Religion News – August 20

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist — The church is embarking on a 31-week study, “The Story,” a condensed, chronological Bible study for adults, children and youth. It will be experienced through worship, Sunday school, small groups and personal reading. Materials will be distributed Sunday.The traditional service is at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service is at 11 a.m. at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. with JAM (Jesus And Me) for kids at 11 a.m. The church is inviting anyone interested in learning more about God’s story to come and participate.

Information: 812-372-4555;

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will give the message, “Keep Running,” as part of the series about “getting in the game with God” during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-4857;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Sandwich Years,” with Scripture from Numbers 8:23-26 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. Their topic will be “The Mustard Seed,” with Scripture from Mark 4:30-32.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Youth will participate in a kick-off for the youth ministry from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Activities will include Mini Olympics, grilling out and lots of great food.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet 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 at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and study. Pastor Dan Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” All men of the church and their friends are invited to join the group.

Live streaming is now available for Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. To view on your personal computer, go to or access through the link on the web page: To view on your cellphone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play, download: Sundaystreams, login: fbccolumbus.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will present the message, “Nonviolent Communication: The Language of Connection,” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. She will examine this process which has a spiritual component and can lead to change in personal lives and around our world. And the Rev. Moore will ask: How might its use have an effect in the congregation and the city?

Information: 812-342-6230

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Breaking the Rules,” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Galatians 5:22-26 and Luke 13:10-17.

The church offers Sunday school classes for children up to 12th grade and for adults. Youth and adults can choose to participate in a long-term study or the short-term class, “Half Truthsm,” by Adam Hamilton, led by the Rev. Lisa Cottingham. All are invited to participate in the Book Club at 6 p.m. today in the Multi-purpose Room. The club will be reviewing “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.

Sunday Night Connections will kick off with dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be followed by small groups for adults, choirs and activities for children in Grade 6 and younger and youth group for Grades 7 to 12.

The children, youth and adults choirs will start in the next few weeks. To become a part of the music ministry at First UMC, contact music director Kevin Butler through the church office.

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 a concern or dreams for the future. All are invited to participate in The Listening Bench.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the non-traditional service, will begin at 9 a.m. and The Well, a traditional service, will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m and will stay in the regular rooms. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. Evening activities begin at 5 p.m. with adult choir practice, followed by the evening service at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary. This Sunday is Youth Game Night, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

The small group, “A Christian Journey With Paul,” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Friendship Center.

Wednesday activities begin with supper served at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. JAM begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth begins at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Adult Bible study will be in the main sanctuary.

On Thursday, Cub Scout Pack No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop No. 588 meets at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “It’s a Revolution,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Jeremiah 1:4-10, Hebrews 12:18-29 and Luke 13:10-17. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Bible study resumes Oct. 5.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message with the theme, “Rules,” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Liturgist Barb Hedrick will share Scriptures from Psalm 103:1-8 and Luke 13:10-17. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. Special music will be by Julee Nabukalu of Uganda. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Tuesday night Sit and Stitch group will meet 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Nolting home. Monday night Bible studies will resume Sept. 12 at the Nolting home and the Kimerling home; new class members are always welcome. Choir practice is held each Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. with Kathy Bush as director, and new choir members are invited to attend.

Those wishing to participate in the “Feed My Starving Children” dried meal-packing project Sept. 9 to 11 at Asbury United Methodist Church should contact Kathy Bush at 812-376-3501.

The installation service for new Indiana United Methodist Bishop Julius C. Trible will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Carmel.

Information: 812-603-8378; 574-780-2379

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver the message, “When God Speaks Through Us,” based on Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10-17 at the 9:30 a.m. Communion Sunday service at the church at 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. He will ask the following questions: How does God call us to serve? What words does God put in our mouth? The Jeremiah and Luke passages will help listeners ponder that. This Sunday’s service will highlight that the church is a More Light congregation, supportive of LGBTQ people.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool age to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. Fourth grade through high school will have Sunday school at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour at 11 a.m. Sunday is offering a discussion, “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.” The Men’s Support Group and the Women’s Support Group meet at 7 a.m. Fridays.

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to the hot meals offered at 5 p.m. Fridays at the church through the local Love Chapel outreach. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the service Sunday at 10 a.m. at the church at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The title of his message will be “Attributes of Love” from I Corinthians 13:1-13.

The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets at the same time as the 10 a.m. worship service.

A new six-week Bible study for adults begins from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 titled “Epic: The Story God is Telling,” led by Kevin Jackson. Information: 812-342-8464.

