An electronic newsletter of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
Friday, March 2, 2012 – Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent (purple)
March is Disability Awareness Month, visit www.inumc.org/pages/detail/708
This newsletter is paid for through your annual conference tithe. Thank you.
Edited by Dan Gangler, firstname.lastname@example.org, Indiana Conference director of communication
Check the online Indiana Conference Calendar at www.inumc.org/events.
This regional event for local church pastors, pastor-parish relations committee chairs, trustees, finance leaders and administrators will feature an hour-long session including a keynote presentation by Scott Himsel of the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels about “Protecting Your Church’s Ministry,” plus five 50-minute breakout sessions for trustees, treasurers and church administrators. A second 50-minute breakout session will repeat four of the five presentations so participants can go to two presentations. Doors open at 9 a.m. with the first session beginning at 9:30 a.m. The event will end at 12:30 p.m.
2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held April 24-May 4 in Tampa. Fla. For more information, click here.
2012 North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church is scheduled to be held July 17-21 at Akron, Ohio. For more information and list of delegates, visit www.ncjumc.org/ncj-2012.
The Morehouse College Glee Club will be featured by the New Hope United Methodist Church in concert Monday, March 5, at First United Methodist Church, 1215 Jackson Street in Anderson, Ind. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are free but required and can be obtained at First UMC and New Hope UMC in Anderson. For more information, call New Hope UMC at 765-649-1892.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Metro Ministries Summer Youth Program Grant meeting will be held Wednesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Way Building, 3901 N. Meridian Street, RCI Room. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about grants through Metro Ministries for summer youth programs in 2012. Registrations are required to plan the meeting space and luncheon. There is no cost to attend. A grant writing presentation is planned by Roger Outcalt. He will present information on how to evaluate, measure and capture the outcomes of your program. For more information, contact Lisa Morris at email@example.com or call 317-452-4786.
"Telling Our Mission Story: Put a Face on Your Apportionments"
Many United Methodists hear the word “apportionment” and think only of a burden placed upon the local church, but they have only seen it from one side. What if they could see the countless ways lives are touched, and the how their church has made a difference by participating in our global shared ministries? Find out how you can help tell those stories! This webinar “Telling Our Mission Story: Put a Face on Your Apportionments” will be held Thursday, March 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT, or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET. Reserve your Webinar seat now by clicking here.
A complete list of GBOD Webinars for local church leaders can be found at www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
Bishop Mike Coyner and Dr. Doug Anderson will lead the “Making a Good Move” seminar for all clergy moving to new appointments this year. The seminar is scheduled to begin Friday, May 18, at 2 p.m. (ET), and will last through the evening for clergy and their spouses, if available. Spouses may arrive at 3 p.m. (ET). Dinner will be included Friday evening. The seminar will continue on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ET) for clergy and representatives from the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee of the new appointment church. Lunch is not included on Saturday. The seminar will be held at Plainfield UMC, 600 Simmons Street, west of the Indianapolis International Airport and south of E. Main Street, which is U.S. 40 in Plainfield.
The purpose of this seminar is to help clergy, spouses and the PPRCs begin their new appointments and get off to a good start. Topics of the seminar include:
There is no charge for this seminar but pastors are asked to register their group for the seminar online at www.inumc.org/move.
The program titled “Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: The Case of Education Reform” will feature the Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, Tuesday, March 20, at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street in Indianapolis. The schedule for the day includes: 1 p.m. Preaching during Chapel Service, 2:30 to 5 p.m. Preaching Workshop and from 7 to 9 p.m. Public Address and Panel Discussion on Education Reform. The Petticrew Faith-in-Action program will make a contribution to this need by bringing Flake, who is famous for his work on education reform in New York City. Flake is a renowned preacher, community leader and former member of Congress from New York. Flake is known for endorsing Republican Mayor Bloomberg and working closely with his administration on charter schools, community development and many other issues of import to his 20,000 member congregation.
At 7 p.m., Flake will give a public address on education reform and lessons learned in New York, followed by a panel discussion with local experts:
Cost: FREE and open to the public. Registration deadline for workshop: Friday, March 16.
A new Lenten event, Walk in His Path, will be held Saturday, March 24, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th St. and Gray Rd. in Carmel. This living re-creation of Christ’s last week on earth invites visitors to retrace Jesus’ steps by visiting various stations on their journey, primarily inside the church building. Visitors can arrive any time from 1 to 4 p.m. to experience the excitement the townspeople felt when Jesus came to Jerusalem for the Passover, attend the Last Supper with Jesus’ disciples and finally, to celebrate the empty tomb and life ever-lasting. It is the story of Easter, told in a sensitive way so that all ages might understand. Donations for Habitat for Humanity will be collected at this free public event. For more information, visit www.stmarkscarmel.org or call the church at 317-846-4912.
Saint Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne will be presenting Living Faith: Challenge. Freedom. Growth… a unique camp experience at the church from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The camp is for 8th-12th graders and will be held at the church, 6004 Reed Road in Fort Wayne. The cost is $70 per youth and includes lunch, all activities, lodging with host family and celebration banquet on Friday night hosted by Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner. There will be two tracks of study. For more information and registration, go to www.stjoemin.com. For brochure, click here.
The Indiana Conference Disability Concerns Team encourages congregations to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday, March 25. The church needs a day to celebrate the many ways people with physical, developmental, intellectual and other disabilities – and their families – are loved children of God and welcome addition to The United Methodist Church. “Disability Awareness Sunday is simply a way to acknowledge that our hearts, minds and doors are open to all people with disabilities,” said Beth DeHoff. She leads the Indiana United Methodist Conference Disability Concerns Team. Disability Awareness Sunday needs to be a celebration of all God’s people. The Indiana United Methodist Conference, as well as the United Methodist Church’s national Task Force on Disability Ministries, provides resources for prayer, liturgy, media presentations and music for the worship service on the conference website www.inumc.org/disability. Congregations are welcome to use these resources or develop their own approach. If a church cannot free up a portion of worship on March 25 for this use, other Sundays in March also are appropriate, because March is Disability Awareness Month. For more information, consult with www.umdisabilityministries.org and check out worship resources from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/work/health/events/disabilityawareness.
The Indiana Conference encourages its congregations to celebrate the first Sunday in May as Older Adult Sunday. As we celebrate a lifetime voyage of faith on Sunday, May 6, we look toward our Older Adults. They are composed of three different groups: very active, slow-slow and the home-bound. They are spirit-filled, gracious and compassionate. They are engaged in the life of the church and have been for many years. Many are involved in radical hospitality. For more information about Older Adult Ministry, click here.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The United Methodist Small Membership Church Leadership Institute is equipping laity and pastors with the knowledge and skills for leading their small attendance church into the future. Open the doors of your church and discover the mission field that surrounds you. The Leadership Institute is from Sunday through Thursday, March 11-15, at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For the event brochure, click here. For a registration form, click here.
Join retired Indiana Pastor Norm Nellis on Educational Opportunities’ Celebration Caribbean Cruise in January 2013. During days at sea, noted Christian writer Dr. James Moore will be our guest speaker. Ports of call include Panama and Columbia. Contact Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure.
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