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Park a Car, Save a Life

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

No Mosquitos!Did you know that one person dies from malaria every thirty seconds?

We have the opportunity to help change those alarming numbers for the better. In May, we’re going to donate our time to help direct cars to parking at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. By doing that, we can raise funds to provide mosquito nets, which help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne malaria.

The money will go to support mosquito net manufacturing and distribution by the New Community Project, a nonprofit Christian organization that provides assistance to people and communities in need around the world. Representatives from NCP visited Jesus MCC in September 2007, as we began to explore ways Jesus MCC can make a positive difference for some of the neediest people around the world.


Library Grand Opening: May 17!

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

It’s been a long time coming — but it’s finally here!  The hopes and dreams of many people are being realized with the grand opening of the Jesus MCC Church Library!

Much of the initial collection was donated by Dennis and Sammy Wellman, and many others have donated books, hard work, and many hours to make this worthy project happen.

We’ll be open for the first time on Sunday, May 17, between the morning services and after the 11:00 am service, and at 5:00 pm, before the evening service.  Join us in celebration!

Watch your bulletin for opportunities for service in the library, and a list of needed books and resources.

A Visit to the Sudan:
Great Need, and Glimmers of Hope

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

In January, Becca Huttsell, a member of Jesus MCC’s Missions Board, took a two-week trek to the country of Sudan, Africa. She went at the invitation of New Community Project (NCP), a nonprofit Christian organization that provides assistance to people and communities in need around the world.

David Radcliff is the Founder and Director of NCP. He visited Jesus MCC in September 2007, as we began to explore ways Jesus MCC can make a positive difference for some of the neediest people around the world.

Becca says about her trip, “What I learned is that the people in southern Sudan require continued aid, protection and humanitarian assistance due to injustice and atrocities. They have suffered in silence and invisibility for too long. I pray that we, the congregation of Jesus MCC, will find a way to bring hope to the people in this troubled land.”

New Community Project has found a way to be the hands and feet of God in action. Heads are now raised that once bowed low.

After we have gathered enough information, the Missions Board will prepare a proposal for how we can help. Continue reading for Becca’s complete report.

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Art Auction April 19!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Dinner, Art Show, and Auction!

Childhood Memories—Adult Dreams!

That’s the theme for our 2008 Art Auction, and you won’t want to miss it! This Auction will raise funds for our Children’s and Missions Ministries.

This Auction is not just a fundraiser, it’s an event! We’ll have an over-the-top extravaganza beginning with the art preview and amazing food at 6:00 pm.

We will bring back fond memories of childhood, with a gourmet twist on favorite foods from another era. We’ll be entertained by a magician, a balloon artist and a face painter, then the auction will begin at 7:30 pm.

Kids under 13 are admitted free—but please let us know they’re coming, so we can make arrangements.

Tickets are on sale at the church on Sundays for $20, or patron packages of 10 tickets for $150. To reserve tickets or to advertise in the auction program, please email us.

Family Oasis Update

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Exciting news! The brand new Family Oasis that kicked off last month with a three week trial was a smashing success. We had an average of 15 adults and 8 children each week! Those families who joined us on this brave new adventure have decided to continue meeting every other Wednesday as the Family Oasis.

We will be starting fresh this Wednesday, February 27 with the study of a wonderful book, On Being a Gay Parent by Brett Webb-Mitchell. This book deals with complicated issues such as coming out to your kids, navigating the school system and the challenges your children might face there, surviving the holidays, and much more. The best part — it’s written with a Christian perspective.

For more info, contact Melody Merida at (317) 722-0000 or, or just join us on Wednesday evening.

Holy Week at Jesus MCC

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Devotions for Holy Week: During Holy Week, we’ll offer several special devotionals as part of Be Still and Know.

Easter Egg Hunt, March 15, 11:00 am to noon. All kids are invited to join us for cool games, exciting prizes and lots of eggs to find!

Palm Sunday Service, March 16, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 6:00 pm, to mark the start of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday Service, March 20, 7:00 pm. We will gather to celebrate a traditional Jewish Seder meal, which marks the start of Passover. This is the meal Jesus would have shared with his followers the night before his death. Maundy Thursday is a “hands on” way to connect the Old Testament stories with the New Testament resurrected Christ.

Good Friday Service, March 21, 7:00 pm. A somber, contemplative service with stunning music and drama.

Have you ever thought about what Jesus’ disciples thought and felt when their Master was betrayed and crucified? That will be the focus of our powerful Good Friday Service.

