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May 29, 2024

Sarah's Space

Dear ACC,

We may be in ordinary time, but this time of the year is anything but ordinary! Dare I say, it's extraordinary! 

And to make this extraordinary season happen, we need as much assistance as possible! 

The Pride Parade is only 10 days away, and we still need folks to help be a part of our parade, decorate our float, and set up & tear down our booth. Vacation Bible School still needs volunteers, and we still have plenty of room for children and grandchildren to participate. Invite a friend or two to come be a part of one or both of these events - invite others to witness what makes ACC such an extraordinary place.

In addition to our Allisonville Allies pitch-in this Sunday, we'll also be welcoming our three Disciples Peace Interns to worship on Sunday. During worship, we will commission the interns in their work of being ambassadors of peace & justice to the Church and to the world. I remember how impactful that commissioning was for me as an intern, and I'm grateful that ACC is the community that will send Allison, Maggie, and Ella for their extraordinary summer. 

Hope to see you Sunday and at Pride and at VBS! 

Joys and Concerns


  • We celebrate the youth at ACC who shared their gifts and their witness to the Fruits of the Spirit by leading worship on Pentecost Sunday.

  • We give thanks for the coming of Summer and the excitement of camps, vacation bible school, and time to rest and reset.

  • We are grateful for the many gatherings of family and friends for Memorial Day weekend and the Indy 500. 


  • We pray for the Fourman family on the passing of Jerry's brother, David Fourman.


  • We pray for the Snapp family on the passing of Troy's sister.

  • We pray for all who are navigating the challenges of sickness. May they find healing, comfort, and strength.

  • We continue our prayers for: Davis and Bev Goforth, John Hinant, Sandy Zimmerman,  Pearl Ross, Alex Hofer, Lori Corken-Young, Tiffany Kirby and David Cartwright. 

We pray, as we do each week, for lasting peace and justice throughout our war torn world, for all who are suffering and grieving, for a meaningful and lasting end to gun violence in our city and around the world, and for our work to become an anti-racist people and society. 

We continue to pray for our work and all work to be an anti-racist church and people.

Our Global Ministries Prayer Partner this week is Japan.

What's New

Construction Contract Signed

After years of planning and months of preparation, we have signed the construction contract with our builder, S & B Construction for a range of improvements to our facility. Most prominently, these include our new kitchen and the relocation/upgrade of our electrical system. Due to the generous support of the congregation, most of this work will be covered by funds raised from our past two capital campaigns. The remainder will be funded through endowment support, borrowing from Disciples Church Extension Fund, and other debt relief strategies.

The Mission Building Committee continues to work closely with our architect and contractor on this process. S & B put out each piece of the project for bid to help ensure the work was done at the lowest possible cost. Both our stewardship and property committee leaders have had opportunities to weigh in and the Council reviewed the full financial details at a meeting on May 22 before unanimously authorizing the signing of the contract. A full update will be provided to the congregation on Sunday, June 2nd following the pitch-in lunch and "Allisonville Allies awards."

Indy Pride Float Decoration

Join Pastor Sarah at the church on Friday, June 7 from 3:30 PM to 6 PM for Sign & Float Decorating. We'll have all the supplies for making a sign for the parade and for decorating our float. 

Saturday, June 8 is Indy Pride! ACC will once again participate in the parade and vendor village. Want to be involved? Let Pastor Sarah (szuniga@allisonville.org) know you're interested in helping out - the more the merrier!

Linwood Food Pantry

Every first Sunday of the month we collect items for the Linwood Food Pantry. They often tell us that they couldn't do what they do without ACC's support. This month they are looking for the following items:

  • Diapers, size 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tampons
  • Canned fruit
  • Ramen noodles
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned beans (Pinto, White, kidney, chili, etc)
  • Cereal
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned green beans
  • Individually wrapped kids snacks & juices

Linwood Food Pantry continues to pass along their gratitude for the ACC support.

