Lead Pastor Announcement
The pastoral search committee and the elders are so pleased to announce that we have a new Lead Pastor! Erik Thien, his wife Emily, and their four boys will soon be packing up in Phoenix and moving to Indianapolis where Erik will assume our Lead Pastor role. Right now, we are planning for Erik to be in the role around October 15. That date will allow them time to take care of housing both in Phoenix and in Indy, to provide the required notice to Emily's existing employer, to complete some commitments they have in Phoenix, and to move across the country.
In accepting our offer, Erik mentioned how he and Emily have enjoyed getting to know us thus far and how they see our church as a place filled with bold faith, conviction, and a commitment to the Gospel. They are very excited to join us in ministry here and lead us into the next season of our church life. We look forward to having more people meet get to know and interact directly with them after they move to Indy.
As more details about the transition firm up, we'll be sure to keep you updated. In the meantime, please join us in thanking God for his direction throughout this entire process.
The CG Northeast Pastor Search Team
A Special Thank-You to Vanessa Wilkins & Family
It is with both great joy and sadness that we announce Vanessa Wilkins will be moving on from her position as the Director of Youth Ministry. Vanessa has sensed God’s leading in her life over the past few years toward caring for marginalized and orphaned children in our community, and she has therefore accepted a new role as Foster Care Director for the local ministry organization Hands of Hope. Her last Sunday on staff at CG Northeast will be June 3, 2018.
Vanessa and Andy serve our church family in a variety of ways, and Vanessa has done a wonderful job over the past five years in shaping our youth ministry to be a healthy environment for our middle and high schoolers to develop as followers of Jesus. She has trained and cared for our youth volunteers and has been an essential member of the staff and various leadership teams.
The Wilkins will continue to be a part of our church family, and Vanessa and Andy will continue to serve in the youth ministry and in the various other areas of leadership that they currently engage.
Please pray for Vanessa as she makes this transition into a new ministry role, and take a moment to thank her for sharing her passion and gifts and expertise with us and our youth. She will be missed in this role and as a part of the staff team, and we pray that this new season will be as enriching and exciting for her as these last five years have been!
Water 4 Cape Town
Some of our CG Northeast Youth students have created a YouCaring page to help provide resources and education to those suffering from a severe drought in Cape Town, South Africa. We are trying to raise $1,500 for “Water 4 Cape Town”, an organization committed to helping residents manage the long-term effects of the drought. For more information, visit water4capetown.org.
2018 Financial Update
Common Ground Northeast has been blessed to have Jeff Krajewski serve as our interim pastor since Summer 2017. Jeff has provided strong leadership, vision and preaching during this time of transition. The plan is for Jeff to provide this leadership until Summer 2018, when we plan for our new lead pastor to be in place.
Planning Center Login
We are excited to announce that we will continue utilizing Planning Center Online for our increasing volunteer needs, information updates, and event registration. Because of this, we want to make sure everyone has an account set up and is comfortable using it!
The website you'll use to log in regularly is http://planningcenteronline.com.
If you need additional help logging into Planning Center, please stop by the Info Table after our Sunday services, or email Ian Morley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jody Lukowiak (email@example.com).
UPDATE: Donations for Salinas
NOVEMBER 07 UPDATE:
The team is about to leave for Salinas! With your help, the YouCaring fundraiser has exceeded both its original goal of $5,000 and its updated goal of $6,000!
In addition, all of the supplies from the Amazon list have been purchased, and will be taken to Puerto Rico with the team.
Our thanks to everyone who participated in order to reach these goals and care for people in serious need of help!
On Vision Sunday, Rico Colon-Romero listed specific donations needed to restore health and power to his hometown of Salinas, Puerto Rico. The city has been flooded and without power for weeks, and the people are in desperate need of food and supplies.
Click here to visit the YouCaring fundraiser page.
Donations will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for families in Salinas.
Click here to view and purchase supplies from Amazon.
Please note the priority level and needed amount of each item.
Supplies and donations can be dropped off at Common Ground Northeast at the following times through November 5th:
TUESDAY - FRIDAY
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Toronto Vision Trip Stories
This July, a group from the Common Ground family travelled to Toronto, Ontario for one of our many Vision Trips to that city. In attendance were Jennifer Herrmann and her teenage son Jonah, who were able to "share the love of Jesus by being and seeing," and by paying attention to the people who typically get pushed into the margins of life.
Listen to some of Jennifer's stories here:
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Service Time Survey
The leadership and staff of Common Ground Northeast are considering changing our Sunday morning service time to 10:30 AM sometime this Fall, and we are interested in how this change could impact our congregation.
The reason for the change is to leverage Sunday mornings to provide alternative opportunities for learning and connection, especially those not in a house church. Our vision would be to provide periodic classes and experiences (6 weeks Intro to CG, 4 weeks parent training and equipping, etc.) from 9:00 - 10:15 AM on Sundays. These classes would be open to everyone who attends Northeast.
Northeast VBS Success!
