Religion News – April 8

Services and studies

First Presbyterian — The sermon will be “All in one week” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Infant and toddler care is available from 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. 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 Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Grace Lutheran — The sermon series, “American Christianity and the Lutheran Difference,” continues into Holy Week at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. The message will be “What is the Lord’s Supper and Who is it For?”

The Good Friday message, “The Cross Alone is Our Theology,” will be given at noon and 6:30 p.m. Friday. Also, the Easter Vigil service, the first service of Easter, is celebrated at 8:15 p.m. April 15. Easter Sunday services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. April 16 with the message, “Christ’s Resurrection: Why it Matters.” There will be an Easter breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with an egg hunt at 9:45 a.m.

Information: 812-372-4859

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “In the Garden with Jesus,” with Scripture from Matthew 21:1-11 and Matthew 26:36-56 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and Glad Ringers. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will leave the service for Children’s Church where they will discuss Palm Sunday with Scripture from Luke 19:28-40. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes will take a close look at Luke’s Holy Week.

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 Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.

The Maundy Thursday worship will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome for Holy Communion and Reflection on the Cross of Christ.

The church office will close at noon Friday.

Information: 812-376-3321

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the Palm Sunday message, “Where Jesus Walked: Jerusalem,” 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 a.m. with classes for all ages. During Lent, there will be a special Sunday school class for adults in the Fellowship Hall to discuss Tom Berlin’s book, “Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess.” No preparation necessary before joining the discussion.

A noon Lenten service will be Wednesday in the chapel. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a time of fellowship after the brief service.

A special Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary with Scott Beck as special guest singer.

The Good Friday service will be 7 p.m. Friday in the chapel.

Everyone is invited to the Easter services and celebration. An Easter sunrise service will be at 7 a.m., breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a traditional Easter celebration at 9 a.m. and a contemporary Easter celebration at 11 a.m.

The next Book Club will begin at 6 p.m. April 23 and will discuss “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service time: Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m., both in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St., and led by Pastor Wes Jones. New members will be taken in during both services. A pitch-in dinner to welcome the new members will be after The Well with the church providing the meat. There is a signup sheet in the church foyer if you want to contribute desserts and sides. Evening activities are dismissed. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.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 anytime.

Wednesday activities begin 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 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. For location, contact Darlene Morford through the church office.

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

Easter schedule: Easter Reflections at 8 a.m. in the sanctuary; breakfast from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center; combined service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. No evening activities.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. The children’s program meets during the service. The message will be “A Temporary Triumph,” with Scripture from Mark 11:1-11.

Passion Week: Showing of the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” rated R for violence, at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church; devotions and communion will be at 7 a.m. each morning this week; Maundy Thursday meal and service at 6 p.m.

For Easter Sunday on April 16, the church will hold its worship service at 10 a.m. at The Commons, 300 Washington St.

The Ruby Tuesday morning Bible study class meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. The current study is a book titled “The Uniqueness of Jesus” by Bill Bright. All women are invited to attend.

Midweek Bible studies continue  at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. The men are using the study titled “Guardrails” by Andy Stanley. The women’s series is “Kingdom Woman” by Tony Evans.

Information: 812-342-8464

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Who Are We Cheering?” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11 and Matthew 21:1-11. Sunday school meets at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

The Maundy Thursday service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church.

The Good Friday service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 1381 Tannehill Road, Taylorsville.

The Easter sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. April 16 with breakfast to follow.

Information: 812-526-9430

St. Paul Lutheran — Palm Sunday services will be at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon will be “Here We Stand: the Two Natures of Christ,” based on Philippians 2:5-11. Children are invited to participate in the procession of palms at both services. An Easter egg hunt will follow the 10:45 a.m. service at the church for children through grade 6 at the church, 6045 E. State St.

A Maundy Thursday service, with communion and stripping of the altar, will be held at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. The theme of Bauman’s sermon will be “Here We Stand: the Lord’s Supper.”

The 10 a.m. Good Friday service will be designed for children and families, with the theme “Here We Stand: Christ’s Work of Redemption.” The early childhood children will sing, with family activities following the service from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

A Good Friday Communion service of darkness with the theme “Here We Stand: Christ’s Work of Atonement” will be held in the church at 6:45 p.m.

A 30-minute sunrise devotional service will be held at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday in the Chapel. Festival services, with Holy Communion, will be held at 8 and 10:45 a.m. in the church. Breakfast of authentic German food will be from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the fellowship room. Family activities to reinforce the significance of Easter will occur from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the music room.

The Hispanic Palm Sunday and Easter services will be held at 12:45 p.m. in the chapel with a fiesta to follow the services.

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Ministerial Search Team will present insights and thoughts on the adventure to find a candidate for the congregation during the 10 a.m. service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. There will be special music from Jerry Maulin.

Information: 812-342-6230

Hope United Methodist — The schedule for Easter Week is: Maundy Thursday Communion service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Room; Good Friday Community service at 1 p.m. Friday; sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 16 on the Bandstand in the Town Square; breakfast at 8 a.m. April 16 at the church, with an Egg Hunt following and worship service at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 432 Washington St., Hope.

The Community Children’s Choir, led by the Rev. David Brown and wife Susan, will practice at 5:30 p.m. Sundays at the First Baptist Church, 455 Jackson St., Hope. Their first public appearance will be at the “Hymns of Hope” program April 30. All children are welcome to take part. Information: Call the Browns at 812-546-2297.

Prayer Team meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. Bible study, led by Rod Dailey, meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The Good News Club meets after school on weekdays at Hope Elementary, 9575 State Road 9, Hope. A book study related to “The Dreamseller – the Calling” will be from 11 a.m. to noon Fridays at Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St.

