Religion news – Nov. 26

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 the 11 a.m. service. Sunday School Classes meet at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday School classes for the children on Nov. 27. Asbury offers a variety of classes and group studies at various times during the week. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

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 worship service. The morning blended worship service includes praise music and traditional hymns. Our young children receive a special message during children’s moment and are dismissed for children’s church during the service. Sunday school is held immediately after 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 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 Dec. 20 and 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 optional) is offered 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 continue 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 will be having only one service at 10 a.m. on Sundays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

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 will have a 9:30 a.m. worship in person in the sanctuary (you may wear a mask) or on Facebook, Zoom or YouTube. For more details, 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 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, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “From Generation to Generation: Room for Every Story.” The scripture will be Matthew 1:1-17.

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. 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 the church YouTube channel (FUMC Columbus). Videos will be available on the church website for later viewing as well.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the church will have Santa’s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Bring your kids and grandkids for a fun time to participate in various activities and make crafts that could become gifts for family members this Christmas. We are also looking for volunteers to help children make crafts, so if you’d like to help, contact Jen Riddle at [email protected]

On Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., the church will have its Blue Christmas Service. This special service is for those who may be grieving or have a heaviness of heart during the holiday season. Join us for remembrance and reflection through music, words of comfort and shared acts of compassion.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, the church will host a Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Go to to register to donate.

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. Join the 10 a.m. worship service on Nov. 27 though Dec. 18, as Pastor Brian Gilroy shows us how God continues to show us His love and promises to never leave us or forsake us, in a special Christmas sermon series, “God With Us.”

On Christmas morning at 11 a.m., join the church at a special Christmas Worship Service.

If you are a caregiver, join the church’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month, from 4:30 until 6 p.m.

Wednesday evening youth group, led by interim youth minister Ryan Croft, 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.

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.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Grace Lutheran begins its midweek Advent observance with the sermon series, “The Fathers of Jesus.” Wednesday’s message is “Abraham, the father who binds his only son,” based on Genesis 22:1-18. Worship is at 6:30 p.m., in person and livestreamed at A fellowship meal is served at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome.

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.

Please join the church during this Advent Season. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Rev. Steve Allen will be the guest preacher. His topic will be “Whatever you say, God!”

On Sunday, Dec. 4, join the church for the Christmas Cantata “All is Well” that will be performed during the worship service. On Sunday, Dec. 11, join the church for the Youth & Children’s Christmas program “Sheep in Heavenly Peace” that will be presented during the worship service. On Sunday, Dec. 18, the topic for the sermon will be “Christmas Joy.” On Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas Eve service. All are welcome. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” Worship Celebration.

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 — Pastor Rebecca Milne will bring her message, “Sacred Time — Hope,” the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27 at the 9 a.m. service. Scriptures will be from Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:36-44. She will tell the congregation that as we begin our Advent journey toward Christmas, we should emphasize the gift of being awake to the “now” — the gift of sacred time with God, with each other, and with those in need of hope.

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

During the fellowship and refreshment time after the service, those attending are invited to help with the decorating of the sanctuary for the Advent season.

There will be a “Kid’s Fun Day” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church; children will experience crafts, a movie, lunch and more. Attendees must register on the Petersville United Methodist Church’s Facebook Page.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the church. On Christmas Day, there will be a casual worship service at 9:30 a.m.

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


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 Sunday, Nov. 27 — the traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m. This is the first Sunday of Advent. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about “Make Ready a People: #morehope” as part of the sermon series, “Angels Among Us.”

Nursery is available for children 2 and younger from 8:30 a.m. through the end of second service. Sunday school is offered for all ages between the two services.

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 — An Advent Service of Song will be celebrated Sunday with Pastor Doug Bauman presenting the message, “O Come, O Come” based on the hymn, “O Come, Oh Come Emmanuel” Sunday at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Special music by the choirs and a string quartet will be presented.

DCE Cheryl LaBelle will be honored for her 19 years of service to St. Paul prior to Christian Educational classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. LaBelle will lead a small Bible class entitled “Simple Habits for Effective Parenting” in the Conference Room and Pastor Bauman will lead Bible study entitled, ”God’s Plan – Your Purpose” in the Fellowship Room. The Spanish worship service will be in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. with Spanish Bible Study at 12:15 p.m.

A mid-week Advent service will be held Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. with Pastor Bauman presenting the message “O Come, Wisdom from on High”.

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.

The Wednesday morning adult Bible class will meet in the fellowship room at 9 a.m. studying the Gospel of John. All are welcome.

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 Dec. 11 and 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.


Parkside Baptist Church — Awana discipleship club for children 3 years old through eighth grade will meet every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is located at 1780 Rocky Ford Road, Columbus. For information or to register, call 812-372-5889 or go to


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — Hilltop Christian Camp will host the December SCICMF meeting at the camp in Brown County on the first Tuesday, Dec. 6. The meal will be at 6:30 p.m. and include spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert and drinks. The meeting will begin at 7:15 pm.

Eric Scheidt, assistant manager at the Camp, will be the speaker. (Business will include an election for vice president and secretary.)

The camp is located at 6014 S. Hamilton Creek Road, Columbus.