Religion news – June 18

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 offers a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and a contemporary service at 11 a.m. Nursery is available for both services. J.A.M. (children’s church) is offered at both services. The church also offers Sunday school classes at 10 a.m.

Asbury offers a variety of classes and group studies at various times during the week. Check out our website at for more information.

The church will be taking a break from Asbury Kids, youth and adult class on Wednesday evening June 22. Classes will resume on June 29 and go through July.

Vacation Bible School Sunday will be June 19 at 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at 1751 27th St., Columbus. All services are available online at


Columbus Baptist Church — The church offers worship services on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A teen service is offered at 6:30 p.m. Sunday school for all ages meets at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study, Kids Club, and teens meet at 6:30 p.m. There are various small group events weekly.

The church is located at 4821 N. U.S. 31, Columbus. Information:


Community Church of Columbus — Community Church of Columbus meets for Sunday service at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The second service is livestreamed and available on the Community Church’s Columbus Indiana Facebook page and Community Church of Columbus YouTube channel.

The church is located at 3850 N. Marr Road. For further information, call 812-348-6257 or go to


East Columbus Christian Church — East Columbus Christian Church is open for in-person worship on Sunday mornings with a blended worship service at 10 a.m. The church also has online worship available through Facebook and YouTube.

Sunday morning Bible study is at 9 a.m. 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 Church — Pastor Ann Thomas will bring the message at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. The blended worship service includes praise music, traditional hymns and children’s moment, a time when the children receive a special message. Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month. The morning service is available online Sunday afternoon through the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages for those not yet comfortable meeting in person. Face coverings are optional at services.

Sunday school is held immediately after the morning service and classes are available for all ages and Bible interests.

The Sunday evening chapel service is held twice per month. Check the church website for dates and times.

“Grace’s Table” Free Hot Meal is served the second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in the youth center. Tuesday afternoon Bible study meets at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Men’s breakfast is held once a month (call the church office for dates and times).

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


Fairlawn Presbyterian Church — The church is now open for in-person services at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to join on Zoom, please email the church office at [email protected] to request a Zoom link.

Fellowship and coffee hour is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Please contact the church for the Zoom link.

June’s donations for Love Chapel is mac & cheese.

Women’s Bible study is the third Tuesday each month at 1 p.m. with “Holy Envy” by Barbara Brown Taylor.

The church will assist those in our community with a hot meals June 21.

Camp Compassion Intergenerational Vacation Bible School will be June 21-23 at 6:30 p.m., ending on the 23rd with a homemade ice cream social.

For more information, contact the church office at [email protected],, or

The church is located at 2611 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Information: 812-372-3882.


Faith Lutheran Church — Worship each Sunday begins at 9 a.m. The church also livestreams worship each Sunday on Facebook at Faith Lutheran Church — Columbus Indiana. Most Sundays, Sunday school and an adult Bible study will follow worship at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday evening worship (masks required) takes place at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 6000 W. State Road 46, Columbus. Information:, 812-342-3587.


First Baptist Church — First Baptist welcomes all to join at 9:30 a.m. Sunday 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 Christian Church — The church is offering services in person and online at 9 and 10:30 a.m. FCC Kids is at 10:30 a.m. and FCC Teens is at 9 a.m.

The church is located at 531 Fifth St., Columbus. Information:, 812-379-4491.


First Lutheran Church — The church offers 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 YouTube page.

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


First Presbyterian Church — For Father’s Day, June 19, the church will have its annual outdoor worship service at 9:30 a.m. at the Donner Park Shelter House, 739 22nd St. The second Sunday of Parables brings us to Ten Talents or Gold Coins — Matthew 25:14-30. It also happens to be Juneteenth, so the sermon will be titled “Untangling a mess.” Livin’ by Faith will lead worship.

Service also will be livestreamed on Facebook at, Zoom at, or YouTube at For more details on our church’s response to COVID, please refer to our website:

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to our Hot Meals offered Fridays at 5 p.m. (Please enter through the glass doors on Franklin). We are an LGBTQ-friendly church, open and affirming to all.

The church is located at 512 Seventh St., Columbus. Information:


First United Methodist Church — On Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Joyful People.” The scripture will be Psalm 126. This will be Holy Humor Sunday, filled with laughter and delight. As part of the annual Father’s Day tradition, we encourage everyone, men and women alike, to wear their ugliest tie to worship.

The church encourages those attending in person to please arrive 10 minutes before the service. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances to the sanctuary. Masks are optional. There will be no Sunday school for the month of June.

For those unable to attend the in-person service or not yet comfortable meeting in person, service livestreams will be available on the church Facebook page,, and our YouTube channel (go to and search for FUMC Columbus). Videos will be available on the church website for later viewing as well.

The church is located at 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Information: 812-372-2851 or


Flintwood Wesleyan Church — Sunday morning worship begins at 9 a.m. with the Amplify (contemporary) service. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. with classes for all age groups. The Well (traditional) service begins at 11 a.m. Both worship services are led by Pastor Wesley Jones. The church’s Sunday Amplify services are livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Sunday evening is devoted to Celebrate Recovery meetings. The meetings are designed to assist in ridding hurts, habits and hang-ups. The church has started serving meals again. At this time, there is one meal each month every second-to-last Sunday. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. with getting to know each other, singing, and a lesson, and 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.

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 meet downstairs in the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. Prayer Team meets in the prayer room downstairs in the main building at 6:15 p.m., and adult Bible study meets at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Scouts are meeting Thursdays at 7 p.m.

The church is located at 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. Information: 812-379-4287, [email protected],


Garden City Christian Church — Join the church for its 9 a.m. Sunday school and 10 a.m. Sunday worship.

