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Weekly News for June 16

Commemoration of the Emmanuel 9

Last summer, at the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA, a resolution to commemorate June 17 as a day of repentance for the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine was adopted. In light of the protests around our nation, it is important that we actively commemorate the day to renew our commitment to action, rather than let this resolution be ignored by congregations within our church. There are two opportunities to join in worship on Wednesday, June 17. I am inviting people who participate in one of the prayer services to join in reflection and conversation afterwards 8-9 pm. We will meet online, but there will also be an option to call in using your phone. If you would like to participate in the conversation, please contact Pastor Lecia ( by Wednesday at 5 pm for the log-on information.


Remembrance for the Emanuel 9 with Indiana-Kentucky Synod Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - from 6 to 8 pm EST/5 to 7 pm CST via Zoom. Five years ago, nine members at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were killed by a white supremacist at a Bible study and prayer meeting. We will remember these martyrs of faith and other victims of racial injustice who have been oppressed and killed. Please join us for a time of lament, remembrance, and commitment to work for change. Speakers will include Bishop William Gafkjen of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA, Conference Minister Chad Abbott of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC, and guests with personal stories. Together, we will raise our voices in prayer, renew our commitments to action, and receive blessings for our ongoing work. This will be a live event. Though these words and histories may bring the discomfort of spiritual pain, this pain is also a necessary part of healing and reconciliation. We invite you to accept this pain, trusting God’s promise of new life. Zoom link to register -


ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine An ELCA Prayer Service for Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine will be available for online viewing at 12 noon Eastern Time on June 17, the fifth anniversary of the evening nine people were shot and killed during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The service will include leaders from around the ELCA and ecumenical partners, as well as a sermon by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. We join in a time of repentance, mourning and prayer as we remember these nine martyrs and renounce the sins of racism and white supremacy. The service can be viewed at


Staying Connected with Risen Lord

In this season of pandemic, we will continue to refrain from gathering as a large group. While we continue to worship in our own homes, we know that many long for the fellowship of gathering together. Members of the Leadership Team are working to provide weekly opportunities, some online and some in person. For groups that meet in person, groups will meet outside and everyone will be expected to maintain physical distance between other participants. Please RSVP to the group conveners so that they can easily communicate any changes in schedule. If you are interested in convening a group at another time, please reach out to Pastor Lecia! Upcoming opportunities: Sundays at 9:00 am - Cara Ruble will bring her Bible study class online! This group will begin to meet on July 12. More information to follow. Sundays at 4:00 pm - Connie Temm will lead a meditation walk at Risen Lord. First we will read a scripture, then walk in the field behind the church being aware of the sights and sounds around us, feel what God is sharing. Bring a chair for sitting and talking afterward about our experience and how God is working in our lives. For more information or to RSVP, contact Connie at This group will begin to meet on June 21.  Sundays at 7:00 pm - Fred Freeman will lead a book group online to discuss Rob Bell’s Love Wins. In Love Wins, bestselling author, international teacher, and speaker Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever? For more information or to RSVP, contact Fred by text or phone at 317-513-4676. This group will begin to meet on June 28. Wednesdays at 1:00 pm - Connie Temm is hosting a Zoom fellowship time. Feel free to drop in and connect with whoever shows up, sharing conversation and catching up with each other. For more information or to RSVP and receive log-on information, contact Connie at The group is currently meeting. Thursdays at 6:30 pm - Carol Retz will host a group in the church’s backyard focusing on fellowship, scripture and prayer. Bring a chair and join the chat! For more information or to RSVP, call Carol at 765-215-4813. This group will begin to meet on June 25. Pastor Lecia will continue to provide worship, a devotion and a Bible study available on our website each week at She is also available for individual pastoral care conversations by phone, in the church yard or in your front yard. Please reach out by phone (614-439-9685) or email ( to request a time to meet.


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