Religion News – February 11

Services and studies

First Presbyterian — The third of the four-part series of the Sermon on the Mount continues this week with the focus on Matthew 5:21-37. “Below the Surface” will be a sermon considering how Jesus taught that intentions and inner thoughts play a key role in being a faithful follower. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus.Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool-age to third grade will begin at 10 a.m. Fourth grade through high school 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 meets at 7 a.m. Friday. 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 or visit

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Becoming a Sacred Community,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Psalm 119:1-8 and Matthew 5:21-37. Sunday school begins at 10:10 a.m. for both adults and children. The final “Basics” Sunday school class will be Feb. 19. Join Pastor Lisa as she teaches us about the Basics of United Methodism.

Scout Sunday is this weekend. There will be a special pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come show support for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of First UMC!

Parents’ Night Out: Parents enjoy a night out. Drop kids off at First UMC for games, snacks, crafts and a movie! Please eat dinner before arriving. For more information contact the church. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday.

Book Club will meet again at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 to discuss “The Misremembered Man” by Christina McKenna. All are invited to participate.

Want to enjoy some chocolate before Lent starts? Join the church on Feb. 26 for Chocolate Sunday and a celebration of all things chocolate.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Rupp will deliver the message, “God Gave the Growth,” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and Matthew 5:21-37. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Pastor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. today in The Friendship Center. Everyone is invited to share breakfast and join Pastor Wes in prayers for the church, community and nation.

Sunday service times are: Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school classes are at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. Pastor Wes Jones will be concluding his five part series, “Searching In Oz.” The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. Evening activities begin with adult choir practice at 5 p.m., followed by the evening service at 6 p.m.

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” meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in The Friendship Center. New members are invited to join at anytime. Information: Sandy Dooley through the church office.

The Greater small group, led by Donna Jewell, has resumed at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Regular Wednesday activities resume with supper at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. JAM (for pre-school through sixth grade) begins at 6:15 p.m. Youth (for middle and high school) begins at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. Adult Bible study is in the main sanctuary.

Thursday: Cub Scout Pack #588 meets at 6:30 p.m. and Boy Scout Troop #588 meets at 7 p.m.

The church is seeking donations of quality items and theme baskets for the annual Heart of Ministries Auction March 3. More information will follow.

Wednesday is the Zone 3 Youth Rally from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Central Heights Church of God — The Christian Cavaliers will perform Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Bring a friend to the pitch-in that will follow.

Life Groups begin at 9:30 a.m. and the message will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The Kingdom Builders, for Grades 1 through 5, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Information: 812-372-4857.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the service.

The pastors are preaching a nine-week sermon series on managing life. In this series, they will discuss seven areas of life where God has asked his people to be good stewards.

The Ruby Tuesday morning Bible study class meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. They have begun a new study titled “The Christian and the Holy Spirit” by Bill Bright. All ladies are invited to attend.

A new group, titled “Walking in Faith,” meets at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Members will be walking together for fitness and fellowship.

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “Living Outside Yourself,” with Scripture from Matthew 10:5-23, at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Jubilation Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is provided for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s church for “Man Through a Roof,” from Luke 5:17-26.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The children will study “Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man,” with Scripture from Mark 2:1-12. The Youth will meet at 6:33 p.m. for Youth-6:33.

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

The Winter Learning Series for Cross Connections will be led by Bill Griffith at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The series will meet for six weeks with “Jesus in the Old Testament: It’s All About Me” as the topic.

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, for breakfast and study. The topic is “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say.” A book will be used; see Dan Cash to obtain a copy.

Information: 812-376-3321.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Moore will deliver the message, “What Type of Valentine Do You Prefer?,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230.

St. Paul Lutheran — As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, The movie “Luther” will be shown on Friday in the fellowship room at 6:30 p.m. popcorn will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring their own drinks.

Pastor Arthur Schwenk will present “Life in Germany in the 19th Century: A Life for School, Church and Home” during the adult Bible class at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at the church, 6045 E. State St. The public is welcome to attend.

Information: 812-376-6504.


First Lutheran — The Fellowship Ministry Team of First Lutheran Church, 3600 25th St., is hosting another Fellowship Friday social evening at 6 p.m. Friday at The Garage Pub and Grill, 308 Fourth St. Guests are welcome by calling the church before Thursday. Information: 812-372-1256.Flintwood Wesleyan — The Youth will have a laser tag event Feb. 19. See Pastor Teri and Pastor Austin for details.

Chicago Pizza Takeover and Bake Sale is coming up Feb. 21. Mention Flintwood Wesleyan as you pay and the church gets credit for the Building Fund Projects. The Bake Sale is in the foyer of the restaurant.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

First Baptist — The Health Team is sponsoring life line screening on March 10 at the church. Registration is necessary at 1-888-653-6411 or at

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