The Indiana Conference Sessions team has hit the ground running this summer and is far into plans for the fourth annual conference session at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Read about what’s happening with the 2012 Indiana Conference Session and make your hotel reservations now.

Bishop Mike Coyner talks about the meaning of the Making ROOM theme of the 2012 conference session in his monthly column.

The Conference also increasing to its momentum by adding two new staff people to the conference team. The Rev. Sergio Reyes, co-pastor of Getsemani United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne (our conference’s only Hispanic chartered church) has begun working part-time with the conference’s Church Development team to organize more ministries focused on the state’s ever-growing Hispanic population. We also welcome Helene Foust of Old Bethel United Methodist Church in Indianapolis as the new Associate Director of Student Ministry.

More stories about Indiana churches and members touching on responses to the State Fair tragedy this year and how churches in Evansville and New Albany and responding to the needs of others through school supplies and books.

Read a complete accounting on where those funds from last year’s Bishop’s Christmas Offering have gone to assist children’s ministries here in Indiana and around the world. The November-December issue of Together will highlight and promote this year’s Bishop’s Christmas Offering. Because of your continued generosity, you are making an impact on the lives of children who truly need our support physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Speaking of children, read about the first Founder’s Day Celebration by our Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon. Butler Basketball Coach Brad Stevens was the keynote speaker. He talked about planning for success.

There also is a report about the conference’s Rejuvenate project and how it has awarded 319 grants totaling more than $700,000 to assist pastors and their spouses in getting a handle on their finances and reducing their personal debt so they can achieve good financial accountability for their benefit and the benefit of their congregations.

Both Rejuvenate project director Michelle Cobb and Brownsburg pastor Todd Outcalt comment about good stewardship in the life of congregations. Their words are especially important during this time of economic recession. Whether there is an upturn in our state’s economy is secondary to the commitment of being good stewards of the assets God has given to us.

All this and more is in your October issue of Together. Enjoy the read and welcome.

– Daniel R. Gangler