E Courier June 3, 2019

Ketchen-up . . . 

As we began our worship yesterday, I mentioned that Thursday will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944.  For years I have had a special interest in this WWII battle because I had an uncle who was a part of that battle.  He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division.  When I was a boy, my brothers and I had many questions for our uncle, but this was not something he would talk about.  

As I said yesterday, D-Day established a beachhead for Allied Troops on the European Continent from which liberation could begin.  Francesville is the beachhead from which we launch into battle against our enemy Satan.  Right here in this community are many who need to be liberated from Satan’s grip.

When I was growing up in Tennessee, we sang hymns will a military theme.  Do you remember . . . “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before!”  Maybe you remember . . . “Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross.”  We also sang . . .  “There’s a royal banner given for display to the soldiers of the King; As an ensign fair we lift it up today while as ransomed ones we sing.”  Songs with a military theme are no longer “politically correct,” but those old hymns communicated a truth we sometimes forget.

Ephesians 6:11-12 says . . . “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  The Apostle Paul was not worried about being “politically correct.”  He understood the truth that we are in the midst of a great battle . . . good versus evil . . . light versus darkness.  We must understand the same truth.

Just last week twelve people died in another workplace shooting in Virginia Beach, VA.  Satan’s finger prints were all over the crime scene.  As several states have passed laws limiting abortion on demand, the pro abortion people are becoming very vocal.  We can thank God for the courage of legislators and governors who have passed and signed laws making abortion more difficult.  We must be praying that the courts will uphold these laws as constitutional.  

In First Timothy 2:1-3 Paul wrote . . . “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior.”  We must be faithful to pray for our country and our leaders.  Pray for our president and governors, senators and representatives.  We must pray for those who serve as judges . . . from the local level all the way to the Supreme Court.  We must pray because of the battle that rages all around us.  There will be no victory apart from prayer.

Over the past two years I have challenged you often that . . . “an evangelism plan begins with a name.”  Be praying for those who need to come to faith in Jesus.  This is how we win the war . . . by saving one person at a time.

We must never be ashamed to sing . . . “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war.”  We must never be ashamed because that is who we are . . . soldiers fighting a war to liberate the lost.

Before I close my column, I want to mention a couple areas of ministry.

Sermons: I plan to preach two more sermons in the marriage and family sermon series I have been calling “Cherish.”  This coming Sunday (6/9) I plan to preach “Cherish the Path.”  In this sermon I plan to talk about the many seasons of life that come our way.  My final sermon on Father’s Day will be “Cherish Your Position.”  The theme will relate to one’s place in the home and marriage.  Please keep me in your regular prayers as I prepare and preach every sermon.

Church Camp: Jeremy, Adam and I, along with other church members, will be spending time in church camp at The ARK this summer.  Camp plays such an important role in the lives of our young people.  This is a ministry we must support with our prayers and finances.  

Have a blessed week. Jim


The church extends its sympathy to the Family of Don Davis who passed away on Wednesday, May 29.  He had three daughters (Heather, Angela and Samantha), 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Let’s keep this family in our prayers.  

Thank You

We wanted to thank everyone for all the cards, prayers and phone calls.  Also all the drivers that took us for the treatments.  Fred is doing well.  Still going every three weeks for treatments.  Please keep the prayers going.  God is good.

Love, Fred & Betty Litke 

Dick had another foot surgery on Friday.  He got along find.  It had an infection so we hope it heals now.  We are overwhelmed with all the cards.  Thanks to all of you and for the many prayers.

Bless you all, Dick & Martha Lowry

Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday

Sunday, May 19, was our annual parent/baby dedication. Five couples with their babies participated.  These include:

  • Jeff & Angelica Bramlage with Titan

  • David & Theresa Hoover with A.J.

  • Jeremiah & Wendy Kopka with Anna

  • Jacob & Misty Schlatter with Jasper

  • Alex & Erin Yaggie with Beau

Vacation Bible School

June 10, 11, & 12

9:00 to 2:30

VBS this year will be a new kind of experience.  Lunch will be provided each day.  The program is for students who were in elementary school last year (K thru 5th grade).  Because students will be traveling from the church building to different community locations, students must have a signed permission form.  Please find registration material on the table in the foyer.

