Religion news – July 30

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. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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 Jongmin Lee will bring the message at the 9 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. Sunday school is held immediately after the morning service, and classes are available for all ages and Bible interests. There will be no Tuesday Bible study or evening chapel service at this time.

“Grace’s Table” Free Meal will be served the second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in the youth center.

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


Fairlawn Presbyterian Church — The church is now open for in-person service 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.

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

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 the church’s YouTube page.

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


First Presbyterian Church — The church concludes its summer preaching series on Jesus’ parables with the Parable of the Rich Fool, found in Luke 12:13-21. The sermon will be titled “Living Will.” Our band Livin’ by Faith will lead us in worship.

The church is back to worshiping in-person in the sanctuary (masks optional). The service will be at 9:30 a.m. at church or livestreamed on Facebook, Zoom or YouTube.

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 Street.) 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, July 31, at 10 a.m., Jen Riddle will deliver the message, “The Wisdom of Generosity.” The scripture will be Luke 12:13-21. Leading the church in worship that morning will be a jazz trio featuring Gary Walters on piano, Thomas Brinkley on bass and Chelsea Hughey on drums.

The church encourages those attending in person to arrive 10 minutes before the service. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances to the sanctuary. Masks are optional. Sunday school for kids up to sixth grade will begin at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Childcare will be available from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the 10 a.m. service.

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.

On Sunday, July 31, the church will have its annual picnic at Donner Park after the 10 a.m. service. Meat and drinks will be provided; please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The church will also have an auction at the picnic to raise funds for a mission trip to Guatemala in March 2023.

Following the picnic, there will be a family scavenger hunt at Donner Park for kids up through 6th grade. Also on Sunday, July 31, any students entering seventh-12th grade are welcome to attend the Youth Group Kick-Off Party. It will be at Donner Park Shelter from 5 to 7pm. For any questions or for more information, contact Jen Riddle at [email protected]

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.

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 message for July 31 is “Rich Toward God,” based on Luke 12:13-21.

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 and YouTube.

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 July 31 will be “A Call to Praise,” taken from Psalm 150. The topic on Aug. 7 will be “How Majestic”, taken from Psalm 8.

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.


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.

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 — On July 31, Rev. Rebecca Milne will complete her sermon series, “Just Jesus” at the 9 a.m. service. The theme will be “What Does Jesus Say Is Greater … People or profits?” Scriptures will come from Luke 12:13-21.

Kathy Bush will serve as worship and song leader, and Teresa Covert will share a message with the children.

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

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, The United Methodist Men will be serving their annual Ice Cream Social outdoors between the church building and the annex. Also, hamburgers and hot dogs will be on the grill, and those attending may bring a dessert or salad to share; drinks will be provided and picnic supplies will be available, but people should bring their lawn chairs for more comfortable seating.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, the men will be joined by the women’s group for a breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m.

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 July 31 — the traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m. The message will be part of the sermon series “Just Jesus.”

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.

Back to School Bash will be on Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be bounce houses, face painting, free food, snow cones, carnival games and a chance to dunk the pastor in a dunking booth!

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 “A Relaxed and Merry Soul” based on Luke 13:13-21 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. Kantor Dan Mau will lead the adult Bible class on the Liturgical Renewal Movement in the 20th century. 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.

Wednesday adult Bible classes will resume on Aug. 3 in the Fellowship Room at 9 a.m. studying the Gospel of John and at 6 p.m. studying the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome.

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.

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


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — 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 — Sunday worship service is 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 available for anyone to attend. The meal is held every second Sunday at 5 p.m. inside the Youth Center Building adjacent to the main church building.

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.