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Services and studies

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Imparting Empathy,” from Mark 1:40-45, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by Chancel Choir and Glad Ringers.

The youth coffee fundraiser will be open before and after the service.

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 their study of the narratives in the Gospels during the heart of Jesus’ ministry.

A Zumba class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

“Wings for the Journey,” a bereavement support group for parents who have lost a child, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Ash Wednesday will be observed at the Cross Connections fellowship meal, served for donations of any amount, at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations are suggested.

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

Adult classes will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Cash will lead a DVD-based study on the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Book author Eric Metaxas will help those attending discover the major themes of Bonhoeffer’s writing and how he helped transform an entire faith community in Germany during World War II.

“Bible History, Versions and Reading” will be led by Tom Ganus and will address a historical overview of the human involvement in the development of the Bible.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road. All men of First Baptist and their guests are invited. The Lenten study, “Questions to ask during Lent,” will be co-led by Pastor Cash and Bill Griffith.

Information: 812-376-3321,

Covenant Family Worship Center — Pastors Ray and Della Jones will lead the 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pentecost Sunday services at the church, 3070 McKinley Ave., Columbus. Choir and music practice will be at 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

St. Paul Lutheran — Theme for the 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday Communion service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 East State St., will be based on the 23rd Psalm with the sermon, “Good Shepherd Equals No Wants.” Imposition of Ashes will begin at 6:45 p.m. in the church. A light supper will be served in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will offering.

Registration for the 2015-16 school year for 3- and 4-year-old preschool and kindergarten classes is being accepted at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Students must be the age of the stated class by Aug. 1. Classes for 3-year-olds are half-days on Tuesday and Thursday. Classes for 4-year-olds are half-days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Kindergarten classes are half-days Monday through Friday. All classes include Christ-centered education. Teachers have degrees and many years of classroom experience with national Lutheran school accreditation.

Extended care will be offered for enrolled students.

Information: Early childhood director Henry Wischmeier, 812-376-6504 or email [email protected].

Central Heights Church of God — A four-week class will be held at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane, equipping and educating teens in junior high through high school and their parents with tools on sexual integrity and the value of not conforming to the patterns of the world. The class will be at 6 p.m. Mondays through March 2.

Information: 812-372-4857.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Andrea Lantz will continue her sermon series, “Fruitful Congregation Journey,” at the 9 a.m. service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. The message, “The Bottom Line — Love,” will be based on Scripture from Matthew 22:37-39. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist, and Teresa Covert will lead the children’s message. The nursery will be staffed by Danielle Covert. Betty Hilycord and Sandy Williams will lead Junior Church for children age 5 through Grade 5. A time of fellowship will follow worship, and Sunday school begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Baker’s Dozen study group meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Larry Nolting.

The Journey group meets at 6:40 p.m. Monday at the home of Jim Kimerling.

Sit ‘n Stitch group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting home on Tuesdays.

The walking group meets at 9 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall in Columbus.

Choir is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The prayer group is led by Barb Hedrick and meets 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

A Valentine Dinner, catered by Sadie’s, will be at the church at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased from Teresa Covert or Chris Kimerling.

Ash Wednesday service will be at 6:30 p.m. and will include Communion and imposition of ashes.

The annual Faith Promise weekend begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the church with a pitch-in meal and guest speaker.

North Christian Church — Senior minister Lanny Lawler and 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.

The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be from 9 to 11:10 a.m. today in the lower level of the church.

Disciples Youth class will continue at 9 a.m. Sunday, using Bible lessons for youth as the curriculum. Terry Shaw serves as instructor.

The adult class will continue at 9 a.m. Sunday in the Blue room at the church. At that time, Trudi Ellison-Kendall will facilitate the study on the book “Whole: A Call to Unity in our Fragmented World” by Dr. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

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

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

A joint Ash Wednesday worship service with First Presbyterian Church will be held at 7 p.m. in the Baptistry Chapel at the church.

First Presbyterian Church — The Rev. Norie Erickson, the Adult Choir and Johanna Anderson will lead the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. Coffee and fellowship will be at 10:30 a.m. Adult Nurture class at 11 a.m. will be led by Ray Hass, sharing “Why Do We Worship the Way We Do?”

Flintwood Wesleyan Church — Morning worship led by the Rev. Wes Jones begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Adult choir practice is from 5 to 6 p.m. The regular evening service is being replaced by small-group ministries.

The youth will host a skating party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton Center.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday upstairs in the Friendship Center. Bring your Bible.

“Live a Healthy Life” will meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday downstairs in the Friendship Center.

Wednesday activities begin with a 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.

“Together We Live, Laugh … Eat” will meet at 6:30 p.m. Fridays.

“Connections” meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in The Friendship Center.

“In The Kitchen” meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in The Friendship Center.

People interested in joining a small group can call the church office for information.

The Hook, Yarn and Stitchers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays from March 9 through the end of May upstairs in The Friendship Center.

Other upcoming events include:

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

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

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

First United Methodist Church — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the message, “How Far Will You Go?” at the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be 2 Kings 2:1-12 and Mark 9:2-9. The Hope Committee and Learning Tree Preschool will host Chocolate Sunday combined with Coffee Connections in Fellowship Hall between services.

Photo session sign-ups for the new picture directory begin Sunday. Sign up in the Narthex after services or online at

A baby shower will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fellowship Hall for Pastors Chris and Andrea Lantz. All are welcome.

The Rev. Chris Lantz will preach at the Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. The title of the sermon will be “Internal House Cleaning” from Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 and Psalm 51:1-17.

During Lent, Boles will offer a special brief service in the chapel starting at noon every Wednesday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for after the service. Services begin Feb. 25 and run through April 1.

Fridays at First 2015 will begin Friday with a concert featuring Nikolay Verevkin from Indiana University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free.

Pastor Boles will begin a short-term Bible study on Feb. 22, “Practicing Your Faith.” This class will meet at 10:10 a.m.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church — Pastor Ann Haw will lead worship service at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Nursery care for newborns through 2 years old is available from 9:15 to 11 a.m., and Sunday school begins at 11 a.m.

Ash Wednesday services will be at 7 p.m., following a pancake supper, which begins at 5:30 p.m.

Information: 812-372-3883, [email protected].


First Lutheran Church First and Fifth Quarter Game Nights — The free First and Fifth Quarter gatherings scheduled Friday and Feb. 27 at the church, 3600 25th St., offer snacks, games and times with friends for elementary, middle and senior high youth. First Quarter for elementary students runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Fifth Quarter runs from 9 p.m. to midnight for middle and senior high school youth.