We’ll hear from John and Peter about what appeared to be the loss of their dreams. They will show us what that group of Jesus followers experienced as that Passover weekend unfolded. Their lives would be altered forever, as their dreams were nailed to the cross with their Messiah. Join us for The Loss of a Dream.

Easter Services, March 23, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 6:00 pm. Join us as we celebrate together the power of resurrection!

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Black History Celebration Sunday!

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Sunday February 24, at all 3 worship services — A Celebration of Black History!

  • Gospel Choir
  • Praise Dance Team
  • Deacon Robert Ferguson will be preaching.
  • Soulfood Potluck after the 11:00 am service (bring a side dish to share).
  • Catered Fried Chicken Dinner after the 6:00 pm service.

Invite your friends!

TRANSFORMation Oasis

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Where do you fit in?  What is your hope?  Where do you find love?  Where does God fit into your life?  Here is the place to come to feel safe from the world and to open your heart.  Express — Live — Discover.  Together let’s find that wonderful person within.

This new Oasis begins Sunday, February 3, at 3:00 pm. All are welcome!  This Oasis is open to

  • Anyone living as a transgender person,
  • Those whose interests and expressions are outside of typical cultural norms for their birth gender, and
  • Those seeking to better understand.

New Navajo Nation Ministry Team

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Do you like working with people from different cultures? Are you fulfilled when you can help others to help themselves? Do you realize how blessed we are, and would you like to share those blessings with others? If so, you may be interested in a new Ministry Team that is being formed — The Navajo Nation Ministry Team.


New Middle-School Class Begins January 20

Friday, January 18th, 2008

On Sunday, January 20, we’re kicking off an exciting program for sixth- to eighth-graders! The group will meet at 11:00 am on Sundays, plus there will be plenty of social, service, and retreat outings. Using outstanding resources and a variety of texts, this program will be honest, relevant, and fun.


You’re Invited to the Annual Congregational Dinner!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

You are cordially invited to a dinner to be held at our Church on Thursday evening, January 24, at 7:00 pm. The dinner is free and will provide a wonderful opportunity for getting acquainted and building friendships. The menu will feature homemade Ravioli (both meat and cheese). After dinner, Pastor Jeff will share:

  • An assessment of our strengths and weaknesses as a Church;
  • Proposed church-wide goals for 2008; and
  • Existing and proposed church staff structure.

After the briefing, Pastor Jeff and the Board will ask for feedback, questions, and comments. The information shared at the dinner will help us prepare fully for our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 27, at 12:30 pm. Make sure you’re in the loop! You must RSVP if you plan to attend the dinner — either fill out the form in Sunday’s bulletin, or email the church office.

Building Strong Families

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Being a parent can be the most thrilling, heart wrenching, and rewarding experience you’ll ever have. But the truth is, parenthood is the easy part — all you need to do is to have a child. Parenting calls for real soul searching and a willingness to ask difficult questions. Parenting demands a clear understanding of what we’re doing and why. It’s not for the faint of heart!

Beginning Wednesday, January 30 at 6:00 pm, and continuing on February 6 and 13, we will kick off our Family Oasis program with a three-week exploration of parenting to understand the ways your family history shaped you and how that history affects you as a parent. We will develop a perspective on parenting that allows us as parents to make intentional choices about the kind of family life we want to have. Those who hope to become parents are also welcome.

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And there’s something for the kids too! We will offer nursery care for the younger children, and fun and exciting children’s group activities for children between kindergarten and 5th grade. We will have dinner together as a group and then disperse into our smaller groups. Dinner will be free.

Register today for your family’s spot in this exciting new program, and take a positive step toward building a strong family. To register, fill out the form in Sunday’s bulletin, or email Melody Merida or call her at (317) 722-0000.

Thank You for sharing at Christmastime!

Friday, December 28th, 2007

click to enlarge!Thank you for your incredible generosity! Because of you, many people have had a brighter Christmas.

Through our Giving Tree tradition, 175 gifts were given to Indiana Youth Group and clients of the Damien Center.

And on December 15, our Homeless Ministry served breakfast and gave gifts and treats to our homeless neighbors at Horizon House. The Team served 150 hearty breakfast casseroles, which were purchased at cost from a caterer, using funds from the Homeless Ministry budget and some special donations. They also distributed 200 vouchers for free meals that were donated by McDonald’s, and 160 goodie bags filled with candy and cookies.

