E Courier April 30, 2019

Ketchen-up . . . 

April was a very busy month for our church family.  April 7 was our annual Faith Promise Sunday.  Collectively we have promised to give $98,507 to missions.  This is an outstanding commitment.  On April 14 (Palm Sunday) and then again on Good Friday (April 19) our church presented The Last Supper Drama.  Both services were very well attended with many visitors.  I appreciate so much the commitment our drama team and choir made to this project.  I heard many good comments regarding the program.  April 21 was Easter Sunday.  Again our attendance was very good.  I want to thank Cheri & Lisa and the Membership Ministry Team for their work in preparing breakfast for our church family.  It is always good to “meet in the middle.” 

I want to thank Jeremy for filling the pulpit while I was away this past Sunday.  E.Anne and I were able to listen to the service online and we were blessed by the music, the communion meditation and the sermon.  Once again it was a good day for our church family.

Preaching Schedule: This coming Sunday I plan to conclude the “Conver-sations” sermon series I have been preaching.  We will be studying the story from John 21 where Jesus met seven of his disciples on the shore of the Sea of Galilee following his resurrection.  This is my favorite Bible story and so I looking forward to preaching this sermon.

On May 12, Mother’s Day, I will begin preaching my annual sermon series on the Home & Family.  During the marriage retreat back in March, we used the book Cherish by Gary Thomas.  The subtitle of this book is The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage.  The theme of this sermon series will be the word “cherish.”  I have titled my first sermon . . . “Cherish the Plan.”  We will consider God’s plan for marriage and the family.  Please be praying for me as I prepare and preach each of these sermons.  More and more I am understanding the importance of prayer in sermon preparation and preaching.

Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday: May 19 is the Sunday we have set aside to pray for parents and their babies that have been born in the last 12 months.  It is a Sunday where we commit ourselves as a church to pray for both parents and children.  It is a Sunday where we offer our encouragement and support.  As a church we are truly blessed with many young families with young children.

If you would like to participate in this prayer and dedication time, please contact the church office so that appropriate preparations can be made.

Have a blessed week.

Love, Jim

Sympathy

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Dorothy Morgan.  Dorothy passed away at her daughter’s home in Indianapolis on April 25.  She was 87 years old.  Dorothy was baptized in July of 1956 by Bob Scott and had been a faithful member down through the years.  She will certainly be missed.  


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.


June Mission Trip

Plans are underway for a mission trip to the American Indian Christian Mission.  The date will be June 8-15.  The primary goal for this trip will be maintenance on the A.I.C.M. campus, but there is the possibility for a social event (such as an ice cream social) at the White Mountain Apache Christian Church in Whiteriver on the reservation.  If you have an interest in participating in the mission trip, please contact Ron Schlatter or Jim Ketchen.


Thank You

I want to thank my church family for all their thoughts and prayers during my surgery, recovery and when our entire family was sick with the flu, Jada’s pneumonia and Jenn getting bronchitis.  Thank you more than words can say.  Brenda Marrs


Thank you for the prayers, cards, calls, visits and food for us.  All are greatly appreciated.  A special thanks to Lacy for a ride and long night in the ER with us.  Thanks to Jim for the ride home.  It is truly a blessing to be a part of a praying, caring church family.  

In Christian gratitude, Doug & Marsha


Dear Francesville Friends, 

Thank you for blessing me!  May God bless you with much joy, and lots of laughter!

Love in Christ, Tommy Oaks


Food & Backpack Pantries

The church has two ministries which help to provide meals in our community.  

Backpack Pantry: Look for a card listing needed food items.  Find this card in the foyer or contact Adam.

Food Pantry: Non-perishable food items are always needed.  Leave these in the foyer or by the pantry doors in the back hallway.


Open House Invitation

The church received a graduation open house invitation for Samuel and Elijah Huddleston to be held here in the church fellowship hall on Saturday May 25th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 


Easter Lilies

Given In Memory of:  Rosie & Les Pfledderer, Lorna & Keith Putt by Norm and Mary Putt, Geneva & Arlie Asberry , Alice & Everett Davis by Randy and Tina Davis, Nathan Schlatter, Neva Schlatter, Wilma & Bruce Crummie, Eleanor & Pete Schlatter by Ron and Jodie Schlatter,  Alyce Onken, Rachel & Bud Myers by Laurel Myers.


Preschool VBS

The annual Preschool VBS will take place from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31.  The time is to be announced.  This program is for preschool children ages 3 to 5 (and potty trained).  If you have questions, please contact Adam Huber.  

The Foundry 

Surreal, it is a feeling that sneaks up on you. You know something is going to happen, it’s not a surprise, yet it just feels like it can’t really be happening yet. That is the feeling I have knowing this Wednesday is our Senior Celebration in the Foundry for the class of 2019. It also marks us welcoming a group of 5th grade students that will be proud middle schoolers in a few short weeks. When asked, prayer was the number one thing our seniors said they needed from the church as they navigate life after high school.

If you were able to hear the message on personal revival Sunday, I want to encourage you again to take the challenge this week. To symbolically “crawl” through that narrow gate each day onto the path that leads to life. I think that too often we see humility as a personality trait by nature. While I believe it comes more natural to some, it is definitely is something that can be learned and practiced. The power of God is never more on display then when a proud man or woman humbles themself to allow Christ to live in and through them. Another way to build this habit can be through the YouVersion bible app. If you have a bad habit like I do of looking at your phone first thing in the morning, make the first thing you look at is the app’s verse of the day. It can help you focus starting each day in the right mindset and a heart that is humbled to the will of God. I have already heard from a few what God is doing with their faithfulness, if you have a testimony this week, please share!

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

Last week we brought our Wednesday night program to an end for the school year here at the Spark with our annual carnival night.  There are far too many to list by name, but I’d like to thank the many volunteers that gave up their Wednesday night to come and help our kids finish the school year with a bang!

It’s an odd feeling to know that the church building will not be filled with the sound of elementary kids this Wednesday night.  There are a lot of mixed emotions this time of year, both for kids and the adults that work with them.  There’s a feeling of excitement as we look ahead to summer break and warmer weather, and yet it’s always sad to see another school year come to a close.  It’s hard to accept that our elementary group won’t be meeting together as a whole on a regular basis for a while.  Most of all, though, I’m just thankful.  This past school year has once again been a blessing, and once again I’m left feeling grateful to be a part of a church family that is so supportive of our youth programs.  I especially want to say a great big thank you to all of the volunteers that have worked so many hours in order to make our Wednesday night programs possible!  In order for a program like ours to work, it takes a lot of people that are willing to make a sacrifice for the sake of sharing Jesus with kids in our community, whether it’s as a small group leader, behind the scenes, preparing meals, or in some other way.  Thank you all for sharing your abilities!

VBS Programs:  It will soon be time to begin signing 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.  Be on the lookout for specific times soon.

Adam’s #: 317-430-4827

May 4 – The Women’s Ministry will be hosting a Ladies luncheon at 11:00 a.m.

May 5 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

May 9 – A community group will be using the fellowship hall from 11:30 to 1:30.  

May 12 – Mother’s Day

May 13 – The church board will meet at 8:00 p.m.

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

May 19 – Parent/Baby Dedication Sunday

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 13 – 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.  

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