News from the IndianaNews-KNentucky  Mission Territory 
Weekly eNews | September 13, 2018 


New Way to Give with 
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod recently signed up with to make giving easier than ever. Download the app and set Indiana-Kentucky Synod as a regular mission to support. You can also simply text the word GIVE to 765-347-9974, then follow the link. You may also visit our website (, click the Donate Button, and follow the prompts. Treasurers: Save a stamp and send Mission Support with! ACH and debit/credit cards accepted. Please include your congregation name in the "Note/Memo" line.
Thank you for all you do to support the ministries and mission of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod!
Please consider using in your congregation! To learn more about and its relationship with the ELCA, please visit this link:  
Thank you to everyone who came to Stewardfest on August 25! We explored various aspects of stewardship through presentations on care of creation, spiritual gifts, annual response campaigns, and more. A special thank you to Pastor Sharon Walker and Christ, Kokomo, for your hospitality. We will have more Stewardfest events in the near future - we hope to see you there!  
Magazines Needed
We are in need of magazines for collage making  at our Middle School Retreat. If you or your congregation has some we can use, please contact Pastor Dan Fugate at or phone 317.253.3522. Thank you!  
Lutheran Hills 50th Anniversary-September 15 - 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to join with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Indiana Kentucky in celebrating 50 years of camping ministry at Lutheran Hills! Come for a casual day of fun and celebration. Please click here for a schedule of evens.
Peer Ministry Training 
High School students (grades 9 -12) as well as adults who work with and support them are invited to Peer Ministry Training on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Church of the Nativity in Indianapolis.  This training is open to any congregation of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.  The trainer will be Chad Senuta (see   Students will learn practical skills for welcoming and communicating with others.  The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.  Register by contacting Pastor Dan Fugate at or 317.253.3522.  You may also register here. Pastor Fugate can help with options for spending Friday night in Indianapolis for those traveling from out of town.  A flyer with information can be found  here. 
Mark Your Calendars!
Middle School Retreat
Dates:  Friday evening, September 21, through Sunday morning, September 23, 2018.
Location:  Waycross Retreat Center, Morgantown, Indiana
Peer Ministry Training (grades 9 -12)
Date:  Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location:  Church of the Nativity, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bishop's Day for Youth (grades 8 - 12)
Dates:  Saturday, February 23, 2019, with the option of staying over Friday and/or Saturday evening
Location:  To Be Determined
I-K Synod Youth Leadership Summit (grades 8 - 12)
Dates:  Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2019
Location:  Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
For more information, contact Pastor Dan Fugate at or 317.253.3522.
Middle School Retreat  
Join us at Waycross Conference Center and Camp in Morgantown, Indiana, the weekend of Friday, September 21, through Sunday, September 23, 2018, for IGNITE, our middle school retreat.  Students in grades 6 through 8 (or whatever grades your congregation's confirmation students are) for a weekend of growth, connection, and discovery. Please click  here for a flyer to share with your congregation.  
See the flyer for more information.  If you would like to be part of the planning team for this event, please contact Pastor Dan Fugate at or 317.253.3522.
Bishop Gafkjen's September Newsletter 
When it grew late, his disciples came to Jesus and said, "This is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send the crowd away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy something for themselves to eat." But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "Are we to go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread, and give it to them to eat?" And he said to them, "How many loaves have you? Go and see." When they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish" ...
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people...And all ate and were filled.
[Mark 6:37-44]
To read Bishop Gafkjen's September I-K Lutheran newsletter article and share with your congregation, please click here.   
Where's the Bishop? 
Many have expressed interest in knowing where Bishop Bill will be preaching and presiding so that they may attend if they are nearby. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming services and events where our Bishop will be presiding, preaching, participating or leading. 
Bishop Gafkjen's Calendar of Events   
September 14-15: Synod Council (Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, IN)
September 16: Preach and Preside at Installation Service of James "Erik" Allen
Messiah Lutheran Church, Brownsburg, IN 4:00 p.m. 
September 20: Bishop's Lunch with Retired Rostered Ministers, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Carmel, IN
September 23: Preach and preside at First Lutheran, Columbus, IN, 8:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. in honor of their 125th Anniversary. A luncheon follows the service. 
September 26 - October 2: Conference of Bishops meeting, ELCA Offices, Chicago, IL   
Bishop Gafkjen looks forward to being with you and your faith community. Please contact his administrative assistant, April Lynch, to schedule a time.
Synod Weekly News
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod welcomes stories and photographs of ministry moments to share with its mission territory. Stories and accompanying photos are accepted for the Weekly News (which is sent out each Thursday), the monthly I-K Lutheran, and the web site ( Send announcement submission to Tom Dearchs, by Tuesday at noon (Eastern time) to be included in the Thursday Weekly News. Please see the Publication Submission Guidelines document for complete details on submissions. 



