One on One - Book 6, Volume 28

Getting cabin fever yet? We decided to stick with our general policy of closing the office and Weekday School when Warren Township schools are closed. It was not an easy decision since the roads are passable but these temperatures are dangerous if someone experiences car trouble. Fortunately, for me a good portion of my work can be accomplished from home. I got my sermon done a day early and email means I can keep some communication going. Of course, the most important ministry needs to happen face to face so I am looking forward to those warmer temps coming Sunday.

Due to our work schedules Nancy and I are celebrating our anniversary a week early. This year it is Nancy’s turn to surprise. On Friday night our small group is attending the Indy Fuel hockey game at the Coliseum and then she has instructed me to bring a packed bag for an overnight celebration.

At our staff meeting we learned the Youth New Year’s Eve Overnight Lock-in was a success with 34 youth and adults participating. The most welcoming news was hearing they had some guest youth brought by those who were excited about the event. The next significant event for the Youth is a fund raising roller-skating evening on Friday, January 23, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Wheels of Wonder Skate Park directly behind Southern Plaza Shopping Center. Cost is $8.00 with $4.00 going to the Youth Mission Trip. All ages are welcome so spread the word.

This Saturday we are offering a free self-defense class in Fellowship Hall from 10:00-11:30 am. The class is open to those 12 and older (age 12-14 must be accompanied by an adult). The class will be taught by IMPD Officer Jeff Patterson of Protective Thinking. The class is high paced, fun, and full of information including what the law says about self-protection. Patterson asks that participants bring a food donation for the Old Bethel Food Pantry. Please register by calling Mary or Roger Marchal at 894-3736 or email

Michael Douce our 11:00 Worship/Music leader has requested an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons. I ask that you respect Michael’s and Jen’s privacy and keep the family in your prayers. So we are now advertising the position with the following ad:

An ethnically diverse congregation is seeking talented music leader for Sunday morning family-oriented interactive worship experience. Piano or guitar skills would be necessary to expand a team, which currently includes vocals and some instruments. Position is part-time and involves weekly rehearsal and bi-monthly strategic planning with Lead and Family Ministry Pastors. Contact for more information.

This Sunday will be the second Sunday of our 12-week series on the New Testament as take a look at the book of Mark. We believe the writer of this gospel had a close relationship to the apostle Peter, the most vocal of Jesus’ disciples, which makes this fast paced gospel perhaps the most authentic presentation of the personality of Jesus. You can read the book of Mark in less than three hours but our focus scripture will be Mark 7:31-37.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Jerry

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