Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the Communion, Pentecost and Graduation Sunday message, “Breath Sent,” with Scripture from John 20:19-23 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church at 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Those attending are invited to wear red (the liturgical color of Pentecost) if you choose to, in honor of the Holy Spirit. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir.Child care is available for infants. Older children will leave the service for Children’s Church. There they will concentrate on “Pentecost” with Scripture from Acts 2.

Following a reception for graduates, classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes will take a close look at “The Holy Spirit at Pentecost” with Scripture from Acts 2:1-21.

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

The Glad Ringers will offer its annual worship/home concert Thursday at 7:30 p.m. prior to their tour to Central Square, New York. This Handbell Mission Concert begins its 25th tour. Those in the community are invited to join us for this event.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. in Columbus. He will continue a sermon series titled “Family Matters” with his message, “The Son Who Would be King” from 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

The children’s program for those from birth through sixth grade also meets at 10 a.m.

Westside will host Vacation Bible School at 10 a.m. June 24 to 25 with a focus on how Jesus used water in his ministry. The title is “The Wacky World of Water … Dive into God’s Word.”

Information: 812-342-8464 or

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church — A service celebrating the golden jubilee of the priesthood of The Rev. Marty Peter will be 5 p.m. June 10 at the church, 1306 27th St. in Columbus. A reception will follow in the church’s lower level.

Peter, ordained May 7, 1967, at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, has served in various capacities within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis until his retirement about 12 years ago. He served at St. Pius X and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes and as chaplain at Butler University in Indianapolis and at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg.

He has lived in Bartholomew County since his retirement and has assisted at St. Bartholomew Church and other area churches.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. Pentecost Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. The congregation has been invited to wear red clothing as a way of celebrating Pentecost. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. Communion will be served, and Patricia Carroll will be accepted into membership of the church. A time of fellowship will follow the service, and the final class on “Prayer Life,” led by Scherer-Berry, will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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

Weekly groups that are on summer break are the Monday night Bible study groups at the Nolting and Kimerling homes, and Sit and Stitch on Tuesday nights at the Noltings.

The Prayer Group will continue to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the church. The Walkers will meet on Monday and Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at FairOaks Mall.

Administrative Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, immediately following choir practice at 6 p.m. Plans are being made for an afternoon of Vacation Bible School on June 25.

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

First United Methodist — Music Sunday will feature brass, organ and the Chancel Choir at the 9 a.m. service at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

First Presbyterian — The message, “Breathing,” will be presented in the 9:30 a.m. Pentecost Sunday service, celebrating the work of the Holy Spirit, at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus.

More than 20 people departing on a mission trip to Ronceverte, West Virginia, will be commissioned.

During the service, there will be two Moments for Mission: The youth will tell where the Pentecost Special Offering will be sent, and Jake Hofmeister will speak about our Presbytery’s Pyoca Camp and Conference Center.

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. on Fridays, and a second Men’s Support Group (for working-age men) meets at 6:15 a.m. Mondays.

The church’s weekly hot meal through Love Chapel’s coordinated program is served at 5 p.m. Fridays. Diners should enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


Flintwood Wesleyan — Pastor Wes Jones will continue his five-part series, “From Decision to Disciple,” at the non-traditional service at 9 a.m. and the traditional service at 11 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Graduating seniors will be honored.

The evening service begins at 6 p.m. Adult Choir will not be meeting for the next two months.

The small groups “Connections” and “A Christian Journey With Paul” will not be meeting in June or July. Both will resume in August, with more details coming.

Wednesday activities for the summer have changed. There will be no meal or Jesus And Me program. The youth will meet when special activities are scheduled. Prayer team will meet at 6 p.m. in the prayer room. Adult Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. in The Friendship Center next to the church.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message,“Wind, Breath, Spirit of God,” with Scripture from Numbers 11:24-30, 1 Corinthians 12:3-13 and Acts 2:1-21 at the 10 a.m. Communion and Pentecost Sunday service at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.


Second Annual Gospel Music Fanfest — Four national headliners and a number of Hoosier performers will be a part of the Second Annual Gospel Music Fanfest Thursday through June 10 at Westside Community Church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. in Columbus. Headliners are: 3rd Row Boys on Thursday, with the opening lineup beginning at 7 p.m.; Doug Anderson on Friday, with the openers beginning at 7 p.m.; the Peyton Sisters Saturday afternoon, with the proceedings beginning at 1 p.m.; and Tribute Quartet Saturday evening, with opening acts at 7 p.m.The gathering already has grown substantially since its local debut last year, according to organizers.

Individual tickets are $5 per session.


Lowell General Baptist hymn sing — Cumberland Thunder from Russell Springs, Kentucky, will host a hymn sing at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive in Columbus.

Information: Denver Huff at 812-703-5040.

Old Union United Church of Christ concert — The Christian Cavaliers will present a southern gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. today at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W near Edinburgh.Events

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — Jonathan Titus of Jennings Church of Christ will speak at the next meeting June 27 at New Hope Christian Church, 1404 W. County Road 400N in Columbus. A donation meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:15 p.m.

Information: Marcus Speer, 812-343-0179.

First Baptist Seeds of Love 5K — The annual fundraiser will be run on Sept. 16, starting at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. All proceeds will be given to Love Chapel food pantry. Registration information is available in the church office, 812-376-3321.

Flintwood Wesleyan summer camps — June is the month for Kids Bible Camp and Teen Camp at the Wesleyan Family Campground in Orleans. Kids Bible Camp will be June 13-16. Spiritual Impact is the Teen Camp June 19-23. Registration and medical release forms need to be turned in to Pastor Teri Jones through the church office.

Vacation Bible School, with a theme of “Camp Out! Getting S’more of Jesus!” will be 9:30 a.m. to noon June 26-29 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. The event is for ages pre-school to sixth grade. It will feature stories, games, crafts, and other activities.

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

Boy Scout Troop 588 will meet at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287 or

Community Church of Columbus Vacation Bible School — “Maker Fun Factory: Created By God, Built For a Purpose” will be from 9 a.m. to noon June 19-22 at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road in Columbus. It is for youngsters entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall.

Information: 812-376-9478 or

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.