Religion news – April 1

Services and studies

Flintwood Wesleyan — The church will host its Second QuarterMania Auction Fundraiser beginning at 11 a.m. today at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Auction paddles are $5 each and lots of quarters are needed to bid. Several vendors are participating, including 31, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Damsels in Defense and Avon. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Proceeds will go to the church’s Building Hope Fund.

Sunday service times are: Amplify, non-traditional, at 9 a.m., and The Well, traditional, at 11 a.m., in the main sanctuary, led by Pastor Wes Jones. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. in 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 Monday 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 any time.

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 to 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.

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

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

Membership Sunday is April 9. Members will be taken in during both services and a pitch-in dinner will follow The Well service, with the church providing the meat. A sign-up sheet is in the foyer for side dishes and desserts. No evening activities will be held.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

Hope United Methodist — A confirmation class will begin this week for individuals who wish to be baptized into the church. For more information, contact Pastor Warren Kirk at 812-546-4135. The church is located at 432 Washington St., Hope.

Sunday school classes will be in the following rooms: Nursery for 1- to 3-year-olds, ages 4 and 5 in Room A; ages 6 to 8 in Room B; ages 9 to 12 in Room C; teens between the ages of 13 and 16 will meet in Room D; and adults will meet in the pastor’s office. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. David Brown and his wife, Susan, are starting a Community Children’s Choir, which will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sundays at First Baptist Church, 455 Jackson St., Hope. Their first public appearance will be at the next Hymns of Hope program, April 30. Call the Browns for more information at 812-546-2297.

The coin offering for March will go to One Great Hour of Sharing.

Prayer Team meetings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the Prayer Room.

Bible study, led by Rod Dailey, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Easter Sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. April 16 at the Hope Town Square. Afterwards, breakfast will be served at the church. Easter Worship Service will be at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Information: 812-546-1149.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “The Power of God,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11 and John 11:1-45. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Easter services:

  • Maundy Thursday service 6:30 p.m. April 13.
  • The Good Friday service 6:30 p.m. April 14 at Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 1361 Tannehill Road, Taylorsville.
  • Easter Sunrise service 6:30 a.m. April 16.

Information: 812-526-2157.

Jonesville Christian — The church will welcome Bryan and Yvonne Hutson during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, 609 S. Commerce St., Jonesville. The public is invited to hear their message. Bryan is the brother of Jim Hutson, disc jockey on radio station WYGS and a member of the Woodsmen Quartet.

Information: 812-528-2739.

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the message, “Here We Stand: The Resurrection of the Body,” based on John 11:1-45 at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St.

The theme of Bauman’s 6:45 p.m. Wednesday Lenten Service will be “Here We Stand: Christian Life and Sanctification.” A Bible study will follow in the Fellowship Room. A light supper will be served from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will offering to benefit a new reading curriculum for the early childhood ministry.

Information: 812-376-6504.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “At the Last Supper with Jesus,” with Scripture from Luke 22:7-38 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will leave the service for Children’s church. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. 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 Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cross Connections Lenten study, “Life Together,” will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The exploration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, “Life Together,” will continue.

The Men of Faith Bible study on 1 Peter will begin at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. All men of the church or community are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321.

First Presbyterian — The sermon will be “If You Had Been Here,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Communion will be served. Infant and toddler care is available 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children up to grade 3 will begin at 10 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meet at 7 a.m. Fridays, 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, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

Westside Community — Associate Pastor Robert Vester will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lake Blvd. Vester will conclude the nine-week sermon series on managing life. The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the service.

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

There are two new Bible studies from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. The men are studying “Guardrails” by Andy Stanley. The six-week study for women is “Kingdom Woman” by Tony Evans.

Information: 812-342-8464.

North Christian — The church’s transitional minister, the Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy, will lead the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. Fellowship will begin at 11:45 a.m. Childcare is provided.

The church also will be hosting the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Spring Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-372-1531.

Petersville United Methodist — The men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give her sermon, “Waiting Room,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Karen Mize will be serving as liturgist during April. Scripture will include Psalm 130 and Teresa Covert will present the children’s message. Communion will be served. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Lenten study, “The Words of Lent,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last for one hour. A children’s class will be available.

