This Sunday in Worship from Pastor Darren:
The pandemic has led a number of people to reconsider their occupations and life’s goals. This Sunday we explore how God called David to a new direction for his life. Join us in person at 8:30 and 11 a.m. or continue to watch us on YouTube at 11.
Sermon Title: "Scouting Report"
- 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17
- Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
The bulletin will be available on our website 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 June, 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.
The total for our Easter offering for the Umoja Partnership was $8,009.80! Thank you to North for your generosity in supporting this important mission!
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.
Last Sunday's 11 a.m. service was attended by approximately 100 people. The live stream was viewed 180 times. The 8:30 a.m. service was attended by 35 people.
Praying for Our Parish:
We are sad to announce the death of Bill Harmon on Friday, June 4 at Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community. A private family memorial service has been planned.
Throughout the year each church member is prayed for on a monthly rotating list. The list for June is here. The members for this week follow:
- David Stinnette
- Mary Jo & Stuart Stinnette
- Michael, Christina, Luke, Emily & Caroline Stinnette
- Robert Stone
- Amy Strawbridge
- Robert Strawbridge
- Sarah, Kevin, Theodore & Soren Strawbridge
- David & Liz Stroh
- Jim Stroh
- Jason, Molly, Jack, Elizabeth & Charlotte Sturman
- Carolyn, Pablo, Cecilia, Ruben & Simone Svirsky
- Richard & Jenne Swain
- Jan Swartz
- George & Jane Sweet
- Elizabeth, Natalie & Sullivan Symmes
Worship and Arts
Both Services Are Open
For In-Person Worship
It was wonderful to be back to in-person worship at our 11 a.m. service last Sunday!
Through June we ask that you register for both our 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services before noon the preceding Friday by emailing Jennifer. Beginning July 4 no registration will be required.
Here are the details for those attending the 11 a.m. service:
- The doors open at 10:45 a.m.
- Please enter through the north chapel door.
- Seating is available in both the nave and the balcony.
- Following the service we invite you to a time of fellowship on the east lawn.
- Restrooms are available in the Community Room and across from the chapel.
- You can leave your offering in one of the offering boxes at the entrances.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are available in the sanctuary.
- We are following the Marion County Department of Health's orders regarding masks. On Monday night the mask mandate was lifted for fully vaccinated people in most instances.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us promote health and safety measures.
We will continue to offer the 11 a.m. service as a live stream and recorded video on our YouTube page.
Opera Star to Join Us on June 27
We are blessed to have soprano Angela Brown join us on Sunday, June 27 for our 11 a.m. service.
Ms. Brown will sing a solo commissioned by the Tulsa Opera for the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre. "Inside Is What Remains" was written by female African-American composer and lyricist Nkeiru Okoye for the memorial concert Greenwood Overcomes.
For her second selection Ms. Brown will join the Cathedral Singers on Nancy Wertsch's arrangement of "Blessed Assurance," with Jim Caraher on piano and Heather Hinton on the organ.
Mission and Outreach
Volunteers and Vendors Needed for Farmers Market
Planning ahead for the summer? Don't forget about the North Church Farmers Market! We need volunteers to run these markets successfully this summer. We will have markets on the first, third and fifth Thursdays of the month in July, August and September. 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.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming a vendor, please ask them to contact our market manager, Megan Fetter.
The dates for the market again are July 1, 15, 29; Aug. 5, 19, and Sept. 2, 16. It runs from 4-6:30 p.m. Set up begins earlier.
North Church's School 43
Uniform Drive Gets Underway
North's School 43 Team is beginning to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, because Indianapolis Public Schools resume classes on Monday, Aug. 2.
Last year was a very difficult year for all the students and staff at School 43, but hopefully this year will be a much brighter one. Jamie Rogers, the school's social worker, has asked if our church could once again help provide the school with uniforms. Please click on the link to see Jamie's list of the clothing items needed most.
