From the Community

From the Community

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From the Community highlights non-Center sponsored activities in the community that may be of interest to congregations in your area and throughout the state. Items are posted on the website, and a monthly email goes out to congregations.

The news items in this community collection are not Center sponsored. The information posted does not imply a Center for Congregations endorsement of those products, companies or services. We can accept only one item per congregation each month, and announcements must have a broad, general public interest. We will consider each submission, but not all can be included due to space, timing and content.


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The combined forces of North UMC's Cathedral Singers and the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church of Indianapolis will present John Rutter's Requiem, complete with an orchestra. The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 19, and is free of charge. The Requiem was completed in 1985, and does not adhere strictly to the conventional Catholic liturgy, but combines texts from the Requiem Mass and The Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in its entirety on Oct. 13, 1985 at the United Methodist Church in Dallas, conducted by the composer.
The Ripple Effect choir will be performing their spring concert, Seeds of Life, Saturday, April 27 at First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Spring-inspired selections will feature the four basic elements of life – Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Music will include everything from fun ‘50s classics and soulful a cappella grooves, to catchy pop hits and a beautiful tribute to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A free-will offering will be taken, with 10% of the proceeds donated to Heifer International. The church is located at 1342 Berkshire Dr., South Bend (with Crest Manor).
All are welcome to learn strategies for faithful generosity at the "Generosity Transformed! your mission * your ministry * your money Conference," April 30 – May 2, 2019 in Indianapolis. More than a typical workshop-based conference, Generosity Transformed! Conference will engage participants deeply in peer discussion groups and subject-based roundtables to develop practical implementation plans. Those attending will learn ways to help their churches and organizations thrive through transformative practices of faithful generosity.
The Faith & Action Project’s Push Back Poverty Spring Conference will feature Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. A dynamic and entertaining storyteller, Boyle is a Jesuit priest, will share the platform with two young men who have participated in Homeboy programs. After the keynote address, attendees will to hear from Faith & Action Project grant recipients.
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Faith Presbyterian Church is hosting a Global 6K for Water walk. Thousands of people will join the world’s largest 6K walk for clean water and walk or run for an extraordinary cause – bringing clean water to children and their families. Every $50 registration provides clean water for one child. Last year, 48,000 people participated in the Global 6K to provide clean water to 63,000 people. Registration is at https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/11047 . The walk is Saturday May 4 at 8 a.m. on the Monon Trail.
This event features the Bach Collegium Singers and Baroque Instrumentalists with guest conductor Daniel C. Blosser and Indiana Wesleyan University Early Music Ensemble, Jason Luke Thompson, conductor. Works include J.S. Bach, Gabrieli, Schutz, and Schein.
Dr. Serene Jones, president of Union Theological Seminary and one of America's leading theologians, will present a lecture on grace on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis. In the morning she will deliver the sermon at North UMC's 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. After a free lunch, she will present her lecture, entitled "What's Grace Got to Do With It?" The entire event is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the William E. Schmidt Foundation. It's the first lecture in the North Church Series on Theology and Contemporary Issues.
Fresh Expressions is a model of outreach especially for churches seeking to be more missional. It is an effective way for a church to reach and disciple those who have no interest in attending a church. This model can be initiated by as few as a single person and it doesn’t require a lot of money. It is a model for all sizes of churches in all ministry contexts.
This event is 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.in Bethany’s downstairs Fellowship Hall. Prices are $6 for kids aged 5-13; $9 for adults. Proceeds benefit Bethany’s building and ground committee. Carry outs are available. All are invited.
Aaron Niequist, author, musician, and former worship leader at Willow Creek, leads an "Experimental Worship Gathering" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at Cross of Grace in New Palestine. This event is free and open to the public. Pastors, worship leaders, musicians, and church leadership teams from across denominations might be interested in this event. Niequist shares the story of his spiritual awakening while at Willow Creek. He then committed to exploring ways that worship can act as a springboard to daily discipleship.