Services and studies

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “All That You Need,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and fellowship begins at 9:40 a.m.Wednesday Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

First Presbyterian — The choir’s cantata, “Love Flows from God,” by Gwyneth Walker will be Sunday. The church also will celebrate the graduates and thank all who taught this year’s Sunday school classes. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday and a second Men’s Support group meets at 6:15 a.m. 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 or

First United Methodist — Middle and high school youth will lead both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday through sermon, songs, prayer and Scripture at the church, 618 Eighth St.

The 11 members of the church that traveled to Guatemala for mission work will share their experiences and photos at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-372-2851.

St. Paul Lutheran — The theme of Pastor Douglas Bauman’s sermon at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday will be “Here We Stand: Christ’s Descent Into Hell,” based on 1 Peter 3:13-22. The church is located at 645 E. State St., Columbus. As part of the 500th Reformation Celebration, Kaffeeklatsch will be hosted at 9:10 a.m. Sunday during an extended coffee hour 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.

Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. June 25 to 29 for children ages 3 through Grade 6. A free meal and programing are included each evening.


Information: 812-376-6504.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Lee Dorsey and the Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in worship and music during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Fellowship with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare is available in the nursery during the service.

The discussion on Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, “Accidental Saints,” will continue in the library.

Chapter 24 of “Jesus, a Pilgrimage” by James Martin will be studied Sunday.

A small group study of the book “Sacred Rhythms” by Ruth Haley Barton is being offered. Call the church office for more information.

The church is accepting donations of peanut butter and jelly for Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-3882.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. Pastor Aud will continue the “Family Matters” sermon series with his message, “When Friends Become Family,” from Exodus John 19:25-27. The children’s program for birth through Grade 6 meets during the service.

The church will have Vacation Bible School on June 24 to 25. The program will be “The Wacky World of Water … Dive into God’s Word.”

Information: 812-342-8464.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Commandment Keeping,” with Scripture from John 14:15-21 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the WAVE Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Childcare is available for infants. Classes for all ages begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s church for toddlers and preschool-age children will be on “Saul Becomes Paul” with Scripture from Acts 9:1-20.

Blood pressure screening will be available before and after worship.

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 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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 1 Peter. All men from the church and community are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “God’s Love,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Liturgist Teresa Covert will share Scripture from Josh 14:15-21 and 1 Peter 3:13-22 and will give the children’s sermon. The offerings for the Indiana United Methodist Conference’s global health program will be accepted Sunday and on May 28. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the service.

At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Scherer-Berry will lead the second session of the “Prayer Life” study. All ages are invited to attend.

A Spring Fling Pitch-in Lunch to honor people having birthdays the first six months of the year will be at 11:30 a.m. People planning to attend are invited to bring a dish or two to share; meat and drinks will be furnished.

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. 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: 812-603-8378 or 574-780-2379.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The congregation will welcome past and current ministers, members and friends to reflect on memories and moments during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Everyone is invited to stay afterward for food, fun and friendship.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The annual Fish Fry Fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. There will be a free-will garage sale and silent auction. Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a door prize is available to adults 18 and older who make a food purchase. One entry per person. Free delivery available in the Columbus area by calling 812-379-4287.

Sunday service times are: Amplify at 9 a.m. and The Well at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. in the regular rooms. The Prayer Team meets at 8 a.m. Adult Choir practice is 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.

A Christian Journey With Paul meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in The Friendship Center. There is one more class 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 (preschool to 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.

Cub Scout Pack #588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop 588 follows at 7 p.m.

The Kid’s and Teen camps are coming up. Kid’s Bible Camp: June 13 to 16. Spiritual Impact, the Teen Camp: June 19 to 23. Both camps are at The Wesleyan Family Campground in Orleans. Register through the church office.

Vacation Bible School is from 9:30 a.m. to noon June 26 to 29 with the theme “Camp Out! Getting S’more of Jesus!” The camp is for preschool through Grade 6.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email


Old Union United Church of Christ — The Christian Cavaliers Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.Information: 812-372-3783 or

First United Methodist — Fridays at First: The Lasting Impressions will perform at 7 p.m. June 2 at the church, 618 Eighth St.

Information: 812-372-2851.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Last Fridays Bluegrass will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. It will feature a mix of traditional bluegrass, new grass, folk and gospel music. The public is welcome.

The voice students of Jenny Heichelbech will present a free vocal recital at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The event is open to the public.

Information: 812-372-3882.

First Baptist — The annual 5K race will be Sept. 16, starting at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. All proceeds will go to Love Chapel.

Registration information: 812-376-3321.

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