Jemar Tisby Follow-Up

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We're grateful to have had a couple days with Jemar Tisby last week, both for his talk on Thursday and the time he spent with Redeemer staff and leaders on Friday afternoon. He left us with many resources and big thoughts and ideas to wrestle through.

If you missed the talk on the 14th, or would like to pass it along to friends, it's available online, here.

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Be in prayer as we think through the changes we can make in our own lives to be a more welcoming church and more understanding of our neighbors. What are some things you can do to make those kind of changes in your own life? How have you been challenged recently to live out the gospel in light of racial justice?

Let's not let this just be a blip on our screens, but a catalyst of change in our city.

Limited access to the building this sunday

Good afternoon, Redeemer family!

This week, our building experienced significant flooding to the downstairs level galleries and hallways. Contaminated water flooded a large portion of the basement, making it unsafe to occupy until a thorough cleanup and carpet replacement has taken place. This process will be underway when we come together to worship on Sunday.

Here's what that means for all of us:

  • Access to the downstairs level will be limited. There will be plastic barriers in place for the inaccessible areas.

  • HisStory has been moved to the sanctuary. Please fill the middle pews close to the front.

  • The Northwest Parish Lunch will be in the Speck Gallery.

  • When your kids return from Children's Worship before Communion, they will enter through same door at the front of the sanctuary that they left through.

Sorry for the inconvenience to your usual Sunday routines. Things should be back to normal next Sunday!

Please pray for our janitorial team. They have been working hard to keep things running and help things get to a place for Sunday worship to run smoothly.

See you Sunday morning!

POSTPONED | Evening of Prayer

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Hey prayer heroes, we have decided to reschedule our prayer meeting tonight due to the extreme cold. We want as many of us as possible to be able to join us when we pray together. However, we are only pushing it back two weeks to Wednesday, February 13th 6:30pm-7:30pm. I know some of you might be disappointed while others are somewhat relieved. Wherever you are, I want to ask you to take action tonight at home and into the next couple of weeks. Would you all be willing to pray tonight whether by yourself, with friends or your community group, or even before bed with your family? I have included the focus for our prayers for this season below. I am asking you to start praying toward these areas not only to be more engaged and prepared for when we are before the throne of God together in a couple of weeks but more so because we need prayer in these areas right now and it can't wait. I am grateful for all of you and it is an honor to be shoulder to shoulder with you before our Almighty Father, even when we are not in the same room together. Remember as you pray, speak directly to your Father, keep it simple, ask boldly from your heart, and know he enjoys you. 

"I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!" 
           -- Ps 116:1-2

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Encouraged reading: Acts 4

Prayer for Courage and Power 

As we have been praying for our hearts to grow in compassion and desire to share the liberation of knowing Jesus, we want to continue in light of Christianity Explored beginning it’s first meeting next week. Already we have heard amazing stories of people being not only willing but interested to hear more about who Jesus is. This is a spiritual miracle and we want to see more of God’s power at work in us and in those who come into contact with Jesus through these meetings. 

Prayer for Ministers of the Word

We have lost a heavy-weight pastor since Jamie left and although the Lord has continued to provide for us as a staff team, we need our Father to provide the right complements to the ministry team here at Redeemer. If that were not enough, we are currently in the process of hiring a pastor to oversee Spiritual Formation, a pastor to minister to college students at IUPUI, and a pastor with the special skills for planting and nurturing a new spiritual community. These are all very significant positions and we do not have the wisdom to know who would be the right fit or how to find them. 

Prayer for Unity in Mission

Since September we have renewed our common mission to connect people to Jesus because he is bringing wholeness to our city. We need this mission to be planted in the passions of each of us. That it would not be something that the staff or the leadership is about but that it would be something that we all share with “one heart and mind”. Only the Spirit of God brings this kind of unity and focus so we want to ask for him to bring that about in all of us, so that we might be fruitful in our lives, our relationships and all our endeavors.  

Spring Classes

Classes meet every Sunday morning between first and second services from 10–10:50am. Check below to find out where you and your family can plug in!

ADULTS

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Interested in discovering answers to questions that will help you know better the God of history? His Story assumes there is no fundamental difference between church history and world history. It’s all His Story.

The objective of this class is to understand the ways of God so we might know the master of the universe better, as he goes about his redemptive business making everything right. This class will embrace a lecture format followed by small group table-talk where key takeaways are translated into our present lives and culture.

His Story is taught by Greg Enas in the Underground Gallery.

