This Sunday in Worship from Pastor Darren:
As we continue our meditation on the psalms this Sunday at 11 a.m. we welcome guest singer Angela Brown, who will lead our hymns and share special music.
I hope you are getting as much out of the daily psalm readings as I am. Ginny and I read the daily psalm after supper each night. When do you read the psalms?
Sermon Title: “The Singing Garden: Communal Songs for Help"
- First Lesson: Revelation 2:8-11
- Second Lesson: Psalm 79
Sunday's bulletin will be posted in the "Bulletins" section under the "Worship" tab of our website as soon as possible. It will also be in the green box next to the live-streaming box on the home page.
Last Sunday's service can be found below:
Last Sunday's bulletin is here.
Last Sunday's sermon notes are here.
Pastor Diane has prepared supplemental devotions for your use that are available here. These are not intended to replace our Sunday morning worship, but they can be used for those not live streaming or for those who would like to include them in their weekly devotional time.
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 text message (see related story).
Update from Our Audio-Visual Team
North’s audio-visual team appreciates everyone's patience with the live-streaming problem we experienced last Sunday. Representatives from both the IT consulting firm North uses and Circle City Audio (CCA) are scheduled to be at North today (Wednesday) to diagnose and hopefully solve it.
We are also in the process of adding a second camera, which was paid for by a grant we received earlier this year from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations. It will expand our capabilities and hopefully make our broadcasts more professional.
We appreciate your continued feedback concerning the sound as we work to make it better. It's especially helpful to know the quality of the sound from the different devices you are using for streaming.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Despite our recent problems we remain excited about the near future and look forward to continuing to connect you with North Church.
North Now Offers Giving by Text Messaging
You can now donate to North Church by text messaging from your phone! You can give to fulfill a pledge, make a general donation, or give to any of the special offerings listed.
To use the new text-messaging system type "1-(317) 676-2061" in as the phone number, which is North's text-giving number. Then type "Give" in the message box, hit "send," and follow the prompts. You can download step-by-step instructions through this link.
How to Celebrate Communion
In Your Home
Pastor Darren can bring communion to homes on the first Monday of each month by request through November. To schedule him to bring communion to your home on Monday, Nov. 2, please email Nancy Fykes. To learn more about how we are celebrating communion during this pandemic, read Pastor Darren’s Q&A on communion.
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 the uploaded video of our worship service on Sunday, Oct. 11 has 143 views to date.
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 Kathleen Custer.)
- Bruce Laetsch, Aspen Trace Family-First Senior Living, Room 517, 3154 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN 46143
- Jim East
- Neville Edenborough
- Ed Edson
- John Edwards
- Judy Edwards
- Jeff, Julie & Rebecca Eggert
- Andy Eggert
- Martin Ellis
- Charles, Tara, Isabella & Liliana Elson
- Tom Emmett
- Gregg Epperson
- William Epperson
- Judith Essex
- Elaine Evans
- Gordon & Sheila Evans
(Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk for Nippertown,com)
Worship and the Arts
Angela Brown to Be Our Special Guest This Sunday
North is very pleased to announce that world-renowned soprano Angela Brown will join us for our live-streamed worship service this Sunday at 11 a.m. on NorthChurchIndy.com. She will offer two solos: "The Serenity Prayer" by J.R. Gray, and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand" arranged by Margaret Bonds.
With a charming personality larger than life, Angela Brown unites opera, pops, and gospel in one sensational voice. She has graced the leading opera and symphonic stages across six continents. Her highly successful Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Aida captured instant attention from international print and broadcast media and catapulted her onto the world’s prestigious opera and symphonic stages. A featured artist on the two-time Grammy Award-winning recording “Ask Your Mama,” Angela’s international reputation continues to grow.
While opera is the main catalyst for her career, her performance experience includes everything from star hostess on stage to producer, recording artist, and program creator. To learn more follow this link.
Update on Worship and the Pandemic
Dear North Members and Friends:
Two weeks ago our nation marked the tragic milestone of 200,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. These are not normal times, and yet, with so many deaths, it seems as if we are becoming accustomed to it.
We are not in worship in a normal way because we want to keep you safe. In addition, the sanctuary stands empty as a witness. It is a public witness of our support for the common good. We can be inconvenienced in the practice of our faith so that we can promote health in our society.
Early in the pandemic, with the guidance of our board of directors and medical professionals in our congregation, I established the following criterion for expanding worship to include in-person services or additional participants: a decline in the two-week rolling average of new cases in Marion and the surrounding counties. Early in the summer this criterion was met and we reopened the 8:30 a.m. service. However, the number of new cases surged. Even when the numbers declined, there was not sufficient interest to continue that service. Currently the best one can say is that the average of new cases has not declined but remained steady at a higher level.
