Religion News – December 23

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist — The congregation will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during the services Sunday morning at the church, 1751 27th St. Traditional worship service will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the sanctuary and Contemporary worship service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Contemporary Worship Center.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with organ prelude will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A second service will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Information: 812-372-4555

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. Pastor Aud will conclude the Christmas Questions sermon series with the message, “What Are You Giving for Christmas?” Scripture will include Luke 2:1-20. The children’s program for children up to age 5 will meet at the same time as the 10 a.m. service. Elementary-age students will join their families for worship.

A candlelight service will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in celebration of the birth of Christ.

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 in the main sanctuary of the church, 5300 E. 25th St. A time of fellowship will take place between the two services. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. There will be no Sunday school or evening activities.

The women’s study group, Connections, meets every second and fourth Monday except on Jan. 8.

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;;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will delver the message, “The Sign of God’s Love!,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27; and Luke 1:26-38. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and fellowship will be at 9:40 a.m.

An old-fashioned candlelight service, “Lessons of Christmas,” will begin at 11 p.m. Sunday.

Bible study will be on hiatus until January.

Information: 812-526-6430

Petersville United Methodist — The theme for the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville, will be “This Will Be a Sign: #morelove.” Scripture to be shared by liturgist Patsy Harris will include Luke 2:1-20. The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give the message, emphasizing that more love is found when it’s least expected. Teresa Covert will give the children’s story and the adult choir will sing. The congregation is encouraged to come to church dressed as a character in the story of Jesus’ birth; those attending will be participating in the service.

A candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

The Bible study groups, the walking group and the prayer group will not meet again until after the beginning of the new year.

The United Methodist Men will meet at 7:15 a.m. Jan. 7.

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

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — During the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., the Rev. Nic Cable will present “Let’s Sing! A Christmas Carol Sing-Along.” A cookie reception will follow. All are invited to wear a favorite ugly Christmas sweater or festive holiday attire.

A second service will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Rev. Cable will deliver the message, “When Love Breaks Through: A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.”

Information: 812-342-6230

St. Paul Lutheran — Services of lessons and carols will be held at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St., with a “Happy Birthday Jesus Party” during the Sunday school hour for all ages. At 12:45 p.m., the Spanish Communion Festival service will begin in the chapel.

A Christmas Eve family candlelight service, “The Reason for the Season,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. “The Journey to Bethlehem,” a candlelight communion service, will be at 11 p.m. A congregational carol sing with precede both services.

A Christmas Day Festival Communion service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. The message will be “The Eternal Word,” based on John 1:1-18.

Information: 812-376-6504

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Advent Empathy: A Faithful Response,” at a Unified 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will include Luke 1:46-55.

All are invited to attend Christmas Eve services, starting with a 6 p.m. Family Service. A Jazz Service will follow at 8:30 p.m. The final service, Lessons and Carols, will begin at 11 p.m.

There will be another Unified Service taking place at 10 a.m. Dec. 31.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Presbyterian — Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 512 Seventh St., and will focus on the joy Jesus brings to humanity. The congregation will read two memorable passages, Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 1:47-55. 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. each Monday.

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 Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Trust It,” with Scripture from Isaiah 7:10-17 and Matthew 1:18-25, during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. 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 Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. The message will be, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Treasure It.” Scripture will include Luke 2:1-20.

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

Information: 812-376-3321;