This Sunday in Worship from Pastor Darren:
Join us this Sunday for Pastor Sunil’s second sermon at North. This Sunday he will share his faith story. So come and get the backstory on Pastor Sunil!
Sermon Title: "The Faith and the Calling"
- Hebrews 11:1-12
- Genesis 15:1-6
- Psalm 101:1-6
The bulletin will be available on our website as soon as possible. It will be in the green "Bulletins" box next to the livestreaming 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 July, which can be downloaded here.
Last Sunday's service can be found below:
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; by texting "Give" to 1-(317) 676-2061, or by using one of our offering boxes when attending in person.
You're not going to want to miss Pastor Darren's mini-sermon series in August, "The Bible's B-List Actors." Learn about some of the most interesting but overlooked people in the Old Testament each Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in person or on North's YouTube page.
Send us your prayer requests through this email address:
email@example.com. Unless the request is marked "clergy only," it will be printed in our daily prayer bulletin, which is issued each Monday. If you would like to download the daily prayer bulletin for this week please click here.
A total of 28 people attended last Sunday's 8:30 a.m. service, and 121 people attended the 11 a.m. service. The latter's livestream did not occur due to technical issues, but the uploaded video of the service has been viewed 58 times to date.
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Phil and Millie Lewis celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 7. You can send them a card at: 6796 Admiral Drive, Midland, GA 31820.
Please remember in your prayers the family and friends of Paul McClure, who passed away on July 12. His memorial service will be held this Saturday, July 24 at 1 p.m. in North's sanctuary. The service is open to all and it will also be livestreamed on North's YouTube channel. The family will receive those attending at a reception in Fellowship Hall following the service.
In the Hospital, Rehab or Hospice:
- Please continue to pray for John Drake's brother, Michael, as he recovers from the amputation of his arm due to injuries sustained in a recent auto accident.
- Please pray for Jeff Pipkin, who is recovering at home after his recent surgery.
- Dave Popplewell is settling into his new home at SouthPointe. Cards and notes can be addressed to: 4904 War Admiral Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46237.
Throughout the year each church member is prayed for on a monthly rotating list. The list for July is here. The members for this week follow:
- Jane West
- Olivia West
- Phyllis West
- Tesia West
- Joey, Nancy, PJ & Coleman Wever
- Mary Whistler
- Phil & Shandon Whistler
- Jessica White
- Cecilia Whitfield
- Harold & Rita Wiley
- Bob Willey
- Dana & Reese Williams
- John & Judy Williams
- Karyn Williams
- Michael & Cathy Williams
- Tim Williams
- Art Wilson
- Ruth Wilson
Mission and Outreach
Only Two Weeks Left to Donate to School 43 Uniform Drive
Last Sunday was Katy Meredith’s memorial service. She was a graduate of School 43. You can make donations towards our School 43 uniform donation drive in her memory. We are collecting uniforms for two more weeks, and we will present the uniforms to the school on Aug. 1. So far we have lots more shirts than pants, so we need more pants (khaki, blue, grey or black). We also need underwear, socks, and belts. More information on sizing can be found on this list
You can drop the clothing off at the church in the receptacles that are placed at the north and west entrances.
You can also shop on this Amazon website and have clothing delivered to Phyllis Groth at 8026 Dean Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240. If you have any questions please email Phyllis.
If you don’t have time to shop you can send a check made out to North United Methodist Church, and in the memo write “School 43.”
We are also collecting gently used uniform items, as the school puts these to good use.
We appreciate your support.
Next Farmers Market Is Next Thursday;
Can You Volunteer to Help?
The third session of the 2021 North Church Farmers Market is next Thursday, July 29, from 4-6:30 p.m. We always need volunteers to make the market a success. You can help set up in the morning or afternoon, assist customers at the market, or tear down after we're finished. You can volunteer for every market or just once or twice. Use this sign-up genius link to get more information and to sign up. Please email Carolyn Svirsky or call her at (812) 340-9996 if you have any questions or prefer to sign up that way. You can also contact Lydia Shaw.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a vendor, please ask them to contact our market manager, Megan Fetter.
