News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 6, 2013

CHURCH BRIEFS: Dec. 7, 2013

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Mount Pleasant

Aaron Wheaton, senior pastor, and Rick Swan, assistant pastor, and the church family invite you to join us by attending a worship service or another activity at one of our two church campuses. Our south campus, at 3050 E. Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school classes at 10. Our north campus, at 1075 N. Fruitridge Ave., offers Sunday school at 9 a.m. with the worship service following at 10. Both campuses host holy communion on the first Sunday of the month.

Plan now to attend one of our Christmas Eve services, at 4 p.m at our north campus and 7 p.m. at our south campus.

Upcoming sermons include: Dec. 8, “A Time for Celebration”; Dec. 15, “A Time for Salvation”; Dec. 22, “A Time for Reconciliation”; and Dec. 24, “O Holy Night.”

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

If you want to grow in Christ and in your Christian faith we invite you to try one of our small groups or Bible studies, available throughout the week at various times, days and evenings, at both campuses. Music and arts opportunities at our campuses include praise band, choir, hand bell choir and drama team.

We offer the Upward basketball, cheerleading and soccer programs during the fall and winter. Upward participants are children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. We have a special needs league, too. Basketball and cheerleading are currently underway. Soccer will be early in 2014. Upward programs are at our north church campus this year.

South campus activities:

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

Lifeline, our ministry for youth in siuxth grade through senior year, meets from 9:50 to 10:40 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth-graders that meets bimonthly, 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays from October to May.

Boost, our Wednesday midweek gathering, takes place each spring and fall. Our next session will be in spring of 2014.

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

North campus activities:

Dec. 1 starts Advent season. In addition to lighting the first candle, we will be celebrating Advent by hanging the greens during the service.

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

New Groups

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

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

Another new group at our north campus is Needle Nook and Hook. This community outreach group meets each Monday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to sew, crochet and knit lap robes and afghans. Everyone is invited regardless of skill level.

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

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

First Unitarian

Universalist Congregation

The church is located at 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave. The Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. Children’s religious education is at 10:50 a.m.

On Dec. 8 our speaker will be Frank Young. The topic will be welcoming both strangers and neighbors. To welcome: to greet, receive or accept with hospitality, gladness, courtesy or pleasure. There are stories in the Bible about welcoming the stranger. Welcoming our neighbor does not seem to receive the same attention. What does it mean to welcome our neighbor? Why is it often easier to welcome the stranger? Why should we welcome our neighbors?

Frank Young has attended the Terre Haute UU Congregation for 25-plus years. He retains his membership in the Society of Friends (Quakers). He has given occasional sermons at the Terre Haute UU Congregation as well as other congregations. Retired after a 41-year academic career, he and his wife now spend much of their time in various volunteer activities and enjoying their 13 grandchildren.

The Rationalist Free-Thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m. Their topic is “What Is the Health Care System of Germany? How Does It Compare with the U.S.?”

We can provide large-print programs and hearing-assistance devices, if needed. You can reach us at 812-232-1193, or find us on Facebook.

Maple Avenue United Methodist

The church welcomes all to worship on Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes meet at 9:30 between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to share in this Advent season in his message titled “Living in Harmony,” which will incorporate the scripture Romans 15:4-13. The theme this week is that we are called to work through our differences and live in harmony. At the 10:30 service the children’s sermon is given, Maple Avenue Tree House Daycare will sing and junior church will be offered.

We offer free transportation to and from the 10:30 worship service. If you would like a ride to church, call the church office before noon Fridays during the week. We will be happy to pick you up and bring you to church. Call the church at 812-232-7263. We hope you will join us for this inspirational worship service this Sunday.

Central Christian

The church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper — communion — every Sunday, and our table is open for all who wish to partake. This Sunday we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent as we continue our focus on “Christ comes for all.” A special time takes place for our young church. A time of fellowship is after the service with drinks and donuts.

