Religion News – June 1

Services and studies

First Presbyterian — The church will celebrate “Surprising Hospitality” during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. Scripture will include Matthew 10:40-42. 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. 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, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

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 of the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. The evening service begins at 6 p.m.

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; email

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “God Still Thinks About You,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 22:1-14, Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 10:40-42. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and Fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study is on hiatus for the summer.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Doug Bauder will give the message, “A Story in Spirit,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Her sermon, “God’s Family,” will refer to Scripture from Matthew 10. Communion will be served during the service and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow.

The United Methodist Men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday with Ric Loper handling the business meeting and Larry Nolting leading the study book discussion.

The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church and Thursday’s Prayer meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the church, led by Barb Hedrick.

Information: 812-603-8378; 574-780-2379.

East Columbus United Methodist — Sunday Morning Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. in the foyer of the church, 2439 Indiana Ave., with beverages and light snacks. The Blended Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Rev. Charles Aigner delivering 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.

The Sunday evening service will begin at 6 p.m.

The Tuesday Bible study will resume July 11 in the Youth Center. Wednesday Evening Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Youth Center.

Information: 812-376-7418.


Lowell General Baptist Hymn Sing — The church will have a hymn sing at 7 p.m. today, 200 W. Southline Drive in Columbus. The featured singers will be The Richard Harper Family.

Information: Denver Huff at 812-703-5040.


Flintwood Wesleyan — The monthly Senior Adult Ministries Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. July 13 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. Open to people 55 and older, this is a time of food, laughs and fellowship.

The Annual Harold Carr Memorial Golf Scramble will be held July 15. Lunch will be served at noon with tee time at 1 p.m. Fee to play: $ 45, includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, sleeve of golf balls, prizes and four mulligans per person. See Pastor Gary Carter to signup.

The District Family Camp will be July 16 to 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; email

Power Force at Columbus First Assembly — Christian evangelist John Jacobs and the Next Generation Power Force, a team that mixes feats of strength with Biblical lessons and teaching, will perform and minister Aug. 6 to 7 at the church, 2100 10th St. in Columbus. Jacobs and his original squad of athletes were especially visible and popular on Christian and other television programs in the 1980s and 1990s, as they broke concrete blocks, bent steel, and rammed through solid blocks of ice.

Jacobs has ministered in 40 countries, from Venezuela to Russia.

Information: 812-376-7833 or

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