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The Baptist Observer Magazine
Two Ex
citing Missional Church Learning
Events (MCLE) are Coming in May!
MCLE is transforming hearts and lives. The following are quotes from participants in the
Missional Church Learning Experience:
“MCLE is the best thing our church has done in years. It changed our thinking about reaching outside
our church.” - Gary Britton, pastor at Judson BC. The church is serving over 100 meals to the larger
community on Wednesday nights.
“MCLE changed my thinking about the church. I realized I was trained for another time.” Jeff Sexton, pastor at Calvary BC in Kokomo.
Information regarding
the AB Men Conference
can be found
on page 2
ABW updates and
Summer Conference info
are found
on page 3
CLI has added
a second location!
See page 5
for more details
As a result of MCLE, the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue began a new service to the larger
community called Springification which helps local residents get their homes ready for the spring
season. The Found partnered with other university organizations and recruited volunteers to work
together on these projects.
A workshop for churches who have engaged in
MCLE, or for churches who might be
interested in MCLE.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Southport BC
Led by: Glynnis Labarre,
Transformation Specialist,
American Baptist Home Mission Society
Author of: Learning Mission, Living Mission Churches that Work
Fee: $10/person
(includes lunch and materials)
Learn how to multiply missional teams in
your congregation by training others
to engage in the process
on God’s
Abundant Journey”
Share updates from your MCLE project
Send one member of your MCLE team and one or
two others from your congregation who might like to
learn about the process
Do you want your congregation to be
engaged with your local community in
meaningful ways? Come and hear how
MCLE has been transforming
congregations and learn how your
congregation can be
transformed by MCLE.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Scottsburg FBC
FREE of charge
Led by: Glynnis Labarre,
Transformation Specialist.
American Baptist Home Mission Society.
Author of: Learning Mission, Living Mission Churches that Work
engage these questions through a
process called Missional Church
Learning Experience (MCLE).
Missional church is a growing
movement throughout America in
response to this time of change. A
missional church is “an authentic
community of faith that primarily directs
its ministry focus outward toward the
context in which it is located and to the
broader world beyond.” Churches
and leaders who have been a part of
the past experiences have some
amazing stories to share of personal,
church and community transformation.
Two opportunities are available to
Rev. Soozi Whitten Ford
our entire region as we continue to
Executive Minister
engage one another around
[email protected]
important questions such as, “What is
Rev. Glynis LaBarre, Transfor- God asking of me and my church
today as we serve in this time of
mational Strategist for American
change?” The first opportunity is
Baptist Home Mission Societies, is
Saturday, May 4th, at Southport BC
fond of saying, with great enthusifrom 9:30 – 2:00. Missional church
asm, “Congratulations! You’ve
teams who have been involved in this
been chosen!” From there, she
quickly reminds listeners that God is process over the past few years will
gather to share their stories, to
the one who has chosen us, with
encourage one another, and to give
our own unique gifts, quirks and
peculiarities, to live during the most thanks for their learnings. The second
opportunity is Sunday, May 5th,
accelerated rate of change in
hosted by Scottsburg FBC from 2:00
human history.
– 4:30, where you can learn how to
The invitation is issued to each
person and each church to engage become involved in the missional
process. Everyone is welcome at
one another around these
questions: What does it mean to be either or both sessions, no matter
the hands and feet of Christ today, what your church size or past
where God has placed me and my participation in MCLE. Glynis and
church? We believe that the gospel region staff will be present for both
message of Jesus is good news for sessions.
Either of these events can serve as
every era, so how will my church
and I embody the gospel in this era an introduction to the MCLE
experience which will launch next
in which we find ourselves,
September with interested churches. I
especially as we continue to
hope you will choose to attend one of
experience quantum leaps in
these events as our region continues
to pursue our priorities of healthy
Over the last several years,
churches and greater mission and
Glynis and other leaders have
helped some of our churches
Observer Article
Submission Deadlines
July/August - June 7
September/October - August 9
November/December - October 11
January/February ‘14 - December 6, 2013
AB Men
June 21-22
Westport Camp
Come join the ABMen of ABCIN/KY and ABC GI as they meet to
praise the Lord and find ways to
serve Him better as men of Christ.
