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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Invitation


Friends,

I write this as we are about to begin the month of my favorite phrase, NOVEMBERSHIP!  Please, bear with me.

Many years ago I left my home church because of frustration over the church as an institution over the church as a vehicle for service.  I was disenfranchised by the people whom I perceived as those who thought church attendance was only meant to be a blessing for themselves instead of this and a call to become a blessing to others.  I returned to church life, and eventually became a pastor because I came to believe the only way to change this truth was to become involved in the solution.  In my years of service, I have come to discover that not everyone has been institutionalized by the church- there remain devoted servants of God.  Even though my perception has changed, I still believe this is a problem the “Church” faces.  I have had so many misguided conversations about what the church needs to do to survive and not enough conversations about what God would have our local church do.

In my time as pastor of Crooked Creek Baptist (6 years and counting) I believe that we have begun to address this important issue.  Our ministry to hungry people in our community through Manna meals, our partnership with 2 separate communities worshiping in our building (Congolese refugees and a Hispanic community), our support and work in local and international missions is revealing a community of believers dedicated to making a difference by living the gospel message to declare the love of God in word AND deed. 

And I long to share this community with you.  I believe that you will be blessed by any association you have with us.  I believe that we have much to offer you and your family and I also believe that YOU have gifts and skills which will increase the diverse set of interests, services, and ministries we can offer.  It is why I am inviting you to join us for this special month of Novembership!  We will be talking about this call to serve, about the Presence of God in our lives, and worship as a response to this Presence. 

Now, I know for some of you I might be asking you to drive a distance.  Crooked Creek Baptist worships on Michigan Rd, just south of Kessler Blvd every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.  But I believe that the experience of worship, the power of our community, and the practiced love of God will be more valuable than the time and gasoline consumed to join us.  I also know that some of you might have an affiliation with another church- and I need to be clear that this letter is not an effort to derail your commitment to that community.

But if you, like myself, have become frustrated by the church as an institution and are seeking an opportunity to talk/think/ and practice faith as service and ministry then I invite you to come and check out the ministries of Crooked Creek Baptist.  If you have not been attending a church recently then I invite you to try it out again or for the first time.  I truly believe that we have a chance to completely transform the lives of so many people and you can help us in this process.  Not only will we be able to impact the lives of so many people in need but we will also ourselves be changed as we serve.

Friends, this is not just a letter to encourage you to come to church for this month where I use (and abuse) the phrase Novembership…  This is what I believe is the highest calling we have as human beings.  I hope you will consider what more you can be in your life by serving this Loving God.

 

Thanks,

 

Tom Bartley

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Kids At Play


Dear Parents and Kids involved in “Kids at Play”,

Kids at Play is a program that is designed to be more than just Nerf Wars and playing with Legos.  It is also an opportunity to teach our children about the responsibility of living in a nation as great as our own.  We will be focusing on some different mission and service projects during the course of our time together (a future date of October 26 is reserved for rolling white cross bandages!) and our first project will involve assembling boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  A link to this can be found here:




We would like to pack AT LEAST 4 shoeboxes this year (note:  we will make as many boxes as we have supplies to fill!)!  One for a boy and girl for age groups 5-9 and 10-14.  We would like to pack these boxes on Sunday, October 19 and would like to ask for your help with this.  We would like to fill these boxes with toys, gifts, toothbrushes,  and other simple hygiene products (toothbrush and toothpaste, travel shampoo, etc…)  Please note that we are asked NOT to include any food items (no candy either) in these boxes. 

We would like to ask the kids to go shopping for a few items to donate for each gender and age group.  If you would like to fill a box on your own please let us know and we can help you with this process.  We have already had a church member agree to cover the cost of shipping of these Operation Christmas Child boxes! 

Thanks for considering this project and for your help with “Kids At Play”.  We believe the children joining us are learning about so much more than just playing.  This would not be possible without YOU!

