News From Terre Haute, Indiana


August 24, 2013

Church briefs: August 24, 2013

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Terre Haute St. Stephen’s Episcopal

Holypalooza is here. Tomorrow St. Stephen’s will be joining neighbors Centenary United Methodist and Central Presbyterian for worship, lunch and fellowship as one combined congregation. We have combined our worship traditions by sharing our diversity while rejoicing in what we hold in common.

The liturgy of the Word will follow the Presbyterian's pattern. The Holy Communion will be according to the Book of Common Prayer all in a Methodist sanctuary. Our shared hymns are from the Methodist hymnal. “The Church's one foundation is Jesus Christ.” Our 8 a.m. quiet worship service will be conducted as usual at St. Stephen’s.  

Plans for the day include the following: At 9:30 a.m. participants will gather at National Road Plaza (corner of 7th and Cherry St.). At 9:40 all will process (with bagpipe music) up the sidewalk to Centenary United Methodist Church for a joint worship service at 10 a.m. (Anyone preferring not to be in the procession can go directly to Centenary's air-conditioned sanctuary, which is accessible by elevator or stairs from 7th Street; ushers and greeters will be available to guide.) A joint adult choir and a children's group will sing, Dr. Joni Clark of United Campus Ministries will preach. Nursery care will be provided at Centenary UMC during worship. From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. a carry-in lunch will be served continuously in the Great Hall at St. Stephen’s. From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. “Palooza Plaza” will be open in the parking lot south of Central Presbyterian Church (the same one used by the Blueberry Festival). View informational displays about the worship, mission, history and education programs at all of the churches, 7th Cents Youth Group, and United Campus Ministries. Community agencies that are supported by all of the churches (Light House Mission, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Terre Haute Ministries, and Salvation Army) will also have display tables. Fun activities for all ages include inflatables (Velcro wall, bungee run, bouncer and slide) along with a few carnival games and cotton candy. People are invited to bring a lawn chair and visit with new and old friends in Palooza Plaza. For details, call the church office at 812-232-5165 or visit us online at

St. George’s Episcopal

Welcome all who enter. The parishioners of St. George’s Episcopal Church of West Terre Haute, invite you to join us Sunday morning for adult Christian education and Holy Eucharist. Adult Christian education is offered from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Our Sunday morning worship service of Holy Eucharist is 10 a.m. After this, 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. Michael Stichweh from Indianapolis will be the celebrant on Aug. 25, 2013.

St. George’s Episcopal Church, The Friendly Little Church on the Hill, Ferguson Hill, 1337 North Smith Place, in West Terre Haute. For more information visit our website at or phone us at 812-533-1346. If you phone us, please leave a message and someone from the parish will return your call. The contact person is Sylvia Brockman, bishop’s warden, at 812-442-0751 or brockmanjs@

New Life Fellowship

New Life Fellowship invites you to worship with us this Sunday. Sunday school and morning worship are at 10 a.m., followed by our annual church picnic at Hawthorne Park. It will be a great time with activities for all ages and lots of food - come join us.

Wednesday evening we have an array of activities to fit the needs of all ages. Kidz Church worship is 6:30 p.m. in our interactive and dynamic Live Worship Center, while adult Bible study meets in the fellowship hall. Elevate Youth (ages 12 - high school), as well as college and career (ages 19 - 25), meet at 6:30 at north campus. Home fellowship groups meet in homes throughout the area; call 812-877-9348 to find a group near you. Come check us out at 7849 Wabash Ave. (East Glenn) - we have a place for you! Visit us online at

Rio Grande Baptist

Please join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship service at 10:30. Youth group meets Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night service at 7.

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

St. Benedict

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

The 13th annual Youth Ministry Golf Scramble is Aug. 23 at Idle Creek Golf Course. Plan on coming out for a fun day of golfing to support our high school youth. Registration is $60 per person, $240 per team, and includes golf, cart and lunch. Check-in/lunch is at 11 a.m. Shotgun start is at noon. Find forms online at or get in touch with Warren Artz, 208-4003, or Janet Roth at

Religious ed and confirmation classes for all high school youth will begin on Sunday evening, 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 8. A complete schedule is at Please contact Janet at if you have any questions or to register. All are welcome!

