Religion News 06-25

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The message “If God is with me who can be against me” will be given at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.Youth meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The community giveaway is Thursday with free clothing and food available for those in need.

Information: churchofgod; 812-391-1684

East Columbus United Methodist — Special guest Mark Vice will perform during the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday services. He will bring a special meditation, “And Tell Peter,” from the book of Mark. He plays a variety of instruments and incorporates many of them into each service. Sunday school will meet at 9:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during the worship services.

There will be no evening service.

ALL4One Youth group will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday evening.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening Bible studies will be taking a short break and will resume in July.

A New Women’s Bible study, “Women Like Us,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 812-376-7418

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Faithful to the End” at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14

Vacation Bible school will be Sunday through Wednesday for ages 3 to those entering sixth grade in August. You can register your child online through the church website. You can volunteer to help with VBS by contacting the church office. A free meal will be provided for all participants.

Enroll now for 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 at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays. No previous Zumba or dance experience required to participate in this fun workout.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Presbyterian — Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon “Easier Said Than Done,” based on Luke 9:51-62. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children will return on Aug. 7.

The Adult Fellowship and Education hour at 11 a.m. Sunday is offering a discussion on “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.” There will be a nontraditional new members class titled “Faith Journeys,” also at 11 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday.

Those in need of a meal are invited to our Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Please enter through the glass doors on Franklin.

Information:; 812-372-3783

Grace Lutheran — The message will be, “Freedom: From what and for what?” based on Galatians 5. Worship is at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave., Columbus. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:20 a.m.

The Searching Scripture Class continues with a study of baptism, including the question of its relevance for infants and small children from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: 812-799-7274

Old Union United Church of Christ — Revival weekend is this weekend. Revival Day one is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Guest revival minister The Rev. Joseph Foster will deliver the message “The Journey to Wholeness in God’s Promise: Are We There Yet?” with passages from Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Psalms and Ephesians. The choirs of St. John’s, Batesville will perform. Afternoon services are with guest revival minster The Rev. Clyde Hunter with the message “Jesus is Lord,” with passages from John, Matthew and Hebrews.

Revival Day Two is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Guest Minister The Rev. Alan Blakeburn will give the message “Not What We’ve Done, but by God’s Mercy,” with scripture from Titus 3:1-8. The Ellenberger United Church of Christ congregation will be visiting. Special music offerings will be from Jody Staples Fitzgibbon, and the afternoon concluding services will be led by Pastor Kirby Rupp with the message “Renewal, Restoration, Revival … a New Beginning.”

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the sermon “What Kind of Love” at the 9 a.m. Sunday worship at the church. Liturgist Larry Nolting will read scriptures from Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 and Galatians 5:1, 13-25. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and will give the children a special invitation to attend “Kids Night Out” at the church from 6 to 7 p.m. on the following five Tuesday evenings; Tuesday, July 5, 12, 19 and 26. All kids who are 4 to 12 years of age are invited; 3-year-olds may attend if accompanied by a parent.

Information: Kathy, 812-376-3501; Chris, 812-375-0898

Scherer-Berry and her daughter Kezia soon will be traveling to Uganda on a mission work team; members and friends of Petersville UMC are being encouraged to donate funds that will be used to purchase soccer balls and dolls for the children of Uganda.

The Monday night Bible studies are on summer break, but Sit and Stitch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Connie Nolting. The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. The Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, led by Barb Hedrick.

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


Taylorsville United Methodist — A Hymn Sing will be at 6 p.m. today at the church on Tannehill Road in Taylorsville. All are invited.EventsCentral Heights Church of God — The Independence Celebration will be from 7 to 11 p.m. July 1. Bring a lawn chair and come watch fireworks from our parking lot. Concessions will be available for purchase.

First United Methodist — The church picnic will begin at 10 a.m. with a united worship July 31 at Donner Park Shelter House. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Drinks and fried chicken will be provided. 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 to benefit the Mission Guatemala trip.

Information: 812-372-2851

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5645.