No CT+T This Sunday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no CT&T this Sunday for adults or children this Sunday, November 27. The nursery will be open. 

Ben Reed: The Road to Ordination

Ben Reed has been serving as Redeemer's Director of Administration since 2010. On Friday, November 11 he passed his final ordination exam and will be officially ordained in a service at Redeemer on December 4, 2016. We are all very proud of Ben's accomplishment! His road has been long so the celebration will be great. 

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New Hope Marriage Workshops: Recap

New Hope Counseling (Redeemer’s counseling service) held marriage enrichment workshops on three separate Friday nights during the months of September and October. Mike Spencer, a counselor who works with New Hope, led the couples through various marriage enrichment activities and spoke on six marriage topics. Those topics were, confession and forgiveness, relational growth, trust, love, handling differences, and protecting our marriages.

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Welcome our Ministry Intern: Marcus Jackman

Marcus with his wife, Susan, and their three kids, Alison, Josephine, and Elijah

Redeemer engages in a number of training and coaching activities in the interest of spreading the Gospel through church plants and other missions. In the past we have engaged in programs like Sonship, and Timothy Apprenticeship. We support missionaries John and Elizabeth Evans who train Kenyans to become pastors.

Part of this "teaching hospital" mission involves having interns who regularly serve alongside our ministry staff. As a part of this vision we want to introduce you to Marcus Jackman. He is in the middle of a month long internship with Nathan Partain, learning what it means to prepare, practice and lead worship. He is in the process of being ordained and is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie, IN. He has been a pastoral apprentice serving that community for the last three years. As a part of his capstone project, he is doing a series of mini internships in different churches around our Presbytery so that he might understand all the parts of ministry as he moves toward being an ordained pastor. Please welcome him, his wife Susan, and their kids if you see them and pray for them as they seek where the Lord is calling them to serve in the coming years. 

Transit in Downtown Indianapolis

Redeemer has always sought to remain nonpartisan and will continue to remain so. We encourage everyone to vote their conscience on November 8th. That said, there are two issues on the Marion County ballot this year and one of them will affect our city. We want to take a minute to explain the Referendum for Transit Funding that you will see on the ballot next week. 

Here is the wording you will see on the ballot: "Shall Marion County have the ability to impose a county economic development income tax rate, not to exceed a rate of 0.25%, to pay for improving or establishing public transportation service in the county through a public transportation project that will create a connected network of buses and rapid transit lines; increase service frequency; extend operational hours; and implement three new rapid transit lines?"

A reliable, well-connected transit system will connect low income workers to employment and needed services. It will also make urban neighborhoods more attractive to new residents who prefer not to depend on a car.  The referendum would allow for an increase of income tax .25% (equates to $125/year for $50,000 income). This will be used to improve bus service for the city including the implementation of new Bus Rapid Transit lines. 

2016 Officer Nominations

November is officer nomination month at Redeemer. Please take some time over the next week to read the Officer Nomination Guide posted on The City. If you are a member at Redeemer, we invite you to nominate, pray for and then elect individuals to be leaders of our church as elders, deacons, or deaconesses.  Please note that the deadline for nominations is December 16, 2016.

What is the nomination process?

1.    Prayerfully consider who may be officers (see the Officer Nomination Guide for more info).

2.  Approach the person(s) you want to nominate. Explain why you want to nominate them and ask permission to do so. If they consent, fill out the form with their name and information.

3.   Nominees meet with a few current officers to discuss their call to serve as an officer at Redeemer and their willingness to go through officer training.

4.    Nominees are to go through the Gospel Leadership classes if they have not done so already. These two classes (theology and character) run during the spring semester.

5.   Nominees also go through ministerial training during the spring and summer.

6.  Those nominees who, at the end of the training period, are evaluated to be ready to serve, will represented to the congregation for officer elections in September.

7.   Officer elections will be held in October.

8. Those nominees elected by the congregation will be ordained (elder, deacon) or commissioned(deaconess) and installed in October or November with much thanksgiving to God!

What should you look for in Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses?

A great summary of officer qualifications is found 1 Timothy 3:1-13. In short, these individuals need to exhibit an advanced maturity of Christian character, ministry leadership gifts and skills, and a commitment to Redeemer’s vision. They must also have been a Christian for at least three years and a member of Redeemer for at least one year at the time they are nominated.


Edit: this version includes the updated due date - changed from Nov 30 to Dec 16. 

November 13: Advent Workshop

This year’s advent workshop will be on November 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Redeemer Gym. Come at any point in that time frame and stay as long as you like. There will be lunch provided after second service! This is a time for Redeemer and Fountain Square children, youth and adults to work together on craft projects that will be included in our advent celebrations this year. This year’s theme is “Word became flesh" We are excited to see what sorts of wonders you will make. 

