Religion News – June 24

Services and studies

Grace Lutheran — The message will be “Fearing God: What it Means and Why it Matters,” at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 2301 Central Ave. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:20 a.m.Information: 812-372-4859.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Alive in Christ,” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Liturgist Jim Roth will share Scripture from Romans 6 and Matthew 10. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. Fellowship will follow the service.

Vacation Bible School will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the wooded area directly across from 4393 N. County Road 500E, Hope, about a mile north of the church. The program theme will be “Creation” and activities include songs, stories and refreshments. The afternoon will conclude at 6 p.m. with a hot dog roast for all the students and their families.

Information: 812-376-3501.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, ”Joining Jesus,” with Scripture from Matthew 25:31-40 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by a vocal ensemble. Childcare is available for infants. Older children will remain in the service.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. following Coffee Fellowship.

Children’s Sunday school classes will be about “God Provides,” with Scripture from Isaiah 55:1-9.

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

St. Paul Lutheran — Vacation Bible School will be from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday for children ages 3 through grade 6. It will be at the church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. There will be a free meal and programming each evening. Registration:

Registration has begun for the church’s 2017-18 academic year for 3- and 4-year-old kindergarten classes. Students must be the age of the stated class by Aug. 1. Extended care will be offered for enrolled students. Information: Chris Behmlander at 812-376-6504;

Information: 812-376-6504.

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. Pastor Wes Jones will continue his five-part series, “From Decision to Disciple.” Sunday school classes meet at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The Prayer Team meets at 8 a.m. Evening service begins at 6 p.m.

Vacation Bible School starts Monday and ends Thursday. It is held from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day.

The Prayer Team will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary.

Information: 812-379-4287;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Be Thankful if You Have an Ox,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11 and Matthew 10:24-39. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Refrigerator Rights,” at the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Matthew 10:40-42.

Information: 812-372-2851;

East Columbus United Methodist — Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in the foyer with beverages and light snacks. The blended worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Guest speaker Mike Mattern will deliver the message. 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.

Tuesday Bible Study will resume July 11 in the Youth Center. Wednesday Evening Bible Study will be held 7 p.m. in the Youth Center.

Information: 812-376-7418.

First Presbyterian — The annual Donner Park service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday in the park shelter house, located at 22nd and Sycamore streets. This informal service will be followed by a pitch-in picnic. The band, Livin’ by Faith, will lead singing. The sermon, “Not Cheap,” will reflect on Matthew 10: 24-39.

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. Mondays.

People in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals program offered at 5 p.m. Friday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — During the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., local teacher Gail Nowels and her students will share their experiences of helping the Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Central Heights Church of God — Praise and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon lane. Sunday school and nursery are available. Two adult classes will meet at 9:30 a.m.

Bible study will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. Aud will give the message, “God’s Plan of Salvation,” from John 3:1-7 The children’s program for birth through grade 6 meets during the service.

Vacation Bible School is today and Sunday.

A new, six-week women’s small group meeting from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays is meeting at the church. This group will be led by Barbara Gardner. Lessons are stand-alone with no book needed, just bring your Bible.

Information: 812-342-8464.

Community Downtown — The Saturday night Celebrate Recovery meeting is moving locations due to space constraints. The group will now meet at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Participants are asked to use the Franklin Street entrance.

Information: 812-348-6257.

Jennings Church of Christ — The church will have Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at the church, 1200 N. Madison, North Vernon. Theme: Group’s Maker Fun Factory.

Information: 812-343-0179.


Concert at Burnsville Christian — The Woodsmen Quartet will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2891 S. County Road 900E in Burnsville.Information: thewoods


First Baptist — The annual 5K Race will be Sept. 16, starting at the church. All proceeds go to Love Chapel. Registration and information: 812-376-3321.Revealing Light Baptist — On July 31, the church will be hosting an event for free haircuts and will distribute free, travel-size hygiene products. Lunch will be provided.

The church is located at 16120 U.S. 31 North, Edinburgh.

Information: 765-256-0308.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The monthly Senior Adult Ministries lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13. It includes food, laughs and fellowship for people 55 and older.

The Annual Harold Carr Memorial Golf Scramble will be held July 15 for golfers and non-golfers. Lunch will be served at noon with tee time at 1 p.m. See Pastor Gary Carter to signup or for more information.

The District Family Camp is July 16-23 at the Wesleyan Family Campground, 1801 S. Maple St., Orleans, Indiana. Evangelists for this year: Jim Dunn and the Rev. Jeff Keaton. Special singers: Tony and Abby McCrary.

Information: 812-379-4287;

First United Methodist — The church is hosting a Playground Picnic at noon each Wednesday during June and July on the playground, 618 Eighth St. Bring your own picnic and blanket. Families of all ages and sizes are invited. In case of inclement weather, meet in the Fellowship Hall with toys to play with.

Information: 812-372-2851;

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