Pastor Charles Newman will lead
in the theme, “Faithfully Serving
God thru Men”. Rev. Newman
will challenge us to “Get It Right”
using Romans 1, “Grow Up” using
1 Peter 2, and finish with —”Guide
Others: The Story of Joshua!”
using Joshua 24.
Check-in registration for the
conference begins at 5:00PM on
Friday, followed by a wiener roast
at 6:30PM. Bring bedding and
towels if you are spending the
night. The conference will end at
approximately 2:00PM on
A work project is planned for
June 21 beginning at 9:30AM. For
more information contact Don
Hardesty at 812-376-7339 or email
[email protected]
A golf scramble will also be held
on June 21 beginning at 9:30AM.
For reservations, contact Ken
Miller at 812-343-2378 or email
[email protected]
Registration forms are available
on the website at:
Conference for
Church Musicians
July 13-20, 2013
Green Lake Conference Center
Green Lake, Wisconsin
2013 marks the 49th annual conference planned by The
Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians. Conferees of all ages
have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally
renowned clinicians in both ensemble and workshop settings.
Workshops are designed to further educate and train those
involved in church music leadership. In addition to daytime
activities, the conference has six evening concert programs. The
2013 clinicians include: Marty Haugen-worship; Robert Hobbyadult choir; Timothy Waugh-youth choir; Vicki Hancock Wrightchildren’s choir; Anna Laura Page-Handbells; Ernest Grossinstrumental; Jermey Bankson-organ; Jan Corrothers-piano.
Further information regarding the conference and registration is
available on the FABM webiste at or by calling
(812) 371-5390.
ABW 2013 W
omen’s Day Women’s
Overland P
ark, Kansas
By: Janet Moore, Midwest Geographical Coordinator For ABWM
Scripture teaches us that all
the seasons of our lives are
opportunities for service.
By: Leah Schill
Service is a part of actually
living out our love and
Thanks to the ABW for their
for the students living in the house.
adoration of God. We are able
generosity in regards to the state
Also on the list of things to do is to
to praise and serve God in all
project. Receiving this state project update and paint the kitchen, clean
money will help The Oasis Campus out the chimney, add a gas fireplace, that we do, whether it is in
birthing, grieving, planting, in
Ministry to be better presentable
renovate the girls’ hall bathroom,
the shadows or in the
and welcoming to the students it
construct a ramp up to the front door
sunshine. All of the above is
serves. Parking is high on the
step, flooring repairs, add a deck to
priority list and added parking
the back of the house, dry-wall in the offering God our “hands-on worship”.
spaces will encourage students to
utility room, AC/Heater repair, shingle Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us that “there
attend Bible studies and other
repairs, and install a mailbox and sign is a time for everything, and a season
events. The Oasis is also interested in the front yard. The students, along for every activity.” This is the theme
in updating the interior doors. The with those at the Found at Purdue are scripture for Women’s Day being held
on Friday, June 21, 2013 at the
current doors are made of thin
very appreciative of being the
Overland Park Convention Center in
plywood and have no deadbolts.
recipients of this year’s ABW State
Overland Park, Kansas. Just
New doors will heighten security
preceding the opening of the ABC/
USA Biennial, Women’s Day promises
to include something for everyone
attending. Come to Women’s Day and
experience . . .
• Serving through Praise
Are you interested
and Singing
in going to the ABC/
• Serving through
USA Biennial and
Bible Study
National ABW
• Serving through Missions
Ministries Women’s
• Serving through Giving
Day in Overland
• Serving through Worship
Park, Kansas, but
The Bible Study leader is Rev.
don’t want to drive?
Karen Selig, who pastors Royersford
Join us on a chartered 55 passenger bus for as low as $100.00 per
Baptist Church in Royersford,
person. The bus will leave Indianapolis on June 20 with a return trip
Pennsylvania. Karen has been very
scheduled for June 24. All are welcome on a first come, first served basis.
active with American Baptist Women’s
Contact Robin Nolin to save a seat or for details at [email protected] or
Ministries and other ministries dealing
Many Thanks to the ABW!