Friday Dinners @ MCL

Every Friday a group of ACC members meet at MCL (5520 Castleton Corner Ln) for dinner at 5:30. All are invited! For more details or to be added to the email list, please reach out to Jerry Zimmerman at jersanzim@gmail.com.

Allisonville Allies

Last Sunday we started a sermon series based on the hit television series “The Office.” This sermon series, much like the show, will invite us to reflect on finding beauty in ordinary things, and how the most seemingly ordinary things can often reveal the most divine presences. 

As part of this sermon series, we’ll be gathering for a church pitch-in after the second service on June 2nd. ACC will provide fried and grilled chicken. Below, we have a sign-up for sides, veggies, and desserts. If your last name begins with A-Q, plan to bring a side or vegetable dish. If your last name begins with R-Z, plan to bring a dessert. If you need help signing up, call (317-849-3957) or email (szuniga@allisonville.org).


Scripture Readers

We are scheduling for August, September, and October. This is a meaningful way to contribute to our worship experience, and we invite more members to consider participating. Please contact John Quick (317-294-2709, qman21611@gmail.com) to sign up.

Regional Assembly

Indiana Regional Assembly will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2024 at Light of the World Christian Church. If you would like to attend and are interested in being a delegate, please reach out to Beau at bunderwood@allisonville.org

Info and Registration

Faith Formation

Vacation Bible School

We are excited to invite you to join us for our Vacation Bible School, "Camp Firelight," at Allisonville Christian Church from July 14th to 17th, each evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. This year’s theme, inspired by Psalm 56:3, promises a Summer Camp Adventure with God filled with engaging activities, fellowship, and spiritual growth.

To make this event a success, we are in need of volunteers! Dinner will be served to all VBS participants and volunteers, just as in years past.


Bible Study with Beau

Our weekly look at scripture has started again at both 9 AM (in person) and 7 PM (via Zoom) every Thursday. We'll dig back into Genesis, but newcomers are welcome. There's no homework involved or prior knowledge required. The goal of our study time is understanding the biblical story - and how it connects to our stories better. 

Summer Adult Sunday School

Beginning this Sunday (June 2), the adult Sunday school classes will combine for the summer for a conversation about From Inclusion to Justice: Disability, Ministry, and Congregational Leadership. Copies of the book are available at the church and you're also welcome to listen in even if you aren't planning to read along. Pastor Beau will lead the first session, which will focus on the introduction and the overall theme of the study. The meeting will be in the Casa room (fireplace room) at 11 AM. 

Youth Ministry

  • Mission Trip
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Summer Camp
Learn More

Young Adults

  • Tuesday Discussion Group
  • Indy Pride June 8
Learn More

Get Connected

Prime Timers

Everyone is invited to the June 12 Prime Timers event, Hidden Gems, an Indiana Landmarks presentation. A lunch from Jimmy Johns will be available in the ACC Family Room at 11:30 AM. Following lunch, a program will be presented by Suzanne Stanis, Vice President of Education at Indiana Landmarks.

The presentation, Hidden Gems, uses Indiana Landmarks’ insider knowledge to highlight Indiana historic places worth visiting, from the quirky to the sublime: small towns, neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, parks, cemeteries, scenic drives, and museums.

Cost - $12/person to be paid on arrival. No charge to attend the presentation without lunch.

Please RSVP by June 9.

Jean Tatum Text – 317-626-8625 Email – tatum.jean@gmail.com

Dave Tatum Text – 317-371-7500 Email – tatum.david@att.net

Men's Breakfast

The next men's breakfast is this Saturday, June 1 at 8:30 AM. We meet at Metro Diner (3945 E 82nd St.) on the first Saturday of the month. Please call or text Don B (317-697-6011) by Friday if you plan to join. We must request seats in advance.

ACC Book Club

Book Club’s June Book is Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, which she's been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago. Tova becomes acquainted with a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium, and together they must use every trick they can muster to unearth the truth for her before it's too late.

