MissionsService

Old West End Neighborhood Clean Up Day

The 2nd annual Clean Up Day is almost here! A great event for small groups, families, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand to our neighbors. A variety of jobs provide opportunity for everyone to get involved. Picking up trash on the street,…
Adam Bouse
April 24, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – All In, “Make It Known”

KEY SCRIPTURE Matt 28:19: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." Acts 2:37-48, 41 John 4:1-2 Luke 11:37-38 Acts 19:4-5 START TALKING Before hearing this message, how…
Adam Bouse
April 3, 2016
ReflectionsStories

Commonway Stories: Adam James

Adam James didn’t want to go to Commonway. Now he’s leading a small group. Adam was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school, and says he technically “still is Catholic, just not practicing.” His girlfriend, Laura, invited him to Commonway two years ago and he felt…
Kelsey Timmerman
March 30, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Easter

KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Cor. 15: 14-15,17 John 5:28-29 John 11:25-26 Luke 24:21 1 Cor. 15:22-23 2 Cor. 4:14 2 Cor. 5:17 John 20:29 TALK IT OVER The Easter message all rests upon the resurrection of Jesus. And the word "resurrection" is loaded with historical context…
Adam Bouse
March 28, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Jonah 4

KEY SCRIPTURE Jonah 4 START TALKING As we wrap up Jonah, what are the major themes or lessons you see in this story? How would you describe this letter? Hopeful, frustrating, discouraging, mysterious? START SHARING As chapter 4 ends abruptly, we see that God seems to…
Adam Bouse
March 20, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Jonah 3

KEY SCRIPTURE  Jonah 3 Also mentioned: Amos 8:4-5 Nahum 3:1-5 2 Peter 3:9 Matthew 12:38-41 START TALKING If you have been with us for this series, how has your understanding and perspective on the story of Jonah changed so far? START SHARING Chapter 3 is the…
Adam Bouse
March 13, 2016
Mission & ValuesMissionsService

Who Are Our Local Mission Partners?

This is a thank you card we recently received from Southside Middle School. Over the course of February, Commonway collected food and hygiene items, along with new or gently used clothing, to supply the "Panther Pantry," a new program at Southside focused on providing essential supplies…
Adam Bouse
March 10, 2016
Mission & ValuesMissions

Who Are Our Global Mission Partners?

Did you know that Commonway partners with organizations, locally and globally, to do good work, restore what is broken, and provide hope in tangible ways? In fact, we have committed to direct 10% of everything you give at Commonway back out to strategic partners, organizations, and…
Adam Bouse
March 9, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Jonah 2

KEY SCRIPTURE  Jonah 2 START TALKING Do you have any spring break plans (if you have kids or are in school)? What are you looking forward to this month? START SHARING In Jonah 2, we see this eloquent, poetic prayer. Interestingly, each line of this…
Adam Bouse
March 6, 2016
Events

What To Expect at the Women’s Retreat

Earlier this week, I sat down at Panera with the group in charge of Commonway’s women’s ministry. These four women--Gabriele, Cindy, Debbie, and Lisa--have been leading our church’s women’s Bible studies and fellowship groups for the past several months. I’ve been able to join them…
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
March 4, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – Jonah 1

KEY SCRIPTURE  Jonah 1 START TALKING We’re talking about Jonah 1. Matt pointed out that the writer of Jonah relies heavily on irony/humor to make his point. What are some ways people in our culture use humor/irony/satire to make a point? Can you think of any example (media,…
Matt Carder
February 28, 2016
Events

2016 Women’s Retreat

The first-ever Commonway Women's Retreat is almost here! Do you long for an intimate relationship with Jesus? Come explore with us what it would be like to walk with him in your daily routine, welcoming him into the details of life. Experience Jesus in a…
Adam Bouse
February 23, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Relate: “Every Opportunity”

KEY SCRIPTURE 2 Samuel 13; 14:23-24, 28; 15:6; 18:5, 29, 32-33; 19:4 Ephesians 5:15-16 "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." START TALKING What is something that brought you joy,…
Adam Bouse
February 22, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Relate: “A Fair Fight”

KEY SCRIPTURE Matthew 18:15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. Ephesians 4:15 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 1 John 4:18 START TALKING What is something that brought…
Adam Bouse
February 14, 2016
Events

Family Day 2016

It's time once again to mark your calendars for Family Day at the Muncie Children's Museum following church. Right after church on February 21, 2016, we'll go next door for complete access to play and have fun at the museum. We'll also have lunch and enjoy friends…
Jill Dubois
February 10, 2016
ReflectionsStaff

What is Lent?

