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Religion News 11/10/2012

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Dennis McCarty will mark Veterans Day with an examination of “Post-traumatic Growth Syndrome” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 Goeller Blvd. The condition known as post-traumatic stress syndrome has been afflicting war veterans as long as there have been wars and veterans.

But McCarty says people’s response to challenges and traumatic events can also be powerful exercise for the spirit, turning us into stronger, better, people.

Information: 342-6230 or

First United Methodist — Youth Sunday will be celebrated this weekend at the church, 618 Eighth St. All parts of the worship service — the sermon, songs, prayers and Scripture readings — will be directed by the youth of the church.

Pastor Christopher Lantz will lead a five-week Advent study by James Harnish titled “When God Comes Down.” Classes begin at 10:10 a.m. Dec. 2 in Room 310 at the church. For information or to register for this class: 372-2851 or

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study will examine the history of some of the church hymns during the first three weeks of the month. On the last Monday in November, the group will begin an Advent study.

Information: 372-2851 or

Petersville United Methodist — Laity Sunday will be celebrated at the 9 a.m. worship service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. A computer-slide presentation will be done by Don Jackson and others who worked in Henryville for 23 weeks following the devastating tornadoes there earlier this year.

A special guest will be Don Partlow of Henryville, who coordinated the work teams from Petersville. Partlow is a former resident of Bartholomew County and was a teacher at Northside Middle School.

The Baker’s Dozen class meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at the home of Connie and Larry Nolting. The Prayer Team meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the home of Betty Lou Yeley, and “Sit and Stitch” meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Nolting home.

Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and the Morning Bible Study class meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the church.

Information: 372-3575 or 603-8378.

First Church of the Nazarene — A four-day revival begins Sunday and runs through Wednesday at the church, 1245 McClure Road. Christian singer Brian Arner will provide the music. There will be five speakers presenting the revival messages. Services will be 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Information: 372-1411 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Rev. Wes Jones will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 5300 25th St.

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Veterans will be honored during the morning service. The evening service will be at 6 p.m. at Westport Wesleyan Church as part of a Wesleyan Zone Rally.

The Ladies Bible Study Group “Connections” will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday in The Friendship Center next to the church.

The Hook, Yarn and Stitchers meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Curry Hall.

Wednesday activities begin with supper at 5:30 p.m. at the church. The Jesus And Me program and youth group begins at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m.

Information: 379-4287 or

Westside Community — Veterans will be honored at the 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at the church on Jonathan Moore Pike in the West Hill Shopping Center. The Rev. Dennis Aud will present the message, “The Highest Place of Honor,” from Hebrews 7:23-28 at both services.

In other news, Ruby’s Tuesday Women’s Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. The current study is “James, Mercy Triumphs” by Beth Moore. This group is sponsoring a coat drive now through Sunday, with people donating new or lightly used coats for the needy. Information: Ruby, 342-3076, or the office at 342-8464.

Wednesday Night Alive Christian education program for all ages is held at the church beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. It includes the following:

Children ages 3 years old through fourth grade are studying the Ten Commandments, which addresses how Moses received the Commandments and how they apply to people today. The children are also bringing in shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child and are asking the congregation to be a part of this special mission project.

Thirty-one fifth- and sixth-grade students will help preteens see that following Jesus means that they live differently from everyone else and help them discover the rewards of being a Christ follower.

Outlet Student Ministries is for youth in Grades 7 through 12. This month is “Noodlelicious November,” and the youth will be having a pasta meal at the beginning of their group time. Information: Youth Pastor Peter Eicher at 552-2204.

There are three adult studies offered in the Christian education time. Information: 342-8464.

There will be a new four-week Men’s Bible Study beginning on Wednesday, “The Books of Kings ... An End and a Beginning.”

Men’s daytime Bible studies and “One Year Bible” discussions and fellowship take place on Wednesdays at three locations and times: 6:30 a.m. at Starbucks on National Road; 6:45 a.m. at Bob Evans Restaurant for breakfast; and noon at Papa’s Deli on Third Street for lunch.

First Presbyterian — The Rev. Rob Craig will preach at 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. A special focus of the day will be honoring our 37 members who have belonged 50 or more years.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message, “Big Lessons from Little Books: An Extremely Important Reminder” from Jude 1-7 at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school classes for all ages and Bible interests meet at 9:40 a.m. Nursery and toddler rooms are available at each service and Children’s Church is provided for the older children.

The All4ONE youth will have an Italian meal fundraiser in the church fellowship hall at noon. The menu is an Italian meal, including salad, dessert and beverages. The fundraiser is to help two youth of the church, Drew Wheeler and William Voils, from the Columbus East show choir to go to New York City over the Thanksgiving weekend and sing at Carnegie Hall. The fundraiser will help defray the cost of the trip. Musical entertainment will be provided. The fundraiser is a free-will offering.

At the 6 p.m. service, Aigner will present the message, “Greater by Far than the Angels” (Part 2) from Hebrews 1:3-14.

Think Tank children will meet at 4:30 p.m. and will attend the 6 p.m. worship service. The All4ONE youth will attend the 6 p.m. service and AfterALL at the church with food provided by Rev. Charles and Judy Aigner.

Bible study is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall and will continue with the study of Revelation. Bible study is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bible Round Table room and will continue with the study of the Gospel of John.

Asbury United Methodist — The Rev. Dave Blystone will present the message, “How Do You Pronounce Your Faith?” from Matthew 26:69-75, at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Kim Olson will be guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. Consecration Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. A celebration brunch will follow the service.

