News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 23, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: Feb. 23, 2013


---- — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

There are many opportunities for you to worship and fellowship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our Sacrament Meetings at 9 and 11:30 a.m. provide an opportunity to worship the Lord, Jesus Christ through the ordinance of the sacrament, music and messages prepared by fellow congregants. Following each Sacrament meeting, you can also attend a Sunday school class. There are classes for every age group that all focus on increasing our knowledge of our savior, Jesus Christ through the study of the scriptures. Following Sunday School class, join us as we meet in smaller groups to focus on the individual needs of men, women, youth and children as followers of Christ. During the week, we have even more opportunities to gather. Tuesdays at 7 p.m., college-age young adults meet for gospel study. We also have a Cub Scout pack, a group for girls age 8-11, a group for young women age 12-18, two Boy Scout troops, a group for young men age 12-18, a women’s book club meeting, a crafting group and much more. Each meeting is a chance to be uplifted and strengthened. We welcome you to join us as we strive to “Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.”

For more information about our faith or for more information about our meetings, contact our full-time missionaries at 812-219-8578 or 812-219-8933 and visit

Please join us for these upcoming events: Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. – Dry-Pack Canning and Emergency Preparedness Open House. Come and learn how to preserve dry-goods for up to 30 years and learn some valuable information about preparing yourself and your family for any eventuality. For more information, please visit our Facebook page, “Wabash Valley Community Dry-Packing.”

Saturday, March 30 - Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. our young women will be serving pancakes, sausage and juice for donations to help them attend their summer camp. At 10 a.m. we will begin our Easter Egg Hunt outside if the weather permits, inside if it is too wet or cold.

Emmanuel UMC

We invite you to join us at Emmanuel United Methodist Church for fellowship at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:30 and for worship at 10:30 a.m. Special speaker this Sunday will be Gary Flora.

Emmanuel UMC now has tickets available for purchase for our Wild Game Dinner/Fundraiser to be on March 23. Speaker for the event will be Ken Beck, former owner of Black Widow Bows. This event is open to everyone. Please contact the church office for details. Tickets are $15 each and dinner will include Venison chili, Italian Venison, Venison and Noodles, Alligator Gumbo, vegetable soup, Pheasant, mashed potatoes, green geans, cole slaw and an assortment of homemade breads. Drinks and desserts included. We also will have door prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward the Community Life Center Building fund. Come on out and enjoy a great evening of Wild Game, fellowship, fun and an inspiring message from Ken Beck.

Rio Grande Baptist

Please join us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30 a.m. with traditional hymns, praise and worship songs and a children’s message with Pastor Matt Larimer. Youth group meets at 6:30 p.m.

Prayer meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone is welcome to attend.

During the month of March we will be accepting the America For Christ offering which helps support Christian centers providing after-school tutoring, newly released prisoners struggling for better lives, pastors seeking continuing education, community food pantries feeding the hungry and much more.

Rio Grande Baptist Church, 4411 E. Rio Grande, Terre Haute. For more information please visit our website at or email at terrehauteRGBC@

Church of Christ at Terre Haute

We invite you to come visit with us Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We assemble in the meeting room of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2633 S. Indiana 46, Terre Haute, (Exit 11, I-70 and SR 46).

We are available for personal Bible study. If you would like to get together and discuss the Bible, contact John Edwards by phone at 812-320-4450 or by email at

We invite you to view our internet broadcast called, “What Saith the Scripture?” on the YouTube channel: If you have a question or Bible topic you would like us to discuss, email it to

We are simply Christians striving to do all in the name of the Lord. Our only appeal is to the Scriptures. Come, investigate us.

Riley Bible

The entire Riley Bible family invites you to join us at our church two doors down from the Dollar General in Riley Square, Riley; right off of Indiana 46. Sunday morning services include Sunday School for all ages at 10 a.m. and family worship service at 11 a.m. Wednesday night Prayer and Bible study starts at 7 p.m. with regular prayer and Bible study.

Riley Bible Church is a fellowship of Christians dedicated to studying the Bible in order to grow spiritually and tell others of His salvation. We believe the principle goal of the church is God’s glory. For directions or more information call us at 812-230-6053, go to our website at or check us out on facebook @RileyBibleChurch.

