Religion News 09-26

Services and Studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Change Your Life by Changing Your Mind,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be Romans 12:2 and Proverbs 4:23. Music worship will be led by 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 will participate in the “Transformed” series during Sunday school. They will look at mental health with the story of Solomon asking for wisdom from I Kings 3:5-14. The phrase of the week is “Make the Wise Choice.”

Following Coffee Fellowship, adult classes will begin at 10:45 a.m.

A Zumba class will start at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday.

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

The Chancel Choir will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will gather in a private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road at 6:15 a.m. Friday. First Baptist men and their guests are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Memorial Baptist — Pat Day, leading money winner of all time for thoroughbred jockeys, will present his testimony during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2320 Seventh St. in Columbus.

The retired Day now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and travels the country in full-time ministry. He will discuss how he says God freed him from drug addiction and alcoholism during a peak period of his career.

Information: 812-376-6800.

Cowboy Church — Wild Bill McClain will lead a cowboy church service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Columbus’ Owens Bend Park at County Road 550N and River Road. Lunch will be provided. Columbus’ Mount Pleasant Christian Union Church has organized the country-western service — and McClain says he might consider doing others if people are interested.

People can get pictures of McClain and his horse, Grey Deer.

Information: 317-507-6132.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Esther, the Consummate Survivor,” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, County Road 800 North and County Road North 50 West near Edinburgh. He will use Scripture from Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, James 5:13-20 and Mark 9:38-50.

In upcoming events, the Ladies Aid will meet at 1 p.m. Oct. 13. The church’s quarterly business meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Central Heights Church of God –– Pastor John Marquis will deliver the message on relationships at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship and praise service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday evening youth group is at 7 p.m. Nursery and children church will be available.

Free food and clothing will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday.

Wednesday night Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-372-4857 or

Unitarian Universalist  Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service, “Singspiration.” Through word and song, favorite hymns of the congregation will be explored.

The Tashi Kyil Monks of Northern India are returning to Columbus. The Bodhi-Ling Sangha of Columbus is hosting a dinner and presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard. The event will benefit the Refugee Children of the Tashi Kyil Monastery.

The monks will prepare traditional Tibetan food as part of the dinner and then present “Life at the Monastery,” during which they will share their experiences of monastic life.

First Presbyterian — “Grannies” will be the theme of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The service will be a celebration of the involvement with the local Granny Connection and the HIV/AIDS work of the Power of Love Foundation in Zambia. There will be a special prayer for grandparents, and youth will be sharing a story of a special grandmother in the Dominican Republic.

Adult Education continues at 11 a.m. Merry Carmichael will lead the discussion on the Community Sustained Dialogue. The topic will be “What can we do to effect changes in our current legal situation; and what can we do in Columbus, Indiana, to effect reintegration into the community following release for a minor drug felony?” 

All are welcome.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will present the message “Why Pray?” with Scripture from James 5:13-20, at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St.

Coffee Connections will take place in the church library from 10 to 11 a.m.

Pastor Cottingham is leading a six-week study on “The Call” by Adam Hamilton. The class meets at 10:10 a.m. Sundays in the multi-purpose room.

Digging Into the Bible is studying “Revival” by Adam Hamilton.

Sunday Night Connections meets at 5 p.m. each week for dinner in Fellowship Hall.

Sounds of Celebration and the Youth Group begins at 5:30 p.m. Kids Connections, YiT Group, and the book study “The Best Yes” all start at 6 p.m.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Columbus Free Methodist –The church recently welcomed Paul Castle as pastor, and his wife, Kristy. Pastor Castle has 35 years of experience in the ministry and is a former superintendent of the Free Methodist’s East Michigan Conference.

Worship is at 10:15 a.m. Sundays at the church, 1511 22nd St.

Information: 812-372-1407.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the sermon “Stand Up!” with scriptures from Esther 7:1-6, 9-10 and Esther 9:20-22 at the 9 a.m. Sunday service, at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Fellowship will begin immediately following worship and Sunday school will start at 10:30 a.m.

Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the homes of Jim and Chris Kimerling and Larry and Connie Nolting; newcomers are always welcome.

The Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home.

The Walker’s group meets at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at Petersville Park; if there is inclement weather, the group will meet at FairOaks Mall.

Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Barbara Hedrick will lead the Prayer Group at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Don Jackson is coordinating volunteer acts of service at Clifty Creek Elementary School each week. Anyone wishing to help should contact him at 812-546-4065.

Information: 812-546-4438, 812-372-3575.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday School for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Wes Jones. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Prayer Room at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

Adult Choir practice is 5 p.m. in the sanctuary with John Shelton leading.

The small group fall session is as follows:

  • Crazy Love starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Friendship Center led by Revs. Gary and Tracey Carter.
  • Greater, a Women’s group, starts at 6 p.m. in Curry Hall led by Donna Jewell.
  • Seven Miracles of Jesus begins at 6 p.m. in the home of Rita Carr.

Ladies’ Connections meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in The Friendship Center, led by Rev. Teri Jones.

Hook, Yarn, and Stitchers meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month in Curry Hall. The group’s current project is making caps for church participants in The Festival of Lights Parade. Experience isn’t necessary. Instruction is available with group leader Gretchen Loman.

“To Live a Healthy Life” will be led by Ed Boston at 7 p.m. Monday in the Friendship Center.

Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship, starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Quilting instruction is available with group leader Robin Bense.

“A Christian Journey with Paul – A Trip Down the Roman Road” begins at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center led by Sandy Dooley.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. with the Jesus And Me program at 6:15 p.m., youth group at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church.

Cub Scouts Pack 588 meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Friendship Center and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. in the church downstairs.

Upcoming events include:

  • The annual Missions Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Friendship Center.
  • Senior Adult Ministries Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Friendship Center.
  • The Harold Carr Memorial Golf Outing will be Oct. 10 at Clifty Creek Golf Course. Tee time is at 1 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email Our website is


SOS Teen group — A Survivors of Suicide teen group will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Community Downtown on Seventh Street in Columbus. The free support group is for teens who have lost a friend or family member due to suicide.

The group will meet the first and third Wednesday evening of each month. Community Downtown is the satellite counseling ministry of Community Church of Columbus.

Information and registration: 812-348-6257 or

Sixth Street General Baptist clothes giveaway — A clothes giveaway will be from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church’s annex building, 2100 Sixth St. in Columbus.

Information: Pastor Kenneth Lee, 812-603-3156.

First Lutheran youth — First Lutheran Youth will meet Sunday after the second worship service. All students grades six and up are invited to come together for a Bible study, lunch, games and service projects.

Information: Jimmy Collins, 812-372-1256.

First United Methodist fall festival — The Fall Festival will be 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. There will be games, food and singing. Details can be found in the weekly bulletin or the monthly Spire.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Petersville United Methodist turkey supper — The 48th Annual Turkey Supper is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 and 7 at the church, 2791 N. County Road 500E.

World Communion Sunday will be celebrated Oct. 4. Bring an object from another country to be displayed on the altar rail in the chancel area. Offerings accepted.