The Tempered Steel Men’s Ministry will be having a “Steak Out” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The guest speaker will be Nate Barrow, who will share his experience hiking the El Camino de Santiago, the “Way of St. James” during his trip to Spain this summer. Information: 812-342-8464.


First United Methodist — His Grace Ensemble, an instrumental ensemble of top classical perfomers from Taiwan, will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sanctuary of the church, 618 Eighth St., during the Fridays at First Concert.Musicians (and their school affiliations) will be: Yin-Chou Hung, violinist, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.; Chia-Fen Lee, violinist, the Prayner Conservatorium, Vienna, Austria; Kuie-Mien Chang, violist, Royal Music Academy, London, England; Wan-Yi Pan, cellist, Rutgers University; Chih-Yu-Chen, pianist, the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria.

The Columbus Chinese Association, Taiwanese American Association in Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis-Sister Cities International in Taipei are sponsoring the performance.

Gospel Music Week — Three days of free, southern gospel music concerts are scheduled Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of Gospel Music Week at First Church of the Nazarene, 1245 McClure Road in Columbus.

The schedule is as follows. Thursday: Crimson Hill, 7 p.m.; Richard Harper Family, 7:30 p.m.; the Colwells, 8 p.m. Friday: Redemption’s Cross, 7 p.m.; Steve Griffin and the Lord’s Band, 7:40 p.m.; the Woodsmen Quartet, 8:20 p.m. Saturday: J.B. and Melanie O’Neal, 7 p.m.; Kathryn Mbwelera, 7:40 p.m.; the Nales, 8:20 p.m.

The late J.C. Brown launched Gospel Music Week nearly 40 years ago when it actually spanned a week, and was conducted at the original Commons.

Information: Glenda Brown, 812-379-2789


Asbury United Methodist meal-packing event — Leaders at Columbus’ Asbury United Methodist Church are hungry to help the less fortunate.And they want people to know they still can use more volunteers to pack dehydrated, vitamin-enhanced meals — prepared later with boiling water — for the church’s project to assist an international Christian ministry.

Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based outreach effort, has worked with volunteers from Asbury and other groups at annual food-packing events the past several years. Asbury volunteers have prepared more than 200,000 meals that were shipped to hungry youngsters in Haiti, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and Ghana. Overall, the ministry serves 70 nations worldwide with 92 percent of its funds going directly to providing the meals.

Now, Asbury aims to recruit as many as 900 volunteers for a packing party Sept. 9 to 11 at the church fellowship hall, 1751 27th St. People can sign up on the church website at asbury

Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches meeting — Beth Morris, director of community health partnerships at Columbus Regional Hospital, will speak at the quarterly meeting of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches/ Love Chapel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Ridge church, 2800 Bonnell Road in Columbus.

Her topic is VIMCare, a new business model for the former Volunteers In Medicine clinic opening Sept. 6.

Community Church of Columbus DivorceCare — DivorceCare For Kids, a weekly program for children in second through sixth grades, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. DC4K is designed for children whose parents are separated or divorced. Divorce Care for adults will be held at the same time. Both DC4K and DivorceCare are part of the Tuesday Connection program of the church.

Information and registration: 812-348-6257;

First Baptist Seeds of Love event— Registration is open for the Seeds of Love 5K, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 17. First Baptist organizes the event. Sign up at or contact the church office at 812-376-3321. All proceeds go directly to Love Chapel.

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

First Lutheran bicycle ride — The Moonlight Loop Bicycle Ride will be held at 9 p.m. today. You can register for $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit Columbus Animal Care Services.

Information: 812-372-1256

The annual Golf Scramble will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenbelt Golf Course. It will be followed by a fellowship pitch-in and awards ceremony at the Villas at Stonecrest clubhouse.

The church will help support the hungry in the community by participating in the Gleaners Food Distribution truck from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the church, 3600 25th St. in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-1256

All are welcome to the Neighborhood Movie Night at 8:45 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Information: 812-372-1256

First United Methodist — Church members will be volunteering from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 10 at Camp Moneto in Brown County.

Information: 812-372-2851

Flintwood Wesleyan dinner and gospel sing — The Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. The Gospel Sing begins at 6 p.m., featuring The Christian Cavaliers and The Artis Family. Funds raised will go toward the Building Hope program. All are welcome.

The District Senior Adult Ministries Retreat will be Sept. 7 to 10 at Orleans Family Campground in Orleans. Information on cost and registration is coming soon.

The 5K Run/Walk begins with activities at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 17 with the race at 9 a.m. at the church . Registration fees: $25 adults and $15 kids 12 and under. Register online at Proceeds will go toward the Building Hope program. T-shirts are available. To volunteer, contact Patty England at 812-379-4287.

Information: 812-379-4287

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