Hoosier mission team remembers Haiti

Story and photos
By Sharon Dunten

Rev. Jamalyn Peigh-Williamson led a mission team to Haiti and experiences the earthquake. Now home, the team members tells their story.

After the shaking had stopped, the smell of unearthed dirt stirred their senses. Their bodies ached from the jolts; it was difficult to understand what had happened. A ten-member team of the Milroy and the Indianapolis St. Luke’s United Methodist churches had survived a historic earthquake in the fragile country of Haiti. At 4:53 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, the worst natural disaster to hit Haiti in more than 200 years had occurred. -- more --

Practicing our faith

I am excited about our second session of the new Indiana Annual Conference, which will be held June 10-13 at Ball State University in Muncie.

I am grateful that we built that first session around teaching, worship, celebration and service – as well as the usual business. We learned much which should lead to improvements in the “flow” of the annual conference session this year. -- more --

Conference clergy retreat to be ‘A Lively Sense of Call’




INDIANAPOLIS – Under the banner “A Lively Sense of Call,” two recording artists, a pastor and a seminary president will join Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner in headlining the Our Life Together retreat for Indiana Conference United Methodist clergy.

The dates are Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 West 86th Street in Indianapolis. -- more --

Bishop announces new superintendent of East District

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. David Byrum as the new superintendent of the East District based in Muncie effective July 1. Byrum currently serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso, Ind. He will succeed the Rev. Dale Mendenhall, who has been appointed to serve as senior pastor of High Street UMC in Muncie, following the retirement of Rev. Jack Hartman as senior pastor of that congregation.-- more --

New Gambling Recovery Ministries Web site launches to resource congregations, counselors across Indiana

Beverly Thurston from Roberts Park United Methodist smiles while packing health kits for Haiti.

With an Indiana Conference Grant from the Social Advocacy and Justice Team given in 2009 for such a project, Gambling Recovery Ministries’ possibility for outreach is now greatly expanded. Please, check us out at www.grmumc.org. -- more --

Super Bowl rivalry promotes health kits for Haiti

Who dat making a super effort to build health kits for Haiti?

United Methodist churches in Louisiana and Indiana, dat’s who!

Two congregations, one from Indianapolis and another just outside of New Orleans, harnessed the energy surrounding Super Bowl XLIV with a friendly challenge: Which church can assemble the largest number of health kits for Haiti? -- more --

Hoosiers help interfaith mission send medical aide to Haiti

Due to great support from United Methodist congregations, as well as other community members and institutions, Children of Abraham of Munster, Ind. has sent three 40-foot high-volume shipboard containers of medical aide to Haiti and has three more scheduled for delivery.

Dr. David Harvey and Karen Little, volunteers with the Children of Abraham, record medical supplies received from a hospital. Children of Abraham is an interfaith organization in Indiana salvaging surplus medical supplies to ship to developing countries.

One of the containers was sponsored by Clay United Methodist Church of South Bend and is scheduled to arrive on Feb. 12. Others have been sponsored by an Indiana-based charity named Friends of the Orphans. -- more --

Volunteer in Mission team leader training coming in March, April

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Volunteer for Haiti earthquake relief

Mission Volunteers in conjunction with the North Central Jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers In Mission Coordinators and General Board of Global Ministries staff have recommended and instituted a National Database for volunteers wishing to go to Haiti, when we are invited in. -- more --

Health, layette kits needed for relief efforts in Haiti

UMCOR volunteers assemble health kits at Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, La.
According to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), there will be a great need for volunteers to help rebuild once the initial crisis is past, but it is not safe or possible for volunteers to go to Haiti at the present. However, UMCOR’s two relief supply warehouses are asking United Methodists to provide health kits and layette kits that will be sent to Haiti. Instructions for assembling and shipping health kits are available on the UMCOR Web site at www.umcor.org. -- more --

One Great Hour of Sharing, March 14

Join United Methodists everywhere by participating in this special offering that supports United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR’s) vital work. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing lay the foundation for UMCOR to seek justice and mercy for suffering people everywhere. -- more --

The beginning of our great campus road trip

The Curtis and Robyne family at Purdue’s Wesley Foundation. (left to right): Theo Curtis, Evangeline Curtis, Shawn Curtis, Sullivan Curtis, Adriane Curtis, Ella Ruth Robyne, Glen Robyne, Isaiah Robyne and Lana Robyne.
As many ministers can attest, it’s not easy balancing ministry with family time. So after recently volunteering to work with the campus ministries, I immediately thought of ways I could do my job and still make time for my husband and kids. Out of this, the “Great Campus Ministry Road Challenge” was born. In the next year, my family and I have set a goal to visit each Indiana United Methodist-related campus ministries. From Fort Wayne, to Vincennes, we will be taking to the road.  -- more --

Minister says campus ministry crucial for today’s youth

Campus ministries stand at the crossroads of our young people’s lives.

I recently read some startling statistics in a campus ministry journal that underscores why the ministry we offer through campus ministries is so important. According to some reports, three out of every five teens in a typical church walk away from the church in the next 10 to 15 years. (Enrichment Journal 10/08 as reported in the January 2009 issue of Mission America Coalition Update.)

This data begs the larger question as to why teens are leaving the church at all, but the important fact to realize is that, while many are walking out of the doors of the church, they are, at the same time, walking through the doors of the university.  -- more --

Youth ministry starts with ‘YOU’

What do you think is the number one factor in effective ministry to youth in the church? A great youth pastor? Strong Sunday School programs? Mission trips? A youth-friendly senior pastor? A large youth group? While all of these can be contributing factors, none are the most important. -- more --

Indiana UMW announces 2010 Celebration Reading plans

The United Methodist Women’s PURPOSE calls its members to know God through Jesus Christ, to be a supportive community, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the Global Ministries of the church. Bible studies, spiritual retreats, Schools of Christian Mission and the reading program all enable women to grow in their knowledge of love of Christ and their call to be in mission.  -- more --

Assembly to call women to faith, hope, love, action

United Methodist Women of Indiana are counted among the thousands of women from around the globe who will convene Assembly 2010 on April 30 in St. Louis, Mo. This three-day event represents one of the largest and most diverse groups of women of faith from the largest denominational faith organization for women, United Methodist Women. -- more -- 

Franklin Community leader recognized nationally


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Trueblood, executive director of the Franklin United Methodist Community, has been named the Older Adult Ministries Administrator of the Year by the United Methodist Association. -- more --

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