Children’s Worship is a time of worship through song, Bible stories, response (art or story play), occurring each week during the offertory and sermon portions of the worship service. This year, in order to best maintain the spirit and nature of Children’s Worship, we are narrowing the age range to keep the group a little smaller each service. Now, children ages 4 – kindergarten will be encouraged to attend Children’s Worship weekly, while children ages 1st grade and older will remain with their parents or guardians in the worship service (and are encouraged to check out the new worship service notes handout located in the back of the sanctuary). The new year of Children’s Worship begins on Sunday, September 18. Questions? Please contact Nikki Reed [email@example.com].
Attention all youth group parents! There is a parent meeting TOMORROW NIGHT (that's Wednesday, September 14) from 7-8 in Redeemer's youth room. This is for all parents of middle and high school age, both Redeemer and Fountain Square. Hope to see you there where we will talk about upcoming events and our format changes for the coming year.
The Indianapolis Choral Artisans (Indy’s new community chorus in partnership with the Harrison Center) is looking for choristers and singers who appreciate the choral art form to join them for the fall session (Oct. 3-Dec. 12) of their inaugural season. Rehearsals begin on Oct 3 and will continue to meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in the Underground. A kick-off choral workshop will take place on Monday, Sept 19th. For more information, visit choralartisans.com or email questions to director Rick Cobb [firstname.lastname@example.org]. This is a different group from our Elementary and Middle School Choir, also run by Rick Cobb along with Sharon Matthews and Will Lutz. This group meets every Sunday from 2-3 in the youth room until November 6. Your child can join any time.
Attention, married folk! Sign up for a Marriage Workshop this Fall: Six Conversations For Every Married Couple.
Six Conversations For Every Married Couple. Conversation topics include:
- Practicing Confession and Forgiveness - The Bread and Butter of Marriage
- Making Relational Growth our Daily Agenda - Figuring Out How to Serve Each Other
- Trust- How to Cultivate it and How to Rebuild it
- Love- What it Isn't and What it is
- Dealing With our Differences with Appreciation and Grace
- Working to Protect our Marriage
The workshop will be 3-nights of interactive material at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 6:30-8:30 pm Friday night, September 16th, September 30th, October 14th.
The cost is $75 which covers all 3 nights and includes childcare. A $20 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space. Partial scholarships available. Checks can be mailed to or placed in the offering plate at Redeemer but must include "Marriage Seminar" in the memo line.
Sign up here: www.redeemindy.org/marriage
If you are struggling against any of the following - sexual wounds, pornography, promiscuity, infidelity, sexual acting out, fantasy, addictive tendencies, etc. - then this group will bring you strength, courage, and healing.
Together we will...
- Look at how we bring the Gospel to bear on these struggles, including more than "how do I stop sinning?"
- Find solidarity with other men in these battles, breaking cycles of loneliness and shame.
- Confront the deeper issues that are involved - why does this specific behavior entrap me? What do I do that makes it worse? By what means do I alter behavior?
- Learn a language for how to think about these things and how to discuss them with God and others.
The group is limited to 8 participants. Please email Mike Spencer [email@example.com] with questions or to sign up.
CT&T (Christian Teaching and Training) Sunday classes meet weekly between Sunday services, from 10:00-10:50 a.m. They are a place for you to go deeper into God’s word in community, guided by leaders who want to help bring God’s truth to bear on every corner of your life. Our classes will not only make you think, but impact your heart and life as well. We offer children, youth, young adult, and adult classes which are all listed below. Classes begin on September 11.
ADULT CLASSES Gospel DNA (Fall only) – Led by Doug & Nancy Jesch, Located in Studio 147. Christians often talk about the gospel, but many struggle to truly understand and apply it to their lives. This is a great first class for those new to Redeemer.
Gospel Disciplines (Fall & Spring) – Led by Aaron Gardner, Located in Room 040 (The Speck Gallery - previously Gallery 2). For those who seek to mature in Christ-likeness, this class will look at the processes of putting our sin to death and growing in spiritual disciplines.
Epistles: 1 John, 1 & 2 Peter (Fall & Spring) – Led by Ryan and Kate Brumbaugh, Located in the Underground Join in a study of these beloved letters, written to the early church to establish and encourage them in their faith through adversity.