 Reformed Presbyterian

The Terre Haute Reformed Presbyterian Church, a new congregation committed to the word of God, cordially invites you to join us for worship this Sunday. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. The regular adult and college-age classes are studying through the book of 1 Peter. Pastor Bill Roberts will preach on the theme of “Christ Jesus: Humbled then Glorified.” Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. and is followed by a fellowship meal to which all are invited to stay. The church meets at 1407 N. 25th St. A nursery for children 3 and younger is available during the worship service.

Oregon Baptist

Oregon Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located at 11200 S. Carlisle St. Terre Haute, 812-299-2112, 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.

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

First Unitarian Universalist

The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s regular Sunday Service includes hymns, readings, meditations, musical selections and a sermon. We also share our joys and concerns at which time people are invited to express what is heartfelt.

This Sunday’s sermon will be by the Rev. Jennie Berrignton on “Universalism.” The Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute.

Nursery care is provided from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. The religious education groups provide classes for teens and elementary school children during the service. Fellowship hour is after the service.

Dr. Ed Warner’s Rational Free-thinkers group meets at 9:15 a.m. This Sunday’s topic will be “Why is so much of our Religious News so Shallow, Biased and Ineffective?”

Annunciation, Brazil

Father John Hollowell and the parishioners of Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil, IN, welcome you to join them for 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. Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass will be celebrated. The first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. the sacrament of reconciliation will be available and adoration of the blessed sacrament will be observed. The first Saturday service will conclude with benediction at 11 a.m. For information about our parish programs or services please call the office at 812-448-1901.

St. Benedict Church

The parish community of St. Benedict, 111 S. Ninth St. celebrates Mass Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Daily Mass is celebrated each weekday at 12:05 p.m. Stations of the cross will be at 7 p.m. on Fridays during Lent. For more information about our parish services or programs please call the office at 812-232-8421.

Knights of Columbus will have a Lenten fish fry and meatless spaghetti dinner at St. Benedict on Friday, March 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Religious education classes for our elementary grades are from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sundays. High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. April 27-28, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can attend “FAITH-REMIX RETREAT” at CYO Retreat Center in Nashville, Ind. How can we make decisions about our values and the things that influence our life so we can be the best person possible? Registration forms will be out in early April. For more information about our High School youth ministry events please contact Janet Roth at

St. Joseph University Parish

St. Joseph University Parish, 113 S. Fifth St., invites you to celebrate Mass with us this weekend. Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday Masses are at 9 and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Weekday Mass is celebrated at 5:15 pm. During Lent the Stations of the cross will be Friday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. For more information about our services or programs please call the parish office at 812-232-7011.

Grade school and middle school religious education classes are from 10:15 to 11:15 am Sunday. For more information about grade school/middle school religious education contact Elizabeth Davis at High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about High school religious education and confirmation classes at

St. Joseph University Parish serves Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology while also welcoming the students of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech. Catholic Campus ministry strives to be the life-giving presence of Christ within the academic community. RHIT Winter Break Trip will be Feb. 24 - March 2, Tallahatchie County, Miss., and the ISU Spring Break Trip will be March 10-16, Macon, Ga. For more info go to:

St. Joseph University Parish annual sweepstakes dinner will be at Idle Creek Banquet Center Friday, May 17 with proceeds to benefit St. Joseph University Parish and our Honduras medical mission. $100 Sweepstakes ticket includes one dinner and sweepstakes entry. Tickets are on sale now at the parish office.

St. Margaret Mary Church

The St. Margaret Mary parish community invites you to join us for weekend Mass Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday at 11 a.m. You are also invited to the celebration of a Spanish Mass each Sunday at 2 p.m. On Fridays of Lent we will have stations of the cross at 6 p.m. followed by a soup and bread supper with reflections on the Psalms by Father Rick Ginther. We are located at 2405 S. Seventh St. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, please call the parish office at: 812-232-3512.

Religious education for grades pre-k through 8 is on Sunday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information at jummp.youthminister@ Adult faith formation continues with the Sunday morning Bible study, Revelation, from the Great Adventure Bible Study series with Jeff Cavins. Group meets in the parish office building Sunday 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.

St. Margaret Mary Parish is sponsoring a pilgrimage trip to the Shrines of Canada, Oct. 8-17 as a special celebration of the Year of Faith. For more information contact: Jerry Moorman at 812-232-3512. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2013.

