Religion News 11-14

Services and studies

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scripture from Luke 12:13-21 when she presents her sermon, “Rich Christians,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Karen Mize will serve as liturgist, Teresa Covert will give the children’s message, and Maxine Harden will lead Junior Church for children in kindergarten to fifth grade. Allyson Loper will provide special music during the service with her signing skills. First will be “At the Cross.” During the offertory, she will be signing to the song “The River.”

A time of fellowship will follow the service, and Sunday school will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The Monday night Bible study classes will meet at the Larry Nolting home and Jim Kimerling home at 6:30 p.m. Sit and Stitch group will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., also at the Nolting home. The Walking Group will meet at Petersville Park at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesdays; if there is inclement weather, they will meet at FairOaks Mall. The Prayer Group will meet at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, with Barb Hedrick as leader.

Don Jackson is coordinating volunteer work at Clifty Creek Elementary School and can be reached 812-546-4065.

The weekend of Nov. 20 to 22 will be centered on the Fruitful Congregation Journey Consultation, a program that Petersville has been a part of for more than a year. There will be personal interviews, focus groups, workshops, worship service and other activities that involve the entire church. Phone Chris Kimerling at 812-375-0898 for further information.

The Rev. Dewey Miller, pastor of Avon United Methodist Church and founder of Kuandaa International, will speak about mission work in Uganda during a visit Nov. 24 at the church. Muyembuva Fred, a Uganadan pastor, also will speak. Scherer-Berry and her daughter, Kezia Scherer-Berry, will travel to Uganada in June for 10 days. An invitation is extended to anyone in the area who would be interested in learning about the mission work going on in Uganda. Refreshments will be served.

For further information concerning this event: 574-780-2379.

Additional general information: 812-546-4438.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Sarah Lund will speak on “Born From Generosity,” from Psalm 16 and Mark 13:1-8, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday Harvest Day service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus.

Men of all ages are invited to the Men’s Breakfast 7:30 a.m. today at the church.

Information: 812-372-3882,

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will deliver the message, “Fighting an Uphill Battle,” from Judges 7:1-8, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, State Road 46 and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the 10 a.m. service.

All families are invited to a Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the church. Information:

Tempered Steel Men’s Ministry is doing a study, “Faith Commander — Living Five Values from the Parables of Jesus,” which meets from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the church. This is a six-week study by the “Duck Dynasty” cast.

The Westside Women have begun a new Bible study, “Crazy Love — Overwhelmed by a Relentless God,” by Francis Chan. This is an 11-week study that meets from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. Information:

The Ruby Tuesday Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. The women are sponsoring a coat drive for the Lincoln-Central Family Neighborhood Center. They are collecting new and gently used coats for children and adults through Sunday.

Information: 812-342-8464, westsidecommunity

First Presbyterian — During the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service, interim Pastor Scott Hill will share reflections of his time in the Middle East and also draw from more than 30 years of dialogue with Muslims for his message on the relationship between Christians and Muslims. Hill also has been a one of two facilitators of a local, informal 16-member Christian-Muslim dialogue group that formed in Columbus in January.

The church is at 512 Seventh St.

Information: 812-372-3783,

Asbury United Methodist — Pastor David Blystone will deliver the message “What is your Nickname?” from Acts 4:32-37 at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St., Columbus. Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m. The Jesus And Me program for ages 3 to 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. Nursery is available all morning. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

The Asbury Youth Garage Sale will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. today. Proceeds from the sale benefit the youth summer work camp trip and local missions.

Gift boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas project are available at the Information Center. All gift boxes are due back by Sunday.

There will be a combined service at 10 a.m. Nov. 22 in the sanctuary. Elements of traditional and contemporary worship will be combined for this special service. The churchwide Thanksgiving dinner will follow worship in the Contemporary Worship Center.

Members will collect canned corn for Love Chapel’s holiday baskets this month.

Information: 812-372-4555,

Central Height Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will deliver the message, “Follow the witnesses before you,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. A veterans tribute also will be presented, celebrating their service and sacrifice. Sunday school for children and adults will begin at 9:30 a.m. Both children’s church and nursery are available.

Information: churchofgod

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Content to Give,” at the 9:30 a.m. Commitment Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. It will include Scripture from I Timothy 6:6-16. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and the WAVE ringers. A drama, “Ordinary Women,” will be presented.

The youth coffee bar fundraiser will be open before and after the service. All proceeds will be applied to the cost of a week of summer camp at Green Lake, Wisconsin.

The health team will take blood pressures before and after the service.