The Foundry

Graduation Sunday has come and gone and open house season is winding down quickly. With all of the activity, we take a few weeks of sabbatical in the Foundry Student Ministry, but now summer activities are in full swing. You can view our summer calendar at our Facebook page or the student ministry page at www.fccfrancesville.org. We will begin with volunteering at the summer VBS program for the Spark Kids Ministry. Next up is a traditional favorite for our middle school students with the Turkey Run day outing on Wednesday, June 19th. Release forms with specific information will be available in the church foyer. A lot of time and resources are also being spent on upcoming summer camps at the Ark for middle and high school students. MS Edge week is a fantastic opportunity for middle school students to grow in their faith, make new friends and have a blast. Adam and I are again on the worship team for this week, we are in the midst of preparing for what God will do. HS Merge week plans are coming together nicely. Ryan McCarty is our speaker for the week and we have Sing Love as our worship leaders. We have some outstanding track leaders who will be leading our students and we have a very special event planned on our Thursday night. I encourage all high schooler to attend and invite a friend to bring along with them. We ask you to be praying for all of our summer campers! We will have local campers in Converse pretty much every week of the summer starting now!

Summer Camp at The Ark: The time is NOW! Get registered for the summer camp of your choice soon. A 75% scholarship is available to all campers. Ask Adam or myself for the coupon code.

Jeremy’s #: 219-204-0422

The Spark

 School is out for the summer, which means that VBS programs are rolling along!  This past week we held our preschool VBS program, which was centered around the theme “Jesus is My Superhero”.  About 30 three, four, and five-year-olds had the building to themselves as they played games, sang songs, worked on crafts and activities, enjoyed some superhero-themed snacks, and listened to some great Bible stories.

 The teaching for the week centered around the idea that “God Made Me”.  On Tuesday, the program began by looking at Psalm 139, where kids heard about how we are all “wonderfully made” by God.  The rest of the week was spent looking at how God not only made each of us, but also made us for a purpose.  Day 2 was spent discussing how “God Made Me to Trust Him”, and heard about the story of Jesus restoring the sight of the man born blind.  (After building towers out of blocks with and without blindfolds on, we decided the blind man must have been very thankful when Jesus restored his sight!)  On day 3, kids heard about the Good Samaritan and learned that “God Made Me to Help Others”.  Finally, we concluded our program on Friday on the idea that “God Made Me to Shine” and heard about Matthew 5:13-16 and how we are meant to be the light of the world.

 There are too many to list by name here, but thank you to all of those who worked hard to make our preschool VBS program come together!  From station leaders, to group leaders, to those who prepared the snacks, your efforts are very much appreciated!

Elementary VBS Program:  Our elementary VBS program will be June 10th, 11th, and 12th (the 13th and 14th will be potential rain make-up days).  Registration forms are available in the church foyer.  Online registration is also available on the Spark Kids Ministry Facebook.

Adam’s #: 317-430-4827

Upcoming Events:

June 7 – The Uptown Project will be using the fellowship hall for an event.

June 8 thru 15 – A.I.C.M. Mission Trip

June 9 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

June 10 – The board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

June 10 thru 12 – Vacation Bible School

June 15 – A community organization will be using the fellowship hall for a foster parents meeting.

June 16 – Father’s Day

June 23 thru 27 – Adam will be leading a week of church camp at The ARK.

June 28 thru July 5 – Adam will be taking a week of vacation.  

July 7 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

July 8 – The church board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

July 14 thru 19 – Jim & E.Anne will be serving on the staff of Edge Week at The ARK.  Jeremy and Adam will be helping with the music.

July 20 – A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a bridal shower.

July 21 thru 26 – Jeremy will be the dean of Merge Week at The ARK.

July 28 – The Membership Ministry Team will be hosting an ice cream social.  Watch for details.

Aug 4 thru 20 – Jim & E.Anne will be a part of a group of 6 traveling from the church to work at TCM’s Haus Edelweiss in Austria.  

Aug 11 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

Aug 12 – The board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Aug 25 – A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a bridal shower at 2:00.

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E Courier May 13, 2019

Ketchen-up . . . 

