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Nicole and I have an article about Prairie Sky Church published in the most recent United Church News. Here’s an excerpt . . .

“Jesus invited each, starting where each was, to begin a spiritual adventure in a hitherto-untried way of living.”
— Adventurous Religion by Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1926.

It was on our European backpacking honeymoon in 1996 that we began calling ourselves the “Grant Yonkman Adventure Team.” A call to ministry and a sense of adventure are two things we’ve always shared.

When we accepted a call from the Indiana-Kentucky Conference in February 2007 to plant a church in Fishers, Ind., a fast-growing suburb of Indianapolis, we understood it to be another chapter in the Adventure Team story. We drew on the spirit and energy of our adventurous UCC forebears who had the guts and the will to gather around the vision “that they may all be one” 50 years earlier.

Church planting is the process of starting a new church that will, in a relatively short period of time, become a self-sufficient, self-supporting, autonomous congregation. Ultimately, our efforts did not produce a church, but our experience has taught us a lot about what it takes to plant a church and reach young people. . . . Read more . . .

Sir Francis Walsingham

Sir Francis Walsingham

Last January, I responded to an add in the Fishers Star for callouts for the 2008 Fishers Renaissance Faire. My family and I had attended the October ’07 faire and had a lot of fun despite the 90+ degree heat (!)

We were looking for ways to get involved in the community, so I went to the Fishers Public Library for callouts thinking that I would volunteer to help out in some capacity. Instead, I was invited to audition. I landed the role of “Sir Francis Walsingham,” Secretary of State to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Britian’s first “spymaster.” If you have seen the Elizabeth movies, it’s the role played by Geoffrey Rush.

If you aren’t familiar with the Renaissance Faire phenomenon, it’s basically a fun re-creation of Elizabethan England in a “theater-in-the-round” style. The Fishers Ren Faire is set in the London suburb of Billericay. A cast of volunteers act out roles in period costumes while the public strolls through town, visiting the market where there’s lots of period stuff for sale and watching stage shows, jousts, mock sword fights, and such.

Anyway, the 2008 Fishers Ren Faire is rapidly approaching (October 4-5, 10am to 6pm each day). I’m getting into character by working on my accent, learning my lines, and growing a beard. Nicole is furiously working on a costume.

So come check us out. The faire is held at Connor Prairie right in Fishers. Tickets in advance are $6 for adults $3 for kids. See link above for more details. Look forward to seeing you there!

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