Religion news – September 2

Services and studies

Grace Lutheran The message, “Cross-shaped Living: Christ Bears and Bestows the Cross,” will be delivered during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Scripture will include Matthew 16:21-28. Sunday school begins at 9:20 a.m. Classes include “Has American Christianity Failed?”, a study of modern evangelicalism; and two Bible studies on the Gospel of Mark and the First Corinthians through Revelation. There also will be a class for parents of small children.

The ALPHA class will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a light supper. “Why Did Jesus Die?” will be the continued topic of discussion. Childcare will be available.

The Searching Scripture class begins with supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday and continues the study of the Ten Commandments. Child care will be available.

Information: 812-372-4859;

First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message, “What Kind of Block Are You?” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Matthew 16:21-28. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Childcare will be provided for infants.

The Adult Elective for all adults and the classes for children will both begin at 10:45 a.m.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet later that day at 2 p.m.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 p.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 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;

Wilson Chapel Christian Union Pastor Cody Hutchinson will begin a series of messages, “Vision Cast,” to set the stage for the coming years during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 9435 State Road 7, Elizabethtown. The new church logo will be unveiled and the new vision statement and motto will be introduced. The new baptistry will also be presented and the first baptism will take place. Nursery will be available for children ages 2 and younger while all other children will remain for the service.

Sunday school classes for all ages being at 9:30 a.m.

Praise Team practice will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The teen group, Unashamed, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. A time of personal prayer will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 812-579-5317

Old Union Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Setting Your Mind on the Drive,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and Fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study will resume at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Information: 812-526-9430

St. Paul Lutheran Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Coming After Jesus,” at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Scripture will include Matthew 16:21-28. Sunday school and Bible classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-376-6504

First Presbyterian The sermon, “Follow,” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. 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. every Friday. A second men’s support group meets at 6:15 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;

First United Methodist At the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and the 11 a.m. Celebration Service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St., the Rev. Bev Perry will deliver the message, “The Bible Clearly Says …” Scripture will include Romans 12:9-21. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m. Childcare will be available during both services.

The book club will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Multi-Purpose Room to discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 24, the church will offer a Divorce Recovery class led by the Rev. Howard Boles and his wife, Diane Lill. Childcare will be available upon request.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services include non-traditional Amplify at 9 a.m., Sunday school classes at 10 a.m. and The Well traditional service at 11 a.m. Pastor Wes Jones will continue his sermon series, “I Want To Go To Heaven.” The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. The evening service will begin at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St.

“A Christian Journey With Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Due to remodeling at the church, the group will meet in the gym for now. New members are welcome.

The Indiana South District will have its annual Senior Adult Ministries Retreat Wednesday through Sept. 9 at the Orleans Family Campground. The fee is $50 and includes room and meals. To register, contact either Pastor Wes Jones or Pastor Teri Jones.

Wednesday activities include supper at 5:30 p.m., GLOW (God Lights Our World) at 6:15 p.m. and Youth at 6:30 p.m. The Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. and Adult Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Cub Scout Pack 588 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Unitarian-Universalist Congregation — Nic Cable will talk about “A Labor of Love” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church — The Rev. Lee Dorsey and the Fairlawn Chancel Choir will lead the congregation in worship and music at 11 a.m. Sunday. Fellowship time with refreshments will immediately follow. The church is located at 2611 Fairlawn Drive.

Childcare from newborn to kindergarten is offered during worship and fellowship time.

During the month of September, Fairlawn will be accepting donations of macaroni and cheese for Love Chapel.

The church is participating in the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event from Sept. 8 to 10 at Asbury United Methodist Church. If you would like to participate, contact the church office at 812-372-3882 or

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Evil with Good,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500 E, using Scripture from Romans 12:9-21. Communion will be served. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will follow the service. The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the prayer group will meet at the church at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Bible study classes will resume at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the homes of Larry and Connie Nolting and Chris Kimerling. The Sit ‘n’ Stitch group will meet at the Nolting home at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

“Worship on the Lawn” will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the church, followed by a pitch-in lunch, tailgate style. Dress will be casual and the community is invited. People attending should bring a dish to share and a lawn chair.