There will be a gray bin in the west entrance each Sunday morning from June 13 through Aug. 1 to drop off donations of new clothing. We greatly encourage the congregation to bring their donations to the church this year.
However, if this is not possible an Amazon website has been set up for orders. The deliveries should be sent to Phyllis Groth at 8026 Dean Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240. If there are any questions please email Phyllis.
School 43 greatly appreciates our help in providing uniforms.
Indy Summer Learning Labs to Offer Free Instruction
The Mind Trust and United Way of Central Indiana have teamed up to provide free daily academic instruction and fun enrichment for students entering first through ninth grade with the Indy Summer Learning Labs. The program runs five days a week from June 21 through July 23. Click this link for a list of sites located throughout the city. For information on how to enroll see the program's website or call (317) 426-3234.
Pastor Sunil Is Searching for Rental Housing
Sunil Kotian, our new pastor of mission and outreach, is looking for a three-bedroom, two-bath house or apartment to rent within an easy commute to North. His current lease is expiring at the end of June, so he needs to find something soon. If you know of any rentals that are available please email him.
Care and Nurture
Sunshine Provides At Least Five Positive Effects
It's time to get outside and soak up some sunshine! We're all aware that too much exposure to the sun can lead to sunburns and skin cancer, but the sun can also contribute to good health. Here are five positive effects on mental and physical health:
Increased vitamin D — It promotes reduced inflammation and modulates cell growth. The sun is the best source of vitamin D, and it only takes 5-15 minutes of sunlight a few times a week to notice a difference. (Be sure to use sunscreen if you're out for more than 15 minutes.)
Improved mood — Researchers at Brigham Young University found more mental health distress in people during seasons with little sun exposure. Days with plenty of sunshine were associated with better mental health. Getting sun increases your serotonin and helps you stave off season affect disorder. Sun exposure can also help people with anxiety and depression, especially when used in combination with other treatments.
Higher-quality sleep — Serotonin also helps you get more restful sleep at night. Working in tandem with serotonin is melatonin, a chemical in your brain that lulls you to slumber and one that the sun also helps your body produce.
Stronger bones — Low vitamin D has been linked to diseases like osteoporosis and rickets, and one of the most specific benefits of more vitamin D is stronger bones and teeth.
Lower blood pressure — When sunlight hits your skin, your blood releases nitric oxide that brings down blood pressure and improves heart health.
Source: 2020 Tri-City Medical Center, administered by Tri-City Healthcare District
(A California Hospital District)
'COVID-19 and Stress' Video Is Available
Be sure to watch "COVID-19 and Stress," a video recently added to North's YouTube page. Local mental health counselor Dick Collins provides insights related to the affect the pandemic continues to have on our emotional well-being. Here's the link, or you access it on the North website through the "Live Streaming" tab.
Children and Families
Worship Resources for Sunday
Here are the children’s worship bulletins for this Sunday, June 13 for kids age 3 and older and 7 and older. Enjoy these while you watch the worship service as a family.
United Methodist Women
Masks Are Available to Pick Up This Sunday and Next
If you ordered a North Church mask from the United Methodist Women, it is available to pick up this Sunday, June 13, and Sunday, June 20 in the chapel. There are also extra red masks available for purchase for $10 each if you didn’t get one ordered in time or need an extra one.
Please Bring Soup Mix Jars to Church for Recycling
You may return empty soup mix glass jars, rings, canning lids, etc. to the church. Simply leave them on the west entry counter or in the recycle paper container by the Meridian Street doors. We believe in recycling to help the environment. Glass jars take at least 1 million years to decompose. Also, it will increase our ability to help more missions by decreasing our cost to buy new jars. The glass jars are easily sterilized and able to be reused.
And YES to our many requests; North’s UMW will sell the soup mixture this fall!
Clarification About 'The Indianapolis Star' Article
Recently "The Indianapolis Star" ran an erroneous article about North Church and the potential development of a community grocery store. After we contacted the "Star" it corrected the story. For more information read our statement
, which was posted on our Facebook page on June 3.