Religion News – October 8th, 2016

Services and studies

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning fellowship time begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus. The morning blended worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Charles Aigner presenting the message “You Anoint My Head With Oil,” from Psalm 23:5b. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during the service. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests.All4One Youth group will meet at 5 p.m. The casual evening praise service will begin at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Aigner continuing the sermon series “Lessons From Kings” and bring the message “The King Called the Nation to Covenant,” from II Kings 23.

Tuesday Afternoon Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. and Wednesday Evening Bible study will meet at 7 p.m., both in the Chapel and open for anyone to come and join. Family Game Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite game, invite a friend and bring a snack to share.

Breakfast served by the United Methodist Men will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. After breakfast, everyone is invited to stay for a free seminar at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-376-7418

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Living as Exiles and Aliens,” with scripture from Jeremiah 29:1; 4-7, 11 and Luke 17:11-19 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the chancel choir. Child care is provided for infants. Children’s church is provided for toddlers and preschool-age children. Older children will leave during the service for the story of Joseph, with scripture from Genesis 37.

Live streaming of the service will begin at 9:25 a.m. To view on your computer, visit columbus or access through the link on the church web page:

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

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

The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center to do mending for the residents.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and study. Pastor Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion, “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” All men of the church and their guests are welcome.

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 preach a sermon, “Postcard from the End of the World.”

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool to third grade 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 will be held at 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s support groups will meet at 7 a.m. Friday. People in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals program offered Friday at 5 p.m. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message “Sharing Gifts: Our Talents,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and 2 Timothy 1:1-7. Sunday School classes are offered for children, youth and adults of all ages. Adult Sunday school class topics include Couples of the Old Testament, “Faith, Hope, and a Bird Named George: A Spiritual Fable,” by Michael Morwood, and “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church,” by N.T. Wright.

Sunday Night Connections meets at 5 p.m. Sundays with food, children’s choirs, youth group and adult small group studies.

The Next Fridays@First concert is at 7 p.m. Friday. Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky will share their cello and piano talents. This is a free event and open to the public.

The next book club will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and will discuss “Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — The nontraditional Amplify service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday and The Well, the traditional service, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday School begins at 10 a.m. 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 Connections small group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For information, contact Pastor Teri Jones through the church office.

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

The women’s small group Greater will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the large Sunday school classroom in the basement of Curry Hall. It is a video series based on Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.”

All Wednesday activities are dismissed due to fall break. Regular activities will resume Oct. 19.

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

Mt. Olive United Methodist — Homecoming will be Sunday at the church, 10530 W. Georgetown Road. Built in 1876, Mt. Olive will celebrate 140 years of sharing the gospel.

Morning worship is at 9 a.m. Sunday. There will be a pitch-in dinner at noon. Meat and drinks will be provided. The afternoon service will begin at 1:30. Pastor John Tingle will have the message for both services and there will be special music at both services.

Information: 812-342-4557

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Taking Our Blessings for Granted” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and fellowship begins at 9:40 a.m.

Guest Gospel singers Marvin Brown and the Rythmnaires will perform Oct. 23.

Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

The 200-year anniversary conclusion service will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 30.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message “Complete Healing” at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Liturgist Karen Mize will share scripture from Luke 17:11-19. The children’s message will be presented by Teresa Covert. A time of fellowship will follow the worship service.

The Monday night Bible study classes meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Nolting homes. Sit and Stitch group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and administrative council is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. During inclement weather, they meet 9 a.m. at FairOaks Mall.

The church will gather to make noodles in preparation for the annual Turkey Supper at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The Turkey Supper will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5.

Information 812-546-4438 or 574-780-2379

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Justimore Musombi, a Quaker minister living in Indianapolis, will share his story of acceptance — by himself, his church, family and culture — as a gay man during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard in Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230


Free Methodist concert — Contemporary Christian music veteran Dallas Holm will present a free concert at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 22 at Free Methodist Church, 1511 22nd St. in Columbus. Holm, who has performed and recorded since the 1970s, is best known for songs such as “Rise Again” and “I Saw the Lord.” An offering will be received.Holm has earned several Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for his music, including Male Vocalist of the Year twice.

Information: 812-372-1407

First United Methodist free movie sing-along — A free, special movie sing-along will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Everyone is invited for an evening of fun, laughter and singing to journey down the yellow brick road. There will be food, fellowship and a costume parade at 6 p.m. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear a costume and bring a friend.

Information: 812-372-2851 or


Flintwood Wesleyan banquet — The annual Missions Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Special guest speaker will be Amber Livermore. She spent several years in New Zealand as the national youth consultant for the Wesleyan Methodist Church and is the youth mobilizer through Global Partners of the Wesleyan Church.The Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 will be at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. It offers a safe place for kids. There will be hot dogs, chili, treats and lots of fun. If you would like to volunteer to help or would like to donate food or wrapped candy, contact the church office.

The annual Open Hearth Craft Show is Nov. 12. Food will be served from breakfast to lunch with lots of handcrafted items to purchase. If you are interested in rental booth space, contact Kim Rutan in the church office.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Camp meeting revival — Bishop Bob Vance and his family will lead a revival at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 to 22 at the Carpenters Union Hall on 431 S. Mapleton Street in Columbus. A dinner also will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the site. Besides a message, there will be music each evening.

Vance was a pastor and bishop in the Church of God denomination at Cathedral of Praise Church in Columbus for 35 years. He now lives in Lakeland, Florida.

Information: 812-447-2121

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