When: Tuesday, June 25, 7 p.m.

Where: Room 14 and over Zoom

Contact Audrey Pelsor if you’d like a library copy of the book

Disciples Women's Ministries

If you are interested in becoming involved with a Disciples Women's Ministry Circle, reach out to Linda Belding.

Sarah Circle:

Sarah Circle Dinner is Wednesday, June 12 at 6 PM If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Sue York at nsyork@att.net by May 31.

Mary Martha Circle:

The Mary Martha Circle will meet on Thursday, May 23rd at 12:30pm in Room 15 at ACC. We will be discussing Chapter 4, "Living by Faith". We look forward to listening to each of you on this topic. Mary Hillman will lead us. We hope you can join us!

Damaris Circle:

Damaris will be meeting on June 11.  We meet inside door 1 at the church. 6 PM to eat (bring your own food) and to talk until 7 PM then we start the discussion.

Our new book is What Jesus Learned from Women by James F. McGrath.

We discussed that we would do the Chapter 1 - Mary.

We welcome others to join us - if you have a question - please contact Pam Rahn or Janet Cooper.

Indianapolis Baseball Night

Membership has 68 seats together at Victory Field for Friday, August 2. Our Indianapolis Indians will play Toledo Mudd Hens. First pitch is 7:05 PM. We begin taking reservations on June 30. Details are forthcoming. Please SAVE THE DATE!

Sign Ups & Volunteering

Arts at Allisonville

CALLING ALL MUSIC AND DRAMA LOVERS! It’s time to get Arts at Allisonville rolling again. We are in the planning process for the next 12 months or so. Won’t you join us? If you love the arts, we want you. Contact Steve Caress (stcaress@yahoo.com), Shari Jacobs (slj1114@gmail.com), or Chris Higgins (chiggins@allisonville.org) and let us know. We want to start meeting soon to discuss/plan some exciting events.

2024 Summer Special Music

If you would like to offer special music during the months of June, July, or August, please complete the form linked below and Chris Higgins will reach out with potential dates.

Click Here to Sign Up for Special Music

If you have any questions or would like help selecting music, let Chris Higgins know or indicate as such in the form. 

By the way: this is NOT an ACC-only opportunity - if you know someone who would like to share their talents in worship, forward this email to them or complete the form on their behalf (but ask permission from them first)!

Faith Formation Ministry

If you are interested in any Sunday School class or other faith formation opportunity, please reach out to Josh (jjackson@allisonville.org) and read more at allisonville.org/sundayschool.

Here's a brief rundown of our offerings:

  • Worship and Wonder (9:30 and 11:00 in Room 12): Open to kids 3 years old through 1st grade
  • Children's Sunday School (11:00 in Room 1): Open to kids in 2nd through 5th grade
  • Youth Sunday School (11:00 in the Retreat House): Open to youth in 6th through 12th grade
  • Adult Sunday School (11:00 Faith Class in the Fireplace Room, LIFE Class in Room 15, and Pathfinders Class in the Chalice Room)
  • Middle and High School youth meet in Room 14

June Events

June 1 8:30 AM Men’s Breakfast

June 1 9:00 AM Crafting Group

June 2 12:00 PM Allisonville Allies Pitch-In

June 2 Linwood Food Pantry Sunday

June 6 9:00 AM Beau’s Bible Study at Church

June 6 7:00 PM Beau’s Bible Study on Zoom

Indy 7 3:30 PM Pride Float Decorating

June 8 All Day Indy Pride

June 11 6:00 PM Damaris Circle

June 12 11:30 AM Prime Timers

June 12 6:00 PM Sarah Circle

June 13 9:00 AM Beau’s Bible Study at Church

June 13 7:00 PM Beau’s Bible Study on Zoom

June 20 9:00 AM Beau’s Bible Study at Church

June 20 7:00 PM Beau’s Bible Study on Zoom

June 25 7:00 PM ACC Book Club

June 27 Mary Martha Circle Lunch Out