Religion News 09-19

Services and studies

Petersville United Methodist The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will present her message “Say No!” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E. She will use scripture from Psalms 1. Joe Bush will serve as liturgist and the Rev. Scherer-Berry will give the children’s message. Don and Patsy Harris will be leaders for Junior Church for children ages 5 through fifth grade. Fellowship will begin immediately following worship and Sunday School will start at 10:30 a.m.

Monday night Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the homes of Chris and Jim Kimerling and Connie and Larry Nolting.

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

The Walkers group meets at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at Petersville Park. If there is inclement weather, the group will meet at FairOaks Mall.

Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church under the direction of Kathy Bush.

Barbara Hedrick will lead the Prayer Group at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Don Jackson will coordinate delivering food packs at Clifty Creek Elementary School at 9 a.m. Friday; anyone wishing to help should contact him at 812-546-4065.

Plans are being made for Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot.

Information: 812-546-4438 or 812-372-3575

Community Church of Columbus As the church celebrates Community Life, Dan Foote, community pastor of Flatirons Community Church of Boulder, Colorado, will be guest speaker at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at the church, 3850 N. Marr Road. Worship leader will be John Thomas Oaks of Knoxville, Tennessee, a frequent visitor to Columbus area churches.

For the month of September, the church is focusing on the importance of small groups within the body of believers. Information on small groups can be found at

“You and Me Forever” and “Seven Things That Rattle in the Minds of Most Men” will be added to the Tuesday Connection lineup beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information or to register: 812-348-6257.

St. John’s Lutheran (White Creek) — Members will mark the church’s 175th anniversary at the 10:15 a.m. service Sept. 27 at the church, 16270 S. County Road 300W south of Columbus.

The service will include special music provided by the Seymour Men’s Chorus. The congregation and guests will sing hymns that were included at previous anniversary services: the 90th anniversary, the 100th anniversary, the 125th anniversary, and the 150th and 165th anniversary. Psalm 89:1 is the theme for this year of celebrations: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.”

After the service, 175 balloons will be released outdoors.

Information: 812-342-3516 or 812-342-6832

Cowboy Church — Wild Bill McClain will lead a cowboy church service at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Columbus’ Owens Bend Park at County Road 550N and River Road. Lunch will be provided. Columbus’ Mount Pleasant Christian Union Church has organized the country-western service — and McClain says he might consider doing others if people are interested.

People can get pictures of McClain and his horse, Grey Deer.

Information: 317-507-6132

First Lutheran SonRise Bible Study’s 15th year of a study and fellowship for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities has begun at the church, 3600 25th St. Classes are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays. The informal gatherings include Bible lessons, music, prayers and refreshments. No reservations are needed.

Information: 812-372-1256

First Baptist The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “From Stressed to Blessed,” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive. Scripture will be Psalm 23. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir and the Glad Ringers.

The youth fundraiser Coffee Bar will be open before and after the service.

Child care will be offered for infants. Children’s Church will be available for toddlers through preschool-age children, leaving during the service.

Children age 5 through third grade will participate in the Transformed series, with the key to be centered on physical health. The story will be about Daniel’s Diet and the Bible verses Daniel 1:8-16. The phrase of the week is “Be Healthy.”

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

The Fourth Annual 5K Walk/Run is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. today, departing from the church.

A Zumba class 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 Chancel Choir will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Abigail Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Men of Faith Bible Study will meet for breakfast at 6:15 a.m. in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center on Taylor Road. All First Baptist Men and their guests are welcome. The study will feature the book “7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness,” by Eric Metaxas.

Information: 812-376-3321 or

Memorial Baptist — American Baptist Women Sunday will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2320 Seventh St. in Columbus. Guest speaker will be Carmen Beasley, who will bring a message, “A Time to Serve.” Flat Rock Association Scholarship winner Aeriel Pettit will be giving the welcome.

Asbury United Methodist Pastor David Blystone will deliver the message, “The Second Mile,” from Scripture readings Ezekiel 25-31 at the 8:45 a.m. traditional and the 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday, at the church, 1751 27th St. in Columbus. 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. Nursery is available all morning. Fellowship time with coffee and snacks is between services at The Well.

