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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