Information: 372-3882 or

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Two Small Copper Coins,” from Hebrews 9:24-28 and Mark 12:38-44 at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, County Road 800N and County Road 50W near Edinburgh.

In other news, a hymn sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the church.

Wednesday Bible Study is at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on Ecclesiastes.

Northview Assembly of God — Guest ministers Graham and Linda Renouf from New Zealand will lead a special outpouring service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 7230 N. County Road 250W north of Columbus.

Kid’s Church also begins at 10 a.m. for youngsters ages 6 to 12. “Jungle Room” provides activities for 3- to 5-year-olds. A nursery is provided for infants through youngsters as old as 3.

“Coffee Connections” coffee shop will be open before and after the service, and there is a free cup of coffee for everyone.

A special Revival Summit with the Renoufs and a traditional Thanksgiving-style pitch-in dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Information: 376-9749 or

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor Ken Mishler will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Sunday school for all ages will be begin at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. with the Mayberry Bible study. This is a family Bible study based on television’s “Andy Griffith Show.” All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

A Thanksgiving pitch-in will be at 4 p.m. today, with gospel singing led by Jon Walden and Mark Holt.

Information: Mishler at (765) 356-3506 or 372-4857.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Let God Lead” at the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be I Kings 3:1-15. Music worship will be led by “Siri and the Pirates” and the Chancel Choir.

The Blood Pressure Clinic will operate before and after the service.

Child care is offered for infants. Children’s Church will be available for toddlers through preschool ages. Children age 4 through Grade 3 are dismissed during the second hymn for Children’s Worship. The Faith Weaver study will be “Joshua Sends Spies to Jericho” with Scripture in Joshua 2:1-24. The Bible Point is that “We can have faith that God will do big things in our lives.”

Classes for all ages begin at 10:45 a.m. The Followers Class will continue a DVD study on “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit” by Francis Chan.

The Revision Service, a new worship opportunity, will meet at 6 p.m. The theme will be “Remember to Give Thanks” based on I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Revision is a monthly worship service that includes praise and worship-style music along with regular use of videos and skits in a relaxed, come-as-you-are atmosphere.

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

The Mending Ministry will meet at Four Seasons Retirement Center at 9 a.m. Wednesday to do mending for residents.

Cross Connections, designed for families, children and adults will meet at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Kids Connection after-school experience for children in kindergarten through sixth grade will feature snacks, homework help, music, games, crafts, mission, stories, and Bible verse memory, ending at 5:30 p.m.

The Cross Connections fellowship meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. with cost by donation.

Two study opportunities will continue at 6:30 p.m. A two-week study on spiritual discernment titled “Let God Lead” will be presented by Pastor Cash. This small group study is part of our annual stewardship emphasis.

In addition, a DVD-based study titled “Just Walk Across the Room” by the Rev. Bill Hybels paints a compelling picture for how a few steps of obedience really can touch eternity. The four-week experience will refresh your appreciation for the Holy Spirit’s mysterious ways, rekindle your passion for people, and revive your belief that the single greatest gift you can give to your friends and family members is an introduction to the God who created them, loves them and has a purpose for their every day.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center.

Information: 376-3321 or


Music at First Presbyterian series — The “Music at First Presbyterian” series continues during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Dec. 16 at the church, 512 Seventh St.

The adult choir will present a Lessons and Carols Service, “The Promised Messiah,” featuring well-known Christmas carols and other original works by various composers. Traditional Scripture readings will highlight each offering.

Information: 372-3783 or


The Rock supper — The women of the church are sponsoring a bean and cornbread supper from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Rohner Family Life Center at the church on Rocky Ford Road.

The meal is all-you-can-eat plus a dessert and drink for $6. On-duty police officers and fireman, plus active military in uniform, will receive their meal for $3.

Carryout service is available by calling ahead on the day of the event after 5 p.m. to 372-4679. Proceeds will benefit widows and orphans in the missionary countries the church serves by providing sewing machines, materials, beads, food, medicine and more.

First United Methodist Cookie Walk — The United Methodist Women’s Cookie Walk will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the church, 618 Eighth St., with more than 6,000 homemade cookies and candies for purchase. Decorated Christmas cookies will be available to freeze and use for the holidays. People may also call the church office to order cookies if they cannot attend. Proceeds will help mission projects.

November is Food for Fish Campaign to benefit Love Chapel. Envelopes for donations will be located in the pew racks and the church office.

Dec. 2 is White Gift Sunday. Gifts for children at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon will be collected and delivered after the Dec. 2 deadline. A list of gift ideas can be found in the November monthly newsletter or the church office.

St. Peter Lutheran Waymansville living nativity — The fifth annual Living Nativity will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 at the church, 11750 W. County Road 930S. There will be activities for children such as photos with the animals, a storyteller and surprises. Free refreshments will be served.

Flintwood Wesleyan pitch-in — A Thanksgiving pitch-in dinner will be Nov. 18 in the Friendship Center after the morning services. Also, during the morning service, members will dedicate the shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child before sending them around the world.

The Festival of Lights Parade is Dec. 1 and will feature a Flintwood float. Anyone interested in participating in the entry or the parade may contact Marie Brauneller through the church office.

The senior adult ministries Christmas dinner will follow the morning service Dec. 2.

The annual Ladies Luncheon will be Dec. 9 following the morning worship service. Secret Pals will revealed, and new opportunities will be available for sharing in 2013. All women in the church are invited to attend.

Information: 379-4287 or

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