Join Us on the Bus to the
with women’s issues. Holly Balch,
who serves as worship leader in
the DeSoto Baptist Church of
DeSoto, Kansas, will lead our
music for the day. Our mission
speakers will be Marcia Binkley
and Htoo May. Marcia and her
husband are IM missionaries
serving ethnic Karen, Chin, and
Kachin refugees originally from the
country of Burma who are coming
to live in the U.S. Htoo May,
ethnically Karen, came to the U.S.
from refugee camps in Thailand in
2008. She is now director of the
Karen Christian Women’s
Association of the U.S. The AB
GIRLS from the Central Region will
provide fun and surprises in the
afternoon session, which will be
followed by a closing worship led
by Karen Selig.
For more information and to
register, please visit the webiste at . Registration is
$50.00 per person.
ABW Summer Conference - June 7-9 - Franklin College
“Designed by the Potter”
Spring is a favorite season.
Flowers are coming back to life,
trees are getting their leaves, and
hopefully, all thoughts are centered
on Summer Conference, right? Our
committee has been planning a great
conference just for you.
The very entertaining Ella Toole
will lead our Bible Study. Chris
Marziale from International Ministries
will bring updates about White Cross
and vital information about our
Workshops include a trip to the new
Edna Martin Christian Center;
exploring the influence women of the
Bible and Early Church have on our
faith; support and minister to our
sisters who have suffered the loss of
their spouse; dealing with the stress of
wearing “Too Many Hats”; senior
exercises; understanding of who we
are as ABW Ministries: Magdalene
and Thistle Farms Ministry based in
Nashville, TN; Rosalyce Grubbs with
a craft to share; and more.
Friday, we are celebrating AB
GIRLS 20th Birthday. Saturday, we
will have an International Dinner, so
dress internationally. Afterwards, Meta
Clark will present a musical program.
Our conference project is paper/
plastic products for camps. Also bring
teddy bears in honor of Chris Marziale
for Edna Martin Christian Center.
Registration is $100 for full time
participants and $50 for part-time and
first timers. The registration form is
available on the Indiana/Kentucky
website at and
the ABC-GI website at
Mark your calendars, invite a
friend, bring an AB GIRL, and join us
for fellowship and renewal.
AWANA Corner at Martinsvile FB
C Easter Sunday Morning at Amo
On February 23,
seven Awana youth and
seven leaders traveled
to Bedford Community
Crossroads Church for
the Awana Bible
Quizzing. Three teams
and coaches participated in the written
exam, multiple choice,
and speed quiz. Two
teams placed fourth and
one placed first. The first
place winners were: Taylor Holman and Savanna Alexander. The fourth
place winners included Mykayli Tucker, Magen DeVore, Alyssa Woodard,
Trevor Morscip & Alysha Littell. Leaders present were: Steve Bowman,
Chuck Richardson, Jacquie and Michael Woodard and Ken McVey,
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On March 3, the Awana Derby Car
Race was held at Martinsville First
Baptist Church. There were 37
entries. Cars were designed and
painted by the individuals who were
racing. The winners were: Elizabeth
Bixler, Trevor Moscrip and Kayla
Stewart. They were assisted by
Steve Bowman, Chuck Richardson,
and Michael Woodard.
Martinsville FB
in Relay for Life
For the second year in a row, Martinsville FBC has a team raising
donations for the Relay for Life. The team is called “The Cancer Crushers.”
Events to this date include a Chili Dinner plus serving breakfast and lunch
during the annual Yard Sale. Martinsville FBC will also hold a Spaghetti
Dinner, Motor-Cycle Ride, Silent Auction and Car Wash to help meet the
goal of $2500 raised for the Relay.
Twenty-five Easter flowers adorned the sanctuary in honor of or in
memory of loved ones. Betsy Carter, a member of the church, recently went
to be with our Lord and Savior. Because Betsy’s favorite part of the worship
service was the Children’s Message, her family donated Easter baskets for
children 12 and under. The children were thrilled! What a wonderful way for
the family to honor Betsy!
