Local Church News and Events

Maud Moran Scholarship Fund Seeking Applications 

The scholarship is non-denominational, but it is limited to Protestant students who are preparing for a career of full-time Christian service. The applicant must be attending, or planning to attend, a fully accredited school. This scholarship is open to students who will be attending either college or seminary. Several thousand dollars must be distributed by the Scholarship Committee, and awards usually begin at $1,000. You can find the application HERE. The deadline is May 28.

Poverty Simulation at Rosedale Hills UMC

On June 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Rosedale Hills UMC (4450 S. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis, 46227) will be hosting a poverty simulation. Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. A poverty simulation bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. It is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. Read the full flyer HERE

We hope to gather churches around the area to come together around education and working toward lasting change, compassion, and healing.

Lawrence UMC Hosts Annual Strawberry Festival

On Saturday, June 9, Lawrence UMC, 5200 N. Shadeland Avenue, will be hosting their Annual Strawberry Festival, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A variety of foods will be available, square dancing will be at 1:00 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m., news anchor Scott Swan will be making a special appearance. Check out the flyer HERE for full details! 

Smith Valley UMC Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series

We at Smith Valley UMC are initiating a new project called the Lunchtime @ Smith Valley: A Brown-Bag Series. We are inviting our church members and the entire community to pack a lunch and join us for a free afternoon of learning and fellowship. 

We’re having some very interesting speakers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

  • Our first speaker on June 14th is Reverend Brad Miller from Honey Creek UMC. He recently returned from a Mission trip to El Salvador and will share some of his experiences with us.
  • Next on July 12th will be Scott Swan, an Anchor/Reporter with WTHR-TV.  He will share the ACTS+L (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication + Listening) model he follows in his own prayer life and provide a message of encouragement for all Christians to share their testimonies too.
  • Our 3rd speakers, on August 9th, will be Heather Bottorff and Chad Harmon. They will discuss communications and relationships in all aspects of our lives including: marriage, parenting, workplace, and of course in our church family.

We will be meeting in our Welcome Center at noon on the second Thursday of the month.  We will supply beverages, paper products and eating utensils. We’re asking everyone to bring their own brown-bag lunch.

Please join us for an interesting and hopefully enlightening experience. We look forward to seeing you there.  Please call 317.881.1641 or email svumc@att.net the church office with any questions.

UMW Limitless 

Limitless 2018: The Mission Crawl, June 22-24, is a chance for young women (ages 15-40) and experienced mentors to make a difference in the Indianapolis community. Participants will be spending a few hours at a variety of non-for-profits around the metro area and learning how they impact the community. Be prepared for cleaning, painting, manual labor and laughs! The evenings and mealtimes will be spent at the lovely University of Indianapolis. Read more HERE.

Creation Festivals Northeast 2018 and Lifest 2018

If you enjoy live music and activities that celebrate spirituality, check out Creation Festivals Northeast 2018June 27-30, 2018, and Lifest 2018, July 12-15, 2018!  CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, is proud to be partnering with these nationally-known Christian rock festivals for a summer of fun, faith and unity.

Each festival brings more than 20,000 attendees from all over the United States together to celebrate their beliefs and enjoy various musical acts on multiples stages. CM CARES is able to offer ticket discounts on both of these amazing events!

Camp Buffalo - Scouting as Ministry 

On August 24-26, participants will pray together, play together, eat great food and learn about one’s personal relationship with God, while learning how to do Scouting as ministry in the local congregation. Pastors are ESPECIALLY invited to learn how to integrate the units affiliated with your congregations into all aspects of ministry in the local church. Read full details HERE.

Kenya Mission Trip sponsored by Aldersgate UMC in Evansville

Dates:  Feb. 1-16, 2019

Location:  2 villages in southwest Kenya

Project:  4 day Medical/Dental/Eyeglass Clinic, 2 day Eyeglass Clinic, Child Sponsorship Program, day-long Bible School 

Volunteers needed:  Non-medical or medical support staff, those interested in being with children

Cost:  $2000 without air travel to Kenya, includes safari in Masai Mara.

Leader: Rev. Lynn Renne who has been leading groups to this location for the past 12 years.

Contact:  Lynn.Renne@aldersgateum.org

Websites:  www.aldersgateum.org and www.missionpartnerskenya.org

2019 Ilula Orphan Program VIM to Ilula, Tanzania

The 2019 Ilula Orphan Program VIM to Ilula, Tanzania will be March 8 – March 24, 2019. An extra week or
week(s) option is available for those who would like to volunteer on the mission field for a longer period
of time or just to experience more of beautiful Tanzania.


IOP Managing Director Edson Msigwa and Missionary Berit Skaare will coordinate our stay at Ilula.
Accommodations after we leave Dar es Salaam will be either at the Orphan Center or Guest House and
genuinely rural African. Regardless of skill level, everyone will have an opportunity to work on the
mission field. The Managing Director will have a list of needs that we will attempt to complete. We will
tour schools, visit foster families, visit the Developing World Market at Iringa, have a meal and an
afternoon visit with a Masai tribe, overnight and safari at a National Park, and more.Read full details HERE.

