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Religion News- Aug. 15, 2012

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East Columbus United Methodist — Mike Mattern will present the message, “Wisdom Calling Collect: Will You Accept Charges?” from Proverbs 1:20-33 at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday 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.

At the 6 p.m. service, Dereck Fields will present the message.

Think Tank children will meet at 4:30 p.m. and will attend the 6 p.m. worship service. All4ONE youth will not meet this evening.

There will be no Bible study on Tuesday and Wednesday.

 Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Jerry Turner will present the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E.

Kathy Bush will direct the choir. Accompanists are Connie Nolting on the piano and Chris Kimerling at the organ. Maxine Harden will be in charge of Junior Church, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon.

The Baker’s Dozen study group meets at Larry and Connie Nolting’s home at 6:30 p.m. each Monday. The Prayer Team meets in the pastor’s study at 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

Beginning Oct. 7, the team will be meeting at the home of Betty Yeley near Hope. Tuesdays, the “Sit and Stitch” group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting home. At 10 a.m. Thursday, a Bible study group meets in the fellowship hall of the church. All groups welcome new members. Information: 372-3575 or 546-4438.

United Methodist Women will meet at the home of Patsy Harris at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Southeast District’s United Methodist Women will hold its annual meeting Sept. 22 at Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, 1610 Taylor Road. At 6 p.m. Sept. 22, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” will be hosted by several members. Teresa Covert is the coordinator.

The free annual Bluegrass Music Fest will be held at the church annex at 6 p.m. Sept. 29. The featured group will be James White and Deer Creek. Free soups and snacks will be served. Organizers encourage people to bring lawn chairs.

The church continues to support the Hope Food Bank and Love Chapel pantry. Current needs at Hope include Ramen noodles, chili beans, and canned tuna and chicken. Love Chapel can use peanut butter anytime. Other needed items include rubber bands, egg cartons, grocery bags and empty water bottles with lids.

 Central Heights Church of God — The Rev. Jim Walters continues the Sunday morning sermon series on the 23rd Psalm with the message, “God Can Renew Your Life,” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.

 Westside Community — The Rev. Dennis Aud will lead both the 9 and the 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at the church in West Hill Shopping Center on Jonathan Moore Pike.

In other news:

Ruby’s Tuesday Women’s Bible Study meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. The new study, “James, Mercy Triumphs” by Beth Moore, will enable participants to discover that James, Jesus’ brother, started out as as a skeptic but turned into a believer and a disciple. Information: Ruby, 342-3076 or the office at 342-8464.

Wednesday Night Alive Christian Education for all ages begins at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Offerings are:

Children ages 3 years through fourth grade will begin a new study on “The Life of Moses.” In this five-week study, containing Scripture, songs, crafts and games, children can learn how Moses obeyed God.

31 Youth will feature preteen back-to-school issues such as peer pressure, respecting authority, taming the tongue, forgiveness and reaching out to classmates.

Outlet Student Ministries is a group of youths in Grades 7 through 12 learning how to live for Jesus at home and at school.

A men’s study, “33 the Series” is a six-week study of authentic manhood as modeled by Jesus in his 33 years on Earth.

A women’s study, “True Woman 101” is an eight-week study using Scripture to discover womanhood “and the beauty, joy and fulfillment of being exactly who God created you to be.”

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

 Asbury United Methodist — The Rev. Dave Blystone will continue the series “Living Faith” with the message “Living Forgiveness” from Matthew 18:21-35 at the 8:45 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Rev. Anne Marshall will continue the series “Biblical Wisdom” with the sermon “Seeking Wisdom” from Proverbs 1:20-33 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. The Chancel Choir under the direction or Mirabella Minut will return to services following their summer break.

Sunday school classes for all ages is at 11 a.m., kicking off a children’s worship and Sunday school program, “Godly Play” for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Information: 372-3882 or

 St. John’s Lutheran White Creek — The Rev. Joshua Cook will present the message, “Faithfully Challenged,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service with communion at the church, 16270 S. County Road 300W. Sunday school and Bible class follow the worship service.

 Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Who Are You, Jesus?” from Proverbs 1:20-33, James 3:1-12 and Mark 8:27-38 at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, County Roads 800 North and 50 East near Edinburgh.

The Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. at the church will focus on “Women of the Bible.” In other news, a hymn sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

 First United Methodist Church — The Rev. Gary Schaar will deliver the message, “Choosing Our Words Wisely,” at the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be James 3:1-12. Acolytes will be Elise Lasell and Morgan Zagaceta. Sami Heathcote will be the crucifer.

The fall schedule has begun for all classes.

On Sunday mornings, the church offers several adult Bible study classes: Scripture for Life, Digging Into the Bible, Water Walkers, Men of Purpose, Worship 101 and the Travelers Class all offer a variety of subjects for study and fellowship.

Children and youth classes are also offered every Sunday morning.

Sunday evenings feature Bible study for adults, youth group studies and activities, and Sunday Night Live for Kids.

Learning Tree Preschool is having a fall mum sale. The proceeds of the sale will go to the Playground Fund. Orders will be taken at the church office. The deadline is Sunday.

Information: 372-2851 or

 First Presbyterian — The Rev. Peggy Casteel will share the message, “Who Is Influencing You?” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church at the corner of Seventh and Franklin streets.

Confirmation for adults will continue during Adult Nurture at 11 a.m. Guest speaker Renate Justin, a doctor and Holocaust survivor, will give insights on compassion.

 First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message “Tongue Tied” at the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be from James 3:1-12. Music worship will be led by the Joyful Ringers and the Chancel Choir.

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 “God Provides Water” with Scripture in Exodus 17:1-7. The Bible Point is that “God is patient, even when we complain.”

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

“Wings for the Journey,” a bereavement support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child, will meet at 7 p.m.

Cross Connections, designed for families, children and adults will meet Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. The Kids Connection after-school experience for children in kindergarten through 6th 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. Child care is available for preschool age children.

The Health and Wellness Series which will focus on “Living Well with Chronic Illness” will be offered to adults at 6:30 p.m. Residents of the community are invited to attend.

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

Information: 376-3321 or


St. Bartholomew concert series — Nationally and internationally acclaimed Bay Street Brassworks of Indianapolis will open St. Bartholomew’s new concert series season with a free performance at 7 p.m. today at the church, 1306 Home Ave.

The ensemble, founded in 1995, performs music from Bach to be-bop. And the group is versatile, performing at events ranging from Major League Baseball games to world premiere performances alongside other top brass groups such as the American Brass Quintet.

Information: 379-9353.


Abortion recovery outreach — Someone Cares, a post-abortion recovery group offering healing to women wounded by abortion, is preparing to begin a 10-week Bible study in Columbus.

In the past, the study has helped women deal with shame and secrecy, according to organizers. The gatherings, held in a confidential location beginning near the end of September, help nurture healing and peace, organizers say. The local gatherings include two women here willing to share their story of trauma and recovery from abortion.

Information: Sarah Dismore at 390-8282 or or

 Celebrate Recovery women’s support group — A Celebrate Recovery women’s support group addressing a range of harmful habits will begin meeting at 7 p.m. Monday as part of a series of 24 weekly sessions at Community Downtown, 522 Seventh St.

The only cost for the gatherings is a minimal fee for a workbook. Organizers say people need not register, but can simply show up.

Information: 348-6257.

 Community HU Song — A Community HU Song, which is basically a love song to God, will be presented from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Alternatives for Health.

Sponsored by Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God, 1260 Jackson St.

The Community HU Song will begin with a short introduction and explanation of the HU. Then people will sing aloud as a group for about 20 minutes, with about 5 minutes of quiet contemplation following. There will be time for fellowship afterwards.

Organizers say the HU can be adjusted for people of any faith or of no particular faith.

For a video and information about the HU: or

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