Religion News – May 28

Religion news appears Saturdays inside the Faith & Community section, and includes items from area houses of worship, plus other ministries, outreaches and groups from all faiths throughout Bartholomew County. Elements can range from sermons and study groups to special services, discussions and other programs. Submit news by 4 p.m. Mondays to [email protected]. Information: Brian Blair at 812-379-5672.

Services and studies

Central Heights Church of God — The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church at 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus with the message, “Am I Really Important to God?” Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Youth meet at 6 p.m. Sundays.

East Columbus United Methodist — The Rev. Charles Aigner will present the message at the 9:30 a.m. combined service Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests. Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available. Evening services will not be conducted.

ALL4One Youth group has been exploring what it means to stand for Christ during the month of May. ALL4One Youth will take a short break and will resume at 5 p.m. June 5.

Tuesday Bible study will meet at 1 p.m. and continue the study of Thessalonians.

Wednesday Bible study will meet at 7 p.m. and continue the study of the Gospel of Matthew.

A trustees meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. and the Missions Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the information area.

Vacation Bible school will be June 6 to 9 for children age 4 to those entering sixth grade.

Registration: 812-376-7418;

Faith Lutheran — Wednesday worship will begin at 6:30 p.m. from June 1 through Aug. 31 at the church, 6000 State Road 46W in Columbus. Pastor Todd Riordan will deliver the message and serve communion.

Church leaders say the support of the nonprofit Thrivent Financial and the local Simmons Winery made the recent Playground Project Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction a success.

Information: 812-342-3587;

First Baptist — The Rev. David Doles will deliver the message, “Who’s in Charge Here?” with Scripture from John 7:1-10 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Music worship will be led by the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Older children will remain with their parents for the service. Recent high school and college graduates will be recognized.

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

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

The Touring Bell Choir will present the first program of their annual concert tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Baptist Church on Seventh Street. They will then be traveling to Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois for additional concerts. The public is invited to share in the concert.

The Men of Faith will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room of Four Seasons Retirement Center for breakfast and study. A video and discussion time, “When Helping Hurts,” presented by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert will be facilitated by Pastor Dan Cash.

Information: 812-376-3321;

First Presbyterian — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. in Columbus. This service, delivered by the Rev. Felipe Martinez, will focus on Luke 7:1-10 and will be titled “House Call.” The church’s contemporary band, Livin’ by Faith, will lead music.

Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Christian education opportunities for children in preschool begin at 10 a.m. The adult fellowship and education hour will not be meeting in observance of Memorial Day. The men’s and women’s support groups meet at 7 a.m. Friday.

Those in need of a meal are invited to the church’s hot meal at 5 p.m. Friday. Enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.


First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Overcoming Obstacles,” at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be 1 Kings 18:20-39 and Galatians 1:1-12. Coffee Connection is between services in the library.

Vacation Bible School will be June 26 to 29 for children age 3 to those entering sixth grade in August. People can register a child online through the church website. Also, people can volunteer to help with VBS by contacting the church office. A free meal will be provided for all participants.

People can enroll now for Learning Tree Preschool Summer camps or register for 2016-17 preschool. Stop by or contact the preschool office at 812-372-2825 for a tour.

Zumba classes, taught by a certified instructor, are at 6:30 a.m. Mondays and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Flintwood Wesleyan — Sunday services begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the church, 5300 E. 25th St. in Columbus, led by the Rev. Wes Jones. We will honor 2016 graduates during the service. Prayer Ministry team meets at 10:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. Choir practice begins at 5 p.m. followed by the 6 p.m. service.

Fintwood’s 50th anniversary is June 12. Anyone who has attended Flintwood is encouraged to join the celebration. A dinner will follow the service.

Youth will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Adult Bible study will be at 6:30 p.m. Prayer Ministry team meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Prayer Room. SHAPE Training will continue at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Friendship Center.

Cub Scout Pack No. 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop No. 588 meets at 7 p.m.

Spring/summer small groups:

Sunday: Greater, led by Donna Jewell, will meet at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center.

Monday: Stitches from the Heart, a quilting fellowship led by Robin Bense, meets in the Friendship Center.

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

North Christian — The Rev. Cheryl Cloar and director of music Elizabeth Clark will lead the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday in the lower level auditorium at the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus. A nursery for preschool-age children, staffed by a professional caregiver, is available.

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

Information: 812-372-1531.

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Finding Faith in the Unlikely,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will include 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43, Galatians 1:1-12 and Luke 7:1-10. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

The Wednesday Bible study is on summer hiatus.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will use Scriptures from Psalms 96 for the sermon, “The Message,” at the 9 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E in Petersville. Larry Nolting will serve as liturgist and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. Sandy Williams and Betty Hilycord will lead Junior Church for children age 5 through the fifth grade. Coins received in the collection from January through June will be given to the Love Chapel food program.

The Walking group will meet at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at FairOaks Mall in Columbus. The Journey Bible study class will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Jim and Chris Kimerling home. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the Prayer group, led by Barb Hedrick, will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The 10 a.m. service Sunday is a chance for poetry lovers in the congregation to bring a poem that has inspired them and share it at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. in Columbus. Nancy Pulley, a local poet, will lead the service.

Information: 812-342-6230;

Westside Community — ​Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, corner of 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. The title of his message will be “Grads: From My Heart to Yours,” from Psalm 119:9-16. ​ ​

The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets during the 10 a.m. service. The 2016 high school graduates will be honored with a reception immediately following the service.

Information: 812-342-8464;


Westside Community service day — A “Day of Service” has been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. This is a family event and all ages will be joining together to serve church members with needs and local neighborhoods in need of cleanup or repair. Members also be gathering donations for location agencies.

Information: Melissa Clark, 812-342-8464.

First United Methodist baseball outing — Members will travel to Victory Field in Indianapolis on July 8 for an Indianapolis Indians Triple A baseball game. Tickets are $9 per person.

Information: 812-372-2851;

South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting — Bryan Graves of Garden City Church of Christ will be the speaker at the June 28 meeting at New Hope Christian Church, 1404 W. County Road 400N on the northern edge of Columbus. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a donation meal of Mahoney’s fish. Graves will speak at 7:15 p.m.

Information: Alvin Balmer, 812-526-2071

Flintwood Wesleyan at pizzeria — On June 7, a Flintwood group will be at Chicago’s Pizza for a “takeover” and bake sale. Times will be published later.

Kids’ Bible Camp is June 14 to 17 at Orleans Campground. Registration forms will be available through the church next month.

The Annual Harold Carr Memorial Golf outing will be held June 18 at Clifty Creek Golf Course.

Revolution, a camp for teens, is June 20 to 24.

Vacation Bible school is June 27 to 30.

North Christian labyrinth — The Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 11 in the lower level of the church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus.

Information: 812-372-1531;

Old Union United Church of Christ festival — The annual Strawberry Festival will be from 2 to 4 p.m. June 11 at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Revival 200 Days are June 25 to 26.