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Community Downtown — Celebrate Recovery will have a new schedule to adapt to its growth beginning Wednesday at Community Downtown. The Women Only group will meet at 11 a.m., and the Men Only group will meet at 12:15 p.m. at 3850 N. Marr Road.

Information: 812-348-6257

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will lead the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The sacrament of communion will be conducted with fellowship time immediately following the service. Child care is available from 9:30 to 11 a.m., when Sunday School starts.

Fairlawn is hosting Hot Meals at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Asbury Church.

Men of all ages are invited to attend the Men’s Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 13 for food and fellowship.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Cost of Change,” with scripture from Joshua 5 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by a quartet with “Miracle Worker.” Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for the day’s lesson, “Paul is Shipwrecked,” with scripture from Acts 27-28. 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 Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor road, to do mending for the residents.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in Four Seasons Retirement Center for breakfast and study. A new study, “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts,” will be led by the Rev. Dan Cash and Bill Griffith. All men of the church and friends are invited to join this group.

Information: 812-376-3321

First Presbyterian — The communion service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver the sermon, “Assurance and Conviction,” based on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 and Luke 12:32-40. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children begins this week.

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

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;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Courage to Live Boldly” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 and Luke 12:32-40.

Sunday school for all ages resumes Aug. 14 with classes for children from birth to 12th grade and classes for adults. Youth and adults can choose to participate in a long-term study or the short-term class, “Half Truths,” by Adam Hamilton, led by the Rev. Lisa Cottingham.

The children, youth and adults choirs will start in the next few weeks. If you would like to be a part of the music ministry at First UMC, contact music director Kevin Butler through the church office.

The next Fridays@First meets at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary Aug. 12. Hear Benjamin Seiwert in a vocal recital.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — New service times begin Sunday with Amplify, the nontraditional service, at 9 a.m. and The Well, the traditional service, at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school be begin at 10 a.m. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. Evening activities begin with adult choir practice at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

The JAM Kick-off party begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Team will meet at 6 p.m. in the Prayer Room. Youth begins at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

Cub Scout Pack 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop 588 follows at 7 p.m. The SAM Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in The Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Grace Lutheran — The sermon “How Christ Converts Your Cares to Comforts,” based on Luke 12:22-34, will be given during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:20 a.m.

Lori Moses will be commissioned into the teaching ministry of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and teachers from Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour will be installed for the 2016-17 academic year during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Information: 812-372-4859

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Rev. Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Living to the Promises of God” during the 10 a.m. service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m. Scripture will include Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 and Luke 12:32-40.

Wednesday Bible study resumes at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scripture from Luke 12 when she brings the message “Be Ready” at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Communion will be served during the service. Barbara Hedrick will be the liturgist for August and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message.

The Monday night Bible studies and the Tuesday night Sit and Stitch group will not meet again until after Labor Day. The United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the church. The United Methodist Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the church; Kathy Bush will be hostess. The walking group continues to meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. The prayer group meets at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the church.

A church-wide pitch-in lunch is planned for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 14.

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

St. Paul Lutheran — The Rev. Doug Bauman’s sermon for Rally Day will be “Life Together — The Spirit of Love,” based on 2 Timothy 1:7. Christian education will be celebrated during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services at the church, 6045 E. State St. A balloon release will take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school will follow for children and the Adult Bible class will begin a five-week study on life together, led by the Rev. Bauman.

Registration has begun for the school year for 3- and 4-year-old preschool classes. Students must be the age of the stated class as of Aug. 1. All classes include Christ-centered education and small class sizes. Teachers are accredited through the National Lutheran School Accreditation. Extended care will be offered for enrolled students. Information: Chris Behmlander at 812-376-6504 or email

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Maria, Brian and Jon Fischer will share stories and gifts from a trip on the generosity path during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230;


Central Christian — The public is invited to the Free Movie and Ice Cream night at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1434 W. Second St., Seymour. The movie will be “Miracles from Heaven.” A children’s movie will be shown at the same time in the common room of the church for elementary and preschool children while “Miracles from Heaven” is being shown in the sanctuary. Bring your family and friends. Ice cream sundaes and a time of fellowship after the movie are planned in Fellowship Hall.

First Baptist — Registration is open for the Seeds of Love 5K, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at the church. Sign up at signmeup. com/112555 or contact the church office at 812-376-3321. All registration fees will go directly to Love Chapel.

First United Methodist — Sunday Night Connections will kick off with dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to join in for dinner, followed by small groups for adults, choirs and activities for children.

Flintwood Wesleyan — A Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing fundraiser will be held Aug. 27. Dinner is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Gospel Sing starts at 6 p.m. featuring The Christian Cavaliers and The Artis Family. Proceeds will be used for the Building Hope program. The public is welcome.

The District SAM Retreat is Sept. 7 to 10 at Orleans Family Campground.

A 5K Run/Walk will be Sept. 17 to raise money for the Building Hope Fund. Registration fee: $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and younger. Register online at Pre-Run/Walk activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers are also needed to help along the way.

Information: Patty England, 812-379-4287

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.