Religion news – July 18

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist Church — Asbury is offering in-person worship at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. Patrons can also live stream worship or watch the recorded video after 11 a.m. at

A new Asbury Kids video is available each Wednesday at

Look for the Asbury Kids Facebook page for fun and fellowship for kids of all ages.

The church is located at 1751 27th St., Columbus.

Cornerstone Outreach Ministries — A nondenominational ministry at 1229 California St., Columbus. Sunday worship services are at 10 a.m.

Bible study is on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Information: call 812-375-4502.

Dayspring Church Apostolic — Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. at the church, 2127 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus. Every visitor will receive a free gift.

The Sunday education session starts at 10 a.m.

Bible study is Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and is a group session sponsored by Heart Changers International, LLC on depression, perfection and anger, with hand out questions.

Our Prayer of Power starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and is preceded with requests and instructions on prayer.

Ignite is the Youth growth session happens every third Friday.

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

East Columbus United Methodist — Sunday morning worship at East Columbus United Methodist Church begins at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with the implementation of the recommended in-person worship guidelines.

Social distancing guidelines include requesting a face covering (face masks will be provided for those who need one), seating every other pew, no passing of offering plates, no handshaking or hugging, and the use of pre-packaged communion supplies. Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.

Sunday school will be held immediately following the morning service, and classrooms have been arranged to follow social distancing guidelines. Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m. in the chapel. Seating has been arranged to follow social distancing guidelines.

The weekly service will continue to be available for viewing online through the church’s Facebook page and on their YouTube channel.

Fairlawn Presbyterian — Weekly worship service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom (links and numbers below or you can check or visit the church’s Facebook page for login and phone information).

Use Zoom to call in by phone and/or log in online.

Join the online Zoom meeting at with the meeting ID of 431 070 245.

Dial-in using landline or cell phone: +1 253 215 8782 US; +1 301 715 8592 US; Meeting ID: 431 070 245.

For more information visit Fairlawn’s Facebook page or website (, email [email protected] or call 812-372-3882.

The church is located at 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus.

Faith Lutheran Church — The church will live stream worship each Sunday on Facebook at Faith Lutheran Church — Columbus Indiana.

The church is also meeting in person each Sunday at 9 a.m., following specific health guidelines. Daily prayer is live streamed most weekdays at 8 a.m. All are welcome to worship the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

More information is at or call 812-342-3587. The church is located at 6000 W. State Road 46, Columbus.

First Christian Church — The church is offering in-person and online services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service is reserved for those 65 and older and the 10:30 a.m. service is open for all ages. The church has activity packs available for children.

Please check the church website,, for details or call the church office, 812-379-4491, with questions.

First Baptist — The church is now holding public worship gatherings on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The church also offers a live stream worship connection via its website or https://FirstBaptist All are welcome to worship with the family of faith.

Those seeking additional information or clarification call Jerald Hatton at 812-371-8937 or Laura Friedrich at 812-376-3321.

The church is located at 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus.

First Lutheran Church — The church has begun in-person worship services. Sunday morning worship times are 8:45 a.m. for the classic service and 11:15 a.m. for the casual service.

Live streaming of both services can be accessed on electronic devices at www.

The church is located at 3600 E 25th St., Columbus.

First Presbyterian — First Presbyterian Church has canceled all in-person gatherings, including worship and committee meetings, and the office is closed until further notice. Those needing to get in touch should call 812-372-3783 and leave a message.

Streaming of worship services is available at each Sunday until the church resumes meeting back in person. Join the church as they worship together through technology.

Please know that we are praying for our church, our community and the world in this time of crisis, and we encourage you to join us in prayer. God bless you.


First United Methodist — On July 19, at 8:30 a.m., it will be Youth Sunday at the church, 318 Eighth Street. Join for a youth-led worship service as confirmands are welcomed. The theme is “A New Kind of Life.” Texts are Isaiah 43:18-19 and 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Doors for the service will be opened at 8 a.m., and the church asks patrons enter through the Narthex doors (on Eighth Street) or through the Lafayette Street doors. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances to the sanctuary. The church asks that everyone attending wear a mask while they are in the building. Masks will be available. The church will be practicing social distancing and will be taking other precautions to help ensure everyone’s health and safety.

The church will not be having childcare, children’s moment, or Sunday school at this time

Those unable to make it to the in-person service or are not yet comfortable meeting in person, the church continues to have a 10 a.m. live stream of the service on its Facebook page, and it will be available on the church website for later viewing as well.

Compassion Camp VBS began on June 29. Those still wishing to join can register at Once registered, families can pick up packets at the church office on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants have an entire week to do the materials in the Family Pack, which are supported by videos posted weekly on the FUMC Columbus YouTube page. Then join the church on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. in the green space at FUMC for fun. The church will sing the song of the week, do some movement activities and crafts that support their learning. Don’t miss the fun.

