The new Indiana Conference will come to reality during a three-hour session in Indianapolis.

Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner has called a Special Session of both Indiana Annual Conferences to meet on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street at Fall Creek Parkway in Indianapolis.

This one-day gathering will be for conference members and guests to:

  • Worship together feature music from a combined conference worship team,
  • Remember the mission and ministry of both annual conferences,
  • Vote on a reconciliation of the amendments passed by each of the annual conferences,
  • Elect the new officers to make the necessary legal changes for a new conference (Conference Trustees and Conference Council on Finance and Administration),
  • Name interim committees of nominations, human resources, rules and structure, and conference sessions,
  • Hear plans from the three United Methodist Foundations (North , South and Area),
  • Hear plans for the first new Indiana Conference session to be held at Ball State University in Muncie, June 25-28 next year, and
  • Witness to the State of Indiana that we are a new conference of United Methodists working together for our mission of "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

Bishop Coyner will preach a sermon titled "Can These Bones Live?" based upon Ezekiel 37, known commonly as the valley of dry bones.

The whole session will be done in the context of worship and celebration with a concluding Celebration of Holy Communion. Our gathering that day will be a unique and historic event when both conferences meet in the same room to finalize the Imagine Indiana plan and to celebrate together as a new conference.

All of those who were lay and clergy members for the recent sessions of the North and South Indiana Conferences will be the voting members of this Special Session. The conference session leaders have invited all Hoosier United Methodists and many guests beyond our church to come and share in this event.

Parking and lunch

Indiana State Fairground parking will cost $3 per car or bus. Enter through the 38th Street and Fall Creek gates. There will not be a special lunch time, however concession stands will open with a variety of foods for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. Conference members entering the Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion for the Special Session, need to register under the signs for either the North Indiana Conference or the South Indiana Conference. Staff members will be available to provide hospitality and directions.

Ingathering of Flood Buckets and Health Kits

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) through the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) in Chatham, Ill., has provided Indiana with more than 1,800 flood bucket clean-up kits and more than 400 health kits providing relief to flood survivors during January and June of this year. The need for these items is endless, whether for flood recovery here in the Midwest, after a hurricane along the Gulf Cost or wherever.

This year flooding has greatly affected almost every county in Indiana. As a means to pay forward, the North Indiana and South Indiana Disaster Relief Coordinators are asking each United Methodist church in Indiana to bring Flood Buckets and/or Health Kits to the Special Session of the North and South Indiana Conferences at the Indiana State Fairground on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Midwest Mission Distribution Center is scheduled to have a semi-truck at the State Fairground for the collection of theses items saving many congregations trips to the Illinois-based center.

MMDC would prefer completely assembled kits. In addition, MMDC also greatly appreciates loose contents of each of the two kits. Financial donations also will be accepted to offset transportations costs as well as to buy additional items to complete the kits.

For more information about MMDC and the contents of flood buckets and health kits can be found online at