Religion news – September 9

Services and studies

First Lutheran — Robert Saler will present “The Luther We Carry Forward and the Luther We Must Leave Behind” during the 8:45 a.m. traditional service and the 11:15 a.m. contemporary service Sunday at the church, 3600 25th St. Saler has taught courses on theology and modern literature, 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.

First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Be the Message,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include John 1:1-5 and 9-14. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will attend Children’s Church and study “Adam and Eve” with Scripture from Genesis 3:1-24.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children will take another look at “Adam and Eve” with Scripture from Genesis 2:4-25.

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

The Mending Ministry will meet 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 p.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Community. A study, “Framing Metaphors from Paul: What They Meant and What They Mean,” will be lead 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;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will both be Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St., led by Pastor Wes Jones. 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. every Tuesday evening 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 be held at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

St. Paul Lutheran Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Who’s the Greatest,” at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Scripture will include Matthew 18:1-20. During the Christian education hour at 9:30 a.m., Pastor Arthur Schwenk will address the 19th century German immigration and settlement in America as part of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation Celebration.

Information: 812-376-6504.

First Presbyterian — The sermon, “All We Need is Love,” will begin at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., with Scripture from Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20. This day will kickoff the Capital Campaign. 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. A second men’s support group meets at 6:15 a.m. Mondays.

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 Sarah Campbell will deliver the message, “Walking in Love and Light,” during the 9 a.m. traditional service and the 11 a.m. celebration service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will include Romans 13:8-14. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m. Childcare is available during both services.

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

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.

The church is working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and is accepting monetary donations and supplies to construct cleaning buckets.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Being Real,” at the 10 a.m. special “Worship on the Lawn” service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scripture will include Psalm 119:33-40. Barb Hedrick will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. The Rev. Scherer-Berry is encouraging the congregation to read “The Velveteen Rabbit” in preparation for her sermon. Those attending should bring a lawn chair or blanket. There will be a pitch-in lunch directly following the service.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. Choir practice will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday nights. The prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Bible study classes will resume meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the homes of Larry and Connie Nolting and Chris Kimerling. The Sit ‘n’ Stitch group will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home.

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 Sunday in church’s sanctuary, 850 Tipton Lane. Rev. Gerardy’s sermon will be “Justification? Or Justice?”

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

Information: 812-372-1531.

Unitarian-Universalist Congregation — Minister Nic Cable will deliver the message, “Wider Still,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230.


First United Methodist — The next Fridays@First will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the church sanctuary, 618 Eighth St., and will feature Arkday Orlovsky on cello and Tamara Orlovsky on piano. The concert is free and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851;

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.

Information: 812-343-0179.


Petersville United Methodist — A pitch-in lunch, tailgate style, will follow the 10 a.m. Worship on the Lawn service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. All are welcome. Those attending should bring a dish to share and their lawn chairs.

The 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 law chairs.

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

First Baptist — The sixth annual 5K Seeds of Love will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 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;

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 monthly Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

The final day of the Youth fundraiser, Kiss the Critter, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23. The event will pit teams of siblings against one another. There will be games, pulled pork and all the fixings. Votes in the money jar will be accepted up to the fundraiser’s end.

The church will host a Building Hope Tupperware Party on Oct. 2 with details to be announced at a later date.

The annual Missions Banquet will be Oct. 7 featuring several speakers and food. More details will be announced closer to the event date.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

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

During the 9:30 a.m. Christian education hour Sept. 17, members will share and explain the significance of historic educational items such as books, class pictures and certificates. Items and memories relating to the Township School on County Road 300S and County Road 150S, once known as St. Paul Lutheran School, will also be shared.

Information: 812-376-6504.

North Christian (Disciples of Christ) — As a group, the congregation will attend the 3:01 p.m. showing of “Columbus” on Sunday at YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St.

Information: 812-372-1531.