Religion news – Sept. 16

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:


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 offi[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.

Faith Lutheran Church & Preschool would like to thank Pastor Todd Riordan for 18 years of service to the church & preschool. Enjoy your retirement, Pastor Riordan! All God’s blessings from your Faith Lutheran family.

The church is located at 6000 W. State Road 46, Columbus. Information:, 812-342-3587.


First Presbyterian Church — As we return in church to known and new routines after an exciting summer, the passage today brings us back to a central truth of God’s love: “God always seeks us out.” That is also Pastor Felipe Martinez’s sermon title, based on Matthew 18:10-14. The Sanctuary Choir will lead worship.

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. 17, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Harriet Wilkin will deliver the message, “Accept One Another in Love.” The scripture will be Romans 14:1-12. 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.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m., the church will have its annual Blessing of the Animals. It will take place in the green space at the corner of Ninth and Lafayette St. Bring your furry, feathered, or four-legged friend to receive a blessing from the Rev. Howard Boles.

The church is located at 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Information: 812-372-2851 or


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, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz of Lutheran Heritage 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


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 — Sunday church service at 10:30 a.m. in-person and Bible study each Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The church is located at 15786 E. Main, Newbern.


Petersville United Methodist Church — The congregation of the Petersville United Methodist Church will gather on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on the church lawn for an “Outdoor Worship Service.” “Living with Forgiveness” will be the title of Pastor Milne’s sermon and scriptures will come from Genesis 50:15-21.

Persons attending should bring their lawn chairs. A pitch-in lunch will follow the service at 11:15 a.m. Drinks and eating utensils will be provided, but special dishes should be brought to share for the meal. If there should be rain, the worship service and the lunch will take place in the Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m., The Chosen Bible study will take place at the church.

The Breakthrough Prayer Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the church.

The United Women of Faith will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the Fellowship Hall; Thelma Fiesbeck will be the hostess.

On Oct. 1, there will be a 5 p.m. Worship Service at Clifty Park; it will be a combined service with First Lutheran Church, Sandy Hook UMC, and Petersville UMC.

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. 17. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message about “Living With Forgiveness” 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.

Baptism, Canoes and Picnic will be after service tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 17, 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 “How Often?” based on Matthew 18:21-35 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 Pastor 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.

The Grand 175th Anniversary celebration of the congregation will be Sunday, Sept. 24 with Dr. Richard Stuckwisch, Indiana District President, preaching at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. festival services with brunch served between services. Harvest Fest follows at the Schroer Ranch at 4 p.m.

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.



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.

The church is located at 7077 State Road 135, Freetown.


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.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — United Christian Church will host Tuesday, Sept. 26’s meeting, the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Meal is at 6:30 p.m. including fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, desserts, tea and lemonade. Meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. with music by Maddy Marling and Greg Shuler, who was Youth Pastor of Elevation Church Ministries, as speaker.

The church is located at 7810 W. State Highway 250, Paris Crossing, Indiana.