Wednesday, March 11, 2015

English New Language Classes

Beginning on Monday, April 6 2015 Crooked Creek Baptist Church will be offering English as a New Language classes to the public.  Classes will run on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. and also on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m.  There is no cost to attend these classes.  For more information, a full schedule of classes for April-May, or to register for classes you may contact the church at 317-251-7804 or at

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ESL Tutor Training

I wanted to let you know of a Tutor training event for possible ESL (English as Second Language) tutors that is coming up in the month of February.  Indy Reads is sponsoring training on the evenings of February 17,19,24, and 26 from 6-9 p.m.  All 4 of these sessions must be attended.  There is a cost associated with the training of $25.  Crooked Creek Baptist has received a grant to cover the costs for the ESL tutor training.  To receive this benefit you must contact Tom Bartley to coordinate registrations.

The tutor training is the next step for us to offer ESL classes at Crooked Creek Baptist.  Although we plan to target the communities that worship in our building we will be opening these classes for anyone who would like to attend.  Crooked Creek Elementary is also interested in promoting this ministry for us at their school to assist some of the parents of their students.

I know that a few of you have expressed an interest in helping with this next step in our ministry.  I personally view this as an extension of what takes place with our Manna ministry.  Instead of just feeding hungry people, we will be helping them to take care of their own selves.  Improved English opens the door to better and more diverse employment.  It will improve their chance for furthering their own education and that of their children.  It offers a different kind of hope that lasts beyond the temporary feeling of a full stomach provided at Manna.  I believe it is taking the command to "give them something to eat" further along the plan Jesus had when he first issued this command to his disciples.

So if you feel called to help with this ministry, please check your calendars to see if you can make this time work for you.  If not, please let me know and we will look at other ways to get this training made available.  Thanks for your service and for your willingness to be used by God the ministry of Crooked Creek Baptist.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Eve Service

Crooked Creek Baptist will be offering a Christmas Eve Service at 7:00 p.m. The Christmas story will be read, lots of special music, and the choir from Grace Tabernacle (A church of refugees from the Congo) will also be singing in the service. The service will conclude with the the candlelight sharing of Silent Night. 
Crooked Creek Baptist is located at 5540 N Michigan Rd, just a little south of Kessler on Michigan.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Decorating the Church

On Sunday, November 23, immediately following worship we will be decorating the church building for the Christmas season!  Volunteers are welcome to join us to set up the large Christmas tree and other decorations all over the building.  We anticipate this process will take between 2-3 hours with enough helpers!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014



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.




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 (


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.