New Life Presbyterian Hosting "Porn Kills" Conference

New Life Presbyterian Church, 8000 W. River Road in Yorktown, IN will be offering its fourth annual“PornKills” conference on Friday evening Nov. 4, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and Saturday morning Nov. 5, from 9 am to noon. The conference is free of charge and open to the community.

The conference is designed to help people understand the damaging effects of pornography, and to help people who are struggling to free themselves from its grip...

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Mercy Month Recap + Celebration This Sunday

This Sunday, October 30, is the final Sunday of our Mercy Month. During this month we have highlighted the work of our Diaconate and empowered you to participate in acts of mercy through our envelope activity. We also announced that we are giving each parish $2,000 to allow the parish councils to be more closely involved in meeting financial needs.

From 10-10:50 this Sunday, all adults will meet in the Underground to celebrate the work God has done this month. We will share stories from the acts of mercy we were involved with this month. This time is open to everyone, but children’s classes will still be meeting in their regular locations. 4th grade and up will meet in their rooms and come with their class to the Underground to join the adults.

Women's Advent Tea: Help Needed!

This year’s Women’s Advent Tea will take place on December 3, 2-5pm at Peggy Saben’s home. There’s a bit of work that goes in to making this event happen! Please see the list below to see what the needs are. Men, we encourage you to serve the women of the congregation by signing up to help in some way, too!

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Mercy Month: Diaconate Budget Overview + Offering

“Social Healing” is the umbrella term for all the things your deacon team works towards. Through outreach and justice, service and mercy, and financial and counseling ministries, Redeemer’s Deacon Team administers much of the church’s funds that are specifically focused on social healing. This part of our church’s ministry is funded in two ways...

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Redeemer Staffing Transition: Adult Ministry Coordinator

We are sad to announce that Kate Ghormley has transitioned out of her role as the Adult Ministry Coordinator at Redeemer. This transition comes after months of conversations about the kind of work Kate feels called to do and if Redeemer can offer that kind of work. Ultimately, both Kate and the executive staff at Redeemer came to the conclusion that her current role was not the best fit for her gifts...

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Deacon Team Gives Parish Councils Mercy Funds

In coordination with the October 2016, Mercy Month theme, “Pay Mercy Forward: From God, Through you…To Whom?” the Diaconate is releasing up to $2,000 from the Deacon Team’s Mercy Fund to each Parish Council.  The purpose is to inspire Parish councils to evaluate unmet mercy needs in their Parish.   Our goal is to encourage, empower, and enable the Parish Councils to meet the mercy needs in our body and grow in expressing mercy to one another. The Parish Council funds ($2,000) are available between October 2016 and December 2017.

October 29: Northwest Parish Fall Party

Calling all in the NW Parish! Join us at Darrin and Jennifer Thompson’s house (8848 El Rico Dr, Indpls, IN 46240) on Saturday, October 29 from 5-7:30 pm for the fall party. Entrees of smoked ribs and roasted hot dogs along with s’mores will be provided; bring along your favorite side dish to share. For more information or if you have questions, contact Todd Dawkins (

Youth Retreat This Weekend

Redeemer’s youth group (which includes middle and high school students from Redeemer Presbyterian and our daughter church, Fountain Square Presbyterian) leaves today for a retreat at Springhill Camp.

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2016 Third Quarter Financial Update

By God’s grace, Redeemer remains on target to make budget in 2016. We ended the third quarter at 100.1% of budgeted giving, $1476 above our goal, thanks to your generous contributions. Though giving this quarter was down from the first two quarters of the year, the surplus from the earlier months sustained us this past quarter. Because of these first and second quarter contributions, we are ahead of where we were at this time last year by $163,505!

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News From Redeemer Kids

Each week Redeemer welcomes nearly 150 kids across the nursery, Children’s Worship, and CT&T classrooms! In order to continue to serve the kids at Redeemer well, and also be ready to welcome new families, we’d like to clarify the Redeemer Kids “co-op model” for both those parents who utilize the nursery and/or have children participating in pre-school and elementary ministries.

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Male Chaperone Needed for Youth Retreat

We are in need of one male chaperone to travel with the youth this weekend on their retreat. The retreat begins Friday and will return on Sunday early afternoon. If you are able, find out more details from Todd Dawkins [] or Caroline Tait []. Thank you for your consideration!

Todd Dawkins: The Road to Ordination

As our Director of Next Generation Ministries, Todd oversees all of our nursery, children, youth, and college ministries here at Redeemer, and works closely with our partner ministries, Herron and Tech Young Life. Todd and his wife Stacy first came to Redeemer in 2011, and became members in July of 2013 after the birth of their two children, Evah and Levi. While this ordination is an important event in Todd’s life, it is also an important event in the life of our church. Here is an inside look of what it is like to pursue ordination as Todd’s service approaches.

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