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Faith Lutheran — Pastor Todd Riordan will deliver the message in the 9 a.m. Sunday service with communion at the church, 6000 State Road 46W in Columbus. Riordan will lead the Sunday morning study, “The Songs of Faith,” in the fellowship hall.

Luke and Barbara Jacobus will lead the study, “Mark: The Serving Christ,” in the conference room.

The Women’s Bible Study, studying the life of Martin Luther with the video series, “A Man Named Martin,” meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church fellowship hall.

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. He will use Scripture from Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; and Luke 4:21-30 as he highlights Jesus’ transformation and speaks of believers own “transformative opportunities.”

Information: 812-372-3783 or

Westside Community — Associate pastor Robert Vester will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets at the same time.

Westside is reading the “One-Year Bible” as a congregation and the pastors are giving their message from the weekly readings this year. Bibles are available at the church for families needing one.

Two new studies will begin from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday as a part of the Westside Marriage Enrichment Series. The men will continue with “33: The Series” and this study will be “A Man and His Marriage.” The women’s study will be “Following God: Enhancing Your Marriage.”

Information: 812-342-8464 or

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message from the Book of Philippians at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday blended worship service at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Children’s church will be conducted during the service. A staffed nursery/toddler room is available during the service. Sunday school will meet after the service, at about 10:40 a.m.

At the conclusion of the morning service, members will have the opportunity to cast their vote on the Fruitful Congregations Journey Step Three. A liturgist training session will be at 10:40 a.m. for all current liturgists and anyone who is interested in volunteering. Aigner will bring the message from the Book of Thessalonians at the 6 p.m. casual service.

ALL4One youth group will meet at 5 p.m. in the Youth Room.

Bible study meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday and is studying Colossians. Wednesday evening Bible study meets at 7 p.m. and is finishing the study on the Book of Psalms. Wednesday Bible study will soon begin a new study on the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome to join. Both studies meet in the chapel.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will present the message, “The Church is Where Love Lives,” at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13. Coffee Connections will be serving coffee and tea. A Mission Fair will be between services in Fellowship Hall. The fair will provide the opportunity to learn about missions supported by FUMC and how to get involved.

Travelers Class will continue its discussion of the book “Jesus’ Plan for a New World Order” by Father Richard Rohr. The Rev. Boles is leading the discussions.

The first Noon Timers luncheon will take place at noon Wednesday in Fellowship Hall. Soup will be provided. Participants should bring a salad or dessert to share. To sign up for lunch, contact the church office by Sunday.

To mark the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 10. The service will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. All are welcome.

The Rev. Boles has chosen “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for his next Book Club selection. This book discussion will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Larry Jackman will lead worship at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. He will deliver the message, “Is This Not Joseph’s Son?: The Call to be Hometown,” with Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Gospel Luke 4:21-30. Three of the youth will be confirmed. The Fairlawn Praise and Worship Band will perform featuring Denise Kocur and Roger Banister.

Adult Sunday school is studying the gospel of John, and the elementary classes are using the LEGO curriculum as study.

The Women’s Bible study is reading and discussing the book “The Bible Tells Me So” by Peter Enns. This group enjoys knitting or crocheting hats for a neonatal unit for premature infants as its mission. They meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m. followed by the worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Wes Jones at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. The Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church. Adult Choir practice is at 5 p.m. The annual Birthday Bash will be in the Friendship Center at 6 p.m. today with games, cake and ice cream.

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

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. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room.

Cub Scout Pack No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop No. 588 meets at 7 p.m.

A new small group, Senior Perks, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the Friendship Center. The format is an informal time of fellowship, allowing people 55 and older a chance to get to know one another. Coffee, donuts and cookies will be served.

Scout Troop No. 588 will have a Pancake Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6 in the Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287, or email

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Discovering God as Clothing,” with Scripture from Galatians 3:27 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the EPIC Ensemble with “Hello, My Name Is.”

Child care is available for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children. Older children will remain in the service this week. Classes for all ages will begin following coffee fellowship. Children’s Sunday school lesson will be about Jeremiah’s Call, from Jeremiah 1:4-10.

An elective class for adults will be led by David Carlson of Franklin College. Carlson will present the following topics: “What Every American Needs to Know about ISIS” and “We Dare Not Look Away: The Appeal of ISIS to Today’s Youth.” A question-and-answer session will follow. The public is welcome.

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

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

A fellowship meal will be served at 5 p.m. Wednesday with cost by donation. Reservations are recommended through the registration sheet or 812-376-3321. 4TWELVE will meet at 6 p.m.

The Cross Connections Winter Learning Series will begin at 6 p.m. The topic will be “Fleeced: Avoiding Financial and Other Scams.” This series is pertinent to any age group including senior and middle adults and those who are involved with the care and decision making of aging parents.

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

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present her sermon, “Known,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scripture includes Jeremiah 1:4-10. Teresa Covert will serve as liturgist and also give the children’s sermon. Kathy Bush will lead the choir in special music. Junior Church will be available for children from age 5 to fifth grade. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

“Chats with the Pastor” will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the parsonage.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Baker’s Dozen study group will meet at the Nolting home and the Journey Bible study will meet at the Kimerling home. The Sit and Stitch group will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., also at the Nolting home. The Walking group meets each Monday and Wednesday morning at FairOaks Mall at 9 a.m. Choir practice will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and the Prayer group will meet at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday with Barb Hedrick as leader.

Don Jackson is the coordinator for volunteer activities at Clifty Creek Elementary School, and he can be contacted at 812-546-4065.

Information: 812-447-9357

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 in Columbus. A nursery for preschool age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

The adult class, led by Trudi Ellison-Kendall, will resume at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Blue Room to continue the study of the book “Radical Welcome” by Stephanie Spellers.

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

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

A combined Ash Wednesday service will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St.

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “ A Prayer-Conditioned Life,” with Scripture from Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:21-30 during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with Fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — Doug Redford will be the speaker at the next meeting with a fried chicken dinner at 6:30 p.m. and his remarks beginning at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 23 at Jonesville Christian Church, 609 S. Commerce Drive near Seymour.

Information: Alvin Balmer, 812-526-2071

Coffee Creek Baptist — A Valentine’s Dinner for donations of any amount will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the fellowship hall of the church in Paris Crossing. The menu will include a choice of chicken or pork with potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, slaw, broccoli slaw and desserts. All proceeds go to church improvements.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The youth are selling Chicago Pizza cards as a fundraiser for events for the year. See Pastor Teri Jones or one of the youth to purchase.

Flintwood and Friends Crochet (formerly Hook, Yarn and Stitchers) will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in Curry Hall.

There will be a Zone 3 Youth Rally from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. More information will follow.

The Winter/Spring Session of small groups will begin in February. Sign-up sheets are available in the church foyer.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

First Lutheran youth — First Lutheran Youth meets on the last Sunday of each month after the second worship service. All students grades 6 and up are invited to come together for a Bible study, lunch, games and service projects.

Information: 812-372-1256

Petersville United Methodist fundraising dinner — Kezia Scherer-Berry, a Petersville member, is organizing a Fat Tuesday dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, fruit, coffee cake, juice, milk and coffee. Cost: $5, and ages 5 and younger eat free.

Scherer-Berry is raising $3,000 for a mission trip to Uganda in June and has chosen this event as her senior project. Her mother, the Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry, will accompany her on the Uganda trip, and she will be training local pastors and church leaders while Kezia will be working with children and youth.

Information and tickets: 574-780-2379

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