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Petersville United Methodist Church — Palm Sunday will be celebrated at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, with a parade of people with palms to begin the proceedings. “Jesus’ Last Week” will be the message, presented in songs and Scripture under the direction of Kathy Bush. Patsy Harris will be liturgist, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message.

The nursery will be staffed, and junior church will be available for those 5 years old to fifth grade. A time of fellowship will follow worship, and Sunday school begins at 10:30 a.m.

The Lenten study led by Brock Harris will conclude at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Baker’s Dozen study group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the home of Larry and Connie Nolting. Another group also will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday studying “Journey Through the Bible” at the home of Jim and Chris Kimerling.

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

The Walking Club will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday mornings at FairOaks Mall.

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

The Prayer Group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

An Easter sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. April 5 with the Rev. Bev Perry, southeastern district superintendent, presenting the message. Immediately following the service, breakfast will be served by United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women, and an offering will be accepted. Perry also will give the sermon at the 9 a.m. Easter service, and special music will be presented by the adult choir.

A community Easter egg hunt will be at 11 a.m today at the church. The United Methodist Women is sponsoring the event.

The United Methodist Men’s group will serve a spaghetti lunch at 11:30 a.m. April 12. Donations will be accepted.

First Presbyterian — Interim Pastor Scott Hill will share the Palm Sunday message, “What Jesus Went to Jerusalem to Do!” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. The Adult Nurture Hour at 11 a.m. will feature Dale Nowlin, who will share a new series “God:Faith is a Quest.”

Information: 812-372-3783,

Grace Lutheran — Holy Week services will be:

Holy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday Tenebrae service, noon to 1 p.m.

Chief service of Good Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Easter Vigil service, 8:48 p.m. April 4

Easter Sunday services with Columbus Brass Quintet at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and and an Easter egg hunt at 9:45 a.m.

Burnsville Christian — A revival using the theme “A Community on the Word of God” will be at 6:30 p.m. April 19-22 at the church, 2891 S. County Road 900E in Burnsville.

J.D. Hopkins of Burnsville Christian will speak April 19, with the music of One Way Gospel 4.

Ancel Harden of Shiloh Baptist Church will speak April 20, with music from Shiloh’s Judy Jones.

Marcus Speer of Jennings Church of Christ will speak April 21, with music from East Columbus Christian’s Ron Bridgewater.

Kendall Wildey of East Columbus Christian will speak April 22 with Communion, with more music from Bridgewater. Refreshments will follow service.

All offerings will support local missions.

Information: 812-579-5611

Fairlawn Presbyterian — The Fairlawn Worship Band will provide music for the Palm Sunday Worship, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Pastor Anne C.S. Marshall’s sermon is titled “Praising Jesus,” with Scripture from Philippians 2:5-11.

Nursery care is provided for newborns through 2-year-olds from 9:15 to 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 11 a.m.

Youth Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

A Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service with Communion begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 812-372-3882,

North Christian — Senior Minister Lanny Lawler and music director Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. Palm/Passion Sunday worship service at the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus. The service, held in the lower level auditorium, will feature the traditional processional of palms. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

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

The adult class will meet Sunday to begin a study of the book “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor.

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

Disciples Women’s Ministries will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level lounge at the church. Sarah Gray will present a program on life in Haiti. Debbie Burnett will serve as hostess.

The Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Baptistery Chapel.

Easter Sunday worship will begin in the Baptistery Chapel with the service of baptism and move to the sanctuary afterward as worship continues.

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 the Rev. Wes Jones, at the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus.

Adult choir practice begins at 5 p.m.

In small groups, “Becoming a Contagious Christian” will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday downstairs in The Friendship Center, and “Greater” will meet upstairs. “Connections” meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday; “In the Kitchen” meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday; and “Hook, Yarn and Stitchers” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Monday upstairs.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday, and “Live a Healthy Life” meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday.

“Together We Live, Laugh and … Eat!” meets at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Contact Phil or Buffy Shelton for the location.

Wednesday activities begin at 5:30 p.m. with supper followed by children’s choir practice at 6 p.m. Jesus And Me and youth group meet at 6:30 p.m., and adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m.

The annual Easter egg hunt will be at 10 a.m. April 4 on church grounds. To save time, preregister at

Easter Sunday early service begins at 8 a.m. in the sanctuary. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Friendship Center. Morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. There will be no evening activities.

A Senior Adult Ministries luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9 in the Friendship Center.

There will be a baptism at 2 p.m. April 12 at Columbus First Assembly, 2100 10th St.

Information: 812-379-4287,

First Baptist Church — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “The Smell of Passion,” with Scripture from Mark 11:1-11 and 14:1-11, at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Child care will be offered for infants, and children’s church will be available for toddlers through preschool-age children.

Following coffee fellowship, classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Children will continue studies from the Gospels of Mark and John. The story will be “People Rejoice as Jesus Enters Jerusalem” from Mark 11:1-11. The Bible point is that “Jesus is our King.”

The Zumba class will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Thursday.

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

The Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m. and will include Communion. The Chancel Choir and Drama Ministry will share music of Craig Courtney and the writing of Pamela Stewart with the new collection of “In My Place.”

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

Children’s Ministry Easter activities and egg hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Children up to sixth grade are included. Please bring your own basket.

