Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Growing up I watched Mister Roger’s Neighborhood before heading out to school. There was something soothing about watching a man in a cardigan sweater change his shoes and invite us to be his neighbor by singing the song “Wont You Be My Neighbor?” Listen to these lyrics.   It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?   We have multiple opportunities to be connected with our neighbors as part of our Community Partnership effort. Join us as we cover the streets of our community and get to know our neighbors. You will be provided with prompts for paying attention, gathering insights and learn how to share your observations and experiences. Here are four ways you can join in:   Meet Faith friends at the Binford Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 23, 9 AM- 10 AM. We will mingle with our neighbors, do a little shopping, and bless those around us. Pick up a map of our target area and indicate what section you will make an effort to cover on your own feet or wheels, beginning Sunday, June 24. Plan for a group walk in our neighborhood, Saturday, June 30, 9AM- 10AM Indicate your interest in exploring our community in a series of church van expeditions, covering locations that aren’t safe to access on foot or bike.   Join us as we cover our neighbors with prayer, gain insights into our community, and learn to be a good...
Jesus said: I am the door.

Jesus said: I am the door.

Jesus has always been clear that real life – abundant life – is not found in playing it safe.  New life is found in taking risks for others.  Jesus drives us – less than compliant sheep – out of through the door of his being so we will not just live but live for others.  That’s the abundant and everlasting life that Jesus talks about.  Jesus casts us out of our secure spots and calls us to follow him so we will know the green lush pastures and so others have a chance to live in that abundance also. The sheep (and goats for that matter) that graze freely on the mountains of Crete are a sign of a quest for abundance to be shared. In the face of Greece’s long-faltering economy, people feel driven out of the confines of the urban areas where expenses mount as incomes drop.  In that atmosphere, they are resentful and fearful. As they are thrust of where they expected to live, some are finding and sharing a rich way of life.  There is a small but substantial movement of people – especially young people – who are returning to ancestral homes in rural areas, small islands and particularly to Crete. In those open spaces, it is possible for almost anyone to make a living.  With a very modest house, it is possible to grow a fertile garden. Climb the hills and pick the wild greens that are rich with nutrition. Perhaps care for the family’s ancient olive trees for a little cash. Learn the art of beekeeping to barter with honey.  Send a...
Tough Questions Worship Series

Tough Questions Worship Series

Enquiring minds want to know the answers to tough faith questions. Beginning Sunday, June 24, join us as Pastor Charlotte Lohrenz dives into questions posed by the congregation. June 24:  “Why Are We Tempted?” July 1:  “Why Is There Violence In Our World?” July 8:  “Why Is There So Much Anti-Semitism In Our...
New Date For “Trigger” Screening

New Date For “Trigger” Screening

Due to scheduling issues, the screening of the award-winning film “Trigger” The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence” will be moved from this Sunday, June 10 to Sunday, July 8. We will begin watching the film at 4pm and be finished by 6pm. Please note the change of date and we apologize for having to reschedule the screening of this film. Sunday, July 8 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm Faith Presbyterian Church 8170 Hague Rd Indianapolis, IN 46256 Join us as we seek to learn together the devastating effects of gun violence has on our communities. This viewing will include the opportunity for open and civil conversation about our response to gun violence....
Jesus said, “I am the vine. Your are the branches. God is the vine grower.”

Jesus said, “I am the vine. Your are the branches. God is the vine grower.”

Jesus’ final words on love and relationship, in John 15, describe the community he has planted and cultivated with his disciples and his hope for the community they will continue to be and become.  He describes the first congregations of the faithful and every congregation since.  We live together as an organism that has been planted for a purpose.  We are a tangled mess of branches and shoots, sprawling out across the landscape.  We are connected to one another, supported, supporting one another and need of cleansing now and then. Because of the vinegrower and then vinegrowers’ abiding love for us, we are capable of producing good fruit. Which doesn’t make life in congregations easy all the time.  Genuine relationships have ups and downs and give and take.  We have to be vulnerable in relationships, which means that we can never completely protect ourselves from being hurt.  Communities are made up of real people.  Some are nice and easy to get along with, and some are not.  And all of us can have a bad day or bad decade and are capable of acting like the idiot in the vineyard. Being in community means dealing with that, abiding with one another through that. True community is a rare organism.  In our day, there are lots of places for people to connect, but very few places where we abide with one another in loving and productive ways. We connect on social media.  We have common interests.  We work together.  We may share a neighborhood or an agenda, but we aren’t building deep relationships which support people through life and death,...