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Keeping up with Scott Shelton

Dear ZPC Family,

The Shelton Family, all 6 of us, recently returned from a trip out West during my sabbatical. We visited some Lewis and Clark sites in North Dakota and Montana, then had some fun in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. I enjoyed seeing the historical sites where Lewis and Clark traveled, such as their winter quarters in Mandan, North Dakota, and where they portaged their canoes at Great Falls, Montana.

Our kids enjoyed seeing all the wildlife in Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. We had lots of sightings of black bears, elk, moose, antelope, bison, bald eagles, and mountain goats. We missed seeing a bull moose with antlers - but oh, well. Claire and I enjoyed quiet moments reading and looking at the Tetons behind Jackson Lake Lodge and at Colter Bay. Our kids enjoyed the rodeo, rafting the Snake River, and hiking.

Part of the joy of being on sabbatical is that I lost track of what day it was several times - relaxing! But it wasn't all relaxing. Some days we tried to do too much - and it was exhausting. One of the things we learned is that with 6 people, there are 6 different opinions on where to eat, what to do, where to go. We learned that we had to negotiate on what to see and do, and sometimes compromise what I might want to do for the good of the family. Part of being a family is give and take, and learning to look out for others. I was reminded that is something we must remember as a church family - to look out for the other person and to care for them - at times setting aside what I might want personally for the good of the family - even for those not in our church family.

Now that our kids are heading back to school, I'm doing some reflecting and reading. I'm reading Tod Bolsinger's book on Lewis and Clark and church leadership called Canoeing the Mountains. I'm also reading two good books on resting, being quiet and being present with God and others. Good lessons for me in all these books. I also made a two day visit to Lincoln's hometown of Springfield, Illinois, and learned more about the great man. I've learned that Lewis, Clark, and Lincoln were all very human as well as heroic. They had flaws and made mistakes, but they stepped out with courage to take on incredible challenges. I'll be sharing what I've learned in a class when I return, including all the great things I learned while traveling and studying in Israel. I'll tell some stories in worship this fall, too.

Another thing I've reflected on recently is church. We've worshipped at different churches and truly enjoyed them all. God was present in all those churches and in warm welcomes we received. But I realize that I miss worshipping with you all - and your warm love to me and my family. So, while I'm still enjoying the time away, I look forward to seeing you all again in September! 

God bless, Scott

Editor's note: Rev. Scott Shelton is the associate pastor for discipleship at ZPC. He has been on Sabbatical since May 15 and will return to us on September 15.

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Nueva Creación

ZPC has supported Iglesía Nueva Creación, a Hispanic church that meets at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Speedway, since its inception in 2008. In addition to our church’s annual monetary support, several ZPC members have gotten involved over the years. Ron Fisher serves on ZPC’s Mission Commission and as the treasurer on the board for Nueva Creación. I spoke recently with Ron about the church, his involvement, and how ZPCers can become more involved in this important ministry.

According to Latin Post, Indianapolis has been experiencing a Latino population boom (Thompson, 2015). Between 2000 and 2013, the Latino population in Indianapolis increased by 195%. Currently, according to the US Census, 9.4% of Indianapolis’s population is Latino. Speedway is in keeping with its surrounding city with about 9% of its population being Latino.

Nueva Creación came about in 2008 through a partnership between John Knox, Irvington Presbyterian Church, ZPC, and the Whitewater Valley Presbytery. Ron says the church is an important addition to the Speedway community. “Because of the growth of the Hispanic immigrant community, there are a lot of opportunities for Nueva Creación and the location of John Knox is perfect meeting place for a Hispanic congregation. There is a strong catholic church in this area, but there was not a protestant presence until the formation of Nueva Creación."

In January 2015, Nueva Creacion hired a part-time pastor, Rev. Héctor Hernández Marcial, M.Div., MAMFT. Rev. Héctor has been a great addition to the church, according to Ron. “Hector goes into the homes of those the church serves. He spends personal time during the week with families, which has helped the church grow.”

Providing services and planning events for the community are other ways the church has grown. Some examples of ways the church has reached out to the community are through a couples workshop they hosted last August with 40 people participating and an event where they facilitated a community conversation with a Spanish speaking police officer who serves as a liaison with the Hispanic community.

The church also provides events and services for the children in the community. Ron pointed out how important this connection is. “The Hispanic culture is very family oriented so when children get involved, parents get involved.” These interactions with children provide several opportunities for ZPCers to jump into this ministry. The Nueva Creación congregation meets on Sunday afternoons at 1:30. Volunteers are needed to assist with the children’s ministry during this time. “These volunteers are vital to the growth of this church, because they allow all parents to stay and participate in the service, which is important to a small church.”

Another opportunity for ZPC involvement takes place on Thursday evenings when the church hosts art and music labs. Through the Art Lab, Rev. Héctor and other artists help community children explore graphic design and art while exploring their faith in God. The Music Lab is also planned for this fall after an individual donated five guitars. Volunteers are needed to assist in both areas.

Please contact Ron Fisher for more information on how you can get involved with the wonderful things going on at Nueva Creación!

Thompson, N.A., 2015). "The Crossroads of America:" How Indianapolis has benefited from booming Latino business community. Latin Post, April 28, 2015. http://www.latinpost.com/articles/43251/20150428/crossroads-america-indianapolis-earned-new-nickname-due-booming-local-latino.htm

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