Archive for July 2010
Bargersville, Seventeen members of Providence Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bargersville, completed a mission trip to Jamaica from July 3 – 10. Mark Boehnlein, youth pastor, and his wife, Roni, were mission leaders for the 12 youth and 5 adults who went on the trip. The team worked out of the beautiful CSI Ministries Mission Guest House in Highgate, St. Mary Parish, Jamaica.
The team divided into two work teams and had four mission assignments. The workers built a home up in the Blue Mountains for Mr. Denton, who worked alongside the group. When the house was completed, all team members and missionaries joined with neighbors at the house for a spiritually moving dedication. In addition to the keys to the house, Mr. Denton received a Bible and craft items for his home. The service concluded with everyone laying hands on the house and prayers of blessing were spoken.
The missionaries also helped CSI Jamaican workers in the building of a block and stucco farm depot. Shelly Smith, adult team member, supervised the Providence workers on this project, which is part of the new R.A.I.S.E. (Restoring Agriculture and Investing in Sustainable Enterprise). This project is turning 193 new CSI acres into teaching Jamaicans how to sustain themselves into crop production, poultry, green house industries, aquaculture, and other trades. A university and also a technical institute will be putting campus extensions on the grounds.
The Disciples also gained experience clearing brush from the rich jungle acres using machetes for use in sustainable farming. The final project was a half day spent painting at an office complex on the mission grounds.
The team also experienced swimming at Jack’s Bay Beach, an afternoon and evening on Greencastle Plantation, an evening in Highgate for local ice cream and a tour of the Clonmel Potters.
CSI Ministries has international headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. Ronn Oren, former pastor at Trafalgar Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the Executive Director. In the past two decades, CSI has built around 600 small homes for Jamaicans.
Submitted by Steven Sorensen, Senior Pastor of Providence Christian Church
Indianapolis, The GIDA (Greater Indianapolis Disciples Area) is organizing a panel build with St. John’s United Christian Church, located at 7031 South East Street. The panel build will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 18, 2010, from 7:30 am until 12:00 pm.
Walls of a Habitat home will be put together and erected on the parking lot of the church, and volunteers can walk through and see the shell of the house once building is complete. Builders can write messages on the panels for the new home owner to see before the walls are taken down and moved to be erected again on-site.
Eighty people will be needed to complete the build, with 40 working the first 2-hour shift and 40 working the second 2-hour shift. All supplies and water will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring knee pads if needed. All participants must be 16-years-old or older and need to sign a release form.
Please contact Sheila Carlson directly at Indy Habitat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 921-2121, ext. 117 to volunteer or to get more information.
The Division of Overseas Ministries and Global Ministries will host a luncheon on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 12:15pm in the Disciples Center. Summer Seminary Interns from the Division of Overseas Ministries will speak on their recent trip to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa.
The luncheon will be in the Lower Level Conference Room at the Disciple Center, 130 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Parking will be validated by the Disciples Center and is available at the Huntington Plaza Parking garage on the east side of Pennsylvania, between Market and Washington Streets.
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Carrasquillo at email@example.com or call 317-713-2576 no later than Monday, August 9.
Southport Christian Church, Indianapolis Southport Christian Church is preparing a worship series modeled after an old radio show format. Every Sunday morning beginning August 1, worship will include a guest artist, house band, old fashioned hymn singing, a Reader’s Theater, sponsor (fictional), a message from the Front Porch, as well as communion.
Allisonville Christian Church, Indianapolis, TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR THE CONCERT BENEFITTING THE HAITI MISSION GROUP, Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 7pm. Laura Hall Concert
Allisonville Christian Church invites you to an entertaining and inspiring evening, featuring the original music of Laura Hall (Whose Line is it Anyway?), and the engaging storytelling of Rick Hall (The Middle, 24, and countless commercials). This family friendly event promises to be both uplifting and fun! Proceeds from this concert will help to fund an earthquake relief trip to Haiti in February.
What: Laura and Rick Hall in concert to benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief
When: July 24th at 7:00pm
Where: Allisonville Christian Church Sanctuary
Tickets: $15/person, $30/family
Sixteen members of Allisonville Christian Church were scheduled to visit Haiti in January of 2010. Unfortunately the earthquake of January 12 changed everything. Given the new reality of post-earthquake Haiti, Allisonville has postponed their journey to February 5-12, 2011. The focus of the journey has changed as well. CONASPEH, the National Council of Spiritual Church of Haiti, one the partner churches of the Disciples of Christ and the United Church of Christ, has requested that groups coming in 2011 have skills to help in the reconstruction effort. All groups will be led by Haitian masons and will work under their instruction. All reconstruction buildings will be of one level with additional steel infrastructure to secure the building further. Allisonville Christian Church also sees their physical accompaniment as an essential part of the spiritual rebuilding of Haiti. It will be important to demonstrate to our sisters and brothers in Haiti that they are not alone and that the wider body of Christ is in solidarity with them in this challenging time in their history.
For more information and ticket purchase, please call the church office at 317-849-3957.
