Religion News – February 3

Services and studies

Garden City Church of Christ — The church, at 3245 Jonesville Road in Columbus, will celebrate Global Missions and God’s heart for the world during the week of Feb. 11 to 18.

Organizers will kick off our Missions Emphasis Week on Feb. 11 with a special 10 a.m. worship service with a Flags of the Nations parade and guest speaker Brent Brewer. Bower is a former missionary to Zimbabwe, Africa, and current professor of missions and intercultural studies at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The church also we will have various mission-related activities including “Around the World in 90 Minutes” and a local service project. Organizers will conclude the week at the 10 a.m. Sunday service Feb. 18 with guest speaker James Cha.

Cha is a former missionary to Uzbekistan and Kyrgystan and is now the Washington, D.C., area coordinator for Crescent Project, an outreach ministry to Muslims. His message will be “Jesus Christ Has All Authority” from Matthew 28:18-20.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “On the Move” with Scripture from Mark 1:29-39 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. A coffee fellowship will follow the service. Child care is available on the lower level for infants.

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.

The Sunday service is streamed live at or

Westside Community Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 124 Tipton Lakes Blvd. The message, “The Keys to Success,” will feature Scripture from II Chronicles 26:1-5. The program for children up through Grade 6 will meet at the same time as the worship service.

A 6-week DVD study, “Kingdom Marriage” by Tony Evans, will be from 7 to 8:15 p.m. starting Wednesday. Participants will be encouraged to tap into the power of God by seeking His design for marriage.

Information: 812-342-8464

First Lutheran The church will observe Lent, a season of reflection, renewal and repentance, with a series of evening worship services beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at 3600 25th St. Participants will be invited to receive a small cross of ashes on their forehead or hand and to receive communion. Each Wednesday thereafter, the congregation will gather for simple meditation and reflection. All are welcome.

Information: 812-372-1256;

First United Methodist The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will deliver the message, “Jubilee: The Returning,” during the 9 a.m. Traditional and 11 a.m. Celebration services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will include Leviticus 25:3-17.

The congregation will honor the church’s Boy Scouts during both morning services on Feb. 11. The scouts will hold a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and be collecting food for Love Chapel and toys for the Firemen’s Cheer Fund.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 14, the church will host a special Ash Wednesday service.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus The Rev. Nic Cable will will deliver the message, “Come, Thou Wellspring,” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. The congregation will focus the theme of abundance by looking within.

Information: 812-342-6230

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. The Prayer Team will meet at 8 a.m. and Sunday school classes will be at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. Adult choir practice will begin at 5 p.m. An Annual Birthday Bash, rescheduled from last Sunday, 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 Mondays of each month upstairs in Curry Hall.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will deliver the message, “Beyond the Chaos,” at the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. Scripture will include Mark 1:29-39. The children’s message will be given by Teresa Covert. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

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

Choir practice will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and be directed by Kathy Bush. Prayer group will convene at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, led by Barb Hedrick.

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

Old Union United Church of Christ “Jesus Heals Body and Soul” will be delivered by Pastor Kirby Rupp at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include Isaiah 40:21-31; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; and Mark 1:29-39. 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.

An Ash Wednesday service will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the church.

Information: 812-546-9430

First Presbyterian The sermon, “Proclaiming the Message,” will be delivered during the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., and focus on Mark 1:29-39. The congregation will welcome Alex Patchin McNeill, executive director of More Light Presbyterians, who will offer a Moment for Mission in worship and lead a presentation highlighting the church’s support of the LGBTQ community. Infant and toddler care will be available from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Following worship, the youth will have their Souper Bowl of Caring collection to benefit Love Chapel.

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;

Grace Lutheran The message, “The Priority of Preaching,” based on Mark 1:29-39, 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, “Why and How Should I Read the Bible?,” and the Searching Scripture class will continue will a study of the Ten Commandments on Tuesday. A light supper will be served at 6 p.m. with classes and small-group discussions to follow.

Information: 812-372-4859


First Presbyterian — Dale Rogers, former organist at North Christian Church, will play a concert featuring music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Guilmant and Jerome Kern on the 47-rank Casavant pipe organ. The event begins at 3 p.m. March 11, and will take place at the church, 512 Seventh St. Admission is free. An offering will be taken.

Information: 812-372-3783


Sandy Hook United Methodist “Sandy Hook Sports Superstars,” involving sports fundamentals instruction and games led by adults for children in prekindergarten through grade 5, 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 its first session at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the church, 522 Seventh St. There will be a $15 fee for the participants guide. Space is limited.

Information: 812-348-6257

Flintwood Wesleyan A chili supper and tech walk will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the church gym and feature electronic prizes and a bake sale. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door. A free-will donation will be accepted. The event is a fundraiser for the church’s ongoing building projects.

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.

The church’s monthly Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 and Scout Troop 588 will host a fundraiser pancake breakfast Feb. 20, both in The Friendship Center.

The church’s annual Heart of Ministries dinner and auction will take place at 6 p.m. March 2. All proceeds go towards funding local and global ministries.

Information: 812-379-4287;;

Petersville United Methodist — Fat Tuesday Dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville, and feature homemade Bush’s Market sausage and gravy on biscuits, eggs, pancakes and drinks. Cost: $7 for adults; free for children ages 5 and younger. Proceeds will help support a mission trip to Uganda in July.

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