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Grace Lutheran — A Lenten worship service will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with “Blessed are the Peacemakers: A Sermon Series on Personal Peacemaking” at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. The message for Wednesday explores Christian responses to conflict. A light supper is served at 5:45 p.m. Child care is available.

Information: 812-799-7274; gracecolumbus.org

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the message, “My Response to Jesus,” from Matthew 27:15-26 at 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 those from birth through sixth grade meets during the service.

Members are reading the One-Year Bible together as a church, 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 are being offered from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Westside Marriage Enrichment Series. The Men of Westside are studying “A Man and His Marriage” from “33-The Series.” The Women’s study is “Following God: Enhancing Your Marriage.”

Information: 812-342-8464

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver his sermon, “We Remember We Are God’s Children,” based on Luke 4:1-13.

The Children’s Worship Arts and soloist Rebecca Stenner will provide music, motion and art as Lent begins. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Christian Education opportunities for children in preschool through elementary begins at 10 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour at 11 a.m. Sunday is offering an inductive Bible study on the book of Colossians. Sunday school for Youth begins at 10:45 a.m. and Youth group is from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Women’s Bible Study is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Four Seasons Retirement Center. The Adult Choir practices at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Men’s Support Group and the Women’s Support Group meet at 7 a.m. Friday. Those in need of a meal are invited to the hot meal offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — A guest preacher, the Rev. Sarah Cochran, will deliver the message at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Fellowship time will immediately follow the worship service, as well as adult and youth Christian education. Child care is available through worship and educational time.

All women are encouraged to attend the Women’s Bible study from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

The Fairlawn Worship Band will play throughout the Worship Service on Feb. 21, featuring Denise and John Kocur and special guest Roger Banister.

Newbern United Methodist — Pastor Ed Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “What’s Important?,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service as the church on State Road 46 in Newbern as he preaches on Luke 4:1-13 on the devil leading Jesus into the desert. He will address the one sure way to respond to temptation. This first Sunday in the season of Lent sets the tone for Christian reflection and responsibility during the season leading up to Easter.

St. Paul Lutheran — The theme for the 7 p.m. Wednesday Lenten service at the church, 6045 E. State St., will be based on “I Will Ponder the Lord’s Supper.” A hymn sing will precede the service beginning at 6:45 p.m. A light supper will be served in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will offering.

Information: 812-376-6504

Central Heights Church of God — The Rev. John Marquis will deliver the message, “Do I Have to Love Myself to Love Others?,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus. Youth will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The free Celebrate Recovery program in a biblical-centered environment starts at 7 p.m. March 4 at the church. It will be a seven-week group. Registration is required due to limited space. Register before March 2 by emailing jmarquis2013@gmail.com.

Information: centralheight schurchofgodcolumbus.com

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Discovering God as Love,” with Scripture from I John 4:7-12 and I Corinthians 13, at the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Joyful Ringers and Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children. The children’s church lesson will be about “Jesus Feeds 5,000,” from John 6:1-14. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school lesson will be “Jesus Calls Disciples,” as found in Luke 5:1-11.

Revision Rehearsal will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the theme of “Building a Strong Foundation.”

Zumba Classes will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. The Prayer Shawl Ministry will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

4TWELVE, a midweek gathering of students in grades 6 to 12, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Cross Connections Lenten study will revisit the theme “Discovering God” at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The DVD-based study featuring Pastor John Ortberg reveals how Jesus made an inescapable influence on the world and how you can make one, too.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at Four Seasons Retirement Center at 6:15 a.m. Friday on Taylor Road for breakfast and study.

Information: 812-376-3321; fbccolumbus.org

First Lutheran — A Lenten service will be conducted at 7 p.m. each Wednesday through March 23 of Lent — Easter is March 27 — at the church, 3600 25th St. in Columbus. A light meal will be at 6 p.m. before each service and all are welcome.

Information: 812-372-1256; flccolumbus.org

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the message, “Our Desert Journey: Purposeful Steps,” using Scripture from Luke 4:1-13 and Deuteronomy 26:1-11 at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Coffee Connections will take place in the library between services.

Travelers Class will be discussing “Wired Word” topics or contemporary news events looked at from a faith viewpoint. All are welcome to join the discussions.

The Love-a-Child Scholarship Campaign is taking place this month. The campaign raises funds to assist families with tuition to Learning Tree Preschool, a ministry of First United Methodist Church.

Beginning Sunday, Pastor Lisa Cottingham will lead a six-week Lenten study on the Gospel of John at two class times, 10:10 a.m. Sundays in the multi-purpose room and 6 p.m. Sundays in the conference room.

During the season of Lent, Boles will offer a 30-minute worship service at noon Wednesdays in the Chapel. This will start this Wednesday and end March 23. Bring a sack lunch if you would like to have lunch with the group after service.

Scout Sunday is Feb. 21. A pancake breakfast from Boy Scout Troop 550 and Girl Scout cookies from Troop 3063 will be available.

Boles has chosen “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for his next Book Club selection at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

Information: 812-372-2851; fumccolumbus.org

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday School for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Wes Jones at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Prayer Room. This is Scout Sunday, when Scout Troop and Cub Pack 588 will be honored. Adult Choir practice is at 5 p.m. The regular evening service is not scheduled for the next eight weeks.

There will be a Zone 3 Youth Rally from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The regular Wednesday schedule has been canceled. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concert geared to the youth. All age groups are welcome.

Cub Scout Pack 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. Thursday

Winter/spring small groups:

Sunday: “Hymns and More,” led by John Shelton, will meet at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Hymns will be sung, stories of origin and interesting hymn facts will be discussed. “War Room,” led by Donna Jewell, will meet at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Monday: “Ladies’ Connections” meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in the Friendship Center, led by the Rev. Teri Jones. “Stitches from the Heart” is a quilting fellowship led by Robin Bense that meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Tuesday: “A Christian Journey with Paul: A Trip Down The Roman Road,” led by Sandy Dooley, meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Friday: “Senior Perks,” led by Darlene Morford, for senior adults, meets from 10 a.m. to noon in the Friendship Center. “All Creatures Great and Small,” led by Marie Brauneller, meets Feb. 19 and 26 and March 11, 18 and 25 in the Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287; flintwoodoffice@gmail.com

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar and director of music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday 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. Handbell Choir rehearsal will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL12. Chancel Choir rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL8.

The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. today in the lower level of the church.

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Lent: Spring Training for Christians,” during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Romans 10:8b-13 and Luke 4:1-13. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

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

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present her message, “Lent,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. The message will be based on Deuteronomy 16:1-11 and Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16. Teresa Covert will lead the children’s message. Junior church is available for children ages 5 through 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. The United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the church.

The Baker’s Dozen study group meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nolting home and the Journey study group meets at the Kimerling home. Sit-n-Stitch group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home. Walking Group meets at 9 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. and the prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-447-9357

Music

Sixth Street General Baptist concert — The Richard Harper Family will sing at noon today at the church, 2102 Sixth St. in Columbus.

Information: 812-603-3156

Events

Flintwood Wesleyan youth fundraiser — The Youth are selling Chicago Pizza cards as a fundraiser for events this year. Pastor Teri Jones or one of the youth will have them available for purchase.

The Annual Heart of Ministry auction and dinner will be at 6 p.m. March 4 in the Friendship Center. Those with new or gently used items to donate may contact the church office. Themed baskets are always welcome. Proceeds from the auction supports local and global missions projects.

The Two Service Planning team meeting has been rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Friendship Center

Information: 812-379-4287

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