Our most recent market on July 15 attracted 13 vendors and community organizations:
Produce: Azaila Farm, Harker Family Farm, Flanner Farms, Mother Love's Garden.
Baked Goods and Drinks: A&M Catered Baked Goods, CIBO Catering and Events, Legal Beans Coffee Roasters and Tea's Me Community Cafe.
Hot Foods: Rosie's Riblets.
Body Products: Body Eclectic Skincare.
Community Organizations: Indiana Immunization Coalition, BU Wellness Network, Indianapolis Public Library (College Ave. branch).
The market had nearly 90 WIC customers with purchases from the four produce vendors. There were several SNAP/P-EBT transactions totaling $55 that were matched 1:1 with the FreshBucks program for an additional $55 spent at the market. Fifty-six North coupons ($3/coupon) were redeemed with the vendors. The Indiana Immunization Coalition provided several vaccinations at the market and those individuals received a $5 coupon to spend with any market vendor. Our produce vendors also accept Senior Farmers Nutrition Program checks.
Final Free Vaccination Clinic at North Is Aug. 19
The final free vaccination clinic scheduled for North UMC is Thursday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. during the North Church Farmers Market. The clinic is sponsored by the Indiana Immunization Coalition and North Church. COVID-19 shots, required school vaccines, and other adult and infant vaccines will be available.
We need volunteers to distribute flyers to inform families about the vaccinations. Please email Pastor Sunil if you can help.
Care and Nurture
Ready to Share a Hobby or Interest with Others?
It's always healthy and good to develop new interests and hobbies. Think how refreshing and engaging it would be to rediscover a past interest and then share your knowledge with others. Perhaps you had an interest in hobbies such as baking bread, pie making, woodworking, pasta or pizza making from scratch, quilting, stretching, hiking, fishing, sketching and the list just goes on and on.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have found spare time and have filled it with new and previous interests and hobbies. On the flipside, some may have felt that spending too much time indoors and maybe too close to others for too long made them crave for some time focused on themselves.
Is it time to focus on something oriented towards your interests? The Care and Nurture Team thought it might be fun to learn about hobbies and other interests pursued by our North community. We're hoping to bring together members in a four-part series via Zoom that will be uploaded to the North website. The idea is small groups focused on similar or related interests virtually meet to show, share, and discuss a mutual topic. Each group can select a facilitator to move the dialogue along, while everyone can share experiences and knowledge. From beginner to novice to expert, each member can discuss how he or she got involved, what was their journey, and where they are now. Listen as others share how the hobby impacted them. It will be four sessions of common interests shared in a Christian environment.
C'mon, engage! Get off the sidelines! Healthy minds need social interaction for sustained development and growth. If you are willing to share your newly developed talent with others or share a well-honed expertise developed over the years, please contact Pastor Diane.
Sunshine Is Healthy in Moderation; Protect Your Eyesight
It’s summertime, and everyone is sporting sunglasses. This is wise because too much exposure to UV rays increases the risk of eye conditions and diseases such as: cataracts, sunburn of the eyes (photokeratitis), cancer, and eye tumors or growths (ptergium). A combination of sunscreen, sunglasses that offer 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, and a wide-brimmed hat will help you enjoy some fun in the sun safely. Every time you go outside without protecting your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes, you are increasing the risk of eye disease.
(Source: yoursightmatters.com, 2021)
Care and Nurture Team Would Like Your Input
The Care and Nurture Team would like to know what topics of interest you would like to hear about related to the health and well-being of you, your family, and friends in future newsletters, at special events (online/in person) or to be included on the North website. Please send those topics to Pastor Diane.
Children, Youth and Families Ministries
Family Summer Picnic Is This Sunday, July 25!
Calling all children, youth, and families for an afternoon of fun, friendship, and food with your North Church friends. This Sunday, July 25 from noon to 2 p.m. we will have a picnic in Tarkington Park. We will meet in the North parking lot and head over to the park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, flatware, drinks, individual bags of chips, and desserts will be provided. Please bring your chair or picnic blanket, any yard games or balls, and additional side dishes you would like. If it rains we will meet in Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to Amy today so we have enough food for everyone. We can’t wait to see you!
