This Sunday in Worship from Pastor Darren:
This Sunday we come to the end of Advent. During our live-streamed worship service at 11 a.m. Eastern on NorthChurchIndy.com, we will reflect on Mary’s faith and her song, "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46b-55). Its traditional name, "Magnificat," comes from the first words of the song in Latin, “Magnificat anima mea Dominum,” or “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
In preparation for Sunday check out these other songs by faithful women in the Bible and listen for the similarities: Song of Miriam (Exodus 15:20-21); Song of Deborah (Judges 5:1-31); Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10) and Psalm 131.
Sermon Title: “The Faithfulness"
- Luke 1:26-38
- 2 Samuel 7:1-11
- Luke 1:46b-55
Sunday's bulletin will be available on our website, NorthChurchIndy.com, as soon as possible. It will be in the green "Bulletins" box next to the live-streaming box on the home page. It will also be in the drop-down menu under the "Worship" tab on the home page.
Pastor Diane has prepared devotions for December. They can be used by anyone who can't access the live-streamed worship service or those who want to supplement their daily devotions.
Last Sunday's service can be found below:
Last Sunday's sermon notes are here.
Last Sunday's bulletin is here.
Please continue to give by making contributions through the "online giving" tab on our website, by mailing them to the church at 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, or by a text message to 1-(317) 676-2061.
Send us your prayer requests through this email address:
If you would like to download our daily prayer bulletin for this week please click here.
According to YouTube our live-streamed worship service on Sunday, Dec. 13 has 954 views to date.
Worship in Advent
As we celebrate Advent we will continue to create safe opportunities to worship.
If you would like to be a guest at the broadcast of our 11 a.m. Sunday service please contact Pastor Darren and we will make accommodations for you to join us in the sanctuary.
Join us online for Christmas Eve. Beginning at noon a recording of our children and youth service will be available on our YouTube channel. Then at 10:30 p.m. tune in for a live broadcast of music and lessons.
Our Christmas Eve offering will go to Bread and Bowl and the North Church Farmers Market. You can give online; text (317) 676-2061 and then type "Give" and follow the prompts, or mail a check to the church office. Thank you!
Praying for Our Parish:
In the Hospital, Rehab or Hospice:
Dick Hamilton, 4000 N. Meridian St., Apt. 2G, Indianapolis, IN 46208 (Cards only; no calls. If you would like to visit please contact Patty Hefner.)
- Bruce Laetsch, Aspen Trace Family-First Senior Living, Room 517, 3154 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN 46143
June Popplewell has returned home following her recent hospitalization. Please pray and send your well wishes for June and Dave as they recover from COVID-19.
Please also continue to pray for Joan LaFuze as she recovers at home following her recent hospitalization.
Throughout the year each church member is prayed for on a rotating list. Below are the members for this week. The list for December is here.
- Tracy & Jamiyah Jones & Jersey Cole
- Wesley Jones
- Greg & Rosie Jordan
- Michael Jordan
- Pam Julian
- Brenda & Mia Kallin
- Brandon Kallin
- Thandiwe Kanjanda
- Bob & Troy Kassing
- Joanne, Mark & Amanda Kays
- Colin Kea
- Ian Kea
- Jan & Perry Kea
- Kathy Kelley & Greg Malone
- Pegg & Michael Kennedy
Discipleship and Formation
Final Sessions of Advent Studies Are on Tap
The final sessions of both our Sunday morning virtual Advent Sunday school and our online book study are coming up on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, respectively. Here is the handout for the Sunday school lesson, which will be held from 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. The Zoom link to participate in it is here.
Care and Nurture
"Living with Loss" Video Is Available on Our Website
The Care and Nurture Team invites you to view "Living with Loss," the third presentation in our "Living in the COVID Era" series. Also included is a Longest Night remembrance for this past year. The video can be downloaded from the North website.
Worship and Arts
Donations Are Being Accepted Now for Visual Arts
Each year at Christmas and Easter we remember our loved ones with donations to North's visual arts fund. These donations allow us to provide decorations for the church inside and out throughout the year.
Donations may be made in honor of those living and in memory of those who have passed. The suggested donation is $20 per person. The donation form is here. Payment can be made by cash, check or online by credit card. There is a line for "Visual Arts" under the green "Give" button under the "Give Online" tab at the top of our website's home page. A list of those who donated at Christmas in honor of or in memory of their loved ones will be printed in this newsletter in the new year.
Children and Families
Angels and Shepherds Lesson Available
If your child missed Sunday’s lesson on “The Angels and Shepherds” from Luke 2:8-20 you can watch it here. Next week we will look at the magi and the honor they brought to Jesus, and how we can honor God with our own gifts.
Worship Resources for This Sunday
Here are the children’s worship bulletins for this Sunday, Dec. 20, for kids age 3 and older and 7 and older. Enjoy these while you watch the worship service as a family.
Online Youth Group to Be Held This Sunday
Youth group will be held this Sunday via Zoom from 4-6 p.m. Middle-school students (grades 6-8) can join from 4-5 p.m., while high-school students (grades 9-12) can join from 5-6 p.m. For more information or to gain access to the link please contact Cory.
Christmas Movie Trivia Night Is Tomorrow
We look forward to our next event, online Christmas movie trivia, which will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Cory.
United Methodist Women
Friendship Soup Mix Makes Great Christmas Gifts
Friendship soup mix is still available for purchase from North's United Methodist Women. At $10 per jar, the mix makes great Christmas gifts for family members, co-workers, teachers, neighbors, etc.
Each jar contains the ingredients for a soup that will feed 16 people. The seasonings, lentils, rice, dried onions, etc. are already measured and one only needs to add water. Flavored liquid bouillon and/or meat like chicken, sausage or ham may also be added to enhance the soup. The soup mixture could then be frozen in individual containers to last for months, so buy enough so you can enjoy it throughout 2021! Four types are available: regular, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Purchases support the Lucille Raines facility; Project Transformation; North's youth program; the Red Bird Christian High School in Beverly, Ky.; the Use What You Got ministry, and other non-profit organizations that have received less money this year.
To place an order and determine your pick-up or delivery options please email Carol Tiller-Luchtman or text or call her at (317) 313-9376.
Payment is by cash or checks written to North UMW.