Hope for New Hope

In-1958 I attended my first Annual Conference at City Church in Gary. It was then the cathedral church of the Northwest Indiana Conference of The Methodist Church. Ten years later we gave it away to the city for one dollar. This unfortunate development was documented this past year in the Hoosier United Methodists Together including a report on the service of confession held at that time.

Despite the good intentions of sincere people, we were unable to make the transition to changing neighborhoods. Today, we are facing a similar situation in Anderson, Ind. This time the outcome will be different. The forward looking people of New Hope UMC in Anderson have relocated their congregation and have developed numerous outreach ministries to the community of Anderson, especially the Hope Academy for helping children succeed in education, and Re-Entry giving formerly incarcerated citizens a Second Chance.

The members of New Hope have had the support of the North Indiana Annual Conference in this effort, including a grant from the Church Development Committee. However, they will need to raise $400,000 to repay the building loan and use their other funds for new and existing ministries.

A pastor once commented to me, "Why should we help New Hope when we have our own building program?" I responded, "It's biblical." Paul entreated his congregations, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." That is what we are asking. We cannot and must not fail this time.

Please consider sending a gift to this important ministry project. All gifts are tax-deductible and should be made payable to the North Indiana Conference Foundation for the New Hope UMC. Send it to the North Indiana Conference Foundation, 1001 N. Western Avenue, Suite D. Place on the memo line - New Hope CAS #030102. I am contributing to this ministry project and encourage you to do the same. Remember, "Do it for the children."

J. Philip Klinger, Retired Elder
West Lafayette, Ind.

Web cast

Thank you for the live video of the uniting conference. As a retired member of the former North and too old to attend for a long time, it was a treat to have the live video - almost just like being there. Also thanks for all the regular news. Perhaps you can have live video of the new Conference session next June.

Rev. R. Edwin Green
Plano, Texas

NOTE: The Web cast was seen on 149 computers, ten of which were beyond the U.S.

Concerned about hurricane survivors in Cuba

We are writing to share our deep concern for the people of Cuba who have suffered a tremendous blow from three storms in rapid succession - Hurricane Gustav, Tropical Storm Hanna, and Hurricane Ike. Aldo González, US Coordinator of Volunteers in Mission teams for Cuba, reports that at least 40 percent of the Methodist churches and parsonages in Cuba have been destroyed or damaged. Throughout the island, people have lost their homes and their crops.

Because our General Board of Global Ministries is not able to send financial, if you feel led to help our Methodist brothers and sisters in Cuba, you can send your contribution to the Florida Conference. Make checks to Florida Conference Treasurer, designating them for "Disaster Relief, Methodist Church in Cuba," and send them to: Conference Center, 1140 McDonald St., Lakeland, FL 33801.

And, most important of all, please be in prayer for everyone in Cuba during this incredibly difficult time. As you pray, please ask God to guide you regarding any other action to take. We think it might be helpful to urge our U.S. Senators and Representatives to waive the embargo against Cuba for at least a specified period of time in order to allow aid to reach the Cuban people in their time of need.

- Anonymous as requested