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Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “He is Not Here!” with Scripture from Mark 16:1-8, at the 7 a.m. Easter sunrise service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh. An Easter breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

His message at the 10 a.m. Easter service will be “Why Are You Crying?” from Isaiah 25:6-9, Acts 10:34-43 and John 20:1-18.

Old Union will sponsor the 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Love Chapel hot meal site at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus.

Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. at the church focuses on Samuel and is open to all.

Information: 317-374-8281.

Petersville United Methodist Church The sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m., Easter Sunday. The Rev. Bev Perry, superintendent of the Southeast District of the United Methodist Church, will deliver the message, “In the Clear Light of the Day.” She will use Scripture from Luke 24. Immediately following the service, breakfast will be provided by the United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women. An offering will be accepted.

The Easter worship service will start at 9 a.m., with Rev. Perry sharing Scripture from the 20th chapter of John and presenting the sermon, “Mary’s Morning Mood Swing.” Deb Loper will be the liturgist, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. The Adult Choir will have special music under the direction of Kathy Bush, with Chris Kimerling as accompanist. The nursery will be staffed, and Don and Patsy Harris will be leaders for Junior Church. A time of fellowship will follow the service; Sunday school will not meet.

Two Bible study groups will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, one at the Larry and Connie Nolting home and the other at the Jim and Chris Kimerling home. Tuesday, the Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m., also at the Nolting home. The Walking Club will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall. The Prayer Team led by Barb Hedrick will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. The United Methodist Men, led by Brock Harris, will meet at 7:15 a.m. April 12. At 11:30 a.m., they will serve their annual spaghetti lunch. An offering will be received.

Information: 812-546-4438, 812-375-0898.

Fairlawn Presbyterian An Easter sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive, followed by treats in the gathering space at 7:30 a.m. The traditional Easter service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nursery care is provided for newborns through 2-year-olds from 9:15 through 11 a.m., and Sunday school begins at 11 a.m.

Fairlawn Presbyterian Preschool will host “Bible Adventures with Pastor Anne” from 8:45 to 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Information: 812-372-3882,

First Baptist Church The Easter sunrise service will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. A message in drama, “In His Shoes” by Scott Crain, will be presented.

The Rev. Dan Cash will present The Celebration Worship, “An Easter Question: Why are you Crying?” at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with Scripture from John 20:1-9 and 10-18. Music worship will be led by the WAVE Ringers and the Chancel Choir.

Child care will be offered for infants, and children’s church will be available for toddlers through preschool-age children. Children age 5 through third grade leave the service to study the important events that occurred after Jesus rose from the dead, with a look at the importance of spiritual gifts. The story will be “Jesus Is Alive,” from Mark 16:1-8. The Bible Point is that “Jesus lives.”

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

A Zumba class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday. For further information, contact the church office.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road to do mending for the residents.

4TWELVE, a midweek gathering for junior high students, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center. All First Baptist men and their guests are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321,

Ohio Chapel United Methodist Pastor Lonny Goen will lead the Easter service Sunday with a pitch-in breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and morning worship at 9 a.m. There will be a candy hunt for children following the morning worship. The church is at 11275 W. County Road 525S, Columbus.

Information: Christy Ayres, 812-371-9784.

Westside Community Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday service at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus. His message will be “So You May Know” from Ephesians 1:15-23.

Several small groups and Bible study classes are held throughout the week.

Information: 812-342-8464,

North Christian Church — Senior Minister Lanny Lawler along with Director of Music Elizabeth Clark will lead the Easter morning worship service Sunday at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. The service will begin in the Baptistery Chapel with the service of Baptism and move to the sanctuary as worship continues. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

Disciples Youth Class will continue at 9 a.m. Sunday using Bible Lessons for Youth as the curriculum. Terry Shaw serves as the instructor.

The Adult Class will not meet on Easter Sunday but will continue with the study of the book “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor on April 12.

Centering Prayer will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Prayer Chapel on the lower level.

The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 11 in the lower level of the church, 850 Tipton Lane.

St. Paul Lutheran Church At Clifty A 30-minute Easter sunrise devotional service, “The Great Deliverance,” will be at 7 a.m. Sunday in the chapel, 6045 E. State St. south of Columbus. Easter Festival Services with Holy Communion will be at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, with the theme “The Great Surprise,” based on Mark 16: 1-8.

