Religion news – Jan. 7

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 only at the 11 a.m. service. Sunday school classes meet 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]

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. 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 Jan. 8 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 has in-person and Zoom services at 9:30 a.m. To join on Zoom, email the church office at [email protected] to request a Zoom link.

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

Women’s Bible study is the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

January Love Chapel donations will be canned fruit.

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’s service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in person or livestreamed at 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 — Jan. 8 will be the church’s annual traditional “Star Sunday,” when we receive a paper star with a word of guidance for our coming year. The star, of course, is a reference to the star which guided the magi to Bethlehem. That story (Matthew 2:1–12) along with Isaiah 60:1-6, 11 will be basis for Rev. Tonja Gerardy’s sermon titled “In the Shadow of a Star.” The church will also be ordaining and installing new elders and deacons that day. 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, refer to the church’s website,

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to hot meals offered Fridays at 5 p.m. (Please enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street.) The church is LGBTQ-friendly, open and affirming to all.

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


First United Methodist Church — On Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m., Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “From Generation to Generation: We Keep Seeking.” The scripture will be Matthew 2:1-12.

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.

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 church for a 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship service lead by Pastor Brian Gilroy.

The church’s Alzheimer’s and dementia support group for caregivers meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 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.

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.

In the month of January, the church takes a look at new beginnings throughout Scripture.

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 the 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’s doors are open for visitors for this new year as the church family looks to grow.

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 Jan. 8, at the 9 a.m. worship service, Pastor Rebecca Milne will use the theme of “The Baptism of the Lord” as she brings her sermon. Scriptures to be used may come from Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalms 29, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 3:13-17. Communion will be served.

Kathy Bush will serve as the worship and song leader, and Teresa Covert will share the children’s message. Joe Bush is in charge of the Power Point information screen. Karen Mize records the service and is available later in the day on Facebook.

A time of fellowship will follow the service.

Items for the church newsletter are due to Thelma Fiesbeck by Jan. 15, 2023.

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, Jan. 8 — the traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m.

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 — On Jan. 8, the Presider at the 10:15 a.m. worship service will be Diocesan Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who will preach and meet and greet the congregation after the service at coffee hour.

On Jan 15, the celebrant at the 10:15 a.m. worship service is our Priest in Charge, the Rev. Aelred Bernard Dean.

The church meets in person or by livestream at the church’s website,

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


St. Paul Lutheran Church — Celebration of Epiphany will be held Sunday when Pastor Doug Bauman presents the message “The Place To Be” based on Matthew 2:1-12 during the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services.

Christian Fellowship begins at 9:10 a.m. with Christian Educational classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Spanish worship service will be in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. with Convivio (life together) at 12:15 p.m.

Radio worship service every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on WYGS 91.1 FM and The Lutheran Hour every Sunday at 7 p.m. on WYGS 91.1 FM.

Wednesday adult Bible class meets in the Fellowship Room at 9 a.m. studying the Gospel of John. The 6 p.m. Wednesday evening Bible class will resume meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11 studying the Old Testament feasts and festivals. All are welcome.

The LWML will hold their annual meeting Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the fellowship room.

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


Such A Time As This — Sunday School is at 11 a.m., followed by morning worship. Youth on The Rise and adult service meets on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 606 Cleveland St., Columbus.


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. in-person and on Youtube Live. Information about services, events, and programs is available on the congregation’s Facebook and website:

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 Jan. 8 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. 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