Religion news – Feb. 27

Editor’s note: Some church services may have moved to online-only formats after The Republic’s deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services and studies

Asbury United Methodist Church — Asbury is offering an in-person traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and a contemporary service by livestream at 11 a.m. You can view the livestream or watch the video recording at the following link

Asbury Kids for children first through sixth grade meet each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. There will be a fun activity, snack, Bible story, and a time of prayer. Email Heidi at [email protected] to get your children registered.

Follow Asbury Kids on our Facebook page

Join online at

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

Community Church of Columbus — Community Church of Columbus will soon offer Tuesday Connection. The sessions are a collection of various support and educational groups. The 10-part in-person series starts on Feb. 23. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Child care is provided.

For information on the groups offered and to register, go to or call 812-348-6257.

East Columbus Christian Church — East Columbus Christian Church is open for in-person worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Masks are required and social distancing is expected. The church also has online worship available through Facebook and YouTube.

Youth meet at the church from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and children’s ministry meets through Zoom on Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

The church is located at 3170 Indiana Ave., Columbus

For more information: 812-372-3789 or

East Columbus United Methodist — The church is now offering in-person worship on Sunday mornings. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with the implementation of the recommended in-person worship guidelines. Masks are required to enter the building (available if needed). Seating is every other pew 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 services have been suspended until further notice. The weekly morning service will continue to be available for viewing online through the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

The church is located at 2439 Indiana Ave., Columbus.

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

Use Zoom to call-in by phone or login online. Join the online Zoom meeting at with the meeting ID 431 070 245.

Those interested can also dial-in at: +1 253 215 8782 US; +1 301 715 8592; Meeting ID: 431 070 245.

The church is located at 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus.

Information: Facebook,, office@, 812-372-3882.

Faith Lutheran Church — The church livestreams worship each Sunday at 9 a.m. along with daily devotions Monday through Thursday each week at 7 a.m. on the church’s Facebook page. The congregation also meets for in-person services each Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. following recommended health guidelines.

The church is located at 6000 West State Road 46, Columbus, 47201.

Information:, 812-342-3587.

First Christian Church — The church is offering services in person and online at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The 9 a.m. service is reserved for those 65+ and the 10:30 a.m. service is open to all ages.

Information:, 812-379-4491.

First Baptist — First Baptist welcomes all to join them at 9:30 a.m. in person or at for their livestreamed service. Recordings of the services are also available.

The church is located at 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus.

Information: 812-376-3321.

First Lutheran Church — The church is offering in-person worship on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. for the classic service and 11:15 a.m. for the casual service. Livestreaming of both services can be accessed on electronic devices at

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

First Presbyterian — The church will have a service via livestream at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Facebook and Zoom. Join in at https://www. or

Those in the community in need of a meal are invited to the Hot Meals program, which is offered Friday at 5 p.m. The church is an LGBTQ-friendly church.


First United Methodist — First United Methodist Church has suspended all in-person worship services until further notice. The church is livestreaming services on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on their Facebook page www.

On Feb. 28, Rev. Sarah Campbell will deliver the message “Cost of Discipleship: Follow the Leader.”

The service will be available on our church website for later viewing as well. For more information, visit our website, or contact the church office at 812-372-2851 (and leave a message if no one answers).

The church is located at 618 Eighth St., Columbus.

Flintwood Wesleyan — Masks/facial coverings are required to enter the building for services on Sundays and Wednesdays at all times unless you are seated and socially distanced in the sanctuary.

If you do not have a mask, they are available. The church will also have hand sanitizing stations throughout the buildings. The church encourages the use of colored lanyards with tags stating your preference on personal space. Every other pew will again be closed for social distancing. Family groups are asked to share a pew. If possible others should sit on opposite end of the pew or in another pew. To help with social distancing, children will begin service in the children’s church area, not the sanctuary.

Sunday morning worship begins at 9 a.m. with The Amplify (contemporary) service. Sunday school has been dismissed until further notice due to new guidelines from the governor. The Well service (traditional) begins at 11 a.m. Both worship services are led by Pastor Wesley Jones. The church’s Sunday Amplify services are streamed on Facebook and YouTube live at 9 a.m.

Sunday evening is devoted to Celebrate Recovery meetings. The meetings are designed to assist in ridding hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Meeting begin at 6 p.m. with getting to know each other, singing, and a lesson are open to the public. At 7 p.m., there is an open share meeting that splits into a group for women and a group for men. Safe child care is available.

The Church Beginnings, a small group Bible study, meets on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Friendship Center. The group is studying the Book of Acts and new members are welcome.

Wednesday activities begin with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. in the Friendship Center. The iKids program begins at 6:15 p.m. and Youth begins at 6:30 p.m. Prayer team meets downstairs in the main building at 6:15 p.m. and adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus.

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

Grace Lutheran — The church will have worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., in-person and live-streamed at

The message for the Second Sunday in Lent is “No neutral ground: either you follow Jesus or you are in his way,” based on Mark 8:27-38.

The church is located at 3201 Central Ave., Columbus, and all events are held with CDC guidelines compliance.