Sunday school is at 11 a.m. The adult class continues their discussion on Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins.” Our youth and young church continue practice on their annual Christmas pageant. Practice will continue each Sunday during Sunday school hour. The pageant will be presented during worship on Dec. 22. The adult Bible study is on Monday at 9 a.m. at the church.

We will have a congregational meeting immediately following worship on Sunday. All members are encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Our Christian Kids Club have their Christmas party on Sunday at noon at the church. They will have lunch followed by a Christmas craft and other holiday fun. Our youth group will also be meeting at noon.

We continue to sell fair trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars. During December we are collecting hats, mittens and gloves for the students at Fuqua Elementary School. We are also collecting orders for SERRV. The deadline for orders is Sunday. We are collecting items for our Angel Tree. These gifts will be given to those in need.

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

Central Presbyterian

The church, 125 N. Seventh St., will gather at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for traditional worship. Pastor Lant Davis’ sermon, “Prepare the Way of the Lord,” is based on Matthew 3:1-12, which records the preaching of John the Baptist. The choir will present the Christmas cantata “Born a Savior, Born a King: The Prophecy Fulfilled,” by John Purifoy. A time for coffee, conversation and refreshments immediately follows worship, downstairs in the fellowship hall. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided. For details, call the church office at 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

St. Benedict

Father Ed Goldbach, pastor, and the parish community of St. Benedict, at 111 S. Ninth St., invite you to Mass on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 12:05 p.m. The Deanery Reconciliation Service is on Tuesday at 7 p.m. For information about our services or programs call 812-232-8421.

Classes for preschool through eighth grade are on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. For information or to register contact Rita Burns-Senseman, Religious education and confirmation classes for all high school youth are on Sunday, 5 to 6:45 p.m. Contact Janet, janet@, if you have any questions or to register. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. The topic for Dec. 11 is the Eucharist. For information contact Sue Butwin,

The next Secular Franciscans and Friends Soup Kitchen Breakfast is Dec. 28 from 9 to 11 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Soup Kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

Friar Mark Weaver, pastor, and the parish, at 113 S. Fifth St., invite you to celebrate Mass this weekend.

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

Preschool through eighth-grade religious education classes are on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Contact Elizabeth Davis at the parish office or for information or to register. High school religious education classes are Sunday, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Family Life Center. High school youth confirmation classes are Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the St. Margaret Mary Legacy Room. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee, jummp.youth, for the class schedule or to register.

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

St. Margaret Mary

Fr. Rick Ginther, pastor, and the parish community, at 2405 S. Seventh St., invite you to join us for Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m. or Sunday at 11 a.m. Misa en Espanol a las dos todos los Domingos (Spanish Mass is at 2 p.m. each Sunday.). The sacrament of reconciliation is offered on Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. The Deanery Reconciliation Service is on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. For more information about our parish or any of our programs, visit us online or call the parish office at 812-232-3512.

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

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. The topic for Dec. 11 is the Eucharist. For information contact Donna Wenstrup at 232-8518 or dwenstrup

St. Mary’s Village

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

St. Patrick

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

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

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

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center, 2322 N. 131⁄2 St. The topic for Dec. 11 is the Eucharist. For information contact Donna Wenstrup at 232-8518 or

Sacred Heart of Jesus

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

An adult Bible study of the Gospel of Matthew meets on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the parish office.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes are Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Center. The topic for Dec. 11 is the Eucharist. For information or to register contact Barb Black at 466-1231 or

Annunciation, Brazil

Fr. John Hollowell, pastor, and parishioners of the church, at 19 N. Alabama, invite you to Mass on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Weekday Masses are on Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m.

 On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. a Latin Mass will be celebrated. The Deanery Reconciliation Service is on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For information about any of our parish programs or services call the office at 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish, at 558 Nebeker St., invite you to celebrate Mass on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. or Sunday at 9 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available on Saturday, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Weekday Masses are Thursday and Friday at 12:05 p.m.