Child care is provided for infants. Children’s church is available for toddlers and preschool-age children. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Sunday school classes for children will center around the story of Zacchaeus as taken from Luke 29:1-10.

The revision service will begin at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The topic, “Kangaroos and Mustard Seeds,” is geared toward youth and children, but the service is open to all.

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

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

The Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Pastor Cash will lead a study on the book of Ruth at 6 p.m. Wednesday, which is open to all. While ancient, the story of Ruth is in many ways a contemporary one, looking at immigration and refugee settlement issues, harvest and stewardship themes, the care of widowed persons and much more.

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

Information: 812-376-3321, fbccolumbus.

Sardinia Baptist — The annual Harvest Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the church, 12642 State Road 3 in Sardinia near the Decatur Couty-Bartholomew County line. A pitch-in dinner will follow.

The Rev. Robert Woodyard, pastor at the church from 1992 to 1995, will speak at a 2 p.m. service. Columbus resident Tom Rust pastors the church.

Information: 812-591-3699.

First United Methodist — Youth Sunday is this weekend. The FUMC Youth Group, Grades 7 to 12, will lead the congregation in worship at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services through sermon, songs, prayers and Scripture at the church, 618 Eighth St. Coffee Connections will take place between services in the library.

November is Food for Fish Month to benefit Love Chapel. Envelopes for donations are located in the pew racks and the church office.

The Travelers Class is continuing its video series, “Painting the Stars.” Sunday’s topic is Imagining the Future.

The monthly book club led by the Rev. Howard Boles will meet Sunday at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room to discuss “Saint Maybe” by Anne Tyler.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Norman Wilson, who ministered on “The Wesleyan Hour” radio for more than 30 years, will speak. His program was on 40 stations in the United States and more than 250 worldwide with an estimated audience of 100 million people.

The Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Prayer Room. Adult choir practice, led by John Shelton, is at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child boxes will be collected Sunday through Nov. 22. Boxes are available in the foyer of the sanctuary to take and fill.

Here are the small groups meeting during the fall:

Sunday: Crazy Love at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center led by Revs. Gary and Tracey Carter; and Greater, a women’s group, at 6 p.m. in Curry Hall led by Donna Jewell.

Monday: Ladies’ Connections meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at 10 a.m. in The Friendship Center led by Rev. Teri Jones; To Live a Healthy Life” at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center led by Ed Boston.

Tuesday: Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship at 5 p.m., with quilting instruction available with group leader Robin Bense; “A Christian Journey with Paul — A Trip Down the Roman Road” at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center led by Sandy Dooley.

Wednesday: Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. with JAM at 6:15 p.m., youth at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church.

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

Information: 812-379-4287,

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Let Us Consider How to Provoke,” with Scripture from 1 Samuel 1:4-20, Hebrews 13:1-8 and Mark 12:38-44, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Sunday school will be at 9 a.m., and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.

Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 812-526-9430.


First United Methodist concert series — The Fridays at First free concert series will present First United Methodist organist Robin Gratz in concert on the Moller Golden Memorial Organ at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the sanctuary at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Mount Pleasant Christian Union Open Mic Night — Open Mic Night, which has drawn as many as 80 singers, other performers and audience members, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 4960 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. Performers can bring music tracks if they wish.

Information: 812-344-0478.

First Church of the Nazarene concert The Southern gospel group Soul’d Out Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the church, 1245 McClure Road in Columbus. Redemption’s Cross also will perform.

Admission is $5.

Information: 812-764-0157.


First United Methodist — The 25th anniversary of the FUMC Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. until noon Nov. 21 in Fellowship Hall. There will be a wide variety of homemade cookies, peanut brittle, divinity and fudge. Many of the cookies will be decorated Christmas cookies to freeze and use for the holidays. Proceeds from this event are used to support missions.

White Gift Sunday will be Dec. 6. Staffers at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon will collect and deliver gifts for children. Additional information can be found in the November Spire or by calling the church office.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Flintwood Wesleyan craft show — The 26th annual Open Heart Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

Members are compiling and collecting small gifts packed into shoeboxes for youngsters in poor nations worldwide as part of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child outreach. Boxes are available in the foyer of the sanctuary for people to take and fill with trinkets and small toys, along with school supplies and hygiene items.

The Thanksgiving pitch-in dinner will follow morning worship Nov. 22. The church will provide the meat. Side dishes, salads and desserts are needed. There will be a sign-up sheet in the church foyer.

Information: 812-379-4287,

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

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — The 200th anniversary Chili Supper and Flea Market will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

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

Information: 812-526-9430.

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