Isaiah (Fall & Spring) – Led by Jamie MacGregor, located in Hank and Dolly's Gallery This prophetic book can be intimidating, but this class will guide you through its themes and highlight the prophecies concerning the Suffering Servant.
Community Group Leader Training – Led by Amanda Edgell, Located in Room 146 Life at Redeemer largely centers around Community Groups. We are pleased that we have so many people in groups, but that also means we need more leaders! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with if you are interested in the Community Group Leader Training Class.
Creative Class (Fall & Spring) - Led by Kyle Ragsdale, Located in his studio (Room 280) This class is a place for creative souls to gather together for prayer, encouragement, and exploration of how the gospel impacts an artist’s life.
Young Urban Leader Class (Fall & Spring) – led by Sara Trombley, Located in Room 141 This class focuses on developing leaders in their spiritual growth and ministry potential and will meet the second and fourth Sundays of every month beginning on September 25.
YOUTH CLASSES High School meets in the youth room Middle School meets in the library
ELEMENTARY CLASSES K-3rd elementary students will begin a new four-year journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project curriculum. An app is available for parents who’d like to reinforce the weekly lesson at home. We’re starting with volume 1 (Labeled "Fall 2015" in the app store).
All K-3rd kids start in room 203 and will split into small groups mid-hour. K-1st will be picked up from 205 2nd-3rd will be picked up from 203
4th-5th elementary students have spent the last four years on an extended journey through the Bible. This year, they’ll be summarizing the big picture using Echo the Story curriculum as a springboard. 4th-5th meets in room 207.
PRESCHOOL CLASSES 3-year-olds meet in room 160A (Children’s Worship room) 4/5-year-olds will meet in room 160B (adjacent to the Children’s Worship room).
Do you wonder what beliefs make Redeemer different from other churches, or are you interested in perhaps becoming a member of Redeemer? Then join us for our Discovering Redeemer class, which meets Friday, Sept. 9th, 6 - 9 p.m. and continues Saturday, Sept. 10th, 9 a.m. - noon. We hold these classes roughly every other month. Contact: Kate Ghormley [email@example.com]
DATE: Sunday, August 21st TIME: 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. PLACE: Redeemer Gymnasium
Why are we having a Volunteer Fair?
Redeemer considers itself to be a co-op church. This means that we employ relatively few staff and rely on volunteers to run the majority of our programs. Not only does this approach allow us to steward well the resources God has given us, but it encourages the church (YOU!) to be an integral part of its ministry. The Bible says that our faith will drive us to action, though that action will vary from person to person and season to season. Being a co-op church means that we not only encourage your participation in service, but very much rely on your willingness to volunteer.
What will the Volunteer Fair Involve?
First and foremost, the coffee and donuts will all be in the Gym. We've got your attention now, eh! But to the point, the fair will consist of about 15 booths throughout the Gym, each offering information about a volunteer opportunity (its frequency, duties, etc.). There will also be someone to chat with and a place to sign up if you're interested in learning more about a given ministry.
Who is the Volunteer Fair For?
The fair is for everyone who considers, or who would like to consider, Redeemer their church home. Not only do we rely on volunteers in our co-op model, but joining a ministry team has proven to be a great way to meet others in the church. Volunteering is also a way for us to follow the example of Jesus, the servant of all, and to express our thankfulness for the community we have here at 16th and Delaware. If nothing else, please simply come and chat with our ministry leaders about what God is doing in our church and perhaps how you might become a part of it.
So, mark your calendars and come mingle and learn about Redeemer's volunteer opportunities on August 21st in the Gym!
Redeemer's Vacation Bible School went great! Each morning around 25 youth ministry students prepared crafts, stories, and recreation for over 60 elementary students. Our partnership with the 16 Park Community Center was a huge benefit as there space fit us all nicely and provided access to Kennedy King Park for recreation.
Hear about how God worked last week from one our VBS volunteers, Susan Jones:
"What a wonderful blessing to work with such talented youth and children while serving as this year's VBS Drama Coordinator! I truly enjoyed following God's leading to incorporate Viola Spolin's Improv Games into the VBS curriculum based on the book of Joshua. Praise God for the leadership provided by Todd Dawkins and Caroline Tait. Their faith and flexibility allowed this year's VBS to be a rich learning opportunity for us all.