The week of June 12, forty-eight children gathered at Northeast for Maker Fun Factory, this year’s Vacation Bible School theme. During the week, the children sang, met Bible Buddies, used their imaginations, played games, learned from other kids their age and heard stories from God’s blueprint for us, the Bible. The week was full of so many inventions and discoveries we can’t possibly list them all here!
Each day we learned a Bible Point. These were God made you, God is for you, God is always with you, God always loves you and God made you for a reason. These points were followed by a “Wow God!” We also collected school supplies for a local school and ended our week together on Sunday by leading the Northeast congregation in singing “Our God.”
We are thankful for more than 20 adults and youth who volunteered during the week and behind the scenes the weeks leading up to VBS. It couldn’t have been a success without them!
Common Ground Network Announcement
Jeff Krajewski Named Interim Lead Pastor for Northeast Congregation
Earlier this month, the leadership team for our Northeast congregation announced that Jeff Krajewski, founding pastor of Common Ground, will become the interim lead pastor for northeast upon Ty Denney’s transition at the end of June.
Jeff K. has been the lead pastor for Common Ground for 20 years. In 1997, Traders Point Christian Church (TPCC) began a young adults ministry with Jeff as the pastor. By 2001, Jeff and the elders of TPCC recognized that the Common Ground ministry had become a church within a church and so TPCC blessed Jeff and the church through prayer and financial resources to start at a new church in Broad Ripple. Since that time Common Ground has planted churches across the U.S. and has grown into a family of three local congregations in Indianapolis.
Jeff and his wife Nicole are excited for this next phase in their journey of ministry. Our Northeast congregation is currently in the sermon series Faith and Race: Demonstrating the Heart of God, and Jeff will be guest preaching at Northeast three times during the series. “I share the vision that our northeast congregation has for becoming a multiethnic congregation. This vision will allow them to better serve their multiethnic community and more accurately represent the Gospel of Jesus. I am also eager to see how their journey will have influence and give vision for our family of churches here in the city.” said Jeff.
Good Friday and Easter
You’re invited to join us on Friday, April 14 for a Good Friday service. Midtown and West will meet at 6:30 pm at 4550 N. Illinois Street. Limited childcare is available for newborn-3 years on a first come, first served basis. Northeast will meet at 6:30 pm at 7440 Hague Road. Limited childcare is available for newborn-4 years by registration only.
Easter worship gatherings will be held at 9 am and 11 am at Midtown, 10 am at Northeast, and 10 am at West on Sunday, April 16. We look forward to celebrating with you on Easter!
Staff Update: Ty Denney
On Sunday, March 5, our Northeast Pastor Ty Denney announced his resignation as the Area Church Pastor. Ty helped to plant our NE congregation in the spring of 2013. He has faithfully loved and pastored the church for the last 4 years and now God is calling him to something new.
Over the past few months, Ty and his family sensed the Lord moving them toward a new assignment within God's kingdom. After prayer and discernment with Common Ground leadership, Ty has accepted the position of executive pastor of Path Ministries and Otino Waa Children’s Village. The mission of Path Ministries is to raise up orphans in Jesus’ name and plant vibrant churches out of their service to the poor.
Ty will continue to pastor at Northeast for the next several months before moving to Bend, Oregon to serve in his new role. We ask that you join us in praying for Ty and his family as they prepare to be sent out and lean into God's calling.
Common Ground is working to transition an interim pastor to lead our vibrant Northeast congregation. If you have any questions about this transition, please contact Executive Pastor Tim Dooley.
VBS Needs you!
Northeast is hosting VBS June 12- June 16 at 7440 Hague Road! Youth and adult volunteers are invited to join us as we share the love of Jesus with children from our church and the surrounding neighborhoods. Our program runs 9 am–noon and we can use your time and talents in a variety of ways! Can’t serve during this time? No problem! You are also welcome to contribute snacks and other items for the week.
To help during the event or behind the scenes, simply complete this form to check out your options and let us know how you would like to help.
Want to know how you can register your kids for VBS? Registration forms for kids will be available in April.
Thank you in advance for your help and prayers for Northeast VBS. Have questions? Please contact Jody.
Empowered to Connect Conference!
All Common Ground attenders are invited to the Empowered to Connect Conference on April 7-8, from 10 am–6 pm at Midtown. Empowered to Connect is a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.
The Empowered to Connect simulcast is brought to you by Show Hope and The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, and sponsored by the Midtown Vision Team. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes printed materials. Childcare is not available, and lunch is on your own for the extended lunch break.
Space is limited to the first 50 registrants, with priority given to Common Ground attenders. The deadline to register is April 3. To register, click here.
Have questions about the event at Midtown? Please send us an email.
Justice & Reconciliation Forum
Please join us on February 4 from 9 am to 12:30 pm for a showing of the documentary 13th. This documentary, from the director of the movie Selma, focuses on the influence and impact of race in the criminal justice system in America. The movie asserts a direct connection and correlation between the passing of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Jim Crow laws in the American South and the phenomenon of present-day mass incarceration. The movie will be followed by a time of large and small group discussion.
This event is free and childcare is available if you register by Thursday, January 26. General registration closes Monday, January 30. Please click here to register.
Have questions? Send us an email.