Charles Passes Exams

Redeemer is overjoyed that Charles has passed passed his exams before the Central Indiana Presbytery. The only remaining left to do now is for him to be ordained and installed, which will happen once he is in Indy. Let’s keep praying for our new lead pastor and his family as they attempt to sell their house and are in the midst of lots of transition! 

Redeemer Kids Summer Programs: We Need Your Help!

Throughout June and July, our Redeemer Kids children's ministry programs switch gears...and we need your help! Would you consider volunteering in a preschool CT&T class or Children's Worship on a Sunday morning? This is a great opportunity to get involved with Redeemer Kids. 

Preschool CT&T

We need six volunteers each Sunday (10-11am) to volunteer in our 3s and 4/5s "Camp Catechism" classes. Lesson guides and all supplies to be provided ahead of time. Sign up here

Children's Worship

We need five adult and youth volunteers each service, each Sunday to volunteer during the worship service with kids ages 4-kindergarten. We'll focus on creation care (piggy-backing on this summer's adult classes). Lesson guides and all supplies to be provided ahead if time. Sign up here

NOTE: If you have never before volunteered with Redeemer Kids -- great! This is a perfect chance to check out the Redeemer Kids children's ministry programs. You will just need to complete a background check form prior to volunteering. 

Supplies

We also need the following supplies: 
- 30 empty paper towel rolls
- 30 empty toilet paper rolls
- 20 cardboard egg cartons
- Magazines/ads with photos of nature

Please contact Nikki Reed [nikki@redeemindy.org] with questions. 

Redeemer's Summer Plans for CT+T

Adult CT&T

Creation Care Class: Care for creation is a hot-button topic before us today. From global warming in the news, conservation efforts taught in school, to climate change models debated in governmental policy, this issue presses us to consider what God says about it. What is our part with environmental issues as followers of Jesus? What is the role of the church today in this important topic? The answer may surprise you! To find out, please join us for an eight-week series called Creation Care, starting June 4, where we will not only learn about creation care but practice it as well. 

At the heart of this class is the understanding that the Creator God renews us so that we can then be used to renew his creation We will learn and practice creation care by covering topics such as what is creation care, the command of creation care, how Christians can interact with science and the environment, how creation care affects Indy, and more! Now, if that is not enough to whet your appetite, this class will feature field trips! In other words, in the course of our study we plan to be outside, doing hands on exploration and work of creation care. 

Lastly, we are excited to have this class be inter-generational. What does this mean? This class is not only for adults but both middle and high school students as well. Even more, the elementary CT&T classes will follow a creation care curriculum and will join the adult/youth class for field trips. What better way to study God’s creation than to get outside and enjoy it together? 

For more information contact Jamie MacGregor [jamie@redeemindy.org]. 

Urban Calling Class: Attend Redeemer Presbyterian Church for any length of time, and you’ll likely hear our unofficial rallying cry, that we’re “in the city, for the city.” Being situated geographically at the busy intersection of 16th and Delaware St., “in the city” makes perfect sense. But what does it mean to be “for the city?” As Redeemer members now come from urban, suburban and even rural settings, it’s a question we take seriously as we seek to live out the Gospel. 

For more information contact Mark Nottingham [mark@nottinghamrealtygroup.com] 

 

Children's CT&T

Preschool CT&T (ages 3-5): During June and July, preschoolers will journey to “Camp Catechism,” as we continue to learn about God’s character and theological truths using the simple language of First Catechism. For those who attended last summer and learned Q/As 1-9, we’ll learn 10-20 this summer (and for those who didn’t attend -- no problem!). Each week will include songs, crafts, and puppets. We’ll need at least five volunteers to help each week (lesson plan provided ahead of time). Please contact Nikki Reed [nikki@ redeemindy.org] to volunteer, or look for an email sign-up soon.

Elementary CT&T (ages K-4th grade grads): During June and July, elementary-age children will study creation care (piggy-backing on this summer’s adult study) using crafts, games, and music. For more information, please contact Hidi Gardner [hidi. gardner@redeemindy.org].

Communicant Class (3rd-5th grade grads): This class prepares kids to become communing members, which means they are able to begin taking the Lord’s Supper during the worship service. While we will spend the bulk of our time studying topics covering creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, we will also specifically study each of the five membership questions. Please contact Todd Dawkins [todd@redeemindy.org] to sign up your child for this class or if you might have any questions regarding our communicant process at Redeemer.

