News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 26, 2010

Church briefs: March 27, 2010

Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — St. Mark United Church of Christ

The church is at 475 S. Fruitridge Ave. with worship service of Word at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Teresa Higus. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:45.

We offer a book study class on Tuesday morning at 9:30 where we are studying The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. This week’s discussion will be on Friday of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. An evening session of The Last Week is at 7 p.m. and we will be discussing Tuesday of Jesus’ last week. If you have questions, call Rev. Teresa Higus at (812) 232-8000.

At 7 p.m. Friday we will be having a Good Friday service. All are welcome. April 3 we will have an Easter egg hunt for children at 11 a.m.

Breden Memorial United Methodist Church

2228 S. Seventh St.

The message for Sunday will be: “Jesus The King.” Scripture is found in Matthew 21:1-17. The triumphal entry of our Lord is celebrated each year on Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week. All over the world, the devoted followers of Jesus will be commemorating the events of His Life that happened during that week. That royal entry into the city of Jerusalem was the beginning of that week. His triumphant resurrection from the tomb brought it all to a grand conclusion. Special music for this day will be provided by a lead guitarist, bass guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. You will enjoy their music.

Tuesday, March 30 – Al-Anon meets at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 31 – Ladies prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service will meet at 6 p.m.

Sunday morning worship begins at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday School meets at 10:50. We have classes for all ages.

Northwest Church of Christ

David Grubb, minister, invites you to worship this Sunday. Bible class at 9:30, studying the book of Romans, followed by worship at 10:30. This Sunday’s message is “911: The Lord’s Emergency Hotline.” Enjoy a cappella gospel singing, prayers for your needs, and hear great Bible preaching. Communion is served every Sunday. There are also Bible classes on Sunday evening at 6 and Wednesday evening at 7. The study is the death of Christ according to John. The church is on the West side of U.S. 41, 1/2 mile North of the 41 and 63 interchange at Florida Avenue in Terre Haute. For more information, visit our blog:, e-mail or call (812)239-5667.

St. George’s Episcopal Church, West Terre Haute

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and the Rev. Chuck Ellestad will finish the Lenten series session on “Our Five Baptismal Promises.” Ellestad will look at the fifth promise: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.” Adult Christian Education is from 9:15-9:45 a.m. in the parish hall.

Ellestad also will be celebrant for Holy Eucharist, Rite II, which begins at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. As is the custom and tradition on Palm Sunday, parishioners will enter the sanctuary waving palms and singing.

After the service, all are invited to stay for coffee, conversation and refreshments in the parish hall.

Ellestad retired in 2006 as rector of the Church of the Ascension in Frankfort after serving more than 16 years there. Even though retired from the Church of the Ascension, Ellestad continues to be active in the ministry, serving as priest-in-charge of St. Joseph’s mission, a nursing home ministry in Lawrenceburg, Ky.

St. George’s Episcopal Church is at 1337 N. Smith Place (on Ferguson Hill), West Terre Haute. For more information, call (217) 826-5439; e-mail or go to

Crossroads Baptist

Our church currently meets at the Excalibur Catering building on U.S. 40 in West Terre Haute. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. EST, Worship Services are at 10:40 a.m. EST and at 6 p.m. EST with Pastor Walter D. Huyck Jr. Awana and Prayer Group meets at Consolidated Elementary School in West Terre Haute on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST. Nursery is available at all our services. Learn more about CrossRoads ministry opportunities and events at Pastor Walt may be reached at or on his cell at (812) 230-2001. Upcoming events: April 4 — Easter or Resurrection Sunday. Come worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave His life for our sins.

First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Terre Haute

Sunday at 9:15 a.m. “Why is Gossip So Cowardly, Non-Humanistic, Non-Christian, Non-UUA? What is Gossip? Does it Exist in the Terre Haute UU Congregation?” will be the topic of the Rationalist Free Thinkers Group which meets in the Library.

At 10:30 a.m. You are invited to Join us to hear Rev. Amy Kindred’s message titled “Otherness in Imagery”

Children’s Religious Education begins at 10:50. There are two groups, youth ages 5 to 9 and tweens, ages 10 and up. Childcare for nursery age children is provided for the entire service.

The church is at 1875 Fruitridge Ave.

Central Christian Church-Disciples of Christ

Today our Lenten Fish Fry is being held at the church from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The meal includes all you care to eat of delicious Jonah fish, bread, your choice of two sides (green beans, baked beans, corn, cole slaw or applesauce), and a drink. Hot dogs will also be available. Desserts will be available for 50 cents - $1. Dinner music will be provided by church members at the piano. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Carry out will also be available.

 On Palm/Passion Sunday we begin the Holy Week with our worship service at 9:30 a.m. Our Young Church will tell the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem. We will have a minute for missions for our Easter Offering which will support the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A “Children’s Moment” will be led by Rev. Rebecca. Communion is served every Sunday, and all believers are invited to partake. Nursery care is provided during worship and Sunday School.

Sunday School will begin at 11a.m. Classes are offered for children of all ages as well as two adult classes. One of our adult classes is studying scripture passages, and the other is doing a study on the apostle Paul.

