Religion news – September 16

Services and studies

Sandy Hook United Methodist — The church will mark its 125th anniversary celebration Sept. 24, beginning with one worship service at 10 a.m. outdoors (weather permitting) at 1610 Taylor Road in Columbus. The celebration also will include the opening a time capsule, including letters written by members, along with other items.

A light lunch and ice cream gathering will follow the opening of the time capsule, and all who attend are invited to stay and eat. A table of historical memorabilia and a table of extra pictures will be on display for people to view.

The United Brethren Church of Columbus, Indiana was organized in 1892 at the home of Daniel and Rachel Lambert at 1468 Union St. with 12 charter members. Sandy Hook United Methodist Church traces its roots to these individuals.

The first church was erected in 1892 on the corner of 19th and Elm streets. In 1923, the congregation relocated to the corner of 17th and Home Avenue. The new church was named Wertz Memorial United Brethren Church in honor of Professor Samuel Wertz. The current structure opened Nov. 24, 1972.

Information: 812-372-8495 or

First Presbyterian The sermon, “How Hard is it to Forgive?” will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. 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 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 — At the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and the 11 a.m. Celebration Service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “In All Things Charity.” Scripture will include Roman 14:1-12. 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. Sunday 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 Boles and his wife, Diane Lill. Childcare will be available upon request.

A Blessing of the Animals service to acknowledge the importance of family pets will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 in the green lot north of the church. Bring your dogs, cats, reptiles or other pets to receive a blessing.

The church is working with United Methodist Committee on Relief to help people impacted by hurricanes and is collecting monetary donations and supplies to construct cleaning buckets until Sept. 25.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Live to the Lord,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Scripture will be shared by liturgist Barb Hedrick and will include Romans 14:1-12 and Exodus 14:19-31. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall, Scherer-Berry will lead a new all-church study, “Not a Fan.” The group will continue to meet each Sunday morning through Oct. 29 with the exception of Oct. 15. The youth group and Grades 7 and older will participate with the adults. There will be separate lessons for younger children. Each person will require his or her own journal and book, which are available at the church.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. Choir practice, directed by Kathy Bush, begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Barb Hedrick will lead the prayer group at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The group meeting at the home of Larry and Connie Nolting will study “Glory Days” by Max Lucado. “When God Whispers Your Name,” another Max Lucado book, will be the focus of study for the group meeting at the home of Chris Kimerling.

Information: 812-608-8378; 574-780-2379

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Forgive Us Our Debts,” at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. in Columbus. Scripture will include Matthew 18:21-35. During the Christian education hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., members will share and explain the significance of historic items such as school books, class pictures and certificates. Memories relating to the Township School on county roads 300S and 150S, known until 1950 as St. Paul Lutheran School, also will be shared.

Information: 812-376-6504

Old Union Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “The Road to Freedom,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 14:1-12 and Matthew 18:21-35. 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

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Finding Your Voice,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include John 1:14. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Childcare is provided for infants. Older children will attend Children’s Church and study “Baby Moses” with Scripture from Exodus 2:1-10.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children will take another look at “Baby Moses.” Scripture will include Exodus 2:1-10.

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

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of 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;

East Columbus United Methodist Sunday Morning Fellowship Time begins at 9 a.m. in the foyer of the church, 2439 Indiana Ave., with beverages and light snacks. Pastor Charles Aigner will deliver the message during the 9:30 a.m. Morning Blended Worship Service. Young children will receive a special message before being dismissed to attend Children’s Church. A staffed nursery and toddler room is available for the morning service. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:40 a.m. The evening chapel service will begin at 6 p.m.

Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Women’s Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Bible Round Table Room.

Jesus And Me, the youth group, will meet Wednesday in the Youth Center building. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for homework help with dinner to follow at 5 p.m. JAM fun activities will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Children must be registered by a parent or guardian.

An outdoor service will be conducted at 10:40 a.m. Sept. 24. Sunday school will meet at 9:30 a.m. A picnic will immediately follow the service with hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and table service provided. All are welcome. Those planning to attend are reminded to bring lawn chairs along with a side dish and dessert to share.

Information: 812-376-7418;

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 who will continue his series, “The Words in Red.” 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;;


Jennings Church of Christ The Oaks Boys will sing at the 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday 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


First United Methodist — WorldFest, a unique opportunity to learn and experience other countries and their cultures, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the church, 618 Eighth St. The event is free, for all ages, and will have pizza and hotdogs available for purchase.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Petersville United Methodist — United Methodist Men will sponsor its annual ice cream social beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday on the east side of the church property, 2781 N. County Road 500E. 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

St. Paul Lutheran — The church’s annual Harvest Fest will be 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Schroer Ranch, 9846 E. County Road 50N in Bartholomew County. Activities for the afternoon include apple bobbing, a hayride, games, pumpkin painting and volleyball. A pitch-in meal, preceded by a hymn sing and youth-led devotions, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with meats, drinks and table service provided.

Information: 812-376-6504

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

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.

Arni’s Cause Night will take place Sept. 26 at Arni’s, 2765 Brentwood Drive. Dine in or take out between 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and mention the church’s Building Hope fundraiser for a portion of the receipts to go toward the fund.

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;;