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First Baptist — An ordination service for Pastor David Doles will take place during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Although Doles was licensed for ministry long ago, and has been serving in professional ministry for many years, this milestone marks a significant action in his life and that of the congregation. American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky and The American Baptist Churches now will become partners in his life. A reception will follow the service.

Child care will be offered for infants, and children’s church will be available for toddlers through preschool-age.

Older children will remain with their families during the service.

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

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

The Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday

The Cross Connections fellowship meal will be served at 5 p.m. Wednesday for donations.

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

Adult classes will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Dan 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 address a historical overview of the human involvement in the development of the Bible.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet 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 Lenten study, “Questions to Ask During Lent,” will be co-led by Pastor Cash and the Rev. Bill Griffith.

The youth will have an overnight vigil on Feb. 27 to 28,  “Childhood Lost.” This program is similar to the teen-based “30-Hour Famine” but with an emphasis on fighting against human trafficking. Money raised will go to World Vision to help children in Bangladesh.

Information: 812-376-3321 or visit

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will bring the message at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services at the East Columbus United Methodist Church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school meets at 9:40 a.m. for all Bible interests and ages. Children’s Church is conducted during both 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. services.

Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. Sunday service.

All4ONE youth group will meet at 5p.m. Sunday and will have an AfterALL meeting at 6:30 p.m.

One Bible study, focusing on 1 John, meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Another Bible study focusing on Psalms meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Both meet in the chapel.

Petersville United Methodist Church — A church-wide Lenten study, led by Brock Harris, begins at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E and will be conducted each of the seven Sundays during Lent. The study will be based on “The God We Can Know,” written by pastor and author Robert Fuquay.

Faith Promise Mission Emphasis weekend beginning at 6 p.m., today with a meal followed by a guest speaker from Clifty Creek School. The speaker will share ways to partner with the school to support neighborhood children.

The Faith Promise Mission Emphasis weekend will continue at 9 a.m. Sunday during worship with guest speaker Tim Bond of the Pregnancy Care Center of South Central Indiana. Fellowship time will follow and at 10:30 a.m. Bond will share information about the center’s programs and have a time for questions.

The Baker’s Dozen study group meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at the Larry Nolting home and the Journey study group meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday at the Jim Kimerling home. The Sit-n-Stitch group meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Nolting home. The Walking group meets 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at FairOaks Mall. Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the church and is led by Barb Hedrick.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The Rev. Dennis McCarty will present another installment of “Girls Who Rocked History” with the message, “Who Was Thecla and Why Is She Important?” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. McCarty has mentioned that many religious traditions are still struggling to reconcile the gifts of women with traditional authority of men.

So McCarty will take listeners through an extra-canonical Scripture, “The Acts of Paul and Thecla,” about an early Christian woman who struggles to express her faith in the face of male domination. McCarty strongly believes her struggle still has meaning today.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Pastor Anne Marshall will lead the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service and present the message, “Jesus Welcomes the Foreigner,” at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture readings come from Isaiah 58:1-9 and John 4:1-26. The Fairlawn Worship Band will provide music. Nursery care is provided for newborns through 2-year-olds from 9:15 to 11 a.m., and Sunday School begins at 11 a.m.

Last Friday’s Bluegrass will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27, featuring a mix of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, folk and gospel music.

Information: 812-372-3882.

Central Heights Church of God — Pastor John Marquis will lead the Sunday service, “Guardrails,” at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

An Ash Wednesday gathering with communion will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

A men’s breakfast will be held at 9 a.m. today at Sadie’s Restaurant.

Information: 812-391-1684.

First United Methodist Church — The Rev. Chris Lantz will deliver the message, “Searching for Identity,” during 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be from Psalm 25:1-12 and Mark 1:9-15. Coffee Connections will be in the library between services.

Starting Sunday, the Rev. Howard Boles will begin a short-term Bible study, “Practicing Your Faith.” This class will meet at 10:10 a.m.

Travelers class will start viewing and discussing the remaining five programs from the DVD series First Light.

The Women’s Monday Morning Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room. Led by Jeri Ahlbrand, the group will be studying Easter from the Backside during the Lenten season.

The Faber Small Group meets 7 p.m. Mondays at the home of Pam and Don Faber. This new small group will be studying “Give Up Something Bad For Lent” by James Moore as a Lenten study.