Youth Canoe Trip at Turkey Run Is Aug. 14
All rising seventh-grade students and up as well as their families are invited to take a ride down Sugar Creek with us. The Youth Group will head to Turkey Run Canoe and Camping for a day on the water on Saturday, Aug. 14. We will meet at the church at 10:15 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m. carpool departure. We will be on the water at 1 p.m. for a three-mile paddle in either canoes or kayaks. The cost is $10 per person plus a fast-food lunch on the way. Please RSVP to Amy by Sunday, Aug. 1.
Great Day Fishing!
Thirty people joined us on Monday at Lily Lake in Eagle Creek for a day of fishing. There were many fish caught and worms drowned, lots of laughter with our friends and family, and fun times re-connecting with our church family and friends! Thank you to all the adults who helped with this day. It was the best day by far in a long time!
Backpack and Back-to-School Blessing Is Sunday, Aug. 1
On Sunday, Aug. 1 at both services we will bless backpacks, work bags, computer bags, or whatever bags are needed for a successful school year. All children, youth, college students, and school employees are welcome to receive a blessing for the upcoming school year. In addition to this blessing we will also hand out Bibles to our new kindergarten and third-grade children. We look forward to celebrating what a great year this will be for those who will walk into a school building each day!
Worship Resources for Sunday
Here are the children’s worship bulletins for this Sunday, July 25 for kids age 3 and older and 7 and older. Enjoy these while you watch the worship service as a family.
United Methodist Women
'Finding Peace in an Anxious World' Is Focus of Study
In the spotlight this week is the book "Finding Peace in an Anxious World, the 2021 Spiritual Growth Study" by the staff of the Urban Village Church. It is one of the books North's United Methodist Women members are studying this year.
It uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help Christians find their way through anxiety, worry, and fear. Using “The Serenity Prayer” as a scaffold, it explores ways to discover peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ.
You can find the book in your local library or purchase it through this link.
Please Bring Soup Mix Jars to Church for Reuse
You may return empty soup mix glass jars, rings, canning lids, etc. to the church for reuse. Simply leave them on the west entry counter or in the recycle paper container by the Meridian Street doors. This will help keep these items out of landfills, and save our circles money.
UMW Supports Groups in Utah
United Methodist Women is one of the supporters of Salt Lake City’s Crossroads Urban Center. For over 50 years this organization has operated one of the busiest emergency food pantries in Utah, as well as a thrift store and advocacy groups.
One of the advocacy groups, Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC), is composed of 15 different faith groups. It educates the faith communities and elected officials about poverty and together they find solutions for Utah’s religious diversity who are in poverty.
Another advocacy group is an organization of low-income women working towards safer communities and healthier families called Powerful Moms Who Care (PMWC).
Poplar Grove Neighborhood Alliance (PGNA) strives for the genuine participation of all neighbors to identify and address social injustices, especially as it affects people living in poverty.
The Community Housing Advocacy Project (CHAP) works to increase low-income housing opportunities in Utah.
Thanks and a Reminder About Recycling Newsprint
Thank you to everyone who donates recycled newspapers to Silly Safaris via Lauren Warbinton! Please remember to remove advertisements, coupons, and glossy inserts. The ink in these items are harmful to the animals. Remember the collection bin is located under the trapezoid-shaped table outside the custodial office in the basement. Again, thank you for your recycling and support of the animals!
Mid-North Shepherd's Center
In-Person Gatherings Resume at North on Aug. 4
The Mid-North Shepherd's Center is resuming its in-person gatherings at North. The first one will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Bottled water and cookies will be served.
The MNSC's strategy committee will meet via Zoom on Aug. 11; there will be no in-person gathering of the entire group that day.
However, RSVPs are needed for the group's Aug. 18 meeting at North, which will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a program at 11 a.m. and a free boxed lunch at noon. Please RSVP to Charlie McDonald or (317) 283-2730; Carol Evens at (317) 308-9190, or Randy Strate at (317) 446-3924.
On Aug. 25 the group will gather at North at 10 a.m. and enjoy another program at 11 a.m. A boxed lunch will be available at noon for $7.