Employment Opportunities

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University Heights United Methodist Children's Center

University Heights United Methodist Children's Center, a level 3 PATHS to quality provider, is seeking candidates for the following positions: 

Pre-K teacher-starting August 6th, 2018. 

Assistant caregivers- for all ages, starting immediately. 

Possessing a CDA or higher is preferred.  Pay is dependent upon experience.  Paid holidays, vacation and personal time. 

If interested, email Chris Roberts at uhumccasstdir@att.net or 317-787-5865.

United Methodist Foundation of Indiana

The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana is seeking a full-time Development Assistant, responsible for supporting the Foundation and its Development office through phone communication, general digital and print communication, office administration, and overall support of the Director of Development. Read the full description HERE.

Plainfield United Methodist Church

Plainfield United Methodist Church in Plainfield, IN, is seeking a part-time Choir Director/Primary Organist. The ideal candidate will have a visible and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ displayed in his/her leadership of an established adult choir and in their leadership of the church’s music for the Classic Worship Ministry (pumc.org/page/worshipwww.facebook.com/PlainfieldUMC).

Expectations include leading and encouraging existing adult choir; directing rehearsals (1 weekly, 9 months per year); being responsible for worship music for Classic Worship every Sunday (8:45 and 10:00 a.m.), collaborating with Music Director and other staff to develop meaningful and effective worship that continues to grow in scope and excellence. Please see attached job description for complete list of expectations. (Find pipe organ specifications here.)

The ideal candidate will be familiar with all aspects of Protestant Worship and display an understanding of worship needs in the local church. He/she will be proficient in playing the pipe organ, have experience directing adult choirs, and be skilled at planning and executing all aspects of Classic Worship music. Candidates must demonstrate spiritual character and maturity, passion for Christ and their ministry, enthusiasm, vision, versatility, effective communication and administration skills and teamwork in the leadership of an established and growing Classic Worship Ministry. To apply, please send resume, completed application , rehearsal video (video of you rehearsing an adult choir), worship video (video of you playing organ and directing a choir in a worship setting), and salary requirements to jobs@pumc.org. Completed applications received by May 21, 2018 will be given priority consideration.

Old Bethel UMC

Community Partnership Director

Old Bethel United Methodist Church is seeking a Community Partnership Coordinator who will partner the local church and our community partners together to effectively offer opportunities for Hispanic/Latino and spiritual nonreligious neighbors to encounter Christ through worship, serving, growing, sharing, and giving. This person would bridge the local church with its community partners and resource our Hispanic/Latino and spiritual nonreligious neighbors according to their spiritual, physical, emotional, and legal needs.This position is part-time, 20 hours a week and pays $18/hour. 

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to info@oldbethel.org by April 16th. For more information on qualifications and skills required visit www.oldbethel.org/jobs

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher

 Old Bethel Preschool & Daycare is a ministry of Old Bethel United Methodist Church and is registered with the State of Indiana. Our goal is to provide a quality preschool and childcare program in a nurturing Christian environment that provides for the growth and development of each individual child. We are committed to offering an early childhood program that builds a sound foundation for a love for learning in all children. Each day we challenge our children to think, imagine, play, question, investigate and explore their world.

The Director at Old Bethel Preschool & Daycare will oversee the day to day operations of the preschool and daycare in order to fill its philosophy and mission. In addition to this the Director will teach some classes as the lead teacher and will be responsible for carrying out curriculum.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to info@oldbethel.org by April 6th. For more information on qualifications and skills required visit www.oldbethel.org/jobs

Family Ministry Intern

Old Bethel United Methodist Church is looking for a Family Ministry Intern. As an intern this person partners with our Pastor of Family Ministries to execute the mission and the vision of our church. The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The vision of Old Bethel is to offer hope to every hunger in every heart. The Family Ministry Intern would work 10-15 hours a week helping the family ministry grow and thrive, teaching children/students, and growing in faith and leadership. This position will begin August 19th, 2018.

Lawrence UMC 

Lawrence United Methodist Church is looking to hire a part-time Children's Ministry Director to help lead children in their faith development. The position includes working with the staff and a dedicated children’s ministry committee. The position is 20 hours a week and applicants should be fully dedicated followers of Jesus Christ with experience in working with children. 

Contact: Pastor Joe Johnson, 317-546-1724.

Bradley UMC 

Bradley UMC is seeking a part-time Praise Leader. Click on the position title for full details.

Castleton UMC

Student Ministries Director
Large suburban mainline Church (Castleton UMC)  seeks full –time director of Student Ministries.  
Necessary skills include: a vital walk with Christ; willingness to care and teach youth and their families; desire to show youth what it means to live dailywith Christ, and a willingness to fully participate in a vital staff team.
Excellent Compensation.  Three years’ experience preferred. Send resumes to myrad@castletonumc.org.

North United Methodist Church

North United Methodist Church is looking for a Part-Time Minister of Visitation. Click on the job title for the full description.

Franciscan Health Mooresville

Franciscan Health Mooresville is seeking "on call" chaplains for weeknights and weekends. If you are interested in filling one of these positions and have one or more units of CPE, please call Fr Michael Burns at 317-528-2163.

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