Good News & Updates: June 16-July 7

Note: the next update will be next month

1. Next Step: All are invited to consider your next step of commitment. Have you been baptized? If you are a youth, have you been confirmed in your faith? For adults, have you become a member of Old Bethel? These steps are still just the beginning. If you would like to talk about what your next “step” is, you may contact Rev. Adriane at

2. Lunch Bunch will meet at Johnny Carino's (920 US Highway 31, Greenwood, just south of the mall) at 11:30am, Wednesday, June 22. Sign up on clipboard in the church reception office or call Brenda Maley at 317-894-1178 for reservations.

3. Old Bethel is excited to partner with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to host the 2nd Annual Kids Bike Safety Day on Saturday, June 25, from 10am-1pm. Children are invited to learn about staying safe on their bike this summer. We will have a bike obstacle course, a mountain bike course, a bounce house and free lunch. Our hope is that many children will come and take part in this event, even if they don't have a bike. We need several children's bikes and helmets for this event. If you have bikes or helmets we could borrow for this event, please email Community Life Minister, Arin Schellenberg at

4. Quilt Auction: Carol Simpson has created and donated 27 beautiful and unique quilts to be auctioned May 14 through July 9, with proceeds benefiting local and global mission projects of the United Methodist Women. Online bidding begins May 14 at A celebration viewing of the quilts and in-person bidding will be held July 9, 1:30-3pm in Old Bethel’s sanctuary. You may contact Carol McMillen at 317-899-4360 with questions about this event. If you have questions about online bidding, please contact Cheryl Platt at

5. This year’s Vacation Bible School theme is Adventures Down Under. VBS is July 11-15, from 6-8:15pm. Registration begins June 12. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center. Return completed forms to Pastor Tonya. You may contact Pastor Tonya at to volunteer.

6. From Administrative Council Chair Ann Mead: At the April Administrative Council retreat, a sub-committee was formed to consider if our vision statement “Hope for Every Hunger in Every Heart” is still viable. The sub-committee concluded that it is. Thoughts from the sub-committee: 1) there are many types of needs and hungers in our community: spiritual hunger for the gospel, emotional and social hunger for connection, a hunger for justice and literal hunger for food; 2) Old Bethel is focused on the community and wants to continue to serve our neighbors, welcome diversity and overcome language differences; 3) the Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry and the new Shared Tables ministry are two ways we serve the community’s food hunger. Before we vote to continue with this vision statement we’d like to hear from YOU. Members of the congregation are invited to submit thoughts, suggestions via email to Ann Mead at or attend the next Ad Council meeting on June 27, at 7pm in Fellowship Hall. Proposals for the use of the proceeds from the Prospect Campus sale will also be discussed at the June 27 Administrative Council meeting. All are welcome to attend either in person or via Zoom at this link:

7. Volunteer receptionist(s) needed for Wednesday mornings, 9am-12:30pm. Work every week or every other week. Training is provided. Substitute receptionists are also needed to work when regular volunteers are ill or traveling. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:30-4pm. The primary duties are to greet visitors and answer the phone. Subs serve on an as needed basis as their schedule allows. The service of Old Bethel’s volunteer receptionists are greatly appreciated and make it possible for the staff to effectively attend to their responsibilities without constant interruption. If interested, please contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at 317-359-9651 or or the Volunteer Coordinator Sue Epps at 317-691-1195 or

8. The East Washington Street Meijer is helping the food pantry battle hunger through their Simply Give campaign. To take part in this, visit the Meijer store on East Washington Street between now and October 1 and purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card. Meijer matches each donation. Double Match days are August 13 and September 10. On these two days, Meijer will double their match to $20 - meaning your $10 donation will turn into $30! Thank you for helping the Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry feed our community.

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