St. Margaret Mary annual dinner and raffle will be Sunday, April 28 at Country Club of Terre Haute. $100 raffle ticket includes one dinner as well as raffle entry. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Dave Cash at 299-5190 or Mike Connolly at 299-0010.

St. Mary’s Village Church

Sr. Joan Slobig, S.P., Parish Life Coordinator and the parish community of St. Mary’s Village Church invite you to join us for liturgy Sunday at 9 a.m. Religious education classes are Sunday mornings for grades pre-k through high school. For information about our parish programs call the office at 535-1261.

St. Patrick Church

Fr. Rick Ginther, Pastor and St. Patrick parish community, 1807 Poplar St., invite you to weekend liturgy on Saturday at 6 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. You are also welcome to join us for weekday Mass on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. Stations of the cross will be Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. during Lent. Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the church. For information about any of our programs call the parish office 812-232-8518.

Sunday morning religious education classes for grades pre-k through 8 meet from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Moran Center. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at High school faith formation classes are in Moran Center Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about high school religious education at Adult Education classes are available Thursday evening and Sunday morning. Thursday study is: Journey Through Church History, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Sunday morning study, The Book of James is after the 9 a.m. mass in Room A of the Family Life Center.

Have you or someone you love ever thought about becoming Catholic? If so, Sacred Heart, St. Benedict, St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick Parishes invite you to a Time of Inquiry. The gatherings will offer you a time to question and explore many aspects of the Catholic faith while learning more about the basic teachings of the Catholic Church. These informal sessions will help you determine if you will want to enter the more formal RCIA classes . The first session will begin Feb. 27 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish at 6:30 p.m. Baby-sitting is provided. For information contact Donna Wenstrup 232-8518.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 pm Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Weekday Mass is Thursday at 10:45 a.m. First Friday senior Mass followed by lunch on the first Friday of each month begins at 11 a.m. Sacred Heart of Jesus will have their Lenten Fish Fry and Meatless Spaghetti Dinner Friday, March 1, 4 to 7 p.m. in the parish life center. Deanery Lenten Reconciliation Service will be on Thursday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the church. We are located at 2322 N. 13th St. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

Religious education classes for grades pre-k through 8 meet Sunday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. High school religious education and confirmation classes are Sunday 5 to 6:45 p.m. On April 27-28, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can attend the “Faith-Remix Retreat” at CYO Retreat Center in Nashville, Ind. Registration forms will be out in early April. For more information about our High School youth ministry events please contact Janet Roth at Adult education with Great Adventure Bible Study continues on the first three Mondays of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. RCIA sessions continue at Sacred Heart on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

 Deanery Pastoral Center

Sessions with Saints program will be offered on 3 consecutive Wednesdays of Lent at the Deanery Center, 1801 Poplar St. from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Sessions including prayer, DVD, and reflection are facilitated by Sr. Mary Montgomery. Programs are as follows: Feb. 27, “Who Cares About the Saints? I do.” by James Martin, SJ; Mar. 6, “Therese” of Lisieux; and Mar. 13, “St. Patrick”. Register at 812-232-8400 or No charge.

Don’t give up coffee and chocolate this Lent. Lent offers us six weeks to enter deeply into the work of returning and rebuilding a loving relationship with God and with other people. Stand in solidarity with our low-income brothers and sisters around the world by purchasing fair trade coffee and chocolate at the Terre Haute Deanery Pastoral Center, 1801 Poplar St. Office hours are Monday to Thursday 9 to 5 p.m. Call us 812-232-8400 for details on coffee and chocolate products we have available.

John Paul II Catholic High Vera Bradley Bingo - You are invited to attend on Thursday, March 7 at Moran Family Life Center at St. Patrick School, 19th and Poplar streets. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m. Food and drink available for purchase. Ticket price is $20 for 20 games (must be 18 to play). Door prizes awarded (you do not need to be present to win a door prize). Free childcare will be provided. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the school at 812-235-9108, by calling Susan Seitz at 812-243-4241, or by emailing Susan at

