This Sunday in Worship from Pastor Darren:
Now more than ever our schools need our prayers. Please join me this Sunday as we pray for teachers, staff, administrators, officials, parents and students. Kids, be sure to have your school supplies with you because we will be blessing the backpacks in our live-streamed service. We'll also get an update on the work of Project Transformation. And don't forget our uniform drive for School 43!
My summer sermon series on “The Forgotten Letters of the Bible” continues this Sunday with 2 Peter. Read along with the weekly
that will help you understand the meaning of the letter for today.
“The Forgotten Letters of the Bible: 2 Peter”
- First Lesson: Amos 5:18-24
- Canticle of Praise: Psalm 85: 1-4, 7-12
- Second Lesson: 2 Peter 3:8-13
Sunday's bulletin is posted in the "Bulletins" section under the "Worship" tab of our website. It is also in the green box next to the live streaming box on the home page. You can also download it
Last Sunday's sermon notes can be downloaded
Last Sunday's service can be found below:
Last Sunday's bulletin is
Please continue to give by making contributions through the "online giving" tab on our
or by mailing them to the church at 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
How to Celebrate Communion
In Your Home
Pastor Darren continues to bring communion to your home on the first Monday of each month by request.
To schedule him to bring communion to your home on Monday, Aug. 3, please email
Fykes. To learn more about how we are celebrating communion during this pandemic, read Pastor Darren’s
Send us your prayer requests through this email address:
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According to YouTube the live streaming of our worship service on Sunday, July 26 has 341 views to date.
Congratulations to The Newlyweds!
Congratulations to Carol and Dick Tiller-Luchtman, who were married at North last Saturday in our first virtual wedding! You can view the service through the "live streaming" tab on NorthChurchIndy.com for the next seven days.
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
- Joe Wood
- Gina Woods
- Sara Woolsey
- Donna Wooten
- Judy & Scott Workman
- Noah Workman
- Seth Workman
- Charles Yeager & Ed Henson
- Nancy York
- Monique, Chris, Cassie & Jenner York
- Janet Yosha
- Charles Young
- James Youngman
- Nancy & Roger Zimmerman
- Spencer Zimmerman
- John & Joyce Zogbo, Stephon Price, Brandon Bandy & Shaquille Brown
Please Have Items for School 43
Shipped to Pastor Darren's Home
Do you remember shopping for new school clothes before the start of school each year? Some families aren't able to do that, but new clothes can really give students a boost and help them start the new year right.
North is trying to help the students of James Whitcomb Riley School 43, at 50 W. 40th St., obtain the uniform items on this
Since in-person shopping has become more difficult, a School 43
wish list has also been set up so you can shop from home. The
is another good website to check out for uniforms.
Please have your items shipped to Pastor Darren Cushman Wood, 4324 North Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205. If a phone number is needed please give them his cell phone: (317) 966-2160. Please DO NOT ship items to the church’s address due to the irregularities of operations during the pandemic.
If you have already placed an order to be shipped to the church please let Pastor Darren know so he and the School 43 Team can watch for them. Items will be collected until Labor Day, Sept. 7. If there are any questions please email
Care and Nurture
Assistance Needed for Postpartum Family
North continues to reach out to help mothers and their families who participate in the postpartum support group. If you would like to help provide groceries for a mother and her family (mom is pregnant with her fourth child and has other children ages 2, 10 and 12) who are currently in need, please contact
for items needed and the delivery address.
Laughter Is Good for Your Health
Our contemporary world isn't an easy place to dwell. So much is going on. There's a lot to take in, and it's stressful. At times like this self-care is particularly important, because increased negative stress wears on our physical and mental health. Although laughter is not the cure it certainly brings some ease, and has been found beneficial to our health and well-being.
Following are some benefits found in a November 2019 article from
Laughter relaxes the whole body.
A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterwards.
Laughter boosts the immune system.
Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
Laughter triggers the release of endorphins.
Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. They promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
Laughter protects the heart.
Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
Laughter burns calories.
OK, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories, which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.
Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load.
Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
Laughter may even help you live longer.
A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.
Discipleship and Formation
Last John Wesley Book Study Night Is Monday, Aug. 3
Due to the storm that came through on Monday and knocked power out throughout the city, session four of the John Wesley book study has been moved to Monday, Aug. 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. If you need the link to join in or would like the videos of the previous sessions, please email
A Big THANKS for All Your Help!
A big thank you goes to all members of the congregation who helped with the Project Transformation supply drive this summer. We were able to hand out food, craft and activities supplies, and books all summer. On Sunday we provided all the kids who participated a backpack full of school supplies.
Another big thank you goes to Madison Schueler and Clay Wright (pictured), our two fearless Project Transformation summer interns. They spent their summer making and editing video lessons, sorting and packing bags for families, and distributing bags each week, rain or shine. North Church thanks you for your hard work and looks forward to being a Project Transformation host church again next summer.
Children and Families
Backpack Blessing Is This Sunday
Grab your backpacks, tablets, and notebook paper for the Backpack and Back-to-School Blessing on Sunday. This year all students, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and office staff, custodial staff, kitchen crew, and bus drivers will be blessed virtually. So have your backpack or school bag ready during the 11 a.m. service on Sunday so Pastor Darren can send you off with a blessing for this upcoming school year!
Worship Resources for This Sunday
Here are the children’s worship bulletins for this Sunday, Aug. 2, for kids age
3 and older
7 and older
Enjoy these while you watch the worship service as a family.
Youth Group to Meet Via Zoom This Sunday
Sixth- through 12-graders are invited to join us on Zoom for Youth Group at 4 p.m. this Sunday. Email
Unthank for the link to access the Zoom call.