Latest News – June 4, 2020
Mt. Auburn's Stones Crossing and Trafalgar campuses will be reopening on Sunday, June 14. In order to track the amount of attendees, we will be asking all congregation members to register online earlier in the week. This registration will be open from Sunday to Wednesday (June 7 - 10). If you can't register online, please call the church at 317-535-8555.
Please be aware that church services will look different when we reopen as we attempt to limit the spread of the virus. We will still be continuing to post the sermons on Facebook Live.
All church staff will be returning to normal office hours beginning Monday, June 8. We will be taking appointments only until further notice.
We can't wait to see you face-to-face again!
Sunday Worship Services OnlinePlease join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/mtauburnumc/) to hear our sermons. Once you are on our Facebook, you can click on videos and you will be able to see our live stream on Sunday mornings. These videos will also be posted on our blog afterwards.
We recognize this time of uncertainty can make us uneasy, but it’s also an opportunity to remind us of the peace of Jesus Christ within us that we can share with others. Please continue to join us in prayer for all those impacted.
Here are some online resources for you to use while we navigate this season together:
For amazing and (temporarily) free coloring pages and resources from our Sunday School curriculum provided, click here.
For a free, high-quality video lesson for children, called “Empowering Courageous Kids Week 1- Jesus’ Power Calms Our Fears”, click here.
For temporarily free Christian music for children, click here and use the promo code “STREAMNOW”.
Youth Group Zoom gathering at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 29th:
for join URL, contact Pastor Jeremy Van Deman.
For current-issues videos to watch with your teen, click here.
For digging into whether or not Jesus really exists, click here.
For a crash-course video about John Wesley, click here.
For Max Lucado’s “Anxious for Nothing” video-based Bible Study (free!), click here.
For a devotion that may help you through this season, click here. We will continue to post devotions on our blog throughout this season.
Online MeetingsPastor Jeff and his wife, Julie, are working through the Psalms every day except Sundays having live daily devotions at 9:00 a.m. on Jeff Buck’s personal Facebook page. Feel free to watch at anytime!
Pastor Travis Taylor has a devotion every other day on his Facebook page and check out Mornings with Mia, their daughter’s devotions.
Andrew Hamilton has study of Mark for new or newer Christians on his personal Facebook page.
Also, Melissa Truelove or Jeremy Van Deman will be happy to set up any Life Group with their own Zoom meeting.
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Sunday Morning Worship
We have moved our sermons online! Join us for Sunday worship on Facebook live at 10:00 a.m. We know this will be different, but we are lucky to live in a world that still allows us to connect in times like these. If you go to our Facebook page and click on videos, you will be able to find our live stream on Sunday morning. If you have any questions or prayer requests, feel free to comment below the video. Our pastoral staff will be monitoring all responses. Can't watch it at 10:00? We'll post the video on our blog afterwards.
We also want your feedback! Our staff is still learning how to transition our sermons online. Let us know how we did and what we can do to improve by emailing our Director of Communications, Samantha Gregory at email@example.com.
Drive-In Prayer (Discontinued)
We are offering Drive-In Prayer (provided that no new restrictions are put in place) again this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This will be an outdoor, drive-up, prayer station outside door 1 in the parking lot. Pastor Jeff, Pastor Jeremy, and other members of our prayer team will be offering prayer for those who wish from an appropriate distance. This is a time for trusting the Lord, for prayer, and the peace of Christ. This is also a time to show the world we care.
Dear Mt. Auburn family and friends
We are living in unprecedented times. Yet, our God is still God and our God is bigger than fear and even bigger than the coronavirus itself. So, praising the Almighty God, let us come together at this time and see how God is working and join in what is happening. My goal over this season of enforced isolation is for all of us as a church to stay connected to God and connected with each other. Here is how we are going to encourage all of us to stay connected:
- We are moving forward with The Story. Continue to do your daily readings. Remember that the daily Story questions found in your booklets are posted online under the "Blog" tab. Feel free to comment and leave your thoughts on each post.
- We plan to start posting sermons on our webpage www.mtauburnumc.org this Sunday. We will be using the scriptures planned to tie to The Story. We are finding these scriptures planned are amazingly pertinent to what is happening around us.
- Rev. John Wortinger prepares a weekly talk about the lesson and it will be posted on our webpage under the "Blog" tab and on YouTube.
- We are exploring ways to continue our Bible studies and small groups so please watch the webpage, emails, and Facebook for more details on when groups are starting.
- We are planning to use Zoom for all meetings for the church during this time. The Church will serve differently than we have ever had to serve.
The staff and I trust God without question, and we are working together to figure out how to be the church now. However, every member of the Mt. Auburn family is going to have to reach up and out to work together to address this time of crisis. I do mean everyone! Last Sunday morning we offered Drive by Prayer out in the Parking Lot. We had maybe 20-25 cars stop by, including a young man driving by who saw the signs. The best part was watching the responses of all the people driving by who honked or gave us a thumbs up. They saw us present and praying, and this fact encouraged those who drove by.
Now I ask each of you to pray. I would like you to pray for the world for healing and wisdom on how to deal with this crisis. I would ask you to pray for peace so that fear will not dominate our county and our world. Please pray for our country for humor and grace as we seek to live together in peace. Please pray for our church that we may be a witness during this time. Pray for our Pastors, staff, and all leaders for wisdom and mercy as we guide the church through these uncharted waters. Above all, pray that Jesus is lifted up and seen by all.
Please know I am praying for you all,
Pastor Jeff Buck
Church Office Hours
Church office hours are uncertain at this time, however staff are continually monitoring voicemails and emails. We are still here for you!
What About Giving?
One of the biggest ways you can help care for the congregation is to give online or mail a check into the church. We are committed to helping those inside and outside the church at this time. You may give online by going to our website and clicking on the "Give" tab. This tab will take you to the VANCO website where you can set up a one-time donation or recurring donations. You may also mail a check to the church at 3100 W. Stones Crossing Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Brenda Reynolds.
How You Can Serve & How We Can Help
We have this unique opportunity to support and care for each other during these uncertain times. It's been encouraging to see the outpouring of love and concern for the needs of others in our church. Whether you need help or want to give help, we want to communicate with you. If you need help: We are here for you. Whether it's picking up your groceries, making a phone call, a financial need, or simply prayer, we want to hear from you! If you can give help: There are many opportunities to serve. Such as picking up groceries, making phone calls, continuing to give your offering, and praying without ceasing. To help or receive help or to send prayer requests, please contact Melissa Truelove at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 317-535-8555 ext. 1304.
Previous Letter: March 13, 2020
Greetings, Mt. Auburn Family!