In the coming weeks we will continue to only offer a live stream of the 11 a.m. service. We will be making some modifications for additional musicians and guest speakers. Steps are being taken this week to rectify the problems with the sound and to install an additional camera to enhance your worship experience.
No one knows what the coming weeks and months hold, but we will continue to use prayerful discernment and sound information to make wise decisions. Thank you for your patience, your prayers, and your dedication.
Discipleship and Formation
There's Still Time to Join Sunday School Class
Last Sunday a new six-week online Sunday school class started led by Dr. Perry Kea, a member of North Church. The class is "Women in Early Christianity." You can find the lesson from Sunday on our YouTube channel here.
This coming Sunday we'll look at Mary Magdalene using extra-canonical text. Our assignment before class is to read "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," including a brief introduction, at this link. Unfortunately this is an incomplete manuscript and its theological landscape will be unfamiliar to many. We're to focus on the following:
- How is Mary depicted in this text?
- What is her relationship with the male disciples?
If you would like the Zoom link to join us this coming Sunday at 9:45 a.m. please email Amy.
Justice and Advocacy
Can You Help Provide Early Voting Assistance?
As a continuation of our voter registration and information initiative, North will distribute information about early voting stations in the neighborhoods surrounding the church and assistance to get to those stations. If you would like to help distribute flyers or are willing to be a driver, please contact Pastor Darren.
Missions and Outreach
A Thank You Letter from School 43
To the Loving and Supportive Members of North United Methodist Church,
Thank you so much for the school uniforms. As you know we have many families who depend on uniform drives, and I want you to know that we have started providing families with the items you donated. It is one less burden or financial obligation our families have to worry about, and the smiles on their faces are invaluable. As I unpacked the uniforms this week and starting handing them out to families, I could feel love, hope, and faith for this school year. It truly feels good to work in a community that loves their neighbors.
We're sad not to be able to fellowship with you, but look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe during this time as WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER.
Thanks again for thinking of us.
Jamie Rogers, School Social Worker
Donavan Avance, Family and Community Engagement Liaison
IPS School 43
Mid-North Food Pantry Thanks You for Canned Goods
The Mid-North Food Pantry is grateful for the donations of canned goods that we collected during our last two parking lot vesper services. The pantry's staff appreciated that North thought of them. The Mid-North Food pantry, for which North was one of the founding congregations, continues to serve Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, distributing food out of its parking lot at Trinity Outreach Center at 3333 N. Meridian St. Again, thanks to North members for their generosity.
Update on Family Promise/IHN
North was scheduled to host Family Promise families the week of March 15, but due to the COVID-19 crisis Family Promise suspended all congregational hosting. This suspension continued, so we did not host Labor Day week either, which was our second week as originally scheduled.
At a recent Family Promise/IHN coordinators' meeting it was announced that congregational hosting has been suspended through July 2021. We have all submitted our request for dates for 2021.
Meanwhile, Family Promise has continued to offer shelter for homeless families through the apartment shelter project. Each apartment is used as a temporary homeless shelter for families with children. The original plan was to lease 10 units for the apartment program, but in June Family Promise received a grant from the Cares Act fund to rent 10 more. The families involved in the program have continued to receive support and visits from the Family Promise case manager, who has helped them with additional services like mental health referrals, educational support, bus passes, clothing vouchers, etc. Mustard Seed of Central Indiana has provided furniture and participating congregations have helped with pans, linens and cleaning supplies. For further details please check the Family Promise website.
North Church could volunteer to partner with another church or two to help provide for a family in their apartment. If you’re interested please contact Lydia Shaw. Thank you for your continued support of this very valuable mission.
We Need You to Help Feed Our Neighbors!
North Church’s Bread and Bowl ministry to the neighborhood has continued all year. We offer a warm lunch to anyone who comes to the church between 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This involves a masked opportunity to serve our community from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. on those three days. We heat and dish out already prepared entrees provided by Second Helpings. We add vegetables or fruit, bread, a dessert, and water to each bag.
Our guests come to the west entrance of the church to be greeted and pick up meals. When the temperatures drop below 50 degrees we will invite our guests to step inside the west entry to pick up meals at socially distant intervals.
We find our client numbers are slowly increasing and we will appreciate any help as we feed God’s people. To volunteer please contact Carolyn Svirsky [phone (812) 340-9996] or Sarah Ellen Mamlin [phone (317) 242-8119].
Care and Nurture
Learn About Myofascial Release Therapy
On Thursday, Oct. 22 the Chronic Pain Group will resume meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. We invite our North members to join us to hear practitioners Leanne Lafuze and Julie Dryden talk about myofascial release therapy and how it can benefit those living with chronic pain. Please email Pastor Diane or call her at (317) 924-2612 and she'll provide you with the link for the presentation.
