Religion news – Sept. 24

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]

Have you ever wanted to ask Jesus a question face to face? We may not get a chance in this life, but others had that opportunity during Jesus’ life. Sundays through Oct. 2, we will explore those questions, Jesus’ answers, and what they mean for us today in our sermon series, “The Things They Asked.”

Every Thursday when school is in full-day session, a $4 taco/chicken lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with Pit Stop (Taco Church) Lunch.

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 morning worship service. The blended worship service includes praise music, traditional hymns and Children’s Moment. Sunday school is held immediately following the morning service, and classes are available for all ages and Bible interests. Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month.

A free hot meal will be served Oct. 9 and the second Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Youth Center Building. All are welcome to come.

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 of each month at 1 p.m.

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. in-person and livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. Most Sundays, Sunday school and an adult Bible study are offered from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Wednesday evening worship (masks required) takes place at 6:30 p.m. each week. The congregation also livestreams a daily devotion and prayer Monday through Thursday at 7 a.m. on the Facebook page.

Preschool classes began on Aug. 16 and the congregation offers an afterschool program each school day from 3 to 5:30 p.m. with busing from Southside Elementary.

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 closes out September with a parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) which gets paired in the church’s lectionary with Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15, and 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Pastor Felipe Martinez will preach a sermon titled “Love, Money and Missed Opportunities.”

The church is worshiping in person in the sanctuary (masks requested inside). 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, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Indifference and Interrelation”. The scripture will be Luke 16:19-31.

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 eighth 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 Friday, Sept. 30, the church will host a blood drive in Fellowship Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Go to to register to donate.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the church will have its annual “Blessing of the Animals” in the green space at Ninth and Lafayette. Bring your pet at 10 a.m. to receive a blessing.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the church will host the Singing Hoosiers in concert at 7 p.m. This will be a ticketed event; you must have a ticket to get in due to the seating capacity of the sanctuary. Tickets are free, however, and can be picked up at the church office. Limit 10 tickets per person. Tickets, as well as seating in the sanctuary the night of the concert, will be first come, first served.

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 meet 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 — Sunday School classes are available for infants through adults at 9 a.m. Pastor Brian Gilroy continues to lead the church through the 1 Corinthians sermon series during the 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship service.

Wednesday evening youth group runs from 6 to 8 p.m. for grades 6-12. Trail Life Troop IN-0110 meets twice monthly on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the church invites the community to join for a free evening of fun, family–friendly, side-splitting comedy and mind-blowing magic. Featuring internationally known magical entertainer, Brad Brown. Kids will receive a bag of candy after the show.

The church is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus. Learn more about GCCC online at 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 Sunday, Sept. 25, is “Questions from hell; answers from heaven,” based on Luke 16:19-31.

“Alpha, an introduction to the Bible” continues Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the topic “Where is God when it hurts?” Searching Scripture class continues Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. with the topic “The Ten Commandments.”

Men’s Bible study is Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Zoom.

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

During the fall, the church will be exploring the topic “What Disciples Do.” On Sept. 25, the message will be delivered by Kelly Daugherty, executive director of Love Chapel.

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 — The church will gather at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, and will hear Pastor Rebecca Milne’s sermon “RE:think Happiness” from the series “RE:Boot.” Scripture will be from 1 Timothy 6:6-19. The congregation will be encouraged to learn to be content as that is the ultimate gamechanger. This will conclude the series “RE:BOOT.”

Kathy Bush will serve as worship and song leader, and Teresa Covert will share a message with the children. There will be a time of fellowship following the service.

The new Bible study class will convene at 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening; the study is titled “The Chosen,” and will be led by Pastor Milne. There will be a video followed by discussion. Those attending may bring a “brown bag” or snack. All are welcome to attend.

Choir practice will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday nights. The United Methodist men’s group will meet at 7:15 a.m. Oct. 2 in the fellowship hall.

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. This Sunday, Sept. 25, there will be one combined service at 10 a.m. with a meal (hog roast) served afterward. This will be to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Wertz Memorial Church and the 50th anniversary of the building that is Sandy Hook United Methodist. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about The Potters House.

Anyone with history or ties to either is welcome and the church would love for you to come back and visit.

Nursery is available for children 2 and younger through the service.

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

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 Great Revival” based on Luke 16:19-31 Sunday at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. The early child ministry classes will sing at the 10:45 a.m. service, which will be followed by an open house of the early child ministry in the education building until 1 p.m.

Christian fellowship will begin at 9:10 a.m. Christian educational classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. The Spanish worship service will be in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. with Spanish Bible study at 12:15 p.m.

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 meet 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.

The church’s annual Harvest Fest will be Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Schroer Ranch, 9846 E. 50N. Activities for the afternoon include games, hayride and volleyball. A hymn sing and youth-led devotions will precede the 5:30 pitch-in meal. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided. All are cordially invited to attend.

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.


Sandy Hook United Methodist Church — Three years in the making due to COVID, the Fall Bazaar 2022 is finally happening! With all the conflict in the world today, this event is to raise money for missions to provide outreach to our community and worldwide, whether it is to help one person or one community/country.

The bazaar is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of stations selling items in settings like a boutique, handmade crafts, greenhouse, library, sweet shop, and flea market items. All money from the bazaar goes to mission work for the church. Being a mission event, the church is also collecting tomato soup at this event to go toward our goal of 1,300 cans. This will take place in the parking lot of the church or inside in the event of inclement weather.

The church is located at 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — New Hope Christian Church will host the September meeting at their church on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Ladies are invited.

The meal is at 6:30 p.m. and consists of fried fish, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner rolls, desserts & drinks. The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a message given by Shawn Mahoney from Cornerstone Community Church in Seymour.

The church is located at 1404 W. County Road 400N, Columbus.


Wilson Chapel Christian Union Church — The church is having a free Family Fun day on Sunday, Sept. 25 with free food, games, inflatables, and Twistin’ Frank the balloon artist. Bryan & Yvonne Hutson will be in concert following all the fun.

The family fun event runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with the concert from 6 to 7 p.m.

The church is located at 9435 N. State Hwy 7, Elizabethtown (across from Echo Lake Park).