Religion News – August 27

Services and studies

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

Information: 812-372-4555 or

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will lead the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Scripture will be Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 and Luke 14:1, 7-14, and the sermon is “Seating Charts and Guests Lists.” Fellowship will immediately follow the service. Childcare is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. in the nursery.

The Fairlawn Worship Band will be returning after a summer hiatus.

Information: 812-372-3882.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Coming of Age” with Scripture from 1 Timothy 4:12 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and the Youth. Child care is available for infants. Older children will remain with their families for the service. Following coffee fellowship, 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 six-week Cross Connections classes for adults will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Participants can choose between “When Helping Hurts,” which offers a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation, and “Extreme Grandparenting,” a humorous and informative look at playing a key role in the lives of a generation that will someday be in charge.

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 in Columbus, for breakfast and study. The Rev. 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 the 9:30 a.m. Sunday services. To view the service 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 or

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will give the sermon “Mutual Love,” focusing on Hebrews 13:1. It will look at how ministry and a life of faith calls for a sense of mutuality which brings people closer to one another and to God.

Infant and toddler care is available 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool-age to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for fourth grade through high school will begin at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour is at 11 a.m. Sunday and is offering a discussion, “Sharing Our Passions and Our Faith.” The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Fridays.

People in need are invited to the hot meal program at 5 p.m. Friday. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message “Help with Tough Lessons” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Sunday School classes are offered for children from infancy through high school, and there are 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. Cottingham.

Sunday Night Connections is open to everyone. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, followed by small groups for adults, choirs and activities for children sixth grade and younger and youth group for students in grades 7 to 12.

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study begins at noon Wednesday. The first book, “Make Over,” by Jen Hatmaker, is available for purchase on Amazon.

The Rev. Howard 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 in The Listening Bench.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Chicken Noodle Dinner and Gospel Sing begins with dinner at 4:30 p.m. today in the Friendship Center at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. The Gospel Sing will be at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary featuring The Christian Cavaliers and The Artis Family. This is a fundraising activity for the Building Hope program. The public is encouraged to attend.

Amplify, the nontraditional service, begins at 9 a.m. and The Well, the traditional service, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church. 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.

The Flintwood and Friends Crochet small group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the downstairs classroom in Curry Hall. For information on items needed to begin, contact Gretchen Loman. All skill levels are welcome.

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 at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. JAM, for preschool through sixth grade, begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth, for middle and high school students, begins 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.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Grace Lutheran — The ALPHA Class will continue with the topic “Who is Jesus?” Tuesday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. A light supper will be at 6 p.m. followed by a video presentation and small-group discussion. Information: 812-372-4859.

The Searching Scripture Class, a study of the biblical foundations of the Lutheran faith, begins with a light supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church. The Rev. John Armstrong will lead a discussion on the Ten Commandments and the difference between law and gospel. Information: 812-799-7274.

Child care is available during both classes.

Old Union United Church of Christ — the Rev. Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Discern, See, Commit” with Scripture from Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 and Luke 14:1, 7-14 at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring a message with the theme “Character” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Scriptures from Psalm 112 and Proverbs 25 will be shared by liturgist Barb Hedrick. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon and the adult choir will provide special music. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Tuesday night Sit and Stitch group will meet at 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 will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Walkers group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church.

Worship service Sept. 18 will be at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn of the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. A pitch-in meal will follow and there will be games for the children. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.

Information: 812-603-8378 or 574-780-2379.

St. Paul Lutheran — Early childhood ministry will host the 10th annual Golf Scramble Sept.10 at Shadowwood Golf Course, 333 N. Sandy Creek Drive, Seymour. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $200 for four or $50 per individual. Tee signs are available for $100 each. Call Chris Behmlander at 812-376-6504 or Gayla Alesandro at 812-522-7816 to register.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message “In Defense of the Civil” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Road. It will answer questions about the concept of civility today in the media, world and political discourse.

Information: 812-342-6230.


First Baptist — Registration is open for the Seeds of Love 5K run/walk, set for 8 a.m. Sept. 17. Register at or call 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.

Information: 812-376-3321

First Lutheran — The Neighborhood Movie Night will be at 8:45 p.m. today at the church, 3600 25th St. All are welcome.

Information: 812-372-1256.

First United Methodist — The volunteer day will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 10 at Camp Moneto in Brown County. Contact the church office to sign up.

The Book Club selection is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman, and the club begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 18.

Information: 812-372-2851.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Cub Scout Join Night will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 for grades k-6.

The District SAM Retreat will be Sept. 7-10 at Orleans Family Campground. Cost: $50/person. Register through the church office.

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

Information: 812-379-4287.

Asbury United Methodist Volunteers are needed to participate in the “Feed My Starving Children” dried meal-packing project Sept. 9 to 11 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St., Columbus. 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.

Petersville United Methodist — United Methodist Men will be having their annual Lyle Garber Memorial golf outing at 2 p.m. at Clifty Creek Golf Course Sept. 18. Information: Don Harris at 812-546-4438.

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