Religion News 10-24

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Facing Giants in Life and Work” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. It will include Scripture from I Samuel 17:1-11 and 32-49, addressing vocational health. Music worship will be led by an ensemble with “Holy Spirit.”Child care is provided for infants. Children’s church is available for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m., following Coffee Fellowship.Sunday school classes for children will continue the Transformed Series with “Moses Mentors Joshua,” from Exodus 17:8-13, 24:12-13, Numbers 27:15-23 and Deuteronomy 31:1-8. The phrase of the week is “Be a good student.”

Zumba classes will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Tuesday, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m., and the Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m.

4TWELVE, a midweek gathering of students in Grades 6-8, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday for breakfast and Bible study at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. Men of First Baptist and their guests are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321 or fbccolumbus.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Wes Jones. The prayer ministry team meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Prayer Room, and adult choir practice led by John Shelton is at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

A Fall Party for Grown-Ups will be at 6 p.m. today in The Friendship Center. Pitch-in, table games and a scavenger hunt will be part of the fun. Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes from their favorite decade.

Veterans will be honored in the Nov. 8 morning service.

The small-group fall session is as follows:

Crazy Love in the Friendship Center, Greater in Curry Hall and Seven Miracles of Jesus in the home of Rita Carr, all at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ladies’ Connections meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in The Friendship Center.

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 5 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. Tuesday in The Friendship Center.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 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. The 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.

Information: 812-379-4287,

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar and director of music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. A nursery for preschool-aged children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

Trudi Ellison-Kendall will lead the adult class Sunday to continue the study of the book “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor.

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

Handbell choir rehearsal will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL12, and Chancel Choir rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL8.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Central Heights Church of God — Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. That evening’s small group is titled Gospel Project.

Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 812-372-4857,

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message “Ask in Faith” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. He will use Scripture from Job 42:1-6,10-17, Hebrews 7:23-28 and Mark 10:46-52. Sunday school will be available starting at 9 a.m., and fellowship will begin at 9:40 a.m.

Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will lead the service this weekend for United Nations Sunday. For decades, Unitarian Universalists have celebrated United Nations Sunday in October near the anniversary of the founding of the U.N. This year’s celebration will focus on the important work of the United Nations Children’s Fund, known as UNICEF.

Church youth will distribute collection boxes on Sunday for UNICEF donations.

Newbern United Methodist — The book of Job will be explored during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. The third installment considers God’s role in life and in the world. The sermon — “Why Did You Do That?” — will be based upon Job 38:1-7 and 34-41 and will explore the topic of who God is.

Sunday school is available at 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship/free meal will be from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church, one block north of 25th Street in Newbern. Bring boxes of macaroni and cheese to donate to Love Chapel throughout October.

Information: 574-780-2384.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will continue with her series of sermons about Job at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. The sermon “Who is God?” will include Scripture from Job 38:1-7 and 34-41. Joe Bush will be liturgist, Teresa Covert will give the children’s message, and Jean Parker will lead Junior Church for those 5 years old through fifth grade. Fellowship will immediately follow worship, and Sunday school begins at 10:30 a.m.

Monday night Bible studies will meet at 6:30 at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. The Walkers group meets at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at Petersville Park. In the event of inclement weather, they meet at FairOaks Mall. The Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. The prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the church, with Barb Hedrick leading.

Don Jackson is coordinating volunteers for projects at Clifty Creek Elementary School. Anyone wishing to help may reach Jackson at 812-546-4065.

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

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will present the message “Are We Blind” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be from Mark 10:46-52.

A special Pastor Appreciation Reception in Fellowship Hall will take place between services. Coffee Connections will be part of this reception. A basket will be provided for cards and notes for the pastors.

At 6 p.m. Sunday in the Multipurpose Room, two people who have made trips to Mission Guatemala will present an informational program explaining what it takes to plan a mission trip. All are welcome.