Summer Children’s Worship (ages 4-K): During June and July we’ll take a break from traditional Children’s Worship and focus on creation care each week. We’ll need three adults and one youth helper to lead/assist in each service each week (lesson plan provided ahead of time). Please contact Nikki Reed to volunteer.

Summer Vacation Bible School (ages K-4th grade grads): Register today! Redeemer and Fountain Square youth are hosting the VBS program Galactic Starveyors on July 17-20 from 9:30 am-noon here at Redeemer. Registration forms are available at the elementary check-in stations. Also, see http://www.redeemindy.org/vbs2017 for online registration option and a VBS donation needs/sign-up genius. For adults interested in volunteering and any other questions, contact Todd Dawkins (todd@redeemindy.org)

Pastoral Transition Update

We voted for Charles Anderson as our new lead pastor on April 23 and he will likely start in late June or early July. In between, Charles has to complete a number of tasks including standing before a Central Indiana Presbytery (CIP) committee (which he completed this past Monday) and standing before the entire CIP (which he will do Friday May 12). Please continue to pray for our church's transition during this time and for the Anderson family transition. They will be selling their house and making a big move! We will continue to keep you posted. Thank you, Redeemer family!

Thought for Food Workshop

The gospel of Jesus Christ speaks to everything in our lives, including food. There is more to food than eating.  For many of us food has become our friend, comforter, companion, something that is always there when we need it. Others of us have developed unhealthy obsessions over our food intake. In our 3-part "Thought for Food Workshop," we will talk about how our relationship with food may have been broken, and practical skills to help mend it. 

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CIP Youth Kickball Tournament

Mark your calendars for the All CIP (Central Indiana Presbytery) Youth and Friends Kickball Tournament on Sunday, June 11 from 6-9pm at Crossroads. Redeemer and Fountain Square Pres youth (grades 6-12) are welcome to attend and bring their friends! In addition to kickball there will be cornhole, frisbee, music, and good times all around!

If you can attend, please plan to meet at Redeemer by 5:30. We will return to Redeemer by 9:30 pm. The event will be held at Crossroads Community Church (14885 Southeastern Parkway, Fishers, IN 46037)

There is no cost to attend but please RSVP to Caroline (caroline@redeemindy.org) by June 4. 

Race + Redeemer Conclusion This Sunday, May 7th

Our Race + Redeemer series concludes this Sunday, 5/7, from 4 - 5:30 PM in Speck Gallery with a special guest speaker. Join us to hear from Dr. A. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College, a biblically conservative evangelical institution dedicated to training Christian leaders to a reach multiethnic urban world for Christ. Dr. Ware speaks in many venues and serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership, and has authored, co-authored, and edited several books including “One Race One Blood”. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare for ages 0 - 6 will be provided. To take advantage of the childcare, please RSVP to jen.maurer@redeemindy.org.

An Open Letter of Gratitude to the Search Committee

To the members of Redeemer’s lead pastor search committee: Matt Overley, Natalie Atwell, Karyl Boring, Katy Brett, Devin Chaulk, Greg Dugan, Renata Jackson, Jenni Mansell, David Maurer, Renate Myler, Mark Nottingham, Cindy Ragsdale, Bill Taft, and Rob Wynkoop,

You all have spent more time and energy finding a lead pastor for our church than many of us will ever be able to conceptualize. For this, and for the care you have taken, the emotional bandwidth this task has required of you, and the personal sacrifices you have made in order to do this job well, we are so grateful. 

We are all bonded through our mutual love for our church and desire to see the Gospel grow in Indianapolis. There is so much beauty in trusting each other to care for something we all feel so strongly about. Thank you, search committee, for being trustworthy stewards of these things that we hold so dear. 

YoungLife Pancake Breakfast

Our ministry partner Herron Young Life is hosting a pancake breakfast on May 13, 8am-noon. The cost is $5 and includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, and tinker street coffee. It will be held at Joy of All Who Sorrow, across the street from Redeemer. See the attached flyer for more details. Hope to see everyone there!

Race and Redeemer Series Continues This Sunday

Our Race + Redeemer series continues this Sunday, 4/30, from 4 - 5:30 PM in Speck Gallery! Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a racially diverse group of Christian men and women who will be sharing their personal experiences, their thoughts on racial justice, and their perspectives on the challenges and responsibility of the church in the process of racial healing. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare for ages 0 - 6 will be provided; RSVP to jen.maurer@redeemindy.org.

