Lucille Raines Residence

Exemplary Extravagant Generosity

Late October, an appeal went out that the boiler at Lucille Raines Residence, 947 N. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, had failed and replacement was the only option. Lucille Raines Residence, a project of United Methodist Women of Indiana, is a safe haven for men and women who are intentional about rebuilding their lives from substance abuse. $29,962 was needed.

United Methodist Women units, churches, pastors and other caring individuals heard the need and responded from the heart. All gave out of the abundance of what God had done for them. The boiler is paid in full; commitments continue to come in, which will assist with other heating/cooling related capitol expenses.

Thank you for exemplary extravagant generosity!

Spiritual Growth Retreat April 17-18

United Methodist Women will hold the second Spiritual Growth Retreat April 17-18 at Don Hall’s Guesthouse in Fort Wayne. Pastor Corinne Boruff-Stucker’s theme, “Be Still and Know,” is based on Psalms 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Registration form is available at

New Venue for UMW of IN Legislative Day March 12

A new venue is in place for the United Methodist Women of Indiana’s Legislative Day set for Thursday, March 12. This year’s event will begin at 9:30 a.m. EST in the Parlor of North United Methodist Church, 3808 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis. The decision to move the event from the Capitol building to North UMC is to provide space whereby speakers may be more clearly heard, as well as give speakers access to multimedia equipment to enhance presentations. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Maternal Health – Dr. Wanda Spann Roddy;
  • Child Abuse – Virginia Black, South Bend Tribune;
  • Immigration Reform – Eleanor Pershing, St Matthew United Methodist Church, Frankfort; and
  • Domestic Violence – Laura Berry, Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence.
  • Other speakers to be announced.

An opportunity to meet legislators at the Capitol Building will follow lunch, with roundtrip shuttle service provided by the church’s van. Either bring a lunch or box lunches will be available to those who choose. The day will conclude by 3:30 p.m. at the church. The event is sponsored jointly by United Methodist Women and Church Women United.

Plans Underway for Mission u

The studies of Mission u are always biblically grounded, promote spiritual growth, educate, and challenge participants to become more actively engaged in mission. This year’s studies will again appeal to all ages (from 3 to 103) and to both clergy and laity. The United Methodist Women of Indiana’s 2015 event will be at DePauw University in Greencastle July 21-24. A one-day Sampler Event Saturday, July 25, offers a condensed overview of the school. All weekday participants take the spiritual growth study and choose one other class, either the geographic or the social action study. Each is summarized:

  • Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God — this spiritual growth study examines the understanding of happiness and how to live the life that God calls us to live. National Director Vickie Newkirk is the leader.
  • Latin America: People and Faith — this geographical study looks at the Latin American history, culture and faith. Leading this study are Shannon Priddy, Pastor Serge Monperous and Whitney McLean.
  • The Church and People with Disabilities – returns a second year as the social action study. The intent of this class is to promote awareness, inclusion, accessibility and advocacy for people with disabilities – including youth and children. Leaders are Jeanette Rayford Harris and Nikki Combs.

Chi-Mi-Ca is offered for children to age 12 and Yo-Pe-Mi-Ca for youth ages 13-17. Joan Schnell is the children’s director and Rev. Byron Fritz will lead the youth.

Clergy are invited and encouraged to attend. Continuing education credit is available for pastors attending the full weekday event. Watch for registration form coming to