Religion News – August 12

Services and studies

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the message, “Drowning in Doubt,” at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. Scripture will include Matthew 14:22-33. Sunday school and adult education classes begin at 9:30 a.m. for all ages.

There will be no Spanish worship service as the Spanish congregation will join members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry for an outdoor worship service and picnic at 10 a.m. at Versailles State Park, 1387 U.S. 50 East, Versailles.

Information: 812-376-6504

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash and Dr. Bill Griffith will share a dialogue sermon, “What Do You Want Me to Do for You?” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Mark 10:32-52. Music worship will be led by an ensemble with “Blessed Assurance/My King is Coming.” Childcare is available. Older children will leave during the service for the Children’s Church to explore “Philip and the Ethiopian” with Scripture from Acts 8:26-40.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will discuss “Night and Day Prayers,” with Scripture from 1 Thessolians 3:9-13. Adults will discuss Chapter 3 of “8 Questions Jesus Asked: Discipleship for Leaders” by the Rev. Cash and Dr. Griffith.

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

The Mending Ministry will gather at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Community, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Community. A new study, “Framing Metaphors from Paul: What They Meant and What They Mean,” will be led by Bill Griffith and Pastor Cash. All men of the church and community are welcome. Study guides are available at the church Welcome Center or office.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Do Not Be Afraid,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Romans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. Sunday school will meet 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

First Presbyterian — The sermon, “Hard to Swallow,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. with Scripture from Genesis 45 and Matthew 15:21-28. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 6:15 a.m. every Monday.

People in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals program offered at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783;

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Dr. Lee Dorsey and the Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in worship and music at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. Childcare for newborn through kindergarten is offered during worship and fellowship time.

The church is accepting donations of canned soup throughout the month of August for Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-3882

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will be held Sunday in the main sanctuary, 5300 E. 25th St., led by Pastor Wes Jones on his new sermon series, “I Want to Go to Heaven.” The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. and Sunday School classes will meet at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. The evening service will begin at 6 p.m.

The ladies study group, “Connections,” begins the fall and winter session at 10 a.m. Monday, and will continue to meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” will resume meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting this week. New members are welcome.

Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible Study will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, both in the sanctuary. The Youth Group will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

First United Methodist — On Sunday at the 9 a.m. traditional service and the 11 a.m. celebration service, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Speaking Up for Justice,” at the church, 618 Eighth St., taken from Genesis 37:1-4, and 12-28. Sunday school classes for children, youth and adults will begin at 10:10 a.m.

Sunday Night Connections kick off Sunday, with dinner at 5 p.m. followed by children’s choir, youth group, Kids Connections and adult bible study classes.

The next book club will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Fellowship Hall and will feature Hoosier author Carol Faenzi discussing her book, “The Stonecutter’s Aria,” which traces her family’s immigration from Italy to their settlement in the United States. The book is filled with stories of courage and faith. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the church office.

North Christian (Disciples of Christ) — Transitional minister the Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy will offer a sermon, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. Scripture includes Romans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. Also Sunday, Morning News Class will begin at 8 a.m. and the sermon will be followed by fellowship at 11:45 a.m. Childcare provided.

Information is available at 812-372-1531 and northchristian

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Sheer Silence,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist and will share scriptures from 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Romans 10:5-15. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon.

On Sunday evening, a joint choir made up of members from Petersville, Newbern, Hartsville and Westport United Methodist churches will present a musical program at the Newbern church at 5:30 p.m. Choir members are asked to arrive at 4 p.m. for rehearsal and a light supper. After the program, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment for all in attendance.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. The choir, under the direction of Kathy Bush, will resume weekly rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the church. Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday with Barb Hedrick as leader.

On Thursday, the United Methodist Women’s group will meet at 6 p.m. at the home of Patsy Harris; Chris Kimerling will conduct the business meeting and Kathy Bush will present the program.

On Aug. 27, Kirk Freeman, coach for the Petersville Fruitful Congregation Journey team, will deliver the morning message. Brunch will be served following the service.

”Worship on the Lawn” will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 followed by a tailgate-style pitch-in lunch for all.

The United Methodist Men’s group will sponsor its annual ice cream social at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the church. Roasted hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will be provided and people attending are invited to bring side dishes and desserts. Special guests will include members of Clay Township Fire Department and their families.

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


Newbern United Methodist — There will be an old-fashioned hymn sing at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the church, 15786 E. Main St., followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall. Hymn requests will be taken from those in attendance. A Mass Choir will sing “I’m So Glad Medley” and “I’m Standing on Solid Rock,” directed by the Rev. Ed Scherer-Berry, pastor of the host church, and accompanied by Chris Kimmerling of the Petersville United Methodist Church. Anyone wishing to sing in the choir should meet at 4 p.m. for rehearsal.

Information: 812-546-5937


Scipio United Methodist — Celebrate the 1950s and 1960s during a classic car cruise-in from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church’s shelter, 6050 State Road 7 West, Scipio. There will be live music, vendors, crafts and concessions.

Information: 812-392-2939

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

Information: 812-376-3321;

Walker Chapel Wesleyan — Traveling horse trainer Paul Daily of Louisiana will offer a free horse training demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, County Road 200S, Garden City. Daily will encourage others’ rambunctious horses to submit to his voice and hand pats and voluntarily lie down as a demonstration of how God wants people to submit to His voice for guidance.

Information: Roy Hendershot, 812-350-9386.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Glow, God Lights Our World, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday with supper served at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St.

The church’s second annual Building Hope 5K Run/Walk will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 19 with pre-event activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the church; registration and sign-in start at 8 a.m. Pre-registration and information is available on the church website,, by calling 812-379-4287 or by email at