Services and studies
Central Heights Church of God — The message will be delivered by John Marquis at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus. Life groups begin at 9:30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church will be available.A Thanksgiving Dinner pitch-in will follow the Sunday service.
Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Information: 812-372-4857; centralheightschurchofgodcolumbus.org
East Columbus United Methodist — Morning Fellowship Time begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message at the 9:30 a.m. blended service at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The bell choir will perform special music during the service. The children will receive a special message before being dismissed to go to children’s church. A staffed nursery/toddler room is available. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. An All-Church Thanksgiving Dinner will be at noon in the Fellowship Hall. ALL4One Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. in the Youth Room. The Rev. Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. casual service.
Tuesday Bible study will begin at 1 p.m. and start a new series on the Book of 1st John. Wednesday Evening Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. and continue a study of the Book of Matthew. Both Bible studies meet in the chapel, led by Pastor Charlie and are open for anyone.
First Baptist — The youth coffee bar will be open before and after the Sunday service. All proceeds will be used to help finance a week next summer at Green Lake camp in Wisconsin.
The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message for Commitment Sunday, “Live Simply: Act Together,” with Scripture from John 13:34-35 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Jubilation Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church. Their topic will be “Daniel,” with Scripture from Daniel 6:6-23.
Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Youth will meet at 6:33 p.m.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
The Cross Connections study, “All the Places to Go,” will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A six-week, video-based series discusses the countless doors God opens each day, how to recognize them and more.
The Men of Faith Bible study will begin 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 friends are invited to join the group.
Information: 812-376-3321; fbccolumbus.org
First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “Be Ready.” The children of Worship Arts will help lead worship. This is Stewardship Celebration Sunday, when members will pledge themselves to the common ministry in 2017. The service will be followed by a special time of food and fellowship.
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. Students in Grades 4 to 12 will have Sunday school at 11 a.m. The adult fellowship and education hour will begin at 11 a.m. 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. Fridays. Diners may enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.
Information: 812-372-3783 ; fpccolumbus.org
First United Methodist — A special service, led by the youth, will take place at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. A blend of traditional and contemporary music will be featured, along with a special skit. Scripture will be Psalm 150:1-6, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6 and Ephesians 5:19.
Sunday school classes for children, youth and adults of all ages are still being offered.
Sunday Night Connections begins with food available at 5 p.m. Sundays. Children’s choirs, youth group and adult small group studies will follow. Everyone is invited to participate in the next Book Club at 6 p.m. The book will be “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls.
The 26th annual Cookie Walk begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 at the church. Cookies, candies, breads, cookies in a jar and cookbooks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to the church missions.
Information: 812-372-2851; fumccolumbus.org
Flintwood Wesleyan — The 27th annual Open Hearth Craft Show is today at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Breakfast and lunch will be served and there will be lots of handcrafted items gift items to purchase; from an array of handmade crafts and goodies to candies, breads and more.
Amplify, the non-traditional service, is at 9 a.m. and The Well, the traditional service, is at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the church. Sunday school classes meet at 10 a.m. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. Sunday school classes will continue 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.
Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. Locate the empty shoe boxes in the foyer of the church to make a donation. Turn in filled boxes to the church by Nov. 20.
The Connections small group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
The small group “A Christian Journey With Paul” has been postponed until further notice.
The Greater small group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the large Sunday school classroom, located in the basement of Curry Hall. This group is for women only and will last six weeks.
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 Grade 6, begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth, for Grades 7 to 12, 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, followed by and Boy Scout Troop 588 at 7 p.m.
Information: 812-379-4287; email@example.com
Free Methodist — The Wednesday Bible study/prayer begins at noon this week at the church, 1511 22nd St., Columbus.
Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “New Heavens and a New Earth,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Isaiah 65:17-25, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 and Luke 21:5-19. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.
Wednesday Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m.
Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “God or Money,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Joe Bush will serve as liturgist and will share Scripture from Timothy 6 and Psalm 91. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and Chris Kimerling, Amy Ogilvie and Martha Rager will have special music during the service. The stewardship moment will be given by Larry Nolting.
The United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Don Harris will lead the business session and Larry Nolting will lead the book study.
The Monday night Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Nolting homes. The Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church and the Thursday morning Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Allyson Loper is beginning a sign language class soon for children 6 and older; contact Allyson at 812-350-9178 for further information. Kathy Bush will be coordinating a singing and acting class. She may be contacted at 812-376-3501. The youngsters will perform during worship service Dec. 18.
The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at the church, weather permitting; otherwise, they meet at FairOaks Mall.
Information: 812-603-8378; 574-780-2379
St. Paul Lutheran — Girl Scout Sunday will be celebrated at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Afterward, the troop will host the Chili Cook-Off Luncheon and Dessert Auction at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Free-will donations will support scouting projects. The theme for Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon will be “Why,” based on Luke 21:5-28. He will deliver the sermon during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will discuss the outcomes of the election and how church principles offer guidance during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.
Information: 812-342-6230; uucci.org
Central Christian — The community is invited to attend the “Hanging of the Greens” service at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 in the sanctuary at the church, 1434 W. Second St., Seymour. The “Hanging of the Greens” marks the beginning of the season of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. All who attend are invited to stay after the service and join in a time of fellowship and to enjoy Christmas cookies and finger foods at a Christmas Tasting Party in the CCC Fellowship Hall.
United Christian — The church will host fellowship at 7 p.m. Thursday at 7810 W. State Road 250, in Paris Crossing. Pastor Jeff Hood of First Marion Baptist Church will bring the message.
Central Christian band concert — The church will host the Columbus City Band at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at 1434 W. Second St., Seymour. Come and enjoy the sounds of the Christmas season. This free concert is open to the community.Information: 812-522-4211
Whosoever Will concert — Soul’d Out Quartet will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 623 Eisenhower Drive in Edinburgh.
An offering will be collected for the group.
Information: Casey Johnson, 812-375-4979
Celebrate Recovery movies at YES Cinemas — Celebrate Recovery of Community Church of Columbus is sponsoring two movies to spotlight stories of recovery Monday at YES Cinemas, Fourth and Jackson streets.One movie, “Home Run,” will be shown at 5:45 and 8 p.m. and “Captive” will be shown at 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $1 in advance and can be purchased at YES or at Community Downtown, 522 Seventh St., Columbus.
Information: 812-348-6257; yescinema.org
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints open house — An open house will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the new meeting house, 4850 Goeller Drive in Columbus.
The new structure will function along with the church’s 30th Street structure in Columbus. The first services are scheduled at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday.
St. Peter Lutheran Evangelical living nativity — The ninth annual living nativity will be presented from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 11750 W. County Road 930S (Lutheran Lake Road). Church children will be playing handbells in the sanctuary. Free refreshments will be served in the parish hall. King James the camel, which has been on hand in previous years, will attend again along with other animals.
Operation Christmas Child — Deadline for Operation Christmas Child, a collection of trinket and small-toy Christmas gifts for special shoeboxes for children in developing nations, is Monday through Nov. 21 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. in Columbus. Last year, Bartholomew County residents donated 3,362 shoeboxes at First Christian’s regional collection site for the cause.
Anyone can purchase small trinkets or toys such as jacks or yo-yos or balls, place them in a shoebox marked for a girl or boy of a certain age, then take the gift-wrapped shoebox to First Christian’s collection site. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 20, and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21.
Flintwood Wesleyan — The Thanksgiving Dinner will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 20. This is a pitch-in with the church providing the meat.
Information: 812-379-4287; firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Union United Church of Christ — The Voices Christmas Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.