Religion News September 17

Services and studies

Community Church of Columbus — Chris Surratt will be guest speaker at both the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday service as the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. His message is “Community Matters.”Surratt is a ministry consultant, coach and the Discipleship and Small Group specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources. His first book, “Small Groups For The Rest of Us,” was released this year.

Information: 812-348-6257

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will lead the 9:30 a.m. worship Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The sermon, “The Untaming of the Shrewd,” is based on Luke 16:1-13. The second reading is Psalm 4. Child care is available in the nursery from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. for infants to 2-year-olds. Fellowship time and refreshments will immediately follow the worship service.

Christian education will begin during the second hour at 11 a.m. Adults will meet in the Fellowship Hall to study Jesus’ parables. High school youth will meet in the Youth Room. Younger youth, ages 5 and older, will meet in Room 1 to study the Seasons of the Spirit. Younger children are invited to join the nursery for storytelling and activities.

Information: 812-372-3882

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Illumination Images,” with Scripture from Luke 8:16-18 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and Glad Ringers. Child care will be available for infants. Older children will move to Children’s Church during the service. Their service will be “Sarah and Abraham,” with Scripture from Genesis 18:1-15.

The Youth Coffee Bar will be open before and after the service. Contributions received will be used at next summer’s camp at Green Lake, Wisconsin.

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

Youth 6:33 will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday at the church. Register at the welcome desk. Blood donation appointments can be made at redcrossblood. org, sponsor code “firstbaptistcolumbus.”

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Cross Connections gathering will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Two study options are available: “When Helping Hurts” and “Extreme Grandparenting.”

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. 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 guests are invited to join the group for breakfast and study.

Live streaming is now available at 9:25 a.m. for Sunday services. To view on your personal computer, go to sunday or access through the link on the web page:

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver the sermon, “Choosing Whom We Serve,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children ages preschool to grade 3 will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for grade 4 through high school will meet 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. Fridays. Those in need of a meal are invited to the hot meals program offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “What Money Can’t Buy,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Luke 16:1-13. Sunday school classes are offered for children, youth and adults of all ages. Sunday Night Connections begins with dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by children’s choirs, youth group and the book club. The book club selection this month is “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the non-traditional service, is at 9 a.m. and The Well, traditional service, is at 11 a.m. Sunday, both in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. and will meet in their regular rooms. 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 Connections small group will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in The Friendship Center. They meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Information: Contact Pastor Teri Jones through the church office.

Small group A Christian Journey With Paul meets each at 6:30 p.m. 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 for middle and high school students 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 small group Senior Perks meets from 9 to 11 a.m. each Friday in The Friendship Center. If you are interested in this group, there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer of the sanctuary.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “One God, One Mediator,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Jeremiah 8:18-9:1, 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Luke 16:1-13. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday will be held on the front lawn of the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use the theme, “Wealth or God,” for her sermon. Scripture will be from Psalm 91 and 1 Timothy 6, read by liturgist Larry Nolting. Following the service, a pitch-in lunch will be served. Drinks and tableware will be provided, but those attending are invited to bring side dishes and desserts; attendees also should bring their lawn chairs. There will be games for all ages.

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

The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting. Otherwise, the group will meet at FairOaks Mall.

The United Methodist Men’s group will have its annual Lyle Garber Memorial Golf outing at 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at Clifty Creek Golf Course. Contact Don Harris at 812-546-4438 for further information.

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

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Christ — The Rev. Mary Moore will lead the service, “Retelling the Courageous Actions of the Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp During WWII,” at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goelver Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230


Bethlehem Church and Cemetery — The homecoming reunion will be conducted Sept. 25 at the church, corner of County Road 700S and County Road 575W, Johnson County. A pitch-in dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the program follows at 1:30 p.m.Central Heights Church of God — The church will be having Rally Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, when C.J. Phillips will be introduced as new youth pastor. Come and meet him and enjoy games, food, door prizes and a silent auction.

Also, C.J. will be teaching youth grades at 6 p.m. Sundays at the church.

Information: 812-372-4857; centralheights

First United Methodist — The pasta dinner will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 25. All proceeds will go toward the mission trip to Guatemala in the spring.

Enjoy the Gold Outing at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 at Otter Creek Golf Course, 11522 E. County Road 50N. Prizes can be won, and proceeds will go to the mission of the winning team. All golfing levels welcome. Contact the church by Sept. 27 for information.

The Blessing of the Animals will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 in the grassy lot north of the church, 618 Eighth St. 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 is today at the church, 5300 E. 25th Street. It begins at 7:30 a.m. with Zumba and the race is at 9 a.m. Register on-site prior to the beginning of the activities. Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and younger. Funds raised will go to the Building Hope Fund. T-shirts are available.

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

The Annual Missions Banquet is scheduled for Oct. 15 with a meal and speaker.

Information: 812-379-4287

Hope House of Prayer — The church is having a homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 514 Market St., Hope. Featured singers will be 4 The Light Gospel Quartet. All are welcome.

Information: 812-593-0526

St. Paul Lutheran — The Harvest Fest will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Schroer Ranch, 9846 E. County Road 50N. Activities will include apple bobbling, a hayride, games, pumpkin painting and volleyball. A hymn sing and youth-led devotion will precede the pitch-in meal at 5:30 p.m. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.

Information: 812-376-6504

Old Union United Church of Christ — Old Union Homecoming Sunday will be Oct. 2 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Information: 812-526-9430

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship Phil LeMaster of Living Hope Ministry will speak at the next meeting of the South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship on Sept. 27 at United Christian Church, 7810 W. State Road 250 in Paris Crossing.

A donation-meal of fried chicken and vegetables will be served at 6:30 p.m. LeMaster will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Information: Alvin Balmer, 812-526-2071 or the church at 812-525-3360

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