I want to strongly encourage you, yes YOU (parents and non-parents alike), to engage those who took part in VBS. Allow them to practice sharing their witness by inquiring, as the Spirit directs you, things like:
- What is Improv? How does it reflect our faith in God?
- Ask about 'non-verbal communication'. Why is it important?
- What is the Give and Take game? Which is easier, giving or taking?
- or Who is Polly and what does she want? In a large group they can SHOW you!
Should any of the VBS kids offer to include you in a game, don't miss out on the chance to learn from them. Give them the opportunity to pass the 'olympic torch', to practice discipleship and share what they know. Help keep this VBS experience from being just another lesson in consumerism and encourage them to share their witness."
We are so grateful for the many people involved from all the youth that arrived at 7:45 am every morning to our adult volunteers running different activities and leading teams, we could not have done VBS with out you. Thank you. And thank you to all the families that participated by trusting your elementary aged child with us each morning last week. It was truly a great time.
Redeeming Lives is run by New Hope Counseling Services, our church's counseling ministry. It is a confidential counseling group for men fighting sexual brokenness of any sort. We bond together in the strength of our Savior and by supporting each other with honesty. Eight men commit to fifteen sessions and meet on Wednesday nights between Jan-May, 2017. The group's format is part learning and part discussion. It is lead by long-time Indianapolis Chistian counselor Mike Spencer (pictured left). Registration is open until August 31, 2016 and requires a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cost is $560, payable in three installments, and there are generous scholarships for Redeemer attenders. This January will be our third group to run, and we have seen the LORD do amazing things in men's lives through the fellowship and interaction of this group. Please consider joining if you think this group may be of benefit to you. Email our Assistant Pastor, Jeff Nottingham with any questions and/or to sign up, at firstname.lastname@example.org
"What an incredible, life-changing week! Thank you for helping us raise over $40,000 through work days, prayers, fundraisers, and scholarships. We were able to send 67 Tech students and volunteer leaders to Timber Wolf Lake for the best week of their lives. There were incredible moments and deep questions. Many relationships were built, vulnerabilities shared, and joy experienced. Since we've been home, the Lord has continued to work and we are in AWE! Thank you for your partnership!"
Redeemer decided early on that we don’t want to just be a church that has small groups, we want to be a small group church. Christian community has been a strong value at Redeemer since the beginning and we’ve seen it grow and change in ways we couldn’t have imagined or even dreamed of in those first days. The theme and emphasis on community does not refer to our Sunday worship, though this is one small place community takes place. More importantly, we see community happening beyond our Sunday worship bleeding into where we live, where we work, how we use our time and how we engage the Kingdom around us.
Our community group ministry is a driving force here in that it is not just a bible study that takes place for an hour each week. Our community groups are centered on engaging in intentional Christian community where we live and how we seek to be a Kingdom presence there. In connecting people to Jesus within community groups, we believe the people of Redeemer will be growing more and more in the gospel and their identities as sons and daughters of the King. We trust this Spirit-changing work will ignite a movement of the gospel that changes Indianapolis, spiritually, socially and culturally.
In order to keep up with our demand for new community groups, we need more leaders for this fall. Please consider joining one of the upcoming trainings to help you figure out if you'll be a good fit for this role.
You choose between....
- a 2-session training, Saturday, August 13 & 20, 9am- noon at Redeemer (both sessions are required)15
- or a Fall CT&T class beginning Sunday, September 11, 10am-11am in Art Mix 146
For more information or to sign up for either training class, please contact our Parish & Community Group Coordinator, Amanda Edgell [email@example.com].
We are pleased to let you know that throughout the first half of 2016, your contributions to Redeemer exceeded expectations by $27,000! This puts us at 103.5% of where we needed to be for the 6-month period and is $70,000 more than what we received in the first half of 2015.
This is such a beautiful picture of God’s faithfulness to his church and the way our congregation has remained focused on what God is doing instead of the potential awkwardness of being in a time of transition. Thank you for your continued generosity and faithfulness!
Staff has also worked hard to keep expenses within budget. Expenses were 95% of what was projected for the period, leaving us in a good financial position.
