Religion News – March 4

Services and studies

Grace Lutheran — The church will continue the Lenten sermon series, “American Christianity and the Lutheran Difference,” at the 6:30 p.m. service Wednesday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus.A fellowship meal will be served at 5:45 p.m.

Information: 812-372-4859.

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

Information: 812-372-7869.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service times are: Amplify (non-traditional) 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. The services will be led by Pastor Wes Jones. Sunday school classes will be 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. on 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 study group at any time.

Greater, led by Donna Jewell, meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Curry Hall.

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

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

A new small group for women will meet at 6:15 p.m. every other Thursday. It will center around the comedy of Chonda Pierce videos and her view on life’s events. For details on location, contact Darlene Morford through the church office.

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

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

First Presbyterian — The Communion service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus, will begin a journey to consider the teachings of Jesus in a new way. The sermon for this Sunday, “Derailed,” will focus on the temptations which Jesus faced at the beginning of his ministry, studying the way Jesus dealt with these challenges.

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. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meets at 7 a.m. Friday, and a second Men’s Support Group for working-age men meets at 6:15 a.m. every Monday. People in need of a meal are invited to the hot meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Diners should enter through the glass doors off Franklin Street.


Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. in Columbus. The children’s program (through Grade 6) meets during the service. Aud will continue his nine-week study with the message, “Managing Life — Stewarding Our Relationships,” from Matthew 22:34-40.

The Ruby Tuesday Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The current study is “The Christian and the Holy Spirit” by Bill Bright. All women are invited to attend.

The men of Westside will be attending a “Man-Up Challenge” March 11 at Crossroad Community Church, 475 Progress Road, Shelbyville. Pastor Aud is one of the three keynote speakers. A free breakfast and lunch will be served. Reservations are required by this Sunday.

The community is invited to Westside for an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. April 8. at the church. This fun event will be for children ages 3 through Grade 3.

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “In the Jordan with Jesus,” with Scripture from Matthew 3:13-17 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Joyful Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Communion will be shared. Child care is provided for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church for “The Widow’s Mite,” from Mark 12:41-44.

Live streaming begins at 9:25 a.m. You can sign in on your computer at sunday or access the link on the church webpage: On cellphone or tablet, download Sunday streams and log in to

Classes for all ages begin at 10:45 a.m. The children will study “The Widow’s Offering,” with Scripture from Mark 12:38-44. 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, and the Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents. The Cross Connections session will begin at 6 p.m., when Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Life Together” will be discussed.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center for breakfast and study. They will continue the study of 1 Peter.

Information: 812-376-3321.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will give the message, “Paved with Good Intentions,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19 and Matthew 4:1-11. Sunday school will meet 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.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Where Jesus Walked: The Wilderness,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be Matthew 4:1-11. The Lenten journey will focus on the places Jesus traveled, the people he met and the experiences he had along the way.

Sunday school for adults and children of all ages begins at 10:10 a.m. Sundays. During Lent, a special Sunday school class for adults will be held in the Fellowship Hall discussing Tom Berlin’s book, “Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess.” No preparation necessary.

Each Wednesday throughout Lent, a special noon Lenten service will be held in the chapel. These services will focus upon historical poems. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship after the brief service.

The next Parents’ Night Out is 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 24. Drop your kids (ages 1 through grade 6) off at First UMC for games, snacks, crafts and a movie. Parents are asked to feed their children dinner before arriving. Pre-registration is required by March 15.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the message, “Original Sin,” based on Genesis 3:1-21 and Romans 5:12-19 at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. south of Columbus.

The theme of Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon for the 6:45 p.m. Wednesday Lenten service will be “Here We Stand: Marriage and Family.” Bible study of the sermon will follow the service from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. in the fellowship room. A light supper will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship room for a free-will offering.

St. Paul Boy Scouts will host a Spaghetti Lunch and Silent Auction, featuring more than 70 items, at noon Sunday in the fellowship room. Tickets: $6 adults, $4 for children under 12.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — During the 10 a.m. service Sunday, the congregation will pledge its commitment of generosity to the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. After the service, the church will enjoy a fellowship celebration.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the sermon, “Mercy and Trust,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scripture will be from Psalm 32. Communion will be served. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

A Lenten study, “The Words of Lent,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, led by Scherer-Berry. Participants only need to bring their Bible, pen and paper; all other materials will be provided.

All members and friends of the church are invited to attend the Planning Session at 9 a.m. today.

The United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the church. The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall. Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Information: 812-546-4438 or 574-780-2379.

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning Fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. in the foyer with hot beverages and light snacks at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus. The Blended Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. when the Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message, “Stories that Jesus told: Benefactors of God’s Generosity,” from Matthew 20. 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.

Sunday Evening service will begin at 6 p.m. The Rev. Aigner will deliver the message, “They Think We are Strange,” from 1 Peter.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the Youth Center.

Wednesday Evening Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. in the Youth Center and is studying the Book of Matthew.

Family Game Night is 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall.

Information: 812-376-7418.


St. Paul Lutheran — The Valparaiso University Chorale will present a concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 6045 E. State St. The choir is the only international choir that has been invited to sing at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited.Information: 812-376-6504.


Burnsville Christian Soup Supper — The church will host the March Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. today, 2891 S. County Road 900E. The menu will include vegetable and potato soups, chili, sauerkraut, hot dogs, dessert and drinks. Cost: Free-will offering.Information: 812-579-5611.

First Baptist Lifeline Screening — The Health Team is sponsoring Lifeline Screening on Friday at the church. A plaque buildup evaluation will be available. Other symptoms to be considered are sudden numbness, severe dizziness, sudden loss of vision, brief loss of consciousness, difficulty speaking, loss of coordination and sudden intense headache.

A discount of $10 on any package priced at more than $129 is available. Registration is necessary at 1-888-653-6411 or at Registration forms are also available at the welcome desk before and after the Sunday service.

Information: 812-376-3321.

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