Services and studies
Westside Community — For the next two weeks, Westside will continue to focus on the theme “Christmas Proclamations” at the church at West Hill Shopping Center on Jonathan Moore Pike.
Dennis Aud will preach on “Christmas Proclamations: Worthy is the Lamb!” from Revelation 5:1-14 at the 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services.
In other news, Ruby’s Tuesday Women’s Bible Study meets 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekly at the church. The study by Beth Moore is “Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent.” Information: Ruby Crouse at 342-3076 or the church office at 342-8464.
Children ages 3 through fourth grade will study the true meaning of Christmas at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
They will be reminded of the meaning of Christmas through Scripture, crafts, games and more. Information: Lisa Reuter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 Youth’s class offered for fifth- and sixth-grade students at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday aims to help preteens see that following Jesus means that they live differently than others and to discover the rewards of being a follower of Christ .
Outlet Student Ministries at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday is for youths in Grades 7 to 12. Information: Youth Pastor, Peter Eicher, 552-2204.
There also are three adult studies offered at the church at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 342-8464.
Becks Grove Christian — The Christmas Eve service will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the church, 8009 Becks Grove Road in Brown County. The choir will perform the cantata “City of Light.” Candlelight communion also will be a part of the service.
Information: 988-7380 or 988-4668.
Columbus First Church of the Nazarene – On Dec. 23, Columbus First will present its Christmas cantata. “The Heart of Christmas” will be performed by a 30-person choir, with music ranging from traditional carols and ballads to joyous gospel songs.
The cantata celebrates the arrival of the Messiah and presents the Gospel message in a clear and compelling way.
The worship service and performance begins at 9 a.m. 1245 McClure Road, 372-1411 firstnazcolumbus.org.
East Columbus United Methodist — On the Third Sunday of Advent, a Christmas concert will be performed at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave.
Southern gospel vocalist Bryan Hutson will sing a mixture of Christian songs and Christmas music.
Hutson sings with the Soul’d Out Quartet. There is no admission to the concert, and no offering will be taken.
The Rev. Charles Aigner will present a meditation, “The Response of Song,” from Luke 1:46-55 at both services. 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 older children.
There will not be a 6 p.m. worship due to the church family, Kids’ Club, Think Tank and All4ONE children and youths going Christmas caroling to the church shut-ins.
Bible study will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the fellowship hall and will continue with the study of Revelation.
Bible study will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bible Round Table room and will continue with the study of the Gospel of John.
Central Heights Church of God — The Rev. Jim Walters, interim pastor, will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service and present the message “The Best Thing to Do This Christmas” at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Sunday school for all ages will be at 9:30 a.m. A nursery and children’s church are available. The Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran at Clifty — An Advent prayer service with the theme “Jesus Our King” will be at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St.
In other news, a Las Posadas service will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 22 beginning in the education building and ending in the chapel. Such a service is a tradition in Latin America and highlights Joseph and Mary’s difficulty in finding a place to spend the night on the first Christmas. A fiesta will follow in the education building.
First Baptist — The Chancel Choir will lead the 9:30 a.m. Third Sunday of Advent service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. The musical “Heaven’s Child” by Pepper Choplin will be told in poetry form through narration. The youth fundraiser coffee bar will be open before and after the service.
Child care is offered for infants. Children’s church will be available for toddlers through preschool age. Children ages 4 through Grade 4 will continue the Sunday Faith Weaver study, “The Son of God is Born.” Scripture will be Luke 1:26-45; 2:1-20, and the Bible point is “Christians Celebrate Jesus’ Birth.”
Classes for ages begin at 10:45 a.m.
The Followers Sunday school class will begin a 12-session study in January on turning interpersonal conflicts into opportunities to glorify God. Those planning to attend should notify the church office by Dec. 23 so that books can be ordered.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at the church at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“Wings for the Journey,” a bereavement group for parents who have lost a child, will meet at the church at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at Four Seasons Retirement Center at 6:15 a.m. Friday.
Information: 376-3321 or fbccolumbus.org.
First Presbyterian — The Fairlawn Chancel Choir and St. Bartholomew Choir, under the direction of Mirabella and Bogdan Minut, will join their voices for a special musical presentation of Joseph Martin’s “Ceremony of Candles,” an Advent and Christmas cantata, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The choral setting of traditional favorites aims to help people better prepare for Christmas.
Scripture passages will be read by the Rev. Larry Jackman. A time of fellowship and Sunday school for all ages will follow. Sunday evening, the Fairlawn Youth Group will offer a caroling party. Members will depart from church at 5:30 p.m. and return for refreshments.
First United Methodist — The Rev. Gary Schaar will deliver the message “Go Away, John,” based on Luke 3:7-18, at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Acolytes for the 9 a.m service will be Elise Lasell and Denver Shepherd. The crucifer will be Grant Adkins.
The Diamond Anniversary Series celebrating 60 years with the Golden Memorial Organ will continue this month with “Sounds of the Season With David and Friends.” David Lamb will perform, as well as a guest soloist and guest organists. The free concert at 7 p.m. Dec. Friday in the church sanctuary will include Christmas favorites.
The Travelers class will be led by Jim Gillespie this Sunday. The class will discuss happenings at Christmas time, a different look at how the Christmas season was celebrated in the past.
Scripture for Life Class will view the Advent film “The True Christmas Story” by Ray Vander Laan on Sunday. The class meets in the multipurpose room.
Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 include family Christmas worship at 6:30 p.m. and candlelight worship with an extended prelude starting at 10:30 p.m. followed by the 11 p.m. service at the church, 618 Eighth St.
Information: 372-2851 or fumccolumbus.org.
Asbury United Methodist — The Rev. Dave Blystone will present the message “She Said Yes” from Luke 1:26-41 at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The congregation’s choir will sing selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 N. Goeller Blvd.
Information: 342-6230 or uuincolumbus.org.
The Crossing — Chris Johnson of Indianapolis will speak at the 7 p.m. Dec. 24 service at the church meeting on the second floor of the Roviar Building, 12th and Washington streets. A brief children’s program will be part of the 10 a.m. Dec. 23 service.
Choir concert at St. Paul Lutheran at Clifty — Indianapolis’ Voices of Choral Excellence choir and orchestra will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 6045 E. State St. Charles Goehring will conduct the groups.
Organist Charles Manning will perform organ solos. Preconcert harp music will begin at 6:45 p.m. A reception will follow the concert.
Westport Baptist cantata — Westport Baptist’s Living Witness Choir will present a cantata, “And on Earth ... Peace,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, Main Street in Westport.
The cantata focuses on the gift of Jesus Christ and his peace. Narrators will be Jenn Baltus, Derek Chastain, Janet Teitsort, Ellen Ritchie, Rick Cook and Janet Redford.
The choir is directed by Deanna McCullough and accompanied by Jennifer Chastain.
First Lutheran Bible study for the developmentally disabled — SonRise Bible Study, formerly the Friendship Bible Study, will end the first semester of its 12th year with a gathering at 7 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, 3600 25th St.
Wounded Healer, First Lutheran’s praise team, will provide Christmas music at the beginning of the evening followed by a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will have a gift to present to each student.
Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Becks Grove Christian play — A Christmas play, “The Christmas Song,” will be presented by youths and adults at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church, 8009 Becks Grove Grove in Brown County.
Also, Gladys Allen of Mountain Spirit Ministries will perform “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”