Religion News 12-26

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Bill Griffith will deliver the message, “Discovering God’s Humanity,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. The Christmastide scripture will be Luke 2:41-53. Music will be provided by the EPIC Ensemble and a drama, “A Tale of Two Toys,” will be presented.

Child care will be provided for infants, and children’s church is available for toddlers and preschool-age children. Older children will remain in the service.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school classes for children will be “Young Jesus in the Temple” with Scripture from Luke 2:41-52.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will present the message, “God Knows What the New Year Holds,” from James 4:13-17 during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at the corner of 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. The Children’s Ministry program through sixth grade meets during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Westside members will be reading the “One-Year Bible” together as a church beginning in January. Bibles are available at the church for families needing one.

Several Bible studies and small groups meet throughout the week.

Information: 812-342-8464 or

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message, “Let the Children Come,” from Mark 10:13-16 at the blended Sunday services beginning at 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. at 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school will meet at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Children’s church will meet during both morning services. A toddler room/nursery is available during morning services.

The evening service will begin at 6 p.m. Aigner will present the message, “For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever,” from 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 and Revelations 5:11-14.

All4One Youth Group will resume at 5 p.m. Jan. 3 in the youth room.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the chapel and continue the study of Colossians. Wednesday Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. and continue the study of Psalms.

The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Doug Tracy will deliver the message, “Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts,” with Scripture from Luke 2:41-52 and Colossians 3:12-17 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-3882 or

First Lutheran SonRise Bible study — The first half of the 15th year of the SonRise Bible study for those with intellectual and emotional disabilities recently was completed at the church, 3600 25th St., with 45 participants and 37 volunteers. The evening included the Wounded Healer band playing Christmas songs, community prayers, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and pizza and drinks.

The second half of the year will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in the fellowship hall. The gatherings are open to all. No reservations are needed. Information:

First Presbyterian — The Gospel lesson of Luke 2:41-52 when Jesus’ parents find him at the temple will be the focus of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will use Scripture from Luke 2:41-51 to deliver the message, “Now What? The Christmas Letdown,” at the 10 a.m. united service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus

The Travelers class will not be meeting this week.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Flintwood Wesleyan — The small group Stitches From The Heart, led by Robin Bense, will be meeting in the Friendship Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for a special project at the church, 5300 E. 25th St.

Sunday school for all ages begins 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 p.m. in the Prayer Room. Adult Choir practice is at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m.

Ladies’ Connections meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in the Friendship Center, led by the Rev. Jones. Church youth will be in Indianapolis for the Follow 2015 National Youth Conference being held Monday through Thursday.

Play Out the Old and Bring In the New Year Party will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Friendship Center. Organizers encourage attendees to bring snacks and table games.

Information: 812-379-4287,

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “What We Can Learn from Children,” with Scripture from Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Colossians 3:12-17 and Luke 2:41-52 during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study will resume at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist — A joint choir composed of members from Petersville United Methodist, 2781 N. County Road 500E, and Newbern United Methodist, one block north of 25th Street in Newbern, will present the message in song Sunday morning at the 9 a.m. worship service at Petersville and again at the 10:30 a.m. service at Newbern. The cantata, “Sing a Song of Christmas,” will be directed by Kathy Bush with Chris Kimerling as accompanist. Narration will be by Patsy Harris, Joe Bush, Barb Hedrick, Teresa Covert, Michal Scherer-Berry, Carol Romine and Larry Nolting.

Junior Church will not meet on Sunday. Sit and Stitch group and the Monday night Bible study classes will not meet this coming week. Information: 574-780-2379.

Volunteer activities at Clifty Creek School will resume following Christmas break. Information: Don Jackson, 812-546-4065.

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Marcus Manley, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa, will deliver the sermon, “From Bethlehem to Jerusalem,” based on Scripture from Luke 2:22-40 at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 6045 E. State St. in Columbus. He will lead the Adult Bible class at 9:30 am. Pastor Leonard Fiene will be recognized on the 60th anniversary of his ordination during the 8 a.m. service.

A New Year’s Eve Communion service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church with the sermon theme, “Bloodshed at Bethlehem.” The Spanish New Year’s Eve service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in the chapel.

Information: 812-376-6504.


Petersville United Methodist pastor chats — Pastor Stormy Scherer-Berry will begin holding Chats with the Pastor. All members and friends of Petersville, located at 2781 N. County Road 500E, are invited to sign up for one of the chats. The dates and times are 3:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and 17 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 21 at the parsonage.

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