This morning I will use my column to do some “ketchen-up.”  If you read through this edition of The Courier, you will see that May is a very busy month for us.

Baptisms: On Sunday, May 5, we were blessed to witness the baptisms of Landon & Maddox Gutwein.  Their father Lance had the privilege of baptizing them.  A worship service is always a little more special when there are baptisms.  Let’s keep these young men in our prayers.

Special Care Ministry Team: This ministry team is led by Sally Wuethrich and Darlene Williams.  In the past two weeks Sally & Darlene and their ministry team have planned, prepared and served three funeral dinners.  I am always so appreciative of their loving and gentle spirit in making a funeral dinner happen.  They are always up against a clock.  I am appreciative of those who help provide food (usually salads and desserts) and for those who help to serve and clean-up the meal.  This is such an important ministry and I am so grateful we have a ministry team and a church family so willing to extend love under difficult circumstances.

I might mention also that this ministry team often provides several meals when there has been a hospitalization or serious illness.  We have so many who are willing to prepare and deliver meals.  Thank you for this very special ministry.  

Health Concerns: I can’t remember a time in recent years when we have had so many in our church family who are dealing with very critical health concerns.  The list of prayer concerns in our Sunday bulletin is long.  Please be praying daily for those on this list, and I want to encourage you to take the time to send an occasional card.  A real card with a 55 cent stamp on the envelope is good medicine.

Covenant Class: For several weeks I have been talking about the “Covenant Class” I occasionally teach.  This is a class in which individuals can learn more about making a faith commitment.  This class highlights the meaning of faith, repentance and baptism.  The class is usually one hour for one evening for three weeks.  If you want to know more about what the Bible says about making a faith commitment, please ask me about participating in one of these classes.

Maybe you have a friend for whom you have been praying.  Encourage your friend to attend the “Covenant Class.”  You might even volunteer to attend the class with your friend.  Above all else be praying for those who need to make a commitment to Jesus.

Sunday’s Sermon: This Sunday I will continue with my sermon series on the home and family.  Yesterday I preached . . . “Cherish the Plan.”  On Sunday I plan to preach . . . “Cherish the Person.”  Please keep me in your prayers as I preach each Sunday.  Thank you!

Love, Jim


Sympathy is extended to two of our church families:

Tracey Zarse, Kyle’s 36-year old sister, passed away unexpectedly on May 1.

Kyle & Dusti Zarse

508 Hickory Lane

Monticello, IN  47960

Sue Allen, Rosie Salyer’s sister, passed away on May 4 at the IU Hospital in Lafayette.

Rosie & Mike Salyer

408 E. Ada St.

Francesville, IN  47946

Let’s keep both families in our prayers.


On Sunday, May 5, Landon and Maddox Gutwein came at the invitation time to make the good confession of faith.  They were baptized by their father.  These brothers are the sons of Lance & Erica Gutwein.  Landon is in the 7th grade and Maddox is in the 5th grade.  Let’s keep both of the young men in our prayers and look for ways to encourage them.

Landon & Maddox Gutwein

7036 S  1600 W

Francesville, IN  47946

Birthday Card Shower

On May 21 Doyle Dinkens will be celebrating his 79th birthday.  He continues to live in an assisted living facility in Indianapolis.  Doyle’s daughter Katie has asked us to remember him with a card shower.  A birthday card would mean a lot to him.

Doyle Dinkens

4926 Sir Barton Way, Apt. 144

Indianapolis, IN  46237

Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday

Sunday, May 19, will be our annual Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday.  If you would like to participate with your baby, please contact the church office so appropriate plans can be made.

Open House Invitations

The church received graduation open house invitations for: 

  • Samuel & Elijah Huddleston to be held in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, May 25th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

  • Brandon Stevens to be held in the church fellowship hall on Saturday, June 1st, at 3:00 p.m.

  • Ethan Shannon to be held at his home on Saturday, June 8th, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.  (10030 N 300 E, Monon) 

Thank You

Dear Mr. Ketchen, Cast, and Choir, 

Thank you so much for the beautiful performance of The Last Supper.  You certainly have a talented group of people.  I really enjoyed your Good Friday program.

