Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Happy Easter to you.The more I read and re-read the Easter stories in the Gospels and the references to resurrection in the letters of Paul, the more I find that "resurrection" is about a new reality and not just a resuscitation of a dead body. Perhaps the Gospel of John has one more clue for us: In the Easter story, after Mary Magdalene reports the empty tomb, it says that Peter and the other disciple, "the one whom Jesus loved," raced to the tomb to see for themselves. The "other disciple" runs faster than Peter, looks into the tomb, but does not enter until after Peter has arrived and gone inside. Then the "other disciple" also goes in. --More--
MILROY, Ind. – One Sunday in March, two of the three youth of the Milroy United Methodist Church (in Southeast District) who attended the Bishop’s Youth Rally Saturday, March 8, shared their stories of what they learned from their experiences. Both young women were – naturally – impressed with the message shared by Gracie Schram (www.gracieschram.com), a young vocalist from Leawood, Kan. Both youth also took away that anyone could make a difference, no matter what age they are. The congregation was delighted with their testimonies. Afterwards, members prayed over them, thanking God for their presence in our midst, and asking God to light their ways as they continue along their paths. Editor’s note: More than 600 youth and 70 adult volunteers from across Indiana attended the rally held at Noblesville, First UMC.
NEW PARIS, Ind. – Sunday, March 30, was a special Sunday for our Indiana Conference. The first person to become a Christian after the new Indiana Conference was formed was confirmed. How can I say the “first person to become a Christian” with such boldness? Let me tell you her story. It happened October 4, 2008, the day the two former Indiana United Methodist conferences held a special uniting session in Indianapolis, which formed the new Indiana Conference. On that day, I rendezvoused with my family on the way home. My daughter, Elizabeth, was with me in my truck. We started to talk about the new conference, faith and Jesus. I asked her if she wanted to pray, to confess her sin and accept Jesus as her savior. She said “yes,” so I pulled safely over and lead my daughter in a prayer of salvation. So, while I cannot prove she is the first Christian of the new Indiana Conference, she certainly has to be one of the first. The seeds of her faith were publicly celebrated on March 30, when she and her confirmation classmates were “Confirmed in Christ.” Christ is working among us. The Gospel is being proclaimed, verbally and visibly. Another generation begins its work and play for the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. From my perspective, the church is in good hands for yet another generation. Shalom.
– Submitted by The Rev. Rob Nelson, pastor of New Paris Grace and Milford United Methodist churches