Friday Newsletter - May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021 | Frank Mansell

Giving Thanks for Moms

This Sunday at John Knox

You are invited to join us for worship - either in-person or online - at 9:00am or 11:00am this Sunday, May 9, 2021. If you wish to join us online for either service, you may do so through Facebook Live and our website. Click here for the order of service and link to watch the 9:00am service; click here for the order of service and link to watch the 11:00am service. On this Mother's Day, we give thanks for the women in our lives who have served as mentors in the faith and guided us along our journey. We also give thanks this Sunday as we will welcome new members into the fellowship of John Knox - Barbara Austin, Janet Norris, and Teresa Gorrell. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Congregational Meeting - Sunday, May 9 - 10:15am

The Session has called a congregational meeting for this Sunday, May 9, at 10:15am for the purpose of dissolving the pastoral call between John Knox and Rev. Frank Mansell effective May 31, 2021 and approving the Covenant of Closure that was published in the April Tidings (while Frank’s last Sunday is May 16, he will use vacation time the remainder of the month so that his ending date of employment is May 31). The meeting will be held in-person and on Zoom - click here for the link to join the Zoom meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to talk to Pam Herman, Clerk of Session, or Frank Mansell.

Margaret Wilson Scholarship Applications

The Margaret Wilson Scholarship applications were mailed out on April 5 to all prospective students. The applications for the scholarships will be available on the church’s website at and in the office for pick-up. Please be aware that the deadline for the scholarship applications to be submitted is May 9. They MUST be postmarked by May 6 or emailed to Lisa Crismore by May 9. If emailing your application, please use  . If you have any questions, please contact Lisa.

Frank's Goodbye Celebration – Saturday, May 15 – 5pm

The time is drawing near for us to say good-bye to Frank and his family and celebrate our last eighteen years together. Frank’s last day with us will be on Sunday, May 16. We would like to invite you to join us on Saturday evening, May 15 at 5pm, (weather permitting) to honor Frank and his family and the time served with us in ministry together. We will gather in the parking lot at church and bring our own picnic food. This will be similar to the tail-gate picnic we had in the fall when we burned the mortgage. All attending will need to practice social distancing and wear a mask when not eating. A rain date has been set for Sunday, May 16 at noon following the second service. If it rains both days, it will be unfortunate, but we will not be able to have this event.

Pentecost Offering / Pyoca Scholarships

We will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost on May 23, and on that day we will dedicate the Pentecost Offering, one of the four special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This offering goes to support children, youth, and young adults throughout the church, and at John Knox we keep 40% of what is given to help send children and youth to summer camp at Pyoca Camp and Retreat Center. Pyoca is holding summer camp in-person this year, and we have at least seven children and youth from John Knox who will be attending. As in past years, we would love to send these children to camp at no cost to their families. Please consider making a financial contribution to the Pentecost Offering and/or to Pyoca Scholarships at John Knox and know those monies will help these youth have a formative, life-changing experience this summer! If your child wishes to receive a scholarship, please see Lisa Crismore for a scholarship application. Thank you for your generous support of our children and youth!

Race Weekend Service

Due to the Indianapolis 500 Race, there will be no activities at the church on Sunday, May 30. As a result. we are going to have worship the night before, on Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. The service will be livestreamed on Facebook, as well. Come and join us for this special opportunity to worship God other than on Sunday morning!

Summer Camp at Pyoca

Summer will be here before you know it – what better way to spend a week of summer than at camp! Pyoca Camp and Retreat Center has a wonderful offering of programs this summer for children and youth, everywhere from 3-days to a full week. You can learn more about what is offered this summer, and register online, at Pyoca’s website Pyoca is offering camps this summer with reduced capacity and safety protocols in place. If you wish to participate, please register now – spaces are filling-up fast!

It's hard to believe I only have one more full week of ministry with you as pastor. Time most certainly moves quickly, and it has seemed to move even faster the last few weeks. I am grateful for the conversations I've had with many of you about what's next and where we have been throughout the last eighteen years. If I've been unable to see you in person or talk to you on the phone, know that you have all been in my thoughts as you walk this journey of faith to come. I hope to see you in the days ahead, and will look forward to us celebrating our shared ministry next weekend, as our whole family will be able to be here for May 15-16. 

With a full and grateful heart,


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