Religion News – January 6

Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message, “No Condemnation,” with Scripture from Romans 8:1-17 during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Classes will begin at 10:45 a.m. Child care for infants will be available on the lower level. The service will be streamed live at or

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

The Mending Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, to do mending for the residents.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center for breakfast and Bible study.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — At the 9 a.m. Traditional and 11 a.m. Celebration services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St., the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Carrying Water to a Thirsty People.” Scripture will include Mark 1:4-11.

A women’s Bible study taking place at 11:45 a.m. every Monday will begin Jan. 22. The study can be catered to three different levels to fit the needs of each participant.

The church will be offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting Jan. 18. For more information about the class, visit

Information: 812-372-2851;

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will deliver the sermon, “Baptism of Our Lord, Creation and Recreation,” based on Genesis 1:1-5 at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. communion services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Christian education classes for all ages will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Bauman leading the adult class on the updated version of Luther’s catechism and explanation.

Spanish worship service will be at 10:45 a.m. Sundays in the chapel starting Jan. 7. Pastor Juan Luna will lead an adult Bible study in Spanish at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room with all children attending 9:30 a.m. Sunday school classes together at the church.

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Nic Cable will deliver the message, “Courageous Questions,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 Goeller Blvd, as the congregation begins a month focused on courageous action.

Information: 812-342-6230;

First Presbyterian — The church will celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord during Star Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. worship service at the church, 512 Seventh St. Each person in the congregation will receive a paper star with a word that will bless and challenge him or her for the coming year. The children of the congregation will lead in worship with an Epiphany Play. New elders and deacons will be ordained and installed. Infant and toddler care will be available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. After worship, there will be a congregational meal to raise funds for the upcoming spring break mission trip to New Orleans.

The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Fridays and 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;

North Christian (Disciples of Christ) — The Rev. Tonja M. Gerardy and director of music Nikolai Peek will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday in the sanctuary of the church, 850 Tipton Lane. The sermon will be “In the Shadow of a Star.” A nursery for preschool children, staffed by a professional caregiver, will be available during the service.

Information: 812-372-1531

Flintwood Wesleyan — Both Sunday services, Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m., will be led by Pastor Wes Jones and conducted 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. Adult choir practice will take place at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m.

Connections, the women’s study group, meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month upstairs in Curry Hall.

The Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. and the Youth Group will convene at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Adult Bible study will begin at 7 p.m. that evening in the sanctuary.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “The Voice of the Lord!,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Genesis 1:1-5, Acts 19:1-7 and Mark 1:4-11. Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. and fellowship will begin at 9:40 a.m.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give the message, “Bread,” at the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scriptures from Matthew 26:26 and Revelations 21:1-6a will be shared by the liturgist. Teresa Covert will present the children’s message. Communion will be served by the Rev. Scherer-Berry and lay leader Joe Bush. Following the service, a retired state policeman will give a brief presentation on ways to keep people safe during services and events at the church.

The United Methodist men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning in the fellowship hall.

The walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.

Bible study classes will resume at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. The Sit ‘n’ Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Nolting home. Choir practice will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379


First United Methodist — The next Fridays@First will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the sanctuary of the church, 618 Eighth St., featuring the Laura Andrews String Studio. Doors will open half an hour before the event.

Information: 812-372-2851


First United Methodist — The fifth annual First Cares, a morning of work in and for the community, will be from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 15 at the church, 618 Eighth St., and various other locations. All ages are welcome to participate.

Information: 812-372-2851

Flintwood Wesleyan — 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.

A chili supper and tech walk featuring electronic prizes will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the church gym. The event is a fundraiser to support the church’s ongoing building projects.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Petersville United Methodist — A 2018 planning session will be at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 13. All are welcome to attend.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379