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Spirit @ SCC Newsletter Vol. 60

No. 3

February 14, 2017

Welcome New Members! On Sunday, January 29, 2017 we welcomed Bil & Linda Carter to Speedway Christian Church by transfer of membership.

Mission Trip Meeting Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., there will be a meeting for all who are interested in discussing the possibility of a summer mission trip. Participants in the trip must be at least 14 years of age, with some stipulations. This will be discussed at the meeting.

Week of Compassion Beginning Thursday, February 16 and continuing through Sunday, February 26, Week of Compassion will be emphasized in worship. Week of Compassion is the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Please prayerfully consider a financial contribution to this vital ministry.

Ash Wednesday Service Wednesday, March 1, 2017 7:00 p.m. Worship Service Ash Wednesday, March 1, begins the season of Lent. Please plan to join your church family for a this special service as Lent begins…. This is the beginning of the solemn time in the life of the church that leads us to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Prayer and reflection are the key elements of this worship experience. Ashes will be distributed to the congregants at the end of the service. Please plan to join us as our journey begins.

Lenten Faith Forum Begins March 5 Plan to join us for Seeing Ourselves in Those Confronted by Jesus, our 2017 Lenten Faith Forum beginning Sunday morning, March 5, at 9:15–10 a.m. We will explore Jesus relationship and encounters with the Pharisees, the Zealots, his disciples and others, and parallels to life today. Lead by Scott Cox and Randy Kuss. Hope to see you at the Forum!

All Elders—please plan to attend, Elder Meeting Sunday, February 26 @ 9:15 a.m.

Lenten Pancake Breakfast—February 26 You are invited to the annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored by our youth groups. Sunday, February 26, is the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Serving 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be taken. Drop by for pancakes and sausage as you also support our youth groups. Proceeds help fund youth trips, summer camps and more.

Trivia Time Saturday, March 4, 2017 3:00—6:00 p.m. Come one, come all and join us for trivia. Don Heller will be our host. It will be an fun evening of testing your knowledge in a team format. Snacks and beverages will be served. Sign-up in the Hall of Light. Please plan to join us—you will be glad you did!

Children’s Spring Musical Malice in the Palace—The Story of Esther Sunday, March 19, 2017 (during 10:15 a.m. Worship)

Please keep in Prayer Shirley Shoup Joyce Harting Doreen Harper Dick Richmond Mary Houldson Ray Norris Eric Anderson Don Strawser Erika Chambers-Martin Frances Miner (Bobbi Jones’ mother) David Anderson (Eric Anderson’s father) Meredith Morris (Christy Morris’ sister-in-law) Norma Wilson (Lisa Mosier’s mother)