St. Joseph, Rockville

Fr. Michael Fritsch, pastor, and the parish, at 217 E Ohio St., invite you to celebrate Mass on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The sacrament of reconciliation is available on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Weekday Masses are on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

Unity Presbyterian

Our worship service, at 1207 E. Springhill Drive, is at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. On the first Sunday of each month we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This Sunday, our pastor, Jenni Walker Noyes, and the congregation invite you to hear Unity’s choir cantata from “Journey of Hope: The Birth of the Savior,” a musical by Camp Kirkland and Tom Fettke. Childcare is available throughout the morning. Join us for fellowship following the service.

Our church is a small church with a huge heart. Unity supports local, national and international missions.

Amie Ellison is choir director, Andrea Marlow is organist. Choir rehearsal is at 7 p.m. each Thursday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. For the month of December, Unity prays for Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky. This week we send God’s love and prayers to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Washington, and peace and respect for a good year for the staff, teachers, bus drivers and volunteers at Sugar Grove Elementary School.

We also have an outdoor sanctuary you may visit for quiet reflection at any time. All are welcome. Church office: 812- 299-2206; Facebook: Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute; Email:

Rio Grande Baptist

Join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and a worship service at 10:30 a.m. If you are searching for a church home we pray you will experience God’s love here.

Through ministry, Bible teaching, and special programs people of all ages can live out faith in action.

The church is located at 4411 E. Rio Grande, at the corner of Erickson and Rio Grande.

Oregon Baptist

Join us at OBC for a Christmas journey. Pastor Fred will be sharing four-part series on “The Journey of the People in the Christmas Story.” This Sunday is the second sermon, titled “A Trip to the Maternity Ward.” These four journeys coincide with the journey we all make in our lives.

The church is an American Baptist church, at 11200 S. Carlisle St.. We can be reached at 812-299-2112. The pastor is Fred Harrison.

Oregon is a church where you can quickly join in as we seek to please God.Sunday school starts each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Youth groups meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Junior ABY is for second through fifth grades, and Senior ABY is for sixth through 12th.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

The church, at 2401 Seventh Ave., will be celebrating the Rev. and Mrs. Terrance M. Russell’s seventh pastoral anniversary on Sunday, with two services. At 11 a.m. the guest will be the Rev. Christopher R. Graham of True Tried M.B. Church of Indianapolis, and at 3:30 p.m. our guest will be St. John M.B. Church of Terre Haute, with the Rev. Dexter Jordan, pastor. Come join us in our praise and appreciation services.

Centenary United Methodist

The congregation of Centenary, at 301 N. Seventh St., in Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor and adjacent to Indiana State University, invites you to worship with us on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The chancel choir, directed by Erich Kendall and accompanied by Bill Cain, will perform the Christmas cantata. Following the Cantata, the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Moore will baptize Russell Kendall, son of Erich and Jessica Kendall.

Fellowship in church library will follow the worship service, 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday school classes are offered to all age groups, and nursery care is provided. At 10:45 a.m., in the Friendship Class (adult Bible study), Caroline Dando will teach and lead discussion on “Mary’s Song of Praise” (Luke 1:46-56).

Connections, a class for young adults aged 18 to 30, is being taught by our pastor, Jimmy Moore. This class, which meets in the Disciple Room, is a time of fellowship, study and reflection. The Lamplighters discussion group, which normally meets in the Cross and Flame Room, is currently working on missions.

Sunday school classes for children from under 3 through the age of 18 years include preschool, primary class, junior class and youth class. The children’s Sunday school class will focus on Advent themes.

The 7th Cents Youth Group is a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U.M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes. On Sunday, the youth group will meet at Central Presbyterian Church: Middle school youth group meets, 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.; both youth groups will have dinner and games together, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the high school youth group meets.

Contact Youth Director Tiffany Grossman at Centenary or at 812-589-1647 if you have any questions.

