Friday Newsletter March 17, 2023

March 17, 2023

Worship At John Knox this Sunday!

You're invited to join us this Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 10:00 am for our Morning Worship Service. If you'd like to join us online for worship, you can do so through Facebook Live. Click here to watch our streaming live services. So that you know, you do not have to have a Facebook account to view our services. Our scriptures this Sunday: Mark 5: 24-34

Join Us for: 
10:00 am Worship Service in a blended style
11:00 am Intergenerational & Adult Church School 

Jeff Gillispie's Departure as Director of Music

The Personnel Committee and Pastor Beth want to share that they received and accepted the resignation of Music Director Jeff Gillespie effective March 26. It is a tradition of this congregation to offer a “love “gift when a staff member departs. If you would like to make a financial contribution to this gift. Simply make a check out to John Knox and put Gift for Jeff in the memo line. These contributions are due by March 24 so that we may present this gift in our Sunday morning worship on the 26th, Jeff's last Sunday.   

NO Coffee With Pastor Beth this week, she is taking a week off

The NEXT Coffee Shop office hours are March 29, from 10–12 pm at The Spark on the corner of 14th and Main Street in Speedway, IN! (Parking in Back) Join me for coffee, tea, and conversation. 

Let Your Life Speak Lenten Book

Rev. Parker Palmer shares deep wisdom in Let Your Life Speak, and this book is a great companion to our Lenten listening journey together. Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation is available on Amazon in hardcopy or Kindle versions (there are also several used book options). We will meet on Wednesdays during Lent (starting on March 1) at 7 pm at the church and on ZOOM.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 587 451 4508
Check with pastors if you need a passcode

Devotions for Lent

We are so pleased to be utilizing the devotional, “Bless the Lent we Actually Have 40 Days to Reflect, Pray, and Bless Our Imperfect Lives.”  Written and edited by Kate Bowlen, Jessica Richie, Brenda Thompson, and Harriet Putman. Kate and Jessica were co-authors of last year’s Lenten Study Book “Good Enough”.  Each week we will be focusing on a concept from the devotional, and we invite you to use it as a daily devotional, with the exception of Sundays (this is traditionally how the “40 days of Lent” are calculated. Devotionals are available for pick up on the table outside the sanctuary.

Landscape Workday

The landscape crew will be mulching Saturday, March 25 starting at 9am. We would appreciate any help anyone is able to provide with this project.  If you are interested, bring gloves, garden and leaf rakes, shovels, and a wheelbarrow if you have one.  In case of rain, we have Saturday, April 1 at 9am as an alternate date.  Thank you for any help you can provide.

 Special Offering

One Great Hour of Sharing.  100% of your donations go to the PCUSA for their use in fighting hunger, and disasters and towards the development of faith practices throughout our world. Donations will be collected on Palm Sunday, April 2nd, 2023.  The need is great and your generosity is appreciated beyond words.  
The Mission Team

Palm Sunday - April 2 

Worship on Palm Sunday is at 10 am - Intergenerational and Adult Church School at 11 am.  Celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  We will also dedicate the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on this day.

Easter Flower Orders

The Chancel Guild is now taking orders for Easter flowers. We will not have lilies this year due to our interim pastor’s allergy to them; however, we will be obtaining daffodils and tulips which we hope will be in bloom for Easter Sunday.  The cost is $10.00 per plant, and orders need to be submitted by April 2. Please submit payment at the time of your order and mark “Easter Flowers” on your envelope or check.

Maundy Thursday - April 6 - 7 pm
This service will include music, scripture, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Worshippers will have an opportunity to walk the Protestant Stations of the Cross. 

The Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross, also known as the Way of Sorrows or the Via Crucis, refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying scripture and prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, which is a traditional processional route symbolizing the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The objective of the stations is to help the Christian faithful to make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion Story of Christ. It’s one of the most popular devotions and the stations can be found in many Western Christian churches including Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic.

Good Friday - April 7 - 7 pm
Speedway Baptist Church (2986 Moller Rd, Speedway, IN 46224) is hosting the community Good Friday Service.  We will worship with the Speedway/Westside Community Churches, as the service is led by area ministers and lay leaders in our community.

Easter Festival - April 8 - 9 am
Spring is almost here and that means it is time to invite your family and friends for a morning of games, crafts, breakfast, and an interactive walk-through Holy Week for children in our church and community.
Please volunteer to help by signing up on the bulletin board outside the office. We also need empty, clean egg cartons, CANDY, and items for breakfast. If you have any questions, please see Lisa Crismore. Thanks for making this outreach event to our community a success!

Easter Sunday - April 9 
Worship  Easter Sunday is at 10 am; There will be no Church School for the Intergenerational Class.  The adult Church School Class will meet today. Join us as we celebrate God’s victory over death with Jesus’ resurrection!

Please Protect Your Neighbor
As we monitor the Covid virus, we see an increase in cases in our area and flu and RSV. Just a reminder that if you are not feeling well, even if you think it is something as simple as a cold, PLEASE STAY HOME and worship via Facebook. As usual, masks and hand sanitizer are available in several locations at the church. Let's keep everyone safe and healthy.


Sundays at 10am with an offering of fellowship or Church School at 11am

John Knox Presbyterian Church
3000 North High School Road | Indianapolis, Indiana 46224
(317) 291-0308