Vienna BC is Spearheading a
New Community Playground
The LifeWorks
Field of Dreams
Playground, to be
located on the
property of Vienna
Baptist Church, will
be a place of activity
for all children. The
LifeWorks Playground will have a
safety surface that will
allow access for
children in wheelchairs or that have
leg braces or walkers. The play
equipment was also specially selected
to offer opportunities of play for all
children including the following
considerations: Autism/Sensory
Processing Disorder, Spina
Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Down
Syndrome, ADHD, and Visual
The LifeWorks Field of Dreams
Playground will be a community build
playground and many volunteers are
needed to serve on one of eight
1.Construction 2.Marketing
3.Safety 4.Food 5.Activities for
Children during build week
6.Fundraising 7.On-going volunteer
team for playground supervision
8.Playground maintenance.
The build date is set for the week
of August 5 – 10. In addition, the total
cost of the playground is 165,000.00,
including the fencing that will go
around the playground for additional
safety, and we are in need of financial
support. Churches please pray about
how you can financially help. If you
can help in any way, please call
Vienna Baptist Church at 812-7523943.
God bless you,
Pastor David Carroll
Seymour FBC Updates
• Seymour FBC is currently searching for a Minister of Music. Stephen
Lee, former music minister, is now serving a church in Illinois. Interested parties
should contact Bruce Cochran at 812-522-1909.
• The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on the March 30, 2013. The
“hunt” was sponsored by the women’s mission groups and enjoyed by all.
• Seymour FBC will be hosting a retirement party for Dan Barringer on
May 18, 2013 from 4-6 in the Fellowship Center of the church with the
program starting at 5 pm.
• Graduation for the preschool will be held in May. We have a great
preschool program each year. 50 children attended this school year!
Columbus FBC Holds Sunday
Evening W
orship - Revision
On the second Sunday of each month,
Columbus FBC has a Sunday evening
worship called Revision Service. It is an intergenerational service planned by Pastor Dave
Doles with the youth and young adults
assisting. The Revision service grew out of a
need for a second, different type of worship
service and the youth trip to to Quest at Green
Lake last summer. It is usually well attended.
After the service, small groups for children,
youth, and adults meet to reflect about the
service and share their own personal
experiences. It is an upbeat service with lots of
music and an emphasis on an “R” word. The
next service will be held on April 14 and the
word will be “Restore.”
In March, the service was called “Restore and S’mores.” The service
featured Jordan Morris, camp manager at Indian Creek Baptist Camp, and a
special concert with Jon Makiah Thompson. Jordan told stories of restoration
and renewal at camp. He encouraged the
church adults, children, and youth to
participate in the upcoming mini-mission
trip to work at the camp one weekend in
April. Jon Makiah Thompson was
diagnosed with autism as a baby. He did
not speak for many years. His father
bought a key board with thoughts of
learning to play, but soon decided this
was not for him. Jon Makiah was
interested in the key board and suddenly
was playing and found his voice through
music. This is a tremendous story of
restoration and what God can do in one
life. Jon performs concerts and his
parents tell his story and share how God
has blessed Jon Makiah with this gift of
Pastors T
aking the Initiative to
Bring Leadership T
raining to
Southern Indiana
Darrell James, senior pastor of
Culbertson BC, took the initiative and
the pilot program for CLI at his church
in New Albany launched this spring
on April 13th. Currently, there is a
group of senior pastors in the
Southeast Area near Madison, IN
who are coordinating with Region
Staff to start another pilot program of
CLI in Switzerland County. Each of
those pastors are alumni of the CLI
program and know first hand how the
CLI experience can impact a life and
ministry. They want to make that
experience more accessible for the
leaders in their churches and
associations. It is their hope to launch
the first class in the series this fall. The
response to the first two courses at
each new site will determine whether
CLI continues at the Southern
Indiana Satellite locations.
The Church Leadership Institute
(CLI) is a region ministry dedicated
to equipping men and women for
leadership positions in their
churches. Classes are taught by
individuals with the academic
credentials and ministry experience
to make their classes highly
informative and practical. It is
foundational training that every
bi-vocational pastor, deacon and
church leader should have. For
more information about CLI and to
see how to register for upcoming
classes be sure to check our
website at
regionministries/ or contact
Jennifer Greene.
Two Opportunities for YYour
Pastor This Summer!