Most Christians I know have at least heard of Lent, but you’re not alone if you would have trouble explaining to someone else what it is all about. Lent is a season of the Christian calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday (this year it’s February…
Matt Carder
February 9, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Guest, Dr. Brent Ellis

We had the special privilege of having Dr. Brent Ellis from Spring Arbor University joining us this morning. KEY SCRIPTURE 1 Peter 4:12-13 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange…
Adam Bouse
February 7, 2016
MissionsService

Southside Middle School Food and Clothing Drive

During the month of February, we are collecting items to stock the Southside Middle School “Panther Pantry,” a new initiative to provide supplementary food, hygiene, and clothing items for students who may need them while away from school over the weekend. This is a great,…
Adam Bouse
February 2, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Relate: “Forgiveness”

KEY SCRIPTURE Matthew 18:21-35 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23 “Therefore, the kingdom of…
Adam Bouse
January 31, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Relate: “Friendship”

KEY SCRIPTURE John 15:13-17 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have…
Adam Bouse
January 24, 2016
EventsGroups

Women’s Groups and a Retreat

Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, trying to balance family and a career, or you simply are looking to connect with other women, we have great news for you. Three groups, designed and led by women, are starting up in the coming weeks that can help…
Adam Bouse
January 15, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – “Relate, Pt.1”

KEY SCRIPTURE Genesis 2:18, 23 Genesis 3:11-12 Psalm 139:1-3, 23-24 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are…
Adam Bouse
January 10, 2016
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Carols, “I Heard the Bells”

KEY SCRIPTURE Isaiah 11:1-3 - A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Lamentations 1:1-4 Isaiah 9:6-7 Luke 2:13-14 START TALKING What kind of holiday travel will you be doing in the next few weeks? What holiday traditions,…
Adam Bouse
December 13, 2015
Uncategorized

Carols: A New Christmas Series

Are you the person who starts listening to Christmas music as soon as Halloween is over? Or maybe you wait until Thanksgiving lunch is over and you’ve started browsing the department store ads? Perhaps you only have a few, select songs you need to hear…
Adam Bouse
December 1, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 6

KEY SCRIPTURE 2 Kings 5:1-19 Romans 12:2 (Click on each passage listed to view it at bible.com) START TALKING How was Thanksgiving? What makes your list of things you're thankful for? What holiday traditions do you and your family have? How do you incorporate the…
Adam Bouse
November 29, 2015
ResourcesSeasons

The Season of Advent Begins Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 29, marks the beginning of the season of Advent for much of the Christian world. With the holiday season in full swing in the wider popular culture, followers of Jesus have traditionally used four Sundays leading up to Christmas to prepare their hearts and…
Adam Bouse
November 28, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 5

"Start with what you know."  KEY SCRIPTURE Deuteronomy 7:1-4 Judges 1:29 John 14:8-10 Colossians 1:15 Colossians 2:9 Hebrews 1:3 - "The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being..." (Click on each passage listed to view it at bible.com) START…
Adam Bouse
November 22, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 4

"Can we trust this book?" KEY SCRIPTURE 2 Peter 3:15-16 Numbers 6:24 Luke 3:1-2 Acts 18:12 2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good…
Adam Bouse
November 15, 2015
EventsMissionsService

Help-Portrait: A Picture-Perfect Gift

For over five years, Commonway has participated in a global movement called Help-Portrait to empower photographers to use their skills, tools, and expertise to give back to their local communities—by taking professional photos and giving them away for free. This year, the global Help-Portrait community…
Adam Bouse
November 10, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 3

