Religion News – April 23

Services and studies

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will bring the message, “Only Faith in Christ Brings Life,” from the Book of John at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday blended worship services at East Columbus United Methodist Church, 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus.

Children’s Church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during the morning services. Sunday School will begin at 9:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests.

Aigner will bring the message, “Lessons from Kings: A Wise King” from II Chronicles at the 6 p.m. Casual Evening Praise Service. ALL4One Youth will meet at 5 p.m.

Tuesday Bible Study will meet at 1 p.m. and continue the study of Thessalonians. Wednesday Bible Study will meet at 7 p.m. and continue the study of the Gospel of Matthew. Both Bible Studies meet in the Chapel.

Special guest singers, Bryan and Yvonne Hutson with “Rescue Me Ministries,” will perform during the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. May 1 services. Their ministry focuses on sharing the gospel, encouraging through song and sharing their testimonies with progressive southern, light contemporary, praise and worship music.

Faith Lutheran — Pastor Todd Riordan will deliver the message in a service with communion at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 6000 State Road 46W in Columbus.

Information: 812-342-3587 or

First Presbyterian — Worship on this Fifth Sunday of Easter begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church at 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love” based on Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; and John 13:31-35. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Christian Education opportunities for children preschool through elementary begin 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. The youth in grades 7 to 12 have Sunday School at 10:45 a.m. Youth group will be from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The Men’s Support Group and the Women’s Support Group meet at 7 a.m. Friday.

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches’ hot meal served at 5 p.m. Friday. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Discovering God as Laughter,” with Scripture from Genesis 17:1-18 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. Child care will be available for infants. Toddlers and preschoolers will remain with their families for the service.

Following Fellowship, classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school lesson will be from Revelation 21:1-6 for “New Heaven and Earth.”

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

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and the Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

4TWELVE will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Spring Cross Connections Bible study on I Thessalonians will meet at 6 p.m. in the Chapel. Participants should bring their study Bible.

The Men of Faith will meet at the Four Seasons Retirement Center private dining room at 6:15 a.m. Friday for breakfast and Bible study. A video and discussion time for “When Helping Hurts,” presented by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, will be facilitated by Pastor Cash.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will present the message, “It’s That Love Thing – Again,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scriptures will be Psalm 148 and John 13:31-35. Coffee Connections will take place in the library between services.

The Rev. Boles is teaching a short-term Sunday school class in Fellowship Hall between services. The class focuses on the upcoming United Methodist gathering, the General Conference, which takes place every four years. All are welcome. The Travelers Class is part of this group. The class will end May 8.

There will be an informational meeting at 5 p.m. May 1 for the scheduled Guatemala Mission Trip planned for next March during spring break. People who would like to participate in the trip or would like further information are encouraged to attend this meeting.

Vacation Bible school will be June 26 to 29 for ages 3 to those entering sixth grade in August. Volunteers are needed. Contact the church office to sign up or for additional information.

The free Fridays at First concert series will take place 7 p.m. Friday and will feature the students of Julianna Jerome-Drerup. All are welcome.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — Weekend services begin with Sunday school for all ages starting at 9:30 followed by the 10:30 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Wes Jones at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Prayer Ministry team meets at 10:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. Choir practice is at 5 p.m.

An overview of activities is as follows:

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. that day.

The winter/spring schedule of small groups is as follows.

Sunday: Greater, 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 and is led by the Rev. Teri Jones. Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship, led by Robin Bense, meets 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. People can join anytime.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar and director of music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service in the sanctuary at the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional care giver, is available.

The Adult Class, led by Sheryl Elston, will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Blue Room to continue a four-week study on End of Life Challenges.

Volunteers are needed for the spring cleaning of the narthex and sanctuary from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Tuesday: Centering Prayer will be at 10:45 a.m. in the Prayer Chapel, 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.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. The message will be “He Will Dwell With Them” with scripture from Acts 11:1-18, Revelation 21:1-6 and John 13:31-35. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m. Evening Prayer and Eucharist service will be at 6 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use scriptures from Acts 11 and John 13 for the message, “Disciples,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church. Patsy Harris will serve as liturgist and Maxine Harden will give the children’s message. Teresa Covert will lead Junior Church for children ages 5 to fifth grade. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Monday night Bible study groups will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the homes of Larry and Connie Nolting and Jim and Chris Kimerling. The Sit and Stitch ladies will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. The Walking Group meets at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall. Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer group will meet at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Don Jackson is coordinator for volunteer activities at Clifty Creek Elementary School. The church has been invited to make desserts for a May 3 Teacher Appreciation event at Clifty Creek. Information: Call Don at 812-546-4065.

Information: 812-546-4438 or 574-780-2379.


Old Union United Church of Christ — The Voices Concert, “Indiana Composers,” will be at 6 p.m. May 14 at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh.


Faith Lutheran rummage sale — A Women of Faith Rummage Sale and also a Trash to Treasure Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church, 6000 State Road 46W in Columbus (rain date for Trash to Treasure Sale is April 30).

The rummage sale also will include a bake sale, cookout, garage sale and will include vendors such as Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Younique, Paparazzi, Perfectly Posh, Young Living Essential Oils, Norwex, Aprilmay Designs and many more in the same place. Stop by from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to shop, eat or just to say hello.

Information: 812-342-3587 or

Central Heights Church of God meals — Meals will be served to anyone in need at 1 p.m. today at the shelter house in Donner Park near 19th and Lafayette streets in Columbus.

Flintwood Wesleyan fish fry — The annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be May 14 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. More information will follow. The Kids Jam End of Year Party will be at 5:30 p.m. May 18.

North Christian Labyringth Walk — The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. May 14 in the lower level of the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus.

Old Union United Church of Christ luncheon — The Ladies Aid Luncheon will be at 10:45 a.m. May 3 at Sweet Rose’s Bakehouse, 1604 Home Ave. in Columbus. The Ladies Aid Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. May 10th.

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