Religion News 02-28

Services and studies

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church — Pastor Anne Marshall will present the sermon, “Jesus Welcomes the Children,” at the 9:30 a.m. first Sunday of Lent service at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. She will use Scriptures from Deuteronomy 1:18-21 and Mark 10:13-16. Communion will be served. Nursery care is provided for newborns through 2-year-olds from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 11 a.m.

North Christian — 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 in Columbus. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available if desired.

Disciples Youth Class will continue at 9 a.m. using Bible Lessons for Youth as the curriculum. Terry Shaw serves as the 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 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 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room LL12.

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

Columbus Free Methodist — The Rev. Don Fausnaugh, former pastor, will speak at the 10:15 a.m. services Sunday and March 8 at the church, 1511 22nd St.

Lenten prayer and fellowship is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Information: 812-372-1407

First Presbyterian Church — Interim Pastor Scott Hill will lead worship at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St.

Faith Lutheran Church The Rev. Todd Riordan will lead the 9:15 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 6000 W. State Road 46 in Columbus. Morning fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., and children’s Sunday school and Adult Bible study are at 11 a.m.

The quilting group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday.

Adult Bible study meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lenten soup supper begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Choir starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Prayer Warriors begins at 6:30 p.m., and Lenten Vespers is at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday men’s Bible study is from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

During Lent, a Service of Evening Prayer and Holy Communion will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Next week’s service is “Receive the Treasure: The Hidden Treasure and the Priceless Pearl,” from Matthew 13:44-46.

Information: 812-342-3587,

Petersville United Methodist — The rescheduled Faith Promise Mission Emphasis weekend will begin today with a light supper served at 6 p.m. at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, followed by a representative from Clifty Creek Elementary School sharing ways that the church might be supportive for the students and families of the school.

Tim Bond of Pregnancy Care Center in Columbus will present the message at the 9 a.m. Sunday service. A time of fellowship will follow the service. During the next hour, Bond will give additional information and have a question-and-answer session. The nursery will be staffed during worship, and Junior Church will be led by Brock and Carrie Harris.

The second night of the Lenten Study will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. Brock Harris will be the teacher. During the week, activities will include the Walkers meeting at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday morning; Baker’s Dozen study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Larry Nolting home; and the group studying “The Story” will meet at the same time at the Jim Kimerling home.

Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nolting home.

Choir practice, under the direction of Kathy Bush, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Barb Hedrick will lead the Prayer Group at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service at the church, at Tipton Lakes Boulevard and State Road 46. The pastors are beginning a new Lenten sermon series, “Rich Living: Practices that Fill Your Life.” Aud will begin the series with a message, “Passionate Worship,” from Psalm 100. A fellowship time is offered from 9:30 to 10 a.m. each Sunday.

Children’s Church is offered at 10 a.m. Sundays. All children from birth through sixth grade have age-appropriate classes available. Information: Melissa Clark at the church at 812-342-8464.

Several small groups and Bible study classes are held throughout the week.

Information: 812-342-8464,

Old Union United Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will present the message, “God’s Concerns or Human Concerns,” from Genesis 17:1-7 and 15-16, Romans 4:13-25 and Mark 8:31-38, at the 10 a.m. Second Sunday in Lent 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 “As You Are” Evening Prayer Service is 6:30 p.m. at the church.

Ladies Aid meeting will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Lenten Breakfast at Old Union UCC begins at 8 a.m. March 14.

Ladies Aid Ham and Bean Supper is from 4 to 7 p.m. March 21.

Lenten Breakfast at Taylorsville United Methodist Church begins at 8 a.m. March 28.

Midweek Bible study, now focusing on the book of Samuel, is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430

First United Methodist Church — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the message, “Searching for Purpose,” from Genesis 17:1-7 and 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38, 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.

Travelers Class will be discussing a DVD series, “First Light: Jesus and the Kingdom of God.”

Rev. Boles is offering a special weekly Lenten service at noon every Wednesday in the Chapel. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch for after the service. Services run through April 1.

At 10:10 a.m. Sundays, the Rev. Boles leads a Lenten book study, “Practicing Your Faith.” This group meets in South Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

There will be an Usher and Greeter Appreciation gathering from 4 to 5 p.m. March 8 in Fellowship Hall. The HOPE committee will provide refreshments.

Learning Tree Preschool is now enrolling for the 2015-16 school year. Flexible schedules are available. Preschool office: 812-378-2825.

Fridays at First will welcome the Burchfield Brothers on March 20. Their concerts are a combination of music, storytelling and comedy. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This is free and open to the public.