The Secular Franciscans of Terre Haute and Friends will serve a free pancake and sausage breakfast for the poor and homeless from 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 31 in St. Benedict’s soup kitchen.

St. Joseph University Parish

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

The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed Tuesday, Aug. 27. The chaplet begins after the conclusion of the 5:15 p.m. weekday Mass.

The morning book club will be meeting at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27 in the campus ministry lounge to discuss the book, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” by Eben Alexander.

The high school religious education program, JUMMP, will begin classes for the new school year soon on Sunday evenings. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about high school religious education and confirmation classes at jummp.

St. Joe’s Campus Ministry seeks to build Christian community and enhance personal and spiritual growth among college students. We welcome students from ISU, Rose-Hulman, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Ivy Tech. Contact Preston at for details.

St. Margaret Mary

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

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

Religious education for grades pre-K through 8 for the new school year will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 25. For further information or to register, contact Donna Wenstrup at

The high school religious education program, JUMMP, will begin classes for the new school year soon on Sunday evenings. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about high school religious education and Confirmation classes at jummp.youthminister@

The St. Margaret Mary annual garage sale will take place on Labor Day weekend. We have a little bit of everything: baby clothes, toys, furniture, linens, videos, books, tools, gardening items and many other items. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and Saturday, Aug. 31. Monday will be dollar-a-bag day. Fill a bag for a dollar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2.

St. Mary’s Village

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 at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning. For information or to register call the office at 812-535-1261.

St. Patrick

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

Religious education for grades pre-K through 8 for the new school year began from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Moran Center. For further information or to register contact Donna Wenstrup at

The high school religious education program, JUMMP, will begin classes for the new school year soon on Sunday evenings. Contact Marcia Lane-McGee for more information about high school religious education and confirmation classes at

Spending time in meditation, prayer and adoration in the presence of the blessed sacrament is an excellent opportunity to experience grace in our lives. Located west of the rectory behind the Catholic Charities and Deanery Pastoral Center offices, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel is visited by parishioners and members of other local Catholic communities.

Through this practice, we are invited to spend time alone with God and to bring to Jesus all our cares, concerns, prayers, hopes and thoughts. We set aside a special time, a respite from our hectic modern lives, to create a personal space in which to meet our God. By doing so, we grow more in tune with God. We put ourselves in position to talk to him, and also to listen. The chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are most welcome to participate in this opportunity for silent meditation, prayer and adoration.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus parishioners welcome you to celebrate Mass with them at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Weekday Mass is on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. We are located at 2322 N. 13 _ Street. For more information about our parish or programs call the office at 812-466-1231.

The 13th annual Youth Ministry Golf Scramble is August 23rd at Idle Creek Golf Course. Plan on coming out for a fun day of golfing and support our high school youth. Registration is $60 per person, $240 per team, and includes golf, cart and Lunch. Check-in/lunch is at 11 a.m. Shotgun start is at noon. Find forms at or get in touch with Warren Artz, 208-4003, or Janet Roth at High school religious education and confirmation classes will be from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the St. Benedict Parish Center. Contact Janet Roth for more information or to register for classes.

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

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


The parishioners of Annunciation Church, on 19 N. Alabama St. in Brazil, invite you to Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday or 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Weekday Masses are celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, and at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a Latin Mass will be celebrated.

Annunciation parish has a food pantry garden, located in the empty lot across from the rectory on Alabama Street. Please contact Annette at the parish office for information about our food pantry garden. For information about any of our parish programs or services please call the office at 812-448-1901.

Sacred Heart, Clinton

Fr. Michael Fritsch and the Sacred Heart parish invite you to celebrate Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday or at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Weekday Masses are at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. We are located at 558 Nebeker St. in Clinton.