Join us for an Advent study event on three Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Classroom. Our pastor, Jimmy Moore, will lead us in a time of reflection and spiritual practice, concentrating on the themes of hope, preparation, joy, love and renewal.

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 on Thursdays, 11 am. to noon.

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

United Presbyterian, Clinton

The church offers worship at 10:45 a.m., with adult Sunday school class at 10 a.m. Pastor Mark Olson will deliver the sermon. Following children’s time, the youngsters may go into the fellowship hall for church school during the rest of the worship service.

 The liturgist in December is Jerry Hawkins. Following services, there will be a brief congregational meeting to elect two elders for the coming year. The Session meets on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

On the second Friday of the month at 6 p.m., everyone is urged to attend a game night. All kinds of games are available, or bring your own favorite one.

The combined choir of the parish will rehearse at 1 p.m. on Dec. 14. The cantata is at Rockville Presbyterian Church on Dec. 15, at 5 p.m. Trinity Parish Bible study meets in January at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clinton.  

The church provides a warm meal every Thursday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall, at no cost, and everyone is welcome.

The Vermillion County Food Pantry is located in the former manse next to the church at 315 Mulberry. It provides frozen, perishable and non-perishable food to anyone, 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 4 p.m. every other Tuesday.

The next Tuesday food will be available is Dec. 10.

St. George’s Episcopal,

West Terre Haute

The parishioners invite you to join us on Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. The Sunday morning 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. Larry McMahan is the celebrant on Dec. 8, the second Sunday of Advent.

During Coffee Hour, there will be a special luncheon and St. Nicholas cookies. A story of St. Nicholas will be shared. Feel free to join us during this holy season of Advent.

The church is located at Ferguson Hill, 1337 N. Smith Place. For more information visit or call 812-533-1346. Leave a message and someone from the parish will return your call. Contact person: Sylvia Brockman, bishop’s warden, at 812-442-0751 or

Peniel United Methodist

The Church is on Kennedy Crossing Road in Brazil. The women at Peniel plan an Advent Tea today.

The scripture for this Sunday is from St. Matthew 3:1-12. Pastor Pippin’s message is titled “Spare Change.” Sunday school is at 9:45, with church services at 10:45. We hope to see you there.

The Co-Workers/Fidelis class meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19.

Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. is the Christmas program and Christmas cantata. There will be family communion on Christmas Eve, at 3 and 5 p.m. Come whenever it is convenient for you during that time.

Thank you to all who gave so generously for our clothing tree. There will be many children benefiting from these gifts. For more information contact Pastor Pippin at 812-443-8489.

Lewis United Methodist

We wish to invite everyone to come on Sunday morning to hear Ansil Harpold with the A.R.M. Prison Outreach. He will be bringing the message in praise and song. Services are at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy his inspirational message. If you have any questions, contact Scott or Stephanie Fisher at 812-894-3123.

Rosedale Baptist

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

Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:30 a.m., Sunday evening service at 7, Wednesday night prayer and Bible study at 7, adult and youth choir at 6:15 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. is a choir presentation.

Dec. 15: Youth group Christmas party and Christmas store

Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Lesson and lunch at the church; 7 p.m.: Caroling in the streets

Dec. 22, 7 p.m.: Sing and Share; 8 p.m.: Cookie exchange: Bring four dozen to exchange and one dozen to eat. If you bring them, you will take four dozen home.

Dec. 24, 10 p.m.: Christmas Eve service

Memorial United Methodist

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

Join us Sunday for our children’s Christmas play, “GPS Jesus.” Slick Willie and Slicker Willette attempt to sell the fine people of Bethlehem a GPS Jesus device that will help them “find” the expected Messiah. But, the GPS Jesus device doesn’t work quite the way Slick Willie promises and the people of Bethlehem come to learn that Jesus is closer than they think.

We will have one service at 10 a.m. with Sunday school and holiday crafts for all ages at 8:45. At 11:30 a.m. join us in the fellowship hall for a Christmas meal. Bring a dessert or salad to share.

