Religion News – Nov. 19

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Live Simply: Share Enough,” with Scripture from Philippians 4:11b-13 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. A skit, “Live Simply,” will be presented. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church where the topic will be “Jonah,” with Scripture from Jonah 1:1–3:3. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Cross Connections session will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to continue “All The Places to Go.”

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 Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” All men of First Baptist and their guests are welcome.

Live streaming of the Sunday service is available at 9:25 a.m. Go to or access through the link on the web page.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will deliver the message, “Plot Twist,” which will reflect on Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 23:33-43. The passages provide contrasting expectations of Jesus as triumphant ruler and as crucified Christ, which will shape the message. The Reign of Christ is the last Sunday of the Christian year, just prior to Advent.

A brief Transgender Day of Remembrance community service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, honoring the memory of transgender people around the globe who have been killed over the past year.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool to Grade 3 will begin at 10 a.m. and Sunday school for Grades 4 to 12 will be at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour also will be 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 offered at 5 p.m. Friday through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services at the church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Scripture will be Philippians 4:4-8.

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

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the non-traditional service, is at 9 a.m. and The Well, the traditional service, is at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes are at 10 a.m. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. After The Well, we will share the Thanksgiving Dinner. This is a pitch-in with the church providing the meat. There will be no evening activities.

The Connections small group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. For further information, contact Pastor Teri Jones through the church office.

A Christian Journey With Paul has been put on pause until further notice.

The Greater small group will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays in the large Sunday school classroom in the basement of Curry Hall. This group is for women only and will last six weeks.

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, for preschool through Grade 6, begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth 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 and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets follows at 7 p.m.

The church will celebrate a Cozy Christmas at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Friendship Center. Service starts at 6 p.m. and includes games and Christmas caroling.

Operation Christmas Child is nearing the end. Empty shoe boxes are in the foyer of the church to receive donations. Filled boxes must be turned in to the church by Sunday.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Christ Over Chaos,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Jeremiah 23:1-6, Colossians 1:11-20 and Luke 23:33-43. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Redemption,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Joe Bush will serve as liturgist and will read Scripture from Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Luke 1:68-79. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and adult choir will provide special music. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Chris Kimerling will be leading the Adult Sunday school class at 10:30 a.m. using the book, “Life Lessons _ Book of Genesis,” by Max Lucado. Class members are asked to read Genesis 2:4-25 in preparation.

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 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Thursday morning prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. at the church. The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting; otherwise, they meet at FairOaks Mall. For information contact Linda Jackson at 812-546-4065.

Allyson Loper is beginning a sign language class for youth and children who are at least 6. Allyson may be contacted at 812-350-9178. Kathy Bush will be coordinating a singing and acting class. She may be reached at 812-376-3501. The youngsters will perform during worship service Dec. 18.

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

Sardinia Baptist — The church will celebrate its annual Harvest Day this Sunday, beginning with worship at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 12642 State Road, Westport. Pastor Tom Rust will speak and a pitch-in dinner will be held at noon. The Harvest Day program will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Brian Vanest as speaker. Vanest lives in Rushville, but grew up in Sardinia. Shirley Vanest will provide special music.

Information: 812-591-3699

St. Paul Lutheran — The Thanksgiving Eve service with holy communion will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. The theme of Pastor Juan Luna’s sermon will be “Returning to Give Thanks,” based on Luke 17:11-19.

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus — The Sunday service will be dedicated to those who serve in the armed forces. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., with Jack Head discussing how to celebrate the worth and dignity of these individuals.

Information: 812-342-6230


Faith Victory — The church will welcome the Reen Family Singers in a free concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 4286 Jonathan Moore Pike. Steve and Sophie Reen are classically trained musicians who have performed professionally for the past 25 years. They were joined by their nine children in 2010.The free Christmas Eve Circle of Joy Concert begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The church’s praise team and children will be featured at this event.

The public is invited to both events.

Information: 812-372-6625


Brownstown United Methodist — Vendor booth applications are being accepted now through Friday for the 12th annual Snowflake Christmas Bazaar to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the church, 110 N. Poplar St., in Brownstown. Vendors of hand-crafted are being sought. Space is limited and rental fees must accompany applications to reserve space. Six-foot tables are available for rent, at $25 for one and $40 for two. Specify if you need electricity.A Cookie Walk will be conducted. The church requests that vendors not sell cookies, but other baked goods such as breads, cakes or pies. There will be a quilt raffle, silent auction, white elephant sale and lunch.

Information: Margo Brewer, 812-358-2924

Faith Victory — The church will welcome Michael Jacobs at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the church, 1703 Home Ave. He will be at the church from Nov. 27-30. He has ministered on more than 100 mission trips and travels extensively throughout the United States spreading the word of God. The community is invited to hear him speak.

Information: 812-372-6625

First United Methodist — Santa’s Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church, 618 Eighth St. This is a day of crafts and projects for kids of all ages. There is no charge to participate but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Community Carol Sing will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. This is an evening of brass, organ, soloists, handbells and songs of the season. This event is free and open to the public.

The Blue Christmas Service, a service of remembrance for those struggling with loss, is at 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Everyone is invited to participate in this service.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Secret Pal Reveal Party will follow The Well service Dec. 4. Names will be drawn for 2017. All women are invited.

The Senior Adult Ministry Christmas luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287;

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.

The Candlelight Christmas Eve service is at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430

Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus — The Holiday Market will be Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Breakfast sweets will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. and a hot soup lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will have unique handcrafted and gourmet items by local artisans and chefs. Everyone is invited to take part in the festive atmosphere.

Information: 812-342-6230

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