Information: 812-546-1149

Petersville United Methodist — Pastor Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the Passion/Palm Sunday message, “Mob Mentality,” based on Matthew 2:1-11 and Matthew 26:14-27:66 at the 9 a.m. service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Fellowship is at 10 a.m. The final Lenten study lesson will be at 10:30 a.m.

Weekly groups meet as follows: Journey Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Kimerling home; Walking Group 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.; Prayer Team at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

A Tenebrae service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. The church service will be a joint worship with Newbern, Hartsville and Westport United Methodist churches.

Information: 812-372-3575

East Columbus Christian — The church will be have its annual Friend Day services Sunday at the church, 3170 Indiana Ave. The special guest preacher will be Bob Russell, retired senior minister from Southeast Christian church in Louisville. He will preach at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service and the 10:45 a.m. contemporary service. During the contemporary service, ages kindergarten through grade 5 will be led in their worship by John Louis, a Christian illusionist. The church also offers Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. for all ages.

Information: 812-372-3789

North Christian — The Rev. Tonja Gerardy will lead the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. The morning news will be given at 8 a.m., Sunday school is at 9 a.m. and Fellowship will follow the service at 11:45 a.m. Childcare is provided and the church is handicap accessible.

This Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. Thursday is Maundy Thursday and a service will be at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-372-1531

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will deliver the message, “Hosanna Sunday,” at the 9:30 service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Matthew 21:1-11. The Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead the music. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare is available during worship and Christian Nurture for newborns through age 3.

The small group that meets in the library will continue its weekly discussion on Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, “Accidental Saints.” Read and discuss “Jesus, a Pilgrimage” by James Martin with the group in April and May.

Donations for One Great Hour of Sharing will accepted now through April 30 at the church. This offering will be divided between the following programs: Presbyterian Hunger, the Self-Development of People and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. These programs provide clean water, disaster relief and self-improvement tools to those who need it most.

The church is also accepting donation of cereal for Love Chapel through April.

Easter services will include the sunrise service at 7:45 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. April 16. The Easter Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-372-3882

East Columbus United Methodist — Morning Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. in the foyer of the church, 2439 Indiana Ave., with hot beverages and light snacks. The Palm Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Children’s Procession of the Palms. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message, special music will be performed and the Holy Communion will be served during the blended worship service. 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 evening service begins at 6 p.m.

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.

Open Communion will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Sanctuary. The Good Friday service will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Families are encouraged to attend the Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. April 15. The children will hear the Easter Story, and then be dismissed for the Egg Hunt. Easter Sunday services will begin with sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. April 16, followed by breakfast prepared by the United Methodist Men at 8:15 a.m. The Easter service begins at 9:30 a.m., including a special Easter Musical Cantata performed by the Chancel Choir.

Information: 812-376-7418

Mt. Olive United Methodist — The Good Friday service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the church, 10530 W. Georgetown Road. The sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. April 16 with Linda Brown as the guest speaker. There will be a pitch- in breakfast at 8 a.m. The Easter service will be at 9 a.m. with Pastor John Tingle delivering the message.

Information: 812-342-4557

Sardinia Baptist — Easter services for the church are as follows: Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m. with breakfast to follow April 16. A worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

The church is located at 12642 State Road 3, Westport.

Information: 812-591-3699

Columbus Baptist — The church’s sunrise service will begin at 7:05 a.m. April 16 with an Easter Cantata at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 1780 Rocky Ford Road. Nursery is provided during the cantata. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 812-372-5889


First United Methodist — Upcoming Fridays@First: Erin Erickson, vocal recital on April 21; The Burchfield Brothers on May 5; Marta Menezes, IU doctoral student in Piano on May 12 and Claire Baker, vocal recital on May 19. All events are free and held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the church, 618 Eighth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Information 812-372-2851;

East Columbus Christian — The church will be hosting Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, a Southern gospel quartet, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for this concert are on sale at The Ark Book and Gift for $20 or they can be purchased at the door for $25. Doors open at 5 p.m. No reserved seating.

Information: 812-372-3789


First Baptist Easter Egg Hunt — The annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Children in the community who are walking through Grade 6 will share in a snack, crafts, story and the hunt for a golden egg for each age group.

Information: 812-376-3321

First United Methodist Smorgasbord — The 52nd annual Smorgasbord will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 to 28 at the church, 618 Eighth St. Tickets: $12 adults ($14 at the door), children $5 ($6 at the door) and children ages 4 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the church office, The Ark or Viewpoint Books. All proceeds go to supporting the local and international missions of the church.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan Easter Egg Hunt — The annual Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. April 15 in the church parking area, 5300 E. 25th St. Register online on the church website or at 9:30 a.m. day of the event.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Westside Community Easter Egg Hunt — The community is invited to an Easter Egg Hunt at 2 p.m. today at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. There will be four age divisions in different fields for ages birth through sixth grade.

Information: 812-342-8464

St. Paul Lutheran Easter Egg Hunt — An Easter Egg Hunt will follow the 10:45 a.m. service at the church for children through grade 6 at the church, 6045 E. State St.

Information: 812-376-6504

Petersville United Methodist Egg-Stra-Ordinary Lunch — The Egg-Stra-Ordinary pitch-in lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. April 23 at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. The activities for all will be kite-making, led by Jack Schmeckebier, and an egg-drop contest.

Information: 812-372-3575

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

Information: 812-376-7418

St. Peter’s Lutheran Passover Seder — The Messianic Passover Seder with Rabbi Chad Yeshayahu Foster will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 3480 W. Jonathan Moore Pike. Cost: $28 per person, this includes a full Seder with catered meal.

Information: 812-372-1571

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