Prayer Team Update (September 14, 2017)
The Prayer Team was created to help ensure that the journey we are on here at Southport Christian Church, is a journey in which we are striving to allow God to be our Guide and Strength. Prayer Team members are Sandy Hayes, Paula Peterson, Linda Darr, Alicia Fujihara, John Kixmiller, and Launch Team representative, Jennifer Rhorer.
Here's what the Team has been up to: For the first three months, weekly pocket prayer cards have been created to serve as a reminder to the congregation to be in daily prayer for our church and its ministries. On Sunday, September 17th at 10:05, the Team is hosting a gathering for prayer in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this time of prayer in which the Horizon Team as well as all the individual Launch Team members will be recognized and prayed for as they serve in their roles. On Thursday, September 28th, the Team in conjunction with the Christian Education Team, will be offering the 24 week Disciple I Fast Track Bible Study which will include weekly prayers for our church and its leaders. The Prayer Team is grateful for your continuing prayers for our church.
Budget/Staff Team News (September 14, 2017)
The Budget/Staff Team is working with each of the Relocation Teams to help define our needs for resources when we transition to our new location. Each program area is providing us with their vision for ministry at our new location, and we are using that information to determine what our staff needs will be and what program support costs will be. We are using historical data to estimate our monthly costs for maintaining a building (utilities, insurance, lawn service, snow removal, etc.). We are also working closely with the Design Team to understand the potential new building costs, so that we can create a comprehensive budget that includes our Operating Expenses and our Capital (Mortgage) Expenses. Much of the work we are doing won't really become a reality until mid to late 2018, however, working now to understand our dreams and our visions will help us as we grow together into our new home. Budget/Staff Team members are Curtis Clingerman, Angie Opsahl, Sarah Nguyen, Chris Fultz, and Launch Team representative, Brenda Rohl.
Horizon Update (August 31, 2017)
Our Relocation Teams are all meeting regularly and making plans in each area of their concentration: Property Search and Acquisition Team, Identity Team, Design Team, Budget/Staff Team, Faith Move Team, Prayer Team, and Launch Team. Although it may feel like things are moving slowly and information is scarce, please know that all of the teams are working hard and several are close to making major announcements. Each group is working hard to make sure they get it right. These are very exciting times and we appreciate your continued prayers and enthusiasm!
Design Team News
The Design Team has begun introductory interviews with potential architect firms who will help us design our new building. We met with four local firms this week to gather information and learn more about their work. We anticipate holding second, more in-depth interviews with two of those prior to making a final decision. In some cases these firms were selected based upon our familiarity with their prior work. Others were chosen after we reviewed their work on their web site.
There are many steps involved in designing and building a space – many more than you might think. One area we have studied is “delivery systems,” or how you move from the drawings to the finished building. We ruled out one called design-construction management, because of the high level of oversight it would require from us. Our interviews should help us determine which system is right for our project.
Several of our other Relocation Planning Teams have provided us with anticipated space requirements for future programming, storage needs, etc. This will help us determine space needs as we design our new building. We are also working closely with the Budget/Staff Team to determine the budget for the new building. Jim Michel, Building and Capital Services Advisor for the Disciples Church Extension Fund, has also been very helpful in this process.
Members of the Design Team are Bea Baron, Karen Dickerson, Eric Eads, Chris Fultz, Carol George, Jason Kixmiller, Rick Reisinger, John Richardson, Rhonda Tipton, and Launch Team representative, Laura Littlepage.
Horizon Update (August 17, 2017)
Excitement is building as our Relocation Planning Teams are hard at work planning for our future ministry! Over 60 people are currently involved on these nine teams. Click here for a complete list of the Relocation Planning Teams and their members. Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we prepare for our future!
Faith Moving Team
Have you noticed colorful stickers all over the church? You’re not seeing things. The newly created “Faith Moving Team’s” first goal is to inventory every movable asset at Southport! We are labeling, putting on stickers, and recording every non-fixed item so that we will know what items/materials we have when planning the space and programs at our new location. Southport certainly has a lot of ‘stuff’! Up to this point, the Faith Moving Team has inventoried about 70% of the church. A BIG thank you to the Faith Moving Team members: Carol Bass, Kent Bennett, Sue Dykes, Bruce Fudge, Mark Fujihara, Jane Kixmiller, Helen McKeehan, Steve Smith, Jeff Stoner, Lynn Taylor, and Launch Team representative Brenda Rohl.
Horizon Update (August 3, 2017)
The Horizon Team and newly formed planning teams are meeting regularly and working on plans for an exciting future.Here is a link to the list of teams, their functions, and the team leaders. Please contact any of the team leaders if you have questions or ideas. Each of the teams appreciates your prayers and support. We know it is important to provide as much information as possible to the entire congregation. To help keep everyone up-to-date, we will be sharing important updates from the various planning teams through bi-weekly email blasts, articles printed in the Sunday bulletin, and listings on the SCC website. This week, we want to introduce you to the Identity Team (see article below).
Identity Team News
Your newly formed Identity Team has been hard at work over the last month! While our team has many items on our to-do list, our first priority is recommending a name for our church to be used in our new location. We understand this is an important decision for many members of the congregation - we continue to meet weekly to review suggestions from you, brainstorm new ideas, and identify the characteristics of our identity that are most important to the congregation. While we do not have a specific name yet - we plan to present our recommendation to the board and congregation by mid-September. We appreciate your patience, as this is a big job we have! Our goal is to identify a name that can last our church for another 60 years. As we continue this process, we ask that you begin to observe up-and-coming church names in our new geographical location. You may notice they look a little different, sound a little different, and feel a little different than what we are used to here at Southport Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Please begin to open your heart and your mind to the name change we have in store! Thank you to those who have submitted name suggestions and messaging ideas. We've taken all suggestions into consideration and greatly appreciate those who contributed. Your Identity Team is made up of Kelli Fultz, Bill Baron, Jan Amonette, Jim and Paula Ream, Phil and Heather Dickerson, and Launch Team representative, Jake Roberts.
On Sunday, April 30th an update was provided regarding our upcoming move: Read about our future story..
On Sunday, January 22nd, a report was presented on the future geographical area for our new location: New Location Report.
SCC Makes the Decision to Relocate Ministry
For several years SCC has been considering a possible relocation of our ministry to an area on the southside of Indianapolis where we could better serve the surrounding neighborhood. At the same time our sister church, the Chin Christian Church, who has been sharing our facility for 12 years, was in search of a location that would meet the needs of their growing congregation. After prayerful consideration, SCC decided to sell the building to the Chin Christian Church, which is the perfect location for their ministry, and begin a two-year process of seeking a new location for the next chapter of our ministry.
New Congregation in Formation
On Sunday March 5th, a meeting was coordinated by SCC members Bob Shaw and Susan McNeely which brought together the significant Congolese community that has been worshipping at Southport along with possible leadership. The Indiana Disciples of Christ Region and Southport as a significant contributor, has had a long term relationship with the emerging Disciples of Christ community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Two years ago, we helped relocate the first immigrants from this country to the US. In that early wave was a Disciple pastor and his family. He has been seeking a community to serve and it appears that he has possibly found one at Southport.
After a very exciting first meeting, the Congolese community has begun meeting as a Bible Study during our second worship hour in one of our Sunday School classrooms. The worship averages 40 people per Sunday and SCC pleased to partner with them as they contnue their journey among us.
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