Tai chi with Rebecca Graves meets Tuesday and Friday, 3-4 p.m. We are now offering a “gentler” form of tai chi for arthritis. The Knit Wits meet Thursday, 5 to 7.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) meets the third Thursday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the library. This is a support group for persons living with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and it is open to the public. For more information contact Betty Porter at 812-877-9950.

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

Church of Christ

The church, at 4017 E. Margaret Drive, invites you to come be with us. We meet Sundays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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

First Baptist

We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m and 6 p.m. as we continue through the Advent season. This Sunday we will light the candle of preparation on our Advent wreath, and music will be provided by the children’s choir, bell choir and sanctuary choir. Pastor Bernie Jackson continues his December sermon series with a sermon titled “Preparing the Way,” with scripture text from Matthew 3:1-12. Our worship this week will also include the ordinance of baptism.

A children’s story is included in our worship every week, and afterward children are dismissed to children’s church. The theme for children’s church during this month is “Countdown to Christmas.”

Our First Link Hospitality Center is available before and after worship providing a place for guests and regular attenders to enjoy conversation and light refreshments. Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m. with classes for all ages, including nine adult class options.

On Sunday at 6 p.m.The First Baptist music ministry will present “The Signs of Christmas,” a musical program which celebrates the rich meaning behind many of our decorations and symbols of the season. Participants in the service will include several members of our youth group, who will read the narration and provide instrumental and vocal music selections. The Sunday evening Link praise team will also provide music. The special feature of the evening will be the First Baptist children’s choir presenting the musical, “The Signs of Christmas,” directed by Alison West and Chelsea Hawkins. Following the service the music ministry team will host an afterglow reception and ornament display in Esken Hall.

Other upcoming services and programs include “Christmas Around the Tree” with the Senior Singers, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m.; the sanctuary choir cantata “An Appalachian Winter,” presented Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m. and caroling to shut-ins at 4 p.m.; and a candelight Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The Sunday evening Link service will also be offered each Sunday at 6, except Dec. 8 and 29.

Our church is an American Baptist congregation at 4701 E. Poplar Drive. Futher information, including a schedule of all Christmas services, is available at

United Methodist Temple

We would like everyone to join us Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent. Our speaker this week will be Steve Clouse, senior associate director of church development of the UMC Indiana Conference. We have two services — a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and a more contemporary service at 11, with Sunday School for all ages at 10. A nursery is available.

This week our church activities include:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga; 12:15 p.m., Celebrate Recovery begins with lunch, then groups will form to discuss dealing with “hurts, habits and hangups”; 5:30 p.m., Mary Martha Circle Christmas party

Tuesday: 2:45 p.m., Kid’s Hope Christmas party at Farrington Grove Elementary School

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga; 12:30 p.m., United Methodist Women Christmas luncheon ($7; call for reservations)

Thursday: 10 a.m., Piecemakers Quilters; 6 p.m., Temple Bells practice; 7:15 p.m., chancel choir practice.

Friday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga

For more information, call the church office at 812-299-1898, or visit terrehaute or www.face

Trinity Lutheran

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

Our Trinity women are again sponsoring the Angel Tree for Christmas. To participate in this ministry, come and select an angel from the tree located in the fellowship hall. Then buy an age-appropriate gift, wrap or bag it, and bring it back to the tree. Gifts may include clothing, games, puzzles, toys, school supplies, etc. Remember to attach the angel to the gift when you return it to the tree. These gifts will be used by those living in the Council on Domestic Abuse safe house, for Christmas or other times of the year as needed. All gifts need to be returned to the Angel Tree by Dec. 18.

Dozens of tornadoes ripped across the Midwest recently, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more with powerful winds that flattened homes. Hundreds of families must find a way to rebuild their homes after the tornadoes destroyed almost everything they had.

Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is responding in areas affected by these tornadoes. Your help is needed to bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response affiliates are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. Throughout the Midwest we are working hand-in-hand with ELCA synods and other ministry organizations that are experts at outreach in their communities.