Prayer Concerns  
During the weekly I-K Lutheran Center staff devotions we included these individuals and mission centers in our prayers:

Zion, North Manchester, IN and Rev. Judy Follis, (Interim)
Zion, Portland, IN and Rev. Martin Bornhoeft, (Interim)
Zion, Sunman, IN and Nicole Smith, (Synodically Authorized Minister)
Zion's Lutheran, Pershing, IN and Rev. Charles Miller, (Interim)
Ascension, Louisville, KY and Kenneth Boehm, (Synodically Authorized Minister)
Rostered Ministers Not Under Congregational Call:
Rev. Russell Snyder, Retired
Rev. Joan Sorenson, Retired
Rev. Paulette Stahlke, Retired
Rev. Keith Hedrick, Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville
Rev. George Heider, Professor, Dept. of Theology, Valparaiso University
Northeastern Iowa Synod and Bishop Steven Ullestad

Hymn Festival

This event is free and open to the public. Any donations benefit the Samaritan Counseling Center's Client Assistance Fund, helping members of our community gain access to the quality mental health care they need.

Our Saviour, Princeton, IN.,  "God's Work. Our Hands." Project
The congregation began the collection of Lutheran World Relief school supplies for the backpacks the month of August and Martha Krohn began sewing the backpacks to their specifications at that time as well.  On Sunday, Sept. 9th - "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday, the congregation worked together to put the string in the backpacks, sort the school supplies and put the items in the packs per the LWR specifications.  The goal was 30 bags....42 were completed!!! Our Saviour will also be sending funds to LWR to help cover their shipping cost to ship the backpacks to those in need around the world.

"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday
Members from Messiah, Cross and Crown, and Cross of Grace joined forces with First Trinity to clean up two pocket parks in their community and 5 elderly neighbors' homes. They got rained out but will return on a drier, sunnier day to get the job done.

Members of Messiah, Bethlehem, and Cross of Grace worked with First Trinity to spruce up their community despite the rain.

Christ Lutheran Church Hosts Charity Farmer's Market
Christ Lutheran Church is hosting a Pop-Up Charity Farmer's Market on Sunday, September 16 from 12pm-3pm at 600 N Ford Rd in Zionsville.  Church members are making items to sell at their tables and donating their time. All proceeds will benefit charities such as the Boone County Caring Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran Disaster Response, and Lutheran Child & Family Services.

Items available for purchase include: fresh local produce, gluten-free goods, pulled pork lunch, fresh baked goods, handmade lip balm, soap, bath bombs, handmade gift items, walking sticks, haircuts (adults), pet supplies, homemade pickles, jams, pesto, spice mixes and rubs, and used children's books. Get your car washed by our youth and listen to live music while you shop.

We will accept cash, check, or charge.  Event is on, rain or shine!
Shop and do good in our community at the same time!  See our website ( for more info.

Portico Benefit Services - 2019 Annual Enrollment Dates
Employer and plan members make their benefit elections annually. For 2019 benefits, the dates are as follows: for Employers: October 1 - October 26 and for Plan members: October 31 - November 14.

Upcoming Live Webinars:
Turning 65 in 2019 - September 25th from 2-3pm
Pre-retirement webinar 1: "Can I Afford to Retire?" - October 4th from 2-3pm
Pre-retirement webinar 2: "Can I Create a Sustainable Income in Retirement?" - October 11th from 2-3pm
Ready to Retire - November 6th from 1:2:30pm

Register online:

For more information on the festival, please click here.

Rachel Kurtz in Concert
Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green Street, Brownsburg, IN, will be hosting Rachel Kurtz in concert Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 in advance by contacting Hope Moran, 317-910-6080, or $15 at the door for the 3:00 p.m. concert. Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregation.     


Bishop Eaton's September Column for
Living Lutheran  
Fear not: 
For Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Isaiah 43:1-7 is one of the most hopeful and lovely passages in all of Scripture. Find out why in her September column for Living Lutheran, where she says it is possible for us to fear and fear not. Read her column in English at and her column in Spanish at
Hearts, Hands, and Voices:  
A Hymn Festival and Workshop on Mental Health and the Church
SPONSORING GROUP: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and Christ the King Lutheran Church of South Bend, Indiana
DATE & LOCATION: Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2018 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635 (ND football is AWAY this weekend!)
COST: Registration (including meals) is $45 (only $20 for students!)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Those interested can still register online at: 
This ALCM-sponsored Hearts, Hands and Voices workshop will focus on our vocation as church musicians and the role church music can play in the lives of those who are journeying through mental illnesses towards recovery and wellness. This event will take participants through various topics, such as: self-care for the music minister, finding and utilizing healing hymns and liturgies, and planning music for healing services, such as a Blue Christmas Service. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend Christ the King's 5th Annual Hymn Festival of healing and Hope on Friday evening, October 5th at 7:00 pm, where participants can see much of what they encounter in the weekend's break-out sessions put into practice. Other highlights include: a performance by the University of Notre Dame Children's Choir, a service of morning prayer, and the presentation of a new hymnal supplement - a resource inspired by Anton Boisen's 1950 collection entitled Hymns of Hope and Courage.
Preaching Stewardship
Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregation.
Discernment Event 
Savanna Sullivan, Program Director for Young Adult Ministry for the ELCA, is hosting a discernment event for Lutheran young adults age 18-30ish at Lutheridge, a Lutheran camp in North Carolina, from November 16-18, 2018.
It will be "conversations about vocational discernment, how faith formation continues into young adulthood (whether or not seminary is a part of that journey!), community building, and worship. So, no, folks don't have to be headed to seminary to join us. All are welcome!"
If this sounds like you, be sure to follow this link!
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