Posts by Anne Kenley (Page 4)

FPC’s Prayer Blanket Ministry by Ed Adams

FPC’s Prayer Blanket Ministry The FPC Prayer Blanket Ministry began when Judy and I  attended a “Prayer Blanket Sunday” at Judy’s sister’s church in the summer of 2004.   We were so impressed with their blanket ministry that we approached the FPC deacons and our congregation and the prayer blanket ministry was born! In November of 2004 the first blanket was passed around…

Believe Buzz — Week 11 — Worship

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 11: Our group had quite a bit of discussion about the key idea, “I worship God for who He is and what He has done for me.”  We believe that perhaps the wording “as well as what He has done for others” should be added to that idea.  We pray for others, individually and…

A Boyhood Story About Grace by David Layman

My parents wrote me a letter when I was attending a 1992 Emmaus Walk (a spiritual renewal experience almost identical to “The Great Banquet”.)  My father began “As we go back in memory to your beginning we want to remind you that you were the one child we almost did not have.  Your mother got to bleeding and had to spend about…

Meet Lt. Colonel John Brill – One of Our Many Veterans

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’ve chosen to use part of an article on John Brill, one of our many veterans and member of FPC.  This was excerpted from Noblesville Magazine November 2015 and written by Kara Reibel. “You know you’re getting old when planes you’ve flown are in the USAF museum at Wright Patt, ” says Korean and Cold War fighter…

Josie and Norman Chinkono – Part 2: New Life in America

If you haven’t read Part 1 of Josie and Norman Chinkono’s story, click here to read it. We left Josie and Norman as they met and married and prepared to travel to the United States to continue their education. Norman graduated from college in Malawi with a degree in engineering and mechanics.  After graduation, he couldn’t find a job in his field…

Meet Josie and Norman Chinkono and follow their journey…

I had the privilege of spending a recent afternoon getting to know Josie Chinkono.  Josie and Norman Chinkono are members of our congregation who left their home country of Malawi, Africa as young adults and came to the United States.    Josie spent the afternoon telling me part of their story which I’m going to share with you in multiple parts.  It’s a…

Believe Buzz — Week 10 — Eternity

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 10: Our group discussed what it means to “trust in Jesus Christ”; that it is more than knowing He existed, but following His teachings and doing what He instructed us to do. That our “trusting” is a verb requiring action and that our reward for having that trust is eternal life with Him in…

Believe Buzz — Week 9 — Stewardship

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 9: We discussed how being a steward for God means more than just writing a check, but using our time and talents as well. The idea that we are managers not owners created interesting views that related well to what we see happening in business these days. We considered how from the beginning of…

Believe Buzz — Week 8 — Compassion

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 8: We considered the wonderful Biblical passages on “Compassion”, and reflected on examples of Christian compassion we have seen.  Notable among them is what we have seen in the lives of Ed and Judy Adams. Compassion – a chapter that was short and simple, but also very difficult. Our group strongly agreed with this…

Believe Buzz — Week 7 — Humanity

Here’s the buzz from the small groups week 7: Pastor Eric shared an illustration in last Sunday’s message on humanity.  The hospital he was born at in Richmond has been replaced about 10 years ago by a beautiful new structure a couple of miles to the north, on a spacious and marvelous campus.  The grounds are beautifully maintained, with ponds and fountains. …

OCC — Every Gift is an Opportunity

Since 1993 Operation Christmas Child has been providing shoe boxes full of gifts to children all over the world.  In this way, they provide access to the gospel of Jesus Christ even to the most remote communities. These shoe boxes are filled with toys, soap, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes, school supplies, and many other surprises. Our church is filled with servants, generous folks…

Meet Bob Minton and Discover His Gift to FPC

Have you ever looked at the stained glass windows over the doors in the front of the sanctuary and wondered who made them?  Did you think they’ve been there since the church was built? Bob Minton, a 50 year member of FPC,  saw the need to fix the cracked glass over the doors and  thought he might be able to replace it…

Believe Buzz — Week 6 — The Church

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week 6: In our reading this week from Acts 1:9-11, the risen Christ has just ascended into heaven.  The disciples were still gazing up to heaven when two dressed in white stood beside them and asked “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus…will come back the same way you…

Believe Buzz — Week 5 — Identity in Christ

Here’s the Believe buzz from the small groups week 5: People may find their sense of identity from their job, the family they come from,  their home, the car they drive, the team they support (T shirts proclaiming “No. 1 IU (or Colts) fan”).  Inner city youth may find identity in the gang they belong  to, their gang’s symbol spray painted on…