Sarah Bauer will perform at Hippodrome Theater, Eighth and Ohio streets, Sunday, March 10. Sarah’s musical story started at a young age in her hometown of Carmel, where her parents nurtured her and younger brother Ben. Sarah Bauer Concert, “Real Woman, Real Faith, Real Rock,” will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by TH Deanery Pastoral Center, Vocations Committee, and Terre Haute Catholic Youth Ministry. Tickets are $8 in advance and available on-line at Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, located at 301 N. Seventh St. in Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor and adjacent to Indiana State University, invite you to worship with us, Sunday, at 9:30 a.m. Hear guest speaker, the Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, from St. Mark’s U. M. Church, Bloomington, present the sermon, “A Lenten Call to Community” (Matthew 25:31-40), and listen to Bill Cain’s organ mastery and the Chancel Choir, directed by Erich Kendall, sing “Seek the Lord.”

Fellowship in the church library will follow the worship service, from 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday school classes are offered to all age groups and nursery care is provided. At 10:45 a.m., in the friendship class (adult Bible study), Deb Moore Hardin will teach and lead the discussion on “Spiritual Disciples for New Life” (Colossians 8:5-17). At the same time, in the Cross and Flame room, the Lamplighters discussion group has begun a new study focused on “Guerrilla Lovers” (Revolutionary Compassion).

A new adult class for parents of young children meets in Thirza Bunce Room 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

The class is led by Leah Allman and Michel Starkey. They are reading and discussing the book, “Sticky Faith,” by Kara E. Powell.

Sunday school classes for children under age 3 and up through the age of 18 years include: nursery and toddlers with A. J. Nicoson; Beginners (ages 3 to 5 years) taught by Jessica Kendall; Kindergarten (K-5 years) taught by Gwen Dugger; and Youth Class (grades 6-12) taught by Gail Hayes and Nancy Rogers. The theme is “The Forgiving Father” (Luke 15:11-32).

The “All Church” Lenten Bible study Series will continue every Sunday evening until March 24.  It will start with supper at 5:30 and adjourn by 7:15 p.m. This program is designed to deepen a person’s understanding of Jesus’ life. We will journey with Adam Hamilton from the Jordan River, Capernaum, site of the Sermon on the Mount, Sea of Galilee, Jacob’s Well, and Jerusalem. The “Big Question” college age group will also be attending this series.

The 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Interested students are welcome to become a member of this group. Feb. 24, the Youth Group will continue its Youth Lenten Series, “The Way: The Healing Ministry.” Contact Amanda Tramel at Centenary for more information.

Monday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m., join us in good conversation at the prayer shawl ministry, working with others to create items that will be given to those in need of spiritual uplifting.

The Church’s Seventh Street entrance is handicapped accessible, and parking is located behind the church. Consider participating in “Prayer and Meditation Time” led by lay preacher Tom Barnett Thursdays, 11 a.m. to noon.

If you are interested in the chancel choir, come and join our rehearsals Sunday from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Contact the church office at 812-232-2319 if you are interested in any of the activities listed above or in our very active women’s ministries.

Hulman Street Wesleyan

The staff and congregation of Hulman Street Wesleyan Church, located on the corner of 20th and Hulman streets in Terre Haute invite you to join us for worship Sunday morning. Pastor Dan Willis will be bringing the Message. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Evening Worship Services begin at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The youth also meet at 6 p.m. for an evening activity in the gymnasium that is located next door to the church in the Family Life Center.

Wednesday evenings are packed with excitement at HSWC. The opportunities to grow in knowledge and service are endless. There is something for everyone beginning at 7 p.m.

Adults: In the church sanctuary- Dr. Bill Coker begins a new bible study

In the Family Life Center- Dr. Dan Willis continues his Bible study with the young adults.

Youth: The youth, ages sixth grade through high school, meet in the Family Life Center under the Leadership of Kier Hopkins- Smith and his team of sponsors. They are currently in the midst of a “Jesus Journey.” The youth have begun a new adventure called Fusion.

Children: Team Kids meet in the children’s chapel in the Family Life Center. They are continuing in their “Walk Through the Bible.” Dinner is served Wednesday for the children free of charge, from 6:15 until 6:45 p.m. weekly.

New Bible Study with Pastor Dan Willis on the Book of Revelation 2nd week Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. All are welcome. If you wish to attend, it’s not too late. This will be a great study as pastor Willis has lots of experience teaching this book of the Bible and so many things are changing in our world today. Come and join us.

