Religion news – Dec. 21

Services and studies

Dayspring Church Apostolic — Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. at the church, 2127 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus.

On Sunday, the church will be inspired by, “The Name of Jesus Christ.”

This is taken from Matthew 1:25 where, “…he called his name JESUS..…”

Everyone will receive a free gift.

The Sunday education session starts at 10 a.m. and covers the birth of the Savior, as shared in Luke 2:1-14.

Tuesday Bible study, Power of Prayer and Celebrate Recovery are cancelled for the coming week only.

For more information please call 812-372-9336 or email [email protected].

East Columbus United Methodist — Sunday events begin at 9 a.m. at East Columbus United Methodist Church at 2439 Indiana Ave. in Columbus, with fellowship time in the foyer with beverages and snacks. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School begins at 10:40 a.m. for all ages and Bible interests.

First Presbyterian — The theme of the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22, is love. Focusing on the birth narrative of John the Baptist, Luke 1:5-13 [14-25] 57-80, the congregation will reflect on the story with a sermon titled “Love Prequel.”

Worship begins at 9:30 am, 512 Seventh St., Columbus.

Infant and toddler care is available 9:15 a.m. to noon. The men’s and women’s support groups meet on Fridays at 7 a.m., and a second men’s support group (working-age men) meets every Monday at 6:15 a.m.

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to Hot Meals offered Fridays at 5 p.m. (please enter through the glass doors on Franklin).

The church is a LGBTQ-friendly church, open and affirming to all.


First United Methodist — On Sunday, at the 9 a.m. Traditional Service and the 11 a.m. Celebration Service, the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Advent Waiting: Love” at the church, 618 Eighth St.

The scripture will be Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:10 a.m. Child care is available during both services.

On Tuesday, FUMC will have three Christmas Eve services. At 6 p.m., there will be a family service with the children and youth of FUMC leading worship. At 8:30 p.m., a jazz service featuring holiday jazz music will be offered. The lessons and carols service will begin at 11 a.m. In this candlelight service the congregation will celebrate the birth of Jesus with traditional Christmas lessons and carols.

On Dec. 29, the church will have one unified service at 10 a.m.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Garden City Church of Christ — In the December sermon series, “The Christmas Playlist,” a young lady, a priest, a host of angels and an older man will bring listeners to the heart of Christmas.

The church is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus.

All are welcome to join worship on Sundays at 10 a.m., and for the Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

The church is led by Lead Minister Brian Gilroy and Family Life Minister Bryan Graves.

Old Union United Church of Christ Scriptures for the 10 a.m. Sunday service on the fourth Sunday of Advent include Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7 and Matthew 1:18-25. The message will be “God is With Us.”

Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

The church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service, “Welcome the Light into the World,” with the message “A Newness in the World,” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The church is at 12703 N County Road 50W, Edinburgh.

Information: Visit the Facebook page or call 812-526-9430.

Petersville United Methodist Church The Rev. Stormy Scherer-Berry will give her sermon, “Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy,” at the 9 a.m. worship service at Petersville United Methodist Church on Sunday morning. Liturgist Patsy Harris will share scriptures from Isaiah 7 and Matthew 1.

The service will focus on the meaning of the word Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon, and the choir will provide special music. Each Sunday in December, the coin collection will be given to the Bishop’s Children’s Christmas Fund.

A time of fellowship will follow the worship service; at 10:30 a.m., the fourth and final session of the Advent Study, “Almost Christmas-The Wesleyan Way,” will begin, led by Pastor Scherer-Berry. All are welcome to the class.

On Christmas Eve, a candlelight communion service, “The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy,” will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, led by the Rev. Scherer-Berry.

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

St. Paul Lutheran — The fourth Sunday in Advent will be celebrated Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 East State St., Columbus, with Pastor Jeff Patterson’s sermon, “If You Want a Sign,” based on Isaiah 7:10-17 at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.

The children’s Christmas program, “This Shall Be A Sign Unto You” will be presented at the 10:45 a.m. service.

There will be no Spanish worship service Sunday due to the 5 p.m. Las Posadas service today 5 p.m. at the church followed with a fiesta.

A Christmas Eve family candlelight service, “Location! Location! Location!” will be held at the church at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Spanish candlelight Christmas service with Holy Communion will be held at the church at 4:30 p.m. A Holy Communion candlelight service entitled “To Us Is Given” will be held at the church at 11 p.m. Congregational carol singing will precede the services.

A Christmas Day festival service, “Good News on The Mountains” will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Dec. 25.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — On Sunday at 10 a.m., the church will present the annual holiday sing-along with the Rev. Nic Cable, continuing the tradition of song, story and ugly Christmas sweaters.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Cable and Pam Lee will give the message, “One More Redeemer” at the candlelight service to consider the promise that children bring to life and to the world.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Westside Community — Pastor Robert Vester will lead the service at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church at the corner of West State Road 46 and Tipton Lakes Boulevard.

The service will finish the month’s Christmas series, “The Christmas STAR: Things We Experience During the Holidays.” The sermon will focus on relationships.

The children’s program for birth through sixth grade meets at the same time as the 10 a.m. worship service. For more information on studies or small groups that meet throughout the week, contact the church office at 812-342-8464.

For more information on studies or small groups that meet throughout the week, contact the church office at 812-342-8464.


North Christian Church — In memory of former North Christian Church members Caroline and David Smith, the church is carrying on the Disciples Women’s Ministry holiday tradition of sending funds to the Church World Service Blanket Ministry, a mission to provide blankets to people in poverty or who’ve experienced displacement or disaster.

If you would like to help, drop off a contribution at North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus.


St. Paul Lutheran — On Dec. 22, the church will present the Christmas concert beginning at 7 p.m., featuring the Second Presbyterian Church Beecher Singers and Orchestra of Indianapolis conducted by Dr. Michelle Louer.

All are welcome and invited to attend at the church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus.

Organist Dr. John Allegar will perform Christmas favorites and lead audience carol-singing. A pre-concert harp recital will begin at 6:40 p.m. Everyone is cordially invited.

Admission is free.