Butler coach talks faith and values


Coach Brad Stevens views the game action from the sidelines.

Eleven years ago, Brad Stevens followed a dream.

A former basketball player at United Methodist-related DePauw University, Stevens was just starting a promising marketing career with Eli Lilly when he chose a different path. He left the corporate world to take a volunteer high school coaching position. Only seven years later, he became head basketball coach at Butler University in Indianapolis.

This past spring, Stevens rose to the national spotlight when the Butler Bulldogs unexpectedly ended up in the NCAA championship game, narrowly missing a win with a half-court shot that bounced off the rim at the final buzzer.

A lifelong United Methodist who is currently a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Stevens remains a down-to-earth, family-oriented guy who says faith is the most important thing. Coach Stevens talked with us about the importance of character and how he views success. -- more --

SW superintendent to become senior pastor at Zionsville

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced Oct. 4, the appointment of the Rev. Glenn B. Howell, superintendent of the Southwest District to Zionsville United Methodist Church in the North Central District effective Feb. 1, 2011.

Upon his appointment, Coyner said, “Glenn has been an effective pastor and District Superintendent. While I am sorry to lose his leadership from the Cabinet, I know he will provide excellent leadership for the Zionsville church which is one of our largest congregations and which is strategically located for growth. I wish Glenn and his family well as they go through this time of transition. I will be working with the Cabinet and with Southwest District leaders to name a new superintendent in the near future.”

Imes named associate superintendent of North Central District

INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner announced Sept. 27 the naming of the Rev. Lamar L. Imes of Marion, Ind., as Associate District Superintendent of the North Central District of the Indiana United Methodist Conference effective immediately. He will serve with the Rev. Dr. Frank Beard, superintendent of the North Central District.

Imes retired in 2007 after serving three years (2004-2007) as superintendent of the former Fort Wayne District. Prior to that appointment, he served as director of professional human resources in the former North Indiana Conference in Marion.

Conference-related foundation, loan fund chooses Shettle

INDIANAPOLIS – The newly formed United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc. board of directors elected Manet Shettle, CPA, of Alexandria, Ind., as its new president effective Oct. 1, during a meeting at the Indiana United Methodist Conference Center, Thursday, Sept 16. The foundation becomes a new entity on Jan. 1, 2011.

As the chief executive officer of the new foundation and of the Indiana United Methodist Loan and Savings Ministry, Inc., Shettle will be responsible for managing nearly $68 million in assets. Approximately $50 million of those assets are held as agent for partner churches and institutions, or are from the Lilly Endowment grant for the support of the Rejuvenate program. Most of the remaining funds are endowed for specific needs, ministries or congregations, according to a foundation report to the church’s 2010 Indiana Annual Conference session of The United Methodist Church.

During a national search and three-month selection process, Shettle was considered along with numerous candidates from across the country.

Winamac church hits the streets for local food pantry

First United Methodist Church of Winamac has an opportunity for both the congregation and community to gather once a week on Wednesday nights. They call this program “Family Nights” and they gather for a meal, then programs after dinner. Sometimes the programs include a guest speaker and varying topics, entertainment, fellowship and fun. But this year the church decided to add service to its Family Night agenda.

Pastor Matt Landry told the congregation prior to the service project, “We can come any Wednesday night for a great meal and to hear a good speaker, but this Wednesday night we are coming to change the lives of those who are in need.”

The service project was simple. Those who attended that evening would eat, break into teams then walk around the community and ask for food donations for the local food pantry in Winamac. Congregation members and guests alike went door-to-door asking for food donations for the Pulaski County Human Services food pantry. Whether food was donated or not, they distributed brochures about the church and its ministries.

New construction at Epworth Forest has begun

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. – The first major capital project at this campus since 1964 has begun at Epworth Forest Conference Center in North Webster, Ind. This is a moment of great celebration that this campus is being claimed for ministry for generations to come.

As this new construction begins, the camping ministry reported that this past summer has been one of the most successful in many years. During this past summer season of camp, more than 1,100 children and youth made a commitment to Christ, with more than 200 responding to the call of full-time Christian ministry. This is a moment of celebration that the building of the church is taking place in the camping ministry on so many levels including: the changing of lives through commitment to Jesus Christ, as well as the beginning of the construction for the first cabins. The building of the camp is bricks and mortar so that the building of lives in faith can take place.

Lassiat to receive new position at general board in January

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBHEM) – The Rev. Jerome King Del Pino, general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, recently announced the Rev. Meg Lassiat of the Indiana Conference will be assuming a new role at the GBHEM as director of clergy development and conference relations in the Division of Ordained Ministry.