The New Year has arrived and new events are happening at Hulman Street: Saturday, we will host another family night out for a free dinner and a movie, (singles are welcome too) dinner will be served at 6 and movie will begin 6:45 to 7 p.m.: February menu will be chili, chips and ice cream and hot chocolate and movie will be “Snowman” so mark your calendar’s as it’s sure to be fun. Please call 812-243-9859 and leave last name and number in your group that will attend.

The Toddler-age children meet in the busy babies class in the Family Life Center. All services are finished by 8:15 p.m. Bus services are available to all of the worship services, please contact the church office to arrange pick-up call the church office at 243-2718

Unity Presbyterian

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to this second Sunday in Lent. Pastor Linda Peters will be doing a sermon series on “Who is the Messiah” from Isaiah 53. Her sermon, “A Wounded Messiah,” is based on Isaiah 53:1-8. Sunday school class follows a moment with the children. Child care 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 on the second Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Our food pantry can always use volunteers. We serve about 20 families each month. We also support local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is our choir director, Andrea Marlow is our organist. Choir rehearsal is every Thursday, 7 p.m. and every Sunday 10 a.m. For the month of February, Unity will pray for Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This week pray for Nabb Presbyterian Church in Nabb, Ind. Blessings to all who volunteer, staff members, bus drivers, administrators and students at West Vigo Vigo High School.

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

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

Peniel United Methodist

The end of February is coming and with it many of us start thinking of the Maple Syrup Festival in neighboring Parke County and then spring will soon be here.

The Men’s Lenten Breakfast is scheduled for March 2 at 8 a.m. at Epworth.

A Shawl Ministry will begin on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting 7 to 8 p.m. at Annunciation School basement. Call Martha Nicosia at 812-877-7704 for more details.

Looking ahead, The Bible study and prayer group will meet March 5 at 7 p.m. and choir practice will be March 6 at 7 p.m.

The Scripture for this Sunday is from Phillippians 3:17-4:1. Pastor Pippin’s message is titled “Passionate Boldness.”

Join us for Sunday School at 9:45 and church service at 10:45 a.m. For more information, contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Shelburn First Baptist

You are invited to Shelburn First Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Sunday for our worship service. Interim Pastor Rev. Ron Riggs will begin a new series, “Snapshots of the Cross in Galatians: Crucified with Christ,” based on Galatians 2:20. Our Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and route 56 for children is 10:20 a.m. Our evening adult Bible study, kid jam for children, and the jr. high and sr. high youth are all at 6 p.m. Our youth are led by Dusty and Samantha Tryon. Our community kitchen dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday our adult and youth groups meet; Friday our ladies have a Beth Moore Bible study at 10 a.m. Our church is an American Baptist congregation at US 41 and Mill Street. We can be reached at 812 397 5595, or online at

Central Presbyterian

Central Presbyterian Church (125 N. Seventh St.) will gather Sunday for traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Lant Davis’s sermon, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” will be based on Luke 13:31-35, in which Jesus encounters some Pharisees and laments over Jerusalem. During worship service newly elected church officers will be ordained and installed. The church’s men’s a capella group, High Ground, will be singing for the service, along with the adult choir. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. This year’s series of Lenten programs continues tonight with a simple supper in Fellowship Hall at 5:15 p.m. Classes are 6 p.m., and informal worship concludes the evening from 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. The adult class, led by the Revs. Scott Paul-Bonham and Lant Davis, will be using N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope book and video. The children’s program, “God’s Great Surprises,” will be based on Adam Hamilton’s new Lenten study, The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Childcare will be provided for preschoolers and younger children. The Lenten programs will continue each Sunday night through March 24. Seekers and Searchers Women’s Bible Study will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. the church will host parents’ night out/kids’ night in for families of the church. For more details, call the church office 812-232-5049 or visit us online:

United Campus Ministries

The United Campus Ministries, 321 N. Seventh St., across from ISU’s School of Music and adjacent to Centenary United Methodist Church, is hosting its last session in the annual Spring Campus and Community Series. Bring your lunch and come to listen to Dr. Christine Kennedy, Chair of ISU’s Center for the Study of Health, Religion and Spirituality at noon. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The theme for this series is “Bridging the Divides” (political, et al).

