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August 6, 2020
Book 6, Volume 16
My wife Nancy is continuing to make progress. She was able to go to drive herself to her painting group yesterday. She has figured out how to do most things on her own but still can’t bend over or pick up anything heavier than five pounds. She wants to thank everyone who has prayed and sent cards this past month. You all have been a tremendous help keeping Nancy’s spirits up during this recovery.
Tom Shriver-McGrevy and Jenell Hadley had their first post-quarantine, in-person Youth Group gathering last night with youth. They had 23 students attend with a good mix of middle school and high school students. They all wore masks and spread out for their activities. Jenell says the social distancing was difficult. I know the church staff is having a hard time saying our goodbyes to Jenell with the limitations the virus is placing on us which must be even more difficult for the youth who hate seeing her move to Florida.
We have now planned Saturday, August 22 for a Drive-Thru Reception to celebrate Jenell Hadley’s 18 years of ministry with Noblesville First. Come by the church anytime between 1-3 pm, enter by the Harrison Street entrance and drive all the way around the church. We will have people there to direct you. On that Sunday, we will take some time during worship to honor Jenell at both Teter Worship times as well as the Online Worship. If you have any pictures of Jenell through the years, please send them to Jeanne Gerbsch at .
The Drive-In Movie Night at Teter has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 22. Parking will begin at 7:45pm and the film at 8:30pm. Sit in your car or on blankets or chairs, watch a big screen, and listen to the audio via FM broadcast. Due to copyright restrictions, we are unable to publicize the movie title. But trust that it will be FUN and age appropriate for families of all ages.
We continue to receive applications for our Associate Director of Family Ministries position. We are seeking someone with excellent experience in children’s ministry who can also work alongside Tom Shriver-McGrevy with The Vine Student Ministries. Applications are being accepted at this time and the job description can be found at NoblesvilleFirst.com/employment.
GriefShare will start its next session in The Vine this Sunday, August 9, both in-person and via Zoom and Divorce Care launches the following Friday, August 14 via Zoom only. These are ministries you may want to share with friends and loved ones. You can find the registration links at NoblesvilleFirst.com/support.
The Ugly Quilts team meets week from tomorrow, Friday, August 14 from 12:30-3pm. This group uses donated bedding and comforters to construct sturdy sleeping bags for the homeless. They meet the 2nd Friday of every month in the Bi-Rooms (enter from Door 1). I understand they are in need of used men’s ties and gallon Ziploc bags. You can bring those to the church office Monday through Thursday, 8:30-4:30pm or Friday, 8:30 to noon.
Phyllis also will be making another announcement Sunday about Bags, Baskets & Blessings Reimagined as they have updated their website with several new items.
We were very excited to hear at this week's staff meeting about the connections Katy Rogers is making with the community and especially with the Riverwood neighborhood located near Teter Retreat & Farm. Katy says Riverwood residents are starting to discover the Saturday morning farm stand. This past week she was able to attract some visitors to the farm who, for a donation of $10, were able to take pictures among the sunflowers and take a few stems home with them. Anyone who can afford an hour or two, please head out to Teter and help us with some weed suppression. I love that term, makes volunteering sound so sophisticated. Katy says we continue to be on track with our food pantry donations that are now up to 4,281 servings.
Plans for the Teter Farm to Table Dinner on September 11 are coming along. We are limiting in-person dining at the Purgatory Golf Club to 100 persons to maintain safe social distancing but also offering carryout for a lower price for those who want to support the work of the farm but prefer to avoid all crowds. You can now order your tickets using the link found at the top of the
TeterOrganicFarm.com. In-person tickets include appetizer, three-course meal and two drinks for $75 and a three-course meal for carryout is offered for $50. Please remember we are raising vital funds for our mission to reduce food insecurity in Hamilton County and Chef Samantha’s dinners are amazing! We plan to either livestream or record the evening’s program so you can tune in while you eat your carryout dinner or watch it later as we share the exciting developments at the farm and celebrate the businesses who are sponsoring our event this year.
Dale & Jean Morris and Tina Dillard have been working to move our Mission Guatemala mum sale this year online. We will have the website live very soon so keep checking NoblesvilleFirst.com for the graphic link. Orders will need to be placed by Friday, August 28. Pickup for the mums will be Thursday, September 10. Proceeds will go to the vital work in Guatemala this year and help fund future trips for our youth and adults. Learn more about Mission Guatemala at NoblesvilleFirst.com/Guatemala
Since we got rained out last week, we are planning to offer communion again this Sunday for Outdoor Worship at Teter Retreat & Farm. Pastor Jill will offer the sacrament for us. I will be bringing the message tonight at Thursday Worship and Sunday on the seventh commandment, Do Not Commit Adultery. Married or not, I believe you will be hearing something that will be helpful in my message.
Thursday Worship is available tonight via Zoom at 6:30 pm. In-person Outdoor Worship is offered on Sundays at 8:15 and 10am at Teter Retreat & Farm. Online Worship is presented on Sundays at 9:30 am on Facebook or you can watch the recording anytime. And be sure to check out the Opportunities to Serve link at NoblesvilleFirst.com.
Continue to share your prayer requests using the form at Noblesvillefirst.com and on the Noblesville First mobile app. Share your pastoral needs by emailing or calling the 24/7 Care Line at 317-773-2590.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Jerry Rairdon