Religion News – February 20

Services and studies

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the message, “Our Desert Journey: Patient Yearning,” using scripture from Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Luke 13:31-35 at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Coffee Connections will take place in the library between services.

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

Pastor Lisa Cottingham is leading a six-week Lenten study on the Gospel of John by Adam Hamilton at 10:10 a.m. Sunday mornings in the multi-purpose room and at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings in the conference room.

The February Book Club with Boles will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday. This month’s selection is “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison.

During the season of Lent, the Rev. Boles is offering a brief, 30-minute worship service in the Chapel every Wednesday at noon. Bring a sack lunch if you would like to have lunch with the group after the service. These services will run through March 23.

Scout Sunday is Feb. 28. A pancake breakfast from Boy Scout Troop 550 and Girl Scout cookies from Troop 3063 will be available.

Beautiful You is an event for all girls in grades 7 to 12 on April 8 at the church. There will be guest speakers, group challenges, games, food, crafts, scripture and discussion. Call the church office to register by March 12.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Discovering God as Justice,” with Scripture from Isaiah 30:18 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Glad Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Children’s church message will be about “The Road to Emmaus” from Luke 24:13-35. Child care is available for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday School lesson will be “Trust in the Lord,” from Jeremiah 17:5-10.

The Revision Service, a casual family orientated time, will begin at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

The Cross Connections Lenten Study will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The DVD-based study featuring Pastor John Ortberg reveals how Jesus made an inescapable influence on the world.

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard in Columbus, will include a time to reflect on ways generosity of the congregation has affected people’s lives, according to the Rev. Mary Moore, interim minister. She said she sees giving and receiving in all forms fosters a sense of community and interconnectedness. Expanding reflections to include the possibilities inherent in giving financially also will be part of the service.

Information: 812-342-6230;

Newbern United Methodist “Sticking with Jesus” is the message Pastor Ed Scherer-Berry will present at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church for the second Sunday in Lent at the church, 15786 E. Main St. east of Columbus. Based on Luke 13:31-35, the worship service at 10:30 a.m. will encourage attendees to persevere as Jesus persevered, fulfilling their baptismal vows of “accepting Christ’s freedom and power to resist every form of evil, injustice, and oppression.” Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.

A Wednesday meal will be presented from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

The youth coffee bar fundraiser will be open before and after the service. All funds will help youth spend a week at Green Lake camp during the summer.

Blood pressure screenings will be available before and after the service.

Grace Lutheran — The midweek Lenten sermon series continues with the message, “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” with the topic “Glorify God” at the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday service at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. The message explores how conflict can bring glory to God by providing an opportunity to serve others and witness to the Christian faith.

A light supper is served at 5:45 p.m. Child care is available.

Information: 812-372-4859;

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will give the message, “We Remember God Longs for Us,” with Scripture from Luke 13:31-35 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Adult Choir will offer special music during worship. 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. Youth has Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. and Youth Group is from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The Historic Downtown Neighborhood Alliance meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Adult Choir practices at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Those in need of a meal are invited to Love Chapel’s hot meal site at 5 p.m. Friday. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Worship will be led by the Rev. Wes Jones at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Prayer Ministry team meets at 10:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room and Adult Choir practice is at 5 p.m. Sunday evening services are not being held during the next eight weeks.

The Two-Service Planning Team meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Friendship Center.

The Jesus And Me program will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday for children up to fourth grade.

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

Winter/spring small groups meet as follows.

Sunday: Hymns and More, led by John Shelton, will meet at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. “War Room,” led by Donna Jewell, will meet at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Monday: 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. “Stitches from the Heart” is a quilting fellowship led by Robin Bense. The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 29 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, will meet from 10 a.m. to noon in the Friendship Center. This a fellowship open house for Senior Adults (age 55 and older) with doughnuts, cookies, coffee and friendship. All Creatures Great and Small, led by Marie Brauneller, will meet in the Friendship Center and combine fellowship, worship and love of four-legged friends.

Information: 812-379-4287;

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 meet 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 meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room LL8.

The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 11 in the lower level of the church at 850 Tipton Lane.

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Seeing God’s Goodness in the Land,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1 and Luke 13:31-35. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m., and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday’s Bible Study meets at 6:30 p.m.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present her message, “God’s Promises”, at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 North County Road 500E. The message will be based on Genesis 15:1-12,17-18. Karen Mize will be liturgist. Teresa Covert will lead the children’s message. Junior Church is available for children age 5 through fifth grade. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Baker’s Dozen study group meets 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. Mondays and Wednesdays at FairOaks Mall. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer Group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-447-9357

St. Paul Lutheran — The theme for the Lenten service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St., will be based on “I Will Ponder Gethsemane.” A hymn sing will precede the service at 6:45 pm. 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


Immanuel Lutheran support group for the divorced — The church is offering a weekly support group, DivorceCare, for people who are separated or divorced. It will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, Room 206, 605 S. Walnut St., Seymour. There are 12 more meetings.Information: 812-522-3118; pae1960@live.comFlintood Wesleyan youth and auction — Youth are selling Chicago Pizza cards as a fundraiser this year. See Pastor Teri Jones or one of the youth to purchase.

The Annual Heart of Ministry auction and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. March 4 in the Friendship Center, 5300 25th St. in Columbus. 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.

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.