INDIANAPOLIS – In keeping with the mission spirit of Hoosier United Methodists, several mission events will take place during the upcoming 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session in downtown Indianapolis May 28-31. Here is a short list of some of those events:

Volunteer In Mission Training, Wednesday, May 28, 1-5:30 p.m., Indiana Convention Center, Rm 131.

Join IAC UMVIM Coordinator Beth Stickles-McDaniel for an afternoon of learning and sharing information. This training will introduce you to the premise of service in The United Methodist Church; opportunities for individuals, young and mature; identification of programs that match your passion along with tips for planning a meaningful experience for yourself and others. This is NOT the VIM training of old.

Registration fee: $15 per person. Optional: Manual $25.00 each (minimum one per church – will be needed for class). Registration deadline: May 14.

For additional info or to register, visit www.inumc.org/VIMAC14.

If you have not participated in UMVIM training in the past 24 months, your certification is no longer considered current. Please consider participating in this course.

Connecting to Neighbors Training, Wednesday, May 28, 1-5:30, Indiana Convention Center, Room 133

What does your congregation do when a disaster happens in your community? Join IAC Disaster Response Coordinator (DRC) Jim Byerly, for an afternoon of learning and sharing information.

Why have a Church Disaster Plan?....because no one is immune to natural or human-caused disaster.

Registration fee: $15 per person. Optional: Manual $20 (minimum one per church – will be needed for class). Registration deadline: May 14. For additional info or to register, visit www.inumc.org/ConnectingNeighborsAC14.

Mission Resources…Equipping You Workshop, Thursday, May 29, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Indiana Convention Center

The Mission Resource Team of Indiana Conference is providing a workshop to assist participants in finding their way through the vast resources available via internet and in print. Our connectional United Methodist Church offers so much, we will help get tuned into what’s out there. Opportunities for small group sharing/discussion as well as hands-on resources will be provided. The workshop will be fast-paced and responsive to the needs expressed through the coffee meetings held around the conference in the fall of 2013. Register for this workshop when registering for Annual Conference at www.inumc.org/ac14.

Mission Luncheon, Friday, May 30, 12:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downtown Indianapolis.

Mission outreach is changing – are we doing too much “for,”? Are we doing too little “with,”? We are blessed with two speakers who will focus on the role of mission in our church for the future. The speakers are: the Rev. Shawn Bakker, Deputy General Secretary for Communications and Development with the General Board of Global Ministries, who was behind the successful “Giving Tuesday” that brought in $6.5 million for the Advance projects this past December and Bob Walters of Friendly Planet Missiology, who will share empowering ministry in North Katanga around the new Women’s Center. Register for this meal when registering for Annual Conference at www.inumc.org/ac14. Cost is $25 per person.

Kids Against Hunger will be the outreach project Saturday, May 31.

Remember to check out this mission opportunity immediately following the Ordination and Commissioning Worship Service at noon Saturday, May 31. Volunteers will begin packing meals with Kids Against Hunger. Half of the meals will go to food pantries in Indiana – Kokomo Rescue Mission in Kokomo, First UMC Food Pantry in South Bend, Harrison County Community Services in Corydon and Fletcher Place Community Center and the Vida Nueva United Methodist ministry in Indianapolis. The other half will go to Mission Guatemala.

Read about the Kids Against Hunger event here.


Together photo.

Missions come alive in the exhibits area during the Annual Conference Session. Exhibits will be open Thursday and Friday.