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How do we cope when life doesn’t turn out the way we want? Where is God, and does he care about what’s happening to us? The book of Daniel assures us that no matter how far things seem to deviate from what we expect, God is still on the throne—and that will never change. God gives us glimpses of how he will accomplish what he desires by sending visions to Daniel, a source of great encouragement for us when things seem out of control today.

In this class, learn how to study the Bible better, trust God more in the midst of difficult circumstances, and understand biblical prophecy.

Daniel is taught by Dan Barber in the Speck Gallery.

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This class is a place for creative souls to gather for prayer, encouragement, and exploration of how the gospel impacts an artist’s life.

The Creatives Class is taught by Kyle Ragsdale upstairs in his studio.

CHILDREN & YOUTH

3-YEAR-OLDS

Room 160A (Children’s Worship room)

4/5-YEAR-OLDS

Room 160B (adjacent to the Children’s Worship room).

K-1ST GRADES

Room 203

2ND-3RD GRADES

Room 205

4TH-5TH GRADES

Room 201 (Study)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Room 204 (Youth Room)

HIGH SCHOOL

Room 207 (New Hope Counseling offices)

Discovering Redeemer | February 16-17

Discovering Redeemer is about more than church membership! 

Interested in learning more about Redeemer? Come get answers to questions like:

  • What does it mean to be, “In the city, for the city”? 
  • Why do we baptize? 
  • What ministries does Redeemer support?
  • What is our story? Where’d we come from as a congregation and who are we interested in becoming?

Join the next session Friday, February 16 from 6-9pm and Saturday, February 17 from 9-noon

Our time together will look a little like this:

Friday:
6-7pm | Dinner -- taking that time to discuss church experience with one another
7-8pm | Session One -- What is Church?
8-9pm | Session Two -- Why membership? We'll focus on comparing Matthew 16 with Matthew 18, showing that it is the church that has the, "Keys to the Kingdom," what that means, why it's important, and how applies today.

Saturday:
9-10am | Breakfast + Review of the first night
10-11am | Session Three -- What does membership mean at Redeemer? We'll focus on being part of Community Groups, and using your gifts to serve both Redeemer and the city.
11am-12noon |  Session Four -- An in-depth look at the five membership vows, covering the particularities of the PCA

Dinner on Friday and Breakfast on Sunday are both provided, but there will not be any childcare. If childcare is an issue, let us know.

Dig deeper into what it means to be a part of the community here! To register for the next session, contact Jamie [jamie@redeemindy.org].

It's Time for Spring Classes!

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This Sunday, January 21, is the official launch day for our Spring 2018 classes! Christian Teaching and Training (CT&T) classes are a place for you to go deeper into God’s word as a community guided by trained leaders who want to help make sense of the Bible and see it applied to all areas of life. CT&T classes will not only make you think, but impact your heart and life lived out as well.

Below, find the list of classes offered for kiddos through adults, a brief description of the content, and where the class is located. **Note: The Romans class from last semester has moved locations, and will now meet in the Speck Gallery.

Classes meet between first and second services from 10-10:50am, and there will be signs and people posted to help you find your room.

Adult Classes

  • Everyday Gospel – Busyness. Craft beer. Smartphones. HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Piano lessons and soccer practice. The stuff of everyday life. What does the gospel have to do with all that? This class will help us have a better story for interpreting everyday life and then living out our role in the story. We’ll unpack God’s big story and our story in it and apply that to all sorts of practical topics. Prepare to be liberated and challenged as we believe in the everyday gospel together. This class is led by Charles and Erin Anderson, and meets in the Underground Gallery.
  • Creative Class – This class is a place for creative souls to gather for prayer, encouragement, and exploration of how the gospel impacts an artist’s life. The class is designed so that people can drop in and out as their schedule allows. Kyle Ragsdale will lead this class in his studio.
  • Romans – This class will dive into the longest and most systematic of the apostle Paul’s letters. Themes will include how the gospel is God’s power for salvation, receiving righteousness through faith, justification from sin, living out one’s belief in Jesus as a sacrifice to God, and more. This class meets in the Speck Gallery and is led by Dan Barber.

Questions: Jamie MacGregor [jamie@redeemindy.org].


