Religion News 06-04

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will deliver the message, “Unshakable,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 151 Sharon Lane in Columbus. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Children’s church will be available.

Youth meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday. They will conduct a car wash June 18.

Codependency No More group — Codependency No More, a support group for women who struggle with codependency issues, will be offered at 7 p.m. for 12 weeks beginning June 14 at Community Downtown, a ministry of Community Church of Columbus. Cost: $15 for materials. Registration is required due to limited space. Register by calling Community Downtown at 812-348-6257.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner with the Rev. Jonathan Gosser will deliver a message from the Book of Luke at a Prayer and Forgiveness Service with communion at 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus.

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

Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. service.

ALL4One Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. and continue the study of Thessalonians.

Wednesday Bible study will not meet this week.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will present a message, “Tolerance,” as part of the church’s series on “Hallmarks of Our Unitarian Universalist Faith” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

The congregation is hosting a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and June 11 at the church.

Information: 812-342-6230;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message, “Christ Calls to Me,” with Scripture from Galatians 1:11-24 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairview Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by a trio with a solo by Lois Griffith. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church where the lesson will be “Paul as Apostle,” with Scripture from Galatians 1:11-24.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The Children’s Sunday school lesson will be about Abraham, as found in Genesis 15.

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

The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center to do mending for the residents.

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach a sermon, “Surprising New Life,” based on Luke 7:11-17 during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service with communion at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. This sermon will reflect on how God brings life to unexpected places. Church leaders will commission participants to two mission trips and the Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon Sunday. Christian education opportunities for children in preschool begin at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The adult fellowship and education hour at 11 a.m. Sunday is offering a discussion on former Congressman Lee Hamilton’s Laws Lecture.

The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday. Those in need of a meal are invited to the church’s hot meal site at 5 p.m. Friday via the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County churches. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “We’re All in This Together,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be 1 Kings 17:10; 17-24 and Luke 7:11-17.

Vacation Bible School will be June 26 to 29 for ages 3 to those entering sixth grade in August. Register online through the church website. People can volunteer to help with VBS by contacting the church office. A free meal will be provided for all participants.

People also can enroll now for Learning Tree Preschool Summer Camps or register for 2016-17 preschool.

Information: 812-372-2825

Zumba exercise classes are scheduled at 6:30 a.m. Mondays or at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at the church. Classes are taught by a certified Zumba instructor. Participants need not have any previous Zumba or dance experience to participate in this fun workout.

Information: 812-372-2851;

North Christian — The 10:30 a.m. Sunday service will be in the sanctuary of the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus. A nursery, staffed by a professional care giver, for preschool-age children, is available.

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

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

The Disciples Women’s Ministries will meet Jean Thompson for lunch and the last meeting of this year at 11:30 a.m. June 18 at Casa del Sol Mexican Restaurant, 101 E. Washington St., Nashville. A carpool will leave at 11 a.m. from the church parking lot.

Information: 812-372-1531;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Recovery and Renewal,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from 1 Kings 17:17-24, Galatians 1:11-24 and Luke 7:11-17. Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Petersville United Methodist — The men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the church. Don Harris will conduct the business meeting and Larry Nolting will lead a book discussion.

The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scripture from Galatians 1:11-24 when she presents her sermon, “God Changes,” at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church. Communion will be served during the service. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. Junior church will not be meeting during the summer months, but children will receive a packet of materials when the children’s message is completed.

The Monday night Bible studies are on break for the summer. Sit and Stitch continues at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Nolting home. The Walkers group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. The Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday with Barb Hedrick as leader. The Revs. Stormy and Edward Scherer-Berry, Patsy Harris and Barb Hedrick will be attending the Indiana Annual United Methodist Conference in Indianapolis on June 9 to 11.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379

St. John’s Lutheran at White Creek — Worship will be conducted at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the church, 16270 S. County Road 300W south of Columbus. There will be no Sunday School through the summer.

Information: 812-342-3516


Lowell General Baptist singing — The Sextons from Hardyville, Kentucky, will be part of a free Gospel Sing at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive in Columbus.

Information: 812-703-5040


East Columbus United Methodist Vacation Bible School — The Good Ole West Vacation Bible school will be June 6–9 for children age 4 to those entering sixth grade. Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m. and VBS activities are from 6 to 8 p.m.

Register by calling 812-376-7418 or by going online to

Community Church of Columbus cookout — A cookout will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 21 at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. Organizers ask those attending to bring a side dish if they can.

Information: 812-376-9478;

First United Methodist baseball trip — A group from the church will attend an Indianapolis Indians Triple-A baseball game July 8. Tickets are $9 per person. Contact the church at 812-372-2851 or

A church picnic will begin at 10 a.m. July 31 at Donner Park shelter house near 19th and Lafayette streets in Columbus. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. following a worship service at 10 a.m. Drinks and fried chicken will be provided. Organizers are asking those attending to bring a side, salad or dessert to share.

There will be activities and games for children of all ages. After lunch, there will be live and silent auctions to benefit the Mission Guatemala trip.

Old Union Church of Christ Strawberry Festival — The Strawberry Festival will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 12 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Revival Days will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26.

College Age/Young Adult Community at Community Church of Columbus — The Young Adult Community, for those ages 18 to 24, meets from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at various area locations.

For further information or details contact Luke Erb at or John Bundick at

A small group for young adults meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Scott and Lydia Sargent’s home, 1811 Maple St., Columbus. Information: or A group also meets at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at Emma Laswell’s house.

Information: Emma Laswell, 812-350-3974,

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