Information: 812-372-2851 or

Flintwood Wesleyan — The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St. In response to the current COVID-19 situation, Flintwood Wesleyan Church is canceling all midweek services and activities.

Sunday worship services resumed with the implementation of the recommended in-person worship guidelines.

Please remember to check the church’s various communication spaces — Facebook, Website, Mobile App — for updates. Flintwood staff will be doing everything possible to keep the congregation encouraged. All need to do all we can to keep staff encouraged. Above all pray.

For further information about the services or ministries, call 812-379-4287 or email flintwood [email protected]. Church office hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit website at

Grace Lutheran — Worship is at 9 a.m. and can be live streamed at www.grace

All services will be live streamed and are all also available as recordings at the same website.

The church is located at 3201 Central Ave., Columbus.

North Christian Church Rev. Tonja Gerardy is continuing Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning via YouTube. Find North Christian Church Columbus Indiana and join us.

In addition, join the fun and lively conversation via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The church will continue to explore Biblical characters whose lives unraveled. Perhaps some insight will be gained in how to cope with the things that have unraveled in our own lives. Each session is wholly independent from the others, so you can choose to “come and go,” as you are able. There is no book to purchase or any advance reading to complete. This is a no-stress way to connect with church family in a way that supports and encourages your spiritual growth.

Computer link: Smartphones: +1 646 558 8656, 832 6806 2076#. Landline phones: +1 646 558 8656, then enter meeting ID 832 6806 2076.

The staff continues to work remotely. No building access is available at this time. The church will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation, and update their response as appropriate.

The church is located at 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus.

Information: 812-372-1531

Old Union United Church of Christ — Scriptures for the 10 a.m. Sunday service with social distancing will include Genesis 28: 10-19a; Romans 8:12-25; and Matthew 13:34-30, 36-43. The message will be “Dreams.”

The church will apply social distancing guidelines, which includes no one permitted without a face covering (face masks will be provided for those who need one), space two arm-widths apart for non-relatives seating, seating every other pew, no fellowship in the basement, no passing of the peace, no handshaking or hugging.

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

Petersville United Methodist Church — The Petersville United Methodist Church will gather for worship at 9 a.m. on July 19. The Interim Pastor, Rebecca Milne, will bring the message, “The Gift of Prayer,” and scriptures will be shared from Matthew 6:5-15. Fellowship time will not take place, nor will there be any classes meeting until further notice.

Those attending are asked to wear masks, and they will be available if needed. Seating will be marked with blue tape and will be socially distanced. Sanitizer will be available; the offering basket will be placed in the narthex; attendees should not gather in groups inside the church.

Information: 812-546-4438; 812-376-3501.

Sandy Hook United Methodist — Sandy Hook United Methodist Church has canceled all public worship services and meetings. Weekly messages are available on the church’s Facebook page or the Pastor Stephen W. Austin YouTube channel.

The church is located at 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — All in-person activities at the church are suspended until further notice. Sunday Eucharist is being hosted on Zoom at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday morning.

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will present the message “A Look at the Lord’s Field” based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Sunday at the 8 & 10:45 a.m. worship services that follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 East State Street.

Christian Fellowship will begin at 9:10 a.m. with Christian Education classes following at 9:30 a.m. The Spanish worship service will be in the Fellowship Room at 10:45 a.m. with Spanish Sunday School at noon.

Radio Worship Service every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1010 AM and 98.1 FM.

In-person communion service is held each Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. in the church followed by Bible study on First Thessalonians at 6 p.m. Wednesday’s worship service will be posted online Thursday, July 23 at

Vacation Bible School will be offered virtually and in-person July 20 through July 23 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with the theme “Rainforest Explorers — Jesus Leads the Way!” Registration:

Open enrollment for the 2020-21 kindergarten and pre-school class registrations continues for students who are 3-, 4-, and 5-years-old by Aug. 1. For more information, call 812-528-0168.

Information: 812-376-6504.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — At this time, the church has postponed in-person gatherings until further notice. Please join the church virtually. Follow the church on Facebook or visit for more information.

The church is at 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Information: 812-342-6230.

Westside Community — WCC has resumed in-facility worship with the implementation of the recommended guidelines. As a courtesy to all, masks are required. Limited seating will be available to allow for distancing.

The church is recommending older adults attend the 8:45 a.m. service, and young families and all others attend the 10:15 a.m. service. The church encourages at-risk individuals to remain at home, and those who have, or have recently had, symptoms to remain at home. Each worship is planned for 30 to 45 minutes to minimize potential exposure.

The church is located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard.

Information: 812-342-8464.