Religion News – November 25

Services and studies

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 bring the message at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Young children will receive a special message before being dismissed to go to Children’s Church. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. A staffed nursery/toddler room will be available during the morning service. At 6 p.m., a special time of “Hanging of the Greens” will begin as the congregation prepares and decorates the building for the Christmas seasons. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Jesus and Me, the youth group, will meet from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Youth Center Building.

Information: 812-376-7418;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Original Wonder Woman,” with Scripture from Judges 4:1-11, at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Child care will be available on the lower level for infants. Live streaming of the service will be available at sunday or

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. following Coffee Fellowship. Children’s Sunday school will focus on “The Lord is My Shepherd.” Scripture will include Psalm 23. Adults will continue with a presentation on “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. Later that evening, the Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The congregation will mark Reign of Christ Sunday with a message on Matthew 25:31-46, “We See You,” during the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 512 Seventh St. 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;

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 at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. Adult choir practice will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m.

The women’s study group, Connections, meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday 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.

Regular worship services will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 24. There will be no Sunday school or evening activities.

A breakfast prepared and served by the men of the church will take place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 31 followed by a combined worship service at 10 a.m. Evening activities will be dismissed.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Columbus First Assembly — Services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2100 10th St.

Midweek ministries, with classes for all ages, take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The church and Anthem Youth Ministries is welcoming Derek and Tiffany Reed as new associate/youth pastors. Derek Reed is an ordained minister with 15 years of ministry experience. He has served as a youth and lead pastor in Tennessee. The Reeds have also worked as certified family teachers with the Boys Town Ministry in Omaha and Tallahassee. Their first youth service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.

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Information: 812-376-7833;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Guest speaker Janiece Jaffe will lead an interactive and artistic service on embodied gratitude beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. Jaffe sings in a variety of projects from big bands to duos, teaches in her home studio in Bloomington and travels with her crystal and Tibetan bowls to offer sound meditations.

She also gives workshops in The Voice as a Healing Instrument, Conscious Singing: Your Voice Inside the Choir/Chorus, Circle Singing, Improvisation and Merkaba Meditations.

Information: 812-342-6230;

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, “Advent Empathy: Seeing the Need.” Scripture will include Matthew 25:31-46. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:10 a.m. Child care will be available during both services.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food!” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23; and Matthew 25:31-46. 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: 812-526-6430

Grace Lutheran — The congregation will celebrate Christ the King with the message, “Christian, You Are Not in this Picture: An Interpretation of the Sheep and the Goats,” during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Scripture will include Matthew 25:31-46. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Due to Thanksgiving break, Junior Confirmation Class will not meet Sunday evening.

Information: 812-372-4859


First United Methodist — The next Fridays@First will be the church’s third annual Community Carol Sing featuring a brass quintet, organ, hand bells, soloists and choir. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church, 618 Eighth St. All are invited to enjoy an evening of listening and singing favorite songs of the holiday season.

Information: 812-372-2851;

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


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — 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;

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. 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.

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

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.

On Dec. 20, the congregation will go Christmas caroling. Those planning to participate should plan to meet at 6 p.m. at the church.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

First United Methodist — Santa’s Workshop will take place on Dec. 2. Children of all ages will be able to make crafts and projects to give as presents or to keep. This year, there will be a designated sensory-friendly time from 9 to 10 a.m. during which children may work on crafts and meet Santa in a quieter environment.

Doors will open to everyone from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free but donations will be accepted at the door to cover the costs of materials. Any additional money raised will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for children from the Lincoln Central neighborhood. All are invited.

Information: 812-372-2851;