Religion News 12-17

Services and studies

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning fellowship begins at 9 a.m. Sunday with light snacks and hot beverages in the foyer before the service. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message at the 9:30 a.m. blended worship at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The Bell Choir will perform special music. Children will receive a special message before being dismissed to go to children’s church, where they learn Bible lessons and have activities. A staffed nursery/toddler room is available during the service.

Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Aigner will bring the message, “Greater Than Gold,” from I Peter 1:6-9 at the 6 p.m. casual evening service.

Information: 812-376-7418.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will lead worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The sermon is “Live Like You’re Loved,” with Scripture from Matthew 1:18-25 and Isaiah 7:10-16. Special guest David Youngman, international finger-style guitar champion, will lead the worship music. Fellowship will immediately follow.

During the second hour, the church will conduct the following:

Christian Nurture Inter-generational opportunities: Interactive Journey to Bethlehem and Christmas caroling, departing the church at 5:30 p.m. then returning for refreshments.

The book “ The Judge Who Stole Christmas” will be read for this month and the discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 8.

The candlelight service will be Dec. 24 with communion, carols and listening to selections sung by the Chancel Choir.

Information: 812-372-3882.

First Baptist — The Chancel Choir and Jubilation Ringers will present “Jesus, The Advent of the Messiah,” by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Child care is provided for infants. The youth coffee bar will be open before and after the service.

Live streaming of the service begins at 9:25 a.m. Sign in on your computer at or access the link on the church web page:

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The Youth-6:33 will meet at 6 p.m.

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

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. First Baptist men and their guests are welcome.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Pastor Dan Cash will lead the service, “What Child is This?,” with Scripture from Isaiah 7:10-16, John 1:1, 14 and Luke 2:1-20.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Advent at Midnight,” at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Matthew 1:19-25. The reading from Matthew is the dream given to Joseph about the birth of a child. Few details are given but when he awoke, he went about his work, trusting that God would take care of the details. This worship service will be a special music worship service featuring the Songs of the Season with several special music guests. Everyone is invited to join in to celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Sunday Night Connections on Sunday nights starts with food will be available at 5 p.m. followed by children’s choirs, youth group and adult small group studies. Everyone is invited to join for food and fellowship.

Christmas Eve Worship: 6 p.m. Family service, 8:30 p.m. Jazz service and 11 p.m. Lessons and Carols.

Christmas Day Worship will be a united service at 10 a.m. All are invited to this celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

New Year’s Worship will be a united service at 10 a.m.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

First Presbyterian — The Adult Choir and guest musicians will lead worship at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. The service will focus on peace. 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 students in grade 4-12 will have Sunday school 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 meet at 7 a.m. Friday.

People 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 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — The annual Christmas Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes are dismissed. Amplify service will begin at 9 a.m. and The Well Service will begin at 11 a.m. Christmas Treat Bags will be distributed at the end of each service. Regular evening activities are dismissed.

The annual Walk-in Candlelight Communion is 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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 will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the large Sunday school classroom in the basement of Curry Hall. This group is for women only and will last six weeks. This group will not meet again until Jan. 11.

The church will go Christmas caroling at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. If people are interested in joining, please be at The Friendship Center early to get the itinerary. Wednesday activities are dismissed until Jan. 11 when school resumes.

Cub Scout Pack 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by Boy Scout Troop 588 at 7 p.m.

On Christmas Day, Sunday school will be dismissed and a combined Amplify and Well service will be held at 10 a.m. No evening activities will be held.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “God Never Leaves Us,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7 and Matthew 1:18-25. Sunday school is at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on hiatus until January.

The Candlelight Christmas Eve service begins at 11 p.m.

The Christmas service will be at 10 a.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Bev Perry will bring the message, “Mary Did Know,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Patsy Harris will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. The Michael Tungate family will be lighting the fourth Advent Candle.

The children and youth of the church will present “Do You Hear What I Hear” in sign language and song. Also, they will create a Nativity scene and join with the adult choir in singing “Joy to the Whole World.” A time of fellowship will follow the service.

On Dec. 24, a candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, when communion will be served.

On Dec. 25, an informal, casual service will begin at 10 a.m., an hour later than the usual 9 a.m. service time.

On Jan. 1, the worship service also will begin at 10 a.m. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will lead John Wesley’s New Year’s Day Covenant service and will serve communion.

The Monday night Bible study at the Nolting home will not meet until after the beginning of the new year. The Monday night Bible study at the Kimerling home will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and then be on hiatus for the rest of the year. The Sit and Stitch group will not meet again until after the first of the year. Choir practice will be held Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-603-8378 or 812-447-9357

St. Paul Lutheran — Las Pasadas service will be held at 5 p.m. today, beginning in the education building and ending in the chapel of the church, 6045 E. State St. A fiesta will follow the service.

Pastor Bauman will deliver the message, “The Sign of Signs,” based on Isaiah 7:10-17 at the 8 a.m. service Sunday at the church. The children’s Christmas program, “The Gift of Jesus,” will be held during the 10:45 a.m. service.

The second Presbyterian Church Beecher singers and Orchestra of Indianapolis, conducted by Michelle Louer, will present a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. Concert organist Charles Manning will perform Christmas favorites and lead audience carol singing. A pre-concert harp recital will begin at 6:40 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited. Admission is free.

An Advent service focusing on Martin Luther’s hymn, “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come,” will be at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

The Christmas Eve family candlelight service “Raised Voices and Hearts,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the church. A communion candlelight service, based on Luke 2:1-20, will be held at 11 p.m. at the church. Congregational carol sing will precede both services.

A Christmas Day service of lessons and carols will be at 10 a.m. at the church.

The Spanish Candlelight Christmas Service with Communion will be held at 5 p.m. in the chapel.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Christmas carols will be sung and the Unitarian Universalist version of the Christmas Nativity will be enacted by the children and teenagers of the congregation during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. The title of his message will be “The Least and the Last” from Micah 5:1-5. The children’s program for birth through grade 6 meets during the service.

The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. Regular service time will be 10 a.m. Christmas Day.

Information: 812-342-8464.


Faith Victory Everyone is welcome to the free Christmas Eve Circle of Joy Concert to be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 4286 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus. It will feature the Faith Victory Church praise team and children. An hors d’oeuvres reception will follow.Information: 812-372-6625.

Garden City Church of Christ — The church is presenting a Christmas musical, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” at 10 a.m. today at the church, 3245 Jonesville Road. It will be performed by the adult and children’s choirs. Cost: Free.

Information: 812-372-1766.

St. Paul’s Episcopal — The Christmas Concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2651 California St., Columbus. Free will offerings will be accepted to benefit Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-7869.

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