This position will be vacated in January 2011 by the Rev. Sharon Rubey, who announced in June her intent to retire effective Dec. 31.

For the past five years, Lassiat has served as director of student ministries, vocation and enlistment, which is a cross-divisional appointment. Effective Jan.1, she will assume her new role within the Division of Ordained Ministry.

Scientist, author to discuss '150 Years of Battling Evolution'

GREENCASTLE, Ind. (DePauw) – Michael Zimmerman, a science writer and professor of biology at Butler University, will present the Mendenhall Lecture at DePauw University on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Zimmerman will address the topic, “The Evolution of Creationist Strategies: 150 Years of Battling Evolution” in his address. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Simpson Street in Greencastle. The program is free and open to the public.

Zimmerman recently completed a three-year term as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler. He received his Ph.D. in ecology from Washington University in St. Louis (1979) after earning an A.B. degree in geography from the University of Chicago (1974). As an ecologist, Zimmerman has focused his attention on plant-animal interactions, particularly those associated with pollination. His field work in Colorado and Australia has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Philosophical Society, among others.

Franklin Community men recognized for Meditation Garden at Camp Atterbury

EDINBURGH, Ind. – The Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center chaplains recognized the Men’s Club of Franklin United Methodist Community, along with other groups on Sept. 24 for creating a Meditation Garden for the soldiers of Camp Atterbury. This Service of Dedication was led by the Camp Atterbury chaplains and included comments by the Atterbury Command Staff.

In 2008, Post Chaplain (LTC) Eric Webb and Deputy Post Chaplain Doug Brown led efforts to create a “Prayer Garden” attached to the post chapel. In June 2008, a tornado destroyed the fledgling Prayer Garden and wreaked havoc throughout Camp Atterbury and surrounding areas. The Franklin United Methodist Community Men’s Club accepted the challenge to replace and expand the garden to a bigger, more inclusive Meditation Garden for use by troops passing through the camp.

The Men’s Club raised nearly $9,000 for the project. The area around the Meditation Garden was enhanced through the efforts of others including area Roman Catholic and Presbyterian churches, plus the Garden Club of Edinburgh.

UM Men's Haiti tool project ends

The United Methodist Men of Indiana and the North Central Jurisdiction have concluded their collection of hand tools for Haiti.

On Sept. 27, the last of the tools collected in Indiana were delivered to the Midwest Missions Distribution Center at Chatham, Ill., in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, who are packing tools for shipment to Haiti.

David Martin, Indiana Conference President for United Methodist Men, reports more than 1,500 pounds of tools were collected in Indiana and approximately $1,600 was collected to cover the cost of shipping tools to Haiti.

Terre Haute girls Sunday school class wins national Bible competition

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The United Methodist Temple’s GirlsOfGrace Sunday School class just received a check for $500 from Cokesbury for winning the second Amazing Bible Race. The Amazing Bible Race is a national competition that that takes place during 72 weeks or six-twelve week legs. It is a scavenger hunt through the Bible and when completed, the Bible is read in its entirety.

Teams are awarded points for their daily on-line quizzes and completed challenges. Five teams started the race from Temple and one-by-one dropped the challenge. The GirlsOfGrace persevered and won the national title.

Newburgh church builds home for Warrick Co. family

CHANDLER, IN – The blessing is not just in the receiving, but also in the giving, according to Amy Hobbs, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Warrick County, at groundbreaking ceremonies Sept. 26 on the lot where the new Habitat build is scheduled to begin next week.

Joe and Brandi Dore, along with their children Jenna, Taylor and Mitchell, have already started their share of the labor. They spent the day before groundbreaking at the Habitat store putting together supports for the home.

“The goal is to finish the home by the second week of December,” Hobbs said. That fits in with the theme of this project, “Home for the Holidays.”

Hobbs said prep work for pouring the cement slab foundation will begin next week. Then it will be up to volunteers to do most of the rest of the building.

Newburgh United Methodist Church (NUMC) is sponsoring the construction of the new home. Coincidently, the family who will be moving into it belongs to the church. It was never a necessity for the recipients of the home to be NUMC members.

Conference distributes $100,000 given during Bishop's 2009 Christmas Offering for Children

INDIANAPOLIS – Through the generosity of Hoosier United Methodists this past Advent and Christmas, $100,000 has been distributed to assist children in need here in Indiana, across the United States and around the world.

Members of the Indiana Conference staff working with leaders of the Mission and Advocacy Ministry Team have allocated funds from the 2009 Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. This offering was received during December 2009 for distribution this year. The Christmas Offering task force met in March to distribute funds to the United Methodist Women and the Indiana Camping scholarship program, however the rest of the distributions came after conference staff members met on Sept. 27 to allocate funds to national and global children’s ministries.