The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. The Journey Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kimerling home. Choir practice will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church, and the April Administrative Council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

A Holy Thursday service at Petersville will be held 7 p.m. April 13. Also participating will be the United Methodist churches from Newbern, Hartsville and Westport. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Information: 574-780-2379 or 812-447-9357.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Where Jesus Walked: Bethany,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Matthew 21:1-11. Sunday school begins at 10:10 with classes for adults and children of all ages. A special Sunday school class will be held for adults during Lent in the Fellowship Hall. No preparation necessary prior to joining the discussion.

There is a special noon Lenten service each Wednesday in the Chapel. These services will focus upon historical poems that can guide people today. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship after the brief service.

A special Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. April 13 in the Chapel. A special guest singer, Scott Beck, will be featured.

The Good Friday service is 7 p.m. April 14 in the Sanctuary.

There will be an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 16 at the church with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The Traditional Easter Celebration will be at 9 a.m. and a Contemporary Easter Celebration at 11 a.m.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. in the church foyer, 2439 Indiana Ave., with hot beverages and light snacks. Guest speaker Mike Mattern will deliver the message at the 9:30 a.m. blended service. 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 morning service. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Evening services will not be held.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the Youth Center for the Study of Jude.

Wednesday Bible studies will meet at 7 p.m. in the Youth Center and continue a verse-by-verse study of the Book of Matthew.

Miriam Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Youth Center.

Information: 812-376-7418.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will honor and celebrate the church’s six graduating high school seniors at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Faith Victory — Faith Victory will welcome Pastor Debra Simons April 10-11 at the church, located in the West Hill Shopping Center at 4286 W. Jonathan Moore Pike. Pastor Simons and her husband, Pastor Johnny Simons, pastor at Harvest Two Outreach in Merced, California.

Information: 812-372-6625.


Lowell General Baptist — A Hymn Sing, featuring Judith Montgomery and family, will take place at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive.

Information: Denver Huff at 812-703-5040.

St. Paul Lutheran — David K. Lamb will present an IU Lenten Organ Recital at noon Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Selections will include pieces by Mendelssohn, Bach, Bedard, Handel, Holst and Guilmant.

This program is part of the organ recital series presented by the Indiana University Alumni Organists at Columbus area churches during Lent.

Information: 812-376-6504.


Living Last Supper at First Lutheran — A Living Last Supper drama will be presented at 7 p.m. April 9, April 12 and April 13 at the church, 3600 E. 25th St. in Columbus.

The presentation last year attracted a full house, according to organizers. In the production, as each apostle of Jesus speaks about his relationship with Christ, the rest of the characters freeze as in Leonardo da Vinci’s classic artwork, “The Last Supper.” The presentation is free, but an offering to benefit the Community Center of Hope food bank will be received.

Information: 812-372-1256.

Flintwood Wesleyan Easter Events– The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. April 15 in the church parking area. You may pre-register online on the church website or at 9:30 a.m. the day of the hunt.

Easter Sunday is April 16. Our Easter schedule begins with an early service at 8 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Breakfast will be served in The Friendship Center from 8:15 to 9:30  a.m. A combined worship service starts at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. No evening activities will be held.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

St. Peter’s Lutheran Seder — A Messianic Passover Seder with Rabbi Chad Yeshayahu Foster will be held at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2480 W. Jonathan Moore Pike. Cost: $28 per person, includes a full Seder with catered meal.

Registration: 812-372-1571.

Westside Community Egg Hunt — The community is invited to Westside for an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. April 8 at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. This event will be for children ages 3 through grade 6.

Information:  812-342-8464.

Petersville United Methodist Egg Hunt — The neighborhood Easter egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m. April 8 on the church lawn, sponsored by United Methodist Women. Children through the grade 6 may register from 10:30 a.m. until the egg hunt begins.

Information: 574-780-2379 or 812-447-9357.

East Columbus United Methodist Egg Hunt– The church is having a Community Children’s Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. April 15 on church grounds, 2439 Indiana Ave. This event is open for anyone to come and bring their children to participate.

Information: 812-376-7418.

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