religion news 08-15

Services and studies

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present the second in a two-part sermon series, “I’m Not OK, You’re Not OK,” using Scripture from 2 Samuel 12, at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message, and Brock and Carrie Harris will lead Junior Church for children ages 5 through the fifth grade. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Collected school supplies are still available for children of the church and community. Administrative Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Sunday school will resume in September. The Sit and Stitch group will begin meeting Sept. 8, and the Monday night Bible studies will start again Sept. 14. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the Prayer Team meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays.

An open house at the parsonage, hosted by the Revs. Ed and Stormy Scherer-Berry and family, will be 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 30. Light refreshments will be served.

Plans are being made for a tailgate worship service and picnic on the church grounds Sept. 13.

Information: 812-372-3575; 812-603-8378

Westside Community Pastor Dennis Aud’s sermon is titled “Focus” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, at Tipton Lakes Boulevard and State Road 46 in Columbus. Scripture will be from Hebrews 12:1-3.

A baptismal service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Mill Race Park. The public is invited to attend.

The Tempered Steel Men’s Ministry is conducting a work day at the church from 9 a.m. to noon today. All are welcome to assist on the church grounds.

Information: 812-342-8464;

First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Ever Faithful,” for the Faithful at 50 culmination worship during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be from Isaiah 43:18-19 and Acts 11:19-26. 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 ages 5 through third grade will continue their study of Moses and the Egyptian pharaoh. The story will be about the Israelites and the cruel treatment they received, as written in Exodus 5:1-6:1. The Bible point is that God wants people to have hope in him.

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

Zumba classes will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

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

Registration continues for the Sept. 19 Seeds of Love 5K walk/run race. Forms are available at the church or online at Proceeds from the event will be given to Love Chapel.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Flintwood Wesleyan Sunday services begin with Sunday school for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:30 a.m. led by the Rev. Wes Jones at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. Adult choir practice begins at 5 p.m. followed by the 6 p.m. worship service in The Friendship Center.

Ladies Connections meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in The Friendship Center. Hook, Yarn and Stitchers meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month in Curry Hall. Their current project, “North to Alaska,” is making hats for missions in Alaska. Experience isn’t necessary. Instruction is available with group leader Gretchen Loman.

“A Christian Journey with Paul” meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in The Friendship Center.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, with JAM and youth at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m.

Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Friendship Center.

The youth kiss-the-critter fundraiser concludes Aug. 29. A free-will garage sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with outdoor games for children and pulled pork with all the fixings for everyone. Animals will be available for viewing, petting and kissing. Winner announcement and kissing the critter will take place at 3 p.m.

The annual district senior adult ministry retreat will be Sept. 9 to 12 at Orleans Campground. This year’s special guests will be Lane and Gretchen Loman.

A church picnic will be Sept. 20 after the morning worship service.

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

First United Methodist The Rev. Howard Boles will present his message, “Unexpected Teachers: A Park Bench,” with Scripture from Psalm 46 and Deuteronomy 8: 11-20, at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Coffee Connections will take place in the church library from 10 to 11 a.m.

Travelers Class will address today’s instant communication and the role it plays in life.

Worldfest will be a celebration of cultures sponsored by Learning Tree Preschool from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the church parking lot. Information on how to be a part of this event will be available in the hall outside the church office Sunday and Aug. 23.

The Rev. Boles will lead a monthly book club starting 6 p.m. Aug. 23. The first book will be “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. All are welcome.

The Chancel Choir will resume rehearsals at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Music Center.

The Chancel Ringers will resume rehearsals at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Music Center.

Starting Sept. 20, Pastor Lisa Cottingham will lead a six-week study at 10:10 a.m. Sundays on “The Call” by Adam Hamilton in South Fellowship Hall.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Central Heights Church of God Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m., with praise and worship at 10:30 a.m. This week’s message will be “Letting Prayer be Part of Your Life” at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane.

Pastor John Marquis will give the message, with music led by Brett Denney and Anneliese Marquis.

4:12 youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for Grades 5 through 12.

Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m.

“Dive Deep Q and A” about the Bible is at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Information: 812-391-1684;

Old Union Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost service, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” from Scripture 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20 and John 6:51-58, Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Sunday service starts at 10 a.m., with Sunday school at 9 a.m. and fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Sunday As You Are Evening Prayer Service starts at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Bible study resumes 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

A free concert by the Summer Singers will be at 6 p.m. Aug 29, featuring 30 to 60 voices. Snacks will be available afterward.

Information: Pastor Kirby Rupp, 812-526-9430

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool registration for the 2015-16 school year for 3- and 4-year-old preschool classes is being accepted at the church, 6045 E. State St. Classes for 3-year-olds are half-days Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes for 4-year-olds are half days Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All begin Monday. All classes include Christ-centered education and small class sizes.

Teachers have degrees and years of classroom experience, accredited through the national Lutheran School Accreditation. Extended care will be offered for enrolled students. Information: [email protected].

Information: 812-376-6504

Unitarian Universalist Interim minister the Rev. Mary Moore will present her second sermon, “Celebrating Our Sense of Place,” on Sunday. Moore will consider how having a sense of place can be a spiritual practice, help nurture souls and become more centered.


First Presbyterian Come share your voice Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St., by joining the Ad Hoc choir. Singers gather at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary to rehearse then sing during worship starting at 9:30 a.m. There will also be special music played by a flute ensemble. Interim Pastor Scott Hill will share the message, “Doubt and Joy and Wonder,” and at 11 a.m. the Adult Education class will feature the start of a new series, “Saving Jesus Redux.” All are welcome.

First Lutheran “Family Movie Night” will be at 9 p.m. today outside on the lawn, 3600 25th St. Bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 812-372-1256


Mt. Pleasant Christian Union “Open Mic Night” will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, at 4960 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-344-0478