The delay in distribution of funds was due to new conference staff and a new way of making decisions as a new conference rather than a committee of the Indiana Area.

Of the nearly $100,000 received, the offering is being distributed among the United Methodist Women School of Christian Mission, children around the world suffering from disasters, United Methodist-related children and youth homes in Indiana, projects for children across the United States and children’s ministries globally.

Church, Global Fund join in malaria fight

The United Methodist Church is in the middle of an effort to raise $75 million through Imagine No Malaria, a portion of which will go to The Global Fund, a recognized global leader in the fight against diseases of poverty. This is the first time the Global Fund will work together with a faith-based organization.

Pittsburgh Area Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who heads the Imagine No Malaria campaign, said that when the Millennium Development Goals were adopted in 2000, statistics showed a child under 5-years-of-age died from malaria every 30 seconds. Today the death rate has slowed to one every 45 seconds in Africa, still an unacceptable situation when talking about a preventable disease, Bickerton said.

The use of bed nets has increased tenfold in the last few years, according to David Hayward Evans, Global Fund manager for non-government donors.

“We believe since about 2002, about 750,000 children’s lives have been saved through the interventions financed by the Global Fund and other international partners,” he said. “And we believe that over the next five years, a further 1 million or so children’s lives can be saved – essentially, that malaria can cease to be a major health problem in these countries.

Helping people to make an emotional connection between a disease that no longer exists in the United States and one that annually kills 800,000 children in Africa is a challenge, Evans admits.

Telling the stories and encouraging action turn complacence into compassion.

To learn more about the Imagine No Malaria campaign and to donate, go to www.imaginenomalaria.org or by calling toll-free 866-521-1179.

Author writes step-by-step book on building family budget

According to the 2010 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey released earlier this year, more than 125 million American adults do not have a budget for their personal finances, more than 11 million adults do not monitor their overall spending and don’t know how much they spend on food, housing and entertainment, and nearly 64 million adults admit to not paying all of their bills on time.

Bill Byrd, a retired United Methodist pastor who attends Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg says, “Taken together these figures make one simple point – millions of Americans need help to control their personal finances. Until that problem is addressed, the quality of their lives will be greatly diminished. And obviously, given their financial situation, they don’t have a huge amount of time and money to pay for expensive classes or consultants to get help.”

As a result, Byrd told Together that he believes a tremendous educational and ministry opportunity exists. In response to this growing crisis, he has written a terse step-by-step workbook titled Basic Budgeting: You Can Do It! This 42-page how-to-do-it book visually illustrates how to create a simple doable budget. It also includes a blank form that can be copied and used to help budget newcomers on their way to more closely track their income and expenses.

Basic Budgeting: You Can Do It! is available in paperback book ($8.99) and in an electronic format ($6.49) at http://stores.lulu.com/BillByrd. It’s also available online at Amazon.com.

UE celebrates inauguration of President Kazee

Thomas and Sharon Kazee

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) – Thomas A. Kazee was formally installed as the University of Evansville’s 23rd president in a Saturday morning ceremony, Oct. 2, on UE’s Sesquicentennial Oval.

The ceremony, which included appearances by numerous dignitaries from the local and higher education communities, capped a week of inauguration events and activities, all designed to celebrate the unique features of the United Methodist-related University of Evansville experience, as well as the University’s relationship to the Evansville community.

A special worship service was held on Sunday morning, Oct. 3, with Bishop Mike Coyner preaching at Neu Chapel on the campus of the University of Evansville.

All community members were invited to take part in the week-long inauguration celebration.

For more information on Inauguration Week, please visit www.evansville.edu/inauguration.

Sellersburg church expands children's ministry with WOW

SELLERSBURG, Ind. – The Sellersburg United Methodist Church shares the Gospel, a meal and fellowship with area children each week in a program called WOW. WOW stands for Worship On Wednesday, which is one of the things the congregations does, offering many opportunities for kids at Sellersburg United Methodist Church and its community.

WOW kids started in 2007 with only14 children and on a more recent Wednesday, 74 children showed up for a meal, activities and God’s Word.

This program is offered to kids Pre-School through fourth grade. The 390-member church also added JUMP (Junior United Methodist People) this year for fifth through eighth graders.

Food bank honors Indianapolis church

INDIANAPOLIS – Gleaner’s Food Bank honored Old Bethel UMC Community Outreach with The Charity of the Year Award for tripling their output over the previous year. That very day, Old Bethel set a single shift record of 198 shoppers. The church had more than 2,400 shoppers in August.