Our Lenten Food Drive for the Booker T. Washington Center continues with The Great Tuna Sunday. Please bring cans of dolphin-free tuna, salmon, or any canned meat.

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt for our young church at noon. The event will be  on the front lawn of the church with donations of candy from members and friends of the church. We encourage everyone to attend the United Campus Ministries worship at 5 p.m. Sunday.

On April 1 our Maundy Thursday service begins at 7 p.m. at the church. Our friends in Christ from St. Mark United Church of Christ will be joining us. On April 2 we will observe Good Friday at St. Mark United Church of Christ at 7 p.m.

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

Central Presbyterian Church

As Holy Week begins, Central Presbyterian Church at125 N. Seventh St. will gather for Palm Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Davis’s homily, “The Lord Needs It,” will be based on Luke 19:28-40, which records Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem amid shouts of praise. During worship the children and youth of the church will present “Transforming Love,” a musical adapted from the folk tale, “The Three Trees.”

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. Korean worship begins at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday in the church sanctuary, followed by a communal meal downstairs in Fellowship Hall. On Thursday at 7 p.m. the church will observe Maundy Thursday with a worship service of the Lord’s Supper and Tenebrae. Good Friday worship will be in the sanctuary at noon. For more details, call the church office (812) 232-5049 or visit

Patton United Methodist Church

Patton United Methodist Church, 21775 E. 2250th Road, Dennison, Ill., will be having Easter Sunrise Services at 7 a.m. April 4 with breakfast at 7:30. Morning Worship is at 8:30. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for all children at 9:30. The church is one mile west of the Indiana/Illinois State line on the Clark/Edgar County Line Road.

Barbour Avenue United Methodist Church

Barbour Avenue United Methodist Church is holding its Annual Inside Yard and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Fellowship Hall. We will have a large variety of items including clothing, household items, electronics, toys, lots of misc, etc. The Bake Sale will have lots of homemade goodies including pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Lunch will be served. We are at 1401 Barbour Ave. For more information, call (812) 232-7298.

Memorial United Methodist Church

Memorial United Methodist Church is at 2701 Poplar St.

8 a.m. – Partners in Prayer meet in the chapel with the pastors to pray for their work with the church and for their personal and professional needs.

Sunday - “Palm Sunday” We will have only one service today. There will be no Prayz service.

8:45 a.m. Sunday School begins for all ages. Children’s lesson this week will be “In the Garden “ Matthew 21:1-11. All children who wish to will have the opportunity to walk and wave palms in the celebration parade during the 10:45 worship service.

9:45 a.m. – Coffee/refreshments and fellowship time.

10 a.m. – Worship Service. Please come and enjoy this wonderful and inspiring Worship with Chancel Choir Cantata “Praise the God of Resurrection”

We provide wheelchair seating, hearing assistance devices, large print bulletins, nametag, nursery and childcare areas if you need them. Just ask an usher. Childcare is provided from 8:30 to noon for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. During the 8:45 worship service children may remain with their adult(s) through the Children’s sermon. They are then invited to Children’s Church, a time of Bible stories and crafts. During the 11 Casual Worship Service children are encouraged to remain in the Sanctuary. Nursery for infants is provided. Located on the east side of the education wing, infant nursery, toddlers, and preschool classes are available.

7:11 p.m. – Perfecting Love is a new gathering being hosted by Memorial in the fellowship hall. This is a non-traditional gathering engaging individuals to learn more about God’s love. The Leader/speaker of this weeks gathering will be David Felstein Visitors should enter through the Oak street entrance.

Tuesday at 2 p.m. – Tai Chi led by Rebecca Graves.

April 2 at 2 p.m. – Tai Chi with Rebecca Graves. At 5 p.m Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Kingsley Memorial United Methodist Church

Kingsley Memorial United Methodist Church Choir, 8996 W. County Rd. 600 N. Fairbanks, will present an Easter Musical, “Redeemer” at 7 p.m. April 2. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the concert.

Soloists are Brook Arnett, Linda Criss, Nancy Nichols and Randy Nichols. Narrators are Preacher Paul Myers and Lauren Adams. The choir is directed by Rudy Nichols and the accompanist is Joan Osburn.

Southwest District Missionary Baptist Association

The Southwest District Missionary Baptist Association will be hosting its monthly Fourth Sunday Night Service at the Second Missionary at South 14th and Oak streets. The service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is invited.

Christian Science

The Bible and our textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy, combine in our sermon to present a powerful invitation to ascend in our thinking about God and Christ. This week’s sermon, titled “Reality,” teaches us to have one God and purify our thoughts in order to raise our thought to see the reality of our spiritual nature. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. in the Church at 329 S. Sixth St.

Sunday School is at the same time and welcomes young people to learn more about their place in God’s kingdom.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., our service presents a specific healing message. With the approach of Easter, we will examine why we have hope for a more spiritual life. The congregation tells how the use of prayer brought healing in their life.

The public is invited to visit the Christian Science Reading Room on Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In this quiet sanctuary, visitors can study the Bible and “Science and Health.” Other writings about Christian Science and its healing method are available to read or purchase.