"Science and faith are partners in the search for knowledge." - Matt Carder KEY SCRIPTURE (Click on each passage listed to view it at bible.com) Psalm 19:1-4  The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth…
Adam Bouse
November 8, 2015
Resources

Thankfulness In and Out of Season

As November starts and we look toward Thanksgiving, it’s natural to think about being thankful. That’s the nature of the season, right? But you would likely agree there is no “season of thankfulness.” Or at least there shouldn’t be. Focusing on just a single day…
Adam Bouse
November 4, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 2

KEY SCRIPTURE (Click on each passage listed to view it at bible.com) Jude 22: "Be merciful to those who doubt." Romans 8:20, Romans 8:22 Romans 5:3-4 2 Cor. 1:3-4 Matthew 19:28 2 Cor. 4:17-18 Romans 8:18 START TALKING What organizations, causes, or groups have you…
Adam Bouse
November 1, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Unapologetic, Pt. 1

"Talk It Over" is a new, weekly resource created to help you have great discussions with your small group, family, and friends. Let us know what you think! KEY SCRIPTURE In the first message in this new series, Matt drew from several Bible passages to…
Adam Bouse
October 25, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk it Over – “Pride”

Guest Speaker: Gabriele Replogle Key Scripture Philippians 2:1-11 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded,…
Adam Bouse
October 18, 2015
Talk It Over

Talk It Over – Guest Bryan Olesen

In case you missed it, we're sharing a weekly resource called Talk It Over, created to help you have great discussions with your small group, family, and friends. Let us know what you think!  We were thankful to have Bryan Oleson lead the music as well as…
Adam Bouse
October 11, 2015
EventsMission & Values

Why Do We Do Baptism?

You probably know what baptism is, but you might wonder why churches do it. Baptism itself is a simple act and it is one of the most powerful actions in the life of a follower of Jesus. Simply put, baptism is an outward and visible sign…
Adam Bouse
October 9, 2015
Events

Chili Bowl 2015 Recap

I like to consider myself an expert on all things Fall in Central Indiana. From the Matthews Covered Bridge Festival to the annual Hamilton Township Volunteer Firefighters’ Hog Roast, I know and love my Fall events. That’s what growing up around here does to a…
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
October 6, 2015
GroupsTalk It Over

Introducing “Talk It Over”

Today, we're introducing a new, weekly feature on the blog called "Talk It Over." Talk It Over will be a resource based on Sunday's message, created to help you have great discussions with your small group, family, and friends. Intentional discussions will help you process what…
Adam Bouse
October 4, 2015
Commonway Kids

Great Things are Happening in Commonway Kids

Great things are happening in Commonway Kids! Our preschoolers (2 through 5 year-olds) are getting ready to jump into a very fun October. Checking their secret identities at the door, they will be transforming into Super Kids! The preschoolers will be learning that God will help them…
Jill Dubois
September 30, 2015
Events

Chili Bowl 2015 is Almost Here

If you love eating tasty food, hanging out with great people, and playing games—all in a beautiful setting—you will want to be at Chili Bowl 2015. The 4th Annual Chili Bowl will take place on October 4 from 4:00-7:00pm. We'll be gathering at the home of Wil…
Adam Bouse
September 25, 2015
Groups

New Women’s Groups Starting Up

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a single college student, or investing in your career, we invite all of the women at Commonway to check out three great opportunities available this fall. These three groups are a chance to slow down, develop relationships, and seek Jesus along side…
Adam Bouse
September 22, 2015
EventsMissions

Stripped Love Training Event

Stripped Love, a non-profit focused on taking God’s love into commercial sex trade strip clubs, is one of the most unique local missions partners we have as a church. With a mission to “consistently show up and befriend women in sex trade and love them…
Adam Bouse
September 17, 2015
CollegeEvents

Adopt-a-Student Kickoff

We love the college students at Commonway! And we know college can be an amazing, challenging, chaotic, rewarding, and confusing experience. As a church, we have an opportunity to be a support system for students as they navigate this important and formative time in their…
Adam Bouse
September 16, 2015
Message SeriesResources

