INDIANAPOLIS – To the sound of bells and liturgy, the 35-member Indiana Conference Leadership Team joined Bishop Mike Coyner in blessing the new Indiana Conference Center on Carmel’s southside.

Preceding lunch during the Feb. 27 Conference Leadership Team meeting, Coyner led members through the center stopping in each area. June Owen, Marsha Coyner and Debbie Bushfield rang bells and a team member read a blessing for that area of the center, followed by a response from the whole group.

The liturgical response was based on Galatians 5:22-23 known as the fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

In the entryway, they prayed for the gift of hospitality.

In the conference room, they prayed for the gift of wisdom.

In the cubicles and offices area, they prayed for the gift of service.

In the staff lounge, they prayed for the gift of peace.

In the bishop’s office, they prayed for the gift leadership.

In the bishop’s conference room, where directors and district superintendents meet regularly, they prayed for the gift of administration.

In the lobby, they prayed for the gift of presence.

Concluding the 20-minute service, Coyner said, “God’s blessings welcome us in love, fill us with grace, fill us with peace, and lead us in love.” He then led members in the Lord’s Prayer.

The 12,000-square-foot Indiana Conference Center opened by degrees, beginning in mid-October 2009 with the former Indiana Area staff moving in. The Center was fully occupied on January 4 when the entire staff with new and previous employees came together for a day-long orientation session at the beginning of the new conference year.

The Center is located on the north-side of Interstate 465 just east of the North Meridian Street exit. It occupies one-third of the third floor of the Meridian Corporate Plaza 2 Building, a three-year old office building.

The center’s address is 301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280.

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Conference Leadership Team members bless Bishop Coyner’s office in the Indiana Conference Center.

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Debbie Bushfield, Marsha Coyner and June Owen ring bells during the blessing of the new Indiana Conference Center on Feb. 27.

“God’s blessings welcome us in love…”

– Bishop Coyner