NextGen Classes

  • 3-year-olds – meet in room 160A (Children’s Worship room)
  • 4/5-year-olds – meet in room 160B (adjacent to the Children’s Worship room).
  • K-3rd grades – class starts in room 203 and will split into small groups mid-hour.
    •           K-1st grade – will be picked up from 203
    •           2nd-3rd grade – will be picked up from 205
  • 4th-5th grades – meet in the study (201).
  • Middle School – meet in the youth room (204).
  • High School – meets in New Hope Counseling offices (207).
  • College Years (Fall & Spring) – This class, offered to those 18-22 years old, will discuss theological / spiritual challenges to the Christian faith that we often face from friends, co-workers, or instructors. Even if you can’t make it every week, you are very welcome. Class location is room 141 and is led by Sean and Jonna Kelley. 

Questions: Todd Dawkins [todd@redeemindy.org].

This Sunday: Community Wide Discussion on Our Church Planting Mission

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You are invited to the town hall style discussion this Sunday at 10:00am between the two services in the Redeemer sanctuary. We have been talking over the past months about church planting and raising money to help pay off the mortgage in order to support its longevity. We have gotten both a lot of excitement and a lot of questions, and are having this town hall style discussion Sunday to go deeper in the conversation as a whole community. It is a rare thing that we all get to be together in the same room to hear the same things and we are hoping to get as many people who call Redeemer their home to be there. 

A few quick details: we will have nursery open during this time and there will also be an adult or two in the gym if your kids want to go in to play. If for some reason you can’t make the big meeting between the two services, we will be holding a smaller meeting after second service to provide a summary of the discussion in an attempt to include everyone. 


Thanks for considering. We want to hear your voice! 

Love, 
Your elder leadership team

Giving Update: Help Us Finish 2017

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Year-end is a natural time to take inventory. For Redeemer, 2017 has been a significant year. God is doing some great things! 

  • New Star, our tutoring program at 16th Park, makes an impact in kids’ lives. They’re getting help in school and learning to think of Redeemer as their church.
  • The 4th-5th grade CT&T class regularly has 20 kids, its most ever!
  • Tom and Rihanna Mills, who partner with us in Bangkok, are using art to help tell people about Jesus and start an urban church.
  • We welcomed a new lead pastor.


Lives are being changed by the gospel. When we give financially to support Redeemer, we line up with what God is doing and get to be a part of that life change.

We budget based on ministry needs, the plans and dreams for what God would do in 2017. We’ve had a great year of ministry, and we want to finish well in funding that ministry. We’re behind $32,840 to meet our budget for all this ministry. 

Now is a great time to consider whether you could make a year-end gift, maybe on top of what you already give, maybe for the first time, to support the life change that God is doing.

Here are the nuts and bolts of what you need to know:

  • Gifts must be in the offering by this Sunday, Dec. 31, delivered to the church office by tomorrow, Friday, the 29th, or postmarked by the 31st to be included on your 2017 giving statement. 
  • Electronic gifts can be made by clicking on the “Giving” tab on The City (www.redeemindy.onthecity.org/give). Please note this kind of electronic giving takes a few days to process and is legally deductible based on the date it is deposited into Redeemer’s bank account. 


A record of your contributions can be found on your account on The City. (If you do not have an account on The City, please email info@redeemindy.org.) Please check the listing periodically (and before year-end) to ensure that your gifts have been received and recorded accurately. Giving statements will be mailed in January. If there are any discrepancies in the report or if you have any questions, please email: giving@redeemindy.org.

Year-to-Date and Year-End Giving

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Thank you for giving generously to Redeemer’s budget needs this year! With just a couple weeks left in the year, we need $99,471 to meet 2017 budget goal. 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:

  • Gifts of checks must be delivered to the office or postmarked by the 31st to be included on your 2017 giving statement for tax purposes. Please note that the 31st is a Sunday this year, so the Post Office may not post mark on that day.
  • Electronic gifts (debited from your bank account) can be made by clicking on the “Giving” tab on The City (www.redeemindy.onthecity.org/give). Please note that electronic gifts take a few days to process and are legally deductible based on the date they hit Redeemer’s bank account. Please plan your year-end giving accordingly.

A record of your contributions can be found on your account on The City. (If you do not have an account on The City, please email info@redeemindy.org.) Please check the listing periodically (and before year-end) to ensure that your gifts have been received and recorded accurately. Giving statements will be mailed in January. If there are any discrepancies in the report or if you have any questions, please email: giving@redeemindy.org.

GOSPEL COALITION WOMEN'S CONFERENCE | JUNE 2018

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The Gospel Coalition Women's Conference is coming back to Indy! The conference will be held downtown from June 14 - 16, 2018, and registration is open NOW! Our discount code is RPCINDY, and discounts are available through June 14 (or until it's sold out).

