Religion News – July 2

Services and studies

Community Church of Columbus — The Healthy Marriage series will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. The three-session series is designed as a summer marriage enrichment course for married or engaged couples. Childcare is also available.Information and registration: 812-348-6257.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message “Our True Citizenship,” with scripture from Philippians 2:14-15 and 3:17-20 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by an ensemble with “Be Thou My Vision.” Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. The lesson will be about Joseph, with scripture from Genesis 42-43, 45, and 50.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

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

The once-a-week Evening Kids Camp will meet with children from First Lutheran Church for activities and a light supper from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The camp-like opportunity, “The Jesus Way,” will be held at First Lutheran during the coming week with much of the activity taking place outdoors. Check with the church office for more information.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Lanny Lawler will preach the sermon, “A Buck Fence Cross,” based on John 11:45-53 and Mark 15:1-15. The Rev. John McKune will co-officiate communion with the Rev. Lawler. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children will return 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 non-traditional new-members class, “Faith Journeys,” also at 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Fridays.

Those in need of a meal are invited to the hot meal offered at 5 p.m. Friday through the glass doors on Franklin.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Pastor’s Dust” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20.

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

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

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Guided by the Spirit” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from Isaiah 66:10-14, Galatians 6:1-16 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday’s Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use the theme “Healing” when she brings the sermon at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church. Communion will be served. Liturgist Joe Bush will share scripture from 2 Kings 5:1-14 and Teresa Covert will present the children’s message. She will give the children a special invitation to attend Kids Night Out from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Kids ages 4 to 12 are invited; 3-year-olds may attend if accompanied by a parent. The evening will consist of snacks, stories and songs. Information: Kathy Bush, 812-376-3501, or Chris Kimerling, 812-375-0898.

The Rev. Scherer-Berry and daughter Kezia will be leaving Tuesday for a mission trip to Uganda. The Rev. Edward Scherer-Berry will be presenting the sermons July 10 and 17.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church, and the prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Bible studies are on summer break.

Information: 812-546-4438 or 812-375-0898.


Lowell General Baptist — A Gospel Sing featuring the Harper family will be at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive. Everyone is welcome.Information: 812-703-5040.

Indiana State Gospel Music Convention — The Indiana Gospel Music Association will present the Indiana State Gospel Music Convention July 15 to 16 featuring Christian performers from Indiana and beyond at Westside Community Church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. in Columbus. Headliners will be the Freedom Quartet from Knoxville, Tennessee, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, Southern Gospel Music Week acts at the former Commons sometimes attracted crowds of 600 to 800 for an evening or afternoon or three or four acts. Late southern gospel radio disc jockey J.C. Brown of Columbus organized that event, which has continued, although on a slightly smaller scale, each August at a local church.

Tickets will be $15 for the convention. They are available at Viewpoint Books in downtown Columbus and at the door the day of the concerts.

Information: 317-847-1018 or


First United Methodist — The church picnic will begin at 10 a.m. July 31 at Donner Park Shelter House with a united worship service. 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 there will be a live and silent auction to benefit the Mission Guatemala trip. To RSVP, contact the church at 812-372-2851Old Union United Church of Christ The pork chop dinner will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the church.

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