Religion News – July 16

Religion news appears Saturdays inside the Faith & Community section, and includes items from area houses of worship, plus other ministries, outreaches and groups from all faiths throughout Bartholomew County. Elements can range from sermons and study groups to special services, discussions and other programs. Submit news by 4 p.m. Mondays to Information: Brian Blair at 812-379-5672.

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — John Marquis will give the message, “Does my freedom allow me to sin?,” during the 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.

Youth meet at 6:30 p.m. Sundays. Sunday school from nursery to adult meets at 9:30 a.m.


East Columbus Christian — Spencer Heaton has hired as youth minister at the church, 3170 Indiana Ave. in Columbus. Spencer, his wife Ariah and their son Sawyer joined the church July 3.

The traditional worship is at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with the contemporary worship will be at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m.

Information: 812-372-3789

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “When Life Goes Off the Rails,” with Scripture from Genesis 39 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Rev. Dave Doles.

Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church, where they will learn about Philip and the Ethiopian from Acts 8:26-40.

The quarterly business meeting will take place at 10:45 a.m.

Classes for all ages also begin at 10:45 a.m. A Sunday school alternative for adults will meet through Aug. 7. A video series, originally airing on public television, follows the author as he visits sites where major biblical events of the first five books of the Old Testament took place.

A number of members will spend the week at the Conference for Church Musicians in Green Lake, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Joyce Crowder.

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

The once-a-week kid’s camp with First Lutheran will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. A light supper will be served. Most of the activity will take place outdoors. The curriculum is “The Jesus Way.”

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon “Distracted,” based on Luke 10:38-42.

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 will be at 11 a.m. Sunday with a discussion on “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.”

There will be a non-traditional new-members class, “Faith Journeys Class,” also held 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 the congregation’s Hot Meal offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Busyness, the Ultimate Distraction,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Luke 10:38-42.

The church picnic will be July 31 at Donner Park Shelter House. A united worship service will be at 10 a.m. with lunch following at 11:30 a.m. Drinks and fried chicken will be provided. Bring a side, salad or dessert to share. After lunch, there will be a live and silent auction to benefit a Guatemala mission trip. Contact the church to RSVP.

The Rev. Boles will lead a class at 10 a.m. July 24 to discuss decisions that were made during the general conference, changes that were implemented and what may lie ahead for the church.

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

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

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Worship, led by Pastor Wes Jones, is at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Columbus.

Evening activities are dismissed to allow the congregation to attend District Family Camp, July 17-24, at the Family Campground in Orleans, Indiana. The evangelists this year are Ray LaSalle and Aaron Willis. Special music will be provided by the Mark Dubbeld Family.

Events this week:

  • Youth at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday 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. Thursday.

Information: 812-379-4287; email

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Don’t you get it?,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from Amos 8:1-12, Colossians 1:15-28 and Luke 10:38-42. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday’s Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The topic will be “Compassion and Courageous Action During Times of Calamity” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Tebben Grafelman will be the speaker.

Information: 812-342-6230


Columbus Baptist — Local police will be honored during the 10:30 a.m. service Aug. 7 through a project called “Cupcakes for Cops” at the church, 4821 U.S. 31.

First Baptist — The Sweet Potatoes of southern California will perform during a free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 in the sanctuary. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. There will be an opportunity to meet the performers and purchase CDs.

Register now for the 2016 Seeds of Love 5K, scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the church. Sign up at or pick up a brochure with registration form at the welcome desk. All proceeds will go directly to Love Chapel

Flintwood Wesleyan — The JAM Kick-off party meets Aug. 10.

The Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27. More information to follow.

A 5K Run/Walk will be Sept. 17. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Proceeds will go to the Building Hope Fund.

Old Union United Church of Christ — The pork chop dinner will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 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 812-379-5645.