If you have any questions feel free to contact me either by phone (317-670-4313) or email (tbartley@ymail.com)

Thanks,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Free Breakfast Saturday, September 20

This Saturday morning from 9:30-11 a.m. Crooked Creek Baptist will be offering a free hot breakfast in Fellowship Hall. There will also be a small food pantry that anyone is welcome to visit. Around the church we call this program Manna. We offer it because we believe that God calls us to serve the needs of our community and many in our local community struggle to provide enough food for their families.

But its only a symptom indicative of a greater need. Please join with us in thinking about ways we can tackle the causes of such need instead of just the need.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Church Picnic

You are invited to join the members and friends of Crooked Creek Baptist this Sunday, September 7 for their annual church picnic and cookout.  Great food, fellowship, and live entertainment will be offered.  The picnic will start immediately following the 10:45 worship service.  If you plan to join us for worship we encourage you to come in your favorite "picnic" attire!  The choir from Grace Tabernacle will be sharing with us in our service and the Indy Adult Show Choir will offer us live music at the picnic!

Hope to see you then!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kids at Play cooks/meal facilitators needed...


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kids at Play

Crooked Creek Baptist is pleased to announce a new fall programming event for kids that will be meeting on Sunday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Kids at Play: will be an evening of games (Nerftastic Adventures will continue as part of this), Bible study, mission projects and education, and other projects.  Dinner will be provided each week for kids (and their families that remain) for a suggested donation of $4.  The dates for these gatherings are:


September 14, 21, 28
October 19, 26
Nov 2, 9 16
 
On Sunday, November 23 in our regular worship service the children will be taking part in worship, sharing the results of their work and education, as well as other gifts and skills developed as part of these meetings (Example:  We will be working on a choral piece for this Sunday)!
 
There is no need to register for these events and all children old enough to be in school from 1st grade up are welcome.  For more information please contact Tom Bartley either by phone, 317-251-7804, or electronically at tbartley@ymail.com
 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wilderness Escape VBS July 7-10 9-12 noon

Crooked Creek Baptist is pleased to announce its Vacation Bible School program offered on July 7-10 from 9 am to 12 noon!  This VBS program will focus on the story of Moses and the Israelites escape from Egypt and travels through the Wilderness as God leads them towards the Promised Land.

Children from ages 4 through 6th grade are welcome to attend!  You can pre-register by calling the church office at 317-251-7804 or by showing up in person on Monday, July 7 at 9:00 a.m.  Our VBS will feature activities such as games, music, crafts, snacks, and stories and promises to be both educational AND entertaining!

Our special mission project for this week will be:


VBS Homeless Kits:

This year for the Crooked Creek Baptist Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School, we will be making sock kits to share with the homeless.  On the last day of Vacation Bible School, children will have a chance to assemble these kits!  But this can only happen with the right supplies.  To assemble these kits we are looking to collect a variety of items that will all fit into one sock.  Children and families are invited to help us by bringing in these items where we will check them off each day until our goal is reached.  Here are the suggested items we can use in these sock kits.

ALL of these items should be travel sized to insure they will fit into a sock:

1.       40 bottles of shampoo

2.       40 sticks of deodorants (for men and women)

3.       40 bottles of hand sanitizer

4.       40 tubes of sunscreen

5.       40 packs of wet wipes/cleansing towels

6.       40 tubes of lip balm (Chapstick, etc..)

7.       40 packages of tissues (Kleenex)

8.       40 bottles of lotion

9.       40 bottles of mouthwash

10.   40 packs of toothbrush/toothpaste (Either separate or packaged together)

11.   80 granola bars (please nothing more than chocolate chips- think about what chocolate does in a hot car)

12.   80 small boxes of raisins

13.   40 individual packs of fruit (applesause, etc…)

14.   40 packs of chewing gum

 

Donations can be brought to the front of the sanctuary each day and children will have a chance to mark off on our poster the items they have brought in to donate.

Please note:  after these kits are assembled on Thursday, July 10 you will have an option of taking a Homeless Sock Kit with you.  The idea for these kits is to share them with the homeless people that are so often begging on street corners or in medians alongside the road.  We advise you to use caution in sharing this kit and ALWAYS make sure it is an adult who hands the sock kit out of the window.