Each Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UCM Women’s Fellowship Group meets at the center. Come and share a free lunch and Christian witness with other students. Dr. Joni Clark, UCM Campus Director is the facilitator.

Each Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., UCM Men’s Fellowship meets at the Center. Come and share a free lunch and Christian fellowship with students from ISU and Rose-Hulman. The facilitators are the Revs. Guy Limpkins, pastor of Fountain of Life Bible Church and Jimmy Moore, pastor at Centenary U.M. Church.

If you have any questions call the UCM Center at 232-0186.

SW District Missionary Baptist

The SW District Missionary Baptist Association will be hosting its monthly fourth Sunday night fellowship and worship service at Second Missionary Baptist Church locate at 545 E. Jackson St. in Brazil. The service begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Central Christian Church - Disciples of Christ

Our Sunday worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us. The second Sunday of Lent we will focus on our Lenten theme of living the Psalms. We will gather and dedicate our week of compassion offering. A special time will be for the young church. Nursery care is provided during the service. After worship we will gather for a fellowship time with donuts and drinks.

Sunday school will begin at 11 a.m. Our Cornerstone class is focusing on stories and themes from the Hebrew Scriptures. An adult Bible study is Monday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. Zelensky. This group meets at the church. Pastor’s class will meet Sunday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the church.

We have fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate bars for sale. The Christian kids club is collecting used greeting cards for the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

After Sunday school, we will meet for lunch, and then celebrate communion with our shut-ins.

Please join us at 4950 E. Wabash Ave. The church office or our minister, Rev. Rebecca Zelensky, can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our church web site is

Seelyville United Methodist Church

Pastor Jack Diel and Seelyville UMC Family invite you to worship Sunday, the Second in Lent, at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care will be provided by Pam Alexander and Lynsey Dowell, and a time of fellowship and refreshment will begin at 10:45 a.m. with Connie Atkinson and Jo Phillips as hostesses. Kid’s Hour continues from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster with helper Edith Tucker. Children from ages 5 to 12 are encouraged to attend. Sunday school for all ages is held from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

The sermon for Sunday is “Mentors in the Faith” and focuses on what it means to follow the love of God as revealed in Christ Jesus. Scripture readings are Psalm 27 and Philippians 3:17-4:1 with Mary Wade as liturgist. Special music and accompaniment will be played by a guitar trio directed by Cathleen Flynn and will present the anthem “Bright Morning Stars Are Rising.” Hymns for this Sunday are “Morning Has Broken,” “Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands,” and “You Are Mine.”

Monday, webelos 2 will meet at the church at 6 p.m. The prayer and Bible study group will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Also on Tuesday are webelos 1 and wolves at 6 p.m. and tigers and bears at 6:30 p.m. Beginning yoga takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with instructor Trudy Newton. Financial Peace University led by Steve and Patty Jones continues its spring session Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Seelyville United Methodist Church at U.S. 40 and Second St. The church phone number is 812-877-1868 with email at

Rosedale Baptist Church

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

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

At 11:30 there will be music and a skit for the kids, followed by lunch and a lesson. There will be something new and different every month.

First Baptist

We invite you to join us this Sunday for worship at 9:30 a.m. Our order of service follows a traditional/blended style with organ, hymns and anthem by the choir. However, we also incorporate more contemporary elements such as praise choruses and the use of video projection and screen. We include a time for children in our service every Sunday as children are invited to the front for a children’s story. On the second Sunday of Lent Pastor Bernie Jackson will continue a sermon series based on the theme “Questions for Lent.” The topic for this week will be “Do You Understand?” with scripture text from John 3:1-21. The sanctuary choir will sing an arrangement by Larry Shackley of “Bound for the Kingdom” which features duo-piano accompaniment. Music also will be provided by the First Baptist orchestra as they provide the prelude and offertory and hymn accompaniment. This Sunday will also be observed as boy scout Sunday. The First Link Hospitality Room is available before and after the service providing a place for members and guests to enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Sunday School is at 10:45 a.m. and we provide classes for all ages, including nine adult class options. We also have several small groups which meet for study and fellowship throughout the week.

