Religion News – February 25

Services and studies

First Presbyterian — The sermon will be “Welcome to My Side of the Hill” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school, for children who are preschool-age to third grade, will begin at 10 a.m. Grades 4-12 will have Sunday school at 11 a.m.The Adult Fellowship and Education hour also will be at 11 a.m. Support groups for men and women meet at 7 a.m. Friday. People 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;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service times are Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Services will be led by Pastor Wes Jones. Sunday school classes are at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. 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. the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

The small group A Christian Journey With Paul meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in The Friendship Center. New members are invited to join the group at anytime.

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

Regular Wednesday activities resume with supper served at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room, followed by JAM (preschool to Grade 6) at 6:15 p.m. and Youth (middle and high school) at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

A new small group for women will be at 6:15 p.m. every other Thursday. Members can join any week. The group will center around the comedy in Chonda Pierce videos and her view on life’s events. Location details: Darlene Morford through the church office.

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

Information: 812-379-4287;

St. Paul Lutheran — In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pastor Doug Bauman will begin a sermon series examining Biblical truths during the next four months. The sermon for the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St., will be “Here We Stand: God’s Word,” based on Matthew 17:1-9 and 2 Peter 1:16-21. Together as Family Day will be celebrated during the Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

The theme for the 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Communion service will be “Here We Stand: Repentance,” based on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 and Joel 2:12-19 with imposition of ashes beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

A Bible study of Bauman’s sermon will follow the service from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. A meal will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will offering.

Information: 812-376-6504

St. Paul’s Episcopal — The Most Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who was elected bishop of the Indianapolis diocese in October, will preach at the 8 and 10:15 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 2651 California St. in Columbus. She will also be available during forum time between the service for introductions and conversation.

Information: 812-372-7869

Grace Lutheran — The message for the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services will be “Hear Him,” based on Matthew 17:1-13, at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:20 a.m.

The church will observe Ash Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. John Armstrong will begin a Wednesday evening sermon series throughout the season of Lent, “American Christianity and the Lutheran Difference.”

Information: 812-372-4859;

First Baptist — Jordan Morris, manager of Indian Creek Baptist Camp, will present the message, “Bear Fruit,” with Scripture from John 15:1-8, Galatians 5:22-23 and Luke 6:43-45 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The children will study “The Transfiguration” with Scripture from Luke 9:28-36. The Youth will meet at 6:33 p.m.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m.

The Lenten Study will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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 Pastor Dan Cash to obtain a copy.

Information: 812-376-3321

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. The message will be “The Magnitude of the Encounter,” with Scripture from Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m.

The Ash Wednesday service will be at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Seeking God’s Peace,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Matthew 6:24-34. Sunday school meets at 10:10 a.m. for both children and adults.

Chocolate Sunday is this weekend. Come for a celebration of all things chocolate.

Ash Wednesday is this week. The service will be at 7 p.m. in the Chapel and will include the imposition of ashes.

The next Parents’ Night Out is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 24. Parents can drop off their children (ages 1 through Grade 6) at the church for games, snacks, crafts and a movie. Parents are asked to provide dinner for their children before arriving. Pre-registration is required by March 15.

Information: 812-372-2851;

St. Peter’s Lutheran — The church is offering a class, Torah 1.0, for anyone who wants to study the five books of Moses from Hebraic roots and Jewish perspective, and also learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity. Each class is peppered with insights from ancient rabbinical sources such as the Midrash, Talmud and the Targums. It meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 719 Fifth St., Columbus. The study is led by ordained Messianic Rabbi Dr. Chad Yeshayahu Foster.

Information: 812-372-1571

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning fellowship time will begin at 9 a.m. in the foyer with hot beverages and light snacks at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave.

The Blended Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., where the Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message, “Stories That Jesus Told: the Debt No One Can Pay,” from Matthew 18. Young children will receive a special message before being dismissed to go to Children’s church. 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.

The Sunday Evening service will begin at 6 p.m. Aigner will deliver the message, “Amazing Love,” from Peter 1.

Ash Wednesday service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible study will not meet due to the Ash Wednesday service.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the Youth Center and continue the study of John 1.

Information: 812-376-7418

Petersville United Methodist — The annual Faith Promise event will begin at 3 p.m. today and conclude at 4:30 p.m. at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville.

Members of the planning committee will share information via interviews, posters and talks concerning the local, national and world mission projects the church has supported in the past 20 years. Faith Promise emphasis will continue in the Sunday morning service and Tuesday evening at the Fat Tuesday supper. Everyone will be invited to make a financial commitment during worship Sunday to support projects in the coming year.

The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give her sermon, “The Great Commission,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scripture will include Matthew 28:16-20. Teresa Covert will share the children’s message, and the choir will provide special music. A time of fellowship will follow.

The Fat Tuesday supper/breakfast will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. The menu will include Bush’s Market sausage and gravy, biscuits, eggs, pancakes, fruit, coffee cake, juice, milk and coffee. Cost: $7, children 5 and younger eat free. Proceeds will be used to support the second mission trip to Uganda.

Petersville will join with Newbern United Methodist Church for an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Newbern, 15785 E. Main St. The service will be led by Pastors Ed and Stormy Scherer-Berry.

The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. The Baker’s Dozen Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church and the Journey Bible study will be at the Kimerling home, also at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. March 5 at the church.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Guest speaker Charlie Wiles will deliver the message, “Exploring Interfaith Relationships in Central Indiana,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230;


Celebrate Recovery at Community Church of Columbus — Celebrate Recovery has added an additional meeting at 6:30 p.m. today. The group will meet every Saturday evening at Community Downtown, located at 522 Seventh St. in the upstairs Community Room. Community Downtown is an outreach of Community Church of Columbus.Also, a new Celebrate Recovery women’s-only step group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Community Downtown. Step groups are 30-week groups that allow participants to intentionally walk through the steps of recovery.

Information: 812-348-6257

St. Paul’s Episcopal pancake dinner — The annual Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church fellowship hall, 2651 California St. in Columbus.

The term shrove is derived from shrive, meaning to confess or absolve. The day is also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday because traditionally this is the last chance to consume all the animal fat before the penitential season of fasting and self-denial during Lent, which begins the following day on Ash Wednesday.

Information: 812-372-7869

Flintwood Wesleyan — The annual Heart of Ministries Auction begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday in The Friendship Center. The church needs donations of new or gently used items, theme baskets and desserts for the auction. Dinner is free but guests will bid on desserts. Proceeds from the auction help local, national and global missions.

The monthly Senior Adult Ministry luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. from 1 p.m. March 9 in The Friendship Center. Guests are asked to wear green.

Information: 812-379-4287;

St. Paul Lutheran — St. Paul Boy Scouts will host a spaghetti lunch and silent auction featuring more than 70 items at noon March 5 in the Fellowship Room. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 for those younger than 12.

Information: 812-376-6504

Jonesville Christian — The South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship will meet at Jonesville Christian Church, 609 S. Commerce Drive, Seymour, on Tuesday. Supper is at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:15 p.m. with speaker Barry DeWitt.

Information: 812-522-6994

First Baptist — The Health Team is sponsoring lifeline screenings March 10 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. An evaluation of the carotid arteries for plaque buildup will be available. Registration for the stroke, vascular and heart rhythm testing is being offered at a $10 discount.

Information and registration: 888-653-6411

Faith Ministries — The Parents Night out event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 18 at the church, 5103 State Road 46 West. Cost: $3 per child. Parents should register their children prior to the event at Children ages 4 to 12 are welcome to attend and are encouraged to wear superhero costumes. There will be food, games, crafts and prizes.

Information: 812-342-441

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