Seekers of Truth are invited to visit the following Web sites for more information about Christian Science:,,,,

Victory Baptist Church

Victory Baptist Church will be having a special service on Good Friday at 7 p.m., April 2. The Adult Choir will perform the Cantata “The Power of the Cross” with special dramatic readings. We will also be observing the Lords Supper that evening during our service. We would like to invite the community and fellow churches to participate with us as we celebrate Easter and the beginning of our Spring Revival.

Victory Baptist Church is at 133 S. Washington St., Clinton, directly across Highway 63 from SVHS. Easter Sunday we will be starting worship at 10 a.m. For more information, call the office at (765) 832-1973.

First Baptist Church

Palm Sunday will be celebrated in worship services at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Rev. Bernie Jackson’s sermon topic will be “Jesus and the Hopeful Crowd” with scripture text from Luke 19:28-44. Music will be presented in the first service by The Youth Bell Choir and instrumentalist John Penry and vocalist Brittany Jackson will provide music in both services. The children’s story will include a traditional Palm Sunday processional by the children of the church. Sunday School, with classes for everyone, is at 10:15 a.m..

 At 6 p.m. Sunday, the combined choirs of First Baptist Church and United Methodist Temple will present the Easter cantata “Come Touch the Robe” by Pepper Choplin. This work uses the simple garment that Jesus wore as a thematic device to recount the interaction of several people who were with Jesus during His last days on earth. The 50 voice choir will also present the cantata on Sunday morning at 10:30 at United Methodist Temple, at 5301 South U.S. Highway 41.

 Other Holy Week Services & Events at First Baptist include the children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.; a Maundy Thursday Communion & Tenebrae Service on April 1 at 7:30 p.m.; and a Good Friday Communion Service at Rio Grande Baptist Church on April 2 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday services will be at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

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

Wabash Valley Friends

Wabash Valley Friends Meeting (Quakers) meets every Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation building at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave.

Our worship is unprogrammed – a silent worship during which we practice expectant waiting for Divine guidance. Sometimes those present may feel led to share a short, plain spoken message. For more information, call (812) 894-3571,  cell (720)320-7772, visit, or e-mail

Hope of Israel Messianic Synagogue

Hope of Israel Messianic Synagogue in Terre Haute, is having the upcoming Passover celebration that Jewish and non-Jewish faithful to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have in common. On March 30 at 6:30 p.m., people of all faiths and denominations will be celebrating in the Family Life Center of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church at 3050 E. Davis Drive. This year our service will be led by our special guest Rabbi Jack Zimmerman of Jewish Voice Ministries, Phoenix Ariz. For more information or reservations, call (812) 208-5319.

 A Passover free-will offering will be taken. Seats are limited. Call before Monday.

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio, invites everyone to worship with us this Sunday, as Rev. Dawn Carlson continues the Lenten Sermon Series: Making the Journey. This Sunday, the message is “When the Right Exit Goes the Wrong Way.” When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, He was hailed as a hero. Within a few short days, the “Hosannas” changed to “Crucify Him.” How did this all happen so fast? Come and join in the sharing of this message as we begin Holy Week at First Church.

There are two services every Sunday morning, an 8:30 meditative service and a 10:30 traditional service.

This Sunday, we will be honoring retired minister Rev. Donald Mullen as we officially name him Minister Emeritus of First Congregational Church. We invite you to this special recognition time.

Thursday, we will have our Maundy Thursday Service of Supper and Communion beginning at 6 p.m. in the Church Parlor. Reservations are required. You can call the church office at (812) 232-8880. The Downtown Good Friday Service will begin at noon Friday. This time of reflection, meditation and prayer will be concluded in time for people to return to work. Plan to join us for the Easter Morning service as we conclude this series with the message “Home At Last.”

Visit or call (812) 232-8880.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Join us for Worship at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning at 2620 Ohio Blvd. Sunday School for all ages is also offered each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. After our worship service there is time set aside for coffee and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall.

During the upcoming Holy Week observation and celebration of our Lord and Savior’s life, death and resurrection we will be gathering for worship: on Thursday for our Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m, on Friday for our Good Friday service at 7 p.m., and on Easter/Resurrection Day, April 4 at 10 a.m.

 On Easter/Resurrection Sunday the men of the congregation will prepare and host our Annual Easter Breakfast that will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 Also, on Easter/Resurrection Sunday between the two worship services the young men and women in our Confirmation program and Youth Group will host an Easter Egg hunt for the younger children at 9:15 a.m.

For more details, call (812) 232-7628.

Marshall Federated

Messiah in the Passover, a vivid demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church at 105 N. Main St. in Marshall, Ind.

The demonstration begins with the traditional Passover Seder table complete with all the articles of this important Jewish celebration. Speaker Robynne Bruckenstein of Chosen People Ministries will explain the symbolic meanings of the various items of the Passover feast and highlight their relationship to the Last Supper that Messiah celebrated with the disciples, giving special emphasis on the redemptive significance of the crucifixion.

A love offering will be received. For more details, call (765) 597-2497.