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October 25, 2023

Dear Allisonville Friends,


If you've spoken to me in the last few weeks, you've almost certainly heard me mention how enchanted I am about the beautiful leaves. The areas south of the church on Allisonville Road are ablaze with fiery reds and radiant yellows, truly taking my breath away. Amidst the chaos of life's challenges and the turbulence in the world, I encourage you to take a moment to truly embrace the beauty of this season.


With October drawing to a close, we are already setting our sights on the year ahead. Many leaders in our congregation are beginning to consider budgets for 2024. To help with that process, we will look at our pledged giving. Your pledges help us dream about what the possibilities could be for Allisonville in 2024. I am hopeful that the next year for our church will be a new season.


Between a new associate minister, renovation projects, and the continued hard work of our congregation, Allisonville Christian Church in 2024 can commit to do more justice, spread more kindness, and seek a deeper walk with God. All of our work is possible because of the time, treasure, and talent you all contribute, making our community a beautiful place to experience transformative love. Please consider making a commitment by bringing your pledge cards to church this Sunday or by making a pledge online as we dream about what a new season may bring.


Peace,

Isaac Ackerman, Director of Administration


You can make pledges at www.allisonville.org/pledge or find pledge cards on the welcome center in the church's narthex.

Beau's Letter

Narrative Budget

Co-Chair Letter

Step-Up Chart

Grace's Letter

Joys:

  • We find joy in exploring the practice of generosity through our stewardship campaign.
  • We are grateful for our time with Matt Rosine last Sunday and his gifts to help us consider the many ways we can practice generosity.
  • We rejoice in the beauty of creation and the changing of seasons.
  • We are also thankful for the work of the search committee to find new Associate Minister of Outreach and Growth.


Concerns:

  • We pray for Sherri and Jim Roberts as they mourn the death of Jim's brother.
  • We pray for Josh and his family as his grandfather nears his last days.
  • We pray for the family of Tina Leaman who passed away on October 23.*
  • We pray for Emily Hunter as she recovers from a heart procedure.
  • We continue to pray for an end to the atrocities .
  • We continue our prayers for Jane Lawrence, Cora King, Davis and Bev Goforth, Bob Hessong, Sandy Zimmerman, Erika Blauvelt, Mike McDonald, Linda Kemper and Lori Corken-Young.


We pray for all who are grieving.


We pray for a meaningful and effective solution to end gun violence in our society.


We continue to pray for our work and all work to be an anti-racist church and people.


Our Global Ministries Prayer Partner this week is Japan.


*Services are pending. Please keep her children, David Leaman and Tiffany Bettner, their families, and Tina’s extended family in your prayers. Messages of condolence may be sent to the Leaman family c/o Tina’s address: 5435 Kilmer Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

Linwood Food Pantry


Please find some suggestions for Linwood Food Pantry below. You can bring donations to church on November 5.


Canned fruit

Toilet paper

Stove top stuffing

Tea bags

Diapers: NB, 1, 2, 5, 6

Baby wipes

Kids juice

Kids snacks

Sanitary pads

Tampons


They have enough grocery bags right now, but could use egg cartons (either foam or cardboard) to reuse.

A Note from the Mission Building Committee


The Mission Building Committee met Monday evening and chose Halstead Architects to be the

architect for our kitchen. Halstead Architects have worked with churches in the Indianapolis

area along with other non-for-profit organizations of our community. Mike Halstead, the

owner of this company, is a neighbor of the church as he lives just a few blocks west of ACC.

We will have members of the committee and others who regularly use the kitchen meet with

him to complete the final design of the kitchen.

Buddy Bags

It is hard to believe it, but we are almost to November! It is time to start preparing the Buddy Bags for the holiday season. We will be providing Clearwater Elementary, Eastwood, and Northview Middle Schools with 90 bags for Thanksgiving break and 90 bags during the Winter break. Due to how close the delivery schedule is, we will be packing all 180 bags at the same time. Please consider a food or monetary donation as we practice generosity and help make one of these bag recipients’ holiday a little brighter.


Sign-ups for food donations and shopping volunteers begin this Sunday, October 29. Monetary contributions may be given at the sign-up table, placed in the offering plate or mailed to the church with a designation of “Buddy Bags,” or made by giving online by choosing Buddy Bags from the pull-down designation menu.


Please have food donations to the church Narthex by Sunday, November 12. We will be packing and delivering the bags on Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 am. Come and join us!


Contact Loveta Cain (tlc6383@comcast.net), Sandy Nagy (snag1221@yahoo.com), or Janet Spaulding (janetmspaulding@gmail.com) with questions.

Youth Group Meal Signup

We are looking for people to provide lunches for the youth group each week! You can click the button below and sign up for a date (or two). This is a great way to help support our important faith formation ministries. If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh. The next empty spot is November 26th!

Sign Up

Online Directory


Thank you for everyone that has continued to seek out support to log into the online directory! Isaac will still be available to help anyone that would like help! Find Isaac during Coffee Café or reach out to him in the office during the week. We will be working on creating a physical version in the coming weeks. If you have not seen the new online directory and your information has changed since the 2021-2022 directory, please let Isaac know.

Faith Formation Ministry


If you are interested in any Sunday School class or other faith formation opportunity, please reach out to Josh. Here's a brief rundown of our offerings:


  • Worship and Wonder (9:30 and 11:00 in Room 12): Open to kids 3 years old through 1st grade


  • Children's Sunday School (11:00 in Room 1): Open to kids in 2nd through 5th grade


  • Youth Sunday School (11:00 in the Retreat House): Open to youth in 6th through 12th grade


  • Adult Sunday School (11:00 Faith Class in the Fireplace Room, LIFE Class in Room 15, and Pathfinders Class in the Chalice Room)

October 25 — Allisonville Forum


We're looking forward to seeing everyone who has RSVP'd for our Forum with Tim Shapiro.


