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Grace Lutheran — The Rev. John Armstrong will deliver the message, “Mismatch! Christ and the Demonic Powers,” based on Mark 1:21-28, at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. The message examines demonic possession today and what Armstrong calls the “surpassing power of the word of Christ.”

Sunday school for all ages is at 9:20 a.m. Adult classes include “The God of All Comfort,” a Bible study for women based on 1 Corinthians 1:3-7; and “The Great Deceiver,” a study on Christ’s victory over Satan and his influence.

Grace Lutheran’s ALPHA Course, an introduction to the Christian faith, continues Tuesday with the topic “How did we get the Bible?” A light supper is served at 6 p.m., followed by a lecture and small-group discussion. Child care is available.

Information: 812-372-4859 or

The Living Room — Former Presbyterian pastor Tony Roberts will deliver a message from Matthew 6: 7-21 at the 11 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 1421 Sycamore St. in Columbus. He will weave in Scripture with testimony from his own life as a pastor who copes with mental illness.

Roberts is the author of “Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission” about his battle with bipolar disorder, a condition in which sufferers experience episodes of an elevated or agitated mood known as mania, alternating with episodes of depression. Copies of the book will be available, and contributions will be accepted.

A Super Bowl-themed community meal will follow the service.

Information: Eric Riddle at 812-344-0185.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Dennis McCarty will begin an occasional sermon series, “Girls Who Rocked History,” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. McCarty said he believes that young women can change the world. Sunday’s message will focus on the legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Andrea Lantz will continue a sermon series “Fruitful Congregation Journey” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, County Road 500 East in Petersville. Scripture will be from John 15, and the sermon title will be “Trimming and Pruning.” Communion will be served during the service.

Joe Bush will serve as liturgist, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. The nursery will be staffed by Tara Manley, and Betty Hilycord and Sandy Williams will lead Junior Church for children ages 5 through fifth grade.

A time of fellowship will follow the service and Sunday school will begin at 10:30 a.m.; the adult class, led by Chris Kimerling and Patsy Harris, is starting a new study, “In Awe of God,” with Scripture from Psalm 95.

The Baker’s Dozen study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Larry Nolting home, and the group studying “Journey Through the Bible” will meet at the Jim Kimerling home at the same time. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Sit ‘n Stitch group will meet at the Nolting home. The Walking Club will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at FairOaks Mall.

Choir practice is each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and the Prayer Group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Financial Peace University class meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The annual Church Planning Session will be held at 9 a.m. today at the home of Pastors Andrea and Chris Lantz.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at Tipton Lakes Boulevard and State Road 46. A fellowship time is being offered each Sunday from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

An adult Bible study meets from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday. No materials are needed other than a Bible. The current study is “Jesus Chose 12 Disciples … Why Did He Need Paul?”

Children’s church is now being offered at 10 a.m. All children from birth through sixth grade have age-appropriate classes available. Information on children’s programming: 812-342-8464.

The Ruby’s Tuesday Women’s Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. weekly at the church. The current study is titled “Meeting the Spirit,” by Douglas Connelly.

The men of Westside have begun a new Bible study that meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the church. This study, “33-The Series,” deals with “Authentic Manhood” as modeled by Jesus in his 33 years on earth.

Information: 812-342-8464.

North Christian — Senior Minister Lanny Lawler along with Director of Music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church, 850 Tipton Lane. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available if desired.

Disciples Youth Class continues at 9 a.m. Sunday using Bible Lessons for Youth as the curriculum. Terry Shaw serves as instructor.

The Adult Class continues at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Blue Room of the church. Trudi Ellison-Kendall will facilitate the study on the book “Whole: A call to unity in our fragmented world” by Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Centering Prayer will be at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Prayer Chapel on the lower level.

The Creating the Mystery Knitting Fellowship will meet Monday in Room UL 6 at the church.

The Disciples Women’s Ministries will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the lower level lounge at the church. Caroline Cox-Smith will serve as hostess, and the program will be given by Lisa Shafran from Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.

Flintwood Wesleyan The Rev. Wes Jones will lead worship at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Adult choir practice will begin at 5 p.m. followed by evening service at 6 p.m.

Women’s Connections will meet in The Friendship Center at 10 a.m.

Wednesday activities begin with supper served at 5:30 p.m. JAM and Youth begin at 6:30 p.m., and adult Bible study begins at 7 p.m.

During the month of February, look for decorated boxes throughout the church campus to collect nonperishable food to help restock the food pantries for Love Chapel and the Salvation Army. This is a youth project.

Upcoming events include:

The Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Friendship Center.

The annual Birthday Bash, 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in The Friendship Center.

