The Way — received the name by which we know it today, Christianity. Join us as we continue our journey through Luke’s Acts of the Apostles and learn how 1st century work paved the way for our 21st century church.

Services are at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 (traditional). There is a children’s service during 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.

Friends and members are invited to mark their calendar for Sept. 15 as we celebrate “Back to Church” Sunday with our annual Rally at the Park Church picnic.

First Congregational Church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches, founded on the principles of “Faith, Freedom & Fellowship.” We believe that we can put those principles into action by welcoming everyone into the fellowship of this church family and by serving God, through Christ, in our community and the world. There’s a place here for you. You can find us online at or on Facebook.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and Seelyville UMC family invite you to join us Sunday, Sept. 1 for morning worship at 9:30 a.m. followed by a time of fellowship hosted by Lisa Boyce & Jessie Neier. Kid’s Hour continues 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster with helper Patty Jones.

Scripture readings for this Sunday are Hebrews 13:1-8, 15 & 16 and Luke 14:1, 7-14 with Jacque Trinler as Liturgist. Special music will be presented by vocalist Bob Elsey singing “This Is My Task.” Organist/pianist is Jane Linville. Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Proper Balance in Living.”

The church office is closed Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. The Prayer and Bible Study Group will continue at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Beginning Yoga will meet Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. with instructor Trudy Newton.

“Dave Ramsey’s The Legacy Journey will begin Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. at the church. Cost for the course material is $109. For more information, contact the church office.”

Plan now for a church-wide Fall Welcome to Worship Sunday, Sept. 8. The choir will return and a special service has been planned by the Worship Committee and Pastor Jack. We hope for a huge gathering of former and present members as well as visitors and friends of our church on this day.

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