It will be a long road to recovery, and your gifts are needed now to begin coordinating volunteers, rebuilding homes and offering spiritual and emotional care to those in need. As communities work to recover, keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer.

Your donation to Lutheran Disaster Response, designated for “U.S. Tornadoes,” will be used entirely, 100 percent, to help families whose lives and livelihoods have been impacted by a disaster. Donations from people like you allow this church to respond to those in need.

Donations may be dropped off at our church or you may send them to: Lutheran Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300

Write “U.S. Tornadoes” on your check’s memo line. Or you may make a donation with your credit card by phone by calling 800-638-3522.

For more details concerning our church or ministries, call 812-232-7628.

Northside Wesleyan

Pastor Eddie Hayes and associate Pastor Neva McFarland welcome you to the church, at 2439 N. 141⁄2 St.

Sunday school 9:30 a.m.; worship service 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening service at 6; Wednesday service at 6:30 p.m.

On Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. we will be presenting our Christmas cantata titled “O Holy Night,” directed by Sister Janet Jones. A fellowship and refreshments will follow this program.

Sister Neva McFarland is doing a Bible study on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The church would like to thank John and Stacy and each one for the donations of food that helped to make this a blessed Thanksgiving for the guests. They would not have had this without these folks and everyone who donated food.

Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. will be our New Year Eve’s candlelight worship service, with a special time for praying for friends, family and the New Year ahead. Come and feel God’s love and his presence.

If you play an instrument — guitar, harmonica, violin, bass guitar or even the spoons — we welcome you to come join us and help enhance our music.

Grace Community

You are always welcome to our Sunday worship. We will continue our journey to Christmas by looking at Herod the Great. Our worship is at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Grace is a place to experience and interact with God. Each week we have Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for people of all ages.

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

We meet in the Gospel Assembly Church building at 401 W. Springhill Drive. It is just west of DeBaun Funeral Home on the north side of the street.

For more information visit or call 812-236-1507.

Seelyville United Methodist

Pastor Jack Diel and the church family invite you to join us on the second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. Nursery volunteers during the service will be Jo Phillips and Mary Wade. Following worship we will enjoy a time of fellowship hosted by Steve and Patty Jones and Jean Reynolds. Kid’s Hour meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. under the direction of Pam Webster, with helper Amy Price. Sunday School is at 10:45 a.m.

Children will open the service with a skit and will also light the Advent candle. Scripture readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12, with Donna Crowley as liturgist. The guest organist/pianist for this Sunday is Betty Meyer, and songleader Cathleen Flynn will lead the hymns “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “Heralds of Christ.”

Pastor Jack’s sermon is titled “Prepare the Way of the Lord,” and will remind us to turn back to God and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord.

The life of our church begins on Monday, with an Administrative Council meeting in the library. Tuesday will find the prayer and bible study group meeting in the library. On Wednesday the Book Banter Buffet will gather in the home of Shirley Slutz at 12:30 p.m. for lunch and discussion of two short readings, “Christmas Tapestry” and “The Gift.” Beginning Yoga continues at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, and the worship team meets at the church at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Family Christmas Dinner at the 14th & Chestnut Community Center is on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a children’s program and the distribution of Christmas baskets. Contact the center at 812-232-3126 if you would like to help support this event. The Emmaus group meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the home of Lisa Boyce.

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

First Congregational

The church, at 630 Ohio St., invites you to join us on Sunday as we continue our Advent journey with our series “Follow the Star” and the sermon “The Star of Hope.” For generations, the people of God longed for the Messiah to come and set the world right again. The prophets foretold his coming, and they waited. At last, he did come — Jesus, the Christ, the Star of Hope. He continues to bring hope to a troubled world. Join us as we explore the hope that Christ brings in our anticipation of the celebration of his birth.

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

Our church is a member of the National and Midwest Associations of Congregational Christian Churches. You can find us online at or on Facebook.

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    March 12, 2010