Religion News – January 27

Services and studies

Grace Lutheran — The message, “Our Struggle is Not Against Flesh and Blood,” based on Mark 1:21-28, will be delivered during the 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services Sunday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. Sunday school for all ages will begin at 9:25 a.m.

The ALPHA class will continue with the topic, “How Did We Get the Bible?,” and the Searching Scripture class will continue a study of the Ten Commandments on Tuesday. A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. with the classes and small-group discussions to follow.

Information: 812-372-4859

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Beyond the Boundaries,” during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. The liturgist will share Scriptures from Deuteronomy 18:13-20 and Mark 1:21-28. Teresa Covert will present the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St.

Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the homes of Chris Kimerling and Larry and Connie Nolting. The Sit ‘N’ Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home.

Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday under the direction of Kathy Bush. The Prayer Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with Barb Hedrick as leader.

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

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “How Do You Affect Other’s Faith?”, during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Deuteronomy 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; and Mark 1:21-28. Sunday school will convene at 9 a.m. with fellowship to begin at 9:40 a.m.

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

Information: 812-546-9430

First Presbyterian — The sermon, “The New Teacher,” will be delivered during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., and focus on an early healing miracle Jesus performed as chronicled in Mark 1:21-28. 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. Fridays. 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;

St. Paul Lutheran — Sanctity of Life will be celebrated during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St., with Pastor Doug Bauman’s sermon, “The Final Authority.” Scripture will include Mark 1:21-28.

Christian education classes for all ages will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Bauman leading the adult class on a study of the updated explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism.

Information: 812-376-6504

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

Information: 812-372-1531

First United Methodist — The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Prayer Moves Mountains — Or Does It?,” at the 9 a.m. Traditional and 11 a.m. Celebration services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will include Mark 11:22-25.

Information: 812-372-2851;

First Lutheran — During the 8:45 a.m. Classic and 11:15 a.m. Casual services Sunday at the church, 3600 25th St., the congregation will focus on the following readings from the Bible: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111:10; I Corinthians 8:1-13; and Mark 1:21-28.

Information: 812-372-1256

Flintwood Wesleyan — Both Amplify (nontraditional) at 9 a.m. and The Well (traditional) at 11 a.m. will be led by Pastor Wes Jones 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 be held at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. Adult choir practice will begin at 5 p.m. An Annual Birthday Bash will take the place of the regular evening service at 6 p.m. in The Friendship Center.

On Wednesday, The Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m., the youth group will meet at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

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

Information: 812-379-4287;;

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “More than Conquerors,” with Scripture from Romans 8:31-39, at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Child care will be available on the lower level for infants. Sunday school classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. following Coffee Fellowship. The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. The service will be streamed lived at or

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and Bible study. All men of the church and community are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321;


First United Methodist — The next Fridays@First, free and open to the public, will take place Feb. 2. The Students of Steve and Sophie Reen will be performing at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Information: 812-372-2851;


Fire safety at Newbern United Methodist — The Hartsville Volunteer Fire Department will make a free presentation “Warm Up to Fire Safety” from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the church, 15786 E. Main St. in Newbern. A fire engine will be displayed, weather permitting. Indoor presentations will include demonstration of firefighters’ gear, how to set up a home for safety, what to do in case of fire, and other topics.

Children’s activities will be part of the afternoon, and family members will be encouraged to take pictures of youngsters with firefighters and gear. Also, smoke detectors will be given to the first 25 people arriving and signing up. A question-and-answer session will end the presentation, followed by a meal of chili dogs, chips, and cookies.

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 E. 25th St.

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

Scout Troop 588 will host a fundraiser pancake breakfast Feb. 20 in The Friendship Center.

The church’s annual Heart of Ministries dinner and auction will be held at 6 p.m. March 2 in The Friendship Center. All proceeds go towards funding local and global ministries.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Sandy Hook United Methodist — “Sandy Hook Sports Superstars,” involving sports fundamentals instruction and games led by adults for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at the church, 1610 Taylor Road. The event is free, faith-focused and non-competitive. Each afternoon will focus on a different sport, including basketball, soccer and track and field. Pre-registration is not required.

Information: 812-372-8495

Community Downtown — Divorce Care, a 12-week support group for adults who are separated or divorced, will begin meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the church, 522 Seventh St. There is a $15 fee for a participants guide. Registration is required as space is limited.

Information: 812-348-6257

Waynesburg Christian Church — Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers will appear at the church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to discuss the New Day REC (Residents Encounter Christ) program in the Bartholomew County Jail. Brunch will be provided and free-will donation will be accepted to promote a documentary project taking place at the jail.

The REC program is a three-day encounter giving hope to people who have made many mistakes, including drug and alcohol offenders, giving them hope to take a first step to a radical life change.

Waynesburg Christian Church is located at 10230 W. County Road 850S, Hartsville. For directions or more information, call 812-591-2403.