Religion News – October 29

Services and studies

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Forgiveness: God’s Desire for Us,” at both the 9 a.m. Sunday traditional service and 11 a.m. contemporary service at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Psalm 132 and Luke 7:40-47.There are Sunday school classes for children, youth and adults of all ages. Adult Sunday school class topics include “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church” by N.T. Wright and “Couples of the Old Testament.” A special Sunday school class this weekend is Cottingham’s “The Basics: The Bible.” This one-time class will explore the foundational document of faith and will cover core items about the Old and New testaments.

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

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Live Simply: Follow Jesus,” with Scripture from Matthew 6:25-33 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Youth Choir.

Child care is available for infants. Older children will remain in the service.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m., following coffee fellowship.

Children are invited to participate in the annual “Trunk or Treat” in the church parking lot, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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

The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The fall session of Cross Connections will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with a six-week, video-based study by Jon Ortberg.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, at 6:15 a.m. Friday. All First Baptist men and their guests are welcome. Pastor Dan Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.”

The Sunday service is available in live streaming, beginning at 9:25 a.m. Visit or access through the web page,

Information: 812-376-3321;

St. Paul Lutheran — Reformation will be celebrated at both the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. in Columbus. Pastor Doug Bauman will preach on ”It’s Still All About Jesus,” reflecting the theme for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. A hymn commemorating the celebration will be introduced.

At 9:30 a.m., the first “Together As Family Day” will be held in the fellowship room with a portrayal of Martin Luther. Afterward, parents will attend Sunday School classes with their children with special related activities while Bauman will conduct an adult Bible class based on the Reformation.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Ministerial Search Committee hosts Jo Anne Dale to speak at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. She will highlight how congregations can choose ministers with an open mind and open heart.

Information: 812-342-6230;

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the message, “Growing,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scripture from Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12. Teresa Covert will lead the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Monday night Bible study groups will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. Sit-n-Stitch group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home. Choir practice is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Group, led by Barb Hedrick, meets at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting. In inclement weather, members walk at FairOaks Mall at 9 a.m.

Information: 812-546-4438; 812-603-8378

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Celebrate!,” wrapping up the year-long 200th anniversary celebration at the 10 a.m. Sunday service on the 24th Sunday after Pentecost at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh. Readings will be from 2 Samuel 6:12-15, Psalm 145:1-3, and Luke 5:27-32.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey leads the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service with the message, “Going Out on a Limb at the church,” 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. The Scripture readings are Psalm 32:1-7 and Luke 19 1-10.

Childcare 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.

Fairlawn is pleased to have Rick Weinheimer lead Christian Nurture discussion based on his book, “Move Your Chair,” for adults and high school youth at 11 a.m. Nov. 6, 13 and 20. Weinheimer has taught middle school and high school English and coached cross-country and track since 1978. Currently at Columbus North High School, he teaches senior language and composition and serves as English department chair. He is a nationally recognized coach of multiple state championship teams and was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2004. He will present thoughts on seeking excellence in all areas of life in his message of hope, inspiration and humor.


Lowell General Baptist hymn sing — A Hymn Sing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church, County Road 200W and South Line Drive, Columbus. The Eddie Smalling Family will perform.Information: 812-546-4363

Old Union United Church if Christ — The Lasting Impressions will be in concert at 6 p.m. today at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh.



First United Methodist Cookie Walk — The 26th annual Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Cookies, candies, breads, cookies in a jar and cookbooks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to church missions, ranging from Love Chapel food pantry to overseas work.Information: 812-372-2851;

Westside Community Fall Festival — The Fall Festival for all ages will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the church, corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus.

Activities include a bounce house, an inflatable obstacle course, human foosball, face painting, games and other options. Families can enjoy a hayride, paint a pumpkin and play a few rounds of bingo. The Harrison Township and Columbus Fire Departments will have firetrucks on hand. Plus, there will hamburgers, hot dogs and hot cocoa.

Information: 812-342-8464;

White Creek United Methodist hog roast — The 15th annual All-You-Can-Eat Hog Roast will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 6730 W. County Road 930S. Dinner for a free-will offering includes a pulled pork sandwich (barbecued or plain), several sides and a dessert. Carry-out meals are available upon request.

The event also will include for sale handmade crafts, baked goods, cookbooks and Christmas ornaments.

Petersville United Methodist turkey supper — The 49th annual Turkey Supper will be served from 5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 4 and 5. Adult tickets are $10; children’s tickets are $5; children 4 and younger are admitted free. Carry-outs are available. Bonnie Burbrink is serving as chairperson of the turkey supper and Karen Mize is co-chair.

Information: 812-546-4438; 812-603-8378

Brownstown United Methodist Soup Supper — A Soup Supper will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the church, 110 N. Poplar St. in Brownstown. Meals cost $5 each and consist of choice of chili, bean soup or broccoli soup; sandwiches or hotdogs; homemade dessert and drink. Carry-out is available.

Information: 812-358-4537

Sandy Hook United Methodist missionary speaker event — Christian missionary and author Bob Goff, founder of the nonprofit organization Love Does, will give a free presentation at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Commons, 300 Washington St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to the gathering are free but are limited.

A love offering will be taken to help build a primary school at Restore Academy in Gulu, Uganda. T-shirts also will be for sale.

Information: 812-372-8495;

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