Ketchen-up . . .
I think we were all thankful to wake-up to cooler temperatures this morning. We should also be grateful for the rain (I had 6 tenths in my rain gage) we received yesterday afternoon.
We are in a very busy stretch of time for our church’s ministry staff. Last week Jeremy, Adam and I were all at Edge Week (middle school) at The ARK. E.Anne and 5 students from our church family were also there. We had more than 120 students all together. It was a very hot, but very good week of camp. This week Jeremy is the dean of Merge Week (high school). I don’t know at this time how many students are participating.
Church camp is such a powerful experience. It is a time when for the first time many students become serious about their faith in Jesus. I am so grateful that this church is willing to pay 75% of the tuition for each student we send from our church family. This is money well invested in the kingdom of God. Sometime in the next few weeks we will be receiving a bill from the camp for our share of the camper fees. If you are able to make a gift to help with camper fees, just write “camper fees” on the memo line of your check.
This Sunday: On Sunday (7/28) the man who has been the camp missionary all summer at The ARK will be our guest to preach in both morning worship services and to give a report on his work with the Christian Holy Land Foundation. Mujd (his first name) lives with his wife and 2 young sons in the Galilee region of Israel not too far from Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus. Mujd is an Arab Christian.
I really want to encourage you to be present Sunday and to hear both his sermon and his report. He will bring perspective and insight into a land where Jews, Muslims and Christians live together with constant religious, social and political tension. If there is ever to be peace in the land where Jesus lived, it will only happen as people come to faith in Jesus. I believe Romans 11 teaches that one day before the return of Jesus, the nation of Israel will come to faith in Jesus. The Christian Holy Land Foundation is working to make this happen. If you are able to make a donation, even $10 or $20 in an offering envelope, this would help this vital work. I might mention also that my father served on the board of the Christian Holy Land Foundation for a number of years before his health failed.
TCM Trip: On Sunday afternoon, August 4, E.Anne and I, along with Darlene Mellon and Darlene Williams, will be traveling to Austria to work at TCM’s Haus Edelweiss. Roger and Judy Cummings had planned to make this trip, but they will not be going due to Roger’s health.
The four of us will be “short term workers” during session #6 when students from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia come to study at Haus Edelweiss which is TCM’s European headquarters. Students are studying to earn graduate level degrees in church leadership. Short term workers are the support staff for this program. We will help prepare and clean-up meals. We will mow grass and do light maintenance. We will do laundry, dust furniture, vacuum or mop floors and clean toilets. We feel honored to serve Christians who live in very difficult situations in their home countries. The Haus Edelweiss experience is meant to be educational, but it is also meant to be a retreat from the pressures of ministry in countries where at times their very lives are threatened because of their faith in Jesus. And so we do feel honored to serve these Christian brothers and sisters.
Please be praying for the four of us as we travel and work at Haus Edelweiss. Please pray for our safety and health. Pray that we will make all of our travel connections. Pray that our lives can reflect Jesus and bless the people whom we are serving. We will return to the United States on August 20.
While I am away, Jeremy and Adam will do the preaching. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare and preach their sermons. While they fill the pulpit in my absence, they will also be gearing up for the kick-off of the fall youth programs. Before our mission team returns home, students will go back to school.
Thank you again for your prayers. May God bless us all.
Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Bar
The Membership Ministry Team is sponsoring a “scavenger hunt” followed by an ice cream bar on Sunday, July 28. The scavenger hunt will begin at 3:00. Create your own team consisting of a car & driver and a digital camera/smart phone. Prizes will be awarded. The ice cream social begins at 4:00. The ice cream is for everyone and not just for those who participate in the scavenger hunt. If you have questions, see Cheri Delph or Lisa Marlatt.
On Saturday, October 5, the church will be hosting a “healthy marriages” seminar. Justin & Trisha Davis from Refine Us Ministries will be the speakers. This event is for both our church family and the Francesville community. A RSVP will be required. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar. If you have questions, please contact Liv Huber.
