Religion news – December 31

Services and studies

Grace Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message “What Time is It?” with Scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Child care 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:

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Churches will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: 812-376-3321 or fbccolumbus

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Eric Erickson will preach a sermon entitled “Searching for Home” Communion Sunday service. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh Street in Columbus.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support Groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday. Free hot meals via the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County Churches are served at 5 p.m. Fridays at the church. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin.


Petersville United Methodist — The New Year’s Day worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, an hour later than normal, at the church at 2781 N. County Road 500E. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will lead the congregation in John Wesley’s New Year’s Day Covenant. Deb Loper will serve as liturgist and will share scriptures Numbers 6:22-27. Communion will be served.

The Walking group will meet at FairOaks Mall at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. Sit ’n Stitch will meet at Connie Nolting’s at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and choir practice will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. The Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, also at the church.

The Monday night Bible studies will resume at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Baker’s Dozen will meet at the Noltings and the Journey will meet at the Kimerlings.

On Jan. 8, the youngsters of the church will use sign language to accompany “Joy to the World.”

An all-church Planning Session for 2017 will be 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at a location to be announced later.

Information:574-780-2379 or 812-603-8378.

St. Paul Lutheran — A New Year’s Eve communion service will be at 7 p.m. today at the church, 6045 E. State St., south of Columbus. The sermon theme will be based on the hymn ”O Rejoice, Ye Christians Loudly,” written by Lutheran hymn writer Christian Keimann.Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Mission Made Possible,” based on Matthew 2:1-12 at the 10 a.m. festival Communion Sunday service celebrating the epiphany and concluding with the burning of the church mortgage. A German-themed pitch-in meal will be served in the fellowship room as a kickoff for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran reformation.

A euchre tournament and board games for all ages will follow. The $5 euchre fee will benefit the Orphan Grain Train outreach for the needy.

The Spanish worship service will be at 12:45 p.m. in the chapel.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Guest minister the Rev. Dick Bailey will present the message, “Dealing With the Unexpected,” from Psalm 64, 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 and Matthew 2:13-15 at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and fellowship follows at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Study is on break until Jan. 18.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “New Year’s Resolutions: So Far, So Good,” at the 10 a.m. United Worship Service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and Galatians 4:4-7. For many people, the new year is an opportunity to make resolutions for personal improvement. So the message this morning, using the reading from Ecclesiastes as a guide, will explore that goal for growth in the new year. A Sunday marriage class, beginning Jan. 8, will use the book “As For Me & My House” by Walter Wangerin Jr. This will be a nine-week journey which will prepare couples to begin spring break with a “new attitude,” according to organizers.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Amplify Service (non-traditional) will be at 9 a.m., with Sunday School classes for all ages at 10 a.m., and The Well (traditional service) at 11 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. There will be no evening activities.

“Connections” small group meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. If you have questions about this group, please contact Pastor Teri Jones through the church office at 812-379-4287.

The small group “A Christian Journey With Paul” will resume Jan. 10.

Beginning Jan. 11, the small group “Greater” will be meeting 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. It’s a video series based on Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely.”

On Thursday, Cub Scout Pack No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop No. 588 meets at 7 p.m.

Westside Community Pastor Dennis Aud will deliver the message, “Passing On the Blessing,” from Genesis 48:1-16 at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard.

This will be a family service and the children’s program will not meet. A nursery will be available. The children’s classes will resume at 10 a.m. Jan. 8.

Information: 812-342-8464 or


First United Methodist book club — The book club resumes at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in the multipurpose room of the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. It will focus on the international best seller, “Hector and the Search for Happiness,” by François Lelord. Hector is a psychiatrist who experiences a longing for something more in his life. Thus begins his worldwide travels in search for happiness. Along the way, he will share his lessons with the reader.The Fourth Annual First Cares will be from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 16. This will be a morning of community service, with multiple activities for all ages and all abilities at the church and in the community.

A nine-week Financial Peace University class will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the church. All are invited to participate in this nine-week class where you 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. Your FPU membership includes 16 weeks of online access to view each lesson anytime. Contact the church if you are interested in participating in this class.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan New Year’s gathering — A New Year’s Eve Celebration will begin at 7 p.m. today in the Friendship Center of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Organizers are encouraging people to bring snacks and games to share. All ages are welcome to attend. If you have questions, see Rita Carr for further information.

The Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in The Friendship Center.

The Annual Birthday Bash will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in The Friendship Center. Attendees will be celebrating all birthdays for the year.

Information: 812-379-4287 or

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.