United Methodist Men will sponsor its annual ice cream social beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 on the east side of the church. Roasted hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will be furnished. Those attending are invited to bring side dishes and desserts. Special guests will include Clay Township firefighters and their families. All are reminded to bring lawn chairs.

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

North Christian (Disciples of Christ) — The Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy and Nikolai Peek, director of music, will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the lower-level auditorium at 850 Tipton Lane. Rev. Gerardy’s sermon will be on “What Do We Do With Old Crosses?”

A nursery for preschool children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available if desired.

A pitch-in meal will follow worship during which Jean Thompson of Bloomington will share stories of her recent trip to Cuba.

Information: 812-372-1531

Westside Community Church Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church at the corner of State Road 46W and Tipton Lake Boulevard. His message will be “Only Jesus” from John 3:16. A program for children from infants through sixth grade will meet at the same time.

First Lutheran — Robert Saler will be guest speaker at the 8:45 a.m. traditional service and 11:15 a.m. contemporary service Sept. 10 at First Lutheran Church, 3600 25th St. His message is “The Luther We Carry Forward and the Luther We Must Leave Behind.” Saler has taught courses on theology and modern literature, popular theology and C.S. Lewis, and is currently teaching a course on the Reformation, “500 Years After.” He is executive director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, and is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

Information: 812-372-1256

East Columbus United Methodist — Sunday services will begin with fellowship time at 9 a.m. in the church foyer followed by the blended worship service and communion at 9:30 a.m. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during worship service. Sunday school classes for all ages will begin at 10:40 a.m. There will be no Sunday evening chapel service.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m., and Wednesday evening Bible study will meet at 7 p.m., both in the chapel.

J.A.M. Youth Group will meet Wednesday in the Youth Center Building. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for homework help followed by dinner at 5 p.m. and activities from 6 to 8 p.m. Children must be registered by a parent or guardian.

Family game night is planned at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the fellowship hall, and a community block party will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9.

The church is located at 2439 Indiana Ave.


First United Methodist The next Fridays@First will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the church Sanctuary, 618 Eighth St., and feature Arkady Orlovsky on cello and Tamara Orlovsky on piano. The concert is free and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2581;

Jennings Church of Christ — The Oaks Boys will sing at the 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sept. 17 at the church, 1200 N. Madison Ave., North Vernon. The evening service will include a country biscuit jamboree with Tommy and John Thomas performing “Hee Haw-style” comedy and songs.


First Baptist The sixth annual 5K Seeds of Love will take place Sept. 16, starting at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. All proceeds will be given to Love Chapel. Registration information is available at the church’s Welcome Center or by visiting

Information: 812-376-3321;

Wilson Chapel Christian Union The leadership team will conduct a free community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. today at the church, 9435 State Road 7, Elizabethtown. The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs and side dishes. There will be organized activities as well as live streaming of the opening games of college football. The community is welcome to attend.

Information: 812-579-5317

St. Paul Lutheran A historical presentation by Pastor Arthur Schwenk addressing the 19th century German immigration and settlement in America will be at 9:30 a.m. during the adult Bible class on Sept. 10 at the church, 6045 E. State St.

The early childhood ministry will host the 11th annual golf scramble with sign-in, breakfast and practice at 8 a.m. on Sept. 16 at Shadowwood Golf Course, 333 N. Sandy Creek Drive, Seymour. Shotgun start will be at 9 a.m. Registration information: Chris, 812-376-6504; Gayla, 812-522-7816; 812-528-0168.

Information: 812-376-6504

Flintwood Wesleyan Youth group members will have a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Advance Auto on 25th Street.

The monthly Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 in the church gym, 5300 E. 25th St.

On Sept. 16, the Youth will host a Kiss the Critter fundraiser, pitting teams of siblings against one another. Cast your vote in the money jars.

A Building Hope Tupperware Party is planned Oct. 2 and the annual missions banquet will be Oct. 7.

Information: 812-379-4287 or;