Congratulations to Brant & Miranda Cords at the birth of their second child. Berkley Kay was born on July 12 weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. She joins her big brother Ryker in the Cords Family.
“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
We recently had another summer connection event for the Foundry Student Ministry. We had a BBQ and swim night for our middle and high school students. We had a crowd join us for some food on the grill in the Foundry before we headed out to the Wuethrich pond for some swimming on a hot night. I want to thank all the youth leaders who made it out and Tim and Sally for sharing their property with us. We continue to try to stay connected and build relationships throughout the summer vacation in the midst of being a very active time for many and family vacations.
This past week I was able to help with providing worship music for middle school students at Edge Week. I really enjoy the week and thankful for the week the deans put on for our students. We had several students that attended the camp and benefited greatly. This week is Merge week for our high school students. I have been involved in the leadership and planning of this week for several years, but am tackling my first year as dean of this week. Be praying for our students and the life change that can take place! Many people from FCC will be serving in different capacities during the week and I am thankful for all of them!
Pine Lake: On Friday, August 2, we will be making a trip to Pine Lake water park. It is a bit of a drive, but is well worth the time. The students really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere Pine Lake has to offer. Space will be limited, so sign up soon.
Fall Kickoff: It’s time to admit it, school will start again for the 2019-2020 year and we are ramping up in the Foundry student ministry to take on the opportunity to minister to our local schools, students, parents, and teachers. The first Wednesday night for students in grades 6 thru 12 is August 14th!
Jeremy’s #: 219-204-0422
Only a couple of short weeks of summer break remain for students and then the school year will once again be underway. This means that the last of the summer camp sessions will soon be wrapping up at the Ark Christian Ministries as well. After spending another week at the Ark as a part of the worship band at Edge Week (a middle school camp), I’m once again grateful that our church family has decided to invest in this camp. Time after time we are able to witness students of all ages as they are impacted in a powerful way by what takes place at camp. This summer has once again been a source of memories that will last a lifetime, and for many, it will prove to be a life-changing experience. Each year the camp follows a theme over the course of the summer. Each session of camp, regardless of the age of the campers or the style of the session, focuses on that theme. With nearly 1,000 campers and hundreds of adult leaders coming from a variety of Christian churches, it’s a powerful experience to be unified in this common theme over the course of an entire summer!
FCC Glow Run: The fifth annual FCC Glow Run will be held on August 23rd this year. This is a community outreach event that consists of a 5K Run and a ½ Mile Family Fun Run. The proceeds will go towards our youth ministries and their missions projects, including the Backpack Pantry. Registration can be found at the FCC Glow Run Facebook page. Paper forms will soon be available at the church as well.
Parent Night/Kickoff: The Wednesday night programs for preschool and elementary kids will kick off on September 4th. The elementary will be hosting a parent night that night. If you are the parent of an elementary student, come on out and have some fun!
Adam’s #: 317-430-4827
July 21 thru 26 – Jeremy will be the dean of Merge Week at The ARK.
July 28 – The Membership Ministry Team is hosting a Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Bar. Activities will begin at 3:00 p.m.
July 28 thru Aug 3 – Jeremy and his family will be taking a week of vacation.
Aug 2 – The middle and high school youth will have an outing to Pine Lake.
July 28 – The Membership Ministry Team will be hosting an ice cream social.
Aug 4 thru 20 – Jim & E.Anne will be a part of a group of 4 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.
Sept 8 – The church will hold its annual meeting and election of officers during the Sunday School hour at 9:45.
Sept 8 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.
Sept 9 – The church board will meet at 7:00 p.m.
Sept 14 – A community family will be using the church for a wedding.
Sept 27 thru 29 – The annual church family campout will take place at Tippecanoe River State Park.
Sept 29 – A church family will be using the church for a Sunday afternoon wedding.