The church is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus. Information:, 812-372-1766.


Grace Lutheran Church — The church hosts Sunday worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. in person and livestreamed at Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

The church is located at 3201 Central Ave., Columbus, and all events are held with CDC guidelines compliance. Call 812-372-4859 for more information or go online at


Memorial Baptist Church — The church is offering in-person and online worship services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday school is offered online at 10:45 a.m. Online services are via Facebook at and YouTube,

There will be a guest speaker on June 19 from the Foundation for Law Enforcement Chaplaincy. Beginning June 26 and for the remainder of the summer, the church will explore the book of Psalms. The title of this exploration is “Summer of Psalms.” The topic for June 26 will be “A Hymn of Praise.”

Additional information is available on the website and on Facebook at Memorial Columbus. The church can be contacted via email at [email protected]

The church is located at 2320 Seventh St., Columbus. Information: 812-376-6800.


Mount Pleasant Christian Union Church — The church invites the community to visit their little 150-year-old country church for a 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. The church preaches out of the King James Bible and sings out of hymn books.

The church is located at 4960 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Information: 812-344-0478.


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 — Services are at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The church is located at 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus. Information: 812-372-1531.


Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Al White, the church’s transitional pastor, is leading worship and sharing messages that encourage firm foundations of faith in Jesus. Simple church — simply Jesus.

This weekend the church family will be joined by Dr. Tommy Oaks and his son, John Thomas Oaks. Dr. Oaks is the first person in the world to receive a doctorate in Story Telling, and his son is a musical prodigy. The community is invited to a mini-workshop on prayer, Saturday morning at 10 a.m., coffee and donuts will be provided. Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., they will present their musical comedy, The Legend of Wiley Jake, the story of the two brothers Jacob and Esau told as a western tale. It’s lots of fun for the whole family! (Dress in your cowboy duds and come early for extra fun!)

Dr. Oaks and John Thomas will be leading the teaching and worship services on Sunday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.

The church has added a time for discipleship growth at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. There’s always a coffee and donut time downstairs before the morning worship time at 10 a.m.

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


Petersville United Methodist Church — The Rev. Rebecca Milne will bring her message, “Just Jesus,” on Sunday, June 19, at the 9 a.m. service; her sermon will be the beginning of a new series that will continue until the last Sunday in July.

Kathy Bush will serve as worship leader, and Teresa Covert will share a message with the children. Father’s Day will be celebrated and the fathers will receive gifts from the United Methodist women’s group.

A time of refreshments and fellowship will follow the worship service.

The church is located at 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Information: 812-376-3501; 812-546-4438.


Sandy Hook United Methodist Church — Sandy Hook United Methodist Church gathers weekly for in-person and online worship. The church will offer two services on June 19 — the traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about “What Does Jesus Do With Evil.”

Nursery is available for children 2 and younger from 8:30 a.m. until the end of the second service. Sunday school classes are offered between services at 10 a.m.

Online services can be found on the church Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Praise, Prayer and Pickleball will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot starting through July 6. Join us for prayer and fellowship if you are not interested in the “pickleball” part!

July 3 will be an outdoor service at 11 a.m. followed by a “pitch in picnic” and the church will provide the meat and drinks. Please remember to bring your lawn chair for service.

The church is located at 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus. Information: 812-372-8495.


St. Paul Episcopal Church — Join the church for Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. in person or livestreamed on the church’s website,

The church is located at 2651 California St., Columbus. Information: or 812-372-7869.


St. Paul Lutheran Church — Pastor Doug Bauman will present the message “Ready or Not” based of Isaiah 65:1-9 Sunday at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services.

Christian fellowship will begin at 9:10 a.m. Christian Educational classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Jeff Patterson will lead the Adult Bible Class on the topic of Holiness. The Spanish worship service will be in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. with Spanish Sunday school at noon.

Radio worship service is every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on WYGS 91.1 FM, which also broadcasts the Lutheran Hour every Sunday at 7 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Early Childhood Ministry is now enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year. St. Paul offers a comprehensive, half-day kindergarten program and a 3-year-olds preschool class, extended care and STEM enrichment sessions.

Vacation Bible School will be Monday, July 18-Friday, July 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. with the theme “I Love to Tell the Story”. Registration for children 3 years through sixth grade can be completed at

The church is located at 6045 E. State St., Columbus. Information: 812-376-6504 or


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The church has returned to multi-platform services. Gather in person or on Zoom before 10 a.m. Hyperlink and weekly service information available on Facebook, at, or by phone at 812-342-6230.

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


Westside Community Church — WCC has resumed in-facility Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

WCC is located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard in Columbus. Information: 812-342-8464.



East Columbus United Methodist Church — Grace’s Table is a free meal in a drive-in format with entertainment. Presented by East Columbus United Methodist Church every second Sunday at 5 p.m. There will be music and storytelling. Enter the church parking lot and come right at 5 p.m. so you don’t miss the story. Tables available for walk-ups.

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


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. Information: and 812-418-8392.


Northview Church — “The Storehouse” exists to serve those in need who may find themselves recovering from a situation such as a fire, elderly on fixed income, single parents, sickness, homelessness, incarceration, etc. Clothing and household goods are provided free.

To make an appointment or to donate, call 812-343-6450.

The church is located at 7230 N. County Road 250W, Columbus.


Parkside Baptist Church — The members of Parkside Baptist Church would like to thank our pastor, Dr. William “Bill” Bailey, and his wife Mary Ann for being steadfast in serving the Lord and lovingly ministering to us for the past 24 years.

In honor of their retirement, we want to invite those who they have impacted in the community, to a Retirement Celebration on Sunday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Parkside Baptist Church located at 1780 Rocky Ford Road, Columbus.