Religion News – October 7

Services and studies

Old Union Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “All God’s Blessings … God, Bad & Ugly,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Isaiah 5:1-7, Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 21:33-46. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.

The Wednesday Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430

First Christian Guest preacher Bob Russell will deliver the message, “Why I Love the Church,” with Scripture from Matthew 16:13-20, during both the 9 a.m. classic and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 531 Fifth St. Before retirement in 2006, Russell was the long-time preacher at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. The church grew from 120 to 18,000 during his 40 years of ministry.

Pastor Russell will return Oct. 22 with another message for the congregation, “Great Joy!” Scripture will include Luke 2:10.

Information: 812-379-4491;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Minister Nic Cable will speak on “Changing Together” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at 7850 W. Goeller Boulevard. He will focus on the idea that change is a constant in human life. It can sometimes be stressful, unwanted and even painful. He will point out that when people gather in community at the church and elsewhere, they are able to practice changing together and to imagine how to support one another when these changes make people uncomfortable.

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. in Columbus. Pastor Wes Jones 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. Tuesday evenings 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;;

First United Methodist At the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and 11 a.m. Celebration Service Sunday at the church, 618 Eight St. in Columbus, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “The Church as a Full-Length Mirror.” Scripture will include Philippians 3:4b-14. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:10 a.m. Child care will be available during both services.

The October Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 to discuss “I Am Malala” and the life of author Malala Yousafzai. All are welcome to attend.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Presbyterian — The sermon, “Following the Rules When No One is Watching,” will take the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 and the Matthew 21 parable of the wicked tenants to explore the theme of covenant with God. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday 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. Friday, and a second Men’s Support group (working-age men) meets at 6:15 a.m. Mondays. People in the community in need of a meal are invited to the meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday. Diners can enter through the glass doors off Franklin Street.


First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Activating Your Mission,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Scripture will include Exodus 3 and 4. Music worship will be led by the Glad Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Children’s Church will have a lesson on “The Stone Tablets” with Scripture from Exodus 19:1-20:17. Child care will be provided for infants. Live streaming of the service will be available at columbus or

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s classes will be on “The Ten Commandments” with Scripture from Exodus 20:1-17.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “The Goal,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Scripture from Psalm 19 and Philippians 3 will be shared by liturgist Sandy Williams. The adult choir will provide special music, led by Kathy Bush and accompanied by Chris Kimerling. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the service.

At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Scherer-Berry will lead the study, “Not a Fan,” for adults as well as youth in grades 7 or above. There will be separate lessons for elementary age children.

Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the homes of Larry and Connie Nolting and Chris Kimerling. The Sit ‘n’ Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m., also at the Nolting home. The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the church. Choir practice will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the prayer team will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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

Central Heights Church of God — The Rev. Jim Walters will speak at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.

Life groups for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church and nursery are available with lessons.

Youth meet every Sunday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday evening, Kingdom Builders is available for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Information: Visit churchof

North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) — The Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy, along with Director of Music Nikolai Peek, will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday in the sanctuary at 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus.

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

Information: 812-372-1531.


Support groups at Community Church of Columbus — Tuesday Connection, a collection of various support and educational groups, will begin its fall session Oct. 17 at the church, 3850 North Marr Road.

Offered this session: Parent Project for parents and youth ages 11 to 18; Financial Peace University, a program focusing on budgeting and financial goal setting; Divorce Care for adults who are currently separated or divorced; English as a Second Language, levels 1 and 2; a Couples Marriage Enrichment course; Insight, a program for adults who have a loved one with an addiction; Celebrate Recovery; Embrace Grace, a mentoring program designed for women age 24 or younger with an unplanned pregnancy; Griefshare for adults who are experiencing the death of a loved one; Starting Point, a conversational group regarding the exploration of faith; Chase the Lion, a men’s-only group; Divorce Care for Kids, Grades 2-6; Kids Like Me, an opportunity for various age groups to explore emotions, relationships and decision-making; The Landing, a teen group to address hurts, harmful habits and hang-ups; and childcare for ages 3 and younger.

Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. with groups meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. To register, call 812-348-6257 or visit

Information: 812-376-9478;

Central Heights Church of God — Pitch-in at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus, after Oct. 22 services.

A truck-or-treat will be 6 to 8 p.m. Oct 28.

First Church of the Nazarene Fall Bazaar — Columbus First Church of the Nazarene Fall Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. There will be a silent auction and a concession stand. There will also be many vendors such as Mary Kay, Scentsy and a few craft booths. All proceeds go to the youth mission trip to Honduras in July 2018.

Information: Geni Eggers at 317-354-7665

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

The annual Missions Banquet will be at 6 p.m. today featuring several speakers and food. This year’s theme is “Hands of Christ Around the World.” Philip Gormong will be the guest. Gormong has worked on the mission field and is currently working in the church’s Global Missions department.

There will be a chicken-n-noodle dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the church. Cost is $8 per person. All proceeds will go to Building Hope. Pre-purchased tickets will be eligible for a door prize. See Patty England for tickets.

The young adults will be taking a trip Oct. 20 to King’s Island. Those planning to attend should contact Pastor Wes.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 28 at the church.

The church will host its annual Trunk or Treat from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 featuring fun, candy and surprises.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Nashville United Methodist FallFare — The church’s 46th annual Fallfare will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. today on the Village Green located one block west of the Courthouse at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets in Nashville.

The Boy Scouts will offer breakfast and lunch, including the church’s popular Fallfare casserole, while the Girl Scouts will offer baked goods. Booths will include Book Nook; The Christmas Shop; Nature’s Bounty; Taste and See, Adopt a Pot; We Made It; My, Oh My, We Love Pie; and Unexpected Treasures. Church members will have potted plants, pies, candies and handmade crafts and gifts for sale. Proceeds are distributed to church missions and local, national and international charities.

Information: 812-988-4666

First United Methodist music series — The next Fridays@First, a sing-along featuring a movie with a sun-loving snowman, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the church, 618 Eighth St. The event kicks off with refreshments and games in the Fellowship Hall before moving at 6:30 p.m. to the sanctuary for the movie. All are welcome to attend.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Learning Tree Preschool will host its seventh annual Holiday Bazaar in the fellowship hall. More than 30 different vendors will be in attendance.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Baptist movie — An outdoor movie night featuring “Smurfs: The Lost Village!” will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. All are welcome and reminded to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be served. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside.

The Health Team will offer a session on the opioid crisis Oct. 25 at the church. Fellowship time will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a speaker from Healthy Communities at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Petersville United Methodist Turkey Supper — The annual turkey supper will take place Nov. 3 and 4 at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Noodle making in preparation for the supper will be 9 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday morning for the next three weeks in the church kitchen.

Trunk or Treat will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the church parking lot.

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

Lowell General Baptist — The church, located at 2102 Southline Drive in Columbus, will have a hymn sing at 7 p.m. today with featured singers Judith Montgomery and family from Shoals, Indiana.

Information: 812-703-5040