Religion news – May 25

Services and studies

Alongsider Church — Alongsider is a community of house churches coming together to worship as one church at YES Cinema on the first and third Sundays of the month. It’s a place of belonging where members learn, grow, experience community and pray together.

House churches meet in neighborhoods on the second and fourth Sundays for worship through conversational study and community building. The congregation focuses on care and connection, prayer, and sending one another out.

To learn more, call 812-343-2937 or go to

YES Cinema is located at 328 Jackson St., 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. Kids’ 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, email [email protected].

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for June 3 to 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is open at

The church is located at 1751 27th St., Columbus. All services are available online at


Central Heights Church of God — The church offers 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and worship services at 10:30 a.m. The message will be led by Pastor Jason Johnson. Children’s church takes place during service and a nursery is available.

The church is located at 3151 Sharon Lane, Columbus.


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.

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 — Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, with a nursery and children’s programming available. The church also has several Sunday school offerings and different Bible study groups that meet throughout the week. Women’s Bible study is Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the chapel and men’s Bible study is Fridays at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

The church is located at 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Information:


First Presbyterian Church — On Trinity Sunday, the church will give God thanks for Dianne Sprunger’s faithful service as our church organist and choir director for over a decade. This will mark her last Sunday on staff, so we look forward to sharing in worship together, reminiscing with her at a reception following the service, and celebrating her ministry with a pitch-in dinner at 5 p.m. that evening. Pastor Felipe Martinez’s sermon will be based on Matthew 28:16-20 and will be titled “The Many Names of God”.

Join in person (you may wear a mask) or on Facebook, Zoom or YouTube at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit

People in the community in need of a meal are invited to hot meals offered at 5 p.m. Friday (please enter through the glass doors on Franklin Street). The church is 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, May 26, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Harriet Wilkin will deliver the message, “The Dance of Life.” There will be multiple Scripture texts used. The church encourages those attending in person to arrive 10 minutes before the service. Child care will be available from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the 10 a.m. service. 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.

Join the church after service Sunday, May 26 in lifting up those who have made a difference in our lives. If you are a leader, plan on staying after the service for a reception in your honor. If you have received the benefits from some of these leaders, plan on attending to let them know how much of a difference they have made in your life. The church also is lifting up someone who had taught for 50 years, shaping our young minds.

The church is hosting a blood drive on May 31 from 12 to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Register to donate at

The Interfaith Peace Camp will return from June 10 to 14. Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. indoors and outdoors at UUCCI (7850 E. Goeller Road, Columbus). Volunteers make this week of sharing talent, time, and having fun together possible. The Children’s Ministry Coordinator at UUCCI, Adrienne Summerlot, will oversee day-to-day Peace Camp as well as training and oversight of volunteers. Contact her at [email protected] with any questions. To volunteer for Peace Camp, fill out the form at the

Love Chapel will once again have a booth at the Bartholomew County Fair to sell food. They are asking area churches to provide volunteers to assist with this important fundraiser. FUMC has committed to providing staff for the breakfast on Friday, June 28. About a dozen volunteers are needed from 6:45 to 11 a.m. that day. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the church office. If you would like to help with another shift, contact Love Chapel at [email protected] for open dates and more information.

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 Brian Gilroy on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Troop IN-0110 meets twice monthly on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during the school year.

The church is located at 3245 Jonesville Road, Columbus. Learn more about GCCC, check the church 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.

The church is located at 3201 Central Ave., Columbus. Call 812-372-4859 for more information or go online to


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. service every Sunday. The church preaches out of the King James Bible and sings out of hymn books. The church is Bible-based, Christ-centered, and spirit-led.

The church is located at 4960 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Information: 812-344-0478.


Petersville United Methodist Church — Pastor Rebecca Milne will present her sermon at the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

Kathy Bush will serve as song and worship leader. Teresa Covert will share the children’s sermon. The service will be available to view on Facebook throughout the week.

The Mountain Mission Truck Pick-Up will take place June 11 at the annex on the northeast corner of the church property. Items should be boxed or prepared for easy loading and should be at the annex by June 10.

Anyone in the community is invited to enjoy a meal and a time of sharing at “The Table” at the church every second Thursday at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There is no charge for the meal, and the next gathering will take place on June 13.

A newly formed knitting group will meet each Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the home of Connie Nolting. For additional information, phone 812-343-1092.

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. This Sunday, May 26, service starts at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Dazet will bring a message title “Is There a God?” as part of the new sermon series, “Wrestling with Doubt”.

Sunday school is offered for all ages from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. The nursery is available from 9:30 a.m. until after service. Online services can be found on the church Facebook page or YouTube channel.

On Wednesdays through the end of July, join the church for a short time of praise and prayer, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the church parking lot, followed by pickleball. This will be facilitated by Dale and Linda Guse.

“Deep Sea” Vacation Bible School will be July 8 to 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., except the last night, which will be until 8:30 p.m. The event will take place Monday, July 8 at Petersville UMC; Tuesday, July 9 at First Lutheran Church; and Wednesday, July 10th at Sandy Hook UMC. Registration is online at Don’t forget to include everyone: children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors.

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 at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday worship led by 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 — The Trinity will be celebrated Sunday at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services with Pastor Jeff Patterson presenting the message “Holy, Holy, Holy Love” based on John 3:14-17.

Christian fellowship begins at 9:10 a.m. with Christian education classes for all ages beginning at 9:30 a.m. During the Christian education hour, Pastor Doug Bauman will lead a discussion, “Two Kingdom Living” in the fellowship room. Taylor Fickenscher will lead “A Study of Hymns” in the conference room. Senior youth will study “Life’s Big Questions, God’s Big Answers,” led by Dave and Jen Probst. The Spanish worship service will be led by Pastor Dan Fickenscher in the fellowship room at 10:45 a.m. with Spanish Bible study at noon.

Matins prayer service is offered each Wednesday in the church at 10:15 a.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.

Final Wednesday adult Bible classes will meet in the fellowship room at 9 a.m. studying the Book of Acts and at 6 p.m. studying First John. Childcare is provided for the evening class. Classes will resume Aug. 7.

Vacation Bible school, “Shelter in the Savior,” will be Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the church for ages 3 through sixth grade. Register at

Preschool and kindergarten openings remain for the 2024-2025 school year. Pre-K-3 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:15 to 11:15 a.m.; PreK-4 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:15 to 11:15 a.m.; kindergarten meets weekdays 8:15 to 11:45 a.m. Programs nurture spiritual growth, love of learning, including Christ-centered and developmentally appropriate curriculum, Minds in Motion, and before/after school care options. 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 begins at noon followed by Worship Service at 1 p.m. Wednesday night youth group with Youth on The Rise and adult bible study is at 6 p.m.

The church is located at 3151 Sharon Lane, 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 page 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.


Petersville United Methodist Church — “The Table”, a free meal and time of sharing, is open to the community every second Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. There is no charge for the meal.

The church is located at 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus.


South Central Indiana Christian Men’s Fellowship — Flat Rock Christian Church will host the May meeting at their church on Tuesday, May 28. The meal will be at 6:30 p.m. and include fried chicken, mac & cheese, cole slaw, green beans, rolls, desserts, and drinks.

The meeting will begin at 7:15 p.m. with speaker Nathan Juniper, youth minister at Flat Rock Christian Church.

The church is located at 2854 W. Pope St., Flat Rock.