 

The breakdown of discounts are listed below:

 

Extra Early Registration

Sept 19 through Nov 12

$135 (regular price: $159) 

 

Early Registration

Nov 13 through Jan 14

$155 (regular price: $179) 

 

Regular Registration

Jan 15 through Apr 15

$175 (regular price: $199) 

 

Final Registration

Apr 16 through Jun 14 

$199 (regular price: $229)

You can find more information at the event's Facebook page, and invite others to come, too! 

 

THE DEACON TEAM + SOCIAL HEALING

“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:

  1. Through the Redeemer General Fund, as the session directs a portion of your tithes and offerings to mercy ministry each year.

  2. Through designated giving - when you write “Mercy Fund” on your check, etc.

The breakdown of the 2017 Diaconate Year to Date Spending is as follows:

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Mercy Fund and Legacy Fellowship Care:   General account to meet the needs of parishioners and neighbors, e.g., unplanned medical procedures that people cannot afford, utility bills, car repairs, rent or mortgage assistance, etc.

Partner Ministries:   Funds granted to likeminded organizations with strong Redeemer ties (The Oaks Academy, YL-Herron, YL Tech). Congregants may also apply for a limited number of ministry grants.

New Star Outreach:  Funds designated to programming and tutoring carried out by Redeemer members for our neighbors at 16 Park.

Adoption Grants:  Support for parishioners who are adopting or offering other care for the vulnerable, e.g., foster care, hosting a Young Lives mom, taking an extra child with them on vacation, etc.

Counseling Support:  Funds available to assist with the cost of professional counseling; these funds are administered through Redeemer’s New Hope Counseling Center

Administration and Education:  Resources for deacon training, diaconal sabbatical support and parishioner financial education.

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, October 29th:   CT & T Gathering

During the 10:00 hour on 10/29, we will meet as a large group in the Sanctuary to look at where we are “meeting our neighbors” well and where we have room to grow. Discussion will highlight the work of New Star and provide questions for small group discussion to prod our thinking about unintentional behaviors and how they affect who it is we know. Come ready to discuss ways you’ve adapted your behaviors and routines in respect to meeting your neighbors.

  • Sunday, October 29th: Special Offering

Each year during Mercy Month the Deacon Team takes a special offering to supplement the Mercy Fund.  This year as we consider the theme, "Who is my neighbor?" reflecting on new and practical ways to build relationships with our neighbors, prayerfully consider how much you would like to contribute to the to the Mercy Fund above your regular giving. The offering will take place at the end of both services on October 29.

If you have questions about anything related to the deacon team’s budget or the “Mercy Fund,” please email diaconate@redeemindy.org

Who is my neighbor?

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October is Mercy Month at Redeemer, and this year our theme is “Who is My Neighbor?” While, of course, everyone around you is your neighbor, this month the Deacon Team is calling you to be intentional about knowing the neighbors whose lives look different than yours so that you can better understand their experiences and their needs. Redeemer has a great capacity to meet the needs of our neighbors — through talent, through time, and through treasure. Our members also have a great heart to meet the many types of needs around us. The deacons believe the place we as a body need to grow in order to bring these two pieces together is through building relationships.

 

I’d like to talk about what I’ve learned from my friend Christopher. You may know him; he’s a student at IUPUI and a budding entrepreneur; he’s a swimmer and a runner; he’s a traveler; he’s a funny, thoughtful guy who asks probing questions in Bible study and always has an affirming word to offer.

 

Christopher is also legally blind. In getting to know him, I had questions that I wasn’t sure how to ask, or if it was even appropriate to ask. So I did not ask them. But as we got to know one another, he afforded me opportunities to ask and learn. He’s allowed me to share these thoughts with you.

 

I learned that he would like me to identify myself by name when saying hello to him so that he can be sure to connect with me immediately and relate more quickly. So now I say, ‘Hey, Christopher, it’s Drew.’ He also appreciates when people verbally respond instead of nodding their heads, because he cannot see the body language. He’s asked friends to let him know who is in the room so he has extra awareness. These were small ways I could be aware of his reality, which was not my own, and change my behavior as a result. These were small ways I could understand his needs and be a neighbor to him.