Newbern United Methodist Church — The church is practicing strict COVID-19 preventative measures. Masks are required. All activities are postponed until further notice except for Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. and online Bible study each Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

North Christian Church — The church is continuing Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning via YouTube. Search North Christian Church Columbus Indiana to join.

Join the conversation via Zoom on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. The church will continue to explore Biblical characters whose lives unraveled. Each session is wholly independent from the others. Participants can choose to come and go as able. There is no book to purchase or any advance reading to complete.

There are multiple ways to join in. Desktop link: 83268062076; 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, The Second Sunday of Lent, will include Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; and Mark 8:31-38. The message will be “A Call to Action.”

The church has applied social distancing guidelines. Face coverings are required, but can be provided by the church for those that need one. Seating is spaced two arm-widths apart for non-relatives. Seating is every other pew and there will be no fellowship in the basement, no passing of the peace, and no handshaking or hugging.

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

Petersville United Methodist Church — Petersville United Methodist Church will have in-person worship on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Masks are required and are available in the entrance of the church, along with sanitizer. The offering basket also will be placed there.

Those attending are asked to keep their coats in the pew with them. Seating will be socially distanced, and there will be no Bibles or hymnals available in the pews. Persons may bring their own bulletins, which will be available by email. Fellowship time will not be held and there will not be any group gatherings in the sanctuary. Restrooms will be available but there will be guidelines to follow.

United Methodist men, United Methodist women, and Bible study groups may start meeting in the Fellowship Hall, but each group will be responsible for cleaning the area they use.

Pastor Rebecca Milne will be beginning a series of sermons titled “Holy Vessels,” and will share scriptures from Matthew 8:5-13; the sermon will be called “Safe Keeping.” Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon.

At the conclusion of the service, persons are to exit the building beginning with the back pews first.

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

Sandy Hook United Methodist — Sandy Hook United Methodist church gathers weekly for in-person worship. The church offers two services. The traditional service is at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service is at 11 a.m.

On the Second Sunday of Lent, Feb. 28, Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about “Riding the Storm Out” as part of the sermon series “JONAH…FOR LENT.”

Fellowship time will not take place, nor will there be any Sunday school classes, children’s church, or nursery services.

A Zoom Bible study started Feb. 24 and goes through April 14. The eight-week study, which is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., is on the gospel of Matthew. This is a Seedbed study with videos to watch ahead of time and the discussion will happen on Wednesdays on Zoom. Books can be purchased on your own for $17 at If interested in this study, call the church office at 812-372-8495 with your name, phone number and email so you can be placed on the roster and contacted by the facilitators.

Those attending are asked to wear masks, and they will be available if needed. Seating will be marked and will be socially distanced. Attendees should not gather in groups inside the church.

The church is located at 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus and for more information 812-372-8495.

St. Paul Episcopal Church — In-person worship has resumed at the church, 2651 California St., Columbus, with Sunday Eucharistic services at 8 a.m. (Rite 1) and 10:15 a.m. (Rite 2).

The church follows a strict protocol that includes masks, social distancing, and no singing.

Zoom is used to livestream the 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, for participation in the Tuesday morning Bible study at 11 a.m., and the Thursday evening office of Compline at 8 p.m. Information and Zoom meeting IDs can be found on the church website at

Information: 812-372-7869.

St. Paul Lutheran — Pastor Doug Bauman will present the message “His Cross, Your Cross,” based on Mark 8:27-38, Sunday during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. worship services that follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing. Christian fellowship will begin at 9:10 a.m. Christian education for all ages follows 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.

A COVID-sensitive Communion service is held each Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. Based on the theme, “Return to the Lord,” a 7 p.m. Lenten devotional service will be held in the church with Pastor Bauman presenting the message “Therefore…” based on Romans 5:1-11. Wednesday’s 4:45 p.m. and Sunday’s 8 a.m. worship services will be posted online at

Radio Worship Service is every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on WYGS 91.1 FM and the Lutheran Hour at 7 p.m. on WYGS 91.1 FM.

Open enrollment for the 2021-22 preschool and kindergarten classes has begun. Classes are available for children who are 3, 4, or 5 by Aug. 1. Extended Care and STEM enrichment are also available.

Bible classes meet at the church Wednesdays at 9 a.m. studying the book of Psalms and at 6 p.m. studying the book of Luke.

The church is located at 6045 East State St., Columbus.

Information: 812-376-6504 or

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

The church is located at 7850 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus.

Information: 812-342-6230.

Westside Community Church — WCC has moved Sunday morning church services to the parking lot until further notice. Service begins at 10 a.m. on FM 87.9. All Sunday in-person activities are suspended for the time being.

You may also visit for recorded audio sermons, as well as Facebook for daily “Points to Ponder,” by Pastor Dennis.

WCC is located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus.

Information 812-342-8464.


Eckankar, The Path of Spiritual Freedom — Discover Yourself As Soul! — Eckankar is an active, individual, and creative spiritual practice that can make God’s love an everyday reality in your life. All in-person Eckankar events in Indiana are currently temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19. Visit their website ( and event calendar for scheduled virtual events being held on Zoom and for information about Eckankar, videos and additional reading material.

Information 812-418-8392.