Religion News – November 18

Services and studies

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the service at 10 a.m. this Thanksgiving Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. His message will be “#First-World Problems.” Scripture will include Matthew 6:25-34.The children’s program, through sixth grade, will meet at 10 a.m. during the worship service.

The church will be having a three-week Bible study, “Christmas and the Gospels: A Biblical Study of the Birth Narratives,” which will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, led by Pastor Robert Vester.

Information: 812-342-8464

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will both be led by Pastor Wes Jones on Sunday in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. and Sunday school classes will meet in their regular rooms. There will be no evening activities.

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. Tuesdays in the Friendship Center.

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

Each Sunday during Advent, which begins Dec. 3, will feature something special.

Information: 812-379-4287; flintwoodoffice@gmail.com; flintwood.org

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the message, “The Master,” at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Scripture will include Matthew 25:14-30. During the 9:30 a.m. Christian education hour, members will share several historic items relating to Baptism and explain their family significance.

Thanksgiving eve service with Holy Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the church. Pastor Juan Luna will deliver the message, “Let the Peoples Praise You O God,” with Scripture from Psalm 67. A taco meal and silent auction will precede the service, with all proceeds supporting Pastor Luna’s mission work in Monterrey, Mexico.

Information: 812-376-6504

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Being a Part of What God is Doing,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; and Matthew 25:14-30. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.

Bible study will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 812-526-9430

First Presbyterian — The sermon, “Secrets in the Backyard,” will be delivered at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. Scripture will include Matthew 25. The adult choir will lead the congregation in worship. Following the service, there will be a brief congregational meeting to present the 2018 budget and elect elders and deacons. Infant and toddler care will be 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; fpccolumbus.org

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. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Going All In with God’s Chips.” Scripture will include Matthew 25:14-30. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:10 a.m. Child care will be available during both services.

The November book club will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday in the church library to discuss Julia Glass’ novel, “The Widower’s Tale.”

Information: 812-372-2851; fumccolumbus.org

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Nic Cable will deliver the message, “Breaking Bread Together: A Family Thanksgiving Service,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. All are welcome to bring bread as the congregation celebrates and gives thanks.

Information: 812-342-6230; uucci@uucci.org

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Thanksgiving Prayer,” at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will include Ephesians 1:15-25. Child care will be available on the lower level for infants. Older children will attend Children’s Church during worship for a lesson, “Solomon,” with Scripture from 1 Kings 5-6 and 8:1-13.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children’s Sunday school will focus on “Kings David and Solomon.” Scripture will include 2 Samuel 7:1-17 and 1 Kings 2:10-12. Adults will continue with a presentation of “Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why.”

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

Information: 812-376-3321; fbccolumbus.org.

Petersville United Methodist — “Build Up Hope” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Liturgist Joe Bush will share the Scriptures, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Psalm 123. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message and the adult choir will sing. The three-week stewardship emphasis will conclude with a time of dedication of commitment cards. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall. Monday night Bible studies will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. Sit ‘n’ Stitch will meet at 6:30 p.m., also at the Nolting home. Barb Hedrick will lead the prayer group beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

On Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Sunday, a special PowerPoint presentation by Allyson Loper will highlight the things that members of the congregation are grateful for in their lives.

The Rev. Scherer-Berry will lead a one-hour class on the season of Advent at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Fellowship Hall of the church. It will include materials for all ages. All church members are encouraged to attend and focus on preparing for the celebration of the birth of the Christchild.

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

Grace Lutheran — The sermon, “Livin’ the Dream,” based on the parable of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30, will be delivered at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9:15 a.m.

The church’s ALPHA class concludes Tuesday with the topic, “How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?” A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. with a video presentation and small group discussion to follow. The Searching Scripture class, a study of Luther’s Small Catechism, will also meet Tuesday. Its focus will be on “The Sacrament of the Altar.” All are welcome.

Thanksgiving eve worship begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23. The message will be “Life in the Wilderness: Then and Now,” based on Deuteronomy 8:1-10.

Information: 812-372-4859

Central Heights Church of God — Sunday school will be at 9:30 a.m. and praise and the message will be shared at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.

Nursery care will be available.

A Thanksgiving pitch-in will follow the service.

North Christian — The Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy and Director of Music Nikolai Peek will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday in the sanctuary at 850 Tipton Lane.

A nursery for preschool children, staffed by a professional caregiver, will be available.

North Christian Church is a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Information: 812-372-1531.

Music

Westside Community — The church’s Christmas musical, “Silent Night! Holy Night!,” will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. All are invited.

Information: 812-342-8464

Old Union United Church of Christ — The church will host a Voice Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Information: 812-526-9430

Events

South Central Indiana Men’s Fellowship — The next meeting will take place Dec. 5 at the Burnsville Church of Christ, 2891 S. County Road 900E, Columbus. A meal of beans and cornbread will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting to follow at 7:15 p.m. The Rev. Reeves Flint of Burnsville Church of Christ will be the speaker.

Information: 812-343-0179

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana — The annual Holiday Market fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. There will be unique holiday items for sale from nonprofits and local artists, breakfast sweets and a soup lunch. The event will also feature a cookie walk for attendees to fill a bakery box for $7 per pound. New this year will be an Every-Child Emporium where children may make or purchase gifts and receive help wrapping them.

Information: 812-342-6230; bhaeh@comcast.net

Genesis — The church will host One Night/One Light, an all-community unity celebration, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will meet at Seymour Harvest Church, 414 N. Chestnut St., Seymour, for the event. Everyone is invited.

Information: 812-756-8475; 812-522-3918

Hope Moravian — A Turkey Supper will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the church, 202 Main St., Hope, featuring homemade noodles, candy, sugar cakes and Moravian Stars. Cost: $10 for adults; $4 for children ages 10 and younger. Carryout will also be available.

Information: 812-546-4641

First United Methodist — The 27th annual Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon today at the church, 618 Eighth St. Create your own box of decorated and specialty cookies sold by the pound and add peanut brittle, fudge, candy and divinity. All proceeds will go towards supporting local, state and international missions. A limited number of allergy friendly options will be available.

Information: 812-372-2851; fumccolumbus.org

Flintwood Wesleyan — A pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner will follow the second service Sunday at the church, 5300 25th St. The meat will be provided. Sides and desserts are requested.

GLOW, God Lights Our World, will begin at 6:15 p.m. with supper at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

The Ladies Secret Pal Reveal Party will take place after the second service on Dec. 3 in the Friendship Center. All women, including those who weren’t secret pals, are invited. A pitch-in luncheon will be served.

Cozy Christian Fellowship will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Friendship Center. There will be snacks, games and Christmas songs.

The church will present its Kids Christmas Program at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the main sanctuary of the church.

Information: 812-379-4287; flintwoodoffice@gmail.com; flintwood.org

St. Peter Lutheran — The church will feature a living nativity from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church, 11750 W. County Road 930S, Waymansville. King James the camel will be there, along with other animals. Free refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall.

Information: 812-342-4921

First United Methodist — The 27th annual Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon today in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 618 Eighth St. Create your own box of decorated and specialty cookies sold by the pound and add peanut brittle, fudge, candy and divinity. All proceeds go to support local, state and international missions. A limited number of allergy friendly options will be available.

Information: 812-372-2851; fumccolumbus.org

St. Paul Lutheran — A taco meal and silent auction will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Fellowship Room of the church, 6045 E. State St. All proceeds will support Pastor Juan Luna’s mission work in Monterrey, Mexico. All are invited.

Information: 812-376-6504