 

Being friends with Christopher also helped me understand ways the world around us could be made more equitable to the reality of his experience. For example: Christopher uses public transportation, and when the new transit center was unveiled downtown, he struggled to understand its layout. In response, he created 3D models of the transit center to be shared with others. I did not know such a thing was necessary because I did not personally need it. That was a powerful moment of awareness for me: as the majority of the world can see, the environment is geared toward their needs by default, more-so than Christopher’s, whose needs are in the minority. It was through our friendship that I gained greater understanding, awareness and empathy.

 

I mentioned before that I did not know when to ask Christopher questions, or if I should. I learned later that it is also difficult for Christopher to know when to broach the subject of his blindness with people. He wants it to be known and cared for in relationships, but doesn’t want to be so boxed in by that part of his identity that it becomes all that he is known for. So relationship requires intentionality both ways, and, as Christopher eloquently told me, “We will need this person’s forbearance when we make mistakes, and their endurance when we are struggling to hear and struggling to ask.”

 

When Christ calls us to be a neighbor, he compels us to do so regardless of boundaries. One of the most well-known passages in the bible about being a neighbor is the parable of the good Samaritan, who stops to help a badly wounded Jewish man attacked by thieves. A key component of the story is one person serving another regardless of their significant differences. Now — the Samaritan could see the traveler’s needs, as the Jewish man was bleeding and unable to walk. So some needs around us are simple to perceive, their solutions simple to enact. Some needs are not, particularly when we are looking across cultural, physical, racial, and socio-economical differences, to name a few. How do we meet the needs that we struggle to see or understand? Through relationships. This is a challenge to all of us; to me; to Christopher; to you. 

 

For me: I do not know what it is like to live without sight. Without hearing. Without the ability to walk. I do not know what it is like to drive while black. I will never have to give my son “the talk” of how to survive an encounter with the police, as I have learned that so many black parents do. I do not know what it is like to be a Syrian refugee, or a Burmese immigrant, newly arrived in America with no understanding of the language or customs. I do not know what it is like to parent a child with autism or with developmental disabilities. I do not know what it is like to live in generational poverty. How can I care for others both outside this church and within it without understanding their needs and their experiences? How can I share their joys and their sorrows? How can I help bear their burdens? How can I know the actions that need to be taken to make this world more equitable to their lives and experiences? It begins through relationships.

 

At the end of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells his listeners to go and do as the Samaritan has done. And so being a neighbor is an action, a doing, which means that relationship is not the end, but a beginning. It is a critical entry point to a larger understanding of the many nuanced needs around us, and it is an essential step toward us serving as a neighbor — to knowing what actions need to be taken to meet these needs.

 

So let’s you and I seek opportunities in the coming days to put ourselves in places we might not ordinarily go; to meet people we would not otherwise; to engage in conversations we might not normally have, so that we may build these relationships. Let us consider what behavior we might need to change, and what patterns we can alter as a result. Let us listen well in these times; and let us do so for the glory of Christ, who meets the needs of his people, and calls us to go and do likewise. May we look to Jesus in moments of uncertainty, seeing how he went before us to do this very work; how he moved across boundaries; how he felt our pain; how he’s met our needs time and again.

 

We’ll gather on the 29th in the Underground during the CT&T hour to talk more about the month in retrospect. I hope you’ll plan to join us then, and hopefully with a story to share.

Thank you,

Drew Myler, Deacon

RACE & REDEEMER: CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION

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On Sunday afternoon, the Deacon team hosted the second part of an ongoing discussion on the topic of Race & Redeemer, pressing in to explore what it looks like to embrace diversity, and seek the Lord's wisdom as the catalyst to the process.

 

The discussion, hosted at the home of Mark & Laura Abdon, had an overarching theme of listening to God and each other as we intentionally pursue what it means to be a good neighbor and share the gospel across cultural and ethnic lines. Mark, who facilitated the conversation, began the time with prayer. "We're here to listen. Lead us, God, into what you would have us do." 

 

Filling the back yard with conversations and small-group discussions on what we dreamed to be the future of Redeemer on this topic, and how we can participate in what the Lord is doing, the people in attendance found themselves in a safe space to be open and honest about what the Lord was laying on their hearts as we move forward. The end result wasn't a perfect formula on how to proceed, but rather a jumping-off point for further discussion and personal challenges, both inside and outside of structured conversations like this one.

 

Some quotes that stood out among the groups were:

"In leadership, sometimes the best thing to do is step aside and listen."

"God cares about this even more than we do."

"We have the privilege to participate [in the work that God is already doing]."

"Stay humble with each other as well as those outside of the conversation."

 

In the coming months, the Deacon team will be hosting follow-up conversations, and we encourage everyone to participate.