Daily HUM News Final Edition
Bishop reminds us that God is the final answer during ministry service
During his sermon, titled "BUT GOD" based on Ephesians 2:1-10 and delivered during the Saturday morning, June 8, Celebration of Ministry: Commissioning and Ordination, at the annual conference session, Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner began with an apology to his high school English teacher, Mrs. Simons. Coyner recognized that BUT GOD is bad grammar, but, he said, "We must take seriously the reality of sin, evil, brokenness, heartache, pain -- BUT GOD is the final answer."
He continued, "Anyone and everyone knows that our world today is one in which we see sin, separation from God, evil-doers and evil deeds, brokenness and heartache, dysfunction and disaster all around us." The questions remains: How do we respond; how do we engage ministry in the midst of such reality? How are we World Changers, proclaimed in our annual conference theme?
Coyner said during his four decades of ministry, he noticed most people in the face of world problems is either "Ain't it awful" or "It will be OK." "Ain't it awful" says the world is evil, people are broken and sinful. Nothing is going to change and we can't do much about it all. Coyner pointed out that such a response leads to clergy cynicism about the church, ministry and life. On the other hand -- "It will be OK" -- is really not an answer to the obvious problems and evils of the real world.
He continued: "Ain't it awful" usually implies, "If I were in charge, I would fix it." And, Likewise the "It will be OK" attitude really implies, "As long as I am alright, then who cares about the rest of the world?"
Bishop Coyner baptized three children from parsonage families during the Ministry Service Saturday, June 8. Here he baptizes Callie Marie Weiner Johnson, daughter of the Rev. Sean and Abigail Johnson of Avon. Also baptized were Asher David Reed, son of the Rev. Kevin and Julie Reed of Edinburgh and Robert Victor Stephens, son of the Rev. Chris and Michelle Stephens of Indianapolis.
Coyner said, "Both attitudes leave God out of the equation and focus upon me, me, me."
Ephesians, on the other hand, says BUT GOD. The final answer is Grace -- the gift of God's love. As Ephesians says, "By grace you have been saved, through faith -- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
To illustrate this point, Coyner talked about Brother Guy, a Benedictine monk at the Blue Cloud Abbey in South Dakota. "He (Brother Guy) talked about gardening, and wood-working, and washing dishes. Then he would make his point: 'holy living' is about discovering God's presents in everyday life so we might see holy living in every aspect of life." Coyner said, Brother Guy complimented United Methodists for being the first denomination to include in Communion liturgy, "Jesus ate with sinners." In Communion the final answer of grace is given: BUT GOD, the Good News.
Addressing those waiting for ordination he said, as ministers of faith, we present Jesus Christ wherever we show up. "We offer the new answer: BUT GOD," he said. "And when we leave the church after worship, as a deacon or pastor or layperson offers us a Benediction, do you know what they are saying? 'Go out into a world that looks very ungodly, and trust that the message of BUT GOD will go with you and change the world.'
"That's our ministry: living and sharing the Good News that trouble is real, BUT GOD offers grace. We need to be reminded, as Ephesians says, "It is by grace that we are saved and this is God's doing. The final answer in this world is BUT GOD…" -- DRG
During the service, Bishop Coyner commissioned 10 provisional ministers and ordained 13 members, receiving them as full-time clergy members of the conference.
Kara Ann Bussabarger of Corydon, Mary Therese Crouse of Zionsville, Thomas Leo Hoffmeyer of Charlestown, Jennifer Noelle Huff of Brook, Matthew Robert Lipan of Indianapolis, Barbara Louise Marshall of Carmel, Rebecca Lynn Smith of Arcadia, Scott Alan Taylor of Corydon, Jim Robert Tormey of Roanoke, Melissa Gail Zimmerman of Winchester
Bessie Narbell Adams of New Harmony, Daniel Seunghyun Cho of Westville, Christopher S. Gadlage of Lawrenceburg, Lauren Hall of South Bend, Anthony Joseph Hunley of Extension Ministries: U.S. Army, Jacob William Juncker of Culver, Kimberly Jean King of Indianapolis, Matthew Wayne Landry of Winamac, William George Nickrand of LaPorte, Steven Rundel of Bickell, Damon Louis Soper of Brownstown, Anthony David Stone of Summitville, Gregory Wayne Waggoner of Atwood
Young people inspire at the Festival of Young Preachers
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) -- On Thursday, June 6, an inspiring group of 18 young people took to the mic to preach the Gospel at the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church's Festival of Young Preachers in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Festival of Young Preachers, a one-of-a-kind event designed by the Academy of Preachers (AoP), showcases and encourages young people who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel.
According to the event's website: "The AoP's mission is to identify these young people while cultivating within them the conviction that Gospel preaching is a vocation of great social and spiritual significance and is worthy of their very best. A Festival of Young Preachers is not a competition. It is a celebration, an inspiration, an occasion of mutual edification and encouragement. Young preachers, ages 14-28, participate in these unique events all throughout the nation.
For story and pictures, visit http://storify.com/UMNS/young-people-inspire-at-the-festival-of-young-prea
Three Hoosiers granted Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay and Youth
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of this award were nominated by individuals, churches or districts and were selected by the Indiana Annual Conference Denman Awards Committee chaired by Ben Boruff.
Recipients live their call to "Offer Them Christ" daily as modeled by Dr. Harry Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism that sponsors these awards. Since its inception three decades ago, more than 2,500 individuals nationwide have been honored.
This year's Indiana Conference 2013 Denman Award recipients are Gabrielle Pruitt (youth) a member of Mount Pleasant UMC in Terre Haute (West District), Dennis Pickard (lay) a member of First UMC in Sheridan (North Central District), and the Rev. Robert H. Miller, Jr. (clergy) of the Mt. Comfort UMC who lives in New Palestine (Central District). They were announced during the Laity Session on Thursday afternoon, June 6.
Family Fun Night on Monument Circle
The Indiana Camping Ministry (Impact 2818) and several Indianapolis area United Methodist congregations presented at two-hour Family Fun Night on Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indiana on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The groups provided information about their ministries as well as served hot dogs, graham cracker-chocolate-marsh mellow treats, snow cones, pop corn and other treats; plus provided games and face paintings.
Bishop's Community Breakfast
Former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar reviewed his life as a United Methodist World Changer during the Bishop's Community Breakfast Saturday morning. One of his most rewarding accomplishments was the treaty between the USA and the USSR to dismantle nuclear weapons. Lugar is a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and grew up in the former Central Avenue UMC. The Rev. Matt Landry led the more than 200 participants in prayers for Indiana, the United States and the world.
More than $9,000 received during two conference offerings
The Indiana Annual Conference Session received two offerings during the June 2013 Indianapolis session. Africa University received $6,721 Friday evening during the Africa University Choir concert service. The Rejuvenate program received $2,838 Saturday morning during the Ministry Celebration service. The Indiana Annual Conference thanks those who contributed to these offerings. Conference Treasurer said that more than $1,000 was received from the ATM-style giving kiosk in the Worship Center, which allowed worshippers to give by debit and credit cards.