Religion News – December 2

Services and studies

Flintwood Wesleyan — Each Sunday during Advent will feature something special. Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will both be led by Pastor Wes Jones in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. 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.

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.

Regular worship services will be conducted 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;;

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the message, “Make Ready a People: #morehope” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Scriptures to be shared include Luke 1:5-25, 57-80. The choir will sing and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Scherer-Berry will lead a one-hour class on the season of Advent. All church members are encouraged to attend and focus on preparing for the celebration of the birth of the Christchild.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. 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. on Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. Choir practice will be led by Kathy Bush starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Barb Hedrick will lead the prayer group at 10 a.m. Thursday, also at the church.

The United Methodist Men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Dec. 3.

A soup supper will be served by the United Methodist women’s group from 6 to 6:55 p.m. Dec. 21. The supper will be followed by a special service, “Blue Christmas,” led by the Rev. Scherer-Berry. The theme will be directed toward people who have lost a loved one in the past year. All are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3501; 574-780-2379

First United Methodist — At the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and the 11 a.m. Celebration Service on Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Advent Empathy: Understanding the Longing.” Scripture will include Isaiah 64:1-9. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 10:10 a.m. Child care will be available during both services.

The church’s special Christmas Music Sunday will be observed during both the 9 and 11 a.m. services Dec. 17. Featuring a string quintet, the Chancel Choir and the Chancel Ringers, this service will embrace the season with traditional and new inspirational selections.

The December book club will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in the church library to discuss “Evensong” by Gail Godwin.

The Longest Night Service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 featuring Scripture, special music, silent reflection and healing prayer. All are welcome to attend.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The message, “Waiting and Stretching,” will be delivered by the Rev. Nic Cable during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230;

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “As You Wait,” based on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, during both the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. south of Columbus. Christian education classes for both children and adults will begin at 9:30 a.m.

An Advent service focusing on the First Messianic Promise in Genesis 3 will be held at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at the church.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Delivering the Good News in Person,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; and Mark 13:24-37. 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.

A Candlelight Service will take place at 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church.

Information: 812-526-6430

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Endure It,” with Scripture from Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44 at the 9:30 a.m. First Day of Advent Season service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Child care will be available on the lower level for infants. The service will be streamed live at or

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

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of the Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. Pastor Cash will continue with the study, “Lessons from Nehemiah.” All are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — The sermon “Not Lacking” will be delivered during the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. Scripture will include 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Mark 13:24-37. The Adult Choir will lead the congregation in worship. 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;


Westside Community — The free Christmas musical, “Silent Night! Holy Night!” will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. in Columbus. The presentation celebrates the birth of Jesus with a musical built around one of the most beloved and cherished Christmas carols of all time.

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 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Taylorsville United Methodist — A Christmas hymn sing will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the church at 1361 Tannehill Road in Taylorsville.


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. in Columbus.

The Ladies Secret Pal Reveal Party will take place after the second service Sunday 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 Baptist Church of Columbus — The church will host Breakfast with the Angels from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, a photo booth, a candy cane hunt and an interactive telling of the story of Jesus’ birth.

Information: 812-376-3321

First United Methodist — Santa’s Workshop will take place today at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. 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 Family Neighborhood Center. All are invited.

Information: 812-372-2851;

St. Paul Lutheran — Christmas Family Fun Day will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the church, 6045 E. State St., south of Columbus, with caroling to shut-ins and gingerbread house decorating. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.

Information: 812-376-6504.