7 Measures Of Growth

Being a disciple of Jesus means following him, learning from him, and becoming more like him. The definition of "Christian" is very broad, even conflicting at times, in our culture. What it means to be a disciple of Jesus, though, is much clearer. Through Jesus' actions, teachings,…
Adam Bouse
September 14, 2015
Message SeriesResources

Series Wrap Up: 13 Letters

This Summer, we spent our Sunday mornings looking at key themes in the letters by the Apostle Paul. The series “13 Letters” gave us a chance to look at the astounding wisdom, experience, and hope Paul shared with his friends, churches, and, even now, with today's…
Adam Bouse
September 9, 2015
EventsStaff

Join Us For a Connection Lunch

When you go to a new church for the first time, what’s one thing you really want to know but don’t know who to ask or how to find out? Maybe you want to meet the pastor, to get to know the person you see…
Adam Bouse
September 8, 2015
CollegeEvents

Four Ways College Students Can Get Connected

We’re looking forward to an exciting year of college ministry here at Commonway. As the new College Pastor here, I’m amazed at the response and excitement students have for me being here. I can’t help being excited about what God has in store for us…
Matt Carder
September 3, 2015
Groups

Get Connected at GroupLink

Who are the people you turn to when life is overwhelming? Who are the friends that you love to help when things aren’t going well? What about the people who make you laugh until your stomach hurts? Who are the ones helping you look for…
Adam Bouse
September 1, 2015
Groups

Ladies, We Want Your Help

Ladies, we need your help! As we head into the fall, we are looking to start up a few groups and studies just for women. To do that, we want to hear directly from you on what kinds of gatherings you'd be interested in, what…
Adam Bouse
August 27, 2015
Mission & ValuesService

Core Values: Generous Service

"...so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him." John 13:4-5…
Adam Bouse
August 25, 2015
EventsMission & Values

The Balance Between Busy and Connected

When it comes to busy schedules, we don’t want church to be another obligation to meet, a calendar to manage, or burden to bear. We value authentic relationships and shared grace (among other things) because they give us the freedom to build a life of meaning and…
Adam Bouse
August 18, 2015
Uncategorized

Commonway Youth is Back in Full Force

  The school year has started! Celebrated by parents, endured by students. And at the same time, CWay: #youth is starting back up in full force. This is something parents and students can both get excited about. CWAY: #youth is a group of students who get…
Adam Bouse
August 11, 2015
Mission & Values

What Motivates Us: Our Mission & Values

In 2013, a group of people came together to bring greater clarity to the values of the church. Over a period of six months, countless prayers, and a lot of discussion, this group landed on a clear vision, a simple mission statement, and five core…
Adam Bouse
July 29, 2015
Mission & Values

New Blog, Same Mission

As a church, we don’t pretend to have it all together. Every person has a story. We aren’t perfect—nobody is perfect—and we’ve all made our share of mistakes. So we don’t expect anyone else to be perfect either. You know what? Neither does God. And…
Adam Bouse
July 27, 2015
Uncategorized

Doing a cross country road trip

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into…
Tony Pantello
July 15, 2014
Uncategorized

Be My Guest Concert

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into…
Tony Pantello
February 14, 2014
Uncategorized

Deep down in the water

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into…
Tony Pantello
March 23, 2013
Uncategorized

10 Tips for what to do downtown

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Tony Pantello
March 21, 2013
Uncategorized

We hired a new employee

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Tony Pantello
February 22, 2013

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear

Ambrose Redmoon
Uncategorized

Be My Guest Concert

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into…
Tony Pantello
February 14, 2013
Uncategorized

The Mountain

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Tony Pantello
January 15, 2013
Uncategorized

Velit Porttito

Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into…
Tony Pantello
January 11, 2013
Uncategorized

Top 5 places you need to see

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Tony Pantello
January 8, 2013
Uncategorized

Do you feel like a young god

Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control over the situation. far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their…
Tony Pantello
January 8, 2013
Uncategorized

Get the most out of your training

Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control over the situation. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for…
Tony Pantello
January 7, 2013
Uncategorized

The relaxing ocean waves

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Tony Pantello
January 7, 2013
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