Adult and Children's CT+T This Sunday

Redeemer's CT+T classes typically take a break on the 5th Sunday of the month. However, since we've just taken several weeks off to meet and vote on our new lead pastor, we WILL be having CT+T this Sunday. Adults can find their classes here and a list of youth and children's classes can be found here

Hinkle Family Visit (April - June 2017)

The Hinkles (Lee, Shannon, Braden, Maddie, Reagan, Georgia, and Rose) are a family that we sent out from the Redeemer congregation to plant a church with Mission to the World (the sending organization of the PCA) in Perth, Australia in July of 2015. They will be back in the states for a visit this April through June and have a number of needs during their visit.

First, they are in need of a vehicle to use for the entirety of the time they will be in the states (April 26-June 25). This would ideally be a minivan or something that could hold their whole family.

Second, they are in need of housing while in Indy. The nights they will be spending in Indy are: May 4-7, May 16-19, and June 6-25.

Third, we would like to invite you to an update & luncheon after the second service on May 7. This would be a great place to get to know the Hinkles and learn more about the work they are doing in Australia. Lee will also be preaching at both services this day. 

Last, we have set up a Meal Train for the nights that the Hinkles will be in Indianapolis. If you’d like to have some dedicated time to catch up with them, please sign up for sharing a meal here. You can bring them a meal, have them over for a meal, take them out, or drop one off!

Please contact Danielle Wilson at daniellejoywilson@gmail.com or 317-650-0608, if you are able to help with any of these needs or if you have any questions about the Hinkle’s visit.

Racial Reconciliation Discussion

Last summer, church leaders at our denomination’s annual national gathering passed a statement confessing and repenting of historic racial sins and urging it’s congregations to strive toward racial reconciliation for the advancement of the Gospel, the love of Christ and the glory of God. Join the Redeemer and Fountain Square Presbyterian family as we come together to learn, ask questions and spend time in prayer. Led by Tara VanderWoude and Mark Abdon, we’ll discuss past and present racial issues within our country and our church and explore God’s heart for racial reconciliation.  Please join us in the Speck Gallery from 4:00-5:30 on 4/23 (dinner following discussion), 4/30, 5/7, childcare provided. RSVP to jen.maurer@redeemindy.org

Middle School Camp: June 19-23

Middle School Camp! We have a limited number of spots to attend The Edge Conference in Lookout Mountain, GA from June 19-23. The total cost is $300 per person. Registration is next Sunday, April 23rd. To reserve spots, email Caroline Tait [caroline@redeemindy.org]. A $50 deposit is required to secure spots. We are planning to offer work opportunities as a fundraiser in May to help students earn money if they are in need of scholarship funds. Check out the camp website [http://www.edgeconference.org] for more info.

Volunteers Needed to Contribute Creative Skills to New Hope!

The counselors at New Hope are looking to increase their play therapy resources in order to better serve children coming into counseling. They are currently recruiting volunteers who would be willing to donate their time and resources to making puppets for New Hope Counseling. If you are interested in serving the counseling center in this way, please contact Kaylin at Kaylin@redeemindy.org

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New 20s & 30s Community Group

We're launching a new 20-somethings community group on the near east side in March. If you're in your 20's or early 30's and looking for a community group, there's space for you! Contact Amanda Edgell [amanda@redeemindy.org] to get more information. 

Redeemer Seeks, Well... My Replacement!

Hello! Heidi here. For the last several years, I’ve been writing all kinds of communications for Redeemer and I have LOVED it. In a crazy mixture of joy and sadness, I will be moving on from my position as Hospitality and Communications Assistant and cannot WAIT to recruit the next person for this position. 

This is a great job for someone who is looking for flexibility and a chance to stretch their design legs. It’s a part-time position that involves managing the welcome team, coordinating Redeemer’s communications, and a good amount of print and web layout, paired with some graphic design work. Learn more by visiting redeemindy.org/apply. If you’re interested, take the next step by sending a resume and cover letter to Ben Reed [ben@redeemindy.org].

Can’t wait to pass my baton to you!

Redeemer Approves Brent Freeman as Deacon

The Deacon Team enthusiastically welcomes Brent Freeman to the Deacon Team in his new role as ordained Deacon.  The congregation voted and approved his nomination this past Sunday with a resounding yes! We thank the Lord for his addition to our church leadership. Brent will be ordained in both services on Sunday, March 19. 

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New Community Group- Parenting Prodigals

Parenting prodigals of any age is a painful challenge in believing the covenant promises of God. If you're in that place, you are not alone. Join our new community group as they study and pray for wisdom in how to be faithful in their calling as parents. For more information, please contact Amanda Edgell [amanda@redeemindy.org].