June 2018

Jun 24

Summer Camp Scholarships for Children and Youth

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Sunday, June 24

Summer Camp Scholarships for Children and Youth

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

If you or your child is planning on attending a faith based camp, retreat or conference this summer the church has scholarships and other resources available.  If you are interested in applying, or would like to know more about camps such as PYOCA, Geneva Center or Montreat contact Mo Wilson for more information.

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Jun 24

Senior Ministries in the Summer

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Sunday, June 24

Senior Ministries in the Summer

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. June is a time to increase public awareness, to recognize the 110,000 Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s disease and their 338,000 caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana Chapter has created 65 Ways to Go Purple! Beginning June 1st visit alz.org/Indiana to get started.

Grief Support Group
A support group, for those who have lost a spouse, will be starting on July 11th and will continue through August 15th, 2018.  It's on Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, for 6 weeks, held at Faith Presbyterian Church, 8170 Hague Road.  This group will be sponsored by Community Health Network. For more information or bereavement support, call InTouch Bereavement and Grief Services at 317-621-4646 or toll free at 800-404-4852. You can also e-mail us at  .

Memory University
Caregiver Health and Well-Being: Maintaining Yours and Theirs
The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center (IADC) presents Memory University 2018, a program for our research partners and others interested in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. (Read more ...)   (Register here)

For more information about these and other Senior Ministry events, contact Denise Harrington.

Contact Denise
If you have questions about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Caregiving, Rehabilitation Therapy, Estate Planning, Grief, Probate & Guardianship or need a referral for Elder Law, contact Denise Harrington at 317-509-7085 or .
Look for Denise at worship on the 3rd Sunday of each month, or make an appointment with Denise at Northminster on Thursdays.


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Jun 24

Back to School Extravaganza

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Sunday, June 24

Back to School Extravaganza

Time: 12:00 am – 4:00 pm

It is that time of year again when we start processing Lost and Found clothing retrieved from the Carmel Clay and Washington Township schools. We partner every year with St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Second Presbyterian Church and the North Mennonite Church to provide school supplies, new shoes, new blue jeans and all the clothing that we process. We care for approximately 1,200 children in the northern portion of Marion County. All this and more services are provided on July 28th.

Each year it takes a tremendous effort from the entire congregation to make B2SE a success.  It requires a number of activities during the course of the summer to prepare for the final event at St. Luke’s Methodist Church.  I have included below a schedule of those events and the number of people we need to achieve this goal.  They are as follows (sign up at bottom):

June 27th Weds. – 9:00 am – noon @ Northminster – Sorting & Hanging clothes – 10 people

July 13th Fri. – 5;00 - 7:30 pm – Family Friday Night - sorting & hanging

July 18th Weds. – 9:00 am – noon @ Northminster – Sorting & hanging clothes – 10 people

July 25th Weds. – 9:00am – noon @ Northminster – Inventory boxing & preparation – 20 people

July 27th Fri. – noon @ Northminster – Load Truck – 6 young people

July 27th Fri. – 4:00 – 6:00 pm @ St. Luke’s – Set up clothing store – 20 people

July 28th Sat. – 9:00 – noon – 1st shift at the store – 20 people

July 28th Sat. – Noon – 3:00 – 2nd Shift at the store – 20 people

This is an excellent opportunity for families to work together on a mission project.  Please be a part of the church team.

P.S.  Please do not forget the laundry bags of clothing to be washed in the Gathering Place.


Sign up online here.

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Jun 24

Umoja Project Update

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Sunday, June 24

Umoja Project Update

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Summer is a busy time of year for Global Interfaith Partnership! Their Duke Divinity School interns begin their time with the Umoja Project in Chulaimbo, Kenya, and they have some Indiana visitors as well. You can follow their adventures on their blog.

New Home for Bryan's Family
Bryan, one of Umoja Project's recent secondary school graduates, has had a particularly difficult spring. He lived in an earthen home with family members until torrential rains washed away much of the family compound, leaving Bryan and his extended family without any shelter.

Each summer, GIP hosts interns from Duke Divinity School, to work with Umoja Project staff and their partner schools. This year’s interns are raising funds to build a new home for Bryan and his family.  Construction should be completed this week. 

Welcome home, Bryan!

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Jun 24

Northminster Food Barrels

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Sunday, June 24

Northminster Food Barrels

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

Please consider making a contribution to the Northminster Food Barrels when coming to church on Sunday or any other convenient time. One barrel is located in the hallway across from the church office.  The other barrel used to be in the Narthex, but has been moved next to the southeast doors at the top of the ramp. 

Donated food is taken to Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. (2325 East New York Street), which provides basic human necessities and educational opportunities to support and empower at-risk children and families on the near eastside of Indianapolis.  The food is taken by the Deacons of Northminster every 6 to 8 weeks, or when full, to be included in the Westminster Food Pantry.

Food banks say the focus should be on “whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods” to help create healthy meals.  Instead of donating foods that are high in salt, sugar and highly processed grains, bring foods that are high in protein, healthy fats and whole grains instead.

The best non- perishable foods items to donate are:

1.  canned beans

2.  dry beans

3.  peanut butter, or other nut butters

4.  rolled oats

5.  canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

6.  canned vegetables, with no or low sodium

7.  low sodium soups

8.  canned tuna in water

9.  canned chicken

10.  brown rice

11.  quinoa

12.  nuts, unsalted

13.  seeds, unsalted

14. shelf stable milk and milk substitutes

15.  whole grain pasta

16.  low –sodium pasta sauce

17.  popcorn kernels

18.  unsweetened apple sauce

19.  canned stews, chilli

20.  whole grain, low sugar cold cereals

21. olive or canola oil

22.  canned tomatoes

23.  dried fruits, no sugar added

24.  honey

25.  chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock

Canned goods with pop-top lids are better than canned goods that require a can opener.  Avoid foods packaged in glass and don’t donate foods that are past the expiration date.

