Religion News – July 30

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The message, “How Do I Live in the Freedom?,” will be presented at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.Information: 812-372-4857;

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Guest preacher the Rev. Amy Artis leads will lead the congregation from the pulpit during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow in the Narthex. Nursery care for newborn through 2 years is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m.

Information: 812-372-3882;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Where I Belong: A Place at the Table,” at a 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Psalm 133 and 1 John 4:7. Immediately following the service, the annual church picnic begins at the 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 silent and live auction as a fundraiser for the 2017 mission trip to Guatemala.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “Investment Strategies,” based on Luke 12:13-21. The parable Jesus uses ponders just how much people invest in their relationship with God and each other.

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. is offering a discussion on “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.” There will be a non-traditional “Faith Journeys Class” for new members also held 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 meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday at the church. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

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

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 downstairs.

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

The new service times begin next week with the non-traditional service Amplify at 9 a.m. and the traditional service, The Well, at 11 a.m in the main sanctuary until building renovations are completed. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will give the message, “What Difference Does It Make Anyway?,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23, Colossians 3:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

The pork chop dinner is from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6.

Petersville United Methodist — Julee S. Nabukalu from Uganda will present the message at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Nabukalu is a lay leader in her church and owns a business, which makes her an unique woman in Uganda. She has a passion for helping the women in her country become more independent. She and the Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry, pastor at Petersville, became friends and worked together while Scherer-Berry and her daughter, Kezia, were on a mission trip to Uganda in recent weeks. Joe Bush will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. Special music will be provided by Morgan and Hunter Tungate.

The Monday night Bible study groups and Sit and Stitch group will not meet again until after Labor Day. Information: Connie Nolting at 812-372-2453, Chris Kimerling at 812-375-0898. Prayer Time, led by Barb Hedrick, will continue to meet at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the church. The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church.

Don Jackson is the coordinator for volunteers at Clifty Creek Elementary School and those interested may contact him at 812-546-4065. Kathy Bush is inviting people to assist with the Feed My Starving Children event Sept. 9-11 at Asbury United Methodist Church. She may be reached at 812-376-3501.

Information: 574-780-2379; 812-375-0898

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., will revolve around the message “Three Wise Men.” Three members with a few years of life experience will share some of their gained wisdom. Speakers will be Walt Able, Gene Crow and Bill Lion.

Information: 812-342-6230


First United Methodist — His Grace Ensemble, an instrumental ensemble from Taiwan, will play for another Fridays@First concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Sanctuary.EventsFaith Hope and Love Church of God in Christ’s Block Party — The free, second annual Block Party: Rise, Pray, Grind will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Ninth Street Park in Columbus. There will be music, a basketball tournament and other activities.

An estimated 300 people attended last year’s gathering, according to organizers.

Information: 812-371-4801

Celebrate Recovery — The Celebrate Recovery Pizza Dinner will be at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 9 at Community Downtown, 522 Seventh St. in Columbus. Children are welcome to attend and childcare will be provided during the regular 6:30 p.m. meeting.

Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based support group that helps people dealing with addictions, habits and hang-ups.

Information: 812-348-6257

First Lutheran cookout — A neighborhood cookout with games and an outdoor movie is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 3600 25th St. Bring a friend, a lawn chair or blanket and a dish to share.

First United Methodist recital — Fridays@First begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the sanctuary of the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Benjamin Seiwert will present a vocal recital. Admission is free.

The next Book Club is at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the multi-purpose room. Participants will discuss “The Freedom Writer’s Diary” by Erin Gruwell. This true story chronicles the path of a first-time teacher who was faced with students who had little interest in school.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Jesus And Me program youngsters’ kick-off party will be Aug. 10 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Wednesday activities will then revert to the school schedule.

Small group “A Christian Journey With Paul” will continue down the Roman Road at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Friendship Center.

The Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing will begin with dinner at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27. The Gospel Sing starts at 6 p.m. featuring The Christian Cavaliers and The Artis Family. This is a fundraising activity for our Building Hope program. The public is encouraged to attend.

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