Religion News – July 15

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Growing Young: Setting the Thermostat on Warm,” with Scripture from Acts 2:43-47 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by a vocal solo. Childcare is available for infants. Older children will leave the service to discuss Jacob as found in Genesis 32:22-32 and 33:1-11. The Quarterly Business Meeting will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will begin at 10:45 a.m. with the lesson about “Two Sons in the Vineyard” with Scripture from Matthew 21:23-32.

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., Columbus. It will focus on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. 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. Fridays with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783; fpc

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Edward Scherer-Berry will deliver the morning message, “Tutti Frutti,” based on Scripture from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. The service begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. The children’s message will be presented by Teresa Covert. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Petersville’s walking group meets 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church, weather permitting. The Prayer Team meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, led by Barb Hedrick. The United Methodist Mountain Mission truck will pick up Tuesday at the church. Items should be delivered to the church annex no later than 5 p.m. Monday.

Information: 812-603-8378; 812-375-0898.

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., Columbus. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The prayer team will meet at 8 a.m. There will be no Sunday evening services July 16 and 23 so the congregation can attend Family Camp.

The District Family Camp at the Wesleyan Family Campground in Orleans, Indiana, will be July 16-23. Evangelists for this year are Jim Dunn and the Rev. Jeff Keaton. Special singers are Tony and Abby McCrary.

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, “A Seed Needs a Sower,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Sunday school meets at 9 a.m. and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Hanna Omar will give the message, “Standing on the Side of Love — As a Muslim in Columbus,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

East Columbus United Methodist — Fellowship begins at 9 a.m. in the foyer of the church, 2439 Indiana Ave., Columbus. 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 for 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 begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. in the Chapel. Wednesday Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.

Information: 812-376-7418.

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “The 1980s: A Servant Church,” during both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. celebration services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Scripture will include James 2:14-17.

The church is hosting a Playground Picnic at noon each Wednesday on the playground. Bring your own picnic and blanket. Families of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to join the Family Ministry Team for a bring-your-own picnic lunch and playground fun. In inclement weather, meet in the Fellowship Hall.

The July Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday to discuss the “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. All are welcome to attend.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. Pastor Aud will give the message, “The Question We All Must Ask,” from Matthew 20:29-34. The children’s program for birth through Grade 6 meets during the service.

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

The youth, for middle and high school students, will celebrate the final week of summer vacation with a day of fun at Holiday World. Sign up is through Sunday at the church.

There will be an Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. July 30 at the church featuring ice cream, desserts and lawn games.

Information: 812-342-8464.


St. Paul Lutheran — The church will host a benefit organ concert by Robin Gratz at 7:30 p.m. July 21. Gratz will perform works by Paul Manz, J.S. Bach, J. Martinson and more on the 1991 Dobson Pipe Organ. All proceeds from the free-will offering will benefit Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. The church is located at 6045 E. State St., Columbus.

Information: 812-376-6504.


Central Heights Church of God — The church event, Honoring Our Heroes, will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Participants can explore firetrucks, ambulances and police cars, and you can enjoy free hot dogs and drinks.

Information: 812-372-4857.

Calvary Community Vacation Bible School — All elementary school students in the area are invited to participate in the free Vacation Bible School, SonTreasure Island. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the church, 1031 Chestnut St., Columbus, students can enjoy singing, watching skits, creating crafts and playing games as they learn about God’s love. Register for free at calvary

Information: Fred King at 812-374-2177.

First Baptist Seeds of Love 5K — The annual Seeds of Love 5K will be Sept. 16 at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. All proceeds go to Love Chapel. Registration information:

Information: 812-376-3321;

Flintwood Wesleyan — The second Building Hope 5K Run/Walk will be Aug. 19. Pre-event activities begin at 7:30 a.m. at the church. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Run starts at 9 a.m. Pre-register on the church website or by contacting the church office. To be guaranteed an event T-shirt, registration must be in by July 21. Registration fee: $25/adult and $15/children 12 and under. Fees are $5 less if no T-shirts are ordered.

Information: 812-379-4287; email

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