GREENCASTLE, Ind. – More than 340 Hoosier United Methodists from across Indiana, predominantly women, experienced this year’s School of Christian Mission, July 23-27, at DePauw University sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Indiana where 205 adult students registered.

The school also provided a July 28 “Sampler School “with 105 students registered.

This year’s theme was “That All May Have Life “ and featured studies in:

  • Spiritual Growth: “Immigration and the Bible“ with the Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson,
  • Geographic: “Haiti: Challenges & Hope“ with the Rev. LeKisha Reed of Indianapolis and Deanna Hawkins of Minneapolis, and
  • Social Issue: “Poverty“ team taught by the Rev. Jessie Langley, Mary Margaret Willbanks, the Rev. Mike Mather, the Rev. Nancy Nichols and Lisa Morris, all of whom are involved in outreach ministries to lower-income Hoosiers.

Presentations were a mix of worship and Bible study, plenary sessions and classroom experiences. Bishop Mike Coyner celebrated Holy Communion with the weekday school during closing worship. The school also offered a Young People’s Mission Camp (YoPeMiCa) attended by 14 youth and a Children’s Mission Camp (ChiMiCa) attended by 23 children.

During the schools, students gave more than $2,800 for missions and another $1,265 for children and youth scholarships.

Priscilla Campbell of Newburgh served as Dean of the 2012 School of Christian Mission.

As part of the school, participants brought and assembled more than 1,500 student and teacher school supply bags for schools in Haiti. The school bags and supplies for Haiti weighed 2,087 pounds. They were sent to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Ill. who will be delivering them to Haiti through The United Methodist Church.

For more information about UMW of Indiana, visit www.gbgm-umc.org/indumw.

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Rev. Dr. P.T. Wilson, senior pastor of Gobin Memorial UMC in Greencastle, instructs a Friday morning plenary session about immigration and the Bible during the 2012 School of Christian Mission at DePauw University.