Religion News 08-22

Services and studies

St. Bartholomew Catholic — The church launched in 1841 will begin its yearlong 175th anniversary celebration with Masses today and Sunday at the church, 1306 27th St. in Columbus. Part of the focus will be on St. Bartholomew himself, one of Jesus’ 12 apostles. Because Bartholomew also was martyred for his faith, parishioners will wear red, a symbol of blood, to services, according to organizers. The Rev. Clem Davis is expected to include some historical notes in his homily, and music groups will feature some music from the mid-1800s period, including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”

Also, some volunteers will wear period dress, and banners will include signatures of current parishioners. Other special weekends will highlight other elements of the church’s heritage and history.

Information: 812-379-9353,

Faith Lutheran — Pastor Todd Riordan will deliver the message in a service with communion at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 6000 W. State Road 46.

Sunday morning studies, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 6, include the pastor’s class on “How Christianity Changed the World,” using the book of the same title by Alvin Schmidt. Each week’s session will look at a different area of life as transformed by the influence of Christianity in history. Topics include sexuality, morality, freedom of women, charity and compassion, health care, science, slavery, art, architecture, music and literature.

Riordan leads this class in the Fellowship Hall.

Information: 812-342-3587,

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Take and Eat,” during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be John 6:51-58. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Ensemble.

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 Israelites in Egypt. This weekend’s story will be about God sending plagues on Egypt, with Scripture from Exodus 7:8-10:29. The Bible point is that God uses his power to help people.

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

American Baptist Youth will have a kickoff meeting from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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

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

The 18-member Chile Mission Team will prepare and host a Chilean dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with cost by donation. Reservations should be made by calling the church office. Following the meal, there will be a presentation of the team’s recent learning experience in Chile.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at a private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road. Men of First Baptist and their guests are welcome.

The fourth Seeds of Love 5K fundraiser will be Sept. 19. Registration forms are available at the church or online at Cost by Sept. 6 is $20 (including a T-shirt) or $15 (without a shirt). New this year is a $5 price reduction for children 16 and younger. Proceeds from the run/walk will given to Love Chapel.

Information: 812-376-3321,

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Barbara Hedrick, retired United Methodist church pastor, will bring the message at the 9 a.m. worship service at the Petersville United Methodist Church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. Scripture will be from Ephesians 6:10-20 and John 6:56-69, and the sermon title will be “Armor of God.” Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. The adult choir will provide special music. Brock and Carrie Harris will lead Junior Church for children age 5 through fifth grade. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

The “Sit and Stitch” group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the home of Connie and Larry Nolting. Both Monday night Bible study groups will resume meeting 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Nolting and Kimerling homes. The walkers group will meet at 9 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday morning at the Petersville Park; should there be inclement weather, they will meet at FairOaks Mall.

The weekend of Sept. 11, people of the church will be involved in the Feed My Starving Children meal- packing event organized by the Asbury United Methodist Church. Petersville has begun working with the staff at Clifty Creek Elementary School for the second straight school year. Don Jackson has been coordinating various projects that could be helpful to the school, so persons should contact him at 812-546-4065 to volunteer.

The United Methodist Men monthly meeting will be 7:15 a.m. Sept. 13 at the church.

A tailgate worship service and picnic will be conducted on the front lawn at the church Sept. 13 beginning at 10 a.m., a change from the usual 9 a.m. worship time. It will be an informal day, and people are invited to bring lawn chairs and dress casually. A pitch-in meal will be served following worship so those attending should bring a dish or two to share. A variety of activities and games will be available.

Further information: 812-372-3575, 812-603-8378.

Asbury United Methodist Pastor David Blystone will deliver the message “Love That Will Not Let Go,” from Romans 8:31-39, at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. Sunday contemporary services at the church, 1751 27th St. Sunday school for all ages is at 10 am. JAM (Jesus and Me) for ages 3 to 12 is available during the 11 a.m. service. Nursery is available all morning. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

Mission Columbus will paint the final coat on a house at 1112 Chestnut starting at 8 a.m. today.

The Pit Stop ministry will serve lunch from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Thursday to high school students. Sophomore, junior and senior students are invited to attend. Cost is $4 for make-your-own tacos, homemade cookies and drink.

