GMT Grant Program Spotlight

Redeemer’s Global Missions Team (GMT) is committed to helping Redeemer members pursue short-term mission trips. One of the ways we do this is through offering congregational grants. Amounts vary depending on if the trip is connected to a GMT partner. One goal of the grant program is to help people discern whether or not God is calling them to serve in a global missions context.

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MacGregor Christmas Open House

Please join us at the MacGregor’s home (1908 N. New Jersey Street) on Friday, Dec 16, 7-10pm for our second annual Christmas Open House! The open house is a great time for all, especially if you are newer to Redeemer. There will be a great mix of people there so even if you’ve been around, you’re sure to meet someone new! The MacGregor’s home will be warm and full of Christmas cheer (there’s a great gift exchange that will take place at 8:00) so even if the outside is frightful, inside the home will be so delightful! 

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Year-To-Date & Year-End Giving

Thank you for giving generously to Redeemer’s budget needs this year! With just a few weeks left in the year, we need $119,595 to make the 2016 budget. Please continue to ask the Lord how He might have you support his church in December.  

As you think about your year-end giving, please note the following information and reminders...

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Annual MacGregor Christmas Open House

You are cordially invited to the MacGregor’s Annual Christmas open house on December 16 from 7-10 PM at their home (1908 N New Jersey Street). Come for food, fun and fellowship. All food is provided, but we welcome your favorite drink! There will be games at various times and, of course, the White Elephant gift exchange at 8 PM. The highlight gift last year was the notorious Tri-Bander (yeah, you may need to google that). If you can beat that….well, try! Come celebrate with us - we look forward to seeing you! 16 years and older only, please. 

Women's Advent Tea

This year’s Women’s Advent Tea will take place on December 3, 2-5pm at Peggy Saben’s home at 5354 Meridian Street. Parking is available on 54th Street at well as Meridian Street Methodist Church. A shuttle service will run from the Methodist Church to Peggy's home beginning 15 minutes before the event. Please feel free to bring a friend to the event. RSVP to Mary Howard [Mary.murphy.howard@gmail.com]. 

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.