An Easter breakfast will be served from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall, with an offering for Orphan Grain Train, the Lutheran outreach ministry helping everyone from needy, local residents to those worldwide.

The Easter Hispanic service will be at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel, with a meal to follow.

Christian educational classes will not meet on Easter Sunday.

Easter choral prayer service will be Wednesday.

Concordia Theological Seminary’s Kantorei, a 16-voice choir that has toured the country and Canada, will be part of an Easter Choral Prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The ensemble from the Fort Wayne school will perform with organ and cello accompaniment and is offering these services at churches throughout Indiana and Ohio. The group has recorded several compact discs, available online at

Information: 812-376-6504,

Faith Ministries Easter kids celebration will last from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 11 at the church, 5103 W. State Road 46 in Columbus.

Information: Deshea Jones, 812-993-0853, Janna Williams, or

Mount Olive United Methodist An Easter sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. with Linda Brown as guest speaker at the church, 10530 W. Georgetown Road. A pitch-in breakfast will be served after the service. The regular morning worship will be at 9 a.m. with Pastor John Tingle bringing the message. There will be special music at both services.

Information 812-342-4557.

First Lutheran Easter morning festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with special pre-service music, with the Blended Worship Service following at 9 a.m. An Easter breakfast will follow the service about 10:30 a.m. An Easter egg hunt and scavenger hunt for the kids and kids-at-heart will follow the worship service.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus The Rev. Dennis McCarty will finish the series on Science and Religion with “Where Science and Religion Meet” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. McCarty points out that paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould argued that science and religion had nothing in common and should just stay out of each other’s way. McCarty will explain why he believes this view misses something crucial. He believes science and religion are not opposites. But he doesn’t see them as exactly the same, either.

After the service will be the 11th annual Canned Food Hunt. Children will embark upon a cooperative quest to find canned foods collected for the Love Chapel Food Pantry. They will then exchange the cans for age-appropriate gift bags filled with treats and toys.

Information: 812-342-6230,

Flintwood Wesleyan Church The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. today at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Parents and others can save time with preregistration at Onsite registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

On Easter Sunday, there will be special services and the annual breakfast. Early service begins at 8 a.m. in the sanctuary. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in The Friendship Center. The second worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will not be any evening activities scheduled.

Small groups starting at 6 p.m. Sunday, “Becoming a Contagious Christian,” will meet downstairs in The Friendship Center and “Greater” will meet upstairs.

“Connections” meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday, and “In the Kitchen” meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday. “Hook, Yarn, and Stitchers” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday upstairs.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and “Live a Healthy Life” meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

“Together We Live, Laugh and … Eat!” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Friday. Contact Phil or Buffy Shelton for location.

Wednesday activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with supper followed by Children’s Choir practice at 6 p.m., Jesus And Me and youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m.

A Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in The Friendship Center. This is a pitch-in soup and sandwich lunch.

There will be a baptism service at 2 p.m. April 12 at Columbus First Assembly.

Information: 812-379-4287,,

Asbury United Methodist Pastor Dave Blystone will deliver an Easter message from readings of John 14-20 at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. Jesus and Me for ages 3 through 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. The Asbury Men will serve breakfast between the services in the lower level of the church.

The Asbury Youth will hold the spring garage sale from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 11 in the Contemporary Worship Center. Contact the church office if assistance is needed for donations.

The youth will participate in World Vision’s 30-Hour Famine April 24 to 25 ending with a “Break the Fast” dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 25. Everyone is invited to the dinner. Donations for World Vision will be accepted. The goal is to raise $525 to help feed and care for 15 kids for a month.

Information: 812-372-4555,


Lowell General Baptist hymn sing — The Bell Family from Shirley will sing at 7 p.m. today at the church on South Line Drive in Columbus.

Information: 812-703-5040.

The Lord’s Chapel concert — Jerry Trammell will be in concert at 6 p.m. April 12 at the church, 104 S. State St. in North Vernon. An offering will be received.

Trammell is a former member of The Florida Boys and of J.D. Sumner & The Stamps Quartet. He is the brother of southern Gospel music veteran Mark Trammell.

Information: 812-767-0466.


The Lord’s Chapel — A clothing giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the church, 104 S. State St. in North Vernon. There will be indoor dining as well as carry-out.

Information: Pastor Mike Biggs, 812-767-0466.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.