Religion News – April 15

Services and studies

Flintwood Wesleyan — Easter Reflections at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Sanctuary, breakfast from 8:15 to 9:20 a.m. in The Friendship Center and the combined worship service at 10 a.m., also in the Sanctuary. No evening activities will be held. The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St.The Connections small group meets at 10 a.m. 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 meeting at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room, JAM (preschool to grade 6) at 6:15 p.m., Youth at 6:30 p.m., and Adult Bible study at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

The new small group for women will be held at 6:15 p.m. every other Thursday. Contact Darlene Morford through the church office for location details.

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

Information: 812-379-4287; email

Westside Community — The church will hold its 10 a.m. Easter Sunday worship service downtown at The Commons, 300 Washington St. Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the service with his message, “Taking Your Stand,” from 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Presbyterian — The Easter Sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. The sermon will be “I Have Seen the Lord.”

Two Easter services, one at 9 a.m. and another at 11 a.m., will be held Sunday. The sermon title will be “The Women Were First.”

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

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 program offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin St.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Easter Sunrise service will be at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, followed by breakfast at 8 a.m at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The Easter Sunday service will begin at 9:30 a.m. as the Rev. Lee Dorsey offers scripture readings of Acts 10: 34-43 and Matthew 28: 1-10. The sermon is “Deep in Wonder and Full of Joy.” The Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead the music. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. During worship and Christian Nurture, childcare is available in the nursery for children up to age 3.

Christian Nurture opportunities will resume April 23: The Small Group that meets in the library will continue the weekly discussion on Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, “Accidental Saints.”

The church will be accepting donations for One Great Hour of Sharing through April. This special offering will be divided three ways: by supporting the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the Self-Development of People Program and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program. These programs provide clean water, disaster relief and self-improvement tools to people who need it most.

The church will also be accepting donations of cereal for Love Chapel through April.

Information: 812-372-3882.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dave Doles will present the message, “In the Early Morning with Jesus,” with Scripture from John 20:1-10 for the Sunrise Sunday service at 7:30 a.m. at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive.

The Rev. Dan Cash will present “At the Tomb with Jesus” at the 9 a.m. Easter service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Matthew 28:1-10. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and WAVE Ringers. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will leave the service for Children’s Church, where they will discuss “Easter Day” with Scripture from Luke 24:1-12. Classes for all ages begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes will take a close look at “Jesus is Risen” with Scripture from John 20:1-18.

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

The Quarterly Business meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. All men from the church and community are welcome.

The Pastor Care and Health Ministry teams are offering a three-part educational opportunity in support of caregivers for people suffering from dementia. Each session begins at 6 p.m. and the public is welcome. Sessions include:

6 p.m. April 26: Gary Goshorn, a retired Columbus educator, will relate his journey with his wife, Carole, who experienced early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Goshorn will share a PowerPoint presentation and tell how he and his wife have been supported.

6 p.m. May 3: Three-person panel will relate experiences in providing care to spouses and will share how as a church family others can support them in this journey. Pastor Dan Cash will facilitate the discussion.

5:45 p.m. May 10: Documentary “Alive Inside” will be shown, demonstrating how music can reach people with dementia in surprising and encouraging ways.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Anything Is Possible,” at the 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Celebration at the church, 618 Eighth St. He will also deliver the message “Practice Resurrection” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary Easter services. Scripture for all services will be John 20:1-18. The public is invited to all Easter services and the breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. at the church.

The next book club will be held at 6 p.m. April 23. It will discuss “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore will discuss dealing with good and bad surprises during the 10 a.m. Easter service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. The special musical guest will be James Thur.

Information: 812-342-6230.

St. Paul Lutheran — A 30-minute Easter Sunrise Devotional service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday in the chapel of the church, 6045 E. State St. Festival Easter services with Communion will be held at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon being “Here We Stand: Christ’s Resurrection,” based on Matthew 28:1-10. An Easter breakfast will be served with authentic German food from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Room.

Family activities to reinforce the significance of Easter will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the music room after the breakfast.

The Hispanic Easter service will be held at 12:45 p.m. in the chapel, with a fiesta to follow.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Petersville United Methodist — A Sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, featuring music and a choral reading. Breakfast will follow. Pastor Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Changed,” at the 9 a.m. service. Karen Mize will serve as liturgist and will share Scripture from Psalm 114:1-8 and Matthew 28:1-10. The adult choir will present special Easter music, under the direction of Kathy Bush and accompanied by Chris Kimerling.

Weekly groups meet as follows: Journey Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling home; Walking Group at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.; choir practice at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Prayer team at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with Barb Hedrick as leader.

An Egg-Stra-Ordinary pitch-in lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. April 23 in the fellowship hall. Following the meal, activities will include an egg-drop contest and kite-making and flying, led by Jack Schmeckebier.

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

East Columbus United Methodist — The Easter Sunrise Celebration service will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message, “Amazing Hope.” Breakfast will follow in the Fellowship Hall, prepared by the United Methodist Men.

Morning Fellowship time will begin at 9 a.m. in the foyer. Easter Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Aigner will deliver the Easter message and the service will include a special Easter Musical Cantata performed by the Chancel Choir. 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. No evening services will be held.

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

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

Family Game Night is at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite board game and a snack to share.

Information: 812-376-7418

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Easter Sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh, with the message “Why Are You Crying?” Breakfast will follow. Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. with Pastor Kirby Rupp giving the message “Real Life.” Scripture will include Jeremiah 31:1-6, Colossians 3:1-4 and John 20:1-18. Sunday school meets at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430

Hope United Methodist — The Easter Sunday schedule will be: Sunrise service at 7 a.m. on the Hope Town Square; breakfast at 8 a.m. at the church; Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m. and Easter Worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 432 Washington St., Hope.

Prayer team meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Bible study meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Information: 812-546-1149


First United Methodist Fridays@First — Upcoming Fridays@First include: Erin Erickson vocal recital, April 21; The Burchfield Brothers, May 5; Marta Menezes, IU doctoral student in piano, May 12; and Claire Baker vocal recital, May 19. All events are free and held at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.Information: 812-372-2851;

First Baptist — An inter-generational choir will lead the worship April 30 with a new musical, “#GraceWins.” This collection by Nan and Dennis Allen will speak to the theme of grace. All are welcome to join this celebration of God’s grace.

Information: 812-376-3321;


Faith Lutheran Rummage Sale — The annual Rummage Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at the church, 6000 State Road 46W. Garage sale items will be for sale, along with a bake sale and cookout, with proceeds to help support the programs of the church and preschool.Information: 812-342-3587

Flintwood Wesleyan East Egg Hunt — The Annual Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. today in the church parking area, 5300 E. 25th St. Register online at or at 9:30 a.m. at the church. This is for children up to grade 6 with an area for each level.

The Fish Fry Fundraiser will be May 20. More information to follow.

Information: 812-379-4287; email

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. Purchase dinner tickets at the church office, The Ark or Viewpoint Books. Tickets: $12 adults $12 ($14 at the door), $5 children ($6 at the door) and free for children ages 4 and younger. All proceeds go to supporting local and international missions of the church.

Information: 812-372-2851;

East Columbus United Methodist Community Easter Egg Hunt — The Community Children’s Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. today on church grounds, 2439 Indiana Ave. It 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.