Our annual winter learning series continues Sunday at 6 p.m. through March 10. There are two learning options: (1) Study of Galatians, led by Pastor Bernie Jackson and (2) DVD Series centered around Max Lucado’s book, “Grace” led by Pastor Steve Newman. The youth group, for middle and high school students, meets at 5:45 p.m. and children’s choir rehearsal for elementary age children is at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church is affiliated with The American Baptist Churches, USA and we are located at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Further information regarding our church is available on our website at

New Providence Presbyterian

Harvest Gold Christian Concert: Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. CST, 2247 N. 2250 St., Paris, Ill. Public is welcome. Free will offering will be taken. For more information contact Pastor Monte at 217-275-3258.

Mount Pleasant United Methodist

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.

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

 Easter Sunday (March 31) services will begin with a 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at the South Campus followed by 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. worship services. (No Sunday School at the South Campus on Easter.) North Campus will hold its Easter service at its normal 10 a.m. service time.

Beginning in March, we will be starting a new sermon series, Jesus’ Last Words.

Try one of our small groups or various Bible studies available throughout the week at various times, days and evenings, at both campuses. Music and arts opportunities at our campuses include praise band, choir, hand bell choir and drama team.

We also offer the Upward basketball, cheerleading and soccer programs during the fall and winter. Upward participants are children in kindergarten through eighth grade. We have a Special Needs league, too.

South Campus Activities:

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

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

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:

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

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

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

Saint John Missionary Baptist

Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 1915 Buckeye St., will observe Black History Month on Sunday at 3 p.m., with a musical program. Our special guests will be The Potter Brothers. We hope you will join us for this inspirational worship service. For more information, call 812-232-2122, Rev. Dexter D. Jordan, Pastor.

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio, Terre Haute, invites you to join us this Sunday as we as we continue our Lenten sermon series, “Opening Doors: A Journey Through Lent,” with the message “The Door of Grace.” Perhaps no point of our relationship with God is harder to understand that the act of grace He gives to us. Join us as we explore the remarkable gift.

This Sunday is the annual meeting of the congregation, beginning after 10:30 service. Due to this special service and meeting, there will be no 8:30 service this week only. After the annual meeting, we will gather together for a carry-in luncheon. Church family and friends are invited to bring side dishes and desserts to share. Fried chicken and drinks will be provided. Next week we will return to our 8:30 and 10:30 schedule. The schedule of Lenten services and a variety of online worship and reflection opportunities are available on our website:

First Congregational Church believes 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.

For more information, check us out on the web at or listen to our music and sermons at

United Methodist Temple

United Methodist Temple comes together for worshipping God as revealed in Jesus Christ, at their sanctuary at 5301 U.S. 41 South. Our first service is at 8:45 am emphasizing liturgy and tradition, while our second service at 11 a.m. is more ‘come as you are’ emphasizing praise and singing. We have an excellent chancel choir, bell choir and a growing praise band. Our Temple Pre School is one of the finest in Indiana. Our Welcome Café is open for you every Sunday between service, as are our Sunday school classes for all ages. This Sunday the Temple Pre School children’s group will be singing in the second service.

This Sunday we emphasize a second final word of Jesus from the Cross: “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus was able to look past his persecutors, his religious adversaries the Pharisees, and even those who were doing the crucifixion, to see that these people were clueless. Forgiveness is what Christ came to bring to the whole world. While we seem built to seek mercy for ourselves and justice for those who wrong us, Jesus models another way, the way of pre-emptive love and forgiveness. As a service to our own health and the God who is Agape Love, we forgive. Join us for exciting worship (Psalm 103).

Coming Up Friday March 8: Our second Rock ‘n Praise Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday. Come and join us as John Henderson leads us in a time of fellowship, praise and worship.

Our Schedule:

Saturday — 8 a.m. United Methodist Men’s Breakfast at Maple Avenue UMC. All the men of Vigo County are welcome to this important gathering.

Sunday — 8:45 a.m. Traditional Worship  11:00 am Blended worship 5:30 pm Lenten Lessons of Life: Join us for one of four studies after a donation dinner to support two adoptions.