God Bless & In Christian Love, 

Judith Malchow

Thank you for the beautiful planter that you sent to help us all celebrate Granny’s amazing life.  The church was a second home to her and we are so thankful that she had all of you as her extended family.  

The Family of Dorothy Morgan

Dear Francesville Family, 

Thank you for your continued generosity which is much needed and appreciated!  

Love in Christ, Tommy Oaks

The Foundry 

Last Wednesday evening we celebrated our Seniors of the Foundry. We had 8 seniors that that have been heavily involved with the student ministry over the last several years that were in attendance. We shared laughs, hugs and tears as we talked, challenged them to stay steadfast in their faith celebrated. This was a particularly tight-knit group that had grown into family for each other. I am so proud of each of them and at the same time nervous as they begin their post high school journey of life and faith. We hope to find consistency in staying a part of their lives as cheerleaders in their life and faith.

At the same time we were celebrating the transition of our seniors, we were also welcoming with open arms a new group of soon to be 6th grade students. Full of excitement and wonder, they sat among the older students. You could tell that they realized quickly that they were no longer the top of the elementary food chain. I am so excited to be a part of their journey over their time in the Foundry with all the turns and twists their teenage lives will take. Number one priority is for them to know Jesus and grow in faith.

I want to say thank you to our wonderful volunteer youth leaders that have done so much to invest themselves into the lives of young people. They are a group of kingdom minded individuals that truly was to see students follow Jesus with their lives.

Summer Camp at The Ark: The time is NOW! Get registered for the summer camp of your choice soon. High School is attending Merge Week and middle school can choose between Edge Week and Thai Huts. A 75% scholarship is available to all campers. Ask Adam or myself for the coupon code.

Jeremy’s #: 219-204-0422

The Spark

Ask any school-aged kid you see this week how many days of school are left, and chances are they’ll give you the answer before you can finish the question!  Yep, it’s that time of year!

With the end of the Wednesday night program here at the Spark, attention has fully turned to summer activities.  This, of course, includes our VBS programs.  As usual, we will have separate VBS programs for our preschool kids and our elementary kids.

Preschoolers will have the building to themselves May 28th through the 31st.  Lessons and activities will be centered around the concept of “God Made Me”.  As we go through the week we’ll look into Bible stories and passages that teach these preschoolers that God not only made them, but that He made them for a purpose.  As they listen to Bible stories, make crafts, play games and participate in other activities, they will learn about how He made them to trust Him and to love others.

The VBS program for elementary students will take on a bit of a different look this year as we transition into a new format.  The program will last for three days, but each day will be much longer than a typical elementary VBS program.  Kids will travel to various locations to different components of the program.  The teaching will center around what we’re calling “The Big Picture”, a start to finish overview of how God has worked in the world to get us to where we are today as followers of Christ.

VBS Programs:  Now is the time to sign kids up for this summer’s VBS programs!  Our preschool VBS program will be May 28th through the 31st and our elementary VBS program will be the week of June 10th. Registration forms are now available in the church foyer.  Online registration will soon be available on the Spark’s Facebook page as well.

Adam’s #: 317-430-4827

May 18 – A church family will be using the building for a wedding.

May 19 – Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday

May 19 thru 22 – Jeremy & Jamie will be taking a few days of vacation.

May 25 – A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a graduation open house.

May 28 thru 31 – Preschool VBS

June 1 - A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a graduation open house.

June 2 - A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a graduation open house.

June 7 – The Uptown Project will be using the fellowship hall for an event.

June 8 thru 15 – A.I.C.M. Mission Trip

June 9 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

June 10 – The board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

June 10 thru 12 – Vacation Bible School

June 15 – A community organization will be using the fellowship hall for a foster parents meeting.

June 16 – Father’s Day

June 23 thru 27 – Adam will be leading a week of church camp at The ARK.

June 28 thru July 5 – Adam will be taking a week of vacation.  

Preschool VBS

The annual Preschool VBS will take place from Tuesday to Friday, May 28-31.  The time is 9:00 to 11:00 each morning.  This program is for preschool children ages 3 to 5 (potty trained).  You can find registration material in the foyer.  If you have questions, please contact Adam.

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