Religion News – May 13

Services and studies

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Believe,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Karen Mize will share Scripture from John 14:1-14. Allyson Loper and Jean Parker will sign special music, “The River.” The choir will sing “I Do Believe,” directed by Kathy Bush and accompanied by Chris Kimerling. As Sunday is Mothers Day, mothers in attendance will be honored by the United Methodist Men’s group.

A new Bible study, “Prayer Life,” led by Rev. Scherer-Berry, will not meet Sunday but will resume May 21.

Weekly groups will meet next week as follows: Baker’s Dozen at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Nolting home; 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; and the Prayer group at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

United Methodist Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. President Chris Kimerling will conduct the business meeting and vice president Kathy Bush will present the program. The annual Call to Prayer and Self-Denial offering will be received.

A Spring Fling Lunch at 11:30 a.m. May 21 will recognize people who have birthdays within the first six months of the year. People attending should bring a salad, vegetable or dessert to share at the pitch-in meal.

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

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare is available in the nursery for newborn through age 3 during the service.

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

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lake Blvd. This Sunday begins a new sermon series, “Family Matters.” Pastor Aud will lead the series with his message, “A True Mother’s Love,” from Exodus 2:1-10. The children’s program through grade 6 meets during the service.

Westside will have Vacation Bible School  June 24-25.

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the Sunday message, “Unraveling Riddles,” with Scripture from John 14:1-14 at the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Joyful Ringers, Flute Duets and the Chancel Choir.

Childcare is available for infants. Children’s church is provided for toddlers and preschool-age children, where they will study “Breakfast with Jesus” with Scripture from John 21:1-14.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes will take a close look at “The Early Believers” with Scripture from Acts 4:32-35.

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

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — For Mother’s Day, the sermon, “Are you my mother?,” will ponder how to experience God and how thinking about the role parents play helps produce a better picture of who God is. Sixth graders going into middle school will also be recognized during the service. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. until 11 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 the Hot Meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Sound Theology,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Acts 7:55-60, 1 Peter 2:2-10 and John 14:1-14. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

A Mother’s Day Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. this Sunday.

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

Information: 812-526-9430.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday service times: Amplify at 9 a.m. and The Well at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St., led by Pastor Wes Jones. Both services will honor mothers. Sunday school classes meet at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. All evening activities will be dismissed.

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. There are two more classes before summer break.

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

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

St. Paul Lutheran — Confirmation and First Communion will be held during the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. The theme of Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services will be “Here We Stand: the Royal Priesthood of all Believers,” based on 1 Peter 2:2-10.

As part of the 500th reformation celebration, Kaffeeklatsch will be hosted at 9:30 a.m. during an extended coffee hour May 21 in the Fellowship Room. Kaffeeklatsch is a German Sunday tradition to share coffee and desserts with friends. The church will have an assortment of German coffees and coffeecakes to serve.

Information: 812-376-6504.

East Columbus United Methodist — Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. with beverages and light snacks Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver the message, the Hand Bell Choir will perform special music and the mother’s will receive a special gift. 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 service. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. The Sunday evening service will not be held.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. and Wednesday evening Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. Both studies will be held in the Youth Center.

Information: 812-376-7418.

Community Church of Columbus — The church has launched a new Celebrate Recovery at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays. The program is meeting at Community Downtown, 522 Seventh St.

Information: 812-348-6257.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “With a Mother’s Eye,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will include 1 Peter 2:2-10.

Youth will lead both services May 21.

Eleven members from the church traveled to Guatemala for mission work. Group members are sharing their experiences and photos at 5 p.m. May 21.

Information: 812-372-2851.


Concert at St. Bartholomew Catholic — Grammy-nominated Christian pop singer-songwriter Sarah Hart of Nashville, Tennessee, will be in concert 7 p.m. today as part of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church’s Concert Series. The free event, “Mom! An Evening of Song and Rejoicing,” will have a Mother’s Day focus. Donations will be accepted to support the series.

Hart’s songs have been recorded by top Christian artists such as Amy Grant “(Better Than a Hallelujah,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song), the Newsboys, Audrey Assad, and mainstream music acts such as Celtic Woman.

Hart performed for Pope Francis in October 2013, which drew a crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Christian Cavaliers Concert will be at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Information: 812-526-9430.

First United Methodist — Fridays @ First: Students of Julianna Jerome-Drerup at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Claire Baker at 7 p.m. Friday.

Information: 812-372-2851.


Flintwood Wesleyan — The Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser Event will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20, including a Free-will Garage Sale and Silent Auction. Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A door prize has been added to this year’s event. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 and make a food purchase. One entry per person. Free delivery is available in the Columbus area at 812-379-4287.

Kid’s Bible Camp will be June 13-16. Spiritual Impact, the Teen Camp, will be June 19-23. Both camps are at The Wesleyan Family Campground in Orleans, Indiana. Registration can be made through the church office.

Theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School is “Camp Out! Getting S’more of Jesus!” It will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 26-29. It includes stories, games and crafts.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email

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. 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 2 p.m. today at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave.

Vacation Bible School will be held June 11-13. Dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. VBS activities will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Register at 812-376-7418 or

Westport Christian — Vacation Bible School will be held from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. June 25-28 at the church, 102 W. Mulberry St., Westport. It’s for children in grades preschool to 6. No registration need.

Information: 812-591-3807.

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