As you may recall from the 2015/2016 Annual Report, the income of the 2016 budget was based on contributions received in 2015. This is higher than what was budgeted for projected expenses in hopes that we will be able to increase our savings to a healthy place. As of now, we are on target to meet that goal. Meeting (or exceeding!) our budget will be a sweet gift to our next pastor and a wonderful situation for him to walk into. Thank you for walking with us in this exciting time and continuing to be a part of what the Lord is doing in and through Redeemer.
Next Monday, 7/18, over 30 Redeemer and Fountain Square youth along with adult sponsors will be hosting a Vacation Bible School (VBS) at the 16 Park Community Center for Redeemer and Fountain Square families, friends, and our surrounding neighborhoods. We are very excited for this week to arrive as we see VBS at the Community Center as a great place for our families, youth, and even kids to foster relationships in the community where we worship and live. While we have had a great sign-up response for this event so far, there is still time and space available if you or a friend might want to sign-up.
Who is invited to attend? Any elementary students who will be in kindergarten through 5th grade this upcoming school year
When is this taking place? Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22 from 9am-Noon
Where is this happening? The 16 Park Community Center (546 E. 17th St.)
How much does it cost? FREE
How can you help? Please help us with one last push to get the word out to parents, friends, and neighbors to sign-up for VBS this week. So, if you have elementary kids who are able to go, then sign them up! If you know of kids who have yet to hear about VBS, then please, go tell them! Moreover, please pray for this time. Pray that all who participate would catch a glimpse of … or better yet, have a staring contest with the beauty of the gospel amidst the brokenness of life.
How to learn more or sign-up? Click this link.
As you may know, Herron YL just returned from their YoungLife camp trip and Tech YoungLife is currently on their camp trip. Please be in prayer for the Herron YoungLife kids and leaders that they would be able to continue the work that God has done in their hearts during their week at camp. While Tech is as camp, here is a list of things that you can be in prayer about:
- For Sara and Jed to lead the leaders well! For all leaders – to be well rested, & mentally/spiritually prepared
- That our team would fully rely on God to get through the week and make time with Him a priority daily
- That the Gospel would come alive and be real to the leadership team all over again.
- For endurance and energy
- For an attitude of humility, teach-ability, and love.
- For leaders to dive deep in conversations with kids. No holding back. And for kids to be open, honest, and receptive to the leaders.
- For wisdom regarding racial, LGBT, and other issues that are bound to come up.
- For drama from home to stay at home. Pray that this week is a real, true break for kids.
- For the Gospel to break through the walls of kids hearts
- For kids to see their NEED for a Savior
- That God would capture their hearts to Himself and that kids would be added to the Kingdom
- That above all, God would be glorified through all the crazy skits, music, games, club talks, and cabin times.
The 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (or the PCA, the denomination to which Redeemer belongs) met June 20-24 in Mobile, AL. The assembly was comprised of commissioners from the presbyteries in the PCA. Our Associate Pastor Jamie MacGregor represented Redeemer and the Central Indiana Presbytery by serving on the Overtures Committee. This committee helped determine the business that was considered at the assembly.
One of the more notable and historic topics considered at the assembly was that of race relations. Considering the weightiness of this matter, the overwhelming unity was amazing.
The approved (814-87 with 15 abstentions) overture reads:
Therefore be it resolved, that the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America does recognize, confess, condemn and repent of corporate and historical sins, including those committed during the Civil Rights era, and continuing racial sins of ourselves and our fathers such as the segregation of worshipers by race; the exclusion of persons from Church membership on the basis of race; the exclusion of churches, or elders, from membership in the Presbyteries on the basis of race; the teaching that the Bible sanctions racial segregation and discourages inter-racial marriage; the participation in and defense of white supremacist organizations; and the failure to live out the gospel imperative that “love does no wrong to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10); and
Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly does recognize, confess, condemn and repent of past failures to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires, as well as failures to lovingly confront our brothers and sisters concerning racial sins and personal bigotry, and failing to “learn to do good, seek justice and correct oppression” (Isaiah 1:17); and
Be it further resolved, that this General Assembly praises and recommits itself to the gospel task of racial reconciliation, diligently seeking effective courses of action to further that goal, with humility, sincerity and zeal, for the glory of God and the furtherance of the Gospel; and
Be it further resolved, that the General Assembly urges the congregations and presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church in America to make this resolution known to their members in order that they may prayerfully confess their own racial sins as led by the Spirit and strive towards racial reconciliation for the advancement of the gospel, the love of Christ, and the glory of God; and
Be it further resolved, that the 44th General Assembly call the attention of churches and presbyteries to the pastoral letter contained in Overture 55 as an example of how a presbytery might provide shepherding leadership for its churches toward racial reconciliation; and
Be it finally resolved, that the 44th General Assembly remind the churches and presbyteries of the PCA that BCO 31-2 and 38-1 provide potent and readily available means for dealing with ones who have sinned or continue to sin in these areas.