St. Joseph, Rockville

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

Deanery Pastoral Center

The 2013 “Catechist Road Show” is coming to a parish near you! This two-hour training for deanery catechists is sponsored by the Deanery Directors of Religious Education and Deanery Center. It is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on three dates: Monday, Aug. 26, at St. Joseph University Parish; Thursday, September 5 at St. Mary’s Village; and Monday, Sept. 9 at St. Paul in Greencastle. A light supper will be served. Register by contacting Sr. Mary Montgomery at or 812-232-8400.

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

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

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

Emmanuel United Methodist

Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and worship is at 10:30. We welcome you and your family.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, Emmanuel UMC will host a craft/vendor sale. Come on out for a great day of shopping in a climate-controlled environment. Concessions will be available, with plenty of seating. Vendors at the sale will include Luna Bug Creations (children’s hair bows), Tupperware®, Celebrating Home®, Origami Owl Custom Jewelry®, Shar-Lin Quilts & More, Pampered Chef®, Miche Bags® and many more.

Unity Presbyterian

Worship service at 1207 E. Springhill Dr. is 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. On the first Sunday of each month, we Celebrate the Lord’s Supper. The congregation invites you to hear a sermon by our guest speaker, Dr. Roland Kohr, entitled “Details, Details, Details!” based on Proverbs 2:3-5, 3:13 and 15:14, and 1 Corinthians 13:9-12.

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

Amie Ellison is our choir director, and Andrea Marlow is our organist. For the month of August, Unity will pray for Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. We pray this week for First Presbyterian Church in Sullivan, and for blessings to the staff and volunteers at the American Red Cross.  

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

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

Oregon Baptist

Our sermon for Aug. 25 will be a drama, “The Prodigal Son.”

The church is an American Baptist church, located at 11200 S. Carlisle St. in Terre Haute. The telephone number is 812-299-2112, and the pastor is Fred Harrison.

While traditional in most of our ways, we seek to adopt ministries that reach people in an ever-changing culture.

We are a friendly, family-like congregation. Oregon is a church where you can quickly join in as we seek to please God by living his great commandment, “love God with all your heart and others as yourself,” and work his commission to carry the good news to the whole world.

 Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. The Rev. Fred Harrison leads us in morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening service is at 6. Adult Bible study is at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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, welcomes you to our beautiful 147-year-old church. This Sunday, Centenary, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Central Presbyterian Church invite all to a “Holypalooza” on Seventh Street Church Row. At 9:30 a.m., we will gather for a parade up Seventh Street, starting at ISU’s brick gates on Cherry Street (near the old U.S. post office) and parade to Centenary U. M. Church.

At 10 a.m., worship begins at Centenary, with the Rev. Dr. Joni Clark, director of United Campus Ministries, presenting the sermon. A special choir composed of choir members from Centenary, St. Stephen’s and Central Presbyterian, and directed by Dr. Mark Carlisle, ISU music professor, will sing.

After the service, lunch will be served at St. Stephen’s starting at 11:30 a.m. From 11:30 to 2 p.m., a “block party” will be held in the parking lot adjacent to Central Presbyterian, with exhibits, activities and amusements.

There will be no Sunday school classes taught on Aug. 25. Children from the three churches will be singing during the Holypalooza worship service. Children’s rehearsal will take place at 9:30 a.m. today, Saturday, Aug. 24, in Centenary’s sanctuary. Adult Sunday school attendees will help with communion, serving food, directing activities and enjoying Christian fellowship.

 The 7th Cents Youth Group, a combined Central Presbyterian Church and Centenary U. M. Church group of students from middle school and high school classes, meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Interested students are welcome to become members of this group. At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Youth Design Team will meet at Central Presbyterian Church. Contact youth director Tiffany Grossman at the church office for more information.

 The church’s Seventh Street entrance is handicapped-accessible, and ample parking is located behind the church. Consider participating in our prayer and meditation time, led by lay preacher Tom Barnett, from 11 a.m. to noon.

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

 Upcoming events: A high commitment, 34-week, small group Bible study, covering Genesis through Revelation, will begin in mid-September. For those interested in participating in this study, please call the church office and ask for the the Rev. Phyllis Peters.

United Presbyterian, Clinton

The church, located at Third and Mulberry streets, will hold a worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning. Sunday school will begin at 10 a.m.

