Filter By:
Showing items filed under “Sally Bias”

ZPC honors Scouts on Scout Sunday

Robert Baden-Powell founded Boy Scouts in London in 1908. American D. Boyce brought Boy Scouts to the United States on February 8, 1910. Since that time, Scouting has grown in the United States from around 2,000 Boy Scouts and leaders to millions of participants today. ZPC is delighted to have many Scout families in its congregation and to benefit from several Eagle Scout Projects. On Sunday, February 12, we celebrated Boy Scout Sunday at ZPC and recognized and honored Scouts and their commitment to God.

One of the 12 Scout Laws is “A Scout is Reverent.” Carson Castle, 11, explains what it means to be reverent. “Reverent, to me, means to be full of worship and to have full respect for everyone including your enemies.” Carson’s brother, Bryce, is an Eagle Scout. ZPC benefitted from Bryce’s Eagle Scout Project, which was building a 266-foot split rail fence that divides the upper and lower ZPC parking lots. Bryce’s project was a continuation of another Eagle Scout Project that Michael Argentine, who is now a student at Purdue, completed a few years earlier. Michael‘s project built steps that connect the parking lots, providing a safe place for people to walk from one parking lot the other.

To Eagle Scout Ryan Carr, 18, being reverent means “you have a solid
relationship with God, but you respect the beliefs of others around you as well.” Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project built a fence around the ZPC dumpster on the east side of the church to remove it from view. The fence replaced the existing trees that served as a screen. These trees died every few years and needed to be replaced frequently. Ryan’s brother Jason, 15, is also involved with Scouting. He indicates that to him being reverent means “to do what God has planned for you.”

Another part of the Scout Law reinforces Scouts’ duty to God. For 12-year-old Brady Forler this means, “that through tough things, even political crisis, you should always do your best to be connected with God.” Thomas Wallbank, also 12, states “This phrase means to me that you will help everyone at all times and be a good citizen. I will not despise someone because of what they look like.”

These Scout values that we highlighted on Sunday strengthen character in family, community, and faith. Zachary Schwarz, 14, lives this out in his daily life. Zachary says, “I try to be respectful of others and be a good neighbor. God teaches us to love one another.”

Scouting brothers, Ian Ray, 15, and Bryan Ray, 12, agree with Zachary stating “reverence and a duty to God and others should be a part of all that we do.”

In addition to these important values, Scouting also helps educate boys on saving lives, serving others, developing character, encouraging conservation, and growing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) leaders. Thomas Burgess, 17, was able to utilize these values when he completed a 12 X 16 foot storage shed for his Eagle Scout Project. The shed was for the Boys and Girls Club West and sits near the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association fields. 

ZPC was proud to honor this group of young Scouts for their commitment to God and to our community.

If you’d life more information on Scouting, connect with Cherie Castle or Cynthia Carr or go to

Posted by Sally Bias with 2 Comments

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.

Posted by Sally Bias with 1 Comments