Services and studies
First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Water Always Wins,” with Scripture from Isaiah 35:1-10 and John 1:1, 10-13 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Communion will be shared during the service. Music worship will be led by the Glad Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church. Their lesson will be “Mary and Elizabeth” with Scripture from Luke1:39-56. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. There will be a business meeting at 11:45 a.m.Christmas Caroling will begin at 5:45 p.m. Sunday. All singers are welcome to join in.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
The Mending Ministry will gather at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.
The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. in the private dining room at Four Seasons for breakfast and study. All First Baptist men and their guests are welcome.
Information: 812-376-3321; fbccolumbus.org
First Presbyterian — The Sunday worship service will focus on joy. The youth and children will lead the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 512 Seventh St. They will present the annual holiday program, “Advent Express.”
Infant and toddler care is available until noon. Sunday school for children up to Grade 3 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 at 11 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meets at 7 a.m. Friday. People in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals at 5 p.m. Friday, with entry through the glass doors on Franklin Street.
Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service times are: Amplify, the non-traditional service, at 9 a.m., and The Well, the traditional service, at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m.
The children’s Christmas program, “Back to the Manger,” will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. A cookie reception in the Friendship Center will follow the program.
The Connections small group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.
The small group A Christian Journey With Paul will resume Jan.10.
Greater, the women’s group, will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the large Sunday school classroom, located in the basement of Curry Hall.
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 grades 7 to 12, 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, followed by Boy Scout Troop 588 at 7 p.m.
The annual Christmas Breakfast will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18, when Sunday school classes will be dismissed. The Amplify service will begin at 9 a.m. and The Well service will begin at 11 a.m. Regular evening activities will be dismissed.
The annual Walk-in Candlelight Communion is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18.
Christmas Caroling begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Be at the Friendship Center ahead of time if you are interested in joining.
A combined Amplify and Well service will be at 10 a.m. Christmas Sunday. No Sunday school is scheduled that morning. No evening activities will take place Christmas night.
Information: 812-379-4287; email@example.com
Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Joy in the Promises of God,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10 and Luke 1:46b-55. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.
Wednesday Bible study is on hiatus until January.
The Voices Christmas Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. today.
The Candlelight Christmas Eve service is set for 11 p.m. Dec. 24 and the Christmas service will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.
Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give the sermon, “The List — What is on Yours?,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Patsy Harris will serve as liturgist, reading Scripture from Luke 1 and Isaiah 35. Maxine Harden will light the third Advent candle and Teresa Covert will present the children’s message. The adult choir, under the direction of Kathy Bush, will share the song, “Christmas Grace.” Chris Kimerling will be accompanist. A time of fellowship will follow the service.
The Monday night Bible study at the Noltings and the Sit and Stitch Group will not meet again until after the holidays; the other Monday night Bible study usually at the Kimerling home will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 at the church. The Sign Language class, led by Allyson Loper, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Choir practice will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church and the Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, also at the church. The Walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Fair Oaks Mall.
A musical program by the youth of the church will be presented at 9 a.m. Dec. 18, during the worship service. The Rev. Bev Perry, Southeast District superintendent, will bring the message that morning.
A candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve at the church and an informal worship service will be at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
Information: 812-603-8378; 574-780-2379
St. Paul Lutheran — The theme of Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon will be “Leaping for Joy,” based on Isaiah 35:1-10 at both the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Sunday school classes for both children and adults begin at 9:25 a.m. The Spanish worship service is at 12:45 p.m. each Sunday in the chapel with Spanish Sunday school at 1:45 p.m.
An Advent service focusing on Martin Luther’s hymn will be at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Pastor Bauman will deliver the message, “A Royal Welcome.”
Las Posadas service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, beginning in the education building and ending in the chapel. This is a traditional service in Latin America that recounts Mary and Joseph’s difficulty finding a place to stay. A fiesta will follow the service.
St. Paul Lutheran — The second Presbyterian Church Beecher Singers and six–piece Orchestra of Indianapolis conducted by Dr. Michelle Louer will present a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the church, 6045 E. State St. A pre-concert harp recital will begin at 6:40 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free.Information: 812-376-6504
Faith Victory — Everyone is welcome to the Christmas Eve Circle of Joy Concert, held at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 4286 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus. This is a free concert. It will feature the Faith Victory Church praise team and children.Information: 812-372-6625