Religion News – May 6

Services and studies

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “You are my Protector, my Comfort,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 2:19-25 and John 10:1-10. Sunday school will begin at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. May 14.

Information: 812-526-9430

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service times are: Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m., led by Pastor Wes Jones in the main sanctuary, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The Prayer Team meets 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 Monday of each month.

The small group 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 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) begins at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

The monthly Senior Adult Ministry luncheon will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in The Friendship Center.

The new small group for women meets at 6:15 p.m. every other Thursday. For location details, 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;

St. Paul Lutheran — Good Shepherd Sunday will be celebrated during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. The theme of Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon will be “Here We Stand: Worship” based on Act 2:42-47.

Family and friends are invited to hear the confirmands offer their confession of faith at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Room. The Confirmation service and First Communion will be at 10:45 a.m. May 14.

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated at noon Sunday in the Fellowship Room with a fiesta of authentic Mexican food hosted by the Latino outreach. Free-will offerings will be accepted to support purchase of materials for the outreach.

Information: 812-376-6504

First Presbyterian — The sermon will discuss a “Sheep’s Eye View” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Scripture will include John 10:1-10 and the 23rd Psalm. Following the service, the Syrian family the church is co-sponsoring will be introduced. 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. Friday and a second Men’s Support group for working age men meets at 6:15 a.m. Monday.

People in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Nic Cable will deliver the message, “The Beacon Beneath Our Feet,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. A congregational meeting and vote will follow the service to decide if Cable will be the new settled minister.

Information: 812-342-6230

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the Communion message, “Security Matters,” with Scripture from John 10:1-10 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by Kyrmen Rea Hedrick and Family, the Chancel Choir and Jubilation Ringers. Childcare is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for Children’s Church where they will study “The Great Commission” with Scripture from Matthew 28:16-20.

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 Mending Ministry will gather at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.

The Pastoral Care and Health Ministry will offer the final of three Cross Connections sessions on “Dementia” at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. A documentary, “Alive Inside,” will be shown. This video demonstrates how music can reach people with dementia in surprising and encouraging ways. 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 to continue their study of 1 Peter. All men from the church and community are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Life Abundant,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scripture from John 10 and 1 Peter. Holy Communion will be served during the service. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow worship.

The United Methodist Men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Don Harris will lead the business meeting and Larry Nolting will lead the book discussion.

Weekly groups meet as follows: Baker’s Dozen at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nolting home; the Sit and Stitch group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home; Choir practice at 6:30 p.m. at the church; the Walkers at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.; Prayer team at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Various groups from the church will be serving meals Wednesday evenings during May at the Love Chapel hot meal site. Volunteers may contact Bonnie Burbrink at 812-525-8009.

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

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lake Blvd. Pastor Aud’s message will complete a series on marriage. The children’s program for birth through Grade 6 meets during the service.

Westside will have Vacation Bible School June 24-25. The theme will be how Jesus used water in His ministry and the church will be using a program, “The Wacky World of Water … Dive into God’s Word.”

Information: 812-342-8464

East Columbus United Methodist — Fellowship time begins at 9 a.m. in the church foyer, 2439 Indiana Ave., with beverages and light snacks. The Blended service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the Rev. Charles Aigner delivering the message, “Stories That Jesus Told: Use What God Gives You,” from Matthew 25. Communion will be served. 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 Sunday evening service will begin at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Aigner’s message, “Remember What Is Important,” from II Peter.

Tuesday Bible study meets at 1 p.m. and Wednesday Bible study meets at 7 p.m., both in the Youth Center.

Information: 812-376-7418

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey and the Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in worship and music at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The sacrament of communion will also be held. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare is available in the nursery for newborn through age 3 during the service.

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

A small group study is being offered on the book “Sacred Rhythms” by Ruth Haley Barton.

During the month of May, Fairlawn will be accepting donations of peanut butter and jelly for Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-3882


Old Union United Church of Christ — The Christian Cavaliers Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.Information: 812-526-9430

Lowell General Baptist — The church will have a Hymn Sing, featuring the Eddie Smalling family, at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive.

Information: Denver Huff, 812-703-5040


Flintwood Wesleyan — The annual Fish Fry Fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20. There will also be a Free-Will Garage Sale and Silent Auction. Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Delivery is available to the Columbus area by calling 812-379-4287.Kid’s Bible Camp will be June 13 to 16. Spiritual Impact, the Teen Camp, will be from June 19 to 23. Both camps are at The Wesleyan Family Campground in Orleans, Indiana. Registration can be made through the church office.

Vacation Bible School will be the last week in June. More information to follow.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Country Gospel Music — Cliff Adkins of the New Calvary Echoes will be visiting at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 5181 E. State Road 46, Nashville. A love offering will be accepted.

Information: 812-988-1288

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — The group’s next meeting will begin with a donation meal of fried chicken at 6:30 p.m. May 23 at Flat Rock Christian Church, 2854 W. Pope St. in Flat Rock. The speaker at 7:15 p.m. will be the Rev. Mark Wesner of Moscow Christian Church.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Church Bake/Yard Sale Fundraiser will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave.

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 VBS activities will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration begins Sunday. You can register at 812-376-7418 or online at under the VBS Registration link.

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