Friday Newsletter September 10
September 23, 2021 | Amy Willis
20th Anniversary of 9-11
As we reflect back on where we were twenty years ago tomorrow, we know our world after that day changed forever. We surround in prayer those who are still grieving from this tragic event after two decades have past. We ponder the impact of what the cost of retaliation and violence has had on our nation and world. What have we learned and what would we do differently? Where can we give thanks and praise for God's presence in the midst of tragedy? What does God expect of us moving forward to build the kingdom before us?
As we see thousands of Afghan refugees arrive at Camp Atterbury just miles away, may we challenge ourselves to walk in their shoes. Would their lives be different if 9-11-01 would never have happened? Would they be seeking a new life if their lives were not threatened by terrorism? Our call to be Christ's faithful disciples never seems to get easier and yet Christ calls us. As we mark this historical event in our life time, what is Christ calling us to do?
This Sunday at John Knox
You are invited to join us for worship - either in-person or online - at 9:00 am or 11:00 am this Sunday, September 5, 2021. We welcome Rev. DuWayne Hintz to the pulpit. DuWayne is a retired pastor and we look forward to hearing his message. If you wish to join us online for either service, you may do so through Facebook Live and our website. Click here to watch our streaming live services. Please note: You do not have to have a Facebook account to view our services. There are also Church School offerings for ages 3 yrs. old - adult at 10am.
Session Update on Security:
In light of the recent theft of the sound board, session met this past week and have made the following decisions concerning security:
- The sanctuary and choir room doors will be locked when the sanctuary is not in use.
- We will keep the south entrance doors unlocked during office hours.
- Request that Trustees to look into having beepers connected to all doors opening to the outside and making the beeping sound louder.
- Session will re-visit these decisions at our next regular stated session meeting on 9/27.
Interim Search Committee Update
We appreciate continued prayers as we near the time to make final decisions. As always, for questions, please contact Sue Hartman, Troy Judy, Goehrig Orr, Judy Ricketts, Kel Winton or Pam Herman, Clerk of Session.
Prime Timers - September 14
Everyone is invited to join us this coming Tuesday, September 14, at noon. Please bring your own lunch and we will plan to meet in Fellowship Hall. Our time together will be spent enjoying fellowship, playing cards and board games. If you have any questions or recommendation for games, please see Lisa Crismore.
Celebrating the work of Dawnie Barnhouse - September 18 & 19
Dawnie retired in the midst of the pandemic and we did not get a chance to celebrate her as our organist of many years. Please mark your calendars to attend a tailgate picnic in her honor on September 18 at 5pm. You will need to bring your own food and lawn chairs (although we will have extra tables and chairs set up).
Then on Sunday, September 19, she will be recognized for her service at both worship services. If it rains on September 18, the picnic will be held on Sunday following the 11am service. There will be an email and/or letter going out to share ways that you can show your appreciation to Dawnie.
Pyoca All Church Retreat September 24-26
Dr. John Franke, Theologian-in-Residence at Second Presbyterian Church, will join us again as our guest speaker at this year’s retreat! John will be sharing with us about Dwelling in the Word: Reading Scripture as Disciples of Jesus. There will also be activities for children, as well as intergenerational activities for us throughout the weekend. Registration brochures may be found on the literature rack across from the church office, and in your September Tidings. Don’t miss out on this wonderful weekend of spiritual fellowship, nurture, and most importantly – in a truly beautiful place amidst God’s creation! We will follow CDC guidelines, Pyoca camp’s guidelines, and any local requirements related to Covid to keep the retreat as safe as possible. Deadline for registering is THIS SUNDAY - noon, Sunday, September 12.
Sunday - September 26 - Worship
On Sunday, September 26, we will have a special Sunday morning schedule. Because some will be at Pyoca that morning for the All-Church Retreat, we will only have a traditional worship service at 9am. There will be no Church School for all ages at 10am. There will be no 11am worship service at John Knox that day.
Organ Recital - October 10
Sunday, October 10 at 6:30pm John Knox will host an Organ Recital in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend! Our own Shayla Van Hal will be offering an evening filled with beautiful music from our organ. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending. There will be more information in the October Tidings.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday either in person or online.