Monitors needed for sessions

The Indiana Conference Advocacy Team will monitor the 2010 Annual Conference session June 10-13 at Ball State University in Muncie. Monitoring is the process of measuring and evaluating information related to race, ethnicity, gender and culture for the purpose of advocating for and equipping the church to be inclusive. The advocacy team needs monitors to track our diversity included in:

  • Membership and representation,
  • Leadership,
  • Policies, processes and practices,
  • Budget and finance and
  • Program ministries.

If you are interested in being a monitor, contact the Rev. LeKisha Reed, associate director for mission and advocacy, Indiana Conference Center, at LeKisha.Reed@inumc.org or call toll-free 877-781-6706.

Operation Classroom announces ingathering

As has been the practice for many years, Operation Classroom, a mission project related to the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, receives items for use in its projects in West Africa during the Indiana Annual Conference sessions.

Operation Classroom schools and hospitals in Liberia and Sierra Leone need health kits for teachers, layette kits and sewing supplies. A truck will be parked near Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University and will be open for members coming to Annual Conference to bring supplies for The United Methodist Church in Liberia or Sierra Leone. The truck will be open each day of conference and close after dinner in the evening.

For contents of these three items, go www.inumc.org and click on 2010 Annual Conference. Choose one or more of these items and bring them to conference.

For more information, contact Operation Classroom at 765-436-2805, ocmission@frontiernet.net or www.operationclassroom.org.

Reed to speak at UMW dinner

United Methodist Women from across Indiana will enjoy dinner together during the Indiana Annual Conference of the church June 10 at Ball State University in Muncie. The Thursday evening dinner is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the Student Center. The Rev. LeKisha Reed will address the mission-minded crowd.

Early reservations are encouraged as the facility accommodates 350 and the meal cost is $13. Prepaid dinner reservations must be made through the conference office by calling 317-564-3254. A promotional flyer for use in church and/or local and district newsletters is available online at: www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw/2010UMWDinneratAnnualConfFlyer.pdf.

Conference laity accepting Bread and Basin Award nominations

The Bread and Basin Award is presented each year at the Laity Session of the Indiana Annual Conference. This public recognition honors individuals who have made a significant contribution through service to a mission or ministry within the local community, nationally or internationally during the past year.

The individual honored should attend a United Methodist Church in Indiana. Three individuals will be honored this year. A Bread and Basin Nomination form is available online at www.inumc.org click on Annual Conference 2010.

Laity Manuscript Contest announced

Each year, the Indiana Conference Board of Laity offers the opportunity to all laity of the Indiana Conference to express thanks and praises to God by submitting an original sermon manuscript for judging. The theme this year is “What Does It Take to Be a Fruitful United Methodist Congregation?” Due to the full agenda of the Laity Session, it is necessary that the sermon be no more than 15 minutes in length. Entries are judged based on creative and original development of the theme, but may be eliminated due to length.

The author will present the winning manuscript at the Laity Session of the Indiana Annual Conference on Thursday evening, June 10, at Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie. Two other manuscripts will be given Honorable Mention.

Manuscripts need to be mailed to Ike Williams, Indiana Conference Co-Lay Leader, 1515 Cool Creek Drive, Carmel, IN 46033-2318 or by e-mail to ike.williams@att.net. The manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet or letter that includes the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, local church name and district. Please do not include any personally identifying information in the manuscript. Manuscripts will be assigned a number and will be judged anonymously by the selection committee. All entries must be received by May 3. The winner will be notified by May 24.

Additional information concerning the contest can be obtained by contacting Bob Pimlott, Southeast District Lay Leader at rpimlott1@verizon.net or by calling 812-273-3081.