Religion News – June 18

Services and studies

Grace Lutheran — The Rev. John Armstrong will present the message, “The World Come of Age: How Jesus Grows Us Up,” based on Galatians 4, at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. Sunday School for all ages at 9:20 a.m.The Searching Scripture Class, an introduction to the Lutheran faith, continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a study of Christ’s teaching on prayer.

Information: 812-799-7274;

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach a sermon, “I Liked Him Better Sick,” based on Luke 8:26-39 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. This sermon will look into Jesus performing many miracles, including this one he performed on the non-Jewish side of the lake. The sermon will look at the story and ponder why Jesus cured this man afflicted by a demon.

Attendees will be celebrating Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday, and World Refugee Day, which is Monday. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Christian education opportunities for children begin at 10 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour at 11 a.m. is offering a discussion on “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.”

There will be a non-traditional New Members Class, “Faith Journeys Class,” also conducted at 11 a.m. The Men’s Support Group and the Women’s Support Group meet 7 a.m. Friday. People in the community in need of a meal are invited to the church’s hot meal at 5 p.m. Friday with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — A Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion Ceremony will be a part of the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. Members will reflect upon the Czech Unitarian origins of this tradition, the minister who initiated it and how his story might be an inspiration in their own lives.

In addition, they will celebrate fathers and those who have been like a father to them.

Information: 812-342-6230;

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis’ message at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus, will be “With God I Am Stronger.” Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. LIFT Women’s group will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The youth car wash is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, 2460 25th St., Columbus.

Information: 812-372-4857;

East Columbus United Methodist — Special guest speaker Frank Cole will bring the message at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus. All fathers will be honored during both services.

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 morning worship services.

No evening service or youth activities will be held.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening Bible studies will resume in July.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dave Doles will deliver the message, “When Pigs Fly,” with Scripture from Luke 8:26-39 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by an ensemble with “Down to the River to Pray.” Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. The topic will be “Jacob,” with scripture from Genesis 32:22-32 and 33:1-11.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school classes will study the “Purpose of the Law,” with scripture from Galatians 3:23-29.

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

The congregation is partnering with First Lutheran Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran for a camp for kids with activities. A light supper will be served. Much of the activity will take place outdoors with a curriculum called “The Jesus Way.” Other dates at First Lutheran are June 30 and July 7. Those are followed by a camp at First Baptist Church on July 14 and 21.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Good, Good Father?” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Galatians 3:23-39.

The next book club meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday will discuss “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. All are invited to join the discussion.

The Mountain Mission truck will be at the church Tuesday. All donated items should be submitted by Monday. Items should be new or gently used and packed for transport on the truck. There is an urgent need for men’s and children’s winter and summer clothing, hand soap, bath tissue, paper towels, mops, brooms, rubber bands, safety pins, coffee, creamer, coffee cups, 13-gallon and bigger trash bags and banana boxes.

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 by contacting the church office. A free meal will be provided for all participants.

Enroll now for the Learning Tree Preschool 2016-17 school year. Stop by or contact the preschool office at 812-372-2825 for a tour.

Zumba classes, taught by a certified instructor, are at 6:30 a.m. Mondays and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. No previous Zumba or dance experience is required.

A July 8 is being planned to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game. Tickets are $9 per person. Contact the church to RSVP by Sunday.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Services begin with Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Worship, led by Pastor Wes Jones, is at 10:30 a.m. Adult choir practice begins at 5 p.m. with the evening service following at 6 p.m.

Revolution, a teen camp, is June 20 to 24. Participants will leave for camp at Orleans Wesleyan Campground at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Make sure you are ready to leave on time.

Youth meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible study is 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 No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop No. 588 meets at 7 p.m. that night.

A car show and soda shoppe fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25. There will be food, carnival games, a dunk tank and classic cars. Dine-in or carhop service is available. Proceeds will go to the Building Hope fund, with construction projects to begin soon.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Father’s Day Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh.

Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “The Demons Within,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church. Scripture will include 1 Kings 19:1-15, Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 8:26-39. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. with fellowship following at 9:40 a.m.

The Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Revival 200 Days will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — Fathers are invited to a 7:30 a.m. Sunday breakfast at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Spouses and children are also invited for the meal, which will be hosted by the United Methodist Women’s group as a special recognition of Father’s Day.

The worship service will begin at 9 a.m. and the Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Inheritance.” She will use scriptures from Psalm 42 and Galatians 3:23-29. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. Junior church is on summer break, but children ages 5 to fifth grade are invited to pick up a packet on the front pew at the conclusion of the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Sit and Stitch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home. The Walking group is meeting at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the church, led by Barb Hedrick.

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


Concert on J.C. Brown Day — A free concert featuring the Fields family, the Judith Montgomery family, the Richard Harper family and the Colwells will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. June 25 at Moose Park at County Road 300 East and Base Road near Jewell Village in Columbus to mark the sixth annual J.C. Brown Day. The celebration honors the memory of the late, longtime Columbus resident and founder of the local Gospel Music Week and on-air personality for the Sunday morning radio show, “Hallelujah Turnpike.”Brown died in 2011 after an illness. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Information: 812-379-2789

Columbus Free Methodist — The Farm Hands Bluegrass Gospel Quartet will visit at 10:15 a.m. June 26 for worship with song at the church, 1511 22nd St., Columbus.

Columbus General Baptist bluegrass concert — The Punches family from Fredericktown, Missouri, will perform a bluegrass gospel concert at 6 p.m. today at the church, Clifty and Ross streets in Columbus.


Conference and worship at The Crossing — A free conference, “Happy in the Heartland,” will be Friday through June 26 at the church, 316 12th St. in Columbus on the second floor of the Rumple Building.A time of worship led by Debbie Bales, who has led praise and worship nationwide, will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday, Donald Schluter will lead a workshop at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 6 p.m. Schluter is co-founder and pastor of New Horizons Community Church in Marion.

A worship service at 10 a.m. June 26 will close the conference.

Infiormation: 812-375-9565

Flintwood Wesleyan golf event — The annual Harold Carr Memorial Golf Scramble will be at noon today at Clifty Creek Golf Course, 12000 E. County Road 225N in Hope. Cost: $45 per person, includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, a sleeve of golf balls and four mulligans per person.

St. Paul Lutheran VBS — Theme for the free Vacation Bible school will be “Barnyard Roundup: Jesus Gathers Us Together” for ages 3 through sixth grade June 26-30 at the church, 6045 E. State St. south of Columbus. Dinner will be at 5:45 p.m. followed by the program from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. each evening.

Information: 812-376-6504;

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — Brian Graves of Garden City Church of Christ will speak at the next meeting of the South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship at New Hope Christian Church, 1404 W. County Road 400N in Columbus.

A donation-meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Graves will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Information: Alvin Balmer, 812-526-2071

Flintwood Wesleyan — Vacation Bible School for preschoolers through sixth-graders is June 27 to 30 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. The theme is “Let Freedom Ring!” Volunteers are needed, and those wishing to help can contact Pastor Tracey Carter through the church office.

The Southern Indiana District Family Camp is July 17 to 24 at the Family Campground in Orleans.

Information: 812-379-4287

Jennings Church of Christ — Vacation Bible school for preschoolers through sixth-graders is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. June 26 to 29 at the church, 1200 N. Madison Ave. in North Vernon. The theme is “Group Cave Quest.”

Information: Marcus Speer, 812-343-0179

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