Religion News – April 29th

Services and studies

First Baptist — A contemporary choral musical, “#Gracewins,” will be presented by the Inter-Generational Chancel Choir and Friends at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. This brand new musical is a collection by Nan and Dennis Allen and speaks to the theme of grace. It is open to all members of the community. Childcare is available for infants. Older children will remain in the service. Following Coffee Fellowship, classes for all ages will begin. Children’s classes will take a close look at “The Greatest Commandment” with Scripture from Matthew 22:34-40. 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 Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Pastoral Care and Health Ministry will offer the second of three sessions on dementia at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A panel of three will relate experiences in providing care to spouses and will share how their church family supported them in this journey. Community members 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;

St. Paul Lutheran — Ben Mayes, history professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, will give presentations about Martin Luther’s Theology at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 6045 E. State St. A meal will precede the program for a free-will offering at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Childcare will be provided.

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

All family and friends at invited to hear confirmands Conner Davis, Henry Hall, Sam Mathews, Lydia Pevlor and Josh Schroer offer their confession of faith at 9:30 a.m. May 7 in the Fellowship Room. Their Confirmation and First Communion will be at 10:45 a.m. May 14.

Information: 812-376-6504.

First Presbyterian — The sermon,“Their Eyes Were Opened,” will be given 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 from preschool to grade 3 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 a.m. Monday.

Those in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “A Story to Share,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 1 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture for all services will be Luke 24:13-35.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Candidate for settled minister, Nic Cable, will deliver a premiere sermon at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. Plan to stay and meet Nic and his wife, Hattie.

Information: 812-342-6230.

East Columbus United Methodist — Fellowship time begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in the church foyer, 2439 Indiana Ave., with beverages and light snacks.

The blended service begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Aigner continuing the sermon series, “Stories that Jesus Told.” Children will receive a special message before being dismissed for 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 will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the Youth Center.

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

Information: 812-376-7418;

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Seeing God,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scripture from Acts 2:14a, 36-41 and Luke 24:15-35. A time of fellowship will follow.

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 Jim and Chris 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.; Prayer group at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

United Methodist Men will be meeting at 7:15 a.m. May 7 at the church. Don Harris will lead the business meeting and Larry Nolting will lead the book discussion.

Communion will be served during the 9 a.m. service May 7.

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

Parkside Baptist — The Bible Conference, “The Awakening That Must Happen,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1780 Rocky Ford Road. A different pastor will preach each night of the meeting, 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Information: 812-372-5889.

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 begin 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. the second and fourth Mondays.

A Christian Journey With Paul meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 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 meets at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287; email

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lake Blvd. Pastor Aud will continue a three-part message, “Three Keys for a Healthy Marriage.” This Sunday’s message will be “God’s Good Gift to Us: Sex” from Genesis 2:18-25. The children’s program for birth through grade 6 meets during the service.

Westside will have Vacation Bible school June 24 to 25.

Information: 812-342-8464.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message “Mind if I Walk With You?” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23 and Luke 24:13-35. Sunday school meets at 9 a.m. with Fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-526-9430.

North Christian — The Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy will give the sermon, “Holy Heartburn,” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. Scripture will include Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 and Luke 24:13-35. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Fellowship is at 11:45 a.m. Childcare is provided.

Information: 812-372-1531.


Taylorsville United Methodist Spring Hymn Sing — 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 1361 Tannehill Road, Taylorsville.Information: 812-526-5624.

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;

Old Union United Church of Christ Cavaliers Concert — The Christian Cavaliers Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430.


First Baptist — The documentary “Alive Inside” will be shown at 5:45 p.m. May 10 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. It demonstrates how music can reach people with dementia in surprising and encouraging ways.Information: 812-376-3321;

St. Paul Lutheran — Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at noon May 7 at the church, 6045 E. State St., with a fiesta of authentic Mexican food hosted by the Latino outreach. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Freewill offerings will be accepted to support purchase of materials for Latino outreach.

Information: 812-376-6504.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Church Bake/Yard Sale Fundraiser will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the church. There will be homemade baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, household items, collectables, clothing and more.

Vacation Bible School will be held June 11 to 13 at the church. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and activities will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration begins May 7. You can register by calling the church office at 812-376-7418 or visiting the website at and looking for the VBS Registration Link.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

The Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20. There will be a free-will garage sale and a silent auction. Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Delivery is available in the Columbus area by calling 812-379-4287.

June is the month for the Kid’s and Teen camps. More information will come later, but you can register and reserve a place by contacting the church office. Vacation Bible school is also coming the last week in June.

Information: 812-379-4287; email

Old Union United Church of Christ — Mother’s Day Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. May 14 at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430.

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