Religion News 12-24


Community Church of Columbus — The church’s Single Adult Community will be sponsoring a New Year’s Eve Celebration from 7 p.m. Friday to 12:15 a.m. Saturday in the youth room at the church, located at 3850 North Marr Road.Information: 812-374-7721.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will begin at 6 p.m. at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. This special service is for the entire family, filled with carols, candlelight and more.

The Christmas Morning Celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver a special Christmas meditation and the Chancel Choir will present the “Hope is Born” musical cantata. Immediately following the service, cake and ice cream will be served at the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party. A nursery/toddler room will be available during the service. Sunday school, ALL4One Youth and the evening service will not be conducted on Christmas Day.

Information: 812-376-7418.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Light of Christ Shines,” with Scripture from Isaiah 9:2-7, John 1:1, 4-5 and Luke 2:1-20 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Childcare is provided for infants.

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:

A pitch-in coffee fellowship will follow the worship. Please bring a Christmas treat to share.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

First Presbyterian There will be two special Christmas Eve services today. The 7 p.m. service will feature children’s reenactment of the Christmas story, when children in attendance will be invited to come forward and take part in this annual tradition. Bring your own costume or borrow one from the church. The 10 p.m. service will include Communion and the musical leadership of the Adult Choir. In both services, the sermon will reflect on Luke 2, “The Shepherds Returned,” and the congregation will sing “Silent Night” by candlelight to conclude the service.

Come as you are on Christmas Day (kids in pajamas are welcome) for a simple and joyful service filled with Christmas carols and Scripture to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. The Men’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, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message at the 10 a.m. United Worship service Christmas Day at the church, 618 Eighth St. Everyone is invited to celebrate the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

New Year’s Worship also will be an united service at 10 a.m., led by the Rev. Howard Boles.

All married couples are invited to join in the Sunday evening class, beginning Jan. 9, for a discussion using the book “As For Me & My House” by Walter Wangerin Jr. This will be a nine-week journey. RSVP to the church if you are interested.

The fourth annual First Cares will be from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 16. This will be a morning of working in and for the community, with activities for all ages and abilities.

A Financial Peace University class will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. All are invited to participate in this nine-week class to will learn Dave Ramsey’s seven easy-to-follow baby steps to create a budget, get out of debt and make a plan for your money. Membership includes 16 weeks of online access to view each lesson anytime. Contact the church if you are interested in participating.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday school will be dismissed Sunday and there will be a combined Amplify and Well service at 10 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th Street. No evening activities will be held Christmas night.

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” 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 and will last six weeks. This group will not meet again until Jan. 11.

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

The New Year’s Eve Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in The Friendship Center. Bring snacks and games.

The regular schedule of services will resume Jan. 1 with the Amplify service at 9 a.m., Sunday school classes for all ages at 10 a.m. and The Well at 11 a.m.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Grace Lutheran — The church will celebrate Christmas Eve with two services: “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” at 6:30 p.m. with the message, “Jesus is not the reason for the season,” and an 11 p.m. Divine Service with Communion at the church, 3201 Central Ave.

A Christmas Day service will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-372-4859.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. The message will be “An Act of God’s Love,” with Scripture from Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4 and John 1:1-14. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be held at 9:40 a.m.

An old-fashioned Candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 11 p.m. today.

Wednesday Bible Study is on hiatus until January.

Information: 812-526-9430.

North Christian — A Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols with Communion and candlelight will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Pre-service music will begin at 5:15 p.m.

An informal Christmas Day worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. People attending are encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters.

Both services will take place in the sanctuary at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available Sunday morning.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Petersville United Methodist — The Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. today at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Come hear the Christmas Story told by Mary, Joseph, the inn heeper, the shepherd boy and a king. Come and celebrate holy Communion.

The Christmas Day service will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. This is a casual service. During the children’s message, there will be a search for a room at the inn. Baby Jesus will join the Nativity scene. The morning’s message, given by the Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry, will be based on the book “Christmas Letters.”

The Baker’s Dozen and Journey Bible Study groups will not meet again until January.

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

Information: 812-372-3575.

St. Paul Lutheran — A Christmas Eve family candlelight service, “Raised Voices and Hearts,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 6045 E. State St. A Communion Candlelight service, “ One With Us,” based on Luke 2:1-20 will be held at 11 p.m., also at the church. A Congregational Carol Sing will precede both services.

A Christmas Day service of lessons and carols will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church. The Spanish Candlelight service with holy communion will be held at 5 p.m. in the chapel.

New Year’s Eve services will be at 7 p.m. with the theme “Loud Rejoicing,” based on Romans 8:31-39.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message, “Star of Wonder, Star of Light,” during the 7 p.m. service today at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

The message will be “Redirecting Ourselves at the Time of Hanukkah,” Sunday at the church. Latkes (potato pancakes) will be served after the service.

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.