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Hoosier United Methodist e-VENTS for March 2, 2012


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  
This newsletter is paid for through your annual conference tithe. Thank you.
Edited by Dan Gangler,, Indiana Conference director of communication

Check the online Indiana Conference Calendar at


Conference offers Regional Finance & Administration Training Event, March 10 in Goshen

  • Saturday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT or 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
  • First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1212 West Plymouth in Goshen
  • The cost is $40 for each local church regardless of number attending.
  • The registration deadline is Thursday, March 8, at 11 a.m. CT, noon ET.
  • Information, schedule and registration form are available online here.
  • Similar events will take place across Indiana during the next two years.

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.

CONNECT 2012 Bishop’s Confirmation Rally

  • Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • First UMC, 2051 E. Monument Street in Noblesville
  • Chat with Bishop Mike Coyner
  • Jared Hall will keep you on the edge of your seat!
  • Experience interactive learning labs
  • Cost is each youth $19 and each adult $19
  • For more information or to register, visit

Wesleyan Connexion Forum registration now open

  • “The New Methodists”
  • Featuring Elaine Heath
  • Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • St. Andrew UMC in West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Cost is $40
  • College students are welcome (scholarships are available).
  • For questions about the event, please contact Pastor Andy Kinsey at
  • Register online here.


2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church

2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held April 24-May 4 in Tampa. Fla. For more information, click here

2012 Indiana Annual Conference

  • 2012 Indiana Annual Conference Session of The United Methodist Church is June 7-9 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Theme – Making ROOM based on Acts 2:46-47.
  • New items listed online include: Invitation video, Laity Manuscript Contests, Scouting breakfast, Community Connection video, Local Church Historian nominations and Hospitality Area display information and request form.
  • Information is available at
  • Hotel reservation information is now available online. Click here.
  • For more information about Indianapolis and attractions, click here.
  • For a list of Indiana Conference delegates to General and Jurisdictional conferences, click here.

2012 North Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church

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



  • Friday and Saturday, March 2-3
  • To nominate and register a youth, visit
  • Questions, call Rev. Brian Durand at 317-564-3249.

Wartburg Seminary to offer Rural Ministry Conference

Morehouse Glee Club coming to Anderson church, March 5

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.

The Juvenile Justice Week of Faith & Healing

UE’s Center for Adult Education offering Personal Finance classes

  • Topics include:
    • Tax tips (March 6), and
    • Long-term care insurance (March 13)
  • To register or more information, call the Center at 812-488-2981.

Indy’s Metro Ministries hold Summer Youth Program Grant meeting, March 7

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 or call 317-452-4786.

Discipleship offers live webinar on General Church apportionments Thursday, March 8

"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


One Great Hour of Sharing resources to assist in special offering are now available


Making a Good Move seminar scheduled for May

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:

  • Leaving Well, “Saying Good-Bye”
  • Your First Impressions
  • Your Leadership Choice
  • Your Leadership Results
  • Your Teamwork with Pastor-Staff Parish Relations Committee
  • Your First Sunday
  • Your First Week
  • Your First Few Months
  • Your First Conflict
  • Your Spiritual Survival Kit

There is no charge for this seminar but pastors are asked to register their group for the seminar online at

CTS presents the Petticrew Faith-in-Action Program, March 20

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:

  • Dr. Ena Shelley, Dean of Butler University School of Education and leader of the Butler Lab School project at IPS School 60
  • Mr. David Harris, Founder and CEO of The Mind Trust
  • The Rev. Dr. David Hampton, Senior Pastor-elect of Light of the World Christian Church
  • The Rev. Kevin Armstrong, President of the Methodist Health Foundation – IU Health and former Senior Pastor of North United Methodist Church.

Cost: FREE and open to the public. Registration deadline for workshop: Friday, March 16.

CEU Contact hours for workshop: 2.5. For more information or to register, visit CTS online or contact Lifelong Theological Education at 317- 931-4224 or

Carmel church to provide walk to retrace Jesus’ steps, March 24

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 or call the church at 317-846-4912.

