CHURCH NEWS - Saturday, April 4, 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Annunciation Church

St Vincent de Paul food pantry remains open every Tuesday 12-2pm with drive thru service on Church Street. Please remain in your cars and volunteers will load your food. Thank you!

The church is no longer open from sun up til sun down.

*No Sunday Masses

*No Adoration or Stations

Until further notice

Statement of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on the Suspension of Public Celebration of Mass and the Temporary Closure of the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center and Agencies (03/17/20):

As the health and safety conditions in our archdiocesan community have shifted, the spread of the COVID-19 virus is a moment for Catholics and all people of goodwill to offer special prayers of intercession for the healing of those infected, for the protection of the elderly and infirm who are at greatest risk, for the prevention of the disease’s spread, and for the courage and strength of care providers who minister to the sick, their families and those most in need. With deep trust in the Lord and with a close attentiveness to the guidance given by experts in the fields of health and safety, the following decisions have been made about our operations and the liturgical life of those within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Based on the recommendations from health officials concerning the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgency to stem the spread of the virus, the five Catholic bishops of Indiana have suspended effective March 18 and until further notice all public Sunday and weekday Masses throughout the Province of Indianapolis, which is comprised of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the Dioceses of Gary, Evansville, Fort Wayne-South Bend, and Lafayette.

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, the Archbishop of Indianapolis, has also suspended all other liturgical services and gatherings of the faithful effective Wednesday, March 18 and until further notice.

Of course, the archbishop’s dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass from March 13 continues until further notice.

First Baptist Church

This coming Sunday April 5, Palm Sunday, begins Holy Week. The Palm Sunday worship service will be available for viewing on the church website, as well as on the church Facebook page. The pastor’s message entitled “Extravagance” will be based on Matthew 26:6-13. The pastor will also lead a Good Friday worship service on April 10 based on “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This service of scripture readings, prayers, and devotional thoughts may also be viewed on the website and Facebook. On the other five days of Holy Week, Monday through Thursday and Saturday, the pastor will provide a daily devotion that may be accessed in the same ways.

A word from Pastor Mark: “As we journey through this surreal time together, it is appropriate that Holy Week can help us through the challenges of these days. The servanthood and suffering of Jesus Christ experienced in the events of Holy Week, and described in the Holy Week texts, remind us that we are not alone during this time. God is with us; Christ has walked this journey before us, and through God’s grace and loving presence, we will be able to meet the challenges and solve the problems posed by the ‘Stay at Home’ order and the threat of COVID-19 to the betterment of our world and everyone living on it.”

In the absence of our face-to-face fellowship, please take time to call, text, or email others in our church family. The deacons will continue weekly contacts with every family in the church by phone call and/or text. Our interim pastor, the Rev. Dr. Mark W. Hetrick, is as close as a phone call or text to talk or pray with you. And our “Prayer Chain” is still up and running.

First Baptist Church is located at 413 South Walnut Street. The church phone number is (812) 448-8112. Our interim pastor is the Rev. Dr. Mark W. Hetrick. His cell is (317) 697-2485 and email is Follow us on Facebook or the church website at

Peniel United Methodist Church

In compliance with the Bishop’s and government directives, Peniel UMC is cancelling the Sunday School classes and our Worship Service for this Sunday, April 5, 2020. Please know that we hold our community, country and world close in prayer at this difficult time. Let us remember that we can congregate in spirit as we ask Christ’s blessing in our love and concern for one another. Please be safe. For additional information and/or current updates please visit our Face Book page at Facebook@PenielUnitedMethodistChurch. For questions or concerns call 812-251-4532.

Berea Christian Church

Online Service time 10:00 a.m.

The opportunity that God has given us to continue to meet as a church online is incredible!

God is using technology to spread the Gospel of Jesus to more people than ever before. People are searching and the hope that they are looking for is easier to find than! If your church is able to offer opportunities to connect online please take advantage of those opportunities and share them with others. If your church is not, then please join Berea online until you can gather back in your home church in person. We are all longing for that day!

If you are searching for hope, for encouragement, for connection please reach out to us. We long to share the love of Jesus with you in these difficult times.

This week at Berea…Nobody expected No Body. That phrase can be interpreted many ways. We are going to go back to the time of Jesus and look at how those who lived during viewed His ministry, His sacrifice and His resurrection. As Easter approaches and the world longs for hope, let’s show them the love of Jesus by sharing His story with everyone we can.

We also want to let you know that on our website we have some great lessons for our kids! Easy to access, easy to teach and fun for the family. Please share these with your kids.

We can’t wait to see you online this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

You can view the service on our website

Or you can stream it on your smart tv or device on YouTube just search for

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Address is 1995 W. CR. 800 N Brazil, IN 47834. Contact the Church at 812-448-8698 or

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