Religion News – April 22

Services and studies

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “A Holy Calling,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture for all services will be John 20:19-31.Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Sunday. Everyone is invited to join the discussion of “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry.

Information: 812-372-2851;

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. Sunday school classes meet 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 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 the group at anytime.

Due to the Local Church Conference on Wednesday, regular Wednesday activities will be dismissed. The conference begins at 6 p.m. in The Friendship Center. All members are requested to attend, as many important issues will be discussed and decisions made. Please bring finger foods and snacks to share.

A new small group for women will be at 6:15 p.m. every other Thursday. For details on location, contact Darlene Morford through the church office.

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

Information: 812-379-4287; email

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Christ’s Presence,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scriptures John 20:19-31 and Acts 2:14a, 22-23. An Egg-Stra-Ordinary pitch-in lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Following the meal, activities will include an egg-drop contest; guests are asked to bring their egg(s) prepared to be dropped from a ladder. They may bring items to repair or mend their egg as necessary. Then, Jack Schmeckebier will lead a kite making session, with kite flying afterward.

Weekly groups meet as follows: Baker’s Dozen at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Larry and Connie Nolting; Journey Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Chris and Jim Kimerling; The Sit and Stitch group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home; choir practice at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; the Walkers at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.; and Prayer team at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379

Westside Community — Associate Pastor Robert Vester will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lake Blvd.

The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the service. The pastors are beginning a three-part message, “Three Keys for a Healthy Marriage.” Vester will be leading the topic of finance with Scripture from Ecclesiastes 5:1-5.

The Outlet youth group for Grades 7 to 10 will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Information: 812-342-8464

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will present the message, “At the Seaside with Jesus,” with Scripture from John 21 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. The youth coffee bar fundraiser will be open before and after the service. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Child care is provided for infants. Older children will leave during the service for children’s church, where they will discuss “Thomas Believes” with Scripture from John 20:19-29. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. The youth will gather 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 Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Pastoral Care and Health Ministry will offer the first of three sessions on dementia at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Gary Goshorn, a retired Columbus educator, will relate his journey with his wife, Carole, has who experienced early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Carole may be present with him. Members of the community are invited to share in the presentation.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to continue the study of 1 Peter. All men from the church and community are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Yes, It’s True!,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 North County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Acts 2:14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

St. Paul Lutheran — Ben Mayes, history professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, will give two presentations about Martin Luther’s theology with current application Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St.

Mayes will deliver the presentation, “Separation of Church and State is Not What Luther Meant,” at 6:30 p.m. April 29. A meal for a free-will offering will precede the program at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Childcare will be provided. Reservations for the meal are appreciated at 812-376-6504.

Mayes will be guest preacher during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services April 30. During the 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible class, he will speak on how Luther preached baptism to the people.

Information: 812-376-6504

United Unitarian Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Mary Moore and the church’s Green Sanctuary Team will discuss the importance of celebrating and protecting the earth at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey will give the sermon, “Living as an Open Book,” with Scripture from 1 Peter 1:3-9 and John 20:19-31 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead music. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare is available in the nursery from newborn to age 3 during worship and Christian Nurture.

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

The church will accept donations for One Great Hour of Sharing through April 30. Donations will be divided among the Presbyterian Hunger, the Self-Development of People and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance programs. These programs provide clean water, disaster relief and self-improvement tools to those who need it most.

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

Information: 812-372-3882

First Presbyterian — The youth will shape and guide 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 from preschool 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 Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;


First United Methodist — Upcoming Fridays@First include: 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 conducted at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.Information: 812-372-2851;


First United Methodist Annual Smorgasbord— The 52nd annual Smorgasbord is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Purchase dinner tickets at the church office, The Ark or Viewpoint Books. Tickets: Adults $12 ($14 at the door), children $5 ($6 at the door) and children 4 and younger are free. All proceeds go to supporting the local and international missions of the church.Information: 812-372-2851;

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

Information: 812-379-4287;

First Baptist — At 6 p.m. May 3, a panel of three will relate experiences in providing care to spouses and will share how church families can support them in this journey. Pastor Dan Cash will facilitate the discussion.

The documentary “Alive Inside” will be shown at 5:45 p.m. May 10 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. This video demonstrates how music can reach people with dementia in surprising and encouraging ways.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Community Church of Columbus Springhill Day Camp — Springhill Day Camp will be the week of June 5 to 9 at the Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. It is open to the community.

Information: 812-376-9478

St. Paul Lutheran — Vacation Bible School will be from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. June 25-29 for children age 3 through grade 6. A free meal and programing will be each evening.

Register by calling 812-376-6504.

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — The meeting will be Tuesday at Garden City Church of Christ, 3245 Jonesville Road, with a donation-meal at 6:30 and a speaker and program at 7:15 p.m.

Information: 812-526-2071

St. Peters Lutheran Cookout — The church is having an Off Drugs Support Group Cookout from 5 to 8 p.m. May 15 in the church parking lot, 719 Fifth St. The public is welcome to take part in the music, food, support and cake walk for children.

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.