Fort Wayne church to offer ‘summer camp’ for 8th-12th graders July 9-13

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 For brochure, click here.


Churches encouraged to celebrate Disability Awareness Month and Sunday, March 25

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 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 and check out worship resources from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at

Older Adults Sunday to be celebrated May 6

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.

Several $100 Scholarships are still available for Small Membership Church Leadership Institute

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.

Educational Opportunities offers Jan. 2013 Caribbean Cruise

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 for a brochure.


For complete details of these events, visit

Upcoming events with Lifelong Theological Education at CTS

  • Interfaith Lectures
    • “Islam and Its Ethical Worldview” and “Social Justice in Islam” with Dr. Asma Afsaruddin
    • Monday, March 12
  • Petticrew Faith-in-Action Program
    • “Politics, Religion, and the Common Good” with the Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake
    • Tuesday, March 20
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy Lectures
    • “The Role of Narrative and Story in Pastoral Care and Counseling” with Drs. Edward and Anne Wimberly
    • Friday, March 30 – Saturday, March 31
  • For more information, visit

Rejuvenate series of Clergy Tax Workshops for Clergy

  • The dates and locations are:
    • Friday, March 16, at First UMC in West Lafayette;
    • Friday, March 23, at Covenant UMC in Fort Wayne;
    • Friday, April 20, at Centenary UMC in New Albany;
    • Friday, May 11, at Grace UMC in Rochester.
  • For more information, contact Jody Patty at

MTSO announces 2012 Mission and Evangelism Institute

  • Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • For more information, visit

Indy church to present ‘Ebony Footprints in the Sands of Time’

  • Saturday, March 30
  • Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 34th and Central Avenue in Indianapolis.
  • Performances are at 2 p.m. matinee ($10 in advance/$12 at the door) and an evening performance 6 p.m. ($12 in advance/$15 at the door).
  • To order tickets, call 317-543-2541.

National UM organization for church secretaries to meet

  • April 12-15 in Richmond, Va.
  • For information and registration, click here.

Ministry and Money workshop for pastors

  • April 13, 2012, at Castleton UM Church, 7101 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis 46256.
  • This event is for clergy only.
  • To register, click here.
  • Registration deadline March 30.
  • For more information, contact Project Director Michelle Cobb at

Register for Change the World before April 16 and score a free reusable lawn banner

  • Register for Change the World before April 16 and receive free stuff!
  • Change the World dates are May 19 and 20

Lucille Raines Residence 35th Anniversary Celebration “Changing Hearts and Lives”

  • Monday, April 16
  • Lucille Raines Residence, 947 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis
  • Open House 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Program 2-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Resident Testimonies and Residence Tours
  • Hors d’oeuvres, cake and punch

Workshop for Indiana local church historians

  • April 20
  • 8:30 to 4, EDT
  • First UMC in Bloomington
  • Cost of $30 includes lunch, breaks, text booklet and a year’s membership in the IUMHS.
  • For more information and registration, contact Richard Stowe ( at 765-759-9321.

United Theological Seminary offers ‘New Songs and Hymns for Renewal’ competition

Register now for the ReVIVE youth worker retreat

  • April 27-28
  • Camp Rivervale
  • Cost is $55 for the first youth worker and $40 for each additional worker
  • For more information and to register online, click here.

UMW of Indiana Guided Silent Retreat

  • May 18-20, 2012
  • St. Joseph Retreat Center in Tipton
  • Facilitator: Pat Payne
  • A promotional flyer is available here.

Israel trip to be led by Indiana pastor

  • November 12-21
  • Contact Dave as soon as possible either by e-mail at or phone at 765-569-5356.

2013 Indiana Area Holy Land Trip

  • February 2013
  • Prices start at $3,000 from Indianapolis
  • Brochures are now available.
  • Contact Bishop’s Trip Coordinator Norm Nellis at or 765-491-5011 for more information about being a host or brochures about the trip.

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