Being Thankful by John Paulson

Being Thankful by John Paulson

I know it is not anywhere near Thanksgiving, yet the subject of giving thanks is on my mind. Actually I began to think about it when we had Father’s Day at my daughter’s house last week.  Our granddaughter graduated from Noblesville High School earlier this month, and received many presents.  As a good granddaughter should do, she prepared thank you cards for the gifts she received.  We had given her two photo books that I made on SHUTTERFLY; one was a picture book of each year until she was sixteen; the second was a picture book made up of pictures of her 2017 prom.  We also hinted that there was another present to come. After Father’s day dinner while we were all sitting around the table on the deck, it was time for Father’s Day gifts.  Several cards and packages came my way, and I opened them and found a Starbucks Card and a polo shirt from Taylor University (where she will be starting in the fall) and hand-made cards from the three grandchildren.  There also was one small envelope that I opened.  The front of the printed card said “THANKS”.  I opened it, and in her handwriting read aloud: Grandma and Grandpa, Thank you for the books and She immediately said:  “Grandpa, you weren’t supposed to get that yet!” We all laughed, and she took the note back, and it wasn’t mentioned again. Only later did I start thinking about that card and giving thanks, and I thought that she knew that Grandpa and Grandma were going to come through with another gift as promised.  She had confidence...
June 18 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

June 18 Sermon by Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz

A Good Example 1 Thessalonians 2:1-17 Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2017 Rev. Dr. Galen Schwarz   Do you remember some of those workshops you might have gone to back in the days of your youth? That may be easier for some of us than for others.  But they often started off with this round table or round the circle discussion or answer to a different sets of questions.  One of the questions I always remember was, who is one of your heroes?  I am sure that they were getting at who were the living models of faith or heroism that we might choose to model our lives after.  Some of the people would give the names of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi for this was after all the mid 1970’s.  And there would also be a group of wise guys who would say things like: Superman or Spider man, or Wonder woman. Today of course we might answer that question quite a bit differently. Who are the people who made a difference in our lives?  What makes a person a good model to follow? I suppose that if we were going to answer that question honestly, it would be that a number of different factors can make us what we are.  Education may be part for we have a tendency to respect certain levels of education.  Success may be another qualification, for we believe that successful people have a lot to offer those who are trying to be successful.  Could it be the trials that a person had to overcome in life that make them who...
3b Exercise Class

3b Exercise Class

3b (body, brain, belief) exercise class for 55 and over takes place on Wednesdays at 10AM.  This class focuses on: building flexibility, strength and balance; challenges to increase memory and problem solving skills as new brain cells grow; and time to recall beloved scriptures with devotionals and “scripture in motion.”  The class will be held in the narthex at the church.  “The more active you are, and it doesn’t matter when you start, the more benefit you are going to have.”  Contact the church office for more information at 849-1930 or email cconners@faithpcindy.org.  The class is free to...
Part-time Youth Director Needed

Part-time Youth Director Needed

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Youth Director   PURPOSE:   Under the direction of the Pastor, provide leadership for our Middle School and High School age youth.   WORK WEEK:This is a part time, salaried position that is utilized approximately 10 hours per week.  This includes preparation and planning of youth group events, including trips and retreats, and leadership at both events.   RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide opportunities for growth and fellowship through bible studies, discussion, spiritual practices, worship, and mission for our middle and high school youth, including: an average of two Sunday evening events per month (August through June) Sunday school (August through June), including being present to lead an average of twice a month a weekend retreat in fall and spring, ski trip in winter, mission trip and high school denominational conference in summer Attend each of our two Sunday morning worship services, once a month Execute fundraising for summer youth trips, to offset costs Contribute to and support the overall ministry of the church. Assimilate new youth into the youth program and follow-up with youth visiting the church and/or youth programs. Attend staff and Christian Education Team meetings   POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Love of God. Love of youth. Good communication skills. A self-starter, able to work independently and self-motivated. An enthusiastic and caring attitude. A creative leader of youth. Flexibility and sound judgment. Ability to recruit and lead adult leaders. Ability to support the mission of Faith church. Bachelor’s degree Understanding of reformed theology. Experience in youth ministry preferred.   RELATIONSHIPS: Head of Staff Christian Education Team Adult Youth Advisors Youth Other staff   EVALUATION: Pastor and the Personnel Committee will conduct reviews in...
Family Promise

Family Promise

We partner with other congregations and community organizations responding to the crisis of children and their families who are homeless. We work to eliminate homelessness in Greater Indianapolis.  We will be hosting families beginning on July 3 until July 10.  Many in our congregation volunteer to cook meals, set up rooms, drive families to the Day Center and many more duties.  Here you can read of a typical week with a Family Promise family. On Sunday afternoon, the network van arrives at the host congregation with beds and families personal belongings to be set up in a designated space, such as classrooms. Guest families arrive at the host congregation Sunday evening. Families settle in and become acquainted with the volunteers and facility. Dinner is served family style as guests and volunteers share the meal together. Families are responsible for their children and help with cleanup and chores. After dinner, some congregations offer activities while others offer free time before turning in for bed. A host volunteer will stay at the facility overnight and assist guests with breakfast and departure to the Day Center the following morning. Food is available for guests to make lunches to take to the Day Center. Families leave for the Day Center in time to get to work or school. Guests work with Case Manager to overcome the barriers they face in finding stable housing. Guests are transported back to the hosting congregation each evening. The following Sunday, families pack their beds and belongings and leave the facility. They are transported to the Day Center and are picked up that afternoon by the next hosting...