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Bloomington District asks help to assist Poplar Grove pastor recover from fire

Jonie Nester, a pastor serving Poplar Grove UMC in Morgan County, recently lost her home to fire. To assist her, Bloomington District Superintendent Bob Ostermeier issued a plea for all Bloomington District churches to donate $100. The plea was taken a step further with the churches and ...

Both Indiana annual conferences to vote on unity proposal

Both Indiana North and Indiana South Annual Conferences share the same session theme "Imagine Indiana." According to conference session planners, this theme acknowledges the work of both North and South Indiana Annual Conferences, as both conferences continue to discuss and pray about the ...

Church campaign sends phone cards to soldiers

By Kathy Gilbert UMNS A United Methodist church more than 7,000 miles from the Middle East has shortened the distance for U.S. soldiers there to call home and speak with loved ones in the United States. St. Timothy on the North Shore United Methodist Church of Mandeville, La., collected ...

Church needs to confront health problem of teen smoking

By Cyndi Alte A recent survey of pastors in 80 denominations indicates that Congregational Health Ministry is not only a viable ministry; it is a significant life-changing ministry in congregations which host them. Acording to Dr. Ana Maria Catanzaro, chief researcher of the study, "...

College Connection, Wesley Foundation find hurricane relief still needed along Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina

By Sarah Jay Lewis "Give us, Señor, a little sun, a little happiness, and some work. Give us a heart to comfort those in pain. Gives us the ability to be good, strong, wise and free. So that we may be as generous with others As we are with ourselves. Finally, Señor, let us all live as your...

Come tell your camping ministry story

By Jean M. Brindel Some say in today's world that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. This new adage reflects that all of us have a story to tell, and it will hold the attention of the general public for about 15 minutes. The camping ministry has a story too, but it takes a long time to tell...

Deaths

REBECCA (BECKY) CLEMENTS, spouse of the Rev. Rusty Clements, pastor of Center Chapel UMC, Muncie (NIC), died April 19, 2007. A memorial service was held April 23 at the Center Chapel UMC in Muncie, Ind. The Rev. Dale Mendenhall officiated. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Rusty ...

DePauw University's president announces retirement plans

By Ken Owen GREENCASTLE, Ind. (DePauw) - Dr. Robert G. Bottoms, who has served longer than any president in the 170-year history of United Methodist-related DePauw University, will retire from the position at the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year and become Chancellor of the ...

Duke theologian assists Imagine Indiana team work

The Rev. Greg Jones, dean of the Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., spent Nov. 20 with the Imagine Indiana Discernment teams. He said he had great hope, not only for this news (of a possible new conference) to Indiana but what it means to the entire church. He complimented the 37 ...

Evaluation

A new conference for the United Methodist Church in Indiana will necessitate a fair yet vigorous process of evaluation, not one that focuses on judgment, but one that focuses on collaborative inquiry. The intent of evaluation is to be perceptive in understanding, candid in mutual exchange ...

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