Prayer List - If you would like to add a name to the worship bulletin and church newsletter, please contact the church office. In order to keep the list current, names will be removed after three weeks unless a request is made not to remove them.

~~~ Our Sympathy is extended to The Smith & DeLisle families upon the death of Pat’s father, Mark Singrey, Sr.,who passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2017. Services were held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Dick Schrock and family upon the death of Lera, who passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2017. Services were held Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

To the family of Gladys Singleton. who passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Services were held on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

March Home-Bound Birthdays Mar 4 Mar 11 Mar 26

Susan Ethridge Elizabeth Houser Verdell Baker

Thinking Out Loud... Thanks to all of our Elders for leading us in worship at the Thursday night worship service on February 2 and at both of the worship services on Sunday, February 5. The leadership of each of them in worship was wonderful. Some of you who are unable to come to worship get a copy of the entire Sunday 10:15 worship service each week. This is the case for the Elder-led service. If you are a regular attender but were absent from the Elder-led worship services, you can listen online to the “mini-sermons” given by three of our Elders (www.speedwaychristian.org). In the sermons by Ray Tice, Dorothy Webb, and Art Vermillion, I was struck by how each of them has a unique story of their journeys of faith. They grew up in different locations, and they have had different experiences. Each of their stories had its own flavor. This made listening to each of them very interesting. None of our stories is the same, but in some ways, our stories are the same. Our three Elders each spoke of God and how God has worked and continues to work in their lives. God is the one who unites our varied stories. As we look back at our lives, we see that they have been filled with many detours. Yet, there is a common thread, and that is the presence of God each step of the way. Even when we have been unaware of God’s presence or have doubted God’s presence, when we look back, each of us can see that God is the one constant. This is reason for great gratitude. Another way in which our stories are the same is the influence of the church on our lives. Ray, Dorothy, and Art spoke of the ways that various congregations, including Speedway Christian, have shaped them. The communities of faith of which they have been part have had profound influences on them. I’m sure that we can say the same. Even if we have moved away from some of the teachings and beliefs of a congregation from our past, that church may in some small ways influenced us for good. Since I have heard the stories of three of our Elders, I have been reflecting on my story. I encourage you to do the same with your story of faith. Just what is your story? How has God worked in your life? How have you changed and grown? How is God currently working in your life? Are you changing and growing in your relationship with God? These are some of the questions that the worship services led by our Elders have caused me to consider. I invite you to reflect on these questions, also. As we do, we might just be reminded that God is always with us, and this is cause for a giant, “Hallelujah!” Enjoy the journey, Scott

The E.D.G.E. (Elders Delivering God’s Encouragement) I have an app on my phone that provides daily devotions. This program delivers a different bible verse which leads to a topic to think about twice a day and sometimes it’s surprising how the current entry will relate to something I’ve been thinking about. For example, the entry from this morning comes from Romans 15:7 “Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” The thought that accompanies discusses the uncomfortable nature of being around difficult people or persons that we find to be “different”. This made me think of acts performed by someone that I have admired since I was a child, Mr. Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers was a man of faith who preached tolerance above all things. When asked to speak out against those who had beliefs or lifestyles that were deemed to be “different”, Mr. Rogers would look at this person and tell them, “God loves you just the way you are”. One of the things I love about Speedway Christian Church is the fact that our sign out front reads, “All are welcome”. I believe that we share the love of Christ with those around us when we keep an open mind and get to know someone for who they are instead of relying on first impressions or what we may at first believe to be true. As Valentine’s Day approaches I plan to do two things; convince Laura that the box of chocolates was already half eaten when I got it at the store and give the continuing gift of acceptance to those around me whether I know them or not so I can live my life where “All are Welcome”. ~ Ray Tice

Souper Bowl of Caring was a great success, raising $576.50 to be used to support our congregation’s work with St. John’s Food Pantry and also support Week of Compassion. The Youth Band got back in the swing of things with their first Spring rehearsal on Sunday, February 12. They are working towards playing in worship later in March. Pancake Breakfast is coming up February 26. Youth can sign up for work shifts at the next youth meeting. And thanks to the Thompson and Whittaker families for feeding us last Sunday! Looking Ahead:  Feb 19 – Chi Rho & CYF 5:45-7:30 p.m.  Feb 26 – Pancake Breakfast no evening meetings)

As a reminder, please help us …. To ensure your giving contributions are accounted for correctly, we ask that you help us by writing separate checks for each fund contribution. Since the funds are accounted for separately, this will help to make the accounting process clearer and more efficient. If you do write one check for your giving contribution, and the check amount is for more than the general operating fund, such as renovation, please be sure to note on the check and the envelope the amount going to each fund. As always, we appreciate your understanding. Any questions please contact Wilma or Jennifer in the church office at 317-244-7656.

Capital Campaign Pledge Envelopes Souper Bowl of Caring Thank you! Big thanks to the generous super star players in the Souper Bowl of Caring from Speedway Christian Church!! Your gifts came to $576.50. Our youth have chosen to give these gifts to feed the hungry locally through St. John’s Food Pantry and globally through Week of Compassion’s work in Haiti.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the bake sale. We made $305.00! These funds will go towards the purchase of new liquid candles, needed for the sanctuary candle operas. Just amazing! Teresa Gorrell, CWF President

Renovation Gift Envelopes are available for pick-up in the Hall of Light. Thank you for your generous and faithful gifts!

Stewardship/Finance 2017 Approved Budget: $505,739.00 2017 Required to Date (2/12/2017)…….. $ 66,795.72 (to meet approved budget) 2017 Received to Date (2/12/2017) ............. .. $ 56,979.81 2017 Year to Date (Shortfall as of 2/12/2017) $ Offering February 5, 2017 February 12, 2017

$ 9,928.00 $ 9,196.00

9,815.91

Attendance 239 208

Speedway Christian Church 5110 West 14th Street Speedway, Indiana 46224

Speedway Christian Church 2017 Church Board Moderator: Vice Moderator: Treasurer: Secretary:

Allen Pearcy Ray Tice Richard Hoerger Sally Henzie

Committee Chairs: Christian Education: Evangelism:

Laura Tice Hannah McDonald, Lisa Mosier, Kelly Ward Membership: Open Personnel: Don Pirtle Property: Matt Holton Public Relations: Marilyn Shank Stewardship & Finance: Open World Outreach: Rich Hoerger Worship & Fine Arts: Sally Henzie Sr. Trustee: Sally Weiss Trustees: Chuck Henzie, Bill Harting, Chuck Bennett Perpetual Fund Trustees: Dick Richmond, Michi Yochum, Fred Hoerger Elders: Angie Smith, Tom Smith, Joe Edmiston, Bob Oeth, Joy Rose, Ray Tice, Art Vermillion, Dorothy Webb, Carmel Grimes, Georgia Stackhouse, Teresa Gorrell, Melanie Heaviland, Richy Condre, Susan Hollis Deacons: Heather Dietzer, Hannah McDonald, Stesha Williams, Darren Yochum, Stephen Dietzer, Cindy Foxworthy, Marcia Hodges, Paul McDonald, Donna Pingleton, Roger Pingleton, Marcia Robinson, Dick Schrock, Bill Scott, Laura Tice, Alison Scott, Jeff Hammer Youth Deacons: Ashley Holton, Kyle Smith

The church office will be closed Monday, February 20, 2017 in observation of President’s Day.

Periodicals Postage Paid at Indianapolis, IN

Worship Schedules Weekly worship schedules will no longer be published in the newsletter. The weekly schedules will be posted on the narthex bulletin board located above the service leader desk. As done in the past—advance notice to those serving will continue to be relayed. Information will be relayed by telephone, email and/or quarterly schedules sent by the elder chair, deacon chair, CWF chair, etc., to those who are scheduled to serve as worship leaders, elders, deacons, service leaders, sound techs, preparing & cleaning up communion, and those serving communion.

Full Official Board Retreat Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:30 a.m. — Noon All 2017 Board Members Officers, Trustees, Elders, Deacons, Department Chairs—are asked to attend.

Church - Emergency on Call Contact Friday, February 17 — Monday, February 20 Scott Cox 502-316-3085 Friday, February 24 — Sunday February 26 Marge Graham 317-313-5337

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