Ordination” are required to
complete the ABC History and
Once a year, Dennis Bickers
Polity Course (titled ABC & Church
commits to teaching a very practical
History). The course is usually
course called “Personal and Family
offered annually through CLI and is
Care” that looks at some of the
scheduled during the summer term
stresses of pastoral life on both the
this year with Rev. Rick Kassel
minister and the family. This course
serving as the course instructor.
provides some solutions to ease those
One does not have to enroll in
stresses. There is a lot crammed into the entire CLI program to take one
four class sessions, and every topic is of the classes. Each of the CLI
vitally important to ministers, their
classes can be taken for personal
families, and the churches they serve. development. For more informaThis is an experience any pastor
tion please contact Jennifer Greene
would appreciate…it is an investment at 317-635-3552 x 221 or
in your pastor’s personal well-being
[email protected]
and ministry…and ultimately your
church’s ministry.
Candidates for “Recognized ABC
Columbus YYouth
outh and A
Travel to New Jersey on Mission
A group of
adults and
youth from
Columbus FBC
traveled to
New Jersey on
a mission trip as
a part of their
Spring Break.
They spent one
night of their trip
at Simpson
Creek Baptist
Church in Bridgeport, WV, where they were met by the youth pastor, Rick
Garavaglia, who provided pizza at midnight and breakfast in the morning.
While in Osbornville, they attended worship with the folks at Osbornville
BC. Some of the work the team did included clearing about 300 yards of
beach front, helping a lady repair the inside of her home, assisting a lady
with moving furniture, rebuilding a fence and cleaning up of debris. Both the
team and those in the
Osbornville BC congregations benefited greatly from
the time spent together. In a
blog, Pastor Dave Doles
commented: “We ‘pitched our
tent’ among the people and
did the kingdom work of
Christ with them. Many were
Christians, but a few were
not. We will not soon forget
our many new friends on and
near the shores of New Jersey.”
Thanks to Molly Cash for the pictures and the blogs from Pastor Dave
Doles for the information.
TTENTION:: Graduating High
School Students
ABY College Scholarships
Deadline: May 1, 2013
For details and forms:
See the Region Website:
or call Jennifer Greene at:
317-635-3552 X 221.
ABWM of Indiana Give to GoodWay W
omen’s Shelter in Lorca,
The ABWM of Indiana sent their
2012 State Project funds to The Good
Way-Women’s Shelter in Lorca,
Spain. They collected $27,535.47 to
help the women in Lorca build a house
to replace the one destroyed by the
May 2011 earthquakes. We praise the
Lord for each of the 5,448 miles that
our family traveled throughout our
precious Hoosierland with Cori
Catellier to bring the concern and need
for this Women’s Shelter to the places we
were able to reach. The new house will
have space for 16 women. They had been
serving six women at the time of the
project and are currently serving eight,
which means that two are sleeping in the
living room. Hence, the urgent need they
have for space for more who continue to
seek their support. Thank you, ABWM of
Indiana and the congregations in both
regions that joined this effort to break the
chains and stop the pain of these women
who so desperately needed this new
With much love and appreciation,
Mayra for the BGsEnRoute in Nicaragua
Big W
alnut B
C to Sponsor “Big
Community Event”programs in their own churches,”
On Sunday afternoon, June 2, Big
Walnut BC (Reelsville) will be staging
an exciting community-wide event at
the Reelsville firehouse. The event
has 3 phases, each of which should
be of interest to ABC of IN/KY.
First, the firehouse will be serving a
FREE chicken noodle lunch along
with salads and desserts, from noon 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and
free will donations will be accepted.
Luke and Tim Gillespie (Tim is
pastor at Big Walnut) will put on a
table tennis demonstration from 23:30pm. The Gillespie brothers spent
many years as members of the
USTTA and helped promote table
tennis in numerous ABC churches.
Some years ago, they helped
popularize the sport in the Bedford
area, often attracting over 100
participants from the community and
area churches. The Gillespies have
always believed it was ideal for
church recreation as it is inexpensive
and takes up very little space.
“We hope youth groups will attend
the demo and be inspired to start
says Pastor Tim. “And it’s a great way
to interact with other churches.”
