Religion news – March 18

Services and studies

Alongsider Church — Alongsider is a community of house churches coming together to worship as one body on the first and third Sundays monthly at 9:30 a.m. The church meets in the cafeteria at WD Richards Elementary School. Park in the back by the tennis courts and enter through door 24. On the second and fourth Sundays, house churches meet in homes across Columbus for a conversational study of the past sermon and deeper fellowship.

To learn more, call 812-407-2995 or go to

The church meets on the first and third Sundays at WD Richards Elementary, 3311 Fairlawn Dr., Columbus.


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]

On March 19, the church will also have a traditional service at 8:45 a.m. The regular schedule will resume March 26.

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 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 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.

We have the opportunity this Lent at Fairlawn to engage in several studies. One, the devotion on “God Still With Us” adding to the theme used during Advent. The church will collect the offering at the end of this devotion on Palm Sunday, April 2. Two, our second-hour discussion looking at the desert of compassion and how God speaks to us in wilderness moments. Lastly, our joint Zoom study with our Matthew 25 friends at First Presbyterian of Bloomington and Columbus as we look at Jesus’ expansive invitation of hospitality.

On the third Sunday of Lent, March 19, the second hour discussion will be “The Desert of Compassion — Your Whole Mind.” On Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m., the Zoom study meeting will be “Meeting Jesus at the Table — Relationships and Reciprocity Making Room at the Table,” with the Scripture being Luke 14:7-1.

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.

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 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, with fall enrollment opening soon. The congregation offers an afterschool program with space available for new students 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 9 and 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 theme for Lent this year is “Journey,” and on the Fourth Sunday in Lent our passages will be 1 John 4:13-21 and Matthew 12:46-50, and the sermon by Pastor Felipe Martinez will be “On the Journey to Family.” The Sanctuary Choir will lead us. 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, March 19, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Seeking: Asking the Right Questions” The Scripture will be John 9:1-41.

The church encourages those attending in person to arrive 10 minutes before the service. 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 Friday, March 24, the church will have a concert featuring Julie Gilchrist (soprano) accompanied by David Ashworth on piano. This night of Irish music will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

On Friday, March 31, the church will host a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 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 church for a 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship service led 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 continues the Lenten preaching series, “He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus,” on Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. A light supper is served at 5:45 p.m., followed by worship at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is available. For more information go to or call 812-372-4859.

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.

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.


Mt. Healthy Community Church — The church offers Sunday school weekly at 9:30 a.m. for folks of all ages. Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jon Stone. Come to MHCC to receive God’s word, uplifting music and Christian fellowship. Everyone is welcome.

The church is located at 11950 S. State Road 58, Columbus. Information: 812-342-4583.


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 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 March 19, at the 9 a.m. worship service, Pastor Rebecca Milne will bring the message from the “Painting With Ashes” series, “The Way It Ought To Be;” scriptures will come from John 9:1-41. She will remind the congregation that the place of our deepest wounding is where God does His best work.

Kathy Bush will serve as worship and song leader; Teresa Covert will give the children’s sermon.

A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service.

Petersville’s United Women of Faith will meet at the church on Thursday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. President Chris Kimerling will conduct the meeting; Kathy Bush will give the program. Any woman is welcome to attend.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Petersville United Women of Faith, will be held on Saturday afternoon, April 1 at 1 p.m., on the church lawn. Children from toddler through sixth grade may begin registering at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

The United Methodist Men’s group will gather on April 2 at the church at 7:15 a.m. All men are invited to attend.

The church is located at 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. Information: 812-546-4438; 812-764-3920.


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, March 19 — the traditional service at 8:45 a.m. and the contemporary service at 11 a.m. Rev. Beverly Perry will bring a message about “The Way It Ought To Be” as part of the Lent sermon series “Painting With Ashes”

Nursery is available for children 3 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.

Easter Egg Hunt, all ages including adults, will be on Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. Participants must preregister online or call the church office.

An All-You-Can-Eat Pancake bar will be Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. as a fundraiser for youth attending a UMC conference.

Palm Sunday Services are on April 2 at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service is on April 7 at 7 p.m. Easter Services are on April 9 at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served at 10 a.m. between services.

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


St. Paul Episcopal Church — St. Paul’s is an inclusive faith community of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. The church meets in person or by livestream at the church’s website,

Join the church for Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. led by their priest and celebrant Br. Aelred Bernard Dean.

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


St. Paul Lutheran Church — Pastor Jeff Patterson will present the message “Good and Right and True” based on Ephesians 5:8-14 Sunday 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 Spanish Bible Study at 12:15 p.m.

Radio worship service is 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.

Based on the theme “The Disciplines of Lent,” a 6:45 p.m. Lenten service will be held Wednesday in the church with Pastor Doug Bauman presenting the message “Pray” based on Matthew 6:5-15. A tacos & burritos supper will be served in the fellowship room from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for a freewill offering. Hymn sing will begin 15 minutes before service time.

Wednesday adult Bible class meets in the fellowship room at 9 a.m. studying the Gospel of John. The 6 p.m. class does not meet until after Easter.

All women are invited to attend a Bible class entitled “Walking Away from Anxiety and into God’s Word” led by Mackenzie Wint on Thursday, March 23, in the Fellowship Room at 7:30 p.m.

Open enrollment continues for St. Paul Lutheran Early Childhood Ministry 2023-2024 school year. St. Paul offers a comprehensive, half-day kindergarten program, a 4-year-old pre-kindergarten class, a 3-year-old preschool class, extended care, and STEM enrichment sessions. For more information, visit or call 812-376-6504.

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 meet 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 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.


Freedom Refuge — Easter Revival will start Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m., with Evangelist Danny Green preaching and the Prophets of Praise singing.

Saturday, April 8 at 2 p.m. will be a Easter egg hunt for the kids, and at 6 p.m., the Christian Cavaliers from Columbus will be singing.

Sunday morning Sunrise Service is at 8 a.m. with Worship Pastor Christopher Rutan preaching “It Is Finished!” 9 a.m. will be a sunrise breakfast, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, and 11 a.m. Easter service with Pastor Jerry Barnhart preaching the Easter message.

Freedom Refuge Ministries is located at 13150 Youth Camp Road, Columbus.


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


Podcast — Season #2 of “The Chat with Nita Evans” begins Saturday morning, April 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. It airs on Station WYGS and can also be livestreamed from its website at Nita’s first guest is Sandy Wildey, wife of Kendall Wildey, superintendent of Columbus Christian School.