The Senior Adult Ministries Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in The Friendship Center.

The annual Zone 3 Indoor Camp, Feb. 22-25.

The annual Heart of Ministries Dinner and Auction, 6 p.m. March 6.

Information: 812-379-4287, [email protected].

Covenant Family Worship Center Worship is led by Pastors Ray and Della Jones at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundays at the new Pentecostal church, 3070 McKinley Ave. in Columbus. The Joneses regularly include time for prayer for healing, salvation and more.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Obvious or Oblivious,” from Deuteronomy 18:15-20, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28, at the 10 a.m. fourth Sunday after Epiphany service at the church, County Road 800N and County Road 500W near Edinburgh. Sunday school is at 9 a.m., and fellowship is at 9:40 a.m.

Ladies Aid Meeting begins at 1 p.m. Feb. 10.

Service with TUMC begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Taylorsville United Methodist Church.

The Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays is studying Samuel.

Information: 317-374-8281.

Asbury United Methodist Pastor Dave Blystone will continue the series on miracles and will deliver the message, “Your Home,” from Luke 19:1-10, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. Sunday school for all ages begins at 10 a.m. The Jesus and Me program for ages 3 to 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

Cub Scout Troop 559 will hold their Pinewood Derby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Contemporary Worship Center.

The Film Class on Sunday will view and discuss the movie “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” which includes re-enactments and landmark events throughout American history and interviews with leading historians.

Tickets go on sale Sunday for the Asbury Men’s Valentine Gala at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Entertainment will be provided by the Whipstitch Sallies. Tickets are $10. No tickets will be available at the door.

Information: 812-372-4555,

East Columbus United Methodist The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday services with communion being served at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school classes for all ages and Bible interests meet at 9:40 a.m. Children’s church and the nursery/toddler room are available.

Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. service. All4ONE youth will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a Super Bowl party at the home of Brad and Tricia Helton.

Bible study will meet 3 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel, studying 1 John.

Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel, studying Psalms.

Information: 812-376-7418.

First United Methodist The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Unexpected Interruptions,” from Psalm 111 and Mark 1:21-28, at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Coffee Connections will be in the library between services with coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

A new Women’s Bible study will begin Wednesday. The group will study Beth Moore’s book, “So Long Insecurity.” This group will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Blue Room. Dates will be Wednesday through March 11 and April 1 to 22. Child care is available. Information: 812-372-2851 or [email protected].

The Boy Scouts’ annual pancake breakfast fundraiser will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Fellowship Hall. The Girl Scouts will sell Girl Scout cookies that morning.

Girls in seventh through 12th grades are invited to participate in “Beautiful You” Feb. 20-21 at the church. This overnight event features speakers, games, crafts and more. “Beautiful You” encourages participants to see how beautiful they are through the eyes of God. Cost is $20 per person. To register, contact Sarah Campbell at [email protected] or 812-372-2851.

“My Best For You” sexuality workshop is for all fifth- through seventh-graders and their parents so they can focus on God’s ideal plan for sexuality. The workshop is a two-day event from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28 at the church. There will also be a parents meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. Cost of the workshop will be $10 per family. Registry deadline is Feb. 13. Register by calling the church office at 812-372-2851 or by visiting the church office at 618 Eighth St.

Information: 812-372-2851, or

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Under Whose Authority,” from Deuteronomy 18:15-20 and Mark 1:21-28, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Communion will be shared, and music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir.

Child care will be offered for infants, and children’s church will be available for toddlers through preschool-age children. Children age 4 through third grade will continue to explore the early ministry of Jesus.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m.

A Zumba exercise class, open to all, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday. Contact the church for information and pricing.

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

The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cross Connections Fellowship Meal will be served at 5 p.m. Wednesday with cost by donation. Reservations are suggested.

4TWELVE, a midweek gathering for middle school students, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The “Hearing God” class will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday led by Cash at the church and will explore the development of a conversational relationship with God. It is based on Dallas Willard’s book “Hearing God.” It is not required to have read the book, but it could be helpful.

The adult classes will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The life-skills group will continue the processes of researching ancestors during “Shaking Your Family Tree,” led by Robert Rhude and Lois Griffith.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at a private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road at 6:15 a.m. Friday. All men of First Baptist and their guests are invited. The study will be titled “Anytime, Anywhere, Sharing Faith Jesus Style.”

Information: 812-376-3321 or


Asbury United Methodist — The Indiana University Trombone Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Asbury. There is no admission charge, however an offering will be taken.

First Baptist — Fridays at First 2015 will begin Feb. 20 with a concert featuring Nikolay Verevkin from Indiana University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.