Please enter through Door #1. We'll be enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres and other finger foods in the narthex area at 6 pm, with the Forum itself happening in the sanctuary at 6:30. It's going to be a great event, and we promise you won't go physically or spiritually hungry! 

October 26 — Genesis Bible Study


Beau continues to lead us through the Book of Genesis each Thursday at 9 am at ACC or 7 pm via Zoom. There's no preparation required. Just come with a curious mind and be ready for an inspirational conversation. We'll relearn some of the most memorable biblical stories and learn what wisdom this ancient, inspired text holds for us today.

Zoom Link

October 26 — Mary Martha Circle



Mary Martha Circle will meet Thursday, October 26th at 1 pm in Room 15. Join us at Allisonville Christian Church to discuss chapter 10, Listening as Ears of the Church. We hope you can all come. Marilyn Barnett will lead us.

October 29 — Trunk or Treat



Sunday October 29th at 4:00 p.m. we will host Trunk or Treat in our parking lot! There are many ways to help, and you can find them all at by clicking here! If you'd like to fill a parking spot with a decorated trunk, you can sign up by clicking the button below. We had over 300 people come through last year! We would greatly appreciate your help.

Sign Up Here

November 8 — Sarah Circle


Sarah Circle will meet Wednesday, November 8 at 7 p.m. via a Zoom meeting. We will be reading and discussing the book Dessert First by J. Dana Trent. If you are interested in joining Sarah Circle, please contact Sue York (nsyork@att.net) and she will send you the link to the meeting. Hope you will join us! 

November 8 — Prime Timers


Dave and Jean Tatum will host the November 8th Prime Timers meal. It will be at Ford's Garage in Hamilton Towne Center, 13193 Levinson Ln #100, Noblesville, IN 46060. To let the Tatum's know you will be joining, call/text 317-626-8625 or email tatum.jean@gmail.com

November 12 — Anti-Racism Book Study


In June we started The Allisonville Forum with The Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis as our speaker. She has two books - Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community and Faith After Ferguson: Resilient Leadership in Pursuit of Racial Justice. We will be having an in-person discussion about these books on Sunday, November 12th from 12 noon - 1:30 pm. We’ll have a light lunch in the Fellowship Hall before our study begins. 


You don’t need to read both books to join us for this discussion! If you bought one of her books, please join us. If you need a book, Beau has more copies available for purchase. 


Questions? Please contact Cindy Coble at clcoble@icloud.com. I hope you can join us!

November 15 — Allisonville Forum

RSVP here

November 18 — Euchre (and other games) Night at Church!


Mark your calendars and get excited for Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. Allisonville will be hosting our FIRST EVER Euchre tournament! Don't know how to play? That's okay! We can teach you, or you can join in on Bingo or other games led by our fearless youth group. Snacks will be available for free, and there will also be fresh-baked goods available for purchase. We will also have some fun, surprise raffles throughout the afternoon.


To participate in the Euchre tournament or Bingo, we are asking for a $10 per person donation. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit our youth mission trip in summer 2024 to [redacted]. Come for the fun, enjoy the cookies and more, and get excited for our grand prize! 


Childcare will be provided, and we hope to see you there! Reach out to Rev. Josh Jackson (jjackson@allisonville.org) if you have any questions. Game on!

November 19 — Celebration Dinner


Join us for a post-church gathering on November 19th as we celebrate our numerous blessings with a meal. In addition to savoring the delicious spread, the stewardship committee will offer insights into the pledges received during this year's stewardship campaign.

November 21 — Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service


Every year a group of churches in our area gather to host a Thanksgiving Service. This year's service will be November 21st at First Friends Church, 3030 Kessler Blvd E Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Pastor Joyce will be helping lead the service. More information to come!

December 2 — Hanging of the Greens


Our annual Hanging of the Greens will take place on Saturday morning December 2nd from 9:00 am - noon. All are invited to participate. Donuts will be served as usual. Thanks in advance from your Worship and Spiritual Life team!

Arts at Allisonville


Calling all music and drama lovers! It’s time to get Arts and Allisonville rolling again. We are in the planning process for the next 12 months or so. Won’t you join us? If you love the arts, we want you. Contact Steve Caress (stcaress@yahoo.com), Shari Jacobs (slj1114@gmail.com), or Chris Higgins (chiggins@allisonville.org) and let us know. We want to start meeting soon to discuss/plan some exciting events.

Seeking Exploring Worship and Worship & Wonder Volunteers for 2023


Would you like to be involved in our children's ministry next year? We are seeking volunteers for both Exploring Worship and Worship & Wonder. Here are brief descriptions of the roles we are needing to fill:


W&W Greeter - The Greeter helps to welcome the kids to Worship & Wonder and assists the Storyteller in crowd control and keeping the ministry flowing. 

W&W Storyteller - The Storyteller leads the lesson directly from the Worship & Wonder curriculum. We have access to the official W&W training. 

EW Teacher - The Teacher leads the activity for the day, such as the sharing of joys and concerns, reading the scripture for the day, etc.

EW Shepherd - The Shepherd assists the Teacher in getting the kids to the EW space and keeping the activity going smoothly. 


If you are interested in any of these roles or if you would like more information about them, please reach out to Josh!

Seeking Virtual Scripture Readers


Virtual scripture readers are needed. This is a meaningful way to contribute to our worship experience, and we invite more members to consider participating. Please contact John Quick (317-294-2709, qman21611@gmail.com) to sign up.