Photo session sign-ups for the new picture directory are underway. Sign up in the narthex after services or online at Details are in the monthly Spire.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Central Heights Church of God John Marquis will continue his series on “God’s Guardrails” with music led by Brett Denney.

Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Church and nursery available.

Praise and worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

A baptism service will be conducted Sunday, with snacks to follow.

A four-week Transformed class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at church for parents and teens from seventh grade and older.

Memorial Baptist Interim Pastor Cheri Grizzard will present the sermon during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service with a theme “The Living Stone” at the church, 2320 Seventh St. in Columbus. She will focus on stones in Scripture, and those symbolize the conversation between God and humanity.

The choir will perform a cantata Maundy at 6:30 p.m. April 2. “The Shadow of the Cross,” which will be a reminder of the magnitude of God’s love that continue through all time and eternity.

Asbury United Methodist Church Pastor Dave Blystone will deliver the message, “Hungry for Holiness,” from 1 Peter:13-16, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional service and the 11 a.m. contemporary service Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) 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” continues Sunday with Chapter 2.

The Indiana University Trombone Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the church as part of the Music At Asbury mainstream music series. The event is free, but an offering will be taken.

Information: 812-372-4555,

First Lutheran Church Lenten services will be delivered at 7 p.m. every Wednesday. A light meal will be serviced at 6 p.m. before each service at the church, 3600 25th St. in Columbus.

First Baptist Church The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Followership,” with Scripture from Mark 8:31-38, at the 9:30 a.m. service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Communion will be shared.

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.

A Zumba class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday.

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

The Evangelism Team will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cross Connections fellowship meal will be served at 5 p.m. Wednesday with cost by donation.

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

Tom Ganus will lead “reading, enjoying and remaining faithful in our Bible time” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Adult Education Team will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Men of Faith Bible study will continue “Questions to ask during Lent” at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road. Pastor Cash and Bill Griffith will co-lead the discussion. All men of First Baptist and their guests are welcome.

Information: 812-376-3321, fbccolumbus

Flintwood Wesleyan Church The Rev. Wes Jones will lead the worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 5300 E. 25th St.

Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. Adult choir practice is from 5 to 6 p.m. The Sunday evening service is being replaced by small-group ministries.

“Greater” will meet at 6 p.m. upstairs in The Friendship Center. This group is full.

“The Contagious Christian” will meet at 6 p.m. in The Friendship Center. New members are welcome.

“Live a Healthy Life” will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesdays downstairs in The Friendship Center.

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.

“Together We Live, Laugh … Eat” will meet at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Check with Buffy Shelton for locations.

“Connections” meets at 10 a.m. on 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 who would like to join a small group can call the church office for information.

The annual Heart of Ministries Auction will start at 6 p.m. Friday. Themed baskets, new and gently used items and desserts will be available for auction. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the auction help fund global and local outreach programs.

Church youth will go ice skating from 2 to 4 p.m. March 8.

The Hook, Yarn and Stitchers will meet at 6:30 p.m. weekly from March 9 through May upstairs in The Friendship Center. If you have a project idea, please contact Gretchen Loman.

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

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


Choral concert at Reformed Presbyterian — The Geneva College Touring Choir will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the church, 550 N. National Road in Columbus.

The Genevans, in their 77th concert season, will present a program highlighting crucial passages from the Gospels, Psalms and Isaiah. The choir performs classical and sacred music yet includes familiar upbeat spirituals, works by nine living composers and pieces commissioned for the choir. The choir performs all over the world.

This appearance is part of an 11-day tour through the Midwest to Texas and culminates with campus concerts March 27-28.


Free movie at YES Cinema — First Baptist Church will host the third of three free movies, “God’s Not Dead,” at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at YES Cinemas, Fourth and Jackson streets in Columbus. Tickets are required and may be picked up at the Welcome Center at First Baptist, in the church office during the week, at The Ark Book and Gift Christian bookstore, or at the YES Cinema door just prior to viewing time. The concession stand will be open. The movies have been gifts to the community in celebration of First Baptist Church’s 50 years of service at the current location.

First Lutheran Church Life Line Screening will offer noninvasive and painless health screenings Thursday at the church, 3600 25th St. in Columbus. Information and appointments, 888-653-6441 or

“Fun While Learning Outdoor skills” is from 2:30 to 5 p.m. March 8 at the church. Learn basic skills on how to survive in the outdoors such as gathering wild, edible foods, how to light a fire without matches and some orienteering skills.

Information: Brian Jones, 812-344-3769.

A Red Cross blood drive will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7. Information and donation appointments: 800-733-2767 or