Religion News – Sept. 10

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The message “God created us in the likeness of His son” will be given by the Rev. John Marquis at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.Information:; call 812-391-1684

East Columbus Christian — The church welcomed Andrew Douglas, of Greensburg, as the new children’s minister Sept. 1. Douglas will be working with the children in kindergarten through Grade 5.

Youth groups meet at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 3170 Indiana Ave. Studies for grades 6 to 12 meet at the same time each week. Adult Bible study meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Worship services for adults meet at 8:30 a.m. for the traditional worship and at 10:45 a.m. for contemporary worship Sunday. Sunday School for all ages is 9:45 a.m. Adult evening worship is at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-372-3789

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Growth Images,” with scripture from Matthew 13:31-32 and Mark 4:26-29 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 Joyful Ringers. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church. Their topic will be “Noah,” with scripture from Genesis 6-9.

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 Menders Ministry will do mending for the residents of Four Seasons Retirement Center at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The Cross Connections classes will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Classes being offered include “When Helping Hurts,” a video-based study that offers a different framework for thinking about poverty and its alleviation. An alternate class is “Extreme Grandparents,” which suggests a second chance to do the “ought to’s” and “should haves” that daily parenthood kept you from doing with your own children.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center for breakfast and study. The Rev. Dan 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 9:25 a.m. To view on your personal computer: go to or access through the link on the web page: Download Sundaystreams Login: fbccolumbus.

Information: 812-376-3321; fbccolumbus

First Lutheran — The church will host Sonrise Bible study, which ministers to people with intellectual disabilities. The Wounded Healer will lead the praise music at 7 p.m. Monday at the church, 3600 25th St. It will be followed by prayer and fellowship.

Information: 812-372-1256

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver the sermon “Lost and Found,” reflecting on Luke 15:1-10. The church will be commissioning the Sunday school teachers and volunteers during worship. The children of Worship Arts will help lead worship.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool-age to grade 3 will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for grades 4 to 12 will begin at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour is at 11 a.m. Sunday. The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday. Those in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Becoming Better People” at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Luke 15:1-10. This will be the first Sunday the Chancel Choir and Chancel Ringers will be participating in worship after a summer break.

Sunday school classes for children up through grade 12 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.

Sunday Night Connections is open to everyone. Food is served at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 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 Women’s Bible study starts at noon Wednesdays. The first book is “Make Over,” by Jen Hatmaker, and is available for purchase via Amazon.

The Book Club selection for Sept. 18 is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the nontraditional service, begins at 9 a.m. and The Well, traditional service, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and meets 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 small group “Connections” will start at 10 a.m. Monday in the Friendship Center. They will meet the second and fourth Monday of each month. Information: Contact the Rev. Teri Jones through the church office.

The small group, “A Christian Journey With Paul,” meets each 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 (Preschool to grade 6) begins at 6:15 p.m., Youth (grades 7 to 12) begins at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Adult Bible study will be 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 small group “Senior Perks” will begin meeting at 9 a.m. Friday in the Friendship Center. A sign-up sheet is available in the foyer of the sanctuary.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Rev. Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Lost, Despair, Mercy, Grace” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be from Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28, 1 Timothy 1:12-17 and Luke 15:1-10. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Fellowship begins at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use the theme “Saved” when she brings the message at the 9 a.m. worship Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Her thoughts will include “If God can save Paul, God can save anyone?” Scriptures from Psalm 14 and Timothy 1 will be shared by liturgist Barb Hedrick. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Newly appointed Indiana Bishop Julius C. Trible, will be installed during a service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

The Monday night Bible studies will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Noltings homes. New class members are encouraged to attend. The Sit and Stitch group will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home. Choir practice, under the direction of Kathy Bush, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The Prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. The Leadership/Nominations Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church to prepare for the annual Charge Conference, 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Columbus First United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Men will have their monthly meeting at 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Don Harris will conduct the business meeting, and Larry Nolting will lead the book discussion. The men’s group will have the Lyle Garber Memorial Golf outing at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at Clifty Creek Golf Course.

The worship service will be held on the front lawn of the church at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. A picnic pitch-in lunch will follow the service.

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

St. John’s Lutheran — Sunday worship begins at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at the church, 16270 South County Road 300W, with interim pastors Ed Keinath and Matt Jung. Sunday school and Bible class will follow the service.

Wednesday’s worship begins at 7 p.m. at the church.

Information: 812-342-3516

St. Paul Lutheran — James Krey, missionary to the Dominican Republic, will give a report through pictures and videos at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship room at the church, 6045 E. State St. Krey works as a communications specialist in Latin America, sharing the gospel, teaching English classes and assisting with youth programs and Bible studies. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message “Giving the Gift of Listening” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Road. Soloist Chris Kevitt will provide special music to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

Information: 812-342-6230

Westside Community The Rev. Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The children’s program for birth through grade 6 meets at the same time as the worship.

A new six-week Bible study for adults is being held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. “Epic: The Story God is Telling” is led by Kevin Jackson.

The Ruby Tuesday morning Bible study class will resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The new study will be “The Christian and Prayer,” by Bill Bright.

Information: 812-342-8464


Calvary Community — The church will hold “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18. at the church, 1031 Chestnut St. Everyone is welcome to attend.The event is an initiative that seeks to reach people who have stopped attending church and invite them back. The church will have a special service featuring high-energy gospel music, worship, youth ministry and more. After the morning worship, a carnival atmosphere will take over and there will be free refreshments, games, balloons and prizes for all ages.

Information: 812-372-3077

Central Heights Church of God — The church will host the annual Rally Days beginning at 11 a.m. next Saturday at 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.

There will be games for all ages, a bounce house, music, a silent auction, food and door prizes. The public is welcome.

Information:; the Rev. John Marquis, 812-391-1684, 812-372-4857

First Baptist — The SEEDS (Serving, Encouraging, Exalting, Disciplining, Strengthening) of Love 5K Walk/Run will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 17, beginning and ending at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. All proceeds will go directly to Love Chapel. Register by visiting or at the church office.

A Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the church. Appointments may be scheduled at 1-800-RED-CROSS or at, sponsor code “firstbaptistcolumbus.”

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Golf Outing to support missions will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 1.

The blessing of the animals is at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the grassy lot north of the church. Animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

Fridays@First with Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 14. This is a free event and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — The 5K Run/Walk starts Saturday. Registration fee: $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Money raised will go to the Building Hope Fund. Register online at Pre-Run/Walk activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. T-shirts are available. We also need volunteers to help along the way. Contact Patty England through the church office.

The “Kiss a Critter” Youth Fundraiser is Sept. 24. Jars with the contestant’s name are on the table in the foyer. The person with the most money win and has to kiss the critter. All money goes to the Youth ministry to help fund projects in the next year. The critter to be kissed will be revealed the day the contest ends.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Spraytown Free Methodist — The church will celebrate the 200th year of Jackson County and Indiana with a presentation of the history of the Spraytown Community from its beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall at the church, 2372 W. State Road 58, Seymour. Refreshment will be served after the program.

Information: 812-497-2493

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