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 August is Elder Jerry Hawkins. The sermon will be given by the Rev. Wendy Olson. Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.

  The church provides a warm meal from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday 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 St.. It provides frozen, perishable and non-perishable food to anyone from 4 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, and from 2 to 4 p.m. every other Tuesday.

Riley Bible

The entire Riley Bible family invites you to join us at our church for this Sunday. Our main service is at 11 a.m. We are located two doors down from the Dollar General in Riley, right off of Highway 46. Sunday morning services include Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. and family worship service at 11. Wednesday night prayer and Bible study starts at 7.

The 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 principal goal of the church is God’s glory. For directions or more information call us at 812-230-6053, go to our website at www.rileybible or check us out on Facebook at Riley Bible Church.

Central Presbyterian

 Tomorrow’s morning worship for the congregation of the church will be very different. Our church, together with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Centenary United Methodist Church, will be worshipping jointly in the sanctuary of Centenary UMC.

 The worship and the other events of the day are sponsored by the three churches, plus United Campus Ministries, an organization that is supported by the churches.

 The events, collectively dubbed “Holypalooza,” a name that is intentionally fun and informal, will be a visible sign to the broader community that the churches are vibrant and fun and, as Jesus prayed in John 17:11, “are one” — united in mission and ministry.

Plans for the day include the following: At 9:30 a.m., participants will gather at National Road Plaza, the corner of Seventh and Cherry streets. At 9:40 a.m. all will process/parade, with bagpipe music, up the sidewalk to Centenary United Methodist Church for a joint worship service, which will be at 10 a.m. Anyone preferring not to be in the procession/parade can go directly to Centenary’s air-conditioned sanctuary, which is accessible by elevator or stairs from Seventh Street; ushers and greeters will be available to guide.

A joint adult choir and a children’s group will sing, the Rev. Dr. Joni Clark, campus minister, will preach, the Lord’s Supper will be served and Sunday school teachers will be commissioned. Nursery care will be provided at Centenary UMC during worship. From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., a carry-in lunch will be served continuously in the Great Hall at St. Stephen’s.

From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., “Palooza Plaza” will be open in the parking lot south of Central Presbyterian Church, the same one used by the Blueberry Festival. This area will include informational displays about the worship, mission, history and education programs at all of the churches, 7th Cents Youth Group and United Campus Ministries. Community agencies that are supported by all of the churches - Lighthouse Mission, 14th and Chestnut Community Center, Terre Haute Ministries and Salvation Army - will also have display tables. Fun activities for all ages include inflatables - Velcro wall, bungee run, bouncer and slide - along with a few carnival games and cotton candy. People are invited to bring lawn chairs and visit with new and old friends in Palooza Plaza.

For details, call the church office at 812-232-5049 or visit us online at

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

The church is located at 2401 Seventh Ave. The Rev. Terrance Russell is pastor.

Dear C-Worker In Christ:

The Shiloh Men invite you to their annual Men’s Day Celebration at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. Our special guest will be the Potter Brothers in a musical service. We will also be featuring the United Praise Singers.

 P.S. - The public is invited.

Second Missionary Baptist, Brazil

Members of the church will be celebrating their church’s 139th anniversary on Aug. 25. Worship services will take place at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The pastor and members from St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Terre Haute will be the special guests, responsible for the afternoon worship service. A celebratory meal will be served prior to the afternoon worship service. Everyone is invited to come and be a part of the church’s anniversary celebration.

Shelburn First Baptist

You are cordially invited to the church tomorrow for services. Our interim pastor, the Rev. Ron Riggs, will continue his series in 1 Peter 3:8--22, “What Does Your Garden Grow ?” Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with worship at 10. During worship we have Route 56 and 252 for Kids. At 6 p.m. we will have adult Bible study on 1 John. Our youth, under the direction of Samantha and Dusty Tryon, will also meet at 6 p.m. A community dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Youth and adult groups meet again at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The adult group will have prayer time and then continue its study of the 10 Commandments. We are an American Baptist congregation and meet at the corner of Mill Street and U.S. 41. We can be reached at 812-397-5595 or online at

Rosedale Baptist

The church is located at Depot and Middle streets in Rosedale, with the phone number 765-548-2857 and Pastor Randy McPike. Sunday worship service is at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:30, Sunday evening service 7 p.m., and Wednesday night prayer and Bible study is at 7 p.m.