Given the Southern roots of the PCA, this statement is a reflection of God’s grace to our Church and to the healing work of the Spirit. The Overture makes reference to a pastoral letter – this letter can be found at the Mississippi Valley Presbytery website.
Accompanying this overture were complementary overtures that established a study committee to explore how to improve race relations and established a “Unity Fund” to help offset cost of theological training for minorities.
Another important matter considered was the establishment of a study committee on women serving in the ministry. Those proposed for the study committee are: Dan Doriani, Ligon Duncan, Susan Hunt, Irwyn Ince, Kathy Keller, Mary Beth McGreevy and Harry Reeder. This likely will be the next big matter the PCA will tackle in the coming years.
To find out more about General Assembly decisions, please go to the PCA web magazine.
This season of transition has brought much reflection and prayer regarding what we are about at Redeemer. In this time, we’ve established themes of what is distinctive about us and steers much of our approach to ministry for God’s Kingdom in Indianapolis. Those themes are beauty, brokenness and community.
We said early on that we don’t want to just be a church that has small groups, we want to be a small group church. Christian community has been a strong value at Redeemer since the beginning and we’ve seen it grow and change in ways we couldn’t have imagined or even dreamed of in those first days. The theme and emphasis on community, does not refer to our Sunday worship, though this is one small place community takes place. More importantly, we see community happening beyond our Sunday worship bleeding into where we live, where we work, how we use our time and how we engage the Kingdom around us.
Our community group ministry is a driving force here and is not just a bible study that takes place for an hour each week. Our community groups are centered on engaging in intentional Christian community where we live and how we seek to be a Kingdom presence there. In connecting people to Jesus within community groups, we believe the people of Redeemer will be growing more and more in the gospel and their identities as sons and daughters of the King. We trust this Spirit-changing work will ignite a movement of the gospel that changes Indianapolis, spiritually, socially and culturally.
Redeemer is unique in community and its community group ministry. We have one of the greatest percentages of group participation we’ve seen. Over 80% of our membership and over 60% of our regular attenders are part of a community group. With so many involved, we see our community groups as the place where shepherding and pastoral care is happening most often and most directly. We’ve often referred to our community group ministry as the frontline of pastoral care at Redeemer. This creates such a great responsibility and privilege for our group leaders, so we’ve developed strong training for them and a parish model for their ongoing care and support.
The parish model we practice is another unique piece of how we emphasize community. With so many groups and such a high number of people involved, we chose to break down Indianapolis into parishes geographically—we have six parishes. Each parish has parish leadership or a parish council charged with the care and oversight of its parish and community groups. A parish’s ability to care for its people is driven by its community groups. The parish council exists to support, coach and care for its community group leaders and thereby its groups and group members. In other words, it is the way we know, care for and shepherd our church.
On July 10, Central Parish members will be hosting porch parties all over the parish! You can join in the fun by hosting friends and neighbors on your porch (or in your front or back yard) on that day, too.
Sometimes having people over can be something intimidating. We all want to do it, but all the little tasks can seem overwhelming. Porch Parties are all play and no work - all you have to do for a porch party is sweep your porch, maybe set out a few extra chairs, and invite your neighbors. A bag of chips, a bowl of salsa and growler from your favorite local brewery can make for a great, easy afternoon or evening. Don’t be surprised if your new friends hang around for quite awhile . . . there is something magical about being outside in porch weather.
The City Gallery's porch party initiative kicked off with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and the City Gallery is continuing to promote porch parties to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial. For Central Parish members: if you turn in a photo of your event and a short blog for us to post you will be entered to win a $250 gift certificate from the Harrison Center. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org