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    The Bible Doesn’t Say That! - Summer Sermon Series

    There is no book more widely read than the Holy Bible. Which means, there is no book interpreted incorrectly, lazily, or wishfully than the Holy Bible. Join us this summer as Lori, Becca, and Sam present a sermon series that explores many of these passages. We’ll dive into phrases commonly thought of as biblical but aren’t, verses that sound great on a bumper sticker but mean something completely different in context, and verses where words have been changed to reflect periodic special interests. We know this community of faithful questioners will love diving deeper into scripture as a living, breathing document to guide our spiritual journeys.

    Click here for the schedule

WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH

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Service Times

Sunday Services: 8:30 AM and 11 AM

Education Hour: 10-11 AM


Our Location

3106 East Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46033

p: 317-846-6882
f: 317-844-0984
office@stpeterscarmel.org


About Us

We are a church that is dedicated to serving others and serving God. This is the core of our vision and our mission.


Contact Us

We would love to hear from you. Feel free to give us a shout and connect with us.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTORS

"As the pastors of this unique faith community, we care deeply about the people and creation around us. Our congregation is as vibrant and inviting as the Native Habitat that surrounds our building and as bold as the solar panels on our roof. We hope you will join us on this adventure we call faith.

 

Each of us, exactly as we are--and as we are still becoming-- are named beloved by the One who created us. All are welcome as together we endeavor to be and create the Kin-dom of God. We listen deeply for what the Spirit is calling us to be and to do in this world. We wrestle with questions more than we offer answers. We like it that way; we believe Jesus did the same thing!

 

May you feel the presence of the Spirit and remember that you are loved as you explore both faith and doubt.  Perhaps your journey will lead you to Carmel, IN. If it does, we hope to meet you."

Lori Bievenour and Rebecca Lockwood


Upcoming Events 

and 

Announcements

Come and get involved!



LITURGIST OPPORTUNITIES: Will you read scripture for worship?

All are welcome.

We have ONE opening for the 11:00 service:  Jun 14, 2020.

We have FOUR openings for the 8:30 service: (2019) Nov 24 and (2020) Jan 26, Feb 23, and Jun 28.

Contact Jeff Chandler at drahga@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.  THANK YOU!


FELLOWSHIP HOUR HOSTING-  We have MANY openings to fill Fellowship Hour hosts between services.  If each family filled one slot only once per year, our roster would be full.  Especially if you have not taken a turn this year, please consider serving YOUR community in this way.  You can sign up to be  to host  Fellowship Hour at            https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a4daea62aa4ff2-stpeters​​​​​​​


CONGREGATIONAL DIRECTORY- We need your permission to include you and your information in the printed version of the directory. If you want to be included, please email Laurie H. at office@stpeterscarmel.org  Please indicate if you would like address, phone and email (any combination) and also your spouse/partner’s permission.  Thank you if you have already made your changes.


INTER-GENERATIONAL BOOK STUDY- "George" by Alex Gino.  "BE WHO YOU ARE” This is a sweet story about George, a 4th grade transgender girl, who wants desperately to play Charlotte in "Charlotte's Web".  But boys can't play Charlotte.  You can read more about "George" and Alex Gino on the author's website: http://www.alexgino.com. We will meet from 6:30-8pm in the Parlor at St. Peter’s  August 7, 14).  Books are widely available and can be purchased online, in stores. or borrowed from the library. If you have questions, contact Sarah Penquite at curllyq@hotmail.com or call/text 317.679.7841.


“EVICTED” BOOK STUDY AUGUST 8 & 15, 6:30-8:00PM IN THE PARLOR-  This is a story about one of the most basic human needs…a roof overhead. Indianapolis is discouragingly ranked in the top 20 cites for highest eviction rates. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to discuss the book & this social justice crisis. Evicted is “the all read” book chosen by the UCC for this season. They have created a study guide, which we will use to lead our discussion. Hope you will join us.


 THE ART OF LISTENING- A Four Week Series on Tuesdays (August 6, 13, 20, and 27) 6:30-8:00p.m. Led by Senior Pastor Lori Bievenour. Listening is a sacred act.  It can be an act of compassion, an act of resistance, an act love, and act of rebellion.  To hone our listening skills is to connect more deeply with The Sacred. Join others for this four-part series focused on the power and practice of listening.  This will be a great way to prepare for the fall, when 24 different members of St. Peter’s will share their stories of faith and doubt in worship. Please sign up through Realm or in Fellowship Hall so that we can prepare an appropriate place for the group to meet! Questions, contact Lori Bievenour at lori@stpeterscarmel.org or 317 846 6882. 


