Religion news – Sept. 9

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 812-343-2937 or go to

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

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 — Sunday morning worship service begins at 9 a.m. 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 begins at 10:10 a.m. with classes for all age groups. 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.

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.

Preschool classes continue throughout the school year and the congregation offers an afterschool program each school day from 3 to 6 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 church celebrates and welcomes back Pastor Felipe Martinez from his sabbatical adventure. His sermon will be based on Matthew 18:1-7 and will be titled “Become Like Children.” After worship, a congregational meal with a couple of food trucks in the church parking lot will celebrate Felipe’s return.

Join in person (you may wear a mask) or on Facebook, Zoom or YouTube at 9:30 a.m. 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, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Harriet Wilkin will deliver the message, “Love Honorably.” The scripture will be Romans 13:8-10. 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. An adult Sunday school class and Sunday school for children ages 4-12 will start at 9 a.m.

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, Sept. 29, the church will host a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. in 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 blended worship service with lead pastor Brain Gilroy on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Nursery, preschool, and children’s church (K-fifth grade) are also offered at 10 a.m. Youth group (grades 6-12) meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. with intern Josiah Been.

The church is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus. Learn more about GCCC, check our calendar, or watch missed sermons 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 Saturday, Sept. 30, Lutheran Heritage Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz will be speaking and will employ insights from the biblical book of Esther to our lives as citizens today. A potluck dinner will be at 5:30 p.m., the keynote will begin at 6:15 p.m., and questions and discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. The evening is open to all in our community. Please call or sign up online. Childcare is free, but the church must be notified in advance.

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 at 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 Ed Boston 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 Sept. 10, Pastor Rebecca Milne will bring Sunday morning’s message at the 9 a.m. worship service. Kathy Bush will serve as song and worship leader, and Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. The service will be available on Facebook on Sunday afternoon and through the week.

A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.

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 one combined service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about “Learning to Let Go” as part of the sermon series, “Drop the Stones!”

Sunday school is offered for all ages now from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Nursery is available for children 3 and younger from 9:30 a.m. through the end of the service.

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

Every Wednesday through Oct. 4, the church will offer “Discover Your Calling,” a Bible study led by Dazet. Call the church office for the name of book needed and to register.

Baptism, Canoes and Picnic will be on Sunday, Sept. 17, after service at Mill Race Park.

Family Movie Night will be Saturday, Sept. 30 at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy popcorn and watch “Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse”.

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


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 Doug Bauman will present the message “Who is the Greatest” based on Matthew 18:1-20 Sunday at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services.

Christian fellowship begins at 9:10 a.m. with Christian education classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. During the adult Bible hour, Deaconess Taylor Fickenscher will lead a class entitled, “Missiology from Jonah to Today” in the Conference Room, and Bauman will lead a discussion, “Connected to Christ in Worship”, in the Fellowship Room. Pastor Dan Fickenscher will lead the Spanish worship service in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. followed by Spanish Bible study at 12:15 p.m.

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

Wednesday adult Bible classes meet in the Fellowship Room at 9 a.m. studying the Book of Acts, and at 6 p.m. studying First and Second Peter.

Christian growth and support for moms and children meets Monday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Room that includes a children’s devotional and refreshments.

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 a worship service. Youth on The Rise and adult service meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Office hours are noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Call 812-418-8482 for more information.

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


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. in-person. Videos of past services will be available on Youtube@uucolumbus.

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 every second Sunday of the month 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.


Freetown Church of Christ — Freetown Church of Christ is so excited to announce “Seniors Day” 2023 on Thursday, Oct. 6. Seniors Day 2023 promises to be filled with singing, preaching, fellowship, great food, rekindling of old friendships, making new friends and so much more.

Registration with donuts and coffee begins at 8:30 a.m. The day will end by 3 p.m. The cost, which covers the catered lunch by The Pines, will be $15.

The theme for the day will be “God and Country” with a focus on The Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the freedoms we share here in America, and the freedom we have in Christ!

Some who will be helping lead our day include J.D. Miller as pianist and storyteller, Bryan and Yvonne Hutson of Rescue Me Ministries, Jim Hutson, The Dave Melton Family (a family singing group based out of Columbus), Ron Bridgewater, Minister at East Columbus Christian Church, Calib Smith, Betty Gray of “Encourage Me Ministries”, and Barry DeWitt, Minister at Freetown Church of Christ.


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” airs Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. on WYGS-91.1 FM, and can also be streamed from its website at


Second Baptist Church — Second Baptist Church is hosting a Women’s Tea on Oct. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Women’s Tea is set to be an engaging and uplifting experience for women of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths. Attendees can look forward to an afternoon of heartfelt conversations, inspiring discussions, and a warm cup of tea. The event will feature guest speakers, interactive sessions, and an opportunity for attendees to connect and forge meaningful relationships. Tickets for the Women’s Tea are $16 and are currently available for purchase.

The church is located at 1325 10th St., Columbus.


Solid Rock Community Church — The Solid Rock Community Church will host a Gospel Concert on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. featuring The Singing Cookes and The Cooke Brothers from Kingsport, Tennessee. Pastor Mike Shuler and Congregation extend a welcome to everyone to join them for an evening of wonderful singing and great fellowship.

The church is located at 3203 N. Blanton Road, Scottsburg (seven miles east of Austin on State Road 256; turn north on Blanton Road and go 0.2 miles. Church is on the left). For more information, call 812-701-8686.


St. John’s Lutheran Church — White Creek annual fall dinner will be Saturday, Sept. 9. This year will be carryout only with the drive thru from 4 to 7 p.m.

The menu will include baked ham or turkey, sage dressing, real mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade noodles, green beans, home grown corn, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cherry pie, chocolate pie, sugar cream pie, and pudding dessert. Adults $15, children (ages 3-10) $6, extra meat $3, and extra dessert $3. Cash only.

The church is located at 16270 S. County Road 300W, Columbus.