The recent Feed My Starving Children meal-packing event for poverty-stricken youngsters in Third World countries was an overwhelming success, according to organizers. A record 233,280 meals were packed. These meals will feed 639 children a meal every day for a year. Organizers said they appreciate the volunteer and financial support for the project.

Tickets are on sale for the Asbury Family Fish Fry, which will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6 in advance. Children through sixth grade are admitted free.

For the month of September, members will collect canned pork and beans for Columbus’ Love Chapel food pantry.

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

Information: 812-372-4555 or

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus The Rev. Mary Moore will present the message, “We Forgive Ourselves and Each Other” at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. In between the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, members and visitors will explore together the timely topic of forgiveness.

Tibetan Buddhist monks also will visit the congregation in mid-October. The congregation’s Tibetan Buddhist Bodhi-Ling is organizing a fund-raising meal for them.

Central Heights church of God — Pastor John Marquis will lead the service of worship and praise at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a message about faithful praying. Sunday School will begin at 9.30 a.m. Nursery and children’s church will be available at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

Old Union United Church of Christ Pastor Kirby Rupp will lead the 10 a.m. Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost service with the message, “When You Welcome Others, You Welcome Me,” from scripture readings Jeremiah 11:18-20, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a and Mark 9:30-37, at the church, 12703 North 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 starts at 6:30 p.m.

•Ladies Aid Meeting starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 13.

•The church’s quarterly business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13.

Information: 812-526-9430

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Seedlings and Sequoias,” with Scripture from Psalm 1 and Mark 9: 30-37, 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. Sunday. All coffees are certified fair-trade, purchased from family owned or small co-op farms from around the world.

Travelers Class will hear about The Timmy Global Health Project from Lauren Cottingham, the project’s programs manager and Pastor Lisa Cottingham’s daughter.

Starting Sunday, 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.

Boles will once again lead a monthly book club at 6 p.m Sunday in the Multi-Purpose Room. “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce is this month’s book. The book club is open to everyone.

Fridays@First concert series welcomes Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the sanctuary. Their cello and piano combination have entertained audiences around the world. This concert is free and open to the public.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

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. Prayer Ministry Team meets at 10:15 a.m. in the Prayer Room at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. A church picnic will follow the morning worship service, with meat provided by the church but sides and desserts as pitch-ins. A rematch of last year’s kick-ball game will take place after the meal.

Adult Choir practice is 5 p.m. in the sanctuary with John Shelton leading.

The small groups fall session is as follows:

Crazy Love starts at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Friendship Center led by Revs. Gary and Tracey Carter.

Greater, a Women’s group, starts at 6 p.m. in Curry Hall led by Donna Jewell.

7 Miracles of Jesus begins at 6 p.m. in the home of Rita Carr.

Ladies’ Connections meets at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month in The Friendship Center, led by Rev. Teri Jones.

Hook, Yarn, and Stitchers meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month in Curry Hall. The group’s current project is making caps for church participants in The Festival of Lights Parade. Experience isn’t necessary. Instruction is available with group leader Gretchen Loman.

To Live a Healthy Life begins at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center and is led by Ed Boston.

Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship, starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Quilting instruction is available with group leader Robin Bense.

A Christian Journey with Paul – A Trip Down the Roman Road begins at 7 p.m. in The Friendship Center led by Sandy Dooley.

Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. with the Jesus And Me program at 6:15 p.m., youth group at 6:30 p.m. and Adult Bible Study at 7 p.m. Wednesday. 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. Thursday in the Friendship Center and Boy Scout Troop 588 meets at 7 p.m. in the church downstairs.

Upcoming events include:

The annual Missions Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in The Friendship Center.

Senior Adult Ministries Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in The Friendship Center.

The Harold Carr Memorial Golf Outing will be Oct. 10.

Information: 812-379-4287 or email [email protected]. Our website is


St. Paul Lutheran Harvest Fest The Annual Harvest Fest will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Schroer Ranch at 9846 E. County Road 50N. Activities for the afternoon include apple bobbing, hayrides, games, pumpkin painting, volleyball and tag football. A hymn sing and youth led devotions will precede the 5:30 p.m. pitch-in meal. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided.Information: 812-376-6504First Lutheran First Lutheran Youth will meet Sept. 27 after the second worship service at the church, 3600 25th St. in Columbus. All students grades six and up are invited to come together for a Bible study, lunch, games and service projects.

Information: Jimmy Collins, 812-372-1256