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'Right here, right now, right future' named theme of North Indiana Outdoor Ministry project

By Jean M. Brindel RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW, RIGHT FUTURE is the theme for the Outdoor Ministry project for all four camp sites. This may sound new, but it is the same vision that God has blessed the North Indiana Conference for generations. In fact, the old saying is true, "The more things ...

Annual conferences focus on starting new churches

By Linda Green A UMNS Report Concerns over shrinking United Methodist membership in most of the church's regional U.S. jurisdictions-and strategies for reversing those overall trends-were pervasive as the denomination's annual conferences convened in 2007. Sixty-three U.S. conferences, ...

Author Reese to lead workshop on evangelism in Indy Nov. 15

The Indianapolis Center for Congregations will be hosting Martha Grace Reese, author of Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism in a workshop by the same name on Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church near Indianapolis. Reese's book is one of the books in ...

Bishop listens to young leaders discuss church's future

Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner and his executive assistant the Rev. David V.W. Owen, listened Aug. 17 to 11 youth and young adult leaders (both lay and clergy, male and female, single and married) of the United Methodist Church as they commented and discussed the Imagine ...

Bishops Jung, Kiesey, Dyck to preach at jurisdictional conference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Three North Central Jurisdiction bishops elected in 2004 are scheduled to preach at the 2008 North Central Jurisdictional Conference next summer in Grand Rapids. Sandra Douglas and David Wiltse, NCJ conference local arrangements committee co-chairs, recently announced...

Clergy take to the streets for janitors in Indianapolis

By Daniel R. Gangler INDIANAPOLIS - Saying an emphatic "NO" to economic segregation, more than 250 pastors, janitors and supporters of social justice joined in an hour-long prayer vigil rally Aug. 15 on Market Street just west of Monument Circle near the Market Street Tower, a building ...

Covington VIM team helps build church school in Haiti

Pastor Tom Hoehner of the Covington UMC led a team of ten members this summer on their first third-world mission trip. The volunteer trip to Haiti provided labor for a construction phase of a church school being built at the Methodist Church of Thor, a community on the outskirts of Port au...

Deaths

ROBERT E. CAREY, retired Elder (SIC) died Aug. 1, 2007. A memorial service was held Aug. 4 at Orleans UMC, with burial on Aug. 6 at Grant Memorial Park in Marion, Ind. Survivors include wife, Cordelia Carey, 502 E Wilson St, Orleans, IN 47452. Memorial contributions may be sent to Orleans ...

Do we know who we are?

Chances are your congregation probably doesn't offer a study about United Methodist identity. Chances are it doesn't offer a course in Christian identity either. With the continual secularization of American society, our identity as both Christian and United Methodist seems to be waning. ...

Domestic Gospel

By Todd Outcalt This past July, I had the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico on a mission trip with 30 other youth and chaperones from our congregation. It was a meaningful experience - full of heart, soul and purpose. During my week there, I worked in a children's home. This place - ...

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