Religion News – July 23

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The Christian Cavaliers will be leading praise this Sunday. Pastor John Marquis will give the message, “Am I really able to be free for sin?,” during the 10:30 a.m. service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Youth is at 6:30 p.m Sundays for grades 7 to 12.A community-wide free clothing event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-372-4857

East Columbus United Methodist — Ed Coen from the International Gideon Convention will speak during the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school will begin at 9:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Children’s church is available during the morning worship services. The Rev. Charles Aigner will continue his sermon series, “Lessons from Kings,” at the 6 p.m. service. ALL4One Youth group will meet at 5 p.m.

Weekly Bible studies meet at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the Chapel.

Information: 812-376-7418

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Finding Words to Pray,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth Street. Scripture will be Luke 11:1-13.

The church picnic will be July 31 at the Donner Park shelter. An 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. There will be activities and games for children of all ages. After lunch, a live and silent auction to benefit the Mission Guatemala trip will be held. Auction items include a handmade quilt, pie of the month, cookie of the month, various gift baskets and a secret item to be announced. Contact the church to RSVP.

A special general conference will be at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Boles will lead a class to discuss the decisions that were made, changes that were implemented and what may lie ahead for the United Methodist Church.

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

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Worship service, led by Pastor Wes Jones, is at 10:30 a.m. Evening activities are dismissed to allow our congregation to attend the district family camp.

The Southern Indiana District Family Camp’s last day is Sunday at the Family Campground in Orleans, Indiana. Evangelists this year are Dr. Ray LaSalle and Dr. Aron Willis. Special music will be provided by the Mark Dubbeld Family.

Wednesday: Youth meets at 6 p.m. and Adult Bible study is at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center. Prayer Ministry team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room.

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

Information: 812-379-4287;

Northview — Vacation Bible School runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday next week at the church, 7230 N. County Road 250W, Columbus. A free meal will be available each night. If you come four nights you will receive a new backpack with school supplies.

Information: 812-376-9749

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Don’t make me come down there,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 18:20-32, Colossians 2:6-19 and Luke 11:1-13. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship follows at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will return to the pulpit Sunday following a mission trip with her daughter Kezia to Uganda. The theme for the 9 a.m. service will be “What was Learned in Uganda?” Scriptures will be from Proverbs 3:5 and 6, read by liturgist Joe Bush. Teresa Covert will lead the children’s message. Fellowship will follow the service.

The Walking Group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. Barb Hedrick will lead the Prayer Group at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The Monday night Bible studies and the Tuesday night Sit and Stitch gatherings will resume the week after Labor Day.

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

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The title of his message will be “A Fresh Start” from Romans 6:1-18. The children’s program meets during the 10 a.m. worship.

A Women’s Bible study is being offered from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. This study, “Lord, Teach Me to Pray,” by Kay Arthur is a five-session study. Participants will gain insights from God’s word on how to pray, what to pray and what to expect when you pray. Information: 812-342-8464.

The public is invited to witness a baptism service at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Mill Race Park for several members of the Westside family.


Lowell General Baptist — The monthly hymn sing will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 6. The singers will be The Blakely Family from Jamestown, Kentucky. Information: 812-341-9112.PersonnelFormer pastor earns doctorate — The Rev. Bob Vance, former 35-year pastor of Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Columbus, recently earned his doctorate of ministry degree from Omega Bible Institute and Seminary in Monroe, Louisiana, where he finished in the top third of his class.

Vance has attended business college in Wooster, Ohio, as well as several schools of ministry in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and other states.

Vance, now living in Lakeland, Florida, currently is working with his wife and family on his third gospel music disc, expected to be released late this summer.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting — Steve Wiggins of First Christian Church will be the speaker at the Tuesday meeting of the group at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. in Columbus,A donation meal of pork loin, vegetables and fruit salad will be served at 6:30 p.m. Wiggins will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Information: Alvin Balmer, 812-526-2071

Burnsville Christian cookout — A summer cookout will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church, 2891 S. County Road 900E in Burnsville. Hamburgers, hot dogs and brats will be served along with side dishes, desserts and drinks for donations of any amount.

Information: 812-579-5611

Flintwood Wesleyan — The two-service worship will launch Aug. 7. Amplify, the non-traditional service, will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m. and The Well, a traditional service, will begin at 11 a.m. Both Amplify and The Well will be held in the main sanctuary until building renovations are completed. Sunday School classes will remain as they are.

The JAM Kick-off party is Aug. 10. Wednesday activities will go back to the in-school schedule.

Information: 812-379-4287

Wilson Chapel — A Great Start to Kindergarten will be having an open house/enrollment night at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Wilson Chapel, 9435 State Road 7, Elizabethtown. A Great Start is a transitional kindergarten for 4- to 6-year-old students who need a shortened school day, more one-on-one guidance or want a great start to kindergarten. The school meets Monday-Thursday for half days. Non-refundable registration fee: $30 Monthly fee: $80. Classes start Aug. 15.

Information: 812-592-2349

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Pork Chop Dinner will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

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