Living in the Era of COVID-19
Be sure to watch the Care and Nurture Team's timely video discussing issues and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming flu season. The video is expected to be available on North's website/YouTube channel by this Friday, Oct. 16. A list of helpful resources and a bio of presenter nurse and epidemiologist Eileen White are available on North's website under Communications, Publications.
Ways to Stay Social While Distancing
As colder weather approaches and we'll increasingly be staying inside, here are some ways to stay social with others:
Netflix Party. This is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.
Kast. This is similar to Netflix Party but it allows you to share whatever is on your screen — games, shows and videos. It works on all computers, phones and tablets.
Cards sent through regular mail. Your family or you alone can create greeting cards or write letters to friends or family.
Start a book club. Choose a hard copy or ebook and start reading. Even if you're not sitting together in the same room you can still read and share with others.
Phone a friend. You don't need a new computer app or to visit a website; just pick up your phone and visit with someone.
Call for Christmas Memories
As she prepares devotions for Advent (Nov. 29-Dec. 24), Pastor Diane would like to include special Christmas memories written by North members. If you would like, please send her a short writing (one or two paragraphs or so) sharing one of your favorite Christmas memories.
She is ready to start receiving your writings now, and will be happy to do so until Nov. 15. You can email them or mail them to her in care of North at 3808 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. December devotions will be uploaded to the North website a few days before Nov. 29. If you prefer, she will also be happy to mail a copy to you.
Lasting Connections Strengthen Faith in Bad Times
By Doshia Stewart, Stewardship Team
North Church Indy has always been a place of connection and deepening faith. This year the stewardship theme, “True North: Lasting Connections,” speaks to both the steady compass of our mission and ministry as well as the way North fosters connections, even during a pandemic.
Pew Research shows that faith has strengthened for 35 percent of American Christians due to the pandemic. For everyone I know, 2020 has been a challenging, tumultuous year, yet North Church remains a haven in these difficult times. Just as medical experts have tended to our physical and mental health, North Church has tended to our spiritual needs and provided connection and stability in the face of fear and uncertainty.
While most services and programming have moved online, North Church continues its vibrant connection. We can count on North Church to gather us together each week: deepening our faith, building community, and bridging social isolation through our connection. Each Sunday Isabelle and I gather around the computer, watching the chat during the service and feeling the warmth of connection. Pastor Darren’s conversation with guests is a new favorite, and helps us discover the gifts and talents of our wonderful faith community.
Want to connect more? North has virtual small-group Bible studies, Sunday school, and youth and children’s ministries. Our justice and advocacy team, Bread and Bowl, and other missions and outreach are as active as ever. We have in-car AM-radio vesper services and communion in the parking lot, and Pastor Darren takes communion into homes once a month, traveling from Center Grove to Broad Ripple. North Church continues to mark special occasions with drive-through blessings and even shared in the joy of more than one virtual wedding so far. This is the spirit and faithful connection of our North community. Lives are richer for our differences and because we make a shared commitment to be the people of Christ, together.
On Oct. 25 you will be asked to make a pledge to support North Church in 2021. Your pledge is both a promise and a spiritual discipline that connects to our True North, fulfilling our missions and ministries. When you make a financial pledge, know that you support people on their faith journeys and create disciples through our ministries at 38th and Meridian, online, and around the world.
How has your faith become stronger this year? What have the connections of North Church meant to you during this difficult time of isolation and chaos? What does our faithfulness mean for the communities we serve? Please prayerfully and confidently make a pledge this year. If we all work together, our 2021 budget gap will be closed.
Children and Families
Drive-In Movie Night Is This Friday
This Friday night we will gather in the northwest parking lot for a Drive-In Movie Night where we will watch “The Addams Family.” You can watch the movie in the old-school way through the radio or you can set out a lawn chair or blanket next to your car and watch that way. There will be no food at this event, but we will have goodie bags for the kids. Please enter through the Illinois Street entrance by 7 p.m., which will ensure that all are in place in time for the movie and keep everyone safe. This is a free event and it is open to everyone. So invite your family, neighbors, co-workers, and friends to this spooky night of fun!
Worship Resources for This Sunday
Here are the children’s worship bulletins for this Sunday, Oct. 11, for kids age 3 and older and 7 and older. Enjoy these while you watch the worship service as a family.
Youth Group This Sunday
Youth group will be held this Sunday via Zoom from 4-6 p.m. Middle-school students (grades 6-8) are available to 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.
Online Game Night Is Tomorrow
Young adults can join us tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. for an online game night on Zoom at this link. For more information please contact Cory.