Religion News – August 19

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Bill Griffith will deliver the sermon, “What Then Did You Go Out to See?” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Luke 7:18-30. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Childcare is available for infants. Older children will leave during the service for the Children’s Church to discuss “Lydia” with Scripture from Acts 16:11-15. The Blood Pressure Clinic will be open before and after worship.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will learn about “Working Together,” with Scripture from Thessalonians 3:6-13. Adults will discuss Chapter 8 of the recent book by Griffith and Pastor Dan Cash, “8 Questions Jesus Asked: Discipleship for Leaders.”

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

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The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Community, 1901 Taylor Road. A study, “Framing Metaphors from Paul: What They Meant and What They Mean,” will be led by Griffith and 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;

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Faith in Crumbs,” at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Scripture will include Matthew 15:21-28. Daniel Mau of Herscher, Illinois, will be installed as director of parish music and kantor at the 8 a.m. worship service. Mau received the master of church music degree from Concordia University and the bachelor of science music degree from Olivet Nazarene University. A reception honoring the Mau family will follow the 8 a.m. service in the fellowship room.

Information: 812-376-6504

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Make God Laugh … Tell Him Your Plan,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 45:1-15, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 and Matthew 15:10-28. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and Fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

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 car is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. every Friday. A second men’s support group meets 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;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify (non-traditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will both be held Sunday in the main sanctuary, 5300 E. 25th St., led by Pastor Wes Jones on his 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 women’s study group, “Connections,” meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the gym until remodeling is finished. New members are welcome.

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

Information: 812-379-4287;;

First United Methodist — At the 9: a.m, Traditional Service and the 11 a.m. Celebration Service, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “An Invisible Thread.” The scripture will be Genesis 45:1-15. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:10 a.m. Childcare is available during both services. The church is located at 618 Eighth St. The book club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall to hear Hoosier author Carol Faenzi discuss her book, “The Stonecutter’s Aria,” tracing her family’s immigration from Italy to their settlement in the United States. Filled with stories of courage and faith, this book is a great inspiration. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the church office.

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 I Kings 19:9-18 and Romans 10:5-15. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. “Worship on the Lawn” will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 10, at the church followed by a pitch-in lunch, tailgate style, for all. 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. Thursdays with Barb Hedrick as leader. On Aug. 17, 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.

Central Heights Church of God — Service at the Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at Donner Park. A light lunch and fellowship will follow. Bring a lawn chair for music, message and fellowship. Everyone welcome.

Westside Community Church — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46W and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. His message will be “Wanted and Needed: TLC” from Proverbs 27:23. The children’s program through grade 6 will meet at the same time.

The Outlet Youth Group will have an end-of-summer bash from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the home of Kevin and Jennie Jackson.

For more information on studies or small groups that meet throughout the week, contact the church office at 812-342-8464.


Jonesville Christian — Gospel musician and soloist Thomas Shelton will appear in concert at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 27 at the church, 609 Commerce St., Jonesville. Shelton has been inducted into Who’s Who in American Music and has traveled with several touring groups. He has also served in four separate congregations in the development of music and youth programs.

Information: Stan Thomas, 812-358-5172

Healing Waters Full Gospel Ministries — The Dove Brothers will sing at the church, 2330 Midway St. in Columbus. A love offering will be collected for the singers.

Information: 812-344-4562


Petersville United Methodist — United Methodist Men will sponsor its annual ice cream social at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Roasted hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will be furnished and those attending, who are invited to bring side dishes and desserts. Special guests will include Clay Township firefighters and their families.

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;

Flintwood Wesleyan — GLOW, God Lights Our World, begins 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. today with pre-event activities beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the church; registration and sign-in start at 8 a.m.

A car wash will be held by the church youth on Sept. 2 to raise money for projects. The location will be announced at a later date.

The annual SAM Retreat for the Indiana South District will take place Sept. 6-9 at the Orleans Family Campground. The Rev. Lane Loman and Gretchen will be the speaker and singer, respectively. There will be games, auction, skits and fellowship. To register, contact the church office.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Central Heights Church of God — The public is invited to an outdoor showing of “Baby Boss” at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, behind Doctors Park.

Salvation Army — Columbus Salvation Army, 2525 Illinois Ave., will have Vacation Bible School for grades 1-6 from 5 to 8 p.m Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27. This year’s theme is Super Heroes.

Information: 812-372-7118