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First Presbyterian — The book of Romans’ chapter eight will be the focus of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. That segment of Scripture will be woven into prayers, songs and the message.

Adult education classes include “Saving Jesus Redux,” “What Can We Know About Jesus?” led by Luther Pierson and “Today’s Caste System: The New Jim Crow,” led by Ann Jones and Jacquie Franz.

Information: 812-372-3783,

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

Sunday studies at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 6 include “How Christianity Changed the World,” highlighting sexual morality, freedom of women, charity and compassion, health care and other areas. Riordan will lead this class in the fellowship hall.

Another class will focus on the book of Mark and servanthood of Christ. Luke and Barbara Jacobus lead this study in the conference room.

Information: 812-342-3587,

Asbury United Methodist Pastor David Blystone will deliver the message, “Walking Through Samaria,” from John 4:1-4, 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. Nursery is available all morning. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

For the month of August, members have been collecting sugar-free cereal for Love Chapel.

An Asbury Golf Scramble is planned at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clifty Golf Course. Cost is $16 per person. Sign-up for teams will begin this week. Family and friends are welcome to join in on the fun.

Information: 812-372-4555,

Unitarian Universalist The Rev. Mary Moore will lead the 10 a.m. Sunday service, “In Celebration of Water.” Some Unitarian Universalist congregations have an annual water ceremony in which people bring small samples of water from places they have been recently. However, Unitarian leaders say these can become rather insensitive occasions, with one person bringing water from a “fabulous trekking expedition in the Himalayas” and another bringing water from the faucet in the homeless shelter where they are living. Instead, members will be taking a look at water in the world and in people’s lives — in a year which has seen both drought and flooding.

East Columbus United Methodist Combined morning worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with Sunday school to follow at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during the morning service.

All4One Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. for the Nooma Series by Rob Bell in the youth room.

The Rev. Charles Aigner will bring the message, “God’s Way to Happiness: Happiness Through Purity of Thought,” from Matthew 5:8, at the 6 p.m. Casual-Informal Evening Service.

Weekly Bible studies meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel.

Women’s Bible study will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rainbow Room.

Central Heights Church of God Sunday services for all ages, including a nursery, is at 9:30 a.m. Worship and praise is at 10:30 a.m. Pastor John Marquis will present the message, “Faithfully Praying,” at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

A revival and the 12th Rally Days with games, food and fun is Sept. 10-11. Bible study is 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Youth meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.


First United Methodist The Rev. Lisa Cottingham will present the message, “Say Yes to God,” with Scripture from Philippians 1:3-11, at both the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Coffee Connections will take place in the church library from 10 to 11 a.m.

Travelers Class will discuss “Churches Respond to SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling.” The class meets in the Blue Room at 10:10 a.m. All are welcome.

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

Starting Sept. 20, Cottingham will lead a six-week study on “The Call” by Adam Hamilton in 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 for the concert which is free and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851,

Old Union Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 10 a.m. Sunday service with the message, “A Far Away Heart,” from Song of Solomon 2:8-13, James 1:17-27 and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Sunday school is at 9 a.m., with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

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

Wednesday Bible study is at 6:30 p.m., resuming Wednesday.

The Summer Singers concert, “At the Movies,” is at 6 p.m. today at the church. Snacks will follow.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Flintwood Wesleyan — The Rev. Wes Jones will lead the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus. Adult choir practice is at 5 p.m., followed by the Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

A free-will garage sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today as part of the conclusion of the “Kiss the Critter” fundraiser for the youth’s end-of-the-year conference in Indianapolis. There will be outdoor games for children. Organizers will serve pulled pork with a variety of side dishes beginning at 11 a.m. There also will be animals for viewing, petting and kissing. Winner announcement and the actual kissing of the critter will be at 3 p.m. The event is open to all.

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 group’s 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 each at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in The Friendship Center.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, with Jesus And Me and the youth group at 6:30 p.m. and adult Bible study at 7 p.m. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room downstairs in the church.

Cub Scouts Pack 588 meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Friendship Center, and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. in the church downstairs.

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scriptures from Psalms 45:1-2, 6-9 and Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 when she brings the message, “Empty Worship, True Discipleship,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E.

Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. Kathy Bush, Teresa Covert and Chris Kimerling will provide special music. Brock and Carrie Harris will lead Junior Church for children ages 5 through fifth grade. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

The Sit and Stitch group will meet again at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the home of Connie and Larry Nolting. Both Monday night Bible study groups will resume meeting at 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 mornings at the Petersville Park; should there be inclement weather, they will meet at FairOaks Mall. The Prayer Team, led by Barb Hedrick, meets at 10 a.m. each Thursday at the church.

The weekend of Sept. 11, people of the church will be involved in the Feed My Starving Children meal-packing event at Asbury United Methodist Church. Check with Kathy Bush at 812-376-3501 for further information. Petersville is working with the staff at Clifty Creek Elementary School for the second year. Don Jackson has been coordinating various projects that could be helpful to the school. People who would like to volunteer should contact Jackson at 812-546-4065.

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

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

Information: 812-372-3575, 603-8378.

First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Falling or Following,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir.

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

Children age 5 through through third grade will continue their study of the Israelites’ escape from Egypt.

Classes for all ages will meet following coffee fellowship at 10:45 a.m.

Zumba classes will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday at the church.

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

The Hannah Circle will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Registrations for the fourth 5K Run/Walk may be made at sign

Information: 812-376-3321,


Lowell General Baptist — The Sextons from Hardyville, Kentucky, will sing at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive on Columbus’ northern edge.

Taylorsville United Methodist — An old-fashioned hymn sing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church, 1361 Tannehill Road in Taylorsville. Information: 812-703-5040.

East Columbus United Methodist Nashville, Tennessee, recording artist Darla McFadden will be in concert during the 8:30 and 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13 services at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. The Hoosier native recently was nominated for a Dove Award, Christian music’s equivalent of a Grammy.


Nashville Christian conference simulcast — Lifeway Christian Resources is slated to simulcast well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author and speaker Beth Moore’s conference live from 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Sept. 12 at the church. Tickets are $20 for a day of music, worship and sessions led by Moore. Box lunches are available for $10 and people may preorder Moore’s newest book, “Audacious,” for $15. Register by email to womensministry@nashville, or by phone to 812-720-0556.

Grace Lutheran Alpha Course The 16th year of Grace’s offering of the course serving as an introduction to the Christian faith begins at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 3201 Central Ave. in Columbus. The class will run from 5:50 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday for 14 weeks. Each week will include a meal, talk and discussion. Child care is free at the church. To register or arrange child care, call 812-372-4859.

Information: 812-372-4859,