Every third Sunday of the month, come and join us for our new youth group program at 11:30 a.m. There will be music and a skit for the kids, followed by lunch and a lesson. There will be something new and different every month.

Central Christian - Disciples of Christ

It is such a joy to have the Rev. Rebecca back in the pulpit after her sabbatical. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to hear another of her inspiring sermons, and hear of her experiences during her sabbatical. A special time for the Young Church will be held. Nursery care is provided during the service. A fellowship time with drinks and donuts will follow the service.

Adult Sunday school will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday school for children and youth will begin on Sept. 8. Adult Bible study occurs at the church at 9 a.m. on Monday mornings. This group is led by the Rev. Zelensky.

Our general board will meet at noon Sunday. This will be a time for the Board to conduct business, pray and have fellowship.

We continue to sell Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate bars. The Disciples men’s group is selling handmade Disciples necklaces and keychains.

Mark your calendars for our 22nd annual Jonah Fish Fry. It will be at the church on Friday, Sept. 6. Our 10th annual Evening of Music and Chocolate will take place Nov. 9 at the church. These are both wonderful events each year.

 ”God calls Central Christian Church to be a welcoming and open faith community where Christian love, action and discipleship unite.” -Vision Statement of Central Christian Church, D.O.C.

Please join us at 4950 E. Wabash Ave. The church office can be reached at 812-877-9959. Our church website is at

Unitarian Universalist

The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave., Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. This week’s speaker is the Rev. Bill Breeden. His sermon is entitled “Why Bother?”

We live in a time when greed has become a virtue, the rich are richer than ever, and the gap between the top and bottom seems infinite. So why not just join the parade, or even better, just sit on the sidelines and collect the candy? He will have something to say about the reason some choose to resist and raise hell. The Rev. Breeden is beginning his last year of co-ministry at the UU Church of Bloomington. He writes, “I am not sure what the future holds, or what I will be doing, but I intend to be radically involved in creating a better world for all the grandchildren, and I pray for the courage to be fully human. Glenda and I will continue to live in Owen County.”

The Rationalist Free-thinkers meet at 9:15 a.m.

We welcome everyone to the UU congregation. We have disabled access and can provide large-print programs and hearing-assistance devices, if needed. We can be reached by phone at 812-232-1193.

First Baptist

 We invite you to join us for worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. This Sunday will be Kids Hope recognition as we recognize our mentors and prayer partners. Judy Fox and Judy Fears are our Kids Hope directors, and they are preparing for a new year of service with our partner school, Lost Creek Elementary. Pastor Bernie Jackson’s sermon for this week will be “Seeing, Believing and Living,” with scripture text from John 20:24-31. Music will include a special hymn sung by our Kids Hope mentors and prayer partners, a violin solo by instrumentalist Nathan Dugger and a vocal duet sung by Micahlyn and Jordan Allen. Sunday School, with classes for everyone, including nine adult class options, is at 10:45 a.m. The First Link Hospitality Room is available before and after worship, providing a place for members and guests to enjoy freshly brewed Rex Coffee, light refreshments and conversation.

Our Wednesday evening programming has now resumed and includes a church dinner at 5:45 p.m., followed by Bible study, choir rehearsal, and programs for youth and children. Please contact the church office by noon on Tuesday for dinner reservations.

 Community Fellowship Day is coming up, from 4 until 8 p.m. on Sept. 8. There will be inflatables, games, a dunking booth, prizes and a barbecue pork meal. This event is planned as a way to become acquainted with our community, and everyone is invited to join us for this day of fun, fellowship and food.

