Religion News 11-21

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist — Pastor David Blystone will deliver the Thanksgiving message at a combined traditional and contemporary service at 10 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. There will be no Sunday school. The churchwide Thanksgiving Dinner will follow the service.

Information: 812-372-4555,

Faith Lutheran — Pastor Todd Riordan will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service with Communion at the church, 6000 W. State Road 46 in Columbus.

Riordan also will present the Sunday morning study “How Christianity Changed the World” in the fellowship hall. He will use the book of the same title from Alvin Schmidt. Each week will look at a different area of life as transformed by the influence of Christianity in history.

The study, “Mark: The Serving Christ,” led by Luke and Barbara Jacobus in the conference room Sunday morning, examines how the book of Mark speaks to Christians today about the suffering Messiah and looks at servanthood and sacrifice.

The Confirmation Class will meet for study group in the lounge from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-342-3587,

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will give the message, ”Learning to be Thankful,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Information:

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-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

The adult class, led by Trudi Ellison-Kendall, will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday in the lower level Blue room.

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

Information: 812-372-1531.

St. Paul Lutheran — Spanish worship will be at 12:45 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel and Spanish Sunday school will meet at 1:45 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve service with Holy Communion will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St. The theme of the service will be thankful sowing and reaping, based on II Corinthians 9:6-15.

The Spanish Thanksgiving service will be at 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in the chapel with a Thanksgiving Fiesta to follow in the education building.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Westside Community — Associate Pastor Robert Vester will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, State Road 46 and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. His message is “Thank God for Shoes” from Luke 17:11-19. The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets at the same time.

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

Information: 812-342-8464,

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 church is at 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

The Thanksgiving pitch-in dinner follows the worship service. The church will provide meat, but side dishes, salads and desserts are needed.

There will be no Sunday evening activities.

Here are the small groups meeting this week.

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

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.

Information: 812-379-4287,

Petersville United Methodist — Members will host a Fruitful Congregation Journey team today and Sunday with personal interviews, focus groups, workshops, worship service and activities that involve the entire church.

Ed Fenstermacher will present the message, “Saying Yes to God,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. He will use Scriptures from Matthew 19:16-22 at the 9 a.m. Sunday service. At the close of the service, Fenstermacher will share the final report from the Fruitful Congregation Journey team. Any questions may be directed to Administrative Council chairman Chris Kimerling at 812-375-0898.

Bible study classes will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the homes of Larry Nolting and Jim Kimerling. 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; in the event of 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.

Petersville will host a mission presentation Tuesday by the Rev. Dewey Miller, pastor of Avon United Methodist Church and founder of Kuandaa International. He will talk about mission work in Uganda. Muyembuva Fred, a Ugandan pastor, will also speak. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry and her daughter, Kezia, will travel to Uganda in June for 10 days. An invitation is extended to anyone in the area who would be interested in learning about mission work going on in Uganda. Refreshments will be served.

Information concerning this event: 574-780-2379.

Information: 812-546-4438

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message during the blended services at 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school will meet at 9:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during both services.

The Rev. Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. Sunday casual informal service. All4One Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday.

A church council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. and continue the study of Colossians. Wednesday Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. and continue the study of the Book of Psalms. Both Bible studies meet in the Chapel.

The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the message, “A Life Audit,” during the 9 and 11 a.m. Thanksgiving services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be from Joel 2:21-27 and Matthew 6:25-33. Coffee Connections will take place between services in the library.

Pastor Lisa Cottingham will lead a short-term Advent study at 6 p.m. Sundays. The five-week class will follow the book “Sent.”

The Travelers Class will meet to discuss the topics of thankfulness and gratitude.

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

Santa’s Workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 in Fellowship Hall and is open to everyone. There will be crafts and projects children of all ages can make. It is free to participate, but offerings are accepted. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: Sarah Campbell at 371-2851,

White Gift Sunday is Dec. 7. Gifts for children at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, Indiana, will be collected and delivered. A list of gift ideas can be found in the November monthly newsletter or the church office.

The December Monthly Book Club led by the Rev. Boles will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the multipurpose room to discuss “Plainsong” by Kent Haruf.

Information: 812-372-2851,

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Thanksgiving Remix,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Scripture will be Psalm 95, and music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and the Glad Ringers.

Child care is provided for infants, and 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 angel speaking to Mary, as told in Luke 1:26-38.

The American Baptist Youth will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. for games, good food and big fun. Guests are invited.

A Zumba class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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

Information: 812-376-3321,

First Presbyterian — Sunday will be Scott Hill’s last as interim pastor of the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. He will lead worship for the last time at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Guest preacher The Rev. David Crittenden will lead the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive.

Adult and youth Bible study will be at 11 a.m. Sunday.

All are welcome to attend the annual Fairlawn Thanksgiving luncheon at noon.

Information: 812-372-3882,


Westside Community cantata — A Christmas cantata, “Breath of Heaven,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church, State Road 46 and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. The public is invited to come and hear the Gospel told in story and song.

Information: 812-342-8464,

Trinity Pentecostal Holiness — A southern gospel group, The Colwell Family, from Austin will be in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 325 McClure Road in Columbus.

Information: 812-799-0260


Central Heights Church of God — The Thanksgiving dinner with the Revival Road Quartet will be at 4 p.m. today. The public is invited. Information:

North Christian — The annual North Christian Church Holiday Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 27-28 in the lower level auditorium at the church. Items will be available for sale from Ten Thousand Villages, SERRV International, Heifer International, Church World Service and The Granny Connection.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Festival of Lights Parade is Dec. 5. Flintwood will have a float in the procession. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for people interested in volunteering.

The Ladies Secret Pal Lunch follows the Dec. 6 morning service. Participants will be involved in a gift exchange/reveal party. A Cozy Christmas in the Friendship Center around the fireplace is planned for 6 p.m. Organizers will share Christmas carols, goodies and warm fellowship.

Organizers will present the kids Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

Information: 812-379-4287,

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