Participate in virtual worship this Sunday! Worship will be available on our YouTube channel beginning Sunday, May 10 at 10:30AM. Rev. Tonja's sermon, “Wisdom at the Well" is based on John 4:5-26.

Sing along with the hymns and take part in the service with our virtual bulletin 

After worship, at 11:30AM, remember to join the virtual coffee fellowship on Zoom. Find more details below.
Let us know you're here! If you are joining us online for virtual worship, please let us know with this short form: Sunday Worship Attendance
TONIGHT! - May 7 | 6:30PM - 7:30PM

There will be NO in-person audience - BUT there are a couple ways to connect with the event:

1. Find the live stream on Facebook at @NationalDayofPrayerColumbusIndiana2019 (“National Day of Prayer Bartholomew County Indiana”) or @WYGS Radio (WYGS Facebook page)

2. WYGS will be broadcasting it live over their radio airwaves on 91.1 FM
Sunday | May 10 | 11:30AM 

See the familiar faces of your church family and hear their friendly voices during the weekly "virtual coffee fellowship". The details are the same each week.

If you are having difficulty using Zoom to connect, please let us know so we can help!

From a computer:

From a smartphone: +13126266799,,616246723#

From a landline phone (carrier rates apply): +1 (312) 626-6799, enter meeting ID 616 246 723 when prompted  
Please send prayer concerns to Rev. Tonja at, so that she, the elders, and others can be in prayer for you and those you love.  
Tuesday | May 12 | 3:30PM

Join in on Zoom as we continue our study, "Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart."

Contact Tonja if you would like a copy of the journal for the study or to use as your personal devotional. 
From a computer:

From a smartphone: +16465588656,,83268062076#

From a landline phone: +1 646 558 8656, enter meeting ID: 832 6806 2076 when prompted
What does hope look like in our changing landscape? What color is hope?
The Disciples AllianceQ invites you to “hope in color.” Using a new color each week,
Colors of Hope encourages us to wonder, engage, embody, create, and share. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and life’s ongoing challenges, with a surge of digital content and an increase in screen time, this series invites us to experience the divine and all of creation through refreshing practices that require little or no online activity. The project features thought-provoking inspirational messages and practices.

Find each week’s color, theme, reflections and practices at the AllianceQ website:
Supplemental resources are available on
Well Fed Spirit, affiliated with the Office of Christian Vocations of the Christian Church (Disciples Christ).
If you cannot participate on Sunday mornings or happen to miss a service, you can catch up at anytime on our YouTube Channel or our Virtual Worship page.

Subscribe to our channel on YouTube, and click the bell icon to be notified when new services are available.
In his address to the state on May 1, Governor Eric Holcomb indicated that religious groups are being given permission to resume gathering for worship beginning May 8. He also said in the same address that his preference is that religious communities continue virtual and outdoor services. It is our strong preference and recommendation that Indiana Disciples congregations do not resume in person worship services until at least May 31, if then.

Our congregations have a high number of persons who are 65 years or older or have an underlying health condition that cause them to be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Additionally, the social distancing requirements during this time, which have not been lifted either by the Governor or the Centers for Disease Control, greatly challenge our capacity to worship together [...]

The Apostle Paul in writing to the Corinthian Church said," 'All things are lawful,' but not all things are beneficial. 'All things are lawful,' but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other." (I Corinthians 10:23-24) We believe that this is a moment to acknowledge that while it may be "lawful" for our congregations to resume in person worship, it may not be beneficial or wise to do so. None of us would want to take advantage of the opportunity to gather for worship and by so doing inadvertently do harm to others by exposing them to this virus.

Consequently, we believe that there is wisdom in waiting, and thus we encourage your congregation to continue to connect with each other through social media, phone, and email. You might also use cards and letters too. That would be a communication tool the Apostle Paul would know and affirm.

We offer our continual prayers for you and your congregation in these days.

Rick Spleth                         Carolyn Reed
Regional Minister                Associate Regional Minister

Everything in our lives has been affected by COVID-19. You can learn about the ways the stock market has been impacted from the Christian Church Foundation, where some of our Permanent Funds are invested

Read the update here.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (or CARES) Act includes incentives for charitable giving, and the Christian Church Foundation is simplifying the particulars for us.

Here are some important details to know:
  1. Married taxpayers who file a joint return and do not elect to itemize deductions are allowed to deduct up to a total of $300 in qualified charitable contributions on the joint return.
  2. According to the Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation (, the $300 limit applies to the tax-filing unit.
  3. The $300 above-the-line charitable deduction included in the CARES Act is NOT $600 for married couples according to The Joint Committee on Taxation.
Read more about the CARES Act and charitable giving in this helpful summary
Offerings received since we’ve been worshipping online:
March 15: $545.00
March 22: $0
March 29: $320.00
April 5: $695.00
April 12: $465.00
April 19: $2230.00
April 26: $220.00

May 3: $575.00

1. Via the US postal service:
    North Christian Church
    850 Tipton Lane
    Columbus, IN 47201

2. Arranging an ACH transfer from your bank, or

3. Online, using
This is a great time to consider donating to North Christian Church, to support our mission to spread a message of love and welcome to all God’s children, here in Columbus, and in places we never expected to reach.

Since we have been worshipping online, more people have been connecting with us – from around Bartholomew County, and around the country. Each week more persons subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have received words of thanks and appreciation from folks in Indianapolis, Chicago, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and beyond. Folks are expressing joy at finding a congregation that shares their values and touches their hearts. We are spreading a message of hope and love.

Thank you to each of you for giving generously, so that we can continue to share a message of God’s love for each and all!
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Reverend Tonja Gerardy: If you would like to connect, please reach out by emailing Wednesdays are her off-site sermon-writing days, and Fridays are her Sabbath days. She will respond to your email at her earliest convenience.

Nancy Hoover | Community Ambassador:
 Office hours vary. If you'd like to find a time to connect, reach out to her

Travis Whaley | Director of Music: Typically, Travis is available on Wednesday afternoons. For any questions regarding music of the church or to set up a time to connect, contact him at

Kim Wadholm | Office Administrator: Office Hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm. You can reach her by email at or by calling 812-372-1531.

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