Religion News – March 11

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “In the Wilderness with Jesus,” with Scripture from Matthew 4:1-11 and Mark 1:12-13 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.Live streaming of the service begins at 9:25 a.m. Computer sign in: columbus. Cellphone or tablet login: fbccolumbus.

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

Information: 812-376-3321.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Born of the Flesh, Born of the Spirit,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 and John 3:1-17. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the message, “Here We Stand: Baptism,” at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. Scripture will include John 3:1-17.

The theme of the sermon at the 6:45 p.m. Wednesday Lenten service will be “Here We Stand: Prayer.” Bible study of the sermon will follow from 7:30 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 to benefit the Aurora Circuit Church workers scholarship fund.

Information: 812-376-6504.

First United Methodist — The 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services meet Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Sunday school begins at 10:10 a.m. for adults and children of all ages. There will be a special Sunday school class for adults during Lent in the fellowship hall.

Throughout Lent, the church will have a special noon service each Wednesday in the Chapel. These services will focus upon historical poems that can guide readers today. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship after the brief service.

The next Parents’ Night Out is from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 24 at the church. Drop off kids, ages 1 through grade 6, for games, snacks, crafts and a movie after they have eaten dinner.

The next Book Club will be at 6 p.m. March 26 in the Multi-purpose Room. Everyone is invited to join the discussion of Tracy Kidder’s book, “Strength in What Remains.”

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Central Heights Church of God — Youth group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sundays at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.

Easter Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m.

Kingdom builders, for Grades 1 to 5, meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Wednesday Bible study meets at 6:30 p.m.

Information: or call 812-391-1684.

Westside Community — Associate Pastor Robert Vester will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd., Columbus. The children’s program meets during the service.

The pastors are continuing a nine-week sermon series on “Managing Life.” Vester will continue the study with his message, “Managing Life — Abilities,” from 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.

The Ruby Tuesday morning Bible study class meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. The current study is “The Christian and the Holy Spirit” by Bill Bright.

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

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Sharon Williams returns as guest preacher and will deliver the message, “And Lot Went with Him,” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. Scripture will include John 3: 1-17 and Genesis 12: 1-4. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children up to third grade will begin at 10 a.m.

The Men’s and Women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday and a second Men’s Support group for working-age men meets at 6:15 p.m. every Monday at the church.

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 or

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will deliver the message, “Rescuing Christianity From the Lions,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey and the Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in worship and music at the 9:30 service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Fellowship with refreshments will immediately follow. During worship and Christian Nurture, childcare is available in the nursery from newborn to age 3.

The Small Group will continue its weekly discussion on Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, “Accidental Saints.” Meet in the library.

Age-specific opportunities will resume April 2.

Through March, Fairlawn will be accepting donations of macaroni and cheese for Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-3882.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Relationship with Christ,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Joe Bush will serve as liturgist and will share Scripture from Psalms 121 and John 3:1-17. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and the adult choir will have special music. A time of fellowship will follow the service. The second session of the Lenten study class, “The Words of Lent,” will begin at 10:30 a.m, led by the Rev. Scherer-Berry. A children’s class will be available.

The Journey Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kimerling home.

The walker group will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Information: 812-546-4065.

Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. at the church.

A Mystery Dinner is planned for noon March 26 at the church. Make reservations by March 19 with Teresa Covert at 812-371-0587.

The annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 11 a.m. April 8, sponsored by United Methodist Women. Rain date will be April 15.

Information: 812-372-3575.

St. Peter’s Lutheran — The church is offering a Torah 1.0 class for people interested in studying the five books of Moses from Hebraic Roots and Jewish perspective. It meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church, 719, Fifth St. The study is led by ordained Messianic Rabbi Chad Yeshayahu Foster.

Information: 812-372-1571.


Old Union United Church of Christ — The Easter Sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. April 16 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — The next meeting will be at East Columbus Christian Church, 3170 Indiana Ave. A donation meal will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 7:15 p.m. by Spencer Heaton, youth minister at the church.

Although the gatherings are primarily for men attending churches within the specific Christian denomination, they are open to others.

Information: 812-343-0179.

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