Relationships 101 Workshop offered January 19

Friday, December 21st, 2007

It’s pretty amazing, really, that any of us are able to sustain relationships. Yet we do. Some of us enjoy long, meaningful, rich relationships full of love and life. Others of us live in cocoons where we protect our love from what we perceive as harmful forces such as employers, churches, neighbors, families, and our friends. No one knows our love exists. Yet it does. More of us, however, weave our way in and out of relationships seeking answers and understanding. Searching. Floundering. Fearing. Exploring. Enjoying. Wondering… Am I meant to settle down, to commit forever? Is it possible to create life-long relationships? Is there anyone sane out there to date? If so, where are they?

Join Michele O’Mara, LCSW, on January 19 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm here at the church to learn some of the following important lessons about love and relationships:

  • Understand love and attraction and the impact of body chemistry on love,
  • Identify the natural and healthy stages of relationship development,
  • Know your personal relationship vision and how to attract and keep the partner you desire, and
  • Develop basic how-to steps for your personal relationship success.

Cost is $30 per person, and partial scholarships are available. To register, go to Michele O’Mara’s website and register for Relationship Workshop 101.

If you need a scholarship, please see Melody Merida, or contact her at or (317) 722-0000.

This workshop is required for those who are planning weddings or Holy Unions at Jesus MCC in 2008!

Search Begins for New Worship Arts Minister

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Last week we launched our national search for a Worship Arts Minister! You can download a complete job description and posting pdf document . Please share this with anyone you think may be interested.

Our search will be aggressively proactive. We will post throughout our denomination, in all regional music schools, and on web sites for church musicians and worship leaders. We will also actively network through musicians and worship leaders who are known to us personally. If you have a good lead, please email

Applications will be accepted through January 31 and interviews conducted in February, with a view toward making a selection in March. In the interim, our worship music program and choirs will be led by our accompanist, Jason Saylor. Jason is a gifted, formally trained musician who is generously taking on these extra duties despite working a very demanding full-time job.

We are searching for someone who can help us take our already wonderful worship services to a new level of impact, building on the foundation laid over the past decade. Let’s each of us begin now to lift prayers that God will bring us exactly the right person!

Webcast is up and running!

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Great news! Our sermon webcast is now up and running! Each Sunday’s sermon is now posted by Wednesday of that week.

Many thanks go to everyone who has contributed to make this happen, including our Media Team, which does incredible work each week! Please lift this endeavor in prayer — may it reach out to those who are seeking a message of God’s love.

Still to come:

  • Television-style intro and exit segments.
  • a software upgrade that will improve several functions.
  • same-day access: soon, we’ll have a team in place that will make the video and audio sermons available on Sunday afternoon. If you’d like to be part of this technical, behind-the-scenes team, please email the web manager.

Check out the webcast here:

We welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions — please email or call the office.

Christmas Events at Jesus MCC!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

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Mark your calendar! If you have questions, please email the church office or call (317) 722-0000.

Our traditional Giving Tree items are available for you to take from the tree in the social hall. We’ll buy gifts for Indiana Youth Group and clients of the Damien Center.

Couples’ social event: Holiday Progressive Dinner on Saturday, December 1, at 6:00 pm. As of November 18, this event has sold out!

First Sunday of Advent is December 2.


Going to the Navajo Nation, October 20-27

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

A week of hard work — housing repairs and working with adults and children with developmental disabilities — and building friendships and sharing the love of Christ. Jesus MCC’s first-ever missions trip is summarized in the photos below.

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Take the Spiritual Life Survey

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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There’s nothing more important to our church than your spiritual growth. Whether you’re just starting to explore the Christian faith, or you’re a long-time follower of Jesus, we want to do everything we can to help you on your spiritual journey.

That’s why we need your help.

We’re asking you to go to the link given below to take the REVEAL Spiritual Life Survey, which asks questions about your spiritual life and the role Jesus MCC plays in it. This survey is a unique research effort that involves hundreds of churches around the country.

The survey touches on a wide range of thought-provoking issues, and will take about 20 minutes to complete.

  • This survey is completely anonymous. An expert third-party research organization will aggregate your input with responses from thousands of other people, so your survey will not be viewed individually.
  • You will not be solicited for any products or services as a result of taking this survey.
  • Your email address will not be distributed to another party.

We’ll close the survey on November 26 and begin crunching and interpreting the information. Take the survey here.

If you run into problems while taking the survey, please email

f you have questions about Jesus MCC’s participation in this survey, email, or call the church office.

Our First Missions Trip — Going to the Navajo Nation

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

October 23, 2007
Day Four

Our team has limited internet access, but they are trying to see what they can do to send updates.

One of the team members, in a brief phone call, indicated that today went very well at the two homes where they are working, and three people will start helping with the disabled tomorrow.

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The Missions Team on location — day one.


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