First Christian Church of Noblesville and Coppin Chapel A.M.E. in Indianapolis held a shared seven-week Bible study on “Radical Hospitality.” The study was attended by members of both churches and led both congregations to a celebration of Pentecost Sunday.
According to John Davis, pastor to First Christian Church, “We thought Pentecost would be an especially good time to recognize the diversity and unity of all Christians.”
One week the study was held at First Christian in Noblesville and Brigitte Black, pastor to Coppin Chapel, would teach. The following week the study would be held in Indianapolis at Coppin Chapel with Davis teaching. The average weekly attendance was 25 people.
During that time First Christian Church launched a fund raising drive to benefit the Summer Enrichment Program that Coppin Chapel conducts for five weeks each summer. The goal of the Summer Enrichment Program is to help disadvantaged children in one of the most impoverished and crime ridden neighborhoods in Indianapolis get a jump on the school year and have a safe place to go for five weeks.
First Christian’s goal was $15,000, enough to feed each of the 100 attendees two meals per day for five weeks. First Christian Church currently has an average attendance of 170.
On Pentecost Sunday, May 23, the two churches gathered for a joint service and pitch in dinner. On that day First Christian presented Coppin Chapel with a check for $16,800.
First Christian and Coppin Chapel plan to continue working, studying and serving together, including repeating a shared Bible study and Pentecost celebration in 2011.
The results of the 2010 Salary Survey of Indiana pastors serving congregations are now available online at indianadisciples.org. Several reports are available to assist clergy and congregations in planning compensation packages for ministers.
Any questions about the survey methods or interpretation can be directed to Dean Phelps in the regional office.
Friends! Are you looking for a new and exciting thing to do this Labor Day? Just because the summer is ending, it doesn’t mean camp fun has to! Please join us September 3 – 6, Labor Day Weekend, for the Gathering of Disciples (G.o.D.) Retreat! This is an awesome event for the entire family!
We’ll have food, campfire, worship, activities, and so much more. Let your summer go out with a bang and join us for retreat at Barbee Christian Camp. Click here to learn more: www.indianadisciples.org/god-retreat. Sign up by August 16th to receive the early bird discount!
At its June meeting, the Regional Board entered into partnership with Rebecca Hale to work with the Indiana Region in its next steps toward transformation. Hale, who currently serves as the Transitional Regional Minister for the Florida Region, has done similar work with the regions of Tennessee and the Northwest. Hale has helped each of those regions move into a new era of its life with fresh and focused understandings of ministry and mission.
Hale will be working with the Manna Team, a group appointed by regional moderator Pamela Ditson-McCall and approved by the regional board. With coaching from Hale, the Manna Team will guide conversations across the region to help us discern the shifting landscape of our ministry together and develop ways of living into that new call. She has met with the team twice, laying out groundwork for the journey.
Hale will also be at the region’s October Assembly, working with the Manna Team to organize a clergy luncheon and introducing the regional transformation process to the region’s ministers. That luncheon is scheduled for noon on October 1 at Allisonville Christian Church. She will also attend the Assembly on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Goals for the transformational process include:
- Recognizing the Context of Regional Ministry (developing a shared understanding of the realities of our own ministry context and how it is we are called to be regional church in that context);
- Understanding God’s Vision for Us (discerning the ministry and mission to which God calls us and our responsiveness to the Spirit’s leading into new ways of being church);
- Organizing for Mission (making decisions about how to live into our vision for the next 5-10 years);
- Equipping with Resources (name the needed resources to equip leaders and align resources with the vision);
- Strengthening Relationships (strengthen relationships between Disciples across the region for engagement in mission), and
- Spiritual Formation (better center our lives in Christ to receive the transformative power of God’s Spirit, helping to cultivate a new spiritual culture and regional community).
Members of the Manna Team include: Susan Deverall (chair), Mark Calvert-Rosenberger, Mark Poindexter, Alan Terlep, David Vargas, Jr., Monique Spells, Danny Hargrove and Elizabeth Young.
Rick Spleth and Carolyn Reed will meet with the Manna Team as partners in the process as well as links with the regional staff. At the same time, staff members are continuing to discern how they will adapt their leadership to changing ministry realities.
Southport Christian Church on the south side of Indianapolis invites everyone to PANCAKES FOR HAITI AND COMMUNITY FEST on Saturday, July 10, from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This special event will raise money for the church’s Spiritual Mission Trip to Haiti with the goal of rebuilding a school.
During the pancake breakfast, an exclusive interview with Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver, Pierre Garçon, will be shown. Garçon, whose family is from Haiti, is a strong supporter of the earthquake relief effort. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on an authentically autographed Garçon jersey and Colts football.
Because the infrastructure of Haiti is not yet ready to receive mission teams, Southport launched the spiritual mission trip as an alternative way to help with the rebuilding effort. The church is raising money as it would to send a mission team. However, instead of using the money to send a team, the money will be sent to a group of Haitians in that country who will be working to rebuild the school.
Other event highlights include a bounce house for the kids and a Bicycle Rodeo. The event will be held at Southport Christian Church, located at 201 E. Epler Ave. in Indianapolis. For more information, please call the church at (317) 784-4431.