Religion news – August 13

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist — The church is embarking on a 31-week study called “The Story,” a condensed, chronological Bible. It will take place at the same time through worship, led by the Rev. Dave Blystone, Sunday school, small groups and personal reading. Materials will be distributed Aug. 21. The traditional service is at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service is at 11 a.m at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. with JAM (Jesus And Me) for kids at 11 a.m.Information: 812-372-4555

Central Heights Church of God — The message for at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday will be “We have a prize to gain” at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m. and youth group will meet at 6 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study is at 6:30 p.m.

A Community Care Day with free clothing and food Aug. 25 will be held at the church.

Information: 812-372-4857;

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will bring the message, “The 23rd Psalm, He Leads Me Beside Quiet Waters,” 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 evening service will not be held and All4One youth will not meet this Sunday evening.

Tuesday and Wednesday Bible studies will not meet this week.

Family Game Night will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday in Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite game and a snack to share.

Information: 812-376-7418

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “The Golden Years,” with scripture from Genesis 48:8-11 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 children’s church. Their lesson will be “The House on the Rock,” with scripture from Matthew 7:24-27. 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 Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road for breakfast and study, “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” The Rev. Dan Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion. All men of the church and their friends are invited to join this group.

Live streaming is now available for Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. Go to or access through the link on the web page: To view on your cell phone or tablet, download Sundaystreams. Login: fbccolumbus.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will present the message “Cloud and Crowd of Witnesses,” based on Hebrews 11:29-12:2 and Luke 12:49-56 at the Communion Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus.

The theme is that Christians have such great mentors who are examples of faith in our life and in the history of the church. The message will examine how believers are shaped by the faithful witness of those who have shown the way.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 am to noon. Sunday School for children from preschool age to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. 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 nontraditional New Members Class, “Faith Journeys Class,” also conducted at 11 a.m.

The Men’s Support Group and the Women’s Support Group meet at 7 a.m. Friday. People in need of a meal are invited to the Love Chapel hot meal offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Unlikely Role Models” at the 9 and 11 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Hebrews 11:29-12:2.

Sunday school for all ages resumes today. There will be classes for all children through 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. Bibles will be distributed to any children and youth 2nd grade and older that have not received one.

Sunday Night Connections will kick off next Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come for dinner at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, followed by small groups for adults, choirs and activities for children 6th grade and younger and youth group for children in grades 7 to 12.

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 Rev. Boles will continue The Listening Bench from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays. You can join him on the bench in the grassy lot north of the church and share a story, ask a question, share your concern or share your dreams for the future. All are invited to participate.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — The new service times are 9 a.m. for Amplify, the nontraditional service, and 11 a.m. for The Well, the traditional service, Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m in their regular rooms. 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.

Wednesday activities begin with supper served at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team will meet at 6 p.m. in the Prayer Room. JAM is at 6:15 p.m., with youth beginning at 6:30 p.m. 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.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Rev. Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “A Weird New Cult” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Jeremiah 23:23-29, Hebrews 11:29-12:2 and Luke 12:49-56. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study resumes Oct. 5.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message “Spread the Word” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 North County Road 500E. Liturgist Barb Hedrick will share Scripture from Jeremiah 23 and Psalms 82. The Rev. Scherer-Berry will give the children’s message.

There will be a pitch-in brunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall for all members and friends of the church. Drinks and utensils will be provided and those attending are invited to bring food to share.

The Baker’s Dozen Bible Study group will resume at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Nolting home. The Journey Bible study group resumes at the same time at the Kimerling home. Anyone is welcome to join either class or any of the groups at Petersville. The walkers continue to meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church and the Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the church. Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday under the direction of Kathy Bush. The United Methodist Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

There will be an outdoor worship service Sept. 18 on the church lawn with a pitch-in lunch to follow; persons attending are asked to bring lawn chairs.

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

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message “Religious Responses to Anxiety” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Road.

Information: 812-342-6230

Westside Community — The Rev. Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The title of his message will be “Building Well,” from I Corinthians 3:5-11. The children’s program through 6th grade meets during the worship service.

A new six-week Bible study for adults begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. “Epic: The Story God is Telling” will be led by Kevin Jackson. Information: 812-342-8464.

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


East Columbus United Methodist — United Methodist Men’s Monthly Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 20 in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Men of all ages are invited.Information: 812-376-7418

First Baptist — Registration is open for the SEEDS of Love 5K, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 17. Sign up: or 812-376-3321. All proceeds go directly to Love Chapel.

The Red Cross Blood Drive, “Give the Gift of Life,” will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive.

First Lutheran — The annual Golf Scramble event will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 at Greenbelt Golf Course, 1000 N. Gladstone Ave., followed by a fellowship pitch-in and awards ceremony at the Villas at Stonecrest clubhouse. Sign-up deadline is Sunday.

Information: 812-372-1256

First United Methodist — The next Book Club begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Multipurpose Room at the church, 618 Eighth St., looking at “The Freedom Writer’s Diary,” by Erin Gruwell.

His Grace Ensemble, an instrumental ensemble from Taiwan, will be giving another Fridays@First Concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

The church will be volunteering at Camp Moneto in Brown County from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 10. Contact the church at 812-372-2851 to sign up to help.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Youth Game Night is Aug. 21 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St.

The Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27. The Gospel Sing starts at 6 p.m. and will feature The Christian Cavaliers and The Artis Family. This is a fundraising activity for the Building Hope Fund. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Flintwood and Friends Crochet small group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the downstairs classroom in Curry Hall. All skill levels are welcome.

The District SAM Retreat will be Sept. 7 to 10 at Orleans Family Campground. Information on cost and registration will be available in about a week.

The 5K Run/Walk is Sept. 17. Registration fee: $25 adults and $15 kids 12 and under. Register at The money raised will go to the Building Hope Fund. Pre-Run/Walk activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. T-shirts are available. Volunteers are 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.