This is an on-going ministry of Northminster and the Deacons appreciate your participation.

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Jun 24

Northminster T-shirts for Sale

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Sunday, June 24

Northminster T-shirts for Sale

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

The Deacons are selling Northminster T-shirts again! This year's version will be in YELLOW and orders will arrive in time for everyone to wear their shirt to our 3rd Annual Day of Caring on September 16th. The shirts will be tagless and made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton. Adult shirts are $15 in sizes S - 4XL and Youth shirts are $10 in sizes XS - XL. You can place your order online here or by printing an order form and mailing your payment to the church office. Orders close August 28th with all proceeds benefiting the Deacons fund. 

Questions? Please email Barb Hill or call 317-850-4238.

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Jun 24

Church Leaders Needed

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Sunday, June 24

Church Leaders Needed

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

Your Congregational Nominating Committee is Working
Do you know a member of Northminster who is faithful in attendance and concerned with the care and nurture of our members?  We are looking for ten new deacons and one youth deacon to be involved in member care and community outreach.  The deacons meet five times a year on the second Tuesday night.  Deacons help with mission projects, School 55, Clothe-A-Child, and serving communion.  They also help us stay in touch with the homebound, provide transportation assistance, and make emergency meals.  This is not a position where you simply attend meetings.  Our deacons do hands on ministry.

Do you know a faithful church member who can see the big picture and provide visionary leadership for the future?  We need five elders to serve on the Session and one youth elder.  These people need to have the interest, the ability, and the time to attend session meetings each month on the third Tuesday, and to chair a Team, which meets the first Tuesday of the month.  This is not a job for observers.  We need folks who can step up and make things happen. Elders are expected to attend Presbytery meetings as needed and assist with communion and baptisms when requested.

Do you know a member of the church who understands numbers and people and money?  We need new directors for the Foundation Board.  These folks need to be able to understand investments and be generous in nature and practice.

Please pray for the future of our church and for the necessary leadership to guide us.  Then suggest names for the various positions.  You may put a note in the offering plate or leave it in the church office.

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Jun 24

Shakespeare and the Mysteries of Religion: Hamlet's Faith Journey

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Sunday, June 24

Shakespeare and the Mysteries of Religion: Hamlet's Faith Journey

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

Church member, Bill Dynes, will be leading this Adult Education class from 10:15 - 10:45 am, downstairs in the Board Room, on Sundays, beginning July 8.

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Jun 24

Trigger - the Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

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Sunday, June 24

Trigger - the Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Recent shootings at local schools have had an impact on children, parents and school staff.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has produced a video entitles "Trigger" that helps congregations to respond to such disasters. 


Learn more and find viewing locations.

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Jun 24

Family Friday Nights

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Sunday, June 24

Family Friday Nights

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

Please join the Christian Education team this summer for Friday evening fellowship activities.  Hoping for lovely summer weather we will share a pitch-in style fellowship picnic outdoors with a theme for the evening from 5:00 – 7:30pm.  Bring your family and something to share. All are welcome!

June 15th – Game Night.

July 13th - Mission Night.

August 24th – Open Mic Night.

Contact Maureen Wilson with questions:   or 317-251-9489 ext. 18.

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July 2018

Jul 19

NorthStars at Holliday Park

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Thursday, July 19

NorthStars at Holliday Park

Time: 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

There has been a change in the entertainment for the Holliday Park summer concert series.  Rather than Matt Roush, the Knot Brothers will now be performing.  (This change was made by the Indy Parks Department because Matt Roush is unable to perform.)  Please join the NorthStars and friends on Thursday, July 19th, at 6:15 pm, at Holliday Park (6363 Spring Mill Road), to listen to the Knot Brothers.  "Knot Brothers are a fusion of rap, rock, and electric dance music with the ability to play pop and indie acoustic sets as well.  This genre-binding duo makes audiences from all walks of music tap their toes to their tunes."  Come and share some fellowship with Northminster members or better yet, bring a friend.  Bring your own picnic dinner (a variety of food truck vendors will also be available), a blanket or chairs to sit on, and join us at 6:15.  We will have an area reserved for our group.  The concert begins at 7:00 and is free!  Also, be aware of weather conditions. Contact Marty or John Brooks at (317) 848-6995 or email us at by Tuesday, July 17th, to let us know who is coming.  Hope to see you there!

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August 2018

Aug 12

IHN Family Promise

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Sunday, August 12

IHN Family Promise

Time: 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church

On the first Sunday in June, the lectionary was from 1 Samuel 3.  After hearing his name called three times, Samuel finally answers, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening”.

At a time where compassion is needed, we invite you to listen to God’s call to assist Indianapolis families in need.  Our next week of hospitality for homeless families referred to us by IHN/Family Promise is August 12-19.

We need food preparers and servers, drivers, activity helpers, and overnight hosts, as well as set-up helpers, clean up helpers, and laundry assistance.  If you have not volunteered in the past, we would be glad to match you with an experienced volunteer, so you too can help and experience the gratification of compassion.

IHN Coordinators will be in the Gathering Place at 10 am and noon, beginning July 15.  Also look for on-line sign-ups beginning mid-July.

Our congregation has always listened and answered the call.  Let’s continue to serve these families. 

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