2019 Fall Newsletter                  


The mission of Connection Ministries is to “equip churches” to minister with our friends who have intellectual disabilities. When we gather for training, we truly “sharpen” each other. The cross pollination of ideas, concepts and encouragement is needed for all of us, especially for volunteers who never attended training. The Connection Ministries team is also sharpened in the training sessions. The ideas you share create future training opportunities.

As your leadership teams meet to plan the upcoming Friendship season, consider including training for your group. We learn in Proverbs 16 to, “Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.” These training sessions will be personalized for your church instead of the workshops we did in the past.

Training topics include:

*Role of a Companion                                                                                                                                                *Descriptions of Disabilities                                                                                                                            *Communications                                                                                                                                                        *Spirituality of People with Disabilities                                                                                                                          *Spiritual Gifts                                                                                                                                                                    *Lesson Effectiveness                                                                                                                                          *Preventing/Reporting Abuse                                                                                                                                      *Behaviors                                                                                                                                                            *Administration                                                                                                                                                           *Leadership Teams and Succession Planning                                                                                                             *Technology        

Call or email us to plan a training session for your team.     


  NELLIE’S Common Scents

You might remember Larry, the other golden retriever who was with Don and Linda a long time ago. Well, they are now my responsibility, along with the column Larry used to write, “Common Scents.” When I was asked to write this column, I was eager to tell you about the two things that are very important to me; relationships and training. They do go together!

My first relationship was with my mother. She taught me to share with my siblings. Later, I lived with puppy raisers, and then with the inmates in several prisons. They were trained by ICAN to develop me into the loving dog I am today. Now, I live with Don and Linda. We were trained together by ICAN, but the training is not over. We attend refresher classes together and practice the skills…almost every day! I have been with them now for nine months, and a strong relationship has formed.

We continue to learn what it means to be good companions, just like you are good companions with your friends who have disabilities. We all need training to be to be great companions. Then we practice, practice, and practice some more, and meaningful relationships naturally follow.


Inspired through RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships inspire us to be the people God wants us to be. This summer we learned at the Gathering why it is necessary to follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Our theme verse from 1 Peter 2:21 makes this point clear, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” It is living examples from Jesus, as well as others who follow Jesus, that inspire us! This inspiration is fueled through ever-deepening relationships that may start at church but can also extend into each other’s personal lives. The more time we spend with Jesus and other believers, the more we are influenced to become like them.

In 2006, Carol became involved with the Friendship Saturday respite ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities at her church. This led her to get involved with ballroom dance through Special Olympics, and later, a weekly Friendship Bible Study. Carol has a love for dance and her friends with disabilities. She has many treasured relationships with her friends with disabilities, and finds great joy sharing her love for the Lord and dance with them. Along with Carol, other volunteers get to be dance “partners” with their friends. They also share rides with their friends traveling to dance competitions, where there is plenty of time to talk and laugh together. Carol would tell you that God has shaped her life through the relationships she has with people with disabilities. Others would say her friends’ lives have been shaped as well.

We not only share an evening of Friendship group together—we share our lives. We worship God, pray, study about Jesus and hang out with others who believe in our awesome God. We allow the Holy Spirit to lead us as we share more and more of our lives. Together, we witness many examples of how we as Christians can live out our faith and follow “in His steps.”

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:24-25

Now that summer is wrapping up, begin encouraging each other to reengage with your Friendship group. There is no better place to inspire others, or be inspired.


Experiencing the Fullness of Christ in FRIENDSHIP


It is a new Friendship season, and again your groups will gather…”to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12-13

The Summer Friendship Gatherings were great, but we now get to resume our weekly Friendship groups. Included is the list of the Friendship groups with the start dates received.

Additional Friendship groups are listed on the website: https://connection-ministries.org/locations/

Friendship applications are also available on the website: https://connection-ministries.org/applications/participant-and-volunteer-application/

Friendship Group Fall 2019 Start-Up Dates

Friendship Groups Partnering with Connection Ministries

Brandywine Church                                                                                                                                                                 1551 E. New Rd.
Greenfield, IN 46140
Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.  *Resumes: September 10

Christ the Savior Lutheran Church
10500 E. 126th St.
Fishers, IN 46038
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 10

College Park Church
2606 W. 96th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Monday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: October 7

Cornerstone Lutheran Church
4850 East 131st St.
Carmel, IN 46033
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 17

Cross of Grace Lutheran Church
3519 S. 600 West
New Palestine, IN 46163
Wednesday evening, 6:30 p.m.  *Resumes: September 11 @ 5:30 p.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church
7900 Allisonville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.

King of Glory Lutheran Church
2201 E. 106th St.
Carmel, IN 46032
Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 18

LifePoint Church
8540 Combs Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Monday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 9

Messiah Lutheran Church
801 S. Green St.
Brownsburg, IN 46112
Thursday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 12

Outlook Christian Church
6531 N 600 West (Mt Comfort Rd)
McCordsville, IN 46055
Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 11

Second Reformed Presbyterian Church
4800 N. Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 3

Spirit of Joy Church
3535 Kessler Blvd E. Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 17

St. Andrews Lutheran Church
6118 Crawfordsville Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: October 1

Trinity Lutheran Church
8540 East 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Tuesday evening, 7 p.m.  *Resumes: September 10

PREPARING for the Future

Richard Culter, President, Connection Ministries, IndianaAfter more than 40 years of ministry; mostly with Lutheran Disability Ministries and now Connection Ministries (CM), Richard Culter stepped down as the President of the Board for CM. Don Foley, a founding Board member for CM replaces Richard as President.

Connection Ministries is opening an office at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. Our mailing address and phone number will remain the same.

Connection Ministries                                                                                                       P.O. Box 29495                                                                                                   Indianapolis, IN 46229                                                                                                                                                                    317-646-5067                                                                                                                                                                 

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Gifts can be made online at https://connection-ministries.org/support/

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