Religions News 06-11

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The Rev. Jim Walters will be giving the message during the 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.Youth group 4:12 meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. They will have a car wash from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 18 at Advance Auto Zone on 25th Street.

Information: 812-372-4857

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Sarah Cochran leads the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow.

Men of all ages are invited to the Men’s Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. today for food and fellowship.

Women’s Bible Study will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Join in on studying “The Bible Tells Me So …,” written by Peter Enns.

Backyard Bible Study is a new event beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday. Gather for fun and fellowship. All you need is your Bible, a notebook or journal, a chair and your spiritual hunger. Children are welcome, but there will be no childcare provided. Each Sunday, the group will gather in a different backyard. Call the Fairlawn church office for more information and the current week’s location.

Information: 812-372-3882

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Christ Lives in Me,” with scripture from Galatians 1:11-24 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by a duet. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. The topic will be “Saved By Faith,” with Scripture from Galatians 2:15-21.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will explore the story about Rebekah and Isaac, with scripture from Genesis 12.

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

Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday for breakfast and study at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. A video and discussion time, “When Helping Hurts,” presented by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, will be facilitated by Pastor Cash. The group will take a break after this session, returning in the fall.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Eric Erickson will preach a sermon, “The Gold Standard,” based on Luke 10:25-37. Christian education opportunities for preschool children begin at 10 a.m. Adult Fellowship and Education will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. During a “Share Your Passions and Your Faith” class, several people have volunteered to share something they are passionate about and how it connects to their faith. 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 offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “What We Overhear, What We Overlook,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Psalm 5:1-8 and Luke 7:36-8:3.

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. You can volunteer to help with Vacation Bible School by contacting the church office. A free meal will be provided for all participants.

Enroll now for Learning Tree Preschool summer camps or register for 2016-17 preschool. For a tour, call 812-372-2825.

Join us at 6:30 a.m. Mondays or 5:30 p.m. Thursdays for Zumba classes, taught by a certified Zumba instructor. You don’t have to have any previous experience to participate in this fun workout.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — The congregation will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary Sunday at the church, 5300 E. 25th Street. The celebration worship begins at 10 a.m. and there will be no Sunday school. Mark Eckart, Southern Indiana district superintendent, the Rev. Everett Freels and the Rev. Floyd McVey are among special guests. A fellowship dinner will follow the service in the Friendship Center. Anyone who has ever attended Flintwood is encouraged to join in for the celebration. Come early to view the video of pictures throughout the years.

Kids’ Bible Camp is June 14 to 17 at Orleans Campground. Registration forms are available at the church.

Youth will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Prayer Room.

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

The Annual Harold Carr Memorial Golf outing will be held at noon June 18 at Clifty Creek Golf Course. Cost: $45 per person and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, a sleeve of golf balls and four mulligans per person. Contact Pastor Gary Carter to sign or up or call the church office.

Spring/summer small groups:

Sunday: Greater, led by Donna Jewell, will meet at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Monday: Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship led by Robin Bense, meets in the Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Mt. Olive United Methodist — The theme for Vacation Bible school will be “Deep Sea Discovery.” Classes will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 12 to 17 at the church, 10530 W. Georgetown Road. There will be music, crafts, meals and an opportunity to learn about Noah, Jonah, Peter, Jesus and Paul.

Information: 812-342-4557

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “A Community of Forgiven and Forgiving Sinners,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15, Galatians 2:15-21 and Luke 7:36-8:3. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. will fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

The church strawberry festival is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Father’s Day Breakfast is 8 a.m. June 19.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scripture from 1 Kings 21:1-21a and Galatians 2:15-21 for her sermon, “Working Heaven,” at the 9 a.m. worship Sunday at the church, 2781 N. 500 East. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. Fellowship will immediately follow worship. The Southeast District ministers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Petersville. A Father’s Day breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. June 19. The United Methodist Women’s group will host the meal for fathers, their spouses and children.

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

Unitarian Universalist — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message, “Hallmarks of our Unitarian Universalist Faith: Abundant, Unconditional Love,” to conclude the sermon series this Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Road, Columbus.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. His message will be “No Other Name” from Acts 4:1-22.

The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the 10 a.m. service.

Westside will be having a day of service from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. This is a family event and all ages will be joining together to serve the church family, community and local neighborhoods in need of clean-up or repair. Donations will be collected for location agencies.

Information: Melissa Clark, 812-342-8464


First United Methodist — An outing is planned for an Indianapolis Indians baseball game July 8. Tickets are $9 per person. Contact the church at 812-372-2851 to RSVP by June 19.The church picnic will begin at 10 a.m. July 31 at Donner Park Shelter. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. after a worship service at 10 a.m. Drinks and fried chicken will be provided, but bring a side, salad or dessert to share. There will be activities and games for children of all ages and a live and silent auction will be conducted after lunch to benefit the Mission Guatemala trip.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Revolution, a camp for teens, is June 20 to 24. Registration forms are available in the church office. Information: 812-379-4287

A car show and soda shoppe fundraiser is planned for June 25 with burgers, fries, shakes, carnival games, a dunk tank and classic cars. Eat in or car-hop service available.

Vacation Bible school is June 27 to 30 and the theme is “Let Freedom Ring.”

Old Union United Church of Christ — Revival 200 will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

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