Information: 812-372-2851 or


Music at First Presbyterian — Instant Classic will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Columbus’ First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. Instant Classic is the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2015 International Quartet Champion. Members of the quartet are tenor David Zimmerman, lead Theo Hicks, baritone Kohl Kitzmiller, and bass Kyle Kitzmiller.Members perform a variety of music, from vocal jazz to pop to musical theater.This is the first concert in the Music at First Presbyterian Church series for 2015-2016. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

North Christian series — The Special Music Series will resume at 3:30 p.m. today with the Hoosier Hills Choral Festival, hosted by the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choirs, under the direction of Ruth Dwyer. The concert will take place in the sanctuary at the church, 850 Tipton Lane.

Voces Nove Chamber Choir will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the church. Their director, Sue Swaney, is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. The program include a full Bach cantata.

The Columbus Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the direction of Vanessa Edwards will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 8.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Woodsmen Quartet concert — The Southern gospel group the Woodsmen Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Burnsville Christian Church, 2891 S. County Road 900E. An offering will be taken for the group that includes Columbus’ Jim Hutson.

Information: 812-579-5611.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — The group will elect new officers at its next meeting that begins with a chili and hot dog meal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsville Church of Christ, 160 N. Washington St. The meeting and a speaker will follow at 7 p.m.Parkside Baptist Fall Festival — Fall Festival will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 1780 Rocky Ford Road. Festival includes food, games and special door prizes. No tricks, just lots of treats and candy. Non-scary costumes are welcome. Everyone is invited.

Information: 812-372-5889 or

Flintwood Wesleyan Trunk or Treat — Trunk or Treat will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Chili, hot dogs and candy will be served. It is a safe place for the community children to share Halloween, including bounce houses, slides and other fun things to do.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes will be collected Nov. 15-22. Boxes are available in the foyer of the sanctuary for people to take and fill.

The church’s 26th annual Open Heart Craft Show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14.

Information: 812-379-4287, email or visit

Central Heights Church of God Trunk or Treat — 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at 3151 Sharon Lane.

Scipio United Methodist’s Annual Chicken Noodle Dinner — 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Scipio Fire Department, State Road 7. Menu includes chicken and noodles or ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, slaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $8 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Old Union United Church of Christ 200th anniversary — Edinburgh church begins its 200th anniversary Year of Celebration Nov. 1 at County Road 800N and County Road 50W.

A chili supper and flea market will be 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14.

The Voices Christmas Concert will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Petersville United Methodist Trunk or Treat — 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 2781 N. County Road 500E.

The 48th annual Turkey Supper will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 6-7. Carry-outs will be available in the annex at the northeast corner of the church property. The menu includes baked turkey and gravy, homemade dressing and noodles, vegetables, relish, rolls, dessert and drink. Adult tickets will be $10, children ages 5-12 will be $5 and children 4 and under may eat free.

Information: 812-372-3575 or 812-603-8378.

First Baptist Trunk or Treat — The annual Trunk or Treat will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the church parking lot, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Hot drinks will be available for everyone. A new feature this year will be hayrides around the church. Prizes will be awarded for decorated trunks with selection by trick-or-treaters’ votes.

The Shoebox Project is underway. Ideas for the contents include small toys, school supplies and hygiene items. Other items that will fit into a shoe box could include sunglasses, flashlights with extra batteries and a note to the child. Boxes marked for “boy” or “girl” need to be brought to the church by Nov. 15. Donations of $7 per box will help with shipping expenses.

Information: 812-376-3321 or fbccolumbus.

First United Methodist Holiday Bazaaar — Learning Tree Preschool’s Holiday Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14. Vendors interested in renting a booth should call the preschool office at 812-378-2825 by Nov. 2.

The 25th anniversary of the FUMC Cookie Walk will be Nov. 21. You can preorder cookies, candies or sweet breads now. Member Jim Paris is designing a commemorative cookie for the event.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.