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

Maple Avenue United Methodist

Maple Avenue United Methodist Church welcomes all to worship with us at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school classes for all ages will meet at 9:30 a.m., between the two worship services. Pastor David Rockhill invites all to hear his message titled “People Matter,” which will include the scripture Luke 13:10-17. This week our theme reminds us that when it comes to rules and regulations, for Jesus, people come first. Also this week, the hymns will include “Come Christians Join To Sing,” “He Touched Me” and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” At the 10:30 a.m. service the children’s sermon will be given and Junior Church will be offered.

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

Maple Avenue offers many programs for adults and children alike. Programs available to all include: Q.U.E.S.T. HIV/AIDS Support Group, GED classes, adult basic education classes, after-school tutoring (grades 1-5), after-school open gym, (grades 1-5), daycare and preschool. Music programs Include the chancel choir, summer dinner theatre productions, spring cabaret, and Christmas and Easter cantatas with orchestra and children’s choir. Missions and service opportunities include Knitting for Missions, prayer chain, Operation Classroom, penny drive for Lebanon Children’s Home, United Campus Ministries, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity and the 14th and Chestnut Community Center. There is something for everyone at Maple Avenue UMC. For more information, check us out on the Web at

North Terre Haute Christian

The church, located at 3133 E. Park Avenue in Terre Haute, will present  a chili cookoff and a musical production by J.T. and Tommy Oaks on Sept. 8 in the church.

Activities begin with an all-church chili cook-off on the church parking lot at 5 p.m. with the musical comedy “The Legend of Wiley Jake” at 7.

Co-written by J.T. and his father Tommy Oaks, the musical is based on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau. “It’s a fun look at a Bible story,” said Tommy, a native of Elizabethton, Tenn. “Since it’s a Western setting, we encourage the audience to come dressed in Western attire. We want them to have a good time.”

The musical is enjoyable for all ages. “John Thomas and Tommy are master storytellers who have hearts for God,” says Lead Pastor Chris McKinney, NTHCC. “

John Thomas is a popular actor, lyricist and composer. Some of his other works include “Star Queen,” the story of the biblical book of Esther; “Sunny,” a retelling of Jesus’ story of the prodigal son; and “Carol,” based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” He also tours with his father, Tommy, a traveling speaker with more than 40 years of experience in the ministry, including youth ministry, preaching, campus ministry and evangelism.

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 at one of our two church campuses.

Our south campus, located at 3050 East Davis Drive, offers Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. with Sunday school classes beginning 10 a.m. Our north campus, located at 1075 North Fruitridge Avenue, 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.

Our south campus is temporarily holding worship services in the Fellowship Center or, as we like to call it on Sunday morning, our Worship Center. The entrance to the Fellowship/Worship Center is on the west side of the building but the front entrance is open for your convenience as well. (Please note that the front entrance is locked about 10 minutes after each service has begun but the Worship Center will remain open during the entire service. We always welcome those who are running late.

Try one of our small groups or various Bible studies available throughout the week 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. Upward programs will take place at the North Campus this year. Registration for basketball and cheerleading will take place at the following times: Wednesday, September 18, 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 21, 10-11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, September 24, 6-7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, September 28, 10-11:30 a.m. Register at the North campus, 1075 North Fruitridge Avenue.

South Campus activities

An evening service called “6:35” takes place 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 9:50-10:40 a.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. and also on Wednesdays from 6-8:00 p.m. X-Treme Tweenz is a group for all fifth-graders that meets bi-monthly on Sundays from 4- 6 p.m. from October to May beginning October 7.

Boost, our Fall Wednesday midweek gathering, starts with dinner at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Center and classes for all ages at begin at 6:30 p.m. Our 2013 session begins September 4. We will still be hosting Boost at our South Campus.

To start the work week, every Monday a prayer meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program from hurts, habits and hang-ups, meets every Friday beginning at 7 p.m. in the Wide Eye Cafe. Other groups include the Lunch Bunch (women), Yarn Spinners and Men’s Fellowship Group.

North Campus activities

The Noodle Club meets Monday mornings at 9. This group is famous for its delicious pasta. Join the group to hone in on your cooking skills. Our Care Group meets Thursday mornings at 10 to help spread Christ’s message to our shut-ins and newcomers.