CROSSING OVER: THE MIGRANT QUILT PROJECT- St. Peter's, along with the Indiana Interchurch Center, is privileged to host the next installation of the Migrant Quilt Project. The exhibit will be on display in our sanctuary and at the Interchurch Center from August 3rd through September 26th.  We encourage you to spend some time experiencing them in both locations.  At St. Peter's, we are offering four opportunities to visit the exhibit while you learn more about the situation at our Southern border with Mexico.  The following programs will take place in the parlor at St. Peter's:

·         Thursday, August 8 at 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Jill Olinger will share her experiences at the border over the last two years.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided. 

·         Thursday August 22 at 6:30-7:30 pm.  Jim Armstrong and Rebecca McElfresh will show the film Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torres and will lead a discussion following                 the film.  Desert will be served.

·         Tuesday, Sept 10 at 12:00 - 1:15 pm. Jim Armstrong and Rebecca McElfresh will show the filmTrails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torres and will lead a discussion following the               film.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Drinks will be provided.

·         Tuesday, Sept 24 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Jill Olinger will share her experiences at the border over the last two years.  Desert will be provided. 


LABYRINTH EXPERIENCE WITH UCC-INDY- The UCC-Indy Spiritual Explorer Team is exploring labyrinths over the next few months and will be at the St. Peter’s labyrinth on Sunday, August 11. Come and join UCC-Indy people and the St.Peters Spiritual Life Team for a unified spiritual experience and discussion, beginning at 1:30. After we experience the labyrinth, there will be a discussion about our labyrinth story and future. Snacks will be provided… Contact Brian Atkinson if you plan on coming and if you have any questions. brianeatkinson@gmail.com and 317-413-6471 (text okay).  


CARMEL UMC FOOD PANTRY- This month we are collecting packaged fruit items.

WOMEN & the WORD-  Will be meeting on Thursdays for coffee throughout the summer at SoHo, 620 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, at 10:00 a.m., to stay connected.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS


·         Popsicles with our Pastor: Sunday, September 1, ONE Worship Service at 10:00a.m. Followed by POPSICLES to celebrate Lori Bievenour’s last Sunday with us prior to her                             sabbatical/renewal time (Sept 2 – Nov 30). 

·         All Church Picnic: Sunday, September 8th 12:30 p.m. at West Park

·         Men’s Retreat: September 20 & 21 at Camp Palawopec

          Youth Group Lock In: Friday, August 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday








The Bible Doesn’t Say That! - Summer Sermon Series

There is no book more widely read than the Holy Bible. Which means, there is no book interpreted incorrectly, lazily, or wishfully than the Holy Bible. Join us this summer as Lori, Becca, and Sam present a sermon series that explores many of these passages. We’ll dive into phrases commonly thought of as biblical but aren’t, verses that sound great on a bumper sticker but mean something completely different in context, and verses where words have been changed to reflect periodic special interests. We know this community of faithful questioners will love diving deeper into scripture as a living, breathing document to guide our spiritual journeys. 


July 28          “Man shall not lie with man”                                               Becca Lockwood

August 4       “I know the plans I have for you”                                        Lori Bievenour

August 11     “God helps those who help themselves”                            Sam Locke

August 18     “Do not judge”                                                                    Lori Bievenour

August 25     “This too shall pass”                                                           Becca Lockwood



Children's Worship:  Summer Parable Exploration   

A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.   Children will explore concepts around independence, financial responsibility, celebration, the power of coming ‘home’, and forgiveness.  In addition to focusing on the parable of the Prodigal Son, we will also be taking a look at these parables: 


August 11, 2019 Great Banquet (Luke 14: 15-24)

August 25, 2019 Parable of Treasure (Matthew 13:44)


Holly Irwin and David Hoff are leading these sessions and will meet children at the door closest to the choir loft to accompany them from the main sanctuary to room 8 to attend.  This program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month through August 25th, 2019.   For more information, contact Lori Radford at educationlead@stpeterscarmel.org