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Grace Lutheran — The Lenten sermon series, “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” continues with the topic, “Get the log out of your own eye” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. Instead of dwelling on the wrongs of others, Jesus directs people to take responsibility for their own contribution to conflicts. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., with a light supper served at 5:45 p.m. Child care is available.

Information: 812-799-7274

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will deliver the message, “How Do I Love When They Don’t Want to Be Loved?” with the praise band at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. for all ages, including nursery. Children church and nursery are during the service.

“Celebrate Recovery” starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Information and registration: Pastor John, 812-391-1684 or This is a free seven-week recovery program in a biblical environment meeting at 7 p.m. Fridays to celebrate recovery from a variety of addictions and adversities. Registration is required before Wednesday.

Information: 812-372-4857

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Discovering God as Flame,” from Exodus 3:1-6 and Luke 24:30-35 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the EPIC Ensemble. Child care is available for infants. Older children will remain in the service with their parents.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The Children’s Sunday school lesson will be from Genesis 45:3-11, 15, with “Jesus Feeds His Brothers.”

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

Tuesday: The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. and the Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m.

The Cross Connections Lenten Study series will meet for study at 6 Wednesday. The DVD-based study, featuring Pastor John Ortberg, reveals how Jesus made an inescapable influence on our world.

4TWELVE, a midweek gathering of students in Grades 6 through 12 will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday the church.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Our Desert Journey: Overcoming Temptation,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. Boy Scout troop 550 will be part of the morning service and will be serving a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Girl Scout Troop 3063 also will be there to sell Girl Scout Cookies.

Pastor Lisa 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.

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

“Beautiful You” is a identity, image and confidence-building event for all girls in Grades 7 though 12 and will take place April 8 at the church. There will be guest speakers, group challenges, games, food, crafts, scripture and discussion. Register by March 12 at 812-372-2851.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will present the message, “Putting Foundations Under Castles Built in the Air” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard. She will highlight the vision of what the church can do — and what foundations can be built for such at a congregational meeting following the service as church members vote on proposed bylaw changes and 2016-17 budget.

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar, minister, along with Director of Music Elizabeth Clark, will lead the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday 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 Blue Room to continue the study of the book, “Radical Welcome,” by Stephanie Spellers.

Dr. Catherine Rodland, a member of the faculty of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, will present an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary.

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

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

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. The message will be “A Second Chance for Goodness-Sakers” and scripture will include Isaiah 55:1-9, Corinthians 10:1-13 and Luke 13:1-9. Sunday school is at 9:40 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Our Lenten Breakfast is at 8 a.m. March 5 at the church.

The evening Prayer and Eucharist Service resumes at 6:30 p.m. April 6.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Tom Heaton will give the message at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church as the congregation marks the 20th anniversary of participating in Faith Promise Missions. The Rev. Heaton, a United Methodist pastor from the Indiana Conference, was appointed in 2008 by Bishop Mike Coyner to do mission work with the poor of Guatemala. This ministry operates a clinic and preschool feeding program, and last fall a dental office opened. Pledges will be accepted Sunday so that we can continue supporting mission work throughout the world. A time of fellowship will follow.

“Chats with the Pastor” will continue at the parsonage at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Baker’s Dozen will meet at the Larry Nolting home at 6:30 p.m. Monday. At the same time, the Journey study group will meet at the Jim Kimerling home.

Sit-n-Stitch will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home.

The Walking Group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at Fair Oaks Mall. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Prayer Group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-546-4438

St. Paul Lutheran — Dinner will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall at the church, 6045 E. State St. south of Columbus. Cost is a free-will offering. A hymn sing will follow at 6:45 p.m. and the Lenten service will be at 7 p.m. with the theme based on “I will ponder the trial before the high priest.”

Information: 812-376-6504

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. 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 regular evening service is not scheduled for the next six weeks.

The small groups list is as follows:

Wednesday: Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. 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 downstairs in the church.

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

Sunday: “Hymns and More” led by John Shelton will meet in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. Hymns will be sung and stories of origin and interesting hymn facts will be discussed. “War Room” led by Donna Jewell will meet in the The Friendship Center at 6 p.m. This is a women-only group doing a study based on the movie of the same name.

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.

“Stitches from the Heart” is a quilting fellowship led by Robin Bense. This group will be meeting in The Friendship Center at 5:30 p.m. Meeting schedule is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 28; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18.

“Flintwood & Friends Crochet led by Gretchen Loman will meet February 8 in The Friendship Center. This fellowship does different projects throughout the year. Beginners are welcome. Meeting schedule will be determined later.

Tuesday: “A Christian Journey with Paul: A Trip Down The Roman Road” is led by Sandy Dooley meeting in The Friendship Center at 6:30 p.m. This is a continuing series, but people can join anytime.

Friday: “Senior Perks” led by Darlene Morford will meet in The Friendship Center from 10 a.m. to noon. This a fellowship for senior adults 55 and older. It’s a fellowship open house with donuts, cookies, coffee, and friendship.

“All Creatures Great and Small” led by Marie Brauneller will meet in The Friendship Center and combines fellowship, worship, and love of our four-legged friends. They will be meeting March 11, 18 and 25.


Immanuel Lutheran — A Lenten worship concert with more than 100 musicians from the Symphonic Band and Golden Voice Choir of Valley Lutheran High School, Saginaw, Michigan, will be held at 7 p.m. March 10 at the church, 605 South Walnut St., Seymour.


Hope Good Friday service — The Rev. David Brown will lead an ecumenical community Good Friday service at 1 p.m. March 25 at Hope Wesleyan Church at the corner of Washington and Elm streets in Hope. Brown will highlight how several classic Lenten hymns came to be written.

Flintwood Wesleyan The Building Hope Fundraiser will be Tuesday from 4 to 10 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse. For every purchase with a Flintwood Wesleyan coupon, a percentage of every meal will go to our building fund. Coupons are available at the church or from your Flintwood family friends.

The Annual Heart of Ministry auction and dinner will be at 6 p.m. Friday at The Friendship Center of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. We will have good food, great items for the auction and lots of fun. If you have new or gently used items to donate, please contact the church office. Themed baskets are always welcomed. Proceeds from the auction supports local and global missions projects.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union Church of Christ — Ladies Aid Meeting is at 1 p.m. March 8.

There will be a Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. March 25.

There will be Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. and a breakfast at 8 a.m. March 27.

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