Upcoming concerts (at the South Campus)

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

For more information, you can call our South Campus at 812-232-4808 or North Campus at 812-232-2478.

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

United Methodist Temple

The United Methodist Temple church family meets at 5301 S. U.S. 41 to worship God as revealed in Jesus Christ every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. We are followers of Jesus Christ and seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We have the Welcome Café at 10 a.m., classes for all ages at 10 a.m., and Bible study on Acts that meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy our choir led by Jill Kuckewich, and the piano and organ praise of Doug Sperry. Be lifted up by our worship and get inspiration from God who seeks out all of us for redemption and new life. Our chancel choir (7:15 p.m.) and bell choir (6 p.m.) are starting their rehearsals on Thursday nights and we welcome you as participants in the work of God in either of these two great ministries. It is always appropriate to praise and worship our God. The best way is to do it together.

This coming Sunday we conclude  a  four-part series on The Slippery Slope of Conflict based on the book by Ken Sande, “The Peacemaker.” We lift up the four G’s of peacemaking: 1. Glorify god (1 Corinthians 10.1);  2. Get the Log out of your eye (Matthew 7.5); 3. Gently Restore (Galatians 6.1); 4. Go and be reconciled (Matthew 5.24). God is peace and calls God’s people to peace and peace-making, not peace-faking, nor peace-breaking. We who are forgiven by Christ are charged to take that forgiveness to others in the power of God’s loving Spirit. Miracles still happen and one of the greatest miracles of all is the wonder of waking to God’s power to reconcile those who are estranged, and to bring peace to every household.

Our schedule:

Monday: 10:30, Holy Yoga with Macy Kalb; noon to 2:15 p.m., Celebrate Recovery – Karla Clayton and Gene Finley

Tuesday:  5:30 p.m., WM Men’s Group; 6 p.m. zumba; 7 p.m.,  Study of Acts (men and women of all ages) - led by Rev. Steve Cain

Wednesday: 10 a.m., Beth Moore Bible Study (women); 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga with Macy Kalb  

Thursday: 10 a.m., Piecemakers; 6 p.m., zumba

Friday: 10:30 a.m., Holy Yoga with Macy Kalb; noon, Senior Connection every first Friday of the month

Saturday: 8 a.m., United Methodist Men (every second Saturday of the month)

Our staff can be reached through Margaret Fulsom, our secretary/volunteer coordinator at 812-299-1898. Jill Kuckewich is our music director. Doug Sperry is our organist and pianist. Karla Clayton and Gene Finley are our Celebrate Recovery leaders. Janet Friedrich is the director of our Temple Preschool. Theresa Camp is leader of our prayer quilt ministry. We can be found on facebook at UM Temple/Terre Haute. Our website is Pastor Steve Cain can be reached by email at

Emmanuel United Methodist

Please join us at Emmanuel United Methodist Church for Sunday School (9:30 a.m.) and Worship (10:30 a.m.) this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you and your family.

Saturday September 21, Emmanuel UMC will have a Craft/Vendor sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This will be a Building Fundraiser for our Community Life Center. There will be several different vendors to shop with such as: Lia Sophia Jewelry, Celebrating Home, Tupperware, Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, Shar-Lin Quilts and More, Luna Bug Creations (children’s hair bows), and more. We will also have a Concessions Stand and door prizes that day, so make plans to come and have a fun day of shopping.

The church is at 6076 U.S. 150 in West Terre Haute. For more information call 812-535-4218 or email

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 630 Ohio, invites you to join us on Sunday, Aug. 25, as Rev. Carlson shares her sermon “Take a Deep Breath and Get Over It” and  continues our study of the book of Acts with Peter’s message to Cornelius’ household and his explanation to the devout in Jerusalem.  The message that God’s gift is available to all was a bit more than any of them could here and either not what was expected or a dream come true. Join us as we delve into this part of the story that sets our course “to the ends of the earth.”

Services are at 8:30 (meditative) and 10:30 (traditional). There is a children's service during the 10:30 gathering and Sunday School downstairs. Friends are invited to help us fill the food barrel donations for the area Food Bank. Bring your non-perishable, non-breakable container food items.

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

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


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