Then, from 4-5pm, Luke Gillespie
will again be featured at Big Walnut
BC. This time as a solo pianist. Luke
has been
Luke Gillespie
featured at a
number of
(youth as
well as our
Photo courtesy of IU He currently
serves on
the piano faculty at IU and performs
extensively both in the US and
around the world.
Donations will be accepted at the
event to raise money for Elizabeth
Maurey, one of the community’s
college students, who has been given
the opportunity to study opera in
Europe this summer. Maurey will also
share her vocal talents at the event.
For more info: 317.225.3808 or
[email protected]
20th Annual Conference
on Ministry with the Aging
June13, 2013
Columbus FBC
Discipling Others
Along the Journey
By: Ruth Proctor
My new neighbors did not know
they had placed their woodpile on top
of a daffodil bed. I watched that spring
as a few daffodils popped up. I
Attention Pastors and Congregational Care Teams:
assumed that those under the stack of
If you are a pastor or member of conversations that better align
wood would simply not appear that
patient’s core values and goals with
a congregational care team with
year. I was wrong. One morning, I
the medical care they receive. How
senior citizens in your congregaopened the bedroom blinds and saw
tion, or are a son or daughter of an do you start a conversation about end that a small green border was starting
of life care? When is it time to stop
aging parent or with advanced
to erupt all around the edge of the
aggressive treatment and opt for
illnesses, you will find the 20th
woodpile. These late comers did not
compassionate (palliative) care?
Annual Conference on Ministry
grow as tall as the daffodils who had
Attend the Conference on Ministry
with Aging an absolute must to
the head start, but they bloomed just
with Aging on June 13, 2013 and find the same, and were all the more
attend. Medical recommendations
and patient choices tend to flow by out! The educational team is from IU
beautiful because they had overcome
Health, and the event is hosted by
default toward interventions that
an obstacle in order to survive.
Four Seasons at the First Baptist
focus on life extension, which
The children in our congregations
Church of Columbus.
frequently increase suffering and
are much like these daffodils. Some
Save the date! Program and
decrease the quality of life. This is
come to church with families who
registration information will be coming mentor their Christian growth at home.
not an acceptable outcome
spiritually, morally, or financially. It is soon! For more information now,
Others come who are trying to grow
contact Phyllis Hawkins at
important to develop new
and bloom all on their own. Their only
conversations and tools for those
encouragement may be at church.
Their potential is the same, but the
obstacles in their path mean that
their growth may be slower and
require more patience.
As we strive to make disciples,
the goal is always to begin where
people are in their spiritual journey.
That can be a challenge for
teachers. Discipleship Partners is
available to help the local church in
this and other areas of Christian
education. Contact Ruth Proctor at
260-493-1694 or at
[email protected] for more
The summer season is quickly approaching!
Choose your week and sign up for camp now!
Tippecanoe Baptist Camp
Indian Creek Baptist Camp
Cost Camp
June 9-13
Special Persons
16 and up
June 2-6
June 9-15
Young Adult
19-25 years
June 6-8
1st Timers
June 14-15
Backpacking A&B
June 9-15
June 16-22
Boys Camp
June 9-12
June 23-29
Girls Camp
June 12-15
Day Camp-NEW!
June 16-18
9th-’13 Grads
July 7-13
June 19-22
July 14-20
Senior High
11th-’13 Grads
June 23-29
July 21-27
1st Timers
July 5-6
Outdoor Adventure
July 21-27
July 7-13
College Students
August 2-4
July 14-20
July 21-27
July 1-3(9am-4pm)
Non Profit Org.
Indianapolis, IN
Permit No. 8457
Indiana Baptist Convention
1350 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2493
4th - CLI - New Albany
4th - MCLE Reunion
5th - MCLE Orientation Workshop
11th - CLI Classes
18th- CLI -New Albany
13th - CLI Classes - both sites
19th - Region Board Meeting
20th - CLI (C205 only)
27th - CLI Classes - both sites
1st - CLI Classes - Franklin
3rd - CORMS
7th-9th - ABW Summer Conference
13th - Conference on Ministry with the Aging
15th - Awakening
21st-22nd - AB Men’s Conference
29th - CLI Classes (C107 & C205 only)
10th - CLI Classes
24th - Awakening
24th - CLI (C105 & C102 only)