Religion news – October 1

Services and studies

East Columbus United Methodist — World Communion Sunday will begin at 9 a.m. with fellowship time. The Rev. Charles Aigner will deliver a message from Psalm 23, and communion will be served during the 9:30 a.m. blended worship Sunday at the church, 2439 Indiana Ave.Children’s church and a staffed nursery/toddler room are available during the morning service. Sunday school will begin at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests.

The evening service will not be held this week.

All4One Youth Group will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 812-376-7418.

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the communion message, “What Do You Do With an Old Blue Monday?” with Scripture from Lamentations 1:1-6; 3:19-26 at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday 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 leave during the service for children’s church.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Youth will meet at 6:33 p.m. Sunday.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church and The Hannah Circle of American Baptist Women will meet at 2 p.m. that day.

Cross Connections will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road. Pastor Dan Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.” All men of the church and their guests are invited to join the group.

Live streaming is available for Sunday services beginning at 9:25 a.m. To view on your personal computer, go to columbus or access through the web page:

Information: 812-376-3321 or

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Sharing Gifts: Our Hospitality,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services at the church, 618 Eighth St. Scripture will be Leviticus 19:33-34 and Romans 12:9-21. Sunday school classes for children, youth and adults of all ages are available. Adult Sunday school class topics include couples of the Old Testament, “Faith, Hope and a Bird Named George: A Spiritual Fable” by Michael Morwood and “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church” by N.T. Wright.

Sunday Night Connections begin at 5 p.m. Sunday with food, followed by children’s choirs, youth group and adult small group studies.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

First Presbyterian — The sacrament will be celebrated Sunday for World Communion Sunday at the church, 512 Seventh St. The Rev. Felipe Martinez will preach the sermon, “When Faith Grows.” A Peace and Global Witness offering will be collected to promote peacemaking locally and across the globe. Infant and toddler care is available from 9:15 a.m. to noon. Sunday school for children from preschool age to grade 3 will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday school for Grades 4 to 12 will begin at 11 a.m. The Adult Fellowship and Education hour will be at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Men’s and Women’s Support groups meet at 7 p.m. Friday. Those in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals program at 5 p.m. Friday, with entrance through the glass doors on Franklin Street.

Information: 812-372-3783 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — Amplify, the nontraditional service, begins at 9 a.m. and The Well, the traditional service, begins at 11 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary at the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. Sunday school classes begin at 10 a.m. in their regular rooms. Evening activities begin with adult choir practice at 5 p.m. followed by the evening service at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

“Connections” small group meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

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

Wednesday activities begin with supper at 5:30 p.m. Prayer Team will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Prayer Room. JAM begins at 6:15 p.m. and Youth begins at 6:30 p.m. Adult Bible study is at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

Cub Scout Pack 588 meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Boy Scout Troop 588 follows at 7 p.m.

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

Central Heights Church of God — The message at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday will be ”I am designed for a purpose,” given by John Marquis at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane. Life groups meet at 9:30 a.m. Sundays for all ages.

Youth group 4:12 will be at 6 p.m. Sunday night, led by C.J. Phillips.

Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church.

Information: 812-372-4857 or centralheightschurchofgod

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Coming Home, Going Forward,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Genesis 28:16-22, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 and Luke 15:11-32.A special presentation of founding member’s genealogy will be given by Gary Steenbarger. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study resumes at 6:30 p.m. this week.

Information: 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will bring the message, “Our People and Land,” at 9 a.m. Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Liturgist Larry Nolting will share Scripture from Psalm 137. World Communion Sunday will be observed and an offering will be received; funds will support World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-service Training Program. Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The United Methodist Men’s monthly meeting will be at 7:15 a.m. Sunday.

The Monday night Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Nolting homes. The Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. Choir practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the church, and the Prayer Group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting. Otherwise, the group will meet at FairOaks Mall.

The church administrative council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall.

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

White Creek United Methodist — The church will continue its Centennial Celebration, celebrating 100 years in its present sanctuary, with a refilling of its time capsule. The cornerstone holding the time capsule was removed last year with the construction of new front steps, and the time capsule was opened May 1 as a start to the yearlong celebration.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 6730 W. County Road 930S, Columbus, with the presentation of a play recounting the history of the church, written by Annette Heath and originally performed in 1978. A service of songs and sharing hopes for the future will follow. The service will conclude with the refilling and blessing of the time capsule. A pitch-in dinner will be held in the church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.

Information: 812-522-6905.


First United Methodist — The Fridays@First concert with Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. This is a free event open to the public.A special movie sing-a-long to “The Wizard of Oz” will be 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Everyone is invited for an evening of fun, laughter and singing.There will be food and fellowship with a costume parade at 6 p.m. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear a costume and bring a friend.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Lowell General Baptist hymn sing — Mountain Joy from North Carolina will be singing at 7 p.m. today at the church, 200 W. Southline Drive, Columbus.

Information: 812-703-5040


Flintwood Wesleyan — The annual Missions Banquet is Oct. 15 featuring a meal and a speaker. Faith Promise Pledge cards are distributed to be filled out for the coming year.The church will host a Trunk or Treat event Oct. 31 at the church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. This event offers a safe place for children to be. There will be hot dogs, chili, treats and lots of fun activities.

The annual Open Hearth Craft Show is Nov. 12. Food from breakfast to lunch will be served and there will be lots of handcrafted gift items available for purchase. For information on booth space, contact Kim Rutan in the church office.

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

Old Union United Church of Christ — The Lasting Impressions Concert, “Voices for Veterans,” will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church, N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

The conclusion to the 200 anniversary will be Oct. 30, also at the church.

Information: 812-526-9430