Monday — 10:30 a.m. Christian Yoga with Macy Kalb  12 Noon Celebrate Recovery

Tuesday — 5:30 Men’s Supper 6 pm Zumba 7 pm Bible Study on Ephesians

Wednesday — 10 a.m. Beth Moore Study on Daniel led by Paula West/Jill Kuckewich

6 p.m. — Weight Watchers

7:30 p.m. — Holy Christian Yoga with Macy Kalb

Thursday —10 Piecemakers, 6 Bell Rehearsal, 7:15 Choir rehearsal

Friday — 10:30 Holy Christian Yoga

 Our offices can be reached through our secretary/volunteer coordinator Margaret Fulsom at 299-1898. You may reach our other leaders through this numbers as well: Jill Kuckewich — Choir, Bells, Kid’s Hope; Janet Friedrich — Temple Pre School; Karla Clayton and Gene Finley — Celebrate Recovery; Rev. Steve Cain, Pastor Team Leader ( Our website is

First Free Will Baptist

The First Free Will Baptist Church will host a Gospel Musical tribute in honor of the late Sisters Lorine Ladd and Sister Rose Acuff in the spirit of Black History Month. These two local gospel greats touched the lives of many while ministering through song in our community for a number of years. Local choirs and soloist along with recording gospel artist Cynthia Starks will share an evening in songs in their honor today. The service will be at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be raised to assist the church in the construction of a new edifice.

Rewrite of criminal code goes forward with no funding for locals

By Maureen Hayden

CNHI Statehouse Bureau


The Indiana House is moving forward on legislation that rewrites the state criminal code to make punishment better fit the crime, but money to implement it on the local level is still missing form the equation.

House Bill 1006 is designed to reserve state prisons for the worst offenders while sending more low-level offenders into county jails, community-based corrections and probation rolls.

The goal is to get those low-level offenders — many of whom are drug abusers — into programs that offer treatment and intensive supervision that reduce the odds they’ll commit another crime.

“We’re adding a ‘smart on crime’ element to our already ‘tough on crime’ elements we have in the code,” said state Rep. Matt Pierce, a Bloomington Democrat and co-sponsor of the bill.  

But the bill that passed by the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday, on 20-0 vote, doesn’t include a funding mechanism for much of the extra costs that local communities would have to absorb.

A proposed $1.9 million “probation improvement fund” in the original bill has been removed from the legislation. There’s no money in the bill to expand the kind of community-based substance treatment programs that the bill’s supporters say is critical. And it has no extra dollars to help counties that have no community corrections program — an alternative to jail — create or staff one.

The bill was scheduled for its first vote in the full House Thursday. If  passed, it would likely go up for a final vote on Monday.

The legislation would bring sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code. Among other things, it reduces Indiana’s tough drug penalties. No longer would someone caught with cocaine near a school face a tougher sentence than a rapist. And no longer would people caught with marijuana automatically lose their driver’s licenses or face felony charges if found with more than one ounce of pot.  

It would also divert thousands of low-level offenders, most charged with drug and theft crimes, out of the state prisons and back into local communities for treatment, supervision or incarceration.

Both the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and the Indiana Public Defender Council were involved in crafting the bill and both support its goal of making penalties more proportional to the crime.

But both say that more funding for local treatment programs designed to reduce recidivism is critical.

Andrew Cullen, legislative liaison for the Public Defender Council, said the bill could be amended to contain language that requires the Indiana Department of Correction to reinvest any savings it sees from having few prisoners back into local community corrections programs.  

The current bill contains no such language, so any dollars saved by the DOC could go back to the state’s general fund to be used for other purposes.

Dave Powell, executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council, said the legislation would have “a huge, huge impact” on local communities.

“No one questions that,” Powell said. “It will place more offenders at the local level and will impact local costs in a big way.”

In a two-year budget plan proposed by House Republicans, $5.2 million is set aside for the state to pay for the salaries of two probation officers in every county, which could free up some dollars that counties currently pay for probation services.

But the House GOP budget plan faces opposition from Republican Gov. Mike Pence because it doesn’t include his proposed 10-percent income tax rate cut, which would cost the state more than $500 million in lost revenue each year.

The rewrite of the criminal code contained in House Bill 1006 was spurred by a failed attempt at sentencing reform in 2010. That earlier effort came after a study showed that Indiana’s prison count had grown by 41 percent between 2000 and 2009 — an increase three times that of neighboring states.

The study also found that the increase had been caused not by violent criminals but by drug addicts and by low-level, nonviolent criminals.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for CNHI, the Tribune-Star’s parent company. She can be reached at