Women and Men of Faith, led by Sue Paris and Sue Ellen Brown, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the multipurpose room. This group will be studying Adam Hamilton’s “24 Hours That Changed the World for the Lenten season.”

Beginning Wednesday, Boles will offer special weekly Lenten services at noon Wednesday through the spiritual season in the chapel. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for after the service. Services run through April 1.

Photo session sign-ups for the new picture directory are now taking place. Sign up in the Narthex after services or online at

Information: 812-372-2851 or visit

North Christian Church — 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.

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

The Adult Class will continue on Sunday 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.

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

Handbell Choir Rehearsal will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL12.

Chancel Choir Rehearsal will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL8.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “Lent … A Time of Food for Thought,” from Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22 and Mark 1:9-15, at the 10 a.m. 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.

The Ladies Aid meeting will be at 1 p.m. March 3.

A Lenten Breakfast will be held 8 a.m. March 14 at the church.

Ladies Aid Ham and Bean Supper will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. March 21.

A Lenten Breakfast will be at Taylorsville United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. March 28.

Weekly Bible Study is held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The current focus is the book of Samuel.

Information: 317-374-8281.

St. Paul Lutheran Church — Theme for the 7 p.m. Lenten service Wednesday at the church, 6045 E. State St., will be based on the 23rd Psalm with the sermon, “Leading and Lying Down.” A hymn sing will precede the service beginning at 6:45 p.m. A light supper will be served in the fellowship hall from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for a free-will offering.

information: 812-376-6504.

Flintwood Wesleyan Church — Sunday services begin with Sunday School for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by Rev. Wes Jones at the church, 5300 East 25th St. in Columbus.

Adult Choir Practice begins at 5 p.m.

Zone 3 Annual Indoor Camp begins at 6 p.m. Sunday and goes through Wednesday. Guest speaker is the Rev. Joey Nelson.

Monday evening will focus on senior adults and will start with dinner at 6 p.m. in The Friendship Center.

Tuesday service begins at 6:30 p.m. in the main Sanctuary.

Wednesday focus is on the youth and will begin with supper at 5:30 p.m. in The Friendship Center with the service beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be a special service for children age 3 to 10 years old Wednesday evening in The Friendship Center. All ages are invited to attend each night’s service. A nursery is available for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old.

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

The Annual Heart of Ministries Dinner and Auction will be held at 6 p.m., March 6. Desserts, themed baskets and new or gently used items will be available for bidding. Proceeds from the auction go to fund global and local outreach ministries of the church.

The Youth will have an ice skate at Hamilton Center from 2 to 4 p.m. March 8.

The Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 12 in The Friendship Center.

Information: 812-379-4287 or [email protected] or visit

Asbury United Methodist Church — Pastor Dave Blystone will deliver the message, “Precursors to Revival,” from 2 Timothy 1:3-11, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday School for all ages is 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.

An all-church Sunday School study of Adam Hamilton’s book, “Revival, Faith as Wesley Lived It will begin,” will be held Sunday. This is a six-week study with a short video and discussion. Blystone’s sermons will accompany the book topics through the six weeks.

The Indiana University Trombone Choir will be performing as part of the Music At Asbury series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the church. The event is free, but donations are accepted.

Canned beans are being collected through February for Love Chapel.

Information: 812-372-4555 or visit


Mt. Pleasant Christian Union concert — The country gospel group One Way Gospel Four will be in concert at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the church, 4960 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus.

Information: 812-344-0478.


First Baptist Church community vigil — First Baptist and Memorial Baptist youth are joining the fight against child trafficking by holding a community vigil from 8 to 9 p.m. Friday at First Baptist, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus.

Participants can learn about vulnerable children of the world through stories, music, prayer and reflection. By honoring those whose childhoods have been lost, participants can be a voice for children in need, according to organizers.

Donations are welcome and will be sent to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling the causes of poverty and injustice worldwide. For those who would like to donate but cannot be present at the event, visit and click on Childhood Lost, then Donate Now and then Childhood Lost 2015.

St. Lutheran youth gatherings — First and Fifth Quarter are returning to First Lutheran, 3600 25th St. in Columbus. No agendas; just snacks, games and friends. First Quarter runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for elementary students and Fifth Quarter runs from 9 p.m. to midnight for middle and senior high school youth. The next event is Feb. 27. All are welcome.

Life Line Screening — Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventative health screenings, will host its affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on March 5. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit to schedule an appointment.