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!
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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Common Ground Network Announcement
In 2018, Common Ground will move from a network of area churches to a family of three independent churches. We invite you to watch this video to learn more.
If you have questions, please contact Tim Dooley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.