Information: 812-376-3321,

East Columbus United Methodist Church — The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message at the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sunday services. Sunday school meets at 9:40 a.m. for all Bible interests and ages. Nursery/toddler room and children’s church are available at both morning services.

The Rev. Aigner will bring the message at the 6 p.m. service.

All4ONE youth group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a Bible study, “God’s Not Dead.”

Bible study on Tuesday will meet at 1 p.m., studying 1 John. The Bible study on Wednesday will meet at 7 p.m., studying Psalms. Both Bible studies meet in the chapel.

First Lutheran Church — Holy Week services:

Palm Sunday with a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and a contemporary service at 11:15 a.m.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will be at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday will begin at 8:30 a.m. with special pre-service music, followed by a blended worship service at 9 a.m.

An Easter breakfast will be held after the worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt and scavenger hunt, all at the church, 3600 25th St., Columbus. All are welcome.

Asbury United Methodist Church — Pastor Dave Blystone will deliver the message, “Revival – Persevering to the End,” from Psalm 130-134 and John 12-13, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary service Sunday at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus The Columbus Brass Quintet will provide special music for the 8:45 a.m. service.

Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m. The Jesus and Me program for ages 3 through 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

The all-church Sunday school study of Adam Hamilton’s book “Revival, Faith as Wesley Lived It” concludes Sunday with Chapter 6, “Persevering to the End.”

Maundy Thursday service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary.

For the month of April, church members will be donating instant oatmeal to the Love Chapel food pantry.

Information: 812-372-4555,

Memorial Baptist Church — Palm Sunday service begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 2320 Seventh St., Columbus. A nursery is provided.

The choir will present the cantata “The Shadow of the Cross,” which will be a reminder of the magnitude of God’s love, at 6:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday.

Easter sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. April 5, followed by breakfast and the regular morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church at Tipton Lakes Boulevard and State Road 46. Aud will conclude the Lenten series, “Rich Living: Practices that FILL Your Life,” with the message “Risk-Taking Mission and Service.” His sermon text will be John 12:12-29. A fellowship time is offered from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sundays.

Children’s church is offered during the 10 a.m. service. All children up to sixth grade have age-appropriate classes available. Information: Melissa Clark, 812-342-8464.

Several small groups and Bible study classes are held throughout the week. Information: 812-342-8464 or

There will be Lenten devotionals and Communion from 7 to 7:15 a.m. Monday through Friday at the church during Holy Week. Also, there will be a light meal and service at 6 p.m. for Maundy Thursday.

Westside will again host an Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. at The Commons, 300 Washington St., open to all.

First United Methodist Church — The Rev. Howard Boles will present the Palm Sunday sermon, “Searching for Humility,” with Scripture from Mark 11:1-11 and Philippians 2:5-11, at both the traditional service at 9 a.m. and the celebration service at 11 a.m. at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus.

Travelers Class will haveg a “Wired Word Discussion” this week based on current news and research.

A Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary.

The 50th annual smorgasbord to benefit missions will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 24-25. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door both nights of the event. The price is reduced if you purchase tickets in advance.

A new, four-week class taught by Herb and Mary Jane Perry will begin April 12. The class will be a trip through the Holy Land covering Israel and Jordan with PowerPoint and Scripture. Details for this class will be in the weekly bulletins.

Information: 812-372-2851,r


Burnsville Christian concert — Grammy nominee and Dove Award-winning singer Donnie Sumner will be in concert at 9:45 a.m. April 19 at the church, 2891 S. County Road 900E in Burnsville.

Sumner has appeared in the best-selling Bill Gaither Homecoming video series of concerts. He is known for songs such as “The Ninety and the Nine” and “The Anchor Holds.

Mount Pleasant Christian Union concert — The group Anchored will be in concert at 6 p.m. today at the church, 4960 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. The group is a spinoff of The Singing Sands, long a well-known local traveling group.

Information: 812-344-0478.


Community Church of Columbus director of youth ministries — Jason Johnson has recently been hired as director of youth ministries at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. He is originally from Spokane, Washington. He and his wife, Nicole, are graduates of Anderson University and formerly served at a church in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Jason’s responsibilities will be all aspects of ministry with the middle and high school youth.

Information: 812-376-9478,


Parkside Baptist egg hunt — An Easter egg hunt will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 4 at the church, 1780 Rocky Ford Road in Columbus. There will be crafts, snacks and the Easter story. Egg hunt will be grouped by age: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, first through third grade and fourth through sixth grade.

Sunrise service will be at 7:23 a.m. April 5, and Easter cantata will be presented at 10:30 a.m. A nursery will be provided during the cantata.

Information: 812-372-5889,

First United Methodist smorgasbord — The 50th annual First United Methodist Church smorgasbord will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23-24 at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus, supporting the work of the Gospel. That ranges from local outreach to worldwide efforts. Last year, more than $12,000 went to the cause, according to organizers.

The event includes entertainment from Nashville’s Melchior Marionettes. Country store items will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available now through the church office at 812-372-2851 or at the door.

Tickets prices are $12 for adults in advance and $14 at the door; $5 for children 4 to 10 years old in advance and $6 at the door; children under 3 free. Advance tickets are available at the church, from church members, or from Viewpoint Books.

Also, meals can be delivered to homes in Columbus if diners call by 3 p.m. the day before they want the meal to be delivered.

Information: 812-372-2851.