We at Garfield Park Baptist, continue to hold God’s world in prayer as we endure this Coronavirus crisis. May God’s peace and hope give you comfort at this time.
We will continue to worship, engage in our Lenten Study, and share prayer and Bible study together-using the gifts of technology! Sunday worship and Pastor Judy’s reflections will be shared on Facebook Live on the church’s Facebook page.
We will use Zoom (see below) for Sunday worship (9:30 a.m.), Lenten Study (Sunday at 5:00 p.m.) and Wednesday prayer and Bible study (6:30 p.m.). The same Zoom meeting number works for all three events. Please join us!GPBC Indy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: GPBC Indy Happy Hour
Time: 6:30 PM Wednesday
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Reflection During Days of Social Distancing
Probably for most of us, 2020 is the hardest year of our lives. If we’ve lived in relative comfort, not suffered much lose, and been sheltered from injustice, severe illness or dire family dynamics, then we’ve had it pretty nice, and now we face hardship. But just imagine being forced out of your home, neighborhood, city, state, and country; being sent into exile in a foreign land. That sort of loss and suffering is more than any of us have known. Now, add to that, the understanding that you are part of God’s chosen people. Up comes the bubbling questions of “Why?”, “How?”, “Where are you, God?”
Such was the circumstance for Israel and Judah when they were exiled to Babylon. They left all that was safe, familiar, and comfortable. For seventy years, they lived in a strange land asking why, how, where was God. Then, along came a righteous ruler who set them free and allowed them to return to their homeland. All seemed wonderful until they entered their holy city, Jerusalem and found it and their beloved Temple in ruins. Again, they asked, why, how, where are you God?
A mighty spokesman for God, Zechariah, had a series of visions where he heard from God. As his fellow citizens struggled to rebuild under the leadership of Zerubbabel, they seemed to encounter barriers and problems every step of the way. The word Zechariah brought them was, “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6)
What an encouraging reminder of God’s powerful presence among them in these post-exile days! Their intent to rebuild and restore all they had known was not grounded in their own strength, or their own power, but in the spirit of the Lord among them!
As you and I face our significant days of Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas-these words can be a source of encouragement and strength for us. You and I are asked to make sacrifices right now; sacrifices that require us to put love of others above our own wants. We are being asked to reframe how we celebrate Thanksgiving, and we will be asked the same as Christmas draws nearer. For many of us, this is just too much! We’ve already sacrificed much and now; we’re asked to forego gatherings with loved ones?! Seriously! How in the name of God’s love and mercy can we possibly do this? Why? How? Where are you, God?
Others are facing illnesses and losses that feel suffocating these days. One more thing gone wrong, and life feels like it’s just more than we can handle! How in the name of God’s love and mercy can we possibly make it through this season of life? Why? How? Where are you, God?
My friends, we can do this hard thing (to quote Carrie Newcomer)! We can sacrifice and make it through, the loneliest holidays ever. We can turn toward the losses and the diagnosis facing them head on! We can do it, but not by our own strength! We don’t have the strength and power to handle this on our own! We can only face it with the strength, might, and power of the Spirit of God within us! “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord the of hosts.”
Whatever you endure right now-be it pandemic fatigue, a frightening diagnosis, your first holidays without a loved one, or life problem after problem; lean into it by the power and strength of God in you! Hold on to the Lord and find God’s strength to be sufficient for you.
May 6, 2020 - Re-entry
Dear Church family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Here we are, it is May, the month Indianapolis normally focuses on the big race. Instead, life remains on hold in Marion County while other parts of our state have begun the process of re-opening. While Governor Holcomb has said churches can gather, a leadership team of our Moderator and the following facilitators: Property, Worshipping, Welcoming, and Equipping met to develop our re-entry strategy.
We hope to come back for worship on June 7. Because we have an aging congregation and we care dearly for each of you, we do not want to put anyone at risk! Your health and well-being take precedence over rushing back early to worship.
Here are a few guidelines and protocols for when we return to the building:
You will receive another mailing the week prior to our first worship gathering. Please watch for it so you can maintain the guidelines and protocols your church leaders have established. Our goal is YOUR HEALTH! You are each precious children of God and we want everyone to be safe.
Peace and grace,
Welcome to Garfield Park Baptist Church! Thank you for visiting our website! We are an urban church that welcomes all! Come check us out; bring your questions, doubts, certainties and open hearts and minds! We’ll talk and ponder together!
Wondering what to expect when you visit our church?
When you worship at Garfield Park Baptist, you’ll find a vibrant group of people diverse in education and income levels, theological perspectives, and age -yet united by God’s love! Our worship gatherings at 9:30 a.m. contain both traditional and praise music, prayers, Bible readings, thoughts for personal reflection, and preaching.
We are an American Baptist church, called by God, to create a community that works together to empower people to be the best version of themselves they can be and that God wants them to be. We seek to bring God’s light to the park through compassion, prayer, and living into our God-given purpose.
Please take a moment to browse our website and discover who we are! You will learn about our worship, spiritual growth opportunities, and ministries such as food pantry, community meal, Youth group, choir, game night, and various small group options.
Yet, certain things remain true for us:
Garfield Park Baptist Church formed in 1913 on Indianapolis' near Southside. Like all churches, we’ve experienced many changes, significant ups and downs.
Hi! I’m Pastor Judy and I’m grateful you’ve chosen to explore our website. It’s my hope you’ll find Garfield Park Baptist Church a place you would want to call ‘home’.
The people here are among the most caring, supportive, and gracious people you will meet. We welcome everyone, knowing we all are on a life journey seeking meaning and purpose.
Here at Garfield we find our purpose through God’s love for us and through Jesus.
Please visit us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 A.M. for worship, followed by fellowship time and Sunday School for all ages!
Blessings and peace in the name of Christ,
Pastor Judy Fackenthal