Sign-ups continue for packing shifts for the Sept. 11 to 13 Feed My Starving Children meal packing event to help hungry youngsters in developing countries. There are openings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Information:

Members are collecting sugar-free cereal during August for the Love Chapel food pantry.

Information: 812-372-4555,

Central Heights Church of God The message “Praying” will continue at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

Donations of food and clothing will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Rally Days will be Sept. 12. Revival will precede Rally Days on Thursday and Friday evening.

Information: 812-391-1684.

First Lutheran The Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry is coming Tuesday to First Lutheran, 3600 25th St. in Columbus. Food will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m.

First Presbyterian The sermon series “Season of Creation” wraps up at the 9:30 a.m. Mountain Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. Scriptures will include Isaiah 65:17-25, Matthew 17:1-9 and Psalm 48:1-11. Pianist Alyssa George will provide music. Adult education class at 11 a.m. is titled “Understanding the “Other America.” Ann Jones and Jacquie Franz will facilitate a discussion of the role of Christians in society of mass incarceration.

Old Union Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. 13th Sunday after Pentecost service, “The Glory of the Lord Fills This His House,” from Scriptures 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43, Ephesians 6:10-20 and John 6:56-69, at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

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

The free Summer Singers concert is at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the church. This group features 30 to 60 voices. Snacks and refreshments follow.

First United Methodist The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Unexpected Teachers: A Handmade Gift,” with Scripture from Romans 8:9-17 and Isaiah 6: 1-8, at both the 9 and 11 a.m. services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Coffee Connections will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church library.

Travelers Class will address “The Wired World – Competition for Decreasing Water Supply Heat Up.” All are welcome.

Worldfest will be a celebration of cultures sponsored by Learning Tree Preschool from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the church parking lot.

Boles will be leading a monthly book club starting at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel. The first book will be “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson.

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

Fridays at First returns at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in the sanctuary. Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky will be guest artists. Arkady Orlovsky served as music director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2010. Wife Tamara Orlovsky was a frequent guest pianist. The concert is free and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Flintwood Wesleyan 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. Adult choir practice begins at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center at the church, 5300 East 25th St.

The small groups schedule is as follows:

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. The 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 the Jesus And Me program and youth at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m.

Cub Scouts meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center.

Upcoming events:

Aug. 29 marks the conclusion of the Youth “Kiss the Critter” Fundraiser. Free-will garage sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be outdoor games for children and pulled pork meals for the public. There also will be a petting zoo.

A Small Group Ministry Fair and Dinner will be Sept. 6 after the morning worship service in The Friendship Center. Eight small groups and their leaders will be available to discuss the new groups and sign-up for the fall session.

The annual District Senior Adult Ministries Retreat will be Sept. 9 to 12 at Orleans Campground. This year’s special guests will be Lane and Gretchen Loman.

A church picnic is scheduled Sept. 20 after the morning worship service.

Information: 812-379-4287,

Unitarian Universalist The Livin’ By Faith Band from First Presbyterian Church will play traditional and contemporary music at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. The ensemble has led worship since 2001 and is a combination of stringed instruments, percussion, keyboards and vocals.

Information: 812-342-6230,


Orphan Grain Train outreach ministry’s new warehouse — The Lutheran-based Orphan Grain Train Christian outreach, which provides clothes, furniture and appliances to needy families locally and worldwide, recently opened its new 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Jonesville. Volunteers recently moved the ministry from Azalea to the current location to give the ministry more space and efficiency, according to leaders.

The nonprofit organization accepts donations of gently used clothing, housewares and furniture, which volunteers sort and package for shipping to people in need in 63 countries, including the United States. Local families who are in need can come to the facility between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and pick up these items for free — providing that the families bring a referral from a social agency or church.

The warehouse is one of 13 branches across the nation coordinating collections and shipping.

Sunday School in the Park — Apostolic Revival Tabernacle has organized Sunday School in the Park at 11 a.m. Sunday at the shelter nearest the playground at Mill Race Park on Fifth Street in Columbus.

The free event will include food, games and other activities, according to organizers.

Information: 812-418-8173