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Thursday | June 11, 2020

Participate in worship this Sunday! Rev. Tonja's sermon, “Loving Justice" is based on Isaiah 58:1-9a. 

Loving justice will require giving of our time, but it is more than posting a story on Facebook or Instagram—it’s more than marching on the oppressor. Loving justice will require giving of our talents, but it is more than creating a compelling meme or writing a song. Loving justice will require giving of our treasures, but it is more than writing a check or donating online. Loving justice requires that we see our neighbors who are hungry, homeless, oppressed, persecuted, or forgotten in a different way. We need to see them as God sees them.

Worship will be available on our YouTube channel beginning Sunday at 10:30AM.

Sing along with the hymns and take part in the service with our virtual bulletin here.
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
Sunday | June 14 | 11:30AM 

See the familiar faces of your church family and hear their friendly voices during the weekly, virtual coffee fellowship. 

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: +1 (312) 626-6799, then enter meeting ID 616 246 723 when prompted  
Wednesdays | 12PM noon

President Rev. Terri Hord Owens is leading prayer each week on Wednesdays via her Facebook. Take a mid-day break, and come lift up your prayers in fellowship with other Disciples.

The service can be accessed at her Facebook page "Rev. Terri Hord Owens":

Being a part of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is just one of the many ways to take action right now. This event is part of an effort that seeks to address the interlocking injustices of systemic racism and poverty, and Disciples have been key leaders in this movement. 

Join the Mass (Digital) Assembly on Saturday, June 20, and speak up.


June 28 | 7:00PM EST

Join AllianceQ on Sunday, June 28 at 7:00PM (EST), for the Pride service and after-party titled "RIOT: Turning Over Tables."
We remember together that Pride is rooted in the bold resistance of trans women of color at Stonewall in 1969. Together, we will name our history by confessing the ways in which Pride has been too often co-opted by white voices; by celebrating leaders like Marsha P. Johnson and centering LGBTQIA+ voices of color; and by considering together the ways in which God’s spirit is inviting us to turn over all tables of injustice as we make our way to our seat at Christ’s table.

All event info and free REGISTRATION at this link.
AllianceQ is among LGBTQ organizations uniting to combat racial violence. Read statements here in their June newsletter

Rev. Tonja and the elders are in prayer for you and your loved ones. Click the button below to share pastoral needs, prayer concerns, and joys. 
Submit Prayer Card

Remember: Our next session will be on Tuesday, June 23, at 3:30pm when we will take a look at the story of Rizpah from 2 Samuel 3:7; 21:1-14. I look forward to the conversation! See you then!
As leaders of the Christian Church in Indiana, and people of faith, we are reminded to “speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.” (Proverbs 31:8 CEB) We lift our hearts in grief at the slaying of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis, an act of violence inflicted on him not only by four police officers but a society that devalued his personhood due to his race.

We lament
  • that his name is added to far too many others whose lives have been unjustly taken, including most recently Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
  • that our nation still allows inequity and discrimination to reign unchecked.
  • that we have offered only faint support to the oppressed among us, ignoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 plea to the church from his Birmingham jail cell.
We pray
  • for the families who have lost their loved ones.
  • for those who, like Rachel of the Bible, find themselves weeping inconsolably.
  • for those throughout our society who fear for their personal safety, wondering if they or their loved ones will arrive home safely each day.
We confess
  • that some of us have enjoyed privilege and power at the expense of others.
  • that we have failed to listen to the stories of those who have experienced racial violence.
  • that we have failed to speak, and our silence has left siblings of color without allies as they are denied the justice and opportunity our nation ostensibly promises to all.
We commit
  • to expanding our anti-racism training beyond our clergy to congregational members of every age.
  • to support the efforts of groups seeking to raise the consciousness of our nation, including the Poor People’s Campaign led by Disciples minister Rev. William Barber.
  • to holding public officials accountable for the abuse of power, supporting those who offer peaceful protest with our presence, our voices, and our votes.
We invite the ministers and members of our congregations to join us in humble reflection and committed action, to dismantle the structures of racism as they exist within our church and our nation,
  • until all are as angry about injustice as those who have suffered its effect so long,
  • until seats at the table move beyond tokenism and all God’s people are equally valued, and
  • until God’s justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Regional Board of the Christian Church in Indiana
June 6, 2020

Congregational Resources on Understanding Racism

13 Books to Read If You Want To be Anti-Racist  (Chalice Press)
Acts of Reconciliation  (



Originally announced to occur on October 2-3 at the Warren Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, the Regional Assembly will now be on-line. There will be no registration cost, but registration will be required.
Details of the event are being planned, but the assumption is that the Assembly will occur on Saturday morning, October 3, and feature a blend of pre-recorded and live segments. Likely, the Women's Event will occur as planned on Friday evening, October 2, but online rather than in person.
Watch for information coming soon on how you can participate in our Regional Assembly, and maybe even sing in the virtual All Assembly Choir!

On June 15th, Brighter Days will be reopening at 50% capacity. See the full details and statement here.

April 5: $695.00
April 12: $465.00
April 19: $2230.00
April 26: $220.00

May 3: $575.00
May 10: $200.00
May 17: $500.00
May 24: $330.00
May 31: $780.00
June 7: $870.00

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
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!

In addition to shopping on your desktop computer, you can now support North Christian Church in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations for the church: 
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
  3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, update your app. Click here for instructions.
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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

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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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